Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Liberty Records

"Walking the Carpet"
Zeroto180

“Walking the Carpet”: Album-Oriented Instrumental

This original Ventures instrumental appears never to have been released as a single despite its obvious leadership potential: “Walking the Carpet” The Ventures (1968) “Walking the Carpet” can be found on The Ventures’ 1968 LP, Flights of Fantasy (although infuriatingly excluded from the song listing on the front cover). The

Read More »
"Living on a Prayer, a Hope & a Hand-Me-Down"
Zeroto180

Vikki Carr: Living On A Prayer, A Hope & A Hand-Me-Down

Let’s see if we can track all (i.e., at least a handful of) the prominent women pop vocalists’ excursions down South in the late 1960s and into the new decade: (1) Entire chapters have been written about Aretha Franklin‘s first (and oh-so-brief) recording session for producer Jerry Wexler that was

Read More »
"I Won't Make That Mistake Again"
Zeroto180

1965 Belongs to Gary Lewis & the Playboys

Hard to believe this song was a B-side — hopefully, Liberty Records won’t make that mistake again: “I Won’t Make That Mistake Again“ Gary Lewis & The Playboys (1965) The A-side – “She’s Just My Style” – was part of an incredible run of commercial success:  the band’s fifth consecutive

Read More »
"Hello Yellow Bug"
Zeroto180

“Hello Yellow Bug”: First-Rate Tot Pop

The Johnny Mann Singers channel their inner child to optimal effect in “Hello Yellow Bug” from 1968’s Love is Blue album on the Liberty label.  Somewhat surprisingly, this song did not enjoy single release: Hello Yellow Bug – Johnny Mann Singers [Pssst:  Click the triangle above to play “Hello Yellow

Read More »
All Categories
Archives