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Category: Scepter Records

60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Scepter 45 by NRBQ Alter Ego?

This month’s Zero to 180 music history piece is guest-written by a music industry insider who revealed on Popsike/Ebay how NRBQ — as their overbearing and musically-challenged alter ego, The Dickens — came close to having a 45 issued on Scepter Records, home of Dionne Warwick(e) and Chuck Jackson: The

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"Sweet Touch of Love"
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Love Hymn = Deodorant Ad

“Sweet Touch of Love,” from the aforementioned acclaimed 1970 album, Toussaint (later named From a Whisper to a Scream), would be the A-side of a promo 45 that appeared not to have enjoyed any chart action: “Sweet Touch of Love”      Allen Toussaint     1970 “Sweet Touch of Love” (the final installment

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"Plain Jane"
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“Plain Jane”: Mean People Suck

Thanks to Lester Bangs for pointing me to one of the more unusual storylines in pop music – B.J. Thomas‘ 1966 single, “Plain Jane“: A dramatic narrative about a serious issue, “Plain Jane” might strike today’s ears as being a bit hokey or kitschy, even though this sort of thing

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“I’ve Got to Be Strong”: Cultivating Inner Discipline

The horns really drive the sound in this great 1966 single “I’ve Got to Be Strong” from Chuck Jackson on the Wand label, an imprint of Scepter: Song arranged and co-written by Thomas Jefferson “Tommy” Kaye, legendary hipster songwriter and producer who, in 1973, would produce the third album by

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