Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Garage rock

"Ain't About to Lose My Cool"
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Scotty Moore: Producer

I am struck by the number of Scotty Moore–produced 45s from the late 60s/early 70s that are not available for preview on YouTube due to their relative obscurity — most especially the rare Otis Redding tribute “We’re Gonna Miss You, Otis” b/w “Macon,” whose B-side was actually written by Moore,

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"Wish You Didn't Have to Go"
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Purple Reign – from 1968!

One has to wonder whether the Columbus, Ohio combo – Purple Reign – sought legal counsel over the homophonic similarity of the band’s name with the title of Prince’s career-defining album (over 25 million sales worldwide to date) and movie from 1984, Purple Rain: “Wish You Didn’t Have to Go“

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"Lost"
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Muffetts 45: Purchased by Laurie Records

Thanks to “tymeshifter” at rateyourmusic for providing the back story on a single issued by Counterpart Records whose A and B sides were purchased (I’m shocked) by Laurie Records in 1968: Hurricane WV‘s The Mojos, who begat The Muffetts These guys were previously known as The Mojos from West Virginia. 

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"Come Back to Me"
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Psych + Horns = The Gears

Doc Lehman‘s Bangagong! music blog has a poster for a “Festival of Bands” in Columbus, Ohio that took place in 1967 — 34 bands over the course of two evenings, admission just $1: Same Vox as in Vox Guitar-Organ & Vox Phantom guitars? Interesting to note that the first band

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"The Only Thing to Do"
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Band Name That Inspired U2?

According to Buckeye Beat, Shad O’Shea was instrumental in fashioning a local hit out of “The Only Thing to Do” by Cincinnati’s own The “Us Too” Group: Somehow the record got the attention of Counterpart Records Shad O’Shea (a.k.a. Howard Lovdal) who took an interest in ‘The Only Thing To

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"A Thousand Devils"
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Another 45 Sold to Laurie

Things were starting to really heat up for Counterpart Records in 1967.  “See What’s Right” by The Wyngates was followed by (1) a regional hit, “Hey Conductor” by Mark V (featuring Sonny Flaharty), that got picked up by Philips for national distribution and then (2) another promising 45 – “A

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"See What's Right"
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The Wyngates on Nick Clooney’s Bandstand

Northern Kentucky, who launched its own Music Hall of Fame in 2013, produced a pair of Nuggets-era garage rock classics:  New Lime‘s “Perfect Girl” (magic blend of organ + vibes), as well as The Wyngates “See What’s Right,” both issued on Cincinnati’s Counterpart Records in 1967.  Check out this archival

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"Love Me When I'm Down"
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Soul Inc’s A-Side Turned B-Side?

Louisville’s Soul Inc. is another music group from my hometown’s Ohio Valley region that recorded a local hit (“Love Me When I’m Down“) on a local label (Counterpart) that had been recorded locally (at Ray Allen‘s studio in Louisville perhaps?) and played on local AM hits radio station WSAI (thus,

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"The Perfect Girl"
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New Lime’s Mod Organ and Soulful Vibraphone

The mod organ and soulful vibraphone make a winning combination in 1967’s “Perfect Girl” by The New Lime from Campbell County, Kentucky: “The Perfect Girl“ The New Lime (1967) Written by Mickey Foellger [The organ+vibes immediately brings to mind seminal single “Space Walk” by The Astros] It is 2015, and

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