Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Counterpart Records 45

"A Time for Peace"
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Mike Reid’s Bengal Ballad

I remember as a young Cincinnati Bengals fan what a brain-tickling proposition it was to have an NCAA All-American and All-Pro NFL defensive lineman who, when out of uniform, would play the piano with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and how this activity amusingly defied expectations of manly behavior in a

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"Gimme the Green Light"
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Cincinnati’s Bubblegum Soul

Randy McNutt gives a first-hand account of Cincinnati‘s local recording scene in the liner notes to his CD compilation Souled Out:  Queen City Soul-Rockers of the 1970s: “[Lonnie] Mack‘s 1963 hit “Memphis” and “Wham!” [on Cincinnati’s Fraternity label] had started a local fascination with blues-rock — a combination of the

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"Hang Up Your Hang-Ups"
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Umoja’s Hang Up-Free Funk

Impressive musicianship and stellar vocals make for another slice of Cincinnati funk on Counterpart Records that is able to command a decent two figures at auction: “Hang Up Your Hang-Ups“ Umoja (197?) As with 400 Years of What‘s “Get Down People,” this one-off 45 – Umoja‘s sole musical gift to

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"Get Down People"
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“Get Down People”: $500 Funk

How cool that a 45 released on Shad O’Shea‘s Counterpart label – “Get Down People” by 400 Years of What – sold on Ebay for over $500.  However, if it weren’t for Buckeye Beat‘s comprehensive listing of 45s released on Cincinnati’s Counterpart Records, I might have missed out altogether on this

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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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