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Vinyl Curiosities — Summer Beach Read ’22

Vinyl: The Art of Making Records by Mike Evans (2015) provides the launching point for this summer’s beach bonanza of offbeat and occasionally useful music history trivia — lavishly illustrated with streaming audio and hyperlinks for maximum multimedia impact. Italicized text comes directly from this book. Birth of Recorded Sound

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45 sides +/- obscure tracks
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Curly Chalker’s Dutch-Only 45: Party Game for Steel Guitar Fanatics

Zero to 180’s summertime celebration breezes right along with this parlor game for music nerds: First, launch a new web browser and point it at 45Cat — www.45cat.com(go ahead, I’ll wait) Next, type the name of ace steel guitarist, Curly Chalker, in the search window(and press Enter) Curly Chalker  (c.

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"Big Tennessee"
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“Big Tennessee”: Ol’ Truckin’ Tex

Remember “Tulsa Trot” by Tex Williams and his top-notch western swing ensemble?  Zero to 180 just discovered that ol’ Tex had a #30 country hit in 1965 with a truck driving tune “Big Tennessee” that was penned by Kenny (‘Round Mound of Sound’) Price and released on Kentucky indie label,

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"Tonight My Baby's Coming Home"
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Top 10 Trucker Tune from ’71

Zero to 180’s previous piece about a surprisingly decent truck driving song by The Archies – “Truck Driver” – makes a pretty persuasive case for 1968 being pop’s peak for the dieselbilly artform.  1971 might be no match for 1968, however, yesterday’s featured song – “I’ve Come Awful Close” –

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"Jukebox Man"
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“Jukebox Man”: The One Who Keeps ’em Dancin’

Nice deep country bass sounds on this YouTube stereo mix of Dick Curless‘ mighty working man jukebox tale – “Jukebox Man” – that was released February 1971 on the heels of trucker classic, “Drag ’em Off the Interstate Sock It To ’em J.P. Blues” “Jukebox Man“ Dick Curless (1971) Guitar

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"Fifteen Gears and Fourteen Wheels"
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“Fifteen Gears and Fourteen Wheels”: What Satisfies the Soul

Live truck driving country doesn’t get much better than this — “Fifteen Gears and Fourteen Wheels“ Dick Curless (1973)   From the 1973 Capitol album, Live at the Wheeling Truck Driver’s Jamboree. Harold Bradley – guitar & bandleader Buzz Evans – guitar Curly Chalker – steel Jerry Smith – piano

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