Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Jackie DeShannon

"High Coin"

Skip Battyn + Van Dyke Parks’ Obscure 45

Not sure how this gentle, beguiling production — written and arranged by Van Dyke Parks and sung by Skip Battyn in the magical year of 1967* — came to my attention originally. “High Coin“ Skip Battyn  (1965) — YouTube streaming audio clip removed in 2023, sadly — [*Wrong – recorded

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"Mr. Mailman"

B-Side: Called Up to the Majors

I forget where I picked up my copy of 100 All Time Country Hall of Fame Hits – Vol. 2, double-LP set from 1977 that was originally “nationally advertised on TV!”  The friendly price tag comes at a cost, though — 12 (even 13) songs per side, thus, a noticeable

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"Four Wheel Drive"

Zero to Infinity: Buddy Emmons

This week we said goodbye to Buddy Emmons, one of the world’s great musicians and subject of three prior Zero to 180 pieces.  Here is but a *45-second live demonstration (beginning to end) of Buddy Emmons’ singular genius with the pedal steel guitar: “Four Wheel Drive” (live) Buddy Emmons (1965)

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