Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Autoharp +/- harp
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Cecil Null & His “Gun-tar” Of 1968

I recently stumbled upon Ray Brack‘s “lost” piece of reporting — “New Gun-Tar Takes Aim At Non-Shooting Market” — about Cecil Null‘s handcrafted musical long gun (i.e., gun guitar – or is it guitar gun?) for Billboard ‘s June 22, 1968 edition: MADISON, Tenn. — An explosive new concept in

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Bagpipes
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Musical Impersonations (on Wax)

Merle Haggard‘s tough-as-nails image, at times, belied his comic gifts, particularly his superb abilities as a mimic, represented here on this clip from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour TV show, possibly from 1969: Haggard’s impersonations in the following order – Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Buck Owens & Johnny Cash Enough

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"Wild Blue Yonder"
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Lloyd Green Stumps for Cincinnati’s Baldwin

Check out the Clavinet-like sounds coming from Jerry Whitehurst‘s electric harpsichord on “Wild Blue Yonder,” side one’s closing track from Lloyd Green‘s third solo LP Day of Decision, an album that was recorded (like Stones Jazz) in one day — in this case, on June 18, 1966 at RCA Studios in Nashville: “Wild

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"Tennessee Border"
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“Tennessee Border”: Nashville All-Star Band

“Tennessee Border” is a tuneful instrumental from an album, That Happy Nashville Sound, that features some of the finest musicianship that 1960s Nashville had to offer: I’m surprised, however, by how little I can find about this 1967 album on the internet.  Perhaps now is a good time for Bear

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"Rockin' in Baghdad"
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“Rockin’ in Baghdad”: Another Missed Opportunity for “Irony”

Speaking of old songs that take on a whole new meaning when considered against a modern geopolitical context (see previous post about Cat Stevens), Capitol US released a 45 in 1957 that featured “Rockin’ in Bag[h]dad,” a song that I very well could have imagined playing in the background during

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"No Expectations"
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“No Expectations”: Joan Baez Covers the Stones, Man

Joan Baez – with the very able assistance of Nashville’s finest sidemen – produced a soulful and tastefully understated cover of a classic Rolling Stones tune from their Beggars Banquet album: “No Expectations“ Joan Baez (1970) Baez’s version of “No Expectations” was included on 1969’s One Day at a Time (Vanguard) and

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"Happy Tracks"
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“Happy Tracks”: Universal Code of Conduct?

Here’s a lyric that I wish everybody would use as a spiritual guidepost — “Happy Tracks” by Ray Pennington.  I particularly like this 1967 version by The Browns: “Happy Tracks“ The Browns (1967) –video link subtitution– ChorusLeave a lotta happy tracks as you go down

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