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"Dogs Part Two"
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“Dogs Pt. 2”: Keith Moon’s Jukebox Joke

Back in the days when the jukebox was king, casual music fans often had not a clue that Top 20 hit “Pinball Wizard” happened to contain one of the nuttier B-sides (i.e., drum solo of sorts) that must have provoked, one must imagine, rather lively – and possibly angry –

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"C Jam Blues"
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“C Jam Blues”: From the Father of Hillbilly Jazz

I had a nice laugh when I realized that this fiery little instrumental in the key of C was, indeed, not the world’s first waltz to be played outside of 3/4 time but instead an error in the track listing on the album jacket.  Thus, despite this song being listed as

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"Spanish Grease"
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“Spanish Grease”: El Chicano Covers Willie Bobo

El Chicano – a Los Angeles band who created what they termed, “the brown sound” – hit the US top 40 in 1970 with the Latin jazz funk instrumental, “Viva Tirado” on the Kapp label. (image courtesy of Discogs) Kapp – an indie label started in 1954 by David Kapp,

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"Dora, the Female Explorer"
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“Dora the Female Explorer”: Did Nickelodeon Fork Over the Dough?

Rather bemused to learn from UK music periodical Shindig! about a beloved ‘cult’ English rock band named Stackridge who released an original composition entitled “Dora, The Female Explorer” in 1971: Oddly, the article neither mentioned the popular Nickelodeon character of the same name, nor indicated whether the band received any

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"Take a Run at the Sun"
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J Mascis Takes a Run at the Sun

Allison Anders‘ 1996 fictional film, Grace of My Heart – a clever and heartfelt tribute to the great sounds of the 1960s and early 70s – features original songs that take their inspiration from Brill Building and girl group pop, as well as Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound,” British Invasion

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"Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"
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Sir Christopher Scott: Synthesizer Magician

During the 1970s when progressive rock, pop and soul were at their peak, a number of wizard keyboardists enjoyed superstar status:  Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder, Jan Hammer, Billy Preston, Jon Lord, Bernie Worrell. And Sir Christopher Scott. The liner notes for Sir Scott’s 1970 Decca LP, More Switched

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