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Quirky 45s That “Bubbled Under” 1959-1976

It’s almost impossible to fathom now, but at one time in the United States, tiny “indie” labels could actually get their records played on the radio.  This period was a narrow window of time, as predictably (and inevitably), the major labels would consolidate their hold on the marketplace by effectively

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"Life's a Trippy Thing"
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Nancy & Frank Sinatra’s Trippy 45

Nancy and Frank Sinatra‘s “Life’s a Trippy Thing” from 1970 is the only song title that registers in 45Cat when you keyword search the database using the word “trippy” — and yet, ironically perhaps, the song delights in singing the praises of sober living while reveling in the use of

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"Four Wheel Drive"
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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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"Mustang"
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Jerry Cole: The Neil Young of L.A. Session Players

How funny it struck me the moment I discovered that the guitarist known for cranking out low-down and dirty hot rod, surf & twang instrumentals for beloved budget label, Crown, is the same highly-sought after session musician who did considerably more polished work for such A-list talent as The Byrds

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"Hello L.A., Bye-Bye Birmingham"
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“Hello L.A., Bye-Bye Birmingham”: The Other John(ny) Marr

Love the soulful harpsichord that opens this track from the only album ever recorded by John Randolph Marr: “Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham“ John Randolph Marr (1970) Such a memorable title for a tune few people have ever heard of – and yet this song has been recorded by Artie

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"Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman"
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“Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman”: Nancy, Lee & Tom T.

I love how much fun Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood are having while they sing, audibly evident just 13 seconds into this song.  And Lee isn’t kidding when Nancy queries him about a lyric in the middle of the performance, and he replies, “I don’t know, I didn’t write the

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