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Tag: Ray Pennington

"Money, Marbles and Chalk"
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King Records Meets “Big Red” – Seymour Stein (Pt. 1)

In May, 2015’s piece about Guitar Crusher, it was pointed out that Seymour Stein, along with fellow Sire Records co-founder, Richard Gottehrer, had done production work on a Columbia recording in 1967, having formed Sire Productions the year before.  As Billboard would note in its chronology of the music industry

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"When We Get Together"
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Otis Williams + Fetching “Femme Chorus”

I love the wordless chorus that kicks off this classic single recorded at Cincinnati’s King Records studio by Otis Williams in 1962, “When We Get Together“: “When We Get Together” Otis Williams (1962) Released with “Only Young Once” as its B-side — both songs recorded July 19, 1962.   Says Billboard

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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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"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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