Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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"Juanita Jones"
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Juanita Jones — In The Driver’s Seat At ASCAP?

Billboard‘s special October 19, 1968 issue devoted to ‘The World of Country Music‘ includes a 2-page article by Bill Williams – “Ladies in the Driver’s Seat” – that highlights a number of Nashville’s powerful female executives who worked without fanfare behind the scenes within the country music industry. Williams devotes

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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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"Batman"
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“Sewer Lady”: Musically Unsanitary

Neal Hefti‘s soundtrack to the Batman TV series is top-flight 60s instrumental music — playful and imaginatively-produced.  “Sewer Lady,” from the 1966 album, Batman Theme and 11 Hefti Bat Songs, was inexplicably overlooked by RCA Victor for single release: “Sewer Lady” Neal Hefti (1966) Note the fuzz bass that pushes

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"Hitchcock Railway"
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“Hitchcock Railway”: Train Line of Liberation

“Hitchcock Railway” – the A-side of a 1968 RCA single by José Feliciano released here and abroad – made the Top 100 here in the US (#77) and Top 40 in Australia (#20): Musical Personnel José Feliciano – vocals & guitar Ray Brown – string bass Jim Gordon – drums

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"Kentucky Ridgerunner"
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“Kentucky Ridgerunner”: The High Lonesome Remix

I was half distracted driving through southwestern Ohio when I first heard the title track of Lester Flatt‘s Kentucky Ridgerunner album on a community radio station.  The song definitely caught my ear, however, so I made a point of acquiring this album from 1972 – the first of three that

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"Everybody Knows I Love You"
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Kenny Smith: From Soul Street to God Pop and Beyond

Thanks to Darren Blase and Shake It Records for assembling One More Day, an 18-track collection of recordings by singer, songwriter and producer, Kenny Smith, that span a total of eleven labels: Fraternity Chess President RCA Flo-Roe Goldspot Clearhill Counterpart General American Kogan Lena * Intriguing to discover that the one-time

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"Vegas"
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Bobby & Jeannie Bare Are Going to Vegas — 45 Track Only

One of the country “outlaws” who doesn’t always get the recognition is Shel Silverstein, who not only wrote Johnny Cash’s iconic “A Boy Named Sue” [which spawned at least one parody — Joni Credit‘s “A Girl Named Harry” released August 1969] but also many great songs for his close friend’s

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"God, Love & Rock 'n' Roll"
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‘Do It Now’: Ronco’s Licensing Feat of Strength

From what I can tell, this might be Ronco’s first hits compilation – Do It Now – from 1970: When is the last time you’ve seen Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles on the same album?  Not to mention The Buffalo Springfield.  And The Byrds. Interesting to note that the Buffalo

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"Love To Be Loved By You"
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Dave & Sugar: They Love to Be Loved by You

Picked up this 1977 album on RCA primarily due to the act’s name – Dave & Sugar – as well as groovy threads: I only invested a dollar, so my heart wasn’t crushed when I skimmed through the tracks on side one and just wasn’t feeling it.  However, side two

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