Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Tennessee Recording and Publishing

"Village Queen"
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Freddy Fender’s Prison Album of Mystery

In 1975 — the same year Gusto Records acquired Starday-King Records from Leiber and Stoller’s Tennessee Recording and Publishing — Gusto released an album entitled Freddy Fender – Recorded Inside Louisiana State Prison.  I suspect Gusto might have been trying to capitalize on the popularity (as well as notoriety) of

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"Cool Jerk"
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“Cool Jerk”: Starday-King Goes Boogaloo

What a revelation to learn that The Coasters, along with producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, collaborated with Fania recording legend, Larry Harlow, on five tracks that were recorded in Autumn, 1971 – the highlight being a fresh boogaloo take on “Cool Jerk“: “Cool Jerk” The Coasters (1971) The recording

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"Western Limited Boogie"
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“Western Limited Boogie”: Boogie Woogie Western-Style

Found a hot Texas swing instrumental called “Western Limited Boogie” on a Starday cassette about which little to no information exists.  The front cover indicates this is part of a series called Best of the Instrumentals, and the volume that I own is called “Texas Style Instruments.”  The featured artist

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