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Tag: The Archies

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Bootleg EP – or – Just a Mirage?

It must have been the year before last when I was enjoying a madcap musical romp through Thailand and its wildly imaginative bootleg EP scene — 7-inch picture sleeves that used filched images, with four songs often (but not always) by four different artists, produced in renegade fashion without regard

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"Sugar Sugar"
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“Sugar Sugar”: Solid Gold from Muscle Shoals

“Sugar Sugar” was inescapable in the summer of 1969, with Wilson Pickett and even The Wailers (with Bob Marley singing lead) recording their own versions.  Muscling in on the action also were the studio musicians behind the hits being recorded in the late 60s at Rick Hall‘s Fame Studios in

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"Truck Driver"
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“Truck Driver”: Pop Goes the Diesel from The Archies

1968 was a great year for truck driving songs — “My Big Truck Drivin’ Man” by Kitty Wells “Big Rig Rollin’ Man” by Johnny Dollar “Gear Bustin’ Sort of Feller” by Bobby Braddock “There Ain’t No Easy Run” by Dave Dudley “I Want to Be a Truck Driver’s Sweetheart” by

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"Mr. Sun Mr. Moon"
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Q: Who’s the Swingin’est Dolly?

Answer:  Swingy. I picked up a flexi-disc at the local thrift store, just like the ones kids used to cut out of the back of cereal boxes back when “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies was burning up the charts (click here for a discography of “cereal box records” by those

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