Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Vocal instrumental

"Ball of Fire"
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“Sticky”: Mouth Percussionist

David Katz‘s biography of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, People Funny Boy, provides some very useful biographical details about master percussionist, Uzziah ‘Sticky‘ Thompson: For the rest of [1967], Perry worked closely with a variety of artists for [Joe] Gibbs, including future percussionist, Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson, then a popular deejay known as *Cool

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"Chili Beans"
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Felix & His (Cash-in) Guitar

“Cerveza” by Boots Brown (see previous post about rock/pop’s Latin roots) was only one of the more obvious attempts to cash in on the runaway success of “Tequila” by The Champs in 1958.  “Chili Beans” by Felix & His Guitar also does a great job of appropriating that familiar riff

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"Sky and Sea"
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“Sky And Sea”: 5D’s Jazz Vocal Instrumental II

Two years following sunshine pop’s progressive peak, The 5th Dimension would once again explore wordless vocal jazz — “Sky And Sea” from 1972’s Individually and Collectively, their fourth album for Bell: “Sky And Sea“ The 5th Dimension (1972) LP Musician & Production Credits Billy Davis, Jr. – Vocals Florence La

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"Secret Reunion (Lucky Theme)"
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“Secret Reunion”: Dainty, Angelic

How interesting (though not surprising) to learn that the featured vocalist in the previous tribute to Ennio Morricone is the same one featured here on this tinkly and mesmerizing instrumental – “Secret Reunion (Lucky Theme)” – from Bruno Nicolai‘s soundtrack for an Italian spy thriller in the James Bond style,

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"Bye Bye Birdie"
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“Bye Bye Birdie”: Groovy Guitar & Organ Instrumental

Chet Atkins‘s guitar sounds mighty and majestic when propelled by the infectious, burbling rhythms of an unnamed organist in this treatment of “Bye Bye Birdie” from Chet’s 1963 album, Teen Scene — dig that groovy roller rink organ sound. Note the original album cover: Check out the new and improved

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"Baroque-a-Nova"
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Mason Williams: Music + Comedy + Art

From David Bianculli‘s history of the Smothers Brothers’ groundbreaking television variety show, I discovered that Mason Williams was much more than the guy who wrote the million-selling instrumental, “Classical Gas.”   Williams not only recorded albums for Warner Brothers (and Mercury & Vee Jay) but also wrote incisive and edgy sketches for

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"South American Getaway"
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“South American Getaway”: Sunshine Pop’s Case of the Blahs

This track sounds like a collaboration between Burt Bacharach and Brian Wilson – only it isn’t.  Although it wants to be: “South American Getaway“ Burt Bacharach Just like The 5th Dimension‘s “Dimension 5ive,” this is technically a vocal tune yet one without lyrics.  It also has that sunny Southern California

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"Midnight Cowboy"
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Cincinnati: Hard Rock Capital of the World?

I have an album of repackaged material from the Buddah label — a compilation entitled Heavy Mix — that is one of the odder releases from everyone’s favorite reissue label, Pickwick.  I love that the cover art has a cement theme: Even more intriguing than the kitschy cover concept is

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