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Spectropop - Digest Number 1009

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There are 18 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Tell Her
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. re: mystery lyrics
           From: Susan 
      3. "Cold Summer" on musica
           From: Mike Edwards 
      4. Lee Hazlewood in print
           From: Phil Milstein 
      5. Re: Lee Hazlewood
           From: brynneandscott 
      6. Dionne Warwick's "Message To Michael"
           From: Stuffed Animal 
      7. The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys
           From: Kurt 
      8. Re: Jerry Keller
           From: Andrew 
      9. Re: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys
           From: Dan Hughes 
     10. Re: "Timothy" by The Buoys
           From: Phil Milstein 
     11. Re:The Kingsmen
           From: Guy Lawrence 
     12. The Feathers / Jack Keller
           From: Bob Rashkow 
     13. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop
           From: Martin Roberts 
     14. Re: Lewis Sisters
           From: Mick Patrick 
     15. Re: Tell Her
           From: Mike Rashkow 
     16. The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys
           From: Rat Pfink 
     17. Re: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys
           From: Claudia Cunningham 
     18. Surf and Hit
           From: Simon White 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 09:53:07 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Tell Her Me: > Okey, dokey. I've placed "Tell Her" by Ed Townsend in musica... Phil Chapman: > Yikes! - A black Jimmy Durante. > Should those backing girls sound familiar, Mick? Absolutely! To my ears, the chicks chanting "Sha da dap" sound like Cissy Houston, Dee Dee Warwick and pals - my favourites! I've now posted Gil Hamilton's rendition of "Tell Her (Him)" to musica. The original version of the Exciters' song, it came out just before Gil changed his name to Johnny Thunder and hit the charts with "Loop De Loop". Details are: Gil Hamilton "Tell Her" (Capitol 4766, 1962) Written by Bert Russell (Bert Berns) Conducted by Teacho Wiltshire Produced by Manny Kellem A Lookapoo Production Click here: Hamilton recorded previously for Fury and Vee Jay. Has anyone heard those? Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 10:24:24 EDT From: Susan Subject: re: mystery lyrics > This is a lyric snippet i remember from my childhood...I'm hoping > someone here can help... And the all-kowing Mr Glenn responded thusly: > Susan, I'm offended you didn't come directly to me first for this! :-) > This is the single: > (One Of These Days) Sunday's Gonna' Come On Tuesday (Sheldon-Keller)/ > Baby The Rain Must Fall (Sheldon-Bernstein) - The New Establishment, > Colgems 66-5006: 1969, Produced by Ernie Sheldon & Jack Keller (A-side), > Ernie Sheldon (B-side); Arranged by Perry Botkin, Jr. (A-side), Don > McGinnis (B-side) > This ties in nicely with the Jack/Jerry Keller thread here. Of course, Jeffrey, that's exactly why i did NOT come straight to you - i wanted to make a contribution to the Keller thread....yeah, that's it.... ;-) THANK YOU! I can sleep better now! Susan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 19:48:51 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: "Cold Summer" on musica Here's another entry in the "Keepin' The Summer Alive" series, "Cold Summer" by Bud & Travis (Liberty, 1965). There's a lot of information about Bob & Travis (who had had close to a dozen 45s out on Liberty between 1959 and 1965) at: "Cold Summer" was written by Annette Tucker and Keith Colley and makes a great companion to Chad & Jeremy's "Summer Song". It is now playing in musica: Mike The "Keepin' The Summer Alive" titles: Chubby Checker – Dancin' Party (Parkway) 1962 Connie Francis – We Have Something More (Than A Summer Love) (MGM) 1964 Chiffons – When Summer's Through (Laurie) 1963 Eddie Rambeau – Summertime Guy (Swan) 1962 Rangoons – Moon Guitar (Laurie) 1961 Dovells – Summer Job (Parkway) 1963 Imaginations – Summer In New York (Dunhill) 1967 Spurrlows – Sunrise Highway (Philips) 1969 Bud & Travis – Cold Summer (Liberty) 1965 -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 16:28:43 -0400 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Lee Hazlewood in print Lee Hazlewood fans will want to grab themselves a copy of the latest issue (#6) of the NYC-based printzine B.B. Gun (, which includes one of the best recent-vintage (if there even is any other kind) L.H. interviews I've seen. It's not long but it is illuminating, and of course exudes the Man's typical flintiness. Hazlewood has also recently published his first novel. It is entitled "The Pope's Daughter," the "pope" assumedly a reference to Frank Sr. and thus the title character being Nancy Sin. Not having yet read it, I don't know how close to the literal truth it may hew, or for that matter how easy it is to discern the difference. Self-published, it is available from Happy reading, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 11:39:52 -0400 From: brynneandscott Subject: Re: Lee Hazlewood Tony Bayliss: > Just come across an interesting E.P. on Mercury MEP - 87. The > title is 'The Lee Hazlewood Autobiography' by Lee Hazlewood. Are you referring to the one that just sold on Ebay? Did you get it? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 18:56:02 +0000 From: Stuffed Animal Subject: Dionne Warwick's "Message To Michael" Does anyone know who produced Dionne Warwick's "Message To Michael?" I've heard that Bacharach and David felt it was meant to be sung by a male artist and refused to do it with Dionne (Bacharach produced it for Lou Johnson under the title "Kentucky Bluebird" and Jerry Butler cut it as "Message To Martha"). Her version was recorded in Paris while she was appearing over there. If my memory serves me correctly, the arrangement for "Message To Michael" is credited to one Jacques Denjean. Did Dionne produce it herself? Stuff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 17:25:33 -0700 From: Kurt Subject: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys I first heard "Timothy" by The Buoys on a compilation tape a friend had given me (about a year ago). Last weekend, my friend was helping me paint my place, and we had that tape on. We began to argue about whether "Timothy" is really about cannibalism. He says it isn't, I say it is. The following lines of the song pretty much infer that Timothy was devoured by his buddies: Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking at you Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do?... ...My stomach was full as it could be And nobody ever got around To finding Timothy Is there any evidence that points either way? I would love to truly know if an ode to cannibalism slipped by the censors. It would be one of the better pranks in pop history. And was the song written by the same Rupert Holmes that wrote "The Pina Colada Song"? If so, that's quite a range......from cannibalism to pina coladas. Happy Labor Day Kurt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 23:43:23 -0400 (EDT) From: Andrew Subject: Re: Jerry Keller About Jerry Keller: During the early 1970s, there was a controversial documentary film called "Marjoe," which followed former child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on his final preaching tour. The film's closing theme, "Save All My Brothers," was sung and co-written by Jerry Keller; if you can find the film or its soundtrack album (on Warner Bros.), I recommend that song. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 15:16:51 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys Re: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys Yep cannibalism. Yep, same Rupert. Here's the story: >From that site: "The majority of Top 40 radio listeners associate New York singer-songwriter Rupert Holmes with his songs of social commentary and inter-personal relationships. Musical gems such as Him and Escape (The Pina Colada Song) helped make his 1980 breakout LP, Partners In Crime a golden effort, and netted Holmes a long-awaited national recognition. "But the 33-year old Holmes has also earned songwriting success in the Great Northeast. His song Timothy, an unlikely rock ballad about subterranean cannibalism, became a Top 10 national hit in 1971 as recorded by Wilkes-Barre’s group, The Buoys. "I was trying to write a song that would get banned and cause some controversy, and get the group The Buoys known,” Holmes admitted while paying a visit to the Bloomsburg Fair, earlier in 1980. "It was sort of a calculated attempt to get people to notice The Buoys, and it did, but unfortunately they noticed Timothy and didn’t notice the group as a whole." ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 15:52:07 -0400 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: "Timothy" by The Buoys Kurt wrote: > Is there any evidence that points either way? I would love to truly > know if an ode to cannibalism slipped by the censors. It would be > one of the better pranks in pop history. And was the song written by > the same Rupert Holmes that wrote "The Pina Colada Song"? If so, > that's quite a range......from cannibalism to pina coladas. I have a pic sleeve edition of the record. The front cover is nondescript, with plain white type, featuring the song's title, against a black background. But the back cover depicts a hand-scrawled letter from a child (?) that reads: "Dear who ever, "On the record 'Timothy' it's the talk of the school every body has a different story some people say that they just left Timothy in the mine, some say he was eaten by Joe and the other guy, some say he was eaten alive, and some say he was killed when it caved in then they ate him will you please send me the words of the song and tell me what it means! "Thank you, Stacie Schiller" Whether the letter is authentic or not is besides the point. The salient point is Scepter's decision to print it on the sleeve, which signals their willingness to further the "controversy" by promoting it in this fashion without ever answering the question. The song was indeed written by Rupert Holmes. Hungrily, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 20:33:15 +0100 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Re:The Kingsmen Country Paul wrote: > Guy Lawrence mentions his Joey Levine site: > - I didn't > know that he wrote "Wolf of Manhattan," the most non-Kingsmen- > sounding Kingsmen song, and my all-time fave by them. It was, > incidentally, a "C" side - having replaced the "B" side of a > single. I have it collected on the Best of The Kingsmen Vol. 3; > it's a major treat! You're right Paul, it is a nice track - more like the New York stories Joey wrote for the Jet Stream and Third Rail than his bubblegum stuff. The Kingsmen's output really varied as they tried to duplicate their initial success. "Louie Louie" aside, they went from inept (but not in a good sense) with "Killer Joe" to totally rocking on their pairing of Jim Valley's "Little Sally Tease" and Lonnie Russ's "My Wife Can't Cook" (Wand 1127). No doubt their frequent line up changes had a lot to do with this and I suspect that session musicians were used on tracks like the last two. Another good non-Kingsmen sounding track is the very psychedelic "I Guess I Was Dreaming" also recorded in the U.K. by the Fairytale. Guy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 16:14:03 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: The Feathers / Jack Keller Question for Jeff Glenn: (Feathers in your Kapp) Are the Feathers on Kapp the same Feathers on Team with the incredible hard-edged bubblegum dance tune "Tryin' To Get To You" b/w "My Baby's Soul Good" ? ? ? Also, regarding Jack Keller (not Jerry who was equally talented) he and Diane Hildebrand wrote one of the Monkees' finest (IMHO) tunes, "Early Morning Blues and Greens" from the HEADQUARTERS LP. I don't think they did this one on the TV show, but my two questions for Rashkovsky or anybody else who might know are: Did any other artists record this oh-so-philosophical tune? & I'm pretty sure Jack and Diane (apologies to John Cougar) wrote for several other artists besides Mike, Micky, Davy and Peter, anyone know who and did any of their penned tunes ever chart? On or off list answers welcomed - Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 22:17:59 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop The winner of the Record Of The Week on the home page, is Davey Summers, "Calling All Cars", a narrow victory over The Escorts, "You Can't Even Be My Friend". Now, the Escorts records are really fab, so... Next weeks battle, The Escorts - You Can't Even Be My Friend or The Escorts, Itchy Coo. On The Radio currently playing: "KHJ11 (short Blockbuster)". I've read the postings on S'pop (thanks Country Paul and Phil M.) and received emails concerning the ROTW and The Battle. The request is basically for more Nitzsche and I can't argue with that! But the ROTW is one record and will not be increased. However, I'm not an insensitive soul and have been beavering a way on a new feature to give you what you want, more music by Jack Nitzsche! Watch this space! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 08:20:46 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Lewis Sisters Patrick Rands: > I'm very excited to see this discussion here on The Lewis > Sisters. They've been one of my favorite groups this year, > and I've started to keep a file on them in hopes of someday > perhaps putting together a radio spotlight show on them. > Their story is fascinating! Is there any chance we could > collate a discography of some sort together? Great idea. You start! :-) > Also, if anyone is interested in sharing more of their music > with me, in hopes of me fashioning a future radio show > broadcast on them, please send me a message. At this point > in time I only have a few soundfiles. Thanks for any help > you would like to give me. I possess an interesting pre-Motown Lewis Sisters 45. Details are: "Shooby-Dooby"/"Doublecrossed" Aura 393, 1964 Written by Kay and Helen Lewis Produced by Jimmy Mack Aura was a subsidiary of World-Pacific Records out of Los Angeles. "Shooby-Dooby" features fantastic backing vocals by Brenda Holloway. Dumb yet cool, both sides are now playing at musica: Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 17:13:09 EDT From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: Tell Her Mick Patrick: > Produced by Manny Kellem I knew Manny Kellem. Nice guy, good executive. When I last saw him he was a liquor salesmen in NJ. As far as him producing, I'm sure he was in the room. I'm equally sure he was surrounded by "talent". Bert was there, I'm sure and Teacho. That is such a great arrangement by Teacho - VERY NOT rock and roll or R&B, it's what I think was called a "bayan" (Sp?)or something like that - it loped right along, very latin. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 18:22:07 -0400 From: Rat Pfink Subject: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys Kurt: > Is there any evidence that points either way? I would love > to truly know if an ode to cannibalism slipped by the censors. > It would be one of the better pranks in pop history. And was > the song written by the same Rupert Holmes that wrote "The > Pina Colada Song"? If so, that's quite a range......from > cannibalism to pina coladas. I'd heard that the band and record label claimed Timothy was a dog to get around the censors... RP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 17:15:03 -0400 From: Claudia Cunningham Subject: Re: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys Kurt: > Is there any evidence that points either way? I would love > to truly know if an ode to cannibalism slipped by the censors. Yep, cannibalism. There is also a phrase in there that says something to the effect of that they were "hungry as hell, no food to eat, and what wouldn't they give for just one piece ...of meat." Now, if that's not cannibalism, I don't know what else it could refer to. Strange, ain't it? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 10:47:37 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Surf and Hit Does anyone have any info on the "Hit" label? It seemes to have released covers of then current hits from '62 through to '68, a different artist each side of the 45. There are some interesting titles and going by the one I picked up recently, Connie and Clara "I Will Follow Him" /Herbert Hunter "Take These Chains From My Heart", probably aren't bad at all. A different question, but I deserve some indulgence after a weekend of being driven around Devon and subjected to the Beach Boys on a bad car stereo system (sorry, I don't really "Get" it) by someone who didn't understand why Mrs Miller singing "These Boots Are Made For Walking" was meant to be a joke, I came across a listing for this - Real Gone Surfer Boy - "He's My Blonde-Headed Stompie Wompie" WORLD HITS 150 / 1964. Has anyone ever heard it ? Simon White -- Northern Soul on Soul 24 - 07 >>> >> Sundays 2-4pm GMT -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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