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Spectropop - Digest Number 1010



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There are 14 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re Lee Hazlewood Bio 45
           From: Tony Bayliss 
      2. Re: Surf and Hit
           From: Ian Chapman 
      3. Re: Surf and Hit
           From: Mikey 
      4. Re: The Feathers / Jack Keller
           From: Patrick Rands 
      5. Hit label
           From: Austin Powell 
      6. Re: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys
           From: Art Longmire 
      7. Re: Surf and Hit
           From: Simon White 
      8. Mark Wirtz turns...
           From: Mark Frumento 
      9. Re: Lewis Sisters
           From: Will Stos 
     10. Re: Hit
           From: Phil Milstein 
     11. Re: Huntington Flats
           From: Paul Urbahns 
     12. Timothy
           From: jerophonic 
     13. "Timothy" by the Buoys
           From: Mark Chadbourne 
     14. Smokey And His Sister/US 1967 WB LP
           From: JJ 


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Message: 1 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 13:11:50 -0000 From: Tony Bayliss Subject: Re Lee Hazlewood Bio 45 Tony: > Just come across an interesting E.P. on Mercury MEP - 87. The > title is 'The Lee Hazlewood Autobiography' by Lee Hazlewood. Brynneandscott asked: > Are you referring to the one that just sold on Ebay? Did you get > it? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2548231019 How coincidental. No, I have had my copy for several years. Same exact record though.....gold label. Tony -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 21:27:22 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Re: Surf and Hit Simon White wrote: > Does anyone have any info on the "Hit" label? It seems > 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. Phil M. instigated some talk about the Hit label last year, which was taken up by Mike Arcidiacono, who added some background info. All neatly archived at: http://www.spectropop.com/archive/digest/d477.htm I just heard a good version of "Quicksand" only last week on Hit, by Gerry & the Georgettes - on a par with the Vandellas' version, IMHO. > 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? If you saw it listed in the MegaGuide, the inordinately long title has spilled over into the "artist" column - the full title in all its glory is actually "He's My Blonde-Headed Stompie-Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy", and it's by Australia's own Little Pattie. A big 60s hit down under. Made some good records, did Pattie (as she was later known), including a nice cover of Suzy Wallis' "Little Things Like That". Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 10:56:39 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Surf and Hit Simon, the "HIT" Records label was based out of Nashville and operated continuously from 1962 to 1972. They specialized in quickie "Sound Alikes" of the then current hits on the charts, and sold two hits on one 45 rpm record for 39 cents. The records were sold by rack jobbers to record stores (for the budget section) truck stops, dept. stores, notions stores, Woolworths and similar stores etc. Because musicians in Nashville were so good, they were able to knock off 6 tunes or so in one 3 hour session. Often, the musicians playing on the HIT version of a tune were the same musicians who had played on the REAL version of the tune. All in all, the HIT versions are pleasant to listen to. My problem with them is that mastering of the 45s and the pressings themselves are pretty awful. The master tapes sounded a whole lot better than the 45s ever sounded. I guess they were aiming at customers who weren't all that fanatical about music, hence the lower quality pressings (reminds me of Romaba Pressing here in NYC...they were the rock bottom cheapest and boy, did their pressings suck). Around 1974 or so, they changed their name to "Music City Sound Alikes". They may have issued some LPs using this name, altho' I dont have any. My friend Paul Urbahns is a solid expert on HIT Records - if anybody has any specific questions, he's the guy to ask!! Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 17:02:07 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: The Feathers / Jack Keller Bobster wrote: > 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? Hi Bob, Sue Raney recorded "Early Morning Blues and Greens" on an Imperial 45 along w/ "Knowing When To Leave". Sue Raney's been one of my favorite singers these past few years, anyone feel like a discuss? Her "Alive & In Love" album is a true joy. Her range is out of this world. In fact Sue Raney was going to be my next song of the week feature (back in August) until my website went down. Maybe someday soon I'll be able to continue the site feature, and I'll keep you all posted when I've got it all sorted. :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 18:52:54 +0100 From: Austin Powell Subject: Hit label Simon White wrote: > Does anyone have any info on the "Hit" label? Simon....I think Hit was the American equivalent of the British Embassy label, i.e. designed to be sold cheap and in supermarkets/ chain stores etc. I remember Billboard or Cashbox listing their versions under the "hit" entries on their charts in the early 60s. It would be fascinating as a re-issue package if the tapes still exist!!!! Austin Powell. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 19:37:07 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: The Dark Mystery of "Timothy" by The Buoys Kurt wrote: > 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"? Hello Kurt, I can vouch for the song being about cannibalism. This song was a good-sized top-forty hit when I was 14 back in the spring of 1971, and was indeed an early effort by Rupert Holmes of "Pina Colada" fame. "Timothy" was banned in some markets, I remember, but was played frequently on my local AM station. The DJs used to make jokes about it. Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 22:58:04 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Surf and Hit Ian wrote: > Phil M. instigated some talk about the Hit label last year, > which was taken up by Mike Arcidiacono, who added some > background info. All neatly archived at: > http://www.spectropop.com/archive/digest/d477.htm Thanks Ian. I really should have known to look there in the first place. It's all there folks! > If you saw it listed in the MegaGuide, the inordinately long > title has spilled over into the "artist" column - the full > title in all its glory is actually "He's My Blonde-Headed > Stompie-Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy", and it's by Australia's > own Little Pattie. A big 60s hit down under. That's all very well but WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE!? :-) Simon -- Northern Soul on Soul 24 - 07 http://www.soul24-7.com/index.htm http://www.soul24-7.com/djs/djmet.htm Sundays 2-4pm GMT -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 19:32:48 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Mark Wirtz turns... ...60 today! I wanted to say happy birthday to Mark in public, though I doubt he appreciates me telling his age. Personally I don't think he looks a day over 40! It's near on two years now that I've known Mark and it's been almost that long since he first joined Spectropop. For me and for others I've spoken to about Mark, it still seems incredible that a significant musical force takes the time to talk about his past when in fact he'd probably prefer to talk about his future. So in addition to the birthday wishes... thanks Mark for taking the time to chat and for the incredible music, so far. Now to the future. It should be mentioned that as Mark turns 60 he has returned to the studio (for the first time in 20 years) to produce a band called Les Philippes for Warners. I've had the chance to preview their first album and I'd easily rank it with the Wondermints and other current pop bands of significant quality. Apparently there are other Mark Wirtz projects in the works as well. It's good to have Mark back. I think he'd be the first to say that his participation on Spectropop has been a major factor in rejuvenating his interest in music. Happy Birthday Mark! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 22:41:22 -0000 From: Will Stos Subject: Re: Lewis Sisters Mick Patrick wrote: > 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 Jimmy Mack, eh? I wonder if he was any inspiration for the HDH song? Will : ) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 19:01:46 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Hit Ian: > http://www.spectropop.com/archive/digest/d477.htm Simon: > Thanks Ian. I really should have known to look there > in the first place. It's all there folks! I believe Mr. Lemlich has also added quite a bit of information on the Hit label. Since searching the archives under "hit", or even "hit records", is likely to turn up a great number of irrelevant "hits", perhaps entering that keyword(s) + "lemlich" might narrow it down a bit. Then again, given the frequency of his erudite entries here in general, it might not! --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 18:31:17 EDT From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Re: Huntington Flats Country Paul wrote: > Thanks for the notes - I've seen "Popsicles" with both > "Huntington Flats" and "Comedy and Tragedy on the flip, > and remember neither. I believe Huntington Flats is the original. It's an instrumental and probaby because they did not have a B side recorded. Paul Urbahns -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 20:08:03 -0000 From: jerophonic Subject: Timothy Members of the Buoys toured the East Coast regularly throughout the 70s as Jerry-Kelly Band and Dakota. See http://laststandingman.tripod.com/index.html for band history. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 09:48:37 -0400 (EDT) From: Mark Chadbourne Subject: "Timothy" by the Buoys Kurt: > 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: According to what Rupert Holmes told me about this song when I asked him about it several years ago while gathering info on his participation in The Cufflinks and Street People, "Timothy" was the coal miner's canary, NOT a person, but there was deliberate silence on that in the lyrics to gain some PR for the song from the label. If I remember correctly, a relative or friend of Holmes actually had a pet bird named Timothy. The production work on that song is wonderful. The rhythm guitar sound with those tight horn section punctuations made this one of 71's most infectious tunes I thought. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 14:06:24 -0000 From: JJ Subject: Smokey And His Sister/US 1967 WB LP Just heard the b-side, "In A Dream Of Silent Seas", to Smokey & His Sister's Columbia 45, "Creators Of Rain" and it is UTTERLY MAGIC folky sike! Wonder if the LP has a similiar VIBE? JJ [ from Fuzz Acid & Flowers http://www.spectropop.com/60s70sbeatpsyche.htm ] ALBUM: SMOKEY AND HIS SISTER (Warner WB 1763) 1967 45: Creators Of Rain/? (Columbia) Born in 1948 in Cincinnati, Smokey (real name unknown) met Dylan after a local concert in 1965 and "it just opened up his brain" according to the long liner notes to his only album. Shortly after, as with millions of other US teenagers, he began writing songs and playing guitar. In 1966, he moved to Greenwich Village with his sister Viki, and their songs and harmonies scored them a contract with Columbia. Their single got a good review in 'Crawdaddy' and they moved to Warner for an album which was produced, arranged (and ruined!) by Paul Harris, a busy session man (Tom Rush, Jim and Jean). If the songs are average folk rock with male and female vocals, they were all recorded with rich strings arrangements and the album, which is now rare, is far from being collectable. (Stephane Rebeschini) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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