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Spectropop - Digest Number 1014

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There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Proctor Amusement Company
           From: Guy Lawrence 
      2. Re: Yahoo music group recommendations
           From: Lindsay Martin 
      3. Susanna Smith
           From: Mick Patrick 
      4. Re: Proctor Amusement Company, "Heard You Went Away"
           From: Todd Lucas 
      5. Re: Joey Levine/Joey Edwards
           From: Guy Lawrence 
      6. Re: Drifters moonlighting for Phil Spector? / Sammy Turner
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      7. Help needed: Info on Diana Dawn
           From: Stephen Braitman 
      8. Kapp/Canterbury/Welcome Herb
           From: Mark 

Message: 1 Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 22:20:53 +0100 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Re: Proctor Amusement Company Art Longmire wrote: > I was just checking out a site at > and found quite a bit of info on a Florida group called Proctor > Amusement Company, whose excellent 45 "Heard You Went Away" I am > lucky enough to possess. > As a long-time collector of "garage" bands I've always found it > interesting that so many of these groups recorded soft and melodic > material like this - which I frequently like as much or more than > the harder stuff! Interesting indeed but there's more to it than just versatility. A lot of the more depraved tracks that have become garage rock classics are actually flip sides of very mainstream pop records. That is, in time honoured fashion bands would goof off on the flip so the 'right' side would get all the attention. The Monocles "Spider & The Fly" and the Elastik Band's "Spazz" spring to mind as examples. It's also interesting how many seasoned pro songwriters and producers turn up on what are now presented as the raw emissions of suburban garages - Artie Resnick, Jackie De Shannon, Bert Berns, Jerry Riopelle ...the list goes on, Ed Cobb's work with the Standells being the best example. Don't get me wrong, I love the music that's now called 'garage' - it's just that (reading the small print) a lot of those records have much more in common with the world of Spectropop than Fuzz, Acid & Flowers would have us believe. Guy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 22:36:27 -0000 From: Lindsay Martin Subject: Re: Yahoo music group recommendations Mark Frumento: > Having said that, you may like these groups, both of which > were started by Spectropoppers: > > ...and Tweedledum's Drive-in: Lindsay -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 11:11:34 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Susanna Smith It's taken me a while to absorb the pile of cool records I picked up in New York a few months back. Records *need* to be absorbed, I feel. I have one at my side at the moment: Susanna Smith "Sara Jane" (Bang 569, 1969) Written by John Cymbal Produced by John Cymbal & George Tobin I've uploaded it to musica, take a listen: In my mind I hear the song by the Shangri-Las in 1965. Perhaps it's not a disc of earth-shattering importance but I feel it might be one with an interesting story lurking beyond the grooves. I find myself wondering who Susanna Smith was. The gal who waxed previously as Susan Smith for Dynamic Sound, Sal, Roulette and Monument, perhaps? Someone well known in disguise? A chum of Johnny Cymbal, maybe? Anyone? Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 23:07:05 -0000 From: Todd Lucas Subject: Re: Proctor Amusement Company, "Heard You Went Away" Art Longmire wrote: > I was just checking out a site at > and found quite a bit of info on a Florida group called Proctor > Amusement Company, whose excellent 45 "Heard You Went Away" I am > lucky enough to possess. This song is described as a "Pet Sounds > clone" by Fuzz Acid and Flowers and according to the article it > was a good-sized hit in Florida. Anyone else heard this tune > before? I have this 45 but actually prefer the flipside, "Call Out My Name". I had assumed it was the A-side. Todd -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 21:45:22 +0100 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Re: Joey Levine/Joey Edwards Jeff Lemlich wrote: > One that I don't see on that site is a 45 by Joey Edwards on > Columbia, which may or may not be Levine. It sure sounds like him, > and the label reads "a J.L. Production". The specifics are: > Columbia 4-43620 > JOEY EDWARDS > Trapped (J. Edwards) > How Big Is Big (J. Edwards) > I have no proof that it's him, but to my ears, it could be nobody > else. Thanks to Jeffrey Glenn both sides are now posted at Tweedlee Dum's Drive-In at for all to hear - very nice they are too. Regards, Guy. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 19:43:03 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Drifters moonlighting for Phil Spector? / Sammy Turner David A. Young wrote: > It's also known that Phil played guitar on some Leiber/Stoller- > produced Drifters dates, but I don't recall ever seeing an > attempt at a comprehensive listing of all their sessions with > which he was involved. Can anyone produce one? I heard a story that Phil played the guitar solo on The Drifters' "On Broadway". Can anyone confirm this? If not who did? Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 20:36:08 -0700 From: Stephen Braitman Subject: Help needed: Info on Diana Dawn Folks: Can anyone help me out on information about singer Diana Dawn? She had at least two 45s in the 1965-66, "Back Street Girl" and "Wonder Boy" on Ed-Nel Records, with marvelous Picture Sleeves! I can find NO biography of her, or any listing details at all. I want to do a feature on her and the picture sleeves for Discoveries magazine, but I really do need more to go on. Help, please! Thanks! Stephen M.H. Braitman -- *************************************** Stephen M. H. Braitman Director of Communications NORTH BAY MULTIMEDIA ASSOCIATION SMH COMMUNICATIONS Web, Print, and Beyond 3145 Geary Blvd., PMB 608 San Francisco, CA 94118 415/626-3762 FAX 415/487-0504 *************************************** -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2003 00:52:28 GMT From: Mark Subject: Kapp/Canterbury/Welcome Herb Hey Guys! Running a little behind here on mailing...just wanted to mention a few Kapp acts that no one seems to have brought up. Frank Gallop--British radio and TV announcer who had the great novelty "The Ballad of Irving"--the only novelty record to combine Judaism and the Wild West, and it's hilarious! From the LP "You Don't Have to Be Jewish". The Hesitations--best-known for their soulful version of the MOR classic "Born Free", but that's far from their best work. Their previous LP, "Soul Superman", is a treasure trove of Northern soul goodies recorded when the group was based in Detroit. They changed producers and started recording in New York, after which their records started to shift toward easy listening (including the bizarre "Solid Gold" LP, which was comprised of offbeat covers of then-current hits). The Nightcrawlers--great garage band from Florida who will live forever in many folks' hearts for the classic "My Little Black Egg". The Unifics--they had a couple of crossover hits (soul to pop) in 1969 with "Court of Love" and "The Beginning of My End", neither of which I really care for, but I understand they did some other sides that were actually pretty good. I'll pull out the Kapp discog I have and point out any artists of note that weren't as yet discussed. More on Canterbury: - a couple of great soul acts, the Tempos/ Younghearts (as the Tempos, they recorded "Countdown, Here I Come" and as the Younghearts, the brilliant "A Little Togetherness") and Sam Cooke soundalike Johnny Moffett (two neat singles, "You're The One" and "I Found Joy"). Herbert Maton: > I guess I am the new kid on the block so to speak Hi Herb, and welcome to the list! Best, Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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