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Spectropop - Digest Number 1033

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The TAMI Show
           From: David Coyle 
      2. Re: It's Whats Happening Baby
           From: Mikey 
      3. Re: Recent CD: Skeeter Davis
           From: Phil Milstein 
      4. Re: Help Needed
           From: Jerophonic 
      5. Re:  Poni-Tails - Before We Say Goodnight
           From: Tom Waters 
      6. Re: Van McCoy site
           From: Simon White 
      7. Re:  Shadows & Reflections
           From: John Berg 
      8. Re: Recent CD: Ronnie Spector
           From: David A. Young 
      9. Lost websites (Van McCoy etc.)
           From: Kim Cooper 
     10. Rev-Ola and "soft-pop"
           From: Chris Mondia 
     11. Re: Wings album
           From: Frank 
     12. Re: Katch 22
           From: Lor 
     13. Wings
           From: Peter Richmond 
     14. Re: Wings
           From: Paul Underwood 
     15. Re: The T.A.M.I. show
           From: John Rausch 

Message: 1 Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 16:58:00 -0700 (PDT) From: David Coyle Subject: Re: The TAMI Show > ...they might have wiped it because they said "the > Rolling Stones from Liverpool" "Gerry and the Pacemakers from Liverpool" wouldn't have fit the melody as well... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 21:18:17 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: It's Whats Happening Baby Deena Canale wrote: > The show included a bunch of lip-synched "videos" shot on location > a la "Where the Action Is" addition to the aforementioned, I > recall Jan & Dean on a beach, a whole mess of Motown artists in > Detroit, and the Ronettes doing "Be My Baby" on a residential NYC > street with kids playing stickball around them. In "It's What's Happening Baby", Gary Lewis and his Playboys lip-sync "Count Me In". -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 21:46:11 -0400 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Recent CD: Skeeter Davis Mark Frumento wrote: > Also worthy of mention (I think) is the new Skeeter Davis comp > on Taragon call "Pop Hits". Great idea to compile all of Skeeter's > pop material. This is one that seems a long time in coming. Many > many stand out tracks too. Any chance we could get you to run down the tracks for us? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 03:49:53 -0000 From: Jerophonic Subject: Re: Help Needed Mike Dugo wrote: > I'm doing some research and need help, please, identifying > the authors of the following songs..... > Hitchhike (often covered) > Have Mercy (often covered) Since you mention "Hitchhike", I'll assume you mean "Mercy Mercy", also covered by the Stones on "Out of Our Heads". "Mercy Mercy" was written in part by Don Covay, a great soul singer/songwriter who would go on to write "Chain of Fools", "See-Saw", "Sookie Sookie" and many other songs made into hits by the likes of Aretha, Solomon Burke, Chubby Checker, Steppenwolf and J. Geils Band. "Mercy Mercy" is always credited to "Covay-Miller"; if I had my copy of his "See-Saw" LP (great cheesy cover) at hand, I might be able to provide more info on Miller, such as a first name. Hope this helps. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 05:14:18 -0000 From: Tom Waters Subject: Re: Poni-Tails - Before We Say Goodnight Don wrote: > I came across a recording of The Poni-Tails' "Before We Say > Goodnight" and I am trying to figure out who wrote the song. > I know a song by that name was written by Carole King and Art > Kaplan, but I can't figure out if this is the same song. > Anybody out there have any info on this one? I think Tom > Waters was our resident expert on the Poni-Tails. Well, Don, I must say you have a good memory there! However, I'm afraid that I can't be of much help on the writing credits. The copy of the recording I have is from one of the Jukebox Hits CD series (1960, either volume 2 or 3) and there are no writing credits listed for any of the songs on the album. I've loved that song for a long time, but I have no idea who wrote it. Sorry. Tom -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 07:10:15 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Van McCoy site Patrick Rands wrote - > Speaking of Van McCoy, anyone know what happened to his website? > > It now links to an Astronaut and Space Memorabilia webpage! Seems to be working OK from the UK , Patrick ! Simon -- How can I appear to help you ? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 11:06:34 EDT From: John Berg Subject: Re: Shadows & Reflections Two questions concerning the song "Shadows & Reflections", which I first heard via the version by The Action: 1. Has anybody out there in Spectropop land compiled all known recordings of this song on a CD (and if so would they be willing to dub a copy for me?)??? 2. While visiting the UK recently I spent a day with a couple who are working on the definitive book telling the story of The Action, along with a philosophical take on the mod scene. They played for me a demo [unreleased take] of "Shadows & Reflections by some other UK artist -- they didn't know the name of the artist, only that the version they played for me was not either of the two earlier American recordings of the song. Does anybody have a clue about what UK artist might have done this "demo" recording? John Berg PS - The couple also played for me 8 songs The Action recorded live in the studio for the BBC -- 4 by the original five member band, 04 more by the "Rolled Gold" era band as they moved towards "psychedelia" (the latter 4 songs are "Love Is All," "I See You" [Byrds number from "5th Dimension" album], "India" and "Shadows & Reflections".) These BBC tracks are apparently slated for vinyl release -- not sure what label or when. The couple also played for me a previously unknown song by The Action that the band recorded on May 31, 1966 as an audition for Decca, produced by Mike Vernon. This song will be released as a "bonus" disc accompanying the book on The Action (look for it in late 2004.) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 15:50:03 -0000 From: David A. Young Subject: Re: Recent CD: Ronnie Spector Mark Frumento asked for input about Ronnie's CD EP "Something's Gonna Happen," available through her website at ("Recent" is relative; these '80s recordings were released on CD for the first time a couple of years ago.) I'm not exactly in a position to offer an unbiased critique given my longtime devotion to her, but I thought I'd share a third-party perspective. I saw my doctor, a fellow record collector/Phil and Ronnie fan, last week for routine maintenance. I asked him if he had this EP, and he said that after buying his own, he's returned time and time again to purchase additional copies as gifts for others, who, he says, invariably wind up "converts." He identifies as a Marshall Crenshaw fan himself, but says that her versions blow his away, saying something like, "Crenshaw's a wonderful songwriter, but it takes a great artist like Ronnie to really put his songs over." He even went so far as to declare the disc his favorite Ronnie Spector collection, including Ronettes material! I'm not very Crenshaw-aware myself, but I heard his version of the title track for the first time the other day on the radio and must say that I agree with Dr. Shalit; hers seems much more urgent and passionate, capturing the exhilarating exuberance of the lyric perfectly. In any case, I'd have a hard time imagining anyone not finding this material superior to her roughly contemporary "Unfinished Business" album. David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 09:05:39 -0700 From: Kim Cooper Subject: Lost websites (Van McCoy etc.) One of the best resources on the web is a site that has been spidering and archiving pages for the last few years. Just plug in the URL you're interested in and see what old versions turn up. The Van McCoy site reveals screen grabs going back to December '98.*/ have fun, Kim -- Scram PO Box 461626 Hollywood, CA 90046-1626 Scram #18 out now with Emitt Rhodes, the Ramones, Marty Thau, Smoosh and more. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 16:11:41 -0000 From: Chris Mondia Subject: Rev-Ola and "soft-pop" Just wondering if anyone here has noticed Rev-Ola's gross misuse of the term "soft-pop". In all the promotional material for almost each new release, they pepper this term liberally throughout. Now, let me be the first to say that I truly love the work that Mr. Foster and Rev-Ola have done in getting material released and remastered that would have otherwise stayed in the vaults. But this is really getting out of hand. The Tokens are referred to as the "grandaddies of soft-pop." Why? Just because they had multiple harmonies? They even tout the Blades Of Grass album as a pure soft pop experience when all you really get is a great version of "Happy" (a softpop classic to be sure) and a bunch of other 60s psych songs. A great album but this sure isn't Roger Nichols! I'm wondering if they do this so that people typing the term "softpop" into search engines are directed to their releases. I was just reading a write-up of the new October Country release coming out next month and, once again, softpop is quoted multiple times. Now, I have the October Country album and it's one of my favorites. But it's not softpop. It's just really good, harmonic pysch. Am I wrong? To me, pure softpop is Roger Nichols, the Free Design, the Match, Four King Cousins, The Collage etc. It means being more influenced by Pet Sounds and Bacharach than by Sgt. Pepper. Just had to get that off of my chest. I still love Rev-Ola and will buy almost anything they release. How about putting that Match LP out Mr. Foster? Then you can feel free to describe it as softpop. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 20:19:05 +0200 From: Frank Subject: Re: Wings album Simon White wrote: > This maybe up a Spectropopper's street - does anyone have > a copy of the Paul Williams/Michel Colombier album "Wings"? I know I have it somewhere... Gotta look for it... Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 18:24:04 -0000 From: Lor Subject: Re: Katch 22 Albin Lindstrom wrote: > I found an album some time ago that i have been wondering > about ever since. The band is called (It's) Katch 22 and it's > their record "It's soft rock & allsorts". First i thought it > was some new band but I later realised that the album was > from 1968. Does the term "Soft Rock" come from this album? I actually saw this band in 1968 in a dancehall in Sandown, Isle of Wight. I remember them as being excellent entertainment with a very extrovert drummer who did some great traffic noises as they played "Summer in the City" - the things that stick in your mind! I also have the album which was released on Saga Records which I think was a budget label. I bought mine at a closing down sale of a small newsagent in 1969 and thinking about the term "Soft Rock" it seemed a fairly new expression. I don't know if anyone in the band went on to more famous things as there is not a lot of information available. Cheers, Lor -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 19:33:53 +0100 From: Peter Richmond Subject: Wings Simon White asks; > This maybe up a Spectropoppers street - does anyone have > a copy of the Paul Williams/Michel Colombier album 'Wings"? Yes, I have a copy of this rock cantata "Wings" by Michel Colombier. Bill Medley is a featured soloist on two tracks, "Morning" and "Freedom & Fear". Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 21:14:30 +0200 From: Paul Underwood Subject: Re: Wings Simon White wrote: > This maybe up a Spectropopper's street - does anyone have > a copy of the Paul Williams/Michel Colombier album 'Wings"? I did wonder if this would ever come up on Spectropop. The album, which features Bill Medley, Lani Hall, Herb Alpert and others, was reissued on CD in 2002 and is available from the French branch of Amazon ( I haven't heard the reissue, but maybe I'll replace my CDR transfer from vinyl now that I know it's available. Just as good is the album Bill Medley made with Colombier around the same time, which features superb versions of "Lovin' Feelin'" and "Hung On You" (great songs!). Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 14:58:48 -0500 From: John Rausch Subject: Re: The T.A.M.I. show All this talk of the TNT & TAMI shows. If anyone is interested, I have a radio promo 45 from International Pictures, with 3 different radio spots for advertising the show. I can upload them if anyone has interest in hearing them. John Rausch -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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