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Spectropop - Digest Number 1042

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Darlene Woods / Starlings
           From: John S. Weathers 
      2. Re: Julius LaRosa
           From: James Botticelli 
      3. Re: Fantasia: gotta get away
           From: David A. Young 
      4. Collectors Choice; "some crooner"; more
           From: Country Paul 
      5. Godfrey Daniel
           From: Phil Milstein 
      6. Re: Bassett Hand
           From: Hugo M. 
      7. Re: Julius LaRosa
           From: Mike Rashkow 
      8. Brian Wilson
           From: Lindsay Martin 
      9. Re: Freakbeat
           From: Stewart Mason 
     10. Re: Youm Youm
           From: David A. Young 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 21:01:51 -0400 From: John S. Weathers Subject: Darlene Woods / Starlings Hello, Does anyone have any links / photos / info on a group known as Darlene Woods and the Starlings? They recorded a 45 on World Pacific in 1959 - "That's Me" / "All I Want". It has a female lead (of course) with male backup. I heard it initially from Ian Slater (thanks) and managed to acquire the 45 a couple of weeks ago. Thanks, John S. Weathers -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 20:28:44 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Julius LaRosa John Berg wrote: > By contrast, my kids (22, 19 and 15) like much of the same music > I like, and I listen to all their current faves (well, maybe not > the rap stuff, but fortunately they are much more into '60s groups!) > I can go to the clubs where my son's band plays and not seem too out > of place. At times I almost worry about this -- what do my kids > have to rebel against if we all like rock? Well, that is partially what gave birth to the Exotica/Easy Listening movement of the mid 90's. Fronted by bands like Combustible Edison, these folks and their peers, veterans of rock, punk, new wave, yadayada grew tired of going into the bank and hearing the Stones "Satisfaction", going into the dentist's office to be drilled to Beatles music. So they became contrarian and identified the music that used to be piped into banks and dentist offices and began the process of rediscovering all that trashed and donated vinyl (Esquivel, Martin Denny, "Now" Sound LP's, etc) and made that the sound of rebellion. Reactionary music critics, mired in preconceived notions, dismissed it as Republican Chic, but it was a genuine period of joy for many of us, the pure rebelliousness of something right under our very noses. On the kids thing John, PJ O'Rourke noted in an article a few years back ('99?) that kids on kollij kampuses were dressing like hippies in bells and long hair, groovin' to the soundz of the 6T's. He asked rhetorically if Baby Boomers ever in a million years would have shown up on their kollij kampuses wearing Zoot suits and listening to Big Bands! Feud for thought, eh? -- James Botticelli -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2003 01:01:18 -0000 From: David A. Young Subject: Re: Fantasia: gotta get away A great addition to the listening lounge, Harvey, and much appreciated. I can confirm for you that the record was released in the U.S. as you suspected, namely on Mala 562, but I have no other information about it. I consider the song's producer, Richard Perry, to be grossly underappreciated, particularly in light of his tremendous success. An overview of his body of work, big hits and buried treasures alike, reveals a truly impressive legacy. Does anyone have any current contact information for him? I'd like to interview him for a Discoveries article. Contact me off list if you can help. Thanks, David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 21:23:35 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Collectors Choice; "some crooner"; more To all interested, the new "Phil's Spectre" CD is available in the US through Collectors Choice. They've also released six Bobby Darin CD's from Atco; no bonus tracks, though. Of significant additional interest, an import, "94 Baker Street: The Pop Psych Sounds of the Apple Era 1967-1969." "From 94 Baker Street in London, the Beatles' Apple Music Publishing produced some of the UK's best pop and psych of the late 60's. Here are 21 nuggests from those heady days: "Sycamore Sid" Focal Point; "Dear Delilah" Grapefruit (whom McCartney produced); "Children of the Sun" Misunderstood; "Tube Train" Iveys; and more, plus unissued demos and alternates." Anyone know what else is on it? And is it is good? "Honeydhont": > I bumped into some crooner Julius LaRosa on his album You're Gonna Hear > From Me on MGM. At the risk of piling on, Dan Hughes and Bill Reed gotcha on that one, Mr. Dhont. "Some crooner" was huge in the early 50's. Discovered by Arthur Godfrey, he was featured on Arthur Godfrey's show when that meant to its generation what Dick Clark's meant to the next. There's a Spectropop link, perhaps indrectly: LaRosa's "Eh Cumpari" was the first record and first hit on Cadence. Godfrey's show also featured the Chordettes, also on Cadence; I believe Cadence owner Archie Bleyer was Godfrey's musical director. (Dan and Bill, do I have that right?) Short takes: Martin, thanks for posting Carol Connors' notes re: Jack Nitzsche ( ). The site keeps getting better and better. Phil M., thanks for playing "Youm" to musica. Definitely too good a track to keep secret! One day I'll have the capability.... Country Paul a/k/a "Some DJ" -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 20:20:48 -0400 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Godfrey Daniel Bill Reed wrote: > awshucks Godfrey went---at warp Jerry Lee Lewis speed--- from being > the most powerful personality in radio-TV to dead media meat almost > overnight. The meglomaniacal character, Lonesome Rhodes, brilliantly > portrayed in the film "A Face in the Crowd" by Andy Griffith was > based on Godfrey. I always thought there was a healthy dose of Elvis in that character -- in the massiveness of his fame and charisma, if not in his (the character's) political ambitions -- but the listed release date of 1957 would seem to weigh against that. Still it's a brilliant (and underappreciated) film, ultra-insightful in its depiction of the motivational force of TV, and with a performance by Andy Griffith that will leave you shaking your head in wonder as to how he could have taken himself out of the dramatic mode so early in his career. > LaRosa, meanwhile, went on to carve a nice recording career for > himself. No spectropop that I can recall, however. I grew up listening to LaRosa (via my parents, actually) on a daily basis, as a DJ on the adult-pop NYC station WNEW-AM. Don't remember much about him, other than the fact that he had a great speaking voice, too. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2003 03:22:00 -0000 From: Hugo M. Subject: Re: Bassett Hand Um, that was me that had the 'Youm' 45 listed in a sale catalogue... I referred in that listing to other productions that I had seen credited to B. Hand, someone mentioned here; I believe the other place where I have seen that name was on the Beach-Nuts 45 on Bang. Song title was something like "Summer Means Fun", that one. (The one that Osborne's guide mistakenly says that Lou Reed performed on.) Unfortunately, I don't presently have a copy of that 45 to confirm my sometimes-hazy memory. diddy-dum diddy-doo, Hugo M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 23:24:50 EDT From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: Julius LaRosa Bill Reed writes: > LaRosa, meanwhile, went on to carve a nice recording career for > himself. No spectropop that I can recall, however. ...and was a successful NYC deejay for at least several years. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2003 14:05:20 +1000 From: Lindsay Martin Subject: Brian Wilson John Berg wrote: > By contrast, my kids (22, 19 and 15) like much of the same music > I like, and I listen to all their current faves ...... My experience exactly! Last year I went to see Brian Wilson in Brisbane with my 19-year-old son, who a couple of times during the concert identified a song for me. Not only that, he'd give me the year and the album it was on... I was thinking, "What's happening here? I'm the one who's supposed to know this stuff: I was THERE!" The audience was of course full of people of all ages. A 20-something guy sitting in front of us sat placidly until "Surfer Girl" started, then he went ape, screaming and clapping and waving his arms. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 22:32:43 -0700 (PDT) From: Stewart Mason Subject: Re: Freakbeat For Phil M. re: "Freakbeat" - I've always taken it to mean a small cluster of UK bands who took the Who and Kinks as their primary influence and added a level of art-school-influenced theatricality: the Creation and John's Children, I suppose, are the exemplars of the form. I like the term because it's handy as shorthand, but I don't use it much simply because not many people know what it means! S -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2003 00:52:47 -0000 From: David A. Young Subject: Re: Youm Youm Thanks for sharing that record on musica, Phil! It's the backing track to the provocatively titled "You Can't Take My Boyfriend's Woody" by The Angels and The Powder Puffs, in case you didn't realize that. David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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