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Spectropop - Digest Number 1094

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 17 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Roberta Day
           From: Richard Havers 
      2. Re: Ellie's Birthday
           From: Mac Joseph 
      3. Mike Smith
           From: Steve Harvey 
      4. Mike Smith Press Release
           From: Norman 
      5. Jackie Lee
           From: Mick Patrick 
      6. Re: Roberta Day
           From: Steve Crump 
      7. Mariya Takeuchi
           From: Bill Reed 
      8. Sandy Posey RPM disc review
           From: Patrick Rands 
      9. Re: Roberta Day / Vince Hill in Bert Russell shock
           From: Mick Patrick 
     10. Re: To know him is to love court
           From: Paul Underwood 
     11. EMI / Capitol labels
           From: Frank 
     12. Dean Martin p/c
           From: Joe Panzarella 
     13. Joanie Sommers / Before And After / Hullaballo tv show 1965
           From: Steve 
     14. Re: Sandy Posey RPM disc review
           From: Jim Allio 
     15. Manhattan Transfer on musica
           From: Michael Edwards 
     16. Faux Shangs / Lynn Coleman
           From: Mick Patrick 
     17. Re: Joanie Sommers / Before And After / Hullaballoo tv show  1965
           From: Phil Milstein 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 09:42:46 +0000 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: Roberta Day Mick Patrick wrote: > ...I require songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher > information for the following record: Roberta Day "Someday" > (United Artists 792, 1964). Mick It was composed by Roberta Day and published by EMI UNART Catalog Inc. That much I can tell you. R -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 10:00:45 -0800 (PST) From: Mac Joseph Subject: Re: Ellie's Birthday Joe Somsky wrote: > Thank You ALL for attending the Lou Christie Show at the Bottom > Line in Manhattan on Tuesday night. Among the audience celebs were > the Shepherd Sisters! Billy J. Kramer, Jay Seigel, Fan Club Members > and many record collectors. The Ellie Greenwich Fan Club will be > celebrating our 20th anniversary in January! What a treat knowing > all of YOU for so many years! A very happy birthday today to our > wonderful legendary lady! Hello, Spectropoppers; Got a question for you folks. Can anyone give me or send me some info on joining Ellies Fan Club? I ,too am an admirer of her music and would be very nterested in joining. Thanks much, guys (and gals). Mac Joseph -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 11:25:20 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Mike Smith Mike Smith's son died in a diving accident last summer. I think he was trying to aid some other divers in trouble, in Spanish waters. Mike lives in Spain and that's where his fall happened. Too much tragedy for one family. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 07:27:43 +1030 From: Norman Subject: Mike Smith Press Release Hello Spectroppers, re: Mike Smith courtesy of Lynn Briggs, here is a update on Mike Smith BENEFIT CONCERT FOR MIKE SMITH TO TAKE PLACE IN NEW YORK CITY A benefit and tribute concert for Mike Smith, lead singer of the legendary 60's British rock group The Dave Clark Five, is being planned for New York City according to his agent, Margo Lewis of TCI. Smith, who sustained spinal cord injuries resulting from a fall outside his home in the south of Spain on September 12, 2003, was transferred by air ambulance to an undisclosed hospital in London on October 15, 2003 where he remains in very serious condition in an intensive care unit. The event is being organized by Lewis with the help of Smith's friends, including "Little" Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band, and Paul Shaffer of the Late Show with David Letterman. Details of the event will be announced soon. Smith's long time physician, Dr. Keith McKee, reports that Smith is currently paralyzed from the waist down and there is no movement of his right arm. Since there was mobility in this arm immediately following the accident Dr. McKee is hopeful that functionality will return with the passage of time. Smith's use of his left arm is limited. Dr. McKee also reports that because the spinal cord was affected, numerous problems have arisen including difficulty in breathing. Accordingly, Smith was given a tracheotomy to facilitate better use of a ventilator. Smith's mental faculties were unaffected and he is able to communicate by mouthing words. Determined to return to the stage someday, his outlook remains positive and the outpouring of emotional support from his fans serves as inspiration. Smith's wife, Charlie, is at his side night and day. The Royal Theatrical Fund in London, which supports performers in times of need, provided the air ambulance from Spain to London. Smith encourages donations to the fund, which can be made in his name. The Royal Theatrical Fund will also accept cards and letters to Mike from well-wishers but not flowers or gifts. Their address is: The Royal Theatrical Fund 11 Garrick Street London WC2E 9AR United Kingdom Website: 2003 marked a bittersweet year for Smith, the man who Tom Petty calls "one of the best singers of the 60's." After receiving rave reviews from fans and press alike during his first US Tour in over three decades earlier this year, on June 1st, Mike's only son, Jamie, a 23 year old SCUBA instructor, died off the coast of Egypt while trying to rescue a lost group of divers. In August, 2003, Smith again took to the US stages appearing at festivals and casinos in Las Vegas and the Mid -West. Smith's recent US appearances included performances on Late Show With David Letterman and at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. ------------------------------------------------------ Support the Royal Theatrical Fund Charity which is helping Mike after his accident.Email me for info. Mike Smith/Lenny Davidson Official Website and magazine: Official Messageboard: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 22:23:52 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Jackie Lee Ken Mortimer asked: > Anyone know what became of Jackie Lee (ex Raindrops)? I answered: > Yes, Jackie married an American millionaire, went to live > in the USA, and then unfortunately lost her voice. Barry St. > John told me this, so it's the gospel (ouch!). Furthermore, I just discovered an entire website devoted to this Queen Bee of British session singers. Contained therein are scans of every record Jackie ever made and an excellent biography. And that's just for starters. Take a look here: Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 22:30:08 -0000 From: Steve Crump Subject: Re: Roberta Day Mick Patrick wrote: > Oh dear, my record collection has let me down, just when I needed > it. So I need some help please. I require songwriter, arranger, > producer and publisher information for the following record: Roberta > Day "Someday" (United Artists 792, 1964). Hopefully, someone out > there has a copy. I don't. Feh! Hi Mick - how have you been?? Someday - Roberta Day - UA 792 Arr & Cond by Alan Lorber Produced by Gerry Granahan Unart Music Corp BMI Matrix ZTSP 95030 And just to keep the foreign theme going - Italian singer Milva did this song in 1965 as Ho Ritrovato la Felicita. Same arrangement, though Milva's vocal is not as strong as Roberta's (on this track anyway) BTW Mick, just wanted to join with the others and say congrats on the Phil's Spectre CD - superb in every respect!! Ummmmmmmmmm - does this mean that perhaps "Someday" may turn up on a comp you are working on??? (someday? - perhaps?) Cheers from Oz Steve -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 00:07:54 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Mariya Takeuchi The long-time pop star Mariya Takeuchi released her new CD on Wednesday, and by the following day it was number one on the Japanese Oricon (think "Billboard) album chart. Takeuchi started out in the late 70's, and in this part of the world' longtime fan loyalty of such magnitude is unheard of. . .at least as of late. Not to mention anti-ageism. Entitled "Longtime Favorites," the CD is simply that; covers of recordings, of a wide stylistic range, for which Takeuchi has an abiding affection. The production---the CD is arranged by her husband, Tatsuro Yanmashita---should be of particular interest to subscribers of this list. The repertoire includes: "It Hurts to Be Sixteen" (orig. Andrea Carroll), "Where the Boys Are" (Connie Frances rec. most of her big U.S. hits in impeccable Japanese, and almost without exception they were equally popular in that country) "You Don't Know" (Helen Shapiro), "Johnny Angel" (Shelley Fabares),"Footsteps" (Steve Lawrence), a duet with Yamashita on "Walk Right Back" (Everlys); a duet with the legendary J-pop producer Eiichi Ohtaki (the Phil Spector of Japan) on "Something Stupid," and "The End of the World" (Skeeter Davis, though I think Julie London also had a hit with it in Japan). There are also few MOR numbers (Shadow of Your Smile and Windmills), a couple of Europop salutes, including homages to Mina and Gigliola Cinquetti (the latter's 1964 San Remo winner "Non Ho L'Eta'"). Takeuchi sings some of the songs in English; others are renedered in Japanese translation. There doesn't appear to be much of a pattern. Then on a separate disc, several of these same numbers are performed in alternate languages. Obviously Takeuchi's Japanese is up to code, but so too is her English pronunciation ("L"'s are "L",s, "R"'s are "R"'s) as well as her French and Italian. When called for, strings are parcelled into the mix: a huge symphony orchestra recorded at Abbey Road, with arrangements by Katsuhisa Hattori. But the more Brill-ish tunes--Footsteps, etc.--- are performed with suitably spare, verissimilitudinous backing. Yamashita goes into great detail on his wife's web site as to how and why he approached the arranging of each song, and the justification for his (mostly subtle) deviation from the original charts. For example, "Walk Right Back" is heard with a small brass band, including tuba (!) unlike the Everly verion. Quite charming. The second disc also includes a sprinkling of karaoke, and one accapella reduction ("Footsteps"). I love this disc more than any other I've purchased in quite a while. The problem is, of course, that like most Japanese imports, this one is fairly pricey. So what if I have to skimp on my anti-seizure medication for a week! So, big deal! It is all just tooooo nutty, eccentric, ecclectic, personal. . .and wonderful. Bill Reed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 01:57:36 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Sandy Posey RPM disc review I recently tweaked the Sandy Posey RPM disc review I originally wrote in July of this year, please read the review and let me know what you think! :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 12:03:13 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Roberta Day / Vince Hill in Bert Russell shock Steve Crump: > Hi Mick - how have you been?? > Someday - Roberta Day - UA 792 > Arr & Cond by Alan Lorber > Produced by Gerry Granahan > Unart Music Corp BMI > Matrix ZTSP 95030 > Ummmmmmmmmm - does this mean that perhaps "Someday" may turn > up on a comp you are working on??? (someday? - perhaps?) > Cheers from Oz Hey Steve, old mate. Thanks for the info. What great credits. No wonder the record is so good - up there with Alder Ray and Clydie King, if you ask me. Yes, if I have my evil way, there's a good chance the Roberta Day track will be included on a CD in the new year. Not before time. Simon White: > British uber-crooner Vince Hill did a song called "Push Push" > written by Bert Russell (Berns) and Phil Medley. Whose is the > original version - assuming this isn't it? Hi Simon, how was Rio? The original version of "Push Push" was by Austin Taylor on US Laurie 3067, a small hit late in 1960. Is either version out on CD? Just wondered. Good singer, Vince. Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 16:43:58 +0100 From: Paul Underwood Subject: Re: To know him is to love court Just a few more details about the "To know him is to love him" case. The case seems to have been pretty straightforward and raised no points of law needing to be reported in the legal press, apart from the Appeal Court deciding in December 1996 that it was not too late for the case to go ahead and be heard in January 1997. Basically, Spector was contending that he signed a contract with Warman Music in July 1958 and that 3 months later (around the time that the record reached the American top 40: one wonders what sort of deal it was) Warman Music assigned its non-USA rights (for 28 years) to Bourne Music. From 1986, Spector claimed, these rights should return to him. In December 1996, Spector's lawyers also argued that Warman had made its agreement with Bourne without telling him, and without getting the necessary permission from the California courts (Spector was a minor at the time). It wasn't until the late 80's that Spector found out about the Bourne-Warman contract. In the Appeal Court case there seemed to be some scepticism over Spector's unawareness of this contract for over 36 years, and the issue was apparently not pursued, given the difficulty of contacting the people concerned back in 1958. The case and its outcome were reported in the British press at the time. Spector won back the rights from the end of the 28-year agreement. Here is an extract from the Times in January 1997: > Jonathan Hirst, QC, for Mr Spector, said the song was first > recorded by a group called the Teddy Bears. In fact, Mr Spector > had played all the instruments bar the drums and the song's > success had been the start of his "glittering career". > > Mr Justice Ferris, the presiding judge, said the song had failed > to "ring any bells" with him. He was offered the opportunity of > taking home with him a CD containing the song. "I think you will > remember it when you hear it," Mr Hirst said. Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 16:49:15 +0200 From: Frank Subject: EMI / Capitol labels I'm working on some EMI/Capitol CD releases. I wouldn't want to miss some of the labels that Capitol acquired over the years. Can anybody help me out with a list of the labels controlled by CAPITOL? Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 15:52:48 -0000 From: Joe Panzarella Subject: Dean Martin p/c Does anyone know if there was a U.S. release 45 rpm picture cover for Deans' "Everybody Loves Somebody"? Joe "Joeytunes" Panzarella -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 17:28:45 -0000 From: Steve Subject: Joanie Sommers / Before And After / Hullaballo tv show 1965 For the gentleman who had a question regarding Joanie Sommers singing "Before And After" on Hullaballo... You were asking about a record release of that... I think that she just sang it on the show as a tribute to the song which was riding the charts by Chad and Jeremy on Columbia Records. The song was written by the late Van McCoy. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 14:19:33 EST From: Jim Allio Subject: Re: Sandy Posey RPM disc review Patrick Rands: > I recently tweaked the Sandy Posey RPM disc review I originally > wrote in July of this year, please read the review and let me know > what you think: What a great review! You really placed Sandy Posey's music in context and did a spot-on analysis of the major songs. I remember Posey so well from, especially, the summer of 1966 when "Born A Woman" was a huge Bay Area hit. "You Don't Own Me" and "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" were harbingers, not the standard way of looking at things, and "Respect" was not yet released. My sisters snapped up the 45 of "Born A Woman" and sang it and its powerful flip, "Caution to the Wind" for months. The sentiments which seem today almost masochistic and victim- volunteerish, were in 1966 considered to be really telling it like it was. The excellent follow-up, "Single Girl," while a sizeable hit, did not solidify the buzz Posey enjoyed with the first hit because the image of the sleeping around secretary just waiting for her looks to go was veiled sleazy and didn't really connect with the primarily teenage females who bought the first record. It sure was ahead of its time in its honesty for pop music. I remember thinking, "What happens to the Single Girl when her looks go?" Check out my review of the Lesley Gore tribute CD here if you have a chance: Jim Allio -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 20:37:45 -0000 From: Michael Edwards Subject: Manhattan Transfer on musica Clark Besch writes: > Man, Rupert Holmes has been into everything! All the songs he > wrote. Producing the semi-cool TV show "Remember WHEN" about a > 30's/40's radio station. I really enjoyed the late 70's/early 80's > post-"Him" 45s like "Morning Man", "I Don't Need You" and "The End". > All 3 follow unusual methods and ideas like most of his songs, but > turn out very good! Country Paul follows: > I'm behind again, so if Mike Edwards didn't yet post a note about > what a superb time we had meeting Eddie Rambeau, Bud Rehak, Rupert > Holmes and Diane Renay (plus our own Ronnie Allen and Brian Gari) at > the Old Time Radio Convention in Newark, I will. Thanks to Clark and Paul for the Rupert Holmes related messages. I had forgotten that he wrote "Who What When Where Why", which was the anchor song on Manhattan Transfer's 1978 LP, "Pastiche". Group member Tim Hauser produced most of this album but they must have believed in the Holmes' song as they brought in 70s' super-producer, Steve Barri and session drummer, the late Jeff Porcaro to get that extra edge. The two also contributed to "Pieces Of Dreams" (wr: Dick and Don Addrisi) on the same album. I have not heard Rupert's original version but it was issued on his "Singles" LP (not a greatest hits compilation, btw) in the mid 70s. Carol "Doctors' Orders" Douglas cut a disco styled version on one of her 70s' albums. "Who What When Where Why" fits right in there with "Him" as a Holmes classic. In the hands of Manhattan Transfer/Steve Barri it became a timeless piece of pop confection. It was certainly the best thing that the Manhattan Transfer did and it is now playing on musica. Enjoy, Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 16:08:59 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Faux Shangs / Lynn Coleman John Frank wrote: > In my not-so-humble opinion, of all the inhabitants of Girl > Group Planet, The Shangri-las reign. Spector and Motown both > spawned a lot of "copycat" singles -- releases that took the > sound as a jumping-off point and tried to make a reasonable > facsimile, resulting in a lot of great music (and a lot of > crap). The Shangri-las, too, spawned copycat records that > tried to capture the melodrama and sometimes the attitude of > the Shangs. I'm listing some I've identified, and would > welcome more! I'd like to track them down and make a > compilation. I'm particularly interested in original songs > ('60s vintage only, please), but am also accumulating a > listing of covers, parodies and answer songs. Another one for your delectation: "Viet Nam Diary" by Lynn Coleman, released on Amigo 117, c.1966 - equal parts "Long Live Our Love" and "Past, Present And Future". The Amigo label operated out of Philadelphia. Maybe someone can identify Ms Coleman's accent for me. Sample lyric: "Dear God, I miss him. If I had to choose between life and death, I think I'd rather die." (sniff) This cheerful ditty is currently playing at musica: Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 15:23:33 -0500 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Joanie Sommers / Before And After / Hullaballoo tv show 1965 Steve wrote: > For the gentleman who had a question regarding Joanie Sommers > singing "Before And After" on Hullaballoo ... You were asking about > a record release of that... I think that she just sang it on the > show as a tribute to the song which was riding the charts by Chad > and Jeremy on Columbia Records. The song was written by the late > Van McCoy. That makes sense -- Hullaballoo had a weekly feature in which the guest artists performed a medley of cover versions (usually running just a verse and a chorus, although sometimes longer) of that week's Top 5 records. This led, as you might guess, both to some awkward and some memorable musical moments. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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