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Spectropop - Digest Number 1171



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There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re; It all began when Ronnie sang Be My Baby
           From: John Love 
      2. Re: It all began when Ronnie sang Be My Baby
           From: Vlaovic B 
      3. Special Spector request
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      4. Duprees on Columbia
           From: Mark 
      5. Re: Casey Kasem
           From: Bill Brown 
      6. Re: The End of Albums
           From: JB 


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Message: 1 Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 03:32:18 -0600 From: John Love Subject: Re; It all began when Ronnie sang Be My Baby As one who was there at the time, and who never tires of listening to the Ronettes' recordings 40 years on, I think that describing Ronnie as a rock star at all, let alone the first [Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Darlene Love (?)....] is going a bit far. Ronnie was part of a group that burned brightly very briefly [only one top ten hit remember] and like all the other girl groups' lead singers, she was never promoted individually, even though she may have been the only Ronette singing on the records. Even the half hearted "featuring Veronica" only got tacked on to the last singles, at which point it was all over. I suspect that most of the fans who bought "Be My Baby" didn't even know here name, any more than they knew the names of the lead singers of the Essex, Chiffons, Shangri-Las, Crystals etc. There were no solo hits and only a few dreary albums. She may be a star in the hearts of us ageing Spectroppers, but let's get a little perspective on this. Journalistic hype indeed. John PS David Hemmings sang the role of Miles in the original production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw, and is on the recording conducted by Britten, as Bill George points out. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 09:56:26 -0500 From: Vlaovic B Subject: Re: It all began when Ronnie sang Be My Baby > Ronnie as the first female rock star? Gimme a break! > What about Brenda Lee? > > Oh those sleazeball journos always trying to hype everything up. Correct, but Lee was always on the country side of rock whereas Ronnie was more urban. In any case Ronnie Spector gave a fantastic concert in Toronto last night. The opening act was not impressive, but once Ronnie took the stage there was a smile on my face a yard wide! Her voice is still so impressive. The set list began with (oh, trying to remember...) with Sleigh Ride, from there she segued into 'Do I Love You'...in no particular order (but trying to be in the order performed) the rest of the set continued with a Christmas song identified with Frankie Lyman (I didn't recognize it) 'Recipe For Love' - noted as having been recorded when she was 15 or so for Colpix, Say Goodbye to Hollywood, Chapel of Love (Just like the Ronettes original arrangement, introduced as something she's done twice but would rather forget the first time), I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine, So Young, Best Part of Breaking up (with a metal edge), Try some, buy some (odd choice that!), Baby I Love You, Walking in the Rain (marred only by her stock comment that she'd heard it in the mall earlier that day), Frosty the Snowman, She Talks to Rainbows, You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory, Be My Baby, Encores..... I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa claus, I Can Hear Music. I Know I'm missing a Few, but it really was a terrific show! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 16:49:55 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Special Spector request Dear Spectropopers, I am involved with a Phil Spector book project for next year and I would like to include a knowledgable fan based list of PS produced favourites. Please could as many of you as possible email me directly (OFF LIST) with your (ordered) top ten choices (and your fave off the Christmas album) so that I can compile a comprehensive list - the more of you who respond the better, for obvious reasons, so please take a moment or two and email me your choices. I will collate and post the results after Christmas. THANK YOU in advance for responding! Have a great Christmas everyone. Kingsley Abbott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 19:48:49 -0000 From: Mark Subject: Duprees on Columbia The Duprees recorded 11 tracks, 05 singles and 1 unreleased song on Columbia. All of them are very good, different from their earlier sound, more like a Jay and the Americans sound. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 11:24:02 -0800 (PST) From: Bill Brown Subject: Re: Casey Kasem I'm not really much of a Casey Kasem fan, but remember how the Shadoe Stevens show was supposed to take over. Well Shadoe's show is long gone and Casey is still around. I am sure that Casey will find another distributor to keep his show going. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 10:48:12 EST From: JB Subject: Re: The End of Albums The Koobas (Kubas) album on UK Columbia features bits of narrative between (some of) the songs.... fortunately not too irritating, some even humorous! JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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