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Spectropop - Digest Number 1227

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There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Tuesday Weld 45
           From: lobsterman730 
      2. Dennis Wilson title change
           From: Susan 
      3. Re: Grapefruit
           From: Austin Roberts 
      4. Re: Cashman, Pistilli and West
           From: Austin Roberts 
      5. Ed & Sam Chalpin
           From: S'pop Projects 
      6. Re: Various
           From: Austin Roberts 
      7. Re: Bobby Vee "Beautiful People"
           From: Bob 
      8. Re: Apple books
           From: Steve Harvey 
      9. Re: Answer Songs
           From: Mark 
     10. Re: Left Banke 70s LP
           From: David Goodwin 
     11. Re: Words and melodies
           From: John Sellards 
     12. Walter Scott Book
           From: Mark 
     13. Re: Rundgren / Nyro
           From: Steve B 
     14. Re: Cashman, Pistilli and West; Words and melodies
           From: Mike Rashkow 
     15. Austin Roberts Interview - Arkade
           From: Mike Dugo 
     16. Melinda Marx
           From: Simon White 
     17. Re: Where are they now
           From: Jules Normington 
     18. Re: Tuesday Weld 45
           From: Fred Clemens 
     19. Re: Melinda Marx
           From: Mark 
     20. Re: Grapefruit; Iveys
           From: Scott 
     21. Re: Changed titles
           From: Fred Clemens 
     22. Re: "Beautiful People", Vee vs. O'Dell
           From: John Fox 
     23. Danny Buoy
           From: John Sellards 
     24. Why Can't Shatner Be More Like A Singer?
           From: Chris 
     25. Re: Avanti
           From: Dan Hughes 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 00:31:13 -0000 From: lobsterman730 Subject: Tuesday Weld 45 Hi Y'all! FIRST POSTING! Got a question... I have been troubled for almost two decades on this matter... Exactly, how RARE is the TUESDAY WELD 45, "Are You The Boy" on Plaza Records? Can anyone share some light on the value and the history of this recording? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 19:55:26 EST From: Susan Subject: Dennis Wilson title change Jon Stebbins, who wrote on of the more authoritative DW biographies, doesn't know of any particular reason for the change *to* POB. He does say that the change came after Dennis's first split with Karen Lamm, who, in 2000, still referred to POB as "her" album See the Blue Bamboo board - - for further discussion. Susan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 20:14:00 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Grapefruit Clark, Thanks once again for great info. I loved Maybe Tomorrow. Should've been a monster. Best, Austin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 20:08:07 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Cashman, Pistilli and West Rashkovsky: > Also on Event, CPW produced a group which I always assumed > was them, or them with Austin. The group (person) was called > Horatio. The A side of the single I have is titled "I Gotta > Have You". Mike, You make me realize how porous my mind is. If I did it, I've forgotten. I did some fun things with Terry And Tommy And Gene later on, but that was in NYC and I'm not sure I was even out of diapers then. All 3 were terrific in helping me get started in the business. AR -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 22:26:58 -0000 From: S'pop Projects Subject: Ed & Sam Chalpin Mick Patrick wrote: > Move over, Dora Hall. Step aside, Mrs Miller. Make way for > Sam Chalpin, pop singer, age 65.......... I borrowed a pile > of records from m'colleague Waxie Maxie Baumgart the other > day - every Annette LP under the sun, that kind of thing. > Among the pile was an album entitled "Sam Chalpin - My > Father The Pop Singer", released on Atco 33-191 in 1966. > I see that the record was engineered by one Mike Rashkow, > for whom I guess this missive might bring back some crazy > memories... Mike Rashkow replied: > If I tell this story, no one will believe it. I will do it. > Give me a couple of days. I will tell you about Ed Chalpin. New @ S'pop Ed & Sam Chalpin, His Father The Pop Singer A Recitation Of The Ridiculous By Mike Rashkow Don't miss it, it's a scream. If you don't like it, blame Mick for talking Rashkovsky into writing it. Follow this link: Enjoy! The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 20:18:31 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Various Re: Ivey's; Grapefruit Eddie, Thank you my friend. I still think about how good "Maybe Tomorrow" was. Re: Favorite Jimmie Haskell arrangements How's about Tommy Roe's Dizzy? Re: The Buchanan Bros Hey Mark, I did a couple of other `ghost leads' for them but not the one mentioned. They were very talented and kind of big brothered me in 1968 and 69. Re: The Buchanan Bros Still am,crazy man. How's your part of NC these days? May stop on way through from Nashville this weekend. Take care, Austin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 01:21:52 -0000 From: Bob Subject: Re: Bobby Vee "Beautiful People" Clark Besch: > Reminds me of many double releases that WERE hits still - > Bobby Vee and composer Kenny O'Dell's "Beautiful People" is > one I always felt would have been top 10, had only one of > these two top 40 hits been released. Bob Celli wrote: > Dallas Smith, and he told me that "Beautiful People" sold > 750,000, so your statement couldn't be truer! Clark Besch: > Bob, the song seemed to do better with stations' charts when they > played only one version too. #6 for Bobby on WLS Chicago with no > airplay for Kenny O'Dell's version. Clark, You're right about the airplay part. Around here WHOT played O'Dell's version, but in Cleveland WIXY 1260 played Vee's. I've talked to Bobby about the circumstances surrounding "Beautiful People". He told me that initially he was totally against covering that record because he felt, coming off his biggest selling record, "Come Back When You Grow Up", that he could "roll the dice" with any number of songs, and do well. The folks at Liberty said "Well, let's record it and see what you think. If you don't like it, we won't do anything with it." Bobby said that he loved the version he cut and eventually decided to let Liberty put it out. "And my worst fears came true" Bobby said. Apparently White Whale picked up the O'Dell record and they were released on vitually the same day, and fought it out on their way up the charts. Bobby told me that White Whale was started by a couple of ex-Liberty employees and they worked their tails off promoting the O'Dell version. Bobby told me that he and O'Dell met at an airport during this fiasco and that Kenny was not upset about Vee covering the song. Why should he be? He made money on both records, not just one! Bob Celli -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 17:26:10 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Apple books Bryan wrote: > I just received another book about Apple -- > "The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary of The > Beatles, Their Million-Dollar 'Apple' Empire and Its Wild > Rise and Fall" by Richard Dilello -- Yeah, I got that book back in the 70s. Has it been updated? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 01:48:56 GMT From: Mark Subject: Re: Answer Songs Hey Guys! Add to the original list of answer songs: "Got a Job" by the Miracles (their first record, answer to--what else --the Silhouettes' "Get a Job"). There's also the Skeeter Davis LP of answer songs, "Here's the Answer", which features a number of country hits from the period (all on RCA, as was this LP) and Skeeter's 'answer song' to each (i.e, Floyd Cramer's "Last Date" and Skeeter's "My Last Date (With You)"). Best, Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 19:31:04 -0600 From: David Goodwin Subject: Re: Left Banke 70s LP Just a quick note. Although this album has not officially been reissued on CD, two tracks *do* appear on legit compact discs: a) Strangers on a Train is on the Relix Sampler 1 CD, although it's taken from a somewhat muddy source (perhaps from vinyl?). b) Voices Calling is on the Bam Caruso Waxworks Vol. 1 CD, and sounds *stellar*...far better than it sounded on the LP! -David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 01:37:39 -0000 From: John Sellards Subject: Re: Words and melodies Austin Roberts: > For that matter They're Coming To Take Me Away > (Napoleon XIV) Of the two examples recently mentioned (Dylan & Napoleon XIV), those are both examples where the impact clearly comes from the performance and not from the melodic worth of the music. The rock and roll era shifted the importance from the composition to the ultimate performance, so after years of hits that only really use about five notes for melody ("Sea Cruise" comes to mind) something like "Subterranian Homesick Blues" could be a popular record, when a tune with such limited melody would probably not have done much twenty years previous. I know people my age who certainly know "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by name as played by anybody (mentioned as a great melody) and probably wouldn't know "Subterranean Homesick Blues" at all! John Sellards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 02:02:14 GMT From: Mark Subject: Walter Scott Book John Fox--could you please tell me the title and author of the book about the Walter Scott murder? Thank you very much. Best, Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 21:25:22 -0500 From: Steve B Subject: Re: Rundgren / Nyro previously: > Now, here's my toss on Brian Wilson's influence: How about > Todd Rundgren? I don't know if Todd has ever acknowledged > a debt to Brian, but I feel Brian's stamp on Todd's writing. > Anyone else see this? When he sings, "deep down inside me, there's..." in Real Man, it's a direct reference to "step on the gas, she goes..." from Custom Machine." It's just a tacet with a bass voice going into the chorus, but it's a great song propellent. Steve B -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 21:20:22 EST From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: Cashman, Pistilli and West; Words and melodies Austin: > I did some fun things with Terry And Tommy And Gene > later on, but that was in NYC and I'm not sure I was even out > of diapers then. Well you were out of the Marines by then, I hope you were out of diapers. > For that matter They're Coming To Take Me Away (Napoleon the > XIV, I think). OK Rashkow, my friend (which he is), there are > always various opinions on the same subject. I will rise to no bait not served with fries. Di la, Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 20:19:09 -0600 From: Mike Dugo Subject: Austin Roberts Interview - Arkade Thanks to this great list, I'm currently in the process of conducting an email interview with Austin Roberts. Since my website is primarily geared towards 1960s rock and garage bands, - I'm focusing primarily on his days as a member of Arkade - but I'd like to really touch on any subject that may be of interest to knowledgeable music fans such as the ones on this list. I know Austin has been kind enough to respond to many questions via this list, but I'd like to welcome any and all questions from fellow Spectropoppers. If you have questions you'd like to ask Austin, please send them to me, mike @ (no spaces) - I'll be sure to include them into my interview. Thanks in advance. Cool info from Austin: He wrote and sang lead on "Pretty Mary Sunshine" and "Seven Days A Week" from the great, original SCOOBY DOO cartoon. Both songs are among my two boys' favorites! Mike Dugo -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 02:12:50 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Melinda Marx Ed B wrote: > While on vacation this week have been playing a lot of 45s > from my collection and came across Melinda Marx VJ 657 > The East Side of Town/How I Wish You Care - A quick Google > search revealed she is daughter of Groucho, something I > wasn't aware of, nice girl group sound on both sides, did > she have any other releases? Ed- great Yahoo address btw ! - strange but true , Melinda was Groucho's daughter, something I only found out a few years back. There's another Vee Jay 45 It Happens In The Same Old Way/ What -VEE JAY 689 - which is also rather nice, although Melinda is not the world's greatest singer, but has a naive charm. "What" is the original version of a song that became a massive Northern Soul favourite by a lady named Judy Street, a more uptempo version produced by the untouchable H.B. Barnum. There are 45s by Bill Marx on Vee Jay too and something tells me that he was a son of a Marx Brother. I'll have a look in my books. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 13:31:57 +1100 From: Jules Normington Subject: Re: Where are they now Phil Hall: > I've always wondered what became of the some of the lesser- > known but still noteworthy girl groups and female performers > of the sixties. > I love Chuck Mallory's site > but while it's a mile wide, in many places it's understandably > only an inch deep. I'd love to fill in the cracks. I'm with Phil! I'd love to know what happened to a whole plethora of girl group Jill Harris, Bernadette Carroll...but I won't go on...(yet) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 02:48:10 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: Re: Tuesday Weld 45 lobsterman730 wrote: > Hi Y'all! FIRST POSTING! Got a question... > I have been troubled for almost two decades on this matter... > Exactly, how RARE is the TUESDAY WELD 45, "Are You The Boy" > on Plaza Records? Can anyone share some light on the value and > the history of this recording? I first heard it on Jim Pewter's ROCK SHOPPE, ca.1973-74, a syndicated program that took the place of Gus Gossert's show on WPIX 102FM in New York. He played it as a mystery song where you had to guess the Artist, and apparently the song was new then. The flip was called "All Through Spring And Summer", which Pewter played a portion of when he revealed the answer. I was told a couple of years later that it was on Warner Bros. Records, though I've never seen a copy in any form. I would say that it is VERY RARE (as opposed to ULTRA RARE). Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 02:25:04 GMT From: Mark Subject: Re: Melinda Marx Hi Ed! Melinda had one other single that I know of, also on Vee-Jay (689). The songs are "It Happens in the Same Old Way" and "What". "What" has gotten the attention of a few Northern soul collectors, as it's the original of the beloved Northern soul chestnut by Judy Street on the Strider label (produced by H.B. Barnum, who probably owned the label). "What" was remade by Soft Cell in the early '80s. Of course, Soft Cell's giant hit, "Tainted Love", is also a Northern soul classic (done originally by Gloria Jones). Best, Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 21:57:45 EST From: Scott Subject: Re: Grapefruit; Iveys Orion: > The Grapefruit, IMHO, were really pretty good. I liked > the song "Elevator". I have their LP and the few 45s > released here in the US. Aren't there at least two Grapefruit LPs? Scott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 03:11:42 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: Re: Changed titles In late 1961, there was a song called "Poof" recorded by Bill Giant for MGM Records. Bill was a member of the song writing team who wrote the song, the others being Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye. The trio were responsible for a great portion of songs recorded by Elvis Presley, most of which were movie tunes. Their only big Hit for him was "(You're The) Devil In Disguise". Getting back on track, "Poof" was picked up by Kenny Lynch in the UK. But when he recorded it, the title took on a new name, becoming "Puff (Up In Smoke)". In October of 1962, the song saw some success on HMV Records. The reason for the name change was because the word "Poof" was a derogatory term defining a certain lifestyle. Around March of 1963, Lynch's song made it's way Stateside, where the title was reverted back to it's original "Poof", released on Big Top Records. It did find some regional play, but effectively flopped. But also in March saw the release of a song called "Puff", this one by Peter, Paul & Mary on Warner Bros.. When that song started moving up the Charts nearing the Top 10 in April, the title suddenly became "Puff (The Magic Dragon)". Some will tell you that the title was changed to clarify it from it's presumed drug reference (reefer- ence!). But I will offer that the title was changed to keep from being confused with the Lynch UK release. Slightly on track, a couple of years later, the Giant-Baum-Kaye team composed the Americanized theme to a popular Japanese cartoon, to which Bill Giant can be heard singing it. The cartoon became (in America) "Kimba, The White Lion". I mean, it WAS about a lion, ...wasn't it?? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 22:27:36 EST From: John Fox Subject: Re: "Beautiful People", Vee vs. O'Dell I think Bobby's version was much smoother and pleasant to the ear than Kenny's I agree completely. O'Dell's version always grated on me, especially his use of the word "ya" instead of "you" in "It's true, it's true, it's true... and I love you". Also, at the end of the song, where Vee sings "I do, I do, I do...mmm I love you", that makes much more sense than O'Dell's "I do, I do, I do...and I love ya". As I write this, I'm thinking (are you listening, Mrs. Fred?) where else but in Spectropop can you express such minutiae that's been bothering you but you've never had anyone to tell it to? Spectropop, you're like a proverbial psychiatrist's couch for us hopeless rock junkies! John Fox -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 04:00:23 -0000 From: John Sellards Subject: Danny Buoy Several years ago a local fellow (I'm in WV) brought me a record he had made in NY in the late 50s/early 60s under the name of Danny Buoy (his real name was Dan Wallen). The songs are "Baton Rouge Rose" and "One Way Affair" and it was released (with picture sleeve, no less) on, I think, Date Time or Play Time Records - I can't remember which, although I scanned the sleeve and have the file somewhere. He told me he had been a demo singer for Benny Benjamin (the pop writer, not the Detroit drummer). Dan was eaten up with cancer when I met him and didn't last more than a couple of years. I'd love to know more about the recording...I wish I'd thought to look at the matrix numbers on the record. Anybody have a copy and know anything about the label or any other related information? I'd also love to get a good copy if anybody knows where I could find one. I have a tape, but the copy was worn-out styrene (see what got me thinking about this?) and sounds awful. John Sellards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 20:33:15 -0800 (PST) From: Chris Subject: Why Can't Shatner Be More Like A Singer? Phil M.: > *aren't these both ["Why Can't a Woman Be More Like A Man?" > and "How To Handle A Woman"] from My Fair Lady? I wonder if > Shatner's stylistic progenitor wasn't Rex Harrison. No, actually it was Lee Marvin in the "Paint Your Wagon" movie. "Why Can't A Woman" was from "My Fair Lady", "How To Handle A Woman" from "Camelot", and "Wand'rin' Star" from "Paint Your Wagon" -- and all three were written by Lerner & Loewe. They had something of a strategy in these three musicals: build your plot around the triangle of a male lead (non-singer), a singing soprano, and a singing romantic male who could produce notes but would appear ridiculous: Higgins/Eliza/Freddie, Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot, etc. etc. Probably Shatner, or someone advising him, noticed that "How To Handle" was a song one could "act" one's way through. Now if it had been David Bowie singing "Why Can't A Woman be More Like A Man" ... Chris -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 22:45:35 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Avanti A few of you have replied to my question "What's an Avanti?" What I SHOULD have asked is "Where did Studebaker come up with the name Avanti?" Is it an obscure Indian tribe, or a European quadraped, or a made-up word? ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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