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Spectropop - Digest Number 1357

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Mickey Monkee and Grace
           From: Albabe Gordon 
      2. Re: "Here Comes The Judge"
           From: Nick Archer 
      3. re. lownly crowd
           From: Harvey Williams 
      4. Julie Andrews; Bobby Freeman on King; Johnny Cymbal
           From: Country Paul
      5. Concert photos - Ron Dante and Andy Kim
           From: Laura Pinto 
      6. Re: Tokens with Neil Sedaka
           From: Fred Clemens 
      7. Re: Pat Boone 45
           From: Eddy 
      8. Re: You Oughta See Grandma Rock
           From: Phil Milstein 
      9. Open Up Your Heart (wr. Artie Wayne) now in musica
           From: Clark Besch 
     10. Re: Thoughts on Al
           From: Phil Chapman 
     11. The Metropolitan Soul Playlist 15th Feb 04
           From: Simon White 
     12. Connie Francis
           From: Mike Edwards 
     13. Re: Neil Sedaka & The Cookies
           From: steveo 
     14. Re: Barry DeVorzon
           From: Austin Roberts 
     15. Raymond Lefevre
           From: Phil Chapman 
     16. Re: lonely at the top / original artists / Mary Wells
           From: Phil Milstein 
     17. Ann-Margret; Don Grady; Ray Peterson; Larry Hall
           From: Country Paul 
     18. Re: Modern Adventures
           From: Mike Page 
     19. Bogus Drifters?
           From: Martin Jensen 
     20. Da Doo Ron Ron - This Saturday 21st February @ Sussex
Arts Club, Brighton UK 9pm - 2am
           From: Chris king
     21. Re: John Simon
           From: Phil Milstein 
     22. Re: Barry DeVorzon
           From: Mikey 
     23. "Unbelievable" by the Vogues in Musica
           From: Paul Levinson 
     24. Re: Ray Peterson
           From: Laura Pinto 
     25. Jeanette .
           From: Julio Niño 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 19:05:36 -0800 From: Albabe Gordon Subject: Mickey Monkee and Grace Bill Craig says of Mickey Dolenz: > Mickey Dolenz (Circus Boy!)is a talented comic actor but > I was never a fan of his singing except that I always > thought his voice had a similar quality to the late > Tim Buckley's, who was indeed an original and significant > singer/ songwriter of the first '60s wave." I think Mickey fits very easily on the list of the "top ten most under-appreciated singers of all time." I love his voice. His pitch is great. Fantastic timbre. Lotsa angst (even though it's probably all acting - and I don't mean method). And he's dang soulful. My girlfriend - at her tender young age of 36 - whenever she hears certain Monkees songs or certain Jefferson Airplane songs, asks if it's Mickey or Grace. They do sound similar. best fishes, ~albabe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 19:15:19 -0600 From: Nick Archer Subject: Re: "Here Comes The Judge" Mark Hill wrote: > I don't know if on this show Pigmeat performs the entire > version of his "Here Comes The Judge" or if he's just an > actor playing a judge in a courtroom comedy sketch (remember, > Sammy Davis, Jr. was really the one who originated the phrase > on Laugh-In). This lyric link credits Pigmeat Markham as the writer of the original song: I'm pretty sure that it was Pigmeat's act that Sammy borrowed. Nick Archer -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 23:25:03 -0000 From: Harvey Williams Subject: re. lownly crowd Alan Hill wrote: > Count me in -- I'd love to hear the instro version of this > track. Glad you posted it. It has been on my want list to > hear since forever! Did they do anything else? Instro version now uploaded to But not for long! With the vocals removed, you can really hear the debt this song owes to Good Vibrations, particularly during the chorus sections. Not to diminish the greatness of the song... harveyw -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 00:28:31 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Julie Andrews; Bobby Freeman on King; Johnny Cymbal Norm D. Plume: > > Julie Andrews is said to have had trouble with the rhythms > of the music Moondog wrote. The follow-up line in the article is the zinger: "I guess she is a typical soprano, no sense of rhythm." Al Kooper: > Bobby Freeman - (I Do The) Shimmy-Shimmy (King 5373). This rocks > so hard. One of the few times a drummer actually steals the record > from the performer. Wish I knew who that drummer was, gang... No help here with the drummer, but a big second on your rave. Did Freeman do more on King, or was this a one-off? Mike Rashkow: > Rex Strother and I are working together (with a little help > from a certain Brit MP) to create a website for Johnny Cymbal. Wish I had more to contribute besides a deep appreciation for "Mr. Bassman," since I'm a bassman, too; I was impressed at how Johnny Cymbal did bass-like parts in his tenor range; I thought that kind of counterpoint was going to show up in more hit records after that, but it never did. (Of course, one should never say "never" in this group! Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 14:02:34 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Concert photos - Ron Dante and Andy Kim Hi all, The photos I took of Ron Dante and Andy Kim in concert at Silver Springs Park, Florida on February 1st are now online. To see them, visit Laura's Ron Dante Fan Pages at and scroll down a little bit to where you'll see the photo of Ron that you can click on to access the Webshots album (which will open in a new browser window). If you go down a little further on the homepage, about midway down, you'll see a photo taken of me and Ron after the show. Hope you like them! Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 05:46:02 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: Re: Tokens with Neil Sedaka Simon White: > Volume Two is a wierd mix of Trashmen, Caeser and the Romans, > Forum, Leaves, Willows, B. Bumble, Skyliners, and The Tokens > "While I Dream". > And here's my question. Is that Neil Sedaka singing lead with > the Tokens? And if so, who were The Tokens? Neil Sedaka was in that Tokens group in 1956 (originally known as the Linc-Tones), which also included Eddie Rabkin, Cynthia Zolitin, and Hank Medress. Neil sang lead on "While I Dream". Hank Medress sang lead on the flip side, "I Love My Baby". You can also hear Neil on the Willows recording of "Church Bells May Ring" (originally issued as "Church Bells Are Ringing"). He wasn't singing, though. He was playing the chimes. Both releases were on the Melba label. After the group broke up, Hank reformed the group in 1960 with the more familiar line-up (as Al Kooper mentioned), ...Jay Siegel, and brothers Phil and Mitch Margo. Today, Jay has his own Tokens group, while the Margo brothers have their own Tokens group. They rejoined forces for an appearance on the PBS special, Doo Wop 51. Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 14:00:44 +0100 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Pat Boone 45 Country Paul: > I've never heard of Pat Boone's "Beach Girl", Hi Paul, The song is available on the following CDs: Various Artists - Let's go trippin' (Ace) Pat Boone - Love letters in the sand (Universal) Pat Boone - More greatest hits Pat Boone - Pat's 40 big ones Pat Boone - The singles+ (the most recent issue, but a Dutch import 2cd, so probably harder to get) Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 10:42:13 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: You Oughta See Grandma Rock Mike Rashkow wrote: > Having just watched a new commercial for the drug Cialis, > I was moved to pull out (calm down) Howard Tate's classic > "Look At Granny Run Run" for a quick picker-upper. Written > by Jerry Ragovoy and Mort Shuman and arranged by our own > Artie Butler (and I assume it is also his funky piano driving > the track as well); I find it very interesting that this late > 1960's R&B presages the reality of the Viagra generation by > 40 years. Thanks, Mike, for playing right into my hands. Guy Lawrence and I have been discussing the idea of collaborating on a (just-for-fun) compilation of songs based on the theme of rockin'/surfin'/funky/etc. grannies. Anyone wishing to contribute ideas or, better still, tracks to this comp are urged to contact either of us offlist. > As an aside, having spent over 20 years in the advertising > business as a copy/concept person, I am amazed at the brilliance > and efficacy of the Cialis TV spot tag line: "erections lasting > over four hours call for immediate medical attention". Those who need to be reminded that priapism requires medical attention might not need that attention after all. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 15:30:39 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Open Up Your Heart (wr. Artie Wayne) now in musica Hi, as per request, now playing at musica is the cool U.S. Males (formerly Texas' Coastliners) 1968 45 "Open Up Your Heart" written by Artie Wayne and S. Bleiman. Artie, who's your co-writer? Kinda 'Grass Roots'y with fuzz guitar. Grooovy. B side, "Come Out Of the Rain", is equally great, written by the 5 Americans. Enjoy, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 14:31:19 -0000 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: Thoughts on Al James Botticelli: > It's funny. You think Al Kooper, and you think the guy who > played organ on 'Like A Rolling Stone'. You think of the > founder of brass rock. You think of all these innovative > things that seem so Al Kooper-like. Then you see he wrote > some of the most gooey pop ever (mind you I love it) and > you think, "Who and what is Al Kooper to me now?". Jimmy, you bring into focus some of the recent pop vs rock issues. Al Kooper is a living Spectroparadox! As a fan of US 45s played on UK pirate radio in the 60s, I became hooked on songwriting teams, producers and arrangers, including Kooper-Brass-Levine. The UK was going through the Beat Boom, so we rarely got to actually *see* these people, we just heard the results of their creative endeavours emanating from the radio, record-player, or in clubs. I bought the "I stand Alone" album because it was by Al Kooper the *songwriter*, with arrangements by Jimmy Wisner & Charlie Calello, backing vocals by the Blossoms, as well as a version of Johnny Taylor's "Toe-Hold" (which I hope Sharon Tandy sings at her forthcoming London gig). Similarly, all I knew about B,S&T in the beginning was that both sides of the UK 45 were Al Kooper songs. However, (moving away from Al for a moment) I did *not* go for B,S&T's "You've Made Me So Very Happy", as I already had and loved Brenda Holloway's original from two years earlier. In this case I was pleased that it was a big hit, as it meant I was no longer one of the anoraks at school raving about the song, and, unlike most other obscure soul records made famous by bands, she had co-written the song, presumably earning some money from it. Motown would not have given her co-writing credit if her contribution had been less than significant, as they had any number of acts who would have jumped at that song. Same goes for the Marvelettes' "Please Mr Postman", co-written by Georgiana Dobbins. I'm really enjoying the contributions from celebrity members; not only is it a privilege to share their personal insight, it's a valuable opportunity to explore the period of their career that you don't read about in any encyclopaedia of Rock. Phil C -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 15:02:08 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: The Metropolitan Soul Playlist 15th Feb 04 Playlist for 15th February '04, enjoy! Simon TKO - The Fat Man - Ten Star Alvin Cash - Do It One More Time - President Willie Harper - But I Couldn't - Alon Little Richard - Only You - Oldies 45 Screamin Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You - Decca Bill Pinkney & The Originals - I Found Lovin' - Fontana Thunder Lee - Too Late For Tears - Groove Vernon Garrett - If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time - Modern Jnr Walker - Anyway You Wanna - Tamla Masha Gee - The Peanut Duck - Joker Special studio guest, Gavin Stearns, selection: Harry Betts - Theme From The Fantastic Plastic Machine - Epic David Huff - Mary Browne - MGM Norma Lewis - When Loving You - Queen City Little Henry - Way Of Life - C/U Ritchie Havens - I Can't Make It Anymore - Verve Folkways Bonnie - Close Your Eyes - Warner Brothers Dimples Harris - Tall Lanky Juke Box - Trend Magic Band - Fabala - GNP Cresendo Bert Keyes Orchestra - Do Do Do Bah Ah - Clock Gigi Gallon - Do I Need You - ABC Shirley Bolt - Super Lover - Contrast Ritchie Adams - Better Off Without You - MGM Frank Foster - Rumbling Again - C/U Counts - Our Love - Carla Jackie De Shannon - Be Good Baby - Liberty Magnificent Men - Keep On Climbing - Capitol Four Vandals - Bigger And Better - Bestway Cd Enchanters - There's A Look About You - Pee Wee Jim Gilstrap - Run Run Run - Bell Wendell Watts - You Girl - Ref O Ree Clarence Townsend - I Found A New Love - Clara Butler Brothers - Reputation - Academy Rodney Williams Orc. - Kentish Town Rumble - Kent Town Jo Armstead - I Feel An Urge Coming On - Giant Lazy Susans - If You Love Me - Kapp (end of Gavin's selection) NF Porter - Keep On Keeping On - Lizard Pookie Hudson - Jealous Heart - Double L Esquerita - Esquerita And The Voola - Capitol -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 03:34:36 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Connie Francis In continuance of the Connie Francis thread I have played Connie's version of "Walk On By" to musica. It's from her 1968 LP, "Sings Bacharach And David". I acquired this album many years later and was looking forward to playing it as the producer and arranger was Claus Ogerman who had made all those great records with Lesley Gore. Claus had also arranged some lesser-known but likeable 60s' tracks for Connie such as "Your Other Love". But this album, although pleasant, was a disappointment. Connie's voice is sweet enough but the arrangements and her vocal style lack the drama that we've come to associate with these songs ("Don't Make Me Over", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "Walk On By" etc). Not that Connie couldn't do drama; even on "Where The Boys Are", you knew where she was coming from. The songs on this album simply aren't as good as the originals. Still there is so much excellent material in Connie's catalog, most of it from 45s. Here's five that no home should be without: "Don't Ever Leave Me" (1964) - written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich with an arrangement by Spectropop's Artie Butler, this was Connie's best entry in the girl-group field and with Ellie Greenwich on back-up what a girl group that was! An absolute peak. "(He's My) Dreamboat" (1961) – written by John D. Loudermilk and recorded in Nashville. The Jordanaires are on back-up and Boots Randolph provides the sax solo. The whole thing's got such a lazy hypnotic feel to it. "I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter" (1962) – written by Hank Hunter and Mark Barkan. I liked the fact that we got a separate spoken intro in the UK. "We met at a ski-lodge and we fell in love" leads off the US 45, whereas the UK 45 opens with: "We met on a winter's day and we fell in love". Like we didn't know what a ski-lodge was in the UK! "Vacation" (1962) – written by Hank Hunter, Gary Weston and Connie. I didn't realize that Connie nixed the lyrics as originally submitted to her and rewrote them herself. What a girl! She was hip enough to realize that we were "gonna mash potato to a jukebox tune". It's February now but in 4 or 5 months we'll be able to start doing that again. Mix "Vacation" with "Palisades Park" and "Sealed With A Kiss" and you have some of the best summer 45s ever. All from '62. "Where The Boys Are" (1960) – written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. See above "Roundabout" (1965) – written by Tony Hatch. Like Bobby Rydell before her, Connie flew to London to work under the direction of Mr. H. As with Charlie Calello and a few others, Tony Hatch didn't have a bad day at the office. As Connie moved to a more mature style it seems a pity she couldn't get more original material of the quality of this haunting song. "Robot Man" (1960) – written by Sylvia Dee and George Goehring and unreleased in the US until Brian Gari's great "Rocksides (1957-64)" CD in the late 80s. MGM thought it would be just fine for UK audiences though and put it out as the b-side of "Mama". The New Musical Express logged them both in their Top-10 in June 1960. The US version of "Robot Man" by Jamie Horton didn't chart but eventually found its way to CD courtesy of the recent "Midnight Cryin' Time" triple set. Where do you stop? There are so many others: Phil Spector was there for "Second Hand Love" (1962), Teddy Randazzo for "So Nice (Summer Samba)" (1966), "Country Paul" played "Eighteen" (1957) at the S'pop Shindig party – the list goes on and on. Thank goodness. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 06:22:15 -0800 (PST) From: steveo Subject: Re: Neil Sedaka & The Cookies Laura Pinto wrote: > What tracks? I need to look it up and get back to you all! > (Anybody else know?) Laura, Don't realy know, but here is something I found on the net: "One of the major songs the Cookies sang on with Neil Sedaka was "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (his no.1 song). He taught them the part in a taxicab on the way to the session!" I often hear girls on his records singing unison on part of a vocal line which he answers to. I very much enjoyed this! Two examples are "Bad Girl" and the bridge on "The Dreamer" (my favorite Sedaka song). These came along later, ('63 and '64 respectively) and I don't know if the Cookies sang on these. Steveo -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 13:20:37 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Barry DeVorzon Mike Rashkow: > I recently had the chance to speak with Barry DeVorzon on > the phone. Very nice guy. I never heard anything by Barry > and The Tamerlanes, but I understand that was him as a youngster. Hey Mike, I think Barry and The Tamerlane had a semi hit record called "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" (not to be confused with the Boyce and Hart song). Barry, of course, later owned the highly successful label Valiant Records, which, among other hits, had "Angel On My Shoulder" by Shelby Flint. Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 17:30:38 -0000 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Raymond Lefevre Paul Urbahns: > Believe it or not but Cameo Parkway also issued a fairly > decent version of that song [Groovy Baby] as filler on the > album "More Mancini Favorites" by Orchestra And Chorus of > Rudolph Statler. > Statler did three Mancini albums, so somebody besides me must > have bought them. Hi Paul, I don't have any of the above, but it reminds me of an album by Raymond Lefevre that was a big pirate radio hit in the UK, primarily because it was released on the 'Major Minor' label, which was owned in the main by Phil Solomon, who was the major shareholder in Radio Caroline. The album, from early '68, was called "A White Shade of Pale", which, as well as the title track, included his version of "Groovin'" and Michel Polnareff's "Ame Caline" which is better known as "Soul Coaxin'". It also includes a track called "Think Of Summer (Pense a L'été)" which to my ears is obviously the Ragovoy/Weiss tune "Stay With Me". It is not credited as such, and I always assumed it was a misprint. Does anyone know if he did record "Stay With Me"? It would probably be on his album "Soul Symphonies", but I've never found a copy. Phil C -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 11:47:49 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: lonely at the top / original artists / Mary Wells Paul Evans wrote: > I remember stopping a breathless Barry Mann (of the fabulous > Mann/Weil married writing team and, of course, of "Who Put > the Bomp?" fame) as he ran down the street on the way to a > demo session for some of his new songs. > "Congratulations", I offered him. > "What for?", he asked. > It seemed pretty obvious to me. "For having three songs in > the Top Ten." > "Thanks," said an obviously concerned Barry as he ran off, > "but I'm in a big hurry. Those three songs are all on the > way down the charts." Terrific story, Paul! Just goes to prove that as hard as it is to get to the top, it's even harder to stay there. Which is, I believe, one of the reasons that so many of our superstars are so neurotic, and why so many of them proclaim that their days of early struggling were the happiest of their careers. Anyone remember that Paul Schaefer-Greg Evigan late '70s sitcom, A Year At The Top? About a songwriting duo who sell their souls to the devil for a year of superstardom -- which was longer than the show itself lasted. Skip Woolwine wrote: > FAME stands for Friends Against Musical Exploitation. > This is the group founded by Gene Hughes, Pat Benti, > Mary Wilson, Dennis Yost, Bill Pinkney, and others to > push for legislation to keep "Truth in Rock", i.e., full > disclosure that a particular brand-name band does not have > any of its original members. I have heard that some original performers currently working the oldies circuit have a clause in their contracts mandating that all other acts on the bill include at least one original member in their lineups. Of course, only those performers with a certain amount of leverage, i.e. demand for their services, can afford to try to weird a clause like that. Simon White wrote: > Isn't the story somewhere along the lines of this - there were > 15 takes of this song and they used the last one where Mary's > voice was hoarse. She never sounded quite as rough as this again! I believe she also wrote that one, which leads me to wonder if she wrote [m]any other songs that she recorded, and if so were any of them as great as Bye Bye Baby? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 01:20:52 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Ann-Margret; Don Grady; Ray Peterson; Larry Hall Re: Cha Cha Charming's article on "Ann-Margret: Sweden's Kitten With A Whip" From the article: > Most of Ann-Margret's recording sessions would take place > at RCA's Sunset Boulevard Studios in Hollywood. She first > stepped into the studio on February 9, 1961, and recorded > "Lost Love," a sultry rock ballad written by conductor HB > Barnum and R&B star, Johnny Otis. I have this as an instrumental (it was a small hit) by H. B. Barnum on Eldo (c. 1961, same label as the Safaris' "Image of a Girl"). Has anyone heard this vocal? Is it available or could it be played to musica? How is it? The article has interesting information, even if the prose is a bit, shall we say, turgid, with a style lifted from those oh-so-naughty men's magazines of the same period with a dollop of Walter Winchell-era press-agent lingo for flavor. And the photos are gorgeous - but what would one expect, considering the subject? The "It's My Party" competition makes for a fascinating tale, and Jeanette is someone I'd never heard of - or, sadly, heard, since the sound samples on the links in the story weren't functioning. (Can anyone suggest a good place to hear "the Queen of whispers'" work on the net? Way to go, Sheila; interesting stuff! Jim Shannon: > Came across a hard-to-find gem from my pop archives the other > night, Don Grady's "The Children of St. Monica". Nice vocals, > and I believe it charted into the Top 20 in '66. That was a fine track; my favorite of his is "Impressions With Syvonne." You may want to enter his name and that of producer Gary Zekley in the archives to get a look at some of the previous discussions about these guys. Ed Salamon, re: Gene Hughes tribute party: > The night opened with a great film produced by Spectropopper > Skip Woolwine, which combined photos of Gene and Gene's live > performance that Skip shot last year at a benefit for Ray Peterson. Is Ray Peterson okay? Still alive? What's he doing? Glad the night for Gene Hughes went well; wish I could've been there. Bob Rashkow: > Correct me if I'm wrong, anyone. Johnny Crawford covered > Larry Hall's "Sandy". But Dion's "Sandy" and Ronny & The > Daytonas' "Sandy" are 2 completely different tunes, right? Right - which brings up a question: who was Larry Hall, and what else did he record, write, etc.? (I've got the 45 on Strand, and seem to remember there was an album issued after the single.) Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 08:32:02 -0000 From: Mike Page Subject: Re: Modern Adventures Jim Shannon: > Excuse the brain freeze here, but I was going over my music > database over the weekend and came across the song "The > Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud" by Al Kooper. > I don't recall which LP that was on but remember it being a > really nice arrangement almost British sounding with lots of > orchestration. Hi Jim, This was the last but one track on 'Child Is Father To The Man' by B, S & T. I presume the album is still available on CD? Mike Page -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 13:33:30 -0000 From: Martin Jensen Subject: Bogus Drifters? While the subject of bogus groups is discussed, I'd like to hear if anyone here can give an overview of the Drifters' situation? How many groups are out there right now and which one should be considered the original group? I think I've read somewhere that there's a group with a license to tour the U.S (is this the group that Country Paul saw recently, then?), one who has the rights to tour Europe and so on. What's the status of these groups? With regards Martin, Denmark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 12:45:36 -0000 From: Chris king Subject: Da Doo Ron Ron - This Saturday 21st February @ Sussex Arts Club, Brighton UK 9pm - 2am Dear South Of England-based Spectropoppers - This Saturday 21st February sees Da Doo Ron Ron - the one & only 60s girl group club - return for its monthly sashay through the femme-centric side of the 60s @ the Sussex Arts Club, 07 , Ship Street, Brighton, BN1. Tel:-01273-778020 / 727371. DJs Chris 'Da Doo' King & Si Bridger will spin their familiar mix of 60s girly sounds a-go-go from the likes of The Ronettes, Dusty, Supremes, Aretha, Marvelettes, Lesley Gore, Barbara Lewis, Chris Clark, Shangri-Las, Petula, Lulu, Helen Shapiro, Vandellas, Brenda Holloway, Shirley Bassey & so on. You'll NEVER hear a MALE lead vocal @ DDRR! Doors swing open @ 9pm & the music stops at 2am. Admission is just £5 if you E-mail me the names of those wishing to attend in advance OR alternatively Tel:-01273-778020 / 727371. Check the web-site for further info:- Oodles of thanks for your indulgence, Chris Da Doo -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 12:19:02 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: John Simon Al Kooper wrote: > PP&F was Aaron Schroeder's production company. He actually made > the deal with Columbia for our services and hired John Simon > to produce at my suggestion. John Simon's name shows up on an awful lot of late '60s faves of mine (and I don't mean The Band), yet he is rarely spoken of in circles where great producers are discussed. Perhaps you can fill us on on what he was kind of person he was/is, what he was like to work with, and, if you've kept up with him (and if he's still around), what he's been up to lately. By the way, is he related to any of the more famous performing Simons, such as Lucy, Paul, Carly or Simple? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 14:11:12 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Barry DeVorzon Austin: > Barry, of course, later owned the highly successful > label Valiant Records, which, among other hits, had > "Angel On My Shoulder" by Shelby Flint. Yea, but Valiant's BIG hit was "The Rhythm of The Rain" by The Cascades. That one really made a lot of money for Barry. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 19:44:02 -0000 From: Paul Levinson Subject: "Unbelievable" by the Vogues in Musica Hi everyone, Received a whole bunch of requests for this track, e-mailed some, and then decided it was more efficient to play to musica. Title: "Unbelievable (Inconceivable You)" words and music by Paul Levinson published by Rainforest Moods Unreleased, recorded by the original Vogues, for Reprise Records in 1968, at the same session they recorded "Turn Around Look At Me"; produced by Dick Glasser. My vinyl copy says "Rough Mix," with the number L-6389 Enjoy! All best, (City) Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 21:32:02 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Re: Ray Peterson Country Paul wrote: > Is Ray Peterson okay? Still alive? What's he doing? Hi, Here's the link to Ray Peterson's site: (I think it's an official one, anyway ...!) I saw him in Chapel of Love: Jeff Barry and Friends, the PBS special from 2000 that's available on home video. He still has that same voice. He sang my sentimental favorite, "Tell Laura I Love Her." Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 21:08:25 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Jeanette . Hola Everybody. To satisfy Country Paul´s curiosity I´ve played to musica "Me olvidarás" (You will forget me) / Hispavox H348, A side, 1968, by Picnic (a Spanish ephemeral group featuring a young Jeanette as singer and main composer). The song was composed by Jeanette and produced by Rafael Trabuchelli. I hope you'll like it. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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