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Spectropop - Digest Number 1360

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There are 16 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Oh Micky You're So Fine
           From: John Fox 
      2. Re: Teacho and the Diplomats?
           From: Dan Hughes 
      3. Re: Bobby Freeman
           From: Eddy 
      4. Re: Laugh-In Update
           From: Clark Besch 
      5. Larry Hall
           From: Austin Powell 
      6. Chad & Jeremy
           From: Jim Shannon 
      7. Final notes on BlueBeats
           From: Jim Shannon 
      8. Re: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil off-Broadway
           From: Dan Hughes 
      9. Double Image
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     10. Neil Sedaka & the Cookies
           From: Mick Patrick 
     11. Re: Eleven Of The Best - Clarence Palmer & The Jive Bombers
           From: Al Kooper 
     12. Tandyn Almer Association
           From: Al Kooper 
     13. RCA Studio A, at 155 E 24th St
           From: Mikey 
     14. Re: Jeanette
           From: Julio Niño 
     15. Re: Valiant
           From: Jules Normington 
     16. Doris Troy @ Musica
           From: Mick Patrick 

Message: 1 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 09:26:31 EST From: John Fox Subject: Re: Oh Micky You're So Fine Albabe Gordon wrote: > I think Mickey fits very easily on the list of the "top ten > most under-appreciated singers of all time." I love his voice. There are musicians, and there are entertainers. There are even musicians who become entertainers (Eric Clapton?). Micky Dolenz was hardly a musician, but he was a great entertainer--as an actor, comedian and even as a singer. Every time I listen to The Monkees' Greatest Hits album I remind myself how underrated he was. "Goin' Down" is one of the great vocal performances of all time (and the horn parts aren't bad either!) John Fox -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 08:29:33 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Teacho and the Diplomats? > Al, you said you did a lot of work with Teacho Wilshire. I have > a 45 that was arranged by Teacho, and I wondered if you did any > work on it? It's the Diplomats on AROCK Records, AR-1000. The > songs are "Cards on the Table" b/w "Unchained Melody". I did a Google search and found that a copy of this record sold for nearly $500 recently! Zowie! So my question is, does anyone have a suggestion as to how I might get something near that for my copy? Maybe I oughta go through my boxes of 45s again..... ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 15:50:58 +0100 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Bobby Freeman Country Paul: > Did Bobby Freeman do more on King, or was this a one-off? Bobby Freeman on KING : King 5373 - Shimmy shimmy/You don't understand me (1960) (1961-1963 : 4 45's on Josie" + 1 on Parkway) King 5953 - Fever/What can I do (1964) King 5962 - Be my little chick-a-dee/Somebody somewhere (1964) (1964-1965 : 5 45's on Autumn + 1 on Josie) King 5975 - There's gonna be a change/Come to me (1965) Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 15:52:23 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Laugh-In Update I remember taping many of these as half hour shows on cable in the 80's--thus they cut the musical acts usually. I did get that Temps one tho. I also got the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band acting our a civil war (I think) scene over the playing of "Buy For Me the Rain", which would make it one of Laugh In's first musical adventures, I'd think. Too bad I can't get that network. However, I DO get 10 shopping channels..... :( Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 18:17:08 -0000 From: Austin Powell Subject: Larry Hall Country Paul: > ...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.) Paul: This is from my information on the short-lived UK Salvo label which issued one Larry Hall single: SLO 1811 Larry Hall Ladder Of Love / The One You Left Behind Release date: Thursday 3rd May 1962 US source: Strand Records (25048). Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1941 (some say 1940), Larry Hall was a one-hit wonder in America, taking "Sandy" (Strand 25007), written by Terry Fell to # 15 on Billboard's singles chart in 1959. In the UK Parlophone issued the record in 1960 (R 4625) without success. Subsequent releases including "A Girl Like You" (25013), "I'll Stay Single" (25016), "The Girl I Left Behind" (25025) and "Lips Of Wine" (25029) all failed to chart in America as did "Ladder Of Love", his final outing on Strand. He went on to make a few records for the Gold Leaf label, again without any luck. He died of cancer in 199 Strand Records released "Sandy" on 21st September 1959 having picked it up from the Hot label where it had been released on 31st August (Hot 1). Other than that, the album on Strand was called "Sandy and other Larry Hall Hits" (Strand SLS 1005) but I have no track listing. Hope that helps a bit.......Austin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 20:04:50 -0000 From: Jim Shannon Subject: Chad & Jeremy Before and After/Zanzibar Sunset Anyone know if these two releases by Chad and Jeremy are available on CD? "Before and After" was classic British Folk-Rock. "Zanzibar" was their final release. I have the 45 of "Before" but it is in poor condition. Thanks goes out to music scholars Country Paul and Bob R for getting the rocker "Extra Girl" on musica. Still think it sounds a little like a variation of the Kingsmen. with a touch of British influence. Has two great hooks in it and Lance Drake can hit a high note or two ...."I could do better with your other cousin, cause extra girls come a dime..... Jim Shannon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 21:23:29 -0000 From: Jim Shannon Subject: Final notes on BlueBeats As I mentioned in a previous dispatch, the BlueBeats were managed by a DJ named Ken Griffen (KHJ) (WPOP)(WDRC) from '66 til '69. In '67 after "Extra Girl's" modest regional success, Griffen attempted to "re-market" them under the name The #1. He was promotion savey having worked as a publisist for the actor Sal Mineo while working in Los Angeles radio. But, what turned out to be a questonable business decision, Griffen turned down a shot at recording a song that was later recorded by the Lemon Pipers called "Rice is Nice" ( a lush, soft pop ballad) . Not ready to give up his beloved band, Griffen once again changed the name of the group in early '69 to The Movies and released another single (the song that slips my mind) but it failed to chart in major markets. The Movies disbanded by mid '69 and faded into obscurity. Jim Shannon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 22:48:43 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil off-Broadway Is my memory totally askew, or was it Barry Mann who did an "answer song" to Rick Nelson's "Teenage Idol", called "Teenage Has-been"? People call me a teenage has-been, Everybody laughs at me. My first record sold a million, My second record only sold three. (Spoken--or rather, shouted in anguish:) My mother bought girl bought one.....and I bought one! Perhaps a failed followup to "Who Put the Bomp"? ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 01:36:40 -0500 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Double Image I'm wondering if anyone has the Double Image's 45 on Amy (Power Of Love/Say You Love Me), recorded in Muscle Shoals in 1967. I need to hear it as soon as possible for an article I'm writing. Thanks! Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 09:26:16 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Neil Sedaka & the Cookies S'right, the group pictured with Neil Sedaka on the S'pop members page ( is the one and only Cookies. The photo is from the gorgeous book that accompanies "Oh Carol", the new 8CD Sedaka box set on Bear Family, a rather extravagant recent purchase of mine. The shot was taken on February 9 1962 at RCA Victor Studio A, 155 E 24th St, NYC, during the recording of "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". The lady in the middle is Margaret Ross, who some of us will recognize from last year's S'pop Shindig in New York. The other two - Earl Jean McCrea and Dorothy Jones - look kinda similar and I can't tell them apart. One for our pal John Clemente, methinks. There are some sensational photos in the book, 33 of them from the Feb 9 '62 session. Among others captured on film that day were Howard Greenfield, Artie Ripp, Jack Keller, Don Kirshner, Al Nevins, Alan Lorber, drummer Gary Chester and saxist Artie Kaplan. I was especially gratified to see the great shots of Sedaka sharing a mic with Malcolm Dodds, Ralph Fields, Sylvester Fields and Noah Hopkins, collectively known as NY session stalwarts the Malcolm Dodds Singers, a sort of male equivalent of the Cookies. I spotted several S'pop celebrities named in the detailed discography in the book ... but another time. Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 06:29:50 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: Re: Eleven Of The Best - Clarence Palmer & The Jive Bombers > 3) Clarence Palmer & The Jive Bombers (Savoy 1515) You Took My > Love/Cherry. The follow-up to "Bad Boy" was not as well-received, > but as well sung. Guy Lawrence: > Al, does this track contain the same hiccupping-frog vocal > gimmick that featured on the wonderful "Bad Boy"? Cherry does. If you like Bad Boy (and who doesnt?) you'll love Cherry ummmm........Cherry Two Thousand (and four). Al Kooper A Jive Bomber hisself -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 06:32:16 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: Tandyn Almer Association Austin Roberts wrote: > Were the first couple of Association records on Valiant, with > Gary Paxton recording at his house using the upstais bathroom > for echo and having mics for different things? I think that's > the way "Along Comes Mary" was cut. And let's not forget the writer of Along Comes Mary......Tandyn Almer One of the greatest real names in the history of rock n roll !!! Al Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 07:50:11 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: RCA Studio A, at 155 E 24th St Mick Patrick: > S'right, the group pictured with Neil Sedaka on the S'pop > members page ( > is the one and only Cookies. The photo is from the gorgeous > book that accompanies "Oh Carol", the new 8CD Sedaka box > set on Bear Family, a rather extravagant recent purchase of > mine. The shot was taken on February 9 1962 at RCA Victor > Studio A, 155 E 24th St, NYC, during the recording of > "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". RCA Studio A, at 155 E 24th street was in operation until the mid 1970s. The building was then sold to Baruch College, where yours truly worked in 1979. I have examined picturess of the studio, and the exact room (it was never remodeled) where the Studio A was became the Registration room, where I worked. in 2000, the building was demolished and on its site now stands the "New" Baruch college building, a building so huge and ugly that the entire block circulated a petition against it. While you're in the lobby, look around and try to feel the spirit of Elvis, Ricky nelson, Carl Perkins and many others. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 21:28:32 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Re: Jeanette Hola everybody. Frank wrote about Picnic's "Me olvidarás": > Lovely! What a nice little gem. Is there an album to this song? > I only have two later albums by solo Jeanette. One is "Todo Es > Nuevo" produced by Andre Popp. Even all the songs (except for > one) are written by him.... Frank, "Me olvidarás" was the A-side of Picnic´s third and last single. The song was also included in their only LP. It´s a rather forgotten song but I like it. I think that in Picnic´s records Jeanette sounded authentically innocent, in later recordings (including the Andre Popp´s productions you cited) she sounded like she might be innocent. I like both: ingenuity and faux- ingenuity. Julio Niño -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 13:39:14 +1100 From: Jules Normington Subject: Re: Valiant Please do forgive me if I'm repeating anything here as I've been out of errr... S'pop range over the past 3 weeks (and must have missed 4 or 500 mails)... However I recall a 1965 J J Cale 45 on Valiant (was that his first release even..."Cathy Dear"/"I Found Me Today"...?) ...and whoever was Valiant's A&R champ later on was no chump - by mid-'65 he/she must have had a passion for the Byrds and their ilk, as there's about 7 or 8 superb folkrock-cum-garage gems on the the likes of the Allies ("I'll Sell My Soul"), The Motleys, the West Coast Branch's amazing fuzz-guitar monstering of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful", a couple of killers by the Plymouth Rockers ("Don't Say Why" 's a fuzz-laden folkrock winner written by Don & Dick...ummm.. the Addrissi Brothers that is...who I'm pretty sure started their OWN recording career on Valiant...correct me..?), and the Grains Of Sand included that youngster Michael Lloyd covering another Don & Dick classic...this folkrock bent is pretty much all post- the 300+ Shelby Flint 45s that the label deemed worthy, mind you...with the exception of the Association, they sure side-stepped the sugary orchestrated pop at the end there. And there were some nice girl group numbers in amongst the 1962/63 Valiant stuff, eh what Mick.....guv? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 11:12:14 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Doris Troy @ Musica As a tribute to the sadly departed Doris Troy, one of her earliest 45s, kindly supplied by my pal Rob Hughes, is now playing @ musica: Details are: Doris Payne "You Better Mind" (Shirley 101, c.1961), written by D. Payne/S. Gardner, backing vocals by Doris' friends the Gospelaires. Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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