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Spectropop - Digest Number 1379

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The 2 Of Clubs
           From: Jan Kristensen 
      2. Two On A Guilloteen  /  Musical Instrument
           From: Herb 
      3. Darlene McCrea Goes Zonk!!
           From: Mick Patrick 
      4. Question for Mark Wirtz
           From: Sean Streit 
      5. Re: Growin' Up Too Fast CD Sound Quality
           From: Mikey 
      6. Drum lessons
           From: That Alan Gordon 
      7. What Happened to those "Hits"
           From: Dave OGara 

Message: 1 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 09:38:43 +0100 From: Jan Kristensen Subject: Re: The 2 Of Clubs Mick Patrick: > Now, if I may, I'd like to switch my attention to ... the 2 Of > Clubs from Cincinnati. Can anyone out there assist me in > locating a photo? It's for a CD due soon on Big Beat. Did I > read somewhere that the duo are still active today? Maybe you can find more about Linda and Patti from this source. JanK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 15:00:40 -0000 From: Herb Subject: Two On A Guilloteen / Musical Instrument Hi Spectropoppers, Two On A Guilloteen has a release date of 1965 and starred Connie Stevens, Dean Jones & Cesar Romero and kind of a "B" movie horror flick. There is a scene where Connie & Dean go into club that includes a black vocal group (two males; one female). The group performs a very energetic uptempo number sort of like "Shout" but I cannot recall the exact song nor if the group were credited. Does anyone recall the scene, the song, the group? And ... Can anyone inform me as to the musical instrument used on certain recordings that seems to stylize the late 50s and early 60s. It's heard on songs like Neil Sedaka's "Oh Carol", Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover", I think on Gary Miles' "Look For A Star" (from Circus Of Horrors) and others I can't think of right now. An aquaintance told me it was a Spanish guitar but I want to be sure. Thank you. PS: Would be nice if "Look For A Star" could be included in Musica :) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 08:45:36 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Darlene McCrea Goes Zonk!! Julio Nino: > My favourite song right now is "Don't Worry Baby" by Darlene > McCrea included in the new, and marvelous, compilation by Mick > Patrick for RPM : "Girls Go Zonk!!". The selection is full of > good taste and fun. Gosh, thanks. When Mark Stratford at RPM suggested a CD full of Girl Groups from the EMI catalogue I nearly bit his hand off. It's not my style to fill up a CD with smash hits (I'll leave that to Universal), so I sent him a list consisting mainly of in demand rarities, obscurities and personal favourites. Darlene McCrea was near the top of my list. It was tough deciding which side of her Tower 45 to use. EMI approved the idea, confirmed they still owned the copyright, and even came up with a mastertape - Yay! I hope the designer doesn't get to read this, but I have to admit that I don't much care for the layout of the booklet. Trying to read it brought on one of my <<>> Anyway, it's the music that's most important, not some fancy artwork, yes? Whatever, here's a neater version of the relevant para: DARLENE McCREA . . . Formed in Coney Island in 1954 by DARLENE McCREA, Dorothy Jones and Beulah Robertson, the Cookies were discovered at a talent show at the Apollo in Harlem by their mentor Jesse Stone. They debuted with his song 'Don't Let Go' for Lamp before beginning a lengthy association with Atlantic Records. While their own releases for that label included the R & B hit 'In Paradise', it was as backing singers for acts like Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown and Chuck Willis that they excelled. So integral did they become to Ray Charles' sound that in 1958 he enticed Darlene and new girl Margie Hendrix to join two others as his personal back-up group. Thus the Cookies fell apart and the first of many Raeletts line-ups was born. Darlene remained with Charles' entourage until the mid-1960s, a fact captured for posterity in Ballad In Blue, his movie of 1964. That year also marked the appearance of the second of her three solo 45s, the Gerry Goffin/ Russ Titelman-produced DON'T WORRY BABY, issued on Tower. In the meantime, Dorothy Jones had re-formed the Cookies with two new girls and enjoyed hits like 'Chains' and 'Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)'. Darlene re-joined the group for their final pair of singles, released on Warner Brothers in 1967, before retiring from the music biz. View track list here: Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 19:14:46 -0000 From: Sean Streit Subject: Question for Mark Wirtz Hello Mr. Wirtz, Just wondering if the girl group The Ladybirds were in fact The Mood Mosaic? Thanks, Sean Streit. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 16:50:39 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Growin' Up Too Fast CD Sound Quality Steph wrote: > The "Growin Up Too Fast" CD is probably one of the better girl group > CDs I have seen. Where else are you going to find "I Want That Boy" > by Sadina, a cult classic. Steph, I have no argument with the Song Selection of "Growing Up Too Fast". My fault with that collections is that it was obvious, from the sound quality, that they dumped all the tracks to a DAWand curved the EQ to remove all the top and bottom end, in a stupid effort to make them sound "like the old 45s"By doing this they destroyed most of the pristine quality of the masters.That set needs a remaster, with NO EQ or noise reduction added. Give us thesound from the original masters. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 16:54:56 -0700 (MST) From: That Alan Gordon Subject: Drum lessons Hi Clark, I never saw "That Thing You Do'. I loved playing drums. When I was a kid, back in 57 I took a few drum lessons from Cozy Cole. He and Gene Krupa had a teaching studio on 54th St. in Manhattan. Are you ready for this, the cost was 7 dollars per half hour! Best, That Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2004 01:48:06 -0000 From: Dave OGara Subject: What Happened to those "Hits" Really enjoyed Artie's story of the "can't miss" Stones medley. It got me to thinking about other songs that you artists, writers and producers in S-pop land thought were sure shots that for whatever reason missed the mark. I know from experience as a Music Director at a Top Forty station way back when that I certainly was fooled many times auditioning records and deciding which deserved airplay. Also surprising were songs that "made it" that I thought had no merit. I would love to hear some "hit and miss" stories from the likes of Al, Austin, Alan, etc. What songs that you had a part in that surprised you by not breaking out, and on the flip side, name some tunes you worked on that totally surprised you by becoming hits. Thanks for the memories... Dave 0' -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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