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Spectropop - Digest Number 1380

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There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. John Beland on Big Tree
           From: Mark 
      2. Re: Bee Gees' Odessa
           From: Art Longmire 
      3. Re: Dick Clark & the "facts"
           From: Art Longmire 
      4. Re: Groop
           From: P. A. Ferra 
      5. Re: Ron Dante / The Spirit
           From: MopTopMike 
      6. Re: Turntables
           From: Kurt 
      7. Re: Darlene McCrea, the Cookies and the Cinderellas go Zonk!!
           From: Art Longmire 
      8. Re: Horizon
           From: Austin Roberts 
      9. Re: The 2 Of Clubs
           From: Karen Andrew 
     10. FCC cracks down/radio reacts
           From: Artie Wayne 
     11. Verdelle Smith Goes Zonk !!
           From: Mick Patrick 
     12. Re: Four On The Floor
           From: Art Longmire 
     13. Re: What Happened to those "Hits"
           From: Artie Wayne 
     14. Mood Mosaic
           From: Mark Wirtz 
     15. Not Lame releases; 78s
           From: Country Paul 

Message: 1 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 17:55:16 -0000 From: Mark Subject: John Beland on Big Tree Welcome John Beland. I have a single that you did on the label that I like and from what I understand there was an unreleased LP. Why didn't the album come out and is there any way to get a copy? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 21:49:31 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: Bee Gees' Odessa I've never heard Odessa, and always wanted to...I love the Bee Gees' late 60's stuff. I have the "First of May" 45 on Atco and have always been crazy about it, it's just a beautiful song. About a year or so ago I was reading a Bee Gees biography and as I recall it was the choice of that song as the single release that caused Robin Gibb to quit the group. Speaking of Robin Gibb, another tidbit in the biography mentioned that he had a solo hit during his time away from the group, called "Saved By the Bell", that was a hit in the U.K. and Europe in 1970. Being an American, I've never heard this song over here and wondered if it was as good or comparible to the records that the group was making at the time. Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 22:41:07 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: Dick Clark & the "facts" Phil Milstein on Dick Clark: > ... butchered clips programmed for the masses, actual facts -- > as opposed to factoids -- are not usually considered to be of > much importance. Sad, but that's usually the fact. Hello Phil, Brenda Holloway's version of "You've Made Me So Very Happy" was indeed the original-in fact she wrote it. Of course it goes without saying that I like her version better than the "hit" BS&T version-I can only take so much David Clayton-Thomas. Dick Clark has always annoyed me-he had so many great acts who appeared on his original shows, but when you watch a Dick Clark special, what do you get? Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Captain and Tennille-and everything watered down for Middle America. Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 23:11:05 -0000 From: P. A. Ferra Subject: Re: Groop Bob Rashkow: > My error about The Groop in MIDNIGHT COWBOY; they do also perform > a song entitled Tears and Joys in addition to Comanor's song. Do > they actually appear in the Hansel and Gretel McAlbertson party > sequence? Maybe I'd better just see it again!!!! Seems like I > missed somethin' there!!!! Hi Bobster - Comanor also wrote "Tears and Joy", so that's two he contributed towards "Midnight Cowboy", only "Tears and Joy" is listed on the soundtrack. Also, am not entirely sure myself whether the Groop was in that party scene, so I'd have to watch that again, too :) and with pleasure, that's my all-time favorite J. Schlesinger movies! p.a. ferra -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 23:21:11 -0000 From: MopTopMike Subject: Re: Ron Dante / The Spirit Bob Rashkow wrote: > Ron Dante, I was listening to The Spirit on Roulette earlier > today. You co-wrote a great, great song called "No Time To Rhyme" > in approximately 1967? I've always loved this record, at least > as much as I love the group of the same name with Jay Ferguson, > Mark Andes et al. Laura Pinto: > I placed a bid on eBay for this very record a couple of weeks ago > but was outbid. It sold for $40.00. Sounds like I missed out on > a great 45! I have this record, released in late June 1967...I too would like to know if this was a studio group, a real gigging/professional group or garage band...anyone with info? No connection to the west coast group, in case you are wondering. MopTopMike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 16:16:09 -0800 From: Kurt Subject: Re: Turntables > Mick Patrick wrote: > Own up all S'poppers who DON'T own a turntable. Tom Taber: > Do I make up for it any by having three "upstairs" > turntables (one for 78s), a "downstairs" turntable, > and a few on the front porch that may or may not be > connected to an amplifier at any given time? If you > have never placed a Little Richard 10 inch on a > turntable, and watched the "Specialty" label spin at > breakneck speed while he and his band do the same, > you have an area of your life which is sadly lacking! Tom, It looks as if you have most of us beat in the turntable department. Your "few on the front porch" comment is very intriguing to say the least. I grew up strictly on BSR turntables......and though I could afford to buy a more state-of-the-art turntable, I prefer to use a bruised and battered old 3-speed BSR 2260-AG. I figure it's from the late 70s and it looks it. I'm not playing much vinyl these days, but it does the job when I need it to. When I play singles, I use a pink 45 adapter that I bought at Wenzels MusicTown (Downey, CA) right before they closed a couple of years ago. The Chantays "Pipeline" was recorded in the back room of Wenzels, and that little 45 adapter evokes quite a few good feelings when I spin my singles. - Kurt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2004 00:27:10 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: Darlene McCrea, the Cookies and the Cinderellas go 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. Mick Patrick: > ... 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 ... 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 ... 1964. That year also marked the > appearance of the second of Darlene's three solo 45s, the Gerry > Goffin/Russ Titelman-produced DON'T WORRY BABY ... Darlene re- > joined the (Cookies) for their final pair > of singles, released on Warner Brothers in 1967... Hello Mick, I've got a record by a group called the Cinderellas titled "Baby Baby, I Still Love You" on the Dimension label, and I've heard that this group is actually the Cookies. The record is a Russ Titelman production, and your post got me to thinking...are the Cinderellas really the Cookies? Can someone please solve this riddle for me? This is a really outstanding record, by the way, which makes me all the more curious. Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 20:19:50 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Horizon Peter McCray: > I know a little about what Billy Meshel's up to these days, but do > you have any contact with Gene Belletiere or Chris Welch? Those > guys had a hand in writing so many great tracks from that time > (often in tandem with you!) for lots of different projects. Do you > know are they still writing or performing or anything? And if its > not giving away too many trade secrets, besides your great lead > work, who else was on the playing/performing side of Horizon? Peter, I haven't seen or heard from Gene in years, but I talk to Chris Welch every now and then. He Lives in Port St. Louis Mississippi and does sound for some of the casinos in that area (Biloxi etc). I don't remember the musicians on the Horizon cuts other than I played accoustic guitar. Best, Austin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 18:45:33 -0800 (PST) From: Karen Andrew 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? I just found this on a web site: "...just contacted by Lee Hazen who handled recording and the mastering department at King Records in 1966. Lee told me he recorded such stars as Hank Ballard, James Brown, Freddie King, Stanley Brothers, The Casinos, 02 of Clubs and many others." Maybe, this Lee Hazen could help you. Not in the Cincinnati phone book so you'd have to figure out where he is. About a year ago, WSAI in Cincinnati, changed its format to Oldies and I bet if you contact the DJs there you might be able to get a photo or at least find out where to obtain one: 1530 WSAI, 1111 St. Gregory, Cinti, Oh 45202; (513) 333-4242, (513) 421-WSAI (9724) Here's a link to an old Cinti Post article: Sorry, I can't figure out how to put in the link - never works for me. But, go to that link, if you haven't already. In the meantime, I'll see if I can find a photo. Another Oldies radio station which sponsors shows, fests, etc in Cincinnati is WGRR 103.5 FM: 2060 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, 4th Floor; (513)699-5103. web site: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 18:52:06 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: FCC cracks down/radio reacts In about a week the FCC hearings start on obscenity in the media that started with Janet Jackson's exposure at the SuperBowl....... and already American radio is reacting. From "Shock Jocks" being jerked off the my favorite song, "F*#% it.....I Don't want you back" by Eamon disappearing from play lists. I remember in the early sixties when "Sick Songs" like "Tell Laura I Love Her", "Teen Angel", "Ebony Eyes ", and "Patches" were banned because it they glorified death. Next I remember a ban on country songs that were about maritial infidelity, like "Just Walk on by", "Long Black Veil" and "One has my ring, the Other has my Heart". Then there were bans on protest songs like "Eve of Destruction" with hardly a look back......but each of these changes has made permenant mark on our musical landscape. Now with the obscenity hearings looming who knows how we'll be affected. I know this isn't the time to show the last song I wrote with Ben Raleigh.......A song about a man who leaves his wife because she's surpressing his religious beliefs....called, "You can't sit on my Faith anymore". regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 01:40:49 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Verdelle Smith Goes Zonk !! Julio Niqo: > ... "Girls Go Zonk" (CD) ... also includes the lovely "Tar > and Cement" by Verdelle Smith, which in my opinion is clearly > based on Frangoise Hardy4s version of the Celentano4s original. Hola, "Tar And Cement" is a big fave among some of my S'pop chums. I sort of included that track for them - that's just the kind of guy I am. Personally, I prefer Verdelle's "Juanito", probably because she comes across like a part-time Shangri-La, rather than as a prim folk singer. I'm a sucker for that sound. Whatever, that track was a Columbia recording, and therefore out of bounds for "Zonk!!" Anyway, to get to the point, the version of "Tar And Cement" contained on the "Girls Go Zonk!!" CD is about 30 seconds longer than the original 45. Some of you can now have endless fun spotting the edits on your old Capitol singles. I'm ashamed to say that I've never heard the Adriano Celentano version. There again, I've never had a Pot Noodle. Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 22:47:49 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: Four On The Floor (Red-faced) Al Kooper: > ... I sold Casablanca on the idea of us doing our own disco album. > ... and on the other side.......move over, Artie Wayne.......The > Glimmer Twins Medley - a whole continuous side of Stones tunes at > 120 BPM! ... The album was called Four On The Floor and I think > that's how many people bought it. Okay. I know some of YOU have > it, but this is the only place people would fess up to it. Hello Al, I really respect you as a producer, arranger, and musician, but I have to say...just the thought of a record like this makes me cringe. Of course, I shouldn't speak without hearing it fact, as soon as I post this I bet somebody will reply saying that Al Kooper's disco album is one of the great undiscovered classics in the musical realm. Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 19:03:04 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: What Happened to those "Hits" Dave......How ya' doin'? I'd like to hear some stories about "Can't Miss" hits from our Spectropoppin' pals too!! If you want to hear some more of mine check out my website and click on to Artie's stories at the bottom of the page. regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 20:39:44 -0800 (PST) From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Mood Mosaic Sean Streit wrote: > Hello Mr. Wirtz, Just wondering if the girl group The > Ladybirds were in fact The Mood Mosaic? Hi, Sean, Yes, they were indeed. On some occasions in the past, I would combine the Ladybirds and the Breakaways, but, for most part, it was LB leader Maggie Stredder and her team who would layer the Mood Mosaic parts. As it happens, Maggie Stredder, Kay Garner and I reunited in November to revisit the Mood Mosaic sound at Phil Chapman's studio for a couple of brand new MM tracks for inclusion in the "Love Is Eggshaped" CD. I can therefore report, first hand, that Both Maggie and Kay are not only kicking ass still, sounding even BETTER than they did "back then," but both still look so damn sexy and delicious, I had a hard time concentrating on the work at hand. Best, Mark w :) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2004 23:46:56 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Not Lame releases; 78s Just found out about this, via Not Lame (credit where due: BRITISH INVASION BOX - Various (2 CDs) - $20.00 This unique 2-CD set features many of the biggest and best loved hits by the original British Invasion artists. Disc 1 contains 25 original UK hits, while disc 2 contains 20 original American hits that inspired the artists of the British Invasion. Track Listing: (Disc One) Concrete And Clay - Unit Four Plus Two Tell Her No - Zombies Yesterday's Gone -Chad & Jeremy Catch The Wind - Donovan I Knew It All The Time - The Dave Clark Five My Love - Petula Clark I Put A Spell On You - Alan Price Set Boom Boom - The Animals (Live recording from 1963) Telstar - The Tornadoes I'm A Man - The Yardbirds Love Potion Number Nine - The Searchers You Turn Me On (Turn On Song) - Ian Whitcomb & Bluesville It's Good News Week - Hedgehoppers Anonymous Michelle - David & Jonathan Carrie-Anne - The Hollies Pied Piper -Crispian St. Peters Everyone's Gone To The Moon - Jonathan King Tossing & Turning - The Ivy League To Sir With Love - Lulu Sittin' On A Fence - Twice As Much I Don't Want Our Loving To Die - The Herd Let The Heartaches Begin - Long John Baldry Out Of Time - Chris Farlow Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats Itchycoo Park - Small Faces (Disc Two) Boys - The Shirelles Stay - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero Twist And Shout - The Isley Brothers Devil In His Heart - The Donays My Boy Lollipop - Barbie Gaye Leave My Kitten Alone - Little Willie John Slow Down - Larry Williams Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker I Go to Pieces - Del Shannon Long Tall Sally - Little Richard Go Now - Bessie Banks Mr. Moon light - Dr. Feelgood & The Interns/ Honey, Don't! - Carl Perkins I Understand (Just How How You Feel) - The G- Clefs Act Naturally - Buck Owens Universal Soldier - Buffy Sainte-Marie Over And Over - Bobby Day/I Can't Let Go - Evie Sands Pretty Flamingo - Gene Pitney (Varese Sarabande) One more from Not Lame of probably interest to this group: The Buckinghams - Kind Of A Drag - $13.50 In 1967, the Buckinghams laid waste to the Billboard charts with their mega-hit, "Kind Of A Drag." At last, this reissue presents the group's first album from '66. Along with their launchpad hit and the complete U.S.A.- label stereo album, we've added a single-only side and the group's lengthy fuzz-fest rave-up version of "I'm A Man," (which was included on only a mere handful of early vinyl pressings), a vintage radio spot, original and new notes, vintage photos/posters/handbill repros and more! "4 stars.. Definitely one to add right next to the greatest-hits collection."-AMG. And of recent stuff in the classic bag, I'm still digging both Orgone Box CD's; samples and order at Tom Taber: > If you have never placed a Little Richard 10 inch on > a turntable, and watched the "Specialty" label spin at > breakneck speed while he and his band do the same, > you have an area of your life which is sadly lacking! Do Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 78s on Gee count? Country Paul (who also has 3 turntables) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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