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Spectropop - Digest Number 1385

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There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 
      2. Rubin Williams  Capitol 4769
           From: Ed B 
      3. Bee Gees' Odessa
           From: J. Stewart 
      4. "Shocked"
           From: Al Kooper 
      5. Re: Glimmer Twins Medley
           From: Al Kooper 
      6. Re: Bee Gees' Odessa
           From: Denis Gagnon 
      7. Midnight Cowboy
           From: Matt 
      8. Inner Dialogue
           From: Lyn Nuttall 
      9. Re: Info on Austin Robers
           From: Austin Roberts 
     10. 'Four On The Floor'
           From: Al Kooper 
     11. Re: Eddie Rambeau Shindig Video from 1965
           From: Mikey 
     12. Re: Austin Roberts & Horizon
           From: Austin Roberts 
     13. Good & Plenty
           From: S.J. Dibai 
     14. Re: Eddie Rambeau Shindig Video from 1965
           From: Frank W 
     15. ER Shindig appearance #2
           From: Ed Rambeau 
     16. Re: b/w c/w
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
     17. Forget Cathy, it's the Bonzos, kids!
           From: Steve Harvey 
     18. Re: What happened to those "Hits"
           From: Austin Roberts 
     19. Re: Bobby Vee's "Gates, Grills & Railings" LP
           From: ACJ 
     20. Jerry Naylor Interview
           From: Bob Celli 
     21. Re: Spector sessionography
           From: Al Kooper 
     22. Less tar, more cement
           From: Charles G. Hill 
     23. SH not HP
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
     24. Re: The Charmaines
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
     25. Re:"Dio, Come Ti Amo"
           From: Julio Nino 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 22:30:14 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update Judy Henske's "Bye Bye Blackbird" on Reprise is playing at this weeks ROTW. If you miss giving it a listen you're a clod. I'm pleased to report that the guest reviews have started to come in. Next week's pick is by a chap that may be familiar to you, Mick Patrick. He's a fair writer with an excellent taste in musicand has chosen "Baby That's Me" by The Cake, on Decca. Jack Nitzsche's radio interview continues with a comparison of Phil Spector and Leiber & Stoller's enduring reputations. And recording with Willy DeVille whilst keeping Phil out of the studio. Enjoy! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 19:22:35 -0000 From: Ed B Subject: Rubin Williams Capitol 4769 Hello, while going through my collection of 45's purchased over the years in various yard sales, flea markets etc, I came across an interesting 45, Capitol 4769 by Rubin Williams "Blow Out The Sun"/"Burning Memories" both sides produced by Bright Tunes Productions. A Side wr. Artie Resnick/ Jeff Barry B Side Margo/Medress. Any information on Rubin Williams would be appreciated. Thanks. Ed B -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 04:27:05 -0000 From: J. Stewart Subject: Bee Gees' Odessa Jim Shannon wrote: > I don't recall the movie "Melody" "Melody" was also known as "S.W.A.L.K." (Sealed With A Loving Kiss). Details: J Stewart -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 18:09:33 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: "Shocked" > re hearing in the TV commercials for Yoplait yogurt here > in the States.  Yes, that's Ron singing "Itsy Bitsy Teenie > Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". > Not to take anything away from Ron's very credible cover, > but did the producers know that Paul Evans, the original > artist, is alive? Ya mean Brian Hyland wasn't the original artist? "Shocked" Al Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 18:06:23 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: Re: Glimmer Twins Medley Al Kooper wrote: > .......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 thats how many people bought it. Phil M > Ever play it for Keith? No, but the blackmailer did that early on AK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 22:45:35 -0500 From: Denis Gagnon Subject: Re: Bee Gees' Odessa I don't particularly care about singers. Otis Redding, Robin Gibbs and Roy Orbison are the only ones that stands out, IMHO. Holyday is my favorite Bee Gees tune. Denis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 17:24:58 EST From: Matt Subject: Midnight Cowboy Mike Dugo writes: > I must admit...I've never seen MIDNIGHT COWBOY. Does The > Groop actually appear on screen...or do they provide songs > on the soundtrack only? P. A. Ferra writes: > Am not entirely sure myself whether the Groop was in that > party scene[....]I think if they were on-screen, they were > in the nightclub/party scene toward the end of the movie. Elephants Memory ("Jungle Gym At The Zoo" & "Old Man Willow"), The Groop ("A Famous Myth" & "Tears and Joy"), Nilsson ("Everybody's Talkin") and Leslie Miller ("He Quit Me" written by Warren Zevon) are all featured on the soundtrack. None of the artists actually appear onscreen however. Matt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 01:37:24 -0000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Inner Dialogue A mint copy of the self-titled album by Inner Dialogue has just been sold at eBay for $US67.00. (About 90 bucks Australian.) As far as I can see, there's no reissue available, though I'd be happy to be corrected. If there isn't, it's about time someone put one out, innit? This is wonderful music, inventive and witty; I guess we're in the Free Design area here. There's not a lot of info about them around (e.g. they're not listed at AllMusic Guide as far as I can see). Anybody here have anything enlightening about the musicians and/or the possibility of a reissue? Lyn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 18:30:37 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Info on Austin Robers Steve Fuji: > Austin, > I just recently joined Spectropop and it was a pleasant > surprise to find you on this group, since I was also trying > to do some internet research on Arkade and your early solo > recordings. Can you give some background information on the > forming of Arkade, who the other members were and direct me > to finding photos and discographies? Steve, Welcome aboard. It's a great site! Arkade was put together by Dunhill producer Steve Barri who wanted to create a group (3) that wrote and sang well together and could write for his other acts too. He put me in as lead singer and Dan Walsh and Michael Price. Price and Walsh had already written Temptation Eyes and Heaven Knows for the Grassroots and I had just moved to LA from NYC. We put out a record called Sing Out The Love, that I personally liked a lot, though it barely scraped the bottom of the charts. We then put out The Morning Of Our Lives which went top 15 AC and top 60 pop. Not long after the record had peaked, it became the Bridal Fair commercial for several years. If the timing had been better the record would have been bigger I'm sure. As far as photos and discographies, you'll find there are folks on this site that are way ahead of me on my music as well as many others. Wait til you see some of the info they know on almost any record that's EVER been released, plus some that haven't! Best to you, Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 18:13:47 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: 'Four On The Floor' Al Kooper: > I have an embarassing Stones tribute tale to tell. Frank J: > Nice story. I guess Casablanca was flying so high then they even > would've put out country songs in Disco style........ > Anyway do you remember your bands name? Four On The Floor......natch AK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 18:22:28 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Eddie Rambeau Shindig Video from 1965 Hi Eddie, Question for you. On that Shindig episode, were you sidelining (miming to the 45s) to those two songs, or were you really singing live to a backing track? All the best, Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 19:12:13 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Austin Roberts & Horizon Peter McCray: > Could I ask, where you also involved in a studio group called > Badge around the same time as Horizon? I've got a single by > them (Gettin In Over My Head/It's Straight Ahead) with the > A-side written by Belletiere/Welch/Meshel and the B-side by M. > Chase/Welch Meshel. Peter, Badge was a Ghost group as well,with Buddy Randall (Crandell) of Knickerbockers and ,I think,Royal Teens fame (you'd have to verify that one with Al Kooper). Billy Meshel had put together 3 production deals, Horizon, Badge and a group called Newport News (a group from my hometown in Virginia). Chris Welch and I wrote and produced When The Bell Rings with Newport News on RCA.The thing almost happened. ALMOST is an elusive word. > Austin - is there anything in the works to bring all the great > music you've been responsible for over the years out in some sort > of CD anthology? Varese Sarabande had put together a double CD anthology on me, with the first CD being songs I had sung that were hits and misses. The second CD was hits I had written for other artists (which, thank God, was a lot longer than my own hits). The project was put on hold when the man who had done most of the work putting it together left. I only hope it wasn't me that caused it. Best, Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 00:33:46 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Good & Plenty Hello, again! As if I haven't been asking enough questions around here, I have another one. Yesterday I stumbled upon an LP by an enigmatic male-female duo with the ridiculous names of Douglas Good and Ginny Plenty. With the psychedelic cover art and the hippie-isms that took the place of liner notes ("Who are Douglas Good and Ginny Plenty? Children of the world. Where do they come from? Life.), it was impossible for me not to buy it. But my question is: who the hell ARE these people??? I can't find any info on them in my usual sources. Since Tony Romeo wrote or co-wrote and co-produced every track, could Douglas Good be Tony Romeo himself? Thanks! S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 01:20:16 -0000 From: Frank W Subject: Re: Eddie Rambeau Shindig Video from 1965 Ed Rambeau wrote: > A fellow Spectropopper was kind enough to send me a DVD > from my appearances on Shindig in 1965. It features > "Concrete & Clay" and "My Name Is Mud". I was all of 22. > A mere baby. LOL. For those of you who would like to view it, go to: Ed, Thanks so much for sharing this historic Shindig clip. You looked just as great at 22 as you do now. I immediately noticed Darlene Love and the Blossoms backing you up, but who is the male trio on the left of the stage? Frank W. Jukebox Rambeau member -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 03:08:58 -0000 From: Ed Rambeau Subject: ER Shindig appearance #2 To view my 2nd appearance on the SHINDIG Show from 1965 with guest host Hedy Lamarr go to: On this show I sing "Concrete and Clay" and "The Train". A special thanks to Bob Wallis for hosting these 2 shows. Hope all is well with the Spectropoppers. Ed Rambeau -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 20:15:38 -0500 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: Re: b/w c/w Steve Grant wrote: > It was Maxine from whom I learned what "b/w" on 45 sleeves stands > for ("backed with," as I'm sure everybody here knew long before me). Can anyone explain what the British equivalent, "c/w," stands for? (First wiseguy who replies "Country & Western" gets it!) I'm guessing "coupled with," but could be "combined", "conjoined", "commingled," or, for all I know, "crammed." I was about to ask if "c/w" is even still in use, but then I remembered that NOTHING having to do with flipsides is, present company excluded, still in use ... --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 20:07:46 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Forget Cathy, it's the Bonzos, kids! Frank Murphy wrote: > Cathy McGowan is alive nd well and taking nothing to > do with any > nostalgia. You can find her here: > At that same site, if you scroll down, you'll find another bit about the Bonzo's TV show (which they shared with the Monty Python game). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 18:57:38 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: What happened to those "Hits" Dave O'Gara: > Long before I knew anything about you, I loved "Mary and Me". > It's still a frequently played song at home in my computer > jukebox. "Something's Wrong with Me" was/is a great vocal and > deserved to chart much higher nationally. But my question to > you would be about "Rocky". To this day, my wife practically > gets tears in her eyes when she hears it. What was the > inspiration for the song? And why the name Rocky? As a consumer > and not a creator of music, I'm always fascinated by the story > behind the story, so to speak. Thanks for all your good works. Thanks Dave, Something's Wrong With Me topped out at #9 in Record World and 10 Cashbox and 12 in Billboard, but we got a tremendous amount of airplay on it; LA and New York came in late, which hurt us numbers- wise. Rocky was written by a writer named Jay Stephens from Springfield, Missouri. I'm not really sure what his inspiration was;certainly hope it wasn't a personal experience. The songs seemed to catch on very quickly and was fun to sing live, except people thought it was true about me because some pictures went to some magazines that had me with my wife and first child (Shelly) followed by a picture with just my daughter and me. Had to explain to a lot of people. Best, Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Sat, 06 Mar 2004 22:45:15 -0500 (EST) From: ACJ Subject: Re: Bobby Vee's "Gates, Grills & Railings" LP S.J. Dibai: > Couldn't agree more about "GG&R"; I think it's one of > Bobby's all-time best. I've had the album on cassette for > quite some time, but now I've won a vinyl copy on eBay and > I'm waiting patiently for it. However, about those arrangements: Years ago, in the newsletter of Bobby's American fan club, I read a British critic's review of the album - the critic was normally a Vee fan, and while he liked the album, he couldn't stand the arrangements; the kindest thing he said about them was that they were "dated." This critic didn't identify the arranger by name, but the newsletter's editor inserted a note to the critic: "Are you starting an Artie Butler fan club anytime soon?" -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 12:17:04 -0000 From: Bob Celli Subject: Jerry Naylor Interview I've posted the part four of the Jerry Naylor Interview in the Files area. I will post the others in the next several days! Bob Celli -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 10:13:32 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: Re: Spector sessionography Phil M: > Anyone know of a Phil Spector sessionography -- I mean > of his performing work, either as guitarist, pianist, > vocalist, etc.?....Any guidance toward that end would be > most Spectorifically welcome! Maybe we can piece it together here. I'll start with the guitar+solo on "On Broadway" by The Drifters Al Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 09:34:11 -0600 From: Charles G. Hill Subject: Less tar, more cement Mick Patrick asks, anent Verdelle Smith's big hit: > Is the short version (as issued on 45 in the UK and USA) > available on CD? Eric's "Hard to Find 45s on CD, Vol. 7: More Sixties Classics" (11513-2) contains a lovely stereo mix (by the late Bob Hyde) of "Tar and Cement" which runs 3:13; I believe the 45 was labeled 3:09. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 13:38:33 -0500 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: SH not HP As if I'm not having enough of a problem getting the Tokens and Paris Sisters articles to image properly in the Photos section, I also misstated the name of the magazine they come from. As one could easily tell from the cover shot I included there -- and which thankfully none of you embarrassed me by so doing -- the publication was not Hit Parader, as I'd claimed, but Song Hits. In my defense the two are easily mistaken for one another, since they were published by the same company and had virtually identical formats. So look for the scans now in the folder entitled "2-62 Song Hits." --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 12:44:26 -0500 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: Re: The Charmaines Julio Niño wrote: > There is a revealing article about the Charmaines in this direction: > What a lovely article! It makes ne wonder whether the local dailies aren't a great untapped resource for stories on the older-era performers. Also, it may be the first time I've ever heard an artist call a record company owner "one of the most wonderful people I've ever met." --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 16:56:10 -0000 From: Julio Nino Subject: Re:"Dio, Come Ti Amo" Hola Everybody. Steve Crump wrote about Verdelle Smith: > "...By the way, Miss Smith's Capitol LP features a song > "God How Much I Love You", which was O Dio Come Ti Amo > from San Remo in 1966..." It seems that Verdelle or her producers had a little fixation with Italian songs. "Dio, Come Ti Amo" was composed by the incomparable Domenico Modugno. The song was performed in San Remo 1966 by Domenico and Gigliola Cinquetti, and it was the winner of that Song Contest. Personally I prefer Domenico's version to Gigliola's (I must confess that I sometimes find Gigliola's singing a little bit insipid). It must be difficult to translate the ultra-Italian lyrics into English words. Are the English lyrics a more or less direct translation of the Italians like in the version of "Tar and Cement"?. You are making me feel anxious writing about those songs I've never heard. I'm going to take a shower to calm down. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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