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Spectropop - Digest Number 1386

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Diane Renay Video at Old-Time Radio Convention (Sept. 2002 in NJ).
           From: Ed Rambeau 
      2. Just for Sean and Mood Mosaic fans...
           From: Mark Wirtz aka, Michael Sinclair 
      3. Re: The Fuzzy Bunnies
           From: Paul Levinson 
      4. Cool Groop article link
           From: P.A. Ferra 
      5. Re: pick miss
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
      6. Blue Cat oddity
           From: ACJ 
      7. Bob Brady & The Concords
           From: Billy G Spradlin 
      8. Re: Roctober
           From: Frank J 
      9. FOUND......Tribute by Horizon!!
           From: Artie Wayne 
     10. Sharon Marie Lyrics Help
           From: Jimmy 
     11. Re: pick hits
           From: Dave OGara 
     12. Re: Wenzel's
           From: Kurt 
     13. Re: b/w c/w
           From: Rob Stride 
     14. James Vincent, the Exceptions
           From: Clark Besch 
     15. Re: Arkade - Sloan/Barri
           From: Chuck Limmer 
     16. Re: SH not HP
           From: Dan Hughes 
     17. Re: I am SMILEing
           From: Kurt 
     18. Jimmy Olson's Blues
           From: Mark Hill 
     19. Fuzzy Bunnies - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More
           From: Al Quaglieri 
     20. Re: Hit$ and Misses
           From: C. Ponti 
     21. Re: Bob Brady & The Concords
           From: Bob Rashkow 
     22. Eddie Rambeau videos; Charmaines; "c/w"; Nitzsche ROTW; mea culpa finis
           From: Country Paul 
     23. funny buzzes
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
     24. Articles; songs on musica; new 78 retro turntables; mea culpa
           From: Country Paul 
     25. Questions arising from new Spector biography
           From: Martin Jensen 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 21:28:38 -0000 From: Ed Rambeau Subject: Diane Renay Video at Old-Time Radio Convention (Sept. 2002 in NJ). Here are 2 more video clips just shot this past Sept. It was a tribute to Diane Renay at an Old-Time radio convention. Since I wrote 2 or her songs ("Navy Blue" and "Kiss Me, Sailor") they had both me and Bud Rehak along with Dan Crewe (Bob's brother) show up as a surprise to her and then they had me sing "Concrete & Clay" with piano and guitar...altho the piano and guitar are hardly heard on the video so it almost sounds as if I'm singing acapella. The 2nd clip is me and Diane doing "Kiss Me, Sailor". Enjoy them both, Ed. PS: For those of you with dial-up...GOOD LUCK. It takes forever to buffer them in. But once they're in fully you can right-click [PC users] on the clip and select Save Media As... Then Save them to your hard drive if you like. PPS: In the Shindig clips I was 22. In these clips I'm 60. Can't believe I just said that. LOL. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 00:49:06 -0000 From: Mark Wirtz aka, Michael Sinclair Subject: Just for Sean and Mood Mosaic fans... Hey, never say I'm not a trooper! Just for you, Sean, and your "kin," I have now added a sneak preview of a brand new MM/Ladybirds track from LIE (plug, plug) on my website. Go visit. And bring your dancing shoes! Cheers, mark w. ;) (special thanks to S'pop stalwart Phil Chapman for his marvelous re-creation of the 60s Mood Mosaic vocal sound!!!!!) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 00:49:48 -0000 From: Paul Levinson Subject: Re: The Fuzzy Bunnies Mick Patrick wrote: > Paul Levinson, you wrote their "Lemons And Limes". Rashkovsky, > you produced it. Can either of you put names to the faces of > the group? Good to see the guys again, Mick -- but years of being a professor have fused the part of my brain that puts together names and faces -- I'm lucky if I can do that for someone I met two years ago.... Mikhail Rashkovsky will likely do better. Meanwhile, as long as I'm here, I should mention that Tina and I went to see Mann & Weil at the Promenande in New York City Friday night (my birthday present from Tina), and we really loved it. The songs, performances, and arrangements were all top-notch. All best, Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 03:23:14 -0000 From: P.A. Ferra Subject: Cool Groop article link For all you Groop, Ltd. enthusiasts out there, I found this while researching The Sundowners - talk about getting 2 birds with one stone: Enjoy... p.a. ferra -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 20:14:12 -0500 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: Re: pick miss Country Paul wrote: > Regarding the rest of your suggestion, I don't think anyone > purposely sets out to make a bomb (well, maybe some B sides > and some contract-filling artists trying to tick off label > owners, like the notorious last Bang "album" by Van Morrison, > and of course the output of song-poem mills). Then there is Marvin Gaye's "Here My Dear," the story of which someone else could probably tell better (and more accurately) than I. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 23:08:39 -0500 (EST) From: ACJ Subject: Blue Cat oddity Okay, many of us know Blue Cat as the R&B-oriented sister label of Red Bird. But I have a Blue Cat promo single (BC 105) which contains two "adult-pop" songs, "Real Live Girl" b/w "Deep Down Inside," by British popster Bruce Forsyth. (Each side is "A Pye Records U.K. Recording.") Anyone know how Blue Cat came to release this single? Thanks. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 09:13:59 -0000 From: Billy G Spradlin Subject: Bob Brady & The Concords I was listening to an aircheck of WEAM (then a Washington DC Top 40 station) from 1966 on and it had a snippet of a 45 by Bob Brady and the Concords called "Goodbye Baby". The song sounds like it would be right at home with the SC beach music or UK northern soul croud. Right on the edge of white-R&B and upbeat-dance pop (Swingin' Medallions Outsiders, Okaysions). I havent been able to find anything about the group anywhere using Google. Anyone know anything about this record (label) and if it's been comped on CD? Thanks Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 13:05:07 +0100 From: Frank J Subject: Re: Roctober Phil M: > Roctober has done similarly exhaustive surveys of midget > musicians, black punk rockers, one-man bands, the monkey- > rocknroll connection, etc., etc. They've also done a lot > of great, straightforward interviews and career summaries > over the years, as well, many of them of the sort of > just-under-the-surface-of-stardom acts we Spectropoppers > love so well. Maybe I should give it a try. At least this makes me feel quite normal with my secret foible for singing celebrities, Muhammad Ali related songs and Elvis tribute performances from '77. Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 07:06:32 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: FOUND......Tribute by Horizon!! Thanks to my friend Allan Rinde, the world [or at least a couple of interested Spectropoppers] can hear the record I produced by Horizon, a "tribute" to the late Brian Jones, which Neil Bogart bought over the phone: Hope you like it, regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 13:31:39 EST From: Jimmy Subject: Sharon Marie Lyrics Help Hi y'all... Can anyone give me the lyrics to Sharon Marie's "Run-Around Lover"? Having trouble deciphering them. Thanks! Jimmy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 17:23:52 -0000 From: Dave OGara Subject: Re: pick hits Country Paul wrote: > Dave O'Gara, as a former Music Director too, what you suggest would > make for an interesting discussion: to see the producers'/writers'/ > artists' ideas "hits that missed" aligned with ours as "front-line > tastemakers." Regarding the rest of your suggestion, I don't think > anyone purposely sets out to make a bomb. Hey C.P., To the contrary, I'm sure almost every single released was put out with the intention (and hope) that it would hit big. I guess I was thinking that maybe there was a story or two from a producer/ arranger, etc. that was assigned by a label to work on a project when, in the back of their minds, they were thinking "This song has NO shot at making it". Then, of course, the tune catches on, becomes a big hit and leaves the non-believers scratching their heads. It's like actors who turn down roles thinking the film will be a bomb and it turns out to be Indiana Jones or something. Any musical stories like that out there? Dave O' -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 18:33:24 -0800 From: Kurt Subject: Re: Wenzel's Steve Grant wrote: > Tom and Maxine were wonderful people. When I lived in Hacienda > Heights and Long Beach, I spent way more time in their store than > anyone could consider healthy. At one point I think they must have > owned a sizeable fraction of the extant copies of "Yum Yum Yamaha," > one of which is now mine. A good chunk of my 45 collection came > from their back room. Steve, Yes, you're correct -- Tom and Maxine were great. Apparently they closed shop in order to travel -- they hadn't been on an extended vacation since Wenzel's opened 40-plus years earlier. Not only "Pipeline", but many other surf classics were recorded by Bill and Jack Wenzel in the back room of their Downey record store. Surf groups such as The Rumblers, The Blazers, The Pastel Six and The Nevegans all cut sides there, proof that Huntington Beach wasn't the only place that contributed to the Southern California surf sound. (Downey was also the home to The Carpenters, but that's another story ...) There's a nice compilation of surf music that was recorded by the Wenzels called 'Surf Legends and Rumors' (1961-64), on Garland Records. There apparently are two versions of this compilation. The first features a bone-shivering version of "Pipeline" that is taken directly from the original master. On subsequent versions of "Surf Legends" this version of "Pipeline" was deleted (I think due to legal reasons). On a slightly sad note, the building that once housed Wenzel's Music Town is now a '99 Cent Store'. But every time I drive by, I swear I hear a vague hint of heavily-reverbed guitar coming out of the place. - Kurt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 19:31:25 -0000 From: Rob Stride Subject: Re: b/w c/w --Phil M. asked: > Can anyone explain what the British equivalent, "c/w," stands for? c/w = coupled with -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:17:49 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: James Vincent, the Exceptions Just wanted to mention that Chicago guitarist extraordinaire James Vincent has his biography out now. Weighing it at nearly 300 pages, it is a wealth of information not only on Chicago's '50s and '60s rock scene, but is presented chronologically thru today. He pulls no punches and holds nothing back. He discusses his sometimes rocky relationship with fellow Exceptions member Pete Cetera, as well as stories ranging from disc jockeys to Zappa. He later saw a lot as a member of Aorta and Lovecraft and on to a solo career, and reveals a lot of insight into his life and the music business. Not only that, but his website also is offering CDs from his various career periods. Check it out: Take care, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 12:57:11 -0700 From: Chuck Limmer Subject: Re: Arkade - Sloan/Barri Austin Roberts wrote: > Arkade was put together by Dunhill producer Steve Barri who > wanted to create a group that wrote and sang well together and > could write for his other acts too. Austin: Funny, that sounds like Barri was trying to re-create his own working relationship with Phil (P.F.) Sloan of a few years previous. For a while, it seemed like Sloan-Barri were writing, backing-up, and/ or ghost- performing on half the pop records made in L.A. And their sole album as the Fantastic Baggys, Tell 'Em I'm Surfin', stands as one of my most-cherished records from that era. Did Steve ever reminisce about his days as a pop wunderkind? Any stories you can share? Chuck Limmer -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 12:48:44 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: SH not HP Phil M. wrote, of Song Hits and Hit Parader: > the two are easily mistaken for one another, since they were published > by the same company and had virtually identical formats. I seem to remember Hit Parader being heavier on articles and features, Song Hits being thinner with not as much extraneous stuff. But they both sure enough gave us LYRICS to sing in the tub, much to Mom's chagrin! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 18:01:56 -0800 From: Kurt Subject: Re: I am SMILEing Laura Taylor wrote: > I was mailed a copy of the SMILE concert in London. I had seen this > concert described as one of the most significant events in pop music > history. I prayed it wasn't hyperbole. Have any of you heard this? > It is truly a marvel. And BRIAN sounds better than I have heard him > in forever...his voice was really sweet, high and clear in so many > parts...something I am not sure he could have achieved even two years > ago. I am thrilled to have the boot and look forward to its legit > release! I was lucky to obtain an audio tape of Brian's SMILE London show of Feb. 20. Despite the poor sound of the tape, the great quality of the actual performance shines through. What impresses me most is the ease with which the assembled musicians navigated from one section of SMILE to the next. As each section is very distinct, this is quite thrilling to hear. Interestingly, the overall structure of the re-assembled SMILE is identical to many of the unauthorized bootleg versions of the album that I've heard ... with a lyric change here and there. Can't wait until the 'Rolling SMILE Revue' rolls into my town - Kurt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 02:15:01 -0500 From: Mark Hill Subject: Jimmy Olson's Blues Currently, in a Yahoo music group, there is an MP3 of a song, "Do Yourself A Favor" (1961), by Jack Larson. The info line implies that it's actor Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olson in 1950s TV's "Superman." I can't imagine that voice being from Jimmy Olson, it sound more like poor ol' Johnny Ray or Ricky Nelson. There is a 45 picture sleeve posted there (main page and in photos) for Larson's "Back To School Blues" (Fraternity F-884), from the 1961 movie Teenage Millionaire. He also has an entry, with photo, in the 1996 book "Hollywood Hi-Fi", which list 2 more songs: "Roaches" (1959) and "The Way She Laughs" (1960), both also on Fraternity. But the way it reads isn't clear enough to convince me they have the right Larson. Even the Psychotronic Encyclopedia Of Film (1983) mentions Superman's Jack Larson in the cast of Teenage Millionaire. I believe they are WRONG. Superman's Jack Larson would be about a decade older than Jimmy Clanton or the Jack Larson on the 45 sleeve. No way the photo on the "Back To School"/"Teenage Millionaire" picture sleeve is Superman's Larson. Just take a look. There must be a different actor/singer also named Jack Larson and this information confusing the two has been incorrect for years. I think that is the case, as the entries at Internet Movie Database are all jumbled up. Check the entry at IMDB for a 2nd "Jack Larson." And "Teenage Millionaire" is incorrectly credited to the Superman Larson. Can anyone clear this up??? Dr. Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:49:33 -0500 From: Al Quaglieri Subject: Fuzzy Bunnies - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More I've played the group's biggest single, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More", to musica. It was always a crummy-sounding record, but I spiffed it up the best I could. Al Q. NY -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 20:46:30 -0000 From: C. Ponti Subject: Re: Hit$ and Misses That Alan Gordon wrote: > We returned to the hotel. The Ideas were coming fast and furious. We > summoned Charles Koppelman and Don Rubin from New York. We > would put the record out on our own label, Daddy Best Presents. Charles > and Don arrived in a few days and set up a meeting with Mo Ostin at > Reprise. Mo liked the CON-cept! Full-page ads in all the trades, although > Elmo & Almo themselves would never be seen. An artist drew two > characters, young boys with a flower in each of their hair. Wow, I can relate on the K&R thing. I would pay big time to hear stories about whether you got proper statements and royalty payments. Suffice it to say, "I been down dat road". Also I am an avid Magicians fan! "Invitation To Cry" ruled! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:19:51 EST From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Re: Bob Brady & The Concords They bubbled under in '67 with "More, More, More Of Your Love". This is strictly trivia since I've not actually heard the song. Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:58:24 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Eddie Rambeau videos; Charmaines; "c/w"; Nitzsche ROTW; mea culpa finis Eddie Rambeau's Shindig video: > What a treat, Ed; very nice performances. Yeah, you do look young, but you had a very mature delivery. (But oh, that shirt in the second C&C!) My question to you: how much was live (I gather your lead vocals were) and how much was pre-recorded -- the track? the background singers? Julio Niño: > ... [A] revealing article about the Charmaines...: > Quite the story. Sounds like that royalty check came in handy! Phil M: > Can anyone explain what the British equivalent, "c/w," stands > for?...I'm guessing "coupled with".... You're right -- and that was used in the US as well, as I remember. Martin Roberts: > Judy Henske's "Bye Bye Blackbird" on Reprise is playing at > ... Very nice, especially the arrangement and the restraint which Henske atypically shows. Maybe my favorite record-of-the-week, at least that I can remember. Which leads to.... My mea culpa, re: confusing Paul Evans and Brian Hyland: "Shocked" Al Kooper(and properly so) is the first on-list (and Phil M off-list) to call me on this. Again -- sorry if I caused confusion; now that I've copped to it twice, you all can put the whips away now! Country Paul (working on a mash-up to be called "Seven Itsy Bitsy Teenwie Weenie Girls in Polka-Dot Bikinis Sittin' In The Back Seat") -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 13:31:03 -0500 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: funny buzzes Mick Patrick wrote: > I've uploaded a shot of the Fuzzy Bunnies to the photo section. > To view it, go here > and select "Photos" from the menu. the same M.P. also wrote: > oblivion on RPM 330 in 2001. Japanese psychobilly girls Bunny Fuzzy > revived 'Egyptian Shumba' last year, an indication of the Tammys' > lasting and unique appeal. Not bad, Mr. P: posts on Fuzzy Bunnies and Bunny Fuzzy within one 24-hour period! Keep on hip-hoppin', --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:08:25 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Articles; songs on musica; new 78 retro turntables; mea culpa Phil Milstein: > I will, if there's a call for it, do up some of the > other articles > (Donnie Brooks, Jerry Butler, Mike Clifford, Patsy Cline, Dick > & Dee Dee, Bobby Edwards, Gene Krupa, Marcels, Ann-Margret) > at the same time. I'm calling! :-) On musica: I really like the 2 of Clubs "Look Away," especially the intro. And the flip side is also worth hearing, too - I especially like the guitar work on the intro (or is that a keyboard?). Bob Rashkow, re: The Spirit: > Why this didn't catch on is a mystery to me, but I know it's one > of Ron's efforts with Frost/Greenlight Music on Roulette. On musica right now. I think it's good -- not great; the hook works well musically, but I'm still trying to get the lyric beyond its artistic license with subdividing a cliche. Sorry. Phil M yet again: > Speaking of 78s and turntables, has anyone had any experience with > those new 3-speed turntable boxes being sold at Restoration Hardware > and the like? I've only seen, not heard, one. The turntable mechanism is made of the world's thinnest firm plastic; "cheesy" would be too good to describe the construction. I wouldn't want to guantee the styluses. But they do look cool.... Big mea culpa: I apologize for confusing Paul Evans "Seven Little Girl s..." and Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitty Teenie Weenie" in print. I don't usually get confused by the easy stuff like that -- maybe it's time to start taking those Senior Moments Memory Pills! (I'm five digests behind as I write this, so have probably been properly and roundly roasted by now. Go ahead -- I deserve it.) The End Zone: Great real band name (from several-weeks-back thread): Ben Steele and his Bare Hands. One 12" single, probably mid-'80s, on Vanity Records; no date given. That Alan -- great Elmo & Almo story. Now we know! Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 20:46:57 -0000 From: Martin Jensen Subject: Questions arising from new Spector biography Hi I'm in the midst of reading the newly published Spector biography 'Wall of Pain', and was surprised to read the following information on the Sonny Charles & The Checkmates album: "Once Charles was brought to the fore co-vocalist Bobby Stevens began demanding a share of the spotlight, and Spector knew the rest of the band would be issuing their own demands. With just a handful of tracks completed for the LP, Spector handed production to arranger Perry Botkin Jr, and turned his back on the Checkmates Ltd." Can anyone here attest to this piece of info? It is completely new to me. As far as I'm concerned all the Checkmates tracks clearly bear the Spector touch. The only stuff on there, which to some extent differs a bit would be the Hair songs, but still. ... Dave Thompson, the author of the book, also mentions a fabulous Spector-produced version of Dion's "Baby, Let's Stick Together" that has been locked up in the vaults since the late 70s. Has this record ever circulated among collectors & has anyone heard it? Well, off to read some more. With regards Martin, Denmark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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