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Spectropop - Digest Number 1391

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Spector sessionography
           From: Eddy Smit 
      2. Re: Jimmy Olson's Blues
           From: Bill Reed 
      3. Re: new 78 retro turntables
           From: Steve Fuji 
      4. Re: Not Lame releases
           From: David Coyle 
      5. Re: Blue Cat oddity
           From: Austin Powell 
      6. smiley faces sometimes (WMCA good guys sweatshirt)
           From: Tommy 
      7. Re: Downey soft
           From: Al Kooper 
      8. Re: Info on Austin Roberts
           From: Steve Fuji 
      9. Re: Ed Rambeau Shindig appearance #2
           From: Chris A. Schneider 
     10. Re: Horizon - Tribute
           From: Clark Besch 
     11. Re: Shindig: live or Memorex?
           From: Ed Rambeau 
     12. Re: Questions from new Spector bio
           From: Frank 
     13. Re: The Royal T
           From: That Alan Gordon 
     14. Re: surprising originals
           From: Paul Bryant 
     15. Carl Wayne
           From: Jim Shannon 
     16. Witches & The Warlock / Wellington Arrangement
           From: Mark 
     17. Re: SH not HP
           From: Mike McKay 
     18. Re: Sedaka's back-ups
           From: Julio Niño 
     19. Re: b/w c/w
           From: Robin Miller 
     20. Re: The Groops
           From: Frank 
     21. Re: Good & Plenty
           From: Orion 
     22. Re: Four On The Floor
           From: Al Kooper 
     23. Kenny O'Dell to Musica
           From: Clark Besch 
     24. Re: Wellingtons
           From: Mikey 
     25. Re: F&B Bryant Rarities
           From: Steve Harvey 

Message: 1 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 09:01:58 +0100 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: Spector sessionography Phil M. inquired: > 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! Phil on maracas on the Rolling Stones: Not Fade Away, Little By Little and Play With Fire. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 20:19:50 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Re: Jimmy Olson's Blues Mark Hill wrote: > 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. Talk about synchronicity! My flatmate was on the phone with Jack Larson at the very minute I was reading the Spectropop query. I printed it out, scrawled "This Just In" at the top and shoved it in front of flatmate. And Larson answered him: It turns out that, by choice, Larson had only a very limited acting career, and went on to become one of the most respected librettists in the world of Modern American Opera. So when a Lars somebody came along and wanted to use the name "Jack Larson" as an actor, JL no. 1 had no objections. In retrospect, he regrets his taxonomical generosity. Not only for the confusion that ensued and echoes down to today (vide this very S'pop query), but also resulted in a few more problems that Mister Larson would probably just rather forget. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 00:17:51 -0000 From: Steve Fuji Subject: Re: new 78 retro turntables Phil Milstein wrote: > 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? Most of these phonographs do not have the correct size stylus for 78rpm records to play properly. 78s require a 3-mil stylus, stereo LP's use a .7-mil, and mono LP's use a 1-mil. New turntables with a single stylus almost always are using the .7-mil stylus. Steve Fuji -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 07:45:18 -0800 (PST) From: David Coyle Subject: Re: Not Lame releases The British Invasion set advertised via the Not Lame website is actually two CDs that were released by Varese Vintage last year, "25 Hits Of The British Invasion" and "American Roots Of The British Invasion." There is another box out now called "The British Invasion", which is one of those 3-CD boxes that have a total of 50 tracks altogether, yet nonetheless merited a full-page ad in "Rolling Stone" recently. "Kind Of A Drag" by the Buckinghams was reissued on CD by Sundazed a few years ago, along with all the other Bucks LPs. This is the reissue described. These are not Not Lame products. The site may merchandise them, but that's all. Just wanted to clarify that. David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 20:42:55 -0000 From: Austin Powell Subject: Re: Blue Cat oddity Andrew C. Jones wrote: > 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? Pye Records won the rights to Red Bird and Blue Cat, issuing "Chapel Of Love" and the Jelly Beans' single "I Wanna Love Him So Bad" on their Pye International label in May '64, before giving Leiber-Stoller-Goldner their own identity in the U.K. When the Red Bird label was launched in the U.K., the releases carried the same catalogue number as their U.S. counterparts, though in fact very few U.S. Red Birds were issued here. When Blue Cat came along, they were issued in the U.K. on Red Bird but with a numbering system starting with "BC". Pye would've offered Red Bird some of its British productions, though why George Goldner would have picked a Bruce Forsyth track is a mystery to me, -- though history would suggest Goldner cared little for his boss's feelings, so it may have been a "sop" to his British licensee. Austin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 15:12:41 -0000 From: Tommy Subject: smiley faces sometimes (WMCA good guys sweatshirt) Hello 'poppers in the metro NYC area -- WMCA radio played a lot of our favorite tunes back then, and gave away those famous good guy sweatshirts. I believe these are currently being reproduced by someone. Does anyone have an address/phone number/EMA so I can contact them? I need that smiling face again. Thanks, Tommy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 05:34:54 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: Re: Downey soft > Downey was also the home to The Carpenters, but that's another story. And the Blasters!!!!! Phil Alvin & Karen Carpenter used to date in ... (just kiddin'!!!) Al Blooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 00:40:12 -0000 From: Steve Fuji Subject: Re: Info on Austin Roberts Austin Roberts wrote: > 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. Austin, Thanks for the info. I bought both "Sing Out The Love" and "The Morning Of Our Lives" when they came out and I remembered them getting a lot of airplay in the Los Angeles area, so I was surprised to later find out that they did not make top 40 nationally. They were among my favorite singles of that era, even though they were quite different from each other stylistically. The liner notes on your album on Chelsea that has "Something Wrong With Me" made a reference to Arkade and also said that you had been a member of The Buchanan Brothers. I didn't know until then who any of the singers of Arkade were. It is interesting to find out that the writers of "Sing Out The Love" also wrote for The Grass Roots, since the song is very similar to many of their hits. I wondered if Steve Barri had intended for Arkade to be a similar type of act, since The Grass Roots were very successful for him and P.F. Sloan. I also recall seeing it performed on TV, probably on "Boss City", which was one of the shows produced by 93/KHJ. Do you recall doing such an appearance? It is so great to get information about these beloved records from the people who made them. I am very impressed with the number of successful record industry people on this site. I worked in the record industry from the late '70s through the '80s, but never got close to anything resembling a hit. I'm looking forward to future postings from you. Thanks, Steve Fuji -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 07:51:08 -0800 (GMT-08:00) From: Chris A. Schneider Subject: Re: Ed Rambeau Shindig appearance #2 Ed Rambeau wrote: > To view my 2nd appearance on the SHINDIG Show from 1965 with > guest host Hedy Lamarr go to: > Hedy Lamarr as a guest host on SHINDIG??? 'Scuse me while my neo-Viennese senses are still reeling ... Chris "Call Me Tondelayo" Schneider -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 15:57:12 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Horizon - Tribute Artie Wayne wrote: > 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: > Artie, the song sounded pretty wild, but it kept dropping out on me every 3 seconds, so it was impossible to get any idea of what was going on, other than someone doing a good job belting out a vocal that could have been used in "Jesus Christ: Superstar" and a Gregorian Chant backing style. Is there any way to post this to musica? Thanks, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 13:07:35 EST From: Ed Rambeau Subject: Re: Shindig: live or Memorex? Country Paul wrote: > 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? The vocals were all live. The track was pre-recorded. The background singers were on the track. And the shirt is gone forever. LOL, Ed. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 18:29:47 +0200 From: Frank Subject: Re: Questions from new Spector bio Martin of Denmark wrote: > 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. ... Don't know about the Checkmates story but anything can happen. Anyway I still think this LP is the most underrated LP I know. As for the Dion track it's available on the CD edition of Born To Be With You. Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 16:14:27 -0700 (MST) From: That Alan Gordon Subject: Re: The Royal T C. Ponti, thanks for the kind words about the Magicians. Sundazed put out a nice CD several years ago, I think you might like it. As far as royalties and statements, well this is a family chat room, I could go on for days talking about "proper" statements. I will leave you with this one story. When I signed a writer's contract, as part of the deal I was leased a Cadillac. Years later I would always refer to this car as one of the rarest, most expensive Cadillacs ever -- I called it my RECOUP DeVILLE!! I was still paying for it for over 25 years!!!!! Best. that Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 04:47:59 -0800 (PST) From: Paul Bryant Subject: Re: surprising originals Phil X. Milstein writes: > I'm working up a list, for an eventual compilation, of "surprising" > original versions. I nominate "Twist & Shout" by the Isley Brothers, it's so feeble! Very surprising, when I finally got to hear it. pb -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 16:42:54 -0000 From: Jim Shannon Subject: Carl Wayne Checked out the Carl Wayne site the other day and noticed a long list of artistic achievements over the years, in film, music and theatre. He has been touring with his band The Vikings. One of my favorite songs by The Move was "Blackberry Way". I noticed it was released as a single in the UK, but no reference to the U.S. Does anyone know if it was the follow-up to "Night of Fear" on Deram? Jim Shannon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 00:41:52 -0000 From: Mark Subject: Witches & The Warlock / Wellington Arrangement Does anyone know anything about either of these groups? Witches & The Warlock: I just discovered one of their singles on the Sew City label. Very Supremes sounding. I'm not a big soul fan except for the Motowny-sounding stuff, and this song is definitely in that category. Does anyone know how their other records are? Wellington Arrangement: Four singles (seven cuts) on Decca in the late '60s with great songs and great harmonies. Outstanding sunshine pop. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 17:36:44 EST From: Mike McKay Subject: Re: SH not HP Dan Hughes wrote: > I seem to remember Hit Parader being heavier on articles and features, > Song Hits being thinner with not as much extraneous stuff. This is correct. Song Hits was mostly lyrics with a few brief articles thrown in. Hit Parader had longer, more in-depth articles. This is particularly true in the "glory years" of HP (roughly 1965-67), when Jim Delahant was the editor. Everyone goes on about "Crawdaddy," but the fact is that Hit Parader during those years was absolutely the first mass circulation magazine to take rock 'n' roll music seriously and talk about something other than band members' favorite colors or what kind of girls they liked to date. I treasure each of my well-worn copies from this era. Absolutely wonderful articles about the Lovin' Spoonful, Byrds, Hollies, etc. -- intelligently written, great interviews that focused squarely on the music ... And, just for laughs, there's one HP moment I'll always remember ... so well in fact that I can quote it verbatim. When it was announced that Jeff Beck had left The Yardbirds and was forming a new group with Rod Stewart as their lead singer, HP's "London correspondent" wrote, "All I can say is God help him with Stewart aboard ... a real Grade-Z singer"! I've always wondered if anyone has bothered to remind him of this statement over the years! Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 08:37:37 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Re: Sedaka's back-ups Simon White wrote: > Who were the girls backing Neil Sedaka on his high octane > dance drama "Let The People Talk"? Simon, according to the Bear Family Neil Sedaka´s box set, the vocal chorus in "Let The People Talk" were Emily Houston, Delia Warrick and Toni Wine. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 12:20:07 -0000 From: Robin Miller Subject: Re: b/w c/w Phil X. Milstein wrote: > 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 ... Strangely, some of the old terminology remains common in the UK. Boy- band Busted (appearing recently on TV chart show Top Of The Pops) performed the second track of their no.1 CD-single, and it was introduced by the presenter as "the B-side"...! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 13:25:04 +0100 From: Frank Subject: Re: The Groops On Midnight Cowoby you hear the American Groop. They had a single "The Jet Song ... When The Weekend's Over", plus an incredible rare LP on Bell. They were much softer then the Aussie Groop. Aileen Thomas was a member of the US Groop. Haven't heard of The Groop Ltd. before. Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 21:56:46 -0600 From: Orion Subject: Re: Good & Plenty S.J. Dibai wrote: > Yesterday I stumbled upon an LP by an enigmatic male-female > duo with the ridiculous names of Douglas Good and Ginny Plenty. I don't know who they are, but I have their LP and it is really pretty good stuff. Just kick back, put the LP on the turntable and take a step back in time. Ahhh yes, grab a box of "Good N Plenty". Orion -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 00:40:13 EST From: Al Kooper Subject: Re: Four On The Floor Steve Harvey wrote: > Any chance of hearing Four On The Floor when the > Rekooperators play the Dennis Flyer March 13? Yeah, two: "slim" and "none." Al "Man of Few Words" Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 16:39:52 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Kenny O'Dell to Musica With the talk about the Rose Garden and Kenny O'Dell's writing with Austin Roberts, I thought I'd post one of my fave 45s by O'Dell. "No Obligations" apparently got "No Respect" when it was released in August 1969, perhaps getting lost between Woodstock, "2525" and the moon walk. Not surprising, since he'd had several Vegas records following up "Beautiful People" and "Springfield Plane" before the label imploded into its parent company, White Whale. Despite all this, I thought Kenny had a few good songs then, including the Rose Garden's hit "Next Plane to London". "No Obligations" is not all that much different vocally from the John Beland song I posted last month. There were so many good writers and singers that never got their just dues. Luckily, Spectropop gives us the chance to present some of our faves of these to people who appreciate the underappreciated. Now, about Rose Garden's "If My World Falls Through". If memory serves me I don't think it was a Kenny O'Dell song, but if I come across my copy again before someone else posts it, I'll try to post it. Good song. Take care, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 14:57:37 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Wellingtons Thanks, Ed, for that great Shindig Info. A little note for Spectroppers: The Wellingtons were the group that recorded the theme to "Gilligans Island". A very good, and very popular, vocal group, especially for studio work. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 15:42:12 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: F&B Bryant Rarities Frank, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, now there's a Bear Family project in the making. Check out "Still In Love" ("look at Papa lookin' at Mama, they're still in love"). I've got it on a CD by The Wicked Picketts. They are like an alt-country band from the NW, I think. Great tune, but I don't know who did it originally. They do a great instrumental version of "Sukiyaki" ala Duane Eddy, and a cover of Yoyo Oh-no's "Walking On Thin Ice". It came out in 1995 on Rounder. Well worth seeking out. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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