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Spectropop - Digest Number 1401

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Carole King & Toni Stern's "Look Down"
           From: Don 
      2. "surprising" originals//ska-pop for Julio//F&B Bryant
           From: Hugo M. 
      3. Re: question re: Benny
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      4. Al, Dan, Revisionism, and James Brown
           From: Dan Hughes 
      5. Re: Karen Carpenter
           From: Joe
      6. Teenset/Andy Paley
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      7. Coming soon to Musica - Bob Crewe
           From: Tom Taber 
      8. The Teen Queens
           From: Phil Hall 
      9. Clusters on musica; birthdays
           From: Country Paul 
     10. various reviews: recent RPMs and Rev-Olas
           From: Partrick Rands 
     11. Re: Benny Andersson & the Hep Stars
           From: Jeffery Kennedy 
     12. Take A Hint
           From: Simon White 
     13. Re: Rod the Grade-Z Mod
           From: Mike 
     14. Mrs Miller
           From: Steve McClure 
     15. Re: Cooper/Dodge Band
           From: Mike 
     16. PF Walmart Sloan!
           From: Clark Besch 
     17. Jackie DeShannon on Am Dreams and DC5 Mike Smith update
           From: Clark 
     18. Re: smiley faces sometimes (WMCA good guys sweatshirt)
           From: Jim Shannon 
     19. Tom Wilson upload barrage
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
     20. Can this be true?
           From: Larry Lapka 
     21. Re: Tim Rose
           From: Paul Bryant 
     22. Re: Beaver & The Trappers
           From: MopTopMike 
     23. Re: Damita Jo, Hep Stars & the Canaries
           From: Scott T. 
     24. Sour Suite
           From: Jim Shannon 
     25. Re: The Hep Stars
           From: David Coyle 

Message: 1 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 01:18:10 -0000 From: Don Subject: Re: Carole King & Toni Stern's "Look Down" Michael: > There's a Carole King/Toni Stern song called "Look Down" > that the Monkees recorded in 1968 or so. I like this song, > and I'm wondering if any other artists recorded it. I don't know of any other artist recording this song. I think all of the other King/Goffin or King/Stern songs by the Monkees have been recorded by other artists. Don -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 04:31:54 -0000 From: Hugo M. Subject: "surprising" originals//ska-pop for Julio//F&B Bryant Oops, looks like I misunderstood the premise of the "surprising originals" game. How 'bout this one? According to Fuzz Acid & Flowers people, Madonna's song "Ray Of Light" first appeared on a 1971-ish LP by a UK flower/psych band called MULDOON. Ska-pop for Julio. This is an OLD thread, and I am THAT lazy. There was a NYC label called Steady Records that seemed to specialize in licensing Jamaican hits to market them in the USA. Only artist I can think of at the moment on that label is Eddie Lovette, and I don't think he's a good example of what you're looking for, but there are likely to be others that work for you ... OTHER Jamaican songs that got exported in the '60s that come to mind: HIGGS & WILSON on Time Records (1960, titles forgotten) and LASCELLES PERKINS - "Bam Bam" on Scepter 12163. I looked through my catalog thinking that a whole bunch of songwriting credits for the Bryants were going to pop out at me, but it looks as though I haven't noted down all the ones I have come across. One that I did see in a quick look-through was "Baby Me Baby" performed by Lonzo & Oscar on Decca 28624 (and presumably on LP as well.) Shimmy shimmy bop -- Hugo M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 05:00:51 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: question re: Benny Yes, it is the same Benny who was later in ABBA. "Sunny Girl" was the the first ABBA-related 45 to be issued in the USA. The Hep Stars released 2 other singles in the USA: "Farmer John" b/w "Cadillac" (Cameo 376) and "Musty Dusty" b/w "It's Now Winter's Day" (Chartmaker 414) in 1968. Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 03:44:50 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Al, Dan, Revisionism, and James Brown Dan screwed up and said, >...Al Kooper listed his ten favorite albums, and one of them > was an Elektra album of Gregorian chants! Al chided, > Revisionism, revisionism, revisionism. It's Music of Bulgaria > which is far from Gregorian Chants. If one has never heard this > early 60's Nonesuch release, I uneqivocably recommend it as one > of the best girl group records ever made. And Dan sheepishly replies, Gee, I knew it was Nonesuch just as soon as I hit the send key, but I wouldn't call it revisionism, just bad memory. I feel (don't you?) that revisionism requires an agenda. Al, you also listed James Brown Live at the Apollo, didn't you? Do you remember the other 8? ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 09:27:39 -0500 From: Joe Subject: Re: Karen Carpenter previously: > Anyway, we used to throw a football around just outside > the studio where Karen and Richard were recording. Though > we seldom saw Richard, Karen would come out and want to > throw the football around with us (not a bad arm; better > voice). She was a very warm, unaffected person and fun > to be around. Think about it athletically: Richard's instrument was piano, Karen's was the drums. Who would you want on your team? Joe Nelson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 11:44:58 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Teenset/Andy Paley Clark wrote: > In fact, a WCFL Teen Set issue is seen atop Paul McCartney's > piano on one cover. It could have been added to the pic, > but I don't think so. It would have been real - Teenset editor Judy Sims had excellent access to The Beatles in the late sixties. Teenset London correspondent Carol Gold also knew them. When Judy came to town, she would get to do personal interviews and get studio based photos as they did. Teenset would also organise odball events for their US photoshoots - like mass LA group ice skating with various Beach Boys, Springfield, Gene clark group members and girlfriends tumbling over each other. It must have been a fun mag to work on! Andy Paley, a recent Brian Wilson collaborater/band member, is very much into the girl group sounds, esp Darlene Love who he actually produced ("Mr Fix-It"). I recall giving him some rare tapes at the Beach Boys London Convention some years ago. Nice guy! The upcoming CD retrospective sounds wonderful - the Paley Brothers early material was pretty good! Kingsley -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 06:54:32 -0800 (PST) From: Tom Taber Subject: Coming soon to Musica - Bob Crewe Phil Milstein has been kind enough to offer to place on Musica a 45 I have from the Spring of 1967 - "A Special Message from Bob Crewe" which I think many of you will enjoy. It was sent to radio stations to inform them of a contest they could join to help subtitle the followup to "Music to Watch Girls By." Anyone know if the contest ran? It's in Parts 1 and 2, and 1 will appear first. Tom Taber -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 02:21:07 -0000 From: Phil Hall Subject: The Teen Queens Does anyone know what happened to Rosie & Betty Collins, who were The Teen Queens? I know they never had a hit after "Eddie My Love" and that they later had problems with drugs, but does anyone know where they are today? Thanks, Phil H. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 21:07:53 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Clusters on musica; birthdays With a little help from my friends, I'm finally able to get some tracks from my library posted to musica! After the recent discussion regarding The Clusters, including Al Kooper's rave about this track, Phil Chapman asked to hear "Darling Can't You Tell" (wr. Hall-Martin, pr. probably George Goldner), Tee Gee TG-102, 1958. They're 5 white guys, but they sound black because of (1) the incredible bass singer, Joe Gugliotta; and (2) the overdubbed second lead by Arlene Smith of the Chantels, added l ater by Goldner without the group's knowledge. (Source: interview with the group on WCBS-FM, New York.) This, a serious hit in New York, is my all-time favorite uptempo doo-wop - an innovative song and arrangement, especially the flute obligato. (There are versions around with a fade-out ending; this is the original with the full ending dubbed from the first-pressing 45.) A new Clusters group is still singing in the New York area in 2004, based around the original bass singer. Details: There's also a WMGM (New York) radio station survey posted at with the song listed - and a remarkable number of other songs that are well-remembered today. For an under-six-minute history of New York doo-wop, check out, and scroll down about 1/3 of the way to "A distinctively New York sound." It's a good day (March 17th) for Spectropop-oriented birthdays: 1940 Vito Picone, lead singer of The Elegants ("Little Star") 1941 Clarence Collins, member of Little Anthony & The Imperials 1941 Gene Pitney 1942 Paul Kantner (of Jefferson Airplane) 1944 John Sebastian 1946 Harold Brown, drummer for War 1947 Ian Gomm More soon, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 14:49:21 -0000 From: Partrick Rands Subject: various reviews: recent RPMs and Rev-Olas I've been writing scads of music reviews lately that Spectropop members would probably appreciate - check them out here and enjoy! Girls Go Zonk: US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys 94 Baker Street: The Pop Psych Sounds of the Apple Era: 1967-1969 Folk Rock and Faithfull - Dream Babes Volume Five In The Garden - The White Whale Story Night Time Music: The BT Puppy Story All of this music is now in the WZBC (90.3 Boston College) music library, so if you want to hear it and you live in the area, call up and request it. :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 17:54:41 -0000 From: Jeffery Kennedy Subject: Re: Benny Andersson & the Hep Stars Jan Kristensen wrote: > Benny was a member of the Swedish beatgroup Hep Stars in > the early 60's. The lead singer of hep Stars - Sven - later > married Charlotte Butler of the Sherrys and they formed a > succesful duo Svenne & Lotte. Spectropoppers might be interested to know that Svenne & Lotte recorded many cover versions of American hits from the '50s and '60s. Their recordings are slick europop a la ABBA, and Lotte has a unique, appealing high-pitched voice. has English-language pages and sells Svenne & Lotte as well as Hep Stars CDs. Jeffery -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 23:05:19 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Take A Hint Tony Leong: > Julio: I read an interview with Kendra and from what I > gather, she and Van sang in unison on those songs!!!! And > YES, "Gee What A Boy", "Oh Happy Day" and "Stickin With My > Baby" are wonderful songs!! I had the pleasure of spending time with Kendra last year when she came to he UK for an appearance. She confirmed what Toni says here - she and Van sang joint leads and often you can hardly tell the voices apart. If you have a copy of the rare Vonettes 45 "Touch My Heart" on Cobblestone you will more clearly hear them both. Van sings the chorus, Kenni the verse. If you don't have the rare Cobblestone 45 and want to hear it along with recently discussed tracks by Bob Brady & The Con Chords and Witches & Warlock then I can only suggest that you listen to: THE METROPOLITAN SOUL SHOW, this SUNDAY 21 MARCH on at our NEW time of GMT and now repeated on TUESDAYS at 7.00-9.00 am GMT Simon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 00:32:05 EST From: Mike Subject: Re: Rod the Grade-Z Mod I wrote: > > And, just for laughs, there's one [Hit Parader] 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! and T. D. Bell replied: > Just for laughs? The London correspondent was right. Stewart's imitation > of Sam Cooke is like gravely voiced Andy Devine singing tenor. Rod Stewart is hardly my favorite singer in the world, but he's had his moments ... particularly on his first two solo albums. Saying it's been "patchy" since then is probably being too kind. He's really only as good as his material. And I must emphasize, the *right* material to suit him. The success of that God-awful standards album he's peddling now has to be a case of mass hypnosis. Even my mother bought it, for God's sake! My original comment was based on Rod's undeniable commercial success -- which obviously was not foreseen by the correspondent -- rather than any considerations of artistic merit. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 09:29:50 +0900 From: Steve McClure Subject: Mrs Miller Dear fellow Spectropoppers: Remember Mrs. Miller? Well, after listening to the unearthly sounds of Wing, I'm beginning to think that some mad scientist has spliced Mrs. Miller's DNA with that of Yoko Ono. Check it out: Steve -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 01:02:07 EST From: Mike Subject: Re: Cooper/Dodge Band Dave OGara: > Talking with a radio colleague of mine the other day and discovered > he was in a Connecticut-based band called the Cooper/Dodge band. > He said the leader of the group was Don Cooper and my friend thought > Don may have gone on to record solo on Roulette. I'm not sure of the > years we're talking about. My guess is probably early to mid '70s. > Anyone have any information on this artist? Thanks in advance for > your help. Actually, it's the reverse. Don Cooper started out as a solo artist on the Roulette label with a self-titled album in 1969. Somehow, he came to my hometown to promote it that summer, and appeared on a local radio station for an interview. The DJ spun the major track from the album, the six-minute-plus "Miss Georgia," and I was so taken by it that I called up the station raving about it and wondering how I could get the album. The Roulette promo guy thanked me profusely and offered to drop off a copy for me at a local record shop -- which just happened to be Larry Green of The Edsels' Discount Records, which I mentioned in an earlier post. I duly reported there, snapped it up, and for a short time added my own (I'm sure awful) version of "Miss Georgia" to my repertoire. Don had at least a couple of subsequent solo albums released. The Cooper-Dodge Band came later, I believe in the mid-to-late '70s or early '80s. They released at least one single on Atco. John Dodge was actually John Silliman, who was a student with me at Ohio University in the early '70s and who was managed for a time by my roommate Paul. (Paul was later involved with Cooper-Dodge as well as an independent record promoter.) Don Cooper played Athens frequently in his solo days, and that's apparently how he and John got together. I saw John about five years ago at a reunion function for the Classes of '70-'75, where he performed with his OU group Silliman, Bare and Friends. If I'm remembering correctly, power popper extraordinaire Richard X. Heyman was also a member of Cooper-Dodge. I do know that Paul recorded some demos on Richard in the mid-'90s (which I have and treasure) for a project that never got off the ground. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 05:46:26 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: PF Walmart Sloan! Since we were talking about PF Sloan and the "Happy Together Applebee's" commercial recently, thought I'd bring up the PF Sloan song, "Secret Agent Man", being used for the Walmart ad. That's gotta be a big dollar one, I'd think! The new lyrics are "Rollback Man". Considering Flip supposedly hated Johnny Rivers' version of Sloan's original "Danger Man" when it was changed to "Secret Agent Man" and became a big hit for Rivers, I wonder what he thinks of this really drastic lyric change to promote Walmart. He might just be happy to get the money out of it, if he owns the publishing rights-- sure hope he does in this case!! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 16:54:13 -0000 From: Clark Subject: Jackie DeShannon on Am Dreams and DC5 Mike Smith update Hi, just wanted to cover a couple of topics. First, am wondering if Bill George and others saw someone impersonating Jackie DeShannon singing "When You Walk in the Room" on "American Dreams" this week? I'm sure it was probably some TV or pop star of today, but I wouldn't know. As for the performance, it was better than most of the previous impersonators' (Nancy Sinatra's for one) and the singing wasn't too bad. It was cool that they choose some of the artists' lesser hits occasionally to have shown. I like the scripts better this year than last, but they have gone completely away from several musical ingredients they did better last year. They tend to jump anywhere in music from variuos years. They seem to be set currently in early/mid '66, yet they play music ranging up to Simon & Garfunkel's "Bookends" LP and the artists are usually singing a song a year or two older now (DeShannon's song was an early '64 hit!). Also, I can't remember when they showed a true old original clip or original song version from the '60s, which they did almost every show last year. This week, the Everlies (AGAIN) sing "Wake Up Little Susie"! I thought it was odd that last year they showed them doing "Gone, Gone, Gone" in 2 different shows, but this is even worse. They were on "Shindig" constantly in '65/'66, but usually doing current songs or non-Everly "whole Shindig cast members" gatherings for rock standards. Anyway, it's still a pretty good show, but the music timing and such gets worse it seems. Then, all of a sudden, they do something cool like this week, playing the Association's "One Too Many Mornings" in the record store. Not likely in true-life 1966, but possible! We can only hope (or do we?) we'll soon see our S'popper faves like Bobby Vee, The Turtles, Johnny Tillotson or others that might have been on in '66 or '67. The website has some cool '60s-ish things on it: Mike Smith of The DC5 is improving. Latest from his website says although he caught a "superbug" going around the hospital he's in, he is getting more movement back in his arms, but will not likely walk again. He is talking pretty well and has been taken off some medication, making him less confused and better to be around. We can only hope he keeps improving! For those who did not know, he fell last October in Spain at his home and had vertabrae damage and has had a very slow recovery. Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 17:31:27 -0000 From: Jim Shannon Subject: Re: smiley faces sometimes (WMCA good guys sweatshirt) Clark Besch: > Those Good Guy shirts were great! I've been working on a New York > radio piece for Musica featuring all the great '60s NYC Dj's and > their musical openings if anyone is interested. Clark, I still have my original "Good Guy" sweatshirt from WPOP. Merchandising expanded to "Good Guy Music Survey" to bumper stickers. After the "Good Guy" phase, many stations went with the "Boss Jocks" concept. Would love to get those '60s DJ musical openings. Jim Shannon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 13:52:50 -0500 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: Tom Wilson upload barrage In respect to our recent discussion of Tom Wilson, I have played to musica a set of excerpts drawn from the Velvet Underground edition of his regular "Music Factory" radio show cum MGM promo (or, as I like to call it in these synergistic days, an early example of "promotainment"). As far as I know, this is the only episode of the Music Factory in current circulation; alas, those eager to hear Lou Reed's and/or John Cale's comments will be dismayed by the virtual lack of same in my edited version (but can contact me offlist to arrange to hear the complete show). To my ears, Mr. Wilson sounds a bit stoked on the wacky tabacky here, but perhaps those who knew him can inform us of whether this is the way he spoke ordinarily or not. To complete the Wilson barrage, I have also posted the complete texts of a 1968 New York Times [Sunday] Magazine feature on and a 1976 New Musical Express interview with him to the Articles section, and a photo from the latter to the Photos area. Now dig the cool that was Tom Wilson. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 22:06:08 -0000 From: Larry Lapka Subject: Can this be true? Dear All, Surfing on the Internet, I came up with this tidbit on Jeff Tamarkin's Web site. He is the former editor of Goldmine, and has most recently written a book on the Jefferson Airplane. The blurb on his site says the following: "Jeff is currently researching the legendary record company Cameo-Parkway and will be writing the liner notes for the long-awaited C-P boxed set and individual best-of CDs, due in mid-2004." Has this been discussed here before? Is this simply old news, or did I stumble on something relevant? Let me know. I think Chubby Checker would love to know too, based on his recent one-man protest crusade. Larry Lapka -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 14:21:01 -0800 (PST) From: Paul Bryant Subject: Re: Tim Rose Bill George to Al Kooper: > Al, how was it to work with Tim Rose? I played a gig > with him in England a couple years ago. Hey, Bill - it might have been this one! A review of a Tim Rose gig in the UK from a couple of years ago, by a fiend of mine: "What a gig. Tim Rose in a Leicester pub. Tim Rose is pure walking, talking myth. Looks around 60, grey ponytailed hair, thick neck, teeth flashing like a lycanthrope, double chin,double belly. He comes on like an oil rigger or a trucker just blown in from Tucson to Tucumcarri, collapses onto a chair, picks out sparse bluesy chords for 3 minutes and then power strums into the most blinding opening delivery I've ever heard. We're in the eye of a 10-minute hurricane of a song, a vocal of primeval rage, lyrics that crackle with contempt and betrayal as they chronicle the last 4 decades of the American century. "This is the best new song I've heard by anyone in a decade. I find out later from the man it's called 'Tigers in Cages.' He wrote it last year and it's unreleased. Anyone walking in mid-song would have thought this was an encore. "Next song, another new original, is barely any kind of relief. The guy is a force of nature. Raw emotion his only mode of expression. Next song is a tribute to his old buddy, Tim Hardin. 'If I Were a Carpenter' and this punter is close to tears. His repertoire doesn't include any kind of relief from the tension. He does introduce long, humorous anecdotes about musicians he knew and that's your recovery time. "Then it's into his first original from the '60s, 'Come Away Melinda,' and we're into murder and mayhem from something like the Bloody Benders. Rose gets inside every character. It's more than convincing, it's eerie, it's living terror. "Hell, then it's the interval - 04 numbers took around 40 minutes. 2nd set. Another 3 minutes of mesmerising blues chords that slowly metamorphose into 'Hey Joe.' The song is gut-wrenching and relentless as it builds and builds over 10 minutes into yet more murder and mayhem. Hendrix's vocal is as nothing compared to this. No contest. The guy gets inside the song and just about chokes off the oxygen supply to the rest of the room. The power of performed poetry of this order is a rare force indeed in this mundane reality we call the world. Even he couldn't follow this. "The pressure level does drop for the next 2 numbers. This is a mortal man. More anecdotes from the road before he goes out in a barrage of blood, steel and guts with 'Morning Dew.' At his most vocally deranged, he has total control of phrasing and timing even as he exudes extreme levels of emotion. He leaves drained after only 8 numbers in total, refusing encores, which the audience is too drained to bear anyway. I shake his hand, which is in a vice-like grip. I say something about the most intense performance in years and he says 'Hope I didn't scare yer.' "Exactly that,man. My pantheon of greatest white blues & soul singers consisted of only 2 - Van Morrison and Van Vliet. Tim Rose makes 3. This gig rockets straight into my all-time top ten." (by Nick Barks) pb -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 23:06:03 -0000 From: MopTopMike Subject: Re: Beaver & The Trappers The summer 1966 single "Happiness Is Havin'"/"In Misery" came out on the White Cliffs label, which operated out of New Orleans. No doubt Mike Curb threw a bone to his 'Orleans buddies. I no longer own the orignal single, so I can't send an mp3. One of the guys in the Trappers was none other than Richard Corell, who appeared on the "Leave it to Beaver" TV series, and of late produced several TV soundtracks. MopTopMike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 19:33:48 -0600 From: Scott T. Subject: Re: Damita Jo, Hep Stars & the Canaries Okay... I am rereading the digests and I saw no one has responded to two questions that I actually know the answers to. So here goes: 1) Phil M. asked about Janet Jackson's new album. It's called "Damita Jo" because that is her middle name: Janet Damita Jo Jackson. 2) The Benny Andersson in the Hep Stars is indeed the gentleman from ABBA. Here's an excerpt from an online bio: "In 1964 he became the keyboard player of a rock 'n' roll group called the Hep Stars. In 1965 Benny started to write his first own material for the band. "In 1966, while touring with the Hep Stars, he met Björn Ulvaeus. Benny and Björn started composing together, and teamed up eventually. In 1969 the lead singer of the Hep Stars, Svenne Hedlund, his girlfriend Charlotte Walker, and Benny decided to work together, but separately from the other Hep Stars members. "Then, in 1971 Björn Ulvaeus asked Benny to join him to work as a producer at Stikkan Anderson's and Bengt Bernhag's small record company Polar Music. In the beginning, Benny had to share his salary with Björn as Stikkan couldn't afford two producers. "In the meantime, on a more personal level, he and Christina Grönvall had broken up. In the beginning of 1969, while touring with the Hep Stars, he met Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad, to whom he would be engaged for 8 years before they married in 1978. Anni-frid did not only become Benny's fiancée and wife, but also his colleague. Together with Björn Ulvaeus and Björn's wife Agnetha Fältskog, the couple would form one of the most famous pop groups in music history: ABBA." I hate asking unanswered questions, so I hope that helps ... which brings me back to an old question of mine that seemingly fell on deaf ears: Does anyone know anything about the group The Canaries that recorded one single on the Carole King's Dimension label around 1966? "Runaround Ronnie" was one of the titles. Can't remember the flip. With all the Brill Building-lovin' folks here, I can't imagine no one knows about this record. If that's the case, it must not really exist! Scott T. in Houston -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 02:03:57 -0000 From: Jim Shannon Subject: Sour Suite I've never cared for The Guess Who and the vocals of Burton Cummings. "Shakin' All Over" was okay, but most of their material was top-40 fodder. One exception was the introspective soft pop ballad called "Sour Suite." A minor hit compared to their earlier songs of the late sixties, this one is worth adding to your pop music archives. jim shannon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 14:49:19 -0800 (PST) From: David Coyle Subject: Re: The Hep Stars I have a 31-track CD (although it's missing the last four songs) of the Hep Stars and it's pretty much hit or miss. There were a few good beat and psych-pop numbers in the bunch, but a lot of it is ballads, pre-Beatles pop covers and novelties. Among the songs the Hep Stars covered were "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" and "Young And Beautiful" by Elvis, "Donna" by Ritchie Valens, "Hawaii" by the Beach Boys, "Speedy Gonzales" by Pat Boone(!), and "Only You" by the Platters. They also did a cover of Mike Berry's "Tribute To Buddy Holly." Their live album "Hep Stars On Stage" even has a version of "Surfin' Bird." "Sunny Girl," which I have on the original Olga 45, was actually a pretty good number and a rather accurate representation of their sound. I could've lived without the other 30 Hep Stars songs I have in my collection... David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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