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Spectropop - Digest Number 1412



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There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Larry Knechtal
           From: Dave Heasman 
      2. Frankie Valli, TV star
           From: Country Paul 
      3. Unknown song
           From: Peter Grad 
      4. Six Teens; Gary Myers; Johnny Spencer website; bonus
           From: Country Paul 
      5. Re: "Selfish One" and more intros
           From: Charles Ellis 
      6. Re: Jeanne & Jeannie Thomas
           From: Austin Powell 
      7. Re: P.F. Sloan
           From: Jim Shannon 
      8. Re: Reparata & the Delrons
           From: Austin Roberts 
      9. Re: Flip Cartridge
           From: Austin Roberts 
     10. The Wonder Of Ray Peterson
           From: Gary Myers 


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Message: 1 Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 19:50:25 -0000 From: Dave Heasman Subject: Re: Larry Knechtal Doug Carey: > I'm amazed that anyone with Larry Knechtal's resume would end > up in Yakima. I didn't realize all the session that he recorded > (Pet Sounds, Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, and a member of Bread). > Oh, lest I forget, a member of the Wrecking Crew. I'll always remember him for "the best ever rock n roll piano solo" (tm) on Duane Eddy's "You Are My Sunshine" back in '59. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 21:47:52 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Frankie Valli, TV star >From the KNBC [TV], Los Angeles, website: "Frankie Valli is going from singing hits to making hits. "The lead singer of the legendary singing group The Four Seasons has been cast as a mob type on "The Sopranos," beginning with Sunday's episode. "Valli actually read for a part on the show four years ago, but it wasn't right for him. "Valli said he never in a million years thought he'd end up a pop singer because he grew up at the tail end of the big band era. "With the Four Seasons, Valli has recorded such classic hits as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Sherry" and "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)." "The singer said he's not looking for another hit song because he's had his share and prefers to only do things he really wants -- like keep an eye on his kids. "Valli has three sons: a 16-year-old and 9-year-old twins. He said the one nice thing about his job with "The Sopranos" was that he could stay home and didn't have to travel." Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 04:01:07 -0000 From: Peter Grad Subject: Unknown song I'd like to thank the folks -- especially Clark -- who tried to identify that mystery song with the line "Keep on Loving Me" in it that I taped in April 1964 and have yet to identify. It is not The Halos (or Angels) as we believed for a few moments this week, though that group did record a song of that title around the same time. I just posted the song in the files section this evening and would appreciate anyone familiar with music of that era to take a listen and help me solve this 40-year-old mystery! Also, I have tapes from the mid 60's that I eventually will digitize.. tapes are from WMCA, WABC, and WINS in New York City from 1964-1967. Quality is not great, but it is mostly listenable. I'd be happy to share with anyone who has an interest in that era, or to post here (if such files are permitted). I have not listened to or shared these with anyone in all these years, but have recently begun to dig into my old closet and realize that they are a treasure to anyone who, as I did, loved the music of the Sixties. Peter Grad -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 23:40:57 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Six Teens; Gary Myers; Johnny Spencer website; bonus Al Kooper: > Are The Six-Teens still alive??????? Probably. I got a CD recently collecting all their recorded music, mostly on Flip, home of their hit, "A Casual Look." Much of the music is unexceptional at best, but in addition to the hit, which is very fine, there's an outstanding uptempo rocker called "Baby-O," which showed they'd been listening to "Rockin' Robin" and "Little Bitty Pretty One" quite a bit. What is unusual, however, is what sounds like a radio interview (interviewer unknown) spliced in- between their records, with the story told from the group's perspective by the members themselves. I forget the label it's on, but there are about a dozen other artists profiled in much the same way advertised on the insert; it came out in the early '90s, and I believe the interview was contemporaneous with the release. All six "Teens" were alive then. Ask a facetious question, Al, get a serious answer! :-) Gary Myers, Re: Bernie Schwartz article: > [Goldmine] issue #264, 09 /7/90, about the Tide/Edit labels (for > which I also recorded). Thanks for your interest. You're welcome. With The Portraits? By the way, welcome to S'pop. That's a nice "Over The Rainbow" you have on musica - very "seasonal!" Re: Mary Ann Fisher, she had a 45 on Seg-Way (same label as The Echoes, of "Baby Blue" fame). Anyone remember the title? It's the flip of the song shown in a label scan in the "Girls With Soul" section of http://www.johnnyspencer.info I might recommend this site to the Northern Soul fans among us (who may know about it already); it's worth it for the label scans alone, and the original hand-illustrated sleeves surrounding each one. Bonus: For members of Harmony High, I just posted Janet Deane's "Another Night Alone" at that site; it's the late Janet Vogl of The Skyliners in a 1963 solo recording, which I mentioned in this group a little while back. Enjoy. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 15:20:32 -0000 From: Charles Ellis Subject: Re: "Selfish One" and more intros Previously: > ...the opening melody of "Selfish One"...is just the first few > bars of the standard "Tenderly"! > Yes, that kind of thing became a brief mini-fad, after the > "Canadian Sunset"-like intro of "My Guy" (Actually, I think there > are one or two notes different). Tony Clarke's "The Entertainer" > (great record!) began with "I've Got Plenty Of Nothin'" BTW, the "Canadian Sunset" intro for Mary Wells' "My Guy" was somewhat deliberate: Smokey Robinson couldn't decide as to how to create an intro for the song, so the Funk Brothers created an intro that stole from both "Canadian Sunset" and "Begin The Beguine". Nearly a decade later, Jim Croce's recording of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" borrowed ITS intro from Bobby Darin's "Queen of the Hop". And there's Billy Ocean's "Carribean Queen", itself a "Billie Jean" rewrite. If Michael Jackson needs cash he could easily sue Billy Ocean, like the Isleys succesfully sued Michael Bolton or when Huey Lewis took Ray Parker, Jr. to court over "Ghostbusters" sounding too much like "I Want a New Drug"! So much for originality...... Charles Ellis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 16:08:22 -0000 From: Austin Powell Subject: Re: Jeanne & Jeannie Thomas Simon White: > Mention of Jeanne Thomas promts me to ask the following question. > I have a 45, My Heart Has Told Me What To Do/ Say Something Sweet > To Me (Strand 25026, 1961) by Jeannie Thomas. Does the team think > this is the same person, or a different similarly named chantuese? There's also a Jeannie Thomas LP on Strand 1030 called "Sings For the Boys". Austin Powell -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 16:38:49 -0000 From: Jim Shannon Subject: Re: P.F. Sloan Clark Besch wrote: > P.F. Sloan: All I can say is that his music is great! His lyrics > are great. Even tho many are "downer" lyrics, they really hit you > in the heart and make you feel better. Plus, many are very > uplifting as well. I have to again thank my buddy Spectropopper > Doug Richard for getting me to truly recognize Phil's greatness. > His pop songs are wonderful too. The Varese Cd of demos is > a "must > have". I feel the same way about P.F Sloan. Going to purchase the Varese CD of demos for m y collection. One of my favorites of his was the Searchers' "Take me for What I'm Worth". Only a marginally successful song that barely charted into the top 20, it should have gotten more airplay. And yes, I played it on my progressive rock shows in the early seventies. Jim Shannon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 12:06:45 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Reparata & the Delrons Phil Hall: > Thanks for the Reparata info. I'm a big fan of the group, and > it's nice to get info about them Just a tidbit, but Reperata, being friends with Bill and Steve Jerome, sang background with me on my very first sessions in 1968, with Bill And Steve producing for Phillips. Great gal! Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 12:14:54 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Flip Cartridge Simon White: > ...there was a London American 45, "Dear Mrs Applebee/Don't Take The > Lovers From The World" by Flip Cartridge. The U.S. label was Parrot. Everybody probably knows, knowing this Spectropop bunch, but Flip Cartridge was also Flip of Skip and Flip (Cherry Pie and It Was I), as well as the lead vocal on the Hollywood Argyles doing Alley Oop and probably on other stuff. His name, of course, is Gary Paxton, who is a trip to write with. What a talent! Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 10:16:17 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: The Wonder Of Ray Peterson Previously: > ... Ray Peterson's original "The Wonder of You," ... (To my ears, > Peterson's original totally eclipses Presley's later rushed remake.) I agree. I backed Peterson a couple of times and he's a great singer. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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