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Spectropop - Digest Number 1419

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Jean/Jeannie [Thomas]
           From: DooWopDaddy 
      2. Re: Flip Cartridge / Larry Knechtel
           From: Austin Roberts 
      3. Grass Roots lead guitarist
           From: Bob Ontariofan 
      4. Re: American Dreams
           From: Jimmy 
      5. commercial uses
           From: Alan Zweig 
      6. Silver roundup
      7. Re: BST
           From: Gary Myers 
      8. Re: '60s Pop Rock Reunion
           From: Gary Myers 
      9. The party
           From: Simon Bell 
     10. Shakin' All Over; Flip Cartridge; Loss Leaders; Song Cycle; reggae 'conversions'
           From: Country Paul 
     11. Re: P.F. Sloan songs
           From: Mike McKay 
     12. Dusty songs / The Six Teens.
           From: Julio Niño 
     13. Re: Aretha
           From: Simon White 
     14. B.S.&T.
           From: C. Ponti 
     15. Sidewalk & Uptown
           From: Joe Foster 
     16. Copyrighting riffs, or maybe a whole melody?
           From: thirteen_eagle 
     17. Re: "Happy Together"
           From: (That) Alan Gordon 
     18. Re: On Any Sunday - Soundtrack?
           From: Patrick Rands 
     19. Re: Chubby's Checker's ego
           From: various 
     20. Carole & Dusty & . . .
           From: Mike Carter 
     21. Two P.F. Sloan songs now @ Musica
           From: Mike McKay 
     22. Chubby
           From: Simon White 
     23. More of Knechtel's best
           From: Austin Roberts 
     24. Re: Ella Johnson obituary
           From: Steve Harvey 
     25. more Six Teens CD and Jan Berry RIP
           From: Country Paul 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 21:45:59 EST From: DooWopDaddy Subject: Re: Jean/Jeannie [Thomas] Jeannie Thomas (Strand LP) is not the same person as Jean Thomas of The Rag Dolls fame. They are definitely two different singers. DooWopDaddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 19:46:39 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Flip Cartridge / Larry Knechtel re "Flip Cartridge," Martin Roberts wrote: > Like Simon I know "Dear Mrs Applebee" by Flip on UK London and > assumed it was a cover of the aptly named Marie Applebee's, debut > 45 produced by the Jerome Brothers on Jubilee. Also for Jubilee the > Jeromes produced Renee St. Clair. I can't recall if these girls identies > have been confirmed. Any ideas Austin? Hey Martin, You've got me there. Sorry. > Country Paul added another query, Flip's cover of "That's What Sends Men > To the Bowery". This must have been released about the same time as the > Jerome Bros. production of the song for Reperatra/Delrons on Kapp. Were > you promoting songs from coast to coast? No, the only songs I ever promoted were my own, which was a lot of traveling on its own. > And where any of your and Gary Paxton's songs recorded? Gary and I wrote one song together, which was cut by a group on Capitol in the mid '70s, but I can't remember the group name. It's obviously not a household word. Gary did produce, with Buzz Cason, a chart country record called "Dolly," about Ms. Parton. He remixed and mastered a rock opera (Christian) called "Eight Days" that I wrote in 1974 (w/ Kim Rose), which came out on one of Gary's labels. I see him around Nashville, and he's still abnormal but a lot of fun. re Larry Knechtel: Besides being maybe the best pop piano and organ player in the business (though it seems he's retired), Jimmy Griffin of Bread recently told me that Larry had also put the lead guitar on Bread's "Guitar Man." Wow!! Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 00:10:00 -0000 From: Bob Ontariofan Subject: Grass Roots lead guitarist In the comment about The '60s Pop Reunion, the question as to the lead guitarist for the Grass Roots was raised. He is Dusty Hanvey. He has been with them for many years and has also done double-duty as a guitarist and road manager for the Righteous Brothers (at least until Bobby Hatfield's death). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 21:32:25 EST From: Jimmy Subject: Re: American Dreams Hi Karen! This is the only show I watch on television. I've gotten hooked on the family story lines, especially the strength and forbearance of the Mom, but I first started watching the show to see which songs they would feature. The musical "interludes" are okay -- Tina Turner doing "River Deep" was fun -- but I've come to accept that the extras' hair and the slang aren't going to be just like 1965. Still the acting is top-notch, and the storylines very real and moving. Jimmy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 19:43:43 -0500 From: Alan Zweig Subject: commercial uses Artie Wayne wrote: > Congratulations on the Applebees restaurant commercial using > "Happy Together." I usually hate rewrites of hit songs to fit a > product, but I think the lyric "Imagine steak and shrimp on just > one plate ... so happy together ... sells the product without > compromising the integrety of your song. Call me a purist, call me a curmudgeon, but I for one am glad I live somewhere where that commercial isn't playing and so my memory of one of my favorite songs isn't ruined forever. Just on principle, I can't imagine how such use of a song can possibly fail to compromise its integrity. (just another) Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 05:54:00 -0000 From: Subject: Silver roundup Hi-ho, "Silver," away .. --------------- Bill George wrote: > I have an album from the '70s by a group called Silver. I had it > on a cassette (transferred it) so there wasn't any information > included. Does anyone have any more information? --------------- Clark Besch: Batdorf was half of the duo Batdorf & Rodney (with Mark Rodney), who had two chart records, "You are A Song" and "Somewhere in the Night", on Arista in '75. The Grateful Dead guy died of an overdose in 1990 (go figure), at 37. They were good pop in a time of discomania. I really liked the second single, "Memory". --------------- Patrick Beckers wrote: > I've always liked the song "Musician (It's Not An Easy Life)." Frank: Absolutely. Great song and great production. The best on this LP. I released this LP in France and the track was a mild success. --------------- Bill Brown: John Batdorf's email address is batmacmusic[at], in case anyone would like to contact him. --------------- Phil Milstein: Eddy Smit submitted album credits, including: > b. All I Wanna Do (Steve Ferguson) I wonder if this was Steve Ferguson, former lead guitarist of NRBQ. > i. Cover Design - Philip Hartmann This was definitely Phil Hartman, later of Saturday Night Live, Newsradio, The Simpsons and, alas, victim of a murder-suicide at the hands of his wife. As graphic designer, he also designed the logo for the group America. > j. Photography - Guy Webster Noted L.A. shutterbug and gadabout, and son of lyricist Paul Francis Webster ("Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," "The Shadow Of Your Smile," "Secret Love," "Black Coffee," "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)," etc., etc.). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 21:09:10 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: BST Al Kooper wrote: > This show stopped me from ever doing interview shows again. ... > I have never been paid a cent as an artist for that album, most > of which I wrote, sang & arranged. ... Bobby & Steve got what > they wanted (money, success and forgettable music). Al, given your explanation, I certainly understand the feelings you express, but I also strongly disagree with the "forgettable music" part. I think DC Thomas is an excellent singer, the musicians were all excellent, and I love nearly all of that stuff. It was educational just figuring some of it out back in '71-'72. Gary Myers / MusicGem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 21:26:10 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: '60s Pop Rock Reunion previously: > ... long overdue reunion of Chad & Jeremy, who accompanied > themselves on acoustic guitar and piano with no backing band. I saw them on the "British Invasion 25h Anniv. Tour" (or something like that) in the '80s, and they were excellent. They did use a backing band of kb, bs, gtr, dr, but on "Summer Song" everyone except the bass player played acoustic gtr -- very effective. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 13:14:15 +0100 From: Simon Bell Subject: The party Just home from a great night in Shepherd's Bush with you all. The place was really buzzing, and it was great to see Billie Davis & Kay Garner enjoying the evening. I loved singing Nino Tempo's "Boys Town" with Elisabeth (wish I'd remembered the words!), but the real highlight for me was the spine-chilling acappella performance of "Let It Be Me" by Tony Rivers & his son, Anthony. They made it look so easy, but believe me it ain't. Roll on the next party! Simon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 01:27:02 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Shakin' All Over; Flip Cartridge; Loss Leaders; Song Cycle; reggae 'conversions' Haven't gotten to the posts yet, but I hope the London S'pop party was as much fun as the NYC event. I envy all who made it to it! Michael Godin, re: The Guess Who: > In my opinion, their version far surpassed the Johhny Kid & The > Pirates original. Billy G. Spradlin: > I have heard Johnny Kidd's original and many covers but nothing > has beat the Expressions/Guess Who's version. No comparison - Guess Who have it hands down to my ears. Glad Chad Allen is a nice guy! Austin Roberts: > 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! Really?! I'm amazed - I'm sure you speak from solid knowledge (I had no clue until your post), but I hear no stylistic continuity between Paxton's work and "That's What Sends Men To The Bowery." Broad-based as he was/is, he'd be one of the last people I'd guess to be hiding behind that alias. Phil Milstein's comment re: "Bowery: > A number also recorded by Reparata & The School-Marms, I mean > Del-Rons. Is "Flip Cartridge"'s version in the same faux-vaude > style as Reparata's? That '67-'68 trend thrilled me when I was a > pre-adolescent and it was new, but at this point my patience for > it is pretty thin. The style is the same, but it works to strange effect here. I confess I thought R&theDR's version a pale cover.' C. Ponti, re: Reprise's "Loss leader" LP: > Many of the artists, Van Dyke Parks most conspicuously, were hurt by > being on that album. Reprise also did that weird ad for VDP sniping > at how much was spent on budget for SONG CYCLE. Peter Gallway, > represented elsewhere on Spectropop as one of The Strangers in > the "Emily's Illness" article, was on that album in his Ohio Knox > incarnation. How were the artists hurt? When the sampler series began, I and many other music cognizenti I knew found them to to be remarkably hip, with many good tracks (although certainly not all) spread around. There were also phantom tracks that only appeared in that series. I personally got into some of the artists a little more because of their appearance on these LP's. Re: Song Cycle, I'm surprised VDP was "sniping" at Reprise, which gave it two well-promoted releases, as I remember - one without and one with the lyrics printed on the back. I think it initially sold fewer copies than were serviced to radio stations, but I'm proud to say that at least one station, mine (WBRU), played it - and not infrequently. John Grecco and Ed Rambeau: kudos for the cool Ed bio at Phil Milstein: > I'm looking for track suggestions or other input on a new compilation > I've got on simmer, of reggae covers of relatively tepid U.S. or UK > pop tunes. Examples include Take Me Home Country Roads, Red Red Wine > and Pied Piper. Tentative title: Can A Rastaman Sing The Whites? John Holt's "Holly Holy" (Shelter in the US, I believe) totally blows away Neil Diamond's version, in my opinion. Also, the Tennors [sic] "Weather Report" is a slight lyrical rewrite ands reordering of S&G's "The Only Living Boy In New York" (sample lyrics: "do-na-lee, do-na-lee, do-na-lee, do-na-lee, here I am....You're the only little girl in my home town." It's impressive how right they get it while getting it wrong. More to come, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 10:51:26 EST From: Mike McKay Subject: Re: P.F. Sloan songs Clark wrote: > The simplicity of [P.F. Sloan's] demo Cd is really great too! So > many songs on there are shouldabeen classics..."Baby I Can't Help > Myself"... "Baby I Can't Stop Myself" was recorded as a B-side by Johnny Parris & Co. -- in reality John Gummoe of The Cascades, mentioned in the last digest. This is my absolute favorite out of all of Sloan's pop-era songs, and I love a LOT of them! (Phil's own version of "Here's Where You Belong" would probably get my nod from his folk-rock period.) Phil's demo of "Baby I Can't Stop Myself" is good also, but the Johnny Parris record is just so beautifully sung and played. I learned -- IIRC from finding via Google a several-years-old posting by John Gummoe to Spectropop -- of "Johnny Parris"'s identity, and he and I corresponded for a time. I sent him an .mp3 of "Baby I Can't Stop Myself" that was in better shape than his own rather beat-up single. Very nice guy. I'll have to dig up his Emails -- I know that one of his fellow Cascades is singing with him on this record, and he mentioned the other singers and musicians involved. It really is a great performance! I also believe that "Cling to Me" is the best performance and the best song of Johnny Tillotson's career. I'll see if I can post it to Musica soon. And I agree with you, Clark, on the overall excellence of the P.F. Sloan demo CD. Most of these demos are as good or better than the finished product of the day. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 18:26:04 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Dusty songs / The Six Teens. Hola Everybody: I should be working , But I often don´t do what I should ( and even more frequently I do what I shouldn´t), anyway. Tony Leong wrote: > HELP!!!!! One of my favorite Dusty Springfield songs is "I'll > Love You For A While" (1965). Yesterday, my friend played me a > version of the song (the original I understand) by a singer named > Jill Jackson. Does anybody out there know if that original > version is available on any CD compilation??????? Tony, I´m not sure that Jill Jackson´s (Paula, of Paul and Paula), "I´ll Love For A While" was the original. Dusty´s version was first issued in US in her LP "OooooowWeeee", March 1965 (and according to Paul Howes´ book about Dusty recordings, it was recorded on 22 January 1965). I haven´t got Jill Jackson´s single, but I´ve read that it was released in late 65. Talking about different versions of songs popularized by Dusty, I suppose you already know Pino Donaggio´s "Io Che Non Vivo", the original version of "You Don´t Have To Say You Love Me" (the Italian lyrics are much more superior to the English in my opinion). Another interesting version of a Dusty song that comes now to my mind is "Pas Comme Les Autres", Columbia 1964, by Richard Anthony (French adaptation of "Something Special"). Richard Anthony recorded also "Il Est Temp de Comprendre" ("Di Fronte All´Amore"), Columbia 1965, recorded also by Dusty in Italian and in English as "I Will Always Want You". "Di Fronte All´Amore" was composed by the great Umberto Bindi. You won´t know what melodrama is until you listen to his song "La Musica E´Finita" performed by the Italian diva "Ornella Vanoni", Ariston 1967. Changing the subjet, Country Paul wrote about The Sixteens: > Much of the music is unexceptional at best, but in addition to the > hit,("A Casual look") which is very fine, there's an outstanding > uptempo rocker called "Baby-O,..." My personal Sixteens´favorite song is " Oh, It´s Crazy", the A-side of "Baby-O". I love that song. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 08:38:46 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Aretha Artie Wayne wrote Re: Aretha - > I think she didn't consider Motown because it would have put her > in a narrow musical box. Although Columbia offered her the chance > to show her versatility...from, "Running Out of Fools" to "Rockabye > Your Baby" they didn't have the ability to get the solid R+B airplay. It's interesting that Columbia didn't put the future Queen Of Soul on "Okeh" which was their R&B label. I suppose they saw her as a pop act? Simon --Northern Soul on Soul 24 - 07 Sundays 3-5pm GMT Repeated Tuesdays 7-9am GMT -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 18:00:55 -0000 From: C. Ponti Subject: B.S.&T. Al, For what consolation it's worth I still listen to CHILD...but could never stand the rest of BST's "body of work". I had a girlfriend way back when, and during intimate moments, she would have on what I considered plastic stuff like Vanilla Fudge and the BST album which followed CHILD. She was gorgeous, so I put up with it, languishing in her Bklyn apartment afternoons, enjoying her charms, but suffering over what she listened to. My next girlfriend played Cat Stevens, which was a total deal breaker.I remember Katz from The Even Dozen Jug Band and dealt with Columby during his stint at Columbia Records. A friend recently gigged on a bill with BST and they were late for sound check and tuned up loudly and intrusively while my buddy tried to get his soundcheck in. He also got dirty looks from them, so they weren't very nice.The music on CHILD holds up. I've been listening to it alot. As for the later albums, I prefer my jazz old and scratchy, like my blues.A fellow musician who was the real deal as far as a jazz singer used to call latter-day BST "flak"!! C. Ponti -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 19:11:09 +0100 From: Joe Foster Subject: Sidewalk & Uptown > Martin, are you sure (Sidewalk and Uptown) were connected? Martin: > No! Just a shot in the dark, I had a few of both labels by > my record player and was struck by the similarity of design. > (Black writing, white label. Yeah very similar! :-)) And I > thought that while I'm asking questions I'd chuck this one > into the mix. Uptown and Sidewalk were both subsids of Tower....and I guess were manufactured by Capitol.....I think Uptown dealt mostly with Soul/R&B, but I'm not an expert by any means...... Best Joe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 07:46:19 -0000 From: thirteen_eagle Subject: Copyrighting riffs, or maybe a whole melody? This may be a lousy time to mantion this, having just lost Jan Berry, but did Madara and White ever give Jan (and Brian Wilson) credit when they rewrote "New Girl in School" as the Pixies Three's "Summertime USA"? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 12:10:45 -0700 (MST) From: (That) Alan Gordon Subject: Re: "Happy Together" Laura P. wanted to know who did the rewrite on the Applebees spot. I guess it was someone at the ad agency. Ron Dante would know. I`m glad you like the song Laura. Ron did a great job on the vocals but he always does a great job on anything he sings! Best, That Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 18:14:39 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: On Any Sunday - Soundtrack? Sean wrote: > I saw the 1971 documetrary film all about motorcycle racing late > last night, and was wondering if this was ever released as a > soundtrack? And if yes, where can I find it on CD? LP? It's very > groovy and very reminisent of our Mark Wirtz Mood Mosaic stuff! :) Frank wrote: > Sean, you´ll find it only on vinyl. A great record but hard > to find at bargain prices nowadays. This album was featured as album of the week awhile ago here: You might be able to contact that website and see if he can't post it for you. :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 14:25:50 EST From: various Subject: Re: Chubby's Checker's ego A roundup of responses to Chubby Checker's several claims to greatness and immortality: Paul Urbahns wrote: > Chubby really thinks he accomplished a lot, but actually "The Twist" > was a direct copy (sound-a-like) of the Hank Ballard record. Chubby > won a chart war of sorts as he had a bigger company and Dick Clark > behind him. Ballard actually wrote the song and the arrangement that > Checker has been making money off. They probably selected Checker > for the song because he could sound like other singers. ----------------------- Steve Harvey: Chubby only got the record after Freddie Cannon, Dick Clark's first choice, turned down the song. ----------------------- Billy G Spradlin: Agreed. I believe King Records thought Ballard's "The Twist" wasn't good enough to be a single. Dick Clark has said that he found the song on a B-side or album and mentioned to his Philly record exec buddies that it could be a big smash if re-recorded. Chubby was an exploitive artist riding a hot trend, although he did cut some fine R&B records after the Twist craze ended. But Hank Ballard is the one who deserves to be in the R&R HoF, not Chubby. ----------------------- Clark Besch: Paul, I agree for the most part. Chubby was in Philly when Dick Clark needed him, I suppose. All I know is that for the time, many of his records kicked ass, and he did a good job on them vocally. "The Twist" is testimony enough, but "Pony Time" is probably better. "Hucklebuck", "Mess Around", all have the same kinda formula, but it worked. It's not unlike all the BTO songs a decade later that all had the same stuff, but it worked. No creative genius shown in Checker's records? Probably true. Was there any creative genius in most disco records? No. They're dance records, and perfect for having fun just listening and moving. Chubby's alright with me. Allan Klein is not. ----------------------- John Fox: If Chubby's claim to fame is inventing "dancing apart to the beat" (meaning no touching), then why does he sing, "Take me by my little hand, and go like this"? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 22:19:23 -0000 From: Mike Carter Subject: Carole & Dusty & . . . Mick Patrick wrote: > Modesty forbids me from revealing who compiled and annotated > (the "A Love Like Yours" (Dusty originals) CD)... I'm gonna ssume that we can guess who put this great cd together. Thanks Mick P.! "A Love Like Yours" is well worth seeking out. Jill Jackson's "I'll Love You For A While" had been an illusive little dittie in my Goffin and King search-a-thon. Granted, I love to hear Dusty sing Carole King and granted Carole King herself says how much she likes to hear Dusty sing, but Jill Jackson's version of this song goes to the head of the line-up. From major to minor we go with that funky bell chiming away. And what do those background vocalists say? Help! Mick P. on this one as well as what makes you say Dusty's version was first? If Mick were Carole or Carole were Mick surely Skeeter Davis WOULD have recorded more Goffin and King material or how 'bout Mick would have let Eydie Gorme sing the demo and Little Eva would have had a hit with "Everybody Go Home". But surely he can speak for himself on such matters, especially if he hears Little Eva in his head! : ) Mike C. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 13:42:26 EST From: Mike McKay Subject: Two P.F. Sloan songs now @ Musica I posted Johnny Tillotson's "Cling to Me" at Clark's request, and also my favorite Sloan pop song of all, "Baby I Can't Stop Myself" by Johnny Parris & Co. Enjoy! Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 22:58:57 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Chubby I think we're being a bit hard on Chubby here... Now we all know that he wasn't Bob Dylan or Lennon, McCartney, Dozier or either of the Holland Bros, Carole King or Ellie Greenwich or even Hayes and Porter..but what he did do was sing on some of the best pop records of the early 60's, goodtime fun music that unbelievably still stands up today. And as such if you mention his name to the average man or woman in the street I'll bet that they will recognise it and not the others (bar Bob or the Beatle boys I suppose). I give don't two hoots who gets into the "Hall Of Fame" partly because most of the inductees mean jack all to me. Simply not interested. But I remember as a 5 year old twisting madly at family parties To "Lets Twist Again" and the record became part of the soundtrack of my life and I have distinct memories of telling my school teachers about my cousin Sandra's "twist dress" because the Twist was the pre Beatles phenomenon of my early musical years. And yes I know Hank Ballard recorded "The Twist" first - that one is always trotted out - but he stole the melody anyway - a common practice - "Surfing USA" anyone? And I remember the scene in the movie "Let The Good Times Roll" where he just stands on stage grinning like he can't beleive whats happening and it's just wonderful. And at the Spectropop party last weekend I purchased from Mr Malcolm Baumgart "Hey You! Little Boogaloo" having acquired the previous week "Karate Monkey" and two more JOYFUL records you would be hard pushed to find. I love Chubby's singing style. It is full of joy and life and fun and everything. Chubby's ego? Let him have his ego! The rock press don't give him much else. Its all part of the act! Simon "At the Discotheque Hey hey hey!" -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 13:30:35 EST From: Austin Roberts Subject: More of Knechtel's best Please add the guitar work on Bread's "Guitar Man" to the list. Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 15:27:12 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Ella Johnson obituary Mike, Glad you appreciated the posting. It came through the NWHillbilly group on the west coast. Do you think Ella sang "Since I Fell For You" better than Lenny Welch? I think his version is one of the best examples of genuine emotion in a song, unlike the vocal gymnastics that pass for singing these days. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 22:10:17 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: more Six Teens CD and Jan Berry RIP Update on the Six Teens CD I mentioned previously with the interviews interspersed: it's also called "A Casual Look," and has 27 tracks, the 27th being an awful acapella rendering of the title hit at the tail end of the interview. The label is Famous Groove Records, from Paris, France (#FG 971019) and was released in 1998. The liner also claims the label has CDs by Bobby Rydell, The Royal, The Midnighters, The Five Chances and Doc Starkes & The Nite Riders among others, plus collections of doo-wop from Vee Jay (4 volumes), J&S (1 volume), and various labels from Ohio. (No track lists are shown.) If you're interested, try Famous Groove at 2-26 Ave Henri Barbus, F-93001 Paris, France; fax 1-48922350. Laura Pinto mentioned Jan Berry's website, Go deeper into it, at You'll find an article Jan wrote in April 2003, on how he'd like to be remembered. Whew -- he was quite the man. RIP indeed. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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