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There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Gary Chester
           From: Dennis Diken 
      2. Re: Tandyn Almer
           From: andrewweiner2002 
      3. Re: Tex & The Chex
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
      4. Ambrose by Linda Laurie
           From: Al Quaglieri 
      5. Re: Clifford Rhodes / Pastel 6 / Billy Abbott's Jewels
           From: Gary Myers 
      6. "Penn Station"
           From: Al Kooper 
      7. Kenny Dino, Howie Farber, Steve Shlaks
           From: Al Kooper 
      8. Re: Accuracy of Top 40 Playlists
           From: Mike McKay 
      9. Rick Nelson - "Your Kind Of Loving"
           From: S.J. Dibai 
     10. Long Island & Queens acts
           From: Al Kooper 
     11. Re: Kenny Dino
           From: Martin Roberts 
     12. Lovely Anita Humes & the Essex
           From: Bob Rashkow 
     13. Bobby Vinton versus Buddy Greco
           From: S.J. Dibai 
     14. love that Dirty Water
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
     15. Song Hits
           From: Phil X. Milstein 
     16. Re: Long Island rock'n'roll
           From: TD 
     17. Exciters on Shout
           From: Ken Silverwood 
     18. Re: Nick Venet
           From: Fred Clemens 
     19. Now, a tale from Strange World of Northern Soul
           From: Simon White 
     20. Bobby Day
           From: Ken Silverwood 
     21. Re: Fred Anisfield
           From: Doug Richard 
     22. "Pamela Jean" - damaged master?
           From: thirteen_eagle 
     23. The Embassy label
           From: Fred Clemens 
     24. Fred Anisfield / Baby Jane & the Rockabyes
           From: Al Kooper 
     25. Re: Bobby Vinton & "Mr. Lonely"
           From: Clark Besch 


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Message: 1 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 11:59:51 -0400 From: Dennis Diken Subject: Gary Chester Hello Hal, I am a major fan of Gary Chester. Please let me know of efforts to get the man into the Hall Of Fame. best, Dennis Diken -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 16:06:44 -0000 From: andrewweiner2002 Subject: Re: Tandyn Almer I got curious about Tandyn Almer after I discovered the Ballroom's version of You Turned Me Around, the greatest hit the Association never had. I came across this: http://www.wusb.org/psycdeli/reviews/tandyn.html A good fit with the author of Along Comes Mary. But I wonder how many more great songs he might have written if he hadn't been busy inventing bongs. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:46:04 +0000 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: Re: Tex & The Chex Alan, did you ever find out where the name "The Chex" came from? More to the point, did Tex/Rod really name his group after his favorite breakfast cereal? Snap crackle POP, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 12:22:42 -0400 From: Al Quaglieri Subject: Ambrose by Linda Laurie I have just posted to musica Linda Laurie's follow-up to "Ambrose (Part 5)", called "Forever Ambrose." Next week or thereabout I'll follow up with the ridiculously scarce "Jose, He Say." Al Q. NY -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 10:30:19 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Clifford Rhodes / Pastel 6 / Billy Abbott's Jewels Max Weiner (No relation to Herb?): > ... your question the other day about Johnny Tillotson's song, > "Why Do I Love You So?", the writer on that song was an individual > by the name of Clifford Rhodes. Thanks, Max. Yes, we had a couple of answers to that, one of which provided a link to the publisher, which stated that Rhodes was a Florida friend of Tillotson's. > Does anyone know what happened to the Pastel 6? A friend of mine did a gig with one of the members (sax player, I think) a few years ago and gave me his number, but that's all I remember at the moment. > ... "Cinammon Cinder", the song named after Bob Eubanks' old club > in North Hollywood in the early '60s. There was also one in Long Beach. In fact, I was thinking there was a 3rd one somewhere (?). > I'm still waiting to hear if anyone has any info on Billy Abbott & > The Jewels, who did "Groovy Baby" back in 1963. Love that record, and it brings great memories of my first summer in SoCal. I did a little research a few years ago and found Abbott's son. Abbott is deceased and his real last name was Vaughn. I spoke briefly with his widow and with songwriter Roy Straigis, who also co-wrote the Tymes "So Much In Love". gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 14:17:01 EDT From: Al Kooper Subject: "Penn Station" Previously: > The guy who put out "Child Is Father To The Man" wrote "Penn > Station", eh? Didja get your meds altered in '67. I went from smoking pot & eating cream cheese on datenut bread chased by a chocolate shake at work everyday for Penn Station TO cleaning up for CIFTTM. Believe me - that's med/mind altering. Al "still clean" Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 14:29:10 EDT From: Al Kooper Subject: Kenny Dino, Howie Farber, Steve Shlaks Martin Roberts: > ...The marvellous Kenny Dino...had other 45s written and produced > by the Schlacks-Farber production team... No c in Shlaks. Grew up with Howie Farber & Steve Shlaks. Great guys. Howie went into the porn biz and made zillions, opened the first videostore in NYC, than partnered with Vince McMahon for pro- wrestling videos and made another zillion. He's happily retired now. Shlaks moved to Spain and became a new age idol probably under another name. When I scored the TV series CRIME STORY in '86/'87, I also was hired to pick the records played in the show. The very first piece of music heard in show #1, accompanying a mass murder in a beauty parlor in the early 60's? Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night by Kenny Dino. And MAN!!!!! did that work gggg-reat !!!!! Al "Grime Stories" Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 16:08:12 EDT From: Mike McKay Subject: Re: Accuracy of Top 40 Playlists I worked at a 500-watt daytimer in 1971 (which nevertheless gave the big, established Top 40 station in town a run for its money for a time). We were independently owned, and no one in management knew or cared anything about the music we played. I can recall any number of records we kept on our local survey for several weeks after they'd stiffed nationally, just 'cause we really liked 'em! "That's Fine" by Brownsville Station and "Give Up Your Guns" by The Buoys are two that come to mind from that summer. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 20:39:28 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Rick Nelson - "Your Kind Of Loving" Hello, Spectropoppers! I was watching an "Ed Sullivan" clip that I taped just to get Rick Nelson doing his groovy 1966 (?) record "Your Kind Of Loving." It seems like he's miming to a recording, so I'm assuming that what I hear there is what I would hear on the 45. I've been looking for a while now to see if this track is available on CD, but I haven't found it yet. Does anyone know of a CD release? S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 14:37:41 EDT From: Al Kooper Subject: Long Island & Queens acts > ...Long Island...Billy Joel...The Vagrants, The Rascals (via New > Jersey), Mountain, Vanilla Fudge, Stray Cats, Twisted Sister, > Taylor Dane... Include adjacent Queens (the borough, not the people) and ya get KISS, Run DMC, Steve Katz, Harvey Brooks, James Brown (St. Albans-dweller) Maggie Thrett, The Rockin' Chairs, Paul Harris and.... Al Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 09:50:17 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Kenny Dino Gary Myers wrote: > (Kenny Dino) He sat in with us a couple of times in summer '67. I > believe he was out here (L.A. area) to see about an acting gig. Thanks Gary, I'd assume he was a very confident young man! I'm sure I have a Goldmine or Discoveries interview somewhere but I can't recall anything that interesting. But as I said I do love his records, sort of 50s Rock n Roll with a 60s sensibility. My favourite "You Had Your Chance", a real loud rocker, sounds in my frenzied imagination as if Elvis Presley was still recording RnR in the mid 60s with Phil Spector producing. I must confess though that all I've played the record for and advanced this theory have assumed I'm loopy. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 16:28:47 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Lovely Anita Humes & the Essex Anita Humes had a SOLO single!? I'm intrigued. The Essex was the bomb, I love everything they ever did, I'm desperately trying to find "What Did I Do?"/"Curfew Lover" on a single. It did not chart nor bubble under to 130 and I have not heard that cool record since 1964! Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 20:21:29 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Bobby Vinton versus Buddy Greco Thanks for sharing Buddy Greco's version of "Mr. Lonely." I recall reading Bobby Vinton's recollections of the affair--how Epic didn't believe in him as a singer and they considered Greco to be a "real" singer, so they released it by Greco and kept Vinton's record in the can for a while. Glad they finally came to their senses. Yes, Greco's delivery is assured and professional, but where's the vulnerability? The raw emotion? The strained falsetto, adding that extra layer of pathos?? I'll take Bobby Vinton's version any day. S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 17:08:13 +0000 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: love that Dirty Water The front page of the Metro section of today's Boston Globe gets in an all-too-appropriate reference to The Standells -- an article about water quality. In a story about the federal Environmental Protection Agency's lowering of the Charles River's cleanliness rating, local water resource expert Robert Zimmerman said, "This is not the 'Dirty Water' of the Standells -- nor has it been for quite a while." Perhaps not, but I've yet to see anybody dare to swim in it. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 17:17:42 +0000 From: Phil X. Milstein Subject: Song Hits Some weeks back I attempted to load scans of some articles from the Feb. 1962 issue of "Song Hits" magazine to the Photos page of our Yahoo site, but people reported having trouble viewing them. I've since retooled the project, improving it by including virtually ALL the issue's feature stories as well as formatting it for HTML, assuring (I hope) full viewability for nearly all of us. I've posted it to my own site, at http://www.aspma.com/temp/SongHits; there you'll find articles about and photos of The Paris Sisters, The Tokens, Jerry Butler, Dick & Dee Dee, Ann-Margret (with one nice photo and one rather unfortunate one), The Marcels, Donnie Brooks, Patsy Cline, Gene Krupa and Mike Clifford. As a bonus, I also threw in an ad for a Record Riot. Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 18:27:00 -0400 From: TD Subject: Re: Long Island rock'n'roll Larry Lapka: > I have seen very little about Long Island musically in the press > ...Any thoughts on this? Two of the greatest vocalists to ever sing were Janet Vogel (from Pittsburgh's Skyliners) and Lynn Nixon (from Long Island's Aquatones). -- TD -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 23:27:10 +0100 From: Ken Silverwood Subject: Exciters on Shout Does anyone out there know if The Exciters' recordings for Shout label have been compiled on CD as i've come across a 45 by them "Soul Motion" written by Berns/Barry, arranged by Garry Sherman & produced by Bert Berns from 1967? Ken On The West Coast -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 22:29:32 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: Re: Nick Venet Though I don't have any recordings by Nick Venet, I did find at least evidence of some existence of actual recordings. In Joel Whitburn's 'Billboards 1958 Singles Reviews', Nick shows up for one record on June 2, 1958. It's on Imperial 5522, "Love In Be-Bop Time" b/w "Honey Baby". The first side was given a '72' and said "Rocker with hoedown feeling is delivered neatly by chanter". The second side got a '70' and "Rocker with a Latin beat has Venet yodeling, which is mixing styles an awful lot". I just checked my Goldmine Price Guide (a fairly dependable discographical source), and this appears to be his only 1950's release. His only other release shown was in 1966 on Decca 31919, "Theme From 'Out Of Sight'" b/w "Camp Side". Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 23:51:45 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Now, a tale from Strange World of Northern Soul Howard (collector of obscure British cover versions!!): > ...do you also remember Woolworth's sold records on their own label > 'Embassy', which were cover versions of all the current hits of the > time? I was brought up in Walthamstow, the home of the UK budget label "Avenue". Now, a tale from Strange World of Northern Soul: One of the Avenue recordings, a budget version of the late Soulmaster, Mr Edwin Starr's "S.O.S (Stop Her On Sight)" was played on the Northern scene briefly and 'covered up' as Frank Wilson, legendary Motown producer and performer of the most expensive Northern Soul record to date, namely "Do I Love You". Errr...that's it really. Simon. "Hey hey, I'm sending, Out an S.O.S." -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 00:26:01 +0100 From: Ken Silverwood Subject: Bobby Day Hi Simon, Re Bobby Day's "Pretty Girl Next Door". Do I know of it by another artist? It's been nagging away at me since I played it. Ken On The West Coast -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 00:31:59 -0000 From: Doug Richard Subject: Re: Fred Anisfield Mick Patrick wrote: > ...Ruby & the Romantics cut "Does He Really Care For Me" and > "We'll Meet Again" (no, Dame Vera fans, not that song!), two > more top of the range Anisfield co-writes. The Searchers did a great version of "Does She Really Care For Me." Doug -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 00:58:33 -0000 From: thirteen_eagle Subject: "Pamela Jean" - damaged master? Now that I've got the Brian Wilson "Pet Projects" CD, I've noticed that the song "Pamela Jean" by the Survivors seems to be cut off at the opening; it starts with "A-wap-a-wa-da-doo...". Other releases on the "Summer Means Fun" and "Pebbles" (boot) LPs sound the same. The "Still I Dream of You" boot comp, however (disc dub?) has the complete "Wap-a-wap-a-wa-da-doo" opening. Is the master tape damaged? Why didn't they disc dub the first "Wap" and use the master for the rest? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 02:14:50 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: The Embassy label Howard (collector of obscure British cover versions!!): > And would anybody be interested in hearing more on Woolies' Embassy > label? I have but one release for the label, that I acquired when compiling my Lion listing: Bobby Stevens - Embassy 45-WB 497 - 1961 - "Wimoweh" b/w "Can't Help Falling In Love" - Campbell The "Wimoweh" side is a note-for-note remake of the Karl Denver issue (I'm presuming it's from the same year). Have you any info on Bobby Stevens? Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 00:09:02 EDT From: Al Kooper Subject: Fred Anisfield / Baby Jane & the Rockabyes Mick Patrick: > As you (and Fred Anisfield) were both supplying songs for Pitney, > and others in the Aaron Schroeder stable, I was wondering if you > ever crossed paths? I heard he worked on the road as Gene's music > director. Can you verify that? Any stories you'd care to share? > > Btw, as you seem such a fan of Baby Jane & the Rockabyes (aka > Henrietta & the Hairdooz), I thought I'd check that you knew > that, thanks to girl group maven John Clemente, the outfit have > their own page here at S'pop. Well, they *would*, wouldn't they? > Click here: http://www.spectropop.com/BabyJane/index.htm I sent your query off to Pitney himself as I never crossed paths with Fred. Also, I had no idea that The Rockabyes were the Hairdooz. So bizarre. Kooperincidence or fax? You decide........... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 05:13:21 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Bobby Vinton & "Mr. Lonely" Ken, I actually like lots of Bobby Vinton songs. "Mr. Lonely" is one of my faves, along with the similar "Coming Home Soldier". Both songs were memory makers from the respective Christmastimes they were out. One of my first 45s was "Blue Velvet" and still love it today. Say what we will about Bobby, so many artists died off with the coming of the Beatles, but Vinton just kept on a rollin along. As for Buddy Greco's version having the same backing track--no way. As for the writer of "What Color is a Man", I was surprised to find I did not have that 45! Amazing, with all the Vintons we all pick up thru the years. I don't remember it, but I've seen it often at shows and such. Along the Vinton topic, was listening to Kim Mitchell's "Patio Lantern" from the 80's the other day and realized he says something about his first date and listening to "Roses are Red". I wonder what Paul Evans thought about that song? Dum-de-da, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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