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Spectropop - Digest Number 1464

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There are 24 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Agnetha Faltskog
           From: Gary Myers 
      2. Murray The K & other DJs
           From: Peter Grad 
      3. Re: The Globetrotters (Ron Dante & Jeff Barry)
           From: Steve Jarrell 
      4. Re: Accuracy of Top 40 Playlists
           From: Karen Andrew 
      5. Re: The Globetrotters
           From: Phil Chapman 
      6. Zappa '66
           From: Gary Myers 
      7. Re: Tommy Boyce
           From: Phil Chapman 
      8. Top 40 Playlists
           From: Dan Hughes 
      9. Re: The Globetrotters
           From: Laura Pinto 
     10. Re: Donna Marie, Man Killer.
           From: Donna Marie 
     11. Re: Agnetha Faltskog / Kitty Kallen
           From: Ron Sauer 
     12. Re: Agnetha Faltskog
           From: Jeffery Kennedy 
     13. Re: My Coloring Book
           From: Chris Schneider 
     14. Lost Nite
           From: Simon White 
     15. Fuzz, Acid & Flowers
           From: Rich 
     16. Re: Bloos/Blues Magoos
           From: Mike McKay 
     17. Re: The Magicians Reunited
           From: Clark Besch 
     18. Re: Accuracy of Top 40 Playlists
           From: Clark Besch 
     19. Funk Brothers
           From: Eddy 
     20. Re: Boston/Cambridge Folk & Bluegrass
           From: Ed Salamon 
     21. Re: My Colouring Book
           From: Ken Silverwood 
     22. Re: Rick Nelson / Blues Magoos-Do You Hear What I Hear on Musica?
           From: Clark Besch 
     23. "What Now My Love" / "Et Maintenant"
           From: Julio Niño 
     24. Priscilla Paris, R.I.P.
           From: S'pop Team 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 21:45:20 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Agnetha Faltskog Peter Lerner on Agnetta Faltskog's new CD: > ... "My colouring book" ... best known to me from a cover on a > Brenda Lee album, and I can't just now remember who performed the > original (Nana Mouskouri?) ... The US chart versions were by Kitty Kallen and Sandy Stewart, both in 1963. > ... Add to that a first-ever version of "What now my love" ... > without those annoying bom-bom-bom BOMs ... I don't think I know the "bom-bom" version, but the US chart versions were by Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert, Groove Holmes, and Mitch Ryder. It was composed by Gilbert Becaud in 1962. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 12:10:27 -0000 From: Peter Grad Subject: Murray The K & other DJs Austin, Very interesting, and you brought back some memories with mention of Gary Stevens, too. He replaced B Mitchell Reed, a very fast-talking, popluar DJ on WMCA in NYC... and became quite popular himself during the exciting 65-66 years... but from the list of songs you offered - they seem late 50's, ealry 60's, it seems Stevens must have made a name for himself elsewhere before coming to BYC, I'm not really familiar with his earlier years. Meanwhile, somewhere in my basement, I have that bright yellow YMCA Good Guys sweat shirt, along with a pile of Go magazines the station issued for a couple of years. Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 08:06:30 -0500 From: Steve Jarrell Subject: Re: The Globetrotters (Ron Dante & Jeff Barry) The Globetrotters' song, "Rainy Day Bells" is actually a "beach music classic" (for those of you who know what Carolina beach music is). It is a great record for the shaggers and can be found on compilations on Ripete Records. My question is, who is singing lead on "Rainy Day Bells"? Anyone know? Thanks, Steve Jarrell -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 08:06:45 -0700 (PDT) From: Karen Andrew Subject: Re: Accuracy of Top 40 Playlists Dan Hughes wrote: > I grew up in Indianapolis, and the local top 40 station WISH > (became WIFE in late '63) printed a weekly survey that was 7 > inches square... Hi Dan! I grew up south of Indlps in Greenwood. I don't remember when it was WISH radio but I certainly remember WIFE. I loved that station - of course, that was the only rock and roll station around at the time. I'm an insomniac but was required by the parents to keep very still at night when everyone else in the house was asleep. So, I bought me a transistor radio and an ear plug, got in bed, and listened to WIFE way into the wee small hours. I'll have to go through my "60s box", which Mom had up in the attic for a long time, and see if I kept anything pertaining to the WIFE, etc. Karen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 16:51:31 +0100 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: The Globetrotters Patrick Rands wrote: > Is it true Ron Dante & Jeff Barry worked on this, I guess it was a > late 60s tv show? Any one have any idea how much came out under this > name and if it'll ever get reissued on CD? > If anyone has a track by The Globetrotters handy, is it possible to > post a track in musica? Laura: > I have the whole album - I'll list the tracks and songwriters here, > and when I can I'll get one of them into musica. Ron Dante co-wrote > one of the tracks, "Cheer Me Up." Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield > wrote several tracks including my favorite, "Rainy Day Bells." Are these the same Globetrotters that later recorded the floaty Van McCoy/Joe Cobb tune "Don't Rock The Boat" on Buddah? I have a rather worn copy. Sounds like the same lead guy (beneath all the seagull FX). Phil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 23:22:18 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Zappa '66 Charles Ulrich: > My main obsession is Frank Zappa. FWIW, Charles, here's my very small Zappa story: I think this was early '66. To my recollection, I had heard Zappa's name around town (L.A.) a bit, but didn't know anything about him. A friend and I saw the Mothers of Invention at the Whiskey on a week night and they were terrible. We didn't stay long, so the sampling was small, and, based on what I eventually learned of Zappa, maybe it was all some kind of joke. Also, and I don't recall if this episode preceded or followed the above, our band was auditioning one afternoon at a small club (which later became a strip club) on Santa Monica Bl, and Zappa and a female musician were also in there. I was sitting close to them and (don't ask me why I remember these kinds of details) I heard her asking him what the second chord in "Yesterday" was. Gary Myers / MusicGem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 16:55:24 +0100 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: Tommy Boyce Larry Lapka: > Tommy Boyce's book, even for a musical illiterate (as far as > being able to play anything) was an enriching experience.... I worked extensively with Tommy for ten years from 1976. He was a generous guy, and remained a good friend. One of his many gifts to me was a copy of his 1974 book, accompanied with a typical story about marching into a publisher of self-improvement books with nothing more than a title and a handful of blank manuscript. Melvin Powers was completely taken by the idea of becoming a songwriter, and, impressed by Tommy's sales pitch, added the tag line "...and sell it". The book contains several interesting items, including royalty statements from 1967, when hit songs evidently paid! He tells the story of six of his hits including writing "Peaches And Cream" (with Steve Venet) as a proposed follow-up for the Newbeats' "Bread And Butter", and admitting that his sole contribution to "...Clarksville" was the 50 "do-do's". Working with Tommy was never a dull moment and was exactly what, as a teenager, I'd imagined pop recording might be. Some of my funniest memories are of his sessions. He was an unpretentious party animal, displayed boundless childlike enthusiasm, never bad-mouthed his contemporaries and knew no rules when it came to getting his ideas to tape. The only time I ever saw him down was the day his idol, Elvis Presley, died. Tommy is sadly missed. Phil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 07:22:34 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Top 40 Playlists Clark sez, > top 40 usually tried getting a little of all the competitors' > music to put them at the top of the ratings. That's one thing about sixties radio that I loved--the top forty contained about 30 rock and roll songs, with the rest of the list a mixture of country, soul, novelty, and easy listening--and occasionally even folk and jazz. As a teenager I decried the intrusion of Dean Martin and Perry Como into my top forty world, but now as I look back I realize it wasn't all that wrong after all. Aside from a very infrequent Weird Al song, where have all those great novelty records gone? I guess they still appear once in a great while in country radio, but I do miss the songs that made me laugh. The humor has disappeared completely from teen music. Today I run a college radio station that plays modern rock by day and rap by night. And you know what--I can't even listen to my own station! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 16:12:09 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Re: The Globetrotters Patrick Rands wrote: > Does anyone have any records by The Globetrotters? Is it true > Ron Dante & Jeff Barry worked on this, I guess it was a late > 60s tv show? Any one have any idea how much came out under this > name and if it'll ever get reissued on cd? Hi Patrick and S'poppers, Here's the track listing from the Globetrotter's eponymous LP, which I hope will be issued on CD one day in the not-too-distant future: Side 1: The Globetrotters Theme (J. Barry) Globetrottin' (J. Barry) Bouncin' All Over the World (N. Sedaka/H. Greenfield) Sneaky Pete (R. Clark/J.R. Bailey/K. Williams) Marathon Mary (N. Sedaka/H. Greenfield) River Queen (N. Sedaka/H. Greenfield) House Party (R. Clark/J.R. Bailey/K. Williams) Side 2: Gravy (R. Clark/J.R. Bailey/K. Williams) Meadowlark (N. Sedaka/H. Greenfield) Lillia Peabody (R. Clark/J.R. Bailey/K. Williams) Put a Little Meat On Your Bones, Lucinda (N. Sedaka/H. Greenfield) Rainy Day Bells (N. Sedaka/H. Greenfield) Cheer Me Up (J. Barry/R. Dante/J. Carr) Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 17:54:43 -0000 From: Donna Marie Subject: Re: Donna Marie, Man Killer. Martin Roberts wrote: > Now I've got your attention... > Apparently this isn't 'our' Donna but I've played Donna Marie "Man > Killer" (Coral) to musica. The Bob Crewe-style intro is worth the > price of admission and despite losing its way a bit further on is > well worth a listen. Funny but later for Columbia, the 'real' Donna > Marie had tracks produced and arranged by Bob Crewe's arranger, > Charles Calello. Hi Martin, Charles arranged & produced two songs on Columbia with me, "Through the Eye of a Needle" (B.Bacharach & H. David) and "The Whole Wide World is Watching Us" (W. Gold & J. Brooks). Donna Marie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 17:05:58 -0000 From: Ron Sauer Subject: Re: Agnetha Faltskog / Kitty Kallen Peter Lerner wrote: > Here's one Spectropopper who is happy to give a five star (that's > *****) review to Agnetha's brand new CD, "My colouring book". The > title track is best known to me from a cover on a Brenda Lee album, > and I can't just now remember who performed the original "My Coloring Book" was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb who went on to write "Cabaret" for Broadway. I'm not sure of the original recording. Kitty Kallen and Sandy Stewart both charted with it in '63 in the US. I believe Nana Mouskoura had the hit in the UK and Barbra Streisand also recorded it in '63. Dusty Springfield and Chad and Jeremey also have versions. Kitty Kallen is a passion of mine, and this song is one reason. She started as a big band singer, having hits with Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James. She had solo hits in the 50's and 60's, the last on being "My Coloring Book. Her relevance to this group? One of her last singles before a reoccurance of vocal problems caused her retirement was on Philips - "One Grain of Sand/From Your Lips". I believe it was written and produced by Bob Crewe, but I'm not sure because it has been one of the unfound holy grails of my record collecting quests. Ron -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 18:49:56 -0000 From: Jeffery Kennedy Subject: Re: Agnetha Faltskog Jimmy Crescitelli wrote: > Peter! Thanks for posting the info regarding her new CD. I've > always loved this woman's voice... starting way back with ABBA. I > will be sure to add this to my collection. To me, the 1970s were > ABBA... they saved me from the soft-rock blues. Well, okay, so did > Karen Carpenter for that matter ; ) You'll be glad to hear that Faltskog's voice is in fantastic shape on her new album, really hasn't changed much at all over the years. Her cover of "Past, Present and Future" is pretty great. It starts with a new intro featuring a solo violin, then goes into an arrangement that is more layered than the one on the Shangri-las' version but overall pretty true to the original. The instrumental break is slightly different, with the solo violin making another appearance. What surprised me is that with some of the phrases, Faltskog is more dramatically compelling than Mary Weiss. She really acts with her voice. I must admit, though, that it took me a while to adjust to Faltskog's accent. :)! "When You Walk in the Room" has some nice Spectorish flourishes, and "Sealed With a Kiss" has an appropriately ominous arrangement. I think "The End of the World" is too jaunty considering the lyric, but I love the schlager approach to "Love Me With All of Your Heart" and the bossa-nova "Fly Me to the Moon." One extra nice thing about this album is that it uses REAL instruments: REAL strings, REAL drums, REAL horns. Pretty rare on pop records these days. And Lasse Wellender's guitar playing is superb, as always. Jeffery -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 11:57:34 -0700 (PDT) From: Chris Schneider Subject: Re: My Coloring Book Ken On The West Coast wrote: > Do we know if the writer/s [of "My Coloring Book"] were female? Only to the extent that they were extensions of Liza Minnelli amd Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon. They were John Kander and Fred Ebb, who later went on to write the scores for "Cabaret" and "Chicago." "My Coloring Book," an independent pop song, was one of their first songs to gain attention. Chris "This Is The Sound Of My Hand Slapping My Forehead" Schneider -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 22:06:02 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Lost Nite Austin Powell wrote: > They were all on a label out of Philly called Lost-Nite. On that subject, does any one of our illustrious have a full Lost-Nite 45s dicography? And whilst not wanting to appear greedy a "Trip" label discography would be terribly useful too. Simon -- Rilleh! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 21:29:29 -0000 From: Rich Subject: Fuzz, Acid & Flowers One of the best 60's resource for US groups website has been offline for the last week. Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers. It was part of Borderline books. I for one will really miss it if that is permanent. Does anyone know what has happened? Rich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 01:10:33 EDT From: Mike McKay Subject: Re: Bloos/Blues Magoos Clark wrote: > Their first 45 was on Verve about the time Al Kooper was working > with the Blues Project.  Am wondering if Al ever had any connection > with the Magoos when both were on Verve.  It's an odd coincidence > that the Vereve 45 was listed "Bloos Magoos".  I was wondering if > that is because it would be confusing if there were "Blues Magoos" > and "Blues Project" on the same label??  Then, moving to Mercury, it > was changed to "Blues Magoos"?  Maybe the Verve listing was just a > mispelling??  No...the band was in fact originally known as Bloos Magoos. I clearly recall them being talked about under that name in the pages of "Hit Parader" for some time before "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet" came out, and I also am pretty sure they ran a notice of the name change at some point as well. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 05:43:17 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: The Magicians Reunited Christian Gordon: > ... Pop jokes that The Magicians were so good "they disappeared" - > but to me they'll always be around. I'm sure you'll be hearing > from That Alan shortly upon his return... Christian, great to hear from you! Your dad has been a great friend to we S'Poppers. Hope you fill us in on pop's antics in the future too! Now, are you a writer or musician too?? Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 05:47:06 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Accuracy of Top 40 Playlists Gary Myers: > Barney Pip was one of many Chicago DJ's who had previously worked > in Milwaukee... Clark Weber was another guy whom I had met when we > was at WRIT Milwaukee and I was a young teen. I used to write to > him occasionally when I was on the road in the Midwest and he was > at WLS in the early 60's. Gary, yes, several of the Chi DJs came from Milwaukee at some time or another. Ron Riley came down and did fill ins at WLS before he went full time at LS. Barney fine-tuned his trumpet ("Turn into PNut Butter!") up there! Weber, ok, so you can't be proud of all of em. Just kidding! Take care, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 08:31:33 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Funk Brothers Rimshot Takes Aim At Funk Brothers - April 30, 2004: The L.A. firm Rimshot Management has filed suit against former Motown Records sidemen the Funk Brothers, alleging the musicians breached their management contract. The Funk Brothers toured successfully after their story was retold in the 2002 documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown." (Sorry, rest of the story only available to Billboard subscribers, which I'm not). Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 20:11:47 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Re: Boston/Cambridge Folk & Bluegrass > Who'da thunk Boston of all places would produce country and > bluegrass stars?? When I was programming Country radio in NY, I found that "the further north you go, the further south you get". Boston always seemed a better Country Market than NY, Maine was superb, and once you got into Canada there was an unbelievable Country music scene. Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 13:02:03 +0100 From: Ken Silverwood Subject: Re: My Colouring Book Previously: > ... I believe Nana Mouskoura had the hit in the UK and Barbra > Streisand also recorded it in '63. Dusty Springfield and Chad and > Jeremey also have versions ... Funnily enough it was never a hit in the UK at all. Sandy Stewart's probably was the best seller. I am surprised the composers were male, but after "You Don't Own Me" who can tell. I've now heard Brenda Lee's version, it's good! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 04:47:37 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Rick Nelson / Blues Magoos-Do You Hear What I Hear on Musica? Dave O'Gara wrote: > A couple of recents posts here mentioned both Rick Nelson and the > Blues Magoos. It reminded me of a discovery I made many years ago > that the intro to Rick's "Summertime" and the Blues Magoos "We Ain't > Got Nothin' Yet" are very, very similar... Dave, I think there are a lot of times when we hear exact things in songs like Nelson's "Summertime" and the Blues Magoos song where they turn out to have parts that sound nearly identical--as I agree these 2 bass guitar parts do! I really did not think the two were intentionally connected to each other until someone posted that the Blues Magoos did indeed "lift" the opening of the Rick Nelson song for "Nothin Yet". I was amazed, since there were 5 years separating the two. This brings me to this topic. At work, a million songs run thru my head each day (do I ever get any work done?) and as I am humming them, I start humming a song similar just by accident! On Musica, I've posted some that have rolled over in my mind recently and wonder what others think about these similarities. The montage titled "Do you hear what I hear" starts with the Rick Nelson/Blues Magoos bass openings that we've been talking about. Next is a part from near the end of an obscure Cryan Shames Lp cut, "Painter", in which the horn part you hear, slightly resembles the opening 5 horn notes of the opening of the Ides of March's "Vehicle". Since both groups hailed from Chicago, did Jimmy Peterik and gang hear that part in the Shames song of a year earlier?? Next, the fantastic rockin' opening of the Everlies' "Price of Love" 45 from 1968 must have certainly been the model for Shocking Blue's "Mighty Joe" from 1970. Then, I even hear things in Spectropop star records! That great bass line opening to Alan Gordon's Turtles hit "She's My Girl" also appears in the year earlier Leonard Nimoy 45, "Visit to a Sad Planet". I sure don't think Alan got his intro from this record, but it's cool to hear nonetheless. Nimoy's Lps and all are pretty bad, but I like this spoken word Star Trek version of "Eve of Destruction". Next, the incredibly great Al Kooper-led Blood, Sweat & Tears cover of Randy Newman's "Just One Smile" sure has some parts that seem to have caught the ear of David Wagner and reformatted to Crow's first great single, "Time to Make a Turn" from 1969. Lastly, our Ron Dante's great Ronnie & the Dirt Riders surf masterpiece from 1976 called "Yellow Van" sounding very reminiscent of Gary Lewis & Playboys' "She's Just my Style". Many of you may not make the same connection as I do in these songs, but that's what makes the listening fun. Are my ears deceiving me, or do you hear what I hear? I won't keep this up long--just for fun....Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 12:28:16 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: "What Now My Love" / "Et Maintenant" Hola Everybody: Gary Myers wrote: > ... I don't think I know the "bom-bom" version (of "What Now My Love"), > but the US chart versions were by Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert, Groove > Holmes, and Mitch Ryder. It was composed by Gilbert Becaud in 1962... "What Now My Love" was an English version of a classic of the Chanson Française, "Et Maintenant", composed and recorded by Gilbert Becaud, in 1961 (with lyrics by Pierre Delanoë). That song, which reminds me a little of some of Jacques Brel's songs was a monster hit in Spain, Italy and of course France (and many more countries I suppose). There are uncountable versions of the song, one that comes to my mind right now is by Spanish star Raphael (an impossible hybrid between Jacques Brel (or more accurately Edith Piaf) and a ye yé singer. By the way the other day I almost suffocated (laughing) listening to a indescribable Spanglish version of "I Believe" raphaelized by this singer (If you have heard some of La Lupe´s tracks sung in "English" you are almost prepared for that experience). Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 13:06:46 +0100 From: S'pop Team Subject: Priscilla Paris, R.I.P. Dear Members, As reported previously, S'pop heroine Priscilla Paris passed away in March. An obituary, written by Bill Reed, has been installed in the Remembers section. Please take the time to read it: R.I.P. The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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