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Spectropop - Digest Number 1488



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There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Bazooka - Look At You Now
           From: Peter McCray 
      2. Re: Feminine Complex
           From: Joe Nelson 
      3. Re: "Baby That's Me"  - Cake
           From: "That" Alan Gordon 
      4. Roger Nichols radio show
           From: Patrick Rands 
      5. Re: Jordan Christopher & The Wild Ones
           From: Charles 
      6. The Crescendos
           From: Jan Kristensen 
      7. Re: Canadian CDs -- why from vinyl?
           From: Lex Cody 
      8. Re: Miss Toni Fisher
           From: Michael Stroggoff 
      9. Scott  Bedford Four / Elusives
           From: Neil Hever 
     10. Re: first 50 Motown singles on iTunes music store
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     11. Re: Roses Are Red vinyl
           From: Paul Evans 
     12. Re: "Roses Are Red (My Love)"
           From: Paul Evans 
     13. Re: True North
           From: Michael Godin 
     14. Re: Ginny Arnell
           From: Wes Smith 
     15. Re: Canadian masters
           From: Lloyd Davis 
     16. Re: Sheldon Allman
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     17. Re: Jordan & The Fascinations
           From: Ronnie 
     18. Re: The Crescendos
           From: Wes Smith 
     19. Re: Canadian masters
           From: Superoldies 
     20. Miss Barbara Eden
           From: John Hamilton 
     21. audible Hess
           From: Charles G Hill 
     22. Re: An Angel responds
           From: Wes Smith 
     23. Motown TV special
           From: Karen Andrew 
     24. "Little Green Thing" by Dave Lewis
           From: ACJ 
     25. Jamie & Jane
           From: ACJ 


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Message: 1 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 21:49:14 +1000 From: Peter McCray Subject: Bazooka - Look At You Now There's been a few mentions on here in the past few months of Bazooka's "Boo on You" single from the late 60s, with Austin having both a writing and performing credit of course. I've not had the chance to ever hear the track - up until now - but just picked up a copy on Ebay, so very much something to look forward to. I recently came across a reference to another 45 by a band called Bazooka, Look At You Now b/w Yours Until Forever, released on the White Whale label in around 1970. I strongly suspect this is nothing to do with the band that Austin recorded with - though please put me straight Austin if I'm messing with your discography!! Can anyone shed any light on this particular release? Thanks Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 12:06:07 -0400 From: Joe Nelson Subject: Re: Feminine Complex I: > RevOla is taking a stab at reissuing the band's Livin' Love album next > month: they have to do a better job than Teen Beat did a few years > back. Stay tuned. Phil Milstein: > What sort of problems are there with TeenBeat's edition? I recently > ordered a copy directly from them, but it might not be too late for me > to cancel it. The music is there. It was more the packaging than anything else. I guess I wanted something more reminiscent of the original LP. Joe Nelson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 09:57:33 -0700 From: "That" Alan Gordon Subject: Re: "Baby That's Me" - Cake Can anyone give me the names of the three members of Cake? Best, That Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 16:39:27 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Roger Nichols radio show Be sure to tune in this Friday evening from 6-7p Eastern time to hear my one-hour spotlight show on the music of Roger Nichols. You can listen in the local Boston area at 90.3 FM, or online at http://www.zbconline.com -- the shows are also usually available (eventually) in our archive section at a later date. The radio show I did on Alzo's music has been archived recently, so give that a listen as well: http://www.zbconline.com/tp-archive.php Hope you can tune in Friday night! :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 17:03:09 -0000 From: Charles Subject: Re: Jordan Christopher & The Wild Ones previously: > At the beginning of the 1965 movie THE FAT SPY, Jordan Christopher > sings a song called "People Sure Are Funny", accompanied only by a > guitarist (possibly Chuck Alden, who is credited as co-writer of the > song in the closing credits). I have "The Fat Spy" on DVD (it's apparently public domain), and the opening number is a highlight, though one might argue it's downhill from there! "Angel, Angel, Down We Go" has been making the late night cable scene lately on the various Showtime channels, under its alternate title "Cult Of The Damned". I just wonder what possessed Jennifer Jones to do the movie, anyway! Another tidbit (for the few who don't know): Jordan was married to Sybil Williams Burton, ex-wife of Richard. She was the owner of the 1960s NY disco "Arthur" (named after the line from "A Hard Day's Night", when a reporter asks George Harrison, "What do you call your haircut?"), where The Wild Ones was the house band. I only wish their stuff were out on CD. Can anyone play a track or two of theirs' to musica, such as"People Sure Act Funny" or "Lord Love A Duck"? Charles -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 07:59:27 +0200 From: Jan Kristensen Subject: The Crescendos Country Paul wrote: > Does anyone have anything else to add? For example, who was the female > singer, and was she part of the group? The wonderful female voice belonged to Janice Green. I don't think she was a member, but she had at least one record, "Jackie" b/w "With All My Heart." JanK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 01:06:55 -0700 (PDT) From: Lex Cody Subject: Re: Canadian CDs -- why from vinyl? I've transferred many of my old vinyls to CD, as it saves vinyl wear and is also more convenient. Remstering them is also fun, as you can clean up alot of noise nowdays. The strange thing is, in some instances the vinyl to CD transfer has a kind of wamth to it, that is if the vinyl is clean. Lex -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 10:47:07 -0700 (PDT) From: Michael Stroggoff Subject: Re: Miss Toni Fisher previously: > I didn't find anything about Toni Fisher or Wayne Shanklin on that > site. If you go to Harkit's website at http://www.harkitrecords.com and click on the Latest News button, you'll find it. Cheers! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 18:40:14 -0000 From: Neil Hever Subject: Scott Bedford Four / Elusives Hi folks, I just received a (privately made) CD with eight tracks from Pennsylvania band The Scott Bedford Four. They released a handful of 45s around 1966/67, and penned one of the greatest '60s garage tunes of all time, "You Turned Your Back On Me." Arguably, they were one of the best rock/pop bands from Pennsylvania. Alas, greater fame eluded them. In addition to " You Turned Your Back On Me", the CD includes "Last Exit To Brooklyn", the superb "Manhattan Angel", and some rare tracks I've never heard before. I'm told they may also have recorded under the name The Elusives. Apparently, they covered a Kit-Kats tune titled "Won't Find Better Than Me." Can anyone make the connection between the two bands? For the record, the Scott Bedford Four included Dick Kave, John Deproperzio, Bill Barlip and Lou Resh. Cheers, Neil Hever -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 17:24:15 +0000 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: first 50 Motown singles on iTunes music store Nick Archer wrote: > I hate to keep pimping the iTunes music store, but they keep > surprising me with new music. They've just put up the first 50 Motown > single releases in chronological order. Wowza! I just got drool all over my keyboard. But that's just from looking at the list, Nick, as I've been unable to locate the site amid the jumble of other links at apple.com -- might you be able to help guide us to the starting point? Since Motown's output is closer to the Spectropop ethos than any other single important record company, I propose we change the name of the group to reflect that influence. So what d'yall think of "Spectmopop"? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 17:57:03 -0000 From: Paul Evans Subject: Re: Roses Are Red vinyl Dave O' wrote: > And an aside to Paul Evans: I just rediscovered my radio station copy > of Bobby Vinton's "Roses are Red," was pressed in red vinyl. Was the > colored vinyl stronger or more wear-resistant than the black? Still > a great song, Paul! Yellow, green, red, orange, blue. Your choice. It's just color. Doesn't do a thing for strength. The red vinyl you discovered "Roses" on was probably just Epic Records' indication that the disk is a DJ copy. Thanks for your comment on the song, Paul Evans -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 19:44:51 -0000 From: Paul Evans Subject: Re: "Roses Are Red (My Love)" Joe Nelson wrote: > Vinton has said numerous times how he found that demo in a stack of > rejects at Epic, but never mentioneed you were the singer. I wonder > if he ever knew... Yes, Bobby was definitely aware that I sang the demo of "Roses ...." I've heard the Reject Pile story before, but in connection with my Kalin Twins recording of "When". The only reason I questioned Bobby's story at all is that his former A&R man denied it and I know that it was shown by that same A&R man for Guy Mitchell - so I know that he liked the song! Paul Evans -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 12:24:38 -0700 From: Michael Godin Subject: Re: True North Mark wrote: > ... BTW, is True North a "real" label? True North is indeed a real label, owned by Bernie Finkelstein. True North Records has been the home of Murray McLaughlan and Bruce Cockburn for many years, as well as other artists. I think part of the problem was that many labels did not have a great master tape filing system and no database to refer to, thus no clear indication of where a particular master was stored. Combine that with what may have also been a lack of interest for so long on the part of consumers and music historians inside the labels, and there are many lost masters 'out there'. As former V.P. of A&R for A&M Records Canada, I was recently asked if I would have any idea as to where the original Lucille Starr masters might be located. It was assumed that because she is Canadian that her master tapes would have been with A&M Canada. My reply was that at the time of her hits, including The French Song, there was not even an A&M Canada company, and all masters were licensed and pressed at the time by Quality Records. In addition, she was signed directly to A&M in L.A. Michael Godin www.TreasureIslandOldies.com The Home of Lost Treasures -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 22:08:20 -0000 From: Wes Smith Subject: Re: Ginny Arnell Mike McKay wrote: > Ginny Arnell was from New Haven, CT..."Dumb Head" was her first > solo recording as far as I know. It made #8 on WAVZ in New Haven > in October, 1963. She did record with Gene Pitney; at least one single, > can't recall the title off-hand. Ginny recorded on Warwick and Decca before being on MGM. Also, her first MGM 45 was "I'm Crying Too". It's a good one! Wes Smith -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 18:16:55 -0400 From: Lloyd Davis Subject: Re: Canadian masters Mark wrote: > But the Staccatos were on EMI Canada. Don't tell me they don't have > tapes? And what about the Guess Who? Sundazed put out a collection > from tapes yet when True North released the first 3 LPs they are all > off of vinyl. How come Sundazed found the tapes easily in this > country yet a Canadian label couldn't find tapes on a Canadian group > in Canada. BTW, is True North a "real" label? True North is indeed a "real" label. Bernie Finkelstein founded it in 1969, and it's still active. Probably best known for Bruce Cockburn, who still records for the label. The also distribute the reissue label Fuel 2000. The Canadian Guess Who reissues didn't originate on True North; it only distributed them. They were in fact released by Legend Records, owned by the band's guitarist, Randy Bachman. Wouldn't be a stretch to suggest that Sundazed has more resources than Bachman. There's also the four-year interval between Bachman's self-published reissues (1997) and the Sundazed (2001). Lotsa time there for tapes to show up unexpectedly. I'd assume that the master tapes Sundazed used originated with Scepter. Who owns Scepter's masters? Might licensing fees have been an issue? Lloyd Davis Communications -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 18:43:17 +0000 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Sheldon Allman Bryan wrote: > Sheldon Allman also recorded an LP called 'Sing Along > With Drac' for Del-Fi in 1960 (DFLP 1213), which was > released on CD in 2001. http://tinyurl.com/2qrbr > Steve Stanley (a member on this list) produced the > reissue. About five months after 'Drac', Sheldon did an > album called 'Drunks'; the gimmick was that he would find > someone at a bar who obviously had too much to drink, > and with a hidden tape recorder, engage him in a > conversation about some subject that would create an > argument. If you ask me, THAT'S the album that should've been reissued! --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 19:15:05 EDT From: Ronnie Subject: Re: Jordan & The Fascinations I noticed that Jordan Christopher has recently been discussed here. I have something in common with Jordan. Back in 1961 my one and only released recording, "Flip Over You" b/w "Ronnie's Swanee", came out on Dapt Records. Jordan was a label-mate of mine. He fronted a group called Jordan & The Fascinations, who had a Dapt recording called "My Imagination", which did well on the east coast. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 23:24:09 -0000 From: Wes Smith Subject: Re: The Crescendos Country Paul wrote: > Does anyone have anything else to add? For example, who was the female > singer, and was she part of the group? The girl on "Oh Julie" was Janice Green, who had a release of her own on Nasco. As for Dale Ward ever being in the Crescendos, it's certainly never been documented, although such rumors have been around for years (perhaps because he had a version of "Oh Julie" himself, on the back side of "Letter From Sherry"). Moffat and Ball also wrote some of Dale Ward's songs, and probably guided his career, as they with did The Crescendos earlier. Wes Smith -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 23:40:18 -0000 From: Superoldies Subject: Re: Canadian masters previously: > But the Staccatos were on EMI Canada. Don't tell me they don't have > tapes? Apparently not, or someone was too lazy to trace them. There is also a CD out by The Esquires (Capitol Canada), which is from vinyl too. And what about the Guess Who? I didn't know the True North ones were off vinyl - I believe all have come from Bachman, who has the master tapes. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 23:40:34 -0000 From: John Hamilton Subject: Miss Barbara Eden Recently saw a picture of the "I Dream of Jeannie" star's solo album on Dot Records from 1966 -- anyone have the story on this? Looks like she did a cover of Sandy Posey's "Single Girl" on it. Would love to see all or any of these appear on a compilation CD. - John Hamilton -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 17:56:27 -0500 From: Charles G Hill Subject: audible Hess says Dave O'Gara: >On MGM, I have a DJ copy of "Dumb Head" by Ginny Arnell, written by Hess- > Monte. Don't know those names and wonder if they did much of anything > else. This might well be the same David A. Hess who wrote "I Got Stung", an Elvis zinger from 1958, and who, as "David Hill", cowrote "Speedy Gonzales", the Pat Boone classic. He's still in the business. I remember him mostly for his work on Mercury's classical-crossover oddity "The Naked Carmen", circa 1970. As for Camille Monte, I've seen one other writing credit: the Browns' "You Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree," which with a change in pronoun (to "I") was a Top 40 hit for Just Us (including Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni) in 1966. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 00:11:40 -0000 From: Wes Smith Subject: Re: An Angel responds An Angel responded: > I don't have time right now to go into great detail but > here's some info on the album stuff. Caprice and Ascott > were probably connected... I do believe that Ascot was a subsidiary of United Artists. There was a 45 on Ascot that contained 2 tracks from the Caprice material, which I believe was after their tenure at Caprice, before going on Smash. The Ascot L.P. was a straight reissue of that FABULOUS Caprice Album (with a different cover). Wes Smith -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 17:26:55 -0700 (PDT) From: Karen Andrew Subject: Motown TV special Did anyone catch the Motown TV special from Monday night (May 17). It was a big disapointment to me. Good thing I taped it and could fast forward through some - then I just gave up. For one thing, as is the trend everywhere else these days, they crammed in young people every chance they got. It was an insult for them to have a 16-year old white Britsh chick singing with Smokey Robinson. Smokey can still sing - he didn't need any help. The girl was probably good - she just didn't belong. Gladys Knight sang by herself - it was wonderful - a shining star! Don't get me wrong - I'm not against the young pop singers, whether I care for their individual music or not, but if a show is about a certain era before their time, they do not belong on it. Or, the title should have been - "Today's Pop Stars Join Motown stars"! (I probably wouldn't have bothered with it at all but that might attract more of the younger audience?) KA -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 00:04:11 -0400 From: ACJ Subject: "Little Green Thing" by Dave Lewis Is anyone out there familiar with an album called "Little Green Thing," by one Dave Lewis? (Not to be confused with "Little Green Bag." Or "Little Black Egg." Or "Little Brown Jug.") This album was one of A&M's first releases. I've never heard the album and know nothing about Mr. Lewis, but the album was "advertised" on the back covers of several other A&M albums. Judging from the cover, it could be a jazz album; but the (brief) entry at allmusic.com calls it a soul album. Anyone hear it? Is it worth seeking out? Thanks. ACJ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 23:58:48 -0400 From: ACJ Subject: Jamie & Jane If this question hasn't been answered already, Gene Pitney & Ginny Arnell did two singles for Decca in 1959, under the name Jamie & Jane. The two singles were "Snuggle Up Baby" b/w "Strolling Through the Park" and "Classical Rock and Roll" (wr: Pitney) b/w "Faithful Our Love" (wr: Pitney-Massaro-Kugell; Massaro was Ginny Arnell's real name, and Martin Kugell was Gene's manager at the time). These were Gene Pitney's first commercial recordings, after the demos he made with the Echoes. This info is all from the Bear Family CD "Hits & Misses" by Gene Pitney, which I highly recommend. ACJ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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