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Spectropop - Digest Number 1500

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Them Other Brothers / SF '73 / Steve Caldwell
           From: Clark Besch 
      2. Re: my Dapt output and two subsequent non-hits
           From: Ronnie Allen 
      3. So Goes Love
           From: A. Zweig 
      4. Re: Herb Abramson
           From: Paul Levinson 
      5. Re: Murray the K, the Good, the Bad, and the etc.
           From: Paul Levinson 
      6. Shindig; Marty Cooper; Hazelwood productions site + Ann-Margret; quick notes
           From: Country Paul 
      7. Re: The Orlons and Rosetta Hightower
           From: Mike McKay 
      8. Re: Gene Pitney
           From: Mike McKay 
      9. Re: Wirtz's return
           From: Paul Woods 
     10. Re: Brian Wilson covers
           From: Eddy Smit 
     11. Re: Cloudy Summer Afternoon
           From: Ray Lincoln 
     12. Re: Brian Wilson covers
           From: Artie Wayne 
     13. Re: Cloudy Summer Afternoon
           From: Dan Hughes 
     14. Re: Cloudy Summer Afternoon
           From: Jim Allio 
     15. best nyc records stores anyone?
           From: AH 
     16. Re: Kirsty MacColl
           From: Steve Harvey 
     17. Re: Celebration to Musica
           From: Paul Richards 
     18. Flirtations' 'Dirty Work'
           From: James 
     19. Re:  Feminine Complex
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     20. Re: Wizzard
           From: Ken Silverwood 
     21. Re: Yummy Supersizing
           From: Gary Myers 
     22. Re: Celebration to Musica / Lou Rawls
           From: (That) Alan Gordon 
     23. Gloria Lynne
           From: Gary Myers 
     24. Statues questions; Bee Gees news
           From: Country Paul 
     25. Re: Gene Pitney / Al Kooper
           From: Artie Wayne 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 04:37:08 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Them Other Brothers / SF '73 / Steve Caldwell Country Paul wrote, re Mac Davis & Ray Whitley: > Them Other Brothers' "Be A Good Little Girl" was a good little record as > I remember; we gave it a bit of play on WBRU. (VeeJay gave our little college > radio station -- closed circuit at that time - some of our best record service.) Paul, yeah, the 45 is OK on both sides, and an obvious try at sounding like the Everlys, thus the "group" name. Now, wonder if "Them Other Brothers" was really Mac and Ray! Albabe Gordon wrote: > Small vestiges of the Love Generation are still apparent in the foggy city. > The people are very open-minded, accommodating and still pretty groovy. Hey Alan, I believe ya! From '73, I still remember the Golden Gate Bridge, eating at Fisherman's Wharf, walking through Chinatown, and the beautiful weather. You could still feel the love in the atmosphere. We crossed the Bay Bridge, seeing Alcatraz. Saw Candlestick Park, but went over to Oakland and saw a game there with Reggie Jackson playing. Some great record stores, too, as there were everywhere back then. Joe Nelson wrote: > I recently emailed Orlons bass Steve Caldwell, letting him know about the > recent thread on "hippies" and asking for his input on the subject. ... Joe, that's a great post! "South Street" was one of my first 45s, and definitely my first RnB 45. I loved it ta death -- still do! Great to hear a story on it after 40 years! Thanks! Clark ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 2 Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 19:43:46 EDT From: Ronnie Allen Subject: Re: my Dapt output and two subsequent non-hits Country Paul wrote: > What was your Dapt output, please? (All this stuff about you we don't > know....) I had just a single released recording, "Flip Over You" b/w "Ronnie's Swanee" (Dapt 205). I had two unreleased recordings played on Dr. Demento's show: "The Walnuts", a 1975 spoof of the TV series "The Walnuts." It was a break-in recording, the type that the late Dickie Goodman became famous for (initially with Bill Buchanan). In fact I initially wrote "The Walnuts" with Dickie in mind, and I presented it to him. He told me it was "cute" but that he wasn't interested in doing it. So I did it myself, and the record companies said, "there's only one Dickie Goodman"! "Your Cat Can Do The Cube", a 1982 recording that poked fun at the fact that on the New York Times Paperback Best Seller list the most successful books were about Rubik's Cube (books on how to solve it) and cats (the Garfield books and "1000 Uses For a Dead Cat"). So I wrote a song about a guy who writes a book combining those two things and calls it "Your Cat Can Do The Cube." Unfortunately, by the time I finally recorded it the cube fad was starting to wind down. And no recording company had the courage -- or should I say was foolish enough -- to put it out! Oh well, being a no-hit wonder is okay (I enjoy making fun of my not-so- successful efforts), but I surely wouldn't have minded being a ONE-hit wonder! LOL Ronnie Allen ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 3 Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 20:42:15 -0400 From: A. Zweig Subject: So Goes Love The song is "So Goes Love". The version I just listened to is by Shirley Abicair on "Here Comes The Girls", which I believe someone here had something to do with. But I once knew another version. It's killing me. Can anyone tell me what version I'm thinking of or who else did it? I want to say The Turtles, but that's a desperation shot. AZ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 4 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 05:23:40 -0000 From: Paul Levinson Subject: Re: Herb Abramson Al Kooper wrote: > After parting with Abramson, Gene quit singing for a while to concentrate > on writing; he was hired by Aaron Schroeder, and the rest is history. When I met Herb Abramson in 1969 in his A-1 Studios on West 75th in NYC -- I was recording "Looking For Sunsets (In The Early Morning)" for my Twice Upon A Rhyme album -- Herb looked like Abraham Lincoln. Everyone from Lloyd Price to Johnny Nash was in the studio. The most unusual person I met -- in the lobby of the hotel (Herb's studio was on its ground floor) -- was a woman who claimed she was the Suzanne from Leonard Cohen's song. And something about her made me believe her, though she told me Leonard was long gone, and she was living in the hotel. Paul ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 5 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 05:09:43 -0000 From: Paul Levinson Subject: Re: Murray the K, the Good, the Bad, and the etc. Al Kooper wrote: > Murray paid no one at the conclusion of this ten-day engagement of five > shows a day. Ginger Baker chopped down Murray's dressing room door > with an axe. Well, unfortunately, there never has been any necessary correlation between artistic genius, ethics in finance, and indeed ethics in anything. (D.W. Griffith's "Birth Of A Nation," a pioneering masterpiece in filmmaking, was picketed by the NAACP because of the movie's glorification of the Ku Klux Klan). Which is to say that none of the deplorable behavior mentioned above diminishes Murray's contribution to DJing, which Country Paul and I and others have been talking about. Murray may have been a cheapskate, but his breakthroughs in presenting music on radio still enriched rock 'n' roll and pop and rock, and make him second only to Alan Freed. All best, Paul ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 6 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 00:59:36 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Shindig; Marty Cooper; Hazelwood productions site + Ann-Margret; quick notes Re: Shindig, Jon, I've been reading the reviews and have a question and a comment: 1. Keith is mentioned as being in an early group, The Admirations, on Columbia and Mercury. There was a very fine doo-wop group on Mercury, The Admirations, who had a hit with "The Bells of Rosa Rita." Same group? Same guy? 2. Interesting to see the Pete Dunton history in the Neon Pearl review. I have two 45s by him on RCA, the best, produced by Dave Edmunds, being "Taking Time" -- essentially a one-chord wonder which is a triumph of arranging and producing. True brilliance for 3-1/2 minutes! I never knew he was a drummer -- the 45 features electric banjo, great fuzztone slide guitar, and a lot more. Wonder what was him and what was Edmunds. Martin Roberts: > One by [Ray Whitley] I'd love to hear is "Just A Boy In Love" on > Columbia, this co-written with Marty Cooper. Marty lost a lot of > his early records in a flood and I've been making CD-Rs for him > from my collection. Marty Cooper -- I don't remember all the stuff he was involved in, nor do I have time to do the research right now (although there is a devastating review of a space-age lounge-music album he did for RCA at . Wasn't he involved with really good stuff like the Mojo Men and/or The Vejtables on Autumn and Hearts & Flowers on Capitol? I know he co-wrote "The Lonely Surfer" with Jack Nitzsche, and I seem to remember his name attached to the production of records with a certain higher level of quality. I'm sorry to hear about his flood; some of my records have endured similar torture. I just discovered a website listing Lee Hazelwood productions! I see a few holes in it, but it's pretty interesting. Brent: > Very cool sound on the Ann-Margret song (the picture sleeve for th 45 is nice, > too). Couldn't let your comment go by without seconding both parts (I have the pic sleeve, too)! Also, on the above Lee Hazelwood list is a 45 by her on LHI-1, from 1969: "You Turned My Head Around"/"It's A Nice World to Visit (But Not To Live In)." Never heard of this one. Quick notes: Gary Myers: > One of my favorite non-chart Pitney songs is "Donna Means Heartbreak", > flip of "True Love Never Runs Smooth." Had to second this too, and add the delightfully dramatic "Teardrop By Teardrop" to that favorites list. Randy Kosht, thank you for your history of "Dore" Alpert; please keep contributing! You've certainly enlightened me. And Frank J., thanks for the additional info. Guess I've got some more collectin' to do! Mark Wirtz -- I'm looking forward to checking out your new work very soon. Geez, caught up two days in a row (a record?); plus another couple of dispatches and S'pop will be at 1500 digests!!! Dig us! Country Paul ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 7 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 02:00:40 EDT From: Mike McKay Subject: Re: The Orlons and Rosetta Hightower Joe Nelson quoted Steve Caldwell of The Orlons: > P.S. I found out about two weeks that Rosetta the lead singer on most > of The Orlons songs is alive and doing well in London England. Makes sense. I clearly recall an article about Rosetta in Rolling Stone in the early '70s entitled "An Orlon in London." Seems to me she was doing session work there. Mike ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 8 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 01:57:50 EDT From: Mike McKay Subject: Re: Gene Pitney Andrew Jones wrote: > I was a member of Gene's fan club during the mid-1990s, and in > his writings for the club newsletter, Gene was quite enthusiastic about > this new thing called the Internet and all the people he was meeting on > it. I'm kinda surprised that Gene hasn't shown up (as far as I know) in > a group like this one. (Heck, he doesn't even seem to have his own site, > although his fan club sorta has one.) In the mid-'90s there was a Gene Pitney board on AOL in which Gene participated regularly. I can recall exchanging thoughts with him in a couple of posts. In fact, one of them was on the very subject brought up here -- Gene recording a new album. I can remember noting that when a classic artist records something after being absent from the scene for some time, a comment is inevitably made along the lines of "We're going to go for a contemporary sound." My response at the time was, Why? Why would an artist who has already released classic records with a unique sound suddenly want to sound like every other run-of-the-mill artist of today? In my experience, the results of going this route are rarely, if ever, any good. Personally, I would welcome a new Gene Pitney album with the same sound and production approach that made his '60s records so great. If I'm accused of wallowing in the past for wanting this, then so be it. That past was a hell of a lot better than most of the present. Mike ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 9 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 08:39:00 +0100 From: Paul Woods Subject: Re: Wirtz's return Mark Wirtz wrote: > Since, after a lengthy sabbatical, I symbolically stepped onto a plane > last July to "return" to the music "biz" by producing Spain's "Les > Philippes" debut album,... Nice! Thanks, Mark. My first impression on listening to "Swimming" was how like the Incredible String Band c.1968 the beginning sounded! Unintentional, probably, but a hard sound to recreate. Who are these guys? "Les Philippes" sounds more French than Spanish. wudzi ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 10 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 09:50:48 +0200 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: Brian Wilson covers Phil Milstein asked: > Thanks for the tip on Olivia Newton-John doing God Only Knows. I'd like > to try and scare me up a copy -- was it a 45? LP cut? It's on her "If You Love Me Let Me Know" and "Long Live Love" albums, from 1974. Eddy ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 11 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 09:00:06 +0100 From: Ray Lincoln Subject: Re: Cloudy Summer Afternoon Jim Shannon asked: > Anyone recall a Barry McGuire release called "Cloudy Summer > Afternoon"? The song was released during the summer of '66 > but charted poorly, only reaching the top 30 or so. Seem to > remember nice lyrics and melody to it. Is it available on CD? Barry McGuire: Anthology Masters of War Grasshopper Song Inner-Manipulations CLOUDY SUMMER AFTERNOON Sins of a Family What's Exactly the Matter With Me Why Not Stop & Dig It While You Can I'd Have to Be Outa My Mind Mr. Man on the Street (Act One) This Precious Time Baby Blue She Belongs to Me Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues You Were on My Mind You've Got to Hide Your Love Away Child of Our Times Upon a Painted Ocean Eve of Destruction Various Artists: Treasured Tunes Vol. 9 Gonna Get Along With Ya Now - Patience & Prudence A Teenager's Romance - Ricky Nelson Now And For Always - George Hamilton IV I Looked At Heaven - Tommy Edwards Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Jimmie Rodgers Good Timin' Jimmy Jones Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates Forgive Me (For Giving You Such A Bad Time) - Babs Tino Hey Little Girl - Major Lance You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry - The Caravelles Southtown, U.S.A. - The Dixiebells Kiss Me Sailor - Diane Renay Hold Me - P.J. Proby I'll Come Running Over - Lulu Sunny - Bobby Hebb CLOUDY SUMMER AFTERNOON (RAINDROPS) - BARRY McGUIRE Guantanamera - The Sandpipers I Take What I Want - James & Bobby Purify The Mighty Quii(Quinn The Eskimo) - Manfred Mann Back In The U.S.S.R. - Chubby Checker ray ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 12 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 06:14:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Brian Wilson covers Phil Milstein asked: > Thanks for the tip on Olivia Newton-John doing God Only Knows. I'd like > to try and scare me up a copy -- was it a 45? LP cut? Phil, how ya' doin'? "God Only Knows" is on Olivia Newton -John's album, "I Honestly Love You". The title song of which, by the way, with the help of my friends in the promotion dept. at A+M, we were able to break out of the album, when MCA thought it was too slow to be a hit! I'm proud that "I Honestly Love You", written by my friends Jeff Barry and the late Peter Allen, won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1974. regards, Artie Wayne ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 13 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 09:07:32 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Cloudy Summer Afternoon Jim Shannon asked: > Anyone recall a Barry McGuire release called "Cloudy Summer > Afternoon"? The song was released during the summer of '66 > but charted poorly, only reaching the top 30 or so. Seem to > remember nice lyrics and melody to it. Is it available on CD? Jim, I have it on a CD called BARRY McGUIRE ANTHOLOGY, on One Way Records, MCAD-22094, released in 1993. The label makes me think that One Way is (was?) an MCA subsid. --Dan ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 14 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 12:31:51 EDT From: Jim Allio Subject: Re: Cloudy Summer Afternoon Jim Shannon asked: > Anyone recall a Barry McGuire release called "Cloudy Summer > Afternoon"? The song was released during the summer of '66 > but charted poorly, only reaching the top 30 or so. Seem to > remember nice lyrics and melody to it. Is it available on CD? What a great record that was! I wore it out on my Philco portable phonograph. The melody and lyrics and Barry's vocals were summer to a T. It was such a smart move on the part of Barry and his label to make a hard left away from the growling protest songs to a superb pop number. Another one of those 1960s head-scratcher songs that should have been huge. Jim Allio ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 15 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 00:04:49 -0000 From: AH Subject: best nyc records stores anyone? Hi all, Calling all your collective experience: what are best record stores in New York for 60s pop/pop-sike/psych 45s, boots, comps even cdrs? Thanks in advance! AH ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 16 Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 16:40:11 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Kirsty MacColl The unreleased Stiff acetate I used to have Kirsty had never seen. Still have a tape of the two tunes. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 17 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 15:10:42 EDT From: Paul Richards Subject: Re: Celebration to Musica Thanks Clark for the 'Celebration' track, totally love it! Best 'new' 60's track I've heard this year since The Morning Glories 'Love -in' on the amazing Warners softpop comp. I'd love to hear the B-side. Thanks, Paul ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 18 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 01:20:04 -0000 From: James Subject: Flirtations' 'Dirty Work' I love the Flirtations, they are my fave group. I have almost every one of their songs. I would love hear 'Dirty Work' and the b-side 'No Such Thing As A Miracle', plus 'Take Me In Your Arms'. Can anyone assist? James ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 19 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 17:20:03 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Feminine Complex Clark Besch : > Back to the female music topic. Apparently, my Mindy and the Complex > 45 from October, 1969 is indeed the same group as the Feminine > Complex. The 45 is on Athena 5011. A Cd biography mentions them > recording for Athena! How odd that neither 45 side is on the Cd, > despite it having the released Lp and 11 demos. Hi Clark, The reissue was made up of tapes that Lee Hazen had engineered for the band. Fortunately Lee kept everything that he did. I would imagine that odd 45 might be one that might be one that wasn't done at Lee's place, which would explain the omission. Please do post it if you get the chance. Jeff Lemlich ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 20 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 23:07:55 +0100 From: Ken Silverwood Subject: Re: Wizzard Previously: > I was watching a couple of Roy Wood's Wizzard videos last week and > it was amazing how much "See My Baby Jive" and "Dear Elaine" lent > itself to the early Phil Spector girl group sound! Funny that, I'd just been watching TOTP 2 in which Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne as part of The Move were miming to "California Man", the last single as The Move. It seems this clip had been lost for a while. Anyway, case in point, Roy did a couple of other singles as homages, being "Angel Fingers" & "Forever". I think one of those carried a dedication to Phil Spector, Neil Sedaka, Brian Wilson, something like that. Plus Wizzard did a full album of songs sounding as though they were made by singers of "yesteryear", like Neil, Del & Dion. I had the album but I think it went in a "cull". Damn. Got the singles though! Ken On The West Coast ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 21 Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 21:15:25 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Yummy Supersizing Bill Pitzonka: > ... joyous strains of "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express ... > erroneously attributed in the credit crawl to THE 1910 FRUITGUM CO!!! Following is a letter that was published in the L.A. Times a few years ago: > The 1910 Fruitgum Company did not record "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (I Got > Love In My Tummy)" (Pop Eye, Dec. 21). That bubblegum top 10 hit from > the early '70's was, however, recorded by the Ohio Express. > > As a touring member of the Fruitgum Co. in 1971, it has long been a > source of annoyance to be mistakenly held responsible for putting to > wax such a trite, disposable, insignificant number when, in fact, the > group was responsible for such historical, important compositions as > "Simon Says," "Indian Giver," 1, 02 , 03 , Red Light" and other esoteric > hits filled with dark symbolism and hidden meanings. > > LEN FAGAN, Booking Director, Coconut Teaszer, Hollywood gem ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 22 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 09:09:38 -0700 From: (That) Alan Gordon Subject: Re: Celebration to Musica / Lou Rawls Clark B. in response to your question regarding the group Celebration, I never heard of them or the single they did. I would love to hear it. Three Dog Night has been a very important part of my life. Danny Hutton is a good friend, he introduced me to Brian Wilson and when things were pretty down in my career Danny would always call when he came to NYC take me out to dinner, and introduce me at the concerts when they did "Celebrate". I will always love him for that. Every now and then they use the song when the Cubs win, and we had a nice run with Celebrex over the last 3 years. Now you know why that tune has given Garry and I reason to celebrate! Lou Rawls never did the "Show Business" I wrote. Mine is from the show I am currently working on. Funny thing though, a couple of months ago I saw him and his wife at my bank, after we both got to the parking lot I approached his van, he rolled down the window and I started singing "Bring it on home to me", emphsizing his part he sang with Sam Cooke. He looked at me like I was crazy. I told him I had a song or two that would be great for him. [You can`t stop a Jewish song plugger, not even in the desert!] He never called. A few weeks later, I was on my bike, returning a video to blockbuster, it was about 7am, you guessed it, there was Lou returning a video also. He looked at me like I was a soul stalker, I told him "A song is a terrible thing to waste" again he took my number, He still has not called. Best, That Alan ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 23 Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 20:58:24 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Gloria Lynne This is a post from another group: by David Hinckley New York Daily News, May 26, 2004 Gloria Lynne's doing a lot better today than she was doing two weeks ago, thanks. On the morning of May 12, she was hours from being homeless. All she owned was locked in an apartment from which she had been evicted. She was in a motel room she was about to lose because she couldn't pay that bill, either. Today, thanks to friends including Aretha Franklin, she's back in the apartment, with her things. But the fact that she faced a miserable situation like this at all is another troubling reflection on an industry that seems to have a lot of trouble taking care of its own. Lynne, 72, has sung jazz most of her life. She still does, very nicely. Some years ago she had several good-size pop hits, including "Watermelon Man" and the lovely classic "I Wish You Love." On July 25, 1995, New York honored all this by proclaiming "Gloria Lynne Day." But even first-class music may not pay the rent, and Lynne has also worked over the years as a physical therapist -- in part because, like many singers, she hasn't seen royalty payments in years. Unpaid or underpaid royalties are part of a system that may not be deliberately cruel, but at the very least often seems indifferent. Earlier this month, five major labels admitted they owed $50 million to artists they said they just couldn't find. Deal Falls Through So Lynne made most of her money from live dates, and when hip problems forced her to cut back, she was left with a $500-a-month Social Security check. When a record company offered her a deal that included an apartment in New Jersey, she took it, figuring she could also get a part- time physical therapy job out there. But the record deal, the job and the apartment all went bad. The company didn't pay her rent and the apartment complex evicted her. She moved with her son to a motel in Carlstadt, N.J., which is where she was on May 12 when the money ran out. So she called an old friend in the business, Dell Long, and they went to work. Ruth Bowen, Franklin's manager, helped take care of immediate bills. The Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Jazz Foundation, MusicCares, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, Chuck Jackson and others all provided help. Today Lynne is back in her apartment. She's cutting a new CD for SRI Records, she says, and she's ready for live dates. She still has to, and wants to, make a living in the music business. She hasn't enjoyed going public with all these problems. Who would? "But I think people should know what happened to me," she says, "because it has happened to so many others." For information on Gloria Lynne, call Long at (404) 664-1925 or the R&B Foundation at 1-800-258-3799. gem ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 24 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 18:13:58 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Statues questions; Bee Gees news Some questions regarding The Statues, Liberty F-55245 (c. 1961), "Blue Velvet"/"Keep The Hall Light Burning" (Nick Archer and other Nashville cognizenti please take note): - The A-side is the classic in arrangement cribbed from the Clovers' original r&b version, which in turn seems in large part to have been borrowed by Bobby Vinton. The song was co-written by Bernie Wayne (1919-1993) in 1951, and recorded by Tony Bennett on Columbia 39555. Is this the first version? - The B-side, a forgettable bluesy rave-up, is co-written by Marijohn Wilkin, mother of Buck "Ronny Daytona" Wilkin, and leader of "the other" Nashville backing group (not the Anita Kerr Singers or The Jordanaires). The harmonies and the bass voice sound familiar. Are The Statues this group? And who is the lead singer? (On the B-side, the lead sounds suspiciouslly like a normal-range Larry Henley of the Newbeats. Is it him? Is it the same lead on both sides?) And am I correct that this is the same group who was The Nashville Street Singers who did a satirical-yet-effective version of "Long Black Veil" on Capitol? And in today's news: Brothers Gibb Say the Bee Gees Are Done LONDON (AP) Thursday, May 27, 2004 - Barry and Robin Gibb, who went to Buckingham Palace to be honored Thursday, said the Bee Gees died with their brother, Maurice. During an emotional ceremony, Prince Charles made the brothers Commanders of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE. Maurice's son, Adam, received the award on his father's behalf. "It's bittersweet. It would have been wonderful for all three of us to be here," Barry Gibb, 57, said afterward. "We have mixed feelings. Knowing Mo, this would have been right up his alley. He would have still had his hat on," a reference to Maurice Gibb's beloved black trilby. Gibb said the Bee Gees are now a thing of the past. "We are not the Bee Gees now, in respect for Mo," he said. "Maybe the time's just right for a bit of free flight. Maybe at some point we will do something together." Adam Gibb, a 28-year-old film student, looked close to tears after collecting his father's award. "My mother was supposed to do it, but she wouldn't have been able to" because of the emotion, he said. Maurice Gibb's widow, Yvonne, watched from the audience. Born on the Isle of Man, the Gibb brothers moved to Manchester in the 1950s. Their '70s disco hits included "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever". Maurice Gibb died last year at age 53. He suffered a heart attack before undergoing emergency surgery in Miami for an intestinal blockage. Country Paul ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 25 Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 07:11:34 -0700 (PDT) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Gene Pitney / Al Kooper Al.......Gary.....I totally agree with you about Gene Pitney....a nice guy and in my estemation underappreciated. His singing, writing, playing on and co-producing his early records were truly an inspiration to me. I can't tell you how excited I was when he recorded, "Peanuts, Popcorn and Crackerjacks", which I wrote with Ben Raleigh. any chance did you play on that track? regards, Artie Wayne ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop! End

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