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Spectropop - Digest Number 1509



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There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Marty Cooper
           From: Martin Roberts 
      2. Re: Favorite obscure Pitney track??
           From: Charles Ulrich 
      3. Re: Joshie Jo Armstead
           From: Simon White 
      4. Re: Favorite obscure Pitney track??
           From: Martin Roberts 
      5. Re: Statues
           From: Martin Roberts 
      6. Re: So Goes Love
           From: Don 
      7. Anybody know anything about Panhandle
           From: Rich 
      8. Re: NYC Record Shops
           From: Fred Clemens 
      9. Re: Favorite obscure Pitney track??
           From: Denis Gagnon 
     10. Re: The Aquatones Story
           From: Martin Roberts 
     11. Re: Gig in Jersey
           From: Bill Craig 
     12. The Girls From Bahia (Americanized Bossa Nova)
           From: Patrick Rands 
     13. Booker & the MGs
           From: Steve Harvey 
     14. Re: NYC Record Shops
           From: Rat Pfink 
     15. Re: Favorite obscure Pitney track??
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 


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Message: 1 Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 08:47:17 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Marty Cooper Country Paul asked about Marty Cooper's musical history: I'm no expert on Mr Cooper but from memory, so excuse any mistakes; His first 'hit' was The Marathons "Peanut Butter"; he was involved with Bobby Day as producer/songwriter on most of his records, including the RCA 45s that mostly featured Jack Nitzsche as arranger; worked with Jack on many early instrumentals including Jack's later Reprise stuff; produced and or wrote all the 45s by The Victorians aka Vik E Lee aka Gloria Melbourne; along with Lee Hazlewood he was the 'mastermind' behind The Shacklefords; oodles of one-off 45s on a variety of labels, usually his own; produced Jennifer Warnes first two LPs; wrote "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll" and plenty more besides! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 11:29:20 -0700 From: Charles Ulrich Subject: Re: Favorite obscure Pitney track?? Howard suggested: > I'd like to nominate "She's A Heartbreaker", a great Inez & Charlie > Foxx composition. I remember it well from the AM radio (KFRC, 1968). A Web search suggests that it reached #16 on the charts. I always loved that song too. --Charles -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 21:37:06 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Joshie Jo Armstead jerophonic wrote: > Anyone familiar with a record by Jo Armstead called "I Feel an Urge > Comin' On"? Is it currently available in any format? And are Jo > and Joshie Armstead the same person? Thanks. They are indeed one and the same. How great she is! Her name is often tied with Ashford and Simpson's early writing efforts. She appears in "The Strange World Of Northern Soul" DVD (re)singing this song and has the biggest most infectious smile you ever saw! The track you mention (which for those unfortunates who have never heard it is a storming dancer that found favour on the Northern Soul scene) is available on the Goldmine CD GSCD61 "THE GOLDEN TORCH STORY" . It maybe out of catalogue but shouldn't be hard to find. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 09:48:02 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Favorite obscure Pitney track?? A nice easy question from Al Kooper, the sort that any time it's asked the answer will be different. But as it's Tuesday evening and I don't think it's been mentioned by favourite obscure Gene Pitney track is "Half The Laughter, Twice The Tears". Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 08:47:31 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Statues Country Paul asked on the members of the Statues. Gary Myers and Austin Roberts gave the gen but it's worth adding Stephen McParland's comments on the group's personnel: "Initially formed as backing singers for Nashville sessions, the trio of James "Buzz" Cason, Richard Williams and ex-Jordanaires' bass singer Hugh Jarrett were subsequently picked up by Liberty Records in early 1960. Signed by the label's vice-president Al Bennett and placed under the production of Tommy "Snuff" Garrett, The Statues' first release, Blue Velvet b/w Keep The Hall Light Burning (Liberty 55245), hit the national charts during August 1960 after some six months of push and play." This extract is from Stephen's Book "Sound Waves And Traction - Surf And Hot Rod Groups of The '60s", Volume 2, chapter 8, Gary Paxton-Buzz Cason-The Eligibles, this ties in neatly with chapter 12, Ronny Dayton- Bucky Wilkin. It is now possible to buy Stephen's books by PayPal. I'd suggest no home should be without them! Regarding the Statues, I have a later 45 by them, "White Christmas" backed with "Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair", which is co-written by the three group members. Martin PS I'm pretty sure that the Richard Williams is not "that" Richard Williams :-) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 00:00:36 -0000 From: Don Subject: Re: So Goes Love Besides the Turtles, The Monkees and Shirley Abicair, "So Goes Love" was also done The Reigning Sound and Dave Berry. I thought I read somewhere that John Walker of the Walker Brothers did this song too, but I've never been able to find it. Don -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 21:18:15 -0000 From: Rich Subject: Anybody know anything about Panhandle Filing a song I just got: "Hey Girl" by Panhandle. Released on Happy Tiger label in 1969 and it bubbled under hiting #122. Not a bad sounding pop song. Anybody know anything about them? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 21:50:32 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: Re: NYC Record Shops Country Paul wrote: > In New York City: Downstairs Records on 6th Avenue ("Avenue of the > Americas" for out-of-towners) is actually upstairs, somewhere in > the 30s. Downstairs Records moved out to Long Island a few years ago. Not sure exactly where, but they do have a web site (or used to): downstairsrecords.com? Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 18:36:59 -0400 From: Denis Gagnon Subject: Re: Favorite obscure Pitney track?? For me, it's an easy pick. "That girl belongs to yesterday", Jagger/ Richard's first song. But only the 45' version, as all the versions I have heard from albums, are different than the one on 45'. Denis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 09:59:30 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: The Aquatones Story Thanks Country Paul for a super interview with Dave Goddard of the Aquatones. I have their Relic CD and it is work of great beauty. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 03:11:30 -0000 From: Bill Craig Subject: Re: Gig in Jersey I wrote: > Hi all, Just wanted to let my fellow 'poppers know that my band The > Legendary Rinaldo Brothers have a gig coming up wherein we will be > doing a fair amount of Spectropop relevant material. Stuff like: > Concrete and Clay, I Can't Find The Time To Tell You, The Sun Ain't > Gonna Shine Anymore, Romeo And Juliet, Walk Away Rene, etc. in our > own "bar band with the best of intentions" manner. The date is > Friday June 4th, 09 :30 to 1:30 at Smith Brothers Saloon on Broad St. > in downtown Ridgewood NJ, across from the train station. No cover, > no mimumum, no shirt no shoes no service, no mas. Anyone interested > please contact me off list. I'm re-posting this as per Country Paul. C.P.- Hope you and any other S'poppers can make it. Bill Craig -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 00:52:46 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: The Girls From Bahia (Americanized Bossa Nova) For my next radio show in July I'm working on collecting together as many recordings by the Quarteto Em Cy I can get a hold of (from the early 60s to the late 1970s) - and I had a hope of including their Americanized bossa nova records recorded as The Girls From Bahia. I think it'll be the perfect music for the heat of the summer. The group was comprised of sisters named Cyva, Cybele, Cynara, and Cylene. I got a hold of one lp called Pardon My English, but the other has alluded me called !Revolucion con Brasilia! The Exciting New Sounds of The Girls From Bahia. The LP comes up for auction every so often but so far I've been outbid, so I thought I'd see if anyone has this lp per chance. They do songs like The Sunny Side of the Street, Road To Nowhere, The Old Piano Rolls, The Day It Rained and Manhattan on !Revolucion con Brasilia! and Makin' Whoopee, Tup-A-Tup Tears, Oh Susannah, Bye Bye Blackbird, The Face I Love, Surfin' In Rio, and Useless Landscape on Pardon My English - and I have to say the songs I've heard so far are mighty cool (if anyone wants anything played from Pardon My English to musica let me know - the rewrite of the brasilian tune and title track from that lp and Bye Bye Blackbird are great). Also if anyone can help me out with the Revolucion lp please let me know about that too. Were there any other Americanized Bossa Nova acts from the mid-60s who aren't remembered today? :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 16:31:37 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Booker & the MGs John Fox wrote: > Why Booker T. & The MGs including both Lewie Steinberg (who?) and > Duck Dunn... Lewie played bass on "Green Onions". Duck joined shortly after that. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 18:39:47 -0400 From: Rat Pfink Subject: Re: NYC Record Shops > Calling all your collective experience: what are best record stores > in New York for 60s pop/pop-sike/psych 45s, boots, comps even cdrs? > Wowsville off St Mark's Place in the East Village is a treasure trove, > as is Midnight Records on W.23rd St near 8th Ave for the above > mentioned genres. Midnight Records closed recently, they're now mail-order only: http://www.midnightrecords.com/ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 21:43:19 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Favorite obscure Pitney track?? How bout one you wrote? "Hawaii" which was the flip of "It Hurts to Be in Love" has been a favorite of mine for years. It could easily have been a A-side. What girl group sings the intro? ("Palm Trees reach out to the sky up above, surfin' and swimmin' in a wonderland of love..." Nice intro!) Another favorite is Pitney's version of Tommy James & The Shondells "Gettin' Together". Pitney sounds like drank a gallon of Pepsi before the session.. Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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