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Spectropop - Digest Number 1558

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There are 11 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Catholic Girl Groups?
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      2. Brooklyn Bridge; John Kerry's band; N&F pix; ubi-dubi
           From: Country Paul 
      3. what's a 45?
           From: David Bell 
      4. Carole King's guys
           From: Don H 
      5. Re: Happenings & Brooklyn Bridge
           From: Karen Andrew 
      6. Re: Happenings / Brooklyn Bridge / Carnaby Street (??)
           From: Fred Clemens 
      7. 1963 demo playing @ musica
           From: Al Kooper 
      8. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 
      9. Re: Carnaby Street
           From: Fred Clemens 
     10. Re: Brooklyn Bridge
           From: Mikey 
     11. Re: Appaloosa
           From: Al Kooper 

Message: 1 Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 21:46:14 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Catholic Girl Groups? Margaret G. Still wrote: > The Chantels, Reparata and the Delrons...who else would be Catholic > School girl groups? The Shangri-Las. Why do you ask? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 02:06:25 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Brooklyn Bridge; John Kerry's band; N&F pix; ubi-dubi Fred Clemens Re: Brooklyn Bridge: > I was at the Brooklyn Bridge show July 4th. Their songs were totally > "Amazing"! I was right up front, directly in front of the speakers > on the left side....So where were you, Paul...? Center of the field, but I walked up to the right side of the stage - it was LOUD there! I thought they did a heroic try at "Good Vibrations," but of course Johnny's got a different kind of voice. Nonetheless, he gets mucho brownie points for trying and almost succeeding. But "Unchained Melody" was a big score; I love the Crests and loved how he was still into the songs, but that UM was the peak moment forme. Re: His prep school band is actually quite respectable for what they were. Credit where due for trying different arrangements on the songs they covered. The album is actually available again on CD at the website, and there's a seven-minute montage of excerpts of all the tracks. Mick Patrick; > the demo in question is now playing @ musica. Don't ask me who's > singing - the label credits no performer and I don't recognize > the voices. > This is one very cool track - thanks for the post! Shoulda been a single unto itself. Wish I could ID the group. Ken on the West Coast: > I hope some kind soul can post a picture to the site of Mikki & Griff Never heard of them, but the pix of Nina & Frederik the various links forwarded us to reveal a babe and a self-important weenie-lookin' guy. However, the pix did nothing to upgrade my memory of their music! :-) Phil M: > Ubi dubium ibi libertas: > "Where there is doubt there is freedom." So that's what Roy Orbison's "ooby dooby" verses translate to! Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 04:08:38 EDT From: David Bell Subject: what's a 45? Mick Patrick: > (wondering if there are S'poppers who don't know what a 45 is) Well, Mick, since Martha Reeves was mentioned in your post about the sad demise of Syreeta Wright, I have to say that she did a line or two in the Dancing In The Street tour about 45s. Martha claimed that young people in her audience thought that she meant a pistol when she talked about 45s. Although I have a quite a lot of 45rpms in my collection, I very rarely play them. My wife jokes when the postman brings yet another parcel from a mad Ebay purchase and hands them over that "Here's another one for the shelf." Well, I always have a couple of listens and then transfer the songs immediately to cd. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 04:49:31 -0000 From: Don H Subject: Carole King's guys Phil X Milstein wrote: > By the way, he doesn't mention whether the album, the title > of which he identifies as "One Time Only," was ever properly released > -- anyone know? Also, anyone know what became of the marriage of > Myddle Class bassist Charlie Larkey and Carole King? They still at it? Phil, I do not think that the album was properly released. As for Carole King & Charlie Larkey. That was marriage #2. She has since been married to Rick Evers and Rick Sorenson, the latter died of an overdose. She is currently dating Phil Alden Robinson, the director of "Field Of Dreams" and "The Sum Of All Fears" to name two. Gerry Goffin remarked that she was on husband #5 a couple of years ago, but there is no evidence that she and Phil are married. Carole has 4 children. Louise and Sherry Goffin, Molly and Levi Larkey. As for Rick Sorenson, there was a character in the film "Grace Of My Heart" played by Matt Dillon, that was likely a combination of Rick S. and Brian Wilson. The song "Golden Man" by Carole King has been rumored to be about Rick S. While Carole co-wrote music with all of her husbands, Phil AR doesn't write music, but does play back-up guitar in her band sometimes. Don H. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 19:02:31 -0700 (PDT) From: Karen Andrew Subject: Re: Happenings & Brooklyn Bridge Country Paul, I'm envious! To see and hear the Happenings and then Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge - all in one weekend! Where were you during these events (ie. town, state)? Thanks for the info. on Johnny Maestro - I always thought he had a beautiful voice and I'm glad he still has it! Karen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 12:08:42 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: Re: Happenings / Brooklyn Bridge / Carnaby Street (??) Karen Andrew wrote: > Country Paul, I'm envious! To see and hear the Happenings and then > Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge - all in one weekend! Where > were you during these events (ie. town, state)? Thanks for the info. > on Johnny Maestro - I always thought he had a beautiful voice and > I'm glad he still has it! Both were in neighboring towns in New Jersey and put on by the same promoter (He was the guy who warned me about the sound). The Happenings appeared Saturday Night in New Providence, while the Brooklyn Bridge appeared Sunday night in Summit (where I live). Both were part of a free concert in the park summer series put on in neighboring towns during July and August one day a week, with a different theme each week (Oldies, Country, Jazz, Swing Bands, Folk, etc.) In the past, I've only attended the Oldies themed concerts, usually in Berkely Heights (where I work), the next town over from New Providence. I've seen the likes of the Dubs, Lenny Coco and the Chimes, Larry Chance and the Earls, and Nick Santo and the Capris. There were also many Oldies covers bands that passed through. One memorable one that stands out is Carnaby Street. I first saw them in Berkeley Heights in 1998(?), being represented by a familiar face (or should I say "hat"). I saw this guy with them who looked very familiar, if only for his crumbled top hat. I decided to approach him and find out for sure. "Aren't you Looney Skip Rooney from the Uncle Floyd Show?" Indeed he was, known as Art Rooney on the air in north- central New Jersey over WGHT(?) in Pompton Lakes(?). Carnaby Street did versions of various bands of the Invasion era, including the Beatles, Byrds, Turtles, etc, all done quite credibly without trying to sound exactly like the originals, thus keeping the sound fresh. At first they were a quartette, then a trio for a while, and in more recent years, back to a quartette. The second time I saw them was a Car Show (in Union). Art was still with them. Cousin Brucie was SUPPOSED to appear there, as he had in past years (they even made up themed T-shirts with his name featured). However, this year, he never showed. Art Rooney was convinced to take over the MC'ing of events. (Coincidently, Art had earlier worked at one of Brucie's stations.) I saw Bruce the following weekend at WCBS (when I was going there to help out Bob Shannon), with T-shirt in hand, and asked him about the no-show. He said he was never told about the event in time, and in fact was already scheduled to do a different car (Corvette) show that weekend. He seemed troubled by the whole turn of events. Art has long since departed being Carnaby Street's manager. I can't find any evidence that the band is still together (their web site hasn't been updated in quite awhile). Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 09:10:34 EDT From: Al Kooper Subject: 1963 demo playing @ musica 1963 demo now playing @ musica: This is a true rarity. This is a Brass-Kooper-Levine song written & demoed for Gene Pitney. Gene recorded about five of our songs over the years, most notably "I Must Be Seeing Things". I thought this was the best song we ever wrote for Gene but somehow it never got picked. By the time we did this demo (in 1963) I had perfected my Gene demo voice. We didn't fuss over final vocals back in those demo days so some of the harmonies are crying for todays automatic pitch shifters. I'm playing piano and organ, Vinny Bell is on guitar, Al Rogers on drums and I can't recall the bassist. The concept was that horns would play the organ parts on the real record, but in retrospect, I have come to really enjoy my early B3 scampering on this tune. From a box of acetates I found in the basement last week, digitally transferred and de-clicked and de-popped and remastered in my home studio. Hope you all enjoy "(I'm Going) My Way" - not to be confused with the later Sid Vicious track :-) Al "I Coulda Been The Next Frank Gari" Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 21:42:40 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update There's been a fair bit of chatter recently on the Everly Brothers. To show how topical the site is, our finger is never far from the button, (What button?) - The Everly's "Mr. Soul" is playing on the home page. "Oh no" I hear you say, "not another wonderful delight that only three men and a dog know about." Well, yes, actually. Another thing I've heard said: "Is the old boy losing it? Some scans bunged on the Previous ROTWs and that's all that's been new for days, weeks even." Firstly, I resent being called an 'old boy', but secondly you would not believe all the treats and features that are waiting to burst onto the site. Be prepared to have your flabber gasted. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 14:19:26 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: Re: Carnaby Street I recently posted referencing Carnaby Street, a local NJ 60's garage tribute band. I just found evidence of the continued existence: The band is back down to a trio again, which I personally feel has the best sound of all their incarnations. All are original members (John, Tom, and Chris). They STILL haven't released a CD yet, though I see Chris has released a solo effort. They did have a cassette for sale a few years back (the original quartette), and kept promising a CD was in the works. Personally, I feel they should release their live stuff to CD, which I know was recorded. According to their schedule, they'll be appearing in Millburn tonight (7-11), and I would urge if you're in the area to go and check them out (if you haven't already). Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 10:11:34 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Brooklyn Bridge Around a month ago I caught The Brooklyn Bridge at asmall club in Brooklyn. They were outstanding in that setting and you could see that the guys really liked playing a small intimare club. Also, all the guys in the band are from Brooklyn, so they enjoyed it even more. I did have some issues with their song selections, like they didn't do "Your Husband, My Wife", but then again, I usually do. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 07:15:28 EDT From: Al Kooper Subject: Re: Appaloosa Christian Steiner: > Yesterday a friend of mine gave me the 1969 LP from APPALOOSA as > a birthday present. I was blown away by hearing the record for > the first time today, which is produced by Al Kooper. Since Al > is a member of the list I hope he or someone else can shed some > light on the group. As an avid singles collector especially I'm > very interested if the band did release any 45s. Did they make a > further album? Thanks for your help! Almost yearly now I beg SONY to remaster and put that album out on Legacy. I tell Bob Irwin at Sundazed what a coup it would be for him to put out the Appaloosa album but ya know....Appaloosa didn't surf I guess no chance there. It's a great story though, Christian. When I worked as a staff producer for Columbia Records ('68-'72) I was sitting in my orifice one day and these kids just walked in. "Can we audition for you, Mr Kooper?" they enquired. "You have to clear that with Mr. So & So down the hall. guys....are you local?" "No...we drove up from Massachusettes to play for you." This got to me "Well lemme see if I can find a place we can do this now" I offered. "We can play right here in your office! All we need is one outlet for our bassist. All the rest of us are acoustic.." And so they did. Played for me right in my office and blew my 25 year old mind. Acoustic guitar, viola, cello & bass and a great singer-songwriter-acoustic guitarist, John Compton. You bet I signed 'em. I did one album with them. I believe it was six months ahead of its time and James Taylor got the attention/success that these lads deserved at the time. Timimg is so important. God evened me out four years later when I signed Lynyrd Skynyrd at exactly the correct time. But that doesn't really aid us in getting folks to hear that Appaloosa album. Maybe SONY in another country will put it out. We can only hope. Thanks for enjoying it Christian - about half that album is indeed, timeless. Al "Palooser" Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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