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Spectropop - Digest Number 1592

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Ron Dante's Saturday Night Blast
           From: Laura Pinto 
      2. Re: more on Northern Soul
           From: Frank Murphy 
      3. Dionne
           From: Frank Murphy 
      4. Re: Robert John
           From: Frank Murphy 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 13:02:49 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Ron Dante's Saturday Night Blast Hi S'poppers, Ron's forthcoming CD, "Ron Dante's Saturday Night Blast," is just about ready for release, and one track everyone is certain to be talking about is Ron's beautiful and heartfelt rendition of "Angels Among Us." To hear a 30-second audio clip of this lovely song, visit and click on the link to listen. I'll let everyone know when the CD is released, which should be soon. Other tracks will include "Rock Me Gently" (featuring Andy Kim on backgrounds), "Happy Together," and "Words"/"To Love Somebody." Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 14:35:10 -0000 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Re: more on Northern Soul Billy G. Spradlin wrote: > I guess Northern Soul DJ's in the 70's never did the proper "research" > and discovered what race or any other information about the performer -- > if they and their club liked the 45 the played it, which is a good thing, but > confusing to people outside of the UK who are trying to nail down a > proper decription of the sound. "Northern Soul" is more of a dance scene than a sound, and over the years it has developed into a number of strands. Luckily enough several NS DJs did the research, spoke to the artists, producers and musicians and got their records reissued and brought them to the UK. Other UK DJs bought the original records, bootlegged them and made quite a bit of money from other people's efforts. Dave Godin's term for the music that soul fans from the north of England purchased stuck, but it wasn't DJs who named the scene. Mind you DJs are great for giving misleading names to other music genres: "Acid Jazz" anyone? "Soulful House" yerwot? Well over 90% of what is and was played on the Northern Soul scene would be regarded by most S'poppers as Soul. The rest, including tracks by Raymond Lefevere, Fathers' Angels, Jay & The Americans and Frankie Valli, were solely judged on their ability to fill a dance floor. Frankm -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 15:26:28 -0000 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Dionne Dionne Warwick played London this week and is still singing "Alfie." Check out,,1275329,00.html for a review. FrankM -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 14:58:36 -0000 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Re: Robert John Two Robert John Records are receiving plays on today's Northern Soul scene. "If You Don't Want My Love" scraped into the UK Top 40 on its original release. Writing credits are M. Gately, Bobby Pedrick and L. David, arranged by Charlie Calello, produced by David Rubinson. The B-side, "Don't," has the same credits, with Robert and Michael as artists. "Raindrops Love and Sunshine" (A&M). Writing credits are John-Gately, arranged by Louis Shelto, produced by George Tobin. "Can't Stop Loving You Baby" is tipped to be getting plays next. John apparently issued another song also called "If You Don't Want My Love", b/w "Bread And Butter," on Motown 1664, possibly in 1988. For some reason or other it was widely rumoured that Robert John was a Mancunian and lived in the north of England. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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