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Spectropop - Digest Number 1606



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There are 9 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Just Four Men to Musica
           From: Clark Besch 
      2. PF Sloan to Musica
           From: Clark Besch 
      3. Re: Peter Noone
           From: "mattmattador60" 
      4. Re: Just Four Men to Musica
           From: S.J. Dibai 
      5. Re: Bob Finiz/Dionn Label/Kit Kats
           From: S.J. Dibai 
      6. Dick Clark Sells Old Footage
           From: Mike 
      7. Judy Dyble; Beach Music; Minuteman Records; "Stranded"?
           From: Country Paul 
      8. Totally transformed oldies; short stuff
           From: Country Paul 
      9. Goldstar invoices/Righteous Brothers Discography new website address
           From: Peter Richmond 


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Message: 1 Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 14:16:13 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Just Four Men to Musica New to Musica, "There's Not One Thing" by Just Four Men. This quite intriguing song written by Christopholos/Keiman matches some nice harmony with the classic British beat sound of 1964 along with a ton of compression on the music that create a beautiful Chad & Jeremy/ Billy J. Kramer sound. The Tower 45 (#163) was released in late fall, 1965 as a Capitol "cash in" on the tracks they had left in the can from having Freddie & the Dreamers before Mercury signed them in 65. Seems Capitol tried just what they were mad at Swan and VeeJay about in 1964. At least Capitol DID release "I'm Telling You Now" in 1963 on Capitol and it failed, unlike giving the Beatles a chance. Anyway, Just Four Men got thrown on the back side of this 1965 release, "Send a Letter To Me" by Freddie and the Dreamers. I was shocked by how great the "B" side was. Under "Four Just Men", they had another "B' side, but this is the only one I found to be worthwhile. I'm guessing "Just Four Men" were session UK men. Seems like I remember reading about them in the past. Someone likely has their story in SPop somewhere. I believe they also appear on a Tower various artists Lp in 66, but can't remember which one. Just a track I thought you might enjoy. Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 17:50:32 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: PF Sloan to Musica Now playing to Musica is an unreleased song from the early 60's by P.F. Sloan. As a big fan of Phil, this song comes to mind when thinking about the cool Carole King acetate of "Go Away Little Girl". Both are sung as they would be done by the opposite sex, thus making both unlikely releases by the artists themselves. Enjoy! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 20:08:15 -0000 From: "mattmattador60" Subject: Re: Peter Noone --- In spectropop@yahoogroups.com, Dave O'Gara wrote: > his voice seems not to have changed all that much from his teenage years. True, he has retained his "little boy" sound (to try and sound mature while singing the likes of "Can't You Hear My Heart Beat" would be just plain weird now wouldn't it!), but he is a much stronger singer now much to my surprise and delight. I had the pleasure of meeting him after a show a couple of years ago and he was just as nice as could be, despite being exhausted following an outdoor show on a hot July nite in Georgia. I was at the very end of the autograph line which lasted at least 20-30 minutes but he stayed until each and every person in that line had finished. A real sweetheart! 'Cause yo're the one I lu-uv, ModGirl -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 20:52:04 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Re: Just Four Men to Musica My computing abilites are touch-and-go right now, so I can't download that file, but regarding Just Four Men's identity, they were not a bunch of session men. They were an actual Liverpool band--that Greek surname in the writer's credit was probably their lead singer, Dimitrius "Dee" Christopholus, while "Keiman" is probably supposed to be "Kelman," as in lead guitarist John. The band later changed their name to Wimple Winch and put out some Mod-influenced stuff under that name. S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 21:00:31 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Re: Bob Finiz/Dionn Label/Kit Kats > James Botticelli: > I have never heard a word about [Finiz] although his name seemed to > frequently come up on records on the Dionn label which I believe > was Philly based. Brenda & The Tabulations, The Ordells....Others I > can't recall, I'm sure. I'd be interested on what 'poppers may know > about him as well. The Dionn label was one of the many, many Jamie/Guyden subsidiaries, but that's about all I know. J/G was and still is a Philly-based company. As for Finiz, I was not aware that he was one of the Four J's, but I knew he did a lot of production and engineering. As far as I know, he produced all of the Kit Kats' Jamie-label studio recordings, and is listed as one of the engineers on their Jamie debut LP, "It's Just A Matter Of Time." Interestingly, the LP that the Kats issued under the name New Hope ("To Understand Is To Love") credits "Mike" (as in Apsey) as the producer and engineer, but some of its tracks are actually Finiz-era Kit Kats tracks with overdubs, or remixed into stereo, and/or slightly edited. More on the Kit Kats/New Hope, including detailed discussion of the New Hope LP and the chance to ask Kit Kat Karl Hausman questions, at my group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kitkats_newhope S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 00:41:48 -0000 From: Mike Subject: Dick Clark Sells Old Footage I got an e-mail from another newsgroup where someone mentioned that Dick Clark has just sold all of his old clips. Does anyone know anything about this? Hopefully we can see some of the "Action" shows in their entireity. I just hope that Sofa Entertainment or whatver operation it is doesn't get the DC stuff. What a hatchet job on the Ed Sullivan clips, putting the same ones over several DVDs! Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 00:47:29 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Judy Dyble; Beach Music; Minuteman Records; "Stranded"? Kingsley Abbott: > For those who wanted follow-up info, Judy's new album 'Enchanted > Garden' emerges on 6th September on Talking Elephant Records. > The lady herself invites any interested parties to visit > http://www.JudyDyble.com for more details. Sounds nice, especially the last sample. Any idea if it will be released in the US? It's a tad pricey to import. JB: > If you're still unsure [of what Beach Music is], listen to the > ultimate Beach anthem, The Embers' "I Love Beach Music." I was under the impression that The Showmen's "It Will Stand" (Minit) was the defining song - or certainly one of them. Also, might I assume that Billy Graves' early hit "The Shag" (Monument; hook lyric: "The Shag is totally cool") would also be considered a godfather of Beach Music? Ed Bangs: > Minuteman was a local Boston label in the mid-'60s, who also released > three 45s by The Improper Bostonians. ...including the beautiful "Gee I'm Gonna Miss You." The label also had the original of Teddy & The Pandas' hit "Once Upon A Time," if I recall correctly. And it was interesting that the Just Us 45 on Minuteman became an album on Kapp. Fred Clemens: > Anybody here close enough to Robert John to find out the name of > the group that backed him on "Stranded"? I just passed your question along to Marc Scott of the Front Porch, who knew Robert John; no promises that he knows - or will respond - but it's a shot! Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 01:15:22 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Totally transformed oldies; short stuff Norm D. Plume [what a great handle, guy!]: > ... a version of "Bony Maronie" in the style of The Rooftop Singers... Gary Myers: >> Probably the Applachians on ABC-Paramount, charted up to #62 in late spring >> of '63. I'd forgotten about that one! I used to think of it in the same terms as the Coronados' version of "Johnny B. Goode," a smooth ballad version which actually worked, and the Front Porch's "Shake Rattle & Roll." Which brings up another possible thread: rock classics totally transformed stylistically and given another meaning or thoroughly different spin in the process. (One later version: Petty Booka's exquisite girl-group Hawaiian-guitar version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" - retitled "Girlfriend" - on the Japanese label Benten/Sister from around 2000 or so.) Some other catch-up stuff: Great Nervous Norvus review: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Az2cm96hokep5 Way to go with your comp., Phil M.! (And thanks for the URL, ModGirl.) Gary, thanks for the lead to the Larry Bright article (Goldmine #322, 11/27/92). Will definitely check it out. BTW, I notice little or no mention of Goldmine or Discoveries, my two major resources before my knowledge of Spectropop. Do folks here (still) subscribe to them? Tough week for DJs: RIP Hunter Hancock from LA and Chuck Leonard from NYC. Tickled to hear that Little Joe Cook ("Peanuts") is still alive and well. Gotta come visit Boston and take him in sometime! Country Paul (now only six days behind) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 11:04:49 +0100 From: Peter Richmond Subject: Goldstar invoices/Righteous Brothers Discography new website address As promised I have put the three scans of the Gold Star Recording Studio invoices sent to Philles Records relating to the recording sessions of "I Can't Make It Alone" that was intended for the Righteous Brothers. These are under the Righteous Brothers/Spector Collectors items. Also please note that the address to my website has now changed to www.righteousbrothersdiscography.com Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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