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Spectropop - Digest Number 1627

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There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Johnny Bragg of the Prisonaires/Marigolds, R.I.P.
           From: Ed Salamon 
      2. Tammy Wynette and the art of the concept album
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      3. Re: The Argonauts from Boston
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      4. Carl Wayne, R.I.P.
           From: MJ 
      5. Re: Al Kooper's British LPs
           From: S.J. Dibai 
      6. Re: All Night Workers
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      7. Re: Tricia, Tell Your Daddy
           From: S.J. Dibai 
      8. Re: Promo Men
           From: (That) Alan Gordon 

Message: 1 Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 18:49:52 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Johnny Bragg of the Prisonaires/Marigolds, R.I.P. Johnny Bragg, of the Prisonaires and "Just Walkin' in the Rain" fame, died of cancer around 12:30 a.m. Sept. 1 at the Imperial Manor Convalescent Center in Madison, Tennessee. Funeral arrangements have not yet been arranged, but they will be handled by Smith Brothers (615-726-1476). Johnny's daughter, Misti, said he was 79. Michael Gray Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum _____________________________________________________________________ Michael is involved with the CMHoF's R&B themed Nightrain To Nashville Exhibit, and wrote the liner notes to the related CD booklet. Bragg was also in the Marigold's on Excello ("Run Run Joe"). Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 15:52:16 +0000 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Tammy Wynette and the art of the concept album Long before Billy Spears was a gleam in Paul McCartney's eye, hillbilly, folk and country artists were making albums based on singular lyric themes. But this past weekend I found a record from this milieu that may well be the most misguided "concept album" of all-time (and that's even taking into account the career of Rick Wakeman), a Tammy Wynette release from 1973 titled "Kids Say The Darndest Things." Each of the 11 songs on it mines the mode and storyline of her recent smashes "I Don't Wanna Play House" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" (both of which are included), presenting a melodramatic tale of marital collapse and its effect on the singer's children. The premise of the children being even more damaged by divorce than the parents worked to its best possible effect on the aforementioned hits, with their several strengths all coming together at once to override the sentimental underpinnings. But stretching this idea to the length of a full LP was asking entirely too much of it, and listening to "Kids Say The Darndest Things" was consequently as unpleasant a musical experience as I've had in quite a while. The song titles express the bathos and hopelessness of this LP better than I can describe them: Bedtime Story / My Daddy Doll / I Wish I Had A Mommy Like You / Listen, Spot / Too Many Daddies / Joey / Buy Me A Daddy / Don't Make Me Go To School / as well as the title song and the two hits. (I can just imagine the pitch meetings producer Billy Sherrill took while collecting songs for "Kids Say ..." -- and hesitate to consider what the rejects might've been like.) Even the cover art is a cloying mess, which you can judge for yourselves as I've posted a scan of it to the Photos section. In short, "Kids Say The Darndest Things" is a puerile piece of pabulum, for which all involved ought to have been sent to bed without dessert. The one redeeming note I can add is that it's unlikely to be reissued any time soon. All this brings me to a question, one which will hopefully land us back in more Spectropoppish territory. Does anyone know of another album that was, in essence, a single long-format follow-up to a recent hit by the same performer? Whoo, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 14:33:29 +0000 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: The Argonauts from Boston Niels wrote: > One more question up for this great group. This one might prove > difficult, but I'll try anyway. I'm looking for info on Paul > McDonald of The Argonauts, which was a British Invasion band from > Boston around 1965 and 1966. The group made one vox organ > dominated demo produced by Barry Tashian of The Remains at Ace > Recording Studio in Boston. I'd like to know what happened to > McDonald. "Till The Stroke Of Dawn," Aram Heller's thin but authoritative "discography of New England garage bands from the 1960s" (to quote its subtitle) mentions The Argonauts only in its "mystery bands" appendix, a listing of groups info on which Heller hadn't yet tracked down as of the book's 1993 publication. There he says only of them: > The Argonauts: Avon, Massachusetts? Featured Doug Yule!! If you'd like to try for an update of this information, pose it in the form of a msg. to Aram and I'll see that he gets it. He's a great cat, and I'm sure you'll hear back if you write him. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 16:28:02 -0400 From: MJ Subject: Carl Wayne, R.I.P. Move singer Carl Wayne dies at 61. Carl Wayne, the lead singer of influential 1960s pop group the Move, has died at the age of 61. He had hits with songs such as Flowers in the Rain - the first song to be played on BBC Radio 1 when it began in 1967 - and I Can Hear the Grass Grow. Wayne died peacefully at home on Tuesday morning after battling cancer. He was born on 18 August 1943 in Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham. After the Move, he enjoyed success with the Hollies when he joined them in 2000. Carl was one of the music businesses's great characters... It has been an honour to work with him. (Bobby Elliot, The Hollies drummer) The Hollies manager, Jimmy Smith, told BBC Radio WM - where Wayne had also worked as a presenter - his death had come as a great shock to the whole band. He said: "We are shocked by it because we didn't expect it to be so sudden. We have got a tour in the autumn and he was looking forward to coming back and joining us. His wife called me on Friday to say he was ill but wanted to keep it quiet while there was hope, and we were all hoping." The Hollies' drummer Bobby Elliot said: "The Hollies and the world of music have lost a shining star, a true professional. It is a very sad day for the band. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Susan, son Jack and all of his family. Carl was one of the music business's great characters. He was a fearless performer and a powerhouse singer. It has been an honour to work with him. I shall remember his five years with The Hollies with great pride and affection." -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 21:01:29 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Re: Al Kooper's British LPs Al Kooper, in response to my question about the other albums he bought along with "Odessey": > Edgar Broughton Band w/raw meat on the cover > the famous Brian Auger-Julie Driscoll album A friend of mine had a copy of a double LP by Auger & Driscoll called "Streetnoise." I don't know if this is the one you heard--it contained songs like "Save The Country" and "I Ain't Got No...I Got Life." My friend lent it to me for a while and I recall that it was technically quite good, but not really my bag. "Serious" jazz-rock. I have another friend who has a huge crush on Julie Driscoll. We were recently at a record store and he bought a CD of a different Auger-Driscoll album.....the first chance he got, he opened the thing up and scoured the packaging for nice pictures of Julie. I think it's true that we men never outgrow puberty. > coupla Downliners Sect LPs I only know a couple of tracks by this group, but I would guess these albums to be among the "weeds" in your record garden. > a blues anthology > a soul anthology > Autumn by Spencer Davis Group > The Herd Is this the group that did a rather hyper, ultra-poppy single called "I Don't Want Our Loving To Die"? Must admit I am no expert on that band. Thanks for remembering what you could remember--I wasn't sure if you'd recall any of them after all this time. S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 16:44:56 +0000 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: All Night Workers Country Paul wrote: > That group, a/k/a Otis & The All Night Workers, is the one with the > pre-Velvet Underground Lou Reed. RS-1, "Don't Put All Your Eggs In > One Basket," a great little soulful rocker, made it to #1 in Syracuse, > NY. (I notice the flip side is posted to musica as of this writing.) Reed (along with John Cale, a former member of LaMonte Young's drone ensemble, and Terry Philips, a former collaborator of Phil Spector) co-wrote that flipside, "Why Don't You Smile," but there's no evidence he played on the record. As a recent graduate of Syracuse University and leader of local bar bands during his tenure there, Reed was familiar with the denizens of the Syracuse music scene, and thus likely played a role in getting "Why Don't You Smile" into the All Night Workers' hands, but that is probably as far as his involvement went. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 21:17:44 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Re: Tricia, Tell Your Daddy Phil X Milstein wrote: > The following year saw a cover version by Jay & The Americans -- > anyone have that one? Yeah, somewhere in my jumble of JATA stuff. Haven't played it in a while, but I do remember it well. It was on the "Capture The Moment" LP, and it had a much different feel from the original. Faster, more spirited, and with smooth harmonies. But having just listened to Andy Kim's version, I am truly touched. Hard to say which one I like better. The funny thing about JATA singing that song is that Jay Black was and is a staunchly conservative Republican, which makes me wonder how he felt about singing a song that seems to have been tailor-made for a left-wing, or at least centrist, singer. And I think I'd better stop right there because once I get started on politics..... S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 11:15:21 -0700 From: (That) Alan Gordon Subject: Re: Promo Men I know all of us at S'pop love to talk about the song's, writers, performers, producers, and labels etc. I would like to bring up a topic that brings a smile to my face, The Promotion Men of the business. Two that come to mind are Johnny Bond from Philly, and Otis Pollard who both sadly are no longer with us. I wonder if any of my fellow S'poppers have some good names and stories to share. I know we have some famous members who work in radio, Ed Salamon, Mike McCann, and others. I would especially like to hear from the "Somerville Sage", telling us about the promo men he has run into. I am trying to find an old friend, who once was the head of Capital records promotion dept. Bruce Wendell. I first met Bruce at Koppelman and Rubin. If anyone out there knows where he might be, please contact me off list, I would appreciate it. Best, That Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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