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Spectropop - Digest Number 1629

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 19 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The Blossoms in "Change Of Habit"
           From: Austin Roberts 
      2. Re: Promo Men
           From: (That) Alan Gordon 
      3. Re: Topless jazz at the Metropole
           From: Austin Roberts 
      4. Re: Tammy Wynette and the art of the concept album
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
      5. Re: the group/s Bag
           From: Scott Swanson 
      6. Re: Promo Men - Gene Hughes
           From: Steve Jarrell 
      7. Re: Carl Wayne, R.I.P.
           From: Austin Powell 
      8. Re: Topless jazz at the Metropole
           From: Gary Myers 
      9. Re: Topless jazz at the Metropole
           From: Steve Jarrell 
     10. Brian Wilson
           From: Country Paul 
     11. Re: more "Smile" samples
           From: Kurt Benbenek 
     12. Robin Ward's  "Wonderful Summer"
           From: Jim 
     13. U.S. Smile tour
           From: Jens Koch 
     14. Jerden
           From: JB 
     15. Re: concept albums
           From: Frank Murphy 
     16. Re: The Blossoms in "Change Of Habit"
           From: Keith Beach 
     17. Jean DuShon interview with pictures
           From: Algy 
     18. New "Liberty Records" CD-ROM
           From: Frank Kisko 
     19. Re: promo men -- Gene Hughes
           From: Ed Salamon 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 18:37:27 EDT From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: The Blossoms in "Change Of Habit" Tony Leong writes: > ... At the end of (Elvis's) movie (Change Of Habit) there is a church > scene where the Blossoms are the backing singers again, only there is > another lady in place of Jeannie!!!! Anybody who has seen the movie > know WHO that other woman is???? Looking at her, I know she is not > the ususal suspect of mid-60's LA session singers that we all know!!!!!! I think you mean Vanetta Fields,who did sing with the Blossoms at times. Now there is a red flag going up in my brain (a vague word at best) saying that I could be wrong, so if anyone knows differently, feel free to attack me etc with the truth. Austin R. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 15:41:34 -0700 From: (That) Alan Gordon Subject: Re: Promo Men Thank you, Austin, and Ed. By the way Austin, the Julie London tale is hilarious {not a bad song title!} With all the different group names you recorded with Austin, I think the Tripods would`ve been a great name to use. In the early 70`s I had my own label Four Star Radio Records. I should have called it Kamikaze records, seeing that in less than a year and a half, the label crashed and burned, here`s one of the reasons. I produced a single called "High School Girl" by the Milky Way [Carl Hall]. I hired regional promotion men, the single was an r&b tune and we were getting some positive reaction on several urban stations. There was a Urban Radio and record convention in Chicago, So I took a train from New York, I did all my flying at the office. I arrived at Union Station early in the morning, and the local promotion man I hired met me at the station. I`ll call him Joe, he was a burly, energetic guy who looked like a young Ernest Borgnine. He grabbed my luggage, and began to tell me all the meetings he set up with dj`s and music directors etc. I was really impressed. He then proceeded to take us where all the taxi`s were parked, there was a long line of people, but Joe just said follow me. I was now really impressed with my new Promo genius. He brought us to a big empty Checker cab, he opened the door for me, I said "Joe, you`re fantastic" He laughed and then much to my amazement, HE Got Into The Drivers Seat and drove off!!!!!!!!! He looked at my shocked expression in the rear view mirror and said, "I gotta earn a living!" I love Promo Men. Best, That Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 18:50:35 EDT From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Topless jazz at the Metropole Mikey writes: > Austin..... When you played at the Metropole, did they have Jazz > during the day? I think I read that Gene Krupa was playing there > every other day for a long time in the mid to late 60s. You're right. We did our rock bit in between Jazz shows, the first show I remember was Hugh Masekela. He was there a couple of times at least. Great band! Maybe not as great as the dancers, but to a kid, no contest; could've been the Beatles. Austin R -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 00:23:45 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Tammy Wynette and the art of the concept album Phil X Milstein: > Does anyone know of another album that was, in essence, a single > long-format follow-up to a recent hit by the same performer? How about "Everyday I Have To Cry" by Steve Alaimo (Checker 2986)? They spun off his hit of the same name, with eleven additional songs with "cry" or "crying" in the title. Alaimo actually had several concept albums in the 60s, such as his all-twist album, his all-ska album, his all-Spanish-language album, his swing album, and his all- songs-heard-on-"Where The Action Is" album. This will be my last post before Hurricane Frances. When things get back to normal, I'll post the Austin Roberts penned "Sharon Stay In Birmingham" and another song related to the Florida Sandpipers. Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 22:28:23 EDT From: Scott Swanson Subject: Re: the group/s Bag Bob Rashkow on the group/s Bag: > To the best of my knowledge no, but I can't prove it one way or > the other. Jerry Dennon was out of either Seattle or Portland and > I don't know where the Decca group hailed from. Osborne and > Umphred both list them separately. The Decca group was from New Jersey ... one of the band member's relatives bought a copy of their LP from me and then a band member sent me an email regarding an online review I have. Scott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 07:03:01 -0500 From: Steve Jarrell Subject: Re: Promo Men - Gene Hughes Ed, when we speak of great promotion men, let's not forget our late friend Gene Hughes of Casinos fame. He is surely missed. Steve Jarrell -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 09:29:39 +0100 From: Austin Powell Subject: Re: Carl Wayne, R.I.P. JK's memories of Carl Wayne reminded me of when I first saw him perform. I lived in Mid Wales about 50 or so miles from Birmingham in the early sixties. An enterprising promoter decided to "import" Birmingham groups instead of using the more local ones...The first two to come over the border from England were Carl Wayne & The Vikings and Denny Laine & The Diplomats....Both lead singers went on to greater things... The Midlands was the breeding ground for some excellent pop-harmony bands, many of which never realised their full potential. This list would include JK's Montanas as well as The Californians, Lincoln Black, Light Fantastic, Fluff, Peppermint Circus and, of course, the early line-up of Trapeze.... Most made excellent records for some of Britain's biggest labels (Decca, A&M, DJM, Pye, Fontana, MCA), but somehow the record buying public prferred the "mersey beat" rather than more polished harmony bands. Pity. Best to all, especially in Florida right now. Take care... Austin P -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 21:05:28 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Topless jazz at the Metropole Austin Roberts: > I played at the Metropole with Jerry (Vance)'s band when I was > underaged, so imagine how delirious I was when, on the first day, > the girls were topless. I worked the summer of '67 with Larry Carlton at a topless, after- hours beer bar. It was a weekend gig, while I also did 6 nights with the Portraits (and sometimes it was long, fast freeway drive to get from one to other between 2-2:30 AM). gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 06:59:36 -0500 From: Steve Jarrell Subject: Re: Topless jazz at the Metropole I remember playing the Metropole in 1966. Gene Krupa did play there at night. I remember a police officer standing in front of the club saying, "Keep the line moving!" as people would stop to watch through the window. I was with a band called the "Prophets" from Fredericksburg, VA. We played there once in the afternoon. What a thrill! Steve Jarrell -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 01:39:11 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Brian Wilson Going way back a week and a half, thank you, Right Reverend Bob, for the in-depth Brian Wilson story. We know the background is messed up, and we appreciate that his current career had some wrong turns. Fine. But to see the man with his band in concert, as I've been privileged to three times in the past few years, was for me to experience something bigger than performers playing music: the recreation of the past meeting the promise of the future from a musical icon who still has much to give. Austin R., I appreciate your brave and revealing comments too. I heard once, and believe, the concept that "art is expressed neurosis." Those of us who create have to have *something* causing a creative itch that needs to be scratched. Perhaps that's why the music of many "totally happy" people can be so bland.... And Phil M., I agree with your Larry King comments in general; his ongoing success is anathema to logic, IMO. I'm sorry I missed the interview, but I too, would probably have been cringing every time King opened his mouth. Your in-depth review goes a long way to make up for missing it. And the thoughtful comments and discussion of everyone made this an interesting thread. My last BW item, a question: When is the US "Smile" tour, please? Country Paul (STILL trying to catch up - REALLY!) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 05:36:12 -0000 From: Kurt Benbenek Subject: Re: more "Smile" samples Jens Koch wrote: > 30-second clips of all the tracks on the new Smile in a zipfile can > be downloaded at All of the SMILE music samples are great. In fact, they're (how can I say this?) "wonderful." A person would have to be a real tone deaf curmudgeon not to appreciate the newfound beauty that's been coaxed out of the once-dead SMILE project. As far as I can tell, the music is right on, the harmonies are there, the feeling is definitely there and most importantly...Brian Wilson is there. If there was ever a piece of music that should be exempt from any neo- modern armchair pop criticism, it's this new SMILE album. There are times when things need to be viewed exactly for what they are...and this is one of them. I expect that many music mags will judge it by their usual 5-star systems. However, this album is unique (utterly unique) in the history of pop and is therefore "off the scale". The new SMILE recordings don't sound QUITE the same as the 66-67 era bootlegs. Those tapes were made 40 years ago. But brother Brian bridged those 40 years and brought the music with him...and that's truly miraculous and breathtaking. see y'all at the LA show, Kurt Benbenek -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 19:11:36 -0000 From: Jim Subject: Robin Ward's "Wonderful Summer" I've been looking for a copy of this great tune without success. No luck via iTunes, nor locally at Virgin. Could someone tell me where I might get it? Thanks, Jim -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 20:37:28 +0200 From: Jens Koch Subject: U.S. Smile tour Country Paul asked: > When is the US "Smile" tour, please? It's (virtually) now. Check for dates. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 14:27:22 EDT From: JB Subject: Jerden Jerry Dennon and his various labels (Jerden, Picadilly, etc.) were Seattle-based, though he did pick up a few Portland bands, such as The Kingsmen! JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 18:06:26 +0000 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Re: concept albums In a similar vein to Jan & Dean how about The Genius Hits The Road, with every song a place name. "Alabamy Bound," "Georgia On My Mind," "Moonlight In Vermont," "California, Here I Come," "Blue Hawaii," etc. It's from 1960. I have the vinyl album on HMV, but it looks like Rhino added some similar tracks from other sessions to fill out the reissue CD out, e.g. six minutes of "Rainy Night In Georgia" FrankM reflections on northern soul Saturday's two thirty pm or listen to an archive show -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 12:36:48 -0700 (PDT) From: Keith Beach Subject: Re: The Blossoms in "Change Of Habit" Tony Leong wrote: > Hey all: I just found a DVD copy of the 1968 Elvis movie "Change Of > Habit" and there are 2 scenes featuring the Blossoms. In the first, > Elvis is singing "Rubbernecking" and you clearly see Darlene, Fanita, > and Jeannie in the background. Absolutely nothing to do with Spectropop BUT in 'Change of Habit' towards the end of the movie there's a scene where Mary Tyler Moore (she's a nun in this movie) is in the street where a demonstration is being brought under control by a policeman...Ed Asner. Yep, Mary Richards meets Lou Grant years before "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Sorry, I'll crawl back under my rock now. Keith -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 18:17:22 -0000 From: Algy Subject: Jean DuShon interview with pictures Great interview with Detroit diva Jean DuShon just went up at: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 14:19:31 -0400 From: Frank Kisko Subject: New "Liberty Records" CD-ROM I bought the hardback version of Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly's book "Liberty Records" ten years ago because the table of contents was impressive. But it was published looking like a text book, so all I ever did was look at the pictures, which were in black and white. But now I've bought the CD-ROM version. What a difference! It's so much more readable that I am actually reading it! There are twice as many photos, and they are in COLOR. Why did I wait so long? Well, because it was like a text book. But this thing is packed with new information, from new interviews. I'm learning things about artists that I thought I already knew everything about! I mean, Doc interviewed Bones Howe and Stan Ross, for crying out loud! This treasure trove of information about Liberty Records and its stars from 1955-1971 can be purchased from Doc's website, for only $26 postage paid. I highly recommend it. Frank Kisko -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 18:15:10 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Re: promo men -- Gene Hughes Steve Jarrell wrote: > When we speak of great promotion men, let's not forget our late > friend Gene Hughes of Casinos fame. He is surely missed. You are certainly correct, sir. Maybe because I thought of Gene so much as our friend, it is hard for me to think of him as a promo man. He helped the careers of many of today's biggest Country stars, including Reba and George Strait. The first time I met Toby Keith, it was Gene who introduced us, at the A&M studios in LA. Gene's personality and skills, which he learned as frontman for The Casinos, served him and his clients well. Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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