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Spectropop - Digest Number 1630

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There are 11 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Glen Campbell; sampling and money; Soul Bros. on Blue Cat; Allen Reynolds
           From: Country Paul 
      2. Re: promo men -- Gene Hughes
           From: Austin Roberts 
      3. Re: New "Smile" CD
           From: Bob Hanes 
      4. Accents/Sandi; Amy-Mala-Bell; "Girls Can Tell"; Lead East
           From: Country Paul 
      5. Re: Carl Wayne, R.I.P.
           From: David Walker 
      6. US "Smile" Tour
           From: Bob Hanes 
      7. Re: Robin Ward's  "Wonderful Summer"
           From: Mick Patrick 
      8. Re: Reissuing the Cowsills?
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      9. Re: Terry Phillips - Fire and Brimstone.
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
     10. Re: Glen Campbell
           From: Jens Koch 
     11. Re: Jaynettes LP
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 

Message: 1 Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 02:04:12 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Glen Campbell; sampling and money; Soul Bros. on Blue Cat; Allen Reynolds Mike McKay, re: Brian Wilson; > You missed the one thing Larry DID say: "When Glen Campbell replaced > you, did they call the band 'Glen Campbell and The Beach Boys'?" > Larry obviously had no clue that at this juncture, Campbell was > virtually unknown to the public at large. Campbell had a significant hit with 1960's "Turn Around, Look At Me" (Crest). I forget - was he sitting in with the BBoys before or after he was trying for a country career? He had some middle-charting but high quality country hits (the great uptempo version of "Satisfied Mind" and Roger Miller's anti-war composition "Private John Q" come to mind) before "Gentle On My Mind" changed everything. Joe Nelson: > I was going to approach Ron Dante privately about this re: how he > feels to hear such a cute song "dirtied up" so badly, yet it seems to > me that Andy Kim and Jeff Barry are probably going to see more money > from this one track than they've gotten in years. So a show of hands: > given the popularity of both sampling and "tribute theft" (for lack of > a better term), how does the list feel when older songs get twisted up > for representation to a contemporary audience that may or may not know > the originals? "Sugar Sugar" is superb pop, but Beethoven it isn't. And hey, even Beethoven has gotten sliced and diced in the pop world and beyond. So in the words of Steve Miller: "Go on, take the money and run!" General question, inspired by Davie's discography: are "Benny Gordon & The Soul Brothers" the same Soul Brothers who did the amazing "Keep It Up" on Blue Cat? If not, does anyone know anything about this Lieber-Stoller production? Like, who's on it? (BTW, I've asked this before, but don't remember getting an answer. So - Take 2!) Austin Roberts: > Check out Dickie Lee and Allen Reynolds' single called Impressions. > They used the name The Jones Boys and I think it was on MGM, circa 1966. > Great record. Shoulda happened. Don't know this one, Austin, but can you shed any light on an Allen Reynolds 45 on Cameo, "You Beautiful Child"? It's a tuff sorta rockabilly track with a double lead vocal. Do you - or does anybody - know if it's overdubbed or who the second vocalist is? IMO, this song deserved a better definitive recording, but it's well worth hearing in its current (and probably only released) state. Quickies: Pres: > Keith is alive and well and can be found at And what a strange-lookin' cat he has become! Jens: > Another sample of the new Smile can be downloaded at > "Wonderful," indeed. Country Paul (just two digests behind!!!) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 17:39:15 EDT From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: promo men -- Gene Hughes Steve: > When we speak of great promotion men, let's not forget our late > friend Gene Hughes of Casinos fame. He is surely missed. Ed: > 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. Please add me to the list (probably quite long) of those that thought of Gene as a friend and great guy before they thought of anything else; but he truly was a terrific promo man. Austin R. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 23:06:38 -0700 From: Bob Hanes Subject: Re: New "Smile" CD I too have been privileged to see Brian live in a number of venues and "he just keeps getting better". Credit to his wife Melinda for researching, learning and caring about his malady. More credit to his musical foil and acolyte Darian Sahanaja who is a close personal friend of mine that we kept pushing to get together with Brian. Darian kept saying, "it'll happen when it's suppose to happen." It certainly did, didn't it! Have you heard the whole Smile cd yet? AMAZING, and Brian's singing is remarkable (especially if you are from the "he could have done better" camp about Getting In Over My Head. (IMHO the Friends lp of the oughts. I know Mark Linett was pulling his hair out over Brian's vocals for Smile until Darian came in and "aided" (read: inspired, cajoled, and insisted) Brian on the vocals and their elocution, diction, and pro-nun-sci-ation (obscure VDP-Popeye the movie, reference) lapses. "Brian, don't you think this ought to be a bit clearer?" "Yeah, OK, take 54!" And of course the inimitable Van Dyke Parks! What else do you say of a talent like that! What a wiz! (in a good way!) There is one line in Blue Hawaii (water section) that blends Parksian word play with Wilsoian playfulness. "and lie before me holy, Holy Cow!". It makes me smile, almost laugh, every time I hear it, and is sooo very spiritual in a Dumb Angel sort of way. But I guess that IS the point. God bless him! Oh yeah he did, didn't he? The Right Reverend Bob, dumb angel chapel, Church of the Harmonic Overdub -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 00:24:03 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Accents/Sandi; Amy-Mala-Bell; "Girls Can Tell"; Lead East Clark Besch; > [W]ith the positive response to the P.F. Sloan demo, I've played to > musica a 45 some of you might already know, "I've Got Better Things > To Do", by the Accents featuring Sandi. I have no idea who this was, > but I would guess some of you do. Unlike many Sloan covers, this > actually had his involvement! Released on CRC (Charter Record Company) > 1017, this dark song was not only written by Sloan and Barri, but > arranged by them as well. I remember this being released as a promo with a photo insert of Sandi, who (IIRC) was brunette with heavily-sprayed bighair. It's been years since I've thought about this! Thanks for the "flash." Davie Gordon: > ...the Yahoogroup I run devoted to the Amy-Mala-Bell group of labels > which covers those labels and the multitude of labels they distributed. > The URL is Exceptional discograohy and "masterography" - thank you! I'd forgotten some of the labels A-M-B distributed - for example, Big Top for one release (Lou Johnson, "Walk On By," #104); and the legendary doo-wop label Mona Lee which had "Guardian Angel" by The Selections (#129, 1958), a rare New York doo-wop classic. (A-M-B got the label some time after that release.) Amazing list, Davie; I know I'll be referring to it. And for anyone who doesn't know the song, join Davie's group and listen to Bunker Hill's "Hide & Seek" (Mala 451) - it rocks like crazy, but the sound quality makes Gary US Bonds on LeGrand sound like digital hi-fi! :-) Martin Roberts: > ...[T]his week's ROTW is a musical treat in the form of the Ronettes' > "Girls Can Tell". Not on CD, it's only release was on a UK album in > the mid-seventies. It's great...and I'm not the only one that thinks > so: Wow! How could this not have been released when new? And it's so different from the Dixie Cups' swingin' version. Both are outstanding in their own way. Thanks, Martin - this is a major contribution. By the way, I missed the Clusters show at UGHA last week - we had a last- minute funeral to attend out of state. I'll report when I do get to see them, however. For the doo-wop fans among us, lots of acapella and good singin' at Lead East, a 1950s-themed weekend at the Parsippany Hilton in NJ this weekend. Saturday 9/4 concert includes Kenny Vance & The Planotones, Willie Winfield & The Harptones, The Demensions and the Devotions; Sunday night features a prom with the Four Man Trio (an S'pop member is involved, isn't he?) or another concert, this one with Earl Lewis & The Channels, Pookie Hudson & The Spaniels, Lenny Coco & The Chimes and The Five Discs. Info: Finally, Mike Rashkow, thanks for the lead to I just ordered the Hal Blaine book. (Cheap, too.) Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 06:52:21 +1000 From: David Walker Subject: Re: Carl Wayne, R.I.P. Hi Spectropoppers, I initially heard about Carl Wayne's passing from a member of the Hollies fan club. As a tribute I played the following tracks on Friday morning to air. Sunday Kind of Love (from his solo 1973 album) Blackberry Way (most recognised by the listeners if not his name) What's The Matter Baby (Carl Wayne and the Vikings c.1964, the Timi Yuro song) He was a hell of a talent and voice to boot. For the last 4 or so years he had been fronting the Hollies. But of course he had a sucessful run in the London version of Blood Brothers. Once again, RIP Carl Wayne. David Walker -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 23:18:00 -0700 From: Bob Hanes Subject: US "Smile" Tour End Sept, Oct, and early Nov. ends on the west coast on either the 3rd of Nov. Depends on whether they do SF or not. Last show now scheduled is November 3rd at the Disney Theater in LA. OH HELL, HERE'S THE SCHEDULE! 2004 USA Summer/Fall Tour Dates Tickets 9/30/04 Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis, MN 10/01/04 Overture Hall Madison, WI 10/02/04 Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL 10/04/04 Michigan TheatreAnn Arbor, MI 10/06/04 Massey Hall Toronto, ONT 10/07/04 Music Hall Cleveland, OH 10/08/04 Keswick Theatre Philadelphia, PA 10/10/04 Warner Theatare Washington, DC 10/12/04 Carnegie Hall New York, NY 10/13/04 Carnegie Hall New York, NY 10/14/04 The Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA 10/16/04 Chastain Park Ampitheatre Atlanta, GA 10/18/04 Knight Center for the Performing Arts Melbourne, FL 10/20/04 Mizner Amphitheatre Boca Raton, FL 10/21/04 Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Tampa, FL 10/23/04 Verizon Wireless Theatre Houston, TX 10/24/04 The Backyard Austin, TX 10/25/04 Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie Dallas, TX 10/27/04 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO 10/29/04 Pala Events Center Pala, CA 11/03/04 Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA All dates are subject to change. Additional dates to be announced. The Right Reverend Bob, dumb angel chapel, Church of the Harmonic Overdub -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 21:31:27 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Robin Ward's "Wonderful Summer" Jim: > 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? Robin Ward's "Wonderful Summer" is contained on the CD "Early Girls, Volume 1". View tracklist here: Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 11:05:42 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Reissuing the Cowsills? David Coyle wrote: > Will there ever be a definitive compilation of the Cowsills? ... That the Cowsills have a "bubblegum" reputation and family image has hurt any chance we will see a seriously compiled collection. I wonder why Verese Sarabande hasn't put together a good comp when they did a good job on the Osmonds and Archies. Universal's "20th Centrury Remasters - The Best of The Cowsills" is only a 12 track collection but includes some hard to find cuts and single mixes that weren't on the Best Of CD, with lenghty liner notes and the mastering is better than the Rebound/Polydor CD. Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 10:45:29 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Terry Phillips - Fire and Brimstone. I have a single by Fire and Brimstone "Underground" b/w "I Could Hear the Grass Growing" Decca 32297. "A Lee Harridan Production Produced By Terry Philips" A Mamas & Papas-Cowsills sound-a-like much like the Lamp Of Childhood, Sunshine Company. Never heard of any more singles or an LP so I suspect it's a one-shot. Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 11:26:51 +0200 From: Jens Koch Subject: Re: Glen Campbell Country Paul: > Glen Campbell had a significant hit with 1960's "Turn Around, Look > At Me" (Crest). I forget - was he sitting in with the B Boys before > or after he was trying for a country career? That would be before AND after! He recorded a couple of bluegrass albums and country singles, including "Truck Driving Man", "Dark as a Dungeon" and "Tomorrow Never Comes" before joining the studio scene big time and then touring with the Beach Boys. He recorded "Guess I'm Dumb" followed by "Less of Me" and "Burning Bridges" singles before charting with "Gentle On My Mind" and the rest is history. This information comes from Glen's discography in his Tom Carter-ghosted autobiograhy, Rhinestone Cowboy. Jens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 10:53:04 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Jaynettes LP Mike McKay wrote: > Here's a really esoteric question: does your copy happen to have > what looks to be a signature in the lower left front cover? My copy has the writing too. It looks like the photographer's signature .... Jon, Jons or Jan S. Braunstein? Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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