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Spectropop - Digest Number 1632

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The Prophets at the Metropole
           From: Steve Jarrell 
      2. Re: The Frank Guida Sound
           From: Steve Jarrell 
      3. Re: Promo Men - Jamie Bryant
           From: Gary Myers 
      4. Re: The Cowsills
           From: Gary Myers 
      5. Re: The Cowsills - alert!
           From: Bill Reed 
      6. Cash Box singles charts online
           From: David A. Young 
      7. Re: The Cowsills
           From: Tom Taber 
      8. From Ed Rambeau
           From: Ed Rambeau 
      9. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 
     10. Re: Glen Campbell
           From: Robert 
     11. Re: The Cowsills
           From: Richard Havers 
     12. Re: Promo Men
           From: Country Paul 
     13. Ron Dante interview with Steve Meyer
           From: Laura Pinto 
     14. Re: The Prophets
           From: Mikey 
     15. Re: The Cowsills
           From: Tom Taber 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 14:08:43 -0500 From: Steve Jarrell Subject: Re: The Prophets at the Metropole > Hey, "I Still Love You" by the "Prophets" on Shell is a great garage- > band song! Thanks Dan Nowicki! I didn't think anyone would remember any of our singles. None where ever national hits. "I Still Love You" on Shell Records was our first single, "Fightin' For Sam" on Stonel Records, our most popular. I think it made Billboard's bubbling under top 100. Both were produced by Lee Stone and Syd Whyte and recorded in NYC. All great memories for a 15 year old kid from Fredericksburg, VA.! Steve Jarrell (The Prophets) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 14:12:54 -0500 From: Steve Jarrell Subject: Re: The Frank Guida Sound Austin Roberts: > ... the Frank Guida produced acts, Gary Bonds, Jimmy Soul, Tommy > Facenda etc. were part of what came to be known internationally > as the Norfolk (Va.) Sound. Though not clean, it was an exciting > sound. I worked with Guida a couple of times and still have no > idea how he managed to get this sound on one track and then two > track machines. Magic room and mic placement I guess. I was told by so folks from Norfolk that did work for Frank Guida that Frank had his studio remodeled at one time. After the remodeling was complete, the sound was lost and no more hits came out of the studio. Austin, do you know or did you ever hear that story? Steve Jarrell -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 13:29:46 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Promo Men - Jamie Bryant James (or Jamie) Bryant (real name: Bartelme) was a guy from Manitowoc, WI who did a lot of recording in Chicago, but also worked as a promo man for Music Isle and/or Handelman. He also produced "Big Yellow Taxi" by the Neighborhood. Even his family doesn't know whatever happened to him. Has anyone in here ever heard of him? Gary Myers / MusicGem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 14:08:01 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: The Cowsills Stephanie: > The Cowsills never took themselves too seriously but they were good > musicians ... I think Jon Cowsill (who was too young to be in the group during their hit days) is now playing drums for the Beach Boys. In the early-mid 80s, Jon played in a lounge trio at a Long Beach hotel where I played a lot of casuals, so I got to know him a bit. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 22:26:32 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Re: The Cowsills - alert! Last Wednesday I received the following press release. Waited for someone else to post here, but I suppose I am "elected." And PUH- LEESE, unlike the last time when my life was made a living nightmare after I "broke" the news re: the death of Priscilla Paris as reported to me by her brother-in-law. . .don't shoot the messenger. Just contact the well-known PR guy from whose office it emanated: Edward Lozzi , i.e. Or better yet, the "contact" Louise Palanker, 818 907 1753 , Maybe there is also further amplification at: REAL LIFE "PARTRIDGE FAMILY" TO REUNITE AFTER 30 YEARS FOR ONE NIGHT PERFORMANCE Cowsills Concert Proceeds to Benefit Ailing Brother JUST ADDED: SHIRLEY JONES TO APPEAR WITH COWSILLS FOR THE FIRST TIME WHAT: The Cowsills, the real-life singing family that inspired the The Partridge Family, is reuniting to perform a benefite concert for their oldest brother Billy. The event will be the second time in the past 32 years that all seven Cowsills sibling have performed together and the firt time Oscar actress and Patridge Shirley Jones appear with the Cowsills. The concert will feature The Cowsills, The Bangles, host Fritz Coleman, and other special guests. All proceeds will benefit the recovery of Billy Cowsill. WHEN: Monday, September 13th 7:00 PM WHERE: The El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. 90036, 323 936 6400 WHY: Oldest brother Billy has spent the last 15 years in recovery after years of struggle with drug problems. Recently, health problems and medical complications have compelled his siblings and other artists to come together and lend their support. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 00:47:03 -0000 From: David A. Young Subject: Cash Box singles charts online Dear friends, My friend and fellow 'popper Kevin Martin recently turned me on to a site that I feel sure many of you will enjoy knowing about and exploring. A fellow named Randy Price has compiled the data from most all charts from Cash Box magazine from the '50s through the '90s. Whatever information is missing from his site is solicited, so maybe some of you could even help fill in some blanks. Anyway, I hope y'all enjoy poking around as much as I did (I've bookmarked it for easy future reference): David A. Young -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 16:43:40 -0700 (PDT) From: Tom Taber Subject: Re: The Cowsills Clark Besch wrote: > While we're at it, how bout the stereo version of the Tony Romeo > (also wrote "I Think I Love You" oddly enough) Cowsills song "Poor > Baby"?? Whenever I play "Poor Baby," I speed it up about 3%, and it suddenly sounds like a hit record! Tom Taber -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 03:12:32 -0000 From: Ed Rambeau Subject: From Ed Rambeau Hi folks. I just created an audio/video tribute to the heroes of 911 which I'd like to share with anyone who would like me to email them a copy. The file size is 10.8 MB so it requires a decent provider. Those who have yahoo or hotmail may be able to receive it as long as there isn't too much in your inbox. I just emailed it to a friend of mine who has yahoo and she received it intact. It does require Windows Media Player to view it. It will not play using anything else. So anyone interested can email me requesting a copy. Also, for those who receive a copy, please feel free to pass it along to all your friends. Hope all is well with everyone at Spectropop. Sincerely, Ed Rambeau -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 05:49:54 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update Gosh, you lucky people, a myriad of delights for all visitors to the site this week. The Record of the Week playing now on the Home page is the second outing for Joel Hill, with "I Ran" on Monogram. The first track played on the site, "Secret Love", received many favourable comments. The song this time is the a-side of that record, is very different but just as good. Karel Beer's early 1981 interview with Jack Nitzsche continues on the Radio page, Part two deals with his early days at Westlake College and meeting Phil Spector. Bob Lind recalls his time spent with Nitzsche on 'The Jack I Knew' page. It's essential reading. The telling is powerful, honest and long: Click on the link to the Friends page, read my 'fluff' (if you care to) and follow the link to the article. No more the 'elusive' Bob Lind, he's back recording, performing and has just started his own website complete with a message board. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 03:57:43 -0000 From: Robert 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? Jens Koch: > 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. GUESS I'M DUMB is about as perfect as 60's pop gets. With an amazing vocal by Glen, and production by Brian Wilson, this single should have been a huge hit. This song is the reason I bought the Pet Projects (Brian Wilson Productions) CD. I wish Brian could have produced a whole album for Glen Campbell! Rob -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 09:11:55 +0100 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: The Cowsills Stephanie: > The Cowsills never took themselves too seriously but they were good > musicians ... Gary Myers: > I think Jon Cowsill (who was too young to be in the group during their > hit days) is now playing drums for the Beach Boys. In the early-mid > 80s, Jon played in a lounge trio at a Long Beach hotel where I played Jon plays guitar and sings. Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 03:38:03 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Re: Promo Men (That) Alan Gordon: > 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. Hartford was an interesting market because we'd get "overlapping" promo people - a few in our own territory, and some from New York and Boston. We were sandwiched between two major markets, but known as a great test market for new product (both pop and album stations "took chances" on new records, and had a lot of unique and/or early hits). Thus, our local promo populace ran the gamut from eager newcomers handling their first territory to seasoned old-timers with all the color and flair you'd imagine. We'd also get the occasional "placeholder": Bill Greenberg of Atlantic was Jerry Greenberg's father, which is why he had the job. He was a sweet older guy, dutiful and dependable, but discussing rock and roll with him was like talking about it with your grandfather. We'd always be nice to him because he was (1) a sweet guy, (2) a fish out of water, and (3) a direct pipeline to the top. Merv Amols of Capitol had the traditional "thundering" promo man style, but he also had great ears and great honesty; he would tell you what was really good, what was forgettable, and "what he needed." He also helped the WHCN Music Director who preceded me, Ronnie Berger, get an album on Capitol for his band, Exit 99, a horn rock group. (The album "came out and went back in," however.) He also got a writer's credit on an Al Martino album as a "stroke" for being a solid guy, which he was and still is. One of the most colorful local guys was Bill Beamish, who also handled WEA product. He had been a well-known Top 40 DJ in New Haven through the 50s and 60s, and was still a great partier and joker. While a fun guy with a helpful and reliable ear, there was one particularly "notable" promotion he did with us - but not for all the right reasons. It involved "the McGearmobile." WHCN was a well-respected freeform commercial progressive rock outlet and thus, for those of us who worked there, the source of artistic satisfaction, miniscule salaries, and a promotional budget of zero. Bill offered us a car to give away to promote [Paul McCartney's brother] Mike McGear's album. Fine, we said, but it needs to be something decent without a lot of promo paint on it; we had our counter-culture reputation to live up to. Or - in this case - to live down! This old bomb - some mid-60's GM monster that had obviously not been well loved by its many former owners - showed up with "McGearmobile" hype painted all over it in a freehand style best described as "supermarket special." We swallowed hard, and were going to take turns driving it for a couple of days apiece for a couple of weeks before getting rid of it - I mean, giving it away - on the air. I got it first. It made it a mile-and-a-half to where I parked it on the busy street outside my apartment, where it died! After sitting there for a day collecting parking tickets, it was towed to a shop, where two days of repairs made it run again. (Of course, all this while the "look for the McGearmobile" promos were running on the air.) Next jock took it - same thing. My memory of the details and sequence of bad-news events fades between here and the climax; we ultimately gave the thing to some "lucky" winner over the air, who took it home and - you can imagine the rest. I think Bill got Warner Brothers to give the winner a few hundred dollars to make the promotion, and the McGearmobile, "go away." Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 14:47:38 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Ron Dante interview with Steve Meyer Hi all, Ron Dante recently did an interview for Stephen Meyer, who publishes an email newsletter called Disc & Dat. The interview appeared in last week's issue of Disc & Dat, and I've just posted the interview, in its entirety, on my site. To check out the interview, just go to Laura's Ron Dante Fan Pages at and click on the appropriate link on the homepage. Included at the foot of the article is an email address for Stephen Meyer where you can contact him if you would like to subscribe to Disc & Dat. Enjoy, Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 09:18:27 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: The Prophets Hi Steve!! Can you PLEASE post your two Prophets 45s to Musica? This is the only way we here on S'P will ever get to hear this stuff... Many thanks, Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 08:24:55 -0700 (PDT) From: Tom Taber Subject: Re: The Cowsills Gary Myers wrote: > I think Jon Cowsill (who was too young to be in the group during > their hit days) is now playing drums for the Beach Boys. In the > early-mid 80s, Jon played in a lounge trio at a Long Beach hotel > where I played a lot of casuals, so I got to know him a bit. John played with Jan and Dean, and when they appeared at the NY State Fair in Syracuse about 5 or 6 years ago, I recognized him backstage before the show. I said to him "I haven't been here since the summer of 1969, and that's probably the last time you were here too!" He corrected me (it was 1968) - the Cowsills were the first name rock group I ever saw perform. I believe John is a bit older than Susan, and they both were part of a very entertaining show - much better at "show biz" than the ever-complaining Janis Joplin was in Rochester a few months later. Tom Taber -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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