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Spectropop - Digest Number 1663

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There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Richard Perry query
           From: Mark Wirtz 
      2. Re: Elegants / Vito Picone
           From: Austin Roberts 
      3. Johnny Crawford´s voice / Sunday Evenings with Tommy McLain.
           From: Julio Niño 
      4. October Updates
           From: Mike Dugo 
      5. Re: Alley Oop
           From: Joe Nelson 
      6. Re: Kevin McQuinn / Diamond Records
           From: Davie Gordon 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 09:52:32 -0700 (PDT) From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Re: Richard Perry query Artie Wayne wrote: > How y'all doin? Has anybody heard what my old friend Richard Perry > is up to these days? Didn't Richard produce the recent Rod Steward album? I have a question for you, Artie -- What happened to David Pomeranz? Best, Mark Wirtz -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 13:13:04 EDT From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Elegants / Vito Picone Al Kooper writes: > That would be Vito Picone, who I shared many stages with in my Royal > Teen days Al, Did he sound as good live? Also, I think I mentioned Buddy Crandall (Randall) from Knickerbocker Rd., NJ. How was he to work with? We became great friens in 1969 in North Hollywood and when my wife and I moved to Tenafly (Billy Meshel found us a place since we both worked at Famous Music st the time) we had Buddy over for dinner a few times. Lovable guy and a real talent. Country Paul mentioned: > The Passions ("Just To Be With You," etc.). Also one of my favorites. AR -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 20:02:30 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Johnny Crawford´s voice / Sunday Evenings with Tommy McLain. Hola Everybody: Pres., writing about Johnny Crawford´s " Cindy´s Birthday": > I have to say, when I first heard it I didn't know who was singing > and I actually thought, "Is this a lesbian love song?". The same thing happened to me, when I first heard Johnny singing "Rumours" I thought it was a girl who was singing, and then I discovered he was a boy (and of course I fell immediately in love). I´m listening right now to Tommy McLain´s "I Need You So". I like to listen to Tommy´s songs on Sunday evenings, I don´t know why. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 10:24:21 -0700 (PDT) From: Mike Dugo Subject: October Updates The October updates to are now online. This month we feature interviews with Fred Murphy of Mogen David & The Grapes of Wrath (look for the upcoming Norton Records 45 reissue and Cha Cra Records CD compilation), Jim Frost of Michigans' Intruders / Root Beer Stand Band, and Dean Brown of Kempy & The Guardians - also from Michigan. Thanks. Mike Dugo Http:// -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 13:21:02 -0400 From: Joe Nelson Subject: Re: Alley Oop Country Paul: > The Hollywood Argyles hit #1 with "Alley Oop"? That version > essentially bypassed New York completely, as the Dante & The > Evergreens version on Madison was the big hit here. Interesting > as they were both from the same town in California, according to > Don "Dante" Drowty, who I had the pleasure of singing with (as an > "honorary Evergreen") when he visited UGHA at the end of 2001. As I understand it, the Hollywood Argyles record was released on a label that was having trouble with distribution in New York. The Dante and the Evergreens record was released quickly to try to fill some of the void. You bring up an interesting point, though. There have been scores of great songs which were huge hits in selected markets but didn't catch on fire nationally to the degree they'd become meaningful hits. Yet here's a song that hit #1 in spite of being practically unknown in New York, so it must have been running gangbusters in the rest of the country. I should add the caveat to my previous posts on the subject: I made the mistake of defining "hit" in any context by performance in the Billboard Hot 100. Not everyone agrees with that strandard, and you can thus disagree with a true statement and thus also be right. Turn to the Cashbox charts foe example and you get a whole new set of names (Huricane Smith comes to mind). I could go on but you get the point. The scary part is that Don Dante rhymes with Ron Dante, who seems to have sung with everyone else but this. Have fun, folks! Joe Nelson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 18:26:31 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: Kevin McQuinn / Diamond Records Mike Miller wrote: > It seems to make sense that Mcquinn was one and the same as Eddie > Quinn from the Mello Kings, as their career sort of ended in early > to late 1961, and he had taken a hand in many of their songwriting > credits. Does anyone from this group know anyone from the original > Mello Kings who could substantiate whether McQuinn and Quinn are > one in the same ???? Thanks for the info, Mike I looked up the Mello-Kings article by Jay Warner (in his Billboard Book of American Singing Groups") which among other things mentions that "Sassafrass" the follow up to the Mello Kings' "Tonite, Tonite" was written by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay - so Bob probably knew Ed Quinn from then. The group's last releases were in '61 which fits in nicely with the released date for Diamond 101. Jay doesn't mention anything about Kevin McQuinn or Evan Mitchell but a check at BMI certainly establishes connections as "Ed Quinn"'s BMI accounts lists songs recorded by The MelloKings, Kevin McQuinn and Evan Mitchell. Jay mentions that "Eddie Quinn went into hotel managemnt in Las Vegas". A google search for "Kevin McQuinn" turns up news stories about a guy called Kevin McQuinn running a hostel for the homeless in Seattle. Oh yes, the MelloKings apparently still exist and had a CD release in the nineties. Davie {cue music: "Busy Doing Nothing" LOL} -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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