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Spectropop - Digest Number 1664

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There are 20 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Dave Rich now playing at musica
           From: Martin Roberts 
      2. Claire Francis . . . and the Breakaways
           From: The S'pop Team 
      3. Re: Python Lee Rod Stewart
           From: Jim Fisher 
      4. Tommy McLain
           From: Dave O'Gara 
      5. Just saying Hello
           From: Craig 
      6. Re: Kevin McQuinn / Diamond Records
           From: Mike Miller 
      7. Re: One-hit Wonders: Zager & Evans
           From: Dan Hughes 
      8. Re: Richard Perry query
           From: Phil Milstein 
      9. Re: el gusto es mio
           From: Claire Francis 
     10. more Distant Cousins
           From: Al Quaglieri 
     11. Re: Denny Zager; 1-HWs
           From: Clark Besch 
     12. Re: Johnny Crawford´s voice
           From: Chris 
     13. regarding Jay & The Americans
           From: Stephanie 
     14. Re: Bend Me, Shape Me
           From: Dave Monroe 
     15. Re: Tommy McLain.
           From: Julio Niño 
     16. Louise Cordet: It's So Hard To Be Good
           From: Phil Milstein 
     17. Izora Armstead, a Singer in the Weather Girls Duo, Dies
           From: Phil Milstein 
     18. Re: Tommy McLain
           From: Gary Myers 
     19. Re: Tommy McLain
           From: Davie Gordon 
     20. Nervous Norvus
           From: S'pop Team 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 19:45:26 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Dave Rich now playing at musica Claire Francis wrote: > Mick and Martin, you are my angels. Tonight I heard my record > and realized how blessed I am to know you all. Can you imagine > what it must feel like to be me right this moment? Man, all I > can say is -- this is love! Hello Claire, I used to be rather famous for satisfying the ladies but it's been a while since my actions have produced such an enthusiastic response. You're very welcome. I can imagine your delight at hearing these recordings after such a long time, but I hope you realise the thrill your appearance on S'pop is to us fans. More sides to follow and if you could please keep the stories coming we'll all be thrilled! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 23:44:02 +0100 From: The S'pop Team Subject: Claire Francis . . . and the Breakaways Claire Francis wrote: > ... The Breakaways -- I haven't heard that name in so many > years. I think they were on this session. I would love to > see a picture of them. I might remember even more ... As a treat for Claire, and because the Spectropop Team love them, a photograph of the Breakways has been newly installed at the members page. If you haven't spotted it, click here: Claire, you'll probably remember their adorable Liverpudlian accents. On the left is brunette Margo Quantrell, blonde (ish, at the time) Vicki Brown is in the middle, and auburn-haired Jean Ryder is on the right. Sadly, Vicki passed away in 1991. Let the Breakaways thread commence. Love and light backatcha, The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 12:24:53 -0700 From: Jim Fisher Subject: Re: Python Lee Rod Stewart Eddy mentions Rod Stewart's better early stuff; could I add his take on Chuck's "Sweet Little Rock 'n Roller" to that list. It moves along at a fair clip. I'd like to see him (Rod) do an entire album of Mr. Berry's rockers. I've heard his fairly recent reading of the old standards and it's fine but I think that ground has already been plowed over pretty smoothly by Harry Nilsson. Rod--could you please round up The Faces, de-tune the guitars, touch up the mullets and start rockin'?? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 23:05:55 -0000 From: Dave O'Gara Subject: Tommy McLain Julio mentioned Tommy McLain in a recent post and it reminded me how much I liked Tommy's version of "Sweet Dreams". When I first heard this song as a teenager back in the summer of '66 I must admit I knew nothing of the Patsy Cline original. I thought it was his song. Believe me, I've since been well-educated on her wonderful musical gifts to the world. But the mention of Tommy's name prompts me to ask S'pop folks what they know about him. Was he country, pop or a little of both. Stories anyone? Dave 0' -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 01:38:43 -0000 From: Craig Subject: Just saying Hello Hello all, I was poking through the '60s usenet mp3 group, when I found a post of "Extra Girl" by the Blue Beats, and a mention of Spectropop in that post, which caused me to search for Spectropop, and that brings me here. (The Blue Beats were the first rock band I saw live). I was a long-time member of the Bomp list around '95-'99, so maybe I know some of you already? I'll probably just enter lurk mode for a while now. Best, Craig, aka Marble River -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 22:33:10 EDT From: Mike Miller Subject: Re: Kevin McQuinn / Diamond Records Davie, The connection has definitely been established then !! Thanks for all your detective work !! I emailed Charlie Calello, and he confirms that this was the first record that Crewe, himself, and Valli and Gaudio of the 4 Seasons were involved with together. But he said that he never met Quinn, McQuinn, or whoever he was, as the track and backing vocals were all done before. Then at a later date, Crewe would have the singer do the lead vocals. There may be another name that he recorded under too, but I have yet to check this out. The name is Eddie Robbins ??? and I have found that at least one single was released under the name of Eddie Robbins and The Robbins. So it looks like there may be some more detective work necessary. It's really amazing how these artists would change names like this. Mike Miller, doowopdaddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 18:03:53 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: One-hit Wonders: Zager & Evans Joe Nelson says, > ...and Zager and Evans released the unpromotable "Mr Turnkey" as > their sole followup to "In The Year 2525".... Unpromotable, but I loved it. Hey, if the Buoys can do a song about cannibalism, why can't Zager & Evans sing about a jailed rapist committing suicide by nailing his wrist to the wall? And on top of that, this has to be the only instance in all of rock music where a girl is described as being "lovelier than oil rights." ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 19:15:03 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Richard Perry query Artie Wayne asked: > How y'all doin? Has anybody heard what my old friend Richard Perry > is up to these days? I posed Artie's Q to a mutual friend (of mine and Perry's, that is), who reports: > Richard has been busy the last several years producing the three Rod > Stewart "standards" cd's. The third one is out on October 19th. My friend also included Perry's phone number, so if you'd like to call him, Artie, write me offlist and I'll zing ya that info. Yeah, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 19:22:09 EDT From: Claire Francis Subject: Re: el gusto es mio LOL--LOL---LOL---LOL---even more Laughing Out Loud. Martin, you are a riot! I laughed so hard at your e-mail that I couldn't type! Your e-mails are becoming quite Brooklyn-ese, with the "back atcha". I am electing you for Chairman of the Board. The pleasure is all mine. I am such a fan of Spectropop, I am going to get everyone that has a computer that I meet to sign up. Speak to you soon. Love and light, Claire Francis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 22:37:59 -0400 From: Al Quaglieri Subject: more Distant Cousins As promised, I've posted a few more Distant Cousins tracks, making it a solid half dozen. I'll leave them up until Saturday (October 2) only. If I get too many hits I'll take them down sooner, so be nice to my server. She Ain't Lovin' You Empty House No More You Stop Runnin' 'Round, Baby Mr. Sebastian Let It Ring I have also posted a Distant Cousins picture sleeve to: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 05:20:34 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Denny Zager; 1-HWs Gary Myers wrote: > I told him I did occasional stories for record collector's publications > and wondered if he would do an interview sometime. He said they had > just had some recent interest in re-doing the song from someone in NY, > and he'd like to wait until that happened. I wrote to him once after that, > but never heard anything further. If ya wanna talk to Denny Zager, he has a website: Even on that site, little is mentioned of the Z&E years. I think there is a big problem with royalties due to Rick Evans having written their tunes. As I mentioned a year ago, when "2525" was number one nationally, they could walk down the streets of Lincoln and not be recognized. Same would be true today! Orion wrote: > I think many consider a "one-hit wonder" if they only charted one record > in the Top 40 or so. I know I have purchased a few "One-Hit Wonder" CDs, > and when looking them up in Billboard and Cashbox found much what you > described. They only had one in the Top Ten and maybe another in the 90s > or the like. I hate to say it, but "one hit wonder" is a relative term to me. If you wanna talk national, "2525" is POSSIBLY a one hit wonder. However, here in Lincoln, they had several hits. Some artists should be "one hit wonders", but due to sales being spread out over a long period of time, never reached a national chart status deserving of total sales over a long period. The Cryan Shames' "It Could Be We're In Love" was #1 in Chicago on WLS for four weeks in a row and yet bubbled under or charted on the Hot 100 over three months only reaching #85. It probably outsold their #49 hit "Sugar and Spice"! Sometimes the term "one hit wonder" makes my stomach turn like mentioning the Rock n Roll Hall of Shame. Whose criteria are you going by and WHY THEM? Thanks, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 05:49:36 -0000 From: Chris Subject: Re: Johnny Crawford´s voice previously: > The same thing happened to me, when I first heard Johnny singing > "Rumours" I thought it was a girl who was singing... I had the same thing happen in reverse -- dug up a few thrift store singles, put one on the turntable, and started listening to a lovely, moody Caibbean ballad that I thought was being sung by a young Johnny Nash wannabe. Got more than halfway through the thing before I realized that I'd left the turntable at 33-1/3. So I switched it to 45 and enjoyed the rest of Linda Scott's "Bermuda". (I swear it -- try it yourself!) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 14:01:50 -0000 From: Stephanie Subject: regarding Jay & The Americans I am a big fan of Jay & The Americans. I was wondering -- we all know Dave Clark left most of the guys in the DC5 financially sound so they wouldn't have to work anymore. If I remember correctly I think Jay & The Americans had a label or other business ventures together also. I know Kenny Vance is with the nostalgia group The Planetones now. Has anyone know what the other Americans are doing? Also, are there any people here who love "Living Above Your Head" and "Capture The Moment" as much as I do? Stephanie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 07:57:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: Bend Me, Shape Me Ed Salamon quoted songwriter Larry Weiss: > "Yes, The Models did do the first version of 'Bend Me Shape Me.' > The late Tom Wilson produced them, on MGM, and they actually > were beautiful models for real!" I met someone a while back, a friend of a friend, who claimed that he, and not Gary Loizzo, sang "Bend Me Shape Me" on The American Breed's recording thereof. I can't find any online corroboration, and I'd rather not let his name out into the wild in case he wasn't quite on the up-and-up. But I've no particular reason to disbelieve him, either. Resepctable guy, had some convincing details (though the conversation was in a context not conducive to long-term memory, if you know what I mean ...). Can anyone comment authoritatively on this? In the menatime, howzabout Claude Francois's various recordings of the song? I have at least a French and an Italian version by him ... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 18:11:08 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Re: Tommy McLain. Dave O'Gara wrote: > But the mention of Tommy's name prompts me to ask S'pop folks > what they know about him. Was he country, pop, or a little of both? In my opinion Tommy's songs have a little bit of Country, a little bit of Pop and also a little bit of Soul, but somehow the result is something different than the sum of the parts. I think this could be applied to a lot of Louisiana music, which I like very much. I love Tommy's voice, he always sounds softly sad, and I find that feeling perfect for enjoying blue states of mind. Some years ago Ace Records issued a wonderful Tommy McLain compilation, that's really worth looking for. Chao, Julio Niño -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 12:35:28 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Louise Cordet: It's So Hard To Be Good Now playing at musica is Installment Numero Dos in an occasional series of songs dubbed from video that were never apparently released otherwise. This time around we find Her Royal Sassiness Louise Cordet bemoaning how difficult it is for such a bad girl as she to calm down, smooth out her ruffled petticoat and be GOOD, dammit. Taken from the 1966 hodgepodge montage "Disk-O-Tek Holiday," aka "Just For Fun". Louise, please call home -- all is forgiven. Yeah, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 13:03:22 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Izora Armstead, a Singer in the Weather Girls Duo, Dies Izora Armstead, a Singer in the Weather Girls Duo, Dies September 28, 2004 by Ben Sisario Izora Rhodes Armstead, one half of the disco-pop duo the Weather Girls, who sang the flamboyant and enduring club hit "It's Raining Men," died on Sept. 16 at a hospital in San Leandro, Calif. Her age was unknown. The cause was heart failure, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The church where Ms. Armstead's funeral was held, St. John Missionary Baptist in San Francisco, confirmed her death. "It's Raining Men," a bombastic vocal romp that winkingly borrowed from gospel music - "Hallelujah, it's raining men, amen!" goes its chorus - was one of the biggest hits of the genre known as hi-NRG, a souped-up version of disco that ruled dance clubs in the 1980's. Sung with gusto by Ms. Armstead, then known as Izora Rhodes, and her partner, Martha Wash, the song only reached No. 46 on the pop charts when it was released in 1983, but hit No. 1 on the club charts and later reached No. 2 in England. Written by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer - now of "Late Show With David Letterman" - the song has since become an anthem of the gay club scene and in 2001 it again reached the top of the British charts with a version by a former Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell. The song was the centerpiece of the group's first album, "Success," which featured another booming Jabara-Shaffer composition, "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)" and a version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair." Ms. Armstead and Ms. Wash met in San Francisco in the mid-70's when they both joined a gospel group called Now (News of the World). They were soon recruited to sing backup for Sylvester, a cross-dressing disco singer with a local following. The two sang on four Sylvester albums, including the hit songs "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real." The two went solo in 1979 under the name Two Tons o' Fun, a play on their Rubenesque physiques. They issued one album under that name before rechristening themselves the Weather Girls for "Success." They recorded two more albums before disbanding in the late 80's. After the Weather Girls, Ms. Wash sang, often anonymously, for C and C Music Factory, Black Box and other groups, and Ms. Armstead moved to Germany to found a new Weather Girls group with her daughter Dynell Rhodes, who survives Ms. Armstead, along with six other children and several grandchildren. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 10:42:13 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Tommy McLain Dave O'Gara wrote: > The mention of Tommy's name prompts me to ask S'pop folks what > they know about him. Was he country, pop, or a little of both? I recall an LP by him, circa 1978, that I think was produced by Huey Meaux. I think McClain was from Georgia or Louisiana. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 19:06:48 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: Tommy McLain Dave O'Gara wrote: > The mention of Tommy's name prompts me to ask S'pop folks what > they know about him. Was he country, pop, or a little of both? He was from Louisiana. His records were co-produced by Huey Meaux and Floyd Soileau, who owned the Jin and Swallow labels. MSL, the Jamie/Guyden- distributed label on which his "Sweet Dreams" was issued, stood for Meaux, Soileau and Frank Lipsius, who was the owner of Jamie/Guyden. If he'd been around a few years earlier he'd probably have been categorized as "swamp-pop," like Rod Bernard, Phil Phillips and singers like them. Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 01:24:01 +0100 From: S'pop Team Subject: Nervous Norvus Country Paul wrote: > ... Aside from the compelling writing in the liner notes, the > CD itself is very interesting and strange... Norvus/Jimmy Drake > was as talented as he was highly idiosyncratic... Also, like so > many comedians, if one listens through one can hear the sadness > and desperation in Drake's life... Fun musically, fascinating > sociologically. Country Paul ain't the only one to appreciate Nortons Records' new CD "Stone Age Woo: The Zorch Sounds Of Nervous Norvus". Eric Dunsdon of Now Dig This magazine knows a fascinating new release when he hears one too. Check out his review, currently in sindication at the S'pop Recommends section: Dig! The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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