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Spectropop - Digest Number 1665

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There are 22 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. The Knickerbockers
           From: Gary Myers 
      2. Re: Kevin McQuinn / The Mello-Kings
           From: Austin 
      3. Paul Evans - "Happy Birthday, America"
           From: Joe Nelson 
      4. Re: Tommy McLain
           From: Norm D. Plume 
      5. The Blue Beats
           From: Gary Myers 
      6. Re: Claire Francis . . . and the Breakaways
           From: Joe Nelson 
      7. Privacy
           From: Gary Myers 
      8. Re: Alley Oop
           From: Gary Myers 
      9. Weighing in on Smile
           From: Bill Reed 
     10. Re: Tommy McLain
           From: Art Longmire 
     11. Re: Denny Zager; 1-HWs
           From: Gary Myers 
     12. Re: Tommy McLain
           From: M. G. Still 
     13. Re: Bend Me, Shape Me (or Serre-Moi Griffe-Moi)
           From: Tom K. White 
     14. Artie Wayne song
           From: Guy Lawrence 
     15. Re: The Concords
           From: Bill George 
     16. Re: Johnny Crawford´s voice
           From: Clark Besch 
     17. Re: Johnny Crawford
           From: Herbert Maton 
     18. Re: Bend Me, Shape Me
           From: Clark Besch 
     19. Austin Roberts
           From: Joe Nelson 
     20. Arrangers
           From: Robert Pingel 
     21. The Swanks
           From: Rob 
     22. Louise Cordet
           From: Julio Niño 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 21:46:34 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: The Knickerbockers Austin Roberts: > I think I mentioned Buddy Crandall (Randall) from Knickerbocker Rd., > NJ. ... we had Buddy over for dinner a few times. Lovable guy and a > real talent. You certainly know better than I, but my only encounter with him was not real lovable. We played the Knickerbockers' off night (at the Red Velvet) for a few weeks in fall '65 and the first time we went in, their drummer's (Jimmy Walker, IIRC) drums were still set up. The drummer wasn't there and Buddy was, but he wouldn't move anything. We had to move them, and we thought it was strange that he wouldn't rather move them himself. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 18:01:56 +0100 From: Austin Subject: Re: Kevin McQuinn / The Mello-Kings Dave Miller: > There may be another name that he recorded under too, but I have > yet to check this out. The name is Eddie Robbins ??? Eddie Robbins joined The Mello-Kings in the early sixties. He'd recorded solo before that (on Dot I think). He was from the Bronx and ran his own Mello-Kings for a while on the oldies circuit. Austin P. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 16:35:07 -0400 From: Joe Nelson Subject: Paul Evans - "Happy Birthday, America" Was doing some research on something totally unrelated and stumbled across the knowledge that this song, an old WHN memory, turns out to be by fellow S'popper Paul Evans. One of I don't know how many records that came out during Bicentenialmania, and a particularly cool one (although to this day there are lyrics I don't understand). Any thoughts, Paul? Anyone got a copy they can post? Joe Nelson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 16:19:16 -0700 (PDT) From: Norm D. Plume 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? Gary Myers: > I recall an LP by him, circa 1978, that I think was produced by > Huey Meaux. I think McClain was from Georgia or Louisiana. There's a good 20 track compilation of Tommy McLain's Jin recordings: "Sweet Dreams" Ace Records CDCD285 (that's the UK Ace label) which came out in 1990. I've not checked the catalogue, but it's probably long deleted. The sleeve notes say that Tommy came from Jonesville, Louisiana, and most of his career was based around the state. The CD is a best-of compilation from the few albums he put out, and is country/ R&B/cajun pop, mainly covers It has a good version of "Try To Find Another Man" which I reckon knocks The (early) Righteous Brothers' original into second place. There are also a couple of good photos of Tommy McLain in a book called "Memories: A Pictorial History of South Loiuisiana Music, 1920's-1980's - Volume One: South Louisiana and East Texas Musicians", compiled by Johnnie Allan. The title's a bit of a mouthful, and it may sound like an academic text, but this is a book of wonderful, old archive photos, mainly from personal collections. Well worth checking out - sadly out of print I imagine - I'd love to know what volume two contains. The compiler, Johnnie Allan, is the same one who did that incredible version of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land"; the driving accordeon still gives me the shivers whenever I hear it. Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 10:40:16 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: The Blue Beats Craig: > ... 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). Welcome aboard, Craig. Interesting to see your Blue Beats mention, as there is a Wisconsin conection to that band, so they will be mentioned in my 2nd Wisconsin book. (I'm the resident Wisc. expert here. ). Gary Myers / MusicGem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 18:11:25 -0400 From: Joe Nelson Subject: Re: Claire Francis . . . and the Breakaways The bosses: > 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: > I'm intrigued by the record company logo. MCA Records, but using a Decca (US) arrow/New World Of Sound logo. Obviously this isn't stateside, but where was it. I wasn't even aware the Music Corporation of America even was entertaining the idea of an MCA label before the early 70's. Joe Nelson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 12:18:58 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Privacy Orion: > Many people want their privacy, and I believe they deserve it. Yes. It's been very interesting to see the many different types of responses I've received in my research. Some don't want to talk about the past at all, some seem bitter that they never made it big, some will tell you about their "hit" record (that no one ever heard of), and some will tell you all the excuses for not making it big. Fortunately, there are many (like those of us in here) who really enjoy it all and have fun with it, regardless of what did or didn't happen. Have you always been around the Omaha area? I'm still searching for several Midwest 60's bands (who had Wisconsin connections) if you think you might recognize any of them. Gary Myers / MusicGem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 23:29:37 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Alley Oop Country Paul: > 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. Hey, that's great! I did a story on him for Discoveries in the early 90's. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 00:35:24 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Weighing in on Smile This morning I posted the following on a Beach Boys/Brian Wilson list serve. Might be of interest to readers of Spectropop as well: I spent a lot of time in the late 60s and early 70s as a journalist for Rolling Stone, Fusion and other publications writing about and interviewing the Beach Boys. Even traveled around the Eastern Seaboard with them for a while. With the exception of Paul Williams and a couple of others, though, by then the group had fairly much been passed by by most of my journalistic colleagues. Hair not long enough, stage outfits not distressed enough, etc. On one occasion, in 1970, I even got the chance to do a phoner with Brian for the long-erstwhile mag, ROCK. One of the questions I posed was: ME: Are you tired of being asked about "Surf's Up?" BRIAN: No. ME: Do you think it might make it onto a future album? BRIAN: No. ME: Why? BRIAN: We lost it. ME: No dubs or anything? BRIAN: Nope, it's gone. In retrospect, I've never been happier to have had my leg pulled (lied to?) about ANYTHING. I used up a lot of column inches circa 1965-75 predicting that someday Brian Wilson would break away from the Beach Boys and become established as one of the major (extra-categoric) composers of the century. Had to happen. I surely did endure derision for that "call." Dame history, of course, has long since absolved me. *** Today was the big day. . Smile minus three. . .Smile minus two. . .Smile minus one. . .blast off! I got up early, ready to hit rubber to the road for a nearby Circuit City where "Smile" was advertised ata MERE 11.99. How can they sell it for that price? The answer is simple. volume Volume VOLUME! Before heading out for the 10 am opening of the electronics emporium, I thought I would give the download service Real Rhapsody a "hit" to see if by any chance "Smile" was already there. Much to my surprise and delight it WAS! I couldn't resist. My trip to CC was delayed by 46 minutes while I listened to "Smile" emanating from the wilds of cyber space. My first reaction was that digital technology has really worked wonders i.e., if you listen very carefully to "Mrs. O'Leary" in the the midst of all the seemingly aleatory madness you can just make out the bare bones of Gov. Jimmie Davis' "You Are My Sunshine," also heard elsewhere more prominently in another section of "Smile." Something I had never noticed before---along with a number of other similar, subtle aural fillips in "Smile" 2004---in the original recording. My reaction to what Wilson and Company have achieved is finally equal in enthusiasm to the most positive advance "Smile" reviews I've encountered thus far. Since all the superlatives, and hyperbolic overkill have already been used up by others, let's just say I'm supremely happy with the results and let it go at that. Extra-musically, with the release of "Smile," Brian has reestablished the passed-by idea that vernacular, non-European concert hall music should strive for a level of achievment beyond novelty and fashion. His one-time musical folly is now being written about by most in the press as if if it actually had something to do with that now-quaint notion of capitol A capitol R capitol T. Which it most assuredly does. What a day! Bill Reed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 00:37:14 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: Tommy McLain I always liked Tommy McLain's song "I Need You So" which I think came out circa 1966. There was also an excellent cover of the song done by a soul group called the Cruisers in 1967. Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 21:21:58 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Denny Zager; 1-HWs Clark Besch: > If ya wanna talk to Denny Zager, he has a website: > Thanks for the link. Nice to see that he has made good use of his musical experience. Re: One-Hit Wonders - that's one more hit than I've had! gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 01:14:36 -0000 From: M. G. Still Subject: Re: Tommy McLain gem: > I recall an LP by him, circa 1978, that I think was produced by > Huey Meaux. I think McClain was from Georgia or Louisiana. That LP is "Back Bayou Adventure" on Starflite Records (a Huey Meaux label) from 1979, and the first release on that label. It was recorded at Sugar Hill Studios in Houston and produced by Huey Meaux. 5 of the songs are credited to Tommy McLain. I don't much like this album, though Tommy McLain's version of Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams" is also a big favorite of mine, for its spare, dreamy, cheesy sound, and its vocals, which are vaguely ethnic and vaguely mentally unhealthy, making this an entirely different song from the classic Don Gibson rendition. The liner notes on the album say that Tommy McLain was a singer, composer, guitarist, bassist, and pianist, and played lounges and jukes in Louisiana before "Sweet Dreams" hit. After that, despite nationwide tours and an American Bandstand appearance, he never followed up his hit, had professional and personal problems, and went back to playing Louisiana tonks, fronting his Mule Train band. This is good-time gumbo honky tonk swamp-pop music, and I'm just not a big fan of this. It doesn't sound anything like the Meaux production in "Sweet Dreams." But I've not been able to dump the LP because I love the old "Sweet Dreams" so much. M. G. Still -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 08:49:54 -0000 From: Tom K. White Subject: Re: Bend Me, Shape Me (or Serre-Moi Griffe-Moi) Dave Monroe wrote: > In the menatime, howzabout Claude Francois's various recordings of > the song? I have at least a French and an Italian version by him ... Wow, finally someone mentions Claude Francois round here! I have to say I love the guy. Maybe his voice was a bit of an acquired taste, but he definitely knew how to choose material, wrote all his own lyrics, and was a very charismatic man too. His French version of Bend Me Shape Me ("Serre-moi, griffe-moi", or "squeeze me, scratch me" perversely) was only an EP track in France but i'm enclined to believe that the Italian version ("Prendi, Prendi" or "take it, take it" - ooh matron!) was a minor success, although sadly I can't check that since the Italian equivalent of BMI shut down the supoerb Hit Parade Italia site (boo!) Once I've checked they're not available on CD, I'll post a couple of rare 60s singles in English by Claude to musica at some point? I'm sure you guys would love them... Tom K -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 14:55:27 +0100 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Artie Wayne song Hi all, I recently got hold of Jon & Robin's nattily attired "Elastic Event" album (Abnak 1967) and on it found a track written by our own Artie Wayne that I don't think has been mentioned here as yet. "Just Imagine" (A.Wayne/Bob Halley) is pretty funky stuff too - any memories of this one Artie? While I'm deep in the small print the album also contains a Jeff Barry/ Andy Kim song, "You Got Style", that sounds just like their work on Kim's solo records and a whole bunch of Wayne Thompson tracks. The album was produced by Mike Rabon of labelmates the Five Americans (who also contributes one song) and the Americans and fellow Abnak-ers the In Crowd provide backing. Sundazed have recently had their hands on the Abnak, masters have they not? Anyone know if they plan further releases? I can play the Artie Wayne song to Musica if anyone's interested. Guy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 23:48:28 EDT From: Bill George Subject: Re: The Concords Someone mentioned: > The Concords - another group of white doowoppers... Is this the same Concords that sang "Should I Cry" (wr. Jackie DeShannon)? Those Concords sure don't sound white to me. Great doo-wop record by the way, with a very different arrangement from Jackie's own. Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 04:47:34 -0000 From: Clark Besch 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... Chris: > 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!) Count me in on the wrong speed mistake discoveries!! In 77 or so, I played "Imaginary Lover" by Atlanta Rhythm Section on the Lp at 45 by mistake and, lo and behold, there was Stevie Nicks' voice!!! Move over, "Revolution #9"!! I even played it on my show speeding it up to Stevie's voice manually on the air. Of course, as a joke, I followed that by slowing down "Alvin's Harmonica" and it suddenly turned into Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs"! Sorry, Barry --Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 03:20:49 -0400 (EDT) From: Herbert Maton Subject: Re: Johnny Crawford The one song that I really love is "Your Nose Is Gonna Grow" due to its novelty nature. I've come across "Cindy's Birthday" on compilation CDs but not the above. Herb Toronto, Canada -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 05:06:48 -0000 From: Clark Besch 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!" Dave Monroe: > 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? Dave, I wrote the liner notes for the American Breed's Varese Cd hits package in 93 and I interviewed Gary extensively. The thought that he is not lead vocalist is not even a possiblity in my mind. His voice is so unique that I don't see how anyone could claim to have sang it but Gary. I'm guessing that James Holvay can back me up here, but I gotta believe there is no way he is not the lead singer on the record. Too many records before and after and live appearance tapes with that distinctive vocal. Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 12:11:34 -0400 From: Joe Nelson Subject: Austin Roberts Hi guys, Just got a message from Austin that a pair of his close friends have lost their only child. Understandably this will keep him out of the loop here for a while: you know where to express support and sympathy, prayers from those of faith obviously won't be refused. TIA - Joe Nelson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 18:06:34 -0000 From: Robert Pingel Subject: Arrangers As a meaningless mental exercise I decided to make a top 10 list of the best musical arrangers from the 60's. It turned out to be a lot more agonizing than I suspected. Here's my picks in no particular order: Burt Bacharach, Jack Nitzsche, Garry Sherman, Charlie Calello, Alan Lorber, Stan Applebaum, Jimmy "Wiz" Wisner, Robert Mersey, Herb Bernstein, and Jimmy Haskell. Apologies to H.B. Barnum, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Teacho Wiltshire, George Martin, Don Costa, Perry Botkin, Jr., Sid Bass, Ray Ellis, Marion Evans, Ernie Freeman, Horace Ott, Bill Justis, Gene Page, Bert Keyes, Klaus Ogermann, Teddy Randazzo, Artie Butler, and every other great arranger whose name did not come readily to mind. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 17:34:13 -0000 From: Rob Subject: The Swanks Hi All, I recently heard a record called Ghost Train by The Swanks. I suppose you would call it 60's instumental Surf Rock. I have checked usual sights but can't find any trace of this group. Has anybody got any information and is this track available on cd, especially in the U.K. Thanks, Rob -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 16:05:13 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Louise Cordet Hola Everybody. Phil Milstein wrote: > 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". Hummm¡ Louise Cordet. Although I only know four songs by her (to be precise: "I´m Just A Baby"; "Loving Baby" - perhaps my favorite; her version of "Two Lovers" and "Que m´a t´il fait"), she is one of my preferred British singers. I love her phrasing and she always sounds tempting and naughty. The title of the song posted in musica is great, it reminds me of a comment by the actress Carmen Maura in Almodovar´s "Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios" ("Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown") : "...Estoy harta de ser buena..." (I´m tired of being good). Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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