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Spectropop - Digest Number 1692



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There are 14 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Dave Godin
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      2. Re: Fever authorship
           From: ACJ 
      3. Cowsills sing for milk AND BASEBALL!
           From: Clark 
      4. Now Playing In Musica: THE BLEUS "Milk And Honey" Amy Records
           From: Mantan 
      5. Re: The Man From Nazareth
           From: M. G. Still 
      6. Re: Fever authorship
           From: Gary Myers 
      7. Re: Fever authorship
           From: Eddy 
      8. 60s recording sessions
           From: George 
      9. Re: Fever authorship
           From: Bill Reed 
     10. Early days in the UK pop record industry
           From: Frank Murphy 
     11. observation from Smile show
           From: Brent Cash 
     12. The mysterious John Davenport
           From: Charles G. Hill 
     13. Re: David Pomerantz
           From: Bill George 
     14. A Touch Of Velvet, A Sting Of Cash?
           From: Tom K. White 


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Message: 1 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 12:43:56 +0100 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Dave Godin It was with very great sadness, but not great surprise as I knew him to be ill, that I read of the death of Dave Godin. In the whole of the history of appreciation of black American music, I can think of no-one who has been so influential in bringing wonderful music to the attention of a growing number of people. I had the privilege of first meeting him when I was a raw teen back in the early sixties when he was rumnning the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society, and he introduced me to a huge variety of artists that at that point I had never heard of. With other key members like David Nathan, he organised publicity and social events for fans and artists alike. With the serendipitous nature of such things I have just chanced upon a small card badge that he hand made for a small party for Irma Thomas when she visited London in the mid-sixties. Irma was amazed at the party in her honour, and loved meeting such knowledgeable folk. Dave always went the extra mile for what he believed in. He was also a fantastically interesting person to speak to on many other subjects, especially with his other passion of film censorship. His depth of knowledge here too was legendary. Though I had not managed to meet up with him in recent years, we enjoyed many long phone calls. It was also a measure of the man that he would write individual letters thanking people for positive reviews of his wonderful Ace Deep Soul Treasures series. In case anyone out there in S'pop land has not caught up with this four volume series, it can be recommended absolutely without question. I always thought he was a prime character for an OBE or some such award, but I seriously doubt if he would have accepted it. What he did he did for love. He will be very seriously be missed. Kingsley Abbott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 10:02:51 -0400 From: ACJ Subject: Re: Fever authorship For Phil X. Milstein: If no one's answered this already, Eddie Cooley was a popular R&B bandleader of the '40s and '50s; "Johnny Davenport" was a pseudonym for Otis Blackwell, one of the all-time great R&B songwriters. (I'd heard the rumors about Little Willie John being "Davenport".) ACJ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 00:37:27 -0000 From: Clark Subject: Cowsills sing for milk AND BASEBALL! Wow, just sitting here waiting for the AL playoff game to start in Boston and here comes the announcer saying the Cowsills are up next!! As the announcer (national TV on Fox!!) explains how the Cowsills, the players and crowd sit thru a medley of Rain, Park, Other things/We can Fly/Indian Lake/Hair!!! You could see some players were not too enamored with standing while hearing some old singers they never heard of. Then they are announced as a local state band that "dominated the charts in the 60's" and they sing "The Star Spangled Banner" followed quickly by "Hair" sung live! They did a good job on the anthem, but "Hair" was cut off by Fox about 10 seconds into the song. Kinda strange, tho, as I'd never heard anyone at a game sing a song after the anthem. Either way, nice recognition of Susan and the Cowsills! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 01:21:54 -0000 From: Mantan Subject: Now Playing In Musica: THE BLEUS "Milk And Honey" Amy Records Per MGStill & Tom Diehl's request I've just posted one side of The Bleus' 45rpm release on Amy Records A-11,038 (8867-BW)"Milk And Honey" written by Carrol Quillen & Grady Smith. When there's available space on Musica I will post the superior b-side, the Eddie Hinton-Jim Coleman penned "Leavin' Lisa" ... Amy Records A-11,038 (8868-BW). Both sides are Garage-Soul at its finest. The Bleus deserves to be included on the next Nuggets comp -if there is another one. --Mantan-- -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 01:36:31 -0000 From: M. G. Still Subject: Re: The Man From Nazareth Thanks for the layers of responses as to whom "John" was, including the strange possibility that he was an Eastern European (music hall theatre, maybe?) comedian. I'll go to that website later and read more - thank you! Every possibility and angle was covered; the only thing missing was a mention of John-Paul II. M. G. Still -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 17:26:52 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Fever authorship Phil Milstein: > Most versions of "Fever" that I've seen credit the composition > to "Eddie Cooley" and "John Davenport". Were these pseudonyms > for Little Willie John? If not, anyone know who they are? Without taking the time to look anything up, I can tell you that Cooley also had (and, I think, wrote) the hit "Priscilla" (Eddie Cooley & the Dimples, IIRC). gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 08:11:02 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Fever authorship Phil M: > Most versions of "Fever" that I've seen credit the composition > to "Eddie Cooley" and "John Davenport". Were these pseudonyms > for Little Willie John? If not, anyone know who they are? Cooley is NOT Little Willie John. He was a songwriter who also recorded "Fever" once for the "We wrote 'em and we sing 'em" album. Davenport is none other than Otis Blackwell, who used his stepfather's surname as a pseudonym to avoid legal issues. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 10:22:25 -0000 From: George Subject: 60s recording sessions Hello: I'm the recording engineer/mixer for many of the 60s rock sessions produced by Bob Crewe, including The Rays, Freddie Cannon, Billie & Lillie, Frankie Valli & Four Seasons, Mitch Ryder, and the Girl Watchers album. Other sessions include Mickey and Sylvia/Kitty (Mickey Baker), He's So Fine (Chiffons) 16 Candles/Crests, Every Mother's Son, The Platters..(With This Ring), Vanilla Fudge, and also hundreds' of demos for others like Carol King, Neil Sedaka, and countless more. I hope I can be of assistance in answering any questions you might have regarding the methods used / mics & equipment, etc. Regards, George -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 15:28:32 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Re: Fever authorship Phil X Milstein wrote: > Most versions of "Fever" that I've seen credit the composition > to "Eddie Cooley" and "John Davenport". Were these pseudonyms > for Little Willie John? If not, anyone know who they are? I believe that Little Willie John might have laid partial claim to this song, but it was in fact written by the great Otis Blackwell (under the pseud. Davenport) and Eddie Cooley, a singer-songwriter ("Priscilla"). Then to complicate matters, in 1958 Peggy Lee recorded it with three additional verses she had penned ("Romeo loved Juliet..."; "Captain Smith and Pocahontas..."; "Now you've listened to my story. . .") and, I believe claimed partial songwriting royalties. I seem to recall that she did not have legal right to do this, some friendly litigation ensued, and now when anyone sings those additional lyrics (more often than not) Ms. Lee and, now, subsequently her estate gets a piece of the royalty pie. Again, I'm not quite sure how Little Willie John fits in here. It might have been songwriting for hire, with LWJ perhaps supplying the title and the hired guns doing the rest. Gets a bit fuzzy here, but Davenport is Blackwell and Cooley is, well, Cooley. Bill Reed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 15:38:42 -0000 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Early days in the UK pop record industry Here'a an article by Alan Warner which explains quite a bit about the UK music scene in the early sixties. http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/music/catalog_jtf_a-long-time-ago.html OR http://tinyurl.com/4u4wc Frank Murphy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 16:59:20 -0000 From: Brent Cash Subject: observation from Smile show Hi everyone, It's really no 'stretch' to say that the music of Brian and The Beach Boys will live on after all of The Beach Boys (and all of us) are gone. I got more tangible evidence of that last night at the "Smile" show as I watched four guys not more than 18 or 19 sitting in front of me. The one with the mohawk under his baseball cap proved it when he,with fist pumping in the air, shouted perfectly in time with Brian's vocal: "Over and over, the crow cries uncover the cornfield!" Now,isn't that beautiful! Brent Cash -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 10:35:20 -0500 From: Charles G. Hill Subject: The mysterious John Davenport Phil X Milstein writes: > Most versions of "Fever" that I've seen credit the composition > to "Eddie Cooley" and "John Davenport". Were these pseudonyms > for Little Willie John? If not, anyone know who they are?<< "John Davenport" was Otis Blackwell, who was then having a tiff with his publisher over royalties. ("Davenport" was apparently Blackwell's stepfather's name.) According to Otis, Willie didn't really want to do "Fever" in the first place, but was persuaded by King's Henry Glover. Cooley and Blackwell had a songwriting partnership in those days. CGHill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 13:43:00 EDT From: Bill George Subject: Re: David Pomerantz Mark Wirtz was asking about the current activities of David Pomerantz. I just saw online that he has written the music for a new musical with book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford! It sounds like a show aimed toward children. I once had an LP by him which I got somewhere dirt cheap. I only knew him from the song "Trying to Get the Feeling" by Barry Manilow. I don't have the LP anymore, so I must not have liked it very much. Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 20:32:09 -0000 From: Tom K. White Subject: A Touch Of Velvet, A Sting Of Cash? Hey mis amigos, I was just wondering, has anyone (particularly Mark Wirtz) heard the new version of The Mood Mosaic's "A Touch Of Velvet, A Sting Of Brass" that's going about? I came accross it on a German compilation the other day, and had to check it out. It's credited to the (stupidly named) Dixi Disco, the same guy who mixed the compilation supposedly (although he's credited as "Dixy" in some places), written by J. Ferdy (one of Mark's pseudonyms right?) and copyright House Nation Records/Dance Street GmbH. The weirdest thing about it is it seems to be nothing more than a remix using a large sample of the original track (horns, strings, Ladybirds, everything). It's not a total monstrosity, but there's no real reason to like it either... Hope this isn't news to Mark! I was just wondering how much that guy had to pay Mark for the privelege! Ciao for now... Tom K -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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