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Spectropop - Digest Number 1704

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 
      2. Nashville S'poppers
           From: Ed Salamon 
      3. Re: Spanky & Our Gang Q
           From: Austin Roberts 
      4. Re: Melba Moore
           From: Mike Rashkow 
      5. Re: Scott English?
           From: Ed Salamon 
      6. Re: Kane Triplets now playing in Musica
           From: George S. 
      7. I need help with UK Direction label.
           From: Howard 
      8. Re: Mark Lindsay & Artie Butler
           From: Frank Jastfelder 
      9. Lewis & Clarke Down Under
           From: Lyn Nuttall 
     10. Smoke Rings from the Smoke Ring? (Vogues)
           From: Clark Besch 

Message: 1 Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 21:07:03 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update Sorry for the delay in updating the site - I've not been on holiday just busy, busy. So what have I got for you? Well, a lot of bits and a groovy ROTW that I doubt many of you have heard. Record of the week is Vince Howard and the Vin-ettes with their rendition of "The Wayward Wind". Hear it on the Home Page: Part Six of Karel Beer's interview with Jack Nitzsche deals with producing records and making demos & sparks with Graham Parker. Hear it On The Radio page: I'm pleased to add not only a new record to the discography, but a new release, C.C. Adcock's "Stealin' All Day". I've not received my CD yet but I assume it's from the same session that produced "Castin' My Spell". If so it should be well worth a listen. "Castin'.." is a mighty, drivin' blues number. Part two of Gary Pig Gold's interview with Harvey Kurbernik on the Fufkin web site is linked from 'In Hardback'. It's well worth a read. Harvey talks about Andrew Loog Oldham and Jack Nitzsche. The Previous ROTW has been updated, so if you wish to see the labels and read the reviews of records you may have missed hearing get on over to: I share the sadness at Greg Shaw's passing. Although I was unable to get him to write for the site, he enjoyed it, was free with his advice and, in the case of his 'zine BOMP! and Ken Barnes' interview, extremely generous. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 20:27:34 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Nashville S'poppers Nashville S'poppers held another unofficial meeting on Sunday at my place. Austin Roberts, beach music/northern soul legend Clifford Curry, Steve Jarrell (Sons Of The Beach) and Nick Archer gathered to quiz Jack Keller about his days at Aldon music and the songs he wrote and or produced for the Monkees, Neil Sedaka, Connie Francis, Little Eva, etc. etc.. A photo of the group can be found at: Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 18:34:00 EDT From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Spanky & Our Gang Q Clark, Thanks for the info on Mama Cass; we were both on Dunhill for a while. I remember the song "Waiting For A Song That Never Comes" because Terry Cashman played me the demo when I was writing for ABC's publishing where Terry gave me my first writing deal (1968). Anyway, thanx to all you folks who reminded me about Mama Cass's record. Steve Barri (Cass's producer at the time) always loved that song and finally cut it on Cass. Austin R. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 17:53:09 EDT From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: Melba Moore George S. Just a note regarding Melba Moore.... She and Valerie > Simpson (Ashford &Simpson) sang background vocals for the > James & Bobby Purify sessions at Mirasound. Al Kooper: > Gentlemen: Just a note regarding Melba Moorman (actual name) > ....she & Valerie Simpson sang bg vox on the BS&T Child Is > Father To The Man sessions at Columbia Studios. OK, she sang at my wedding--now what. di la, Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 18:55:19 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Re: Scott English? Dan Hughes wrote: > Write to Scott English here: > Country Paul > Is this "our" Scott English? This guy seems to be a jazz-rock > guitarist with a new age bent. No, 'our' Scott English ironically now lives in London (not Indiana, as the one Dan provided). I sent Richard Campbell's contact info to Scott, so that Scott could respond if he wished. Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 20:51:53 -0700 (PDT) From: George S. Subject: Re: Kane Triplets now playing in Musica Clark Besch: > Also new to Musica is female vocal group the Kane > Triplets doing "Buttercup Days." It was written by > Teddy Randazzo and Victoria Pike, produced by Henry > Jerome, arranged by Hutch Davie and released on > United artists 50466 in November, 1968. It has some > nice harmonies that sound like Carole King and Ellie > Greenwich to me at times. Ellie Greenwich also did some tunes with Bob Crewe and Hutch Davie at Mirasound which I photographed between takes...and yes, you'd be surprised who sang background for many artists at that time. George Schowerer -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 02:33:33 -0400 From: Howard Subject: I need help with UK Direction label. I'm putting together an article on the (UK) Direction label which was started in the late 1960's. It was a 'sister' label of the (UK)C.B.S. label. I've managed to track down the majority of the releases (which wasn't easy as the numbering system was a bit erratic)and I've got plenty of singles and a few albums in my personal collection, so I won't not short of label pictures. BUT.... I just can't seem to find out any history on the label, i.e. who was behind it, who picked the releases, etc. etc.. Can anyone help with this vital information?? here's hoping .. Howard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 10:51:51 +0200 From: Frank Jastfelder Subject: Re: Mark Lindsay & Artie Butler > schrieb Artie Butler: > Working with Mark was a pleasure. He was a lot of fun to work > with, and we stay in touch to this day. Regarding the flugelhorn, > it was Burt who brought it into popularity initially. It was such > a great sound, all of us other guys jumped on the bandwagon. Thanks for the infos and honesty. Burt's sophisticated style was too good not to be influenced by, I guess. But I must say that, in spite of the "inspiration", you found your own distinctive Artie Butler sound too. And that sound I love as much as Burt's. Was Jerry Fuller working as a kind of freelance producer for Columbia at that time? All the artists you mentioned were on that label. Just checked the OST to The Love Machine. You wrote a song with Mark Lindsay on that ("Amanda") produced by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. Now what a team and what a tune! From the jingly guitar intro to the rimshot drums, the spheric strings and the melancholy flugelhorn it's all in there beautifully arranged. IMHO the whole soundtrack is a masterpiece of cool and glamorous pop music. Frank J. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 06:16:36 -0000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Lewis & Clarke Down Under A Lewis & Clarke Expedition sidelight: Australian band The Executives took L&C's "Windy Day" to #7 in Sydney in '68. Another L&C song "This Town Ain't The Same Any More" was the B-side. Details at my page: Corrections welcome! Lyn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 05:02:47 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Smoke Rings from the Smoke Ring? (Vogues) I passed our commentary on to Smoke Ring member, Mike Semrad, and his reply for posting here follows. I do disagree with his statement that the Vogues had recorded "No Not Much" as an LP cut when the Smoke Ring did, since the LP with it came out after the single had become a hit, not before. I also think the Vogues just happened to record the song and didn't record it "because" of the Smoke Ring hit. It was just coincidence, I believe. Clark = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Clark, We had NO knowledge of the Vogues version of "No Not Much" when it was recorded in Memphis (at Sam Phillips Recording Studio ...2nd home of Sun Records). The recording was done ABOUT October/ November 1968 and released on Memphis local label Gold Dust. I recall seeing both sheet music AND listening to the Four Lads 45 from 1955 (?) in working up the song. As to chords, you are right. We knew HOW to play the chords off the sheet music, but Dickey Lee and Allen Reynolds arranged it to, not only simplify the chord progressions to make it more "pop-rock", but to also lend itself a little more to the simplistic but more modern "Memphis back-beat, albeit subtle" that they recommended. The Vogues arrangement was almost a carbon copy of the Four Lads hit except maybe for some strings added here and there. Our cut was more of a "pop-rock" feel..not "big-band". The first time we knew of the Vogues version was a large full-page ad in Billboard about Feb 1969 - (the legendary 'outrage' stating something like "we just laid two eggs" or something similar...and specifically referred to "we think our version of "No Not Much" on the flip of "Women Helping Man" is better than 'their' hit (referring to Smoke Ring). By the time we snagged a copy of the now touted "2- sided hit"...they'd already reached the charts...and ultimately sunk our version. We were obviously not pleased with this...however I've since actually conversed with the original Vogues (who somewhat recently seemed to be banished to playing only in a few counties in Pennsylvania, as some cover group, over time, obtained their "name" and tours as the originators. Ironically, one of our producers, Allen Reynolds had his first hit as a songwriter with the Vogues some time earlier w/ "Five O'Clock World". The Vogues I talked to and Smoke Ring members NOW laugh about and freely talk about those days in early 1969..but at that time it was upsetting. I'd guess for sure that the Vogues had already recorded "No Not Much" as an LP cut and/or a B-side around the time we did...and ONLY touted or even PUT it on the B-side of "Woman Helping Man" once they noted the success we were having with it. I doubt they EVER released that 45 originally with the intentions of plugging both sides. That's as I remember it. Thanks for the input... Mike Semrad Member - The Smoke Ring (1968-69 and 1994-Present) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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