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Spectropop - Digest Number 1733

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There are 9 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Who Killed Your Song?
           From: Rob Pingel 
      2. Sinatra
           From: (That) Alan Gordon 
      3. Re: Linda & Johnny, sittin' in a tree ...
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      4. Bert Sommer
           From: Bob Brown 
      5. Cincy acts
           From: Dan Hughes 
      6. Dani Sheridan question; "Look At Me" - who's first?; "We Wrote 'Em"; Sandy Salisbury
           From: Country Paul 
      7. now at musica: Winfield Scott and "Tweedle Dee"
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      8. "We Wrote 'Em"; RIP Terry Knight; Velvelettes;Toni Wine demo; Ron Dante; Brian Wilson
           From: Country Paul 
      9. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 20:11:44 -0000 From: Rob Pingel Subject: Who Killed Your Song? It must be terribly frustrating to write a song, go through the agony of trying to get someone to record it, and then...when somebody does, they butcher it. Would any of the songwriters out there care to make specific comments about the most disappointing covers of their tunes. Or, on a more positive note, give examples of covers that exceeded all expectations. Rob Pingel -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 16:02:28 -0700 From: (That) Alan Gordon Subject: Sinatra I was browsing through Barnes and Noble bookstore today and prominently displayed up front was a new table book called "Sinatra". I looked through it and was really impressed by the fantastic photos and stories on each page. This is a Must have for any Sinatra fan. The best part of this magnificent achievement is that it is the creation of one of Spectropop`s very own, Richard Havers. Richard, I`m so very proud of you and this remarkable book. I urge all our S`pop family to check it out. Richard, you have made this holiday's gift giving very easy, and the first copy is for me. Best, That Alan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 19:58:06 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Linda & Johnny, sittin' in a tree ... Robert Pingel wrote: > I didn't see this performance, but I do recall seeing an early > Ronstadt performance during the late 60's on the Tonight Show > which was a near disaster. Not sure if the back-up was the > Stone Poneys or if they had parted ways by then. Anyway, the > band gave a semi-country intro to the song "Different Drum" > (unlike the recorded arrangement). Thereafter Ms. Ronstadt > began singing in one key, and the band began playing in another. > Very awkward, but Ms. Ronstadt did manage to slide into the band's > key without too much embarrassment. She also appeared several times on Johnny Cash's late '60s TV variety show. (Cash must've had a bit of a crush on both Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell, as he had them onto his show several times each, and could often be seen making googoo eyes at them during the chat portions.) On one of these Cash asked her to introduce her band, most if not all of whom would, as we now know, go on to form The Eagles. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 20:16:17 -0600 From: Bob Brown Subject: Bert Sommer I am a long-time fan of the late singer-songwriter Bert Sommer, who played at Woodstock, was in the Broadway cast of HAIR, collaborated with Michael Brown inside and outside of the Left Banke, and left us with some great albums, none of which, sadly, have ever made it to CD. I wondered if Ron Dante might have any memories of producing Bert's last album, BERT SOMMER on Capitol Records in 1977. The album is very different from Bert's earlier albums, being more "pop" oriented while his earlier albums, produced by Artie Kornfeld were more "folk" oriented. I have to admit that because of this, it took me some time to "warm up" to the last album, but listening to it now, I find a lot to appreciate, and find it even sadder that Bert's career and life were so short, and that he has been all but forgotten today. For any Bert Sommer fans out there, I would highly recommend a tribute website by Bert's friend, Victor Kahn. Bob Brown -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 20:33:56 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Cincy acts Gerry House: > I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now live in Nashville... gem: > Do you,by any chance, recall a singer named Stuart Self... And me: Do either of you guys, or anyone else with a Cincinnati (or Ohio) background, know of a blind folksinger named Dave Gordon, who sounded a lot like Steve Goodman? Thanks, ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 00:47:43 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Dani Sheridan question; "Look At Me" - who's first?; "We Wrote 'Em"; Sandy Salisbury The great tach-up begins.... Declan Meehan cites Dani Sheridan: Guess I'm Dumb (Planet), co- written by Russ Titelman. Is this the same song Glen Campbell did and Brian Wilson produced? Is it a good version? M. G. Still: > "Look At Me Girl" is great with or without the overdubs....Oddly > enough, when I found the Bobby Vee 45, I only knew the song as > done by the Texas garage band The Playboys of Edinburgh, so the > original Vee version was a recent treat for me.... Wasn't the Playboys of Edinburgh the original, and Vee's the cover? I thought I read that here a while back. Phil X Milstein Re: We Wrote 'Em And We Sing 'Em > Since Blackwell was the most successful of the songwriters > represented, it seems to me that he conceived of the project > as a way to help pull some of his colleagues and friends up a > bit closer to his perch on the industry tree, a refreshingly > altruistic touch if true. This type of songwriters' showcase has > been done many times for exploitative purposes, where the writers > were no-hopers led to believe their songs would get some industry > attention, but I don't know of any other times it was done with > actual professional writers, at least not at that early stage > (1961). Too bad, as it is both fun and revelatory to hear a > writer's own interpretation of his or her work, even as it might > differ from better-known versions. Agreed. Interesting to note that despite the size of the writers' original hits, the only one to have an "afterlife" from this album, if I'm not mistaken, is Lincoln Chase's "Hot Biscuits and Sweet Marie," and even then only in a cover by NRBQ, a cool track but not the highest profile recording. Joey Stec, Subject: Sandy Salisbury radio appearance > Sandy Salisbury (of the Millennium , Tommy Roe, Curt Boettcher, > Gary Usher days) will be appearing on KLUX radio from Santa Monica, > CA Saturday, December 4, at 9pm....Sandy and Joey Stec will be > discussing it all, as they have not seen each other for over > 25 years and Sandy has never appeared talking on music radio. > The stream is called "She Comes In Colors." This looks to be very cool, Joey. I'l try to find the station on the net. Thanks for the heads-up! More to come, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 01:03:27 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: now at musica: Winfield Scott and "Tweedle Dee" Now playing at musica, courtesy Michael Greenberg, is the fifth installment in the "We Wrote 'Em And We Sing 'Em" series, Winfield Scott performing "Tweedle Dee." For more information on this album, see the We Wrote 'Em folder in the Photos section, which includes cover art, liner notes, etc. For you CD burnaholics out there -- and you know who you are -- at the conclusion of the series I will repost the track sequence. Yeah, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 01:50:48 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: "We Wrote 'Em"; RIP Terry Knight; Velvelettes;Toni Wine demo; Ron Dante; Brian Wilson Michael Greenberg, I never made it to the WFMU Record Fair this year - real life intervened. Sad they're only doing it once a year now instead of twice. Hope it went well. Please keep posting the "We Wrote 'Em" tracks when you can; Winfield Scott's "Tweedle Dee" (now at musica) is another fun experience. Good stereo separation, too, expecially considering the era. Eddy: > Terry Knight & The Pack frontman, Richard Terrance Knight, > who also managed Grand Funk Railroad, was stabbed to death > at his Temple, Texas, home. Heck of a way to go. RIP, Terry. Frank Murphy, about The Velvelettes' Motown Anthology album, is "You'll Never Cherish A Love So True" on there? What a greatsong - especially the drummer's roll-around with the rimshot at the end. If it is there, is the version at least close to the original recording? Mick Patrick: > I've just posted to musica Tony Wine's "A Toy Is Only Made > For Play". It's from an unissued Screen Gems acetate > recorded at Dick Charles Studios c.1964. The song was > written by Russ Titelman and Howard Puris, aka Tony Powers. > It sounds to me like a demo made for Dusty Springfield, and > quite likely was. Demo? I've heard plenty of "less-cooked" actual releases. This is very cool! Thanks, Mick; I think this could've been a hit if it had come out at the time. Previously: > A new feature article -- Ron Dante Remembers The '60s . . . > And He Was There! -- has just been installed on the S'pop > website. The piece was written by our very own Laura Pinto, > who else? Informative, fun, and well-written. What more could one ask? And Ron's "vault" is definitely worth checking out - "Aunt Matilda" has a bit more backbeat and richer production than one might expect from the bubblegum era. (But leaving the listening hanging on a V7 chord at the end is cruel! Legend has it that Mozart's father used to wake him in the morning by playing an unresolved V7 chord on the piano several times; young Wolfgang would have to get up and resolve it! The musicians aboard here will understand that....) Kurt Benbenek: > ...[H]aving the realization several times during the show > "Hey, this is THE Brian Wilson...singing Brian Wilson songs!" The SMILE tour was the first of the four recent ones I saw where I had the feeling that Brian was truly and deeply part of it all, rather than giving the impression that he was watching himself from off to the side and being a great Brian Wilson fan. The Carnegie Hall show was truly a great experience, as the LA show seems to have been. My only regret was that he didn't get Van Dyke Parks up on stage to sit in on at least one or two numbers. But it's a small regret - and it was a great show. Country Paul (now only 12 days behind) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 19:29:43 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update I'd guess most of this audience became hip to a different beat but give your mum and dad a bell and see if they remember being groovy to the 'Mariachi Brass featuring Chet Baker' with their rendition of "La Bamba". This weeks ROTW on the home page: On The Radio continues its exclusive interview with Jack Nitzsche conducted by Karel Beer. Part eight begins Jack's introduction to movie work at Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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