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Spectropop - Digest Number 1734

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There are 11 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Bobby "Boris" Pickett; mystery song
           From: Country Paul 
      2. Re: What Does A Girl Do?
           From: Martin Roberts 
      3. Re: Who Killed Your Song?
           From: Claire Francis 
      4. Re: Dani Sheridan question
           From: Declan Meehan 
      5. Bob Feldman / Ernie Maresca
           From: Tom Adams 
      6. Re: the big finish
           From: Gary Myers 
      7. Re: Who Killed Your Song?
           From: Mark Wirtz 
      8. Re: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      9. Re: Cincy acts
           From: Gary Myers 
     10. Re: Velvelettes
           From: Davie Gordon 
     11. New @ S'pop
           From: The S'pop Team 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 21:32:54 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Bobby "Boris" Pickett; mystery song I'm at least two weeks behind -- hope to get caught up a bit more later, but here are two items of interest which may not have yet been covered: 1. Bobby "Boris" Pickett has re-cut a short version of "Monster Mash" as "Monster Slash," ecologically-themed to help counter the downing of forests and other environmental disasters going on in the US. Hear it -- and download it -- at There's also a brief bio of Mr. Pickett there, and a photo of him recording this re-working. He also has an official website, at . 2. In my search for a clean copy of what I thought was Clifford T. Ward's "Dream," a song of which I have become extremely enamored, I found out it wasn't the late Mr. Ward! According to fellow S'pop correspondant Nick Archer, he has an unidentified tape-of-a-tape copy of this song with no credits. Someone suggested it might be Clifford T. Ward, and the track was posted (perhaps on musica) under that name. I recently asked if anyone had a cleaner copy they could post, and Nick sent this track again, along with a similarly titled track by Clifford T. Ward, "A Dream." Sadly, Mr. Ward's dream isn't mine, but this other track is absolutely radiant to my ears. In an effort to identify it, I have played it to the files section of two other groups: Harmony High: and TweedleeDumTwo: (If room were to open on musica, I'd play it here if you wanted to hear it again.) Any help would be appreciated; I tried to google the song title, but you can imagine how many million entries there are for "Dream"! Finally, I really like the Jaynetts' "Cry Behind The Daisies," now on musica. It reminds me a bit of The Twilettes' "Where's My Baby," another outstanding musica discovery for me. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 21:55:28 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: What Does A Girl Do? Cool N reviewed the CD: > I picked up my copy a few weeks ago and while it's not really > major league stuff (kinda like Garpax Girls), it'll do in a pinch. Although I know what 'N' (Nigel?, Nancy?) means, being far more excitable I must add my threepenny bit: I confess to being a bit of a girl group nut, but it's another essential purchase! Maybe it's par for the course to get blasé with the way Mr. Patrick in particular keeps compiling these obscure girl group recordings. He's been doing it for so long that the high quality is expected and perhaps taken for granted. Mick's first comp for Kent (a subsidiary of Ace Records,) "Where The Girls Are," came out 20 years ago and featured 16 tracks. This time for less than a tenner (10 UK Pounds) you get 26 tracks, fun and informative sleeve notes, obscure pics, great sound and sides that only the most avid collector will have. Not much has changed except now they are even better value for money! As for the music on this latest disc, some deserve their 'no hit' status but many, with a smidgen of luck, could have rubbed shoulders with the Angels, Chiffons, Lesley Gore, etc., as hits on the chart and in our memory banks. As always I'll be avidly looking forward to the next CD release. Martin PS Mick gets sole compiling credit on "What Does A Girl Do," but the name of his regular compiling buddy, Malcolm Baumgart, should not be omitted in the doffing of caps dept. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 08:25:45 EST From: Claire Francis Subject: Re: Who Killed Your Song? Rob Pingel asked: > ... 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. Are you sure you really want to hear stories about the "agony and the frustration"? True, there is a lot of pain in this business, not only from people who "killed your song", but from people who ripped you off, as well, and so much more. I am sure we all have many of these stories – I know I do! But why dredge this stuff up? Do we all really want to put all this kind of pain under the S'pop microscope? Let's keep it as positive as we can. It's so much better for the immune system of the Spectropop members and our website! Love & Light, Claire Francis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 11:27:56 -0000 From: Declan Meehan Subject: Re: Dani Sheridan question Country Paul wrote: > 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? Yes Paul, it's the same song and a pretty fine version too, quite faithful to Brian's arrangement but with an overall Brit-girl production, though less 'beat' than Shel Talmy's other productions. Took me a while to track down the original UK 7" (Planet PLF 106), but it's currently available on the RPM CD 'The Best of Planet Records' (RPM 215), along with other great Shel Talmy sounds (i.e., The Creation, The Thoughts, etc.). Like many other Planet releases Dani Sheridan's version of "Guess I'm Dumb" may (?) have had a US 7" release. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 15:12:58 -0000 From: Tom Adams Subject: Bob Feldman / Ernie Maresca Hi, folks. Just a reminder that this week's guest on Bob Feldman's Internet radio show (Saturdays, noon to 1 pm EST on ) will be Ernie Maresca. Next week, Bob's guest will be Artie Kornfeld. I listened to last week's show (with Jack Keller as his guest) and thought it was great! Lots of stuff I'd never heard. BTW, the show actually runs two hours, but the first hour is mostly sales and advertising for the cruise line that sponsors the show. The "good stuff" is all in that second hour (noon to 1 EST). Take care, Tom Adams Boulder, CO -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 10:20:35 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: the big finish Country Paul wrote: > 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! On a Laugh-In appearance, Victor Borge once said he had been criticized for not ending his songs, so he wanted to remedy that. He sat down and played a big arpeggio and said "Clair De Lune", then another one, etc., playing only ending chords for several famous pieces. When we played a regular dance contest in the late '60s, we often had to repeat songs like "Knock On Wood" several times. Our regular ending was to use the intro chords, a drum fill after the bIII chord, then a big "I" chord. After a couple of repeats, we sometimes amused ourselves by leaving off the drum fill and "I" chord, ending on the bIII chord. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 21:21:58 -0000 From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Re: Who Killed Your Song? Rob Pingel asked: > ... 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. What a cool question! Speaking for myself, while I believe to have done a nice job in covering several other composers' works, there is a producer by the name of Mark Wirtz who seriously butchered a few of my compositions in shoddy cover versions. Yes, I myself was shamefully guilty of having produced covers of my original recordings (which I was coerced into by the suits) that were quite pitiful. The Decca MW Orch. & Chorus version of "Theme >From A Teenage Opera," for instance, jumps to mind. It taught me once and for all that I am incapable of copying myself, and that ya just can't put the baby back in the womb, or the milk back in the cow ;) Exceeded my expectations? The recent One Fine Day hard rock (!) cover of "EFTO (Grocer Jack)" really amazed me. I didn't think it could be done. But they pulled it off, kids and all, even if the thing sounds like a sacrilege to some ;) I'll be curious to see the reports from other writers! Best, Mark w :) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 16:34:43 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update Martin Roberts wrote: > 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: > I haven't had a chance to listen to the Mariachi Brass feat. Chet Baker with their rendition of "La Bamba" yet, but I'm already beaming with anticipation just from Martin's notes for it. I had no idea a Richard Williams reader, in this case titled "Long Distance Call," existed, but I already have an order in for a copy. Baila bamba, --Phil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 10:22:57 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Cincy acts Dan Hughes wrote: > 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? Means nothing to me, but, if it helps, Osborne's Price Guide lists a Dave Gordon & The Reb-Tides on Press, from 1966. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 21:55:00 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: Velvelettes Country Paul wrote: > 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? "You'll Never Cherish ..." is by The Vells, a different group than the Velvelettes. The Vells were an early grouping of Martha & The Vandellas. Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 12:25:07 -0000 From: The S'pop Team Subject: New @ S'pop Stuck for something to read? Why not try one of the recent S'pop feature articles: All Over But The Crying: The Sandpipers Story by Jeff Lemlich: The Dickens You Say by Phil Milstein: The Daughters Of Eve by Mick Patrick: Bagpipes, Boystown And Other Deep Purple Productions The Nino Tempo Interview by Bill Reed: Don't Let Him Touch You: The Angelettes Story by Julie Abbott Hammersley: Ron Dante Remembers The '60s by Laura Pinto: Hatchback: The Tony Hatch Story by Mick Patrick: The View From The Front Porch by Country Paul Payton: Nut Rocker: When Tchaikovsky Met B. Bumble, How I Was Instrumental by Al Hazan: The Beverley Jones Story as told by Beverley Jones to Mick Patrick: Please Phil Spector: His Subjects Pay Homage by David A. Young: Peter Antell, John Linde and the Percells by John Clemente: How To Write A Hit Song by Ellie Greenwich: Ed And Sam Chalpin, His Father The Pop Singer A Recitation Of The Ridiculous by Mike Rashkow: Emily's Illness: Diagnosis Of A Song The Nora Guthrie Story by Phil Milstein: Discussion, corrections, additions very welcome. Access many more articles via the S'pop homepage: Enjoy, The S'pop Team ______________________________________________ Coming soon: Kenny Young Marcie Blane The 2 Of Clubs Patty Michaels Teddy & the Pandas The Breakaways ...and more Watch this space. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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