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Spectropop - Digest Number 1738



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There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Dutch Wenzlaff / Terry Melcher
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      2. The Byrds
           From: Dave Heasman 
      3. Re: Merry Clayton, and a Happy New Year
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      4. Re: Terry Melcher, R.I.P.
           From: Dennis Diken 
      5. Re: Live in the U.K.
           From: Unsteady Freddie 
      6. John Townley; Jaynetts
           From: Country Paul 
      7. Re: Andrew Loog Oldham productions
           From: Biil George 
      8. Additional John Townley info
           From: Country Paul 
      9. Re: The (A&M) Sandpipers
           From: Brent Cash 
     10. Kenny Dino
           From: Richard Williams 
     11. Re: The (A&M) Sandpipers
           From: James Botticelli 
     12. Re: Terry Melcher, R.I.P.
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     13. Kenny Young
           From: S'pop Projects 
     14. Re: Brian Hyland
           From: Austin Roberts 
     15. Re: Bardell / Butane / Angie
           From: Martin Roberts 


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Message: 1 Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 19:06:26 EST From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Dutch Wenzlaff / Terry Melcher Dutch Wenzlaff of the Mark IV died a number of years ago. He and Eddie Mascari were also responsible for a novelty record in 1966, according to Vernon Joynson, entitled "Santa Claus is Stuck in the Chimney", and in 1973 IIRC charted yet again with yet another novelty called "My Wife, the Dancer." The only 45 I've heard, which I also happen to own, is "I Got A Wife", which is amusing depending on your taste; if you enjoy the Chipmunks and similar speeded-up tape gimmicks from then you'll probably like it as much as I do. Also, the B side "Ah-Oo-Gah" is textbook danceable late- 50s rock and roll with a great car horn as special effect. I met Dutch and his also late wife Annie in the 1980s long before I ever knew he was a musician and producer; they happened to live across the street from me in the Rogers Park area of Chicago in 1984 and 1985. They are buried in Chicago's Graceland Cemetery. Very sorry to hear about Buddy Randell and Terry Melcher. Lot of great souls are making great music up there now. Terry's mom is a legend in her own time--Doris could do no wrong. One could argue that she "dabbled" in pop during the early and mid 6Ts. Check out "No" (by Vance and Pockriss) on the Listen to Day LP; there's a few others too, but admittedly few and far between. Terry followed suit and brought us so much terrific stuff. Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 11:26:44 -0000 From: Dave Heasman Subject: The Byrds Mark: > Of course The Byrds recorded an unreleased (at the time) version of > "Eight Miles High" at RCA in 1967. December '65 I think. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 23:06:33 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Merry Clayton, and a Happy New Year Mick Patrick wrote: > Merry was born on December 25th, hence the name. Darn good thing she wasn't born on April 1, in that case. > She was just a > kid when she made cut her Capitol sides. Great pipes. Are any of her duet records with Leon Russell any good? Did she ever record or live in the UK? Finally, I'd love to hear her version of Gimmie Shelter. Can anyone play it to musica? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 11:59:49 -0500 From: Dennis Diken Subject: Re: Terry Melcher, R.I.P. One of my favorite Terry Melcher productions is "Move Over Darling" by Doris Day. I believe it's from '63 (and a theme from one of her flicks)? Darlene Love sez it's the Blossoms on backup vocals. the kick drum sound is miraculous! a real gem, in my book. to boot, some of the Bruce & Terry singles rank very highly on my list of magical early/mid '60s pop rekkids. Terry will be missed, to be sure. I always felt he was largely overlooked (much like Jan Berry) for his formidable contributions to pop music. Dennis Diken -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 01:02:20 -0000 From: Unsteady Freddie Subject: Re: Live in the U.K. Clark Besch: > My brother also mentioned that he is going to be in England and > Wales in March, 2005 and is wondering if there is a site > listing 60's artists performing live in those countries while he > would be there. Any ideas?? Check this out: I am heading to London to see PROCOL HARUM at The Bloomsbury Theatre March 6th!! Here's a link: http://www.procolharum.com/005/bloomsbury_index.htm Ask for Unsteady Freddie, Row E, seats 15 & 16! Highly recommended! Unsteady Freddie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 01:29:54 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: John Townley; Jaynetts It has probably been revealed herein (I'm still a week and a half behind) that who we thought was Clifford T. Ward was actually John Townley doing "Dream" (EMI-Harvest 4807A, 1979). Special thanks to aiding the quest: Michael Thom and Nick Archer. Where else but Spectropop could I have found this out?!? You guys are the best! And thanks to everyone here with whom I've been having off-list e-conversations. You all are great (but it's part of the reason I've been so bad at keeping up - only so many hours in the day!) Been loving all the Jaynetts commentary and discography, and I agree that "Snowman, Snowman..." is a way cool track, too. FYI, the instrumental hook from "Sally" was quoted on a recent CD by Tipsy, "Uh-Oh!" (Asphodel 2003, rel. 2001; http://www.asphodel.com ) in a track called "Hard Petting". Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 11:33:45 EST From: Biil George Subject: Re: Andrew Loog Oldham productions Previously mentioned, the Andrew Loog Oldham-produced: > Sunday Funnies on Rare Earth I have this LP. I got it years ago at some clearance sale. I know nothing about it. Can someone fill me in? I haven't listened to it in years, but I remember I liked it. Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 17:03:44 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Additional John Townley info A couple of people had asked me about what the album that "Dream" came from was like. I didn't know, but Patrick Beckers, writing to another discussion group, did: "The whole John Townley album from 1979, simply titled Townley, is worthwhile. It contains great songs in a similar vein to Dream, like Hard Night, Shine On, Tell Me You Love Me, Throwing it All Away, More Fool You and the ballad To Love You. Great stuff. If you can, check it out. Beware of the fact though that there are two different versions of this album. The American version omits two songs and has replaced them with two lesser ones (You've Let Me Down/Evil Angel). Also, some songs are re-mixed. Go for the European version." Some of you may remember John Townley from his late 60s double album on Vanguard/Apostolic, "The Family of Apostolic," a much folkier effort than the above. He also ran Apostolic Studios, for a while a major source of notable late 60s music and beyond. Others in this group can better identify their output. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 18:29:29 -0000 From: Brent Cash Subject: Re: The (A&M) Sandpipers Steven Prazac wrote: > What Sandpipers (the A&M soft pop act, that is) titles would > S'poppers pick as the best of the bunch? Some nice moments on all their A&M Lp's ("Guantanamera" through "A Gift Of Song") to me, but if I had to pick one, it would be the "Come Saturday Morning" album. Has their material as The Grads made it to CD release? Best wishes, Brent Cash -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 22:53:57 +0000 From: Richard Williams Subject: Kenny Dino Al Kooper wrote: > The Alice Wonderland tracks on Bardell were produced by Howard Farber > & Steve Schlaks who produced the Kenny Dino hit Your Ma Said You Cried > In Your Sleep Last Night. Hope this helps. Now that's a record I've always loved. Anybody out there (Al K?) know anything about Kenny Dino? Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 17:52:42 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: The (A&M) Sandpipers Steven Prazak wrote: > What Sandpipers (the A&M soft pop act, that is) titles would > S'poppers pick as the best of the bunch? They released quite > a handful of elpees and I don't know where to start. Misty Roses is a must have. Their take on Never Can Say Goodbye too. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 20:57:10 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Terry Melcher, R.I.P. Richard Havers wrote: > One day Bruce Johnston told me to check out Doris Day's album, 'Love > Him', which came out in 1963 and was produced by Terry. Now I had > always had a softish spot for Terry's mother, from her movies, so i > took little persuading. I have to tell you the 'Love Him' album is just > wonderful. It will appeal to many on the list if they'd give it a > listen. It's out as a two-fer with Doris Day's 'Latin For Lovers' LP > from 1964 - another gem. I was surprised to read in Terry's obit this morning that he was Doris Day's only child. NOBODY should ever have to bury their child, but especially not Doris Day, and especially not her only one at that. A terribly sad event all around. --Phil M. P.S. By the way, did Terry's '60s sweetheart, Candace Bergen, ever make any records? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 00:44:14 -0000 From: S'pop Projects Subject: Kenny Young New @ S'pop Under The Boardwalk: An Interview With Kenny Young by Brent Cash Mention the name Kenny Young to a group of pop music enthusiasts and you're likely to get reactions such as, "Is that the same Kenny Young who wrote . . . ?" I've asked myself similar questions about this mysterious music legend, about whom there seems to be precious little available information. Undoubtedly, the reason for our collective disbelief is the fact that Kenny has been writing, co-writing, singing, producing and arranging music since the early '60s, and has ridden nearly every musical wave since then. From the early Brill Building days to the novelty records created under various aliases, the "toytown" sound of San Fransisco Earthquake, the punk/pop of Yellow Dog and recent work in the dance/electronica genre, Kenny Young has been there . . . and done that. Perhaps I speak for many when I state that all of that variety and longevity in music from one person is a little unusual. The person who has had his songs recorded by such disparate artists as the Shirelles, Status Quo, the Brothers Four and '90s dance diva Betty Boo, recently took time to answer some questions about his varied body of work that touches five decades so far. Read the full interview here: http://www.spectropop.com/KennyYoung/index.htm Discussion welcome. Enjoy, The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 20:09:38 -0500 From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Brian Hyland I agree wholeheartedly that Ginny Come Lately is a terrific pop record. Brian made several pop records during that period that I liked even though they weren't as big as his 3 monsters, one of which my friend Peter Udell wrote (Sealed With A Kiss). Best, Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 20:55:48 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Bardell / Butane / Angie Oh my favourite game! "I wonder if...". Great to read Hans' mention and possible playing of the Alice Wonderland track, I'd love to hear it. And thanks for his original suggestion that Bardell and Angie may be related. Thanks also to Davie for picking up the ball and running even further with the idea. I can add a couple of credits to the record's mentioned: > BUTANE 779 THE LADDINS 1963 > DREAM BABY Wr. Walker (the big Roy Orbison hit) > DIZZY JONES' BIRDLAND (Earl Marcus) A. Ellis is credited as co-writer > ANGIE 1002 THE CHARLETTES 1962 > THE FIGHT'S NOT OVER (C Singleton, K Rogers, J Tansey) > WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OUR LOVE Same writer credit both sides Both are good sides and "What Ever Happened To Our Love" has already got the 'Toys' sound before Linzer & Randell arrived on the scene. This 45 is 'Distributed by Smash Records'. Interestingly Angie Records address is 1650 B'way. Perhaps one of the leading exponents of 'The 1650 Broadway Sound', Al Kooper may have some info to add? Smash 1790 is listed as The Laddins, "I'll Kiss Your Teardrops Away". I share Mick's appreciation of the Mar.Vells' 45 both are excellent 'Dimension' sounding sides. I've seen ANGIE 1005 listed as by the Marvells which seems more likely than the Laddins. Bob Yorey who along with the Laddins seems to be the common denominator produced all the above records. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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