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Spectropop - Digest Number 1743

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 16 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Kenny Young
           From: Claire Francis 
      2. Greg Williams
           From: Weber Alves 
      3. Re:The elusive Michael Brown
           From: Al Kooper 
      4. The Three Bells
           From: Tony McGrail 
      5. S'pop New York gathering
           From: Claire Francis 
      6. Kenny Dino / Kenny Young / Terry Melcher
           From: Richard Williams 
      7. Re: "Goin' Black"
           From: Al Kooper 
      8. Re: Terry Melcher, R.I.P.
           From: Bill Reed 
      9. Re: S'pop New York gathering
           From: Mark Wirtz 
     10. Re: S'pop New York gathering
           From: Mikey 
     11. Marcie Blane and the Proustian muffin effect.
           From: Julio Niño 
     12. December Updates
           From: Mike Dugo 
     13. Re: Terry Melcher, R.I.P.
           From: Barry Margolis 
     14. Re: Sunny Gale
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     15. Vance Or Towers
           From: Weber Alves 
     16. Little Pattie
           From: Mick Patrick 

Message: 1 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 08:34:31 EST From: Claire Francis Subject: Re: Kenny Young S'pop Projects wrote: > New @ S'pop > Under The Boardwalk: An Interview With Kenny Young > by Brent Cash > Read the full interview here: > What a great article! Thanks for presenting it to S'pop. I enjoyed every little detail. You guys are great!! Love & Light, Claire Francis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 11:43:02 -0200 From: Weber Alves Subject: Greg Williams Is there anybody there, by chance, who knows a singer called GREG WILLIAMS? I really, really love his songs. "Baby, You don't Know How Good You Are", "Love Will Find A Way", "I'll Never Want to Lose This Feeling", "Everything You Are". I am always trying to find a Greg Williams solo album, but never succeed. I am almost sure that he never released a complete album. Could anybody supply me more information on him?: His discography, etc. Off list replies only please. Thanks, Weber -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 10:09:32 -0500 From: Al Kooper Subject: Re:The elusive Michael Brown Previously: > (Michael Brown) then did work in the 70s with The Stories and then > the Beckies. I've had The Beckies LP all this time and there are at least two world class tracks on that. If I wasn't so busy I would musica them. But I am, darn it. > I have an email address for Robert Callili, co-writer of "Walk Away > Renee"... The Four Tops version is surprisingly good. Al Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 08:05:25 +0000 (GMT) From: Tony McGrail Subject: The Three Bells I am trying to locate the present whereabouts of the Three Bells as I knew them in the 60s while living in Liverpool. Especially Carol Bell. If anyone has any information it would be appreciated. Tony McGrail -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 09:26:22 EST From: Claire Francis Subject: S'pop New York gathering Hi Groovy S'pop members, Regarding the S'pop gathering....if there is going to be one, NOW IS THE TIME TO LET ME KNOW. I have a few days to work on this, but then, I will be swamped with getting my work project done for the Sundance Film Festival in January. So, here is the update: I mentioned Feb 5, 2005 as a day to get together because I thought Al Kooper was performing at Joe's pub. As it turns out, John Fox from S'pop pointed out the fact that the date was in Fact Feb 5, 2004 that Al did that show. I read the "live" on Al's Website and when I saw Feb 5, Joes pub, I thought it was for 2005, but infact it was in 2004. It was confusing to me because there was no year after it. Okay, that being said, the next thing is, besides Phil M., only Clay Hall from upstate N.Y. and Mike Edwards, said they would come. So, now that the Al Kooper gig is out, who wants to make an S'pop gathering happen? Please let me know by Nov. 30th. After I know how many people want to get together on Feb.5th, somewhere in New York City, then I can start working on it, and talk to "Country Paul" as per Mike Edwards' suggestion. Hope you all have a groovie and swingin' holiday, Love and Light, Claire Francis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 18:38:40 +0000 From: Richard Williams Subject: Kenny Dino / Kenny Young / Terry Melcher 1. Thanks to all who sent information on Kenny Dino, particularly Davie Gordon, who directed me to the fascinating Goldmine interview. 2. Thanks for the Kenny Young interview, including a mention of Clodagh Rodgers' "Come Back and Shake Me" -- a guilty pleasure I file alongside "Johnny Angel", "Sixteen Reasons" and "The Greenwood Tree". 3. Like several Spectropoppers, I think Doris Day's "Move Over Darling", produced by the recently deceased Terry Melcher, belongs among the immortals. And I hope people know the neglected follow-up, "Oo-wee Baby" -- same formula, similar effect. (By the way, has anybody ever managed to come up with a term for a girl-group record that isn't actually by a group -- eg Doris Day, Little Eva, Earl-Jean?) Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 10:14:15 -0500 From: Al Kooper Subject: Re: "Goin' Black" Previously: > Is there any version (of "Goun' Back") that can truly match or > surpass Dusty's? There's an interesting interpretation on the Authorized Nils Lofgren live Bootleg circa '76. Anyone heard that? Al Kooper -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 16:11:09 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Re: Terry Melcher, R.I.P. Mike Griffiths wrote: > I didn't know it at the time but Terry Melcher had an incredible > run from 1963 to 1966 with a string of amazing productions that > rivalled Brian Wilson and Phil Spector. Also there are the terrific recordings that Melcher and Bruce Johnston did with Curt Boettcher, most (some?) of which are available on the Poptones CD, California Music. As for Melcher's association with the Byrds, it was sometimes strained. I believe that he is the one responsible for the earliest recordings by the group being done with top-flight L.A. studio session guys and gal (Carol Kaye?) replacing most of the group's players. A controversial but finally successful decision. I seem to recall that he was also the person responsible for getting Mom aka Doris Day to sign Jan (Berry) and Arnie to her fledgling Arwin label. I also like Melcher's two solo albums. The one for Reprise is as good as anything he ever turned out for anyone else as producer. Both are still available in Japan on CD. I think it is correct to observe that Melcher was easily as big a deal in his world of music as Day is in hers. Just not quite as much a household name. Bill Reed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 11:28:15 -0800 (PST) From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Re: S'pop New York gathering Claire Francis wrote: > Hi Groovy S'pop members, Regarding the S'pop gathering > ....if there is going to be one, NOW IS THE TIME TO > LET ME KNOW. Hello, I would be very interested in showing up, hoping that fellow 'Poppers and buddies like Alan Gordon and Austin Roberts (maybe he could drag John Beland along) would come. And, if he were to show, I'd love to meet Al Kooper. Also, on the chance that Artie Butler lives in NY these days, I'd sure like to give him a hug again - haven't seen the old trooper since the LA opening of his hysterically funny "Last Supper" musical... Maybe I can talk Bob Lind into coming... And what about Phil Chapman - won't he hop over for this? Then there is Mark Frumento, the Jersey Hobbit -- surely HE will be there!?... Best, Mark Wirtz -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 14:33:41 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: S'pop New York gathering Claire Francis wrote: > Hi Groovy S'pop members, Regarding the S'pop gathering > ....if there is going to be one, NOW IS THE TIME TO > LET ME KNOW. Claire, wherever you chose to have the Spop Party, keep in mind my band, Mr Action and The Boss Guitars would like to play. We do all instrumental versions of 60s pop classics and we are perfect for this event. Among the songs are: Georgy Girl Windy This Diamond Ring (for Al Kooper) Bad To Me When You Walk In The Room Love Potion Number Nine etc!! Mikey aka Mr Action -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 19:22:08 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Marcie Blane and the Proustian muffin effect. S'pop Projects wrote: > New @ S'pop > Bobby's Girl: The Marcie Blane Story > by Mick Patrick > The month of December 1962 found the US airwaves filled with > female teen idols. "All Alone Am I", lamented Brenda Lee, > while Dee Dee Sharp urged everyone to "Ride", Mary Wells sang > about her "Two Lovers" and Little Eva warned her rivals to > "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby". Groups like the Crystals, the > Orlons, the Exciters and the Cookies were selling like > hotcakes too. Sitting pretty above them all in the record > charts at the time was MARCIE BLANE, who wanted to be . . . > BOBBY'S GIRL. > Read the full story here: > Hola Everybody. I was reading Mick´s new article about Marcie Blane (Thanks again Mick, and thanks also to the ever interesting Brent Cash for the formidable article about kenny Young; I´m also very intrigued for the reference to " Leader Of The Pack"), when, affected for a Proustian muffin effect, I suddenly remembered one of the crucial moments in my musical sentimental education: I used to listen to a Spanish oldies radio program called "Flor De Pasión" (in fact, I still do it from time to time), I remember one night, when Juan, the DJ, played Marcie´s "Bobby´s Girl" and Dusty Springfield´s "The Look Of Love" one right after the other (I was then barely a teenager, who was mainly into punk music), but those songs strongly impressed my imagination, and shaped my taste and I began collecting oldies records. For every field of music that I particularly love (Jamaican vintage, teen music, girl groups, Italian and French vintage, etc.) I can trace to those formative moments, some of them inducted by that same radio program. It's funny how memory files that kind of sensations. I´m thinking now that my compulsion of collecting records is somehow a pursuit of those original feelings, a pursuit of my innocence. I´m getting too sentimental, it is probably the lack of sleep, my two cats find my new flat strange, and they keep wandering and meowing the whole night trough, like howling ghosts. I was considering sedating them but I think it would be better if I take the sedatives myself. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 07:27:56 -0800 (PST) From: Mike Dugo Subject: December Updates Here's quick notification that the December updates to are now online. This month we feature three more exclusive interviews: James Weaver of Red Beard & The Pirates (they recorded the classic garage punker "Go On Leave"); Jim Corbett of The Per'Swa'Der...s (from New Jersey); and Craig Clarke of The Jades, who recorded two singles with his band on the legendary Fenton label as well as helped out in the studio for many other recordings. Questions and comments are alway encouraged and appreciated. Mike Dugo -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 11:32:10 -0600 From: Barry Margolis Subject: Re: Terry Melcher, R.I.P. Yes, a real talent and someone who will be missed, but it's notable to mention that as producer for Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Byrds, he was one of those 1960's producers whose produced albums almost always contained a rechanneled version of the hit single on their otherwise stereo albums. All of these rechanneled hit tracks have since been remixed into stereo. In retrospect, that was just plain stupid. Of course, labels like Columbia were also to blame for not requiring that when the album was being prepared, the hit single must be mixed into the stereo at the time. Supposedly Melcher was known for hating stereo, but if that's true, then why are his Revere and Byrds albums so nicely mixed into stereo ...except, of course, the hits. Barry -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 15:54:26 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Sunny Gale Mick Patrick wrote: > Failing that, I've posted to musica another lesser known Kenny > Young song. Details are: Sunny Gale "Too Bad For You" (Canadian > American 163, 1963); written by Artie Resnick and Kenny Young; > produced by Jody Cameron Prod. Corp. Sunny had been around on > disc for over a decade by '63 ... Perhaps so, but what of this "Jody Cameron"? Another early female producer? Or, merely a boy named Jody? > ... but comes across as youthful as Lesley Gore > after too much Pepsi. You mean she burps a lot? Never mind, sir, as you have arranged things so I can hear that for myself. As the famous bumper sticker reads, "My truck, yes; my dog, maybe; my musica ... NEVER!" --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 09:55:14 -0200 From: Weber Alves Subject: Vance Or Towers Hi, I am looking for a song called CAN'T SMILE WITHOUT YOU (the same that was a hit for Barry Manilow) sung by VANCE OR TOWERS. I got a Vance or Towers album, but it does not contain this song. Could anybody tell me if they released this song in an aLbum or if was only released as a single? Is there any CD that contains this song by them? Thanks, Weber -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 15:31:46 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Little Pattie Previously: > Barbara Mills "Little Things Like That" (Hickory 1347, 1965). > ... Some members might be familiar with versions of ("Little > Things Like That") by Suzy Wallis, Linda Lloyd and Little Pattie. > They're all good. Jim Fisher: > ... you mention Little Pattie and her version of "Little > Things Like That". Any info on Little Pattie herself? Little Pattie Amphlett was an Australian pop princess, equal parts Annette Funicello and Lesley Gore. She was aged just 14 at the time of her first record, 1963's "He's My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfin' Guy". (I think I can already sense a ripple of excitement in Madrid!) I have a handful of 45s in my collection, plus a nice compilation LP, "20 Stompie Wompie Hits". Pattie's story is nicely told by that great Australian pop historian Glenn A. Baker on the back cover of the album, a scan of which you will find in the S'pop photos section. Wax up your board, surf on over to the members page at and click on "photos". Keep clicking on the photo for the more readable full size version. I'd bung a track in musica, but I'm unsure if there are any Little Pattie CDs available. Maybe one of our Australian members could let us know please? Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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