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Spectropop - Digest Number 1751



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There are 14 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Brian Wilson video contest
           From: Laura Pinto 
      2. trying to find Julie Rifkind
           From: Stew 
      3. Procol Harum; Kennys Young & Dino; John Townley; Who
           From: Country Paul 
      4. Re: Sick Manny's Gym
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      5. Re: Speaking of Twiggy
           From: Sean 
      6. Sonny Bono
           From: Richard Hattersley 
      7. Re: Terry Melcher, Augie Rios
           From: Brian 
      8. one more Greg Shaw tribute
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      9. Obscure Bacharach-David song
           From: Rob Pingel 
     10. Donnie Elbert; Emil O'Connor; Lea & Chess; Peter Lacey
           From: Country Paul 
     11. Re: Help with searching for two 45s
           From: Don 
     12. Del Shannon Runaway initial pressings on London American
           From: JK 
     13. Lois Lane ?
           From: Sean 
     14. RE: Lois Lane ?
           From: Ray 


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Message: 1 Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2004 02:34:36 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Brian Wilson video contest Hi folks, Just found out about this contest being held on Brian Wilson's web site ... you can be a video star! Check it out: http://www.brianwilson.com/contest/ Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2004 19:58:44 -0000 From: Stew Subject: trying to find Julie Rifkind In 1969, I was in a new rock band called "Central Park" which had a hit record prior to my joining it called "Sweets For My Sweet". The agent/manager of the group was a man named Julie Rifkind who had told me about a group called The Strangeloves that he was involved with. In 1969 Julie introduced me to Karen Carpenter. We became very close and, though very few knew it, became engaged to get married. I think Karen's story has never truly been told and she deserves to be remembered for the wonderful woman she was, which is not the way many of the biographies out there portray. Can anyone help me locate Julie, as I would like to check out some information with him. Thanks. Stew -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 23:31:57 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Procol Harum; Kennys Young & Dino; John Townley; Who Unsteady Freddie wrote: > I am heading to London to see PROCOL HARUM at The > Bloomsbury Theatre March 6th! Turns out they have a recent album from 2003, "The Well's On Fire" - details at http://tinyurl.com/6psul . For US folks who want to order, more at http://www.procolharum.com . > Under The Boardwalk: An Interview With Kenny Young > by Brent Cash > http://www.spectropop.com/KennyYoung/index.htm Awesome career, excellent overview. I'm very curious about the Earth Love Fund, the all-voices project. Anyone heard it? Is it out in the US? Davie Gordon, thanks for the reference to the Kenny Dino interview, http://www.lirock.com/dino01.html . FYI, the "master list" of the website -- starting at http://www.lirock.com/14.bands.html -- runs down a who's who of Long Island artists, including lots of articles. Worth checking out. John Townley, welcome to Spectropop, and thanks for setting the record straight. With Alan Gordon's permission, I posted your note to a couple of other websites where I had inquired about "Dream". I do remember -- and played on the radio at WBRU and WHCN your "Family of Apostolic" album; "Fiddler A Dram" was the lead track for both stations. Glad you joined us. "When The World Changes" was a song released twice on Epic in the mid- to late-60s -- as by The Younger Generation (Epic 10549), later re-released as by The Velvet Hammer. I asked about this here in October 2001, but we have a lot of new folks aboard, including some from Nashville. The sound of this record is amazing! Anyone have any info on who they are/were, and how this slice of Nashville rock/pop came about? Finally, anyone else noticing how many Who songs are being used for commercials this Christmas season? "The Who Sell Out", indeed. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2004 01:03:41 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Sick Manny's Gym Guy Lawrence wrote: > Leo Delyon and The Musclemen - "Sick Manny's Gym" (Alan Kooper) > Prod. by Aaron Schroeder & Wally Gold. Musicor MU1001 What a stone gasser! Who'd you get to do the vocal, Al -- Popeye? Please tell me that, at least, the vocal was done straight (as opposed to processed, to get that amazing effect). Were Schroeder & Gold in the studio at all, or were they producers in the Hollywood sense? I assume the play was on Vic Tanny's Gym, no? Off to crush seven grapes now myself, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2004 23:25:32 -0000 From: Sean Subject: Re: Speaking of Twiggy Mick: >.... However, I do have (on cassette) a track that definitely > IS about the legendary model, although not in a particularly > complimentary fashion. I've posted it to musica. Details are: I know a kitschy song about Twiggy called "Girls Are imitating Twiggy" by American Steve Clayton released on Jamie 1335. Sean -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 00:19:59 +0000 From: Richard Hattersley Subject: Sonny Bono Mark Wirtz: > That is actually quite vividly echoed (pun) in non-Spector > productions that were recorded at GS, from Sonny Bono's > undercelebrated efforts, Nice to see you aknowledge Sonny, Mark. I love Sonny's productions for Cher from the 60s. The version of "I Go to Sleep" on Cher's first album, "All I really Want To Do" is one of my favourite records of all time. Its certainly the best version of the Ray Davies tune. Richard http://www.wiz.to/richardsnow -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 16:40:07 EST From: Brian Subject: Re: Terry Melcher, Augie Rios Hey 'poppers - I was halfway through reading Doris Day's 1975 autobiography last week when I heard that Terry had passed. Very sad. Thanks for the heads up on the Al Hazan site - what a great find! RE: Augie Rios - I grew up listening to this 45 every X-mas. Thanks for the a-side posting on musica and the bio! Tom - I'm anxiously awaiting the posting of the flipside, "Ol' Fatso". Haven't heard it in years, but I still torture my siblings by singing it every year. I was always surprised this wasn't covered by anyone. It's so obnoxious and/or festive... you'd think someone would have done a punky version. While we're on festive music - has Toni Wine's Colpix Xmas single ever been commercially available on CD? Cheers - Brian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 16:53:03 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: one more Greg Shaw tribute Chip Lamey has a very nice tribute to Greg Shaw at his website, http://videocrypt.com/102704.html It's the most personal one I've yet seen, and amply illustrates the extent of Shaw's generosity and positive nature. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 22:02:25 -0000 From: Rob Pingel Subject: Obscure Bacharach-David song Recently I found an old Bacharach-David piano book titled "In the Beginning". My Bacharach knowledge is quite substantial, but there was one title that I had never heard or seen before; "Move Over and Make Room for Me." It was published in 1963 by Arch Music Co. (A subsidiary of Aaron Schroeder Music Corporation.) Oddly enough, there is no listing of this song on either ASCAP or BMI. Does anyone out there know who recorded this song? My best guess is that it was intended for Gene Pitney, but possibly recorded by another artist on the Musicor label. Rob Pingel -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 18:23:50 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Donnie Elbert; Emil O'Connor; Lea & Chess; Peter Lacey Re: Donnie Elbert, I appreciate all the info. I have - and love - "What Can I Do" on the original 45 and of course have have heard his more muscular take on "Where Did Our Love Go." I found this biography at http://www.oldies.com/artist/view.cfm/id_159.html ----- b. 25 May 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 January 1989. Elbert's prolific career began in the 50s as a member of the Vibraharps. His first solo hit, "What Can I Do?", was released in 1957, but the singer's career was interrupted by a spell in the US Army. Discharged in 1961, recordings for Parkway Records and Checker then followed, before Elbert the labels, Gateway/Upstate, co-founded by Robert Schachner in 1964. His reputation was secured by "Run Little Girl" and "A Little Piece Of Leather", compulsive performances highlighting Elbert's irrepressible falsetto. The latter single became a standard in UK soul clubs when it was released on the Sue label and on the strength of this popularity Elbert went to the UK where he married and settled. The singer pursued his career with several releases, including an album of Otis Redding cover versions, 'Tribute To A King'. Elbert returned to the USA in 1970 although his pounding version of the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?" (1972) was recorded in London. A hit on both sides of the Atlantic, it was followed in 1972 by "I Can't Help Myself", another reworking of a Tamla/Motown Records classic. Elbert's last UK chart entry came with a new, but inferior, version of "A Little Piece Of Leather" (1972), although he continued to appear in the US R&B listings up until 1977. Elbert later moved to Canada where he became an A&R director with PolyGram Records. ----- Martin Roberts: > Emil O'Connor's "Some Of Your Lovin'". Jack, as usual, takes > care of the arrangement while Terry Philips is Phil's writing > partner and Terry Melcher takes control of the knobs for his > first released production. Not to be missed. Hear it playing > on the home page, http://www.spectropop.com/JackNitzsche/index.htm Pretty nifty, Martin - reminds me of early Marv Johnson! Very atypical for Columbia in that era, too! Been listening to a few cuts from a CD called Joe Meek's Girls - no liner notes available. Lea & Chess "Little Star (Shine On Us Tonight)" is quite striking; they sound non-English-speaking by birth. Any info on this duo, please? Heard a couple of tracks from the new Peter Lacey CD; will order. Very nice. Brian Wilson fans - you've been informed. Phil M., Thanks for the bogus "Shangri-Las" info. Amazing how names - and reputations - get bought and sold. Clark Besch: > Phil [C.], All I can say is that "They Don't Know" by Tracey > Ullman is one of the best songs of the 80's! Seconded. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2004 02:20:54 -0000 From: Don Subject: Re: Help with searching for two 45s I see Michael T has posted Arkade's "Sentimental Lisa" to musica. Maybe you could post the a-side? I've been looking for "Where You Lead". Thanks, Don -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 09:37:50 EST From: JK Subject: Del Shannon Runaway initial pressings on London American I just bought the Del Shannon Bear Family Box Set and it set me thinking about my single copy of Runaway, which had an instrumental called "The Snake" on the B side. I contacted Clark Besch from this list in order to see if he had any information on who instrumental. I did some research and found the following on Max Crook's website (he co-wrote "Runaway"), http://www.maxcrook.com ------- Max Crook, under the stage name "Maximilian", had four penned tunes make it to record. "Runaway" was the international smash. A #1 hit in 27 countries. "The Snake" managed to make it's way to the Top 40 in Argentina, where it still receives airplay today. "The Snake" was mistakenly put in place of "Jody" on approximately 1,000 record singles in England, and also on the first French Del Shannon EP. ------- It begs the question, how much is my copy of "Runaway" worth? JK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2004 23:27:33 -0000 From: Sean Subject: Lois Lane ? Does anyone have a picture of 60s UK female singer Lois Lane? And any info on her; like what happened to her, her real name, complete discography, tracks to hear etc.? Thanks. Sean -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 15:52:49 -0000 From: Ray Subject: RE: Lois Lane ? Sean: > Does anyone have a picture of 60s UK female singer Lois Lane? > And any info on her; like what happened to her, her real name, > complete discography, tracks to hear etc.? Take a look at http://www.45-rpm.org.uk/dirc/caravelles.htm ray -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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