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Spectropop - Digest Number 1803

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 2 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Claire Francis and Sonny Childe
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Re: The Teardrops
           From: Mick Patrick 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 17:13:34 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Claire Francis and Sonny Childe Now playing @ musica: Sonny Childe & the TNT "Two Lovers" (UK Polydor BM 56108, 1966); written by Sonny Childe; arranged and conducted by Alan Tew; produced by Claire Francis. It's a different song to the Mary Wells classic, btw. Click here to listen: So Claire, what memories does this baby stir up for you? Tell us how you found working with Alan Tew. I recall, many years ago, interviewing the lovely Grazina Frame in her dressing room at the Strand Theatre, where she was playing in the musical Cabaret. She had some very nice things to say about her old arranger Alan Tew. I've seen his name on a gazillion records. "Two Lovers" is also contained on Sonny's "To Be Cont'd" LP (Polydor 582003, 1966), which otherwise consists of songs associated with Sam Cooke. Click here to see the album cover: Well, as you'll see, Sonny certainly looks like Sam Cooke. I can reveal that he also sounds very much like him. It's claimed on the back cover of the LP that he was Sam's nephew. Having been once married to Sonny, I'm sure Claire can tell us whether that claim is true, or a load of old BS. I think I know the answer, but over to you, Claire. Either way, gorgeous cape! Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 17:34:01 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: The Teardrops Simon White: > As far as I'm aware, The Teardrops "Here Comes Loneliness" > was originally released on a "Kent Anniversary" 45 in the UK > - however I'm now told that a new price Guide for Rare Soul > 45s lists it as being on Saxony too. > > All the information I have says it was unreleased until the > Kent 45 and then on the CD of Teardrops tracks. Can anyone > confirm that the Saxony 45 actually exists? I know I've replied once to this already, but there's more: In short, yes, the Saxony 45 exists. But it ain't as simple as that. Read on . . . Yes, c.1990 the Teardrops' "Here Comes Loneliness" was pressed up on the 6Ts label, catalogue number 6T9. The disc was given away free to members of the 6Ts Rhythm & Soul Club, to celebrate their 14th anniversary. I have a copy. There are two very different recordings of this track - a "northern" version, and a "folk rock" one, for want of better descriptions. I think both versions must have been recorded in 1965. The 6Ts 45 features the northern version, of course. As I said previously, Paul Trefzger's Saxony label is still active. They released a Teardrops CD in 2001, containing both versions of "Here Comes Loneliness". I have the CD. Before to that, during the mid to late 1990s, the label released a few 45s, featuring 1960s recordings. Among them was: The Teardrops "Here Comes Loneliness" (northern version)/ "Walking Down Main Street" (Saxony 3003). I bought my copy direct from Paul Trefzger at Saxony Records, along with the group's CD and some other things. Tucked in the sleeve is a hand-written note from Mr Trefzger himself. Now, there's an even more convoluted story surrounding the B-side of that 6Ts single. Turn the record over, Simon. In the meantime, my rice is boiling over. Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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