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There are 14 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: "Whiter Shade Of Pale"
           From: Ed 
      2. Re: Les Surfs
           From: Frank 
      3. Re: Jackie & Gayle and Sean
           From: Karl Ikola 
      4. Al Kooper and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know"
           From: Karen Andrew 
      5. Does anyone know Retro Rock Records of Canada?
           From: Rex Strother 
      6. Re: Samantha Jones
           From: Bill George 
      7. Clair, "My Orange Room"
           From: Dave Monroe 
      8. Re: Alan Tew
           From: Frank Murphy 
      9. Re: ALP
           From: Frank Murphy 
     10. Re: Johnny Maestro
           From: Howard Earnshaw 
     11. Re: What's New Pussycat
           From: Alan Warner 
     12. Re: answering the answers
           From: Pres 
     13. Re: Razor's Edge
           From: Robert Pingel 
     14. Harry Pitch and The Beatles
           From: Michael Edwards 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 03:04:39 -0000 From: Ed Subject: Re: "Whiter Shade Of Pale" Dave Monroe wrote: > Procol Harum's renowned 1967 hit A Whiter Shade of Pale > is widely known for its baroque-styled organ solo, composed > by the group's organist, Matthew Fisher Given the interest in this song, folks may enjoy a peek at the fan (or fanatic) site http://awsop.com/ , which features MP3 clips of over 200 covers of AWSOP. Ed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 04:38:03 +0100 From: Frank Subject: Re: Les Surfs Dave Monroe wrote: > Lots of talk about French artistes leads me to ask about one of > my favourite French acts of the 60s. Les Surfs! Why haven't they > been brought up lately? I ask how many 6 piece brother sister > acts of Madagascar origins, producing French R&R were there? > Were they really popular in their time? Great stuff though. Any > recommended compilations? I understand the two sisters have > died, but 3 of the brothers now live in Montreal. Again, they were huge in France at the time. The novelty aspect of the group plus their great repertoire choice made them an immediate hit. Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 01:14:38 -0800 From: Karl Ikola Subject: Re: Jackie & Gayle and Sean Phil Milstein wrote: > The reason I was looking up Bonniwell info on the Web, by > the way, was to try to find out which Wayfarers albums he > played on. He's definitely on (and pictured clearly) on the Wayfarers' "Live At The Hungry I" LP on RCA ('63). Though his voice stands out infrequently. KI -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 18:09:32 -0800 (PST) From: Karen Andrew Subject: Al Kooper and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" Al, I was listening to my BS&T's greatest hits album today, paying special attention to your songs. I just love "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know". It just sounds so heartfelt! Do you have any stories about this song? Did you write it? Whomever wrote it, you sang it beautifully! Thanks, Karen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 08:43:48 -0700 From: Rex Strother Subject: Does anyone know Retro Rock Records of Canada? Off list, I'd appreciate it if anyone knows anything about this reissue label. A quick Web search came up with little to nothing. Rex -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 00:12:50 EST From: Bill George Subject: Re: Samantha Jones For Mark Wirtz: Did you produce the Samantha Jones versions of "Just For Him" or "Put A Little Love In Your Heart?" Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 18:28:36 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Clair, "My Orange Room" I've asked this recently in passing here, but I've simply not been able to find out anything on my own and it's driving me nuts, so here goes again: Does anyone here know anything about "My Orange Room" by Clair? A 45 on Marlo Records, ca. 1972? Please let me know. Help! Thanks. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 08:27:02 +0000 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Re: Alan Tew Claire Francis wrote: > That is the image I got the moment I saw/read the name > Alan Tew. Now I could be totally wrong! The other thing > that comes to my mind is that he was a very, professional, > quick, and "cheery" man and a very accommodating arranger > and conductor - kind is a better word. I was looking at a CD of John Schroeder's work last night, as I need some sixties instrumentals for the Vegas radio show (www.vegasscotland.com) and they had reproduced the back cover of one of his albums which had a photograph of Schroeder and a certain Alan Tew. And your description seems fair to me. Unfortunately it's a scanned album cover and the quality is not so good. I'll scan it tonight and check if it's wortwhile posting. There's a tiny pic here: http://www.scorebaby.com/archive_h.html Frank reflections on northern soul Saturday's two thirty pm www.radiomagnetic.com or listen to an archive show http://www.radiomagnetic.com/archive/index.php?genre=&show=65 -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 09:07:28 +0000 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Re: ALP Phil Chapman asked: > What do you recall about the label 'Alp', a Polydor subsidiary? ... > The mysterious Claire Francis, indeed :-) I associate ALP with Scottish records and maybe a connection with promoter and band manager Andy Lothian. Which reminds me, I found a reference to a recording session with a Scots band and a lady from Brooklyn in Brian Hogg's "History Af Scottish Rock And Pop." I'll dig it out later. FrankM reflections on northern soul Saturday's two thirty pm http://www.radiomagnetic.com or listen to an archive show http://www.radiomagnetic.com/archive/index.php?genre=&show=65 -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 04:32:36 -0500 From: Howard Earnshaw Subject: Re: Johnny Maestro Fred Clemens wrote: > Johnny was indeed a member of the Del-Satins (along with > Fred Ferarra and Les Cauchi), but only towards the end of their > existence, just before they merged with the Rhythm Method to > become the Brooklyn Johnny's single release ' Stepping Out Of The Picture' is/was a northern soul classic. Howard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 05:03:12 -0800 From: Alan Warner Subject: Re: What's New Pussycat Phil Milstein wrote: > I don't recall too many other movie title songs that included ANY > pieces of the extramusical soundtrack. ... Does anyone else know > of any? Check out various versions of "Mule Train", the song which Vaughn Monroe sang in "Singing Guns" (1950) and Gene Autry sang in that same year's "Mule Train". For instance, the Bing Crosby and Frankie Laine hit records both used sound effects of cracking whips, and Laine's version also added the simulated sound of horse's hooves! Rock on! Alan Warner -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 08:19:04 -0500 From: Pres Subject: Re: answering the answers Phil Milstein wrote: > Furthermore, although they are meant (I assume) to be funny, most > of them are devoid of much in the way of wit. I usually find myself rolling my eyes and wondering why anyone bothered. The ones that I'm aware of seemed to have little -- if any -- on the charts except the Shep & The Limelites/The Heartbeats singles mentioned by Gary Myers earlier. But I never think of those as answer records -- I see them as more of a serialized novel. Did any of these answer records ever make it to the Top 10? They always seemed to stall in the twenties, if they even made it that far. I also agree with the point that they don't seem to be humorous at all, with one exception of which I'm aware: "Jerry (I'm Your Sherry)." I was listening to this the other day and, as usual, I found myself chuckling over the reasons she couldn't come out. Maybe it's just me but I wouldn't want my daughter going out with him. On the other hand, I would love to hang out with him, although not on a work night. pres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 07:22:36 -0800 (PST) From: Robert Pingel Subject: Re: Razor's Edge James Botticelli wrote: > Guess what I got as a late holiday gift? The Razor's Edge - "Let's > Call It A Day Girl". The original 45 on Pow! Records. And check out the flip side, "Avril". RP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 15:57:19 -0000 From: Michael Edwards Subject: Harry Pitch and The Beatles Lyn Nuttall wrote: > Apparently it was Harry's harmonica on Frank Ifield's 1962 hit > "I Remember You". I wonder if it was Harry's playing on this 45 (a huge hit in the UK that year) that encouraged the Beatles to include the harmonica intro on "Love Me Do". It is often cited that Delbert McClinton, the harmonica player on Bruce Channel's 1962 hit, "Hey Baby," was the influence. Certainly the Beatles went on to issue an LP with Frank Ifield in 1964. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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