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Spectropop - Digest Number 1809

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There are 12 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Little Eva: A Quiz With A Moral
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Re: (Miss)Toni Fisher; ALP
           From: Austin Powell 
      3. Re: Beatles pre-Capitol US release sequence
           From: Lloyd Davis 
      4. Re: "As Long As There's Love" by The Youth; Les Surfs
           From: Julio Niño 
      5. Re: ALP
           From: Davie Gordon 
      6. Re: "Groovin' With Mr. Bloe"
           From: Davie Gordon 
      7. Re: Les Surfs
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      8. Re: Les Surfs
           From: James Cassidy 
      9. Re: Razor's Edge
           From: Tom Diehl 
     10. Re: Beatles, hold the Ifield
           From: Tom Diehl 
     11. Re: Les Surfs
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     12. Claire Francis and The Vikings
           From: Al Quaglieri 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 20:58:01 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Little Eva: A Quiz With A Moral Wanna win five free groovy CDs? Know your Goffin/King onions? Read on . . . Art imitates life. Legend has it that Little Eva was the inspiration behind several of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's compositions. Prior to recording their 'The Loco-Motion', Eva had worked as the couple's live-in nanny, cutting demos of their songs for their publishers, Aldon Music, on the side. The Crystals' notorious 'He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)' and Gene McDaniels' 'Point Of No Return' are just two examples of Goffin/King numbers that were built around phrases Eva had used in conversations with them about the ups and downs of her relationship with her boyfriend, James Harris. Pounced on by Don Kirshner for the inaugural release on Aldon's Dimension label, 'The Loco-Motion' had steamed to #1 in the summer of 1962, hanging around on the Hot 100 until October. Untypically for the times, the company waited until the disc had completed its 16-week chart journey before unleashing Eva's follow-up. 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX' made its first appearance on the charts in early November, rising to a peak of #12 seven weeks later. Together with Steve Lawrence's 'Go Away Little Girl' and 'Chains' by the Cookies, it provided Goffin and King with a tally of three songs in the penultimate Top 20 of the year. Eva and James celebrated by getting married that same week. In 1967 Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman', constructing the song around a title suggested to them by Aretha Franklin's producer, Jerry Wexler. He received a co-writer credit and a share of the royalties for his efforts. Point made? Name the Little Eva tune in question. Yep, it's easy. That's why the most ***entertaining*** and ***interesting*** correct answer wins. Your CDs await. Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 18:25:04 -0000 From: Austin Powell Subject: Re: (Miss)Toni Fisher; ALP Barry Margolis wrote: > I'd like to compile a complete (Miss) Toni Fisher discography. Don't know of a discography, but Harkit Records in the UK has a rather nice 27-track CD with much of her Signet, Big Top, Capitol stuff. Her son Michael Shanklin helped out with the project. Phil Chapman asked: > What do you recall about the label 'Alp', a Polydor subsidiary? ALP was owned by Andy Lothian, but Polydor MD Roland Rennie may have been a partner in the excercise. It was a Polydor-distributed label. In the early '80s Andy Lothian lived in Dundee and was in the financial services business, and I might add was very successful. Austin P -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 14:14:45 -0500 From: Lloyd Davis Subject: Re: Beatles pre-Capitol US release sequence Mike Edwards wrote: > 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. Hard to say whether the harmonica on Ifield's "I Remember You" influenced the Beatles' "Love Me Do," as the Ifield single came out in July 1962 in the UK, while a harmonica was part of the Beatles' arrangement of "Love Me Do" when they attempted it at a test session (with Pete Best on drums) at EMI in June 1962. We can be certain, though, that the Beatles/Ifield LP was not a collaboration. It was opportunism on the part of Vee Jay Records. Both Ifield and The Beatles recorded for EMI (Ifield for Columbia, the Beatles for Parlophone). Both were initially rejected by Capitol in the USA, and both were picked up by Vee Jay. VJ released two singles -- "Please Please Me"/"Ask Me Why" and "From Me To You"/"Thank You Girl." Both stiffed. VJ had received a master tape of the UK "Please Please Me" album, and planned to release a 12-song LP (dropping the unsuccessful first single). But VJ had apparently been missing royalty payments, and EMI's US agency, Transglobal Music, pulled the plug on VJ's rights to release new Ifield product. It also demanded that VJ cease and desist releasing Beatles material. Easy enough to do, since it wasn't selling, so the LP was scrapped. Since "I Remember You" had charted #5 in Billboard, Capitol exercised its right of first refusal on Ifield's next single, "I'm Confessin'." Almost simultaneously, Capitol again rejected a Beatles single, "She Loves You." The Ifield single hit #58, while "She Loves You,"picked up by Swan, barely made a dent in the marketplace. Everything changed once Capitol launched its Beatles campaign in December '63. "I Want To Hold Your Hand," on Capitol, charted. A week later, "She Loves You" entered Billboard's Top 100. Both hit #1. Capitol issued the "Meet the Beatles" album. VJ remembered it had the LP master in its vault. It tried to sneak "Introducing The Beatles" onto the market. Capitol filed a series of injunctions, which VJ kept managing to have lifted. It wasn't long before VJ found out that two tracks, "Love Me Do" and "PS I Love You," were published by Ardmore & Beechwood, owned by EMI. Those tracks were then removed from the album, replaced by "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why." While the lawyers duked it out over the album, VJ tried to repackage the four songs it KNEW it had the rights to: the first two singles. It bundled these up with eight Ifield tunes (all 12 tracks were studio recordings) and released the works as a "live" album. It also issued a new 45, "Please Please Me"/"From Me To You," the A side hitting #3, the B side reaching #41. VJ ultimately won the right to continue pressing, selling -- and, ad nauseam, repackaging -- the Beatles masters in its possession through October '64. By that time, VJ/Tollie had released the Fabs' first 14 songs on three albums, ten singles, and an EP. Lloyd in Toronto -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 19:18:15 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Re: "As Long As There's Love" by The Youth; Les Surfs Hola Everybody. I want to thank Phil (and of course Claire for producing it) for playing to musica "As Long As There's Love," by The Youth. I love it. I agree with Phil that the singer sounds suspiciously like Jackie Edwards. I like very much Jackie's voice, it has that combination of lassitude and intensity that is characteristic of many Jamaican singers. The mix of the Spectorian backing voices and the singer's soulful voice is electrifying. The rhythm and strings lines also remind me a little of some of Jackie's soul songs such as the marvelous " I Feel So Bad." Changing the subject, I'm a very easily influenced guy and the mention of Les Surfs in some posts these last days made me want to revisit their songs. I had forgotten how much I like them. My favorite song by them is "Toi tu m'as tou donné." The Spanish version of "Stop" amuses me a lot, the lyrics are so so camp nowadays and the girl sings them so innocently that it always makes me laugh my head off. Plop. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 19:36:33 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: ALP Phil Chapman asked: > What do you recall about the label 'Alp', a Polydor subsidiary? ALP was an acronym for Andy Lothian Productions. They had a national distribution deal with Polydor. Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 19:49:24 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: "Groovin' With Mr. Bloe" Dave Monroe wrote: > I just spun Wind's version of "Groovin' with Mr. Bloe" last night! > Anyone have any info on either Wind or Mr. Bloe? Austin Powell replied: > DJM Records' arranger Zack Lawrence went into the studios and did a > cover version of the instrumental track, releasing it under the name > Mr. Bloe and subsequently making # 2 in May 1970. Austin, thanks for the background info. For years I've been thinking that Win's record was a cover version. I thought the title was a London reference to the active ingredient in those funny smelling cigarettes, i.e. "Groovin' With Mr. Blow." Not that I know anything about that sort of thing, you understand :) Was "Blow" a common term in the U.S. for certain substances? On much the same topic, the B-side of one of Spooky Tooth's U.S. singles was titled "Spooky Blow" -- was this a retitling of a UK track? It doesn't show up in anything I've read about the group. Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 20:41:08 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Re: Les Surfs Peter Andreasen wrote: > Les Surfs have 3 CDs out on Magic Records, easy to buy directly > from their website. Whilst in Barcelona last year I found a Spanish singles collection of theirs. It includes Spanish versions of Be My Baby (curiously credited to Spector/ Greenwich/Barry/Mann), My Best Friend (credited Mann/Apell/Mapel), Don't Make Me Over, and El Crossfire (credited as My Best Friend). It is on the (undoubtedly cheap) Graffiti label (32-777), and cost the equivalent of about £2 or $3. 14 tracks in all. The group didn't look to be very tall -- in fact I'd guess contenders for the shortest group of all time ... unless you know differently? Kingsley Abbott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 16:05:06 -0500 From: James Cassidy Subject: Re: Les Surfs ... not to be confused with Les Garcons de la Plage, who, of course, were the major French competitors to the Rutles. Jim Cassidy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 21:05:46 -0000 From: Tom Diehl 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. Of course, that group of Razor's Edge was no relation to the other group called the Razor's Edge from about the same time period, with their songs War Boy and Gotta Find Her on Kingston records (of course, this was reissued on Diamond records, under the name Pat Farrell & The Believers, and while some copies of the Diamond 45 read War Boy (at least on promos), some apparently were issued as War Baby, although I've never seen any as such. Tom "always hunting for Diamonds" Diehl -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 21:08:18 -0000 From: Tom Diehl Subject: Re: Beatles, hold the Ifield Mike Edwards wrote: > Certainly The Beatles went on to issue an LP with Frank Ifield in 1964. The Frank Ifield and The Beatles LP together is pure coincidence. It's just studio tracks thrown together because they were on the same record label. The Beatles did do I Remember You (with harmonica part being similar) at the Star Club in Germany, as the recording of it was issued on the live album from there released in the '70s. I think that too is just pure coincidence, though, as it was Delbert who taught John Lennon in person how to play the harmonica. Tom Diehl -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 15:38:29 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Les Surfs Frank wrote: > 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. Les Surfs look so teensy in the several Scopitones I've seen 'em in ("If I Had A Hammer" comes most immediately to mind) that they might as well be called "Les Smurfs." But, also like Smurfs, they ARE awfully cute. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 08:53:25 -0500 From: Al Quaglieri Subject: Claire Francis and The Vikings Scott Swanson wrote: > I think that another member of The Vikings -- Mike Fraser -- > is the same Mike Fraser who later went on to become one of > the top engineers/mixers in the rock biz. I bounced this to Mike, who thought it was pretty amusing, but incorrect nonetheless. Sez Mike, "I know I have Viking in my blood, but I didn't know I was in the band!" Fraze also invites you to his new website, at Al Q NY -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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