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Spectropop - Digest Number 1817

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Little Eva: A Quiz With A Moral
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. La Bamba
           From: Steve Harvey 
      3. Re: answering the answers
           From: Pres 
      4. Re: Solomon King
           From: Davie Gordon 
      5. Jordan & Wayne's "Find A Little Happiness" now in musica
           From: Tom "Diamond" Diehl 
      6. Ray Peterson Services
           From: Bill Swanke 
      7. Re: Sylvie Vartan 45
           From: Dave Monroe 
      8. Re: Billy Stewart's "Secret Love"
           From: Dave Monroe 
      9. Hung On You
           From: Pres 
     10. Re: Birdlegs & Pauline
           From: Dave Monroe 
     11. Re: The Montanas' "Uncle John"
           From: Dave Monroe 
     12. Re: Frequently misheard lyrics: the case of 'He Is The Boy'
           From: Robert Pingel 
     13. Ray Peterson, R.I.P.
           From: Mike Edwards 
     14. Re: Mrs. Goffin
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     15. February Updates
           From: Mike Dugo 
     16. Re: Ray Peterson; "She Wears My Ring"; Charlie McCoy
           From: Country Paul 
     17. Re: Solomon King
           From: Eddy Smit 
     18. new member; passing of Ray Peterson
           From: Larry Bromley 
     19. The Chiffons
           From: Austin Powell 
     20. Carolyn Hester
           From: Austin Powell 
     21. Mark Thatcher and (yet another) Blue Beat
           From: Lyn Nuttall 
     22. Re: Ray Peterson
           From: Laura Pinto 
     23. Besame Mucho
           From: Norm D 
     24. Bob & Earl and Antoinette
           From: Denis Gagnon 
     25. Gary Paxton productions
           From: Shawn Nagy 

Message: 1 Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 19:10:07 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Little Eva: A Quiz With A Moral Me: > 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. Not everyone got it right. The correct answers that entertained me best are below. I asked the S'pop moderators to choose the winner. Mr Carter's CDs will be winging their way soon. Desperate Housewives has started, gotta g Hey la, Mick -------------------------------------------------------------- 'Keep Your Hands Off My Baby'. They don't come much better. Wonder if the couplet: "I don't mind if you lend my clothes / my jewellery and such / but, honey, let's get something straight / there's one thing you don't touch…" is art imitating life also? The moral of your story would seem to be another nail in the coffin, if one is needed, of the idea that the girl singers of the early 60s were mindless and interchangeable. The mind boggles at what might have happened had Little Eva been given her due (and had the Beatles brought "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" to Abbey Road and not just to the BBC). Hans Huss -------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Mick, "Keep Your Hands Off my Baby" was Little Eva's followup to "Loco- Motion." Interesting anecdote about how Jerry Wexler received co-writer credits (and a share of the royalties) for "Natural Woman" while Eva received zilch for "He Hit Me (And it felt like a kiss)" and other songs she inspired. Perhaps the title of that song should have been "Keep Your Hands Off My Money!" Thanks, Laura Pinto ------------------------------------------------------------- It probably was a song Goffin & King thought up when dreaming of giving Little Eva the sack. She probably could not very well run both careers at the same time: full time Nanny and singer so they found a way of putting the message across and told her "Keep your hands Off my baby" Frank -------------------------------------------------------------- Keep your hands off my CDs everybody!!! It's "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"! ! ! Bobster -------------------------------------------------------------- Well, actually the inspiration for "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" came from still another conversation about the relationship between Eva and James Harris. It seems she had another beau in the neigborhood, which did not set well at all with James. He even complained to the guy's parents, yelling "keep your Hans off my baby"....when he retold this to Eva, Carole thought he said 'hands' instead of 'Hans'....good thing, what she thought she heard made a much better song title. JD Doyle -------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Mick! Please sing this answer to the tune of "Keep Your Hands Off Of My Baby" with a few melodic liberties! KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OF MY BIM-BUM We've been cyber friends, it's tight And I've shared some tunes But Honey-geez, get one thing straight, It might hang left or right. Keep Your Hands Offa My Bim-bum I ain't gonna tell you To add- a-one more sum. Keep your hands offa my Bim-bum Thanks for "Sugar Plum". I don't mind when you say to pay Little E. a share But honey if one thing got straight Earl Jean put Goffin's there! Keep Your Hands Off-fa my Bim-Bum I gotta tell you Yes, more than's fair Oh!, Keep Your Hands Off -fa my bim bum Repeat, don't YOU dare! Hope all is well in your world. I'm in mad persuit of CK's demo of "No Easy Way Down". Keep fingers crossed! Best, Mike Carter --------------------------------------------------------------- I'm not sure how to be interesting or entertaining, but the answer is "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby", which also hit #6 on the R&B charts. I think the only other charting song was "Let's Turkey Trot" which charted at #20 on Pop and #16 on R&B. "Swinging On A Star" by Big Dee Irwin charted at #38 in 1963, but Eva wasn't even credited as I recall. Don H. (not the same as Donnie H.) --------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005 10:37:06 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: La Bamba Country Paul wrote: > By the way, what do folks feel about La Bamba, the Ritchie Valens > movie starring Lou Diamond Phillips? It was good thanks to the appearance of Marshall "Zircon" Crenshaw! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 21:55:04 -0500 From: Pres Subject: Re: answering the answers Phil X Milstein wrote: > I've been wondering lately why some records seem to generate a > certain kind of excited attention, demonstrated by such things > as answer records, parodies, quickie knockoffs and other artifacts > of "buzz," while other records may be every bit as popular, yet > fail to inspire such a response. I think it largely has to do > with novelty (as in its original meaning of newness) -- in fact > "buzz response" most often seems to attach to unknown artists, > whose arrival is new and hence striking to the public. Looking at the list of number one songs of '62 I can see how "Duke of Earl" & "Sherry" would stand out and support your statement above. Even after years of (over)play they still sound so unique to me. And, hey!, what a year '62 was - there's only one "station changer" to my ears (Bobby Vinton's voice makes me cringe for some reason). "Save The Last Dance For Me" in '60 certainly stands tall, as well, and still does. It's use in an episode of Queer As Folk brought a whole new meaning for me and was one of the best uses of pop music in television. But what of "Ya Ya"? I love it and it still makes me dance around when I hear it but, was it as unique as, say, "Mother In Law" or "Runaround Sue"? Not having the benefit of being there, I can't really tell. > On top of that the song itself has to offer some sort of fresh > approach -- not necessarily a "novelty record" per se, but one > that in some way or other causes the public's ears to perk up, > gets them chatting over the office bubbler, etc. Examples abound, > but ones that spring immediately to mind include "Leader Of The > Pack," "Louie Louie," "They're Coming To Take Me Away," and, more > recently, "The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Achy Breaky Heart." I just realized that I've never, ever, heard "Leader of the Laundromat". Hmmm... The last two you mention were examples I used in a recent conversation about the industries killing off of the single. I refer to them as "event" records because they end up in record collections where you wouldn't expect the genre. At $3.99 even I bought the Macarena single. It's still in it's wrapper but hey, you never know ... I have to wonder how much money was missed by not pressing singles for "Hey Ya". My mother, 56, loves that song but refused to buy the album and is wary of downloading anything. > Am I anywhere close to cracking this timeless riddle, or am I > simply a bit off the beam? Well, you made me pull out a book, spin some tunes, and I just might play that Macarena single... pres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 01:04:55 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: Solomon King Simon White wrote: > A track apparently by him called "This Beautiful Day" was > released under the name Levi Jackson, to make him seem a bit > more 'hip'. I think it was a cover version and Solomon Burke > springs to mind as the originator, but don't quote me. The > writing credit is to "Workman". That's Nanette Workman, a singer whose Canadian records have been mentioned here quite a bit recently. I don't know of any other version -- it doesn't seem to be Solomon Burke. Davie Gordon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 01:20:56 -0000 From: Tom "Diamond" Diehl Subject: Jordan & Wayne's "Find A Little Happiness" now in musica Artie has asked me to get him copies of his songs that were on the Diamond label, and since I collect Diamond 45s, that seems easy enough. The file I just played to musica, "Find A Little Happiness" by Jordan & Wayne (Danny Jordan and Artie Wayne, and written by Jordan/Wayne/Sardo), offers the best of two worlds. My copy of the record is a promo (do stock copies even exist?) that has seen lots of play and tons of wear and tear. Besides that it was also pressed off-center, so I also tried to correct that as best as I could. It's far from perfect, but it's listenable. If anyone else has a copy of the 45 in better condition than mine, I'm willing to buy it off if you, or at least consider playing yours to musica. Tom Diehl (The Diamond Hunter) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 19:26:20 -0600 (Central Standard Time) From: Bill Swanke Subject: Ray Peterson Services Greetings Friends, Services for Ray Peterson are as follows: Visitation is Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro. For directions, call 615-893-2422. Funeral Services are Friday 10:00 a.m. at Smyrna Assembly Church, which is at the corner of Old Nashville Highway and Sam Ridley Pkwy. Sam Ridley Pkwy. is a clearly marked exit off I-24 and is exit #66. Follow it east toward Smyrna. Old Nashville Hwy. is a large intersection with a light, so it should be easily found. The church is behind the CVS store. Services are open to the public. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Donations for the family can be mailed here and they will be delivered in batches as they come in. I drive by the Peterson home daily and this will be an opportunity to keep an eye on needs and offer prayer in person on a regular basis. Please make checks out to Claudia Peterson directly and know any cards, notes, etc. will be delivered directly to her. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 18:53:48 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: Sylvie Vartan 45 Anthony Parsons wrote: > Wanted to let those interested know that I just ran across a Sylvie > Vartan 45 on eBay ... Thanks for the alert -- I bought it. It's one of her stronger early '60s tracks, although I prefer the French-language version (I can't recall the French title, which may or may not be a translation). But it's also available on her English-language "Gift Wrapped From Paris" LP, which is generally rather more available, and certainly more cost- effective. Ironically, it's her only '60s LP that I haven't been able to score yet on CD). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 19:14:15 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: Billy Stewart's "Secret Love" Frank Murphy wrote: > Sam Jose spun it at the Vegas Hogmanay party at the Edinburgh College > of Art as part of a Doris Day medley followed by Doris's "Que Sera > Sera" and the Trini Lopez version of "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps". What he REALLY needed was The High Keys' "Que Sera Sera," KILLER party soul with Latin trappings -- think maybe The Coasters' "Down At The Club" on a tequila bender -- and Enoch Light & The Command All- Stars' "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps" (first wedding I ever DJed, I was told to play whatever I wanted, and this of all things was what finally got everyone on the floor). Okay, now I'll be digging for killer Doris Day covers. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 22:19:22 -0500 From: Pres Subject: Hung On You Listening to a Spector comp on my drive to work, I was horrified by the stereo mix used on "Hung On You" on Rhino's Righteous Bros. anthology. I feared the Volvo would tip over on its right side! Has a mono version of this song ever made it to CD? How about a more balanced stereo mix? slanted, pres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 19:21:15 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: Birdlegs & Pauline Gary Myers wrote: > "Spring" by Birdlegs & Pauline only made #94 on the Hot 100, but it > got up to #18 R&B, and it was Birdlegs' only single release, although > they did have an LP on Wisconsin's Cuca label.... I'm positive I have another Birdlegs & Pauline 45. I'll get back to you on it. "Spring," in the meantime, is considered by some to be a mod classic, though I must admit I've remained largely impervious to its charms. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 19:22:44 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: The Montanas' "Uncle John" James Botticelli wrote: > It's also on the double Tony Hatch CD. And I still have the 45, > part of my Magical '60s box 'o' 45s. Reminds me, who asked about that "Uncle John" 45? I picked it up at the post office today. Let me know. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 13:53:33 -0800 (PST) From: Robert Pingel Subject: Re: Frequently misheard lyrics: the case of 'He Is The Boy' Hans Huss wrote: > Speaking of Little Eva: for years and years I've been trying to > decipher the three first lines of 'He Is The Boy'. Another fantastic > tune, as fine an example of Klezmer meets R&B on Broadway as you > could wish for, but something tells me 'You never set eyes on a > passing crate' is not what she sang (even if it were about her > boyfriend). I will not embarrass the list with my guesses at the > first two lines but please help! This reminds me of a hilarious SNL skit ("Buckwheat Sings") when Eddie Murphy was a regular. I've owned a copy of "Locomotion" since the year it was released. Oddly enough, until your post I had never checked out the flip side. Sorry that I did. I cavalierly figured, "how hard could it be to decipher Little Eva lyrics." Well, the difficulty factor ranks right up there with advanced calculus. The best I can come up with is along the lines, "when they gave out brains they made a big mistake. He's never set eyes on a passing grade." Look what you've started. R.Pingel -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 14:32:28 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Ray Peterson, R.I.P. Bill Swanke writes: > Once again the music industry has lost another to Rock n' Roll > Heaven, Ray Peterson. Bill, thanks for remembering the passing of Ray. I would imagine that a few Spectropop era 45 collectors have a number of Ray's recordings. He appeared to record prolifically from the late-50s to the mid-60s on labels such as RCA, Dunes and MGM. One nice 45 I have is his version of the Gene Pitney song, "Across The Street". You seem to be a fan, Bill and I wonder if you would kindly list out 10 or so titles by Ray that we should look into. Many thanks, Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 18:11:25 -0000 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Mrs. Goffin Thanks to the esteemed Nitzschean scholar Martin Roberts, PhD, now at the Photos section is a folder, marked "LittleEva'62," featuring the Little Eva article from Song Hits I mentioned recently, the one in which she refers to her babysitting employer as "Mrs. Goffin." It's a neat article with some nice pics, and the mag cover, also included, is a rave. Yeah, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 05:57:59 -0800 (PST) From: Mike Dugo Subject: February Updates The February updates to are now online. This go 'round we feature interviews with Gary Baldwin and Victor Wells Of The Vynes (Illinois), Craig Weidenheimer of The Seeds Of Time (Alabama), and Brooks Reid of New York Square Library (FL) - stars of the classic exploitation flick JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT. Check it out at Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 00:43:01 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Re: Ray Peterson; "She Wears My Ring"; Charlie McCoy Bill Swanke wrote: > Once again the music industry has lost another to Rock n' Roll > Heaven, Ray Peterson. ... His first hit was with his seventh > single "The Wonder Of You." I am very sad to hear this. I always loved his voice, its mournfulness reflecting my general malaise as I travailed through high school, and enjoyed his country-flavored output on Dunes as well. Definitely a serious loss. (And I always felt that the Elvis version of "Wonder" couldn't even find a candle to hold against Ray's gorgeous original.) RIP, Ray, and thank you for the music. Lyn Nuttall: > "She Wears My Ring" has a fascinating history....Jimmy Bell's > 1960 version on Hickory is - as far as I can see - the first > one as Felice & Boudleaux Bryant's "She Wears My Ring".... Thank you, Lyn. I knew the melody had a classical origin, although I wasn't aware the composer was Mexican (or Argentinian? There seems to be a diference of opinion). But what a beautiful song ... Dave Heasman wrote: > Very much doubt it. Proper funky harmonicas could be heard on > "Hey Baby", Roy Orbison's "Candy Man" & Ann Margret's "I Just > Don't Understand". That sound was in the air. Jeff Lemlich replied: > And of course, "Candy Man" and "I Just Don't Understand" > feature the same harmonica player (Charlie McCoy). By the way, McCoy had a very good but low-charting hit on Cadence with "Cherry Berry Wine." I think it might have been around 1960. I don't remember whether he played harmonica on it or not; gotta go dig it up. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 07:37:56 +0100 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: Solomon King Simon White wrote: > I'm not sure about this, but, as has been said on the list here, > the Solomon King of "She Wears My Ring" was (I thought) British. Done some more digging and found that King was born in Lexington, KY. He moved to the UK in 1960 after marrying Canadian journalist Henny Lowy. He moved back to the States after divorcing her in 1980. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 07:37:18 -0000 From: Larry Bromley Subject: new member; passing of Ray Peterson My condolences to the family, friends and fans of Ray Peterson. I just joined this group in time to read about his death. I listen to "Unforgettable" WJNA 640 AM, which is heard from Palm Beach County down to Miami-Dade. The station claims to have the largest record collection in Florida. WJNA plays music from the '30s to the '60s, with a little '70s mixed in. I heard both "Corrina, Corrina" and "Tell Laura I Love Her" tonight, but didn't notice any mention of the passing. In fact, I found the news while scanning messages on an unrelated topic in this group. They also played the Elvis version of "Wonder of You". I don't think the station has played Ray's version. On the next request show I will try to ask for it. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 04:09:48 -0000 From: Austin Powell Subject: The Chiffons Could someone clear this up for me? The Chiffons of "He's So Fine" fame etc., were New Yorkers and had their hits issued on Laurie. In Joel Whitburn's chart books there's an entry for The Chiffons on the Big Deal label. In John Clemente's "Girl Groups" book, he says "those Chiffons" probably came from Los Angeles, whereas Whitburn makes no distinction between them. But Clemente also intimates that their version of The Shirelles "Tonight's The Night" uses the same backing track which would, perhaps, suggest that "those Chiffons" had New York links. A friend loaned me Kevin Tong's "60s Girl Group" CD on Warner Brothers which includes a track by The Chiffons, "Doctor Of Hearts," released in 1962 on Reprise, though his notes suggest it is the "He's So Fine" Chiffons from New York. Was the "Big Deal Chiffons" the "He's So Fine" Chiffons, or were they different groups? Were the Big Deal and Reprise Chiffons the same group? Or were there THREE Chiffons groups?! Also, can anyone tell me anything about The Tip Tops, a girl group who recorded for Cameo or Parkway? I have a single by them called "Oo Koo Ka Boo" but it's on a UK promo with no writer or producer details. Thanks, Austin P -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 08:37:22 -0000 From: Austin Powell Subject: Carolyn Hester Some weeks ago, a Spectropopper was enquiring about Carolyn Hester and Buddy Holly. My journalist friend and owner of the "Road Goes On Forever" label here, John Tobler, has issued some Hester material, and he forwarded my enquiry to Carolyn. She's just come off a tour and her husband has sent this reply: "Please inform the Buddy Holly inquirer that many great minds and avid collectors and diggers have been and always are constantly on the search for the so-called CH-BH tapes. Nary a sign of them. CH has always said that although they picked some together at the end of the session, she never was of the firm opinion that they had ever been taped, and if they were, they probably have been lost or accidentally destroyed." Austin P. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 09:17:09 -0000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Mark Thatcher and (yet another) Blue Beat Not, I'm assuming, Sir Mark (who would've been a boy at the time anyway), but this Mark Thatcher had a single on United Artists of "The Blue Beat" (1964), which may or not be the Mark Barkan-Ben Raleigh song that I've raised here before with excellent results. Mark Thatcher's singles include (comprise?): Be My Love/Blue Roses, 1964, United Artists 761 Blue Beat/Joanie, 1964, United Artists 734 Did You Give The World Some Love Today/Tell Him You've Got Someone Else, 1968, Diamond 250 Intriguingly, 'Joanie', the B-side of Mark Thatchers 'Blue Beat', is the same title listed as the B-side of Ray Rivera's 'Do The Blue Beat' on RCA (the version I've tentatively IDed as the original of the Barkan-Raleigh song). Is this significant, or coincidental, or what? And who was Mark Thatcher? By the way, my page on the Barkan-Raleigh 'Blue Beat' uses information gleaned from seven other people (three of them Spectropop members), from at least six countries including mine. That gives me some kind of warm glow deep down inside, if you know what I mean. Lyn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 13:24:20 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Re: Ray Peterson Bill Swanke wrote: > Once again the music industry has lost another to Rock n' Roll > Heaven, Ray Peterson. This is tragic news. Ray Peterson was a wonderful singer with one of the most impressive vocal ranges in the business. I loved "Tell Laura I Love Her," which Ray did a fine job of performing live on the "Chapel Of Love" PBS special in 2000. Are any details available about the date and cause of death? As of this writing, I've looked all over the 'Net and done searches of the various online entertainment news sites (Reuters, AP, etc.), but can't find anything at all about Ray's passing. Was he ill for a long time, or was this sudden? A fine and talented man -- this is a sad loss for the music world. Ray Peterson will be missed. Thanks, Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 07:21:17 -0800 (PST) From: Norm D Subject: Besame Mucho Consuelo Valazquez died this week, at the age of 88. She was a prolific composer, best known for "Besame Mucho", which she is believed to have written when she was 15. There must be hundreds of international versions of this song -- The Beatles and Elvis have both had a go. My favourite is by The Coasters. Any other great versions S'poppers would like to recommend? You can read her obit here: Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 08:23:01 -0500 From: Denis Gagnon Subject: Bob & Earl and Antoinette I'm counting on the infinite knowledge of the members of this group to help find out more about two songs of the mid-Sixties. In 1966 I got myself my first ever job, working for an important record distributor in Montreal. Not long after I started working there, I found out about discontinued records. Soon, I was spending most of my lunch hours in the basement, searching amongst tons of discontinued 45 records that I had the privilege to buy for the astronomic sum of 10 cents each. I bought over 1000 discontinued 45s during the seven months of my employment at that company. Today, I am looking for information about two of those discontinued records. The first one is "Jenny, Let Him Go," possibly by an artist named Antoinette. I am not sure the version I had was by this artist, but all I could find on the 'Net is her version. I would like to know more about the artist, and also if there were other versions of the song. The second one is more difficult. The singers were Bob & Earl, but neither side of the 45 was of "Harlem Shuffle." The song I am looking for was a nice ballad and, again, all my research on the Web was unsuccessful in identifying the tittle of the song. Denis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 00:12:57 -0000 From: Shawn Nagy Subject: Gary Paxton productions Does anyone know of Gary Paxton's other CANADIAN group productions besides The Jaybees? I suspect they were 45 releases on Columbia. Shawn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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