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Spectropop - Digest Number 1818

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There are 14 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Solomon King
           From: Larry Watts, Jr. 
      2. Demo-A-Go-Go
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
      3. Re: France Gall
           From: Frank 
      4. Re: The Chiffons
           From: Tony Leong 
      5. Kerri Downs in musica
           From: David A Young 
      6. Photos section: Ray Peterson, Toni Wine, Jimmy Griffin
           From: Clark Besch 
      7. Re: Ray Peterson
           From: Gary Myers 
      8. Re: Birdlegs & Pauline
           From: Gary Myers 
      9. Re: Antoinette
           From: Scott Swanson 
     10. Re: "She Wears My Ring"
           From: Lyn Nuttall 
     11. Answers, "Ya Ya" and N'awlins; no CH-BH; "Hey Ya"; on musica; "Spring"; short takes
           From: Country Paul 
     12. Besame Mucho
           From: Richard Williams 
     13. Re: rockin' in the basement
           From: Mikey 
     14. Re: Besame Mucho
           From: James Botticelli 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 20:58:13 -0500 From: Larry Watts, Jr. 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'. This also showed up on EMI's "Talcum Soul 4," and is one of the 5 songs there, out of 26 total, which has no backstory in the notes. It is noted that it was arranged and conducted by Nicky Welsh and produced by Bob Barrett. Released in 1970. I've been trying to find out what the original label was for close to a year. pres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:01:40 -0500 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Demo-A-Go-Go The unreleased demos keep on coming. Now playing at musica is a Dick Charles Recording 10" acetate of a song called "Please Let Him Love Me". There is no artist listed on the label, but I have a feeling the Spectropop detectives will get to the bottom of this one, too. Coming soon will be the third of the Kenny Young demos trilogy, and I know Julio will be pleased. I suspect he'll be saying "danke schoen". Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 05:20:11 +0100 From: Frank Subject: Re: France Gall Phil M. wrote: > Frank, I feel safe in speaking for the entire Spectropop membership > in asking you, for the next time you speak to Miss Gall, to extend our > deep affection and admiration for her work and for her directly. I saw France yesterday and conveyed your words. She was sincerely pleased and asked me to thank you very kindly. By the way she gave me a copy of the elusive "Zozoi," which I'll try to play at musica. Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 05:41:54 -0000 From: Tony Leong Subject: Re: The Chiffons Austin Powell wrote: > 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?! There is no connection between the Laurie Chiffons (Pat, Sylvia, Barbara and Judy) and the Big Deal Chiffons. They are different groups, and John Clemente is probably right in assuming that those Big Deal Chiffons were from the West Coast. But anyhow, it was erroneous for several publications to write that the Laurie Chiffons were the Chiffons that recorded "Tonight's The Night" in 1960. The quartet of Chiffons that we all love did not record under that name until "He's So Fine" in late 1962. Until then, they were just three (later four when Sylvia was brought into the unit) ladies that sang together on a demo tape that Ronnie Mack peddled around to different publishers. Getting back to the Big Deal Chiffons (whoever they were), their voices sound nothing like Sylvia, Judy, Pat or Barbara, so yes, they are a different group altogether! Tony Leong -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 05:51:57 -0000 From: David A Young Subject: Kerri Downs in musica Greetings, After reading about it at a coupla weeks ago, Julio (whom I suspect doesn't like to be kept waiting, so I apologize for my overdue response) expressed interest in Kerri Downs's song "The Last Night in My Daddy's Arms," described on Sheila's site thusly: "...perverted lyrics. Very disturbing." True enough, girlfriend: Next to this one, Marcie Blane's "Who's Going to Take My Daddy's Place" sounds downright innocuous (although Patience and Prudence's "A Smile and a Ribbon" still has the power to creep me out). I'd love to know more about Kerri, who had at least five singles from '63 through '66 (one on Vel-V-Tone and two each on Epic and UA), the final one of which has "Last Night..." (now playing in musica) as its A-side. Each record can be highly recommended to girl-group aficionados for at least one of its sides. Can anyone educate us about Ms. Downs, and did she have any other releases I didn't cite? David A. Young -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 06:24:23 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Photos section: Ray Peterson, Toni Wine, Jimmy Griffin Hi, now that Musica is playing up, I'll post a few photos. Recently discussed Toni Wine, the late great Jimmy Griffin, and the late Ray Peterson's concert review from December, 1964--just over 40 years ago! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 23:34:01 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Ray Peterson Country Paul: > I always felt that the Elvis version of "Wonder" couldn't > even find a candle to hold against Ray's gorgeous original I agree. I backed him a couple of times - great singer and a nice guy. He did an LP of standards around '65 called (IIRC) "The Other Side Of Ray Peterson". gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 22:42:14 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Birdlegs & Pauline Dave Monroe: > I'm positive I have another Birdlegs & Pauline 45. > I'll get back to you on it. Yes, please do! I haven't heard of it in the past 12 yrs of WI music research. I've spoken with Sidney (Birdlegs) many times (just last week, in fact), so maybe he doesn't even know of it. ("Spring" was on both Cuca and Vee Jay. Could that be what you're thinking of?) Pauline (Chivers) had 4 releases on Expo and Opex. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 06:57:36 -0800 From: Scott Swanson Subject: Re: Antoinette Denis: > 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. Here's what I can tell you about Antoinette: "Antoinette" was the alias of 13-year-old London schoolgirl Marie Antoinette Daly. "Jenny Let Him Go" (Decca F 11820, 1/64) was her debut 45, and I'm pretty sure she did the original version of the song, as both it and its flipside ("Please Don't Hurt Me Anymore") list the same songwriter: "Lewis" (possibly Ken Lewis?). The 45 was apparently also released in Canada (London 9642) but I've yet to see a U.S. copy. The single didn't sell and Decca dropped her, so she moved to Piccadilly and released the Spectropoppish "There He Goes (The Boy I Love)" b/w "Little Things Mean A Lot". Both 45s were produced by Charles Blackwell. She recorded some more singles for Piccadilly but I only know of sporadic song titles: "Why Don't I Run Away From You," "Lullaby Of Love" and "I'm For You". Supposedly, she later recorded under the name Toni Daly, but I can't confirm that. I'm pretty sure she's not related to the Toni Dalli who released records on Decca and Columbia (that was an Italian guy, I think). Perhaps she's the "Tony Daly" who sang on the "Sorcerers" soundtrack in 1967? She later forged a career as a jazz/nightclub singer under her married name Toni [Tony?] Baxter. That's all I know. I'm sure some other fine Spectropoppers can fill in the missing pieces! Scott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 17:56:18 +1000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Re: "She Wears My Ring" Country Paul wrote: > 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). The composer Serradell was definitely Mexican, born in Veracruz: I don't think there's any doubt about that. I've seen in several places the statement that 'La Golondrina' was 'Argentinian in origin' but I've never found any supporting evidence, in relation to either the composer or the song (known, after all, as "The Mexican 'Home Sweet Home' "!). In the meantime I've tentatively concluded that it's a mistake, repeated until it's believed. As always, though, I'm happy to be proven wrong in the interests of the truth! Lyn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 00:50:23 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Answers, "Ya Ya" and N'awlins; no CH-BH; "Hey Ya"; on musica; "Spring"; short takes Pres, re: uniqueness of records, and said uniqueness requiring "answer records": > 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. "Ya Ya" had the New Orleans flavor, which was not uncommon at the time, Pres. Remember that Fats Domino was a regular hitmaker all through the 50s and into the 60s, and many New Orleans artists had multiple hits, including Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns, Shirley & Lee, Lloyd Price and the amazing one-shot "I Know" by Barbara George (which was sort of answered by the Shirelles' "Everybody Loves A Lover" copping not only its arrangement but the trumpet instrumental note-for-note. "Ya Ya," while uniquely Allen Toussaint, was piano-driven, as was most New Orleans music; and in a sense, every Toussaint production was an answer to the one before because of the uniqueness of his arranging and texture. So "Mother-In-Law" in a way answered itself when Benny Spellman (the bass on M-I-L) asked for and got his own record, "Lipstick Traces" (including copping his own bass riff on the line "Don't leave me no more"); so many of Lee Dorsey's early records were also "movements of the same suite" as well. By the way, a great Harold Battiste/Toussaint-influenced New Orleans sound of the era, unfortunately never properly discovered, is Jimmy Jules' "Talk About You" (Atlantic), which definitely shows its M-I-L roots (and seems to share the background chorus of Ernie K-Doe's own follow-up, "Te Ta Te Ta Ta," also greatly under-rated. Austin Powell channeling Carolyn Hester's husband: > 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." Darn. Pres again: > 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. It's a little past the season, but check out for an amazing Hanukkah parody. The mp3 on the site is in stereo, or click on the flash animation - it's worth it IMO! But I digress.... A true gem at musica: "Unidentified Female" turns in a superbly early Spectorian sound on "Please Let Him Love Me." This was only a demo? How could it miss coming out exactly as is? Speculation abounds as to who this might be; can I offer the possibility of Maureen Gray of "Dancing The Strand" fame? This track has got it! Also at musica, Tom "Diamond" Diehl, thanks for Jordan & Wayne's "Find A Little Happiness" now playing at musica. This is my first exposure to the song as well. Very sweet. Artie, are you the top or bottom voice? 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 have never heard this track, but the duo's name has always intrigued me. Is it available, or could it be played to musica, please? Short takes: Rob Pingel reinstates the discussion about "Frequently misheard lyrics." Not misheard, but consciously mis-spoken was a Providence DJ's naming of that Herman's Hermits classic, "She's A Muscular Boy." Norm D: > Consuelo Valazquez died this known for "Besame Mucho".... > You can read her obit here: Interesting life. Thanks, Norm. I wrote: > By the way, what do folks feel about La Bamba, the Ritchie Valens > movie starring Lou Diamond Phillips? Steve Harvey: > It was good thanks to the appearance of Marshall "Zircon" Crenshaw! A high point, to be sure. Saw him live twice over the past year or so; still fine. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 10:01:59 +0000 From: Richard Williams Subject: Besame Mucho Norm D wrote: > "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 was a year in the mid-'90s when I couldn't go anywhere without hearing Besame Mucho: fortunately, it's one of those rare songs that accrete value through repetition. My favourite version is an instrumental reading by the late French pianist Michel Petrucciani, plus string quartet, on a Dreyfus album called Marvellous. But I can listen to it by anybody, any time, anywhere, thanks to the marvellous architecture of its melody: a slow rise, followed by an elegant descent (just like life, really...). Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 21:15:32 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: rockin' in the basement Denis Gagnon wrote: > In 1966 I got myself my first ever job, working for an > important record distributor in Montreal..... I bought over > 1000 discontinued 45s during the seven months of my employment > at that company. Wow, what a dream job that must have been. Do you still have the records? Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 21:39:45 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Besame Mucho Norm D. wrote: > 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. ... Any other > great versions S'poppers would like to recommend? For a wonderful modern Breakbeat/Latin/Electronica rendition I refer you to one Señor Coconut, a.k.a. Los Samplers, a.k.a. Atom Heart, a German transplant working somewhere in Latin America. A unique drink of water if ever there was one. JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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