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Spectropop - Digest Number 1823



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There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Talking Guitar
           From: Jim Fisher 
      2. Question for Nashville S'poppers - Danny Davis
           From: Brent Cash 
      3. Margaret Ross; "Corinna Corinna"; "You Talk About Love"
           From: Country Paul 
      4. Sparky
           From: Simon White 
      5. Dick Bartley Presents: Classic Oldies 1965-1969
           From: David Bash 
      6. Re: Woo Hoo
           From: Austin Roberts 
      7. Sonovox and talkbox; Steve Allen; WOO Hoo and closing notes
           From: Country Paul 
      8. Re: "Corrina, Corrina" / Talking Guitars / Sonovox
           From: ModGirl 
      9. Re: Founding Del Viking gone
           From: ACJ 
     10. Question for Nashville S'poppers - Tony Moon
           From: Tom Diehl 
     11. Original "Corinna Corinna"
           From: Ed Salamon 
     12. Re: Founding Del Viking gone
           From: Ed Salamon 
     13. Ray Peterson with Bobby Vee and Johnny Crawford Photo
           From: Bob Celli 


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Message: 1 Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 12:18:16 -0800 From: Jim Fisher Subject: Re: Talking Guitar Thanks to S'poppers for the info on "Forever" and how the "Talking Guitar" sound was created. I'm not sure why I said it was "Hawaiian", maybe the South Pacific Bali Hi-type chorus in the background threw my memory out. Someone kindly sent me an MP3 of it and another Pete Drake tune..his version of "Sleepwalk"...also worth a listen for anyone who wants to find out what a Talking Guitar actually has to say. Jim. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 00:13:08 -0000 From: Brent Cash Subject: Question for Nashville S'poppers - Danny Davis Hi everyone, earlier, Skip Woolwine wrote: > One of the great things about living in Nashville is having friends > like Ed Salamon getting some of us old radio guys together with > some of the old music veterans to share stories. Just a few weeks > ago, Ed had myself, Nick Archer (both of us WSM and WLAC alumni), > Austin Roberts, Danny Davis, and Tony Moon over. Skip, next time you or any of the other esteemed "Nashville Cats" visit with Danny Davis can you ask him what he remembers about having produced a single by Proof Of The Puddin' called "Color Wheel/Flying High"? It was on RCA from '67.All I can find on this group is that they were from Indiana. This is an adventurous offering even for 1967, and a very well balanced record. There is more to Danny Davis than just The Nashville Brass, undoubtedly... Best wishes, Brent Cash -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 00:18:33 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Margaret Ross; "Corinna Corinna"; "You Talk About Love" "Please let him love me" is by Margaret Ross? Wow. I haven't enjoyed a new-to-me musica track this much in a long time. This could have been released just as it is and been a serious hit, I believe. Mick, does Margaret remember what year she cut this? I'm also sorry to hear the other Cookies aren't doing well. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. With this news, and the passing of Ray Peterson and so many others, maybe it's time for groups thinking about a reunion to get to it and do it before they can't. Bob Rashkow re: "Corrina, Corrina" > The only other version I've heard [besides Ray Peterson's] is (I > believe) either Dean Martin or Perry Como on the B side of one of > their lower charts (or non-charts). The original r&b hit is by Big Joe Turner on Atlantic - it rocks out! Me earlier: > ... the amazing one-shot "I Know" by Barbara George ... Gary M: > I also like [Barbara George's] follow-up, "You Talk About Love", > with the instrumental break done on drums. Me earlier but later: > Unknown to me, Gary. Thanks to Michael Thom, I've had a chance to hear it. I find it not as obvious a chart number (and history proves that) but what a fine N'awlins sound, right down to Dr. John's great piano work. The drums have that great second-line feeling. Gotta get down to a Mardi Gras sometime soon before all the folks who play that way are gone. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2005 23:10:57 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Sparky Country Paul wrote wrote: > I first came to know the Sonovox through a beloved record from my > childhood called "Sparky's Magic Piano" (Capitol, 1947) in which > a young boy dreams his piano can talk. It was written and produced > by Alan Livingston, with music by Billy May. I had this on a 45 - it struck absolute terror into my 5 year old heart at the time and mere mention of it now Paul, has made me sweat. The piano voice is what did it and when the piano won't play for him on stage... oh my God! Luckily, I also had a Little Richard E.P. to play with "Heebies Jeeby's" and that would calm me back down again. Which explains a lot about me really..... Simon White -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 23:41:37 -0800 From: David Bash Subject: Dick Bartley Presents: Classic Oldies 1965-1969 This may have been discussed here recently, but has anyone here heard this disc? It advertises having first-time ever true stereo versions of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" and "Love Is All Around", but I'm wondering if it's the usual case where something isn't quite right (e.g.some overdubs are missing/added, a verse is missing/added, etc...). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! David Bash -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2005 18:02:32 -0500 From: Austin Roberts Subject: Re: Woo Hoo Now I could be wrong on this but I think the Rock-a-Teens were from the Richmond ,Va. area and the lead singer was Jess Duboy. He did a lot of on camera commercials (mostly Ford I think) throughout the Southeast. If anyone knows more or the truth (in case I'm wrong) please let us know. Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 00:58:36 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Sonovox and talkbox; Steve Allen; WOO Hoo and closing notes RIP David Lerchey. The NY Times ran the same obit that Bill Swanke reprinted, slightly edited to their style. Jim Cassidy: > Back when stores like Woolworth's used to sell cutout 45's in > plastic bags with five (?) discs to a bag, I found myself the > proud owner of another single by "Pete Drake and his Talking > Guitar" called "I'm Just a Guitar (Everybody Picks On Me)" on > Smash. According to All Music Guide, he also had a Top 30 hit > in 1963 with "Talking Steel." There's an entire album in this style on Smash. Joe Nelson, re: Sonovox vs. "talkbox": > I think Walsh and Frampton used a different device. A "talkbox" is a > small, self-contained enclosed amplifier, out of which comes a tube > through which the output from the speaker is then literally "piped" > into the player's mouth. When the player steps up to the mic, he uses > standard voice techniques to contort the sound in his mouth as if he > was speaking, only the sound source isn't his voice box. Walsh > fashioned one out of his standard amp (said he was afraid to use it > for fear he'd get electrocuted), while Frampton, Aerosmith's Joe > Perry and later Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi used commercial units > (probably Electro-Harmonix Golden Throat Mouth Tubes). Dr, Mark on the Sonovox: > "One of the world's first, if not the first, voice-activated electronic > synthesizer vocoder attachment, that Capitol Records calls the Sonovox." > An electronic microphone talk box. It goes over the throat and picks up > vibrations, which are then blended with other recorded sounds. It sounds > like talking into a fan, only in reverse. Bono of the rock group U2 got > his nickname from the Sonovox. His full stage name is "Bono Vox". I stand corrected re: Walsh and Frampton - but I believe Neil Young on "Trans" did use a Sonovox. I was told it comprised a couple of small speakers strapped to the sides of one's vocal cords, which are then vibrated by the music played by the instrument, and the words are mouthed by the wired person (the "wiree"?). I don't know about "blending"; I was told that the texture of the output depends on the kind of instrument played into it. Rob Pingel: > Fans of the late, great Steve Allen may remember a regular segment > on his old show where he would take a popular song of the day and > read the lyrics in a serious, dramatic manner. Steve was not a big > fan of rock and roll, and had a lot of fun doing these type of spoofs. > Two memorably hysterical dramatizations were "Be Bop a Lu La" and > "Whoo Hoo". Allen also did a killer "reading" of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," drawing out every "oo" of Cooke's phrasing. By the way, the original Rock A Teens' release on Roulette is spelled "Woo Hoo." (Just noted in the interest of anti-revisionism!) Mike Edwards re: Fabian, Avalon and Rydell > ...I hope they make it to the Dunkin' Donuts Center here in > Providence. Egads! That's who bought the naming rights to the Civic Center? Ouch! Norm D Plume Re: Ray Peterson, R.I.P. > There's a long obituary of Ray Peterson in UK's The Guardian newspaper > today by journalist Dave Laing. > http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,1402781,00.html Very enlightening. Thanks, Norm. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 16:47:44 -0000 From: ModGirl Subject: Re: "Corrina, Corrina" / Talking Guitars / Sonovox Joni Mitchell did a lovely, subdued version of it on her "Chalkmark in a Rainstorm" LP from 1988. Steppenwolf also did a slow, blues- metal version on "Early Steppenwolf" issued in 1969 (actually recorded in 1967, and I understand the band was actually known as "Sparrow" at the time). Back in the late 70's a group called "Stillwater" from Georgia did a song called "Mindbender" (which was more or less a regional hit) that featured a "singing guitar" with a chorus going something like: "My daddy was a Gibson my mama was a Fender that's why they call me Mindbender..." I swear I'm not making this up! Somebody else out there has heard it! Mark Hill wrote: > "One of the world's first, if not the first, voice-activated > electronic synthesizer vocoder attachment, that Capitol Records > calls the Sonovox." An electronic microphone talk box. It goes > over the throat and picks up vibrations, which are then blended > with other recorded sounds. It sounds like talking into a fan, > only in reverse. Bono of the rock group U2 got his nickname from > the Sonovox. His full stage name is "Bono Vox". Would that be the device so commonly used for radio promo spots back in the day? As in spelling out the call letters and ending with the name of city? I used to LOVE that effect! Kinda cheesy in retrospect, but still way cool. ModGirl P.S. This board ROCKS!!! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 14:16:17 -0500 From: ACJ Subject: Re: Founding Del Viking gone Sorry to hear about Dave Lerchey. "Come Go With Me" was the first "doo-wop" hit that I remember hearing - even in the late '60s and early '70s, when I began listening to top-40 radio, our local top-40 DJ often played that record; and when a new DelVikings group re-did the song in the mid-'70s, it got lots of airplay on our station. ACJ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 00:51:19 -0000 From: Tom Diehl Subject: Question for Nashville S'poppers - Tony Moon Skip Woolwine wrote: > One of the great things about living in Nashville is having friends > like Ed Salamon getting some of us old radio guys together with > some of the old music veterans to share stories. Just a few weeks > ago, Ed had myself, Nick Archer (both of us WSM and WLAC alumni), > Austin Roberts, Danny Davis, and Tony Moon over. Does Tony Moon have email access? I'd be interested in exchanging emails with him. I collect records on the Diamond label as well as the Certron label (which diamond merged with Little Darlin records to form), and one Certron lp I have is "Spend Some Time With Me" by Pozo Seco. Tony arranged and produced the album, as well as playing guitar on it...and i'd love to hear from him as to what he remembers from those sessions. Tom "Diamond" Diehl -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 20:41:33 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Original "Corinna Corinna" Bob Rashkow re: "Corrina, Corrina" > The only other version I've heard [besides Ray Peterson's] is (I > believe) either Dean Martin or Perry Como on the B side of one of > their lower charts (or non-charts). Country Paul: > The original r&b hit is by Big Joe Turner on Atlantic - it rocks > out. "Corrina, Corrina" is an old folk song. Ray said he was influened by Bob Wills hit (1940 on Okeh), which is probably where Joe Turner learned it as well. Ed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 20:24:27 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Re: Founding Del Viking gone ACJ: > a new DelVikings group re-did the song in the mid-'70s, it got lots > of airplay on our station. Because of that record, I placed a master of another Pittsburgh group, The Marcels, which I had produced with Dave Shaffer at his Fox Studios with Scepter subsidiary Queen Bee. Our remakes of "High On A Hill" b/w "In The Still Of The Night" sank quickly as did Queen Bee (which also issued a Screaming Jay Hawkins single, so we were at least in good company). It was booted on blue vinyl (the originals were pressed on styrene) which was cool. Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 20:43:16 -0000 From: Bob Celli Subject: Ray Peterson with Bobby Vee and Johnny Crawford Photo I posted a nice shot of Ray Peterson, Johnny Crawford and Bobby Vee from 1962. Enjoy! Bob Celli -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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