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Topics in this digest:

      1. "Early Girls #4" / Annie Laurie / Julius Dixon (R.I.P.) & Beverly Ross
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. "Children Of St. Monica"
           From: Steve Jarrell 
      3. Re: No Bass
           From: John Fox 
      4. The Storey Sisters
           From: Javed Jafri 
      5. Re: The Chantays & Lawrence Welk
           From: Clark Besch 
      6. Re: The Flirtations
           From: James 
      7. The Nightriders - both sides now @ musica
           From: Eddy 
      8. Re: Don Grady
           From: Mikey 
      9. Joe Martin Baritone of The Willows Has Passed Away
           From: Bill Swanke 
     10. "Nobody Needs Your Love More Than I Do"; Robbie Lee
           From: Julio Niño 
     11. Nico
           From: Richard Williams 
     12. Re: Larry Welk
           From: Bob Witkin 
     13. West Side Story
           From: Dave Monroe 
     14. Re: The Marauders / Laurie Records
           From: Dave O'Gara 
     15. Re: No Bass
           From: Steve Harvey 
     16. Hit Records  stereo
           From: Ed B 
     17. Don Grady
           From: Jon Christopher Pennington 
     18. Help with the Emotions!
           From: Clark Besch 
     19. Re: The Storey Sisters & other new identities
           From: Stephen C. Propes 
     20. Re: No Bass
           From: Einar Einarsson Kvaran 
     21. Jenny & The Jewels now playing at Musica
           From: Paul Urbahns 
     22. Re: Larry Welk
           From: Clalrk Besch 
     23. Re: No Bass
           From: Michael Thom 
     24. Sound Judgment - Happy Without You
           From: Lyn Nuttall 
     25. Rest in Peace, Gidget! Actress Sandra Dee dead at age 62
           From: Karen Andrew 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 13:05:49 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: "Early Girls #4" / Annie Laurie / Julius Dixon (R.I.P.) & Beverly Ross Jim Allio wrote: > "Early Girls 4" sounds fabulous ... Wondering if the Annie > Laurie track is the same song Gene Pitney did and whether > it predates his hit. No, different song, but just as good. Annie Laurie's "It Hurts To Be In Love" was written by Julius Dixon and Beverly Ross, the same team that wrote "Lollipop, the Chordettes' smash. Dixon and Ross were an unusual partnership, in that he was black and she was white. He was a lot older than her too. They wrote a bunch of good songs together, and with other collaborators. Julius Dixon died not too long ago. Betty Everett did an excellent version of "It Hurts To Be In Love" on VJ. Annie Laurie's is the original. "Early Girls #4" will be out in a week or so. In the meantime, here's what it says about Annie Laurie in the booklet: "R & B songstress ANNIE LAURIE was born in Atlanta, Georgia and embarked on her career in the mid-1940s performing with the bands of Snookum Russell and Dallas Bartley. She made her recording debut fronting the latter outfit with 'St. Louis Blues' in 1945. Upon relocating to New Orleans, she was hired by Paul Gayten, with whose ensemble she charted for DeLuxe Records in 1947 with 'Since I Fell For You'. Further big R & B sellers like 'Cuttin' In' and 'I'll Never Be Free' ensued before Annie struck out solo, first at the Okeh label, then Savoy. Returning to DeLuxe in 1957, she scored her biggest ever hit with 'IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE', her only record to crossover to the pop charts. She closed her account with the label in 1960 with 'If You're Lonely', another R & B charter. 1962 found her waxing for the Ritz label, following which she withdrew from the secular arena to concentrate on religious music. Annie Laurie was, it is said, the favourite singer of Dinah Washington." Julius Dixon, R.I.P. Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 01:18:40 -0000 From: Steve Jarrell Subject: "Children Of St. Monica" "Thank you" to all the S'Poppers that took the time to help me find "The Children Of St. Monica". I passed the word to my listener who was delighted! She stated that she had been trying to find the song for over 30 years! You made her extremely happy, and brought back a memory. Isn't that what it's all about? Steve Jarrell -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 20:44:10 EST From: John Fox Subject: Re: No Bass Previously: > 'Pipeline" was one of the few rock records to be recorded without > a bass or bass guitar. Boy, it sure sounds like there's a bass guitar in there, but I guess it's just a bassy 6-string. One other big hit without a bass is "Bristol Stomp". I'll never understand this, because the bass is so prominent (and so good) on virtually every other Cameo-Parkway record (witness anything by The Orlons). But, true to Cameo-Parkway's copycat approach, it worked so well for The Dovells that Kal Mann & Co. left the bass off of "Bristol Twistin' Annie" as well. John Fox -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 20:56:51 -0800 From: Javed Jafri Subject: The Storey Sisters It's rare that anything heard on oldies radio surprises me these days but it happened today. I was listening to WKBW from Buffalo, NY and heard them play a song called "Bad Motorcycle" by a group called the Storey Sisters. A really rocking late 50's tune. An example of female rockabilly. I don't recall ever hearing this record before and since it was a girl group I'm surprised that I do not ever recall a mention on this list. Can someone give me the scoop on the Storey Sisters. The announcer said they were from Philadelphia. Javed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 06:35:44 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: The Chantays & Lawrence Welk Previously: > Interviewed in the 1970s, Welk admitted that he really liked the > sound of "Pipeline" and thought is was a "great little record by > boys so young". That Lawrence Welk.....what a Cut-up!!!! Chris: > Yes, but it works better with the proper pronunciation: "I really > like-ed the sound of-a 'Pipe-a-line-ah'; it was a great-a little-a > record-a py poys so young-ah." Yes I do listen to a lot of Stan > Freberg, Chris, you are SO on it! How bout the song where Lawrence is a villian?? The classic Brother 4 song, "Ratman and Bobbin" in which it is discovered that Welk is the "Mad barber"! He retorts: "Yes, it's-a me. An it's these teenagers that are driving me insane. It's all that dancing and that fruging and all that...." as he is led away by the police commisioner. Great record! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 12:01:26 -0000 From: James Subject: Re: The Flirtations Nick Archer: > I was visiting Radio Luxembourg in 1980 and got a tour from one > of the DJs, Bob Stewart. In passing he mentioned that one of the > Flirtations had gotten a job as a presenter on Radio Luxembourg. > Does anyone know who that was? It probably was Viola Bullips...because in 1980 the Flirtations (Loretta Noble, Betty and Ernestine) were the group and they still went on to record "Earthquake," "Read All About It" and "Get Up." --James -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 14:03:00 +0100 From: Eddy Subject: The Nightriders - both sides now @ musica The RealAudio version of the Nightriders' "It's Only The Dog" in Musica has been replaced by an mp3 copy, along with the B-side. Enjoy ! Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 08:23:33 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Don Grady Den: > I think Don Grady was Chip, or one of Fred MacMurray's other > "sons" in My Three Sons. Don Grady was Robbie Douglas, on My Three Sons. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 07:50:53 -0600 (Central Standard Time) From: Bill Swanke Subject: Joe Martin Baritone of The Willows Has Passed Away Joseph Martin, an original member of the Willows, the 1950s doo-wop group who hit the national charts with "Church Bells May Ring" in 1956, has died. Martin, 70, died at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City on Saturday morning, February 19, 2005 after a long illness. Born in Harlem, New York on February 12, 1935, baritone Joe Martin and his twin brother, second tenor, Ralph Martin, joined forces with Richie Davis, Tony Middleton, and John Thomas "Scooter" Steele to form the original Five Willows in their West 115th Street neighborhood in 1952. The Five Willows signed with Peter Doraine's Allen label the following year and scored a regional hit with their original composition, "My Dear Dearest Darling". "I remember seeing the Orioles at the Apollo Theater," Joe recalled in a 1993 interview. "I said, 'One day we're going to make it up there.' People said it would never happen. But we kept on going with it, and eventually we did it." The Five Willows recorded collectors' prizes in "Dolores", "White Cliffs of Dover", and "Love Bells" for Doraine into 1954 before waxing a pair of unsuccessful discs for Herald. Signing with Morty Craft's Melba imprint in early 1956, the Willows (they had dropped the "Five" after Joe had overslept and missed a matinee show during an Apollo engagement) brought "Church Bells May Ring", a song that Herald had rejected, to their first session. "'Church Bells' was a slow song," Joe remembered. "It was a little faster than 'My Dear Dearest Darling'. We decided we wanted it speeded up. It sounded pretty good as a ballad, but step it up, and it sounds better. So we did. It took about four takes." Craft had budding songwriter Neil Sedaka overdub chimes on the doo-wop rocker, which sold over 4,000 copies around New York in the first two days after it was released. The song peaked at #14 on the R&B chart and #62 on Billboard's pop chart, eclipsed by a cover version by the Diamonds on Mercury. The Willows ultimately sued Craft for non- payment of royalties and were awarded a lump sum of $1200 after the label owner declared bankruptcy. Although the Willows never hit the national charts again, they performed and recorded regularly for Melba, Club, El Dorado, Gone, Warwick, and Heidi, into 1964. The Martin twins appeared on every record and recruited Joe's wife, Dottie, to replace Tony Middleton after he left to embark on a solo career in 1959. After a one-off performance in 1972, Middleton, Davis, the Martin twins, and Steele reformed the group for personal appearances in 1983. They worked sporadically until 1989. The year following Steele's 1997 death, the group reformed with the four surviving original members, playing various concert venues on the East Coast and participating in a PBS-TV special. The Willows, which are now comprised of Middleton, Davis, Ralph Martin, and Middleton's son, Desi, under Musicial Director/Manager Michael Cee are scheduled to appear in England later this spring. "Joe suffered a stroke about a year ago, and he never recovered from it," explained first tenor Richie Davis, who first met the Martins at age 10. He had been in a nursing home for some time, and had recently been moved to the hospital. We had some really good times together and I will certainly miss him." Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (1939-2000), and fellow Willows John Thomas Steele, Richard Simon, and Freddy Donovan, who passed on in 1986. Survivors include two daughters, Terri and Debbie, one son, Richard, and numerous grandchildren. Article courtesy of Todd Baptista Author:Echoes Of The Rhythm And Blues Era Funeral Arrangements to be announced. Willie C. See the Cafe at: Listen to the Cafe at: BLOG the Cafe at: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 15:45:31 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: "Nobody Needs Your Love More Than I Do"; Robbie Lee Hola Everybody. Is Less More? Sometimes. One of my musical thrills this week has been discovering Tammy Grimes´ majestic version of Randy Newman´s "Nobody Needs Your Love More Than I Do" (thanks, Martin). Listening to Tammy´s version made me feel like listening to Jerry Butler´s version, which I´ve been doing this morning (I think that jumping from version to version is one of the most fun thing about oldies music). Jerry´s version is much more austere but in my opinion somehow that control increases the emotional impact of the track. Maybe it´s the effect of the transparent sunny Sunday morning, or maybe it´s because the hyacinths flowers have suddenly bloomed in my balconies, but listening to Jerry has left me in a state of astonishment. While I was searching for Jerry´s song among my totally chaotic possessions, I found a track that I have forgotten but which I used to have a crush on some years ago: "Heart For Sale" by Robbie Lee (real name Olivia Robinette, according to the information in another record about AFO); It distils innocence. The tune is included in an ACE records compilation about AFO records and was previously unreleased. I only know one other song by Robbie, "True Love" , also on AFO records, but oddly in this latter track she sounds like a totally different girl to my ears. I would love it if someone could tell me something more about Robbie/Olivia. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 14:20:46 +0000 From: Richard Williams Subject: Nico Further to recent posts on the subject of Nico's death and her version of "Deutschland Uber Alles": 1. She died after falling off her bicycle on the island of Ibiza, where she had lived on and off for many years. A heart attack was the cause, if I remember correctly. 2. My most vivid Nico memory is from 1974 and concerns taking her, John Cale and Brian Eno to a music festival in East Berlin (as it was then). It was held in the National Gallery, a beautiful black glass box designed by Mies Van Der Rohe. When she performed "Das Lied Der Deutschen" (its proper name, I believe), the full house -- predominantly students, or student-age -- practically rioted, not least because she included a verse that had been banned since the end of WW2. Cale accompanied her by playing random Warsaw Concerto-style arpeggios at full volume, while Eno produced the noise of a thousand-bomber raid on his VCS3 synth. I had very mixed feelings about the whole thing, which time has failed to clarify. Certainly her performance had its roots in her own childhood memories of wartime Berlin -- and if you want to know what that was like, read Anthony Beevor's recent book. Solemn interlude over. Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 10:53:38 EST From: Bob Witkin Subject: Re: Larry Welk I remember reading that Welk - who grew up in North Dakota did not speak English until his late teens or early twenties. Bob Witkin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 08:30:14 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: West Side Story Bill George wrote: > And let's all write AMC letters complaining about cutting Jackie > DeShannon's songs from Cmon On Let's Live A Little. Would they > cut Natalie Wood's songs out of West Side Story?!? If ONLY someone would cut Natalie Wood's (or, at any rate, whoever's doing her singing for her) songs out of WSS. Especially "I Fell Pretty." Downright ridiculous. Just leave in the stuff featuring Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris and Rita Moreno, and it'd be much better. All the cool and/or funny numbers, vs. the schmaltzy ones. That's a hell of a film on the big screen, by the way, all angles and action and grace. Okay, I be quiet now. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 18:03:04 -0000 From: Dave O'Gara Subject: Re: The Marauders / Laurie Records Scott Swanson wrote: > In 1964 an Australian band called The Cicadas covered both sides of > The Marauders' 1963 release "That's What I Want"/"Hey Wha'D'Ya Say". > I'm not even sure if the Marauders 45 was even released in Australia! Seeing this post reminded me that I always enjoyed The Marauders' cover of the Spoonful's "Jugband Music" on Laurie Recoreds. But I haven't been able to find a copy of it. Doing a recent search I ran across a website that I think S'poppers might find interesting; it's called Both Sides Now: I haven't read everything on the site, but their homepage seems to have links to topics that are often discussed here. I used their search box to find info on Laurie and discoverd an interesting couple of interview paragraphs with Laurie co-founder Gene Schwartz. In the article, he talks about recording their acts on two track, not for stereo purposes but for ease in mixing down afterwards. The interview can be found here: Dave 0' -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 15:14:52 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: No Bass John Fox wrote [about the Chantays "Pipeline"]: > Boy, it sure sounds like there's a bass guitar in > there, but I guess it's just a bassy 6-string. Yes, they turned the bass up on one of the guitars to compensate for no bassist at the time of the recording. Steve Harvey. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 23:37:50 -0000 From: Ed B Subject: Hit Records stereo The subject of Hit Record singles in stereo apparently wasn't mentioned in the recent thread about "Keep On Dancin'" etc. Upon listening to various singles I have quite a few that are in real stereo which is rare for 63'-66' singles "When I grow Up To Be A Man"/"Matchbox # 147" is a good example. Ed B -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 16:26:35 -0800 From: Jon Christopher Pennington Subject: Don Grady I think Don Grady also released an album under his real name, Don Agrati, for Elektra Records, sometime in the early 70s. Haven't heard it, but it probably doesn't hold a candle to the Canterbury-era stuff. Jon P. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 21:15:06 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Help with the Emotions! Hi, altho this isn't usual S'pop chatter, I am looking for help. I just found out a co-worker is brother to the Emotions, the sister group who won a Grammy for "Best of my Love" in 1978. I have a lot of material on their 70's days, but am looking for any 60's material--videos, radio charts, pictures, etc. The sisters' names are the Hitchinsons and they began singing at 4 and 5 years with musical father who had them on gospel tours by late 50's. They were from Chicago's south side--even more interesting to me! Performed on the Jerry Van Dyke show in 58 and changed their name to the Hutchinson Sunbeams. They sang with Mahalia Jackson and others on gospel tours. They became the Heavenly Sunbeams and in their high school years, dad and girls became "Three Ribbons and a Bow". At the recommendation of Purvis Staples, they signed to Stax/Volt as the Emotions. Their first performance in late 60's with Volt was at Chicago's Regal Theatre and soon toured with the Jackson 5 and Staple Singers. Isaac Hayes produced their first LP and biggest Volt single "So I Can Love You" (anyone have this? Could you email me offlist). In 71, they appeared in the movie Wattstax with label mates, Rufus and Carla Thomas and Johnny Taylor. Any info or information on their 50's 60's years would be GREATLY appreciated--or if Artie wayne or anyone else worked with them and has any memories to share. Now's the time! THANKS a million! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 02:26:31 -0000 From: Stephen C. Propes Subject: Re: The Storey Sisters & other new identities Javed: > I was listening to WKBW from Buffalo, NY and heard them play a > song called "Bad Motorcycle" by a group called the Storey Sisters. > A really rocking late 50's tune. An example of female rockabilly. Maybe I'm wrong on this one, but I think that the version by the Twinkles on Peak is identical to the Storey Sisters on Cameo - in other words, same take, different identity. It was also issued as the Angelos on Tollie as "Bad Motorcycle (Wooden Wooden)." If it's not the case, then the Storey Sister/Twinkles releases are at least examples of the same a/b-side ("Sweet Daddy") in a cover/ remake version, so either way, it qualifies for something. BTW, "Bad Motorcycle" is a great song - but with lyrics like "he's a bad motorcyle...vroom, vroom, vroom" - how could it miss? BTW, this wouldn't be the only time that Cameo/Parkway pulled this very move: they picked up the break-in "The Trial" by Herb B. Lou & the Legal Eagles on the Arch label out of L.A. (Herb=Herb Alpert; Lou=Lou Adler, no less) and renamed the act, Jerry Field & the Lawyers for the releases visit to Parkway. Any other examples of this tactic anyone can think of, and what is a good name for this tactic of picking up a master and renaming the act (re-grouping, maybe)? Steve -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 22:05:06 -0800 (PST) From: Einar Einarsson Kvaran Subject: Re: No Bass Steve Harvey: > 'Pipeline" was one of the few rock records to be > recorded without a bass or bass guitar. John Fox: > One other big hit without a bass is "Bristol Stomp". I believe that the Santo & Johnny's 1959 hit "Sleepwalk" was recorded with out a bass. Einar -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 23:11:47 EST From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Jenny & The Jewels now playing at Musica Now playing for a very limited time at Musica is Jenny & The Jewels - "Baby Love". To me it sounds like Peggy Gaines, but it could be The Avons. Paul Urbahns. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 01:19:57 -0000 From: Clalrk Besch Subject: Re: Larry Welk Phil X Milstein wrote: > Welk was born and entirely raised in the U.S. > However, he grew up in an isolated enclave of German immigrants > in, I believe, Nebraska, thus accounting for his accent. Phillip, why-a would you think-a Mr. Welk-a grew up-a here in-a Nebraska-a? I-a think-a he was-a born-a in-a Dakota-a, at least-a when he was-a one and a two and-a....... Clark-a -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 04:55:38 -0600 From: Michael Thom Subject: Re: No Bass Another hit without a bass is "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam. Recorded as a throwaway B-side, Paul Leka (who co-wrote it) noted years later, "We didn't even put a bass on it. It was a piece of **** then and it's a piece of **** now." But I'm sure he didn't mind the royalties! Michael T. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 12:01:08 -0000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Sound Judgment - Happy Without You This is a single from '68 on Kapp, #914. If anyone has this 45 and can read the writing credits on the label, I'd be fascinated to know if they mention Kenny Laguna and Shelley Pinz, the writers of 'Green Tambourine'. (I've seen the group name as The Sound Judgement but that could be wrong. Not sure about the 'The' in either case. One listing has 'Happy Without Him': a mistake?) In Australia, a song called 'Happy Without You' (Laguna-Pinz) was a hit by our Strangers, a glorious piece of late-60s soul -tinged pop. Hence my interest. Thanks, Lyn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 16:09:06 -0800 (PST) From: Karen Andrew Subject: Rest in Peace, Gidget! Actress Sandra Dee dead at age 62 Several papers and Associated Press are carrying the story. This is from the San Diego Union: LOS ANGELES – Actress Sandra Dee, the blond beauty who attracted a large teen audience in the 1960s with films such as "Gidget" and "Tammy and the Doctor" and had a headlined marriage to pop singer Bobby Darin, died Sunday. She was 63. Dee died at 5:57 a.m. at the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, said Cynthia Mead, nursing supervisor. Links to complete story: Also, in San Fran. Chronicle, New York Times, etc. Karen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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