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There are 24 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Eddie Hodges' "Secret"
           From: John DeAngelis 
      2. Re: bubblegum reunion
           From: Larry Bromley 
      3. Re: Bubblegum Reunion
           From: Stephanie 
      4. Re: bubblegum reunion
           From: Laura Pinto 
      5. Eddie's "Secret " (in Jack Nitzsche's ROTW)
           From: Julio Niño 
      6. Re: 4-track/8-track tapes
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      7. Re: Artie Wayne & the 5th Dimension
           From: Artie Wayne 
      8. Re: "It's Only The Dog"
           From: Clark Besch 
      9. now at musica: Gene Vincent's "The Night Is So Lonely"
           From: Country Paul 
     10. Re: Low Grades - Orlons?
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     11. Re: The Teddy Bears in musica
           From: Martin Roberts 
     12. Re: Farmer's Daughter; Yellow Balloon; Hugh McCracken
           From: Country Paul 
     13. Re: John D. Loudermilk; Farmer's Daughter
           From: Country Paul 
     14. Re: WKBW
           From: Andrew C Jones 
     15. Canadian R&R.
           From: Mike Bennidict 
     16. Roadside Welk; Lenny LeBlanc; "To Know Him..."; Bradley's Barn
           From: Country Paul 
     17. Tommy James news; WWKB/WKBW; Gates of Eden
           From: Country Paul 
     18. Stark Naked & the Car Thieves
           From: Gary Myers 
     19. Rondo-lette
           From: Joe Nelson 
     20. Chris Curtis, R.I.P.
           From: Roy Clough 
     21. ATV House/Pye Studios
           From: Richard Williams 
     22. Lost in the Grooves reading / radio special
           From: Kim Cooper 
     23. Re: Don Grady
           From: Mark 
     24. Re: Adam's Apples
           From: Mark 

Message: 1 Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 03:39:08 -0000 From: John DeAngelis Subject: Re: Eddie Hodges' "Secret" Very nice! The part of the song that goes "A secret, a secret, we want to tell our secret" is "borrowed" from another song that escapes my memory at the moment. Can anybody help? Thanks, John DeAngelis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 15:46:25 -0800 (PST) From: Larry Bromley Subject: Re: bubblegum reunion Boomer wrote: > I am hoping to create a "reunion" of about 4 or 5 former Bubblegum > Music performing artists who might be interested in performing > together... As a Boston Red Sox fan who enjoyed the true "Impossible Dream" last year, I want to point out that The Cowsills performed the national anthem at Fenway Park during the World Series. According to the commentators, the family still lives in Rhode Island. Possibly the Red Sox front office could put you in touch with them. Larry -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 20:05:54 -0000 From: Stephanie Subject: Re: Bubblegum Reunion Boomer wrote: > I am hoping to create a "reunion" of about 4 or 5 former bubblegum > music performing artists who might be interested in performing > together ... You can go to and and e-mail them from there. I think that Eric Carmen and The Raspberries have a website as well. I know that exists so you may be able to get The Mccoys through that. Stephanie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 11:42:43 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Re: bubblegum reunion Boomer wrote: > I am hoping to create a "reunion" of about 4 or 5 former Bubblegum > Music performing artists who might be interested in performing > together... Two great sites to check out are those of Ron Dante (The Archies and The Cuff Links) at and the 1910 Fruitgum Co. at . Ron and the Fruitgum Co. perform together quite often; in fact, they just did a show together in Cincinnati last weekend. I think I've read also that some members of the De Francos and the Cowsills are still performing but I'm not 100% sure. Best of luck to you in coordinating this. Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 11:31:53 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Eddie's "Secret " (in Jack Nitzsche's ROTW) Hola Everybody. I'm back home from working. I was almost cryogenized because the morning is unbelievably cold here in Madrid, but, luckily, listening to "Secret" by Eddie Hodges, the current Record of the Week in Jack Nitzsche web page ( ) has warmed me up a little. Thanks again, Martin. Eddie's voice in that period perfectly transmits that combination of anxiety, urgency and innocence that 's characteristic of some teen singers, and I find so irresistible because it illustrates very well my fantasies about teenagers. I particularly like the rhythm track and the strings arrangement of the song. And continuing with Terry Melcher productions for Eddie Hodges, was Eddie's "Halfway" arranged by Jack Nitzsche?. I've never listened to Eddie's version, which I would love to, but I love Bruce & Terry's demo. Some humanity benefactor should urgently make a compilation of Eddie Hodges songs. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 10:58:50 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Re: 4-track/8-track tapes Tom Taber wrote: > Have any of you ever taken apart and repaired a broken > 8-track? Having done so, I can say I'd rather attempt brain > surgery on an unsedated beast. I know exactly what you mean! Or at least with the 4-track tapes that preceded the 8-tracks (the difference being that the 8-tracks integrated the drive wheel, whereas on 4-track machines it popped up from within the machine upon tape insertion). Many of the 4-tracks I had had clear plastic cases which made seeing how it should look a tad easier. The accursed bit was getting that little bit of wire that re-directed the tape direction right as you shut the case. However, the sound of a 4-track in a mini in London in the sixties was heavenly (I had the Byrds, Beau Brummells, Beach Boys and Love amongst others) -- quite the best car sound I've ever had. There was only one place called King Stereo that I can ever recall stocking them in London. Kingsley Abbott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 06:42:10 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Artie Wayne & the 5th Dimension Paul, Antone -- how ya'll doin'? Thanks for the nice words about "Flashback," which I wrote with my long-time pal Alan O'Day. It was a real story about my break-up with my girlfriend the night before my writing session with Alan. What stands out in my mind is that it was the first time I used self-hypnosis to access a lyric deep inside of me. Alan was as surprised as I was when I came out of my hypnotic state with the entire first verse intact: ----- I wake up in a cold sweat to a clock that says it's only three AM Thinking that I touched you when I really only dreamed of you again I'm clinging to my pillow, like a drowning man would Hold on and feel a flood of memories rushing in And I Flashback Back to the time you were mine and we lived in a love song Flashback Chasin' the sun we would run with a dream we could grow on Everything that we touched turned to love. (copyright 1973 Warner Bros. Music / E.H. Morris Music) ----- In addition to the 5th Dimension record, which was their last hit, we had covers by Paul Anka, Tom Jones, Cilla Black, Blue Swede, and Cher. Regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 14:59:30 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: "It's Only The Dog" Tom Taber wrote: > Can someone tell me what other recording sounds so much > like that early Jeff Lynne "Dog" song? Was it by the Shadows > Of Knight? Tom, I am thinking that you might be thinking of the Ohio Express' garage goodie "Beg, Borrow And Steal". By the way, I love both sides of The Nightriders 45! As someone who loved ELO and still loves The Move and some Idle Race stuff, I did not know about The Nightriders. "Your Friend" is a great moody piece. Thanks to all for the great musica posts! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 13:10:25 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: now at musica: Gene Vincent's "The Night Is So Lonely" Atypical for Gene, this beautiful ballad has been a long-sought "grail" for me (about four decades worth of searching). A demo version was released by Norton a few years back, but it doesn't hold a candle to this original. Enjoy the magic. From 1960 (or maybe '59). Incidentally, I love the way the lyric opens with "And ..." -- something about that strikes me as incredibly poetic. Another track with the same lyrical device is the late '60s masterpiece by The Wildweeds, "And When She Smiles" (Vanguard). There's also a track on Rust (late '60s) by The Crescent Six called (I think) "And Then," which is a jumbled psychedelic mess with rare moments that show what it might have been; when I get digital capability (soon, I hope) I'll be able to share this magnificent blunder with you (unless someone else can play it now). Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 19:40:23 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Low Grades - Orlons? Joe Nelson wrote: > I'll try to pass along the track to Steve and see if he remembers a > session of the sort. Please do, Joe. This may be a coincidence, but ... Joy Byers, who wrote "Low Grades", also wrote "Them Terrible Boots" by The Orlons. If that's not The Orlons on the demo, it could well be that it was cut in their style to try to entice them to record this track, too. Speaking of which, it was clear that the third Kenny Young demo, "Just An Ordinary Girl", was written with Wayne Newton in mind. So what do y'all think -- was that Newton on vocals on the demo, or was it someone merely emulating his style? Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 22:23:20 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: The Teddy Bears in musica Phil C presented the group with an early Christmas present: > FYI I've played the initial track to musica. Languish in the > sublime vocal performance first-generation. What an absolutely beautiful recording. Carol's voice is stunning. Quite wonderful to hear the song anew. Thanks, Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 20:58:42 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Re: Farmer's Daughter; Yellow Balloon; Hugh McCracken Steve Harvey re: Farmer's Daughter 45: > Yep, it was a US single, but by Fleetwood Mac. At least Lindsey > knew a good Brian tune when he heard it. It's one of my favorite FMac songs. Stephanie wrote: > Can you believe it, I found a website dedicated to the Yellow > Balloon! This will require some attention..... Phil Milstein asked: > Should I assume this was the same Hugh McCracken as the session > guitarist of that name? I don't recall seeing his name on other > writing credits -- was this his one-and-only? He had a rocker called "You Blow My Mind" under his own name on Congress in the late '60s -- sorta Dr. John-like growling vocals as I remember. Pretty decent record, too. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 20:51:34 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Re: John D. Loudermilk; Farmer's Daughter Davie Gordon to Kees: > I was going to refer you to a great John D. Loudermilk website, only to > discover that you most likely know about it already, since it's your > project :) .... Congratulations on your site -- a superb piece of work. > I couldn't agree more. By the way, I had posted elsewhere (where S'poppers also tread) that according to a website I found, Jerry Capehart wrote "Sittin' In The Balcony." But Kees' site says John D. Loudermilk did. Did they co-write? Which is correct? I also hadn't realized that Loudermilk wrote "Heaven Fell Last Night," the B-sdie of "The Three Bells" done by the Brown. They are one of my favorite groups, and this is one of my favorite songs. Sadly, I only have a very crackly copy of the 45; the song seems not to have found its way onto an album or CD. Might some kind soul be tempted to play it to musica, please? Eddy, re: Farmer's Daughter: > I know of no US 45 release of the Beach Boys' Farmer's Daughter. It > was released as a 45 in Germany in 1963 (Capitol 22933), c/w Hawaii. > Of course, in the US there was the 45 version of Brian Wilson doing > his bit as Basil Swift and the Seagrams, c/w Shambles, produced by > Nik Venet and Danny Hutton on Mercury 72386 (1965). This is a complete unknown to me, Eddy. Any more info, please? Quick notes: Re: "No bass" discussion, I heard the pre-overdub track of To Know Him Is To Love Him. True - no bass. Actually, without the overdubbed vocals, it's mighty thin! I have to re-listen to the final to hear what else they put on it to fill it out. Fred Clemens, thanks for the Dellwoods info. RIP Muscle Shoals Studios. Another one bites the dust. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 21:26:21 -0500 From: Andrew C Jones Subject: Re: WKBW All this talk about WKBW reminds me: I once heard an old station ID jingle from WKBW in which the singers sang, "WKBW ... spells Wih-kuh-bwuh." ACJ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 02:32:22 -0000 From: Mike Bennidict Subject: Canadian R&R. It seems as give there wasn't many music people from Canada durring the 60s. or at least it wasn't till the early 70s that there was a large influx of Canadian acts that came about. Now The Guess Who began in the mid 60s as Chad Allen & The Expressions and 1 song for theirs was a hit in the US Shaking All Over in 1965 but it would of been another 4 years before they would release anotehr sucessful record here. was there just not a not of acts out of the country ot if there were more why did they not make it? Also what ever happened to Chad Allen after he left The Expressions? Mike. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 22:59:45 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Roadside Welk; Lenny LeBlanc; "To Know Him..."; Bradley's Barn Steve McClure Re: Lawrence Welk > For the definitive word on Larry's North Dakota birthplace, check > out this wunnerful website: > Go to the home page and you'll find all sorts of weired "roadside attractions" all over the US. One could get lost for hours here.... Antone wrote: > Thanks for the welcome, Paul. I'm absolutely amazed that Jack > Tempchin's Peaceful Easy Feeling got radio play....I do have an > interesting story about the flute overdub for Jack's Peaceful > Easy Feeling. A few days before that session, I had participated > in a marathon 12-hour session with the Muscle Shoals Horns which > resulted in my eyes drying out and getting corneal scratches from > my contact lenses. So when Pete Carr called me up to do the > overdub, my eyes were bandaged. The rest of the story is good, too, Antone, but I wanted to ask you about Pete Carr and his compatriot, Lenny LeBlanc. I know they're a couple of years past the S'pop "cutoff date," but I think the album LeBlanc did with "Ain't It Funny" and a bunch of other fine tracks, produced by Carr, would be up this group's alley taste-wise. (Carr and LeBlanc also did an instrumental album as the Carr-LeBlanc Band.) Were you on either of these two LPs? If so, you got serious airplay in Hartford, with "Ain't It Funny" in pretty good rotation on at least two stations. Thanks to Steve Propes and Gary Myers for the Johnny Fortune info (and to Gary for the Dodie Stevens follow-up - what a drag to be a has-been at 13). Fortune/Sudetta's "Dragster" is just too cool.... Phil Chapman, thanks for the update on the "To Know Him Is To Love Him" story and for the stripped first take. There definitely are bass notes in the final - probably the piano - but obviously not in the basic take. And the website you cited, is another treasure trove where hours could easily be spent.... Jeff Lemlich wrote: > The label reads "Bradley Recording Studios, a division of Columbia > Records, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, Tennessee". I have another > tasty Bradley Studios demo that will follow in the next few days. "Bradley's Barn," as it was known, was the "other" big studio in Nashville, along with RCA and Columbia. Owen Bradley, the great arranger/producer (Patsy Cline's orchestrated hit, etc.) was the man behind it. Also recorded there was a, October, 1968 Beau Brummels album called "Bradley's Barn," featuring some very fine remakes of a couple of their original hits and some new material. As trebly and jangly as the Autumn releases were, this was smooth and mellow. (Both textures work.) Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 23:27:05 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Tommy James news; WWKB/WKBW; Gates of Eden For Tommy James fans, this from The Kootz' mailing list and my friend, the head Koot Glenn Taylor: --- One VERY cool occurrence, this past-week in 'Kootz-world' was the earlier-than-expected debut of the "Tommy James (no Shondells) w/ The Kootz" 'co-effort', a re-make of TJ's hit song 'Sweet Cherry Wine'. It was introduced on National Satellite-radio (XM, The 60's Channel) this past Friday, February 25th, about three weeks earlier than expected ... We were told that a lot of calls came in asking 'Who the heck are The Kootz?' (all good!)... Kind of a nice 'door to be open', prior to releasing your 1st CD! The Kootz will be offering a remix version of this epic-production on their own disc when it comes out shortly... If you are fortunate enough to have XM.. PLEASE... tune-in to hear your fave 'locals', The Kootz... alongside the legendary Tommy James! Want more info? You can always click your way onto our official band-website ... --- They're a good band recorded in a very good studio, and of course, Tommy James is as he always was - except possibly in better voice. Enjoy. Bob Radil, re: WWKB/WKBW: > I understand from a contact of mine that they could have > regained the WKBW call sign with the consent of WKBW-TV. But, from > what he tells me, they wanted a large sum of money for this. Perhaps > you could confirm this with Don. Perhaps I can ask Hank Nevins, KB PD, > about this. But to listen to them, they are "WKBW" except for the > legal ID. Check out their tribute web site: I'll see Don in June, and can ask him then - perhaps I can contact him before. That IS one cool website. JB wrote: > New from Rhino Records from their handmade series: > Come To The Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults.... > 24. The Gates Of Eden - No One Was There Wow! I've always loved this song - opaque lyrics, vocals sounding a bit like the Association, and very psych production by Claus Ogermann. Does anyone have any info on this? (There was only one song by them I know of - this one - as the flip was, I believe, an instrumental track.) Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 21:17:03 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Stark Naked & the Car Thieves Mike Dugo mentioned: > ... coming soon ... Stark Naked & The Car Thieves They sat in at our after-hours gig in Inglewood a couple of times circa '66. Then we followed them at a club in San Jose in late '67. I also saw them at the Flamingo in Vegas, probably '74. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 08:20:13 -0500 From: Joe Nelson Subject: Rondo-lette The recent Hit Records thread (and specifically its compatable stereo subthread) got me thinking of another curiousity: the series of 10" stereo (stereo only) budget LPs issued by the budget Rondo-lette label in the late 50's. It would seem to me a budget label would be trying to save money by avoiding stereo at that point, yet that's not the case here. Any insights? Joe Nelson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 17:04:34 -0000 From: Roy Clough Subject: Chris Curtis, R.I.P. Chris Curtis, the Searchers Drummer during their golden years, has died today aged 63. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 11:15:13 +0000 From: Richard Williams Subject: ATV House/Pye Studios I wrote: > the old ATV building is being was the site of > Pye studios, where lots of important stuff was done in the 60s... Bobster replied: > That's even sadder to hear. Pye Studios and Pye Records gave us > 'Murricans so much wonderful UK output. Like destroying the Capitol > Records building in Hollywood (God forbid!) Not exactly, Bob. ATV House was a horrible early-'60s office block of the kind in which Britain specialised. Totally anonymous. Very unlike the wonderful Capitol Tower, in fact. Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 10:06:29 -0800 From: Kim Cooper Subject: Lost in the Grooves reading / radio special We're thrilled to announce that "Lost in the Groove: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed" sold out its first printing in only two months. There are a couple of LITG events coming up in March, which you're invited to attend in person or virtually. And in April, a reading at Moe's in Berkeley. Pasadena, CA - Saturday, March 12, 2005. Reading and book signing at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, phone (626) 449-5320. 4pm. Free. Program includes Tosh Berman (Billy Fury Tribute), Kim Cooper, David Cotner (Elke Ka-Spel), Brian Doherty, Ron Garmon (Curtis Mayfield, Swervedriver), Max Hechter (Silver), P. Edwin Letcher (The Buggs, Lou Christie), Domenic Priore (beatnik-themed LPs), Ken Rudman ("Get it On, or, The K-Tel Gods Speak in Whispers"), Gene Sculatti (Tony Bruno, Muddy Waters' "Electric Mud"), David Smay and Matthew Specktor. Sunday, March 13, 2005, 9pm-midnight Eastern Time. Tune into a special Lost in the Grooves-themed episode of contributor CC Cafarelli's radio program This is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, either over the Syracuse, NY airwaves or online at More Lost in the Grooves info is at Visit the Lost in the Grooves blog at -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 03:40:12 -0000 From: Mark Subject: Re: Don Grady Den wrote: > I think Don Grady was Chip, or one of Fred MacMurray's other > "sons" in My Three Sons. He certainly was on My Three Sons (for the entire run of the series, in fact). Grady always had side projects going in the music business. As was mentioned previously, he was a member of the sunshine pop act Yellow Balloon, who had a self-titled hit in 1967. A few years after that, he recorded some sides for Elektra under his real name of Don Aggrati, and even later composed the theme music for Donahue. Best, Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 03:45:51 -0000 From: Mark Subject: Re: Adam's Apples Hi Lyn and Davie! According to my friend Gene Merideth, "You Are the One I Love" was also recorded by the Leaders on Blue Rock. It came out about the same time as the Adams Apples version. HTH. Best, Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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