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Spectropop - Digest Number 1892

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There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. The Breakaways
           From: S'pop Projects 
      2. Jack Keller, R.I.P.
           From: Mick Patrick 
      3. desperately seeking Dawn
           From: Sheila B 
      4. The Charmers' "Looking For Trouble"
           From: Stefano 
      5. Re: Jack Keller, R.I.P.
           From: Mark Wirtz 
      6. Juggy Murray, R.I.P.
           From: Mick Patrick 
      7. Re: Jack Keller, R.I.P.
           From: Artie Wayne 

Message: 1 Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 11:09:28 +0100 From: S'pop Projects Subject: The Breakaways New @ S'pop ... The Breakaways by Ian Chapman and Mick Patrick With foreword by Tony Hatch and postscript by Petula Clark In Detroit, Michigan at Motown Records they had the Andantes. Nashville, Tennessee Music City boasted the Anita Kerr Singers. In Memphis, they had Jean and the Darlings at Stax, and Rhodes/ Chalmers/Rhodes at Hi Records. And out West in Hollywood, Los Angeles they had the Blossoms, while New York was home to the Sweet Inspirations and the Cookies. It seems that, in the 1960s, in every major recording metropolis, there existed groups of studio singers who ruled the roost, backing up all the local talent and passing stars. London, England was no exception. Greet the Breakaways fresh out of Liverpool possibly the busiest and greatest session group the British recording scene has ever known. For the full story, click here: Enjoy, The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 12:14:34 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Jack Keller, R.I.P. Previously: > Jack Keller - co-author of such great songs as "Run To Him", "Venus > In Blue Jeans", "Breaking In A Brand New Broken Heart", "Don't Try > To Fight It Baby", "Run To Him", "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and > "Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys" - lost his battle with cancer > yesterday. Sad news indeed. As a tribute, I've posted to musica one of my favourite Jack Keller songs. As far as I know, for some reason this great track is not out on CD. Details are: Eydie Gorme "Don't Try To Fight It Baby" (Columbia 4-42790, 1963); written by Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller; arranged and conducted by Marion Evans; produced by Al Kasha: Jack Keller, R.I.P. Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 11:29:31 -0500 From: Sheila B Subject: desperately seeking Dawn Hey gang: I'm looking for biographical info on Laurie Records' gal Dawn. Seems she also recorded for United Artists, ABC and APT. Thanks, Sheila -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 21:06:56 -0800 From: Stefano Subject: The Charmers' "Looking For Trouble" I just bought an LP called "Girls About Town" that came out in the 80s from Impact records. It has a track on it called "Bad Trouble", which is the same song as recorded on a 45 by The Charmers called "Looking for Trouble". The LP version, however is credited to Big Maybelle. It sounds to me like the same version on "Where the Girls Are" Volume 2 (credited to the Charmers with an alternate vocal). Does anyone know if the Charmers' original single version is available on CD, or if it was reissued on some LP, ever? Thanks- Stefano -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 03:54:02 -0800 (PST) From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Re: Jack Keller, R.I.P. Previously: > Sad news indeed. As a tribute, I've posted to musica one of my > favourite Jack Keller songs. As far as I know, for some reason this > great track is not out on CD. Details are: Eydie Gorme "Don't Try > To Fight It Baby" (Columbia 4-42790, 1963); written by Gerry Goffin > and Jack Keller; arranged and conducted by Marion Evans; produced > by Al Kasha: > Jack Keller, R.I.P. It is with the deepest sadness that I read about Jack Keller's passing. Jack, together with King, Goffin, Sedaka, Barry and Greenwich inspired and motivated me more in my fledgling days, than any other writer or composer. Truly one of the legendary pioneers of modern popular music creation, his loss touches me as profoundly as if he had been personal friend. My heartfelt condolences go out to all of Jack's family and friends. Mark Wirtz -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 14:47:08 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Juggy Murray, R.I.P. Previously: > Juggy Murray - who founded the Sue label in 1957, and made stars > of Ike & Tina Turner, Inez & Charlie Foxx and many others - passed > away in early February. He was 81 and had been suffering from > Parkinson's Disease. One of THE record men - a real hero. Of Baby Washington, Juggy Murray once said, "I would rather record her than eat." Baby, no slouch as a songwriter, was already an established R&B hitmaker. Juggy persuaded her to adopt a grander, more sophisticated style. The result? "That's How Heartaches Are Made" (her biggest ever hit) and a string of other big beat ballads. Bacharach & David had Dionne Warwick: Juggy Murray had Baby Washington. Her "The Sue Singles" (more info: ) is one of my absolute favourite CDs. Juggy and Baby were working on some comeback sessions when he died. (Sigh) Anyway, as a tribute to the great man, I've posted to musica an excellent Sue 45 that as far as I know is not out on CD. Details are: Marjorie Black "You Still Love Her" (Sue 132, 1965); written by Van McCoy; arranged by Robert Bateman; A Juggy & Bateman Production. Marjorie Black reminds me of Dee Dee Sharp (Atco era). Does anyone know anything about her? Find the track here: Juggy Murray, R.I.P. Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 10:09:28 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Jack Keller, R.I.P. In 1960, when I was signed as a songwriter to Nevins/Kirshner, Jack Keller was the first writer to work with me. He was one of the older and more musically experienced staffers there and I learned a lot about how to put a session together from him. I remember one day he and Howie Greenfield ran into the office with a demo of a song they had just written, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" [which I believe was used later as the master with Connie Francis' voice added]. I was one of the few people, in the office at the time, and while they were waiting for Donny Kirshner to come back from lunch they invited me in to hear their latest creation. I not only was knocked out by what I heard but it was one of the first times I was privy to sucessful writers discussing the merits of their work. Although Jack was proud of his organ playing, he thought he could make it better. Howie loved it and so did I, but Donny Kirshner put all of Jacks' doubts to rest when he yelled "It's a F***ing Smash!!!" I never wrote a song with him, but he always was there to lend me his ear or a chord when I needed it. I really think that he was one of the most underated songwriters at Aldon music. When he and Gerry Goffin wrote "Run to Him", I thought Jack's chord progressions were light years ahead of the market...and to this day gives me chills when I hear it. Although I hadn't seen him in years, I'd get reports from Allan Rinde and Toni Wine [whom he brought to Donny Kirshner] that Jack was still working hard on his music and looking forward to the release of the film "Bewitched", which of course uses his famous theme. Thanks for everything...Rest in Peace, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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