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There are 5 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: 'Searching' For Answers / Pussy Cat
           From: Dave Monroe 
      2. The Plebs' "Bad Blood"
           From: Mick Patrick 
      3. Laura Nyro
           From: Richard Williams 
      4. Mary Ann Fisher, Seg-Way and Tangerine; echo on fades; "Crimson" splice; Claire Francis
           From: Country Paul 
      5. Re: "Music To Watch BIRDS By" LP
           From: George Schowerer 

Message: 1 Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 10:25:00 -0700 (PDT) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: 'Searching' For Answers / Pussy Cat Mark on the Searchers: > In the liner notes, they mention that "Have You Ever Loved > Somebody" was written by the Hollies, and indeed, the writer credit > is Ransford, who wrote a number of great Hollies songs. So, did > the Hollies ever cut this one in their own right? Eddy: > The Hollies version is on "Evolution", which appeared well after > the Searchers had done their version. As for this Ransford > character, do note that this is just a penname for Clarke-Hicks- > Nash. Thanks! I knew of neither the Searchers' version nor the Hollies' pseudonym. The latter's recording of "HYELS" is transcendent, by the way. See, or, rather, hear also ye-ye girl Pussy Cat's cover, "Si vous avez déja aimé." It's on the Magic Records Collection 60s des EPs Francais CD: She also did their "Bus Stop," as well as, among other things, "Stop!" (The Moody Blues), "You're No Good" (Dee Dee Warwick), and "Sha La La La Lee" (Small Faces). This reminds me, if anyone can help, two questions: 1) who was her band? and 2) can anyone tell me who else recorded "Never Gonna Love Again" (B. Pettican, T. Mahoney) and/or "Have Courage, be Careful" (J. Madara, D. White, R. Gilmore). Thanks! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 18:53:00 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: The Plebs' "Bad Blood" I'm busy researching the songs of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, like you do. I have a question: is "Bad Blood" (the Coasters song) by the Plebs (UK Decca F 12006, 1964) available on CD? If so, maybe someone could furnish me with the details please. If not, It'd be great if I could get to hear the track somehow. And who produced the record, pray tell? Right, now I can get back to my Babs Tino, Sammy Turner and LaVern Baker 45s. Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 19:24:53 +0100 From: Richard Williams Subject: Laura Nyro It was kind of Dave Heasman to recommend my article on Laura Nyro in the Guardian. Please allow me to add, for the benefit of those to follow his suggestion, that I am perfectly well aware that "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", one of my very favourite songs, is NOT called "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow". A helpful sub-editor thought he knew better. Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 03 Apr 2005 14:53:13 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Mary Ann Fisher, Seg-Way and Tangerine; echo on fades; "Crimson" splice; Claire Francis Mick Patrick: > Switching to the Seg-Way logo, Mary Ann found herself in the pop > charts in 1961 with 'I CAN'T TAKE IT', a curious no-shower on the > R&B lists. If I recall correctly, she had another low-charter on Seg-Way (#1007) with "Can't Take The Heatbreak." A side note: the same label had "Baby Blue" by the Echoes (#103, purchased from small indie SRG), which was interesting since, according to, "Seg-way was a predominantly black R&B label." Phil X Milstein re: Mary Ann Fisher > I wonder if she was the go-between who brought Jimmy to Ray's > Orange Records for his ill-fated "Falling In Love Is Wonderful" > album. Phil, in the interest of historical accuracy, I believe Ray's label was Tangerine. (I'm gunning for extra brownie points ffrom Al "Anti- Revisionist" Kooper! :-) I've got a Percy Mayfield's "River's Invitation," an r&b classic (#25 in 1963) on that label. (Mayfield wrote "Hit The Road, Jack.") Incidentally, there's an out-of-print Rhino Handmade CD of Mayfield's Tangerine and Atlantic material; more at . Finally, there's a recent story on Mary Ann Fisher at Note that the date on top of the page is today's; the story appears to have been a while ago, while she was still alive. Bob Radil: > Another thing I've noticed with many of the Four Seasons' records > is that the reverb goes up on the fades, unlike most recordings > that just simply fade out. I've noticed that on other records as well, but I couldn't recite "chapter and verse" at this moment. I think it's because the reverb was added to the entire track at the end of the "recording chain," and the master volume was faded down while the reverb stayed up. Bully Spradlin, re: The bad splice of "Crimson And Clover": > The way I've heard it is that Tommy James recorded "Crimson" as a > 3:26 single, but Roulette or Tommy wanted a longer LP version for > FM airplay, so they spliced a guitar solo into the middle section, > bring it up to around five minutes. It's a really bad splice, > sounds like a rush job. Gee, and here I thought all along it was intentional, like the interruption of a bad acid trip! (April Fool's....) Claire Francis: > I really can't help but feel this connection with you all...even > though I have never met most of guys are such a bunch > of good hearted guys, and it is so wild how some of us that have > never met are so connected on many levels now.... It's something I've also felt about this group, Claire, and even though I'm not a typical "pray-er," I'll send a mountain of warm thoughts and good wishes your way on April 7th. With all the love focused on you from this crew, you'll come through just fine! Back to catching up, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 11:04:51 -0700 (PDT) From: George Schowerer Subject: Re: "Music To Watch BIRDS By" LP James Botticelli wrote: > Sorry to be a pest George, but I was asking about the "Music To > Watch BIRDS By" LP. That, IMHO, surpasses "Music To Watch Girls By" > and I was just wondering if you were in on that or knew who was. Not a clue, but Bob did give me a copy of the book at the time. Bob was never overt as to where he had done stuff and I didn't push him about it. Regards, George -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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