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Spectropop - Digest Number 1904



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There are 5 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Neil Sedaka & Howie Greenfield at Number One
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Re: "You're So Good To Me" Covers
           From: Paul Richards 
      3. Re: Monterey musicians
           From: Kurt Benbenek 
      4. Re: Hollies "Stop! Stop! Stop!"
           From: Brent Cash 
      5. Re: Neil Sedaka & Howie Greenfield at Number One
           From: Laura Pinto 


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Message: 1 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 01:05:20 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Neil Sedaka & Howie Greenfield at Number One Not that I particularly like the record, but I think it's worth noting that the Number One record in the UK at the moment is Tony Christie's 34-year-old version of "Is This The Way To Amarillo?", a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howie Greenfield. It is now 49 years since their first recorded composition, "Bring Me Love" by the Clovers on Atlantic. Neil was 16 at the time; Howie three years older. Hey, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 16:40:11 EDT From: Paul Richards Subject: Re: "You're So Good To Me" Covers I've got a rather nice version of 'You're So Good To Me' by the fantastic UK harmony group 'Design' that was released as a single in '76. I'll post it to musica if you like. Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 21:44:34 -0000 From: Kurt Benbenek Subject: Re: Monterey musicians Previously: > Does anyone know who the drummer and lead guitarist were during the > Mamas & Papas segment from the Monterey Pop Festival? Many moons ago, while browsing through albums at a used record store, I met a guy who called himself "Eddie Detroit" - he claimed to have played drums for the Mamas and Papasat the Monterey Pop Festival - I'd always meant to check out his claim, and now seems to be the perfect time. "Eddie Detroit" was his nickname and he also told me he was involved in a few garage bands in Michigan. He seemed completely legit. Does anyone know about this guy or was he just pulling my leg? thanks Kurt (Benbenek) Long Beach, CA -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 22:51:08 -0000 From: Brent Cash Subject: Re: Hollies "Stop! Stop! Stop!" Billy G. Spradlin previously: > 1966 was the year the Hollies songwriting quickly advanced with the > "For Certain Because" (released as "Stop! Stop! Stop!" in the USA) > which was their first album to feature all originals. Yes! My absolute favorite long-player by them. It's all just "opinion" with music but personally, I think this LP is borderline perfection. Every cut is strong, unique and varied. Any of them could've been an A side on a single. There is some brilliant listening on the Butterfly (UK)/Dear Eloise (US) albums as well as the UK "In The Hollies Style" and the patchwork Imperial (Bus Stop, etc.) LP's, but as a whole, this album(surely one of the first British song sequences to make it to its US counterpart intact-except for the album title) is the one that completely delivers the goods (from an A-1 "singles" band) on a full length platter. If "Revolver" by the Beatles is 6 feet tall, then this LP is easily 5 feet 10. I always picture Tom Jones or Petula Clark covering "What Went Wrong" with its volcanic tympani intro and punchy horn arrangements a la "What's New Pussycat" or "My Love." Best wishes all, Brent Cash -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 01:23:47 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Re: Neil Sedaka & Howie Greenfield at Number One Mick Patrick wrote: > Not that I particularly like the record, but I think it's worth > noting that the Number One record in the UK at the moment is Tony > Christie's 34-year-old version of "Is This The Way To Amarillo?", a > song written by Neil Sedaka and Howie Greenfield. It is now 49 > years since their first recorded composition, "Bring Me Love" by > the Clovers on Atlantic. Neil was 16 at the time; Howie three years > older. Hi Mick and all, Being the Sedaka fan that I am, I've been following the phenomenal success of Tony Christie's "Amarillo" during its ascent up the British charts. It's cool that Neil's got a tune at #1 in the UK - especially a track that's more than 30 years old, as you pointed out. I actually had never heard Tony's recording of this song until a few years ago when I acquired it on a bubblegum compilation CD. Have you ever heard this song by Neil himself? I admit I'm biased; I like Neil's version much better than Tony's. It appears on his 1977 LP "A Song," and there's a very good chance that our very own Ron Dante is amongst the background singers on this track (that's just incidental - I would like Neil's version better anyway!). Sha la la la la la la la, Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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