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Spectropop - Digest Number 1907



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There are 17 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: "The Buckle Up Song"
           From: Rat Pfink 
      2. Re: "The Buckle Up Song"
           From: Anthony Parsons 
      3. "Just For A Thrill"
           From: Bryan 
      4. Re: "The Buckle Up Song"
           From: ACJ 
      5. Re: Early Elton
           From: Bryan 
      6. Cheryl Barrymore, R.I.P.
           From: Mark Maldwyn 
      7. Re:"The Buckle Up Song"
           From: Bgas 
      8. Motown Q.C./When Michael Was Street
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      9. Elvis / The Bees
           From: Frank Murphy 
     10. "Chicken Back" by the Bees
           From: Norm D Plume 
     11. Re: "The Buckle Up Song"
           From: Larry Bromley 
     12. "Chicken Payback" by the Bees
           From: The Cat 
     13. Dropped Diction
           From: James Botticelli 
     14. "Chicken Payback" by the Bees
           From: Norm D Plume 
     15. Re: "The Buckle Up Song"
           From: James Botticelli 
     16. Motown Diction / "The Buckle Up Song"
           From: Chris 
     17. Re: Early Elton
           From: Norm D Plume 


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Message: 1 Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 17:29:06 -0400 From: Rat Pfink Subject: Re: "The Buckle Up Song" Christian Steiner wrote: > Hello! Does anyone remember a commercial which was broadcasted on > Casey Casem's American Top 40 during the early eighties, which did > feature the so-called "buckle up song". If you go to this page: http://www.reelradio.com/je/ and scroll down to the link that says "Classic and Classy Radio Commercials, 1950s - 1970s (57:23)" you can play a Real Media file that's got the "Buckle Up Song" at about 48:40. RP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 17:12:13 -0500 From: Anthony Parsons Subject: Re: "The Buckle Up Song" Christian Steiner wrote: > Hello! Does anyone remember a commercial which was broadcasted on > Casey Casem's American Top 40 during the early eighties, which did > feature the so-called "buckle up song". I never heard this but I'm guessing by those lyrics that this is a reworking of the old college fight song "Buckle Down Winsocki, Buckle Down". I have an arrangement of this in my marching band music library and I just pulled it out. The composer is Hugh Martin and the original lyrics are by Ralph Blane. When I saw those two names, I recognized them as broadway composers and further research led me to discover that Buckle Down Winsocki is from the 1941 musical Best Foot Forward, made into a movie in 1943 starring Lucille Ball. Hope this helps! Antone -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 18:32:57 -0700 From: Bryan Subject: "Just For A Thrill" Regarding Al Kooper's forthcoming album, a Reuters/Billboard story is quoted thusly: > He also covers... Ray Charles' "Just For A Thrill." That would be Lillian Armstrong and Don Raye's "Just For A Thrill," actually, which was covered by Ray Charles, but also many other artists -- Bryan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 22:23:21 -0400 From: ACJ Subject: Re: "The Buckle Up Song" I remember hearing something similar to this, but (a) I'm sure it was in the '70s and (b) it wasn't on AT-40, just as part of my local station's commercial breaks. It was sung to the tune of "Buckle Down, Winsocki" from the musical Best Foot Forward. ACJ "Optimism works. It is more useful than pessimism." - E.Y. Harburg -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 18:36:29 -0700 From: Bryan Subject: Re: Early Elton Phil X Milstein wrote: > Can anyone help steer me toward a collection of the soundalikes > session(s) (i.e. covers of current big hits) that Elton John > recorded early in his career? There's also Elton John's 1968 demos of Nick Drake's "When Day Is Done," "Time Has Told Me," "Saturday Sun" and "Way To Blue" -- not sure if that fits your criteria r.e. "current big hits" however. Bryan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 07:30:39 -0000 From: Mark Maldwyn Subject: Cheryl Barrymore, R.I.P. Will Cheryl Barrymore be included on the remembers section? She produced some fine fecords as Cheryl St Clair/Alison Wonder as RPM's Dream Babes series can verify. Markm -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 20:07:52 EDT From: Bgas Subject: Re:"The Buckle Up Song" Going to Google, I found a reference to A Safety Council Commercial from the 60's (the song) and then a website featuring a collection of radio commercials from the 50's and 60's, which probably has the song (but I didn't have time to listen past the Pat Boone Chevrolet commercial): http://www.reelradio.com/je/ Bgas -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 19:39:25 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Motown Q.C./When Michael Was Street Our recent discussion of Motown's quality control addressed the area of tape editing in particular. I'd like now to point out an item I've long enjoyed which reflects on their Q.C. in another area, that of enunciation. Motown was, of course, renowned for their "charm academy," which turned performers many of whom came from the backwoods or the ghettos into ladies and gentlemen of such polish that even old Prof. Higgins would've beamed proudly in their presence. But in some cases the company's urgency to get a promising act into the studio and working superceded their ability to process them through the charm academy. Were a case of "dropped diction" to have occurred on an important side, I trust that Berry's Q.C. would've kicked into gear and done whatever was needed to smooth out the rough edges, but for a mere B- side or album cut, no such expenditure was necessary. It is thus that such an amusing artifact as The Jackson 5ive's "One More Chance," the flip to "I'll Be There," their fourth and most successful Motown single, managed to sneak out with a glaring, and multiply-repeated, error in place. As much as this record evidences a rare slip-up in Motown's Q.C., it also, and perhaps even more surprisingly, reveals a time when young Michael was "street." To those interested in hearing "One More Chance," all I ask is that you contact me offline. Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 01:56:56 -0700 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Elvis / The Bees Kingsley Abbott: > The short answer re Elvis is marketing - limited, attractive > releases in cds with card picture sleeves or old looking 10" vinyl > in old style RCA card sleeves - what Elvis collector wouldn't want > them? the company people have also realised there is still a strong > retro interest... Not that Elvis is getting much more radio play than usual. BMG USA and Elvis.com were caught on the hop with the success of this project to reissue Elvis's 18 UK #1's. BMG UK had to increase the initial print runs of 20 000 CD's and 5000 45's to cope with demand. Now we know early in the year it takes 30 000 sales to get to #1 in the UK. This weekend sees the UK top 40 changing to include download sales as well as over the counter purchases. A survey siuggests that most singles purchased in shops are by females and downloads are of course dominated by males. Indie lables are concerned because I Tunes don't have much of their product stocked. Kingsley also wrote: > Also there is very little else around....except for one I heard > whilst driving to work this morning - (I think called) 'Chicken > Back' by Bees - a rather super duper old dance style ditty circa > 1962ish - hard to believe it has just been cut. In the week that both Love and Nancy Sinatra sold out Glasgow's Carling Academy there is still an enthusiasm for sixties music. I heard the Bees on the Radio and thought 'great track'. It fits in with recent remakes of Have Love will travel and WooHoo as well as pastiches such as Frank Popp's Hip Teens don't wear Blue jeans. FrankM -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 01:35:09 -0700 (PDT) From: Norm D Plume Subject: "Chicken Back" by the Bees Kingsley Abbott wrote: > Also there is very little else around....except for one I heard > whilst driving to work this morning - 'Chicken Back' by The Bees - > a rather super duper old dance style ditty circa 1962ish - hard to > believe it has just been cut. I expect others here on the list may > not enjoy it, but it seemed a lot of fun to my ears. I agree, this one is a whole lot of fun, and it's picking up some airplay (BBC6 Music, R2, Xfm). And while you're at your friendly record store (increasingly rare) another great new album to check out is "People Gonna Talk" by James Hunter (GO Records). Early 60's vintage R&B, all his own songs. Great, soulful voice. All the notes are in the right place! Do take a chance, I love it. There IS some good music around, and it is getting played, despite marketing ploys and purchasing manipulations to create "hits". Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 19:58:10 -0700 (PDT) From: Larry Bromley Subject: Re: "The Buckle Up Song" The song was from a PSA about driving safely. If it helps. the melody came from that old college fight song, "Knuckle Down, Winsockie." I used to have an old 45 by Fred Waring that included the song. Larry Bromley good day! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 09:35:31 -0000 From: The Cat Subject: "Chicken Payback" by the Bees Kingsley Abbott wrote: > Also there is very little else around....except for one I heard > whilst driving to work this morning - 'Chicken Back' by The Bees - > a rather super duper old dance style ditty circa 1962ish - hard to > believe it has just been cut. I expect others here on the list may > not enjoy it, but it seemed a lot of fun to my ears. The track is actually called "Chicken Payback" and just like you say sounds like it comes from a bygone era. It's a belter!! It's been used on Sky Sports' Soccer AM for some time as backing music. The Cat The Darth Vader of the Slide Fader Radio West Fife -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 06:43:21 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Dropped Diction Phil M: > Were a case of "dropped diction" to have occurred on an important > side, I trust that Berry's Q.C. would've kicked into gear and done > whatever was needed to smooth out the rough edges, but for a mere B- > side or album cut, no such expenditure was necessary. It's like Toni Wine's "My Boyfriend's Coming Home For Christmas" on Colpix. During the piano solo in the middle she sobbingly talks about how "hawd" it is to be without him. Brooklyn ain't backwoods but it sure is distinguishable. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 02:44:54 -0700 (PDT) From: Norm D Plume Subject: "Chicken Payback" by the Bees Kingsley Abbott wrote: > Also there is very little else around....except for one I heard > whilst driving to work this morning - 'Chicken Back' by The Bees - > a rather super duper old dance style ditty circa 1962ish - hard to > believe it has just been cut. I expect others here on the list may > not enjoy it, but it seemed a lot of fun to my ears. I just heard it again! It's called "Chicken Payback". What IS that riff used to open & close the song? What's it cribbed from? It's driving me mad, as these kind of things invariably do..... Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 06:46:36 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: "The Buckle Up Song" ACJ wrote: > I remember hearing something similar to this, but (a) I'm sure it > was in the '70s and (b) it wasn't on AT-40, just as part of my local > station's commercial breaks. It was sung to the tune of "Buckle > Down, Winsocki" from the musical Best Foot Forward. In her new show on Broadway Whoopi Goldberg refers to her old 45's and one her son picked out was "The Hucklebuck" by Chubby Checker. She taught him to do the Hucklebuck and he brought a recording of the 45 to class and the class evidently choreographed a classwide Hucklebuck show....Then I guess they Buckled Down. Or up.... JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 12:37:37 -0000 From: Chris Subject: Motown Diction / "The Buckle Up Song" Phil X Milstein wrote: > Were a case of "dropped diction" to have occurred on an important > side... Like when Mary Wells sang "... and axed me to be yours"? P.S. "Winsocki" was also used by Campbell's Soup at one time... Nothin' warms you so Nothin' makes you glow Like a bowl of soup When you sit down and Campbell up! Remembering to sign, Chris -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 04:18:07 -0700 (PDT) From: Norm D Plume Subject: Re: Early Elton Bryan wrote: > There's also Elton John's 1968 demos of Nick Drake's "When Day Is > Done," "Time Has Told Me," "Saturday Sun" and "Way To Blue" I think he recorded these with Linda Thompson (or Peters as she then still was), and they sound an intriguing combination. Any idea where one can get these? Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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