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Spectropop - Digest Number 1912



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There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: David Box
           From: "Phil Hall" 
      2. Re: double tracked teen idols; Paul Anka; Lesley Gore
           From: "Larry Watts Jr." 
      3. Lou Johnson
           From: "Richard Williams" 
      4. Re: Re: John Fred gone
           From: James Botticelli 
      5. Re: Songwriter Sharon Leigh Rucker
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      6. Re: Record shops
           From: "Norm D." 
      7. Re: Re: Claire Francis & Birmingham (UK) groups
           From: philip hopson 


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Message: 1 Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 19:40:42 -0000 From: "Phil Hall" Subject: Re: David Box Country Paul wrote: > I've found that Rita Box Peek, David's sister, has been very co- > operative and forthcoming via e-mail. She can be reached through > www.davidbox.net, which she curates. I also recommend the CD she > compiled of his released solo work as well as a bunch of interesting > demos. In addition to "Nice" and the completely Orbisonic "I've Had > My Moments" (two versions of each song), "Little Lonely Summer Girl" > (30 seconds of which comes on when you open the home page) is also > outstanding and IMO worth the price of the CD. I will have to get that CD. David Box was and remains largely unknown, but he was real talent. Like Buddy Holly, he should have been with us longer. Phil H. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 02:11:35 -0000 From: "Larry Watts Jr." Subject: Re: double tracked teen idols; Paul Anka; Lesley Gore Country Paul wrote: > > I disagree with your assessment of Frankie Avalon, who is a quite respectable singer; the early stuff, like "Gingerbread" and "De De Dinah," is said to have been recorded with him holding his nose (literally) to get a "teenier" sound. Interesting... I just had a discussion with my mother where I named both him and Neil Sedaka as worst singers of the early sixties. However, I couldn't figure out why Frankie's 70's cover of "Venus" and his "Beauty School Drop-Out" were perfectly fine to my ears. I really don't care for a adenoidal vocal, I guess. Kudos to Mr. Sedaka's writing, though. >>Easiest to find picture sleeves? Paul "The Abuser" Anka. Anyone heard the dressing down he gives his band backstage? Makes Buddy Rich look like Mr. Rogers..... I've become quite enamored by Paul's "Love Me Warm & Tender" and I've always loved his mid 70's United Artist stuff. I bet his band remembers the times of their lives with him. Back to Lesley Gore: am I alone in thinking her vocal on "What Am I To Do With You (Hey Baby)" is horrible? It sounds to my ears like she's trying to channel Ann-Margret and only nailing the flat parts. Sad, the arrangement is dreamy... just like Fabian. pres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 15:48:42 +0100 From: "Richard Williams" Subject: Lou Johnson Rob Pingell wrote: >All of the Lou Johnson releases on Big Top and Big Hill have >been released on a CD titled "Sweet Southern Soul", except for >"The Last One To Be Loved" and "Kentucky Bluebird". The latter >two can be found on Bacharach's "Look of Love" anthology. Are you sure, Rob? I bought the reissue of "Sweet Southern Soul" the other day. It consists of a session produced for Cotillion Records (an Atlantic subsidiary) in Muscle Shoals by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd, with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section and the Memphis Horns, several years later than the material recorded for Big Top in New York. Richard Williams -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 10:56:01 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Re: John Fred gone On Apr 18, 2005, at 11:41 PM, Phil X Milstein wrote: > They also did "No Good to Cry"? I knew of remakes by The Allman > Bros. and the Poppy Family. That'd pretty good since the original > Wildweeds' version only got to #87 on Billboard although a mega-hit > here in the northeast. In Hartford it was #1 on this date in 1967. It was also recorded by Jimmy James & The Vagabonds in an excellent version on, I think, Atco. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 11:11:15 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Songwriter Sharon Leigh Rucker Richard Campbell wrote: > Does anyone know anything about the later career or current > whereabouts of Sharon Leigh Rucker who wrote the '69-'71 pop, > soft-country songs: "Ain't Nobody Else Like You," and "Don't > Let The Good Life Pass You By." You might have better luck searching without the middle name. An article on Billy Joe Shaver, at http://www.takecountryback.com/billyjoe1.htm , shows a Sharon Rucker as a wife of Harlan Howard, and the gospel songwriter who inhabits http://www.sharonrucker.com might be the lady you're looking for. Good luck, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 09:30:12 -0700 (PDT) From: "Norm D." Subject: Re: Record shops Please add: "Beano's", Croydon, Surrey: supposedly the largest store for used records in Europe. A bit pricey, c'est la vie... www.beanos.co.uk Morps Records, Lewisham, South London: small store in the covered market. Has new obscurities, 2nd-hand and deletions. Nothing is ever full price. I've been going there for 20+ years and have found some lovely treats. It recently nearly went under - please help keep it alive. Birmingham, UK: can't remember the name. It's off a road near New Street railway station. It's NOT Reddington's Rare Records. Great, eclectic stock of new and obscurities, including vinyl album reissues (eg. Jackson C. Frank's album on vinyl, the original will cost an arm & a leg). I'll post again when the name comes to me, unless another Brummie can help. Who's compiling this list, by the way? Can it be put on the site, please? Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 21:01:24 +0100 (BST) From: philip hopson Subject: Re: Re: Claire Francis & Birmingham (UK) groups Eddy Smit wrote: >The disc is included in a very comprehensive Giorgio Moroder >discography I saw, where they list it as his very first release. >Although they do admit it doesn't sound very Moroder-like. Sorry to refute what you've read in that discography, Eddie. I knew the group personally-- they were from my home town of Wolverhampton and I often attended their gigs. Brothers Marco and Giorgior Uccellini formed the basis of the group. "Run Run" was their initial record release on Polydor 56101, released in 1966. The group were signed, for a time, to the A.D.S.E.L. agency. Giorgio subsequently spent some time as keyboards player for Freddie Garrity (of Freddie and the Dreamers fame). Phil Hopson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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