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Spectropop - Digest Number 1923

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There are 18 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The fall of The Rascals
           From: Steve Harvey 
      2. Re: In defense of Paul Anka
           From: Steve McClure 
      3. My Town, My Guy And Me - Musical Based on the hits of Lesley Gore
           From: John Frederick Brown 
      4. Re: The Whyte Boots
           From: John Black 
      5. (Dick &) Dee Dee
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      6. Re: no "Collage"
           From: Clark Besch 
      7. Re: This Week's Finds / Pitneyesque Origins
           From: Margaret G. Still 
      8. American Dreams
           From: Clark Besch 
      9. Wanted:2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
           From: Tom 
     10. Johnny Caruso
           From: JK 
     11. Climbing goats and yeye bullfighter girls.
           From: Julio Niño 
     12. John St. Paul, "The Flying Saucers Have Landed"
           From: Dave Monroe 
     13. Paul Anka
           From: Michael Edwards 
     14. Terry Melcher
           From: Michael Edwards 
     15. Re: This Week's Finds
           From: James Botticelli 
     16. Re: Hurricane Smith
           From: Mark Wirtz 
     17. More Russ Titelman
           From: Michael Edwards 
     18. Re: Rhino Girl Group Box Set ???
           From: Mark Maldwyn 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 15:58:37 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: The fall of The Rascals Clark: > Unlike groups who get let down easy after peaking, these guys > never were in the game after "People Got To Be Free". That song > was their fifth Top 10 out of six releases, and it spent a whopping > five weeks at #1 in '68. Follow ups "A Ray Of Hope" and "Heaven" > may have had their messages, but they lacked everything musically > that all those previous Top 10 hits had. "A Ray Of Hope" had politicial connection to Ted Kennedy (I don't think it was Bobby even though it was his era) so that may have killed some airplay at Top 40 stations. Had to remain impartial. Love "Heaven" which I never knew about until the mid 80s when I caught the video on the late, great Nightflight show. Steve Harvey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 08:14:08 +0900 From: Steve McClure Subject: Re: In defense of Paul Anka Apropos of Rob Pingel's very articulate defense of Paul Anka's artistry, check out the following rant by Anka against his backing band, which illustrates the pitfalls of taking perfectionism just that little bit too far: Steve McClure -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 23:43:32 -0000 From: John Frederick Brown Subject: My Town, My Guy And Me - Musical Based on the hits of Lesley Gore Hi Guys, In 1986 I wrote a musical called My Town, My Guy And Me, a musical romp based on the hits of 60s pop icon Lesley Gore. The revised 2005 script contains 28 songs made famous by Miss Gore and the story line is a fictionalized version of what might have happened at Lesley Gore's sweet 16 party when Judy showed up wearing Johnny's ring. "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn To Cry" are the commercial hook while "You Don't Own Me" and "I Won't Love You Anymore, Sorry" are the guts. The show has had six amateur Canadian productions and Miss Gore herself fly to Nova Scotia from New York to catch the May 29, 2004 performance. She described it as "Wonderous - It Came together beautifully". The reason I am writing is that I have finally created a Yahoo discussion group site "mytownmusical" dedicated to the show. There are lots of files, the complete libretto, some mp3 teasers and a couple of webmovies (one with Gore on stage singing the finale with the cast and another old one of the original newsbroadcast of the premiere production.) If this sounds like something you might be interest in - visit the site and discover the party. No crying allowed. Thanks J. Frederick Brown -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 20:32:54 EDT From: John Black Subject: Re: The Whyte Boots Mick: > The Rev-Ola label here in the UK will be releasing Lori Burton's > "Breakout" album on CD sometime soon. Do you know if there will be any bonus tracks on the UK CD release of Lori Burton's BREAKOUT? John Black -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 00:01:21 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: (Dick &) Dee Dee Good news for Dick & Dee Dee fans. Last night, while trying to Google up some research info, I stumbled upon which bills itself as the "official Dick & Dee Dee site." It turns out to be the website of the rarely-sighted Mary "Dee Dee" Sperling Phelps, and is dedicated primarily to her forthcoming memoir! There's not much there at this time -- a brief bio, a few picture sleeve scans (as well as a scan of the selector card (or whatever it's called) for their Scopitone), a recent photo of her, an excerpt from the book, and a solicitation for candid photos of the duo, for possible use in the book. Also, she is kickin' butt and takin' names, by which I mean you can submit your EMA for notification when the book is ready for purchase. But it's definitely worth a visit, and I'm gonna start scaling back my lunches so I can save up to buy the thing when it's out. Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 05:03:20 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: no "Collage" In Bill Mulvy wrote: > Does anyone know why the Raiders' album "Collage" has never > been released on CD? Bill, I asked Bob Irwin at Sundazed about future Raiders CD plans about 6 months ago. He gave no reason saying: "Unfortunately, no - we do not currently have plans to issue any other Raiders material." I know they became less rockin 60s styled by then, so maybe Bob didn't think they'd sell as well as the great 60's stuff? I don't know. Maybe a UK company can fill those 70s LP gaps? Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 05:28:05 -0000 From: Margaret G. Still Subject: Re: This Week's Finds / Pitneyesque Origins James Botticelli wrote: > Your Rekkid Detective is on the case again, and dadblast I wonder if you or anyone can give me some info on a recent 'find' of mine that fits into this group's music: Danny Harrison with The Count Victors on Coral 62498 ( promo ) ( Henry Jerome prod. ) You Took the Best Years of My Life ( Danny Harrison ) b/w Water Boy Who is Danny Harrison? GREAT Pitneyesque vowel-surfing vocals! And this record made me wonder about the origin of Pitney's vocal stylings. He had a pretty straight doowop falsetto on what I know of his early stuff on a Hartford Groups comp. He seems to have styled the vocals we all know him for after Dee Clark and others who came out of both a Johnny Mathis and a trans-gospel Dew Drop tradition. Best, Margaret G. Still -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 06:47:23 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: American Dreams Hi, for those of you who have followed the cancellation news of NBC's 60s themed show, "American Dreams", it seems there is a slim possibility now that it might not be cancelled this coming year after all. Don't get your hopes up tho. Tom Verica (Jack Pryor on the series) says the odds are slim, but there was a recent good sign about the series. It appears that there was a "quickly produced alternative ending for the whole series" that NBC chose not to run, opting instead for the season finale episode (March 30). "As the cast began production on the season finale in late February, NBC asked the producers to shoot an alternative ending that would tie up the story lines. If you remember the season finale, it ended with Meg driving off with her boyfriend on a motorcycle headed for California. The 12-minute alternative ending takes place three years later. On the day of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, Meg returns home and faces her family. Verica said that segment "felt thrown together, not really thought out. I'm glad it didn't air". The cast was not told until a week before broadcast which show would be shown. "We all left without knowing which one would run. It was very strange not to know. Everything was so abrupt." NBC will announce its fall schedule to advertisers in May. A high ranking NBC big shot says the show "has a shot, but it's a long shot". Let's all hope it continues, altho, the alternative ending no doubt would have used Lincoln, Ne's own Zager & Evans, I'm sure, in it's backing track, y'know???? Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 12:32:10 -0000 From: Tom Subject: Wanted:2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Is anybody recording the live broadcasts on WWOZ? I am especially interested in Little Freddie King's set last Sunday and Piano Night. Please e-mail me off list. Best regards, Tom in Texas. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 13:23:28 -0400 From: JK Subject: Johnny Caruso Help is needed. I'm staying in Las Vegas with my friend, Jeff Celentano, who has a great band called Tripsitter. In 1961 his Father then 16 recorded one single for Capitol under the name JOHNNY CARUSO - CAPITOL 4377, Title:- SUGIE b/w TELEPHONE TALK arranged by DON RALKE. Anyone out there have this please email or me at the aol address. Needles have been found in haystacks! JK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 20:07:39 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Climbing goats and yeye bullfighter girls. Hola Everybody. This morning when I was going to work I saw again the climbing goat. That made me feel good the whole day through. I naturally tend to feel happy, I suppose I'm rather silly. Anyway, the climbing goat is a crazy tradition that oddly can still be seen from time to time in downtown Madrid. A group of gypsies with a goat put a stool on top of a ladder and they play a hypnotic riff with a toy keyboard and a trumpet. When the goat hears the music, it climbs up the ladder and goes up to the top of the stool. It stays there, looking disparagingly at the people that pass by, while the gypsies play and ask for money. Today I found the scene particularly amusing because it took place just in the entrance of a Louis Vuitton store. This contrast represents very well the ambient of Madrid full of ridiculous and crazy incongruities. That scene brought to my mind a yeyé song that amuses me a lot, the very rare " Te Quiero Enamorar" (I want you to fall in love with me), by Clarita Montes, (BERTA, 1967). If you consider that the song is a rather exciting ye ye tune and that Berta was a bull-fighter young girl (which is extremely rare, bullfighting is a man's man's man's world), who was called la torero yeyé ( the ye ye bullfighter girl), you sure will understand why I associated it with the goat in front of Vuitton. I'll try to play it to music in some days. Chao. Julio Niño. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 13:46:18 -0700 (PDT) From: Dave Monroe Subject: John St. Paul, "The Flying Saucers Have Landed" Is anyone here familiar with John St. Paul's "The Flying Saucers Have Landed"? Bubblegum psychedelia ca. 1962. It's currently on a couple/three psych and/or glam comps, but there's little info about either artist or record on the ones I've seen. Thanks! Dave Monroe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 21:37:12 -0000 From: Michael Edwards Subject: Paul Anka The recent interest in Paul Anka reminds me that the Taragon CD, "Paul Anka – The Essential RCA Rock And Roll Recordings (1962-1968)" is still available. I love his 1962 trilogy: "Love Me Warm And Tender", "A Steel Guitar And A Glass Of Wine" and "Eso Beso". They're all here in great sound quality. There are also later recordings written by Paul Vance, Howard Greenfield, Burt Bacharach, Artie Butler, Mark Barkan and, of course, Paul Anka. All credit to Paul for writing the words and lyrics to "Love Me Warm And Tender" and "A Steel Guitar And A Glass Of Wine"; 43 years on, these are still great recordings. A great CD for Spectropoppers and available used for around $10. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 22:05:50 -0000 From: Michael Edwards Subject: Terry Melcher There's a wonderful piece of work from, I believe, Martin Roberts on the late Terry Melcher at: It's also accessible through Spectropop's home page. One of the greatest over-the-top recordings ever is "Gone" by the Rip Chords (Columbia 42812, from 1963). I was fascinated to read that: "... McParland identifies Jack's wife Gracia, another regular on Terry's sessions, as providing one of the classic, semi-spoken passages on disc. Over the sound of a car engine revving, she intones a sultry intro to "Gone", We've been going steady, and you've been making me cry, now it's your turn baby, so I'm saying bye-bye." Going head-to-head, Gracia beats out Jill Gibson's spoken into to the Matadors' version of Jan & Dean's "I Gotta Drive". Also in this piece we find that Terry cooled down a little in '63 to co-write and produce his Mom, Doris Day on "Move Over Darling". Another great recording but totally different from "Gone". R.I.P. Terry and thanks Martin for some great work on a very timely basis. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 18:51:24 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: This Week's Finds James Botticelli wrote: > 3. The Shades Of Blue: With This Ring / Lonely Summer (Impact). > The followup to "Oh How Happy", complete with miked-up > xylophone a la that rekkid. B-side penned by Edwin Starr. Phil Milstein: > "With This Ring" is likely the same song as the Platters' song > of that name (did I say that right?). You got yer merds wixed but we knew what you meant. Unfortunately that was not the case. I still don't travel with a portable turntable and bought the rekkid blind hoping it was. Fortunately the rekkid pleased my 'followup' sensibility so I was happy. But I spun "With This Ring" first when I got home hoping for a blue-eyed version.... > I believe Starr also wrote > "Oh How Happy" -- did he record his own version of it, as well? He DID write that one. > 4. The Sugar Shoppe: Privilege / Poor Papa (Capitol). From > the movie "Privilege", penned by John Paul Jones, of Manfred > Mann maybe? Nice. Phil M: > I'm confused on this one. The soundtrack version of "Privilege" > was sung by Paul Jones, who also starred in it. And, he and Mike > Leander (the producer) co-wrote it. Paul Jones was indeed > formerly of Manfred Mann, but not to be confused with John Paul > Jones, soon to be of Led Zeppelin. The soundtrack album was > on UNI. Sugar Shoppe was a Mamas & Papas like soft group I believe from Canada who did a credible version arranged by Al DeLory on Capitol. > 5. Sounds Of Sunshine: Make It Happen / Nature Boy (Ranwood). > Another fabulous soft pop male vocal. Nice melody, with the > "B" side being the Eden Ahbez nugget. Who WERE these guys, > anyway? Phil M: > I believe they were the Wilder Brothers, led by Warner Wilder. On Columbia? I got a couple of their singles as well that I hadn't posted on yet. Phil M: > (Actually I can't swear he was the leader, but he's the only one > whose name I recall at the moment!) They had a long recording > career, most prominently with X and then Verve in the '50s. They > also had a studio in the L.A. area (in fact one of the earliest > indie studios there, if I'm not mistaken), where they produced > the early Dick & Deedee sessions. Most of the Sounds Of Sunshine > records were on Ranwood, How many were done? I have two to date. JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 18:27:21 -0700 (PDT) From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Re: Hurricane Smith JB: > 8. Hurricane Smith: Oh Babe, What Would You Say / > Getting To Know You Ken Silverwood: > [in fact] Norman Smith who IIRC was an engineer at EMI > records, working on many of the early Beatles records and, > I think, Pink Floyd. Norman engineered all the Beatles recordings until "Revolver", at which time Geoff Emerick took Norman's place at the board. As it were, Norman was Pink Floyd's (as well as The Pretty Things) early producer (though not engineer) until "Dark Side Of The Moon" when Alan Parsons took over. Best, Mark W -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 01:47:41 -0000 From: Michael Edwards Subject: More Russ Titelman Here's an addition to the list of Russ Titelman songs I posted earlier in the week: Suzy Wallis - Little Things Like That (RCA, 1965)(co-written with Larry Kolber)[Also recorded by Barbara Mills on Hickory] Also, a fellow member mentioned that Darlene McCrea's "My Heart's Not In It" (wr: Titelman-Goffin) is currently on sale on GEMM for $100. Well, if that isn't a good reason for playing it to musica, I don't know what is. Enjoy, Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 07:56:35 -0000 From: Mark Maldwyn Subject: Re: Rhino Girl Group Box Set ??? Maurice Seaton wrote: > I have seen a few postings claiming that Rhino Records are going > to release a 4-CD Girl Group box set along the lines of the Doo > Wop box sets. Anyone got any inside info the might like to share? Hi, I've heard that there is a Rhino box set out shortly with notes written by Sheila Burgel. It's likely that Sylvan's "We Don't Belong" will be included on it. Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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