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There are 16 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Bedazzled by the Breakaways
           From: S'pop Projects 
      2. Re: Chicago Transit Authority
           From: Clark Besch 
      3. Re: 1968/9
           From: Clark Besch 
      4. Re: Sugar Shoppe
           From: Rob Pingel 
      5. Re: (Eu)Gene McDaniels
           From: Frank Jastfelder 
      6. Re: Sunny
           From: Julio Niño 
      7. Re: Warmth of the Sunny
           From: Ian Chippett 
      8. Re: "Reach Out For Me" covers
           From: Howard Earnshaw 
      9. Re: Bobby Hebb & family
           From: Ed Salamon 
     10. Re: Gene McDaniels
           From: Howard Earnshaw 
     11. Re: "Happiness Is"; American Dreams; wayward winds of time
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     12. Re: Eugene McDaniels
           From: Norm D 
     13. Re: Sounds Of Sunshine discog.
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     14. Brenton Wood sighting
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     15. Re: "Geometrics"
           From: Bill George 
     16. Re: Anka's "Flashback"
           From: Michael Thom 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 21:40:18 +0100 From: S'pop Projects Subject: Bedazzled by the Breakaways Now showing on a screen near you: The Breakaways by Ian Chapman and Mick Patrick with foreword by Tony Hatch and postscript by Petula Clark An excerpt: ... Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Mark Wynter, Cilla Black, Jimmy Justice, Jackie Trent, Billy Fury, Marianne Faithfull, Jimmy James & the Vagabonds, Lulu, Kiki Dee, Lonnie Donegan, Dave Berry ... Sounds like a line-up for a super- spectacular package tour, doesn't it? What it is, in fact, is a (very) abbreviated roll call of British artists that were backed on record by the Breakaways. Plus, of course, there were visiting overseas stars too, like Chubby Checker, Dionne Warwick, Françoise Hardy, Paul Anka, Jack Jones, Brigitte Bardot, Jackie DeShannon, Big Dee Irwin, the Walker Brothers, Johnny Halliday and Bobby Rydell. The Breakaways backed them all. The group did sessions for an array of labels, and worked for nearly every UK-based producer of note, including Tony Hatch, Joe Meek, George Martin, Shel Talmy, Andrew Loog Oldham, Mike Leander, Robert Stigwood, Mark Wirtz, Ivor Raymonde and Charles Blackwell, not forgetting US visitors Burt Bacharach and Bert Berns. The Breakaways were truly ubiquitous ... Read the full article here: And find "Bedazzled" by Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, with vocals by the Breakaways, one of the girls' finest moments, now playing at musica: Enjoy, The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 13:48:17 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Chicago Transit Authority Bob Radil wrote: > ... On the liner notes it says they toured as "C.T.A" and ends > with "call them Chicago". Their 1st single in 1969, "Questions > 67 & 68", simply credits "Chicago". I think they were forced to change the name due to "Chicago Transit Authority" being an actual city business name. Although, as you say, their first 45 came out as "Chicago", one of their first appearances was on The Mauds' 1968 45 "Forever Gone" (the B-side to "Soul Drippin'"). The label says the horns were by "C.T.A.". So, the liners Bob refers to are likely correct. BTW, an early Chicago group, The Missing Links, had a few members who later went on to form C.T.A. and record Jimmy Holvay's great song "Makin' Up And Breakin' Up," for local label Signett. Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 14:36:12 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: 1968/9 Mike Edwards wrote: > The LP was starting to replace the 45 as the industry's > preferred format. Artists weren't releasing 4 (or even 5) 45s > a year. Groups such as the Doors, Sly & The Family Stone, > the (psychedelic) Temptations, Creedence, Steppenwolf, > Led Zeppelin and Blood Sweat & Tears were coming on -- > all with a heavier pop style than their predecessors. I agree to some extent. Certainly, radio changed a lot of this too. Formats got really tight in latter '67, and "old" groups were often squeezed out by new artists. FM also got a large chunk of audience and they tended to squeeze out the old AM artists. Funny thing is that the '69 Rascals conformed to the FM sound of the day and also to the "heavier" sound you allude to, and still didn't keep it going! Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 10:24:49 -0700 (PDT) From: Rob Pingel Subject: Re: Sugar Shoppe James Botticelli wrote: > 4. The Sugar Shoppe: Privilege / Poor Papa (Capitol). From > the movie "Privilege", penned by John Paul Jones, of Manfred > Mann maybe? Nice. Here's a bit of arcane trivia that should intrigue fans of the show "Alias." Actor Victor Garber, who plays Jennifer Garner's dad, was one of the members of the Sugar Shoppe. Canadian group. Rob Pingel -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 19:42:54 +0200 From: Frank Jastfelder Subject: Re: (Eu)Gene McDaniels Jimmy Botticelli wrote: > Gene McDaniels later became Eugene McDaniels and put out > some LPs. I've never heard them but was told that it was > his attempt to present more relevant material than his pop > stuff allowed. Too bad. "Chip Chip" is one great song. His "Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse" LP on Atlantic (1971) is some sort of holy grail to the rare groove community. It has lots of breakbeats and other sample stuff on it, and the lyrics are more contemporary. It sure is different than his '60s output. Frank J. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 17:54:11 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Re: Sunny Hola Everybody. Dave Monroe wrote: > I recently picked up the Dave Pike recording of "Sunny," and > have another nice Jack McDuff version as well, but can anyone > recommend any other recordings of the song? Hola, Dave. I will do just the opposite of what you are asking: talking about the most horrendous cover of "Sunny" I have ever heard, the version in Spanish by Franciska, recorded in the mid sixties. Francisca was a very spectacular brunette, who had enormous talent ... (to massacre songs). Her cover of " Sunny" is so histrionic and awful that it´s fun. Franciska sings it rabidly, which is very odd considering that the lyrics talk about love and affection. I remember one afternoon some years ago, playing it continuously with a friend in my house and laughing hysterically for hours. We almost choked ourselves to death. If someday I need to take revenge on something you´ve done to me, I´ll play it in musica. Chao, Julio Niño -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 14:18:05 EDT From: Ian Chippett Subject: Re: Warmth of the Sunny Richard Havers wrote: > Apparently Bobby Hebb's big hit Sunny was written the day > after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. ... Wasn't the Beach Boys' "Warmth Of The Sun" written at this same moment? Maybe there's a link. Ian Chippett -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 16:17:09 EDT From: Howard Earnshaw Subject: Re: "Reach Out For Me" covers Jimmy Botticelli wrote: > A while back I compiled Two Dozen Sunnys!, a tribute to > Bobby Hebb of covers of his tune. I looked at this and thought how many cover versions of the great Bacharach-David composition "Reach Out For Me" are there. I'll start the ball rolling with the obvious, D. Warwick. Others that I know of are Lou Johnson, Nancy Wilson,The Sweet Inspirations and Kathy Kirby. I know there are more, so how about it folks? Howard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 20:27:18 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Re: Bobby Hebb & family Phil M. asked: > What kind of work was Hebb doing at the time? Apart from > "Sunny," I know precious little about his career. There's a rather extensive bio by Joe Viglione on All Music that is a good start. It has lots of good info, but omits the fairly significant fact that Bobby got his start with Hebb's Kitchen Cabinet Orchestra, led by his blind parents. Bobby says the family supported themselves mainly by performing, mostly on the streets of Nashville. They would take a streetcar downtown from their home daily. I recently heard Bobby and his sisters reunite for an all gospel performance, which was tremendous. I feel very blessed to live in Nashville, where I get to interact more with my music heroes than I ever did living in NY and LA. Ed Salamon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 16:32:24 EDT From: Howard Earnshaw Subject: Re: Gene McDaniels Jimmy Botticelli wrote: > Gene McDaniels later became Eugene McDaniels and put out > some LPs. I've never heard them but was told that it was his > attempt to present more relevant material than his pop stuff > allowed. Too bad. "Chip Chip" is one great song. Please also check out Gene's nothern soul plays, "Lonely Town" and the incredible "Walk With A Winner," not to mention one of the most atmospheric ballads to ever reach vinyl,"Another Tear Falls", which was covered in the UK by The Walker Brothers. Unfortunately for Gene, his big US hits (?) "Tower Of Strength" and "100 Pounds Of Clay" were bushwacked by UK artists Frankie Vaughan and Craig Douglas respectively, so he failed to make the British charts. Howard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 15:33:47 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: "Happiness Is"; American Dreams; wayward winds of time Mario wrote: > Another version of "Happiness Is" was by a '60s garage band named > Beaver & The Trappers. The interesting thing was their lead singer > was Jerry Mathers, the famous child actor. At the end they sing, > "Happiness is ... Beaver." It may not be the same song, I'm not sure. Your impulse that it may be a different song is the correct one after all. The Beaver & The Trappers song is actually titled "Happiness Is Havin'." Also, unless there are two versions out there, I believe that last line actually reads, "Happiness is ... money!" Either way, though, it's a great record. Orion wrote: > Although I have not watched even one of the programs, my firm belief > is that nostalgia can never be properly re-recorded. The only true > nostalgia that we can feel good about and comfortable with is that > which is actually from that era. Just my opinion, but I think many > feel this way. Count me among them, O. My belief is that any period movie (or "historical fiction" of any medium) says a whole lot more about the time it's made IN than the time it's made ABOUT. Besides, "American Dreams" is mass entertainment, not encyclopedic history; and furthermore Dick Clark, for whatever his virtues, has always been a corner-cutter of the first order. Charles Ulrich wrote: > I think you're exaggerating the change a little by using this example. > "Who Are The Brain Police?" was actually the B-side of "Trouble Comin' > Every Day". Neither side reached #1. Did they chart at all? I do know > that "Freak Out!" spent 23 weeks on the Billboard album chart, but > never rose higher than #130. I agree that Mike was exaggerating, but I believe he was did so in fair service to his point that the culture shifted farther and faster in the 1960s than at any other time before or since. Although the Mothers' chart positions may have been negligible at best, clearly they attracted a sizeable and growing following right out of the box; and Mike's stylistic contrast between that music in 1967 vs. Anka's (and etc.) in 1960 was, in my opinion, valid and well-made. To those who doubt his point, simply compare the zeitgeist shifts between 1960 to 1967 vs. those between 1998 to 2005, and I think you'll agree that they seem relatively glacial now. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 15:00:15 -0700 (PDT) From: Norm D Subject: Re: Eugene McDaniels Jimmy Botticelli wrote: > Gene McDaniels later became Eugene McDaniels and put out some > LPs. I've never heard them but was told that it was his attempt to > present more relevant material than his pop stuff allowed. Too > bad. "Chip Chip" is one great song. McDaniels did at least two albums for Atlantic in the early '70s. Until their recent reissue on CD they were incredibly sought-after and heavily sampled. He started off as a jazz singer, then was turned into a successful pop singer after signing with Liberty, with a great range of writers. He apparently hated this phase of his career, and went back into jazz singing when his contract expired. His two Atlantic albums were very political for the time -- Black power-inspired, but by no means opportunistic. The songs are his own, and they are good. He then became a songwriter for others, in particular Roberta Flack whose international smash "Feel Like Making Love" was one of his. His other biggie is "Compared To What", initially recorded by Les McCann and, later, dozens of others. I think he's still very active in production and writing film scores, though I'm not sure if he's still singing. If anyone knows of a version he did of "Compared To What", I'd be pleased to know. His early '60s Liberty recordings are great -- "Point Of No Return" is a wonderful G&K song -- and I think they're also terribly undervalued. McDaniels could have been a grand international star, but I guess he decided he didn't want to be groomed like that, and he became big in his own way, and has been his own man. He was also very handsome, judging from the one bit of film I've seen of him. He was one of the featured acts in that wonderful pre-Beatles era UK pop film, "It's Trad Dad" (directed by Richard Lester). McDaniels is singing "Another Tear Falls" (by Bacharach & David?). I remember it as a moody piece: shrouded in shadow, cigarette smoke, very film noir... I've not seen it for years, but it's left a long impression. If you've never seen this film, do try and dig it out: it's so British, it's so hopelessly dated, it's so quirky ... and it has the Right Reverend Eugene McD (as he later became) showing how much soul he had. Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 19:34:24 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Sounds Of Sunshine discog. Jimmy Botticelli asked, re Sounds Of Sunshine: > How many were done? I have two to date. Ranwood 940: Sea Gull / She Takes Care Of Me Ranwood 896: Love Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry / Linda The Untouchable (1971) Ranwood 912: I Do All My Crying In The Rain / It's Hard To Say Goodbye Forever (1972) Ranwood 913: Yesterday Keeps Getting In The Way / Anything Can Happen (1972) Ranwood 921: Make It Happy / Nature Boy (1972) Ranwood 925: Make Believe Saturday Night / Today Is The First Day (1972) Ranwood 932: End Of The World / Over And Over (1972) GNP Crescendo 802: One To One (1975) same group?: Ltd. Touch & Sounds Of Sunshine: PIP 8942: The Young And The Restless / Young And The Restless (instr.) (1973) Sounds Of Sunshine: PIP 6527: Nadia's Theme / Nadia's Theme (instr.) (1976) I have the Ranwood 912, and so have posted its sides to my Probe site, at . Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 19:53:43 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Brenton Wood sighting A friend of mine returned from the recent "Ponderosa Stomp" festival in New Orleans not only raving about Brenton Wood's performance there, but forwarding me a couple of photos she took of him, including one with Wood and his guitarist Alex Chilton. Find the both of them now in the Photos section: Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 00:02:07 EDT From: Bill George Subject: Re: "Geometrics" Hi everyone, I wanted to let everyone know about a project that I'm involved with that is now universally available. It's a CD by composer/ songwriter L. Warde, titled "Geometrics." You can check it out at . It is available on Amazon, CD Baby, and Tower Records online. It's a beautiful recording with voices, string quartet and guitar. Some might call it classical, or new age, or Celtic, or pop, or that it sounds like a film score. But it is truly unique and unclassifiable, and I find the music uplifting and beautiful. I sing on four of the ten tracks. Check it out -- it's not Spectropop, but I think it is universally appealing. Bill George -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 03:17:19 -0500 From: Michael Thom Subject: Re: Anka's "Flashback" Clark Besch wrote: > I notice Anka did a 45 on Fame in '74 which had "Flashback" > on the flip. This must be Artie Wayne's great song. Can anyone > play it to musica? It is Artie's song, and I've played it to musica. "Flashback" was the A-side, and it was issued in 1973. The equally strong flip, Anka's own "Let Me Get To Know You," showed up later on a UA release. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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