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Spectropop - Digest Number 1927

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 26 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The rise of The Rascals
           From: Clark Besch 
      2. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update
           From: Martin Roberts 
      3. new Lesley Gore
           From: Patrick 
      4. Re: Bobby Hebb
           From: Richard Havers 
      5. Re: Bobby Sherman
           From: Paul Evans 
      6. Re: Paul Simon a/k/a Jerry Landis
           From: Clark Besch 
      7. Re: (Eu)Gene McDaniels
           From: Clark Besch 
      8. Norman Hurricane Smith
           From: Simon White 
      9. Our Patch Of Blue - Zoom Zoom Zoom
           From: Lyn Nuttall 
     10. Re: (Eu)Gene McDaniels
           From: Gary Myers 
     11. Re: Stigwood; "Bedazzled"
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     12. Re: Chicago Transit Authority
           From: Gary Myers 
     13. Leave it to whom?
           From: Frank M 
     14. Re: Eugene McDaniels
           From: Gary Myers 
     15. Rip Chords counterrevisionism
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     16. Re: In Arts
           From: Guy Lawrence 
     17. Re: "Reach Out For Me" covers
           From: Frank J 
     18. Looking for a memory possibly from 1961- 62
           From: John Frederick Brown 
     19. Re: Reach Out For Me
           From: Simon White 
     20. Re: Jordan & Wayne
           From: Artie Wayne 
     21. Re: Anka's "Flashback" [O'Day/ Wayne]
           From: Artie Wayne 
     22. Connie Landers - R I P
           From: Paul Urbahns 
     23. Re: "I Love New York"
     24. Re: Chicago Transit Authority
           From: Mike Bennedict 
     25. Barry White discog.
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     26. Re: (Eu)Gene McDaniels
           From: Dave Heasman 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 13:28:50 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: The rise of The Rascals Artie Wayne wrote: > Clark...How ya' doin'? I'd like to share a Rascal story with > you and our Spectropals. Artie, loved the story. Sounds like the "DW Washburn" Coasters /Monkees story. One artist was a little out of time by the time they recorded the song, while the other was hot and ended up with the hit. I'm wondering what you have to say about my thoughts on the 1966 era Kingsmen, since you were there. Within a year, much of the grunge garage groups were passe, including the Kingsmen, who tried to get a little more pop oriented (such as "If I Needed Someone"), it seemed, as time went by. You must have been recording "Good Lovin'" with them in very early 1966. The Kingsmen had so many things going on that were good and bad it seemed. They were suing Jack Ely (lead singer on "Louie, Louie") for his right to use the band name. The FBI had looked into the songs lyrics as sung by Ely. Ely changed his group's name to Jack Ely and the Courtmen and released "Louie, Louie" followed by "Louie, Go Home" in 1966. The Kingsmen, meanwhile, were going around doing "Louie" with a differnet lead vocalist. Then, another thing that had to be good and bad was the fact that the Kingsmen version of "Louie" WOULD NOT DIE! #1 in fall/winter of 63 in Northwest, #1 nationally December 63/early 64, #1 in many markets in summer 65, #1 many markets in spring/summer 66! Throw in the Raiders' use of the song on "Where the Action Is" in 66 as well as Tommy Boyce's "Louie" sounding theme song to the show, "Let's Go Where the Action Is" too. "Louie" was a monster that still won't die, but it must have been good to have as a trademark to get gigs with in the 60's, yet it made it really hard to chart high with records when that record was in the racks for people to buy as well. "Louie" had to kill sales of many Kingsmen releases, it would seem. Artie, whatcha think? BTW, you can get a great interview with the Kingsmen drummer, Billy Truett, on the Lance Records site this week. Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 21:26:54 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop update To celebrate Eddie Hodges week on the site, the new ROTW playing on the Home page is Eddie Hodges "Halfway": Eddie Hodges has written a cool piece for The Jack I Knew page and written on his time at work and play with Terry Melcher and Jack Nitzsche. Read this on The Producers - Terry Melcher - Part 3. Eddie is also featured on the hottest CD release of the year, "Hearing Is Believing - The Jack Nitzsche Story" (Ace Records). To reflect the importance of the release, which is already attracting a lot of interest and reviews, the previous single page has been updated. The "Hearing Is Believing" page has a menu of links to: the Track list, the Nitzsche Site Review, David A Young's informative, fun and very groovy, Spectropop Review, Ace Records Review, Online Reviews, Paper Reviews (what the rock scribes have written in MOJO, UNCUT, The Daily Telegraph, LA Times and others), exclusive pictures, a few of the cool visuals from the booklet in LARGE size and, finally, once you've read all the press and must have a copy NOW, a link to Buy! In my quiet corner of England's green and pleasant land it's hard to keep up with everything going on elsewhere. I'd appreciate a copy/scan or link to any reviews of interest that I've missed. All contributors will be acknowledged. Is that it, nothing else? Oh yes, KHJ Jingle #8 is playing On The Radio page: Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 17:33:30 -0000 From: Patrick Subject: new Lesley Gore You can get a sample of the new Lesley Gore album here: Enjoy! I know I have! :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 18:25:30 +0100 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: Bobby Hebb Phil X Milstein wrote: > What kind of work was Hebb doing at the time? Apart from > "Sunny," I know precious little about his career. Hi Phil This is what I have in my files..... Hebb's (b.26.7.41 Nashville, Tennessee) parents, both blind, were trained guitarists who brought him up in a musical atmosphere. At twelve he played the spoons and sang with the Smokey Mountain Boys on the Grand Ol' Opry. He joined the US Navy on leaving school, where he played trumpet in his ship's jazz combo. After he was discharged he studied guitar with Chet Atkins and Hank Garland, started writing songs in '58 and had moderate success in '61 with his "Night Train" recorded with Sylvia Shemwell as Bobby & Sylvia. Apparently he acquired the nickname of the 'song-a-day man', as he had written some 3,000 songs between '58 and '66. At one time, Hebb was even hailed as the natural successor to Sam Cooke. His chart success belied the predication as only "A Satisfied Mind", which made No.39 in '66, and "Love Me" No.84 in Jan '67, entered the American listings. In '73 "A Satisfied Mind", "Love Me" and another song, "Love Love Love", had new life breathed into them as they became firm favourites on the British Northern Soul Scene. Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 10:52:39 -0000 From: Paul Evans Subject: Re: Bobby Sherman Mark: > Bobby Sherman - Happiness Is (Vocal version) Pre-Metromedia. Hi Mark and Larry, "Happiness Is" was originally cut and charted by Ray Conniff. The song garnered lots of covers, Bobby Sherman's among them. Soon after, the song became the commercial jingle for Kent Cigarettes, which stayed on the air for three years plus. At the time (1966), cigarette commercials were still legal. However, the cigarette companies could NOT (do to government restrictions) equate smoking with enjoyment. So, counting on the Conniff records popularity, Kent's ad agency copped the Conniff record and just played the key phrase and tag line, "That's What Happiness Is" instrumentally - leaving it up to the listener to fill the words in on their own. Sneaky! Didn't know about the Dean Martin CD (apparently without my song) and no, the song was not recorded by the Association as far as I know. Soon after our song got popular, there was another song titled "Happiness Is" that was part of the Broadway show based on the "Charlie Brown" cartoon strip. "Happiness Is" was co-written with Paul Parnes. Ray Conniff also recorded it in Spanish. Hope this helps, Paul Evans -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 13:35:01 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Paul Simon a/k/a Jerry Landis Artie Wayne wrote: > He came to see us play one night and flipped out over > me performing one of Pauls songs,"He was my Brother" > to a standing ovation. Artie, great story (as usual). Do you have any demos with Paul or any of your early demos that could be posted to your website or Musica? Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 05:18:17 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: (Eu)Gene McDaniels James 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. Did anyone but me think that the melancholy horn arrangement in BJ Thomas' "Everybody's Out of Town" remind one of the Gene McDaniels hit "Tower of Strength"?? Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 10:19:32 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Norman Hurricane Smith I'm sure this is relevant somewhere. It is to me. Norman Hurricane Smith produced Little Richard's sessions at Abbey Road Studios in late 1966. Four brassy tracks were recorded and two, "Get Down With It" (a cover of Bobby Marchan and Richard's second version) and "Rosemary" (a cover of Fats Domino) were released on a UK 45 and not, it seems, in the States. The other two tracks, "Rocking Chair" a loose vocal/instrumental based on "Slippin and Slidin" and a version of "Hound Dog" (his third !) Both were unreleased until they appeared on a Sony CD in the United States in 2004. I loved Norman's 'Don't Let It Die" when it came out. Simon White -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 11:24:38 -0000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Our Patch Of Blue - Zoom Zoom Zoom Our Patch Of Blue had a single on Warner Brothers in 1969 called Zoom Zoom Zoom, written by Bernard de Cesare Jnr and Pasquale Zompa. Zoom Zoom Zoom is apparently the same song as the minor hit by Australian band Cam-Pact (same songwriters) and I have feeling it may be the original version. Do we know anything about the band or the songwriters? Fats Domino recorded three De Cesare-Zompa songs on 'Fats Is Back', 1968, but apart from that..? And as for the band, I kinda like their name, but that's about all I know about them. Lyn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 21:55:34 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: (Eu)Gene McDaniels James Botticelli: > Gene McDaniels later became Eugene McDaniels and put out > some LPs. He also wrote "Feel Like Making Love". gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 11:21:58 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Stigwood; "Bedazzled" S'pop Projects wrote: > The Breakaways by Ian Chapman and Mick Patrick > ... 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 ... I've never thought of Stigwood as being a music guy himself. Did he really do much in the way of production, or did he simply take credit for others' work in that arena? > And find "Bedazzled" by Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, with vocals by > the Breakaways, one of the girls' finest moments, now playing at > musica: Terrific record! Is that the only version of "Bedazzled" from the '60s era? Did Cook and/or Moore write it themselves? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 09:44:22 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Chicago Transit Authority Clark Besch: > I think they were forced to change the name due to > "Chicago Transit Authority" being an actual city > business name. And I've been told that their earliest name was The Big Thing. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 08:48:27 +0100 From: Frank M Subject: Leave it to whom? Previously: > 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." Last week whilst watching 'Married with Children' I noted a guest appearance of someone called Jerry Mathers. Living in the UK I've never seen 'Leave it to Beaver' and this week once again Spectropop provides some enlightenment. Thanks FrankM -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 09:49:00 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Eugene McDaniels Norm D: > He started off as a jazz singer... A bit of which came though on his shake on the word "and" in "Point Of No Return". :-) gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 13:21:18 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Rip Chords counterrevisionism Someone here recently posted a link to a Rip Chords history, at - I reiterate it now just to make sure that no one who might be interested inadvertently overlooks it. It's written by Rev. Ernie Bringas, co-founder of the group, and aims primarily at clarifying who exactly sang what on the group's recording sessions, in order to correct the historical record on those matters. The richness of Bringas' detail, his pride in the group's accomplishments, and his lack of bitterness at what seems to have been a somewhat inimical aftermath, are commendable, and the autographed photo of Doris Day is real fine, as well. Gone, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 18:57:40 +0100 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Re: In Arts I wrote: > Does anyone know anything about Smart & > Cole or the interesting looking In Arts label? Phil wrote: > Here is a partial In Arts discography: > Not sure what to make of the "Inc." preceding "Smart & Cole" > -- does anything like that appear on your copy? Sure, the S'Pop research centre was my first port of call and that In Arts discography looks exceedingly tempting. One track by ESB has been included on a reissue compilation but the rest are going to have to be tracked down the hard way! The correct billing for the Smart & Cole 45 is Smart & Cole Inc. Guy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 20:22:58 +0200 From: Frank J Subject: Re: "Reach Out For Me" covers > Jimmy Botticelli wrote: > I looked at this and thought how many cover versions of the great > Bacharach-David composition "Reach Out For Me" are there. Check out There are 25 versions of ROFM listed. BTW, the site is a must for every Bacharach fan. Frank J. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 18:40:40 -0000 From: John Frederick Brown Subject: Looking for a memory possibly from 1961- 62 In 1962 I was just turning nine years olds and as a present from my parents I was given a record player and two 45s. One was Tommy Sands 1961 recording of "Jimmy's Song" and "Wrong Side Of Love" which I just re-purchased on the 1992 Bear Family CD set. This purchase has made me want to try and track down the other. Can't remember the title, can't remember the label, can't remember the artist, can't remember if the chorus I do remember is from the "A" or "B" side. The chorus went (I think): Light the candles, throw the rice Pour the wine and cut the cake Put their picture in the paper Pardon me, while my heart breaks The song could have been called "Pardon Me While My Heart Breaks" but I'm not sure. I do remember that the label looked something like the "Laurie" label but instead of red, white and black I remeber peach, blue and white. Does this ring a bell? Would sure like to recapture a moment. Thanks John -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 21:26:11 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Reach Out For Me Howard Earnshaw wrote: > 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? I had a conversation recently about this song with another member of this list who shall reamain nameless (Phil Chapman). The versions we discussed in particular were Kathy, a version by Universal Mind on Red Coach from 1975 and an album track by the great Roy Hamilton which also appeared on a CD "Rare Collectable And Soulful" on Kent. I've been a closet Kathy fan since I was a kid - I realise now it was the shiny lipstick that did it. Hers is not my favourite version though. Lou is pretty hard to beat, eh Howard ? Simon White -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 13:30:25 -0700 (PDT) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Jordan & Wayne Tom...How ya' doin'? I remember going to the pressing plant, in the Bronx near where I lived to get commercial copies of "Find a Little Happiness", the record Danny Jordan and I did for Diamond records, everytime we did a record hop in Philadelphia and Conneticut. Joe Kolsky told us each time we treked out to one of these exciting but dangerous gatherings...we were just one record hop away from going into heavy rotation on the local radio stations. A prediction that unfortunately, never seemed to materialize. regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 12:59:58 -0700 (PDT) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Anka's "Flashback" [O'Day/ Wayne] Clark...How ya'doin'? It really was an honor to have Paul Anka Cover "Flashback" that I co-wrote with my friend Alan O'Day ["Undercover Angel", "Angie Baby"] "...but it was part of one of the bitterest cover battles I've ever seen. The "Warner Raiders", as I called my professional staff of songpluggers, were so enthusiastic about the song that they each ran out the day they heard it and got commitments from the Four Tops, Diana Ross, The 5th Dimension, and Paul Anka to record it. Ed Silvers, President of Warner Brothers, music strongly suggested that we let the 5th Dimension come out with it first, since we ran their publishing company and the publishing company of their producer Bones Howe. When The Tops, And Ross heard that the 5th were cutting it, they backed off. Paul Anka, on the other hand, rushed into the studio with Rick Hall to record it and beat the 5th on the market. There were full page ads for both records in all the trades. Both got a lot of play, but the groups record is the one that made it. Although "Flashback" was the 5th's last hit record, to my knowledge, it hasn't been included in any of their greatest hit collections. And even though his version of the song revived radios' interest in him and paved the way for his next single, "You're Havin'My Baby", which became #1, Paul didn't include our song on the U.S.release of the "Havin'My Baby" album. Perhaps this was my agressive publishing Karma catching up with me. Although we had other covers throughout the years, by Blue Swede, Tom Jones and Cher, the song still hasn't become a big hit. Perhaps I should get it to Clive Davis for the next American Idol... Bo Bice!!! regards, Artie Wayne P.S. Michael...Thanks for posting Ankas' version of "Flashback" to musica. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 20:56:27 -0400 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Connie Landers - R I P Music City News just reported, "Former vocalist Connie Sue Landers, 60, died Jan. 30. Early on she toured as a backup singer with LeRoy Van Dyke's Auctionettes. She previously had her own group Connie & The Cones. She recorded for a variety of labels, among them Spar, Mercury, Roulette and NRC Records. Following her music career, she worked many years as an airline flight attendant." Connie recorded a variety of sound-alikes and original compositions for about 4 years for the Hit Records label of Nashville. My attempts to locate her over the last 20 or so years ended iin failure. In honor of Connie, I have posted to Musica one of her 1965 songs (written and recorded by Connie) called "Ring Telephone", which is very much in the Lesley Gore mode. Paul Urbahns a very sad Hit fan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 19:21:42 EDT From: Subject: Re: "I Love New York" Hey all you groovy Spectropop people... I just got an email saying that "I Love New York" artist Marva Josie, written by Claire Francis and Herbie Hancock sold on Ebay for $208.50 - This is just a 45 rpm....!!! Why is this so expensive; what makes it so costly? I would really like to know, I am kind of shocked!! I truly would like to understand the answer to this question. Is it because it is a 45 rpm, or because it is Marva or Herbie? I cannot imagine anyone paying that amount of money for my records!! By the way...I am feeling so much better and have really enjoyed reading the posts on Spectropop. I felt all the prayers from you all, so nice and strong. I hope you won't mind giving me your prayers again in July when I have to have another of the same surgery. Love and Light, Claire Francis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 23:50:53 -0000 From: Mike Bennedict 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". Clark Besch: > I think they were forced to change the name due to > "Chicago Transit Authority" being an actual city business name. Yupe, the band was threatened with leagal action for calling themselves the CTA. Mike. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 18:46:34 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Barry White discog. Very cool Barry White discography at It's not much on images, but seems a fairly exhaustive listing of White's releases, which extend as far back as 1960 and include quite a lot of surprises. It also informed me of the existence of a Del-Fi CD of White's '60s productions, which I have since ordered. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 26 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 22:54:16 +0100 From: Dave Heasman Subject: Re: (Eu)Gene McDaniels Frank J... > His "Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse" LP on Atlantic (1971) > is some sort of holy grail to the rare groove community. Bah. I bought it used in about '73 but didn't like it quite enough and gave it to a charity shop before it got precious. "Supermarket Blues" was good-ish. I liked "She's Come Back", which was a b-side I think, about 1962. Dave, rueing the day in London. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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