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There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Paul Simon a/k/a Jerry Landis
           From: Clark Besch 
      2. You're Ready Now girls
           From: Simon White 
      3. Terry Melcher
           From: Martin Roberts 
      4. Re: late-period Rascals
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      5. Re: Gene McDaniels
           From: Simon White 
      6. Johnny Walsh
           From: Peter Lerner 
      7. Hi Everyone, from Alan O'Day
           From: Alan O'Day 
      8. Re: Sounds Of Sunshine discog.
           From: Martin Nathan 
      9. Sunny spells
           From: Various 
     10. Re: Anka's "Flashback" [O'Day/ Wayne]
           From: Raul Richards 
     11. Re: Eugene McDaniels
           From: Norm D. 
     12. Gene McDaniels
           From: Phil Chapman 
     13. Re: You're Ready Now girls
           From: doowopdaddy@aol.com

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 14:44:55 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: Paul Simon a/k/a Jerry Landis Artie Wayne re: Al Bennett of Liberty Records: > Ed had Paul and I play the song live for Al in his > office. Although he was from the south, I don't think > Al dropped me from the label because he was predjudiced > [Did I mention that I'm black?]...but because he would > rather promote singers like Bobby Vee and Gene McDaniels > ...pop singers without political agendas. Joe Nelson: > Gotta be the latter reason, especially since Gene McDaniels was > also black. Of course, that's not saying an overtly political > record that didn't embrace a cause as liberal as civil rights > wouldn't slip through the cracks... does the name Victor Lumberg > mean anything to anyone? Especially if you listen to "My Buddy Carl", the flip of Liberty's hit "An Open Letter to my Teenage Son" by Lundberg. Of course, this 45 happened years after Artie's situation, making it easier for Liberty to make these decisions happen. Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 12:09:14 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: You're Ready Now girls I hope we haven't been down this road before, but is it known who the girls are backing Frankie Valli on his Smash Records recording "You're Ready Now"? Simon White -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 21:26:55 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Terry Melcher Thanks for the many flattering comments on and off list regarding "The Producers - Terry Melcher" pages on the site. I must thank Phil Chapman and Mick Patrick for making what I write (hopefully) understandable to all. Thanks guys. http://www.spectropop.com/JackNitzsche/producers.htm Eddie Hodges wrote to the site before the Terry Melcher's pages went 'live' but I didn't want to delay their launching any longer than necessary. His addition however will not be the only one to the pages. Watch this space! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 11:05:46 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: late-period Rascals Clark Besch wrote: > .......... Unlike many groups where their music passed them > by, The Rascals don't fit that groove. There was no other > group that sounded like The Rascals, at least until J. Geils > in '72 or so. It's just so surprising how a group with so many > terrific songs in a row could suddenly not have any. Here's a passage from Genya Ravan's recent memoir "Lollipop Lounge," inadvertently revealing a fact about the late-period Rascals I'd never heard: "Ten Wheel Drive continued for some years without me, recruiting as a replacement singer Annie Sutton, who'd sung with The Rascals for a while before that band folded." Did Annie Sutton ever record with The Rascals? Is her membership in the group a well-known fact today, or has it slipped through the cracks of history? --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 21:30:00 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Gene McDaniels Howard Earnshaw wrote: > "...... not to mention one of the most atmospheric ballads > to ever reach vinyl, (Eugene McDaniels) "Another Tear Falls" There is a piece of film of Gene performing this song and, I don't say this lightly, it is awesome. He wrote some great song too. Simon White -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 12:18:43 +0100 From: Peter Lerner Subject: Johnny Walsh Can anyone tell me anything about the singer Johnny Walsh, who recorded a nice version of Jackie DeShannon's song "Green trees" on Columbia 43936 (coupled with Ian Whitcomb's "The end")? I assume he was the same JW who recorded "Girl Machine" on Warners much earlier in the 60s. Information gratefully received. Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 22:52:24 -0700 From: Alan O'Day Subject: Hi Everyone, from Alan O'Day Well, I've been lurking & reading enjoyable snippets since my pal Artie Wayne suggested I get on board Spectropop (while waving a loaded gun). Just kidding, but if you know Artie, you know he can be persuasive. Now seeing two familiar subjects in the last digest, I guess it's time for me to contribute! Quick bio: I wrote "Angie Baby" (Helen Reddy), co-wrote "Rock'n'Roll Heaven" (Righteous Bros), and was the writer & singer of "Undercover Angel". But years before that I wrote Bobby Sherman's "The Drum" while a staff writer at both E.H. Morris Music (Sydney Goldstein), and Viva Music (Ed Silvers, Snuff Garrett, Artie Wayne). I remained at Viva as a staff writer when Snuffy left & Viva became Warner Bros. Music, in total I was there for 13 years. I co-wrote "Flashback" with Artie in '73. I knew little of the subsequent politics around the cuts, but I remember clearly the creative collaborative experience. We were in my funky L.A. apartment, I was playing the piano; & Artie was alternately hovering & meditating as we tossed ideas back & forth. The vibe was very intense, as we both drew upon our "lost love" memories to mold verse lyrics strong enough to set up the chorus explosion: "And I flashback! Back to the time you were mine and we lived in a love song...." I recall us struggling with the "curse of the second verse", and Artie blowing my mind with his line "My cigarette has burned down to my fingers, and it brings me back to now". Fast forward to a couple years later, when I went to Las Vegas for a getaway. Noticing that Paul Anka was performing, I called the hotel and spoke to (as I recall) his manager: "Hi, I'm Alan O'Day; I co-wrote Paul's hit 'Flashback', and I was wondering if I could come see his show as a guest?" The answer was no. Now to the present! I noted Phil Milstein's mention of the Ponderosa Stomp. I have just returned from an extended stay in Nashville, followed by an awesome three days in New Orleans, where I actually played at the Ponerosa Stomp, backing my old friend actor/guitarist/commercial pilot/author Arch Hall Jr, as he returned to live performing for the first time in over 40 years. Arch starred in several low budget movies in the 60's, including "Eegah" and "Wild Guitar"; and the two of us started a band. With the release of "Wild Guitar", our group Arch Hall Jr and the Archers toured from New Orleans to Pensacola in a van, playing live with screenings of the movie! It was a bizarre, wonderful coming of age experience for me. Arch's old movies have become favorites of an ever-growing group of retro -fans, thus he was invited play the Stomp. He in turn invited me, & the original Archers' bassist/vocalist Joel Christie. Besides the incredible high of performing with my old cohorts, the Rockin' Bowl was a Flashback of 50's/60's rockabilly & blues, where I got to meet Scotty Moore, Roy Head, Earl Palmer, to name a few; and hear Johnny Farina do "Sleepwalk"! So with that I'll bring my first post to a close. It's nice to be in the virtual company of those who experienced the same music business that I did! More info on Arch Hall Jr and our Ponderosa reunion experience: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/archhalljr/ General info on the Ponderosa Stomp: http://www.knights-maumau.com/ Norton Records new CD "Wild Guitar" (CED 307) (48 songs & audio clips from Arch's movies & the Archers, many culled from old reel-to-reel tapes stored in my garage, and including an extensiveliner notes booklet) http://nortonrecords.com/index2.html (click on Artists A-Z) My website: http://alanoday.com Chordially, Alan O'Day -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 05:45:36 -0700 (PDT) From: Martin Nathan Subject: Re: Sounds Of Sunshine discog. Phil M: >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 think it is. I have the 45. The Sounds Of Sunshine version of Nadia's Theme has words to it. The instrumental version by Barry DeVorzon is/was the theme to Y&R. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 15:23:37 +0100 From: Various Subject: Sunny spells Dave Monroe > 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? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Version time - I have a 45 here by Joe Harnell which combines 'Sunny" with "The Work Song", another staple of the R&B world and a song that spawned nearly as many cover versions. It is called 'Work Sunny Work'. Can you see what they did there? Clever eh? You can be a part of it here - http://www.joeharnell.com/moving_ontracks.html Joe is a respected jazz pianist and this recording is in the Ramsey Lewis/Les McCann tradition of the '60s but with the added bonus of a girl chorus chanting a bastardised lyrical variation of both songs. He also recorded a version of 'Blame It On The Bossa Nova" which I have not heard, but going by the 'Work Sunny Work" experience I would dearly love to. Any takers? Simon White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bob, Sinatra recorded the song in December 67 for his Francis A and Edward K album with the Duke. Richard Havers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are two German CDs out called "Sunny" and "Sunny 2" each featuring 16 different versions of the song. I really enjoy James Brown's version a lot. Frank J. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery. Gary Myers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Les McCann includes two versions of "Sunny" on his 1966 Mercury/Limelight album: Part I in a lounge jazz vein (7mins), followed by part II, a straight-ahead Ramsey Lewis stylie, complete with party voices interjecting "Sunny" where appropriate. (Recorded at Bell Sound Studio, NY and United Recording, California.) Phil Chapman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - My take is that Sunny has spent more time on S'Pop than it did on the charts:-) Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 09:54:26 EDT From: Raul Richards Subject: Re: Anka's "Flashback" [O'Day/ Wayne] Great to hear Paul Anka's version,such a fantastic song. The 5D version is probably my favourite song of theirs. It's a real shame it's not all that famous. It's top of my dream cover list. Thanks Artie! Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 07:03:41 -0700 (PDT) From: Norm D. Subject: Re: Eugene McDaniels Norm D: > He started off as a jazz singer... Gary Myers: > A bit of which came though on his shake on the word "and" > in "Point Of No Return". That's spot on, Gary. Plus, he vocalises a bit of the trumpet part too. Second time I say it, but.....that is such a great song. Did Goffin & King write it for him, does anyone know, or was it one of their "hawked" songs that Liberty picked for the Left Rev. McD (sorry, I got his soi-disant title wrong in my previous post)? Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 16:20:52 +0100 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Gene McDaniels Norm D. > 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 ... Yes, it's also one of the favourites at the S'pop get-togethers. There's a reasonable mpeg of "Another Tear Falls" at: http://www.amajor.com/video PC -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 04 May 2005 09:54:02 -0400 From: doowopdaddy@aol.com Subject: Re: You're Ready Now girls Simon: > I hope we haven't been down this road before, but is it known > who the girls are backing Frankie Valli on his Smash Records > recording "You're Ready Now"? I believe it is The Angels on the recording of Frankie Valli's "You're Ready Now". Mike Miller, doowopdaddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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