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Spectropop - Digest Number 1963

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There are 12 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Bob Dylan, Hit Songwriter
           From: Doug Richard 
      2. Re: Del-Fi today
           From: Bryan 
      3. Re: Toys in the park!!
           From: Steve Harvey 
      4. Re: Dean Ford & The Gaylords
           From: Sean 
      5. Re: "Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes"
           From: Billy G Spradlin 
      6. Re: Dean Ford & The Gaylords
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      7. Re: Aesops Fables
           From: MopTopMike 
      8. Re: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      9. err, the Chipmunks
           From: Bob Celli 
     10. Re: to the Batpoles ...
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     11. Brewers
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
     12. Mod Not Mod
           From: Richard Havers 

Message: 1 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 01:08:20 -0000 From: Doug Richard Subject: Re: Bob Dylan, Hit Songwriter Phil M. asked: > Does anyone know if a list of hit cover versions of Dylan's > songs exists anywhere? Try this: . It can be sorted by either artist or song title. I'll bet that there is going to be a lot more of them than you thought! Doug -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 18:41:18 -0700 From: Bryan Subject: Re: Del-Fi today S.J. Dibai asked: > Also, what's the story on Del-Fi Records? Phil M. replied: > I can't answer that directly, as I believe the company direction > has changed in (very) recent years, but some of the compilations > they've put out during the CD era have been revelatory. There are at least two Spectropoppers on this list who used to work for Del-Fi in the 90s, myself and one other person. FYI, Bob Keane sold the original 60's Del-Fi masters to Rhino a few years ago, and he continues to use the Del-Fi name and logo, but he can no longer reissue Del-Fi titles he doesn't own. He is, however, trying to develop new titles for his newly-founded Keane Records, and also works with Rhino on the publicity and marketing for their reissue titles. Rhino -- now wholly owned by the Warner Music Group -- have reissued very few of those titles so far ("The Best Of The Bobby Fuller Four", "The Ritchie Valens Story" and "Cucamonga", a collection of Frank Zappa productions), but they've licensed several others to a third party, Collector's Choice (for which I wrote the liner notes). 83-year old Keane has been working on his autobiography, The Oracle Of Del-Fi, which he's now self-publishing via his new Del-Fi International publishing imprint. I worked on the book for a couple of years, as did several other writers. Keane has pressed up the paperback book as "advance preview" editions and he's selling those; the official publication date (and hopefully he'll correct all the misspelled words, etc.) is going to be sometime in August. You can contact Keane at Del-Fi's offices in Los Angeles (right next door to Gene Norman's Crescendo Records) at info[@] and the phone number is listed where phone numbers are usually listed. Bryan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 19:06:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Toys in the park!! Tony Leong wrote: > Hey girl-group fans: The original Toys (Barbara, Barbara, and > June) reunited today at a park in Brooklyn to sing at a show > dedicated to Vietnam Vets. It's always cool when a band gets back together and can make the same magic. The Zombies are a good example and Art and Johnny as Love. Hope the Yardbirds are as a good this Thursday. Good reason for the Toys to reunite. I remember John Fogerty playing his Creedence stuff for some Viet Nam vet show. Broke his vow never to play it as long as Van Zant was making money off it, but he did it that time for the vets. Cool move. Steve Harvey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 04:42:34 -0000 From: Sean Subject: Re: Dean Ford & The Gaylords I think I agree with Peter here most. What I was really trying to get at, was, were there any 60's Mods, buying "He's A Good Face..." at the time, or was the single only picked up by the '79 era Mods, simply because it had the word "Face" in the title, probably thinking if The Who (High Numbers) released "I'm The Face", then that song must be Mod too? Whoeever mentioned Marmalade, I forgot about "It's All Leading Up To Saturday Night" which I would consider more mod than any of the Dean Ford releases (although Mod at it's most Pop!). Also, considering I asked Eddie Phillips of The Creation, if The Mark Four (pre-Creation) were a Mod band?, and his reply, was "no we were just a Beat band at that time" again makes me think they (Dean Ford etc) were also just a Beat band. I guess, asking the actual band members might shed more light on this, although I suspect, their answers would be similar to Eddie's. I should admit now though, I haven't listened to "He's a Good Face..." recently, but I feel confident if I examined the song again closely I would come to the same conclusion. After all The Beatles had a song with the word "Face" in it's title around this time, and that's definetely not mod. Or is it? ;) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 09:46:57 -0000 From: Billy G Spradlin Subject: Re: "Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes" Mick Patrick says "Phil's Spectre II: Another Wall Of Soundalikes" will contain: > THE BEACH BOYS: I DO > Arranged and Produced by Brian Wilson Great! Will this be a new remix or the version that appeared on Capitol's "Surfer Girl - Little Duece Coupe" 2-fer CD? It's missing the organ solo that was on the Castells version. Billy G. Spradlin "Playing what I want!" -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 01:24:57 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Re: Dean Ford & The Gaylords Thanks Richard Havers for the info on Marmalade. I knew nothing of their earlier efforts when "Reflections of My Life" grazed the Top 10 in the States in spring 1970. Nowadays, I am very fortunate indeed to have a copy of "Baby Make It Soon" with that magnificent little brass riff on "I can't wait another day..." and a DJ copy of "Can't Stop Now" on Epic (1967). I LOOOOOOOVE that song. "Can't stop now, too close together NOW my love, too close together......" That's a Bobster Top 10 would-have-been on my chart!!! Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 03:00:20 -0000 From: MopTopMike Subject: Re: Aesops Fables Stefano asked about: > ... Aesops Fables (produced by Bob Gallo), on Cadet... Aesop's Fables were a Long Island, NY based group, featuring the lead vocals of Sonny Bottari, a blue-eyed soulful cat. I like their slowie ballad, "Hidin' My Love" on Atco from December 1966, went Top 10 on WAVZ in New Haven in the spring of '67. One of their tracks is a good mod spin at clubs, can't recall the title. MopTopMike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 00:58:12 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Re: A Whiter Shade Of Pale Thanks Unsteady Freddie for clarifying the Fisher-Brooker battle from the fog in my poor overworked mind. (Part-time employment after 3 years of none at all has done this to me, I have to blame something!) Has anyone heard any more about this? Is Fisher going to claim responsibility for "Homburg" and "In The Wee Small Hours of Sixpence" too? Could it be true or has Matthew merely lost his mind? Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 11:53:54 -0000 From: Bob Celli Subject: err, the Chipmunks Bob Rashkow: > Can someone please refresh my memory on this? Si (Waronker) was > the inspiration for "Simon" of the Chipmunks, who did Ross > Bagdasarian (if indeed it was him who named them) name "Theodore" > and "Alvin" after? ? Weren't they also involved with Liberty > Records or in the L.A. music business? Theodore was Ted Keep and Alvin was Al Bennett. I believe Ted was the engineer on the project but I can't be 100% sure. His wife Kathy worked for the label also. I had some communication with her in 1983 while researching a project that was to include Bobby Vee's unreleased Clovis sessions and the unreleased Vee/Crickets takes, most of which finally came out in 1990/91. Bob Celli -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 12:44:24 -0800 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: to the Batpoles ... Frank Uhle wrote: > Impressionist and actor Frank Gorshin recently died at the age of > 72. He memorably played The Riddler on TV's Batman in the '60s and > cut an enjoyable cash-in 45 for A&M. Written by Mel Torme, > arranged and produced by David Gates, it features a female vocal > background chorus and a spot or two of fuzz guitar. This might be a good time to toss into the forum the idea of a comprehensive catalog of Batman-related recordings. The "Batmania!" bootleg of a few years ago was a good start, but over time it's become evident that it barely scratched the surface of this unique phenomenon. Just the versions of the Hefti theme alone could fill a boxed set, and beyond that there are hundreds of other songs that were either, like the Gorshin record Frank writes about, closely related to the TV show, or sought to exploit its success from a more distant location. Any thoughts on this matter? All replies strictly OFF-LIST please. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 21:25:45 +0100 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Brewers Thanks for the Brewers postings - I suspected it was something like that. Last Saturday I bought the old first issue of Vox, where there was a great unreleased albums feature that mentioned it. I guess they were stabbing in the dark a bit...the article began with the bold statement that Smile ever getting released was as likely as hens teeth or some such - Hah! Kingsley BTW - Congratulations to Mick P for the new volume of Phil's Spectre - right now i'm split between The Fantastic Vantastics and Clydie King, both of which shine brightly in their new context. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 22:22:10 +0100 From: Richard Havers Subject: Mod Not Mod Sean wrote: > Also, considering I asked Eddie Phillips of The Creation, if The > Mark Four (pre-Creation) were a Mod band?, and his reply, was "no > we were just a Beat band at that time" again makes me think they > (Dean Ford etc) were also just a Beat band. Sean, I think you're spot on here. I think that most any of the groups that had a 'mod' following probably thought of themselves as a beat band. In my days as a trainee mod it was much more likely to be R&B and soul that were the faves de jour. There were songs that were played in mod circles by British bands and artists. Records that come to mind are; Baby You Got It - the Action Bert's Apple Pie - The Quik Emergency 999 and Headline News - The Alan Bown Set I'm A Man - Spencer Davis Group The Go Go Train - Mike Stevens and the Shevelles Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud - Lucas & The Mike Cotton Sound Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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