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Spectropop - Digest Number 1966



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There are 14 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Big John
           From: Anthony Parsons 
      2. WABC AM weekly surveys
           From: Unsteady Freddie 
      3. My most-wanted girl group CD debuts
           From: John Black 
      4. Re: The Songs Of Lori Burton & Pam Sawyer
           From: James Botticelli 
      5. Re: Chiffons and Kristy McNichol
           From: Pres 
      6. Kristy McNichol
           From: James Cassidy 
      7. Myriam Martin
           From: Dave Monroe 
      8. Re: Chiffons and Kristy McNichol
           From: Will Stos 
      9. The Strangeloves "from Australia"
           From: Stew 
     10. Now playing in musica
           From: Country Paul 
     11. Re: Chiffons and Kristy McNichol
           From: Robert Pingel 
     12. Hugo & Luigi
           From: Joop 
     13. Brute Force
           From: Joe Nelson 
     14. Sharon Farley
           From: Austin Roberts 


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Message: 1 Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 16:03:21 -0500 From: Anthony Parsons Subject: Re: Big John Skip Woolwine: > There are some secret tapes out there (which I have heard myself) > of Patti Page, and Jimmy Dean himself, each doing "Alternate" takes > of Big John, using the original backing tracks. To quote the > student council courtroom scene in the film "Animal House": > "Decorum prevents me from detailing them here" -- Niedermeier Patti Page recorded a version of Big Bad John which appeared on her Patti Page Sings The Golden Hits Of The Boys LP. Is there another, "secret" version? And if so, why? Quizzically, Antone -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 02:50:40 -0000 From: Unsteady Freddie Subject: WABC AM weekly surveys Remember WABC AM's "Weekly Surveys"? Found this cool link - great way to look back fondly when radio was integrated, innocent, and, frankly, wondrous. Those were the days my friend(s). Check this out: http://musicradio.computer.net/surveys.html Plenty of information - lots of fun here! Unsteady Freddie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 13:31:28 EDT From: John Black Subject: My most-wanted girl group CD debuts My most-wanted girl group CD debuts: "Yes, I Did" --Valerie Mountain (from SOME PEOPLE) "Mr. Stuck-Up"--Christine Quaite "Here He Comes Now"--The Secrets "Le Blue Beat"--Myriam Martin "Whirlpool of Love"--Carol Jarvis "Patch It Up"--Linda Scott If any of those are available on DVD, please comment. One or two of those might be available as boots. Jobla -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 19:39:40 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: The Songs Of Lori Burton & Pam Sawyer Mick: > I find myself still engrossed in the songs of Lori Burton & Pam > Sawyer. I've taken a crack at compiling a list - see below. The > chances of it being complete are slim. Can anyone add to it, I > wonder? Hope so. For the record, Mick, I'm glad you are interested in this pursuit. I have no doubt that one day soon you will produce a fine compilation, complete with classy photos, of their work. Good luck! I can't think of a song you didn't list, but I'm sure there are many and that this very decayed floppy in the windmills of my mind have nothing but good associations with 45's I've seen penned by them..... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 12:10:58 -0400 From: Pres Subject: Re: Chiffons and Kristy McNichol Will Stos wrote: > Also while googling, I saw that the Chiffons did backing vocals for > Kristy McNicol (or was it Kristy McCall?) on her version of "He's > So Fine" from the 70s. Has anyone heard this track? Is it available > on CD? Is it any good/worth searching for? I bought this 45 when it was released thanks to a deep infatuation with Kristy. My memory is that it was a single with Kristy AND Jimmy McNichol - I don't know if "He's So Fine" was the b-side but it would make sense. I can't imagine why Jimmy would be singing that particular song. I also remember that even at that young age, I found that version of "He's So Fine" to be horrific. Cute picture sleeve, though. It was on RCA if memory serves me. I guess 1978 was a banner year for TV vocalists as I remember that the other 45 I bought that day was Cheryl Ladd's "Think It Over". Another great picture sleeve - long may the satin baseball jacket rein! pres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 15:05:01 -0400 From: James Cassidy Subject: Kristy McNichol Will Stos inquired: > Also while googling, I saw that the Chiffons did backing vocals for > Kristy McNicol (or was it Kristy McCall?) on her version of "He's So > Fine" from the 70s. Has anyone heard this track? Is it available on > CD? Is it any good/worth searching for? I was managing a record store back then (c.1977-8) and remember this record. Kristy was a teen TV actress. The album was produced by Phil and Mitch Margo, hence the Chiffons connection. The track (and the rest of the LP) was a pretty flaccid affair: weak singing, sterile production, etc. I'd say don't bother. Jim Cassidy P.S. On the other hand, I would recommend any- and everything by the late, great Kirsty MacColl, whose girl-group-claim-to-fame "They Don't Know" as immortalized by Tracey Ullman and Spectropop's own Phil Chapman, is a master class in how to turn a TV star into a recording star. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 12:19:36 -0700 (PDT) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Myriam Martin John Black mentioned: > "Le Blue Beat"--Myriam Martin It's been "unnoficially released" on CD on Ultra Chicks Vol. 3: http://members.tripod.com/ye_ye_girls/reviews/ultra_03.html Also, it's on LP on Girls in the Garage Vol. 10: http://tinyurl.com/b2n5r Some other info: http://www.poparchives.com.au/feature.php?id=685 http://www.retrojeunesse60.com/myriam.martin.html Hope that helps. Dave M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 20:03:53 -0000 From: Will Stos Subject: Re: Chiffons and Kristy McNichol Pres wrote: > I bought this 45 when it was released thanks to a deep infatuation > with Kristy. My memory is that it was a single with Kristy AND > Jimmy McNichol - I don't know if "He's So Fine" was the b-side but > it would make sense. I can't imagine why Jimmy would be singing > that particular song. I also remember that even at that young age, > I found that version of "He's So Fine" to be horrific. Hmmm, apparently it hit #70 on Cashbox. A vocalist named Jane Oliver also had a version out at the time. I'm mostly interested in how the backing vocals sound. The Chiffons rerecorded their own version around the same time. Was it a faithfull cover or disco-ish? Will : ) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 20:33:39 -0000 From: Stew Subject: The Strangeloves "from Australia" Best wishes to all...I just wanted to tell you how much fun it was today for me to listen to the old song "I Want Candy" by The Strangeloves, who were said to be from Australia, but were really all from New York City...I think Julie Rivkind was one of the vocalists ....having been born in Brooklyn, New (Bay Ridge), I could easily detect their Brooklyn accents..instead of saying the word "sweater", they say "swedduh" (no "R" sound at the end)...instead of saying "soft", they say "sawft", and instead of saying "water", they say "wawduh"...in retrospect, it is so obvious, but still funny. Take care all, Stew -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 13:59:27 -0000 From: Country Paul Subject: Now playing in musica Still a week behind on reading everyone's messages, but as I was working last night (and listen to music), I noticed some space in musica. I took the liberty of playing to musica a couple of songs discussed recently (I apologize if they are repeats; if so, they can be "unplayed" when more material is ready for listening). Brute Force's "Adam And Evening" is a "ripping" (listen, you'll hear) miniature symphonic movement with more hooks than a fly-fisherman. It's produced and backed by the Tokens and is probably from 1970 or 1971 (someone can correct me on this). Hugo & Luigi's "Just Come Home" is (as I learned here) a US remake of an Italian hit. Imagine a rock-a-ballad sung by a choir - not a group, a choir. To my ears, it works. RCA released it in 1960. I'm still working on getting the bugs out of my analog-to-digital system; I've got a list of things to play to musica that I'll roll out as soon as that happens. I hope everyone's enjoying the summer where you are (except for our southern hemisphere friends who are "enjoying" winter, if I'm not mistaken). Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 07:28:26 -0700 (PDT) From: Robert Pingel Subject: Re: Chiffons and Kristy McNichol Will Stos: > Also while googling, I saw that the Chiffons did backing vocals for > Kristy McNicol (or was it Kristy McCall?) on her version of "He's > So Fine" from the 70s. Has anyone heard this track? Is it available > on CD? Is it any good/worth searching for? I have the single which came with a picture sleeve that depicted Kristy and her brother Jimmy. Both were starring on prime time TV shows at the time. Kristy is not a particularly good singer, but makes up for it with a youthful earnestness that is rather endearing. She does stay in tune. Jimmy couldn't sing at all, but fortunately was left off the A-side. The record is very well produced, and a decent re-make of the hit. The background vocals are excellent. Not a must have, but a worthy addition. Rob Pingel -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 08:12:42 -0000 From: Joop Subject: Hugo & Luigi Country Paul: > Hugo & Luigi's "Just Come Home" is (as I learned here) a US remake > of an Italian hit. Imagine a rock-a-ballad sung by a choir - not a > group, a choir. To my ears, it works. RCA released it in 1960. According to the next link "Just come home" has French origins: http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/discog_detail.asp?exhibitId=233 I couldn't play your MP3 at Musica, but if "Just come home" is written by Marguerite Monnot and Carl Sigman, then it is possibly a translation of "C'est l'amour qui fait" a song written by Marguerite Monnot and Edith Gassion (which is Edith Piaf). Joop greets -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 17:35:26 -0400 From: Joe Nelson Subject: Brute Force Country Paul: > Brute Force's "Adam And Evening" is a "ripping" (listen, you'll > hear) miniature symphonic movement with more hooks than a fly- > fisherman. It's produced and backed by the Tokens and is probably > from 1970 or 1971 (someone can correct me on this). Coming from the guy who did the notorious "King Of Fuh" for Apple Records, this is a classic. Joe Nelson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 00:07:07 EDT From: Austin Roberts Subject: Sharon Farley Has anyone ever heard of The Fountain Of Love by Sharon Farley (male) from the 60's? Austin Roberts -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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