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Spectropop - Digest Number 2057

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Carpenters; Wildweeds
           From: Bob Radil 
      2. Re: Shelby Flint
           From: Gary Myers 
      3. Re: Ventures
           From: Dennis Hoban 
      4. Re: Ventures
           From: Steve Harvey 
      5. Re: Frankie Ford
           From: Country Paul 
      6. [HOLD FOR PC] Re: RecordMaster
           From: Fred Clemens 
      7. Newcomer trying to catch up - and a Darlene Love story
           From: Regina Litman 
      8. Current videos of classic artists
           From: Country Paul 

Message: 1 Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 21:27:27 -0000 From: Bob Radil Subject: Re: Carpenters; Wildweeds Steve Harvey wrote: > [Richard Carpenter] also mentioned hearing the Wildweeds' "And > When She Smiles" on the radio in the early '70s while traveling > to gigs. I always thought it was because they both came from the > same state. Country Paul wrote, in re Wildweeds' original "And When She Smiles": > The record (on Vanguard) was a massive hit in Connecticut, where > both the Carpenters and the Wildweeds resided. I don't know if I would say massive, but it certainly got plenty of airplay on WPOP, WDRC, and probably the New Haven stations, in the spring of 1971. It was the previous summer that The Carpenters hit the big-time with "Close To You". If I'm not mistaken, it was a few years earlier that they moved to California, where the Wildweeds' song probably got no airplay. BTW - I *would* use the word "massive" when describing the Wildweeds' 1967 hit "No Good To Cry". Bob Radil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 2 Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 11:59:05 -0700 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Shelby Flint Peter Lerner wrote: > ... Shelby Flint, another west coast angel. Who can tell us what became of her? She did well - maybe still is - as a studio singer. I saw her about 15 yrs ago, playing piano and singing jazz along with a sax player - sounding great. I spoke with her briefly and asked about the possibility of doing a story, but I've never gotten back with her. I did a NY Eve gig, probably '99, that included a female singer who knew her well. I got this singer's number for the possibility of contacting Flint, but I never followed through with that either. (Well, I've been very busy!) :- ) gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 18:19:32 -0700 From: Dennis Hoban Subject: Re: Ventures Gary Myers wrote: > To me, the most notable omission in the RnRHOF is the Ventures! "Walk > Don't Run" influenced every young drummer and guitarist at that time, > and for years many young bands tried to sound like the Ventures. I > believe they are the biggest selling guitar-based r'n'r instrumental > group ever. Amen to that, Gary. My uncle's guitar teacher was Nokie Edwards of The Ventures. I have his solo album, "Nokie!" My uncle was MY first guitar teacher. Which makes me, in a weird way, Nokie's guitar grandson. The Ventures deserve enlistment in the Hall of Fame. Any way we could influence the Board of Directors? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 4 Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 16:02:29 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Ventures Gary Myers wrote: > To me, the most notable omission in the RnRHOF is the Ventures! "Walk > Don't Run" influenced every young drummer and guitarist at that time, > and for years many young bands tried to sound like the Ventures. I > believe they are the biggest selling guitar-based r'n'r instrumental > group ever. Not to mention that their instructional albums were the starting point for a lot of famous musicians. Steve Harvey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 5 Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 22:11:58 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Re: Frankie Ford Someone had asked about Frankie Ford in the aftermath of Katrina. I found this posted on one of my other groups' discussion board: ------ Friday Sept. 2, 2005 From: "Dave Cline" Subject: Frankie Ford located.... My wife, Darlene made some calls and found a friend of ours who is close to Frankie. She tracked him down to Texas where he evacuated and will be staying with friends there until it is safe for him to return to his home to assess the situation. ------ I'm sure this wasn't the kind of sea cruise he was singing about ... Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 6 Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2005 01:45:06 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: [HOLD FOR PC] Re: RecordMaster Orion asked: > This is not a plug for, but I was wondering > if anyone uses this site? It is a $25 annual fee but the last time > I subscribed, it seemed to have a good deal of information about > groups and or labels. At that time I believe it was aimed at 45s > but was supposedly going to start including LPs. Does anyone know > if they have added anything recently?.... I used to check it out when it was free, but found it to be misleading on info I'd been researching. When they started making it a member-only service, I saw no reason to pay for something so inaccurate and incomplete (for what I would use it for). It became a pay site a few years ago, but was accessible via the Spectropop homepage via the Research Center link for free (as late as a couple of months ago). But now (apparently) they have caught on to the open link, and it is once again out of reach (I just checked). No great loss ... Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 7 Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2005 02:30:30 -0000 From: Regina Litman Subject: Newcomer trying to catch up - and a Darlene Love story Hi, I've been to the Spectropop web site as a result of getting there via Google searches and other links, plus I've come across interesting Spectropop messages from another mailing list that Google searches sometimes come up with. I'm a big fan of 1960s music, especially from 1964-1967. I'm into a lot of the 1970s, too (mainly 1970s stuff that extends the 1960s sound or was done by 1960s hitmakers), plus some 1950s and 1980s, but that mid-1960s time period is my favorite. There's so much to look back on here that I'll probably never catch up, but I hope to join in upcoming topics. Two weeks ago tonight, I saw "Hairspray" on Broadway, only the second show I've ever seen in the New York theatre district in my life. The first was in 1967, when my parents took me to see "Fiddler on the Roof". ("Hairspray" is also playing in Philadelphia this week, incidentally.) I'm not really up on the big Broadway stars of today, so when I read my "Hairspray" Playbill program book, I didn't really expect to see any familiar names. But there was one - Darlene Love. I knew her face for more than 20 years before I knew her name. I used to see an all-girl group called The Blossoms on "Shindig", a show I watched religiously when I was in junior high school. The girl in the middle stood out for me, just like Diana Ross did with the Supremes. I'm pretty sure I saw her on other T.V. shows in the years after "Shindig". In fact, I saw a rerun of one of Glen Campbell's shows on Country Music Television (CMT) a few years ago, and I noticed her among the background singers. By then, I knew her name and some of the songs she did. Getting back to "Hairspray", I wasn't surprised to see Darlene Love's name in the program because I knew she had done "Leader of the Pack" (a show I'd LOVE to see one of these days, although I have heard that it's been revamped and possibly not as good as it was before). After the show, I stood with others by the stage door. While some of them may have wanted to see the lead performers, I hoped I'd get to see Darlene Love. And I did! Close up, I recognized her face immediately, from all of the times I've seen it on T.V. (even though some of those times were 40 years ago). I told her that I used to see her sing with The Blossoms on "Shindig", and she was really impressed with that (although she told me that I was showing my age). The following day, I went to the Museum of Television and Radio, and I was able to view a couple of old "Shindig" shows. And there was Darlene Love, singing in between the other two Blossoms, on several numbers, either spotlight numbers for them or background singing for others. (I live in the Philadelphia area and don't get to New York as often as I should. So, I went for five full days. The Museum of Television and Radio has a branch in the Los Angeles area in addition to the one in New York.) I looked up the other Blossoms' names after I got home. Unfortunately, their names have slipped my memory (one with bigger hair than Darlene's sang lead at least once in one of the "Shindig" shows I saw), but I know they were not Maxine and Julia Waters, other L.A. session singers, whom I have also seen perform in the past month. They are part of Neil Diamond's current entourage, and I saw Neil when he was in Philadelphia on his current tour. (No, Neil does not do "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" with one of the Waters sisters. There's a third woman singer on the tour, Linda Press, who has done this with him on all but one of his tours since the song was a hit in late 1978. But Julia gets a great solo on "Soolaimon".) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 8 Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 22:30:24 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Current videos of classic artists I am informed that there are current videos of the touring versions of a lot of "our music" acts (some with more original content than others, I'm sure) available at - I haven't yet tried watching them, but if you're curious, among the artists they list are Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, Carl Gardner's Coasters, The Crystals, The Drifters (don't know which version), Frankie Ford, Lenny Welch, Jimmy Clanton, Gary U. S. Bonds, Lou Christie, and Lesley Gore! There are many others. This is not yet Country Paul-tested; just passing along what I saw. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- SPECTROPOP features: End

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