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Spectropop - Digest Number 2065

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There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Long John comes up short
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      2. Re: Rock 'n' Roll City album
           From: Nick Archer 
      3. The Penthouse
           From: Diane 
      4. Wildweeds; Videos from Frankie Ford, lesley Gore and others; Al Casey
           From: Country Paul 
      5. Re: Rhino's Girl Group Box: Sound Quality
           From: Peter Andreasen 
      6. Re: Gonna Get Along With You Now
           From: Paul Urbahns 

Message: 1 Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 23:06:36 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Long John comes up short Any of y'all know whether the late Long John Baldry's version of "I Put A Spell On You" ends abruptly (at the 3:00 mark) on the word "Stop!," or whether I'm simply the recipient of a truncated dub? Thanks, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 2 Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 21:43:25 -0500 From: Nick Archer Subject: Re: Rock 'n' Roll City album I recently found a cassette album called Rock 'n Roll City that I bought at Radio Shack in 1983. The cover has a picture of Mike Love and Dean Torrence. It's copyright 1983 Hitbound Records and Radio Shack. Here's the track list: Lightning Strikes - Mike Love & Dean Torrence Walk Away Renee - The Association The Letter - Mike Love The Locomotion - Mike Love Sealed With a Kiss - Bruce Johnston & Terry Melcher Sugar Shack - Mike Love 96 Tears - Paul Revere & The Raiders California Dreaming - The Beach Boys Baby Talk - Dean Torrence Wild Thing - Dean Torrence Da Doo Ron Ron - Mike Love Her Boyfriend's Back - Mike Love & Dean Torrence What I'd like to know is, do these songs have any historical value, or was this a re-issue of some cheesy old tracks? Who was Hitbound Records? The sound quality is decent to my ears. Nick Archer Franklin TN Listen to Nashville's classic pop and soft rock station SM95 at -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 01:22:53 -0000 From: Diane Subject: The Penthouse Hi Poppers, I am amazed at how quickly I got an answer to my plea posted yesterday @ who was the mystery singer of the great version of "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" I remember from my early years - Tracey Dey! Thank you pres and Michael for your very thoughtful replies. Not wanting to wear out my welcome, but, can anyone give me the name of the woman who did "Penthouse", the theme from the 1967 British flick of the same name? Fake sitar and all...! Thanks! Diane -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 4 Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 22:42:06 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Wildweeds; Videos from Frankie Ford, lesley Gore and others; Al Casey I 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. Bob Radio answered: > 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. If I remember, the national Vanguard promo man at the time (I'd credit him, but he was someone I met only once and I forget his name) said it got to #2 in Hartford and Top 5 in every market they could get it played. Unfortunately, theydidn't have a large enough promo staff to coordinate the promotion, so it only hit in about half a dozen markets, and no two at the same time. Ah, the vagaries of the record biz. Bob again: > BTW - I *would* use the word "massive" when describing the > Wildweeds' 1967 hit "No Good To Cry". No argument there; the Wildweeds were superstars in the Connecticut River Valley! Me earlier: > 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 checked out the Frankie Ford video that Ed Salomon saw. Ford opens with a darn-near operatic take on Ferlin Husky's "Gone" (never would have expected THAT voice from this guy, based on his records) then sits down at a piano and rocks out on "Sea Cruise" and "Roberta [I Ain't Mad At You]". What a contrast! The same site has a live video of Lesley Gore doing segments of "Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows" and "Judy's Turn To Cry." "Joey Dee and The Starliters" are fronted by one Bobby Valli, who also covers a medley of Frankie's hits; you decide how well. Doowop fans will probably enjoy the Norman Fox & The Rob Roys excerpts, including their hits from last year's UGHA appearance, the best (and first) segment. Al Casey, the jazz guitarist who played with Fats Waller, died at 89 earlier this week. I am assuming that's a different Al Casey than the "Surfin' Hootenanny" artist. Do I assume correctly? Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 5 Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 07:53:22 -0000 From: Peter Andreasen Subject: Re: Rhino's Girl Group Box: Sound Quality John H wrote: > A friend of mine, someone lucky enough to work in the world of > publishing, managed to obtain a promo copy of this ... The bad > news: when he played several key cuts for me, the sound quality > was terrible... That sounds terrible. I thought that Rhino had better intentions. I am still depressed ´cause their Shelly Fabares CD included two tracks that sounded like taken from vinyl gone bad. What will this do to me? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 6 Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 12:38:29 -0400 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Re: Gonna Get Along With You Now Diane: > I am trying to find the name of the female artist who did a version > of "Gonna Get Along without You Now" probably @ early sixties. It > wasn't Teresa Brewer, Patience & Prudence or Skeeter Davis, but > someone else. Her version had a great arrangement. (And it wasn't > Viola Wills!) There was a really good version on the Twin Hits label manufactured by Operators Records in NYC. They made sound-a-likes to be stocked in juke boxes. I don't have the record anymore, lost a box ofd records in one of my moves over the last 50 so years) but it sounded like a girl group record in the Crystals mode and the label was credited to "The Trixies" I believe. The flip side was a sound-a-like of Trini Lopez's Michael. Go to type in the title and you will see lots of artists recorded the song. Paul Urbahns -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- SPECTROPOP features: End

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