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Spectropop - Digest Number 2073

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 17 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Claire Francis update
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      2. New Bettye LaVette CD and free downloads
           From: James Cassidy 
      3. Re: Sue Lynn / Chris Andrews
           From: Michael Robson 
      4. Re: Shirley Ellis & the Sweet Inspirations
           From: Mick Patrick 
      5. Re: Marc Eric
           From: Frank Jastfelder 
      6. DDRR 7th birthday
           From: Chris King 
      7. Re: Vinnie Bell
           From: Eddy 
      8. Re: Teddy Vann
           From: Simon White 
      9. Re: John Schroeder
           From: Jack Russell 
     10. Buddy Holly associate Ray Ruff dies
           From: Ed Salamon 
     11. Re: meet the Beadles
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     12. Fine art from chewed bubblegum?
           From: Kim Cooper 
     13. Freddy Cannon on the Swan label
           From: Paul Urbahns 
     14. The Mojo Men
           From: Bob Radil 
     15. Frankie Avalon's "Donīt Make Fun Of Me"
           From: Julio Niņo 
     16. Re: The (early) Association
           From: S.J. Dibai 
     17. ONJ, Travolta: Two Of A Kind
           From: Tracy Pernell 

Message: 1 Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 17:51:35 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Claire Francis update Our dear friend and fellow Spectropopper Claire Francis has asked me to forward the following update on her medical condition to the group. --Phil M. --- I have been wanting to write to the Spectropop Nation for a while now, but as my past behavior has shown, when things get heavy in my family I tend to drop out and just focus on the family. I am a little better now, but my health was not great for the last two months. I could barely walk. The doctor postponed my surgery again because he said I was still not well enough, so I am going to a medical spa for four weeks to try and build up my body for the second breast cancer surgery. But please don't worry -- I will be fine, just dealing with a lot, but I can handle it, and look forward to coming back strong in a few months. I wrote a song last night about Hurricane Katrina destroying so much after watching CNN's coverage of the devastation. If I ever get it recorded and sold, I will give the entire funds from the record and publishing to the good folks who lost everything, and to help build New Orleans once again. The music must never die. Speaking of which, "I Love New York" is going to be recorded again! Marva Josie and I spoke on the phone over the last two days. She had to go to Lincoln Center for a gala to accept an award for Earl "Fatha" Hines. She asked me to go with her, but I was too exhausted so I called my friend Bernard Purdie, who was the drummer on "I Love New York," and asked him to take her. He was delighted, and he also told me that he is recording "I Love New York" on his next album. Well, I guess I have filled you all in -- again. I am sorry for not writing sooner. Rock of Ages and Spectropop have become part of my extended family, and I really love you all. I try and read the posts on the website, but it takes me a period of time. I can't write often now, but I will stay in touch. I really do love you all and I will keep praying for us all. Love and Light Claire Francis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 2 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 08:40:58 -0400 From: James Cassidy Subject: New Bettye LaVette CD and free downloads Like cream rising to the top, the name Bettye LaVette surfaces here at Spectropop every so often. If you appreciate gritty soul singing and aren't familiar with her work, do yourself a favor and get over to Anti-Records: You'll find two classic Bettye tracks to download for free, as well as a couple of songs from her new CD (I love this title!) "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise." Lots of other links there, too. Jim Cassidy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 3 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 21:14:56 +0100 From: Michael Robson Subject: Re: Sue Lynn / Chris Andrews Will Stos: > I've also just received the latest Dreambabes CD (Stonefree and > Sassy or is it vice versa) in the mail and LOVE it! A particular > standout is the weird and wonderful "Reach For The Moon" by Sue > Lynn. Is this the same lady who cut "Don't Pity Me"?" Here's a Sue Lynne Discography: LYNNE, SUE 45 RCA 1724 (1968) A. REACH FOR THE MOON B. ALL ALONE LYNNE, SUE 45 RCA 1822 (1969) A. YOU B. DON'T PITY ME LYNNE, SUE 45 RCA 1874 (1969) A. BABY, BABY, BABY B. YOU LOSE AGAIN Most of the above were written and produced by Chris Andrews, although I must give a brief mention to "BABY, BABY, BABY" which is a great cover of the Ellie Greenwich song (from her 1968 "COMPOSES, PRODUCES AND SINGS" LP), the production of which evokes those wonderful Clodagh Rodgers 45s of the period (also on RCA and arranged by Ian Green) and is in very much need of rediscovery. clunk click every flip, Michael Clunkie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 4 Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 00:45:33 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Shirley Ellis & the Sweet Inspirations Will Stos: > I've just rediscovered a Shirley Ellis CD and am enjoying it a > great deal. On some tracks the backing vocals stand out quite > a bit. Does anyone know if the Sweet Inspirations or their > forerunners sang on any of these? Well spotted that man. The forerunners of the Sweet Inspirations do indeed sing backups on the following Shirley Ellis tracks: Shy One Takin' Care Of Business Such A Night Bring It On Home To Me Don't Let Go Kansas City C.C. Rider Stagger Lee These titles were all recorded in 1964, some three years before the girls had the name Sweet Inspirations bestowed upon them by Jerry Wexler. They had no real name at the time, and were known in the business as "The Group". Dee Dee Warwick had the most prominent voice. Although their line-up was fluid, she usually shared the mic with Cissy Houston, Sylvia Shemwell (Judy Clay's sister) and Estelle Brown. Would I be correct in assuming that the CD you have is "The Complete Congress Recordings"? If so, all the tracks listed above are on it. Find an insightful review of the CD here: And in case you hadn't noticed, Shirley has her own page @ S'pop: Much better yet even is Harry Young's stupendous Shirley Ellis tribute site, containing EVERYTHING you could ever wanna know about the "Nitty Gritty" gal: Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 5 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:55:01 +0200 From: Frank Jastfelder Subject: Re: Marc Eric Mike Bennidict: > Anyone know about Marc Eric? I know a couple of tunes by him, > California and where Have The Girls of Summer Gone. In 2002 Rev-Ola brought out his brilliant album with bonus tracks. The liner notes are very comprehensive and fun to read. A definitive must-have. Frank Jastfelder -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 6 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:45:38 +0100 From: Chris King Subject: DDRR 7th birthday Dear fellow Brit-based Spectropoppers - Amazingly, DA DOO RON RON, "the legendary girl group extravaganza" celebrates its SEVENTH Birthday - Yes, now we are seven! Next month (October) on SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER @ the radically refurbished Sussex Arts Club, 7, Ship St, Brighton, East Sussex, England. Tel:-01273-727371 / 778020. To help with the festivities we are joined by extra special guests all female glittery dance troupe The ACTIONETTES & we hope to give away a FREE Da Doo compiled CD (Volume 2) to the first 20 arrivals on the door. You can guarantee entry (as long as you arrive by Midnight!) by emailing and reserving names in advance. I'd recommend this as we reached capacity at our last Da Doo around midnight. Doors swing open @ 10pm & its just a fiver before 11pm. Ģ7 after. As well as dancin' from The Actionettes, myself & fellow DJ Simon Bridger (Brighton northern soul all-dayers) will spin our familiar femme-tabulous smorgasbord of 60s girl group action from the likes of The Supremes, Dusty, Nancy, Aretha, The Ronettes, Nina, Brigitte Bardot, Shangri-Las, Chiffons, Crystals, Jacqueline Taieb, Darlene Love, The Vandellas, Chris Clark, Lulu, Cilla, Sandie, Shirley et al all on crackly vinyl rekkids. So for a Birthday sashay through the femme-centric side of the swingin' sixties make a beehive for Da Doo on Sat 15th October. Many thanks indeed for your indulgence, Oodles, Chris Da Doo -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 7 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:32:41 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Vinnie Bell John DeAngelis: > With all due respect to the great Vinnie Bell, I am skeptical of > the claim on his website that he played guitar on Donovan's > "Sunshine Superman" Donovan's Sunshine Superman is a track claimed by Big Jim Sullivan. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 8 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 11:58:19 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Teddy Vann Forgive me if this has been listed (I know Larry Hale's Northern stomper "Once" already has) but I was just logging some 45's (as you do) and came across this: Larry Hale Shout And Do The Duck / Organ Shout And Do The Duck Columbia 43513 Written and produced by Teddy Vann Simon White -- Sit on a potato pan, Otis -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 9 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:22:59 +0100 From: Jack Russell Subject: Re: John Schroeder David Bell: > John Schroeder wrote a bunch of great stuff for Helen Shapiro. > And he was also her cousin Susan Singer's mentor. I was so > envious when a group of friends went to see the West End show > based around the life of Joe Meek and John Schroeder was part > of the outing. I would love to ask him about Susan, as so little > seems to be known about her. Does anyone know how to contact him > as I'd love to think that she is part of his forthcoming book? Hi David, Not sure about your query but John Schroeder was our A&R/Producer at PYE when we were Floribunda Rose and Scrugg. The line-up was John Kongos, Pete Clifford, Chris Dee, Nick Doktor (known as Doc) and me, Jack Russell. Later Pete left and Doc was replaced by Henry Spinetti. Schroeder produced Status Quo at that time too. Jack Russell -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 10 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:32:07 -0000 From: Ed Salamon Subject: Buddy Holly associate Ray Ruff dies Buddy Holly associate Ray Ruff dies Buddy introduced Ray to Norman Petty, who cut records with Ray which are included in "The Buddy Holly Sounds of Ray Ruff" (Hydra). Ray did A&R for Dot at 17 where he produced Brian Hyland ("Tragedy", etc.). Later he produced Them on Tower, The Osmonds and other MGM Curb artists. We became friends in the 70s when he produced many Country hits (including Hank Williams Jr., Susie Allanson, Stephanie Winslow -the latter two were married to Ray) and promoted Country records. Ed Salamon SAUGUS, Calif. - Marvin Ray "Ray Ruff" Ruffin died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Palisades Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas. Ray was born to Marvin and Bertha Ruffin. He was an Amarillo police officer, professional baseball player, and at one time ran for the U.S, Congress. But his talent always lived in the music industry, where he has won several awards for his work as a record producer and promoter. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Ruffin of Saugus; a stepson, Ryan Rockwell of Saugus; his daughters, Holly Ruffin Stauder, Jessica Ruffin Archer and Tammye Thompson, all of Amarillo and Kim Muckleroy of Houston; three sisters, Gloria Lackey of Amarillo, Diane Garcia and Darlene Postma of Alto; nine grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and ten nieces and nephews. Our family would like to express that Ray was one of the strongest, most gentle men anyone had the honor of meeting. The Lord blessed all of us when he gave us Marvin Ray Ruffin. He will be missed as much as he was loved ... which is more than words can say. Amarillo Globe-News, Sept. 20, 2005 -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 11 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 10:27:48 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: meet the Beadles Gary Myers wrote: > I met them in Ishpeming, MI, when they were the Blue Echoes. > They subsequently came out to SoCal (as did I) and I saw them > out here a couple of times. ... Gary, are you trying to tell us that the Canadian Beadles weren't Canadian at all?! I can understand adding a British identifier to one's name under the mid-'60s circumstances, but Canadian? No offense to those from the 51st state, of course. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 12 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:31:55 -0700 From: Kim Cooper Subject: Fine art from chewed bubblegum? Two lucky guests at the Bubblegum Achievement Awards this October 7 will be going home with a most unusual keepsake: a work of art crafted not in oils or acrylics, but in multi-colored, pre-chewed, icky, sticky bubblegum! The Gummy Awards celebrate the silly, double entendre-laden music made by studio bands in the late sixties and marketed to pre- adolescents. Presented by the editors of the book "Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth," this year's ceremony honors Archies singer Ron Dante ("Sugar Sugar"), Joey Levine of the Ohio Express ("Yummy Yummy Yummy"), Steve Barri (Lancelot Link & the Evolution Revolution) and beloved novelty DJ Dr. Demento. There will be free Bazooka bubblegum for all guests, the west coast premier of a new bubblegum music documentary, live performances from Canned Hamm, The Bubblegum Queen, Abram the Safety Ape and Ron Dante, and an exclusive marionette spectacular by legendary puppeteer Bob Baker. Every guest will receive one raffle ticket, with the option to purchase additional ones. The prizes, provided by the event's many sponsors, range from books ("Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth," "Vanilla Pop," "TV A-Go-Go," "Lost in the Grooves," "The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story," and volumes from the 33 1/3 series), retro- look t-shirts from Y-Que and Art of Bleeding, collectable Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages cards, Twink box sets, Bazooka bubblegum and free artist memberships at The twin grand prizes are a fine art print of Britney Spears in bubblegum on plywood by Jason Kronenwald from the Gum Blondes series, and an original, small scale bubblegum portrait of Lancelot Link Secret Chimp by Bubblegum Society artist Ben Harben. Both artists riff on the ironic connections between disposable celebrities and cheap and trashy chewing gum, while producing compelling, provocative and very beautiful art. For more info on the Bubblegum Awards, visit or contact editrix Kim Cooper at -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 13 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:25:28 -0400 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Freddy Cannon on the Swan label Billy G Spradlin wrote: > Speaking of Swan Records, is there a discography listing anywhere > online? Phil Hall answered: > Try this: You can tell by reading that discography Freddy (boom Boom) Cannon kept the label in business for quite some time. Most of the other artists on Swan (including in this case The Beatles) only had one hit on the label. Freddy Cannon had 5 albums, I have them all, out of a total of 16 they issued. he is also well represented on the three various artists albums. Paul Urbahns Radcliff, Ky. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 14 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 19:03:08 -0000 From: Bob Radil Subject: The Mojo Men Gary Myers wrote: > Our lead guitarist also did a record with them as the Mojo Men. > By that time, our band had returned to Milwaukee and changed > our name to the Mojo Men. This gets very complicated... Is this the same act that did "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" in 1967? Bob Radil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 15 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 19:09:52 -0000 From: Julio Niņo Subject: Frankie Avalon's "Donīt Make Fun Of Me" Hola everybody. Last night, I was falling sleep, listening inattentively to my favorite Oldies radio program as I usually do, when suddenly my heart skipped a beat. The reason was a little beautiful song by Frankie Avalon that I īve never heard before. It was titled, I think , "Donīt Make Fun Of Me" or something similar. It begins with some notes that reminded me a lot of Bacharachīs "Walk On By". I fell in love immediately with the song, but I couldnīt find any reference to it among the notes of my Frankieīs records. Could anybody please tell me something about this tune (who composed it, year of the recording, if there are any other versions of it, If is it out in CD ,...). Frankie was for my taste the most sexy of the "teen idols"; in the late fifties he was unbelievably cute. I have never put up with his novelty tunes, like "De De Dinah" or "Gingerbread", but I love his cooing ballads, he sounds like an under-age crooner. Chao. Julio Niņo. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 16 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 20:49:37 -0000 From: S.J. Dibai Subject: Re: The (early) Association Mike Bennidict: > I understand their 1st single release was a song called One Too > Many mornings released in 1965 and was a local hit in L.A. and > didn't do well nationally. What i'm wondering is what part of > the year was it released? Funny you should ask this, because I was just thinking about The Association's fine early singles today! Their first single was actually "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"/"Baby, Can't You Hear Me Call Your Name" (Jubilee 5505, 6/65--B-side is not the same song as "You Hear Me Call Your Name" from their "Renaissance" album). The second was "One Too Many Mornings"/"Forty Times" (Valiant 730, 10/65), which did indeed become a local hit. All of these tracks, except for "Baby, Can't You Hear...", are in a slightly rough hewn folk-rock vein that bears no resemblance to "Cherish" or "Never My Love." > I ask because their 1st national hit cherish was released in > the fall of 1966 I believe and I don't know of any other songs > by them in between those releases. "Cherish" was their second national hit (Valiant 747, 8/66, #1 on the Hot 100). Their first was "Along Comes Mary" (Valiant 741, 3/66, #7 on the Hot 100), which lay stagnant until The Association Admiration Aggregation stormed the radio stations in LA and it finally started catching on. It didn't even hit the Hot 100 until June. S.J. Dibai -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 17 Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 20:50:23 -0000 From: Tracy Pernell Subject: ONJ, Travolta: Two Of A Kind Not that this was a great movie, but the soundtrack has become something of a gold mine because it has drifted in and out of print since its release in 1983---anyone with any knowledge of it, please share it with me! Thanks a lot! Tracy Pernell Nashville -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- SPECTROPOP features: End

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