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There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Jersey Boys Reviews
           From: Ken Charmer 
      2. Re: Marci & the Mates
           From: Robert Pingel 
      3. Susan Lynne versus Sue Lynne
           From: Mick Patrick 
      4. Re: New Vashti album
           From: Norm D. Plume 
      5. Mel Williams, R.I.P.
           From: Bill Swanke 
      6. Johnny Tanner, R.I.P.
           From: Bill Swanke 
      7. Jackie De Shannon interview
           From: Bill George 
      8. Re: Pearly Gates
           From: Simon White 
      9. Re: New Vashti album
           From: Frank M 
     10. Re: Daytona Buzz & Jerry Lee
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     11. Re: Sahm and Sham's Pharoahs?
           From: Steve Harvey 
     12. John Tanner, R.I.P.
           From: Bill Swanke 
     13. Re: Vashti Bunyan
           From: Zambra 64 

________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 17:18:10 +0100 From: Ken Charmer Subject: Jersey Boys Reviews It would be fair to say the launch of the 'Jersey Boys' musical on Broadway telling the story of the rise and troubles of the Four Seasons has been a major success with most reviews being favourable. There is a good video clip of the show with interviews at: It's very entertaining and interesting. Ken Charmer -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 07:53:36 -0800 (PST) From: Robert Pingel Subject: Re: Marci & the Mates Steve wrote: > In 1962 or '63 there was a record "Shall I Tell Him You're > Not Here," a Pomus-Shuman tune recorded by Marci & The Mates > on Big Top. Does anybody know if Marci & The Mates ever did > any other records? They had another release on Big Top; Oops There Goes Another Tear/bw Suddenly We're Strangers. Both sides written by Pomus- Shuman. The group does a very good job, but I think the songs were written with other artists in mind. "Oops..." tailor-made for the Drifters, and "Suddenly..." has a Gene Pitney feel. Rob Pingel -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 00:35:36 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Susan Lynne versus Sue Lynne As Sue Lynne and Susan Lynne have both been under discussion here recently, I thought I'd post a couple of rare tracks to musica. Viz: Susan Lynne "In His Car" (Capitol 5201, 1964). Written and produced by Artie Kornfeld. Back-up vocals by the Angels. Digital dub courtesy of Martin Roberts. Sue Lynne "Baby, Baby, Baby" (UK RCA 1874, 1969) Written by Ellie Greenwich; Arranged by Johnny Arthey; produced by Chris Andrews. Digital dub courtesy Clunkie. Find both tracks here: Susan Lynne on CD: "Don't Drag No More" on "One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds - Lost And Found" (Rhino). Find more info here: "There'll Be No Goodbyes" on "What Does A Girl Do: Femme Pop From The President Vaults" (President). More info here: and here: Sue Lynne on CD: "Reach For The Moon" on "Stonefree And Sassy: Dream Babes, Vol 6" (RPM). Find more info here: and here: Susan Lynne Discography: Duel 506 1962 Such A Short Time / There'll Be No Goodbyes Duel 514 1962 I'll Always Be In Love With You / Even Though Duel 523 1963 Just A Number / Such A Short Time Capitol 5201 1964 Don't Drag No More / In His Car (Came with a picture cover, which I've never seen. Does anyone have that item?) Sue Lynne is British: Susan Lynne American. But you knew that. I could post more tracks by each lady. Anyone interested? Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 08:50:07 -0800 (PST) From: Norm D. Plume Subject: Re: New Vashti album Phil X Milstein wrote: > Slate recently ran a really good article about Vashti, to > coincide with the release of her new album, "Lookaftering": > > Has anyone heard the album? I've not heard the album but I did catch her TV appearance, playing live on "Later..." (BBC2 TV in the UK) last Friday. The nearest musical comparison I'd give, at least for the one song she did, was "Sunny Goodge Street"-type Donovan: acoustic guitar with chamber quartet, wispy / ethereal vocals, lyrics that didn't grab my attention too much. Nice, but..... It does have a resonance with a lot of current light folky music that's been around for a while now. Her last TV appearance was apparently in 1969, so a second follow-up album after 36 years is certainly some come back. I've never heard her first album - it's been obscure, unobtainable, and sold for vast sums. I don't wish to be judgmental about her music, but as far as her impact is concerned, I have to ask "Why?" It's an interesting phenomenon, that's for sure. Norm D. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 06:08:08 -0600 (Central Standard Time) From: Bill Swanke Subject: Mel Williams, R.I.P. Received word from Pete "Spike" Leinhos of the Southern Cal Doo Wop Society, that Mel Williams passed away some time in October. Mel was a solo artists on the majority of his recordings for Decca & King. However, he was a member of the Sheiks and one of the many voices of the Sheilds. His recordings backed by the unnamed Montclairs and Johnny Otis' Jayos were all superb. Mel was just 2 months shy of his 69th birthday. No details were given. Another tenor voice to hit notes in DooWopHeaven. Rest In Peace, Mel Williams Willie C. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 13:31:16 +0000 From: Bill Swanke Subject: Johnny Tanner, R.I.P. Johnny Tanner, the last original of The Five Royales, passed away November 8th. R.I.P. Bill Swanke -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 12:20:03 EST From: Bill George Subject: Jackie De Shannon interview Kingsley writes: > I had the very great pleasure of interviewing Jackie last week > at length for an upcoming piece in Record Collector. Hi Kingsley, Some nice teasers there. Please let us know when the Record Collector is out! Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 21:20:39 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Pearly Gates Paul Rusling: > Just a line to say thanks to Mick Patrick for the Pearly Gates > track at musica. I knew Pearly back in the '70s, when she hosted > some shows at Radio Luxembourg. I had previously played her > Flirtations stuff on Deram to death in my previous persona as a > nightclub / ballroom DJ. She had a great radio voice, as well as > a lovely warm personality. She had a few tracks published by > Luxembourg's own publishing company (Louvigny Music), and Alan > Keen signed her for a year to host programmes. She was second- > most listened to DJ in the Gallup Poll surveys 208 did, after > Johnnie Walker. Anywone know where she is these days? Pearly Gates did indeed record Disco/Hi Energy in the UK as did The Flirtations, although who the line up was I can't be sure. I can probably find out if needs be. I have never been able to understand the complexities of this, but The Gypsies on Old Town were of course the Flirtations but seemingly not The Flirtations on Festival. I think that's right, maybe someone will clear that up for us if not. Certain of the Flirtations recordings on Deram have enjoyed a revival here recently, particularly "Nothing But A Heartache" which ended up being featured in a TV ad. My personal favourite on the label is "Need Your Loving", which is in Northern Soul terminology a "stormer" .I also have a soft spot for an RCA release from the mid seventies called 'Mr Universe', a Motown-lite pop sing-a-long number which errs on the side of twee but somehow works. A later "Hi Energy" recording by The Flirtations called "Earthquake" is excellent and almost transcends that much derided genre, in that it retains a retro feel. I don't think Pearly was part of that line up. A solo effort by Pearly called "Action" in the same style is good too-if you like that sort of thing. As a footnoote, in my days as an embryo celebrity gardener, I used to see Pearly Gates at New Covent Garden flower market very early in the morning.. We do have a florist in out midst here so he may be able to elaborate. I understand Pearly was a florist herself. I never spoke to her as I was very shy then. I wish I had. I never spoke to Murray Melvin either, the star of one of my very favourite films "A Taste Of Honey" either when I used to see him on the number 31 bus This reticence may partly be the explanation for total non event of my T.V. career (coupled with the complete lack of any television connections). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 14:21:21 -0800 From: Frank M Subject: Re: New Vashti album Vashti is gueting on Archie Fisher's Travelling Folk on BBC Radio Scotland Tonight Thursday at 22:30 GMT online here: and available on Listen Again. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 17:25:27 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Daytona Buzz & Jerry Lee Martin Jensen wrote: > Speaking of Ronny & The Daytonas, I've just purchased a German > compilation off eBay ... Speaking of speaking of Ronny & The Daytonas, I'd like to relate one of the wonderful stories -- more of a snapshot, actually, in this case -- contained in (one-time Daytona) Buzz Cason's terrific 2004 memoir, "Living The Rocknroll Dream": ----- ... Jerry Lee would autograph keys and hammers from pianos he had destroyed. Yet with the Killer, there was a rocknroll paradox of sorts, in that many nights after a wild concert, when the fans had left and we [The Casuals] were packing up around him, Jerry would change into street clothes and return to the stage and what was left of the piano to do a more laid-back, gospel-filled concert for those of us packing up. These are the priceless moments of life on the road, when, knowing you have a grueling schedule ahead, you take a little time to pause and take in the music as it flows from the heart and soul of a gifted performer. Jamming and "sitting in" with each other lifts the spirits of all of us who sing and play music. ----- Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 16:41:50 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Sahm and Sham's Pharoahs? Max Weiner wrote: > Doug Sahm & The Pharoahs. Are those the same Pharoahs that > would later back Sam the Sham, another great Texas rocker? I would highly doubt it. I always thought Sam the Sham put those guys together and I'm sure he didn't lend them out. Sir Doug and the Sam both hit the national hit parade about the time too. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 02:54:02 +0000 From: Bill Swanke Subject: John Tanner, R.I.P. JOHNNY TANNER, LEAD OF THE 5 ROYALES, DIES AT 78 Johnny Tanner, whose powerful and expressive lead voice fronted the R&B vocal harmony group the Five Royales on a string of successful hit records during the 1950s and early 1960s, died Tuesday November 8, 2005, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The 78-year old singer had been suffering from bone cancer. Born in Forsyth County, NC on November 28, 1926, Tanner graduated from Atkins High School and served in the Korean War before beginning his singing career with the Royal Sons Quintet. With Lowman and Clarence Pauling, Otto Jeffries, and William Samuels, Tanner signed on with Apollo Records in New York City and soon switched over to the rhythm and blues field, finding success with “Baby, Don’t Do It”, their third release as the Five Royales. The record spent three of its 16 weeks on Billboard’s R&B chart in the #1 spot in early 1953, and was soon followed by “Help Me Somebody”, a number one record for five weeks. “Crazy, Crazy, Crazy”, “Too Much Lovin’”, and “I Do” all reached the national charts for the group in the mid-1950s, by which time they consisted of Johnny Tanner, his brother, Eugene Tanner, Jr., Jimmy Moore, Obadiah Carter, and principal songwriter Lowman Pauling. Mentor Carl LeBow helped the Five Royales leave Apollo for King Records in late 1954. Two additional top 10 R&B hits, “Tears of Joy”, and “Think”, came in 1957. The group toured the country regularly during their heyday, working the famed theater and one-nighter stops that became known as the “chitlin’ circuit”. Their second and final pop chart hit, “Dedicated To The One I Love”, was first issued in December of 1957, and cracked the Pop Hot 100 in early 1961 following the success of the Shirelles’ cover version. A later rendition by the Mamas and the Papas went to #2 in 1967. Tanner remained with the Five Royales through 1963, recording for Home of the Blues, Vee Jay, ABC-Paramount, and Todd Records. Eudell Graham replaced Mr. Tanner as lead on the group’s Smash and White Cliffs sides in 1964-65. In later years, Tanner worked at the Centenary United Methodist Church and resisted all requests to perform secular material. The Five Royales were inductees into the R&B Hall of Fame in Raleigh and the United in Group Harmony Association Hall of Fame. They were the 1992 North Carolina Folk Heritage Award recipients, and were honored by their hometown of Winston-Salem with the naming of “Five Royales Drive”. Mr. Tanner was preceded in death by fellow group members Lowman Pauling (1926-1973), Otto Jeffries (1912-1975), his brother, Eugene Tanner, Jr. (1936-1994), Obadiah Carter (1925-1994), Clarence Pauling (1928-1995), Eudell Graham (1933-1995), and pianist Royal Abbit (1932-1995). Tenor/baritone Jimmy Moore, now 79, is the group’s lone survivor. Johnny Tanner is survived by his wife, Cornelia Fuiell Tanner; four children, three brothers, six grandchildren, and 15 great- grandchildren. Funeral services are planned for noon, Friday, Nov. 11, at St. John CME Church, 350 Crawford Place, Winston-Salem, with the Rev. Bobby Best officiating. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be made at © Todd Baptista -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 05:52:01 -0000 From: Zambra 64 Subject: Re: Vashti Bunyan Norm D Plume: > I've never heard (Vashti Bunyan's) first album - it's been obscure, > unobtainable, and sold for vast sums. Since last year there´s a reprint of Vashti Bunyan´s album available as a CD. You may also listen to it (if you´re satisfied with bad quality 30-s-snips). Here´s the link: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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