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Spectropop - Digest Number 2160

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There are 9 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Danny Williams, R.I.P.
           From: Mike Edwards 
      2. Kelly Green
           From: Ayrton Mugnaini 
      3. Re: Christmas fakes? / Danny Williams
           From: Julio Nio 
      4. Re: Diane Ray, Rae, Renay (whew!)
           From: Ronnie Allen 
      5. Tony Meehan and Danny Williams, R.I.P.
           From: Mick Patrick 
      6. Re: Ciao Baby - help!
           From: Robert Pingel 
      7. Cosmic and Larriot Records of Canada
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      8. Isleys in London
           From: Felonious 
      9. Deano "I'm In Love With A Gonk"
           From: John Frederick Brown 

________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 20:29:41 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Danny Williams, R.I.P. Alan Karr writes: > The terrific ballad singer Danny Williams, best known for > the UK hit of "Moon River" and a US hit, "White On White", > has died. Thanks for this information, Alan and the link to the obituary in the London Times:,,60-1918198,00.html Danny Williams had an interesting career during the Spectropop years. As Alan mentions he had a big UK hit with "Moon River" which he took to # 1 right around Christmas 1961. He, like many other pre-Beatles artists, saw his chart fortunes decline as "beat" took over. His last 60s' UK chart entry was in February 1963 when "My Own True Love" reached # 45 at the time that the Beatles second 45, "Please Please Me" was at #1. It was almost as if Danny was bowing out as the Beatles were coming in. But as pop pickers know, Danny's story didn't end there. It appears that American producers and arrangers were interested in working with his terrific voice. Nelson Riddle hooked up with Danny to release the "Swinging For You" LP in 1962. Alma Cogan wrote the sleeve notes. In March 1964, Danny turned up on the US charts with the Lor Crane-Bernice Ross song, "White On White" with an arrangement by Don Costa. It hit # 9 and had pop stylings that Bobby Vinton would have been envious of. I don't know the story but I cannot imagine that this was planned as a British Invasion release; it would have been too early in the game and the song didn't fit into the genre. "White On White" was issued in the UK on the HMV label but without chart success. I have played another one of Danny's US 45s to musica as a tribute to him. "The Stranger" is a top-notch beat ballad written by Brill Building great, Helen Miller with Roger Atkins. >From 1965, it was produced by Jack Gold but didn't get a UK release. Enjoy and R.I.P., Danny. It's tough to lose people this time of year. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:12:43 -0300 (ART) From: Ayrton Mugnaini Subject: Kelly Green Hello everybody! Alan V. Karr wrote > ...looking over my copy of Paul Pelletier's 1986 guide to > Columbia/Decca/HMV singles... BTW, I'm after two recodings on Columbia by Aussie singer Kelly Green, released on a single c., 1965, Do You/Tell Me That You Love Me Too (don't remember which sides were A or B). Does anyone have this? Cheerio, Ayrton -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 21:27:05 -0000 From: Julio Nio Subject: Re: Christmas fakes? / Danny Williams Hola Everybody. Kingley Abott: > ... As a bit of festive fun here is a list of Christmas songs. > I have made up three of them (only three I promise) - can you > spot the fakes? ... Im always in the mood for playing, and this is a fun game. I laughed my heart out reading the list. Im not sure which the fake stowaways can be (there are too many that Im not familiar with), but Ill try my luck. Lets see: - "Im Coming Down Your Chimney" - "Jingle My Christmas Bells Baby" - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town A Treacher". Chao. Julio Nio. PS: many thanks to Mike Edwards for playing the gorgeous "The Stranger" by Danny Williams. I loved it. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:17:13 EST From: Ronnie Allen Subject: Re: Diane Ray, Rae, Renay (whew!) Lyn wrote: > Speaking of confusion, Ronnie, I'm honoured to be referred to > as a 'lady' (you could've used any number of other less > flattering synonyms!) but in fact I'm a bloke: kind of like > Australia's answer to the Boy Named Sue. It's not the first time I've made such a mistake! LOL :) And, to tell you the truth, the reason that I use the name "RonnieOldiesGuy" is to let people know that I am Ronnie -- as in Ronald and not as in Veronica! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 22:19:55 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Tony Meehan and Danny Williams, R.I.P. Clunkie: > It might also be the appropriate time to mention the recent > death of TONY MEEHAN, ex-SHADOWS, who wrote and produced > many of LOUISE CORDET's records, following an accident at > home a couple of weeks ago. Sad news, that. As the drummer of the Drfters/Shadows, Tony Meehan played on many of Cliff Richard's early hits, influencing a whole generation of Brits. Soon the Shadows landed their own deal and delivered a string of unforgettable instrumentals - "Apache", "Man Of Mystery", "FBI" and "Frightened City", to name just four. In 1961, at the peak of the group's fame, he quit and joined the A&R dept of Decca Records. His first hit production was "I'm Just A Baby" for Louise Cordet. In 1963 Tony returned to performing as a duo with Jet Harris, another ex-Shadow. Together they charted with the memorable "Diamonds", "Scarlett OHara" and "Applejack", all of which he produced. For a while Jet Harris & Tony Meehan looked set to rival the Shadows in the instrumental stakes, but the duo broke up after Harris's infamous car crash. Before long Tony had resumed his career as a producer. No doubt a proper obituary will be made available at the S'pop Remembers section, but in the meantime I have posted to musica one of his productions, a very chic piece of British ye-ye. Details are: Louise Cordet "Which Way The Wind Blows" (UK Decca F.11673, 1963); written by Stellman/Meehan; produced by Tony Meehan: Alan Karr writes: > The terrific ballad singer Danny Williams, best known for > the UK hit of "Moon River" and a US hit, "White On White", > has died: >,,60-1918198,00.html Mike Edwards: > ...I have played another one of Danny's US 45s to musica > as a tribute to him. "The Stranger" is a top-notch beat > ballad written by Brill Building great, Helen Miller with > Roger Atkins. From 1965, it was produced by Jack Gold but > didn't get a UK release. Enjoy and R.I.P., Danny. It's tough > to lose people this time of year. Wow, what a great track. The lyrics and arrangement are beautiful. Previously, I'd always thought fondly of Danny Williams as "the South African Johnny Mathis". From now on I shall remember him as "the black Gene Pitney". The Times obituary is a good read, everyone. R.I.P. Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 11:52:07 -0800 (PST) From: Robert Pingel Subject: Re: Ciao Baby - help! Randy wrote: > Sometime in the late 60's as a kid I owned a 45 called Ciao > Baby that I'm pretty sure was on RCA Victor as a white label > promo. It's the artist name I've forgotten - I'm convinced > it was a former teen idol like Frankie Avalon or Paul Anka, > but I can't find a reference to it... Are you absolutely sure of the title? There's a song by Sergio Franchi titled Ciao, Ciao on the RCA label, circa 1965. Rob Pingel -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 22:11:03 -0500 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Cosmic and Larriot Records of Canada I am researching an American label that had some material issued in Canada on the Cosmic and Larriot labels. I know that these labels also issued material originally released in the United States on the PIckwick 33 budget priced label. The record jackets even have the standard Pickwick 33 reissue box with the wording gently modified to say Larriott 33 instead of Pickwick. There is no addresses on the jackets but I am guessing it is an ARC product. Does anyone on the list know if I am correct? Is there a discography available anywhere for the 500 series of Cosmic / Larriot albums. You can email me directly to avoid responses on the list. Thanks! Paul Urbahns Radcliff, KY -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 15:45:43 -0800 From: Felonious Subject: Isleys in London Artie Wayne: > The next time I saw them was in London 1964, when we all were > staying at the infamous Madison Hotel, right off of Hyde Park. The Isley Brothers appeared on Ready Steady Go singing Stagger Lee and also on Thank Your Lucky stars that trip. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 01:12:41 -0000 From: John Frederick Brown Subject: Deano "I'm In Love With A Gonk" Mark Maldwyn wrote: > Is this the same Deano who won Opportunity Knocks, came from > Tiger Bay and was the petite artist who recorded "I'm in Love > with a Gonk"? Yes, thanks for identifing another two songs. I knew there was a "Gonk" in there somewhere but wasn't sure if it was a "A" side or "B". Gemma says her Mom is sending me something for Christmas, who knows I may have the answer to my question? Any Deano mp3 files? Found this if your interested: Thanks jfb -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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