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Spectropop - Digest Number 2167

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There are 11 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Christmas Countdown Day 3
           From: Artie Wayne 
      2. Re: Herb Bernstein 60's Discogarphy
           From: Brent Cash 
      3. Randy Poe > Nino Tempo
           From: Anna S 
      4. Wrecking Crewe
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      5. Re: Jerry Lordan
           From: Alan V Karr 
      6. flash TV alert
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      7. Alan O'Day > Sue Thompson
      8. They say there's Always Magic in the Air
           From: Laura Pinto 
      9. Re: new Artie Wayne song
           From: Bill George 
     10. Christmas songs
           From: Frank Murphy 
     11. Christmas Countdown Day 2
           From: Artie Wayne 

________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 19:53:57 -0000 From: Artie Wayne Subject: Christmas Countdown Day 3 How ya' doin'? This morning I walked about a half a mile across the desert, to the 711, to pick up a newspaper. I had to smile to myself, 'cause 10 years ago, after my spinal operation, doctors said that I may never walk again! I came back home to find a message in my guest book about an incident I'd almost forgotten. It was from my old friend, Howard Wolen, who was the engineer for another old friend, George Tobin's biggest hits ["Sad Eyes", " I Think We're Alone Now", "Bein' with You" and "Cruisin'"]. He reminded me of a time in 1966, when I was recording his group, the Coconut Groove, and I went to see them in Wilkes Barre, Penn., opening for the Lovin' Spoonful. I showed up in one of the poorest towns in America, in a shiny mohair suit with my beautiful wife Sheilah, dressed for a party. My silent partner, Irving Green, who owned Mercury and Smash records, and the father of one of my other partners, Kelli Ross, knew I once had taken the unsigned Lovin' Spoonful to Columbia records, with then partner Dave Kapralik, complete with what became eventually became their first 3 top 10 records. Dave and I were shocked, when Columbia record execs turned them down cold, because they already had two "longhaired" groups, Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Byrds!! Howard mentions that Mr. Green sent me down with a million dollar check to try and lure the Spoonful over to Mercury Records. What Howard didn't know was the check was unsigned and would only be honored if the group actually signed with the label!! And speaking of the Byrds, when I checked my e-mail I found messages from my old friends, Roger McGuinn, who once backed me up with Paul Simon at the Bitter End, and the inventor of the wireless microphone, and wireless guitar, former publicist, Kenny Schaffer. You must excuse me, but my two "assistants", Whoppy and Streaker, are crying for their breakfast. If you haven't done so already, please drop by my website and sign my new guestbook I'm sure you'll see a lot of old friends! Merry Christmas, thanks and regards, Artie Wayne P.S. I've asked Mick Patrick to put up a new demo that Art Munson produced of "From the Inside", one of my most recorded songs. I wrote it more than 30 years ago, when my Grandmother passed away. she always said to me when I was downhearted, ready to give up, "Go on Boy, You can do it, it's only life there's nothin' to it... Just the seein' through it "From the Inside". The vocalist is Jannel Sadler. It's playing at musica now. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 18:17:15 -0000 From: Brent Cash Subject: Re: Herb Bernstein 60's Discogarphy Hi all, Some additions for Davie L. Gordon's massive list: The Stampeders MGM K-13970 "Be A Woman" (Richard Dodson) Arr. by Herb Bernstein & Richard Dodson "I Don't Believe" (Ronnie King) Arr. by Herb Bernstein & Ronnie King Both sides prod. by Bob Morgan & Mel Shaw San Francisco Earthquake Smash S-2203 "Hold The Night"/Sophia" Both sides arr. and cond. by Herb Bernstein Prod. by Steve & Bill Jerome San Francisco Earthquake Smash S-2203 "The Day Lorraine Came Down" Arr. & cond. by Herb Bernstein "Everybody Laughed" Arr. & cond. by Steve Jerome Both sides prod. by Steve & Bill Jerome Gloria Loring "Today" LP MGM E/SE 4499 Herb arranged: "Hard Loving Loser" "One Way Ticket" "Today" "Until It's Time For You To Go" and "The Song Is Love" Also, Ken Charmer, if you haven't yet gotten the credits for the Distant Cousins 45: "Mr. Sebastian/Empty House", Herb wasn't involved on it according to the label. Both sides prod. by Al Kasha for Bob Crewe productions and only Mr. Sebastian has an arranger credit: Bob Halley. OK, hope this helps and for Christmas next year, how about discographies for Artie Butler and Jimmy Wisner as well? Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays all of you, Brent Cash -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 19:44:33 -0000 From: Anna S Subject: Randy Poe > Nino Tempo Hello, Randy! How exciting that you work for the legendary Leiber and Stoller!! Thanks for the update on Nino Tempo. Since you are a friend of his, please let him know that he still has many fans who appreciate his years of work in the music business--his solo instrumentals, his work in the "Wrecking Crew", his work in playing on various artists' records over the years, the arranging and producing, his solo vocals, and last, but not least, his years of duo recordings with his sister, April. There are also a number of Japanese, German, and even Russian websites on the Internet that mention Nino and April's music. I'm sure that many others besides me are still spinning the old platters and playing the various tapes or CDs, etc. "Tea For Two"--who can resist a cha-cha/calypso version of the old standard?-- and "Love Story" are currently on my car's tape deck. Anna S. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 10:00:23 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Wrecking Crewe Phil Chapman wrote: > PHILLES 134 - Ike & Tina Turner > Two To Tango (Manning - Hoffman)/ > A Man Is A Man Is A Man (Pete Antell) > Prod: Bob Crewe > Arr & Cond: Herb Bernstein Faskinatin'. How did a Bob Crewe production wind up on Philles? Curiously, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 20:37:29 -0000 From: Alan V Karr Subject: Re: Jerry Lordan Wes Smith wrote: > Jerry Lordan surely did write some fine instrumentals for > the Shadows, and also had a fine vocal on Capitol, "WHO > COULD BE BLUER". Wonder how many forum members have heard > this vocal? Wes, Who Could Be Bluer?, a top 20 British hit, actually found a legitimate re-release buried on the EMI/Trio/Music For Pleasure 3 CD Set, "Hits From The 60s" CD Track 7 , Cat #724385982729. Also has a lot of the usual EMI suspects, but some British hits not often anthologized, i. e. Solomon King's "She Wears My Ring", etc. Let me recap a bit with some repeating of others comments. Jerry Lordan passed away 10 years ago after his incandescent songwriting-cum-performing career fizzled out amidst personal and physical problems, mirroring the issues of the somewhat equally troubled ex-Shadows bassist Jet Harris. Signing with Parlophone-EMI (NB: Another talented pre-Beatles Parlophone artist) as a performer who could also write a catchy tune, Lordan had a few chart hits, most notably "I'll Stay Single" (his later hit song for Louise Cordet, "I'm Just a Baby" follows a similiar melodic path) and "Who Could Be Bluer?" In parallel, Lordan started offering songs to associated/EMI artists - Apache 1st went to Bert Weedon, whose tame version went unissued leaving the way for the classic Shadows track (virtually copied for the US hit by the Danish guitarist Jorgen Ingmann with "Mr. Custer"-ish arrow SFX added) Although the Shadows recorded many other Lordan tracks, the beautiful "Wonderful Land" is the absolute pinnacle - months at #1 in England. All the while Lordan spun sonic gold for others, whether it charted or not-Shane Fenton's I'm A Moody Guy (on which he also played a striking electric ukelele), Walk Away and John Barry's clavioline-infused Starfire (pre- Telstar) to name a few. Lordan also found time to issue several more singles and a rare LP "All My Own Work" (Hint: a Lordan compilation would be very welcome at my house) Even a lowly B-Side found favor in an unlikely place-"Do I Worry" was ably covered by Brenda Lee. By late 1961 Tony Meehan left the Shadows and EMI to take on a production slot at Decca. I'm somewhat unclear of his exact role in that some accounts posit him as an independent producer a la Meek, or directly employed by British Decca. Also, Meehan seemed to have had a hand in Decca's rejection of the Beatles-at least one written account has him halfheartedly making an offer to record the Beatles independently after the rejection, at terms/costs that were unpalatable to Brian Epstein. Meehan's once & future bandmate Jet Harris, left the Shadows himself soon after (apparently amidst some personal wrangling with a very prominent ex-associate) and went solo, also at Decca. It was a matter of time before the rhythm section teamed up again, 1st with Meehan behind the traps on Harris' discs and then formally on tour and co-credited. Harris' Man >From Nowhere, featured in the JUST FOR FUN film is a real UK instro treasure, expanding upon the Shadows oeuvre, with noirish atmosphere. Paul Pelletier's excellent Decca Singles Catalogue lists many of these as Decca recordings made at Decca (some of the Jet Harris solo records are listed as 'external' matrix (CPDR) - not having the discs I dont know the credit although I know Charles Blackwell produced at least one if not all) Lordan & the ex-Shadows teamed up again and re-hit the heights with Diamonds (of whom every UK Sessioner/Guitarist of note claims to have played on) and Scarlett O'Hara. By now its late summer 1963 and although the Beat Boom is well underway but the future looked bright for all concerned-yet some days after Harris & Meehan's last top 5 hit, Applejack was issued (written by another successful tunesmith- Les VanDyke aka Johnny Worth) Harris was involved in a horrible auto collision with a bus while riding with his girlfriend, singer Billie Davis in a chauffered limo (in some murky Garp-like circumstance- something like 2 actors found themselves in years ago-I cant verify anything here though) Coupled with his already exhausting workload this effectively ended Harris' career, and that of the Harris-Meehan duo. Meehan tried to carry on solo but reverted to production duties. Lordan soldiered on as well, (P. (Petrina) Lordan was his then- wife credited with A Place In The Sun) but somewhat similiarly to Michael Holliday and Lionel Bart-contrary to a very clean, poppy image-Lordan suffered a series of emotional and physical breakdowns after 1970 (drink, divorce combined with financial trouble which forced him to unfortunately sell off his rights to his hit compositions prior to the Shadows reissue era). After a decade in the wilderness, he recovered and remarrried but died aged 61 from liver/renal failure in 1995. Coming full circle, after fighting off his own demons through the 60s 70s and 80s, Harris reconnected personally with Lordan at the end. RECORD COLLECTOR #196 tells the tale far better than I - two compelling intertwined stories of rags to riches to rags, a hidden episode in pop music history largely unknown to music fans Stateside. Regards, Alan V. Karr PS Why are you still reading this? Run out and get all the Lordan/Shads/Harris-Meehan tracks you can lay your mitts on! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 20:38:33 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: flash TV alert Spectropop stars on U.S. TV tonight: Darlene Love, on Letterman, for her annual how-can-we-avoid- Jay-Thomas-this-time "XMas Baby Please Come Home" performance Brian Wilson, on Jimmy Kimmell Live View, tape, discuss, dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 16:33:47 EST From: Subject: Alan O'Day > Sue Thompson Alan O'Day: > I have really enjoyed the new friendships, some by e-mail and > others in person, that have come out of my membership in this > uplifitng group. I especially want to thank my pal Artie Wayne > for threatening... er... strongly encouraging me to join & > participate (hee hee). Wishing each of you a wonderful Holiday > Season, and a HARMONIOUS 2006! Great seeing you here! Alan, I will always be grateful to you for recording a special greeting for Sue Thompson when I did a one-hour live-by-phone interview show with her two and a half years ago that originated at a Fairless Hills, PA radio station and was also carried live on the World Wide Web. Sue is a wonderful lady and she was so very touched by your kindness. I shall always treasure that interview and am forever grateful for your participation in my show. Speaking of Sue, I know that you and her shared many magical moments together over the years. Rather than me mentioning any details and thus stealing your thunder, perhaps you'd like to share some thoughts about Sue and some of those moments. I will tell people that Sue currently makes her home in Nevada and (if I recall) lives about 40 miles from Las Vegas. I could mention the town but I would probably embarrass myself by spelling it wrong! Alan, all my best wishes to you and your family for the happiest of holidays! Ronnie Allen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 03:23:40 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: They say there's Always Magic in the Air Hi, fellow Spectropoppers, I have added a page on my site, Oldies Connection, to showcase Ken Emerson's wonderful book, 'Always Magic In The Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era.' The page features an introduction from me followed by copy from Ken Emerson, plus links to various online reviews, Ken's on-air interview with WFMU from December 4th, and a dedicated QuickTopic message board. To access the page, click here: For those of you who didn't catch the earlier threads here on the Spectropop Group, 'Always Magic...' covers the lives and careers of seven powerhouse songwriting teams from New York City: Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman; Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller; Burt Bacharach/Hal David; Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield; Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil; Gerry Goffin/Carole King; and Jeff Barry/ Ellie Greenwich. This book is a valuable resource for those of us who are fans of the Brill Building sound. I'm learning a lot from it, and I've come across the names of several Spectropop members in it as well. Hopefully my web page will do its part in helping to promote the book - and readers can learn who put the bomp in the bomp-a-bomp-a-bomp. Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 02:59:17 EST From: Bill George Subject: Re: new Artie Wayne song Hi Artie, I LOVE your new song. In fact, if I get the chance, I'll perform and record it. So how's that! :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. This won't be my best Christmas, but I'm hoping for a good new year! Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 07:33:00 -0800 From: Frank Murphy Subject: Christmas songs I'm playing Christmas songs on NOW between 14:30 and 16:30 GMT. There are some Fakes on the following playlist:'59 FrankM -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 10:05:58 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Christmas Countdown Day 2 Frank Murphy wrote: > I'm playing Christmas songs on > NOW between 14:30 and 16:30 GMT. There are some Fakes > on the following playlist: >'59 Hey Frank... that's great!!...But are they playing any of MY Christmas songs? Are they playing, "Little Christmas Tree" by Michael Jackson, that I wrote with George Clinton, Jr. 33 years ago, which is available on the Legendary Motown Christmas album, the newly remastered Jackson 5 Christmas album, and the UNIVERSAL CHRISTMAS compilation, that features Christmas cuts by ABBA and Elton John? Frank...Are they playing the new song I wrote with Toni Wine, "I Lose It When I Hear "White Christmas", which is on the Tony Orlando and Dawn "Reunion" CD? Well, I want to send you a FREE mp3 of it, whether they are or not!! "I Lose it When I Hear White Christmas", is one of the top three recordings I've ever had, out of 250 cover records in my 45 year career!! As soon as I reply to your post, I'm sending you an mp3 of it. All I ask is that if you like it then SHARE it with your friends, and tell them if they like it, then Share it with their friends, and so on, and so on. I haven't discussed this with my co-writer, the artist, the CD releasing company or Spectropop. If they want to sue me...OK, SUE ME!! I refuse to let a recording as great as this, go unnoticed. So last night I sent an mp3 to EVERYONE in my address book and asked them, if they like to send it to EVERYONE in their address book, and so on, and so on!! ENJOY...TO THE WORLD!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Regards, Artie Wayne P.S. If you haven't signed my guestbook yet, remember it's closed to new entries on Dec.31st. but remain on display forever. just click onto and leave your mark for posterity. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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