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There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Herb Bernstein -- '60s discography
           From: Davie Gordon 
      2. Re: Christmas Records
           From: Thom Lambertson 
      3. Karl Hammel Revisited
           From: Fred Clemens 
      4. Re: Herb Bernstein (Ciao Baby connection)
           From: Davie Gordon 
      5. Re: Jerry Lordan
           From: Austin Powell 
      6. Christmas Memories
           From: Artie Wayne 

________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 13:03:11 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: Herb Bernstein -- '60s discography Peter Lerner wrote: > Having just looked at my Sequel Best of The Happenings CD, I > note that all the 25 tracks on it, except one, are credited > to Herb Bernstein as arranger. Let me know if you would like > me to list them out. Thanks for the offer, Peter. I've a track listing for the CD so if you could just confirm which one he didn't work on that would save you a lot of typing. Thanks to everybody for all the additions to the Herb Bernstein discography - I'll incorporate them and post a revised list after the holiday period (when I'm sober :)) As well as all the additional info. you've supplied I've come up with a stack myself and leads on around a twenty more artists with whom he worked in the sixties. When I saw some of the stuff that wasn't included in the first draft I was mentally doing Homer Simpson impersonations - forgetting Walter Jackson's wonderful "My Ship Is Coming In" for starters ... I'm having difficulties with tracing exactly which tracks he worked on with these artists so if anybody's got the time to check I'd appreciate it The Serendipity Singers Connie Francis Joel Gray Frankie Avalon John Denver Chad Mitchell Trio Al Hirt The Four Seasons A mixed bag indeed ! Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 07:31:29 -0500 From: Thom Lambertson Subject: Re: Christmas Records Kingsley Abbott: > PS - someone please tell us all what to 'Town a Treacher' > entails!! Probably a credit to Merv's announcer/sidekick, Arthur Treacher! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0871546/ and, we certainly can't forget... http://www.arthurtreachers.com/about-at.htm Merry Christmas, "to us all", Thom L Vero Beach, FL -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2005 03:27:09 -0000 From: Fred Clemens Subject: Karl Hammel Revisited I realize he's been discussed on the Board before, but I decided to revive it in hopes of finding out anything from newer members. Does anyone here have ANY background on this elusive singer? I've acquired a few of his records over the years, beginning in 1958 on Gone, and ending in 1963 on Laurie. It seems Jimmy Krondes had direct input on most of the songs he recorded, either as composer or producer or both. I'm beginning to think that Krondes was Hammel himself! Today I took the liberty of contacting Paul Evans about him, partially because he co-wrote at least two of Hammel's songs with Krondes, patiently waiting for a reply. Jimmy Krondes was an amazing writer, with Paul Evans, with others, or by himself, and would personally rank him up there with more well known Brill Building and Aldon staff writers yet I rarely hear him mentioned. Anybody here work with Hammel, or see him actually perform? Any behind the scenes background on Krondes?? I know his son is keeping his lagacy alive. Merry Christmas to All... Fred Clemens -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 13:06:28 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: Herb Bernstein (Ciao Baby connection) Lyn Nuttall wrote: > All this posting about Ciao Baby, and I missed Davie's post > on Herb Bernstein, who just happens to have been arranger > and conductor for Lynne Randell's 1967 recording of 'Ciao > Baby' on Epic. Thanks Lyn, that's one that escaped me. Who produced Lynne's version ? Here are the Billboard review dates for some of the US issued versions of the song. The Toys (Philips 40432) BB 02.25.67 Lynne Randell (Epic 10147) BB 04.29.67 The Eternal Flame (Viva 621) BB 10.28.67 The Montanas (WB 7021) wasn't reviewed but appears to have been issued at the same time as Lynne Randell's. WB 7020 (The Everly Brothers) BB 04.22.67 WB 7022 (Jackie Trent) BB 04.29.67 The Montanas' version seems to have been given another shot by Warner Brothers the following year as I also have it listed as WB 7208 which would have been around June '68 going by the number. I think you're right about the Toys' being the original - I'm sure I remember a full page trade ad for it which helpfully told you how pronounce the title. Here's the BB review for The Toys "Initial entry by the group on Philips should enjoy healthy sales activity and make a dent in the Hot 100. Easy rocker given a solid workout" (Billboard, Feb 25, 1967) And for The Eternal Flame : "Popular expression set to a rock beat comes off as a strong piece of dance rhythm material loaded with sales potential. Group has fresh and smooth sound" (Billboard, Oct 28, 1967) Time for a solid workout ......... Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 11:53:52 +0000 From: Austin Powell Subject: Re: Jerry Lordan Some other random bits of information to round out the picture: Jerry Lordan hated Bert Weedon's version of "Apache". In 1993 he said "It's a dreadful version. He hasn't even played the music that I wrote". Of the Shadows "Apacahe" session Jerry recalled that it was actually Cliff Richard who supplied the bom-bom-bom,bom - bom,bom,bom,bom beat. On the two track recording Tony Meehan couldn't play his kit and the extra drum for the "Indian drum sound". In fact it turns out it was a Chinese tam tam drum that Cliff used, holding it over Meehan's kit to catch the microphone. Jerry regarded "The Old Man And The Sea" as his best ever song. Released on CBS, George Martin did the arrangement for a 32 piece orchestra and Ron Richards produced the session. It sold just 286 copies apparently. Thanks to all S'poppers for another fascinating year. Seasons greetings to you all and every good wish for 2006. Austin P. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 12:59:33 -0000 From: Artie Wayne Subject: Christmas Memories How ya doin'... Christmas is a hard time for a lot of people, with so many memories and emotions to deal with. This Christmas was one of the best I ever had. I'm currently living in a small town in the California desert. It didn't look much like Christmas here...but it sure felt like it. Once again I spent it alone, with my cats, Whoppy and Streaker, my little pals for almost ten years. Most of you know my story, which you can check out in the Spectropop archives, at your leisure, but I'm writing this to let you know how much your e-mails and notes in my guest book have meant to me meant to me...and why. I never thought much of my body of work as a writer, artist and producer in the 60s and 70s, because I didn't attain the success of many of my peers like Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, or Jeff Barry. I remember running into my old pal, Shel Silverstein [“A boy named Sue”, “Sylvia’s Mother”], outside of the Troubador, 30 years ago. When he asked what I'd been up to, I lowered my head, and almost apologetically, said that I was showing other people’s songs at Warner Brothers Music. He didn't bat an eye, but said, “You don't have to be ashamed of that... you could be just as creative, as you've always been, just in another area.” I never forgot that. I’ve asked Mick to put up another track at musica – a rare Warner Brothers Music Christmas Cut-in record. One thing that I didn't mention, in my story behind the song “I Lose It When I Hear ‘White Christmas'” [Wine/Wayne], is what happened to me about an hour later. I informed the night nurse that I decided, for Christmas, I'd stop taking my all the heavy medication I'd been prescribed, including massive doses of steroids. I didn't know that such a sudden withdrawal would result in me freaking out Christmas morning. It took several L.A. cops to bring me down, and strap my hands and feet to a table, where I remained for three days. Regards, Artie Wayne P.S. If you haven't signed my guestbook yet, remember it's closed to new entries on Dec. 31st, but will remain on display forever. Just click onto http://www.artiewayne.com and leave your mark for posterity. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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