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Spectropop - Digest Number 2178

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There are 20 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Steve Tudanger, R.I.P. > The Candy Girls
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Re: Edith Piaf sings Leiber & Stoller
           From: Randy Poe 
      3. Re: Richard Kimball update
           From: Gary Myers 
      4. Soul Smurfing
           From: Phil X Milstein 
      5. Re: The Ventures - Christmas Albums/Bread
           From: Regina Litman 
      6. Ventures' Christmas Album
           From: Brian 
      7. Johnny Tillotson
           From: Gary Myers 
      8. Speaking of "Reach Out, I'll Be There"
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      9. Re: Viva label
           From: Bobster 
     10. Re: The Ventures "I Feel Fine"
           From: Billy G Spradlin 
     11. Sad news about Barry Cowsill
           From: Laura Pinto 
     12. Re: knighthoods
           From: Felonious 
     13. Re: late Bread
           From: Roy Clough 
     14. Re: Soul Smurfing
           From: Dave Monroe 
     15. The end of the record
           From: Paul Urbahns 
     16. Re: Viva label
           From: James Botticelli 
     17. The Flock
           From: Max Weiner 
     18. The Return of The Geator With The Heator
           From: Country Paul 
     19. Darlene Love on Letterman
           From: David A. Young 
     20. mystery disc in musica
           From: David A. Young 

________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 22:44:27 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Steve Tudanger, R.I.P. > The Candy Girls Steve Dworkin: > Sadly, Steve Tudanger passed away this morning. Steve was a > member of The Four Evers, in the sixties who had a hit with > "Be My Girl" on Smash Records. He later was in the group > Playhouse, and sang backup on records for artists like Lobo, > Robin McNamarra, Andy Kim & The Archies. He had two singles > as a solo artist, one on Mercury & one on Big Tree. Steve was also a fine songwriter and producer. As a tribute, I've posted one of my favourites of his compositions to musica. Details are: The Candy Girls "Run" (Rotate 5001, 1963); written by Steve Tudanger, Andy Ventura and Salvatore Bonagura; arranged and conducted by Charles Fox; an Eddie Newmark-Bill Hicks Production. Click here to listen to it: R.I.P. Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 12:23:55 -0800 (PST) From: Randy Poe Subject: Re: Edith Piaf sings Leiber & Stoller Bill Smith wrote: > I'd love to hear her version of "Charly Brown" ........ > *FiFi FyeFye* Ah yes, "Charles DeBrun." My favorite non-English versions of an L&S song are the various translations of "Is That All There Is?" If you think it's depressing in English, you oughta hear it in German. - Randy Poe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 14:34:31 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: Richard Kimball update Artie Wayne: > I'm happy to say that I spoke to my longtime friend Richard > Kimball ... I guess he's been doing OK ever since they found the one-armed man. (Sorry, couldn't resist - my apologies to those too young to know what the heck I'm talking about). gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2006 18:22:15 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Soul Smurfing Although the recent holidaze were largely spent in working mode, I did manage to get in a LITTLE relaxation time, most of which was spent in the form of Web smurfing. In the course of my travels there I came across a few sites that I thought y'all might also enjoy: * Atractively designed site covering R&B, hard soul, jazz-funk, garage, psychobilly and the like, with features, interviews, DJ reports, and reviews of excavated vinyl. Tons of label and LP cover scans, and do not miss their candid interview with Jean DuShon, in which she tells of having once fallen asleep onstage in the middle of a performance! * This enigmatic site appears to be a promo for a self-released Baton label compilation, which looks good enough to order (and so I have). Included are Baton founder Sol Rabinowitz's memoir of the label's brief history, a story on Ann Cole, and a sidebar on the battles with Muddy Waters over ownership of "Got My Mojo Workin'." * I've been staring at this site for days on end, and still can't figure out quite what to make of it. It features a great many 45 scans, all of which include hand-drawn picture sleeves. The drawings appear to be highly skilled doodles rather than representations of anything to do with the respective record, but the records -- about equally divided between big- and small-holed 45s, and covering primarily R&B, soul, jazz-funk and various '50s and '60s Jamaican stylings -- look terrific too, and many are quite rare. But if the site includes an explanation of whether the sleeves were drawn by the site's proprietor (Mr. Spencer, I presume) or were found as-is in a flea market motherlode, I've been unable to find it. It does, though, include some good features. * * Two Spectrocentric pieces from the New York Times Sunday Magazine's annual appreciation essays (as opposed to obits per se) of select figures who died during the past year. Toppermost is of Eugene Record and Luther Vandross; t'uther of Thurl Ravenscroft. Happy smurfing! --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2006 23:56:36 -0000 From: Regina Litman Subject: Re: The Ventures - Christmas Albums/Bread Roy Clough wrote: > Regina, they revisted the theme in 2003 with a album Guitar > Christmas - basically rerecordings of the songs you mention > but with some new tracks. It can be bought relatively cheaply > - I picked it up for £3.99 (about $7) brand new. Thanks for pointing this out. I have this CD, too, which is why I referred to the earlier one as their "first Christmas album". It gives me a backing track that allows me to do a rocking version of the Maryland state song, "Maryland, My Maryland", if I can remember the words I learned back in the 4th grade. (The tune is the same as that of "O Tannenbaum"/"O Christmas Tree", which appears on this album in the aforementioned rocking version. I understand that some other states use this tune for their songs, too.) The album title is "Christmas Joy", which is also the title of an original song on the album that includes vocals. "Christmas Joy" came out in time for the 2002 holiday season. I never saw it in a store - I sure got tired of looking at Luther Vandross's Christmas output in the V section of all the bins - and since my next CD order from an online store will be my first, I finally got a Barnes and Noble store to special order it for me after the holiday was over. I picked it up there in early January. In fact, I got both Ventures' Christmas albums in early January. I went into a small store near my home that specializes in oldies reissues (one reason why I don't have to order online) in early January 1996. The owner, who knows my tastes, was holding a clearance on holiday recordings and recommended it to me. I'll have it ten years this coming Friday, and I play both it and "Christmas Joy" year round, as well as "A Christmas Gift to You". > PS: More sad news - Mike Botts of Bread also passed away > on 12/9. Didn't we also lose another member from this group last year? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2006 18:16:43 -0500 From: Brian Subject: Ventures' Christmas Album Previously: > I just love this album - it's my favorite instrumental > Christmas album, I'd like to hear which ones come in a close second or third place. Were there THAT many instrumental Christmas albums in the '60s? I only know of some singles, and that one Ventures LP. Give us the scoop... Brian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 16:47:57 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Johnny Tillotson About a month ago, someone posted an e-mail address here for Johnny Tillotson. If anyone has that, would you please send it to me offlist? gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 19:44:58 EST From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Speaking of "Reach Out, I'll Be There" Speaking of "Reach Out, I'll Be There"--I was never any too crazy about Motown diva Diana Ross' own 1971 cover of the 4 Tops' hit. She fared considerably better IMO on "Ain't No Mountain......" which of course was more successful, but Marvin and Tammi's arrangement--not to mention their vocals --well, no comparison! Spine-chiller for this listener. Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 19:26:23 EST From: Bobster Subject: Re: Viva label Two more Viva releases that come to mind (the former of which I own) are the magnificent psychedelic excursion LP by The Travel Agency, and The In Crowd's "?s and Answers," which just made Billboard late in '66, and was previously discussed here. Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 01:37:52 -0000 From: Billy G Spradlin Subject: Re: The Ventures "I Feel Fine" Richard Snow wrote: > "I Feel Fine" is on a CD called "Walk Don't Run, the Best > of The Ventures". My copy of "I Feel Fine" is on a two-fer from One Way Records combining 1965's "Where The Action Is" with "The Ventures Knock Me Out" from 1964. Both are great instrumental albums. One Way went out of business about a year ago, but you may be able to pick one up from Amazon. Billy G. 60's Jangle Radio on Live365 -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 11:51:50 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Sad news about Barry Cowsill >From the official Cowsill mailing list: > It is with a very heavy heart that I have to inform everyone that we > have learned that a DNA match has been found for Barry in Baton Rouge, > LA. Unfortunately, this means with a 99% certainty that Barry has > passed away. The Cowsill family was just informed of the match and > more information will be posted on the site as it becomes available. > We invite you to express your thoughts and post your memories of Barry > on our Memorial Book located at > > Our deepest gratitude goes to everyone who has helped with the search > for Barry in any way. > I also found this on the web: My deepest condolences to the Cowsill family. Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 06:09:06 -0800 From: Felonious Subject: Re: knighthoods Artie Wayne asked: > I am curious how the recipients are chosen, and why did > Andrew Lloyd Webber becme a Knight and Tim Rice didn't? > Why did Mick Jagger, and not Keith Richards? The would-be recipients of an Honour are supposed to be nominated for their good work in, say, charity and perhaps promoting British interests abroad. There is usually some political influence, as well. Lloyd Webber supports the Conservative Party, and that helped. (Rice may not use his title much, but he is Sir Tim Rice.) Mick Jagger, whilst every bit as much of a capitalist as ALW, is admired by rock fan Tony Blair. The recipients are sounded out as to their attitude towards accepting an honour, and given Keith's views may have influenced to awards panel I don't think he'll be receiving any in the near future. Unless Jack Daniels act as sponsor. "I don't want to step out onstage with someone wearing a coronet and sporting the old ermine," Richards told British music magazine "Uncut." "I told Mick it's a paltry honor ... It's not what the Stones is about, is it?" Several Americans have been awarded honorary knighthoods, although as yet no women have been similarily enobled. Given her residency here and her children's stories, however, some of us are looking forward to Guy Ritchie's wife becoming Lady Madonna. Jamie Lee Curtis became a Lady when her husband, Christopher Guest, inherited the title of Lord Haden-Guest after his father's death. Yours, FrankM Court Correspondent Spectropop (Pop Music's Debrett) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 13:29:03 -0000 From: Roy Clough Subject: Re: late Bread Regina Litman asked: > Didn't we also lose another member from Bread last year? Yes, James Griffin died January 11. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 08:15:09 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: Soul Smurfing Phil X Milstein wrote: > * See as well ... Don't let "funk" and/or "funky" scare you off ... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 09:10:44 -0500 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: The end of the record Larry Bromley wrote: > Sad to know that his family had no interest in keeping alive > Artie's love for stacks of wax. Obviously it was a labor of love for him and not necessarily a profitable venture. Maybe on the Spectropop website they can consider starting a list of recommended record stores. I frequently look for record stores when traveling but many of the established places are closing. I was in C's Records on Dixie Highway in Louisville a few weeks ago and he is trying to sell off his stock at Flea markets, because he gets more trade walking by at flea markets than in his shop. The shop operators blame on line selling for the killing of local oldies shops. I have noticed many Goodwill and Salvation Army stores (some of the places I find more of what I am looking for) have stopped stocking records all together. The thirft shops just send them to the dumpster without putting themout. Few people have working record players anymore. Paul Urbahns Radcliff, KY -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 14:56:40 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Viva label Bobster wrote: > Two more Viva releases that come to mind (the former of > which I own) are the magnificent psychedelic excursion LP > by The Travel Agency, and The In Crowd's "?s and Answers," > which just made Billboard late in '66, and was previously > discussed here.  I think Kenny Loggins' 60's Garage Psyche band was on Viva as well. One side called "Its Friday" as I recall, and the other was something like "Floating Downstream in an Incredible Inflatable Raft". But I can't find the 45 at the moment. JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 13:12:59 -0800 (PST) From: Max Weiner Subject: The Flock Hey there, There are several people here who are very knowledgeable about the Chicago Sound in the 60's. Can anyone tell me anything about a mid-sixties Chigao garage band known as the FLOCK? The lead guitarist was a guy by the name of Rick Kanoff, they were from West Rogers Park. Did they have a label, did they go anywhere, you know, the usual. Anything you can tell me would be appreciated. Thanks much in advance! Max -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 17:50:19 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: The Return of The Geator With The Heator The Philly Sound is back on the radio, at least in Philadelphia. >From a radio discussion group I'm on: "....[After the demise of Philly 50s-60s oldies station WPEN] Jerry [Blavat] has been taken in by - of all stations - WXPN, the University of Pennsylvania radio station. 'XPN streams, I think. Listen to the Geator's first show this Saturday night: " They're at 88.5 in Philadephia and at a couple of other frequencies in Maryland and elsewhere. I didn't find the listen button for anything streaming on this particular page, but it's probably somewhere on the website. Just thought folks would want to know. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 22:22:44 -0000 From: David A. Young Subject: Darlene Love on Letterman Greetings, Anyone who missed Darlene's performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on The Late Show December 23 (or who saw it but wants to again) can find it streaming right now at the show's site: Act now; it probably won't be there for long. David A. Young -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 22:43:10 -0000 From: David A. Young Subject: mystery disc in musica Hi, everybody, I missed out on an acetate sold a few days ago on eBay, but not before downloading the song, "Where Angels Live," which the seller thoughtfully provided in its entirety. I'm quite sure many members will enjoy this anonymous girl-group record, and maybe someone can even make some educated guesses about it. A scan of the label is in the Photos section; as you'll see, it's from A & T Productions in Toledo, Ohio. The flip side of the acetate is "Let Them Talk," credited to one Jimmy Peterson. Feast your ears on this rarity, now playing in musica, and please come forward if you have any theories about who might have been involved. David A. Young -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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