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There are 18 messages in this issue.

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      1. Re: Edith Piaf sings Leiber & Stoller
           From: Frank 
      2. Re: Barry Cowsill
           From: Larry Bromley 
      3. Re: Darlene Love on Letterman
           From: James Botticelli 
      4. Barry Cowsill, requescat in pace ...
           From: Dave Monroe 
      5. Re: The Return of The Geator With The Heator
           From: Irving Snodgrass 
      6. RIP Sir Arthur Apple
           From: Paul Rusling 
      7. Re: Ventures' Christmas Album
           From: Regina Litman 
      8. Lou Rawls, requiescat in pace ...
           From: Dave Monroe 
      9. Happy birthday Nino Tempo
           From: Bill Reed 
     10. Re: Lou Rawls, requiescat in pace ...
           From: Dave Monroe 
     11. Re: Barry Cowsill  R.I.P.
           From: Artie Wayne 
     12. Re: The Flock
           From: Various 
     13. Re: Darlene Love on Letterman
           From: Bill Smith 
     14. Re: mystery disc in musica
           From: Bryan 
     15. Re: Darlene Love on Letterman
           From: Keith Beach 
     16. Re: The Flock
           From: Gary Myers 
     17. Re: Larry K.
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     18. Another Steve Tudanger selection now playing
           From: Mike Rashkow 

________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 08:48:23 +0100 From: Frank Subject: Re: Edith Piaf sings Leiber & Stoller Since we're talking about non-English version of L&S songs, I'd recommend another French one : Henri Salvador : "Along Came Jones" which became probably the biggest success of all L&S songs in France under the title of : "Zorro est arrivé" ! Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 22:38:02 -0800 (PST) From: Larry Bromley Subject: Re: Barry Cowsill Laura Pinto wrote: > 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..." I always enjoyed the Cowsills, not being a hard-rock fan. That is why I am troubled to hear of his death. I now apologize in advance to those who would like to forget the '04 World Series. Reason being, the Cowsills reunited for a pregame appearance at Fenway Park to sing the National Anthem for the Red Sox home crowd, plus a worldwide audience. Barry, I hope you meet the flower girl in Heaven. Age is a number that tells how long you have lived in this world, not how to live in it. Larry Bromley good day! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 19:02:57 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Darlene Love on Letterman David A. Young wrote: > 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, Thanks for the heads up. It was awe inspiring to say the least. And although I am on occasion prone to hyperbole, it was just that. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 08:57:44 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Barry Cowsill, requescat in pace ... Cowsills member dead; missing since Katrina Barry Cowsill was bassist for '60s singing family. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Barry Cowsill, a member of the popular 1960s singing family The Cowsills, was found dead on a wharf nearly four months after he disappeared when Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. He was 51. Cowsill's body, recovered December 28 from the Chartres Street Wharf, was identified with dental records Tuesday, said Dr. Louis Cataldie, head of the state hurricane morgue in Carville. The coroner had not determined the cause of death but believed it was related to the devastating storm, which struck the city August 29. Cowsill, who lived on and off in New Orleans, had not been heard from since he left phone messages for his sister September 1, his family's Web site said. "They tell us he'd been dead for quite some time," Richard Cowsill, his brother, said in a telephone interview Thursday. "We love him and we're going to miss him, but he's in a much better place, in my mother's arms." The Cowsills -- the inspiration for the TV series "The Partridge Family" -- recorded a series of top hits between 1967 and 1970, including "The Rain, The Park and Other Things," "Indian Lake" and "Hair." They also were spokespersons for the American Dairy Association, appearing in commercials and print ads for milk. Four Cowsill brothers played in the band: Barry on bass, Bill on guitar, Bob on guitar and organ, and John on drums. Their mother, Barbara, and little sister, Susan, eventually joined the group. The Cowsills got their start in Newport, Rhode Island, where by 1965 they had a regular gig at a club. They were spotted by a producer for NBC's "Today" show who booked them for an appearance that led to a record deal. The band broke up in the 1970s, amid acrimony that left some members estranged from each other for several years. "It wasn't just the end of a business, it was the end of a family," Bob Cowsill said in a 1990 interview. Barbara Cowsill died in 1985. In addition to his siblings, Cowsill is survived by two daughters and a son. Richard Cowsill said no memorial service was planned and that his brother would be cremated. "He always said when I leave this place, you better party. And that's what we're planning to do," he said. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 18:34:48 -0800 (PST) From: Irving Snodgrass Subject: Re: The Return of The Geator With The Heator Country Paul wrote: > 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: " I was a patient at Philly Naval Hospital in Sept. & Oct. 1968 and recall listening to Jerry Blavatt "The Geater With The Heater" from my bed. He had been featured in a article in Life Magazine article in the summer of 1968. Ken in Michigan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 12:40:28 +0000 From: Paul Rusling Subject: RIP Sir Arthur Apple So sad to hear dear old Sir Arthur Apple has passed on to that great Goldmine in the Sky. His Fort Lauderdale store was for many years one of my favourite haunts and I have filled a car trunk a few times over from his store. I first found him In 1983 when we were fitting out a pirate radio ship (Laser 558) in nearby Port Everglades and I used that to ship over about a half a ton of vinyl to England that would have cost me thousands in airline excess baggage, if i had been able to carry it! I spent so much time in Arthur's store that my wife even left the beach on one occasion and followed me there to see if I was seeing another woman somewhere! Arty also made a great cup of coffee to sustain us browsers! Sadly missed. Paul Rusling -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 00:28:26 -0000 From: Regina Litman Subject: Re: Ventures' Christmas Album Brian wrote: > 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... As someone else mentioned in another message, the Ventures did another Christmas album that came out in 2002 called "Christmas Joy". That's got to be #2. And #3 is an album I bought in Joe's Record Paradise in Rockville, MD, on December 14, 2002, while still hunting for that new Ventures Christmas album. On a trip down to Maryland, I thought that this store, which carries a lot of used records and CDs and also carries a lot of new stuff other stores don't stock, would be a good candidate for carrying "Christmas Joy". They didn't have it, but someone there recommended another guitar rock holiday album by a group called Los Straitjackets called "Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets". It sounds very influenced both by the Ventures 1960s Christmas album and "A Christmas Gift for You" and contains several of the songs from the latter, including "Marshmallow World"! #4 is "Caribbean Christmas" by Vince Charles, a steel drum player who was in Neil Diamond's band for several years. I bought this at one of Neil's concerts. Unfortunately, Vince Charles died a few years ago. There are probably a lot of lush instrumental Christmas albums that are meant for people to play in the background of holiday parties. Plus a lot of headliner instrumentalists, such as Kenny G., have put out holiday albums. I know that Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass had at least one, which contained "My Favorite Things", a non-holiday song from "The Sound of Music" that has since turned into a Christmas season song, possibly as a result of its inclusion on this album. I think there was at least one Herb Alpert vocal on this one, too - "The Bell That Wouldn't Jingle", written by Burt Bacharach and someone not named Hal David (Larry Kusik). But since I'm still counting "Christmas Joy" by the Ventures as an instrumental song despite the vocals in the title song, I'll consider this album to be an instrumental one, too, even if it contains Herb (or anyone else) singing. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 08:03:15 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Lou Rawls, requiescat in pace ... Soul singer Lou Rawls died today from lung cancer, according to statement from his publicist. Not reflected here yet, but ... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 17:14:09 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Happy birthday Nino Tempo Today, 1/6, is Nino Tempo's birthday. There's a little tribute to him today on my blog: Best, Bill Reed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 11:54:51 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Monroe Subject: Re: Lou Rawls, requiescat in pace ... By JEFF WILSON Associated Press Writer Published January 6, 2006, 12:55 PM CST LOS ANGELES -- Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer who started as a church choir boy and went on to record such classic tunes as "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," died Friday of cancer. He was 72. Rawls died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was hospitalized last month for treatment of lung and brain cancer, said his publicist, Paul Shefrin. His wife, Nina, was at his bedside when he died. Rawls' trademark was his smooth, four-octave voice -- the "silkiest chops in the singing game," Frank Sinatra once said. Rawls' used it in a variety of genres, including commercials. For millions of television viewers and radio listeners, Rawls was the familiar voice that said, "When you've said Budweiser, you've said it all." "I've gone the full spectrum, from gospel to blues to jazz to soul to pop," Rawls once said on his Web site. "And the public has accepted what I've done through it all." A longtime community activist, Rawls played a major role in United Negro College Fund telethons in the 1980s that raised more than $200 million. In the '60s he often visited schools, playgrounds and community centers. Rawls was raised on the South Side of Chicago by his grandmother, who shared her love of gospel with him. Rawls also was influenced by doo-wop and harmonized with his high school classmate Sam Cooke. The two friends joined groups such as the Teenage Kings of Harmony. When he moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s, Rawls was recruited for the Chosen Gospel Singers, then moved on to The Pilgrim Travelers. He enlisted in 1955 as a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. Sgt. Rawls rejoined The Pilgrim Travelers three years later. While touring with the group, Rawls and Cooke were in a car crash that nearly ended Rawls' life. Cooke was slightly hurt, but another passenger was killed and Rawls was declared dead on the way to the hospital, according to Shefrin. Rawls was in a coma for 5 1/2 days and suffered memory loss, but was completely recovered a year later. "I really got a new life out of that," Rawls said at the time. "I saw a lot of reasons to live. I began to learn acceptance, direction, understanding and perception -- all elements that had been sadly lacking in my life." Rawls performed with Dick Clark at the Hollywood Bowl in 1959. Late that year, Rawls was singing for $10 a night plus pizza at Pandora's Box in Los Angeles when he was spotted by Capitol Records producer Nick Venet, who invited him to audition. He was signed by the label soon after. The album "Stormy Monday," recorded in 1962 with the Les McCann Trio, was the first of Rawls' 52 albums. That same year, he collaborated on Cooke's hit "Bring It On Home to Me." In 1966, Rawls' "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" topped the charts and earned Rawls his first two Grammy nominations, and he opened for The Beatles in Cincinnati. During that period, Rawls began delivering hip monologues about life and love on the songs "World of Trouble" and "Tobacco Road," each more than seven minutes long. Some called them "pre-rap." Rawls explained that he had been working in clubs where the stage was behind noisy bars. "You'd be swinging and the waitress would yell, 'I want 12 beers and four martinis!' And then the dude would put the ice in the crusher," Rawls recalled. "There had to be a way to get the attention of the people. So instead of just starting in singing, I would just start in talking the song." His "raps" were so popular that 1967's "Dead End Street" won him his first Grammy for best R&B vocal performance. The singer won three Grammys in a career that spanned nearly five decades and included the hits "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," "Natural Man" and "Lady Love." He released his most recent album, "Seasons 4 U," in 1998 on his own label, Rawls & Brokaw Records. But his legacy is "You'll Never Find," released in 1976 and written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the classic "Philadelphia Sound." Rawls also appeared in 18 movies, including "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Blues Brothers 2000," and 16 television series, including "Fantasy Island" and "The Fall Guy." Rawls was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2004 and brain cancer in May 2005. Rawls told Shefrin he quit smoking 35 to 40 years ago. Asked about reports Rawls tried to treat his cancer holistically, Shefrin said: "He did try alternative methods. He used traditional and alternative methods." Along with his wife, Rawls is survived by four children: Louanna Rawls, Lou Rawls Jr., Kendra Smith and Aiden Rawls. Funeral arrangements were incomplete, Shefrin said.,0,2602962.story?coll=chi-newsbreaking-hed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 09:13:08 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Barry Cowsill R.I.P. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Cowsills, who I've known since they were kids, and Susan, especially, who I recently have been back in touch with. You've faced much adversity in your lives...and Barry was always there to help provide a strong family base. You've had to switch parts before. May your family spirit always prevail! Your friend, always, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 17:32:59 -0500 From: Various Subject: Re: The Flock Max Weiner wrote: > 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. I don't know flock-all about The Flock, but I will kite my best bytes and see what all else comes up from the Great Washed. I bought their first LP in 1970 so it wasn't really garage, more the noodling psychedelica we'd come to know and almost expect during that period. Long songs, three per LP side max. They featured the rockin' violin of Jerry Goodman, in fact they were an almost entirely Jewish and I suspect classically trained and mostly shirtless lot. Their fare consisted of the usual lefty social crit. material so common in the era. "Store Bought Store Thought" was the one I gravitated to the most. Imagine the lyrics yourself. Also on that premiere LP was a long indulgent version of the Kink's "Tired Of Waiting For You", so long one got tired waiting for the hooks to appear or reappear. When their second LP appeared in 1971 I was bitterly disappointed and the romance was dead. Sort of a Son of Vanilla Fudge Classical Rock sound. Hope that helps. James Botticelli/The quality goes in before the name goes on ----------------------------------------------------------- I assume this is the same Chicago-based FLOCK that released several albums on the Columbia label in the late '60s, featuring a jazz-rock sound similar to the band Chicago but focused more on the lead violin player? Or is there another band of the same name from Chicago? John Berg ----------------------------------------------------------- There was 1 song witch charted locally here in the Chicago area in 1967 called Take Be Back witch I think did chart locally here I don't know if it didn't anything nationwide. It had sort of a Motown sound to it as amny rock and pop acts of the 60s often copied off the Motown sound. Another was a cover verion of The Kinks So Tired of Waiting For You. Mike Bennidict ---------------------------------------------------------- Well, they had one album, at least, on CBS. I recall they had an electric violin in their midsts. I think they were on TV on some prog rock show once. Steve Harvey --------------------------------------------------------- I grew up in West Rogers Park (Chicago). I bought a few of their albums (one import) that I still have. I liked the "Dinosaur Swamps" album. Remember liking the song "Uranian Circus" the best. They never seemed as popular as the other big Chicago groups such as Ides of March, Buckinghams, Cryan' Shames, New Colony Six, American Breed, or Shadows of Knight. I think they were too avant-guard for the time. You had to like the violin sound to get into them. There are best of CDs available, as well as "Dinosaur Swamps" if I recall. The big question is when are the American Breed albums going to be released on CD? The last two New Colony Six albums were finally released as an import twofer, just recently. Bill Mulvy --------------------------------------------------------- -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 00:08:38 -0500 From: Bill Smith Subject: Re: Darlene Love on Letterman David A. Young: > 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. Thanks so much, David. I have loved her voice since I was a 14 year old and I heard "He's A Rebel". -Bill Smith -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 20:48:00 -0000 From: Bryan Subject: Re: mystery disc in musica David A. Young wrote: > 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. That is interesting, wonder why their group name isn't on the disc? Then again, it was a demo record. Do we have an idea what year this is from? Bryan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 12:55:40 -0800 (PST) From: Keith Beach Subject: Re: Darlene Love on Letterman David A. Young: > 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: I just checked it out, and I was ready to be disappointed... BUT MY GOD it was fabulous. Gave me goosebumps. Thanks for the heads-up. Keith Beach -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 12:51:44 -0800 From: Gary Myers Subject: Re: The Flock James Botticelli: > They featured the rockin' violin of Jerry Goodman ... Before that, Goodman was a later member of Michael & the Messengers (whose complicated story is in my book, "Do You Hear That Beat"). Later on, Goodman was with John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orch. The Flock also have a Wisc. connection in my new book (not yet published), as they recorded "Take Me Back", written by members of the Bryds (not Byrds), who recorded on a Milwaukee label. gem -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:31:18 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Larry K. Regina Litman wrote: > I think there was at least one Herb Alpert vocal on this one, > too - "The Bell That Wouldn't Jingle", written by Burt > Bacharach and someone not named Hal David (Larry Kusik). I seem to run across Larry Kusik's name about every other time I look over another set of songwriting credits, yet I know nothing about the guy. Apart from his career accomplishments, I recall -- or at least THINK I recall -- once reading that he was an uncle of Lenny Kaye, which caused me to wonder if "Kaye" wasn't simply a shortened form of "Kusik." There's a question or two in there somewhere, but I'm too ragged at the moment to go back in and dig it or them out. Dig (or not), --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 13:05:50 EST From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Another Steve Tudanger selection now playing For your enjoyment, now playing in musica, "The First Time" sung by Patty Darcy, written and produced by Steve Tudanger & Ellie Greenwich. I'm not sure if it is a demo or unreleased master. Circa 1980 something. It was provided by Steve Dworkin (aka Wrecordman) and placed on musica with the kind assistance of the Spectropop Team. Delbert is God, Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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