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Spectropop - Digest Number 457



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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)
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There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Amy  Records - Midnight Mary
           From: Dan Hughes 
      2. Re: BING BONG!
           From: Mark Frumento 
      3. Re: Brtish Backing Singers
           From: Mark Frumento 
      4. Re: Millennium CD set on Sundazed
           From: laughingmood 
      5. re MIDNIGHT MARY & EVIE SANDS
           From: mick patrick 
      6. Re: Millennium CD set on Sundazed
           From: Mark Frumento 
      7. Best of Red-Bird/Blue Cat CD
           From: Don Charles 
      8. Re: Richest Man Alive
           From: Phil Chapman 
      9. Re: Amy  Records - Midnight Mary
           From: Mike Arcidiacono 
     10. Bernadette / Liner Notes
           From: Rex Strother 
     11. Re: Amy  Records - Midnight Mary
           From: Phil Chapman 
     12. re: WHEN THE BOY'S HAPPY
           From: mick patrick 
     13. Re:  Midnight Mary
           From: james botticelli 


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Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 05:20:52 -0500
   From: Dan Hughes 
Subject: Amy  Records - Midnight Mary

Joey Powers had a hit with Midnight Mary on Amy in late 1963/
early 1964. My local radio station (Wife, Indianapolis) played 
a different version of the song (which I preferred) for a couple 
of weeks before they switched to the Joey Powers version. Does 
anyone remember who did the other version? Where Joey used the 
rhythm "Meet Me / At Midnight Mary", the other version used 
"Meet Me At Midnight / Mary", relocating the pause
(maybe it was the other way around).

---Dan



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Message: 2 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 11:19:16 -0400 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: BING BONG! Mick Patrick: > And Mark Wirtz might care to know that "I Can Hear Music" was > not the only "Spector" song he recorded. I know I'm showing my lack of in-depth knowledge of who produced what but didn't Spector ever produce "When The Boy's Happy"? I'm enjoying his near Spectorish version (save for the groovy guitar break) by Sheila & Jenny (and its wonderful Wirtz penned 'b' side too). Mark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 11:38:18 -0400 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: Brtish Backing Singers Mick Patrick: > Anyway, I have a bit of a penchant for backing singers, so > tell us who the stellar crew were on that session. Oh, do! > > ***Liza Duncan, Doris Troy, Kiki Dee, Barry St. John, > Judith Powell, Peanut, Margo, Maggie and Gloria, John Carter, > Ken Lewis, Peter Lee Stirling, Weren't there any good singers in England? LOL. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 16:01:09 -0000 From: laughingmood Subject: Re: Millennium CD set on Sundazed DJ Steve wrote: > Anyone know if this is worth getting. Also looking for any > Sundazed label recommendations on CD. Thanks YES!!!!! You have to get it! It's absolutely phenomonal. Other stuff on Sundazed you may like: Any of the Harper's Bizzare albums, The Yellow Balloon album, The Genesis album by Wendy and Bonnie, Distant Shores by Chad and Jeremy, Present Tense by Saggitarius. There are many others. Sundazed is one of the great reissue companies. In other Sundazed news: In June they are releasing Curt Boettcher's 1972/73 solo album "There's An Innocent Face" along with Chad and Jeremy's "Of Cabbages and Kings" (produced by Gary Usher). They are also releasing a CD of mostly unreleased songs by sometimes-Curt Boettcher colaborater Dottie Holmberg and a CD by the Love Generation. Hope this helps. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 13:22:49 +0100 (BST) From: mick patrick Subject: re MIDNIGHT MARY & EVIE SANDS > Dan Hughes wrote: > Joey Powers had a hit with "Midnight Mary" in late 1963 ... > My local radio station played a different version (which I > preferred) ... Does anyone remember who did the other version? Hi, That, Dan, would be JERRY COLE on Capitol 5056, I reckon. By the way, has anyone ever wondered who the female is singing along with Joey Powers on his version? It's none other than Spectropop darling JEANNE THOMAS of the Rag Dolls. More on Jeanne...I notice in the excellent booklet which accompanies the recent Japanese CD release of EVIE SANDS' A&M LP that the "Take Me For A Little While" girl is joined on backing vocals by Jeanne Thomas, TONI WINE and VICKI MIKEY. Of course, we all know the first two, but I can't help wondering who the third girl is. Mikey Harris, perhaps? I bet Rashkovski knows? MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 12:03:23 -0400 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: Millennium CD set on Sundazed DJ Steve: > Anyone know if this is worth getting. Also looking for any > Sundazed label recommendations on CD. Thanks I may be odd man out on this but I was not thrilled with the set. If you like backing tracks you may really enjoy it. What disappointed me is that they added nothing to the Ballroom period and in fact left off a great Sandy Salisbury track that is on the Rev-Ola CD. I also can't understand why they didn't include more Millenium material.... unless they are going to do a volume 2? I would have thought that 2 sets were in order: Volume 1: Pre-Millenium (excluding Sagittarius)and Volume 2: Millenium. The packaging, of course, is very nice. Given the past work of Rev-Ola and Pop Tones and the Japanese releases I just wish that Sundazed had thought this collection out better. Maybe they did and just haven't told us their plans. PS. I'm a huge Sundazed fan... buy almost anything they put out and you are sure to be thrilled. I love the Cryan Shames CDs, The Cyrkle... going back a few years Bruce and Terry is their masterpiece. Also Yellow Balloon, Sagittarius... the list goes on. Oh Paul Revere and the Raiders, Jan and Dean......... Mark Frumento -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 16:21:16 +0000 From: Don Charles Subject: Best of Red-Bird/Blue Cat CD James Botticelli: > I want this so bad I can taste it - the feathers are a little > dusty though. I'd be happy to trade off-list..anyone? No need to trade! This Taragon CD is still in print and available for purchase online at CDNOW, AMAZON.COM and other music outlets. http://www.cdnow.com http://www.amazon.com Don Charles _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 17:08:41 -0000 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: Richest Man Alive Jeff Lemlich wrote: > The production on Mel's isn't nearly as dynamic, but his vocal, > to me, is among the most soulful he's ever cut. True, it hasn't got the Wirtz drive, but it's quite hefty in an MOR fashion. Is his "Tar And Cement" the same as Verdelle Smith? Now there's someone that rarely gets a mention. Ray Singer teamed up with Simon Napier Bell for a while - I worked with the pair editing some tapes of a Moroccan orchestra (well, that's what they said it was). One of the pieces still sounds fun today, rather like a street Krishna troup, plus strings. All it needs is one of the chill DJs out there to add a break-beat and it would be very current. Don't know if it was ever released. Talking of Simon Napier Bell, does anybody know anything about Flamma Sherman, technically a girl-group, but not in the usual mould. They had a near hit in 1968 on his label, SNB, with the self-penned "No Need To Explain", based on Bach's "Air On A G String" (sim. "Whiter Shade Of Pale"). Have a listen - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spectropop/files/musica Phil [Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/ ] -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 13:31:02 -0400 From: Mike Arcidiacono Subject: Re: Amy Records - Midnight Mary Dan Hughes: > anyone remember who did the other version? Where Joey used the > rhythm "Meet Me / At Midnight Mary", the other version used > "Meet Me At Midnight / Mary", relocating the pause Danny, there are two version of the Joey Powers record. You may be thinking of the second version with the female backing vocals, and I believe he does do that "pause" you mentioned. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 11:45:39 -0600 From: Rex Strother Subject: Bernadette / Liner Notes Two of my favorite subjects; I must chime in. Bernadette Peters, from the moment she sashayed onto the screen in "The Jerk" has always been a favorite. From there, to her wonderful heartbreaking range in "Sunday in the Park" (I cry, I admit it, I cry) and "Into the Woods" (and so much Sondheim since, he added alliteratively) - I love this woman's work. And, as so many veiled references to the Vargas-ian album covers indicate - she is clearly recognized by Spec-Poppers as "hot" - the last bombshell figure (before beauty went heroin chic). As to liner notes, I thrill when someone goes to the trouble of freshly researching an artist and pout when I get a track list only (sometimes without even composer's names for each song!). Of course, when the book is too thick to be held in the cover clips (and I ended up mangling it), I also pout a bit. But overall, this is why I came to love boxed sets when I first started collecting CDs. The CDs offered bonus/rare/alternate/live tracks - and often sported big thick handsomely-designed books full of text/photos/thorough discographies. When I read that a recording session took 9 weeks, I listen to the song and am amazed at the quality. Conversely, if I hear a recording I love was dashed off as a lark at the end of a session, to fulfill the last 15 minutes of studio time, I can be likewise amazed at the quality. I love readin' dat stuff! One of my peeves, however, in researching songs, is that the songs are often listed in discographies by artist, but any information from the composer is left off. So you can't find out if LOVE SONG recorded by so-and-so is Lesley Duncan's composition. Unless someone has the 45, 78, CD or whatsit in their very hands, it can be deucedly difficult to track down all the cover versions of LOVE SONG. Rex Strother -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 17:54:24 -0000 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: Amy Records - Midnight Mary Dan Hughes wrote: > Joey Powers had a hit with Midnight Mary on Amy in late 1963/ > early 1964. My local radio station (Wife, Indianapolis) played > a different version of the song (which I preferred) for a couple > of weeks before they switched to the Joey Powers version. Does > anyone remember who did the other version? Where Joey used the > rhythm "Meet Me / At Midnight Mary", the other version used > "Meet Me At Midnight / Mary", relocating the pause Dan, I've just listened to the Amy version - the intro and first two choruses have the pause after "Meet Me...", but the remaining choruses have the pause just before "..Mary", so perhaps you've been hearing different sections of the same recording? Reminds me of the difference between the choruses in "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", which becomes apparent if you sing along. The first chorus has a long "...lost..", the second chorus has equal syncopation to "You've lost that..." - I wonder whose idea that was! Makes a change from today's pop choruses which tend to be 'flown-in' identically. Phil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 19:53:17 +0100 (BST) From: mick patrick Subject: re: WHEN THE BOY'S HAPPY Hi, I wrote: > And Mark Wirtz might care to know that "I Can Hear Music" was > not the only "Spector" song he recorded. Mark replied: > I know I'm showing my lack of in-depth knowledge of who produced > what but didn't Spector ever produce "When The Boy's Happy"? Well, NO, actually. "When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too" by the Four Pennies (Chiffons) was produced by Bright Tunes (The Tokens). Or maybe I'm missing the irony in the question? MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 22:23:48 -0400 From: james botticelli Subject: Re: Midnight Mary Dan Hughes wrote: > Where Joey used the > rhythm "Meet Me / At Midnight Mary", the other version used > "Meet Me At Midnight / Mary", relocating the pause > (maybe it was the other way around). Dan, I remember the song because we'd sing along with it in my 'hood. The first two verses went Meet Me/At Midnight Mary...The bridge came in, and the last verse was Meet Me At Midnight/Mary. I think you may be mixing memories here! -- Jimmy Botticelli Taking The E-Z...Way Out! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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