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Spectropop - Digest Number 465

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 14 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Fab 4 Novelties
           From: Bobster  
      2. Bobby Sheen
           From: Charles Sheen 
      3. More Bobby Sheen info
           From: Charles Sheen 
      4. Tracey Ullman
           From: Ian Chapman 
      5. Donny Iris
           From: John Rausch 
      6. Re: Fab 4 Novelties
           From: james botticelli 
      7. Bearded Beetle (sic) - Oz Beatles Novelty
           From: Lindsay Martin 
      8. Brian Wilson at the Roxy
           From: Ken Levine 
      9. Re: Mari Wilson
           From: Joe Foster 
     10. Marshall Leib
           From: Joe Foster 
     11. Geocities downtime
           From: ADMIN NOTE 
     12. Mari & Meri & Mary Wilson?
           From: Gerrit Lansink 
           From: Tim Viney 
     14. Re: Mari vs Meri, Dixie Cups, Sandy
           From: Paul Payton 


Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 18:54:08 EDT
   From: Bobster  
Subject: Fab 4 Novelties

I second Jeff G's comments about Dick Lord's "Like Ringo."  
It's a great 45 for me to own as just the start of what hopes 
to be numerous Beatle goofies.  

Tollie Records was on a roll with Jimmie Cross (I want the 
B.R.A.T.T.S. record!!) and again I concur with Jeff, "James Bong" 
isn't quite as classic as "....Want My Baby..." but his 
self-description ("Ah'm Agent UH-OH 78910JackQueenAce123! Just 
call on me.....") is reminiscent of the era as well as hysterically 
funny IMHO.  

And Twinkle--!!!!  I came dangerously close to mentioning 
"Terry" when I dragged out the sicky list a while back, so 
thanks Jeff for bringing it up.  Wonderful record by a 
beautiful English girl.  OK Kingsley, Martin, Mick et al, 
who was she really??!  Kudos to the U.K. again, 
they're ahead by 2 points or so 

--but seriously folks--


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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 00:54:02 -0000 From: Charles Sheen Subject: Bobby Sheen [originally posted to the Spectropop Bulletin Board] Hello all, My name is Charles Sheen. My Dad recorded for Phil, beginning in 1961 for Liberty records. Anyways, I was wondering if any of you guys know where I can get footage of him and the Blue Jeans, and also his complete discography? Dad never really talked about who and when he recorded stuff for Phil. A few years before he died, I was in Rhino Records out in Los Angeles (it's right down the street from my high school) and I used to go there after school a lot I came across an LP of songs from the 60s, and lo and behold, there was Dad! When I got home, I asked him about it and he forgot he even recorded that song ("How Many Days"). When he passed, I discovered a bunch of acetates from Liberty, all of which were never released. One was called "Seven Million People" (that was my favourite), and two others I can't think of. The other records were from his Capitol days. Well, last summer my aunt quick-deeded my Dad's house and threw everything out on the street. I was able to save a few things, but most of the records are gone, so your help would mean a lot to the family. So if you have any footage or know how I can get in contact with Liberty or Dimension, please contact me. Thanks. And as Dad would say, "Rock On!" (I think he stole that from the "Shindig!" host!) Charles Sheen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 00:56:22 -0000 From: Charles Sheen Subject: More Bobby Sheen info [originally posted to the Spectropop Bulletin Board] When I was younger my Dad used to brag on how he, Darlene and Fanita recorded "He's A Rebel", not the Crystals. He also claimed that his then girlfriend (Pat) was sick or something the day of the "Da Do Ron Ron" session and he had to take her place. I don't know if that's true or not, can anyone give me some info on that? Also, I was looking at the past posts, looking for info on my Pop and I read that Marty Cooper has some unreleased stuff on my Pop. Can anyone get in touch with him for me? I've gone to Capitol to get his stuff but I'm on a waiting list. Oh well, thanks, Charlie Sheen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 02:31:03 +0100 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Tracey Ullman Joe Foster: > The same kind of > thinking/production behind Tracey Ullman's records (which > were also pretty good) Mark Frumento: > First of all I like the Tracey Ullman stuff too. > I thought her version of "Move Over Darling" was darn > good. He's far too modest to point this out himself, so I will......... Our own Phil Chapman was recording engineer on the Tracey Ullman records, and the great retro-girl-group feel to many of those tracks is due to his Spectropop-py influence, as was the choice of some of the songs to be covered. My particular faves are Jackie De Shannon's "Breakaway", Sandy Posey's "Shattered" (both of which she performed on video/TV in Ronette drag), "Sunglasses" and the Glitter-era version of "Bobby's Girl". The best of the non-covers came from the pen of the much-missed Kirsty MacColl: "They Don't Know", "Terry" and "You Caught Me Out". Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 21:44:28 -0400 From: John Rausch Subject: Donny Iris Check out the b side of "Love Is Like A Rock" (MCA) - "Agnes", great 80s synth "Popper".Kinda like a Shangs 80 style thing. Agnes was a waitress at a bar... Louie didn`t know she had a gun... ...well if ya know Red Bird melodrama, "Agnes" has it all. John Rausch -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 21:51:34 -0400 From: james botticelli Subject: Re: Fab 4 Novelties on Bobster wrote: > Tollie Records was on a roll with Jimmie Cross (I want the > B.R.A.T.T.S. record!!) and again I concur with Jeff, "James > Bong" isn't quite as classic as "....Want My Baby..." but > his self-description ("Ah'm Agent UH-OH 78910JackQueenAce123! Sounds like a secret agent thread bursting at the seams. How about Mamie Galore's "Secret Agent 34-24-36" on St. Lawrence Rekkids? -- Jimmy Botticelli Taking The E-Z...Way Out! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 12:18:13 +1000 From: Lindsay Martin Subject: Bearded Beetle (sic) - Oz Beatles Novelty This must be the most obscure Beatles novelty record of them all (or maybe it's the least interesting!): In 1964, Melbourne deejay Barry Ferber and his (bearded) panel operator, calling themselves The Beetle Bashers, put out a single called "The Bearded Beetle" (W&G label, S-1860). Barry Ferber's other lasting Beatles connection is a message to him taped by George Harrison, which has become a Beatles audio artefact. Perhaps an Aussie Spectropopper will remember Ferber's witty record shows on 3DB. He went on to management at 4GG on the Gold Coast and at Radio Fiji. As for "The Bearded Beetle", it seems to have disappeared without trace (apart from a mention at which gives details of the single, B-side and even a second Beetle Bashers single in '65!). Lindsay -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 01:15:49 -0700 From: Ken Levine Subject: Brian Wilson at the Roxy Brian Wilson played two shows at the intimate Roxy Saturday night in Los Angeles as sort of a tune up for his June performance before the Queen in London (a big fan of his early surf songs I'm told). Backed by the Wondermints he was utterly sensational. Who needs the Beach Boys? These guys were far better. (I guess the "Beach Boys" now play minor league baseball stadiums, County Fairs, and car wash openings). Brian was on for a good hour and a half, mixed the old with the new, did some of the remarkable live Pet Sounds songs. And for the encore even grabbed a bass and played during Barbara Ann. He was in great voice, great spirits, and the crowd (surprisingly young) was ecstatic. Even though he didn't sing Wendy (wait a minute -- he never sings Wendy) the show was near perfection. And how often do I get the chance to rock out with Danny DeVito? It was a thrill to be there. Ken Levine -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 09:55:21 +0100 From: Joe Foster Subject: Re: Mari Wilson From Will George: >Was she the one that did that song about putting a telephone >in her bathroom (or loo for all you brits)? I'll have to dig the records up, but it seems likely.....I do recall that 'Neasden's Queen Of Soul' (members outside the UK may not quite get that one) was very keen on hoovering.....she even did it in promo photos..... Joe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 10:02:25 +0100 From: Joe Foster Subject: Marshall Leib Putting together and researching various weirdo CD projects, as one does, former Teddy Bear Marshall pops up with increasing frequency....anyone out there got the story on his apparently amazingly prolific career as producer of choice for strange folk-rock and psych pop projects? Joe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 10:23:47 +0100 From: ADMIN NOTE Subject: Geocities downtime ((((((( Attention all Spectropoppers ))))))) GeoCities will be performing scheduled maintenance starting Friday, May 17th, 2002 at 9:00 pm PST (GMT-7). Service will be restored the morning of Sunday, May 19th, 2002. This should not affect the Yahoo Spectropop Group messaging. However, the main Spectropop site is still in the throes of moving server, therefore the information currently residing on GeoCities will be unavailable for that time. Spectropop Admin Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 10:21:16 -0000 From: Gerrit Lansink Subject: Mari & Meri & Mary Wilson? Joe Foster wrote: > I do recall that 'Neasden's Queen Of Soul' was very keen on > hoovering..... I guess, clean up woman Mari Wilson and the phony Meri Wilson (US?) are two different persons. The Telephone Man was a single on GRT (1977); it came from her album (First Take) produced by Boomer Castleman and Jim Rutledge. Recording places: Nashville and Dallas. That seems too far out of the region for Miss Hoover. And Mary Wilson from the Supremes ... that's another story. Gerrit Lansink -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 10:37:03 +0100 From: Tim Viney Subject: Re: THE SOUL SISTERS I remember seeing The Soul Sisters at the Mecca Ballroom in Portsmouth (and as far as I can remember it was a Thursday night in 1966). I can't remember too much about their act but I do remember that as the revolving stage took the DJ off, and brought the Soul Sisters into view, one of the 'sisters' stumbled and had to be steadied by one of the support band. Tim -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 13:55:51 -0400 From: Paul Payton Subject: Re: Mari vs Meri, Dixie Cups, Sandy Will George asks: > Was [Mari Wilson} the one that did that song about putting > a telephone in her bathroom (or loo for all you brits)? I think that was MERI Wilson; I forget what label it was on - I think it was red, though.... John Rausch, thank you for Ms. Talley-Ross is still one good looking lady, and the looks have gone down through the generations, it would appear. I wonder if she's still doing anything with music.... Geoff Mullins asks: > Has anyone every seen a promo copy of the Dixie Cups' > "Chapel Of Love" 45 [?] I remember copies arriving at the radio station that were the softer RCA-style pressings which were better for cueing on radio station turntables, vs. the more brittle Columbia-Golden Crest style pressing used incommercial copies. I don't remember whether they had promo labels. Although I don't have a "Chapel Of Love" 45, I do have "People Say" on a commercial pressing with the softer vinyl (and the grey-background label), although it doesn't say "promo" on the label. Subsequent releases in my posession are on the harder plastic with the yellow-background commercial label. I don't know if this helps or clouds the issue for you. Incidentally, in retrospect the song may have been "automatic", but at the time it was "just another" indie record looking for action. Re: Sandy Salisbury, one of my all-time favorite tracks is his versionof the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me." Where in the Salisbury run does this fit in, esp. vis-a-vis the track on musica? Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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