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Spectropop - Digest Number 488

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Nino & Phil
           From: Bill Reed 
      2. Re: Jodelles/Fab Singlettes
           From: Norman 
      3. Canadian Girl Groups
           From: Will Stos 
      4. Re: Margo Guryan
           From: Jeffrey Glenn 
      5. The Jodelles
           From: Ian Chapman 
           From: Roland 
      7. Grace Of My Heart
           From: john rausch 


Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 17:07:46 -0700 (PDT)
   From: Bill Reed 
Subject: Nino & Phil

Mark Wirtz:
> Beyond his talent, Nino distinguished himself as a very warm, 
> mellow and down to earth chap. Considering their history, it's 
> hard to imagine that Nino didn't write charts for Phil in prior 
> years. Any of you know any other projects that Nino worked on 
> for Phil?

In my recent interview for Japan with Tempo, I asked
him if he had written charts for Spector sessions, he
replied, "Oh, yes!" But then cited nothing past "some
on the John Lennon album that Phil produced." I'm
assuming he meant the 1975 rock and roll album.

Alan G. asked if this interview would be posted
somewhere, in addition to Japan (it is being
translated in Hawaii even as I write this: "Yume no
Deep Purple", etc. ). After it is published in Japan
in a couple of months, I will post my English original
on a website. I will notify here.

To paraphrase the interview, I began by talking about
"All Strung Out," which he credits the mixing skills
of Bones Howe for making so memorable. 

He also talked a bit about his years as child actor,
and also reminisced a bit about his early days in New
York City with Spector, at just about the time Phil
linked up with Jerry & Mike. He is extremely proud of
his association with Spector. 

We also talked a bit about Boys' Town ("some people
take this as being a gay song, but. . ."), his great
Beach Boys Meet Phil Spector (Tempo's description)
side; and I Love How You Love Me, MY favorite Tempo
track, which I describe as the Royal Scots Highlanders
Meet the Searchers. He said it was inspired by
listening to the Byrds and, yes, that makes sense to
me now that I think about it.

"I began my interview by asking him, "What projects
are you working on these days?" His answer was
something like, "Not much."  But he is youthful,
appears to be in excellent health and lives very
comfortably. I think he would like to do some jazz
playing in the near future. 

I was surprised at how SURPRISED Tempo was when I told
him how much interest there is in his ouevre. . .and
not just here on Spectopop. BTW Tempo does not own a
computer so I never bothered to even mention this
site. But he sure is a techowhiz when he gets behind
the board at a recording studio.

To reiterate, I will eventually post the interview, and
I would also like to expand upon my positive reaction
to Tempo cited in a previous post: I have never come
across a nicer individual in all of my days of writing
for the various mags and newspapers I have worked for,
i.e. Rolling Stone, San Francisco Examiner, etc. A
pleasant, unpretentious, and fascinating guy. His
years as a child actor before he ever even picked up a
musical instrument are, in and of themselves, worthy
of lengthy coverage. All grown up, he was in what are
perhaps the best and worst rock movies all time, The
Girl Can't Help It and. . .Bop Girl Goes Calypso. "Yes
there is calypso music in the film, but I don't think
that Bop Girl actually DOES go calypso," he told me. A
subtle Jesuitical distinction; glad I finally got that
straightened out.

Besides my liking for his more obviously terrific
sides (especially those cited above), I would not have
thought there was much of a case to be made for, say,
the specialness of Deep Purple (even tho it DID win a

Grammy) but the more I listen to it, the more I find
myself charmed by it.

My own feelings, which I do not express in the
article, but which I have come to feel more and more
in recent times, are that Nino Tempo is one of the
more overlooked figures in American pop. Fortunately,
he seems not at all bitter about the slight; if so, he
hides it well.

Bill Reed

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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 09:52:25 +0930 From: Norman Subject: Re: Jodelles/Fab Singlettes RE: Fabulous Singlettes The Fabulous Singlettes released an album entitled " Stop In The Name of Love" in 1988. Members: Toni Allayiadis, Niomi Ayers, Dee Simone, Jierar Alison and Lisa Shipley. Refer to Chris Spencer et.al., Who's Who of Australian Rock, Moonlight Publishing, PO Box 5, Golden Square Victoria , 3555 Australia regards, Norman -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 22:40:52 -0400 From: Will Stos Subject: Canadian Girl Groups While surfing the web I decided to try to find out if there were any other well known Canadian girl groups (thus combining my two passions, girl groups and my lovely nation) aside from Shirley Matthews and the Big Town Girls (ie Big Town Boy) and I came across a book on Canadian music from about 1963-1975. There's a web site that lists Canadian acts who released single/albums during those years. It doesn't have much info on the obscure girl groups I found, so it's left me with more questions than answers. So, once again I humbly submit this to the experts: The Charmaines - okay, three singles, from Montreal, I've heard of them before. Apparently doing lots of local television shows and impersonating the Supremes whenever a new record of theirs came out. Can anyone fill in the gaps? The Carols - Apparently they're from Winnipeg, Manitoba and they recorded a version of "Soldier Boy." Anyone heard it? Is it worth searching for? The Rinky Dinks - "Hot Potato." I thought this was one of Zell Sanders' groups. The Jaynettes in disguise. So why would it be listed here? And finally, since this book is a little sketchy, are there any other notable groups? The site was so huge I just took a quick glance, so I'll have to see what I missed, including girl singers around the same time. http://www.borderlinebooks.com/canada/a1.html Many thanks, Will -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 21:10:18 -0700 From: Jeffrey Glenn Subject: Re: Margo Guryan > Jackie DeShannon recorded "Think of Rain" which was a Margo song. Bobby Sherman also recorded a great version of this song as the A-side of Epic 5-10181 in 1967). The B-side, "Cold Girl" - a great Neil Sedaka/Carol Bayer song - is every bit as good. This just might be the best 45 he ever recorded. Jeff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 11:19:56 +0100 From: Ian Chapman Subject: The Jodelles Mark Frumento said: > Ok! I give up. Who the heck are the WONDERFUL Jodelles? > Two amazing songs! Mark, The Jodelles were a London-based group comprising lead singer Jo Kester, and Trinidadian-born twins Anne and Annis Peters. The twins had previously worked as backing singers for Billy Ocean, and Jo had also done some acting. Check out their pic in the files section: http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/spectropop/lst The tracks were produced by Ken Gold and issued in 1983. There was a great video to go with "My Boy", set in a toga party, which I never managed to get in full. But they also did at least four TV appearances performing either "My Boy" or "Girls Fall In Love". Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 16:48:07 EDT From: Roland Subject: Re: RONNIE SPECTOR ON APPLE The Ronnie Spector track Lovely Laddy Day can also be found on the George Harrison bootleg The Harri-Spector Show. Also of interest on the CD is a 25 minute jam session between George & Phil Spector on a wide range of material, (everything from the Hokey Pokey to River Deep Mountain High) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 16:58:39 -0400 From: john rausch Subject: Grace Of My Heart Hi Gang Just saw a re airing of the movie Grace Of My Heart. Probably my 6th time to watch it. I was reinterested so I dug out my Grace soundtrack cd and was listening and actually tried to read the liner notes, which as you know isn`t as fun as having real LP liner notes, anyway, I was quite surprised at some of the writing credits on the tracks. Besides Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach, of course, we have none other than Lesley Gore sharing writing credits with Larry Klein and David Baerwald (Tears For Fears?) on the sublime "My Secret Love". Who could forget that scene in the movie? The Girl group ish "I Do" written by Carole Bayer Sager and David Stewart (Eurhythmics), "Between Two Worlds" written by D. Baerwald - Gerry and daughter Louise Goffin. John Rausch -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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