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Spectropop - Digest Number 489

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Jodelles?
           From: Bill Reed 
      2. Runnin' with the Toys
           From: Bob Rashkow 
           From: Wesley A Smith 
      4. Bo Grumpus; Boston; Motown; self-duetting; Roger
           From: Paul Payton 
      5. Faboo Singlettes/Orchids
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      6. Re: Early Motown
           From: Dan Hughes 
      7. Re: HDH / Ruth Copeland
           From: Frank 
      8. TV alert
           From: Jack Madani 
      9. Re: The Orchids
           From: Patrick Rands 
     10. Re: The Rondelles
           From: Stewart Mason 
     11. Re: Grace Of My Heart
           From: Lou Bova 
     12. Re: Lesley Gore / The Drifters
           From: Don Charles 
     13. Re: Margo Guryan covers
           From: Ken Levine 
     14. Re: Grace of My Heart
           From: Rex Strother 
     15. Thoroughly Modern Millie
           From: Don Charles 
     16. Re: TV alert
           From: Mikey 
     17. Shelley Fabares
           From: Ken Levine 
     18. Re: TV alert
           From: Patrick Rands 
     19. Re: Lesley Gore / The Drifters
           From: Patrick Rands 
     20. Gary Lewis
           From: Antonio Vizcarra 
     21. Canadian Girl Groups!
           From: Vlaovic B 
     22. Re: Gary Lewis
           From: Mikey 
     23. Donna Reed Show
           From: Justin McDevitt 
     24. Re: Canadian Girl Groups!
           From: Patrick Rands 
     25. Re: Lesley Gore / The Drifters
           From: Donna 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 20:15:22 -0700 (PDT)
   From: Bill Reed 
Subject: Jodelles?

I just had a listen to the Jodelles He's My Boy &
Girls Fall in Love on Musica. Spectropop has expanded 
my musical horizons considerably since I logged on
here a year or so ago. Nothing, however, has bowled me
over quite so much as these two tracks. Could someone
please tell us a bit more about these sides, i.e.
writer, producer, arranger????

To my ear the arrangements are a dead ringer for those
of Eiichi Ohtaki, the Japanese arranger - producer
whose career, arranging technique and (I am told),
even his temperament are somewhat similar to Phil
Spector. As a result, Ohtaki is often called by his
countrymen, "Japan's Phil Spector."

I would not be surprised to learn that, either, Ohtaki
was hired by producers in the recordings' country of
origin (?) to arrange these recordings, or else
Japanese tracks were purchased and English vocals were
subsequently dubbed.

One thing is for sure; if it isn't Ohtaki, the person
who did arrange the two Jodelles tracks clearly spent
a lot of time checking out his mulititude of wonderful

If you haven't heard these two cuts, do youself a
favor. You will most likely be bowled over.

Meanwhile, if anyone has any futher info. There is
nothing on the net.

Bill Reed

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Message: 2 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 02:21:06 -0000 From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Runnin' with the Toys Hi folks, it's 5 thumbs UP for "See How They Run" by The Toys--Got the 45 of "Attack", it's on the back, Hoorayyyyy!!!! And kudos to Linzer and Randell (and to Bob Crewe for placing it back to back with the glorious Attack). Have increased my TOKENS collection by 4. Boy were those guys talented. Includes the delightful "B'wa Nina" and the wonderful, life-affirming "I Hear Trumpets Blow" (hadn't heard that one in a while!). And does anybody wish to venture an explanation of why "Green Plant", an amazing, breathtaking record did NOT even chart?? I'll be on vacation for a week and 2 days & lookin' forward to tons of Spectropop stuff on my E-mail when I come back--just might check it a couple times while away too! Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 00:24:33 -0400 From: Wesley A Smith Subject: DIANE RENAY CD As a fairly new member of Spectropop web site I have been hesitant to post anything because I just haven't felt at ease to do so until I found something of interest that I really felt compelled to add my comments about. Ronnie Allen's recent post regarding Diane Renay's new 2 C.D. set ("Diane Renay Sings Some Things Old And Some Things New") has finally given me the incentive to do so. While I know that many of Diane's great recordings can certainly be classified as gilr group sound, I also have always felt that Diane is truly one of the very best "POP BALLAD" vocalists that I have ever heard in my life and I sincerely feel that her 2 C.D. set has so much to offer all Diane Renay fans, no matter what style one may prefer over another. I know that she really can do it all! There is nothing one-dimensional about Diane, she TRULY has that versatility to do so many things so well! Most of the stuff from this set has been previously unreleased and hearing these recordings has really made me become even more aware of what a FANTASTIC TALENT she truly is. There are so many songs on this set (including four that she, herself wrote) which I feel that the whole world should hear. There are 35 songs in all with so much GREAT music that is so enjoyable and I'm sure glad that I own it because so many of these songs are unavailable anyplace else and otherwise I would have never known what I'd be missing. From my own personal view, I don't know how any true Diane Renay fan could afford to be without it. Just to name a few my personal favorite ballad songs I just adore " Love Is Wonderful", This Is Where I Came in", " Blue Snow", "The Gift Of Love", and my personal favorite uptempo songs on this set are "They Lied", "Teach Me Tonight", (A great duet with Bob Crewe.), and "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart" (A fantastic Doo- Wop Style demo - and the very first thing she that ever recorded). Thanks for giving me the opportunity to express my personal feelings on this subject. Wes Smith -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 01:16:03 -0400 From: Paul Payton Subject: Bo Grumpus; Boston; Motown; self-duetting; Roger Been away - lots to catch up on.... I wrote earlier about Boston groups, including this mention: > Over on Atco, Bo Grumpus had an album regrettably overproduced > by Felix Pappalardi. They were much more like a Lovin' Spoonful > in person - also a great live act, as I remember. I was questioned as to their "Boston-ness" off list, as WBCN never played them. True, their album was not up to their live act, but they were frequently at the Tea Party and the Psychedelic Supermarket, among other locations. Bassist and songwriter Jim Colegrove has a new label in Texas, by the way: Cool Groove, which has links to Bo Grumpus and to many other artists of interest to this list who are still currently out there working! Jimmy B, the Bosstown sound thing is an interesting history lesson to me - MGM, at the time never the most scrupulous of labels, simply went to an empty well and drew water anyway! Thanks for the reminder about Dick Summer. I knew him somewhat - he was a good guy, very intelligent, and dryly hip in a Dick Cavett kind of way, certainly the hippest guy on Boston AM radio, a person who helped pave the way for the existence of WBCN. Nick Archer quotes: > "...Professor [Joe] Williams played on Marv Johnson's "Come to Me", > which is the record that is considered to be the birth of Motown. > However, Berry's thirst for perfection was apparently not satisfied > by any of these players, because they quickly become history when > Jamerson arrived on the scene." My personal taste in Motown runs to the pre-perfect early records, as they were fascinating when they were "finding their way" and fine-tuning their machine. Faves include The Miracles "Bad Girl" (released on End!) and "Way Over There" (a two-chord wonder expanding the form to the same degree as Dee Clark's "Nobody But You" and Dick & Deedee's "The Mountain's High"), Marvin Gaye's "Stubborn Kinda Fella" and "Can I Get A Witness," and the brilliantly raw Mary Wells track, "Bye Bye Baby" (her opening "Well!" was so strong that it could knock down a large building). Also check out the Supremes' "Breath Taking Guy" to prove that all of them could sing lead (as if proof was needed). Mark Wirtz, thanks for the post-HDH Lamont Dozier info. I've been looking for a copy of Parliament's beautiful "The Silent Boatman" (also done by Ruth Copeland, both on Invictus), the last(?) HDH effort - or did they do solo work on that? Also, I'd heard that Ozzie himself produced Rick's early sessions; he was no slouch as a musician and bandleader - his pre-TV claim to fame. Will George mentioned singer/songwriter Brian Gari's Brian Wilson CD: Just ordered it, looking forward to its arrival. Peter Lerner writes: > I must admit I thought it was Connie Francis (the first self-duettiste > that is). 'Fraid not - and not even Patti Page, I think (although Mick's bio makes an excellent case). I'm informed that Les Paul developed the overdub technique (with wife Mary Ford) using multiple decks in his home studio around 1947 or so! Patti Page's breaktrough of the technique would thus be a year or so later. (Personal faves of hers: the original "Old Cape Cod" - deliciously redone by the Four Freshmen on Capitol in the Beach Boys' style in the mid 60's - "Allegheny Moon" and "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming"). Kenny Laguna was involved with Little Roger's "Stairway"? Thanks for the bio, Jeffrey Glen. That 45, by the way, was on Richmond, as was the astonishing "Kennedy Girl". Richmond is the same label that had Gloria Balsam's notorious wonderful-awful "Fluffy" (you'll laugh! you'll cry!! at the same time!!!). (Little Roger, however, did something awful one Christmas on another label which mercifully slips my mind at the moment. It was red, though....) More catch-up soon! Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 10:26:44 +0100 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Faboo Singlettes/Orchids Interesting to see note of a five piece line-up from an Australian source. The album I have (and the TV show) featured a three piece of Lisa Shipley, Naomi Eyers and Alison Jiear, so I guess that Toni and Dee didn't make the trip to the UK. BTW the album was produced by Jon Miller and Wayne A. Findlay and has the following tracks: Do Wah Diddy Diddy Da Doo Ron Ron My Guy Be My Baby It's In His Kiss Needle In A Haystack Walk In The Room (as they call it) Time Is On My Side The Dum Dum Ditty Leader Of The Pack It's My Party Maybe Born Too Late I Only Want To Be With You You Don't Own Me Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow Dancing In The Streets Supremes Medley: You Keep Me Hanging On Where Did Our Love Go Baby Love I Hear A Symphony Stop In The Name Of Love Thank You And Goodnight Whilst on the 80s girlies, can I recommend a track by The Orchids on their eponymous album on MCA (MCF 3067). It's called "Radio Dream (The Last Song)" (written by Bishop/Fowley)and is a great melody with lyrics about all the 60s girl groups. The whole album is a Kim Fowley production, and the rest of it is not memorable, but this track stands out like a diamond. It's not Spectorious in production, but is a very fine slab of pure pop. The five goils look tuff 'n' trashy in typically Fowley concept style, but I am sure they are now all lawyers who love their moms! Does anyone know if they did anything else before or after this album?? Kingsley Abbott -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 05:28:11 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Early Motown Country Paul mentions early Motown. Back in the early 60's in one of those 5-for-88 cents "Hits You Missed" packs (actually mostly Flops You Missed), I got an early Temptations single called Check Yourself. The rhythm and the tune were quite off-kilter, and I found it so bad that I enjoyed listening to it; it was fascinating, like a train wreck. It began with a voice singing, "By and by, you knew that you would make me cry." Then another deep voice recited the same words. They musta' heard Nino and April's version of Deep Purple. And it was on a label called Miracle Records, with their slogan printed on the label: "If It's a Hit, It's a Miracle!" You know it. ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 14:14:59 +0200 From: Frank Subject: Re: HDH / Ruth Copeland Speaking of Ruth Copeland and her great LPs, anyone knows what became of her? Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 09:29:52 -0500 From: Jack Madani Subject: TV alert Hiyer, gang. Simultaneously glad and sad to be reading Spectropop digests once again. Tvland has some marvelous shows in its current lineup, music wise. At midnight is Gidget. Tune in early for the outtasite Johnny Tillotson-sung theme song (swingin' like Bobby Darin's little brother), then stick around for glimpses of the smog-capped southern California beaches and mid-sixties American automobiles in all their glory. Watching the location scenes of this show always makes me think of Lew Shiner's book "Glimpses," when he time-transports back to '66 LA to help Brian finish "Smile," and drives around on the freeway watching all the cars belching smoke out of their mufflers. There's also Batman, weeknights at 7 and again at 7:30. What a musical pedigree: Nelson Riddle doing incidental music, a Newman (Lionel?) listed as music supervisor, and perhaps the most unforgettable tv theme song ever, written by Neil Hefti (man! who did the arrangement of this one? Oh those Hal Blaine cascades). How come Hefti isn't more known than he is? Composer of the Batman theme, the Odd Couple theme, Barefoot In The Park, Girls Talk, and some of the utterly coolest Count Basie tracks from his "Atomic" period. My 7-year-old son has just discovered this show, and I have to tell you, it is the grooviest thing ever to see him watching Batman with completely un-ironic eyes. "Hah! Dad! Commissioner Gordon doesn't know Batman is Bruce Wayne!" The Munsters are on at 9:30 pm, but right now I think they're still showing the episodes with the earlier "wacky"-arrangement theme song. Eventually, though, they'll get to the ones with the kickass surf-guitar version. There's also the Donna Reed show, but I don't think Shelley Fabares or Paul Petersen ever sang on the show. jack -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 09:50:55 -0400 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: The Orchids Hi Kingsley, I just got this album a few weeks ago, and yes was even more than under-impressed, so much so that I didn't bother to listen to the whole LP (how could I when I had also gotten Michael Lloyd's Friends LP from 1973, and the Johnny Cymbal/Peggy Clinger LP at the same time and those are great LPs!!).... but now I will dig the Orchids out to check out this tune you mention. The Orchids had some singles too, mostly taken from the one lp, but there was one pre-album single on the Mystery label with these tracks (I don't have it): Artist: The Orchids itle: Get Out Of My Life, If Boys Got Pregnant b/w Teenage Babylon, Just A Photograph Some great looking titles.... Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 11:21:27 -0400 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Re: The Rondelles I too recommend the Rondelles, who I knew and worked with when the band and I both lived in Albuquerque (they're in Washington DC now and I'm in Boston) -- anyone who looks back with fondness on bands like the Rezillos and the B-52s should enjoy them. S -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 11:34:25 -0700 From: Lou Bova Subject: Re: Grace Of My Heart Just a quick note on David Baerwald: David was not part of Tears For Fears but in fact appeared on the international scene as David & David (the other David being David Ricketts) with the release of "Boomtown" on A&M Records back in 1986. Critically loved but since FM radio was dead at this point they never were given the opportunity to have a wide audience find them. Today's Wilco audience would love this album as well as David Baerwald's 2 solo A&M releases , "Bedtime Stories" (which was produced by Larry Klein) and the powerful album " Triage". "Grace Of My Heart" isn't David's only soundtrack accomplishment. He was also responsible for the loungy-jazz tinged music to the edgy 1999 film "Hurly Burly". You can also credit David as an instrumental part of Sheryl Crow career. Her first album "Tuesday Night Music Club" developed out of David's regular Tuesday night music jams in L.A., hence the title of her album, with a variety of musical friends around the early '90s. There's an interesting story concerning the song "Leaving Las Vegas" which Ms. Crow has taken far too much credit for. Check out this link to read David's 1996 L.A. Weekly interview which discusses his relationship with the late John 'O Brien (author of the book and later the film "Leaving Las Vegas"). David has a new album coming out in July on Lost Highway Records (the Island/Mercury affiliated label that released "O Brother, Where Art Thou") called " Here Comes The New Folk Underground". Lou Bova -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 16:15:39 +0000 From: Don Charles Subject: Re: Lesley Gore / The Drifters When I first started collecting Brill Building music about 20 years ago, I quickly discovered that two excellent introductions to the work of songwriters like Goffin/King, Mann/Weil, Barkan/Raleigh and Barry/Greenwich were the albums of Lesley Gore and The Drifters. Just about EVERY songwriter of importance wrote for them . . . you can even find a Mike Post song in Lesley's catalog ("No Matter What You Do")! It's just amazing. And with flawless production by Leiber and Stoller and Quincy Jones, you can't lose. These are the records to immediately pull out and listen to again when you find yourself beginning to succumb to the lure(???) of hip-hop, rap and "alternative" rock. It vexes me much that Mercury has never seen fit to reissue Lesley's albums domestically. Ditto for Atlantic and The Drifters (though Collectables has recently stepped into the breach). When it comes to pop standards of the latter 20th century, these LPs are indispensable treasures. Anybody on this list who doesn't own a complete set of original Drifters and Lesley Gore albums needs to make up for lost time, and fast, too . . . they get rarer and more expensive all the time! Stuffed Animal -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 09:30:27 -0700 From: Ken Levine Subject: Re: Margo Guryan covers Here is a list of Margo Guryan covers that she provided for me. She omitted the Bobby Sherman song. I'm sensing she's not too fond of it. Ken Astrud Gilberto -- "Think of Rain" Jackie DeShannon -- "Think of Rain" The Split Level -- "Think of Rain" Spanky and Our Gang -- "Sunday Morning" Oliver -- "Sunday Morning" Baja Marimba Band -- "Sunday Morning" Sue Raney -- "Sunday Morning" Dick Wellstood -- "Sunday Morning" Richard "Groove" Holmes -- "Sunday Morning" Carmen McRae -- "Don't Go Away," "Can You Tell" Cass Elliott -- "I Think a Lot About You" Julie London -- "Sunday Morning" Julie London -- "Come To Me Slowly" Samantha Jones -- "Come To Me Slowly" Rita Moss -- "Come To Me Slowly" Claudine Longet -- "I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You" Claudine Longet -- "Think of Rain" St. Etienne -- "I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You" Lennon Sisters -- "I Love" Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry -- "Sunday Morning" Miriam Makeba -- "Four Letter Words" Harry Belafonte -- "On My Way to Saturday" Leon Bibb -- "On My Way to Saturday" Chris Connor -- "Moon Ride" Chris Connor -- "Lonely Woman" (lyric & some music - with Ornette Coleman) Pat Thomas -- "To Welcome the Day" (lyric - with Ornette Coleman) Malcolm McNeill -- "To Welcome the Day") Freda Payne -- "Lonely Woman" Anita O'Day -- "I Want to Sing a Song" (lyric - with Gary McFarland) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 10:36:21 -0600 From: Rex Strother Subject: Re: Grace of My Heart I rented this movie because of the Brill Building theme and nearly jumped out of my chair when a scene came on with my aunts' recording "Bermuda" blaring from a small 45 player. Later, I found out the Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach collaboration on the song "God Give Me Strength" in the film led to the two songwriters doing the recent "Painted from Memory" album together, which is stunning - highly recommended. I later met Allison Anders, the director of the film, and she treated me to a rarity - an autographed copy of the soundtrack CD which features the song "Man from Mars" sung not by the lead voice actress, but by the song's composer - Joni Mitchell (which version was not meant for release). By the way, I think all will appreciate that I quickly learned that my aunts did not receive their half of the film licensing fee for "Bermuda" - and I had to hound RCA/BMG for months to pay them the $5,000 owing. Jeez, it never ends. Rex Strother -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 16:36:49 +0000 From: Don Charles Subject: Thoroughly Modern Millie I'm extremely happy that "Millie" has won the Tony award for best Broadway musical of 2002. I can't wait to see it myself, and I hope it brings some much-deserved attention to the original 1967 movie starring Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Beatrice Lillie and Mary Tyler Moore. I swear, you'd think they tried to fashion a film with irresistible appeal to gay men . . . it couldn't have more of a lavender sensibility if it'd had a cameo appearance by Judy Garland! Stuffed Animal -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 13:56:33 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: TV alert Jack Madani: > There's also the Donna Reed show, but I don't think Shelley > Fabares or Paul Petersen ever sang on the show. >>>>>>>>Yes, they did. In one episode, Shelly sings "Johnny Angel". In another, Paul Peterson sings "My Dad". And Carl Benz actually cries in that episode. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 10:56:11 -0700 From: Ken Levine Subject: Shelley Fabares Shelley did sing "Johnny Angel" on an episode of The Donna Reeed Show. I think at her prom. Also James Darren sang "Goodbye Cruel World" on the DR show, inexplicably singing it while driving a car. I imagine Paul Peterson did "My Dad" or "She Can't Find Her Keys" but I had homework those nights. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 14:09:35 -0400 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: TV alert Jack Madani wrote: > TVland has some marvelous shows in its current lineup, music > wise. Batman, weeknights at 7 and again at 7:30. There's also > the Donna Reed show, but I don't think Shelley Fabares or Paul > Petersen ever sang on the show. Hi Jack, Suffice to say, that Lesley Gore performed on both Batman (as Pussycat!!!!) and The Donna Reed Shows - well worth the watch.... :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 14:17:45 -0400 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: Lesley Gore / The Drifters Hi Don, That is exactly what I have done - dug up the Lesley Gore vaults and opted out from modern alternative schlock. You can get the Bear Family Box Set by Lesley Gore, well worth every single penny, to get every single note she put out on Mercury Records, what a way to support an incredible record label AND an incredible lady.... Here's a poll which I think no one will answer though and is even more sad to me: Who wants the Lesley Gore "Bob Crewe Label" singles re-released on CD???? These are excellent, and actually avante-garde as all heck..... And Who Wants her two excellent 1970s LPs (Love Me By Name - produced by Quincy Jones and Someplace Else Now on MoWest) re- Released on CD???? My Answer: I Do and NOW!! :Patrick P.S. Also love them Drifters - incredible songs incredible voices :) P.P.S OK, the Bear Family box doesn't have every note recorded for Mercury but its damn close. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 20:54:09 +0200 From: Antonio Vizcarra Subject: Gary Lewis Hi everybody I recently bought a Gary Lewis single called "Peace of Mind" from the early 70s and I was greatly surprised. This was a nice song similar in style to the hits Gilbert O'Sullivan was releasing on those years. I had always thought that after the album "I'm On The Right Road Now" Gary Lewis had left the music business, but this record showed me he had released a few more songs afterwards. Has any of these songs been compiled on Cd? I think that Gary Lewis recorded some really great albums in the sixties and althought he may not be considered hip or cool by some record collectors he certainly deserves a place among the greatests pop singers of the sixties. Antonio. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 15:07:11 -0400 From: Vlaovic B Subject: Canadian Girl Groups! A subject that I would find endlessly fascinating! I recall visiting a Ye Ye Girls site a year or so ago and they listed a number of Francophone girl acts, including two: Les Beatlettes and The Gallant Sisters which were both listed as Canadian. I wonder if The Gallant Sisters included one Patsy Gallant of latter 70s fame (cheesey disco diva)....? I'd also suggest looking at the CHUM radio top 50 listings which are archived in their entirety at ... endlessly interesting stuff. Possibly our proximity to the states inhibited the development of our own home-grown girls. Interestingly (if the CHum charts are any indication) girl groups were exceptionally popular north of the 49th. With the exception of Motown girl groups, which may have indeed been distribution problems. But acts like The Goodees, Shirley Matthews, (both top 10 actually), Candy and The Kisses, Vernons Girls, Tracey Dey all went top 40 in the Toronto market. The Chiffons had a top ten as late as 1968, The Chantels 'Maybe' went all the way to #1, Gore's 'Sometimes I wish I were a Boy' went top 40 Curious indeed! Holy Gone!@ I just went to look at the Chum site only to be greeted with the following message..... "1050CHUM.COM has permanently gone off-line." We'd like to thank all of the people who have put so much into the creation and maintenance of 1050CHUM.COM. We'd also like to thank you for your loyalty to 1050 CHUM over the years. 1050CHUM.COM is gone, but never forgotten. We may be back one day but until then...The loss of invaluable resource! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 16:26:29 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Gary Lewis Antonio Vizcarra > I had always thought that after the album "I'm On The Right Road Now" > Gary Lewis had left the music business, but this record showed me he > had released a few more songs afterwards. >>>He did, in fact he did a whole bunch of them for small labels, I think one on Bell, also. They've never been compiled on CD because they werent even close to being hits, altho some of the songs are quite nice. People forget that Gary Lewis had 10 top 40 hits and 15 chart records total, that's as good as many of the British Invasion bands, and better than most of them. Yet you never hear Gary's name mentioned among the 60s great acts, which is wrong. So he did bubblegum Pop stuff, so what? is that any less important than R&B? I guess the "critics" think so. I played on the same bill as Gary with his new Playboys in the early 90s. I got to talk with him before he went to dinner (with his aunt!) and he was an incredibly nice guy. He's basically happy that he can play music for a living which is what he always wanted to do. He loves his hit records and is glad to sing them for the audiences. I hope he quits smoking and gets his voice back because I think the world needs a new Gary Lewis record, sort of return to the innocence of his original hits and a much happier time in general. So, "Count Me In" on that!! Your Friend, Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 14:46:10 -0500 From: Justin McDevitt Subject: Donna Reed Show Hello, Jack Madani's posting to Spectropop highlighting some of the current programs on the TVland channel brought back memories of watching the Donna Reed show when it aired on ABC TV from the late 1950's to the mid-60's. Jack, I do recall three Donna Reed episodes in which both Paul Peterson and Shelley Fabares sang and launched specific songs which subsequently were played on AM radio. The first episode, (Sept-Oct 1961 featured Paul Peterson singing "She Can't Find Her Keys". I recall an episode, July/August of 1962, (a summer rerun) in which Shelley Fabares sang "Johnny Angel". In the episode Mary Stone, (Shelley) was going off to college, the event which I believe marked the end of her tenure on the Donna Reed show. Finally, I saw the episode, (Sept-Oct 1962) in which Paul Peterson sang "My Dad" to this TV dad, Carl Bets, a favorite song of mine from this era. I subsequently heard the song on AM radio in late October-early November of 1962, a welcome distraction from the events of the Cuban missile crisis. What great memories! Justin McDevitt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 16:19:08 -0400 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: Canadian Girl Groups! Last Fall I collected a handful of 60s Canadian groups which had been reissued on CD. Amongst these was an all girl collection called Les Groupes Filles de Jeunesse, and also one of these groups got the spotlight treatment on a single disc of their own called Les Milady's. I would recemmend both the Les Milady's disc and the Les Groupes Filles de Jeunesse collection. This site has all sorts of cd reissues, sound samples etc. Les Milady's Les Groupes Filles de Jeunesse including Les Beatlettes, Les Coquettes, Les Milady's, Les Intrigantes, Les Ingénues, Del Campo Twins, Les Planètes, Les Minous Blancs, Les Québécoises, Les Bises, Five Bells A Complete list of singers, the music is more hit or miss: :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 20:57:38 -0000 From: Donna Subject: Re: Lesley Gore / The Drifters Patrick Rands: > Here's a poll which I think no one will answer though and is > even more sad to me: > Who wants the Lesley Gore "Bob Crewe Label" singles re-released > on CD???? And Who Wants her two excellent 1970s LPs (Love Me By Name - > produced by Quincy Jones and Someplace Else Now on MoWest) re- > Released on CD???? Patrick, As you can see, I've finally succeeded at joining the group! And the answer is "YES!" to both of your questions. As Smokey would say, "I second that emotion." Donna -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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