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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)
                  http://www.spectropop.com/Jamie.htm
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There are 16 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. The Shangri Las
           From: Stephanie 
      2. Circus Days comps
           From: Matt Howell 
      3. Re: WIBG / July 4
           From: Justin McDevitt 
      4. Fwd: WXYC - This Week: Hal Blaine, Comets on Fire, and more
           From: Neb Rodgers 
      5. Re: 4 Seasons Poster Sleeve / Diane Renay
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      6. Re: WIBG
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      7. Re: Circus Days comps
           From: Terry Rutledge 
      8. Re: 4 Seasons Poster Sleeve / Friday Girls
           From: Leonardo Flores 
      9. Making MP3s - Advice?
           From: Rex Strother 
     10. Re: Circus Days comps
           From: Mark Frumento 
     11. Re: Gary Lewis
           From: Mark Frumento 
     12. Re: WIBG / July 4
           From: Jeffrey Glenn 
     13. Coasters Web Site -- "Those Hoodlum Friends"
           From: Bozmartyn 
     14. new group
           From: Francois 
     15. Girl Group Stamps
           From: Stephen Popkin 
     16. GIRL GROUPS AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
           From: Warren Cosford 


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Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 14:55:51 -0000
   From: Stephanie 
Subject: The Shangri Las

Man I know Mary Weiss doesn't do interviews and the last time I saw 
her she was on that Brill Building special on PBS but does she know 
that she has TONS of fans!!! I know the fake Shangri Las are out there 
but I can't believe that she wouldn't want to give interviews.  The 
Shangri Las songs have been repackaged so many times and used in 
movies and they have a HUGE cult following overseas they could make 
some money. I guess with both of the Ganser twins being dead it 
really makes no sense for her and her sister to regroup anyway.

Has anyone hear ever heard I'll Never Learn? That is one of the best 
vocals Mary Weiss has ever done she is truly one of the underrated 
girl group singers. I'm so glad there is an interest in them amongst 
music collectors they had a good run on the charts but it should have 
been longer.  My only beef is their performance of Long Live Our Love 
on Hullabaloo was boring but their other performances I have seen, and 
there are not that many, are pretty good. I wish I was able to see 
them live when they got back together for that one concert in 1989 
that I keep reading about where they came out on motorcycles.

Steph




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Message: 2 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 07:29:16 -0700 From: Matt Howell Subject: Circus Days comps Hello- I was searching around for more info on the "Broken Toys" song that was on musica a while back and info on the "toy town" sub-genre and discovered the Circus Days compilation on Bam Caruso http://www.voiceprint.co.uk/bamcaruso/ Can anyone tell me about the quality of these collections? (My credit card is half-jumping out of my wallet with anticipation.) Thanks, Matt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 22:01:09 -0500 From: Justin McDevitt Subject: Re: WIBG / July 4 Nick Archer's list of some of the more obscure records that were played on Wibg Philadelphia, (THE BIG 99) brought back a memory of at least one of the tracks that he mentioned; Frightened Little Girl by July 4. For years I've been looking for this record which proved difficult because of its rarity and because I could not remember the group who recorded this track. Now I know! Does anyone in the group have a 45 of this record that they could post to Musica. And is this track available on a compilation CD? Justin McDevitt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 01:13:47 -0700 (PDT) From: Neb Rodgers Subject: Fwd: WXYC - This Week: Hal Blaine, Comets on Fire, and more Thought the following announcement might be of interest to Hal Blaine fans; a 3 hour radio special about the man and his music. You can catch WXYC on the web at WXYC 89.3 FM - in Chapel Hill and live on the Web at Schedule in brief: Thursday 9 p.m.: HAL BLAINE on the Thursday Night Feature Friday 9 p.m.: COMETS ON FIRE, "Field Recordings from the Sun" on the Inside Track Sunday 1-2 p.m.: More music of the GEORGIA SEA ISLANDS on Hell or High Water Sunday 2-3 p.m.: FURRY LEWIS, "Fourth and Beale" on the Classic Inside Track Northern Hemisphere Sunday 5-7 p.m.: Timely topics with TODD & BILL on Live Monday 9 p.m.: Various Artists, "LONDON IS THE PLACE FOR ME: Trinidadian Calypso in London, 1950 - 1956" on the Inside Track (snip) HAL BLAINE on the Thursday Night Feature, Thursday 9 p.m.-midnight Listen in and hear about the life and work of this west coast studio titan /drummer extraordinaire who's played on more number one hits than anyone else in history. Neb -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 08:15:05 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: 4 Seasons Poster Sleeve / Diane Renay Leonardo Flores wrote: > For years I've been reading that there is a Fold Open 45 Picture Sleeve for > the 4 Seasons Saturday's Father single on Phillips. I have never seen one! > Do any of you Spectropoppers out there have a copy of it? It would be great > if I could get a scan of the poster so I know what to look for. I already > have the normal one but still no fold open sleeve! I have never seen it either, but I would love to, since the 45 tanked I bet it's rare! I have seen the Idaho picture sleeve as a B&W photo in Goldmine's 45 Price guide a couple years ago. Many times Philips/Mercury would just re-use LP photos for the picture sleeve. My favorite is the "Wonder Who" 45 which has a connect the dots pattern that read "We are Your Favorites" when finished. I have one in my collection - but somebody tried to connect the dots using a pink crayon! Also many Mercury/Philips 45 sleeves are printed on cheap white paper (that has yellowed over time) with really bad B&W graphics or an added color as a border/accent (pink or blue). > Also I never have heard of the Diane Renay bootleg you're referring > to. I don't have it but I do believe Soldier Boy is on the Diane > Renay LP. "Solider Boy" is on Collectables "Navy Blue" CD, but I don't know if it's the same version as on the rare 45. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 08:01:40 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: WIBG Nick Archer wrote: > I was looking through some old record surveys from WIBG in > Philadelphia from 1967. The Wibbage Top 99 always had a few > records that were otherwise obscure. Any Spectropop material > in this list from August14, 1967? > > #97 Put Your Mind at Ease - Every Mother's Son This was a track from their second LP - "Every Mother's Son - Back!" produced by Wes Farrell. Not a bad song but that LP had better tracks that deserved to be pulled as singles. > #87 With You Girl - Arbors Never heard it but I think the same group scored with "The Letter" a year or two later. > #71 Balla Balla- The Rainbows Never heard this one... is this Randy and the...?? > #58 Frightened Little Girl - The July 4 A really nice song - Think Everly Brothers go soft-pop! I only have a MP3 of it, released on Cameo 480 > #56 The Pleasure of Your Company - S.N. & the Ct's I found this gem a couple years ago in mint shape at a local thrift store - written/produced by Ed Cobb for his shortlived Sunburst record company. Great track! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 15:19:51 -0400 From: Terry Rutledge Subject: Re: Circus Days comps Hi Matt, I own all of the Circus Days compilations and they are well worth the money if you are a fan of psych-pop (or pop-psych, not sure which is the correct term). Some of the songs, including "Broken Toys" sound to my ears like they were recorded from a vinyl source (a little crackle here and there) but in no way did this decrease my listening experience at all. Hope this helps in some way. Cheers, Terry Rutledge -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 20:04:53 -0000 From: Leonardo Flores Subject: Re: 4 Seasons Poster Sleeve / Friday Girls Previously: > Many times Phillips/Mercury would just re-use LP photos for the picture > sleeve. Or Better yet it appears Beggin', Tell It To the Rain and Opus 17 sleeves photos were taken on the same day. I love those three sleeves. > My favorite is the "Wonder Who" 45 which has a connect the dots pattern.... The Good Ship Lollipop by the Wonder Who has the cool puzzle you're supposed to cut up and assemble into a group photo of the group, not to mention the truly frightening Lonesome Road picture sleeve. Who approved that one? > Also many Mercury/Phillips 45 sleeves are printed on cheap white paper (that > has yellowed over time) with really bad B&W graphics or an added color as a > border/accent (pink or blue). That's the big problem with those sleeves, the crummy paper they used. Later on they picked up on using better paper. I have a sleeve with no record of a Phillips Group called the Friday Girls, does anybody know anything about the group. Record is Phillips 338707 PF and the songs are I Won't Miss You and I Wanna Be Free. I bought it because this Girl Group of Four Girls looked so cute. Hopefully soon me and my friend will set up a 4 Seasons web-site with a gallery of Picture Sleeves, LP's and 45's. Cheers Leonardo Flores -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 14:36:57 -0600 From: Rex Strother Subject: Making MP3s - Advice? I want to upgrade my Bell Sisters website with MP3 selections (rather than current RealMedia), but my server space restrictions require the songs use 32 kbps. I could post this to an MP3 group, but since the Spectropop folk know the kind of music I'm dealing with - 50s pop in mono - I thought maybe someone could suggest, off list, which (free?) encoder might do the best job on very compressed mono files. I'd like to get the best possible sound within my restrictions and could use some advice. Rex Strother http://www.bellsisters.com -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 21:01:41 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: Circus Days comps Matt Howell wrote: > Can anyone tell me about the quality of these collections? (My credit card is > half-jumping out of my wallet with anticipation.) Buy away! Though some of the material is recorded from vinyl sources, most of it is still incredibly hard to find otherwise. Short of a recent compilation called "Fading Yellow", no other set has matched the quality song selection for obscure late 60s British light pop (i.e. toy town etc). "Broken Toys" happens to be one of my favorites on the whole set. It also happens to be agreeable to my kids making it "ok" to play in the car. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 21:12:11 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: Gary Lewis I highly recommend that you take Billy up on his offer of the Gary Lewis CD. It's great to have both 1967 albums and some great bonus tracks in one place. Nice sound and lovingly put together. I'm especially fond of "Main Street", a track I had never heard before. Thanks Billy! It was quite a bargain for me considering I still owe my end of the trade... Pop Works is on its way!! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 18:17:32 -0700 From: Jeffrey Glenn Subject: Re: WIBG / July 4 Justin wrote: > ... Frightened Little Girl by July 4. For years I've been looking for this > record which proved difficult because of its rarity and because I could not > remember the group who recorded this track. Now I know! Does anyone in the > group have a 45 of this record that they could post to Musica. And is this > track available on a compilation CD? Justin, I've just played it to musica. Billy Spradlin also had a copy up there, but I'm replacing his, because it's a better transfer (Billy himself didn't do the transfer; if he had it would have sounded great). Enjoy! It's a great record. Jeff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 01:48:00 -0000 From: Bozmartyn Subject: Coasters Web Site -- "Those Hoodlum Friends" A compendium of everything related to The Coasters -- the greatest R'n'B/doo- wop/novelty group of the fifties. Discographies, links, bios, etc. http://www.angelfire.com/mn/coasters/frontp.html -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 17:42:25 -0000 From: Francois Subject: new group Hi everyone, You're all welcome to join this new group where we discuss and share opinions, memories, pics, etc about everything involving the great Swingin' London era...from Mersey Beat to Jimi Hendrix with a look at the mods and the rockers, the psychedelic trend, through books, movies, girlie mags and even sport...everything is covered as long as it's related ... http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sensational60s/ hope to see you there cheers -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 02:55:33 -0400 From: Stephen Popkin Subject: Girl Group Stamps I saw something in today's daily news about a series of Girl Group stamps issued by several countries, in conjunction with the R and R Hall Of Fame. Including the Cookies and Dixie Cups! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 03:18:23 -0400 From: Warren Cosford Subject: GIRL GROUPS AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Hi Folks: Just back from 30 hours or so in Cleveland with Mary Wilson and "The Girls" for the unveiling at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of a special collection of postage stamps honouring many of our Girl Group Favs. What a time!! Anyone else on this List there? Warren Cosford Radiopro (TM) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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