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Spectropop - Digest Number 580



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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)
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There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Speedy Gonzales, Pat Boone, David Dante, Bill Giant
           From: Mike Edwards 
      2. The Chicago Lovelites
           From: James F.  Cassidy 
      3. Susan Carter Epic LP
           From: Matt 
      4. McAlmont and Butler
           From: Keith Moore 
      5. various
           From: Country Paul 
      6. RE: Lovelites CD
           From: Posnick Louise 
      7. Re: Le Sunshine Pop/Le (neo) Sunshine Pop
           From: Freya 
      8. American Dreams
           From: Robert Beason 
      9. The Poppy Family
           From: Freya 
     10. Invitation from Mark Wirtz (M.Sinclair)
           From: Mark Wirtz 
     11. Louise Robbins and The Lovelites
           From: John Clemente 
     12. Re: Le Sunshine Pop/Le (neo) Sunshine Pop
           From: Jed Dubois 
     13. The 1970s Lovelites
           From: Ian Slater 
     14. Re: The Chicago Lovelites
           From: james botticelli 
     15. Re: McAlmont and Butler
           From: richard hattersley 
     16. The Actionettes
           From: The Spectropop Team
     17. Re: McAlmont and Butler
           From: Ken Silverwood 
     18. Re: Party?
           From: Stephanie Campbell 
     19. Re: Coffee / the (Chicago) Lovelites
           From: Jon 
     20. Re: The Poppy Family
           From: Elisabeth 
     21. Re: the Lovelites
           From: The Spectropop Team
     22. Re: Coffee / the (Chicago) Lovelites
           From: Simon White 
     23. Saturday Morning Playlist 24 /08 0/02
           From: Simon White 
     24. Re: Party?
           From: Stephanie Campbell 
     25. Re: Coffee/the (Chicago) Lovelites
           From: Jon 


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Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 02:14:05 -0000
   From: Mike Edwards 
Subject: Speedy Gonzales, Pat Boone, David Dante, Bill Giant

From the CD booklet accompanying MCA's "Pat Boone's Greatest Hits":

"Randy Wood picked all of my songs except "Speedy Gonzales", says 
Pat. "I first heard it while I was in the Philippines, where I'd sold 
out a 25,000 seat coliseum for ten days. A fellow got up in a club 
and sang "Speedy Gonzales", which had been recorded by David Dante on 
RCA and was a hit only in the Philippines. I loved the song and took 
it to Randy, who said that after all those movie songs I'd been 
having hits with, nobody wanted to hear me sing rock and roll any 
more. Eventually we were scheduled for a session with (arranger) 
Jimmie Haskell and Randy said that I could easily record "Speedy 
Gonzales", but I had given my copy of the David Dante record to 
Randy. I spent hours at his house looking for it and had just about 
given up when it turned out to be in a stack of singles that Randy 
had given to his housekeeper, who was from the Philippines. I got the 
record to Jimmie, who wrote up an arrangement. We added the narration 
and Speedy's voice, which were not part of David Dante's record"
"The "plaintive sounds of a young Mexican girl" at the beginning of 
the record were supplied by studio vocalist Jackie Ward. A year 
later, she recorded the hit "Wonderful Summer" for Dot, released 
under the name of her daughter, Robin. Randy Wood asked his friend 
Mel Blanc to come in and overdub the voice of Speedy, not realizing, 
Boone vows, that the mouse was a Warner Bros. Cartoon character that 
Mel was already voicing. "Speedy Gonzales" was the biggest selling 
record I ever had apart from "Love Letters In The Sand"".

I will play the David Dante RCA 45 to musica, when some space becomes 
available. I'm not sure What Pat means when he says we "added 
Speedy's voice which (was) not part of David Dante's record" When you 
listen, you will hear that there is a very vocal Speedy on the Dante 
record.

There was also a continuation of the saga from Bill Giant called Tia 
Juana Ball. Although a song-writer (one third of the Giant-Baum-Kaye 
team) he is not credited with writing this one. After two great 
records for MGM, one being the original version of Kenny Lynch's 
Poof, this was Bill's 3rd and final release. When you listen to Tia 
Juana Ball (it'll be on musica, space permitting), it's not difficult 
to understand why. Nonetheless, the Giant-Baum-Kaye wrote some very 
strong girl-group material including Peggy March/Cliff Richard's 
Watch What You Do With My Baby.

Mike Edwards





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Message: 2 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 09:31:21 -0400 From: James F. Cassidy Subject: The Chicago Lovelites DJ Jimmy Bee asked: > Does anyone remember Chicago's Lovelites (same spelling) who > recorded for UNI? Their signature song "How Can I Tell My > Mom & Dad" (about a teen pregnancy) is fabulous pop-soul Was that the one that goes "How can I tell my Mom and Dad that I've been bad"? That's a great example of the more socially conscious lyric themes that started appearing in pop songs in the late '60's. Apparently, by 1969 (the year it came out, as did "Love Child"), it was okay to imply being sexually active as long as it was presented negatively with a strong dose of moral condemnation! Jim Cassidy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 13:54:22 +0000 From: Matt Subject: Susan Carter Epic LP Hi all- Usually I'm usually lurking on this list, but I was hoping someone might help me out with something... does anyone here have Susan Carter's 1969 Epic LP "Wonderful Deeds & Adventures"? Please let me know. thanks in advance! Matt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 15:24:52 -0000 From: Keith Moore Subject: McAlmont and Butler Has everyone heard "Falling", the new single by David McAlmont and Bernard Butler? Surely the best record that Phil and the Ronettes never made! Despite an excellent performance on Top of the Pops they've already dropped out of the top 40 and I picked up my copy half price a fortnight after its release. Should've been top ten, but it's good to see the Spector sound being revived. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 12:52:42 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: various Jimmy B writes: > I heard a couple of geezers waxing nostalgic about that WCBS > doo wop show on WNHU, New Haven just the other night. The guys > on 'NHU were saying they'd been on NHU 28 years. Their doo-wop > was so obscure its very existence is in doubt! Indeed, the problem with some collectors (I know "Rockin' Richard", the host) is that they "play the label" rather than the music. His heart is in the right place, though, even if his music isn't always. But it is worth turning in 88.7 on Tuesday nights 8-11pm; he also plays some early soul stuff than can be fun. > I never heard the [W]CBS one, but the resident doo-wop czar > up here in Boston was on the CBS affiliate and was basically > ordered to play doo-wop's greatest hits and very little else. Yep - that's the last chapter before they close the book - it's what happened in NYC. Marc Miller wrote, re: Aki Aleong: > If he wins, maybe he'll recite "Shombolar" as his acceptance > speech! Then we'll finally know all the lyrics! :-) Although I do like: "Of all the animals in the world I'd rather be a bear Climb up on the mountain Travel through thin air" David Ponak, from your playlist... > 9.Ivy/Let's Go To Bed > Guestroom (Minty Fresh) The same Ivy with Adam Schlesinger? If so, before or after the "mass release" albums ("Apartment" and the one woith "Edge Of The Ocean")? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 11:43:56 -0400 From: Posnick Louise Subject: RE: Lovelites CD Jon: > In regards to the Lovelites, I have a great CD (not bootleg) > on the Chi-City Music label. The CD is called, "Herb Kent, The > Kool Gent Presents The Lovelite Years". This CD is the Chicago Lovelites who recorded in 1969, not the Phil Spector Lovelites who recorded in 1965.. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 17:17:25 -0000 From: Freya Subject: Re: Le Sunshine Pop/Le (neo) Sunshine Pop > check out Marina http://www.marina.com (with a great tribute to > Brian, forget about the other recent comp on a US label this one > is much much better) & new Free Design album (fabulous) My favourite Free Design song is bubbles. It sometimes plays in my head when I am out walking and feeling especially happy! :) > Siesta is great. Also check out Louis Philippe Records and Linus Of > Hollywood: > http://www.louisphilippe.co.uk Mr Phillipe is a very nice man! Wow I just went to his site and found all these mp3s! My favourite song of his was "why I collect stamps" which isn't on there sadly, but I will be dowloading what I can! :) Really beautiful music. love Freya -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 15:44:26 +0000 From: Robert Beason Subject: American Dreams Have any Spectropoppers heard any buzz or seen a preview of the NBC show "American Dreams" that's scheduled to debut this fall? Supposedly the show, which takes place in the '60s, will include original performances from "American Bandstand". Bob Beason -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 17:53:21 -0000 From: Freya Subject: The Poppy Family I guess I just missed out on the spectopop party. I've not been on the list for a while as I've been having to deal with life and things and it was too complicated! I feel sad that I missed it but then again I was stewarding at a festival and then I played a gig in London, and making another trip across the country in such a short space of time would be kind of crazy, and rather defeat the whole point of living upt'north!;) Anyway getting back to the point and that is to ask about the Poppy Family. I'm embarrassed to admit that I only just discovered them and the story of how I discovered them is even more embarrassing. I downloaded a song by the Friendly Science Orchestra (Ian Masters latest musical project) called Beyond The Clouds, and completely fell in love with the song. I especially loved the lyrics, it became one of my most special pieces of music. At the time I was working at a company where I was generally being bullied and abused and I probably wasn't too sane. I would be really upset going to work each morning. I used to walk there so it would be less stressful and so I could hear the birds in the trees, and the thing that I would think to myself, was that at least when I got there, I could hear the song again, and it was something to look forward to as it would be waiting for me there on my harddisk. Ian Masters was reaching legendary status in my mind, not only was he doing all this weird musical experimentation but he had written this wonderful song! So one day I was ranting to demon girl (she who can quote the date of birth and hometowns of all the Kinks, Byrds etc off the top of her head!) about the song, and I think I played it to her and she just said "it's a cover" and bizarrely pulled a cassette tape out of her bag that contained the original song! Freya was a little bit shocked to say the least but also excited that there might be more songs out there! About a week or so ago I downloaded a load of Poppy Family songs off the internet but I havn't heard them yet as the soundcard on this computer has fried itself. However I have now discovered that one of the people in the Poppy Family, was none other that Terry Jacks! Now I am wondering what else anyone can tell me about the Poppy Family or even Terry Jacks? I have a 7" of Seasons In The Sun somewhere but that is about all I know! Really curious! love Freya -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 14:20:42 EDT From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Invitation from Mark Wirtz (M.Sinclair) Dear Spectropoppers, Please allow me to cordially invite you to visit my new, official web site at http://www.markwirtz.com For those of you who enjoy my music, writing and painting, there is lots of new and past "stuff" to read, look at and hear. I would like to thank Mark Frumento for his tireless and creative assistance in designing this site. Hope to see you there. Very best, Mark Wirtz aka, Michael Sinclair -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 20:11:56 -0000 From: John Clemente Subject: Louise Robbins and The Lovelites Hello, I have a question for Louise. Phil Spector used a group on demos and sometimes lent them out to Gerry Goffin. "Please Be My Boyfriend" by The Crystals is actually not The Crystals. Dee Dee Kenniebrew verified this. I mistakenly reported that Barbara Alston of The Crystals sang lead on this, but upon closer listening, it is not her. I strongly feel, however, that it is the same group (a trio) sang the demo for "Some Of Your Lovin" which was (supposedly) released as the second Honey Bees single on Fontana Records. Margaret Williams of The Cookies listened to the tape of the song and said that, contrary to what we previously thought, doesn't think that The Cookies are even on backup. The lead, however, is the same lead as on "Please Be My Boyfriend", which I believe Vini Poncia and Pete Andreoli co-wrote. Any thoughts on this, Louise? Thanks much. John Clemente -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 22:14:44 +0200 From: Jed Dubois Subject: Re: Le Sunshine Pop/Le (neo) Sunshine Pop Freya got taste- Pete Aves is great too!! (Sean O' Hagan + Lee Hazlewood tour) he plays quite unique pop with hints of Stevie Wonder ballads + Englishness rarely found in bland recent Brit-pop. http://www.tricatel.com need your investigation and Bertrand Burgalat fansite http://www.burgalat.com For October people able to read French may be interested to read my piece on pop for Standard - (a new French pop mag) Voila ;-) Free design: "sings for important people" I just bought on a coolsville cardboard reissue - and I just love it! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 21:27:37 +0100 From: Ian Slater Subject: The 1970s Lovelites Country Paul wrote: > Does anyone remember Chicago's Lovelites (same spelling) who > recorded for UNI? Their signature song "How Can I Tell My > Mom & Dad" (about a teen pregnancy) is fabulous pop-soul and > their hard to find LP is great from Track 1 until the end. > They did an indie single called "My Conscience" on their own > label on which they included their pictures in '71. In '72 > or '73 they got signed to whatever label Barry White was on in > his early years and released yet three or four great singles. > No LP that I know of......" They did have an LP, Paul - "With Love from the Lovelites" (UNI 73081). For a 70s record it's quite scarce and expensive. Their sound was very much "soul" first and "girl-group" second, and of a consistent high quality. I've got records by them on UNI, Cotillion, Bandera and Lock (a reissue?) as well as of course Lovelite, their own label - how many other girl groups achieved that? I think I've got all their recordings either on singles, the LP or CD and would be glad to send anyone a list or more info if they contact me. And many thanks to The Team, Mick and Louise herself for the info on the original Lovelites who are right in the bullseye of our interest! Love to hear that other record. Now, how about the Sugar Plums (Lover's Wonderland - Phi-Dan 5010), the last remaining Spector-related mystery girl-group? Several people have asked about them, on these pages but so far as I'm aware no-one has come up with any answers yet. Ian Slater -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 16:57:53 -0400 From: james botticelli Subject: Re: The Chicago Lovelites James F. Cassidy wrote: >> Does anyone remember Chicago's Lovelites (same spelling) who >> recorded for UNI? Their signature song "How Can I Tell My >> Mom & Dad" (about a teen pregnancy) is fabulous pop-soul > Was that the one that goes "How can I tell my Mom and Dad that > I've been bad"? That's the one. interestingly enough it was updated in 1980 on De-Lite Records as "Mom & Dad '80" by a regrouped Lovelites then known as Coffee, still with Patti Hamilton, the original singer, doing the vocals. -- Jimmy Botticelli Taking The E-Z...Way Out! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 21:58:01 +0000 From: richard hattersley Subject: Re: McAlmont and Butler Keith Moore: >Has everyone heard "Falling", the new single by David McAlmont >and Bernard Butler? Surely the best record that Phil and the >Ronettes never made! Totally agree Keith. Its a fantastic record a great tribute to Spector. I eagerly await the Starsailor Spector recordings. Maybe we will see a Spector sound revival in the charts! Sorry to plug but Keith check out my Spector soundalike "coming soon(going so fast)" at http://www.mp3.com/richard_snow Its free, by the way! Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 00:36:17 +0100 From: The Spectropop Team Subject: The Actionettes Hi All, Just a final reminder to all of you who missed the Spectropop Party that there's another chance to catch the Actionettes at their show on Saturday 31st of August, Upstairs at the Garage, Highbury Corner, London Nsomething. (Islington Tube Station is pretty much directly opposite). It's the gals' summer special featuring some of their favourite dance routines, special guests and DJs. More info as always on: http://www.actionettes.com The Spectropop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 00:57:41 +0100 From: Ken Silverwood Subject: Re: McAlmont and Butler Keith, Simon White & I enthused about this track a few weeks ago before its charting. You're right, it deserves a much higher rung, but that's not possible nowadays. Still, try their album "Bring It All Back", which is new. Plus try finding the single "Yes" from a few years ago, you'll see they were on the ball then. All the best, Ken On The West Coast -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 22:09:46 -0700 From: Stephanie Campbell Subject: Re: Party? Are there going to be any Spectropop parties in America next year? Steph -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 01:56:15 -0000 From: Jon Subject: Re: Coffee / the (Chicago) Lovelites Oh my....I had no idea that Coffee was a re-grouped Lovelites! I picked up a CD of the "Best of Coffee" and wondered who these girls were?! Now I have a better idea. The CD is pretty disco based and not as good as the "Best of the Lovelites" CD that I have. Jon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 05:59:37 -0000 From: Elisabeth Subject: Re: The Poppy Family Hi Freya, Sorry you couldn't make it to the Spectropop party - whereabouts in t'North are you? Anyhow, for a pretty good discography on the Poppy Family and some background info, go here: http://www.canoe.ca/JamMusicPopEncycloPagesP/poppy.html If it's any consolation, I'm a recent convert too - which is pretty embarassing considering I'm Canadian. But although I remember hearing Terry Jacks on the oldies radio stations when I was younger, the Poppy Family wasn't a name I was familiar with. Of course when I mentioned them to my dad the other month, he was like "Phwoar, Susan Jacks!" even though he'd never bought any of their records. :-) My introduction came when someone put "I'll see you there" on a cd comp for me. Now it's one of my favourite songs ever, and I'd like to cover it one day... It's reasonably easy to pick up their LPs on eBay, although the prices tend to be in the $20 range. I've yet to come across any UK issue Poppy Family LPs although my Record Collector bible says they exist. Hope this helps! Now I'm off to Luton for a conference. Ugh! I'll *definitely* need to take a Poppy Family minidisc with me to cheer me up. Elisabeth x -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 00:56:32 +0100 From: The Spectropop Team Subject: Re: the Lovelites Dear Members, Here's the reply from Louise Robbins of the Lovelites to John Clemente's question: > I have a question for Louise. Phil Spector used a group on demos and > sometimes lent them out to Gerry Goffin. "Please Be My Boyfriend" by The > Crystals is actually not The Crystals. Dee Dee Kenniebrew verified this. > I mistakenly reported that Barbara Alston of The Crystals sang lead on this, > but upon closer listening, it is not her. I strongly feel, however, that it > is the same group (a trio) sang the demo for "Some Of Your Lovin" which was > released as the second Honey Bees' single on Fontana Records. Margaret of > The Cookies listened to the tape of the song and said that, contrary to what > we previously thought, she doesn't think that The Cookies are even on backup. > The lead, however, is the same lead as on "Please Be My Boyfriend", which I > believe Vini Poncia and Pete Andreoli co-wrote. Any thoughts on this, Louise? "Sorry, I have no memory of us recording 'Some Of You Lovin'' or doing backup for it. I will forward this to Linda and see if she has memory of the song. We did do backup on a song called 'Georgie'. Anyone remember that at all? We don't know if that was released. I also don't know who did the lead. I will try to find out. We did a few other backups, but none for Goffin. 'Please Be My Boyfriend' was written by Vini and Peter for Phil. Louise" With a lot of help from Louise and Linda, Spectropop has started work on a Lovelites page. Watch this space. The Spectropop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 09:54:44 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Coffee / the (Chicago) Lovelites Jon: > Oh my....I had no idea that Coffee was a re-grouped Lovelites! > I picked up a CD of the "Best of Coffee" and wondered who these > girls were?! Me too ! [or " me neither ", depends where you're coming from]. Coffee's take on Ruby Andrews " Cassanova " is a personal favorite and a memory record for me. Of course , it's easy to forget that the 70s where closer to the 60s than we are now...and that the 80s were pretty close to the 70s. So girls and boys who recorded in the 60s carried on into the 70s and beyond, just in different styles. Sidney Barnes springs easily to mind, lots of disco backing work, Honey And The Bees went on to form early Ritchie Family, Mildred Scott from The Glories had solo and group hits in the 70s and 80s ,ditto Edna Wright had group hits....the list goes on! Quality always shines through! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 10:25:17 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Saturday Morning Playlist 24 /08 0/02 Apologies to those who mailed to say they had missed this. I had a major email disaster last week [i.e. me] and am just catching up. Here is last Saturday's playlist in its full horror/glory. Half The World - Adam Wade I Got a Feelin - Barbara Randolph Rubberneckin' - Elvis Presley Canadian Sunset - The Weekends Piece Of My Heart - The Sisters Love Take A Chance on Me - Anisteen Allen By The Light Of The Silvery Moon - Little Richard Rented Tuxedo - The O'Jays Street Talk - The Tymes Love Don't Turn Your Back On Me - John Leach True love At Last - Hoagy Lands Young Stranger - Lady Luck and The Lullabies Talk To Me Baby - Barry Mann Please Dont Kiss Me -The Chantelles Time Won't Let Me - Sandy Nelson You Can Count On Me - Sammy Davis Jnr The Beat Goes On - Dee Dee Warwick Shakin All Over - Mae West Drag Mad - The Madisons Markin' Time - Bent Fabric Miami Beach Rhumba - Xavier Cugat Walk On Dont Look Back - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 09:43:42 -0000 From: Stephanie Campbell Subject: Re: Party? Are there going to be any Spectropop parties in America next year? Steph -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 09:44:17 -0000 From: Jon Subject: Re: Coffee/the (Chicago) Lovelites Oh my....I had no idea that Coffee was a re-grouped Lovelites! I picked up a CD of the "Best of Coffee" and wondered who these girls were?! Now I have a better idea. The CD is pretty disco based and not as good as the "Best of the Lovelites" CD that I have. Jon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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