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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)
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There are 12 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Commercial radio - robbing our collective memory?
           From: Mary S. 
      2. Re: The Mystery of Jackie Wilson's Peaches
           From: Davie Gordon 
      3. Re: Commercial radio - robbing our collective memory?
           From: Stephanie Campbell 
      4. Cousin' Brucie
           From: Neil Hever 
      5. Re: The Mystery of Jackie Wilson's Peaches
           From: james botticelli 
      6. Alexys
           From: Michael 
      7. Backcomb'n'Beat: Dream Babes 3
           From: Team Spectropop 
      8. Star Trek sounds...
           From: Alan Gordon 
      9. Re: Commercial radio - robbing our collective memory?
           From: John Solocinski 
     10. Re: Jack Nitzsche At Spectropop
           From: Peter Lerner 
     11. Re: The Mystery of Jackie Wilson's Peaches
           From: Tony Leong 
     12. Re: Cousin' Brucie
           From: Billy Spradlin 


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Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 14:39:31 -0000
   From: Mary S. 
Subject: Re: Commercial radio - robbing our collective memory?

Neil, you are so right!!  I've been lamenting this situation 
for a long time.  Fortunately, as a long-time record collector, 
I can hear a tremendous variety of songs anytime.  I hate the 
narrow focus of the "oldies" stations.  Here in the U.S., 
hearing an oldies station generally means listening to one or 
two songs by any particular artist, but nothing else.  If we 
hear the Temptations, for example, they will almost always be 
singing "My Girl".  If we hear the Four Tops, they are usually 
singing "Can't Help Myself", though once in a while we may get 
to hear their great hit, "Baby, I Need Your Loving". Think of 
how many songs those two groups recorded over the years!! To 
reduce them to these few songs is a crime. If you hear my 
favorites, Nino Tempo and April Stevens, it will almost invariably 
be "Deep Purple", not even "All Strung Out".  Heaven forbid that 
the stations should play "I Love How You Love Me" (with what 
someone else on this group referred to as "rock and roll bagpipes") 
or one of the A&M releases such as "I Can't Get Over You, Baby".  
Most people probably think that Tempo & Stevens only recorded a 
couple of songs.

Music on the radio has been pretty much ruined for me.  I can't 
stand the new breed (actually, it's been going on for years now, 
but to me it's still a new sound) of "whisper singers". This trend 
started with Janet Jackson, who has a very weak voice. She made 
buckets of cash, so thousands of wanna-bes followed her lead. Most 
of the pop-rock singers "sing" in this style now, and I find it 
sickening. For one things, most of them sound virtually identical. 
Where are the harmony vocals of the greats such as the Everly 
Brothers (probably the best harmony singers ever)?  Where are the 
soul and r&b greats who could really belt out a song? Now we have 
the whisperers, the hard, heavy metal rockers (can't stand this), 
and the rappers.  Where is everyone else?  One of the few exceptions 
to all of this is the great young singer, Charlotte Church, who 
does a lot of classical-type singing.  We need more than this, 
though. 

Mary S.



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Message: 2 Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 17:23:46 -0000 From: Davie Gordon Subject: Re: The Mystery of Jackie Wilson's Peaches Phil Milstein wrote: > Can any of y'all offer any insight into the meaning of > Jackie Wilson's plaintive cry of "Peaches" in his great song > "Whisper's Getting Louder"? As far as I can tell it's > unrelated to anything else in the entire lyric, and yet it's > a part of the chorus, and so is no tossaway. Did he have a > thing for Etta James? "Peaches" was Barbara Acklin, the co-writer of the song. The nickname was used by her father and Jackie picked up on it. Barbara was probably there at the session. Info. from Tony Douglas' biography of JW "Lonely Teardrops" which I'm re-reading at the moment. Davie Gordon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 10:54:29 -0700 From: Stephanie Campbell Subject: Re: Commercial radio - robbing our collective memory? I have no problem with hearing Gary Puckett if its "Don't Give In To Him" or "This Girl Is A Woman Now"... I'm tired of hearing "Over You", "Young Girl" and "Lady Willpower" ...by the way he is good in concert. Steph -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 15:05:44 -0000 From: Neil Hever Subject: Cousin' Brucie Popsters, Speaking of top 40 radio with character and our current sad state of affairs in "Oldies" radio (lack of character, tight playlists and loooong commercial breaks), I'm reminded of good ol' Cousin Brucie. He did something I will never forget. He used to pot up his mic and interject funny little comments and sounds during the commercials! That would get you fired today in a heartbeat. But it made you listen to the stupid commercials! If for nothing else, you have to give credit to Brucie for making it fun. Then of course there was the music mix which was fantastic but you know about that. Neil P.S. I got to meet him in New Jersey during the golden age and he was a real gentleman. His autographed portrait hangs in my office. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 14:39:35 -0400 From: james botticelli Subject: Re: The Mystery of Jackie Wilson's Peaches Phil Milstein wrote: > Can any of y'all offer any insight into the meaning of > Jackie Wilson's plaintive cry of "Peaches" in his great song > "Whisper's Getting Louder"? As far as I can tell it's > unrelated to anything else in the entire lyric, and yet it's > a part of the chorus, and so is no tossaway. Did he have a > thing for Etta James? Makes sense...Etta and Jackie both being Chitown singers. I believe he utters it after the lyric "calling your name..... Peaches". So it was someone named "Peaches". But more than one woman has at one time in her life borne that identity, so..... -- Jimmy Botticelli Taking The E-Z...Way Out! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 18:33:25 -0000 From: Michael Subject: Alexys I have a single by Alexys on Dot ("Freedom's Child" b/w "Evolution of Alexys"). I gather she did an LP on Dot as well, that I'd love to hear. Does anyone on the list own it? If so, please contact me. many thanks, Michael -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2002 12:19:21 -0000 From: Team Spectropop Subject: Backcomb'n'Beat: Dream Babes 3 Dear Members, Three great tracks by the McKinleys are out on CD at last. Not to mention some of Mark Wirtz's best distaff productions and a bounty of other Brit Girls. Could RPM's "BACKCOMB'N'BEAT: Dream Babes, Volume 3" be the best comp of its kind since "Here Come The Girls"? St. Etienne's Bob Stanley reckons so. To find out more, simply click below: http://www.spectropop.com/recommends/recommends.html#dreambabes Enjoy! The Spectropop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 18:18:43 -0700 From: Alan Gordon Subject: Star Trek sounds... Simon White: > A while ago on a BBC Star Trek dedicated night, they used > a very 'sixties' version of the theme as background music. > And this means 'sixties' in the Motown/dance sense. FYI. The coolest version I have heard in a while of this great theme is by The Rubinoos on their latest album: "Paleophonic". It really rocks in an EXTREME SURF way. Gordon Jenkins by way of the Ventures mixed with a lot of Shadowy Men From A Shadowy Planet... ironically groovy. best stuff, albabe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 21:12:43 -0400 From: John Solocinski Subject: Re: Commercial radio - robbing our collective memory? >Mary S. writes.... >Hearing an oldies station generally means listening to one or >two songs by any particular artist, but nothing else. If we >hear the Temptations, for example, they will almost always be >singing "My Girl". If we hear the Four Tops, they are usually >singing "Can't Help Myself"...... In Detroit they always play "It's the same old song" ;) and don't forget DC 5's "Over and over and over again".... John -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2002 10:09:21 +0100 From: Peter Lerner Subject: Re: Jack Nitzsche At Spectropop Hi Spectropoppers I've just spent the first part of my weekend totally immersed in Martin's superb site. There's so much in there. Nitzsche was a part of my growing up in the 60s but I didn't realise how much - or how much else there was. Congratulations to Martin on a titanic production - a life work if ever there was one. And I'm so sorry my own small contribution took so long to be delivered. Now to my record collection - if I can find just one thing to add to Martin's lists I'll be content. And just a couple of things about Martin - he's a great guy and everything he touches is quality. Visit this site and be impressed, fascinated, delighted. Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2002 05:09:27 -0000 From: Tony Leong Subject: Re: The Mystery of Jackie Wilson's Peaches Davie Gordon wrote: > "Peaches" was Barbara Acklin, the co-writer of the song. You know, I always wondered about that too!!!! The funny thing about that song is that I knew the background voices sounded familiar, but I couldnt place them--at least for Chicago session singers (not that I know many!!) BUT, thanks to John Clemente's book, he revealed that it was Motown's ace session singers THE ANDANTES supplying back-up on "Whispers (Getting Louder)". They snuck away from Detroit to moonlight on the session in Chicago!!! BTW, can anybody identify the heavenly background group on Jerry Butler's "I Dig You, Baby"???? Tony Leong -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2002 06:59:19 -0000 From: Billy Spradlin Subject: Re: Cousin' Brucie One of my favorite jocks in the 70's was John "Records" Landecker on WLS in Chicago. He was very sarcastic with commericals he couldn't stand and made snide comments in the background while they aired, on a 50,000 watt station that covered most of the central USA! None of the local jocks while growing up in NE Oklahoma I heard would do this (unless the cart jammed up). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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