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Spectropop - Digest Number 607

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 12 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Dr John
           From: spectropop 
      2. LOVE & PAYNE
           From: Mick Patrick 
      3. Cheese & Wine
           From: Martin Roberts 
      4. ladybugs
           From: bryan 
      5. Love and Payne reviews
           From: Spectropop 
      6. Re: LOVE & PAYNE
           From: Warren 
      7. Re: The Ladybugs
           From: Peter Lerner 
      8. Re: Pam Dickinson 45
           From: David Bell 
      9. Andy Williams Singles Collection
           From: Christopher Davidson 
     10. Great Charts
           From: Mike Rashkow 
           From: Mike Rashkow 
           From: Mick Patrick 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 10:34:18 -0000
   From: spectropop 
Subject: Dr John

(From the Spectropop Public Bulletin Board)

I am working on what I hope will be the definite Dr John 
discography. If you know of any sessions that feature the 
Doctor, or titles he wrote, produced, arranged (or whatever) 
for other artists, do let me know at 
Tanx y'all !

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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 14:40:06 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: LOVE & PAYNE Hello, Do any New York area Spectropoppers plan attending the Darlene Love / Freda Payne two woman show currently running? If so, how about a report, per-leeeeze. The event, titled "Love & Payne", is scheduled to run until October 15th at Feinsteins At The Regency, 540 Park Avenue at 61st. For ticket reservations call (212) 339-4095. I wish I could be there. Alas, it is simply not possible. While I'm on the subject of my favourite vocalist, I thought some of you might find interesting the following interviewette I did with Darlene. The topic: Duane Eddy. The location: top deck of a London bus, seriously! Those of you with Duane Eddy's Bear Family RCA Sessions box set might have already read it: "We'd just done 'He's A Rebel' and when Phil first heard '(Dance With The) Guitar Man', he was really annoyed. He said, 'I know that's you, Darlene.' But I told him it wasn't me, it was my sister, Edna. But everybody in town knew that it was me and the Blossoms on that record. Anyway, we didn't have no contract with Phil Spector at that time. So we were free to work with whoever we wanted. He didn't even like me doing back-up work but we all had families to support and rent to pay. We couldn't afford to turn down work just to keep Phil happy. He didn't own us. On 'Rebel' there was me, Fanita James, Grazia Nitzsche and my sister Edna. On 'Guitar Man', it was me, Fanita and Grazia. "Merry Clayton took over on 'Guitar Child'. I got Merry started in the business and these must be among the first things she ever did. Merry was really a friend of my sister Edna. she used to sing with Billy Preston at the same church as Edna. She was really young, still at school, about 15, I think. Around the same time she did those things with Duane, Bobby Darin got her signed to Capitol records." MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 15:29:21 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Cheese & Wine Talking of Toni Wine (as we were!), I've just received a wonderful parcel of 45s from the States. One is Pam Dickinson on Monument. The only one I knew by her (which I don't have) is the quite wonderful "(He's A ) Bad Boy". So another record by Pam on the label seemed a reasonable gamble. Imagine my delight when checking the credits revealed the writers of the B-side, "Now That You're My Baby", to be Wine-Goffin-Kornfield. Full credits are: Pam Dickinson, "Say Cheese" (wr. Stevens-Tubert)/"Now That You're My Baby", Monument 889, both produced by Ray Stevens. A-side a bit 'messy' but enough of a Shangs influence to interest Mick. And thanks to Mick for reminding me of the Dusty Springfield (also produced by Ray Stevens) and Chiffons versions. I'll play it to musica. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 09:41:16 -0700 From: bryan Subject: ladybugs Peter Lerner: > I have two sets of Ladybugs on 45 vinyl. There's the Murmaids / > Jackie DeShannon fun combination on Chattahoochee, doing Gerry > and the Pacemakers' "How do you do it". And then there are the > even funnier Ladybugs on Legrand records doing "Fraternity USA" > and "Who sent this love note". There's also the Ladybugs single on Del-Fi (they might be the same group as the Chattahoochee group, not sure). They put out one single on Del-Fi: "It's The Last Time"/"Sooner Or Later" (Del-Fi 4233, February 1964). Both songs are available on 'Del-Fi Girl Groups: Gee Baby Gee', a reissue compilation produced by Steve Stanley (he's on the Spectropop list). Bryan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 17:47:20 -0000 From: Spectropop Subject: Love and Payne reviews Members might enjoy the following reviews: (New York Times: Sept 18, 2002): Darlene Love and Freda Payne are prime examples of rhythm & blues singers who are considerably more complex than the sound of the vintage hit singles that typecast them vocally on the nostalgia hit parade. And in their exciting act, 'Love & Payne,' which plays through Oct. 5 at Feinstein's at the Regency, both singers present three-dimensional musical personalities that their hits only hinted at. Ms. Love's whooping gospel shout, with its raw-silk vibrato, propelled several Phil Spector girl-group anthems of the early 1960's, and 40 years later, she projects the same blunt, sky's- the-limit optimism. But there's a softer, subtler side to Ms. Love, and it comes out in her version of the Dan Hill-Barry Mann ballad 'Sometimes When We Touch.' Ms. Love takes a song that invites mawkish self-dramatization and tackles it head on, ripping away the mewling self-pity that traditionally accrues to its expression of fear of intimacy and replacing it with a directness that turns a confession of weakness into an assertion of strength. Ms. Payne's 1970 signature hit, 'Band of Gold,' the unstrung, dance-floor lament about a bride abandoned at her wedding, barely indicated the range of a performer who toured as a jazz singer in the mid-1960's before enjoying a short string of hits in the early 70's. At Feinstein's her smoky-voiced, confidently phrased versions of 'Angel Eyes' and 'Blues in the Night' show her to be a sophisticated pop-jazz interpreter in the Nancy Wilson mold but warmer. The show repeatedly demonstrates that the stylistic division between post-Motown pop-soul and traditional pop-jazz is much blurrier than it seemed three decades ago. There is a nostalgic segment, of course. But it's a playful side dish in a program that recognizes rock-era songs like 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and 'How Sweet It Is' as enduring standards. The high point, which had a preview audience cheering, was a medley of Leon Russell's 'A Song for You' (sung by Ms. Love) and Stevie Wonder's 'All in Love Is Fair' (Ms. Payne) wound together into a statement that encapsulated a generation's tumultuous emotional journey. ------------------------------ (New York Times: Sept 20, 2002): A selective listing of new or noteworthy cabaret shows in Manhattan this weekend. * denotes a highly recommended show. * DARLENE LOVE AND FREDA PAYNE, Feinstein's at the Regency, Park Avenue at 61st Street, (212) 339-4095. Although cherished for their vintage hit singles (Ms. Love was one of the producer Phil Spector's strongest girl-group voices and Ms. Payne the belter of 'Band of Gold'), there is much more to both singers than their oldies might suggest. The inevitable (and welcome) nostalgia is held to a minimum as each shows her more mature side. Ms. Love's quietly affirmative take on 'Sometimes When We Touch' refreshes this self-pitying tearjerker, while Ms. Payne's pop-jazz versions of songs like 'Angel Eyes' suggest a warmer Nancy Wilson. Together they weave 'All In Love Is Fair' and 'A Song for You' into a kind of generational anthem. Tonight and tomorrow night at 8:30 and 11. Cover: $45; no minimum. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 13:18:04 -0400 From: Warren Subject: Re: LOVE & PAYNE Mick Patrick wrote: > Do any New York area Spectropoppers plan attending the Darlene > Love / Freda Payne two woman show currently running? If so, > how about a report, per-leeeeze...I wish I could be there. Alas, > it is simply not possible. I'm going....going to try to get reservations tomorrow. Is there something you needed..... Warren -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 20:50:17 +0100 From: Peter Lerner Subject: Re: The Ladybugs After I wrote with such confidence about the Ladybugs, Bryan reminded me: > There's also the Ladybugs single on Del-Fi (they might be > the same group as the Chattahoochee group, not sure). They > put out one single on Del-Fi: "It's The Last Time"/"Sooner > Or Later" (Del-Fi 4233, February 1964). Both songs are > available on 'Del-Fi Girl Groups: Gee Baby Gee', a reissue > compilation produced by Steve Stanley (he's on the Spectropop > list). And I own that Del-Fi CD and forgot entirely about the third set of Ladybugs. Having listened again to those tracks, I'd say the Del-Fi group is definitely neither of the other two but sounds to me more like Red Bird's Butterflys than any other group I can think of. Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 16:10:21 EDT From: David Bell Subject: Re: Pam Dickinson 45 I've just listened with great delight to Pam Dickinson's "Now That You're My Baby" which is currently on musica. File this one under "I wish..." or "If only.." though. I wish that Julie Grant had recorded this title. It would have been perfect for her with a Tony Hatch copycat arrangement and the Breakaways providing backups! David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 15:15:16 -0700 (PDT) From: Christopher Davidson Subject: Andy Williams Singles Collection Some interesting NYC pop connections on the new Andy Williams 2 CD "Complete Columbia Chart Singles Collection" on Taragon. Does anyone know if the following tunes were orginally done by Andy or someone else? "How Can I Tell Her It's Over" writ by Mann & Weil; "One Day Of Your Life" writ by Sedaka & Greenfield; "Don't You Believe It" writ by Bob Hilliard and Burt Bacharach. Overall a great collection for those thinking of purchasing. ===== Chris Davidson The Sixth Dave Clark Five -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 20:32:40 EDT From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Great Charts Hey boys and girls. Just picked up Bobby Darin's greatest hits. I forgot how good he was, though some are better than others. His best stuff for me had super big band arrangements. There are no liner notes on the thing so I could use some help. I'm pretty sure Dick Berkhe did the chart on "Artificial Flowers". Who did "Mack The Knife", who did "Clementine", who did "Beyond The Sea"? Does anyone really know who the drummer was on "Beyond The Sea"? Sounds like Louis Bellson to me. I'd be interested in any other details on the players as well. Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 20:38:58 EDT From: Mike Rashkow Subject: ANYBODY INTERESTED IN MOTOWN? Got the following from my son, who got it from his stepsister: > I have never sent a mass e-mail endorsement for a film before > but this very well done documentary, "Standing in the Shadows > of Motown", deserves the support and I feel that anyone who > is a fan of Motown, or a fan of music, will thoroughly enjoy > this documentary. > The film is about the original Funk Bros, a group that had > more hits than Elvis, The Beatles and the Stones combined. > Never heard of the Funk Bros? Well that's exactly why this > documentary had to be made. The Funk Bros created a sound > that has become an American icon, a sound that continues to > influence musicians around the world today, a sound called > Motown. > The band behind the voices of Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, > Little Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson - you name it, they > played it. And when it was over, they went back to their > humble lives without the recognition they so deserved. > In addition to being touched by their story which is so > genuinely told, you can hear the music all over again as > they reunite for a concert in Detroit. For those of us that > never got to see an original Motown performance, this is an > incredible opportunity to hear the Funk Bros live - and even > more so because the guests that join the band on stage are > some of my favorite performers - Ben Harper, Chaka Khan, > Bootsy Collins, Joan Osborne. To hear these artists give it > their all, and see how they deeply appreciated their > opportunity to play with these talented and ingenious > musicians, is well worth the trip to the theater. > The film comes out in November and I highly recommend it. > My compliments to Artisan for having the foresight to > recognize the contribution this film has to the history of > American music. My compliments to Motown for the great > soundtrack this will yield, and for allowing us to see these > moments to remember. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 19:11:21 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: TONI WINE ON SKIS Martin wrote: > Talking of Toni Wine...Pam Dickinson on Monument..."Now > That You're My Baby"...produced by Ray Stevens...written > by Wine/Goffin/Kornfeld...I'll play it to musica. Thanks Martin, I didn't even know that record existed. And I so like those Dixie chicks with a girl group sound. I clicked on the link below, waited an hour or so... :-) and, voila! Diane Renay meets Betty Everett in Nashville! I love it, but not quite as much as Dusty's version, or the Chiffons. Talking of Toni Wine (still), has anyone seen the 1965 film "Winter A-Go-Go"? Joni Lyman appears in this flick cooing the Wine co-composition "Do The Ski (With Me)". To my knowledge, the song was never released on record. I have a vague memory of seeing this movie at an all-night showing at the Scala Cinema. It must have been, ooh, about a hundred years ago. MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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