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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 5 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Instrumental Hits
           From: Bill Craig 
      2. Drummer on Johnny Angel?
           From: Ken Levine 
      3. Re: Instrumental hits
           From: Ron 
      4. Re: Sounds Inc. / Come Together
           From: Eddy Smit 
      5. Re: Love Is Blue -- Shocking !
           From: Jimmy 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 12:57:34 -0000
   From: Bill Craig 
Subject: Re: Instrumental Hits

Just to add another great instrumental to the list; how about 
Stranger on The Shore by Mr. Acker Bilk?

Bill Craig

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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 07:27:59 -0700 From: Ken Levine Subject: Drummer on Johnny Angel? The drummer on Johnny Angel? Earl Palmer was that drummer. Earl Palmer was first-call drummer on the New Orleans RB recording scene from 1950 to 1957. Talk about a supreme recommendation -- in a city renowned for its second-line rhythms and syncopated grooves, Palmer was the man, playing on countless sessions by all the immortals: Little Richard, Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, and too many more to list here. Born to a mother who was a vaudevillian, little Earl Palmer was learning rhythmic patterns as a tap dancer at age four. Such contacts led him to be around drum kits on a regular basis, and it didn't take him long to master them. Be-bop jazz was his first love, but RB and blues paid the bills starting in 1947, when Palmer joined Bartholomew's band. Palmer remained the king of the traps at Cosimo's fabled recording studio until 1957, when a Shirley Lee session led to an AR offer from Aladdin Records boss Eddie Mesner. Palmer found studio work just as plentiful in Los Angeles, making major inroads into the rock, jazz, and soundtrack fields as well as playing on countless RB dates with his frequent compadres Rene Hall on guitar and saxist Plas Johnson. Occasionally, Palmer would record as a leader -- the instrumental "Johnny's House Party" for Aladdin, a couple of early- '60s albums for Liberty. But even the best session men grapple with a certain sense of anonymity. So the next time you pull out Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti," Smiley Lewis's "I Hear You Knockin'," Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," or Fats Domino's "The Fat Man," please keep in mind that it's Earl Palmer feverishly stoking that beat -- with a saucy second-line sensibility that drove those songs in fresh, utterly innovative directions. He also could lay back the subtle sticks as in Shelley Fabares' 1962 chart topper "Johnny Angel". (Bill Dahl, All Music Guide) Ken Levine (Admin Note. See also: ) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 14:18:36 -0000 From: Ron Subject: Re: Instrumental hits This really puts me in mind of one of my favorite instrumentals that hasn't been mentioned - "Pipeline" by the Chantays. I remember first hearing it on an out of town AM station while I was sitting in the basement searching the AM dial. I could hear background interference sounding like a jumble of low voices because of the distance of the station. It gave the song a haunting quality I still think of today when I hear it. A couple of other great on are "Baja" by the Astronauts, and "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" by the Ventures. I should also mention Lonnie Mack. He was a local artist in the early sixties. My friends and I saw him regularly at a "record hop" in a church hall on Monday nights here in Cincinnati when Memphis hit the charts. I also thought he did a great non instrumental version of "Where There's a Will", a gospel song originally done by the Five Blind Boys. Instrumentally he did so many great things. One of my favorites is Mann-Weil's "Don't Make My Baby Blue". Ron -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 17:23:11 +0200 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: Sounds Inc. / Come Together Everybody seems to be forgetting Sounds Inc. were featured in The Beatles at Shea Stadium TV special ! Other than the fact that the soundtrack to Come Together was released on Apple, it has absolutely nothing to do with The Beatles. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 11:28:08 EDT From: Jimmy Subject: Re: Love Is Blue -- Shocking ! "Love Is Blue" was the first 45 I ever bought... I played it to death on a tiny little record player for 45s. that was my mothers when she was a girl in the mid-1940s. (The kind with a spindle that had to be adapted with a plastic dealie to accept 45s.) One day I stayed home "sick" from school so I could play it... and broke the control knob, which a repairman up the street replaced with a metal knob... and so, when I went to replay the record each time, I got a small shock. My cousin told me at the time that the tune was an adaptation of an ancient melody... Roman, he said. Thoughts? ==Jimmy== -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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