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Spectropop - Digest Number 659

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Party Pics - Slow Fizz in Manchester
           From: Elisabeth 
      2. Andrea Carroll
           From: Varese Vintage 
      3. Re: Lonnie Donegan
           From: Richard Tearle 
      4. Pastel Vespa
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      5. Re: Vontastics' "Day Tripper": an original?
           From: Guy Lawrence 
      6. Re: Party Pics
           From: Mark Frumento 
      7. The Pescimint Twist
           From: Steve Harvey 
      8. Re: Lonnie Donegan and Phil Spector
           From: Mike Rashkow 
      9. Re: The Parade
           From: Paul Richards 
     10. Re: Andrea Carroll
           From: Patrick Rands 
     11. B's can be Groovy
           From: Martin Roberts 
     12. I meant "Good Lovin'"
           From: Steve Harvey 
     13. Re: Davy Jones speeded-up
           From: Billy G Spradlin 
     14. Lovin' Spoonful Live
           From: Steve Harvey 
     15. Re: "Leader Of The Pack" Cast Album
           From: Frank 


Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 23:25:40 -0000
   From: Elisabeth 
Subject: Re: Party Pics - Slow Fizz in Manchester

> Gosh darn it, wouldn't you know, I can't make it over to 
> Manchester either. I'm slated to visit my Mom in prison that 
> day. I simply can't let her down because she relies on me to 
> smuggle in her HRT patches. Poor baby, it's bad enough she 
> has to wear her real hair in there! Honey, I could spit!

Too bad you couldn't borrow a wig off the Actionettes! 
Surely it could be smuggled in via a birthday cake.
It's a shame you can't make it - you sound like exactly the 
right kind of streetwise chicka to help run the front door 
and keep those wild Spectropoppers in line.

> Tell me please, what songs will you be performing on the 
> night? "I'm Hip To You" maybe? I'll dig out the originals 
> from my treasure chest of 7-inch singles and make believe
> ..........I'm good at that.

Well Amber, unfortunately many songs I'd love to do (including 
my namesake you mentioned just there!) had to be scrapped because 
the silly producers went and made them mono so we couldn't squeeze 
the vocals off. Even Phil "magic" Chapman couldn't sort them out. 
Naughty producers! But I'll be doing most of the songs from the 
previous Spectropop party:

Breakwaways: That's How It Goes
Ronettes: Be My Baby
Jackie Trent: Take Me Away

There will also be a couple of new treats, one of 'em seasonal! 
But that's secret until the party. Shhhhh!

I am currently covered in glitter, glue and satin, making 
gorgeous decorations from the girl-tastic sheet music scanned 
my way by that devil Mick Patrick. Is there a better way to 
spend a Tuesday evening? I think not.

Elisabeth x

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Message: 2 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 20:03:37 -0000 From: Varese Vintage Subject: Andrea Carroll Greetings from the brain trust at Varèse Vintage. We are working on a CD collection called GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS to be released sometime next year. We would like to include the song "It Hurts To Be Sixteen" by Andrea Carroll, but we need to locate her so she can sign off on the licensing. We know she was originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but we are unsure of her current whereabouts. Any help would be appreciated. Anyone with information can contact Varèse Vintage's Cary E. Mansfield directly via email at -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 22:05:28 -0000 From: Richard Tearle Subject: Re: Lonnie Donegan I was a little younger than Richard W, nevertheless he quite rightly says, 'the light came on'. Having no instruments didn't deter us from forming a skiffle group called The Four Deuces - despite the fact that there were only 3 of us! Lonnie's influence can never be understated in the UK, but it came as a surprise (a pleasant one) to read Mick's account of his career in the US. My thanks to both for enlightening me and helping keeping the Lonnie phenomenon going... Richard (T) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 22:06:53 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Pastel Vespa Mr Botticelli asked if anyone had Pastel Vespa - well I do, and I love it to pieces! Been playing it quite a bit - mainly to try and find out just how she has managed to turn things like "Teenage Dirtbag" and "The Boys are Back In Town" into Claudine Longet soundalikes!! I kid you not! But then that very strange Bob Downe (Aussie comedian) is involved so the whole thing must be a wind-up anyway... but a rather nice one. Viva L'Anarchie! Kingsley -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 23:44:07 -0700 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Re: Vontastics' "Day Tripper": an original? zombie7123 wrote: > Please help me dispel this bizarre urban legend: A > long-ago friend of mine once claimed that the song > "Day Tripper" was actually written by members of a > soul group called the Vontastics, NOT John Lennon What a great story. Such a great story indeed that, like "Paul Is Dead" I have decided to believe in it 100%. Reminds me of the old rumour that Otis Redding wrote "Satisfaction". Regards, Guy. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 22:29:58 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: Party Pics Wow! Nice pictures. You guys look fairly fit and trim for (somewhat) aging record collectors. I can't show up to the US party all fat and out of shape.... I'll need to start jogging now!! For the record: Kingsley doesn't look, "outdoorsy" at all (I think that was the description I read of him??) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 15:40:48 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: The Pescimint Twist Phil M: > Also hanging around that Starlighters scene was Joe Pesci, > as a valet, or dancer, or some such. Laugh all you want to > at the image of Pesci dancing the Peppermint Twist, just > don't let him catch you doing so. I heard that he was a jazz guitarist and use to play with the likes of Pat Martino (is that last name right) before he went into films. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 20:33:37 EST From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: Lonnie Donegan and Phil Spector Oh the Rock Island Line she's a mighty good road. The Rock Island Line is the road to ride Rock Island Line is a mighty good road and if you want to ride it got to ride it like you find it get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line I owned that great record as a teen long before I heard of Huddie Ledbetter or knew that Lonnie Donegan was a Brit. Seems like people are dropping like flies. Scary. As always Mick does the good work--on the informatrion and on the obit. Thanks, it's such a pleasure to have you as our personal writer and guru - but no mention of "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour?" Rashkovsky -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 19:34:42 EST From: Paul Richards Subject: Re: The Parade I'd love to hear the album,hope it gets a UK re-issue soon, Welcome Allen xxxx -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 02:17:56 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: Andrea Carroll I can't help you regarding Andrea Carroll but funny you should mention GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS - I was just about to ask abut a series of compilations (15, 16 of them - maybe more) put together by "The Girlfriends" - I saw them this weekend and debated whether I should pick some up. Does anyone have any information on these compilations on Marginal? Thanks a bunch! :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2002 22:35:38 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: B's can be Groovy As a counter to Phil M's Made to B Bad… Those with good memories may recall I played Pam Dickinson's "Now That You're My Baby" to musica and raved about her other Monument 45 (which I didn't have), "(He's A) Bad Boy". Well Mr. Wonderful, the postie, turned up at my door today and inside the brown papered parcel, he gave me was… I must admit my first play after such a long time left me thinking; maybe I'd overdone the praise. It wasn't long though 'til the record was well and truly under my skin. Keeping Carol King's wonderful 'simple' arrangement and delivery intact, Ray Stevens adds a few beautiful extras, gorgeous heavenly backing vocals and organ etc. Okay, what about the A side? Sweet, very nice but if Ray had asked my advice I'd have told him to swap A & B sides. Phil's advice may have been to suggest he arranged for Pam to sing the first page of Nashville's phone book, accompanied by bagpipes! Judge the record for yourself, now playing on musica. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 18:47:38 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: I meant "Good Lovin'" Javed: > The Rascals had already scored 4 chart hits before "Groovin" > including the top 10 "Good Lovin' which Felix sang the lead on.. > Also the biggest hit the Rascals had with Eddie on lead > "How Can I Be Sure" came after "Groovin. You're right, "Good Lovin'" was the first that Felix sang and the first big hit for the Rascals. Despite "How Can I Be Sure?" Felix pretty much took over as the lead vocalist once "Good Lovin'" took off. > How about Gene Clark of the Byrds as another example > of the lead singer who was not always the lead singer Not only the lead singer, but the principal songwriter for the first two lps and "8 Miles High" too. Kinda like Brian Jones, Clark was the main man in the beginning. I remember meeting him and showing him my promos singles on CBS from his solo lp. He started signing them and I said, "Hey Gene, you don't have to sign those too." "I made 'em, I'm gonna sign 'em," he replied. Of course, I'm glad he did. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 03:20:15 -0000 From: Billy G Spradlin Subject: Re: Davy Jones speeded-up > I've always loved "I'll Be True To You (Yes I Will)". > The Hollies did a nice job on the same one and probably > went first, no? I believe some USA act recorded it first - not sure. It sounds like a surefire girl group song to me. Anyone here knows who recorded it first?? I love the Hollies version of it too, like a lot of their early singles Imperial couldn't get USA stations to play it or didn't promote it well enough! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 18:56:48 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Lovin' Spoonful Live Hey Varese, What the hell happened with the live Spoonful LP that you were gonna put out a couple of years ago? Was that the same gig that Jerry Yester has on tape? Since I never got to see my favorite band live in their heyday I'd like to at least hear what they sounded like back then. It was pre-fame days as I recall. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 06:19:39 +0100 From: Frank Subject: Re: "Leader Of The Pack" Cast Album Stuffed Animal: > In my opinion, this ["Leader Of The Pack" Cast Album] > excellent recording of Barry-Greenwich classics is just > as essential as Phil Spector's Christmas album. I totally agree with you. This double LP is an absolute must for any Spector fan. I burnt a CD of it a couple of years ago and haven't stopped playing it ever since. Not only is it a shame that it was never officially released on CD but I've heard that copies of a video of the show were going around for a while and I've been trying to get one ever since. Frank -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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