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Spectropop - Digest Number 665

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 2 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Rascals
           From: James B Gerwitz 
      2. Party / Dickinson / musica / Vontastics / more
           From: Country Paul 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 21:17:50 -0800
   From: James B Gerwitz 
Subject: Re: Rascals

Dan Hughes writes:
> "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" was played by a LOT of garage
> bands, and the reason I bought their first album.

Plenty of  those garage/bar/college bands changed one word of the title,
which made the tune popular among the beer boys in my neck of the woods
around Buffalo, regardless of how high the song went on the charts. Eddie
also sang a fine loungey/wedding band version of "More" on the COLLECTIONS 
LP, some slow dancin verses mixed with rockin Hammond from Felix. Of course 
in those days "More" was filler compared to all their other killer stuff.

tonawanda jim

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Message: 2 Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 02:02:06 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Party / Dickinson / musica / Vontastics / more Admin wrote: "Spectropop's very own Elisabeth Kurtis is throwing > her own bash, Slow Fizz - A Night Of Girl Group Heaven - in > Manchester, next Saturday, Nov. 9th. All Spectropoppers are > invited to attend, free of charge. Some members will even be > manning the turntables. If London was too far to travel, why > not hop in the car 'up north' and join us." My car would have a hard time driving across the Atlantic, so I'll have to be there in spirit and look forward to the possible NYC gathering. The pictures from the party look like you had great fun - now I can put faces to some of the names. Thanks for the post. Mikey wrote about "a solo LP on Brunswick, caled "Little Joe Pesci Sure Can Sing." Could he? Anyone heard it? Javed notes: "How about Gene Clark of the Byrds as another example of the lead singer who was not always the lead singer?" My favorite Byrd. The original mix of his first solo album with the Gosdin Brothers has some of the best "Byrdsmusic" ever. (Avoid the hollow second mix. I think later reissues have the original.) Martin Roberts: I second checking out Pam Dickinson's "Bad Boy" on musica. I may have been the first to bring it up on the list, as it has been a longtime fave of mine. I like the simplicity of Carole King's original, but it sounds like a demo to my ears compared to Ray Stevens' work with Ms. Dickinson. For grins, I did a Google search for any bio info; found none, but did find two non-Monument 45's on someone's auction list: GAMBIT 1109 PAM DICKINSON FUNNY AGE (shown as being on the KQV Top 450 12/21/63 and 1/4/64) WHIRL 82894 PAMELA DICKINSON TAKE AN OLE COLD TATER (from '65; the old Little Jimmy Dickens country hit; wonder if there's a relationship) Steve Harvey wrote: "Eddie sang 'I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore,' but I'd hardly call it a hit, at least by 'Good Lovin'' proportions." Steve, it was initially much bigger in New York than elsewhere; that big "yeah" still fills dance floors with people of a certain age group - oops, us! Steve continues, "Nothing on Eddie, I've always liked his singing." Me, too; and he still "has it." His is always the defining voice of the Rascals to my ears. I must also confess, I pefer the Olympics' "Good Lovin'" to the Rascals. One more mea culpa: I had mistakenly credited "Compared to What?" to Gil Scott-Heron. His album, with its lead track, "Johannesburg," was contemporaneous with Gene McDaniel's "The Left Reverend Eugene McD" which had a version of the song that got a lot of airplay at WHCN in Hartford, CT. (Hope no one got too upset.) Singing Bodies: they are kidding, right? And Miss Toni Fisher's "Gloomy Sunday" is equally painful, but differently. Don't ask why, but somehow three Vontastics 45's wound up in my collection. All were sent directly by Chess, the distributor, and are either DJ copies or first commercial pressings on St. Lawrence Records: 1007 - Peace of Mind (wr. Raymond Penn)/No Love For Me (wr. Bobby Newsome) (noted as "r&b hit, late '65") 1014 - Day Tripper (wr. Lennon & McCartney)/My Baby {wr. Bobby Newsome) (noted as "hit, summer '66") 1023 - You Can Work It Out/Never Let Your Love Grow Cold (both wr. Bobby Newsome) (noted as "no hit 12/66") I made the notes on the sleeves at the time. If it charted anywhere or got lots of local airplay somewhere, I deemed it a "hit." While I've never worried much about chart positions, CashBox and for a while Record World were also authoritative sources, although Record World's charts always had the least credibility *rumor had it they could be "influenced") and Billboard ultimately emerged as the standard. CB & BB used different methodologies. One (I think CB) fudged airplay into consideration when weighting their listings. More later, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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