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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)
                  http://www.spectropop.com/Jamie.htm
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There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Phil Spector's Xmas Album
           From: Keith Beach 
      2. Queens
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      3. New here...
           From: Lounge Laura Taylor 
      4. Re: Bobby Russell
           From: Eddy Smit 
      5. Artie's Song
           From: David Feldman 
      6. Rock Flowers / Now Generation / Bubblegum Babylon
           From: Patrick Rands 
      7. Craig Douglas
           From: Tony 
      8. Re:  Bubblegum Babylon
           From: Lounge Laura Taylor 
      9. Go Spectropoppers!
           From: Artie Wayne 
     10. Re: The Archies
           From: Stuffed Animal 


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Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 10:37:18 -0000
   From: Keith Beach 
Subject: Phil Spector's Xmas Album

Had a call to tell me "Phil Spector's Xmas Album" was 
advertised on Breakfast TV this morning (I never watch it 
myself...you never have a gun when you need one!). Claims to 
be digitally remastered by Phil himself, so it's probably just 
a reissue of the one from a couple of years back on Abcko. But 
it's nice to have TV advertising eh?

Next year is the 40th anniversary of the album...so Mr Spector, 
if you do get to read this, can we have a special reissue with 
lots of extras etc.?

Keith Beach



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Message: 2 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 11:19:03 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Queens Pekka wrote: > "JB's letter brings back memories of my trip to NY in August > when I took the time to go to Cambria Heights, Queens, to > look at Andrew Jackson High School, which the Shangri-Las > attended. This was before school started, unfortunately, > so the place was closed and empty. On my way back to Manhattan > I stopped at MOMA, which had a fantastic exhibition of five > vintage and new cars, among them a mint Jaguar E-type. On the > subway you also pass Shea Stadium of Beatles '65 fame, so > Queens is well worth a visit!" I also went to that MOMA exhibition in July...wish I had had a bit more time to get to Cambria Heights, but I was so into the touristy things that reference points like that had to take a back seat...next time.. I went by bus, and chatting to the driver (is that allowed in NY??) he announced himself to be half-American, half-Chinese and half-English!! Family from Stevenage! Maths not a strong point. I was struck, however, by the way the whole feel and vibe of the area changed once you were over the Queensboro Bridge into Queens, where MOMA has its temporary home. It is housed in an old staples factory, and the surrounding area is SO different to Manhattan. I felt the same when we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, but at the end of the walkway there was a chrome 'n' pink upholstery diner to enjoy. Very local - even with three policemen getting breakfast in the corner. It was easy to close your eyes in both locations and imagine The Shangs or Dion hanging out. Finger pops still echo... Kingsley -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 06:17:11 -0800 (PST) From: Lounge Laura Taylor Subject: New here... Hello, just wanted to say hi! DJ Jimmy Bee drafted me, and I bet I know some other folks, too. Looking forward to learning a lot! LLT ===== "It's just my nature to do weird stuff" - Les Baxter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 17:16:14 +0100 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: Bobby Russell Jeff Lemlich wrote in response to information on Bobby Russell: > Oh no, not a Bobby Russell question! Someone shut me up > before I get down on my knees and testify to the majesty of > Nashville pop!....... Wow! Thanks a bundle, Jeff. Do you happen to have any information on the track "Honey"? Apparently it's been around since 1965 and was actually recorded. But was it released? Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 12:56:45 -0500 From: David Feldman Subject: Artie's Song Allan Rinde wrote: > I've played Artie Wayne's "Where Does A Rock And Roll Singer > Go" to musica (in mid-quality stereo VBR, for the technically > minded). Thanks for uploading this song, which I'd never heard. What a great addition Artie, Allan, and Toni have been to the list. Thanks so much for participating. Dave -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 18:02:24 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Rock Flowers / Now Generation / Bubblegum Babylon Yes, Mick is right, I've been the one who brings up the Rock Flowers the most here - I've had an obsession with them and the Clingers and have been collecting all things to do with them for awhile. A couple of things worth noting - someone just posted some Jeff Barry productions worth checking out and I'd like point out there is a rare Rock Flowers 45 (info on it maybe linked in Mick's post hopefully) with I believe 4 songs co-written by Jeff Barry and all of them are excellent - especially the tune "I Wish I Had a Monkey" - my wife loves that one too! Also worth noting that our friend Mikey here at Spectropop knows of some unreleased Rock Flowers tunes which he has said will be issued someday in the future - maybe he can tell us if anything has happened with those songs yet - I'd sure love to hear them! Jeff mentioned the Now Generation - and Bergen White - now Bergen White has a fantastic album and some singles I have on a CDR - really lovely stuff, so I was excited to see him mentioned in a message regarding the Now Generation. Check out this link - for more info on the Now Generation (an always funny look at things here believe me!): http://franklarosa.com/vinyl/Exhibit.jsp?AlbumID=43 Finally did anyone see Bubblegum Babylon on VH1 over the weekend? Is this a new show or had it been previously boradcast? It was a pretty damn fine look at the bubblegum genre. The most thrilling bit I thought was on the Cowsills, a truly amazing story worth the telling. Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 19:50:53 -0000 From: Tony Subject: Craig Douglas Country Paul wrote: > Interesting to this Yank (from the northeastern US, so the > term fits) to see a mention of Craig Douglas. I have an early > 60s 45 of his on London, "Love Her While She's Young". Was > this a hit? And was he a major artist or actor in the UK?" Craig Douglas charted in the UK 11 times between 1959 and 1963, including a #1 with "Only 16", a cover of the Sam Cooke hit ... Craig's recording being one of the very few times (IMHO) that the cover surpassed the original. He also covered "A Teenager In Love", "Pretty Blue Eyes", "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" and recorded two different versions of "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" .. Auntie BBC wouldn't play the original as they didn't care for the lyrics. Some non-charting covers he made include "Dream Lover", and a superlative rendition of Larry Hall's "Sandy". See For Miles issued a CD in 1989 entitled "Only 16" SEE CD 34, a 20 song compilation of basically his Top Rank/EMI material. The title Country Paul mentions, "Love Her While She's Young", appears to be from 63/64, and was a Decca recording. Excerpt from CD liner notes .. "Oddly enough, the Beatles had once been Craig's backing group, and it happened at the Liverpool Empire in October, 1962. 'Little Richard was on tour with Sam Cooke and I was asked to deputise for Sam Cooke at short notice. The Beatles agreed to back me and even though they couldn't read music, they picked up my songs at one rehearsal. They had their own spot in the show and they stayed on to back me while I closed the first half. 'Love Me Do' was on the charts and even then they were a hard act to follow'." Tony -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 12:58:44 -0800 (PST) From: Lounge Laura Taylor Subject: Re: Bubblegum Babylon Patrick wrote: > Finally did anyone see Bubblegum Babylon on VH1 over the > weekend? Is this a new show or had it been previously > broadcast? Hi, Patrick I missed that, unfortunately, but yes, it's new. Anybody know when it'll repeat? Thanks, LLT ===== "It's just my nature to do weird stuff"-Les Baxter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 09:54:16 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Go Spectropoppers! I had a chance to check out the Spectropop site...I loved it !!! ...But like Disneyworld, you can't see it all in one day. As I was getting lost, these lyrics came to mind....... "They rock on computers all day long.......... hoppin' and a-boppin' to a sixties song. All the cats and chicks rock to the beat...... down on the corner of memory Street. Spectropoppin'....Spectropoppin' ......Go Spectropoppers, somethin's really gonna' pop tonight!!!" regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 21:11:12 +0000 From: Stuffed Animal Subject: Re: The Archies Allan Rinde on the Archies: > Here's what Toni had to say on this - "Although I did oodles of > sessions with Joey Levine, Ellie Greenwich, Ronnie Dante and Billy > Carr (aka Jamie Carr), all of us as a unit never sang together as > the Archies. If we did sing together - at the same time on the same > session - it would have been strictly as background vocals, possibly > even for a Jeff Barry production, but not for an Archies session." Thank you so much. Toni Wine has settled once and for all the question of whether she and Ellie Greenwich sang together on Archies records. Stuffed Animal -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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