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Spectropop - Digest Number 696

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. half-songs
           From: Phil Milstein 
      2. Re: What's for Dessert Ma??/??
           From: James Botticelli 
      3. Burt Bacharach, Johnnie Walker and Jimmy Breedlove
           From: Mike Edwards 
      4. Re: Pitney, Sedaka & Wine
           From: Mick Patrick 
      5. Toni Wine Discography (from Philately # 7)
           From: Mike Edwards 
      6. Re: The making... and remaking... of a HIT
           From: Antonio Vizcarra 
      7. Peter James/PJ Proby
           From: Ian Chapman 
      8. Re: Sedaka/Pitney
           From: Andrew Jones 
      9. Win a Date with the Bubblegum Queen
           From: Kim Cooper 
     10. PJ Proby and Peter James
           From: Mike Edwards 
     11. Toni Wine, Jeff Barry and The Archies
           From: Stuffed Animal 
     12. Helen Shapiro; Pual Evans-Fred Tobias
           From: Mike Edwards 
     13. Re: Peter James Proby?
           From: Richard Tearle 
     14. Thanks, Way to go Ian and PJ = PJ?
           From: Martin Roberts 
     15. Hallucinating over.....
           From: Bob Rashkow 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 20:49:10 +0000
   From: Phil Milstein 
Subject: half-songs

In the Trends I Sure Hope Don't Catch On dept.: A 
Boston-based radio station I heard while sitting in a 
cafe today, broadcasting an uninspired yet inoffensive 
program of "smooth jazz" oldies such as George Benson, 
AWB, Sade and Bill Withers, was restricting all its 
material to HALF-LENGTHS ONLY! They were smooth, alright 
-- smoothly segued one to the other as if to obscure the 
fact that the songs were all severely truncated. I even 
stuck around well past the eating of my cookie, drinking 
of my tea and reading of my article just to make sure 
this was no brief aberration but rather station policy. 
Suffice to say that if the former were the case I wouldn't 
be writing this URGENT WARNING now.

Perhaps if they played a more exciting mix of music, their 
listeners might be expected to have attention spans long 
enough to allow for the completion of three-minute songs.

Compare this to a station I heard in New Hampshire last 
week, which was playing occasional five-song sets suggested, 
via e-mail, by its listeners. The difference between the two 
is a bit apples-and-oranges, I admit, but they represent 
tangibly differing directions in commercial radio 

--Phil M.

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Message: 2 Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 21:26:17 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: What's for Dessert Ma??/?? JB: >> What did you do when "Strawberry Shortcake" was recorded? Artie Wayne wrote: > James.......Sorry...I don't remember. short term memory...second to go! long term though? thimk! thimk! Jes' funnin' y'all...We be doin' the Inconsequentalia on this dancefloor on one level. But for pure history, Spectropop cain't be beat. jb / wearin' WalMart glasses to read e-mail these daze~! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 04:46:38 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Burt Bacharach, Johnnie Walker and Jimmy Breedlove The Hitmaker Archive is a very detailed listing of all of Burt Bacharach's songs but there are a couple of titles I do not see listed that I would appreciate your input on. "Rain From The Skies" was released by Adam Wade on Epic in early 1963 and makes the list. It is a Bacharach-David song for which Burt Bacharach did the arrangement. Another version of this song by Johnnie Walker on Tollie 9017 (1964) is not listed. Is this the former Radio Caroline and current BBC2 DJ? I e-mailed him but got no reply. Does anyone know of a UK release for this version? The summer 1974 edition of Bomp Magazine has a Tollie label listing and Greg Shaw describes Tollie 9017 as "a good Beatle imitation (prod. by Bacharach & David)" "You're Following Me" (Bacharach-Hilliard) was released by Perry Como in late 1961 and this too makes the list, as does a UK cover version by Peter Gordeno (UK Parlophone). There was another version released in the UK by US R&B singer, Jimmy Breedlove, on Pye International 7N25121, which is not in the Hitmaker Archive. Does anyone know of a US release for Jimmy's version? Toni Wine wrote a lot of excellent material recorded by the Mindbenders (I thought I'd try to get current!). "Ashes To Ashes" and "Can't Live With You" were great records. The Mindbenders had an earlier UK hit with Wayne Fontana entitled "Stop Look And Listen". The writers are Jim Breedlove and Patricia Brown. Is this the same Jimmy Breedlove as above? Thanks, Mike Edwards [PS - Thank you Martin for playing Peter James' Stage Door to musica] -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 08:35:38 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Pitney, Sedaka & Wine John Rausch: > I read a recent thread on another website referring to Neil > Sedaka making a demo of "It Hurts To Be In Love", which was > ultimately given to Pitney who recorded on the mono track > with drums added and it was mentioned that one can hear Neil > in the background on the mono version. Now that I read this > it makes sense to me that this could have been a Neil Sedaka > recording, since it sounds like the same groove of many other > Sedaka hits of the era. Anyone? Allow me. The following is in the words of Gene Pitney, as told to my pal Roger Dopson, from the massive foldout booklet that comes with Sequel NEECD 380, "Looking Through Gene Pitney - The Ultimate Collection". It's the best Pitney interview I've ever read: "...My next really big one was "It Hurts To Be In Love", which came about as a result of one of those things that happen to you in your career, over which you have no real control, but which exert a really strong influence. I'd gone to see Don Kirshner at Screen Gems Music...Don was very good because he was one of the few successful publishers who, instead of playing things which sounded as close as they could to your last hit, would play things which were different, that took you down other avenues. He played me the Neil Sedaka demo of "It Hurts To Be In Love", and I said to him,'That's a hit song...why are you playing that for me?' He said that Neil had just changed producer, and his new people didn't want any baggage coming with him from his previous deal, and they'd thrown it out! So I told Don, 'I'll take it - and the backing track is so good, can you get me that also?' Don called me back later and said, 'You got it'. I took the track into the same studio where Neil had cut his demo, and I brought in the same girl who'd done the background vocals on the demo, Toni Wine - she went on to become a successful songwriter - and I did the song exactly as Neil did it. That record was Gene Pitney singing Neil Sedaka!..." For the record, "It Hurts To Be In Love" was written by Howard Greenfield and Helen Miller, who are also the accredited joint producers and arrangers on the original single. I do not own a stereo version of this track, but I can confirm that there is no trace of Neil Sedaka's original demo vocal on mono pressings. Toni's backing vocals ("to be in lurve") are dee-lish. Maybe Allan could get her side of the story for us. MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 05:28:55 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Toni Wine Discography (from Philately # 7) I set up a folder in the photo section of the members' area entitled "Toni Wine Discography" in which I placed two jpeg image scans of her recorded songs and compositions from issue #7 of Philately magazine. In terms of completeness, there are probably a few titles missing for example, I don't see all of Toni's Mindbenders' songs listed here. It was, though, an awesome achievement by J.D., as in the '80s he would not have had anything like the access to information that we have today. One other point the first page features a couple of very attractive pictures of Toni. Enjoy, Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 12:25:51 +0100 From: Antonio Vizcarra Subject: Re: The making... and remaking... of a HIT Billy: > And the interesting thing is that Snuff cut two versions of > "Sure Gonna Miss Her" with Gary - the mono single version > features the horns but never was mixed into true stereo until > EMI's 1990s "Legendary Masters Series" CD......I kind of like > the second version better than the single, there's some really > tasty drum fills (by Jim Keltner?) that are missing from the > single version. The first time I heard the true stereo mix was on a Rhino vinyl compilation of Gary Lewis and the playboys released in the mid eighties and I agree with Billy that the stereo version is much better than the mono mix, specially the drum fills. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 22:10:54 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Peter James/PJ Proby Martin (who else?!) said: > When Ian was a young lad, for the sake of musical > appreciation in later years, his mother would lock him in > a darkened cellar for hours at a time. Of course this did > have its drawbacks. Many are the times when he's had to be > coaxed down from lamp fittings where his ankles had > happily suspended him. BUT it did have the desired effect > of educating his hearing to sounds that most mortals cannot > hear. I know of many vocalists singing under group names or > aliases that he has correctly identified. But the notion that > P.J. Proby moonlighted under the name Peter James for at least > seven singles is a new one to me. The time frame fits: first > record in 1960 for Silver, 02 on Liberty, 03 on Reprise and a > final 1966 release for Warner Brothers. I've got another > Reprise Peter James 45 (sadly not the Nitzsche produced "You > Won't Forget Me") and yes, I'd say it could be him. But what > about the danger of detection I can't think Liberty in the > UK would have been too happy if they'd found out and why > didn't the master of vocal styles attempt to disguise his > voice? And to this day, I still walk with a limp.......... But flattering though your faith in my cochlear ability is Martin, I can't make up my mind about Peter and PJ. True, the voices are similar in places on "You Won't Forget Me" - yet the similarity is less evident on the flipside. But as you rightly say, PJ was a master of vocal styles, so how would we know which was the "real" PJ voice anyway? I agree it seems unlikely. But....*P*eter *J*ames....PJ... it just seems too tantalising a link. So I say we throw it open - "You Won't Forget Me" is now up on musica, guys (along with "Stage Door")- lend us your ears, take a listen and let us know what you think. Peter or PJ? - or will it be a case of 9 out of 10 Spectropoppers, when asked, couldn't tell the difference....... Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 10:26:01 -0500 (EST) From: Andrew Jones Subject: Re: Sedaka/Pitney John Rausch: > Now that I read this it makes sense to me that this could have > been a Neil Sedaka recording, since it sounds like the same > groove of many other Sedaka hits of the era. I have a Gene Pitney Fan Club cassette which has a bit of an interview in which Gene tells how he "stole" the recording from Neil. Apparently, Neil made that recording just before switching labels (according to Gene), and neither his old label (RCA?) nor his new one wanted to release it, so Gene somehow got permission to use the instrumental track, and the rest is history. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 09:05:19 -0800 From: Kim Cooper Subject: Win a Date with the Bubblegum Queen WIN A DATE WITH THE BUBBLEGUM QUEEN Do you have what it takes to be crowned The Bubblegum King? If so, you can be The Bubblegum Queen's special companion at the Bubblegum Achievement Awards on January 18, 2003 at the Magic Castle. The winner will be greeted at the Castle door by his Queen, sit by her side during a glamorous dinner, and share all her regal adventures during this glittery night of gummy pink pleasure. To enter, you'll need to submit an essay of no more than 500 words explaining why you think you should be The Bubblegum King, and what kind of ice cream sundae you would make for The Bubblegum Queen on her birthday. You can include a photograph if you wish. All entries must be received by January 8, 2003, and the winner will be notified by January 11. Entrants must be 21 years of age or older and expect to be in Hollywood on January 18, 2003. Submit your entry by email or send it to PO Box 461626, Hollywood, CA 90046-1626. Thank you for playing and GOOD LUCK! More Bubblegum Awards and Bubblegum Queen info is at regards, Kim Cooper Editrix Scram Magazine -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 23:36:10 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: PJ Proby and Peter James My original inquiry re: Peter James was whether or not the song he recorded for US Liberty in 1963, "Wind Me Up, Let Me Go" was the same song that was a big UK hit for Cliff Richard about 18 months later. This led to the speculation that Peter James could have been another alias for PJ Proby. From what I recall Mr. Proby was not a reticent individual. I cannot see, how with his residing in England and Cliff Richard in the top-10 with "Wind Me Up, Let Me Go", that he would not have let on that he had recorded the original version. We pretty soon found out that he had written the Searchers' "Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya"! Now, of course, if Peter James' "Wind Me Up, Let Me Go" was not the same song as Cliff Richard's, then all bets are off as far as I am concerned. So, back to my original inquiry. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 17:47:06 +0000 From: Stuffed Animal Subject: Toni Wine, Jeff Barry and The Archies Scanning the BMI database, I came a across a song, "If We Both Hold On", written by Toni Wine and Jeff Barry. This appears to be the only song they ever wrote together. Does Ms. Wine remember anything about the song . . . when it was written, who it was written for, and if it was recorded? Also, what is the real story behind why she quit singing on Archies records in 1969? Stuffed Animal -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 23:53:23 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Helen Shapiro; Pual Evans-Fred Tobias Thanks to the help of fellow Spectropoppers, I was able to track down the US original versions (or lack thereof) of some key Helen Shapiro titles. Songwriter Paul Evans has a website and I emailed him regarding two songs that we were not able to nail down. Paul kindly responded: "Re: "When You Hurt Me I Cry" and "No Trespassin'". I wish I could help more - but I can't. ;-( To the best of my knowledge neither song was covered. But don't forget, Mike, that's only to the best of my knowledge - and we're talking about (Oh, m'God) 40 year old songs here. PS I checked with my co-writer, Fred Tobias, and he blanks on any covers, too." My conclusion? Helen Shapiro cut the originals as part of her "Helen In Nashville" album and a very nice job she made of them. Regarding one of his own 45s, Paul went on to say: "Thanks for your comment on "Fish in the Ocean". That was originally supposed to be an "A" side. It wound up, however, on the "other" side of "Happy Go Lucky Me" and "Happy Go Lucky Me" wound up in the Top Ten on the Billboard charts." Three cheers for Paul! You've gotta love it when guys take out some time for the fans. A more than just a "Roses Are Red" type of guy! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 22:42:24 -0000 From: Richard Tearle Subject: Re: Peter James Proby? Ian Chapman: > I can't make up my mind about Peter and PJ. True, the voices > are similar in places on "You Won't Forget Me" - yet the > similarity is less evident on the flipside. But as you > rightly say, PJ was a master of vocal styles, so how would we > know which was the "real" PJ voice anyway? I agree it seems > unlikely. But....*P*eter *J*ames....PJ... it just > seems too tantalising a link. Just to add something to this message, after PJ's 'fall from grace' - ie the trouser splitting incident - he appeared on a British 'talent' show called Opportunity Knocks billed as 'The Mystery Singer' and wore a mask to stop him being identified - however, the movements and the voice gave him away immediately. So obvious that I doubt he even tried to disguise himself! Spectropoppers everywhere will be able to confirm for me the two 'myths' about PJ: 1) that he used to 'demo' for Elvis, and 2) that he wrote "Walk Don't Run" for the Ventures under the name of Jim Smith... Recording under different names is certainly not new and almost always for contractual reasons - arguably John Lee Hooker could accrue the most credits under different names.. Cheers Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 23:19:35 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Thanks, Way to go Ian and PJ = PJ? Marvellous to read all these musical riddles being solved on the site: We've got Louise from the (Phil Spector) Lovelites, Artie Wayne, Toni Wine, Marc Wirtz, just too many to name check them all. But thanks so much for your input. What are the chances of Phil popping in for Christmas? Slim, very, very slim, but no harm in wishing! Great to hear Peter James 'You Won't Forget Me" playing on musica, thanks Ian. I have it on tape or CD somewhere but still use my record player for my main musical pleasure. I do hope this isn't getting boring for our American cousins but I've just played PJ's "Opportunity" to musica. What, not another one! Along with Mick's mention of "People Say" this is another strong PJ (confused? I am) sounding vocal. Am I right to assume that P.J. Proby is held in a much higher regard in the UK/Europe than the US? While checking it was 'safe' to play certain tracks to Spectropop there seemed to be no US reissues of his work. In Britain I can easily think of three or four recent ones. In his pre 'STAR' days he wrote some great songs and although some of his later 60s work might be described as 'middle of the road' he would always throw in a track that would have you singing in the aisles. Hopefully in a week or so I might have some info on 'is he or isn't he' but don't hold your breath! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2002 19:25:28 -0500 From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Hallucinating over..... Thank you Stewart and Jimmy Bee, the Hallucinations sound like a fab experience & with Wolf's musical tastes, must have had an intriguing sound. I'm really glad Pitney did "IHTBIL" altho I have the utmost respect both for the Great Gene and for Sedaka. '62 must have been the year that Neil Sedaka switched from Screen Gems to forming Aldon Music with Greenfield (am I getting this right?! I'm aware he stayed on the RCA label until approx. '67 as a singer!) I'm also glad, sorry Artie Wayne, that the Keep The Ball Rollin' arrangement stuck; if I can't groove to Strawberry Shortcake KTBR will do instead!!! BTW I recently found out that KTBR was used as recently as 1978 or so as a pro football team's theme song! Pretty clever... While we're still on Bobbie Gentry let's not forget "Fancy", a wonderful little tune that crawled halfway up the chart for her in Jan. '70 and no doubt was even bigger on the country stations - in Chicago it debuted at the same time that these 4 guys from New York were singing about a girl who "lets her hair down when the sun comes up..."! Singer by the name of Don Young (I think) had a simultaneous version -- possibly a bigger hit on the West Coast? Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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