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Spectropop - Digest Number 703

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 18 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Lori Burton's BREAKOUT
           From: Stuffed Animal 
      2. Re: favorite British sounding American band
           From: Freeman Carmack 
      3. Re: Finding the Parade
           From: Mark Frumento 
      4. Open the door, Richard.
           From: Steve Harvey 
      5. Kama Sutra: The Vacels & The Boys
           From: Karl Baker 
      6. Re: Helen Miller / the Reflections
           From: Mike Edwards 
      7. Ecology songs
           From: r13dodo 
      8. Re: Artie Wayne's Christmas Tree
           From: Eric Charge 
      9. Re: Toni Wine & Helen Miller
           From: Alan Warner 
     10. Re: Bobbie Gentry
           From: Aliled 
     11. re: the Parade
           From: Justin McDevitt 
     12. Re: Lori Burton
           From: Marc 
     13. Bells 'n Brummels
           From: Bob Rashkow 
     14. The 45 Club Sat the 14th in Hollywood
           From: Leonardo Flores 
     15. Re: Strawberry Jam / Jamme
           From: Jonathan Litchfield 
     16. Re: Lori Burton in Whyte Boots
           From: Martin Roberts 
     17. A Spoonful of covers.
           From: Steve Harvey 
     18. Re: Bobbie Gentry
           From: Bill George 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 18:39:54 +0000
   From: Stuffed Animal 
Subject: Re: Lori Burton's BREAKOUT

Guy Lawrence:
> Digging out the Jackson Five's ABC album to check on G. Clinton credits
> got me wondering about Pam Sawyer, who wrote "2-4-6-8" - one of one of
> my favourite records, and Lori Burton with whom she frequently worked
> with. Anyway, I came across this fascinating Lori Burton biog:
> which should be of
> great interest to all Specropoppers. Didn't know she made a solo album
> for Mercury in '67? I bet there's someone on the group who can tell me
> all about it!

Lori Burton's Mercury album, titled BREAKOUT! is nothing less than fabulous.
She looks like a cross between Ronnie Spector and Cher on the album 
sleeve, and sounds like a cross between Janis Joplin and Timi Yuro on the 
ten album tracks.  Every cut was written and produced by Sawyer-Burton, and 
nearly every one is a kick-ass raver; my faves are "Gotta Make You Love Me," 
"Bye Bye Charlie" and "Nightmare," which was released earlier as a single 
under the name The Whyte Boots.  This LP is one of the most convincing 
arguments for the feminist agenda you'll ever hear . . .  needless to say, 
it's a MUST for all you Spectropoppers.  Leroy Glover wrote the 
arrangements, and do they rock!

Stuffed Animal

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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2002 19:31:12 -0500 From: Freeman Carmack Subject: Re: favorite British sounding American band The Moon; either of their two albums....I thought for sure they were English. Another American band....this time from SOUTH America, Argentina, I believe, with a penchant for Beatlesque flourishes; We All Together, again with convincing English accents. (Thanks to Steve Farquhar for the exposure to both). Great holiday season, everyone, Freeman Carmack -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 01:03:53 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: Finding the Parade The Parade CD was around and seemingly fairly accessible for a while. Now it seems harder to find. However, give Tower Records (URL below) a try. Believe it or not they are one of the few regular retailers to order this kind of material. If something is available they will get it: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2002 17:07:23 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Open the door, Richard. I got into the Shadows when I started to get back into guitar. The Shadows are great music for learning guitar as their tunes a very melodic and easy to recall when picking them out on guitar. Met the Ventures a few years ago and asked them if they ever thought about recording with the Shadows. Bogle said they had met Welch in Japan once, but nothing came of it. Shame. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2002 22:57:58 -0500 From: Karl Baker Subject: Kama Sutra: The Vacels & The Boys I'm hoping that someone in this discussion group can help me with acquiring information about these two groups (The Vacels & The Boys) which recorded for Kama Sutra in '65. In both cases, I'd like to know who were the personnel in these groups. And, in the case of The Boys, can anyone confirm that this is the same group which recorded a single for Cameo (#351) It Ain't Fair/I Want You as well as two singles for SVR? Also, can anyone provide me with a scan of the picture sleeve which accompanied a limited number of copies of their Kama Sutra 45, Splendor In The Grass? Any information will be much appreciated. Karl Baker -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 04:31:51 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Re: Helen Miller / the Reflections Mick Patrick writes: > It seems to me that Helen Miller is one of the most woefully > under-appreciated figures of the 1960s Brill Building scene." Not sure I would go that far, but Helen Miller is definitely interesting and any 45 with her name on the label belongs in our collections. Mick listed some of the titles that she co-wrote with Howard Greenfield (most of them), Roger Atkins and Tony Powers. Two of Helen's songs by Bernadette Castro, "His Lips Get In The Way" (Colpix, 1964) and "A Girl In Love Forgives" (Colpix, 1965) reached #'s 22 and 18 on WQAM in South Florida. Both are very strong girl- group sounds. Both had great flips, too: "Sports Car Sally" and "Get Rid Of Him". The latter was also one of the very few girl-group songs recorded by Dionne Warwick. Helen also wrote a couple that I know of with another S'pop heroine, Pam Sawyer. Pam, you may recall, co-wrote "I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore" for the Young Rascals, which was the subject of a furious debate here on S'pop as to what position it reached in the US charts. The Spring 1976 edition of Bomp magazine featured a Pam Sawyer songography, which lists at least two titles she wrote with Helen Miller: "I Wore Out Our Record" by Dodie Stevens and "You're My Baby" by the Vacels. The latter as Kama Sutra 200 was the first 45 on that label. I don't think it was the original version, though, an honor that belongs to the Reflections (Golden World 19). We were going nuts over this group a few weeks' ago. The label shows: Wr: Steve Venet-Pam Sawyer-Helen Miller Pr: Steve Venet- Helen Miller Ar: Charlie Callelo. Wow, this is the business, isn't it? Mick says of Helen: "she was also a rather good producer". If this Reflections' 45 is anything to go by, she was very very good. Gary Sherman and Artie Ripp (thank- you, St Etienne) did the work on the Vacels' version but the Reflections' blows the doors off it. So there you have a number of threads, now let's enjoy this great record as it is up on musica and what a pleasure it was to play it there for you. Crank it! Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 04:39:03 -0000 From: r13dodo Subject: Ecology songs Hi, I'm compiling a list of pop songs about ecology or pollution from the 60s/70s. Anyone have suggestions? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 05:43:02 -0000 From: Eric Charge Subject: Re: Artie Wayne's Christmas Tree Hi Artie, Thank you for the Motown Christmas story! You answered several questions in one go. I put my Christmas tree up yesterday, to the sounds of your wonderful song. Have a cool yule, Eric -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 04:51:45 -0800 From: Alan Warner Subject: Re: Toni Wine & Helen Miller Can't remember if I replied to Mick's message back in April but Brill Building documentary producer Morgan Neville did indeed interview Helen Miller for the show but it was one of a number of contributions that unfortunately didn't make the final cut of the show. In addition to Mick's fine list of outstanding HM songs, I'd add: CHARMS (written w/Howard Greenfield): a Bobby Vee hit here in '63 RUMORS (again with HG): Johnny Crawford's second 1962 hit after his breakthrough smash "Cindy's Birthday". Alan Warner -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 11:11:23 -0800 (PST) From: Aliled Subject: Re: Bobbie Gentry > Getting back to Bobbie Gentry for a mo', can anyone > recommend a reasonably comprehensive CD set on her? Phil - I'd highly recommend "Ode To Bobbie Gentry", which is on some UK major label subsidiary. Good sound, great selection of tracks and liner notes (I think) from one of the St Etienne guys. You can get it through pretty cheaply. I did compare it to all the other Gentry CDs out there and it's clearly the best. aliled -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 08:33:09 -0600 From: Justin McDevitt Subject: re: the Parade Smokey Roberds wrote: > Justin, Just saw your response to Paul about locating a copy of The > Parade CD! I would also like to find a copy and would appreciate you > forwarding the information to me". To Smokey and Paul, the site from which I purchased the parade import is: I hope that you can find a copy. There was also a link to another site posted to Spectropop in the last day or so. Justin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 15:21:58 -0500 From: Marc Subject: Re: Lori Burton Phil Milstein: > I want to like (Lori Burton's) album more than I actually do. I believe > it is a collection of songwriting demos, which would explain both its > stylistic eclecticism and its underproduction. Pretty cool cover, > though -- talk about your panda-bear eye makeup! I feel the same way, except I LOVE "Gonna Make You Love Me" - shoulda been a hit single! Marc -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 16:54:45 -0500 From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Bells 'n Brummels Bell Records' late 6Ts output before Columbia Pictures bought them is for me a treasure trove just waiting to be explored. Same for their sister labels Mala and Amy. In particular of the fantastic groups I've already been privileged to hear or own on 45 I particularly like The Lemonade Charade, the Butterscotch Caboose and the Balloon Corps, whose Bell entry is "Up In Smoke" (1969?) which I guess you could categorize as "Hard rock power pop"!!! I think there's hundreds more artist hopefuls who contributed their pop, folk and rock talents to Bell during that time. Both Jeff Glenn and Jeff Lemlich are no doubt familiar with many more of them! British wannabes? One of my favorites were the Beau Brummels out of S.F. Long before I found out that Autumn was an American label I was so sure that Sal Valentino and the gang were Brits! Excuse me, time to give "Just A Little" another spin... Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 23:30:55 -0000 From: Leonardo Flores Subject: The 45 Club Sat the 14th in Hollywood Here it is Soul Fans! We are pleased to announce on Saturday December 14th, Southern California's own The 45 Club will have its 8th soulful installment at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood California. Here's what we have in store for you on Saturday: Our Guest DJ this month will be DJ Rena La Reine. A long time 60's music collector/DJ, the14th will mark her first U.S. DJ appearance in over two years. Having lived in England for those two years, she's brought back a set of records that are just nothing short of brilliant. The 45 Club and Universal/UTV Records CD giveaway this month is the all new "Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection". This 21 song collection spans his entire career from his first explosive R&B hit "Fingertips (part2) " at the age of 13 to his classic Motown recordings of "I Was Made to Love Her" and "My Cherie Amour". This CD just doesn't stop there, Stevie Wonder's ultra cool funk 70's hits "Superstition", "Higher Ground" and "Sir Duke" as well as Stevie's experimental seven minute suite "Living in the City" are also included in this collection. This collection also includes an absolute amazing full color booklet of not often seen promo photos and new liners notes written by 60's Detroit DJ Scott Regan. All you have to do is come up to the DJ booth and ask for "Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection" and it's yours. That's it! Only from Universal/UTV Records and The 45 Club. So what about New Years Eve? The 45 Club will be hosting the Knitting Factory's New Years Eve Bash. Two rooms will be available for the evening, The 45 Club's classic Northern Soul/Motown/Girl group floor and The 60's/70's Garage/Beat room. Guest DJ's and other information to be announced next week. Remember The 45 Club is one of the few all vinyl dance club events in town. You never know what great but unknown 6T's Soul 45 might pop up between sets and songs. Looking forward to meeting up with all of you next Saturday, and thanks for making The 45 Club a great experience. Cheers, The 45 Club Saturday, December 14th @ The Knitting Factory 7021 Hollywood Blvd DJ's Aston Martini Uplandmod Soul Bags Justin (MIA) And special guest DJ Rena La Reine 18+ Full Bar w/ID-Drink Specials -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 23:35:23 -0000 From: Jonathan Litchfield Subject: Re: Strawberry Jam / Jamme Further to what others have written, a single was released from the Jamme LP (which itself was also released in Australia on Stateside, SOSL-10082), 'Poor Widow' b/w 'She Sits There' (Dunhill, D-4231). In addition to brothers Don and Keith Adey, other musicians on the album (according to the sleeve) were Larry Knechtel and Jim Gordon. The only significant web reference I have come across is a mini-biog at the Fuzz Acid & Flowers site, from which this delightful snippet is taken: Terry Rae: "Originally known as Strawberry Jam, the band started to fall apart after John found Michelle, Mia Farrow and myself under a table (high as kites.)" Jonathan L -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2002 23:17:52 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Lori Burton in Whyte Boots Thanks to Guy for supplying the Lori Burton link. You're right, it's fascinating. Ken Barnes (again!) in Bomp's Gala Girl Issue, spring '76 wrote the best page, so far, on Lori Burton and Pam Sawyer. Including a 'songography' of the pair, which at the time, nearly 30 years ago, was very revealing. Including artists such as the Royal Guardsmen, Lazy Susans, O'Jays, Candy/Kisses, Cindy Malone, Patti Labelle and of course Young Rascals, among others. Regarding Lori's LP Breakout, I haven't played it in a while but the 'major' track is one of the most over the top Shangs cops, "Nightmare". This is the self same recording released as a 45 on Philips by 'The Whyte Boots' some months previous. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 20:59:39 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: A Spoonful of covers. Looking to build a CD of Lovin' Spoonful covers. Got about ten so far, the strangest being a tie between Pat Boone vs. the Butthole Surfers. ===== Flip, flop and fly, Steve Harvey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 00:48:14 EST From: Bill George Subject: Re: Bobbie Gentry Phil Milstein writes: > Getting back to Bobbie Gentry for a mo', can anyone recommend a > reasonably comprehensive CD set on her? Reasonably comprehensive is what you will have to settle for. The one I'd recommend is the UK comp, "Ode to Bobbie Gentry". I redommend it because it has most of her best songs, along with some that should have been left off, as well as some unreleased tracks; the sound is good; and maybe most important: it's still in print. There is another CD that couples her debut LP with the Glen Campbell duet LP. Another that has her entire first LP with some tracks from successive albums. I like the early (first?) CD anthology put out on Curb. It doesn't have as many tracks, but includes some really good ones that are left off the other comps. Raven has just released one, but it doesn't have much you can't find on the others, and from what I've read the sound quality is sub-par. But really, you can't go wrong with any of 'em. I just wish they'd release "The Delta Sweete" on CD. That's her masterpiece. -Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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