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Spectropop - Digest Number 710

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Christmas song?
           From: Andrew Jones 
      2. Helen Miller, Cliff Richard, Bobby Vee, Johnny Crawford
           From: Mike Edwards 
      3. Re: Righteous wannabees ... Virgil Brothers
           From: Lindsay 
      4. Re: Toni Wine and John Lennon
           From: Eddy Smit 


Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 05:04:33 -0000
   From: Andrew Jones 
Subject: Christmas song?

I have this cassette which includes an excerpt from an old Christmassong; 
the chorus goes like this (and it's sung in a thick Latinaccent): I won't 
be twisting this Christmas, No you won't see me around, I won't be 
twisting this Christmas, Her boyfriend's back in town. Anyone recognize 
it? (Was that a groan I just heard?)

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Message: 2 Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 05:06:28 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Helen Miller, Cliff Richard, Bobby Vee, Johnny Crawford Alan Warner writes: > 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"." Forty years ago to this day Johnny Crawford was at # 12 with the Miller-Greenfield song, "Rumors', its highest chart position. The song is as relevant today as it was 40 years' ago. Flip it over and you've got another interesting title, "No One Really Loves A Clown", written by the great David Gates. David also released this song on Delfi but it was after Johnny Crawford's release. Bobby Vee was on this same Billboard chart at # 42 with "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", which I tend to regard as a 1963 record as it peaked at # 3 in February of that year. If you go across to England, however, you find at # 15, a Bobby Vee song that was not released as a 45 in the US, "A Forever Kind Of Love", from songwriters Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller. The UK 45 on Liberty 10046 was recorded at Abbey Road with Norrie Paramour and Snuff Garrett producing and it featured an extra repetition of the chorus at the end, which was absent from the version on his US album, "A Bobby Vee Recording Session". For the longest time, the US version showed up on reissue CDs (even those from England) until 1998 when UK EMI released the glorious double CD, "The Essential And Collectable Bobby Vee", which included the UK 45 version of "A Forever Kind Of Love" (Thread: Alan Warner is thanked in the booklet for his tracking down of the master tapes). Nearly finished. In September 1964, Cliff Richard released an EP in the UK named after its title track, "A Forever Kind Of Love", which does contain the extra chorus at the end. However this track was recorded at Abbey Road on July 12, 1962 with the same Norrie Paramour producing. I wonder who recorded the "UK version" first. To tie in, we have on musica: 1) "Chinatown" by Victor Knight, written by Helen Miller and Howard Greenfield. A great song and I feel as if I should know more about it. Any info greatly appreciated. 2) "Just Another Guy" by Cliff Richard which only ever saw the light of day as the b-side of the UK's "The Minute You're Gone" in 1965. Written by Neil Diamond, it was recorded in Nashville in August 1964 with Bob Morgan and Billy Sherrill producing and the Jordanaires on back-up vocals. Cliff related note: If there are any "early" Spectropoppers interested in Jerry Lordan, I have a couple of items I could throw in. Please write in. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 07:35:32 -0000 From: Lindsay Subject: Re: Righteous wannabees ... Virgil Brothers The Virgil Bros' version of "Temptation's 'Bout To Get Me" is now playing at musica. Lindsay -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 09:41:49 +0100 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: Toni Wine and John Lennon I was especially intrigued by the statement on Toni's website that she did bv's for John Lennon. Since her name doesn't appear on any of the album credits, could you elaborate on that ? Was it possibly for the Rock'n'Roll album ? If so, does she also have any further details on who else was on those sessions ? Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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