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Spectropop - Digest Number 721

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: The Arock - Sylvia Soul Story CD
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Re: Verdelle Smith
           From: Ian Slater 
      3. Re: Girls Who Wear Glasses........The Orchids!
           From: Ian Slater 
      4. Re: The harmonica and the Beatles
           From: Phil Chapman 
      5. Re:Everly two-fers
           From: tymespan 
      6. Re: The Harmonica and The Beatles
           From: Bill Craig 
      7. Re: Toni Wine & Ellie Greenwich
           From: Allan Rinde 
      8. Re: Santa Claus is coming to Town
           From: Bob Hanes 
      9. That's Amazing
           From: Steve Harvey 
     10. Holiday Wishes
           From: Freeman Carmack 


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 09:27:51 -0000
   From: Mick Patrick 
Subject: Re: The Arock - Sylvia Soul Story CD

James Botticelli:
> ...And BTW the A-Rock/Sylvia comp you were in on. It's Big 
> City Castenetia! BTW, do you have a day gig?~!

Yep, gotta regular uninspiring day job. Although it seems I belong to a 
Spectropop minority, in that I'm not a schoolteacher. My CD compilation 
work is more a labour of love.

That CD was a very satisfying challenge to work on. Ace/Kent purchased 
the Arock and Sylvia copyrights from the estate of the late Al Sears, the 
original founder and owner of those two and other affiliated labels. 
Unfortunately the mastertapes were in a state of disarray and many were 
unidentified by artist. My main job was to put names to the voices. A 
tough job. So I was quite thrilled to be able to recognise the great 
Junior Lewis' pipes among the stash of unissued demo recordings. He was 
one of the best singers on the uptown R & B scene. Better even than Tommy 
Hunt and Chuck Jackson, in my view. And those who have heard Lewis' 
Columbia recordings from the very early 1960s will be aware that Phil 
Spector did not exclusively possess, or invent, the Wall Of Sound.

Ace/Kent have an excellent website. The full tracklist for The Arock - 
Sylvia Soul Story CD can be viewed here:
And Ady Croasdell's introductory article can be read here:


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Message: 2 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 09:32:45 -0000 From: Ian Slater Subject: Re: Verdelle Smith Erik asked about Tar and Cement by Verdelle Smith. He must have missed it on musica a few weeks ago. Poor thing. Anyway, here are the details of this great record: Single - US Capitol 5632 (UK CL 15456) b/w "A Piece of the Sky", 1966 Label credits: Tar And Cement (Il Ragazzo della na Gluck) (Vance-Pockriss-Beretta-Del Prete-Celentano) Orchestra conducted by Lee Pockriss A Vance Pockriss production. Verdelle Smith is one of my favourite singers. I prefer her earlier single "In My Room" even to "Tar & Cement". Her only album (Alone in my Room) is unfortunately a little disappointing, rather square and easy-listening style, and it doesn't have "Tar & Cement". But it does have the only picture that I've ever seen of her. Seasons Greetings to y'all! Ian Slater -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 10:01:50 -0000 From: Ian Slater Subject: Re: Girls Who Wear Glasses........The Orchids! Following recent postings from Phil, James, Carole and Mick, I can't resist another mention of Georgina Oliver of the Orchids whose electrifying specs were a trade-mark. Rather a femme Buddy Holly, but the specs were more like Edna Everage. As it's Christmas, I have posted to the photo pages a cute pic of Georgie helping her Mum do the washing up at home in Coventry back in 1963. It's uploaded to no. 31 in the Miscellaneous folder. I'm doing some research on the UK Orchids with a view to a new article for Spectropop (currently dormant as I'm busy doing two jobs at once but they'll end at the beginning of March). If anyone has any info, pics etc. that aren't in Ian Chapman's excellent article in these pages, or Rex Brough's internet pages on Coventry groups, I'd love to hear from you. A contact with Larry Page, pics in their later guise as the Exceptions and the sheet music covers to "I've Got That Feeling" or the Exceptions record would be especially welcome. Many thanks to those who have helped so far, particularly Ian Chapman, Mick Patrick and Rob Hughes. Ian Slater -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 12:39:08 -0000 From: Phil Chapman Subject: Re: The harmonica and the Beatles Ken Silverwood: > Did The Beatles ever use one pre "Love Me Do" on live performances, > or was it something that came up in the studio? Didn't the Fab Four tour as support (before they were fab) for Frank Ifield, who had a huge summer of '62 hit with "I Remember You" (arranged by GM's predecessor, Norrie Paramor)? That featured a mouth-organ figure, albeit more country, and was not rhythmically dissimilar to "Love Me Do". Phil -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 10:51:54 EST From: tymespan Subject: Re:Everly two-fers An online shop connected with an Everly Brothers website has the next three releases in the Everly's two-fers available as pre-orders. No mention of when they'll be available but they have all the track listings. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 17:23:33 -0000 From: Bill Craig Subject: Re: The Harmonica and The Beatles I heard that Lennon and McCartney had considered Please Please Me to be their version of a Roy Orbison song when they wrote it, so maybe that might have something to do with the first arrangment being slower and more guitar oriented. Did not the Stones also say that Satisfaction was inspired to some extent by attempting an Orbison type feel? Possibly Pretty Woman? At least musically if not thematically. Season's Greetings, Bill Craig -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 17:40:44 -0000 From: Allan Rinde Subject: Re: Toni Wine & Ellie Greenwich Mick Patrick: > In the very early 1970s, Toni Wine and Ellie Greenwich co- > wrote two excellent songs for the Rock Flowers; "Gettin' > Together" and "If You Loved Me Once". Ellie subsequently > recorded her own versions of both on her "Let It Be Written, > Let It Be Sung" LP on Verve. But who sang the original demo > versions, Toni or Ellie? Did the two ladies collaborate on > any other songs? And is it true that they sang backups > together on "Candida" and "Knock Three Times" by Dawn? Oh, > to have been there! As Toni remembers it, neither of these two songs were written with the Rock Flowers in mind. "Gettin' Together," in fact, was written for a potential TV show of the same name. They also wrote one other tune, "The Palmist," which Toni thinks Ellie recorded, although it's not on either her Verve album or her UA album. Both of these LPs, along with three bonus tracks, were reissued on one CD by Raven Records of Australia in 1999 [] which is still in print. If the exchange rate still holds, you can probably order it cheaper (including shipping) direct from Raven. Toni sang the demos for these songs. As for Dawn, the backgrounds for Candida and the entire first album were done by Toni, Jay Seigel of the Tokens, and Robin Greon. Happy Holidays to you all, and thanks for your help with Toni's discography. Allan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 09:42:46 -0800 (PST) From: Bob Hanes Subject: Re: Santa Claus is coming to Town This year the "all Christmas radio station" in my area played the "poop" out of the Beach Boy version. I found I really like it! Mike nasal retorts, to Brian's sweet and beautiful phrasing really sums the song up. Far superior to Spector, especially with Dick Reynolds arrangement! IMHO ho, ho, ho! The Right Reverend Bob, dumb angel chapel, The Church of the Harmonic Overdub -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 09:49:06 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: That's Amazing Jack, You must be incredibly talented to play the violin with only one foot! What do you fret with? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 13:52:33 -0500 From: Freeman Carmack Subject: Holiday Wishes I want to thank everyone for enriching my life in so many ways. The miracle of music carries with it so many other miracles; hope, joy, freedom and love. Music represents, to me, the triumph of the human spirit, and to be able to share my passion for it with so many wonderful people..... what a bounty ! Thanks, Alan, for the very touching reminder of the mystery and splendor of the darkest time (for us) of the earth's journey 'round the sun; and why color and light are central to the celebrations this time of year - reminders that life does and will renew itself. Wishing everyone a Very Happy Holiday and glorious New Year. Gratefully, Freeman Carmack Worthington, Ohio -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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