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Spectropop - Digest Number 730

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Power, Big, Yes & Peak labels
           From: Martin Roberts 
      2. Re: Roemans/ Savage Lost
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
      3. Re: Barbara Alston
           From: John Clemente 
      4. Roxy music
           From: Mike edwards 
      5. Re: Where The Glories Are / Savage Lost
           From: Mick Patrick 
      6. Re:  Hit questions
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
      7. Parade
           From: Ian Chapman 
      8. Spector or Wilson?  Chicken or egg?
           From: Jim Cassidy 
      9. Hit Records and Power Records
           From: James Botticelli 
     10. Lucy In London
           From: Ian Chapman 
     11. House Of The Rising Sun single version
     12. Re: Hang On (A Bit Longer) Sloopy
           From: Billy Spradlin 
     13. Re: Da doo ron ron by Mick Jagger ????
           From: Eddy Smit 
     14. The Pixies Three
           From: Ian Slater 
     15. Normie Rowe
           From: Norman 
     16. Operator, operator...
           From: Paul Woods 
     17. Normie Rowe
           From: Norman 
     18. Jamie's Twang Gang; Carol Connors
           From: Country Paul 
     19. Re: The Power label
           From: Martin Roberts 
     20. Raspberries
           From: Stuffed Animal 
     21. Re: Barbara Alston
           From: Tony 
     22. Re: The Chiffons etc
           From: Jack Madani 
     23. revisiting Me About You
           From: Phil Milstein 
     24. Re: Beatles titles
           From: Eddy  
     25. Re: Gorshin's Riddler
           From: Phil Milstein 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 23:17:28 -0000
   From: Martin Roberts 
Subject: Power, Big, Yes & Peak labels

> Re Pollyanna; I'd guess one of two recordings. Either John Corey...

Oh dear! In my defence...well both 45's are worth tracking down anyway! 
Risking putting my foot in it twice in one evening; Dan was asking 
about the Power label. Like a lot of 'poppers when I see these 'budget 
knockoffs' I tend to buy if a track or two appeals. I'm afraid a 
collector might have problems collecting all the 'Power' releases. 
Unlike Hit Records who used the same artist under different names, Power 
did the same with their labels! Sister labels to Power, same /similar 
label, numbering and address. One example is 'Big', with The Song 
Spinners - "He's A Rebel"/The Glitters - "Stop The Music". Another is 
'Yes' eg. Glitters - "Sherry"/Al Freed - "Ramblin' Rose". And another 
'Peak' with Jennie Feathers - "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"/Ginny Starr 
- "Release Me"....etc. The one release I would urge you to get is on the 
Power label, The Song Spinners with (putting my head once more into the 
lion's mouth!) - an original song, "Diddle De Dum", a real 'stooped' male 

Ol' Big Mouth,

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Message: 2 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 00:48:37 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Roemans/ Savage Lost Mike Edwards wrote: > Bertie Higgins of "Key Largo" was in the Roemans? Yeah, it's > right here in Jeff's book. It's that sort of tome. Thanks for the plug, Mike! Yes, Bertie Higgins was the long-time Roemans drummer, going back to their early days as Lanny & The Impressions. You might have heard of the guy who briefly replaced him in the band -- Tommy South (the late brother of Joe South). Other famous Roemans alumni include Berry Oakley (pre-Allman Brothers) and Monty Yoho (pre-Outlaws). I have a 1970 Roemans photo up on the music forum part of the Limestone Records site, and will be adding a much earlier photo pretty soon. I'm not sure if Diane From Manchester Square was a real person, but I do know the record was another one of those great Miami radio hits, reaching #20 on WQAM and #33 on WFUN in March 1965 (yes, it's in the bloody book!) Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 20:10:48 -0500 From: John Clemente Subject: Re: Barbara Alston Hello All, In response to Don Charles' question about Barbara Alston. I interviewed Barbara in April of 1998 for my book. She was working on a story about her times with The Crystals, was working out of her home and was going to school. These days, she does not make herself readily available, but, as far as I know, the last time I called her home a few months ago, she was alive and well (thank goodness). Regards, John Clemente -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 01:16:40 -0000 From: Mike edwards Subject: Roxy music Back in the late 80s, on a visit to the UK, I picked up a couple of bootleg girl-group albums from Rob Finnis' store in Fulham, London. (Rob is responsible for compiling Ace Records' Golden Age Of American Rock "N" Roll CDs). They are Roxy 102/Lookin' For Boys Cinderellas – Baby Baby (I Still Love You) Girlfriends – Jimmy Boy Earl-Jean – I'm Into Something Good Tiaras – You Told Me Honeys – He's A Doll Ellie Greenwich – You Don't Know Darlettes – Here She Comes Whyte Boots – Nightmare Secrets – The Boy Next Door Tracey Dey – I Won't Tell Rev-Lons – After Last Night Ribbons – Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya Joys – I Still Love Him Cathy Saint – Big Bad World Paris Sisters – Dream Lover Pin-Ups – Lookin' For Boys Roxy 106/Beyond The Wall Of Sound Dorothy Berry – You're So Fine Bonnets – Ya Gotta Take a Chance Noreen Corcoran – Love Kitten Castanets – I Love Him Diane Renay – Watch Out, Sally Shelley Fabares – He Don't Love Me Jackie DeShannon – Needles And Pins Sadina – I Want That Boy Reparata & The Delrons – I'm Nobody's Baby Now Raindrops – That Boy John Alder Ray – A Little Love Ramona King – It's In His Kiss Shirley Matthews – Big Town Boy Cookies – I Never Dreamed Donna Loren – Muscle Bustle Bobbi-Pins – Why Did You Go Donays – Devil In His Heart Pussycats – I Want Your Love That's 34 great titles. A Happy New Year to all in Spectropop who were involved with these albums, which I still listen to as many of the titles have not yet made it to legit CD. And a Happy New Year to all Spectropop members. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 07:54:31 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Where The Glories Are / Savage Lost Kingsley: > ...Before that issue, they tell me that a new volume of > "Where The Girls Are" is due. In true Pavlovian style, I > salivate... maybe Mick can tell us a bit more?? From Mark: > Does anyone know if (the Glories) released or recorded an > album? They had an awful lot of singles (8 or 9) for a group > on a major label to not have an album although maybe an > unreleased one. Oh dear, I now have a mental image of Kingsley drooling. :-) S'right, Ace release "Where The Girls Are #5" later this month. Spectropop fave raves the Glories are one of the 24 acts (26 tracks) featured. Here's a paragraph from the booklet: The Glories were a group with excellent credentials. Lead singer Frances Yvonne (Frankie) Gearing recorded as a member of the Laddins for Groove and Bob Yorey's Angie and Bardell logos before fronting the highly regarded Steinways of Oliver label fame. Her colleague Betty Stokes came from the same stable, having chirped as a member of Angie Records quartet the Charlettes, the group that went on to fame as the Toys. Third member Mildred Vaney had a gospel and jazz background before turning to the session scene for a living. In 1967 the New York- based trio were signed through Yorey's production company, Stark Enterprises, to the Date label, immediately charting with their debut "I Stand Accused (Of Loving You)" and establishing their trademark style of furiously soulful vocals and pop-ish, almost bubblegum songs. The girls’ sophomore single "(I Love You Babe But) Give Me My Freedom" bubbled under the Hot 100 but their third, the uber-commercial "Sing Me A Love Song", failed to register. Somewhere along the line Betty Stokes surrendered her post to Dolores Brown who was herself replaced by Rita Harvey late in 1968. Although the Glories didn't chart again they released a total of eight 45s for Date, culminating in a terrific version of James Carr's "Dark End Of The Street" in mid-1969. Frankie and Mildred struggled on for two years without a recording deal before enlisting yet another new third member, Lois Reeves, fresh from her sister Martha's just disbanded Vandellas, and starting all over again as Quiet Elegance at Hi Records in Memphis. But that’s a whole other story . . . Bath running...clock cooling...yada yada... more another time. MICK PATRICK P.S. Mike Edwards: > ...Jeff Lemlich's book, "Savage Lost – Florida Garage Bands: > The 60s And Beyond"...has to be one of the best-researched > rock `n' roll titles ever. As you flick through the pages, > you wonder if Jeff made up some of the stuff, it's so obscure! > ...If they came from Florida they're in here and there are > some extensive sections covering soul music. The book is great > value and available from Jeff's website at: > I second that. Savage Lost is a great book. It has plenty of girl group facts and info too. MP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 00:59:44 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Hit questions Dan Hughes wrote: > Is there a web site for Hit Records? > I have one: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, by Joe Cash b/w > Loop De Loop by Herbert Hunter. Who are they really? Herbert Hunter was... Herbert Hunter (hey, it makes more sense than Teddy Vann telling Gil Hamilton that from that point on, he'll be known as Johnny Thunder. "Here, record this nursery rhyme!") I have not heard the Joe Cash track. Andrew Jones wrote: > Whenever the soloist was female, the label usually identified > her as "Kathy Shannon". Was this a real name? If not, does > anyone know who she really was? According to list member (and Hit label researcher) Paul Urbahns, many of the Kathy Shannon records were actually by Rickie Page, session singer extraordinaire (The Bermudas, Majorettes, etc.) Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 01:24:21 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Parade Smokey Roberds wrote: > Thank you to Mike for posting the Parade interview on > It makes a fascinating read, Smokey. Interesting to see the Stuart Margolin connection mentioned. I recall a movie from the late 70s, "A Shining Season", in which Jerry Riopelle made a cameo appearance - I believe Stuart directed this. Were you involved too? On a separate note, were you and the guys ever aware of the UK cover of "Sunshine Girl (Boy)" by the Greek-born singer Vicky Leandros, also issued in '67, on Philips? Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 21:35:25 -0500 From: Jim Cassidy Subject: Spector or Wilson? Chicken or egg? Phil M. wrote: > Correct me if the chronology doesn't check out, but This > Could Be The Night always struck me as Spector's response > to Pet Sounds - that chromatic harmonica, in particular. ... and the organ and bassoon (?) on the verses of "Walking In The Rain" by the Ronettes always struck me as the inspiration for some of the arrangements on Pet Sounds. Jim Cassidy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 21:26:46 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Hit Records and Power Records Mikey wrote: > All I know it that it was pressed at Synthetic Plastics... Isn't plastic synthetic by nature? That reminds me of the show occasionally on volunteer radio a round here called "Yesterday's Memories" -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 01:48:46 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Lucy In London Phil wrote: > > Thanks for the link, David. Finding this was a great way > to kick off the new year. I wasn't able to view the videoclip, > although just about remember its UK airing, but managed to > grab the sound. Fun to hear Spectorised quotes from our > National Anthem and The Skaters Waltz! > However, I don't think it sounds like Phil singing, in > fact it's more like a fully-produced MFQ track(?) This was a real memory jogger. I was able to view the videoclip, but I didn't recall the song or that particular sequence at all. What I do remember is Anthony Newley acting as Lucy's personal guide to London and showing her what were then considered to be slightly more alternative places to visit. One of which was Madame Tussaud's (evidently not quite the tourist magnet it is today). I agree that the voice on the theme song doesn't sound like Phil - I think anyone who's ever heard Phil singing "Pretty Girl" would probably agree! Could well be the MFQ - it's certainly dripping with that later-period Philles sound. But what struck me the most was that structurally, the song is a basic psychedelic rehash of "Da Doo Ron Ron", with a trippy slo-motion section spliced in the middle ( Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 22:01:23 EST From: Subject: House Of The Rising Sun single version > Did not something similar happen with The Animals' House Of > The Rising Sun after the greatest hits album's version included > a longer Alan Price organ break and either one or two additional > verses ("I'm going back to New Orleans, my race is almost run...." > and/or " Well it's a one foot on the platform and the other foot > on the train..." Yes. I don't know if the original single has ever been issued on CD. Everyone I've heard about has the longer version. Paul Urbahns -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 04:19:08 -0000 From: Billy Spradlin Subject: Re: Hang On (A Bit Longer) Sloopy Playing catch-up with messages here. The first time I heard the McCoys long version of "Sloopy" was on Dick Bartley's "Solid Gold Saturday Night" back in the mid 1980's. I always wondered why they chopped it out. BTW The full length mono mix first appeared on Rhino's "Dick Bartley Presents One Hit Wonders Of The 60s, Vol. 2". -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 06:31:29 +0100 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: Da doo ron ron by Mick Jagger ???? Teri Landi wrote re. Andrew Oldham Orchestra tracks: > John Paul Jones was likely a session musician or possibly an > arranger (Mike Leander generally arranged the Andrew Oldham > Orchestra recordings) but he did not produce ALO recordings. > Andrew himself was the producer on these. John Paul Jones was credited as Musical Director. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 10:12:15 -0000 From: Ian Slater Subject: The Pixies Three Doc wrote: > On New Years Eve, the new CD by the Pixies Three went on sale! Thanks Doc for that information, and for alerting us to this great 60s girl-group who remain active with their original line-up. I had the privilege of being their first British (I think in fact their first overseas) fan club member a few years back but lost touch until Doc's timely message. Doc also wrote a great biography on the group in the October 1993 issue of "Discoveries" magazine. Please check out their website and their CDs. Their "Our History" CD contains some beautiful unissued early material including demos which, with their simple arrangements, have a strong doo-wop flavour. It also has their previously unissued version of "Make Me your Baby" - the definitive version to me and perhaps their best record. The new tracks in the "Now and Then" CD have a C&W flavour. Can't wait to hear the new one! Ian Slater -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 22:33:23 +1030 From: Norman Subject: Normie Rowe Ken Silverwood asked: >Talking Australian, how come we never give >Normie Rowe a mention... Good old Normie Rowe. One of his last chart hits in 1970 was the Johnny Young-penned "Hello". Norman -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 12:07:16 +0000 (GMT Standard Time) From: Paul Woods Subject: Operator, operator... I've often wondered if there was any significance in the coincidence of phone numbers between The Marvelettes' "Beechwood 45789" and Wilson Pickett's "634-5789". Is it maybe an in-joke referring to an actual phone number? Anyone know? Wudzi -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 00:04:22 +1030 From: Norman Subject: Normie Rowe Ken Silverwood: > Talking Australian, how come we never give > Normie Rowe a mention, The following is only a quick run through. There are many other recordings and stories about Normie and I think details about them can be found elsewhere. Good ol' Normie Rowe. During a period when most National pop idols in Australia were from British or European stock Normie was actually Australian! Although we historically refer to his early recordings as Normie Rowe in the singular, he was backed by the Playboys. We were still using that nomenclature thing, i.e. Normie Rowe and The Playboys, Ray Brown and The Whispers, Tony Worsley and The Blue Jays etc. "It Ain't Necessarily So" (from Porgy and Bess) via the Merseybeats was his first success in 1965. Helped along by the then broadcasting laws in Australia that forbid blasphemy it went to #8 in my hometown, and #1 nationally. He gained some chart success again the same year with "I (Who Have Nothing)", reaching #13 (#7 nationally). If it worked with Porgy and Bess why not try Doris Day. Normie's next hit in 1965 was with "Que Sera, Sera" backed with Johnny Kidd's "Shakin' All Over" (or vice versa, depending which geographical state one was living in at the time). The double-sided hit went to #1 (#2 nationally). By now he was a household name. His next hit was in November 1965. My all-time favourite Normie Rowe track - "Tell Him I'm Not Home"(#2 nationally). In 1966 "Breaking Point" went #2 nationally but only managed #18 in my hometown. The same can be said for his next record in 1966 "Pride and Joy". #16 nationally and similar charting here, only it was a double sided hit with "The Stones That I Throw" getting equal airplay. The same year "Oh La La" (which was recorded in England) was his second national #1. This being my second all-time favourite Normie Rowe track. "It's Not Easy" (also recorded in England) made it to #2 nationally (#12 in my hometown) in 1966. "Goin' Home"/"I Don't Care" reached #16 on my hometown charts on 28th April 1967 (#7 nationally). Among his later recordings "Hello" and "Elizabeth" got some air time, especially through TV shows like Uptight and Happening 70 (both Lewis-Young productions), but by this time he had gone the way of most pop idols, into the realms of MOR material. He was drafted into the army in 1968 and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. He once maintained that when he was at training camp no other soldier there shared his birth date (the Australian government used a "lottery" of birth dates to draft men into the Army during the days of conscription). He felt as if the government had used him as some PR exercise. The irony being many years later he became a spokesperson for Viet Vets in Australia. He went through the tragedy of losing his young son, and in a period of obscurity had to rely on touring gigs to earn a living. Some gigs took him to such far away places as Port Hedland (Western Australia but so far north it is closer to Indonesia!). After he climbed out of this near obscurity he became involved in "Les Miserables" And re-invented himself. His rendition of "Bring Him Home" has to be heard to be believed. A brilliant voice. I last saw Normie in 2002 when he appeared at the Semaphore Palais here in Adelaide. He had two local musicians backing him, one on keyboards the other guitar. He was bloody fantastic. He has reached the stage where he doesn't have to ape his younger days to please the audience (although his hits were not excluded from the show). He could do a set of totally new numbers and still have the audience spellbound. He is a great entertainer. I would recommend Chris Spencer et al, Who's Who of Australian Rock and Noel McGrath's Australian Encyclopaedia of Rock, the latter a bit dated now but still useful (one of the first serious attempts to catalogue Australian rock music), as the first points of call in reading about Australian Pop Music. The chart positions I refer to in this posting are from Noel McGrath's book as well as from Radio 5AD charts here in Adelaide. Norman -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 15:47:11 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Jamie's Twang Gang; Carol Connors Happy New Year - just back from vacation including 3 days in Los Angeles. I'm not evening trying to catch up yet, so I haven't yet seen the posts of the past couple of weeks. I just got and am enjoying the "Twang Gang" CD, just out on Jamie. It is an extremely interesting and revealing review of where Lee Hazlewood and company came from. (Excellent liner notes by John P. Dixon, too - wish they were longer!) While Duane Eddy and Al Casey are on it as session instrumentalists, the album contains vocals by Hazlewood's Phoenix coterie, emphasizing the work of the late Donnie Owens ("Need You" was the big beautiful hit, and the very pretty follow-up, "Between Midnight and Dawn," is also here), plus Sanford Clark, Don Cole (also with Owens as The Two Dons, sounding very Everly-like), and a generous portion of Mr. H. both as himself and under the nom-de-plume of Mark Robinson. Although very late 50's-early 60's, the CD has a lot of early LA-soft-pop-sunshine feeling and a hint of alt-country, and has a lot more ballads than uptempo material. A forgotten find, particularly enjoyable for fans of early Sill-Hazlewood and Spector productions, like myself. (Spector's work isn't present here, but I can hear the two-way street of influences, intentional or subliminal.) By the way, Frank Lipsius tells me there may be a Volume 2, focusing on the Sharps. They were a black group who did the rebel yells and nice group harmonies behind Duane Eddy's hits on Jamies - the kind of stuff usually associated with white country artists. Of course, Jamie also had Ray Sharpe ("Linda Lu"), a black artist doing rockabilly. (Any relation, Frank?) Considering those records came at the early dawn of improved race relations, this was pretty pioneering stuff. Of course, "the kids" "got it" before many of their parents did. (By the way, at the last WFMU Record Fair, I saw a copy of the Ray Sharpe album on Jamie offered for $175.00!) From the LA Weekly, 12/26/02-1/3/03, this nasty little paragraph in the "Slushed in 2002" column on page 37 is quoted without further comment: "'Are you out of your mind?' screeched a chubby-cheeked matron with an impossibly fried comb-over at the opening night of 'Tell Veronica,' when asked if she might be the mother of the play's star, Charlene Tilton. The rhetorical 'How old do you think I am?' was followed by the inevitable 'Don't you know who I am?' before the bellowed answer: 'I am Carol Connors' - Oscar-nominated lyricist for the theme from 'Rocky.' We decided that we were 'Gonna Fly Now' before we told the songbird she looked like Tilton's grandmother." More soon, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 20:10:06 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: The Power label Still only the 3rd day of 2003 and already 3 mistakes! Pretty strong going even by my standards, maybe the last of the year? :) When I played The Song Spinners on Power I thought of the Belmonts but couldn't find a record to go with the title. Mike kindly reminded me off list, a further look and yes there it is. To show the Power of Power I've posted their cover version to musica. I think it's a lot of fun. Dig the ending when they just seem to run out of steam! On the subject of 'Sound-A-likes labels' Paul Urbans, if memory serves - which it doesn't seem to be at the moment! - is very knowledgeable on the Hit Record label. Perhaps he has some more information on Power. And what was the third mistake? The 45 Mike Rashkow mentioned arranged by Teacho and sung by the Jive 5 was "Goin Wild" not "You Gotta Run". Martin (Chastened but not cowed!) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 19:47:14 +0000 From: Stuffed Animal Subject: Raspberries I just read an article about the music industry's current sales slump. Seems that CD sales are down in nearly every genre . . . the exception is country music and jazz, where sales are actually up. It's almost ridiculous, how industry watchers are pointing fingers at the economy, at Internet downloading, at anything and everything but the music itself. So what are the powers that be gonna do? Are they going to give us more jazz and country acts, since that's what the consumer seems to want? Hell, no! They're just gonna keep bombarding us with punk/alternative rock, hip-hop and rap until we break down our resistance and buy more of it. Those of us who were hoping for a return of strong melodies, danceable rhythms and singing talent are out of luck . . . let's hear it for entertainment in the New Millennium! (All together now . . . a big, loud RASPBERRY.) Stuffed Animal _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8 is here: Try it free* for 2 months -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 19:03:40 -0000 From: Tony Subject: Re: Barbara Alston Stuffed Animal wrote: > I just read that Barbara Alston of The Crystals passed away a few > years back . . . I never heard this before! Is it true? VERY UNTRUE!!!! Some friends of mine just saw Barbara Alston at the Girl Groups stamps function, and she is very much alive. There may be some confusion due to one of those "misinforming R & R Encyclopedias" that got the info. mixed up about Barbara ALSTON of the Crystals and Barbara LEE of the Chiffons. Barbara LEE of the Chiffons died over 10 years ago. However, this one publication listed the date of her death and cause under Alston's name. Tony -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 12:23:30 -0500 From: Jack Madani Subject: Re: The Chiffons etc Hey, I'm almost up to Thanksgiving! Eric Charge: > THE one perfect record in my humble collection is the Chiffons' > "Sweet Talkin' Guy". It has thrilled me right from the time, as > a schoolkid, I organised the kids in class to sing the different > backing vocal parts at break times. The record always sounds fresh > and dynamic. Every single part, instrumental or vocal, in that song seems to occupy its own cleanly separated, rythmically unique slot. The whole thing together ends up meshing perfectly like the gears in a John Harrison chronometer. On top of which, the Chiffons have a vocal blend that is, if not the best, then is very close to the top of all girl groups. But I know what you mean about those vocal parts at the end of the song, when they all come together. It always reminded me of the last movement of Mozart's Symphony #41. Back in my college days I arranged for my a cappella group a medley of Baby Talk, New Girl In School, and Papa Ooh Mow Mow, where at the end of the medley, I overlaid the bomp-ba-bomp parts from all three songs on top of each other (and then threw in a slice of Camptown Races for added perversity). It was my most satisfying arranging moment, and I definitely had the Chiffons in mind when I did it. And Mozart too. > Any time my "younger" girlfriend hears a Mickey Monkee song or a Grace > Airplane song, she always asks if it's Grace or Mickey. I had never > thought they sounded familiar... but there it is. I always thought that Cher, from the late seventies onward, sounded exactly like Dean Martin. jack -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 12:11:44 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: revisiting Me About You Me About You completists will be interested in Sundazed's recent reissue of the self-titled 1969 LP by the New Jersey psych group Gandalf. I'm drawing this info from a review (in Ugly Things), and so can't offer any opinions of my own. For what it's worth, the reviewer seemed to like it. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 15:05:43 -0000 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Beatles titles It's been a while since I saw the last post on this one, but I don't wanna withhold you this one: Captain Beefheart - Beatle bones n' smokin' stones: mentions Strawberry Fields Forever. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 09:08:20 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Gorshin's Riddler Now playing on musica, by request, is "The Riddler", by Frank Gorshin, replete with fuzz guitar, copious echo and maniacal laughter. The track is taken from a bootleg compilation, so release info is scanty and session info nonexistent. When I went to upload the track this morning I noticed that musica was empty -- not sure if this was by design or by accident, but fortunately none the tracks that had been there (at least as of the last time I checked) were new ones. Like driving to work on a holiday, it was a bit of a luxury not to have to squeeze through the usual bottlenecks. Enjoy, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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