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Spectropop - Digest Number 755

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Seasonal Similitude / The Stephen Crane Village 45
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      2. Re: Newbeats & some others = Snoopy & the Others
           From: Mochilli 
      3. Eddie Rambeau - Fan Club
           From: Rosemarie Edwards 
      4. Re: Best falsetto? Boys and Girls Together!
           From: Leonardo Flores 
      5. Early 70's artists and radio - plus
           From: Country Paul 
      6. Re: Renaissance / Illusion
           From: Eddy 


Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 03:53:40 -0000
   From: Billy G. Spradlin 
Subject: Re: Seasonal Similitude / The Stephen Crane Village 45

It wasn't really a debate - I was curuous about the 45 and wanted more 
information about it. Im listening to it (on headphones) right now 
and its very likely the Seasons could have moonlighted on it, since 
Charles Calello arranged/conducted the record. "Hey Summer" aways 
sounded like the 4 Seasons meet late 60's bubblegum to me. They could 
have eaisly went down that road like Lou Christie did and perhaps scored 
some hits instead of going MOR near the end of their Philips era.


Update: oops forgot to mention that it is Bobby Valli singing the 
lead on "Hey Summer". Did they release any other 45's?

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Message: 2 Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 04:31:37 -0000 From: Mochilli Subject: Re: Newbeats & some others = Snoopy & the Others Guy Lawrence wrote: > The Newbeats were one of those groups cursed with a downhill slope > saleswise after an initial smash hit... A little something extra regarding the Newbeats/falsetto discussion. In 1966 Larry Henley left THE NEWBEATS, for a time, due to a contract dispute. Mike Gibson, of my hometown of Louisville Kentucky, was asked to take over on lead vocals by their manager. (Mike was the lead singer of THE MONARCHS, a top Louisville group at the time. His soaring falsettos can be heard on The Monarchs recordings such as; 1962's OVER THE MOUNTAIN on Reegal, 1963's THIS OLD HEART & 'TIL I HEAR IT FROM YOU on Jam, & 1964-5's LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL, WHAT MADE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND, CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN, & THIS OLD HEART on Sound Stage 7.) Mark and Dean Mathis of THE NEWBEATS came to Louisville to record with Mike. At least two tracks were cut at that session which was probably done at the ALLEN-MARTIN STUDIOS here in town. Released on the Hickory label was the single SWEET THANG b/w YOU BETTER TAKE ME HOME. The record was released as by SNOOPY AND THE OTHERS due to futher dispute regarding the rights to THE NEWBEATS name. Of other possible interest is the fact that several members of the local groups SOUL, INC, and THE KEYES also performed on this release. Larry Henley returned to THE NEWBEATS shortly after the release of this record. Regards to an enjoyable discussion group, MOCHILLI in LOUISVILLE -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 05:06:52 -0000 From: Rosemarie Edwards Subject: Eddie Rambeau - Fan Club We have just added a fan club - to our site for 'Eddie Rambeau' Rosemarie - Leeds UK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 06:13:06 -0000 From: Leonardo Flores Subject: Re: Best falsetto? Boys and Girls Together! Best Falsetto song? That's got to be "Boys and Girls Together" By Johnny and The Expressions on Josie 949. There the whole damn group is singing Fallsetto throughout the entire doesn't let up for one moment. Great party lyrics, great Soul production, just makes you want to get on the floor and dance with a girl. it's what a great record is suppose to sound like. Cheers, Leonardo Flores -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 01:29:55 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Early 70's artists and radio - plus Hotcha! We've hit the era "when I first came into my fame," as Andy Pratt sang in "Avenging Annie," an era still fondly remembered by a handful of the Connecticut faithful of the period. To my ears, much of what progressive/college rock radio was playing in the early 70's is in so many ways the logical extension of Spectropop's core. Let's not forget the Beach Boys in their progressive mode were big in this realm, too; WHCN was a major "Sunflower" and "Surf's Up" station. Also in the mainstream, the newly-Bob Welched Fleetwood Mac and Badfinger's "No Dice" with the majestic "Name of The Game." Bobster: > I don't believe there is anything quite like the powerful beauty of > Fairport Convention's 1st American album ("Fotheringay", "No Man's Land", > etc.). Long live McGuinness Flint. "When I'm Dead and Gone" b/w "Lazy > Afternoon" is one of my very favorites from the early 7Ts.....Ian Matthews > is a groovy composer, singer, and musician. , Fairport's first [US] Lp is still unmatched, especially side 1. (Special kudos for Norman's mention of "The Bunch," although to my ears a better concept than execution; also a wistful sigh for the album by Fotheringay, Sandy Denny's post-Fairport group.) Ian Matthews always had one or two superb tracks per album, often more. His pleasant "Woodstock" was actually among the least of those; his "Seven Bridges Road" was superb. There's a "greatest songs" CD of his just waiting to be compiled. And "When I'm Dead and Gone" still moves as no other record I know does (maybe the Band's "Rag Mama Rag") and as Javed said, it doesn't sounded dated at all. Same feeling is in the Rumour's late 70's "Frozen Years" (Stiff); some of the same players, too. (Peter Lerner, thanks for the Flint story!) Nick Archer: > As a DJ in the 70s, it was hard to keep up with the duos. One station that > I worked for played Batdorf & Rodney, Deardorf & Joseph, Cecilio & Kapono, > Gallagher & Lyle, Mouth & McNeal, England Dan & John Ford Coley, and LeBlanc > & Carr, not to mention the Neilson-Pearson Band, the Larsen-Feiten Band, the > Tarney-Spencer Band, the Sanford-Townsend Band, and the Pousette-Dart Band. > Lucky that you could put the album up next to the board to announce it. < Nick, these names bring back memories for me, too. Batdorf & Rodney were mainstream with us; "Can You See Him?" was the big track. Deardorff & Joseph's "gimmick" (forgive me) was that Deardorff was quadraplegic and was propped up on a board when they performed. (Really.) Tarney-Spencer had the gently rockin' "Bye Bye Now My Sweet Love," with some superb vocals. Aztec Two-Step was almost WHCN's house band (shared with NRBQ); their Jerry Yester-produced Elektra album is still my favorite of all their work ("Prisoner" and "Highway Song" are breathtaking). Stealer's Wheel were also great favorites from this period; Joe Egan had a wonderful solo album after they split up - find it for the gorgeous "Back On The Road Again." And of course Gerry Rafferty's solo albums were wonderful when they were new (pre-burnout). Lenny LeBlanc and Pete Carr had a good album, as I remember, but LeBlanc had a solo LP on Big Tree with a remarkable song called "Ain't It Funny," which got extensive airplay on WWYZ (as well as WHCN) in Hartford. It was a signature song of 'YZ, which had a truly unique format: soft (as in volume and texture, not musical weight) rock - gentle music of substance by credible rock and folk artists with some pop crossover. There would be name artists, but very few of the hit tracks listeners were burned out on. Instead, you'd hear lots of the "inner cuts" from the major artists, and the "turntable hits" most album-rock jocks listened to at home but couldn't play on the air due to formats. The combination was truly magical - an artistic success, a ratings success, a commercial success. One guy, Bob Craig, programmed the whole station 24/7. 'YZ was really beautiful. When he got hired away to Philadelphia, they brought in a consultant and killed it by degrees. (By the way, Pousette-Dart was one guy - Jon Pousette-Dart, another "next big thing" from Boston.) Nick again: > ...the brother groups? Addrissi Brothers, Allman Brothers, Curtis > Brothers, Winters Brothers, Hudson Brothers, Wilson Brothers, and a member > of both groups, Sutherland Brothers & Quiver. I've got "Cherrystone," a great rocker by the Addrisi Brothers on Del-Fi, probably c. 1959. And I remember some fine SB&Q tracks, but the names elude me. Bobster: > ...McKendree Spring's 1st and 2nd albums? ... have heard good things, but > not actually heard any of their stuff. Not "front line" for the period, IMO, but worth a listen. Recommended? Depends on the purchase price. Re: the Seatrain (Capitol) LP with "13 Questions" and "Willing" - when it was new I thought they would have longevity and major status. Sadly, as a group they've been relegated to second tier in the minds of many, but they were super pioneers. Put on a good live show, too. Mike Edwards, thanks for mentioning my favorite Ketty Lester song, the incomperable "Once Upon A Time" (Era), the follow-up to "Love Letters." What a voice, and what a beautiful arrangement! Steve Harvey: > When I heard the Kit Kats sing "Oh My Angel" I was able to track down the > original by Bertha Tilman so I'm not totally lost in the woods. That track still moves me - Tillman's reading of the bridge is inspirational. Never heard the Kit Kats' version, but as the New Hope, they did "Won't Find Better Than Me" on Jamie, another of my favorites, with quite a nod to the Beach Boys. Huge in Philly, almost unknown elsewhere. Dan Hughes, I was in suburban New York City till '62, then home for college vacations while in Providence RI from '62-'71; Hartford, CT was home from '71-early 90's, with an overlap with northern New Jersey (NYC metro again) starting in 1988. All this plus half year in Denver, CO in '74. I'd also consciously followed other regional markets looking for breakouts, and had a lot of friends from Pitssburgh in the mid '60's who brought me up to speed on some of the oldies scene there. Both my luck and consciously, I gravitated to markets where lots of music got played - they were just more interesting. (And Art Munson, thanks for the answers; towns don't get a lot smaller in CT than East Morris! It's real pretty, though.) Stuart Miller, I never meant to accuse you of only collecting the Seasons. And I like your list of falsetto leads; it's a treat to see the great Donnie Elbert there. ("What Can I Do" on Deluxe will curl your hair!) JB's duos: nice work! But Pacific Gas & Electric was indeed a group, as were AC/DC (of course) and Alive & Kickin'. The latter were produced by Tommy James; their bass player, Ron Pell, was selling airtime at WDRC in Hartford when I DJ'd there. Missing from the list: Don & Dewey, whose "Koko Joe" was nicely covered by the Righteous Brothers on Moonglow. Thanks, everybody, for the wonderful time travel of these last few digests to back when I was "really" Country Paul. I've been smiling all night! CP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 08:09:55 +0100 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Renaissance / Illusion Matthew, In case you haven't seen it yet, allow me to refer you to my previous post... The way I see it there is no way that HELP 27 can be released in in the early 70's. Nevertheless, since you seem to actually have the record, details would be appreciated re: song titles. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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