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Spectropop - Digest Number 758

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 12 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Joe Melson
           From: Dan Hughes 
      2. Belmonts, Weekends
           From: Ian Chapman 
      3. The Strangeloves
           From: Richard Havers 
      4. Re: NRBQ Documentary this Sunday, 07 AM Central
           From: Steve Harvey 
      5. Re: Eddie Holman
           From: Simon White 
      6. Re: Whooping melismas
           From: James Botticelli 
      7. Re: On The Real Side
           From: Simon White 
      8. Re: Worst falsetto
           From: Dan Hughes 
      9. Re: Hammond & Hazlewood
           From: Andrew Jones 
     10. Re: Whooping melismas
           From: Freeman Carmack 
     11. Re: Melisimata
           From: Stratton Bearhart 
     12. Ben Bagley/ Crewe / Herve Vilard
           From: Leonardo Flores 


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 18:13:03 -0600
   From: Dan Hughes 
Subject: Joe Melson

Jeff mentioned Joe Melson.  When I was a kid and saw 
"Orbison-Melson" on those 45s, I thought it was a misprint 
and should have been Nelson. Whoever heard of the name Melson?

I'd love to know more about Mr. Melson.  Is he still with us?  
Did he write the lyrics to Roy's tunes?  Did he ever put out 
any of his own records?



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Message: 2 Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 00:48:50 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Belmonts, Weekends A later line-up of the Belmonts duetted with Shirley Alston on her solo album "With A Little Help From My Friends", on what has to be my favourite version (ever!) of "Where Or When". One reason I like it so much is because one of the guys in there has one of the clearest, most spine-tingling falsettos I ever heard, it cuts right through the track. Anyone know who this guy would be? And talking of the Newbeats-styled falsettos, is anyone going to put in a good word for the Weekends' copycat version of "Canadian Sunset"? So close to "Run Baby Run", you couldn't slip a plagiarism suit in between 'em. Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 00:17:51 +0000 From: Richard Havers Subject: The Strangeloves I just picked up an October 16 1965 Billboard off ebay. There is a wonderful full page ad for The Strangeloves. It's headed 'Bert Berns and Julie Rifkind say "the Strangeloves are hot!!!"' The ad finishes with the sign off '"...and we're still not tired", the gang at Bang.' Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 16:27:25 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: NRBQ Documentary this Sunday, 07 AM Central Documentary Pays Tribute to Wild and Crazy Band By KEVIN O'HARE c.2003 Newhouse News Service They're loved by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards and Elvis Costello, but it took Mike Scully, executive producer of "The Simpsons,"to finally make sure that the members of NRBQ got the recognition they have deserved for so long. In what he refers to as "a labor of love," Scully and his wife, Julie Thacker, co-produced "NRBQ: Rock 'n' Roll's Best Kept Secret," a thoroughly entertaining one-hour documentary that will air as part of A&E's "Breakfast With the Arts" program on Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. EST, PST. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 01:25:11 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Eddie Holman James Botticelli wrote: > I'd like to think I'm the sole owner of his brilllliant > jelly-kneed "I'll Be There" on ABC, but I'm sure I'll soon > be proven wrong! Also the ballad on his 1977 Salsoul LP > "Immune To Love" is a stone-killer. The Salsoul album is great. I don't think I know "I'll Be There" - is it a flip side? For me, Eddie's best ballad is "This Can't Be True" on Parkway. Of course he's a Northern Soul hero here, and such a nice guy. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 19:21:26 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Whooping melismas Shawn Baldwin wrote: > I blame Patti Labelle for nothing but flawless vocals! Albeit histrionic and overblown, bordering on self-indulgent IMHO -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 01:37:03 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Re: On The Real Side James Botticelli wrote: > Is this a new "On The Real Side"? I have a comp, I believe > from the UK, from the early 90s with the same name. Tis a new comp, same title - and has a nice track by Lezli Valentine on it too. There was a good version of "Date With The Rain" by Jamie Principle a few years back. And I think I have one by Frankie Gee [who was he?] and also a version of "Mixed Up Shook Up Boy" [Girl]. But we're dangerously into disco territory now.... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 21:01:51 -0600 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Re: Worst falsetto James sez: > I have to say Ian Whitcomb for "You Really Turn Me On" > ("...and when-a-when-a-when you do...aha-aha-aha-aha-aha-aha > that's my song") bleccccccch. Yes, but.... I think I read somewhere that Whitcomb was doing a serious recording session and finished before his time ran out. So for the last few minutes he just did some goofing around, and "wrote" that song on the spot as a joke. So of course it was the hit.... ---Dan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:43:33 -0500 (EST) From: Andrew Jones Subject: Re: Hammond & Hazlewood Richard Havers: Thanks for the essay about one of my all-time fave songwriting teams, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 23:00:19 -0500 From: Freeman Carmack Subject: Re: Whooping melismas Re: "Whooping melismas". I hope that Iraq doesn't have THAT disease in the germ arsenal that we gave them. Oh no, the dreaded Whooping Melismas. Freeman Carmack -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 05:34:25 -0000 From: Stratton Bearhart Subject: Re: Melisimata Surely the template for a trillion young imitators quite unintentionally is Stevie Wonder. In my own listening history I thrilled at the most ornate and extended melismas he produced, "Jesus Children Of America" from "Talking Book" immediately comes to mind. And even today, live, Wonder takes greater liberties than on record with volleys that match Charlie Parker for dexterity. However, unfortunately, turn the radio on and everyone's doing it. A pity it should become so jaded a skill. Stratton Bearhart -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 06:44:35 -0000 From: Leonardo Flores Subject: Ben Bagley/ Crewe / Herve Vilard Hello All, Does anybody know who the artist is who painted all the Ben Bagley album covers on Crewe and I believe Ben's own label Painted Smile Records? I can't seem to make out the signiture... In my quest to find pre-Richie Family/ Village People (pre-73) music written by French producer Jacques Morali, I recently discovered that he wrote music for French artist Herve Vilard. does anybody know about this artist? His co producer Henri Belolo worked for Barcaly records, did Jacques write music on that label as well? All for the same reasons, Jacques knew how to write a hook in a song and I'm wondering if he did any Serge / Dutronc type music. he was a huge Gamble and Huff fan as well. Thanks Leonardo -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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