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Spectropop - Digest Number 764

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Mae West's backing group
           From: Richard Havers 
      2. Speaking of Bob Crewe and Ian Whitcomb
           From: Deena Canale 
      3. Re: Ronny & the Philharmonic
           From: Mikey 
      4. Re: Mae West's backing group
           From: Richard Havers 
      5. Re: Larry Henley
           From: Bill George 
      6. Tokens, Planotones and Bonner; Andy Pratt; more
           From: Country Paul 
      7. old Woodstock/Fillmore photographs?
           From: George Leonard 
      8. Planotones' co-stars
           From: Country Paul 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 12:33:05 +0000
   From: Richard Havers 
Subject: Re: Mae West's backing group

Claus wrote:
> Can anyone help me with info on Mae West - Way Out West (Tower)
> album. The cover mentions a dynamic young group called Somebody's
> Children. The album was arranged by David Mallet, Jim Horn and
> David Allen. It must be Dave Allen from all the Tower soundtracks.
> But is the superb guitar work on this album also played by
> Dave Allen?

I have emailed Davie to ask him.....I met him last year in LA working 
on a new album. I'll let you know.



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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 10:14:20 -0400 From: Deena Canale Subject: Speaking of Bob Crewe and Ian Whitcomb In an odd bit of Spectropop synchronicity, I just started reading Andrew Loog Oldham's "2Stoned," and was pleased to find that the early chapters of it devote a lot of space to tales of the Stones' first visits to America and their encounters with such S-pop stalwarts as Bob Crewe, Murray the K, and Sonny Bono, to name a few. Loogie's one helluva writer, with an inimitable way with words and recall for detail. Though it wouldn't hurt, you don't have to be a Stones fan to dig his memoirs, 'cause he covers a lot of ground beyond his experiences with them. So far this one's just as good as his first, "Stoned," which I was lucky to get autographed when he spoke at last year's North by Northeast conference in Toronto. In addition to "After the Ball," Ian Whitcomb also penned the delightful "Rock Odyssey," which doubles as both an account of his rise to "fame" and a fairly comprehensive survey/history of '60s pop in general. Yet another witty Brit worth reading, no matter what you may have thought of "You Turn Me On." Signed D.C. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 09:58:24 -0500 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Ronny & the Philharmonic Jeff Lemlich: > Jerry Carrigan played drums for both Ronny & The Daytonas and the > Neon Philharmonic. not too long after his credits grew to include > some guy named Presley. >>>>Oh yea? Jerry Carrigan played for Reg Presley?? :))))) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 20:36:08 +0000 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: Mae West's backing group Claus wrote: > Can anyone help me with info on Mae West - Way Out West (Tower) > album. The cover mentions a dynamic young group called Somebody's > Children. The album was arranged by David Mallet, Jim Horn and > David Allen. It must be Dave Allen from all the Tower soundtracks. > But is the superb guitar work on this album also played by > Dave Allen? Here's Davie's reply It's nice to get a question that isn't about Curb or "Max Frost"! I may have played on a couple of tracks for Mae West but I never met her plus there were many times I played on tracks and didn't even know what they were for. I had nothing to do with arranging that album plus, note the spelling of the name (since I was on the label, they wouldn't have made that mistake!). Thanks, Davie Allen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 17:42:25 EST From: Bill George Subject: Re: Larry Henley Larry Henley recorded some songs written by Dan Folger. Does anyone have copies of "His Girl", "Bring Back the Good Times" or "I've Been A Long Time Loving You"? These were possibly recorded on Hickory Records. In the same line, does anyone have copies of the following Folger songs? "Weeping Annaleah" by Gordon Waller same song, by Dave Guard "Young Tears Don't Fall Forever" by The Graduates (rec. 68/69; prod by Charlie McCoy, Bobby Russell & Buzz Cason) "Hide the Moon" by The Extremes (pre-1965 on RCA) Dan Folger also has ties with Joe Melson, which I will touch on later, as I get caught up on the digests. Thanks! Bill -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 21:58:07 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Tokens, Planotones and Bonner; Andy Pratt; more Someone asked recently if Randy & The Rainbows were really the Tokens on "Denise." I can't comment re: the rest of the group, but last night, UGHA [United in Group Harmony Assn., the major doo-wop society in metro NYC] featured Randy & the Rainbows with the original lead, Dominic Safuto. I couldn't get to the show, so couldn't ask "the" question. I actually wouldn't be surprised if the Tokens were all or part of the backing band, though. I asked the Tokens via e-mail ( - I'll forward an answer if I get one. Incidentally, next month (2/22/03 at St. Joseph's Church in Clifton, NJ) they'll have Kenny Vance & The Planotones which used to include Garry Bonner. See the Jack Nitzsche page for "record of next week" - my choice of Bonner sides would be the flip of the nominated track, the gorgeous "Me Anout You," but Gentle Soul's "Tell Me Love" is a major treat. (May I propose following these with Gentle Soul's "Our National Anthem", the 45 that never made it to an LP?) Incidentally, new to the Planotones are Angel Rissoff ("Little Leopold"), Frenchy Fediu and Johnny Gale, all of the late lamented Little Isidore & The Inquisitors. The UGHA event should be a show not to be missed; and if you can't wait, they're on a bill with Barbara Harris & The Toys and Jay Siegel & The Tokens 2/1/02 on Long Island. Go to for the full schedule. Played on WFMU this weekend: Lee Hazlewood & Duane Eddy's "Girl on Death Row." Totally warped and very far out for its time - still pretty far out. From "The Twang Gang" CD on Jamie. Jackie DeShannon's "What The World Needs Now" is the song in the trailer for the next Adam Sandler (!) movie, "Anger Management." Good for Jackie! Jack Madani: > [T]he Anita Kerr singers always sounded awesome to me, so it is definitely > *possible* to get a great tight harmony with female voices on the top end. > I guess the trick is to sing with as little vibrato as possible. Agreed, Jack, their sound was amazing even when singing drivel, which as contract players they had to do far too often. Another amazing but often overlooked female harmony group: The Chordettes. Stewart Mason, re: "Oh What A Night," there was indeed a 12" disco remix "that really emphasized the disco pulse of the song much more than the original single did and included a sort of dub-style instrumental break with echoed vocal interjections." Does the station you mentioned, Big 98.5, stream online? Stratton Bearhart, re: melisma, best comment yet [in Digest 261]. Thank you. Phil Milstein: > [T]he Boston Globe has run several stories in the past few weeks referring > to Pratt's return to the local club scene, after a decade or more toiling > (musically and otherwise) in Europe. Perhaps I should try to catch one of > those shows, before he's gone again. Phil, do you have links to any of those, or any other info to share? Also, thanks for the compliment! And Steve Harvey, in what town are you in re: the management offer for Andy? Ron Weekes: > And isn't this list about great musical memories? IMO, in part; it's also about the incredible amount of knowledge held by - and new discoveries coming from - the expertise of the people who are part of it and willing to share their knowledge. Unlike most sites I've encountered, and considering the number of first-person participants here, if I read it here, it's probably true. Grateful to be part of it, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 26 Jan 03 23:34:42 -0800 From: George Leonard Subject: old Woodstock/Fillmore photographs? My brother Rob and I have been reading the posts for a while, impressed by the scholarship. This may be a good time to say hello, since there's a good piece this month about our old group, Sha Na Na, in Maxim's Blender (a glossy rock mag here in the USA-- you can get it in any supermarket), the edition with Mariah half naked on the cover. Page 36, "Life After Rock." Big picture of Rob. It covers my contribution too. More information about Sha Na Na (and nothing for sale!) is at and (Rob has a professional website but I'd have to check with him before sending it to a list.) Here's why I'm writing. A wonderful fan in England recently sent a lot of footage we'd never seen before-- Rob's solo at Woodstock, that sort of thing. After 33 years! Now that we've both got young kids, we enjoy showing them what we did when we were young. It struck me that if anyone knew where we might buy similar footage, or stills, it would be the experts on this list. (Please reply offlist, though, since it would be a commercial post.) Thank you. Best wishes, George Leonard Conception and Choreography Sha Na Na -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 22:44:35 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Planotones' co-stars Scrolling down the Kenny Vance & The Planotones schedule at, I see they're appearing in Flushing, NY April 5th with the Shangri Las's! So who's in the Shangri La's these days? FYI, there's doing a cruise to Bermuda on Celebrity Cruise Lines May 24th through 31st with Arlene Smith of the Chantels, Frankie Ford, Jerry Blavat and surprise guests. They'll also be with Lou Christie, Darlene Love, The Contours and more at Richard Nader's Original Summer Doo Wop Reunion XIV, Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ on June 21st. As the Rutles sang, all you need is cash. Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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