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Spectropop - Digest Number 765

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Beatles-related girl group songs
           From: Andres 
      2. Sunday Night with Simon White
           From: Simon White 
      3. Re: Larry Henley
           From: Clark 
      4. Andy Pratt catch-up; fake Shangri-Las
           From: Phil Milstein 
      5. Johnny Marr on Phil Spector
           From: Patrick Rands
      6. Need info on song
           From: Jeffrey Glenn 
      7. Sha-na-na-welcome
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      8. Music to file fretted feet by
           From: Jack Madani 
      9. Re: Looking Glass song
           From: Eddy 
     10. Beatles-related girl-group songs
           From: Ian Chapman 
     11. Re: Looking Glass
           From: Martin Roberts 
     12. Sha Na Na
           From: Stewart Mason 
     13. Sha Na Na; Extremes
           From: Country Paul 
     14. Nick and Nitz
           From: Martin Roberts 
     15. Re: The Planotones' Angel Rissoff
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     16. Re: Larry Henley/Dan Folger songs
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     17. Re: Beatle-related songs.
           From: Guy Lawrence 
     18. I know that record!
           From: Bob Rashkow 
     19. Re:The Strangeloves
           From: Guy Lawrence 
     20. Re: Extremes
           From: Jeffrey Glenn 
     21. Re: Beatles-related girl-group songs
           From: Andres 
     22. Re: Feathers
           From: Simon White 
     23. Re: Four Seasons remixes
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
     24. Re: Looking Glass song
           From: Rat Pfink 
     25. Nick DeCaro CD
           From: Bill Reed 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 12:08:51 -0000
   From: Andres 
Subject: Beatles-related girl group songs

Hi everybody, I am a newcomer

I am a great lover of girl groups of the 60s (especially 
interested in Beatles-related songs).  Could you help me 
with the lyrics to the song "We Love The Beatles" by the 
Vernons Girls?

And one more thing - does anybody know whether the 
Carefrees were just a group (trio?) of Beatles fans or 
were they professional singers/musicians ?

Thank you


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Message: 2 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 12:36:39 -0000 From: Simon White Subject: Sunday Night with Simon White Thanks to all who listened in and emailed. For those who didn't, here's what you missed: smokey robinson you must be love eddie holman stay mine for heaven's sake madeline bell I cant wait to see my baby's face the tymes this time it's love phonetics just a boy's dream the astors candy the feathers trying to get to you obrey wilson you don't love me laura lee are you doing me wrong earl wright them love blues lee roye tears the moments nine times walter jenkins back in my life gwen owens you better watch out martha reeves always something there to remind me herbie mann philly dog the allen sisters downtown crowd the volcanos storm warning larry clinton wanted in three states the fantastic johnny c look what love can make you do the fantastic johnny c don't depend on me lisa curtis I feel love coming on darlene love lord if you're a woman darlene love too late to say you're sorry barbara mills make it last (take your time) kim weston you're just the kind of guy the pussycats I want your love alfreda brockington spilt milk four tops shake me wake me sonny stitt lovers' concerto jean carne my baby loves me jean carne if you wanna go back fabulous kayes it's too late big al downing bring your good loving home ketty lester nice and easy patti drew stop and listen bobby freeman cross my heart claude 'baby' huey drifting -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 08:49:22 EST From: Clark Subject: Re: Larry Henley Bill George wrote: > 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. Bill, are those Larry Henley songs on the Sequel CD? I have it and there are several solo 45s on it. I have a Joe Melson import 45, but don't remember what the title is. Take care, Clark -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 09:05:38 +0000 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Andy Pratt catch-up; fake Shangri-Las Country Paul wrote: > Phil, do you have links to any of those, or any other > info to share? Go to and search for "andy pratt" and (to weed out some false hits) "pratt institute." Make sure you select "past year," as the main story appeared in October. Since then I've seen a few little blurbs for upcoming gigs, but the main article provides a fairly thorough catch-up on him. Warning: I believe the Globe (as well as most U.S. papers) charges a few bucks to retrieve articles from its online archives. But the hit you get will also provide a cover date, if you'd prefer to search it out at your local library. I believe it appeared in the Thursday Calendar pull-out section. > 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? I assume this will be one of the fake Shangri-Las. A management group is believed to be licensing the rights to the name from the Weiss sisters. I don't know what sort of performance they give nowadays, but at one point at least, one of the fake SL versions was lip-synching to the original group's hits, which they would introduce as "our" hits. Caveat emptor. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:35:31 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Johnny Marr on Phil Spector Any Smiths fans ? Here's a short trancsript with Johnny Marr's impressions of Phil Spector: :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 06:48:28 -0800 From: Jeffrey Glenn Subject: Need info on song I've just played to musica an mp3 for which I'm looking for more info. It's "If I Never Love Again" by Looking Glass. It really sounds like a 1966/67 Curt Boettcher production - and sounds like he could be singing on it as well - but I can't find any info on it. Running the title through ASCAP and BMI reveals a song of this title by Barry De Vorzon and Raul Abeyta which seems a likely suspect (and would provide a link to Boettcher). And is this the same group that Gary Zekley produced in 1967 ("Virginia Day's Ragtime Memories"/"What Am I Doing Crying" on UNI 55024)? Help! By the way, it's a great song. :-) Jeff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 15:56:14 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Sha-na-na-welcome Good to welcome George's posting about Sha Na Na. I well recall the first time I saw the band on TV - loved the theatricality of it all - Bowser (sp?), The Gold Captain and all the rest - At last there was someone who remembered Rock & Roll was FUN and some of it shouldn't be taken too seriously. Well done to all involved! I do remember seeing a cheap CD recently of the band that had audio and I believe a complete video show as well. Don't know if it was a legit item, but would probably be fun to see. Kingsley -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 23:06:36 -0500 From: Jack Madani Subject: Music to file fretted feet by Stuart Miller wrote: > Jack M, Sorry if I was a bit harsh about Russell T. > Obviously from my words, he isn't one of my favourites. Nah, not too harsh at all. I only wanted to disagree with you a little on the relative strengths of the Delfonics and the Stylistics, while still leaving room for personal preferences. From: Steve Harvey > Jack, You must be incredibly talented to play the > violin with only one foot! What do you fret with? Actually, Steve, I try not to fret too much, which is why I have so few wrinkles. Mick Patrick sed: >P.S. Jack, how's your foot? Comin' along, Mick, thanks. And now, here is the song list of the two cd's worth of tunes I listened to on my portable cd player as the surgery progressed, with the volume turned desperately loud so's I wouldn't have to hear what was going on(unfortunately, when they hammer away at your foot bones, the sounds get transmitted all the way up your skeleton to your skull). It's not exactly like I was William Bendix in "Life Boat," but hey, one does what one can. 1. Chapel Of Love---The Dixie Cups 2. I Wanna Love Him So Bad---The Jelly Beans 3. People Say---The Dixie Cups 4. Remember (Walkin In The Sand)---The Shangri-Las 5. Good Night Baby---The Butterflys 6. Baby Be Mine---The Jelly Beans 7. Leader Of The Pack---The Shangri-Las 8. You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me---The Dixie Cups 9. Give Him A Great Big Kiss---The Shangri-Las 10. The Boy From New York City---The Ad Libs 11. Iko Iko---The Dixie Cups 12. He Ain't No Angel---The Ad-Libs 13. I Can Never Go Home Anymore---The Shangri-Las 14. Sally, Go 'Round The Roses---The Jaynetts 15. Party Lights---Claudine Clark 16. My Boyfriend's Back--The Angels 17. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)---Betty Everett 18. He's Mine ---The Swans 19. Let Me In---The Sensations 20. I Can't Let Go---Evie Sands 21. Get A Hold Of Yourself---The Persians 22. Baby, Baby (I Still Love You)---The Cinderellas 23. Lover Boy---The Blossoms 24. I Wonder---The Butterflys 25. The Kind Of Boy You Can 26. Come Back Baby---Roddie Joy 27. The Dum Dum Diddy---The Goodies 28. You Don't Know---Ellie Greenwich 29. Go Now---Bessie Banks 30. Gee Baby Gee---The Butterflys 31. He's So Easy To Love---Roddie Joy 32. Big Bad World---Cathy Saint 33. Gee, The Moon Is Shining Bright---The Dixie Cups 34. Take Me For A Little While---Evie Sands 35. Baby---Ellie Greenwich 36. Another Boy Like Mine---The Dixie Cups 37. Do Wah Diddy---The Jelly Beans 38. Dreamin' Of You---Noreen Corcoran 39. The East Side Of Town---Melinda Marx 40. Sophisticated Boom Boom---The Goodies 41. There He Goes---Yvonne Carroll 42. Snow Man---Peggy Sans 43. Welcome To My Heart---The Bouquets 44. Second Best---Barbara Jackson 45. Jerry (I'm Your Sherry)---Tracey Dey 46. Duchess Of Earl (stereo)---The Pearlettes 47. Cops And Robbers---Marie Gladness 48. A Little Tear---Linda Martell & The Anglos 49. Good Old Days---The Sunbeams 50. Big Mr. Heartbreaker---Marilyn Britton 51. Every Beat Of My Heart---(Gladys Knight &) The Pips 52. You Made A Fool Of Me---The Sensations jack -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 17:18:52 +0100 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Looking Glass song Jeffrey Glenn wrote: > I've just played to musica an mp3 for which I'm looking > for more info.....It's "If I Never Love Again" by Looking > Glass. Isn't that song on one of their Epic albums ("The Looking Glass" or "Subway Serenade")? Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 16:36:21 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Beatles-related girl-group songs Andres wrote: > Hi everybody, I am a newcomer. I am a great lover of girl > groups of the 60s (especially interested in Beatles-related > songs). Could you help me with the lyrics to the song "We > Love The Beatles" by the Vernons Girls? > And one more thing - does anybody know whether the > Carefrees were just a group (trio?) of Beatles fans or > were they professional singers/musicians ? Welcome to Spectropop, Andres In a way, you’re right on both counts - the Carefrees were a 'designer' group of professionals intended to *sound* like a bunch of Beatles fans with "We Love You Beatles". They were six British session singers: Johnny Evans, Don Riddell, John Stevens, Lyn Cornell, Barbara Kay and Betty Prescott. Before they became session regulars, the Don Riddell Four had cut an instrumental "Casablanca", and both Betty and Lyn had been members of the original Vernons Girls. Betty subsequently joined the Breakaways while Lyn cut several solo singles for Decca. Barbara Kay too cut some fine solo singles for Pye. The Carefrees record (based on "We Love You Conrad" from "Bye Bye Birdie") didn’t do a thing in the UK, but got to #39 in the States in ‘64. "We Love The Beatles" (different song) was done by the second incarnation of the Vernons Girls, the trio that carried on the name in 1962, after the original sixteen had gone their separate ways. They were Maureen Kennedy, Frances Lee and Jean Owen (aka Samantha Jones), who appeared with the Beatles on several occasions, both on tour and on TV - most memorably on the special "Around The Beatles". As requested, Andres, here’s the lyrics – to be read of course, in the broadest of Scouse accents..... :-) Intro (spoken): Who d’you like the best, Maureen? Well, I think John’s the gear… I think Paul’s fab… Well Ringo’s a bit of alright, tho’, isn’t he? Go on, it’s George…. Ah, be honest…. Chorus: We love the Beatles We love the Beatles Yeah yeah yeah yeah…… There’s Johnny, Paul and gorgeous George and Ringo Starr, And everyone in Britain knows how fab they are We read about them in the papers every day, Yes, we’re crazy ‘bout the Beatles and we’re glad to say: (Chorus) Now Johnny is the leader and he knocks us out, The way he sings the melody on "Twist & Shout"; Aaaah, aaaah, aaaah, aaaah.... Paul and George are on guitar and sing along too, Now Ringo fills the rhythm and they all shout "oooooooh!!" (Chorus) Oh how we adore them We’d do anything for them We’re mad about their haircuts and their crazy clothes Dig everything about them from their heads to their toes We’ve never felt like this before, so let’s explain to yer, We’ve simply got...Beatlemania (Chorus) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 17:08:22 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Looking Glass Hi Jeff, Interesting posting. The Looking Glass track you played to musica is the B Side "Silver And Sunshine (How Wonderful Is Our Love)" (written by D. Addrisi/D.Addrisi, arranged by Don Addrisi, produced by B. DeVorzon/D. Gallese) on the wonderful Valiant label 750. The track you mentioned is the better A Side, "If I Never Love Again" (written by DeVorzon/R. Abeyta, produced by DeVorzon/Gallese, arranged by P. Botkin.Jr.). Can't help with the Looking Glass on UNI though. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 12:45:20 -0500 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Sha Na Na George Leonard writes: > 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. Good to have you aboard, George! Incidentally, one of my few brushes with rock fame is that my first college English teacher (at Texas Tech University in the late '80s) was your old cohort Bruce "Bruno" Clarke! Aside to Country Paul: sadly, Big 98.5 doesn't stream online anymore. I'll keep you posted if that changes, though. S -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 13:23:50 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Sha Na Na; Extremes I wrote: > Unlike most sites I've encountered, and considering the > number of first-person participants here, if I read it here, > it's probably true. And then I see a post like George Leonard's. I've read both his bio links: and wonder how I can keep up with guys like this. I knew the bare outline of the Sha Na Na story, so it's fascinating to read the well-written first-person details. (In my smoke-fogged memory, I seem to remember doing an interview with a couple of the members at WHCN.) But as I am also a fan of 50's group harmony music, I'll confess to a love/hate relationship with Sha Na Na. I have great admiration for the group's innovation, the phenomenon of their Woodstock appearance and subsequent success, and their bringing the music to the attention of audiences who may not have heard it otherwise. In contrast, there's the "showbizzing" and slick packaging of what had often been almost a folk music of the cities - doo-wop groups on the corner or in the hallways creating music from the heart that was, at its best, often profound in its zenlike simplicity. I wonder if I could invite George to comment further on the unintended consequences of Sha Na Na's success - the watering-down of that music to attract a mass audience and the recreation of the "the fifties" as Sha Na Na, "Grease," "Happy Days" et al. Bill George, I have the Extremes 45, RCA 47-9009 (1965), both sides produced by Felton Jarvis: "Hide The Moon" (wr. Dan W. Folger) Acuff-Rose, BMI "S.O.S." (wr. Marge Barton) Screen Gems-Columbia, BMI Interestingly, "S.O.S." (which starts with those letters in Morse Code played by a trumpet, but is actually "Sweet On Sally") was the A-side, but suffers from being too cute by half, as well as being excessively "busy." "Hide The Moon," on the other hand, is far better - a very nice medium-uptempo song. One could hear the Newbeats doing it, but the record would need much crisper production (which wouldn't have hurt here, either). "Hide The Moon" is definitely "the one that got away." Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 20:04:40 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Nick and Nitz Country Paul wrote; > 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 About 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?) Hi CP, In the case of "Me About You", this is not arranged by Jack - hope you're paying attention Bill! - but by Nick De Caro. I'm unaware of the credits on Gentle Soul's "Our National Anthem" but would be thrilled to add the track to the discography if Jack is credited. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 20:09:17 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: The Planotones' Angel Rissoff Country Paul wrote: > Incidentally, new to the Planotones are Angel Rissoff ("Little > Leopold"), Frenchy Fediu and Johnny Gale, all of the late lamented > Little Isidore & The Inquisitors. Angel Rissoff was the lead singer of the Kollektion, and co-wrote their classic 1967 psychedelic single "Savage Lost". He was also briefly a part of Blues Image in 1968, and shares lead vocals on their debut single with Mike Pinera ("Can't You Believe In Forever" on the Image label). I've been in e-mail contact with Rissoff, so if anyone has any questions for him, let me know. Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 20:26:13 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Larry Henley/Dan Folger songs Bill wrote: > 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) I have two of those Folger songs, but not by the artists you asked about. What I have is: Weeping Analeah - Sammy Hall (Parrot 332) (The first solo single by the former vocalist of the Birdwatchers and Mor-Loks. The Birdwatchers appear on the flip, but not on "Weeping Analeah".) Young Tears Don't Fall Forever - Edie Walker (Rising Sons 713) (The A-side of Edie's first national release, after a couple of 45s on the Florida- based Mew label. The flip, "Good Guys", is one of the best-known Northern soul cover-ups, probably better known by its cover-up artist, Patience Valentine, than by the real artist). Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 22:01:30 -0000 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Re: Beatle-related songs. I would strongly advise anyone interested in Beatle novelty records to check out the following CD: "Better Than The Beatles" Knight Records kcd1003 ("26 Tunes That Failed To Oust The Fab-Four From The Charts") I'd been praying for a CD like this for years - a compilation of American Beatle-inspired novelty records. It has the pro's ("I Want To Be A Beatle"), the anti's ( "You Got Me Bugged") and lots more in between. Several girl group tracks appear as do several Spectropop faves - Gary Usher, David Axelrod, Ernie Maresca (whose geography is as bad as Jan & Dean's!) and a pre-Rascals Gene Cornish with his "Unbeetables". 26 tracks about Ringo, long hair, Liverpool and lame insect jokes makes a gruelling listen in one go but it really captures the mood of those weeks when the Fab Four held the American charts to ransom. Knight records don't appear to have a website but plenty of online dealers are stocking it. I'll happily provide anyone with more information if they contact me off-list. Regards, Guy. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 17:33:38 -0500 From: Bob Rashkow Subject: I know that record! Great to have you with us George Leonard. I also was not a big fan of Sha Na Na in the 7Ts; however I can look back now and see that they were an important part of the 'Bring Back the 5Ts!' movement at that time; and it probably goes without saying that their TV series compared to about 98% of what's available today was pretty good. OK since this isn't a TV group back to the topic at hand.... Jeff G, I had a copy of "If I Never Love Again" at one time. Excellent voice and harmonies altho' didn't like it enough to hold on to it. Wish I knew more; but Eddy S, one thing I can say with certainty is that the "Brandy" & "Jimmy Loves Marianne" Looking Glass on Epic is most assuredly not the same group as the ones who recorded DeVorzon's song on Valiant. Simon, you played a truly GREAT record which I also own, "Tryin' To Get To You" by the Feathers on the Team label --did this catch on at the Northern Soul clubs? It wouldn't surprise me, it's a moderately fast, very tuneful bubblegum thing (produced by the Super K and Big Kahoona people) and IMHO a really super dance song. I LOVE IT :))) Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 23:01:58 -0000 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Re:The Strangeloves Richard Havers wrote: > 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.' Wow! Anyway we can get a scan of this in the files section for us Strangeloves nuts? Regards, Guy. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 15:10:10 -0800 From: Jeffrey Glenn Subject: Re: Extremes Bill: > In the same line, does anyone have copies of the following > Folger songs? "Hide the Moon" by The Extremes (pre-1965 on RCA) Unless there's an earlier version of the song, The Extremes' "Hide The Moon" came out in 1966 on RCA Victor 47-9009 (the B-side of the great "S.O.S" (has this ever been a northern soul fave?). Written by Dan W. Folger, and produced by Felton Jarvis, it's been played to musica. Jeff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 07:43:25 -0000 From: Andres Subject: Re: Beatles-related girl-group songs Ian, thank you very much indeed. Your knowledge on this topic is unbelievable! Do you or anybody here happen to know anything about Annie & The Orphans (they had a funny song `My Girl's Been Beaten By The Beatle Bug' way back 1964 (?)) Regards Andres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 00:47:14 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Feathers Bob Rashkow: > Simon, you played a truly GREAT record which I also own, > "Tryin' To Get To You" by the Feathers on the Team label > -- did this catch on at the Northern Soul clubs? Bob, it got played at Northern venues and is on a compilation cd. It's one of those white pop things that work [think Mitch Ryder] cos it is beaty and tuff enuf. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 00:59:36 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Four Seasons remixes The original CD with the remixes is "The Four Seasons - The Hits: Digitally Enhanced" on Curb. Curb loves to repackage and repackage for the bargan bins so Im not surprised to see them again. I have the cassette, and I agree the remixes do absolutly nothing to improve the songs. They just added (bad) drum machine programming to the original tracks, not even wiping the original studio drummers. Most 80's/90's dance remixes of original 60's hits just dont work. I'm reminded of a gawdawful version of the Contours "Do You Love Me" that was a big hit in the late 80's when "Dirty Dancing" was a hit movie (yuck). From what I have read the remix of "Oh What A Night" became a hit when a CHR radio station played it as a "Flashback" oldie and got so many requests for it (from kids who thought it was a new song) that they added it to thier current playlist. That spurred Curb (always looking for a hit) to reissue it and it made the Top 40. Curb even repackaged that song in another rehashed oldies collection of the same name. Another story I heard that Valli/Gaudio were planning to create a new 4 Seasons based on the New Kids on The Block boygroup craze in the early 90's. Too bad the Osmond kids beat them to it (which didnt become a big hit). -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 20:06:20 -0500 From: Rat Pfink Subject: Re: Looking Glass song Jeffrey Glenn wrote: > I've just played to musica an mp3 for which I'm looking > for more info.....It's "If I Never Love Again" by Looking > Glass. > Isn't that song on one of their Epic albums ("The Looking Glass" > or "Subway Serenade")? I think it's a different band, the song he's asking about is from '66 on Valiant: If I Never Love Again b/w Silver And Sunshine (Valiant 750, 1966) RP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 01:25:20 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Nick DeCaro CD Last year, for the Japanese publication "Record Collectors'", I conducted an inteview with the multiple Grammy winning recording engineer Al Schmitt. When the Q&A was over, he gave me a CDR of an album "Bolero California" that he described as not only his favorite of the many Nick DeCaro recordings he had worked on, but also one of his favorites, in general, of the countless sessions he has engineered in a career that stretches back to the early 1950s. Up until then, I had only heard OF the album. "Bolero California," a fascinating melange of musical style recorded in late 1990 and released the following year, is one of Nick DeCaro's most intriguing projects: part Afro-Cuban, part Tango, part Bolero, part big band jazz. . .sometimes all at one and the same time! After listening to the copy Schmitt gave me, I decided that the only thing more baffling than the near-total obscurity of this Kazuhiko Kato album is why it has been out of print in Japan, its country of origin, for several years now. DeCaro is so omni-present on the CD, wearing the several hats of arranger, accordionist and background singer, that he comes off more as a collaborator with Kato, rather than a supporting player. The musical palette Nick works with on this, one of his last major recordings, is totally unrelated to anything he had done before, a fact that is doubly amazing considering that he was in the late stages of a terminal illness. For more background on this sui generis work, see my profile of Nick at Spectropop: and also the one at: Kazuhiko Kato (sometimes spelled Katoh) is a legendary figure in Japanese pop, with his most famous alliances being with the groups, Sadistic Mika Band and Folk Crusaders. Recently a long supressed--- nearly 40 years---recording, "Imujin Gawa," by the latter group, rose into the the upper reaches of Japanese pop charts. The copy of "Bolero" Al Schmitt gave me contained no personnel or any other recording information. Just a CD in a plain wrap jewel case. Finally tired of playing Blindfold Test for nearly a year, on my last trip to Japan in the Winter of 2002, I searched high and low, to no avail, for a copy to assuage not only my curiosity but also my sense of completionism. At last a couple of weeks ago, while surfing the web, I happened on a copy of the CD for sale at a small coffee shop, au Chat Bleu Cafe, in Nagoya Japan. It was displayed along with only a handful of other items, mostly rare Jean-Paul Belmondo posters. It was not a cyber commerce site; that is, the items were not for sale on the web per se, but were being announced for sale at the cafe itself. But thanks to a flurry of international faxes and a couple of international phone calls, AND the kind cooperation of Chat Bleu's Hidenori Niwa, I at last have aquired this white whale of a CD. Much as I had suspected, the various particpants in the project, both the esteemed session players and the various technicians, constitute a Who's Who of the Hollywood recording studio scene of the time. Bill Reed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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