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Spectropop - Digest Number 783

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Four Freshmen
           From: James Botticelli 
      2. Re: Sandpipers / Grads in musica
           From: Mike Edwards 
      3. Re: Tico Records / Latin Quarter
           From: Leonardo Flores 
      4. Re: Four Freshmen
           From: Bill Reed 
      5. Re: Penny Valentine
           From: Andres 
      6. Re: The Longest Day OST
           From: Andrew Jones 
      7. Re: Kingsmen
           From: Matt 
      8. Re: Spector in the Telegraph
           From: Marc 
      9. Re: The Hi-Los
           From: Richard Havers 
     10. Motorcity
           From: Kingsley Abbott 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 19:57:14 -0500
   From: James Botticelli 
Subject: Re: Four Freshmen

Kingsley Abbott wrote:
> ...the (Four) Freshmen did a later cover of "Surfer Girl". Bet B(rian) 
> W(ilson) was thrilled!

Really! Since the BB's sound identical to the FF's, I've wondered about the
possibility of confluence. Any idea where one can find this track?
James Botticelli 
Member: The EZ Rebellion

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Message: 2 Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 22:37:26 -0500 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Re: Sandpipers / Grads in musica Paul writes: > (The Grads' "Everything In The Garden" / "Stage Door") I'd love to hear > both sides please Mike, see which is best. I love the Sandpipers. Both sides are now playing in musica, Paul. This 45 was one of those "near mint" purchases made on Ebay. The quality on "Stage Door" is OK but it falls short on "Everything In The Garden", but stay with it as the quality picks up about one-third of the way into the record. As for the tunes, I think they hang there with versions by Peter James/Tony Jackson and the Fortunes/Petula Clark, but then Nick DeCaro always did know what he was doing. Again, sorry about the quality, but it will do , as Billy Bunn said in 1952, "until the real thing comes along". I love the Sandpipers too. My favorite LP of theirs was the Spanish Album (A&M 4159) from 1969 with "Enamorado" and "Cancion de Amor" being my favorite tracks. Although Keith Colley's "Enamorado" appeared on their first album, it fits in better here. "Cancion de Amor" (AKA "Wanderlove") was written by guitarist, Mason Williams, and is just a very gentle and moving piece. All credit to the folks at A&M in the mid to late 60s for bringing some latin influence into mainstream pop and we should all thank Mr. Alpert for saying "I'm not calling my band the San Diego Brass, I'm going further south for the name!" He did do just that. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 06:16:51 -0000 From: Leonardo Flores Subject: Re: Tico Records / Latin Quarter A round of applause for Stuffed Animal for his wonderful article on TICO records. It really solved the mystery of why Red Bird's first record by the Latin Quarter had such a Latin flair to it. It was the missing peice of the puzzle. Will there be more of a label gallery and Discography added later? Thanks again! Leonardo Flores -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 07:31:18 -0000 From: Bill Reed Subject: Re: Four Freshmen Kingsley: > ...the (Four) Freshmen did a later cover of "Surfer Girl". Bet > B(rian) W(ilson) was thrilled! Actually I bet he would not be too thrilled if he heard it. A really dumb send-up of the song recorded live. Trashing the BB's as if if they were just another dumb kid pop group. Not that there's anything wrong with that! I think there is a case to be made for the argument that the Frosh might not even be around today were it not for the non-stop Freshmen crusade conducted by Wilson over the years. They now have a very young, good-looking bunch of guys standing in for the leisure-suited, mutton-chopped, dewlapped originals. In other words, actual freshman- looking types. I bet they would never be so square as to perform and/ or record an anti BB's gaffe like the earlier Freshmen configuration committed on their 80s "spoof" of Brian and Company. Don't get me wrong, I love the Four Freshmen, but I thought "How totally stoopid" when I heard their version of "Surfer Girl". Didn't anyone ever tell them a) how great Brian's music is, and b) about Brian's non-stop flcaking on their behalf? On the other hand, Clark Burroughs of the other great 50s vocal group, the Hi-Los, has recorded some beautiful tribs. to Wilson, first on the Brian CD salute produced by Tim Weston a few years ago. I have also heard some other cuts from those sessions by Clark and his vocal quintet that didn't make the cut because of time considerations. ALL are beautiful AND respectful. . .unlike the Freshmen cut. Bill Reed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 10:29:23 -0000 From: Andres Subject: Re: Penny Valentine Richard Williams wrote: > ...who was the Penny Valentine who recorded "I Want To Kiss Ringo > Goodbye"? Richard Havers replied: > Richard, I would think she is probably American. It came out in the > US as Liberty 55774 in 1964 with Show Me The Way To love You on the > b-side. Hi, everybody! Having read the touching article about the late Penny Valentine at (so sorry about her) I remembered the song I Want To Kiss Ringo Goodbye by Penny Valentine, released in the mid-60s. Have we found out yet if it's the same person? Do any of you dear Spectropoppers have this song in your collection? Could you play it to musica for our listening pleasure? Thanks Andres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 11:15:50 -0500 (EST) From: Andrew Jones Subject: Re: The Longest Day OST Leonardo, the only "soundtrack" album for THE LONGEST DAY that I know of isn't a conventional OST; it re-tells the story of the film, with narration by Lowell Thomas and some of the German/French scenes re-done in English, with the same actors who did them in the film (Gert Frobe as Rommel, e.g.). I don't think Tommy Sands can even be heard on the album. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 18:54:25 -0000 From: Matt Subject: Re: Kingsmen I noticed that the Kingsmen come up fairly frequently here on our lovely list. Just wanted to mention that Lynn Easton (drummer on 'Louie, Louie' and then vocals and bass and sax, I think, on subsequent recordings) runs the company that prints all of my office's printed materials. He pops in frequently and I already made one of my bosses introduce me and had him sign all my stuff. If anyone has any questions, he is a very nice guy who would probably be happy to answer them. Let me know. Matt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 14:51:03 -0500 From: Marc Subject: Re: Spector in the Telegraph Someone asked for a copy of the Spector interview from the Telegraph in the UK. I have a copy of it and will send it to anyone who needs it. Marc -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 20:45:50 +0000 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: The Hi-Los Bill Reed wrote: > On the other hand, Clark Burroughs of the other great 50s > vocal group, the Hi-Los, has recorded some beautiful tribs. Have to agree with Bill about the Clark Boroughs tracks on the album 'Wouldn't it Be Nice - a Jazz portrait'. Tim Weston's production on the album is outstanding, hardly surprising given his pedigree. His father was the brilliant 1940s arranger, Paul Weston who married Jo Stafford, formerly of the Pied Pipers and the lady who had more hit records between 1940 and 1954 than any other female solo artist (1.Bing, 02 .Glenn Miller, 03 .Perry Como, 04 .Andrews Sisters, 05 .Sinatra, 06 .Jo Stafford). Tim's version of 'Warmth of the Sun' with Shelby Flint on the album is a delight. A Brazilian influenced 'Don't Worry Baby' by Steve Kahn & Gabriela Anders is testament to the greatness of the song - it translates. I would thoroughly recommend the album. I think tribute albums normally fall well short of where they set out to be, not true in this case. Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 21:29:48 -0000 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Motorcity Simon wrote: > In defence of Motorcity........ And Ian agreed... OK - I was in a flip mood that day. I hasten to say that I did actually buy a fair bit of the output, and several things on the earlier Nightmare label, and enjoyed some of them. The 'contrived' nature to me was in the tracks rather than the songs or artists. I was never a fan of the mechanistic drum machine era, and found that sound and the often predictable long build ups on the tracks got very samey, very quickly. Having said that, I did enjoy Ms Nero, several of the Velvelettes songs and one or two other bits. Maybe I never got to the ones I should have..., but Hey, I date from the Eddie Holland 'Leaving Here' era of Motown (my absolute fave). I shall check out Simon's list and see if I have those to go back to listen to.... Kingsley -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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