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Spectropop - Digest Number 793

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 11 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Janice Hoyte
           From: Richard Havers 
      2. Re: Bonnie & The Treasures / Charlotte Ann Matheny
           From: Ian Slater 
      3. Re: Tony Romeo / Discography tips
           From: Mike Edwards 
      4. Re: Womack / Breakaways / Music Explosion
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      5. Re: Northern Soul
           From: Simon White 
      6. Re: Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer
           From: Guy Lawrence 
      7. Re: New At Spectropop
           From: Martin Roberts 
      8. Re: Ed Rambeau
           From: Martin Roberts 
      9. Re: CD Baby & The Secrets (Tol-Puddle Martyrs)
           From: Lindsay Martin 
     10. Bettye LaVette
           From: Mick Patrick 
     11. The Metropolitan Soul Show on Soul
           From: Simon White 

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Message: 1 Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 15:54:34 +0000 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: Janice Hoyte Peter Lerner wrote: > ...But I've never heard of Janice Hoyte. Janice has been a backing vocalist for a long time now. Amongst those she has worked with are Tom Jones, Maxi Priest, Was Not Was, Sly & Robbie and Aswad. She sang backing vocals on Bill Wyman's solo albums in recent years and was a member of his Rhythm Kings on tours in 1999, 2000 and 2001. She used to do a great version of Ruth Brown's 'This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' on their live shows. It's featured on the album Bootleg Kings, 'Travlin Band.' Bill bootleg's himself and sells them on his web site. Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 18:13:34 -0000 From: Ian Slater Subject: Re: Bonnie & The Treasures / Charlotte Ann Matheny Congratulations to all involved for another great article on perhaps the most tragic figure of our type of music: This does something to give Charlotte / "Bonnie" posthumous recognition of her talents and considerable output under various pseudonyms. Never knew she made that many records: and she was co-author of "Love Bells", the Galens classic. And that revealing Jerry Riopelle interview too. Don't miss it all! Ian Slater -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 13:33:55 -0500 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Re: Tony Romeo / Discography tips Emily Salmon writes: > I have been trying to research the late Tony Romeo, with only a > little success. If anyone can help me, I'm trying to compile a > discography, and I'm certainly trying to find anyone who knew him. > Thanks so much! A very worthy idea for a project, Emily and I am sorry to see that he has passed away. Although a little late to grab my undivided attention, his name did show up in the writing credits for some nice late 60s/early 70s' pop songs (The Cowsills' "Poor Baby" and the P Family's "I Think I Love You" immediately come to mind). I can't help regarding anyone who knew him but for the discography, start by listing out his songs registered with BMI: or ASCAP: I hope these URLs works but if not his work is listed under "SCREEN GEMS- EMI MUSIC INC (TON". (I guess if they had more space, that TON would become Tony Romeo). Then use to find the artists for the recordings: For example, "With A Little Love" brings up Debbie Reynolds on Janus from 1970. This was the theme from the short lived TV show, The Debbie Reynolds' Show featuring Debbie, Tom Bosley and a few others. An ideal record for a cold rainy New York afternoon! Anything you're not sure of, make a note of it and send it in to Spectropop - that's what we are here for. Good luck with the project, Emily and let me know how I can help. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 15:05:35 -0500 From: Bob Rashkow Subject: Re: Womack / Breakaways / Music Explosion Talked briefly over the phone with none other than Burt Stahl, former member of The Music Explosion, in Ohio, re my previous lyrics query. Made my whole week! He was totally COOL & said he'd be happy to E me the lyrics to I See The Light--I forgot to ask him if he had any messages for the Spectropop Group, but I'm sure he would say a big, hearty Hi as well as be thoroughly appreciative of our continued devotion to 6Ts pop. (BTW he said that former bubblegum penner Elliot Chiprut is alive and still dwells in NYC.) Thank you, Teri and Country Paul, for the information on "Lookin' For A Love". I've never heard The Valentinos and they're very much on my want list; Beverly Records didn't have any of their 45s when I checked last year. In fact the first time I ever heard the song was in December 1971 (probably) when J. Geils made a little dent in the Chgo. charts with their speeded-up party-style version. Then of course Womack's soulful re-recording that was a hit in spring '74 (I thought HE was remaking Geils' version!) I vaguely recall hearing "Someone To Talk To Baby" in the party sequence viewing the superb film DARLING. It is an appropriate song for the movie as well as just a great track, period. M. Anthony was kind enough to provide us with a list of people The Breakways have sung with, which reads like a roll call of many of the UK's most talented and prolific 6Ts and 7Ts artists. What a delight to scan that over! Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 21:49:30 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Northern Soul Ken Silverwood on Northern Soul: > Sammy Turner----------------Raincoat In The River > Drifters--------------------The Outside World > Ben E King------------------I Just Can't Break The News To Myself (maybe) Ken, all three of these have / are getting outings, although in the case of Ben E, it's Tom Jones' album version that's doing the rounds. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 21:52:42 -0000 From: Guy Lawrence Subject: Re: Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer Far be it from me to resurrect our recent (and exhaustive!) Strangeloves thread but one Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer related record I forgot to mention was "Chubby Isn't Chubby Anymore" by Bob & Jerry. This single by Feldman and Goldstein refers to Mr. Checker, of course, and pays tribute to the weight loss advantages of a punishing Cameo Parkway promotion schedule. Has anybody got a copy they could share with the class? Regards, Guy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 00:50:07 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: New At Spectropop Hard to keep up at the moment, what with Valentine's Day and all those cards and flowers. Now the lovers frenzy has subsided I must add my compliments to all involved in the additions at New at Spectropop: George Goldner & Tico; It might help if these splendid looking and informative pages contained an audio element. If you know or have an interest in Latin music, this must seem like heaven! The Lovelites & Home Of The Brave; Right up my street. Fabulous stories as told by the folk who were actually involved in creating these few minutes of passion on vinyl. Great pictures, layout and a wonderful history lesson to put flesh on the names Bonnie and The Lovelites which all these years later still have the power and emotion to stir the soul. Pet Projects The Brian Wilson Productions; Good review of an essential purchase. Stu Phillips Stu Who?; Sounds like a pleasant trip down memory lane for reviewer and author. Good work. Spectropop Remembers Penny Valentine; Moving account of an eventual life. By my reckoning, all bar the last listed have appeared on the site in February - some going. What's to come in March and can we keep up?! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 00:50:10 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Ed Rambeau About time I added my own 'thumbs up' to this site: Rosemarie has done a marvelous job in getting the site up and running in such a quick, fun and professional manner. Currently her focus seems to be on forging links with a diverse and impressive roster of recording artists, photo sites and 60's music groups. Ed Rambeau is a frequent contributor with great stories, pictures, a good sense of fun and courtesy. To gain the maximum benefit you need to join the fan club, this is where Mike's input to the site is most visible and also audible. A 'music lounge' similar to our musica has been set up currently playing Tracey Dey - Hangin' On To My Baby, Dee Dee Sharp - Deep Dark Secret, Eddie Rambeau - Summertime Guy among others. Besides the music perhaps the most revealing pages are in the photo section. Mike has collated label scans of most of Ed's recordings and even more enlightening is the scans of Ed's compositions a visual reminder of just how many great discs bear the co-writing credit Rambeau. His musical heritage now has a site to do it justice. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 12:23:07 +1000 From: Lindsay Martin Subject: Re: CD Baby & The Secrets (Tol-Puddle Martyrs) Only aficionadoes of obscure Australian beat/garage bands would realise that Peter Rechter of The Secrets is the same Peter of Peter and the Silhouettes, the band from Bendigo, Victoria that became the Tol-Puddle Martyrs in 1966. The original 45 of their "Time Will Come" (a fine Yardsbirds-influenced piece of social commentary) is way out of my financial reach these days, but "Love Your Life" pops up on Glenn A. Baker's "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star" 3-CD anthology. I have an added nostalgic interest in the Tol-Puddle Martyrs, because band member Kevin Clancy's day job was running a barber's shop in Bendigo, and he was an expert at cutting our hair so that it just passed the teacher/parent test, while at the same time satisfying our fashionable urge for longer hair. Ah, the battles we fought in those days! Lindsay -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 09:26:32 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Bettye LaVette Any fans of Bettye (HER spelling!) LaVette out there? Y'all might find the following article as interesting as I did. It's from the New York Times. She has a new CD out. In "Let Me Down Easy", Miss Lavette has to her credit one of the best records ever made. But you knew that already, right? ---------------------------------------- Your question: "who is making the best music today?" Answer: The same people who were making great music in the '60s! Bettye LaVette, the grand dame soul singer from Detroit, who made her first record at 16 in the 60s, has a new band and a brand new album called "A Woman Like Me." Last night, she was at the R & B Foundation Awards in New York, where she introuced the Jackie Wilson tribute. Ms. LaVette was reunited with Mary Wilson of the Supremes, formerly The Primettes, who recorded on a small Detroit label called Lupine. Fifteen year old Bettye LaVette was the female vocalist on the label and was one of the first Detroiters to have a national hit. It was called "My Man - He's A Lovin' Man" which was picked up by Atlantic Records and given a wider release. Since then, she has recorded for numerous labels including Epic and Motown. Miss LaVette even appeared on Broadway in the musical extravaganza, "Bubbling Brown Sugar," and had a major disco hit in the late '70s called "Doin' The Best That I Can." Mainly, she has kept busy with constant nightclub work and concerts, chiefly in Europe. Bettye is back with a vengeance. Her in-person stage performances are garnering rave reviews, world-wide. She stunned jaded Illinois critics with her electrifying turn at the Chicago Blues Festival last year and recently in San Francisco where current legends like Bonnie Raitt and Huey Lewis (of the News) were wowed by her singing. They have become huge LaVette fans. Bettye LaVette can outsing ANY of the so-called young divas out there today. Period. Her album, is PURE SOUL, not hip/hop or rap. THE LADY SANGS THE BLUES. Bettye has said, "I get so involved in the songs, sometimes I feel like hollering and testifying." Yes, she does some of that and as a result, she is compared to Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Mavis Staples and Tina Turner, especially by European music critics, who revere her. They wrote about Ms. LaVette glowingly when she graced stages in both London and Paris late last year. "Bettye was obviously brought up in a black Baptist church," people who hear her usually stress. Actually, LaVette was raised listening and absorbing gospel's twin sister: the blues. That's why her voice can be abrasive, shouting and screaming, soft and tender and down-right nasty, at times. Listening to her old stuff is a pleasure. NOBODY sang like Bettye LaVette. Early on, when she toured with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, he wanted her to "tone it down a bit." When Bettye hits the stage, the STAGE HAS BEEN HIT! She left the audience at Columbia University spellbound a couple of seasons ago when she appeared there in concert. The fabulous part about her new album (produced by multi-Grammy award-winning producer, Dennis Walker) is that she doesn't hold back anything for her "live" performance. You get the "guts" right there on the recording. Wait 'till you hear her sing "Serves Him Right." I was personally knocked out when she worked "Close As I'm Gonna Get to Heaven" with that marvellous viola section swooping in behind her soulful singing. Her ballads on the album are haunting, especially, "Through The Winter," which laments on the fact that her love affair is doomed. I won't tell you anymore, just rush out and buy this CD. This is the best thing that could have happened to popular music this year. Let's hope that next year, the Grammys will agree. ------------------------------------------ Were any of our members in attendance at the R & B Foundation Awards? I heard the Dixie Cups were there. MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2003 09:11:54 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: The Metropolitan Soul Show on Soul This Sunday 23rd Febuary 2003 on Soul 24-7 7pm-9pm GMT at A fantastic DOUBLE FEATURE The METROPOLITAN SOUL SHOW - 02 solid hours of 60s, 70s but mainly Northern Soul This week --- the Utterly Marvellous Simon White And to follow - from 9pm to 11pm - 02 hours of Dance Classics from the Seventies and Eighties, Northern, Disco and Otherwise. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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