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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)
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There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Northern Soul - Morris Chestnut
           From: Bill Miller 
      2. Re: The Dixie Cups on the line...
           From: Tom Taber 
      3. Re: Lesley Duncan
           From: Ian Chapman 
      4. Re: The Dixie Cups on the line...
           From: Elisabeth 
      5. Re: The Dixie Cups on the line...
           From: James Botticelli 
      6. Re: Morris Chestnut
           From: James Botticelli 
      7. RE: Canadian hits
           From: Denis Gagnon 
      8. Music Unlimited
           From: Mark Frumento 
      9. If I Didn't Have A Dime
           From: Michael Edwards 
     10. Re: Records With Telephone Calls
           From: Ian Chapman 
     11. Re: Goffin & Sedaka?
           From: Don 
     12. Re: Lesley Duncan
           From: Richard Havers 
     13. RE: Canadian hits
           From: Vincent Degiorgio 
     14. Thanks For Welcoming Me
           From: Larry Lapka 
     15. The Liquid Room 2/23/03
           From: David Ponak 


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Message: 1 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 21:25:49 -0000 From: Bill Miller Subject: Re: Northern Soul - Morris Chestnut I am new to the group but I have been trying to track down a song done by Morris Chestnut around '67-'69. Most of us know him from his stuff he did for Renfro Records, Northern Soul Favourite "Too Darn Soulful" and later on with Bang Records (the band Street Corner Symphony). What I am trying to find is a song he did in the late 60s called "It's Alright". It hit #3 on the charts in LA at the time but I have not been able to track down a recording on any compilation albums or even on e-bay. I know that he recorded the song with Renfro but it is not on any of the Renfro CD compilations that I have found. If anyone knows where I can get a hold of this tune, it would be much appreciated. Cheers, Bill Miller -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 13:38:03 -0800 (PST) From: Tom Taber Subject: Re: The Dixie Cups on the line... Simon White: > Now what about some rekkids thats start with or > contain telephone calls? You can't leave out "Chantilly Lace"! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 23:19:36 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Re: Lesley Duncan Richard Havers wrote: > Just received two Lesley Duncan CDs this morning ordered > from Amazon...Lesley was one of the most underrated > talents from an era that produced some great singer > songwriters. In perusing the booklet notes, as you do, > I see the names Mick Patrick and Ian Chapman........now > there's a surprise. The booklet talks of an Ian Chapman > interview with Lesley back in 1988 about her maybe doing > something in the future. Has anything happened? Has Lesley > done anything? Richard, I think at that point in our conversation, Lesley was just commenting on the fact that since her family were growing up and she had more time, that maybe an occasional studio project might be something she could do for her own enjoyment, not as a commercial venture to be promoted. She'd always suffered dreadful stage fright when it came to live performances and hated touring and figured it wouldn't be fair to sign to a label, and then refuse to go out and promote the product. So I don't think anything was issued after her version of Dylan's "Masters Of War" in '82, a one-off release on the Korova label. She's now living on one of the more picturesque Scottish islands and has taken up painting. The 45 that you also mentioned, "I Want A Steady Guy" was actually Lesley's first release from '63, backed with a cover of Lesley Gore's "Movin' Away" - this actually got a US release on the Jerden label. Nice to see some interest in Lesley's 60s output, which is usually overlooked in favour of her better-known later work. I'd highly recommend all of it - it's quality stuff, especially the Mercury period, where she, Kiki Dee, Dusty Springfield and Madeline Bell (all on Phonogram labels at that time) would often back each other up. IMHO, Lesley's haunting version of Ray Davies' "I Go To Sleep" from '65 can't be bettered, whilst the breezy "See That Guy" and a cover of Anita Humes' "Just For The Boy" have girl-group appeal. Many of Lesley's songs were her own compositions even then, such as her own personal favourite from that time, the stunning "Hey Boy" and "When My Baby Cries", a ballad that Dusty always wanted to record, but never got around to (although both the Poor Souls and Yvonne Prenosilova did). Now playing on musica. Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 23:17:30 -0000 From: Elisabeth Subject: Re: The Dixie Cups on the line... Simon White wrote: > Now what about some rekkids that start with or contain > telephone calls? Slightly later and disco, but how about "Doctor's Orders" by Carol Douglas? I adore this song! (I picked up a version of this by someone called Sunny, but it's not nearly as good...) Elisabeth x -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 17:38:56 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: The Dixie Cups on the line... Simon White wrote: > Now what about some rekkids thats start with or contain > telephone calls? Chantilly Lace - Big Bopper Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love - Love Unlimited Sorry Wrong Number - Marie Green Jealous Kinda Fella - Garland Green -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 17:36:26 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Morris Chestnut Bill Miller wrote: > I am new to the group but I have been trying to track down > a song done by Morris Chestnut around '67-'69..... What I > am trying to find is a song he did in the late 60s > called "It's Alright". It hit #3 on the charts in LA at the > time but I have not been able to track down a recording on > any compilation albums or even on e-bay. Sorry, I can't help with the tune itself, but Chestnut served throughout the late 60s as lead vocalist for The Attractions, a sweet soul group on Bell, best known for "New Girl In The Neighborhood" and "Find Me". During the years you mention I'm quite sure he was an Attraction. Also I think of Street Corner Symphony as a group rather than a band. Even if they played their own instruments--which I seriously doubt--they'd be called a self-contained group. JB/Mr Nit-Pik -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 17:43:30 -0500 From: Denis Gagnon Subject: RE: Canadian hits Paul Back in 1966, I had my first real job at a very large record company in Montreal, Canada. I then worked for a while at a local retail store. At both places, Cashbox was the main source of reference for English songs. Billboard was also used by some record stores. Some local radio stations were also issuing weekly "Hit Parade" lists, presumably based on local record sales. Many American labels that had offices in Canada were issuing their records under their Canadian name but using the same release number as the US release. I seem to remember that "We Can Work It Out" was Capitol #5555 both in Canada and in the US. Smaller labels were often distributed in Canada by Quality records or London Records of Canada (there were also a few other companies) under a new label and with a whole different release number. Denis Gagnon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 22:40:54 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Music Unlimited I just got a video copy of what appears to be about 3 or 4 music video programs from 1971/72. I purchased the video for the Gilbert O'Sullivan, Tony Hazzard and Emitt Rhodes footage but it turns out to have other interesting performances like Gene Pitney, Marmalade, Pickettywitch, Lesley Duncan etc. Most of the performances feature the artist in some sort of travel or transportation related setting. Tony Hazzard, for instance, is captured in the back of a truck doing about 30 MPH! Given the dated nature of the shots they come off as a bit corny but I sort of admire the attempt at doing something interesting with the artist. Anyway, the only credit on the thing is a screen that says "Music Unlimited." Does anyone know more about these videos? Were they done for TV? Theaters? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 22:35:29 -0000 From: Michael Edwards Subject: If I Didn't Have A Dime Jimmy asked: > Question: Was this the same song that Gene Pitney recorded > and was parlayed into a Carolina beach tune? Martin responds: > Not sure about the beach parlaying but yes, Gene Pitney > recorded this song on his "Sings Worldwide Winners" LP. > A very good vocal (naturally) but I'd suggest that if his > version - original? - went head to head with the Furys, > Gene's would get a good kickin'!" Gene Pitney's "If I Didn't Have A Dime (To Play The Jukebox)" has probably appeared on a number of his albums, as Gene was never shy about putting out product. It originally surfaced as the b-side of "Only Love Can Break A Heart" (Musicor 1022) in 1962 and made the charts in its own right, peaking at #58. I always love it in Gene Pitney interviews when he tells us that, although "Only Love Can Break A Heart" only reached #2, he'll "take it" as he had written the #1 record of the time, the Crystals' "He's A Rebel". The Furys' version of "If I Didn't Have A Dime" in 1964 made no chart showing. Both versions are excellent and I don't think the difference is as strong as Martin suggests. The song could well have made it onto Beach Music play lists as it was written by Bert Berns (with Phil Medley) and a lot of his tunes had Beach potential. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 00:07:21 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Re: Records With Telephone Calls Elisabeth said: > Slightly later and disco, but how about "Doctor's Orders" > by Carol Douglas? I adore this song! (I picked up a version > of this by someone called Sunny, but it's not nearly as > good...) But, but Elisabeth....! That's Sunny of Sue &...! Carol's is good, yes, but for me, Sunny's distinctively husky voice wins every time. I still play the Love Affair's "Rainbow Valley" just to hear her go "meet me where the rainbow ends..." Back to the song in question - knowing your love of la musique francaise, you really should hear that telephone conversation done in french by the lovely Sheila. Title is "C'Est Le Coeur (Les Ordres Du Docteur"), and it was quite a hit there in '75. Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 22:02:35 -0000 From: Don Subject: Re: Goffin & Sedaka? Andrew Jones wrote: > The Everly Brothers' great hit "Crying In the Rain" was > written by Carole King and Howard Greenfield, which leads > me to ask: Did Neil Sedaka and Gerry Goffin ever collaborate > on a (published) song? Actually, "Oh Neil" would be a Goffin/Sedaka song, since Gerry wrote the lyrics to that song. I don't know of any songs where they actually collaborated, though he did collaborate with many of the other Brill Building musicians. Maybe Gerry was bothered by Neil's alleged relationship with Carole. The way I understood it, Neil made more out of it than Carole. He likes to say that they dated and Carole seems to indicate that they went out once as friends. Howard Greenfield was gay, so he posed no threat to Gerry. DonNJ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 23:44:30 +0000 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: Lesley Duncan Ian Chapman wrote: > The most fantastic write up on Lesley Duncan! Ian, thanks......great stuff, much appreciated and as usual totally informative. I'm off to musica before going to bed! Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 17:09:18 -0800 From: Vincent Degiorgio Subject: RE: Canadian hits Everyone should have a copy of Before The Gold Rush by Nicholas Jennings... A great music book about Canada in the early days... Vince -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 04:34:45 -0000 From: Larry Lapka Subject: Thanks For Welcoming Me Dear All: Thanks for welcoming me to the group! And as for The Robbs, I have been overwhelmed with off-list requests..... I promise to get these out as quickly as possible. Does anybody have any Gary and the Hornets or Hardtimes stuff? Again, right now I don't have the knowledge to hook up my stereo to my computer, so I can't transfer what I have. Also, is anybody interesting in Dave Dee, Dozy, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich? I just really discovered them after all these years, even though I found I have two of their albums in my collection. I was wondering if anybody else is into them. Larry Lapka -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 12:45:47 -0500 From: David Ponak Subject: The Liquid Room 2/23/03 The Liquid Room, (usually) hosted by David Ponak (me), airs every Saturday night from Midnight to 3AM (PDT) on 90.7FM KPFK Los Angeles, as well as streaming at http://kpfk.org. Please join me this weekend for a live in-studio performance by Los Angeles buzz-band The 88. The Liquid Room 02/23/03 Special Black History Month Show 1.Isaac Hayes/Walk On By Hot Buttered Soul (Stax) 2.The Negro Problem/Two Inch Dick Mobile Post Minstrel Syndrome (Arial Flipout) 5.James Brown/Call Me Super Bad (Cornelius Re-work) James Brown Ultimate Remixes (Universal-Japan) 6.Shuggie Otis/Aht Uh Mi Hed Inspiration Information (Luaka Bop) 7.Parliament/All Your Goodies Are Gone Up For The Down Stroke (Casablanca) 8.Sammy Davis Jr./John Shaft Golden Throats 2 (Rhino) 9.Shirley Bassey/Diamonds Are Forver Diamonds Are Forever (s/t) (UA) 10.Wyclef Jean/Apocalypse The Carnival (Sony) 11.Ray Charles/One Mint Julep Genius + Soul=Jazz (Rhino) 12.Love/She Comes In Colors Da Capo (Elektra) 13.Biz Markie/Alone Again I Need A Haircut (Cold Chillin'/WB) 14.Herbie Hancock/Bring Down The Birds Blow Up (soundtrack) (Rhino) 15.Ike & Tina Turner/River Deep, Mountain High Back To Mono (Abkco) 16.Fela Kuti/Zombie The Best Best Of Fela Kuti (MCA) 17.Grace Jones/Private Life Private Life-The Compass Point Sessions (Island) 18.Jorge Ben/Onde Anda O Meu Amor Ben E Samba Bon (Phillips-Brazil) 19.Prince/Dionne Crystal Ball/The Truth (NPG) 20.Dionne Warwick/Alfie Her All-Time Greatest Hits (Rhino) 21.Donna Summer/Down, Deep Inside John Barry-Lounge Legends (Universal-Germany) 22.The Isley Brothers/Hello It's Me Beautiful Ballads (Sony) 23.Barry Adamson/Black Amour King Of Nothing Hill (Mute) 24.Terry Callier/Ordinary Joe Occasional Rain (MCA) 25.The Miracles/Ain't Nobody Straight In LA City Of Angels (Motown) 26.The 5th Dimension/The Girls' Song The Magic Garden (Soul City) 27.Funkadelic/You Hit The Nail On The Head America Eats Its Young (Westbound) 28.Quincy Jones/Soul Flower They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (soundtrack) (Rykodisc) 29.Quincy Jones/Boogie Bossa Nova Big Band Bossa Nova (Mercury) 30.Billy Stewart/Sitting In The Park One More Time (Chess) 31.Minnie Ripperton/Le Fleur Come To My Garden (Varese Sarabande) 32. Al Green/I Want To Hold Your Hand Love Ritual (MCA) 33.Sly & The Family Stone/Runnin' Away Anthology (Epic) 34.The Ronettes/Walking In The Rain Back To Mono (Abkco) 35.Isaac Hayes/By The Time I Get To Phoenix Hot Buttered Soul (Stax) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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