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Spectropop - Digest Number 811

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 15 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. RE: Little Richard TV commercial
      2. Re: Elvis' SunDays
           From: Phil Milstein 
      3. Spiral Starecase/Brenton Wood
           From: Xavier 
      4. New At Spectropop
           From: S'pop Team 
      5. Little Richard TV commercial
           From: Simon White 
      6. Slappin' Macca
           From: Steve Harvey 
      7. Re: Cuff Links /  Ronnie Dante
           From: Peter Lerner 
      8. Ask the Count 5
           From: Steve Harvey 
      9. Re: Thomas Fritsch
           From: Patrick Rands: 
     10. Nanker Phelge
           From: Steve Harvey 
     11. Re: Spiral Starecase
           From: James Botticelli 
     12. Re: Little Richard TV commercial
           From: Emily 
     13. More McCartney
           From: Stratton Bearheart 
     14. Re: Telephone songs
           From: Eddy 
     15. Re: Tracey Dey
           From: Andres Jurak 

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Message: 1 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 18:36:25 -0500 From: Subject: RE: Little Richard TV commercial James Cassidy: >What's the gag here - that Little Richard would be on a bowling >team? That he's embarrassed to be caught on camera wearing a >bowling team shirt? Both? Neither? I'm flummoxed. My guess would be both. I mean can YOU picture Little Richard (now say "picture Little Richard" ten times) bowling? The Sprint commercial with Captain and Tenille was funnier though. Rob -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 16:52:28 -0500 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Elvis' SunDays Mike Rashkow wrote: > These things are very subjective, I respect your viewpoint, > but I disagree and I would like to hear from some others on > the issue - this is getting more interesting. I'm sure I'm way in the minority here, but as much as I love Elvis' early years (e.g. "Blue Moon", one of the sexiest records I've ever heard, and his version of "Mystery Train," which is absolutely iconic), I sincerely believe that the music he made in his later years was some of the finest of his life. Sure those records were big and bombastic, but his personality and especially his voice had come to be able to fill those spaces better than any singer that ever lived. More importantly there was deep and sincere poignancy and feeling behind such classics as "Kentucky Rain," his version of "Unchained Melody" and "If I Can Dream", and I defy anyone to find a more important - and simply better - divorce song than "Suspicious Minds". Those are just a few off the top of my head; I hope they spur y'all to realize that from the Comeback Special almost until the end of his life, "that voice" was the best it ever had been. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 13:34:38 -0800 (PST) From: Xavier Subject: Spiral Starecase/Brenton Wood Two 6Ts questions for you all... * Is Pat Upton of SS actually white?? I thought he was black for all these years (when I was a wee lad I thought he was Stevie Wonder actually) but the little info I've turned up on the web is making me think otherwise...just curious. * Does anyone know what kind of organ is used on Brenton Wood's "Gimme Little Sign"? Danke schon! Xavier -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 01:29:19 -0000 From: S'pop Team Subject: New At Spectropop There have been several new additions to the S'pop website in recent weeks. Check 'em out: Shirley Ellis: Bonnie & the Treasures: The Lovelites: George Goldner & Tico Records: Stu Phillips: Spectropop Remembers: Enjoy! The S'pop Team Spectropop: Spectacular! Retro! Pop! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 20:59:32 +0000 From: Simon White Subject: Little Richard TV commercial James Cassidy wrote: > What's the gag here - that Little Richard would be on a > bowling team? That he's embarrassed to be caught on camera > wearing a bowling team shirt? Both? Neither? I'm flummoxed. Ah, the enigma! Sounds as if nothing's changed. I wish we got Richard commercials over here :-(( -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 16:42:03 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Slappin' Macca Richard Havers: > Even legends have heroes! Nice to hear that even the big guys still pretend to be their idols. Paul pulled out the stops on "Wings of A Nightingale" for the Everlys. I'm sure he wanted to impressed Don and Phil instead of resting on his laurels. And didn't the Beatles once want to be taller than Carole King? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 22:42:34 -0000 From: Peter Lerner Subject: Re: Cuff Links / Ronnie Dante Laura wrote: > A few years later, the team of Vance/Pockriss would also > bring us a group called the Cuff Links and a Top-Ten hit > called "Tracy." The debut LP was also entitled "Tracy," and > the "Cuff Links" initially were just one guy overdubbing his > vocals some eight or nine times. That guy, of course, was > Ron Dante! The album sleeve notes for "Tracy" however would have us believe that the Cuff Links were a "new pop group" with nine members. None of whom is pictured on the sleeve. However there is a young lady with a stripey shirt and blue jeans - wonder if she's Tracy? You mean I shouldn't believe that either? Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 17:51:21 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Ask the Count 5 Xavier wrote: > Does anyone know what kind of organ is used on > Brenton Wood's "Gimme Little Sign"? Weren't Brenton Wood and the Count Five on the same label. I seem to recall a story about them wiping a vocal track off one of the Count 5 songs and putting his vocals on it. The organ sound was probably the exact same instrument. Maybe the house organ at their label? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 02:42:51 -0000 From: Patrick Rands: Subject: Re: Thomas Fritsch Mark Wirtz wrote: > Regarding Thomas Fritsch (with a name like that you > GOT to be good! Mark your memories and information is amazing. I've dug out my Thomas Fritsch albums (and the others I got in the same time period) and I stand by what I said earlier. He's definitely got the looks and his voice is amazing - the backing, especially on the album with the Gert Wilden Orchestra is wonderful. Both albums I have are a lot of fun, jazzy, cinematic affairs. I always wondered about the picture of some pictured lp sleeves of him with whom I guessed was his father - Willy Fritsch. I can only imagine what those albums are like. Playing the albums now I realize why I used them for an outdoor party setting - the stuff is made to be played loud ! I'm not sure if you knew or not but Connie Froboess has a website - she sure is a cutey I also have an album by Chris Roberts (with Hans Bertram Orchestra) - (God none of this stuff was on the web when I got these LPs - hell I don't think I even had net access)- Chris does commendable versions of Sugar Sugar and Mendocino but one of my faves on his LP is a ballady song called High is High (White is White). It definitely has a cool Wirtzian sound to it :). Really nice. Another one that is really cool (1973) is an album by Knut Kiesewetter - - really strange rhythms - sort of jugband soul (on the best tracks). The Peter Kraus - - album has a crazy jazz sound on the kicking numbers. He doesn't look like he'd sing that way. Fun. Karel Gott is way too over emotive for my tastes. But man Fred Bertelmann can sing! I remember being blown away by his version of the Brazilian Love Song - not knowing the German/ Brazilian connection at the time I thought it was quite the novelty. One other album I got at the same time which is really, really nice - by Raimonds Pauls - didn't know much about the guy but apparently he is Latvia's best known composer. The album also came with a picture sleeve 45. The whole thing is quite loungey. The female vocals are the best part. Nice to see a review of the album here: Well, any thoughts would be appreciated. :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 17:55:48 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Nanker Phelge I thought that Nanker Phelge was the name adopted by Keith and Mick, nothing to do with the rest of the band. I highly doubt that they shared the royalties with the other guys on all the Nanker Phelge tunes. The Nash and Clarke did the same thing in the Hollies with L. Ransford. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 21:20:09 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Spiral Starecase Xavier wrote: > Is Pat Upton of SS actually white?? If my Spiral Starecase LP with "More Today Than Yesterday" as the lead track is any indication the guy was lily white, and belonged to that exclusive group of night club "showbands" who performed the hits of the day and a couple of their own compostions, all dressed in identical ill-fitting suits, working- class haircuts, *where's Alan Zweig when you need him?* and playing tunes arranged for nonettes. Of that ilk who is better represented on vinyl than Spiral? "More Today Than Yesterday" "No One For Me To Turn To" "She's Ready" -- James Botticelli "The time is troubled, but time will clear. After the rain one awaits fair weather." -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 06:04:18 -0000 From: Emily Subject: Re: Little Richard TV commercial James Cassidy wrote: > What's the gag here - that Little Richard would be on a > bowling team? That he's embarrassed to be caught on camera > wearing a bowling team shirt? Both? Neither? I'm flummoxed. I don't understand it either. But do you remember that Grammy Awards show when he was a presenter and complained that he was one of the architects of Rock and Roll, and he had never gotten a Grammy? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 07:36:12 -0000 From: Stratton Bearheart Subject: More McCartney In reply to Alan Gordon, I would agree that McCartney had some superb innovative moments, Rain is a perfect example, but I often think he lacked the consistency displayed by later players. I think this is also true of his songwriting capacities since The Beatles. As far as The Beatles harmonic adventurousness goes, they displayed a naivety in their use of sometimes complex modulations, and it's that that makes the songs so wide-eyed and wonderful. However, they do not contain the harmonic density and focus of great songwriters such as Cole Porter whom McCartney would have partially absorbed through his fathers influence. Lennon quite rightly said The Beatles created "20th century electric folk music" a modest but mostly true appraisal in my estimation. Stratton Bearhart -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 08:57:07 +0100 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Telephone songs Dan Hughes: > and (from the Mothers of Invention debut album) Suzie > Creamcheese (What's Got Into You)? Isn't that Suzie's conscience there, rather than a phone conversation: "Suzie, this is the voice of your conscience..." Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 11:24:03 +0300 From: Andres Jurak Subject: Re: Tracey Dey Mike Miller wrote: > Tracey Dey. I once looked on the internet, and a found she > lived in Canada, I think it was near Toronto, and she was > working in the business world. Oh, it's a relief to know she's not into telephone operating business. Andres -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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