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Spectropop - Digest Number 823

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: 'tula
           From: Steve Harvey 
      2. Re: Beverley Jones at musica
           From: Mick Patrick 
      3. Lou's "Always Something There..."
           From: James Cassidy 
      4. friend & lover
           From: Matthew H 
      5. Re: Friend & Lover
           From: Mick Patrick 
      6. Re: 45s; Alanna; Newton; "After The Game"; Chase; etc.
           From: Country Paul 
      7. Ian Samwell R.I.P.
           From: Steve Harvey 
      8. Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop Update
           From: Martin Roberts
      9. Re:  Faux Shangs
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     10. Re: Call Me
           From: Mick Patrick 
     11. Re: Gary & the Hornets
           From: John Fox 
     12. Re: Lou Johnson's "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me"
           From: Mick Patrick 
     13. The Liquid Room 3/09/03
           From: David Ponak 

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Message: 1 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 03:43:14 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: 'tula Justin, Thanks for the letter on Petula. I remember a few years back she was touring with Sunset Boulevard. She was scheduled to come to my old hometown, Wilmington, to do the show. About that time I had read that she had always wished to learn how to play bass. I had been learning bass and figured I'd offer her some lessons if she wanted. However, the show never made it to Wilmington so my P basses stayed home. Oh well. Always loved "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love". Kinda has that country and western feel to it. I'm surprised someone like Shania Twain hasn't covered it. Are you saying that you saw Stan Rogers and Steve Goodman at the Main Point? Wasn't sure about your post script. I'm currently transferring some audience tapes made in the 70s there from tape to Cd. Have a couple of Steve Goodman shows in the batch. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 12:35:44 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Beverley Jones at musica Stuffed Animal was asking: > Speaking of Jeff Barry-related music, can anyone tell me who > produced a wonderful UK cover version of "Wait 'Til My Bobby > Gets Home?" The label, I believe, was either HMV or Columbia, > and the artist was Beverley Jones. Beverley Jones was Coventry's answer to Brenda Lee, don'cha know. You obviously like it, but she's not too keen on her version of Darlene Love's classic. "Too rinky dink", she told me over coffee last week. "I really didn't wanna be another Susan Maughan in a frilly dress. I wanted to be the female Mick Jagger." I'm with you, Stuff, 16-year-old Bev sounds great on this record. Her first three 45s ("...Bobby..." was the third) were produced by her A & R man Wally Ridley ("Too old timey"), although his name was not on the labels. The records were all arranged by Harry Robinson whose orch provided the instrumentation ("How were my band supposed to reproduce THAT live on stage?"). Vocal support was by members of the less than hip Mike Sammes Singers ("I wanted something more raunchy"). That raunchiness was finally delivered in the shape of "Hear You Talking", the b-side of Beverley's fourth and final single. It saw her backed by London (?) group the Prestons. It's by far her best record and her own personal favourite. The lyrics, however, would have prevented any radio play ("I'll cut you like a knife"!) Bev's version of "Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home" is a featured track on the RPM CD "Dream Babes, Volume One: Am I Dreaming?", one of the best ever Brit Girl compilations. I received the latest catalogue from Bim Bam yesterday and I see it's still available. Bim Bam can be found at: They have a great website and are fast, efficient and have friendly prices. Alas, I have the credit card statements to prove it. :-( Beverley Jones' version of Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans' "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts?" is now playing at musica. All you lucky people have to do to hear the track is click right here: I'm cooking up a Beverley Jones interview for publication on S'pop. Presently I'm scanning the great photos she loaned me. She still looks just the same, by the way. She's a nice lady and still sings. I was gagging to ask her to do Little Miss Dynamite's "Is It True" for me! MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 08:35:00 -0500 From: James Cassidy Subject: Lou's "Always Something There..." Andrew, the Lou Johnson version is included in the Burt Bacharach "Look of Love" CD boxed set collection, which in my opinion is a "must-have" for any self-respecting Spectropopper. I have to admit I'm not a big fan of Lou's husky vocals (and neither was the record -buying public back in the early '60s, judging by the lack of chart success), although Burt must be, since there are several Lou Johnson tracks on the collection. Jim Cassidy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 11:19:24 -0500 From: Matthew H Subject: friend & lover Hello all! My name is Matthew, and I'm new to the list. In the past few years I've developed a fascination with the Goffin-King songbook, the Toys, and Dusty Springfield's eyeliner. That's the sort of thing for a list like this, eh? Anyone have any info on the song 'Reach Out in the Darkness' by Friend & Lover? It's got that groovy intro. One hit wonder is okay but I'd hate to miss out on any other songs by the group/person/band/combo.... Cheers, Matthew Stolen Kisses "You'll lose it if you talk about it" -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 17:16:55 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Friend & Lover Matthew H. wrote: > My name is Matthew, and I'm new to the list. In the past few > years I've developed a fascination with the Goffin-King songbook, > the Toys, and Dusty Springfield's eyeliner. That's the sort of > thing for a list like this, eh? Anyone have any info on the song > 'Reach Out in the Darkness' by Friend & Lover? It's got that > groovy intro. One hit wonder is okay but I'd hate to miss out on > any other songs by the group/person/band/combo.... Hi New Boy, "Reach Out Of The Darkness" was a USA Top 10 hit for Friend & Lover in 1968. The act comprised Jimmie David Post and his wife Cathy. I dunno who was Friend and who was Lover. Jim wrote the song you like. The following list of their recordings might not be complete, but it's a start: If Tomorrow/A Town Called Love - ABC 10910 1967 Reach Out Of The Darkness/Time On Your Side - Verve Forecast 5069 1967 If Love Is In Your Heart/Zig Zag - Verve Forecast 5091 1968 Circus/I Want To Be Free - Verve Forecast 5100 1968 Ode To A Dandelion/A Wise Man Changes His Mind - Verve Forecast 5106 1969 Hard Lovin'/Colorado Exile Cadet Concept - 7019 1969 Ask me another before returning to your eyeliner. MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 09:23:30 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Re: 45s; Alanna; Newton; "After The Game"; Chase; etc. Mike Edwards: > [The Metropolitan Soul Show] is broadcast on Sunday afternoon in New York. When and on what station, please? Mike again: > You're just left wondering why did the era of the 45 have to end. Apparently, so are the big record companies. In a recent article (New York Times, I think), I read they're going to be concentrating on single tracks via either electronic distribution or CD singles. Seems they're getting hipper to the idea that the public is realizing that many recent pop albums are just a lead track or two and a bunch of filler. It may not be 45's, but it's a tried and true concept that worked for 90-plus years. Kingsley Abbott: > That 4 Seasons on the Alanna label is not our boys. Another earlier group > on a one-off record.... Mike Edwards: > I like music from Pittsburgh....Alanna was a small label founded by local > record man, Bill Lawrence who was one of the people behind the Skyliners' > "Since I Don't Have You". I was close in college with a guy from Pittsburgh who used to turn us on to their extensive local scene, in which there were many hits that never got out of SW PA and eastern Ohio. Being a bit isolated, there was a lot of intersecting of artists and labels. There's a current Pittsburgh label, Itzy, that has released a couple of dozen CD's with area hits from the 50's through the 60's. Hard to find, but Clifton Music should have them ( Incidentally, Alanna had an artist who went by "Scott Free." I have his single - the song, "Love's Lost," is quite pretty, as is the arrangement (especially the ending); Mr. Free, however, has one of the weakest and most off-pitch voices I've ever heard! Jim Cassidy: > I hesitate to correct Country Paul...but "Coming On Too Strong" by Wayne > Newton did not have any Brian Wilson involvement, to the best of my > knowledge. Thank you for the compliments (which I deleted from your re-post) and your (and others') corrections. Had I hiked downstairs to the dusty corners of the collection, I would have found: Capitol 5338, Wayne Newton (prod. by T. M. Productions [Bobby Darin's company, I believe]) - Comin' On Too Strong (wr. Gary Usher-Raul Abeyto, arr. Terry Melcher; Beechwood Music, BMI) - Looking Through a Tear (wr. Bobby Scott-Artie Resnick, arr./cond. Tommy Oliver; T. M. Music, BMI) And Mary, I agree with your comments regarding Newton. This "A" side is a gem, and there are some fascinating early records, with his brothers, in the rockabilly and doo-wop vein that really stand up. (That explains the credible rockabilly in his live show.) I too choose to overlook the rest of his career, although I acknowledge a lot of people don't. Watson McBlue, re: The Survivors' "After The Game": > [I]s that chord change at the end of the middle-eight the weirdest > harmonic transition this side of Messiaen, or a mistake by the guitarist? Feels weird but natural to me. What makes me nuts is the second chord in the "A" section - it should be a first-inversion V chord, rather than the VII they use. Brian may have been self-taught, but I'd have thought he'd know enough instinctively to correct that. Nonetheless, it's a beautiful melody IMO. Artie Wayne, thanks for the Lincoln Chase reminiscences. I always found his work, when I spotted it, unique as well as "a cut above." The use and "expert manipulation" of common phrases is something I've found to be common to both r&b and country. Interesting that you also worked with Don Covay, who has one of my favorite song tritles - and philosophies: "Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have" (Cotillion, 1968). Bob Rashkow: > The Bagdads..."Bring Back Those Doo-Wops" It was actually a small hit, fake crowd noise and all. Bob again: > Wasn't Johnny Crawford's remarkable "Cindy's Birthday" published by Aldon? > Did they publish other penners' work besides Sedaka and Greenfield's? "Aldon" was AL Nevins' and DON Kirschners company name before they sold it to Screen Gems-Columbia. Country Paul (back to playing catch-up) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 06:14:10 -0800 (PST) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Ian Samwell R.I.P. Ian Samwell, writer of "Move It", has died. Read an obituary here: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 19:57:21 -0000 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche at Spectropop Update Bobby Day's spiffing version of "Another Country, Another World" is the Record of the Week winner and is playing at: Next week's choices, The Life Guards' "Swimtime U.S.A." on Reprise, a Nitzsche and Sloan-Barri collaboration (asked for by Guy) and Terry Stafford's very groovy Crusader label release "A Little Bit Better". Jingle #4 (Modern Jazz) is playing on Nitzsche Radio. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 15:43:52 -0500 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Faux Shangs John Frank wrote: > A couple weeks ago I posted a plea for 60s Shangri-las > "copycat" records, and garnered exactly two, both of which > I hadn't previously known of. That brings my total to 13 -- > "Is that all there is?". I'd like not to rely on covers or > parodies or tributes -- but will if I need to. Anyone who > helps me out will get a copy of the compilation if he or > she wants it. Have you heard "I'm Afraid They're All Talking About Me" by Dawn (Laurie 3388)? I think it would qualify, especially since it has such a high "paranoia" quotient! Nobody knows what's going on in my mind but me, Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 17:02:40 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Call Me Before returning to her cuticles, the lovely Amber enquired: > ...can one of my S'pop buddies tell me who did the original > version of "Call Me"? Aah, I remember it well, February 1966. > Chris Montez was such a dreamboat, don'cha think? Joey tells > me it was a British song. Surely not?! Michael Clunkie Vinyl Junkie replied: > It is a British song - written by Tony Hatch, the original is > probably Petula Clark's version from 1965. It's been covered > hundreds of times over the years; other versions of particular > note are Jackie DeShannon's and Lulu's uptempo version. Clunk! Mate! Where you bin?! "Probably" is a very useful word, I find. And I am personally rather fond of the phrase "to my knowledge". It transpires that the original version of "Call Me" was not by Petula Clark but Keely Smith. Mr Anthony Peter Hatch told me this, and he should know. For the full story, watch out for the forthcoming Tony Hatch Story at the New At S'pop section. No doubt the Team will inform everyone when that epic feature is ready. Or one could keep checking here: Might I put in a word for the version of "Call Me" by the one and only Donna Loren? And yes, Amber, Mr Montez is a bit of a looker. Are you and Joey allowed files? Call me. MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 15:47:13 EST From: John Fox Subject: Re: Gary & the Hornets Marty: > I know I'm really showing my age, but I remember a brother > pop group from the sixties called Gary and the Hornets when > I was a kid. I still have a very beat up copy of Hi Hi Hazel > on 45. I also remember them making and apperance on the Johnny > Carson show and in an Oscar Meyer hot dog commerical. Can > anyone give me any information on them, like where are they > now? Thanks Gary and the Hornets were from Franklin, Ohio, a town halfway between Cincinnati & Dayton, and received a lot of radio airplay in those markets in 1966 and 1967. In addition to "Hi Hi Hazel", they recorded the first version of "There's A Kind of Hush" that I ever heard--months before Herman's Hermits' version. The group consisted of the Calvert brothers, Gary (age 11 or 12 on guitar and lead vocals, Greg (the oldest at 14 or 15) on bass, and Steve (age 7 or 8) on drums. As far as where are they now, sometime during the past year or so I have heard a "Greg Calvert" doing news and traffic on a Dayton radio station. That's all I know. John Fox -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 03:06:19 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Lou Johnson's "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me" Andrew Jones wrote: > ...Bacharach-David's "Always Something There To Remind Me." > One time, the radio show "American Top 40" played Naked Eyes' > version, and snippets of three previous versions - one by > Lou Johnson, one by Sandie Shaw, and one by Dionne Warwick. I > have the Shaw and Warwick versions, but I've never heard the > complete Johnson version. Has anyone? Is it worth my seeking > out? Thanks. James Cassidy replied: > Andrew, the Lou Johnson version is included in the Burt > Bacharach "Look of Love" CD boxed set collection, which in my > opinion is a "must-have" for any self-respecting Spectropopper. > I have to admit I'm not a big fan of Lou's husky vocals (and > neither was the record-buying public back in the early '60s, > judging by the lack of chart success), although Burt must be, > since there are several Lou Johnson tracks on the collection. Agreed, the "Look Of Love" 3CD set is a must have. I guess it could prove to be a bit of an extravagant purchase for some, though. Is the Lou Johnson track available on a single disc, anyone? His version of the song in question is the original and without a doubt the best. I love his voice. Burt rated him as the best exponent of his songs. Dionne Warwick herself shared Bacharach's opinion. So there! You'll find tons of Bacharach & David information contained within S'pop's Brill Building section here: And a little something thrown together by Max B. and I here: What time is it? 3:10am? Pah! The trouble is with the young people of today is they have no stamina whatsoever. MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 19:14:46 -0500 From: David Ponak Subject: The Liquid Room 3/09/03 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 Please join me this coming weekend for a live performance from Franklin Castle recording artist Kim Fox, celebrating the May 18 release of her new CD, Return To Planet Earth. The Liquid Room 03/09/03 (Guest Host Tony Tucci) 1. Mello Cads/Loveland Soft As A Rock (Franklin Castle) 2. Karminsky Experience/Explorations The Power Of Suggestion (POB) 3. Chico Buarque/Construcao Construcao (Polygram) 4. Erlend Oye/Sudden Rush Unrest (Astralwerks) 5. Dukes Of Stratosphear/Vanishing Girl Chips From The Chocolate Fireball (Caroline Rec) 6. The Folkswingers/Kicks Raga Rock (World Pacific) 7. S-Tone Inc./Limbe Euro Lounge (Putumayo) 8. Serge Gainsbourg/69 Annee Erotique Comic Strip (Philips) 9. High Llamas/Cotton To The Bell Snowbug (V2) 10. A Band Of Bees/This Town Sunshine Hit Me (Astralwerks) 11. Undisputed Truth/Brother Louie Nova Classics One (Wagram) 12. Primal Scream/Deep Hit Of Morning Sun Evil Heat (Columbia) 13. Katerine/8'eme Ciel 8'eme Ciel (Universal) 14. Ralph Meyerz + Jack Herren Band/A Special Morning A Special EP (Emperor Norton) 15. Ladytron/Blue Jeans Light + Magic (Emperor Norton) 16. Simian/Mr. Crow Chemistry Is What We Are (Astralwerks) 17. Transistors/Spyderotica 12" (Temposphere) 18. The Spagetti Electro Band/Exodus Electro Burna V.1 (Burna) 19. The 88/How Good Could It Be Kind Of Light (EMK) 20. Marva Broome + The Art Ensemble Of Chicago/Mystifying Mama Jazz Bizniz 3 (Counterpoint) 21. Bobby Hughes Combination/Mc Arthurs Break Nhu Golden Era (Stereo Deluxe) 22. Lill Lindsfors/Upp Genon Himlen Pop Bossa (Universal) 23. Snowboy/Theme From The New Avengers (Raw Deal Mix) 15 Years Of Lost + Found Rarities (Acid Jazz) 24. Vikter Duplaix/Morena International Affairs V. 2.0 (Hollywood) 25. Dob/Au Revoir Suite: 98 (Bungalow) 26. Jason Moran/Planet Rock DJ Smash Presents Phonography 2 (Blue Note) 27. The Divine Comedy/Life On Mars Starman (Uncut Magazine) 28. The Polyphonic Spree/Soldier Girl Soldier Girl EP (Fierce Panda) 29. Kahimi Karie/Trapeziste Trapeziste (Victor) 30. Les Juanitos/El Cha Cha Man Exotica (Wagram) 31. Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes/Roc Alpin Paix (Mantra) 32. Arketra One/I Really Want You (Gak Sato Remix) Cosmic Sounds Remixed (Cosmic Sounds) 33. Cosmo Vitelli/Alias Clean (Astralwerks) 34. Smokey + Miho/Tempo De Amor Tempo De Amor (Afro Sambas) 35. Burt Bacharach/Something Big Easy Loungin' (Polydor) 36. De-Phazz/Jazz Music Godsdog (Mole Listening Pearls) 37. Wes Montgomery/I'll Be Back Road Song (A & M) 38. A Band Of Bees/Angry Man Sunshine Hit Me (Astralwerks) 38. Michel Polnareff/La Fille Qui Reve De Moi Michel Polnareff (Warner) 39.Rachel Gould/Little Brother Spinning Wheel Of Jazz 2 (Spinning Wheel) 39. Groove Armada/Hands Of Time Lovebox (Jive) 40. The Bionaut/Der Kurze Weg Lubricate Your Living Room (Matador) 41. The Jam/War Direction Reaction Creation (Polydor) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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