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Spectropop - Digest Number 826

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 17 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Mello Cads Unplugged This Thursday
           From: David Ponak 
      2. Re: Where The (Amy/Mala/Bell) Girls Are
           From: Mick Patrick 
      3. RE: Jeff Foskett & Billy Hinsche
           From: Robbie McCabe 
      4. Re: Where The Girls Are
           From: Mike Carter 
      5. New project
           From: Artie Wayne 
      6. Canterbury Music Festival
           From: Country Paul 
      7. Re: Friend & Lover
           From: Phil Reynolds 
      8. Detroit website
           From: Country Paul 
      9. Re:  Sonny Bloch’s Elephants
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     10. Re: Canterbury Music Festival
           From: Rat Pfink 
     11. paul simon
           From: Alan Gordon 
     12. Sundazed - girl-group reissues
           From: Mike Edwards 
     13. Re: thee Wild Angels
           From: Mick Patrick 
     14. Missing Joanie Sommers 45
           From: Ron Weekes 
     15. B T Puppy Records
           From: Mike Edwards 
     16. Re: Canterbury Music Festival/Bessie Banks date
           From: James Botticelli 
     17. Betty Barnes; early Shangs?; Nino & April; Sam Cooke songs; R&RHOF
           From: Country Paul 

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Message: 1 Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 13:14:55 -0500 From: David Ponak Subject: Mello Cads Unplugged This Thursday Hey folks, This Thursday will mark the first 2003 appearance of Mello Cads! It will be a stripped down affair featuring myself, keyboard virtuoso Bob Remstein and omnipresent guitar god Probyn Gregory. We'll be doing an unusual set of brand new originals, never heard covers and who knows what else! Oh, and the admission is FREE! Our set is at 9PM. (Sharp!) See below for complete lineup info! Get there early if you want to get a seat. THURSDAY MARCH 20, 2003 Highland Grounds 742 N. Highland Ave. (just north of Melrose) Hollywood 323-466-1507 Hope to see you there. David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 00:22:24 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Where The (Amy/Mala/Bell) Girls Are Me: > To date MB and I have included tracks by the lovely Tracey Dey > on three legit CDs. The folk at Sundazed have a licensing deal > with BMG for Bell/Amy/Mala material. Perhaps it's time a US > label got involved in the girl-group reissue scene instead of > leaving the job to us Brits. Howzabout it, Ephram? Billy G. Spradlin: > I agree - Sundazed is an outstanding label but besides their fine > reissue of the Toys first album and the garage band Luv'd Ones, > they have done nothing else in the girl group genre. Maybe they > should contact you two to have you conceive their compilations? I'd love to see an Amy/Mala/Bell-derived girl-group CD in the racks. I'm sure Sundazed would consider such a project if they thought it would sell. Maybe they have no g-g fans or experts on staff. Who knows? I must say that they have done a sensational job with their very recent "The Daisy/Tiger Story" CD. Excellent info in the booklet. I always wanted to know the exact recording date of Bessie Banks' "Go Now". Now I do. There's a great previously unissued alternate take of the B-side "It Sounds Like My Baby" too. MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 20:00:55 -0500 From: Robbie McCabe Subject: RE: Jeff Foskett & Billy Hinsche Kingsley Abbott wrote: > A splendid day, topped only by the news that on his return > Mr Foskett is spending much time in the studio working > towards a running order for a live Smile performance for Brian > Wilson to debut in London early next year.  As expected it's > finally coming...expect approx 40 minutes of Smile without > any breaks!  More news when I know... For Brian Wilson/Beach Boys fanatics (and I know many of us here are), this is BIG news. Brian has been performing the better-known material from Smile ("Heroes and Villains", "Surf's Up") but this sounds like it could be more extensive than even what he has performed. If anyone can perform Smile and do it justice, it is Brian and his current band. Rob -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 03:34:37 -0000 From: Mike Carter Subject: Re: Where The Girls Are Re. Spectropop recommends: Someone here in Retro Popland mentioned that they had a hankering for the Goffin and King catalogue. Well, "Where The Girls Are Vol. 5" is a mighty good place to start. It contains 4 Goffin and King tunes of very high order but ones that are also very obscure. One might, but shouldn't have, forgotten "Wasn't It You". Luckily, MP & MB didn't. "Takin' The Long Walk Home" sung in Dorothy Jones' straight- forward way a-top those mighty strings is better than Cookie dough. Miss Dorothy can tell me there's no place like home any ol' time. One fine day, perhaps, Marsha Ball will unearth this dittie and pound it out a-la Professor Longhair. Ahhh, wishful thinking. Me, me, me....This vinyl dub of "The Harlem Tango" sure sounds GREAT to me. Better than my vinyl dub! And to think that the flip side was thrown in for good measure. I can't decide which is better, A or B. Thank you, MICK P.!! Those Franklin girls ARE where it's at. Oh, no, no, no, I don't even have the right to compare such bitter sweet love. But Sister Erma belting out from sweet to harsh and back again what might be one of Carole and Gerry's most soulful, overlooked gems is worth the price of the whole disc. I listen in amazement at the emotional breadth of this song/singer and wonder why wasn't this a hit? Peggy Lipton's "Wasn't It You" certainly isn't the strongest song of the entire set but for G&K searchers here's one where the material really outweighs the singer. Makes me appreciate Petula Clark once more. Hopefully there are to be more in this fine, fine super fine series! 5 more would be perfect. Wishful thinking? Hope not! Mike C. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 19:54:26 -0800 (PST) From: Artie Wayne Subject: New project When I joined Spectropop last year, I was starting to write and produce after a twenty year hiatus.....but I was missing something.....the "Spirit of the Sixties". I want to thank you for helping me find it again! I'd like you to hear what I just finished........"You Can't Push a Bullet Back Into a Gun". It's not about control..... It's about responsibility!!!! If you scroll down you'll be able to preview my new website: I hope you enjoy it. Regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 23:23:59 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Canterbury Music Festival At I found the following, which I'd never heard of before: Artist: Canterbury Music Festival Album title: Rain & Shine Label: B. T. Puppy BTSP 1018, 1969 The write-up: "Here's one of those acts you occasionally see listed in collector discographies, but is seldom (if ever), actually seen. In twenty years of collecting, we've only seen two copies of the LP and this one is by far in the best shape. "Unfortunately, we can't tell you much about the band. Apparently a quartet (we base that guess on the back cover photo), the group were signed by The Tokens' short-lived B.T. Puppy label. We also know their 1969 album "Rain & Shine" was produced by The Tokens. Musically the set's kind of hard to describe. Imagine The Association singing with a distinctive British lilt and you'll be in the right ballpark - that's actually an interesting comparison since these guys don't appear to have been English. The Association comparison isn't bad either given much of the set consists of sensitive ballads. While there isn't anything wrong with material such as "First Spring Rain", "Sunny Days" and "Why Does Everybody Run To Home", these tracks don't offer up anything particularly original or memorable. Far better were up tempo numbers such as "Sharin" and "Angelina" (both which would have made dandy top-10 singles), the fuzz guitar propelled "Super Duper Trooper" and the Sgt. Pepper-inspired slice of lite psych "Mr. Snail". Certainly not the year's most original effort, it was still far better than anything label mates The Tokens or The Happenings ever did ... You certainly won't be surprised to learn the set literally vanished without a trace (BT Puppy certainly doesn't seem to have printed many copies); followed in quick succession by the band. As for the price [$380.00!]; consider this to be a true collector's piece ..." Songs are by Friedland (probably Stephen Friedland, a/k/a Brute Force); three by the Tokens; and an instrumental of "Son Of A Preacherman." The rest credit [last names] Gemelle and Infanzon. So, my curiosity is aroused. Has anyone heard this? Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 22:35:07 -0600 From: Phil Reynolds Subject: Re: Friend & Lover Jim Post made a number of solo recordings for Fantasy, and as others have mentioned in previous responses to the email, he became a fixture in the Earl of Old Town/Quiet Knight folk scene (with John Prine, Steve Goodman and others), and has an acappella cut on the rare Earl of Old Town anthology. He currently resides in the Galena, Illinois area - - and has a bushy Mark Twain look. He does a one man show on history of the Galena territory as well as occassional folk appearances. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 00:38:48 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Detroit website Of probable interest to our northern soul fans and others: Celebrating Detroit soul in the '60s and '70s, there's a thorough history of Golden World/Ric-Tic Records, including a scan of Tamla 101, Marv Johnson's "Come To Me," and some truly architectural hair on The Reflections in their first-page photo. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 15:02:39 -0000 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Sonny Bloch’s Elephants Andres wrote: > Thanks to one Spectropopper I've got a very interesting > recording - BEETLE SQUASH by Sonny Bloch's Elephants. > Unfortunately, cannot find any info about the band and when > this seemingly anti-Beatles song was released. Could anybody > help? This 1964 track was a one-off by the South Florida group better known as SONNY BLOCH'S CORALAIRS. The Coralairs did the original version of the Nat King Cole Christmas tune "Buon Natale", and featured future disc jockey/"Bowling For Dollars" host Arnie Warren. Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 17:40:55 -0500 From: Rat Pfink Subject: Re: Canterbury Music Festival Country Paul wrote: > Artist: Canterbury Music Festival > Album title: Rain & Shine > Label: B. T. Puppy BTSP 1018, 1969 > So, my curiosity is aroused. Has anyone heard this? It's been reissued on CD and was reviewed over at the Shindig! Magazine site last year: I've got a copy of the CD but haven't given it a thorough listen yet. I'll give it a couple spins and report back later this week. RP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 11:26:34 -0800 From: Alan Gordon Subject: paul simon Stratton Bearheart wrote: > My thoughts move from McCartney to Paul Simon, who, I think, > emerged from a "folk tradition" and ventured into a far more > interesting harmonic territory than PM. (even if a little boring!) Man, I'm a sucker for the bait. But you first. albabe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 22:49:04 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Sundazed - girl-group reissues Billy G. Spradlin writes: > I agree - Sundazed is an outstanding label but besides their fine > reissue of the Toys first album and the garage band Luv'd Ones, > they have done nothing else in the girl group genre.? To their credit, Sundazed have tried with some other girl-group reissues: The Shirelles - Baby It's You Sing To Trumpets And Strings Foolish Little Girl Give A Twist Party Nancy Sinatra - Boots How Does That Grab You Nancy In London All pretty much essential purchases. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 22:51:00 -0000 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: thee Wild Angels Me: > ...are you aware of a girl group called the Wild Angels? They didn't > just sound like the Shangs, they looked like them too. You should see > the picture I have in front of me at the moment. All four of them in > matching leopard print pant suits and ruffled shirts!... Phil Milstein: > Mick will you be posting that amazing Wild Angels pic to the S'pop > photo board? It's too ghastly-good for mere wurds to suffice. I mean, > those Hicksville chicks look like they could eat fellow Hicksvillite > Billy Joel for breakfast, and then (also f. H'ite) Ellie Greenwich for > lunch. Wrestlemania before dinner with the Shang's? I wouldn't bet on > 'em to conquer this rumblicious combo! Okey dokey. Click below to see the broads in question. D'ya reckon any of 'em could take on Lori Burton in a one-on-one? MICK PATRICK -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 17:16:52 -0700 From: Ron Weekes Subject: Missing Joanie Sommers 45 Fellow Spectropopers: I posted this on the Gary Usher group. Any help with this search is appreciated. Ron Weekes Fellow Usherites, There seems to be a bit of a controversy brewing regarding Gary Usher's first producing job at Columbia. Jeff Glenn and I have been looking for the following Gary Usher produced Joanie Sommers single: It Doesn't Matter Anymore Joanie Sommers Columbia 4-43950 12/66 Take A Broken Heart Joanie Sommers Columbia 4-43950 12/66 The info listed comes from Stephen McParland's Usher discography. I've been in contact with several Joanie Sommers collectors who said they have heard of this single but have never seen one, stock copy nor promo copy. Has anyone on the list ever seen this 45? Does it really exist? Ron Weekes -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 00:13:03 -0000 From: Mike Edwards Subject: B T Puppy Records Country Paul writes, in discussing the Canterbury Music Festival album: > You certainly won't be surprised to learn the set literally > vanished without a trace (BT Puppy certainly doesn't seem > to have printed many copies) That is a fate the Canterbury Music Festival appeared to share with other B T Puppy artists. I wonder how many of us have got copies of these BT Puppy albums: Bow Street Runners – same Brute Force – Extemporaneous Canaries – Flying High Chiffons – My Secret Love Cinnamon Angels/Satins 4 – Mixed Soul United States Double Quartet – Life Is Groovy Trade Winds – Around The World Town Criers – Shore To Shore There were others. Two good tracks from the CMF album, "First Spring Rain"/ "Poor Man" were released as a 45 credited to We Ugly Dogs (B T Puppy 537) and the CMF (B T Puppy 541). Not sure whether or not that's the same group, but some record exec certainly wanted to hedge his/her bets. It is yet another example of how masterful the Tokens were at getting the maximum mileage from their catalog. Other examples (all supposedly released by B T Puppy) are: "Green Plant" – Amanda Ambrose, Shenny Brown, Majic Ship, Steeple People, Tokens "Oh Kathy" – Tokens, Satins 4, Steeple People "When I Lock My Door" – Happenings, U S Double Quartet, Bob Miranda (solo) "You're In A Bad Way" – Scene, Happenings "A Girl Named Arlene" – Tokens, Del Satins "Strange Strange Feeling" – Chiffons, Cinnamons [same group?] If you figure in titles released on multiple labels, the list lengthens: "When Summer Is Through" – Tokens, Chiffons, Happenings "Why Am I So Shy" – Chiffons, Three Pennies [same group?], Andrea Carroll, English Muffins. You simply could not fault the Tokens for trying and for the overall quality of their output. Mike Edwards -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 19:38:00 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Canterbury Music Festival/Bessie Banks date Country Paul > At > I found the following, which I'd never heard of before: > Artist: Canterbury Music Festival > Album title: Rain & Shine > Label: B. T. Puppy BTSP 1018, 1969 I think Sundazed has this available as a reissue. I'm not totally sure, but I'm almost certain I saw it on a Sundazed e-mail about a month back and thought that it wasn't a great name for a band. If I'm wrong, apologies in advance. Mick Patrick wrote: > I always wanted to know the exact recording date of Bessie > Banks' "Go Now". Now I do. well? JB -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 00:52:34 -0500 From: Country Paul Subject: Betty Barnes; early Shangs?; Nino & April; Sam Cooke songs; R&RHOF Thanks to a little help from my friends, I've heard the Betty Barnes single, "Requiem....." It definitely requires a whole new category - perhaps the most over the top teenage- chick death song ever - even more than "Death of an Angel" by Donald Woods (which, by the way, is a favorite of Carol Connors). Question: did the Shangri-Las ever record for Arrawak before Red Bird (same label as Lorraine & the Socialites)? I seem to remember knowing about them before "Remember (Walking In The Sand)", but I don't remember how. David Coyle: > "Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens is one of my all- > time favorite recordings ever -- not merely "'60s", "pop", or > "duo" -- it's just a great song. But I can't seem to get > interested enough in a whole Nino & April CD collection.... > Is there anything else enough like "Deep Purple" to reel me in? The songs that got me into them were the amazing reconception of "Sweet and Lovely" (the model for the arrangement of "Deep Purple") and the totally sexy "Together", which still shimmers. I also like the newer track they did on that collection, although the title escapes me at the moment. (For me there's only one penultimate "Deep Purple" version: Billy Ward and the Dominoes.) David again: > Haven't heard the Springsteen version, but I read somewhere > when the CD first came out that "Mary's Place" is either a > ripoff or rewrite (depending on who you ask) of Sam Cooke's > "Meet Me At Mary's Place", recorded for his SAR label in the > early '60s. Even better on SAR, in my opinion, is the eventual hit version of the song Johnny Morisette's "Meet Me At The Twistin' Place". It's also on that two-CD SAR box I mentioned earlier. And, Richard Williams, Bruce's "Havin' A Party" is actually another Sam Cooke song, recorded (I think with Lou Rawls doing the duet) on RCA. Larry Lapka, re: the R&RHOF: > I mean, who has AC/DC, a band that I've had some affection for > over the past three decades, influenced? In this country, who > did the Clash influence? I think the place looks down at the > pop rockers because they feel they are so superficial, but > those songs stay with you forever. I agree - I think the world will be singing "Spectropop's Greatest Hits" long after AC/DC once again only means electric current. Shakin' it all night long, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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