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Spectropop - Digest Number 844

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 16 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Brill Building comic strip
           From: Brett Berns 
      2. Re: Kay Starr...and Edwin
           From: James Botticelli 
      3. The Rose Garden/another "You're The One" cover
           From: Billy G Spradlin 
      4. Re: Brill Building Comic Srip
           From: David Feldman 
      5. Re: Howdy Doody
           From: Billy G Spradlin 
      6. Re: Brian Wilson On Tour DVD
           From: Richard Havers 
      7. Re: Madara - White at Musica
           From: Lindsay Martin 
      8. Brian Wilson on Tour DVD
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      9. Re: American Dreams
           From: Deena Canale 
     10. Re: Monkees novelties
           From: Antonio Vizcarra 
     11. Re: Monkees novelties
           From: John Fox 
     12. Re: Brill Building comic strip
           From: Phil Milstein 
     13. Re: Gordian Knot
           From: Patrick Rands 
     14. Monkees novelties
           From: Richard Gagnon 
     15. RE: Fake Merseybeat
           From: Patrick Phelan 
     16. Welcome to a new member and great talent!
           From: Mark Wirtz 

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Message: 1 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 21:17:59 EST From: Brett Berns Subject: Re: Brill Building comic strip I would like to thank Richard Gagnon for sharing his excellent comic strip with us, and also thank him for including the name of my late father, Bert Berns, among the list of legends associated with the Brill Building scene. After lurking for a while, I have been looking for the right moment to introduce myself to this impressive group, and Richard's wonderful piece of art has inspired me to do so. I'll be sure to let Jeff and Ellie know about this one, if they haven't found out already. Nice work, Richard, and Best to the Spectropop Group. Brett Berns -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 23:35:17 -0500 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Kay Starr...and Edwin Bob Rashkow wrote: > Kay was one of the > most successful female hit parade singers of the 40s to mid-50s, > second only probably to Doris Day, Patti Page, and Rosemary > Clooney! Mr. Nitpik in da house....Wouldn't Kay be fourth under the above terms, especially with the "probably" clause?? C'mon, sharpen your thinkin'! curiously, -- James Botticelli "The time is troubled, but time will clear. After the rain one awaits fair weather." -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 05:47:20 -0000 From: Billy G Spradlin Subject: The Rose Garden/another "You're The One" cover Collectors Choice Music has just re-issued the Rose Gardens first (and only?) Atco album on CD. I have always loved "Last Plane to London", is the rest of the LP any good (especally those two Gene Clark songs)?? BTW for the person who loves Tony Hatch's "You're The One" I just found a 45 on RCA by Dick Kallman (I think he had a short-lived sit- com on NBC in the mid 60's) This 45 was arranged by non other than David Gates! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2003 23:47:34 -0500 From: David Feldman Subject: Re: Brill Building Comic Srip Richard Gagnon wrote: > Well, folks, I'm happy to say that I'm finally done working on my > little 4 page comic strip on the (very condensed) history of the > Brill Building...... This is beautiful work, Richard. I think you captured the feelings of many of us when we first stumbled upon the Brill Building. I especially love those exterior drawings of old New York. It reminded me of the beauty and feeling in Ben Katchor's drawings -- high praise, indeed. Could you let us know when the comic is available? Dave Feldman -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 06:03:02 -0000 From: Billy G Spradlin Subject: Re: Howdy Doody Phil Reynolds wrote: > Here in Chicago, the lead singer of the Cryan Shames > (Tom "Toad" Doody) spoke with a phony Liverpool accent. Jim Cassidy: > If I had a name like "Toad Doody" I'd probably change my > name before I changed my accent. I dont think that was so strange - the Shames also had a tamborine player by the name of J.C. Hooke (aka Jim Pilster) who lost one hand during a childhood accident. But instead of using a prosthetic hand, he had a hook like Captain Hook. No kidding. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 09:11:31 +0100 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: Brian Wilson On Tour DVD Bill Reed wrote: > ...and I only talked to the guy on the phone once back in '68. Great piece....thanks Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 11:30:56 -0000 From: Lindsay Martin Subject: Re: Madara - White at Musica Played to Musica: Aussie pop idol Ray Brown's version of "Pride" (Madara-White), as mentioned in previous posts. Lindsay -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 11:33:53 +0100 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Brian Wilson on Tour DVD I agree wholeheartedly with Bill Reed's comments about the new DVD. Brian is having fun and is obviously reasonably happy to be out there. On the DVD he does speak about his medication 'keeping him middle of the road'. Like us all he must have good days and bad days, and the medication edited DVD does genuinely lift the spirits. DVD quote: 'My fear of touring is officially over.' Gosh knows, I suspect that even I could be made to sound good with a band like he has....OK, maybe that's a step too far. Kingsley -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 07:38:23 -0400 From: Deena Canale Subject: Re: American Dreams > However, if in fact, Bandstand did relocate to LA in mid 1963, > then American Dreams really is taking some historic/geographic > licence. The musical choices on this show have already taken serious historic license. Lots of '65 tunes have been used when the setting is supposed to be late '63/early '64--and both a Kinks song ("You Really Got Me", I think) and Manfred Mann's "Doo Wah Diddy" were used well before any mention of the Beatles was made. Still, even though it could be much, much better than it is, I watch it every week--some cool snippets do make it on once in a while, such as the Bobby Freeman "Swim" clip they showed a couple of weeks ago. Plus, Gail O'Grady plays the loveliest TV housewife since Laura Petrie. Signed D.C. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 12:40:46 -0000 From: Antonio Vizcarra Subject: Re: Monkees novelties There is an album called "Asi tocan cantan los Monkees" (The Monkees sing and play like this) where on the cover there is a drawing of a group with a strong resemblance to the Monkees. However on the label of the record the group is listed as Los Supersonicos, there a no credits for the songs and the group doesn't sound at all like the Monkees. How many kids were deceived by this record in the sixties? Probably a lot like all those kids who were fooled by fake Merseybeat records. Anyway this Monkees fake is one of my favourite records in my collection :-) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 09:51:34 EST From: John Fox Subject: Re: Monkees novelties Guy Lawrence wrote: >there ever a novelty record inspired by the Monkees? The obvious one that comes to mind is from The Beatles' White Album: "Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except For Me and My Monkey)", whose ending includes a great parody of Monkee talking hijinx a la the ending of their "I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog". John Fox -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 18:15:08 -0500 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: Brill Building comic strip Brett Berns wrote: > I would like to thank Richard Gagnon for sharing his excellent > comic strip with us, and also thank him for including the name > of my late father, Bert Berns, among the list of legends > associated with the Brill Building scene. On behalf of the entire group I wish to welcome you, Brett. Your dad was one of the greatest as well as most influential behind-the-scenes artists of the entire 1960s pop music scene, and it is great to see him finally getting some of the recognition he deserves. Best wishes, --Phil Milstein -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 17:34:38 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: Gordian Knot I remember noticing that 90s Gordian Knot - don't they know their Soft Rock history?? The 1960s Gordian Knot LP is worth picking up (I got my copy for $2!) but it has never been reissued on CD. If anything for the awesome artwork which shows the group tied up with huge pieces of rope! I love songs about Merry go rounds and it's got one of those :) :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 10:32:29 -0500 From: Richard Gagnon Subject: Monkees novelties Guy asked: >Does anyone out there know of any kind of Monkee cash-in? Now that I think of it, I have this surprisingly good instrumental album by Québécois organist Lucien Hétu..."Lucien Hétu joue les Monkees" , on Gala RCA Records (CGP 256). It clearly came out early in the Monkees run, because of the preponderance of early songs... Side one: (Theme from) The Monkees Papa Gene's Blues Sometime in the morning A little bit me, a little bit you (I'm not your) Steppin' Stone Side two: I wanna be free I'm a Believer When loves comes knockin' (at your door) Last train to Clarksville Tomorrow's gonna be another day Rick -- ***************************************************** Read the Brill Building story in comic strip form at: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 15:24:21 -0800 From: Patrick Phelan Subject: RE: Fake Merseybeat Antonio Vizcarra asked: > Are there any other American groups who pretended to be > from England and that tried to cash in on the Merseybeat > craze that swept America in 1964? Any bands recommended? There's a great compilation available through Hillsdale Records called "Better than the Beatles." It's got a bunch of fake Beatles (and Beatle-bashing) tunes. p -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2003 23:34:24 -0000 From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Welcome to a new member and great talent! Hello, fellow Poppers, I would like to welcome new member Rob Stride of the UK harmony pop band "SpyderBaby" to our fold. Rob had sent me a CD of his band, asking for my opinion, and I flipped! At the risk of making Rob and the guys blush, one word to describe Spyderbaby: Fabulous. From material (REAL, MEMORABLE MATERIAL!) to vocals and harmonies that give me chills, to tasteful arrangements, and confident, creative production, this is the kind of pop work (expression courtesy of M Frumento) that you just can't find anymore on today's music scene other than on collectors' and bootleg markets ("Wondermints" are another rare exception, but would shine even more if only they had SPYDERBABY's material!). As a supportive gesture, I have posted a sound sample from the CD (an unabashed Brian Wilson tribute) on my website. Please follow the link below and enjoy the music! You'll be glad you did! Best, Mark w -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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