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Spectropop - Digest Number 881

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Stolen licks
           From: Doc Rock 
      2. Re: Fifth Estate
           From: David Coyle 
      3. Re: More Stolen Licks
           From: Marty C. 
      4. Eve and Dawn; Lou Stallman; Linda Laurie
           From: Country Paul 
      5. Re: Stolen licks
           From: Stratton Bearhart 
      6. Sorta girl group
           From: Roger Hollier 

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Message: 1 Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 19:59:56 -0400 From: Doc Rock Subject: Stolen licks April Love -- Where the Boys Are. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 17:39:54 -0700 (PDT) From: David Coyle Subject: Re: Fifth Estate In direct response to a direct question, "The Goofin' Song" and "Do Drop Inn" do not appear on the Boston Skyline compilation, but "Morning Morning" does. The CD might be out of print, but I'm sure it's still findable in places like Media Play, where I found one copy, passed on it, someone else bought it, and then I found another copy at another Media Play. Definitely a nice CD, and no matter who puts out a sonically superior reissue of the Fifth Estate, the Boston Skyline CD is a very good package. It could have set the standards for reissues that followed. There are a few marginally connected tunes on the CD, including demos for other people, in a couple cases performed by other vocalists. One of the best demos is a Lovin Spoonful-like tune called "No. 1 Hippie On The Village Scene." Did anyone else record this song? There's also a choice "Brolley Male" jingle for Macgregor, which is up there with the "Soho" ads for Thom McAn. One omission that would have been a nice addition would have been the Fifth Estate's theme for the 1967 season of "Candid Camera." David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 01:44:15 -0000 From: Marty C. Subject: Re: More Stolen Licks A weird one: The Marvelettes Tamla #54091 - "He's A Good Guy (Yes He Is). Licks from "Did You Ever See A Lassie?"... go this way and that way, go this way and that. Did you ever....etc, etc. Marty C. as MoChilli -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 01:54:25 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Eve and Dawn; Lou Stallman; Linda Laurie Catching up on a few items.... What can I say about Alan Gordon's "Eve of Destruction"/"Dawn of Correction" comparison (on May 3rd)? First, it's scholarly - thanks for the lyrical reprint. Second, I hardly object to "Eve"'s message, but I'd file "Dawn" in the same stack as "An Open Letter To My Teenage Son" (be happy if you _don't_ remember that one!) Third, having said that, I find them both kind of blunt, which is personally very off-putting to me. On the other hand, when I was doing Top 40 radio, the program director told me to "dumb down" my language so that the masses would understand me! At least McGuire was on "my" side. And yes, Al, it's a shame the politics haven't changed a whole lot since Viet Nam except to get slicker, slimier and more devious. Also, you couldn't get a protest song like "Eve," as blatantly obvious as the lyrics are, on US commercial radio today - too many corporate owners and timid Program Directors. (In fact, you probably couldn't get many oldies stations to play "Eve" itself!) "Democracy - don't you wish we had some?" asks Rob Stride. Agreed, Rob - lately it seems like Orwell's "1984" wasn't a novel but a blueprint. Mike Rashkow: > Just a little bit more about Linda Laurie. Ambrose (a copy of > which I am proud to say I own and truly among the strangest > records of all time) was, I'm pretty sure, written and produced > by an aquaintance of mine from back in the day, Lou Stallman. Wasn't he also behind the Ivy Three's "Yogi" (Shell Records) along with the many others on Mick Patrick's excellent list? (I'd forgotten about Derek Martin's beautiful "You'd Better Go" on Roulette.) I know he also worked with Sid Jacobson, and many of his records were Stal/Jac Productions. Recently, toward the end of the run of the "Doo Wop Shop" on WCBS-FM, Don K. Reed did an hour long interview with him and his son. I think Stallman said he was in his mid-70s. Linda Laurie notes: Brian Ferrari, thanks for posting the pictures - never saw her before! And John Frank, thanks for the correct title of "All Winter Long." Clark Besch citing "the archive of misheard lyrics... reminded me that when I first heard it, I thought she was saying "You, you lyin' doggie" instead of "June, July and August." Ah, AM radios with 3-inch speakers! I always loved the jazz track behind "Ambrose, Part 5," and tripped over this note from Jerry Osborne : > Besides the Linda Laurie original of "Ambrose (Part 5)," Glory > hedged their bet by releasing an instrumental of "Just Keep > Walking (Ambrose)" on Glory 292, just two numbers later, by the > Hal McKusick Quartet. At the same time, guitarist Jimmy Valentine > put out a marvelous cover of "Just Keep Walking (Ambrose)," which > didn't chart but received considerable air play, as did its > flip side, "Rockin' Hula" (Cub 9024). Though the instrumentals do > not have anyone doing Linda Laurie's part, they do have the Ambrose > character occasionally saying "Just Keep Walking." And later Mr. Osborne posts a follow-up from a reader: > Linda did write and sing "Ambrose," but she had a partner named > Susan Yellin who helped her a lot. Together, Linda and Susan > performed as the Not Sisters. Another of Linda's compositions... > is the theme song for the television program, "Land of the Lost." > How do I know all of this? Because Susan Yellin is my cousin. I > even took Linda Laurie on a date in 1958 to see the then-new film, > "The Incredible Shrinking Man." óBruce Miller, Spring Hill, Fla. Bob Rashkow, thanks for the Five Emprees info. As you suggested, Recordmaster shows four more 45s on Freeport and one on Smash! No bio, though. Finally, to Phil Chapman, Mick Patrick and Martin Roberts: thank you for all the support on bringing the Carol Connors interview to fruition. "My Baby Looks" is a remarkable track! As Martin points out in his comment, Carol's catalog is (to quote the '80s Aztec Camera song title) "deep and wide and tall" - and well worth discovering. Country Paul (now just a week behind) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 02:03:40 -0700 (PDT) From: Stratton Bearhart Subject: Re: Stolen licks The piano figure to Lennon's "God" from the Spector produced Plastic Ono Band album is lifted from "Love Letters". Stratton Bearhart. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 06:29:56 EDT From: Roger Hollier Subject: Sorta girl group St Winifred's School Choir had a hit in the UK in 1980 with a little ditty called "There's No One Quite Like Grandma". It got to number 1 and stayed in the charts for 11 weeks. Does anyone know the name of their second/follow up single release? I just gotta know. They were girls and they did sing in a group. That makes them sorta girl group. From the queen of the Midlands, Roger -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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