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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)


There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: Stolen Licks
           From: Steve Harvey 
      2. Beach Boys / Fuzz, Acid and Flowers
           From: Javed Jafri 
      3. Re: Music law
           From: James Botticelli 
      4. Re: Mac & Katie Kissoon
           From: Peter Lerner 
      5. Re: Donna Marie Interview In No Kind Of Superstar #4
           From: Laura 
      6. Re: Stolen Licks
           From: Eddy 
      7. Re: Nut Rocker!
           From: Martin Roberts 
      8. Lesley Gore's Lost Album
           From: Stuffed Animal 
      9. Re: Gary Zekley
           From: Jeffrey Glenn 
     10. back door action
           From: Bo 
     11. Re: Bitter Almond
           From: Richard Havers 
     12. Request info about The Pipe 1970
           From: Eddy 
     13. Upcoming "Diane Renay And Friends" radio interview show
           From: Ronnie Allen 

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Message: 1 Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 17:22:46 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: Stolen Licks Artie Wayne wrote: > Steve..... Alan...... I'm afraid John Lennon did get sued for "Come > Together". Not only did Morris Levys' publishing company...... Tommy James > and his co-writer get half of the copyright [I don't know the title of their > original song]. As part of the settlement John Lennon agreed to record > several songs in Morris' catalog......hence the "Rock and Roll" album. I know John got sued for "Come Together". My point was that he got sued for one stinkin' line of Chuck Berry (which was done more as a nod towards his idol than Lennon actually needing those lyrics to make the song) while Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" was basically "He's So Fine" with new lyrics. Now how come nobody's sued them for "Rune For Your Life"? Ah. . . . -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 2 Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 23:17:51 -0400 From: Javed Jafri Subject: Beach Boys / Fuzz, Acid and Flowers Bob Rashkow: > The Beach Boys should definitely have a place in FA&F. Almost > everything they took on between 1966 and 1970 or so was an > astounding departure from their earlier music. Brian, Carl, > Dennis and Mike all, each in their own way, in spite of all > the problems, happily embraced the sunshine pop era, > incorporating some terrific flower-power effects using numerous > instruments, especially that blessed organ and sitars. (They > also became more playful and free-spirited--I've always admired > how far they were seemingly willing to go on tunes like "Little > Pad" and "She's Goin' Bald," to mock their previous efforts > good-naturedly!) Thank you for supporting my sentiment that The Beach Boys belong in Fuzz, Acid and Flowers. Not sure what the argument for their exclusion is. Too mainstream and not an obscure garage or psyche-pop band. What are CCR and the Doors doing in there then. Too Pop. Well there is an entry for the Cascades due to the fact that they recorded two psyche/pop singles in 1967. The Tradewinds are also there and so Ok they recorded "Mind Excursions" but the Beach Boys recorded Feel Flows, Heroes and Villains, Celebrate The News and on and on and on. We're not talking about one or two singles here but a whole body of work by the boys from 1966 to 1974. Too associated with the Surf/Hot Rod scene. Ok then why are the Sunrays included. I'm not saying that any of these other groups should not be included and I find the site very useful, for example, I was not even aware that the Cascades recorded two psyche/pop singles. Would love to hear these on Musica by the way. Finally Bob as far as The Beach Boys using a sitar, not so sure about that one. The only instance I can think of is perhaps the use of an electric sitar on "Our Sweet Love and I'm not 100 % sure about that. Now if they had used a sitar in 1967, or released a couple of singles under the name the Electric Enchiladas, you can be sure they would be listed on the site. Somewhat like the Kinls, The Beach Boys were not bandwagon jumpers into the psychedelic fold and you do not hear the usual trappings of the genre in their work Just listen to the segments from Smile that were released on the 1992 box set and what you will hear are sounds that are unique, quirky and very experimental. In a league or their own really. Javed -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 01:27:22 -0400 From: James Botticelli Subject: Re: Music law Alan Gordon wrote: > Sometimes a little PBS can be a bad thing. I'm required at this juncture in the venture to quote a Congressman named Barney Frank who represents my district (eastern massachusetts) in the U.S. Congress. There was a challenge from prisoners in the Massachusetts system challenging the "right" of the prisons to "restrict" the prisoners' TV viewrights to Network television. I cried for moments. The problem seemed to be the fights ensuing over (e.g.) "Mr. T" reruns vs. Newbie Network pablum. When it came to the attention of the U.S. Congress, Barney Frank said when push came to shove, those being punished for infractions should spend their time in solitary watching PBS! I still love him for saying that... It was saying that Liberalism can suck for someone in jail. When a little PBS can be a bad thing you can expect that a lot of PBS is worse than bar smoke...I know a few people in the PBS world. Some collect the paycheck. Bottom line. -- James Botticelli "God has judged that Death is Evil. Had it been good, HE would die." -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 11:04:15 +0100 From: Peter Lerner Subject: Re: Mac & Katie Kissoon Louis: > Does anyone know what became of Mac & Katie Kissoon... Eddy: > Not sure about Mac, but Katie became a very much in demand session singer, > backing up such people as Elton John, Roger Waters, Van Morrison, Mike & > Mechanics and many more. She also toured extensively with the Stones (she's > on Flashpoint), but most of all for many years with Eric Clapton, including > the Japanese tour he did with George Harrison. Katie Kissoon sang back-ups with Van Morrison on the much played "Bright side of the road", where she sounds to me exactly like Jackie DeShannon. Peter -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 11:44:43 -0000 From: Laura Subject: Re: Donna Marie Interview In No Kind Of Superstar #4 Carl: > Donna Marie was signed to Columbia in the 1960s and also appeared on a couple > of the Archies' singles. The latest issue of my punk, garage, psych and power > pop zine No Kind Of Superstar includes a rare interview with her (the only > other one I'm aware of was conducted by Don Charles several years ago). Hi Carl, Looking forward to issue #4 and the Donna Marie interview. Thanks for letting us know about it. Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 08:56:15 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Stolen Licks Artie Wayne: > Steve..... Alan...... I'm afraid John Lennon did get sued for "Come > Together". Not only did Morris Levys' publishing company...... Tommy James > and his co-writer get half of the copyright [I don't know the title of their > original song]. As part of the settlement John Lennon agreed to record > several songs in Morris' catalog......hence the "Rock and Roll" album. Tommy James? Shouldn't that be Chuck Berry? Of course, not only did he record those songs out of the Levy songbook, it also resulted in the infamous Roots album. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 23:30:02 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Re: Nut Rocker! Re: http://www.spectropop.com/NutRocker/index.htm Good to read the amount of coverage Al Hazan's 'Nut Rocker' story has been receiving. It's a great article and one that's proving contentious! Al Hazan is a good and helpful friend who has freely given of his time and energies in many ways, particularly with Jack Nitzsche's site. His many stories are his honest recollections, and always great fun! Not confined to his own work, his 'Early Days' page on Jack Nitzsche's site relates how the tune he wrote for Jack's 'Lonely Surfer' album owes the bass-line to Nitzsche, a detail which could easily have been 'overlooked'. I'm no scholar in Beatles related matters, and Richard makes a good case for why Al may not have had dinner with the group at the time of Nut Rocker's success. I would like to make an observation: whenever I read an interview with an artist talking of their top ten record - which 'only' made No.16 - or the European hit that in reality just received a good amount of radio play - I smile wryly and carry on reading the interview. Surely it's understandable that Al might vividly recall his record hitting the top spot, but is hazy on precisely when it fell. Regarding the Beatles whereabouts on the evenings post Nut Rocker's No.1 status, would it have been possible for them to have had a dinner date with Al? I've no idea! Andrew mentions that Fred Richards is the pianist on 'Nut Rocker'. Some while ago I searched the net and turned up no first-hand accounts of the recording, but I did find a mini-history of the Rendezvous and Class record labels on the 'Both Sides Now' site: http://www.bsnpubs.com/class.html Here, Fred is credited as the 'performing' Bumble, but Al Hazan is acknowledged as the 'recording' B. Bumble. It's quite fun to read the variety of performers presented as being B. Bumble, including two accounts which stated as fact that Kim Fowley was the pianist on 'Nut Rocker', a claim which Kim - who rarely misses the chance for self advancement! - has not himself made. Anyway, I guess it wouldn't be history without at least three opinions on the one story, but it sure is a good one! Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 18:32:14 +0000 From: Stuffed Animal Subject: Lesley Gore's Lost Album Does anyone know of plans to reconstruct Lesley Gore's unreleased MAGIC COLORS album and release it on CD? And if there are currently no plans to do this . . . why not? Stuffed Animal -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 06:19:37 -0700 From: Jeffrey Glenn Subject: Re: Gary Zekley Artie Wayne: > Jeff......How ya' doin'? I'm doing fine. And you? :-) Great Gary Zekley story; thanks! And someone has pointed me in the direction of a copy of the U.S. Males 45 (on yellow wax no less, as many Abnak and related promo 45s are), so I should have it in a week or so! Jeff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 01:56:52 -0000 From: Bo Subject: back door action My name is Bo and I worked at the 42nd st (1983-1984) store and the store on 43rd and B'way too. Every Sat three guys would come to the store with two hand trucks load up with records and go out of the front door when I questioned what happened a guy named Rags lifted his shirt and showed me a gun and said mind your own business the guard and the managers were in on the take. Those were great times. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 22:18:44 +0100 From: Richard Havers Subject: Re: Bitter Almond Mark Frumento wrote: > Anyone know anything about the band Bitter Almond? All I know > is that they may be British and they had at least two singles. > "In the Morning" (released in 1970) is a fantastic horn/string- > based track. Mark, You had me intrigued, because I was sure I have heard this track. Anyway this is the label detail:- In The Morning UK - Warner Bros - 1970 Promo Issue (WB8008) I would be fairly sure that they're British. Best, Richard -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 17:22:00 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Request info about The Pipe 1970 A friend of mine is looking for any info on this band. Anything ? The Pipe - titles: "Your Daddy Won´t Do It" b/w "Take Him Back" on RCA (1970) Spanish ref # 3 10462 -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 14:14:53 EDT From: Ronnie Allen Subject: Upcoming "Diane Renay And Friends" radio interview show To all devotees of early 60s oldies music: I've already had the pleasure of hosting two previous interview shows with Diane Renay but this upcoming show will for me be by far the most special one of all. And that's because so many of Diane's friends have been so generous in agreeing to participate in the show by allowing me to personally interview them during the past three weeks. Diane is fondly remembered by hundreds of thousands of oldies fans throughout the country and around the world (and, of course, here at Spectropop!) for her 1964 smash hit "Navy Blue" and the follow-up "Kiss Me Sailor" and for other recordings such as "Watch Out Sally," "Growin' Up Too Fast," "Tender" and her very first recording "Little White Lies." This THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 22nd, from 7 to 10 PM EASTERN TIME, I will be hosting a three-hour live-by-phone interview show with Diane. It will be called, appropriately enough, "DIANE RENAY AND FRIENDS." I'll be doing this show live from the WBCB (1490-AM, Fairless Hills, PA) studios and it will be heard locally on that station and simulcast nationally and internationally on the World Wide Web via the WBCB1490 website. The URL for listening to the show is: http://www.wbcb1490.com/listen.htm The show will be both a celebration of Diane's entire recording career (spanning more than 30 years) and of the happy and catchy and tuneful music of the early 60s produced by Diane and her contemporary music makers when rock and roll was still relatively young and songwriters were crafting songs that people could sing, hum, whistle, remember and, most of all, RELATE TO. Many of her friends have seldom done radio interviews over the past few years but, because of their closeness to Diane and their respect for her talent, have agreed to participate in this very unique radio special. Diane's friends, all of whom I THOROUGHLY enjoyed talking with over the past three weeks, include people that she has performed with, recorded with, studied with, and/or became true PERSONAL friends with. Diane is delighted that they have all agreed to take time out from their busy schedules to be a part of this! As many of you know I worked as the east coast researcher for Casey Kasem's American Top Forty for 15 years, from 1972 through 1987. I feel truly honored and most grateful that Casey has, as a personal favor to me, agreed to open the first and third hour of the show with a personal phoned-in greeting to Diane and myself! Appearing on the show via my pre-recorded interview segments will be: Bobby Vee Lou Christie Bobby Goldsboro Sue Thompson Paul Petersen Johnny Tillotson Peggy March Bobby "Boris" Pickett Terry Fischer (lead singer of the Murmaids) Barbara Harris (lead singer of the Toys) Eddie Rambeau (co-writer of "Navy Blue") Gerry Granahan (one of Diane's producers) Artie Singer (Diane's first vocal teacher) Most of the recording artists above, in addition to reminiscing and conveying personal greetings to Diane, will share with us the stories behind their single biggest hits. ..... PLUS ..... There will also be a TOP-SECRET VERY SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST who will be appearing live-by-phone with Diane and me during the final hour of the show! Nobody in the world knows about this except me and this particular guest! I would like to mention here what I truly believe will be one of the highlights of the show. Back in 1964 Diane and Lou Christie and Bobby Goldsboro, three of the hottest recording artists of that time, were aboard a small plane on the way to a record hop. That plane nearly crashed. Bobby Goldsboro and Lou Christie shared with me all of the riveting details of that experience and I guarantee that as you listen to their graphic decriptions you will be glued to your seat! Fortunately a MIRACLE happened and they and Diane can now look back and TALK about this! I have worked for hours preparing this show and I hope that many of you here will be able to listen. If any of you have a question that you'd like me to ask Diane during the show please e-mail me privately. I can't promise I will use every question but hopefully I will use several and will mention you by name if I do use one of your questions. Please keep in mind that I cannot accept questions for any of Diane's recording artist friends on the night of the show because they have been pre-recorded! Incidentally, one of Diane's friends is Murmaid Terry Fischer (who I affectionately call "Terry Murmaid")! If you didn't hear my Murmaids interview show from last month and would like to do so you can access it 24/7 at this address: http://www.wbcb1490.com/murmaids.htm. Thanks to ALL OF YOU who, like me, are passionate about keeping TRUE oldies music alive and well!!! Ronnie Allen -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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