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Spectropop - Digest Number 904

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 8 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. New York Shindig update
           From: S'pop Team 
      2. Re: Al Casey
           From: Steve Grant 
      3. Re: Mickie Most, RIP
           From: Artie Wayne 
      4. Electric Bass
           From: Steve Harvey 
      5. Re: Eva Destruction
           From: Eddy 
      6. Hi
           From: Wendy Flynn 
      7. Duane Eddy
           From: John Henderson 
      8. Re: Cynthia Loves
           From: Stewart Mason 


Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 11:02:08 +0100
   From: S'pop Team 
Subject: New York Shindig update


Good news, Country Paul Payton has been added to the DJ lineup 
for the New York Shindig. Paul will also MC the event. He, Sheila B, 
DJ Jimmy Botticelli and Mick P are buffing up their very best 45s 
for the evening.

Even better news, the sensational New York girl group It's My Party 
will be preceded on stage by our mascot chanteuse Elisabeth who'll 
be jetting in from Manchester for the weekend. Wow!

On entry, all S'pop members will be handed a Back To Mono button - 
preferable to name badges, we thought.

New York
Friday June 20th
Be there

Further details:

The S'pop Team

Spectropop - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

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Message: 2 Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 21:01:25 -0400 From: Steve Grant Subject: Re: Al Casey Justin McDevitt: > In early 1963, a song was played on my local favorite radio > station that has been mentioned, along with some other tunes > recorded by the same girl group. The song I am referring to is > "Dance With The Guitar Man," recorded with Duane Eddy. This > group also recorded "Surfin' Hootennany," which I believe was > the followup, if my memory serves me correctly. > Are these tracks included on a Girl Group comp, or record label > comp, or a Duane Eddy box set? "Surfin' Hootenanny" by Al Casey with the K-C-ettes appears on the "Cowabunga!" surf music boxed set anthology on Rhino. This set is OOP, however. Steve -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 20:28:09 -0700 (PDT) From: Artie Wayne Subject: Re: Mickie Most, RIP In 1964,on my first trip to London,my freind Chas Chandler [bass player for the Animals] introduced me to his producer Mickie Most. They invited me to the background vocal overdubbing session for "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". As a songwriter/ producer I was really excited to see one of the world's top producers up close. Although he was a meticulous creator and knew how to bring the best out of his artists......I believe his greatest talent was his ability to pick hit songs. Over the years, as we became friends, he made me accutely aware of the importance of the song. It seemed like all of my friends were getting on his dates.........Kenny Young had "Don't go out into the Rain ,You're Gonna' Melt Sugar" with Hermans Hermits... Scott English with "Hi Ho Silver Lining" for Jeff Beck.... Carole King and Gerry Goffin, "I'm Into Something Good" for the Hermits.....and it made me push a little harder. Mickie always made sure that I was contacted every time he came to New York looking for material .......which was flattering, considering that he never recorded any of my songs. He really enjoyed playing his new product, which never failed to elicit hours of raves from me. I remember when he came by my office at Scepter records and played "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan before he delivered the masters to can imagine how blown away I was!!! The last time I saw him was in 1980 ,when I was producing a single on myself as an artist for Chrysalis Music [UK] and had gone horribly over budget. He listened to my tracks and gave me $10,000 in free studio time to finish it up...........I couldn't thank him enough, but I still couldn't complete it to my satisfaction. That's when I came back to the U.S. brokenhearted......... and drifted away from the music buisness. If I have any regrets, it's that I didn't keep up a lot of my relationships I made through the years.........You don't meet someone like Mickey Most very often.....but when you do you never forget them. Warmest regards, Artie Wayne -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 21:53:51 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Electric Bass Andrew Hickey: > It didn't stop guitarists - and there were bassists > of note in the 50s, Bill Black and Willie Dixon for a > start. I think it's more that the bass was usually an > unamplified instrument in the 50s - stand up bass rather > than bass guitar. In fact does anyone have any idea who > the first person to play bass guitar was? I'd be very > interested to know... Bill Black is well thought of as a bassist because he was essential to Elvis' rise. Technically I don't think he was that earthshattering. Alot of slapbassists site him because he was on all those early Sun things which are the templates for rockabilly. He didn't have any amplification when they were first starting, but by the mid to late 50s had a mike inside his upright held in with duck tape (got that from Scotty Moore himself). Willie Dixon played bass, but is best known for all the great tunes he wrote and being the glue that held many a Chess session together. Guitarists were expected to stretch out even in the 50s. The bass, on the other hand, was the basics with an emphasis on timing. The first electric bass was made out near Seattle in the 30s by a guy named Tutmark. Never caught on until Leo Fender came up with his version in the early 50s. Lionel Hampton was the first supporter of the electric bass due to the fact that Leo gave him a freebie to take on tour. His first bassist used it, but Monk Montgomery (Wes' brother) took it over when he joined the band (reluctantly at first) and helped to spread the word. Most of the black bands in the 50s seemed to pick up on the Fender P bass quicker than their white counterparts. I think part of the the reluctance on the white bands was the slapbass sound in rockabilly and the tradition of the upright as a comedy prop (coming out of the country music tradition). Oddly enough, it was Elvis that picked up the electric bass when Bill Black got frustrated by it and threw it down on the floor. You can hear El on the intro of "Baby You're So Square". He may have been king, but he really wanted to be Mr. Bassman. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 09:02:07 +0200 From: Eddy Subject: Re: Eva Destruction Mick: > Another thing: I'm informed that Eva - billed as Eva Harris, > her married name - is listed as a backing vocalist on a Verve > label album by jazzer Curtis Amy. I don't own the LP in question, > nor am I aware of its title. I'm no jazz expert either. Maybe > someone out there is and can fill us all in on this item. According to my files "Mustang" (from 1967) is the only Verve release by Curtis Amy. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 09:48:12 +0100 From: Wendy Flynn Subject: Hi Hi top S'poppers I joined the mailing list a week ago and feel dizzy reading all your superknowledgeable posts! 2 questions: Has anyone ever seen a Dave Clarke 5 doll? I believe they were produced by Remco, after they had released the Beatles dolls. I tried to find a picture on the internet but couldn't find any info at all And does anyone know anything about Sugar & The Spices? They have a supersweet song called Faith In Me but I can't remember the label as I cant afford a copy Those posts about Pepsi jingles etc rule! I am drinking more Pepsi Max than ever now as I feel it's my pop duty see ya x wendy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 11:49:41 -0000 From: John Henderson Subject: Duane Eddy Justin: > The song I am referring to is "Dance With The Guitar Man," > recorded with Duane Eddy. This group also recorded "Surfin' > Hootennany," which I believe was the followup, if my memory > serves me correctly. Justin, It's great to see that I am not the only one with a failing memory. Al Casey was the artist on "Surfin' Hootennany". Al was in Duane's band since "day one". The tune was written and produced by long-time Duane produced/co-writer Lee Hazlewood. I really think most people thought it to be Duane Eddy but the reference to "Duane" in the tune would make one wonder. John Henderson -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 01:23:40 -0400 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Re: Cynthia Loves Patrick Rands writes: > The song of the week this month is "Cynthia Loves" - by one > of the biggest should've been but never did bands of the 1960s > - The Robbs. Check out this album track and b-side for a great >lost 60s tune. Ah, this takes me back. As I've mentioned before, my musical education came by way of my older sisters, one of whom had the "Rapid Transit"/"Cynthia Loves" single in her collection. I have fond memories of playing this song repeatedly when I was about five or six. Still sounds great, actually. Stewart Now Playing: RELEASE OF AN OATH -- The Electric Prunes/David Axelrod (Frankly, a better album than its reputation suggests, and far superior musically to the better-known MASS IN F MINOR) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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