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Spectropop - Digest Number 905

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There are 13 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Tony Hatch
           From: S'pop Team
      2. Re:  Brian Wilson and New Jersey
           From: Sean Anglum
      3. New Dick Campbell cd (Blue Winds Only Know) coming out soon on Cherry Red 
           From: Gary
      4. Re:  Only The Strong Survive
           From: Stephanie
      5. The Aerovons
           From: Richard Havers
      6. Brian Wilson and NJ  Jerry Blavat  bass  songs  two Al Caseys 
           From: Country Paul
      7. Does anyone remember  The Silver Convention 
           From: Louis Wendruck
      8. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
           From: Steve Harvey
      9. Eddie Rambeau - Records
           From: Rosmarie
      10. Mickie Most
           From: Martin Roberts
      11. Re: Eva De - construction
           From: Simon White
      12. Re: - Hi 
           From: Simon White
      13. Re: Bassic chord progressions
           From: Kurt


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003
   From: S'pop Team 
Subject: Call Me: The Songs Of Tony Hatch

'Downtown', 'Call Me', 'Joanna', 'Sugar And Spice', 'I Know A
Place', 'Where Are You Now (My Love)', 'You're The One', 'Don't
Sleep In The Subway' . . . There is no prize for knowing that
what links these great songs is that each and every one was
written by Tony Hatch, a likely contender for the UK's top pop
songwriter of the 1960s. A more complete list of his hit
compositions would fill several paragraphs such as this one.
Last year, Sanctuary Records released 'Call Me...', a 60-track
double CD retailing for under £10. "Somebody up there likes
us," says Spectropop's Mike Edwards. Click here to read his full


The S'pop Team

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Message: 2 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Sean Anglum Subject: Re: Brian Wilson and New Jersey Don't forget the "controversy" of the Four Season's tune "No Surfin' Today" (flip of "Dawn") and The Beach Boys answer song, "Don't Back Down"! Supposedly there's something to it. There, that should raise a ruckus for a few east-coasters. Not that the Stanley Cup series isn't doing the trick. Hey, it's summer...Surfer's Rule, No More School! Landlocked in Colorado, Sean Anglum -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Gary Subject: New Dick Campbell cd (Blue Winds Only Know) coming out soon on Cherry Red Here is a link to the newsletter for Cherry Red Records U.K. which will be releasing a Dick Campbell CD called "Blue Winds Only Know". The release date for the CD is june 26th 2003. This CD was written by Dick Campbell and Gary Usher. Dick Campbell sings all leads with Gary Usher singing back up on some of the tracks. There are also 4 bonus tracks written by Dick Campbell, D.C. and Keypashine Golesorkhi, and D.C. and K.G and Steve Hoffman. There is more on Dick Campbell on the Cherry Red Records page if you use there search engine to find it. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: stephanie Subject: Re: Only The Strong Survive Phil Milstein wrote: > Four-star recommendation for the new documentary film > "Only The Strong Survive." It's similar to "Standing In > The Shadows Of Motown" in that it compiles recent interview > and performance footage, but in this case the focus is on > lead performers rather than sidemen. Featured performers > include Jerry Butler, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, > Sam Moore, Ann Peebles, The Chi-Lites, Mary Wilson and Wilson > Pickett. All of them shine. The premise is to bring the > audience up-to-date on these artists. Thus, while there's > little archival material, the stars all turn in noteworthy > performances of one or two of their most important hits, > infusing them with new fire while still respecting the > original versions. Im glad to see this review because although I have not seen the movie yet they have been comparing it to Standing in the Shadows of Motown which is really not fair. Stax is a grittier label so I didn't expect the movie to be as polished and it's a historical artifact not a Steven Spielberg epic.....LOL It's good to have this history on film. Stephanie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Richard Havers Subject: The Aerovons Disclaimer - I have no connection with RPM, the band or anyone associated with this release! = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Mysterious Magical Tour de force How can an album this good have remained undiscovered for over thirty years? From the opening bars of the anthemic World of You, you can't help thinking - I am in for a treat. Every song is hook laden and while the direct Beatles references are obvious in some of the songs they take nothing away from the originality of the whole album. Most bands today would kill to do an album this good. In fact if you buy just one album this year, buy this. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Country Paul Subject: Brian Wilson and NJ Jerry Blavat bass songs two Al Caseys Interesting post from the Brian Wilson website discussion group on 6/2/03 [US; 2/6/03 UK] regarding cancelling the New Jersey Performing Arts Center show: "On 5/31 Brian said: 'Hi everyone, I guess in today's ecomony, we got a little too ambitious booking two shows so geographically close together. We are sorry if this cancellation has inconvienced any one. I would hope that for all of you who bought tickets to the New Jersey show will redeem them and come join us at the Beacon for some really "Good Vibrations". Looking forward to seeing all of you in Boston and New York. L&M Brian'" Thanks, Neb, for the lead to that rather spirited discussion page: Justin McDevitt: > So many folks thought he was a black DJ. Hands down, Jerry Blavat > was and still is the fast-talkinest, white DJ that I ever heard, > even faster than that 60s DJ in Toronto, Mickey (can't think of > his last name). Actually, the fastest on-air talker I ever heard was the late B. Mitchell Reid on WMCA in New York. Quick, funny, and excellent musical taste. He later was a pioneer of progressive FM out in California. Jerry Blavat is still on a string of one-kilowatt AM stations in South Jersey, by the way; I don't know how frequently. Steve Harvey: > As an aspiring bassist I noticed that most rock bassists of note > started in the 60s. I think the bassists of the 50s suffered from > the handicap of having to play the same old chord progressions > over and over. Interesting comment - as is your follow-up history. May I add a couple of observations: First, I notice in listening to many '50's records that the bass player rarely uses the lower two strings. Its expecially noticeable in the key of C, where the bass rarely drops to two octaves below middle C, usually staing at one octave below. Someone once told me that it was difficult acoustically to record the bottom two strings of the stand-up bass because the overtones would overwhelm the rest of the band. Thus, their range was limited. (Of course, whoever played bass with Jimmy Wright - the band on most of the great Gee doo-wops, i.e., Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Cleftones, etc. - obviously wasn't paying attention to that dictum, as he was all over his instrument, down AND up.) Second, the Fender electric bass wasn't really perfected until 1958 or so. I believe the first hit 45 to have one was Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" (Del-Fi). I believe Marty Robbins' "Don't Worry" (Columbia) also used one, but I think it was the 6-string variety, intended originally as a melody instrument, for which it was used on this track, with a stand-up bass providing the "real" bottom. Anyone else have any comments on this? Steven Fromm, thanks to the link to Linda Laurie's "Prince Charming" is a treat, and I also found a hot uptempo doowop on my want list, Ritchie Cordell's "Tick Tock Tick" (not a masterpiece, but fun). Martin Roberts, "Califia" (Lee Hazlewood/Suzi Jane Hokom) on the Jack Nitzsche site is a treat! What a vocal blend! Too bad about the tempo change - I personally think that's what kept it from being a bigger record. But - well worth the multiple listens I just gave it. John Henderson: > I really think most people thought it to be Duane Eddy but the > reference to "Duane" in the tune would make one wonder. Having played it on the radio, I always knew there was a difference. However: there was also a song called "Jivin' Around" by the Al Casey Combo on Stacy. This, I believe was a different Al Casey - it seems like a black ensemble from Chicago. Anyone know anything authoritative about this? (By the way, the track is a mid-tempo 6/8 sax-led blues; it cooks nicely.) Looking forward to NYC, and very appreciative to be asked to spin and present. I won't let y'all down! MC/DJ CP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Louis Wendruck Subject: Does anyone remember The Silver Convention Can you help me? Do you remember the group called The Silver Convention that sang "Fly, Robin, Fly" ? I have a website for The Silver Convention at with many photos of the groups products as well as products by the individual members. I have never been able to contact Michael Kunze, Silvester Levay or Stephen Prager regarding the group The Silver Convention. I would like to know if I can get the correct history because I know that the main members were: Linda Thompson (ex-Les Humphries Singers), Ramona Wulf (formerly a solo artist,) and Gertrude MŁnzner (Penny McLean). With the departure of Linda Thompson, she was replaced by Rhonda Heath. Later did Jackie Carter join the group? How about Zenda Jacks? Were there any other members? If you know anyone who can help me with this, I would appreciate your emailing me offline. Thanks, Louis Wendruck The Girl Groups Fan Club -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Steve Harvey Subject: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood If you go to Hilton Valentine's website you see an interesting picture of him and the composer of of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". Interesting story on the song's origins. Turns out Mr. Valentine is now living in Gene Pitney's homestate. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Rosemarie Subject: Eddie Rambeau - Records Does anyone know of any record collector sites in the UK where I might be able to get Eddie Rambeau Records.. I have just started to collect them .. I have 2 copies of "I'm The Sky" on different lables and "My Name Is Mud" ...very small collection so far.... so I would appreciate any help or advice. Rosemarie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Mickie Most Good to read the postings in regards to Mickie Most particularly from Mark Wirtz and Artie Wayne. Too often you can read tributes in the papers and on TV and be a mite unsure as to the sincerity of the comments. It would be very hard for most people to be phoned by a journalist regarding the passing of someone and to reply, "Oh, that b...". In the late 70s, early 80s I was often in the Regents Park/St. John's Wood area of London but it was damm near impossible to park due to the number of Porsches, Rollers etc bearing a RAK number plate. And his house in Totteridge has to be seen to be believed. Good to see that at least he received his financial rewards! I couldn't think of a suitable Mickie Most production to play to musica but as a small tribute, Priscilla Paris - I Love How You Love Me - RAK 184 '74 is playing on musica. Produced by Mike Chapman (any relation?) and Nicky Chinn the record is 10 a penny in the UK but our US cousins may not have heard it. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Simon White Subject: Re: Eva De - construction Thanks to the Eva heads who have come up with the various alternative and uncredited tracks. I'm trying to work out which are which and what is what but work is getting in the way at the moment which is a bit of a pain. My grate is eternally full. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Simon White Subject: Re: - Hi Wendy Flynn wrote: > 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 This has definitely been out on CD - and I know I have it - but I can't lay my hand on it at the moment . But as soon as I do ... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 From: Kurt Subject: Re: Bassic chord progressions Andrew Hickey: > In fact does anyone have any idea who the first person to > play bass guitar was? I'd be very interested to know... There's a concise overview of bass playing at Bass Player Online click here: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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