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Spectropop - Digest Number 910

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There are 10 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Beverly Bremers
           From: Simon White 
      2. Crazy Horse and my home town
           From: Martin Roberts 
      3. Re: Turtles' Eve
           From: David Goodwin 
      4. Re:  - Discuss It or Talk About It?
           From: Simon White 
      5. London/Robbs
           From: Bob Rashkow 
      6. Jack Nitzsche Update
           From: Martin Roberts 
      7. Re: The Critters
           From: Clark Besch 
      8. The Wham Of Sam
           From: Stuffed Animal 
      9. Re: Beverly Bremers
           From: Mark Wirtz 
     10. Re: Al Casey/Wildcats/Darlene Love
           From: Ian Chapman 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 02:02:37 +0100
   From: Simon White 
Subject: Beverly Bremers

I just had a very pleasant evening with a lady named Beverly 
Bremers visiting London from California.
I hadn't realised until today that she had recorded under the 
name Beverly Ann, whose two RCA sides "He's Coming Home" and  
"You've Got Your Mind On Other Things" were big Northern Soul 
plays. She mentioned tonight her first record , on, she remembered,  
Pickwick and called "We Got Trouble".  Sounds like a goodie!
Anyone know it?

A little research and the Spectropop archive throws up 'Showcase' 
as the label. It the flip of Bev's version of "The Great Pretender"

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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 10:21:38 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Crazy Horse and my home town Andrew Hickey ranted: > London has an intense aura of evil about it that means only > truly great music can entice me down... Samuel Johnson said "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life" and even with my advancing years I still find London exciting. But evil? Nah. Not 'comfortable' and 'safe', it's a huge bustling city with dark alleys and shadows but bright squares and friendly folk of every ethnic background and a vitality only found when millions of people are crammed into a small area. Steve Harvey wrote: >"I Don't Want To Talk About It", I think this tune was the one > written by the late Danny Whitten of Crazy Horse, Neil Young's > backing band. I'm currently working with Chris P. James, Editor of "Shake! Nashville's only music magazine" on a small review for Jack Nitzsche's "Record Reviews" page. Chris has just published the nearest thing I've seen to the 'complete' Crazy Horse story. Ten pages of history and interviews with the living band members and associates including Danny's sister Brenda. Excellent. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 06:47:44 -0500 From: David Goodwin Subject: Re: Turtles' Eve >Now playing at musica The Turtles' poppy version of "Eve Of >Destruction." If I remember correctly (which I should, as I >just finished reading it last week), Richie Unterberger wrote >in his excellent folk-rock history "Turn Turn Turn" that the >song was originally offered to The Turtles, but they turned >it down. The book does not mention that they went on to do it >after all. Now, anybody wanna hear Jan & Dean's version? I always thought that was weird...everyone makes a big deal out of the Turtles "rejecting" EoD, but it shows up on It Ain't Me Babe ....rejected it as a *single* is more appropriate, 'tho White Whale decided to release it as a single in the late sixties. -D -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 01:57:18 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: - Discuss It or Talk About It? Message from LONDON (born and bred) Simon White: > I also have a version by The Instigations on T-Bird records > and to my horror have just discovered that Rod Stewart > recorded it too. Steve Harvey: > Wasn't the R*d St*w*rt record, "I Don't Want To Talk > About It", not "Discuss It". I think his tune was the > one written by the late Danny Whitten of Crazy Hose, > Neil Young's backing band. Would that it were that simple, Steve. While he did indeed "Talk About It", a Google search reveals he did "Discuss It" too! I have gone through thirty five years of never hearing this version and I have no desire to hear it now. However it throws me into a bit of a dilemma because I do tend to collect the versions.....oh gawd help me. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 12:24:41 EDT From: Bob Rashkow Subject: London/Robbs So London is the L.A. of the UK?! Oh, am I sorry I didn't even KNOW about Arthur Lee playing the Park West. That's what I get for not always scanning the live music section on Friday. What a blast with this Wilson vs Valli thing, but I can't possibly take sides. This is like comparing and contrasting Spector and Crewe. I hold the Beach Boys and the 4 Seasons in high regard. I will say, though, that Brian et al conjure up more of a place and a time period with their early and mid- sixties product. "Surfin' Safari" just as an example makes me think of Redondo Beach or any one of the South Coast venues then, or at least enables me to imagine cousin had some of the Seasons' 45s and we used to practice "dancing" to them. So "Let's Hang On" in particular merely summons up the living room of an apartment in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago--yet it, and so many other of the 4 S's records, are dear to my heart! :--) Almost forgot! Patrick Rands, why DIDN'T "Race With The Wind" become a bigger hit--a puzzler, huh? Could you enlighten those of us who are mystified by this (and happen to love the Robbs!) It was such a great tune! They were so talented! More's the pity! Bobster -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 11:01:06 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche Update Ramona King - "What About You" on Eden is the latest Record of the Week at and, as an added bonus, I've played the Cannon Sisters original to musica. For next week we have two more Bodie Chandler songs to choose between, both sung by Eddie Hodges on Columbia, Produced by Terry Melcher and arranged by Jack Nitzsche. On The Radio is playing parts 2+3 of the drum demos. Lots more new things are in the pipeline. Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 17:13:04 -0000 From: Clark Besch Subject: Re: The Critters Chris Ullman wrote: > Finally there was an offshoot, the Giant Jellybean Copout who > featured Jim Ruan, that I've read about elsewhere in the Spectropop > listings, who did one single "Awake in a dream/Look at the girls" of > which the flipside can be found on Fading Yellow 3, and is like a > jazzy Pet Sounds, and certainly a must hear for any fans of the band. Chris, I love both sides of the Giant Jellybean Copout 45. I always assumed Bob Dileo (wrote the songs) was the man behind this record in all ways (writer, singer, etc). The 45 got picked by Billboard to make Top 60 in 68. In '69, Bob had a solo 45 on Columbia called "Band in Boston" which is another very pop oriented psych thing complete with phasing. I really thought it was cool (not unlike what the Arbors did later in the year with "The Letter"). In 70, he also did "I Just Can't Help Believin" and "Jessica" as I remember (?) as 45s which all went nowhere on the charts. I wonder who Bob is and where he went. It's not unlike the early 70s Paramount artist "Kyle" who I've found to be producing now. Really liked his "Times That Try a Man's Soul" LP. Or John Beland, whom I had no idea about other than having a tape of his first song and "Banjo Man". After seeing someone bidding on an item on Ebay of his (a trade ad), I emailed the bidder and it WAS HIM! He sent me to his website and I find out he was a big part of the music industry!! Sometimes you find out they're still doing the music "thing'! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 19:09:18 +0000 From: Stuffed Animal Subject: The Wham Of Sam Does anyone out there know the current whereabouts of Sammy "Lavender Blue" Turner? Is he still alive? And if so, is he still performing? Stuff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 19:45:25 -0400 From: Mark Wirtz Subject: Re: Beverly Bremers I had the pleasure of working with Beverly on a single co-produced by Jimmy Bowen for then CBS US. (I worked under the name Marc Peters at the time). One of the sides was "The Prisoner" that I wrote for her with Susan Steward. Beverly was dynamite, an absolute professional, and great fun. If you are still in contact with her, please say a warm hello to her from me (Marc Peters, LOL - I doubt she has even a clue as to who Mark Wirtz is). mw :) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2003 00:13:06 -0000 From: Ian Chapman Subject: Re: Al Casey/Wildcats/Darlene Love "What Are We Gonna Do In '64?" was by the Wildcats - who were really the Blossoms. It came out on Reprise, and it was a Jack Nitzsche co-production, as I'm sure Martin will attest. Both sides of the record appear on CD in fabulous sound quality on the indispensable Japanese comp "Pixie Girls" (Warner WPCP-3540, if it's still available.) The KC-Ettes on Al Casey's "Surfin' Hootenanny" - also the Blossoms. Darlene Love's "Stumble & Fall" did escape on non-DJ copies. Check out Mark Landwehr's excellent Phil Spector label gallery by following the Spectropop "P.S. Records Label Gallery" link (over there on your left!) It has a whole page dedicated to "Stumble & Fall". BTW, it was reissued by Collectables as a 45 in the 80s, as a red/yellow Philles design, (except for the Collectables logo stamped over it!) Neither the mix on it or the "Rare Masters" album is as good as the original 45 - the backing vocals on "(He's A) Quiet Guy" in particular are much clearer. Ian -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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