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Spectropop - Digest Number 954

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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 25 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Record collecting care
           From: Antonio Vizcarra 
      2. James Hamilton
           From: Mike Edwards 
      3. Re: David Hemmings Happens LP
           From: Art Longmire 
      4. Two Questions
           From: Julio Niño 
      5. Regarding Pete Best
           From: John Hesterman 
      6. Re: David Hemmings
           From: Jon 
      7. Re: Help !    FFZ ?
           From: O. Lebair 
      8. Rick Nelson, Glen Campbell, Jerry Fuller & Dave Burgess
           From: S'pop Team 
      9. Farewell To The Liquid Room
           From: David Ponak 
     10. QUICK QUERY!  Any Roger Nichols involvement on Paul Williams Demo LP?
           From: O. Lebair 
     11. Re: Pete Best
           From: Kurt 
     12. Sheila, Tatsuro's doowop
           From: Country Paul 
     13. Quick notes: John Kay; Twirl; ...Believin'
           From: Country Paul 
     14. Sad News From The Girl Group World
           From: John Clemente 
     15. Kelly/Reparata/Renee St Clair
           From: Tom 
     16. Murray The K
           From: Austin Powell 
     17. Re: Capreez
           From: Michael Gessner 
     18. Re: Chico's Girl/Cynthia Weil/Susan Barrett
           From: Frank Uhle 
     19. Fanita of the Blossoms and Rick Lancelot
           From: Sean 
     20. The Poppies/The Paper Dolls
           From: Will Stos 
     21. Pete Best
           From: Mike Edwards 
     22. Chiffons' "Stop Look & Listen"
           From: David Bell 
     23. Re: Pete Best
           From: Andrew Hickey  
     24. John Kay
           From: Steve Harvey 
     25. Re: David Hemmings Happens LP
           From: Steve Harvey 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 20:35:44 +0200
   From: Antonio Vizcarra 
Subject: Record collecting care

Hi Spectropoppers

Since we are all record collecting buffs who love our records 
sometimes more than our own wife I´d like to know how do you 
take care of your most cherished records.

Which record sleeves do you think are best and why? How do you 
take care of humidity stains on the covers of LPs and how can 
these stains be avoided from happening. Also how do you make a 
record with a lot of static listenable again.

I think that all members of the list will benefit from the tips 
that the high end collectors that are here can share with us.

Thanks in advance for all your help and I hope we can take better 
care of our record collections with this thread :-)

All the best,


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Message: 2 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 14:57:33 -0400 From: Mike Edwards Subject: James Hamilton Ken writes: > Wow, a mention of James Hamilton! I used to greedily read > his reviews & chat in was it Record Mirror, until they started > putting bpm's after the title/artist. I always went with his > recommendations, never wrong. Anyone know more about him? In addition to his work for the Record Mirror (a UK weekly music paper similar to the New Musical Express), James programmed the oldies show, "Cruisin'" broadcast by Roger Scott on London's Capital Radio in the 70s. This show along with Tim Rice's "You Don’t Know What You've Got" were among the first "serious" oldies shows broadcast in the UK. I remember two 2-hour shows that James and Roger did entitled "Girls, Girls, Girls", which gave birth to the whole girl-group genre. Would I like to hear tapes of those shows today: the guys had all the records! Both Roger Scott and James Hamilton have passed on. I posted a message to this site about the two sometime last year which drew an excellent response from Kingsley Abbott (whom I believe helped program a couple of the Cruisin' shows). I cannot find references to these postings in the archive section, so hopefully the Admin team can help out. Some information on Roger Scott (who moved on to the BBC from Capital Radio) can be found at: Two guys who definitely put the bomp in the bomp-a-bomp-bomp. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 18:44:55 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Re: David Hemmings Happens LP Cheryl Jennings wrote: > Yeah.... very psychedelic! I think Jim Dickson produced the > Hemmings LP. It has the only recording of Gene Clark's song > "Back Street Mirror". Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn played > on the sessions. Hello, Cheryl I agree, quite psychedelic and one of the best LPs by an "actor" (as opposed to singer) I've heard. For some reason this record makes me think of Austin Powers...but musically it's very good, featuring Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn at their peak. I also like the jazz influence on this. And the liner notes are hilarious! Best, Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 19:05:09 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Two Questions Hi to everyone! I´d like to ask a couple of questions: First of all.... in reference to the song "I Wanna Make You Happy", composed by Russ Titelman & Cynthia Weil - I am familiar with two versions, one being by Margaret Mandolph and the other by Dusty Springfield. I would like to know which of the two is the original and if any other versions of this song exist. Secondly, do any other versions exist of "You´ve Come Back" by Van McCoy apart from the version sung by Lesley Gore? Thanks in advance, Julio Niño -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 14:03:08 -0700 From: John Hesterman Subject: Regarding Pete Best Hello All! My band The Offbeats will be doing two shows with Pete Best in San Diego at the Beatle Fair on July 20th and the pre-party the night before (pun intended!). I'll report back after it's over :) Cheers! John -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 18:06:03 EDT From: Jon Subject: Re: David Hemmings I've been looking all over for that after hearing of the Byrds connection. Would it be possible to get a sample track on musica? I don't think it's available anywhere, correct? Is there even a boot version out there? Hope everyone is keeping cool in this summer swelter (at least those of you stateside). jon -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 22:08:54 -0000 From: O. Lebair Subject: Re: Help ! FFZ ? Stephane Rebeschini wrote: > Not FFZ, or F, F, Z but "F F & Z" : (Paula) Fishbaugh, (Gary) Fishbaugh > & (Pete) Zorn, a trio of US hippies then living in UK, where they > recorded one LP as FFZ in 1972 with Junior Campbell, Terry Cox, Ray > Duffy.....Pete Zorn kept on recording with various UK rock, pop > groups (including TAX LOSS, "Hey Mister Record Man" in 1979). Contemporary trivia: in 2003 Pete Zorn is the MVP of Richard Thompson's touring band [a gig he's had, off and on, since the early '80s], adding vocals, sax + pretty much whatever's handy; I seem to recall reviewers raving about a particularly intense slide mandolin solo. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 23:36:21 +0100 From: S'pop Team Subject: Rick Nelson, Glen Campbell, Jerry Fuller & Dave Burgess New at Spectropop Recommends: The Lost '60s Recordings Of Rick Nelson, Glen Campbell, Jerry Fuller & Dave Burgess. "If you enjoy the style of the Four Preps and other artists of the Southern California harmony pop genre, I'd suggest scoring a copy for your collection", writes Country Paul Payton. For Paul's full review: Enjoy! The S'pop Team Spectropop - Spectacular! Retro! Pop! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 19:34:06 -0400 From: David Ponak Subject: Farewell To The Liquid Room Well, all good things must come to an end, so it's with sadness that I invite you to join me in The Liquid Room this Saturday night (Sunday morning) for the grand finale of the show. It will be a night filled with good cheer and live music from many of the musicians who helped make The Liquid Room so groovy for the past 5 plus years. Please tune into: 90.7 FM KPFK (or log into for the realaudio stream) Saturday Night (Sunday morning) July 12/13, Midnight to 3AM Tentatively scheduled to perform live in the studio are: Linus Of Hollywood Andy Dick Kim Fox Mello Cads Candypants Spooky Ruben I'm also going to be breaking out my formidable collection of "Up, Up And Away" cover versions, so it should be an amazing evening! It's been a real pleasure hosting the show. I'm sure we'll see each other again in the not so distant future. If you're sad to see the Liquid Room go away, please voice your opinion to KPFK Program Director Armando Guidino @ _______________________________________________________________ In related news, Mello Cads will be performing this Tuesday at Palms Hotel & Casino as part of the Las Vegas edition of International Pop Overthrow. Our set will be video webcast in real time at: Please tune in and check it out. Our set time will be 10PM -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 23:52:19 -0000 From: O. Lebair Subject: QUICK QUERY! Any Roger Nichols involvement on Paul Williams Demo LP? There's an apparently ancient but undated Paul Williams demo album up on ebay, credits appear to be minimal but there are label scans which list about twelve titles, most of which are unfamiliar to me. Can anyone glean from the titles when these tracks were cut in relation to his work with Roger Nichols? Am a bit concerned as the titles are only available via the scans and, though ebay keeps the auction text up for months, depending on the upload method it's not uncommon for some graphics to disappear moments after the auction ends. Write them down, you say? Would if I could, but I'm in a car somewhere between podunk and bum%^#! using a borrowed palm- pirate so tiny that typing an email entails poking the keys with a toothpick, so I'll be graphically challenged long after this LP is owned by some well-heeled resident of Japan or Malibu. In any event, if anyone gets a chance to have a look in the next couple of hours I would be curious. Here's the quasi-page address: Or search using the item-number, which from what I can glean appears to be 2542618047. Thanks in advance. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 16:59:11 -0700 From: Kurt Subject: Re: Pete Best Yep...I know this isn't a Beatles forum (or, heaven help us) a Pete Best forum... but... I noticed that Pete Best is playing a gig here in Southern California (in a month or so) - at The Coach House, I think. Does anybody know what form Mr. Best's live show will take? Is he singing, drumming?...all or none of the above? PS: Our man Spector did do production for The my question is technically within bounds cheers, Kurt -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 20:07:30 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Sheila, Tatsuro's doowop Sheila wrote (way back in June): > I would like to thank all those who made Shindig! the perfect > celebration of sixties pop music. As I was telling Country Paul, > I feel the success and magic of this weekend was due to our > collaborative efforts. We pooled together our love of '60s pop, > Spectropop, and our individual talents to make a weekend that > was truly unforgettable. Amen, and I'm delighted to have been part of it. But it takes a sparkplug to run the engine, and Sheila, my dear, you were it! By the way the pictures (at are delicious - you captured the fun and spirit of the event. Best of luck in Tokyo - I look forward to the eastern dispatches! Bill Reed: > But I am especially drawn to the efforts of the great Japanese > rock star Tatsuro Yamashita....His three-volume set of overdubbed, > acapella, doo-wop, "On the Street Corner" is w/o question. . .. > Oh, don't get me started. Bill, are there sound samples to be heard anywhere? Is it readily available? I'm a bit of a doo-wop purist - I want it to sound "real," whatever the "division of doo-wop" his reality is in. Does it? More info, please. > But with the exception of Kyu Sakamoto in 1963 with his > fluke number one single, "Sukiyaki," to the best of my knowledge no > Japanese artist of any musical inclination has been able to crack the > U.S. charts in any significant way.... General garden variety > xenophobia coupled with a hard time wrapping the tongue around those > hard-to-pronounce names with too many vowels and syllables. Not pop success, certainly, but Shonen Knife enjoyed some underground success and sales, and Cornelius (who you mentioned) has a current underground following and at least one US release I know of. I also fear you're right about Japanese music when it comes to "too many vowels." Albabe: > I think Country Paul told me his wife was a big fan. No, Al, that would actually be Martin's beautiful bride, Susie. (And I love the phrase you use later, "without ruth." Touche.) Still reading through June, Country Paul -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 01:21:27 -0400 From: Country Paul Subject: Quick notes: John Kay; Twirl; ...Believin' Steve Harvey: > My guitar teacher, John Kay, was playing with Haley at > the time .... John Kay as in Steppenwolf? Ken on the West Coast: > I dream of Big Top & Twirl!!!! What else besides the Young Sisters' "Casanova Brown" was on Twirl? Was it a Big Top subsidiary? I don't know who did the unknown "Dream" currently at musica, but it's beautiful! I hope someone has the answer.... Michel Gignac: > I think that we've found the original version of "I Just Can't > Help Believin'": Barry Mann himself, in the middle of '68, if > we follow this link: > This link gives also many other covers of that song.... Yes, Mann's version is 1968, but further down the list there's a version by Wayne Newton (!) also dated 1968. Was Mr. Las Vegas actually the first? And probably not news here, but the home page of Rhino Handmade features "Jackie....Plus," Ms. DeShannon's Atlantic album. Vanilla Olay! (And its cousin, Oil of....) :-) CP -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 01:29:29 -0400 From: John Clemente Subject: Sad News From The Girl Group World Hello Everyone, It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the passing of Linda Schroeder Milazzo, lead singer of The Teardrops. Linda passed away on the morning of July 10th. She was 55 years old. Linda had been battling ovarian cancer for several years now. Always an upbeat person, she never let it kill her spirit. Linda was instrumental in providing me with my book signing out in Cincinnati in 2001. She and the other members of the group hosted a wonderful party in my honor. The Girl Group book was a special thrill for her because The Teardrops were never afforded the kind of spotlight other female groups enjoyed. The experience gave her much pleasure. I was fortunate to have become friends with her and her husband Paul. I will miss her. John Clemente -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 15 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 06:40:34 -0000 From: Tom Subject: Kelly/Reparata/Renee St Clair I also know the Del Shannon song "Kelly". In high school, I remember singing it to a girl I knew, named Kelly, strangely enough. I sang it by the stairwell so that there would be some echo. It was funny though, people were walking up and down the stairs while I was singing and I didn't care, I just kept on going. The fact that she didn't care either proved we were both a bit wacky! I think I had seen too many musicals. Anyway, I don't remember if this one was mentioned, but I think one of the most Orbisonesque Del Shannon recordings is "Broken Promises". Has a big ending and everything. Tom Oh, while I'm here, I have to ask, does anyone here think that Renee St. Clair is, in fact, Reparata? I do, I think she sounds just like her on "My Hero". When a Spectropop member mentioned that he saw Reparata recording this song in the same session as "I'm Nobody's Baby", I thought, ah-ha, it was her! Does anyone else think that as well? Apologies if this was discussed and I missed it. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 16 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 08:35:23 +0100 From: Austin Powell Subject: Murray The K Ken on the West Coast wrote: > Talk of Murray the K brings me to an album "Murray the K > presents 1962 Golden Gassers" it's a Scepter Records label > but the artists are not all from that label. We have Johnny > Tillotson, Don & Juan & Ben E King for starters. Anyone else > seen any? I suppose it was a series. There was a shop in Manchester (England) years ago that sold US "cutouts"...Whenever I was in that city I would spend hours there browsing the singles (sold for ten pence) and albums (many at just fifty pence) and picked up many an album whose release was connected with US radio stations.....There was: WOR FM 98.7 "Solid Gold"...30 tracks, double album on Post records CKLW "Solid Gold" Vol 2, also on Post (a Canadian station I guess) KGFJ "21 Very Important Platters Volume 2" (21 tracks) WQXI "Southern Gold" 14 tracks (another Post records release - this sleeve listed and pictured the jocks including Gary McKee, John Leader, Tomm Rivers, Barry Chase who were the weekday, daytime jocks). I also got a Gary Stevens "22 Good Guy Goldies" Volume 1 (a WMCA DJ at the time) on Lost Nite. This was given me by the guys who ran the UK Sue label in its very early days... And, finally, to Murray the K....I have "Murray the K, the Fifth Beatle gives you Their Favourite Golden Gassers" released on Scepter with a pic of the Fab Four with Murray the K on the back cover. Artists included Dionne Warwick, the Shirelles, The Kinsgmen and Chuck Jackson from Scepter/Wand along with The Chiffons ("He's So Fine"), Ben E King ("Spanish Harlem") Jan Bradley's "Mama Didn't Lie", Dale & Grace's "I'm Leaving It Up To You" and Little Anthony & The Imperials' "Two People In The World". Sleeve notes were written by Ira Howard of Cashbox magazine. Happy, but dusty, days....... Austin Powell -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 17 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 10:54:29 -0400 From: Michael Gessner Subject: Re: Capreez This is a group I used to hear on the radio in central Florida in 1967. They had a local hit "Time". I've seen it listed as the flip of something else. I really liked this song. 1. Does anyone have any info about this group? 2. Can anyone play "Time" to musica. Really good song. Thanks, Mike (now in Philly) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 18 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 12:44:34 -0400 (EDT) From: Frank Uhle Subject: Re: Chico's Girl/Cynthia Weil/Susan Barrett I haven't heard the interview, but there is another version of "Chico's Girl", by Susan Barrett on Philips 40147... could Ms. Weil be confused and have been involved with the latter one instead? I assume Susan Barrett is not a nom de disque, as she has a handful of other 45s on Philips and RCA. I have her single, "Chico's Girl" - sounds similar to the version by The Girls. Frank Uhle -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 19 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 16:59:06 -0000 From: Sean Subject: Fanita of the Blossoms and Rick Lancelot Does anyone know what happened to these two? Fanita was part of the background singing group, The Blossoms, that appeared on "Shindig!" as regulars. I know Darlene still sings and Jean King died shortly after leaving the Blossoms. And Rick Lancelot who also appeared on "Shindig!" a few times and was also on "Shivaree". Those are the only two shows I've seen him on. If no one knows who he is he had bushy hair and was a bit chubby but not fat; does anybody know the whereabouts of him or what label he was signed to? I know Fanita along with the Blossoms was under Philles. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 20 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 17:05:55 -0000 From: Will Stos Subject: The Poppies/The Paper Dolls Hi Spectropoppers, I've been playing Where The Girls Are Vol. 5 and I've grown to really enjoy the Poppies' "Wonderful World Of Love." The pic included shows an album cover promoting their hit "Lullaby of Love." A couple of questions - how high did "Lullaby" chart? Is the album good or full of filler? Aside from the two songs mentioned, has the album been rereleased or any of the tracks, and if so, where? Also, I'm thinking of ordering the Paper Dolls' Pye Anthology. Is it any good? Any liner notes/photos? Will : ) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 21 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 15:13:05 -0400 From: Mike Edwards Subject: Pete Best John writes: > My band The Offbeats will be doing two shows with Pete Best > in San Diego at the Beatle Fair on July 20th and the pre-party > the night before (pun intended!). I'll report back after it's > over :) That would be real good of you, John. I look forward to your report. Again, good to see Pete doing well. I bet when he left Brian Epstein's office in Liverpool on that fateful day back in 1962, he never thought he'd be playing in San Diego, CA, 41 years later. Things have a habit of working out. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 22 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 15:17:01 EDT From: David Bell Subject: Chiffons' "Stop Look & Listen" Bloody hell, Mick. I've just dug out the Laurie 45 of "Stop, Look And Listen" by the Chiffons and listened to it for the first time in years. How could I have listened to the Ace CD for more than 10 years and not realised that it was not the Chiffons at all? In a direct comparison, it's more than obvious. Whilst I was at it, I listened to "Love Me Like You're Gonna Lose Me" and its beauty struck me again. How could it have not made the Hot 100? It's a truly wonderful masterpiece. I have a black and white photo that I showed Judy last year that she had never seen. It'd make a wonderful inside cover illustration. How about it? And Tony...I promised to send Judy a copy. Can I send a scan to you to forward to her? Best wishes, David. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 23 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 21:38:16 +0100 From: Andrew Hickey Subject: Re: Pete Best > I noticed that Pete Best is playing a gig here in Southern > California (in a month or so) - at The Coach House, I think. > Does anybody know what form Mr. Best's live show will take? > Is he singing, drumming?...all or none of the above? Well, I saw him on a recent Merseybeat package tour (with the Swinging Blue Jeans, The Merseybeats, and a lineup of the Fourmost that featured no original members), and if his US shows are the same as the UK ones, they consist of a band playing various very early Beatles songs - only stuff that Best would have played on live, like "I Saw Her Standing There" - and covers the Beatles did while Best played with them. The band mostly dress in leathers, and some of them are semi- lookalikes for the Beatles. Best comes out to the front to shout 'are you having a good time?' but is basically just one of two drummers (the other being his half-brother/Neil Aspinall's son, Roag Best). Roag Best seems to play all the fills and so on while Pete contents himself with timekeeping (I'm not even sure if he's in the soundboard mix, as I could only hear one kit, but he does seem to have improved as a drummer - slightly - since his Beatle days). He looks like he's having fun during his show, and his band are OK as a Cavern-era tribute act, but the saddest thing I've ever seen was the encore of that show. All the members of every band came onstage to do two songs, the second being "Hey Jude", and Best was one of the two drummers playing on that song. The look of sadness on his face as he played a song the Beatles did long after his sacking was almost unbearable - you could almost see him thinking "See? I can play this as well as Ringo. It should have been me" BTW in case you're wondering, he only does autographs of hardback copies of his latest book, bought from the merchandise stand on the day for ridiculously large sums... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 24 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 12:42:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: John Kay Steve Harvey: > My guitar teacher, John Kay, was playing with Haley at > the time .... Country Paul: > John Kay as in Steppenwolf? No, John Kay as in the guitarist that took over for Frannie Beecher in Bill Haley's Comets. He was in his early 20s at the time. You can see him in the Wembley rock and roll festival film with Bill, He's wearing an eye patch at that point. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 25 Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 12:45:06 -0700 (PDT) From: Steve Harvey Subject: Re: David Hemmings Happens LP Cheryl Jennings wrote: > Yeah.... very psychedelic! I think Jim Dickson > produced the Hemmings LP. It has the only recording of Gene > Clark's song "Back Street Mirror". Chris Hillman and Roger > McGuinn played on the sessions. I asked McGuinn about this lp once and he said they did it for the money. I think Jim Dickson twisted their arms to make them tag along with the project. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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