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Spectropop - Digest Number 977

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There are 14 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Lightning Strikes!!!!!!!!!
           From: Tony Leong 
      2. Re: Another Mystery 45 - The Jam "Somethings Gone" 1972
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      3. Re: The Three Degrees
           From: Eddy Smit 
      4. Re: Maggie Stredder
           From: Keith Moore 
      5. Re: The Three Degrees
           From: Mike Stachurski 
      6. Re: Jeff Barry
           From: Stuffed Animal 
      7. Metropolitan Soul Show
           From: Simon White 
      8. Re: Another Mystery 45 - The Jam "Somethings Gone" 1972
           From: Mark Frumento 
      9. Laura Nyro Background Singers
           From: David Feldman 
     10. Jack Nitzsche Update
           From: Martin Roberts 
     11. Rare Bacharach
           From: David Feldman 
     12. Knock Three Times
           From: Sean 
     13. Jeff Barry song "Is It Me?"
           From: Michael Edwards 
     14. Re: The Three Degrees
           From: Mike Stachurski 


Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 04:59:33 -0000
   From: Tony Leong 
Subject: Lightning Strikes!!!!!!!!!

Hey gang:  
It's so funny how "Lightning Strikes" just played on the radio 
(and there is a bit of a monsoon here in New York), and it 
reminded me of the recent posts about the background singers of 
the song. Denise Ferri said it was her along with Bernadette and 
Peggy singing with Lou, not Ellie and Toni, or the Tammys (whoever 
they were).  Well, even Lou Christie had told me himself that it 
was Denise, Peggy, and Bernadette for those sessions (I often bump 
into Lou in the theatre district where he lives!!!).

Many session singers today sometimes get confused on songs that 
they actually sang on over 35 years ago (that's not uncommon).  
Sessions tend to blur I guess, especially when there may have been 
several a day back then.  Then funny enough, singers tend to be 
brought in to read off a battery of songs later to be released 
under a different name (just ask Margaret Ross of the Coookies!!!!).  
Or certain singers sang the demo or rehearsal takes, and then other 
voices were overdubbed (ask those Philles girls!!!).  

Ho hum, I wish that out of curiousity sake, session personnel 
sheets accompanied CD booklets for these compilations that are 
out now. Sure, the music is good, but I personally like to see 
exactly WHO was involved in the making of the records!!!!!!  

Tony Leong

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Message: 2 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 10:41:46 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Another Mystery 45 - The Jam "Somethings Gone" 1972 Replying to my own message - I did find a little bit of information about the record on the Fuzz Acid and Flowers website. "This seems to have been a one-off venture produced by Seymour Stein, who later discovered The Ramones (???). The flip, a fine example of baroque-pop with strong vocals, harmonies and some good upfront Hammond organ, has resurfaced on Pebbles, Vol. 12 (LP)." Its not really Spectropop material but the song's so catchy I had to play it. Just don't play it before going to work in the morning because the hook will stay in your head for hours. Billy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 12:43:56 +0200 From: Eddy Smit Subject: Re: The Three Degrees Mike Rashkow: > No one, in my time with this group, has mentioned The > Three Degrees. Thanks for bringing up Prince Charles' favorites, Mike. But whaddaya mean "their one big hit" ? At least in the UK it was their only #1, but they hit top 20 with Year Of Decision (#13), Take good care of yourself (#9), Givin' Up givin' In (#12), Woman in Love (#3), The Runner (#10) and My Simple Heart (#9). I'm very much surprised not seeing Dirty Old Man amongst these as this was probably their biggest hit on mainland Europe. Does anybody know, is that them on MFSB's "It may be Winter Outside"? In any case, it's definitely one of the best Xmas song Spector never made. Eddy -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 12:21:12 -0000 From: Keith Moore Subject: Re: Maggie Stredder The e-mail address for Showbiz Publications shown in my last message is not quite as I typed it. The last bit is shown in the book as - Should be Keith -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 01:03:45 +1200 From: Mike Stachurski Subject: Re: The Three Degrees Mike Rashkow: > No one, in my time with this group, has mentioned The Three > Degrees. Wonderful girls group out of Philly and did tons > and tons of backgrounds before and after they got their one > big hit. "When Will I See You Again" I think it was. Well said Mike, Yep, in '74... They also had a hit with a track called "Dirty Old Man" - (or at least they did in NZ) Mike Stachurski, Librarian-in-training, DUNEDIN, NZ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 16:11:00 +0000 From: Stuffed Animal Subject: Re: Jeff Barry Mike Edwards: > Incidentally, Stuff, have you heard Jeff Barry Singing > "Welcome Home" (the Shelley Fabares/Frankie Avalon title)? > He sounds a lot like Eddie Rambeau on this one. How about > the Rover Boys with Barry-Raleigh's "Is It Me". Both nice. > Let me know if there's any interest. I have a copy of the Jeff Barry single "We Got Love Money Can't Buy" b/w "Welcome Home". Yes, the flipside is good, much better than the A-side . . . I can't understand how Leiber and Stoller (the producers) would let such a pedestrian Pomus-Shuman track see the light of day! The melody and arrangement leave me absolutely cold. I only know "Is It Me" from the demo version Jeff sang on the Belgian bootleg compilation that came out a couple of years ago. Another very good song. Stuff -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 17:19:00 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Metropolitan Soul Show This SUNDAY at 2pm-4pm GMT on Soul 24-7 The Worlds Greatest Soul Music URL. The METROPOLITAN SOUL SHOW - Live every Week! 2 solid hours of NORTHERN, 60s and 70s Soul This weeks host - The Utterly Marvellous Simon White. MORE MUSIC, LESS TALK! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 19:03:42 -0000 From: Mark Frumento Subject: Re: Another Mystery 45 - The Jam "Somethings Gone" 1972 Billy - I've been seeking the record as well. I believe there were stock copies and I think they go for big bucks. I love the organ on "Somethings Gone". -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 16:36:18 -0400 From: David Feldman Subject: Laura Nyro Background Singers Tony Leong asked: > Does anybody know who the background singers were on > Laura Nyro's original recordings of "Wedding Bell Blues" > and "Stoney End" (yes, Laura recorded that in 1966 long > before the Blossoms and Ms. Barbra!!!!)? Joey G. responded: > Hi Tony..even on the re-issue columbia LINER NOTES it gives > no mention...Originally on Verve/Forecast....I would probably > say the Blossoms(Verve is an MGM 1967)..only would > make sense. Then Tony found enlightenment: > Joey Sir - I would've thought your name would be Joey "P"!!!! > I got the answer about Laura Nyro's backgrounders from a Laura > aficionado--it was a group called the Hi-Fashions that were > signed to a DynoVoice subsidiary. No, it was not the Blossoms > backing Laura on those great cuts of hers. Remember, Laura cut > her earliest stuff in New York in 1966. Back then, the Blossoms > never left Los Angeles, but true that they were signed to Verve/MGM. And now Dave Feldman, who doesn't have much to add but wants some payoff for the cutting and pasting, adds feebly: Just a reminder that there are two editions of Laura Nyro's first album. One has a full lyric sheet on the back. The other has extensive liner notes by Bob Shelton. On the latter, Shelton mentions that Laura has backup help by the "High Fashions" (note spelling). I wouldn't assume that Nyro herself wasn't doing backing tracks as well; she did so to stunning effect on her subsequent albums. It's stunning how Nyro seemed to emerge at birth as a mature artist. Has any teenager ever written and performed at the level of "First Songs" and "Eli & the Thirteenth Confession?" I can't think of any. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 00:30:41 +0100 From: Martin Roberts Subject: Jack Nitzsche Update It was a close contest between two of my favourite artists and records, but the winner of The Record Of The Week on the home page, is the gorgeous Jackie DeShannon singing "Dancing Silhouettes". I'd guess you might be seeing Lou Christie back in the fray another week. For next week, it's between Dodie Stevens with "Does Goodnight Mean Goodbye" on Dolton or Timi Yuro's version of "Could This Be Magic" on Mercury. Another hard choice! On The Radio, is playing "KHJ8 Adventure". And the discography page has some new additions at Martin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 16:46:22 -0400 From: David Feldman Subject: Rare Bacharach Guy Lawrence: > An amazing new Bacharach compilation has just come to my > attention and I don't think it's been discussed here yet. > It's entitled "Rare Bacharach" and is brought to us by the > good people at Raven Records I didn't know about it until your post, but I just bought it from Amazon Marketplace, used, for $20. Several copies are available for slightly more there and at (factory sealed). Thanks for the heads up! -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 20:07:22 EDT From: Sean Subject: Knock Three Times I love this song [Knock Three Times] by Tony Orlando and Dawn but now that someone was mentioning Ellie Greenwich possibly singing on "Lightning Strikes", I heard that Ellie and someone else (not one of Dawn) were backing up Tony on this song. Does anyone know if that's true? -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 13 Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 20:32:24 -0400 From: Michael Edwards Subject: Jeff Barry song "Is It Me?" Stuff writes: > I only know "Is It Me" from the demo version > Jeff sang on the Belgian bootleg compilation that came > out a couple of years ago. Another very good song. The Rover Boys' version (UA, 1961) is now playing on musica for Brill Building fans everywhere. The group sounds like a lite version of Jay & The Americans. Enjoy, Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 14 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 12:44:02 +1200 From: Mike Stachurski Subject: Re: The Three Degrees Eddy: > Does anybody know, is that them on MFSB's "It May Be Winter > Outside"? Eddy, And, of course, they did back-up on MFSB's "TSOP" in 74... Mike Stachurski, Librarian-in-training, DUNEDIN, NZ -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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