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Spectropop - Digest Number 978



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There are 12 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. The Three Degrees
           From: David Bell 
      2. Re: The Three Degrees
           From: Simon White 
      3. Saturday Morning Playlist
           From: Simon White 
      4. Re: Laura Nyro Background Singers
           From: Bill Craig 
      5. Mature teenagers
           From: Susan 
      6. Andy Kim's Steed recordings - background singers
           From: Laura Pinto 
      7. Groop Scoop
           From: Keith 
      8. Re: The Jam "Somethings Gone" 1972
           From: Michel Gignac 
      9. Laura Nyro
           From: Art Longmire 
     10. Boots and Danny Comments
           From: Paul Urbahns 
     11. Jonna Gault and Her Symphonopop Scene
           From: Art Longmire 
     12. Re: The Three Degrees
           From: Phil Milstein 


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Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 02:45:39 EDT
   From: David Bell 
Subject: The Three Degrees

Wonderful group and they'll be doing dates in England later 
this month. One of them is at my friends' blessing on the 25th 
and I'm very much looking forward to that. It's at a castle 
somewhere near Shrewsbury, I think.

David.



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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 09:54:34 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: The Three Degrees Interesting all this, because it shows the UK/US divide quite nicely. The name means MUCH more here than it does Stateside! They have a history stretching back to 1963. The Three Degrees were a very big pop act in Europe for years - mention the name to anyone and they would know who they are, in the same manner as they would know The Supremes. The "Prince Charles' favourite group" tag certainly did them no harm publicity- wise ! The Northern Soul scene embraced singer Sheila Fergusons 60s solo recordings on Swan, "Are You Satisfied" and "Heartbroken Memories" and The Three Degrees' Swan releases, "Gotta Draw The Line" and "Drivin' Me Mad". Best of the lot though is the ourageous "Contact", a one-off 45 on Warner Brothers. Apart from the incredible Gamble/Huff Philadelphia International productions, they also had hits in Europe with "The Runner", and "Giving Up, Giving In" (big Hi NRG tracks courtesy of Giorgio Moroder, the man responsible for kick starting Donna Summer's career) and huge hits with "My Simple Heart" and "Woman In Love". "It May Be Winter Outside" was of course the late and lamented Barry White's group, Love Unlimited and recorded originally by the marvellous Felice Taylor. The group still tour regularly, although Sheila Ferguson left in the late eighties, had a situation comedy role on T.V. and married someone with a "title". She's toured regularly in the musical "Oh What a Night" (named after the Four Seasons hit) and has a wonderfully showbizzy web page on http://www.sheilaferguson.com -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 11:00:38 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Saturday Morning Playlist I had some requests for me to post this again so here it is - The Saturday Morning Playlist 1. The (Bossa Nova) Bird - The Dells -Argo 2. When You Dance - Billy Storm - Atlantic 3. Dominica - Frank Nelson And His Beat Strings - Mira 4. Reach Out I'll Be There - Paul Mauriat - Philips 5. Rilleah! - Marvin Gaye and Oma Page - Motown Connoisseurs Vol 2 6. Every Other Day - Della Reese - ABC 7. (Ain't That) Just Like A Woman - Mark Murphy - Fontana 8. Do Your Own Thing - Brook Benton - Cotillion 9. Teardrop Avenue - Bette Boothe - Falew 10. Nothing Lasts Forever - Margaret Whiting - London 11. Let's Spend Some Time Together (Inst) - The L.A. Power & Light Co. - W.B. 12. Stop Breaking My Heart - Tom Jones - Parrot 13. Polly Wants A Cracker - The Parrots 14. Til The End Of Time - Ketty Lester - Capitol 15. Swingin' Summer love - Googie Rene - Class 16. So Wonderful - The Wonderlettes - Baja 17. I Got You Babe - Tiny Tim - Reprise 18. Jimmy Mack - James Brown - Smash 19. Last Tango In Paris - Willie Mitchell - London 20. I'd Best Be Going - Vito and The Salutations - Sandbag -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 11:53:12 -0000 From: Bill Craig Subject: Re: Laura Nyro Background Singers David Feldman quoted Tony Leong, who asked: > 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...... Hey! I tried to get a Laura Nyro thread going a couple of months ago, but had no takers! I feel much abused now and I'm going off to have a good sulk. Bill Craig (a sensitive artist in his own right with many personality shortcomings) -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 08:39:21 EDT From: Susan Subject: Mature teenagers Dave Feldman wonders: > Has any teenager ever written and performed at the level > of "First Songs" and "Eli & the Thirteenth Confession?" > I can't think of any. Janis Ian with "Society's Child" and all that came after? Susan -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 13:45:49 -0000 From: Laura Pinto Subject: Andy Kim's Steed recordings - background singers Hi folks. I love listening to Andy Kim's recordings on Steed Records from the late 60s and early 70s, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me who the female backup singers were on tracks such as "Baby I Love You" and "Be My Baby." Also, don't forget that Andy will be headlining at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas on September 6th along with Ron "I almost don't have to say his last name" Dante! For info, go to the CONCERT ITINERARY page on my fan site at http://lpintop.tripod.com/laurasrondantefanpages/ Thanks for any help anyone can give me! (Yes, Stuff, I know I'm beyond help.) Laura -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 13:57:17 -0000 From: Keith Subject: Groop Scoop Hi All, I've been off the list for a while (must be a few years now) but it hasn't stopped me digging... For the last few months I've been gathering information on the elusive Groop LP on Bell (catalog number 6038) in the hopes of drumming up enough interest for a reissue. I've spoken to the two female singers, Susan Musmanno and Corlynn Hanney (who now reside in northern Texas & Vancouver, respectively) and to Toxey French who produced the LP with help from a young Dave Grusin, and none of the above realized that an LP was actually released. Corlynn was nice enough to make me a dub from the master tapes that eeach of the band members were given upon their (I'm guessing) unceremonious dismissal from the label. I'm still on the lookout for their manager at the time, a fellow named Richard Adler, who apparently had something to do with Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 previous to the Groop project. I've only come across one person lucky enough to have actually found a copy (eight sealed copies to be exact), and unsurprisingly he and they are all in Japan. There is a Joey Stec/Sandy Salisbury composition on the LP, which should make a reissue desirable for the Boettcher gang completists among us, and a fine cover of "Goin' Back" by Goffin & King. It turns out that the Groop actually did a European tour at the tail end of the 1960s and apparently that's the reason for their Spanish picture sleeve 45 of "La Gancion Del Jet"/"Famoso Mito," which I saw mentioned in the archives. Anybody out there have any idea why this one's so elusive? Anyone on the list lucky enough to own a copy? Well, it's nice to be back. I hope that in the time I've been away, conversation on the topic of soft pop and lite-psych hasn't been banned by those more sensibly minded Spectropoppers... Over to y'all, Keith -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 8 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 20:54:06 -0000 From: Michel Gignac Subject: Re: The Jam "Somethings Gone" 1972 Billy G. Spradlin wrote: > It's a super-catchy record (with a killer hook) and sounds > more like a 1966-7 garage band than 1972. Billy, I think that your impression is quite right. In Jerry Osborne's book "Rockin' Records", he puts Jam's single on Sire in 1968. When I first saw that you had uploaded some music by Jam from 1972, I thought this was the same Jam who released "Pigeon" in 1971. I have not heard "Pigeon" since 1971 when a snippet of it was played at American Bandstand I think. If somebody owns that single and wants to play it to musica or sell it to me, it would be fantastic! Thank you, Michel. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 9 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 21:17:50 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Laura Nyro I have to agree with Dave Feldman on Laura Nyro - an incredible talent at such a young age. I read the biography on her that appeared recently and enjoyed it very much. I just wish that her album "Christmas and the Beads of Sweat" was easier to find - I still don't have it on either LP or CD and I'm dying to hear it! My favorite of all her work is "New York Tendaberry" - definitely one of the great albums of the late 60s. Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 10 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 17:27:04 EDT From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Boots and Danny Comments Tony Leong wrote: > 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. I've interviewed Boots Randolph a couple of times. He did session work back in the 60s in Nashville. His last regular session job was "Gitarzan" but he has done other session work when asked. I've spoken with Danny Davis (of Nashville Brass fame) who was a producer on Connie Francis records among others in those days. We were standing around at Boots' theater when he had one in Nashville, talking about records he played on that we liked; Boots turned to Danny after one was mentioned and asked "Did I play on that one?" And Danny Davis answered "Yes." Boots commented, "The fans know more about what I have done than I do." This is probably because if you do 3 or 4 three hour sessions a day for weeks it all becomes a blur. Some of the songs are hits, some are not. Some of the titles are changed from the time they are recorded, until they are issued. They were busy and exciting times then. Paul Urbahns -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 11 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 21:27:57 -0000 From: Art Longmire Subject: Jonna Gault and Her Symphonopop Scene Anybody on Spectropop ever heard this LP? I just posted on Laura Nyro and was reminded of this record which also was done by a "precocious" young lady based in New York (aged 19 when it was released on RCA records in 1968). It's definitely an interesting record, although not a perfect one by any means. I also have a 45 by Jonna Gault and Her Symphonopop Scene called "What If They Gave A War And No One Came?" This song is actually better than anything on the album in my opinion, but wasn't included on it for some reason. Best, Art Longmire -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 12 Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 20:28:37 -0400 From: Phil Milstein Subject: Re: The Three Degrees Simon White wrote: > The Three Degrees were a very big pop act in Europe for years - > mention the name to anyone and they would know who they are, in > the same manner as they would know The Supremes. The "Prince > Charles' favourite group" tag certainly did them no harm > publicity-wise ! How long ago did he issue that opinion? I wonder if he still listens to them much. I'd long had him figured for a New Age fan. --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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