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Spectropop V#0118

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 07/16/98

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             Volume #0118                       July 16, 1998    
         Produced in accordance with the most demanding standards
    Subject:     bananas
    Sent:        07/15/98 12:54 pm
    Received:    07/16/98 12:51 am
    From:        Mark Landwehr,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > Also, from my old record collection I found a couple others: "
    > Loving You Has Made Me Bananas" by Guy Marx
    "Oh, your red scarf matches your eyes/You closed your cover before
    striking/Father had the ship-fitter blues/Loving you has made me 
    bananas..." - What a great put-on song!!! We use to play that at 
    an oldies station in Toledo, OH...heard that it was really a guy 
    named Peter DeAngelis who created the pseudo Guy Marks character 
    and sang the song ("from the Hotel Sheets in downtown 
    Plunkettville") - You want side-splitting crazy??? How 'bout "Last
    Blast of the Blasted Bugler" (ABC 10308). Shades of "Gravy Waltz" 
    by Steve Allen....Haven't laughed that hard since hearing "I Want 
    My Baby Back" by Jimmy Cross and "Chaos" by Arbogast and Ross. You
    got me started, Claudia...Stop me before I laugh again!!!!
    Mark Landwehr
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    Subject:     Chiffons' material
    Sent:        07/14/98 4:34 am
    Received:    07/14/98 7:43 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I just heard a bunch of Chiffons songs that appeared on their hard
    to find fourth album, "My Secret Love" and they were all 
    exceptional. But the cut I was most excited about didn't appear on
    this album, but it was instead there second 45 release, "Never 
    Never b/w No More Tomorrows."  Has anyone ever heard this wild 
    sounding song? It was released on the Wildcat label in 1961, a 
    year after they had a minor hit with a cover version of the 
    Shirelles' "Tonight's The Night" on Big Deal Records. Both of 
    these sides sound way ahead of their time.
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    Subject:     Hedgehoppers Anonymous
    Sent:        07/15/98 12:44 pm
    Received:    07/16/98 12:51 am
    From:        Javed Jafri,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > Every time I dig into my vast collection I just get madder and 
    > madder that I can't turn on an oldies station and get this stuff. 
    > I'd probably stand on my head and spit nickels if I ever turned on
    > an oldie station and heard, "It's Good News Week" by Hedgehoppers 
    > Anonymous
    You know what this song was played now and then around these parts
    but I have not heard it for some time now. Its unmistakable intro 
    was even featured on a local radio contest called "The Morning 
    Mystery Oldie" several times. The song was the masterwork of 
    British record producer and ( U.K.) label owner Jonathan King. 
    King of course scored his very own top forty hit with "Everyone's 
    Gone To The Moon". He was a major player in the music industry 
    during the mid 60's. One of the more interesting projects with his
    involvement was a trio called Hotlegs. Remember their rather 
    enigmatic sounding semi-hit "Neanderthal Man". Now when was the 
    last time you heard that on the radio ? Hotlegs by the way evolved
    into 10 CC. The first and arguably best 10 CC album was released on
    King's U.K. label.
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    Subject:     Middle class
    Sent:        07/14/98 3:27 am
    Received:    07/14/98 7:43 am
    From:        Kieron Tyler,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Dave Feldman mentioned the Myddle Class. They included Charles 
    Larkey (on bass?) who got married to Carole King and was later in 
    The City with her. They were the band that the Velvet Underground 
    supported at their (The VU that is) very 1st live show in Dec 1965.
    They did have a few singles bit I don't have details right here -
    if anyone wants me to dig info out let me know.
    All the best, Kieron Tyler
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    Subject:     Re: oldies radio
    Sent:        07/15/98 9:17 am
    Received:    07/16/98 12:51 am
    From:        Big L,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >>>>>For example, I have heard "Open Up Your Door" by 
    >Richard & The Young Lions on WGRR.
    This record was a huge hit in the Midwest, actually making it to #
    1 on WKYC in Cleveland. That's the reason they play it.
    You're right, WGRR and WMJI ARE 2 of the best oldies stations in 
    the country. But one of the best kept secrets is Greensboro's WMQX, 
    Oldies 93. This station is managed by Gary Weiss, son of Bob 
    Weiss, who once owned the famous WIXY-1260 in Cleveland. It also 
    has one of the old WIXY jocks, the great Jack Armstrong, "Your 
    Unfortunately, WMQX is not on the net, either. They have a large 
    playlist, and mix in lots of soul, Brill Building, and, of course,
    "beach" music. (Dey in Carolinah, man.)
    Big L                   Check out my Radio Legends pages at:
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    Subject:     Re: Velvelettes, Lolly Pops and Andantes
    Sent:        07/14/98 4:29 am
    Received:    07/14/98 7:43 am
    From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > I only have the Velvelettes' singles. What else is out there that 
    > you would recommend?
    A while ago I looked around on a Marginal Records Web page, or a 
    Motown page and saw, what almost has to be a bootleg cd collection. 
    It's called the Royalettes Meet the Velvelettes. I haven't 
    purchased this yet, but it does have the Velvelettes unreleased 
    Motown album on it, plus quite a few Royalettes gems. The sound 
    quality on Marginal is usually not bad, for bootlegs anyway. If 
    you find it before me let me know how it is!
    P.S. Does anybody know anything about the two other 60s girl 
    groups on Motown, the Lolly Pops and the Andantes?
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    Subject:     The Chess Catalogue Saga
    Sent:        07/14/98 2:33 pm
    Received:    07/15/98 1:56 am
    From:        Scott Bauman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Ron Bierma, ELRONXXXX@XXXom asked:
    >I was under the impression that the former owners of the Chess
    >catalogue, the Robinsons of Sugarhill fame, had licensed the
    >catalogue to death in the 70's, including to Charly. If this is
    >true, what were the terms (length of license) of the deal and
    >just because MCA bought Chess (or finagled-depending who you want
    >to believe) doesn't mean that the previous licensing agreements
    >are void, does it? Just curious...
    That's a very good question. In the late 1970's, after passing 
    through several different hands, the Chess Catalogue was owned by 
    Sugarhill Records. While Joe Robinson and his then-wife Sylvia 
    Robinson (whom many of you will remember as "Sylvia" of Mickey and
    Sylvia fame) were two of the directors of Sugarhill, it was the 
    corporation (Sugarhill) and not them individually that owned the 
    Chess Catalogue.
    In 1976, Joe Robinson allegedly entered into a non-exclusive 
    license with Marshall Sehorn and his company, Red Dog Records, for
    the rights to many of the Chess Masters. Marshall Sehorn was 
    business partners with Allen Toussaint, produced The Meters and 
    Lee Dorsey, and claims to have co-written "One Way Out" (the 
    classic recorded by such artists as Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore 
    James and The Allman Brothers). Then, in 1985, MCA purchased the 
    Chess Catalogue from Sugarhill Records. Not until after MCA 
    purchased the Chess Catalogue did Marshall Sehorn and Red Dog 
    Records begin to issue non-exclusive licenses to over 30 different
    companies, including Charly Holdings (who licensed to Charly 
    International who licensed to Charly Records). (Pretty much 
    everyone who was selling records made from the Chess Masters, 
    besides MCA, ultimately claimed their rights through Marshall 
    The 1976 agreement between Joe Robinson and Marshall Sehorn was a 
    3-page licensing agreement with a 189 page schedule of master 
    recordings. (By way of contrast, MCA's contract with Sugarhill 
    Records was approximately 60 pages long.) The master recordings 
    contained on the 189 page schedule included all of the gems of the
    Chess Catalogue, as well as more recent songs like "Rapper's 
    Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang.
    The problem for Marshall Sehorn, as some of you may know was that 
    "Rapper's Delight" was not even written until 1979! Which raised 
    the very interesting question (which Marshall Sehorn was unable to
    answer) of "How could an agreement allegedly prepared in 1976 
    specifically license a song that wasn't even written until 3 years
    later?"  Well, in the trial against Marshall Sehorn (which took 
    place a couple of years before the trial against Charly), the 
    Court ruled that the 1976 licensing agreement was a sham. As 
    subsequent Court's ruled, since Marshall Sehorn did not acquire 
    any rights in the Chess Masters, he had no rights to license to 
    anyone else (including Charly).
    I hope I didn't bore you. I tried to keep the legal jargon to a 
    --- Scott
    P.S. All of you Allen Toussaint fans out there (of which I am one)
    will be happy to hear that nobody ever even accused him of any 
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