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  • Date: 11/08/98

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       Volume #0181                        November 8, 1998   
        You'll get all the Top Pops at Boots Record Shops    
    Subject:     Barry Mann - "Complete Recordings" 3cd set
    Sent:        11/08/98 5:16 am
    Received:    11/08/98 7:07 am
    From:        Francesc Sole,
    I found this 3 cd set at a record fair. It seems very rare to
    me. It has 80 songs, 58 of which unreleased (it says). A lot of 
    demos. Great sound. Also includes Neil Sedaka and Cynthia Weil 
    unreleased tracks. If this is a rarity, then I'll post the song 
    titles (I'm not sure if it is right now - the cds date back from 
    1995 - label: Brill Tone Records...). Complete title: Barry Mann -
    Inside The Brill Building.
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    Subject:     Re: Pizzicato 5/Burt Bacharach
    Sent:        11/08/98 2:34 am
    Received:    11/08/98 7:07 am
    From:        Trucker Toby,
    David wrote:
    >fyi, "Me Japanese Boy" was originally recorded by Bobby
    >Goldsboro. It can be found on Rhino's new Bacharach Box or the BG
    >EMI Legendary Masters series CD. Also check out the cover version
    >by Japan's Pizzicato Five on their "5X5" EP on US Matador.
    Pizzicato 5 released a record in 1987, "Couples", which is like 
    the ultimate mix of Phil Spector, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bacharach,
    Michel Legrand and soft rock like......Roger Nichols & The Small 
    Circle Of Friends! Yeah!! One of the songs on "Couples", can't 
    remember the title (think it's track #6) is entirely based around 
    Nichols' "Love So Fine"!
    If you don't have this record, pick it up, I assure you all that 
    no Spectropop member would be disappointed! Plus---the lyrics 
    are all in Japanese, how cool isn't that!?!!! Tres tres cool :)
    On the topic of Burt Bacharach, I picked up a pretty awful copy of
    The Starshine Orchestra And Singers' "The Music Of Burt Bacharach" 
    which turns the beauty of Mr B's music into horrible shopping mall 
    muzak, but there's one track called "On My Own" which is pretty 
    good and the original must be much better but I haven't heard that
    one. So who performed the ultimate version of "On My Own" in the 
    first place? The lyrics are written by Carol Bayer Sager which 
    means the track dates from the late seventies to early eighties. 
    Anyone know?
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    Subject:     a different perspective
    Sent:        11/07/98 5:42 am
    Received:    11/07/98 10:48 am
    From:        Barbara Alston, BARBXXXXXXXXcom
    Hi Doc: Thanks for letting me know about your article. I would 
    love to read it. Can I view it from your site,
    Hi Jamie: Loved your comments and you gave me a different 
    perspective on He's A Rebel. I always felt, however, that singers 
    (more or less) should feel the words and meanings of their songs, 
    not to just sing them for commercial reasons.
    I guess it is true that White people would relate that song to 
    James Dean during that era more so than Blacks would. I doubt, 
    however, if many Black people related it that way. When most 
    people hear certain tunes or melodies, then tend to relate those 
    tunes or melodies to something meaningful in their life or from 
    your past. I'm sure that every song has different meanings to 
    different people, so I'm not surprised to know that that 
    particular song has a pleasant meaning to you. What I was trying 
    to convey was that He's A Rebel had no particular meaning 
    whatsover to me other than a negative one. I'm glad, however, that
    so many people enjoyed the song and that it related to something 
    wonderful for them.
    Vikki Carr was the perfect person to sing that song. And, if it 
    wasn't for Phil trying to jump the gun and beat her release out, 
    she would have been the only one at the time to sing that song. 
    But, be it as it may, we were thrown in the pot.
    Don't get me wrong, now, I liked the song. I just didn't like it 
    for us. It had no meaning to us and no feeling from within from us. 
    That's all I meant. I don't doubt at all that labels target 
    certain audiences with certain music. That's all musical politics 
    to me. It's all about making a buck! But each song an entertainer 
    sings should have some personal meaning to them, I feel. And, to 
    me (and a considerable number of other Blacks at the time), He's A
    Rebel had a negative aura and all any of us could think of at that 
    time was southern rebel chaos.
    Spanish Harlem and Uptown were different. The words were more 
    meaningful and anyone could relate to them. Everyone, especially 
    Blacks, cannot relate to being a rebel. To tell you the truth, I 
    don't know one Black person who bought that record. :-)
    And you are absolutely correct when you say that Black Americans 
    do not recognize the contribution the girl groups made to our 
    musical history. But, women on a whole, have always been somewhat 
    neglected when it comes to their impact on history overall. But, 
    we're here!
    Thank you so much for your insight concerning that record and how 
    it appealed to you. I'm certainly glad to hear it now because it 
    kept us working that's for sure! And thanks for giving me the 
    opportunity to view that song in a different light. I don't know 
    why I never related it to James Dean and just left it at that. I 
    might have been able to appreciate the song a little more if I had.
    It just goes to show you that we live in completely different 
    worlds, Blacks and Whites. We are drawn more closer together when 
    we are able to discuss our differences and learn more about each 
    other's cultures. Differences are good when they are understood!
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    Subject:     Phil on Drifter's 45
    Sent:        11/07/98 7:22 am
    Received:    11/07/98 10:48 am
    From:        R Teyes, RTXXXXXXXXcom
    To; Frank Youngweth
    From: Robert Ronette
    Re: Phil on Drifter's 45
    Well, any and all musicians will never be listed in credits for 
    any particular song...believe me, Phil has played either guitar or 
    percussion on countless songs...some of which we don't even 
    realize when they are played on the radio or we may even have at 
    I remember at A&R studios in mid-Manhattan when he was
    dubbing a number...think it was an unreleased Ronettes song (there
    are more than 30 of those!) and he rang from the booth and told a 
    musician "this is how you're supposed to play these f...things!" 
    (maracas) and the musician walked out and Phil did that part of the
    instrument. I was there!!! Incidentally, Phil played on numerous 
    Drifter 45s...for these I was not present. I understand he played 
    the muted triangle in "Spanish Harlem"...anything was possible 
    with Phil, and if he didn't get the right sound he wanted from a 
    musician, he was quick to send them home, and he paid them for 
    their time.
    Since we were young teens, we would laugh at these antics of
    Phil and he would send us out of the studio also! But Phil would 
    always either call our parents or our school, PS 101 in Manhattan,
    when he needed our help. BTW, a sad note from Loida, (one of the 
    teens in our school choir along with Ivan,) who recently passed...
    Phil loved her voice.
    Those are my memories of the early 60s with Mr. Spector, as we had 
    to call him..
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    Subject:     Darlene Love & the Brothers
    Sent:        11/07/98 8:44 am
    Received:    11/07/98 10:48 am
    From:        CLAUDIA CUNNINGHAM,
    Thank you, Barbara for responding to my query about Darlene's 
    vocals on "Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah" with Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans.
    And speaking about all things Spector, does anyone know what the 
    Righteous Brothers are up to these days? I saw them several years 
    ago and they were just great.
    I heard a couple of tales about them and I don't know if they are 
    apocryphal or true, but perhaps someone would know.
    First, I heard that they got their name when after hearing a demo 
    they made someone said "That's righteous, brother!" And the second
    is that Spector threw a party for everyone participating on "Lovin'
    Feelin'" and I guess that would include none other than Cherilyn 
    Sarkisian LaPere Bono Allman i.e., Cher and hubby Sonny. There they
    were, all the hand clappers, sax players, violinists, choir, the 
    whole production company. Champagne was opened, and the disc was 
    such a great one that for twelve hours that is all they played at 
    the party because they knew it was going to make history. Anyone 
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    Subject:     re: Darlene Love
    Sent:        11/07/98 1:10 pm
    Received:    11/07/98 5:49 pm
    From:        Steve Marinucci,
    >Yes, your detection was correct -- Darlene Love sang with Bob B.
    >Soxx & The Blue Jeans just as she sang with everyone else when Phil
    >recorded in California.
    Her book, which is a very good read, by the way, has a discography
    in the back that has some, but not all (that would take a book on 
    its own) of all the sessions she did. I recently interviewed her 
    and she was very nice to talk to. In her book, however, she makes 
    no bones about the fact that she didn't think all that much of 
    Phil Spector. Her closing comment about Phil to me was "I hope 
    he's living a nice life."
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    Subject:     KPFK
    Sent:        11/07/98 3:30 pm
    Received:    11/07/98 5:49 pm
    From:        Javed Jafri,
    >Subject:     My New Radio Show & Japanese Boy
    >From:        David B Ponak
    >Hi Folks,
    >For those Spectropoppers in Southern California, I'm going to be 
    >starting a new radio show this weekend on 90.7 FM KPFK. The show 
    >is called "The Liquid Room" and will run from 3-6 AM on Friday 
    >Night/Sat. Morning. 
    Hey isn't this the Berkeley station that Jack Rieley was working 
    at just before he started his little stint with the Beach Boys. I 
    believe Jack met Brian Wilson for the first time when he 
    interviewed him at the station. The station had built up a kind of
    notoriety back in the radical 60's as part of the Pacifica network.
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    Subject:     Marginal/UK Teenage Jamboree
    Sent:        11/08/98 5:13 am
    Received:    11/08/98 7:07 am
    From:        Francesc Sole,
    Thanks to everyone who provided info on how to get those Marginal 
    cds, I really appreciate it.
    And you know, in that message I was asking about two comps called 
    UK Teenage Jamboree. Well, since nobody could give an answer, I 
    thought I'd post the song lists, because I have found them in a 
    record fair! Yikes! These cds are somewhat "marginal", btw...
    UK Teenage Jamboree 1
    Peak Hour - The Krew Kats
    Golden Cage- John Fraser
    Rock-achicka - Frankie Vaughn
    Race with the devil - Russ Sainty w/Nu-Notes
    Sunday - Tony & The Velvets
    Heart Cry - Simon Scott & The All Nite Workers
    Wrong - Lucky Starr
    Josephine - Lee Diamond and the Cherokees
    Betty, Betty, go steady with me - Stanley + Jeffrey Bird
    Baby Talk - Bill + Brett Landis
    Lover, please believe me - Grazina
    That Someone - Pierce Rogers & The Overlanders
    Double trouble - The Brook Borhters
    Sometimes - Oliver Reed
    Lost Love - Tim Connor
    Lovin' Babe - The Bachelors
    Big Fat Mama - Roy Young
    Somebody to love - Brad Newman
    Heaven's Plan - Mike Smith
    Garden of happiness - Perry Ford
    Sunday's child - Billy boyle
    Tovarich - The Gladiators
    Lonely Town - Robb Storme
    I've got all the time in the world - Mike Preston
    Crazy kind of love - Louise Cordet
    Gonna go back to Jeannie - Little Lenny Davis
    Blinded with love - Dean Shannon
    Honest I do - Danny Storm
    What would you do - Gerry Reno
    A million Drums - Tony Sheverton
    Turn the lights down, jenny - Grant Tracy
    Home - Charlie Wolfe
    Restless - Carl Danger
    Come to me- Brian Howard
    Lovin' Baby - Louise Cordet
    Sue - Johnny Clive
    I found Carol - David Hamber
    Someone new - Terry Young
    Stormy evening - Dean Parker & The Redcaps
    Julie - Dowlands
    Tell the other guy - Bryan Davies
    Rumours - Danny Davis
    Please don't take my heart - Craig Douglas
    Angel - Day Brothers
    Near you - Robb Storme
    Just driftin' - Eddie Mannion
    A love like you - Gary Lane
    Please make up your mind - Brian Bentley
    Endless sleep - Gene Ross
    I'll step down - Lee Diamond & The Cherokees
    Hey there senorita - Andy Cavell
    Don't spread it around - Buddy Britten
    I wonder - Lance Fortune
    A touch of Venus - Johnny Angel
    I like the way - Johnny Gentle
    Miracles are happening to me - Nelson Keene
    Teenage girlie blues - Carl Danger
    Can't forget - Johnny Gavotte
    Drums - Michale Holiday
    Cindy Lou - Johnie Lee
    Send me a girl - Dean Sterling & The Teen Beats
    Teenage troubles - Nelson Keene
    On such a night as this - Tony Allen
    Come back to me - Geoff Goddard
    See your muscles - Richy Wayne
    Sorry for the long post, but I believe it's interesting and maybe 
    someone could comment on this, because there is no information in 
    the cds.
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