__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0194 December 13, 1998 __________________________________________________________ Headed for No. 1 on all the chartsSubject: Gene Sent: 12/12/98 1:39 pm Received: 12/13/98 8:38 am From: Ron Bierma, ELROXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com In a message dated 12/10/98 6:47:00 PM, you wrote: >And does anyone know what Gene's up to these days? He's been >pretty quiet the past three decades, it seems. Gene's got a pretty active fan base on the web...check it out. Last time I signed on, they were all talking about his performance in Connecticut (I think) That was about a year ago. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Gene/Hurts To Be In Love Sent: 12/12/98 7:47 pm Received: 12/13/98 8:38 am From: IAC, ianXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Hi Jonah, Interesting point about that track - apparently it was intended for Neil Sedaka (you can easily imagine that, yes?) but Gene ended up recording his vocals over it, so the girls wouldn't necessarily have been the same session girls Gene usually used. I think the girls on "HTBIL" really enhance the record, which is my own personal fave of all Gene's tracks. Gene tours the UK regularly, in fact he's over here now doing just that - always seems to pull in the audiences over here without any trouble. Ian Chapman --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Gene Pitney Sent: 12/11/98 10:41 am Received: 12/12/98 11:01 am From: james fisher, JHFXXXXXXXX.net To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com for JM...I saw Gene in concert here in LA about 2/3 years ago. It was a triple bill--Gene,Chuck Berry and The Penguins ("Earth Angel") Pretty good show all round (though Chuck looked like he wanted to be somewhere else in a hurry.) Gene still sounds like Gene though some of those high notes are a bit of a problem now and he wisely dances around them....it was great to see him after such a long silence and of course he did all his many hits and he kept up a nice patter between numbers. I've always thought that he is a vastly under-rated singer,let's hope he gets all the credit he deserves for helping to make the early '60's music so great. His work with Phil spector on "Every breath I take" was fantastic. (He didn't do that track at the concert--perhaps he figured that without Phil being there to erect The Wall ...... ) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Whither Gene? Sent: 12/12/98 12:07 am Received: 12/12/98 11:01 am From: James Cassidy, casswrXXXXXXXXlink.net To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com JM asked a couple of questions about Gene Pitney. I don't know who the background singers were, but I'm pretty sure that most of Gene's stuff was recorded in NYC. As for Gene's current activity, he toured the summer tent circuit as recently as two years ago here in the Northeast US. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend. I also missed an "indoor" concert here in Boston about four years ago. The Boston Globe gave it a favorable review and said that Gene's singing and range were as strong as ever. Jim Cassidy --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: "Boyfriend" songs Sent: 12/12/98 8:01 pm Received: 12/13/98 8:38 am From: IAC, ianXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Just to clarify - the Shirelles recorded "I Want You To Be My Boyfriend" - one of their early ones, the flip of "I Met Him On A Sunday" - this same song was later done by the Chic-lets in '64 on Josie - a great side, produced by Feldman, Goldstein and Gottherer, and the group, according to Alan Betrock, was actually Diane Christian backed by the same girls who were Patty Lace & the Petticoats (sort that one out!!) I don't have either record, but I know someone who does - I'll check the writing credits and get back to you, unless anyone else knows?? Ian Chapman --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Barry Mann, Schizo Genius Sent: 12/11/98 3:05 pm Received: 12/12/98 11:01 am From: David Feldman, felXXXXXXXXderables.com To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Scott said, in part: >The next honoree was Lester Sill. Cynthia Weil gave a nice talk >about how writer-friendly Lester was and then Barry Mann came out >and did a lengthy medley of songs that he was involved with as a >tribute to Lester: On Broadway, Only In America, Blame It On the >Bossa Nova, I Love How You Love Me, My Dad, Uptown, He's Sure the >Boy I Love, Walkin' In The Rain, She's Who Put the Bomp, You've >Lost That Lovin' Feeling, Soul and Inspiration, We Gotta Get Out >of This Place, Kicks, Hungry, Just A Little Lovin', I Just Can't >Help Believing, Make Your Own Kind of Music, Patches, Rock and >Roll Lullaby, Here You Come Again, Sometimes When We Touch, Just >Once, Never Gonna Let You Go, and Don't Know Much. Thanks for the fascinating post, Scott. What a fascinating body of hits above. Have to admit that I've always placed Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in the second-tier of Brill Building writers, and many of the above, to my taste, fall solidly in that category (not that there's anything wrong with writing catchy, less than profound songs). But gee: On Broadway; He's Sure the Boy I Love; Walkin' In the Rain; Lovin' Feeling; Soul & Inspiration; We Gotta Get Out of this Place; Hungry; Make Your Own Kind of Music. Awfully impressive. Dave Feldman Movie of the Week: "Babe: Pig in the City" Best Network TV Show of New Season: "Sports Night" & "Cupid" (tie) CD of the Week: "We Three Kings" (Roches) City of the Week: Montreal Best Time Killer of the 90's: Filling out the UPDATED gender survey at "http://www.imponderables.com" --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: cartoon Sent: 12/12/98 11:34 am Received: 12/12/98 12:33 pm From: john rausch, XXXXXXXXnet To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Hi Everyone, Just thought I`d share this cartoon , http://members.tripod.com/rauschj/cartoon.jpg although not factually correct,I`m sure some will get a kick out of it. Jonr --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: In defense of Collectables Sent: 12/11/98 9:08 am Received: 12/12/98 11:01 am From: Stewart Mason, flamXXXXXXXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Jeffrey Thames writes: >In a message dated 12/8/98 5:19:57 PM Central Standard Time, >PaulurXXXXXXXXom writes: > >>I am not impressed by Collectables, they use the >>wrong versions on 45's and some of the CD's are from albums. My >>Angels is even though they claim they had a tape. Of course some >>may be remastered but there is no way of telling what you are >>getting. They don't know oldies music. Period. I'd look elsewhere. > >I have one full-length Collectables CD (in addition to a few CD >singles, and those are chancy, I'll grant you), and it's probably >one of the few times they got it right. It's M's *Pop Muzik*, >which basically collects the band's (man's?) debut, *New >York-London-Paris-Munich* (with two songs originally in medley >form now two separate entities), and adds "M Factor", the original >B- side to "PM". It doesn't sound like it was mastered from an >album (at least not to me), and as far as I know, it's the only >disc you can find the original 5-minute "Pop Muzik" on (and >believe me, I've looked). Maybe they should stick to that era, >n'est-ce pas? The early 80s Collectables CDs I have -- the compilations by M and the Vapors -- both sound great, but I agree that much of their 60s output is of questionable audio quality, and just as importantly I really wish they would do more in the way of liner notes. But Collectables have done some very good 60s work, especially their reissues of Lelan Rogers' International Artists material ( including the 13th Floor Elevators and the early records by Red Crayola), most of which is fine Texas psychedelia. Also, some of their mastered-from-vinyl material is very interesting from a historical perspective. Their Cicadelic 60s compilations of ultra-rare regional obscurities are spotty (like all of these projects, including the Pebbles and Back from the Crypt series), but they're important because most compilations focus on either garage or heavy psych and the Cicadelic 60s comps focus more on folk-rock and psych-pop. Some of these obscurities, like the unbelievably atmospheric "Lemon Fog" by the Lemon Fog or "Come Back Bird" by the Chevelle V (from my hometown of San Angelo, Texas!), both from VOLUME TWO: NEVER EXISTED!, are just wonderful. Me, my only real problem with the label is their name is misspelled! Stewart ***************************FLAMINGO RECORDS*************************** Stewart Allensworth Mason Box 40172 "Juju Chang." Albuquerque NM 87196 www.rt66.com/~flamingo *********************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE PEOPLE********************** --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Laura Nyro and... Sent: 12/12/98 12:45 pm Received: 12/13/98 8:38 am From: jon adelson, humthefirst2XXXXXXXXil.com To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com This is my first posting. I enjoy the list. One of those who touched me the most was Laura Nyro. Although she was popular later than many of the artists I've seen mentioned here, there's a wonderful album with Patti LaBelle that hopefully serves as a connector. I heard she passed away. Any references to articles or literature would be appreciated. Also, about 30 years ago in New York City I knew a gentleman named Steve Spooner, who loved the music of this era. At one time he worked with Warner Brothers Publishing. I haven't seen him since 1976. Does anyone know of him and whether he's still in the business? Thanks. Jon A --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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