__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0198 December 22, 1998 __________________________________________________________ Clean with a slightly damp, lint free clothSubject: Holloways Sent: 12/21/98 9:34 am Received: 12/22/98 7:16 am From: David Feldman, felXXXXXXXXderables.com To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Thanks for the wonderful Spector stories, Carol. When I saw Darlene Love perform as part of her book tour, she mentioned that she was a little jealous that Tina got to sing "River Deep" -- she always assumed it was "her" song. > Blossoms and maybe some others too like Clydie King, one of the > Holloways, Brenda and Pat. I've always loved Brenda Holloway's stuff, particularly her hits, "Every Little Bit Hurts," "When I'm Gone," and "Just Look What You've Done." Her albums are solid, too, although full of remakes. I never quite understood how her recording career progressed. She was released on Tamla, yet she seemed to record in L.A., without direct access to Motown's writers and musicians. There were rumors, at the time, that Diana Ross didn't want B.H. anywhere near Detroit, although I have no idea if this is true. Can you tell us anything more about Ms. Holloway, and particularly what she is doing now and anything about her sister, Pat, who I didn't realize was also a singer. Thanks, Dave 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: I Wonder Sent: 12/21/98 1:16 pm Received: 12/22/98 7:16 am From: john rausch, XXXXXXXXnet To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Jimmie wrote: I was referring to the mix that has that extra "ba-RRUMP RRUMP RRUMP, ba-RRUMP RRUMP RRUMP" at the beginning of "I Wonder" by the Ronettes... That is the stereo version. And to Carol Kaye: Have you ever recorded anything on your own? John Rausch --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Shirelles "Lower the Flame" Sent: 12/21/98 9:27 am Received: 12/22/98 7:16 am From: Doc Rock, docrXXXXXXXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com >Yes, it was the Shirelles who did "Lower the Flame" - an early track >of theirs - writers are Snyder/Kahan/Williams. >Ian Chapman My sister taught my brother and me to sing background on that song on a long car trip waaay back when, and I'v e been looking for it for years. I look on every Shirells comp, but never see it! But thanks, Ian! Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: "Johnny Angel" Sent: 12/21/98 9:27 am Received: 12/22/98 7:16 am From: Doc Rock, docrXXXXXXXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Carol, I wonder, were you on the "Johnny Angel" date? Is so can you clear something up? Dick Clark and other authors and liner-note writers say that Darlene and the Blossoms sing background on "JA." Even Shelley Fabares says it was Darlene. And Darlene says the Blossoms were on it. I don't hear it, though. Meanwhile, when I interviewed Lou Adler for my book on the complete history of Liberty Records, I took the opportunity to ask Lou Adler about it. He said it was not Darlene, but Sally Stevens and her group who sang background on "JA." Further, when I interviewed Fanita James, she assured me that the Blossoms were NOT on that date. So what do I believe, my ears and Lou and Fanita, or Darlene and Shelley? Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: The Blue Things Sent: 12/21/98 10:27 am Received: 12/22/98 7:16 am From: David Bash, BasXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com > Speaking of obscure psyche/pop. Is anyone familiar with a > Midwestern group called The Blue Things. They did a great > Beatlesque song called "Pretty Things". Most of their early > material is very British Invasion influenced but like the big guys > they progressed to release some very psychedelic sounding material > like "The Coney Island Of Your Mind" and "You Can Live In Our Tree". > Perhaps some of this material is a bit contrived but it's > interesting to see how even the so-called garage bands evolved and > went through the various stages from Mersey to folk-rock to > psychedelic to burnout. A comp of theirs called "The Blue Things > Story" was released on Collectables a few years back. > > Javed Hi Javed, I like The Blue Things quite a bit. I agree with your assessment that their early stuff was very influenced by The British Invasion, but for me their midwestern vocal and musical accents make it more reminiscent of The Beau Brummels. Other than the comps you mention, The Blue Things had an ultra rare, self- titled LP on RCA Records that has a lot of their best mid-period stuff like "High Life," "Doll House," and "The Man On The Street". If you do search for this LP, make sure to find the stereo version because the Collectables CDs are in mono. The leader of The Blue Things, Val Stoecklein, released a solo LP in the late 60s and, I believe, recently passed away. -- Spectropop Rules!!!!! Take Care, David --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Sue Thompson & Coca Cola (was: Collectibles and Sue Thompson) Sent: 12/22/98 12:51 am Received: 12/22/98 7:16 am From: Matthew Kaplan, TweXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com Funny that somebody should bring up the topic of Sue Thompson, well not that funny actually but it does give me the chance to bring up the topic of a strange Sue Thompson rarity that I snagged a while back. What they were was an original collection of Coca Cola 12" promo releases each of which came in a beautiful picture sleeve with a brief discussion on the back about the artist and a large photo on the front. The music itself, each artist takes their latest hits and mixes it with the Coka Cola jingle. Sounds cool doesn't it. The ones that I found were: SUE THOMPSON: SWINGS THE JINGLE...DRINK COKE McCANN-ERICKSON INC.-COCA COLA CO. TX101 12"PS 1965 PETULA CLARK: PETULA CLARK SWINGS THE JINGLE...DRINK COKE McCANN-ERICKSON INC.-COCA COLA CO. 12"PS 1965 FOUR SEASONS: THE FOUR SEASONS SWING THE JINGLE...DRINK COKE McCANN-ERICKSON INC.-COCA COLA CO. TX94 12"PS 1964 FREDDY & THE DREAMERS: SWING THE JINGLE-THINGS GO BETTER WITH COKE McCANN-ERICKSON INC.-COCA COLA CO. TX104 12"PS 1965 JAY & THE AMERICANS: SWING THE JINGLE-THINGS GO BETTER WITH COKE McCANN-ERICKSON INC.-COCA COLA CO. TX112 12"PS 1965 LITTLE MILTON: LITTLE MILTON SWINGS THE JINGLE...DRINK COKE McCANN-ERICKSON INC.-COCA COLA CO. TX111 12"PS 1965 And if that wasn't enough I also found the following both discs are 10" double sided acetates with two tracks on each side pressed at Gotham Pressing in New York and dated 12/20/65. The artist's on the acetates are: Acetate 1: (A) Coasters / Jay & The Americans (B) Petula Clark / Petula Clark (two versions) Acetate 2: (A) Little Milton (version 1) / Tom Jones (B) Supremes (Baby Love) / Little Milton (version 2) Does anybody know how many of these suckers were made and what the value of them might be? Is there a real market for such items. Matthew Kaplan --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: To Carol Sent: 12/22/98 3:09 am Received: 12/22/98 7:16 am From: WILLIAM STOS, wXXXXXXXXt.com To: Spectropop List, spectrXXXXXXXXties.com > So I am pretty sure it's Darlene and > Blossoms and maybe some others too like Clydie King, one of the > Holloways, Brenda and Pat. You saw them around in those years too, > constantly as well as some fine other singers, Jackie Ward, and > Gracia Nitzsche (Jack's wife at that time). Brenda was moonlighting for Phil while she was signed to Motown? Wow! Clydie King is another interesting character. Was she actually a member of any set of the Crystals? I've asked Barbara, but she might just think of the legitimate Crystals, and not the scores of other vocalists that used the name at Philles. And did Phil have anything to do with Clydie's songs "The Thrill Is Gone," and " Missing My Baby"? They sound very Spectoresque. > Even Cher as I understand it, could have sung some background, but > she was NOT a regular background studio singer at all, that's a > highly professional fine career -- you have to be one of the > greatest singers of all time to be a successful studio singer, be > able to sight-read music, etc. and have a ton of live singing > experience to do that line of work. While I love Cher as a person, > played on their things, and she's a fine actress, well.....you get > it I'm sure. What do we think of Cher's new single gang? I love it, and Cher isn't necessarily my favourite singer. Very danceable! Will --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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