__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0243 March 14, 1999 __________________________________________________________ Dusty Springfield 1939 - 1999Subject: Dusty bows out in style Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Ian Chapman, iandXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com The UK evening news tonight reported on Dusty's funeral which took place today. Planned by Dusty herself, there was a traffic-stopping procession, as her casket was carried through the streets of Henley-on-Thames on a horse-drawn glass carriage!! <http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/295000/images/_295648_dusty_carriage300.jpg> Crowds of people ignored the bad weather to line the streets leading to the church, outside of which were loudspeakers playing classic Dusty hits. Go, girl!! Amongst those present were Pet Shop Boys, Kiki Dee and Lulu, who read the eulogy. There were floral tributes from Paul McCartney, and from the Rolling Stones. Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Farewell To Dusty Springfield Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Jamie LePage, le_page_XXXXXXXXties.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Funeral services were held on Friday for the 1960s pop star once described as Britain's finest white soul singer, Dusty Springfield. Born Mary O'Brien in London, Dusty first found fame as a member of the folk trio The Springfields. Going solo, she had a string of hits including I Only Want To Be With You, Stay Awhile, The Look of Love, and Wishin' and Hopin'. Hundreds gathered in the rain Friday to join friends and celebrities at the funeral. A live simulcast broadcast the service to fans gathered outside. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" played as the crowd of well-wishers and fans watched a horse-drawn carriage bring her coffin to a church in the riverside town of Henley-on-Thames, west of London. A bouquet of flowers in the coffin spelled out "Dusty." 60s contemporary Lulu addressed the congregation, and Elvis Costello read a note from Burt Bacharach. It said: "You could hear just three notes and you knew it was Dusty. It was such a rare and beautiful voice. I just want to add my thanks for every beautiful note Dusty sang." Dusty Springfield will be inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week. As Robert Bates mentioned in the last issue, DUSTY IN MEMPHIS has been reissued with 14 tracks. The album was originally released in 1969 and was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin. There is another Dusty release DUSTY IN LONDON, featuring more unreleased material Springfield recorded in England for Atlantic. Dusty is a favorite of the Spectropop list members for all the right reasons. Great songs, strong arrangements, fantastic delivery. Her music will continue to inspire long after her passing. Here are some links if anyone would like to read more. http://www.crl.com/~tsimon/springfi.htm http://www.isd.net/mbayly/march99-news.htm http://www.rainbow.net.au/~dusty/index.html http://members.aol.com/SBell25999/index.htm/Dustydevotedly.html http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/entertainment/newsid_295000/295552.stm Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Dusty In Memphis, Deluxe Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: David Bash, BashXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Bates, Robert (Cahners -NYC), robaXXXXXXXXrs.com wrote: > I just heard that Rhino has released a "deluxe version" of > "Dusty in Memphis," with a whopping ten bonus tracks; I > understand some of them were produced by Jeff Barry. I > already have the non-deluxe version of "Memphis" - with a > mere three bonus tracks - and I was wondering if the new > ones were worth having. Hi Robert, Yes, I think you'll find the deluxe version worth having. Lots of previously unissued tracks all done in her inimitable fashion. I mean, who else can make a song like Bread's "Make It With You" sound soulful, as she does on this deluxe edition! You could probably find this disc for as low as $13.99 at your local record store, and if you trade in your then-to-be obsolete earlier version, it will cost you even less! Go ahead, take the plunge! -- Spectropop Rules!!!!! Take Care, David Bash --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Plantation Records information Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Stewart Mason, flamiXXXXXXXXcom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Does anyone have any information on the history of the 60s /70s label Plantation Records? They seem to have been a southern label that specialized in soundalike covers of current pop hits whose records mostly showed up at five and dimes and gas stations (I remember them from my own childhood because my father was a district manager for the now-defunct southern discount store chain TG&Y and all his stores had bins of cheap Plantation 8-tracks), but they did originals as well in both pop and country styles. I ask because I just yesterday found a Plantation sampler that featured a childhood favorite, Harlow Wilcox's "Groovy Grubworm," which according to Joel Whitburn was actually a Billboard Top 40 hit in 1969. Great song. The only web information I found was a passing line in a short Webb Pierce bio that said "By 1977 he was recording for Plantation Records," which in context carries strong overtones of "yes, he was reduced to that." Mostly I'm wondering if their focus was on the quickie covers or original material, if anyone interesting sang these covers (the one on this sampler is a cover of Ray Stevens' "The Streak" that's uncannily similar), if they were related to any other labels, and if I'm right in assuming Shelby Singleton was somehow involved in all this. I mean, slightly sleazy southern label in the sixties and seventies, it only makes sense that he'd be around. Stewart ***************************FLAMINGO RECORDS*************************** Stewart Allensworth Mason Box 40172 "Oh, I don't know, I'm more Albuquerque NM 87196 of a titmouse myself." www.rt66.com/~flamingo *********************HAPPY MUSIC FOR NICE PEOPLE********************** --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: BOUNCE spectroXXXXXXXXties.com: Non-member submi Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com ========= Start of forwarded message ========= Ronnie Spector & Joey Ramone Chat March 24-on David Bowie's Website. You can let people know that it's on Bowienet at 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. The reason I picked the time was to get European fans as well. Joey ========== End of forwarded message ========== --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: The Teardrops Received: 03/12/99 4:31 am From: wsXXXXXXXXtyenet.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com I was just asked about a group called the Teardrops, possibly from Cincinnatti. I'll pass on the message. Any clues? I believe I have a song called "You Won't Be There, " by them which I really love, but it could be a different group. "I was wondering if you have heard of a girl group, possibly from here in Cincinnati called the Teardrops. I just picked up three 45s by the group today. They are early 60s, on Saxony Records, which is out of Cincinnati. The records look rather new, though I could be wrong about that. That tracks are: That's Why I'll Get By b/w Tonight I'm Gonna Fall In Love Again, I'm Gonna Steal Your Boyfriend (same on both sides), and I Will Love You Dear Forever b/w Bubblegummer. All of the tracks are written by a Paul Trefzger and produced by Bud Reneau. Any clues? Thanks. Chris" Will Stos The Girl Group Chronicles http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Frontrow/2301/index.html --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Cinderellas On Broadway Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Ian Chapman, iandXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Just got a copy of the new Westside CD "On Broadway", a cross section of Brill Building tracks from Mann/Weil, Greenwich/Barry and Goffin/King. Due to licensing limitations, they've used a few obscurities alongside the more familiar stuff, but it makes a change from another collection composed mainly of well-known hits. An "alternate" version of the Cinderellas "Baby Baby (I Still Love You) is included, but I was slightly disappointed that this turned out to be exactly the same as the issued version - but minus the terrific sax break near the end, which I'm sure many will agree is a highlight of the record. It's replaced by the back-ups singing the chorus a couple of times over. I was also hoping that some of the studio chat that was found when this version was discovered, would be included, but no.... Anyway, I'm reliably informed that another Cinderellas/ Dimension unissued track has been found.....Mann/Weil's "Good Good Lovin'", which many of you will know from the Blossoms later version. The Cinderellas' apparently isn't as "produced" as their other tracks, has more of a demo feel, but it is scheduled to be included on the forthcoming "Girls Will Be Girls" compilation I mentioned a few lists back....the one which will also feature Diane's "The Company You Keep". Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: girls who surf, etc. Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Frank Youngwerth, FMXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com >the girl groups who tossed their hat into the (surf/drag) >rings just didn't seem to have it. They ended up sounding >too cute, or just plain bad sometimes. What does everyone >else say about this subject? Surf/drag seems to me like a reaction to the girl group sound(s), allowing guy voices to get in on some of that wonderfully produced innocence. Consider how obsessed Brian was with Phil's work. So then girls doing the surf/drag thing would sometimes comes across as awkward, since it's s'posed to be the guys' take on the girl sound. Some of the better girl group surf/drag-themed records are pretty obscure. Like "I Miss My Surfer Boy Too" by the Westwoods. I, too, enjoy the big-beat adult pop style. One of my favorites is "The World We Knew (Over and Over)" by Frank Sinatra. Cilla Black did a lot of fine work (despite some previous Spectropop Ethel Merman comparisons), particularly her versions of gorgeous Paul McCartney songs like "Love of the Loved," "It's For You," and "Step Inside Love." Finally, just got a nice British 2-CD comp of Bobby Vee, which includes a haunting previously unreleased Goffin-King song "The Idol," and the Spectoresque "Run Like the Devil," which got no higher than #124 in Billboard, but surely is one of Vee's best. Frank --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Happenings Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Ian Chapman, iandXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com The Happenings started out as the Four Graduates. Bobby Miranda (lead singer), Dave Libert, Tom Giuliano and Bernie Laporte. The hair was a bit longer by the time of their '68 "Psycle" album, Javed, and the suits weren't there, but I guess compared with a lot of the '68 scene, they were still pretty clean-cut. Whilst I quite enjoy their re-working of chestnuts like "My Mammy" and "I Got Rhythm", I think their best cut was the Linzer/Randell beaut "Goodnight My Love". Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Kinks Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Dave Mirich, DmirXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Big L writes: > Listen to the Kinks songs "Down By The Riverside," and > "Phenomenal Cat." > There ought to be a word to describe songs like these, but > I haven't found it yet. What album are these songs from? Dave Mirich --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: My Dad Received: 03/12/99 4:31 am From: Marc Miller, marXXXXXXXXcom To: 'spectroXXXXXXXXties.com', spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Big L, Stewart - "My Dad" is on another CD that's currently available. It's called (are you sitting down?) Donna Reed's Dinner Party. It also has songs by Shelley Fabares (Johnny Angel, natch), Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Roy Hamilton, and (gasp!) Mike Douglas. It's on a Sony label called Nick At Nite (catalog# 67148). Marc >>>>>I am looking for any CD that has the song "My Dad" >TV STARS SING (K-Tel 3388, released in 1995) has not only >"My Dad" but singles by Ricky Nelson, Shelley Fabares, >Johnny Crawford, Edd Byrnes and Connie Stevens... --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Domenic Priore Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Glenn Sadin, glenn_marXXXXXXXXlink.net To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com >For the fellow asking SMiLE questions, enjoy this brief >bit of information. For more, good music stores carry Dom >Priore's book, "Look, Listen, Vibrate, Smile". Domenic Priore is a good pal of mine, so if any of you have any specific questions about "Smile," I'd be happy to ask him for you! Glenn gsaXXXXXXXXnemedia.com glenn_marXXXXXXXXlink.net Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter for THE BERKELEY SQUIRES: http://www.termites.com/BerkeleySquires.html Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the '50s to the '90s!: http://home.earthlink.net/~glenn_mariko/nihon.htm --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Tommy Tedesco Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Paul MacArthur, Rtf_XXXXXXXXedu To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com >We miss Tommy Tedesco, what a sense of humor. What a great column he had in Guitar Player magazine. Learned a ton about studio work from that column. - Paul --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Smile/Brian Wilson Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: JM, jhorwXXXXXXXXwesleyan.edu To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com I'd like to express what seems to be a minority opinion, that the stuff that's emerged from the Beach Boys' "Smile" sessions isn't all that exciting and pales in comparison with the stuff Brian was producing in '64-65. More than that, though, I think "Smile" represents the point at which Brian became totally alienated from his audience and his muse led him in directions that betrayed his true talents. This process began with "Pet Sounds" which while musically ambitious and often breathtaking, is also quite arch, pretentious, and obscure. I like much of "Friends" and "Wild Honey," and even some of "20/20" and beyond, but it's nothing I'd live or die by. To me the Beach Boys peaked with "All Summer Long" and, especially, "The Beach Boys Today!" (along with the "Don't Worry Baby" 45). These are the records I hold closest to my heart, records I can play for days on end without getting embarassed or frustrated... records I can play without needing the argument of Brian the Auteur or Brian the Troubled Genius to justify them. The basis for the obnoxious Legend of Brian Wilson is his notorious reclusiveness and wigged-out-ness, the tantalizing obscurity of the "Smile" stuff, and the pretentious musical-metaphysical "ambitions" of that and later music. I get really tired of reading stuff that deifies Brian for making music that hardly anyone's ever heard-- and that no one's heard in its intended form. To me this misses his true greatness, which was investing songs about cars and girls (and even surfing, a pretty parochial concern especially if you live in the Midwest as I do!) with incredible emotional resonance... the songs are exhilirating and enrich my life to the extent that they make otherwise mundane moments feel equally exhilirating. The Beach Boys (aka Brian) were an incredible studio band who didn't "raise pop music to the level of art" or even "transcend pop music" but who made the most of an existing, tride-and-true, youth-oriented, consumer-oriented art form. When Brian started to feel that he was better than all that, he lost touch with that part of his talent that most people (rightly) responded to. Just thought I'd stir up some debate. I'd love to know if anyone agrees with me. JM P.S. Strange that there hasn't been more talk of Dusty Springfield on this list. She is my hero... For her stubbornness, for the marvellously unique and sensual quality of her voice, for her good taste, for her bad taste, for her adventurousness, for her perseverance, for the bewildering beauty of her phrasing, and for the exuberance and joy (even when she was singing about sad things, she made you feel glad to be alive) of her records. I was very saddened by her death although we all knew it was coming. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: UK 45s Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Ian Chapman, iandXXXXXXXXlnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com 45 rpm records in the UK always had the small hole. The majority would have the press-out centres, but that was only for the purpose of juke-box use. Most record-buyers, therefore, would leave the discs intact, and in today's collecting terms, a record is considered devalued if the centre has been pushed out. A lot of records came "solid", i.e. with no removable centre at all. There was a period in the late 60s/early 70s when Phonogram-distributed labels were issued with large holes, but these came with a small-hole plastic tri-adaptor already in place. The company later introduced the "all plastic" totally solid 45 with the label design moulded directly onto the vinyl itself. Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Cathy and Cookie/The Tammys Received: 03/14/99 4:51 am From: WILLIAM STOS, wsXXXXXXXXt.com To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Hear another question, collectors.... Have you ever heard of the duo called Cathy and Cookie? I have two of their songs, "Hi Diddle-De Diddle," and "That Man Of Mine." I love their wild sound, but did they record anything else? Thanks in advance, Will p.s. I hear the Tammys will be included as a part of a new Lou Christie cd coming out this month or next. Finally some Tammys stuff on cd! Viva Egyptian Shumba! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: 45s Again Received: 03/12/99 4:31 am From: Paul Urbahns, PaulurbXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Big L wrote: << The 45 rpm single was made for one purpose: jukeboxes. >> Sorry, your a mile off on that one. Any history book will tell you it was a powerplay between RCA and Columbia.The original RCA players (they made their own at first because 45s would not play on any known record player) plugged into the radios or other record players you had. That when they developed phono inputs and the small plug we call an RCA plug. Up until then I understand record players were seperate devices with their own speakers, amplifier, etc. Juke Boxes simply converted once they stopped making 78s. Paul Urbahns paulurbXXXXXXXXom --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: 45s again Received: 03/13/99 8:38 am From: Paul Urbahns, PaulurbXXXXXXXXom To: Spectropop List, spectroXXXXXXXXties.com Jamie wrote: << A 45 starts out as a wad of black plastic known as a "donut" (I think), which is placed between the two stampers and then sort of pressed like a waffle iron. I may be wrong, but I think the 45s come off the press with the big holes already cut. >> There may be more than one type of pressing machine, but the ones I've seen only did small whole records then they were punched after the fact. Have you ever gotten an off center record? That wouldn't be possible if what you state was true. Triming the edges and punching the center out was part of the finishing process, at least in the 60s. Paul Urbahns paulurbXXXXXXXXom --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- END
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