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  • Date: 04/06/99

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       Volume #0253                           April 9, 1999   
              Exemplifying the Best in Popular Music          
    Subject:     "Hey Little Girl"
    Received:    04/06/99 11:48 pm
    From:        Barry Taylor,
    I was just recently going through an old single library 
    and came across a title I can't identify. Perhaps someone 
    can help? It's called "Hey Little Girl" (an Aaron 
    Schroeder publishing acetate) and the writers are Spector 
    and Barrett. Does anyone know anything about this song? 
    Was it released?
    Barry Taylor
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    Subject:     Bernadette Peters' records
    Received:    04/09/99 2:20 am
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi Brian,
    Bernadette Peters had a single on UA in '62, "Charm 
    Bracelet"/"Academy Award", then reappeared in '65 on ABC 
    with a couple of 45s: "We'll Start The Party Again"/"Wait 
    Johnny For Me", plus "And The Trouble With Me Is You"/"Our
    Song". Both the ABC 45s are great...."Party" has a floaty, 
    vaguely Motownish flavour, while "Trouble" has (on both 
    sides) Bernadette doing her best to sound like Bob Dylan 
    (the angle at the time probably being "the female answer to
    ......") - girl-group goes folk! 
    A little later ('67) came "Will You Care What's Hap'nin' 
    To Me Baby"/"You're Taking Me For Granted" on Columbia. 
    Topside was co-written by Brute Force, and was another 
    Motowny dancer. I don't think there was anything then 
    until her MCA output in the late 70s/early 80s....I know 
    on her album she harked back to the girl-group era with a 
    good version of Mann/Weil's "Chico's Girl". I also recall 
    watching a concert of hers on TV in the early 80s which 
    was mostly Broadway tunes and then-current songs like 
    "Pearl's A Singer", but she did do a fun version of "He's 
    Sure The Boy I Love".
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    Subject:     Bonnie vs. Jody
    Received:    04/09/99 2:20 am
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi Will...
    No, the Jody Miller version of "Home Of The Brave" isn't 
    as Spectorish as Bonnie & the Treasures', but it's by no 
    means under-produced either. Although she doesn't sound 
    like a teenager in the way Bonnie does, Jody nevertheless 
    sings with real commitment. And curiously, her version 
    features an extra verse that doesn't appear in Bonnie's. 
    For those who like girl-group/country blends, try and find
    her "Home of the Brave" album, which also features Jody on 
    a couple of Goffin/King classics, namely "Let Me Get Close
    To You", and "He Hit Me". There's also a melodramatic 
    reading of Brian Wilson's "In My Room". Check out her 
    Capitol 45s too.....look for Mann/Weils' "Magic Town", 
    which you'll know by the Vogues; "Be My Man"/"Never Let 
    Him Go", both arranged by Dave Gates (who also cut Suzy 
    Wallis on "Be My Man"); and a great "rebel" tune, "They 
    Call My Guy A Tiger"........all good stuff!!
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    Subject:     Didn't come off too well...
    Received:    04/09/99 2:21 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >But I am the most-recorded bass player in the world (male 
    >or female) and I don't think she came close to working the
    >10,000 plus recording calls I did. Still she is not known 
    >to the public at all.......the "image" lie problem. 
    Sorry, didn't mean to sound like such an ego-maniac 
    comparing the amount of dates Mary Osborn worked and 
    bragging about mine. I was trying to give some example of 
    the 1,000s of recording dates I worked, mostly 60s (and 
    was NOT known for) vs. the few 100s worked by the regular 
    studio musicians of the 40s and 50s, like Mary Osborn 
    worked in NYC. 
    And still I wasn't known either, just as she's still 
    invisible. Had I not written my tutoring books and started
    my own publishing company in 1969, I'd still be "invisible"
    like she is. 
    But that will soon be rectified, thanks to this thoughtful
    (and smart) woman-director of "Women In Jazz", about all 
    the fine women musicians who are NOT known but who existed
    and were fairly plentiful before the "days of rock" and 
    imagery of the trade publications of the hype-world of the
    60s hits on.
    I think it's sort of funny haha that the world really has 
    NO idea of all their favorite hit recordings that are 
    recorded (and mostly created) by fine jazz studio 
    musicians (and former big band horn men)'s going to
    turn their world up-side down that their "heroes" didn't do
    their own recordings, but no, it was a large group of 
    super-clean, wonderful experienced pros, with families, 
    who did those famous 60s recordings. It's coming.
    We were humble and happy to make a good living out of it 
    all....and most of us still don't care about credits, as 
    we knew all the hyped-up world (to sell to the public) is 
    a bunch of hooey....designed for marketing purposes....the
    imagery of hyping for the selling "stars". We were merely a
    part of the machinery, but a huge part if you could have 
    heard the way the songs and singers originally sounded 
    WITHOUT the backup of the finest musicians in the world. 
    We got so good, we knew we could take ANYONE off the 
    streets and we could make them into stars if they could 
    barely carry a tune. Now, yes, that's egotistical, but 
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Gentrys "Keep On Dancin'"
    Received:    04/09/99 2:21 am
    From:        Paul Urbahns, PaulurbXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I have been working on a research project for about 20 
    years, and I need to locate someone with a copy of the 
    Gentrys record Keep On Dancin' on the original Youngstown 
    label (Youngstown 601 according to my price guide). Can 
    anybody help on this? Please email me privately.
    Paul Urbahns
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    Subject:     Home of the Brave / Spector Collectors
    Received:    04/09/99 2:21 am
    From:        Jimmy Cresitelli, JimmyXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I remember when this song "surfaced" back in the mid-70s, 
    when girl-group collecting began to really hit its stride.
    I was totally blown away. We all loved it, and it was 
    understood that it was not Ronnie Bennett on lead. There 
    was a lot of discussion back then about the lead singer, 
    yet it seems that a lot of information has been lost, and 
    is only now resuirfacing again. I'll have to dig out my 
    collections of Philately and the Phil Spector Appreciation
    Society newsletters, as well as my treasured, detail-filled
    copies of Alan Betrock's The Rock Marketplace. These are 
    the publications that alerted us to the Spector / 
    girl-group gems out there. Anyone still in contact with 
    those merry Spector-collectors over in England? Many of 
    their names escape me, and I'm near my mags... there was 
    Carole Gardioner, I believe, and a Mick Patrick... a few 
    others. Any clues?? Have also begun re-listening to Arlene
    Smith's "Love Love Love" and all the other early Chantels 
    numbers... gosh, they're great! 
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    Subject:     Ikettes on Phi-Dan
    Received:    04/09/99 2:20 am
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Just heard a snippet that may be of interest. A friend of 
    mine met Pat (P.P.) Arnold at the weekend, at a 
    Flirtations gig, no less....yes, the original group......
    but I digress.... The talk turned to Pat's days as an 
    Ikette, and she affirmed that the group that sang "Down 
    Down"/"What'cha Gonna Do" on Phi-Dan weren't strictly the 
    real Ikettes, but a studio group comprising P.P., Brenda 
    Holloway and Patrice Holloway. Some line-up, eh?!!
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    Subject:     Peter & Gordon
    Received:    04/09/99 2:21 am
    From:        David Marsteller,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi All!
    In the last week or so, I've been spending some time 
    listening to the recordings of Peter & Gordon. I might be 
    alone in my opinion ;) but I think there are a number of 
    recordings that would appeal to the folks on this list. In
    particular, I'm really getting to enjoy later songs such as
    "To Show I Love You", "Colour Blue" (a rocking cover of an 
    obscure Jackie De Shannon song), "Stop, Look & Listen", 
    and "You've Got Your Troubles". Many of the songs on the 
    last few albums (in particular Knight In Rusty Armour and 
    In London For Tea) have inventive arrangements (strings, 
    horns, percussion) and soulful lead vocals from Gordon 
    Waller. Unfortunately, availability of these tracks leaves
    a lot to be desired in the CD age. Some of the songs are 
    now available as bonus tracks in Collectables 2-fer 
    reissue series, but apparently they are taken from vinyl. :( 
    I'm curious to see what my fellow Spectropoppers think,
    as I don't recall Peter & Gordon ever being a topic of 
    /**      David Marsteller                       **/
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    Subject:     BOUNCE Non-member submi
    Received:    04/05/99 1:09 am
    To:          Spectropop List,
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     Many of you kewl cats and hep gals may not remember 
    Jo-Ann Campbell but in the late 1950's and early 60's she 
    was blazing a trail along with Wanda Jackson for 
    generations of female rockers to come. Jo-Ann was born on 
    July 20th, 1938 in Jacksonville, Fl. At 4 years old her 
    mother noticed a natural instinct of Jo-Ann showing off 
    and enrolled her in dance classes and entered her in local
    talent shows at Jacksonville Beach. to further Jo-Ann's 
    talents her parents took a loan from her grandparent's and
    moved to New York. Mom immediately enrolled Jo-Ann in the 
    local dance academy. The move to New York exposed Jo-Ann 
    to many "packaged" shows that played at local theaters and
    she would cut classes and ride the subway to catch the 
    shows. One day she saw an Alan Freed Rock & Roll Show, an 
    event that would change her life. That is when she told 
    her parents she was going to be a Rock & Roll singer, not 
    a dancer. Jo-Ann's first manager was Mike Glendale and his
    contacts landed her a record label deal with a little known
    operation called RKO-Point Records. Her first vinyl record 
    was a song she received from two up and coming writers 
    that she had met at the Alan Freed concert. The songs was 
    "I'm Coming Home tonight." The two writers were Eddie 
    Deane and Woody Harris who would each go on to write some 
    big hits. Jo-Ann then boldly sent a copy of the record to 
    the Gale Agency (one of the biggest booking offices at 
    that time). The combination of her good looks and her 
    energetic style prompted the Gale people to book her in a 
    couple of one shot shows in New York. A date at the Apollo
    Theater in Harlem with billing with the Cadillacs and the 5
    Satins. Jo-Ann went through a couple more label changes 
    before settling with Gone Records. She earned the name 
    "That Real Gone Gal." She was in a movie entitled "Go 
    Johnny Go" (an Alan Freed production) where she sang "Mama
    Can I Go Out Tonight" (written for her by Bo Diddley). She 
    starred with Jimmy Clanton, Sandy Steward and the movie 
    had performances with Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, Harvey,
    Jackie Wilson and many more. Later, she made another record
    label move to Cameo Records out of Phila., Pa. Her biggest 
    hit was with them with an "answer record" in response to 
    Claude King's smash of "Wolverton Mountain" entitled "I'm 
    the Girl From Wolverton Mountain." Despite her success, 
    her enthusiasm for touring was at a low and with the end 
    of the Alan Freed packages and the changing of the 
    industry, Jo-Ann's booking with Red Skelton at the Sands 
    Hotel in Las Vegas made her reluctant to do any more one 
    night shows. However, she did do one more in Shreveport, 
    LA, because the money was good and the house band's 
    reputation was even better. They were called the Jesters 
    and the leader was Troy Seals. Well, sparks flew and love 
    was born. They married in 1964 and are still married today. 
    The duo toured together and made a few records together 
    on Atlantic Records (who saw them as an East Coast answer 
    to Nino Tempo and April Stevens). They had some mild 
    success with "Who Do You Love" which went to #67 on the 
    Hot 100. That was there last chart record, which was all 
    right with Jo-Ann because she was pregnant and they went 
    into happy retirement. After, the family moved to 
    Hendersonville, Tn., in 1969 and Troy became one of 
    Nashville's biggest songwriters. Jo-Ann Campbell was way 
    ahead of her time. Raunchy male rockers were tolerated and
    appreciated in the 50's, but sassy female rockers stood 
    little chance. Jo-Ann though, lived through it all and 
    loved every minute of it (not knowingly paving the way for
    future rock female stars). She was the chick all the guys 
    wanted to date and all the girls wished they could be. 
     Here is some more info on the sexy Jo-Ann: She was in the
    films "Johnny Melody, Go Johnny Go and Hey Let's Twist." 
    Troy Seals is the cousin of Dan Seals.
    8/15/60  ---A Kookie Little Paradise---ABC 10134
    8/18/62  ---I'm the Girl From Wolverton Mountain---Cameo 223
    4/27/63  ---Mother Please---Cameo 249
    12/12/64 ---I Found A Love, Oh What A Love---Atl. 2256 (as Jo Ann & Troy)
    1957    ---Come On Baby---Eldorado 504
            ---I Can't Give You Anything But Love---Eldorado 509
            ---I'm Coming Home Late tonight---Point 4
            ---Wait A Minute---Gone 5014
            ---You're Driving Me Mad---Gone 5021
            ---I'm Nobody's Baby---Gone 5037
            ---Happy New Year Baby---Gone 5049
            ---Mama Can I Go Out Tonight/Nervous---Gone 5055
            ---Beachcomber/I Ain't Got No Steady Date---Gone 5068
    1960    ---A Kookie Little Paradise---ABC 10134
            ---Crazy Daisy/But Maybe This Year---ABC 10172
            ---Motorcycle Michael---ABC 10200
            ---Eddie My Love---ABC 10224
            ---Duane/Mama Don't Want---ABC 10258
            ---You Made Me Love You---ABC 10300
            ---I Wish It would Rain All summer---ABC 10335
    1962    ---5 Minutes More---Rori 711
            ---I'm the Girl From Wolverton Mountain---Cameo 223
            ---Mr. Fix It Man---Cameo 237
            ---Mother Please---Cameo 249
    1964    ---I Found A Love, Oh What A Love/Who Do You Love---Atl.2256
            ---Just Because---Atl.2293
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