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Spectropop V#0254

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 04/10/99

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       Volume #0254                          April 10, 1999   
               PLAYABLE ON STEREO & MONO PHONOGRAPHS          
    Subject:     Re: Peter & Gordon
    Received:    04/10/99 2:51 am
    From:        Andrew Sandoval, APSXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 99-04-08 14:25:27 EDT, 
    David Marsteller writes:
    >...there are a number of [Peter & Gordon] recordings that 
    >would appeal to the folks on this list... 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 re-
    >issue series, but apparently they are taken from vinyl. :( 
    > I'm curious to see what my fellow Spectropoppers think...
    Peter & Gordon have loads of fabulous recordings, perhaps 
    their greatest album is Hot Cold & Custard issued in 1968 
    in the US only. It is one of my Top Ten favourite albums 
    of all time. It is a sophisticated pop harmony record, not
    too soft and not too psych - just classy, well written 
    songs. It is a must find! Gordon's solo catalog has some 
    high points as well but is very patchy. All of P&G's 
    singles are recommended but their albums (especially US 
    versions as reissued by Collectables) are haphazard 
    quality wise. Find Hot Cold & Custard today!!!!!
    - andrew sandoval
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    Subject:     Home Of The Brave
    Received:    04/10/99 2:51 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Home of The Brave by Jody Miller, we cut at Capitol 
    Records (if my memory serves me right) with Billy Strange 
    arranging (that I am very sure of!).  
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Re: "Hey Little Girl"
    Received:    04/10/99 2:51 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Barry Taylor wrote:
    >..."Hey Little Girl" (an Aaron Schroeder publishing 
    >acetate)...the writers are Spector and Barrett. Does 
    >anyone know anything about this song? Was it released?
    Country singer Ray Sharpe released this on Garex 203. 
    Sharpe had initial success in Texas with his 1959 single 
    "Linda Lu". He re-recorded it as (The New) Linda Lu in 1962
    for Gregmark, the label that released all the 
    Spector-related Paris Sisters sides. Hey Little Girl was 
    written by Spector and Valentines' lead vocalist Richard 
    Barrett. The record was produced by Graham Fisher and 
    arranged by Gary Paxton. A novelty record at best, Sharpe 
    stutters and yodels his way through this recording of a 
    rather curious if mediocre Spector song.
    Does this sound like the acetate you heard? If not, I 
    wonder who did Schroeder's demo...
    Obscure Spector rules!
    All the best,
    Jamie LePage
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    Subject:     Joey Dee and The Goodfellows? Can I Go Out Tonight
    Received:    04/10/99 2:51 am
    From:        Brian, LesToilXXXXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    This is why I think this Spectropop list is a Godsend. 
    I can't count how many times I've popped on this two hour 
    video tape full of classic pop clips from old TV shows and
    films someone made me and looked at a young blonde woman 
    singing a song called "Mama Can I go Out Tonight" in an 
    old rock film and wondered...who is she? To be honest, my 
    curiousity wasn't sparked by her vocal prowess but by the 
    blandness of the song and the corniness of her performance. 
    I more enjoyed Jimmy Clanton's performance as the kid 
    theater usher who prefered to enjoy the show than see 
    people to their seats in that particular film ("Go Johnny 
    Go") over Ms. Jo-An Cambell's performance. It harkens back
    to Ms. Carol Kaye reminding us that the music industry 
    could take anyone off the street and make a star out of 
    them. I figured that's what they did here. Had I known or 
    had the opportunity to hear anything else from this 
    extremely ambitious woman my opinion wouldn't have been so
    harsh. I guess I'm mainly surprised to hear that that ultra
    "whitebread" song was written by Bo-Diddley. Thanks VERY 
    much for enlightening me on another valuable piece of pop 
    Now if someone could please varify if Joe Pesci really DID
    appear in the 1961 film "Hey! Let's Twist" as one of Joey 
    Dee's Starlighters? I know he played with them for a small
    while, but was he really in the film? This was claimed in 
    Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide book. Well I got my hands on 
    a copy of this film and examined in with a fine-tooth comb
    three times over. No Joe from what I could (or couldn't) 
    see. And of course I spent as much time hoping to get a 
    glimpse of some go-go dancing Ronettes as well. Guess this
    was too early for them. 
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    Subject:     Mick Patrick/Ikettes/Flirtations
    Received:    04/10/99 2:51 am
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >... there was Carole Gardioner, I believe, and a 
    >Mick Patrick... a few others. Any clues?? 
    I've been dying to get in touch with Mick Patrick or 
    Malcolm Baumgart. Their names appear as the writers of 
    practically every liner note in my girl group cd 
    collection. What a wealth of knowledge! Can anyone put me 
    in touch? I've searched the net with no luck.
    >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......
    They're still performing! All three original members? I 
    didn't think they had any other big hits aside from 
    Nothing But A Heartache, although that was pretty huge! 
    Even some teeny bopper fans of the Spice Girls (ugh) knew 
    that title when I mentioned it! 
    >but I digress....
    Don't digress, tell us more, what was the concert like?  
    I'm dying to hear more!
    >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?!! 
    There never really was one group of Ikettes. Read my brief
    bio on my web page and you'll see members used the group 
    like an employment agency. Who produced the Phi-Dan track?
    Is it at all Spectorish?
    BTW, PP's The First Cut Is The Deepest is one of my all 
    time favourite songs.  I never get bored hearing it.
    Speaking of Ikettes, Pat Powdrill, who recorded the very 
    girl groupish "Happy Anniversary," was an Ikette for a 
    while. What ever became of her? She didn't exactly sound 
    like she had a rough and tumble soul voice like some other
    Ikettes, but it was genuinely pleasing.
    Girl Group Chronicles
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    Subject:     Tenor Sax guys
    Received:    04/09/99 3:26 am
    From:        Marc Miller, marXXXXXXXXcom
    Matthew Kaplan brought up Red Prysock's name. He is, 
    without question, one of the all time greats...and here 
    are some others: Sam "The Man" Taylor - played on a 
    million sessions in the 50's/early 60's and has a few LPs 
    under his own name on Decca and MGM. (Big) Al Sears - as 
    above ('cept for the solo stuff...AFAIK, he recorded solo 
    for MGM and King) and he's was an Ellington alumn. Jimmy 
    Wright - played on the Gee/Rama/Gone records (Frankie 
    Lymon, The Crows, etc) and has at least 1 totally amazing 
    78 single under his own name called "Move Over". The above
    3 guys were mostly East Coast guys. As for the West Coast, 
    the only 2 names that come immediately to mind are Maxwell
    Davis and Steve Douglas.
    Perhaps Carol Kaye can provide more info on the West Coast
    guys? Also, Carol, did you get to play with Taylor, Sears 
    or Wright? 
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