__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0270 June 9, 1999 __________________________________________________________ A spectacularly complete kind of music-makingSubject: Re: Vogues "You're The One" Received: 06/09/99 12:29 am >From: Michael Coxxxx1.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com Stewart's and Dave's comments about the Vogues rendition of "You're The One" brings back lots of memories. Though Petula Clark's version did appear on her "I Know A Place" lp, it was never released as a single. The Vogues single hit my neck of the woods (Raleigh, NC) like a ton of bricks, with almost every local combo (we didn't call them/us "bands"), doing their own cover - its was sooo danceable and sooo garage-pop - a popular song with the crowds and so fun to play. The Vogues began in Pittsburgh as a doo-wop group called the Val-Aires (they returned to that sound with "Turn Around, Look At Me" and "My Special Angel"). Man, Pittsburgh of the early 60's must have been a hoppin' place, with the Caravelles, the Marcels, the Del-Vikings, Lou Christie, Chuck Jackson and Val-Aires/ Vogues. A wonderful fusion of R&B, R&R and pop - my kind of sound... - michael --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Soft Pop's Birth Received: 06/09/99 1:18 am >From: chuck, chxxxo.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com Hello to the list and thanks for all the intelligent and fun posts I've read so far. I'm a new member and a short introduction I think is in order. My first record was "He's a Rebel" and I have enjoyed the wall of sound and 50/ 60s music ever since. I have an enormous 45 record collection from that time. I live in New Orleans. I have developed a recent interest in the concept of soft rock/pop music, (I've always liked the songs) I've been thinking about the origins of this soft pop music and I personally believe you can look to big band ballads of the 40's or doo wop songs of the 50's and catch a glimpse at grandparents of soft pop. It recently came to my attention that Patience & Prudence released their 2 singles in 1956. It seems to me the best definition of these 2 songs is soft pop or soft rock. I can't imagine calling them anything else. Please help me with any insights you have on this. Could these be the first soft pop songs? One more observation. For those of you that own the Rhino box set, "Nuggets", isn't it amazing how it comes to a screeching uturn when "Sit Down I Think I Love You" comes on, followed by a couple of other soft pop songs. Thanks for a great list Chuck Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly, docxxx.com wrote > > The trio taped a seven-minute version called "Come Softly." > When the professional version was recorded, the title > was changed for reasons of taste, and Soft Rock was born! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Claudine Longet/King Cousins Received: 06/09/99 12:29 am >From: Ian Chapman, iaxxxalnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com Tobias wrote: > .................the flyer lists two > artists I haven't heard of. Claudine Longet's "Love Is > Blue" (A&M, 1968) and The Four King Cousins' "Introducing..." > (Capitol, 1968)...the covers look great...what kind of > music did they make? The heading says "soft rock - late > sixties dreamy pops [sic]. dedicated to roger nichols"..... > > Come to think of it, I have The Four King Cousins's cover > of Love So Fine on tape, and it's brilliant! Is it from > "Introducing..."? > > Tobias Tobias: I'm sure this won't be the only reply to tell you that Parisian-born Claudine Longet was once the wife of Andy Williams, and she made several albums and singles for A&M in the late 60s/early 70s. She sang in a wispy French accent (had Priscilla Paris been born in France, she would have sounded like this!) and her repertoire sat comfortably next to the likes of Sergio Mendes and Burt Bacharach. Several nice tracks to choose, my personal faves being " Small Talk" (better known by Lesley Gore) and the terrific "I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You". After she and Andy had divorced, things went rapidly er, downhill you might say, for Claudine. In 1976, in Aspen, she shot her boyfriend, champion skier Vladimir "Spider" Sabich, who, it was believed, was about to end the relationship. She was convicted of "criminally negligent homicide" and it was labelled a misdemeanour. The outcome of the trial was a controversial one, and the media was awash with "accidental or deliberate?" theories at the time. Claudine spent just 30 days in jail. Some - especially Sabich's family - believed she got off lightly. Claudine had reason to be thankful she had a high-powered defense attorney in her corner - in fact she later married him! Apparently the couple still live in Aspen. The King Cousins? Am I correct in thinking these were the collective offspring of the King Sisters? No whiff of scandal there, I'm sure......... Ian (Spectropop Babylon rules!) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Introducing the Four King Cousins Received: 06/09/99 12:29 am >From: Jack Madani, Jack_Mxxxk12.nj.us To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com spectxxxities.com writes: >Come to think of it, I have The Four King Cousins's cover >of Love So Fine on tape, and it's brilliant! Is it from >"Introducing..."? yes, Tober. It's a fantastic album, just outtasite. They do a marvelous job on the Beach Boy classic God Only Knows --they change the phrasing on the opening couplet so that it makes far more sense to the listener. But every cut on their album is good. It'd make a natural twofer with Roger Nichols' Small Circle of Friends. and leave us not forget the 4KC's include one Tina Cole, Robbie Douglas's wife and mother of the triplets on My Three Sons. All my friends were going gaga over Jeannie and Samantha Stevens; my total heartthrobs were Katie Douglas and Mrs. Maxwell Smart (aka 99). Oh Katie! BTW, just saw Tina Cole on an episode of Adam-12. Her hair was all different, almost skanky, but you couldn't hide those bright eyes and perky disposition. Officer Malloy had the hots for her. One other quick note: Robbie Douglas was in the Yellow Balloon. But I think we may have already covered that before. jack ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 Jack_Mxxxk12.nj.us "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred." --Henry Cabot Henhouse III ------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Claudine Longet Received: 06/09/99 12:29 am >From: Paul Urbahns, Pauluxxxcom To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com Tobias, I have most everything Claudine Longet recorded, she had a very light (almost whispering voice that was very popular with DJ's (most of which were guys) in the 60s. I am still looking for "Sugar Me" if anyone on the Spectropop List has it please let me know. She co-starred with Peter Sellers in The Party and sang the title song for the movie "A Flea In Her Ear" which starred Rex Harrison. Paul Urbahns pauluxxxcom --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Claudine Longet/Hamilton Camp Received: 06/09/99 12:29 am >From: Stewart Mason, flaxxx.com To: Spectropop List, spectxxxities.com Tobias asked: >I found a flyer a Japanese guy once sent me along with a >tape of Roger Nichols' album. Next to RN, Harpers Bizarre, >Chris Montez and The Free Design, the flyer lists two >artists I haven't heard of. Claudine Longet's "Love Is >Blue" (A&M, 1968) and The Four King Cousins' "Introducing..." >(Capitol, 1968)...the covers look great...what kind of >music did they make? I have the lovely Claudine's LOVE IS BLUE and it's excellent late-60s adult pop somewhere between the late albums by Astrud Gilberto and PORTRAIT OF PETULA-era Pet Clark. Besides a wonderful rendition of Paul Mauriat's classic title track (fans of this song should find Future Bible Heroes' 1997 EP LONELY DAYS, which has a beautiful synth-based version), the album's highlight is Randy Newman's "Snow," a remarkably pretty song delivered in Claudine's endearing voice, which has both a heavy French accent and a noticeable lisp, which makes everything she sings sound like baby talk. I think her voice is adorable, but if you're not a fan of either Astrud or the current crop of artless female indiepop singers with wispy voices and wobbly pitch, you might find it kinda irritating. Fans of the 70s golden age of Saturday Night Live might remember an incredibly mean-spirited and very funny piece called "The Claudine Longet Invitational," aired sometime after Claudine (she claimed accidentally) shot her professional-skier boyfriend. The sketch is nothing but film clips of skiers wiping out, accompanied by gunshots and an announcer exclaiming, "Oh no! He's just been accidentally shot by Claudine Longet!" Other biographical trivia: during her fairly brief late-60s recording career, Claudine was married to Andy Williams. And then Dave Feldman shares in my joy: >> Hamilton Camp -- "Here's To You" / "Leavin' Anyhow" >> >But I love the "Here's To You" album. To me, it opened up >Camp emotionally in the same kind of way that "Pleasures >of the Harbor" did to Phil Ochs. I have to admit my >favorite Camp song is his most commercial and pop-ish -- >"Here's To You" -- and it just killed me when this wasn't a >big hit single (I think it rose to the nether-regions of >the Hot 100), but I'm fond of the whole first side of the >album. I'm right with Dave on this one, "Here's To You" is an incredible single, with this unbelievably catchy scatted chorus that will not leave your head for hours. The closest analogue I can think of would be Nilsson's first two albums, which may help explain why, sadly, the song was not a hit; it's wonderful but it's just slightly too odd to really break through big. >The sound of Here's To You is quite different from >all of his earlier albums -- you might recognize a few of >the names
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