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Spectropop V#0271

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 06/09/99

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       Volume #0271                           June 10, 1999   
               THE PERSONALITY SOUND of the SIXTIES           
    Subject:     Del-Fi Records Story
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        Steve Stanley,
    Paul MacArthur wrote:
    >Here's my latest for you to check out: Del-Fi Records 
    >story in the Houston Press. Quotes from Bruce Johnston, 
    >Bob Keane and Elliot Easton. Anyone interested in the 
    >story of a west coast independent label from the late 50s 
    >and early 60s will like it (I hope).
    Steve Stanley wrote:
    Very groovy story Paul... And very well written! 
    On behalf of the entire Delphonic staff, THANKS!
    Steve Stanley 
    National Sales Director 
    Del-Fi Records
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    Subject:     Claudine-Andy
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Yes, I did all the Claudine Longet things in the 60s and 
    the Andy Williams things too during that period (mid-60s 
    to early 70s). Usually they used Columbia Studio D, the 
    smaller room where we also cut the Little Green Apples etc. 
    hits with O.C. Smith.
    She was a very sweet person as I recall, not that much of 
    a singer, but Andy was in back of her all the way. It was 
    usually John Guerin on drums, I don't recall seeing Hal 
    Blaine on the Andy Williams and/or the Claudine Longet 
    dates. But Hal was on the later dates that Andy did with 
    Pet Clark.
    I am playing on all the Chris Montez things, bass on the 
    ones you listed, Tobias. But I did play guitar on his 
    first big hit cut at Gold Star of "Let's Dance" early on. 
    I saw Chris as a matter of fact about a year ago here, he 
    came over to jam and to cop some jazz licks, he's on the 
    road nowadays, happily too. 
    Yes, I played on the Nick DeCaro and Liza things, Jimmie 
    Rodgers things too. I'm not sure about the rest, some of 
    them, but I can't say for sure. The Russ Wapensky book 
    will list all the proper credits for studio musicians when
    it comes out towards the end of this year on Greenwood 
    Press. He's just about done with all the research, but 
    he's busy with his government stuff right now.
    I recorded Liza's first things and her mother Judy Garland
    was there, kind of quiet, she was just there for support, 
    but cordial and interested in the whole process for Liza 
    who was noticeably very nervous but gave her all...the 
    band helped by kidding with her too....the date was kept 
    fun which I think she appreciated. 
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Re: A classic compilation indeed
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        Stewart Mason,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Tobias wrote:
    >*** V/A - "Easy Listening Moods - A Classic Compilation" 
    >(A&M). The title is *very* misleading, it should say "Soft 
    >Rock Moods" instead! Probably the greatest compilation 
    >I've heard in a long long time...the tracklisting is:
    >A. Copeland Singers - Classical Gas [written by "Williams".  
    >Paul Williams?]
    Nope, Mason Williams, better known at the time as head 
    writer for the Smothers Brothers TV show. He also wrote a 
    number of songs on their albums, most of which are an odd 
    mixture of comedy and completely straight folk-pop songs, 
    many of which are really quite good. Given that "Classical
    Gas" is an instrumental, it would be interesting to hear 
    what the Alan Copeland Singers did to it -- I'm imagining 
    something like the Ray Conniff Singers or the Botho Lucas 
    Choir (and if anyone has any Botho Lucas Choir records you
    could tape for me, PLEASE email me!!!), a lot of lush 
    ba-ba-bas and oooo-weeee-oooos. I love that sound.
    One of my proudest recent acquisitions is The Ray Conniff 
    Singers doing "Shaft." It's every bit as wonderful as 
    you'd imagine. 
    NP: Glad To Get Away -- Jandek
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    Subject:     Re: So Goes Love
    Received:    06/09/99 1:18 am
    >From:        Big L,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >I definitely agree with you about "So Goes Love" being 
    >remarkable, but in the case of The Turtles it wasn't left 
    >in the can. "So Goes Love" appears on the Turtles "Golden 
    >Hits" package which was released on White Whale in 1967. 
    Now you're talking my language! The first album I ever
    bought. I can't think of a bad cut on it. "So Goes Love"
    was and is one of my favorites. A lot of the Turtles songs
    had a wry twist to the lyrics - "Let Me Be" is another.
    And how 'bout "Grim Reaper Of Love?" Not your typical 1965
    pop love song, for sure.
    I think the Turtles lost it abut mid 1968, when they began
    trying to make every song a satirical comment of some
    sort. Even "Elenore" was supposed to be a jab at the
    rock/pop establishment. "Chicken Little Was Right." Huh?
    I can't think of another artist or group that got a rawer
    deal from their record company, though. I'm glad to see
    that their work is finally getting the recognition it
    Big L                   Check out my Radio Legends pages at:
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    Subject:     Dino: Italian Love Songs
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        Jack Madani,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    So I'm listening to Dean Martin, and it's a lush, 
    Gordon-Jenkins-ish sort of album, and first I hear "My 
    Heart Reminds Me." But it's quite a different version from
    the semi-wall-of-sound version that Vikki Carr did.
    But it's nice even so.
    Then all of a sudden the next song comes in and the 
    first words are, "You're breaking my heart...."
    and for just a split second I think omigawd, is Dean 
    covering Nilsson?
    My brain is totally burnt out from grading year-end lab 
    jack "non compos dimenticar mentis" madani
    Jack Madani - Princeton Day School, The Great Road,
       Princeton, NJ  08540
    "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred." 
     --Henry Cabot Henhouse III
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    Subject:     Hamilton and Ladybug
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        David Feldman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    DF said
    >>The sound of Here's To You is quite different from 
    >>all of his earlier albums -- you might recognize a few of 
    >>the names : Van Dyke Parks; Larry Knechtel; Hal Blaine 
    >>AND Earl Palmer; Bud Shank, used to great effect on flute,
    >>among others. Along with some of Tim Hardin's best work, 
    >>this album includes some of my favorite folk-jazz fusions.
    Then Stewart asked:
    >And here Dave says the magic words. What does my idol Van 
    >Dyke do on this album? I suppose a CD reissue is too much 
    >to hope for, but is the vinyl at all easy to locate?
    I can't be of too much help here. Van Dyke Parks is listed
    as: "piano, organ, etc." Glen Hardin is also credited as 
    playing piano on the record. Camp was always more than 
    generous in crediting his musicians on the album, unusual 
    in its day.
    And Dave M. -- I've ordered Ladybug Transistor on your 
    recommendation. Look forward to hearing it.
    Dave Feldman
    CD of the Week: "Whereabouts" (Ron Sexsmith)
    Word of the Week: monkfish
    TV Blight of the Week:  Craig Kilborn
    Best Time Killer of the 90's:  Filling out the UPDATED gender survey at
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    Subject:     "Milk and Honey" 45
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        Steve Stanley,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Stuart Mason inquired about the following 45 singles:
    The Vogues -- "You're the One" / "Some Words" 
    The Vogues -- "The Land of Milk and Honey" / "True Lovers"
    Steve Stanley wrote:
    It's possible that "Milk and Honey" is an obscure cover of
    a great obscure song by a band that recorded a single on 
    Date Records. The principal genius behind this song and 
    group (Summer's Children) was Curt Boettcher- a frequent 
    name of discussion for Spectropoppers.
    Is Curt's name listed in the writer credits?
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    Subject:     Barbara Harris of the Toys
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        WILLIAM STOS,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I just was contacted by Barbara Harris of the Toys. I 
    wrote to her via her web site and got a lovely reply and a
    copy of her brand new cd called Barbara Now. Quite an album. 
    Some of the music is too gospelly for me, but there are 
    about 3 or 4 songs which knocked my socks off. It was 
    entirely a family affair, including some of her 
    grandchildren singing a little song, and Barbara singing a 
    beautiful duet with her musician husband. Check out my 
    links page to find more on Barbara and the Toys. 
    Will Stos
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    Subject:     Re: Same Tune, Different Lyrics
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        Michael "Doc Rock"  Kelly,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Angels "I Adore Him"/Jan & Dean "Dead man's Curve"
    Pixies Three "Summertime USA"/Jan & Dean "New Girl In School" 
    (flip of DMC!)
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    Subject:     Same tune, different lyrics
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        chuck,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Will Stos wrote:
    >Not being alive back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, I was 
    >wondering how common it was to use a tune and write new 
    >lyrics to it. What other examples are out there? 
    Hello Will,
    Another Beach Boy example would be "Catch a Wave" being 
    rewritten and performed by Jan & Dean as "Sidewalk Surfing." 
    The songs are so similar that you could easily splice 
    them together on a cassette player, and for the untrained 
    ear it would be hard to hear the difference. I actually 
    did this on a summer/surf cassette I made many years ago.
    Easy listening in the Big Easy
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    Subject:     Re:  "Sunshine Pop"
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        DJ JimmyB, DJJimxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 6/8/99 12:39:16 PM, you wrote:
    >WMBR-FM in Cambridge, MA, 88.1 will feature a "Sunshine 
    >Pop" show on Tuesday, June 22 from 6-8a.m. with DJ Jimmy 
    >Botticelli on his weekly show "Jimmy's Easy", easy and 
    >busy listening, cool and strange instrumentals and over 
    >the top sunshine pop every week
    That has been rescheduled to June 15th with spillover 
    tracks scheduled for the 22nd of June (sorry).
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    Subject:     Thalia Menninger
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        Tom Simon, txxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I would like to respond to this interesting note from the 
    Spectropop list:
    >... 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!
    All of them were wonderful but for my money, no one can 
    beat Thalia Menninger, as portrayed by Tuesday Weld on the
    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
    Tom Simon
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    Subject:     TV Heartthrobs, Which Williams, and Chris Montez
    Received:    06/09/99 11:30 pm
    >From:        James F. Cassidy,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jack "Love Man" Madani wrote:
    >my total heartthrobs were Katie
    >Douglas and Mrs. Maxwell Smart (aka 99). Oh Katie!
    Fuhgeddaboudit, Jack! It was "Wrangler Jane" from F-Troop 
    and especially Julie "Catwoman" Newmar who first stirred 
    the loins of this Spectropopper!
    Then Tobias, the Man of a Million Names, wrote:
    >A. Copeland Singers - Classical Gas [written by "Williams". 
    >Paul Williams?]
    Negatory, good buddy. That'd be Mason Williams, who had 
    the original hit. It was a classical guitar-driven 
    instrumental, so I *have* to pick up this disc to find out
    how the Copeland Singers turned it into a vocal exercise!!!
    Chris Montez certainly fits into this collection, as his A&M 
    stuff was kind of a male version of Astrud Gilberto 
    (breathy voice/no vibrato/semi-monotone). What a departure 
    >from his Mex-Rock roots ("Let's Dance", or as Chris 
    pronounces it, "Lez Dance"). 
    Jim Cassidy
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