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Spectropop V#0300

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 08/05/99

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       Volume #0300                          August 5, 1999   
    Subject:     Bones Howe
    Received:    08/05/99 12:58 am
    From:        mike white,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi folks!
    Some of you may remember a posting of mine from a month or
    so ago, asking if anyone might be able to help me track 
    down this most esteemed producer for an interview. I'm 
    afraid that all of the leads graciously provided to me 
    have lead nowhere (one generous individual even gave me 
    his home address, to which I FedExed a letter - - moved, 
    no forwarding address). So, I'm asking again that if 
    anyone can offer any advice, however tenuous, on how to 
    contact Bones, I'd be indescribably grateful. The 
    interview, incidentally, is for a story on 'soft pop,' and
    I'd be glad to send a copy of the paper to anyone who helps
    Thanks muchly,
    Mike White
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    Subject:     Celebrating the History of Hip
    Received:    08/05/99 12:58 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    The Rhino Retrofest will be held at the Santa Monica
    Civic Auditorium on August 13, 14 and 15. Tickets are
    $15.00 each per day and will include admission to all
    events and exhibits for that entire day.
    According to Rhino, the event will be "three days packed
    with music, food and a huge gathering of Pop Culture
    memorabilia. Stuff you can buy, stuff you can look at,
    and stuff you can have flashbacks to!"
    Interested persons may wish to access the web site at:
    For updated information, call 1-877-GO-RETRO (467-3876).
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    Subject:     girl groups etc.
    Received:    08/03/99 7:32 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >>did you do much interacting with the girl-group vocalists you recorded for?<<
    Just a little....a lot of Phil's dates were tracking dates
    - so no hanging with Crystals etc., tho' Darlene Love (and 
    sometimes the Blossoms too) was usually there. I knew 
    Brenda and Pat Holloway and Clydie King as well as the 
    And no, no svengali type thing at all...they were feisty 
    good women, sharp; they were there to work just like the 
    rest of us. And like any pro, they'd try for exactly what 
    Phil (or whoever the producer was) wanted....seems to me 
    that Darlene offered a lot of good suggestions to Phil tho', 
    which he'd really take into consideration, just kind of
    a blurry memory about that.
    I saw Ronnie of the Ronettes in the booth a few times but 
    not in the studio. Didn't know her very well, just to say 
    hello to. Cher was hanging around then too. Yes, you'd 
    have loved the "River Deep Mountain High" recording was almost anti-climatic after recording the 
    long string of big hits for Phil - I truly tho't it was 
    going to be his biggest.
    Percussionist Gary Coleman spoke of working the date for 
    Dennis producing that idiot killer, and we musicians tho't
    that was just too damned "close" and there was an effort to
    get our home addresses and private phone numbers out of the
    Union book, something that most do today. 
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Jazz in Nashville
    Received:    08/03/99 7:32 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Yes, I lived in Nashville in the 80s and went to the only 
    jazz club in town....there's a difference between jazz in 
    Nashville and jazz in LA. When I was playing jazz in LA, 
    there were dozens of heavy-duty jazz clubs in the late 50s won't catch the likes of Billy Higgins, Frank 
    Butler, Bill Goodwin, Harold Land, Teddy Edwards, Jack 
    Sheldon, Joe Maini, Hampton Hawes, Joe Sample, etc. those 
    kinds of players in Nashville, sorry. George Shearing was 
    also living here then. 
    To one who is not Leonard Feather who writes about "jazz 
    in Nashville", there's jazz in 1-2 clubs and then there's 
    a jazz scene period. There's numbers out here yet, plus 
    the real almost straight-8th serious jazz, not swing-jazz.  
    Carol Kaye
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    Subject:     Joe E. Ross
    Received:    08/05/99 12:58 am
    From:        Gaylord Fields,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > Did he really? Or are you kidding? I'm a big fan of Joe. E.
    > Ross!
    > >PS: Upon second thought, i _would_ care if Joe E. Ross won.
    > >Has anyone out there ever heard his great record, "Ooh,
    > >Ooh"?
    > Big L
    Oh, yeah, you betcha. It's as real as real gets. "Ooh! Ooh!" 
    (his catchphrase) by Joe E. Ross (acting credits: "Car 
    54, Where Are You?", "It's About Time," "Hong Kong Phooey"; 
    other catchphrase: "Do you mind?") is most easily found 
    on a CD compilation of celebrity songs that i believe is 
    called "Hollywood Hi-Fi." I recall it being on the 
    reconstituted Brunswick label. Ted Cassidy's snappy 
    non-hit dance-craze tune "The Lurch" is represented on the
    disc as well. Both these songs make the collection worth a 
    king's ransom.
    PS to Carol: Don't get me started on the vast wasteland of
    music videos.
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    Subject:     Re: Buying Original 60's Girl Group Vinyl
    Received:    08/03/99 7:32 am
    From:        Lee Dempsey, ESQExxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I'm a new (and mostly silent) member of the list, but I 
    thought I'd jump in on this thread. I've been looking for 
    years for a girl-group 45 on A&M by The Westwoods called "
    I Miss My Surfer Boy Too." It's a great Spector 
    sound-alike answer song to "New York's a Lonely Town," 
    replete with sleigh bells and celeste. I believe it was 
    either arranged by Jack Nitzsche and produced by Ray 
    Pohlman, or produced by Jack and conducted by Ray, but 
    I've never seen a copy -- I've only seen a photocopy of 
    the label once, and that was several years ago.
    Any help in finding a copy would be appreciated.
    Lee Dempsey
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    Subject:     Phil Spector
    Received:    08/05/99 12:58 am
    From:        Scott Bauman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Ray Taylor, asked:
    > Can any one tell me what Phil Spector does all day long
    > here in 1999!
    A few months ago, I was talking to a long-time presence on
    the L.A. music scene and he told me that, every once in a 
    while, Phil calls him and his friend up to his house where
    he tells them stories of the good old days until the wee 
    hours of the morning. He said that he's not "friends" with
    Phil, but that Phil is a pretty lonely guy who doesn't seem
    to have many friends.
    -- Scott
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    Subject:     Re: Phil's life
    Received:    08/03/99 7:32 am
    From:        Mark Landwehr,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    > Can any one tell me what Phil Spector does all day long
    > here in 1999!
    Counts his money & goes to court periodically...
    Seriously, according to a relative I have spoken with, it 
    apparently seems that he lives a life of leisure, although
    he does have an office and a secretary but rarely appears 
    there in person. Most of the business has to do with 
    autograph requests (which he will not give) and people 
    asking permission to use his music for some commercial 
    venture (which he sometimes gives if the price is right).
    Pretty tough, eh?
    Phil Spector Label Gallery
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