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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 09/18/99

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       Volume #0324                      September 20, 1999   
                    The Vine Street Irregulars                
    Subject:     Gold Star Studios
    Received:    09/18/99 1:47 pm
    From:        WASE RADIO,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I have done some studying about Gold Star Studios. 
    The studio was founded in 1950 by Stan Ross and Dave Gold.
    The earliest song that I can think of is that was recorded 
    there was the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is To Love Him", a
    number one hit around Christmas 1958. Not only was Phil a 
    frequent visitor to the studio, so was Eddie Cochran 
    ("Summertime Blues", "C'mon Everbody"), Ritchie Valens 
    ("La Bamba", "Donna"), Big Bopper ("Chantilly Lace"),The 
    Murmaids ("Popsicles and Icicles"), Sonny and Cher ("I Got
    you Babe", "Bang Bang", "The Beat Goes On"), Beach Boys 
    (back tracks to "Wouldn't It Be Nice' and "California 
    Girls"), Buffalo Springfield ("For What's Its Worth"), Iron 
    Butterfly ("In-a-gadda-diva" reportedly just the vocal was
    recorded there), etc. 
    Gold Star pretty much lived up to its name. The facility 
    was rewarded with 150 gold records. What made that studio 
    so great was the sound. It was a small room that had four 
    acoustic chambers, according to the back cover of the 2 LP
    "Phil Spector's Greatest hits" set (the one with the parade
    cover). I have seen some interior shots of the studio. The 
    board had three meters with rows of these small knobs. On 
    the right side were two tape machines, one with three 
    tracks which I speculate was used for either the initial 
    recording, or for stereo mixing. The other one was 
    obviously mono since it had one meter, and looks to me 
    like a Scully. The equipment may look antiquated by 
    today's standards, but the sound was fantastic. 
    Sadly the studio closed down in March 1984, and one report
    was that the building was destroyed by fire. What a shame. 
    A piece of music history gone up in flames.
    If someone else can enlightnen me on the history of this 
    historic place, please post.
    Michael Marvin
    WASE radio
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    Subject:     To big L and DJJIMMY
    Received:    09/18/99 1:47 pm
    From:        Joey Stec, Jxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    To big L:
    I was in the Magoos for their final year and helped bury 
    the group. We did recordings in LA and also did a few 
    shows. After the Blues Magoos, Ralph Scala (who was the 
    main writer of We Ain't Got Nothing Yet as well as the 
    lead singer) and I made a deal with United Artists Records. 
    We recorded and released an album called the Dependables, 
    which was Carl Radle, Ronnie Gilbert of the Magoos. 
    Chuck Blackwell from Taj's and Claudia Leenear of Mad Dogs
    fame....after the album bombed, I then played for a few 
    months with Crazy Horse as they were attempting to do a 
    second album. Then I did some things with Chris Hillman 
    and wrote songs that were published by Steven Stills Music. 
    I started a demo group with Jim Gordon (Traffic fame etc.) 
    Carl Radle, Bobby Keys, and Joey Lala. We did the Joey 
    Stec album on Playboy Records which is now available as a 
    limited edition on Loki Music. See Joey Stec Web Site. The
    album was produced by the late JIMMY MILLER. Please check 
    out the web site, it's mostly all there, and please feel 
    free to ask any questions you may have anytime.
    In answer to DJjimmy, yes, we all played on everything on 
    the Millennium album. 5 am was an old Ballroom track which
    we upgraded a bit, but I don't remember who played what on 
    that track. It was a great song from Sandy.  
    Thanks for your appreciation of rock and roll.
    Joey Stec
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    Subject:     Weird Beach Boys/Carol Kaye dream
    Received:    09/18/99 1:47 pm
    From:        Cheeky Monkey,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    I had this really weird dream last night of which I can 
    only remember a tiny fragment: a Beach Boys TV documentary
    in which Carol Kaye played the guitar riff to "Add Some 
    Music To Your Day" and commented "This is great stuff - 
    Brian at his best." !!! Just wanted to share this with you
    all :-)
    Amazing to see so many legends on this list, btw! I was 
    particulary happy that Joey Stec has joined us now, as the
    "Begin" reissue booklet annoyingly only stated (in 1990) 
    that you were "believed alive". So it's really great to 
    hear that you've recently hooked up with Mike Fennelly 
    again! I bought "Begin" about two months ago, and there's 
    not much info in the CD booklet, so I'd love to hear what 
    your part in The Millenium was, apart from co-writing 
    songs like "To Claudia On Thursday". What is your opinion 
    on the album today, looking back at it? It still sounds 
    amazingly fresh and modern, even all the psychedelic 
    phasing and backwards tapes. I don't know if you've heard 
    about the group, but a a nineties British band called The 
    Boo Radleys - coincidentally on the same record label, 
    Creation Records/Rev-Ola, as most of the reissued Curt 
    Boetcher stuff - owed *a lot* of their sound to The 
    Millennium, particularly on the last album they released, 
    "Kingsize", before they split up last year. Creation 
    Records should sign the remaining members of The Millenium
    to close the circle.
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    Subject:     Re: Clem Comstock
    Received:    09/18/99 1:47 pm
    From:        Billy G. Spradlin,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Dear David:
    Thanks for clearing up the Clem Comstock CD for me and 
    Jack. Sounds like a fun collection.
    I need to make one more correction: the other Teardrops 
    track on the "Where the Girls Are...Volume 2" collection 
    was "I Love You", not "A Change Of Heart", and was 
    produced by one Bud Reneau. Anyone know anything else 
    about this group besides that they released two 45's on 
    Musicor nationally?
    (This is what happens when you crank out a reply letter 
    very quickly, hit the send button...and....then look down 
    at the track listing on the CD Case and realize that you 
    made a mistake!)
    Billy G. Spradlin
    29 Rim Road
    Kilgore, Texas 75662
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    Subject:     Re:  records out of Cincy
    Received:    09/19/99 12:07 am
    From:        Ron Sauer, RGxxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    In a message dated 9/17/99, 04 :42:25 PM,Billy G. Spradlin,  writes:
    >I just picked up "Where the Girls Are... Volume 2" on Ace.
    >There are two good tracks by a Cincinnati Girl Group called
    >The Teardrops ("You Wont Be There" and "A Change Of Heart" 
    >which sounds like a early take of "You Wont.."). The notes
    >state that the records were originally released on Saxony 
    >records out of Cincy and later released by Musicor. The 
    >production on both tracks is "Kitchen Sink on a Budget" 
    >and I'm wondering if this Clem Comstock produced this 
    Nice to see one of my favorite girl groups mentioned. The 
    Teardrops has several local hits, the biggest here in 
    Cincinnati being "Tonight, I'm Going To Fall in Love Again". 
    I believe their producer was named Bud Reneau, but I'll
    have to check that. And I believe Saxony was his label. 
    "Tears Come Tumbling" is my favorite. That is the first one
    picked up by Musicor. I remember the then local DJ Morton 
    Downey Jr. making that announcement. (I remember him also 
    proclaming Dobie Gray "the next Marvin Gaye" and pulling 
    one of those "riding a Ferris Wheel for 83 million 
    straight hours" stunts.) "Tears Come Tumbling", after 
    being released on Musicor made some noise in Boston among 
    other places.
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    Subject:     Re: "Where the Girls Are... Volume 2"
    Received:    09/19/99 9:51 pm
    From:        Stos, William,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >I just picked up "Where the Girls Are... Volume 2" on Ace.
    >BTW: This CD is mostly R&B material...not Pop, even though
    >there are some catchy songs here and there, some of the 
    >songs deserved not to be hits or should have stayed "in 
    >the can"...
    My thoughts exactly. I like a lot of heavy girl group R&B 
    (Sweet Inspirations, Bluebelles, etc) but the stuff on 
    this comp was mostly just awful. Teardrops, Candy and the 
    Kisses, Ernstine Eady, Silky and the Shantungs, and Dianne
    and Annita have good cuts on here, but a lot of the solo 
    soul femmes which apparently cut "girl group" material 
    should have been left out. It's a shame this stuff is 
    reissued or saved from the vaults when countless other 
    pieces of great vinyl are left to rot.
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    Subject:     Nino Tempo "Boystown"
    Received:    09/19/99 12:07 am
    From:        Robin Wills,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Hi there
    A few years ago I managed to track down Nino Tempo's 
    single "Boystown" (Tower 369). I don't know if it been 
    discussed here already , but it's a marvellous lush Pet 
    Sounds/ Spector cross-over with lyrics to match the 
    campness of "I'd much rather be with the boys". Now to my 
    ears, it sounds like Hal Blaine on drums, does anyone have
    any other info of who else plays on it and where it was 
    recorded? Also my copy is not in great shape and I would 
    like to know if it has appeared on any compilations.
    I joined this list a couple of weeks ago (thanks Kingsley)
    and I have found it very informative, although these days I
    seem to depend less on older stuff as I enjoy a lot of the 
    new pop stuff emanating from the States... 
    All the best
    Robin Wills
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