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Spectropop V#0326

  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 09/23/99

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       Volume #0326                      September 25, 1999   
                For Your Further Musical Enjoyment            
    Subject:     Paris Sisters & Nino Tempo
    Received:    09/23/99 3:03 am
    From:        Ian Chapman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jamie wrote:
    > [Paris Sisters]Mercury tracks came after the 
    > Nitzsche-produced Reprise album. Just how far after I am
    > not sure, so I don't know if the Mercury sides (on 
    > Growin' Up Too Fast) came before or after Paris
    > Sisters' association with Mike Curb.
    > Anyone know? Better yet, can anyone point to a Paris
    > Sisters discog?
    Hi Jamie,
    One of those Paris Sisters cuts on "Growin Up Too Fast" 
    was actually an MGM single ("Dream Lover", 1964). "Always 
    Waitin'" was Mercury, though, and was from '65.
    We ran an illustrated Paris Sisters discography in issue 
    #6 of "Philately", back in '85 or so. It was compiled by 
    J.D. Doyle, whom a lot of you will know. We illustrated it
    with varous pic sleeves, labels and a very early pic of the
    girls, taken in the 50s. Priscilla is almost unrecognisable
    !! The discog is a bit too bulky to post to the list, but 
    if anyone wants a copy, they can e-mail me privately and 
    I'll forward it.
    Coincidentally, Philately #6 was the same issue in which I
    wrote a review of Nino Tempo's "Boy's Town". Fourteen years
    later, and I still haven't tracked down a copy for myself!!
    However, I do echo everything that's been said about it in 
    the list. A superb record which, incidentally, features 
    just the backing track minus Nino's vocals on the flip....
    very Stack O' Tracks!!!
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    Subject:     Re: Boys Town
    Received:    09/23/99 3:03 am
    From:        Lee Dempsey, ESQExxxxxcom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Robin Wills writes:
    > 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 agree, Robin -- a great Wilson / Spector cop with very 
    obvious stolen riffs from "God Only Knows." A real late 
    Tower label release. I scored a mint promo copy (does a 
    stock even exist?) several years back.
    Maybe Brad Elliott can answer this question: Was this song
    the source of the rumors that Brian and Nino had worked (or
    were going to work) together? Brad, I know you quote Brian 
    in your book as having said that he was planning to work 
    with Nino, but that it never happened. Did Nino go off on 
    his own and do "Boys Town?"
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    Subject:     Phil Spector
    Received:    09/23/99 4:25 am
    From:        john rausch,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    There is a one page article with Phil Spector in the 
    September ish of Esquire mag. An odd collection of 
    "Phil-isms". Also has a b&w pic of Phil sitting at a piano 
    and a fake "severed" hand on the keys.
    Here is a link to the truncated version of the paper edition:
    John Rausch
    Phil Spector`s Wall Of Sound at
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    Subject:     Ronnie Dove and more
    Received:    09/23/99 3:03 am
    From:        James F.  Cassidy,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jim Fisher's post about meeting Ronnie Dove's daughters 
    brought back vivid memories about the Dove-Man, circa 1965. 
    I was living outside Worcester, Mass. at the time and 
    regularly tuned into Hartford (CT)'s Channel 6 for a local
    Bandstand-style show, the name of which I can't remember.
    For some reason, Ronnie Dove appeared several times as a 
    guest on the show, and my brothers, sister, and I used to 
    (sorry!) roll on the floor in hysterics as Ronnie 
    lipsynched one of his overwrought numbers with tears in 
    his eyes. In my pantheon of over-the-top pop/rock 
    performers, he and his Slim-Whitman-esque falsetto are 
    right up there with Narvel Felts, Wayne Cochran, and Roy 
    The same show also regularly featured the local (Rhode 
    Island) group, The Cowsills (the four brothers, before Mom
    and Susan joined).
    Has anyone ever compiled a history of local U.S. 
    rock'n'roll shows from the Spectropop era? I remember some
    great appearances by legendary performers on shows like 
    Upbeat!, Lloyd Thaxton, Clay Cole, Steel Pier Show, and 
    that one that Sam Riddle used to host (anyone remember?).
    Jim Cassidy
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    Subject:     Spector's Shirelles
    Received:    09/23/99 3:03 am
    From:        Stos, William,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Carol Kaye wrote:
    >BTW, and....Gold Star had dozens of top recordings besides
    all the Phil Spector (Righteous Bros., Shirelles, Crystals,
    Blossoms, Ronnettes, Tina Turner)
    Did I miss something?  Spector recorded the Shirelles?  I've 
    never heard of this before.  Was this just a misprint?
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    Subject:     Re: Gold Star Studios
    Received:    09/23/99 3:03 am
    From:        Jamie LePage,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Michael Marvin wrote:
    >[Gold Star Studios] 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. 
    >If someone else can enlighten me on the history of this 
    >historic place, please post.
    Hi Michael,
    I found this article on Gold Star among a bunch of unfiled
    papers I have hanging around. It's interesting not only 
    because it talks about Gold Star, but also that it uses so
    many terms in quotes that we take for granted today: demos,
    major labels, soundtracks, etc.. It is also interesting 
    that not one rock writer or producer is mentioned, which 
    places the article in the pre-rock 50s. Disney's Robin Hood 
    is mentioned, and that film was issued in the 70s. 
    Incongruous, but I can only guess whatever this refers to 
    it must have been an earlier Disney incarnation of Robin 
    Hood. Surely by 1970 no article on Gold Star would take 
    this slant. The material I have does not quote the source 
    or the writer. 
    The article is preceded by a bit of Gold Star prose; again
    the writer and source are not given. It was apparently 
    written after the demise of the studio.
    Gold Star Recording
    By the southern end of the Street of Dreams on the 
    boulevard named Santa Monica, there were Three Wise Men.
    Their fame had spread across the ocean and around the 
    world. Travelers came from afar to follow their star. The 
    Star of Gold - which would make them wealthy beyond their 
    wildest dreams.
    Now it is gone, but not forgotten, for its place in 
    history is secure.
    Stan, Dave and Larry, too.....the men who made the 
    songwriter's dreams come true.
    'Demos" Are Now Big Phase Of Biz
    A number of years ago, a songwriter could walk into a 
    music publisher's office, strike a few barroom-type chords
    on the piano, and blare out a new song in his own scratchy 
    Nowadays, the procedure is much more formal, *and* much 
    more expensive. Song writers like Jimmy McHugh "cut" a 
    "demonstration" record to let the prospective publisher 
    hear how the song sounds. At his own expense, the writer 
    hires a vocalist and pianist, or even may blow himself to 
    a vocal group or instrumental combo.
    He cuts the "demo" at one of Hollywood's small recording 
    studios, such as Gold Star Recording. Dave Gold and Stan 
    Ross, Gold Star's owners and recording engineers, have 
    helped "hatch" - not only new songs, but new artists, and 
    many other new ventures - via their records. For instance,
    the "demo" of "Rutza Rutza" was cut at Gold Star by a 
    couple of unknown writers.
    Then there's the music publisher. Once he accepts a new 
    song, he tries to sell it to "big label" recording 
    companies such as Capitol, Columbia, Decca or Victor. He 
    usually cuts another "demo" to demonstrate to the record 
    company how *he* thinks the song should be recorded.
    Many publishers, including Jack Clark, who represents 
    Simon House and Burke-Van Heusen, hatch their Hit Parade 
    hopefuls at Gold Star.
    Jeanne Stuart and other young Singers cut "demos" at Gold 
    Star to demonstrate their singing abilities to agents and 
    Advertising agencies cut "demos" of singing commercials to
    sell interested sponsors. often returning triumphantly to 
    Gold Star to cut the actual "spot" to be heard on the air.
    "The Lancers" are among the vocal groups hired to sing the 
    epic jingles.
    Still another type of 'demo" is used by musical comedy 
    writers. Johnny Mercer cut "demos" of all his "Top Banana"
    songs at Gold Star, then played them for the cast in New 
    York to demonstrate how he wanted the songs sung and 
    Gold Star also cuts greetings and "open end" interviews by
    artists such as song writers Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. 
    records are sent to disc jockeys who play them to give the
    illusion that the artist is appearing on the program - "in 
    Walt Disney Productions recorded actors auditioning for 
    parts in "Sleeping Beauty," "Peter Pan." and "Robin Hood" 
    at Gold Star. They also cut "sound tracks" for Disney 
    animators to use in blocking out their drawings.
    Often, a nervous artist, used to working in a casual 
    atmosphere, "freezes up" in the large, formal studios of a
    "Major Label" recording company. To get a relaxed, top 
    quality performance from the artist, major companies have 
    recorded in smaller, more informal studios like Gold Star.
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    Subject:     BOUNCE Non-member submi
    Received:    09/25/99 12:37 am
    To:          Spectropop List,
    ========= Start of forwarded message =========
    11:08 AM ET 09/22/99
    Diana "call me Ms." Ross Arrested at Heathrow
     	   LONDON (AP) _ Singer Diana Ross was arrested
    today at Heathrow Airport after allegedly assaulting a
    security officer. She was released in the afternoon,
    walking out of the Heathrow police station through a
    scrum of reporters. She was given a warning but not
    charged with an offense, Scotland Yard said. "Police
    here are wonderful," she said in response to one of a
    flurry of questions. She made no statement about the
    incident. Ms. Ross, 55, was detained after a female
    security officer, who had attempted to search the singer,
    complained of being assaulted. Ms. Ross was at Heathrow
    to board a flight to the United States, according to
    Press Association, the British news agency, and Air News,
    a news agency based at Heathrow. British Airways
    confirmed that Ms. Ross had been due to travel on the
    10:50 a.m. Concorde flight to New York. Police arrested
    her aboard the aircraft, the British Broadcasting Corp.
    reported. Scotland Yard said she was arrested "in
    connection with an alleged assault on a female security
    officer." "Police were called by security staff ...
    after a woman security officer complained of the alleged
    assault," Scotland Yard said, responding to inquiries
    about Ms. Ross' arrest.
    ========== End of forwarded message ==========
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    Subject:     ronnie spector
    Received:    09/25/99 12:37 am
    From:        john rausch,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Ronnie`s new american release She talks To Rainbows is now
    out with a bonus live track of I Wish I Never Saw The 
    Sunshine. Here`s another pic of Ronnie
    John Rausch
    Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes featuring Ronnie Spector at
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    Subject:     Music Experience Museum
    Received:    09/25/99 12:37 am
    From:        Carol Kaye,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Just to remind you that there's a lot of history already 
    archived on many many musicians, including many studio 
    musicians (different styles of music too) that will start 
    to be installed this coming January for the final opening 
    of the Experience Music Museum (Paul Allen is the 
    financier/builder) in Seattle this next June of 2000. It's 
    pretty exciting.
    Our Jazz Trio, Ray Pizzi sax, Mitch Holder guitar and 
    yours truly on elec. bass played a VIP wedding reception 
    recently up in Seattle, and the crew involved with the new 
    museum were all just the best of people....very creative, 
    interesting, and gracious people. They loved the band, we 
    all had a great time together, was a beautiful affair. 
    I am invited to the opening of the Museum in June. They 
    have my film archive online (and changing segments of my 
    video-streaming each week too), at their website:
    They kicked off the online series with 10 segments of my 
    video-streamings and will have others on there later on 
    too. This Museum is a biggie, costing 100-million dollars,
    and designed by one of the world's leading designers who 
    did the Guggenheim Museum. My video changes every week. 
    Carol Kaye
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