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          dead dog songs that were cut in about two sessions

There are 10 messages in this issue #15.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Reparata and the Delrons / Yellow Balloon
           From: "Mr. Action" 
      2. Yellow Balloon
           From: Glenn Sadin 
      3. Jan and Dean's Yellow Balloon
           From: Paul Urbahns paulurbahn
      4. Warner-Spector 
           From: "Joseph E. Vine Jr." 
      5. Memory Lane 
           From: kieront
      6. Rock On History 
           From: "Kingsley Abbott  
      7. Re: Ronnie sings Spector (or not)
           From: Jamie LePage 
      8. ronnie sings
           From: john rausch 
      9. Re:  Yellow Balloon
           From: "Ron Weekes" 
     10. More Tommy James/Pittsburgh hits
           From: Greg Matecko 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 13:11:16 -0400
   From: "Mr. Action" 
Subject: Reparata and the Delrons / Yellow Balloon

Written in Digest Number 14:

>I got the Reparata and the Delrons song on the new Girl
>Group cd on Varese Sarabende. This disc compiled by Dick
>Bartley has the song in true stereo, but sounds distorted.
>At least it does not  have the badly chopped ending.

Well, I don't agree with this, it sounds really clean to 
me. If you DO hear some distortion, then it's on the first
generation stereo master tape, as that's what they used for 
this release. It's never sounded better than it does here.

Michael Gessner wrote re: Yellow Balloon
>I read that the original version of "Yellow Balloon" was
>done by Jan & Dean. I looked through all my J& D LPs and
>haven't found it. Is this true and if so, where can I
>find it?

Mike, Although I'm not at home to double check, I'm pretty 
certain that J&Ds "Yellow Balloon" is on the Sony "Rock 
Artifacts" series, I *think* Vol 2. I'm pretty sure that's 
where I first heard it. Also, If I'm not mistaken, isn't it 
on the J&D CD "Save For a Rainy Day" with all the rain 


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Message: 2
   Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 14:18:00 -0700
   From: Glenn Sadin 
Subject: Yellow Balloon

Mike sez...

>I read that the original version of "Yellow Balloon" was
>done by Jan & Dean. I looked through all my J& D LPs and
>haven't found it. Is this true and if so, where can I
>find it?

It's on the legendary and super-rare album "Save For a 
Rainy Day," reissued in expanded form by Sundazed on CD 
and double-LP. The album was recorded in Dean's garage 
with a bunch of J&D's studio musician pals shortly after 
Jan's accident. (No, Jan does not not sing on the record!)


Glenn Sadin 

Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 

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Message: 3
   Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 17:39:57 EDT
   From: Paul Urbahns paulurbahn
Subject: Jan and Dean's Yellow Balloon

Mike wrote:

>I read that the original version of "Yellow Balloon" was 
>done by Jan & Dean. I looked through all my J& D LPs and 
>haven't found it. Is this true and if so, where can I find

Yes Mike, as the story goes, after Jan was injured in a car 
accident, Dean wanted to get some product out so people 
would not forget who Jan and Dean were. He made some 
recordings at Joe Osborne's garage (in 1966) with some 
musician friends that had worked on previous Jan and Dean 
records over the years. The album "Save It For A Rainy Day" 
had songs on the theme of rain with some sound effects 
dubbed in. Songs included, among others, Yellow Balloon, 
Here Comes The Rain, Lullaby In The Rain, Taste Of The 
Rain, etc. Dean did two arrangements of Yellow Balloon, 
one a typical Jan and Dean one, and one that had a bubbly 
effect like the Turtles. He says he was doing Turtles 
album graphics at that time.

Apparently he gave the Turtles type version to Gary Zekley
who shopped the tape (with some alterations) to Canterbury 

The original Yellow Balloon single (on Canterbury) had the
song Yellow Balloon backwards on the B side (as Noollab 
Wolley) proving at that early point he didn't have a 
second song.

Meanwhile, Jan privately issued the Jan and Dean album on 
his own own J&D label (as J&D JD-101) in 1966 and sold 
them himself. Now this is where I get confused. According 
to most accounts Jan wasn't getting paid for some of the 
albums he wholesaled so he made a deal with Columbia in 
1967 to issue the Save It For a Rainy Day album as 
Columbia CS-9461 but it wasn't issued. Columbia did issue 
two cuts from the J&D album in 1967 (probably to promo 
their issue of the album) Yellow Balloon backed with A 
Taste Of Rain on Columbia single 4-43682. Apparently Gary 
Zekley couldn't get anybody to issue the Turtles style 
version of the song until the Columbia Jan And Dean 
release was announced. because in 1967 when the Canterbury
version was released. Zekley said in an interview that he 
knocked on doors and nobody wanted to issue the song until
the word was out that Jan and Dean version was ready to be 
released. he also said someplace he was afraid he would 
get sued if he issued it, so his stories vary slightly. I 
have heard both singles were advertised in the same issue 
of Billboard.

In all honesty the Turtles type arrangement was more 
contemporary and out sold the Jan And Dean version. 
Besides Jan's family supposedly didn't want the song out 
with Jan's name on it because Jan had nothing to do with 
it. That's why the single wasn't widely pressed, and the 
album never issued. Columbia didn't want a legal battle on
their hands and they didn't want an album credited only to 
Dean. The cover of the album had Jan Berry's brother 
standing in for Jan with no explaination.

Over the years the Jan And Dean version has been more 
available than the Yellow Balloon version. As far as I can
tell the actual Yellow Balloon single on Canterbury was 
grossly overpressed (expecting a bigger hit and more sales
than it got). The original Canterbury single and album were 
the only releases I could find of the song until recently. 
I am told by other fans the Canterbury album was padded out 
with some dead dog songs that were cut in about two 
sessions. Some of the songs had been previously issued 
under the name Our Gang, but I understand they were 
re-recorded for the Yellow Balloon album so the sound 
would be uniform. Can't confirm this because I don't have 
the Our Gang versions on Br'er Bird label. Varase Sarabade
issued the single on a various artists CD called Sunshine 
Days volume 3. The Yellow Balloon album has been reissued 
on CD and according to the notes Don Grady was the lead 
singer on the Yellow Balloon track. Don Grady was on the 
My Three Sons TV show and this may have helped Zekley sell
the song to Canterbury when nobody else wanted it.

Meanwhile, back to your original question. I have the 
original Jan And Dean version on a various artists album 
called California USA (Columbia C2 37412 issued about 1977, 
and later reissued on CD), Rock Artifacts, Volume 4 
(cassette and CD) issued about 1991. And finally Sundazed 
issued the whole Save It For A Rainy Day album with 
alternate versions of the songs on CD in 1996 (Sundazed SC
11035) with the original mono album complete and some 
stereo remixes available for the first time. The Save It 
For A Rainy Day CD definately belongs in any Jan And Dean 

This seems a little long but if anyone else can shed some 
light on this confusing subject, please do.

Paul Urbahns

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Message: 4
   Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 13:15:25 GMT
   From: "Joseph E. Vine Jr." 
Subject: Warner-Spector 

If possible, I would greatly appreciate the US Master #s 
for both sides of Cher's "A Woman's Story" / "Baby I Love 
You" (Warner-Spector 0400) and Darlene Love's 
Warner-Spector single 0401.

Thanks very much!


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Message: 5
   Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 10:13:37 +0100 
   From: kieront
Subject: Memory Lane 

 said in digest 14

>I remember that not too far from Picca=dilly circus and 
>Shaftsburry Avenue there was a small market place where I 
>used to buy a lot of records. There was a stand there 
>called Rock On, as far as I know it was before the Camden 
>Street shop. Do you know if this stand was the begining of
>the Rock On story?

That was in Soho market, at the east end of Gerrard Street
(London's Chinatown). Rock On originally was a stall in 
Portobello Market and moved to Soho Market in 1976. It was
great - I bought the Try It LP by The Standells in = 1977 
(I was three years old...). In Sep or so '76 the Jam 
plugged into the electric supply at the stall and played 
outside the market on the street (I didn't see this). But 
the stall was a goldmine for 60s and 50s stuff - the folks
who ran it ran Chiswick records, now Ace Records, top 
reissue label. In mid 1977 another stall opened in the 
market, Wretched Records, totally dedicated to punk. When 
the Rock On shop opened in Camden (late 1978 I think) the 
stall became Rocks Off, and moved into a shop in Hanway 
Street (behind Oxford Street) under that name. And it was 
there I got the soundtrack to Riot On Sunset Strip.

That's quite enough memory lane,


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Message: 6
   Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2000 09:58:09 +0100  
   From: "Kingsley Abbott  
Subject: Rock On History 

Dear Spectropoppers,

The recent queries about the roots of the late great Rock 
On shop in London's Camden Town prompt me to tell what I 
know of the story.

As far as I recall, Rock On and the lovely Ted Carroll 
started on Golbourne Road, which is off Portabello Rd. Ted
had a tiny stall at the back of a sectionalised shop 
premises. His bit was about 10 ft by 8 ft perhaps - one 
counter that he could just fit behind and some wall racks.
It opened I believe only on Friday mornings and Saturdays. 
The first time I went was a Sat. when I delighted in 
finding the second Hondells album for, I think, A33-25. 
Ted was heavily into selling Flamin' Groovies that 
afternoon. He would have his pet things to tell you about 
and to sell you. He introduced me to The Halos' "Nag", 
Tony Visconti's "I Remember Brooklyn" doo wop pastiche and
The Hammersmith Gorillas amongst others there. Thereafter 
I'd go on a Friday morning on my way to work, and would 
encounter Ted on the street market outside "Junking" as 
he'd call it - searching for good albums to sell on the 
stall. I narrowly beat him to an Outlaws (Meek) for a few 
pence one morning.

His stall was a great place to hang out. Rob Finnis was 
often there (Nice Guy) and we'd chat about the relative 
worth of Spector/Girlie/Surf tracks. They asked me to 
justify why I reckoned the Fantastic Baggys so much after 
Ted and I did a heavy trade for one. The stall had a good 
'underground' reputation for collectors. At that time 
there were very few collector shops in London - Moondogs 
in East London (WONDERFUL basement!), Vintage up the 
Caledonian Road and Ted, plus a few market stalls here and
there. This was around 1972/3- pre record fairs etc. Ted 
soon opened up the well known stall at the Soho Market 
just behind Leicester Square - again pretty small. This 
was usually staffed by Roger Armstrong. Mnay goood finds 
could be made there. It was to become well known as it was
much more central and near other record stalls. Somehow, I 
can't recall how, I was at the Camden Town shop the day 
before it opened, and I gave Ted a hand putting stock out 
on the racks. I delighted in finding copies of the second 
and third Critters albums that afternoon. I had never seen
them before. A33 each! This was to be the template for the 
great collectors shop. Smallish interior - maybe 18 ft by 
12 ft customer space - with racks either side and down the
middle, and the counter at the end with rarities displayed 
and boxes of thematically arranged singles, plus 
knowledgable staff - Ted, Roger, Barry Appleby and others.
I recall the Spector book display, Ted's first Rock On 
Production by Rob Finnis. Great it was too! Worthy of 
updating and reissuing? The shop was always first on 
anyone's visit to Camden record searching as it was right 
outside the station. You'd never know who you'd bump into 
there - Lemmy, assorted Clash or Damned or Terry Melcher. 

Probably as much a source of Hornby's "High Fidelity" as 
anywhere, as it was THE place. Soon after Ted had the 
Chiswick label offices upstairs in a glorious clutter, and
>from that the glorious Ace Records grew with all the same 
people on board. I look now at their catalogue, which has 
to be about the best in the world, and recall the early 
beginings. I'm happy to say that they have remained tot 
ally committed to the ideals of proper record collecting. 
Music first!

I could go on for hours, but I hope this will have been of
some interest to people even if they have never been there!

Kingsley Abbott

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Message: 7
   Date: Sat, 05 Aug 00 23:27:42 +0900
   From: Jamie LePage 
Subject: Re: Ronnie sings Spector (or not)

David Young wrote:

>I'm confused about...the alleged injunction Spector has
>against Ronnie's singing his songs in public. It seems
>like I remember that the ban did not apply to her live
>concerts, only to appearances in broadcast media.

Hi David,

>From the various comments I've seen posted here, I too 
believe we've not heard the whole story yet. When the 
court decision in the Ronettes vs. Phil was announced it 
was a fairly high profile story in the media, yet this 
"injunction" has not been mentioned in any piece I've seen.
For that matter, an injunction against an artist barring 
her from performing her popular repertoire would be 
equivalent to inhibiting her from practicing her chosen
profession. I cannot think of a single reason or 
circumstance that would persuade a judge to grant such a 

Bearing in mind that that many broadcast uses of songs are
subject to approval of the owner, I think your comment that
Ronnie cannot perform Phil's compositions in broadcast 
media is probably closer to the truth, and for that no 
injunction is necessary. The whole thing boils down to 
whether a song can be used without permission of the owner. 
My guess is that if permission is not required, then 
Ronnie may continue to "use" Phil's songs. But if 
permission is required, it just might be that Ronnie's 
attorneys were told it may no longer be possible to obtain
that permission. Purely conjecture, mind you...
>And how does she get away with doing "I Can Hear Music"
>on the upcoming "Chapel of Love" PBS special? Because
>she's duetting with Brian Wilson? 

My guess? In a way, you're right - because of Brian; and 
Jeff. Denying Ronnie would be denying Brian and Jeff as 
well. It isn't surprising to learn this particular "Ronnie" 
use of I Can Hear Music was approved.
>And for that matter, how was it release...
>"I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine" on her recent "She Talks 
>to Rainbows" EP?

This use is not considered "performance". It is considered
"reproduction". Once a song has been released, anyone can 
obtain a license to release a new recording of that song, 
without permission of the owners. It's a principle concept
in defining to what extent an "author" may control use of 
its works, and it clearly does not extend to control over 
who can record or publicly perform those previously released 
works. I would be very interested to see any judgement ruling 
against that concept.

>Can anyone who's seen her lately confirm that she's 
>still doing these tunes live?

I can confirm she was doing them all as recently as 
eighteen months ago, and we have seen several reports here
since then confirming the same. If you and I are guessing 
correctly, she will continue to perform these songs 
publicly but you probably won't very often see her singing
Philles era hits on TV or video any more.

>She's coming to Seattle on September 3...

That's less than a month away. Please tell us all about it
afterwards. When I saw her eighteen months or so ago she 
was brilliant. Far beyond my expectations. I liked 
Ronnie's 1999 show much more than the Billy Joel/E Street 
Band era. The band was quite decent and fairly true to the
original style, and fortunately, the drummer rarely 

All the best,


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Message: 8
   Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2000 14:49:12 -0400
   From: john rausch 
Subject: ronnie sings

David Young posed some interesting questions about Ronnie 
Spector singing her songs.

I too am interested in the ramifications of the recent 
court ruling. Hope someone has some info.

Also I have heard that Ronnie is back in the studio 
recording a full length lp/cd. Does anyone know any more 
on this?

John Rausch
Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes@

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Message: 9
   Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2000 19:14:31 -0600
   From: "Ron Weekes" 
Subject: Re:  Yellow Balloon

Mike wrote:

I read that the original version of "Yellow Balloon" was
done by Jan & Dean. I looked through all my J& D LPs and
haven't found it. Is this true and if so, where can I
find it?

Ron replies:

Isn't it on the Sundazed CD "Save For A Rainy Day"?

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Message: 10
   Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2000 21:27:39 -0600
   From: Greg Matecko 
Subject: More Tommy James/Pittsburgh hits

Here's a little more info on Tommy's early years. As 
Michael Marvin pointed out, "Hanky Panky" got it's big 
push in Pittsburgh. The DJ usually given credit for this 
is a fellow named "Mad Mike" Metrovich (sp). The stories 
I've always heard is that it broke at the teen dances 
first, then on the air.

When the record hit, and Tommy came to town to make 
appearances, he recruited a local band to become the new 
Shondells. One or two of them still reside in the 
Pittsburgh area.

What you don't always hear about is the local 
"entrepreneur" that booted the Snap 45 of "Hanky Panky." 
This gentleman used profits from Tommy's record to 
continue to press 45's of other "Pittsburgh Hits," over 
the years, and was finally sent to jail a few years ago 
for, of all things, selling stolen beauty products at flea

It always amazes me that Tommy James gets lumped in the 
bubblegum music area. Sure, "Hanky Panky," Mony Mony," et.
al. were bubblegummy, but "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and "
Sweet Cherry Wine" certainly weren't - heck, "Sweet Cherry
Wine" was a protest song!

As someone else pointed out, Tommy still puts on a great 
live show. He constantly returns to Pittsburgh for oldies 
shows, and always sounds great! He even married a 
Pittsburgh girl...

Spectropoppers, I have been remiss in my duties. I mention
"Pittsburgh Hits" above. These are not in reference to hits
by Pittsburgh groups such as the Vogues and the Skyliners. 
These are songs that were made popular by DJ's who had 
control over what they played on the radio in the 60's. 
Guys like Porky Chedwick, Terry Lee and the above 
mentioned "Mad Mike" were constantly on the lookout for 
music that no one else had, and would actually take steps 
to guard the record's identity so no one else could play 

Many of these records fall under the category of 
Spectropop faves - a lot of girl-group type stuff, along 
with soulful love songs. There is a local company that has
been putting a bunch of this stuff out on CD, and I'll have
to get more information and post it to the list.

An example of a "Pittsburgh Hit" is "High On A Hill," by "
Mandy" writer Scott English. Almost any time a poll is 
conducted on Pittsburgh's favorite oldies, this song 
usually pops up as Number 1. It wasn't a national hit, but
a monster record here in Pittsburgh. I think it may have 
gotten some airplay in California.

On another note, I'm still kicking myself for finding out 
too late that Carol Kaye played a jazz concert during her 
seminar in Pittsburgh! Carol, what did you think of local 
luminary Joe Negri?

Greg Matecko

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