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                           "OK boys. Take one."

There are 8 messages in this issue #26.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Vancouver Vinyl?
           From: "Ian Chapman" 
      2. new girl group book
           From: john rausch 
      3. Re: Ritchie Valens
           From: Jeffrey Thames 
      4. More Carol Kaye Bass
           From: "jake tassell" 
      5. Chuck Britz RIP 
           From: Glenn Sadin 
      6. unsung heroes - Chuck Britz
           From: "WASE RADIO" 
      7. Steve & Eydie's "Brill Building" era tracks
           From: LePageWeb 
      8. Papa Loves Mambo
           From: Carol Kaye 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 17:44:24 +0100
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Vancouver Vinyl?

Hi guys,

I'll be visiting Vancouver late October and wondered if 
anybody knows of any stores that sell good old 60s 45s in 
the area?


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Message: 2
   Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 11:17:57 -0400
   From: john rausch 
Subject: new girl group book

I thought I would pass along this email regarding a new GG
book about to hit the market. If anyone is interested in 
scans of the front and back cover and the roster, email me

Looks like a great book! Here`s the email I got:

> Hello Oldies Fans,
> Be on the lookout for "Girl Groups -- Fabulous Females 
> That Rocked The World", coming soon at a bookstore near 
> you! This book is the result of a series of interviews 
> that I conducted with group members from just about every 
> popular female group from the 50s and 60s, with some great
> 70s and 80s groups added for good measure. (See the 
> attached roster.)
> About six years ago, I decided to embark on collecting the
> most comprehensive information I could find on my favorite 
> female groups. What better place to go than straight to 
> the source. Over 100 members were interviewed to give the 
> reader the most accurate information possible.
> There is a comprehensive index of girl groups and their 
> related labels as well as an introduction from the Queen 
> of Pop herself, Ellie Greenwich. Also, group members were 
> gracious enough to lend their photos for this publication.
> The book is 269 pages and retails for $19.95 ($31.95 in 
> Canada). It will be available at the end of September in 
> all the major book outlets. You may order it in advance at
> Barnes & Noble or you can order it through at 
> the discount price of $17.95. If you're a fan, or just 
> interested in American musical history, this book is for 
> you.
> John Clemente

John Rausch
Phil Spector`s Wall Of Sound @

Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes @

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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 11:53:05 -0500
   From: Jeffrey Thames 
Subject: Re: Ritchie Valens

Last Sunday I saw the musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. 
Thoroughly enjoyable, and it reaffirmed my long-standing
belief that Buddy is one of the prime architects of popular
music as we now know it. As far as I could tell, the facts 
check out more often than not (unlike the movie, the 
Crickets are identified by their real names, with the 
exception of Niki Sullivan, who's only identified as "4th 
Cricket"...anyone know why?). However, there's one aspect 
of the musical that bothers me. Ritchie Valens is 
portrayed (by someone WAY over 17) as a brash Elvis 
wannabe and a Mexican stereotype (for lack of a better 
term, no offense intended) rather than the down-to-earth 
local-boy-makes-good we know from the film "La Bamba". 
Which is closer to the truth: "La Bamba" or Buddy? 
Any thoughts Ms. Kaye?

And here's to Chuck Britz, midwife to the birth of a 
musical revolution...


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Message: 4
   Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 12:13:15 +0100
   From: "jake tassell" 
Subject: More Carol Kaye Bass

Hi Carol

You said:

>  Am pretty sure
> that's Rene Hall on Dano....I didn't have my Dano bass
> guitar until around 1959-60 and yes, did a few hits with
> Dano ("In Crowd" Dobie Gray etc.),

I didn't know you played on 'The In Crowd' (one of my 
favourites), but I've often heard 'Carol Kaye-style' 
basslines on uptempo mid-sixties rnb records (or what we 
in England call Northern Soul) at 'nighters, and I 
wondered if you played on any of the 'Mirwood' output (or 
to be more specific, did you play the bass on 'Oh My 
Darlin' and/or 'Darkest Days' by Jackie Lee?).

Also, while we're still close to the subject of the 
Danelectro Six-String Bass, any idea who played 'Dano' on 
Jack Nitszche's 'The Lonely Surfer'?

Thanks and regards


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Message: 5
   Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 14:12:14 -0700
   From: Glenn Sadin 
Subject: Chuck Britz RIP 

Carol -

That was a lovely eulogy to Chuck Britz. You have a 
wonderful way with words when describing someone's 

In a different message you wrote:

>Glenn, yes, I did the Ritchie Valens recordings, but on
>rhythm guitar, not on Dano bass guitar.  Am pretty sure
>that's Rene Hall on Dano....I didn't have my Dano bass
>guitar until around 1959-60 and yes, did a few hits with
>Dano ("In Crowd" Dobie Gray etc.), but that's not me on
>Dano on Ritchie's recordings...he was great to work for
>btw, a fine singer, pleasant person, good feeling from
>him at Gold Star.  Has to be Rene Hall.  I hired Rene to
>play bass on my multi-guitar album, recorded in 1965, now
>put out as "Calif. Creamin'"...he was so good on bass
>(was a fine blues guitarist too, did some solo guitar
>work on the 60s Ray Charles hits).

I just scored (for only a buck!) an original copy of 
Ritchie's first album - I'll have to listen closely to the
rhythm guitar, as I only really know your work as a bassist. 
Was that really Ritchie playing those scorching lead 
guitar parts? Speaking of the Dano, have you tried the 
reissue Danelectro baritone basses? How do they compare 
sonically to the originals in your opinion?


Glenn Sadin

Read about JAPANESE POP MUSIC from the 1950s thru the 1990s:

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Message: 6
   Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 00:04:59 -0400
   From: "WASE RADIO" 
Subject: unsung heroes - Chuck Britz

I've always believed that there are unsung heroes behind 
the hits. From the studio engineer to the studio musician.
In New York you had Eddie Smith from Bell Sound and Bill 
McMeekin from Mirasound. From Chicago you had Ron Malo 
from the old Chess studios who later worked at Ter Mar 
also in the windy city-as well as Bruce Swedian at 
Universal studios. In Los Angeles You had Stan Ross and 
Larry Levine from Gold Star and Chuck Britz from Western 
studios. It really saddened me to learn of Chuck Britz's 
passing. He was a great engineer. I'm one of those who 
listens very close to music, especially of the 60s. And 
Chuck's engineering was top notch. He will be missed very 
much. If you want to hear Chuck's voice, check out the 
Beach Boys' track, "Our favorite recording sessions". 
You'll hear Chuck's voice on the talkback saying, "OK boys. 
Take one".

Thanks for the memories 
Michael G. Marvin

P.S. If anyone is ever in the central Ky. check out WASE 
on 103.5. Every Tuesday Night from 7 to 8pm I host a "lost
oldies" show. I bring back all the big hits from the 50s-
60s and early 70s-all from my personal CD collection. For 
that matter listen to WASE anytime. We play some hard to 
find hits anytime.

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Message: 7
   Date: Sat, 26 Aug 00 16:14:21 +0900
   From: LePageWeb 
Subject: Steve & Eydie's "Brill Building" era tracks

Ian Chapman wrote:
>Two other great tracks that should be noted are... 
>"The Dance Is Over" (Goffin/Weiss/King) by Eydie on ABC, 
>and the dramatic "Last Night I Made A Little Girl Cry" 
>(Kaye/Springer) by Steve on Columbia. The latter is 
>probably my favourite of Steve's "mature Brill Building" 

I have a cover of "Last Night I Made A Little Girl Cry" 
by the Merseybeats. I believe it was a non-charting single 
from the fall of '64. Great song, and the Merseybeat 
treatment is charming. I've yet to hear the original.


Brill Building at Spectropop

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Message: 8
   Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 00:24:03 -0700
   From: Carol Kaye 
Subject: Papa Loves Mambo

Someone mentioned this big 50s hit song, Papa Loves Mambo.
I just wanted to say, that was a first hit by Perry Como
....loved his voice, fine singer. And that tune was cute 
as the Mambo was really hot then and everyone, EVERYONE, 
was dancing the Mambo, so much fun. How come no-one has 
that kind of fun anymore dancing with happiness on their 
faces? Real happiness, not this show-off image pretense?

Personally I don't watch that show - not the least bit 
interested, but hear a little bit about it on TV news, but
survivors (won't even capitalize it) TV show? Who wants to 
watch.....I'd rather go out to hear a great band, a real band, 
and dance the Mambo.  

Carol Kaye

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