http://www.spectropop.com/ ________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Jack Nitzsche a rock & roll institution April 22, 1937 - August 25, 2000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 6 messages in this issue #30. Topics in this digest: 1. Red Roses For Jack Nitzsche From: Carol Kaye 2. Jack Nitzsche From: "Joseph E. Vine Jr." 3. Re: Dano on Lonlely Surfer From: Carol Kaye 4. Gary Usher Biography Volume Two Now Available From: "Ron Weekes" 5. The haha movie again From: Carol Kaye 6. Larry Levine article From: LePageWeb ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 16:28:23 -0700 From: Carol Kaye Subject: Red Roses For Jack Nitzsche Neil Young had sent 100s of beautiful roses for the chapel service for our friend and great arranger/composer Jack Nitzsche. It wasn't easy to keep from crying....Jack was 2 years younger than me and we all were shocked to be there, but united in our respect and grief for him. His great personality, humor, and yes some obstinance too (who in this business doesn't have that! It takes that to be successful). We were a big part of his early days of copying, and then arranging as were many others there: Don Randi, Earl Palmer, Don Peake, Tommy Tedesco being represented by his widow, Carmie and son Denny, Phil Spector (who himself lost his son) -- his eulogy for Jack was very moving as were the others by Don Randi, HB Barnum, Christie (name?) Bono. Nancy Sinatra was there, Jewll Akens, Tony Newton, Don Peake, David Blumberg, the place was packed. And we were all glad to see each other too, even at a time like this. Jack Jr. gave a nice eulogy for his father, and it was wonderful to share old stories with Gracia and Billie Barnum - Gracia was glad we were there, most of us she hasn't seen in about 34 years - it was good to see her again. Very wonderful people there. Earl and I were standing in front of Jack (open coffin) and Earl gave Jack a Catholic blessing, reaching in to bless him. Sean Penn who was friends with Jack was there also, so many others. It was truly wonderful to see Phil Spector again, he looked good, the same Phil we all worked for, and we all congregated around him....all of us united in our feelings. And we each received a beautiful rose as commemoration. It's a gentle reminder of how fragile life is. As I told Jack Jr., his father's love won't stop, he'll feel Jack watching over him, and then of course, there's the great music legacy he leaves. Darn it Jack, why did you go? Carol Kaye --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2000 13:46:50 GMT From: "Joseph E. Vine Jr." Subject: Jack Nitzsche Several Jack Nitzsche obituaries: http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palladium/9229/nitzsche.htm --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 02:39:41 -0700 From: Carol Kaye Subject: Re: Dano on Lonlely Surfer >>>>> Jack Tassell asked 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'? The credits on the LP state: Jimmy Bond, David Gates, basses. blh<<<< Well, that's interesting. FYI, Jimmy Bond is a string bass player, didn't play elec. bass but did have one, and surely never the Dano Bass Guitar, which is just that, a form of a guitar not a bass. David Gates, wonderful guy, I worked a lot for David (just got some emails from him awhile back too, thanking me for the work, he's down in San Diego county), was a fine elec. bassist, but never did play Dano Bass Guitar. What does the lineup of the "guitars" say? That's one thing that Russ Wapensky had a ton of trouble with too in his research of all the Union contracts, that elec. bass sometimes was listed under "guitar" and while it's natural for Dano bass guitar to be listed as a "guitar" on the dates - it never took the place of any bass on the dates, was used as an adjunct bass -- the Fender Bass was also on many a Union contract, such was the nomenclature of this new instrument. We would find out who played what by Russ sending tapes around to everyone, Bill Pitman, Glen Campbell, Dennis Budimer, Ray Pohlman, Tommy Tedesco, everyone, literally 6-8 guitarists and bassists on dates, and they could dicipher who was playing what...just like a person's voice, you recognize a person's instrument and sound and feel in the music business. And funny, how we all came to the same conclusions about who played what on the listings of just "guitar" on the multi-instrument recordings marked on the Union contracts. The results are in Russ's book now. I think it's funny, and get a big laugh out of Motown credits which list Bill Pitman as "bassist"...while he was the master of the Dano bass guitar, he never played elec. bass on Motown at all, and he'll be the first to tell you that. In fact, we just spoke on the phone yesterday about Jack's funeral -- Bill used to work for me when I had Gwyn Publishing in the 70's and I even published a couple of his guitar books. If you note in the 50s credits, you'll see Bill's name on guitar credits all over the place...he was on the road with Bert Bacharach before settling down out here doing studio work in LA. People who don't know us get it mixed up all the time, and practically everyone is barred now from the Union as many contracts have been stolen before also. Russ Wapensky, who has helped put the Union contracts back in order, and help find missing contracts and try to back up the ones that had been stolen by "researchers" from before, is the only one allowed into the Union vault records to research the contracts. He was just here in LA, on his last research trip and spoke about how he's currently wrapping everything up to finally have his long-awaited book published (after 10 years of writing it). So it won't be long now. Jimmy Bond would just laugh when I tell him about playing "dano" - he's such a purist on string bass, a very fine jazz bass player who turned realtor.......but such is the mix-up out there. Russ's book will put a rest to much of this. Carol Kaye http://www.carolkaye.com/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2000 16:59:37 -0600 From: "Ron Weekes" Subject: Gary Usher Biography Volume Two Now Available Here's the press release I received from Stephen McParland regarding the second of five volumes of his long awaited biography on Gary Usher. It's longer than the first volume! Ron Weekes +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ NOW AVAILABLE!!!! THE CALIFORNIA SOUND - An Insider's Story The Musical Biography Of Gary Usher - VOLUME TWO This 184 page 8x10 glossy coloured covered book is the second of a FIVE volume set detailing every aspect of the recording career of GARY USHER. The period covered in this volume is 1964-1966. Also included in this volume are six full pages of photos, plus a variety of other pages devoted to recording contracts, records/demos labels, handwritten lyrics, etc. A full chapter synopsis for subsequent volumes is also featured, as is a thorough index. PRICE PER COPY IS $27 PLUS POSTAGE All payments must be made in $US AMERICAN DOLLARS. CASH IN A REGISTERED LETTER PREFERRED. IF PAYING BY CHEQUE, PLEASE ADD AN EXTRA $US6 FOR BANK CHARGES. NO MONEY ORDERS AIRMAIL POSTAGE IN PADDED BAG IS $9 PAYMENT SHOULD BE SENT TO: CALIFORNIA MUSIC P.O. BOX 106 NORTH STRATHFIELD, 2137 AUSTRALIA --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2000 09:35:42 -0700 From: Carol Kaye Subject: The haha movie again Needless to say, the stuff in that movie never happened, the purported studio parts of pure fantasy the American Family movie showed, I've said this before, so won't reiterate here. Also: I never saw Phil Spector like that either, think they were trying to copy a real early NYC photo, and thinking he probably acted "cool" like that....nothing could be further from the truth, Phil is down-home - was jovial, very communicative, dressed casually and in fact sometimes, very hippie-style outlandish things, that's how "accurate" this movie is. Carol Kaye http://www.carolkaye.com/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Sun, 03 Sep 00 14:35:07 From: LePageWeb Subject: Larry Levine article I found an interesting post on the message board... [Phil Spector first came to Gold Star Studios in L.A. in the late Fifties to work with Stan Ross...Later, with "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," I was to become his regular engineer. Phil was really working us hard and I didn't know what to do to make him back off. I finally decided that there was nothing else I could do, so I just turned all the pots fully off, all twelve of them. Phil looked at me like I was crazy and started screaming at me...I started bringing the pots back up...I had eleven of the pots turned up and had mixed them pretty gently to where they were when Phil yells, "That's it! That's the sound. Let's record." I told him that I didn't have Billy Strange's mic open yet. (Billy was playing lead guitar.) Phil said, "Don't turn it on!" It was my single greatest experience with a record and >from there on in, I was Phil's engineer. I was so excited about "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" that I would take people into the control room and tell them, "If you tell me there's a chance, just a chance, that it won't make the Top 10 - I'll eat the tape right in front of you." ] Check this out. Long, but very interestng... http://www.escribe.com/music/spectropop/bb/index.html?bID=52 Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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