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Spectropop - Digest Number 34

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           Here are the great songs. The unbelievable excitement... 

There are 10 messages in this issue #34.

Topics in this digest:

      2. The Wilson Project book
           From: "Ron Weekes" 
      3. Getting J&D Book
           From: Doc Rock 
      4. Gold Star Sound effects
           From: "Doug Morris" 
      5. Girl group questions
           From: "Antonio Vizcarra" 
      6. Joanie Sommers
           From: Claudia Cunningham 
      7. Usher and Kaye and Todoroff
           From: "Joseph Scott" 
      8. Re: The "IN" Crowd
           From: Paul MacArthur 
      9. Nitzsche/Proby
           From: "Ian Chapman" 
     10. Ink Spots --- What's In The Name...
           From: Paul MacArthur 


Message: 2
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 17:04:57 -0600
   From: "Ron Weekes" 
Subject: The Wilson Project book

Tobias asked earlier about the status of Stephen
McParland's "The Wilson Project" book.

Stephen tells me that "The WILSON PROJECT and BRIAN
WILSON TAPE #10 (the follow-up) are out of print. However
they will be republished early next year (shortly after
USHER 4) as the one book THE WILSON PROJECT TAPES 1-10."

In looking at his timeline with his Gary Usher books, the
earliest we would see these two books republished as one
will be February 2001.  

Trust me, for those of you who have not read either of
these books about Gary Usher's involvement with Brian
Wilson's first venture back into the studio and dealing
with Dr. Eugene Landy, they are worth the read.  Reading
"The Wilson Project" renewed my interest in Gary Usher.

Ron Weekes
The Surf and Hot Rod Sounds of Gary Usher Web Page


Message: 3
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 13:44:09 -0400
   From: Doc Rock 
Subject: Getting J&D Book

> Does anybody know where I can get hold of McParland's
> book "The Wilson/Usher Project"? I tried with Pet Sounds
> in Newcastle, but they don't seem to find a copy of it
> either...could I perhaps order a copy directly from
> McParland himself?
> Tobias

His book is amazing. My friends have been urging me to
write a J&D book for 25 years. Now I don't have to. It's
been done -- in spades! Great stuff!



Message: 4
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 18:39:32 -0700
   From: "Doug Morris" 
Subject: Gold Star Sound effects

I read somewhere that the thunder and lightning heard at
the start of the Ronettes "Walking in the Rain", The
Cascades "Rhythm of the Rain" and Dee Clark's "Raindrops"
all came from the same sound effects record in the Gold
Star Studio's library.  True?

Also, I've been enjoying immensly Carol Kaye's postings
in this newsgroup. I do have a question regarding those
famous '60's recording sessions that perhaps she could
help clarify. Namely what is the meaning of the term
"contractor" when applied to the union session contracts.
I understand that on some of the Spector sessions Hal
Blaine is listed as "contractor".  I always (perhaps
ignorantly) assumed that in those days Phil or Brian or
Jan or whomever could call up a the session "contractor"
who would arrange to secure the services of the
individual studio band members.  However, Carole has
stated numerous times that there was no "Wrecking Crew"
as such, that all of the session players were independent
contractors. I guess I'm just wondering if Hal's role was
as just another (outstanding) player, or if he also
performed the role of gathering the session players.

I have no agenda on this, just curious about how such
magnificent music came to be.

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Message: 5
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 19:33:48 +0200
   From: "Antonio Vizcarra" 
Subject: Girl group questions

Hi everybody,

I am new to the list which I think is really great!!! so I
don't know if these questions have been posted before, but
if anybody knows please let me know.

Could anybody tell me if Robin Ward released after the
"Wonderful Summer" album other records? if so how many?. I
think it's a shame she didn't have more success in the 60s
as she was in the same league as Lesly Gore or Shelley

As for Terry Black, another unsung sixties hero, anybody
knows what records he made after The Black plague album?

Finally, can anybody shed more light on the Donays?
because the only know fact about them is that their lead
singer was Yvone Allen and that their only recording was
made supposedly in Detroit.  

Thanks in advance for all your help.


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Message: 6
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 20:04:04 -0400 (EDT)
   From: Claudia Cunningham 
Subject: Joanie Sommers

Can anyone tell me who the musicians were on Joanie
Sommers' hit, "One Boy"? What a heavenly song! 

Claudia Cunningham

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Message: 7
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 20:07:48 -0700 (PDT)
   From: "Joseph Scott" 
Subject: Usher and Kaye and Todoroff

Hi all,

When I think of Gary Usher and Carol Kaye, I think of the
best Beach Boys-influenced single of all time, "My World
Fell Down" by Sagittarius, which charted in '67. BTW
Carol, the highly acclaimed '60s box set Nuggets
explicitly credits you on this track, along with Blaine,
Knechtel, Glen Campbell, Bruce Johnston, and Terry

Carol, that was the same thing Jim Hughart told me in our
interview, that the session musicians kept their jazz
experience secret from the younger rock guys in case it
would intimidate them.

Steve Todoroff, I was very impressed by your recent
article on Leon Russell and I'm looking forward to buying
your book about him.

Joseph Scott

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Message: 8
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 10:06:58 -0700 (PDT)
   From: Paul MacArthur 
Subject: Re: The "IN" Crowd


We all know the bassist on  "The 'IN' Crowd' was Eldee
Young and it was recorded live at a nightclub in
Washington, DC...


- Paul

Album of the Week: Dusty Trails DUSTY TRAILS
Wine of the Week: Black Opal: 1998 Cabernet/Merlot Blend 
Concert of the Summer: Brian Wilson

"I wouldn't tolerate that language about you, sir, and I
won't tolerate that language from you." - Leland McKenzie

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Message: 9
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 21:04:18 +0100
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Nitzsche/Proby

> Jake Tassell wrote on 12/18/99 1:28 am
> > As far as I know, and anyone's welcome to contradict me on
> > this point, Proby made only two tracks with Jack Nitszche -
> > 'I Can't Make It Alone' and 'You Make Me Feel Like Someone'.

Steve replied:-

> Jake,
> I looked through my records and found the following
> Proby/Nitzsche studio collaboration in 1963 recorded at
> the studios of Liberty Records for a release on their
> label (#55588): "So Do I"/"I Can't Take It Like You Can".

Yes, "(The Dog Remembers and) So Do I" - good track, sort
of a lyrical precursor to "Me & the Elephant".  Ken
Barnes did a great interview with Jack Nitzsche in the
Winter '76/'77 issue of "Bomp!".  He basically presented
Jack with as many Nitzsche-related 45s he could find and
just let the man talk.  This is what he said about the
Proby tracks:-

"That ("I Can't Make It Alone") was when he came back
here from England. That was a good song too."

Ken asked him if he worked with Proby before he went to

"Yeah, demos - when he thought he was Johnny Cash.  He
was always drunk, but he was....I've always liked him a
lot.  He deserved to be a lot more than he was; very
talented.  He could sing like anybody.....Gene Pitney,
Johnny Cash...."

BTW, the Barnes interview also listed "If I Ruled the
World" as a Nitzsche production.  P.J. Proby, last I
heard, was back in residence here in the UK and living
with 60s Brit-girl singer Billie Davis.


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Message: 10
   Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 22:49:21 -0700 (PDT)
   From: Paul MacArthur 
Subject: Ink Spots --- What's In The Name...

A very interesting article, if I do say so myself, on
famous bands names and how they end up being used.

Check it out...and as always, if you dig it, let my
editor know!!!


Paul MacArthur


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