________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Intoxicating sounds of the world's most exciting music ------------------------------------------------------------------------ http://www.spectropop.com There are 4 messages in this issue of Spectropop - Digest Number 60. Topics in this digest: 1. andy and claudine From: Jack Madani 2. Ronnie & Darlene From: john rausch 3. the famous Gold Star Thunder From: "Jack Madani" 4. Hayley, Shelley, Patty et al From: Jamie LePage ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 21:37:54 -0500 From: Jack Madani Subject: andy and claudine >>My biggest complaint over the Longet Best-Of is that it's >>underfilled (somewhere in the mid-40 minute range). > >Does it include "Man in a Raincoat"? No, sorry to say. However, this does at least give me a chance to mention that, in addition to extremely groovy performances of Here There & Everywhere, and Small Talk, Claudine also turns in a way-cool recording of Ain't No Mountain High Enough. The music itself is almost as majestic as the Diana Ross original; but Claudine does all them spoken parts in FRENCH!! omigawd, it is so cool sounding (cooing: "si tu es triste........appelles-moi...."). > > >When I want to explain to someone how I can listen to so >much "easy listening", >I tell them to listen to Andy Williams singing "God Only >Knows". You're right about that "Love, Andy" album being magnificent "easy listening" stuff. I have the 1994 Columbia twofer cd that pairs "Can't Get Used To Losing You" with "Love, Andy," and while the first lp has its moments of greatness (the title song towers above everything else), that "Love" album is totally killer, no filler. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine is just so totally cool, with its pedal points and the pure-jazz bass line on the choruses. >He seemed like such a wimp when I >was a kid. Then again, he was married to a killer. Har! As a kid, I was surprised to find that I actually liked Andy's tv show, which I thought of as one of my "mom's shows." (as opposed to the Lawrence Welk show, which I could never enjoy--and yet I can still to this day sing the LW show's closing song; but I digress) I thought the show actually had a sense of humor, and I sneakily liked his singing even though I wouldn't dare let my mom see that I did. And what was up with that weird bear? Even as a 9 year old, I could tell there was something subversive going on there. jack --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 20:33:53 -0500 From: john rausch Subject: Ronnie & Darlene Hi All Here`s some news I gathered for the upcoming holiday season: Darlene will guest on Late Night with David Letterman on December 21st. This will be her 15th performance of CHISTMAS BABY PLEASE COME HOME on Dave's show! AND *Darlene Love will host the PBS special "LEGENDARY LADIES" which will be taped November 18th at Foxwood Casino in Connecticut. Joining Darlene will be Martha Reeves, The Angels, Ronnie Spector, Shirley Austin of the Shirelles and Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes. Air date to be announced. These 2 items from http://darlenelove.com And another note on Ronnie: Ronnie will be performing in New York at B.B. King's Blues Club on Dec 22 & 23. It's billed as "Ronnie Spector's X-mas Party Vol. 7". (Thanks Bill English !) Lets get that Phil Spector Xmas lp out and start the holidays! John Rausch Phil Spector`s Wall Of Sound at http://www.geocities.com/~rauschj/ AND Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes featuring Ronnie Spector at http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Studio/2469/ Phil Spector at Spectropop!!! http://www.spectropop.com/go2/philspector.html --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 12:39:05 -0500 From: "Jack Madani" Subject: the famous Gold Star Thunder I was re-listening to my Dream Boy Volume 1, and on came "Seven Days In September" by Ginger & The Snaps (which I guess was actually the Honeys), and there's that thunderclap sound effect. Isn't that the same thunderclap we were not long ago talking about, which was used on the Ronettes' "Walking In The Rain" and the Cascades' "Rhythm Of The Rain?" jack --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 18:38:57 +0900 From: Jamie LePage Subject: Hayley, Shelley, Patty et al Another recycled message - caveat emptor The quoted passages are written by Claudia who is, as many here know, a long time group member. Claudia confirmed she wouldn't mind me posting this, so here ya go... > I remember Hayley Mills semi-hit, "Let's Get Together" > (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)" from the movie, "Parent Trap". It > made the charts for a short time in '60. The single (Buena Vista 385) was released 9/4/61. It peaked at #8 during the month or October. The recording lasted only 1:28!!! Written by Disney favorites the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Small World, etc.), the song was performed in the movie by Annette! Don't believe me? Check out the film where the students from the girls camp get together with the boys camp for a chaperoned dance party. That's Annette singing, no mistaking it, but I have never seen Annette's version on release. Hayley Mills album Let's Get Together is pretty good, although the production by Camarata is nothing special really. Her British accent works well on the recordings, though, and strong material from the Sherman Brothers helps...plus the jacket is adorable! http://allmusic.com/im/amg/cov/drd000/d086/d086467uw88.jpg Hayley's great line from the Trouble With Angels: "Listen! I have the most scathingly brilliant idea!" You gotta love it! Hayley is godhead! http://www.spectropop.com/go2/hayleymills.html > It was a > time when lots of kid stars and young adult stars of > t.v. and movie fame were making records, a trend > started by Ricky Nelson ("Ozzie & Harriet") and Edd > Byrnes and Connie Stevens ("Hawaiian Eye"). Yeah! I think Connie Stevens is tops! Lost in Wonderland is one of my all time faves (written/produced by David Gates). However, the practice of using teen TV and film stars to market records predates rock and roll by decades. Shirley Temple and Judy Garland are examples. Post British Invasion use is best exemplified by the Monkees. It is no coincidence that WB, Colpix, UA and Buena Vista were the labels releasing teen star records - they were the film companies' record divisions. > > Does anyone recall Paul Peterson of the "Donna Reed > Show" singing "My Dad" and "She Can't Find Her Keys"? > And Johnny Crawford of "Rifleman" singing, "Your Nose > Is Gonna Grow", "Cindy's Birthday" and "Rumors" > ?Shelly Fabares (of "Donna Reed") had "Johnny Angel" > and Patty Duke ("The Patty Duke Show") sang the > ballady, "Don't Just Stand There".... Coincidentally, I have Patty Duke's album right here on my desk. The B-Side to Don't Just Stand There - Everything But Love - is a strong side on its own. Poor little rich girl with her own sports car and a big allowance has everything Daddy can buy, but no one to love. No wonder a hot dog makes her lose control (what a wild duet I imagine)... Patty isn't much of a singer - at all - but she somehow managed to squeak out four US chart hits in less than one year. Johnny Crawford had several chart singles on Bob Keane's Del-Fi label. Crawford couldn't sing much either but Cindy's Birthday is really a strong record with an eerie quality to it. Crawford's records are of very high quality (especially given Del-Fi's usual standards) and the songs are penned by such hitmakers as David Gates and Barry Mann. I recommend any of his hits collections. > > Annette Funicello of the Mickey Mouse Club was > probably the most prominent of the genre. No one ever > accused her of having a singing voice. Rating her as > a singer and actress, she was, let's say, "very good > to her mother." But "O Dio Mio" was a good song, I > thought. And she had these absolutely horrid songs > out like "Pineapple Princess" and "Tall Paul", but she > was, after all, Annette and could get away with it.Who > couldn't like Annette? Well, I for one love Annette's records, and her voice is the main reason! Disney productions (Paul Camarata did many) were rather tame, and although the musicianship is spot on, the productions are bland and lifeless, the arrangements unimaginative. Annette carries her records nearly by herself (in my opinion), although she had strong material to work with. Pineapple Princess is a regular number played in my Tiki Room (a pop Polynesia thing - my little piece of artificial paradise). In fact, the entire Hawaiannette LP is a staple for my Tiki Room along with Martin Denny, Les Baxter and (my fave of the genre) The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett play Hawaiian Favorites. (I've been looking for a reason to bring this album up here! It's like Snuff took Spector's concept of having several instruments playing in unison and added bizarre arrangements to Hawaiian favorites. If you have the chance to hear this - do it! A wonderful slice of LA recording from the early-mid sixties. Any info or comments on this or other 50 Guitars releases will be appreciated) Back to Annette, First Name Initial is a great one, and Dreamin' About You (Goffin/King) is too. Strange that Monkey's Uncle (Sherman Bros. again) didn't chart. Today that single is highly prized for its inclusion of the Beach Boys on backing vocals. The clip of Annette performing the song with the Beach Boys has them playing instruments but anyone with even a basic knowledge of Brian Wilson's arranging and producing would know instantly the record is not Brian's work. Then there are the stories about Annette and Paul Anka. Disney property - Hands Off!! Train of Love is from the album Annette sings Anka. It's a 12 bar blues, and so funny because the only soul Annette has ever shown is that on the bottom of her shoes! Sad sad news, she can't sing rhythm and blues. But she can chat on the phone with Shelley, mess around with Frankie, intro Hardy Boys segments and if they had only called the record "Annette *Does* Anka"...Oh well, just a thought... http://www.spectropop.com/go2/annette.html > And I'd rather hear those folks singing any day, some > of which was pretty good, than the atrocities being > played today.....Claudia Any day, thank you!!!!! I skipped over Shelley Fabares because I have way too much to say on the subject and this message is already excessive. Claudia, you should know better than to bring up teen girl singers! I can't resist! Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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