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There are 3 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 61:

      1. Claudine Ross??
           From: JB 
      2. Glenn Campbell Query 
           From: "John Hesterman" 
      3. Re: Hayley, Shelley, Patty et al
           From: Jamie LePage 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 09:22:13 EST
   From: JB 
Subject: Claudine Ross??

In a message dated 11/20/0 5:17:34 AM, spectropop wrote:

>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

Ahem, Mr. Nitpick backatcha. Marvin and Tammi worked 
that sucker to death back in Sexty-Seven....JB

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Message: 2
   Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 06:17:11 -0800
   From: "John Hesterman" 
Subject: Glenn Campbell Query 

I have a question to ask Carol Kaye:

There was a recording by Glenn Campbell and produced by
Brian Wilson called "Guess I'm Dumb" which was relaeased
on Capitol, but failed to chart around the same time as
Pet Sounds. In fact, it sounds very like a song that
might have been included on Pet Sounds had it not been
given to Glenn Campbell. It has since become quite a
collector's item in its original form.  Did you play on
this session, Carol? It sounds like your work . . .

Thank you!

John H.

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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 13:42:33 +0900
   From: Jamie LePage 
Subject: Re: Hayley, Shelley, Patty et al

Yesterday I wrote:

> [Johnny] Crawford's records are of very high
> quality (especially given Del-Fi's usual standards).

Someone asked off-list whether I was referring to the
original singles and LPs or the compact disc reissues. A
fair question - I reply to the group as a point of

I am no expert on Bob Keane - I hope I didn't infer
otherwise in my post - but what little I do know of Keane
is the stuff of L.A. music biz legend.

I was not referring to the reissued CDs; the ones I own
that come to mind are wonderful collections - Delphonic
Sounds Today (with the bonus original versions) and V/A:
Del-Fi Girl Groups - Gee Baby Gee.

To restate what I wrote: Crawford's records are of
surprisingly high quality considering he was a little kid
TV star and not really a recording artist - it is to
Keane's credit that Crawford's records sound as good as they 
do nearly 40 years after the fact - even more impressive
given Keane and Del-Fi's tendency to release a lot of
product by marginally talented local artists that perhaps
otherwise may not have been given the chance to make
records. I've read that Keane would record anyone that
turned up on Del-Fi's doorstep, and I think this pans out
when looking at some of his releases:

Vital Organ (Murder at the Keyboard) - Ron Feuer
Surfer's Pajama Party - Bruce Johnston's Surfing Band
Surfer's Pajama Party - Centurians (???)
Hangin' Twenty - Dave Myers and the Surftones
Drag Beat - De-Fenders
Hotrodder's Choice - Deuce Coupes
Do The Slauson - Romancers

I don't know enough about the "rock instrumental" genre
to assess many of these records, but I do know enough
about the Bruce Johnston album to say that except for
Johnston's later asociation with the Beach Boys this
album is largely forgettable (Ron Holden is a different 

This is not to criticize, though, because there is a lot
to be said for Keane and his operation. At the time (late
50s, early 60s) the LA sound was starting to rival the
dominating East Coast sound, and Del-Fi was one of the
pioneering LA indies swimming upstream against the
current. Surely Del-Fi could not compete effectively
against the Capitols and Columbias of the world, yet the
significant number of hit singles under Keane's group of
labels indicates Keane's A&R sensibility more than
compensated for Del-Fi's limited recording and promotion

A few other things I respect and admire about Bob Keane:

You Send Me
Addrisi Bros
David Gates
Frank Zappa
Bruce Johnston
Ron Holden
Fifth Dimension
Bobby Fuller Four
Glen Campbell
Eden Ahbez
and of course...Ritchie Valens!


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