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There are 5 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 63:

      1. Re: a net
           From: Jeffrey Thames 
      2. Turtles 20 Greatest Hits
           From: "Jack Madani" 
      3. Phil Spector Interview
           From: "GSPECTOR" 
      4. Mel Carter, Shirley Alston, et al.
           From: Jared Martine 
      5. Cha Cha Charming #3
           From: "Jamie LePage" 


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 07:10:25 -0600
   From: Jeffrey Thames 
Subject: Re: a net

> > 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...

Since it's been mentioned, you can find an excellent 
utilization of "Tall Paul" at: [look for
it under "music"]


Jeffrey [I was always more of a Darlene Gillespie guy myself] Thames

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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 10:44:40 -0500
   From: "Jack Madani" 
Subject: Turtles 20 Greatest Hits

I'm now into the report-writing phase of my school's
first trimester, which means I start pulling out certain
cd's for repeat-mode play to drown out ambient home
noises and hopefully help me concentrate.  This time
around the first disc to hit heavy rotation is the
Turtles' 20 Greatest Hits on Rhino.  Zowie, what a lot
of hits, and even the tunes that weren't chart hits are
clever.  All of a sudden I am in total love with "Guide
For The Married Man," which just keeps building and
building and building with the orchestration and the key
modulations and the bomp-ah bah's, until near the end
when the lead singer hits the high falsetto on "this
thing's universal from Pittsburgh to Japan," I think I'm
gonna wet myself.  What a perfect slice of imaginatively
produced 60's rock and roll.  Music for the movie of the
same name.

>From Pittsburgh to Japan?????  Lou Christie to Puffy, I


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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 14:13:05 -0700
   From: "GSPECTOR" 
Subject: Phil Spector Interview

Hello all.

Just thought I'd let you know about some Spector
interviews that were published recently.

1st was the Nov 9, 2000 issue of Rolling Stone (with Al
Gore on the cover). In this interview, they ask him about
his relation with John Lennon. 

The 2nd was the recent issue of Vanity Fair (I think). In
this interview, they ask him personal questions.

I was very surprised with some of his answers for
personal reasons. I am sure as fans, you will all find it
interesting too.

>From the Keyboard of: 
Gary Spector

Not just another P.S. fan.

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Message: 4
   Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 06:16:06 -0800 (PST)
   From: Jared Martine 
Subject: Mel Carter, Shirley Alston, et al.

PBS (WQED) has produced a second "DooWop" special. 
Not normally a fan of the oldies circuit, I was
completely enthralled by production values and great
orchestra work in the first show.  You have to wonder
how much work, frustration, pain and joy went into
putting something like this together.  In December,
PBS stations will air the second set.  It will

Mel Carter, Jerry Butler, Bill Pinkney's Original
Drifters, The Dells, The Coasters, The Chiffons,
Shirley Alston Reeves, Mel Carter, The Tokens & The
Crystals, The Edsels, The El Dorados, The Cadets, The
Classics, The Clovers, The Diamonds, Don & Juan,
Cleveland Still & The Dubs. Also performing are John
Kuse & The Excellents, The Five Keys, Hank Ballard &
The Midnighters, Johnny Keyes & The Magnificents,
Larry Chance & The Earls, Maurice Williams & The
Zodiacs, The Orioles, Randy & The Rainbows, Frankie
Lymon's Legendary Teenagers, The Tymes and Virgil
Johnson & The Velvets. 

(I wonder what Frankie Lymon's Legendary Teenagers are
like without Frankie)?

If anyone saw the Crystals/Blossoms backing the
Rightous Brothers doing 'The Night Time (Is The Right
Time)....well, that alone should entice you to watch
for this show.  We'll get a rare chance to see them
together again, along with the incredible Mel Carter!!

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Message: 5
   Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 09:05:31 -0000
   From: "Jamie LePage" 
Subject: Cha Cha Charming #3

Hey everyone,

Just got my hands on the latest ish of Cha Cha Charming -

Besides extensive articles on J-Pop goddesses Chocolat,
Heaco and Puffy, there is an in-depth interview with
Diane Renay. Many rare pics of US and UK 60s girl groups
too, including a wonderful photo of Nancy Sinatra decked
out in a bikini and knee high boots.Tracy Dey, Canon
SIsters, Sham-Ettes, Bonnie & the Treasures,...a
publication every fan of 60s girl groups will want to
keep as an essential reference book. 

There is a huge article on 60s Japanese girl groups as
well, for which Glen Sadin contributed. Even I helped a
little bit, but certainly not enough to merit a credit!
Other Spectropoppers credited are Doc Rock (author of
Liberty Records) and John Clemente (author of Girl
Groups-Fabulous Females that Rocked the World).

Spectropop Group members who have seen the earlier issues
of Cha Cha Charming will be delighted with the layout and
design of the latest issue. All the photos are reproduced
beautifully and the printing and paper Cha Cha Charming
uses places it far above the typical "fanzine." This mag
is great! Sheila B - You have outdone yourself (again)!!!

Check out Cha Cha Charming's website:


Now, back to the Diane Renay interview...

Jamie "une nuit avec Chocolat" LePage

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