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There are 11 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 78:

      1. Re: Mortimer
           From: Alec Palao 
      2. Chad and Jeremy
           From: Glenn Sadin 
      3. Kirsty MacColl
           From: "Ian Chapman" 
      4. Lawsuit by BBs
           From: Carol Kaye 
      5. Beach Boys in Feud Over Early Tunes
           From: Spectropop Admin 
      6. Re: Talmy/Boston
           From: Stewart Mason 
      7. Re: Reply to Jason Penick
           From: Carol Kaye 
      8. Bosstown
           From: Glenn Sadin 
      9. You Don't Need Ribbons When You Have A Bow - from Gary P. Spector
           From: Gary Spector 
     10. Merry Xmas!
           From: "Stratton  Bearhart" 
     11. FOR YOU ****JUST FOR YOU
           From: Joey Stec 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 13:44:53 -0800
   From: Alec Palao 
Subject: Re: Mortimer

Nice to see the great Mortimer LP mentioned here, its
one of those little obscure little treasures, like Jamme,
the Holy Mackerel, Stephen Monahan and the Moon's
"Without Earth", that one pulls out to cheer oneself up
every so often.

Can't add anything definite to the Apple connection,
only that it was indeed supposed to be Macca's "Two Of
Us" that Mortimer were to record. It may be that group
were due to sign to Apple's publishing wing though. One
of the best tunes on the Mortimer LP "Singing In The
Sunshine" was covered faithfully a few years ago by the
band Cardinal [Eric Matthews/Richard Davies].

Merry Xmas


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Message: 2
   Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 10:30:01 -0800
   From: Glenn Sadin 
Subject: Chad and Jeremy

Since we're talking about Chad and Jeremy, are any of
you familiar with a peculiar LP that came out in the
early '60s on a label called Fidu? (Their logo is a
poodle!) The title is "The Best of C & J" (or something
like that - my record collection is not nearby), and
its almost certainly an early bootleg. The funniest
thing about it is on the back cover are a number of
small photos of the boys, except one of the photos is
of Peter and Gordon!

Glenn Sadin

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Message: 3
   Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 23:12:27 -0000
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Kirsty MacColl

I was both shocked and saddened this week to hear of the
sudden death of Kirsty MacColl in a freak speedboat
collision while diving in Mexico. Kirsty was one of the
UK's finest-ever singer-songwriting talents, and although
her career began at the end of the 70s, her wide-ranging
repertoire of clever and witty songs included several 60s
derivatives, such as the girl-group-influenced  "They
Don't Know" and "Terry", both covered by Tracey Ullman. 
Kirsty originally recorded both those songs herself, and
her version of "Terry" (and the video that went with it)
is fantastic.  "He's On The Beach" was in a similar vein,
later covered by the Lemonheads.  Other Kirsty singles
included covers of Little Eva's "Keep Your Hands Off My
Baby" and a beautifully ethereal reading of Brian
Wilson's "You Still Believe In Me".  She could also be
heard singing background on the Smiths' 80s cover of the
60s Twinkle hit "Golden Lights".  A sad loss indeed.


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Message: 4
   Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 10:03:25 -0800
   From: Carol Kaye 
Subject: Lawsuit by BBs

Just to let you know, David Leaf just verified this for
me too....the Beach Boys (including Brian Wilson) have
filed an injunction and lawsuit against the "record
companies" Deck Records and Surf's Up Records for
illegally using their material for their own financial

It's very strange when the ethics of people get so bad
that they think it's alright to use creative materials
belonging to others - there's a name for that: 
theft....such is the kind of country we're starting to thoughts and wishes (as are others of my
studio musician group I'm sure) are for the Beach Boys
and Brian Wilson in this lawsuit against greedy people
trying to make a living off of their BB creations. 
Carol Kaye
  I called it right

to start with even tho' some (who bought purloined
materials in the past) didn't like it.

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Message: 5
   Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 13:53:15 +0900
   From: Spectropop Admin 
Subject: Beach Boys in Feud Over Early Tunes

ADMIN NOTE: In an effort to prevent any misunderstanding
among Group Members about the dispute over ownership of
the so-called Hite Morgan tapes and related allegation
that Deck Records has failed to account and pay the
respective artist royalties, the following news stories,
culled from Yahoo! News service, are forwarded to the
Group herewith.

The Surf's Up! web site was updated on December 22, 2000,
and at present appears to have ceased all ecommerce
activity. This despite the recent announcement to the
Spectropop Group that the complete Hite Morgan sessions,
which Associated Press reports as having been licensed by
Deck Records to Surf's Up!, were to be available for sale
at the Surf's Up! site.

Friday December 22 07:00 PM EST
Beach Boys, First Label Share Bad Vibrations 
(12/22/00, 06 p.m. ET) - The Beach Boys aren't having
any "fun, fun, fun" these days, especially when it
comes to their first record company. The group is
involved in a set of lawsuits with Deck Records, the
home-based label for which the Beach Boys recorded
nine songs in 1962, including "Surfin' Safari" and
"Surfer Girl." Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Al
Jardine have filed an $80 million suit against Deck
and Surf's Up! Records, which has been selling the
recordings over the Internet. Deck owner Bruce Morgan
-- the son of label founders Hite and Dorinda Morgan
-- has counter-sued for $5 million, claiming the
Beach Boys breached a 1962 agreement involving the
songs. The case is expected to be heard in Los
Angeles federal court early in the new year.

Thursday December 21 3:40 PM ET
Beach Boys in Feud Over Early Tunes 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Beach Boys and their former
record company are suing each other, both claiming
they own "Surfin' Safari" and some of the band's
other early recordings.

The bad vibrations involve six records made in 1962
at the home of the late Dorinda and Hite Morgan,
founders of Deck Records.

Their son, Bruce Morgan, filed a $5 million suit in
federal court Wednesday claiming the Beach Boys broke
a 1962 agreement involving the records, which include
"Surfin' Safari."

Lawyers for surviving band members Brian Wilson, Mike
Love and Al Jardine have filed suit against Deck
Records and Surf's Up! Records.

The band claims they own the material and Morgan had
no right to license Surf's Up! to sell their songs
over the Internet.

The Beach Boys want royalties on past record sales,
estimated at $80 million. 

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Message: 6
   Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 11:40:54 -0700
   From: Stewart Mason 
Subject: Re: Talmy/Boston

Jamie LePage writes:

>According to AMG, "Talmy cut his teeth in the
>record business as an engineer in L.A. in the early
>1960s. In 1962 he turned a European vacation into a job
>in Britain when he played acetates of Beach Boys and Lou
>Rawls songs to Dick Rowe of Decca Records, claiming them
>as his own productions (although they weren't)."
>That's a pretty amazing story! Anyone know where Talmy
>worked in LA? Maybe at the tower? (Both artists
>namechecked were on Capitol.)

According to the chapter on Talmy in Richie
Unterberger's excellent new book URBAN SPACEMEN AND
WAYFARING STRANGERS, Talmy got those acetates from his
buddy Nik Venet, who had produced both sessions and was
willing to let Talmy take credit for them to blag his
way into a job in England. According to the book, Talmy
had never produced a session in his life at this point,
though he'd had some training as an engineer, and that
by the time Decca found out he'd been lying, he'd
already had a hit record.

>**Very Best of Chad & Jeremy on Varese 
>(concentrates on the World Artists sides from 1964-1965,
>including all of the hit singles plus four songs from
>1965-1966 Columbia singles)

Definitely the best of the handful of compilations out
there--best sound, most thorough selection.

Jimmy Botticelli writes:
>Its nice to see the Bosstown Sound of the Sexties
>brought up here. I was there and remember the hype
>very well. And make no mistake, it WAS hype. It
>started with local DJ Dick Summer who, perhaps
>schilling for M-G-M Records following his successful 2
>hour AM Sunday night "Subway" show on WBZ, began
>urging us all to "wear an 's' and spread the sound".
>The 's' was supposed to be a paperclip we bent to form
>said 's'. Many were called but few were chosen to make
>the sound work. It even got a Time magazine story.
>After all was said and done, rest assured that far
>more was said than done, and there remained but a
>handful of bands with record contracts, mostly on
>M-G-M. I think that for this list the sound of Orpheus
>best exemplifies the soft pop sound. Many of the bands
>were San Francisco sound knockoffs, or had listened to
>Jimi Hendrix' "Foxy Lady" a few too many times....Oh
>well, thanks for the indulgence
>James Botticelli

I've heard that when Mike Curb took over MGM Records
and made his famous pledge to drop all drug-related
bands off the label, it was actually both an attempt to
score points with the Republicans who installed him as
Lt. Governor of California later *and* a way to dump
the Bosstown bands after all their albums flopped!

If anyone wants to hear some prime Boston/New England
psych-pop other than the Bosstown hype, Erik Lindgren's
Arf Arf Records has released some often-fascinating
obscurities.  A HEAVY DOSE OF LITE PSYCH is a good
starting point, and I also particularly like a CD he
put out combining a surprisingly good album by a group
called the Flat Earth Society which was given away as a
premium by Waleeco candy bars and an unreleased audio
storybook with songs called SPACE KIDS, with music
written and performed by The Lost, a semi-legendary
Boston '60s band featuring a young Willie Alexander on
organ and vocals. 

Stewart, who although he lives in Albuquerque has a
pair of WMBR stickers on his car

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Message: 7
   Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 08:38:46 -0800
   From: Carol Kaye 
Subject: Re: Reply to Jason Penick

> From: Jason Penick 
> Subject: Question for Ms. Kaye
> Just wanted to wish all the Spectropoppers a happy
> holiday season!  Ms Kaye, I spoke with Merrell
> Fankhauser recently, and he informed me that you were
> one of the musicians who played on the track for his
> late-1968 version of "Everybody's Talkin'", recorded at
> Gold Star.  I was wondering if you have any remembrances
> of working on this session, or with Merrell in general.
> He's a brilliant west-coast musician who's been putting
> out great records from 1962 to today, yet gets very
> little credit for his role in the scenes he's helped
> develop (surf, folk-rock, psychedelia and many more).
> Also, I was curious about the time you spent with the
> Association working on Insight Out! and Birthday with
> Bones Howe... were these the only sessions you cut with
> them?  How did you relate to the guys personally?
> Thanks!
> Jason Penick

Jason, I've got that question out to Russ Wapensky,
keeper of the data on his computer of our Union
contracts.  The name of "Everybody's Talkin'" is very
familiar - I never listen to any of those old
recordings, sorry.....I only listen to the music I play
(jazz) and some classical music, so am not up on those

Sorry, names do escape me - you literally meet and work
with 100s of people all the time, especially back then
when there was so much recording going on (in those
years - it was 12-16 hours a day).   I'd probably know
Merrill if I saw him and talked with him a little
bit....that probably did happen but unless it's someone
really familiar I worked a lot for all the time, Quincy
Jones etc., then I could remember more.  That's too bad
he didn't get his recognition....that sometimes happens
in this business, more often than not.

Studio musicians still don't get their recognition for
all the fine work they did...the public still believes
the 60s groups "played on their own things" so studio
musicians all know the frustration someone of Merrill's
calibre goes through, altho' personally I've been known
for decades out there because of all the tutoring books
I've written (my column also in Guitar Player Magazine
in the 70s etc.) - was a lot of work moving all those
books - operating a publishing company is different
than song publishing...tons of work and not a lot of
profit either even tho' I sold probably 1/2 million
books etc. -- song-publishing is just the opposite, no
work and a lot of money.

I remember doing some Association things, I'd have to
listen to them to decipher which....I know there were
some hits I played on for them - they're in my log
quite a few times in a stretch there.  And yes, I did
work for Bones Howe a few times (even a couple of dates
with Johnny Rivers, others)....but usually it was
pretty unmemorable, sorry I have to tell it like it
was.....I go with feelings and playing with feelings
and just never got memorable feelings on the dates with

I like and admire Bones, always have....and we got
along just fine but his dates just weren't the same as
with other people I worked for so I don't remember that
much but yes, did do those and others with the
Association, I'm sure.....they were all tracking dates
>from what I recall which means you usually don't come
into contact much with the singers....sorry, don't have
any memories of them much personally....sort of a blank
to me remembering the details of the dates altho' the
music was pretty good.

Sorry I can't help you more but will write what Russ
says as soon as he answers my email.  

Carol Kaye

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Message: 8
   Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 10:34:20 -0800
   From: Glenn Sadin 
Subject: Bosstown

>Its nice to see the Bosstown Sound of the Sexties
>brought up here. I was there and remember the hype
>very well.

Hey James -

Did you ever see THE REMAINS live??????

Glenn Sadin

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Message: 9
   Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 12:43:01 PST
   From: Gary Spector 
Subject: You Don't Need Ribbons When You Have A Bow - from Gary P. Spector

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Message: 10
   Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2000 08:22:02 -0000
   From: "Stratton  Bearhart" 
Subject: Merry Xmas!

to all at Spectro 

Phil's Christmas album's on continuous play!!.


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Message: 11
   Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 11:26:02 +0900
   From: Joey Stec 

   I WISH YOU LOVE......

&  BUD ************************

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