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There are 5 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 83:

      1. Why Chad & Jeremy Were On TV
           From: "James F.  Cassidy" 
      2. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends
           From: DJJimmyBee 
      3. Soundalikes
           From: "J.H. Ket" 
      4. Re: Darlene on "CBS Sunday Morning"
           From: "mikey1" 
      5. Re:who deserves the credit
           From: alan  zweig 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001 20:48:24 -0500
   From: "James F.  Cassidy" 
Subject: Why Chad & Jeremy Were On TV

Jamie LePage, whom Santa treated much better than 
he did me, wrote:

>  ... we don't learn how they [C&J] were hired to be 
> on so many TV programs in such a short period of time 
> while other British acts rarely were

I don't know about C&J's other appearances, but in 
researching their "Batman" episodes, I discovered one of
the Batman Web sites, which stated:

"Chad and Jeremy were good friends of casting director 
Michael McLean, who asked that they be worked into a 

They must have been very good friends, since seemingly 
everyone in showbiz in '66 coveted even a cameo 
appearance on "Batman." In fact, the same episodes 
featured L.A. hair stylist and future Manson victim Jay 
Sebring (as "Jay Oceanbring") as well as Don Ho (!) and 
Steve Allen.

Finally, one more obscure piece of TV trivia for you. 
Chad Stuart's son, James Patrick Stuart, played the 
self-absorbed yuppie dating Elaine on "Seinfeld" who 
wouldn't share "his" song - the Eagles' "Desperado."

Jim Cassidy

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Message: 2
   Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001 18:06:58 EST
   From: DJJimmyBee 
Subject: Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends

What is it about the Japanese (and several other 
cultures for that matter) that they seem to recognize 
certain aspects of American Pop that we hardly salute 
here on the homefront? For example, I just was given the
CD "Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends" 
(complete recordings) on A&M..the Japanese import. It is 
one of thee most stunning collections of soft pop I've 
heard since I got The Match's LP "A New Light". Their 
version of "Our Day Will Come" is the blueprint for 
softpop at this address. They also do two songs that 
were also on The Match's LP "Don't Take Your Time" and 
"The Drifter". What up with this group? Anyone?

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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2001 17:04:17 +0100
   From: "J.H. Ket" 
Subject: Soundalikes

Hello all,

During the seventies & eighties the "Phil Spector 
Apprecation Society / Mick Patrick a.o." published in 
their newsletter & periodical "Philately" articles about
the so called "Spector Soundalikes". By '91 Fitzpatrick &
Fogerty again published a renewed list of soundalikes"
Collecting Phil Spector". What does a "Spector 
soundalike" sound like?? It's hard to define. It can 
sound like his early work and in the seventies. A 
"soundalike" always is influenced with "techniques, 
sounds, riffs or songs" from Phil's masterpieces.

These lists were the base of many of my searches in 
dustbins and fleamarkets. With the help of some friends 
(thanks Francesc & Rein) this list is still growing. 
There are about 800 tracks on it from the early sixties 
till 2000. If anyone want a zipped word file of it, send
your email adress. I hope there's some discussion on it, 
like to hear hear comments and other suggestions. This 
is NOT a definitive list and I'm NOT sure (and even 
don't now them all) if they all deserve the title 


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Message: 4
   Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001 02:55:16 -0500
   From: "mikey1" 
Subject: Re: Darlene on "CBS Sunday Morning"

"Spector Collector" wrote:

> (the latter also contains an audience shot of Phil
> Spector, with a young woman that I presume to be his
> daughter Nicole). 

> Happy belated Phil's birthday to everyone,

Why bother?     Phils reason for living seems to be to make 
life difficult for the '60s Girl Group Collector.

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Message: 5
   Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001 18:48:49 -0500
   From: alan  zweig 
Subject: Re:who deserves the credit

> although I do take 
>Carol's point as to the rights of the artists, without 
>whose efforts and talents none of us would be writing to
>this list.

Do you really believe that? I don't. Not anymore. I used
to elevate the efforts of the "artists" above everyone 
else's. And as "artist" myself, it's in my self-interest
to do so. But I just don't buy it anymore.

It's way more complicated than that.

You attribute this point to Carol. I thought Carol's 
points were usually about how the session musicians 
don't get enough credit.

I don't know what "enough" means but either way, when 
you speak of the artists that made all of this possible,
most people DON'T think about the session musicians. So 
which artists are you talking about?.

There are so many people who get no credit but deserve 
some and so many who deserve only a little credit who 
get way more...

Let's face it. If you were a member of many of these 
bands, you were just lucky to be along for the ride.

If you were a manager or a booker or the person who 
signed the band, you probably don't deserve A LOT of 
credit but then again, sometimes one innocent suggestion
can sometimes end up making a huge difference in how a 
song turns out. One riff can elevate a song.

I'm not going to say that we fans and record buyers also
deserve some credit but at the same time, I'm tired of 
the idea that THEY deserve all the credit.

And by the way, music is not the only field where this 
happens. Just talk to a film editor.


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