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I Stand Accused From: James Botticelli ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 01:58:59 -0500 From: John Clemente Subject: Van McCoy Hello, Patrick asked for information about one of my favorite people, Van McCoy. His track record for writing and production is impressive, if not always capable of climbing the national charts. McCoy came from Washington DC. His first taste of the music business came from a group he formed with his brothers called The Starlighters who recorded three singles for New York's End Records from 1958-60, including "It's Twelve O'Clock" and the sorrowful "I Cried". McCoy then moved north to Philadelphia, continuing his songwriting skills with the local artists, writing "A Night Like Tonight" for Lee Andrews, "There Is A Girl" for The Larks and "Mr. DJ" for himself and The Baby Dolls answer record "Thanks Mr. DJ". The two singles released under his own name were on Rock "N" Records, distributed by Florence Greenberg's Scepter complex. This led to an association with Greenberg. McCoy came to NY to write and produce records for UA with Leiber and Stoller and Scepter/Wand, creating "Hard Way To Go" for The Exciters, "Don't Think My Baby's Coming Back" for Dee Dee Warwick and "I Don't Think So" for The Shirelles, among countless others. McCoy also had an independent productions going with Philips Records, producing Robert Parker and one of his proteges, Kenni Woods (real name Kendra Spotswood). For these productions and writing credits, he sometimes used the pen name Allen Davis, usually published under Elevator Music Productions. He also sang in and produced another vocal group, possibly including his brothers, called The Four Buddies. They recorded "Lonely Summer" for Philips in late 1962 and "I Want To Be The Boy You Love" for Chancellor in 1964. He also had his Maxx Records, producing Gladys Knight and The Pips' soul stirrer, "Giving Up". McCoy produced "Jive Guy" for Kenni Woods (under her real name) and "Gee What A Boy" by The Fantastic Vantastics for Tuff Records in 1965, possibly a mixed gender group consisting of his favorite session singers. In 1966, he landed at Columbia, producing his most popular act, fellow DCers Peaches and Herb. This association lasted until the early 70s, when he resurrected his label, now called Maxwell, producing a trio called Faith, Hope and Charity. He and his writing partner Charles Kipps parlayed this deal into an association with RCA Records, where they hit big on the disco charts with FH&C's "To Each His Own", "Life Goes On" and State Department's "I'm Counting On You". By this time, McCoy was big with "The Hustle". He released a series of mildly popular albums until his untimely death in 1979 at age 38. His early productions have not yet surfaced in one place. His sister runs his estate and all the affairs connected with it. Maybe she's working on something. John Clemente --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 06:57:18 -0500 From: Mark Landwehr Subject: Doomed LP Stewart Mason wrote: > I believe the Christmas album came out in 1964 originally. Actually it was Friday, Nov. 22nd, 1963, the day Kennedy was shot - Nice timing, Phil!! Mark Landwehr The Phil Spector Record Label Gallery @ http://home.toltbbs.net/~msland/Spector --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 12:57:54 -0000 From: "Kingsley Abbott" Subject: Spector Xmas album >From one who remembers from the first time around: The Spector Xmas album was released in 1963, on both sides of the Atlantic. Wasn't it on the same week that JFK was shot? I recall that this damaged the US sales as no-one felt like making whoopee so much that Christmas. I certainly value my 1963 plum coloured London label (HA U 8141). Whilst we too in Britain were shaken by the shooting, I do seem to remember particularly grooving to this album after school in the run up to the festivities. On another tack, does anyone know the personnel involved with the Garden Club single "Little Girl Lost And Found" (circa '68 A&M Ithink without digging it out). Joe Foster understands it was largely Ruth Ann Friedman on it but I'd love to know who else. Anyone?? Quite probably some of Curt's crowd. It's a great harmony filled sunshine pop single, very well worth seeking out. It was covered quite well in the UK by Peter & The Wolves. Kingsley Abbott --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 17:59:34 +0000 (GMT) From: Paul Woods Subject: A Christmas Gift to You Stewart said: > I believe the Christmas album came out in 1964 > originally. Possibly the source of confusion for the > MOJO author (Geoff Brown) was that Apple reissued it > in 1972 in a different cover, which I *think* was the > first time the LP was available in the UK, but > perhaps one of our UK listees knows better. A Christmas Gift To You came out In England on the London American label around about the same time as the original Philles issue, on London HA-U 8141. Mono only. Cover the "gift-box" one. I had been waiting for it for quite some time, and ordered it from my local sweetshop (as in "I met him at the candystore...") on Park Parade, Harlesden (which British listees, who watch BBC2 on Tuesday nights will know is now the "murder capital of England" - news to me, as a 16 year old!) which also stocked records. They ordered the album specially for me, and I got it on the first day of release - and it's been played every Christmas since then. Great concept, and it was _wonderful_ to see all my favourite Spector artistes posing together on the front. Of course the I was too naive to believe that it wasn't necessarily they who sang on the records credited to them. It was the same sweet shop where I got my copy of a Crystals single the day it was released. I rushed in, asked the teenage shop assistant "Have you got Then He Kissed Me, by The Crystals". She did a double-take, and asked: "By the WHERE, Love?" Best wishes, Paul Woods --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 11:11:06 EST From: Ron Subject: LP jackets In a message dated 2/24/01 3:51:45 AM, spectropop writes: << Jonz: In the early days of Motown you never saw the artist on the album cover; you saw a white couple on a beach or blonde, blue-eyed go-go dancers. We have to respect that in the time this took place -- 25 or 30 years ago -- what Berry Gordy did made sense from a marketing standpoint, but Motown's motto was "the sound of young America," not "the sound of young black America." It was created and performed by black artists, but it was universal young people's music. >> I'm sorry I'm so far behind in my response and forgive me if this has been covered by someone else already, but I had to comment that 25-30 years ago, there were many labels that used this practice-Pacific Jazz and Epic come immediately to mind. Just go to any used record store and look at the covers in the jazz or soul sections. Also...3-4 years ago, Verve introduced a series of CDs called Jazz Round Midnight by different artists; Bird, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Billie Holiday, etc...all the great artists, that all featured white faces, so this type of thing happens to this day! (most of them are still in print!) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 16:22:35 EST From: James Botticelli Subject: I Stand Accused Jerry Butler did it as a ballad. JB --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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