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            artistically viable and increasingly collectible

There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Gerry Goffin
           From: "Doug Morris" 
      2. No Big Deal For The  Laurie Chiffons
           From: "Tony  Leong" 
      3. Dion CD
           From: "Spector Collector" 
      4. spector box set
           From: "Jennifer" 
      5. Chris Montez
           From: alan zweig 
      6. Secrets / Terry Black
           From: Mark Topaz  


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 23:22:24 -0800
   From: "Doug Morris" 
Subject: Gerry Goffin

As a devoted fan of '60's pop music I've often wondered
why we never hear anything in the way of interviews or
quotes from Gerry Goffin.  Recently I heard an extensive
interview on NPR with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.  I
saw Jeff Barry in a filmed interview on the Monkees (he
was their original producer).  Ellie Greenwich recently
had a Broadway revue of her songs. Lieber and Stoller
had a huge success with "Smokey Joe's Cafe".  And of
course Carole King is on TV a lot, I think she was in
one of the recent VH1 "Divas" concerts.  Phil Spector,
as reclusive as he is, still makes an occasional public

What about Gerry?  His contribution to pop music in the
60's was huge, but I can't ever recall seeing an
interview with him.  I am assuming that he's still
around.  Is he a JD Salinger-type recluse?  I hope he
has an idea of how many people out there still love his

Doug Morris Portland, OR

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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 05:25:49 -0000
   From: "Tony  Leong" 
Subject: No Big Deal For The  Laurie Chiffons

Contrary to what is widely reported, the Laurie Chiffons
were not the same group that recorded for Big Deal in
1960-1.  The group consisting of Judy Craig, Sylvia
Peterson, Pat Bennett, and the late- Barbara Lee did not
name themselves "Chiffons" until late 1962 when "He's So
Fine" was recorded.  They did not even record as that
particular unit until signing to Laurie at that time. 
Nobody seems to know anything about the Big Deal Chiffons
that did a version of "Tonite's the Night".

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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 16:55:18 -0000
   From: "Spector Collector" 
Subject: Dion CD

Thanks to Jamie for confirming that the
previously-available-only-on-45 "Baby Let's Stick
Together" is indeed included as a bonus track on the
upcoming CD reissue of the Spector-produced Dion album
"Born to Be with You" (packaged as a twofer with Dion's
subsequent LP, "Streetheart"). Now that my enthusiasm is
stoked, I thought I'd share with the list what Jack
Fitzpatrick says about the song in his and Jim Fogerty's
book "Collecting Phil Spector":

"Bruce Springsteen played guitar on the session. The
track offers further proof that Spector's work with Dion
was an extension of his work with John Lennon. The final
Dion effort is much like 'Instant Karma.' Where the
Lennon song is introduced by a 'three-four' countdown,
'Baby Let's Stick Together' counts 'one-two-one-two-three'
before settling in with the same slapping percussion,
echo-drenched vocal, and singalong community chorus. Andy
Paley has confirmed that the track was reworked in
sessions with the Paley Brothers later in the decade,
though no recording has appeared. Spector's work with
Dion, though unappreciated at the time, has since proven
artistically viable and increasingly collectible."

Are we excited yet?

David A. Young

Dion - Born To Be With You

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Message: 4
   Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 21:32:05 -0000
   From: "Jennifer" 
Subject: spector box set


This may seem like an obvious question, but I was
wondering how good the "Back to Mono" Spector box set
was. is it better to buy that or to buy the individual

any help is greatly appreciated


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Message: 5
   Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 14:34:39 -0500
   From: alan zweig 
Subject: Chris Montez

Carol Kaye wrote:

> It's not known yet if Chris Montez
> will be able to attend, he's committed to a road tour at
> that time, but again, Chris is a friend of mine, and
> I'll help you get in touch with him. 

Well maybe that's not the best introduction for my
question. Or maybe it is. I love the two or three Chris
Montez records I've had.  I'm sure he made more but those
are the ones I've found.  From the "Call me" period. When
I listen to his records, I think "I love this but I'm
surprised other people did".

Do you know what I mean?

I think about the fact that he's on the same label as
Claudine Longet and I have a similar reaction with her. 
I love her records even though I would never nominate her
as a great singer per se.

It's somewhat different with Chris Montez.  I think he
was more of a "real" singer. But I guess I don't expect
singers with such "slight" voices - if that's the right
word - to get signed or to do the kind of material he did.
If he'd done stuff like "Sweet Pea" or sugary novelty
material, maybe it would have made more sense.  But he
did classic crooner stuff.

Like I say, I love the records.  They're literally like
nothing else I have or I've ever heard.  In their own way
they exist in this world of their own, sort of like Scott
Walker if that's not too much of a stretch.

But I'm still somehow surprised he made records.  Is
there a story there?  


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Message: 6
   Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 08:34:28 +0900
   From: Mark Topaz  
Subject: Secrets / Terry Black

Trying to determine if the 2 Secrets singles, one on DCP
and one on Omen and by the same group as the Philips
Secrets. Anyone know?

I saw a posting on Terry Black and a discography. I have
all of the listed 60s material but a Canadian 45 book
(out of print) listed a single by him called I Who Have
Nothing. I have never seen it and I know it did not come
out in the US. Anyone with info on it?

Mark Topaz 

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