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There are 8 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 153:

      1. Hey Little Cobra
           From: LePageWeb 
      2. Tell Him lyrics
           From: "Phil Chapman" 
      3. '65 film "Darling"
           From: "Ian Chapman"
           From: Mick Patrick 
      5. Darlene in Oprah's Magazine
           From: Jimmy
      6. Re: Murmaids
           From: Tom Waters 
      7. Chantelles (of London)
           From: Patrick
      8. Righteous Brothers pic
           From: "Ian Chapman" 


Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:33:40 +0900
   From: LePageWeb 
Subject: Hey Little Cobra

Hi all,

The LA Times ran a story on April 18 about the 1964
Shelby Cobra that Phil Spector is connected with.
Surprise! One of Phil Spector's lawyers, Peter Sheridan,
showed up in Orange County Superior Court on the 17th to
claim that Spector is still the owner of the rare 1964
Cobra Daytona coupe.

According to the attorney, Spector is the owner - he
never gave it or sold it to anyone.

Sheridan didn't comment outside the courtroom, but
instead referred questions to another attorney
representing Spector, Robert Shapiro. Shapiro reportedly
said he was going to file court papers setting forth that
Spector thought the car had been placed in storage on his
behalf nearly 30 years ago, and was unaware it had been

The court appearance came during a civil lawsuit over
the car's sale - the dispute revolving around who owned
the car after Donna O'Hara committed suicide by setting
herself on fire on a Fullerton horse trail last October.
She apparently had kept the car in storage for nearly
30 years, 

Kurt Goss, a longtime family friend claimed that O'Hara
gave him the car a few days before she committed suicide.
But O'Hara's mother denied her daughter gave him the car,
saying that there is no proof. Since O'Hara died without
a will, Brand's mother argued that as her daughter's
closest living relative, the car is hers, and she sold
it for $3 million in January to a Montecito car dealer,
who resold it a few days later for about $4 million to a

How did Donna O'Hara come to own the car? It's a strange
story. The car, known as the CSX2287, was built in 1964
by the legendary Carroll Shelby. It was one of six race
cars that helped the Shelby racing team become the first
Americans to win a world racing title and set land speed
records. The CSX2287 was retired and sold in 1965. The
initial buyer sold it less than a year later to Phil

Apparently O'Hara's father, George Brand, was Spector's
former bodyguard,  and he allegedly bought the car from
Phil Spector for $1,000 in 1970 when Spector decided to
get rid of it.

But attorney Shapiro said Brand was actually Spector's
house manager, and that Spector didn't sell or give the
car to him. Instead, said Shapiro, Brand was to place the
car in storage on Spector's behalf.

Now one might wonder how someone could not realize his
car was missing for nearly thirty years, but Shapiro
explained that the car was an investment and that Spector
assumed his financial managers were taking care of it. 

The Times quoted Shapiro as saying "Isn't that the
definition of an heirloom? This isn't a man who gets in
his car every morning and checks his oil pressure and
drives it to work. He is the most prolific producer in
the history of music and he's extremely focused on his
work. He delegates most of these things to other people."

Shapiro said Spector seeks to have the court return the
car to him, or award him the proceeds of its sale--about
$4 million. 

$4 million for a car! I guess it's a good thing Ronnie
wasn't driving the Cobra that night she totaled her
Camaro! I wonder what ever happened to the mannequin?


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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 13:38:14 +0100
   From: "Phil Chapman" 
Subject: Tell Him lyrics

Jamie LePage writes:

>It sounds like the lyric goes
>"If you want it...Makes your heart sing out")

This smacks of a reissued outtake - the Exciters' hit
version lyrics are "If you want him to be - always by
your side.." these are the same lyrics used by Bille
Davis (Linda Ronstadt, and others). However, Sonny &
Cher' (and Vonda Shepard) sang "If you want him to -
make your heart sing out..."

Hi MICK, do you know who sang the original version?

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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 22:58:22 +0100
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: '65 film "Darling"

Greg O. asked who was the girl group who sang in the '65
Julie Christie movie "Darling".  


You're right, it was the Breakaways and the song was
"Someone To Talk To Baby".  I once enquired after this
track when I was researching a compilation for Sequel
(who have the rights to the Pye catalogue, the label to
which the group was signed in 1965) - they couldn't
locate it.  


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Message: 4
   Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 19:39:39 +0100 (BST)
   From: Mick Patrick 


Greg O. is correct. The gals singing "Someone To Talk To
Baby" in the movie "Darling" are indeed the Breakaways.
Unfortunately, the track was never released on record.

However, with a little luck "Someone To Talk To Baby"
will be contained on the forthcoming Sequel (via
Castle/Sanctuary) CD "Here Come the Girls Presents . . .
The Breakaways and Friends".

Mick Patrick

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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 10:51:51 EDT
   From: Jimmy
Subject: Darlene in Oprah's Magazine

There are a couple of fine pictures of Darlene in the
latest edition of Oprah's magazine, featured as one of
Oprah's favorite singers. She looks GREAT. 


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Message: 6
   Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 01:17:26 -0400
   From: Tom Waters 
Subject: Re: Murmaids

I agree with you, the Murmaids were a great group!  I
think they left the business to go to college after they
recorded an album which is still available on a
Collectables records CD.  It's a very nice CD, all of
the tracks have that soft sound to them.  One of them
"Heartbreak Ahead" is a soundalike of "Popsicles and
Icicles".  Also, their take on "Alone", (a hit for The
Shephard Sisters and The Four Seasons), is my favourite
version of that song.


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Message: 7
   Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 20:16:11 -0000
   From: Patrick
Subject: Chantelles (of London)

I've been searching in vain for recordings by the
Chantelles (of London). Can someone shed some light on
this group. I'm under the impression there were a few
groups using "Chantelles" as a name, so that's why they
added "(of London)" at the end. I have two mp3s called
Out Of My Mind and More to Love (Than Moonlight). This
link tells me they were featured in a movie called
Dateline Diamonds (1965) also featuring Kiki Dee and the
Small Faces.

This link (in German) mentions another 7 inch called I
Want That Boy / London My Home Town (Parlophone R 5271
[p], 1965). Is that the same group?

The two mp3s I have are excellant girl group sound! any
more info would be much appreciated!


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Message: 8
   Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 02:20:14 +0100
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Righteous Brothers pic

Thanks to Peter Richmond, surely the world's greatest
Righteous Brothers fan and expert, for letting me know
that the woman pictured with Bobby Hatfield on the back
sleeve of the "Back to Back" album is his first wife,
Joy Ciro.

Check out Pete's Righteous Brothers Discography web site


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