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There are 7 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 156:

      1. Sammy's Chasing Rainbows
           From: "Spector Collector" 
      2. Connie/Goffin & King
           From: "Ian Chapman">
      3. Re: Ris & the Chantelles
           From: Mick Patrick
      4. Re: Dum Dum Ditty
           From: "Phil Chapman"
      5. The Other Two
           From: Will George 
      6. Soul (maybe) & Inspiration (maybe not)
           From: LePageWeb 
      7. The Liquid Room 4/22/01
           From: David Ponak 


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 23:53:28 -0000
   From: "Spector Collector" 
Subject: Sammy's Chasing Rainbows

I see that Collectables has set May 8 as the release date
for a Sammy Turner compilation (called "Lavender Blue,"
natch), and that it includes the Spector-produced
"Raincoat in the River" (please let it be from master
tapes, God) in its first official CD release.

This reminded me of something I'd long forgotten: about
25 years ago, a friend purchased an acetate of Sammy
singing "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" at a garage sale at
the home of (get this!) Stan Applebaum. I've never been
able to find an official release of this song, and I
suspect that it exists only on the acetate (or maybe a
test press or two). The reason I'm curious about it is
that it was a lovely production at the very least, and
smacked more than a little of the Spector production
style of "Raincoat..." Since the matrix numbers of that
song and its flip, "Falling," aren't consecutive, it's
extremely likely that there would have been at least one
unissued Spector production from the recording sessions,
and my theory, having heard "...Rainbows," has always
been that this was it.

It's been twenty years or more since Ra and I lost touch,
or I'd just ask him to tape it for me. So here's the
deal: does any of you know of/have this recording, or
else know a fellow named Ra Aiello (last known address:
Boston, circa 1980)? I'd love to be put back in touch
with the recording and/or Ra, and any assistance, clues,
or tapes would be most appreciated!

David A. Young

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Message: 2
   Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 23:03:04 +0100
   From: "Ian Chapman"
Subject: Connie/Goffin & King

> Connie Stevens has recorded this Goffin and King song
> "Don't You Want To Love Me".  Yep! The same one as by 
> The Other Two.
> Mike Cee.


Thanks for this info.  Went straight to check a few
listings and found it as WB 5691, the flip of "In My
Room (El Amor)", issued in '66.  Now to track it down!

BTW, anyone else a fan of  the song "In My Room"?   I
know of two other versions; a great one by Verdelle
Smith, but I guess the most well-known is by the Walker


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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 00:19:21 +0100 (BST)
   From: Mick Patrick
Subject: Re: Ris & the Chantelles


There I was, eating a packet of Hula Hoops using only my
left pinky (can't work with greasy fingers) when who
should call but RIS CHANTELLE. She was kinda surprised
and chuffed when I told her that she'd been a topic of
interest on SPECTROPOP. Ris asked me to pass on the
following information:

and JAY ADAMS. When Jay dropped out of the group her
white boots were filled by singer-songwriter NOLA YORK.
Ris and NOLA are still working together. Nola writes
stage musicals these days. The show "Wild, Wild Women",
which she wrote with the late Michael Richmond, recently
finished a ten week run at the Orange Tree in Richmond
(just outside London). Nola and Ris have a website under
construction. They'll no doubt pass on the address when
it's ready.

Before I get back to my crunchy snack, can anyone out
there please tell me the exact title of Marlene
Dietrich's version of the Bacharach & David song
"Kentucky Bluebird (Message To Martha/Michael)". I think
it has the word "Nachtengale" (nightingale) in the title.
I gotta know!!!!!!!!!
Shame "I Want That Boy" wasn't a hit.


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Message: 4
   Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 17:06:49 +0100
   From: "Phil Chapman"
Subject: Re: Dum Dum Ditty

Rob B. writes:
> By the way, the song is awesome.

... yeah yeah yeah, like "Then He Kissed Me", "He's A
Rebel", "Do Wah Diddy" rolled into one!

I can find listed the following versions:
Goodies - Blue Cat 117
Southern Belles - Amazon 3
Bunnies - Roomate(?) [under title of "Rebel Without A
Cause"] all three appear to be from the same master
source, with varying degrees of degradation in the
rhythm track.

I've posted the three I have, if you have yet another
I'd like to hear it.

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Message: 5
   Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 10:00:52 EDT
   From: Will George
Subject: The Other Two

I'm not familiar with this group at all. But I know they
recorded a very obscure Jackie DeShannon compostion
called Breakdown Baby. Has anyone ever heard this? I'd
love to get my hands (and ears) on it.

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 12:36:53 +0900
   From: LePageWeb 
Subject: Soul (maybe) & Inspiration (maybe not)

Carol Kaye wrote;

> > I wasn't aware of the Bill Medley/Darlene Love duet on
> > (You're My) Soul & Inspiration.  Is there any way to hear
> > that?  Have just the two of them recorded anything else?
> Hmm....I played bass on that recording, loved working for
> the Righteous Bros., espec. Bill Medley, and wasn't aware
> of that or had forgotten about it, interesting.

Hi Carol,

Well, the Darlene Love and Bill medley duet is a
comparatively recent recording. It was released on
Capitol in the mid-90s. It doesn't sound like the
"clique" on there at all. I'm sure you referred to the
original Righteous Brothers recording.

Rather sarcastically I said to my friend when we were
listening to it the other day "great string synth
sound". Indeed, the buzzing fake strings add just the
right shade of tackiness to this rather dreadful recording.
Oh sure, Darlene is in great form as always, but the
chords have been "cleverly" rewritten at the turnaround,
the drums have all the soul of a Roland sequencer, and
as seems to be synonymous with "contemporary", the
vocals are all over the place, obscuring the melody
with an excessive amount of ad-libbed
wo-wo-woh-baby-baby's. (Don't even get me started on
the distractingly annoying funk guitar lick...)

I had to wash my ears out with the original Righteous
Brothers recording after listening to that.

By the way, Carol. You may not recall this, but the
original Righteous Brothers recording was the first
"post-Spector" session the Righteous Brothers did.
Legend has it that they called in the entire Spector
team (sans Spector) to do the record, including the
songwriters, the arranger, studio, engineer, and of
course the musicians. I've always wondered if there was
any "buzz" at the session that Spector's sound was
being effectively duplicated in his absence. Do you
recall anything about that, or was it just "another day, 
another session" kind of thing?

All the best,


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Message: 7
   Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 11:56:38 -0400
   From: David Ponak 
Subject: The Liquid Room 4/22/01

Saturday night/Sunday morning brought another groovy time
in the Liquid Room.

The Liquid Room airs every Saturday night from Midnight
to 3AM (PDT) at 90.7 FM KPFK Los Angeles as well as
streaming at

A big "hello" to the Tokyo listeners!

Here's the playlist for 4/22:

1.The Association/Come On In
Birthday (WB)

2.Corduroy/The Addison Tapes
Click (Pony Canyon-Japan)

3.Akakage-Brass Impact
I Love Pop Music (Crown-Japan)

4.Pico-Akai Sabaku E Ikanai Ka
Soft Rock Drivin'-Snow Dolphin Samba (Polydor-Japan)

5.Black Box Recorder-The English Motorway System
The Facts Of Live (Jet Set)

6.Roy Budd/Fear Is The Key (Main Theme)
Rebirth Of Budd (Sequel-UK)

7.Orbital-Waving Not Drowning
The Altogether (Polygram)

8.Francoise Hardy/Le Temp De Souvenirs
The Vogue Years (BMG-Ger)

9.Bertand Burgalat/Nonza
The Ssssound Of Music (Tricatel-France)

10.Bob Dorough/Love (Webster's Definition)
To Communicate (Tokuma-Japan)

11.Margo Guryan/What Can I Give You
Take A Picture (Franklin Castle)

12.Motocompo/Color This World
Krackerjack Party (Poplot-Japan)

13.The Divine Comedy/The Perfect Lovesong
Regeneration (Parolophone-UK)

14.Mel Torme/She's Leaving Home
A Time For Us (Capitol)

15.Delton 3030/3030
Deltron 3030 (75Arc)

16.Saint Etienne/Le Ballade De Saint Etienne
Interlude (Sub Pop)

17.Serge Gainsbourg/Aeroplanes (Readymade Remix)
I Love Serge-Electronicagainsbourg (Mercury-France)

18.Issac Hayes/Ellie's Love Theme
Shaft (soundtrack) (Stax)

19.Pizzicato Five/Summertime Summertime
Pizzicato Five RIP-Big Hits And Jet Lags Vol. 3 (Readymade-Japan)

20.Death By Chocolate/The LS Bumblebee
Death By Chocolate (Jet Set)

21.Tony Mottola/I Found Love
Warm, Wild & Wonderful

22.The Free Design/The Hook
Cosmic Peekaboo (Marina)

23.The Wondermints/Sting O' Luv
Bali (Varese)

24.Daft Punk/Something About Us
Discovery (Virgin)

25.Stu Phillips/Feels Like Lovin'
Feels Like Lovin' (Capitol)

26.Our Hour/Cal Flower
Electric Heavyland (LD&K-Japan)

27.Michel Polnaref/Qui A Tue Grand Maran
Le Premiere Annes (Universal-France)

28.Linus Of Hollywood/To Be A Girl
Let Yourself Be Happy (Franklin Castle)

29.Paul Mauriat/Silver Fingertips
L.O.V.E. (Phillips)

30.Le Hammond Inferno/Easy Leasing Superstar
Easy Leasing Superstar (Escalator-Japan)

31.Henry Mancini/The Party (Instrumental)
The Party (soundtrack) (RCA)

32.Priscilla Paris/He Noticed Me
Touch The Wall Of Sound Vol. 2 (M&M)

33.Instant Cafe/Driving Me Backwords
Instant Cafe EP (Instant Cafe-Japan)

34.Sid Bass/Playera
Moog Espania (RCA)

35.The Little Rabbits/Implelecatexpossifice
The Grande Musique (Barclay/Rosebud-France)

36.Akiko Nakamura-La La La
60's Cutie Pop Collection-Suki Suki Edit (King-Japan)

37.Hi-C/Sitting In The Park
Skanless (Skanless)

38.Michel Legrand/The Chess Game
The Thomas Crown Affair (soundtrack) (UA)

39.Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends/Let's Ride
The Complete.... (Polydor-Japan)

40.Honey Ltd/I've Got Your Man
Honey Ltd. (LHI)

41.Love/Wonder People (I Do Wonder)
Forever Changes (bonus track) (Rhino)

42.The Banana Splits/I Enjoy Being A Boy
The Banana Splits (boot)

43.Minnie Ripperton/Completeness
Come To My Garden (AIM)

44.Nana Kinomi/Suki Sa Suki Sa Suki Sa
60's Cutie Pop Collection-Suki Suki Edit (King-Japan)

45.Paul Williams/Morning I'll Be Moving On
Someday Man (WB)

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