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There are 8 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 186:

      1. Re: Peggy=Jessica=Tiffany
           From: "Mike Arcidiacono"
      2. Boettcher on NPR
           From: Robert Bates 
      3. Thanks to John & Jack
           From: "Martin Roberts"
      4. Re: Paul Revere's Sharon
           From: "Peter Lerner" 
      5. Dee Dee Kenniebrew and The Crystals
           From: "Donny Hampton"
      6. Custom songs
           From: Marc Miller 
      7. Fleetwood Radio
           From: "LePageWeb" 
           From: "Warren Cosford" 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 12:35:19 -0700
   From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
Subject: Re: Peggy=Jessica=Tiffany

Peggy of The Angels wrote:

>> a friend told me about the Dynovoice CD and I have 3
>> recordings on it as Jessica James and the Outlaws, but I
>> was disappointed that Dixie wasn't on it.

Well, now we need a vol 2 with "Dixie"....and Eddie
Rambeaus "Come Closer" , a stereo "Attack", some lost
Diane Renay stuff (Billy Blue Eyes), and there you go!!!


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Message: 2
   Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 12:48:56 -0500
   From: Robert Bates 
Subject: Boettcher on NPR

Hey everyone --

The fine NPR show "This American Life" this weekend used
the Ballroom's instrumental track of "Would You Like to
Go?" as background music. And later they played "My Dad"
by Paul Peterson (it was a Father's Day show.) Check it
out at


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Message: 3
   Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 20:09:19 +0100
   From: "Martin Roberts" 
Subject: Thanks to John & Jack

Thanks to John Clemente for his extra comments on The
Chiffons. I do know the Ginger/Chiffons track had always
asumed it was The Honeys!! To keep the debate going I
have a waste of space RCA 45 from '78 by Kirsty & Jimmy
McNichol "He's So Fine", produced by two of The Tokens
Phil & Mitch Margo. This is supposed to have Chiffons on
Doo Langs. Sounds just like them or maybe the Margo's
just spliced the Chiffons Doo Langs into the song?

Thanks to Jack Madani for posting details of the new Lou
Christie CD with Tammys tracks. WOW! straight to the top
of my can't wait list. JD (Doyle)-does his name pop up on
the list or is he exclusively Line Dancing now?-taped me
the Tammys about 18 years ago, still havn't got the UA
tracks on 45. Lou beside singing/co writing one of my all
time faves "If My Car Could Only Talk" produced by Jack
-the great-Nitzsche is (deservedly) very well served with
most of his 60's records available on four CD's by Rhino,
Taragon, Collectables & (not quite as essential) UK's
Sequel labels. All of these with informative sleeve notes
by Lou's No.1 fan Harry Young.


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Message: 4
   Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 22:20:57 +0100
   From: "Peter Lerner" 
Subject: Re: Paul Revere's Sharon

"Will George" asked: 

> Maybe someone here can clear up a question. Paul Revere
> & the Raiders released a song called "Sharon." Now, I'm
> not familiar with this group at all really, but the
> question is this: Someone else on this list swears that
> the lead singer on that is actually Jackie DeShannon
> (her real name is Sharon.) When I hear the song, I hear
> a sped-up male's voice that sounds nothing like
> DeShannon. Does anyone know the story on this?

After seeing Will's message I checked my collection, as
I've got 2 45s of Paul Revere and the Raiders "Like long
hair" - of which "Sharon" is the B side.

The original UK 45 was on Top Rank JAR 557. There's a
spoken male intro, then into a pretty fine rockabilly
style performance, with Elvis -y vocal inflections. The
label says the vocal is by Mark Lindsay and I've no
reason to dispute this.

There was a re-release in the mid 60s on the eccentic
Sue label, and surprise surprise, the B side of Sue
WI344 is a very different version of the same song.
Sounds like a demo with a woman singing, and some
speeded up answer vocals. Jackie DeShannon? Never - and
believe me, I can recognise Jackie's voice. Is there
another version out there somewhere? And is there any
significance in the fact that Jackie's 1990s publishing
company was Raider Music?

Peter Lerner

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Message: 5
   Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 20:17:02 -0000
   From: "Donny Hampton" 
Subject: Dee Dee Kenniebrew and The Crystals

I recently saw the Jeff Barry video "Chapel Of Love"
featuring Dee Dee Kenniebrew performing lead vocals on
"Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me."  She was no La
La Brooks, but I have to say she wasn't bad, either.  I
saw her in Kansas City with another group of Crystals a
few years ago.  Then, too, she sang "Da Doo Ron Ron" and
sounded awful! I remember wanting to cover my ears. 
She's obviously been practicing hard, and it's paid off.
Dee Dee is a real survivor.

Don Charles

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Message: 6
   Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 13:30:31 -0400
   From: Marc Miller 
Subject: Custom songs

Scott, re:

> I seem to remember the Carpenters doing one for KHJ
> that centered around the opening of "Rainy Days And
> Mondays"

Did it go something like:
"KHJ and Mondays always get me down..."

Somehow, I can't see that.

One of the most "customized" records was Tommy Facenda's
"High School USA" in which he rattled off the names of
all the local high schools in EVERY market.  It's pretty


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Message: 7
   Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 22:48:44 -0000
   From: "LePageWeb" 
Subject: Fleetwood Radio

With all the posts about flying in radio station call
letters to obtain favor with market specific
broadcasters, I'm surprised no one has mentioned this
slight variation on a theme:

On the glorious "Very Best of the Fleetwoods" CD is a
track called "Radio Jingle", an a cappella reworking of
I Care So Much (the B-side to "Come Softly...") which
not only name checks Northwest DJ Earl McDaniel, but
also has each member sound off "We're the Fleetwoods -
Gretchen, Barbara and Gary" to the rhythmic groove of
Gary's keychain tapping. Great stuff.

The Fleetwoods

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Message: 8
   Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 08:13:07 -0400
   From: "Warren Cosford" 

Hi Folks:

Here are some more memories of Custom Song
Mixes for Radio Stations:

I seem to recall that when the song Sooner Or Later by
the Grass Roots was out in 1971, both WDRC and WPOP in
Hartford had their call letters sung over the intro of
the song.  The interesting thing was, WDRC had a female
chorus singing the call letters over the intro, but on
the WPOP version, it sure sounded like the Grass Roots
themselves were singing over the intro.  But it could
have also been some jingle singers that could immitate
them.  At the time, TM created what were called "Pop
Tops" and you could buy so many songs a month which had
TM jingle singers singing your call letters on the
intros of songs.  Some of the TM vocals really came
pretty close to the sound of the singers on the records.
I have a 1972 demo which features Pop Tops for WKBW,
WHEN in Syracuse, WPRO in Providence and CHAM in
Hamilton.  The Pop Top for Mother And Child Reunion by
Paul Simon for KB was dead on, as was the Pop Top for
Three Dog Night's Family Of Man for CHAM.

I also remember WRKO had singers put their call letters
on the beginning of Ringo's It Don't Come Easy and
Woodstock by Matthew Southern Comfort.  In the early
70's, this really became quite a fad with jingle
companies.  While TM had pop tops, PAMS used the sonovox
for song intros.  If you listen to any WKBW aircheck
>from 1971 or '72, you'll notice that it is loaded with
TM Pop Tops.


There was another answer to The Battle of New Orleans.
Garry Ferrier (see Larry and Garry) wrote and recorded
it for CHUM. Some radio groupie will still have a copy
of The Battle of Queenston Heights - where "the
Americans went a-runnin."
Larry Solway


Dale Patterson's Rock Radio Scrapbook has some of the
"pop tops" on his site  I have an aircheck (it really
has a awful signal coming in from Buffalo to Toronto) of
Don Berns (Dr Trance etc.) counting down the year end
1972 on 'KB which features alot of the "pop tops" 


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