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There are 9 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 197:

      1. Re:  Keith     
           From: "Brian Flaherty" 
      2. Re: Keith
           From: "Luis Suarez" 
      3. RE: Keith
           From: Cass 
      4. Francoise Hardy and her Ultra Chick Copains
           From: Glynis Ward 
      5. Clingers
           From: Doc Rock 
      6. Re: Scott Walker
           From: Jeffrey Thames
      7. Dunwich
           From: Dan Hughes
      8. RE: Keith
           From: Dan Hughes 
      9. Another self-copy
           From: "LePageWeb" 


Message: 1
   Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 02:32:37 +1000
   From: "Brian Flaherty" 
Subject: Re:  Keith     

I've found a reference in "Encyclopoedia of Popular Music"
edited by Colin Larkin:

b James Barry Keefer, 07 May 1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
USA. Keith was best known for his Top 10 folk rock single
"98.6" in January 1967. Keefer started with a band called the
Admirations in the early 60s, recording one single for Columbia
Records, "Caravan of Lonely Men". He was then discovered by
journalist Kal Rudman, who took Keefer to Mercury Records
executive Jerry Ross. Signed to that label and renamed Keith, 
he recorded his first solo single "Ain't Gonna Lie", which
narrowly made the US Top 100. "98.6" followed and was his
biggest hit, although Keith charted twice in 1967 with lesser
hits, "Tell Me to My Face" and "Daylight Savin' Time". 
He recorded a few more singles for Mercury and two albums, 
only the first of which made the charts. After spending time in
the armed forces, he returned to a changed musical direction, 
recording a single "In and Out of Love", for Frank Zappa's
Discreet label, and singing briefly with Zappa's band (he did
not record with them). Keefer recorded one last album, for
RCA Records, with no luck, and then left the music business
until 1986, when an attempted comeback under his real name
proved unsuccessful. 

98.6/Ain't Gonna Lie ---Mercury 1967
Out of Crank      ---Mercury 1968
The Adventures of Keith --RCA 1969

Hope this entry is of interest


Brian Flaherty

Posted: Friday 29 June 2001   10. 30 pm Aussie Time

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Message: 2
   Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 12:58:03 -0700
   From: "Luis Suarez" 
Subject: Re: Keith


This is my first post. My name's Luis Suarez. I'm from

Keith is great, but stay clear of his 2nd Lp on Mercury -
Out of Crank. (what a strange title for pop album - images
of strung out junkies come to mind) It's a really mediocre,
blah record with no memorable tunes. Of course I may
remember it that way because I bought it at the same time
as his 3rd Lp, Adventures Of Keith, which is wonderful.
Great pop psychedelia.

There's an official Keith website -

Keith IS out there somewhere. The webmaster of the Keith
site is in touch with him. Just go to the "ask Keith" link.

Believe it or not, according to the "official" website
Keith has been working on an autobigraphy,

"The working title is "Crazy For Rock and Roll" and at
this point it's on roughly 500 index cards. It chronicles
such things as hanging out with the Beatles and Stones,
living with Linda Eastman when we were going together,
singing with Frank Zappa and loads of other stories!!! The
problem I'm having though is to make it a coffee table
book and do it in a series format or do it as an
autobiography. But either way it's in the works!!!"

Wow! Keith and Linda shacked up!


Guy L. wrote:

> > I too would love to hear from anyone with more
> > information. Perhaps Keith himself is out there
> > somewhere and can tell us about his lost psychedelic
> > classic!

Dan H replied:

>Very tough to find info on this guy.  His real name was
>James Barry Keefer , he was born on May 7, 1949, and he
>died last year.  That's all I could come up with on
>short notice.

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Message: 3
   Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 03:57:12 -0000
   From: Cass
Subject: RE: Keith

Hi All,

It's really nice to see people posting and asking about
Keith's music!! 

In reply to the last post regarding Keith by Dan, Keith
is ALIVE!!! You must have come across a bad piece of info.

Anyone who would like to know more about Keith please
take a moment to visit his official website 

Have a great day!
(webmaster for the official Keith site)

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Message: 4
   Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 10:26:39 -0400
   From: Glynis Ward 
Subject: Francoise Hardy and her Ultra Chick Copains


Ultra Chicks is a series of 6 "unauthorized" CD
compilations. Sometimes they go out of print for a time,
depending on who is chasing the manufacturer, but after
a few months they reappear. I can not give a direct
source, since [the person] who makes them has been in
trouble a few times over them. However, you can usually
get these from sources which normally sell 60's garage
style music. Midnight Records, Metro Music, Bomp and
Dionysus (the most reliable sources) Records. In Europe
you can ask either Lutz at Soundflat Records in Germany
or Harry at DC Records in Germany. Chances are that
Steffen Kerry at Subliminal Sounds in Sweden can also
get these for you. If you need links to these sources I
have some links on one of my web pages

The Girls In The Garage LP/CD of French Gals is also
available from these sources as well as a series from
France called Swingin' Mademoiselle.


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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 19:43:56 -0400
   From: Doc Rock
Subject: Clingers

I saw them on Bandstand and on the Smothers Brothers

One was the star of a TV Series, the American Girls  I 
think it was called.

I sorta collect them.

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Message: 6
   Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 15:23:17 -0500
   From: Jeffrey Thames 
Subject: Re: Scott Walker

At 08:50 AM 6/29/01 +0000, David Parkinson wrote:

>If you're unfamiliar with Scott Walker's work more
>generally, may I suggest that you run (and I do mean RUN)
>to get your hands on any of the first four solo albums
>he cut in the late 60s (the imaginatively titled Scott,
>Scott 2, Scott 3, and Scott 4). Fantastic songs,
>wonderful arrangements, and above all the offbeat
>aesthetics of Scott Walker, never one to flinch from
>gloom or decadence. And that voice!

[deactivate troll mode]

I must concur here.  I've been a raging Scottaholic
since first hearing "Big Louise" nearly five years ago.
I was in Austin a few weekends ago for the excellent
Air show (but that's another story) and happened upon
the recent remasters of Scotts 1 and 3.  This is the
only time I've seen any of his first four albums
available at retail (I had to get the pre-remastered 2
and 4 from CDNow).  They were very reasonable as
imports go, but if you need an excellent (albeit
incomplete) overview, I heartily recommend It's Raining
Today, a Scott anthology compiled by Razor & Tie (with
a little help from one Marshall Crenshaw) in 1996.  It
contains tracks from Scotts 1-4 and the
similarly-themed "Til the Band Comes In, plus a few
non-LP singles.  Soon I plan to pick up the Walker
Brothers catalog from that same remaster campaign.  At
present, there're no full Walkers CDs in print Stateside
to my knowledge, although there was a nice set from One
Way (including the prerequisite "Sun") a few years back.



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Message: 7
   Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 14:24:35 -0500
   From: Dan Hughes 
Subject: Dunwich

> I'm new to the group, and if this has been addressed
> before I apologize. I just grabbed a copy of a 45 by a
> group called the Byzantine Empire, doing a version of
> Almer's 'Shadows and Reflections' (more famous version
> by the Action). The 45 is from the Amy/Bell/Mala group
> but has a Dunwich logo on the side. Does anyone have
> any idea where/when this is from?
> Thanks,
> Larry Grogan

Larry, here's a Dunwich connection--a 30-track
compilation of Dunwich releases.

I believe that Dunwich started as an Atco subsid before
it moved to Bell, and I think most of the Dunwich groups
were from the Chicago area, if that helps....


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Message: 8
   Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 21:17:52 -0500
   From: Dan Hughes 
Subject: RE: Keith

My apologies to Luis and Cass and everybody else for the
false report on the demise of Keith.  Several months ago
I read of the death of a sixties rock singer, and I could
have sworn it was Keith.  Glad to hear he is still with


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Message: 9
   Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 04:57:13 -0000
   From: "LePageWeb" 
Subject: Another self-copy

Casting another stone into the bottomless pit of
soundalikes, I just heard Life Fades Away by Roy Orbison.
Only the Lonely, Pt. 2, anyone??


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