http://www.spectropop.com ________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Remembering Alan Betrock ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 8 messages in this issue. Topics in this digest: 1. Remembering Alan Betrock From: John Clemente 2. Keith From: "Martin Roberts" 3. new Ronnie Spector record From: "Spector Collector" 4. Review of "Hawthorne, CA" in Houston Press From: Paul MacArthur 5. Francoise Hardy, France Gall, et. al. From: Ted T. 6. Re: Francoise Hardy and her Ultra Chick Copains From: Frank 7. Francoise at Musica From: "Ian Chapman" 8. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More" From: "Phil Chapman" ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 01:17:12 -0400 From: John Clemente Subject: Remembering Alan Betrock Hello All, A while back, I can't remember exactly how far back, someone who had contacted me in regard to my book had mentioned that Alan Betrock had passed away. I had told this person that it must have been a mistake; that I had recently spoken to Alan regarding his book's inclusion in my bibliography. We spoke about GG records, photos, my project and how it would be an expansion of what he initiated with his efforts. Alan then sent me a formal letter giving me permission to use his book. I went through my files to find the letter. The letter was postmarked in July of 1999. I saw his obit on Doc Rock's "The Dead Rock Stars Club" website of R&R notables who have passed. http://users.efortress.com/doc-rock/2000.html I was shocked and had a very strange feeling. Could this much time have passed? Now I find it is over a year since Alan's passing. This man made such a tremendous contribution to American pop, not only for his documentation of GG music, but with some of my favorite contemporary artists as well, like Blondie, The Smithereens and Marshall Crenshaw. Alan, for this I thank you! Here is an excerpt from his obituary in The NY Times on April 15, 2000: > Alan Betrock, 49, Pop Critic and Record Producer > > Alan Betrock, whose love of rock 'n' roll propelled a > pioneering career as a critic, editor, publisher, > archivist and record producer, died on Sunday at Calvary > Hospital in the Bronx. He was 49 and lived in Brooklyn. > > The cause was cancer, said Marilyn Laverty, his former > wife. > > His 1982 book, "Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound," was > lauded by the critic Robert Palmer in The Times as > "everything a rock 'n' roll genre study should be." By > the time he published it, Mr. Betrock had sold New York > Rocker and was pursuing a dual career as a journalist and > an independent record mogul. Releases on his label, Shake > Records, introduced artists like the dB's, the > Smithereens and Marshall Crenshaw. In his writing he > ardently defended American punk, exposing its roots in > garage rock and vintage teenage pop. [ Remembering Alan Betrock http://www.rocksbackpages.com/news/0704_schwartz_betrock.html] --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2001 19:32:50 +0100 From: "Martin Roberts" Subject: Keith Interesting mail from Brian Flaherty about Keith's first record 'Caravan Of Lonely Men': > [from] "Encyclopoedia of Popular Music" edited by Colin > Larkin: > > [Keith] started with a band called the Admirations in > the early 60s, recording one single for Columbia > Records, "Caravan of Lonely Men". I can't confess to being a fan but this should be worth tracking down. I have two other versions of this early Jeff Barry co-wr song, the earliest from '62 The Lafayettes featuring Frank Bonarrigo RCA 47-8082 prod. Hugo & Luigi. Latin tinged doo wop styled but with no backing group! The B-Side 'I Still Do' perhaps even better, again doo wop with no group but this time he supplies the 'dip dip doo wahs'! The other is on Agon 1011 by The Lovers, similiar up tempo Latin flavoured doo wop but with full vocal backing. B-sibe also quite good version of Jackie Shane/Roosevelt Grier's 'In My Tenement' Martin --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 03:31:56 -0000 From: "Spector Collector" Subject: new Ronnie Spector record Ronnie plays Tina to Andre Williams's Ike in their newly released duet of the Turners' classic "It's Gonna Work Out Fine." It kicks off side two of Andre's new album, "Bait and Switch" (Norton 288), available for $8 (LP) or $12 (CD) at http://www.nortonrecords.com/lps5.html. David A. Young --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2001 04:09:20 -0500 From: Paul MacArthur
Subject: Review of "Hawthorne, CA" in Houston Press Here it is... http://houstonpress.com/issues/2001-06-28/rotation.html If you dig it, let my editor know.... If you don't, then be quiet :) - Paul -- Paul MacArthur Assistant Professor Radio Television Department Sam Houston State University Box 2207 Communications Building Room 123 Huntsville, TX 77341 -0- --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2001 14:37:29 -0800 From: Ted T. Subject: Francoise Hardy, France Gall, et. al. Wow - it's fascinating to see that French popular music has such a keen Spectropop following. Living in Switzerland, I remember the heydays of ye-ye very well. Have to agree, however, with those who don't find many Spectorian touches in the work of Francoise Hardy. Her records have great charm, to be sure, but not much passion. Her specialty has always been wistful, intelligent lyrics with pretty melodies, and understated arrangements. She remains much revered on the French music scene, and makes occasional appearances on TV. However, her main interest for the past twenty years has been astrology, with music taking a back seat. She still looks fine, still very slim, but has let her hair go unabashedly gray. That aside, it is clear that the French music scene was acutely aware of Spector and his work during the Philles years. Darlene Love's singles were frequently played and joyfully discussed on the top radio show of the period, "Salut les copains". There was even a French adaptation of Bobb B. Soxx's "Why Do Lovers", entitled "Oui les filles", released by French studio veteran Jacques Revaux. In the early seventies, Sylvie Vartan did an OK version of "Da Doo Ron Ron." But of the many French hits aiming for the Spector style, my favorite is probably Nicoletta's powerhouse 1967 single "La Musique", which is the French version of Barry Mann's "Angelique". I way prefer Nicoletta's version. She also did a pretty good, very elaborate version of "Macarthur Park", called "Le Luxembourg" (a lovely park in the middle of Paris). Another terrific French Spector-style record is the mid-tempo "Le Seule Bebe Qui Ne Pleure Pas" by boy-girl duo Stone & Charden, released around 1970. Eric Charden, a journeyman French singer-songwriter-producer, surpassed himself with this one: great echo, pounding orchestral arrangement...could have been a hit for the Ronettes. While we're traveling, let's not forget Italy, which has probably produced more great songs and great singles than any other European country. Just last night I turned on the Italian TV network RAI Due and was stupefied to see a documentary featuring, among others, GENE PITNEY. There he was, in person, speaking in passable Italian, and reminiscing about the good old days. Like Francoise Hardy, he hasn't changed much (put on a little weight though) and has let himself go gray. Gene had a huge fan base in Italy, and the program featured very clear, well-preserved clips of him doing a live duet with Italian icon Little Tony,, and also doing a solo number in Italian. For a special treat, the show also unearthed a priceless 1960s clip of Neil Sedaka, singing in Italian and really juking and jumping all over the set. Judging from these samples, the RAI TV archives must be packed with similar high-quality treasures. Let's hope they'll be preserved, unearthed and made available some day. Ted T. THE FRENCH POP YE-YE PAGE --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Sat, 30 Jun 01 08:15:08 +0100 From: Frank Subject: Re: Francoise Hardy and her Ultra Chick Copains Thanks for the tip Glynis. I'll check your site. Frank >Frank: > >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. If you need links to these sources I >have some links on one of my web pages >http://www.mindspring.com/~felinefrenzy/Fflink2.html THE FRENCH POP YE-YE PAGE --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 01:01:50 +0100 From: "Ian Chapman" Subject: Francoise at Musica Must admit the current "is there/isn't there" discussion regarding the question of a Spector influence on selected Francoise tracks leaves me somewhat bemused, but may I direct readers to [. . . ] "However Much" (the English- language version of "Et Meme"). I'm aware that sometimes the terms "girl-group-influenced" and "Spector-influenced" don't always mean the same thing, but for me those jangling pianos and drum fills are a clear homage to "Da Doo Ron Ron". I'd be interested to hear other opinions. Ian THE FRENCH POP YE-YE PAGE --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 8 Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 01:00:28 +0100 From: "Phil Chapman" Subject: "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More" One thing that's always puzzled me about The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" is that the UK 45 has an extra 10 seconds on the end which includes a Frankie Valli/Bobby Hatfield-style falsetto ad-lib. Every album/CD version I've found since fades just before this. I wonder if the decision was taken because the ad-lib is not in keeping with Scott's newly achieved 'heroic' vocal sound, or simply to get it closer to the magic 3 minutes? I've grafted the original end on to one of the stereo cuts for interest value. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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