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There are 6 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 201:

      1. Ike and Kenny
           From: "Spector Collector" 
      2. The Georgettes
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli
      3. Vampire
           From: "Ian Chapman"
      4. Crystals cut "Vampire"
           From: John Clemente 
      5. French and Italian pop
           From: Al Quaglieri
      6. Too many Nicolettas
           From: Jill Mingo 


Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 14:38:40 -0000
   From: "Spector Collector" 
Subject: Ike and Kenny

Paul Woods wrote questioning whether it was Ike Turner
duetting with Tina on their hit "It's Gonna Work Out Fine,"
and I'm here to testify that it is. First, I know his
voice well enough (compare his deadpan here to the intro
"Rollin'...rollin'...rollin' on the river" on their
"Proud Mary"), but second, Tina alternates her
salutations to her singing partner as "Darlin'" and "Ikey."
(By the way, Ike has a new CD out with his Kings of
Rhythm and is touring heavily these days, unlike certain
retired ex-wives of his.)

Al Quaglieri calls Kenny Karen's "Susie Forgive Me" "one
of the most hilarious teen death records ever made," and
although even I loosely categorize it in the "death
records" category, it fits more neatly into the
"near-death" genre a la "Endless Sleep": not only does
Kenny not kill Susie here, even his crippling her turns
out to be only temporary.

I don't believe that Kenny's other records have been
dealt with here in any depth. I have two others as well,
and there's not a loser side among the six. I don't know
whose golden boy he was, but as previously noted, he had
access to the best hands on his decks: the flip of "Susie,"
"The Light in Your Window," is written by
King/Goffin/Ripp; on Columbia 42452 (which, like "Susie,"
has a picture sleeve) pairs "To Sandy with Love," which
Kenny co-wrote with Artie Kaplan, with "A Face in the
Crowd," written by Jack Keller and Gerry Goffin and
arranged and conducted by Carole King; and the most
blatantly Sedaka-derived one in the bunch, "Sixteen Years
Ago Tonight" (Columbia 42638), written by Karen with
Howie Greenfield and Jack Keller, is paired with Karen
and Kaplan's "Take Me Back." All that's missing is Jeff
and Ellie!

David A. Young

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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 04:03:12 EDT
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: The Georgettes

And now for something completely different! Anyone have
any info on this group--? They recorded a song called
"Little Boy," a frothy, foamy, chirpy, very-1963 number
sung by a lead with the most amazing falsetto: leading me
to think that they may in fact be boys. (Someone years
ago told me the lead, hence the group name, was George
Goldner... I don't think so !!!!!) It's eminently catchy,
and sounds as if the Chiffons ran into the Secrets and
decided to record a side. Any help? 
And Happy Fourth to all my stateside buddies... : )

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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 19:58:16 +0100
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Vampire

>Ton Borsboom asked:

>I hope that somebody can identify the following
>information regarding a track I heard on the radio.
>Trackname: "Vampire", Performers mentioned: The Crystals,
>length approx. 2.37 minutes, additional info:
>instrumental track with saxophone and male voice saying


It was the Crystals on Mercury 71381, released '58,
backed with "Tropical Illusion".


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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 21:42:19 -0400
   From: John Clemente 
Subject: Crystals cut "Vampire"

Hello All,

This message is in response to Ton Borsboom's question.
The song to which you are referring may be The Crystals
on Indigo Records out of California circa 1961.  That
single is an instrumental, whatever the title may be. 
I've never heard it, but I do know that it is an
instrumental (mostly).

John Clemente

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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 09:40:37 -0400
   From: Al Quaglieri 
Subject: French and Italian pop

There's a great series of "unofficial" CD comps of
classic French ye ye and garage girls called "Ultra
Chicks." Info at


Also, while trying (unsuccessfully) to track down that
RAI Due radio show, I stumbled across the live RealAudio
feed for an Italian oldies station, Radio Nostalgie.

if you're interested.

Al Q.

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 10:49:05 +0100
   From: Jill Mingo 
Subject: Too many Nicolettas

There is yet another Nicoletta from Germany who records
for Escalator Records in Japan...same spelling and
everything, really nice breezy almost bossa inspired
electric disco-funk-pop. It's produced by one of the
dudes from Bungalow artists Dauerfisch, another modern
pop band that some Spectropoppers might be interested in.

Then there is always brilliant singer Nicolette, from
Shut Up and Dance, was it? Squeaky, brilliant singer
>from the early 90s rave scene who went on to sing
with....god....was it Massive Attack? Help me someone.
Trainspotting is not my forte.

By the way, if people on the list are interested in
modern pop sounds, you might want to check my webshot on - every Tuesday from 19.00-21.00
GMT (or 8 hours earlier on West Coast USA. 9 hours ahead
in Japan) I have a archived on the site too under
"Listen Live"...enough shameless self plugging...

Jill "Mingo-go"

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