http://www.spectropop.com ________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ "heavily oriented towards staying retro" ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 11 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 206: 1. Emitt Rhodes Interview in current Big Takeover From: "David Parkinson" 2. PHILATELY MAGAZINE From: Mick Patrick 3. The Poni Tails From: Jane Wade 4. Hit Records from Nashville From: Paul Urbahns 5. Keith From: Jane Wade 6. Hardy/Blackwell From: Kieron Tyler 7. CHARLES BLACKWELL From: Mick Patrick 8. Jean-Paul Vignon From: "Ian Chapman" 9. Louis Philippe From: "Robert Pally" 10. Re: Great French Pop From: Stewart Mason 11. Louis Phillippe From: "Kingsley Abbott" ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 07:10:39 -0700 From: "David Parkinson" Subject: Emitt Rhodes Interview in current Big Takeover Folks here might want to check out the current issue of The Big Takeover (#48, on all discriminating newsstands now), which among the usual embarrassment of riches has a nice interview with Emitt Rhodes (Palace Guard, Merry-Go-Round, solo greatness). It's a pretty grim read, featuring the sad old story of record company abuses, but for anyone who has ever been blown away by this man's music it's essential reading. And for anyone out there who loves rock music and has never seen the Big Takeover, go take a look: 288 pages of DENSE content written by die-hard fans for a laughable $4.95! I mean, c'mon! David P.S. This is not a paid promotion, honest :-} -The Big Takeover is simply the best rock mag in existence. It's heavily oriented towards staying current, and also gives all due props to the heroes like The Beatles, Hollies, Kinks, Zombies, &c. &c. In the cover interview with Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard, we get to see the list of 62 cassettes that Pollard took on the road for the GbV spring tour - suffice it to say that it intersects pretty neatly with the sort of music that is discussed here. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 20:40:58 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: PHILATELY MAGAZINE Greetings, In answer to Frank's question - if he has issues 1 thru 7 of PHILATELY magazine, he has a full set. Previously the Phil Spector Apreciation Society published 20 odd newsletters. And the last issue of THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN we published was No. 5/6 - a double issue devoted to Brit Girls. Then I got sidetracked into compiling CDs. I'd love to get back into publishing my own magazine but, hey, now we have Spectropop it hardly seems necessary. Before I go, let me be the first to plug the brand new website of DIANE RENAY. I hear she has a new CD available soon too. Check it out; http://www.dianerenay.com MICK PATRICK PS Don't hold your breath for the BREAKAWAYS CD. The Sanctuary label has placed it on the back burner, although they're still going ahead with the Paper Dolls CD. FEH!! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 11:21:03 -0700 (PDT) From: Jane Wade Subject: The Poni Tails Call me corny but I think "Born Too Late" is one of the greatest 50's girl group songs ever recorded. How many of us identified with THAT one? I'd like to know some background on the group, whatever became of them and if they had any other hits after their big one. Jane --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 06:35:45 EDT From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Hit Records from Nashville Dan asked: > Paul mentioned a song on the budget soundalike Hit > Records label. Is there a list somewhere that tells > who went by what names when recording for that label? > I have heard that some pretty famous people recorded > under fake names for Hit before they made it on their > own. Details, anyone? Thanks for asking Dan, I have been research Hit for probably 30 years and have these things sagging the floors. Besides using all the well known session musicians in like Boots Randolph, Bill Pursell, Jimmy Wilkerson, Billy Sherrill (later a Columbia producer) and others, Vocals were mostly by Bobby Russell, Bergen White and Buzz Cason (who were the Daytonas in Ronny and The Daytonas) The Anita Kerr Singers, Margie Singleton Singers, both groups had Priscilla Mitchell (later Mrs Jerry Reed), The Jordanires (the gospel group that appeared on Elvis and Ricky Nelson records) Ray Stevens is supposed to be on two Hit recordings (can be heard as the Mexican voice on Speedy Gonzales) Jimmy Buffett did four songs, Ricky Page did a ton of records as did Connie Landers their two main white girl singers. Sandy Posey recalled doing Hit sessions while working in Nashville (sounds like she was the girl singer between Connie Landers and Rickey Page's time. Posey probably did 6 songs in a 6 month period. Hit wrote their own arrangements of the hits, and the guys who wrote the arrangements were Bill Justis and Bergen White. Hit tried to "sound like" the hits but were not note for note representations. There was no playing by ear all arrangements were done in the typical Nashville style written on paper. Black singers were mostly Nashville folks, Herbert Hunter (later part of the Area Code 606), Peggy Gaines and Earl Gaines. Off the top of my head that is a brief summary of some involved. Since many of the hits of the 60s were originally recorded in Nashville, Hit tried to use as many of the original musicians on sessions as possible. A newspaper reporter attending a Hit session said it was almost like watching money being printed. On the Elvis, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis records especially, they would replace the lead singer and use many of the same musicians that worked the original session that way they cut down on studio time. Hit made some of the best (and worst) sound-a-likes in the business. All Hits were recorded in less than 45 minutes per song with no overdubbing. Union regs only allowed 4 masters out of each three hour session. You can do the math. Paul Urbahns --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 11:27:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Jane Wade Subject: Keith Cass and All: I was always sorry he only had but two hits, "Ain't Gonna Lie" and "98.6".... "Ain't Gonne Lie" has a great production on it...it was one of my favorites. Jane Cass wrote: > 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 > http://keith986.tripod.com > > Have a great day! Cass (webmaster for the official > Keith site) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 9:53:01 +0100 From: Kieron Tyler Subject: Hardy/Blackwell Hello there, Jake Tassell was asking about Charles Blackwell and the stuff he produced arranged for Francoise Hardy. It was all recorded in London at Pye Studios in Bryanston Place, just behind Marble Arch. She first recorded In London at Pye for Tony Hatch. Charles also did some Richard Anthony stuff there, and one Brigitte Bardot EP at Olympic. I did an article in 1998 for Record Collector on Charles which talks about this stuff. Other French people who recorded in London in the '60s include Serge Gainsbourg, Eddy Mitchell and Michel Polnareff. Francoise Hardy's dislike of her early stuff is centred around her earliest EPs, recorded for Vogue in Paris at their Avenue Hoche studios. She said 'some of the worst musicians in Paris' were on them. A funny comment considering that Jacques Dutronc, her future beau and father of her son, was session guitarist on at least one (Le Temps D' Amour). She still thinks Charles was great, as she said recently in Mojo magazine. Re the Spector sound on her records. It's hardly surprising considering Charles Blackwell's pedigree and her desire to make better-sounding records. Charles also arranged Adrienne Posta's Shang A Doo Lang, a big Spector soundalike. Charles says Spector was at the session with producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Loads of other French stuff reflects the US pop sound of the period (just like anywhere else really). For example, Sylvie Vartan's 1st big hit was a version of The Locomotion. All the best, Kieron --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 21:00:48 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: CHARLES BLACKWELL Greetings, Attention Jake in SW2. With any luck your comments about the great CHARLES BLACKWELL will prompt a reply from Ian Chapman. It was Ian who first got me interested in French Pop. Ian also convinced me that, in their way, Brit Girls were as worthy of my attention as US Girls. Previously I'd disliked them, regarding them as crude. I soon grew to love them BECAUSE they were crude. I hear Gallic heartthrob RICHARD ANTHONY is flavour of the month chez Chapman. Over to you Ian. MICK IN SE22 PS No-one answered my querie about JUNE ADAMS. Arse!! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 8 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 22:16:10 +0100 From: "Ian Chapman" Subject: Jean-Paul Vignon Frank said: > Jean-Paul Vignon, was a not so successful but good > looking French singer in the late 50's early 60's. > Probably due to this lack of success he left for the > States where he appeared in a few Tv series and got > involved in the disco scene making a few records again. Frank, I'm very partial to Jean-Paul's '65 Columbia waxing of "Don't Cry Little Girl" - best described as Steve Lawrence does Brill Building in a French accent! Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 9 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 06:55:39 +0200 From: "Robert Pally" Subject: Louis Philippe Hi I know him. Not so long ago I interviewed him for an E-zine called Fufkin. He is currently working on new stuff. His music is really great!! BTW: I am new on this list. My name is Robert Pally. I am a swiss journalist. Best Robert Try also Louis Philippe albums with great arrangments. Anyone here know them ? --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 10 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 08:33:10 -0600 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Re: Great French Pop Pollicesteve writes: >A new tradition of pop in the 2000's. > >You should listen to April March "Chrominace decoder" She >sang once with Brian Wilson (still in the vaults) & this >album is very fresh & sometimes "sexualy oriented" if you >dig French. Some of April March's earlier records are even more French pop-oriented: a personal favorite is her single "Chick Habit," which puts new English lyrics to the Gainsbourg/Gall tune "Laisse Tomber les Filles" and sets the song to a great garagey "Peter Gunn" rhythm. There's a compilation called LESSONS OF APRIL MARCH which contains material from all the different phases of her career, including a terrific girl group pastiche called "Stay Away From Robert Mitchum." April March's real name is Elinor Blake. She's also an animator who worked on REN AND STIMPY in its early days and used to be in both the Pussywillows (more girl group pastiche, from the late '80s) and the Shitbirds (punky pop from the early '90s). > >Try also Louis Philippe albums with great arrangments.. >Anyone here know them ? Him. The arrangements are great, the songs are unremarkable. Stewart --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 11 Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 15:55:53 +0100 From: "Kingsley Abbott" Subject: Louis Phillippe Great to see a mention of the great Louis Phillippe (A frenchman living and working in London for the french section of the BBC I believe). I found his "Ivory Tower" LP many moons ago with a great version of BW's "Guess I'm Dumb" on it, and more recently stumbled across his 1998 album "Azure". This CD (XIII Bis Records 189932) is absolutely beautiful - wonderful songs, playing (with Prague Philharmonic) and a feel reminiscent of "Pet Sounds" in several places - a complete album that I recommend unreservedly to anyone with a love for crafted melodious pop! There is also a collection of his best called "A Kiss In The Funhouse" (XIII Bis Records 151212). In the UK at least, they are available via Cherry Red. Lovely stuff! Also on Hit Records masqueraders, check out "We Built A 409" as by The Roamers - Messrs Wilkin, Cason et al - aka Ronny & The Daytonas. Possibly/probably some involvement with The Jalopy Five as well. Also list members might like to look out for a recently issued sampler for RPM Records. Called "Pet Sounds" (in name only- to catch the attention) it contains tracks >from Tony Rivers in various guises and other nice people on that label. Good at around two of our English pounds. Kingsley Abbott --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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