http://www.spectropop.com ________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Hitsville, U.S.A. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 8 messages in this issue. Topics in this digest: 1. Collecting Hit Records From: Paul Urbahns 2. Re: Connie Landers From: Will George 3. Hit Records..will always be there From: "Martin Roberts" 4. Erect a Spector From: Ron Buono 5. Two new ones from Universal Japan From: LePageWeb 6. Barry Mann? From: Dan Hughes 7. the unknown jackie deshannon From: Will George 8. Issue # 4 of Spanish Pop 'zine out now! From: Inaki Orbezua ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 06:30:07 EDT From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Collecting Hit Records Martin Roberts wrote: > But its like choosing between The Bushey Players > production of Hamlet in the church hall or watching > The Royal Shakespere Company at the Barbican. You > might choose to buy tickets for both but you know > where you're money has been most wisely spent! In this case its not a matter of money, it's documenting a portion of the music industry that eased to exist when K-tel started licensing of current material in the early 70s. In England you could buy sound-a-likes with Elton John singing on them in department stores. In the USA we had numerous labels that produced sound-a-likes as a sideline and they were sold in magazines or through mail order clubs, especially in the late 50s. Sound-A-likes even made it on the charts occasionally, (Robert John's The Lion Sleeps Tonight is one example, or Terry Stafford's Suspicion). The reason I concentrate on Hit sound-a-likes is because it was not a sideline with them and they maintained a business that included a modern recording studio in an upscale part of Nashville (Music City USA), a record pressing plant, a lithographic album and label fabrication facility, tape duplication center all from 1962 to 1972 on the strength of selling sound-a-likes. So they were the most successful operation of its type in the country. With all this experience and expertise (since many of their writers and musicians were on the charts currently on other labels) Hit only had one song make the national; best selling charts, when a gospel 45 record made number 50 on the country hits chart for one week. Their publishing firm only had one national hit , Sure Gonna Miss Her recorded by Gary Lewis and the Playboys (Naturally the original was on a Hit B side). Everybody has to have a hobby, this one is mine. Believe it or not when a collector of any artist finishes buying all that artists releases and reissues, they generally are interested in knowing what Hit sound-a-likes were made of that artists songs. And I can generally tell them. Paul Urbahns --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 07:41:06 EDT From: Will George Subject: Re: Connie Landers She wouldnt have become Connie Van Dyke by any chance? There was a singer-actress by that name who was in a Burt Reynolds flick in the 70s. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 08:09:42 +0100 From: "Martin Roberts" Subject: Hit Records..will always be there In praise of Phil Spector perhaps I seemed to be too critical of Hit Records. Not my intention, musically they are of interest. Usually more for their differences than when they are too similiar. Hit seemed to use Stereo earlier than most 45 releases which led to some unuusal mixes "Be True To Your School"is a good one, very strong channel seperation with lead singer on left and boys & girls almost in another room - and where else can you hear "Be True.." backed with "Wonderful Summer"? Don't know how many originals Hit released, one I have from the mid 60's Amy/Jarretts "Johnny Loves Me" is great. Strong female lead, doo wop style back up with a stroll/soul feel. As Paul said lots of top notch people involved. Historicaly they deserve their place and I would love to see a Hit Records discography/history. Original artists (did they always wait 'til a record charted before covering it?), original songs & style etc. p.s. Lots of sneering at 'cover groups' Shangri las, Poni Tails etc. not always justified. I saw 'The Coasters' with Mick Patrick in the early 80's, Bobby Sheen was one of the group and as Mick notes in his sleeve notes to The Dyno Voice Story CD The Invitation toured in the 80's as 'The Original Drifters'. Not the originals but like The Bushey Players worth seeing none the less! Martin --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 08:50:35 EDT From: Ron Buono Subject: Erect a Spector In a message dated 7/17/01, Spectropop Group writes: > Galloping drums, pounding bass, rinky dink Da do ron > ron style piano, cavernous echo - all or some of these > can give a record a "Spector Sound a Like" feel (pages > & pages of them in Fitzpatrick/Fogerty's Collecting > Phil Spector book), but what really sets the Erect a > Spector's apart is the passion and drama found in > almost all Phil Spector's originals. Hello- I found the above notation interesting, as I collect spector-sound-alikes. Can anyone tell me the exact title of this book, and/or where i could purchase it? Is there a web site for the above listing of spectorish songs? Thanks much Ron --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 19:50:08 +0900 From: LePageWeb Subject: Two new ones from Universal Japan Hi all, A couple of noteworthy releases from Universal Music Japan coming up that I thought I'd mention: First is the Barry Mann Songbook (July 27, 2001 Universal UICY-4046) Here ya go: 1. SHE SAY--THE DIAMONDS 2. WHO PUT THE BOMP--BARRY MANN 3. FOOTSTEPS--STEVE LAWRENCE 4. THE WAY OF A CROWN--BARRY MANN 5. I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME--CLAUDINE LONGET 6. BLESS YOU--BARRY MANN 7. ON BROADWAY--CLYDE McPHATTER 8. YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'--RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 9. LOVE HER --THE WALKER BROTHERS 10. (YOU'RE MY) SOUL AND INSPIRATION--RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 11. WALKING IN THE RAIN--WALKER BROTHERS 12. ANGELICA--THE SAND PIPERS 13. IT'S GETTING BETTER--MAMA CASS 14. SONGS--B.J.THOMAS 15. MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC--MAMA CASS 16. HERE YOU COME AGAIN--B.J.THOMAS 17. NEW WORLD COMING--MAMA CASS 18. TOO MANY MONDAYS--B.J. THOMAS 19. NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO--SERGIO MENDES 20. WE'RE OVER--B.J.THOMAS 21. WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT--SCOTT WALKER 22. SEE THAT GIRL--RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS The other release coming up on July 27 is Evie Sands' "Anyway That You Want Me" album (UICY-3315) Chip Taylor's "The Story of Evie Sands" essay is in the CD booklet, and Evie apparently furnished all the recording details and wrote the liners herself! Here are a few quotes: > Until the release of "Any Way That You Want Me," I > had never done an album. Working together with Chip > Taylor and Al Gorgoni, we had released only singles > -- on Blue Cat and Cameo. Up to then, we had a > series of mostly crushing disappointments. > > Although there was regional success salvaged out of > the "Take Me For A Little While" debacle on Blue Cat, > and tremendous radio excitement with "Angel of The > Morning" on Cameo, before the label went down like > the Titanic, I remember being absolutely thrilled the > day "Any Way That You Want Me" -- the single -- first > entered the Billboard charts! Happiness! Also, it > was just the greatest feeling hearing "Any Way That > You Want Me" on the radio wherever I toured in the US. > > As a bit of background, Al and Chip lived in New York > and I was in Los Angeles; where A&M was located. > Those were (mostly) great days. The A&M lot was like > a creative beehive. It was a family-like atmosphere; > home to a community of artists, creators, and the A&M > staff. > > We did most of the recording in New York, but I was > glad we also got to do some sessions in Los Angeles, > at the A&M studios -- because I felt so at home there. > "I'll Hold Out My Hand" and "One Fine Summer Morning" > were recorded in Los Angeles. > > Working with Al and Chip has always been a pleasure > -- both creatively, and personally! We had some > great people with us on the album, and for the > sessions in Los Angeles, we had (now legendary) > players like James Burton... All the sessions took place between August, 1968 and October, 1969 Here is the track list: 01. Crazy Annie - Taylor/Gorgoni Arranged by Lee Holdridge 02. But You Know I Love You - Mike Settle Arranged by Lee Holdridge 03. I'll Never Be Alone Again - Taylor/Gorgoni Arranged by Al Gorgoni 04. Any Way That You Want Me -Chip Taylor Arranged by Al Gorgoni 05. Close Your Eyes. Cross Your Fingers - Chip Taylor/Ted Daryll Arranged by Al Gorgoni 06. It's This I Am - Evie Sands Arranged by Lee Holdridge 07. Shadow of the Evening - Chip Taylor Arranged by Al Gorgoni 08. Take Me For A Little While - Trade Martin Arranged by Trade Martin 09. Until It's Time For You To Go - Buffy Saint-Marie Arranged by Al Gorgoni 10. I'll Hold Out My Hand - Taylor/Gorgoni Arranged by Al Gorgoni 11. Carolina In My Mind- James Taylor Arranged by Al Gorgoni 12. One Fine Summer Morning - Al Gorgoni Arranged by Lee Holdridge Bonus track 13. Maybe Tomorrow -Quincy Jones - Alan & Marilyn Bergman >From the motion picture "John & Mary" Recorded at Century Sound Recording Studios,New York with the exception of : I'll Hold Out Of My Hand, One Summer Morning recorded at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood,CA Engineered by Brooks Arthur and Ray Gearheart That's all folks! All the best, Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 07:44:15 -0500 From: Dan Hughes Subject: Barry Mann? Somebody help me here--I have a vague, distant memory of a compilation album which included a song that I THINK was by Barry Mann. It was a novelty song called Teenage Has-Been, a takeoff of Rick Nelson's Teenage Idol. Lyrics like "Some people call me a teenage hasbeen, some people say they pity me / My first record sold a million, my second record only sold three." Anybody know this song? Thanks, ---Dan --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 07:20:25 EDT From: Will George Subject: the unknown jackie deshannon I am preparing to record some jackie deshannon tunes that as far as i know have never been cut before. if anyone knows of any recordings of the following songs, please let me know! All songs are written by DeShannon, Sheely-DeShannon, DeShannon-Nitzsche, and DeShannon-Newman: Cry Cry Cry Dancing girl Darling Darlene Dont Say you dont love me anymore green trees He wont look my way I love you in my way Let him walk away Little ole you Lonely surfer boy Keep away from me Love for life My love is with you Never never land Out in the world Why cant you be lovin' me Thanks! Bill George ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 8 Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 17:04:50 +0200 From: Inaki Orbezua Subject: Issue # 4 of Spanish Pop 'zine out now! OTONO CHEYENNE for lovers of Brill Building Pop, Girl Groups, Phil Spector, Vocal Groups, Folk-Rock, Surf music, Beat, Power Pop, Sunshine Pop, Soft-Rock, Hot Rod music, New Wave, 70's Pop, West Coast Sound, Psychedelia, Country Rock, Paisley Pop, Garage, Brian Wilson, British Invasion, Americana, 70's Punk, R & B, Bubblegum music, Alternative Country, and much more... OTONO CHEYENNE is a publication devoted to all of the above. It's been out there for four years now, and is one of the leading Spanish Pop 'zines. Issue # 4 just out, featuring in-depth articles on JACKIE DeSHANNON (covering her whole career up to her new album "You Know Me"), PETER ANDERS & VINNIE PONCIA (of Phil Spector, Tradewinds and Innocence fame), ELLIE GREENWICH (covering the whole musical career of "The Queen Of Pop"), ANDY PALEY (of Sidewinders and Paley Brothers fame, who has recently worked with Brian Wilson), interview with the great GARY PIG GOLD, the complete MICHAEL BROWN story (of Left Banke, Montage and Stories fame), a POP THE BALLOON RECORDS profile with an interview with label's boss Gilles Raffier, CALIFORNIA MUSIC in conversation with Stephen J. McParland (biographer of Gary Usher, Dick Dake, Brian Wilson and P.F. Sloan, among others), DJANGO REINHARDT, BOB DYLAN 1975-1978, P.F. SLOAN addenda, lots of record reviews, fanzine reviews and much more. More than 125 pages of pure pop...Though written in spanish, translations in English of all the interviews are provided. For more info contact: Inaki Orbezua --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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