http://www.spectropop.com ________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Contains previously unissued material Visit the updated Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil Page at Spectropop : History, new photos, introduction to Barry Mann compilation albums, Brill Building era discography and more! Brill Tone CD - full liner notes and track listing. http://www.spectropop.com/go2/mannweil.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 6 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 215: 1. Re: Crystals From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 2. Crystals From: "George Young" 3. Lesley Gore Box Set From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 4. The Wanderers Dance Party From: John Clemente 5. Re: Poni-Tails From: "Den Lindquist" 6. shangri-las From: "Jennifer Sullivan" ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 08:21:11 -0400 From: "Mike Arcidiacono" Subject: Re: Crystals "Donny Hampton" wrote: I don't think I've ever heard a bad version > of this song! >>>>And the version by The Dave Clark Five is pretty groovy also! > As to "Please Be My Boyfriend," there is an unreleased > Jeff Barry-Ellie Greenwich-Phil Spector song called "I > Want You To Be My Boyfriend." Could it be the same? I dont think its the same song. It doesnt seem that you can sing the hook to the "please" title. IWYTBMB was also recorded a couple of different times by Randy and The Rainbows. (substituting "girlfriend" in the title of course..) Mikey Message: 2 Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 10:37:22 -0400 From: "George Young" Subject: Crystals Donny wrote: > As to "Please Be My Boyfriend," there is an unreleased >Jeff Barry-Ellie Greenwich-Phil Spector song called "I >Want You To Be My Boyfriend." Could it be the same? > >Don Charles I'd love to hear that song. Where might I find it? Skip Message: 3 Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 12:59:20 -0400 From: "Mike Arcidiacono" Subject: Lesley Gore Box Set If anybody on Spectropop is looking for the Lesley Gore Box set, please email me privately thank you!! Message: 4 Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 22:24:03 -0400 From: John Clemente Subject: The Wanderers Dance Party Hi All, Jimmy C. referred to the basement party in The Wanderers. The dance scene featuring "Da Doo Ron Ron" is from Quadrophenia. The line dance in The Wanderers is The Wobble, which I believe they danced to "My Boyfriend's Back". In 1964, when I was 5 years old, I got to stay up late for my sister's New Year's Eve party. She is 10 years older than me. I watched the partygoers do The Wobble to "I Have A Boyfriend" by The Chiffons, a song which by this time was already a year old. Around 1963-64, my sisters and their friends did that dance ALL THE TIME, in addition to The Swim, The Chicken, The Mashed Potatoes and even during this period, The Lindy to certain songs. Of course, this was in The Bronx. Favored dances or variations differ from city to city. Needless to say, my memory is fuzzy about this, so if there's an anachronism in here, please let me know. Regards, John Clemente Message: 5 Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 00:10:39 -0400 From: "Den Lindquist" Subject: Re: Poni-Tails There is a 'grey market' CD of Poni-Tails material out called (appropiately enough) 'Born Too Late', containing 24 tracks, including some demos and a stereo version of 'Born Too Late' (billed as the "orig. radio promo version"). CD released on the "Babe" label (Babe 4041). It may be available from DiscCollector (Boulder, CO), or a similar outlet. Quality is good for stuff burned from vinyl. The Doctor - dispensing musical remedies for whatever ails you. Tom Waters wrote: > Re: Jane Wade's question on the Poni-Tails: > > The Poni-Tails are one of my favourite girl groups of all > time. My first e-mail address was named after them a few > years ago. Their first single, released in 1957, was > called My Wild Heart. Joy Layne (a Teresa Brewer > soundalike) also cut a version which split airplay and, > ultimately, Joy's version charted higher. Of course, the > Poni-Tails biggest hit was Born Too Late, a timeless > recording I can't get enough of. The flip side, Come On > Joey Dance With Me (which is also a strong song) was the > a-side, but as often occurred back then, some disc jockey > decided to play the b-side and a new hit was born. The > Poni-Tails followed Born Too Late up with some really > good efforts such as Early to Bed and it's flip Father > Time, but they never had another massive hit. That being > said, they did chart with a song called Seven Minutes in > Heaven which I don't find to be one of their stronger > efforts. In 1959, they recorded an absolutely beautiful > version of I'll Be Seeing You which conjures up memories > of malt shops and sock hops. This single also charted. > In 1960, the Poni-Tails released yet another great 45, > Before We Say Goodnight backed with Come Be My Love. The > a-side is another dreamy ballad perfect for a starlit > summer night and the flip is a snappy little tune. Sadly, > the Poni-Tails gave up soon after and retired from the > business. Their lives became quite normal afterwards > (being housewives and the like, I think). They were > asked several times to participate in revival shows but > always refused. The last I heard, there are two > surviving members. > > Be warned that there is a pseudo-Poni Tails group out > there posing as the real thing. In fact, they have even > recorded a CD containing mostly songs of other girl > groups. They have a somewhat skimpy clothing type image, > whereas the real Poni-Tails looked as innocent as they > sounded. I have a very lovely picture of the Poni-Tails > in Roman style dresses looking up at the heavens. Of > course, all three members wore pony-tails! I really wish > I could find a video clip of them singing because I have > yet to see one. Also, it is a shame that there are no > readily available CDs of their recordings in circulation. > > Tom Message: 6 Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 18:46:54 -0000 From: "Jennifer Sullivan" Subject: shangri-las a friend of mine just saw on Pollstar.com that the shangri-las are doing a small tour that includes a TBA boston date. anybody know any details?? thanks! Jen End
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