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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


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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?


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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!!

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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.


John Clemente

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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

CD released on the "Babe" label (Babe 4041). It may be
available from DiscCollector (Boulder, CO), or a similar

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

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Message: 6
   Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 18:46:54 -0000
   From: "Jennifer Sullivan" 
Subject: shangri-las

a  friend of mine just saw on that the
shangri-las are doing a small tour that includes a TBA
boston date.

anybody know any details??



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