________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Girl Groups - Fabulous Females That Rocked The World The book by John Clemente about the Girl Groups phenomenon Reviews, photos, artist line-up and how to order. http://www.spectropop.com/gg/girl.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 13 messages in this issue. Topics in this digest: 1. Re: Hoagy Lands/Chiffons From: "Phil Reeves" 2. Re: Neil Sedaka From: Marc Wielage 3. Sedaka's "Sunny" From: "Spector Collector" 4. Reparata/Delrons From: Marc Miller 5. Re: Reparata and the Delrons - Dusk - Beverly Ann From: Billy G. Spradlin 6. Re: Reparata and the Delrons From: dzarem 7. I Have A Boyfriend - again! From: "Phil Chapman" 8. I Do From:Brian Chidester 9. I Really Do From: "LePageWeb" 10. Flowerpot Men & Cryan Shames From: Brian Chidester 11. Re: Nitzsche From: aleecat 12. Brill doc and Red Bird comp From: "Vlaovic B" 13. A&E Biography -- "Hitmakers" From: John Clemente ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 06:57:16 -0000 From: "Phil Reeves" Subject: Re: Hoagy Lands/Chiffons John I will now get your book!.I read about it in "In The Basement" when it was launched but i've never seen one in the shops near me. Phil Message: 2 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 02:38:10 -0700 From: Marc Wielage Subject: Re: Neil Sedaka Tom Waters commented on the SpectroPop list: > I'm glad to see Neil Sedaka being discussed on the list. > For some time, he has been my favourite male singer. I > can't begin to list my favourite Sedaka recordings > because I love all the hits (especially Happy Birthday > Sweet Sixteen) and the more obscure ones (eg. The > Dreamer)... >---------------------
-------------------< Yeah, amen to that. While Sedaka's not quite my favorite male singer, I'd sure consider him one of the best of that era. One of his songs that happened near the end of his RCA career, "Alice in Wonderland," was one I never heard on the radio -- although it hit #17 nationally, it was right on the eve of the British Invasion. I discovered this song some years back on the RCA "All-Time Greatest Hits" CD, and thought it was a real knockout. Right up there with his best. If you folks out there haven't heard this song, buy this CD and I'll personally refund your money if you hate it. > Also, I have read his autobiography and I quite > enjoyed it... Yeah, his autobiography was quite good. I finally found a used copy on Amazon awhile back, and was impressed by his willingness to talk about his failures as well as his successes. He went into some detail about his frustration at not having many hits during the late 1960s -- which he pretty much blamed on the Beatles and changing tastes -- and even stuff like his brief feud with The Carpenters, with whom he appeared as their opening act during the mid-1970s. I also thought his regrets at breaking up with longtime songwriting partner Howie Greenfield were poignant and insightful. Very interesting guy. --MFW -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- -= Marc Wielage | "The computerized authority =- -= MusicTrax, LLC | on rock, pop, & soul." =- -= Chatsworth, CA | =- -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 17:15:16 +0000 From: "Spector Collector" Subject: Sedaka's "Sunny" Good news for Billy Spradlin, who's looking for Neil Sedaka's song "Sunny" in (((stereo))): it's on the 1991 RCA CD "All Time Greatest Hits Volume 2." Glad to see Neil getting his props here; though his name doesn't come up as often as Phil's, Carole's, Gerry's, Ellie's, Jeff's, Cynthia's, or Barry's, his sizeable legacy of outstanding recordings and compositions earns him a place in the exalted Brill pantheon right alongside them. David A. Young Message: 4 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 11:21:06 -0400 From: Marc Miller Subject: Reparata/Delrons I love these girls, too - and as great as their 1 (US) LP is, they had an amazing later single called "Captain of Your Ship" on Bell UK which I believe was a hit in England in the early 70's (?). Did they have any other UK hits during this time? Marc Message: 5 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 08:16:17 -0000 From: Billy G. Spradlin Subject: Re: Reparata and the Delrons - Dusk - Beverly Ann My personal favorite from Reparata & The Delrons is "Mama's Little Girl" a jangly gem with a great chourus and big production that should have been a monster hit. It seemed the promotion dept at RCA was more interested in promoting MOR like Sgt. Barry Sanders. BTW: Was Reparata in the (studio?) group Dusk, which had a 45 on Bell in 1970-1 called "Angel Baby"? I just scored a copy last month and the vocalist sounds awfully familar! Im also looking for information on Beverly Ann. I have 2 45's on different labels and and I've been wondering if they are the same artist. One is on Showcase: "The Great Pretender" (an interesting version of the Platters classic) and one on RCA "You've Got Your Mind On Other Things". Billy Message: 6 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 18:12:00 -0000 From: dzarem Subject: Re: Reparata and the Delrons There is a CD out of some of their material, plus some Reparata solo songs from the 70s. -------------------------------------------------------- Reparata & Delrons: Whenever A Teenager Cries Release Date: August 05, 1993 Track Listing: 01. Do Wah Diddy Diddy 02. Bye Bye Baby 03. If I Fell 04. That's How It All Began 05. He's The Greatest 06. He's My Guy 07. Dedicated To The One I Love 08. I Have A Boyfriend 09. Who Do You Love 10. Do You Remember When 11. In My Diary 12. Whenever A Teenager Cries 13. Shoes (Johnny & Louise) 14. The Loneliest Girl In Town 15. Summer Thoughts 16. Love For You And Me 17. Tommy 18. A Song For All Message: 7 Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2001 00:17:54 +0100 From: "Phil Chapman" Subject: I Have A Boyfriend - again! Ron wrote: >you MUST check out Reparata & The >Delrons' version which can be found on their LP. Ron, forgot to add that The Chiffons version does not employ any 'sweeteners' (strings, orchestral additions etc) which makes it sound more like your local high-school band could have played it. R&D's "I Have A Boyfriend" is very good, but they had to resort to strings for the bass-run, and orchestral timps for the kick rhythm, and this, to use a Martin Roberts-style description, is more like a stroll through a stately home, rather than the playground assault of The Chiffons. I tend to agree with Don, Reparata & the girls achieved immortality with Jeff Barry's "I'm Nobody's Baby Now" - It's right up there with Debbie Rollins' "My Johnny Doesn't Come Around" (when IS that going to show on CD?) Message: 8 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 12:59:33 EDT From:Brian Chidester Subject: I Do Following up the conversation about the "I Do" outside production for Brian Wilson, I thought I'd note that there is a good scrutinization of that song in the 3rd Dumb Angel Gazette, written by Don Cunningham. "I Do" was originally "County Fair" from the SURFIN' SAFARI album. "County Fair" is an early example of Brian's use of pictorial instrumentation in his arrangements, and is a very underrated song. In fact, Cunningham's review of "I Do" is right on, but I kind of feel that he missed it on "County Fair". The Castells version of "I Do" is great, but Mike Love's vocal on the BBs version is among the best he ever he. His voice is a bit lower and less nasaly. With the deeper tone in his voice, Brian's falsetto chorus sounds even more heavenly. Brian Chidester Message: 9 Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2001 09:27:15 +0900 From: "LePageWeb" Subject: I Really Do No, Not the Spectors Three song, although I'm sure I Really Do is on Spectropop Radio... So is "I Do" by the Castells. However, I do believe the song Gregg heard was... I Do by For Real from the Grace of My Heart OST. I do hope this helps! Jamie "dooby do dum dum" LePage N.P. The Fleetwoods "Come Softly To Me" Message: 10 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 12:55:30 EDT From: Brian Chidester Subject: Flowerpot Men & Cryan Shames Who are these groups? A little info please? Are they Zekley projects? > the Flowerpot Men (thanks Jack), the Cryan Shames. Thanks, Brian Message: 11 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 14:18:33 EDT From: aleecat Subject: Re: Nitzsche Knee-Chee Message: 12 Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 08:35:11 -0400 From: "Vlaovic B" Subject: Brill doc and Red Bird comp > >BTW- anybody have any info on that "Brill Building" >documentary that was "supposed" to air this month on A&E???? > >Ron Not supposed, but actually happening...from the A&E Website for August 27: < > The Week continues with biographies of Leiber & Stoller, Bobby Darin, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach....Better set the VCRs to tape. Other stuff... I just picked up the Varese Red Bird compilation (God I must have at least half a dozen Red Bird compilations on CD and vinyl...) Some surprises but two uncredited tracks had me really surprised. I believe one is the Jelly Beans doing 'Do Wah Diddy', the other I dunno....A sort of Ellie Greenwich vocal doing a rather Lesley Gore-ish type track called (I assume), 'There could never be another boy like mine'. Any ideas? Other stuff I'd like to know...Did Bessie Banks ever record anything else. Poor girl must've felt like hell when the Moody BLues hit with 'Go Now!'. Why did I never know that the Veronica track 'Why Don't They let us Fall in Love', eventually became the Dixie Cups 'Gee, the Moon is Shining Bright'? N Message: 13 Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2001 13:28:54 -0400 From: John Clemente Subject: A&E Biography -- "Hitmakers" Hello All, The following was posted on the A&E website. For all you Neil Sedaka fans, there's plenty of footage of him in this: Biography Monday , August 27 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music The story of the precocious teenagers who went on to write some of the greatest hits in rock'n'roll history. Viewers will discover how the careers of Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and many others were launched. And we'll hear over 40 of their hits in rare and classic performances of the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, the Shangri-Las, the Shirelles, and others in this 2-hour special presentation. TV G This two-hour special also airs at Midnight. The other bios for the week are Dionne Warwick, Bobby Darin, Leiber & Stoller and Burt Bacharach. I saw the sneak preview of Hitmakers at the Radio & TV Museum in NYC on May 3 (and got autographs in my book from Shadow Morton, Russ Titelman and Mary Weiss)!!!! Anyone listening to the radio from 1957-67 will not want to miss this. Check local listings for time differences. Regards, John Clemente End
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