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              The Teenager Records Made For The Hit Parade

There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. A&E Biography pop music week
           From: Al Quaglieri 
      2. Re: Reparata
           From: "Donny Hampton"
      3. Goldie (and the Gingerbreads?)
           From: "Vlaovic B" 
      4. Dreambabies Vol.. 2
           From: "Ian Chapman" 
      5. Dreambabies Too
           From: LePageWeb 
      6. New Zealand 60s music.
           From: Dean Scapolo 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 12:05:11 -0400
   From: Al Quaglieri 
Subject: A&E Biography pop music week

Next week is pop music week on A&E Biography. It kicks
off with the 2-hour Brill Building documentary some of us
had the privilege of seeing earlier this summer. Looks
like a don't-miss week of viewing!

Here's the schedule for the Eastern time zone:

Monday 8/27
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.
8 pm - 10 pm

Tuesday 8/28

8pm - 09 pm

Wednesday 8/29
Midnight-1 am

8pm - 09 pm

Thursday 8/30
Midnight-1 am

8pm - 09 pm

Friday 8/31
Midnight-1 am

8pm - 09 pm

Saturday 9/1
Midnight - 1am

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Message: 2
   Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 16:02:49 +0000
   From: "Donny Hampton" 
Subject: Re: Reparata

My information is that Jeff Barry did not produce this
track, he only wrote it.  The producers were Reparata's
regular team, Bill and Steve Jerome.

Don Charles

John Frank wrote:

>Hi Martin:
>You wrote:
> > P.S. Was it a typo the Spectropoper who claimed Jeff
> > Barry produced "Nobody's Baby"
>I was the Spectropopper who wrote this. No typo, but
>maybe misinformation. I don't have the single, but I got
>it on tape from J. D. Doyle who told me Jeff Barry
>produced it. If he didn't, who did?

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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 10:27:42 -0400
   From: "Vlaovic B" 
Subject: Goldie (and the Gingerbreads?)

> It definitely was not 'For Real'. I just heard it
> again and the version of I DO that I was curious about
> (the Marvelows song, not the Brian Wilson song) is by
> Goldie.
> Does anybody know anything about this track? Who is
> she? Label, year?

No idea, perhaps Goldie of Goldie and the Gingerbreads. 
All female vocal and music group, ie. the gals played
guitars and drums.  Formed in New York by Genya Ravan (nee
Zelkowitz), circa 65.  No hits in the US but a top thirty
hit in the UK 'Can't You Hear My Heartbeat' (yes the
Herman' Hermits song).

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Message: 4
   Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 13:06:17 +0100
   From: "Ian Chapman"
Subject: Dreambabies Vol.. 2

Martin wrote:

> Another newie is Dreambabies Vol.2 Reflections (22 Brit
> Girl Classics From The 60's) RPM 224. No M & M's  but Ian
> Chapman gets a name check.... On the whole
> bit too 'English' for my taste. Seem to remember Vol 1
> "Dreambabies" is better. Shame think a better (more my
> taste!) EMI UK girl compilation could be made. Let loose
> The Ian!!!

Agree entirely Martin (i.e. about the track choice, not
necessarily the "Let loose" bit..!!)  My only involvement
was a helping hand with the research after the tracks had
already been selected a while ago by Bob Stanley, who I
believe then handed the project over to Kieron Tyler,
writer of the excellent liner notes.  Sure, there are
some great tracks like Jean & the Statesides' "You Won't
Forget Me" and "Putty In Your Hands", Elkie Brooks' "He's
Gotta Love Me" and Patsy Ann Noble's dramatic "I Did
Nothing Wrong". But when you think what could have gone
on.....McKinleys' "Someone Cares For Me", Chantelles' "I
Want That Boy", Three Bells' "He Doesn't Love Me",
Peanut's "I'm Waiting For The Day", Beryl Marsden's
"Gonna Make Him My Baby" etc. etc.,  it does seem
something of a missed opportunity.  But there you go......


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Message: 5
   Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 01:03:06 +0900
   From: LePageWeb 
Subject: Dreambabies Too

Martin writes:

> Another newie is Dreambabies Vol.2 Reflections (22 Brit
> Girl Classics From The 60's) RPM 224. No M & M's  but Ian
> Chapman gets a name check. Quite Good. 

I just got this compilation too and agree that it is very
good. And since we are namechecking where namechecking is
due, let's not overlook Kieron Tyler who is responsible
for the well written and informative liner notes!

> Linda Laine "Low Grades & High Fever & "Don't Do It Baby"

Both of these are really good, for entirely different
reasons. The former is a stomper, in the Lulu & the Luvers
vein, the latter a very strong Chip Taylor composition
done in a really nice "And I Love Her" style arrangement.
These are definite highlights.

> Jill/Boulevards "And Now I Cry"

Ummm...not for me, thanks - an unimaginative 12 bar
bluesrocker in drastic need of guitar tuning and a
competent vocal coach. Maybe if it actually HAD been
produced by Joe Meek...Well, it does have its "so bad it's
good" charm I suppose - and at 2:12, you can bear sitting
through it to get to some of the others. 

> Jean/Statesides "Putty In Your Hands"

I love this! The other Jean & the Statesides track "You
Won't Forget Me" is great!! Very cool descending piano

I like the Three Quarters' "People Will Talk" too, with
its shuffle beat, stomping Bob Crewish bridge, tympani
fills and "sheray deray deray" BG chorus. Classic British
Girl Groups production.

> On the whole bit too 'English' for my taste. 

Fair enough comment. I would say, though, if you love the
Pye Brit girls series as I do, you will undoubtedly find
this new set appealing too, even if just a bit heavy on
the beat sound.

OK, Ria Bartok sounds more like a goat than a swingin' 60s
pop songstress, but then you get tunes like "Crying the
Night Away" by Diamond Twins with its Brill Building/
Spanish Harlem influence. Brilliant! My least favorite
track on this collection is the George Martin produced
Levee Breakers' "Babe I'm Leaving." This is girl group?!?!
But hey, each to his own! One thing you have to admit:
There is little duplication here. As a casual collector of
girl group comps, I often pass if I already have 50% or so
of the tracks elsewhere. I didn't have any of these tracks,
so even with a few clunkers, I feel it has value.

I also picked up the Pickettywitch "Complete Recordings"
which is getting rave reviews in my part of the woods. In
brief, if you like Tony Burrows and John MacLeod records,
you'll love this comp, even though their recordings have
already been cherry picked for Here Come the Girls.

Finally, I resisted a Paper Dolls comp because I remember
reading here recently something about a definitive release
being held back for the time being. Anyone?

Thanks for the comments, Martin.


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Message: 6
   Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 22:33:13 +1200
   From: Dean Scapolo 
Subject: New Zealand 60s music.

Hi all,

A while ago there was a discussion on Curt Boettcher
recordings, and I mentioned one by the NZ group the
Simple Image. Well, EMI in NZ have finally got around to
releasing a CD with all their material on it, some of it
(Like Spinning, Spinning, Spinning) is excellent, some is
average, but on the whole it is a great buy. There are
other NZ artists available as well:

Larry's Rebels, Max Merritt and the Meteors, Hogsnort
Rupert, Mr. Lee Grant, Dinah Lee, Allison Durbin, Quincy
Conserve, Craig Scott, Mark Williams.

There are also various artists Kiwi Classics available,
Volumes 1-8 (5&7 are primarily 80s and 90s music, while
the rest are varied but concentrate mainly on the 60s and
some 70s)

3 Others are available: The Guys, The Girls, The Groups.

If you're interested, the best places on line to find
these CDs are:
Both of these places I regularly use, but Smoke CDs is
far better for professionalism.
Both of these I have never used so I don't know how
reliable they are. I got these URLs from EMI NZ so they
should be reasonably up to date on NZ releases of 60s

(In Lower Hutt, New Zealand)

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