________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ There are 7 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 242: 1. ANN-MARGRET From: mick patrick 2. Reparata & The Delrons on RCA From: John Clemente 3. Macaulay & Macleod From: Kieron Tyler 4. Aldon/Screen Gems Productions (Wine/King/Castro) From: John Clemente 5. Just a thought From: "Martin Roberts" 6. Re:GOIN' BACK: THE SONGS OF GOFFIN AND KING. From: "Peter Lerner" 7. Re:GOIN' BACK: THE SONGS OF GOFFIN AND KING. From: Mick Patrick ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 15:19:59 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: ANN-MARGRET GREETINGS, I can't answer Peter Lerner's question about the producer of "I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND" by ANN-MARGRET. My copy of the 45 is English, without producer credits. However, I was just reading a rather informative paragraph about the track contained on the CD "EARLY GIRLS" Vol.2 (Ace CDCHD 657). My pal Rob Finnis takes some beating in the sleevenote department: "Actress, singer and dancer Ann-Margret Olsson was born in Valsboyn, Sweden in 1941 and brought to the US at age 5. Raised in various Illinois towns, she first attracted attention when appearing on the TV talent showcase Ted Mack's Amateur Hour at the age of 16. After a spell at North-Western University, where she sang with the college band, she joined a combo and performed in night-clubs. In 1961 she made her Hollywood screen debut as Bette Davis' daughter in Pocketful Of Miracles and signed with RCA that same year after being spotted by A&R man Dick Pierce in Las Vegas. Though essentially a song and dance entertainer, her earliest singles were aimed at the pop market and were recorded in Nashville with that city's finest session men in attendance. She notched up a US Top 20 hit at her first attempt with the bluesy, despairing "I Just Don't Understand" featuring Charlie McCoy on harmonica and with vocal accompaniment by the Jordanaires". (Rob Finnis, 1997). This CD features some great tracks by Barbie Gaye, Babs Tino and Terry & the Tunisians, all documented in a superb booklet. You can find further details on the Ace website: www.acerecords.co.uk Ann-Margret made some great records with Sloan & Barri, David Gates and Lee Hazlewood. She deserves your attention. MICK PATRICK --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 23:05:45 -0400 From: John Clemente Subject: Reparata & The Delrons on RCA Hello All, I must say that I agree with Ian Chapman's old review of "I'm Nobody's Baby Now". It is dead on. The bells used in the recording are very haunting, like a death knell. This is probably the best of the RCA recordings with He Don't Want You and "Nobody's" flip, "The Loneliest Girl In Town" running close seconds. I mistakenly reported that Ellie Greenwich had a hand in the writing, but I found subsequently that this is not true. Jeff and Ellie had split in late 1965, to reunite briefly for "River Deep, Mountain High" and "I Can Hear Music" in 1966. The easiest RCA singles to find appear to be "I Can Hear The Rain/Always Waitin'" and "Take A Look Around You/I Can Tell". You can bet I'll be more actively hunting them down. Regards, John Clemente --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 13:48:06 +0100 From: Kieron Tyler Subject: Macaulay & Macleod Hello there, Steveronic mentioned the forthcoming double CD of Macaulay & Macleod on Sanctuary entitled Buttercups and Rainbows. (By the way - for pedants it's Macaulay, not Macauley). It's nice to see that someone is keen to see this come out. The package will include full liner notes and comments from Tony Macaulay himself, and attempts a bit of an overview of his background leading to him becoming a staff writer at Pye in 1967. There's 50 tracks: one unreleased Jefferson track and whole load of obscure singles from Bright Winter, The Sweetcorn, Tina Tott and Sandra Barry. Hits are there, but hopefully they are balanced by the unfamiliar material. All the best, Kieron Tyler --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 23:17:54 -0400 From: John Clemente Subject: Aldon/Screen Gems Productions (Wine/King/Castro) Hello All, In reference to the curiosity on background singers for Carole King, Toni Wine, and Bernadette Castro, these chores were most probably handled by The Cookies. They were already with King by the time she recorded "It Might As Well Rain Until September", so the voices at the very end would probably be them. All the songwriters at Screen Gems were pushed to also record. Freddie Scott stated this in a radio interview about 10 years ago. The Cookies were still the in-house group, which is why they are on "Hey, Girl". The Cookies definitely remembered backing Bernadette Castro, because when they were told they would be singing behind her, Dorothy Jones recalled that they thought they would see a little girl enter the studio. In America, Bernadette Castro was best known for jumping on a fold-away bed on television to demonstrate the reliability of her father's Castro Convertibles. Of course, when she entered the studio, The Cookies realized how much time had passed. That commercial was filmed in the early 50s. She was, in 1964, 20 years old. She also recorded two singles for Beach Records which pre-date the Colpix singles, billed simply as Bernadette. She is now the Parks Commissioner for the state of New York. I am not completely sure about the backing on the Toni Wine records. Of course, I'll go to the source! Regards, John Clemente --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2001 21:47:42 +0100 From: "Martin Roberts" Subject: Just a thought Been playing some old 45's great, stuff some of them, Spectopop has had me playing records much more than I had for awhile (CD,s are just so easy) but one of them got me thinking. Bobby Day "Buzz, Buzz, Buzz" a Jack Nitzsche arr. and very good, what I hadn't really noticed/can't remember I noticed before was that it's a Bob B. Soxx cop. Zip-A-Dee was such a big hit, all the talk, ground breaking production, wonderful, marvelous etc., etc. Why so few (in comparison) Erect-A-Spector's in this style? A few had a stab Victorians, Baby Jane/Rockabyes, Majors a few others even The Raindrops had a great go stab at it. Just a couple of hits though Little Eva/Big Dee Irwin "Swinging On A Star" & Inez & Charlie Foxx "Mockingbird Hill" (Just been reminded -thank you Phil- of an even more 'Spectorry' version of this by Scott & Shelly on Columbia). Was this because Zip was a 'novelty hit'?, the unrepeatable quality of Spectors production? or the sheer beauty of Bobby Sheen, Darlene Love & Fanita James vocals? Just thinking out a loud, Martin --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 11:40:18 +0100 From: "Peter Lerner" Subject: Re:GOIN' BACK: THE SONGS OF GOFFIN AND KING. Mann and Weil, Greenwich and Barry...and the wonderful Jackie DeShannon. I could compile that one five times over. Peter "Donny Hampton" wrote: > I recently heard someone badmouth this compilation because > it doesn't contain any original versions. Utter bullshit! > Don't let anyone turn you against it before you've > listened for yourself. This CD provides all the proof you > need that original versions are not necessary to make a > good songbook. The British artists represented (and they > include The Rockin' Berries, Long John Baldry, Jackie > Trent and Petula Clark) honor Carole and Gerry with > good-to-excellent interpretations of some of their > best-known songs..... I want Sequel to give the songs of > Mann and Weil and Barry and Greenwich the same treatment, > and I'm actively urging them to do so. Don Charles --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 12:06:44 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re:GOIN' BACK: THE SONGS OF GOFFIN AND KING. GREETINGS, D C Hampton wrote: > ...the most exquisite CD collection I've heard > recently is GOIN' BACK: THE SONGS OF GOFFIN AND KING. > It was released by UK Sequel a couple of years ago. I > recently heard someone badmouth this compilation > because it doesn't contain any original versions. It was me that badmouthed the "Goin' Back" CD to Mr Hampton. And guess what? It was me that compiled it, too! It was not really my intention to slag the compilation off. I merely wanted to inform DC that Sequel's "Songs Of" series, of which the Goffin/King volume is part, were intended as tongue-in-cheek collections of cover versions. That is, they were compiled with a sense of irony. I never imagined that people might actually prefer the De Laine Sisters to Carole King, Miki & Griff to Steve & Eydie, Goldie to Dusty Springfield, the Wolves to the Drifters, the Kestrels to the Shirelles, Jimmy Justice to the Drifters, etc. Oh, well. As we say over here in England; there's nowt so queer as folk. Unfortunately, there are too few versions of Greenwich/Barry compositions in the Pye catalogue for Sequel (now known as Sanctuary) to attempt a "Songs Of Jeff & Ellie" compilation. However, I have been asked to compile a CD entitled "WALLPAPER OF SOUND" featuring British versions of Phil Spector originals. Of course, it will contain quite a few EG/JB songs. And I can guarantee that not one of the versions will be as good as the American originals. Donny Hampton will adore it! If he is lucky, some kind soul will compile a CD containing: "Baby I Love You" by Cats Pyjamas "Be My Baby" by Linda Lovelace or Tiny Tim "Chapel Of Love" by Johnathan Richman "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by U2 "Da Doo Ron Ron" by Brian Poole & the Tremeloes "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" by the Nutty Squirrels "Leader Of The Pack" by the Joan Collins Fan Club (Need I go on?) But it will not be me, I respect the work of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich too much. MICK PATRICK --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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