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Spectropop - Digest Number 244

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There are 7 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 244:

      1. The Brill Building...
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
      2. Re: ANN-MARGRET
           From: Pekka Halonen 
      3. Reparata...
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli
      4. Re: Ann-Margret
           From: "Mike Arcidiacono"
      5. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
           From: "Phil Chapman" 
      6. Reparata - I Can Tell
           From: "Phil Chapman"
      7. "ZIP-A-DEE DOO-DAH"
           From: Mick Patrick 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 08:09:32 EDT
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli
Subject: The Brill Building... in MIDTOWN Manhattan, well north of the World
Trade Center.

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Message: 2
   Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 12:01:55 +0300
   From: Pekka Halonen 
Subject: Re: ANN-MARGRET

>    From: mick patrick 
> Subject: ANN-MARGRET
> I can't answer Peter Lerner's question about the producer

It was produced by Chet Atkins & Dick Pierce.



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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 08:14:03 EDT
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: Reparata...

Lord, now I'm psyched. I have LOTS of Reparata material...
I'll have to make a list of what I have on tape, 45s, LPs,
CDs... I've liked most of their output, including "I Can
Tell," which is really great (assuming you have a good
copy). There's a line in there that sounds really strange,
though I know it can't be what I'm hearing:

"What if your folks come home
And they find you you alone

I won't even SAY what I think they're singing, but can
anybody help?



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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 20:00:13 -0400
   From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
Subject: Re: Ann-Margret

> I played guitar on her very first record date (actually a
> few dates with her) cut at the old RCA 1-story building,
> can't remember the year, but has to be between 1958-1962

The building Carol is referring to are the Old RCA
studios located at 155 East 24th st here in Manhattan.  I
worked in that exact building for Baruch College, who
took over the building in the late 1960s. in fact,
student registration was held in the same room that Elvis
recorded "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel"

Sadly, the building was demolished last year as Baruch
College built their huge new building, that's over one
block long. Boy is it UGLY!!

Mikey  (who saw the World Trade Center tragedy in person)

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Message: 5
   Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 17:59:41 +0100
   From: "Phil Chapman" 
Subject: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

>The total experimental way in which it was arranged.

Agreed, this is a unique arrangement, and any other record
'influenced' by this arrangement would end up sounding
like the self same record. It could be said that ZADDD
paved the way for many many tracks where the style is more
important than the content.

> Was this because Zip was a 'novelty hit'?

One of the cheekiest "Zip..." soundalikes, and popular
with younger family members, is The Taffys "Peter
Cottontail" (Pageant 608, 1963), complete with clockwork

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Message: 6
   Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 20:10:35 +0100
   From: "Phil Chapman" 
Subject: Reparata - I Can Tell

>"What if your folks come home
>And they find you you alone

>I won't even SAY what I think they're singing, but can
>anybody help?

...I too have imagined a few colourful versions, but I
think the lines are:

wouldn't your Dad be sore
won't trust you anymore

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Message: 7
   Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 20:28:46 +0100 (BST)
   From: Mick Patrick 
Subject: "ZIP-A-DEE DOO-DAH"


Martin Roberts' musings on Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
got me to thinking. I was playing my copy of the
"ZIP-A-DEE DOO-DAH" LP just the other day when I noticed
that it had been autographed by BOBBY SHEEN. He must have
signed it for me when Martin and I went to see him
performing with a latter-day line-up of the Coasters. It
was at some bingo hall in south London about 20 years ago.
I seem to recall Bobby got to sing one or two lead vocals
and was in very fine voice. His career had come full
circle by this time. Which brings me to my point:

Month after month, almost without fail, MARV GOLDBERG
writes an article for Discoveries magazine. Almost
exclusively, Marv authors on the subject of US vocal
groups of the early-1960s and 1950s. He deserves some
sort award for his work, or at least the recognition and
appreciation of the followers of the music he so
obviously loves and has spent the last number of years
meticulously documenting.

In June of this year Discoveries published what must be
one of Marv Goldberg's best pieces of work - an epic 7
page feature tracing the history of the Robins. I'd
recommend everyone to read this great article. It traces
the history of the group from the mid-1940s through to
the early-1960s and comes complete with a discography
which indicates the lead-vocalist of each recording -
truly a masterclass in research and dedication.

Some Spectropoppers may already be aware that Bobby Sheen
began his career in the Robins when, late in 1958, he
joined the group as the replacement for Grady Chapman.
Marv's great article reveals that Bobby sang lead on the
following Robins tracks:

"A Little Bird Told Me" (Knight 2008, 11/1958) "Just Like
That" (Arvee 5001, 05 /1960) "Live Wire Suzie" (Arvee 5013)
"White Cliffs Of Dover" and "How Many More Times"
(Lavender 001, 03 /1961) "Magic Of Dreams" (Lavender 002, 03 /1961) And also on "Ding Dong" by the Ding Dongs (Eldo
109, 10/1960)

So let's hear it for Marv Goldberg. A hero of rock'n'roll
journalism. His regular articles are the only reason I
still buy Discoveries.


PS Pay attention at the back. Yes, you in that flower
shop: "Mockingbird" and "Mockingbird Hill" are two
different songs.

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