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Spectropop - Digest Number 251


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There are 9 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 251:

      1. Strawberry Alarm Clock "Blues For A Young Girl Gone"
           From: Matthew 
      2. SCARY GIRLS
           From: Mick Patrick
      3. Scary Songs for Delia
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
      4. Brill Tone CDs
           From: "Donny Hampton" 
      5. Breakfast with the Beatles
           From: LePageWeb 
      6. Re: Bernadettes
           From: D. Clyde 
      7. Re: rare "Needles and Pins" version
           From: Ton Borsboom 
      8. Bernadette Carroll/Nancy Baron
           From: John Clemente 
      9. "All Strung Out" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens
           From: Bill Green 


Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 13:11:26 EDT
   From: Matthew 
Subject: Strawberry Alarm Clock "Blues For A Young Girl Gone"

Hi Mike,

"Blues For A Young Girl Gone" was actually written by
Carole King & Toni Stern.  The song was released on the
1968 Strawberry Alarm Clock album THE WORLD IN A SEA
SHELL.  Also on this album is another King/Stern tune,
"Lady Of The Lake".

According to SAC member Lee Freeman, "[Carole] was
recording some of her own stuff in the studio next to
ours and stopped by one day to see what was going on with
us.  She looks around and sees an orchestra, sitars and
all these other strange instruments scattered around the
room.  Jimmy Messina from Buffalo Springfield [engineered]
that album, so she asked him who we were.  He told her we
were the Strawberry Alarm Clock, and she seemed kind of
amused.  But she stuck around for awhile and watched us
do our thing.  Well, the next day she came back to the
studio with some songs she had written like "Blues For A
Young Girl Gone" and we ended up recording them.  Not
only was Carole King a great songwriter, but she was as
hot as a rocket on guitar."


In a message dated 9/16/01, Mike C. writes:

> Here at Spectropop's Carole & Gerry Song Page "Blues
> For A Young Girl Gone" is listed as having been
> recorded by The Strawberry Alarm Clock.  Musically
> this song seems very Carole-like, but the title is so
> un-Goffin.  Is the for real?

In a message dated 5/16/01, Mike C. writes:

> here at Spectropop's Carole and Gerry's song list
> page, it lists "Blues For a Young Girl Gone" as being
> written by G/K.  I go to my Strawberry Alarm Clock
> anthology and sure enough the song is there but another
> disc that doesn't list the dang songwriters.  Is this
> truly another Goffin and King song?

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Message: 2
   Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 08:31:22 +0100 (BST)
   From: Mick Patrick 


Delia Actionette wrote:

> Does anybody have any bright ideas for 'scary' themed
> songs by sixties girl groups/female singers?

Hi Delia, I hear you and the girls were the stars of the
recent DA DOO RON RON club night in Brighton. Here's a
few scary girls you could spin at your Halloween bash:

Walking Through A Cemetery - Claudine Clark 
Frankenstein Twist - The Crystals
Spooky - Dusty Springfield

Well, I'M scared.


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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 13:24:41 EDT
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: Scary Songs for Delia

Scary // Funerary... I realize I'm stretching it a bit,
but that's what Halloween is all about (at least with MY

Frankenstein Twist by the Crystals... "Are you ready?
I'm ready!"

Dressed In Black by the Shangri-Las... dirge-like; dress
yourselves appropriately, and undulate accordingly--

I Can Never Go Home Anymore by the Shangri-Las... Mother
Love, or the lack of it; I picture the Actionettes
gotten up as mourners, shuffling in place, with Mom
appropriately at rest in a suitable container.

I'm sure there are more, but before I push the limits of
propriety.  ; )

Let us know how it works out! 

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Message: 4
   Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 16:31:03 +0000
   From: "Donny Hampton" 
Subject: Brill Tone CDs

Mike C wrote:

>  ... "Right Girl-Brill Building Legends" a German
> released cd containing many actual demonstration
> records as recorded by Carole King. This cd and the
> two others that are out there on Barry Mann and Jeff
> Barry are a MUST for Brill Building fans. Check out
> Spectropop pages right here.  The fine people here
> show picures of 'em and list the songs?  I think so.
> [

> ... nobody knew or was telling about its
> origin.  Some German cyber pals could come up with
> nothing about the Brill Tone Record Label for me,
> either.
> Still a mystery.  

I'm absolutely certain that those Brill Tone CD sets
are bootlegs.  My (uncredited) interview with Jeff
Barry was used by the producers as liner notes.  I
never gave my permission for it to be used, and neither
did Discoveries Magazine (which owns that particular
version of it), and I damn sure never got paid by any
German company.  Parts of Alan Betrock's chapter on
Nevins-Kirshner from his excellent GIRL GROUPS book
were used in the Carole King package.  Betcha it's the
same story, though Betrock isn't alive to confirm it.

Don Charles

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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 10:51:56 +0900
   From: LePageWeb
Subject: Breakfast with the Beatles

Congrats to brother Chris Carter for snagging the
Breakfast with the Beatles gig. Yay! Most of us have
played the Beatles catalog to death but then here comes
Chris with an always refreshing take on it. 

Recently, a friend of mine expressed surprise that so
many have a "been there, done that" attitude toward the
Beatles catalog, saying he has a need to take his Beatles
albums out every once in a while, much in the way one
needs to keep in touch with old friends.


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Message: 6
   Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 20:12:53 EDT
   From: D. Clyde
Subject: Re: Bernadettes

Hey All,

I'm originally from Cleveland and if I remember
correctly, Bernadette Carroll was from the Gene Carroll
show which was a variety type show, with the various
acts which featured Bernadette.

D Clyde from Cleveland's West Side

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Message: 7
   Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 07:59:16 -0000
   From: Ton Borsboom 
Subject: Re: rare "Needles and Pins" version

> J.H. Ket wrote:
> Didn't I hear the voice of a certain Steve Marriot in the
> song?.


Steve Marriot was a member of the Small Faces?
When you think you heard his voice, which group could it

I still can't figure out which group is singing this
version and need ask for help from the on 2 feet walking
music libraries at Spectropop. (I know they are in the
house) Please, listen to the track at "musica" and let
your brain go so that maybe the name of the group or any
other direction boiles up.

Again, thanks in advance for all your help. (and for
loaning me some brain time)


Ton Borsboom

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Message: 8
   Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 23:13:12 -0400
   From: John Clemente
Subject: Bernadette Carroll/Nancy Baron

Hello All,

In answer to Mick's question about Nancy Baron being
Bernadette Carroll, I say that I never even thought about
that.  It's a shame that Bernadette refused an interview
with me for "Girl Groups" (long story).  I will ask her
former manager, Tom DeCillis.  He was guiding her career
at the time and he would know the answer to that question.
Using a pseudonym at the time would have been deemed
appropriate because she was already recording for Laurie
Records.  She was known to FGG through doing backing
vocals on Angels recordings.  Personally, I think that
Baron sounds more nasal, but I've been wrong before.  I
will retire to my turntable and do a comparison of my own.


John Clemente

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Message: 9
   Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 13:18:10 +0900
   From: Bill Green
Subject: "All Strung Out" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens

Posted to Spectropop Bulletin Board by Bill Green

I am fairly knowledgeable about Top 40 music. However,
once in awhile I come across a popular song that I have
never heard before. Such is the case with "All Strung
Out" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens. My research shows
that this tune entered the Billboard Hot 100 in
September, 1966. It stayed on the charts for 8 weeks and
peaked at #26. The fact that I entered the Marine Corps
in mid October,1966 probably explains why I never heard
this song when it was climbing the charts. Nino Tempo
spent some time working with Phil Spector. No doubt that
explains why "All Strung Out" has the PS sound. In fact,
I'd bet it was recorded at Gold Star studios with many
of the same musicians who appear on Phil Spector songs.
At any rate, I find "All Strung Out" to be a great piece
of music. Too bad it took me almost 35 years to discover
it. Can you add anything about this song? And, have you
had the same experience as me with songs you somehow
never heard when they were first issued? 


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