________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ There are 7 messages in this issue. Topics in this Digest Number 254: 1. BRENDA MELSON RIP From: Mick Patrick 2. Mary Weiss in Salon From: Robert Bates 3. Re: King demos From: Al Quaglieri 4. It Might As Well Rain Until September From: John Clemente 5. Ann Margret From: LePageWeb 6. Re: Unchained Melody From: "Don Charles" 7. The Liquid Room-9/30/01 From: "David Ponak" ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 21:46:08 +0100 (BST) From: Mick Patrick Subject: BRENDA MELSON RIP Singer/songwriter/guitarist BRENDA MELSON, better known as Jean of 1960s duo Dean & Jean, has died aged 63. Her lengthy recording career included collaborations with Eubie Blake, Roland Kirk, Tommy Tucker and Richard "Groove" Holmes. Brenda also recorded solo as Brenda Jones, Brenda Lee Jones and Brenda Lee Melson. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Brenda began her recording career in the early 1950s. She teamed up with Welton Young in 1958, the pair were christened Dean & Jean by their manager, future congressman C J McLin. Dean & Jean inked with the New York-based Laurie label in 1960. Early duties included the writing of songs such as "King Without A Queen" and "The Majestic" for Dion. Dean & Jean began recording for Rust in 1962 and hit the Top 40 with "Tra La La La Suzy" and "Hey Jean, Hey Dean" in 1963/4. They recorded many other excellent tracks for the company including stomping updates of the evergreens "I Wanna Be Loved" and "Mack The Knife" but split up soon afterwards. Brenda went on to record with Richard "Groove" Holmes. After overcoming cancer in 1979 Brenda became a born again Christian and began a voluntary career in prison welfare. She and her husband formed the Son Reign Ministry in 1985. Of the 28 prisons in the state of Ohio, Son Reign ministered in 23 of them. After a lengthy hiatus Brenda resumed her recording career in the 1990s distributing cassettes of her albums free of charge to any prison inmate who requested them. Brenda Melson died of cancer on Saturday August 4 aged 63. MICK PATRICK PS Some readers may be aware that I was involved in the release of a Dean & Jean LP some years ago. Brenda (Jean) was a big favourite of mine. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 11:18:02 -0400 From: Robert Bates Subject: Mary Weiss in Salon For Shangri-las groupies, Mary Weiss, never one to miss a tragedy, speaks about her experiences on Sept. 11, when she was working in New York as the World Trade Center was attacked. http://www.salon.com/ent/col/marc/2001/10/01/marcus54/index.html Regards, Rob --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 13:14:36 -0400 From: Al Quaglieri Subject: Re: King demos At the May debut screening, the audience was thick with collector/industry types. There was a collective gasp when those acetates first appeared onscreen. Someone brought it up in the Q&A afterward. If I recall, Carole found that stack in her parents' basement. Al Q. NY At 03:56 PM 9/25/2001 +0000, you wrote: >On the A & E program "The Teens Who..." there is a >picture of a stack of these precious demos and some >"mysterious" hand flips through them. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 23:47:41 -0400 From: John Clemente Subject: It Might As Well Rain Until September Hello All, I spoke with Margaret Ross Williams of The Cookies and she said yes, the Cookies sang the backing vocals on Carole King's "It Might As Well Rain Until September". Regards, John --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 13:17:47 +0900 From: LePageWeb Subject: Ann Margret Will George let on that Bear Family did an Ann-Margret set. Was there really enough material for that? I love the David Gates track "Hey Little Star" but I figured it was a fluke because Ann Margret always seemed like an actress with a singing career and not truly a girl group-type recording artist. Well, Julie London isn't girl group either but I adore her stuff. Still, it seems like RCA was rather clueless in its approach to early 60s pop production. I figured Colpix' Shelley Fabares would yield more Brill gems. Any further comments on the box set and/or Ms. Margret's Brill era recordings? --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 15:55:18 +0000 From: "Don Charles" Subject: Re: Unchained Melody Heaven has no wrath like a Spector fanatic informed that one of his favorite Philles hits was not, in fact, produced by Phil Spector! I had the same argument about "Unchained Melody" with former Goldmine editor Jeff Tamarkin. It took Peter Richmond's wonderfully provocative article >from Philately (I forget the date of publication) to convince him . . . and I'm still not certain he's totally convinced. Don Charles >Don't believe everything you see on one of Spector's >labels - Example: The original release of "Unchained >Melody" by the Righteous Brothers does not credit Phil as >producer. Why? 'Cuz originally Spector was pushing the >other side of Philles 129, "Hung On You," and "Melody" >was the "throw-away" B-side...When DJs flipped the >platter over & started playing the other side, Spector >had to move fast & get his name on it as producer, when, >in fact, Bill Medley produced it. There are 2 different >Philles releases of the record...One has Spector as >producer of "Hung" only, the other has him producer of >"Unchained"... > >I had this point illustrated on my website, with the >factual backing of friends Jack Fitzpatrick & Peter >Richmond ( both of whom I used for verification purposes), >but Mark Ribowsky vehemently discounted this "hypothesis," >we argued the point in several emails, and I eventually >pulled that section off the site just to put an end to >the hassle (altho' he never discounted Jack & Peter's >contention that Spector did not do "Unchained"). --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 17:08:15 -0400 From: "David Ponak" Subject: The Liquid Room-9/30/01 The Liquid Room, hosted by David Ponak (me), airs every Saturday night from Midnight to 3AM (PDT) on 90.7FM KPFK Los Angeles, as well as streaming at http://kpfk.org. This past week marked the debut of "The Liquid Room Love Hour," an hour of the sexiest LR sounds from 2-3AM. Here's what when down: The Liquid Room-9/30/01 1.The Association/Come On In Birthday (WB) 2.De-Phazz/The Mambo Craze Godsdog (Mole Listening Pearls-UK) 3.Chang Siao Ying/Come Back To Me Asian Takeaways (Normal-Germany) 4.Blur/Tender (Cornelius Remix) Coffee & TV (single) (Food-UK) 5.The Raymakers/Solar Bubbles (Seksu Roba Mix) Wow, Pneumatic EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax-Germany) 6.Steve & Eydie/Walk On By This Is Steve & Eydie (RCA) 7.Jimi Tenor/New World Cosmic Relief EP (Warp-UK) 8.Maxwell Implosion/Dancing Nuts Iron Curtin Revisited (Crippled Dick Hot Wax-Germany) 9.They Might Be Giants/Man, It's So Loud In Here Mink Car (Restless) 10.The Carnival/Love So Fine The Carnival (World Pacific) 11.Thunderball/Scorpio Rising Scorpio Rising (ESL) 12.David Axelrod/Jimmy T David Axelrod (Mo Wax-UK) 13.Chocolat/Nicole Henry (Warner Music-Japan) 14.Dudley Moore/Love Me Bedazzled (soundtrack) (Harkit-UK) 15.Rob/Sweet Femke Don't Kill (Source-France) 16.Figurine/Our Game (Is Over) The Heartfelt (March) 17.Polysics/Wake Up, Polysics! Eno (Sony Music-Japan) 18.Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass/Summertime Summertine (A&M) 19.Fugu/The Best Of Us Fugu 1 (Minty Fresh) 20.Super Furry Animals/Juxtaposed With You Rings Around The World (Epic-UK) 21.Ester Drang/Words That Cure, Part 1 Golden West (Burnt Toast Vinyl) 22.Scott Walker/That Night The Mad, Mad World Of Soundtracks Volume 2 (Motor/Universal-Germany) 23.Cornelius/Nowhere Point (Trattoria) 24.TJ Rhemi/Shaam Aye Invisible Rain (Shakti) 25.Bertrand Burgalat/Biscarrose The Sssound Of Music (Emperor Norton) 26.Jacky And Roy/The Winds Of Heaven Grass (Capitol) 27.Cousteau/She Don't Hear Your Prayer Cousteau (Palm Pictures) 28.Sammy Davis Jr./I've Got Your Under My Skin, etc. (Medley) That's All! (Rhino/Reprise) 29.Lou Christie/Beyond The Blue Horizon Lou Christie (Varese Sarabande) 30.Pico/Akai Sabaku E Ikanai Ka Soft Rock Drivin'-Snow Dolphin Samba (Polydor-Japan) And now...presenting the "Liquid Room Love Hour" 31.Dusty Springfield/The Look Of Love Casino Royale (soundtrack) (Varese Sarabande) 32.Ennio Morricone/Excuse Me, Let's Make Love Excuse Me, Let's Make Love (GSF) 33.Serge Gainsbourge/Ballade De Melody Nelson (Howie B Remix) I Love Serge (Mercury-France) 34.Isaac Hayes/Ellie's Theme Shaft (soundtrack) (Staxx) 35.Pizzicato Five/Tokyo Mon Amour Romantique '96 (Readymade-Japan) 36.Jack Jones/Light My Fire Where Is Love (RCA) 37.Groove Armada/Edge Hill Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) 38.Ai No Rhythm/Sado..... (This is the infamous Japanese spanking record) 7" picture disc (????) 39.Sylvia/Pussy Cat The Sensuous Sounds Of Sylvia (Rhino) 40.Kahimi Karie/David Hamilton Tiny King Kong EP (Crue-el-Japan) 41.The Isley Brothers/Lay Lady Lay Givin' It Back (Epic-Legacy) 42.The Bob Crewe Generation/Let Me Touch You Let Me Touch You (CGC) 43.Paul Williams/Morning I'll Be Moving On Someday Man (Reprise) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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