________________________________________________________________________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ S P E C T R O P O P ______________ ______________ ______________ ________________________________________________________________________ The Teenager Records Made For The Hit Parade ------------------------------------------------------------------------ There are 12 messages in this issue of Spectropop. Topics in this Digest Number 288: 1. Christine Quaite/Marion/Sam TRM From: Elisa 2. Still skirting the issue From: "Phil Chapman" 3. Brill in Vanity Fair and Labelle reunite for TV special From: "Alan Warner" 4. Re: The Cake- saw 'em on Smothers Brothers! From: Patrick Rands 5. Re: The Halos From: "Jeff Lemlich" 6. Honeys and Hot Pants From: Keith Moore 7. Re: Sunshine Company on Revola From: Patrick Rands 8. RE: Christopher Robbin(s) From: Mike Rashkow 9. RE: ELLIE GREENWICH From: Mike Rashkow 10. Joanie Sommers From: "Bill Reed" 11. Joannie/johnny From: Alan Miller 12. Re: SOS Heart In Distress From: Mike Rashkow ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Message: 1 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 15:17:41 -0000 From: Elisa Subject: Christine Quaite/Marion/Sam TRM Hello everyone This is going to be an intro and other stuff rolled into one, as this is my very first post ... First of all I'd like to say that I can't believe I haven't found my way here sooner. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw so much lovely girlgroup-ness all in one spot. That Christine Cooper ad from yesterday was totally ace! I know a few people on here - the Da Doo Ron Ron lot and Miss Sheila Cha Cha Charming - maybe more! Time will tell. I usually have a couple of gg related questions buzzing around my little brain and here are this week's! 1. Can anyone tell me more about US girl Christine Quaite? I searched the archives and haven't seen anyone mention her. I first heard her via a tape an old friend made me, that had "if you've got a heart" (released on Stateside). I've never been able to find a copy, but I did track down "Tell me mama" (b/w the divine "In the middle of the floor") on World Artists which seems to turn up more often. She had another two singles, neither of which I've ever heard - called "Long after tonight is over" and "Mister Stuckup" (great title!) - anyone know if they are any good? 2. Marion (Maerz) is a current obsession - imho she's the coolest German 60's girl and I've been watching the clips I have of her over and over. What style! Sadly so far I've had no luck tracking down her UK single "I go to Sleep" (Page One records) and it doesn't appear on any of her German cd comps (the one on Family Bear is very good though, just her 60's output). I just wondered if I am looking for a needle in a haystack as it were... (pardon the pun) Oh yeah, I grew up in Toronto and I'm really shocked to hear that Sam the Record Man is shutting down. I started shopping there as a teenager. They use to stock tons of vinyl, but they shut that down in the mid 90's. However I kept going there over the years because of the good 60's cd stock on the 2nd floor. Vortex is the place to be for singles, but someone mentioned how you could lose yourself in Sam's undisturbed and that's so true. I have to say that it was rather expensive though. But... did people mourn the closing of the ultimate record store in Toronto, Peter Dunn's Vinyl Museum? I was absolutely gutted. This was where I started the foundation of my vinyl LP collection. Prices started at $2.49 for most items and they had a mascot, a wee cat (blind in one eye) who would follow you around the shop. The Christian overtones were kind of bizarre (they stamped bible quotes on the inner sleeves and on their in-house slipcovers) but it was just a fabulous eccentric place and I went there so often, they gave me 10% off most of the time. My prize find there was probably a perfect Canadian pressing of a Jackie Trent LP for $3 (the one that has "such a small love" on it) amongst many many other good finds. Right, that's enough for now. But if anyone's in Manchester or thereabouts, please get in touch! I was thinking of organising a one- off girl group night with some other north-based folk who can't always get to London or Brighton for the good nights out. elisa xxx --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 2 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 11:47:52 -0000 From: "Phil Chapman" Subject: Still skirting the issue >> SENSATIONAL POP MINI-SKIRT >> EXCLUSIVE TO THE PURCHASERS OF >> "I'LL TRY ANYTHING" Records or Music >> A maximum skirt length of 24" precluded placing an >> order... Jamie: >Just the thought of that is funny enough, Well, would *you* wear a skirt that was only 24"?? >but after reading the coupon I am struck by the following: >"We regret that we cannot supply mini-skirts to buyers >who send in a remittance without completing the coupon." >Does this mean "Don't forget to send us the shipping >address, otherwise we won't know where to send it"? C'mon Jamie, I think it means that you can't just send in the money for a skirt without having first bought the record containing the offer coupon, which rather irritated a friend of mine who bought a copy at the same time - but I had the only one with the accompanying offer! Oddly enough, I suppose the offer coupon is now rarer than the skirt! >I love it - the title of the song "I'll Try >Anything" printed on a skirt. Great conversation opener... I think the only response that would come to mind is "Obviously!" I do hope Carole G has the courage to supply a photo. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 17:15:03 -0800 From: "Alan Warner" Subject: Brill in Vanity Fair and Labelle reunite for TV special Re: Peter van Dam's reference to the Brill Building article in the current edition of "Vanity Fair" magazine, the majority of the piece is based on the research and interviews conducted by Morgan Neville, the producer & director of the recent A&E Brill Building TV documentary "Hitmakers". In other news, the original members of LaBelle (Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx & Sarah Dash) reunited in Washington recently for a TV special saluting Patti. They performed both WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU and, of course, LADY MARMALADE. Alan Warner --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 4 Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 02:20:39 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: The Cake- saw 'em on Smothers Brothers! Hey Charles, I believe the song you are talking about was You Can Have Him performed by the Cake. Isn't the lead singer -not- even moving her mouth in this footage?? She looks stoned to me. Its funny coz the way I saw the footage a friend of mine was trying to show me some French YeYe footage but we couldn't find the remote so we ended up watching the Cake footage instead. He wasn't even much into it but I was entranced and eventually picked up both of the albums which I both love but they are definitely acquired tastes. There is an interesting interview on the web somewhere with one of the Cake - she still does music and there is even a small list of bands she had been in. The one immediately following the Cake was completely a cappella!! I'm not sure if that band recorded any albums but I'd sure love to get my hands on it if there is one. The band she is in now is kind of reggae party music I think. I'm sorry but I don't have the link anymore, Patrick --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 5 Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 00:04:04 -0500 From: "Jeff Lemlich" Subject: Re: The Halos Don Charles wrote: > Anybody looking for rare Angels records should put > their sides as The Halos on Congress Records at the > top of their list of must-haves. The production > values on "Keep On Lovin' Me," not to mention Toni > Mason's dynamite vocal, are tailor-made for Spector > knockoff fanatics. Your toes WILL tingle! I could not agree more! "Just Keep On Loving Me"/"Do I" has to be one of the best double-siders ever, and "Hey Hey Love Me" and nearly just as good! Jeff Lemlich --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 6 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 15:06:24 -0000 From: Keith Moore Subject: Honeys and Hot Pants Hi Can anyone provide some info on two (obscure?) girl groups? Back in 1991 I went to the Helen Shapiro 30th anniversary concert at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. The programme reprinted an ad for Helen at the Coventry Theatre 24 Feb 1963. Also on the bill - besides the Beatles and Kenny Lynch - were a group called The Honeys. I can't imagine that this was the Californian Honeys - so who were they? Mysterious band no 2 - there's a postcard which I've seen on sale in London for some years now of a girl band called Honey and the Hot Pants. Three girls on guitar plus a statuesque platinum blonde lead singer who bears a passing resemblence to Diana Dors. From the clothes I guess the pic's from about 1969/70. So who were they?? Cheers! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 7 Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 02:22:20 -0000 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: Sunshine Company on Revola How does one get their hands on a Revola CD??? I have yet to acquire one and hence have been picking up the original Sunshine Company LPs on original vinyl. Any leads??? Patrick --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 8 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 09:12:18 EST From: Mike Rashkow Subject: RE: Christopher Robbin(s) > To Mike Rashkow: Christopher Robbin - could that have an > "s" at the end, and is he the same artist who did a > virtually acapella version of the Beatles' "Here There > And Everywhere" on an RCA 45? I've always loved the > arrangement, with its exquisite full chorus, although he > sounded a bit "night-clubby" on his lead. Nonetheless, > it's a record I frequently go back to and enjoy. TO: Paul and all Possibly, but on the one song i have that he wrote, it is on the label as Robbin--I think he probably meant Robin anyway. As to whether it was him doing the song you mentioned--no information, no opinion...BUT going back to the archives , I found an acetate of "Mirrors Of Your Mind" (The DRC)-- a subject of some previous Q&A in this space-- and it is marked "Benny Thomas vocal no voices". SO, what I have been reminded is that my C.R.'s real name was Benny Thomas AND that he was one of the lead vocals on that record....which I did not remember and which was not mentioned in my previous about same. Rashkovsky --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 9 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 12:55:48 EST From: Mike Rashkow Subject: RE: ELLIE GREENWICH Dear Poppers, I take note that with all the esoterica circulating through the cosmos re: E.G., I have not seen a mention of her recording: "You Don't Know" (Red Bird 10034). It is unusual in style for her at that particular period (could be that Shadow Morton was involved), a nice piece of work--and, as I remember it, one of her personal faves. I don't own it or I would share it. Additionally, I note that somewhere in the written material about her accessed at this site, it states that she is "half Irish, half Jewish". Not! Half Russian Catholic, half Jewish. Mother Rose, father William, original family name Grenyevich. She described herself as a "Jewlick", proving that as a young lyricist she may have had needed some additional finishing. Rashkovsky (Russian/Austrian Jew) --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 10 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 10:04:25 -0800 From: "Bill Reed" Subject: Joanie Sommers > ....whatever happened to Joannie Sommers?? > > I saw Joanie perform at the Roosevelt Cinegrill in L.A. about two months ago. She did five nights. I think it was her first local appearance in some time. The date was recorded for possible future release. Seated at the next table were Barry Mann, Cynthia Weill, and Mr & Mrs (super-harpist Corky Hale) Mike Stoller and Artie Butler. I believe I reported here earlier that after the show I went up to Barry Mann and told him, "I bought your CD." i.e. "Soul & Inspiration" (Atlantic, 2000) a wonderful work BTW. He replied, "Oh, so you're the one." Nice man. I also spoke with Stoller, also. Equally approachable. I told him I had just produced a jazz vocal CD (Pinky Winters/Richard Rodney Bennett) that included his and JL's super rare song "I Only Want Some." (rec. to the best of my knowledge only by Chris Connor in the later 50s; latterly by John Pizzarelli). Natually he was happy---royalties royalties royalties, volume, volume, volume---but also informed me that some German singer---whose name escapes me---had had a major hit on it in that country only a couple of years back. Like I say, royalties royalties royalties, volume, volume, volume! Bill Reed --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 11 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 06:00:12 -0500 From: Alan Miller Subject: Joannie/johnny Now i hear "don't pity me" in a whole new light. So Joanie is now Johnny? Someone has got to tell me this story...... Hush --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Message: 12 Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 09:08:33 EST From: Mike Rashkow Subject: Re: SOS Heart In Distress In a message dated 11/7/2001, Ian writes: > Richie Cordell and Sal Trimachi produced Christine's > follow-up, a very Motownesque tune called - sticking > with the nautical theme - "Heartaches Away My Boy", > heavily influenced by the Supremes' "Back In My Arms > Again". That one was an even bigger northern soul hit > and even now currently fetches in excess of ?150 for an > original copy! Mike, do you recall if this was done at > the same session as "S.O.S", and were the girls also on > back-ups? > It's interesting material you've provided. It was not done at the same time that S.O.S. backing vocals and I don't think the girls did the backups--I probably would have known. As for the tracks or leads, I don't know. By the way, I have a mint copy of S.O.S. and with it a lead sheet for the song with Ritchie Cordell's handwritten notes on what he wanted to do on the mix. (I was in the studio when the final mix was done a few days after the backgrounds.) What am I bid for that little piece of memorabilia??? Also, a reference acetate rough mix of the song that I did immediately after the background parts were laid down for Cordell. Forget about it, Not available. Sal Trimachi wrote S.O.S. with Cordell too. I think the real question is what ever hppened to Beau Gentry? I have an acetate of a version of I Walk The Line, the Johnny Cash tune ( don't think it was released), that Cordell & Gentry produced. Very unique--maybe off the wall is better adjective--but creative and original concept. Christine Cooper was a looker with a body that wouldn't quit. A few years after SOS came out, I asked Cordell what happened to her. He said he didn't know. Rashkovsky --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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