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              The Teenager Records Made For The Hit Parade 
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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 


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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


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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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!


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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


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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 


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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)


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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


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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


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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


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