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There are 15 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 294:

      1. STORMING
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
      2. baby, please!
           From: "Spector Collector" 
           From: Mick Patrick 
      4. Epic Records
           From: "Ron Weekes" 
      5. red bird
           From: John Rausch 
      6. Re: Phil Spector Outtakes
           From: "Ian Slater" 
      7. Brill in Vanity Fair and Labelle reunite for TV special
           From: "Alan Warner" 
      8. Chiffons: Disk-O-Tek Holiday
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
      9. Popcorn
           From: LePageWeb 
     10. northern soul
           From: john rausch 
     11. Re Northern Soul
           From: James Botticelli 
     12. Erlene & Her Girlfriends
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
     13. Re: Marion Maerz/Christine Quaite/Claire Francis
           From: Elisa  
     14. Re: Epic Records
           From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
     15. Re: Epic Records
           From: Bryan 


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 23:57:59 EST
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 

Hi group... Jimmy here. I've just taken a job as
assistant manager in a new bookstore that's opened in
downtown Orlando, Florida... it's a cavernous space, 3000
square feet, lots of books, with 23-foot-high ceilings,
and the owners installed a really cool sound system. They
want us to play cool jazz, because they want to appear
downtown edgy and all, but hey... tonight I brought in my
girl sounds and by eight thirty PM the store REALLY
cranked; "Baby I Love You" sounded fabulous in that space,
like it was being performed in a cathedral. That snapping
drum crack sounded like thunder! GREAT echo. Ronnie
brought fresh tears to my eyes... THEN the random select
chose "He's Sure the Boy I Love," followed by "Da Doo Ron
Ron," which was followed by "My One and Only, Jimmy Boy..."
a line-up sent down from heaven, evidenced by my standing
in the middle of the place with my arms in the air,
making like I was at Gold Star. Fabulous. WHAT a sequence...
like being in the middle of a thunderstorm cell, you know?

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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 17:51:30 +0000
   From: "Spector Collector" 
Subject: baby, please!

As promised last time, here's my list of cover versions
that I have of Darlene Love's fab "Christmas (Baby Please
Come Home)" from the Phil Spector Christmas album. If any
of y'all know of any more, please post information.
Jon Bon Jovi
Anne Richmond Boston
Mariah Carey
Cher with Rosie O'Donnell
Christmas Wall of Sound (no artist listed; this is a
British CD on the Hallmark label paying tribute to the
Spector sound on 16 Christmas songs)
Deacon Blue
Everett Station (I think this is a group's name, not a
person's, but I'm not sure; can any of you tell me? It's
on a compilation called "Singing in a Winter Wonderland.")
Fancy Dancer
Flash Cadillac
Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
Darlene Love herself has covered it twice: on 1985's
original cast album for "Leader of the Pack" and on her
1998 live CD "Age of Miracles."
New Bomb Turks
Brenda K. Starr has three versions: in 1990, CBS
simultaneously released compilations called "Christmas
in the City" and "Fiesta en Navidad," with the same
tracks by the same artists in English and Spanish,
respectively. A few years later, she recut it (in
English) for a compilation on the Metropolitan label
called "A Freestyle Christmas."
U2 (their version features Darlene on background vocals)
Finally, there's a Karaoke-style disc on the Priddis
label called "Sing Mariah Carey Christmas" that features
vocal and instrumental versions mimicking the Carey

I anxiously await word of more versions of this classic!
David A. Young

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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 16:28:30 +0000 (GMT)
   From: Mick Patrick 


> Original Message from Erin:
> ... does anyone know a place on the internet I could order
> the Liverbirds anthology?  The most info I can find
> about it is that it's on a German label ...

Ah, die Liverbirds, die Frauenband par Excellence der
Beat-Ara.  Erin, and all other Girls With Guitars fans,
should be aware that there are (at least) two LIVERBIRDS
CDs extant.  Both were released by the German Repertoire
label in 1994.  Details are:

"Star-Club Show" IMS 7009 - Johnny B. Goode, You Can't
Judge a Book By Looking At The Cover, Love Hurts,
Talking About You + 11 more.

"More Of" IMS 7010 - Peanut Butter, It's So Exciting,
Heatwave, Loop De Loop + 10 others.

I reckon these two CDs must cover the Liverbirds'
complete recorded output.  Repertoire is a reputable
label, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find them. 
Me, I just swanned into Tower and bought them over the
counter.  If only I could travel back in time to my
schooldays, I'd be able to understand the German
language sleevenotes.


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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 17:53:52 -0700
   From: "Ron Weekes" 
Subject: Epic Records

With just a few companies out there holding older
labels, I'm just curious as to which entity owns the
Epic Records catalog?  Anyone know?

Ron Weekes

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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 20:37:44 -0500
   From: John Rausch 
Subject: red bird

Geoff Mullins wrote:
> I am interested in any information on two of the more
> uncommon releases on Red Bird. Release 10-049 is
> supposedly Justin Haywood with London is Behind Me and
> Release 10-051 is Ral Donner with Love Isn't Like That.
> Can anyone confirm that these two tracks were actually
> issued on the catalog numbers listed.

Here is a Red Bird discog site which may be of help to your
John Rausch

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 13:45:35 -0000
   From: "Ian Slater" 
Subject: Re: Phil Spector Outtakes

The Japanese "Off the Wall" compilation is available from
CD Now. It's a US site of course but I live
in England and got my copy through them OK.

Essential listening,  especially for the Crystals
"Please Be My Boyfriend" (see discussion on Spectropop
Digest no. 217)...

...but isn't that a MALE group accompanying the lead
singer on the final mix?

Ian Slater

[ You can find full track info for Off the Wall at

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Message: 7
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 10:06:09 -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

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

Alan Warner

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Message: 8
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 23:45:05 EST
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: Chiffons: Disk-O-Tek Holiday

Any info on this teen flick and the Chiffons' appearance
therein? Enquiring minds want to know! Has anyone of you
all seen it?

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Message: 9
   Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 15:16:39 +0900
   From: LePageWeb 
Subject: Popcorn

Hi All,

Alan Miller directed us to while away a few hours
listening to the juke-box at and a very
good directive it was! I found the most incredible song
there by "The J's featuring Jamie" (I kid you not) called
"Yoshiko". It's sung half in English and half in
something that remotely resembles Japanese. My Japanese
friend and I listened to it about twenty times in a row.
I sang all the male leads while she sang the female ones.
By the end we had it down pat. That's one even I would
sing at karaoke! It may just be the greatest (or worst)
record ever made. Yochan, Baybee! We had so much fun with
that. Hysterical. Thanks, thanks, thanks for the info

The popcornoldies site gives no definition really of the
genre except by example of the tracks on the juke box, but
I sort of get the idea. From top 40 lounge days I
understood the expression "popcorn changes" to mean a
simple I-vi-IV-V chord progression used in so many pop
songs (e.g., Angel Baby), and although songs using that
progression may fall into the popcorn oldies definition, I
don't think that's where the term originated. It would be
interesting to learn how the term popcorn first became
used in the context of this wacky and weird pop. It's also
rather interesting that the genre seems to be decidedly
45 rpm oriented while at the same time embracing the
typically 33 1/3 sound of lounge/exotica.

Also on the jukebox is Sammy Turner's "Raincoat In The
River" for a little Spector-relevancy 

Here is the direct URL for the jukebox

Listen to Yoshiko and learn how not to speak Japanese!

Jamie (not the famous one who was in the J's)

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Message: 10
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 20:42:05 -0500
   From: john rausch 
Subject: northern soul

A big thanks to all who posted a reply to my Northern
Soul/Popcorn inquiry. 

And on a second note, since Christine Quaite has been on
topic recently, a friend insists he saw an episode of
The Patty Duke Show and she did a version of Tell Me
Momma but in a much softer style. Can anyone confirm
this info?

John Rausch

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Message: 11
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 15:02:23 EST
   From: James Botticelli 
Subject: Re Northern Soul

> As I understand the term, the archetypal Northern
> Soul record was neither as slick as Motown nor as raw
> as Stax/Volt, with a sophisticated but still
> danceable groove, and the more obscure the better. 

Further requirements include an audible tambourine, and
to add to the obscurity quotient, bottles of legendary
"Vymura" were utilized to remove labels on 45's so other
weenies couldn't note artist or title to hunt down. It
was--and probably still is--a collector's game enhnaced
by legions of "soul boys" in Stax tee-shirts, etc. who
would come out in droves to "all-nighters",
amphetamine-driven celebrations of U.S. Soul
Obscurity....a  review of a northern soul live show in
1985 featuring Lorraine Chandler and Eddie Parker will
soon debut on these pages for your pleasure...JB

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Message: 12
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 23:43:41 EST
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: Erlene & Her Girlfriends

I think I have a wild number by this group called "My
Da-Da Say" on an old tape somewhere... could this be

And... has anyone ever heard "Credit Man" by Paris & the
Persians... another obscurity which makes your hair
stand on end when you hear it, immersed as it is in
down-home gospel call & response grease: perfection. 

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Message: 13
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 16:38:11 -0000
   From: Elisa  
Subject: Re: Marion Maerz/Christine Quaite/Claire Francis

First of all, thank you to everyone who replied about
Christine - I feel much more informed now! It still seems
that apart from "Tell me Mama" her singles are difficult
to find - but I'll be trawling some record fairs soon in
hopes of finding the later ones!

--- In Spectropop, "Ian Chapman" wrote:

> I agree with everything Elisa said about Marion.  Until
> I heard her material, I wasn't quite convinced that the
> German language lent itself to interpretations of 60s
> pop, but Marion's records are superb.  Her '65 hit, "Er
> Ist Wieder Da" was the original of the song that Peggy
> March covered as "He's Back Again".  

In this video, she is wearing the most awesome cape and
little white boots with her lacquered hair not budging
one inch, and making the most melancholy faces to the
camera. What a star!

I'm not really that fond of other German girls either -
Manuela is pretty terrible, but not as terrible as the
Jacob Sisters! Mary Roos and Gitte have their moments,
but most stuff I've seen is pretty hard to get enthused
> Marion performed her English-langugae single, "I Go To
> Sleep" on German TV's "Beat Club", and I believe there
> are videos in circulation.  The single came out in the
> UK under the singular Marion.  Much as I like it, I
> still think the best version of "I Go To Sleep" was by
> Lesley Duncan.

Oh, but the reverberating pianos in Marion's version give
me shivers everytime! For those who haven't seen her Beat
Club performance, it's fabulous. Sultry Marion is seen
lounging in a velvet 60's marie- antoinette style dress,
loads of mascara/liner, big hair. Cut to Marion in a
gorgeous sparkling dress, with those bizarre Beat Club
flashing backgrounds & graphics. She's kind of got the
ice queen thing going on, but in a cool way.

I can't imagine how marvellous Lesley's version must be
to top that - so Ian, can you give us the label details?
I'll be adding it to my ever growing wants list. :-)

Now, another question... I picked up a cool single over
the weekend, "I don't care" by Claire Francis. (1967,
Polydor) - I had forgotten I knew it already, from a tape
someone made me.  It's got the most incredible booming
faux Spector drums and soaring orchestration. 

The other cool thing is that it looks like she wrote the
song, and there's even a "A Claire Francis Production"
label on it. The flip's ok but nowhere near as cool.
Anyone know anything else about her?


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Message: 14
   Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 00:57:37 -0500
   From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
Subject: Re: Epic Records

SONY music owns Epic, Columbia, Date, Mainstream and many


"Ron Weekes" wrote:

> I'm just curious as to which entity owns the
> Epic Records catalog?  

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Message: 15
   Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 22:00:09 -0800
   From: Bryan 
Subject: Re: Epic Records

Uh, Sony...for the most part...owns the Epic catalog.


> With just a few companies out there holding older
> labels, I'm just curious as to which entity owns the
> Epic Records catalog?  Anyone know?

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