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There are 9 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 303:

      1. "Book Of Love"
           From: Brian Chidester 
      2. SpectorXmasLP LarryLevineInterview
           From: Monophonius 
      3. Jackie DeShannon / Sharon Sheeley
           From: "Peter Lerner" 
      4. Re: Mary Wells' Covers
           From: James Botticelli 
      5. Orchids unreleased
           From: "Ian Chapman" 
      6. Ronettes Recordings
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      7. Ronettes Recordings
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      8. Re:  Jackie DeShannon
           From: Simon White 
      9. Re: "Book Of Love"
           From: Bryan 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 15:51:23 EST
   From: Brian Chidester 
Subject: "Book Of Love"

"Book Of Love" is by Carol Connors, who is actually
Annette Kleinbard, formerly of the Teddy Bears.  She
later wrote the Rocky Theme, but in the '60s, she changed
her name to Carol Connors and wrote songs for groups like
the Rip Chords and the California Suns.  She also
released four or five singles as Carol Connors, plus she
sang one song on the "Swingin' Summer" soundtrack and two
songs in the "Girls On The Beach" movie.  Her diction was
untarnished during that era, as it sounds like "To Know
Him Is To Love Him" spread like jelly over "My Mighty GTO."

Gene Sculatti was actually the guy who figured out that
Carol Connors was Annette Kleinbard.  It is kind of known
now, but still not a lot of people know that.  Even less
actually have all of the songs.  I'm only missing the
songs she recorded for movies that never released a
soundtrack proper.  I've got the movies, though.  So
maybe when I get caught up on digital recording
technology, I'll make a complete compilation.  Until then,
I've got my 45s.  Yeah, I'm bragging here, but who cares?

Brian Chidester 

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Message: 2
   Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 16:49:28 -0000
   From: Monophonius 
Subject: SpectorXmasLP LarryLevineInterview

I found this link.



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Message: 3
   Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 22:17:28 -0000
   From: "Peter Lerner" 
Subject: Jackie DeShannon / Sharon Sheeley

As far as I can see and goodness knows I'm biased,
Jackie was the singer and writer of this team, and
Sharon - well perhaps she originally had the connections.
As evidence, Jackie went on to have a career after the
team split up, Sharon did......... well, what?

But I have this memory that Sharon came to the UK and
recorded, under the auspices of British producer
svengali Jack Good, her own 45 of the team's song
"Homework". I'm sure I even remember seeing her
performing it on television over here. But is there hide
or hair of this being released in the UK or anywhere? No.
I'd love to hear it. Does anyone out there have any info?


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Message: 4
   Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 12:08:43 EST
   From: James Botticelli 
Subject: Re: Mary Wells' Covers

> "Ian Slater" said that Louise Cordet's "Two Lovers" is
> "frankly embarrassing compared with the Mary Wells
> classic!"
> I gotta disagree. Sure it's different. It's a radical
> guitar-led beat-style version. Just listen to that chunky
> and driving Jimmy Page rhythm underpinnings Louise's
> purring vocals. One of the best UK '60s girl records.

Reminds me of Toni Fisher's "The Big Hurt", Never thought
anyone could touch its excellence. Then along comes Susan
Rafey in '66 on Verve with Alan Lorber at the controls.
Different version, same song. Both superb. Whaddya gonna

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Message: 5
   Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 17:19:57 -0000
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Orchids unreleased

Ian Slater wrote:

> Ian queried whether either act cut enough material for a
> CD. Well, I make it 15 and 10 ISSUED tracks by Louise and
> the Orchids respectively, but on the liner notes to "The
> Girls' Scene", Pam Hepburn of the Orchids refers to some
> "wonderful tracks hiding somewhere" including a session
> with Bert Berns and Andrew Oldham.

Hi Ian,

The Bert Berns session resulted in a track entitled
"Just Like Me", while Andrew Oldham produced the group
on a cover of the Rag Dolls' song "Society Girl", which
Pam recalled very clearly.   When compiling the "Girls
Scene" CD, I did enquire with Universal after both
titles, but got nowhere.  That doesn't of course mean
they weren't there - if I were the cynical sort, I'd say
someone couldn't be bothered to look :-)


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Message: 6
   Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 12:29:14 EST
   From: Paul Urbahns 
Subject: Ronettes Recordings

MFW wrote:

> Man, you could imagine a Bear Family box of Ronnie
> Spector's stuff?  Every thing she ever did that got
> released, singles or albums, for the last 40 years? 
> Boy, that'd be too hip.

Marc we will all be dead and gone before that happens. I
honestly think Klein is holding on to the material until
all the artists and the market for their recordings are
both dead. We are not getting any younger. The people
who actually remember Phils stuff are in their 50s now,
some in their 60s. The clock ticks on ...and on.... and

Paul Urbahns

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Message: 7
   Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 12:29:16 EST
   From: Paul Urbahns 
Subject: Ronettes Recordings

Jamie wrote:

> They could have done a re-recording album years ago,
> and in fact, if they ever intended to do it, it
> probably should have been done years ago, before
> ABKCO made the Spector recordings available. However,
> even if there was an album of re-recordings available,
> the re-recordings couldn't be used in movies, and
> they never would, because use in film or video
> requires publisher approval.

Jamie you are partially right. Its only gussing but
Ronnie has probably stayed away from re-recordings for
some personal reason. Surely she could use the money,
maybe not.

As far as licensing material from Klein is concerned, it
has been voiced on this list several times from folks
who should know, that nobody licenses from Klein unless
they have to. A good case in point is the Herman's
Hermits recordings which he controls. Peter Noone
re-recorded "I'm Into Something Good" for use in the
soundtrack of The Naked Gun. I am told this was done
because Klein was too hard to deal with so Paramont
recut it. And they did a good enough job.  The Hermans
hermits remakes used on most reissues today are the
1970s remakes with Karl Green singing lead. They are
good enough for those who do not remember the originals.

Even the respectable labels (like Rhino, Eric, and
Collectables) are using the K-Tel remakes of Chubby
Checker hits because Klein will not issue them himself
or license them (apparently) at a reasonable fee for 40
year old recordings.

I wish Ronnie's "Unfinished Business" album had included
a B side of oldies remakes, so the new fans that may
have bought the album would have been exposed to her
best stuff. Besides she might have been able to keep the
rights to the remakes for licensing. Darlene Love on her
album did a bang up job of "He's Sure The Boy I Gonna
Marry" updated to Man I'm Gonna Marry.  It wasn't a hit
but showed she still has what it takes and was a good
quality production. 

In publishing (like Mother Bertha) once a song is
released in some form (recorded or published in sheet
music) there is a universal use clause that allows
anybody to use the song, as long as standard royalities
are paid. It is the actual recordings that are a
different story. Whoever, owns the masters to a given
recording controls its useage. So if you can't license
the original some lables will now license the remakes
because it is the songs that people remember (by title)
that sells a release now days.

I never wanted to make it sound like a remake would
replace the original version in the hearts of us old
gray haired men. But to kids like my son (21 years old)
who do not remember the original on anything 60s (except
when I played them around the house) a good remake will

Paul Urbahns

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Message: 8
   Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 00:09:11 +0000
   From: Simon White 
Subject: Re:  Jackie DeShannon

While Jackie De Shannons name is up, can someone tell me, 
was "Are you ready for this" ever released on 45 
even as a demo? If so how available is it and has anyone
got one for sale!

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Message: 9
   Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 16:30:18 -0800
   From: Bryan 
Subject: Re: "Book Of Love"

Regarding Carol Connors, Brian Chidester wrote:

> I'm only missing the songs she recorded for movies that 
> never released a soundtrack proper.  

Do you have "Sammy The Sidewalk Surfer"/"KRLA Jingle" by
The Surfettes? (Mustang 3001 - dist. by Del-Fi Records in
October 1964) 

This surf piffle featured the talents of Arthur Lee &
Johnny Echols of Del-Fi's The American Four, later of the
band Love, with vocals by Carol Connors. The B-side,
"KRLA Jingle," was just what you'd think. This was the
first record released on Del-Fi's Mustang imprint.


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