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There are 17 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Cameo Parkway recordings
           From: Michael Gessner 
      2. Re: The Orchids & Louise Cordet
           From: Scott Swanson 
      3. Re: Ronettes Recordings
           From: James Botticelli 
      4. Re: "Sammy The Sidewalk Surfer"/"KRLA Jingle"
           From: Bryan 
      5. Re: The Rockin' Ramrods, Freddy Cannon
           From: Matthew David 
      6. Re: "Sammy The Sidewalk Surfer"/"KRLA Jingle"
           From: "Jan Kristensen" 
      7. Toni Fisher & Allen Klein
           From: Don Baylis 
      8. Surfin' with Carol
           From: "Martin Roberts" 
      9. Aaaahhhh!!!!!
           From: "Martin Roberts" 
     10. Catalina Caper
           From: Matthew David 
     11. Re: Surfin' with Carol
           From: Bryan 
     12. Toni
           From: Doc Rock 
     13. Stocking Tops/Ellie Greenwich
           From: Elisa  
     14. Gidget Goes Encyclopedic
           From: "Ron Weekes" 
     15. "Carol Connors"
           From: Brian Chidester 
     16. The Big Hurt
           From: "Jake Tassell" 
     17. Big Hurt Sound
           From: Jane Wade 


Message: 1
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 20:57:33 -0500
   From: Michael Gessner 
Subject: Cameo Parkway recordings

Has anyone heard the series of Cameo Parkway rarities
on Campark  There are 6 CDs with about 30 songs each.
They are readily available on the internet. Are these
>from Europe? Has Allen Klein tried to suppress them or
what? There are other CDs with all the Cameo Parkway
hits, as well. Why does everyone think it's hard to
find Cameo Parkway stuff?


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Message: 2
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 16:14:33 -0800
   From: Scott Swanson 
Subject: Re: The Orchids & Louise Cordet

>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,

Wouldn't it be great if someone put together a CDR
featuring all 25 of these songs? (hint hint!)



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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 16:40:07 EST
   From: James Botticelli 
Subject: Re: Ronettes Recordings

In a message dated 11/27/01, keith beach writes:

> It's called 'cutting off your nose to spite your face' -
> in other words if Phil can't have Ronnie then no-one can. 

Or maybe he has a reasonable economy and doesn't wanna
profit selling rekkids....that's my current situation
(knock on wood)

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Message: 4
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 07:27:08 -0800
   From: Bryan 
Subject: Re: "Sammy The Sidewalk Surfer"/"KRLA Jingle"

I believe "Sammy The Sidewalk Surfer" is still available
on 'Del-Fi Beach Party' in 1999. The CD is part of a
trilogy --along with 'Del-Fi Pool Party' and 'Del-Fi
Jungle Jive'-- of compilations produced by former Del-Fi
staffer Elliot Kendall, who I believe is on this list.
(Hi El!) You can get 'em straight from or
by phoning 800-99DEL-FI. You can read about 'em on


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Message: 5
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 12:15:43 EST
   From: Matthew David 
Subject: Re: The Rockin' Ramrods, Freddy Cannon

James Botticelli writes:
> The Rockin' Ramrods, Freddy Cannon
> My homeies from Boston...I actually got to interview
> Freddy for a 6T's "Lost & Found" radio show I did back in
> '95. It was a lotta fun. I asked him goofy stuff about
> things like haircuts, waistlines, babe-catchin' skillz of
> Freddy vs. Bobby vs. Fabian, L.A. restaurants vs. East
> Coast, Arnie Ginsburg, stuff like that. Still have a copy!

Hi James,

The Ramrods back Freddy in DISK-O-TEK HOLIDAY, in
addition to performing their then-current single "Play
It!". Arnie Ginsburg appears in the film as well.

Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg AND Freddy "Woo!" Cannon!

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Message: 6
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 20:53:58 +0100
   From: "Jan Kristensen" 
Subject: Re: "Sammy The Sidewalk Surfer"/"KRLA Jingle"

"Brian Chidester" wrote:

> I'd love to hear that Del-Fi double-side.  Was it
> ever released with any of the Del-Fi Surf music
> comps? If not, wanna trade?

Carol Connors recorded Sammy the sidewalk surfer as The
Surfettes on Mustang 3001 in 1964. The flip was Blue Surf.
Sammy can be found on a comp. CD called Surf bunnies & Hot
rod honeys - Superb 200. Together with among other great
girl group surf and hot rod songs are Yum Yum Yamaha and A
Swinging Summer.

Jan K

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Message: 7
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 20:05:23 -0000
   From: Don Baylis 
Subject: Toni Fisher & Allen Klein

>From Peter ..

> Speaking of Toni, I've bought several of her
> subsequent 45s, but only West of the Wall stands out
> as at all worthy - the first protest song of the 60s?

Three other 45s by Miss Fisher post-'West of' that are
well worthy are .. on BigTop 'The Music from the House
Next Door', on Capitol, 'Train of Love' (both these list
Wayne Shanklin as Producer and either writer or composer)
and on Rank Int. 'How Deep Is The Ocean'.

I found it most interesting that when The Big Hurt came
out, one received the impression that here was a brand new,
sweet young lady singer .. it was quite a surprise to read
a Goldmine article that offered the information that Miss
Fisher was in fact a 40s torch singer, somewhat near the
end of her career :-}

Maybe the problem with Allen Klein is that he is a 'failed'
pop star himself. I believe that he released a 45 back in
1962 on Oriole (CB 1737). The A side, also written by him,
is a novelty song, and not bad either .. Three Coins In
the Sewer. The B side, written by a J.Francis, and a far
less noteable recording, is Danger Ahead !. 


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Message: 8
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 20:33:24 -0000
   From: "Martin Roberts" 
Subject: Surfin' with Carol


Been rather busy for a while-mainly beating my computer
with lumps of wood-but couldn't let the wonderful Carol
Connors pass UN mentioned!"Sammy the Sidewalk Surfer"
is available on "Sun & Surf, Cars & Guitars" Del Fi
DFCD 70011-2'94 (one of the better Del Fi reissues) and
the great but dubious "Surf Bunnies & Hot Rod Honeys".

"KRLA Jingle"   I only know on the UK ACE CD "The Del
Fi & Donna Story" (Here comes the boast!!) My copy of 
"Sammy・" has an okay instrumental B-Side "Blue Surf"
wr R. Kuhn, don't think there's any Carol involvement.

For the complete Carol Connors Story track down (Mr
Marvellous) Ken Barnes' Who Is Carol Connors article in 
'Who Put The Bomp'. Not sure of the number I only have
a photo-copy from Mick Patrick. 

Talking of whom, Where is he??? I reckon it must be 8
days since he posted !!!

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Message: 9
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 21:05:53 -0000
   From: "Martin Roberts" 
Subject: Aaaahhhh!!!!!

Quick before Mick corrects me (again!), Carol's article
wasn't in Who Put The Bomp but the eaqually lovely The
Rock Marketplace.

Talking as I was earlier of Ken Barnes anyone know his
whereabouts and how to contact him? Hope he's alive,
happy & busy working as theatre critic for The L.A. Times
or something similar!!

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Message: 10
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 12:18:49 EST
   From: Matthew David 
Subject: Catalina Caper

Simon W writes:
> with Mary Wells and more importantly, Little Richard
> singing 'SCUBA PARTY'. Did it come out on video [uk
> format ] or even dvd? Has anyone seen the movie?

CATALINA CAPER was officially released by Rhino Home
Video as part of their Mystery Science Theater 3000
series.  Unfortunately, the images of the MSTK3 hosts are
onscreen, and are heard speaking/cracking jokes during
the entire movie!

Little Richard ("Scuba Party"), Mary Wells ("Never Steal
Anything Wet"), Carol Conners ("Book Of Love") and The
Cascades ("There痴 A New World") appear in the film.  I
believe The Cascades back up the other music acts.


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Message: 11
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 19:40:01 -0800
   From: Bryan 
Subject: Re: Surfin' with Carol

Oops. I made a mistake...I think I must have got some
wires crossed somewhere. The original session that Carol
Connors did with Arthur Lee and Johnny Echols (and David
Gates, if I remember correctly) also produced the "KRLA
Jingle". I guess I thought that was the B-side. If I
remember correctly from seeing the AFIM Union sheet for
this session, this was also the same session where Lee
and Echols also recorded "Luci Baines"/ "Soul Food" 
(Selma 2001, October 1964) as "The American
Four"....Steve? Elliot? Do either of you remember?


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Message: 12
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 22:56:04 -0500
   From: Doc Rock 
Subject: Toni

"West of the Wall" was very big in Kansas City, WHB.


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Message: 13
   Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 10:23:50 -0000
   From: Elisa  
Subject: Stocking Tops/Ellie Greenwich

Calling all Brit Girl experts!

I've been really into The Stocking Tops - 'you're never
gonna get my loving' on Toast Records (UK 1967 - awesome
label name if there ever was one!) - anyone know if they
have other singles worth checking out, and who they are?


p.s. My friend's dad was visiting from New York and I met
him last night - a wonderful character from Long Island.
He said he'd heard I was into 60's girls and mentioned he
went to school with Ellie Greenwich - except he kept
calling her Eleanor Greenwich, which was really cute. He
said she was always doing impromptu songs with 2 other
girls in the hallways and he used to stand there, totally
gobsmacked. I think he had quite the crush on her! ;-)

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Message: 14
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 16:27:32 -0700
   From: "Ron Weekes" 
Subject: Gidget Goes Encyclopedic

In yesterday's mail I received my copy of Stephen J.
McParland's latest book:  Cowabunga!  Gidget Goes
Encyclopedic.  I must say that by the looks of the book
four-color (...or is that colour) front and back covers
make this one of CMusic Books' best volumes yet.  

The two hundred plus oversized book deals with the
entire Gidget genre...the films, the music, the people,
and the TV series.  

Below I've added the information directly from the
publisher.  I hope to have a full-color (...or is that
colour) scan of the front cover at some
time next week.

Until then, cowabunga dudes!
Ron Weekes


For the first time in one easily accessible tome are all
the facts and details that together form the phenomenon
of "GIDGET", compiled with the help of those actually
involved. Hear the real Gidget tell her story, and the
real KAHUNA tell his! 

Born at Malibu, California during the summers of 1956-57,
the character of Gidget was to go on to win the hearts
of teenagers everywhere, even those in landlocked areas!
She not only helped establish the image of surfing and
the surfer, via her first person anecdotes and the
subsequent Hollywoodisation of the character, but became
a teenage spokesperson for "women's lib" ... or should
that be GIRL POWER! A total of eight books followed her
teenage life from surfing accolyte to married woman, a
journey also captured cinematically in a number of films,
beginning with GIDGET in 1959. 

developments and methodically documents ALL the films,
ALL the TV series - there were two! - ALL the people
involved - real and imaginary - and ALL the music. As
well as ALL the facts, this 8" x 11" (A4 size), 248 page
"encyclopedia" also includes nine chapters, five
appendices and numerous side-bars of facts, together
with a full colour glossy cover and 28 pages of glossy
photos of rare and interesting photos from the world of

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Message: 15
   Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 14:48:24 EST
   From: Brian Chidester 
Subject: "Carol Connors"

> Annette was a friend of Phil Spector from his days at
> Fairfax High in Los Angeles, and that is how she came
> to be a member of the Teddy Bears.

Gene Sculatti was one of the first people to figure out
that Carol Connors was formerly Annette Klienbard. 
Annette was in the Teddy Bears, and knew Spector from
Fairfax.  Okay.  But, what happened to her after the Teddy
Bears? Well, what happened was that she changed her name
or used a penn name and became a solo recording artist and
writer known as Carol Connors.

Gene was a writer in the '70s, '80s and '90s, who did
several books such as "The Catalog Of Cool" and the best
San Fransisco book ever on Pop culture.  When I said that
he discovered that Carol Connors was Annette, what I meant
was that Gene put it all together.  He figured out that
Carol was Annette. Annette didn't have some post-Teddy
Bears press conference to tell the world she was changing
her name.  As far as the buying public was concerned,
Carol Connors was a new recording artist.  Gene found

Brian Chidester 

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Message: 16
   Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 12:38:31 +0000
   From: "Jake Tassell" 
Subject: The Big Hurt

"Peter Lerner" wrote about The Big Hurt
> Miss Toni's version is an all time classic, but Del
> Shannon's Liberty version is also sensational.
> Peter

The Scott Walker version is pretty good too. (On Scott 1,
I believe)


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Message: 17
   Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 06:30:53 -0800 (PST)
   From: Jane Wade 
Subject: Big Hurt Sound

I heard that someone on this list who was involved in
the production of the Big Hurt, or knew someone who
was, described how they got that interesting sound...
I always compared it to an electrical sound....
Does anyone remember that?

I've never heard anything like it before. Jane.

Jake Tassell wrote:
> "Peter Lerner" wrote about The Big Hurt
> >
> > Miss Toni's version is an all time classic, but Del
> > Shannon's Liberty version is also sensational.

> The Scott Walker version is pretty good too. (On
> Scott 1, I believe)

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