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There are 8 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 310:

           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Re: Irene Reid / Lady Luck and the Lullabies
           From: "Don Charles" 
      3. Phil Spector Letter
           From: "Ron Weekes" 
      4. Lord, If You're A Woman  [ help me ! ]
           From: Simon White 
      5. Phil Spector detail
           From: Peter van Dam 
      6. Paul Payton
           From: Marc Miller 
      7. Re: The Collage
           From: Dan Hughes 
      8. EVIE SANDS CD
           From: "Keith Beach" 


Message: 1
   Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 22:07:13 +0000 (GMT)
   From: Mick Patrick 


Paul Payton was right to recommend the recent CD by EVIE
SANDS. Just in case the residents of planet Spectropop are
unaware of it, here are the details. It was called WOMEN
IN PRISON and was released in the UK on CHIP TAYLOR's
Trainwreck label. Try their website for more information Like Paul I can't find my copy of the
CD (I musta loaned it out) but I can recall that Evie
wrote all, or nearly all, of the tracks with Chip, the
best of which was COOL BLUE STORY, a duet with Lucinda
Williams. In fact, Evie's CD should appeal to the same
folks who devoured Lucinda's brilliant "Car Wheels On A
Gravel Track" album.

Trainwreck held a party to launch the album. I wasn't
invited but I knew someone who was, so I snuck in under
their coat. I'd been off work for a day with flu, so I
should have really been at home in bed, not out on the
town at some rock lig. It was such a non-me thing to do
anyway. I recognized Chip Taylor as soon as I got there,
so I slipped him a copy of the BLUE CAT SOUL CD, which
contains all four of the tracks he produced for Evie at
Blue Cat. (I'd gone armed with gifts, Evie and Al Gorgoni
got one too). Evie was strolling around chatting with the
throng and it wasn't too long before I got my chance for a
few words with the lovely lady. Even in her cowgirl boots
I was a foot taller than she, so I perched on the arm of a
couch so we could be eye-to-eye. I was concerned the poor
thing would crick her neck but she told me she loved tall
men and her husband was 6ft 4. I don't have the time to
tell the whole story here but I will reveal what Evie told
me about the Shangri-Las.

I'd asked Evie if she'd ever been on a package tour,
hoping she'd give me a good "on the road" story. Her reply
went kinda like this: "Well, I was too young really and my
parents wouldn't allow it. But I did do some record hops.
You know, where you just go and lip-sync to your latest
record. I remember the first time. They sent a car to pick
me up. There sat in the back of the car were the
SHANGRI-LAS. Well, they were the rudest girls I had ever
met. Really crude and crass. Especially the twins. I came
>from a very strict home, very respectable. I'd never heard
anything like it in my life. I didn't even know those
curse words existed. They were absolutely disgusting". I
was actually quite thrilled to have the bad girl image of
the Shangri-Las reinforced. Evie had no idea that the
Ganser twins were both dead. "Oh no. If I had known they
were dead I wouldn't have told you that story. I had no
idea. I've been out of the business for twenty years".

The highlight of the evening was an "unplugged"
performance by Evie. She sang a few tracks from WOMEN IN
ANY WAY THAT YOU WANT ME. The event reached a wonderful
climax when Evie was joined by the one and only P. P.
ARNOLD to perform a duet version of ANGEL OF THE MORNING.

You know, by the time the other revellers and I retired to
the pub down the road my flu seemed to have totally
vanished. And then Al Gorgoni joined us at the bar for a
drink. I might tell you what he told me about ELLIE
GREENWICH some other time. And I might not.

Two weeks later I found myself sat at the next table to P.
P. Arnold at a Flirtations gig. But that's another story...


PS; Keith, was it you I loaned my Evie Sands CD to?

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Message: 2
   Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 19:30:33 +0000
   From: "Don Charles" 
Subject: Re: Irene Reid / Lady Luck and the Lullabies

> Can any of you lovely people help with locate a copy
> of Irene Reid "My Heart Said The Bossa Nova" - I
> realise this may not be the exact title but I confuse
> it with the Tippie and the Clovers version.

I can't help you locate a copy, but I can tell you that
The Drifters (Rudy Lewis on lead vocals) recorded this
song under the title "Beautiful Music."  It was not
released at the time, but was recently made available on
Sequel Records' fabulous and now regrettably out-of-print
Music" is probably the original version of the tune,
written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil before Leiber and
Stoller's revisions.

Don Charles

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Message: 3
   Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 10:14:16 -0700
   From: "Ron Weekes" 
Subject: Phil Spector Letter

I don't want to sound crass or anything, but how do we
know this letter is the real thing from Phil Spector and
not some sort of Internet hoax, etc?

Now didn't Phil produce "He's So Fine"?  I find it
interesting that in this letter to George that he didn't
make any mentions of "similarities" between "My Sweet
Lord" and The Chiffons track.  Maybe he did later on when
it George's song got into the courts.

Ron Weekes

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Message: 4
   Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 22:46:15 +0000
   From: Simon White 
Subject: Lord, If You're A Woman  [ help me ! ]

Hello chaps and chapettes.

Would someone answer me a question? When was 'Lord If
You're A Woman' actually recorded ? Not released.

I remember it coming out in the UK, and seem to remember
a 12" as well. Was it released in the U. S. or just
demo'ed? I know there are two seperate releases listed 
on the site but I can't make sense of it!

Help !

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Message: 5
   Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 19:43:05 -0000
   From: Peter van Dam 
Subject: Phil Spector detail

A small detail maybe overlooked. 

The session pianist Paul Griffin died in July 2000
small article by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
Music Editor Sunday July. 9 2000.

"Gene Pitney remembers seeing producer Phil Spector and
Griffin lying on a studio floor, Spector humming the
arrangement he wanted for " You've Lost That Loving
Feeling" in Griffin's ear while Griffin dutifully wrote
it down. He didn't get the credit on the record."

Griffin was a New York session player discovered by
saxofonist King Curtis. 

Yours faithfully,
Peter van Dam

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Message: 6
   Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 11:30:22 -0500
   From: Marc Miller 
Subject: Paul Payton

Hey Country Paul -

Didn't you used to be a radio guy (or maybe you 
still are) ??


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Message: 7
   Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001 09:41:15 -0600
   From: Dan Hughes 
Subject: Re: The Collage

Alan, here is a site that has detailed info on hundreds
of obscure sixties groups.  Unfortunately, what they
have on the Collage is mimimal.

Here's the full Collage entry:



(Smash 101)

A nice psychedelic sleeve for a totally disappointing
pop quartet. 

But this site is a gold mine for info on other artists.


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Message: 8
   Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 07:35:13 -0000
   From: "Keith Beach" 


> Keith, was it you I loaned my Evie Sands CD to?

Nope, not guilty! But great story...keep 'em coming Mick.

Recent postings about double tracking on Toni Fisher
'Big Hurt' reminded me of a question about that report
on the Gene Pitney concert some while back. The best
Pitney tracks have a very 'full' vocal sound because
they are 'double-tracked'. In fact it always sounded to
me as though it was another singer shadowing Pitney, as
opposed to him double-tracking. There was something
slightly different about the other vocal apart from the
harmony element...or do I need my head and hearing
examined (be kind). Never having seen Pitney in concert
how well did he achieve this on stage? The same question
applies to that other classic double-tracker Connie

Is it out-of-order to use this platform to wish everyone
a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. The way it's
going I might never get round to doing Christmas cards
till January.

Keith Beach

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