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Spectropop - Digest Number 312

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Always handle records like this - without touching the playing surfaces.

There are 17 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 312:

      1. Re : BOSSA NOVA / Tell me in the Sunlight
           From: "Frank" 
      2. Margie Day, be Proud!!!
           From: "Martin Roberts" 
      3. Lawsuit My Sweet Lord versus He's So Fine
           From: Peter van Dam 
      4. yet another Phil clarification
           From: "Jack Madani" 
      5. Re: HE'S SO FINE
           From: "Robert Conway" 
      6. Re: Kal Mann
           From: "Don Charles" 
      7. Kal Mann / interesting links
           From: "Paul Payton" 
      8. Mann & Weil
           From: "David Ponak" 
      9. Re: WALL OF SOUND, Toerag studios and Actionette s Spector xmas club...
           From: Delia Barnard 
     10. Great finds--Reparata and the Delrons collections!!
           From: "Tony Leong " 
     11. Try the north of europe for vintage studios
           From: "Jean Emmanuel Dubois" 
     12. Mann/Weil interview
           From: "James F.  Cassidy" 
     13. Blame it on the Bossa Nova
           From: Alan Miller 
     14. Bossa Nova
           From: Don Baylis 
           From: Simon White 
     16. Bossa Errado
           From: "James F.  Cassidy" 
     17. The Liquid Room-12/1/01
           From: "David Ponak" 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 12:26:22 +0200
   From: "Frank" 
Subject: Re : BOSSA NOVA / Tell me in the Sunlight

Mick wrote:

> I trod on my Verve 45 some months back and snapped it
> in half. Note to self: take more water with it in
> future.


Just for your info, I doubt you still have kept both
halves of your single, but in case you forget to take
more water, I can help and have repaired several broken
vinyls before. It doesn't work always but most of the
time. So if it happens again... let me know it and I'll
see if I can save the record.

Randon wrote:

> My Mother once went by the name "Margie Day." She did
> a couple of songs for GoldStar. "Tell me in the
> sunlight" and "I have been searching hi and lo to try
> and find a better recording than my mother has. All we
> have is a broken copy...If anyone can help I and my
> family would greatly appreciate it.


Same answer as for Mick, if you wish I can try and
mend the broken record.


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Message: 2
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 23:42:16 -0000
   From: "Martin Roberts" 
Subject: Margie Day, be Proud!!!

I have the 45 one of the best Erect A Spector records.
Unfortunatly I'm an imbecile with computers - But my pal
Phil who I'm sure is reading is not! I'm sure he'd be
only to happy to download for you and Spectropop. The
record I have is in excellent condition on Martay 901
PLUS a B-side Have I Lost My Touch. Co Wr pre Walker
Brother Scott Engel.

Give your mum a kiss for me!


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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 22:54:01 -0000
   From: Peter van Dam 
Subject: Lawsuit My Sweet Lord versus He's So Fine

Hello Folks,

Anybody interested in the details, see the article by
Joseph C. Self on

(the first website on Google after clicking "my sweet lord")

Interesting for the sneaky role of Allen Klein!!!

Yours faithfully,

Peter van Dam

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Message: 4
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 09:25:38 -0500
   From: "Jack Madani" 
Subject: yet another Phil clarification

>While watching the morning news on CNN, a report on the
>death of George Harrison mentioned the lawsuit re: "My
>Sweet Lord," saying that it was "similar to Phil
>Spector's 'He's So Fine'"....
>Belated congratulations to Uncle Phil on a previously
>unknown hit record :-)

Hmm.  Perhaps this would be a good time to state
categorically that Phil had NOTHING to do with the
recording of "Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby" that I produced,
and which appeared on Net Sounds 2.

Just covering my backside.


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Message: 5
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 12:06:41 -0600
   From: "Robert Conway" 
Subject: Re: HE'S SO FINE

Someone already made a recent reference to the
Spector/He's So Fine conundrum...the morning after George
Harrison died a CNN correspondent mentioned the He's So
Fine-My Sweet Lord lawsuit and referred to the Chiffons'
hit as being produced by Phil Spector.  I happened to be
on a road trip at the time and was watching CNN from my
hotel; my reaction to the comment was "you idiot!"

Bob Conway

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Message: 6
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 18:50:04 +0000
   From: "Don Charles" 
Subject: Re: Kal Mann

>Lyricist Kal Mann, who co-wrote classic hits like Elvis
>Presley's "Teddy Bear" and Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist
>Again," died last Wednesday in Pompano Beach, Fla., of
>Alzheimer's disease. He was 84.

This is sad news.  I did a long telephone interview with
Kal Mann several years ago.  He was an extremely funny
man - he was originally a comedy writer, you know.  I can
still recall him raving about Dee Dee Sharp, and the way
she sounded singing gospel songs.  May he rest in peace. 

Shame on Allen Klein for keeping his wonderful
Cameo/Parkway productions off the market for so long!

Don Charles

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Message: 7
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 22:50:05 -0500
   From: "Paul Payton" 
Subject: Kal Mann / interesting links

LePage, thanks for the Kal Mann info. I also heard a radio
bio or read one (don't remember which) on Bernie Lowe some
years back. (Maybe NPR or Vanity Fair.) Mann and Lowe were
unique in being businessmen as well as the prime musical
creators of successful music which their companies aimed
at an audience considerably younger than their generation.
The consistancy of their success was particularly
noteworthy. Don Kirschner had his Brill Building staff;
Phil Spector was essentially one of his generation; Bob
Crewe was only marginally older than his. But Mann and
Lowe - and Dave Appell - put out hit after hit for diverse
artists as well as issuing the occasional gem. For example,
say what you will about Bobby Rydell, but before the
formula solidified, I thought "Kissin' Time" was one
cookin' track. Non-profound lyrics be damned - hey, it was
the 50's! :-)

The Kal Mann article led to some interesting links, new
to me  though possibly familiar to some of you. (If so,
skip forward). Artists' names led to Yahoo index pages
for each. Through those, I got to,
specializing in "low priced" CD's, yet offering the
Travelling Wilbury's Volume 1 for a "best price" of
$49.99! Turns out it's part of eBay. Caveat emptor.

More worthwhile to check out seems to be
which is Tunemaster Collectables. Their front page offers
(of particular interest to this list) 30-track
compilations by Connie Stevens ($35.00) and Tony
Pass(alacqua] and the Fascinators ($28.00). Also found
(tying into the top paragraph): Dee Dee Sharp, Dovells,
Orlons and Bobby Rydell! I don't know if they're boots or
>from that European cross-licensing "gray" market which was
recently explained. Not cheap either, but I plan to dig
deeper. (FYI, a Linda Scott best-of is a "bargain" at
$19.00, a Cascades best-of is $20.00.)

Happy surfing!

Country Paul

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Message: 8
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 15:49:46 -0800
   From: "David Ponak" 
Subject: Mann & Weil

This past Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of attending a
dinner meeting of the California Copyright Conference,
where the guest speakers were Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
The moderator was the fellow who directed the "Hitmakers"
documentary on A&E, and they spoke for about 90 minutes.
Highlights included them talking about writing with Phil
Spector in a room at the Chateau Marmont (they mentioned
that Phil added the 1-4-5 bridge section to the song) and
Barry mentioning that Eminem's "Stan" was one of his
favorite recent songs. Cynthia got pretty catty when she
reminisced about Bette Midler changing her lyrics without

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Message: 9
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 13:32:43 -0000
   From: Delia Barnard 
Subject: Re: WALL OF SOUND, Toerag studios and Actionette s Spector xmas club...

Claire wrote:



Sorry you're having problems finding people with the same
spector-ideals as yourself-hopefully you'll pick up a few
through this list...

Have you ever heard of Toe Rag studios in East London?
They're a studio dedicated to the valve sound of
yesteryear...They mostly record garage punk, sixties pop
style bands and i've heard some lovely Joe Meek style
instrumental stuff recorded there. One of my bands
recorded there and I would recommend it. The phone number
is 020 8985 8862. They have some great drums, amps and
keyboards there too. I don't know if they have a web-site...
I'm in an all girl dance troupe dedicated to dancing to
sixties girl groups....we've got our own club and our
christmas special is dedicated to Ronnie Spector and The
Spector sound. We're gonna have some singers as well. its
on 15th of December upstairs at the garage in London.
More info at

x delia x

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Message: 10
   Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 05:01:10 -0000
   From: "Tony Leong " 
Subject: Great finds--Reparata and the Delrons collections!!

Hey group:  Lots has been written about Reparata and the
Delrons, so here's more!!! 

I found 2 import Cd's "Magical Musical Tour" and "Rock and
Roll Revolution", both collections of the groups works,
and they are worth every penny (actually, I charged them!!).
But the material on these CD's is so strong, versatile,
refreshing, funky, natural, and A JOY!!!  Songs like "Toom
Toom", "Look In My Diary"" Hold The Night", "Weather
Forecast" and more are amazing, and I don't understand how
they didn't become as big as other late-60's Top 40 hits
that were somewhat similar.  Those songs were just as
contemporary as hits by the SHondells, Cowsills etc. that
were popular at the time. Reparata had an unpretentious,
natural sounding, stylish voice that fit any kind of
song--straight out rock, ballads, psychadelia (!!), and
even remakes of early '60's standards. I recommend these
Cd's HIGHLY for anyone that wants to hear plain old good
time music!!!! 

Tony Leong  

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Message: 11
   Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 10:38:35 +0200 (MET)
   From: "Jean Emmanuel Dubois" 
Subject: Try the north of europe for vintage studios

Dear Spector fan-

try as well for vintage studio:
it's the studio from the group Superheroes in
Denmark-There is also the tambourine studio in Malm?
(Sweden)- a great place for

voila- i have a label (first release will include in
feb/march Bertrand Burgalat/april March/Jacno/etc...-so
when you will have a demo- send me stuff- (i'm also in
touch with the great french label Tricatel:

Dubois Jean-Emmanuel

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Message: 12
   Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 09:12:24 -0500
   From: "James F.  Cassidy" 
Subject: Mann/Weil interview

Here's a link  to a recent interview with Barry and
Cynthia.  They talk about how they got started, and
working with Leiber & Stoller and Spector, among other

Jim Cassidy

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Message: 13
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 05:29:15 -0500
   From: Alan Miller 
Subject: Blame it on the Bossa Nova


> Mmmm, Eydie Gorme, Tippie & the Clovers, Ruby & the
> Romantics, Elvis Presley, Irene Reid.....I feel a Bossa
> Nova '63 concept compilation CD coming on. More
> suggestions, anyone?

I think a fine, if somewhat off beat version for a
compilation would be Schlager star Manuela's German
version "Schuld war nur der Bossa Nova"


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Message: 14
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 23:00:15 -0000
   From: Don Baylis 
Subject: Bossa Nova

> Mmmm, Eydie Gorme, Tippie & the Clovers, Ruby & the
> Romantics, Elvis Presley, Irene Reid.....I feel a
> Bossa Nova '63 concept compilation CD coming on. More
> suggestions, anyone?

The Tokens - A Bird Flies Out Of Sight (Felicidad) RCA
1322 - Of course, as this was released in 1962 the
concept album name would have to become Bossa Nova 62/63!!

Don Baylis

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Message: 15
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 23:14:35 +0000
   From: Simon White 

Just to say thanks for the info, Mick.

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Message: 16
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 21:22:21 -0500
   From: "James F.  Cassidy" 
Subject: Bossa Errado

The puckish Mick Patrick sez:

>Mmmm, Eydie Gorme, Tippie & the Clovers, Ruby & the
>Romantics, Elvis Presley, Irene Reid.....I feel a Bossa
>Nova '63 concept compilation CD coming on. More
>suggestions, anyone?

I haven't heard all of the tracks named, but I've yet to
hear one with "Bossa Nova" in the title that actually had
a Bossa Nova rhythm! You'd think that people trying to
cash in on a musical craze would at least take the time
to figure out what it was they were trying to copy...

Jim Cassidy

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Message: 17
   Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 12:24:23 -0800
   From: "David Ponak" 
Subject: The Liquid Room-12/1/01

The Liquid Room, (usually) hosted by David Ponak (me),
airs every Saturday night from Midnight to 3AM (PDT) on
90.7FM KPFK Los Angeles, as well as streaming at 

This weekend, my special in studio guest will be
Northern Records recording artist FRANK LENZ.  He'll be
performing LIVE in the KPFK studios, playing songs from
his groovy debut CD, THE HOT STUFF.

The Liquid Room-12/1/01 

(The opening 40 minutes or so was a tribute to the late
George Harrison)

1.Frank Sinatra/Something 
2.Steve Hillage/It's All Too Much
3.Ronnie Aldrich & His Two Pianos/What Is Life
4.Theo Bikel/Piggies
5.Ray Anthony/My Sweet Lord
6.The Bad Boys/Don't Bother Me
7.The Hollies/If I Needed Someone
8.The Clebanoff Strings/Within' You Without You
9.Yukihiro Takahashi/Taxman
10.Jimmy McGriff & Junior Parker/The Inner Light

(Big thanks to Ron Kane for help on some of the above

11.Belle & Sebastion/I'm Waking Up To Us
Single (Matador)

12.Harold Rosenstein & Claudio Szenkar/Go To Rally
Pop Shopping 2 (Crippled Dick Hot Wax-Germany)

13.Blur/Music Is My Radar
The Best Of Blur (Virgin)

14.The Four Seasons/C'Mon Marianne
New Gold Hits (Phillips)

15.Sunshine Fix/Hide In The Light
Age Of The Sun/Emperor Norton)

16.Frank Lenz/Line Dancer
The Hot Stuff (Norther Records)

17.Dionne Warwick/Here I Am
What's New Pussycat (Soundtrack) (Rykodisc)

18.Yukari Fresh/Vig Dorian
Erik (Escalator-Japan)

Wake Up, Come Out And Play (Shelf Life)

20.Jimi Tenor/Moonfolks
Utopian Dream (Saihku-Finland)

21.Count Buffalo And His Rock Band/Windy
Midnight Tokyo (Readymade-Japan)

22.I Monster/French Mods Can't Drink
7" (Rodeo Meat-UK)

23.Cymbals/Higher Than The Sun
Higher Than The Sun EP (JVC Victor-Japan)

24.Julien Ribot/Autrepart Est Un Lien Sans Histoires
The Politics Of Disappearance (Radio Khartoum)

25.Chuck Barris/Sometimes It Just Don't Pay To Get Up
Themes From TV Game Shows (TV City)

26.Jacques Dutronc/Proverbes
Jacques Dutronc (BMG-France)

The Rainbow Children (Redline)

28.Super Furry Animals/It's Not The End Of The World
Rings Around The World (Sony-UK)

29.Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks/I Scare Myself
The Best Of... (Hip-O)

30.Kings Of Convenience/Little Kids (Ladytron Remix)
Versus (Astralwerks)

31.The Broadway Project/Life Of A Refugee
Compassion (ESL)

32.Pulp/The Birds In Your Garden
We Love Life (Island-UK)

33.Novo/Shiroi Mori
Soft Rock Drivin'-Koi No. 246 (King)

34.Felix Da Housecat/What Does It Feel Like
Kittenz and Thee Glitz (Emperor Norton)

35.Akakage/Brass Impact
I Love Pop Music! (Nippon Crown-Japan)

Japan Alternative Music Sampler (Exposure)

37.Peter Thomas/Multi-Colored Mini Skirts
Moonflowers & Miniskirts (Marina-Germany)

38.Pizzicato Five/Fashion People
Ca Et La Japon (Readymade)

39.The Beach Boys/Time To Get Alone (Alternate Version)
Hawthorne, CA (Capitol)

40.Pal@Pop/Lv Lk The Sun (Million Kisses To The Maestro Remix)
The Never Ending Rainbows (Dream Machine)

41.Quincy Jones/She Hangs Out
Cactus Flower (Soundtrack) (Bell)

42.Isaace Hayes/Something
Movement (Staxx)

43. Paul Williams/Mornin' I'll Be Movin' On
Someday Man (Reprise)

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