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                 Sainsbury's - Making Life Sound Better 
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There are 16 messages in this issue.

Topics in this Digest Number 315:

      1. FELICE TAYLOR
           From: Mick Patrick 
      2. Felice Taylor at Sainsbury
           From: Alan Miller 
      3. Re: Felice Taylor - It's Winter Outside
           From: "Vincent Degiorgio" 
      4. Under The Influence Of Love
           From: "Jeff Lemlich" 
      5. Under The Influence
           From: "Phil Chapman" 
      6. Richard Williams-- THANKS!
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
      7. Re:  Happy Xmas
           From: "Jeff Lemlich" 
      8. Re: Harrison, Spector, My Sweet Lord and He's So Fine
           From: "Vincent Degiorgio" 
      9. A Christmas Gift for You
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
     10. Kall Mann RIP
           From: "Jack Madani" 
     11. Inquiring Minds Want to Know
           From: Michael Rashkow 
     12. Happy Xmas - Beautiful music
           From: Paul Underwood 
     13. Re: Patrice Holloway
           From: "John Lester" 
     14. Re: Felice Taylor
           From: "John Lester" 
     15. For DAN HUGHES
           From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
     16. VB: Happy X'mas
           From: "Thomas Malmgren" 


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Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 11:59:25 +0000 (GMT)
   From: Mick Patrick 
Subject: FELICE TAYLOR

Greetings,

Original message from John Lester.....

> There is an advert on UK TV at the moment for Sainsburys
> with a 60's style track playing in the background...
> that girl sounds a lot like Felice Taylor but I don't
> know the song and I thought I had most of her stuff
> ....anyone got any ideas?

Spectropop welcomes John Lester, Motown buff
extraordinaire. What the Boy From Crosstown can't tell
you about Patrice Holloway's unissued Motown sessions
isn't worth knowing!

The Felice Taylor track you heard, John, is I CAN FEEL
YOUR LOVE. It was first issued on U.S. Kent 483 in 1967.
The cut is available on the Ace/Kent CD FOR DANCERS
FOREVER (CDKEND 100). Ace Records have a mail order
department: www.acerecords.co.uk

MICK PATRICK 


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Message: 2
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 07:51:18 -0500
   From: Alan Miller 
Subject: Felice Taylor at Sainsbury

>There is an advert on UK TV at the moment for Sainsburys
>with a 60's style track playing in the background...
>that girl sounds a lot like Felice Taylor but I don't
>know the song and I thought I had most of her stuff
>....anyone got any ideas?

Your instincts and ear are spot on.  The song "i can feel
your love"  is indeed by Felice Taylor.

Alan Miller


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Message: 3
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 10:37:09 -0500
   From: "Vincent Degiorgio" 
Subject: Re: Felice Taylor - It's Winter Outside

Almost of all Felice's records were covered by Barry when
he produced his now-ex wife Glodean as a member of Love
Unlimited.

The only other soloist produced by Barry that was was
female was Gloria Scott, who's single was amongst the
first released by Casablanca in its early days.

Vincent


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Message: 4
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 12:23:36 -0500
   From: "Jeff Lemlich" 
Subject: Under The Influence Of Love

Bryan wrote:

> Felice Taylor did two singles for Mustang: "It May Be
> Winter Outside"/ "Winter Again" (Mustang 3024/ November
> 1966) and "I'm Under The Influence Of Love"/ "I'm Under
> The Influence Of Love" (instr.) (Mustang 3026/ February
> 1967).

There was another excellent version of "Under The
Influence Of Love" in 1967, by the Apollas on Warner Bros.
(featuring super-sexy lead singer Leola Jiles).

Jeff Lemlich


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Message: 5
   Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 02:48:22 -0000
   From: "Phil Chapman" 
Subject: Under The Influence

One thing that's always intrigued me about the first two
Felice Taylor releases is that the 'b' sides, "Winter
Again" and "Love Theme" (cute string & brass arrangement),
are credited to R. Kuhn, even though they are the backing
tracks to the 'A' sides. And great fun they were at the
time as a source of embryonic Karaoke.

Some mention should be made of her last UK only(?) release,
"Suree-Surrender"/"All I Want To Do Is Love You", written
& produced by Eddie Grant & The Equals. The 'A' side,
nicked, sorry adapted, from a light-classical tune, was an
early incarnation of the dreaded UK-package-holiday 'hit',
but the 'b' side is quite a lively little tune sung mainly
over one chord. It's a pity they continued to produce her
to sound like Diana Ross, and even tried to make her look
that way http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spectropop/photos/

- no doubt contributing to her emotional problems.

Phil


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Message: 6
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 13:11:55 EST
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: Richard Williams-- THANKS!

My uncle gifted me with a copy of "Out of His Head" back
in 1972-- it's a first edition-- and I can't tell you
how thrilled I was when I got it. It was the first time
I was able to see pictures of how most of the artists
looked. I even bought some clear Contact paper and
covered the dust jacket, so it's in virtually pristine
condition... of course I wrote notes all inside the book,
being a silly kid, but... what the hey! 

I'm glad to see your contributions on here. Welcome, and
thanks again for really igniting this writer's interest
in everything Spectorian... 30 years ago!


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Message: 7
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 12:28:19 -0500
   From: "Jeff Lemlich" 
Subject: Re:  Happy Xmas

Jamie wrote:

> I once heard a different song using the same melody as
> in the verse of Happy X'mas, which left me with the
> vague impression that Happy X'mas may have had its
> origins in a folk song now in the public domain. 

The melody to the verse of "Happy Xmas" is very similar
to "Stewball", the folk song that was a minor hit for
Peter Paul & Mary in 1963.  It was also later
appropriated for the "come back to Jamaica" television
commercials.

Jeff Lemlich


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Message: 8
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 10:34:34 -0500
   From: "Vincent Degiorgio" 
Subject: Re: Harrison, Spector, My Sweet Lord and He's So Fine

"Andrew Hickey" wrote:
>
> Of course Lennon was the world's greatest (in both senses
> of the word) plagiarist. #9 Dream (listen to Lennon's
> arrangement of Many Rivers To Cross for Harry Nilsson),
> Come Together, Remember, not to mention all the songs he
> wrote that were just 3 Blind Mice...

John admitted as much in the David Sheff interview in
Playboy, saying that he and Paul were the greatest song
nickers ever..

Vincent


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Message: 9
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 13:15:21 EST
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: A Christmas Gift for You

Y'all remember me writing about the new cavernous
bookstore space I work in now? For fun? Well, I've written
about how some of the classic stormers sound when played
in there, notably the Philles 106-118 run... but now we've
been playing the Christmas album, and let me tell you:
when La La begins her "Jimmy... " and then kamikazes into
"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," well... you just gotta
come by and hear it with me, you know? Indescribable.


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Message: 10
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 14:10:07 -0500
   From: "Jack Madani" 
Subject: Kal Mann RIP

>Lyricist Kal Mann...died...of Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. 
>
>Mann was a major influence on the Philadelphia sound and
>co-founded Cameo/Parkway Records with friend and
>songwriter Bernie Lowe. Cameo/Parkway Records was home to
>many rock n' roll staples such as Chubby Checker, the
>Dovells, and Bobby Rydell.
>
>With songwriting partner Dave Appell he wrote many early
>60s standards including Orlons' 1963 hit "South Street" and
>the Dovells' 1961 hit "Bristol Stomp". 

Sad news indeed.  As one might expect from my affection
for regional accents in singers, I also love the notion
of regional "sounds," and of content that has more
meaning for a particular locale.

Just in case folks didn't know it, there really is a
South Street in Philadelphia, and it really was/is the
hippest street in town.  I had the honor to have lived on
South Street for a coupla years, although it was about a
quarter century after the heyday memorialized in such
hits as the ones mentioned above.

Where I lived was over a nightclub that seemed to have
some sort of special monopoly on Salt N Peppa.  Every
night I had to suffer through what appeared to be a 30
minute extended mix of "Ooh bay-bee bay-bee, buh bay-bee
bayyy beeeee...."  Somehow I don't think the clubbers
were doing the Bristol Stomp or even the Philly Dog.


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Message: 11
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 12:08:23 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Many years ago, when I was young and beautiful,  I owned
a 45 on Columbia  "Kickin Child" written and performed by
Dion. Yeah, that Dion.  It was produced by Bob Mersey.  

Anyone got it or know where I can get it?

By the way--very nice stuff. Definitely not Dion and The
Belmonts, funky, bluesy.

Also,  "My Wife Can't Cook"  some little California indie
label,  artist Lonnie Russ. Ray Shanklin arranger.
Somebody???

Mick probably knows the release date, and who played Tuba.

All replies will be laminated.

Rashkovsky


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Message: 12
   Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 09:14:31 +0100
   From: Paul Underwood 
Subject: Happy Xmas - Beautiful music

Happy Xmas, to my mind, uses the melody of Stewball: not
the Coasters song but the old folk song revived around
1963 by Peter Paul and Mary

I never realised Beautiful Music was a Mann Weil song in
disguise. It was released in the UK on a 1972 compilation
(which also included Only in America, released for the
first time). The writing credit was given to the Drifters
themselves and I never bothered to listen beyond the
first twenty seconds, which are not very promising. It
doesn't sound like a 1963 recording though. Doesn't sound
like Leiber & Stoller either.

Paul


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Message: 13
   Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 08:14:16 -0000
   From: "John Lester" 
Subject: Re: Patrice Holloway

 Mick Patrick wrote:

> Spectropop welcomes John Lester, Motown buff
> extraordinaire. What the Boy From Crosstown can't tell
> you about Patrice Holloway's unissued Motown sessions
> isn't worth knowing!


Now Mick, don't get me started............and PLEASE
avoid bringing up duets with sister Brenda on "Come
Into My Palace" and Stevie Wonder on "S-t-ev-i-e"!!


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Message: 14
   Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 08:19:30 -0000
   From: "John Lester" 
Subject: Re: Felice Taylor

Mick wrote:

> The Felice Taylor track you heard, John, is I CAN FEEL
> YOUR LOVE. It was first issued on U.S. Kent 483 in
> 1967. The cut is available on the Ace/Kent CD FOR
> DANCERS FOREVER (CDKEND 100). 

Thanks Mick and also Alan Miller........

Damn....I need to take the cellophane of that CD and play
it...oooooops!  But I promise I will just as soon as I
get fed up with Marvin and Tammi's "The Complete Duets".

Vincent Degiorgio wrote:

> Almost of all Felice's records were covered by Barry
> when he produced his now-ex wife Glodean as a member
> of Love Unlimited.
> 
> The only other soloist produced by Barry that was was
> female was Gloria Scott, who's single was amongst the
> first released by Casablanca in its early days.

How about Viola Wills?  My UK president collection
consists of Felice and Viola...(plus a Wilson Pickett
45...supposedly featuring the Supremes from their Lupine
days).

Phil Chapman wrote:

> It's a pity they continued to produce [Felice] to
> sound like Diana Ross, and even tried to make her
> look that way
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spectropop/photos/


> - no doubt contributing to her emotional problems.

I always felt that Felice was only really noticed
because she sounded like Diana Ross. I recall when the
record was played on the radio (and we know Tony
Blackburn was a dedicated Diana Ross and Motown fan
thereby guaranteeing exposure), that there was always
that hint of it being Diana in disguise although it was
clear it wasn't. I think I was secretly hoping "I'm
Under the Influence of Love" was Motown cos it was such
a wonderful record.  However, it didn't dent the chart
like I felt it ought to have...Felice had to wait for
that with her follow up with I Feel Love Coming On...

>From what I can recall, Felice was filling a void whilst
the Supremes were branching away from that traditional
"on the fours" stomping Motown songs a la You Cant Hurry
Love and Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (check out
the NEW USA December 11 Super Anthology for an extended
version of this classic)...and a lot of us Brits were
still into all that.


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Message: 15
   Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 13:17:37 EST
   From: Jimmy Crescitelli 
Subject: For DAN HUGHES

Thanks very much for the Bossa Nova instructions. I've
been practicing, and haven't gone through TOO many
glass-paned doors yet, but I'll get better. My Aunt
Margaret back in Brooklyn used to do it at parties until
one day when they had to carry her out, so I guess it's up
to me to resume the carrying of the torch. Much
appreciated!


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Message: 16
   Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 15:50:34 +0100
   From: "Thomas Malmgren" 
Subject: VB: Happy X'mas

Hi Everybody,

The melody of "Happy Xmas" is borrowed from the folk tune
"Stewball". I listened to it a lot when I was growing up in
the 60's and was a bit amused when I heard Happy X'mas for
the first time in the 70's. The version I am referring to
is the Hollies rendition on "Would You Believe" (1966).

Thomas


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