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There are 13 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 318:

      1. Happy Stewball Everyone
           From: LePageWeb 
      2. RE: Garry Bonner
           From: "Phil Chapman" 
      3. Arrangers with class
           From: "Ian Chapman" 
      4. deck the halls with love
           From: John Rausch 
      5. The Vogues' "You're the One" Again
           From: Greg Matecko 
      6. Re Brenda Holloway / Tammi Terrell
           From: Richard Williams 
      7. Re: Patrice Holloway
           From: Phil Houldershaw 
      8. Re: Marvin and Tammi's "Complete Duets"
           From: Mike W 
      9. Re: The Vogues' "You're the One" Again
           From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
           From: "Ian Slater" 
     11. Martin's Odyssey
           From: "Phil Chapman" 
     12. RE: Martin's Odyssey
           From: "Keith Beach" 
     13. The Liquid Room-12/8/01
           From: "David Ponak" 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 11:35:08 +0900
   From: LePageWeb 
Subject: Happy Stewball Everyone

Thanks to Jeff Lemlich, Paul Underwood, Thomas Malmgren
and everyone else who confirmed the Happy X'mas - Stewball
connection. That's the one! I remember hearing it on the
"Come Back to Jamaica" TV advert and thinking it was a
clever way to get a John Lennon song on a commercial
without paying Yoko Ono a zillion dollars.

Richard Williams wrote "if you could put the melodies of
I Love How You Love Me and Stewball into a blender, what
you'd get would be Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Yes, I
certainly see that. Also, Richard wrote "...Spector
mentioned it, Lennon confirmed it, and they both had a
good laugh." That sounds close enough. Thanks, Richard.
Whoever mentioned it first, it makes sense that everyone
would joke about it during the sessions. Like when the
track is playing back sans vocal, Spector leans over to
John and starts singing "I Love How it's Christmas..."
and everyone breaks up.

Group discussion has been very interesting lately, due in
large part to the enthusiasm of new(ish) members. Keep up
the good work!


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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 18:27:56 -0000
   From: "Phil Chapman" 
Subject: RE: Garry Bonner

Paul Payton:

>- Garry Bonner's delicate and exquisite "Me About You" on
>Columbia (passionate vocal, beautiful period arrangement;

This tune was recorded by Jackie DeShannon (prod & arr.
Jack Nitzsche) as the title track to a 1968 album. There
are two other Bonner/Gordon songs on this album: "I'm
With You" and "Whatever Happened To Happy". Are there
other recordings of these songs?


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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 23:47:52 -0000
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Arrangers with class

Lindsay wrote:

> I've been looking at a Reprise single I have of Trini
> Lopez's "Up To Now": fabulous dramatic brassy
> arrangement by Don Costa (and it's nothing like the more
> familiar Trini of "Lemon Tree"-with-audience-backgound).
> Anyone here familiar with it?

Oh yeah, Lindsay - great record.  So is a sightly earlier
uptempo Reprise single of his, "Your Ever Changin'
Mind"/"Takin' The Back Roads" - this too is arranged by
Don Costa.  I think you're spot on with your observation
about arrangers either with a big band background, or who
worked with artists usually considered MOR. - they do
lend an indefinable quality to pop records.  Apart from
Don Costa, names like Ernie Freeman, Claus Ogerman and
Robert Mersey come to mind.  I think Reprise records are
always worthy of close inspection as they seemed to use
more than a few such quality arrangers.


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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 20:28:43 -0500
   From: John Rausch 
Subject: deck the halls with love

Darlene Love  will be at the KAYE Playhouse which is on
East 68 Street between Park and Lexington aves.NYC. The
Show is for Friday December 21, 2001 at 8:00.

John Rausch

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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 12:25:52 -0500 (EST)
   From: Greg Matecko 
Subject: The Vogues' "You're the One" Again

Sorry I'm late on this thread folks. The story I had
always heard about "You're The One" was that the track
was originally recorded here in Pittsburgh by The Racket
Squad. Producer Nick Cenci pulled singer Sonny DiNunxio's
vocal off the track and replaced it with the Vogues.

The original version has just a guitar solo, while later
releases feature a string section along with the guitar.
I've never a/b's the CO-CE and Reprise versions, and our
Carol says she played on many of the Vogues' dates. Was
this completely re-recorded, or were just the strings
overdubbed? It's kinda obvious that the later dates were
done by the California crew.

Sonny DiNunzio supposedly felt that this robbed him of a
national hit, but his R'n'B type vocals just wouldn't
have been the same, and the song probably would not have
been a hit. There was a bit of a payback, though - on the
Rhino Vogues CD, "True Lovers" was written by DiNunzio.

The Racket Squad released two albums, and both have been
released on CD by Collectibles with bonus tracks. Check
out "That's How Much I Love My Baby" - that SHOULD have
been a hit!

Greg Matecko

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 16:54:49 +0000
   From: Richard Williams 
Subject: Re Brenda Holloway / Tammi Terrell

There's good interview material with Brenda Holloway,
mostly on the subject of Tammi Terrell, in Ben Edmonds'
very nice little book on Marvin Gaye and What's Going On,
the first in a series of mini-hardbacks called Mojo
Heroes, just published in the UK.  (Usual disclaimers...)

Richard Williams

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Message: 7
   Date: 12 Dec 2001 10:06:25 +0000
   From: Phil Houldershaw 
Subject: Re: Patrice Holloway

Simon White wrote:
> > does anyone know if there are enough Patrice Holloway
> > recordings available to make a decent CD compilation?
> There are just about enough if you count the unreleased
> stuff around now...

Wow - I never realised Patrice recorded enough for an
album at Motown. Does anyone have any track details? -
I've heard 'Those DJ shows' from one of the belgian
BELMAR cd's - and I think its fair to say she did a
better job on it than Diana Ross.

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Message: 8
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 15:18:18 -0000
   From: Mike W 
Subject: Re: Marvin and Tammi's "Complete Duets"

--- In Spectropop, "John Lester" wrote:
> Are we all aware that once you start to play the first
> track on disc one of this 2 cd set - "Aint No Mountain
> High Enough", you have to hit the rewind button and go
> back into the minus part go back at least one minute to
> reveal a bonus track.
> I assume most of you here have this 2 CD set - if you
> don't, you ought to. It's got unreleased solo Tammi
> recordings on and if you couple that with Tammi's UK
> Spectrum CD it means that there is little left that you
> haven't got (excluding live recordings and let's not go
> there!)

Dear John Lester,

For the unitiated, tell us about the Spectrum recordings
and the live stuff available...also tell us what the
bonus track is on the new 2CD set !

Thanks so much !

Yours, mikenyc

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Message: 9
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 23:51:19 -0500
   From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
Subject: Re: The Vogues' "You're the One" Again

> The story I had always heard about "You're The One"
> was that the track was originally recorded here in
> Pittsburgh by The Racket Squad. Producer Nick Cenci
> pulled singer Sonny DiNunxio's vocal off the track and
> replaced it with the Vogues.

Greg, my understanding is that The Vogues recording was a
different one than The Racket Squads. The original
backing track still exists as a 4 track tape. This was
mixed to one side of a two track tape, was brought to New
York,  The Vogues added their vocals to the other side of
the tape. This was then mixed to mono for the 45.

The  Two track tape was lost, but has now been located,
and will be released on a Varese vintage Comp in 2002.
After 37 years, we will FINALLY get to hear 'Youre The
One" in True stereo!!!

> The original version has just a guitar solo, while later
> releases feature a string section along with the guitar.
> Was this completely re-recorded, or were just the strings
> overdubbed? It's kinda obvious that the later dates were
> done by the California crew.

Greg, they were overdubbed. When Reprise had big hits
with The Vogues "Turn Around" and 'My Special Angel" ,
they issued a greatest hits LP, and the got tape copies
of all the Co&Ce hits. They then overdubbed an entire
orchestra over the Co tracks. They did this to better
match the Reprise stuff, all of which had heavy orchestra
backing. Also to match the wide stereo mixes of their own

The Reprise hits were done by The Wrecking Crew, as you
mentioned. You can't miss Hal Blaine's 8 scaled  Tom Toms
on 'Turn Around".

hope this helps.


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Message: 10
   Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 08:51:20 -0000
   From: "Ian Slater" 

Further to the recent discussions about Felice, I've
upoaded the picture sleeve of her UK only single to the
"Miscellaneous Photos" folder in the Photos section of
the Member's area. Hope I did it right - not tried that

Now, anybody got a picture of the Sweets (the group she
was in), or any of the other "Valiant" girl groups - the
Cannon Sisters, the Joys, the Tiaras and Musique & the

Ian Slater

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Message: 11
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 10:58:09 -0000
   From: "Phil Chapman" 
Subject: Martin's Odyssey

> Also around this time, perhaps a bit earlier Ian's
> granddad Phil was sending out the first writings of The
> Phil Spector Appreciation Society. These make great
> reading but lose a bit of impact for knowing of them so
> late in the day.

Yes, it was man's work in those days; hammering the vellum
and pulling the Caxton Press:-) Admittedly, Martin, my
newsletters were pre-decimalisation, but post-war
rationing and conscription had ceased, paving the way for
a youth-centric society in which teenagers could do, say
and print what they liked - just as in the film "Smashing
Time"! These amateur offerings of mine were great fun to
prepare, but I've not dared to look at them since, and I
cringe to think that they are securely archived.

I agree, my 'grandson', who has the ears of a bat, did a
much better job - I was impressed by his column, although
he wasn't always sure he could pull it off. All that
hands-on in the early years didn't go to waste! [Panto'
season is here again:-)]
Happy Xmas

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Message: 12
   Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 10:10:22 -0000
   From: "Keith Beach" 
Subject: RE: Martin's Odyssey

Phil Chapman wrote:

> Panto' season is here again:-)

"OH NO IT ISN'T !!!!!!!!"

Keith Beach

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Message: 13
   Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 15:42:28 -0500
   From: "David Ponak" 
Subject: The Liquid Room-12/8/01

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 

The Liquid Room-12/8/01:

1.The Association/Come On In
Birthday (WB)

2.Chappie/Welcome Morning
New Chappie (Sony Music Japan)

3. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends
Don't Take Your Time
Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends (A&M)

4.Belle & Sebastion/I Love My Car
Waking Up To Us (Matador)

5.Cornelius/Another View Point
Point (Trattoria-Japan)

6.The Merchants Of Dream/Father's Overture & Come Back 
Into Your Childhood
With Me
Strange Night Voyage (A&M)

7.They Might Be Giants/Man, It's So Loud In Here
Mink Car (Restless)

8.Seksu Roba/Intersexual Overdrive)
Les Chansons Des Perverts (various artists) 
(Crippled Dick Hot Wax-Germany)

9.Ronnie Spector/Try Some, Buy Some
7" single (Apple)

10.Ronnie Aldrich & His 2 Pianos/My Sweet Lord

11.Claudine Longet/Something
Run Wild, Run Free (A&M)

12.Ella Fitzgerald/Savoy Truffle
Ella (Reprise)

13.The Raymakers/Would You Like To Play 
7" single  (Transistor)

Live in studio performance by Frank Lenz & his band!

14.Frank Lenz/The Hot Stuff
The Hot Stuff (Northern)

15.Leslie Gore/You Don't Own Me (in Italian)
It's My Party (Bear Family)

16.Akira Ishikawa/It Happened Saturday Night
Good Night Tokyo (Readymade-Japan)

17.Yuji Oniki/Beekeeper
TVI (Future Farmer)
Catch Yuji live at Spaceland this Saturday, 12/15.

18.John Sebastion/I Don't Want Nobody Else
Faithful Virtue: The Complete Reprise Recordings 
(Rhino Handmade)

19.Money Mark/Glitch In Da System
Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton)

20.Biz Markie/Young Girl Blues
All Samples Cleared (Cold Chillin')

21.Syd Dale/Number One Spy
Cinemaphonic: Soul Punch (Motel)

22.The Zodiac/Sagittarius
Cosmic Sounds (Elektra)

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

24.The Honeys/(Let's Take A) Holiday
The Honeys Collection (Collectors Choice)

25.Linus Of Hollywood/A Whole New Country
Let Yourself Be Happy (Emperor Norton)

26.George Gets His Freak On (While label 12"-UK)

27.Bob Crewe & Glitterhouse/An Angel Is Love
Barbarella Soundtrack (Dynovoice)

28.Le Hammond Inferno/F.S.B.
My First Political Dance Album (Bungalow-Germany)

29.Margo Guryan/I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas 
Without You
25 Demos (Franklin Castle)

30.Pulp/Bad Cover Version
We Love Life (Island-UK)

31.Francoise Hardy/Suzanne
Comment Te Dire Adieu (Virgin-France)

32.Felix Da Housecat/Walk With Me
Kittenz And Thee Glitz (Emperor Norton)

33.Lori & The Chameleons/Touch
7" (Sire-UK)

34.Jimi Tenor/Paradise Can Wait
Utopian Dream (Sahku-Finland)

35.The Red Birds/Nissan Lovely Cherry
Soft Rock Drivin'-Glorious Morning (Alpha)

36.The Sunshine Fix/Digging To China
Age Of The Sun (Emperor Norton)

37.Jack Jones/Yesterday When I Was Young
Sing Me A Love Song Charlie (RCA)

39.Michel Polnareff/Tout, Tout Pour Ma Cherie
Les Premiere Annes (Universal-France)

40.Dahlia/Good Flight!
Quatrienne (Happiness-Japan)

41.Armando Trovajoli/Casanova '70
City Boys-Not Found (Trattoria-Japan)

42.Al Green/I Want To Hold Your Hand
Love Ritual (MCA)

43.The Free Design/Love Does Not Dies
There Is A Song (Teichiku-Japan)

44.Gal Costa/Namorinho De Portao
Gal Costa (Mercury-Brazil)

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

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