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Spectropop - Digest Number 325

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          Flavour that lasts and lasts through a stack of pops!

There are 10 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 325:

      1. Welcome, Welcome To Our Party!!
           From: "Martin Roberts" 
           From: Justin Mcdevitt 
      3. Re: More info on Babs Tino
           From: "Peter Lerner" 
      4. Three Dog Bonner
           From: Marc Miller 
      5. TONY PASS(alacqua) & JACKIE (De)SHANNON
           From: Mick Patrick 
      6. Time & Love
           From: "David Feldman" 
      7. Re: GEORGE, RUFUS AND ?????
           From: "Javed Jafri" 
      8. COME ON IN
           From: "Jason MacIsaac" 
      9. Rosetta Hightower
           From: John Clemente 
     10. light reading - 02 sites
           From: LePageWeb 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 23:00:38 -0000
   From: "Martin Roberts" 
Subject: Welcome, Welcome To Our Party!!

Don't Be Lonely this Christmas!!!

I'm having a get together of old & new PSAS & Spectropop
friends on Friday the 28th December at my house in NW
London (The Mill Hills rather than Beverly Hills I'm
afraid). If you've nothing planned and want to find out
the answers to such questions as:-Is Phil really Ian's
Granddad? Is Malcolm just a figment of Mick's imagination?
Does Mick really work in an Indian Restaurant in the
evenings? You'll have to come along and find out. I can't
promise much else, beside great music & company.

For address, times etc. please contact me off list,

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Message: 2
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 16:17:42 -0600
   From: Justin Mcdevitt 

Hello group members,

I just discovered the Spectropop Website and this

I have loved rock 'n roll music since I first heard rock
around the clock (at age four), in Naples Italy, while I
was visiting a neighbor's apartment with my parents.

When we returned to the US, I became a devoted American
Bandstand watcher, and later an AM radio listener,
growing up in the Washington D.C. area. 

Over the last 10 years or so, I have collected many of
the songs, (on 45RPM, LP or on CD compilations) that I
loved as a child and still do today. 

Recently, I've begun to make a list of my favorite
early-mid 1960's girl groups, both major, and minor. 

I've had good luck with purchasing via ebay, used record
stores, Best of the Girl Groups, and More Best of the
Girl groups on Rhino, and in some cases, have borrowed
CD's through my local library (most recently, Best of the
Angels and Best of the Chiffons). 

I just found (via CDnow) a Best of the Cookies, which
also features some solo tracks by Earl-Jean McRea, after
leaving the Cookies. Her recording of "Something Good" is
a fantastic treatment of this song. I'm sure that many of
you would agree with me that Earl-Jean should have gotten
the hit record, as opposed to Herman's Hermits. The
compilation also includes Randy, a song that I've been
looking for, for quite a while. Do any of you know what's
happened to Earl-Jean McRea? Is she still performing? She
still has some fans and I'm one of them, for sure. 

I would like to put together my ultimate girl group cd or
cassette tape collection. In this regard, I would like to
include two tracks by the Rag Dolls, Society Girl and
Dusty, both of which as I recall were released in the
summer/autumn of 1964. 

Have either or both of these tracks been put on a CD
compilation? I assume not. 

If any of you who might have these records would be
willing to arrange to make a copy for me, or to share
your comments/perspective on favorite girl groups, please
feel free to email me.

I look forward to participating in this discussion forum.


Justin mcdevitt  (Minneapolis Minnesota)

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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 23:02:29 -0000
   From: "Peter Lerner" 
Subject: Re: More info on Babs Tino

"Nick Archer" wrote:

> Does anyone have background info on Babs Tino? A friend
> of mine thinks the records sound like Carole King and
> Toni Wine together. Who produced, when did they record,
> and what does the name mean?

Babs Tino sounds to me a little like Teresa Brewer - old
fashioned but sexy. In my collection is Cameo 114 - My
honeybun / Sweet cakes; Kapp 498 - Call off the wedding
(Bacharach - David, produced by BB and "a Leiber-Stoller
Production - quite brilliant) / Keep away from other
girls (Hilliard-Bacharach - covered in UK by Helen
Shapiro); and UK London 9589 - Forgive me (the best of
all - another B-D composition) coupled with If I didn't
love you so much (lightwieight Goffin-Keller).

My good friend JD Doyle also sent me on tape, some years
ago, Kapp 458, Too late to worry (arr B-D), and Kapp 561
- Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde.

Babs was clearly thought to be a high flyer around 1963
- then what happened?

Hope this helps, Nick.


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Message: 4
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 16:17:30 -0500
   From: Marc Miller 
Subject: Three Dog Bonner

Kids -

Peter mentioned that Garry Bonner recorded a song called
"Celebrity Ball" in 1972-3.  And Bonner wroted
"Celebrate" for 3 Dog Night.  There's a line in
"Celebrate" that says something like "...this is the
night, to go to the Celebrity Ball...". Now I'm
wondering - are they the same song?


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Message: 5
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 21:10:48 +0000 (GMT)
   From: Mick Patrick 
Subject: TONY PASS(alacqua) & JACKIE (De)SHANNON


Ooh good, Rashkovsky's found another landline to hook up
to. Not so good is the news that some of his old
colleagues are in ill health. We wish Tudie and Ellie
well in a hurry. Pass that on please Mike. (Pause to play
a few tracks from "Let It Be Written, Let It Be Sung" to
cheer myself up).

Mr Rashkow's old pal TONY PASS and his group THE LEGENDS
have just released a CD of brand new recordings LEGENDS
OF DOO WOP (ACE CDCHD 824). Tony's fellow Legends are
Steve Horn (of the Five Sharks), Jimmy Gallagher (of the
Passions) and Farnkie Mancuso. It looks like a bit of a
doo wop revivalists' must investigate.

And holy rockin' poppets, who's that I see on
ALL-AMERICAN ROCK'N'ROLL (Ace CDCHD 822)? Why, it's none
recorded for the Fraternity label of Cincinatti in 1958
when she was known as Jackie Shannon. It's a bit hard to
believe that the raven haired lorelie in the picture is
the blonde we now know and love. Great track.

Ace Records publish Right Track, a very nice monthly
newsletter featuring articles on all of their new
releases. I recommend it. Find out how to subscribe at


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Message: 6
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 11:21:22 -0500
   From: "David Feldman" 
Subject: Time & Love

Mike C. said:

> Before Laura Nyro died there was a comp of Laura covers,
> "Time and Love: The Songs Of Laura Nyro".  It was nice. 
> I look forward to your next "Where The Girls Are" not
> only for the Laura song but for the others that you have
> hinted will be included as well.

   As far as I know, "Time and Love" was strictly a
tribute album; I'm not aware of any of these songs being
existing covers.  I find the album hard to listen to. 
The only time I've ever enjoyed Nyro's songs sung by
others was in the musical, "Eli's Comin.'"

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Message: 7
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 10:08:59 -0500
   From: "Javed Jafri" 
Subject: Re: GEORGE, RUFUS AND ?????

"Warren Cosford" wrote:

> Paul Payton wrote:
> > RIP Rufus Thomas. At least he lived a long life, and
> > did good along with doing well. These things seems
> > to come in threes: George, Rufus, and ?????

> Answer?  Nashville based guitar session player Grady
> Martin.

I believe Grady Martin is the session guitarist who
inadvertently invented the fuzz guitar sound on a Marty
Robbins session back in 1959. He was also the guitar
player on "El Paso."


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Message: 8
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 10:47:07 -0800
   From: "Jason MacIsaac" 
Subject: COME ON IN

Hey there,

I just have a quick question that I'm hoping someone can
answer. Does anyone know the history behind the song COME
ON IN? It was on the Association's birthday (as we all
know) but Peter Tork also did a radically different
version with the Monkees that languised in the vaults
until Rhino's MISSING LINKS vol.2. Any history on the
songwriters (Levenson/Duboff) or any history at all on the
song would be so very helpful.

thanks a million
Jason MacIsaac

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Message: 9
   Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 23:19:21 -0500
   From: John Clemente 
Subject: Rosetta Hightower

Hello All,

I want to say thank you to the person who send me the
tape of Rosetta Hightower's LP and singles.  Now, at the
risk of sounding like a snobbish clod who doesn't
remember people, please e-mail me off the list and tell
me who you are!

I am sorry to hear about Ellie being hospitalized.  I
hope it's not too serious.

Happy holidays to everyone!


John Clemente

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Message: 10
   Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 17:18:57 +0900
   From: LePageWeb 
Subject: light reading - 02 sites

Wonder what college kids of today think about Brill
Building and the Girl Groups? Although there is nothing
particularly revealing here, some group members may find
this "students only" message board of passing interest.
This board is from the "History of Rock Music, School of
Music, University of Tennessee -- A historical and topical
approach to the study of rock music in the United States
and related forms in their sociohistorical context."

Also of interest - a short article, written by an ex-Apple
Records, London employee, about the adventures of
obtaining artwork approval for the Apple release of "Phil
Spector's Christmas Album".

Happy Holidays!


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