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There are 24 messages in this issue.

Topics in this Digest Number 355:

      1. ONE HECK OF A DJ; ONE HECK OF A SONG
           From: Justin McDevitt 
      2. Wall of. . . Resistence
           From: Bill Reed 
      3. Great Radio
           From: "Sean Anglum" 
      4. Kenny Young
           From: "Peter Richmond" 
      5. Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy
           From: "Ian Chapman" 
      6. Re: Kit Kats
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      7. Re: It ain't fair
           From: Michael Rashkow 
      8. Jeff Barry/Trini Lopez/Marvin Gaye
           From: Michael Rashkow 
      9. Re: Fake Party Songs
           From: "Frank" 
     10. Re: Fake Party Songs
           From: "David Parkinson" 
     11. re: Jeff Barry's Greatest Hits
           From: "Jack Madani" 
     12. Telltales
           From: Simon White 
     13. Sidebar: fake live albums
           From: Stewart Mason 
     14. Re: Fake Party Songs
           From: "Javed Jafri" 
     15. Re: Fake Party Songs
           From: Bryan 
     16. Re: Sidebar: fake live albums
           From: "Javed Jafri" 
     17. Re: Telltales
           From: Steve 
     18. Yes we're going to a party, party
           From: LePageWeb 
     19. Re: Telltales
           From: Simon White 
     20. Re: It ain't fair
           From: "Ken Levine" 
     21. Re: Kit Kats
           From: "John Lester" 
     22. Re: Boz Scaggs
           From: Rip Gooch 
     23. Racey!
           From: Marc Miller 
     24. THE MAJORS
           From: Mick Patrick 


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Message: 1
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 10:14:21 -0600
   From: Justin McDevitt 
Subject: ONE HECK OF A DJ; ONE HECK OF A SONG

Hi Group,

An event in my early childhood that sealed my fate
forever as a Rock 'n Roll radio devotee was listening to
Joe Niagara, "The Rockin Bird" on WIBG Philadelphia.
>From the mid 1950's into the 1960's WIBG was the rock 'n
roll leader in the Delaware Valley and Niagara,
(featured in the Cruisin series, 1957) was a dynamic
on-air personality who remained a continued radio
presence in the Philadelphia market on AM-Wpen.

I would listen to WIBG when my family would make the
then four-hour trip from Washington D.C. to Philly to
visit relatives and friends. 

 I also tuned into WIBG when we would make our annual
 summer pilgrimage to the south Jersey shore; the
 riviera of New Jersey. 

When Joe Niagara introduced a newly released record that
particularly captured his attention he would say with
heartfelt enthusiasm; "this song knocked me out of the
sky" giving the song Joe's special seal of approval.

On a summer day in 1962 while lying on the beach,
transistor radio glued to my ear, I heard Joe give his
special rock 'n roll imprimatur to a song that draws my
attention now as much as it did when I first heard it.
The song is Last Night I Had A Wonderful Dream About You
by the Majors. A great intro, doo-wop harmony and a
dynamite sax break in the middle. 

Although I own an original 45 of the record, I would
like to find a CD compilation on which it is included.
This is a great track which I will forever associate
with "The Rockin Bird".

Justin 


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Message: 2
   Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 03:08:43 -0000
   From: Bill Reed 
Subject: Wall of. . . Resistence

Angry McCartney Would Not 'Let It Be'

The following from the 1/15 issue of the LA Times

The pop world got a reminder of Paul McCartney's
long-standing displeasure with superstar producer Phil
Spector's 1970 arrangement of "The Long and Winding Road"
in a letter just released by the British public record
office.

The scathing rebuke, sent to the singer's lawyer, Allen
Klein, revealed that McCartney hated the string
accompaniment to the Beatles single--the group's last No.
1 hit in America. Never, he said, would that happen again.

"In future, no one will be allowed to add or subtract
>from a recording of one of my songs without my permission,"
McCartney said in the correspondence, reported in the
London's Guardian on Saturday.

Spector, whose name will forever be associated with a
string of striking pop singles in the 1960s ("Be My Baby,"
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), worked on the Beatles'
"Let It Be" album, which featured "The Long and Winding
Road."


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Message: 3
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 14:43:19 -0700
   From: "Sean Anglum" 
Subject: Great Radio

> I have been making these types of tapes for years for
> my personal listening pleasure in the car. They
> represent some alternative type of Top 40 with
> selections taken from lower charted hits or records
> that just "bubbled under" or records that should have
> been hits in the perfect pop world. My record
> collection is comprised of a lot of 45's and
> compilations and many of them are songs that made the
> second half of the hot 100.

Greetings,

This very format is the basis of a great radio program
that a good friend produces and hosts each Friday
afternoon on our local NPR affiliate! It's also available
to listen to via the station's website and via
Live365.com site. I highly recommend it, his vaults are
DEEP (with assistance from my archives). Here's the info:

Show:  "Vintage Voltage"
Host:  G.T.
Station:  KRCC-FM 91.5, Colorado Springs, CO
Website:   krcc.org (you can write to him and request
there, as well) 
Format: The truly great but forgotten sides of the 50s,
60s and 70s. 
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (mountain time) each and every
Friday

Love reading everyone's two-cents worth!! Keep it up.
Cheers....

Raised On Records,
Sean Anglum


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Message: 4
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 21:13:00 -0000
   From: "Peter Richmond" 
Subject: Kenny Young

It was interesting to see Kenny Young and his work with
Clodagh Rodgers mentioned in the recent postings. He
produced a great version of Harry Nilsson's "Together"
for her which was used as the flip on her "Goodnight
Midnight" single which peaked at # 4 in the UK charts in
1969 but not included on the subsequent "Midnight Clodagh"
album.


Peter Richmond


Righteous Brothers Discography



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Message: 5
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 23:34:51 -0000
   From: "Ian Chapman" 
Subject: Baby, Don't Ya Get Crazy

Keith wrote:

>Of course by then it was discovered
> that 'Baby ...' was scheduled as A&M 1006, but never
> issued. I don't recall how we knew that it was a John
> Sebastian song (I found his own version of it on an album
> a few years later, but it seems a very unlikely song for
> Phil to do with The Checkmates

Wasn't it because there was a UK version of the song by
Salena Jones, on Columbia, and it was credited to him? 
But I agree, it takes a stretch of the imagination to
figure how Spector would've handled it with the
Checkmates.

Ian


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Message: 6
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 11:04:31 -0000
   From: Billy G. Spradlin 
Subject: Re: Kit Kats

> After listening to "That's the way" the song and sound
> keeps "spinning like a windmill in my mind" for hours. A
> great Folkrocker!! I cured myself by listening to "The
> Mojo Men-Should I cry". You can hear it at musica for
> anyone who suffers the same problem.

What CD is this MP3 from? Great track, and I can
understand why you would play it after the Kit Kats, a
very simular sound. Kind of reminds me of the Hollies in
their Evolution/Butterfly era! I have heard about the
Mojo Men (besides hearing "Sit Down, I Think I Love You"
for decades), but never bought any of the Sundazed CD's.
(doh!)

As for the Kit Kats you can find more information on the
band at Jamie Records website at: 

http://www.jamguy.com/scripts/jamguycom/paper/Index.asp?ColumnID=147


Billy


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Message: 7
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 15:41:51 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: Re: It ain't fair

Ken writes:

> Doesn't it seem odd that the two best singers of the Brill
> Building composers (Ellie Greenwich and Barry Mann) didn't
> have big recording careers while other less, well "gifted"
> singers did?

Here for your consideration is my two cents:

Barry Mann is: 1. the best writer to come out of that
bunch by a furlong--(Cynthia is such a great lyricist as
well) and B. although he is a good enough singer, he
ain't no James Ingraham, so I think he worked at his
highest level of competence and was well served by
sticking with the composing side.



Rashkovsky


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Message: 8
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 16:12:14 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: Jeff Barry/Trini Lopez/Marvin Gaye

Subject: Jeff Barry

don hampton writes:
> 14.  Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups

IfJeff Barry produced this, the band will play "Who'd Of
Thought It".

Whether or not he has label credit,  I'm pretty certain
it was Joe Jones who did it.  

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Subject: Partynoise  

keith beach writes:
> Does Trini Lopez 'If I had a hammer' count?

Counts with me.  

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> and that Marvin Gaye thing--can't think of the title... 
> "I was out at a party...." 
> 

I think the title was " Gotta Give It Up" 


Rashkovsky


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Message: 9
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 12:09:35 +0100
   From: "Frank" 
Subject: Re: Fake Party Songs

Weren't also most of the Gary US Bonds tracks fake party
songs : Quarter To Three, School is Out/In...

Frank

Michael Coxe wrote:

> A few more: "Soul Finger" by the Bar-Kays, "How Sweet It
> Is (To Be Loved By You)" by Jr Walker & The All-Stars,
> "Say Man" by Bo Diddley (first record I ever owned) and
> especially "If You Want To Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul. Did
> anyone mention "Barbara Ann" (pick a performer)? Bob
> Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" - even more a hoot when
> considered of this genre.


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Message: 10
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 06:46:15 -0800
   From: "David Parkinson" 
Subject: Re: Fake Party Songs

Definitely a bit off-topic, but early American
pressings of Canadian band Sloan's album "One Chord To
Another" came with a second party disc, with -- almost
certainly fake -- party noises and the band performing
various covers, including "I Can't Let Go" (Hollies),
"Glitter & Gold" (Turtles), and "Over You" (Roxy Music).
The highlight is the version of "On The Road Again"
(Canned Heat), which segues unnoticeably into "Transona
Five" by Stereolab. Completely inspired and hilarious.

And for Canadian fans of 70s AM radio, the disc closes
with "I Wouldn't Want To Lose Your Love", by fellow
Haligonians April Wine.

David

> Not of the Spectropop era but one of the greatest fake
> party records ever was "Lay Your Love On Me", a Mike
> Chapman/Nicky Chinn studio creation under the name Racey
> circa 1979 & a massive hit in Australia.
> 
>  - michael


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Message: 11
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 07:39:56 -0500
   From: "Jack Madani" 
Subject: re: Jeff Barry's Greatest Hits

Don writes:

>For the record, here's a list of what I
>consider to be the 25 greatest Jeff Barry productions,

Ain't there a place on that excellent list for the theme
song to "The Jeffersons?"

jack


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Message: 12
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 18:19:14 +0000
   From: Simon White 
Subject: Telltales

I picked up a Decca 45 today - The Telltales  " I Saw
What You Did    - From the  Universal Picture  " I Saw
What You Did "

And my questions are - 01 . who where the Telltales -they sound familiar to me
2. has anyone seen the movie ?
3. what did they see ?

Thank you.


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Message: 13
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 07:04:23 -0700
   From: Stewart Mason 
Subject: Sidebar: fake live albums

An adjunct to the "fake party song" has to be the "fake
live album," studio creations overlaid with wild
applause.  The first three I can think of are Phil Ochs'
IN CONCERT, John's Children's ORGASM and of course,
most of THE KASENETZ-KATZ SINGING ORCHESTRAL CIRCUS. 
Any others?

S


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Message: 14
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 23:51:49 -0500
   From: "Javed Jafri" 
Subject: Re: Fake Party Songs

> Definitely a bit off-topic, but early American
> pressings of Canadian band Sloan's album "One Chord To
> Another" came with a second party disc, with -- almost
> certainly fake -- party noises and the band performing
> various covers, including "I Can't Let Go" (Hollies),
> "Glitter & Gold" (Turtles), and "Over You" (Roxy Music).
> The highlight is the version of "On The Road Again"
> (Canned Heat), which segues unnoticeably into "Transona
> Five" by Stereolab. Completely inspired and hilarious.
>
> And for Canadian fans of 70s AM radio, the disc closes
> with "I Wouldn't Want To Lose Your Love", by fellow
> Haligonians April Wine.

Yes I heard or read about that one. It was inspired by
the Beach Boys Party album and apparently also included
the teen magazine type photos that were included on the
Beach Boys album. I think Brian Wilson saw them in
concert once and I guess they had to pay some sort of
tribute.

Javed


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Message: 15
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 20:08:27 -0800
   From: Bryan 
Subject: Re: Fake Party Songs

Don't know if this is particularly "Spectropop"-ish or
not, but I always like Kenny & the Kasuals' "Chicago
60619", their take on the Stones' "2120 South Michigan
Avenue"... The song was the first one on their Live At
The Studio Club album, but I'm not sure if it *was*
recorded live or not. A guy answers the phone: "Studio
Club" and a girl asks: "Who's playing tonight?" He
answers: "Kenny And The Kasuals". And she says, sweetly:
"Thank you"....Anyone know if this was fake or not? Was
there a Studio Club in Chicago??

Bryan


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Message: 16
   Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 00:04:50 -0500
   From: "Javed Jafri" 
Subject: Re: Sidebar: fake live albums

> An adjunct to the "fake party song" has to be the "fake
> live album," studio creations overlaid with wild
> applause.  The first three I can think of are Phil Ochs'
> IN CONCERT, John's Children's ORGASM and of course,
> most of THE KASENETZ-KATZ SINGING ORCHESTRAL CIRCUS.
> Any others?

The Blues Project "Live At The Town Hall"  (at least
partially I think) and most definitely their single "No
Time Like The Right Time."

Javed


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Message: 17
   Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 05:30:34 -0000
   From: Steve 
Subject: Re: Telltales

> I picked up a Decca 45 today - The Telltales  " I Saw
> What You Did    - From the  Universal Picture  " I Saw
> What You Did "
> 
> And my questions are -
> 1. who where the Telltales -they sound familiar to me
> 2. has anyone seen the movie ?
> 3. what did they see ?

Hey Simon,

I can't help with #1, but the movie was a 1965 thriller
>from William Castle. Two teenage girls ring phone numbers
at random and say "I know who you are and I saw what you
did." 

Most people hang up on them, except for John Ireland who
has just killed his wife (Joan Crawford) with an axe.

Mayhem ensues.

What is the record like? Sweet and poppy??

Steve


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Message: 18
   Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 14:31:54 +0900
   From: LePageWeb 
Subject: Yes we're going to a party, party

This really is a fun thread. Thanks for starting it,
Richard! 

Many (but not all) of these "party" records fall into the
so-called frat rock genre, like Double Shot of My Baby's
Love. The line defining the two I suppose is that the
party records do not purport to be "live at so and so"
recordings but evoke a party atmosphere in what is
perceived to be a studio recording. Otherwise I suppose
all live albums would fall in this category. As to
Stewart namechecking Orgasm by John's Children and other
fake live albums - I would go so far as to say nearly all
live albums are fake to one extent or the other. Like the
disclaimer that says "all tracks on this album were
recorded live during the 1974 tour except the bass on
side 4, track 2 which was overdubbed due to a faulty line"
or something like that - nearly all live albums are not
really live, are they? How about those Shangri-Las "live"
tracks? Fake, right? Still, in this category, Orgasm has
to take the blue ribbon!

When it comes to party records, the name Frank Guida has
to be mentioned. My personal favorite of the genre is "If
You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul. Guida did the Gary US
Bonds sides too.

Some definitive party records not mentioned yet:

Shout - Isley Brothers
Mickey's Monkey - Miracles
Here Comes My Baby - Tremeloes
Call Me - Chris Montez


All the best,


Jamie


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Message: 19
   Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 07:54:50 +0000
   From: Simon White 
Subject: Re: Telltales

Steve at wrote on 19/1/02 5:30 am:

> What is the record like? Sweet and poppy??

Steve,

Thanks for the info - of course now I want to see the
movie !

The track  is  actually quite good, almost Motown ,
co-written by Jerry Keller and a blueprint for the Sesame
Street theme !   So, given the movie subject matter ,
highly inappropriate. The vocals sound familiar to me.


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Message: 20
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 23:51:12 -0800
   From: "Ken Levine" 
Subject: Re: It ain't fair

Mike,

Thanks for your observations.  Interesting that you
thought Barry Mann was the primo composer of the Brill
bunch.  Better than even Bacharach?   I certainly agree
that to launch a performing career meant great sacrifice,
travel, luck, and the willingness to guest on Where the
Action Is and do a duet with Paul Revere and the Raiders.
The sense I always got was that Ellie was comfortable
with her career choice but that Barry Mann would have
liked to grab that brass ring.  Wonder how they all felt
in the early 70's when Carole King was riding the
Tapestry wave.

Somebody brought up the two Neils.  Sedaka certainly is a
crowd pleaser in concert and Diamond would score a lot
more points with me if he stopped wearing that stupid
pirate shirt.  You're pushing 60 pal!

Ken


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Message: 21
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 20:02:01 -0000
   From: "John Lester" 
Subject: Re: Kit Kats

Mike Arcidiacono wrote: 

> Since we're on the subject of the Kit Kats, let me point
> out that my friend Tom Moulton remixed the Kit Kats
> material for the 2CD set that came out last year. Tom
> told me he really loves the group, so that job was a
> labor of love for him.

Is that Tom Moulton of Tramps, Disco Trek etc fame.  I
used to buy all his stuff in the 70's


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Message: 22
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 14:19:24 +0000 (GMT)
   From: Rip Gooch 
Subject: Re: Boz Scaggs

Many thanks to Michael Marino for including "Dig" by
Boz Scaggs on his CD Tower list. I was totally unaware
of this new release. Heard just the first two tracks
in Chapters last night. Boz is back on form! Highly,
highly recommended. Can't wait to buy it and hear the
rest. Priorities, y'know ... :o)

Rip G
 


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Message: 23
   Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 11:02:35 -0500
   From: Marc Miller 
Subject: Racey!

Michael mentioned Racey's "Lay Your Love On Me" - they
had another single called "Some Girls" in the same vein,
but was there an LP??? Or any more singles???   I LOVED
this group...kinda sounded like Mud, early Sweet, etc.

Marc


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Message: 24
   Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 11:51:35 +0000 (GMT)
   From: Mick Patrick 
Subject: THE MAJORS

Hello,

Original Message from Justin McDevitt:

> On a summer day in 1962 while lying on the beach,
> transistor radio glued to my ear, I heard Joe give his
> special rock 'n roll imprimatur to a song that draws
> my attention now as much as it did when I first heard
> it. The song is Last Night I Had A Wonderful Dream
> About You by the Majors. A great intro, doo-wop
> harmony and a dynamite sax break in the middle.
> Although I own an original 45 of the record, I would
> like to find a CD compilation on which it is included.

THE MAJORS have their own (very short) CD available on
the Collectables label and I'd bet that A WONDERFUL DREAM
is contained on it. However, I'd recommend buying the 30
track GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN ROCK'N'ROLL, Vol 9 (UK Ace
CDCHD 800) instead. Ace Records are the kings of
compilation CDs and their Golden Age series is hard to
beat. Each volume is annotated and co-compiled by Phil
Spector Story author Rob Finnis. View the full tracklist
at www.acerecords.co.uk Those with a taste for the Kit
Kats/4 Seasons/Raindrops are guaranteed to like the
Majors as much as Justin and I do.

MICK PATRICK


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