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  • From: The Spectropop Group
  • Date: 05/12/98
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           Volume #0083                        May 13, 1998
          Demonstrated at all dealers the 28th of each month
    Subject:     East Coast Beach Music
    Sent:        05/11/98 11:14 pm
    Received:    05/12/98 12:19 am
    From:        Richard Globman,
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Dave brought up a subject so dear to this 'ole heart of mine:
    >This subject has always fascinated me. The Carolinas have 
    >always fascinated me. I think the aficianados of beach music 
    >have great reason to be proud, because they have adopted music 
    >that suits them based on feel and quality rather than strict 
    >genre or image requirements. Like pornography, beach music is 
    >hard to define but somehow identifiable.
    Ah yes...shag dancing at The Pad at Myrtle Beach or The 
    Peppermint Beach Club at Virginia Beach, Billy Ward & The 
    Dominoes on the jukebox, The Tams playing at Emerald 
    all comes back to me now.
    East Coast beach music is not just the music and the dance, 
    it's really a culture. Since 1980 the clubs along Main Street 
    at North Myrtle Beach (Ocean Drive in the old days) have an 
    S.O.S. (Society of Stranders) week.. sort of a massive re-union
    for all of us who used to frequent the area back during the 
    Civil War. S.O.S. weeks are in April and September and the 
    crowds have grown to over 20,000 per week.
    Back in the late 60's and into 1972 I was a part-time performer
    with one of the bands who played that circuit and I can still 
    remember the ultra-cool shag dancers, the cold PBR's, and the 
    air conditioning which never seemed to work.
    Among the bands on the circuit were The Tams, Maurice Williams 
    and The Zodiacs, The Catalinas, The Embers (this year 
    celebrating 40 years together), Billy Scott & The Georgia 
    Prophets, Bob Meyer & The Rivieras, and maybe a few more.
    The Tams and of course The Zodiacs ("Stay") had some hits which
    cracked the Billboard charts but mostly their music was geared 
    specifically for the east coast crowd.
    Over the past couple years I have sent some tapes to some of 
    the members on this is great stuff.
    DICKYG....Rhondels forever
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    Subject:     Re: Sukiyaki
    Sent:        05/11/98 10:40 pm
    Received:    05/12/98 12:18 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    For an English version of this song, check out Bobby Vee's 
    LP "30 big Hits of the '60s."
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    Subject:     Richard Addrisi
    Sent:        05/12/98 12:36 am
    Received:    05/12/98 1:38 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    >Jamie wrote:
    >>Next Tuesday at the BMI Pop Awards Richard Addrisi will be 
    >>given the Seven Million Performance Award for co-writing 
    >>Association's "Never My Love."
    You mentioned Richard Addrisi. Most people never heard of him 
    and his brother.
    Did you ever wonder what the Everly Brothers might have sounded
    like had they been from a family of New England trapeze artists 
    instead of Kentucky country singers? Or if they had been 
    discovered by Lenny Bruce instead of Chet Atkins? That was the 
    Addrisi Brothers.
    They moved to LA in the '50s to audition for the Mickey Mouse 
    Club. Not being as cute as Annette, they lost the audition, but
    got involved instead in the LA music scene, especially as 
    practiced by Chan Romero and by the Carlos Brothers (the Del-Fi
    connection). Don Addrisi had a music degree, and the two became 
    song writer/performers. In 1958, they were the youngest act to 
    play Las Vegas.
    The Addrisi Brothers recorded with the Wrecking Crew. They 
    auditioned (and rejected) pre-Monkees Davy Jones and Mickey 
    Dolenz for Valiant, but auditioned and hired the Association. 
    They wrote and recorded the theme to Nanny & the Professor. 
    They created the theme music for ABC TV's fall promotion spots 
    in 1968. They appeared on My Three Sons and on Bandstand.
    And they wrote and recorded a modest (#62) national hit, "
    Cherrystone," which led to dozens of recordings released on 
    Brad, Del-Fi, Imperial, Pom Pom, Warner Brothers, Valiant, 
    Columbia, Buddah, and Scotti Brothers records.
    They composed the hit "Never My Love," which they recorded, 
    then gave to the Association to try. Eventually, the tune was 
    recorded over 300 times,  Today, that song gets radio play over
    1,000 time a day, mostly by the Association, making it the 
    second most played song in history after "Yesterday."
    Don died of cancer in 1984, but Brother Dick still writes for 
    movies and television.
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    Subject:     The Association
    Sent:        05/13/98 12:45 am
    Received:    05/13/98 12:46 am
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Jeff Glenn, wrote:
    >Hey, Jamie, why haven't they put out the Association LP's out 
    >on CD in Japan? After all WB in Japan reissued all four Harpers
    >Bizarre LP's in the early 90's. And it would be nice if someone 
    >(maybe even WB) would issue a good 2-CD anthology on the 
    >Association, licensing their first 45 ("Babe I'm Gonna Leave 
    >You" on Jubilee Records in 1965 - yeah, the same song that Led 
    >Zeppelin recorded in 1969, and a good version of it too) and 
    >carrying on through their Elektra 45's (and please include the 
    >vocal tour-de-force "Over the Persian Gulf," the B-side of the 
    >second Elektra 45 in 1981).
    Funny that Sagittarius and Yellow Balloon are reissued In US 
    but Association is generally unavailable. I guess by virtue of 
    their chart success Association are regarded as one step away 
    from bubblegum even today, while minor acts like Flowerpot Men 
    and Left Banke are available and highly lauded by fans and 
    critics. With the current pop resurgence in alternative slowly 
    creeping into mainstream, perhaps the interest in successful 60's 
    artists will increase. I think artists such as Fifth Dimension, 
    Spanky & Our Gang and Association should have a more comprehensive 
    CD catalog available.
    Anyway, it's worth thinking about. Association early catalog 
    re-release would surely sell enough copies to justify the 
    release, even if sales were in relatively limited numbers. I'll
    post again if I can find anything out.
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    Subject:     Peter and Gordon
    Sent:        05/12/98 5:19 am
    Received:    05/12/98 6:46 am
    From:        Doc Rock, docroXXX@XXXXXXom
    To:          Spectropop List,
    Does anyone know if Peter and Gordon LPs have been reissued on CD?
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