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  • Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002

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                   Radio Caroline - The all day Music Station
    There are 24 messages in this issue of Spectropop.
    Topics in this Digest Number 378:
          1. Re: The Peels
               From: "Lindsay" 
          2. Re. Jerry Samuels
               From: Richard Havers 
          3. Re: Alley Oop Cha-Cha-Cha
               From: bryan 
          4. Aki Aleong, Master Thespian
               From: "David Feldman" 
          5. Re: The Peels
               From: "Nick Archer" 
          6. Diane Renay
               From: Ronnie Allen 
          7. Re: Rock Flowers
               From: Patrick Rands 
          8. Re: Rock Flowers
               From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
          9. Re: Rock Flowers Number Wonderful
               From: simon white 
         10. Re: The Archies
               From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
         11. Bananas
               From: Simon White 
         12. Re: Spector ........ Jack
               From: "Den Lindquist" 
         13. Re: Spector ........ Jack
               From: "Ian Slater" 
         14. Re: Spector ........ Jack
               From: Patrick Rands 
         15. Beetle Rekkids
               From: James Botticelli 
         16. Superdupers
               From: Peter McDonnell 
         17. Dora Hall
               From: Doc Rock 
         18. RE: Bananas
               From: Andrew Simons 
         19. Re Bananas
               From: Richard Havers 
         20. RE: Bananas  [and other fruits ].
               From: Simon White 
         21. Times Square, Alpert, Spector and more
               From: "Paul Payton" 
         22. The Liquid Room-2/32002
               From: "David Ponak" 
         23. Re: Spector ........ Jack
               From: "Ken Levine" 
         24. Peels...
               From: "Kingsley Abbott" 
    Message: 1
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 11:14:50 -0000
       From: "Lindsay" 
    Subject: Re: The Peels
    Guy Lawrence wrote:
    > tell me something about The Peels
    Hoo-hah!  I recently added to a small thread on this
    topic over at the rec-dot-etc-etc-60s newsgroup, where
    someone identified the Verdi aria heard in the chorus of
    "Juanita Banana" as "Caro Nome" from "Rigoletto".
    Someone else even offered the startling information that
    there was a "Juanita Banana Part 2", which featured
    Bizet's "Carmen". That I have never heard, but would
    dearly love to.  (A Peels greatest hits was also
    "JB" is a joyous piece of novelty pop.  My 45 is on the
    Karate label, KA522, and was produced by Charlie Fox.  I
    long assumed this to be Charles Foxx, but later realised
    I had no reason to make such an assumption.  The B-side
    is a deadpan throwaway called "Fun", the entire lyrics of
    which are "Everybody have fun".
    One more thing: I remember "Juanita Banana" being used on
    one of those comedy "cut-in" records: you know, the ones
    where a newscaster is reporting on something like an
    alien invasion and the interview bites are all bits of
    current pop songs?  No doubt some aficionado here will be
    able to identify it; I guess it was around 1966.
    And (I'm nearly finished) "Juanita Banana" was apparently
    a much- covered song in non-English speaking countries. I
    don't have the details at my fingertips, but a poke
    around Google or Winmx using "Juanita Banana" as a search
    term will turn up some varied results.
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    Message: 2
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 09:04:28 +0000
       From: Richard Havers 
    Subject: Re. Jerry Samuels
    This is some info that have have worked up over the years
    on Napoleon XIV....anyone have anything to add or subtract
    or correct? If not I share it for what it is. The info on
    weeks on chart etc applies to the UK
    Napoleon XIV
    Hits 1 
    Weeks on Chart 10
    When the so-called 'sicko single' They're Coming To Take
    Me Away Ha-Haaa! hit the charts in August '66, the
    identity of the singer was a mystery. It was eventually
    revealed that the producer, composer, engineer and singer
    was 28 year old, father of two, Jerry Samuels. Samuels did
    not want to go on the road to promote or perform, so 21
    year old business administration and public relations
    graduate Richard Stern undertook all the tours and stage
    work after the record's success. Despite the single
    reaching No. 3 in the States and No. 4 in Britain the
    follow-up, I'm In Love with My Little Red Tricycle, with
    effects by Bobby Gosh, failed to even trickle into the
    When Stern toured the U.K. as Napoleon XIV his British
    backing group T.D. Backus & The Powerhouse walked out
    after one gig and were replaced by Trendsetters Limited.
    Said Backus: "musically we just didn't speak the same
    language, frankly it was a load of rubbish!" Stern
    retorted "They didn't walk out, I fired them!"
    Napoleon's only album included such extraordinary titles
    as Photogenic Schizophrenic You, The Place Where the Nuts
    Hunt the Squirrels and Let's Cuddle Up In My Security
    During the chart run of They're Coming To Take Me Away
    Ha-Haaa, which was banned by Radio Caroline, the stars
    were asked for their comments on the allegedly sick record,
    after various newspapers decreed that it joked about
    mental health. Their response was probably indicative of
    what any cross section of the British population thought.
    Ken Dodd "I like listening to it", Crispian St Peters
    "Disgusting really", Alan Price "It's a bit sick to make
    fun of mental illness", and Georgie Fame "It sums up the
    whole American thing". Pye Records however replied: "If
    people listen they'll find it's all about a dog!"
    Kim Fowley also released a version of the song but it was
    Samuels, who was actually a composer of melodious songs
    like As If I Didn't Know and The Shelter Of Your Arms for
    Sammy Davis JR, who took the honours. Samuals had released
    a song called Puppy Love in '56 but it failed to arouse
    any interest.
    Warner Bros. WB5831    They're Coming To Take Me Away
    Ha-Haaa/ Aaah-Ah Yawa Em Ekat Ot Ginmoc Er'yeht 1966	 
    4 Warner Bros. WB5853     I'm In Love With My Little Red
    Tricycle/Doin' The Napoleon    1966
    Best Wishes
    [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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    Message: 3
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 01:14:10 -0800
       From: bryan 
    Subject: Re: Alley Oop Cha-Cha-Cha
    > 'Interesting' Don's claim that their version was first. I
    > wonder what Gary Paxton would say?!
    I don't know if this is all that interesting, but recent
    talk about Paxton and Dante & the Evergreens reminded me
    of a story I have heard about a single that was released
    on Del-Fi's Edsel imprint in November 1960. It was called
    "Alley Oop Cha Cha Cha".
    This single was attributed to a made-up group called The
    Prehistorics, who were essentially Kim Fowley & Gary
    In Oct.1960, Bob Keane had signed Fowley and Paxton to a
    production deal, and their assignment was to record an
    "Alley Oop" knock-off. Fowley and Paxton traveled to New
    York, where they reportedly got Bobby Spencer (who wrote
    "Let the Little Girl Dance" and bass singer Arthur Crier
    (of The Chimes) to help out with the vocals.
    Fowley co-produced the track with Paxton, who played
    guitar while Skip Battin played bass. According to
    Fowley's account of it, in an interview he did for the
    L.A. Reader, he and drummer Sandy Nelson, got "drunk as
    skunks, bashed empty bottles and wastepaper baskets while
    Paxton drawled out the very same lyrics to the "Alley Oop"
    hit, except this time, everyone added the Cha cha cha's."
    The b-side was a totally different vocal track that Keane
    had recorded but hadn't released, called "Oh Blues," by
    Chuckie Chandler & the Chandeliers. The next day, Keane
    got on a train and took the completed song to
    Philadelphia to give it to the program director at the #1
    station in Philly. He also dropped off a cassette to
    Jerry Blavat, "The Geator With The Heator," a local
    deejay who had helped break Ritchie's "Come On, Let's Go"
    in Philadelphia.
    "Alley Oop Cha Cha Cha" (Edsel 779) didn't sell, but it
    was possibly a mixed blessing as I understand the owners
    of the "Alley Oop" comic strip took legal action against
    versions of the song which they considered infringement. 
    Word is that an out-of-court settlement was eventually
    That's the story I've heard, anyway.
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 4
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 04:55:39 -0500
       From: "David Feldman" 
    Subject: Aki Aleong, Master Thespian
    On 8 Feb 2002, spectropop wrote:
    > Thanks to all who came forth with info about Aki Aleong. 
    > I had no idea he was an actor! If you want to hear one of
    > the craziest records ever made, find a copy (yeah, right)
    > of Sheriff & The Revels "Shombolar" which I believe he
    > wrote.
    If you want to see how extensive his acting career has been,
    in both movies and television, check out his Internet Movie 
    Database credits:,+Aki
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 5
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 05:49:16 -0600
       From: "Nick Archer" 
    Subject: Re: The Peels
    > One more thing: I remember "Juanita Banana" being used on
    > one of those comedy "cut-in" records: you know, the ones
    > where a newscaster is reporting on something like an
    > alien invasion and the interview bites are all bits of
    > current pop songs?  No doubt some aficionado here will be
    > able to identify it; I guess it was around 1966.
    the song was "Batman and His Grandmother", by Dickie
    Goodman. I can [play it] if anyone wants to hear
    Nick Archer
    Nashville TN
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    Message: 6
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 06:58:24 EST
       From: Ronnie Allen 
    Subject: Diane Renay
    To all Diane Renay fans .....
    I'm happy to report that Diane has bounced back from her
    recent illness which forced the cancellation of my
    recently-scheduled January 17th live interview hour with
    her which was to be heard on a Bucks County PA radio
    station and the Internet. 
    I've scheduled another interview show with her to be
    heard next week. 
    This show will be on a DIFFERENT station from the
    previous one and will cover substantially more ground.
    This coming Wednesday evening (February 13) from 9 PM to
    Midnight E.S.T. on the Internet-only station M-PAK Radio
    I'll be presenting a special THREE-HOUR interview show
    featuring 60's recording star Diane Renay. This will
    kinda be a musical "This Is Your Life" covering more than
    thirty years of her recording career! And for the most
    part we'll be moving in chronological order. 
    [ time zone converter:
    Diane will talk about and I'll be playing her hits "Navy
    Blue" and "Kiss Me, Sailor" plus many selections from her
    new double-CD "Diane Renay Sings Some Things Old And Some
    Things New", many of them not played on my previous
    interview show with Diane from last December 6th. But
    unlike that show we'll ALSO be featuring songs from her
    original now-out-of-print "Navy Blue" LP plus a few
    hard-to-find Renay rarities. Included in this show will
    be Diane's "tough girl" recording of "Watch Out Sally"
    and the pre-"Navy-Blue" hard-to-find single "Tender" and
    "A Dime A Dozen."
    And here's a special note. Toward the end of the first
    hour Diane will tell the story of a harrowing experience
    in which she, along with a couple of other well-known
    recording stars, almost became instant legends. Most
    Diane Renay fans do not know this story. It's a moving
    story that up-to-now was known for the most part only by
    members of her family and others close to her.
    As an added bonus Diane and I will be giving away as
    prizes four copies of her double-CD. If you've emailed me
    previously with the subject "Make Me Eligible" you are
    AUTOMATICALLY ELIGIBLE to win this time around. If you
    haven't yet done so but would like a chance to win this
    coming Wednesday evening please e-mail me at
     at any time prior to the show
    with the subject line "Make Me Eligible" and please
    include your name and address. 
    The show will be heard exclusively on the internet on
    MPAK-Radio. You can hear it using either of the following
    this is the home page; click on "Streaming by Warp" on
    the upper-right to listen
    this gets you directly into the broadcast itself.
    I sincerely thank those of you who have commented publicly
    and privately about my previous interview show with Diane
    >from last December 6th. In terms of music and interview
    content this three-hour special will be much more
    comprehensive than that one and Diane has told me it will
    in fact be the most extensive radio interview show she
    has ever done. Many of the songs included will be in
    response to your requests.  
    Ronnie Allen
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    Message: 7
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 08:44:08 -0500
       From: Patrick Rands 
    Subject: Re: Rock Flowers
    ---- On Thu, 07 Feb 2002, Don Charles wrote:
    > Here are the songs from the two Rock Flowers albums:
    > ROCK FLOWERS - Wheel STEREO WLS-1001
    > You're My Kind Of Music
    > You Shouldn't Have Set My Soul On Fire
    > Uptight World
    > Shake It, Wake It
    > Heaven Help The Non-Beleiver (great Toni Wine ballad)
    > Sunday Dreaming (also cut by The Shirelles)
    > Mother You, Smother You
    Here's a simple Rock Flowers question - did the Supremes
    also do Mother You, Smother You?
    And one fun fact: The Polly Browne group Pickettywitch
    covered the Rock Flowers song Number Wonderful - and
    Polly mentions in the cd liner notes how the Rock
    Flower's version of the song did better than her's in the
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 8
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 10:13:24 -0500
       From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
    Subject: Re: Rock Flowers
    Is there anyone in Spectropop Land that can make me a CDR 
    of the SECOND Rock Flowers LP?  I have lots of stuff to 
    trade, and will give more than I get!!
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 9
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 14:39:54 +0000
       From: simon white 
    Subject: Re: Rock Flowers Number Wonderful
    Patrick Rands wrote on 8/2/02
    > And one fun fact: The Polly Browne group Pickettywitch
    > covered the Rock Flowers song Number Wonderful - and
    > Polly mentions in the cd liner notes how the Rock
    > Flower's version of the song did better than her's in the
    > UK,
     Jay and The Techniques did a version as well .
    It was nearly a U.K. hit in  the mid 70's.
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 10
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 10:08:09 -0500
       From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
    Subject: Re: The Archies
    "Don Charles" wrote:
    > Which issue of Goldmine has Ron Dante saying [they
    > performed as the Archies]?  What's the name of the
    > article?  Who wrote it?  What exactly is the quote? 
    > Which photos from Laura's website are you talking
    > about?
    Don, I don't keep the issues. It was a few years ago,
    that's all I know.
    Laura.....PLEASE chime in here and tell Don about the
    photos on your website.
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 11
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 14:39:55 +0000
       From: Simon White 
    Subject: Bananas
    Nick Archer wrote on 8/2/02:
    > the song was "Batman and His Grandmother", by Dickie
    > Goodman. I can [play it] if anyone wants to hear
    > it.
    Good grief ! This may have solved a twenty odd year
    mystery for me !
    I  hung on to this single because of one of the snippets
    and I reckon this must be it. I remember hearing it as a
    kid and I never knew what it was ! I must dig it out and
    play it. Of course then I'll need to have Juanita....
    And on the subject of Bananas was The Charmolettes
    " Yes We Have No Bananas " ever a 45  ??
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    Message: 12
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 07:41:52 -0500
       From: "Den Lindquist" 
    Subject: Re: Spector ........ Jack
    ----- Original Message from Peter Lerner
    > Back around 1964/65, the pirate radio ship Caroline
    > used to broadcast...Nightly at hour long
    > show recorded in New York by a DJ called Jack Spector,
    > who played brilliant US 45s otherwise totally unheard
    > over here. These formed the staple part of my record
    > collection at that time. 
    > My question - who was Jack Spector? Was this his real
    > name? Was he any relation? I'll tell you, his shows
    > were great.
    Jack Spector (I pretty sure that was his real name) was
    no relation to Phil, and was a New York City DJ for many
    years beginning in the 1950s. He was one of the legendary
    "Good Guys" on WMCA radio during the heyday of AM top-40
    personality radio in the 60s. He would finish an airshift
    with his famous closing line: "Look out street, here I
    In the late 80s, Jack S. still worked in radio in the NYC
    area, and died in the middle of an airshift. This tragedy
    was cruelly parodied on-the-air by Howard Stern, who
    changed "look out street" to "look out floor".
    I didn't realize Jack Spector did any music programming
    for Radio Caroline. If anyone has more info on this, I'd
    like to hear more about it. I'd love to know what songs
    he included on this programming.
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 13
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 17:49:10 -0000
       From: "Ian Slater" 
    Subject: Re: Spector ........ Jack
    "Peter Lerner" wrote:
    > who was Jack Spector? Was this his real name? Was he any
    > relation? I'll tell you, his shows were great.
    He also had a show on Friday nights on Radio AFN - the
    American Forces Network, which was aimed at US troops
    based in Europe. I think this show started up before the
    days of the pirate ships. It was the best show we could
    get in Britain at the time - the first place to hear new
    US records - often the ONLY place. Reception was awful -
    the best way to hear it was to drive to a local hill-top!
    Non -British readers may be puzzled at the existence of
    off-shore pirate radio stations and the other desperate
    measures we had to take to hear pop records. This was
    because there was NO commercial radio here - the BBC had
    a total, legally-enforced, monopoly. Worse, the Beeb was
    greatly limited by the trade unions as to the amount of
    recorded music it could play ("needle time"). Not only
    was it hard to hear new records, but home-grown artists
    could make (usually dreadful) cover versions of new US
    hits and have the advantage of better exposure by
    performing them on live radio and TV shows, thereby
    evading the needle-time restrictions which limited
    exposure of the original records.
    Perhaps I could start a debate by querying whether this
    gave UK artists a boost which contributed to the British
    I'd too would love to hear more about Jack Spector,
    though I'd be surprised if he is related to Phil, or to
    Abner for that matter!
    Ian Slater
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    Message: 14
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 13:08:57 -0500
       From: Patrick Rands 
    Subject: Re: Spector ........ Jack
    > My question - who was Jack Spector?
    Here's a link about Jack Spector:
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    Message: 15
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 16:38:59 EST
       From: James Botticelli 
    Subject: Beetle Rekkids
    In a message dated 2/7/02 Spectropop writes:
    >DJJimmyBee wrote:
    >> Is there someone here knowledgable enough to print up a
    >> discography of Beetle rekkids? I would love to know just
    >> how many were made.
    >Do you have half a lifetime to read said list, never mind
    >listen to them all? :-)
    I'm not talking about Beatle Rekkids...but phony ones by
    phony groups posing as the original Fab Four , sometimes
    referred to as Beetle Rekkids.
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 16
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 13:22:12 -0800
       From: Peter McDonnell 
    Subject: Superdupers
    First posting for me: I have a record album I bought in a
    Sears tire shop in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. when I was
    maybe eight years old, which would be around 1967, and
    it's a collection of songs and instrumentals named for--
    or are about--popular comics and pop culture characters.
    There's no date on the sleeve or the label; the label
    bears a logo, "Design records": underneath the logo is
    written "Pickwick International, Inc." The address on
    back of the sleeve is Long Island City, 01 , New York. The
    credit on the label reads "The Super Record of Super
    Heroes Played by the Super Dupers" 
    Side one: 1.Batman & Robin  2.The Phantom 3.The Shadow
    4.Flash Gordon 
    Side two: 1.March of Tarzan 2.Captain Marvel Jones
    3.Mickey Mouse March 4.The Green Hornet
    The songs are not throw-aways. There are some very clever
    lyrics and some very cool mid-60's garage-band rave-ups
    here."Batman & Robin" is not the TV show theme, but an
    original tune that I've never heard anywhere else. "Flash
    Gordon" is hilarious and totally rockin'. The
    instrumentals ("Phantom", "Shadow", "Tarzan" "MM March"
    and "Green Hornet") are basic, but they all cook! What's
    very strange to me is that "Captain Marvel Jones" (sample
    lyric: "He's the Southern Super-mayan!..ya ought to hear
    them scream and holler when they hear him say:
    'SHAZAM-Y'ALL!'") sounds dead on like Leon Russell on
    vocals. Of course when I bought it nobody knew who Leon
    Russell was, but it's of course easy to pick out his
    voice, and I know he used to do a lot of session work for
    people like Gary Lewis and The Playboys around this time.
    Anybody know anything at all about this record? I'd love
    to know some background on it.
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 17
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 16:55:26 -0500
       From: Doc Rock 
    Subject: Dora Hall
    I sent off for a rock and roll 45 (artist unidentified)
    >from Solo cups in the '60s. Turned out, it was a Dora
    Hall record. I was also made the Dora Hall Fan Club
    President for my city!
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 18
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 19:08:15 -0000
       From: Andrew Simons 
    Subject: RE: Bananas
    Yum yum, everybody... Didn't Eddie Cantor popularise
    "Yes! We Have No Bananas" ?   Too, there's the Slim
    Gaillard ditty, "Banana Skins are Falling" or sommink
    like dat.  But my faves are
    Yes, We Have No Bananas
    Mulberry Fruit Band (Anders-Poncia-Perry prod)
    Buddah BDA1
    Juanita Banana
    The Peels
    Karate 45-522A
    and for a troll down High Camp Street...
    Banana-What a Crazy Fruit!
    Rusty Canyon with the Banana Boys
    Teenerama TE 1001-X
    Somehow, apple records just aren't as interesting.
    -Andrew Simons
    British Library National Sound Archive
    -----Original Message from Simon White
    > Nick Archer wrote on 8/2/02:
    > > the song was "Batman and His Grandmother", by Dickie
    > > Goodman. I can [play it] if anyone wants
    > > to hear it.
    > Good grief ! This may have solved a twenty odd year
    > mystery for me !
    > I  hung on to this single because of one of the snippets
    > and I reckon this must be it. I remember hearing it as a
    > kid and I never knew what it was ! I must dig it out and
    > play it. Of course then I'll need to have Juanita....
    --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]--------------------
    Message: 19
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 22:18:16 +0000
       From: Richard Havers 
    Subject: Re Bananas
    >From: Richard Havers 
    Subject: The Rock Machine
    > Slightly....oh well, very off topic, but can any British
    > Spectropopper tell me the track listings for The Rock
    > Machine Turns You On and Rock machine I Love You.
    Here's the track listings for them 
    Side A
    1. I'll be Your Baby Tonight - Bob Dylan
    2. Can't Be So Bad - Moby Grape
    3. Fresh Garbage - Spirit
    4. I won't Leave My Wooden Wife For You, Sugar
       - The United States of America
    5. Time of the Season - The Zombies
    6. Turn on a Friend - The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
    7. Sisters of Mercy - Leonard Cohen
    Side B
    1. My Days are Numbered - Blood Sweat & Tears
    2. Dolphin Smile - The Byrds
    3. Scarborough Fair / Canticle - Simon & Garfunkel
    4. Statesboro Blues - Taj Mahal
    5. Killing Floor - The Electric Flag
    6. Nobody's Got Any Money in the Summer - Roy Harper
    7. Come Away Melinda - Tim Rose
    8. Flames - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
    Side A
    1. More and More - Blood Sweat & Tears
    2. Stoned Soul Picnic - Laura Nyro
    3. Stop - Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper
    4. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - The Byrds
    5. Somebody to Love - Grace Slick & the Great Society
    6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major 2nd Movement 
       (from the lp Switched on Bach)
    7. That's No Way To Say Goodbye - Leonard Cohen
    Side B
    1. America - Simon & Garfunkel
    2. My Name is Jack - John Simon
    3. See To Your Neighbor  - The Electric Flag
    4. Excerpt from "The Tahiti" - Don Ellis & His Orchestra
    5. Ball and Chain - Big Brother & the Holding Company
    6. Time - Dino Valente
    7. A Lot of Love - Taj Mahal
    .....and on the subject of bananas
    'I like bananas because they have no bones' by the
    Hoosier Hot Shots from 1935
    or Bo Carter's 'Banana in your fruit basket' from 1931
    and last but....
    Banana man blues (I don't want that thing) from Memphis
    Minnie 1934
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    Message: 20
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 23:53:54 +0000
       From: Simon White 
    Subject: RE: Bananas  [and other fruits ].
    Strangely enough I bought another fruit related single
    today , no Bananas involved [ at least I don't recall
    them getting a mention ] but " Peaches and Pears " -
    Gaynor Jones -- U.K. production on  Decca.
    It sounds like it was written for Eurovision but failed
    to make the grade. Yes, it's that bad but in a
    ....fruity kind of way.
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    Message: 21
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 18:48:23 -0500
       From: "Paul Payton" 
    Subject: Times Square, Alpert, Spector and more
    It seems every Spectropop dispatch presents me with more
    "homework." Thank you all - I'm grateful.
    >From Aki Aleong great things grow! Now I've gotta see
    what I have by him in my dusty files. And I didn't know
    The Untouchables became the Alley Cats on the way to
    being Africa! (Thanks, Martin!)
    Simon White wrote re: Dora Hall:
    > they were "vanity projects'. What amazes me is the
    > sheer scope of recording styles....
    Wow - I guess so. And "Hello Faithless" was credible if
    not great. I'll check the site you recommended
    BTW, did she sell any records on any kind of hit level?
    Marc Miller wrote:
    > If you want to hear one of the craziest records ever
    > made, find a copy (yeah, right) of Sheriff & The
    > Revels "Shombolar" which I believe [Aki Aleong] wrote.
    He did indeed. I think it was reissued on the revived
    VeeJay label a few years back on a compliation CD; it's
    also currently available on Volume 1 (COL-5172) of the
    amazing 10-volume "Memories of Times Square Record Shop"
    Memories CD's on Collectibles, spelled as "Shombalor."
    (The same volume also features the equally crazy "Bila"
    by the Versatones, and the Elchord deliciously obscene
    "Peppermint Stick," a New York classic originally on the
    oxymoronically-named Good Records.) This primarily
    doo-wop collection is a major part of the soundtrack of
    my youth; I used to hang out in Slim Rose's wonderful
    little hovel below Times Square at least a couple of
    times a month from 1960-62 just soaking up the sounds of
    the high-priced collectors' sides I wished I could afford.
    They did, however, have 45's as cheap as a penny apiece,
    and I'd come home with hundreds of "hot hunches" (I'd
    heard of it, it looked interesting, cool label, known
    writer or producer, etc.) and find a couple of gems among
    them. One all-time favorite fine - actually for years my
    nominal favorite in my entire collection - is a
    transcendent A&M 45 (#714) credited to Dore Alpert called
    "Dina." "Dore" (note the name: same as the Teddy Bears'
    label, same as Herb's son) was actually Herb singing an
    exquisite slow 6/8 ballad with gorgeous modulations, a
    dramatic pause, and a magnificently sour trombone. A true
    undiscovered masterpiece, I know of no reissues, but it's
    the only record of which I own 3 copies.
    Martin Roberts wrote:
    > 'Interesting' Don's claim that their version [of Alley
    > Oop] was first. I wonder what Gary Paxton would say?!
    With the Adler & Alpert production credits and a "known"
    writer on an established label owned by an old-line
    industry pro, I'd give the probable nod to Dante & the
    Evergreens - but of course I can't be sure.
    By the way, the Untouchables' title is "Raisin' Sugar
    Cane" and (1) it's beautiful and worth searching for
    (wish I had the equipment to post it for you); and (2)
    it's one of the first pop records to deal with an
    understated but yet present racial theme - field
    hands?/tenant farmers?/slaves? in the cotton fields. A
    Now, about Herb & Lou's Pr & Wr "Poor Boy Needs A
    Preacher" - under that name? What label, please? Reissued
    anywhere? Sounds great!
    Re: Jerry Samuels, I have the Napoleon XIV album, too.
    I've always found that the best and most enduring
    "novelty" records have some underlying depth that makes
    them greater than they are. Examples: - "...Split Level
    Head" - maybe it was what I was smoking when I first
    heard it in the 60's, but as it breaks down into
    overdubbed dementia it really grabs me. Coincidentally, I
    just heard it again on WFMU, and it still bears listening.
    - Larry Verne's "Please Mr. Custer" (Era, 1960) - think
    about this poor shlub going into battle with the
    foreknowledge we now have. Also, the actual song,
    stripped of the novelty vocal, is a simple yet beautiful
    minor melody. And in a related mode..... - Linda Laurie,
    "Ambrose, Pt. 5" (Glory, 1959) - "Ambrose," she says,
    "it's so dawk heah in the subway tunnel." Yeah, that one.
    But beneath the comedy reading is a nifty little jazz
    Peter Lerner asks who Jack Spector was. "Your main man
    Jake" was no relation to Phil, but was a perpetual
    personality on NYC rock radio covering many decades. Best
    known as a WMCA Good Guy, I believe he came from the
    early days of rock on WINS and spent some time on WCBS-FM
    as well; I know there's a lot that brief description
    misses. I'm glad he could cut loose on Radio Caroline, as
    all DJ's were eventually very limited by format
    restrictions in New York, where a tenth of a rating point
    could mean 100,000 listeners. He died a couple of years
    ago while doing mornings at WHLI on suburban Long Island
    - had a heart attack while he was on the air! Radio
    friends who knew him said that's probably the way he'd
    have wanted to go. I wouldn't be surprised if you found
    an obituary for him online at the New York Times site.
    Thanks to all to have suggested off-list ways to better
    listen to musica; will work on the system this weekend!
    Country Paul
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    Message: 23
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 12:20:08 -0800
       From: "David Ponak" 
    Subject: The Liquid Room-2/32002
    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 
    Exciting news: The Divine Comedy (performing acoustic as
    a duo) will be coming to Los Angeles. The 2 shows at
    Largo on Feb. 19 are sold out, but there's an additional
    show at The Knitting Factory on Feb. 21, at 8PM (early
    show.) Listen to The Liquid Room this weekend to win
    The Liquid Room-2/3/2002
    1. The Association/Come On In
    Birthday (WB)
    2.Neos/Original Untitled
    Schema Livello Uni (Schema-Italy)
    3.The Cyrkle/There's A Fire In The Fireplace
    Red Rubber Ball (Sundazed)
    4.Marizane/Sad Foolish Robot
    Hypercube Sideshow
    5.The Termites/Tell Me
    Girls In The Garage (Romulan)
    6.The Revillos/Rev Up
    Rev Up (Captain Oi-UK)
    7.Mike Sheldon/Joanne
    Mike Sheldon (Le Grande Magistery)
    8.Peggy Lee/Hard Days Night
    On The Rocks Vol. 1 (Capitol)
    9.Pulp/The Trees (Felled By I Monster)
    The Trees (single) (Island-UK)
    10.Meyba B. Beauty/The Chamber Of Dreams
    Informacio Y Turismo (Siesta-Spain)
    11.Richard Hayman/The Girl From Ipanema
    The Genuine Electric Latin Love Machine (Command)
    12.Pico/Ano Toki
    Pico First/ABC (Kitty-Japan)
    13.Toog/A Secret Son
    Easy Toog For Beginners (Le Grande Magistery)
    14.I Monster/Daydream
    15.The Gunter Hallman Choir/Daydream
    Lounge Legends (Universal Music-France)
    16.The Association/Everything That Touches You
    Birthday (WB)
    17.Gorillaz/19-2000 (Soul Child Mix)
    G-Sides (EMI-Japan)
    18.Gabor Szabo (with the California Dreamers)/The End
    Of Life Wind, Sky And Diamonds (Impulse)
    19.Puffy/Aoi Namida
    Single (Epic-Japan)
    20.Koop/Waltz For Koop
    Waltz For Koop (Compost/Jazzanova-Germany)
    21.The Langley School's Music Project/You're So Good To Me
    Innocence And Despair (Bar None)
    22.Saint Etienne/Erica America
    Good Humour (Sub-Pop)
    23.Rupert Holmes/Who, What, When, Where, Why
    The Epoch Collection (Varese Sarabande)
    24.Cymbals/Stupid Girl
    Respects (JVC Victor-Japan)
    25.Charlotte Leslie/Le Filles C'Est Fait
    Whizzz (Musique Hybrid-Japan)
    26.The Diff'rent Strokes/Is This It
    This Isn't It (7" EP)
    27.J.K. & Co./One Free Soil Strand
    Suddenly One Summer (Sundazed)
    28.Margo Guryan/Hold Me Dancin'
    25 Demos (Franklin Castle)
    29.Flanger/Outer Space Inner Space
    Outer Space Inner Space (Ninja Tune)
    30.Michel Legrand/Le Moulins De Mon Coer
    Anthology (Universal Music-France)
    31.Smokey & Miho/Blue Glasses
    Smokey & Miho (Afro Samba)
    32.The Mamas & The Papas/Glad To Be Unhappy
    All The Leaves Are Brown-The Golden Era Collection (MCA)
    33.Linus Of Hollywood/Goodbye To Romance
    Let Yourself Be Happy (Franklin Castle)
    34.Rolf Kuhn/Paranoid
    New Happy Discoteque (BASF-Germany)
    35.Del Tha Funkee Homosapien/Mista Dobolina
    I Wish My Brother George Was Here (Elektra)
    36.Haruomi Hosono/Super Xevious
    Single (Scriton-Japan)
    37.His Name Is Alive/Nothing Special
    Someday My Blues Will Cover The Earth (4AD)
    38.Jacques Dutronc/Proverbes
    Jacques Dutronc (Vogue-France)
    39.Spookey Rubin/Overkills
    Breakfast (Hi-Hat-Canada)
    41.Chara/Lemon Candy
    Madrigal (Sony Music-Japan)
    42.The Inner Dialogue/I Got To Life
    The Inner Dialogue (Ranwood)
    43.Thu Su Yong/What A Sound
    Asian Takeaways (QDK-Germany)
    44.Plastic D'Amour/La Ficelle
    Plastic D'Amour (Siesta-France)
    45.The Avalanches/Slow Walking
    At Last Alone (Toy's Factory-Japan)
    46.Sunshine Fix/A Better Way To Be
    Age Of The Sun (Emperor Norton)
    47.Roger Nichols & Paul Williams/Out In The Country
    We've Only Just Begun-The Songs Of Roger Nichols & Paul
    Williams (Universal Music-Japan)
    48.Black Box Recorder/The English Motorway System
    The Facts Of Life (Jet Set)
    49. Paul Williams/Mornin' I'll Be Movin' On
    Someday Man (Reprise)
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    Message: 23
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 00:16:45 -0800
       From: "Ken Levine" 
    Subject: Re: Spector ........ Jack
    Jack Spector was one of the "Good Guys" on WMCA in New
    York.  I believe there is a WMCA tribute website that
    offers bios of the disc jockeys. To my knowledge Jack was
    no relation to Phil and has since passed away.
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    Message: 24
       Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 10:25:28 -0000
       From: "Kingsley Abbott" 
    Subject: Peels...
    Guy wrote - 'best song ever about dairy farming'...
    Please, what was the competition??  We should be told! 
    Oh, I do love Spectropop! :-)
    Also I also recall the Jack Spector show on Caroline
    (broadcasting to our eastern region - achhored off 
    Frinton-on-Sea at that stage) - Caroline was largely
    responsible for the fact that most of the band based in
    Essex turned into Harmony bands (Castaways,Symbols and
    many more), as they were, along with Radio London, the
    only place we could hear rare US releases.  Golden days
    Kingsley Abbott
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