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Spectropop - Digest Number 384

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There are 13 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Spectropop - Digest Number 384:

      1. Anglos 'Incense'
           From: "Keith Beach" 
      2. Re: Marshmellow Highway/Hank Shifter/Byzantine
         Colley/Dick and DeeDee/Lost Jukeboxes/Laurie 45's
           From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
      3. That man Kokomo
           From: "Charles G. Hill" 
      4. Upstate NY
           From: Mike Anderson 
      5. Genevieve Gilles- THE REAL STORY!!
           From: Charles Ellis 
      6. Re: Upstate NY
           From: Thomas Taber 
      7. Re: Keith Colley
           From: "Den Lindquist" 
      8. Re: Five for 88 cents
           From: "Javed Jafri" 
      9. Brill Tone or A List CDs in Stock???
           From: "DJ Steve" 
     10. Re - Kokomo
           From: Richard Havers 
     11. It's no joke!
           From: "Keith Beach" 
     12. It's a syn
           From: Michael Rashkow 
     13. Re: Bessie Banks
           From: Michael Rashkow 


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 08:22:38 -0000
   From: "Keith Beach" 
Subject: Anglos 'Incense'

In the mid 60s, Stevie Winwood, whilst still in the
Spencer Davis Group, released a fabulous single 'Incense'
under the name The Anglos. Anyone seen it issued on a CD?
My vinyl copy hasn't got a groove left.

keith beach 

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Message: 2
   Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 12:00:58 -0500
   From: "Mike Arcidiacono" 
Subject: Re: Marshmellow Highway/Hank Shifter/Byzantine Empire/Keith 
         Colley/Dick and DeeDee/Lost Jukeboxes/Laurie 45's

> From: "Jeffrey Glenn" 
> And I haven't forgotten about compiling a list of cool
> Laurie 45's from the late 60's (it'll actually be some 30
> 45's from 1965-71).  I'll post it in a day or two.
> Jeff

Hey Jeff....when you do the Laurie List, could you also
include what CD from  your Lost Jukeboxes collection each
song came from? 


Your Friend,


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Message: 3
   Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 17:10:23 -0600
   From: "Charles G. Hill" 
Subject: That man Kokomo

Paul Payton observes astutely:

> "Asia Minor" is credited to the uninomial Kokomo on
> Felsted. (Bet that's not on his birth certificate!)

Would you believe Jimmy Wisner?

And weirdly, Kokomo's "Asia Minor" LP got reissued on CD
(Taragon 1048) a couple of years back.  The liner notes
>from said LP describe him as "eccentric and very moody",
especially, I suspect, if you tried to guess who he was.
Wisner had recorded some material under the Jimmy Wisner
Trio name for Felstead earlier.

I assume everyone knows that this melody originated with
Edvard Grieg....

        Charles G. Hill  |  
Onion rings to bring them all, and in the oil fry them.

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Message: 4
   Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 19:16:00 EST
   From: Mike Anderson 
Subject: Upstate NY

Pauyl Payton  writes:
> I don't have a business-based answer, but "Eggs" was #1
> all across upstate New York, a stubbornly independent
> market in the mid 60's with lots of huge regional hits
> unknown elsewhere (such as Wilmer & The Dukes, The
> Rising Sons and the Rockin' Rebels of "Wild Weekend"
> fame, which broke on local label Shan-Todd way before it
> went national on Swan).
IIRC, "Wild Weekend" was originally recorded as the radio
theme song of Tom Shannon, when he was at WKBW in Buffalo
("50,000 watts of power. Heard in 17 states and 4 nations!",
or so they said). 

I've been trying to track down a copy of another regional
hit in  Western New York in the mid 1960s: "Thing of the
Past" by the Tweeds. Anyone know whether this is
available, and where?

Mike Anderson 

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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 00:35:42 -0000
   From: Charles Ellis 
Subject: Genevieve Gilles- THE REAL STORY!!

Michael Rashkow writes:

>  Mick Patrick wrote:
> > Perhaps there's a tale to be told about HELLO, GOODBYE
> > by GENEVIEVE GILLES, released on 20th Century Fox in
> > 1969 and produced by MIKE RASHKOW and ELLIE GREENWICH.
> > What else is there to tell, Mike?

> Genevieve Gilles--oh boy. That's a hot one. I'll need
> to check a few basics before beginnning... Hang in
> there, I believe it will be worth the wait--not X rated
> but certainly interesting. 

I know the real dirt on the "lady" - she was a French
"protegee" of 20th Century-Fox chairman Darryl F.
Zanuck, and was his de facto mistress during the late
60s- early 70s.  This record, and the film it came out
of was part of Mr. Zanuck's latest attempt to make one
of his many mistresses a big star, following in the
footsteps of Bella Darvi, Juliette Greco (who was
already famous in Europe when Darryl met her and hated
his "starmaking" schemes), and Irina Demick (who had
the ONLY female role in Mr. Zanuck's production of "The
Longest Day"!)  To make a long story short, the movie
was a flop, and Ms. Gilles was soon dumped by Mr.
Zanuck on his son's bequest when Darryl returned to the
USA ( and Mrs. Zanuck!) in the early 1970s.  After
Darryl Zanuck died, Ms. Gilles failed in her attempt to
sue the estate. (BTW, she was profiled in "People" in
1979 at the height of the palimony suit!)  Believe me,
this is ALL TRUE, LOL!!!  There's a great bio on the
Zanuck dynasty by Mel Gussow that may still be in print,
and gives a LOT of dirt on Genevieve Gilles!!!      

Charles Ellis 

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Message: 6
   Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 18:05:19 -0800 (PST)
   From: Thomas Taber 
Subject: Re: Upstate NY

> I've been trying to track down a copy of another
> regional hit in Western New York in the mid 1960s:
> "Thing of the Past" by the Tweeds. Anyone know whether
> this is available, and where?

I'd try to contact Mike Silverman at 3 Cindy Lane in
maybe Williamsville NY? - a long time Goldmine

I also agree with whoever said Bobby Vee is
under-rated - his "More Than I Can Say" was a regional
hit only, and I love "How Many Tears Can You Cry " 
Tom Taber

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Message: 7
   Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 22:53:07 -0500
   From: "Den Lindquist" 
Subject: Re: Keith Colley

Re: Keith Colley..I would love to hear the original
version of "Shame, Shame". Please put it out to musica,
if you can.


----- Original Message from Jeffrey Glenn 

> > a January, 1968 Columbia remake of "Enamorado" (as
> > overplayed as the original is understated) backed with
> > "Shame Shame" which Colley wrote and was a hit for the
> > Magic Lanterns (Atlantic). This last is produced by Gary
> > Usher, but only a requirement for completists IMO.

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Message: 8
   Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 23:51:38 -0500
   From: "Javed Jafri" 
Subject: Re: Five for 88 cents

> When I was in high school, some of the local department
> stores (Grant's, Kresge) had bargain tables in their
> record departments, where you could buy a
> plastic-wrapped set of five 45 rpm records for 88 cents.
> The series was labelled "Hits You Missed."

Yes I remember buying one of these packages at a store
called Savettes in 1969. These were deleted singles and
with a hole punched on the label I think. I remember
three of the five singles I got in the package. Heroes
and Villains/The Beach Boys, Can't You See Me Cry/New
Colony Six and Heaven Must Have Sent You From Above/The


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Message: 9
   Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 01:21:53 -0500
   From: "DJ Steve" 
Subject: Brill Tone or A List CDs in Stock???

Anyone know where to get these comps???


DJ Steve

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Message: 10
   Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 06:51:20 +0000
   From: Richard Havers 
Subject: Re - Kokomo

Hi All

some info from my files........if anyone is interested


Hits			1
Weeks on Chart		1

Kokomo was the pseudonym for classically trained pianist
Jimmy Wisner (b.8.12.31 Philadelphia). The graduate of
Temple University had formed a jazz trio in '59 and
backed Mel Torme amongst others.

He had the idea to 'rock the classics' not original, but
as often happened with these records it was a one off
idea that worked. He played the melody of Greig's Piano
Concerto and he did it in A minor, hence the singles
name, Asia Minor. Unable to get a release through any
established label, big or small, Wisner decided to start
his own label, Future Records. It became a local hit and
soon got a national release through London subsidiary
label, Felstead. It made No.8 in America in spring '61
and No.35 in Britain. Wisner had adopted the Kokomo name
to protect his jazz reputation, and at the time of the
singles release he never gave an interview or had a
picture published. There were four more singles during
'61 and the start of '62 but none even got close to
making the charts; in Britain the only other single
released was his fourth US release.

Wisner did not return to jazz, he stayed in mainstream
pop, arranging and producing. Amongst the records he
worked on were Len Barry's 1-2-3, The Cowsills, The Rain
The Park and Other things, as well as several by one of
the quintessential harmony groups of the '60's, Spanky
and Our Gang. Wisner also co-wrote the Searchers last UK
No.1, Don't Throw Your Love Away.

London HLU 9305	Asia Minor/Roy's Tune	1961 35
London HLU 9497	Journey Home/Like Teen	1962

Best Wishes


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Message: 11
   Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 08:19:28 -0000
   From: "Keith Beach" 
Subject: It's no joke!

In case you missed it, a new 'cheap' airline was launched
in Britain yesterday. It's a subsidiary of British Midland
Airline and is called...absolutely TRUE!...wait for
it...BMiBaby...pronounced 'Be my baby'.

My head is exploding trying to come up with gags about
Ronnie Spector and cheap thrills...........

keith beach 

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Message: 12
   Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 10:35:29 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: It's a syn

In a message dated 2/12/2002, spectropop writes:

> > (...), but the credits of the Monkees' fine 1967 LP
> > Pisces, Aquarius... credits Micky Dolenz and Paul
> > Beaver as playing Moog synthesizer (...). Walter Carlos'
> > Bach LP came out in '68, and the Bunnies presumably
> > recorded after that.


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Message: 13
   Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 21:14:50 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: Re: Bessie Banks

In a message dated 2/12/2002, Lindsay Martin writes:

> In "Poor Man's Son" the Berries ....
> Q. Is the composer on this one Al Dante???
> and also writes
> I hesitate to raise it again, but for me Bessie Banks
> makes The Moody Blues sound like a bunch of schoolboys
> with her original of "Go Now",

Agree 100%! And...I'm pretty sure Bessie Banks was the
sister in law of Ross Anthony (Tony) May who engineered
many fine records incl: Isley Brothers "It's Your Thing" 

Trivia is as trivia does. One man's trivia is another's
golden nugget.


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