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Spectropop - Digest Number 2089

               SPECTROPOP - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!

There are 21 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Top Movie Soundtracks make hit records
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      2. Re: "Hurting Each Other" / "Here I Am"
           From: Simon White 
      3. City Zu "Give A Little Bit"
           From: Mike Bennidict 
      4. Bikinis, Black Denim & Bitchen Sounds
           From: S'pop Projects 
      5. Rhino Girl Group Box
           From: Jim Allio 
      6. Jean Thomas & the Beach Girls
           From: Kingsley Abbott 
      7. Re: Brian Wilson Christmas Album preview
           From: Robert Pingel 
      8. Re: Rhino Girl Group Box
           From: Mick Patrick 
      9. Willie Hutch, R.I.P.
           From: S'pop Projects 
     10. Re: NYC Recording Studios
           From: Mick Patrick 
     11. Re: Rhino Girl Group Box
           From: Michael Robson 
     12. Re: NYC Recording Studios
           From: Alan V Karr 
     13. Re: the Great Nathaniel, and the Magnificent Montague
           From: Phil X Milstein 
     14. Reparata & The Delrons´ CD Review and Rocio Durcal.
           From: Julio Niño 
     15. Re: discography websites
           From: Lyn Nuttall 
     16. Re: NYC Recording Studios
           From: Phil Hall 
     17. Re: Vic Milrose & The Changing Scene
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
     18. Re: "Sold more records..."
           From: ACJ 
     19. Re: The Changing Scene
           From: David Gordon 
     20. Re: the Great Nathaniel, and the Magnificent Montague
           From: Hans Huss 
     21. Re: discography websites
           From: David Gordon 

Message: 1 Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 21:41:29 -0400 From: Paul Urbahns Subject: Top Movie Soundtracks make hit records Here is some information that Spectropoppers may find of interest. We don't normally discuss soundtrack music here, but the theme from the Star Wars album did chart when it was originally issued back in the 70s. Most were best selling albums but I remember hit singles were issued on four of them, five if you count Star Wars as two: Star Wars - John Williams and Meco (1977) Magnificant Seven - Al Caiola - (1961) High Noon - Tex Ritter Love Theme From the Godfather - Andy Williams (1972) I am surprise Dr Zhivago did not make it, but Maurice Jarre is already in the top ten because of Lawrence of Arabia. I would have thought "Lara's Theme" would have given Zhivago an edge in the voting. But this is soundtracks not pop tunes. Paul Urbahns Radcliff, KY British composer John Williams has been honored for his Star Wars soundtrack, which has topped a survey of the greatest movie music of all time. The sci-fi saga beat out competition from classic movie Gone with the Wind and epic adventure Lawrence of Arabia in the poll, conducted by the American Film Institute. Williams was the only artist to triumph in the poll with a hat- trick of movie music favorites--with Jaws and E.T. also featured in the top 15. *The top 10 soundtracks are:* 1. Star Wars--John Williams 2. Gone with the Wind--Max Steiner 3. Lawrence of Arabia--Maurice Jarre 4. Psycho--Bernard Herrmann 5. The Godfather--Nino Rota 6. Jaws--John Williams 7. Laura--David Raksin 8. The Magnificent Seven--Elmer Bernstein 9. Chinatown--Jerry Goldsmith 10. High Noon--Dimitri Tonkin -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 2 Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 21:44:57 +0100 From: Simon White Subject: Re: "Hurting Each Other" / "Here I Am" Flip Ruth Lewis' version of "Hurting Each Other" and you'll find "That Special Way", a song which has Northern Soul overtones. Although it's probably far too pop for most hardened Soul-heads, it appeals to those of us who like a wobbly female vocal over a '60s dance track. Ruth's voice takes an interesting leap of faith up into the unknown at one point during the chorus in the second part of the song. I have here a 'promotion' copy with the date '6-4-66' in pen on the label. But, as any Northern Soul aficionado knows, RCA 'stock' copies are generally more difficult to come by - well in the Northern Soul world they are, so stock RCA 45s are more desirable - a reversal of the general Northern Soul trend. Mickey Stevenson's version of "Here I Am", by sheer coincidence, is set to appear in my "Metropolitan Soul" column of November's 'Manifesto' magazine (subscriptions on 020 8543 4252). The column features UK-only Soul releases, i.e. tracks that have appeared on single in the UK (or occasionally in Europe) and not in the US, or were released on a 45 in the UK before being released in the US. The Northern Soul scene has been the keeper of the flame for Motown for many years (although the non-Northern Soul Motown aficionados are often reluctant to acknowledge that as being true). The huge amount of previously unreleased stuff appearing in the UK has been pretty impressive. Add to that the rescue from obscurity of many many other Soul sides that the US neglected, lost or ignored, and you have a legacy unrivalled in any other musical genre. Mickey Stevenson's 45, while not a dance record as such, does fall into the 'Beat ballad' category and, by virtue of Mickey's pedigree, can be considered a 'Soul' record, although a poppy one. As such, it is sometimes seen listed at 50uk pounds. Toodle Pip ! Simon White -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 3 Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2005 22:39:26 -0000 From: Mike Bennidict Subject: City Zu "Give A Little Bit" Anyone know this group? Heard it for the first time last night. The song was released in 1967 according to the playlist. I assume it wasn't a hit but it was a pretty good. Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 4 Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 19:21:20 +0100 From: S'pop Projects Subject: Bikinis, Black Denim & Bitchen Sounds Anyone out there interested in Annette Funicello, Carol Connors and Shelley Fabares? How about Jill Gibson, Susan Hart, the Honeys, Candy Johnson, Little Pattie, Donna Loren, the Murmaids, Rachel & the Revolvers, Judy Russell or the Surf Bunnies? Maybe girl singers aren't your bag, but guys like Brian Wilson, Gary Usher, Bruce Johnston, Terry Melcher, Joe Saraceno, Phil Sloan & Steve Barri and Gary Zekley are? You need Stephen J. McParland's new book Bikinis, Black Denim And Bitchen Sounds: A Musical Appreciation Of Female Surf, Hot-Rod And Related Recordings 1961-1967. A review has just been added to the S'pop Recommends section. Check it out: Enjoy, The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 5 Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 15:12:41 -0700 (PDT) From: Jim Allio Subject: Rhino Girl Group Box Has anyone seen the Rhino Girl Group Box for a decent discount (i.e., deep)? Jim Allio -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 6 Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 22:21:39 +0100 From: Kingsley Abbott Subject: Jean Thomas & the Beach Girls Ken Charmer: > The Beach Girls track may have recorded another single apart > from "Ski-ing In The Snow". "He's My Surfin' Guy" appears on > a Surf compilation CD but did it ever get a vinyl release, was > there a 'B' side, is it the same group and who were the writers/ > producer? They were two different groups - one West Coast, one East Coast. Jean Thomas was of course involved with the 'Ski-ing' Dynavoice. The other lot were unknown session singers produced by Richard Delvy, probably backed up by members of The Challengers. The B side of He's My surfin' Guy was Bobby's The Boy. Info from Stephen' McParland's wonderful new book Bikinis, Black Denim, & Bitchin Sounds. Proof if proof were needed that it is a pretty essential purchase for many members of this group! Check out: Kingsley -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 7 Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 14:26:13 -0700 (PDT) From: Robert Pingel Subject: Re: Brian Wilson Christmas Album preview Susan wrote: > ... there are five tracks that may be heard in their entirety > when linked from - including the new > song "Chrismasey". Brian's band is very present instrumentally > and vocally - this is NOT a BW-only vocal exercise! The BW fan > community seems to be all over the place in their assessment of > these tracks... What I really don't want for Christmas is Brian Wilson singing "Deck the Halls" and all the other standard holiday fare. The 5 featured tracks seem listlessly arranged, and Mr. Wilson's vocals are completely without nuance. 15 seconds into each song I had the uncontrollable urge to....go to the next cut. Truly dreadful stuff from a great pop icon. Robert Pingel -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 8 Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 20:09:55 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: Rhino Girl Group Box Jim Allio > Has anyone seen the Rhino Girl Group Box for a decent discount? Amazon are knocking it out for $56. That's 20% off. I wonder how much of that is for the hat box? Take a look: Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 9 Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 20:20:21 +0100 From: S'pop Projects Subject: Willie Hutch, R.I.P. Willie Hutch, who co-wrote the Jackson 5's 1970 chart-topper "I'll Be There", died on September 19th, aged 60. An obituary is available at the S'pop Remembers section: R.I.P. The S'pop Team -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 10 Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 20:49:46 +0100 From: Mick Patrick Subject: Re: NYC Recording Studios Greg asked: > In a few weeks I'll be visiting the States for the first time. Apart > from seeing the usual things, the *main* thing I'm excited about > seeing, or finding, are the recording studios in New York where > so much music that I adore has been recorded. I realise a lot of > these studios no longer exist, but I hope to at least try and find > the locations. Phil M: > One of the great studios in Manhattan was the Pythian Temple > Studios ... I've seen Pythian alternately addressed at either West > 18th or West 80th Streets -- big difference ... The address I have is 135 West 70th Street. Pythian Temple was home to Decca Records. The building was designed in the 1920s by architect Thomas Lamb for the Knights of Pythias. The third floor auditorium was transformed into a recording studio early 1940s. I believe it is now an apartment building. Billie Holiday recorded “Strange Fruit” there in 1939, and “Rock Around The Clock” Bill Haley & His Comets was taped there in 1954. Another worth seeking out might be Allegro Sound, located in the basement of 1650 Broadway, almost opposite the Brill Building. It was owned by Charles Brave, and later by Laurie Records. Some of the great records recorded there include "Rag Doll” by the 4 Seasons, “Younger Girl” by the Critters, “Sock It To Me Baby” by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and Tommy James & the Shondells' “Mony, Mony”. Greg, I really do recommend that you read David Simon's excellent book Studio Stories: How The Great New York Records Were Made. It includes a Manhattan street map with many famous studios indicated. Take a look here: Hey la, Mick Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 11 Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2005 00:58:08 -0000 From: Michael Robson Subject: Re: Rhino Girl Group Box Jim Allio > Has anyone seen the Rhino Girl Group Box for a decent discount? Mick Patrick: > Amazon are knocking it out for $56. That's 20% off. I wonder > how much of that is for the hat box? Take a look: > I thought you might like to see the mess that Amazon (UK) have made of the tracklisting for this epic of a forthcoming release. In a warped kind of way, I think I'd prefer this clunkie version to the original; "Terry" by Cilla Black, anyone? Girl Group Sounds: One... [Import] [Box set] Track Listings Disc: 1 1. Needle in a Haystack - The Velvelettes 2. He's Got the Power - The Toys 3. Nobody Know What's Goin' On (In My Head But Me) 4. I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls 5. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby 6. Nothing But a Heartache 7. You Don't Know Me - Little Eva 8. Boys - Four J's 9. Big Bad World 10. Out in the Streets - The Shangri-Las 11. Is It True - Madeline Bell 12. Please Don't Wake Me 13. I'll Keep Holding On 14. Oh No Not My Baby - The Cinderellas 15. May My Heart Be Cast into Stone - The Butterflys 16. Magic Garden - The Marvelettes 17. I Never Dreamed 18. He's a Bad Boy - Maxine Brown 19. Happy, That's Me 20. Dream Boy - Dusty Springfield 21. Try the Worryin' Way - The Cookies 22. I Can't Let Go - Carole King 23. Go Now - Little Frankie 24. You're No Good - The Exciters 25. Opportunity - Jackie DeShannon 26. Life and Soul of the Party - The Fabulettes 27. Break-A-Way - Evie Sands 28. What Am I Gonna Do with You - Bessie Banks 29. He Did It - Dee Dee Warwick 30. Baby That's Me Disc: 2 1. I Adore Him - Irma Thomas 2. Train from Kansas City - Lesley Gore 3. Please Go Away - The Ronettes 4. Let Me Get Close to You - The Chiffons 5. I Have a Boyfriend 6. I'm into Somethin' Good 7. I'll Come Running - The Shangri-Las 8. If There's Anything Else You Want (Let Me Know) 9. When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes - The Shirelles 10. It Comes and Goes - The Chiffons 11. Baby, Baby (I Still Love You) - Earl-Jean 12. Girl Don't Come - Lulu 13. That's When the Tears Start 14. What a Lonely Way to Start the Summertime - The Supremes 15. Don't Drop Out - Donna Lynn 16. One You Can't Have - Sadina 17. I'm Nobody's Baby Now - The Cinderellas 18. You're So Fine - Sandie Shaw 19. When You're Young and in Love - The Blossoms 20. My One and Only, Jimmy Boy - Dolly Parton 21. Friend of Mine - The Honeys 22. Chico's Girl - Reparata & the Delrons 23. Cause I Love Him - Dorothy Berry 24. Bye Bye Baby 25. First Cut Is the Deepest 26. I Won't Tell - Little Eva 27. Egyptian Shumba - The Girlfriends 28. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman - The Geminis 29. Walking in Different Circles - Girls 30. Hideaway - Mary Wells Disc: 3 1. Trouble with Boys 2. Lookin' for Boys - Tracey Dey 3. Dream Baby - The Tammys 4. Condition Red - Starlets 5. Should I Cry [Alternate Take] 6. I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) 7. I've Been Wrong Before 8. Love's Gone Bad - The Flirtations 9. Nightmare 10. She Don't Deserve You 11. Will You Be My Love - Cher 12. Take Me for a Little While - The Goodees 13. Funnel of Love - Jackie DeShannon 14. I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy - The Ikettes 15. Terry - Cilla Black 16. Untrue Unfaithful (That Was You) 17. Sophisticated Boom Boom - Whyte Boots 18. Saturday Night Didn't Happen - Ellie Greenwich 19. Don't Ever Leave Me 20. Don't Forget About Me - Evie Sands 21. Wanna Make Him Mine - Wanda Jackson 22. Only to Other People - What Four 23. Big-Town Boy - Twinkle 24. Daddy You Gotta Let Him In 25. After Last Night - Goodies 26. How Can I Tell My Mom & Dad 27. Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye - Reparata 28. Up Down Sue - Connie Francis 29. When I Think of You - The Shirelles 30. Good, Good Lovin' Disc: 4 1. When the Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too) - The Cookies 2. Don't Drag No More 3. I'm Afraid They're All Talking About Me - Shirley Matthews 4. That's How It Goes - The Satisfactions 5. Some of Your Lovin' 6. Peanut Duck [#] - The Lovelites 7. Thank Goodness for the Rain - Darnells 8. Steady Boyfriend - Luv'd Ones 9. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' 10. I Know You Love Me Not 11. Whatever Happened to Our Love - Julie Driscoll 12. Heart 13. I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You - Maxine Brown 14. He Makes Me So Mad 15. I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face - Syreeta Wright 16. Crying in the Rain 17. We Don't Belong - Dusty Springfield 18. You Don't Love Me No More - Carole King 19. Hey, Tell Me Boy 20. Brink of Disaster - Marie Knight 21. Who Do You Love - Brenda Lee 22. I'm 28 - Lesley Gore 23. They Never Taught That in School - The Sapphires 24. Dressed in Black - Toni Basil 25. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya 26. Every Little Bit Hurts [Del-Fi Version][Version] - The Pussycats 27. Mister Loveman - The Ribbons 28. Make the Night a Little Longer - Brenda Holloway 29. Mixed Up, Shook Up, Girl [Live][Live] 30. Good Night Baby clunk click every flip, Michael Clunkie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 12 Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2005 02:05:52 -0000 From: Alan V Karr Subject: Re: NYC Recording Studios The Pythian Temple was located at 135 West 70th Street. American Decca used the ballroom as a recording studio. Now it's condos. Looky here for some kool snaps: regards, Alan V. Karr -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 13 Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 15:41:11 -0400 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: the Great Nathaniel, and the Magnificent Montague Hasse Huss asked: > Now all I'd like to know is, who was the Great Nathaniel? I am willing to bet $20 that the Great Nathaniel was one of the many pseudonyms of the journeyman R&B DJ Magnificent Montague. As writer, producer, label "executive" and/or performer M.M. many, many records during his career, but, as virtually all of them were done pseudonymously, he has never (to my knowledge, at least) properly discographied. The best clue to Montague's involvement with a particular record, however, is that he liked to mix-n-match variations of his, his wife's and occasionally their son's names in two or more places within the label information. Montague's birth name was Nathaniel Montague; his wife's name was Rose Catalon; and their son was Martin Montague. (For the record in question, the presumption is that he used "Great" as a synonym for "Magnificent.") Thus, for example, "Nathan Catalon," under which the 1959 recitation "Lost Teen-Ager" on Mercury (71397) was credited, was actually M.M. Furthermore, the backing vocalists on that session, billed there as "The Keys," were actually the Chicago (where M.M. was based at the time) group The Magnificents. Led by Johnny Keyes (the record's flip, "Tucumscari," is credited to "John Key & His Keys"), The Magnificents were created and named by Montague, who located and trained the other singers to support Keyes and, together, to work on some sessions for Montague. Keyes and the group later went off on their own, still using the Magnificents name with M.M.'s blessing. (Find both sides at my Probe site: ; and see if you can spot the fun "typo" in Montague's recitation.) Records he cut under the name "Magnificent Montague" include: Dore 511: Lou May / The Beard (1958) Era 1069: The Breather / Ta Ta Do Way (1958) Minit 32035: This Is Soul / I Too Am An American (1968) As simply "Montague: Vee Jay 167: Yours And Mine / Where Is My Mother (1956) Were "The Montagues" another of his groups? If so, add: Early Bird 1002: School Rock / Teenagers Are Really Hep* (19??) Keen 4025: Chinese Rock** / I'm Happy (1958) *anyone have this one?! **presumably not the Heartbreakers/Ramones song As "Great Nathaniel": Van 101: Lost / Soul (1961) As ³Nathaniel² (although poss. a diff. artist by that name): Morning Star 509: Summertime / When Will I (19??) There are doubtless many more; for instance, he produced and released (on the essentially one-shot Pure Soul label) The Packers' classic "Hole In The Wall," an L.A. session despite the group (essentially Booker T. & The MGs) being all Memphis-based players. Just yesterday I finished reading M.M.'s memoir, "Burn, Baby! Burn!" (w/ Bob Baker, 2003, Univ. of Ill. Press), and am now prepared to give it my highest recommendation. Montague is (he was alive as of the book's publication, but I'm not sure that he still is) a complex and fascinating cat, and his book seems to capture him in a most candid frame of mind. He doesn't come off as an especially ingratiating guy, but his love for the music he played is genuine, and in fact he was close friends with Sam Cooke, who comes off in the book as someone who could all but walk on water (a depiction I've never seen seriously disputed, despite being at odds with the known facts of his fatal night). Although there is plenty of good records-and-radio talk throughout the book, and it adds a valuable set of first-hand accounts to the historical record of prime-era soul and R&B, "B.B.B." is equally the story of M.M.'s other abiding passion, which is collecting books and other artifacts of black American history. Over three-plus decades of serious fieldwork, Montague amassed what may have been the world's predominant personal collection of such materials, and it is a blast for the record collector to recognize his own kind, of a sort, as Montague describes, for instance, locating a copy of Booker T. Washington's 1906 biography of Frederick Douglass amid a pile of mildewed magazines in a secondhand shop in Long Beach. "Mint condition. Mine. I still get goose bumps remembering that find," he notes. A surprising aspect of "B.B.B." is that not only Montague acknowledge having accepted payola throughout his radio career, he does so without shame, and goes so far as to explain the process he developed for doing so, which essentially laundered the cash through a complex scheme of barter and sale deals. At one point he explains that his radio jobs (many of which were lease deals, where he'd lease the station's time, and go out and sell his own ads) were, financially at least, not the end but the means to the end, in other words that the REAL cash was in the payola. Tsk over that all you want, but at very least his stories of how he swung his various deals involve such major players as Vivian Bracken (principal of Vee Jay), Berry Gordy, Ahmet Ertegun, and even Augie Busch, the principal of Budweiser swillery. The book's title comes from the rallying cry made famous during the summer 1965 Watts riots. "Burn, baby! Burn!" was a phrase Montague had invented several years before, and brought with him when he started on L.A. radio in February of '65. Long since associated with incendiary street violence and/or guerrilla revolution, its original meaning referred only to the peaceable "burn" of great soul grooves. M.M. even introduced a "burn line" to his program, a sort of predecessor of today's "shout-outs" in which listeners would phone in a brief greeting, with the word "burn" somewhere included. Montague's fans understood what was meant by it, but after the phrase was abruptly co-opted during the riots its dissemination to the mainstream its true nature was inevitably lost. This fact left Montague more disappointed than anything, yet he eventually sought to place great distance between him and it, and only in recent years accepted it enough to revisit the story for his book. Almost unique to the autobiography genre, "Burn, Baby! Burn!" is virtually cliche-free. It is the self-portrait of an original and iconoclastic thinker, who was much more fundamental to the development of soul and R&B music than most people -- well, me at least -- ever realized. Also unique to the genre is the fact that, as an historian himself, Montague's book includes a comprehensive index! Your local library may very well have a copy, or there are a number available, some of them priced in he $10 region, through Dig, baby! Dig, --Phil M. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 14 Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 20:51:15 -0000 From: Julio Niño Subject: Reparata & The Delrons´ CD Review and Rocio Durcal. Hola everybody. First of all I would like to thank Ray Otto for the extraordinary review about Reparata & The Delrons´ brand new compilation . I enjoyed it a lot. The compilation is fantastic. I love the pictures included in the luxury booklet. And talking about pictures, I would also like to thank Hasse Huss for posting the photo of Teddy Vann. Continuing with vintage portraits. A couple of days ago I spent some time looking at pictures of teen idols of the late fifties and early sixties. I realize that they attract me so powerfully because time impregnated them with a varnish of unreality. I´m rather inclined to daydreaming ,and it´s easier for me to use them for my tortuous fantasies without the interferences derived from perceiving them as real persons. This morbid feeling is the subject of a Spanish ye-ye song I like very much, "Cartel de Publicidad" (advertising poster) a rather obscure song by Rocio Dúrcal, Phillips 1967. It was composed by the Spanish beat group Los Brincos, which also accompanied Rocio in the track. It was one of the songs included in her movie "Buenos días Condesita" (good morning little countess). In the song Rocio obsesses and falls in love with a face she sees in a advertising poster. I going to try to post "Cartel de publicidad" in musica as a homage to the parallel world that those images create in my imagination. Have a nice weekend. Chao. Julio Niño. PS: Al Quaglieri mentions the CBS Building in Manhattan. Some friends of mine that are architects, refers to it as "The Darth Vader Building". I love that building. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 15 Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 21:40:51 -0000 From: Lyn Nuttall Subject: Re: discography websites Al Quaglieri replied to Country Paul who had asked: > Anyone else know of amazing labor-of-love reference sites like > the discography sites I mentioned? I have a list of such sites in this section of my Links page: Lyn -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 16 Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 19:10:07 -0000 From: Phil Hall Subject: Re: NYC Recording Studios Al Quaglieri wrote: > The first Hit Factory was somewhere on W. 48th Street. Then it > moved to 237 W. 54th Street, into the former Bell Sound Studios. > Don't know what's left there to see, structurally. Not much. It's right near Broadway and 54th, and it's just down the block from the dance studio and Studio 54, and sort of across from Gold's Gym, where I worked out when I was in town 5 weeks ago. None of the buildings in the block look all that intersting from the outside, but you can't tell what's inside the Brill Building or 1650 Broadway by looking at the outside, either. Phil H. -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 17 Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 15:32:55 -0400 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Vic Milrose & The Changing Scene Davie: > The Changing Scene single's from roughly 6/70 presumably issued > at the same time as their album. There's a Fontana single from '69 by a group called The Changing Scene but I don't know if it's the same group as on Avco. The Fontana single was produced by Dan Oriolo, co-written by Oriolo and Bobby Flax. If either of those names crops up on the Avco album (which I've never seen) I think we can safely take it they're the same group. As Lyn pointed out, there is a Don Oriolo song on the Changing Scene Avco album. He is also listed as the arranger and conductor for this album, which was recorded at Regent Sound Studio in New York. In all, there are three Vic Milrose songs on the Changing Scene album. There are some other Spectropop figures among the songwriting credits on this LP (English-Weiss, Tony Romeo, Mark Barkan). The album is pretty tame until the final cut on side two (the Oriolo track). Things get rather psychedelic, psychotic, and... umm... interesting then. Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 18 Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 00:01:11 -0400 From: ACJ Subject: Re: "Sold more records..." Ray: Actually, if I remember the ad right, it said that one of Slim Whitman's singles - "Rose Marie," I think - was at the top of the British charts for longer than any single by Elvis and the Beatles. ACJ "Optimism works. It is more useful than pessimism." - E.Y. Harburg U.P. GROOVES!: OR -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 19 Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2005 10:55:02 -0000 From: David Gordon Subject: Re: The Changing Scene I wrote: > There's a Fontana single from '69 by a group called The Changing > Scene but I don't know if it's the same group as on Avco. The > Fontana single was produced by Dan Oriolo, co-written by Oriolo > and Bobby Flax. Lyn Nuttall: > Could that be Don Oriolo? Don it is - can't read my own handwriting :) Thanks to Jeff and your goodself for the additional info. on the Changing Scene - another minor mystery partly solved. Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 20 Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 04:19:09 -0700 (PDT) From: Hans Huss Subject: Re: the Great Nathaniel, and the Magnificent Montague Phil X Milstein wrote: > I am willing to bet $20 that the Great Nathaniel was one of the > many pseudonyms of the journeyman R&B DJ Magnificent Montague. Phil, I thank you for your wonderful and exhaustive reply. I'm heading out into cyber space to find a copy of "Burn, Baby! Burn!" right away... Hasse Huss -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- Message: 21 Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2005 11:06:29 -0000 From: David Gordon Subject: Re: discography websites Not a website as such but there are extensive discographies for the Amy-Mala-Bell group and all their distributed labels in the files secton of the Yahoogroup I set up: Subscribe: There's also a second group which covers related labels such as Madison, Mr. Peacock and Private Stock: Subscribe: Davie -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]------------------- SPECTROPOP features: End

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