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There are 10 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 343:

      1. Re: Fifth Avenue Band
           From: "Michael Greenberg" 
      2. basslines...
           From: "Kingsley Abbott" 
      3. Re: Bass Riffs
           From: "John Lester" 
      4. Re: Roll Right Stones?
           From: Scott Swanson 
      5. Ronnie Spector
           From: John Rausch 
      6. Re: The Brunswick Years
           From: James Botticelli 
      7. Re: The Brunswick Years
           From: Michael Rashkow 
      8. Re: Riff pioneers
           From: "John Lester" 
      9. basslines
           From: Alan Miller 
     10. Re: Riff pioneers
           From: "Keith Beach" 


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 17:03:28 -0000
   From: "Michael Greenberg" 
Subject: Re: Fifth Avenue Band

Kingsley & all - 

I went to school with Peter Galway and Kenny Altman
(later of the Fifth Avenue Band) in NYC's Greenwich
Village.  They were a couple of grades ahead of me.  The
first band I remember them having was called (as I recall)
the Witnesses, Ltd., but they changed the name to The
Strangers to not conflict with Sam Butera's Witnesses.

The Fifth Avenue Band was part of the West Village music
scene that included the Lovin' Spoonful, the Blues Magoos
and other groups that played at the Night Owl Cafe.

Peter was also in a group called Ohio Knox (their CD may
also have been reissued as an import) and I recall there
was some overlap between the personnel in his groups and
Jake and the Family Jewels and a couple of Jake's band
were in the Quinames Band  with Danny Kootch.  Allan
"Jake" Jacobs is one of my all time favorite musicians. 
He was a member of the Magicians with Garry Bonner
(recently discussed on the list) and Alan Gordon, played
for awhile with the Fugs and then went on to some
wonderful recordings under his own name.

In addition to the two Bunky and Jake LP's ("Bunky & Jake"
and "L.A.M.F." originally on Mercury and since reissued
on Japanese CD), the two Jake and the Family Jewels LP's
("Jake & The Family Jewels" and "The Big Moose Calls His
Baby Sweet Lorraine" on Polydor) are filled with great
music.  They also later did a single of "Maybe" and "City
Kids" (a Jake composition) on NRBQ's Red Rooster label.

Peter produced a Bunky & Jake childrens' music cassette
called "oo- wee little children" sometime within the last
decade or so.  He did a bunch of solo LP's and CD's, put
together a various artists CD compilation of Laura Nyro
songs and, as I understand it, now lives on the West

Here are a couple of links worth looking at:

one on Jake:

and one on Peter (he enjoys some popularity in Japan and
played there, along with Jake a few years back):

Peter has a website at

I'm a bit fuzzy on whether or not Kenny Altman did a
solo LP - for some reason I think he might have done one
on Warner Bros, but I may just be thinking of his work
on Peter's first solo LP. I remember he played with John
Sebastian on one or two recordings.

This musical family tree has more roots and branches,
but that'll do for now!

Michael Greenberg

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Message: 2
   Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 14:58:30 -0000
   From: "Kingsley Abbott" 
Subject: basslines...

A good example of an easy repeating bassline carrying a
song well has to be on The Miracles "I Think We Can Make
It", the lead off track on their "Lost And Found" CD of
rarities from 1999.  Recorded in Oct 62, the notes
suggest it was James Jamerson.

Changing the subject, if you get a chance give a listen
to "Autumn Song" by Al Kooper from his recent "Rare/Well
Done" double CD.  He wrote and demoed it in the sixties,
but re-did it for this new collection...very Brian Wilson,
and nice!

Kingsley Abbott

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Message: 3
   Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 00:42:26 -0000
   From: "John Lester" 
Subject: Re: Bass Riffs

  Hans wrote:

  > Perhaps it's time for a poll: The 20 Greatest Pop/Rock
  > Basslines of all time.

Paul Woods offered:

>   The Marvelettes - "Don't Mess With Bill" is a
>   personal favourite.

Try James Jamerson on "A Bird in The Hand (Is Worth Two
In The Bush)." Yeah...that is the bees knees! In

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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 10:19:41 -0800
   From: Scott Swanson 
Subject: Re: Roll Right Stones?

>I found a cover version of the Beach Boy's "I Get Around"
>on Audio Galaxy which is supposedly "The Rolling Stones
>with Brian Jones". Sounds like a bit of studio noodling
>( under two minutes in length) low fidelity but cool
>nothing the less. Does anyone know if this is real thing?

This is the Andrew Oldham Orchestra version, recorded in
1964 and released on the album "East Meets West: The
Famous Hits Of The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons".

I personally doubt that Brian Jones played on it, though.
To my ears it sounds more like Jimmy Page.

Hope this helps,


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Message: 5
   Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 21:12:17 -0500
   From: John Rausch 
Subject: Ronnie Spector

Anyone catch Ronnie on Hollywood Squares ? Guess it
finally aired today?

John Rausch

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 17:42:48 EST
   From: James Botticelli 
Subject: Re: The Brunswick Years

In a message dated 1/8/02, Dave Feldman writes:

> Sidney Joe Qualis ("How Can You Say Goodbye") which
> is a clear, er, homage to Al Green.  Anyone know
> anything about Qualis? 

Not much, but here's what I have on him...He hails from
Jacknash Ark, and he had three songs on the U.S. chart:
Dakar 4530 Where The Lillies Grow reaching #30 on the U.S.
R&B charts on 3.02.74 and staying there about 10 weeks.
The second single, Dakar 4537, hit the charts on 10.19.
74  and was a two-sided hit which in total hit the #47
spot on the American Soul chart. It was called "How Can
You Say Goodbye" bw "I Enjoy Loving You"...Neither record
even grazed the Pop chart. Hope that helps...

JB/Matrix # Weenie today

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Message: 7
   Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2002 18:29:28 EST
   From: Michael Rashkow 
Subject: Re: The Brunswick Years

In a message dated 1/8/2002, Dave Feldman writes:

> The poor Chi-Lites were particular victims, making
> records in the mold of whatever the Temptations were
> doing at the time.
...and getting beat up by Nat Tarnopol and his

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Message: 8
   Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 01:37:11 -0000
   From: "John Lester" 
Subject: Re: Riff pioneers

Billy G. Spradlin wrote:

>  Another favorite Motown Bassline - The Velvelettes
> "A Bird In The Hand (Is Worth Two In the Bush)".
> While the song isnt that exceptional, that bassline
> sucks you right into the groove of the song. (Was
> there ever a Motown 45 recorded in the 60's that just
> plain Sucked??!)

I missed this posting first time round but I agree with
you Billy about the bassline.....but we do differ cos I
actually consider it to be an exceptional song too.  The
girls had a wonderful dance routine to go with it too
which lead singer Cal Street told me, used to send the
audience wild.  Cal demonstrated it for me one day in HMV
in New York (about 72nd street) and she had me excited, I
can tell you.

Did Motown ever make a 45 that sucked....yeah, well I
though that about "Where did our love go"...but hey, who
am I to make judgements!!!

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Message: 9
   Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 04:18:47 -0500
   From: Alan Miller 
Subject: basslines

Giving the "basslines" question a short consideration i
would suggest

The Night - Frankie Valli
reach out in the darkness - Friend & Lover
speaking of happiness - Gloria Lynne
bring down the birds - Herbie Hancock (maybe only just


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Message: 10
   Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 09:53:17 -0000
   From: "Keith Beach" 
Subject: Re: Riff pioneers

John Lester wrote:

>Did Motown ever make a 45 that sucked....yeah, well I
>though that about "Where did our love go"...but hey, who
>am I to make judgements!!!

GASP!!! John's beloved Miss Ross criticised by John
himself...but hey, how about "The Happening", a repellent
bit of music I despise to this day.

Keith Beach

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