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New Query from a Radio StationA radio station in Pennsylvania has sent us an email that they've acquired 4 acetate demos. One is identified with the label "Jackie DeShannon - Franklin Street."
The other 3 are labeled: He's Gonna Be Somebody-Screen Gems
When This Little Girl Gets Through-Screen Gems
Whatever Happened to our Love--no markings. (This one is not the Avons version. It is slower and has fewer production elements.)
These came from a stack of demos found in a closet at Muhlenberg College, a part of their old 1960s record library.
Anyone have a clue? If so, email Webrocker!
Do you know the answers? More Queries!From time to time we get inquiries about girl groups we know nothing about, and even Googling will not help! Donna Price of California asks, "What were the names of the members of Tammy and the Carolinas? Has anyone heard of them and know who they were?"
We know only of one single, "You Took Me for Granted," backed with, "I Don't Wanna Play in Your Yard," which appeared on Larson Records in 1961. The song was written by Glen Larson, who was a member of the Four Preps singing group.
They backed up Ricky Nelson, but in his spare time, he wrote TV scripts. That proved to be his claim to fame, as he became well-known for creating many popular TV series, including "Battlestar Galactica," "Quincy," and "Magnum P.I."
Austin Case would like to know more about "Gigi Parker" of "Gigi Parker and the Lonelies."
They had an obscure single in 1964 entitled "Beatles Please Come Back to Me," which has since been released in a CD compilation on Beatle novelty records. After that single, Gigi Parker released a solo song, "Lonely Girl Blue," backed by the Four Seasons.
Who was Gigi Parker? Where was she from? Were the Lonelies an actual band, or a studio backup group? We know they worked with Bob Crewe.
If you know anything about either of these groups, please email me at Webrocker!
Oldies, oldies, oldies!
If you like girl-groups music of the 1960s, there are likely other oldies you like too!
Why not listen to Johnny Galindo's Vinyl Treasures? This fantastic show has an array of great oldies, including rare girl-group music. Listen now!. Or tune in every Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. Central Time/10:00 p.m. Eastern for Top Shelf Oldies for the newest show. You will love it!
Here's a Road Story You Never Heard!
Did you know the Pixies Three toured with the Rolling Stones? Yes, the soft, lifting sounds of the Pixies trio were actually paired on tour with the hard-rocking Stones. Here are some memories of that tour from the group members themselves...
We worked with the Rolling Stones on their first American tour in summer 1964. It was one of those multi-act shows with The Dave Clark Five there, too. Not sure if there were other bands, but there may have been.
The Dave Clark Five was a hit with the audience. Of course, they were dressed in matching outfits and were well-groomed. But the Stones were not well-received by audiences and were panned by the media. Their look was new and strange to the audience, we'd guess, and their music was a harder rock than Americans were used to.
We hung out with the Dave Clark Five, since they were our ages, and cute and fun to be with. The Stones kept to themselves, usually behind closed doors. You can imagine, given the times and the fact that they were older, that their offstage persona was as foreign to us as their onstage performance.
Actually, it was the only group we ever worked with that ignored us. Maybe they were embarrassed about their reviews. They were fairly successful in the UK at that time and were surprised not to receive the kind of welcome that the Dave Clark Five got.
Of course, we all know this was short-lived, as the Stones returned to the U.S. in the fall of 1964 and were treated like gods by the media and the public. They were just ahead of their time for their look. And their sound became de rigueur for rock bands after them. At that time, none of us would have ever guessed they could become rock icons, popular even 40 years later!
Aretha: A Diva Sings Diva-Worthy ClassicsRecently released is Aretha Franklin's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. No surprise the diva would sing within her own genre, but make no mistake, these are other diva's songs. Well, she throws in at least one of her own.
Aretha lends her inimitable buttery-rich gusty voice to remakes like:
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
At Last - Etta James
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Survivor - Destiny's Child
No One - Alicia Keys
You Keep Me Hanging' On - Supremes
I'm Every Woman -- Chaka Khan (which turns into a medley with "Respect")
People - Barbra Streisand
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
While "People" is clearly stretching it (and a bit much for Aretha to handle), "Nothing Compares 2 U" was a complete mistake. The New York Times agreed. You'll want to listen for yourself and see what you think of Aretha's redos.
The description of Aretha's life story sounds like the beginning of a juicy novel: Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice.
But make no mistake, it's not fiction.
A recent New York Times story tells the fascinating tale of how David Ritz, author of an earlier Aretha biography, re-tooled the material with total honesty and new information to make the new-and-improved saucy biography of Aretha released in October, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin (Little Brown Co., $30, 520 pages).
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