SWEEPING TWO YEAR,
17-PART SERIES ON THE
PHIL SPECTOR SOUND!
PRODUCED BY SPECTOR
ALONG WITH SO-CALLED
SPECTOR SOUNDALIKES -
THAT IMITATED HIS
MAJESTIC STUDIO CREATIONS.
the lead vocals deep in the mix beneath dense layers
of orchestration. Spectorian touches included double
tracked vocals, groups of musicians playing identical
instruments in unison, girl group backing singers,
clacking castanets and use of an echo chamber
at Hollywood's Gold Star Studios.
hit making assembly line, using his ground-
breaking Wall of Sound studio techniques
to produce records for his roster of artists
which included the Righteous Brothers,
the Crystals, Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx
and the Blue Jeans and the Ronettes.
this magnificent video which uses rare footage
as they sing "You, Baby," a song from their first
and only studio album released late in 1964.
If your grandchildren ever ask you what was
so great about the 60s, play this clip for them.
Maybe then they'll understand what we had.
IF YOU CAN WATCH THIS VIDEO
MISTY EYED... YOU WEREN'T THERE
AND I TRULY WISH YOU HAD BEEN!
this would be it. "Gonna Make Him My Baby"
is a smashing girl group sound by April Young,
a little known singer who shoulda been a star.
The 45, produced by Jerry Ross, is a prime
example of the East Coast Wall-of-Sound
that imitated what Phil Spector was
doing in his studio on the West Coast.
Released in the spring of 1965, April's super cool
record somehow missed the the national chart, but
it spread like wildfire up and down the East Coast.
#27 on WARM
#36 on WSBA
#53 on WMCA
New York City
#3 on Portugal's list of the
Top 10 Girlpop/Girlgroup
Songs of the 60's
musicians in popular music history.
The following video takes you inside
Hollywood's Gold Star Studio as
It's November 1964 and Phil Spector and
The Wrecking Crew are laying down the
rhythm track for the Righteous Brothers'
If this doesn't give you chills and fever,
cranked up the reverb and tried to imitate
the popular Spectorian style. Like that
April Young platter, many of these
records and I have collected
them for you in this series.
to the sheer power of Jody's performance as she performs "Magic Town," a Barry Mann - Cynthia Weil song that Bubbled Under for Jody at Christmas 1965 and brushed the top 20 for the Vogues three months later.