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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Volume 4 I'm All Strung Out Over You, Phil Baby!


 Welcome to Part 4 of Echoes

 the series that puts Spector 

 in the spotlight along with 

 producers who imitated 

 his Wall of Sound


 THE DARNELLS 

 (MARVELETTES) 


 MOTOWN MEETS SPECTOR! 

In 1963, lead singer Gladys Horton and her
Motown girl group the Marvelettes recorded
the Holland–Dozier–Holland song "Too Hurt
to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye,"
backed by session singers The Andantes.
It was an attempt by H-D-H to imitate Phil
Spector and his Wall-of-Sound which became
popular the year before on singles released
by the Crystals. This Marvelettes single
was released as by the Darnells and
sounded a lot like the Crystals
hit "Then He Kissed Me."


I have a theory about long, cumbersome song titles.
In most cases records with long titles don't perform
as well as those with short, catchy titles.  The only
other way to explain why this great Marvelettes
release performed so poorly is the curse of the
Kennedy assassination, a phenomenon that sank
many fine recordings. "Too Hurt to Cry" had the
misfortune of being released in October 1963
and landing on the Bubbling Under chart the
day after JFK was killed. It never made it out
the Bubbling Under basement. When you hear
this groovy great, you'll know it was hitworthy!

 "Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye" 
 The Darnells (Nov. 1963, highest chart pos. #117) 





 THE CRYSTALS 

If you're confused about the Marvelettes making
records as the Darnells and sounding like the
Crystals, now hear this. It's Darlene Love and
her girl group the Blossoms, Phil Spector's
heavily used West Coast session vocalists,
singing the Barry Mann - Cynthia Weil
song "He's Sure the Boy I Love," a
single released by Spector and
credited to the Crystals!


Spector did the same thing with the Gene Pitney
penned "He's a Rebel," the Crystals biggest hit.
Darlene and the Blossoms recorded the song
but it was released as a Crystals record. Why
did Phil Spector do that? Because he could. :)
Here's a better answer. The East Coast based
Crystals were busy touring and unavailable for
West Coast studio work. Spector recognized
a hot song in "Rebel," learned that Vikki Carr
was getting ready to record it and saw the
chance to beat her to it and score another
Crystals hit. Spector called upon his secret
weapons, Darlene Love and the Blossoms,
had them cut the vocal track and marketed
the single as the latest from the Crystals.
Raising the specter of more deception from
Spector, here, in name only, are the Crystals!

 "He's Sure the Boy I Love" - The Crystals 
 (February 1963, highest chart position #11) 






 NINO TEMPO 

 AND APRIL STEVENS 


Nino Tempo was a member of Phil Spector's group
of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.
Nino and his sister April Stevens recorded duets
and had early 60s hits with "Deep Purple,"
"Whispering" and "Stardust."


In late summer of 1966 the duo came storming back
with their greatest career recording, the Spectorian,
self composed "All Strung Out." The song was
originally offered to the Righteous Brothers
and seemed ideal for Bill and Bobby, but for
some reason they passed on it. Nino and April
recorded it themselves but had problems getting
the right sound and feel. They enlisted studio
vet Bones Howe to fix it in the mix and he did,
creating a Wall of Sound masterpiece.


In this rare color clip from August 1966,
April and Nino performed their new single on
The Lloyd Thaxton Show. Music journalist
Richie Unterberger calls "All Strung Out" the duo's
"greatest triumph" and "one of the greatest
Phil Spector-inspired productions of all time".

 "All Strung Out" 
 Nino Tempo and April Stevens 
 (Sept./Oct. 1966, highest chart pos. #26 
 Live on The Lloyd Thaxton Show August 18, 1966) 





 BARRY MANN 


As a recording artist, Barry Mann, one half of
the Brill Building husband and wife songwriting
team of Mann and Weil, was a one-hit-wonder.
Lucky for us Barry and Cynthia focused on their
writing. One of the greatest Mann-Weil songs
was "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" which
they recorded as a demo intended for the
Righteous Brothers. Instead Red Bird
urged Mann to release it himself.


Eric Burdon and the Animals beat Mann to the
punch and gained a top 20 hit in the U.S. and
top 5 UK. "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"
was a song for many occasions. It worked
at grad night dances and it was embraced
by homesick soldiers in Vietnam.


The Animals got the glory but Barry Mann's
original version is a monster that bowls you
over with a thundering Wall-of-Sound!

  "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" - Barry Mann 
 (August 1965, released 2005 on CD compilation 
 Before They Were Hits or We Did It First!!!! Vol. 3





 THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 

The Righteous Brothers' single "Ebb Tide" was
hot in the Shady in December 1965 when I was
still a Dell newbie. The powerful ballad played
on the jukebox several times a night all winter
long, earning it the #80 position on my list of
The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell.


Written in 1953, "Ebb Tide" has been recorded by
many artists including Frank Sinatra, the Platters
and Lenny Welch, but the version released by
the Righteous Brothers was most successful.
Listen to one of the Dell's most popular
slow dances of the mid 60s, "Ebb Tide."

 "Ebb Tide" - The Righteous Brothers 
 (December 1965, highest chart position #5) 





 GLENN YARBROUGH 

Folk music flourished in America in the late 50s
and early 60s. Folk songs recorded by acts like the
Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary became hits.


The 1963/64 TV series Hootenanny showcased folk
music acts with commercial appeal. They included
the Limeliters, a folk trio with Glenn Yarbrough
as lead singer. When the Limeliters broke up
Glenn embarked upon a solo recording career
and entered the pop arena.


Glenn's biggest hit was the theme song of the 1965
Steve McQueen-Lee Remick movie Baby the Rain
Must Fall, but he achieved Spectorian splendor
that year with another single. In this exciting clip,
Glenn puts the Gazzarri gals through their paces
as he sings "It's Gonna Be Fine."

 "It's Gonna Be Fine" - Glenn Yarbrough 
 (June 1965, highest chart position #54 
 Live on Hollywood A Go-Go, July 31, 1965) 





 I hope Echoes Volume 4 got your 

 blood pumpin' and feet tappin'. 

 In Part 5 we will once again 


 try to achieve that elusive 


 high, that state of ecstasy 


 called Spectorian Splendor. 

 I hope you'll join me! 

Have a Shady day!

30 comments:

  1. Kathryn AndersonJuly 4, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    You know I love folk singers -- Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Peter Paul & Mary. I don't remember the Limeliters as much but do enjoy Glenn Y's rich, deep voice. I remember Barry Mann singing "Who Put The Bomp" and I didn't know he was the first to record that big Animals hit.

    Great post!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn! Long time no see! (LOL) Yessum, I am well aware of your love of folk music, having taken you to a Peter, Paul and Mary concert some 20 years ago. It still makes me sad to know that Mary Travers, one of the most important voices of our generation, died too young (age 72) from leukemia and complications of chemo.

      Would you believe Glenn Yarbrough is 84? He had a big hit with "Baby, The Rain Must Fall" and I think the danceable record featured here, "It's Gonna Be Fine" deserved a higher finish than midway up the Hot 100.

      After hearing the Animals version all our lives, Barry Mann's demo of "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" might be an acquired taste for some. Now that I've listened to it a few times I am thoroughly digging its heaviness.

      Thank you very much, Mrs. S, for reporting in on this 4th of July. Let's have a great one!

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  2. Lots of good memories for me on this 4th of July morning, and, as usual, a lot of information that is new to me. Oh, those slow dances to "Ebb Tide". Sigh!

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    1. Hi, dear Jeanie! Welcome to my Spectorian 4th of July salute!

      Apparently you and I share similar memories of "Ebb Tide." I remember blissfully swaying with Dellettes on the dance floor as Bill & Bobby sang this ballad. "Ebb Tide" was one of the most popular slow numbers at the Shady Dell at Christmas time 1965 and well into the new year.

      Thank you very much for joining me today, dear friend Jeanie. I wish you and your whole family a safe and happy Independence Day celebration!

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  3. Hi Shady Del Knight,

    Thank you for posting this wonderful repertoire of 60's music, especially Barry Mann's the original, 'We gotta get out of this place.' It was great to hear its pure origins. I loved the go go girls in Glen Yarbrough's video. We celebrated 4th July here, lots of party food and music after work :) so I trust you're having a good day yourself, Shady. Until next time, yours @ writing the rapids, Allie-Millie

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    1. Hi, dear Allie-Millie! I'm delighted to see you back again, my special friend!

      As I told Mrs. Shady, at first I didn't know quite what to think of Barry Mann's rendition of that Animals hit, but after repeat listens it has grown on me and is now one of my new favorites.

      The go-go girls in the Glenn Yarbrough clip are the Gazzarri Dancers, the resident dance troupe on the popular mid 60s music series Hollywood A Go-Go. The Gazzarri girls enhanced the performances of many guest recording artists with their exciting dance moves.

      I am having a splendid day, Allie-Millie, especially now that you have come by for a visit. I greatly appreciate your support, dear friend, and I'll be over to see you shortly!

      Good night and have a wonderful weekend, Allie-Millie!

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  4. Oooo, I love the blast from the past.

    The Animals are a favorite of mine, but sadly, Eric Burdon slid into oblivion afterwards - with one last hit: "Spill the Wine" with Eric Burdon and War. We used to listen to that and debate the lyrics.

    Here's a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i0DMbCKnAg&list=RD3i0DMbCKnAg#t=101

    Nothing says 1970 like guys in hot pants, Eric carrying a fringed purse, rock and roll flute and a mesmerized bongo dude.

    Enjoy the holiday, and thanks, once again!

    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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    1. Hello, Cherdo on the Flipside! I'm very excited to see your face in my space again today. Thank you, dear friend!

      I've been looking high and low for a female buddy who shares my love of the Animals. Looks like I found one in you. For some reason, Mrs. Shady hates Eric Burdon's voice. One of the things that makes me laugh but was nevertheless cool about Eric is that he never performed a song the same way twice. Whether he was recording in the studio, performing in an arena setting or taping a television appearance on a music showcase like Germany's Beat Club, Burdon never burdened us with the original song lyrics. He made up new ones and I suppose that helped keep his act fresh and spontaneous. Anyway, I have always loved "Spill The Wine" and I enjoyed that video immensely - never saw it before! I also like his band War and collected their danceable records including "The Cisco Kid," "Me and Baby Brother," "Low Rider" and "Outlaw."

      Thanks a gazillion for being such a great friend, Cherdo, and please have a safe and happy holiday!

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  5. What an informative, foot tapping post. I almost wanted to get up and dance along like the crowd in Glenn Yarbough's video. Dare I say the Animals version of 'We've gotta get out of this place' is still very much my preference between the two, perhaps because that's the version i'm accustomed to, although I wasn't aware they didn't write it until now. Thank you for sharing this great collection of music. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hello hello hello, dear Anneka! I'm very happy to see you again, dear friend! As evidenced in that Glenn Yarbrough video, go-go dancers like the Gazzarri girls on Hollywood A Go-Go added a lot of excitement to the performances of the guest singers. There were numerous televised teen music showcases running concurrently in the USA in the mid 60s and most of them boasted a similar dance troupe. Shindig, Hullabaloo and Shivaree all had them. A year from now, I will be running a three part series on Dick Clark's music series Where The Action Is and i will be introducing that program's boy-girl dance troupe, The Action Kids. Stay tuned!

      As I was telling Cherdo (above), Eric Burdon never sang a song the same way twice. A good example is the song featured here by Barry Mann. In the recording studio, Burdon laid down two distinctly different versions of "We Gotta Get Out of This Place." One version was passionate and intense and ended up being released as a single in the U.S. Oddly, the other version, a more tame and subdued rendering, was released in the UK.

      Thank you ever so much for being a wonderful friend, dear Anneka. Have a safe and happy weekend and I'll talk to you again soon!

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  6. Hi again, Shady,
    All the songs I enjoyed very much, funny I never heard of most of them and some of the artist were new to me as well, (Barry Mann, Nino and April and Glenn Yarbrough). The Marveletts lengthy title song DID remind me of the Crystals song, "then he kissed me". I know that tune because it's played at the opening of a movie I love entitles, "Adventures in Babysitting!" I can NOT believe I never heard Ebb Tide before cuz I love the Righteous Bros!
    Phil S. sure did pump out the hits!!!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni! Thank you very much for coming over to bask in Spectorian Splendor - recently rated by J.D. Power and Associates as one of life's most pleasurable experiences! :)

      Your youth is showing, dear friend, if you don't know Barry Mann who had a top 10 hit in 1961 with "Who Put the Bomp," April Stevens and Nino Tempo, the brother-sister duo who had a #1 hit with "Deep Purple" around the time of the JFK assassination, and Glenn Yarbrough who brushed the top 10 in 1965 with "Baby the Rain Must Fall." I realize all of these were light years before your time and I'm happy to be introducing these fine artists to you today.

      I forgot that "Then He Kissed Me" was used in Adventures of Babysitting along with other Boomer classics including "Expressway to Your Heart," "25 Miles," "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love?)" (the Junior Walker song), "Gimme Shelter" and "Bring It On Home To Me."

      I'm glad you enjoyed Volume 4 of Echoes, dear friend Toni. Stay tuned for Pt. 5 coming soon and in the meantime, have a safe and happy week ahead!

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  7. another great post my friend, I loved the animals, righteous brothers and the crystal this brought back some happy memories. My Father had Glen Yarbourough in his collection.collection. Nino and April are new to me though.Hugs!

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    1. Hi, Katie! Thanks for coming to the platter party, dear friend! Isn't that a wonderful color video from the Lloyd Thaxton Show? It's very rare indeed. April and Nino were born in Niagara Falls, NY. Nino was an accomplished musician working in Phil Spector's Wrecking Crew orchestra and Nino and April were both were great songwriters and vocalists. They made a very attractive couple and many people assumed they were husband and wife instead of siblings. I have another of their Spectorian masterpieces coming up in a future edition of Echoes. It's so cool that your father collected Glenn Yarbrough!

      I'm glad my post triggered happy memories for you, Katie. Thank you again for joining me, dear friend, and have a wonderful week!

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  8. Such a fun post Tom! Nino Tempo and April Stevens.... I'd completely forgotten about them and yet I really liked their music! Barry Mann, Glenn Yarborough, Righteous Brothers and of course the Animals... Seems like yesterday that go-go boots were the objects of desire! Great memories here.

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    1. Thank you very much, dear karen! It's a pleasure to see your face in my place again. I deeply appreciate your support.

      It surprises me how many people forgot about April & Nino and how many never even heard of them. They were big names when I was growing up and major contributors to the soundtrack of my youth. The brother-sister act had a decent string of hits in the early and mid 60s including "Deep Purple," "Whispering," "Stardust," "Tea For Two" and this one, "All Strung Out." The duo also had 7 Bubbling Under singles and April had a minor hit as a solo artist in 1959 with "Teach Me Tiger."

      Yessum, the Gazzarri Dancers featured in that Glenn Yarbrough clip remind us of those glory days of go-go boots. I miss those boots and those days!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend karen. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  9. Okay, so called me thrice baked Suzie! Hi Shady...I know I'm trailing as usual. I came by Friday and left a comment-'sure, you say!' Anyway, Google went crazy, and, I couldn't get back. I did click to publish, but, the blog signed out on me, and page could not be recovered. I was so ticked, (not quite the word)!

    This is one great post, tho! Spector is an amazing guy! You are right about the titles of some songs being too long. the song, 'Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye could have been two songs. It is a good song, though and the band's chord changes lend a lot to the climax and ending of the song.

    I'm pretty glad the Animals beat Barry Mann out of 'I've Gotta Get Out of This Place-hmm, kind of long titile. I did listen to Barry's recording, and I do like it, but how can you pass up that deep authoritative growl of Eric Burdon? He makes you believe 'you gotta get out of this place', while you're dancing to it! Love that song forever! My first Animal song to dance to at my Teen Club debut!

    I remember 'He's Sure the Boy I Love', and I like all of their songs, especially He's a Rebel. This song gave us girls good excuses to like guys who were kind of thugs, and, not our parents' 'picks'! And, I didn't know Gene Pitney wrote it-I till love the song!

    Oh, that Ebb Tide-who else but 'The Righteous Brothers! I have like other versions of the song, I think it's just one of those romantic-end of the dance night songs that anyone would love to dance to!

    Nope, I don't remember Nino and April, but I like their 'All Strung Out on You', and I really like their record sleeves.

    Well, I'd best be ramblin' on now. We were able to round up Scootie on Saturday, and, have been going strong every since. It's really up in the 90's this week, but, gladly I have the week off. Sorry I'm so late coming back. If this doesn't go, I'll send you and email. I really got steamed about losing the comment! So take care, see you soon! ♫

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    1. Hi, same year Suzie! :) Hey, don't feel bad. I've been losing comments right and left, too. I have made a new habit of copying my comments before even trying to preview them just in case something goes terribly wrong. Copying a comment and being able to paste it in the box again if it is lost has saved me on many occasions. Another helpful hint: always remember to sign in to Blogger before you try to comment on a post.

      Well, I'm glad you enjoyed my offerings and now find yourself basking in Spectorian Splendor. I'm also glad you see my point about exceptionally long song titles. There are a few cases in which records with long, cumbersome titles became hits such as Kenny's "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and Jan and Dean's "The Anaheim, Azusa, & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review & Timing Association." And who can forget the Rolling Stones' "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man," the B side of their smash hit single "Satisfaction"?

      Yessum, I remember "Ebb Tide" being played as the last slow dance of the night on many occasions at the Shady Dell. I had the misfortune of being a "mother approved" kind of guy, the social kiss of death at the Dell. At the end of the night I had to stand there waving bye-bye as the rebel thugs left the place with girls on their arms...and I...I who have nothing...I ....I who have no one... :)

      Glad you had some quality Scootie time over the weekend, Suzanne, and hope your garden isn't getting sun scorched and wilted from the heat. It's blazing hot here, too! Thanks so much for coming, dear friend, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  10. Hi Tom! I just wanted to stop by and say a big hi and happy 4th ( a bit late!) to you and Mrs. Shady...my sound is still not working on my computer and I'm so behind in reading and commenting on my fav blogs....but I couldn't let this post go by and not give it a quick going over. I'm hoping to get my sound problem fixed since It's been out for quite a while. These Summer days are flying by and working and keeping up with the yard here at the Pines has been crazy. Jordan and Eddy are in their new place but Ed's been having a bit of a hard time. He's getting better, but still won't eat. Jordan actually brought him over on Saturday with his food and bowl and got him to eat here! Hopefully that will get better soon. Thanks again for the music education and I do remember the Animals, The Righteous Brothers and Glenn Yarbrough. (so I'm not a complete music flunkie!) Take care and have a good week!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I am very happy to see you but, at the same time, sad to know you don't have sound on your computer so that you can listen to these songs. I was in the same boat a few years ago when the sound on my laptop stopped working. Imagine me hosting a music blog for a couple of weeks without sound! I hope you can get yours fixed soon, dear friend.

      I am also sad to learn that Eddy is having trouble adjusting to his new home. He seemed to have a perfect home at the Pines with plenty of room to roam and to stalk Bigfoot in the Creepy Woods. I know he must miss you and Jack and the kitty terribly. I pray that my buddy will soon get used to his new surroundings, start eating and have a long, healthy and happy life.

      Thank you very much for being here for me, YaYa. Your comment serves as an example of how to be a great friend. You came over and said a friendly hello and let me know what's going on in your life. That's as good as gold in my book and I deeply appreciate you taking time to do it. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear Kathleen!

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  11. I was surprised I didn't remember 'All Strung Out On You' but I don't at all. Poor Barry Mann! He missed out on a huge hit. He does look like a Pat Boone though and I loved long hair on a guy.
    I do like the Animals version better - but then, I love Eric Burden's voice. It is so different and strong.

    Having a different group sing your song is so funny. I hope they got a lot of money for the singing.
    I always love the Righteous Brothers. Ebb Tide is a lovely song.
    Thanks for the fun. Hope you and Mrs.Shady had a fantastic 4th of July.

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    1. Hi, Belle! Thanks for coming over to experience this edition of Echoes, dear friend! Just think, Belle. While you were growing up in Redlands, Nino Tempo was busy working in the recording studios of Los Angeles playing instruments on Phil Spector hits, writing songs and making records of his own with sister April. Their top 30 hit "All Strung Out" is considered one of the finest Spector sound recordings. Truth be told, I wasn't familiar with the song either until I began doing my research for this Spector series.

      I had short hair until age 15. In the weeks of summer vacation between my sophomore and junior year of high school I grew several inches and started wearing my hair fashionably longer. My mother freaked out! She hated long hair on boys (and hated the Beatles) and thought I looked like a punk. I knew girls liked the look and I was determined to fit in so I stuck with it even though it was a bone of contention between me and my mother for years.

      Thank you again for coming to see me, dear friend Belle. I hope you are enjoying your Canadian summer. Take care and I'll chat with you again soon. God bless!

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  12. Great post Shady, I enjoyed learning about these great artists! How cheeky of Spector to credit the Crystals with a song that was actually sung by Darlene and the Blossoms.

    Also, I absolutely adore April Steven's hair in that video - such a babe!

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    1. Hi, Sarah! Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend, and especially for leaving such a fine comment. Yessum, Spector bent or at the very least rewrote the rules. His personal life and legal problems aside, no one can deny that he was a brilliant producer and record mogul who knew what it took to crank out hits.

      I agree that April Stevens (Carol Lo Tempio) was a stunner. Hard to believe she's age 78 this year! Take a look at the picture of April in this clip as she seductively purrs her way through the 1961 solo release "Love Kitten."

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4IhTVTZ8XI

      Thank you again for popping in for some fun, dear friend Sarah. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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  13. Kathleen Mae SchneiderJuly 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Since so much of my youth was spent preparing for a career in music, I'm fascinated with the mechanics of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. You probably explained it before, but I probably wasn't paying attention in class, so curiosity led me to do some research of my own after listening to the songs on this post and trying to figure out how all that soaring atmosphere was achieved.

    I can't even begin to understand all the electronic methods he used like overdubbing and compressing, but it's obvious that he was a creative and original artist. By layering all those varieties of multiple instruments and sounds, combining two different instruments such as electric guitar and piano, then putting the new combined sound through an echo chamber and further transforming it - no wonder his methods were such an influence on other performers and producers. I found one of Phil's own descriptions of his recording technique. He called it "a Wagnerian approach to rock & roll: little symphonies for the kids". Although he made a mess of his life, his pioneering artistry was undeniable.

    I remember some of the songs (I seem to link Ebb Tide with a few prom nights in my mind.) but never heard of others. Glenn Yarbrough, Nino and April, and Barry Mann were all new to me.

    I must say, all this music was a welcome backdrop that made boring housework (at two houses!) seem to go faster! Anyway, thanks for bringing me up to speed and encouraging a deeper understanding of Phil Spector's work.

    Oh yes, one more question. I bet you had to get rid of the long hair once you got into your career in television, didn't you? "No hippies allowed!"

    By the way, Bob and I visited Stan's Record Bar in Lancaster earlier in the summer when Bob was looking for a rare album. What a neat place, overflowing with stacks of LPs, 45s and CDs - and Stan - friendly, knowledgeable and generous - still has a pony tail!

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    1. Hi, Kathleen! Thank you very much for making time for a visit, dear friend. I'm going to let you in on a secret. When I started this blog in 2008 I actually disliked the Spector Sound. My whole life I much preferred the clean "bright" uncluttered Brill Building production style and I often blogged about it. At the time I did not understand or appreciate the dense, doubled and tripled Wall of Sound. As you know my tastes are always changing. Last fall, as my passion for female fronted European gothic heavy metal bands subsided, I opened my ears, mind and heart to Spector style "echo chamber music" and now I can't get enough of it. Keep in mind that only a tiny fraction of the recordings presented in this series were actually produced by Spector himself. The vast majority are copycats who imitated the sound. They included Motown mogul Berry Gordy. In this series I am featuring Spectorian Motown recordings by the Supremes and Four Tops along with the one in this post by the Marvelettes. Producers on the East Coast were also influenced by Spector's production methods and I will be bringing you many more examples in this series as well.

      Your comment and the one left by my Italian friend Katia (next) were particularly satisfying because you both let me know that my post inspired you to do research on your own. That's a great compliment! Think about it. If I do my homework and you and other readers are also prompted to do some and we compare notes, there's a lot we can learn from each other. That's what I want this blog to be about.

      My hair was never excessively long. My mother blew a fuse over anything longer than crew cut length. I actually didn't shorten my hair very much for television and I was not asked to by management.

      I remember Stan's Record Bar and was a regular customer for years. Thanks for the memories, dear Kathleen! Please take care of yourself and Mother and I hope to see you again soon. My next post will be published Saturday. God bless!

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  14. hi Tom, sorry for being away from your blog for so long! hope you're doing well in Florida :)
    I've been searching for Nino Tempo in Google because his face and his name remember me of its italian origins and I wanted to know more about him, he and his sister really had a fantastic career!
    thanks for sharing it, I didn't know anything about them before this post :)

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    1. Hi, Katia! I am overjoyed by your visit! You must be getting close to motherhood by now. I think about you often, dear friend, and hope all continues to go well and that you will post pictures of your baby when it arrives.

      I am very happy to know that my post got you curious about Nino Tempo (Antonino LoTempio) and you were prompted to do some research on your own. I am flattered! I love to learn about the architects who helped create the soundtrack of my youth. In this case, Nino Tempo helped build the Wall of Sound, plus he was a talented songwriter. It's hard to believe he will turn 80 years old in a new months! Nino Tempo and April Stevens had the right look and the right sound and I was delighted to find this rare color video of them performing the greatest recording of their career on The Lloyd Thaxton Show.

      Thank you very much for coming to see me, dear friend Katia. You and Belle are my two oldest blog friends and I love having you over for a visit. Please take good care of yourself and come again soon! Bless you!

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  15. Ah thank you again for another look into the Wall of Sound! There is always so many wonderful songs in this - can I say Genre(?)! It almost is it's own genre now! Haha!

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    1. Hi, Catherine! Thank you for paying me a nocturnal visit from Australia, dear friend! Yessum, there were so many "Spectorian" recordings produced in the early and mid 60s that the Wall of Sound qualifies as a separate genre. The Spector Sound went out of style in 1966 and '67 when harder and heavier music performed by rock bands became the rage. The Beatles, Beach Boys and other major acts took their music in a different direction and "music for the thinking man" became the "in" thing, replacing simple, teen oriented love songs performed by vocal groups and soloists.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Cat, and have a wonderful weekend down under!

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