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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Vol. 10: Ace is the Place..... for Girls!


 Welcome to volume 10 of Echoes

 my comprehensive, 17-part series 

 presenting the best of Spector and 

 Spector soundalike recordings. 

In this special edition of Echoes, I bring you recordings
found on compilations assembled by Ace Records,
the leading reissue label in the UK. All of these
rare girl pop and girl group selections were
pulled from volumes of Early Girls,
The Laurie Records Story and
Where the Girls Are.

 ALICE WONDER LAND 

Introducing Alice the singing maid!
(Sounds like an episode of The Brady Bunch.)
It's Alice Faye Henderson, a real, flesh and blood
Long Island, New York, singing maid discovered
by songwriter/producer Steve Schlaks.


Alice traded in her broom for a boom (microphone),
was dubbed Alice Wonder Land, and recorded
"He's Mine," a song penned by Schlaks and his
colleagues. Despite a competing cover version
rush released by the Swans, Alice's record
became a minor hit in the fall of 1963.


The infectious ditty has it all - Spectoresque
production, "I Love Him, I Love Him, I Love Him"
lyrics ripped from the Little Peggy March hit
"I Will Follow Him," and a hint of the Crystals'
"He's Sure the Boy I Love." Put it all together,
go through the looking glass and experience
the super cool sound of Alice Wonder Land!

 "He's Mine (I Love Him, I Love Him, I Love Him)" 
 Alice Wonder Land (Oct. 1963, highest chart pos. #62) 





 DIANE CHRISTIAN 


It starts with a great song like this one.
A few years ago, I presented a version of
"Why Don't the Boy Leave Me Alone,"
a song written by Robert Spencer
and originally recorded by the Angels.


Here's a brilliant cover waxed by Bronx
beauty Diane Christian whom you met
in an earlier volume of the series.  Diane
was lead singer of the Darlettes before
going solo.  "Why Don't the Boy Leave
Me Alone" was Diane's second single
produced by Feldman, Goldstein and
Gottehrer, the Brill Building team that
became famous releasing records as
 the bogus band the Strangeloves.

 "Why Don't the Boy Leave Me Alone" 
 Diane Christian (May 1965, uncharted) 





 CAROL CONNORS 


By now we all know the extent of Phil Spector's
accomplishments, beginning with "To Know Him
Is To Love Him," a song he wrote for his pop trio
the Teddy Bears and specifically for lead singer
Annette Kleinbard. "To Know Him" was #1 on
the U.S. chart three weeks in a row in 1958.


Annette later changed her name to Carol Connors
and made her mark as both a singer and songwriter.
Fascinated with the surf rock and hot rod craze,
Carol Connors wrote "Hey Little Cobra," a hit in
1964 for the Rip Chords. Her greatest success
as a scribe is the theme from the movie Rocky,
"Gonna Fly Now," which she co-wrote, earning
her an Academy Award nomination.


As a recording artist, Carol released solo singles
along with duets with her sister as the Surfettes
and as Carol and Cheryl. The best recording
of Carol Connors' career is "My Baby Looks,
But He Don't Touch," a velvety girl pop
ballad that reunited Carol her with the
third member of the Teddy Bears,
Marshall Leib, who produced the single.

 "My Baby Looks, But He Don't Touch" 
 Carol Connors (March 1966, uncharted) 





 MARIE ANTOINETTE 


"He's My Dream Boy" is credited to Marie Antoinette,
but that is believed to be another catchy stage name
for Alice Faye Henderson who recorded "He's Mine"
as Alice Wonder Land.  Released the following
year, "He's My Dream Boy" is right in the
Spectorian pocket with a sound that will
remind you of the Crystals hit
"Da Doo Don Ron."

 "He's My Dream Boy" - Marie Antonette 
 (1964 uncharted) 





 NELLA DODDS 


I introduced Philly thrush Nella Dodds two years ago
when I posted her sensational cover of the Supremes
hit "Come See About Me," a single that peaked at
#74 in December 1964. Nella charted again at the
start of '65 with "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers."
Here's a Nella nifty that never even Bubbled Under
but should have gone top 40 - the popcorn
rhythm goodie "Your Love Back."

 "Your Love Back" - Nella Dodds 
 (March 1965, uncharted) 





 I hope you enjoyed Vol. 10 

 of Echoes, a salute to obscure 

 girl pop and girl group vinyls  

 reissued by Ace Records UK, 

 a company you can trust for 

 sounds that are old school cool. 


 Ace is the place... for me! 

Have a Shady day!

53 comments:

  1. This one is loaded with great new sounds and new information, Shady. Alice Wonderland and Marie Antoinette do sound like the same singer--it's too bad she couldn't make a bigger hit out of either song. The two by Diane Christian and Nella Dodds had lots of soul and should have made the chart. Carol Conners, the singer on To Know Him--Is To Love Him, used her softer--breathier style of singing on her solo record. I think my two favorites here are He's My Dream Boy and Your Love Back--because they both have a great beat and cool background singers.

    Thanks, Shady!

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    1. Good morning, Kathryn, and thanks for posting!

      I have been collecting Ace compilations for decades both on vinyl and CD. Nobody does it better. Old timers in the record collecting community rely on UK companies like Ace to scrounge up obscure recordings by little known or unknown artists released on 45 by small, independent record labels of the 60s. The tracks are remastered and reissued and many gain their first widespread exposure and appreciation in the new millennium.

      I'm delighted to know that you like a couple of these girl pop and girl group toe-tappers. It always amazes me how many times different artist names were used for the same person. Alice Faye Henderson might have established some continuity if she had continued to record as Alice Wonder Land instead of releasing a suqbsequent single as by Marie Antoinette. It's confusing because there was also a Marie Antoinette in the UK, real name Marie Antoinette Daly, releasing recordings during the same time period. Carol Connors is another example. She might have picked a stage name more closely associated with the Teddy Bears and their major hit "To Know Him." Instead she released singles as by the Surfettes, Carol and Cheryl (with her sister) and Carol Connors. None of them became hits. Nella Dodds was standing in the shadow of Diana Ross and the Supremes after releasing her version of "Come See About Me" (a Supremes album track) as a single. The wildly popular Motown girl group rush released a single version of their own and, as you might expect, it crushed Nella's platter.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear Kathryn!

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  2. Some great tunes from yesterday! Thanks so much for sharing. I get to listen to what I missed.

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    1. Hi, Mike!

      That's correct, good buddy, and the same goes for me. I never heard of ANY of these recordings until I acquired them a couple of years ago on girl group comps issued by Ace UK. These and other mid 60s Spectorian nuggets have since become favorites here in the new millennium.

      Thanks for checking in, good buddy Mike, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  3. I did not know CC wrote Little Cobra! Lots of good factoids today, Shady.

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    1. Hi, dear Sandra!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! Yessum, Carol Connors has a fascinating bio. Hot rod rock is usually thought of as a guy thing, but the SoCal surf/hot rod craze of the early and mid 60s captured Carol's imagination and inspired her to write and record songs of that genre. She also penned the familiar theme from the boxing movie Rocky - "Gonna Fly Now."

      I'm glad you enjoyed listening and learning, dear friend Sandra. Have a wonderful day!

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    2. Way to go, Carol!
      That tabletop jukebox takes me back:)

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    3. Hi again, dear Sandra!

      As I mentioned to Jeffrey, I am very impressed with the artwork on various artists oldies compilations released in the last few years. They are very nostalgic, reminding us of those great decades in the mid 20th century when we hung out at malt shops and diners and juke joints like the Shady Dell.

      Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend Sandra!

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    4. Back in the day when I was a carnivore:) I loved getting hamburgers, fries and cokes and listening to the jukebox:)
      Have a good one, Shady.

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    5. Hi, Sandra!

      In that case you would have loved the Shady Dell. Helen served all of the above in the snack bar plus floats, shakes and ice cream sundaes! Enjoy your evening, dear friend Sandra!

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    6. Sounds like my kind of place:)

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    7. You would have made a great Dellette, dear Sandra! :)

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  4. Carol Connors opening line of melody sounds close to The Beach Boys', "Don't Worry Baby."

    I don't remember any of these women in particular but the girl sound was everywhere when I was in early elementary! Wow!

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    1. Hi, dear Dixie!

      Thanks for coming by, dear friend. I am always excited to see you here!

      You have a mighty good ear. It didn't occur to me before this, but the opening line of "My Baby Looks..." does indeed sound a lot like "Don't Worry Baby." As I told Sandra (above), Carol (birth name Annette Kleinbard - lost relatives in the Holocaust) got caught up in the Southern California surf and hot rod craze of the early and mid 60s. No doubt her songwriting was influenced by the work of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.

      Yessum, the girl sound was at its peak in the early and mid 60s and Ace UK finds the best obscure ones and brings them back alive in volumes of various artists girl groups. Note that the "girl group" category can include female solo artists like we have here. They are classified as "girl group sounds" because of the overdubbing of the lead vocal, the female backing singers that can be heard and the production style of the recordings.

      Thank you again for dropping in, dear friend Dixie. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

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  5. Lots of good tunes here! I think, He's Mine, is going to be playing in my head a while.

    My dad would love visiting your site. This is his kind of music. Maybe I can get him interested in blogging. ;-)

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thank you very much for coming by to experience my latest installment of Echoes, dear friend.

      Imagine - Alice the singing maid! It seems like a scanario ripped from The Brady Bunch. I hope you enjoy having her dance worthy ditty "He's Mine (I Love Him X3)" stuck in your head for a while.

      Gosh, that would be great if you could get your dad interested in visiting SDMM. He would be most welcome, I assure you.

      Thank you again for your cheery visit and comment, dear friend Sherry, and have a great weekend!

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    2. If my dad ever comes on, I'll let you know. Have a great week!

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    3. Yes, please do. I'd love to have your dad drop by and say hello. Thanks, dear Sherry. I hope your week is going well!

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  6. Hi Shady!
    Oh this was fun! So many cool tunes to dance around the file cabinet to;-) Hadn't heard a single one before, though they each invoked a wistful recall of carefully preserved memories; if only in sounding like those familiar songs of yore. My choice in this delightful selection is Diane Christian. Thanks for the dance, my friend!

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      How are you this evening, my Arizona friend? Oops - make that this afternoon. :) I am very happy to see you!

      Be careful dancing around the file cabinet. Those sharp edges could rip your clothing. :) These songs were all brand new to me until I picked them up on V/A compilations released by Ace UK. They are all new favorites and I'm glad you especially enjoyed Diane Christian's version of "Why Don't the Boy Leave Me Alone," the song originally recorded by the popular Peggy Santiglia led girl group The Angels. Their version appeared as an album track on their Sept. 1963 album My Boyfriend's Back. I failed to mention in the post that Diane Christian's "Why Don't the Boy Leave Me Alone" was released on the B side of a single. The A side, "Little Boy," is cute, but I think the record company weasels "pushed" the wrong side of that platter. They missed the chance to score a hit.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and lovely comments, dear friend Diedre. I hope to see you again soon!

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  7. Hi, Shady; This is certainly a treasure trove of little - known female artists. Good singers all, but my favourite is Alice Wonder Land. I love the way she enunciates "He's mine". Carol Connors lacked a certain grittiness to her voice, but she can certainly carry a tune. What an interesting bit of trivia that she co-wrote the Rocky theme. I love that whole series and just watched "Creed" last weekend. It's a great movie, if you're interested. Nice to see Sylvester Stallone nominated for an Oscar once again. Getting back to the music.....I'm surprised none of these were hits, because they sound so similar to what was at the top of the charts in those days. Thanks for another interesting, informative look back into the 1960s!

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    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady!

      How are you this evening, dear friend? It pleases me that you dig Alice the singing maid, credited as Alice Wonder Land on this great single released in the summer of 1963 on Bardell Records (not exactly Columbia or RCA Victor). Enunciation is important to me as well (see Metallica :) and I'm glad you appreciate the way Alice rendered the song. I love the driving beat and super cool backing singers.

      It's interesting that you brought up Sly Stallone. I will be mentioning him and one of his movies in my next 2-part series which begins one week from today. Stay tuned!

      Yessum, it is a surprise that none of these great recordings managed to crack the top 50 on the national chart. In fact they all went uncharted except "He's Mine" which stalled at #62. Shady's Law states that chart position has absolutely noting to do with a record's greatness and these ditties are proof.

      Thank you again for coming to the Spectorian Echoes party, dear friend Debbie. I hope your week is going well and I wish you a safe and happy weekend!

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  8. Well, I see we have a contender for Dumbest name change in Alice Wonder Land, but the talent is undeniable. Record execs just come up with dumb names- that's what they do... see my six degrees on tomorrow's time machine for more proof. I liked the flip side a bit better, but both are really good.

    On Why Don't The Boy Leave Me alone- I sure liked the first five seconds the best- I wish it would have been paired with a song that had a little more heartbreaking subject material. Not bad, but that start coulda been great...

    I really want an excuse to get the picture of the Carol Connors single onto Time Machine and qualify her for the Beauty Contest next year... Amazing story about her writing prowess, and a really nice song too.

    Hmm... I AM doing 1966 next week....

    Marie Antoinette... see comment on "Alice Wonder Land." I don't mind it reminding me of the Crystals... as long as it don't remind me of Shaun Cassidy's Da Doo Ron Ron, ifyaknowwhatImean...


    Not sure what popcorn y'all eat, lol...

    And I agree with you, Your Love Back SHOULDA charted. I think my favorite out of this litter, if Carol isn't. Thank you for an enjoyable evening!

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thank you very much for dropping in to see what condition my condition is in, good buddy! It makes me happy to know that I contributed to an enjoyable evening up your way and I hope that Scrappy was also paw-tapping to these tunes (and dancing with legs).

      It seems like the record company weasels had such contempt for the record buying public that they routinely changed artist names, spelled their names differently on different releases and released records by groups and bands that didn't even exist beyond the exit door of the studio. I try to disregard that and just enjoy the product no matter who it is credited to. "Why Don't the Boy Leave Me Alone" starts out sounding like a Neil Sedaka record with the "dom-dooby-dom dom, dom-dooby-dom." Carol Connors is no Jane Hathaway, but I'm sure she was capable of turning a few heads. :) I would be honored if a singer you discovered here at SDMM makes it into next year's Beauty Contest on TAW. (I have a single coming up by Ernest Borgnine and I'm hoping you will also consider him for a spot in your cutie competition. :)

      For anyone who doesn't understand that "popcorn" reference in the intro to Nella Dodds' single, it refers to a particular rhythm and tempo that became popular with dancers at a Belgian niteclub called Popcorn. Club DJ's adjusted the speed of obscure American singles to make them conform to that desired dance rhythm. This single by Nella was recorded at the ideal "popcorn" speed - no tweaking necessary. "Your Love Back" is such a cool number. Listen to the last few seconds and you will hear a male backing singer who reminds me of Ike Turner. It's a great record and deserved to make a big dent in the chart. I urge to you check out Nella's super soulful version of the Supremes' hit "Come See About Me," which I posted a couple of years ago. Many people say Nella's version is the definitive!

      Thanks so much for your visit and great comments, good buddy Chris. I'll see you tomorrow at your place!

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  9. Hi dear friend Shady,

    All of these songs sound great! I enjoy oldies and now I want to search for these CDs. :)

    Jessica

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    1. Hi, dear Jessica!

      Thank you very much for popping in, my dear Philly phriend! :)

      I'm tickled to know you enjoyed these old gold girl pop and girl group sounds which span the period from 1963 to 1966. So much great music was released during that period that it wouldn't all fit on the Billboard chart. I think all of these groovy records should have at least made the Bubbling Under survey!

      Take a look at the Ace UK website. It is loaded with compilations in girl sounds and other categories:

      https://www.acerecords.co.uk/

      "Ace is the place... for me!"

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend JM. I hope to see you again next Thursday when I start a 2-part series with a Philly connection!

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  10. What a nice tribute to these ladies whom most people have no clue who they are(were)...like me:) I can hear songs that made it big in some of these songs like you mentioned. It brings back a time that just seemed simpler (even if it wasn't). Thanks for educating me a little more

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down from Canada this evening, dear friend!

      You and others have remarked that these recordings, 4 out of 5 of them uncharted, have a sound that's similar to records that became substantial hits. Sometimes all that separates success from failure is luck. Good timing is another factor. Carol Connors' kittenish solo was released in March 1966, a pivotal time in popular music. Led by the Beatles, bands were abandoning traditional love songs and recording more intellectual material like "Nowhere Man," a Beatles single that entered the Hot 100 that very same month. If Carol C. had released her sweet girl pop record three years earlier it probably would have gone top 40.

      I'm happy to know that I brought back memories of simpler times with these tunes, dear friend BB. Thanks again for coming and have a great weekend!

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  11. Fun tunes tonight Shady! I was listening to Alice/Marie/Whatever her name was, singing "He's My Dream Boy" and just loving looking at James Dean whom I'm supposing was many a fair damsel's dream boy! Nothing like a bad boy image to drive the ladies wild! It was interesting to find out that Annette/Carol was such a diverse talent..not just a pretty face but writing hit songs as well as singing! My burning question is: "Did her big success happen as a blonde or a brunette?" Just wondering...hehe!

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    1. Hi, dear Yaya!

      Thank you very much for popping in this evening, dear friend!

      Yessum, Alice apparently ditched the Alice Wonder Land stage name and decided to record as Marie Antoinette, a name already being used across the pond by a female vocalist whose birth name WAS Marie Antoinette (Daly). I love both of Alice's recordings. They both have that driving beat and super cool background singers. Yessum, I noticed James Dean in that video. I have tried being a bad boy and it does not drive the ladies wild. It drives them to unsubscribe! :)

      Yessum, Annette/Carol is not just a pretty face. She is multi-talented, a singer and songwriter who penned songs for herself, her sister and other artists to record. Carol sang in the 1967 beach party movie Catalina Caper backed by The Cascades, the group that had a hit single in late 1962/early 1963 with "Rhythm of the Rain."

      You asked:

      "Did her big success happen as a blonde or a brunette?"

      Only her hairdresser knows for sure! :)

      This was another excellent comment from you tonight, dear friend Yaya. I very much appreciate it and I hope you and Chubbs and the rest of your family keep warm and have a great weekend up there in Ashland!

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  12. I enjoyed all these songs, Shady. My top two favorites are, "Your Love Back," and "Why Don't the Boy Leave Me Alone." Loved the music and background sounds. I would have bought these back in the olden days.

    What is funny is how I don't like the lyrics of both songs. But back in the '60s I would have liked the words as well as the music.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you so much for stopping by this evening, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      It seems like this would have made a great 5-way Version Sacrifice, because the unofficial voting seems pretty evenly divided. You picked two great, soulful recordings by black artists Diane Christian and Nella Dodds. I think I might understand why you don't like the lyrics very much. On "Your Love Back," the girl is willing to get down on her knees, beg, and compromise all her values if necessary to get her man back. On "Why Don't the Boy Leave Me Alone" the girl is being stalked by a guy. Equally bad is her threat to slap his face and have her boyfriend assault him. The threat of violence was also present in the Angels' monster hit "My Boyfriend's Back." The early and mid 60s were quite a different time, weren't they Belle? It was considered flattering for a guy to stalk a girl and normal behavior for two guys to fight over a girl.

      Thank you very much for your visit and observations, dear friend Belle. Please take good care of yourself and have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Hi Shady,

    I knew a lot of the songs you mentioned in today's post. My fav was Annette Kleinbard, a.k.a. Carol Conners, "But he don't touch". She not only changed her name, but changed her look and later on changed her music style. I love the energizing theme song from Rocky, "going to fly now"!

    Echoes of the Spectorian is in the air once again with this wonderful post!

    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thank you very much for making time for a visit tonight, dear friend! You really know your stuff if you were familiar with most of the recordings mentioned in this post. Before buying those Ace CDs a few years ago and finding these five featured songs, the only recordings mentioned in this post that I already knew were "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March, "He's Sure the Boy I Love" by the Crystals, "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears, "Hey, Little Cobra" by the Rip Chords, "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)," the version of "Why Don't The Boy Leave Me Alone" recorded by The Angels and "Come See About Me" by the Supremes.

      You are right. Carol Connors was a chameleon. She changed her look and hair color, recorded up tempo hot rod tunes and this sweet solo love ballad "...But He Don't Touch."

      I'm thrilled to know the post resonated with you, Toni. Stay tuned for my next post, the start of a 2-part series that celebrates a 50th anniversary. It begins 6 days from now, next Thursday. I know you will recognize the featured artist. Until then, please stay warm and have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

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  14. Carol Conners won the Oscar for Rocky? Very cool.
    Gonna Fly Now is one of those iconic movie themes, but I think it might be fading a little. Everyone hears the Jaws theme and knows it instantly, but I bet there are many young people out there who've never even seen Rocky or would know the theme song. Sad, huh?

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for dropping by, good buddy!

      Carol C. was only nominated for an Academy Award, but that's still quite an honor for her. "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)" was ubiquitous for many years, so familiar that it was used in quite a few parodies. I agree it is very sad that so much of what made the 20th century great is being forgotten in the 21st and many young people aren't aware that it even existed.

      Thanks a lot for joining this week's platter party, good buddy Alex, and have a great weekend!

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  15. Boy how girl groups have changed!!! This was a fun presentation of girl bands from back in the day. My favorites were Carol Conners, Marie Antionette and Nella Dodds. Love the "Popcorn Oldies" tag!
    Another great installment Shady.

    Hope you've been having a good week. My brother and sister-in-law are still here and in fact are staying for an extra day. Their flights were cancelled because they were flying into Winter Storm Jonas so we have them here for another day. Yay! It's been great having the whole family together. We've had a great time. So great in fact that I totally forgot to post my Notable Quotable on Wednesday! Completely lost track of time, we've been having so much fun. We had a big margarita night last night and all woke up hungry! :)

    talk soon...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for coming to the platter party, dear friend! I hope you aren't getting socked in with snow over there. I know how it is when you are immersed in family and lose track of the blog world. Please be advised that I will be in that same boat Feb. 1 and it might take some time for me to get to your BOTB, but I will be there before the polls close, okay?

      You wrote: << Boy how girl groups have changed!!! >>

      That reminds me of an old Roger Miller song:

      << Atta boy girl atta way to break my heart.
      Atta boy girl atta way to tear me apart >>

      If voting had been allowed in this 5-song set, the votes would be evenly distributed. I'm happy to see all the artists getting their props. A vote for Marie Antoinette is also a vote for Alice Wonder Land since it is believed to be the same woman - Alice the singing maid.

      In case you aren't familiar with the term "popcorn" oldies, please see my reply to CW (Chris) Martin in which I explain it.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed some of these tunes, dear friend Michele. Hunker down, keep warm and have a safe and happy weekend!

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    2. I'm glad you explained the Popcorn reference. That's neat. I wasn't aware. You're always so full of information!

      Although I'd give anything to have snow here in Austin, it is quite cold. I needed a hoodie when I went out a little while ago...
      My brother and SIL will be going back to some cold weather in Buffalo. Sometimes I wish I still lived there (Niagara Falls)... I miss the snow and storms always thrilled me. I think they're exciting -- so long as no one gets hurt or structures don't get damaged. Then I don't like them so much...

      Have a great weekend!

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    3. Hi, dear Michele!

      You wrote: << You're always so full of information! >>

      I'm full of it, alright! :)

      Are you saying that Austin never gets snow? Did you know Debbie the Doglady when you lived in the Niagara area? Did you know Nino Tempo and April Stevens? Do your dogs like the cold weather?

      Thanks for the return visit, dear friend Michele. Have a great weekend and I'll see you next week!

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    4. Lol! I can't member the last time I've seen snow. If it snows here, and it's been years, there's never any accumulation other than a skifting.
      No I didn't know Debbie back then but we've talked about getting together the next time I go there! I left NF in 1985. I really miss it. Haven't been there since 2006 I think. I'm due for a visit.
      I don't know April Stevens or Nina Tempo. Are they from Niagara/Buffalo or Austin??
      Speaking of visits, have fun with your company at the end of the month.
      Talk soon Shady!

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    5. Hi again, dear Michele!

      We've had snow flurries here in the Tampa Bay area at least two times since I came down here in 1984.

      Brother and sister singing act Nino Tempo and April Stevens were born in Niagara Falls, NY. Their real names are Antonino and Carol LoTempio in case that rings a bell. Is it possible that they were your next door neighbors? :) That's a long shot because, by the 1960s, Nino and April had already moved to California.

      Thank you for the follow-up, dear friend Michele, and have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. Lots of great music here. The birds from the 60's are tops in my book any day Daddy-O.
    Love all the pin-up art too.
    As always, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thanks for popping in, good buddy! I'm still right smack dab in the middle of my girl pop/girl group phase. Again this year I'll be bringing you the greatest obscure recordings of the genre. Many of the various artists CDs that contain girl sounds like these have fantastic retro or retro inspired pin-up cover art.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Jeffrey. Have a great weekend!

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  17. This was the prevailing sound of those days. I remember listening to so much of this style of music and it's still enjoyable to hear.

    Like Dixie, my first notion on the Carol Connors song was that she was channeling the Beach Boys. The first strains of "Looks but Don't Touch" were like they were lifted from "Don't Worry Baby", but then she adds plenty of change to make it different. There were a lot of sound alike/similar songs back then. I guess there probably still are.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out
    &
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for coming by, good buddy! I'm glad you read Dixie's comment and agree that CC was apparently under the influence of the Beach Boys on that recording. As I told Birgit, 1966 seems a couple of years too late for Carol to have released that single because the traditional girl group sound was old school by then, as was the Southern California surf rock and hot rod music genre. The era of the serious singer/songwriter was well underway and even Brian Wilson was abandoning the old sounds and experimenting with the new.

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed these mid 60s toe-tappers, good buddy Lee. Take care and have a great weekend!

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  18. Tom, great oldies! I was very little when these came out and needless to say I don't remember any of them. However, I got a big laugh out of the uncharted song, My Baby Looks But He Don't Touch, by Carol Connors. She has a beautiful voice. I do recall her song Hey Little Cobra recorded by Rip Chords, but the one most familiar to me is her song made popular by the big screen production Rocky. I enjoyed volume 10 very much! Have a good weekend.

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy!

      Thank you very much for swinging over for a visit this evening, my dear friend!

      Frankly, I don't remember any of these featured five from my teenage years. I discovered them two or three years ago when I began collecting 60s girl group and girl pop CDs. I found that Ace Records is the leading reissue company in the UK and deservedly so. Ace assembles oldies collections based on rarity. They raid the vaults of tiny record labels, pick the best recordings, remaster them and release them for the first time on CD. I do remember "Hey, Little Cobra" and "Gonna Fly Now," the two songs penned by CC.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit, dear friend Cathy. Please bundle up and hunker down and enjoy your winter wonderland this weekend!

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  19. There are several interesting tracks here. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi, Gina!

      Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I don't know how you found SDMM. It makes no difference. I am very happy you did and pleased to meet you.

      I'm delighted that you found my play list interesting. If you enjoy learning about life in the 20th century and listening to the greatest music spanning the last 60+ years, then I hope you will join me here regularly. I would love to have you as a friend.

      Thanks again, Gina, and have a great week!

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  20. Hi Shady Del Knight! I have just decided to follow your blog. I would appreciate it very much if you also decide to follow mine, and see what I have to share.

    Have a great day!

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    1. Hi again, Gina!

      Thank you very much for the return visit and for choosing to follow SDMM. I will do my best educate and entertain you as I post about my old hangout the Shady Dell and present rare, forgotten recordings of the 20th century along with the greatest sounds of the new millennium.

      I am now following both of your blogs, the old and the new, and I look forward to getting to know you and becoming friends. Thank you very much, Gina, and have a wonderful week ahead!

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  21. I always look forward to these posts Shady, the 60s girl group sound is a favourite of mine and you always introduce me to some great artists that I haven't heard of before.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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