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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
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Vol. 11: "DOOLANG - DOOLANG - DOOLANG!"


 It's time once again to scale 

 the Wall of Sound in search 

 of Spectorian Splendor! 

Welcome to Vol. 11 of my 17 part series
featuring some of Phil Spector's best
recordings along with Spectorian
soundalikes produced by others.


 JAN & DEAN 


In the mid 60s the popularity of surf rock and
hot rod tunes began to fade. Jan & Dean,
one of the leading acts of the genre,
adjusted to the changing times by
taking their music in a new direction.


Instead of waxing their surfboards, the popular
duo waxed symphonic, kicking off the summer
of 1965 with the mature, complex, Spectorian
top 30 hit "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy."

 "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy" 
 Jan and Dean (June 1965, 
 highest chart pos. #27) 





 CAROL & CHERYL 


Carol Connors, formerly Annette Kleinbard,
lead singer of Phil Spector's late 50s group
the Teddy Bears, shared Jan & Dean's zeal
for songs about surfing, fast cars and the
Southern California lifestyle of the 60s,
so much so that she wrote car songs
that she and others recorded. Carol
is on record as the only woman to
have co-written (with her brother)
a major hit in the male dominated
hot rod category. Carol's song,
"Hey Little Cobra," recorded
by the Rip Chords, went top 5
and helped popularize muscle car
designer Carroll Shelby and Ford
Motor Company's Shelby Cobra.


Here's another cool car song that CC
co-wrote with producer Terry Melcher
(Doris Day's son), Jan Berry and her
sister Cheryl Gorman. The sisters
formed the duo Carol & Cheryl
and released "Go Go G.T.O"
in the spring of 1965.

 "Go Go G.T.O." - Carol & Cheryl 
 (March 1965, uncharted) 





 THE TEARDROPS 


You met them earlier in this series - the Teardrops.
They're the sensational teenage girl group from
Cincinnati, Ohio. Performances at local venues
got the girls noticed and signed to a record
deal. Soon they found themselves opening
for The Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher.


The Teardops' signature song, the regional hit
"Tears Come Tumbling," was a doublesider with
boss girl group recordings back-to-back. Listen
now to the killer bee, "You Won't Be There."

 "You Won't Be There" - The Teardrops 
 (November 1965, uncharted) 






 THE CRYSTALS 


Here's the first single issued on Phil Spector's
Philles record label. Co-written by Spector,
"There's No Other (Like My Baby)" was
recorded by the Crystals, one of the
principal acts of the girl group era.
The ballad began its chart journey
just before Thanksgiving 1961 and
hit the top 20 in January of 1962.

 "There's No Other (Like My Baby)" 
 The Crystals (Christmas 1961 thru 
 January 1962, highest chart pos. #20) 





 ANDREA CARROLL 


Like Carol Connors, whose songwriting credits
also include an Academy Award nomination for
"Gonna Fly Now," the familiar theme from
Rocky, Andrea Carroll is an overachiever.


Andrea went from making girl pop recordings
in the 60s to earning a PhD and is today known
as clinical psychologist Andrea Hill. The multi-
talented lady is also an accomplished
actress and acting coach.


My favorite Andrea Carroll recording from her
years as a pop princess is "The Doolang" -
title and lyrics inspired by the Chiffons
hit "He's So Fine."


Anybody who doesn't like this teen pop
ditty should have his head examined...
by Dr. Andrea Hill!

 "The Doolang" - Andrea Carroll 
 (March 1964, uncharted) 





 Thanks for spending some 

 time in Spectorian heaven 

 with Echoes Volume 11. 

 I'll hit you with another 

 Wallop-of-Sound in Vol. 12! 

Have a Shady day!

67 comments:

  1. Hi Shady,

    I always enjoyed surf music, especially those old surf movies that the music artists would play in. Always fun times listening to the genre.

    I really liked the music you posted today, especially the Teardrops. If I buy anymore music from iTunes, I'm going to run out of space on my iPod! :D

    Have a great rest of the weekend, dear friend.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming over early on a Sunday morning, dear friend! I'm happy to know you like the category of music that extols the virtues of the southern California lifestyle - surf, sun and fast cars. For the first few years of the 60s the genre was red hot, then started to fade around 1965. Notice that the 1965 Carol & Cheryl car song remained uncharted. Had it been released a couple of years earlier it surely would have made the top 40. The record by The Teardrops also failed to make the chart as did "The Doolang" by Andrea Carroll. Shady sez a record's "greatness" has absolutely nothing to do with its chart position.

      Thank you again for dropping by, dear friend JM. Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead!

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  2. Kathryn AndersonMay 15, 2016 at 4:22 AM

    The pictures of Jan and Dean at the wax museum are a hoot-- and I love their Spector sound-alike record better than Little Old Lady From Pasadena.

    It was fun to learn about Carol Connors-- aka Annette Kleinbard-- and I like the muscle car song she sang with her sister.

    The Ohio girl group the Teardrops are fabulous-- and they should have made more of a name for themselves.

    It was great to hear that early 60's record by the Crystals-- one of my favorite girl groups. May I assume that There's No Other was their first release?

    My favorite song of this post is the last one-- The Doolang-- because it has energy and a great dance beat. It is an inspiring story how Andrea Carroll graduated from making pop records to becoming clinical psychologist Andrea Hill-- You go girl!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for reporting in! In case you forgot, the 45 rpm picture sleeve with pictures of Jan & Dean posing with their fiendish friends at Madame Tussauds of Hollywood wax museum comes from my personal collection. You'll be happy to know that I paid $10,000 for that rare pic sleeve! (Just, kidding, Turtle Dove :) "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy" is my favorite J&D record and I'm glad you like it, too. I am also happy to know you appreciated the other songs in this set and are inspired by the achievements of pop princess turned clinical psychologist Andrea Carroll.

      Thanks again for your comment, Kathryn, and let's have a great week!

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  3. Wrote the theme for Rocky and got a PhD - impressive!
    From surfing to horror. That is quite a change for Jan and Dean.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming! Just to be clear, singer/songwriter Carol Connors aka Annette Kleinbard, former lead singer of Spector's Teddy Bears, gets the credit for writing "Rocky." The other Carroll, Andrea Carroll, is the pop princess who went on to become an actress, acting coach and clinical psychologist. Both women are super achievers. (I'm still wearing a baby bib at the dinner table.)

      Jan & Dean loved to dabble and experiment, shock and amuse. It shows in the varied styles of music they explored, their innovative recording techniques and in their live performances. Some 30 years ago I paid a pretty penny for that near mint copy of the pic sleeve showing J&D posing with creepy residents of the Hollywood wax museum.

      Thanks for your visit and comment, good buddy Alex!

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  4. Hi, buddy! Nice to have sunshine music in the morning, even if our damn temps are closer to December level.

    Quite a Righteous Bros switch for J&D. Not sure it really grabbed me, though. C&Cs song sure beats Melcher's co-write with Charles Manson...

    Teardrops was darn good for a b-side. I'm guessing the girl on the far left was about 60% wig...

    Always good to listen to the Crystals.

    No need (at least here) to have me examined...I'll go along with Kathryn, Andrea was pick of this litter!

    Now if it just warms up a bit before the winds pick up, so Scrappy isn't giving me the $#!t eye ALL day...

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for coming over on a Sunday, good buddy. I appreciate it!

      What? It has turned colder up there in Indiana? Me thinks the earth has left its orbit and is catapulting into deep space! All kidding aside, the mercury reached 90 down here yesterday and we had the a/c cranked up to high. I'd give ANYTHING... ANYTHING... to experience the cool, refreshing air blowing through your neck of the woods.

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed the Ohio girl group, the Teardrops. (Potential candidates for your next B.C. along with Carol Connors and Andrea Carroll?) I think the hair on all four Teardrops is real. Girls of the 60s used a number of techniques to give their hair extra body ("big hair"). Several 60s girl group anthologies recall the practice of teasing aka "backcombing":

      http://www.amazon.com/Backcombing-Fabulous-British-American-Classics/dp/B000EZQ27Q

      I'm pleased as punch that you tapped "The Doolang" as pick of the litter (aka your Pick To Click).

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy Chris, and have a Scrappy Sunday!

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  5. Another great version of Spectorian Spectaculars! :)
    I like the pics of Jan & Dean but I didn't really care for You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy.
    My favorite is Carol & Cheryl's Go Go GTO. I love the GTO and I like those muscle car songs.
    I really enjoyed the Crystals There's No Other.
    You Won't Be There is another good one, but besides Go Go GTO, my other favorite here is the Doolang by Andrea Carroll. That's a fun song. Good dance music there!

    Thanks for waking me up with another Phil Spector version of great music. It's a bit cool here today. I got up early because I just got another dog here this morning but I think I'm going to go crawl back under the covers for awhile on this chilly Sunday morning. You have yourself a wonderful Sunday Shady!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you for coming over on a chilly Sunday morning. I wish it was cooler here in Florida where we hit 90 yesterday!

      I'm surprised that some of you don't like "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy." It's my favorite Jan & Dean record. I'm glad you like the creepy pic sleeve shots taken in the wax museum.

      Carol & Cheryl were no-hit-wonders. I think they released their muscle car song a little too late. If it would have hit the street in 1963 they could have had a hit on their hands. "Go Go G.T.O." is a darn good recording and I'm happy that you agree. I am also pleased to know that you enjoyed "The Doolang" by doctor Andrea.

      I hope you have a fine day getting acquainted with your new canine arrival and I wish you a happy week ahead, dear friend Michele!

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    2. I just realized that the G.T.O. was not introduced until the 1964 model year as an option package for the Pontiac Tempest, and so it might be a stretch to think of C&C releasing their "G.T.O." single in 1963. However, since car model years in the U.S. typically start in September of the previous year (coinciding with the new TV season), then it is conceivable that C&C could have placed their G.T.O. song on the chart late in 1963....just saying...

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    3. Just saying... you're right. It's always available to have a new year car model as early as September of the previous year.
      The date that the vehicle was put together is provided on the inside of the driver's side door -- or used to be anyway; they say you never want to purchase a vehicle made on a Monday or a Friday. That's just urban legend stuff but it makes sense. Too hung over from the weekend on Monday and too anxious for the weekend on Friday! Just sayin'... :)

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    4. Ha! If the hard partying Shady of the 60s, 70s or 80s was on the auto assembly line, that urban legend would have come true! :)

      It's always a pleasure to have you over for a visit, dear friend Michele. I hope you, your mother and father are all feeling well and in good spirits.

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    5. Everybody is doing pretty good Shady. I'm taking my mom in for a Cardioversion on Wednesday. They're going to try to shock her heart back into rhythm for the 3rd time. This time better work! She's still having a rough time but the Atrial Fibrillation is really taking its toll on her breathing. If they can get her shocked back into rhythm I think it will be much better. And she just had a sleep study for sleep apnea done on Friday night. We get the results from that in 2 weeks. Doctors, doctors, doctors!
      Thanks for your well wishes...They are much appreciated. XOXO

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    6. Always, dear friend.

      I just discussed A-fib and cardioversion with Mrs. Shady because she is an experienced cardio unit nurse practitioner. She says A-fib is a common condition in older women and even if cardioversion doesn't work, there are other options for your mother. At any rate (poor choice of words?) I hope and pray that your mother gets fixed up (including the sleep apnea thing) and feels better soon.

      God bless!

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    7. Thanks Shady. And to Mrs. Shady too! :)

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  6. You've offered a pleasantly soothing line-up of songs for a Sunday, dear Shady:-)
    Perhaps I'm a little fuzzy today (restless night) but in those delightful Jan and Dean pictures I could swear I see Alice cooper in a basket and the Terminator in chains! Nothing another cup of coffee won't cure, I suppose ;-)
    Interesting that Carol/Annette wrote car songs. I wonder what she'd think of today's Shelby, or what she'd compose for a Stage 2 Roush?
    Wow, Dr. Andrea is one exceptional lady! And, for this round she gets my vote for favorite song:-)

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend! I hope you had that extra cup of coffee because I think you were hallucinating while gazing at my vintage J&D picture sleeve. :)

      Jack in the Box - YES!... but not Alice in the basket. :)

      Alice in Chains - YES!... but not the Terminator.

      (I'll be back.)

      I'm back! :) You see, dear friend, that Jan & Dean pic sleeve was manufactured in 1965. The Alice Cooper band didn't get started until the late 60s and The Terminator didn't come along for nearly 20 more years. But who says we can't use our imagination, right? 99% of my material invites you to use your imagination and I thank you for doing just that. :)

      I'm happy that you took an interest in the two featured women in this post, Carol and Andrea, and their remarkable achievements on and off the turntable. Given today's pop landscape I seriously doubt that car songs will make a comeback any time soon, unless there is another oldies revival like the kind that turned me into an avid vinyl collector in the early 70s. I'm pleased to know that you enjoyed "The Doolang" which is also my Pick To Click.

      Thanks a bunch for your visit and excellent comment, dear friend Diedre, and enjoy the week ahead!

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  7. Tom, surf music is fun! I wouldn't say it's my favorite, but I do like hearing it from time to time. I totally get the appeal of it. Sunshine, ocean waves, bikinis, beach balls, bonfires,...what's not to like about it? Retro tunes signify a simpler time of carefree days now missed. It's nice to stroll down memory lane when you hear songs from the past and think, "Wow, what a blast!" I thoroughly enjoyed all of these tunes. I think all of them are new-to-me or I just forgot about them, but I do recognize the artists and I think you introduced them to me through your previous posts. You do a fabulous job sharing your love of music and time spent at the Shady Dell that you make me feel like I was a part of those long ago moments. Thanks for making me smile a little more today. Have a tunetastic week, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy, my tunetastic friend! Thank you very much for coming over on your Sunday. It's great to see you!

      One of my favorite recordings of the SoCal surf music category is the 5 minute long opus "Beach Baby" by First Class. The following video brings the lyrics to life:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpsmHfDqsl8

      Some of my happiest memories are of lazy days spent at the beach and listening to tunes like these on the radio. I miss that feeling of not having a single care in the world, don't you?

      Yessum, you have a good memory. I have presented Jan & Dean, Carol Connors and the Teardrops in previous posts. I am very happy to know you liked all five of these pop ditties. I don't think I ever heard any of them at the Shady Dell but they formed the soundtrack of my youth in the years before I started going to the Dell in the fall of 1965.

      I am happy to make you smile and put some music into your day, dear friend Cathy. Thanks again for joining the fun and have a wonderful week!

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  8. I loved the beach music of the 60's. 2 of my Mom's brother's lived in Whittier Cal. and her best friend lived in Malibu. In 66 we took a family trip to California to visit. I was super excited to see the ocean and get a taste of the beach life. My folks were a bit taken back by all the young girls in bikinis (My sis and I weren't allowed to wear them!) and the very casual life style. My Uncles tried to persuade my Dad to move there but he said no way would he raise his kids there. I guess he felt Chicago was a better atmosphere! Anyway, I loved Jan and Dean and it's pretty cool that a woman wrote muscle car songs! I loved the last tune the best in this series. It had me toe tapping immediately! Guess I don't need my head examined? Well, that might be up for debate! Have a great week Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you ever so much for coming by to bask in Spectorian Splendor. I'm always excited when you provide anecdotes relating to the material presented. I can picture your folks having a negative reaction to the casual "anything goes" culture of Southern California and agree that it was a better decision to raise you in the Midwest. I know of no finer citizen than you.

      I'm delighted that you got so much out of the post and enjoyed the tuneage including Carol Connors' muscle car record and the danceworthy "Doolang" by Dr. Andrea. Notice that both of those great girl pop recordings went uncharted - prime examples of Shady's Law which states that a record's greatness has absolutely nothing to do with its chart position or lack thereof.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and superb comments, dear friend YaYa, and have a wonderful week ahead!

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  9. Hello Shady!!

    How unfortunate that I don't remember the artists or songs here today. I think that's because I was Sooo hooked on Motown. Of course, some of the girls here have the same sound - you know - THAT 60's GIRL Harmony sound?!!!

    As long as you can dance to it, I'll play it.

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    1. Hi, dear Dixie!

      How are you, my friend? I am very happy to see you back here at SDMM where you are always welcome.

      If you were hooked on Motown you had plenty of artists and music to keep you occupied. The Motown Sound was such a phenomenon in the 60s that it put the Spector Sound out of business. The girl group harmony sound of the 60s that many of us love was, in some cases, created by overdubbing the vocal tracks of a solo artist. You can hear the sound layering on the girl pop and girl group recordings throughout this Echoes series.

      I hope you enjoyed your visit, dear friend Dixie, because I certainly enjoyed having you. Have a great week and please come back again soon!

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  10. Some great old music here. I'm only familiar with the Jan & Dean cut since I was a big fan of their music. I guess I haven't heard that song in near 50 years. Great song!

    The other cuts all have that classic sound of that era. Wonderful music.

    By the way one of the members of the Kingdoms band from Idaho left a message in the comments of my Justin Bieber song battle. Pretty cool!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for coming over to wallow in Spectorian Splendor, good buddy!

      I am delighted that you remember and like Jan & Dean's Spectoresque single "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy." Most of the people who commented so far didn't like it very much.

      It's interesting to note that R&B singer Jimmy Hughes released a single that same year (1965) called "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy (You Really Know How To Make Him Cry)." It's an entirely different song, written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joy2x0PnUFU

      That song was also recorded by R&B great Arthur Conley:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6EJ32iPVI8

      My question to you is this, Lee. I vaguely recall the expression "You really know how to hurt a guy" being used around that time, the mid 60s, so often that it became a catchphrase and the inspiration for these two songs. Can you help me remember the origin of that catchphrase? I did some digging and found that a variation of it was used on The Three Stooges. "You know how to hurt a guy, Moe!" was a line spoken by Curly-Joe DeRita who joined the act in 1958. I can't help thinking there is an origin for the exact phrase, however. I thought it might have been used by a comedy team like Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello or Allen & Rossi, but I can't be certain of it. Can you help me?

      It's so cool that Braden Hallman of the Kingdoms band left a comment on your blog! I'm sure he couldn't help noticing all the comments left by the metal haters. I hope he also read the favorable, supportive comments left by those of us who appreciate his band.

      Thanks again for reporting in, good buddy Lee. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Can't help you with the quote. When I heard it in my mind as you brought up the question, I was picturing Clark Gable saying it, but I have no idea where that association came from. Just could not say what the origin of the phrase it.

      I figured my Bieber Battle would elicit some cold comments, but I doubt that any of it was based on actually listening to the music and more of a bad attitude toward artists and genres. Some people just get stuck in a limited range of likes and continually ride their one trick pony.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Tossing It Out

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    3. Ain't it the truth! I am very happy to have a friend like you who has varied tastes and boldly presents all types of material on his blog, come what may.

      Thanks again, good buddy Lee!

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  11. Another fascinating post that added to my musical education! Believe it or not, this is the first time I've heard any of these songs. Jan and Dean are familiar from "Dead Man's Curve". (The video was unavailable in Canada. Click HERE for an alternative.) Of all the songs presented, I like The Teardrops best. Interesting tidbit about Carol co-writing the Rocky theme. That's a favourite movies series. Dr. Andrea has an impressive resumé but her voice is way too girly for my taste. ☺

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you for coming down to experience my latest installment of Echoes.

      I'm sorry that I neglected to check that tool to determine playback availability in your country. Thank you for taking time to find another YouTube upload of the Jan & Dean number "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy." That single, along with its unforgettable picture sleeve, made quite an impression on me and remains my favorite recording by those "Legendary Masked Surfers." You might have noticed the performance vid on Y/T that is said to be the last TV performance by Jan & Dean before the high speed auto crash (a short distance from Dead Man's Curve) that nearly claimed Jan's life and left him permanently brain damaged. It's hard to watch this performance knowing what was to come:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl4TAwggSKU

      The J&D single "Popsicle" became a top 20 hit in the months that followed Jan's terrible accident.

      I'm thrilled that you like the Ohio girl group The Teardrops and that you are impressed with the credentials of Carol and Andrea. It doesn't surprise me that your "girly voice" alarm sounded as you listened to one or two of these recordings. I'm afraid that's going to happen often until my girl pop/girl group phase passes. :)

      Thank you again for your visit and cheery comment, dear friend Debbie. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Thanks for sharing that performance video. The one following, from The Dean Martin Show was fun. Yes, I remember reading about Jan's tragic accident. So sad! :(

      Andrea sounds as girly as can be. Doesn't match her sophisticated appearance. ☺

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    3. Here's another rare clip I never saw before. It's Jan & Dean lip syncing the same song in Hawaii flanked by the Gazzarri Dancers, the female dance troupe from Hollywood A Go Go. What strikes me when J&D performed is how they always did so much clowning, never played it straight for very long, and often appeared to be a couple of imposters or two drunks muddling their way through the song on karaoke night:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0zAnmuotPE

      Thanks, dear friend Debbie!

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    4. Not exactly a professional performance. ☺ I guess that was their gimmick.

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    5. Right, Debbie!

      That was the one thing I didn't like about Jan & Dean. They seemed incapable of playing it straight. One of their record albums that I owned was two-thirds nonsense and one third music. Their shtick got old after a while.

      Thanks for dropping by, dear friend Debbie!

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  12. Hello good friend, Mr Shady!

    Surf and sun sound really good right about now, as we are experiencing a delightful Portland rain.

    Always a delight to read your insight into these fine classics. What a great collection. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Hi, Mary!

      Thank you very much for coming all the way from rain soaked Portland to bask in Spectorian Splendor here at the Shady.

      I realize these five recordings were released a tad before your time, and I am pleased to know that you enjoyed reading, listening and learning about them.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Mary, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  13. Wow! Phil Spector knew how to crank out the hits. I knew realized how many songs he recorded/produced (and a lot more to come with 6 more Vol.) I remember watching the biography movie about him and his troubled life, it was so interesting. Boy! does he need and new do (or new wig!)
    My fav song on this Vol. is Go, go, GTO! It brought back memories of the guys in high school(the motorhead click). Many would burn rubber or peel out of the parking lots in these classic GTO's and they'd go, GO, G O !!!!
    Thanks for sharing more classic, Shady!

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you very much for coming to this week's party which shines the spotlight on Spector records and Spectorian soundalikes. Just to be clear, the only Phil Spector-produced record in this set is the one by the Crystals. The other four were inspired by or influenced by Spector and utilized some of the production techniques that he made famous, such as the echo chamber and the doubling of instrumental and vocal tracks to create a dense audio mix.

      Yessum, Spector had/has a troubled life, but you can't deny that he had a knack for cranking out great sounding records.

      I'm pleased to know that you enjoyed the G.T.O. song. You're right. It brings back memories of those cool guys in high school who were lucky enough to own muscle cars. I used to ride home from school with a guy who got a new Chevy 396 SS every new model year! (His dad owned a dealership.) How about the parade of hot cars that made the circuit around East York from the parking lot of Gino's 15 Cent Hamburgers to Avalong Dairy and back? Then there was a place called the Shady Dell where quite a few guys peeled out and sped up the hill on Starcross Road. Meanwhile, I was chugging along in my dad's VW Beetle - not exactly a muscle car! :)

      So many memories, dear friend Toni. Thank you very much for visiting and bringing them back. Have a great week!

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  14. At first I was like I don't know these songs, then I hit play and thought oh yeah I know this song didn't know the name didn't know the artist but knew the tune

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    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, my good Australian friend?

      Gosh, you seem more familiar with these tunes than most of my American friends. I was never one to focus very much on song lyrics, but rather on the overall sound and production. These five ditties bring you the sound of the early and mid 60s before pop turned to rock and soul turned to funk.

      Thank you very much for stopping by, dear friend Jo-Anne, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  15. Ooh, I didn't know Carol Connors wrote Little Cobra!
    As always, lots of good information this week, Shady.
    Have a great one.

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    1. Hi, Sandra!

      Thank you for coming by, dear friend! Yessum, Carol penned the car classic "Hey Little Cobra" along with the Theme from Rocky "Gonna Fly Now," plus she was the lead singer on the big 50s hit by The Teddy Bears, "To Know Him Is To Love Him." That's all quite impressive, isn't it?

      Thanks again, Sandra, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. It is indeed impressive. What an artist.
      I was also a Jan and Dean fan. You? :)
      Have a good one:)

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    3. Hi, Sandra!

      Yessum, I was and still am a Jan & Dean fan. I wasn't fond of "Baby Talk" or other early J&D singles released from 1959 though 1962 but, starting with "Linda" in 1963, I dug their sound and bought nearly everything they released up to and including "Popsicle" in 1966.

      Thanks for the poke, dear friend Sandra!

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    4. I don't remember Baby Talk...Just as well, huh? Grin. Have a great Hump Day, friend.

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    5. Hi, Sandra!

      "Baby Talk" had a decidedly white doo-wop feel. It was heavy on the echo and the lyrics were little more than... baby talk.

      Here's a Dick Clark flashback:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unveuZ-aRqA

      Thanks for the tweet, dear friend Sandra!

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  16. Gosh thank You for the interesting info you always give. Even though I do not know all the backstories, I really remember many of these songs.
    Terrific post today !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! A few years ago when I started researching this 17-part Echoes series dedicated to the Phil Spector sound, I already knew this biggie by Jan & Dean and the one by the Crystals but I had never heard of Carol Connors, Andrea Carroll or the Teardrops. I was amazed to discover those and hundreds of other recordings that imitated the Spectorian Wall-of-Sound.

      I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed the post, dear friend Gayle. Please remember that I am thinking about you and gud dog thehamish this week and wishing you and him the best.

      Bless you!

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  17. You know, it just occurred to me while reading this. You must be a party goer when you were younger. How many concerts have you been to, Shady? :)

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    1. Hi, Luxie!

      How are you today/tonight, dear friend? Thank you for coming halfway around the world to attend my latest Echoes party.

      You are right, Lux. When I was younger I was a party goer. I also loved to host parties. Some of the large parties I organized in my teens, 20s and early 30s are legend. :)

      When I was a boy I loved to play host, invite my friends and cousins over to my house and entertain them with records and with "spook house" displays much like the gruesome scenes in that Jan & Dean picture sleeve.

      I haven't been to as many concerts as some people, but the ones that immediately come to mind include the Beach Boys, James Brown, Sister Sledge, Peaches & Herb, David Clayton-Thomas of BS&T, Freddy Cannon, the Coasters, the Chiffons, the Earls, the Flamingos, the Tokens, Jewel Akens, the Thompson Twins, Kiss, W.A.S.P., Jay & the Americans, Pia Zadora and Peter Paul & Mary.

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend Lux. It's always a pleasure to have you here. Enjoy the rest of your week in the Philippines!

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  18. It's amazing and so nice to see how people, when young, made a great record and later on, did even more with their lives like the lady who is a psychiatrist. Thanks again for a wonderful trip down memory lane

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you for dropping by, my dear Canadian friend!

      Yessum, the world is full of pop idol wannabes, and it is always nice to find cases of young recording artists who went on to great achievements in other areas. I am reminded of Bernadette Castro. Please follow this URL and read the beginning and end of this 2014 post:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2014/11/history-lesson-what-you-dont-know-about.html

      I'm happy to know that you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane, dear friend BB. Have a wonderful week!

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  19. Those are some very old tunes. I never heard any of them. Jan and Dean definitely had a Beach-Boy-like sound. GTO sounded strangely familiar. Did another artist redo it?

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for coming by, dear friend! Yessum, these are very old tunes, released before you were born. There's good reason why Jan & Dean have a Beach-Boy-like sound. Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys were the leading music acts of the SoCal surf rock and hot rod movement of the early to mid 60s. Jan Berry of J&D and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys collaborated on close to a dozen Jan & Dean recordings.

      Carol Connors' "Go Go G.T.O." record shares similarities with "G.T.O." - a top 5 hit in 1964 for the surf rock group Ronny & the Daytonas.

      Thank you very much for your kind visit, comment and question, dear friend Sherry, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Ah yes, Ronny and the Daytonas. That's where I made the connection. Thanks for the answer. Very interesting about the collaboration between Jan and Brian. That explains a lot!

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    3. Hi, Sherry!

      Yessum, Brian Wilson and Jan & Dean sang on each other's recordings. They also wrote and produced for other artists of the genre. By 1966 the Beach Boys had left surf rock behind and were writing and recording more mature, complex material. In April of that year, Jan Berry was disabled in a near fatal car crash, bringing an end to the evolutionary process Jan & Dean seemed to have begun the previous year with the Spectorian opus "You Really Know How To Hurt a Guy."

      Thanks for the return visit, dear friend Sherry!

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  20. Hi Shady, You started your post with one of my favorite duos, Jan and Dean! Looking at the photos reminded me how handsome they were. I love the song you featured, but I liked their other hits more, I think.

    I was at Disneyland many years ago and Jan and Dean were supposed to perform at an outside site. We waited, and only one of them came. He said his brother wasn't well. He did sing a few songs alone. I can't remember which brother it was. I also saw Paul Anka sing at Disneyland. But he wasn't a fave of mine.

    Even though I liked the background musicon "You Really Know How to Hurt A Guy," I thought it overpowered the singing a bit. I like to hear the voices loud and clear on a recording.

    I really enjoyed the other songs, especially 'Doolang.' That was such a fun song. Thanks for a fun time.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for coming down to bask in Spectorian Splendor. That's a very interesting anecdote about going to see Jan & Dean at Disneyland. (Mrs. Shady and I just returned from Disney World!) Jan & Dean were not brothers, so it might have been a figure of speech used by the one member of the duo who showed up that day. Gosh, I wonder if it could have been sometime after April 1966, Belle. If so, then Jan would have been laid up in the hospital recovering from his near fatal car crash. Yessum, when you look at how handsome Jan Berry was prior to the crash, it makes you sad to know that he suffered that severe head injury, brain damage and, ultimately, an early death as a result of the mishap.

      I'm a little surprised to learn that you were not a huge fan of Canadian singer, songwriter and teen idol Paul Anka.

      For decades I shunned the Spector sound because, like you, I preferred recordings with clean production, ones that allowed you to clearly hear the vocals and understand the words. A few years ago I developed an appreciation of the dense, echo drenched, Wall-of-Sound technique used by Spector and his imitators, and this 17-part series was born.

      Every reader seems to favor "The Doolang" and I am very happy that you enjoyed it and the other tunes.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comments, dear friend Belle. I hope all is well with you, your mother and the rest of your family. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  21. A fun read as always, Shady. Unfortunately, I'm encountering errors when trying to play the videos. I've had viewing issues for a short while now. Must figure that out! Anyway, Jan and Dean was a favourite duo of mine. I remember having one of their 45s.. Popsicle (Pop.. ding-a-ling! Hey, I was ten!). I'm scratching my head because I'm thinking that the flip side was a cover of Norwegian Wood. Just a vague memory which might well be way off.

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    1. Hi, Hilary!

      I'm delighted to see you back here at SDMM, dear friend. Thank you for coming down!

      Yessum, one of my other Canadian friends informed me that the playback of my Jan & Dean video is disabled in Canada. I am sorry to learn that you also encountered problems playing the other vids in this post.

      As I have been discussing with other readers in the comment threads, "Popsicle" was the last hit single released by Jan & Dean, and it hit the street shortly after Jan nearly lost his life in a high speed sports car crash on Whittier Drive. You have a great memory, dear friend. The flip side of "Popsicle" is indeed a cover of the Beatles' song "Norwegian Wood." Look here:

      http://www.45cat.com/record/55886

      I appreciate your visit, Hilary. I hope you are enjoying springtime in Canada and I invite you to come back and see me soon. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend, dear friend!

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  22. i love this.

    it never gets old.

    and i'm sorry i haven't been around much lately, because i don't mean to, but life gets busy and sometimes other things take priority to computer down time.
    but i still hope to be drifting by from time to time.
    and i'm glad the old Shady Dell site is still hoppin'!

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    1. Hi, dear Abigail!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend, and also happy to know that you are still out there in blogland.

      I was young once, too, (350 million years ago), and I know how many other exciting things you have to do. I am always grateful when you can drop by for a visit and I hope that you and I will always be friends.

      The tunes in this post were recorded light years before you were born and I doubt you ever heard them before. However, it's fun to learn and I hope you enjoyed listening to these songs and learning about the artists who wrote and recorded them.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Abigail. Please give Daisy a hug and enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

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  23. Doris Day's son....I didn't even know she had children. I'm assuming she was married. Who to?
    Happy Thursday, Shady. Hope your weather is better today.

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    1. Hi, Sandra!

      It's a little confusing. According to Wiki, Doris Day was married four times. Her first husband, trombone player Al Jorden, was Terry Melcher's biological father. Her second husband was sax player George Weidler. Her third husband was film producer Martin Melcher. Her fourth husband was Barry Comden, the maître d'hôtel at one of Doris's favorite restaurants.

      Yessum, it has been rain free here today, but very warm and humid.

      Thanks for stopping by, dear friend Sandra!

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  24. Great post Shady! I enjoyed listening to all these songs. Hope you have a great week.

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    1. Hi, Sarah!

      Thanks for popping in, dear friend! I'm glad you enjoyed listening to this batch of oldies, most of which are in the surf rock vein.

      Thanks again, dear friend Sarah, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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