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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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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Vol 12: Serving Cake and Sweet Sweet Music!


 Welcome to volume 12 of my 

 17-part series focusing on 

 Phil Spector's Wall of Sound

 records produced by Spector 

 along with great Spectorian 

 soundalikes made by others! 

My opening act is a twofer - two groups
for the price of one. This you gotta hear!

 THE BEACH BOYS 

 AND THE CASTELLS 

I tend to avoid YouTube remixes of oldies
but this one's beyond cool. In November 1963,
the Beach Boys recorded the Brian Wilson song
"I Do." It remained unreleased for many years.


Meanwhile, Wilson used the same backing track
to arrange and produce a Spector style recording
of "I Do" that was released as a single in 1964
by the Castells, a 4-man group from Santa Rosa,
California, led by Chuck Girard who also made
records with the surf rock group the Hondells.


Listen now to this otherworldly YouTube special -
the vocals of the Beach Boys and the Castells
joined together in marriage singing "I Do!"

 "I Do" - The Castells and the Beach Boys 
 (Castells single rel. Mar. 1964, uncharted) 





 THE RONETTES 

We heard from Brill Building singer/songwriter/producer
Ellie Greenwich earlier in this series. Ellie and husband
Jeff Barry wrote many songs for and with Phil Spector.
Some were turned into hits by Spector's girl groups.
Some were covered with greater success by other
artists.  "I Can Hear Music" is one of those songs.
The best known version is the top 30 hit by the
Beach Boys in the spring of 1969.


Fewer people know that the original version was
recorded in 1966 by the Ronettes. Released at
Halloween, the Ronettes single lasted only one
week on the lowest rung of the Billboard ladder,
#100, an outcome that surely scared Spector!

 "I Can Hear Music" - The Ronettes 
 (Oct. 1966, highest chart pos. #100) 





 THE WALKER BROTHERS 

The Ronettes enjoyed much greater success in
1964 when they made a run at the top 20 with
"Walking in the Rain," penned by Spector
along with another great pair of
song scribes, Barry Mann and
his wife Cynthia Weil.


In 1967, "Walking in the Rain" was covered
by the Walker Brothers on their album Images
and reached the top 30 as a single in the UK.

 "Walking In The Rain" - The Walker Brother 
 (from March 1967 album Images, 
 UK single reached #26) 





 THE CAKE 

If I knew the Walkers were coming
I'd have baked a Cake!  The Cake
was an East Coast girl trio that
released records on Decca.


Based in New York, the Cake was a soulful,
psychedelic girl pop act that sounded a lot
like the Shangri-Las and Spector's Ronettes.
Cake's first single was the Wall of Sounder
"Baby That's Me." The fact that the song
was written by two of the all time greats,
Jack Nitzsche and Jackie DeShannon,
is icing on the cake!

 "Baby That's Me" - The Cake 
 (August 1967, uncharted) 





 BOBBY SHEEN 

R&B vocalist Bobby Sheen took the name
Bob B. Soxx as lead singer of Bob B. Soxx &
the Blue Jeans, an early 60s Spector group that
included Blossoms Darlene Love and Fanita James.


Bobby also released records as a solo artist.
Many call my featured single Bobby's best.
Featuring glorious Spectorian production
and backing by the Blossoms, here's
Bobby with "Sweet Sweet Love."

 "Sweet Sweet Love" - Bobby Sheen 
 (June 1966, uncharted) 




 Thanks for being here for 

 the 12th edition of Echoes. 

 More Spectorian Splendor 

 is coming soon in Vol. 13! 

Have a Shady day!

50 comments:

  1. I love the Beach Boys, and that mix of vocals by the Beach Boys and Castells is something else— like an all-male chorus singing in harmony—fantastic! I never knew the Ronettes sang the Beach Boys hit I Can Hear Music— and did it first! I think it should have been a hit. The Walker Bros. do a magnificent job on Walking in the Rain— I love their smooth, powerful vocals. I never heard of the psychedelic girl group Cake. They have a great sound and I’m glad you introduced them. I never knew Bobby from the Bob. B. Soxx group made solo records. Sweet Sweet Love is a lovely song and Bobby has a smooth, rich voice. A great selection here, Shady!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for popping in for another edition of Echoes, a blog series that I started in 1956! :)

      Yessum, I was astounded when I heard that blend of the Beach Boys and Castells voices on "I Do." I never even heard of the song until I got into the Spector sound a few years ago and found it on a CD of Spectorian soundalikes. There's a lot of garbage on YouTube, but this inspired "marriage" is a gem.

      Yessum, Record producer Phil Spector had the Midas touch, but some of his efforts failed, including a few of the singles released by his hit girl group the Ronettes. "Walking in the Rain," released at H-ween 1964, was the Ronettes' last top 30 hit. Two Ronettes singles released in 1965, "Born To Be Together" and "Is This What I Get For Loving You," halted at #52 and #75. "I Can Hear Music" lasted only one week at #100 before disappearing. The Ronettes placed a single on the Bubbling Under chart in 1969 but never again reached the Hot 100.

      As you know from hearing me play them so often in my man cave, I love the girl group The Cake. Their sound is surreal and their back story is fascinating and laced with conflict and tragedy. I will be serving more Cake in future posts.

      Thanks again, Kathryn, and have a great day!

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  2. Sometimes I imagine your house so full of music every day. :)

    These are great choices as always, Shady. I think I remember growing up with some Beach Boys vibe though I can't really recall much about them.

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    1. Hi, dear Luxie!

      Thank you very much for visiting me again, dear friend!

      Yessum, music is a very important part of my day. I use it to get motivated during my exercise sessions. I highly recommend that you delve into the Beach Boys catalog and while you're at it treat yourself to the goodies on Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds. I also urge you to experience the otherworldly psychedelic sounds of The Cake, a girl group that totally won me over in recent years and has a strong cult following around the world.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Lux!

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  3. A couple are new to me. But then, most were before my time.
    Is The Cake's cover the Japanese version?

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for reporting in, good buddy!

      Yessir, this is my second post in a row featuring oldies but goodies that were released light years before your time.

      The Cake is a girl group with a fascinating story and I will be presenting more of their material in future posts. They have tie-ins with Tiny Tim and rock acts that include Dr. John, Traffic and Cream drummer Ginger Baker's band Air Force. That rare 7-inch pic sleeve is indeed the Japanese issue of their signature song "Baby That's Me."

      Thanks again, Alex!

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  4. Whenever I hear Phil Spector's name I picture him all scary and freaky in the court house. It's a shame such a great innovator for music is where he is. Now for the songs.....love the remix with the Beach Boys. I like that song from the Ronettes , what a shame it didn't do well when it came out. The Walkers are really good and love the voices...sexy and they look so typical sixties brooding. The one reminds me of Peter Cook in the day. The Cake are good and they are the brooding females. I have to say I really enjoyed listening to Bobby Sheen.

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend!

      Yessum, sometimes a touch of evil accompanies genius, making it hard for us to separate a notorious person's professional achievements from his personal life. Bill Cosby and Bob Crane come to mind.

      I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed the song selections in this post. The Beach Boys/Castells blend makes me swoon. The Ronettes record, released in the fall of 1966, reminds us that the times were changing and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound was fading in popularity. Even his most successful act, The Righteous Brothers, had dropped off the top 30 by late 1966. I love the rich, mellow voices of the Walker Brothers and their echo drenched recordings. I'm glad your ears match mine. The Cake made surreal recordings that didn't sell very well but are today hailed as musical treasures by historians and fans.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend BB!

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  5. Me not into sweets, but your post is ... sweet, Mr Shady ... smiles ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, kitty cat!

      Welcome, my furry feline friend! :)

      I don't eat sweets either, but I enjoy these sweet sounds. I hope you found a tune or two that you liked.

      Thanks for coming, dear friend cat!

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  6. Such a plethora of pleasant Spectorian sounds! I'm surprised the Ronettes didn't have a hit with "I Can Hear Music". The Cake was interesting and bonus - no girlie voices! ☺ Looking forward to learning more about them. Another great time capsule post, Shady. Congrats!

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    1. You can say that again. Oh, I see you did! :)

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    2. I don't know why that posted twice!

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    3. I need to reply to this to keep my comment numbers even! :)

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    4. Hahaha! We could keep this going for days. ☺

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    5. Thanks for helping me to falsely inflate my comment total, dearie! :)

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  7. Such a plethora of pleasant Spectorian sounds! I'm surprised the Ronettes didn't have a hit with "I Can Hear Music". The Cake was interesting and bonus - no girlie voices! ☺ Looking forward to learning more about them. Another great time capsule post, Shady. Congrats!

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you very much for coming down as I present back-to-back posts featuring 60s music rather than that blasted modern pop pablum! :)

      Yessum, as popular as the Ronnettes were, it seems strange that their record halted on the bottom rung of the Billboard ladder, but we need to remember that girl groups were on the way out by then, replaced by rock bands, harder and heavier sounds. Silly love songs were being replaced on the chart by more serious, complex compositions - "music for the thinking man (and woman)."

      The Cake was the real deal - very interesting story behind this girl group - and I hope you will NOT do any research on them so that I can inform you in my posts. :) I will tell you that one of those three girls died at age 32!

      I'm very happy to have pleased you with the post, dear friend Debbie. Thank you again for coming and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. "Modern pop pablum" pretty well describes the music scene these days. Good point about the evolution of music during the 60s. Same thing happened to me, personally. I'm looking forward to your feature on The Cake. How sad that one of the members died young.

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    3. Keep in mind that I have the mentality of a toddler, so me likey pablum. :)

      I just checked my posting schedule. The next post about The Cake is scheduled to run Nov. 30, 2019. (I am absolutely serious.) That gives you ample incentive to stick around, dear Debbie. (Mark your calendar! :)

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  8. Hi Shady!
    What a great end of summer mini-concert! Just when I was brooding about autumn's onset, you conjure essences of coconut oil and beach volleyball! I always enjoyed the Beach boys and didn't think they could sound any better. Now I know different ;-)
    Do you suppose it was just bad timing for the Ronettes? That song was fairly popular here.
    The Walker Brothers were okay, but The Cake was a kick with that boldly delicate timbre so prevalent in Orient music.
    I could listen to Bobby Sheen all day! He reminds me of someone I can't seem to place, though memories are fondly recalled.
    This was an enjoyable post, my dear master of all things music! My car radio will seem quite boring as I head out on my day ;-)

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for dropping by for a late summer mini-concert, dear friend!

      I'm delighted to know this post conjured herbal essences. :) Let me add these old song lyrics:

      << From the park you hear the happy sound of a carousel

      Mm-mm, you can almost taste the hot dogs and French fries they sell

      Under the boardwalk, down by the sea

      On a blanket with my baby is where I'll be >>

      Isn't that Beach Boys mashup fantastic? Regarding the Ronettes, I have been hypothesizing that, by the fall of '66, the girl group era was coming to an end and so was the popularity of Phil Spector's "Wall-of-Sound" recording techniques. The Beach Boys were one of the few acts that managed to keep that "endless summer" of innocence going strong for decades after and that might explain why their cover became a hit.

      I'm so pleased that you liked the Cake. The trio had a fascinating history that turned tragic when one of the girls died at age 32. Someone left the Cake out in the rain and they'll never have that recipe again. The beginning of Cake's "Baby That's Me" reminds me of the melody of "Everybody's Talkin' (At Me)" by Harry Nilsson, from the film Midnight Cowboy. Can you hear the similarity?

      Bobby Sheen's voice is like buttah. He sounds a little like Sam Cooke, don't you think?

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

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    2. Sam Cooke! That's who I couldn't place (or rather, name)!
      Hmm, the Midnight Cowboy might've been at MacArthur Park this morning ;-) Two unforgettable songs, by the way. I didn't at first equate the sound to spurs on concrete, but you may have something here.
      You're on a roll today, dear Shady!

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    3. Hi, Deidre!

      I had it narrowed down to velvet voiced Sam Cooke or Gilbert Gottfried. :)

      ""MacArthur Park" is one of my favorite recordings and I often quote those powerful lyrics.

      Thank you again for stopping by, dear friend Diedre, and enjoy your day, evening and week!

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  9. First, I want to say I love your Spector posts. He was truly a mad genius.

    The mix tune was very seemless, and very pretty. And I LOVE the Walker Brothers. Had Take It Easy On Yourself playing in my head this morning.

    These are all really gorgeous songs. Great post!

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    1. Hi there, Christopher W. Martin of scrappybooogle fame! :)

      Thanks for coming by, good buddy!

      I'm delighted to know that you likey my Echoes series. There are five more volumes already in the can so please stay tuned.

      I agree that the mixmaster did a tremendous job on "I Do." I'd have to say that beachy blend is music to my ears. The Walker Brothers were one of those American acts (there were quite a few) that needed to move to England to get their props. I love their blue-eyed soul sound!

      I intend to flagellate and stimulate your music taste buds with more of The Cake in the future, so please stick around.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy Chris, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  10. Late but I am here.
    I remember some of the music and the singers.
    The Walker Brothers ! Yes please !
    As for Spector, what a talent and I remember when he started his wall of sound. People do not remember how different music was before. We get use to all the equipment used in music today.
    He probably was bat shit crazy then but what a talent.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, thehamish!

      Thanks for coming over from Arizona, dear friends!

      I'm very happy to know you appreciate the smooth, masculine, blue-eyed soul of the Walker Bros. and their echo drenched Wall-of-Sound recordings. Spector cranked out hits right and left in the early and mid 60s but, suddenly, around the spring of 1966, tastes began to change and his singles driven brand of pop was on the way out. Spector was a perfectionist and a man obsessed, but his talent and recording studio wizardry are undeniable.

      Thanks again for chatting with me tonight, dear friend Gayle. Take good care of yourself and thehamish and I'll be seeing you soon!

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    2. He was a talent but I think he could have evolved if he wasn't so crazed and had better handlers.
      It is walking that thin line between genius and batshit crazy.

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    3. Hi again Gayle!

      I keep thinking about the verbal exchange that is said to have taken place in June 1963 between Phil Spector and Sonny Bono. The pair was working in the recording studio and had just finished listening to the final playback mix of the Crystal's single "Da Doo Ron Ron."

      ""THAT'S GOLD!" Spector reportedly shouted. "That's gold. That's solid gold
      coming out of that speaker!"

      To me, that's exciting as it gets. I wish I had been a fly on the studio wall that day.

      Thanks again for continuing our thread, dear friend Gayle!

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  11. I LOVE the Beach Boys! Their sound is so unique, or I always thought it was. I never heard them with the Castells. Great stuff there!

    I also like the Ronettes "I Can Hear Music"...

    I never heard of The Cake. That's an interesting name. Wonder where that came from??

    I really enjoyed Bobby Sheen. Nice!

    We're finally coming up for air after all this rain we've received. My brother and sister-in-law and their 6-yr old granddaughter just arrived on Tuesday so we're having fun. But I wanted to take a few minutes to check out your spectacular Spector post! Have a great weekend Shady.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, One-L Michele!

      Thank you for coming by, dear friend!

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed the combined harmonies of the Beach Boys and the Castells on "I Do" and that you dug the other tunes as well.

      To answer your question, Eleanor Barooshian, the blonde member of The Cake, came up with that name for the trio because it sounded feminine. The girls discovered each other in the ladies room of a Manhattan nightclub. The Cake was the first girl group to write original material and the first to get it released by a major record label. The Cake girls were the "missing links" in the evolution of girl groups, bridging the gap between traditional girl groups of the 50s and early 60s that relied on writers to supply their material, and the tough, self-contained girl bands of the 70s and beyond.

      I hope the out-of-towners are having a good time visiting you and I hope the weather remains more cooperative. I also hope your mom and dad are doing well. Thank you very much for breaking away from your family guests to pay me a visit. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Michele!

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    2. That's some interesting backstory Shady. Thanks for filling me in on The Cake girls. How cool that they were the first to write their own original material.

      No rain today but thunder rumbling so that may change. We're having a good time, drinking Corona's with lime and I'm about to make a pitcher of strawberry dacquiri's. Just finished feeding all the dogs here: I have 5 greyhounds here now and they're all black, which is unusual because there are 18 different colors of greyhounds so it's unusual to have all the same color. The 6 yr old, Tayla, is having a blast with all the dogs. It's a full house. I'm taking a break from cooking: I made a big pot of black eyed peas and we're having BLT's with the famous Western New York bread from Dicamillo's bakery that my brother & SIL brought down (they brought us 10 loaves and 20 lbs of Sahlen hot dogs!). No bread in the world like it!

      Have a fun weekend Shady!

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    3. Hi again, dearie!

      Thanks for filling me on what's going on with you and your visiting family members. Having 5 black greyhounds at the same time is like drawing an ace-high club flush in poker, don't you think? :) Seems like you guys are having quite a feast over there. Mrs. Shady and I love good breads and envy you for getting to munch on delicious bread imported from Western NY.

      Today Mrs. Shady and I took a scenic trip by car along the coastal highways of southwest Florida. I got my closest glimpse ever of dolphins arcing out of the water. We also visited an aquarium and, for the first time in my life, I had a close encounter with manatees. It was a great day!

      Thanks again for your kind and friendly visits, dear friend Michele. Take care, enjoy your company and let's connect again soon. Bless you!

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    4. Ha, that's a great way to put it, "drawing an ace-high club flush" -- hahaha! Yes indeed!

      Wow, sounds like you and Mrs. Shady had an extraordinary day! I love aquariums. The last one I was at was the Fort Fisher Aquarium in North Carolina. That was a fabulous aquarium. We have one here in Austin but it's not that great. Especially because one day when I was there, I was watching the wildlife when all of the sudden, a crab crawled over and flat out killed a starfish that was just hanging out. We started yelling for staff to get there but by the time someone showed up it was too late. The starfish was dead. I was so pissed. And so many were of course traumatized. These employees are all supposed to have marine biology degrees, so why in the world would they keep crabs and starfish in the same tank?? The owners of this particular aquarium were cited for neglect and animal cruelty in another state and there was quite a controversy of them even opening the Austin aquarium. I called PETA and the local news channel that was covering the controversy. The next time I went back, the crabs were no longer in with the starfish, thankfully.

      How fabulous that you got to see dolphins arcing out of the water. What a sight that must have been. A great day for sure. Thanks for sharing it with me! :)

      Everybody is already in bed and that's where I'm headed right now. Talk soon!

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    5. Hi, Michele!

      You are a crusader for change and a champion of animal rights. I admire you greatly for those reasons alone, but you are also a wonderful friend in every sense the word. :)

      At the aquarium I visited today they had sharks in a tank along with small fish. I asked the docent why the sharks don't eat the fish and she told me that, at feeding time, staff members make sure every shark receives its fair share of food so that none is left hungry and needs to go in search of prey. One of the most amazing sights today was the octopus - bright purple in color. It used its suckers to climb the glass wall of its tank, displaying its impressive 4-foot tentacle spread. They also had a "Goliath" grouper - a huge fish that fearlessly head-butted larger sharks as if he was king of the tank. It was a fascinating experience!

      Sleep tight, dear friend, and thank you again for your cheery visits to SDMM!

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  12. Sorry I'm late to this party and almost missed out on some "Cake"! I love the Beach Boys and I really enjoyed the mix with the Castells. The Walker version of Walking in the Rain wasn't a fav for me..sorry! But I loved the Cake girls! Of course I have to throw in a memory when I saw their cover pic. I went for a haircut on Christmas Eve, 1967. How do I remember that? Because the girl cut my long hair shockingly short..like Mia Farrow short and I hated it..cried all night. Christmas Day I opened a gift from my
    Aunt and it was a shirt almost like the one in the Cake pic..with a tie..now I really hated my short hair and boy looking tie shirt. However, I guess it was the fashion back then! Sorry, that pic just brought it all back to me! Take care and I hope your weekend is great!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for swinging by for some Cake, for some "Sweet Sweet Music" and for some "Sweet Sweet Love." I appreciate your visit, dear friend!

      I'm tickled to know you enjoyed the double dose of Beach Boys harmonies on "I Do." I agree with you that the Ronettes' version of "Walking in the Rain" remains the definitive.

      Thanks for sharing your anecdote about being scalped on Christmas Eve 1967. Knowing how cute you were back then (and still are now) I'm sure you looked lovely - like Mia Farrow on her BEST day. I'm glad that the Japanese pic sleeve for Cake's "Baby That's Me" triggered memories for you. Your story brought back memories of my own. I used to get very upset when the barber cut too much of my Beatle mop off. If it had been up to my mother, I would have spent my teenage years walking around with a 50s style crew cut! :)

      Thank you again for your kind visit and great comment, dear friend Yaya. Please take good care of yourself and have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. I don't recall ever having heard the Brian Wilson song or the last one by Bobby Sheen. Great songs both of them!

    The others I somewhat recall. Well, not the song from The Cake. I like the concept of that group.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for coming over for a sugar rush, good buddy, as I serve up The Cake and other sweet sounds of the Spectorian Sixties!

      I'm delighted to know you dig the Brian Wilson song "I Do" and the marriage of the Beach Boys and the Castells. I am also pleased that you enjoyed the silky smooth vocal style of soul man Bobby Sheen from Spector's act Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans.

      Shady's Pick to Click in this post is The Cake, one of the greatest finds of this 17-part Echoes series. Coming up I have an entire post dedicated to The Cake. It's already in the can (pan?) and I promise you that it is not half baked.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Lee, and have a great weekend!

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  14. Tom, I do not remember the "I DO" mashup of The Beach Boys and The Castells. It's nice. Surf style music is something I really have to be in the mood to enjoy and this song has a heavy influence of it. I'd have to listen to on a day when my brain was more tune to that type of music. The Ronnetts are a classic girl band from the era. You introduced three new ones to me that I'm definitely going to check out more by them with The Walker Brothers, The Cake, and Bobby Sheen. Surely, I know these bands and am not placing them in my memory properly. I do that frequently. Thanks for the sweet taste of music. I sent a tweet-out of this post to my peeps. :) Have a tunetastic weekend, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thanks for joining the party, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I have been noticing on your blog how you are drawn to blue-eyed soul and R&B. That helps explain why you favored the last three acts in this post - all of them soulful. Before I did my research on this post I had never heard of the Castells, the Cake or Bobby Sheen as a solo recording artist, so I learned quite a bit as I was putting this piece together. I have more of the Walkers in the pipeline along with an entire post about those secret agent girls from C.A.K.E. :) ...so please stay tuned!

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Cathy. I wish you and DH a safe and happy weekend!

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  15. I don't really rememebr a lot of these but I did love the Beach Boys. My brother Jack was really crazy about them and for a long time I fought liking them just because if he liked them, then that mean I shouldn't. But eventually they won me over.

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    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for coming by to treat your ears to Spectorian Splendor - the best of Phil Spector's Wall-of-Sound recordings along with great soundalikes produced by others.

      I'm happy to know you didn't miss out on the Beach Boys because of sibling rivalry. :) The biggest Beach Boys record at the Dell was "Good Vibrations" and it was a monster.

      Thanks again for dropping by, Kathleen. Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead!

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  16. Always late to the party but i am glad i came over! Such great song choices this post for sure. Oh Bobby Sheen could sing to me all night. I love his smooth voice.
    I had never heard of The female band The Cake . I liked them a lot more than i do the 90's band Cake. I agree with comment above, anytime i see/hear Spector i picture his crazy frizzy hair and stare.
    Have a great week Shadester!!

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    1. Hi, Holli-wood! :)

      How are you, dear friend? I'm delighted to know you singled out Bobby Sheen's velvet voice and especially happy that you like The Cake. They were a fascinating and very atypical 60s girl group. The Cake sang excellent covers of R&B standards and they also wrote their own material and performed in a baroque pop style with "intricate madrigal-style vocal harmonies," this according to Wiki.

      Thank you again for basking in Spectorian Splendor, dear friend Holli, and have a great week ahead!

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  17. Hi Shady! I always enjoy these spectorian era posts and I had no idea that the Ronettes originally recorded I can hear music. I love the Bobby Sheen song too, such a lovely voice.

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Hi, Sarah!

      How are you, my dear English friend? Thank you very much for coming over!

      Yessum, I was also surprised when I learned about the Ronettes' original of "I Can Hear Music," released three years before the Beach Boys hit.

      I'm very pleased to know that you appreciate the satin song styling of Bobby Sheen, another Phil Spector artist. Keep your eye on the edgy girl group The Cake. They were style icons and innovative songsmiths and recording artists and I'll have more of their sounds coming up in future posts.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sarah!

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  18. What a special Monday treat. The Beach Boys! It made me want to grab my surfboard and head to Santa Cruz. Thank you for them and the other sounds from the 60s.

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    1. Hi, C. Lee!

      Thank you for dropping in, dear friend. It's great to see you!

      Yessum, you can't beat the Beach Boys for summer sounds, and this video uploader treated us to a synced-up mix of Beach Boys and Castells harmonies. I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed that and the other song vids in this post.

      Stay tuned for a jarring juxtaposition as we leap forward five decades in a single bound in tomorrow's post!

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