on the TV sitcom Welcome Back Kotter,
Later, she was Diane Szalinski, wife of
nutty inventor Wayne Szalinski in the
movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids
FGG Productions, the guys who recorded as
the Strangeloves. "Out of the Picture" begins
with the distinctive beat and Spectorian
sound of "Be My Baby" and "The Dum
Dum Ditty." Released in the spring of '67,
"Out of the Picture" went to waste on
the B side of "The Flower Children,"
a single that clearly pandered to the
burgeoning West Coast hippie scene
but sold poorly, Bubbling Under
at #105. This fab flip, a much
more enjoyable recording,
remained out of the picture.
"The Flower Children")
nearly a year ago and scheduled to be
published at this time.
Last week I was shocked and saddened when
news broke that Marcia Strassman had died.
May she rest in peace.
Reparata and the Delrons
Whenever a Teenager Cries)
Lorraine and the Delights?
or a girl group record?
(or begin listening at the 30 second mark)
to give the melody a chance to kick in.
You'll swear it's Ronnie Spector!
Lorraine and the Delights
in the grooves of this long lost 1963 girl group single.
"I Love Him" by the Castanets (lead singer unknown)
is another opus that goes beyond paying homage
to Spector. It comes very close to matching the
melody and production style of the Crystals'
"Then He Kissed Me." Uncharted nationally,
"I Love Him" went top 40 on stations in
Springfield, Massachusetts and Miami
New Haven, Connecticut.
on the floor of my basement with my tiny tinny
record player spinning my big brother's copy
of "Teen Age Prayer" by Gloria Mann.
Gloria's dreamy ballad began its chart
and brushed the top 20 early in
1956. A rendition by singing
actress Gale Storm
made the top 10.
That same year, "Dimension doll" Caroline Day
waxed Spectorian and gave us this castanet
clacking interpretation of the song.
released in January 1964 at the height of Spectormania.
Unfortunately it was also the height of Beatlemania
which might explain why this great record failed to
chart. Lead vocalist Debbie Rollins is backed by
veteran session singers Dee Dee Warwick and
(Dee Dee's mother) and Sylvia Shemwell.
Listen now to this fine example of the
East Coast Wall-of-Sound!