“ I wanted to say thanks for all the hard work and devotion shown by so many people still interested in the early 60s New York music that I was associated with. I never imagined that all this would come alive again. Nice to know there are still people out there who care so much about this music.I've really enjoyed being able to put together songs I worked on contributed by Spectropop members. How amazing to have all this music we created with so many other artists now on CD so I can hear it anytime I want, or drive people crazy by playing it all to them !!!
was going through my closets over the Christmas holiday and found some records
I don't think many of you will have ever heard. So I’ll feature the story behind
some of them here. Click on the images of the label scans for writer and
Tony Pass ‘Spring Fever/ True
True Love’ (Atco Records 6421)
‘Doo-Wop Daddy’ Miller told us……"Tony Pass real name Tony
Passalaqua, was lead singer of The
Fascinators, a late 1950's doo wop group. They had a few real nice songs like
"Rose Marie". Later he recorded under other names, Tony pass, Tony
hooked up with Steve Tudanger of The Four Evers, and Ellie Greenwich, doing
backup work, and was in a group called the Definitive Rock Chorale which Jean was in with Ellie Greenwich. Tony Pass was lead singer on one side, a
Steve Tudanger song, "Let Me Be Forever" as
well as that he may have done some work with The Bob Crewe Generation. “
"In response to a question about how Ellie, Mikie and I created our "special" sound and what were the special ingredients, I'd like to say I have no idea. We were just lucky our voices blended so well together. Mikie, who sang bottom, and Ellie, who sang middle, had powerful voices. I had power in my chest voice, which was my normal singing register, and a lighter sound in my head voice. Since I sang top, I spent a lot of time in my head voice or upper register. It seemed to all come together and make everyone happy.
We would learn our parts on the spot when we got to a session. It didn't take more than 10 or 15 minutes to be ready to record. Sometimes we didn't even have that much time. You had to be fast or you didn't work. There were usually no rehearsals before a session."
"I found a really good version of Martha and the Vandella’s
hit, ‘Dancing in The Streets’ which we’ve posted to my player. It’s by Trade
Martin from 1976. I did lots of work with Trade who was also a very good
singer. I can’t remember who else was on this session with us. It was Trade’s
record and production and he asked me to sing on the session. That’s the whole
story. Maybe Trade has that information . He’s a terrific guy. We
also sang some commercials together. He was very active in this area too. We
did “Campbell ’s
Soup” (um um good spots) as a duet and they were on radio and TV for a number
The first session was on18th March with another on 10th April when we recorded ‘The Man In The White Mustang’ and then again on the 18th June when the A side of the single was recorded. I can’t remember anything else about the group nor can I identify the other singers. If anyone can it would be great. The B side is very appropriate for Valentines Day so I hope you enjoy it.”
Check out the details of Jean's log books here. We are currently working through 1965. And if you can add to the info let us know.
The tracks in the players will be available for a limited period.
More 'Out Of The Closet' lost tracks soon..
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