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Today 03:00 PM

Could have the Ronettes been bigger?

I always wonder what if the Ronettes wised up to Phil Spector around 1965 and went somewhere else. Could they have been bigger? I always felt like they could have been had Phil not held them back. Nedra said they were begging him to release better material on them but he wouldn't. I guess either way Nedra would have ended up getting replaced anyway as she grew disinterested in being a Ronette after she met her husband. Ronnie should have been a much bigger superstar than she was. I've seen her several times over the years and she is an amazing entertainer. Such great energy.
Today 01:25 PM

Labelle

This is actually an extension thread from one that started in the DRATS forum. Anyone have any questions for a guy who has been a Labelle historian for decades? I'll be happy to answer anything I can as long as it isn't about their private personal lives.
01-16-2021 07:55 AM

Songs with dances in the title

Mickey's Monkey
Twistin' Postman
Come On Do the Jerk
Can You Jerk Like Me?
Shotgun
Hitchhike

All of the above songs were original compositions released on various Motown labels, and all contain the names of dances.

I know there are more. Can you name more songs released by Motown that contain the names of dances that are NOT covers?
Today 12:17 PM

The Charters on Mel-O-Dy

I've been researching this record the last year or so, and wanted to share what I've found so far as there doesn't seem to be much information available other than the notes in TCMS and a few brief mentions of 2 knowns copies on various forums. If anyone has anything to add, I'd greatly appreciate it.

The lead singer of the Charters had a prior solo career as Count Ferrell. He released a lone 45 on the LeRegal label out of Cincinnati in 1961. The label was presumably owned by Ray Reynolds and Ron Moore, who are credited on both the Count Ferrell 45 and the Charters 45. The A-side of the Count Ferrel record was "Show Me Some Sign", which was re-recorded a year later and released as the B-side of the Charters 45. The B-side of the Count Ferrell record "Wizard Of Ah's" became a big Mad Mike spin in Pittsburgh and the record was "reissued" on the Astra label with various colored vinyl pressings.

Count Ferrell "Show Me Some Sign":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuDpNgAvz5s

The Charters "Show Me Some Sign":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7bhv7xBdVc

A lot of the information online states that the two known copies were acquired through the producer or a family member of the group in Toledo, but the Detroit collector/dealer that found both copies told me that he found them at a junk shop somewhere along 14 Mile, north of Detroit in either the late 70s or early 80s. He found them with copies of the Contours "Zing...", Marvin Gay's "Witchcraft", and other early 45s, so I would think it's likely they came from someone who worked at Motown or a radio station.

I still haven't found solid information on the rest of the group line up or where it was recorded, so again, I'd appreciate any information anyone has to share.
01-12-2021 09:37 AM

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