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    Phil Spector - Part J - "Walls & Walls Of Soundalikes"

    [Introductory notes taken from "A Wall Of Soundalikes (1)" CD booklet.]

    They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true, Phil Spector must be the most flattered record producer there ever was -- which he probably is! Soon after hitting #1 with his very first record in 1958 -- "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by his group The Teddy Bears -- Spector turned his attention to production. He studied his craft under Lester Sill and Lee Hazlewood before moving to New York to work as an apprentice to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. In 1961, he produced Top Ten hits for Curtis Lee, Ray Peterson, and The Paris Sisters.

    Later that year, he formed his Philles label and set about defining a record producer's role, initially with The Crystals. By 1964, his roster of hit acts also included Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, Darlene Love, The Ronettes, and The Righteous Brothers. His sessions at Gold Star Studios in L.A. became legendary for their extravagance. Using massed voices, an army of musicians, and cavernous tape echo, Spector's massive productions possessed a unique aural identity that would become known as the Wall Of Sound. It would also become much imitated, eventually spawning a genre of its own.

    Here, in the following 3 CD volumes spanning the years 1963 through 1969, are 74 examples of that "Spector Sound" genre -- some sublime, some mediocre, but all fascinating -- a veritable "Wall Of Soundalikes".

    This thread includes the following Various Artists CD's:

    1) "Phil's Spectre (1): A Wall Of Soundalikes" (ACE CDCHD 978)

    2) "Phil's Spectre 2: Another Wall Of Soundalikes" (ACE CDCHD 1059)

    3) "Phil's Spectre 3: A Third Wall Of Soundalikes" (ACE CDCHD 1149).

    4) Additional "Walls Of Soundalikes" not included in the above ACE sets.
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-07-2019 at 01:56 PM.

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    "PHIL'S SPECTRE (1): A WALL OF SOUNDALIKES":

    1) JACKIE DESHANNON: "When You Walk In The Room" (Jackie DeShannon)
    Producer: Jack "Specs" Nitzsche
    Label: Liberty (1963)
    https://youtu.be/mVCBSIn_1j0

    [NOTE: Jack "Specs" Nitzsche was Phil's music arranger at most of the iconic Philles Gold Star sessions.]


    2) THE SUPREMES:
    "Run, Run, Run"
    (Brian Holland - Lamont Dozier - Eddie Holland)
    Producer: H-D-H
    Label: Motown (1964)
    https://youtu.be/ml30nOkXipQ

    3) SONNY & CHER
    "Just You"
    (Salvatore Bono)
    Producer: Sonny Bono
    Label: Atco (1965)
    https://youtu.be/Ldv9rXHvrOw

    4) THE BEACH BOYS:
    "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
    (Morris Levy - Frankie Lymon)
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Label: Capitol (1964)
    https://youtu.be/zxd0gqP5Phg

    5) THE DARNELLS:
    "To Hurt To Cry (Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye)"
    (Brian Holland - Lamont Dozier - Eddie Holland)
    Producer: H-D-H
    Label: Gordy (1963)
    https://youtu.be/zg7G8tM4U9g

    [NOTE: The Darnells were actually The Marvelettes.]


    6) THE CORSAIRS & LANDY MCNEIL:
    "On The Spanish Side"
    (Jane McNealy - Abner Spector)
    Producer: Abner Spector (No Relation To Phil)
    Label: Tuff (1965)
    https://youtu.be/UeEwdpba0e4

    7) THE WALL OF SOUND:
    "Hang On"
    (Reese Clifford - Jan Davis)
    Producer: Reese "Buzz" Clifford
    Label: Tower (1967)
    https://youtu.be/ndnfU52ebS8

    8) GENE PITNEY:
    "Tremblin'"
    (Joseph Levine - Arthur Resnick - Kris Resnick)
    Producer: George Tobin
    Label: Musicor (1967)
    https://youtu.be/3ZmZZDg7EVI

    9) ALDER RAY:
    "A Little Love (Will Go A Long Way)"
    (Freeman King - Gary Zekley)
    Producer: Marshall Leib
    Label: Liberty (1964)
    https://youtu.be/OjqLq_TTrok

    [NOTE: Producer Marshall Leib was one-third of the Teddy Bears who recorded Phil's "To Know Him Is To Love Him". It's clear that Marshall had been paying close attention to Phil's method of overdubbing, as, by the early-to-mid '60s, he had the "Darlene Love" sound down pat!]


    10) NINO TEMPO & APRIL STEVENS:
    "All Strung Out"
    (Nino Tempo - Jerry Riopelle)
    Producer: Nino Tempo & Jerry Riopelle
    Label: White Whale (1966)
    https://youtu.be/5ogtsaXmxK0

    [NOTE: Originally written for, but rejected by, The Righteous Brothers, "All Strung Out" seemed tailor-made for brother/sister act Nino Tempo & April Stevens.]


    11) THE FOUR PENNIES:
    "When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy, Too)"
    (Jeff Barry - Ellie Greenwich)
    Producer: The Tokens/Bright Tunes Productions
    Label: Rust (1963)
    https://youtu.be/ILVM8c4Xd3U

    [NOTE: The Four Pennies were actually The Chiffons using a different lead singer other than Judy Craig.]


    12) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS:
    "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration"
    (Barry Mann - Cynthia Weil)
    Producer: Bill Medley
    Label: Verve (1967)
    https://youtu.be/qpwqSQKfm-E

    (NOTE: "Soul And Inspiration" was originally slated to be the Righteous Brothers follow-up to "Lovin' Feeling" on Philles, but a disagreement between Phil and composer Barry Mann prevented the song's composition from being completed in time. This is why Phil handed the writing of the Righteous Brothers' second Philles single over to Gerry Goffin & Carole King who came up with "Just Once In My Life". Upon leaving Philles, Medley persuaded Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil to complete "Soul And Inspiration" which became The Righteous Brothers' first hit on Verve Records in 1966.]


    13) DOROTHY BERRY:
    "You're So Fine"
    (William Schofield - Lance Finnie - Robert West)
    Producer: David Gates
    Label: Challenge (1963)
    https://youtu.be/KTO0bZ7fl88

    [NOTE: David Gates later became lead singer and producer of the easy-listening pop group Bread.]


    14) CLYDIE KING:
    "Missin' My Baby"
    (Jerry Riopelle - Gary Zekley)
    Producer: Jerry Riopelle
    Label: Imperial (1965)
    https://youtu.be/WLajC7Dh4u0

    15) RAY RAYMOND:
    "It Breaks My Heart"
    (Van McCoy)
    Producer: Van McCoy
    Label: Tuff (1965)
    https://youtu.be/Q55myaxvBlg

    [NOTE: Ray Raymond is actually Van's brother, Norman McCoy.]


    16) HALE & THE HUSHABYES"
    "Yes Sir, That's My Baby"
    (Walter Donaldson - Gus Kahn)
    Producer: Jack Nitzsche
    Label: Reprise (1964)
    https://youtu.be/brdcuMFAMls

    (NOTE: "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" was an all-star vocal cast with lead vocals by Edna Wright of later Honey Cone fame (and also Darlene Love's sister) with back-up vocals by Darlene Love & The Blossoms, Sonny & Cher, Jackie DeShannon, and Brian Wilson among the back-up choir.]


    17) THE WALKER BROTHERS:
    "Love Her"
    (Barry Mann - Cynthia Weil)
    Producer: Nick Venet
    Label: Smash (1965)
    https://youtu.be/YwSDptbPRuU

    18) THE DOLLS:
    "And That Reminds Me"
    (Carmillo Bigoni - Dante Panzuti - Al Stillman)
    Producer: Dale Hawkins
    Label: Loma (1966)
    https://youtu.be/-kkN7RZVxUk

    19) NINO TEMPO:
    "Boys Town (Where My Brokenhearted Buddies Go)"
    (April Stevens - Nino Tempo)
    Producer: Nino Tempo
    Label: Tower (1967)
    https://youtu.be/N6_NDz90tFM

    20) CAROL CONNORS:
    "My Baby Looks, But He Don't Touch"
    (Roger Christian - Carol Connors)
    Producer: Marshall Leib
    Label: Mira (1966)
    https://youtu.be/04jdLZYKPDM

    [NOTE: "Known as Carol Connors, movie-songwriter extraordinaire, back in 1958 she was known as Annette Kleinbard, lead singer on The Teddy Bear's "To Know Him Is To Love Him". In the early '60s, she changed her name to Carol Connors and pursued a songwriting and solo singing career, establishing herself in the car-and-bike song genre with hits like The Rip Chords' "Hey Little Cobra". With Marshall Leib of The Teddy Bears in the producer's chair, Carol made a belated attempt to capture the Spector sound with "My Baby Looks, But He Don't Touch".]


    21) KANE & ABEL:
    "He Will Break Your Heart"
    (James Holvay - James Peterson)
    Producers: Jimmy Holvay & Gary Beisbier
    Label: Red Bird (1966)
    https://youtu.be/AeWnJ6Y0xcw

    22) LORRAINE & THE DELIGHTS:
    "I JUST COULDN'T SAY"
    (Keith Paris)
    Producer: George Kerr
    Label: Old Town (1966)
    https://youtu.be/QJbCM3CxXh0

    23) P.J. PROBY:
    "I Can't Make It Alone"
    (Carole King - Gerry Goffin)
    Producer: Jack Nitzsche
    Label: Liberty (1966)
    https://youtu.be/UlQ-dwm9Rpk

    [NOTE: "I Can't Make It Alone" was written specifically for the Righteous Brothers. Both members of that duo did indeed record solo versions of the song in 1968, with Bill Medley registering a small hit with his, while Bobby Hatfield's remained unreleased.]


    22) MIKE LENDELL & THE ATTACK:
    "Please Phil Spector"
    (Mike Rashkow)
    Producer: Mike Rashkow
    Label: Philips (1967)
    https://youtu.be/PKdLJNR31Bo
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    "PHIL'S SPECTRE 2: ANOTHER WALL OF SOUNDALIKES":


    1) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: "Nite Owl"
    (Tony Allen)
    Producer: Bill Medley
    Label: Moonglow (1964)
    https://youtu.be/J65cCiFufoI

    2) THE BEACH BOYS:
    "I Do"
    (Brian Wilson - Roger Christian)
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Label: Capitol (Unreleased until 1990 CD)
    https://youtu.be/B0KrRgCE3dc

    [NOTE: Recorded in November 1963, this great girl group-type record is loaded with hand-claps, chimes, and baritone saxes -- popular Spector elements that would have made this record a huge hit had Brian released it in late '63 or early '64.]


    3) MARY WELLS:
    "One Block From Heaven"
    (Brian Holland - Lamont Dozier - Eddie Holland)
    Producers: H-D-H
    Label: Motown (1966)
    https://youtu.be/YkQCfUmLf5w

    4) THE BONNETS:
    "Ya Gotta Take A Chance"
    (A.D. Allen)
    Producer: Al Allen
    Label: Unical (1963)
    https://youtu.be/Svp_eBv6uow

    5) THE GOODIES:
    "The Dum Dum Ditty"
    (T. Boyce - B. Hart - S.+ Venet - R.L. Martire)
    Producer: Shadow Morton
    Label: Blue Cat (1965)
    https://youtu.be/qwy26VdGh1k

    6) TIMMY & THE PERSIANETTES:
    "Timmy Boy"
    (Traditional)
    Producer: Bob Finiz
    Label: Olympia (1963)
    https://youtu.be/oPUjXS287w0

    7) NOREEN CORCORAN:
    "Dreamin' Of You"
    (Nino Tempo)
    Producer: Nino Tempo
    Label: Vee-Jay (1964)
    https://youtu.be/09HrUmGO_lQ

    8) THE VICTORIANS:
    "Climb Every Mountain"
    (Richard Rodgers - Oscar Hammerstein)
    Producer: Marty Cooper
    Label: Liberty (1963)
    https://youtu.be/IpM1MdS0gMQ

    [NOTE: The Victorians were lead singer Gloria Jean Hargis backed up by The Blossoms (Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Gloria Jones).]


    9) REPARATA & THE DELRONS:
    "I'm Nobody's Baby Now"
    (Jeff Barry)
    Producer: A World United Production
    Label: RCA Victor (1966)
    https://youtu.be/p3bYJbFUcRE

    10) DOBIE GRAY:
    "No Room To Cry"
    (Dobie Gray - Jimmy Gorgeantones)
    Producer: An Atlas Artists Production
    Label: Charger (1966)
    https://youtu.be/Apic5rPYSe8

    11) CONNIE STEVENS:
    "A GIRL NEVER KNOWS"
    (Steve Barri - Phil Sloan)
    Producers: Lou Adler & David Gates
    Label: Warner Brothers (1964)
    https://youtu.be/91BajCPUtfc

    12) NINO TEMPO & APRIL STEVENS:
    "The Habit Of Lovin' You"
    (Nino Tempo)
    Producer: Nino Tempo & Jerry Riopelle
    Label: White Whale (1966)
    https://youtu.be/XkR6liebNy4

    13) THE SATISFACTIONS:
    "Bring It All Down"
    (Bob Lind)
    Producer: Jack Nitzsche
    Label: Imperial (1966)
    https://youtu.be/5_Dm0RgqaXE

    [NOTE: The Satisfactions' lead singer was Gracia Nitzsche -- arranger Jack Nitzsche's wife.]


    14) EIGHT FEET:
    "Bobby's Come A Long, Long Way"
    (Al Kopper - Irwin Levine)
    Producers: Al Kooper & Irwin Levine
    Label: Columbia (1966)
    https://youtu.be/YaXSnaou0js

    15) SUZY WALLIS:
    "Be My Man"
    (Mike Post)
    Producer: Joe Reisman
    Label: RCA Victor (1965)
    https://youtu.be/vQJRk_xCNwc

    16) KANE & ABEL
    "Break Down And Cry"
    (Jim Holvay)
    Producers: A Holvay-Beisbier-DeFrancesco Production
    Label: Destination (1965)
    https://youtu.be/BLoCfcchvAs

    17) THE FANTASTIC VANTASTICS:
    "Gee What A Boy"
    (Van McCoy)
    Producer: Abner Spector*
    Label: Tuff (1965)
    https://youtu.be/7kLThCr_VU8

    [NOTE: According to Kendra Spotswood, The Fantastic Vantastics were just she (herself) and Van McCoy. She confirmed that the record label may have credited Abner Spector as producer, but it was Van McCoy who handled all the production chores. (I knew that!) *Also, Abner Spector is no relation to Phil Spector.]


    18) THE DREAMLOVERS:
    "You Gave Me Somebody To Love"
    (Pete Andreoli - Vinnie Poncia - Jerry Ross)
    Producer: Jerry Ross
    Label: Warner Brothers (1966)
    https://youtu.be/E4w1JVG7UR0

    19) BOBBY COLEMAN:
    "(Baby) You Don't Have To Tell Me"
    (Peter Antell)
    Producer: Peter Antell
    Label: Bounty (1965)
    https://youtu.be/mLbXTDMlLRI

    20) CLYDIE KING:
    "The Thrill Is Gone"
    (Jerry Riopelle)
    Producer: Jerry Riopelle
    Label: Imperial (1965)
    https://youtu.be/hx9tBbrRZNA

    21) RUBY & THE ROMANTICS:
    "Your Baby Doesn't Love You Any More"
    (Larry Weiss)
    Producer: Tom Catalano
    Label: Kapp (1965)
    https://youtu.be/GN3MtbT1zRY

    22) FOUR TOPS
    "Wonderful Baby"
    (Smokey Robinson)
    Producer: Smokey Robinson
    Label: Motown (1967)
    https://youtu.be/gKKP_cdYgJo

    23) THE KNOCKERBOCKERS
    "Wishful Thinking"
    (Wynn Stewart)
    Producer: Jerry Fuller
    Label: Challenge (1966)
    https://youtu.be/hkJl8yRgKbU

    24) JOE SOUTH
    "Don't You Be Ashamed"
    (Joe South)
    Producer: Joe South
    Label: Capitol (1969)
    https://youtu.be/Re0jz6SQCN0
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    "PHIL'S SPECTRE 3: A THIRD WALL OF SOUNDALIKES":


    1) JERRY GANEY: "Who Am I"
    (Bill Medley)
    Producer: Bill Medley
    Label: Verve (1966)
    https://youtu.be/nTHAHcEbbqU

    2) THE KIT KATS:
    "That's The Way"
    (Carl Hausmsn - Carson Stewart)
    Producer: Bob Finiz
    Label: Jamie (1966)
    https://youtu.be/LV81BjF605k

    3) LESLEY GORE:
    "Look Of Love"
    (Ellie Greenwich - Jeff Barry)
    Producer: Quincy Jones
    Label: Mercury (1964)
    https://youtu.be/jqbdb4L7Sco

    [NOTE: This is the Mono "Sleighbell" version.]


    4) BOBBY SHEEN:
    "Sweet, Sweet Love"
    (Nick DeCaro - Jerry Riopelle)
    Producer: Al DeLory
    Label: Capitol (1966)
    https://youtu.be/0P3hGdagyVI

    [NOTE: Bobby Sheen was a member of the Philles group Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans.]


    5) THE CASTANETS:
    "I Love Him"
    (Joe Simmons)
    Producer: Morty Craft
    Label: TCF (1963)
    https://youtu.be/YzJ_WUVeoVs

    6) JOHNNY CASWELL:
    "My Girl"
    (John Madara - David White)
    Producer: John Madara & David White
    Label: Smash (1964)
    https://youtu.be/U1GGPsHiLx0

    7) ALDER RAY:
    'Cause I Love Him"
    (Gary Zekley)
    Producer: Marshall Leib
    Label: Liberty (1964)
    https://youtu.be/qMxuCDHPJH4

    [NOTE: Producer Marshall Leib was one of Phil Spector's Teddy Bears who recorded "To Know Him Is To Love Him".]


    8) THE SAPPHIRES:
    "Gee, I'm Sorry Baby"
    (Kenney Gamble - Leon Huff)
    Producer: Jerry Ross
    Label: ABC-Paramount (1965)
    https://youtu.be/a51szFDCZw0

    9) THE GIRLFRIENDS:
    "My One And Only, Jimmy Boy"
    (David Gates)
    Producer: David Gates
    Label: Colpix (1963)
    https://youtu.be/JzxJJrLuo0U

    [NOTE: Girlfriends member Carolyn Willis became a member of H-D-H's girl group Honey Cone (Hot Wax Records) in 1969.]


    10) THE ASHES:
    "Is There Anything I Can Do"
    (Jackie DeShannin - Nick DeCaro)
    Producer: Richard Delvy
    Label: Vault (1967)
    https://youtu.be/f3HUXlLqTxM

    11) BARBARA JACKSON:
    "Big Man"
    (Michael Gordon)
    Producer: Joe Saraceno & Michael Gordon)
    Label: Warner Brothers (1965)
    https://youtu.be/lmxcK8C0TkI

    12) THE SATISFACTIONS:
    "Yes Sir, That's My Baby"
    (Walter Donaldson - Gus Kahn)
    Producer: Jack Nitzsche
    Label: Unissued 1965 recording
    https://youtu.be/9xsMn8bZ8vA

    [NOTE: The Satisfactions' lead singer was Gracia Nitzsche, Jack Nitzsche's wife. The backing track on The Satisfactions' "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" is the same backing track used on the version by Hush & The Hushabyes in Vol. 1 of this series. BTW, the soaring falsetto voice throughout is by none other than Beach Boy Brian Wilson!]


    13) MERRY CLAYTON:
    "Usher Boy"
    (Kenny Young)
    Producer: T.M. Productions
    Label: Capitol (1963)
    https://youtu.be/gT3uw2_QZrw

    14) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS:
    "My Tears Will Go Away"
    (Bill Medley)
    Producer: Bill Medley
    Label: Moonglow (1964)
    https://youtu.be/a22JYLBevMk

    15) JUDY HENSKE:
    "Let The Good Times Roll"
    (Leonard Lee)
    Producer: Jack Nitzsche
    Label: Reprise (1963)
    https://youtu.be/j4CKzGWQrNc

    16) DEBBIE ROLLINS:
    "He Really Loves Me"
    (Ben Raleigh - Norman Meade)
    Producer: Jerry Ragovoy
    Label: Ascot (1964)
    https://youtu.be/y2JtkcbVqxw

    17) MAUREEN GRAY:
    "Goodbye Baby"
    (John Madara - David White)
    Producers: John Madara & David White
    Label: Mercury (1964)
    https://youtu.be/zV-wGBvkf5s

    [NOTE: Not bad for a 15-year-old! Reminiscent of Darlene's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), but not nearly as magical as Phil's powerful production and Darlene's explosive performance."]


    18) DANIEL A. STONE:
    "Young Boy Blues"
    (Doc Pomus - Phil Spector)
    Producer: Jack Nitzsche
    Label: Previously-Unreleased 1965 recording
    https://youtu.be/xUSv7x0eIwU

    19) ALICE WONDERLAND:
    "He's Mine (I Love Him, I Love Him, I Love Him)"
    (Steve Schlaks - Charles Weiss)
    Producers: Steve Schlaks & Howard Farber
    Label: Bardell (1963)
    https://youtu.be/TdQgyJ7ZW5k

    [NOTE: "He's Mine" was also covered by The Swans on -- what else? -- the Swan label out of Philly, PA!]


    20) GEORGE 'N' SONNY SANDS:
    "Down By The Ocean"
    (Bob Crewe & Gary Knight)
    Producer: Gary Knight for Bob Crewe Productions
    Label: New Voice (1966)
    https://youtu.be/NHGg1swyVKY

    21) MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS:
    "In My Lonely Room"
    (Brian Holland - Lamont Dozier - Eddie Holland)
    Producer: H-D-H
    Label: Gordy (1964)
    https://youtu.be/TIsQERnKGeE

    [PERSONAL NOTE: Love it, Martha! "In My Lonely Room" should have been a huge hit for you and for Motown.]


    22) BONNIE:
    "Close Your Eyes"
    (Gary Zekley - Jerry Riopelle)
    Producer: Jerry Riopelle
    Label: Warner Brothers (1966)
    https://youtu.be/28IkZ0okfcQ

    [NOTE: "Bonnie's real name was Charlotte Ann Matheny. She is best known for 1965's "Home Of The Brave" by Bonnie & The Treasures (who were Clydie King and Sherlie Matthews). Like that hit, "Close Your Eyes" by Bonnie on Warner Brothers the following year was produced by Jerry Riopelle. Charlotte struggled for years to make it in the music business. She died in the mid-'70s, just as she seemed on the verge of succeeding as a songwriter at Motown."

    [PERSONAL NOTE: At Motown? Is that something I should have known but didn't? Bonnie's association with Motown is news to me.]


    23) 1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY:
    "When We Get Married"
    (Richard Rodenblatt - James Woods)
    Producer: Jerry Kazenetz - Jeffrey Katz)
    Label: Buddah (1969)
    https://youtu.be/rx2FUEBdCxE

    24) DAN FOLGER:
    "The Way Of The Crowd"
    (Dan Folger)
    Producer: Bobby Russell & Buzz Cason)
    Label: Elf (1967)
    https://youtu.be/uvx51D9ynVg

    25) SONNY & CHER:
    "It's The Little Things"
    (Sonny Bono)
    Producer: Sonny Bono
    Label: Atco (1967)
    https://youtu.be/qmrb1d7MkHw

    26) JERRY GANEY:
    "Just A Fool"
    (B. Medley - Munson)
    Producer: Bill Medley
    Label: Verve (1966)
    https://youtu.be/8pul5dPL39U
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    "ADDITIONAL PHIL SPECTOR SOUNDALIKES":


    1) DUSTY SPRINGFIELD - "Stay Awhile" (Mike Hawker - Ivor Raymonde)
    Producer: Johnny Franz
    Label: Philips (1964)
    https://youtu.be/eoMotH0mKg0

    2) SHARON MARIE - "Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby"
    (Brian Wilson - Mike Love)
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Label: Capitol (1964)
    https://youtu.be/WzRd53KI120

    3) THE HONEYS - "The One You Can't Have"
    (Brian Wilson)
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Label: Capitol (1964)
    https://youtu.be/B2sMIhiq7AY

    4) THE AVONS - "Be Good To Your Baby"
    (B. Wilkin - B. Russell)
    Producer: Bucky & Bobby
    Label: Sound Stage 7 (1966)
    https://youtu.be/cOmswX4ws6I

    5) THE CINDERELLAS - "Baby Baby (I Still Love You)"
    (Barry Mann - Russ Titelman)
    Producer: Barry Mann & Russ Titelman
    Label: Dimension (1964)
    https://youtu.be/IamXFDKYnsA

    [NOTE: The Cinderellas are actually The Cookies using one of the back-up Cookies on lead vocals instead of Earl-Jean McCrae.]


    6) THE SHANGRI-LAS - "OUT IN THE STREETS"
    (Jeff Barry - Ellie Greenwich)
    Producer: Shadow Morton
    Label: Red Bird (1965)
    https://youtu.be/iDVd66gq4RE

    7) THE TRADEWINDS - "New York's A Lonely Town"
    (Pete Andreoli & Vinnie Poncia)
    Producers: Pete Andreoli & Vinnie Poncia
    Label: Red Bird (1965)
    https://youtu.be/6t8HD1FRj1Q

    8) THE EMERALDS - "Did You Ever Love A Guy"
    (Steve Duboff)
    Producer: A Dulev Production
    Label: Jubilee (1964)
    https://youtu.be/4Djtf19F8K4

    9) SHARON MARIE - "Run-Around Lover"
    (Brian Wilson - Mike Love)
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Label: Capitol (1963)
    https://youtu.be/l-seZENu0sw

    10) THE JELLYBEANS - "Baby Be Mine"
    (Jeff Barry - Ellie Greenwich - Steve Venet)
    Producer: Steve Venet & Jeff Barry
    Label: Red Bird (1964)
    https://youtu.be/nd7TQgY4YwU

    11) THE HONEYS - "He's A Doll"
    (Brian Wilson)
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Label: Warner Brothers (1964)
    https://youtu.be/p_bWL1rkPeU

    12) THE BUTTERFLYS - "I Wonder"
    (Jeff Barry - Ellie Greenwich - Phil Spector)
    Producers: Jeff Barry & Steve Venet
    Label: Red Bird (1964)
    https://youtu.be/OIGjFCP7FUA

    13) SHELLEY FABARES - "He Don't Love Me"
    (Jan Berry - Don Altfeld - Jill Gibson)
    Producer: David Gates
    Label: Colpix (1964)
    https://youtu.be/KwxVBtlIkNE

    14) Lesley Gore - "What Am I Gonna Do With You"
    (Gerry Goffin - Russ Titelman)
    Producer: Russ Titelman
    Label: Mercury (1965)
    https://youtu.be/wzQOASxmSk0

    15) THE CASTELLS - "I Do"
    (Brian Wilson - Roger Christian)
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Label: Warner Brothers (1964)
    https://youtu.be/WcEHrilgCTM

    [NOTE: Brian Wilson also produced a version of "I Do" on the Beach Boys as heard in "Wall Of Soundalikes 2" above.]


    16) SHARON MARIE - "The Story Of My Life"
    (Brian Wilson - Mike Love)
    Producer: Brian Wilson
    Label: Capitol (1964)
    https://youtu.be/AjIu64LKdN8


    THERE ARE COUNTLESS OTHER PHIL SPECTOR SOUNDALIKES! CAN YOU SUGGEST OF ANY OF THEM?
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-07-2019 at 02:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    THERE ARE COUNTLESS OTHER PHIL SPECTOR SOUNDALIKES! CAN YOU SUGGEST OF ANY OF THEM?
    Yes: George Harrison's All Things Must Pass LP (featuring "My Sweet Lord") is steeped in Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound" (as it should be since Phil co-produced the album with George).

    Also, Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run". 'The Boss' has said many times that his breakthrough single was meant to combine the lyric style of Bob Dylan, the singing style of Roy Orbison & the "Wall Of Sound" of Phil Spector.

    And The Shangri-Las also recorded a version of The Goodies' Spector influenced "The Dum-Dum Ditty" (on the Shangri-Las 65! LP).
    Last edited by Motown Eddie; 11-07-2019 at 03:08 PM.

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    Thanks again Phillies/MotownGary for another excellent article about Phil Spector's work (and the many great records that he influenced).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    Thanks again Phillies/MotownGary for another excellent article about Phil Spector's work (and the many great records that he influenced).
    You're welcome, Motown Eddie. And thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm throughout my Phil Spector project. We're still not quite finished. There will definitely be one more -- possibly two -- Philles installments left to come.

    In fact, this very thread will include 3 photos. Kenny tried to post them for me but there was a glitch of some kind. They just wouldn't post (which has happened before). He'll try again later tonight when he has the time.
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-07-2019 at 03:59 PM.

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    Hi Gary!

    An absolutely incredible series of articles.
    Thank you, Gary!
    Phil is one of my heroes in music.

    Best regards
    Heikki

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    Quote Originally Posted by heikki View Post
    Hi Gary!

    An absolutely incredible series of articles.
    Thank you, Gary!
    Phil is one of my heroes in music.

    Best regards
    Heikki
    Thank you very much, Heikki! I'm glad you've been enjoying it! As a kid of 11, in 1962, Phil was my first musical hero thanks to The Crystals' "He's A Rebel" 45 and LP. It didn't take long before Philles became my first favorite record label. After all these years, I still get the same thrill from those records whenever I hear Ronnie, Lala, or Darlene, as I'm sure you do as well! Like Motown, those fantastic Spector productions on Philles were built to last!

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    "PHIL'S SPECTRE (1): A WALL OF SOUNDALIKES":

    6) THE CORSAIRS & LANDY MCNEIL:
    "On The Spanish Side"
    (Jane McNealy - Abner Spector)
    Producer: Abner Spector (No Relation To Phil)
    Label: Tuff (1965)

    https://youtu.be/PKdLJNR31Bo
    This might be a good time to mention that the "Spectorius" label was one of Abner Spector's and had nothing to do with Phil Spector.

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    Hi 144man! Yeah, that's why I pointed out that Abner Spector is no relation to Phil. But the Spectorious label? My source lists "On The Spanish Side" as being on the Tuff label. In fact, here's an eBay photo of it.
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F123916332306

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    Onto a subject of great importance, now.

    I see Brian Wilson on Spector's right and on his far left Mike Love and Bobby Hatfield (of the Righteous Brothers).

    Who's the good looking guy to Mike Love's right? It looks a little like Carl Wilson, but I don't remember Carl ever being that slim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    Hi 144man! Yeah, that's why I pointed out that Abner Spector is no relation to Phil. But the Spectorious label? My source lists "On The Spanish Side" as being on the Tuff label. In fact, here's an eBay photo of it.
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F123916332306

    It wouldn't surprise me if some wouldn't have had the nerve to name their label "SPECTORIOUS" during the dawning of the age of ..... Cool name actually

    Ya a lot of scrofulous cashing in going on!! Imagine even calling your act THE WALL OF SOUND !!


    Gary you've said a lot about the resistance by the DJs to play Phil's records because of payola requests not being returned , and also Sonny Bono reporting their feeling that his sound had gotten a little stale, but I don't think you've mentioned the huge number of knock-offs ( or maybe you have and I've forgotten) that were floating around . No wonder the radio stations were feeling fatigue!!
    This, to me , explains more about his battle than the payola angle does , and what Phil was up against.

    Cheers!



    ADDED: FUN stuff here !!

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    KENNY, thanks for posting my 3 photos for me. It is much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    KENNY, thanks for posting my 3 photos for me. It is much appreciated!
    You're very welcome. Great to have these songs all in one place to review and listen to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenneth View Post
    Onto a subject of great importance, now.

    I see Brian Wilson on Spector's right and on his far left Mike Love and Bobby Hatfield (of the Righteous Brothers).

    Who's the good looking guy to Mike Love's right? It looks a little like Carl Wilson, but I don't remember Carl ever being that slim.
    Down, boy! Ha! That's definitely not Carl Wilson. I got out my CD booklet to see if there's a front-cover photo credit. Lo and behold, there is! However, it credits everyone EXCEPT the guy you're asking about in the 3rd panel, and the guy standing behind Brian in the first panel. Apparently they're just fans, or members of John Q. Public who just happened to be standing in line at a hot dog stand. Who knows? In case you were wondering, the guy (obscured) wearing shades behind Phil is Jack Nitzsche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    It wouldn't surprise me if some wouldn't have had the nerve to name their label "SPECTORIOUS" during the dawning of the age of ..... Cool name actually

    Ya a lot of scrofulous cashing in going on!! Imagine even calling your act THE WALL OF SOUND !!


    Gary you've said a lot about the resistance by the DJs to play Phil's records because of payola requests not being returned , and also Sonny Bono reporting their feeling that his sound had gotten a little stale, but I don't think you've mentioned the huge number of knock-offs ( or maybe you have and I've forgotten) that were floating around . No wonder the radio stations were feeling fatigue!!
    This, to me , explains more about his battle than the payola angle does , and what Phil was up against.

    Cheers!



    ADDED: FUN stuff here !!
    Hey Boogie! The record business of the '60s was dog-eat-dog -- anything to get ahead at the other guy's expense. Right or wrong, that's how it was, and probably still is, although record labels no longer possess the power they once had, as many of today's artists choose to sell their own recordings on their own website.

    Good point you made there, John. At the time, I wasn't aware of all of the Wall-Of-Soundalike tracks having been released at the time. I knew of some, but nothing like what was released in these 3 CDs in this thread. I guess the radio D.J.'s would get tired of Phil's "sound". But, how many of these tracks actually got airplay is the question. I think it's safe to say that very few of them, if any, became hits. If they didn't receive airplay, I'm not sure how the D.J.'s could have gotten tired of the sound. But, again, that's pure speculation on my part.

    Cheers right back at 'cha! Glad you're having fun with it! Some of these Spector soundalikes are really hot! (The Bonnets, The Satisfactions, Alder Ray, Sharon Marie, etc. And so many more!)
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-08-2019 at 11:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    Down, boy! Ha! That's definitely not Carl Wilson. I got out my CD booklet to see if there's a front-cover photo credit. Lo and behold, there is! However, it credits everyone EXCEPT the guy you're asking about in the 3rd panel, and the guy standing behind Brian in the first panel. Apparently they're just fans, or members of John Q. Public who just happened to be standing in line at a hot dog stand. Who knows? In case you were wondering, the guy (obscured) wearing shades behind Phil is Jack Nitzsche.
    Forget about Nitzche, I wanna know the other guy!

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    Gotta add this Spector soundalike to the list.

    PEGGY MARCH - "Watch What You Do With My Baby" (RCA 1964):
    https://youtu.be/KbOqoEBglIQ

    A perfect girl-group record with a shuffle beat and underlying baritone saxes! It was calling my name from afar! And that sax solo in the instrumental break is hot! Why it wasn't a hit is beyond me. Had I heard it on the radio back in the day, my skid marks would still be seen in the record store's parking lot to this day! (BTW, by the time "Watch What You Do With My Baby" was released in 1964, Miss March was no longer billed as Little Peggy March. In fact, have you seen her in later years? Catch the before-and-after photos contained in the above audio link!)

    Or, if you prefer, the superior (to my ears) Mono version:
    https://youtu.be/Q5xWsMlcnGI
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-09-2019 at 12:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    Hey Boogie! The record business of the '60s was dog-eat-dog -- anything to get ahead at the other guy's expense. Right or wrong, that's how it was, and probably still is, although record labels no longer possess the power they once had, as many of today's artists choose to sell their own recordings on their own website.

    Good point you made there, John. At the time, I wasn't aware of all of the Wall-Of-Soundalike tracks having been released at the time. I knew of some, but nothing like what was released in these 3 CDs in this thread. I guess the radio D.J.'s would get tired of Phil's "sound". But, how many of these tracks actually got airplay is the question. I think it's safe to say that very few of them, if any, became hits. If they didn't receive airplay, I'm not sure how the D.J.'s could have gotten tired of the sound. But, again, that's pure speculation on my part.

    Cheers right back at 'cha! Glad you're having fun with it! Some of these Spector soundalikes are really hot! (The Bonnets, The Satisfactions, Alder Ray, Sharon Marie, etc. And so many more!)
    these copycats were shameless I tell ya Gary, shameless!!

    The "Castanets" ----LMAO !!!



    You're right, I am having fun with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    these copycats were shameless I tell ya Gary, shameless!!

    The "Castanets" ----LMAO !!!



    You're right, I am having fun with it!
    You can say that again, John! The Castanets' record is a direct rip-off of The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" -- minus the magic that Phil gave The Crystals' original. Plus, no girl-group lead could EVER sing that kind of record like Lala Brooks did. She'll own that song until the end of time.

    Still, it's amazing how many producers and their respective girl groups jumped on the Spector-esque bandwagon, hoping to cash in on the "Wall Of Sound". Some came perilously close, but few equaled Phil's REAL deal.
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-10-2019 at 07:55 PM.

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    Here you go, Boogie! One of the very best bricks in the enormous Wall of Soundalikes:

    THE CAKE: "Baby That's Me":
    https://youtu.be/00wTOnMEIds
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-11-2019 at 05:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    Here you go, Boogie! One of the very best bricks in the enormous Wall of Soundalikes:

    THE CAKE: "Baby That's Me":
    https://youtu.be/00wTOnMEIds
    that is a beautiful record Gary . Thanks for sharing . No surprise I see Jack Nitzsche 's name attached to it ...explains a lot. This could be an example where the record deserved to hit ...but the programmers listened and said , "oh no , not another one of those sounding records" .... maybe . Then tossed onto the growing 'Wall' reject stack to be lost forever ......



    Really nice, that one takes the cake all right....did you really think Iwouldn't say that
    Last edited by Boogiedown; 11-11-2019 at 03:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    that is a beautiful record Gary . Thanks for sharing . No surprise I see Jack Nitzsche 's name attached to it ...explains a lot. This could be an example where the record deserved to hit ...but the programmers listened and said , "oh no , not another one of those sounding records" .... maybe . Then tossed onto the growing 'Wall' reject stack to be lost forever ......



    Really nice, that one takes the cake all right....did you really think Iwouldn't say that
    The DJ's rejecting The Cake as just another one of THOSE "Spectoresque" records may have been part of it, and we can't forget that the British Invasion knocked many of the American Girl Groups off the charts. What's weird is that The Cake's Spectorized records weren't released until 1967 -- AFTER the Girl Group era. By then, Motown had hit hard and strong. You would think that the DJs might have been less anti-Spector by then. The Cake's "Baby It's Me" is a really great record that deserved a chance, unlike the rip-off by The Castanets which was clearly attempting to rob The Crystals masterpiece in a second-rate way. I guess we'll never know the rhyme nor the reason for such failures.

    If you think that "Baby It's Me" 'took the cake', here ya go, John -- have another slice!

    THE CAKE: "World Of Dreams"
    https://youtu.be/_ArGiY-MOwY
    Last edited by Philles/Motown Gary; 11-11-2019 at 08:51 PM.

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