A few years ago, a retired A&R man (artists and repertoire) named Chris Peers contacted me, requesting help putting him in touch with Prue, which of course I was glad to do. Peers was involved with Chris Blackwell and Island Records at the beginning, before branching out on his own. One of the acts he worked with was the Spencer Davis Group, with Stevie Winwood, as he explains in this video. Peers told me that he had a heck of a time pitching the band in America, before finally landing a deal with United Artists.
And this, of course, was the song that broke the top 10 for the Spencer Davis Group in America.
Another post about a turntable? This one is exclusively at Best Buy. It’s a Pro-Ject Carbon Esprit SB, which is considered to be an excellent table. The list price is normally $600, but this one costs an extra fifty bucks because it’s a Beatles Edition.
A competitor of Pro-Ject, called Rega, had a Queen special limited edition turntable that originally went for the same price, but it was eventually offered at a discount. I’m not in the market for a new turntable myself, having just replaced the broken RCA plugs on my 30-year-old Thorens turntable, but I’ll be interested in seeing how well the Beatles table sells.
A long time ago I posted something about the Scopitone video I love so much of Neil Sedaka’s “Calendar Girl.” More recently I posted a song by Nino Tempo & April Stevens. Here’s the brother-sister duo that’s like no other doin’ the jerk on Scopitone.
What the heck will they think of next? This is a Kickstarter campaign. If it actually goes into production, the proposed cost of the Mag-Lev turntable will be $1500, which is reasonable, considering the novelty level, if nothing else.
A couple of years ago I wrote about a chance meeting with Donovan. He was in Boston last month for a show that Denro and I attended. Donovan’s singing voice may not be what it was, but the groovy vibe is the same as 50 years ago.