Bob Feldman's responses to Spectropop posts
(From Tom Adams)

Hi All.

Bob felt more comfortable responding over the phone than
typing away at his computer, so we did it this way. There is some background noise, as he's driving around talking to me from his cell phone. I did edit the conversations greatly (chopped sections that were unintelligable or off topic), and eliminated most of my input, so what you hear is pretty much all him. Sometimes he or I drifted away a bit from the original post (he likes to talk about what happened "behind" a record or session), so forgive us if the responses are in any way incomplete. We'll just leave it for next time! And if any of you can't play MP3s or have any other questions, either leave a post on Spectropop or email me directly at tom@bouldercool.com. Thanks!
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From Phil X. Milstein

I'd like to ask Bob if he ever released a "Roots Of SOB, Vol. 1." I have vol. 2, which seems rare enough, but have never seen a trace of vol. 1. If it never was released, the follow-up q. of course would be why not.  Click HERE for Bob's response.




From Tom Tabor:

Hi! I seem to recall bits of a story of FGG and Freddy Cannon recording "Patty Baby" in an office on Broadway, under primitive conditions or something.  Am I right?
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From Mick Patrick:  Subject: Bob Feldman, FGG & the Pin-Ups 

Hi Tom, It'd be great if you could ask Bob for the story behind one of his lesser-known creations: The Pin-Ups "Lookin' For Boys" (Stork 1, 1964) .  understand it was a "We could take any three broads off any street corner and make a hit record with 'em. So take a hike, troublesome Angels" type scenario. But that story has the whiff of apocrypha about it. "Lookin' For Boys" might not have been a hit record, but it sure was a good one. Who were these girls? Does Bob have a photo of the group he could share with us? (From Tom: "Click HERE for a copy I had. Bob probably has a better copy")

Hey la, Mick Patrick  
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From: Bob Celli
Subject: Re: FGG / Bob Feldman

As a forty years plus fan of Bobby Vee, I've come to appreciate the talents of the songwriters who contributed the many wonderful pieces of pop music that Bobby recorded. Among them were FGG, whose "A Letter From Betty", and "Bobby Tomorrow" graced the "b" sides of two of Bobby's singles. In fact, to me, they were every bit as good as the "a" sides. A few years ago we discovered and released another FGG gem titled "Willingly". Why this song was never issued is amazing to me! I would like to ask Bob about the demo session the Strangeloves did with Bobby in the mid sixties. Recorded were "Rhythm of Love", "Something About You", "How About You" and perhaps one more that slips my mind at the moment. I know that Bobby did a finished version of "Rhythm of Love" that remains unreleased, but the rest of the session never went past demo stage to my knowledge. My questions are: did FGG write all the songs I mentioned? Was the session intended to be more than a demo session and if it was, what happened? Last question is do you have a copy of that session?

Bob Celli 
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From: Mike McKay
Subject: Re: Bob Feldman / FGG / The Beach Nuts

I would love for Bob to tell the story of how "Out in the Sun (Hey-O)" by The Beach Nuts came about. From what I understand, it's a sort of supersession involving The Strangeloves and The Angels. I really love the arrangement on this tune!

Mike 
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From Clark Besch. Any comment??


Speaking of the Sony McCoys CD, Bob Irwin mixed many of these songs for the first time in stereo over a year to two years before the CD finally got released. To the best of my memory, he got the McCoys and Strangeloves tapes, mixed them for CD release and then they sat there. I'd ask him time after time about the CDs and basically, after he was given the go-ahead, original producers Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer decided those songs "just weren't meant to be in stereo"!! So they sat and sat and sat. They said, "No one was meant to actually HEAR the lyrics to 'I Want Candy'. It'll lose it's punch." Bob finally convinced them of his great punchy mixes and in the booklet it is noted "These tracks have been mixed from the original multi-track tapes to possess the same mighty wallop and intensity of the original mono singles." Nuff said! If you have the Cd, you know the McCoys got to record "Hang on Sloopy" because the DC5 were gonna try to get a version out first. I assume the DC5 did do a version, but it woulda been quite a change in history if they had. Released at the same time as the DC5's "Catch Us if You Can", would their "Sloopy" have been the single from their movie??? Would "Over & Over" have seen the light of day?

Hmmm.....or should I say "Ommm, Ommmm, Ommmm...." 
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