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June 01, 2012


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Especially the singles of the Robins and the Coasters reveal the genius of Leiber & Stoller, chockfull of gimmicks, playfulness, humor, novelties and innovations. "Smokey Joe's Cafe", "Poison Ivy", "Along Came Jones" and so on - all prime examples of a new direction in American popular song.
And the music's not even getting dated: The Coasters' first single, "Down In Mexico" also appears on the OST of Tarantino's "Death Proof".
Cheers, Jon

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Phil Spector was a very unassuming customer of mine when I had my video and music store. He didn't like to talk about himself with people present, but I asked him if he had ever produced any Jazz albums. He said he had dome two and that he always tried to use Jazz musicians on his other dates, too.

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