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Kev-Lo (7273747576)
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Hi this is Kev-Lo Do anybody have any information on the Ikettes.I know that one of them was with the honeycones years ago but what happen to the others and what are they up to these days
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Claudia Lennear had a solo album "PHEW!" in 1973 on WB

PHEW


She also appeared in several films like Thunderbolt & Lightfoot.
She also toured with the Rolling Stones and Joe Cocker


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Funkateer (funkateer)
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Hey Kevin,
Here's a few interesting articles on the Ikettes;

http://www.myspace.com/theiket tes

http://www.spectropop.com/PatP owdrill/index.htm

http://humble-pie.net/the_blac kberries/html/the_blackberries .html

http://www.findarticles.com/p/ articles/mi_qn4176/is_20060706 /ai_n16532345

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Brother Love (brother_love)
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THE IKETTES

iketttes

(Jessie, Robbie & Venetta)

Be on the lookout for the updated Ikettes CD to be issued by Kent later this month called “Can't Sit Down Cos It Feels So Good -- The Complete Modern Recordings." It will include some unreleased material as well as alternative tracks and a great booklet with several photos.

As far as what ever happened to the Ikettes, do we have all night? There were so many members in the group who went on to do great things. The main three members for me will forever be Robbie Montgomery, Venetta Fields and Jessie Smith.
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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I interviewed Robbie Montgomery and Venetta Fields in 2004 for liner notes I authored for an Ike Turner compilation. They both reside in the St. Louis area and when I spoke with them they each said they are doing fine. Robbie and Venetta do not work in the music industry anymore (Robbie has her own restaurant business) but they both said they kept in touch with their former boss over the years.

Don't forget that at one point Joshie Armstead was a member of the Ikettes and had sung on their hit "I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)". Joshie lives in Manhattan's Upper West Side, has returned to college to further her education, updated her website and was planning a one-woman show based on her life.
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Last time I communicated wih Venetta Fields, she was living in Australia.

Claudia Lennear supposedly lives in the Memphis area, but no longer looks the way she did in the 1970s and has changed her name.

Judy Page, one of the last Ikettes to tour with Ike & Tina, before their breakup, lives in Peoria, Il.

(Message edited by motown_fan on April 16, 2007)
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Kevin, I think you are talking about Jessie who along with Robbie lives in the St. Louis area. I had the pleasure of hanging out with them both a few months ago. I gave them a CDR of all of their Mirettes recordings and they were thrilled. They can both be heard on backround vocals on Bonnie Bramlett's latest CD, "Roots, Blues & Jazz." Bonnie was also a one-time member of the Ikettes. Venetta still lives in Australia and been there for many years.

Motown Fan, thanks for the update on Claudia, I always wondered where she was living. This is the first time I've ever heard that Judy Page was an Ikette and I thought I was up on my Ikettes history.

I just happened to speak with ex-Ikette Vermettya Royster last night who happened to talk about her time in the group along side Pat Powdril.
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Motown Fan, who does look like he used to in the 70's???? LOOOL Not me for sure! LOL
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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Brother Love:
I had my notes mixed up (forgive me, I authored the liners for this collection many years ago and do not have them in my possesion anymore). I did interview all three (Jesse, Venetta and Robbie) - Jesse and Robbie via phone and Venetta via email.
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Wonder B, I know a lot of people who still look as good now or exactly as they did in the 1970s. That's not impossible - especially with entertainers and the access many of them have to plastic surgery, spas, healthier and stress free lifestyles.
If you were in your 20s in the 1970s, you would only be in your fifties today. I look pretty good for my age.
When I see people I went to school with 3o years ago, they tell me I have not changed physically. :-)

My reply: "You know good black doesn't crack." :-)

A lot of people have been looking for Claudia Lennear, problem is they expect her to look as she did in the 1970s.



(Message edited by motown_fan on April 17, 2007)
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Exactly my point. you don't look your age, me neither (so I was told) but still... 30 years down the line you just can't look like you did when you were 20... or then you would be a phenomenon!LOL
Stress free lifestyles... Mmmh... I don't think this can be improved... there's as much if not more stress in 2007 as there was in 1977... although we all wish we could live without.

One just have to look at the age of death of some of our favourite entertainers to see that this 'job' must be taking it's toll on the mind and bodies...
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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That's me. Phenomenal :-). I don't smoke or drink. I eat healthy most of the time and try to stay active. Plus, I meditate or pray and I have a great wife and young sons. All of this contributes to my youthful look :-).

Some people get out of the entertainment game to get away from the stress and the vices (staying up late, drinking, etc.) And it helps them to keep from looking old and tired.

We all age to different degrees, but that process can be slowed down especially today.
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Funkateer (funkateer)
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I just caught a glimpse of The Ikettes on the new
'Classic Albums' - 'Frank Zappa' DVD available from Eagle Vision. www.eaglerockent.com
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Pshark (pshark)
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Yeah Funkateer, that was ridiculously funkay!
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Funkateer (funkateer)
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With the master tapes available to Dweezil and the producers of that dvd, you can really hear The Ikettes in all their glory.

I've never heard their vocals in that way before this dvd was released.
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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ikettes

This is the cover for the new Ikettes collection.
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kamasu (kamasu)
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Hot!
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Boynextdoor (boynextdoor)
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Does anyone know if the forthcoming CD is the same recordings as the Fine, Fine, Fine CD released several years ago?
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SuperLou (superlou)
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Here's what the Ace site says about the new release:

The Story Of Three Girls

The Ikettes issued six singles for the Modern label between 1964 and 1965, and one long-player, “Soul The Hits”, which did not include all the singles. The Ikettes Kent compilation “Fine Fine Fine” collected together all but one of the Modern sides issued as Ikettes singles, with some left-over previously unheard gems. When the 1987 was issued as a CD in 1992 we added a few extras, in particular some recordings that featured the Ikettes but were waxed under the solo name of Venetta Fields. That “Fine Fine Fine” CD has remained in catalogue until now, and 15 years on a re-appraisal and upgrade of that collection is overdue. We’ve been able to re-master many of the tracks from much improved sources, mostly in stereo, and sounding better than ever. In addition we have been able to ‘tidy up’ a bit. While losing some live tracks that are available elsewhere in the catalogue, we present some more unheard studio delights. We can also put right a small number of anomalies that nagged some of us about that previous release, the top one being that the ‘wrong’ set of Ikettes graced the front cover art of our LP and CD. This despite the fact that the ‘proper’ ladies could be found smiling from the sleeve of that original 1965 Modern album. The story of the Ikettes Modern sides is the story of three girls; Robbie Montgomery, Jessie Smith and Venetta Fields.

An invitation across the nation …

The early 60s was the high water mark of the dance craze, sparked off by the Twist. Tina and the Ikettes would rehearse every new dance craze and use it on stage, mixed with their own inventions. Every new girl was introduced into the routine, established by Robbie, Jessie and Venetta; it was this visual show that they saw and joined.

By the time of the Modern recordings Ike & Tina Turner were using 3-track and 4-track studios, usually Western Recorders or United Recorders in Los Angeles. Western was one of the busiest studios in Hollywood in the 60s, being used extensively by the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, the Crickets, Rick Nelson and Elvis Presley, among many others. Ike would get the backing track down by the band first, before going for a vocal take, often at a different location, followed by percussion or horn overdubs and embellishments, at possibly a third location. Consequently, most alternate takes of the songs from this period are in the main alternate vocal takes only. We have spent a lot of hours, days and weeks listening to the many takes in the vaults, partly to make sure of using the original master single take in each case. In the process we’ve discovered interesting alternates and a clutch of previously unreleased songs. To give you a clue as to the sort of thing that took up so much time, we discovered that the previous “Fine Fine Fine” collection presented the album version of Camel Walk. And in mono, even though the “Soul The Hits” album had been mastered in stereo. We found an interesting alternate take of the song, but the ‘single’ version was missing from the session tape. As the single version is slower and funkier than the album version, we spent some time slowing down various takes to see if we could find it, but to no avail. Finally, the elusive take turned up on another tape entirely, it was not a slowed down track, it had been recorded with a completely different feel. Then came the dilemma of whether to use the previously available album version as a bonus but we decided on a bonus of the unreleased take instead. The search for the ‘proper’ Camel Walk also unearthed a truly funky instrumental version that was not recorded as a backing track! Unfortunately you’ll have to wait for this one as it really would not fit in here (can I smell vinyl around here?).

Taking evidence as far as we can from scribblings on original master tape boxes, it seems that versions of Locomotion, Sha La La, Da Do Ron Ron and Sally Go Round The Roses were meant for the Ikettes album, “Soul The Hits”, and go a long way to explaining the album’s title. When push came to shove only Da Do Ron Ron and Sally made it to the album, as they would make it onto singles as well. And only ‘Sally’ made it to our previous release. The rest of the album was made up largely of the Ikettes’ own singles for Modern. A lucky situation where the girls had enough “hits” themselves to warrant leaving off some of the covers. Lucky for us we now had these covers to add to our collection.

As well as all the wonderful music, we have gathered together a gallery of great pictures and memorabilia. And all the pics are of the right girls!

By Brian Nevill
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Has the release date of the Ikettes disc been pushed back like Patti Drew's?

I like these UK imports, but they are always getting delayed.

I'm glad they are revamping Fine Fine Fine. I thought the live tracks helped flesh out the Ikettes' story, but they sounded out of ace with the studio tracks.
I had the single version of Camel Walk on Modern, t can't remember if it sounded different from the version on Fine, Fine, Fine.

There was an Ikettes album on United Artists in which a group of Ikettes re-recorded some of the Modern hits. I bought the LP and was a little disappointed because the tunes weren't the original versions. I'm glad the right group of Ikettes are getting their due.



(Message edited by motown_fan on April 25, 2007)
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http://www.amazon.com/im-blue/ dp/B0009A351M/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/ 103-7853912-4061410?ie=UTF8&s= music&qid=1177594577&sr=1-3

Does anyone know what line-up of Ikettes this CD is? Looks like pretty early stuff?
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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Can't really see it, no track list and the photos are of various groupings of Ikettes. But from the looks of it, it appears to be a bootleg. So who knows what's on this disc.
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Boynextdoor (boynextdoor)
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Motown Fan...if you go to the site, and click to the left, the track list comes up, as well a pic of the girls.
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Adrian (adrian)
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From Amazon UK:-

Can't Sit Down Cos It Feels So Good by Ikettes (Audio CD - 2007)
Buy new: £11.99 2 Used & new from £11.99
Available for pre-order
Eligible for FREE Super Saver Delivery.
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Brother Love (brother_love)
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I just got the new Ikettes CD and it sounds wonderful. It has several previously unissued takes, alternate takes, unissued rehearsal takes and unissued tracks, as well as many things in stereo for the first time on CD. The booklet has very comprehensive notes and lots of great pictures as well. If you love these girls like I do run out and pick this collection up.
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I got my copy of the CD yesterday. I'm about 10 songs into the disc. Enjoyed the extended fade of I'm So Thankful and the studio chatter/false start of Peaches and Cream.
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Motown_Fan (motown_fan)
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I got mine yesterday as well. The sound is excellent...you can actually hear Jimmy Thomas on Blue Over You.
Other favorites: Been So Long, Can't Sit Down, Never More Will I Be Lonely For You, Sally Go Round the Roses.

The Ikettes' story is also skillfully told.

I have a question about "Trying To Make Me Lose My Mind." The vocals sound like Fontella Bass and Tina Turner with backing by the Ikettes.

Any other thoughts?



(Message edited by motown_fan on May 15, 2007)

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