Lew Bedell, who with Herb Newman founded Doré Records in the 1950s, died in 2000, and ownership of the catalog eventually passed to the highly-regarded UK reissue label Ace Records. (Ace UK was not, originally, in any way related to Johnny Vincent’s Mississippi-based pop/R&B label. The Brits now own that American catalog.)
Ace has reissued some recordings from Doré, but this tape found in the vault may have stymied them. A 1965 recording made at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, Phil Spector’s venue of choice, we know that various members of the Wrecking Crew, L.A.’s top sessionmen (and women) of the era were involved in the track, but not much else. Someone’s counting off the track, but it doesn’t sound like Phil.
My best guess is that it’s either Jack Nitzsche, who did lots of Spector arrangements, or Bob Crewe, who was pretty adept at the Spector sound himself. Nitzsche would seem the more likely candidate, since this was a Gold Star session and Crewe usually worked in New York and/or New Jersey, but to me, this track suggests a backing for Jessica James and the Outlaws — Denise Ferri, Bernadette Carroll and Peggy Santiglia — whom Crewe recorded for his DynoVoice label about this time. (In addition to singing under this nom de disque, said Outlaws backed up Lou Christie on his MGM hits, including the huge “Lightnin’ Strikes,” and Patty Duke on “Don’t Just Stand There.”) For comparison, here’s an actual Jessica James record. Certainly nothing would have stopped Crewe from schlepping the backing track to the East Coast and dubbing the voices there. Nitzsche, alas, is gone now, so we can’t ask him, but I figure getting the track some exposure can’t hurt.