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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ..... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Volume 3 A Bonofied Classic and Goodies Galore!


 WELCOME TO VOLUME 3 OF  

 MY 17 PART SERIES SALUTING 

 THE SPECTOR SOUND 

 ...GREAT RECORDINGS PRODUCED BY 

 PHIL SPECTOR ALONG WITH OTHERS 

 THAT IMITATED HIS WILDLY POPULAR 

 WALL OF SOUND STUDIO TECHNIQUES. 


 SONNY AND CHER 


Let's begin with a Bang Bang and welcome
Sonny and Cher, the husband and wife duo
that America fell in love with in the 60s, a
Bonofied odd couple that oozed chemistry
and defined cool. In the spring of 1967
Sonny and Cher appeared on The Smothers
Brothers Comedy Hour
and sang their
latest single "It's the Little Things."


I get goose bumps when I watch this clip because
it reminds me how great it was to be young
when they were young. It was late May 1967
and the Summer of Love was set to begin.
We were feelin' groovy and we had our
whole lives ahead of us. Folks, it just
doesn't get any better than this.

 Ladies and gentlemen... 

 Sonny and Cher! 

 "It's the Little Things" - Sonny and Cher 
 (August 1967, highest chart position #50 
 Live appearance on The Smothers Brothers 
 Comedy Hour May 21, 1967) 





 THE FOUR TOPS 

Phil Spector loved the Four Tops and in 1967
they loved him back with "Wonderful Baby,"
a castanet clacking Spectorian opus penned
and produced by Motown's Smokey Robinson.

 "Wonderful Baby" - The Four Tops 
 (from July 1967 album Reach Out 
 Released in May 1968 on the B side 
 of "If I Were a Carpenter") 





 THE GOODIES 

The Long Island girl group known as the Goodies
were standing in the shadow of the Shangri-las.
Producer Shadow Morton gave the Goodies first crack
at "Leader of the Pack." The Goodies cut a demo but
record company Pooh-bahs demanded that the song
be recorded and released by the more popular Shangs.
The rest is myrmidonic melodramatic history.


Far from being licked, the Goodies gave us a treat
that's delicious, nutritious and Spectoricious,
a Morton produced recording of the Boyce-
Hart-Venet composition "The Dum Dum Ditty."

 "The Dum Dum Ditty" - The Goodies 
 (June 1965, uncharted) 





 DIANE CHRISTIAN 

In the early to mid 60s the Bronx was teeming
with vocal talent. Diane Christian and her girl
group the Darlettes made the rounds of talent
shows, recorded demos and released records.


When the group broke up Diane went solo and in
December 1964 released the Spectoresque classic
"Wonderful Guy" produced by FGG - Feldman,
Goldstein and Gottehrer - the trio that later
made records as a fake Australian band called
the Strangeloves. Diane had a superb voice and
with a break or two could have been the next
Dionne, but her records failed to chart!

 "Wonderful Guy" - Diane Christian 
 (December 1964, uncharted) 





 ALDER RAY 

In 1964, soulful songbird Alder Ray released the
doublesider "Cause I Love Him" b/w "A Little Love
(Will Go a Long Way)," both produced by Marshall Leib,
former member of Phil Spector's group the Teddy Bears.


I'll be featuring both sides of the record in this series
beginning with the killer bee.  If these two Alder Ray
recordings remind you of Darlene Love, it's because
Darlene's powerful pipes can be heard on the backing
vocals. "A Little Love (Will Go a Long Way)" is a
lush Wall of Soundalike production that'll leave
you shouting, I can't believe it's not Spector!

 "A Little Love (Will Go a Long Way)" - Alder Ray 
 (August 1964, B side of "Cause I Love Him") 





 RAY PETERSON 


Texas born pop singer Ray Peterson's biggest hit
was "Tell Laura I Love Her," a 1960 death pop
tear-jerker about a fatal stock car racing mishap.
"Laura" was a top 10 hit for Peterson along with
"Corrine, Corrina," a country blues standard
he released later that year.


"House Without Windows," arguably Ray Peterson's
greatest and most powerful performance, was also
one of his least rewarded. The song, originally
recorded by Roy Orbison, was brought to wax by
Peterson on a single arranged by Ray Stevens.
Ray P's rendition missed the chart and you'll ask
why when you watch this vid from Shivaree.

 "House Without Windows" - Ray Peterson 
 (live appearance on Shivaree April 24, 1965) 





 STAY TUNED FOR MORE SENSATIONAL 

 SPECTORIAN SOUNDS AND SOUNDALIKES 

 COMING SOON IN PART 4 OF ECHOES! 

Have a Shady day!