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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
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Duel in the Shady: The Weapons? 45s! (How The West Was Fun, Part 4)


 HERE IT IS, PART 4 

 OF MY SPECIAL SERIES 

 HOW THE WEST WAS FUN! 

 NOW THAT YOU HAVE SEEN 

 PICTURES OF MY RECENT 

 TRIP TO CALIFORNIA,  

 IT'S BACK TO BASICS 

 WITH A MUSIC POST. 


 The stroke of high noon... 


 It's time for a 

 duel in the Shady 

 using 45s. 


 I'll play sets of the same song 

 recorded by different artists. 

 You, the listener, have the 

 unenviable task of having to 


 pick the winner of each spin-off. 

 Start clicking, picking and 

 tapping your toes... NOW! 


 THE DRIFTERS 


The vocal group the Drifters was formed in 1953 to
showcase the talent of lead singer Clyde McPhatter.
Over the years personnel came and went including
leads Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore.
In the late 50s, manager George Treadwell fired
all of the original members and brought in
another group called the Five Crowns
to record and perform as the Drifters.


The lead singer of the revamped Drifters act was
Charlie Thomas and the group's first single with
Thomas on lead was "Sweets For My Sweet"
which hit the top 10 on the R&B chart and
reached #16 on the pop side.

 "Sweets For My Sweet" - The Drifters 
 (Oct. 1961, highest chart pos. #16 Hot 100/#10 R&B





 THE SEARCHERS 


In the summer of  1963, a cover of "Sweets For My Sweet"
became the debut single for the English Merseybeat band
the Searchers. Beatlemania and the British Invasion were
still a few months in the future.  Consequently, the
 Searchers' catchy cover remained uncharted
stateside while rocketing all the way
to #1 on the UK chart.

 "Sweets For My Sweet" - The Searchers 
 (July 1963, highest chart pos. #1 UK, 
 uncharted in the U.S.) 





 TAB HUNTER 


Several versions of the popular song "Young Love"
were released between Thanksgiving 1956 and
January 1957. The first, recorded by Ric Cartey
 with the Jiva-Tones, missed the chart. Actor
and singer Tab Hunter, on the other hand,
 watched his rendition soar to #1.

 "Young Love" - Tab Hunter 
 (March 1957, highest chart position #1) 





 THE CREW-CUTS 


Another version of "Young Love" was released
the same month the Tab Hunter record was on
the chart, this one by the Canadian kings of
cover, the vocal quartet the Crew-Cuts.

 "Young Love" -The Crew-Cuts 
 (March 1957, highest chart pos. #24) 





 SONNY JAMES 


Alabama native James Loden took the stage name
Sonny James.  Sonny was said to be so polite that
he earned the nickname The Southern Gentleman.
Sonny turned his recording of "Young Love" into
a huge country crossover hit.  James' record
 halted at #2 on the pop chart while topping
the country survey for 9 weeks. My parents
bought the Sonny James 45 and they and I
played it often. It was the only version of
"Young Love" that I remember hearing
as a child. I love it and consider
it the definitive.

 "Young Love" - Sonny James 
 (January 1957, highest chart position 
 #2 Billboard, #1 Cash Box, #1 Country





 LESLEY GORE 

Nearly a decade later, teen pop idol Lesley Gore
recorded her own version of "Young Love."


Released as a single at the start of spring 1966,
Lesley's cover of "Young Love" made it only
halfway up the Billboard chart.

 "Young Love" - Lesley Gore 
 (April 1966, highest chart position #50) 





 THE CHARMS 

Led by Otis Williams, The Charms were a popular
R&B vocal group of the 50s that started their
career recording ballads. It wasn't until they
hopped on the rock 'n' roll bandwagon
that the Charms began a string of hits.


The first was a cover of "Hearts of Stone" which
went to #1 on the black chart and #15 pop.
"Hearts of Stone" was originally recorded
by another black group, the Jewels, and
was also covered with great success by
the Fontane Sisters who took it to
#1 on the pop chart. The Charms
followed "Hearts of Stone" with
"Two Hearts" which made the
top 10 on the R&B chart.

 "Two Hearts" - The Charms 
 (April 1955, highest chart pos. #8 R&B





 PAT BOONE 


The Crew Cuts covered "Two Hearts" but let's
not go there again. Instead, here's a downright
decent cover by Pat Boone. I often joke about
Pat and his whitewashed covers of black originals,
but I must admit that I like the squeaky clean singer's
rockabilly interpretation of this particular R&B song.

 "Two Hearts" - Pat Boone 
 (April 1955, highest chart position 
  #16 Hot 100, #14 Cash Box




 Original or copycat... 


 which is better? 


 Now that the shootout's over 

 and the smoke has cleared 


 which 45s are standing tall? 

 Which ones bit the dust? 

 Think twice before 

 you answer, pardner. 

Have a Shady day!