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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!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On the Record: Riches from "Rags" - “Piece of My Heart” by Erma Franklin

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41 years ago today... 

this was rockin’ you! 


“Piece of My Heart,” a powerful, churchy ballad produced by east coast deep soul wizard Jerry "Rags" Ragovoy and sung by Erma Franklin, became a slow drag favorite at the Shady Dell in November of 1967.


The record reminds us of two pairs of sultry 60s soul sisters: Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick (r.i.p. Dee Dee), and Aretha and Erma Franklin.


Erma’s “Piece of My Heart” was right in the pocket as far as Dell rats were concerned. Treading the fine line between gospel and secular, “Piece of My Heart” had all the right stuff. It deserved to be a chart-topper for Erma like so many of sister Aretha’s songs. Yet, this outstanding recording only made it to #62 on Billboard. Remember my theory...the one that applies the mathematical law of inverse proportionality: the greater the song, the lower its position tends to be on the national record chart? “Piece of My Heart” is a prime example of the phenomenon.


To add insult to injury, Erma, a black artist, saw her original version of the song covered and turned into a bigger hit by a white act - an unfortunate scenario repeated throughout pop music history. In this case, it was Janis Joplin and her group, Big Brother & the Holding Company that picked up “Piece of My Heart” and rode it to #12 on the chart in the fall of 1968.



Naturally, Shady Del Knight’s Pick to Click is the Erma Franklin rendition, an enduring soul classic and one of the Dell’s most memorable slow jams!



If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Have a Shady day!

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