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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!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Danger - Killer Motown Girl Group Dead Ahead! (Part 2)

Remember how the Animals and the Rolling Stones eclipsed the Beatles in terms of Dell popularity? The core group of Dell rats felt a stronger connection to Eric Burdon and Mick Jagger. Dellers had equally discriminating tastes when it came to Motown girl groups.

Outside the gravitational pull of the Dell, superstar Diana Ross and her Supremes left most of the competition standing in the shadows of Baby Love; but inside the walls and hallowed halls of the Dell it was a different story. Less heralded but arguably more soulful acts like the Marvelettes, Martha & the Vandellas, the Pips, Kim Weston, and the Elgins were the ones the Dell intelligentsia related to better and danced to with a greater degree of enthusiasm.

The Marvelettes made significant contributions to the Shady Dell soundtrack during the 60s. If you've got a few minutes to spare I invite you to join me right now for a Marvellettes block party. I guarantee it'll make you feel at least 80 years younger. All of the heavy lifting has been done for you. I combed YouTube and cherry picked the best Marvelettes clips.

So what are you waiting for - start picking and clicking!

One year after "Bill" climbed the charts, the Marvelettes bagged themselves another hit with "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (January '67):



Here's another marvelous Marvelettes song that landed on my Shady Dell Top 200.

Watch this wonderful concept video interpretation of "When You're Young and in Love" (May '67):


From the soon to be released Shady Dell - the College Years...

...here's the hook-happy "My Baby Must Be a Magician" (December '67):



Let's flash back to the glory days of Motown with this clip.

It's Shady Del Knight's Pick to Click, "I'll Keep Holding On" (June '65):



But wait, we have a tie! I realize this is highly irregular, but I'm naming a second Pick to Click.

It's the folo-up release to "...Holding On" entitled, "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead" (August '65):



With several remastered CD anthologies on the market, lots of buzz, and numerous clips on YouTube, including some cool remixes...

...the Marvelettes are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve. 'Bout time.

Have a Shady day!

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