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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
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Perfect Storms: The 10 Most Exciting Records...Ever! (Part 3)

Now let's finish our countdown of the most exciting records from the pre-Beatles era, the mid-50s through 1963:

5. “A Fool in Love” – Ike & Tina Turner (September 1960)

No legitimate Most Exciting list would be complete without something by Tina Turner. You would be hard pressed to find any Ike & Tina records that were not exciting. Like many of the artists featured in this survey, Tina Turner's electrifying live performances are what launch her songs into the stratosphere. Here's Tina, Ike and the Ikettes on the Big T.N.T. Show singing "A Fool in Love" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine."



4. “Reet Petite” – Jackie Wilson (August 1957)

Bright and brassy, the Berry Gordy penned "Reet Petite" (the finest girl you ever wanna meet) stands as one of Jackie Wilson's most durable recordings. It was Jackie's first single on Brunswick as a solo artist after leading and then leaving Billy Ward's Dominoes. "Reet Petite" still sounds fresh today. I simply never get tired of hearing it!



3. “Jailhouse Rock” – Elvis Presley (October 1957)

Jailhouse Rock was one of Elvis Presley's better motion pictures and the title song was used in one of the most entertaining and memorable production numbers in movie musical history!



Jailhouse Rock is dripping with legend and lore. Elvis reportedly refused to watch the movie because he was devastated over the tragic death of his beautiful co-star Judy Tyler. Judy was killed in a car crash just three days after filming was completed.

2. (3-way tie) Jackie Wilson singing lead
with Billy Ward & His Dominoes

"You Can't Keep a Good Man Down" (Fall 1953)
"Give Me You" (January 1955)
“St. Louis Blues” (March 1954)

Breathtaking melismas, spine tingling vocal gymnastics, unsurpassed operatic virtuosity, a wailing sax...they're all here in this Jackie Wilson triple play!

Presenting three of the best early recordings laid down by the Titan of Soul when he was singing lead with Billy Ward & His Dominoes. "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down" went to #8 on the R&B chart in the fall of 1953.

"Give Me You" was recorded in January of 1955. A March 1954 studio session gave birth to the "St. Louis Blues." This stuff still sounds fresh and vital today!

"St. Louis Blues" is my favorite of the three because of its syncopated rhythm and wicked sax break. Listen to Jackie Wilson's youthful exuberance on these recordings. It's no wonder they called him Mr. Excitement!



1. "Village of Love" - Nathaniel Mayer & the Twilights
(May 1962)

Solid proof that the so-called other Motown yielded some of the finest R&B/Soul ever made, here's Detroit native Nathaniel Mayer & the Twilights with their barn burner "Village of Love." It's too cool for old school!



"Village of Love" is way off the chart - the most exciting record of the pre-Beatles era!

Golly gee, we're just getting started! Join me next time when my search for the 10 Most Exciting Records...Ever moves into the post-Beatles period. See ya!

Have a Shady day!

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