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Monday, May 21, 2012

Clinically Proven: The Epic Odyssey of a Band Called The Soul Clinic, Part 1





 They waxed one of the great 

 R&B two-siders of the Sixties. 




 They toured up and down the 

 East Coast, sharing a stage with 

 some of the biggest names in 

 the music business. 




 They were  The Soul Clinic 

 of York, Pennsylvania, a band 

 with a reputation built on a solid 

 foundation of musical proficiency. 

 They honed their chops. 

 Now they're gettin' their props! 


In the mid to late 60s there wasn't a kid in Central PA who didn't know The Magnificent Men, and there were very few who hadn't heard of The Soul Clinic, the York based R&B band that rose to popularity, toured and recorded during
the same time frame as the Mag Men.


I am very proud to present my exclusive nine part interview with The Soul Clinic. It's their first Q&A in 43 years and the first and only comprehensive,
in-depth conversation providing a detailed account of the band's history from start to finish. Over the next three weeks Soul Clinic members will share with you in their own words the fascinating and at times outrageous stories of the band's genesis, triumphs, travails and ultimate demise. You will hear the recordings made by The Soul Clinic. To put their work into context I will include a few selections by other artists that influenced them or performed with them.


My opportunity to interview The Soul Clinic grew out of a reunion that took place at the Roosevelt Tavern in York in April of 2011 when five members of the band got together
for the first time in 40 plus years.


The Soul Clinic was a racially integrated octet that included, in the reunion picture above, clockwise from lower left, bass guitarist Ted Saxon, trumpet player Rick Dillman, organist Rick Terlazzo and drummer and band leader Larry Smith.

The picture below includes Bruce Delauder, The Soul Clinic's sax player (center rear) and the one and only Adrian "Buddy" King (lower left), a lead vocalist of the Magnificent Men who dropped by to reminisce. Dave Bupp, the other lead singer of the Mag Men was unable to attend due to illness.


In the midst of the reunion, Soul Clinic guitarist Mike Eads joined the party via speaker phone from his home in Seattle. For all intents and purposes that left only two band members absent. Tony Scott, the lead singer of The Soul Clinic, had passed away years earlier, and it had also been many years since the other members of the Clinic had been in touch with trombone player/vocalist Clark Miller who resides in California. In recent months Clark and his band mates reconnected and he hopes to make the trip back home to York for the Clinic's next reunion which might take place as early as this summer.


Clark, seen above on the right with his younger brother Mike, is currently recuperating from an illness. I join the members of The Soul Clinic and my readers in wishing Clark a speedy recovery. I am also announcing right at the outset that this blog series is dedicated to Mr. Clark Miller. Although Clark is not feeling his best lately it didn't stop him from participating in our interview and sharing memories. We'll be hearing from Clark in an upcoming segment but in the meantime I invite him to sit back and enjoy the ride as we tell the story of the band that he helped make great, The Soul Clinic. Here goes!


S.D. KNIGHT: Good morning, gentlemen, and welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! Thank you very much for being here as we begin this exciting journey, The Epic Odyssey of a Band Called The Soul Clinic. Larry, I'd like to start with you. What is the meaning behind the name Soul Clinic?


 LARRY SMITH: 

 There is no specific meaning. 

 For me it reminded me of an 
 old style "Revival Meeting". 
 It also implied that...you come 
 to our shows and get down, 
 and when you leave later, it's 
 like you've been to the "Clinic" 
 and your soul's been healed!! 
 "Amen brother!" 



 BATTLE OF THE BANDS! 

 THE CONCORDS & THE EPICS 

S.D. KNIGHT: Rick Dillman, let's hark back to a time before The Soul Clinic formed. Please introduce the two popular
York area bands that were progenitors of The Soul Clinic.


 RICK DILLMAN: 

 Rick Terlazzo and Larry Smith 
 were the ones that conceived 
 of The Soul Clinic from 
 The Concords and The Epics. 
 Rick T and I first played 
 together in The Concords. 
 My brother Tom Dillman 
 was the drummer which got 
 me into the band at age 13. 




 THE CONCORDS 


 RICK DILLMAN: The above picture of the Concords shows 
 Clark Miller on vocals (front left), Rick T on organ (back 
 row left), Mike Eads on guitar (back row third from left), 
 my brother on drums and me on trumpet. My parents felt 
 I was safe with my brother in the band but within the year 
 he left for college and they couldn't get me out after that.. 
 lol.. On a serious and sad note, Donnie Hoke, the guitar 
 player in the back row, second from left, lost his life at 
 the age of 18 when a fork lift fell on him at the AMF 
 (American Machine & Foundry) bomb plant in York. 

 LARRY SMITH: We all knew and loved Donnie. He was 
 a really funny and sweet guy. It was a HUGE shock. 

 RICK DILLMAN: There's a better shot of Donnie Hoke 
 in the picture below which shows an earlier Concords 
 lineup. Donnie is in the back row closest to the camera. 
 His tragic death came just after he got his 4F deferment 
 from the military. Donnie had everything going for him. 
 He had found a beautiful girl, deferred military and 
 good job. Donnie had just told me that he was happier 
 than ever in his life. As Larry mentioned, Donnie was 
 also the funniest dude I've ever met. 


 The Concords seen performing in the picture above are 
 (front row) Bob Pavencello, Skip Nevin and Rick Paven- 
 cello and (back row) "E String" Mick Campanalla, Rick 
 Terlazzo, Don Hoke and Larry Smith who was filling in 
 for my brother Tom Dillman on drums. The photo was 
 taken at a show at York Catholic High early in 1965. 


 RICK DILLMAN: The picture above shows a later lineup 
 of Conchords that included, from bottom right, Donny 
 Sponseler, Rich McGriff, Donnie Banks, Tom Dillman 
 (my brother), me - Rick Dillman aka Little D, Jack Truett, 
 unknown, Mike Bose and Steve Spangler. Notice that 
 the band's name was spelled "Conchords." After Rick T, 
 Clark Miller and Mike Eads all left and joined Larry Smith 
 to form The Soul Clinic the "H" was added to differentiate 
 between the old version of the band and the new. 


 The pictures above and below again show the Conchords 
 membership that existed after Rick T, Clark and Mike left 
 and just before departed and became the last to join 
 Larry's band, The Soul Clinic. 


 The only member of the Conchords whose name I can't 
 recall is our sax player. He joined about a month before 
 we broke up. Jack Truett, the organ player (front center) 
 left shortly after to join Jay and the Techniques. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Are you saying that the Conchords broke up when you left for The Clinic?

 RICK DILLMAN: Yes. I think I have the distinction of ending 
 both bands by leaving. Weird but true. I don't think either 
 band continued after I left. Not that I was the glue, I guess 
 I was just the first to figure out when it was over. 

S.D. KNIGHT: As a member of The Conchords did you ever have the chance to play a show with the Magnificent Men?

 RICK DILLMAN: Yes, I played with the Mag Men in one of 
 the last iterations of the Conchords. The show took place 
 in the auditorium of one of the local high schools, not sure, 
 possibly York Suburban.  My brother Tom was drumming 
 and Jack Truett was on keyboards. It was memorable for 
 me because we opened with the number, "Take Five" by 
 Dave Brubeck Quartet, a very unusual choice of tunes for 
 a "soul band". Jack played the grand piano and my brother 
 played an awesome drum solo. Very difficult because the 
 tune is in 5/4 time which means 5 beats to a measure in- 
 stead of the standard 3/4 or 4/4 time signature. Tom killed 
 his solo and Mike Bose played a lovely sax part. Steve 
 Spangler was on bass and I was off stage loving it. 

 "Take Five" - Dave Brubeck Quartet (October 1961, 
 highest chart position #25) 



 RICK DILLMAN: The Mag Men also played a wonderful 
 version of the Temptations' "Since I Lost My Baby", one 
 of my all time favorite "Temps" tunes. 

 "Since I Lost My Baby" - Temptations (September 1965, 
 highest chart position #17) 



S.D. KNIGHT:  Rick Terlazzo, welcome, my friend! I've been told that you can trace the origin of The Soul Clinic all the way back to your boyhood friendship with Larry Smith.

 RICK TERLAZZO: 

 It really started when Larry 
 and I met in the 5th grade 
 at St. Joe's grade school in 
 York. We became friends 
 and remain best friends to 
 this day.  By the time we 
 got to York Catholic High 
 we were in different bands. 
 Larry was in The Epics 
 and was the leader of 
 The Concords. We talked 
 about playing in the same 
 band all the time. We did 
 start a rhythm section at school to play for student assem- 
 blies in the auditorium/church.  The church had a band pit 
 with a big Conn church organ, so as students were walking 
 in and taking their seats we would entertain them with 
 instrumentals by Booker T & the M.G.'s -- tunes like 
 "Green Onions," "Tic-Tac-Toe" and "Soul Dressing." 

 "Tic-Tac-Toe" - Booker T. & the M.G.'s (March 1964,
 highest chart position #109) 




 "Soul Dressing" - Booker T. & the M.G.'s (August 1964,
 highest chart position #95 R&B) 




 RICK TERLAZZO: Another instrumental that we performed 
 was "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" by Jimmy Smith. 

 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Part 1 & 2" - Jimmy Smith
 (May 1964, highest chart position #72) 




 RICK TERLAZZO: This only convinced us all the more to 
 play together.  Larry came to school one day in the fall of 
 1966 and told me The Epics needed an organ player, so 
 I resigned from The Concords and joined The Epics which 
 soon became The Epics Soul Clinic and The Soul Clinic. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Rick Terlazzo, this is your life! One of your old friends and band mates joins us now to share a funny story about you. Let's welcome Barry Shultz, the original guitar player for The Epics! Barry, tell your Terlazzo tale.

 BARRY SHULTZ:

 It was the fall of 1966. Rick 

 Terlazzo had just joined the 
 Epics and the band changed 
 its name to Epics Soul Clinic. 
 We were playing for a fashion 
 show at the Charles E. Williams 
 American Legion Post in down- 
 town York. One of our favorite 
 instrumentals was the tune 
 that Rick mentioned, "Who's 
 Afraid of Virginia Wolff?" by 
 renowned jazz organist Jimmy 
 Smith. During the performance, 
 Rick was SMOKIN' on his B3 Organ. Unfortunately, he lost 
 his balance and "fell off his seat but never lost a beat!" You 
 could see a hand come up from behind the organ, as he 
 "fell right in" where he left off! You know what they say: 
 The show must go on!! 

S.D. KNIGHT: A disembodied hand playing the organ?
You guys should have introduced him as "Thing" from
The Addams Family!

Barry, how did you get started playing in bands?

 BARRY SHULTZ: I got started at 16 or 17, then answered 
 an ad for a guitarist. This was the beginning of the early 
 Epics in late '61 or early '62. It was great learning together. 
 It wasn't always real good in the beginning but we stuck 
 with it and it got better over time!  We all wanted it to 
 sound just right. If we had to, we'd rehearse parts over 
 and over until we got it. When we made any mistakes 
 "on-stage", we made SURE to fix them right away. 

S.D. KNIGHT: What did you enjoy most about playing with the bands that evolved into The Soul Clinic?

 BARRY SHULTZ: There was always a strong friendship and 
 "team spirit" within the bands. We always loved what we 
 were doing and shared the same goals. Most importantly, 
 we ALWAYS had fun. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Thank you very much, guitarist Barry Shultz! Larry, you have some rare pictures of the band playing with Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles at a club in Lancaster called The Panther. We'll check them out in a moment but first let me introduce another special guest. Here to give us some info about The Panther is my good friend, Thom "Daddy C" Colson, a veteran singer, songwriter, musician and producer and the keyboard player and background vocalist for the fine Lancaster group Custer's Last Band. Daddy C, as a long time resident of Lancaster County, what can you tell us about The Panther?

 THOM "DADDY C" COLSON: 

 The Panther Club was located in 
 the ballroom of the now defunct 
 Rocky Springs Amusement Park 
 in southeast Lancaster, a mecca 
 for family summer fun dating all 
 the way back to the late 1800s. 
 The Panther Club only lasted 
 about a year or so, but in that 
 time, was host not only to Patti 
 LaBelle and The Blue Belles, but 
 also The Jive Five as well as other top acts of the day and 
 often featured Jerry Blavat as MC and DJ. Unfortunately, 
 fights and racial unrest brought The Panther to its untimely 
 end. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Thank you very much for that history lesson, Daddy C! Okay, Larry, the stage is set. Tell us about that play date at The Panther with Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles.

 LARRY SMITH: The pics below were snapped during an 
 Epics show at The Panther in the summer of 1966 just 
 before Rick Terlazzo joined the band.  Steve "Crusty" 
 Holder," who joined The Soul Clinic two years later, 
 filled in for our organ player Dave Martin as The Epics 
 backed up Patti and the Blue Belles. 


 RICK TERLAZZO: When we talk about "backing up" name 
 vocal acts like Patti LaBelle it means that our singer, Tony 
 Scott, would walk off after our set and the singers from the 
 headline act would come out and we became their band for 
 the night. Sometimes the name act would bring a guitarist 
 to help lead our band during the name act's songs. 

 RICK DILLMAN: Name acts would often bring sheet music 
 charts for us to use to back them up. Sometimes they were 
 hand written! 

 LARRY SMITH: The next pic shows one of the Blue Belles 
 filling me in on the tempo or groove after a false start! 


 Incidentally, at the time of this show, the Blue Belles lineup 
 included Cindy Birdsong who went on to become one of the 
 Supremes the following summer. 

 "All or Nothing" - Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles 
 (December 1965, highest chart position #68) 



 LARRY SMITH: The picture below shows our lead singer 
 Tony Scott with a trumpet..... but don't be fooled. 


 Tony did not play the trumpet. He picked it up to look cool
 and be on 
stage with Patti! As you will learn Tony Scott 

 was quite a character! 


 LARRY SMITH: What can best be described as a DIVA 
 incident occurred at rehearsal, when Patti (above left 
 in front of the Panther sign) threw down the charts and, 
 without any discussion, expected us to SIGHT-READ the 
 music! Look, some of us were like 14 & 15; it was a bit 
 intimidating. She counted it off and I started to play 
 the rhythm LITERALLY, everyone else just stood there. 
 Now I could read drum rhythms, but had no exposure 
 to drum CHARTS. Which are two different animals. While 
 the guys looked over the music, I said, "Patti, WE CAN 
 PLAY, we just can't read very well." "Tell me the tempo and 
 THE GROOVE and we'll get it going!" She cussed me out, 
 then stormed to her "dressing room". She came back in 
 a few minutes and we worked it out. When the show 
 started, we pretty much kicked ass. 

 "You Forgot How to Love" - Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles 
 (December 1965, uncharted)  




 Who joined The Soul Clinic? 

 Who stayed?  Who went? 

 Where else did they play? 

 With which other big stars? 

 Which Clinicians were Dell rats? 





 The answers are coming up 

 Wednesday in Part 2 of 

 Clinically Proven! 

Have a Shady day!

31 comments:

  1. WOWOWOWOWOW!!!! This was terrific, Shady! I enjoyed immensely not only getting to hear from the band about their origins, but also the anecdotes, such as the ones about Patti LaBelle (and from what I understand, she still continues in her diva-like ways).

    I know you must have put a good amount of time and effort into tracking them down and coordinating the interviews, and I am very appreciative. I enjoyed hearing the songs, as well. I can't get over how young those guys were. I don't see very many kids that age these days having the drive and determination to do what they did.

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    1. Good point, Shelly! As the Soul Clinic series unfolds you will be amazed by stories of child prodigies sharing a stage with, impressing, and even upstaging seasoned musicians. Thank you for your comment, dear friend, and stay tuned!

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  2. I agree with Shelly! This was such an intriguing post. It's amazing to me how much collaboration and patience it must have taken to perform at such a young age. Learning music was always a challenge for me and I cannot imagine not having a chart or notes to read. I think I'd use a different term instead of Diva for that kind of sabotage. Some people need to put others down in order to feel important, as if it weren't enough to be the lead singer! Sheesh! I also laughed at the response to the question about the meaning of the name Soul Clinic. It's true that great music and dancing are healing. After listening, I'm SAVED!

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    1. Hi, Jenny! I'm going to reveal to the world that I also played drums from childhood through my teens. I played in the school band and, for about five minutes, in a rock band. I will quickly add that I was no Larry Smith by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, my background as a drummer helps me to appreciate Larry's stories and allows me to put myself in his place at that early age. You need to believe in yourself to hold your own alongside temperamental industry pros, and Larry and the other guys believed in themselves and handled themselves marvelously. Thank you for your visit and comments, dear Jenny, and c'mon back Wednesday for Part 2!

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  3. Shelly usually nails the heart of what you are trying to bless us with and today has put it in awesome fashion. It was a fantastic journey as the interview proceeded and I was amazed at the detail you had to accumulate for this showing and cannot wait to see what is coming. The music was a great start to my Monday morning. Thanks good buddy.

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    1. Hey, Odie! In subsequent posts you will get to hear the music made by The Soul Clinic as well as a variety of other solo artists, groups and bands that influenced them or performed with them. It is a fantastic journey filled with unexpected twists and turns. Thanks for following the Soul Clinic saga, good buddy, and have a great day and week in Carolina!

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  4. Really enjoying all this! Thank you for bringing it all back. I lived in Harrisburg back in the very early days of the Dell. We drove down several times over the years to visit the 1st "teenage night club"! I started buying tons of records at the "Disc-O-Rama" and a couple other places near the "square". Later, in the late 60's, I opened (with permission of the original) my own Disc-O-Rama in Carlisle. One day Mike Eads walked in and asked if I would carry and sell their records. Needless to say, I did and sold an amazing amount of "So Sharp". He hung out at the store now & then over a couple of years and I always wondered what happened to him. Did he live in Harrisburg, Carlisle or York? Sadly my store only survived a few yrs. as life took me elsewhere and I've been in Florida for 30+ years.

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    1. soulpapa - Hello, my friend, and welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I'm so glad to have you here. "Teenage night club" is an apt description of the Dell because it gave young people an opportunity to police themselves, to interact and play out their youthful dramas without being micromanaged every minute by parents, teachers and clergy. That's such a cool story about operating a Disc in Carlisle! Mike Eads lived in Carlisle back in the day and we'll be hearing a lot from him in this 9-part interview so please stick around. Thank you very much for being here, soulpapa. See you Wednesday!

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  5. Wow these guys have lived quite the life. I am not familiar with their band Soul Clinic, but I am always interested in artists' back stories, probably because I want to live vicariously through their memories. :) Looking forward to the next installment!

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    1. Amber Blue Bird - If you want vicarious thrills, my dear, you've come to the right place! Ride this roller coaster and you'll experience the ups and downs of a local band as they try to go national. It's a journey you won't soon forget. Thank you very much for coming over, dear Amber, and have a terrific week!

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  6. Hi Shady, Now you really went and did it. This post brought back many memories for me as I attended most of the places mentioned. I recognized several people from the pictures. I knew and played on a church basketball team with Billy Dabler. Followed his and Donny Sponseler's time with Conchords. I think Sponseler had his own band in very late 60s or early 70s as I saw him at a club doing his version of "Let It Ride". I was also amazed that Jimmie Smith,(on a list I sent you) had influence on the bands. I will never forget the great wooden roller coaster at Rock Springs Park, but I missed the Jive Five when they played there. Did any of these bands play at the Barn which was on east Market out toward Stony Brook Drive In? Very much looking forward to the remainder of this story. Jerre

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    1. Hi, Jerre! I figured you'd see some familiar faces in this post and there are many more people yet to be introduced in upcoming segments. I thought of you as soon as Rick T mentioned playing that Jimmy Smith tune because I remembered including Jimmy in one of your blog features a while back. Funny you should mention the wooden roller coaster at Rocky Springs. Thom "Daddy C" Colson wrote and told me about that coaster and offered the following tidbits: "Their wooden roller coaster, The Wildcat, which opened in 1929, was considered to be one of the top 5 in the country. Very wicked, with it's amazingly steep 92 foot drop." Daddy C also pointed out that Rocky Springs closed at the end of the summer season 1966 right after The Epics backed-up The Blue Belles. The park reopened in 1979 but had the misfortune of opening immediately after the Three Mile Island disaster which killed area tourism and doomed the park, forcing it to close a year later due to poor attendance. As for The Barn, maybe Rick T or one of the other Soul Clinic guys can answer that question for you. Thanks so much for adding your comments to the discussion, Jerre, and stay tuned for much more fun on Wednesday!

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  7. I really enjoy reading the background info on old bands. The west coast also has had a lot of these local bands over the years - some make it, many don't , but they're all beloved by their local crowds. I can't believe how young these guys were when they started out - and they were able to stand up to Patti LaBelle's diva ways to boot! Really great stories - looking forward to the rest!

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    1. Hi, karen! This is merely the tip of the iceberg. Many more stories and surprises are coming your way in parts 2 thru 9 of Clinically Proven and I know you're going to enjoy taking this ride with us. Thank you very much for swinging by, dear friend. Have a wonderful week ahead in Orange County and please join us again on Wednesday!

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  8. Dell Rat Ron ShearerMay 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Wow, Tom! I had forgotten Billy Dabler, a very colorful figure. I only remember I knew him for many years. I recalled Donnie Sponseler, previously of the Del-Chords. Jerre, thanks! I'm not the only one who remembers The Barn. They were even open on Sundays, a controversy with parents initially.
    At Fireside Rec Center, I auditioned for the Epic's manager on Dave Martin's organ one night. Their manager was interested for an instrumental band if I got an organ. I knew Tom Dillman from the FRC. I picked one out, but got an either/or ultimatum--organ or car. Well, I couldn't drive a car, and I lived in Jacobus.
    Through Larry Smith, I met both Ricks and Mike at Clark Miller's, a really good guy. Clark, I wish you a healthy recovery! Rick Terlazzo could make that organ sing--not an easy feat when covering Jimmy Smith and Booker T., but he did it. Larry had the beat from the Mono-Rays (?), the Del-Chords, you name 'em. Well, when you have Gene Krupa as an inspiration, how can you lose? Larry, I toast your Mom and you whenever I have a Rolling Rock in a pony bottle. Tom, all your songs were tops in my book. I owned and enjoyed them all!

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    1. Hi, Ron! Thanks so much for reporting in, my friend. This Soul Clinic series is like a happy reunion not only for the members of the band but for many others including readers like you, Jerre and soulpapa as well as the guys who worked behind the scenes doing research for this project. Because of this series old friendships are being renewed and new ones are being formed. It doesn't get any better. Thanks to you and Jerre I am remembering The Barn for the first time in decades. I know I went there at least once but I was certainly not a regular. Larry will be telling us all about his close encounter with Gene Krupa in an upcoming chapter. I can tell you're as excited as I am that the The Soul Clinic story is finally being told. Thanks a lot, Ron, and I'll see you Wednesday, good buddy!

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    2. Yo, Tom.
      Awesome beginning. We(Soul Clinic alum) are excited and thrilled to finally see this thing get off the ground. Thank you for all your hard work and patience throughout the arduous process of dealing with all of our craziness in dredging out all the info. It's been fun and harrowing at times. Lol. Divas all.
      Love and grooves to you,
      Rick Dillman

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    3. Hi, Rick! Looks like The Soul Clinic still has plenty of fans and supporters. There's already a party atmosphere and we've only just begun. I've read all 9 chapters approx. 100 times each and I wanna testify that I never get tired of these awesome stories. You guys rock in more ways than one. Thanks so much for dropping by, Ricko. Sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the show!

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  9. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMay 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Tom -

    In the sixties I thought I was headed for a career in classical piano and spent 2-4 hours practicing every day, so I definitely was not like most teenagers. I was a certified music nerd. I didn't dance, didn't date, and Chopin and Beethoven performed by Van Cliburn were at the top of my chart! I never heard of the Soul Clinic, and if I had, my piano teacher would have had my head on a platter. (No, not those Platters...)

    Now at my age, life and time have knocked off the sharp corners of my personality. After not following that early direction, I'm less single-minded and can appreciate music of all kinds. This series will catch me up on what I missed. I'm truly glad local bands are getting the recognition they deserve for their contribution to that era as well as the genres that followed them.

    It's interesting and refreshing to see the expressions on the Clinic members' faces during their performances and on promo pics. So many contemporary bands project such angst - with brooding, even depressing faces looking out at us. No one is smiling and poor grooming is a must! I know they are just following the accepted grunge look of our time, but they often look pretty pathetic.

    Oh dear! I wonder if it is painful for them to play their own music or even more, to listen to it. The Soul Clinic looks like they are actually enjoying their music instead of looking like they're in some kind of emotional distress! I think that's much more inviting, don't you?

    Thanks, Tom, for expanding my mind!

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    1. Hi, Kathleen! It's great to hear from you, dear friend! I know for a fact that the men of The Soul Clinic enjoyed the music they were making. Each one of them had a special relationship with his instrument of choice and they will all talk about that relationship in upcoming posts. Bleak and hopeless music has been popular for more than 20 years now. I've grown a little tired of all the blank expressions, frowns and scowls and apparently so have you. I'm very happy to know that you are following The Soul Clinic saga. It surely will give you an education and a glimpse of what you missed during your sheltered coming of age years. Thank you very much for your visit and comments, dear Kathleen, and I hope you and Mother Margaret have a fabulous week!

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    2. Kathleen you are so right, they were having fun playing And singing there music and we were having fun listening and dancing to there music. It's what the 60s and the Shady Dell were all about and how about those other guys Chopin and Beethoven you don't get any better than that. A Dell Rat All Ways Greg

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    3. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMay 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Just an observation: Chopin and Beethoven were the popular song-writers of their time. The melodies they wrote were no doubt hummed by many people on the streets back then. These old guys who are labeled high-brow now were not that way when they were alive. The name of the famous opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi, means "Joe Green" in Italian! Pretty common name for sure. Who knows how music played and loved at the Dell will be seen 100 years from now? Good music will always stand the test of time.

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  10. This was a fantastic beginning to your series on Soul Clinic. Loved the music that inspired them. I'd never heard the Virginia Woolf one before; it's terrific also.

    When I was a teen I thought it would be the height of happiness to play in a band. It's nice to hear how much they enjoyed being together playing these songs. I can't wait to hear some of their recordings!

    Interesting about Patti LaBelle. If I remember right, the Beatles did not read music at all and they did pretty good.

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    1. Hi, Belle! I remember the stir caused by Mike Nichols' film adaptation of Virginia Woolf. It starred Elizabeth Taylor as we had never seen her before: bloated, boozy, rude and crude, using controversial foul language as she engaged in verbal sparring with Richard Burton in front of house guests George Segal and Sandy Dennis. Sandy, one of my favorite actressses, won an Oscar for her performance in the film and sadly passed away in her mid 50s.

      I'm so glad you're on board to follow the adventures and misadventures of this exciting band The Soul Clinic. Thank you very much, Belle, and have a fine day in British Columbia!

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  11. Great job again Shady, not only is this a story about some of Yorks best the Soul Clinic but you are painting one of the best pictures of York in the 60's For our new Dell Rat friends . It gives them a really good picture of what we were all about in the Dell golden days. Thanks to Dell Rat Ron for the shout out for the Fireside Rec. center, I don' think I missed any of the dances there , I lived only a few blocks from the Rec. center and spent a lot of time there. I still live in that same house today. Looking forward to the next part of this very interesting story. Have your self a shady day my friend. A Dell Rat All Ways Greg

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    1. Hi, Greg! You made a good point here. This series is not only about The Soul Clinic. Through words, pictures and music it captures the very essence of 1960s York, PA. The series reads like a who's who of the old York soul/R&B music scene and you will see the names of venues you might not have thought about in decades. Another important aspect of this process are the sidebar threads which are explored here in the comments section. It is here that friends like you, Ron, Jerre and others - guys who were there and still care - can share their own memories of the people the places and the time. Thank you very much for being here today, Greg, and hustle back tomorrow for Part 2 of Clinically Proven!

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  12. I hung out at the fireside rec center. Rollerskated there and cleaned pool tables for table time under the watchful eye of Schmitty. I got banned from there for drawing an inappropriate pic of Schmitty on the wall of the skating rink.

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  13. Hi Tom! So this is what all your hard work was all about my friend, this huge interview with The Soul Clinic. I can imagine how excited you must have been to get hold of this exclusive interview. It's a really in-depth interview and I can see already that you've done an excellent job with it! It's certainly been an exciting time over at your Blog lately, with all this activity going on. I'm so glad I felt well enough to pop over and catch up on this series of posts my friend. I wouldn't have missed it for the world!

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    1. Hello, dear Thisisme! I'm just now catching up on reviewing older posts for new comments and found yours and Susan's. They certainly mean a lot to me, all things considered. Thank you very much, dear friend!

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  14. Hi Shady! I'm still here, just running behind. Had Scooter for the past week, and, outdoors a lot. I read most of this post last week, just couldn't come back for a few days. What a life! These guys really did a bunch-I had never heard of the Soul Clinic, but they had to be really good. You know, some local bands were really talented, and worked very hard. Of course, I have always like Booker T and The Temptations. Patti LaBelle is a favorite of mine. What an interview! You really know how to cover the bases! I will get to your other posts. Happy Sunday Shady!♫

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    1. Hi, Susan! I'm just now backtracking and finding your comments. I very much appreciate the fact that you took time to read about The Clinic. Your friendship and support mean a great deal to me, Susan!

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