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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!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Clinically Proven: The Epic Odyssey of a Band Called The Soul Clinic, Part 7


 WITH THEIR BOLD & BRASSY SOUND 

 AND A BREAK OR TWO ALONG THE WAY

 THEY COULD HAVE BEEN 


 THE NEXT CHICAGO. 





 IN TIME THEY MIGHT HAVE 

 GROWN INTO A TOWER OF POWER. 





 THEY WERE THE EIGHT... 


 THEY WERE THE GREAT... 


THEY WERE 




Hello and welcome! It's time to check back in and check out The Soul Clinic, the funky R&B band from York, Pennsylvania. It's week three and Part 7 of my exclusive 9-part interview, the first granted by members of The Clinic in more than 40 years and the only in depth account of the band's history from start to finish. On Friday the guys told us the highlight of their career was opening for Wilson Pickett at a show in Harrisburg that also featured the Magnificent Men. As The Soul Clinic was about to learn, highs are often followed by lows.

I can still hear Wibbage boss jock
Joe Niagara shouting the slogan:

"Life is a lark.....
at Willow Grove Park."

In the summer of 1968 The Clinic appeared at that popular family destination north of Philadelphia.
Headlining the program was the blue-eyed soul band The Rascals.


 Medley "I've Been Lonely Too Long"/"Come On Up" - Rascals 
 ("Lonely Too Long": March 1967, highest chart position #16 
 "Come On Up": October 1966, highest chart position #43) 



S.D. KNIGHT: Good day to you, gentlemen! I'd like to begin this portion of our interview by asking what you remember about that Summersound show at Willow Grove which was ghost hosted by John "The Cool Ghoul" Zacherley. Larry?


 LARRY SMITH: Summersound was a taped TV program 
 consisting of performances by The Rascals, The Soul Clinic 
 and other bands. Our segment was taped at Willow Grove 
 Park around 2pm on Friday July 26, 1968. 

 RICK TERLAZZO: I remember that we played in the heat of 
 the day. Very hot! 

 RICK DILLMAN: The Rascals were not actually present at 
 the park. Their segment was recorded in a studio. We didn't 
 actually play. We didn't even take amps into the park or 
 plug in.  All we did was lip sync for the cameras to one 
 tune, "So Sharp."  We were superimposed on top of the 
 roller coaster. When we finished we drove to Lancaster 
 and set up for a gig that night at a club called Hullabaloo. 

 LARRY SMITH: The Willow Grove program was broadcast 
 the next day, Saturday July 27th at 5pm, on Channel 10 
 WCAU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. 

 RICK DILLMAN: When the show aired we couldn't get it 
 clearly on our TV in York. It was static and kept fading out. 
 If only those old programs were archived somewhere. sigh,. 

S.D. KNIGHT: On Saturday the 27th, the same day that show was broadcast on C-A-U, The Soul Clinic was back home in York for a performance and autograph signing at Mailman's in the Queensgate Shopping Center.


S.D. KNIGHT: Queensgate was a stone's throw from my house. I used to hang out at the Race O Rama Hobby Shop and watch slot cars speed around the huge, steeply banked track. I bought most of my records at Mailman's because record department manager Drinda Warner knew the score and made sure the cool records were in stock, including
"So Sharp" by The Soul Clinic and this great Otis Redding song, released posthumously on an Atco single in 1969.

 "I Can't Turn You Loose" - Otis Redding (live performance 
 on Cleveland music showcase Upbeat/released in May 1969 
 as the B side of "Love Man") 



S.D. KNIGHT: Let's back up to the day before that Mailman's appearance because the show at Willow Grove is linked to a highly disappointing episode in Soul Clinic history. Presiding over the music fest along with Philly's phamous horror host, Zacherley, was Gene Kaye, a well known Allentown DJ and music manager. Larry, I know that the mere mention of one of those names sends shivers down your spine and I don't mean Count Zach. How did The Soul Clinic get involved with Mr. Kaye and how did he become a central figure in one of the band's misadventures?

 LARRY SMITH: We had an opportunity to do a Midwest 
 tour with Jay and the Techniques, the Allentown band led 
 by Jay Proctor. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Let me interrupt you, Larry, and play a video that will give us a look at Midwest teenagers dancing to a Jay & the Techniques record. It's an episode of Teen Time,
a music program hosted by Del Curtis that aired on WSTV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio.

 "Keep the Ball Rollin'" - Jay and the Techniques 
 (December 1967, highest chart position #14) 



S.D. KNIGHT: Okay, Larry, please spell it out for us. Explain how there's a Jay and a Kaye in boondoggle.

 LARRY SMITH: 

 We had rehearsed for two weeks 
 in August. The concept was: we 
 open the show, they do their thing, 
 then we combine both bands for a 
 big closing review and rave up. 
 Unfortunately none of that ever 
 happened because the tour was 
 aborted at the last minute. 


 RICK DILLMAN: The story begins with a guy I introduced in 
 Part 1 named Jack Truett (jacksontruett.com) pictured in 
 the center of the Concords above. When Rick Terlazzo left 
 The Concords to join The Soul Clinic, Jack replaced Rick as 
 organ player. When I left The Concords tjoin The Clinic, 
 Jack went to play for Jay & the Techiques. 

 "Strawberry Shortcake" - Jay and the Techniques 
 (February 1968, highest chart position #39) 



 RICK DILLMAN: In late July 1968, Jack got us an audition 
 to join their 15 city tour with their management team of 
 Gene Kaye and his father. Gene wanted us to join the 
 tour and offered us a contract which we sent back to 
 York with our personal/road manager, Steve Kranich. 
 Steve took the contract to his dad's lawyer and a few 
 of the parents to review. They all advised us not to sign 
 it as it would have locked us up for years to come in 
 what they described as "servitude". We decided to play 
 the tour without a contract signed and work it out later. 

 We were all staying at the hotel where Gene had his 
 office and hanging out with Jay and Jack in their rooms. 
 Jack warned me that the tour was in jeopardy because 
 Jay and their band were planning on confronting Gene 
 the night of our departure to try to rewrite their contracts 
 with him. They felt Gene would probably not cooperate 
 and that we shouldn't get our hopes up too high. Jack 
 swore me to secrecy. 

 The night 
of our departure for the first leg of the tour we 
 were sitting in the tour wagons with instruments in u-hauls 
 ready to leave for the first city when Jay and the band 
 confronted Gene to try to rewrite their contracts. It 
 seemed that Gene owned everything Jay had including 
 his house, cars, etc. After watching them shout at each 
 other through the banquet room doors, Gene and his 
 father ran out and jumped in the wagons with the equip- 
 ment u-hauls attached and drove off into the night.... 
 end of tour.. 

S.D. KNIGHT: What a fiasco! It must have been demoralizing for The Soul Clinic to lose the chance to expand their reach on a 15 city tour of the Midwest with a name recording act. How did the band cope with the disappointment?

 RICK DILLMAN:

 Wasn't easy. We limped back 

 to York feeling very deflated, 
 but a little wiser as to the 
 workings of the music business. 
 It wasn't all good will and fun. 
 This was becoming a business. 
 We got a gig at the 615 Club 
 in York which was a week long 
 gig. Something we hadn't done 
 before. It was a grueling 
 schedule with 45 minute sets 
 starting at 9 PM and going into the night sometimes till 2 
 AM. We learned quickly how to stretch tunes and even 
 replayed some tunes in different sets. We also had to do 
 a Saturday matinee in which we came up with a little piece 
 that had Tony down on the dance floor by himself miming 
 the story of a smooth operator picking up his girlfriend for 
 a date. He used two chairs as car seats. The band supplied 
 music and sound effects to Tony's acting.  He picked her 
 up, opened the door for her, got behind the wheel and 
 drove her to some back road to make out. She refused, 
 slapping him, and he promptly and quite literally kicked 
 his imaginary girlfriend out of the car, all with traveling 
 music and sound effects. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Whoa, daddy! That kind of skit wouldn't go over very well with most of today's audiences. In all fairness, I suppose we need to remember that the year was 1968 and the 615 Musical Lounge wasn't exactly a convent.

 RICK DILLMAN: You're right, it sounds a little harsh and 
 of course politically incorrect, but the 615 crowd loved it 
 and realized it was meant to be funny. Tony vamped it up 
 to make himself look like a cad and it took up most of the 
 set which gave us a rest. By the way, my mother gave me 
 a story to include here. She said when The Clinic played 
 at the 615 Lounge she and my dad came to a show. The 
 next night he wouldn't come because he was upset at me 
 playing in a club with booze etc. so my mom took a taxi 
 to come by herself. She didn't drink and certainly didn't 
 do clubs but she wanted to see her boy play and that 
 was that. Haha.  

S.D. KNIGHT: I played at the Dell nightly. I'm glad my mom never showed up to see my act, know what I mean, Vern? 

Alright, Little D. It was around the time of the 615 booking that The Clinic underwent another key personnel change. Who left the band and who joined?

 RICK DILLMAN: During that week long show at the 615 
 it was decided that our organ player Rick Terlazzo was 
 to be replaced. 

 RICK TERLAZZO: I remember blowing the show bit that 
 Tony was doing at the 615. I got distracted by a customer 
 who was talking to me from the floor at the end of the 
 stage. Everyone was really pissed off at me and that was 
 the straw that broke the camel's back. 

 RICK DILLMAN: The week after the 615 show, Rick came 
 into a rehearsal session at Clark's house to pick something 
 up. We were working with his replacement Steve Holder 
 to bring him up to speed on our tunes and it was very 
 awkward for all of us. Rick was much loved in the band 
 and it was a contentious move to replace him. As I said, 
 this was becoming business instead of just a fun band 
 of friends. Rick's last gig was at the end of August at a 
 place near Harrisburg called the MEL-LA-BA-LOO. 



 LARRY SMITH: We played at the MEL-LA-BA-LOO on 
 Saturday August 31, 1968. I don't remember much about 
 that place except that they HAD NO A/C!!  I went through 
 three shirts! 

S.D. KNIGHT: Any requests for "Feelin' Hot Hot Hot" ?

 TED SAXON: I remember 
 when The Soul Clinic opened 
 for the Manhattans at the 
 Mel-la-ba-loo. They only 
 needed a bass player to fill 
 out their band so I played 
 with them. When they intro- 
 duced themselves they made 
 a special introduction for me 
 and I got a rousing ovation 
 which made me feel 
 wonderful. 

 "Manhattan Stomp" - The Manhattans (January 1968, 
 uncharted B side of "I Call It Love") 



 RICK DILLMAN: We were all backstage while Ted played 
 with the Manhattans and very proud of him. Ted Saxon 
 was one of the best musicians on any instrument I've 
 ever played with. 

S.D. KNIGHT: And so at the end of August 1968 Soul Clinic organ player Rick Terlazzo left the band and was replaced by Steve "Crusty" Holder. At this time I am pleased to welcome Steve to the interview. Crusty, I understand you also have something to share about Ted Saxon.

 STEVE "CRUSTY" HOLDER: 

 I just wanted to say that I 
 sometimes felt bad for Ted 
 when the rhythm section 
 would start a rehearsal 
 with whoever we were 
 backing up that night and 
 they would throw sheet 
 music in front of Ted. I don't think at that time Ted could 
 read music and we would have to call out "Cat" or "Dog" 
 for the key signature, denoting the key of "C" or "D", but 
 in no time at all he would feel it and we were good to go. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Tell us about your background, Crusty. How did you get your start playing keyboards?

 STEVE "CRUSTY" HOLDER: My Dad got me interested in 
 being a musician. I grew up with a Hammond B3 in the living 
 room and Dad had a great collection of records by organists 
 like Lenny Dee and Earl Grant. He signed me up early for 
 organ lessons and after a while I would start listening to a 
 classic recording like "Ebb Tide" by Earl Grant over and over 
 and then learning it by ear. But it was my brother Terry 
 (who was playing bass for the Mono-Rays with Buddy King) 
 who got me interested in soul music. Terry spent every 
 cent he earned on LP records and when he got James 
 Brown's Live At The Appolo Theatre it was all over for me. 
 Man, I never heard anything so funky.  Ever since that day 
 I longed to be in a band with a horn section. When Steve 
 Kranich asked if I'd be interested in joining The Soul Clinic 
 I probably felt like a minor league baseball player feels when 
 he gets called up to the majors. Hey, put me in coach! 

S.D. KNIGHT: Once again it's show and tell time because the guys brought along another batch of rare pics including then and now images of Steve "Crusty" Holder. Start the slide show for us, Crusty!


   Tom Sholtz (drums) "Crusty" Holder (organ) 

 STEVE "CRUSTY HOLDER: The above pic was taken in 
 2000 at the Annual Musician's Reunion. Over a ten year 
 period Dick "Butch" Gayman held an annual jam session 
 in his garage and would invite whoever he could get to 
 come over. 


------------------   Tony Scott 

 STEVE "CRUSTY" HOLDER: Tony Scott attended several 
 of the reunions and the last time I saw him was at one of 
 of them. Dick had finally reached him and he came and 
 sang. It wasn't too much later that we learned that Tony 
 had died. Ted and I were at the funeral and I remember 
 he was buried with military honors. Who knew? His ex 
 girlfriend and mother of his kids said he claimed he had 
 Agent Orange poisoning. 


 LARRY SMITH: I'm glad I picked that 2000 reunion to 
 attend. Crusty came up from Florida and I hadn't played 
 with him in decades! The pic above was also taken at the 
 2000 get-together. Ted Saxon is on the left. I'm next to 
 Ted, then comes Butch Gayman our host, and the guy on 
 the far right is Tom Fisher, a bass player who was with 
 the original Epics from 1962 to 1965. As we noted earlier, 
 when Tom left The Epics he joined the Emperors, the 
 Harrisburg group that made the hit record "Karate."  


   Jeff Hildebrand at 2000 Musician's Reunion  

 LARRY SMITH: Butch, by the way, lives in his mom's old 
 place in North York about five miles from The Oaks. 
 The Epics used to rehearse in her living room! 

 RICK DILLMAN: Here below is a recent picture of Steve 
 Crusty Holder and his wife Patty. 


 I remember Crusty's first date with Patty was at the Sunny 
 Club. We played a show and I was in the car with them 
 leaving and he backed straight into a light pole. Ruined his 
 Camaro's rear end and, he thought, his first date. They've 
 been together all these years. Patty's a very sweet girl. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Little D, as we look at a pic of Crusty from back in the day, please give us your impression of him as
a musician and band member.


---------------   Steve "Crusty" Holder  

 RICK DILLMAN: Crusty was an amazing keyboard player, 
 one of the best in the area and one of the most talented 
 musicians in the band. When Crusty played it was always 
 with passion and great musicality. We felt that he would 
 add a stronger base to The Soul Clinic sound. Rick Terlazzo 
 was Larry's longtime friend but he was in agreement with us 
 that it was good move musically to bring Crusty into the 
 band to replace him. Even so, the decision was wrenching 
 to everyone because Rick had been instrumental in forming 
 the band, and of course we all loved Rick like a brother 
 and still do. It's important for people to remember that 
 Rick Terlazzo played on the recording "So Sharp" before 
 we made the change. 


------------------   Rick Terlazzo 

 RICK DILLMAN: Its funny because when I think of 
 The Soul Clinic personnel, I think of Rick. Crusty was 
 great musically, amazing even, but very shy and soft 
 spoken. Rick was more charismatic on stage, always 
 smiling and dancing with the horn section. I think this 
 decision changed our perception of the band from a 
 band of brothers into a business. We were now thinking 
 more about making it, rather than just having fun. 

S.D. KNIGHT: In mid September 1968 the York Interstate Fair was in full swing and I was watching the James Brown show on the grandstand around the time that The Clinic appeared at another famous York landmark. Ricko?

 RICK DILLMAN: On Friday, September 13th, The Clinic 
 did a show at Playland Skating Rink ("Teen Club") in 
 East York. It was Steve "Crusty" Holder's FIRST gig 
 with the band. 



S.D. KNIGHT:  For the benefit of our readers coast to coast and around the world, Playland was a popular recreational complex on East Market Street in York.  It was in operation 44 years, nearly as long as the Dell, and featured a deluxe roller rink, above ground swimming pool, miniature golf course and live entertainment which included The Soul Clinic for that Friday the 13th show!

 LARRY SMITH: It's funny, what I remember most about 
 Playland is not our gig.  About 5 or 6 years earlier, I saw 
 the entire MOTORTOWN REVIEW there!! Incredible, 
 With the 12 YR OLD GENIUS...LITTLE STEVIE WONDER! 
 'Fingertips Part 1 & 2' was all over the radio at the time. 
 Anybody out there see that show?? 

S.D. KNIGHT: I got it covered, Larry. Take a look at this beautiful poster of the 1963 Motor Town Revue at Playland!


This awesome collectible was given to me by my cousin Bill Lewis and by my old friend Tom Landis who worked with me at Weis Market in the mid 60s and often accompanied me to the Dell. Bill and Tom are currently members of the York band The Sting-Rays which also includes former Soul Clinic organ player Rick Terlazzo.


In the Sting-Rays group shot above Rick T is in the center of the back row. To the left of Rick is my cousin Bill who plays bass guitar. Front row left is vocalist Tom Landis. Thank you very much Bill and Tom for surprising me with that terrific vintage poster of the Motor Town Revue at Playland!


 In the fall of 1968 

 opportunity knocked. 

 Who was there?  

 Were the Mag Men involved? 

 What misadventures unfolded 

 in The City So Nice, 

 They Named it Twice

 Which rock stars 

 did the guys meet in 

 The City That Never Sleeps? 





 Those stories are coming up 

 Wednesday in Part 8 of 

 Clinically Proven! 

Have a Shady day!

30 comments:

  1. I was riveted- amazing! I am more convinced than ever this should be made into a book and/ or a documentary. And Rick's mom? I'd have done the very same thing!

    I'd be interested to know what you fellows think about the current state of soul music. What contemporary artists do you like to listen to? Are there any you feel rival the greats of the 60's?

    Another terrific post, Shady!

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    1. Thank you, Shelly! I'll let the Soul Clinicians speak for themselves if they wish to answer your question. As for me, I don't listen to modern "soul" music because it lacks just that - soul. A few artists manage to imitate the sound of 60s soul titans but they don't improve upon the original. I am much more excited about the fresh sounds of modern, alt and progressive roots music, bluegrass and country. Thank you very much for your time and attention to the series, dear Shelly. There are more Soul Clinic adventures and misadventures coming up Wednesday and Friday. See you then!

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  2. I am with Shelly about the book idea. This needs to be preserved for sure. I was looking at the line up on the poster and was caught by the whopping $2.25 ticket price. Oh those were the days.

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    1. Hi, Odie! Isn't that a spectacular poster? My cousin Bill and my old buddy Tom surprised me recently by shipping it down to me. I got it scanned at FedEx Kinko's and the image turned out bright and clear. $2.25 doesn't seem like much these days but in 1963 that was a pretty decent outlay even for a concert that included these Motown all stars! Thanks a lot for reading, listening and commenting, good buddy, and have a great week ahead!

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  3. Oh yes, a book, that would be a wonderful way to document all of these goodies ( agreeing with the comments above). Hugs and wishes for a beautiful week ahead.

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    1. Hi, Katie! Each of these posts is already book length, don't you agree? (LOL) You are very kind, dear friend, and I appreciate your visit and remarks. I hope you and your lucky fella had a special anniversary celebration over the weekend and I wish you a terrific week ahead!

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  4. I certainly enjoyed the brass in the Chicago tape. Horns do make a song full and more interesting. I've never thought of that before since this kind of music is kind of new to me. It was really too bad about the tour being cancelled. Band managers took advantage of people back in the day. I liked Jay and the Techniques a lot. Always enjoy the Rascals. It was interesting how they shot the TV bit with them. I also wish they had a tape of it.

    Well, I wish I could have gone to the Mowtown Revue as well. It must have been wonderful. As always, the interviews with Soul Clinic have been fascinating. Thanks everyone!

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    1. Hi, Belle! I agree with you about Chicago. It would be hard to imagine "Questions 67 & 68" and their many other great recordings w/o those exciting horns. I was also blown away by Dino Danelli's drumming in that Rascals clip. I'm sure Larry Smith also appreciated Dino's performance. Another thing that impressed me was that video of the Ohio teenagers dancing to "Keep the Ball Rollin'" by Jay & the Techniques. I haven't come across that many vintage clips showing how teens dressed and danced in 1968. Just wish the audio was stronger on that one. Thank you very much for joining us for Part 7, dear friend Belle, and have a wonderful week up in B.C.!

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  5. Hi dear Tom. First of all, I'm very disappointed, because I know that I typed a comment on my iPhone on your last post, which was definitely showing, but it just hasn't appeared here on my laptop! :( You'll think I'm shirking and deserting you, which I am most definitely not!! I am finding this whole series of interviews totally rivetting, and really do appreciate all the hard work you have put into it all - especially for us! I totally agree with Shelly (and others) that this would make a terrific book. I would have loved to have seen that Motor Town Review. It's really funny seeing Little Stevie Wonder on the bill and, as I type this, I am watching the Jubilee Concert from Buckingham Palace, and who is going to be appearing - none other than Stevie Wonder himself! So I shall look forward to watching his performance! See you again soon. Smooches!

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    1. Hi, dear Thisime! Well, it's quite a coincidence that Stevie Wonder is performing in the Queen's Jubilee this week. I do hope your weather has improved. I could hardly believe my eyes yesterday when I saw people bundled up in coats as they endured steady rain and a 52 degree temperature in June! I think I'd find that very refreshing after months of 80s and 90s over here. Dear friend, I know you haven't been feeling your best and I just assumed that you didn't feel up to reading these long posts of mine. If you tried to comment and they didn't "take" then bless you for trying and thanks for letting me know. Please take good care of yourself and know that you are constantly in my thoughts, dear Thisisme!

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  6. I cant imagine how frustrating it must have been for them to not be able to watch themselves on television! I remember those old sets and having to play with antenna to get the picture in. Not fun. That is one good thing about being an artist nowadays. Your recordings/performances are all documented in a way that they will live on forever.

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    1. Hi, Amber Blue Bird! You're so right. Countless performances by vintage artists were lost over the years because few people could predict their historic value 50 or 60 years later. Many reel to reel tapes containing vintage music and dance programs were bulk erased. Clips that have survived tend to be grainy, blurry and dark with muddy, distorted audio. It was a challenge to find high quality clips to include in this series. Using YouTube is like playing Russian Roulette because videos are removed w/o warning. I hope you read my reply to Shelly's comment because YOU are the person chiefly responsible for turning me on to the best of modern music. Have a marvy week, dear Amber!

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  7. A book should definitely be written! :)

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    1. Kristina - LOL! If you'll be my ghost writer it's a deal! I'm delighted to have you here today, dear friend. I hope you'll be back Wednesday and again Friday for the exciting conclusion of this Epic series, Clinically Proven!

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  8. Larry, I remember buying "Contract On Love" at the 'Disc' because that was the only Little Stevie record at the time. I'd never heard of him until the poster was put up. At Playland, when Stevie started talking, then got out his harmonica and started playing, I grabbed the nearest girl to dance with as soon as the drummer began. It seemed like ten minutes or more of an awesome instrumental! Less than a month later, the 'Disc' received a shipment of that song, "Fingertips," on a 45. Before you knew it, it was on the radio night and day, and soon hit #1 locally. I only wish the record was as long as it had been live.
    I played "Fingertips (Pts. 1 & 2), the Five Du-Tones' "Shake A Tail Feather", the Isleys' "Twist and Shout" and the Temptations first four records on Gordy (both sides) so frequently over the years that their grooves were worn white.
    I finally recognized 'Crusty' from the picture in this installment. The name was familiar, but I couldn't place the face until the above picture.
    I know you guys have got to have great memories, having backed up the O'Jays and the Manhattans before they achieved commercial success, when I believe they were at their best, along with many other acts. Those had to have been great experiences. I didn't know Ted was equally good on several instruments, not just bass.
    Regarding the show at the Farm Show arena (previous installment): A lot of "musicians" wouldn't have played without glasses and hurting from being beat up. That's from a love of what you're doing and concern for the other members of the group, as opposed to financial motives or just feeling obligated.
    It occurred to me that Wilson Pickett was also stalling for time---for the energy levels to normalize, after the Soul Clinic's extraordinary performance, followed by the Mag Men, who had a tough act to follow. He had TWO tough acts to follow. Following both those acts, I believe, gave Mr. Pickett some concern.
    Having read books of many musicians, a book about the Soul Clinic would be AT LEAST par to any I've read.
    I'd forgotten Buddy sang with the Mono-Rays before joing the Del-Chords. Thanks for bringing that up. In the seventies, after I moved to Los Angeles, I bumped into Ken Coombs, also a former Mono-Ray, and his brother Flip (Philip). Only chatted briefly--they were working for a Santa Monica company that made speakers.
    Keep up the good work, Tom. How many Soul Clinic alumni are currently your neighbors in Florida?

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    1. Hi, Ron! What a great batch of comments from you, good buddy! How about that Motor Town Revue poster? I flipped when I opened up the shipping tube and laid eyes on that thing. Your theory as to why Wicked Pickett delayed the start of his performance seems valid. I agree with you 100% that Larry is and was a solid pro. After getting pummeled Larry manned up and played the second gig w/o glasses. The show must go on and Larry walked his talk. Thanks again for your sensational remarks, Ron, and have a terrific week!

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    2. Was at the Farm Show that night when ... the Clinic played. Was headed to the "prom" but had to take a rain check because my date "Mike" was playing the clinic and it was "a must" to be there. After that was done they all headed out to York to play for an after prom party at the school. Long night..65 years old now but had Great Great memories with the clinic

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  9. This is an amazing story, and we can see how the band grew and started leaning in a more professional direction - hard decisions need to be made sometimes! I agree - it would make an interesting book - we don't get the chance to hear all of these backstage stories very much. It's so great that they're still in touch after all these years!

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    1. Hi, karen! I'm so glad you're still in town and following the series. Thank you! I'm proud to tell you that a few of the guys who participated in the interview along with several others who helped with research had been out of touch with the others for a long time. This project brought many people together and as far as I'm concerned, that's the greatest thing about it. Thank you again for showing up for me again this evening, dear friend karen. I hope you'll still be around for the culmination of the Soul Clinic saga on Friday. Until then have a wonderful week!

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  10. Did anyone notice the ticket price on the Playland poster? I can see why it was high proced with all those acts involved.

    Jerre

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    1. Hi, Jerre! I told Odie that was a pretty steep price to pay for a concert in 1963, but what a stellar lineup! Thanks for taking a look at the latest chapter in the Clinic story, good buddy!

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  11. This post brings back a lot of memories of my childhood stomping grounds:

    *Mailmans-
    I miss that place, they were the first Walmart. They sold everything. Funny, I don't remember a snack bar there but I do remember the record dept. I can't imagine a band playing in there.

    *the 615 Club -
    More memories, I use to go to the 615 in the early 80's, it was a "Shady" place BUT. . . they had live music!!!

    *Playland -
    All that was left (that I remember) was the skating rink. I went almost every Sat. and skated to that live organ music. Didn't know they ever had dances or big named performers there. I'm gettin a hometown history lesson here, Shady!

    I loved watching the video of "Keep the Ball Rollin." Those kids looked like they were having soooo much fun!---NOT! LOL!

    I liked this quote from Rick, "We limped back to York feeling very deflated, but a little wiser as to the workings of the music business. It wasn't all good will and fun."
    My son was in a band. It seemed like he was always set up for disappointment--I guess that's the name of the game! Like Rick's mom, I really enjoyed going to his shows (now that I think of it, he probably hasn't thrilled to see his mom there most of the time! LOL!) I even went as far as CA (the Viper Rm.) AND they practiced in my basement, until we bought the Dell. Then, he and the band moved into the house and practiced in the dance hall.

    One thing I do know that you mentioned in this post is the Sting-Rays whom I've heard and enjoyed many times!

    Ok, one question, Why did they call Steve, "Crusty"-- a maybe I don't wanna know!

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    1. Hi, Toni! Great to hear from you again and WOW - such excellent comments! The Mailman's snack bar was right inside the huge glass storefront. As I recall it was adjacent to the record dept. I assume that's where The Clinic set up and played that day. They probably carried all the tables out to make room for the band. What I liked about those Midwest teens on TV is how wooden they all were when introducing themselves, yet they did a pretty good job on the dance floor. We'll have to see if anybody answers your question about Steve Holder's nickname. I don't know the answer and I admit that I am also a bit curious. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment, dear Toni, and BOLO for the big Part 8 post tomorrow morning!

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    2. Rick (Lil D) DillmanJune 5, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Sorry Toni, I never knew where Crusty got that name from. Wouldn't want to speculate. Maybe Crusty will chip in here..lol.I know he is reading and enjoying the blog. Tom has done such a wonderful job of bringing our past to light, I feel transported back to 1968-69 era with each post. What a cool thing that the owner of the Shady Dell is involved with this too. Thanks for being with us, Toni.

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  12. Hi dear friend! I've been off blogging for a bit...living life instead of reading about it. I'm going to be in and out a bit for a while. I'm overwhelmed with the numbers game these days. I love reading all the great blogs and try to comment as so many of my friends leave such lovely comments on my posts. It's just so time consuming and I've heard more than just a few whines about family first...

    You never fail to entertain and inform, I so love every visit to your dear blog. I'm not going away...I still read and listen to your musings and music but I'm commenting less and posting even, lol...lesser!
    I'll be back...have a lovely summer...
    Hugs~

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    1. Hi, Sush! I'm delighted to hear from you. You are not alone in your decision to downshift and become less actively involved in blogging. Several of our mutual friends have done the same thing. Frankly, I will need to follow suit upon completion of this grueling spring schedule. I completely understand. Your comment means more to me than you might think. It warms my heart to know that the relationship we built still matters to you and I thank you very much for showing up and offering a sincere explanation for your recent absence. You are often in my thoughts, dear friend Sush, and I wish you well. Please come back whenever you're in the mood for music, memories and genuine friendship.

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  14. Oh Tom...you really are the dearest. I hope you enjoy your break as much as I am enjoying mine. I am still listening and reading...just trying to comment and write less. I do understand your need for a break. I think it is important for balance in our lives...
    Have a lovely break and I'll be in and out as long as you keep spinning your lovely tunes!
    Hugs~

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