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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Clinically Proven: The Epic Odyssey of a Band Called The Soul Clinic, Part 8


 THEY TURNED ON AND TUNED IN 

 TO THE QUEEN OF SOUL, 

 ARETHA FRANKLIN. 





 THEY DUG THE MEMPHIS SOUNDS  

  OF BOOKER T, SAM & DAVE AND OTIS. 






 THEY WERE THE EIGHT... 


 THEY WERE THE GREAT... 


 THEY WERE 




Hello and welcome to Part 8 of my exclusive 9 part interview with The Soul Clinic of York.
In our last episode the gang got stranded on the eve of a breakthrough Midwest tour with Jay & the Techniques. When one door closes another opens and today the guys will tell you how their fortunes went from badder to better.



First, let's welcome back our good buddy Thom "Daddy C" Colson who says he remembers The Soul Clinic playing at a dance function called The Hangout which was held at the Lancaster YWCA .



 LARRY SMITH: We played at The Hangout on Saturday 
 July 29, 1967, Friday December 15, 1967 and Saturday 
 May 25, 1968, the day after the big Wilson Pickett show. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Daddy C also remembers The Clinic performing at Lancaster's Hullabaloo Club, the venue the band played a few hours after appearing at Willow Grove Park. Daddy C?

 THOM "DADDY C" 
 COLSON: 

 I'll never forget the time 
 I saw The Soul Clinic at 
 The Hullabaloo.  Their 
 main focus was their 
 fabulous frontman, 
 Tony Scott...may he 
 rest in peace. That 
 dude was a true and 
 total entertainer, who 
 had the audience in 
 the palm of his hand 
 at every gig. In the 
 1st set, the band came 
 on, looking "so sharp" in gold colored shirts, and played an 
 instrumental to open the show. On the 2nd song, Tony 
 hit the stage and was wearing a pair of white gloves! 
 You know, the kind that pallbearers wear at funerals (LOL!). 
 The guy was actually wearing white gloves. At the time, 
 it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. And his hair...you 
 just know he had the doo-rag on all week to get his hair 
 processed so fine. I'm tellin' ya...the cat was cleaner than 
 the Board Of Health. And sing!!!...fugetaboutit - he sang 
 his ass off. Tony was truly the "real deal". 

 The Soul Clinic's sound was so powerful and so driving that 
 they just nailed you to the wall. The horn section was truly 
 a force to be reckoned with, by far, the strongest I had 
 ever heard in any local group from that era. While most of 
 the bands, at that time, featured a horn section consisting 
 of trumpet and saxophone, The Clinic included a trombone 
 to round it out for a fat, vibrant sound. 

 Rick Dillman, though only in his mid teens, was already a 
 seasoned soul veteran, having started with the Concords 
 at a very early age. His trumpet gave "the section" that 
 blaring, brassy sound that was so essential in 60's soul 
 music. Bruce DeLauder's saxophone playing came with 
 the utmost versatility. Whether the song called for a 
 smooth, breathy sax, or the raw, gutsy sound of Junior 
 Walker, Bruce could handle it effortlessly. 

 The inclusion of Clark Miller, on valve trombone, set 
 them apart from most of the other local bands at that 
 time. Clark, I believe, was originally trained on french 
 horn and coronet. When Mike Leash, their first valve 
 trombone player, left to join the Air Force, Clark easily 
 stepped in to take his place, as the fingering on the 
 valve trombone is the same as the coronet and french 
 horn. Even though Clark never really learned how to 
 tune his valve trombone (as it always seemed to be a 
 little flat), it gave it that funky, soulful edge. I had 
 never seen a valve trombone before seeing Clark play 
 his and it inspired me to buy one and learn to play it in 
 Custer's Last Band. 

 Larry Smith's drums were thunderous and right on the 
 money... very solid. Teddy Saxon thumped that bass 
 like nobody's business and it appeared his bass was 
 bigger than him. Mike Eads was an amazingly funky 
 guitarist. I remember him playing through a cheap Sears 
 Silvertone amp, that had just the right amount of distor- 
 tion, without using any effects. The sound he got from 
 that cheap little amp was just like Steve Cropper. 

 And last, but certainly not least, was Rick Terlazzo, wailing 
 on his Hammond C-3 organ. That organ had the exact same 
 guts as a B-3, only with a full body incasement, instead of 
 sitting on 4 legs. The wooden cabinet had these wonderful 
 carvings (crosses, I believe) around the top, as they were 
 widely used in churches. Of course, he played it through a 
 model 122 Leslie to give it that classic Hammond scream. 
 Wow! 

S.D. KNIGHT: Thanks for testifyin', Daddy C! Larry, could you refresh Daddy C's memory by telling us the exact dates that The Soul Clinic played at the Hullabaloo?


 LARRY SMITH:

 We played at the Hullabaloo 

 on Saturday, June 8, 1968 and 
 Friday, July 26 a few hours 
 after taping at Willow Grove. 
 The cool poster above was for 
 the show we did at Hullabaloo 
 on Saturday, September 14, 
 the day after we appeared at 
 Playland. We were back at 
 Hullabaloo on Friday, Novem- 
 ber 22, 1968. The only thing I 
 remember about any of those 
 Hullabaloo shows is that the acoustics were awesome and 
 we tore the place up. 

 RICK DILLMAN:

 By the end of the year 

 we were killin' it. Band 
 was really tight and we 
 had a stage presence. 
 The last time I played 
 at the Hullabaloo with 
 Rick Terlazzo in the 
 band (it must have 
 been that show in late 
 July after Willow Grove) 
 Clark had given me 
 speed in pill form. 
 He had taken it once 
 before and said it was 
 fun. It was the only time in my life I ever experimented with 
 that drug and I took too much. By the time we got to the 
 club I was feeling really good, but after the first song of 
 playing trumpet and doing my steps, I couldn't catch my 
 breath. Between sets I sat in the dressing room and 
 panted, sweating profusely. (Kids don't try this at home.) 
 I was very lucky that I didn't have a heart attack. The 
 stage was very high and during the show a screaming girl 
 tried to pull my pants down during a song. 

S.D. KNIGHT: You shoulda thought fast, pretended it was
all part of the act, and launched into a rousing rendition of "Pants on the Ground."

 RICK DILLMAN: We definitely burned that night. The place 
 was packed and wild. I remember even while feeling really 
 sick, we played our asses off. I was totally wasted after 
 the show and on the way home in Rick T's car, while riding 
 shotgun, I barfed out the window and unfortunately he had 
 the back window open so I made a mess of his backseat. 
 He made a beeline to the nearest carwash. Not a good 
 way to end the night. 


Well isn't that speeeeecial?

 RICK DILLMAN: I own my early life without regrets. 
 Learned a lot from making mistakes. By the way I should 
 mention that the last band we were in called Trained Labor 
 also played a matinee at Lancaster's Hullabaloo club. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Continuing along the timeline, The Soul Clinic played at the Mustang Lounge in Perth Amboy, New Jersey around late September. Shortly thereafter the band reached another important milestone, one that altered its dynamics and trajectory. Ricko, take us through it.

 RICK DILLMAN: On August 8, 1967, a few months before 
 I joined The Clinic, the band had signed a simple contract 
 with Stephen Alexander Associates (Bob Hubbard Jr.). 


 Bob Hubbard served as a booking agent, not a "manager". 
 He booked many good shows for us. Now it was a year 
 later, the fall of '68.  The Magnificent Men were off doing 
 the real "big time" but helped us IE, hooked us up with their 
 manager out of New York City, Ron Gitman. When we 
 signed with Ron, Bob Hubbard said he fully understood 
 it was the right move for us and wished us well. 


 RICK DILLMAN: On October 8, 1968 we received the 
 contract and confirmation letter from Ron representing 
 Oceanic Productions Limited in New York.  His office was 
 adjacent to James Brown Enterprises suites on 7th Ave just 
 off Broadway. In late October, shortly after signing with 
 Ron, we played a two weekend gig at a club in Belmar, 
 New Jersey called Dick Lee's. Gitman came to see our 
 show and told us he had great expectations for us. After 
 signing with Ron we went from a local band to a regional 
 band with designs on going national. Ron had great 
 connections to all the bigs in the recording industry and 
 quickly started booking us as the opening act for major 
 Soul and Rock musicians like the O'Jays, the Intruders, 
 Patti Labelle, Steppenwolf and Wilson Picket, after 
 which we would play their charts as their backing band. 

 "Cowboys to Girls" - The Intruders (May 1968, highest 
 chart position #6) 



 RICK DILLMAN: As I said before, our fun little soul band 
 had now become more like a business which changed 
 everything for us individually and collectively. It was 
 becoming more like a job for me with longer shows. 
 Clubs were now week long stays instead of weekend 
 one-off concerts. 

S.D. KNIGHT: In addition to the gig at Dick Lee's being the first that Ron Gitman booked for The Soul Clinic, there was another reason why the two weekend engagement at that club was a turning point for the band. Can you explain?

 RICK DILLMAN: Larry, Clark, Mike and I decided to try 
 some "psychedelics". This was 1968; half the youth in 
 the US were "expanding their minds". When we got back 
 to our hotel room, we got high and spent the whole night 
 listening to music and laughing! I think this weekend was 
 the beginning of both a closer relationship between the 
 four of us, and also a kind of changing of our relationship 
 with the band. It helped open up our ears to the "new 
 music" that was emerging - (Chicago, B,S,& T, Hendrix, 
 Led Zep, etc...) and, of course, to new ways of thinking. 

 "Hey Joe" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Original studio 
 recording reached #6 in the UK circa March 1967. 
 Single released May 1967 in USA remained uncharted.) 



S.D. KNIGHT: Which other venues did The Soul Clinic play in the fall of 1968?

 LARRY SMITH: On November 6 we played at Parsippany, 
 New Jersey High School. 

 RICK DILLMAN: The Unifics, who recorded "Court of Love," 
 were originally scheduled to headline but canceled. Another 
 act was set up and also canceled. As a last ditch replace- 
 ment they found Gary "U.S." Bonds. 

 "Seven-Day Weekend" - Gary "U.S." Bonds 
 (July 1962, highest chart position #27) 



 RICK DILLMAN: At the Parsippany gig, U.S. Bonds did not 
 look and sound like he did in that movie clip from his prime. 
 I think he came out of retirement to do it. He came in with 
 Father Knows Best elbow patched sweater and pipe looking 
 like the proverbial grandfather, definitely not a rocker. 

 STEVE "CRUSTY" 
 HOLDER: 

 I remember us backing 
 Gary US Bonds because 
 I had college boards the 
 next morning and was in 
 a hurry to get home and 
 get some sleep. Hey, 
 guess what Patty and 
 I found this week when 
 we returned home to 
 York. Hidden away in 
 a locker we found an 
 old scrapbook she kept 
 during my year in The Soul Clinic! It includes notes I made 
 about some of the gigs we played. They indicate that we 
 backed up Jimmy Clanton somewhere along the line and 
 that we also did a show with the Vibrations. I remember 
 that Vibrations gig mostly because Ted didn't show up.  
 He got married that day and I had to play bass pedals on 
 the organ. I also seem to recall us backing the Four Tops 
 at some point but I can't remember where or when. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Larry Smith just handed me an envelope. What's going on, Larry? Are you serving me with a subpoena?
A cease and desist order?


 LARRY SMITH: Not to worry, Shady. Go ahead and open it. 
 As you're about to see I mentioned that November 6 Jersey 
 show Rick told us about along with other Soul Clinic news in 
 a letter mailed that same week to Mike Leash, our former 
 trombone player, who had left the band two years earlier 
 for service in the U.S. Air Force. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Cool! Let's all take a look at Larry's 1968 letter to Mike Leash!


S.D. KNIGHT: Ricky D, I noticed that Larry's letter makes mention of an upcoming Steppenwolf concert.

 RICK DILLMAN: That's right. On Sunday, November 10th 
 we did show with Steppenwolf at Wagner College in 
 Staten Island, New York. 

 "Sookie Sookie" - Steppenwolf (November/December 1968, 
 uncharted flip side of "Magic Carpet Ride.") 



S.D. KNIGHT: What was it like sharing a bill with a big name hard rock band rather than a soul act?

 RICK DILLMAN: We killed that night. Two standing O's and 
 encores. Steppenwolf members were so stoned, the bass 
 player almost fell off the stage. They were booed and no 
 encore. In the dressing room their manager screamed at 
 them for being blown off the stage by some high school 
 garage band... lol.. Blood Sweat & Tears were very popular 
 with college crowds and we played two of their songs 
 that night to screaming and dancing. 

 STEVE "CRUSTY" 
 HOLDER: I remember 
 that night. I thought 
 man, what is a soul 
 group doing opening 
 for a rock group like 
 Steppenwolf.  I 
 thought we were 
 going to get booed 
 off the stage.  I re- 
 member the crowd 
 being awfully subdued for the first few songs. Then we did 
 "Old Man River" and I think that really turned the tide. By 
 the end of our set, they loved us! Like Rick said we got 
 TWO standing O's and it was Steppenwolf who got booed. 
 I believe people were leaving by the end of their show.  Do 
 you remember the Steppenwolf drummer walking around the 
 dressing room we shared with them carrying a little personal 
 recorder and just "recording sounds" as he put it?  Weird! 

S.D. KNIGHT: Two weeks later The Soul Clinic was back on home turf and once again opening for the O'Jays, this time at Red Lion Senior High School. What stands out in your mind about that November 23rd play date with the O'Jays?



 RICK DILLMAN: That was one of my favorite shows. 
 We played our set and then played their charts while 
 the O'Jays sang.  The O'Jays are a class act. Great guys. 
 They talked about us going on tour with them but it never 
 materialized. 

S.D. KNIGHT: You dug their act and they dug yours!

 "I Dig Your Act" - The O'Jays (January 1968, B side of 
 "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)" 



 STEVE "CRUSTY" HOLDER: Patty's scrapbook shows that 
 The Soul Clinic was back at Playland with the Intentions in 
 December and I've got an ad showing that we returned to 
 play the 615 Lounge on New Years Eve. 

S.D. KNIGHT: The Steppenwolf show at Staten Island in the fall of 1968 wasn't The Soul Clinic's only trip to New York and its environs. The band was back playing in The Big Apple in 1969, right Little D?

 RICK DILLMAN: Right. In January of 1969 we played at the 
 Village Gate, an iconic club on Bleecker Street in Greenwich 
 Village. Village Gate was founded in 1958 and played a 
 seminal role in the history of jazz in New York. Several 
 albums have been recorded there but we played the base- 
 ment which is where the club began.  A very high stage 
 and lots of tables, the quintessential New York jazz club. 
 The Village Gate gig was a showcase for big record 
 companies like Capital, Atlantic and the Jamie subsidiary 
 Phil-L.A.of Soul to evaluate bands and bid on them. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Hold on a minute, Rick.  In his letter to Mike Leash, Larry seemed to be indicating that it was a done deal, that The Soul Clinic was going to sign with Phil-La-of-Soul and that a new record was coming out by the end of the year 1968. What happened to all that?

 RICK DILLMAN: The "Deal" was just conversations that 
 Gitman was having with the companies and he was leaning 
 toward Phil-La-of-Soul because the money thing was 
 better and the sound better fit us. We played that gig at 
 Village Gate a couple months later to up their ante as in a 
 bidding war hoping for mo money mo money. The record 
 was just wishful thinking as it was all just in the talking 
 phase. We had talked about covering "You Made Me 
 So Very Happy" by the B,S & T but it never happened. 
 They brought it out on 45 and it went to # 2. Would have 
 been a nice opening record for us but oh well. The Mag 
 Men originally were offered "Wichita Lineman" and we 
 all know how that worked out for Glen Campbell.. lol.. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Okay, so The Soul Clinic went to New York to play the Village Gate hoping to grab the attention of major record companies. Let me guess. Everything went absolutely, postively, 100% according to plan.

 RICK DILLMAN:  Not quite, lol. When we got to New York, 
 Tony disappeared.  He staggered into our hotel an hour 
 later and said he met some dude who shot him up with 
 something, he didn't know what, and he could hardly walk 
 two hours before our most important gig. Keep in mind 
 that Tony wasn't into drugs at all. Bruce and Ted threw 
 him in the shower and poured coffee down his throat 
 trying to sober him up. We made our gig and he per-
 formed well except that we had intended to keep as our 
 encore the tune "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" 
 by Blood Sweat & Tears, a very dramatic tune and one 
 we did well. When the announcer came on stage and 
 asked Tony if we would play another tune, Tony said 
 sure... we are going to play "If I had a Hammer", which 
 we had only jammed to a year before at a New Year's 
 Eve party as a request by some drunken fan. We were 
 stuck having to ad lib on stage. Thankfully the audience 
 loved it and wanted more, so we got to play our best tune. 

 LARRY SMITH: We recovered nicely by doing a
 kickin' 
 version of "I Love You More...". HAA... 

 "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" 
 - Blood, Sweat & Tears (February 1968, track from album 
 Child is Father to the Man



S.D. KNIGHT: I see that you still have your old play list from that Village Gate show. Did The Soul Clinic actually perform all of those songs at the Gate?

 RICK DILLMAN: This was an early list and some of these 
 tunes were thrown out. Set lists changed right up till show- 
 time. At sound check we played a killer version of BS&T's 
 "I Can't Quit Her" but we had just arranged it and weren't 
 comfortable playing it out yet. 


 During the show we did a short version of Cream's 
 "Sunshine of Your Love" in instrumental form to bring 
 Tony on. We played a full set, probably around 6 tunes, 
 with the two encores to standing O's.  I was told that 
 Merv Griffin was in the audience. After the show an old 
 dude came back stage for a group photo.  I was told he 
 was the editor of Billboard Magazine. Our agent was 
 working it pretty hard to get us national. I felt we were 
 equipped to be a more funky Blood Sweat & Tears type 
 band ala Sly Stone or later Tower of Power sound. 

S.D. KNIGHT: In May of 1969 the The Clinic had another opportunity to appear with and back-up Patti LaBelle.



 MIKE EADS: 

 I remember that trip. 
 We played at a place 
 called Peekskill Palace, 
 New York. Prior to the 
 show, Patti LaBelle 
 sang at rehearsal with- 
 out a microphone!!!! 
 I remember that and 
 how impressed I was. 


S.D. KNIGHT: At the start of July the band returned to Gotham City for another important engagement, this time
at a club called Cheetah. What memories can you share about that venue?

 LARRY SMITH: This was a two week booking. I'm not sure 
 but I think we arrived in NYC on the 2nd. 


 RICK DILLMAN: The Cheetah was a forerunner to 
 Studio 54. Full disco with lights and a large dance floor. 

 We stayed at the Gorham 
 Hotel on 52nd street with 
 members of Led Zeppelin, 
 Blood Sweat & Tears, 
 Blue Cheer, and Sly & the 
 Family Stone. Mike Eads 
 and I were sitting on the 
 couch in the lobby waiting 
 to walk down to our show 
 when two guys stumbled in obviously stoned and sat on 
 either side of us. They were goofing around us, chatting 
 through us, etc, when Mike asked them if they were in 
 a band. They laughed and said "Yea. Led Zeppelin". I slid 
 down in my seat, embarrassed, as I had their album in 
 my room listening to it non stop for two weeks. It was 
 Page and Plant, but we didn't know what they looked like. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Letterman calls that a brush with greatness!

 "Communication Breakdown" - Led Zeppelin (March 1969, 
 live performance on Danish TV show) 




 RICK DILLMAN: Yea, Led Zep, Blood Sweat & Tears, 
 Blue Cheer and Sly and the Family Stone were all in the 
 same hotel same time. So were the Magnificent Men who 
 were also in town to play a gig. Larry and I spent a long 
 night in a room at the Gorham debating Dave and Buddy 
 about the merits of the new Rock music. They were very 
 dismissive. They were on the side of Soul Music was the 
 Only Music and we were like Dudes, rock is the future. 
 Larry and I were very outspoken about it and you know 
 Dave and Buddy, lol.. We argued until four in the morning 
 then agreed to disagree. The following week Dave called 
 me to apologize as he had done some research and found 
 that he really liked the band Yes.  I always thought that 
 was cool of Dave to call and say he was wrong. Dave's 
 the man.. lol.. I doubt that Buddy remembers it.  He still 
 calls me Tom thinking I am my brother. lol.. 


 STOP THE PRESSES! 

 HOLD THE PHONE! 

 We halt the proceedings once again  
 to welcome our special guest 
 Dave Bupp who has something to add to 
 Rick Dillman's story! 

 DAVE BUPP:

 Hey Little D, I do 
 remember that 
 conversation. We 
 were playing at the 
 Apollo at the time. 
 From rock to soul, 
 everybody stayed 
 at the Gorham Hotel. 
 I remember getting 
 on the elevator to 
 go play, and there was 
 Rod Stewart & Jeff Beck 
 on the same elevator, they were going to work also. It was 
 The Impressions that turned us on to the Gorham Hotel. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Thank you very much, Dave Bupp. It's an honor to have you here with us again today!

 RICK DILLMAN: How about that line up of stars at the 
 Gorham?  My teenage head was spinning that week. They 
 had no air conditioning there, only these weird box things 
 on wheels that you poured buckets of water into and it 
 drained over a coil with a fan blowing on you. By the way, 
 the only time we didn't wear tuxedos to perform was one 
 of those nights at the Cheetah. The white guys in the band 
 were wanting to go more toward progressive rock music at 
 the end and we just wanted to try going on stage dressed 
 down. The rest of the band wasn't too happy about it and 
 we went back to tuxes for the duration. 


 Lynn played a role in the 

 break up of The Soul Clinic. 

 Are we talkin' another Yoko? 

 When, where and why did 

 their Epic journey end? 





 The answers are coming up 

 Friday in Part 9 of 

 Clinically Proven! 

Have a Shady day!

23 comments:

  1. Good morning to our friend Shady and the Soul Clinicians! Just a note- Shady, this didn't appear in my reader, but I knew you were going to post on Wed., so I checked. It may be a bit before it comes up in other's readers.

    A gold mine! All the way from Gary U.S. Bonds to STEPPENWOLF!!!! Wow- what a heady time that must have been. I am enjoying not only the music, but all the personal anecdotes, as well.

    Which performer was the favorite of the Soul Clinicians to work with/ open for?

    Those white gloves- a killer!

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    1. Hi, Shelly! I am grateful to you for letting me know that this post did not appear in the reader. You are a first class friend for remembering my publishing schedule and coming to visit. I will let the Clinicians answer your question. Thank you very much for reading and commenting, dear friend Shelly, and I hope to see you back here on Friday for the series grand finale!

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  2. Hi Shady - One of your readers wondered where the nickname “Crusty” came from. Actually, it was a name my 4 year old brother (Terry “Doc” Holder) jokingly called me one time when I was about 12, probably to discourage his kid brother from hanging around when he had one of his friends over to the house from the “Mono-Rays”, a band he played bass guitar with at the time. (I’m sure to a dapper 16 year old who has already discovered girls, I probably did seem a bit “crusty”). Well, the name got passed around to his other band mates and when I would go hear the Mono-Rays at local venues like Fireside Recreation Center or The Barn that’s what they would call me. Fast forward 2 years, when I joined my brother’s new band “The Inspirations” with some of the same members from the Mono-Rays and the nickname spread to a new group of musicians. From there, the name followed me from band to band throughout the years. I’m pretty sure, many musician friends never knew my real name. Interestingly, no one outside my circle of musician friends has ever called me that name and are completely unaware of it. Tragically, my brother passed away 6 years ago, but besides the memories of a lifetime of adventures we’ve shared as best friends he’s left me a pretty cool “pirate” name, don’t you think?

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    1. Hi, Steve! Thanks for answering Toni's question about the origin of your nickname. It's a name that has served you well over the years. I'm sorry to learn that your brother passed away. I'm sure he would have enjoyed reading this series and reminiscing along with you and the other guys. Thanks again for coming by, Steve, and for your many contributions to this project. Stay tuned for the series finale on Friday!

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  3. Hi Shelly!

    Thanks for all your kind comments about THE SOUL CLINIC. This has truly been a labor of love for us, and we are so pleased at the response.

    To answer your question about our favorite artists to work with: This is my opinion, but knowing the "Clinicians" as well as I do, I'll bet they'd agree...ok, "DRUM ROLL PLEASE!"....

    It has to be THE O'JAYS. Not only did we appear with them the most, (5 or 6 times), but they were the MOST TALENTED, NICEST, REAL GENTLEMEN we ever had the pleasure to perform with!

    Keep those questions coming...I for one will be available to answer any that I can, or refer it to the appropriate "Soul Doc".

    Thanks...LARRY SMITH

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    1. Hey Larry! I know that Dell Rat Ron loves the O'Jays and their 1960s output as much as you and I do. He'll be very pleased when he reads your reply to Shelly. I was a regular viewer of Soul Train and every time the Jays were guests they came across in the Cornelius interview as solid pros - humble and gracious gentlemen - just like you described them here. Thank you for addressing Shelly's question, my good friend, and I'll see you back here for the exciting conclusion of the series on Friday!

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    2. Rick (Lil D) DillmanJune 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Yo lars... dont forget how cool the Intruders were. Or how influential and helpful the Mag Men were. Or how stoned Steppenwoolf was...lol..Everyone we played with made us bring our A game and damn, I get chills just remembering how cool it made us feel to thrill a crowd that was there to see their bigs and went nuts for us.

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  4. This was so much fun to read! My favorite parts of this installment have to be you guys showing up Steppenwolf and meeting my hubby's all time favorite band, Led Zeppelin. What a riot it must have been to realize who you were talking to. I just read Larry's comment and it's nice to hear that the O' Jays were such nice guys. They were one of my mom's favorite groups so I heard a lot of their music growing up.

    Very nicely done, guys! Thank you, Shady, for putting this all together and sharing the story of The Soul Clinic. If my son wasn't napping right now I'd be compelled to crank up some good soul music and have a dance party right here in my living room. Looking forward to the grand finale on Friday, although I must admit I'll be a bit sad to see this series come to an end.

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    1. Jenn June - How sweet of you to express that! Thank you, dear friend! Imagine what it was like staying the the same hotel with world famous rock stars - running into them in the elevator - swapping stories with them. I'd still be on that natural high. I wish you could have been around to experience the 60s because I know somebody like you would have had a blast just as we all did. I'm very proud to get this collection of anecdotes and rare pictures on the record for the first time. Thank you again, dear friend JJ, for coming by to testify. See you back here for the thrilling conclusion on Friday. Until then, please take care and have a great day!

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  5. Great music for us to listen to today my friend! I loved that poster from the Hullabaloo - very phychedelic! I'm finding it quite amazing how the Band seem to be remembering things so clearly, almost as if it were yesterday! It must have been such exciting times for them meeting up with all those really very famous groups. Hopefully, The Soul Clinic enjoyed doing these interviews as much as you enjoyed compiling them dear Tom.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! Thank you for stopping by! Yes, that Hullabaloo poster reminded me of several that I owned around that time. I papered the wall of my college dorm with them. At night I turned out all other lights and shined a black light on them while listening to albums by The Doors, Airplane, Love, Stones, Beatles, Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Electric Prunes, Blues Magoos and other great psychedelic, blues rock and folk rock bands. I think it's wonderful how The Soul Clinic stole the show from Steppenwolf that night, winning over the crowd with tunes by BS&T, the Temptations and the rest of their funky repertoire. Thank you again for making time for me today, dear friend Thisisme. I hope you're doing well and basking in the afterglow of England's Diamond Jubilee.

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    2. Rick (Lil D) DillmanJune 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Hey Thisis, Yes we all have had a blast doing this, remember it has been most of a year trying to get all the parties involved and on the same page. Not to mention trying to get timelines and anecdotes remembered..lol. We have been telling these stories for all these years(just ask my kids,,lol) and it is special to have someone like Shady guiding our ship.
      A friend of mine just sent me a pic of the psychedelically painted clock that was over the fireplace in Clarks basement.I think I might have had a hand in painting during one of our long nights partying down there..lol

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  6. Wow, fascinating post today! I felt really sad when I read that next time we hear how this great band broke up! Imagine stealing the show from Steppenwolf. That is just great. I wish I could have been at one of the concerts. Having three record companies want you is pretty exciting, and meeting so many of the big stars. Too bad Gary U.S. Bonds came to the gig looking like a grandpa! Always liked his music. Like Diane, I loved the poster.

    I remember having one of those water cooler fans. Yep, you had to keep pouring water in them all day! I'm glad the guys have such good memories of their time as a great band.

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    1. Hi, Belle! I don't remember those water cooled fans. I DO remember sitting in church on Sundays in the summertime, wearing a hot shirt, tie and sport jacket, and having to use a paper fan on myself. Those fans were loaded in slots on the back of the pews. They offered very little relief and the sermon seemed to last forever. I think that Steppenwolf clip was extracted from an old Playboy After Dark. Barbie Benton did not have rhythm. It's interesting how The Clinic backed up a variety of acts ranging from Soul and R&B stars to rock bands to aging solo performers that had been popular in the 50s and early 60s like U.S. Bonds and Jimmy Clanton. I remember listening to Clanton's local oldies radio show up there for many years. Thank you very much for coming down, Belle. Your visit means a lot to me, dear friend!

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  7. Hi Tom...it is wonderful to see how much you have enjoyed this series. I can feel the love in your writing for this part of your life. Sharing your memories and those of your compadres has given your post even more depth and heart and soul.
    Thanks for the kind thoughts on my post...I thank you for being so very kind in every word you write. Whether it's your blog or when you comment on someone else's posts, you always are a kind and positive influence for us all.
    Hugs~

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    1. Sush - Your comments have my eyes blurred with tears, dear friend. How can I thank you for the beautiful gift that is our friendship? This Soul Clinic interview was indeed a labor of love. It is a story that deserved to be told just as the story of the Shady Dell deserved to be told. This series was 43 years in coming and a year in the making. Many people worked hard to produce it. I hope you agree that we did a pretty good job of getting lots of information conveyed in an entertaining manner. Dear Sush, your visit means the world to me. Thank you!

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  8. It does seem like being transported back in time with all the detail. As our friend Sush said this was a story that had to be told and you have created a masterpiece along with great entertainment. Thank you so much for all the hard work which surely was a labor of love.

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    1. Odie - Enough fodder here to choke a horse, right? (LOL) I realize that every chapter in this 9-parter is the length of 5 regular size posts. It could easily have been spread out into a 25 or 30 part series. I sincerely appreciate you following along and your generous compliments. Have a nice evening, good buddy!

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  9. I haven't visited your blog (or any) in what feels like a decade. Decided to get back into the blogosphere and start posting/reading again. It's refreshing to see that your site is still going strong!!

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    1. Hi, Emily! My goodness, it has been a couple of years, I think! I noticed your recent return to blogging and didn't know if you'd even remember me. I remember you, kiddo, because you were one of my very first blog followers. It's hard to believe but after two years of blogging I still had a grand total of only 4 followers and you were one of them. If you'd like to pick up where we left off I'm game. Thank you very much for reaching out, Emily, and I'll see you over at your place soon!

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  10. Again, the work and research you've put into this just blows me away! Very exciting to read and then relate back to my own limited knowledge of what was going on during that time period. Great work, Shady!

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    1. Hi, karen! So glad you're listening, learning and enjoying. Just remember I also learned a lot while doing the research for this huge project. Thank you very much for catching up on Part 8. The whole thing ends tomorrow and I hope to see you back then. Take care, dear friend karen, and have a terrific Thursday in Orange County!

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  11. Well, I'm making a very late appearance, and, I apologize. It took some time to absorb all of the activities of these guys. I have to agree with 'Daddy C' about the horn section-it was compelling, as I heard in their song. I couldn't really compare it to another group, as the Soul Clinic is a group all unto its own, much like James Brown, and, others of this time. (They had their own styles) And, I know you guys like 'Blood, Sweat, & Tears'-but, forgive me for admitting this...I fell asleep during one of their concerts I attended, and, I would bet money that I would not fall asleep during a show performed by The Soul Clinic!♫

    So...Rick Dillman...well, I'm sorry, but I did have to laugh at his 'speed' experience. I know it was a life test, and, a lesson learned. But, sometimes, as we look back, not only are we grateful for having got through our trials, but, we can laugh with relief! I mean, just think about the girl who jumped up and tried to pull down his pants-then he barfs out of a car window. Yes, disgusting, but, entertaining too!

    Excitement all over to open for top groups of the day like Steppenwolf, and seeing Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart. And, I'm happy to say, the Soul Clinic wasn't too intimidated by their peers, and stood right up there. I have to tell you, all of these accounts must be the greatest memories of a lifetime. I really enjoyed this post Shady. Did these guys ever get any rest?

    Great pictures, posters and the letter from Larry in 1968 is amazing. I have read #7, and will wander back to comment, then, go on to #9. Thank you Shady for your hard work, well, it must have been fun! And, to the Soul Clinic-you guys have such vivid memories...aren't you glad? Did you ever think you would get to use this classic information 40+ years down the road? Have a wonderful week!

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