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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Your Peace of Mind's Gone To My Head: A 50th Anniversary Salute to Our Home Town Heroes... The Magnificent Men!


"Never assume," 

a wise man once said.

With that in mind, I will not assume that
everybody knows about The Magnificent Men.

No, Kenneth... I am not referring to those fellas in their Flying Machines; nor am I
talking about your favorites, the Village People... (not that there's anything wrong with that).
To make sure we're
all on the same PAGE (bad pun intended)
I invite Kenneth and other puzzled readers to view the following clip. Then we'll talk.





To pay proper tribute to the Magnificent Men,
we must first set the stage by saluting
the Del-Chords, the integrated group
from York, Pennsylvania, that
spawned the Mag Men.


Let’s back up to 1964 and listen to
the Del-Chords' monster Shady Dell
hit “Everybody’s Gotta Lost Someday.”
The record was already an established
Dell favorite by the time I first set foot
inside the place in the fall of 1965.


"Everybody's Gotta Lose Someday" was a record
of enormous popularity and longevity. That's why
it ranks #2 on my survey of the 200 Greatest Hits
of the Shady Dell. There is another reason for the
record's lofty position. The record boasts a higher
popularity-to-obscurity quotient than any
other Shady Dell song.


Released as a single near the end of the 1964
on two different labels, Impala and Mr. Genius,
the latter imprint an enterprise of Philadelphia
broadcast icon Jerry Blavat, "Everybody's
Gotta Lose Someday" is a low budget,
low tech production that's high on
soulful feeling. Dave Bupp and
company laid down raw, primitive,
authentic street corner r&b/soul, a
recording that is regarded today as a
classic of the genre. The Del-Chords'
record was promoted on radio stations
in York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Philly
and Pittsburgh and became a regional hit.


For more than two years, the intense ballad played
several times a night on the Shady Dell jukebox.
The moody masterpiece was guaranteed to
flood the dance floor with dreamy-eyed
couples swaying to its sweet sound.





Now please listen to the seldom heard B side.


It's another genre classic penned by Dave Bupp,
"Your Mommy Lied To Your Daddy.”






50 years ago, in January 1966, a few months after
my induction into the Fraternal Order of Dell Rats,
("FODDER" as it's called), another jukebox giant,
"Peace of Mind," swept into the Dell like a
tsunami and proceeded to destroy for the
rest of the year. And so began the
Dell's Magnificent Obsession.


A sensational Northern Soul ballad featuring
rich harmonies and a powerful, inspiring message,
“Peace of Mind” became the signature song
of the Magnificent Men.

 With "Peace of Mind," Bupp and his boys swung  
 for the fences and knocked one out of the park. 

Kiss it goodbye!

When this snugglin' song began to play every Dell Rat grabbed his Minnie Mouse and hit the floor, eager to spend three minutes
in heaven. “Peace of Mind” was a smash with Dell regulars of all stripes and earned the rank of #3 on my Dell's greatest hits list! We simply never got tired of listening and dancing to this uplifting Bupp-King soul ballad.

Here's a rare clip of the Mag Men in Detroit performing
on Robin Seymour's Swingin' Time dance party, an
episode that aired on September 10, 1966.




Flip the Capitol 45 over and you’ll find more
Mag Men gold. “All Your Lovin’s Gone To My Head”
is an up tempo side that was also huge at the Dell.


In England, this strong northern dancer was
the consensus A-side in soul clubs and
a sought-after slab among collectors.




50 years ago, “Peace of Mind” and
“All Your Lovin’s Gone to My Head”
delivered a one-two knockout punch
at the Shady Dell and the Mag Men
had only just begun. Their wildly
popular double-sider kicked off
an impressive string of Dell hits
for Bupp and company and ignited
a blue-eyed soul craze. As 1966
continued to unfold, a parade of
records by other soulful white artists
that included the Righteous Brothers,
the Young Rascals and Mitch Ryder
became favorites in the dance hall.


Throughout the year an avalanche of exciting
new records poured into the jukebox, the songs
so indicative of the Shady Dell experience that
they occupy the highest positions on my list of
the Dell's 200 Greatest Hits. The Magnificent
Men were among the elite few, the Dell's
heaviest hitters, and we'll hear more of
their recordings next time.

Have a Shady day!

56 comments:

  1. It doesn't seem like 50 years since those Magnificent Men made their mark. This is a wonderful tribute to a homegrown group that introduced black music to white audiences--

    Well done, Shady!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you for joining me for this 50th anniversary tribute to our hometown heroes, the Magnificent Men. I hear you. It boggles the mind to realize that it has now been 50 tears since the Mag Men exploded on the scene in Central PA, their popularity quickly spreading up and down the East Coast and to other major markets like Detroit. From late 1965 through the end of the decade, the soulful recordings of the Mag Men were ubiquitous in the Susquehanna Valley and became a huge part of my life experience. You're right. During the turbulent years of the 60s, when racial tension was palpable, the Magnificent Men introduced black music to whites. At the same time, it allowed black audiences to realize that you don't have to be black to have soul. As Jerry Blavat reminded us in that introductory piece, "great music knows no color."

      Thank you, Kathryn, for helping me salute one of the greatest bands of the century, The Magnificent Men!

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  2. My parents probably danced to those. (I don't absorb much now, let alone when I was a very young child.)
    I wonder what my wife would say if I told her she was my Minnie Mouse?

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming by, good buddy! I'm sure your wife would love it if you called her Minnie Mouse as a term of endearment. I urge you to try it on her but, if it backfires and she is insulted, don't tell her I put you up to it. :) If your parents lived anywhere east of the Mississippi there's a good chance they danced to some of the Mag Men songs I'll be posting this week and next.

      Thanks again for dropping by, good buddy Alex, and enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Hi Shady!
    I can well imagine these tunes on the jukebox and how it would have enhanced the moods at large;-) The Mag Men were quite good and I'm surprised their popularity didn't make it across the river. Besides what my aunt listened to, we had only country & western or Latino. I didn't realize we were missing so much else. Thanks to SDMM I'm catching up! :-)

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for coming over today, sweet friend! Yessum, the Magnificent Men were heavy hitters on the Dell jukebox and the two lead singers, Dave Bupp and Buddy King, both from York, occasionally dropped in at the Dell and sat and talked with John and Helen in the snack bar.

      I'm sure you heard DJ Robin Seymour's prediction that the Mag Men were destined to become the #1 group in the country. As it turned out, they were one of the many great recording and performing acts that fell through the cracks. They were red hot locally and regionally but failed to break nationally. It wasn't for lack of talent. There are a number of reasons why the Mag Men failed to become a major national act. Capitol Records was clueless about blue-eyed soul and inadequately promoted the group. Bad timing was another factor. Just when the Mag Men were getting started, the pop music landscape changed dramatically. Soul turned into funk. Pop turned into rock, into psychedelia and into serious singer/songwriter music for the thinking man (see Simon & Garfunkel). Blue-eyed soul love songs and dance records enjoyed only a brief window of popularity then faded as those edgier, more complex forms of music took over the mainstream.

      Over the years I've had this blog I have noticed startling differences in the type of music kids listened to on the west coast and the east coast. Thanks for letting me know the kind of music to which you were exposed, dear friend Diedre, and thank you again for your visit and kind comments!

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  4. Once again, I'll have to come back once Laurie heads for work. She's watching One day At A Time now...

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      AOK, good buddy. I think I've seen the episode that Laurie is watching. It's the one in which Julie gets jealous of Barbara because she's the pretty one. By the way, did you see that Schneider (Pat Harrington, Jr.) died earlier this month?

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    2. I love your take on same ol' same ol'. Yes, I saw Pat's passing... every day it's another celeb... or worse, like this week.

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    3. Did you see the episode of The Beverly Hillbillies in which Jethro vows to become one of them-there movie stars to impress Miss Jane?

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    4. First, yes I did. I don't recall him wanting to impress Miss Jane... I think he had the market cornered there already.

      Second, these guys are super, and I can easily see how great it must have been a Dell Rat back then. Getting to dance close with a sweetie was not one of my skills back then, so what you had for real was basically fantasy for me- except for a few very rare treasured moments with someone who never left her spot in my mind. But I feel what you are describing, and it feels good.

      I don't even see the need to do my usual pick and choose. Why spoil the moment? You are a very blessed man, sir.

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    5. Hi again, Chris!

      What a great comment from you, my friend, and much appreciated! The timing of this series couldn't be better, not only because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of "Peace of Mind," but because it gives me a chance to introduce new friends and followers to the obscure, esoteric Dell songs. Records like these by the Magnificent Men were smash hits at the Dell but little known elsewhere. FACT: Not one of the great recordings you will hear in this two-part series made the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Only one of them, a song you will hear in my next post (next Thursday), made the Bubbling Under chart. Shady's Law states that a record's national popularity and chart position have absolutely nothing to do with its greatness. These super sides by the Del-Chords and the Mag Men offer proof.

      If I recall correctly, you are taking us back to the year 1966 in this week's Time Machine. For 50 years I have considered 1966 to be the greatest year of my life, filled with adventure, danger and romance, most of it encountered at the Dell. I wish you could have been there, good buddy, but getting a vicarious thrill from reading these posts and listening to these tunes is the next best thing.

      I am blessed to have you as friend, Chris. Thank you again for allowing me to tell you about our hometown heroes, the Magnificent Men!

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  5. Wow! We certainly had home grown talent right here in York, P A! I can just picture those cute dell guys (with their Jack Purcells) swaying on that dirty wooden dell dance floor with their special girl. These are wonderful Golden Oldies from the Mag Men/Del-Chords. Thanks, Shady for highlighting these hometown greats on this post!

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    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thanks you very much for coming by and helping me pay tribute to a 7-man band you know quite well by now, The Magnificent Men. You are so right, dear friend. It was the winter of 1965/66 and Dell dudes were dressed in their Baracutas, safari coats and Jacks. We hit the floor like never before when Mag Men records started to play (which was every 5 minutes). As you well know, the Del-Chords and Mag Men are still performing for local fans all these years later.

      Thank you again for being here for this special 50th anniversary salute, dear friend Toni, and enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Hi Shady,

    Hope your week has been going well. Out of these songs, Peace of Mind is my favorite. The last song sounded very typically '60s to me, or at least what little bit of '60s music I've been exposed to (mostly in movies). I didn't make it all the way through the first two... This music did, however, make me want to watch the movie, Hairspray!

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    1. Hi, Ashton!

      Thank you for coming over on this special occasion as I celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Shady Dell's Magnificent (Men) Obsession in January of 1966.

      I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed "Peace of Mind," the signature song of the Magnificent Men. I didn't expect you to make it all the way through all of the recordings. That would be too time consuming. A friend who samples all of the posted tunes for 30, 20 or even 10 seconds gets the gist of each one and gains an understanding of the type of records that were most popular among Dell rats.

      The original 1988 Hairspray movie had a few things in common with the Dell. The kids on the TV record hop were excellent dancers and specialized in line dances. So did the kids at the Dell. The Hairspray gang discovered obscure soul and R&B recordings and they became crowd favorites. The same thing happened with the Rodentia Intelligentsia. They turned forgotten flips and unknown singles into Dell mega hits. These sides by the Mag Men were among the most popular songs of all.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Ashton!

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  7. Another great blast from the past that you put a lot of heart in to. Thanks, Shady.

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    1. You are very welcome, dear Sandra. I hope you enjoyed a tune or two. Thanks for joining the 50th anniversary celebration, dear friend!

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  8. I'm going to quiz my brother Phil to see if he ever heard of this group. He loved soul music and this would have been right up his alley...in fact, if there was a place like the Dell in our part of Chicago he would have been there! They are a wonderful group and I loved the clip and I can imagine how much more fun it was for you to have a local group go famous, even if they didn't make it as far as they should have. I did smile at their dance moves while singing. I know that was popular back then...well, I guess it's been popular since then too! Boy bands and all! Have a good week!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you for coming to the 50th anniversary party in honor of the Magnificent Men! Please let me know if any of your brothers remember the Mag Men. I would love to know about it if you can get it confirmed.

      Yessum, when Bupp and King showed up at the Dell to chat with Helen and John in the snack bar, they were given the V.I.P. treatment. It was very exciting to have a homegrown act releasing singles and albums on a major label (Capitol Records) and wowing crowds at the Uptown Theater in Philadelphia and even at the Apollo. One night the Mag Men backed James Brown at that famed venue. Yessum, it is fun to watch that clip from Robin Seyour's televised teen dance party and observe the choreography that the Mag Men performed.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed Part 1, dear friend YaYa. I invite you back here one week from today for the Part 2 conclusion. Thank you again for coming and have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. I really enjoyed listening to your first video. I had to wait until I got to my computer because for some reason the videos wouldn't play on my iPad. Weird. But it was worth the wait. Wow, the first white group to cross over into the Urban charts! That's quite an accomplishment.

    I wasn't familiar with the Magnificent Men until your post. What an impressive history! They were frontrunners in the "Blue-eyed soul craze" -- I love the descriptors: blue-eyed soul craze, chitlin circuit...

    I can see why Peace of Mind was a big hit with the Dell rats. Did you swoon to it with a lot of women on the dance floor Shady?? I bet you did!

    Great post Shady! Have a magnificent weekend!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, dear Michele!

      What a super comment. Thank you! I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed the sound of the Del-Chords and the Magnificent Men, two homegrown acts that were wildly popular with Dell rats. The Mag Men placed two singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and one on the Bubbling Under survey. Ironically, they did not make "the black chart" - Billboard's Top R&B Singles. The Mag Men made the top tunes charts of many local and regional radio stations, including "black stations" that played music by black people - for black people. There were some surprises when black DJs and black audiences at live shows discovered that the Men, who achieved an authentic black sound, were in fact white.

      There is some debate over which artists belong in the category of Blue-Eyed Soul. The Righteous Bros. would undoubtedly make every list. Other name artists that could be categorized as blue-eyed soul would include Mitch Ryder, The Young Rascals, the Walker Brothers, P.J. Proby, Roy Head, Billy Joe Royal, Gene Pitney and Johnny Rivers.

      Yessum, "Peace of Mind" was a huge slow dance favorite at the Dell throughout 1966 and most of 1967. I was fortunate enough to have my share of Minnie Mice willing to accompany me to the dance floor. :)

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Michele. I wish you a magnificent weekend, too!

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    2. Great response to my comment! Chock full of information!
      "Minnie Mice"?? Lol!!

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    3. Hi, dear Michele!

      I'd like to add a few names to the list of great blue-eyed soul artists of the 60s and 70s. They are the Box Tops, Len Barry, Bill Deal, Van Morrison, Tony Joe White, Hall & Oates, Steve Winwood and the Spencer Davis Group, John Fred, Joe Cocker, Average White Band and Eric Burdon and the Animals.

      Thank you for dropping by, dear friend Michele, and stay tuned for Part 2 of the Mag Men coming tomorrow morning!

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    4. Van Morrison? Steve Winwood? Eric Burdon? Really?? I wouldn't have thought that... Interesting.
      I'll look forward to Part 2 tomorrow. I'll check it out after I get back from my haircut :)

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  10. These guys look so white, they may have even used bleach:) Their voices are anything but! They obviously loved the sounds of the blues and the voices of the African American men (and women). How long were they together? It's funny how some bands made it huge and others, even with a unique style, didn't make it as huge as some others. You must have loved dancing to these songs at your 2nd home. I love that you placed the drawing of the dancing couple here. Oh-another great singer/songwriter passed away. What is going on for January eh?

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for joining the 50th anniversary celebration, dear friend. I appreciate it!

      Yessum, the Magnificent Men looked vanilla but they knew their stuff and dished out authentic street corner soul and R&B. Even before the Del-Chords and Mag Men came along, York, PA, had been a black music mecca. In the late 50s, another hometown York act, the gospel drenched black doo-wop group The Quin-Tones, had a major national hit with "Down the Aisle of Love," a recording that began with the melody of the traditional wedding song "Here Comes the Bride." How so many young white guys got into black music back then isn't clear. Friends my age who grew up out west were not exposed to nearly as much black music as the kids in my Dell rat gang. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have been teenagers at the right place and at the right time.

      Are you referring to Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship? Yessum, January took a heavy toll, starting with the news that Natalie Cole had died New Year's Eve. One by one, the greats of the boomer era are leaving us and with them they take, as Janis Joplin might have sung it, a another little piece of our hearts.

      Thank you again for your visit and generous comments, dear friend BB. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. I agree with Kathryn - these songs don't seem like they are 50 years old! I enjoyed them, but I enjoy most of the things you post. What a great tribute to a local band. :)

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    1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for being on hand as I salute to our hometown heroes, Central Pennsylvania's finest, the Magnificent Men.

      That grainy Robin Seymour clip looks a hundred years old. It's too bad we can't experience that performance in HD living color. The Mag Men were responsible for some of the greatest songs that formed the soundtrack of my youth and they are still delighting fans at live shows.

      Thank you again for joining the celebration, dear friend Jessica!

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  12. Hey Shady, I did not realize this year is 50 years since the Men first started jamming. Let's see, that makes me seventy something.OUCH! I really appreciate your loyalty to the Chords & Men. This is just beautiful Tommy Boy. Looking forward to what's ahead on our anniversary year! I'm very pleased with what you have done so far. Thank You, You're the best!!

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    1. Hi, Dave & Company!

      It is an honor to have you drop by, my good friends. I am pleased to pay tribute to the Del-Chords and Magnificent Men 50 years after "Peace of Mind" came to the gang at the Shady Dell. Half a century ago I was there and witnessed the phenomenon as your records swept the Dell dance hall like a tsunami. Every kid in Central Pennsylvania knew and loved the Mag Men and that's a fact, Jack. It gives me great pleasure to introduce your music to my current crop of Dell rats.

      Please stay tuned for the Part 2 post coming up next Thursday. Again I thank you for honoring us with your visit, Dave. Thank you very much for the music and memories!

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  13. As one of the kids from Central Pennsylvania and from the same hood as Bupp, King, and some Delchords like Ernie Banks and Cheeks Schlosser, I really appreciated this post. The old clips bring back many memories as I saw these guy from their days at the Oaks until recently in Harrisburg at the Whitaker Center. Their music is still a constant at this Dell Rat house.

    Jerre

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    1. Hi, Jerre!

      I'm very happy to see you, good buddy! Even though you are too young to remember the Mag Men ( :) I'm pleased that you didn't miss this 50th anniversary salute. You are so right, Jerre. Other bands have come and gone, but the Magnificent Men are still delighting crowds with their unique brand of sweet soul music. Over the years I saw two of their shows in the Burg. How about that performance clip from Robin Seymour's dance party?

      I hope you will stay tuned and return for Part 2 of the series. You will hear "much, much more" of these sensational singers and musicians next Thursday so please mark your calendar.

      Thanks again for showing up for the Mag Men and for me, good buddy Jerre. As I have always stated, SDMM was established with guys like you in mind. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Jerre!

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  14. You are right . We grew up at the right time.

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    1. Hi, Brian!

      Welcome back to SDMM, my friend! It's good to know you are still following the Shady Dell blog all this time. I appreciate it!

      It was great being a teenager in the 60s and I wouldn't trade places with kids of any other generation, would you?

      Thanks again for letting me know you're out there, Brian. Be sure to stay tuned for Part 2 of the Mag Men coming up next Thursday!

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  15. A good Sunday to you, Shady.
    I was just watching the trailer of the MMs. That was fascinating....integration in the opposite direction.

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    1. Hi, dear Sandra!

      It's very nice of you to drop by, my wonderful friend! It means a great deal to me that you are taking an interest in the story of the Magnificent Men. Yessum, this could be called integration in the opposite direction - a phenomenon rarely seen in popular music during the 60s. The Mag Men were a group of white guys with the vocal talent, musicianship and showmanship to perform authentic soul music and please black audiences. They even won over the crowd at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, a venue known for tough, hard-to-please audiences that would boo performers off the stage if they didn't have their act together.

      Thank you again for being such a great friend, dear Sandra. Stay tuned for more of the Mag Men coming up this Thursday. See you then!

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  16. These recordings represent a classic sound that defines much of American Pop music in the mid-60's. I listened to several of the purveyors of this type of music back in my high school years.

    After I moved to East Tennessee I became aware of the local groups that were popular playing in this style. They almost always had a powerhouse horn section consisting of players from the local high school marching bands. It was exciting following those groups as they all tried their best to be at the top of the musical heap. When any of them managed to get a spot on the Knoxville TV afternoon teen programming dance shows you could be assured that I'd be there in my living room to catch the hometown fellas who sometimes consisted of fellow students from the high school I attended.

    In recent years some of these bands have reunited for retro performances at local festivals and other venues. I wasn't there to see any of them, but thanks to Facebook I was able to get reports of their appearances and in a few cases even got to see some videos.

    Thanks for the memories of the Magnificent Men and the music of that era.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy! I appreciate the anecdote you shared here. As you mentioned, horn bands were hot in the mid and late 60s. It boggles the mind to think of all the talented bands that wowed the crowds at local and regional venues, bands that sounded as good or better than the nationally known hit makers, but failed to achieve escape velocity because they never got that one big break. The Magnificent Men had street cred and got a big thumbs up at the Apollo, not only from the black audience, but also from The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, James Brown, the night they subbed as Brown's backing band. Yet, for reasons I have already discussed with other readers, the big break that could have catapulted the Mag Men to nationwide fame and fortune failed to materialize and the changing times passed them by.

      In my reply to Michele I listed other fine blue-eyed soul acts. When you shared your Tennessee memories I realized that I had neglected to list The Box Tops, the fine blue-eyed soul band from Memphis led by the late, great Alex Chilton.

      Thank you again for sharing your memories, good buddy Lee. Tomorrow is BOTB day and I'll be over to see you then!

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  17. You're right. I'm not familiar with the Magnificent Man. Good to know a little background about him though.

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  18. Hi, dear Luxie!

    Thank you for coming to the 50th anniversary party, my Philippine friend! If you'd like to learn more about the Magnificent Men, please join me again Thursday for Part 2. Until then, have a great week!

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  19. WOW !
    These are the sounds of my teens, the sound I grew up with. Don't know the Magnificent Men but I really like their music.
    Loved The Box Tops, Righteous Brothers, The Young Rascals and Mich Ryder.
    Good Times Good Times.
    Terrific post, sorry I am so late.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, dear Gayle!

      Thank you very much for dropping in. You aren't too late by any means because this post runs through Wednesday.

      I'm very happy to know that you enjoy and can relate to the sounds of the Magnificent Men, the 7-man white soul band from South Central Pennsylvania. The 60s was a wonderful time to be a teenager, the music scene exploding with great music in many different categories. I was especially fond of blue-eyed soul and the Mag Men deserved to be as big as the Righteous Bros, Rascals and other acts you named.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Gayle. I wish you and thehamish a safe and happy week ahead!

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  20. Tom, WOW, I would have not guessed in a million years that the Mag Men weren't black! They truly are blue-eyed soul brothers of that classic Motown sound. Thanks for sharing the trivia and tunes!

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy!

      Thank you very much for attending the 50th anniversary celebration in honor of The Magnificent Men!

      Imagine the shock when deejays on black radio stations found out that "Peace of Mind," a record that was burning up the listener request lines, was made by a white group. If you close your eyes and listen to the various recordings of the Mag Men, it is hard to believe.

      If you like what you heard so far I hope you will return this Thursday when I present Part 2 of the series. Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy your week!

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  21. Both sides of the Capitol release were familiar to me. I'm sure I heard them before. I went online to see if it was played in California, but couldn't find anything.

    Anyway, I love this group from the first song to the last. Wonderful. I have learned to like this kind of music through your blog, Shady. "Everybody's Got to Lose Someday," was moving. Thanks for the fun time today!

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    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for making time for a visit, my wonderful friend!

      I think I know why those Capitol sides are familiar. You have been following SDMM long enough to have heard "Peace of Mind" and "All Your Lovin's Gone To My Head" before. Both sides appeared a few years ago in my posts counting down The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell. It doesn't surprise me that you don't remember them from your youth in California. A high percentage of my "Dell songs" were obscure records that were only known regionally up and down the East Coast. I am honored to know that you have developed a taste for soul music through following my blog all these years. That makes me very happy and I'm glad you had fun here today.

      Thank you again for helping me observe the 50th anniversary marking the start of Mag Men mania. Please take good care of yourself, dear friend Belle, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  22. Hi Shady. Lot's of little treats to listen to today! I enjoyed listening to both the A side and the B side of Everybody's Got to Lose Someday. I also had to smile at Mag Men's choreography. Things sure have changed a lot!

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      How's your week going, dear friend? Thanks for joining the 50th anniversary celebration and learning a thing or three about "our blue-eyed soul brothers, the Magnificent Men."

      "Everybody's Gotta Lose Someday" is ranked #2 on the Shady Dell hit parade of the mid 60s, topped only by an evergreen 1955 recording, "Close Your Eyes" by the Five Keys." FACT: The top 6 Dell songs on my survey are all slow dance masterpieces. "Peace of Mind" by the Mag Men is ranked #3. "Man's World" by James Brown is #4. "No Man Is An Island" by the Van Dykes is #5. "Soul and Inspiration" by the Righteous Brothers is #6. Those dreamy slow dance records were the greatest ballads I experienced during my stint as a Dell rat from 1965 to 1971.

      Yessum, the choreography that the Magnificent Men performed on Robin Seymour's TV show was a far cry from the twerking antics of Miley Cyrus. It's hard to explain to young people today but, back then, most artists dressed and performed with dignity. They showed respect for their audiences their material and themselves.

      Thank you again for being on hand for this special occasion, dear friend Sherry. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  23. Stopping into your blog is a little like stepping into a time machine. The stories and song selections allow me to picture exactly how your Shady Dell may have appeared in 1965.
    But where are my girl bands? I hope you bring a few back.

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thanks for stopping in, good buddy! It pleases me to have an opportunity to introduce you to the Magnificent Men. I am happy to know that my post enables you to picture in your mind what it was like for me and my rat pack at the Shady Dell of the mid 60s. Imagine the oak dance floor of a graffiti covered concrete block barn annex packed to the rafters on a Friday night. The jukebox played nonstop and Dell rats and their Dellettes slow danced, fast danced and line danced. The 10-13 second silent interval that occurred every 2-3 minutes while the jukebox changed records provided a brief window for socializing - a "speed date" opportunity. I wish you could have been there, Jeffrey. There has never been anything quite like the Dell.

      Girl bands and soloists (old and new) are waiting in the wings and will be front and center in the very near future, I promise you, Jeffrey. Meanwhile, I hope you will join me again on Thursday for Part 2 of the Magnificent Men.

      Thanks, good buddy!

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  24. I would say the fact that Everybody's Got To Lose had a 2-year run at the Dell is a huge kudo to the song and the performers.
    Have a great one, Shady:)

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    1. Hi, dear Sandra!

      Yessum, when you consider the glut of great singles that were released during the mid 60s and the limited slot space in a jukebox, a record that enjoyed a run of two years or more was quite rare. "Everybody's Gotta Lose" is #2 on my list of the Dell's Greatest Hits. The #1 ranked song, "Close Your Eyes" by the Five Keys, was still hot on the box more than 10 years after its release in 1955!

      Thank you again for stopping by, dear friend Sandra!

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  25. Great oldies, love the soulful vocals

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    1. Thanks, Mike!

      I'm glad you caught both posts in this salute to the Mag Men!

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