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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, February 4, 2016

Much, Much More to Make You Misty: Part 2 of My 50th Anniversary Salute to Our Home Boys, The Magnificent Men!


1966 was a breakthrough year for  

The Magnificent Men.

Central Pennsylvania's white soul group followed the
release of their hit Dell two-fer "Peace of Mind" b/w
"All Your Lovin's Gone to My Head" with another
double dose of soul.


On September 10, 1966, the band led by Dave Bupp
and Adrian "Buddy" King performed both sides
of their latest single on DJ Robin Seymour's
Bandstand style, Detroit-based television
show Swingin' Time.




Later in the Seymour show, Bupp's boys were back.


They lip-synced the fab flip, "I've Got News."





Around the same time that the Magnificent Men
released the doublesider "Maybe Maybe Baby"
b/w "I've Got News," their long awaited first
Capitol album hit the street. I vividly recall
the impact that long play record made on
 the youth of the Susquehanna Valley.


 As a teenager, there 
 were three coming- 
 of-age milestones 
 that I couldn't wait 
 to reach: 

 * getting my driver's 
    license 

 * owning my first car 

 * gettin' over to the 
  Disc-O-Rama and 
 buying my first 
 Mag Men album. 


Well okay, my first kiss belongs on that
list somewhere, but you get the picture.

 BOTTOM LINE: 

 A fact of life, a fundamental part of growing up 
 in Central PA, was a love of the Magnificent Men. 


Already soulfully inclined, (no arm twisting required),
Dell rats were all the more receptive to what the
Mag Men were puttin' down because the Men
were a homegrown act with roots
in York and "The Burg."





On that first album and the two that followed,
the Magnificent Men performed original songs
written by Bupp and King along with covers
of rhythm and blues, soul, crossover country
and pop and jazz standards.


The Mag Men didn't just cover other artists.
They interpreted the material and
made it uniquely their own.





In the new millennium, millions more people
were exposed to the version of "Stormy Weather"
recorded by the Magnificent Men.



"Stormy Weather" by the Mag Men was used in the soundtrack of the 2003 Sylvester Stallone crime drama Shade,
a movie about
card sharks.

Dang... I wish
they would have
called it Shady!



The Magnificent Men gave some of us our first
exposure to the recorded works of soul and
R&B artists like the Artistics, Gloria Lynne,
Shorty Long and the Vibrations.


The Mag Men waxed a faithful rendition of "Misty,"
the Erroll Garner jazz standard of the mid 50s
that was recorded and placed on the chart by
the Vibrations in October/November 1965.


With its lush string arrangement and sappy,
overstated romantic lyrics, "Misty" is a
throwback - an old fashioned ballad
light years away from cool.


Yet the Rodentia Intelligentsia were always
eager to give props where they were due.
They immortalized songs like "Misty"
because they reminded them of their
heritage, the kind of music the first
generation of Dell rats listened and
danced to back in the 50s. "Misty"
recalls a bygone era when ladies
and gentlemen roamed the earth
wearing hats and gloves, reciting
simple poems and believing with all
their hearts that love lasts forever.




In addition to introducing us to artists that
were new to us, the Mag Men gave us a deeper
appreciation of artists we already knew including
Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler, Arthur Conley,
Joe Tex, the Temps, the Tops, the Pips
and Smokey Robinson.


As much as any teacher, preacher, statesman
or diplomat, the Magnificent Men helped white
Americans and black Americans to understand,
accept and appreciate one other. In the mid
and late 60s, the most turbulent period of
the African-American Civil Rights Movement,
the music of the Mag Men helped to ease
tension and unite a divided nation.
Mister, we could use a few more
Magnificent Men today.


 THE MAGNIFICENT MEN 

 PART OF THE SOLUTION 

 Thanks, guys! 

Have a Shady day!

48 comments:

  1. What a terrific two part tribute to the Magnificent Men! I enjoyed all of the songs in this post along with the interesting tidbits of background information. It impresses me that the Mag Men wrote their own songs--magnificent songs. The Magnificent Men earned a special place in rock history--a white band that played black music and brought people together. I admire them for it and you are correct--we could use more like them today.

    You did a great job on this series, Shady!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you for reporting in and conveying your impression of the Part 2 post. Yessum, there are five more fantastic Mag Men performances here including those ultra rare clips from Swingin' Time with Robin Seymour. Thank goodness for YouTube!

      Thank you for bringing up the point that the Mag Men were not one of those run of the mill cover bands. They penned their own songs and they are all soul classics. Dell rats consider their three Capitol albums to be "Greatest Hits" packages because every wax track on them is solid gold.

      I wouldn't trade places with anybody, Kathryn. I was at the right place (the Susquehanna Valley and the Dell) at the right time (1966 - age 16) to witness the phenomenon that was the Magnificent Men.

      Thank you again for being on hand for this special 50th anniversary tribute, dear Kathryn!

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  2. Holy cow, Shady! If I hadn't been following these Mag Men posts I would never have guessed these guys were white. What a truly awesome group they were! I'm getting Misty myself, by all the sweet memories this music conjures up:-) Hats and gloves and everlasting love; things I couldn't wait to do and feel as I longingly watched through the eyes of a child. Nowadays much of that magic is missing and I feel somewhat cheated. Thankfully, there's you, dear Shady,keeping that memory fresh;-) Perhaps one day, the good old days will indeed become new again.

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for swinging over to experience Much, Much More of the Magnificent Men!

      It's true. Dave Bupp and Buddy King, the lead singers of the Mag Men, both sounded black. Their rich voices and glorious harmonies rivaled the best of the 60s soul artists. Their songwriting was loaded with street cred. Their songs resonated with black audiences. Dellers, more so than other fellers, identified with black music. A love of soul and R&B was a prerequisite for joining the Fraternal Order of Dell Rats.

      Yessum, the song "Misty" in particular harks back to that kinder, gentler, simpler time when society wrote, spoke, acted and dressed more formally. People observed proper etiquette and obeyed the rules and lovers were placed on pedestals and worshiped. The world has changed drastically in the 60 years since that song was written and not all of the change has been for the good. However I am encouraged by millennials who are taking an interest in the mid 20th century and adopting its values.

      Thank you very much for joining me again today, dear friend Diedre. I wish you a happy Thursday and Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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  3. "The Magnificent Men - Part of the Solution": I like that! I love that they helped blend and bond people. Man, they are a really good band. I especially liked I've Got News and Much Much More... Great songs!

    And why don't band members dress alike anymore?? That was so classic, all the members dressed the same and they all had good choreography. All that seems to have fallen by the wayside...

    Your posts are chock full of information! I always learn so much. Thanks Shady.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, dear Michele!

      Thanks for taking a look and a listen to Part 2 of the Mag Men, sweet friend!

      I enjoyed your comment, Michele, and it raises an important point. We are marking the 50th anniversary of the start of Mag Men Mania, but we could also be marking the 50th anniversary of a pivotal moment in time when the popular music landscape started to undergo a radical transformation. I always point to the early weeks of 1966 as the turning point, led by the Beatles, their album Rubber Soul and the single "Nowhere Man." As Wiki explains, << "Nowhere Man' is one of the first Beatles songs to be entirely unrelated to romance or love, and marks a notable instance of Lennon's philosophically oriented songwriting. >> Of the album Rubber Soul, Esquire Magazine's Robert Christgau opined that Rubber Soul was << when the Beatles began to go arty >> - this again according to Wiki. So, in essence, the Mag Men were just getting rolling when the market for their type of music began to dry up. Bands disposed of their suits and ties and began to dress down or wear gimmicky costumes like Paul Revere and the Raiders and The Union Gap. Philosophical songs, introspective songs, war protest songs, social consciousness anthems and songs about drug experiences replaced traditional sweet love songs. Soul turned into funk. James Brown, who began his career singing his share of pretty R&B ballads, got ants in his pants and sang about black power, payback and revenge. Another good example is George Clinton. His 60s group the Parliaments gave us the soul ballad "I Wanna Testify." In the 70s, Clinton presided over one of the most extravagant and outrageous stage acts ever - the funk band Parliament - which recorded "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker."

      Thank you very much for coming over again today, dear friend Michele. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

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    2. Wow, that's some meaty stuff there Shady. It's nice to know the history of the Beatles and when their style shifted. I like The White Album, Sgt Pepper's and Abby Road. Isn't Abby Road the album where there were rumors that if you played the music backward, it was giving clues and saying "Paul is dead" ?? I remember that album cover too, where Paul was the only one in bare feet ---supposedly another clue. That was some crazy stuff.
      But yes, it is kinda sad that just when the Mag Men were hitting a national stage and picking up a national following, the musical styles shifted.
      Thanks for turning us on to them!
      It's so interesting that they crossed over into pleasing the Urban listeners and that many were unaware that they were white. Important milestones were starting to take root, like desegregation, etc. It's nice to know that they had some influence with those changing attitudes...

      You would've dug where I was tonight: I went to a major fundraiser for Greyhound Pets of America - Central Texas and this year's event was called The Greyt Gatsby (GreYt, get it?). It was a Roaring 20s costume party and a lot of people came dressed up as Flappers ---lots of fringe and feathers! The men wore hats, tuxes and tails. Very cool shindig. I had a table there and was selling my jewelry with 20% going to the group. I had on a funky hat and lots of long necklaces and some cool Deco jewelry I took my mom and she had lots of fringe. She really enjoyed it. They played dance music BUT it wasn't music from that era!! I thought that was odd but it was a really young crowd. There was also a greyhound fashion show and the female dogs wore pretty headbands and the males wore cuffs on their paws and tuxedo bow ties! Was so cool. It was a huge success as far as we're concerned as the group raised over $10,000!! The only thing missing was the 20s dance music. You and Lee and Stephen could probably point me to some good music from that era...

      Time to hit the sack. We have to take my mom's dog to the vet at 8:30 in the morning. After a late night I just have to say Ugh!

      Talk soon. Thanks for all the cool info, my friend. Have a great weekend. You got plans for Super Bowl?? Go Denver! :-)

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    3. Hi, dear Michele!

      Thank you very much for staying up so late to chat with me. It's official. Our comment/reply thread is now longer than the original post! :) You are a wonderful friend!

      I remember burning with curiosity and trying to find a way to play that Beatles album backward to hear their secret messages. I think it was comedian George Carlin who quipped that if you succeeded in playing the album backward you heard the words, "you just f--ked up your needle." :)

      I wish that I could have attended the Greyt Gatsby fundraiser. Based on your description, the greyhound gala was a big success and lots of fun was had by all, canines included. Are you going to post pictures of the people and dogs in costume on Angels Bark?

      The Charleston is the only 1920s song I know but, seems to me, the organizers of the event could have done a little digging around in advance and found authentic period music to play. Doggone it, that reminds me of one of my pet peeves. I am disappointed whenever I watch a movie or TV show set in a different time period and the soundtrack contains music that has been altered and updated to suit the tastes of modern audiences. An example is the NBC family drama series American Dreams set in the early and mid 60s. The producers, which included Dick Clark Productions, used current singing stars on the show portraying 60s teen idols and singing their 60s hit records on Bandstand. More often than not I cringed when I heard my favorite oldies rendered in an updated hip hop style and tempo. The same thing happened on the short lived NBC series The Playboy Club set in 1963. The music was almost unlistenable because it smacked of millennial hip hop. Putting a sugar coating on old music to make it more palatable for young viewers is an insult to boomers and underestimates the capacity of younger generations to appreciate the music in its original form. History is interesting and exciting enough w/o changing it.

      Thanks again for being a devoted friend, dear Michele. I hope all goes well at the vet's office today and that you, your folks and your dogs have a terrific weekend!

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    4. Hahahaha! That George Carlin quote just cracked me up!! Very funny. I saw him live some years ago and he just had me roaring. I love going to comedy shows. Which reminds me: I'm way overdue! Haven't been to a comedy club in ages...

      Yes, I agree with your statement "History is interesting enough without changing it." Touché!

      I'll have to see what kind of pics the group posts on Facebook. I wasn't taking pics because it was so dark but they had professional photographers there so hopefully they got some good shots.

      Spent today running around getting stuff for Super Bowl. My neighbor is Chinese and makes the absolute best egg rolls ever so I paid her to make us a big batch. Plus I'm making a pizza, jalapeño poppers wrapped in bacon & stuffed with cream cheese and of course queso with seasoned ground beef and Rotel. If that's not enough we have chips and spinach artichoke & Parmesan dip. Did I mention margaritas and plenty of beer. Wanna come over ?? :-)

      We're trying to get in as much fun as we can because my mom is having major heart surgery on Thursday. We're all nervous and anxious about that. She'll be in the hospital for 5-7 days. It's going to be a long hard recovery. I just pray everything goes okay and that she comes out of this stronger than ever.

      I might be late getting my BOTB results post up but for sure will have it on Monday. I haven't even kept track but it's a close battle between Rod Stewart and LeAnn Rimes...

      Talk soon. Happy Sunday! Go Denver...

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    5. Hi, dear Michele!

      Thanks for stopping by for another chat, dear friend!

      George Carlin was one of my favorites. He didn't pull any punches (or punchlines). I used to go to comedy clubs down here in the Tampa Bay area, but it has been many years for me, too.

      I hope the photogs took some decent pictures of Fido-Fest for you to post on your blog.

      OMG - you are planning an epic Super Bowl party! I'm sure all your dogs have their sniffers working overtime and are keeping their paws crossed hoping you'll invite them to the feast. :)

      I will keep your mother in my prayers this week. I hope she comes out the other side feeling much, much better.

      I am eager to find out which artist won your latest battle. As it now stands I plan to run my next Version Sacrifice at the end of the month.

      Thank you again for dropping by, dear friend Michele. Enjoy the big game today. (I think Pat Boone is doing the halftime show :) You can bet on your your Broncos if you want, but my money is on Joe Paterno and the mighty Nittany Lions of Penn State! (flashing back to those years of glory :)

      Enjoy your Sunday, dearie!

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    6. Yeah I'm a little nervous for Denver today. North Carolina crushed, no: obliterated, in their last playoff game so I hope Peyton and his teams are up to the task. I usually place bets on Super Bowl but I'm not comfortable doing that today!! May the best team win. Have fun today!

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    7. You too, dearie! Save some grub for your canine companions! :)

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  4. After reading and listening to these Mag Men I'm still shocked that they didn't go farther in their career. I do love those smooth dance moves in the videos! When you wrote about them joining our country between black and white I immediately thought of the movie I watched today. I got home a bit early from work and chilled out watching "A Patch Of Blue". When a blind white girl falls in love with a black man she tells him he's beautiful. He remarks that most folks don't see him that way. She says "that's because they don't know you". We all need to be blind and appreciate good music, good people, good times...over looking race. Thanks for sharing not only a part of your youth and love for this music, but how music can bridge cultures and generations! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend! How's Chubbs? Eddy?

      This is an extraordinary comment, Kathleen, and greatly appreciated. I am so glad I found those videos of the Mag Men appearing on the Robin Seymour dance party in Detroit. For the most part, YouTube is a vast wasteland, but boomers are grateful to have access to rare vintage performance clips like those.

      Hey, now you're talkin'! A Patch of Blue is one of my favorite movies. Two years before he showed up at Spencer Tracy's door in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, Sidney Poitier turned in a fine performance in A Patch of Blue opposite young Elizabeth Hartman. Elizabeth was as shy and timid in real life as the blind girl she played in the movie and, sadly, she jumped from a 5th floor window and took her own life at the age of 43. Shelley Winters was superb in the role of the trashy, racist mother.

      Dell rats were indeed colorblind and I am thankful to have a friend like you who shares our beliefs and promotes tolerance, acceptance and unity.

      Thank you again, dear friend YaYa, for participating in this discussion of the Magnificent Men, their music and their legacy.

      God bless!

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  5. Hey Shady, I loved the Walking My Cat Named Dog. Hadn't heard that in years. It was perfect!

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    1. Hi, dear Sandra!

      Thank you for popping in, dear friend! I'm delighted to know that you remember and love that recording by folk singer Norma Tanega. "Cat Named Dog" reached #22 in the early spring of 1966.

      I hope you'll sample this second set of tunes by my hometown heroes, the Magnificent Men.

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Sandra!

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  6. Well, these songs were amazing; all of them. I kept saying, "Wow," as I listened. Everything about this band was first class, I think. Their voices, the music and their performances.

    Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I never thought about racial differences. My parents treated everyone the same - with respect. Then I saw photos in Life magazine of water hoses and dogs being used against people who were peacefully protesting. I couldn't understand how people could ever hate someone because of their heritage or the color of their skin.

    After I read a few books by black authors and learned how they were treated in the South, I felt ashamed to be white. I had friends and dated boys from different backgrounds than me without a second thought. For me, people were people. I'm thankful my parents raised me to think that way.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for coming down to experience more - Much, Much More - of the Magnificent Men. I'm thrilled to know that you appreciate their songs, voices and musicianship along with all this great band represents.

      I also thank you for sharing your anecdotes, Belle. You can indeed be thankful that you were raised colorblind. I hope you will express that to your mother today and mention to her the theme of this series.

      I have my own story. York, PA, was a mecca for soul music and there were many young fans of the genre, both black and white. But York was also the scene of racial unrest throughout most of the 60s. Violence flared in 1968 and worsened in the summer of '69. White gangs clashed with black gangs resulting in fatalities. Eventually National Guard troops were called in to restore order. Those turbulent years of racial tension in York were an ugly counterpoint to the message of unity delivered by the Mag Men, and the troubling backdrop makes their contributions all the more significant.

      Thank you again for coming by and listening to more of the great sounds of the Magnificent Men and for reminiscing with me, dear friend Belle. Please have a safe, healthy and happy weekend!

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  7. Some more oldies but goodies, very enjoyable. I am digging the horns.

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    1. Hi, Mike!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! I'm pleased to see you today because I know you are fond of horn bands. I see that you already checked out the Part 1 post. I'm happy to know that you like the sound and style of the Magnificent Men.

      Have a great weekend, Mike!

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  8. Once again, the playing of the songs will have to wait until the end of Laurie's TV watching, but I'm trying to con her into a Macca's run real quick here, so hang on.

    From the comments I saw on the last post, I know the Men value your support, and they should. You have a good band, a good reason, and good memories to back them up.

    The Men sang Misty like it was written for them. That is the hallmark of a great song; Ray Stevens' version has always been a favorite of mine.

    Curiousity as I cue up Stormy Weather- was the Dell integrated? I'm sure you've had this topic up before, but I'm a newbie and all...

    That's a really cool arrangement on SW. Not at all what I was expecting!

    And yes, listening to the songs in reverse order. These guys could really invoke comparisons to a lot of the R&B out there, no? That first one is a good dancer! (Better than me, at least, lol!) Digging the horns here as well!

    Great, fun post!

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      (Can Laurie pick me up an Egg MickJagger on an English muffin?)

      Thanks for joining me again for Part 2 of you know who - The Magnificent Men. I'm delighted to know that you got into the sound and style of the Mag Men. I get chills and fever when I listen to "Misty."

      Okay, here is, as Paul Harvey would say... the rest of the story. The Dell was a private, members only club. Guests entered, stayed and became regulars at the discretion of owner John Ettline. I was a Dell rat from 1965 through 1971. During that time I can't remember ever seeing a black face at the Dell. I have two theories, neither having anything to do with racial bias. In York at that time, the black community and the white community kept to themselves for the most part, simply to prevent friction and flare-ups. Black youths probably didn't want to hang out at the Dell because they feared confrontations with the all white clientele. John Ettline might have discouraged or disallowed black kids from entering the Dell because he had the same concerns. Keep in mind that the Dell already had a bad reputation as a place where kids violated curfew, used alcohol and occasionally got into fights. The last thing John wanted was another reason for people to be hating on his establishment. So, to answer your question, the Dell was segregated, at least during the years I attended, which made the phenomenon of white kids loving and dancing to black music all the more unique.

      Thanks so much for your visit and excellent remarks, good buddy Chris. Have a safe and Scrappy weekend!

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  9. What a talented group of "Men" they were! My favorite original MM tune on this post is Maybe, Maybe Baby. But, I really liked their cover version of "Misty". I really enjoyed the thriller movie, Play Misty for me" starring Clint Eastwood. He played a Disc jockey , his obsessed fan, (Jessica Walter) would call in and repeatedly requested "Misty".
    I had the pleasure of seeing /hearing Buddy King live a couple times here in York, PA. He still has "it" and draws a good crowd! He also sings with his VERY talented sister, Diane.
    Nice post, Shady--thanks for sharing all this info about our hometown boys!

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    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thank you very much for coming by and for leaving this excellent comment!

      You have a great memory, dear friend. Thanks for playing Six Degrees and reminding us of that 1971 Clint Eastwood psychological thriller. I remember seeing it with Mrs. Shady #1 when it was first released.

      I agree with you that "Maybe, Maybe Baby" is a Mag Men gem, an awesome soul ballad that's right up there with "Peace of Mind."

      I exchanged emails with Diane King a few years ago and learned a lot about her brother Adrian. My cousin Bill also sent me a couple of Buddy's solo CDs.

      Thank you again for being here for this two-part series and for lending your support to our home boys, the Magnificent Men. I wish you a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Toni!

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  10. Nice version of "Misty". All the recordings are good. I'm surprised that the group didn't get more national exposure than they did. They had a sound that was very popular back in that time.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for dropping in, good buddy! I admit I am biased, but I think the Magnificent Men recorded the definitive version of "Misty."

      As I have mentioned to others and as I have learned along the way, the Magnificent Men and other horn driven soul bands were popular there for a while, but then the music scene changed and their formal look and sweet soul sound became old school. Capitol Records dropped the ball early on by not packaging and promoting the Mag Men adequately. Fans can't help wondering "what if," but the good news is that the Mag Men are still doing shows and delighting audiences.

      Thanks again for taking a look and a listen, good buddy Lee, and have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. Sorry it's taken me so long to get by here this week, Shady! Saturday mornings have turned into my "blog" day, i.e. during naptime I catch up on my reading and schedule a couple posts of my own.

    I actually enjoyed all of today's musical selections, especially the first two. These songs make me want to watch Back to the Future for some reason. They make me think of the song "Mr. Sandman". I don't know why! haha

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi, Ashton!

      Thanks for spending some time in the Shady this weekend, dear friend!

      It pleases me to know that you enjoyed this second batch of songs by the Magnificent Men. All I can think of when I hear them sing is the Dell. Mag Men records were guaranteed dance floor fillers and every single had a killer bee on its back.

      Thank you again for checking in and checking out the post, dear friend Ashton. Please smooch your little girl and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  12. Wow, you did some serious work on this post. Of course, you always do.
    Have a great weekend, Shady.

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    1. Hi, dear Sandra!

      Thank you for coming over on the weekend and thank you for the compliment.

      There's much, much more to the story of the Magnificent Men and I will be presenting at least one more volume of this series at some point in the future. It's a labor of love.

      Thank you again and enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend Sandra!

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  13. I've never heard of this group before! They sound great, though. Thanks for exposing me to "new" music on your blog, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for coming over, dear friend! If we could turn back time to the mid and late 60s, it's a safe bet that you, a resident of southeastern Pennsylvania, would know and love the Magnificent Men. They wowed the crowd at the Uptown Theater in Philadelphia (N. Broad St), a major venue on the chitlin circuit in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

      There are three categories of music that I present on SDMM: music that is new to me, music that is new to you and music that formed the soundtrack of my youth and young adulthood. The Mag Men were heavy hitters at the Shady Dell and a huge part of my teenage years. I am proud to introduce you to their great sound.

      Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend Jessica!

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  14. I was a "Motown" baby. I didn't get exposure to the "MAG MEN" until now. I love their sound, Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear Dixie!

      Thank you very much for dropping by this evening, dear friend!

      The Magnificent Men were influenced by the Temptations, Four Tops and other Motown artists, yet they produced their own unique brand of blue-eyed soul. The Mag Men were equally adept at performing authentic soul ballads and up tempo northern dancers. I am proud to expose you to their great sound through this two part series.

      Thanks again for joining me for this 50th anniversary salute, dear friend Dixie, and enjoy the week ahead!

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  15. I have had a busy week and the weekend I was a bit of a cripple so I am now reading some stuff:) These boys (men) should be so much more known than they really are. I love their sound and they seemed to have truly opened up doors for many artists. Too bad that movie wasn't called "shady"-that would have been cool:)

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thanks for popping in for Part 2 of the Magnificent Men, dear friend! Now that you have heard two of their song sets, you can understand why Dell rats loved these guys and how the Men were cheated when the music scene passed them by. It's true. The Bupp-King led blue-eyed soul band helped break down the barriers between black and white, a struggle that continues to this day.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend BB, and have a wonderful week!

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  16. Tom, I'm enjoying this series and today's Mag Men music compilation is magnificent. :D They did a superb job on Misty and is my fave among these selections. I don't know if there are any well-known artist from my hometown let along home state, but you've planted a seed for a possible future post. Maybe in my search and discovery I'll find musical talent from the Mountaineer state to share. Have a good week, my friend!

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy!

      Thanks for joining me for Part 2 of my 50th anniversary tribute to the pride of Central Pennsylvania, the Magnificent Men. As I told another friend, I consider the version of "Misty" recorded by the Mag Men to be definitive. I'm so glad you like it, too!

      You hit on a great idea there. Do some research and find artists from your region or state that you'd like to feature on your blog. I'd enjoy reading about them and hearing them.

      Thanks again for coming to the party and have a terrific week, dear friend Cathy!

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  17. The Maybe,Maybe Baby trailer really takes me back:)

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    1. Hi, Sandra!

      Isn't that a beautiful soul ballad? It's one of my favorites by the Mag Men and there are plenty of others, too!

      Thanks for dropping by, dear friend Sandra, and have a nice evening!

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  18. Sorry I'm so late making it here. Seems to be my thing.
    This was a great introduction to these Magnificent Men.
    Kind of sounds like the title of a movie doesn't it?

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thanks for popping over, my Wisconsin buddy! (By the way, do you happen to know Jackie Burkhart of That 70's Show? I'd like to meet her!)

      Yessir. As I hinted at the start of the Part 1 post, the band name The Magnificent Men sometimes got confused with Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, a 1965 British movie, and The Magnificent Seven, a 1960 American western movie. Among Dell rats, there was never any confusion. :)

      Thanks again for coming, good buddy Jeffrey!

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    2. Yes, I do know Jackie. My good friend Fonzie's son dated her for awhile. He's a smooth one with all the girls. Must have gotten that from his old man.

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    3. I'm still trying to wrap my head around Fez dating Demi Lovato! What does he see in her? :)

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  19. Doesn't Stallone look like a baby in that poster?

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    1. Hi again, dear Sandra!

      At the mall last weekend, I was surrounded by a mob of screaming women who thought I was baby faced Sly Stallone. :)

      Thank you very much for spreading cheer, dear friend Sandra!

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  20. I'm playing "catch up" and just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed this two-part series, Shady. Thanks for the introduction to The Magnificent Men. They did a great job with "Misty"! I love that whole "blue-eyed soul" vibe and especially appreciated your mention of Eric Burdon and the Animals, who were grand masters of that genre. Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you, dear Debbie! Sorry I'm so late finding your comment.

      I really appreciate you checking out this Mag Men series even tho you are still under the weather. Glad you enjoyed their blue-eyed soul style.

      God bless!

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