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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!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 1: The Beat Goes On!


 I'm Shady Del Knight. 

 Today I begin a new 

 50 part series that's 

 too cool for school. 

 It's so cool... it's... 


 CORNELIUS COOL! 


Soul Train was the hippest trip in America!
Spike Lee described the long running syndicated
TV program as an "urban music time capsule."
The late, great Don Cornelius was the creator,
executive producer and host of Soul Train.
I'm calling my new series Shady Train
and I want you to imagine that Don is
still with us and serving as guest host.
I will do my best imitation of Don
introducing the greatest dance beats
of the 20th and 21st centuries using
words and phrases that Don might
have uttered during Soul Train's
35 years on the air (1971-2006).
As you watch the clips in this
series you'll notice how the music,
dance steps, clothing, hair styles
and attitudes changed over the
last 80 years. Yessum, this series
spans eight decades and will run
well into the 2020s, so get on board
and ride with me on..The Shady Train!

Let's get some hands together,
gang, and give a warm SDMM
welcome to my special guest,
the host of Shady Train...
the one and only

Mr. Don.....CORNELIUS!

Thank you, Shady Del Knight. It's good to be back here on soul station SDMM. The Shady Train ain't your grandaddy's Chattanooga Choo Choo. You're tuned to the hippest trip in America and you've got a ticket to ride, so all aboard!

Let's kick-off our 50-part series with a sound comin' out of Philly that's a sho 'nough dilly. In 1974, MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother), the house band for Philadelphia International Records, started a long string of dance hits for the Gamble-Huff enterprise with "TSOP" ("The Sound of Philadelphia") featuring the vocals of the label's premier girl group, The Three Degrees. "TSOP" was adopted as the Soul Train theme and became the first television theme song to reach #1 on the Hot 100. Put some hands together, gang, and let's give a warm welcome to MFSB featuring -- The Three Degrees!


"TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"
aka "The Soul Train Theme"
MFSB feat. the Three Degrees
(Apr. 1974, highest chart pos. #1)





The big fun has just begun here on the Shady Train... and now, brace yourself for a live performance by Sweden's hottest export since ABBA, an artist who is taking America by storm. You first met this young lady one month ago on Shady Seaweed's New Year's Rockin' Eve blogcast. Loaded with talent and charisma, she is part Madonna... part Billy Idol... and ALL THAT. Please give a warm Shady Train welcome to an artist who must be seen and heard to be believed -- Robin Carlsson, known to millions of fans as -- Robyn!

"Dancing On My Own" - Robyn
(June-Nov. 2010, highest chart pos.
#1 Sweden/#3 US & UK Dance,
Live at The Trocadero Theatre,
Center City, Philadelphia) 

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 30 SEC. MARK! 





Gamble and Huff gave us The Sound of Philadelphia. Mr. Dick Griffey, former talent coordinator for Soul Train, gave us West Coast soul in the 70s on his SOLAR label (Sound of Los Angeles Records). We now switch to Shady Train London and Legs & Co, the all girl dance troupe on the long running British music showcase Top of the Pops, as they perform "And the Beat Goes On," a top 20 hit in 1980 for SOLAR recording artists -- The Whispers!

"And the Beat Goes On" - The Whispers
(April 1980, highest chart position #19,
dance by Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops)





We're gonna linger in London awhile longer to bring you another exciting Top of the Pops moment - this one featuring award winning British R&B singer, television personality and actress Jamelia whose cover of "Superstar," a song originally recorded by Danish pop artist Christine Milton, topped the charts in Poland, Australia and New Zealand. With this performance, the songstress had the excitement meter pegged and the crowd in the palm of her hand. It's time, gang, to meet and greet -- Jamelia!

"Superstar" - Jamelia
(Sept. 2003, highest chart pos.
#3 UK/#1 Australia, New Zealand
& Poland, from Sept. 2003
album Thank You





South Korean pop culture, or the Korean Wave as it is called, has become a global phenomenon, a major part of which is the music coming from that part of the world. Korean pop encompasses a number of styles including dance-pop, electropop, hip-hop and R&B. We will be featuring the best K-pop girl group recordings here on Shady Train beginning with KARA, an act assembled in 2007. From their 2014 mini-album Day & Night, here performing "Mamma Mia" is the energetic and soulful K-pop ensemble -- KARA!

"Mamma Mia" - KARA
(from Aug. 2014 EP Day & Night)





This young man was born in the nation's capital, raised in Brooklyn and died too soon at the age of 40 in Philadelphia. Singing his 1983 dance club favorite on the Cotillion label "All Over Your Face" -- Mr. Ronnie Dyson!

"All Over Your Face" - Ronnie Dyson
(Sept. 1983, highest chart position
#23 R&B/#16 Hot Dance/Club Play)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 40 SEC. MARK! 





Melanie Appleby is another artist whose life was cut tragically short. She died of cancer at the age of 23. Melanie was one half of the British sister act Mel & Kim. The duo exploded on the scene in 1986 with the dance-pop number "Showing Out" which went top 5 at home in the UK, topped the chart in four other European countries and reached #1 on the U.S. Dance Club survey. We relive those happier days by enjoying this live performance of their debut hit. Let's make some noise, gang, for -- Mel & Kim!

"Showing Out (Get Fresh At the Weekend)"
Mel & Kim (Oct./Nov. 1986, h.c.p. #3 UK,
#1 Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
& Belgium, #1 U.S. Club Dance Play)





That does it for this edition of Shady Train. Well do it all over again next time, and you can bet your last money... it's gonna be a stone gas, honey. I'm Don Cornelius, and as always
in parting, we wish you love...peace...and soul!


38 comments:

  1. I am happy to see the Shady Train leaving the station and starting its 50 episode run. Even though I was not a regular viewer of Soul Train-- I liked your impression of Don Cornelius and got into every one of these songs. I didn’t know the Three Degrees sang the Soul Train theme song. Those Soul Train dancers in the video were amazing! Swedish Robyn really does look like Billy Idol and sounds like Madonna-- and she whipped the crowd up with her dramatic performance under the green and blue lights. I never heard of Jamelia. She has charisma and I very much enjoyed her live performance on the Top Of The Pops show. I wasn’t expecting to like the Korean girl group-- but they are very entertaining! It is a shame about Ronnie and Mel, the two artists who died at such a young age-- they had a load of talent. If episode 1 is any indication-- Shady Train is going to be a great series and I look forward to #2 through 50!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Welcome welcome welcome! I'm so glad you could join me for the pilot episode of Shady Train, a series that will still be running when they open the first McDonald's on Mars. :) I'm happy to know that you are at least somewhat familiar with the TV series Soul Train and its host Don Cornelius.

      Yessum, The Three Degrees sang on that mainly instrumental hit "TSOP" and it was adopted as the Soul Train theme. As a result, the series boasted one of the best known, most distinctive and coolest show opens in television history. It never failed to get the viewer stoked for all the great urban music that was in store and Don's fluent, streetwise patter as he introduced records and interviewed artists that dropped in as guests. The Soul Train dancers were second to none - the hippest of the hip - with Hy Lit's gang in Philadelphia running a close second.

      I'm pleased that you enjoyed the lineup of musical talent on episode #1 including the K-Pop group KARA. Dozens of great Korean girl groups sprang up in the new millennium and I intend to bring you the best of the best on Shady Train.

      Thank you again for being here for the launch of Shady Train, Kathryn. Have a great Tuesday!

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  2. Tom,

    I’m getting down to the funky sound of these modern tunes. I remember these chickas from a previous introduction.

    I believe Robyn is wearing too much on stage and although it isn’t the most attractive outfit it’s not as trashy as what Madonna often wore on stage. lol I like Robyn’s raspy vocals. I need to hop over to YouTube to listen to more of her tunes.

    Whoo-hoo, “Legs & Co” is a group I can get behind now! :) Love the name of the all-girl band and I’m digging those short shirt dresses to showcase those legs lol The 80s dance vibe put a wiggle in my hips this morning. I bet these ladies were popular in the kinda like The Solid Gold Dancers here in the states.

    Jamelia gets really soft in some parts of “Superstar” which is really nice. I love it when girls have that feminine sound! It really sets them a part from most in the industry today.

    The Southern Korean dance-op of KARA is electric. What a lovely group of gals! It’s nice to see that they aren’t always wearing all black all the time in this vid. I like how some of the scenes feature them looking like girlie girls in soft colors. I plan to check more of their mewsic out, too.

    Ronnie Dyson sounds familiar but I don’t remember “All Over Your Face”. He definitely died too soon. That was my brother’s age at passing just two months after his bday.

    Oh, that’s just terrible to read about the British sister act, “Mel & Kim” of Melanie losing her fight with cancer at 23. Sooo, young! This song hit #1 in the US? Geez, I don’t remember it. That was during a period I was working long exhausting hours on a computer system upgrade which involved assisting and supervising re-entry of all the data from the old system to the new. This was before the day data migration which would’ve made life easier. Anywho, this may account for why I don’t remember this song because I tell you I have black holes in my memory from those years.

    You ought to consider joining the Monday Music Moves Me crew each week. It’s just about sharing music. I’m back to co-hosting it with the ladies. They have mewsic themes every other week and on the off weeks it’s your choice (this coming Monday will be free style picks) to share but no one complains if you don’t follow along. If you have mewsic to share then that’s all that matters. You can find the link up on my Monday post if you’d like to give it a whirl and if not that’s ok.

    Thanks for the fun ride on the Shady Train, my friend and have a soul-tastic week!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for getting on board The Shady Train as it departs the station on a 50-post ride through the history of dance music. A few of the selections that I (and Don) will introduce in this series will date as far back as the 1940s. Others will be brand new. I (we) are delighted to bring them to you on Shady Train.

      Yessum, Robyn has a distinctively tough look and a powerful stage presence. I have one of her albums, one of her EPs and one of her singles and I am digging her mewsic.

      You are exactly right. Legs & Co were the equivalent of The Solid Gold Dancers. They were one of the regular dance troupes during the long run of the British music program Top of the Pops. They and other groups of dancers will be joining the cast in future episodes of Shady Train.

      I agree with you on two more points, dear friend. I appreciate Jamelia's softer, almost kittenish vocals, and I appreciate seeing women looking feminine and wearing colors instead of black black black all the time! (Black seems to be the new black :) Like you I am getting a little tired of seeing nothing but black on every woman and girl.

      The late Ronnie Dyson was a singer and actor who rose to fame in the late 60s as the lead in the Broadway production of Hair that spawned the hit song "Aquarius." Ronnie had a hit single with "(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?" from the 1969 off-Broadway rock musical Salvation. I remember Ronnie's "All Over Your Face" as a record played in clubs during my second stint as a bachelor. "Showing Out" by Mel and Kim was another dance club hit in the U.S. and probably didn't play on mainstream radio stations very often. Yessum, Melanie Appleby died way too soon. She and her sister scored this hit record and appeared in this video in the fall of 1986. By the following year Mel was too sick to perform and needed to retire. She died at the beginning of 1990, very sad indeed. Kim is now age 55.

      Thank you for inviting me to join the Monday Music (Mewsic) Moves Me group. I will take a look at the blogs of the ladies that host it, check out the songs they post and give your generous invite every consideration. Thank you again for thinking of me!

      I'm thrilled that you had fun riding this friendship train, dear Cathy. Thank you for your visit and wonderful comment and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Tom, I just wanted to let you know, there's no pressure to join the Monday's Music Moves Me meme. I wanted to toss it out there for you, in case you didn't know. By the way, I'm featuring Robyn in my new weekly meme, Tuesday Tunesation on Feb. 14th. Well, I'm outta here for now. Have a good weekend, my friend!

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    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Thanks for the return visit, dear friend!

      I am excited to learn that you are featuring Robyn (Sweden's answer to Madonna X Billy Idol) in your Tuesday Tunesation series starting Valentine's Day. I will be there! I think it is a wonderful idea to expose readers to the many talented international artists making mewsic these days. :)

      Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Cathy!

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  3. Don will have to come back more often.
    In both Korea and Japan, girl pop singers and bands are beyond popular.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for joining the fun and riding the Shady Train, good buddy. Its 5+ year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. :)

      I recently discovered K-Pop and have cultivated a taste for it. As I understand the genre, the competition is fierce. The girls attend training camps where they undergo rigorous vocal and dance training which prepares them to join these groups. The groups themselves are then thoroughly trained and the members coached in beauty, grooming and public relations. The training shows and I am thoroughly enjoying their performances. Almost every installment of Shady Train will include a K-pop act.

      Thanks again, Alex, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  4. I liked Robyn! She really does resemble Billy Idol quite a bit.
    Didnt Sonny and Cher originally do the song Ant the Beat goes on? I'm humming it in my head now.
    The video came out in 1986 which was year i graduated high school. Too sad to have cancer at such a young age.
    The K Pop band was better than i expected. I love all the dancing!
    Soul Train was one of my fave shows to watch on Saturday mornings. I loved the outfits and the dancing and they had current bands stop in. Fun post today Shady!

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    1. Hi, Holli!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for coming by as I fire up the furnace and get The Shady Train rolling on its 50-post journey that will take us well into the 2020s.

      I'm pleased to know that you remember and watched Soul Train. I was hooked on the show and obviously idolized Don Cornelius enough to have him back as host at least 49 more times here on SDMM.

      Sonny Bono wrote "The Beat Goes On," the Sonny and Cher hit, but the song in this post by The Whispers is a different ditty, with the word "And" in the title. It was penned by three other songwriters including Leon Sylvers, founder of the family soul/Disco group The Sylvers of "Boogie Fever" fame. The Whispers started releasing singles as early as January 1965 but didn't find substantial chart success until the end of the Disco years when that genre was evolving into R&B influenced urban club dance music. In 1977, The Whispers reached both the R&B and pop chart with a cover of the Bread song "Make It With You."

      I'm tickled to know that you enjoyed the K-popper group KARA. K-pop is the wild card in this series and I hope you and the other readers/listeners will give it a chance. There are some great groups and recordings in that category and I hope to bring you the best of the best.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Holli, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  5. It's been so long since I've heard, Dancing on My Own. I'd never seen Robyn perform. It was a treat to see her. Thanks for the fun post. Have a great week!

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for attending the launch of my 50-part mega-series The Shady Train with your host Don Cornelius.

      I am pleasantly surprised that you remember Robyn Carlsson's song "Dancing On My Own." Released in the summer of 2010, Robyn's single reached #15 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Chart. This points to the vast difference in our ages, Sherry, because I never even heard of Robyn until two years ago when I got into modern dance-pop for the first time. I'm glad you were able to see Robyn's charismatic stage performance in this video and that you had fun with the rest of the post.

      Thanks again, dear friend Sherry, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  6. Congrats on your Shady Train debut! You brought forward some pretty good stuff, and I really enjoyed the Soul Train intro video-great dancers, and, wild, groovy outfits! I, too, didn't know the song was done by "The Three Degrees", but what a great song!

    I have to agree, Robyn is pretty cool, with a great voice, good looks and a memorable stage presence. She also makes me think of "Pink". She has that same pizzazz! With more experience she could really become an icon! It is obvious that Robyn is well-received by her audience.

    KARA is a cute girl too! She really kicked it up with "Mama Mia". I liked her vocals, and the energy she exerted with the beat of the song.

    I don't remember Ronnie Dyson, so I went to You tube and sampled some of his songs. I just didn't recognize any of them, but several sounded pretty good. It's a shame he left us at such an early age.

    Bringing me to Mel and Kim! I just loved them, two beautiful girls with such great voices and talent! They had wonderful charisma and stage presence. Loved their song and, colorful video. 23 is much too young to be taken from family and fans.

    This was a great beginning Mr. Shadynelius, and, it will be a fun program to watch. Good job! Have a great week, see you soon! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for joining the salivation (correct usage :) as my super series The Shady Train heads down the tracks to begin a 50-volume whistle-stop tour of the civilized (and uncivilized) world. Glad to have you aboard, dear friend!

      Yessum, The Three Degrees are one of my favorite girl groups and they lent their sexy voices to the Soul Train theme. The Philly girl group trio will be back in another post somewhere along the line so please stay tuned.

      Yessum, I see the resemblance between Swedish thrush Robyn and Pink, a zinger (correct usage) from my region of Eastern PA. Truth be told, Robyn is no newcomer to the music world. She is a veteran who has actually been releasing records since 1995, five years longer than Pink.

      KARA (the Korean word for black) is the name of the entire South Korean pop girl group, not just the lead singer. I had been expecting to hear a cover of the hit ABBA song, but their "Mamma Mia" number is quite different as you can tell. I'm glad you appreciated the group's pizzazz.

      Ronnie Dyson was on Broadway in Hair and off-Broadway in the rock musical Salvation before starting a recording career. This single of Ronnie's was big in the clubs during my second bachelorhood in the 80s and I danced to it often.

      Yessum, it is heartbreaking to watch that beautiful high NRG sister act Mel and Kim and realize that one of them would be cut down by illness later that year (the video is actually from 1987, and in an earlier reply I mistakenly wrote 1986) and that she would be be dead and gone less than three years later. Melanie's memory lives on thru this video and the duo's catchy dance hit "Showing Out." I love the crowd of Euro teens dancing in that video as Mel and Kim performed the song on the Dutch television series TopPop.

      Thank you again for attending this special event, dear friend Suzanne. I hope you will still be with me when I present episode 50 which is tentatively scheduled to run at Christmas 2025.

      Take care and have a great week, dear friend!

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  7. I didn't listen to all of the songs tonight, but I did enjoy the way you wrote this. Have a great rest of your week, Shady!

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    1. Hi, Ashton!

      How are you, dear friend! Happy New Year to you!

      Thank you for joining me for lunch... uh... I mean for the LAUNCH of my new 50-part series Shady Train. Just think - it will still be running when your little girl becomes President of the United States. :)

      I'm happy to know you appreciate the Shady Train format and I hope you will return and listen to the rest of the songs when time permits.

      Thanks again, dear friend Ashton!

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  8. I love that compilation of all the dancers from soul train. I think break dancing is amazing and some of these men and women could really groove! I had to snicker at the one man and woman where all the man did was walk really, really cool....hahahaaa. I have to say I really enjoyed Robyn and could find her style inventive and unique. I was not much into the bubblegum gals but I did like the last 2. He had quite a good voice and the 2 sisters brought me back to the 80's which was my fun time. What a shame that the one passed away so young.

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for hustling back here to experience the awe and wonder of Shady Train, a series that is slated to run until the end of 2025 (and might still be running "in the year 2525" :)

      Yessum, you will see some "stylin'" out on the Soul Train dance floor in this series. YouTubers have assembled quite a few such dance compilations set to the music of the period, and some of those vids will be used in my series.

      You are the first person who seems congruent about liking Robyn and that pleases me. Robyn oozes charisma. Over the last year I have taken a genuine liking to her bold style, her songs and her videos, and I have three of her CDs in my personal collection.

      Ronnie Dyson was another artist with charisma to spare. Ronnie landed the lead in the Broadway production of Hair which began its run in New York City in 1968. As Wiki explains, << Dyson became an iconic voice of the 1960s with the lead vocal in the show's anthem of the hippie era, "Aquarius". It is Dyson's voice leading off the song and opening the show with the famous lyric "When the Moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars..." >>

      Yessum, the number by Mel and Kim brings back the excitement of the 80s, "the last great decade" in my opinion. I notice in that video of their performance on the Dutch TV show that Mel and Kim are reversed. Mel, the one who died so young, is on the right as we view the stage.

      Thank you again for making time for a return visit and for your excellent comment, dear friend BB!

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  9. What a great post ! You know so much about all kinds of music. Crazy !
    I know more about the pop music from Japan and Korea.
    If you notice in Kara video thousands of girls try out and are picked for looks (like each other) taught to sing alike and all their live shows have a sound track. The music company owns them it is really awful.
    One of my favorite boy band (When they first came out) was locked away to practice for a month with just "water" so they all thinned down to have the "right look" They did sue and broke the contract many years later. Fame and glory.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for joining the Shady Train launch party, dear friend, and for contributing so significantly to the discussion. I appreciate you revealing some of the things you have learned about J-pop and K-pop groups through your family members who live in Japan. I did some reading on the subject myself and became aware of the sacrifices and hardships the girls endure at the training camps run by their music companies who essentially own them. Only the best of the best make the cut and the price they pay for fleeting fame and glory is indeed high. I can't deny, however, that I appreciate their beauty and poise and enjoy their exciting vocal performances and synchronized dance routines.

      Thank you again for coming over and sharing so much useful information with us, dear friend Gayle. Enjoy the rest of your week in Tuscon!

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    2. I love all the dance moves also !

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    3. Hi again, dear Gayle!

      I guarantee that you will see dance moves of every description... some of them indescribable... as you ride the Shady Train. Please stick around for the Christmas 2025 episode 50 grand finale!!! :)

      Thanks again, Gayle, and have a happy Thursday!

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  10. Love the video with all those cool dancers.

    And of course Robyn. She never got the attention she deserved here in the UK.

    I used to love Mel and Kim, and what a sad loss too.

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    1. Hi, Joey!

      Thanks a lot for dropping in and joining the discussion, my good friend!

      I figured that you would be familiar with Robyn and have something to say about her. I am completely sold on Robyn and also wonder why she didn't catch on stateside. I recently saw Robyn's name listed in an article naming today's most underrated pop singers. That list also included Brit girls Jessie J and Cher Lloyd.

      I'm happy to know you have fond memories of Mel and Kim Appleby and that you enjoyed watching the cool dancers who made up "the Soul Train gang." There are 49 more volumes of Shady Train coming down the track, Joey, so stay tuned.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, good buddy!

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  11. I LOVE Soul Train! Every Saturday morning dad and I would watch reruns. You chose some great songs, now I'm in the mood to listen to some funk. :)

    Have a great day, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for getting up bright (dark) and early to hop aboard the Shady Train. I'm pleased to see you, dear friend!

      I'm excited to learn that you and your dad watched reruns of Soul Train and dig the music and dancing. I took the liberty of expanding the Soul Train format to include K-pop, Swedish pop, Brit pop and other genres that were not typically presented on the TV series, but soul and funk will remain the bread and butter of this blog series.

      I've got 49 more installments of Shady Train scheduled in the coming months and years and I hope you will stick around to experience them with me. Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend JM. Enjoy your day and the rest of your week!

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    2. I'm looking forward to travels along the Shady Train!

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    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      If I'm still alive and kicking, I will be 76 years old when episode 50 of Shady Train is published. Can you imagine? YIKES! :)

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

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  12. Hi Shady!
    Oh this is exciting! I loved Soul Train back in the day and this really lifted my spirits as I'm temporarily forced into near stillness while recovering from a side-effect of Epilepsy. Though keeping still was no easy task when those gorgeous gals (Legs & Co) seemed to dance right out of a candy dish! Robyn was fantastic - I did remember her from your New Years post. While I enjoyed the performance (Kara), I had a feeling something was up even before I read Parsnip's comment. Such a shame to pay that price, huh?
    I am looking forward to every post in your 50 part series, my friend!

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    1. Hi, dear diedre!

      Thank you very much for dropping in for episode 1 of Shady Train. I'm thrilled to know that you remember, watched and loved Soul Train and can therefore relate to the music and the Don Cornelius patter better than some.

      Dear dear friend, I am very sorry to learn that you are ailing. That makes me sad, but if this post got your toes tapping and your spirits rising then I feel a little better about things. You are a very important friend and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, diedre.

      I like how you described Legs & Co as seeming to dance their way out of a candy dish. You will see many more performances by that group of ladies and other dance companies that appeared on Top of the Pops as the Shady train rides through the months and years.

      Yessum, mixed feelings are inevitable now that we all know the disturbing story behind those K-pop girl groups. You would never know by watching them that their lives were anything but fun and games. I'm pleased that you remember Swedish songbird Robyn from her appearance on Shady Seaweed's NYE blogcast and that you appreciate her look, attitude and sound.

      Thank you again, my sweet friend, for coming over and offering such great comments. Please take good care of yourself and we will connect again soon. God bless!

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  13. I occasionally pop over from Joey's and do a little lurking here. I couldn't resist leaving a comment when I saw your new Soul Train series! I think the 70s produced some of the best music out there and I absolutely loved dropping back in time by watching that first clip of the Soul Train theme with those dancers and their clothing! Such fun!

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      How are you? I am delighted to see you here. Thank you very much for popping over from Joey's place and welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I always read your comments on Joey's music blog and learn a lot from you in the process. I am always looking for music loving blog friends and I hope you will consider following me here at SDMM. Your input would be appreciated.

      It pleases me greatly that you like the music of the 70s and enjoyed seeing those vintage clips of the Soul Train gang out on the floor. In my opinion they were the best group of dancers on any of the American music TV series, with the Hy Lit dancers, the Action Kids of Dick Clark's Where The Action Is and the Gazzarri Dancers of Hollywood A Go Go all in the thick of it, too. There are 49 more episodes of Shady Train coming your way and I hope you will join me for them.

      I noticed that you posted on your blog recently a song performed by one of my favorite soul men, Johnny Taylor. I also noticed that you told Joey you plan to post more R&B/soul in the coming weeks. I look forward to that and I will be over to listen and comment when you do. Music lovers should stick together and support one another, right? :)

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, Kelly. I'll be seeing you soon over at Joey's and at your place and I hope back here at my Shady Dell hangout, too. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  14. Thank you, thank yo, some toe tapping tunes here, I always have nice legs like those gals from the "beat goes on" in my dreams not in real life, in real life I have short fat legs.

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    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, my dear Aussie friend? Thanks for coming all this way to ride the Shady Train (and give those legs of yours a rest :) I am pleased to know that you enjoyed the tuneage offered, not by me, but by your host Don Cornelius of Soul Train fame. Don has radar for cool and he has hand picked 300 more great songs and videos for your listening and dancing enjoyment. I will be presenting them every month or two in future episodes of the series so please stick around.

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Jo-Anne... just saying... :)

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  15. Yay! The debut of the Shady Train! Great concept. Each song presented would provide great Soul Train Line dance moves.
    Your selections sure did put a beat in my night! I think my very favorite of all is Superstar by Jamelia.

    I LOVED seeing Don Cornelius and the Soul Train Line. I miss that show. Always watched it. Such a classic. Thanks for bringing it to life again...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thanks for swinging over to see and hear the pilot episode of my new mega-series Shady Train!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend, and to know that you have fond memories of Soul Train, of its host Don Cornelius and of those amazing dancers on the show.

      I remember you telling me last year that you like Disco. That genre will certainly be part of the mix in every installment of Shady Train. The series will also feature 70s funk, 80s R&B club sounds, modern dance-pop from the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, Sweden and other countries, rock 'n' roll oldies, and even swing and jitterbug dance music that goes back as far back as the big band era of the 40s.

      I am thrilled that you chose the exciting UK artist Jamelia as your Pick To Click. You are one of the few readers to mention her. I love her, too. Jamelia's cover of "Superstar" sounds very similar to the original recording (follow that link) by Denmark's pop thrush Christine Milton and I have both versions in my personal CD collection.

      Yessum, the Soul Train line was happening back in the day. I was in awe of those fresh dancers. You will see many more cool costumes and smooth moves as the series unfolds in the months and years to come. I invite you to ride with me all the way to the finish line at Christmas 2025.

      Thank you again for attending this bash as the Shady Train pulls out of the station on its long and exciting journey. Enjoy your Thursday, dear friend Michele, and have a great weekend!

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  16. I hope I'm not too late for this party with lots of soul! Love the Soul Train dance line...wow, it brought back many memories of the styles that even I wore back in the day..well, not all of them but a few! I enjoyed Jamelia the best and was she sporting a baby bump in that video? Just wondering. Of course it's always sad to realize how young some of the talented artists were when they passed away and often wonder where their careers would have taken them. I found the Korean group with Kara interesting. I enjoyed her sound but they look like they had to sport a western look with the light hair. Well, it's Friday and already February. I'm behind in posting but will put a few things up soon. I hope you have a great weekend and I can just imagine how hard it must be to go with 6 more weeks of Florida Winter since the groundhog saw it's shadow...I'll say a prayer! Take care!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming today, dear friend! You are here in plenty of time, I assure you.

      I am thrilled to have you on hand for this monumental occasion. In fact, I am giving you the special honor of breaking a bottle of champagne over the cow-catcher of the Shady Train as it begins rolling down the track on a 50-post journey through the history of dance music.

      I am delighted to learn that you were a Soul Train fan and even dressed like some of those young ladies on the line back in the day. (Please post the pictures on your blog. :)

      Wow, you are very observant, YaYa! I usually don't click to enlarge the videos because they lose some of their sharpness, but I went full screen on that Jamelia vid just now and it does appear that she is wearing a very sleek and slinky maternity dress and has a baby bump. That theory was called into question, however, when I did some detective work. I learned that Jamelia gave birth to a daughter in 2001 and a second daughter in 2005. Her "Superstar" single (and the album it was taken from) both hit the street in late September of 2003. The Top of the Pops episode in which Jamelia performed her hit was the "Christmas Party 2003" broadcast which would have been taped some weeks earlier. Therefore, it would have been too late for Jamelia to be carrying her first child and too early for her to be carrying her second child. Perhaps she still had some baby weight left over from her first pregnancy, or maybe she just has one of those shapely stomachs that some men admire. While we are on the subject, Jamelia is also a well known television personality and presenter in the UK. A single parent when she had her two daughters, Jamelia hosted the TV documentary "Shame About Single Mums" which, according to the bio on her website "explored the history in the UK of the shame associated single motherhood, a subject close to her heart as she was raised by a single mother and is one herself."

      The Korean Wave is in interesting phenomenon. Like the Romanian pop wave that I have been spotlighting in recent months, it reveals a Western influence but, at the same time, the West is very much influenced by Korean and Japanese culture.

      Ha! Yessum, old Punxsutawney Phil, the wily groundhog, poked his head out of his hole yesterday and predicted 6 more weeks of 90 degree days for Florida before it starts to turn HOT as spring sets in! :) Your prayers are appreciated, especially the prayer that our air conditioner doesn't go on the fritz. :)

      Thank you again for your sweet visit and comment, dear friend YaYa!

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