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Monday, October 9, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 5: Open Sesame!


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And now the host of

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Don Cornelius!


Hi there, you're right on time. Welcome aboard for another raucous ride on the Shady Train. You know the drill. Only the cool kids get in and every tune's a bad mamma jamma.


We are pleased to have with us a talented
group from White Plains, New York, who
will treat us to a classic live performance
of their breakthrough hit for A&M Records,
a pop soul ballad that spent no less than half
a year on the R&B chart. It's a ditty that's
doggone pretty entitled "Secret Lovers"
and they are-- Atlantic Starr!

"Secret Lovers" - Atlantic Starr
(Jan./Feb. 1986, highest chart pos.
#3 Hot 100/#4 Hot Black Singles,
#1 Adult Contemporary, from Apr.
1985 album As The Band Turns)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 16 SEC. MARK!




Nicknamed "Lightnin' Licks" and "Thunder Thumbs," these soulful siblings from Los Angeles scored huge crossover hits in the mid 70s with "I'll Be Good To You" and "Strawberry Letter 23." The dynamic duo is joining us today courtesy of A&M Records and our friends over at Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special to perform what we're certain will be remembered as one of the great songs of 1980. It's a smooth groove entitled "Stomp!" and they are--- The Brothers Johnson!

"Stomp!" - The Brothers Johnson
(Apr./May 1980, highest chart pos.
#7 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from the
1980 album Light Up The Night,
live on The Midnight Special)





And we are delighted to welcome back an exciting and very funky band from New Jersey. They are here to do the title single from their new album on the De-Lite label, a song that can also be found on the soundtrack of the new hit movie Saturday Night Fever. Their name is Kool and the Gang... and this is a little thing called-- "Open Sesame!"

"Open Sesame (Groove with the Genie)"
Kool and the Gang (Dec. 1976,
highest chart pos. #55 Hot 100,
#6 R&B, from Nov. 1976
album Open Sesame, from OST of
Dec. '77 film Saturday Night Fever)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 17 SEC. MARK!





And from right here in the Windy City comes a lovely and talented young lady who began her career in the late 70s as a background singer and has worked with major stars like Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers and Celine Dion. With the release of her debut album Virginity on the C.I.M./Epic label, she is now making her mark as a solo artist. Her latest single samples Michael Jackson's Thriller and is guaranteed to get you in the spirit for Halloween. Her name is Yvonne Gage and this is-- "Doin' It in a Haunted House!"

"Doin' It In A Haunted House"
Yvonne Gage (June 1984 single,
highest chart position #45 UK,
from 1984 album Virginity)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 40 SEC. MARK!





And let's welcome aboard the Shady Train for the first time a fine group of entertainers from Brooklyn who are responsible for one of the hottest disco funk singles of 1974. The song is entitled "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)" and they are known as-- The B.T. Express!

"Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)"
B.T. Express (Sept. thru Nov. 1974,
highest cht. pos. #2 Hot 100/#1 R&B)





And look out now, it's the Shady Train gang, the Shady Train line, checkin' out a sound that's one of the baddest things around. It's Colonel Abrams with a biggin' everybody's diggin'-- Baby, you can bet... "I'm Not Gonna Let!"

"I'm Not Gonna Let You"
Colonel Abrams (Feb./Mar. 1986,
highest chart pos. #1 Dance,
#7 R&B, from Aug. 1985
album Colonel Abrams)





And making their debut on the train is a band that has lived up to its name by going through many changes. Formed in Bologna as an Italian-American post-disco act cast in the same mold as Chic and featuring the lead vocals of the legendary Luther Vandross, they have transformed themselves into a dynamic R&B-funk-boogie band fronted by Deborah Cooper, one that has drawn comparisons to The S.O.S. Band. As they join us to do their latest single on the Atlantic label, the title song from their new album Change Of Heart, a great welcome please, gang, for-- Change!

"Change Of Heart" - Change
(Mar. 1984, highest chart pos. #7 R&B,
#17 Dance, from 1984 album
Change Of Heart)





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

36 comments:

  1. Tom,

    It's to see Don Cornelius and patrons of the Soul Train boogieing to some of the hippest sounds from the late 70s through the mid-80s. I thought for once would know all of your mewsic selections but it turns out I'm only familiar with three of the tracks featured "Secret Lover", "Stomp", and "Do It". Kool & the Gang was immensely popular in my days, so I'm not sure why "Open Sesame" isn't ringing a bell with me but boy, did I ever dig listening to it. They were really good and those horns...wow, I just love 'em! I like it when rock groups work in big band instruments into their groovy mix. The remaining bands were all new-to-me and for that I'm happy for the introduction. "Doin' It In A Haunted House" by Yvonne Gage is purrfect with Halloween approaching. Have dancetastic week and thanks for the boogie session on SDMM!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I am very happy to see you here as the early bird this week, dear friend. Thank you very much for coming over! I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed another ride on the Shady Train.

      I am almost embarrassed to reveal that I paid very little attention to Saturday Night Fever back in the day, and therefore, I too was unfamiliar with “Open Sesame (Groove with the Genie)” until I did the research for this series. I agree with you 100% about the pleasure of listening to those glorious horn driven bands of the 70s. When the 80s got underway the horn band sound went out of style and was replaced by the post-disco electro funk sound you hear on recordings such as those here by Colonel Abrams and Change.

      I'm glad you got a kick out of the "Thriller" inspired "Doin' It In A Haunted House" by Yvonne Gage, a Chicago session singer who tried her luck at a solo career. Yvonne's spooky single failed to chart in the U.S. but made a significant dent in the UK chart.

      Thank you again for attending the first of my Halloween parties of the 2017 season, dear friend Cathy.
      I needed to sleep in a little longer this morning but I assure you I will be over to sample your mewsical treats very soon. Have a great week, Cathy!

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    2. Tom,

      We all need to sleep in on occasion. Sometimes I go back to bed after DH goes to work because I'm exhausted. I feel bad in doing so because he can't get the extra sleep but he assures me that this is what he wants me to do. He's such a sweetheart. Anywho, I'm eager to check out more of "Halloween Party" series. What a cool idea! Have a good week!

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    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Welcome back over, dear friend! Mrs. S and I have a crazy rotating schedule that tends to keep one or both of us sleep deprived. Whenever I get the chance, I sleep longer through the morning.

      Every year I try to stack up a few Halloween posts in a row. This year I need to make an exception and you will find out why next Tuesday when I present a very special birthday tribute.

      Thank you again for coming by to chat, dear friend Cathy. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    4. Tom,

      I'm not sleep deprived but I sure do feel more tired than I should some days. DH is a different story. He has trouble staying asleep most nights which I consider him heavily sleep deprived. He rarely gets a full nights rest.

      I shall look forward to your next post and explanation. Have a good day and thanks for dropping by today, my friend!

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    5. I am a light sleeper, too, and that isn't conducive to a good night's rest. Mrs. S often falls asleep in front of the TV with a crime drama playing and the sounds of guns firing, explosions, cars crashing, etc. :)

      Thank you very much, dear friend Cathy, and thank you again for sending me your enhanced image of Grandpa K's barn. It's a keeper!

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  2. This is an absolutely marvelous lineup— and most of these artists are new to me. I don’t remember Atlantic Starr— but enjoyed their duet and video about Secret Lovers. The two lead singers look like a real couple. Were they lovers in real life? I remember the disco songs Stomp, Open Sesame and Do It Till You’re Satisfied— and it was great to hear them again in such brilliant clarity. Those horns sound so sweet on the Kool and the Gang and B.T. Express songs! With the lavish costumes worn by Kool and the Gang and their background singers, Open Sesame was a great choice for Halloween season. It was also a treat to hear Yvonne Gage for the first time and I enjoyed her Halloween song and video inspired by Thriller. Colonel Abrams is another new to me artist. His song really is one of the baddest sounds around— and it was exciting to watch the Soul Train kids dance to it. I think the last one— Change of Heart— is my favorite of all. I was not familiar with the band called Change. They have a terrific sound and Deborah Cooper has a great voice.

    This was another fantastic ride on the Shady Soul Train— and I can't wait for the next!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks a lot for reporting in! I’m delighted to know you got so much enjoyment out of the latest edition of Shady Train.

      That’s the lovely Barbara Weathers singing the love ballad “Secret Lovers” with Atlantic Starr’s lead male vocalist Wayne Lewis. They do make a great looking couple, but I couldn’t find any mention of an actual love relationship between the two. Barbara was the group’s second lead female singer. She replaced Sharon Bryant who embarked on a solo career. When Barbara eventually left the group to record as a solo artist, Atlantic Starr continued to record and perform with a revolving door of frontwomen and with varying degrees of success.

      How well I remember the Brothers Johnson and their string of R&B and disco hits that included “Stomp.” Sadly one of the brothers, bass guitarist Louis Johnson, died in 2015 at the age of 60.

      Like you and Cathy Kennedy (above) I love the brassy horn section on "Open Sesame" and on “Do It.” I was thrilled to find these nicely preserved/restored video performances by Kool and the Gang, B.T. Express and Change. I get a kick out of Yvonne Gage’s “Doin’ It In A Haunted House,” a cool, sexy variation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Yvonne’s sassy single was released in the U.S., the UK and the Netherlands, but only reached the chart in the UK where it made a decent run at the top 40.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, Kathryn, and have a wonderful week!

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  3. I wonder if Ultra Sheen is still around?
    I remember a couple of those songs. Wasn't Stomp actually a 'school assignment?' (Music school.) Or am I thinking of a different song?

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for popping in good buddy!

      I am happy to report that Ultra Sheen is still being sold:

      https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC0.A0.H0.Xultra+sheen.TRS0&_nkw=ultra+sheen&_sacat=26395

      I wish I could answer your question about "Stomp!" but I am drawing a blank. However I can pass along some interesting tidbits I found on Wiki:

      "The song was also used in one episode of the British television series Red Dwarf, in which the main characters win a basketball game against prison guards.

      It was also used in two episodes of the American series Freaks and Geeks, when the main characters visit a store in their local mall that sells disco-themed apparel."

      "Stomp!" did slightly better on the UK chart than it did on Billboard here at home and it shot to #1 in New Zealand. Yvonne's "Haunted House" ditty completely missed the U.S. chart but brushed the UK top 40. As I am learning thru this series along with Bandstands In Foreign Lands, many American soul, R&B and disco artists enjoyed greater success in the UK and other countries.

      Thanks again for coming, Alex!

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  4. Were they were referring to disco as disco as early as 1974? At any rate, it's a nice collection of songs, a few of which I remember, and a few of which I don't.

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Welcome back to SDMM, good buddy. I'm happy to see you!

      I would have to answer your question in the affirmative. Disco is short for discothèque, a word that originated in France in the 30s or 40s and, by the late 50s, was used to refer to the type of nightclub where clientele danced to records instead of live music. I think it was when the phenomenon went mainstream in the U.S. around 1975 that the term "disco" also went into widespread use.

      I'm glad you like the Shady Train play list for ride #5. I wish I could take credit but it was all Don Cornelius. :)

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy Kirk!

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  5. Well, I have to admit, I didn't recognize any of these numbers, except for the Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen products!

    I do remember Kool and the Gang, and have seen "Saturday Night Fever" quite a few times, but just don't remember the song. Maybe it was being played at the dance club in the movie, and I was only paying attention to Travolta, lol! What a lively number "Open Sesame" is, they are so talented!

    Those two brothers Johnson are something else, aren't they! "Stomp" has a great beat with fantastic musicians. I noticed a left handed guitar player, very impressive! Good song, great group!

    Wow to Atlantic Starr and "Secret Lovers"! This is such a pretty and sweet song, executed so well by the duo! I don't condone secret lovers, but, this song sure does make you sympathize for them!

    I always enjoy the Shady Train Gang, and their dance antics! They were truly in full force tonight with "I'm Not Gonna Let You! And, "Change of Heart" is a pretty great song, loved the video.

    I have to say, Shady and Don...my favorite pic for this episode has to be Yvonne Gage! Now, you knew I would really dig the Halloween number! "Doin' It In A Haunted House" is very clever, and cool! Love the 'Thriller' undertones, and the great video!

    This has been an exciting post today. I'm always interested in meeting new artists from years back. It is so amazing and puzzling how we had so many great singers and musicians, and, just didn't get around to seeing them all. Again, I say, that's where you come in Trainmaster Shady! Thank you for such a good Job!

    I hope you have a great week. Don't know about your area, but we are still promising high 90's degrees weather, ugh! I am ready for a nice little bonfire, well patio fireplace fire, lol! Take care! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend. I am very happy to see you! Truth be told, I am still down in the dumps over last Sunday's shooting massacre. Just last night I was listening to my CD collection and, completely at random, the Krokus song "Mad World" played:

      Can you accept that your time is up?
      We've gotta stop it while we can

      We're livin' in a mad world
      And that's the bloody truth
      We're livin' in a bad world
      Good luck to me and you

      In these troubled times there is nothing as comforting and reassuring as the smiling face of a kindred spirit such as you. Again, thank you for being here, Suzanne!

      I'm pleased to learn that you found so much to enjoy on today's Shady Train ride. Yessum, "Open Sesame" is definitely on the soundtrack of the 1977 John Travolta movie Saturday Night Fever. I sheepishly admit that I didn't go see the film when it was hot in the theaters and I don't think I ever sat through the entire picture in the years since. I didn't become familiar with "Open Sesame" until very recently. It is a sensational horn-driven workout, isn't it?

      I'm glad you also appreciated the disco hit by Brothers Johnson. As I told Mrs. S, one of the brothers, Louis, died a couple of years ago. He was only 60 years old!

      That live performance + "B-roll" video of "Secret Lovers" was a smash hit, heavily requested by viewers of the MTV station where I worked in the 80s and 90s. With pretty Barbara Weathers as their lead female vocalist, Atlantic Starr had several hit singles. The group will be appearing in future episodes of Shady Train.

      I am particularly excited to know you appreciated the song I inserted into the lineup for H-ween - Yvonne Gage's "Haunted House," a naughty novelty number shamelessly derivative of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Yvonne represents many other fine backing singers that we have heard on the hit records of more famous artists. Its a shame she never caught on as a soloist stateside. Yvonne placed two of her singles on the chart in the UK and had one top 40 single on the U.S. Dance chart. I will be featuring that tune at some point in the future.

      Here on the West Coast of Florida we are still putting up with uncomfortable heat and humidity. It was windy several days in a row but it was a hot wind, not the cool, refreshing kind we are craving by this time. I hope your hot spell comes to an end soon so that you and Scootie can get outdoors, build a bonfire some evening and roast marshmallows.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Suzanne. I wish you a wonderful week ahead. Please join me next Tuesday for a very special birthday salute! :)

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    2. I went to You Tube and listened to part of the "Mad World". It is hard, Shady, to cope with a lot of what is happening. Since the Vegas tragedy, I am looking around carefully at Scootie's school when I take him each morning. I'm trying not to be paranoid about it, but, try as you might, it is hard to be too careful. He and I go to the mall just to walk around and have lunch, at least once a month, and I hang on to him as we walk around. We don't go after dark, but madness has no time schedule anymore. Too much happens at smaller intervals now. And, I am still sad and thinking of Tom Petty's passing.

      But, we go on, don't we! And, we continue to work for the better good, spreading love, laughter and good health blessings where we can.

      Scootie has visions of hot chocolate by the fire dancing in his head, and asked me if I am prepared to make it. I told him, "YES"! Thank you Shady, for an uplifting day! ♫

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    3. Thank you, dear Suzanne. It's good to know I am not alone in my gloom. You are correct. There is no way to predict when or where the next senseless act of violence will take place. Nowhere is safe these days - not school, not the mall, not a concert hall, a sports venue, movie theater or even church. I suppose all we can do is continue to go about our normal lives and remain vigilant and keenly aware of our surroundings.

      Hot chocolate by the fire on a chilly autumn evening sounds like a plan to me! I hope you and Scootie get to do that soon.

      Thanks again, dear friend Suzanne!

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  6. You have posted one fabulous set of videos here today, Shady! I'm technically still on break, so I kicked back and took my time to listen and enjoy the tunes that I either had never heard or remembered from younger years. Thanks for the musical moments.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      Thank you very much for coming by while you are still in the middle of your blogging hiatus. I appreciate it, dear friend!

      Like 99% of the posts I run here on SDMM, the installments of this Shady Train series are intended to offer a mix of familiar favorites and recordings and artists that are new to you. Hopefully some of the new discoveries will also become favorites.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit, dear friend Cheryl. Please take good care of yourself and come back and see me again soon!

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  7. I watched very little of Soul Train. When it came on I think I had to work ? study ? something. But I remember the opening very well.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for swinging over from Arizona, dear friend. I'm delighted to see you!

      What? You say you were working or studying when Soul Train came on? I think I need to make a citizen's arrest! :)

      Yessum, the booth announcer's opening plug for Johnson Products company (Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen cosmetics) and his toss to Don Cornelius is a part of the show that is burned into the memories of millions of people. I'm glad you remember it.

      Thank you again for joining the fun this week, dear friend Gayle. Please give Winston a big smooch for me and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  8. Oh, Shady.... you've taken me back to high school with some of these performers! And I can remember some of my classmates having rather impressive afros! A metal pick can be a weapon, so I bet those aren't allowed in schools anymore (if 'fros are even in style now...).

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    1. Hi hi hi, Kelly!

      Thank you for coming for a ride on the Shady Train, dear friend. I'm delighted to see you!

      It makes me happy to know that some of these artists triggered memories of your high school daze. It is interesting that some of your classmates sported Afro hairdos. I only encountered one black student in my 12 years of elementary and high school, and that was only in the first and possibly the second grade. After that it was an entirely white student body the whole way through senior graduation.

      It seems you enjoyed the tuneage on today's train ride and that pleases me. Thanks again for dropping in, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  9. Hi there Tom. Another great groovin' Soul Train episode! What's interesting to me is that I only really know one song and that's Atlantic Starr's Secret Lovers. Such a great song!
    The others I don't remember hearing...Maybe "Do It Til You're Satisfied."

    Wow, there is some magnificent brass in these cuts, especially Kool & The Gang! I love horns.
    And of course all that fabulous Soul Train dancing! I don't know what was better about that show: the music or the dancing. What do you think??

    I didn't recognize "Stomp" at all but I sure did Strawberry Letter #23. What an awesome song! I pulled it up on YouTube just to hear it again. Man it sounds so good!

    "Doin' It in a Haunted House" is interesting: it definitely borrows from Thriller. Never heard that one either.

    I wonder what I was doing that I'm not familiar with more of these? I guess I was a rockin' instead... :)

    The sound quality on all of your selections is outstanding! Sounds amazing in my headphones.

    And the sponsor messages are cool: I haven't heard of Afro Sheen in so long!! Is it still around, the company?

    Great Shady Train installment, my friend. Thanks for the ride!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for swinging by for another raucous ride on the big train. I'm very happy to see you, dear friend!

      It's interesting to me that the only song in this batch that you recall is the quiet storm ballad "Secret Lovers." That live performance video with B roll, filmed at an Atlantic Starr show in San Berdoo, played in heavy rotation on the MTV station where I worked at the time.

      "Do It" and "Stomp!" were both major disco hits but, as you mentioned, if your radar was directed toward rock music during that period, it is easy to understand how those biggies and other genre recordings slipped past you. In all honesty I never heard "Open Sesame," "Haunted House," "I'm Not Gonna Let" or "Change" before I did my Shady Train research. I am learning right along with you.

      Yessum, I was delighted to find videos with bright, clear, sharp picture quality and dynamic HQ sound. Videos like these make it seem like the performances were taped yesterday instead of 30-40 or more years ago. I do all my online listening through stereo headphones. They certainly do enhance the listening experience. I'm happy to know you use them, too.

      Yessum, Johnson Products Company, makers of Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen hair care products and cosmetics marketed to African American consumers, is still in biz. Wiki sez: "The company was bought by Procter & Gamble in 2004 and its products were marketed as part of the P&G portfolio. In March 2009, a consortium of African-American investment firms bought the company from P&G to reestablish its position as the country's African-American-owned company."

      Thank you again, Michele, for dropping by, riding the train and sampling some soulful sounds with me. I love to entertain you. Have a wonderful week, dear friend!

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  10. Awesome post, friend Shady ... me is very preoccupied with harvest and things at this time... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you so much for coming, dear friend, and thank you for the kind words about my ST #5 post.

      You seem to be indicating that you need to take a break from blogging to t.c.b. If that is the case then I will miss you and look forward to your return. Please take good care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend cat!

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  11. Shady!

    I love your Soul Train posts! Thank you for getting me into the groove this morning before work.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming over to get your groove before work, dear friend!

      I'm happy to know you enjoy my posts remembering Soul Train and the exciting music acts that appeared on the series.

      Have a great day, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  12. Boy, Jack could have used some Afro Sheen back in the 70's with his afro he sported! (not bad for a white kid from farm country!)I recognized a few of the songs here and enjoy the dancing and outfits of Soul Train..so fun to watch! You had me at "Doin it in a Haunted House"...reminded me of Thriller when it first started and the video was pretty cool...loved the skeleton walking in the graveyard! Groovy post today dear Shady! Hope your week is good! We're still sporing warmish, mild weather up here and finally got some rain that's badly needed. Take care!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for dropping in for another rowdy ride on the Shady Train, dear friend. I'm mighty pleased to see you!

      I think I remember seeing old pictures of Jack with his blown out hairdo. Afro Sheen is still being marketed in case he wants to try the style again in the new millennium. :)

      I know you always key on the Soul Train Gang out there on the dance floor (and railroad tracks). They were in fine form again this week, weren't they? I get a kick out of the little skits and vignettes some of them perform.

      Yessum, "Doin' It In A Haunted House" is shamelessly derived from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" song and video. It a shame Yvonne's single failed to register at all on the domestic chart. It almost reached the top 40 in the UK.

      It is still hot and sticky down here, too, not fall like at all. I can't wait for the first good cool down of the season. Please send some frigid air our way when it comes to your region.

      I loved looking at your H-ween decorations. I forgot to ask: how does Chubbs react to those witches, skeletons and goblins?

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

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  13. I need to get some Afro Sheen. I wonder if it would give my baby fine straight hair some body. :)

    Enjoyed listening to the selections. Secret Lover is one I hadn't heard in a long time.

    Have a great rest of the week!

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  14. Hi, Sherry!

    Thank you very much for taking ride #5 on the Shady Train, dear friend!

    I am pleased and a little surprised that some of the readers remember "Secret Lovers." Maybe I shouldn't be surprised. It burned up the request lines at the MTV station where I worked at the time. We played it primarily during our easy listening afternoon segment.

    I've seen pictures of you, dear friend. I don't think you need Afro Sheen but, if you disagree, the product is still being sold. :)

    Thanks again for coming over to sample the songs, dear friend Sherry!

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  15. Aghhhh, I wrote a nice long post and it didn’t take! I basically said that the music isn’t much for me although I do like that they use actual instruments like the horns which so few use today. I find the s8nging too bland for the most part but I can’t get over the clothes! The first ones look like they are wearing pajamas, albeit shined ones. They really loved wearing shiny tight clothes which leave little to the imagination. Love the dancing in the one video...they really knew how to boogie back in the day. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for hopping aboard the party train this weekend, dear friend. I'm happy to see you!

      I'm sorry your first comment was gobbled up by the blogger gremlins. Thanks for taking time to compose a second comment.

      Yessum, it is refreshing to treat our ears to a good horn section once in a while, and these brassy disco funk bands of the 70s were tight and did it right.

      In the early 70s, the Soul Train line consisted mainly of well dressed kids with Afros dancing down the track. FF to a decade later and you find many of the girls dressed like hoochie mamas and the many of the guys looking like pimps or gangsters. Some of them performed acting vignettes as they went down the line. One couple even staged a fake fight.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend BB. I have a very special post coming Tuesday, one that is right up your alley and will surely be of interest to you. Hope to see you then, dear friend!

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  16. I think Afros are still cool today. Don't you? Johnson's has been around since I could remember. Nice one.

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    1. Hi, Luxie!

      Thank you for coming over and going on a train ride, dear friend!

      I don't see many Afro hairdos these days but I agree they are a cool look. Check out the old TV series Mod Squad if you get the chance.

      Thanks again for joining me, dear friend Lux, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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