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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

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The D-Team: Episode 2

In 1972, a crack Dell Rat unit was sent to prison by the Unific Court of Love for a crime they didn't commit..... (Death by Disco).

These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the York, PA underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of soul and revivers of rock ‘n roll.

If you have a problem (with hip hop divas and gangsta rap)...

if no one else can help...

and if you can find them...

maybe you can hire...

The D-Team!

I pity the fool who don't like these songs!

"Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)" - Del Shannon (December 1964)

Del Shannon possessed one of the most distinctive voices in rock 'n roll. He was one of the few American recording artists to successfully withstand the relentless attack of the British invaders. Del's many fine recordings stand today as durable evergreens. His songs still sound fresh and vital rather than stale and dated like those recorded by some of his early 60s contemporaries. Here's Del Shannon with "Keep Searchin'(We'll Follow the Sun)," a song that landed on the chart Thanksgiving week of 1964, worked its way into the top 10, and remained popular well into the new year!

"I Can't Let Go"

- Evie Sands

(October 1965)

Woman's got soul. Woman's got talent.
Woman's still looking for a hit record!

"I Can't Let Go" should have been huge, but Brooklynite Evie Sands, one of the greatest singing and songwriting talents of the 60s, fell victim to dirty deals, screw-ups, and bad luck. At least "Take me For a Little While" made the Billboard Bubbling Under chart. "I Can't let Go"? Nothing! Zero!

The Hollies picked up the song and ran with it, earning a modest #42 hit in April of 1966. I liked what the English lads did with the song, but I hereby declare "I Can't Let Go" by Evie Sands to be the Grand Champion - the Mother of all Shady's Law Songs!

"Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon" - Paul Revere & the Raiders (March 1969)

When it came to Paul Revere & the Raiders, it was all good. The Raiders were consistent hitmakers and four of their songs made my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell: "Just Like Me" (#163), "Hungry" (#141), "Good Thing" (#130), and "Kicks" (#70). When the band moved into a sunshine pop phase some tuned out but I turned on and tuned in. "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon," one of my favorites by the Raiders during that period, climbed the chart and landed in the top 20 in the spring of 1969.

"Let Me" - Paul Revere & the Raiders (June 1969)

The Raiders impressed me with their adaptability during the changng times. The Pac NW band transitioned from straightforward rock 'n roll to sunshine pop, psychedelic, hard rock, and message music. "Mr. Sun" was taken from the album Hard 'N' Heavy (with Marshmallow) and the follow-up single, "Let Me" was extracted from Alias Pink Puzz. "Let Me," a major memory maker from spring term at State College, hit #20 on the chart. First, let's watch the performance clip:

Now, here's more of a good thing...the full length album version of the song:

The Raiders evolution continued with Mark Lindsay's successful solo career in the early 70s.

"Buttered Popcorn" - Supremes (August 1961)

Most of my favorite Supremes recordings have somebody other than Diana on lead. "Buttered Popcorn," the second single released after the girl group signed with Motown, is one of them. This delightful relic features Florence Ballard as the sole lead vocalist. Ballard, a gifted thrush, was considered "too soulful" for pop crossover obsessed Motown and was soon replaced by Lady Di. Listen now to the real sound of young America, Flo Ballard & the Supremes with "Buttered Popcorn."

I dunno, what can I tell ya?

Is it just me, or was Berry Gordy trippin' when he claimed that there's no double meaning to "Buttered Popcorn"? Gimme a break! Any third grader knows that the buttered popcorn those gals are warbling about is the kind served in the back row of the balcony along with a Tootsie Roll and some Handi Wipes. Know what folks...that does it, I am outta here!

Don't miss the next thrill-packed episode of The D-Team, coming soon!

I love it
when a plan comes together!

Have a Shady day!


  1. Evie Sands is an American treasure! Oh Me Oh My.......Her catalogue is stunning from the 60s through to the '00s! get to know ALL of the music of ES! In 1999 she released a stunning album titled Women In Prison....Evie ROCKS!

  2. I agreee. 20-20 hindsight allows us to easily identify Evie as the real deal, a preeminent talent. How could she have fallen through the cracks? Better late than never, and ES is finally getting her props in recent years. Thanks for your comment, B_4. May I call you B for short? (LOL)


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