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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

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The D-Team: Episode 3

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!

"Run Bobby, Run" - Lesley Gore (February 1964)

My admiration for Lesley Gore continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Her many excellent Brill Building style recordings are durable evergreens that still sound fresh and still provide solace in a world replete with cynicism and chaos.

I never get tired of listening to Lesley's songs...even her best known million sellers. Put one of her seldom heard killer bees on the turntable and I'm over the moon!

Here's one of my favorites. "Run Bobby, Run" is the flip side of "You Don't Own Me" a smash hit that rocketed to #2 at the height of Beatlemania.

"Let's Live For Today" - Grass Roots (May 1967)

ABC recording artist Tommy Roe scored an important Shady Dell hit with "It’s Now Winter’s Day." Two singles on the Dunhill subsidiary also made the Dell Hot 100: "California Dreamin’" by the Mamas & Papas and "Let’s Live For Today" by the Grass Roots.

Ranked #77 on the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell, "Let’s Live For Today" was a popular shuffle paced dance song in the barn during the spring and summer of 1967; but it was also a great listening song that commanded quiet respect from the otherwise noisy clientele. With the sensitive, emotion-charged Rob Grill lead vocal, dramatic chorus, superb orchestral backing, and powerful, universal theme, "Let’s Live For Today" resonated with all types of people. Soldiers in Vietnam embraced the song, deriving strength, courage, and inspiration from its message. Couples used the song to celebrate new love or to say good-bye. "Let's Live for Today" worked as a break up song or a make up song.

"Sorry (I Ran All the Wy Home)" - Impalas (April 1959)

The Impalas, a vocal group from Brooklyn, were a mixed race quartet - 3 white men and black group leader Joe Frazier.

I want Frazier!...I want Frazier! (No, not the boxer!)

At a time when rock 'n roll was stagnating and the pop chart was getting junked up with novelty records, country & western, and easy listening instrumentals, the Impalas cut through the clutter with one of the most exciting records of the early rock 'n roll years. "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)" was one of the first songs to spark my interest in the rock 'n roll revival of the late 60s.

"Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home" was a big hit for the Impalas. The record soared to #2 on the Billboard chart and remained there for two weeks, held back from the coveted top spot by Wilbert Harrison and his smash "Kansas City."

"Let’s Work Together" - Wilbert Harrison (December 1969)

The man who had closed out the placid 50s decade with his number one hit "Kansas City" closed out the turbulent 60s with a song as infectious and inspiring as Coca Cola's I'd like to teach the world to sing ad campaign. Wilbert Harrison's rousing call for peace, unity and harmony entered the Billboard pop singles chart in early December of 1969 and went to #32 in the early weeks of 1970.

"Why Can't We Live Together" - Tommy Thomas (December 1972)

As long as we're riding the peace train, the love train, and the soul train in this edition of D-Team, let's continue in that same vein with one of the most distinctive sounds of the 70s, "Why Can't We Live Together."

The Temptations called the modern world a "Ball of Confusion." Folk singer Tom Rush articulated that it's a world of trouble when I got here, it’s a world of trouble they’ll bury me in. The Vietnam War, racial strife back home, a growing sociopolitical divide and a widening generation gap all became themes of popular music. In 1965, Barry McGuire’s cautionary "Eve Of Destruction" emerged as the War escalated and intensified. In 1970 and 1971, Edwin Starr released his own protest songs, "War" and "Stop The War Now." An exasperated Marvin Gaye asked "What's Going On?"

At the end of the 60s, Wilbert Harrison urged us to get with the program in his "Let's Work Together" message song. At the end of 1972, Timmy Thomas posed the age old question, "Why Can’t We Live Together"? With a wistful sadness in his voice, Timmy delivered his impassioned plea for peace.

"Why Can't We Live Together" went all the way to #2 in early February 1973. It was perhaps the least expensive top-5 million seller ever made. The sparse, stripped-down production mix consists only of Timmy’s voice, his stabbing organ punctuation, and a drum machine - yet it works! Timmy's tune is one of the hippest smooth grooves of the early 70s!

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!

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