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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

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The D-Team: Episode 4

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!

"Everybody" - Tommy Roe (November 1963)

In the fall of 1963, Tommy Roe's ABC single "Everybody" became a solid national hit, finishing #3 in the land.

"Come On" - Tommy Roe (February 1964)

Tommy's next single release, "Come On," sounded a lot like "Everybody."

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that derivative, for lack of a better word, is good (sometimes).

Following up a hit record with the release of a sound-alike was and is a common practice, one that makes good business sense. In their attempt to capitalize on a winning formula, however, Tommy Roe and his handlers forgot to factor in the Beatles. Released at the start of 1964, "Come On" should have been another top 5 smash for Tommy. Instead, it got lost in the shuffle as songs by the Beatles and other English acts clustered around the top of the charts. "Come On," a song that I now like even more than "Everybody," wound up its chart run at the lower end of the top 40.

"Wrapped, Tied and Tangled" LaVern Baker
(late 1960s, unreleased)

She was Young and Restless...
Bold and Beautiful...
Brash and Sassy...

Sultry, seductive soul sister LaVern Baker is best known for her string of fine R&B recordings on Atlantic.

In recent years, I discovered a lost treasure that LaVern recorded later in her career on Brunswick, Chicago's legendary soul label.

Feast your ears on a genuine gem of northern soul.

It's a power packed late 60's track called
"Wrapped, Tied, and Tangled."

"Younger Girl" - Critters (July 1966)

As the summer of 1966 was getting underway the Critters, a group of Jersey boys who got the inspiration for their name from the Animals, had their first single on the chart. The Critters version of the John Sebastian song "Younger Girl" stopped just short of the Billboard top 40, but established the guys as a sunshine pop group with hit making potential.

"Mr. Dieingly Sad" - Critters (September 1966)

During the late summer, the Critters were back on the chart with their follow-up single "Mr. Dieingly Sad." This one proved to be a better chart performer for the Kapp label recording artists, breaking the top 20. Listen now and feel the flower power!

"This Can't Be True" - Eddie Holman (February 1966)

"Clean living." That's what Eddie Holman recently offered as an explanation when asked how he has managed to stay in such great shape and great voice all these years. His was one of the finest vocal instruments in all of pop music. Eddie Holman helped create the ultra cool Philadelphia soul sound that started in the 60s and flourished during the 70s. His biggest hit was "Hey There Lonely Girl" a 1970 answer to the 1963 recording "Hey There Lonely Boy" by Ruby & the Romantics. My Pick to Click for Eddie Holman is his first hit record, "This Can't Be True," a sensational ballad that knocks me out in seconds flat!

"That's Life (That's Tough) - Gabriel & the Angels
(December 1962)

Here's another great Swan song. Swan, a Philadelphia-based record label distributed by Cameo-Parkway, offered 45rpm releases with maximum appeal for teenagers. Swan was home to Freddy Cannon and Mickey Lee Lane, artists recently featured on this blog. Some Swan singles were released with the words "don't drop out" printed on the label as a public service announcement aimed at the youth market. Arguably the coolest of all Swan releases was "That's Life (That's Tough)" by Gabriel and the Angels.

When Gabriel and the Angels waxed "That's Life," the one-hit-wonder group laid down one of the most unique sounds of the early 60s. A seldom heard lost treasure with a distinctive call-and-response hook, "That's Life (That's Tough)" charted around Christmas 1962 and just missed the Billboard top 50.

What's tough? Life!

What's Life? It's a breakfast cereal made of whole grain oats, introduced in 1961 and distributed by the Quaker Oats Company.

Hey, Mikey!!!

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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