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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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The D-Team, Episode 17: Special Edition - Men in Uniform!

In 1972 a crack Dell Rat unit

 was sent to prison by the

 Unific Court of Love for a

 crime they didn't commit...


 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... 


 I pity 

 the fool  








Paul Revere & the Raiders enjoyed a long ride in popularity across the USA and at the Dell. Four Raiders records made my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell: "Just Like Me" (#163), "Hungry" (#141), "Good Thing" (#130), and "Kicks" (#70). I love to present seldom heard gems and "Undecided Man," the killer bee on the back of "Good Thing," is an interesting yet neglected recording that some think could have performed well as the A side of a single. It's an experimental opus that sounds very much like the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby." Please listen to the decidedly different "Undecided Man."

 "Undecided Man" - Paul Revere and the Raiders 
 (January 1967, uncharted B side of "Good Thing") 

When the Raiders 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 band during that period, climbed the chart in the spring of 1969 on its way to a top 20 finish.

 "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon" - Paul Revere and the Raiders 
 (April 1969, highest chart position #18) 

The Raiders impressed me with their adaptability through the changing times. The Pac NW band transitioned from straight-
forward rock 'n roll to sunshine pop, psychedelic, hard rock and message music.

"Mr. Sun" was taken from the Raiders' album Hard 'N' Heavy (with Marshmallow). The band's follow-up single, "Let Me," was extracted from Alias Pink Puzz. "Let Me" went top 20 on the chart and brings back fond memories of spring term 1969 at Penn State.

 "Let Me" - Paul Revere and the Raiders (July 1969, 
 highest chart position #20) 

That was a great performance clip. If you dig the song and have time to take a longer ride, I'd like to offer you more
of a good thing...the full length album version that includes
a groovy instrumental bridge. Will you let me?

 "Let Me" - Paul Revere and the Raiders (July 1969, 
 album track from Alias Pink Puzz

By the time Paul Revere and the Raiders released their critically acclaimed but poor selling Collage album in 1970, Mark Lindsay was already pursuing a solo career and he and Paul Revere were the only original band members remaining. In an effort to change their image from that of an AM radio pop singles act to an FM friendly album rock band, Paul's peeps changed their name to The Raiders and produced a bolder sound. "Just Seventeen," a single release from the album, barely made a dent in the Hot 100, indicative of
the album's commercial failure.

 "Just Seventeen" - The Raiders (February 1970, 
 highest chart position #82) 

 Only two things you done 

 need to know, fool... 

Ain't Hannibal or nobody else 

 gonna get me up in no 

 AIR - O - PLANE!!! ..... 

 and the D-Team plays 

 the best music! 


Like their 60s contemporaries Paul Revere and the Raiders, the New Colony Six appeared on stage and on album covers dressed in Colonial uniforms. The Colony, as the official web page refers to the Chicago garage band, was "famous for ballads of love, sorrow, and joy." The biggest career chart hits for the New Colony Six are two of the most enchanting pop recordings to come out of the late 60s. In the spring of 1968 "I Will Always Think About You" mounted a substantial 13 week chart campaign but somehow only made it to #22.

 "I Will Always Think About You" - New Colony Six 
 (May 1968, highest chart position #22) 

Early the following year the Colony ran another one up the flag pole and this time more saluted. "Things I'd Like to Say" logged a hefty 16 weeks on the chart and reached its pinnacle in the top 20.

 "Things I'd Like to Say" - New Colony Six 
 (March 1969, highest chart position #16) 



To maintain uniformity in this post, let's hear now from the Union Gap, a group of guys who sported Union Army Civil War uniforms as a visual gimmick. Featuring the buttery baritone of lead vocalist Gary Puckett, the Union Gap was one of the most commercial, listenable, and successful soft rock groups of the late 60s. The Union Gap fired the opening salvo at the end of 1967 with "Woman, Woman," a song that began its chart run the week before Thanksgiving and played heavily on AM Radio through most of the following winter.

 "Woman, Woman" - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap 
 (February 1968, highest chart position #4) 

In January of 1967 the Ed Sullivan censors demanded that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger change the lyrics of his popular song from "let's spend the night together" to the Pat Boonish "let's spend some time together." What a difference a year makes! In March of 1968 "Young Girl" by the Union Gap began rocketing up the chart on its way to reaching #2 on Billboard and #1 on Cash Box. With its provocative lyrics, "Young Girl" could have been the theme song for Stanley Kubrick's Lolita. Moreover the record was released along with a promotional film that resembled the opening scenes of a vintage porno! Did society become that much more tolerant in one year's time, or were mothers and church ladies more receptive to the cuddly looking, velvet voiced Gary Puckett than they
were to the rough-and-tumble Jaggernaut?

 "Young Girl" - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap 
 (May 1968, highest chart position #2) 

Gary's gang capped off 1968 with their fourth top 10 hit, "Over You." The power ballad combined strong lyrics, a fresh and interesting arrangement, and another commanding vocal performance by Puckett. Call it a guilty pleasure but I never get tired of listening to Gary Puckett & the Union Gap!

 "Over You" - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap 
 (November 1968, highest chart position #7) 

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

 I love it 


 a plan 



Have a Shady day!


  1. Good early morning to you, friend Shady! As always, you've given things to think about and things to enjoy. I really liked Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon and of course hadn't heard of it before. I assume the band kind o changed its focus for marketability?

    The things people protested back in the day would hardly raise a stir now, especially in comparison to what is actually out there. Wow- the times have truly changed.

    I saw on another blog you've been feeling under the weather, and I truly hope you are on the road to recovery!

  2. Shelly - Good early morning to you, dear friend! I'm feeling fine, just a little tired. Thank you so much for caring about me. Paul Revere & the Raiders did a fine job of tweaking their image and sound to fit the rapidly changing music scene. When you examine the band's entire career that included early rock 'n' roll instrumentals, pop rock singles, house band on Where The Action Is, psychedelic albums, message music ("Indian Reservation"), and Mark Lindsay's fine solo recordings such as "Arizona," "Miss America," "Silverbird" and "The Grass Won't Pay No Mind," you see abundant evidence of versatility and adaptability. Thank you very much for reporting in, dear Shelly, and have a lovely day!

  3. Well good buddy I thought I was batting "0" this morning not knowing any of the songs but you saved the day with Gary Puckett and 3 of my favorite songs ever. It is special when I can sing along with one like 'Young Girl" and remember back to the days when it came out. Thanks for the memories and have an awesome rest of the week.

  4. Odie - I'm glad you didn't strike out this time. (LOL) I also remember when the Union Gap's "Young Girl" came out. I was winding up my first year at Penn State and the record seemed to be playing constantly that spring making final exams less of an ordeal. Thanks for looking and listening, good buddy, and have a great WW up your way!

  5. Good Morning Shady,
    It's uncanny how Undecided Man evokes Eleanor Rigby with it's stringed instrumentals. It was sort of like a morality play, with a warning message that evokes a hint of sorrow or regret, but I liked it.
    Not all music is for everyone, but sometimes it gives a voice to what we are unable to express. I guess I liked it because I'm sitting here still undecided about my career while I enter into the middle aged years. Maybe I'll be like Grandma Moses!
    Thank you for patiently constructing this beautiful ensemble, even though you aren't feeling so great.

  6. Hi, Jenny! The question is how are you feeling this morning, dear friend? I hope you have a belly full of chicken soup and are on the road to recovery. I'm doing swell thanks to your visit and insightful comments. I remember owning that "Good Thing" 45 as a teenager and rarely listening to "Undecided Man." At that age I didn't allow much time for introspection. Fast forward 100 years to the present and I find that I am appreciating the Beatlesque complexity of "Undecided Man," the ideal theme song for an election year. Thank you very much for spreading joy this morning, dear Jenny, and have a safe and happy day!

  7. Ah, whenever I see Mr T. I can't help but hum the A-team theme song...

  8. Hi, Joanna! That was a distinctive theme song for sure and I always think of the jeep flying up in the air during the show open. I'm so pleased you dropped by to say hello. I pity the fool who don't think you're the cutest model in all of England! I hope you're doing well, dear friend, and again I thank you for coming. Please stop back again soon!

  9. Oh my goodness, I hadn't heard of any of these! How strange, even listening to them didn't prompt any memories. Such an education you're giving me dear Shady! Hope all is well with you and yours, Alfred says woof :)

  10. Hello Mr. Knight! Hope your Wednesday is well. I wasnt familiar with these tunes and while I like the groovy early sound of Paul Revere and the Raiders, I much prefer the bolder sound of "Just Seventeen" I also really liked the pictures included in that video. Those guys had some wicked cool haircuts :)

  11. Hi dear Shady. I was with Odie on this one, and thought I would be sitting in the corner with the dunce's cap on, but then along came Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. Phew, thank goodness for that! I always loved Young Girl, which was a huge hit over here in England. I really enjoyed listening to the songs today, even though I hadn't heard of most of them. I think Odie & I must have led a very sheltered life when we were young (we are exactly the same age!). Lovely to be back with you all again.

  12. Gawgus things - "Woof" right back at your pooch Alfred, the First Dog of France. I'm shocked to learn that I stumped you on all of these songs but I very much enjoy educating and entertaining you. Thank you very much for kindly stopping by, dear friend Emma, and good night to you in Paris!

    Amber - No need for formality, my dear. Just because I'm old enough to be your great great grandfather, it doesn't mean that I expect you to address me as "Mr. Knight." "Your Almighty, Exalted and Esteemed Excellency" will do just fine! I'm with you in loving that "Just Seventeen" rocker which, by the way, is another example of a song with a taboo theme and lyrics that somehow escaped censorship, probably because it didn't get very much radio exposure. Thank you very much for swinging on over, dear friend Amber, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    Thisisme - Hello, dear friend! If you're determined to wear a dunce cap you'll probably need to wrestle it away from Desiree because she always insists it should be hers. I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned The New Colony Six, a group that was quite popular thanks to the two hits represented here. I loved their mellow yet soulful sound. Thank you so much for the back to back visits, dear Thisisme, and good night to you in South Hams, Devonshire!

  13. Great songs today, Shady. I remember Paul Revere and the Raiders very well. 'Let Me' was a huge hit in Calif. too. 'Undecided Man' was great and yes, I did hear the same kind of strings used in 'Eleanor Rigby'.

    I knew the Colony songs, but not the name of the band, which isn't too good! Love these two recordings.

    Gary Puckett did indeed have a terrific voice. I heard these songs so many times on the radio. I love the theme of bands who wore uniforms! Have a beautiful day and evening, my friend.

  14. Hello, dear Belle! You get the prize for being familiar with more of these selections than anybody else! My college roommate had the two Raiders albums that I mentioned in the post and that's how I got acquainted with "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon," "Cinderella Sunshine" and "Let Me." They were all excellent examples of late 60s psychedelic sunshine pop, a category of music that I never seem to get tired of hearing. It seems quite a coincidence that three popular bands elected to dress in historic military uniforms during the same time frame, the mid and late 60s. I think all three groups had enough talent to succeed without resorting to that gimmick. Thank you very much for brightening my day with your visit and comments, dear friend, Belle, and have a wonderful evening in Canada!

  15. Oh my - where to start? I guess with the serious crush I had on Mark Lindsay way back when. 'Let Me" was one of my favorites. It's funny to look back on the sideburns and remember how much I loved them back in the day.
    The A-Team (I pity the fool...) was a weekly staple. New Colony Six and "Things I'd Like To Say": a seriously good breakup song. Almost rivals Chris Isaak's "Wicked Games." Almost. Well, not really, but I did wallow in breakup depression to it when I was 15 or so.
    The Union Gap wasn't one of my faves, but Gary Puckett really had a voice, didn't he? Perhaps if there had been MTV back then and I would've noticed how cute he was? That does wonders for 14 year olds.
    Hope you're feeling better. Thanks for being one of my blogging pals. I think diversity amongst friends is a good thing - it keeps the conversation interesting! And who knows - we might learn a thing or two from each other, yes? Carry on...

  16. Hi, karen (small "k")!!! I am very happy to see you, dear friend! I'm sure that Mark Lindsay would have had just as much of a crush on you if he had ever caught a glimpse. I often wonder how it would have changed things for boomers if MTV had been around in the 50s and 60s or, even more thought provoking, if we had been able to enjoy our music and videos in HD clarity instead of grainy black and white, faded, washed out colors and muffled audio. I am absolutely delighted to have you as a friend, dear karen. Thanks so much for coming 'round, reading, listening and commenting. You're special!

  17. Apart from not being able to listen to any of The Raider's songs from start to finish due to very broken recordings on this side of the ocean, I really loved today's musical lineup, Tom and it was wonderful to hear both selections of Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. That took me back a long way! I always enjoy your commentary and learn a lot, although with my very sieve-like brain these days, I unfortunately don't easily commit the interesting facts to readily recalled memory. It's always clear to me, though, just how much thought and effort you put into creating your masterful posts. Effort which clearly pays off, since you clearly have the most appreciative and gushing followers and commenters :) I always enjoy reading their contributions, too, so I get double pleasure for my money when I visit The Shady Dell.

    I do hope you are being kind to yourself and taking time out to smell the roses and cuddle Toto. Have a jolly good day, today, OK?

  18. Desiree - Hello hello hello! You won't be wearing the dunce cap, dear friend, because Thisisme already claimed it. You and I should organize a support group for people with sieve-like brains because that's how mine has been operating lately. I need to be more careful when commenting on other blogs. I conveyed the mistaken impression that I'm ill and received sympathetic messages from around the world. The "get well" card sent by the Obamas is proudly displayed on my mantle. Thank you very much, dear Desiree, for visiting and for gushing. Nobody does it better. Have a wonderful Thursday afternoon and evening in your part of the world, dear friend!

  19. Your comment about the "get well" card from The Obamas really did make me smile my friend! Desiree is a good 'gusher', isn't she, but we all love her for that. The sun is shining down on us here in Devon as I type this little note, so all is well with the world.

  20. Thisisme - LOL, thank you for the return visit. Yes, you and Desiree are definitely two friends I never want to be without. I'm so glad to know the English winter's on the run and your flowers have fresh buds. I can't wait to see the pictures! Thanks again for your additional comment and have a wonderful day, dear friend!

  21. I'm here to defend my honour! Gusher and gushing, indeed! Whatever gave you such a ludicrous idea that I fit the bill with which I tarnished all the others? I'll have to boycott both your and Diane's blogs for a while, just to see how well you cope without being gushed all over by me.

    And, yes, I also had to smile at your "Get Well" wishes hot off the Whitehouse Press. Now, if your President is ordering you to get well, you'd better jump to it, whether or not you are ill in the normal sense of the word ;)

  22. Desiree - Goodness gracious, please don't boycott our blogs! With her 14,777 followers Thisisme can afford to lose one or two. I, on the other hand, have so few that your gushing would be sorely missed. Oh darn! There I go again using the "G" word in reference to you. Please don't be offended by the term "gushing."

    Gushing, for lack of a better word... is good.

    Some of my best friends are gushers.

    Please remember the words of the Desireederata:

    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.

    Embrace your inner gusher, dear Desiree...

    and live to gush another day.

  23. Thanks Shady, for the kind words. I honestly didn't know what to expect, but I felt it needed to be said. I am probably one of the least intimidating people you could ever meet, so no need to fear anything from me. I just love and enjoy people - and I especially appreciate my friends, and you just became one.

  24. karen (with small "k") - Ditto, my dear friend! This country and this world need more people like you. I am thrilled that you and I closed our eyes, took a deep breath, opened our hearts, and discovered breakthrough territory. There's room in it for everybody. Thanks for coming and good night, dear karen!

  25. You just reminded me of how good Paul Revere and the Raiders were...of course, Mark Lindsey was a real winner. 'Kicks' and 'Just Like Me' were my favorites of theirs. They were vibrant and complimented each other well. A fun group to watch and dance to! Don't hear much about Mark Lindsey, tho I know he's still around. I really like him! And, I didn't know 'Undecided Man', but I see why you liked it...'Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon'-took me a minute, then I recognized it. I really do miss bands like these guys-what a show! I did like Gary Puckett, but was not as excited by the group as most of my friends were. Gary Puckett and his group were very musically sound...I have a lot of respect for their work. A few of my friends told me Gary Puckett is what made them go country...well, that's a little extreme. He had a good place in the time, and is still much appreciated.

    And, you know, you mention disco from time to time. I really liked disco, and couldn't believe how people behaved. That's how some of us 'soul survivors' survived!!!

    Goodnite Shady! Really enjoyed this post and seeing Mark again!

  26. Hi, Susan! I'm very happy to see you, dear friend! I know that you grew up in Kansas City and I'm a little surprised that the Chicago group The New Colony Six apparently didn't have too great an impact on you. With YouTube pulling the plug on original recordings and now, to my dismay, even forbidding the use of certain live performance clips on blogs, it's reassuring to find many vintage videos of Paul Revere and the Raiders. They were excellent showmen and did a great job of modifying their sound to fit the changing times. As I stated in the piece, Gary Puckett was a guilty pleasure of mine. I had no business liking his style of music but I did and I still do! Thank you very much for coming in for a look and a listen, dear friend Susan, and have a fabulous weekend in Fort Worth!

  27. NO DESIREE - You mustn't boycott our blogs. We really do need your royal gushiness, as it lifts our spirits so much. Isn't that right dear Tom. I hope that you both have a lovely, relaxing weekend and I love you both.

  28. Thisisme - I'm afraid Desiree has already begun her boycott! :( I do hope she reconsiders and continues to give us the benefit of her wit and wisdom. Love and hugs to you and to her, dear Thisisme! Have a great weekend!

  29. Ooh, lovin that New colony six song and the racey images that are in that video! haha!

    Hope you had a good week Tom!

    Emma x

  30. Hello there, Emma! It's so nice of you to drop by on a Friday evening. I'm glad you favored the Colony. Most of the other commenters liked the Raiders and the Union Gap and I was hoping someone like you would come along and appreciate their work. Thank you very much for coming over and commenting, Emma. I hope you are capping off a better week, dear friend, and I wish you a safe and happy Irish weekend!

  31. Hi, Tom!

    I'm glad to know that all of the gushers on your blog are environmentally harmless. I've been working on plugging the holes in my sieve-like brain also, so you and Desiree don't have to feel isolated. I knew two of the Raiders' songs and the Union Gaps', but the rest were new to me. My favorites were "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon" and the New Colony Six's "Things I'd Like To Say". I've always liked Gary Puckett's voice, and can listen to his songs, but I've never really been a fan. Ironically, a friend of mine saw him and the Union Gap at Clemson University way back when they were popular, and he told the audience he really didn't care for the songs the record company picked for him to record. I don't know what his preference was to sing, but those songs at least enabled him to keep his bank account open. Did someone say something about them later recording country? Have a good weekend, buddy!


  32. Hi, Ron! You're the PR&R expert and it surprises me that you only knew two of the Raiders' songs. I can't understand why Gary Puckett would feel the need to complain about the song material he was given. The Union Gap was one of the most successful soft rock bands of the late 60s. I can picture him whining all the way to the bank. (LOL) In recent years Gary joined the oldies tour circuit and recorded a Christmas album. I can't find anything about Gary or his band recording country. Hey, your next feature is coming up soon, good buddy, so stick around. Have a great weekend, Ron!

  33. HA HA, Mr. Shady! I was begin my comment by apologizing for not checking in here for so long but, my friend, you have sent me into a fit of laughter and I'll tell you why... Because you received so many comments on another wonderful post and I've showed up so unfashionably late, I ended up waaaaay at the bottom of your page for the first time and just read a little about you. I'm dying of laughter here! I need more of that in my life so I sincerely thank you!! You are a very interesting man. I hope you never have to walk a plank or wake up blind in a puddle of your own sick with your house on fire but if you do, it's comforting to know that you can keep such a positive mindset about it. Whiskers on kittens really are the best! :D

    The only song I recognized in this post was Young Girl. Thank you for broadening my musical horizons! I always love to hear music that I'm not familiar with. Music is such a gift and I thank you for providing us all with so much of it. I hope you are having a great weekend. Keep On Rockin'!

  34. Well hello, Jenn June! I'm delighted to see you back here at your home away from hom the Shady Dell. I missed you and I thank you very much for stopping by. I'm glad you appreciate my (attempts at) humor. As you can tell I try not to take myself too seriously. Life can be hard and sometimes we need to laugh to keep from crying, right? I am happiest when I can give a wonderful friend like you something to smile about and maybe even a laugh or two. Jenn June, yours is without a doubt one of the nicest comments ever posted on my blog and I deeply appreciate it. You (and your little man) are always welcome here and once again I thank you for coming. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  35. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get caught up on your blog. It's been a crazy last 2 weeks at the station, but I'm glad I finally got to stop by.

    I enjoyed your selection, particularly Just 17 and Young Love.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  36. Hi, Ashton! Heck, I know very well how busy you are as a news producer along with other aspects of your life. I always appreciate your visits. While you're here I want to congratulate you once again on your award winning broadcasts! You are doing something that few people would be able to do and you are being recognized for your achievements. I feel like a proud daddy! (LOL) OOPS, I mean GRANDdaddy! :( Thank you very much for coming over, Ashton, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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