talking about your favorites, the Village People... (not that there's anything wrong with that).
To make sure we're
all on the same PAGE (bad pun intended)
I invite Kenneth and other puzzled readers to view the following clip. Then we'll talk.
the Del-Chords, the integrated group
from York, Pennsylvania, that
spawned the Mag Men.
the Del-Chords' monster Shady Dell
hit “Everybody’s Gotta Lost Someday.”
The record was already an established
Dell favorite by the time I first set foot
inside the place in the fall of 1965.
of enormous popularity and longevity. That's why
it ranks #2 on my survey of the 200 Greatest Hits
of the Shady Dell. There is another reason for the
record's lofty position. The record boasts a higher
popularity-to-obscurity quotient than any
other Shady Dell song.
on two different labels, Impala and Mr. Genius,
the latter imprint an enterprise of Philadelphia
broadcast icon Jerry Blavat, "Everybody's
Gotta Lose Someday" is a low budget,
low tech production that's high on
soulful feeling. Dave Bupp and
company laid down raw, primitive,
authentic street corner r&b/soul, a
recording that is regarded today as a
classic of the genre. The Del-Chords'
record was promoted on radio stations
in York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Philly
and Pittsburgh and became a regional hit.
several times a night on the Shady Dell jukebox.
The moody masterpiece was guaranteed to
flood the dance floor with dreamy-eyed
my induction into the Fraternal Order of Dell Rats,
("FODDER" as it's called), another jukebox giant,
"Peace of Mind," swept into the Dell like a
tsunami and proceeded to destroy for the
rest of the year. And so began the
Dell's Magnificent Obsession.
rich harmonies and a powerful, inspiring message,
“Peace of Mind” became the signature song
of the Magnificent Men.
for the fences and knocked one out of the park.
Kiss it goodbye!
in heaven. “Peace of Mind” was a smash with Dell regulars of all stripes and earned the rank of #3 on my Dell's greatest hits list! We simply never got tired of listening and dancing to this uplifting Bupp-King soul ballad.
Mag Men gold. “All Your Lovin’s Gone To My Head”
is an up tempo side that was also huge at the Dell.
the consensus A-side in soul clubs and
a sought-after slab among collectors.
“All Your Lovin’s Gone to My Head”
delivered a one-two knockout punch
at the Shady Dell and the Mag Men
had only just begun. Their wildly
popular double-sider kicked off
an impressive string of Dell hits
for Bupp and company and ignited
a blue-eyed soul craze. As 1966
continued to unfold, a parade of
records by other soulful white artists
that included the Righteous Brothers,
the Young Rascals and Mitch Ryder
new records poured into the jukebox, the songs
so indicative of the Shady Dell experience that
the Dell's 200 Greatest Hits. The Magnificent
Men were among the elite few, the Dell's
heaviest hitters, and we'll hear more of