and Adrian "Buddy" King performed both sides
of their latest single on DJ Robin Seymour's
Bandstand style, Detroit-based television
show Swingin' Time.
released the doublesider "Maybe Maybe Baby"
b/w "I've Got News," their long awaited first
Capitol album hit the street. I vividly recall
the impact that long play record made on
the youth of the Susquehanna Valley.
As a teenager, there
were three coming-
that I couldn't wait
* getting my driver's
* owning my first car
* gettin' over to the
buying my first
Mag Men album.
list somewhere, but you get the picture.
A fact of life, a fundamental part of growing up
Mag Men were puttin' down because the Men
were a homegrown act with roots
in York and "The Burg."
written by Bupp and King along with covers
of rhythm and blues, soul, crossover country
and pop and jazz standards.
They interpreted the material and
made it uniquely their own.
were exposed to the version of "Stormy Weather"
they would have
called it Shady!
exposure to the recorded works of soul and
R&B artists like the Artistics, Gloria Lynne,
Shorty Long and the Vibrations.
the Erroll Garner jazz standard of the mid 50s
that was recorded and placed on the chart by
the Vibrations in October/November 1965.
overstated romantic lyrics, "Misty" is a
throwback - an old fashioned ballad
light years away from cool.
eager to give props where they were due.
They immortalized songs like "Misty"
because they reminded them of their
heritage, the kind of music the first
generation of Dell rats listened and
danced to back in the 50s. "Misty"
recalls a bygone era when ladies
and gentlemen roamed the earth
wearing hats and gloves, reciting
simple poems and believing with all
their hearts that love lasts forever.
were new to us, the Mag Men gave us a deeper
appreciation of artists we already knew including
Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler, Arthur Conley,
Joe Tex, the Temps, the Tops, the Pips
and Smokey Robinson.
or diplomat, the Magnificent Men helped white
Americans and black Americans to understand,
accept and appreciate one other. In the mid
and late 60s, the most turbulent period of
the African-American Civil Rights Movement,
the music of the Mag Men helped to ease
tension and unite a divided nation.
Mister, we could use a few more
Magnificent Men today.