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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 2: More Bounce!


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Don Cornelius!

Hello and welcome back in for another magnificent ride on the Shady Express. Don't need money, don't take fame, don't need no credit card to ride this train, so climb aboard!

Gene McFadden and John Whitehead are responsible
for writing and producing some of the biggest hits of
the 70s. Their signature song "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
topped the R&B chart and was one of the hottest disco
sounds during the the summer of 1979. With backing
vocals provided by the girl trio The Sweeties which
consisted of Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson and
Evette Benton, let's give a great Shady Train
welcome to -- McFadden & Whitehead!

"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
McFadden & Whitehead
(July 1979, highest chart pos.
#13 Hot 100/#1 R&B)

And we are extremely delighted to have aboard the big train a funky band from Jersey runnin' down a ditty that's doggone pretty. The song is "Hollywood Swinging" from their album Wild and Peaceful on De-Lite Records, and it is their first #1 hit on the R&B Singles chart. Let's make some big noise for-- Kool...and the Gang!

"Hollywood Swinging"
Kool and the Gang
(June 1974, highest chart pos.
#6 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from
1973 album Wild and Peaceful)

In 1976 one of Philly's Phinest, Vickie Sue Robinson, scored a top 10 hit with the disco favorite "Turn the Beat Around." In 1994 Havana born and Miami raised songstress Gloria Estefan, co-founder of the red hot Latin band Miami Sound Machine, released a remarkable remake - a cookin' cover that rivals the original and has become a classic in its own right. Hands together, gang, for-- Gloria Estefan!

"Turn the Beat Around"
(Pablo Flores 12'' Video Remix)
Gloria Estefan (October 1994,
highest chart pos. #13 Hot 100,
#1 Hot Dance Club Play,
from OST of Oct. 1994 film
The Specialist, from album
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me)

AT 1:05 MARK!

In the late 70s this five time Grammy winner was crowned Queen of Disco. She holds the distinction of being the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In the 1980s she had her "finger on the trigger" and on the pulse of dance-pop and Funk aficionados the world over with this bad boy - a top 10 Pop/top 3 Dance single for which she received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Let's do it real good, gang, for The First Lady of Love, Miss Donna Summer, and -- "Love Is In Control!"

"Love Is In Control (Finger On the Trigger)"
Donna Summer (June 1982, highest chart
pos. #10 Hot 100/#3 Hot Dance Club
from July '82 album Donna Summer)


For the last eight years this funky Brooklyn band has been making its mark as one of the most exciting acts in the business. They are here to do their chart topping single on the Salsoul label entitled "Call Me." A big welcome please, for-- Skyy!

"Call Me" - Skyy
(Jan./Feb. 1982, highest chart
pos. #26 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from
1981 album Skyy Line)


And the Shady Train gang is tuppin' up their stuff and killin' it on the line to the latest by Earth, Wind & Fire. It's a sound we think is one of the baddest in town or anywhere else around... and it's called-- "Thinking of You!"

"Thinking of You" - Earth, Wind & Fire
(Mar. '88, highest cht. pos. #67 Hot 100,
#3 R&B/#1 Hot Dance Clubfrom
Oct. 1987 album Touch the World)

Combining def dance beats with electro funk musicianship and featuring sound FX produced by a talkbox, our next guests, an Ohio group consisting of the four brothers Troutman, are funkier than a mosquito's tweeter. They are here to do the first single from their self-titled debut Warner Brothers album. The song is entitled "More Bounce To the Ounce" and they call themselves-- ZAPP!

"More Bounce To The Ounce" - Zapp
(Oct. 1980, highest chart pos.
#86 Hot 100/#2 R&B, from
July 1980 album Zapp)


That does it for this edition of Shady Train. Well do it all over again next time, and you can bet your last money... it's gonna be a stone gas, honey. I'm Don Cornelius, and as always
in parting, we wish you love...peace...and soul!


  1. This is a great new episode of Shady Train with an outstanding lineup of 70's, 80's and 90's dance music— and I like how you included an Afro-Sheen plug for added authenticity.

    I am proud to tell you that I knew four of these songs. Ain’t No Stopping Us Now is fantastic— one of the best disco sounds— but I didn’t recall the artist's name. I also remember Hollywood Swinging and Turn the Beat Around. I never heard this version by Gloria Estfan. It is excellent— and I think I like it better than the original. Lastly I remember Donna Summer— but haven’t heard or thought about Love Is In Control for many years— and it was fun to hear it again and see her perform it. I wasn’t familiar with the other songs or artists but I really enjoyed them. That band Zapp has a unique sound thanks to the talkbox. You seem to have the Don Cornelius lingo down— I could hear his voice speaking the words you wrote for him. Those Soul Train dancers were amazing, weren’t they?

    These are all very cool songs— and I had a lot of fun riding the Shady Train again!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed this episode of Shady Train and appreciated the customized Don Cornelius song/artist intros along with the added touch of including a sponsorship announcement for Johnson Products Company, makers of Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen cosmetics.

      The girl trio the Sweeties spiced up that disco smash by McFadden & Whitehead. I agree it is one of the great songs of the era.

      Audio and video quality varies greatly on available performance clips from Soul Train, and I was excited to find that pristine clip of Kool and the Gang doing their hit "Hollywood Swinging" on the show.

      Like you I wasn't familiar with Gloria Estefan's updated cover of "Turn the Beat Around." It's sensational and I recently bought this Estefan remix on CD.

      "Finger on the Trigger" is another example of the superb sound and video remastering that is being done on classic performance clips these days. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I did research for this 50-part series and found so many high quality videos to use.

      Skyy is a band that I remember appearing on Soul Train back in the day and "Call Me" is one of their best recordings.

      I'm sure you remember the soulful band Earth, Wind & Fire, but even I wasn't familiar with their late 80 R&B hit "Thinking of You," the number that played while we watched the dancers on the famous "Soul Train Line."

      I’m glad you mentioned the last featured act, the Troutman brothers aka Zapp. The act released records as Zapp, but they were also known to their fans as The Zapp Band, Zapp & Roger and Roger & Zapp. Lead singer Roger Troutman also released a string of successful funk singles credited simply to “Roger.” The story of the Troutman brothers is one of the most tragic in the history of modern music. In 1999 Roger was shot and critically wounded and died a short time later during emergency surgery. Roger’s brother and fellow band member, Larry Troutman, was found dead of an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound. Larry is believed to have committed suicide with the same gun he used to kill Roger. The brothers had reportedly been embroiled in a dispute over Larry’s financial problems and Roger’s desire to dissolve their business partnership. Very sad indeed.

      Thanks again for being the early bird, Kathryn, and have a great day!

  2. Tom,

    I remember watching Soul Train a little when I was a teen. I wasn't into R&B like I was with POP mewsic, so tuned into American Bandstand over Don Cornelius's show. Kool and the Gang was pretty hip. I do remember liking Hollywood Swinging. It's a fabulous dance tune. MacFadden & Whitehead I do not recall but I really dig their sound. The backup artists are awesome!

    Gloria Estefan is probably my first experience with Latino flavored mewsic when she was with Miami Sound Machine which was made popular by the pop 80s TV series Miami Vice. I have two of her CDs, one of which is in recorded in her native language. I can't understand a word of it but it's beautiful!

    Donna Summer road the Disco waves like the Queen that she was of the 80s dance scene. Oddly, I'm not familiar with Love Is In Control and I appreciate you sharing this with me.

    The girl band, Skky is new-to-me. I am going to check them out on YouTube to sample more of their mewsic. I can't believe I don't remember them, especially given how good they are.

    Today's featured Earth, Wind, & Fire song is another newbie selection and Zapp never heard of before now but I'm sure digging the disco vibes found in this post. I know a lot of people did not like the era but it was fun time when some excellent get-to-your-feet mewsic.

    Thanks for throwing a dance party during the middle of the week helping to gear my mind up for the weekend, my friend.

    It was great that you popped in for today's edition of Art Sketching Through the Alphabet! Be happy and have a blessed day!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for swinging by so early in the morning and for leaving another superb comment. I think I remember you telling me that you arise at 4 am most days. You really impress me with your ability to make the rounds of the A To Z and still have time to visit me this early and write thoughtful comments. You are what I call a "full service blogger" and "full service friend." :)

      I was completely blown away the first time I watched that luxurious video of Gloria Estefan covering "Turn the Beat Around," so much so that I immediately ordered the remix on CD. Yessum, the Miami Sound Machine was red hot during the mid to late 80s with hits like "Conga!" and "Rhythm is Gonna Get You." Their popularity exploded around the same time that Miami Vice became a phenomenon on television.

      Donna Summer was dubbed The Queen of Disco, but she also released some great recordings in the years after disco faded away, including the 1982 single featured in this post "Love Is In Control (Finger On the Trigger)" As I understand it, disco and disco funk of the 70s gave way to what is termed "post-disco" - R&B/funk mewsic with an up tempo dance beat that was popular in clubs during the 80s.

      Skyy was not strictly a girl band. It was an eight member act consisting of the three singing Dunning sisters, Denise, Delores and Bonnie, plus a male vocalist/guitar player and other male band members. The catchy song "Call Me" was their biggest career hit.

      Read my reply to Kathryn for the shocking tragic story of what happened to the leader of the Zapp band.

      Thank you again for being such a loyal friend and for this excellent comment, dear friend Cathy. Have a fine day!

    2. Good morning, Tom!

      Yes, we're up at 4am Mon-Fri with DH special eye care routine. He'll continue this for at least another two to three weeks as that's when he goes back to the doctor. I'll be happy to go back to our 5am rise time. Tomorrow is his off Friday, so it'll be nice to sleep in and step away Blogosphere a bit. I'll pop in and out during the weekend but that's about it.

      I read your comment to Kathryn about the tragedy surrounding the Zapp brothers. That's just horrible! I can't understand why if anyone is this miserable that they feel like they have to take another poor soul out with them, you know?

      Oh I meant to say I remember the commercials for Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen. It's great seeing stuff like this from the past. You really can pull these kinds of posts together with an exceptional flashback flare. :)

      I did listen to several songs by Skyy yesterday and that's when I found out they are not a girl band. After listening to long playlist none of the tracks caught my ear like "Call Me" did.

      I don't remember much by Donna Summers after the 80s, so I'm going to make another stop by YouTube this morning to listen specifically to songs she produced after the mid-90s. Thanks for challenging me to want to seek and learn more about mewsic, my friend! It was great having your visit first thing this morning with my continuation of A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet with the letter "K"!

    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Mrs. S and I used to get up at 4 am because she started work at 7 in another city and had a long hour-and-a-half commute to and from. Nowadays we get up at 5 am most mornings. I enjoy being and early riser and getting a lot done during the morning hours, don't you?

      That Zapp story is very disturbing, isn't it? Knowing what happened to Roger, his tragic end, makes it hard for me to watch his videos. I'm glad you appreciated the Afro Sheen & Ultra Sheen announcement at the beginning of the episode. I took it word for word from the Soul Train show.

      Apparently my ears like Skyy a little more than yours do, because I have added the 2XCD Skyy Anthology to my purchase list. It is true, however, that "Call Me" was their biggest career hit. There are dozens of Donna Summer singles that I either don't remember or never heard, most of them released from the 90s on. They are beyond the scope of my Shady train series so let me know if you discover any gems.

      Thanks for the return visit and have a safe and happy day, dear friend Cathy!

    4. Tom,

      I listened to a 2009 album by Donna Summer which had some good tracks but I want to listen to it again before I make any recommendations from it but I did find one song I feel good about suggesting to you, "Whenever There's Love" a duet with Bruce Roberts - very beautiful song. Thanks for weekend visits. I've fallen behind and it's gonna be hard to catch up but I'll get there. Have a good weekend, my friend!

    5. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming over on your weekend, dear friend!

      I just listened to that duet and it is indeed a pretty love ballad. I see that it is the theme song of the 1996 American-British disaster thriller film Daylight starring Sylvester Stallone, a movie I haven't yet seen. Thank you for telling me about this later career gem from Donna Summer.

      Enjoy your "day off" and I will see you again on Monday, dear friend Cathy!

    6. Tom,

      We're Sylvester Stallone fans and enjoyed "Daylight" several times over the years. I think we have it on Blu-ray. Oh yeah, this is totally off topic but we started watching the series, "Better Call Saul" and we're really enjoying it. There are two seasons on Netflix and we're just about done with it. Season three just stared on AMC, so we can watch it using the app on our Apple TV. Thanks for visiting. I'll see ya around, my friend. Have a good day!

    7. Hi, Cathy!

      Yessum, I have been hearing good things about Better Call Saul, but I am still twisting Mrs. Shady's arm trying to get her to watch Breaking Bad, the series from which Saul is spun-off. She can be stubborn at times - never agreed to watch From Dusk Till Dawn with me. Fortunately she loves Fargo and I can't say enough good things about that series. I hope you can catch it someday. Season 3 starts a few days from now.

      Thanks again for visiting, dear friend Cathy. I'll see you tomorrow!

  3. "funkier than a mosquito's tweeter": what a great line to get my day started! Lol.
    Great edition of the Shady Train!
    Loved the Soul Train clip featuring Earth Wind & Fire's Thinking of You. That Soul Train Line was always such a great feature of that show.

    Wow, I never heard Gloria Estefan's version of Turn the Beat Around but you're right: it is just as good as Vicki Sue Robinson's. I never tire of that song.

    And thanks for the introduction to both Skyy and Zapp: Never heard of them but I definitely enjoyed both those songs you presented.

    It is definitely nice to start my day with a little Shady Train! Have an awesome hump-day...

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for tuning in this morning, dear friend!

      Yessum, you returned to blogging just in time to experience another thrill packed episode of Shady Train. I'm so glad you liked the tunes along with Don's hip banter on the intros. The Soul Train Line was awesome, the greatest dancers on television, and in this 50-part series you will see a wide variety of outrageous costumes and dance moves from the gang.

      If you never heard of The Zapp Band, you might want to read my reply to Mrs. Shady in which I give the basic details of the tragic event that ended the life of lead singer Roger whom you see in that "Bounce" video using his talkbox. It's a shocker!

      I'm very happy to entertain you, dear friend Michele. Thanks again for swinging by and enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. I am all aboard the Shady Train this morning! First time in a looong time i was not too late in the station. First of all, i liked your intro quoting Power of Love from Huey Lewis. Dont need money, dont need fame.. I'm a diehard 80's girl so i recognized those lyrics quick.
    Donna Summer was the queen of disco for sure! Oh i had so many of her 45 records when i was growing up and spending all my spare time roller skating. Her songs played nonstop at the rink. I never get tired of Soul Train. I loved watching all the dancing on that show!
    So dont laugh but my hair is so crazy curly, the best products i use are found in the ethnic department of store next to the sheens. Have a great day!!

    1. Hi, Holliwood N. Vine!

      How are you, dearie? Thanks so much for dropping by bright and early on day one of my latest Shady Train blogcast.

      You're sharp, Holli. You picked up on my (Don's) use of lines from the Huey Lewis song "The Power of Love." Good going!

      So you were a roller disco girl like Linda Blair in that movie musical Roller Boogie, huh? I don't know about you, but I have developed more of an appreciation of Donna Summer ever since I started researching this series. I had forgotten now many great songs she recorded over the years. "Finger On the Trigger," an anthem from my second bachelorhood and clubbing days (nights) is one of them. I was stoked to find an upload of the song with such clear audio and video. Within the past year there seems to be a tremendous number of YouTubers uploading remastered HD quality videos of classic musical performances of the 70s thru 90s. Many of those vids will find their way into this 50-part Shady Train series.

      Thanks for revealing that you rely on hair straightening products similar to Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen. :) Your hair always looks great to me and you are one of my most photogenic friends. You are also one of my all time best bloggy pals and I thank you again for joining the fun on the Shady Train today. Ride #3 is coming soon, so stay tuned!

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Holli!

  5. Good Morning, Soulful Shady! What a delightful show you hosted! The McFadden and Whitehead video was pretty good...I must say, the backup singers were fabulous. I do remember the song, and the video makes it even better.

    I'm jumping to Gloria! Vicki Sue Robinson really brought that song to the forefront, and I'm sorry we lost her so soon! But, when I saw that more-than-amazing performance some years ago by Gloria Estefan, I rejoiced to see the song brought back in such an exciting way. That was thrilling, and no one else could have done better than Gloria. It was so good to see that video again!

    Donna Summer, another beauty and great songstress of our time. She really had some good moves, didn't she? "Love is in Control" is a good song...great video!

    Earth, Wind and Fire are very good. They've always produced such good dance beats. Those Soul Train dancers are so good, and dress just for the occasion.

    I don't remember "Hollywood Swinging" by Kool and the Gang, but, just love "Celebration" and "Fresh"! They are really Kool!

    And, how about that Afro Sheen and Ultrasheen shampoo!!! It's been around for a long time, hasn't it!

    Thank you for bringing back Gloria with Vicki's great song, and the lovely Donna Summer. This was a refreshing stroll down the Soul Train track, Shady!

    Your Dell quote, "The festive glow of colored lights rose skyward from an area behind the house." I can just see your face now, and, the pit in your stomach collapsing! But, really, how cool was that! I never attended a dance club that had colored lights outside! But, I can feel the ambiance of the moment.

    Glad to see that you and Don Cornelius compliment each other in style, and both of you have great taste in music! A fun and very informative post!

    Well, this is Easter week, and I guess, the Bunny will be making his way to our neck of the woods on Sunday! But, I'm trying to watch my sugar intake-if it's not one thing, it's another, lol! Have a great Easter weekend Shady, and Mrs. Shady! Take care, and I'll see you next time!♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you very much for riding the Shady Train with me and Don and the gang.

      Yessum, I seem to be able to write lines for Don Cornelius as easily as I do for James Spader and other personalities that I admire. I want to point out, however, that some of the intros in this series are taken word for word from Don himself, uttered in clips of old episodes of Soul Train that I found on YouTube. The booth announcer's intro of Don preceded by the plug for Johnson's Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen is also taken word for word from the series. How's that for authenticity?

      Yessum, the Sweeties really helped to sell that McFadden & Whitehead song and video, making it something special, a late 70s relic that definitely doesn't make you cringe just because it happens to fall into the category of "disco." "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" is an example of disco done right!

      I'm thrilled to learn that your ears match mine on Gloria Estefan's cover of Vicki Sue's "Turn The Beat Around." I loved the original but think Gloria's version stands as a classic in its own right, a very exciting vocal and visual performance.

      I have a bunch more songs by Donna Summer, Kool and the Gang and Earth Wind & Fire coming up in future episodes of S-Train (along with more Skyy and Zapp), so please stick around. I have cherry picked vids that offer the best available sound and picture quality. It was a major challenge, but I dug deep and found enough great material to fill 50 volumes, 7 songs in each.

      Yessum, the Shady Dell sat on that hillside at night with strings of colored lanterns creating a glow that reached up into the dark sky. As such the Dell resembled the mother ship from Close Encounters landing on Devils Tower. :)

      So, are you doing anything special for Easter with Scootie Potter? An egg hunt, perhaps? I wish you and your family a very happy Easter, dear Suzanne. Thanks again for coming over today. I'm glad you enjoyed the musical lineup!

    2. Well, we've reserved the Easter Bunny for about 6:00am Sunday, because the Scoots will probably rise early! I will just fix a traditional roast with veggies which I don't do often. But I love the veggies! I'll save you a slice of roast and some au jus for the meat and potatoes, Shady!

    3. Oh, I forgot to mention...I LOVED DISCO!

    4. Hi again, dear Suzanne!

      I just purchased a 20-CD box set called Disco Giants, manufactured in the Netherlands. Those Dutch music experts really know their stuff, know the great music of the period, much of it obscure, and how to remaster it properly. My point is this. What they call "Disco" in that 20 volume, 200 song CD set, is not what most Americans think of when they use the term. Disco Giants contains disco-funk bands and post-disco club sounds of the 80s, the kind of stuff that I (and Don C.) will bring you in this Shady Train series. If it was "disco" it had to be cool to get on Soul Train and I aim to adhere to that standard in these Shady Train posts.

      Do kids still go on Easter egg hunts? That was a big deal when I was young. The Lions Club would rope off an empty lot or field, hide a bunch of painted, hard-boiled eggs in the grass, and turn us kids loose to find them. Many of the hidden eggs got trampled under foot. :) It was also a big deal to paint the eggs every Easter using packs of assorted colored dyes and Q-tips. I hope kids of Scootie's generation still experience those joys.

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend Suzanne. My next post, next Tuesday, is a very very very important one so mark your calendar. I hope to see you then. :)

      God bless!

  6. I missed the whole era of music, friend Shady, from 1979 to 1982 cuz I was in hiding in a monastery for those 9 years in order to get away from arranged "things" my family had planned for me ... but now that I'm free, I surely enjoy your music offerings ... thank you, friend. Love, cat. PS: That monastery gave an excellent education in psych nursing though which feeds me to this day ... smiles ... c.

    1. ... 1973 that is ... smiles ... c.

    2. Hi, cat!

      Thank you very much for coming over today to see and hear what you missed during the 70s and early 80s while you were hiding in a monastery. Golly, the bits and pieces of your life story that you share with me are fascinating, dear cat. I never met anyone like you.

      This 50-part series will give you an idea of the major styles of music that evolved during the nine years you remained in isolation. It covers the categories of soul, R&B, funk, disco, post-disco club sounds, "freestyle" and other popular music trends of the period. I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed the music in this post and learned from it.

      Thank you again for dropping by, dear friend cat, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Hi, Shady,

    Thanks for getting me grooving at lunch! Some of my favorite tunes.

    Have a great day, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much, dear friend, for popping in for Shady Train episode 2: More Bounce (To the Ounce).

      I'm glad you got your groove on at lunch time with my tuneage. Check with your dad. With his eclectic taste, I predict he will also know and like some of these selections.

      Thanks again for swinging over, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  8. The 70's and 80's were certainly a busy time in my life. Having kiddos, working and just getting used to living in a small town. But I do remember some of these tunes and I think my favorite would be Gloria Estefan. She was a beauty and I so enjoyed all her music back then. She was in a bad car accident I believe way back when also..I think it was a car accident. Anyway, disco music and rollerskating are pretty much gone so I'm glad to revisit it here. I sure enjoy looking at the old videos and dance numbers. I wonder if any of those kids need a Chiropractor now! Ha! Thanks for a fun post with more to come. I feel a bit out of the loop with blogging but hopefully will be back on track soon. Have a good week and a Happy Easter!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      It's great to see you again, dear friend! Thank you very much for looking in on this post, my second episode of Shady Train.

      Even though you were busy raising your kiddos at the time, some of these tunes from the 70s and 80s must have made an impression on you. I'm happy to learn that you enjoyed listening to them this evening.

      Yessum, Gloria E. was critically injured when a tractor trailer rig slammed into her tour bus in a snowstorm near Scranton, PA. She required many months of painful rehab but thankfully made a complete recovery and resumed her musical career.

      Given some of the wild gyrations performed by the dancers on Soul Train, it's a safe bet that some of them needed a chiropractic adjustment at some point. :)

      It's good to have you back, YaYa. I see you have a new post running and I will be over to read it shortly. Happy Easter to you and your wonderful family!

  9. Hey Shady, I thought I had Heard all the
    best singing groups in the 60s. By 1974
    self contained vocal groups like The Commodores,Ohio Players,etc. had added a
    full band , horns and all.But nothing hit like EARTH WIND & FIRE! Great musicians,And great vocals! Maurice White,an absolute gem along with Arranger Charles Stepney,of Chess records 60s fame. Add Skip Scarborough
    and you get GREATNESS! EWF my favorite 70s band. RIP Maurice White.

    1. Hi, Davy!

      Thanks for checking in and checking out the sounds in episode 2 of my Shady Train series. I'm honored to have your input, my friend!

      In this 50-part series, which will run through 2025, you can expect to see and hear the best of self-contained bands like the Commodores, Kool and the Gang, Ohio Players and Earth, Wind & Fire. The death of EWF founder Maurice White at the too young age of 74 hit many of us hard, and I thank you for remembering him in your comment.

      I was just reading how Don Cornelius was an old school kind of guy with conservative taste in music. When hip hop and rap came along, Don didn't get it and didn't like it, especially when it developed into a hardcore style. Don didn't think that type of music reflected positively on the black community, something he intended to do when he started the program. Nevertheless, he reluctantly invited rap artists to perform on the show because of the genre's growing popularity with his audience. Don also cringed when his Soul Train dancers started to dress and dance in a provocative manner as they did during his last few years as host. Don's dilemma reminds me of Lawrence Welk who was extremely reluctant to move forward with the changing times and allow rock 'n' roll music on his long running TV series which catered to the tastes of older folks with bland pop standards, folk music and polkas.

      Thank you again, Dave, for sharing the gift of your musical experience with us today. I hope to see you again soon, good buddy!

  10. Coming here always makes me feel happy and alive and really good

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      Thank you very much for coming all the way from Australia, dear friend!

      What you wrote here is one of the nicest comments I have ever received because, through nearly nine years of blogging, it has been my goal to make friends like you feel happy and alive and good and to help them stay young forever.

      Thank you again for taking a peek at the post, and have a wonderful day in the land down under, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  11. A funky, cool, awesome beat.

    1. Hi, Luxie!

      Thanks for tuning in to this edition of Shady Train, dear friend!

      To paraphrase Robyn Carlsson:

      Suma deez beats are raw
      Suma deez beats break the law

      I'm glad you enjoyed the tunes, dear friend Lux. Thanks again for coming!

  12. I know Disco gets a bad rap much of the time, but boy could that Donna Summer sing! Gloria Estefan is another I always liked, but I rarely hear anything about anymore. Is she still recording? Isn't she the one who broke her back or something in a bus accident, yet came back strong from it?

    Kool and the Gang were fun, but I remember seeing them on TV in recent years and thinking how some things are best left in my memory, if you know what I mean!!

    I enjoyed this episode of the Shady Train - thanks for letting me know about it!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks so much for coming over, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed Donna Summer. The sizzling single in this post, "Finger on the Trigger," is one that I haven't heard or even thought about in many years, but I love it.

      Gloria Estefan released her latest album in September of 2013 along with a single from that album the same year. In 2014 she collaborated with Santana on a studio album released in the spring of that year. In the summer of 2015, Gloria released an album of her greatest Spanish-language hits.

      Yessum, Gloria's tour bus was rammed by a tractor trailer rig and she was seriously injured and required months of painful rehab before she could resume her singing career.

      I hear ya about old acts still on stage performing their old hits. Some, like Quarterflash, the band I featured in a recent post, still have their fire, passion, musical and vocal ability. Other acts tarnish our cherished memories by looking and sounding old.

      Hey, thanks a lot for dropping by, dear friend Kelly. I hope to see you again soon!

  13. Once again you've covered a lot of musical territory here. I'm a Donna Summer's fan for sure. I wish I had some of those 45's again. Of course, I'd have to dig around in a garage sale to find the macheen to play them on. Loved Soul Train! You've stirred the old memory banks today.

    1. Hi, Cheryl!

      I'm pleased to see you again, dear friend! Thanks a lot for checking out my second installment of Shady Train.

      When the bottom dropped out of Disco circa 1979-80 and Donna Summer left the powerhouse Disco label Casablanca Records and landed on Warner Bros. and its subsidiaries, the hits didn't come to her as easily as they had in the 70s, yet the diva managed to give us some great singles over the 30 years that followed, including "She Works Hard For the Money" and Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)," the single featured in this post. Mint or near mint condition vinyl recordings by almost any artist increase in value over the years and, in the last decade, audiophile quality vinyl discs have been making a big comeback and so have turntables to play them on.

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cheryl-Lee. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. The hair gel and such was so great for my Afro......oh wait, I don't think this Canadian with Northern European descent ever had one:) I actually think I remember the ads for it but I would have been young. I enjoyed the music and some of the clips. Koop and the Gang did look cool even in the jive looking suits and the dancing always makes me smile. I look at that clip and think of all the techno crap going on now and how few bands actually play with horns any more. Gloria Estefan is always great and the other clip with the dancing and how each is showcased made me smile as well. It really speaks the 1980's which was my decadento party down. This was a fun time to listen and thanks for showcasing another eventful musical day

    1. Hi again, dear Birgit!

      I just remembered that you are a "binge commenter." :) I'm glad I remembered to check this previous post, because you left another great comment for me. Thank you very much!

      Yessum, I think Johnson Products Company was targeting people other than you in their ads for products to straighten and style kinky hair. :)

      I hear you about music acts that used to play horns and other real band instruments. Seems like traditional instruments are considered by many modern artists to be irrelevant - a thing of the past. They let the computer do all of the heavy lifting.

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed episode 2 of Shady Train and that these songs and styles brought back fond memories of your misspent youth. :)

      Thanks again for two stellar comments today, dear friend Birgit. I will be over to see you bright (dark) and early tomorrow. See you then!

  15. Some great disco tracks here. I have to say not my favourite kind of music, although as a dj it is always the best music to get a certain age group onto the floor!

    1. Hi, Joey!

      Thanks for checking out my Shady Train series, my English friend!

      These are the tunes that played in the clubs when I was in my 20s and 30s. Good times and many memories.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, Joey!

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