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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Shady Train - Ep. 7: Saturday Love!


Shady Train...

the hippest trip in America!

60 nonstop minutes across the

tracks of your mind into the

exciting world of Soul!

And now, here's your host...

Don Cornelius!

Hey there and welcome aboard. You're right on time for another mind blowing journey on the big train, so let's roll.

And we're kicking it off with a talented band
from the Big Apple. Produced by Wes Farrell
and Thom Bell, they are currently riding high
on the chart with their debut single on the
Chelsea label entitled "I'm Doin' Fine Now."
It's a smooth groove that makes you move
real smooth. The Shady Train gang is takin'
a stroll down the line to-- New York City!

"I'm Doin' Fine Now"
(Ruud's Extended Moulton Edit)
New York City (April/May 1973,
highest chart pos. #17 Hot 100/#14 R&B)

AT 1:12 MARK!

In 1966 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons made the top 10 with "Working My Way Back To You." Now, fourteen years later, another top group has recorded the song and is enjoying an even bigger hit. As they join us to do their latest single on Atlantic, a two-song medley "Working My Way Back To You" and "Forgive Me, Girl," the latter written by Michael Zager who arranged the recording, a big Shady Train welcome, gang, for-- The Spinners!

"Working My Way Back To You"/
"Forgive Me, Girl" (Remix) - The Spinners
(Mar. 1980, highest chart pos.
#2 Hot 100/#6 R&B)

And we're delighted to welcome for the first time one of our favorite bands and certainly one of the funkiest bands in the business. They are here to do a number from their new album Strikes Again! on the Whitfield label. The song is entitled "Do It, Do It" and they are-- Rose Royce!

"Do It, Do It" - Rose Royce
(from August 1978 album
Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!)

And let's meet four lovely ladies who were picked for stardom and produced by the brilliant Leon Sylvers. As they join us to do their latest single on the Epic label entitled "After the Dance Is Through," let's hear it, gang, for-- Krystol!

"After The Dance Is Through" - Krystol
(1984 U.S./1966 UK, highest chart pos.
#40 R&B/#4 UK Club Play, from
1984 album Gettin' Ready)

And we are pleased to have with us another extraordinary canary. She and her very gifted stable mate on the Tabu label are responsible for one of the hottest single recordings of the year. As they join us to do the song entitled "Saturday Love," put your hands together please, ladies and gentlemen, for Mister Alexander O'Neal and-- Cherelle!

"Saturday Love"
Cherrelle with Alexander O'Neal
(Mar. 1986, highest chart pos.
#2 R&B/#26 Hot 100, from Oct. 1985
Cherrelle album High Priority)

And let's welcome aboard the Shady Train for the first time the talented young men who are responsible for one of the biggest records of 1976 and a new style of funk music called "Disco Jazz." Representing the Bang label of Atlanta, Georgia, they are known as-- Brick!

"Dazz" - Brick (Dec. 1976/Jan. 1977,
highest chart pos. #3 Hot 100/#1 R&B,
from Aug. 1976 album Good High)

And look out now, it's the Shady Train gang, the Shady Train line. They've got the knack and they're comin' down the track with Shalamar- "I Owe You One!"

"I Owe You One" - Shalamar
(Aug. 1980, highest chart pos.
#60 R&B/#13 UK, from
Aug. 1979 album Big Fun)

That oughta hold you for a while. You come on back and get into it with us again next time.  You can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey. I'm Don Cornelius, and as always
in parting, we wish you love...peace...and soul!


  1. I remember the Spinners song. I didn't realize it wasn't an original. Actually it's surprising how many hit songs weren't original.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for being the early bird again this week, good buddy!

      Only a few years difference in age between two people, in this case between you and Shady, can make a huge difference in the songs that are remembered. I point to 1966, the year I was age 16, as the greatest year of my life. Naturally I vividly recall the Four Seasons hitting the top 10 with their original recording of "Working..." That said, this Spinners cover, released in 1980 as part of a medley, stands as a classic in its own right.

      Thanks again for checking out the latest episode of Shady Train, good buddy Alex, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. I do remember the earlier version of Working My Way Back to You, but the Spinners do a great job with it, too. Then again, I love the Spinners and most everything they did. (more so than the Temptations or Four Tops, which many find to be sacrilege)

    I didn't remember *Dazz* until I heard it. Great song!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for popping in to ride the Train, dear friend. I am happy to see you!

      I think it's really cool that you like the Spinners even more so than The Temps and Tops. The Spinners' tune "Working My Way..." is a killer cover, that's for sure. I recently bought the CD compilation The Very Best Of The Spinners and have it in random rotation on my CD changer. All of the songs are brilliantly remastered, sounding better than I ever heard them.

      I'm happy to know you remembered "Dazz Dazz... Disco Jazz" when you heard it. I am very pleased with the great musicianship found in this post by Rose Royce and Brick and the catchy R&B/soul songs performed by all the artists and groups.

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  3. Si I listened to them and enjoyed the first one but the 2nd is my fav and I find it better than the original. Rose Royce-Quite talented and never heard of them. Kristol...they are ok but I prefer the Pointer Sisters but what outfits! Cherelle has one of those voices that just didn't do it for me although the man's voice is excellent and love that sequined suit and her huge 80's shoulders. Brick...they are just so cool and funky Shalamar is just fun to watch with all the moves from these dancers and their outfits-wowza! I wonder where these people are today?

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thanks so much for swinging over for a visit this week, dear friend. Seems like you enjoyed your ride on the big Train. I'm glad!

      The Spinners are collecting a lot of imaginary votes. I like their cover as much but not more than the original by the Four Seasons. Rose Royce are best known for doing the theme from the 1976 film Car Wash. Remember that movie and song? Come to think of it, the girls of Krystol do look like The Pointer Sisters. Members of Krystol came from the Los Angeles based disco girl group Alton McClain and Destiny. "After The Dance Is Through" is in my CD collection and I enjoy listening to it while working out. Cherrelle is best known for her solo R&B hit "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" and for "Never Knew Love Like This," another hit duet performed with Alexander O'Neal. I'm delighted that you dug the brassy band Brick and their Disco Jazz.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend BB!

  4. Wow, what a party, friend Shady ... I totally missed out on the 70s music due to family complicated traditions ... btw: the girl on the RT is me shortly before hiding in a monastery from 1973-1982, and the girl on the bubble gum LT is my soul mate Reena, which soon after became my sister in law ... anyway ... Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thank you for coming all this way to ride the soul choo choo! :)

      I'm sorry you missed out on the fun of "the Me decade" - the carefree 70s. Some of these songs are from the 80s, but I've got a feeling they are not familiar to you either. That's all AOK because the last thing I want to do is present recordings you've heard a million times before. There isn't much learning potential in that, correct?

      Thank you very much for identifying the two young women in that picture. I was pretty sure the girl on the right was you. Thanks for clarifying that the girl with the bubble gum went on to become your sis-in-law.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend cat. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

  5. I scored a Friday off and headed over to see what I'm missing on my Shady blog today! I have a plumber here to refix the leak from a few weeks ago so I'm hurrying to catch this party. The only group and song I'm familiar with is the Spinners and I get a kick out of the outfits of course but also looking at the dates and trying to remember what or where I was during those years. "I'm doing fine now" in '73 made me realize I could have done those moves back then! Yep, I was younger, thinner, and cooler by far than today! The rest of the years had me starting at the hospital (78) and then having kiddos so watching Soul Train wasn't on that agenda. I enjoy listening to these groups that I missed and also, as you know, checking out the fashion. I believe that some of that fashion is back in fashion today and the music is always in least here with you and the other Shady followers. Have a good weekend and stay cool!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming by to ride the big train, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I'm sorry to learn you're still having plumbing hassles up at your house. Leaks drive me batty!

      Yessum, it comes as no surprise that the Detroit Spinners are the act in this post that readers remember best. They were great in the 70s and 80s but I also liked their earlier work at Motown in the 60s.

      I am well aware that my Shady Train series attracts your attention as much for the clothing and hair styles as the music and dance moves. You can trace the changes through the years by means of these brilliantly restored videos. I'm glad you mentioned that you check the dates on my captions, YaYa, because I almost always try to provide that info for the very reason you gave, so that you and other readers can think back and remember what you were doing that year, what your life was like. The process always triggers memories and that's what I love to do with these posts. Thanks for letting me know what was going on in your world when these songs were hot on the radio and in clubs.

      Thank you again for dropping in for another helping of music, memories and fun, dear friend YaYa!

  6. Hey Shady, Another good story! I was working for RCA at the time "I'm Doing Fine Now" came out. We promoted and distributed Wes Farrell's Chelsy label.
    When I received the record, all it took was one listening to the record, and out the door I ran to all my stations.
    Long story short, I was responsible for
    this record becoming a hit. Yes, I broke the record!! It sounded immediately like The Spinners' hits at the time. "I'm Doing Fine Now" was a home run. TRUE STORY! Later Shady, Dave

    1. Hi, Davy!

      I'm delighted to see you, good buddy. Thanks a lot for joining the discussion on this edition of Shady Train!

      Wow, Dave, that's an excellent story. I didn't even know about that stage of your career. Did you happen to know "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" that the Rolling Stones sang about? :)

      You're right. "I'm Doing Fine Now" sounds like a Spinners recording. It boasts the sophisticated, polished, refined soul sound that characterized much of the music of the early 70s, a very exciting time. With your experienced ear, it doesn't surprise me you knew in an instant that those NYC guys hit a home run with that record. If not for you promoting the disc, it might have slipped through the cracks and languished in obscurity.

      Thank you again, my good friend, for contributing so much to SDMM over the years. Stay tuned for huge happenings next month when I celebrate the 10th anniversary of the blog and make the most important announcement in its history. Take care, Davy!

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  9. As usual, some great selections, Shady.

    What I like about these old Soul Train clips is how you're reminded of things that the world at large weren't aware of before they went mainstream. I'm thinking in particular of that Shalamar video where you see someone doing the Moonwalk a few years before Michael Jackson made it famous, and, in the same video, a female dancer wearing a lopsided sweater with a bare shoulder and halter strap showing a few years before Jennifer Beals made that look famous in Flashdance.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      It's great to see you, good buddy! Thanks a lot for coming by on your weekend. (Note that I didn't delete the remnants of your two removed messages because they help to artificially inflate my comment total! :)

      Good eye, Kirk, and keen observations. The guy doing the Moonwalk at the start of the "I Owe You One" video is Shalamar member Jeffrey Daniel, a former dancer on Soul Train. In 1985 Daniel became host of the British TV music show 6.20 Soul Train, produced with the blessing of Don Cornelius.

      Who can forget the scandalous "lobster scene" in the original uncut version of Flashdance? Who? Who? Who? Not me, nor can I forget Alex making casual small talk with her boss "Nick" while removing her bra from under her sweatshirt, a process that left the Nickster (and the Shadester) mesmerized and his (and my) mouth agape.

      Hey, thanks again for joining the fun and riding the big train, good buddy Kirk. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  10. "artificially inflate my comment total!"

    Ha! That made smile

    1. I'm glad it did, Kirk, and thanks for letting me know (because once again you helped with my comment stats :)

  11. Shady, you had me singing, dancing, and grooving along to this post. You chose a great selection of music for this week's Soul Train episode, but you always choose a great selection.

    I remember when one of the retro TV stations played Soul Train every Saturday morning, but I haven't seen it on for the past three years. I miss watching Soul Train; dad and I would sit down to watch it each weekend and dad loved reminiscing.

    Have a great weekend, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      How are you, dear Philly friend? Thank you for coming over on your weekend!

      Yessum, I remember you telling me that your dad was a Soul Train fan and shared old school music and memories with you. I'm happy to know it!

      I don't believe in false modesty, and therefore I will eagerly agree with you that this is a great lineup of dance recordings from the 1970s and 80s with HQ sound and HD picture quality. I was thrilled to find such brilliantly remastered and restored recordings for my series.

      Thanks again for making the scene and riding the train, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    2. I'm okay - getting ready for the Pride parade and I am really hoping that the weather holds. It's very cloudy out there now.

      It's always nice when one can find older songs in high quality - I'm amazed you could as well! I have found that older music quality online is hit or miss.

      Have a great day, dear friend!

    3. Hi again, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for popping in on a Sunday morning, dear friend.

      Dang! I just looked up the Philly phorecast and see that there's an 80% chance of rain today. I sincerely hope it doesn't rain on the Pride parade but, if it does, I am sure it won't dampen spirits.

      Yessum, I am thrilled to be finding all these high quality clips from Soul Train. I have enough to fill 50 volumes of this series with no repeats, so stay tuned.

      Thanks again for coming to chat, dear friend JM, and have a safe and happy day!

  12. I enjoyed listening to the Spinner's version of Working My Way Back to You. I think I prefer the Four Seasons version, just because there isn't anything like Frankie Vali's high falsetto voice. Thanks for sharing these!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks a lot for coming over, dear friend. I am happy to see you!

      That's one imaginary vote for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons! :) You are the only person so far who likes the original better than the Spinners cover. My ears agree with yours, dear friend. There's nothing false about Frankie's falsetto. He's the real deal and I love the Seasons' gold vault of hits.

      Thank you again for dropping in, Sherry, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  13. It's Shady Train Time again! Can always count on some groove and funk to get me movin' when the Shady Train comes by...
    My favorite here is The Spinners version of "Working My Way Back to You".

    I never heard that Rose Royce song you presented here before. I do love their song "I Wanna Get Next to You' and of course my fav Rose Royce tune is for sure "Car Wash".

    Re: New York City's "I'm Doin' Fine Now" -- that sounds familiar so I'm pretty sure I heard it but I don't ever remember a band called New York City. That's an interesting band name... Especially when "New York City, the band from New York City, plays New York City next month" -- wow!

    And I gotta say, I was most puzzled by the song "Dazz" by a group named Brick. I guess I'm confusing them with the Dazz Band because there's a video on YouTube that says it's the Dazz Band doing "Disco Jazz" so I go back and listen to your video here of Brick doing Disco Jazz (Dazz)and I'm like, "These are the same songs" -- so then I start reading the comments on the video that is purported to be the Dazz Band and someone is saying that it's the Dazz Band doing a cover of Brick's "Disco Jazz" and then someone else says it is not the Dazz Band but in fact it's Brick. And then there's some disagreement on that, So I'm all kinds of confused. Bottom line: I like the song! A lot! The horns are killer!!!
    Here's the video that got me in a tailspin for a minute:

    Speaking of the Dazz Band, I love their song "Let It Whip":

    I wasn't familiar with Krystol, but I definitely enjoyed their song "After the Dance is Through". They have some good sound, especially instrumentally.

    The pairing of Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal is a strong duet. They're good together.

    That last video, Shalamar's "I Owe You One", has some very funky video editing! It's like an Soul Train acid trip. Lol. Good song. I always appreciate a good dose of Soul Train line dancers.

    So when's the next Shady Train stop??
    Hope you're having a good week my friend.

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thanks a lot for coming over before the Shady Train ride came to and end. I appreciate it, dear friend!

      "Working My Way Back To You" is the one song in this set grabbing the most attention, both the 4 Seasons original (the group stylized their name "4 Seasons" on many of their single releases) and the remake by the Detroit Spinners. I love both versions.

      Rose Royce is best known for the two hit singles you mentioned, especially the theme from Car Wash. In recent years I dub deeper into the band's catalog and was thrilled to discover several other funky, horn driven numbers including "Do It, Do It."

      The girl group Krystol evolved from an earlier (late 70s) disco trio called Alton McClain and Destiny. That group charted a single entitled "It Must Be Love" but soon broke-up. Two of its members formed Krystol. I honestly don't remember Krystol from my clubbing years, but this biggie of theirs, "After the Dance..." is one of my top favorites now.

      Yessum, there is plenty of confusion on YouTube these days. Mistakes are sometimes made in identifying artists resulting in heated debates. You linked to a live performance and that makes it difficult to know for sure who is singing "Dazz" - Brick, the Atlanta based funk band that had a hit with the song originally in 1976 - or The Dazz Band, a similar sounding funk band from Cleveland that started their hit string a few years later and might have covered the song in a live show. Regardless, the song "Dazz" introduced a style of music called "disco jazz" that other bands copied well into the 80s.

      Another huge discovery for me this last year has been Cherrelle Anne Norton. All these years the only song of hers I knew was "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On." My new favorite by the artist is the song in this post, "Saturday Love," Cherrelle's smooth duet with label mate Alexander O'Neal.

      I agree that the FX on the last video showing the Soul Train gang dancing to "I Owe You One" are amazing, but here's something I need to point out. Nowadays many YouTube uploaders do their own remixing production work on existing material including enhancements to the audio track and manipulation of the video. Therefore visual effects in that Shalamar vid might have been produced at home by the uploader. My goal is to bring you the best available original sound. Sometimes a video with the best sound comes with video that is not original. Many YouTubers edit and sync completely different pieces of music to existing videos of the dancers on Soul Train. So keep in mind almost anything goes these days on YouTube.

      The next Shady Train ride is scheduled for July 8 and you're invited aboard!

      Thank you again for making time for SDMM, dear friend Michele. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. om,

    I’m sorry for the delayed visit. Last Thursday, DH took off from work since he had some comp time to use. It was a great time with our anniversary this past Saturday. We drove the Blue Ridge Parkway from Boone to Asheville, North Carolina since they finally reopened the Linnville Viaduct. The rest of the weekend was spent locally just knocking around town. It was a very lovely, relaxing weekend spent with my favorite fellow!

    I remember The Spinners’ version of “Working My Way Back To You”. I couldn’t place Rose Royce with your new-to-me song choice until I checked in with Google and then I recognized them when I spotted their hit, ”Car Wash”. I really like the sound of Krystol but again, I don’t recall this female 80s group. I learned they didn’t have any smash hits, although two of their songs did hit the R&B Top 30 charts with “Passion From a Woman” and “Precious, Precious”, which neither sounded familiar. Alexander & Cherrelle and Brick are two more introductions. Shalamar I do remember. I’ve concluded after listening to your selections that my ear was not tuned in to the R&B scene and looking back I can tell you that I did listened mostly to more rock and pop mewsic.

    You gave me plenty of new material to work with for future artist possibilities to feature. Great post. Thanks for the R&B education for the late 70s through the early 80s, dear friend. Have an excellent week!

    1. Oops, I didn't realize that I clipped off the 'T' in your name! I think I need more coffee. 🤪

    2. Hi, Cathy!

      I'm glad I backed up to the previous post and found your comment this morning. Thank you very much for taking time to write it, dear friend. I am on my way out the door and need to keep my reply more brief than usual.

      Truth be told, my ears were not tuned to the 70s/80s R&B scene nearly as much then as they are now. "Do It," "After The Dance," "Saturday Love" and "I Owe You One" were all new to my ears when I discovered them recently on various artists compilations I purchased. Thanks to modern remastering and remixing, these sounds of the 70s and 80s sparkle more than ever before. I am pleased to introduce you to artists, songs and styles of mewsic that are foreign to your ears.

      Thank you again for doing some research and putting together an excellent comment, dear friend Cathy. I need to be away from home several hours today but, when I return, I will read your new post and comment on it.

      Have a wonderful day and week!


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