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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
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 4: Jungle Boogie!


BOOTH ANNOUNCER:

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!

Hi there and welcome aboard. You're right on time for a beautiful trip on the Shady Train, and if the sight and sound of soul is your pleasure and what you treasure, you can bet your bottom we got 'em, baby.

Since they first informed us a few years back
that "La La" actually means "I love you," three
handsome and talented young men have virtually
cornered the market on songs of love. They boast
a string of hits that seems to have no end. Out of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the mighty-- Delfonics! 

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"
The Delfonics (Feb./Mar. 1970,
highest chart pos. #10 Hot 100,
/#3 R&B, from Feb. 1970
album The Delfonics)




And things are lookin' fine on the Shady Train line.
The gang's gettin' that stuff tuff enough with a
groove that makes you wanna move
real smooth. It's Jackie Moore--
"This Time Baby!"

"This Time Baby" - Jackie Moore
(Aug. 1979, highest chart pos. #1 Disco,
#24 R&B, from 1979 album I'm on My Way)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 3:04 MARK!





Now let's welcome aboard the big train a talented young R&B vocalist from New York. In 1983 she sang lead for producer John Robie's electro-funk band C-Bank on their top 5 club hit "One More Shot." Now out on her own, her latest single on the Atlantic label is perched at the top of the dance chart. The song is entitled "Bad Habits" and she is-- Jenny Burton!

"Bad Habits" - Jenny Burton
(Mar. 1985, highest chart pos.
#19 R&B/#101 Bubbling Under,
from 1985 album Jenny Burton)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 37 SEC. MARK!





And the Shady Train Gang's sho 'nuff diggin' C-Bank. Here's a tune that features the lead vocals of Whisper. It's a lowdown ditty from the big city called-- "Tonight!"


"Tonight" - C-Bank
single from Mar. 1997 album
C-Bank's Greatest Hits)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:15 MARK!





And our funky friends Kool and the Gang are runnin' down a slick sound that's one of the baddest things around. It's called-- Jungle Boogie!"



"Jungle Boogie" - Kool and the Gang
(Jan./Feb. 1974, highest chart pos.
#4 Hot 100/#2 R&B, from Sept. 1973
album Wild and Peaceful)




Now meet and greet a mixed race band from London that has been part of the UK's thriving soul and disco scene since the late 60s. The funky group has charted at least one hit every year from 1970 to 1984 including this 1978 single which is certified Gold in the U.S. The song is entitled "Every 1's a Winner" and they are-- Hot Chocolate!

"Every 1's a Winner" - Hot Chocolate
(Dec. 1978/Jan. 1979, highest chart pos.
#6 Hot 100/#7 R&B, from Apr. 1978
album Every 1's a Winner




We are both proud and excited to have with us what I can only describe as the current rage of the contemporary music world, and deservedly so because, I kid you not, they are as beautiful and talented as their latest single, "Jump (For My Love)," is successful. Let's have a great welcome, gang, for, in our opinion, the most remarkable group of female entertainers in the business. You know them as the fabulous-- Pointer Sisters!

"Jump (For My Love)" - The Pointer Sisters
(June/July 1984, highest chart pos. #3 Hot 100,
#2 R&B, from Nov. 1983 album Break Out)




That oughta hold you for a while. We hope you'll get into it with us 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!


26 comments:

  1. It’s great to see the Shady Train back on the tracks. I love the Delfonics and haven’t heard this particular hit of theirs for many years. The song I hear a lot is the one Don mentioned— La La Means I Love You. It has also been quite some time since I heard This Time Baby. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that male dancer dive through the air at the 3:37 point of the video— incredible! Jenny Burton is new to me. She is very talented and I liked her song and video. Is she still in the business? I never heard of C-Bank— and I enjoyed watching the gang dance to their song. Jungle Boogie is one of the best by Kool & the Gang and it was fun to watch them perform it on Soul Train. Hot Chocolate is yet another group I haven’t heard in a long time— but I remember them and their hit Everyone’s a Winner. The Pointer Sisters are just the greatest— I love their energetic songs and flashy style and Jump is my favorite of all their hits. What an exciting performance they gave on Soul Train!

    This was another fun ride on the Shady Soul Train and I am looking forward to the next!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for leading off the discussion as I present vol. 4 of Shady Train: Jungle Boogie!

      High quality clips of Delfonics performances are scarce as hen's teeth, and I was delighted to discover this brilliantly restored video of Philly's Phinest doing one of their biggest hits on Soul Train. The audio and picture are both clean and clear - very unusual given the age of the vintage clip. Yessum, "La La" was the Delfonics' first and biggest hit and the one most often played on oldies radio channels. My favorites by the Delfonics are two of their obscure earlier recordings and I will be presenting them in future posts.

      The Soul Train performances in this post spanned roughly 15 years and reveal the dramatic changes in the look and attitude of the Soul Train gang over that period. If you observe the kids in the first video slow dancing to the Delfonics in the early 70s you will notice how reserved they appeared to be. By the 80s the gang was dressing in much sexier attire and performing gymnastic moves on the dance floor. The guy who dives through their air while "This Time Baby" is playing is an example.

      In the 1990s Jenny Burton had her own group The Jenny Burton Experience. They performed regularly at a venue called "don’t tell mama," an entertainment complex in the heart of New York's theater district. In more recent years, according to Wiki, Jenny has turned to gospel and inspirational music.

      I'm happy to know your eyes and ears match mine on The Pointer Sisters. That performance of "Jump" is one of the great moments in the history of Soul Train - pure excitement. The Pointers are an example of an act that kept it clean, didn't play the sex card, and yet came across as ultra hip. They were wildly popular with audiences including the Soul Train gang.

      Thank you again for joining me for another ride on the big train, Kathryn, and have a great week!

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  2. Familiar with a couple of them. Kool and the Gang was around a long time before Celebration came out, weren't they?

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks a lot for coming over for another ride on the big train, good buddy!

      You're correct. "Celebration" charted at the end of 1980 and the beginning of 1981. By that time Kool and the Gang had been making records for more than a decade. Their first single in the summer of '69 was entitled "Kool And The Gang." I liked the act more in those early years, the "Jungle Boogie" period when they were a funk band, before they adopted a softer, smoother, more commercial pop style.

      Thanks again for reporting in, good buddy Alex!

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  3. Tom,

    I bought my ticket to board the "Shady Train" to enjoy some classic R&B sounds. The Delfonics have a sound that meshes with my usual listening pleasures but I don't remember their highest charting hit but oddly I remember their lower charting hit, "Ready or Not" better. I can't tell you why unless I've heard it in recent years. "This Time Baby" is a long forgotten disco hit. I reckon this is the first in decades I've heard this song. Jenny Burton is another new discovery for me here. I noticed on Wikipedia that she's still recording but now focuses on gospel & inspiration mewsic. I like her sound. I need to check out some of recent stuff. Your last three featured acts definitely register on the Cathy Meter. I don't remember Boogie Jungle by Kool & the Gang, but I do remember them. While I knew the song by ear, "Everyone Ones' A Winner" I didn't know the artist. The Pointer Sisters I know and their song "Jump For My Love" is an electric, high-energy dance tune. I always think of those Eddie Murphy movies (Beverly Hills Cop series) from the 80s that often featured their mewsic. I loved that your mewsic moved me this morning! Have a tunetastic week, my friend!!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming by and spreading cheer, dear friend! I am pleased to have you aboard for another exciting ride on The Shady Train.

      It is interesting that you remember the Delfonics' song "Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)," a single that peaked at #35, better than you remember "La-La-Means I Love You" which penetrated the top 5 and the song featured in this post "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" which made the top 10. By the way, I have a theory about songs with long titles like those three. Generally speaking, unless you're The Beatles, you have a better chance of gaining a hit with a song that has no more than three words in the title.

      Yessum, "This Time Baby" was a disco hit for Jackie Moore. It topped the dance chart in the summer of '79 more than eight years after she first rose to fame with her million selling single "Precious, Precious."

      Thanks for reminding me of the use of Pointer Sisters songs in the soundtracks of Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop films. Their "Neutron Dance" was used in the original movie and "Be There" was used in BHC II.

      I am very happy to know that my Monday mewsic moved you, dear friend Cathy. :) Thank you again for your visit and excellent comment and have a great week!

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  4. You've taken me back in time today, Shady! I love the Hot Chocolate song (and I loved You Sexy Thing that they did, too!).

    I was also a fan of the Pointer Sisters and Kool and the Gang. :D

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    1. Hi hi hi, Kelly!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thank you very much for swinging by for another raucous ride on the Shady Train!

      Yessum, the London based soul and disco funk act Hot Chocolate had three major hit singles stateside. They include the song you mentioned, the one I posted, and one I just now listened to, a long forgotten top 10 hit called "Emma" aka "Emmeline," the sad story song about a girl who commits suicide when she doesn't get the break she needs to become a "movie queen." It has been eons since I heard that one, probably not since 1974, the year it charted.

      Thank you again for coming over today, Kelly. It is always a pleasure to take you back and trigger fond memories of the past.

      Have a wonderful week!

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  5. You've got Cornelius' style down pat.

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for popping in for another hip trip aboard the big train, good buddy!

      I need to confess that many if not most of the intros in this Shady Train series are ripped word for word from Don C's mouth, transcribed directly from tapes of Soul Train episodes. For instance the Delfonics intro, the Kool And The Gang intro and the Pointer Sisters intro are all direct quotes from the man himself, Don Cornelius, as is the show open and the show close. But thanks anyway for your observation. I'm glad you appreciate my efforts to make this series as authentic as possible.

      Thank you again for spending some time in the Shady today, good buddy Kirk!

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  6. Nothing like a little soul, some amazing Afros and attitude to start my Monday! Thanks, Shady for kicking off my week in style.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl!

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend!

      I'm happy to know I put some pep in your step with my Shady Train play list and that you enjoyed getting a glimpse of the hair, clothing and dance styles of the 70s and 80s.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Cheryl!

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  7. Hello Shady! You brought some pretty good sounds to this post! I just love the Delfonics, "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time". What a title, but a great song, performed by them with such ease and perfection, and the dancers just moved about the floor so gracefully! (OK, time to turn off the dreams, lol!) I don't recall ever hearing of Jackie Moore, but, what a song to watch the "Shady Train Line" to! I always like seeing their moves and clothes! This one was especially good!

    Jenny Burton is really good, I always like the nostalgic feel of a black and white video. She has a special sound and "Bad Habits" is a fun song.

    Aren't the Pointer Sisters sweethearts! "Jump" is one of the best songs ever, and they are so sassy! I had to go to Youtube and watch a different video of their song. I'm here to tell you, that if this tune doesn't get you moving, you're in deep trouble! Kool and the Gang also projects a colorful and dynamic stage presence. They have a great band sound, and they perform with seemingly little effort!

    Talk about winners! I don't know who Hot Chocolate is, but at the first measure of this song, I was hooked! The keyboard setup was so impressive...just the overall sound of the musicians and vocals sparked my interest! These guys possess a 'subtle' attitude, if you're in the right zone to spot it. Great, fun song, Shady!

    This was so enjoyable...just happened to need some new blood today, and I came to the right place!

    We're heading for Kansas City in a couple of days to see about my mom. This is my last chance to get there for now. Got Scootie starting school on the 21st of August. It's been so hot, but we had a slight cool down last night. Hope you and Mrs. Shady are staying cool! Thank you Shady, and have a great week! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you very much for coming over and hopping aboard for your 4th ride on the Shady Train. Today's trip covered a span of 15 years or so and a wide range of styles from sweet Philly soul to brassy funk to disco to mid 80s electro dance.

      What a difference those years made. The late 60s and early 70s were prime time for groups like the Delfonics that specialized in sweet innocent soul ballads. By the early 80s sweetness and innocence were no longer in fashion. Groups like the Delfonics, the Stylistics, the Dramatics and Blue Magic were taking a back seat to street wise rappers and sexy hip hop artists that turned up the nasty and sang songs about the club life and lust rather than love.

      I hope you saw that male dancer on the Soul Train line dive through their air in the middle of "This Time Baby." You might also have noticed the little mechanical troll doll that walked across the dance floor during "Tonight" by C-Bank. It was anything goes in the later years of Soul Train. Some members of the gang dressed in uniforms or costumes, some brought props like basketballs and giant whistles and toothbrushes to the set, and some even acted out little vignettes during the dance numbers. One couple even staged a fake fight on the dance line.

      Yessum, The Pointer Sisters were and are something special, and every word Don spoke about them in his intro is true. That intro, by the way, is a combination of two Pointer Sisters intros Don uttered on the show. I am very pleased that you enjoyed Hot Chocolate, a mixed race Brit band that had a long string of chart hits in the UK and three top 10 singles in the U.S. Their musicianship is impressive, isn't it?

      I wish you and Scootie safe travels as your head up to Kansas City. Are you gonna be "standing on the corner of Twelfth Street and Vine with a bottle of Kansas City wine?" :) I hope you find your dear mother in better condition and in good spirits. I will be thinking about you, dear friend. Thanks again for dropping in, sweet Suzanne, and please stay in touch with me!

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    2. I didn't realize the group that did, "You Sexy Thing", is Hot Chocolate. Guess I didn't pay attention to the name! That was a pretty cool song, good to dance to!

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    3. Hi again, Suzanne!

      I had forgotten all about their first American hit "Emma, Emmaline," the tragic tale of girl who ended it all when she realized she would never be a "movie queen." Do you remember it?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFYOHrwi-W8

      Please stay safe in your travels, dear friend. I'll be thinking about you, about Scootie, about your son, your mother and your sister.

      God bless!

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  8. I could watch the Soul Train dancers all day long. I love watching them move and what they wear and the whole thing.

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    1. Hi, Holli-berry!

      How are you, dear friend? Thank you very much for coming over for another hip trip aboard the big train here on SDMM.

      Yessum, I love to watch those Soul Train dancers. It's a little frustrating because on YouTube there are some great clips of those dancers but relatively few that have good audio to go with them. This 50-part series will bring you dance and artist performance clips that offer high quality picture and sound.

      Yessum, these vintage dance sequences from Soul Train help us remember what young people were wearing in the 70s and 80s along with the prevailing attitudes.

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Holli!

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  9. Fabulous post, dear Shady!
    I'd forgotten what a kick Soul Train was. I always thought they had more expressive dancers than Bandstand. Enjoyed the dancers video, even the toy and the dog ;-) Every song has a memory for me except the one by Jenny Burton. It would have been (and now is) my favorite!
    In addition to not knowing Jenny, curiosity led me to look up more about Cornelius. Gads, I almost wish I hadn't. I was not aware he had health issues (similar to mine), nor do I recall hearing about the manner of his death. What an asset he was to the music and dance industry. As Quincy Jones said, "Before MTV there was Don Cornelius,"
    Have a great week, my friend!

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    1. Hi, diedre!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you very much for coming over for a rollicking ride on the Shady Train.

      Yessum, just as there will never be another Shady Dell, there will never be another Soul Train. I am referring, of course, to the original series hosted by Don Cornelius. After Don stepped down, Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters from Y&R and Derek Morgan from Criminal Minds) and two others hosted Soul Train but it was never the same.

      I am tickled silly to know that Jenny Burton has found a new fan in you. I always like to insert a "wild card" or two into the line-up, meaning a less well known artist and song, because Soul Train showcased many such artists in its long run and I want to keep this series authentic.

      I am sorry to learn that you have health issues similar to those that plagued Don. You have my sympathy and my prayers, dear friend. It was a sad day when Don's life ended and, I might add, today was another sad day as we learned about the death of another great entertainer Glen Campbell.

      My goal in presenting this Shady Train series is to remember the better days and happier moments when Don was riding high and his Soul Train show was indeed the hippest trip in television. There are at least 46 more episodes to come and I will do my best to make them fun, entertaining and educational.

      Thank you again so very much for swinging by today, dear friend diedre. Please take care and I look forward to connecting with you again soon!

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  10. Hi Shady,

    I love climbing aboard the Shady Train! I love grooving and dancing to the selections you always choose.

    Today was no different. I was only familiar with Kool and the Gang, but I especially loved the Delfonics. I'm going to have to see if I can find them on iTunes.

    Thank you, Shady! I hope you have a great Wednesday.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks a lot for popping in for another ride on the big train, dear friend!

      I'm pleased to know you appreciate my play lists. I try to make them as authentic as possible. As you might have noticed, many of the clips were taken from the actual Soul Train series, and whenever possible Don C's intros are word for word exactly as they were spoken on the show.

      I'm pleased to know you enjoy the Delfonics. They are among Philly's Phinest and I will have many more of there recordings in future posts.

      Have a Thankful Thursday and a fun-filled weekend, dear friend JM!

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    2. I can't wait for those posts! :) I thought the name sounded familiar, now I see why! My dad's one coworker used to DJ and a few CDs he gave my dad had local doo-wop and Motown groups on the record. I should see if the Delfonics are on any of the CDs.

      Have a great Friday, dear friend!

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    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      I'd say there's a darn good chance they are! Let me know. The Delfonics had a long string of local, regional and national hits.

      Have a great weekend, dear friend!

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  11. Kool & the gang, Delfonics, Pointer Sisters, all greats that I remember and enjoyed listening to tonight! The others were pretty remarkable also even though I didn't recognize some. However, I was just blown away by the outfits in the videos! Oh my...did we ever really dress like that? Yep, a few things were probably in my closet..bellbottoms and platform shoes! So much fun to watch the dancers. Hope your week is good!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for popping in and hopping aboard the Shady Train, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I'm glad you know and like some of the artists in this installment and enjoyed meeting some new ones. I am also pleased to know that you enjoyed watching the fashion show as the Soul Train gang did their thang on the dance floor (or train tracks, as the case may be). Yessum, there were some flamboyant outfits on display on the show week by week, especially in the later years of the series when things really loosened up. I know that you were quite a clothes horse yourself back then, go-go boots and all, and I'm happy to know these vids brought back some fond memories.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend YaYa, and have an excellent week ahead. Please hug Chubbs for me!

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