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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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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
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Vol. 13: Battling Brothers and Run Run Run!


 It's time to surrender... 

 to Spectorian Splendor! 

 Welcome to Vol. 13 of my 

 17-part series saluting 

 the Spector Sound and 

 Wall-of-Soundalikes. 


 THE SUPREMES 

In Volume 4 you heard Motown's Marvelettes
using the name the Darnells and performing
"Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say
Goodbye," a song penned by Motown's
famed Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and
producing team. The record was a nod
to Spector and had a sound similar to
those released by the Crystals.


Now here are the Supremes singing
"Run Run Run," another H-D-H song
and another exciting Motown
Meets Spector hybid.


It's hard to believe Motown's premier
girl group ever had to struggle for hits
but, early on, they did. Released around
the beginning of 1964, "Run, Run, Run"
came to a screeching halt at #93 on the
the chart. Why the poor showing? The
depressed mood of the nation in the wake
of the JFK assassination was probably to
blame for the failure of that Marvelettes
single I featured. This Supremes 45 was
released at the height of Beatlemania.
Were the Fab Four to blame for
derailing Diana's Supremes?


It doesn't seem fair to blame the Beatles.
If the old school instrumental "Java" by
Al Hirt could make it to #4 around that
time there should have been room near
the top for this Supremes sizzler!

 "Run, Run, Run" - The Supremes 
 (Feb. 1964, highest chart pos. #93) 





 DOROTHY BERRY 

"You're So Fine" was a top 20 hit in 1959
for the Falcons, and R&B group that included
Eddie Floyd and later Wilson Pickett. In 1963
a cover of the song was recorded by Dorothy
Adams Berry, wife of Richard Berry, the man
who wrote and first recorded the notorious
rock 'n' roll anthem "Louie Louie."


Dorothy's record was produced by David Gates,
a talented young devotee of the Spector Sound
who went on to front the soft rock group Bread.
Dorothy cooks on this Spectorian single, and
the doubletracked vocal yields a girl group
sound that kicks butt all over town!

 "You're So Fine" - Dorothy Berry 
 (December 1963, uncharted) 





 THE 

 RIGHTEOUS 

 BROTHERS 

At #92 on my list of The 200 Greatest Hits
of the Shady Dell is the next featured sound,
“He” by the Righteous Brothers, a Spector-
produced ballad with an overtly religious
theme similar to that of another Dell
classic - "Human” by Tommy Hunt.


A song about God's benevolence, "He"
was originally recorded in the mid 1950s
by Al Hibbler and covered by the singing
McGuire Sisters. The tear-jerking cover
by the Righteous Brothers, released in
 the spring of 1966, played frequently
on the Dell jukebox, casting its spell
on reverent rats from June until
the school bells rang.

 "He" - The Righteous Bros. 
 (July 1966, highest chart pos. #18) 




 THE 

 WALKER 

 BROTHERS 

Los Angeles natives Scott Engel, John Maus
and Gary Leeds adopted the stage name
The Walker Brothers, moved to England
and achieved hit records there and in the
United States. Their first hit on both sides
of the pond was "Make It Easy On Yourself,"
a Bacharach-David composition that first
became a hit for Jerry Butler in 1962.


The Walker Brothers are best known
for their biggest hit, "The Sun Ain't
Gonna Shine Anymore" but, before
moving to England, they recorded
"Love Her," a Spectorized single
produced by Nick Venet and
arranged by Jack Nitzsche.

 "Love Her" - The Walker Brothers 
 (May 1965, highest chart pos. #20 UK) 





 KAREN KELLY 

I introduced Karen "KK" Kelly singing
"Nobody's Girl" in Echoes Vol. 5.
The Nashville songbird with the
powerful pipes shoulda been,
coulda been and woulda been
a major girl pop star of the 60s
like Lesley Gore, but for some
reason her records failed to chart.


KK's self-penned "Nobody's Girl" was
released in 1964 on Sound Stage 7, a
subsidiary of Monument Records. Now
check out the killer bee side of that single,
entitled "Don't Let The Hurt Show Through."
Penned and produced by Bob Montgomery,
this one boasts the same dynamic Spectorian
production and a melody that at times might
remind you of "A World Without Love,"
the song that became a hit a few months
earlier as recorded by two other acts,
Peter & Gordon and Bobby Rydell.

 "Don't Let The Hurt Show Through" 
 Karen Kelly (October 1964, 
 B side of "Nobody's Girl") 





 I hope you enjoyed Vol. 13 

 of Echoes.  Stay tuned for 

 more Spectorian sounds 

 in Vol. 14 coming soon! 

Have a Shady day!

21 comments:

  1. Kathryn AndersonMay 25, 2017 at 3:47 AM

    Yay for the Supremes! I have always liked the Supremes— and I love their song Run Run Run— even though I knew heard it before. How can one not dance when that record is playing? You are right— it should have been a hit. It must have been one of their first records— and maybe they weren’t known very well at the time.

    I don’t remember the Falcons or the song He’s So Fine— but I like Dorothy Berry’s version with its driving dance beat and Dorothy soulful voice.

    I also enjoyed the two smooth ballads by the brother acts. The Walker Bros. song— Love Her— sounds a lot like the Righteous Bros.

    Karen Kelly has a pretty voice and her song has an old school appeal— like something from the 50s. At first I couldn’t hear much similarity to the melody of A World Without Love— but when the song came to the bridge in the middle— I realized it is nearly identical. KK’s rare record is a real treat.

    This was another fabulous post in your Echoes series!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for being the early bird again this week. Welcome to Echoes 13 with four more installments to go!

      "Run, Run, Run" was actually not one of the Supremes' earliest recordings. From 1959 to 1961, the Detroit girl group was known as the Primettes and recorded one single which was released in 1962. Early that year they signed with Motown and became the Supremes. The Supremes released 7 singles before "Run, Run, Run" the most successful of which was the one just before it, "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes," which reached #23. Success breeds success, and when the single that followed "Run, Run, Run," "Where Did Our Love Go," reached #1, Diana and the girls were off and run run running.

      I think it's interesting that Dorothy Berry was the wife of Richard Berry, the man behind the highly controversial song "Louie Louie" (as by the Kingsmen), and that her signature song is a cover of a hit by the Falcons, the group that included Stax R&B great Eddie Floyd and the wicked Wilson Pickett. That's a game of Six Degrees right there!

      I agree that the Walkers' "Love Her" sounds a lot like the recordings of the Righteous Bros, especially Bill and Bobby's smash "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" which was released five months earlier.

      I'm delighted that you like that Karen Kelly killer bee. It is indeed a throwback to the sounds of the pre-Beatles years and might have been a hit record or even a doublesider if it had been released a year or more earlier. KK, as you might recall, is linked (in another great game of Six Degrees) to one of the most tragic events in rock 'n' roll history. Her husband, guitarist Tommy Alsup, who died a few months ago, is the man who lost the fateful coin toss with Ritchie Valens and gave up his seat on that ill fated plane the night it crashed killing Valens, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, an event that became known as "the day the music died." Yessum, the distinct similarity between "Don't Let the Hurt" and "World w/o Love" pops out at you starting at the 1:10 mark of the record, the bridge of the song.

      Thanks again for leading the discussion, Kathryn. Have a great day!

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  2. I wonder if a song like He would be so popular in today's society?

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for popping in, good buddy!

      You pose a very good question. I doubt that many modern artists would be willing to cover this specific religious song which, in the mid 60s, was unifying, but which is now polarizing.

      Thanks again for dropping by, Alex!

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  3. I was asking myself the same question Alex asked, I think that song would never be played today, at least here where I' m living. Btw I knew supremes who doesn't?! I like the picture with walking cane(or umbrella?) i suppose they were very young when they reached the success?

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    1. Hi, Katia!

      I am delighted to see you, my dear friend! Thank you very much for returning to Shady Dell Music & Memories!

      I'm glad you noticed the artwork on those Supremes record sleeves. More so than other Motown girl groups of the 60s, The Supremes were groomed to be glamorous and sophisticated in order to maximize their appeal to mainstream white audiences. It worked! The Supremes eclipsed all the others.

      The girls were still in high school when they first formed and called themselves the Primettes. They recorded two sides for Detroit's small Lupine label and hung out after school at the Motown headquarters where they pleaded with M-town mogul Berry Gordy to let them make records for his company. Gordy allowed Diana and her friends to clap and sing backing vocals on the recordings of established Motown stars, but told them they were too young to make their own records. He basically said to them, "Finish school then... come see about me." In January of 1961, Gordy agreed to take a chance on the girls, changed their name to the Supremes, and signed them to Motown. The rest is music history.

      Thank you again for being a great friend and coming to visit, dear Katia. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  4. I always enjoy these posts Shady, I think my favourite song from this post is the Karen Kelly number. I can't believe she wasn't a star! She's great.

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    1. Hi, Sarah!

      How are you, my dear English friend? Thank you very much for coming over for this weeks post, my 13th volume of Echoes of the Spectorian Era.

      I'm pleased to know that your ears matched mine and Mrs. Shady's and that you enjoyed the Karen Kelly recording. If you listen to "A World Without Love," particularly the version by Bobby Rydell, you will realize that the bridge of "Don't Let the Hurt" is derived from it:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEfh1AYW2cQ

      I am also happy you agree that KK had star potential, both as a singer and a songwriter. (She penned the A side of this single, "Nobody's Girl.") It seems clear to me that the traditional girl group, girl pop and teen pop sound was fading from fashion by the time KK got this record released. It might have done a lot better in 1963 before the British moptops took over the music scene. Case in point: Lesley Gore had four top 5 singles in a row in 1963 but, in 1964 and beyond, never even reached the top 10.

      Thanks again for your friendship and support, dear friend Sarah!

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  5. Tom,

    I did in fact enjoy this morning's mewsic installment. Most of the artists aren't new to me but all the songs definitely I've never heard before now. The Walker Brothers is a newer intro. I came across them in recent years. Their style remind me a lot of the Righteous Brothers. "Love Her" is a beautiful song. I so glad you shared it with me! The next artist Karen Kelly I vaguely recall her from a previous post. I found "Nobody's Girl" on YouTube to listen to again but is new to me but I think I prefer "Don't Let the Hurt Show" over her more popular tune. She's definitely talented and it's a shame she didn't find her place among the stars. Thanks for sharing and for visiting. It's gonna be an extra long holiday weekend for us with DH off work tomorrow. Yay for me! Have an enjoyable Memorial weekend, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming over again during your official hiatus. I am pleased to see you!

      Yessum, in this edition of Echoes there are some familiar faces and voices but less well known recordings. As you know I always strive to find rare relics for you to sample, like the seldom heard "Run, Run, Run" and "Love Her."

      I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed the Walker's echo drenched Spectorian love ballad, and I'm also delighted to know that you favored Karen Kelly's fab flip, "Hurt," over her better known A side. Karen maintains a presence on YouTube, often replying to the comments that her fans post beneath her songs, and sharing interesting tidbits about her career and personal life. For example, Karen wrote:

      << I still live in the (Nashville) area and have written many songs over the years. I wrote one of Johnny Paycheck's first songs on Little Darlin Records in early 60's. "The Girl they talk About" Was married to Tommy Allsup of Buddy Holly fame 32 years. >>

      For complete details on that story, check out my reply to Mrs. Shady's comment above.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cathy. I hope you and DH have a safe and restful holiday weekend!

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  6. My husband loves Motown music and the Supremes ranked right up their for him.

    My favorite version of Unchained Melody is the Righteous Brothers version, but I don't think I've ever heard "He" before. These days it would qualify as Contemporary Christian and would play on SiriusXM's CCM channel called "The Message". It's one I keep on my pre-tuned band, though I mostly listen to the "Watercolors" Jazz channel. I think my second most listened to channel is "70s on 7". :)

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend, and for participating in our discussion of these seldom heard Spectorian sounds.

      You should ask your husband if he knows this Supremes single "Run, Run, Run," a fine dance number that should have been a hit, but instead barely made a dent in the Hot 100, lasting only two short weeks and never rising above #93. I didn't know about it myself until I did research for this series.

      I'm sure you remember how the Righteous Bros. ballad "Unchained Melody" gained popularity a second time around when it was prominently featured in the Demi Moore movie Ghost. "He" was a Dell biggie. Whenever it started to play on the jukebox, rats stopped their hell raising, took to the floor in pairs, and silently swayed, often shedding a tear or two before the song was over. I know I did.

      Thanks for letting me know about the various channels available on satellite radio these days. I'm willing to bet that I would enjoy that 70s channel.

      Thanks again for your supportive visit and comment, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

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  7. Hi Shady! Hope your getting ready for this weekend that will usher in Summer and I'm sure bring many memories of the Dell in the Summer when dancing and hanging out there was the best. It is hard to imagine the Supremes not being at the top of the charts. When you hear the sound of Karen Kelly and I really like that song BTW, it makes you wonder why she didn't hang in there and become a star and the Supremes went on to be huge stars even with some tunes not making it. It struck me funny that the Walker Brothers were heading over the pond when the British invasion was heading here! I'm sure they didn't have as much of a welcome as the Beatles did here, but they probably would have been lost in that Beatlemania if they didn't make the move to England. Following your posts and learning about these artists always makes me think that it's being in the right place at the right time and good 'ol luck that makes the stars shine. Thanks for a fun post again and have a good weekend. I'm betting you'll have more sun than us!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for dropping in for my latest edition of Echoes, dear friend!

      Yessum, I have many fond memories of summers at the Dell. With 100 rats crammed into the dance hall and bopping to tunes, the body heat sometimes became too much to take. However we didn't need to miss a beat thanks to the outdoor concrete dance terrace where John rigged remote speakers that played the music from the dance hall jukebox for everyone in the courtyard to hear. Festive colored lanterns were strung overhead, making it a magical nighttime experience. Good times!

      Yessum, luck has a lot to do with success, it seems, and you also need good timing. It helps to be in the right place at the right time. The Primettes, school chums at the time, hounded Berry Gordy until he eventually agreed to give them at shot at making Motown records. They became the Supremes and released 8 singles with only one top 30 record to show for it. If Berry had pulled the plug on the group after "Run, Run Run" failed to generate much interest, the world would never have known all the superb recordings the Supremes made in the years since, not to mention all of Diana Ross's solo recordings. She might have ended up a secretary singing in the shower.

      Karen Kelly seemed to be at the right place - Nashville -("Music City"), but maybe the timing wasn't right for her to be releasing girl pop sounds late in 1964 when American record buyers were gravitating to Brit bands, the Beach Boys and The Motown Sound. The Walker Bros. are one of the many American recording acts that had greater success with their records in the UK than back home. Jersey girl Madeline Bell is another good example.

      I'm so glad you enjoy listening and learning from my posts. Thanks again for joining the fun. I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend, dear friend YaYa!

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  8. Hi Shady,

    I love the Supremes and I'm surprised "Run, Run, Run" didn't get a higher position in the charts. You're probably right about the mood.

    I really liked the other songs too, especially the Righteous Brothers one.

    Have a great Thursday, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      How are you, dear Philly phriend? :)

      I'm happy to know you are a fan of the Supremes, and I am willing to bet your dad is, too. I lived through the John F. Kennedy assassination and, as I remember it, the mood of the country was very bleak and depressed for several weeks after that fateful day in late November. The two biggest catalysts that pulled Americans out of that funk were the contoversial "dirty" record "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen, quickly followed by a one-two knockout punch from the Beatles - "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You." I think this Supremes single simply got lost in the shuffle as those edgier new forms of music - garage rock and Brit band pop - took America by storm.

      I'm pleased you also liked the religious record by Bill & Bobby.

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend JM, and have a great holiday weekend!

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  9. Hi Shady.
    I'm listening to Run, Run, Run for the second time. Really hard to believe that it only reached #93 on the chart.
    I enjoyed the single by Dorothy Berry. Those hits of the 60s were so rich with horns. I love the brass accents in these songs.

    The Righteous Brothers hit He is new to me. It's nice. I also liked the Walker Bros song.

    KK has a fabulous voice. Great B-side!

    Thanks for giving us some fun throwback sounds. It's a wonderful way to start my friday!
    Have a good weekend my friend.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for joining the fun in Echoes 13, dear friend!

      I agree with you about "Run, Run, Run." It has clever lyrics. It has that trademark H-D-H beat which makes it very danceworthy. It has that deep, throaty sax. It has Diana Ross on lead vocals and the sweet Supremes harmony - all of the elements present on their biggest hits - yet the record flopped. I'm willing to bet that if the single had been re-released after they became superstars it would have become another of their hits.

      I'm very pleased to know that you found something to enjoy in all of the Spectoresque recordings presented in this edition.

      As I mentioned in another reply, it makes me happy to see an artist like KK maintaining a presence on YouTube, chatting with her fans, and sharing interesting trivia and anecdotes about her recording career in the 60s and 70s.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Michele. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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  10. Some great music here as per usual, damn it's cold here

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  11. Hi Shady. I'm sorry to be so late coming by. I listened to "Run, Run, Run" twice also. It didn't do much for me the first time, but, the second time was better. I think when I hear the song, it just doesn't give me the Supremes feel. You have mentioned before that JFK's assassination and the coming of the Beatles could have had a negative impact on some of the record charting during that time, and I think it is quite possible. This is a well performed song, and the instrumentation is very good.

    Oh my goodness..."He" by the Righteous Brothers is one I haven't heard in so long. How beautiful, and how nice of you to feature this one-their voices were so perfect to nail the song. And, I love the Walker Brothers (I didn't know that was their name) "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". What a sad song, but beautiful! Good job on the pretty song, "Love Her" also. Again, strong voices and music.

    Some of the name titles were so long during that time, weren't they! "Don't Let The Hurt Show Through". You know, I do like this song, and right off it made me think of Dinah Shore, go figure! And, Dorothy Berry's "You're So Fine" is a good one.

    All of these findings are really special, Shady. These songs signify the very heart and soul of the artists, even when their efforts were not duly noted. But, here you are, giving them the right to be heard again! Don't you know the artists that you feature each week would be so honored that you write about them and play the songs they recorded so long ago. (doesn't seem that long ago, though).

    I'm sorry to be so late on this one. A lot is going on in my neck of the woods lately.

    And, I am so sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. My thoughts and prayers are for this great lady, her family, and for you! Have a nice weekend! ♫

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