In 1972, a crack Dell Rat unit was sent to prison by the Unific Court of Love for a crime they didn't commit.....
(Death by Disco).
These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the York, PA underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of soul and revivers of rock ‘n roll.
If you have a problem (with hip hop divas and gangsta rap)...
if no one else can help...
and if you can find them...
maybe you can hire...
who don't like these songs!
"Groovy Baby" - Billy Abbott (August 1963)
You're no good for her.
Nope! Wrong Billy.
The Billy Abbott in the D-Team spotlight is the 60's soul singer along with his backup group the Jewels. More about their "Groovy Baby" recording after some history.
A slang expression of the psychedelic 60's, “Groovy, Baby!” was resurrected in the Austin Powers films of the late 90's.
The origin of the term groovy can actually be traced back
to the 1930's and early 40's.
The word was used by jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong to refer to a fine piece of music - music that’s in the groove.
"You Didn't Look 'Round" - Lesley Gore (September 1965)
It started in the spring of 1963 with her number one smash and signature song "It's My Party." Over the next four years Lesley Gore released a long string of superb pop songs, successfully competing for chart space with English moptops.
I love Lelsey's velvet voice and assured vocal styling. Her singing always sounds effortless and that's the mark of a great talent. "You Didn't Look 'Round" was a hit just waiting to happen. In all probability the song would have gone Top 40 had it been released as the A side of a single. Instead this wonderful song remained tucked away in relatively obscurity as an album track. Let's listen to this lost pop treasure.
"Lonely Drifter" - O'Jays (September 1963)
Need more proof of the validity of Shady's Law? Try this one on for size! Throughout the 1960's, the sensational yet underrated O'Jays released one underachieving single after another. In the early 70's, the Gamble-Huff team began to work with the group and turned them into one of the leading TSOP acts of the decade. I'm glad the O'Jays finally got their props. That said, I strongly prefer the purity and simplicity of the O'Jays' 60's output to their slickly produced material on Philadelphia International during the 70's. The same holds true for the Detroit Spinners who gained success but lost their soul when they signed with Atlantic in the early 70's.
The earlier the better I always say, and that's why "Lonely Drifter," the very first release by the O'Jays to make the Billboard chart, is my Pick to Click. "Lonely Drifter" is an exquisite transitional soul recording that parallels the work
of Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. With an arrangement similar to that of "The Lonely Surfer," the hit instrumental released by Jack Nitzsche a few weeks earlier, "Lonely Drifter" shoulda been a stone smash; yet it only managed to reach #93 on the chart!
From September 1963, the final weeks of America's Age
of Innocence, here are the O'Jays with their awe inspiring "Lonely Drifter."
"Transistor Sister" - Freddy Cannon (August 1961)
In 1984 I had the pleasure of sitting next to Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon in a restaurant and chatting with him over dinner. Freddy had just finished performing a set of his hit songs in an oldies revival concert that also featured the Chiffons, the Earls and the Coasters, with special guest appearances by original members of the Flamingos and the Tokens, and Jewel "Birds and the Bees" Akens.
A Massachusetts native who first made it big in Bean Town, Freddy Cannon is now 70 years young and residing in Tarzana, California. I can't help wondering why Freddy didn't go by his real name, Frederick Anthony Picarellio, Junior. Kinda rolls off the tongue...
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