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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Clinically Proven: The Epic Odyssey of a Band Called The Soul Clinic, Part 5


 THEY PLAYED FUNKY SOUL AND R&B... 

 PRODUCING A SOUND SIMILAR TO THAT 

 OF SLY & THE FAMILY STONE. 





 HAD THEY STUCK TOGETHER LONGER 

 DON CORNELIUS MIGHT HAVE INTROED 

 THEM AS THE "WAY ABOVE AVERAGE 

 BLACK AND WHITE BAND!" 






 THEY WERE THE EIGHT... 


 THEY WERE THE GREAT... 


THEY WERE 




Welcome back. For the last week-and-a-half we've been checking in and checking out The Soul Clinic, the edgy R&B band from York, Pennsylvania.
I was thrilled when the guys consented to this their first interview in 43 years and agreed to tell all, uncut and uncensored, right here on Shady Dell Music & Memories.

I'd like to begin today's round by reminding you that horns were making hits in the late sixties. Horns were featured in many popular soul, R&B, funk, pop and progressive rock recordings. Here's an excellent example, the Carolina Beach Music sound of the blue-eyed soul band The O'kaysions.

 "Girl Watcher" - The O'Kaysions (September 1968, 
 highest chart position #5 



S.D. KNIGHT: In previous segments we got to know a few of the members of The Soul Clinic. Now it's time to learn a thing or two about the band's lead singer, Tony Scott, who passed away several years ago. In newspaper articles published in the sixties there was apparently some confusion over Tony's age. One of them stated that Soul Clinic personnel ranged in age from 15 to 25. Rick Dillman, having joined at age 14 1/2 you were the baby in the band. When I look at pictures of Tony I get the impression that he was a lot older than 25. Please set the record straight. How old was Tony Scott?


------------------   Tony Scott 

 RICK DILLMAN: Tony was 40-ish. 

 LARRY SMITH: We didn't want to freak people out 
 by telling them Tony's real age! 

 MIKE EADS: Tony was definitely older than 25 and I think 
 he was in his early 40's already. 

S.D. KNIGHT: A band made up of seven high school and college age guys and a lead singer in his 40s is a rather unusual formation. Where did Tony Scott come from and
how did he become part of The Soul Clinic?



 RICK DILLMAN: 

 Tony's real name was Willie 

 Drummond.. but to avoid 
 confusion we can continue to 
 refer to him as Tony Scott. 
 Tony was a total hedonist. 
 He had a habit of stretching 
 the truth and saying things 
 for shock effect. Anything 
 that could improve his 
 mystique he would put 
 forward as fact. 


S.D. KNIGHT:  Any truth to the rumor that Tony Scott was "The Fifth Beatle"?  Don't answer that!

 RICK DILLMAN:  Tony once told me he sang backup for 
 Little Richard. Dick Gayman (manager of The Epics) said 
 Tony came into town with the York Fair, singing with the 
 Black Girl strip side show. I actually saw him playing guitar 
 to a large black stripper singing "Give Me Money". I had 
 snuck in to see the girls. lol. Imagine being a 14-16 yr old 
 and dealing with all these oddities, coming to terms with 
 maturation, sexuality, etc. and being in close proximity to 
 Tony's goings on...lol..Pretty cool huh...haha. A real life 
 education on the fly. Coming of age with the girls, the 
 notoriety, the access... way cool. 

 LARRY SMITH: 

 I've had both Dick Gayman 
 and Barry Shultz tell me that 
 Tony came from Canada and 
 was traveling with the Girly 
 Show band appearing at fairs 
 & carnivals. Others thought 
 he came from down south. 
 Tony decided to stay in York 
 because of a woman, of 
 course, named JOAN.  He 
 moved in with her and some- 
 time after, got a job at the 
 Cole Steel plant in York. That's where he met Dick Gayman 
 who also worked there. They would go to lunch sometimes 
 and they would talk music.  Although Tony was quite the 
 womanizer, Joan always took him back.  As I mentioned in 
 Monday's segment, Dick Gayman and Jeff Hildebrand are the 
 guys most likely responsible for drafting Tony into an early 
 version of The Epics which evolved into The Soul Clinic.  

 TED SAXON:

 I remember Tony singing 

 in a pre-Epics band called 
 The King Cobras. I played 
 guitar for them for a while 
 and Jeff Hildebrand was 
 on drums. It only lasted 
 about six months and we 
 only had one or two gigs. 


S.D. KNIGHT: Okay, guys, back to our timeline. When we
left off it was December 1967. Trumpet player Rick Dillman had joined The Soul Clinic the month before and the guys savored the experience of talking shop with David Ruffin of the Temptations in a limo at Lehigh University. Where else did The Clinic play in the final days of 1967?

 LARRY SMITH: We were back at Altland's Soul Ranch on 
 December 23rd 1967. That Christmas performance was 
 significant because pictures taken of the band show our 
 updated lineup with new member Rick Dillman among us. 
 Rick is seen below on the right end of the back row.  


 The guy in the brown V-neck is Mike Leash, our former 
 trombonist, who had joined the Air Force and was back 
 home on leave. Mike came to see us play at Altland's 
 Ranch and had some pics taken with us. As we said before, 
 when Mike left for the service in the fall of 1966, Clark Miller 
 joined the band as trombone player and singer. 

S.D. KNIGHT: It is now my pleasure to welcome Mike Leash to the conversation. Mike, what memories spring to mind when you think about your years playing trombone in the band that was then known as The Epics but is now fondly remembered by one and all as The Soul Clinic?


 MIKE LEASH: 

 When I think back to my 
 Soul Clinic days, I have 
 immediate visions of Tony's 
 impeccable "do"; his awe- 
 some performance of  
 "You Waited Too Long" 
 by the Five Stairsteps; 
 a lot more practice sessions 
 than gigs; and a great group 
 of guys who loved R&B. 


 "You Waited Too Long" - Five Stairsteps & Cubie 
 (June 1966, highest chart position #94) 



S.D. KNIGHT: How did you get started as a musician, Mike?

 MIKE LEASH: Growing up in a musical family I started 
 playing trumpet in second grade, and was later forced to 
 baritone because there were too many trumpet players. 
 Having never seen a baritone in a soul band, I switched 
 to valve trombone during high school. While I missed the 
 glory days of the Soul Clinic due to a 4 year stint in the 
 Air Force, it certainly was an experience that ignited my 
 passion to make music my life. 

S.D. KNIGHT:  Thanks for being here, Mike. I'm going to ask you to tell us about your post-Clinic music career later on so please stick around! Continuing now with our Epic Odyssey, the year 1967 came to a close with a Soul Clinic gig at the Sunny Club in Camp Hill.


A poster listing the club's December 1967 entertainment schedule reveals that The Clinic played December 30th in 

a show headlined by The Fantastic Johnny C.

 (Caution: audio comes in hot!  Turn down loudness.) 

 "Got What You Need" The Fantastic Johnny C 
 (Feb. 1968, highest chart position #56 Hot 100/#32 R&B



S.D. KNIGHT: Mike Eads, what memories do you have of playing The Sunny Club?

 MIKE EADS:  We played the 'Sunny Club' on numerous 
 occasions and backed up several national acts there. 
 I remember doing Billy Stewart ('Summer-time'). 

 RICK DILLMAN:  The last time we played the Sunny Club 
 we drew almost 1000 kids and after the show the owner 
 refused to pay us. We went to the Musicians Union for help 
 and nothing ever came of it. It was one of our best 
 performances, marred by bad management. 

S.D. KNIGHT: The timeline now moves forward to 1968, a breakthrough year for The Soul Clinic. Let's take a look at a hand written list of show times for The Clinic and three other acts. Where did that show take place and who is Twila?



 LARRY SMITH: That show was for Strayer Junior College 
 in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 20, 1968.  Rick 
 Terlazzo was attending there at the time and the school 
 asked him to book us and some other acts. They told him 
 how much money was budgeted and Rick went to our 
 agent and sax player, Bob Hubbard, from Harrisburg. 
 That's who wrote that set list! Twila Howard was a singer 
 who at one time had an act called Twila and the Twilights 
 which included Jeff Hildebrand on drums.  At the Strayer 
 show Bob Hubbard was promoting Twila and he backed 
 her up on sax with our rhythm section. 


 As you can see from the entry in my old date book above, 
 The Intruders and George Clinton and the Parliaments 
 were the headliners of that Strayer show.

 "Don't Be Sore at Me" - The Parliaments (November 1967, 
 uncharted B side of "All Your Goodies Are Gone") 





 RICK TERLAZZO: 

 Strayer was located just 
 two blocks from the 
 White House on 14th St. 
 The Homecoming Dance 
 where The Soul Clinic 
 played was held at the 
 Willard Hotel which was 
 also two blocks from the 
 White House, only on 
 Pennsylvania Avenue. 


 LARRY SMITH: On February 3rd, 1968, a couple of weeks 
 after the Strayer show, we opened for the Artistics at 
 West York High School. 

 "This Heart of Mine" - The Artistics (January 1966, 
 highest chart position #115 Hot 100/#25 R&B



S.D. KNIGHT: West York High School was one of the many local venues The Soul Clinic played in 1968. I caught one of your shows at York College in March of that year while I was home from Penn State on spring break. As I pulled into the parking lot of the college that night, WSBA was playing the new one by Arthur Conley.

 "Funky Street" - Arthur Conley (March/April 1968, 
 highest chart position #14) 




 LARRY SMITH: Good memory! That York College concert 
 took place Saturday March 18th. We also played there 
 Saturday May 11th (York County Youth Council affair), 
 a private gig. The year before, on May 5, 1967, we 
 played a 24 minute set at what was then York Junior 
 College. It was a "Battle of the Bands", but we were 
 paid $300.00 total. Hey, that was 1967 $$!! Ya know??  
 Then, Saturday November 18th, 1967, we were back for 
 another show. 

S.D. KNIGHT: We now come to a major milestone in the history of The Soul Clinic... the making of your record. 

Rick Terlazzo, how did that opportunity come about?

 RICK TERLAZZO: Someone from the Bay Sound label 

 out of Baltimore heard us play "So Sharp" on stage and 
 liked it. They brought us in and we recorded it with 
 producer/engineer George Massenburg who went on 
 to record many well known acts. He also invented the 
 parametric equalizer around 1970 and is still involved 
 in the music industry. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Do you remember which venue you were playing when the Bay Sound rep discovered you?

 LARRY SMITH:  I'm not sure about this. Even back then, 
 as young as we were, we weren't suckers. You don't 
 believe every guy who comes up and says "We're gonna 

 make a record for you."! So I don't remember where. 

S.D. KNIGHT: On what date were the two sides of your single recorded and when was it released?

 LARRY SMITH: Both sides were recorded at Bay Sound 
 Studios in Baltimore, MD, on Friday March 29, 1968. 
 The 45 was released on Monday May 6, 1968. 

S.D. KNIGHT: What do you remember about the Bay Sound recording session?

 RICK DILLMAN:  We brought in another trumpet player to 

 double the trumpets and also a baritone sax player. So we 
 had two trumpets, two saxes, and one valve trombone. 
 I remember having a lot of trouble getting all of us in tune. 
 Larry had some kind of a squeak in his bass drum pedal 
 that none of us could hear. The engineer kept stopping us 
 to try to find the squeak, finally oiling the pedal. We got 

 the music recorded pretty quickly after that, maybe three 
 takes each. Then we all went into the control room for 
 Tony to record the vocal track. First he insisted on the 
 lights being turned way off, then up a little for mood and 
 then he sat down on a stool and said he wasn't going to 
 sing. We said WHAT??? He said he would only sing if 
 his name was on the writing credits for the B side song 
 "No One Loves Me Anymore." We had agreed to only 
 put Mike and Ted on the song credits but Tony threw 
 a hissy fit. We finally had to agree and that's how Tony's 
 name got on the record. Tony had a bad case of LSD... 
 (Lead Singer's Disease) lol. 


 MIKE EADS:

 That's right. Ted Saxon 

 and I wrote the B side 
 song "No One Loves 
 Me Anymore." Tony 
 had nothing to do with 
 it other than maybe 
 change a word or two 
 ..... literally. He pulled 
 the old .. "lead singer 
 ego trip"... on us at the 
 last minute. He insisted 
 his name go on it as co- 
 writer or he wouldn't sing it in the studio. Guess he figured 
 he'd get some royalty money that way, not to mention his 
 ego bolstered. But Ted nor I ever got a dime for it. 
 Needless to say, neither did Tony. 

 RICK DILLMAN: As I remember it we wrote the tune 
 "No One Loves Me Anymore" collectively. Most every- 

 one in the band contributed. The writing of the tune was 
 a group effort after Mike and Ted wrote the chord 
 structure. They came up with the chording and the feel 
 of the song. Clark, Bruce and I wrote the horn parts 
 together during one practice session. Bruce wrote the 
 lyrics on the spot that same day. Larry and I dispute 
 who wrote the drum break but I can assure you that 
 I did...haha.. He was struggling with finding something 
 suitable and I came up with the bump bump ba bump.. 
 lol.. Rick T helped us with the harmony for the horn parts 
 also. We put the tune together during one practice in 
 Clark's basement where we always rehearsed. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Let's get a first hand account from the man himself, Clark Miller. Welcome to the interview, Clark! Tell us what you remember about those Soul Clinic practice sessions at your home.

 CLARK MILLER: 

 The Clinic used to practice 
 at my house in East York 
 because we had a large 
 basement where we could 
 bring all the gear. The house 
 was in a quiet suburban 
 neighborhood. Nobody 
 parked on the street. 
 Everyone had driveways 
 and well-manicured lawns. 
 You always knew when the 
 band was practicing because cars would line the street and 
 all sorts of unsavory looking characters would be wandering 
 about. 

 Neighbors, lock your doors! 

 
 The Soul Clinic’s around! 

 The basement was cool because it had access to the 
 outside at ground level, so we could sneak in and out 
 without my mom (everyone knew Doris) knowing about 
 it, or so we thought. It also had a pool table and a fridge 
 with a lighted 6 foot long sign above the table displaying 
 “Soul Clinic” that someone made in art class. 

 So, during breaks in practice, we’d all place our bets 
 on the table, hoist a few beers, and let loose our inner 
 pool sharks. The music would get quite loud in that 
 confined space and we just kept turning up the volume, 
 but no matter how loud we made it, it could not drown 
 out the thump thump thump of my mom’s high heels as 
 she was marching down the basement stairs fuming 
 with righteous indignation that we had invaded her 
 peaceful abode. And she would start her tirade in 
 grand fashion, not to the band, but to me, with me 
 looking totally embarrassed in front of my friends. 
 Fortunately, she was easily charmed, and one thing 
 that we had in the band was an abundance of charm. 


------------  Rick "The Face" Terlazzo  

 I think Terlazzo was her favorite because he was so good 
 looking, and she was always a sucker for a pretty face. 


------------  Larry "The Pacifier" Smith 

 And Larry, with his gift of gab, could pacify a charging 
 elephant, so in the end, she backed off, having felt not 
 a wall of resistance, but a warm embrace of the band. 
 Thank God, because I would have blown my stack! 
 And then there was my little punk brother Mike always 
 hanging out getting in the way, but kind of a band mascot. 
 I think he tried every form of intoxicant in existence by 
 the time he was 14. Where did he get this stuff? 
 Ah, hey, you know musicians… 

S.D. KNIGHT: Great story, thanks Clark! Alright, all that practicing paid off when The Soul Clinic went to the studio and waxed a record. It's time to hear the funky sound you cats were puttin' down, beginning with killer bee side of the single!

 "No One Loves Me Anymore" - The Soul Clinic 
 (May 1968,  B side of "So Sharp") 



Now let's turn our attention to the better known A side of that Soul Clinic 45. "So Sharp" is a cover of a record released in July of 1967 by Dyke and the Blazers, a Buffalo R&B/Funk group. "So Sharp" by Dyke and the Blazers grazed the top 40 on the R&B chart but merely bubbled under the Hot 100, never climbing above #130.

Dyke and the Blazers are best known for their hit record "Funky Broadway" which cracked the top 20 R&B, reached
its zenith at #65 on the pop chart, and earned a spot on
my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell at #79.

 "Funky Broadway" - Dyke & the Blazers (April 1967, 
 highest chart position #65 Hot 100/#17 R&B



Less than four years after the release of "Funky Broadway," lead singer Dyke Christian was shot to death at age 28.



We've waited long enough! It's time to hear the energetic cover of "So Sharp" recorded and released 44 years ago by The Soul Clinic. This record is currently selling for $75 USED on eBay. I'm glad I still have my copy!


 Get ready, gang, for the hippest trip in R&B! 

  You can bet your last money... 

 it's gonna be a stone gas, honey. 

 It is my pleasure to present an eight man 

 contingent from the White Rose City... 

 home of the real nitty gritty.  They're doing 

 a little something for us called "So Sharp." 


 Let's get some 

 hands together 

 and give it up 

 for those  

 solid senders... 

 they're no 

 pretenders... 

 you must 

 remember... 


 THE SOUL CLINIC! 


 "So Sharp" 

 The Soul Clinic (May 1968) 





 Which gig was the high point 

 of The Soul Clinic's career? 

 On which TV dance show 

 did the band perform? 

 Which Clinician threw a shoe 

 to a frenzied female fan? 





 The answers are coming up 

 Friday in Part 6 of 

 Clinically Proven! 


Have a Shady day!

27 comments:

  1. I'm truly amazed by how well you've put these posts together, Shady. This really is an epic story and you've done a great job documenting it. I'm sorry I missed the last installment. I just caught up and read it.

    I think it's really cool that Tony was 40+ playing music with a much younger group of people. Music has a marvelous way of bringing us all together and rendering our differences completely irrelevant. It's a wonderful thing!

    Have a fantabulous day, Shady!

    (p.s. Your "woodmen's carnivals in the PA mountains" comment cracked me up! As did the pole dancing dino reference at Belle's. Thank you for the laughs! :D)

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    1. Hi, JJ! Bringing people together is what it's all about for me. I very much appreciate your visit today and the fact that you even backed up and read the post you missed. Those woodsmen's carnivals were real! They staged all sorts of competitions including log pulling, timed tree sawing and log splitting events and many others. The smell of fresh cut lumber filled the air and it's a favorite childhood memory of mine. Glad you like my dinosaur humor! I enjoy playing with you! Thank you very much, dear Jenn, for coming to see me here. Your friendship and support are greatly appreciated!

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  2. Wow, so much detail by all these guys makes you almost feel like you have known them for a long time. Those guys must have had the best time reliving all these memories and seeing them come alive on your blog. Thanks again for all the hard work bringing their story into our world. Hope the storm didn't treat you too bad.

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    1. Hi, Odie! Yes, I feel like I know these guys very well by this time. We've been working together for the better part of a year to assemble all these stories and rare pictures. I am very proud to be getting all this on the record. Storm Beryl was a blessing for our part of the state because we were parched. Beryl brought fresh, cooling breezes and periodic bands of rain. Nothing even close to severe. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, good buddy, and have a great day way up north in Carolina!

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  3. Oh I love sly and the Family Stone! If you Want Me To Stay is my favourite of theirs! I hope you're having a nice week Tom, you seem to have sent some sunshine over here!

    Emma x

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    1. Hi, Emma! And you were nice enough to send some of your Irish rain my way... thank you! I'm glad you could relate to Sly & the Family Stone and I hope you are enjoying the stories of The Soul Clinic. There are some wacky misadventures yet to come so please stay close. The next chapter gets pubbed Friday. Thank you very much for coming across the pond, dear Emma, and have a delightful day in Dublin!

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  4. I'm late off the mark today, but this was a most enjoyable read and listen no matter what time of day it is.

    First, I am struck by how very young Rick Dillman was. I see my own 15 year old and just think that probably wouldn't be possible anymoe in this day and age. Again, I am impressed they were able to keep up with school, etc. and maintain such a great band.

    That Tony/ Willie was in his 40's at that time- wow! Maybe I missed it, but is he still living? A whole book could be written about him.

    Has the Soul Clinic ever reunited in more contemporary times?

    This was yet another fascinating post, my friend, and I thank you for bringing it to us. Between my post and yours this week, I have spent a lot of time enjoying the 60's!

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    1. Hi, Shelly! I am so relieved to see you here, my dear friend! I found out last night that blogger.com screwed up and Monday's Part 4 post did not show up on the reader lists of some of my key friends including Belle, Odie and apparently you as well. I'm glad you found me today! Yes, baby faced Rick Dillman must have been an extraordinary trumpet player to gain entry into this fine band at age 14 1/2. Please scroll down to see Rick's reply to your comment. Tony Scott died a few years ago, and I'll have more on the circumstances in an upcoming post. Tony was a colorful character and his antics are chronicled throughout the series. Thank you ever so much for being here with me today, Shelly. I'm so glad you're enjoying the Soul Clinic saga as much as I'm enjoying bringing it to you. Have a great day, dear friend!

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  5. Hey Shelly. You are correct to find it hard to imagine a 14 yr old doing these things today. My older brother was first in the Conchords and so my parents thought he would look out for me. He left for college soon after and they couldnt dislodge me.haha. We had practiced at my house so my parents knew most of the gang so I guess they trusted them. Several of us have remained in touch and close for all these years and through Shadys blog have reconnected with the rest. Larry and I were laughing so hard the other night retelling some stories of Tony that will never make this blog.. lol.a character indeed.

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    1. Ricko, I shudder to think of the kind of stories that DIDN'T make it in! (LOL)

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  6. This just gets better and better. There's been some significant light shed on lead singer, Tony Scott, yet, he still remains a man of mystery. Will we ever know exactly where he came from, how old he was, when he died and from what???? To finally hear from Clark Miller was an absolute treat. Loved the story of their basement rehearsals and how it annoyed his Mom. And lastly, it was hilarious to hear the disagreements over who wrote and contributed what to the b-side of their record, "No One Loves Me Anymore". Friday just can't get here fast enough! Keep up the fantastic work, Shady. See ya then.........
    Your Pal,
    Daddy C

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    1. Hey, Daddy C! Thanks a lot for being here, good buddy! As I told Shelly there will be a little more info on Tony's death in one of the later posts so stay tuned for that. I agree that it was a thrill to hear from Clark and get his anecdote posted. Clark will also be back in a later segment.

      I'm proud to announce that the York Daily Record has taken notice of our series and is cross promoting it on the York Town Square blog:

      http://www.yorkblog.com/yorktownsquare/

      C'mon back Friday for lots more more fun, Daddy C. You can bet your last money it's ALL gonna be a stone gas, honey!

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  7. Wow! The details you have gone into in this post is remarkable! :) Not only did I get to enjoy some new music and music that I've known but got to learn so much about all of it as well! Great post as always! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kristina! This was a labor intensive series, that's for sure, but a labor of love nevertheless. Thank you very much for coming over for a look and a listen, and please give all your fur babies a treat from Shady!

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  8. Well, the story just keeps gettin better ,(so does your humor, Shady!)
    Tony had a wonderful voice! I really enjoyed,"So Sharp" and those HORNS!!!
    Mike Leash, I never knew just how YOU fit into all this, interesting!

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    1. Hi, Toni! It's wonderful to hear from you! I'm glad you appreciate Shady's humor. (Perhaps ATTEMPTS at humor would be more accurate.) Yes, Tony Scott had a great voice for this type of material and it's a shame that he and the guys didn't make more records together. You must know Mike Leash and I think I know where you're going with that but I don't want to be a spoiler. The rest of Mike's story is coming up in a later post so stay tuned. Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend, and have a Shady evening up your way!

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  9. I absolutely loved, "So Sharp." What a fun song with all the instruments sounding fantastic! Great dancing song also. The opening of "No One Loves Me Anymore" is very cool as is the rest of the song. Soul Clinic was a wonderful band; I can see why they were so popular.

    So funny about Clark's mom getting mad! I think it would be the same with most parents. Interesting and funny about "lead singer syndrome" Tony Scott. I think if I had written the song I would have been some pissed off. :) I certainly enjoyed "Funky Street" and I remember "Girl Watcher" very well. Great post and I am looking forward to more!

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    1. Hi, Belle! I enjoyed Rick Dillman's story about how he came up with the distinctive "bump bump ba bump" drum beat in "No One Loves Me." I was thinking maybe he got the idea from the "thump thump thump" of Clark's mom's high heels as she marched down to the basement to complain about the noise! (LOL) My mom was the same say. Seems all I ever heard from her was "TURN THAT DOWN!!!" (LOL) I'm so glad to see you and to know that you're having a good time checking into The Clinic. Have a wonderful evening in West Canada, dear Belle!

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  10. Wow, so much detail and research! So interesting to hear about this young band, and all of the struggles and travails along the way. I suppose fighting over song writing credit is all part of it. Now, I realize that times are different now, but back then didn't any of the parents think it was odd/worrisome that the lead singer was in his 40s? I don't suppose they knew about the strip shows... Just wondering! Thanks again for a most interesting segment. Enjoyed the Side A - a little bit Tower of Power-ish. Good stuff!

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    1. karen - You have good ears because The Soul Clinic was influenced by Tower of Power and some of the band members wanted to move in that direction. Divisive forces are common in bands and this eight man group was no exception. The vast age range was certainly one of the factors leading to the inevitable break-up. You will learn how it all played out in upcoming chapters. Maybe some of the Clinicians can answer your question about how much the parents knew of Tony's background. Thanks so much for following along with their story, karen. You are "so sharp" and I'm delighted to have you here, dear friend!

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    2. Rick (Lil D) DillmanMay 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      Karen, I can only speak about my parents re Tony Scott. By the time I joined the Soul Clinic I was more on my own in the bands than being chaperoned. It was incremental how this evolved, but it was born out of the Concords and then the Conchords, the older guys taking care of me etc. My parents knew some of the players like Rick T and Mike and Larry. They didnt really know Tony or his origins( neither did I..lol) but his stage presence was overwhelming and transcended everything else about him. We spoke about replacing him from time to time but his voice and stagecraft were the best in the area so we just bit our lips and went with it. Tony was one of a kind for sure.

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  11. Did my laundry before I finished reading this installment. I thought Tony looked "40-ish" one night watching the band at Soul Ranch. However, I don't remember any of Little Richard's songs having backup singer's. Maybe "I Don't Want To Discuss It?" LOL Regardless of his age, he filled out the band's sound well.
    I wish I could remember Clark's vocals as well as Buddy's---any recordings forthcoming? All I recall is he had a pretty damn good voice. I'd been curious to meet Clark, after having his dad as my French teacher at Dallastown. Fortunately, I drove Larry over to his house one day. Most of the guys from the band were there. Clark impressed me just as 'really good people'. However, it wasn't a rehearsal and I don't recall seeing the infamous cellar. I love the story about his Mom and how the guys kept her pacified.
    I think I first heard "So Sharp" when Larry played the record for me. He and Ken Coombs helped keep me going in 1968 when I stayed away from college, driving a '58 BelAir, later traded for a '68 Camaro RS.
    Thanks, Tom. I've wondered for years if George Clinton's Parliaments were the same one's who sang "I Wanna Testify". I forgot their follow-up "All Your Goodies Were Gone", AKA 'let hurt put you in the loser's seat'.
    Any chance of the complete, unexpurgated anecdotes of the Soul Clinic being "published?"
    Gotta run, "Hatfields and McCoys" is on.
    Later,
    Dell Rat Ron

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    1. Dynamite comments again, Ron! As you know I took German with Mr. Throne. I just looked in my 1966 yearbook under "Languages" and found F. Miller. Are you saying..."Frenchie"? I didn't know that! You have the inside scoop on a lot of the people involved here and I'm really appreciating your input. How about that killer bee by the Parliaments "Don't Be Sore"? I love it! 5 down and 4 to go, good buddy. Be here Friday for more music, memories and outrageous stories from The Soul Clinic!

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  12. Shady how the hell do you have so much music knowledge? Every time I come here I end up youtubing and saving bands I never heard of.

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    1. Hi, Israel! That's nice of you to say, good buddy, but I get most of my so called "knowledge" the same as you. I look stuff up on the internet. I love to "shop around" on YouTube to find the best live or studio clips possible, especially little known, seldom heard non-hits like the ones presented here by the Parliaments, Artistics, etc. I'm glad you dug some of these sounds and I hope you'll stick with us through the remaining chapters of the series. Thanks for coming, Israel!

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  13. OMG!!! What a sound! I listened to both records, and, 'So Sharp' was amazing. What a sound (again, I know). These guys were pros. And, the horns really brought it out there! I mean, the style was just as they said earlier...Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown-hey, they outdid 'Blood, Sweat & Tears'! That Tony was a real character, wasn't he? But, the younger guys weren't fools, that's good. And, by the way, all of your photos and posters are fabulous...yeah, they were cute guys, lol! What a good and smart thing to keep all of those items! Shady, these were true 'soul survivors'! Thanks for letting us hear the records-you've been busy, friend! See you soon♫

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    1. Hey, Susan! Just catching up with you here, dear friend. I'm so glad you're enjoying the ride and I hope you found all 9 chapters so that you don't miss any of the adventures and misadventures. The guys will be very pleased with your comments as am I. Thanks again, dear Susan!

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