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

Friday, June 8, 2012

Clinically Proven: The Epic Odyssey of a Band Called The Soul Clinic, Part 9


 THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO 

 BECOMING A TOWER OF POWER. 





 WITH THEIR TALENT AND STREET CRED 

 IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN... AS IT WAS 

 FOR CHICAGO... ONLY THE BEGINNING. 





 THEIR NEXT SHOW, THEIR NEXT RECORD 

 MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE TICKET... 

 THEIR VEHICLE TO THE BIG TIME. 





 THEY WERE THE EIGHT... 


 THEY WERE THE GREAT... 


 THEY WERE 



Welcome to Part 9 of my exclusive interview with
The Soul Clinic of York, PA. For the past three weeks I've been playing This is Your Life with the members of the funky R&B ensemble. In parts 1 through 8, the guys entertained us with stories about the band's formation, the making of their record, the venues they played and big name acts with which they appeared. Today they're back to bring you the final chapter of their story including their break-up. Trust me. Before all is said and done there will also be some surprises!

S.D. KNIGHT: Guys, by this time I thought I heard it all: a female fan playing pitch and catch with Clark's shoe; another frisky feline trying to pull Little D's pants off; Rick Terlazzo falling off his seat and never missing a beat; Larry Smith getting roughed up by a pack of rowdy teens after a show; the Midwest tour that never happened; Tony Scott getting injected with a mystery substance hours before your most important New York gig. Turns out those weren't the band's only misadventures. Out of left field, in the top of the ninth, Steve "Crusty" Holder is stepping up to the plate ready to belt another one into the cheap seats. Crusty?

 "CRUSTY" HOLDER: 

 One ugly anecdote that 
 sticks with me to this 
 day was when we were 
 playing in West Virginia, 
 I think in the summer of 
 '69, and went to fast 
 food place for lunch. 
 We had just gotten 
 back in the car and 
 I remember these rednecks coming up to the car with fists 
 flying thru the open windows. "Go! Go! Go!" everyone yelled 
 and off I went. (How come I was always the one driving)? 
 Was I the only one Kranich trusted with his car? 

S.D. KNIGHT: Reminds me of that scene in Easy Rider, Crusty. I can picture The Soul Clinic gang riding up to that greasy spoon on Harley choppers!

 RICK DILLMAN: You aren't 
 too far off, lol. Here's what 
 happened. We were playing 
 in Charleston, West Virginia, 
 a college town, at a popular 
 college club. After our show, 
 we stopped at some burger 
 joint. By now the white guys 
 in the band had gone all the 
 way over to "hippy" and were dressed appropriately for late 
 60's drug culture. I had on my Hendrix black hat and ruffled 
 pink shirt and miliary jacket from my dads old war wardrobe, 
 homemade bellbottoms with Dingo boots. We sat down to 
 eat and promptly wads of wet tissue came flying at us 
 along with epithets like "hey fags", etc. We decided to take 
 our food out and headed to the cars. Three or four huge 
 Marshall College football players came over to Clark's side 
 of the car where he had the window down. They said "hey 
 man.. we want to appologize" and one guy stuck his hand 
 inside the car like he wanted to shake Clark's hand. As soon 
 as his huge arm was in the window he started pounding 
 Clark in the face. That's when we yelled for Crusty to 
 "Drive Drive Drive." Funny thing is they were probably at 
 our show earlier and loved us. Clark's face was bloodied 

 and his ego hurt, no doubt, but we all made it out alive. 
 Those guys were huge testosterone fueled meat-heads 
 and it could have been worse. We went back to our hotel 
 to lick our wounds and get stoned..lol 

 Only one thing to do, Wyatt. 


 Road trip. Mardi Gras. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Gentlemen, we have traced the entire history of The Soul Clinic from its roots and feeder bands through its triumphs and disappointments. We've come to the end of our road. When, where and why did the band break up?

 LARRY SMITH: I believe it was July or early August 1969. 

 MIKE EADS: 

 That's right. The Cheetah 
 was in the Summer of '69 
 cause we went to Boston 
 after that ... well, Lynn, 
 Massachusetts ...and that 

 was the last gig(s) of the 
 group. We broke up. I say 
 that because I ended up 
 driving a Mr. Softee truck 
 for the rest of the Summer 
 and my girlfriend Sally had 
 started the Summer term (69) at Penn State. 
 Then I started Penn State/York campus in the Fall of '69 
 (draft deferment!)  There no longer was any Soul Clinic 
 in the Fall of 1969. 


 RICK DILLMAN: I can't remember the date but it ended for 
 The Soul Clinic at the Aquarius Club. As Mike mentioned the 
 place was in Lynn, Mass. We think it was a mafia owned 
 club as we could smell hash smoke coming out of the base- 
 ment under our dressing room. The Aquarius was populated 
 by a lot of older ethnic men with very hot young ladies. All 
 of the men wore a pinky ring. We were under the stress of 
 having played for two weeks straight on the road. We had 
 just come from the Cheetah gig in New York and Lynn was 
 the complete opposite. I think I went through a cultural 
 crisis.  We were doing LSD at night after playing till 2 am 
 6 nights in a row. Tony and I got into a fight on stage and 
 he demanded that I be removed from the group. I decided 
 that it was time to drop out, which I did. The band broke 
 up after that. 


S.D. KNIGHT: As is the case with many bands, one of the issues that led to the break-up of The Soul Clinic was the debate over its future direction. Was it driven more by the generation gap that existed within the band or were you divided along the lines of race?

 LARRY SMITH: It was 40-ish (Tony) vs everyone else! 
 I think Ted & Bruce could have been persuaded to stay. 

 RICK DILLMAN: Toward the end our differences in musical 
 taste became apparent. I think it was mostly the white 
 guys wanting to go more rock and fusion and the black 
 guys wanting to stay in R&B. Some of the white guys 
 got into light drug use and gravitated towards acid rock, 
 Hendix, Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, etc. We wanted to 
 move the band more toward where Chicago Transit 
 Authority and Blood Sweat & Tears were heading. I also 
 wanted us to write more of our own stuff while others 
 just wanted to stay a cover band.  The pressures of 
 travel, musical differences and eight strong person- 
 alities finally took their toll.  We had played with some 
 of the greats, rubbed elbows with some of the best 
 musicians in the world and got close to our dream. 
 These were days that none of us will ever forget. 


S.D. KNIGHT: Rick, you said you got close to your dream. Larry was also quoted in an old news article as saying that the Soul Clinic had a dream. What was your dream?

 RICK DILLMAN: I think my dream was to be a player in 
 the music business. To make records and to be recognized 
 as a band. I felt like we got so close to getting signed and 
 making records on a big label that I thought my future was 
 in performing.  As we began to have more and more 
 demands on our time and started playing clubs 6 nights a 
 week, the dream kind of faded for me. But for one summer 
 we felt like we were on our way to stardom. 

 LARRY SMITH: 

 A few weeks after we broke up, 
 Clark and I were hanging out at 
 his place. The phone rang and it 
 was our Manager/Agent from NYC, 
 Ron Gitman. He said, "You gotta 
 get the guys together to do one 
 last gig!" "What?"  It was at 
 Madison Square Garden with an 
 All-Star line-up. The only one 
 I can remember was Donovan. 
 (We'd make an odd combination!) 
 I talked all the guys into it... except... TONY ABSOLUTELY 
 REFUSED REPEATEDLY. Hell, it would have been the biggest 
 venue we'd ever played!! I wanted to do it just to say we 
 PLAYED THERE!! 

S.D. KNIGHT: After the break up of The Soul Clinic did any 
of the guys wind up in other bands?


 RICK DILLMAN: Yeah, in 1969 Mike Eads, Larry Smith and I 
 joined Eric Qutierez and his brother Alan from the Loose Enz 
 to form my last professional band Trained Labor.  The Loose 
 Enz were a psychedelic pop band from York that The Soul 
 Clinic met in battle of the bands several times. 


 RICK DILLMAN: In the newspaper clipping above the guys 
 from the Loose Enz were identified as Eric Chester and 
 Alan Jackson because the two were half brothers. They 
 took Gutierez as their name when their mother remarried. 
 The new group, Trained Labor, was a five piece rock band, 
 two guitars, bass, drums, and I switched to electric flute 
 and we did covers of Jethro Tull, Hendrix and Traffic. 
 Unfortunately, Trained Labor broke up after six months. 
 Two weeks later Dave Bupp called us to try to sign us 
 with Oceanic Productions. He and Ron Gitman thought 
 we had a chance at national attention. 

In May of 1971 Larry Smith and Mike Eads moved to Boston and attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The following year they moved to an apartment in Cambridge which they soon shared with Ted Saxon who took weekly private lessons at Berklee on upright bass. After Ted moved out, another fugitive from The Clinic moved in: Rick Terlazzo. Rick had been accepted at Berklee but ended up not enrolling because he joined a Boston band called New England Smoke which included Larry, Mike and other Berklee musicians.


--------------------  Mike Eads  

Mike Eads stayed at Berklee two or three years then left for a touring gig with The Platters, later becoming the group's guitarist and music director. Today Mike is still playing guitar and working as a Musical Director in Seattle. Mike's credits include backing actress/singer Connie Stevens in her guest appearances on The Tonight Show.


--------------------  Larry Smith 

Larry Smith graduated from the Berklee College of Music, 
Cum Laude, in May 1975, with a Professional Diploma in Instrumental Performance. Today Larry continues to demonstrate his proficiency on drums, playing occasionally with several bands in and around New Hope, Pennsylvania. Larry has jammed with the keyboard player for Blood Sweat 
& Tears, the guitar player for Ween, and George Laks, Lenny Kravitz's keyboardist of eighteen years.

S.D. KNIGHT: Mike Leash, the other day you explained that you missed the glory days of the Soul Clinic while you were away from York stationed with the U.S.A.F. Did you get back into bands following your military service?

 MIKE LEASH: 

 Yes. After the Air Force I went 
 on the road with a band out of 
 Texas. Through of series of un- 
 expected, yet well-connected 
 events I ended up back in York 
 in the mid-70s as a DJ at Q106 
 (105.7FM) and ended up spen- 
 ding 10 years in radio, moving 
 into sales and station manage- 
 ment. In 1986 I opened my 
 lifelong dream of a multi-track 
 recording studio, primarily pro- 
 ducing jingles and ad campaigns 
 for various local and regional 
 clients. In 1995 I took a break 
 from commercial production and began what I thought 
 would be a one-and-done studio project called the Class 
 of '60 Somethin'. The goal was to record some classic 60's 
 R&B with some of the area's best talent. After rounding up 
 various members of the Mag Men, Del-Chords, Custer's 
 Last Band and Class Act featuring Rita, we logged in over 
 100 hours of studio time and released Volume 1. 


 Now, 17 years later, this one-and-done studio project has 
 blossomed into Volumes 2, 3 & 4 and features live dance 
 parties every year. While a few of the original members of 
 the Class of '60 Somethin' have retired or moved on, the 
 great memories of White Oaks, Shady Dell and the Raven 
 still come alive twice a year at the York Expo Center. 
 Thank you, Soul Clinic, for a soul injection that has lasted 
 a lifetime! 


S.D. KNIGHT: Thank you for being here, Mike! Meanwhile, Concords founder and original Clinician Rick Terlazzo is still actively involved in music and performing in a popular band.



As noted earlier Rick (above) is currently playing keyboards for The Sting-Rays, a fine group of veteran musicians and vocalists that performs classic doo-wop/soul at venues in York and York County.


------------------   Rick Terlazzo 

 RICK TERLAZZO: One of the greatest benefits of playing 
 music with others, be it rehearsal or a gig, was that it 
 melted away all my problems. I missed that when I went 
 to the other side of the desk and started booking groups 
 from Maine to Key West and then for 12 years in Las 
 Vegas. Now after booking groups for 36 years I started 
 playing again, back in York, with "The Sting-Rays". 
 What's next ? 




The picture above shows Rick T in the back row, gray jacket, posing with the Sting-Rays. In front of Rick is The Professor, Dave Bupp, lead singer of the Magnificent Men, who made a guest appearance with the band at one of their gigs.

 Gentlemen, at this time I am delighted 

 to welcome back as my surprise guest 

 the Magnificent Man himself, Dave Bupp! 


 Dave is with us again today because 

 he has a few words to say about a 

 band called The Soul Clinic. Dave? 


 DAVE DUPP: I really liked the guys 
 in the SOUL CLINIC. They were a 
 bunch of great guys with talent to 
 match. After the Del-Chords split 
 up and Buddy and I hit the road 
 with THE MEN, the SOUL CLINIC 
 took it from there. They became 
 the local stars. I think they should 
 have recorded more songs. But 
 SO SHARP is classic!!! 
 Somewhere between me and Buddy 
 leaving town, the guys in the CLINIC 
 became hippies LOL!!! It was actually Larry Smith who 
 turned me on to CTA (Chicago), Blood, Sweat & Tears, 
 Hendrix, etc. They, like all of us, thought we had to 
 change with the times. Looking back now, I realize that 
 both the MEN and the CLINIC should have continued doing 
 R & B. No telling what the two groups could have 
 accomplished during the 70's. 


 How 'bout a nice round 

 of applause for Dave? 

...aaaaaw YEAH! 


S.D. KNIGHT: Crusty, I noticed you grinning like a Cheshire cat as Dave spoke. Do you know something we don't know? 


 STEVE "CRUSTY" HOLDER: I thought I had thrown out 
 all of my old Soul Clinic memorabilia but, as I mentioned 
 Wednesday, Patty had saved some in a scrapbook that 
 I located just this week in our storage unit here in good old 
 York, Pa. The greatest find of all is a set of pictures taken 
 at York College when the Soul Clinic played there along 
 with the Magnificent Men. The crowd shot above shows 
 Dave Bupp on stage during the Mag Men part of the show. 


 All these years I remembered playing in a show that also 
 featured the Magnificent Men and now I finally have the 
 picture to prove it. This means the York College event 
 that brought together the Mag Men and the Soul Clinic 
 probably took place in the fall of '68 instead of the spring. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Amazing, Crusty! Thanks for the updated info and for digging up those long lost, super rare pics just in time for today's finale! As you look at those pictures, Steve, and reflect on your year long stint with the band, what is your interpretation of the Soul Clinic experience?

 STEVE "CRUSTY" HOLDER: It was a great time overall 
 and a wonderful, unique experience that I feel privileged 
 to have had. The only regret I have is how suddenly it 
 ended. In some respects I feel like we blew a great 
 opportunity but then other times I think we were just a 
 victim of the changing music scene at the time. 


---------------   Steve "Crusty" Holder  

 I've got amazing memories of playing with the Soul Clinic. 
 I mean, the list of groups we got to open for and some- 
 times backup was incredible. Who would have thought 
 that Patty LaBelle would go on to be a superstar and one 
 of her backup singers, Cindy Birdsong, would move on to 
 the Supremes? 

 And the places we got to play! Just Google The Village Gate 
 in Greenwich Village and look at the list of performers that 
 played there. As Little D explained, we were there to be 
 heard by talent scouts from record studios. My memory of 
 the Village Gate show includes Tony running behind the 
 stage and barfing in the middle of a set because he shot up 
 something that day. I'll repeat what Rick said. Tony was 
 not a druggy. He just hooked up with someone in New York 
 who pushed him into it. That was the same weekend my 
 car ended up impounded at a pier because I left it in a 
 no parking zone. 

 I recently read an article in a history magazine on the 
 disco era and found that the Cheetah Club in NYC was 
 considered the granddaddy of the big discos (ie. Studio 54, 
 etc.) so we got to play at two of the most iconic venues 
 of that era. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Bruce Delauder, we haven't heard from you in
a while. What do you remember most about The Soul Clinic?


------------------   Bruce Delauder 

 BRUCE DELAUDER: There are many memorable occasions 
 with the group.  As Crusty mentioned one of them was 
 playing with Patti LaBelle and later seeing Cindy Birdsong, 
 one of her Blue Belles, become a member of the Supremes. 
 Other top memories include seeing the O’Jays, Manhattans, 
 Intruders, David Ruffin and the Parliaments on national TV 
 after having backed them up on stage. One of my most 
 memorable moments was playing at that Village Gate show 
 in New York City while Nina Simone was the main attraction 
 in the upstairs lounge. 


 Perhaps the most rewarding and heartfelt experience 
 playing in the Soul Clinic and all the groups has been 
 the camaraderie we had and how it exists to this very 
 day even though we don’t see or speak to one another 
 on a regular basis. And moreover how our love for music 
 hasn’t diminished at all over these years. 

S.D. KNIGHT: What's up with you these days, Bruce?

 BRUCE DELAUDER:  I’m still a music enthusiast, regularly 
 attending concerts in the metropolitan Washington DC 
 area. I have a family member who is currently in the music 
 business playing at the international level. My cousin, 
 Scott Ambush, is bass player for the jazz fusion band 
 Spyro Gyra. When Scott’s in the area I can't wait to 
 get my family tickets for the show. 

 S.D. KNIGHT: Ted Saxon, as far as you're concerned what 
was the best part about being a member of The Soul Clinic?


--------------------   Ted Saxon 

 TED SAXON: For me the best thing about being in 
 The Soul Clinic is the lifelong friendships that I made. 
 These are the best friends of my life. Traveling with the 
 guys was a brotherhood that has lasted through all 
 these years. When we talk or get together, it seems 
 time has stood still. The only thing I regret is that we 
 didn't get pictures with all the wonderful musicians 
 we played with. No one carried cameras back then. 
 We lived in the moment. 


 Ted Saxon & the Clinic at the 
 York College, Mag Men show 

 RICK DILLMAN: I'd like to add something about Bruce 
 and Ted. They are both humble gentlemen and reluctant 
 to blow their own horns if you will, but I can sum up their 
 relationship with The Soul Clinic by telling you that they 
 both loved this band and we all feel like brothers to this 
 day. I love these guys and have shared something that a 
 lot of people never get to share with anyone let alone 7 
 others. 

S.D. KNIGHT: Daddy C... any final thoughts to share about The Soul Clinic?

 THOM "DADDY C" COLSON: 

 I LOVED THE SOUL CLINIC! 
 I don't think there was ever 
 a better band to come out 
 of York, PA. I say that 
 because Dave Bupp and 
 Buddy King were the only 
 members of The Mag Men 
 to come from York. Don't 
 get me wrong...I loved 
 The Magnificent Men, but 
 The Soul Clinic was com- 
 pletely different from them 
 in that their sound was 
 grittier and somewhat funkier. It's amazing how all these 
 years later, I can still see and hear The Soul Clinic in my 
 head. Hard to believe they never got further than the local 
 "teen scene" because they certainly deserved to. Their 
 recording of Dyke & The Blazers' "So Sharp", backed with 
 "No One Loves Me Anymore" on Bay Sound records, is a 
 fine example of how talented these gentlemen were. But, 
 the record doesn't compare to the impact of their dynamic, 
 live performance. I feel so fortunate to have seen this 
 wonderful band as many times as I have. I'm 60 years 
 old now, and many memories of that era are beginning 
 to fade. My memories of The Soul Clinic have not. 
 I hope they never do! 

S.D. KNIGHT: Larry, If you'll excuse the pun, this has been an interview of Epic proportions. What's the one thing that you want people to remember about the Soul Clinic?

 LARRY SMITH: 

 We were always excited to 
 get out and play. It was very 
 important for us to move an 
 audience and always "bear 
 down" and go beyond what 
 you thought you were capable 
 of. Consistency was very 
 important. We wanted to be 
 the best we could be and 
 hopefully, one day make a 
 comfortable living doing 
 what we loved. 

 RICK DILLMAN: We were linked by music, laughter and 
 love for each other and will never forget the time we 
 shared trying make great music. 


------------------   Rick Dillman  

 I would like people especially in York to know that we were 
 one of them, that we played for them and appreciated all 
 their support. That we played as hard as we could to make 
 the fans have a good time every time we played. 

 LARRY SMITH: I am so grateful for the opportunities I've 
 had and the life long bond & shared experiences with my 
 comrades. I certainly never got "rich" playing music, but 
 music made me RICH in other ways. Even though I don't 
 play as much as I'd like to, I still play. I was fortunate to 
 have studied with, played with, or met some of the biggest 
 stars in the r n' b and jazz worlds. I love playing any style 
 and making it "groove". Especially rewarding is improvisation 
 between players.  When it happens just right, it can be 
 remarkably spiritual and satisfying! And...thanks to all of 
 you out there who enjoyed our performances and gave us 
 your energy!!  God bless! 

S.D. KNIGHT: On that note I will say thank you very much Larry Smith, Rick Terlazzo, Rick "Little D" Dillman, Mike Eads, Ted Saxon, Bruce Delauder, Clark Miller, Mike Leash, Barry Shultz, Steve "Crusty" Holder, Ed Furst, Steve Kranich, Thom "Daddy C" Colson and Dave Bupp for sharing your memories of The Soul Clinic!

 RICK DILLMAN:  I want to tell you that we love your blog 
 and are honored to be mentioned on it. It's a wonderful trip 
 back to some of our fondest memories. 

S.D. KNIGHT:  Thank you very much, Rick. I assure you that the honor is all mine!


 Special Comment: 

44 years ago, The Soul Clinic recorded and released their rendition of "So Sharp." When the record hit the street, it ramped up the excitement for eight guys who were already enjoying the heady perquisites of an up-and-coming band. During its lifespan The Clinic played at venues large and small, performing with some of the greatest names in Soul, R&B and Rock. In doing so, these eight got the chance to live a fantasy shared by many young men... to join a band, make a record, play on stage in front of an audience and experience the cheers and applause of appreciative fans.


A proud product of Soul Mecca York, The Soul Clinic emerged from the same primordial soup that wrought The Del-Chords and The Magnificent Men. There must have been something in the water supply back then. So many young people in Central Pennsylvania were drawn to soul music and R&B. Some, like the guys that I have introduced to you over the last three weeks, were compelled to join bands and make their own sweet music. Soul is a feeling. There's no way to teach it... no way to preach it. It's inside you. It was inside many of us back in old York. It was inside the Magnificent Men and The Soul Clinic. Soul flourished on the bandstand
at White Oaks and dominated the jukebox at the Shady Dell. I wouldn't trade that feeling for the world. None of us would.


The Soul Clinic had the right stuff to attain national stardom but the big break never materialized and they fell short of their dream. They might not have made it all the way to the top but they left an indelible impression on the minds, hearts and souls of their many fans including me and the rest of the Shady Dell's Rodentia Intelligentsia.


Clinically proven to provide fast, effective relief for anyone mired in the muck of musical mediocrity, The Soul Clinic was the real deal, a local dream team of musicians, singers and songwriters with a love of the music and a determination to make their mark by producing their own authentic brand. The Soul Clinic heeded the call, took up their instruments, hit the road and turned the function out.


The Soul Clinic meant something to me in my youth. I saw them perform. I bought their record and I still own it. The Soul Clinic means even more to me now. I idolize each and every one of these guys. It was a distinct pleasure getting to know them over the past year and working with them to produce this unprecedented 9-volume blog series. It wasn't easy...(more like a difficult birth, right guys?)...but nothing worth doing ever is. Now at long last their story has been told and everyone involved has a deep sense of satisfaction.


 They are the eight... 

 They are the great... 

 They are  The Soul Clinic

 They are a band of brothers to me 

 and we will be friends for life. 


 More than forty years after 

 they last performed together 


 legend lives on... 

 remembered... respected... 

 and ever  So Sharp. 




Have a Shady day!

39 comments:

  1. I'd pay good money to see Rick in that ruffled pink shirt :) I guess meat head jerks are a staple in every generation. Good thing Crusty was able to put the pedal to the metal!
    Its a real shame they werent able to overcome their differences and play one last gig at Madison Square Garden. That would have been an epic show. Not many people can say they've played there. But then again not many people can say they've been involved in a successful band either, so these guys should be really proud of what they were able to accomplish. I'm so glad you were able to get in touch with these guys and tell their story. There isnt a bigger music lover out there (well maybe me, but thats up for debate) and its because of that, that you were able to showcase their story in such a wonderful way.

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    1. Hey, thank you, Amber Blue Bird! It means a lot to me that you swung by for the conclusion of the Soul Clinic series. I can't help thinking the Madison Square Garden show might have been the catalyst that let to the major label record deal and all the rest. We'll never know. Bands inevitably break up because every member has his own dreams, tastes, temperament, etc. It's hard to keep it all together and The Clinic managed to do it longer than some. Thanks again for your visit and comments, dear Amber, and have a safe and happy weekend!

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    2. Rick (Lil D) DillmanJune 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Hey Amber,, I think Ive got a pic of me in that shirt... haha.Thanks for reading and enjoying.

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  2. Hi Shady! Your post didn't show up in my reader again. I don't know what it is with Blogger these days.

    It's always sad for me to read about an ending and I think it's a bit of a bummer that The Soul Clinic didn't get to play at Madison Square Garden. Yeah, they do certainly have a different sound than Donovan but if the fans back then were anything like me, they would've appreciated a variety of artists. It's too bad that the differences couldn't be overcome but they sure had a great run! I really enjoyed reading about all these priceless memories and it's great to hear that you are all still close friends. That's such a gift! She's So Sharp is a jam!! I'm listening to it for the second time and my little man is coming up with some awesome dance moves! Hard not to when listening to good soul music. They don't make it like they used to.

    I hope you have a great weekend, Shady! I expect you may need a bit of a break after this collection of posts so...Until we meet again, my friend... :)

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    1. Hi, Jenn June! I agree with you about Madison Square Garden. That music extravaganza probably offered something for everyone and The Soul Clinic would have killed. They had already proven that they could win over a rock oriented crowd when they stole the show from Steppenwolf the year before. According to Crusty they also appeared with pop idol Jimmy Clanton which is a rather unusual double bill. I think The Clinic would have received their customary standing O at The Garden! It's so cool that your little man was dancing to the music of The Clinic and I'm happy to know that you enjoyed following their story.

      Jenn June, you are a great friend for looking up my blog even when it didn't show up in your reader. That means the world to me. It's very frustrating to publish and to learn later that few of your friends know about it. I checked my settings and everything's as it should be. I don't know what's going on with Blogger but I suppose you get what you pay for.

      I take this as a sign that it time for me to do what many of our mutual friends are doing and that is to drastically reduce my blogging activity. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," Little Anthony once sang. I hope that won't be the case with us. I will always remember your kindness and I will think about you even when I'm not actively blogging. I hope you will think of me, too. Thank you very much, Jenn June, and have a safe and happy weekend!

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    2. Rick (Lil D) DillmanJune 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Hey JJ, That show with Jimmy Clanton was at a shopping mall I think somewhere in New Jersey. Not your usual venue.
      I was thinking about playing music the other night and I've often wondered what makes someone join a band or become musicians at all. I was thinking that for me, from the first time I saw a trumpet being played well, that music seemed to be the most important thing in my world. Music is transcendent, transformational, and one of the most physical and sensual forms of communicating with yourself and others. To connect with an instrument physically and emotionally and at the same time to connect with other musicians and create something expressive and beautiful is thrilling and fulfilling on all levels. To be recognized and appreciated by your friends and peers made playing in the bands something that each of us feel were some of the most wonderful moments of our lives and we will always fondly remember them. This is what I got out of this experience helping to put this blog together with Shady and the guys. Thanks you guys for reminding me what makes me pick up a guitar and make lovely sounds.

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  3. I absolutely will think of you even when you're not here as much, Shady! You have been such an encouraging and wonderful friend to me. The comment you left on my last post was...I don't even have a proper word for it. It was spectacular! You are a wonderful friend to have and I'm privileged to know you, as are so many others. The blogging world will be a bit colder without you and Belle and many others who are slowing down here but I will carry the flame of your friendships with me until you return. Boy, that last line sounded cheesy.(LOL) I really mean it, though! Take good care of yourself and know that you will be missed here and thought of dearly and I will be looking forward to your return.

    Also, please don't feel a bit bad that not many have shown up to read this yet! I have a feeling that they will begin to remember they were supposed to be here today and will all arrive in a cluster, full of apologetic sentiment because you, my friend, are very well loved around here! I received 3 comments on one of my posts last week and I felt really down about it for a minute but then had 19 on the next one. Ah, such is life. :)

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    1. You are the complete blogger and the complete friend, Jenn June. I admire you for being able to appreciate my humor, but even more so for being able to see past the wisecracking pipemouth character that I play and recognize who and what I really am. Takes one to know one, I always say. Bless you, dear friend, and thank you very much for what you expressed here!

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  4. Tom, thank you for all the wonderful work you put into this blog. Losing my gig with The Soul Clinic was a huge wake-up call for me. I never had the opportunity to address all my brothers in The Soul Clinic at one time. They did the right thing and it later caused me to work on my abilities and knowledge of music. At first I thought I'd never play in a group again. But then The Appolo's asked me to play with them. I did for a while. But I was getting into Rock. Then Jeff Hildbrand ask me to start a rock group with him. We did, called N.A.T.O., and I thank Jeff to this day for encouraging me to keep on playing.I played in 9 more bands after N.A.T.O. Clark Miller was in a few and Jeff was in some of them too. I've had a lifetime of being in music, even as an agent. I want to thank all who were ever involved with any band,group or project with me. Lastly, I want to thank The Sting-Rays for continuing to be one of my life's projects.
    Rick Terlazzo

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    1. Hi, Rick! It's great to hear from you, good buddy! As I think you can tell from what I wrote and what Little D, Clark, Daddy C and other guys wrote about you in this series, you were universally loved and respected then and now. I admire you for making music your passion and I hope you enjoy playing in the Sting-Rays with my cousin Bill, my buddy Tom Landis and the others for many years to come. Thank you very much for coming by to testify, Rick T, and best of luck to you!

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      Yo Rick,
      Love you Bro.

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  5. Well, I can understand musical differences. It's amazing Tony turned down the Garden since it could have made the Soul Clinic nationally famous.

    It was interesting to read how many of the group went on to work in music, whether in a band or behind the scenes. It must have been a lot of fun to record the "Class of 60 Somethin". Being a booking agent or D.J. would be a lot of fun too. I was really impressed with all the band's stories of their time in Soul Clinic and their lives afterward and I think them all for contributing. And thank you Shady for this wonderful series.

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    1. Thank you, dear Belle, for faithfully following the series. Along the way there were stories and life lessons to which all kinds of people can relate no matter what their age, where they live or what type of music they prefer. Think of the Soul Clinic series in terms of a modern reality show. In these nine chapters you got to know the cast of characters, understand their differences and similarities, and travel right along with them as they worked together trying to achieve a common goal. I very much appreciate your visit and comments, dear friend Belle, and I hope you and your family have a very nice weekend and a safe and happy summer!

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  6. Kathleen Mae SchneiderJune 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    To Tom and the Soul Clinicians-
    This series was really memory-jogging for me and my husband.

    The accounts of how the band members got involved in music at young ages reminded me of my early years with piano. I started picking out tunes such as "Mockingbird Hill" (Patti Page I believe) on an old reconfigured player piano when I was four or five. I wasn't able to take lessons, even at $5 a week because my parents were putting my two older siblings through college. Then, when I was ten, I finally got the chance and my teacher pushed me into harder classical pieces when she realized I had some natural ability. Because the piano was old, the bottom C stuck, and I had to quickly pull it back up every time it was played. At every audition in which I participated, the judges commented on not ever seeing such a strong bass on a female pianist, but I never told anyone about my hand calisthenics courtesy of the bad C key!

    Also, one photo shows the band practicing in a garage with a refrigerator in the background. This reminded us of the time when our son Chris had a band called Chauchat that frequently practiced in our basement. They would crank up the volume so high that the windows on the third floor would vibrate as well as "entertain" the neighbors. One night they hooked up extra amps and mics to the power sources in the basement, one of which held the power cord to our freezer which held dozens of packages of fruit I had frozen as well as a quarter of a beef. Several days later we found the source of the horrendous odor emanating from the basement - my son forgot to plug the freezer back in when the practice was over and everything was spoiled!

    Looking at the photos and videos showing the clothing styles took me back to a day in the spring of 1975 when all the female staff where I taught staged a protest en masse of the dress code for employees by wearing pants instead of dresses and skirts. We all 'got down with our bad selves' as my daughter puts it, and proved we could look professional with our brightly-colored bell-bottoms and long vests. I was especially naughty because I wore a pair of maternity slacks!

    My husband and I also laughed after reading about the cars of that time, remembering my old Corvair that I drove when he met me, and the turquoise Chevy Camaro (He says I'm to mention that it was "a 327 with 4-speed, semi muscle car with a black Landau roof and white interior") that he picked me up in on our first date. When he popped the clutch and shot out like a rocket it was so fast and powerful that it jerked my head back and pulled me back far into the seat. I was not so much impressed as scared! Show-off!

    Anyway, now that I have thoroughly dated us, we want to congratulate all of you on the wonderful story of the Soul Clinic from start to finish. While it didn't last in its original form, it sure made its mark on the music scene of the day, and served as an introduction for many of its members into the extremely intense experience of performing live music on punishing traveling schedules. It also for some proved as a training ground for broader music careers. Certainly not all was lost, especially the memories of those times and adventures (and misadventures?).

    Looking back on our past, we see how our lives sometimes took many different directions, but we learned something from them all, even the aborted ones. Those experiences become a part of who we are and we are the richer for them.

    Thank you guys for sharing your "Glory Days" with us, and thank you Tom for bringing them to us once again.

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    1. Hi, Kathleen! I'm sure the Clinicians will appreciate all of your insightful remarks. I can picture you seated at a piano but not rocketing along in a muscle car, even as a passenger. My brother drove a muscle car (Olds 442) and I always envied him and wanted one. The closest I got was a Plymouth Duster but it didn't have the large engine available at the time. Although I have always been a supporter of women's rights, I was never enthusiastic about their determination to wear pants, bell-bottoms, hip-huggers or even jeans. Can you guess why? Thank you very much for following the series and for posting all this feedback for the guys and me to ponder. Take good care of yourself and your mother, dear Kathleen, and have a great weekend!

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      Funny, Tom.. Clarks mom had an olds which we used for that fast trip to Carlisle when we were an hour late for a gig. Clark had forgotten his tux pants and he and I had to go back for them. He asked me how fast I thought we were going. I looked over at the speedometer and it read 110,,, yikes.. luckily we got there and played a solid show but drove extra slow on the way home.. lol

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    3. I think I remember that story, Lil D, or one similar to it. If it's the one I remember you left out an interesting detail but it's better that way. (LOL) I remember riding home from D-town after school with a buddy of mine who drove a Chevelle 396SS. The accelerator got stuck to the floor as we drove along S. Queen St. from Spry toward the I-83 overpass. By the time we got there we were doing 110 and there was no way for him to slow the car down! He finally had to turn the ignition off and wrestle the car to a stop along the highway. GOOD TIMES! (LOL)

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  7. Whatta story, Shady!
    Whatta story, Soul Clinic!

    The trials and tribulations, the ups and downs, the cheers, the fears, the fun, the fame, the "highs" and lows of being in a band!! The changes in music, clothes, hair styles! Wow! What fun!

    If we only had a crystal ball. . .

    I can only imagine the countless hours and brain racking this masterpiece took! Thank you everyone involved for taking us on this incredible journey! I will miss "the boys in the band" !

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    1. Hi, Toni! It's so nice of you to help us put a ribbon and a bow on our Epic series. It's ironic that on at least two occasions members of the band came under violent attack by guys their age who had probably been cheering, applauding and grooving to their stage performance a short time before. One has to wonder if the rowdy dudes who jumped Larry at the Farm Show knew they were attacking The Soul Clinic's star drummer. Probably not. One has to wonder if the pumped up football jocks who pummeled Clark in West Virginia realized they were assaulting members of a band that were invited to come to their neck of the woods to entertain them. These incidents reveal that some fans worship rock stars and other celebrities while at the same time mistreating people they perceive as ordinary. Thank you for taking this journey with me and The Soul Clinic, dear friend Toni, and have a safe and happy weekend!

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    2. Rick (Lil D) DillmanJune 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Perceptive of you Tom. I dropped out of York Hi at the end of 11 grade partly because I was being threatened daily for having long hair and wearing weird clothes. The guys that were doing the threatening were present at some of our shows and digging us. I would like to think that some of our influence made York kids more tolerant of differences.

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  8. Oh, Tom!!! This didn't show up in my reader again, and I got busy yesterday. Argh! Better late than never, though. There's no way I could have gone without reading the ending to this fine story.

    I feel so frustrated they didn't get to play MSG- that could have changed whole destinies. But, sometimes things play out just the way they are meant to.

    That was something about the football player idiots who caused such trouble- I hope we've moved out of that mindset.

    I am glad all the guys survived through the whole experience and have gone on to have such rewarding lives. I really enjoyed reading where they ended up.

    And to you, my friend, thank you for what must have been a superhuman effort in getting this altogether and written for us to enjoy. This is a valuable piece of 60's musical history and I truly hope it finds its way into the appropriate hands to be treasured for posterity.

    It is indeed epic!

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    1. Hi, Shelly! Please don't worry about showing up one day late. I have known since early yesterday that Blogger zapped me again and another post in this series slipped through the cracks and was not appearing in readers. This is becoming a major concern. Any ideas how I can get back in the system?

      I never doubted for a moment that you would realize what happened and be here for me. You always are and I can't thank you enough, dear friend! I'm glad you didn't miss the Easy Rider anecdote and the "Where Are They Now?" part of the story. I deeply appreciate the fact that you realize the enormous amount of time and work it took to produce a series of this magnitude. It warms my heart to know that a blogger, writer and storyteller of your caliber recognizes the quality of my work and considers this an important historical document.

      While I have your attention I want you to know that I will be following the lead of several of our other friends and downshifting to a reduced blogging schedule effective immediately. This post will probably remain on the front page all next week. The grueling pace of my blogging activity in recent months took a toll on my family life and my health. From now on I plan to post about once a week, probably every Tuesday. Of course when I need to observe Father's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays and other special days I will publish more than one post those weeks. I will also be cutting back the number of blogs I regularly read. Faithful friends like you will remain my top priority but please understand if I miss a few of your posts it's only because I need to take a break and get some much needed rest.

      Shelly, I wish there were more people like you in this world. 'nuff said.

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  9. oh my gosh...what a story!! and the dog that is named chives that is waiting for us at the pound my kids want to name Shady....
    and my daughter is working in York this summer.....
    I am your newest follower from harrisburg...

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    1. momto8blog - Hello, Annmarie, and welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! Thank you very much for choosing to follow. I think Shady would make a great name for your dog and it's quite an honor. It's always exciting to pick up a new follower from the Susquehanna Valley. I hope you'll stay tuned in and enjoy the variety of music, learn about this magic place called the Shady Dell, follow the story of the oldest living Dell rat (100 year old Margaret Brown Schneider), and much more. Thank you again for joining the club, Annmarie, and have a terrific week!

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  10. Well, I would have checked your blog today anyway to see if I'd missed a new post (and I had!) but I'm so glad you let me know. This is the second time that one of your posts didn't show up in my reader, and it would have been a shame to have missed it. (Of course I wouldn't have - I would have CHECKED - I'm nosey like that) This was a great work, and, I can tell, a work of love. I loved every single installment, and since it took place all in my glory days, it was fascinating to travel through the adventure with the boys from Soul Clinic. In '67-'69 I lived on the east coast, and I well remember a lot of those local groups trying so hard to make it big, playing the local teen clubs and anything else they could book - including bar mitzvahs! Great work! Kudos to the boys for staying in touch all these years - that in itself is an accomplishment.
    I understand about cutting back on blogging. I've kind of reduced a little bit myself - but mostly because there's just not much more to say! It is a grind coming up with a new post on a several times a week basis. So rest up, enjoy your family and leisure time, and we'll see you at the appointed date and time. Thanks for a great series.

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    1. Thank you very much, karen! Your visit, comments and commitment to our friendship mean a lot to me. I didn't know you lived back east during the time that The Soul Cinic formed, recorded and toured! Very interesting! I realize this is a long shot but I need to ask. By any chance were you the girl who caught Clark's shoe at WSBA Day? :) Thank you again for following the wacky and wonderful adventures of The Soul Clinic, karen. Have a great week and a safe trip. Let's stick together as friends and operate under the assumption that our "glory days" are still ahead of us!

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  11. Rudy Alfano(Keeper of the cosmos)June 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Thank you for this outstanding work on the history of one of the greatest bands ever to come out of central Pennsylvania. This will continue to be an important reference work for anyone wanting to understand the people, places , and events that shaped York during the 1960's. Well done Mr. S.D. Knight!
    > Rudy Alfano

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    1. Hi, Rudy! Thank you very much, kind sir, for these generous remarks. You're right. This nine volume series goes beyond the story of The Soul Clinic. Contained therein are countless clues revealing what it was like to come of age in Central PA during the golden era of the 50s and 60s. I'm glad you enjoyed taking this journey with us and realize its value as a reference work. Thanks again for coming by to testify, Rudy, and I hope to hear from you again soon!

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  12. Hi Shady! What a wonderful finale to an epic story! It has inspired me to dust off my horn and look for a band. I found the oldest community band in North Carolina and am going to practice so that I am once again a musician! Thank you for reminding me of my love for music, not only as a person who appreciates it, but who can play a little too. The work you do here has an impact in the present and future because you so artfully reconstruct an important piece of the past. York PA was a place I wish I could have experienced first hand. Thankfully, by a great cosmic accident, I found it here.

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    1. Hi, dear Jenny! The great cosmic accident that brought together people like you, me and our mutual friends is one for which I am very thankful. What a wonderful group we are, don't you agree? I didn't know you play the horn. Which one? I'm sure The Soul Clinic guys are curious to know. Thank you very much for coming by for the grand finale of the series, dear friend. Your visit and comments are most welcome and I wish you a happy evening!

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    2. Hi Tom,
      I played the french horn from ages 10 to 18, then left it behind because I was afraid to study at the college level. Looking back, that was a huge mistake. The community concert band I found does not require an audition for acceptance, and was created for people just like me, who played in high school and want to return to music. All it takes is a little practice, and soon I will be playing at concerts around my area during holidays and other events! I'm very excited for this development, because as you know, it can be difficult to find places in a community where you are united by a similar passion. Your blog really did help me, because I was absolutely thrilled by those horns and drums in the Krupka video.

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    3. Got it, Jenny! Thanks for following through. I love the sound produced by the french horn. It adds drama to music and stirs the emotions. I admire you very much for taking your passion and making it happen. You are a dear friend and I am really enjoying this opportunity to learn about your life then and now. Have a wonderful Wednesday, dear friend Jenny!

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    4. Rick (Lil D) DillmanJune 14, 2012 at 5:14 AM

      Hey Jenny. Glad to hear that we inspired you to dust off the ole horn. I still record songs and redid the Beatles tune Martha My Dear which required me to borrow my sons trumpet and get working. Took three weeks to regain my embouchure, but had fun doing it.

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  13. Thanks, Tom, the Soul Clinic, and everybody else. Been pretty busy lately, caught this and the last blog, but little to say. As the band increased in popularity I drifted away, eventually going off to college. I didn't know just how much success they did achieve. At least I know now what happened to them, and that basically things went well. I was impressed at how several of them kept connected in Boston, and kept with the music. Larry, I tried to reach you on FB, but no dice. Glad you're doing okay, as well as the rest of you. Clark, get well!

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  15. Memories are fun especially when they represent our moments in the spotlight. The names, pictures and places were really quite revealing. They brought back memories of a time that very few enjoyed in all of America. I've always felt that "American Graffiti" was written about York. The York/Harrisburg scene was more than "BIG" it was a "Gold Mine" that very few tapped into. Those days are remembered by Yorkers with fun and affection.

    I do remember "The Soul Clinic" in Allentown, on our turf, threatening "Jay & The Techniques" with replacement since our opinion was that our manager was stealing "BIG TIME". That was not a good memory nor were all the scenarios that went with it.

    In my opinion, Gene Kay was not a good man. He used the Soul Clinic as leverage. I'm sure he would have replaced Tony Scott with Jay Proctor.

    I guess if one has success, everyone else wants it too? So, I dismiss those bad memories as mistakes and not as transgressions. I'm sure you will find other people that have memories of those glorious days. I enjoyed the blog and the opportunity. Jxn

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    1. Hello there, Jack! It seems like you agree with my assertion that there was something in the water in Central PA. Many of us caught the same fever and the whole region became a mecca for Soul & R&B from the gospel tinged girl group sound of the Quin-Tones to the raw, organ driven garage funk of Harrisburg's Emperors. I think we all feel very lucky to have been in the right place at the right time. Thank you very much for your contributions to the series and for your comments here today, Jack. Best of luck to you, my good friend!

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