By the time I started Shady Dell Music & Memories
in the summer of 2008, I was already busy editing videos and uploading them on YouTube for presentation on the blog.
Today, I proudly present two new videos I produced at the request of Dave Bupp, lead singer of The Magnificent Men, the blue-eyed soul band from York and Harrisburg, PA.
Recently, Dave sent me an email in which he wrote:
I have a favor to ask of you. I have no idea how to
load a song & video to Youtube. You do great work,
and I’ll be forever grateful for your interest in my career.
Here’s what I need: Can you put CRY WITH ME BABY
& ALFIE on Youtube? I know it’s probably a lot of work
to do this, but they are the only two recordings of
The Men not on Youtube. With the new interest in the
group via the movie SHADE, I’d like those new fans to
hear the two remaining songs.
Can you imagine a lad from Liverpool being contacted by
Paul McCartney and asked to make videos for his songs? That's how exciting it was for me when I received that
email from Dave, an idol of my teenage years and a man
I admire and respect today.
Dave tipped us off about The Magnificent Men's connection to the Sylvester Stallone movie Shade in a comment he left on my YouTube upload of the band's classic rendition of "Stormy Weather."
Has anybody out
there seen the
is featured at the
beginning of the
movie and a
couple of times
movie. I was
blown away when
I rented this movie
and heard my
I went to work on Dave's special request, first producing a video for The Mag Men's version of "Alfie," a track from their third Capitol album The World of Soul. "Alfie" was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David to promote the 1966 British
film starring Michael Caine. The song was also recorded by Cilla Black, Cher and most successfully by Dionne Warwick. Bupp and company took the song and made it their own.
Next I produced a video for "Cry With Me Baby," a track from
the Mag Men's eponymous first Capitol album. I chose to create a novel interpretation of the song using cover art from vintage teenage romance comics.
Upon completion of the videos I sent the YouTube links to Dave and before long he responded with this email:
Hey Shady Boy,
You did it again!!!!
Thank You So Much
for taking the time to
add those tunes to YT.
You did a great job,
and the videos tell a
story. You will always
hold a special place
with The Del-Chords,
The Mag Men, and me
personally. Thanks for
keeping York’s rich
heritage of Rhythm &
Blues alive worldwide.
I know the Soul Clinic feels the same. YOU DA MAN!!!!
You are very welcome, Dave. The opportunity to get to know you in recent years and count you among my friends is one that I treasure. I feel like I'm at rock & roll fantasy camp all year 'round. In my teen years when I played these and your other recordings a million times I never dreamed of making this kind of close connection with hometown heroes like you and the guys in The Soul Clinic. I'm glad you like the videos, my friend. It's an honor to help immortalize your outstanding work for future generations.