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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

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!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Command Performance: The SDM&M World Premiere of Two New Mag Men Videos!


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.


 Dave Bupp in the studio with Thom "Daddy C" Colson 

Recently, Dave sent me an email in which he wrote:

 Yo Tom,

 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. 

 Thanks & Stay Soulful Brother, 

 Dave Bupp 

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."


Dave wrote: 

 Has anybody out 

 there seen the 
 movie "SHADE"? 
 Stormy Weather 
 is featured at the 
 beginning of the 
 movie and a 
 couple of times 
 throughout the 
 movie. I was 
 blown away when 
 I rented this movie 
 and heard my 
 voice!!! 





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.


 "Alfie" 

 The Magnificent Men 




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.


 "Cry With Me Baby"   

 The Magnificent Men 




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!!!! 

 Thanks Again & Much love, 

 Dave 

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.

Have a Shady day!

30 comments:

  1. Now that is a high compliment indeed, my friend. It's also a testament to the quality of your work and your talents. The links to the videos aren't showing up on my computer now, so later this evening I will find them on You Tube. Technology like this is something no one could have predicted, but its fruits are wonderful!

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    1. Hi, Shelly! Thank you for your early morning visit, dear friend! I'm sorry you're having problems watching the vids. You should be able to play them by clicking in the center of the freeze frames. I hope that works for you and I appreciate you for trying them again at the end of your busy day. Thank you again, dear Shelly, and have a terrific day over in Texas!

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  2. So when I first watched Alfie, I thought this one is gonna be my favorite of the two cause I loved the photos you used. BUT then I watched Cry With Me Baby and it instantly became my favorite and now I cant decided which one I like more. You did a fine job my friend :)

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    1. You're sweet as can be, Amber Blue Bird! Thank you, dear friend. I love the artwork used in those vintage romance comics and mags. They offer many clues about the relationship between Mars and Venus in the 40s and 50s. In those days a "career girl" was one that had a job in a company's secretarial pool. Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Amber, and have a super day up Connecticut way!

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    2. Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for your kind words on my blog today. You're the best blogger buddy around!

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    3. Feeling's mutual, Amber. I think very highly of you and I'm so glad our flight paths crossed two years ago. A sense of humor goes a long way in this troubled world and you've got that and a whole lot more. I am very proud to be your friend!

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  3. Rick(Lil D) DillmanAugust 14, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    Good morning Shady and Davey.. Nice work if you can get it, eh Shady? lol.. Love the post as always. I cant tell you how much fun it is to revisit me youth. These were heady times for me and I am sure you too, Dave. I am working to get the Soul Clinic series into book form and will let yall know when it gets done. I think it will be a treasure for us to hold and to share.

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    1. Hi, Lil D! Thanks for stopping by to view the Blogger world premiere of these two new Mag Men videos. They were indeed heady times. My favorite phrase has become, "They were the best of times... they were the GREATEST of times." I am thrilled to know that The Soul Clinic is putting their interview into book form. I await the book with giddy anticipation. Thanks again, Ricko, and have a wonderful day, my good friend!

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  4. Hi Shady, I remember telling you about stumbling on the movie with the Mag Men music. At the time I thought Dave would have known about it and maybe was getting something from record or movie company. I guess I'm a dreamer. Great clips. Think I will go to look at all the rest. Jerre

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    1. Hi, Jerre! I suppose you'll have to get that answer from Mr. Bupp himself but I can guess what it is. I'm glad he and the Mag Men are getting noticed, known and appreciated in the new millennium as a result their "Stormy Weather" being used in the movie soundtrack. Thanks for coming by for a look and a listen, good buddy, and have a great day in P-A.

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  5. I love the artwork used in the Cry With Me Baby video! Great job Tom! How exciting to be contacted be someone you admire so much!

    Hope you're having a great week so far!

    Emma x

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    1. Hi, Emma! I am having a great week, thank you, dear friend! I'm glad you enjoyed the "Cry...Baby" artwork and I'm sure the ladies' fashions of the period caught your eye. You can learn a lot about the values and attitudes of the 50s from those old publications. Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment, dear friend. Have a wonderful evening in Dublin and a very happy birthday celebration tomorrow!

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  6. Hi dear Tom. This must have been so exciting for you to be charged with producing those videos for Youtube. What an honour for you, and I am really thrilled. You are obviously very talented at this sort of thing, and I loved the videos. My favourite was the one accompanying "Cry With Me Baby". I loved the format that you came up with for this one, using those old magazines. Really took you right back to the time in question. Well done my friend. The boy did good!!! I loved Dave's comment - "YOU DA MAN!!!" But we all knew that already dear Tom.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! It's wonderful to hear from you, my dear friend! Yes, it certainly was a thrill to be approached by my boyhood hero to produce videos for his songs. As I noted in the post it was like having John, Paul, George, Ringo or Elvis ask the favor of me. I would have predicted that the "Alfie" video with pictures of dapper Michael Caine would have been your favorite of the two but everybody seems to be in agreement that it's fun gazing at those weepy old romance comics in "Cry." I'm happiest when I am entertaining friends like you, Thisisme, and I deeply appreciate your visit and comments. Please take good care of yourself, dear friend, and I'll be chatting with you again soon!

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  7. Some more that is new to me but I sure am glad I had the opportunity to listen. Yes, folk know who to contact when that special touch is needed. Great work Tom.

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    1. Thanks, Odie! It's great to be appreciated by Dave Bupp and by friends like you. In turn I appreciate you taking the time to visit, read and listen. Please give Rocky & Soffie a couple of bar-b-que ribs and a pat on the noggin' for me. Take care, good buddy!

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  8. This was wonderful, Shady. You did such a great job on the videos. I guess I like both of them the same. The Magnificent Men sang so beautifully on all three songs. I can see why they chose their version of 'Stormy Weather' for the movie. It was truly magnificent as their name says. It must be a lot of fun to put videos together like that. God bless.

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    1. Hello, dear Belle! I admit that it was fun editing those videos. It took me back to the type of work I was doing in the 80s and 90s at my music video station. I am grateful to you for finding a window of opportunity to come over and watch my vids, dear friend Belle, and I wish you and your family a good evening. God bless!

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  9. Hi, Tom! Wonderful videos! Excellent choices that both you and Dave made. I agree with you that the local bands, Delchords/Magnificent Men, Soul Clinic, and more were just as exciting to those of us in the York-Lancaster-Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania as the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Jethro Tull and more were to people growing up in the UK. And they didn't have to have guards to keep their fans away from them---they and their managers didn't put them on pedestals. And Dave, I hadn't heard those two songs in a long time. No longer a collector, but I still love 'em! Hope "Heat" is rentable here in LC.

    Ron Shearer

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    1. Hi, Ron! Thanks for checking in and checking out these old familiar Mag Men songs with their new coat of paint. The juxtaposition of music and images can yield powerful results. Now that I have produced videos for these two songs my experience of them is forever changed. Lately, when they play on my CD player as they have a thousand times before, the corresponding video interpretations run through my mind. I don't know if Shade is available on NetFlix but I'm going to find out. Thanks again for coming by to testify, good buddy, and I'll be seeing you soon in our Dueling Doo-Wops series!

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  10. Great job Tom! I think I'm with a lot of the other readers in saying "Cry With Me Baby" is my favorite. So much work put into them, and since I have no idea how to do any of this, I'm mightily impressed with your work! Very nice.

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    1. Hi, karen! Thank you, dear friend! Your feedback means a great deal to me and it makes me happy to know that you enjoyed the videos. I'll have you know that I am mightily impressed with you as a person and as a friend. Thanks again for taking the time to visit and view my latest labors of love. Enjoy the rest of your week in SoCal, dear friend karen!

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  11. Great job on the videos, friend :) Some of my coworkers make 'music videos'. -- I use that term loosely, however, as they mostly lip sync popular songs and perform goofy dance moves. They are entertaining though ;)

    Anyway, I especially liked how you used the old comic book clippings for Cry With Me Baby. So creative :)

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    1. Hi, Ashton! Cold feet yet? :) Seems like "Cry" is the heavy favorite among you the readers. Thanks for stopping in to cast your vote. Have a happy Thursday and weekend and thanks again for checking out my work.

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  12. Can't judge a book by its cover, can you Shady? I've seen your pictures of the Mag Men, but I wasn't expecting that smooth sound to evolve from that group. Very soulful and musically tight! Dave, you should be proud! You sure had some talented folks from your neck of the woods Shady-and, you're very talented yourself. A master organizer of fine music and song! This was very enjoyable! Have a wonderful weekend!♫

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    1. Awww, Susan, thank you! Original Dell rats would be quick to agree that Central PA spawned more than its share of soulful music acts including the gospel-tinged Quin-Tones, the Del-Chords, Mag Men and the Soul Clinic. When you factor in the Pixies Three, the classic 60s girl group from Hanover (next to York), the Jordan Brothers from Frackville and Jay & the Techniques from Allentown you can understand why Central PA could rightly be called a music mecca. Thank you very much for being here, dear friend Susan, and for your fine tribute to Elvis the King. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  13. Thank you dear friend for stopping by, glad your still here .x.

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    1. Hi, Sharren! I'm so glad you're still in action over there across the pond and yes, I'm still doing my Dell thing over here. I appreciate your friendship and your kind visit today. Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend Gingey!

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  14. You always rock my socks! Ever time I visit I learn something new or smile with fond memories. Oh and it looks like I need to rent the movie Shade too. xo

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    1. Hello, dear Katie! I sheepishly admit that I haven't yet seen the movie Shade but I certainly intend to rent it just for the thrill of hearing the Mag Men classic used in the soundtrack. Your friendship rocks my socks, Katie, and I appreciate your visit and comment. Please have a safe and happy week ahead, dear friend!

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