Saturday, December 14, 2019

Shady Train - Episode 14: Your Pip Parade!


Shady Train...

the hippest trip in America!

60 nonstop minutes across the

tracks of your mind into the

exciting world of Soul!

And now, here's your host...

Don Cornelius!

Hi there! You're right on time.
Welcome aboard for another
raucous ride to Soulsville,
U.S.A., on the Shady Train.
As always we've got you
covered with our exclusive
"all killer --- no filler"
guarantee, so let's roll.

And we are excited to have as our special guests on this edition a family act
from Atlanta, Georgia, four beautiful people who are recognized as one of
the greatest groups in all of Soul. As they join us to do their original
version of the hit song "I Heard It Through The Grapevine,"
let's welcome them warmly-- the very gifted and talented
Gladys Knight and the dancing, swinging, singing Pips!

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" 
- Gladys Knight And The Pips (Nov./Dec. 1967/Jan. 1968,
highest chart pos. #1 R&B/#1 Cash Box/#2 Hot 100)

And it's another family affair on the big
train. Fifteen years have gone by since
this magnificent band of brothers gained
their first hit single with "Shout." They
are still going strong as ever and getting
better with each passing day. As they
join us to do their latest single on the
T-Neck label entitled "That Lady,"
a remake of "Who's That Lady?,"
a song they first recorded nearly
ten years ago in 1964, let's put
some hands togther, gang, for
the mighty-- Isley Brothers!

"That Lady (Part 1)" - The Isley Brothers
(Sept./Oct. 1973, highest chart pos.
#2 R&B/#6 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

And right now let's welcome aboard what,
in my opinion, is fast becoming the most
exciting musical attraction in the business.
As they join us to do their latest single
on the ABC label entitled "Once You
Get Started," How 'bout it, gang,
for-- Chaka Khan and Rufus!

"Once You Get Started"
- Rufus Feat. Chaka Khan
(Mar./Apr. 1975, highest
chart pos. #4 R&B, #6
Cash Box/#10 Hot 100)

And let's welcome a dynamic young man
with a wealth of talent that has brought
him to super stardom in a short period
of time. He is the former lead singer of
The Time, a band that, along with Prince, catapulted "The Minneapolis Sound" to mainstream popularity. This is his first
single as a solo artist, a song from the
Warner Bros. album Color of Success.
It's a biggin everybody's diggin'
entitled "The Oak Tree," and
his name is-- Morris Day!

"The Oak Tree" - Morris Day
(Oct. 1985, highest chart pos. #3 R&B,
#65 Hot 100from 1985 album Color Of Success)

And once again here are our special
guests climbing a mighty mountain
of Soul with their latest single for
Motown entitled "Neither One
of Us (Wants to Be The First
To Say Goodbye)." Give it up
one more time, gang, for--
Gladys Knight & The Pips!

"Neither One Of Us" 
Gladys Knight And The Pips (Mar./Apr. 1975, highest
chart pos. #1 R&B/#1
Cash Box/#2 Hot 100)

And look out now, don't hurt yourself.
It's the Shady Train gang, the Shady
Train line, comin' down the pike to
a sound you'll like. There's a right
way, a wrong way, your way, my
way and the highway, and this
is One Way with--  "Didn't
Mean To Break Your Heart!"

"I Didn't Mean To Break
Your Heart" - One Way
(Mar. 1981, B side
of "My Lady")

And this funky soul man from Houston,
Texas, has been making records since
the early 60s. As he joins us to do his
latest single on 20th Century, a tough
tune that's catching fire in the UK as
well as the U.S. entitled "Don't Push It
Don't Force It"... let's make some big
noise, gang, for Mr.-- Leon Haywood!

"Don't Push It Don't Force It" -
Leon Haywood (Apr./May 1980, highest chart pos. #2 R&B/#12 UK//#49 Hot 100/ #60 Cash Box)

And if that didn't get it, it can't be
gotten. You come on back and jam
with us again next time, and you
can bet your last money it's all
gonna be stone gas, honey.
I'm Don Cornelius, and as
always in parting, we wish
you love... peace... and soul!