Thursday, January 31, 2019

Shady Train - Ep. 11: Old Gold Soul Power!


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!

Hey there and welcome aboard. You're right on time
for another mind blowing journey on the big train.
On today's special edition entitled Old Gold we're
flashing back to the early days of Shady Train and
even farther back to the years before our program
went on the air. You will see and hear classic per-
formances by some of the greatest names in the
music business. So if the sight and sound of
vintage soul is your pleasure and what you
treasure, you bet your bottom we got 'em.

As the big train leaves the station on a ride to the past, let's begin
with Motown's top girl group, a trio that also went into the history
books as America's most successful vocal group. The year was 1964
and these three extraordinary canaries were on a roll. As they join us
courtesy of our friends at Top Of The Pops in London to do one of
their dozen chart topping hits entitled "Baby Love," ladies and
gentlemen, please welcome the fabulous-- Supremes!

"Baby Love" - The Supremes
(Oct./Nov. 1964, highest chart pos. #1,
perf. on Oct. 15 1964 ep. of Top Of The Pops)

Our next special guest is certainly one of the most
charismatic black performers of the 20th century.
As he joins us courtesy of our good friends at
Hollywood a Go Go to do his latest single on
the Tamla label entitled "Can I Get A Witness,"
hands together gang, for-- Marvin Gaye!

"Can I Get A Witness" - Marvin Gaye
(Dec. 1963, highest chart pos. #22 Hot 100/#15 R&B,
perf. on Nov. 27, 1965 ep. of Hollywood a Go Go)

Earlier in the show you met The Supremes.
Now meet three more groovy young ladies
from the Motor City, another great group
recording for Motown. As they join us to do
their latest single on the Gordy label, a world-
wide smash entitled "Dancing In The Street,"
let's make some big noise, gang, for--
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas!

"Dancing In The Street" - Martha And The Vandellas
(Sept./Oct. 1964, highest chart pos. #2)


In 1963 this young man burst on the scene with his chart-
topping harmonica hit "Fingertips - Part 1." In the years
since he has become one of leading singers, songwriters,
musicians and record producers in the world. As he joins
us to do his latest hit single on the Tamla label entitled
"My Cherie Amour," please give a great Shady Train
welcome to the 8th Wonder of the World--
mister Stevie Wonder!

"My Cherie Amour" - Stevie Wonder
(July 1969, highest chart pos. #4 Hot 100/#3 Cash Box)

Fueled by the ace songwriting and producing team
of Holland–Dozier–Holland, our next group helped
define the Motown Sound of the 60s that caught fire
all over the world.  It was no surprise in the summer
of 1965 when their latest single jumped off the record
store shelves. As they join us courtesy of our friends
at The Lloyd Thaxton Show to do that hit entitled
"It's The Same Old Song," a thundering ovation
please, gang, for the mighty-- Four Tops!

"It's The Same Old Song" - Four Tops
(Aug./Sept. 1965, highest chart pos. #5 Hot 100/#2 R&B,
perf. on Apr. 1, 1966 ep. of The Lloyd Thaxton Show)

And we are honored to have aboard the big train the
most exciting and influential performer in the business
today, a man who is truly a legend in his own time.
Since the start of his career in the 50s he has been
on an incredible run of hits with no errors. As he
joins us to do his latest single on the King label
entitled "Soul Power" backed by his new band
The J.B.s and the talented vocalist Bobby Byrd,
a rousing welcome, gang, for the Godfather
of Funk, the one and only-- James Brown!

"Soul Power Pt. 1" - James Brown
(Mar./Apr. 1971, highest chart pos. #29 Hot 100/#3 R&B)

And we now flash back to the day we welcomed aboard
the train a young band of brothers from Gary, Indiana.
The Jackson 5, as they called themselves, were fast
becoming the hottest act on Motown's talent roster.
They appeared on our stage to do a song that soared
to #1 on the pop chart, spent 4 weeks atop the R&B
chart, made Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest
Songs of All Time, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's
500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and was
inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Let's return now to that exciting day in our studio with-- The Jackson 5!

"I Want You Back" - The Jackson 5
(Jan. 1970, highest cht. pos. #1 Hot 100, /#1 R&B,
from Dec. 1969 album Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5)


That does it for this special Old Gold flashback
edition of Shady Train. We hope you'll be back
to jam with us again next week when we open
another six pack and throw in an extra cool
one for good measure, and you can bet
your last money... it's all gonna be a
stone gas, honey. I'm Don Cornelius,
and as always in parting, we wish
you love... peace... and soul!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Mad About YOU!



You are an obsession
I cannot sleep
I am your possession
Unopened at your feet
There's no balance, no equality
Be still I will not accept defeat

I will have you, yes, I will have you

I will find a way and I will have you

Like a butterfly, a wild butterfly
I will collect you and capture you

He'll never love you, the way that I love you
'Cause if he did, no no, he wouldn't make you cry
He might be thrillin' baby but a-my love
(My love, my love) so dog-gone willin'

So kiss him
(I wanna see you kiss him,
wanna see you kiss him)
Go on and kiss him goodbye

Every breath you take, every move you make
Every bond you break, every step you take
I'll be watching you

Every single day, every word you say

Every game you play, every night you stay
I'll be watching you

Oh can't you see, you belong to me
My poor heart aches, with every step you take

Every move you make, every vow you break

Every smile you fake, every claim you stake
I'll be watching you

Every breath I take, episode they make
I'll be watching


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 9: Super Girl!

Welcome to vol. 9 of
my globetrotting series


I'm Shady Seaweed, here to bring you more great
music performances that originated from TV studios,
big halls and nightclubs in Europe and other parts
of the world from the 1960s through early 2000s.

Join me now for another exciting
trip back in time as we visit

Bandstands in
Foreign Lands!




Pop singer Graham Bonney has spent most of his life in Germany where
14 of his singles reached the upper half of the chart. Bonney also hosted
his own television show, Hits a Go Go, one of the music series I will be
featuring in future episodes of Bandstands in Foreign Lands. In 1966
Bonney broke through in the UK with the top 20 entry "Supergirl,"
his only hit in Britain. Looking as warm, cuddly, non intimidating,
kid tested and mother approved as Peter Noone, Bonney charmed
the girls in the studio audience when he appeared on the German
music show Beat-Club. Here he is, gotta love him (or not???)...
Graham Bonney (and the Remo Four) with "Supergirl!"

"Super Girl" - Graham Bonney & the Remo Four
(May to Sept. 1966, highest chart pos. #1 Germany,
#19 UK, on Sept. 24, 1966 episode of Beat-Club)



The next bandstand on our whistle-stop tour of the world is in Holland where
we find a group of all American girls, Philly's phenomenal singing siblings
Sister Sledge. Their 1981 single "All American Girls" went top 3 on the
R&B chart in the U.S. and top 10 in The Netherlands. Sister Sledge
performed their international hit on the Dutch TV show TopPop.

"All American Girls" - Sister Sledge
(Mar./Apr. 1981, highest chart pos. #3 R&B/#6 U.S. Dance Club,
#6 Belgium, #8 Netherlands, perf. on Dutch TV series TopPop)



I'd like to linger a while longer in Holland... wooden shoe? Up next, Shalamar,
the American disco/dance trio created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey
and Soul Train creator, producer and host Don Cornelius. Shalamar's classic lineup
included lead singer Howard Hewett along with Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel,
former dance partners on Soul Train. (Hewett and Watley went on to successful
solo careers.) It's interesting that, over a three year period from the summer of
1980 to the summer of 1983, Shalamar records performed better in the UK
than here at home in the U.S. One example of the phenomenon is the single
"I Can Make You Feel Good" released in the summer of '82. Stateside the
record merely Bubbled Under the Hot 100 and peaked in the lower top 40
on the R&B side. The song was much more popular in the UK where it
reached #7 and in The Netherlands where it made the top 10. Here's
a clip of Shalamar doing "I Can Make You Feel Good" on TopPop)

"I Can Make You Feel Good" -Shalamar
(July/Aug. 1982, highest chart pos. #102 Bubbling Under/#33 R&B,
#7 UK/#10 Netherlands, perf. on Dutch TV series TopPop)



You just watched a 1982 performance by Shalamar. Now meet the above mentioned
Jeffrey Daniel - singer/songwriter, dancer, choreographer, style icon and former
member of The Soul Train Gang as regular dance partner of Jody Watley.
Daniel left Shalamar in 1984 and wound up in London in 1985 as the
"presenter" (the word commonly used for M.C. in the UK) on the TV
music series 6.20 Soul Train, a UK version of Soul Train endorsed
by Don Cornelius. Here's a great clip from 6.20 Soul Train of a
 performance by Loose Ends, a British Soul/R&B trio that
enjoyed its greatest success in the 80s. Released in 1985,
the band's 5th single, "Magic Touch," was one of their
biggest hits. Here's Jeffrey Daniel with the intro.

"Magic Touch" - Loose Ends
(June/July 1985, highest chart pos. #16 UK,
#23 Ireland, perf. on 6.20 Soul Train)




 "In winter 1963 
 It felt like the world would freeze 
 With John F. Kennedy 
 And The Beatles." 

(lyrics from "Life in a Northern Town")

A cold dark winter came early in 1963 when JFK was assassinated.
How well I remember (and wish I could forget). I also remember
December 1975 when The Four Seasons released "December, 1963
(Oh, What A Night)," a song co-written and produced by original
Four Seasons keyboard player Bob Gaudio. The single features lead
vocals by drummer Gerry Polci with regular front man Frankie Valli
on backing vocals and bassist Don Ciccone, the former lead singer
of The Critters, singing the falsetto parts. The unusual combination
yielded an international hit - #1 in the U.S. and UK. Let's stay in
London where the lovely ladies of Legs & Co are set to snow plow
their way through The Seasons' seasonal song on Top Of The Pops.

"December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" - The Four Seasons
(Feb./Mar. 1976, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100/#1 UK,
dance perf. by Legs & Co on Top Of The Pops)



Here's one of my favorite songs by Paul Revere And The Raiders - "Let Me" -
one half of a "doublesider" - two great songs released back-to-back on a single -
the second song being the fab flip "I Don't Know." Both songs are found on
the 1969 album Alias Pink Puzz. The single and the album both performed
well enough on the U.S. and Canadian charts to get the band band invited
to join The Beach Boys on a European tour in the summer of 1969.
Here are Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay
doing "Let Me" on an unknown European television
program while on that tour.

"Let Me" - Paul Revere And The Raiders feat. Mark Lindsay
(June/July 1969, highest chart pos. #20 Hot 100, #16 Cash Box,
#12 Canada, from 1969 album Alias Pink Puzz,
performance on European TV show)

I hope you enjoyed volume 9 of


Stay tuned for the next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Remembering John

January 16, 1993...
26 years ago today...

John Ettline died. 

John spent the last nine years of his life without his wife Helen.
Imagine the strength and courage it took for John, a man in his 80s,
to go it alone, enduring the hardships of winter and keeping the Dell
in operation even as the teenage patrons became increasingly
rough, rowdy and disrespectful. How many of us
could have stood up to that challenge?


This year as we remember John I selected for your listening pleasure
three songs that I think he would have enjoyed, beginning with a song
that is worth a thousand memories, one that reached its zenith on the
pop chart 63 years ago. The Four Lads sing "Moments To Remember."

 "Moments To Remember" - The Four Lads 
 (Jan. 1956, highest chart pos. #2) 


Here's a great record that failed to reach the chart in the U.S. but made a run
at the top 10 in the UK. Released in December 1956, The Teenagers Featuring
Frankie Lymon is the group's only album. This song from the album peaked
at #12 in the UK. The title reminds us that generations of Dell rats needed
to convince their parents, teachers, clergymen and police that going to
the Dell did not turn them into bad kids. Frankie Lymon and the
Teenagers sing - "I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent."

 "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 
 (Nov. 1956 U.S. ver. uncharted, Feb. 1957 UK version reached #12, 
 from Dec. 1956 album The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon


Hard to believe it's been more than 30 years since the great Roy Orbison's voice
fell silent. I think John would enjoy hearing Roy's first major hit, a record that
shoulda been, coulda been and woulda been #1 on the chart in 1960 had it
not been blocked by Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry." Here's Roy Orbison aka
"The Big O" aka "The Caruso of Rock" singing "Only The Lonely."

 "Only The Lonely" - Roy Orbison 
 (July 1960, highest chart pos. #2) 

John, you were the King of all Dell Rats.
If we have anything to say about it, you
and Helen will always be remembered.

We love you and miss you, John!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Talent...You Will Go Far!

Put on your dunce thinking cap.

Time to test your talent for tabulating titillating tidbits
with my brain-busting trivia questions!


He was one of my favorite actors.
Can you name him?

Can you name the movie?
Can you name the two hit TV series
for which he is best known?



 was one of my favorite actors. 

Dennis starred in Duel, a road thriller that
marked Steven Spielberg's full-length film debut.

If the trailer grabbed you, why not make yourself a batch
of popcorn and watch the entire movie? (I'll wait.)

Duel first aired as a TV movie on November 13, 1971. I decided it would
be fun to play one of the records that was popular around that time.
Sly and the Family Stone, one of the hottest recording acts
of the period, were on their way to the top of the charts
with their latest single "Family Affair."

"Family Affair" - Sly and the Family Stone
(Nov./Dec. 1971, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100/#1 R&B)

As you might recall, Dennis Weaver played the gimpy sidekick Chester
opposite James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke,
the hit Western TV series of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Gunsmoke started it's incredible 20 year run on September 10, 1955.
That week the merry Mr. Chuck Berry was ridin' high with "Maybelline."

"Maybelline" - Chuck Berry
(Sept./Oct. 1955, highest chart pos.
#5 Hot 100/#1 R&B)

In the 70s Dennis Weaver starred as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud
of New Mexico, on loan to the NYPD as a special investigator.

The pilot of McCloud aired February 17, 1970, on NBC. That same week
Motown's Temptations were climbing the chart with "Psychedelic Shack."

"Psychedelic Shack" - The Temptations
(Feb./Mar. 1970, highest chart pos.
#7 Hot 100/#2 R&B)

 Thanks for the memories,  

You spent much of your life working to
protect the environment and animals.
You were part of the solution.
From all indications you were
a heck of a nice guy and,
son of a gun...
you were a fine actor, too.

Have a Shady day!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Happy Birthday, Helen!

This is a very special occasion.

 Helen Trostle Ettline 
 was born 108 years ago 

on January 9, 1911.

Every evening Helen was stationed behind the counter of the
Shady Dell snack bar preparing treats to feed the masses.

As Helen worked, a steady stream of 1950s
doo-wop records played on the jukebox.


Let's celebrate Helen's birthday by listening to three doo-wop songs
I think she'd enjoy. First we have The Crests, led from 1956 until 1960
by the late, great Johnny Maestro. Our featured song was released in
December 1962 with James Ancrum on lead. It's an updated version
of "Guilty," a song that had been a top 5 hit in 1931 for actress and
singing star Ruth Etting and again in 1947 for Margaret Whiting.
The Crests' cover didn't perform nearly as well, and remained
 trapped in the Bubbling Under basement. Is the intro,
based on Amos 'n' Andy, politically incorrect?
 You be the judge!

"Guilty" - The Crests
(Feb. 1963, highest chart pos. #123)


Next, here are The Duprees, the Italian-American vocal group from
Jersey City featuring lead singer Joey Vann, doing a fine cover
of "Why Don't You Believe Me," the original a chart-topper
in 1952 for traditional pop songstress Joni James.

"Why Don't You Believe Me" - The Duprees Featuring Joey Vann
(Sept. 1963, highest chart pos. #37)


And finally here is a song that must have been Helen's favorite
because it played on her jukebox more often than any other.

It's the ballad "Two People in the World" by Little Anthony & The Imperials,
a Dell slow dance favorite from the summer of 1958, the one I have
come to think of and refer to as... "Helen's Song."

"Two People In The World" - Little Anthony And The Imperials
(Sept./Oct. 1958, B side of "Tears On My Pillow")


 We love you and miss you. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019


When I was a boy, there was
one thing in particular

I was crazy about 
about which I was crazy

Awwww... screw it!

As a kid I loved basketball!

In 1961... on a lark...
(and the lark wasn't
very happy about it)...
I went to a free-throw
shooting ("foul-shooting")
contest held at my school,
York Township Elementary.
To my surprise, I won the
tournament in my age
bracket by sinking 10 out
of 15. Don't believe the
last sentence of the article.
That's what you call fake
news. I know for a fact that
375,000 boys competed.
I counted them! :)

My mom
saved these two
newspaper clippings
as proof of my
feet feat.

My dad had his 8mm movie camera along and captured the whole thing
on film! If you don't mind me showing you my home movies, click
the video below and take a look at this rare old footage
taken the day I won that basketball tourney!

"Usor, Usor" ("Easy, Easy")
Aza feat. Adrian Sina (May 2016)

FINE PRINT: Aza is a pop singer discovered and developed by Romanian
singer, songwriter, record producer and DJ Adrian Sina.

That same year I dropped out of school and became a "Sixers starter" -
a member of the dream team that led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA
championship. My proud dad came along to the Spectrum and tape recorded
the announcer as he introduced the players. Click to start playing the
video at the 40 sec. mark and listen for my name to be called!


"Keep It On" - Galaxy Five (1983 single)

FINE PRINT: At the time I went by the name "Moses Malone."

Have a Shady day!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 - Year of the Dell Rat




It's exciting to be starting my first full year of blogcasting from
my new facility here at SPMM - Shady's Place Music & Memories.
S-P-M-M means more music with less talk, so let's get to it.

The gang's all here! I am pleased to welcome back the six members of
The Shady Bunch, the staff of cool DJs who will keep the great sounds
coming at you throughout 2019. The honor of spinning the first
record of the new year goes to my good friend Shady Green
who invites you to climb aboard his Wayback Machine!

Hey, thank you, Shady Del Knight, and happy new year
to one and all! My first nugget of the year is a real mind-
blower, and if you're following our simulcast on YouTube,
you will enjoy seeing as well as hearing this performance.
It's the singing Singer Family of San Diego, California,
along with a group of go-go dancers from the local
Young Actors' Theatre.


Together they flash us back to 1971 with a cool cover of Tommy James'
biggest solo hit, the million seller "Draggin' The Line." Look out,
world... here comes-- The Singer Family!

 "Draggin' the Line" - Tommy James 
 (cover by The Singer Family, San Diego, 
 ft. go-go dancers from Young Actors' Theatre) 

The Zinger (Singer) Family of Southern
California there with a treat for the eyes
as well as the ears, bringing back the era
 of psychedelic sunshine pop, performing
the song "Draggin' The Line"... a top 5
hit for Tommy James of Shondells fame.
Hard to believe, but Tommy's groovy
tune almost got buried on the B side
of the single. Fortunately the decision
makers recognized the hit potential of
"Draggin' The Line," changed their
minds at the last minute and
released it as the A side.  

That's it for me today. I'll be back soon to give you a good
long ride in my Wayback Machine. Now it's time for me
to turn over the mic to everybody's favorite pooch,
S-P-M-M's very own Hound of Sound-- Toto Moto!

Thanks, Shady Green! You're a RUFF RUFF RUFF
act to follow! (BA-DUM-BUMP) My first record of
the year is a big beat ditty that's guaranteed
to blow out your woofers. Woofers... get it?
(BA-DUM-BUMP) It comes to us from across
 the great pond, and I don't mean the
one I made on the living room floor.


Remember when The Dave Clark Five were just as popular in
America as the Fab Four? Here's the English pop rock quintet
with one of their earliest and biggest hits-- "Bits And Pieces!"

 "Bits And Pieces" - The Dave Clark Five 
 (Apr./May 1964, highest chart pos. #4 Hot 100/#2 UK) 

The DC-5 with one of their biggies from 1964, "Bits And
Pieces." I need to go huntin' for a hydrant, but I'll be back
later in the year with more nifty numbers like that one
in Toto's Top Tunes Time Tunnel. Up next, my good
buddy The Geator, Jerry Blavat, who just now dug
up a nugget from his show Geator Gold. I think
you're gonna dig it, too. Take it away, Jerry!

Alright, faaantastic!!! How 'bout a big round of applause
for my canine compadre, Mr. Toto Moto? Greetings and
salutations! I am the Geator with the Heater... I am
the Boss with the big Hot Sauce... and you're tuned

to the greatest little station in the nation, S-P-M-M!


My first spin of the year is a bombastic dance record dedicated to
all my yon teenagers on the Discophonic TV Scene. My good friends
The Contours from the Motor City are here to ask the musical question,
"What does every man look at first?" and it ain't what you think, y'all!

 "First I Look At The Purse" - The Contours 
 (Sept. 1965, highest chart pos. #57 Hot 100/#12 R&B

The great Motown Sound of The Contours and "First I
Look At The Purse." I gotta split, but I'll be back soon
with more great sounds of yesteryear on Geator Gold.
Now here to play the next song is a stupendous
record spinner, a real winner, my main man...
Mr. Shady Blue!

Thank you, Jerry Blavat, and happy new year, everyone!
By now it's no secret that I'm crazy about Elvis the Pelvis,
hence the name of my radio show Stuck Like Glue On
Shady Blue. My first song of the year is a sweet
ballad that Elvis sang to his lovely co-star
in the 1965 movie Girl Happy.


It's Shelley Fabares (Mary Stone on The Donna Reed Show) forgetting
all about Johnny Angel as Elvis serenades her with "Puppet On A String!"

 "Puppet On A String" - Elvis Presley 
 (from Apr. 1965 film Girl Happy

Elvis "The King" crooning the tune "Puppet On A String"
to pretty Shelley Fabares in the movie Girl Happy.
Keep it here on S-P-M-M Radio for lots more
pelvic platters and great oldies of the 50s
and early 60s made by other artists on
my show Stuck Like Glue on Shady Blue.
Now here's my good buddy Dell Rat Tom
to play one of his favorite Jukebox Giants!

Thank you, Shady Blue, and happy new year! I'm beginning 2019 with a
flashback to a day in May of 1965. I was sick and spent that entire day in bed.
Yet, that evening, I begged my dad to drive me to a discount department store
so that I could buy a certain record, one of the most exciting sounds I ever heard.

It was "Wooly Bully" by rock 'n' roller Sam The Sham
and his band The Pharaohs. Named after his pet cat,
"Wooly Bully" was Sam's first and biggest hit. The
record shot to #2 on the chart only to be denied
the #1 spot by the Four Tops smash hit "I Can't
Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." It was
quite an accomplishment for Motown's Tops and
Sam, a Tex-Mex artist from Dallas, to hold the top
two spots on the Hot 100 at a time when British
Invasion acts were dominating the chart.

Here now are Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs with that
rockin' little record I just had to have - the one that
got me up out of my sick bed-- "Wooly Bully."


 "Wooly Bully" - Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs 
 (May/June 1965, highest chart pos. #2 Hot 100

Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs with their signature song
"Wooly Bully." Don't touch that dial. I'll be back throughout
the year to spin more of the greatest hits of the Shady Dell
on my regularly scheduled show Jukebox Giants. Now,
here's one of the coolest guys you're ever gonna meet.
For him cool comes naturally, and so it is apropos
that he hosts a program here on  S-P-M-M called
Natural Hy. He's my Shady Bunch buddy Hy Lit!

Thanks, Tommy boy! I appreciate the kind intro, my friend.
Hey, this is your pal on the radio, your man with the plan,
on the scene with the record machine here at station
S-P-M-M, where the cool oldies go to live forever.
Callin' uptown, downtown, crosstown - here, there,
everywhere, yours truly Hy Lit, and I'm starting the
year off right with a story song inspired by one of
Aesop's fables - The Farmer and the Viper.


It's without a doubt one of the grooviest sounds around, a Northern Soul killer,
a guaranteed dance floor filler, from the man who gave us the #1 smash
"Show And Tell," Al Wilson-- "The Sssssnake!"

 "The Snake" - Al Wilson 
 (Sept./Oct. 1968, highest chart pos. 
 #27 Hot 100/#32 R&B




 AT S-P-M-M...