Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Natural Hy, Vol. 2: Girls On Film - The Flirtations!

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"Nothing But A Heartache" - The Flirtations
(Mar./Apr. 1969, highest chart pos. #34 Hot 100,
#3 on WRKO-AM in Boston)

Ultra hot and ultra cool at the same time, the surreal sight and sound
of mod soul, a record made in England. The South Carolina Gypsies,
The Flirtations, and their 1969 biggie "Nothing But A Heartache,"
a slick sound that went top 3 on sister station WRKO in Beantown.

Hi there, and welcome! This is your pal on the radio,
Hyski - Hy Lit - and you and I are taking to the sky on
a Natural Hy, kicking off a seven-in-a-row block party here on S-P-M-M, home of The Shady Bunch.

Calling all my beats, beards, Buddhist cats, big time
spenders, money lenders, teetotalers, elbow benders,
hog callers, home run hitters, finger poppin’ daddies
and cool babysitters. For all my carrot tops, lollipops
and extremely delicate gum drops. It's your pal on
the radio, Hyski ‘O Roonie McVouti ‘O Zoot.

Callin' uptown, downtown, crosstown - here, there,
everywhere. Your man with the plan, on the scene
with the record machine, Yours truly Hy Lit -
The South Philadelphia Kid, The Potentate
of the Keystone State!


This one's a monster, The Sound Of Philadelphia in the making,
the ice cool sound of The Delfonics before they made it big. Recorded
in '66 at Cameo-Parkway, released on Moon Shot, reissued by popular
demand in '68, The Delfonics-- "He Don't Really Love You."

"He Don't Really Love You" - The Delfonics
(Aug. 1966, reissued Apr. 1968)


You just heard The Delfonics do "He Don't Really
Love You." Now, The Philly Ambassadors answer
with "I Really Love You," a song originally waxed
by Miss Dee Dee Sharp in 1965, a top 40 R&B
hit for Dee Dee. This sound from '69, see if
you dig it the way I do, You've seen them
on the Hy Lit TV Show. Now hear them
on Natural Hy. The Ambassadors
sing-- "I Really Love You."

"I Really Love You" - The Ambassadors
(Mar./Apr. 1969, highest chart pos.
#123 Bubbling Under/#43 R&B)

"I Really Love You" by another great Philadelphia soul group, The Ambassadors.
If you're just tuning in, you're on a Natural Hy with yours truly Hyski - Hy Lit -
on S-P-M-M, where all the great songs of the past go to live on and on.

Jesse James, a name to remember, is the songwriter
and producer who gave us "Boogaloo Down Broad-
way," the hit recorded by The Fantastic Johnny C,
along with the doublesider single "The Horse"
backed with "Love Is All Right" by Cliff Nobles
& Company. The James Boys, Jesse's band of
session musicians, played on Nobles' single.
A few months after Cliff rode "The Horse"
up and down the chart, The James Boys
took it out of the stable for another run.
They kept the original instrumental track
and changed the words of Nobles' vocal
side "Love Is All Right" into a song about
the latest dance craze. Get into it - check
it out - the vocal version of "The Horse,"
B side of "The Mule," by-- The James Boys!


"The Horse" - The James Boys
(Sept. 1968, B side of "The Mule")

That one beats me up. The James Boys and the Cliff Nobles vocal version
of "The Horse." FYI, some of The James Boys went on to form MFSB -
"Mother Father Sister Brother" - the band responsible for the
Soul Train theme "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)."


You're listening to Hy Lit... your man in the tower
with all the power, giving you all the boogie you
can handle... in stereo... right here on S-P-M-M,
where all the cool oldies come to play!

These cats were responsible for tearing the roof
off the sucker. The Show Stoppers with their
 biggie-- (Ain't nothin' but a) "House Party!"

“Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party” - The Show Stoppers
(Bubbled Under @ #118 in May 1967, reached
highest chart pos. #87 in June 1968)

The Show Stoppers, two sets of brothers from The City of Brotherly Love,
and their big song, their sig-song, “Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party.”
It remains one of life's great unsolved mysteries why that sizzler
failed to make the soul chart.

Now here's one of the unsung sirens
of Motown, Miss Barbara Randolph.


In 1967 Barbara covered a song issued
a few months earlier by the Four Tops
on the B side of "Bernadette." Dig
Barbara doing-- "I Got a Feeling!"

"I Got A Feeling" - Barbara Randolph
(Oct. 1967, Bubbled Under @ #116)

And that wraps up this edition of Natural Hy.
Glad you could be here. Stay tuned for my good
buddy The Geator with the Heater, The Boss
with the Sauce, Jerry Blavat, coming up
next on the flip side of news.


I'll be back soon with another stack of boss goldens,
solid senders...every spinner a winner.... and I wanna
see your face... in the place, right here at the station
that's #1 for music and fun, S-P-M-M. Now this is
your pal on the radio Hyski ‘O Roonie McVouti
‘O Zoot saying over and out - later, my friend!

"I Can't Turn You Loose" - The Chambers Brothers
(Dec. 1968, highest chart pos. #37)


  1. A nice section from the late sixties. Most were new to me.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for tuning in to the Hy Lit radio show, my early bird buddy!

      My first exposure to Hy Lit was in the late 60s when my girlfriend and I watched his American Bandstand style television show which featured live in-studio performances by popular recording acts, many of them based in the Philadelphia area. The Natural Hy series on SPMM Radio will focus mainly on recordings from that same period, the mid 60s to mid 70s, and many of the records Hy will play were made by Delaware Valley artists and were local and/or East Coast regional hits, not national hits.

      Thanks again for coming, good buddy Alex, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. Lots of new-to-me names this time, Shady!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend!

      I'm curious to know specifically which of these names you remember and which are new to you. I am willing to bet your older siblings remember most of these acts and their late 60s recordings. As for me, the ones by The Ambassadors and Barbara Randolph were new to my ears, but the others were all big on radio and TV in my region and on my turntable at home.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Kelly!

    2. Only the first two seem familiar to me... the first song, and the Delfonics (though I'm not sure I remember that number). My sister would be the one to ask, but as you know, she's no longer alive. Otherwise I'd be calling her up and questioning her right now! I don't remember my older brother listening to that much music at home, but I do remember him being a Bob Dylan fan at one point. My other brother was more into Woodstock era music.

    3. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for returning to help me get to know you better. I remember you telling me about the loss of your older sister, and again I am very sorry. Here's my instinct. If you and your sibs lived in the southwest heartland, there's a good chance none of you is or was familiar with the East Coast regional hits in this post. They were huge in Penna but unknown in other parts of the country. Even I did not remember The Ambassadors until recently when I got reacquainted with them doing research for this Hy Lit series. The Delfonics sounded similar on almost all of their recordings. Therefore, I doubt you remember the one I posted here because it is rather obscure. There is a much better chance you remember The Flirtations single because it made the national chart. However, it only reached #34 on Billboard and #31 on Cash Box, surprising stats considering it spent 14 weeks on the chart. Even at home in England the single missed the top 50 which is again a surprise considering how great it is and how popular the song has remained over the years. When I went off to college I was primarily a soul and R&B lover, spent most of my time listening to the kind of music played on The Hy Lit Show. By the time I finished my four years of university, I had expanded my taste considerably, thanks in part to Woodstock and the artists that performed at the festival.

      Thanks again for coming back to expand our thread, dear friend Kelly!

  3. Lots of funky motown here. I wonder what gave the James Boys the idea to sing about a horse and mule.

    Enjoy your week!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for popping in!

      I'm glad you appreciated the funky tuneage in the second volume of veteran deejay Hy Lit's radio series Natural Hy. To be completely accurate, only the Barbara Randolph single was a Motown recording. The Flirtations waxed their hit on the UK label Deram, a Decca subsidiary, and the West Coast band The Chambers Brothers recorded their best known material on Columbia. The other four acts are examples of Philly R&B and soul.

      Dance records were released right and left during the 60s and "The Horse" and "The Mule" joined The Pony, The Funky Chicken, The Funky Penguin and others in sparking interest among young record buyers. When a record sold well, producers wasted no time releasing variations such as new instrumental or vocal version.

      Thanks again for coming by, dear friend Sherry, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. Hi Hy and Shady! What a group you have here today! Gosh, I remember The Delfonics. They had such a clean, clear sound. I don't remember "He Doesn't Really Love You", but I definitely recognized the style and their voices. This is a good song and, I have to say, the video was a bit strange. My favorite of the Delfonics is "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time". The Ambassadors also had a good song with "I Really Love You", although I didn't know them. And, I certainly didn't realize that so many of these groups came from Philadelphia! I always loved the sound of that city name.

    The James Boys did a pretty good job on "The Horse" using the original background music, but I didn't know the song. I liked the Show Stoppers! Hy, you are right, this song should have made it farther up the charts! I enjoyed the rhythm and movement of the vocals and instrumentals.

    The Chambers Brothers were a good group to listen to and dance..."I Can't Turn You Loose" is not one of their songs I remember, but it made me think of James Brown. The vocals had extra squeals and yelps at certain stopping points. I always liked their number, "Time Has Come Today".

    OMG! The Flirtations! I never knew their name, and don't ever remember seeing any photos of this group either. What a treat! "Nothing But a Heartache" is timeless...I still love the song. They have such dynamic voices together! Thank you for finding this video, great costumes and pretty ladies! My favorite pick-thanks guys!

    These have all been great offerings, Hy. I appreciate the time you spent putting this together, although I know how much you love your work! Will see you next time!

    Shady, great job! Love the "Philly, City of Brotherly Love" sounds! Enjoy what is left of the week, it goes by so fast! Thank you dear friend, see you next time!♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I'm thrilled to see you, dear friend. Thanks a lot for coming on day one to take to the sky on a Natural Hy!

      As you recall TSOP was one of the most dominant styles of music in the 70s. Four of the records on Hy's play list #2 enable you to hear the sound of Philadelphia as it was in the mid to late 60s, with two sweet soul ballads and two funky uptempo dance records. The Delfonics early recording "He Don't Really Love You" on the pretty Moon Shot label is highly collectible and I've got it in my collection. It is also among my top favorite songs by the group, others being "La La" and the one you mentioned "Didn't I." Records by The Delfonics played often on The Hy Lit Show, a Bandstand style TV show that featured hip Delaware Valley teens and twenty-somethings dancing to records in the studio plus live performances by popular recording artists. As I am sure you recall, the instrumental version of "The Horse" was a big national hit. I owned the single. On the B side of that 45 was a vocal version entitled "Love Is All Right" using the same backing track. It makes me laugh to hear The James Boys start their song with "Horse is All Right" instead of "Love is All Right," then proceed to tell about the latest dance craze, again using the same instrumental backing track. The record company was clearly milking the original hit for all it was worth.

      The Show Stoppers "House Party" was HUGE at Penn State my freshman year. The record was played at "jammies" (jammys?) which were dances held at large venues on campus and open to all students. The record was also played heavily at private off campus frat parties I attended.

      "I Can't Turn You Loose" was penned and first recorded by Otis Redding. "Loose" was originally released in 1965 as a B side, but caught fire and became more popular than the A side. From that point on it was one of Otis Redding's signature songs. I like The cover by The Chambers Brothers as much or more than the original and I own their 45, too.

      I intended to begin Hy's post with a different song but a week ago I discovered this high quality Flirtations video on YouTube, made the switch and plugged it into the lineup before it disappears, as gems like this one tend to do. The Flirtations were living in England when they waxed "Nothing But A Heartache." Two promotional films were shot in the UK to support the single, and what you see here is one of those films uploaded to YouTube in pristine condition, picture and sound. Both promo films of the trio doing "Heartache" are surreal, dreamy and otherworldly, at least to me. The Flirtations were originally from South Carolina and called themselves The Gypsies. If you listen to the girls introducing themselves at the beginning of the clip, you will realize that they adopted British accents whilst living abroad.

      I'm delighted you got so much out of the post, Suzanne. I hope things are going well for you this week and I thank you very much for coming. Take care and I'll see you back here on April 1, dear friend!

  5. Hi Shady,

    I've never heard these songs before and they're new to me. I like the vibe and I'm going to have to listen again.

    I hope your block party will last a few more hours as I devour the tunes again.

    Have a great Wednesday ,dear friend.

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      You and I were writing comments on each other's blogs at the exact same time this morning, dear friend. Thank you for coming!

      If your dad knows Jerry Blavat, then he should also remember Hy Lit. Both men are pioneers of Delaware Valley radio and TV broadcasting. Along with my girlfriend (the future Mrs. Shady #1) I watched The Hy Lit Show every week in the late 60s and into the early 70s. Hy was handsome, a dapper dresser, articulate and super cool. The songs you will hear in Hy's series Natural Hy represent what I believe is an authentic play list of records pulled from his TV and radio shows. These are the songs that millions of people in southeastern PA and New Jersey knew and loved, songs that might be completely unknown to people who grew up in other parts of the country. Check with your dad about Hy Lit and his Philly based TV and radio programs and see if he knows any of these songs. He should.

      Thanks again for stopping by, dear friend JM!

    2. Hi Shady,

      Dad went to bed, but I'll have to play this for him tomorrow. I'm sure he watched it too, knowing dad.

      One of my Canadian friends shared a Soul Train clip tonight and I'm enjoying Soul Train. :)

      Have a great Thankful Thursday!

    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      It would be exciting to learn that your dad was a Hy Lit fan back in the 60s. Be sure to ask and to let me know. That was nice of your Canadian friend to share a Soul Train clip with you. Little by little, one by one, YouTubers are restoring old Soul Train performances, giving the video a "fresh coast of paint" and enhancing the sound quality. My next edition of Shady Train is coming soon.

      Thanks again for being here and enjoy your Friday and weekend, dear friend JM!

    4. Hi Shady,

      I know, it makes me so happy! I love watching Soul Train and I love watching old music shows. Sometimes, I wish Millenials would take notice and create some music shows with the older feel. Maybe it's an idea for me. There's something fun about the older style. :)

      I hope that you have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend! I can't wait for the new entry!

    5. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      I too wish there were new shows on television similar to American Bandstand and Soul Train. Maybe there are and I just don't know about them. Everything I see in recent years involves people competing against each other to determine the best singer, dancer, super-athlete, chef, etc. It's not the same. I also wish there could be a modern hangout for teenagers like The Shady Dell, but I can't imagine how. It makes me happy to know that a 20-something like you can appreciate and enjoy the type of entertainment Boomers loved.

      Have a wonderful week, dear friend JM!

    6. Hi Shady,

      I'm an only child and grew up around mostly adults. And since my dad is also an only child, I grew up around a lot of people from the Silent Generation too. Nan also housed Daniel, an exchange student from Slovakia, so I considered him like a brother and was exposed to different cultures. Since Nan was very welcoming of everyone (her motto: "people are people and you should treat everyone with kindness"), just like my dad, so I was always exposed to different many, many different things. I guess that is what shaped the person I am today. I remember growing up and watching the old shows, and since Nan still had a record player, I remember listening to her old records and dad's too. Then, Daniel's tastes: hip-hop, heavy metal, alternative rock, and everything in between.

      I find it difficult at times to relate to people my age because a lot of the TV shows I don't relate to. I don't really like competition, unless it's for sports, but I don't think everything should be "the best of the best." Sadly, at my full-time job, a lot of the younger managers won't even bother with the Boomers that are still working and usually if they need help with something, they come to me. I chat with more Boomers at work than Millenials, though I do have some 20-somethings I talk to at my full-time job. Same goes for the library, but the younger workers at the library are in HS. Only one of my HS co-workers at the library is friendly towards me. Although I am still finding myself, I encourage her and give her some advice, if she asks.

      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, dear friend!

    7. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for sharing more information about your life enabling me to know who and what shaped you into the person you are today. My family welcomed an exchange student from Japan and she lived with us several weeks immediately following the assassination of President Kennedy. I always looked forward to sitting in on the conversations adults in my family were having, and I preferred forms of entertainment made for adults to cartoons and other programs aimed at children. From my parents I learned to like big band music, country and gospel, from my big brother I learned to love rock 'n' roll, and from my cousin and rats at the Dell I learned to love soul, blue-eyed soul and R&B.

      According to a member of John Ettline's family, John gave advice and help to anyone who needed it and asked. It is big of you to offer advice to co-workers high school age and up, whoever needs it and asks, same as John always did.

      Thanks again for coming by, dear friend JM!

  6. I like the graphics in the video for He don't really love you. I was not familiar with today's songs however a few of the titles took me to some other songs that prompted my memory. Your title girls on film have me seeing Girls on Film from Duran Duran and I've got a feeling by Black Eyed Peas. I like learning about new songs i'm not familiar with!

    1. Hi, Holliberry!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for taking to the sky on a Natural Hy!

      In recent years, as I have searched for videos with high quality oldies to present at Shady's Place, I have come across many that feature this style of airbrush artwork, the kind you see on vehicles and wall graffiti. Yessum, I selected the title "Girls On Film" based on that Duran Duran hit. It ties in with The Flirtations because two iconic films were shot in the UK of the girls performing their signature song "Nothing But A Heartache." I never heard the Black Eyed Peas song "I Gotta Feeling." I read that it was written by members of that band, and therefore it is not the same as the Four Tops song. I listened to it on YouTube and enjoyed it.

      It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Philly sound I grew up with in the 60s, the ballads and the funky dance numbers, along with Motown's unsung siren Barbara Randolph, the surreal UK mod soul recording by The Flirtations and the great cover of Otis Redding by the psychedelic West Coast soul band The Chambers Brothers.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Holli!

  7. Well, I'm familiar with "Nothing but a Heartbreak" but thought it was released earlier in the sixties than that. The rest of the songs, well, exciting new discoveries.

    I was reading the other comments and saw Woodstock mentioned, and was reminded how that event basically ignored the explosion of soul music going on at the time. I doubt if there was anything racist behind it (after all, Jimi Hendrix was present) but it was a kind of bellwether for the fragmentation of music that would mark the 1970s.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy. I am always pleased to see you!

      I remember "Nothing But A Heartache" being played in heavy rotation on the campus radio station at Penn State throughout the spring term of 1969. Is is very unusual for a single to last 14 weeks on the chart w/o cracking the top 30, but that's what happened in this case. The South Carolina Gypsies who transformed themselves into "The Mod Squad" - three soulful Brit birds living in the UK - were robbed of a major hit on both sides of the pond.

      You make a good point, Kirk, and I was thinking the same thing when I replied to Kelly (above) for the second time. My freshman year at college, 1967-68, I was like a fish out of water. Having come from York where I spent the previous two years as a Dell rat immersed in soul and R&B music, I was in for a shock when I discovered that most of the students on campus were tuned into album rock and the artists that would perform at Woodstock the following year. My tastes expanded over the next four years as I embraced rock in all its forms, but I found few people who shared my eclectic taste. In my experience rock lovers were not interested in sweet soul music. I believe the same thing happened the following decade when there was a tremendous backlash against disco spearheaded by hardcore rock lovers. To me, it's all good. I urge everyone I meet to give the other's guy's thing a try in a sincere attempt to find common ground. It brings people together.

      Thanks again for joining the discussion, good buddy Kirk, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  8. Tom,

    You always introduce me to new mewsic and while most if not all of today's featured artists have made a show on your old blog home, I am not familiar with any of these songs. You knocked it out of the park this time. Thanks for the introduction of these late 60s tunes! Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thanks for breaking away from your April A to Z preparations to experience a Natural Hy with one of Philly's Phinest - the one and only Hy Lit.

      As I have told other reader friends who grew up in the mid south, the Midwest and the southwest, most of the songs you will hear on Hy Lit's radio shows will be new to your ears, because they were primarily East Coast regional hits, popular on radio, TV and in dance venues in Philadelphia and the mid-Atlantic states. As familiar as these "hits" are to someone like me, they are understandably brand new to you. The difference in our ages also has a lot to do with it. You were a toddler or young child when these records were released, and therefore you probably wouldn't remember them even if they had been played on the radio in your area. I hope you enjoyed listening to Hy's tuneage.

      Thanks again for dropping by, dear friend Cathy. April 1 is fast approaching and I hope you are ready to begin the annual Challenge. I am excited to see your cartooning.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Cathy!

  9. I enjoyed all these songs which are a fun listen even though I don't know them. Horse is my least favourite but I dig the gals, The Flirtations and the second song was great but I really loved seeing the artwork to the music...very cool! Thanks for the listen and wishing you a wonderful day

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down, dear friend! As always, I am happy to see you.

      It doesn't surprise me that Hy Lit's playlist of Philly Phavorites is foreign to your Canadian ears. That Flirtations film/video is a late breaking addition to the lineup because it was uploaded only a week or so ago. In the past, pristine clips like this one have vanished from YouTube before I can present them, and that's why I wanted to get this one embedded and running now instead of waiting. A few years ago I posted the other promo film made for this Flirtations song and it is equally magical. I'm glad you appreciate the airbrush artwork that accompanies "He Don't Really Love You" and that you enjoyed the song, too. It is one of my very favorite sweet soul sounds of the period.

      Thanks again for coming by, dear friend BB!

  10. Good evening Shady! We're having a lovely Spring day today with sunshine galore..loving it! Your tunes today were all new to me but I can see how fun they would be to dance to back in the day. I was just getting my dancing boots going in the mid to late 60's and these tunes would fit right in. Sorry I'm not familiar with them and have more to comment on but I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the selection and hope you're having a great day down south! Take care friend!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend!

      I'm happy to learn that you had a nice spring day up north in Ohio, and I hope you have bounced back from your recent illness so that you were able to get out and enjoy the fine weather. I am also delighted to introduce 7 new songs to you via volume 2 of Hy Lit's Natural Hy series. As I have been telling others, in order for me to present an authentic Hy Lit play list, I need to make sure it contains enough local (Philadelphia area) and regional (East Coast) recordings. The same is true for Jerry Blavat's radio shows. It stands to reason that folks like you who live in the heartland will not be familiar with many of the selections in these Philadelphia based programs. Therefore you do not need to say your are sorry for not knowing them. My mission here is to give you an opportunity to learn by presenting artists and sounds that are new to you.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend YaYa. I hope you and your family are well and that you enjoy the rest of your week!

  11. My favourite has to be the house party track, by the Showstoppers. That's a big song on the Northern Soul scene here in the UK.

    1. Hi, Joey!

      How are you, my good friend? I'm glad this Hy Lit program caught your attention, and I am pleased to welcome you back to Shady's Place.

      It's good to know "House Party" was a biggie on the Northern Soul circuit. The SPMM radio shows presented by deejays Hy Lit, Jerry Blavat and Dell Rat Tom will feature an abundance of Northern Soul nuggets. Many of the Shady Dell's Greatest Hits of the 60s became dance floor fillers in UK clubs in the 70s. If you like what you heard today, I hope you will come back for another visit soon.

      Thanks again, good buddy Joey, and have a super weekend!


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