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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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Vol. 13: Battling Brothers and Run Run Run!

 It's time to surrender... 

 to Spectorian Splendor! 

 Welcome to Vol. 13 of my 

 17-part series saluting 

 the Spector Sound and 



In Volume 4 you heard Motown's Marvelettes
using the name the Darnells and performing
"Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say
Goodbye," a song penned by Motown's
famed Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and
producing team. The record was a nod
to Spector and had a sound similar to
those released by the Crystals.

Now here are the Supremes singing
"Run Run Run," another H-D-H song
and another exciting Motown
Meets Spector hybid.

It's hard to believe Motown's premier
girl group ever had to struggle for hits
but, early on, they did. Released around
the beginning of 1964, "Run, Run, Run"
came to a screeching halt at #93 on the
the chart. Why the poor showing? The
depressed mood of the nation in the wake
of the JFK assassination was probably to
blame for the failure of that Marvelettes
single I featured. This Supremes 45 was
released at the height of Beatlemania.
Were the Fab Four to blame for
derailing Diana's Supremes?

It doesn't seem fair to blame the Beatles.
If the old school instrumental "Java" by
Al Hirt could make it to #4 around that
time there should have been room near
the top for this Supremes sizzler!

 "Run, Run, Run" - The Supremes 
 (Feb. 1964, highest chart pos. #93) 


"You're So Fine" was a top 20 hit in 1959
for the Falcons, and R&B group that included
Eddie Floyd and later Wilson Pickett. In 1963
a cover of the song was recorded by Dorothy
Adams Berry, wife of Richard Berry, the man
who wrote and first recorded the notorious
rock 'n' roll anthem "Louie Louie."

Dorothy's record was produced by David Gates,
a talented young devotee of the Spector Sound
who went on to front the soft rock group Bread.
Dorothy cooks on this Spectorian single, and
the doubletracked vocal yields a girl group
sound that kicks butt all over town!

 "You're So Fine" - Dorothy Berry 
 (December 1963, uncharted) 




At #92 on my list of The 200 Greatest Hits
of the Shady Dell is the next featured sound,
“He” by the Righteous Brothers, a Spector-
produced ballad with an overtly religious
theme similar to that of another Dell
classic - "Human” by Tommy Hunt.

A song about God's benevolence, "He"
was originally recorded in the mid 1950s
by Al Hibbler and covered by the singing
McGuire Sisters. The tear-jerking cover
by the Righteous Brothers, released in
 the spring of 1966, played frequently
on the Dell jukebox, casting its spell
on reverent rats from June until
the school bells rang.

 "He" - The Righteous Bros. 
 (July 1966, highest chart pos. #18) 




Los Angeles natives Scott Engel, John Maus
and Gary Leeds adopted the stage name
The Walker Brothers, moved to England
and achieved hit records there and in the
United States. Their first hit on both sides
of the pond was "Make It Easy On Yourself,"
a Bacharach-David composition that first
became a hit for Jerry Butler in 1962.

The Walker Brothers are best known
for their biggest hit, "The Sun Ain't
Gonna Shine Anymore" but, before
moving to England, they recorded
"Love Her," a Spectorized single
produced by Nick Venet and
arranged by Jack Nitzsche.

 "Love Her" - The Walker Brothers 
 (May 1965, highest chart pos. #20 UK) 


I introduced Karen "KK" Kelly singing
"Nobody's Girl" in Echoes Vol. 5.
The Nashville songbird with the
powerful pipes shoulda been,
coulda been and woulda been
a major girl pop star of the 60s
like Lesley Gore, but for some
reason her records failed to chart.

KK's self-penned "Nobody's Girl" was
released in 1964 on Sound Stage 7, a
subsidiary of Monument Records. Now
check out the killer bee side of that single,
entitled "Don't Let The Hurt Show Through."
Penned and produced by Bob Montgomery,
this one boasts the same dynamic Spectorian
production and a melody that at times might
remind you of "A World Without Love,"
the song that became a hit a few months
earlier as recorded by two other acts,
Peter & Gordon and Bobby Rydell.

 "Don't Let The Hurt Show Through" 
 Karen Kelly (October 1964, 
 B side of "Nobody's Girl") 

 I hope you enjoyed Vol. 13 

 of Echoes.  Stay tuned for 

 more Spectorian sounds 

 in Vol. 14 coming soon! 

Have a Shady day!