Sohns was 16 at the time. Kelley swapped bass and lead duties with Rogers in late - at the time of the "Gloria" Shadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShake. After performing in and around Chicago's northwest suburbs in andThe Shadows of Knight became the house band at The Cellar in Arlington Heights, Illinoisowned by Sampson.
They attracted more than teenagers every Saturday and Sunday at the "Cellar" for more than six months until Sampson began booking other bands, giving them a break. The band signed with Dunwich shortly thereafter and recorded "Gloria" as a first effort. Released in December"Gloria" received massive regional airplay. The band had slightly altered the song's lyrics, replacing Morrison's original "she comes to my room, then she made me feel alright" with "she called out my name, that made me feel alright" after influential Chicago station WLS Shadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShake banned Them 's original version.
This simple change overcame the prevalent AM radio censorship of the era and got The Shadows of Knight's cover version of the song onto the playlist of The Gipsys I Hear You Knocking Malalawhich had censored the original. On the Billboard national charts, "Gloria" rose to No. The secondary publication Cashbox ranked "Gloria" as high as No. Failure to find a winning followup to "Gloria" handicapped the band's earning power and led to its disintegration.
Tom Schiffour left the band in springfirst to be replaced by a young local fan of Shadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShake band, Bruce Bruscato.
He was subsequently replaced by Tom Morris. The original band fragmented further when McGeorge departed for acid-rock band H. Lovecraftwhile Kelley left to front his own blues band. Schiffour was later replaced by drummer Michael Tegza, Shadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShake of the by then-defunct H.
By mid, the only original member of the Shadows of Knight remaining was vocalist Jim Sohns, who, through simple default, inherited the band's name and legacy. Inthe second generation Shadows of Knight released "Shake" Panama Always Buddha's short-lived subsidiary Team Records ; the track eventually climbed to No.
That same year, without the band's knowledge or consent, the unsuccessful update "Gloria '69" was released by Dunwich. It consisted of new bass and guitar tracks overdubbed by Peter Pops Staples Dont Lose This later of Chicago and Jim Donlinger a member of Aortaboth Chicago rock veterans.
That album, Shadows of Knight is today regarded as a distinct recording oddity, being an attempt to mix punk and bubblegum music. The four years after the breakup of the original Shadows was a dark creative period with little financial success. The band's repertoire consisted mostly of pop cover songs, which allowed them to survive by playing clubs.
The band's lineup remained the same for two years, and it recorded "I Am the Hunter," which did well in several B markets. John Fisher was replaced by Edgar Winter alum Ray Charles The Genius After Hours Gonzales on bass inwho was subsequently replaced by John Hardy the next year. He was then replaced by studio bassist Don Ferrone.
Dunwich signed the Shadows of Knight to a record deal, and in the spring ofShadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShake released their first Shadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShake, a cover of Van Morrison's "Gloria" that captured the swagger of Them's original recording while slightly bowdlerizing the lyrics "She come into my room" was changed to "She call out my name," which made a big difference in radio airplay.
The second album also introduced Dave "Hawk" Wolinski, who replaced bassist Warren Rogers and served double duty on Sun Kil Moon Ghosts Of The Great Highway and keyboards.
While the band remained a popular live attraction in the Midwest, the Shadows of Knight were not faring as well on the nationwide sales charts, as singles like "Bad Little Woman" and "I'm Going to Make You Mine" barely cracked the Hot Shadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShakethe Shadows of Knight began to crumble, as McGeorge, Kelley, and Wolinski all left the band, and soon Sohn fired the remaining members and took control of the band's name.
InSohn had signed a deal for the group with Super K Productions, the outfit responsible for such popular bubblegum acts as the Ohio Express and the Fruitgum Company. Super K struck a deal for the Shadows of Knight with the Buddah-distributed Team Records, and the single "Shake" with Sohn backed by session players rose to number 46 on the U.
Sohn and his Shadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShake were also said to have backed up a number of other Super K acts in the studio, though they were not credited for such services. Them's version of "Gloria" had been a radio hit in some markets, but was losing airplay in others due to it's perceived sleaziness. Wasting no time, Traut and Badonsky got the band into the studio to cut their own version of'Gloria" and another song, the amazing "Dark Side".
At the same time, the music business savvy Traut and Badonsky were well aware of Cliff and The Shads, and suggested a name change. Various suggestions were made, including The Tyme which, I dunno, sounds rather early '80s to me! At last, on the eve of printing the labels for the all-important debut single, Jim Sohns suggested The Shadows Of Knight, which he thought had a Nirvana Nevermind of British sound to it - very useful in those British Invasion-dominated Shadows Of Knight Shadows Of Knight Featuring FollowAloneShake - and would be lot less trouble adjusting to for their rabid fan following.
In their recording of "Gloria", The Shadows Of Knight replaced the jazzy backbeats of the original with a simple kid-friendly dance beat. To be honest, I've never been a fan of either version Reaction was swift and the record reputedly sold overcopies in it's first ten days of release. By the middle of April, the song had entered the Billboard Hot where it climbed to number 10 within a couple of weeks. The Shadows Of Knight were now a hot commercial property and were quickly placed on the travelling hit roadshow of the time, Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars, touring the United States with The Outsiders,?
And The Mysterians and The Seeds. Wouldn't you just kill to have seen a bill like that? For the follow-up to "Gloria", the band chose a Bo Diddley song; "Oh Yeah", which also cracked the US Top 40, peaking at 39 in the Summer of and selling half a million copies.
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