Well, very interesting! Your blue eyed discussion. I don’t know where you fellas are from, but I grew up right in the center of a "Rich" blue eyed soul area. You ain’t gonna believe this–Harrisburg, Pa. Yep. The middle sixties , 64-72 this area was teeming with white soul groups, some that recorded and a lot that didn’t. Many of these recordings are much sought after collectible records, some common and some not! The area brought forth an obscure , mixed Doo-Wop group- The Exciting Invictas with one rare recording worth up to $ 400.00. After this group, others followed-The Delchords/Impala.,
The Intentions/Philips and nationally known Magnificent Men. The Mag Men traveled to black theaters, in the 60’s, such as the "Apollo in New York and the "Uptown Theater" in Philly. Wherever they went to play these black houses they brought the house down. Others were the Master Men, The Soulville Allstars, Shandells. But mostly known for the area was the Magnificent Men.
In the book "American Singing groups" Billboard Books,Jay warner , the writer said "Very few White artist achieved a degree of popularity with black audiences comparable to that attained by this seven member vocal band from Harrisburg".
At the "Apollo" their performance was so exciting, that James Brown jumped on stage and did 45 minutes of his own music with the group. They became the "ONLY" white group ever to tour with the Motortown Revue! While trying to find their place in a changing market place, they met a group that was very influenced by their 4 albums on Capitol records, that group later became "Chicago". They are still performing off and on in the area today, teaming with an assortment of members of local bands, cutting 3 CD’s as "The Class of 60 something" which are very good. I hope I have brought you some new and interesting news from the past, I hope you enjoyed it. That’s it for now