The Shadows of Knight “Gloria”


Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#728 in the Series) is The Shadows of Knight, Gloria

There’s this great moment during the final encore of Rickie Lee Jones’ “Live at Red Rocks”: she and band are midway through an improvised-sounding reading of Van Morrison’s composition “Gloria” that, to these ears anyway bears as much homage to the Shadows of Knight as Morrison’s Them…and while the band vamps those three indelible chords, she tells the audience, “I was 12 when this song came out and I have never forgotten.  I will never forget!  That’s why I will never get old!”  And I’m like: how true that is!

The Shadow’s “Gloria” debuted on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey in mid-February, 1966 at #19 joining such perennial classics as Bobby Fuller’s “I Fought the Law,” the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann,” Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots,” the Knickerbockers’ Beatle-esque “Lies” and, another of Chicago’s very own, New Colony Six’s “I Confess.”  The Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown” had to settle for coming in at #23 that week!  The late, great Norman Mark, then of the Chicago Daily News, proclaimed: “People went nuts when they heard it (“Gloria”). Local radio stations got more calls asking for that record than any other record in Chicago history.”  Mark waxed perhaps a tad hyperbolic but there was excitement, an anthem was born.

My best recollection is that I got the lp as a birthday present that fall and all 30 minutes of it rocked then and they rock now!

With Jim Sohn’s sneering vocals, Warren Rodgers’ popping bass lines, Jerry McGeorge’s driving rhythm guitar, Tom Schiffour’s snare-snapping drum fills, and Joe Kelley’s fluid guitar leads, the Shadows of Knight were like the ultimate garage band.  For sheer punk attitude they were ahead of the New Wave by a good dozen years.  Their incendiary, blistering covers of blues classics such as “I Got My Mojo Working,” “Boom Boom,” “Oh Yeah,” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You” were gateways to their sources: M. Morganfield (aka Muddy Waters), John Lee Hooker, E. Mc Daniel (aka Bo Diddley), and Willie Dixon.

Their Chuck Berry “Let It Rock” is as much manifestation of a runaway train as it is a song about a runaway train!

And the three original tunes of the set “Light Bulb Blues, “Dark Side,” and “It Always Happens That Way” hold their own amid such stellar company.  “Dark Side: has long been my fave of the three.  Another three-chord classic, the bluesy ballad of the bunch: “I thought that you loved me/now I see I was wrong/Cuz you broken my heart now/didn’t take you too long/our love’s on the dark side/now I know you lied/gave you all my sweet lovin’/but you weren’t satisfied.”

Norman Mark got it right on the liner notes when he foretold, “You have in your hands an authentic collector’s item—the first album of the Shadows of Knight.  One day you may want to bronze it, put it in a time capsule or give it to your heirs.” Truth be told I gave away thousands of vinyl record albums ten years ago when the time came to downsize but not this one—“Gloria” is a keeper and still rockin’ after all these years!

Richard Huttel

 Track Listing

  1. Gloria (Van Morrison / Leon René) 2:34
  2. Light Bulb Blues (Jerry McGeorge / Jim Sohns) 2:32
  3. I Got My Mojo Working (McKinley Morganfield) 3:28
  4. Darkside (Warren Rogers / Jim Sohns) 2:00
  5. Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker) 2:28
  6. Let It Rock (Chuck Berry) 1:52
  7. Oh Yeah (Ellas McDaniel) 2:45
  8. It Always Happens That Way (Warren Rogers / Jim Sohns) 1:52
  9. You Can’t Judge a Book by Looking at the Cover (Willie Dixon) 2:37
  10. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon) 3:52
  11. I Just Want to Make Love to You (Willie Dixon) 3:49


  • Joe Kelley – Guitar
  • Jerry McGeorge – Guitar
  • Warren Rogers – Bass, Guitar
  • Tom Schiffour – Drums
  • Jim Sohns – Vocals


Here are more cool albums from the 60s

  • Al Kooper, Stephen Stills, Mike Bloomfield
  •  Dusty Springfield 'Dusty in Memphis'
  • Jeannie C. Riley 'Harper Valley P.T.A.'
  • Bennett/Brubeck - 'The White House Sessions, Live 1962'
  • Santana 'Santana'
  • Love 'Forever Changes'
  • Slim Harpo 'Baby Scratch My Back'
  • The Shaggs 'Philosophy of the World'
  • Otis Blue 'Otis Redding Sings Soul'
  • The Next Exit 'Break Away'
  • Cliff Nobles & Co. 'The Horse'
  • Jefferson Airplane 'Volunteers'
  • Young-Holt Unlimtited ' Soulful Strut'
  • Count Five 'Psychotic Reaction'
  • The Four Tops (with the Moody Blues) 'Simple Game'
  • Taj Mahal 'Giant Step/De Old Folks at Home'
  • Mason Williams 'The Mason Williams Phonograph Record' Featuring 'Classical Gas'
  • Jerry Reed 'Guitar Man'
  • Cream 'SWLABR'
  • Gary McFarland 'The In Sound'
  • Ray Berretto 'Acid'
  • Willie Nelson 'Crazy: The Demo Sessions'
  • Original Soundtrack Recording 'Midnight Cowboy'
  • The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
  • Whistling Jack Smith 'I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman'
  • The Grateful Dead 'Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966' .. Plus a 'Record Store Day' Recap
  • Robert Preston 'Chicken Fat'
  • James Taylor 'James Taylor'
  • Unit 4 + 2 'Concrete and Clay'
  • Theo Bikel 'Piggies'
  • Bobby Gentry 'The Delta Sweete'
  • The Kinks 'The Great Lost Kinks Album'
  • Elvis Presley 'The Memphis Record'
  • Danny & The Juniors 'At The Hop'
  • Mort Shuman 'Caramels'
  • The Zodiac 'Cosmic Sounds'
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. 'What Kind of Fool Am I and Other Show Stoppers'
  • Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash ‘The Dylan-Cash Sessions’
  • The Buckinghams 'Made in Chicago'
  • Four Just Men 'Things Will Never Be The Same'
  • Gabor Szabo 'Bacchanal'
  • The New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert 1965
  • Clyde McPhatter 'Songs of the Big City'
  • Nina Simone 'Forbidden Fruit'
  • Marvin Gaye 'M.P.G.'
  • Freddie and the Dreamers 'I'm Telling You Now'
  • Little Bob And The Lollipops 'I Got Loaded'
  • Bent Fabric 'The Alley Cat'
  • Cher '3614 Jackson Highway'
  • Arthur Alexander 'Soldier of Love'
  • Jethro Tull 'Stand Up'
  • The Who 'Magic Bus: The Who On Tour'
  • Fats Domino 'Fats is Back'
  • Al Hirt 'Soul in the Horn'
  • Sebastian Cabot, actor; Bob Dylan, poet 'A Dramatic Reading with Music'
  • Original Soundtrack Recording
  • Bread 'Make it With You'
  • The Golden Toadstools 'Silly Savage'
  • The Zombies 'I Love You'
  • Peter Paul and Mary 'If I Had My Way'
  • Zager and Evans 'In The Year 2525'
  • Tim Buckley 'Tim Buckley'
  • John Fahey 'Requia and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo'
  • The Mothers of Invention 'We’re Only In It For The Money '
  • J.J. Johnson 'J.J. Inc.'
  • Phil Spector 'Phil Spector's Christmas Album'
  • Wes Montgomery 'I Love Blues'
  • Andy Williams 'Merry Christmas'
  • Lou Rawls and the Les McCann Trio 'Blues is a Woman'
  • Allan Sherman 'The Painless Dentist'
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet 'Toki's Theme'
  • Arlo Guthrie 'Alice's Restaurant'
  •  Doug Dillard & Gene Clark 'The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark'
  • The Beacon Street Union 'The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union'
  • The Dave Clark Five
  • The Shadows of Knight
  • King Crimson
  • Vanilla Fudge
  • The Guess Who
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Fred Neil
  • Mason Proffit
  • The Ventures
  • Woody Allen
  • The Beach Boys
  • Laura Nyro
  • James Gang
  • Steppenwolf
  • Van Morrison
  • Procol Harum
  • The Band
  • Dion
  •  Iron Butterfly
  •  James Brown
  • Chicago Transit Authority 'Chicago Transit Authority'
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66
  • The Meters
  • Johnny Cash
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