Being “Oh How Happy” with Shades Of Blue

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The year 1966, was a springboard of music that topped the charts, ranging from garage band rock, to the latest british invaders. But thru it all, SHADES OF BLUE , a vocal act from Livonia, Michigan firmly  etched their spot at #12 on Billboard in the early summer of 66,’ with their outing of “Oh How Happy,” penned by Edwin Starr. The group had two sensational follow-ups in “Lonely Summer,” and “Happiness,” but just couldn’t match the ‘magic’ of their biggest hit. The act managed to stay together for the next few years, but finally broke up in 1970. It wasn’t until 2003, when group member Nick Marinelli would reform the act, and I was honored to meet the new lineup, which included Stuart Avig, who was an original member of The Valadiers, known for the 1961 hit “Greetings (this is Uncle Sam), released on Motown subsidiary label Miracle Records.