Dick Allen and the Ebonistics, “Echoes of November”

Dick Allen, who played for 15 years with the Phillies (Rookie of the Year, 1964) and White Sox (MVP, 1972), was also a fine soul singer. This song was released in 1968 on the Groovey Grooves label. His group once performed at halftime during a 76ers game. From Wikipedia, here’s a review of the performance from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Here came Rich Allen. Flowered shirt. Tie six-inches (152 mm) wide. Hiphugger bell-bottomed pants. A microphone in his hands. Rich Allen the most booed man in Philadelphia from April to October, when Eagles coach Joe Kuharich takes over, walked out in front of 9,557 people at the Spectrum last night to sing with his group, The Ebonistics, and a most predictable thing happened. He was booed. Two songs later though, a most unpredictable thing happened. They cheered Rich Allen. They cheered him as warmly as they have ever cheered him for a game winning home run.”

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Dick Allen and the Ebonistics, “Echoes of November”: 5 Comments

  1. Don wrote,

    Is the grammatical error on the label intentional?

  2. Norm Knott wrote,

    It’s Ebonistic, man!

  3. James Finn Garner wrote,

    Does it mean “Echo is of November”? An allusion to Greek mythology?

  4. James Finn Garner wrote,

    And is that really the way to spell Groovy?

  5. Anthony wrote,

    Does anyone have footage of him signing this song on Jerry Blavat’s? Email me if you know where I could find it. Thanks.

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