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The Dynamics by Fred Thomas
In the spring of 1954 a music style called “rhythm and blues” was making its way across America. Vocal groups with finely tuned harmonies gained increasing popularity among teenage audiences. Influenced by this type of music, Doug Fasing and Ted Carson, both juniors at Ypsilanti High School, decided to form a singing group. Rumors of their efforts circulated quickly. Soon three close buddies wanted in on the action.
After a few practice sessions, a group name was being considered. The word dynamic in a newspaper advertisement caught Doug Fasing’s eye and stuck with him. He suggested it to the others as their moniker and a yes vote was unanimous. The Dynamics.
During the 1950’s the Gilbert House was home to the Gilbert Teen Club. As you entered there was a pool table area to the left. To the right was a dance floor. Beyond that was a refreshment area with tables. I recall a nearby jukebox playing most of the time
I first saw the Dynamics at one of their many teen club performances. The dance area was crowded with teens sitting on the floor, eager to hear them. The audience was indulgent when mistakes were made. These early singing opportunities improved their routines.
In 1956 Harry Short went into service. A friend, Bruce Johnson, was his replacement,
At the time Ypsilanti had two record stores downtown. One was Magee Music at 303 West Michigan Avenue just west of Adams. The other was Carty’s Music Box at 204 Pearl. Their store occupied the northwest corner of Pearl and Washington. While this location offered music lessons and sold a variety of music, Magee Music stocked rhythm and blues. This enabled fans to buy records by groups the Dynamics introduced them to like the Cadillacs, the Charms, the Coasters, the Drifters, the El Dorados, the Imperials, and the Midnighters.
The more they practiced, the better they became. Before long their reputation preceded them, and appearance requests multiplied. They were just happy to show up, have an audience, and get a few bucks for gas.
In addition to the Gilbert House, they sang at local high school proms, and private parties. If they got invited, they made every effort to be there. One odd event was for the Ladies Literary Club at 218 N. Washington where they sang R&B to those sophisticates.
In 1954, a popular Detroit disc jockey began hosting the hit television program “Ed McKenzie’s Saturday Party” on WXYZ-TV Channel 7. During the two-hour show he discussed new records with the teen audience and hosted talent competitions. Guests also included professional entertainers such as Billy Ward and the Dominoes.
(The Dynamics performed on this same TV set).
In June 1955 the boys earned a spot on the popular program. Not to be outclassed, they donned their finer threads for the occasion.
Word had gotten around town about their appearance on the show and many Ypsi teens tuned in, me included.
For the vocal competition they chose to sing “Chop Chop Boom” by the Danderliers.
When the acts concluded, audience applause insured their win over four other groups.
In addition, professional show promoters became aware of their talents. Ollie McLaughlin, a disc jockey at WHRV (now WAAM) represented them a while. The Ypsilanti Armory at 1025 South Huron hosted many R&B shows and invited their participation. The Dynamics shared the stage with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, the Coasters, and Muddy Waters. Inkster’s Club Vogue liked them so well they returned every weekend for a month.
to his Detroit residence where they sang several songs acapella, and a few with piano accompaniment. Mr. Gordy liked the group so much that he gave them two original songs to learn before a return visit. Unfortunately, whatever potential the meeting offered, nothing materialized as a result of it.
As you might guess, the guys couldn’t exist in two worlds simultaneously, and meet the demands of both. Devoting time to singing became difficult. Some had gotten married and started families, one had joined the Air Force, others had job demands, and college study time had taken another. Eventually these diversions made them face the facts. Each member wanted to go his own way.
And go they did, taking all those Dynamics memories with them.
Thanks to Betty Short and Doug Fasing for contributionsto this article