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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What the World Needs Now, I Think You'll Agree, is a Strong Shot of JD!


 AS A SINGER, SHE'S TERRIFIC. 

 AS A SONGWRITER, PROLIFIC. 

She opened for the Beatles on their historic
first U.S. tour in 1964. She co-wrote one
of the most iconic songs of the 1980s, a
worldwide #1 smash hit for Kim Carnes.




She wrote an exhilarating pop love song
that became a 60s hit for the Merseybeat
band the Searchers and was covered in the
21st century by ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog.




 Who is she? 

Does the name Sharon Lee Myers ring a bell?
How about Sherry Lee Myers?
Sherry Lee?
Jackie Dee?
Jackie Shannon?
Jackie Dee Shannon?


Those stage names all belong to the same lady,
Jackie DeShannon. Jackie is best known for her
two top 10 hits of the 60s, the Burt Bacharach -
Hal David song "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
(#7 in 1965) and her biggest hit, a song she wrote,
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (#4 in 1969).


Recently, when I dug deeper into Jackie's bio
and catalog, I hit pay dirt. I first discovered that
Jackie is a gifted songsmith. I also learned that
in addition to the gentle, laid back pop songs
for which she is most famous, Jackie D could
get down and rock with the best of them.


Performing since she was a young girl,
Jackie started out doing country & western
and rockabilly. She wrote most of her own
songs, something very few female vocalists
were doing during that period.


In 1958 Jackie wrote and recorded a lively tribute
to Buddy Holly. As you watch the video, notice
how Jackie looked and sounded like another
favorite female of mine, rockabilly queen
Wanda Jackson, right down to the growl
and the "yeah" ad lib.

"Buddy" - Jackie Dee 
(August 1958, uncharted)




On the flip side of "Buddy" is another song
penned by Jackie, a teenage lament that
combined two popular 50s dances,
the stroll and the calypso.

"Strolypso Dance" - Jackie Dee 
(Aug. 1958, uncharted B side of "Buddy")




The same 1958 Nashville recording session
that yielded "Buddy" and "Strolypso Dance"
produced an excellent track that, for whatever
reason, remained unreleased until 2002 when
it showed up on a CD compilation. Sounding
a lot like Brenda Lee under the influence
of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackie splits the
difference between rockabilly and
rock 'n' roll on "I Need Lovin'."

"I Need Lovin'" - Jackie Dee 
(Aug. 1958, unreleased)




Recording as Jackie Shannon in 1959
(the 45 shown in the following video is a
1960 reissue that used the name "DeShannon")
Jackie once again put a Wanda Jackson growl
in her voice and turned on the 'tude with
"Trouble," a song originally written for
Elvis Presley. Jackie's record had hit
written all over it but, sorry to
say, it never broke nationally.

"Trouble" - Jackie Shannon 
(April 1959, uncharted)




In 1960 Jackie changed her stage name to
Jackie DeShannon. The first single she released
under that name was "Lonely Girl, a title that
implied it was an answer to "Lonely Boy," a
chart topper the previous year for Paul Anka.
However Jackie's record had nothing to do
with Anka's song. Instead, it was another
great rock 'n' roll number and another
song written by Jackie D!

"Lonely Girl" - Jackie DeShannon 
(1960, uncharted)




In 1961 Jackie DeShannon released "Baby
(When Ya Kiss Me)" b/w "Ain't That Love,"
a cover of a Ray Charles song recorded by
brother Ray in 1957. I prefer the fab flip
which finds our Jackie D shouting the
rhythm & blues like Tina Turner!

"Ain't That Love" - Jackie DeShannon 
(Nov. 1961, uncharted B side of 
"Baby {When Ya Kiss Me}")




 Stay where you are! 

 Another strong shot of JD 

 is on tap in my next post! 

Have a Shady day!