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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!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

On the Record: A Tale of Two Ditties, Part 2

"Louie Louie" by the Pacific Northwest band the Kingsmen is one of the greatest and best known rock ‘n roll songs of all time. Spiking sales and forever cloaking the song in legend and lore are its allegedly dirty lyrics. No one was ever able to prove the obscenity theory because the vocal track is buried beneath crashing cymbals, drums, guitars and organ, rendering most of the words unintelligible. As a result of the murky audio mix, the Kingsmen were able to deny that their interpretation of Richard Berry’s r&b number of the 50s was anything but benign.

That didn’t stop teens everywhere from coming up with their own naughty lyrics for the song. My best friend and I were no exception. We played the record over and over again listening for clues and brainstorming for hours in an attempt to break the code, decipher the message, and identify every delightfully filthy word hidden in the song. We played the record at different speeds. We even played it backward. I thought I heard the walrus is Paul or something like that.

Play this clip and you’ll see that the actual lyrics are as safe as momma’s milk. (Shucks!)



Historically, the Beatles are credited with shaking up the pop music scene and, in the process, jolting grief stricken Americans out of their depression following the Kennedy assassination. As I remember it, "Louie Louie" provided us with a much needed distraction even before the Beatles phenomenon began.


“Louie Louie” climbed to #2 on the Billboard chart in the weeks following the November 22nd slaying of the president and was just starting to fade off the chart in January when the Beatles dropped the bomb with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” That’s why I believe that “Louie Louie” deserves to be recognized as the first major musical stimulus to help our nation recover from those tragic events in Dallas.

What? What? He's singing, "I smell the rose in her hair?" Oh!.....well, that's quite different, then..........Never mind!

Me gotta go now. Have a Shady day!

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