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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!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Headline News - December 1963: Act of Congress Releases Records, Wins Widespread Popular Support!

Translation: Records on the Congress label sold like hot cakes, thanks to Shirley Ellis, the label's top recording act. (Sorry about that, Chief!)

Shirley's first big hit, "The Nitty Gritty" was the kind of sonic tonic grief-stricken Americans needed to begin the healing process in the weeks following the JFK assassination. Like the controversial "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen, a record that was on the charts at the same time, "The Nitty Gritty" contained lyrics that were wide open to interpretation. The important thing, however, is that both songs served as a much needed distraction and helped lift us out of the doldrums.

"The Nitty Gritty," a rip-it-up, go-go style dance number, had the wind at its back as it steadily climbed the charts during December and reached its zenith at the start of 1964, giving the long-haired British invaders a run for their money.



One year later, in December 1964...

...Shirley had her second hit on the charts with “The Name Game,” a good-natured novelty record that challenged listeners to make a rhyme out of anybody’s name.



In the spring of 1965...

...a couple of months after "The Name Game" faded off the charts, Shirley Ellis struck again with "The Clapping Song," another entertaining recording in the novelty pop soul vein.



As much as I love deep soul, Motown, and southern r&b...

...I also thoroughly enjoy feel good pop soul like these songs by Shirley Ellis.

Other favorites in the same category include:


"Puppy Love"
by Barbara Lewis
(January 1964)

“The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)”
by Betty Everett
(March 1964)

“The Birds
and the Bees”
by Jewel Akens
(January 1965)



Every time I hear songs like those they lift my spirits; no heavy messages, no social commentary, no political protests, no put-downs...just lighthearted fun that continues to bring out the kid in me and you. Imagine...music that actually allows you to forget your troubles for a while instead of focusing on them...now there's a concept!

Once more around the park, shall we?

Del Del Bo Bel
Bonana Fanna Fo Fel
Fee Fy Mo Mel...
Del!

Have a Shady day!

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