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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!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Battle of the Banned: The Toppers Meet the Bangers and the Hot Nuts!

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"Listen, honey... 

they're playing our song!" 

You have no right to call yourslf a Dell rat if you don't remember Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts and their nasty
novelty number, "Baby Let Me Bang Your Box."

"Baby Let Me Bang Your Box, Part 1" 
- Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts 
(November 1966) 



Actually, the dirty ditty has been recorded several times and I intend to give you more bang for your buck!
A rhythm and blues group called the Toppers waxed the original version of the rowdy party song in 1954.

"Baby Let Me Bang Your Box" 
- The Toppers (1954) 



The Bangers, another R&B group, came out with their own version early in 1965. It was released on Tulsa, Oklahoma's R&B Records.


"Baby Let Me Bang Your Box, Part 1" 
- The Bangers (March 1965) 



In 1966, Doug Clark & The Hot Nuts released yet another rendition of “Baby Let Me Bang Your Box.”

Although the song is ostensibly about a guy at a party who asks the female host if he can play her piano...the lyrics, like the title, are overtly and hilariously suggestive.

Regardless of who recorded the song, radio stations considered it too hot to handle and banned it from their play lists. As a result “…Bang Your Box” was kept off the national record charts.

However, the song was a sensation at private parties and juke joints including the Shady Dell where both the Bangers version and the one released by the Hot Nuts played hard and heavy on the barn’s jukebox.


The Doug Clark version of “…Bang Your Box” was a musical mainstay in the Dell dance hall in November and December of ’66. A version of the song appeared that year on the Hot Nuts’ Summer Session album, released appropriately on the Gross record label. The 45 release, which is a different mix of the song, came out on the Jubilee imprint.

As might be expected, the guys all loved this raunchy party platter as well as the outrageous group that recorded it. Doug Clark and his Hot Nuts were wildly popular on the east coast fraternity circuit. They are credited as the inspiration for the fictional singing group Otis Day & the Knights in the movie Animal House.

Early on in their career, Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts were crowned the “kings of gross out lyrics.” They enhanced their reputation by appearing on stage at frat parties clad only in velvet athletic supporters!

Fuggetabout Janet...

these crazy cats invented


the wardrobe malfunction! 

"Roly Poly" - Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts 
(from 1963 album On Campus) 




Have a Shady day!

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