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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"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!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

On the Record: "Helen's Song" - "Two People in the World" by the Imperials

"It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma..."



It's the age old question,
handed down from
generation to generation:

If a record plays
on the Dell jukebox
and there's nobody
in the barn,
does it make a sound?



Answer: Soitenly! - It's playing on the jukebox in the house!

Every evening, while Helen was stationed behind the lunch counter preparing treats to feed the masses, a steady stream of do-wop era oldies played on the jukebox at the end of the counter. That restaurant jukebox was where many of the older records ended up after being retired from service in the dance hall.

A hit 2-sider by Little Anthony & the Imperials, "Tears on My Pillow" b/w "Two People in the World," must have been one of Helen's favorite records because these two songs seemed to play more often than any others. This high ranking Dell 45 is the only one to make my Top 200 list based on its popularity on the jukebox up at the house where Helen presided instead of the jukebox down in the barn.

These two Imperials songs would often be playing as I sat on a stool chatting with Helen and enjoying a sub and a cherry coke. At times, these tender ballads had to compete with multiple conversations, the noise of the tv set, and the loud dings and pops of the pinball machine that stood nearby. Yet, Anthony’s towering vocal performances were always able to cut through the din.



The song that made the greater impact in Helen's domain, however, was the flip side, "Two People in The World," a killer bee if there ever was one!

"Two People in the World" burned a hole in my soul. Ever since those happy Dell days, it has been the one song that instantly brings back memories of that lunch counter and of my smiling hostess. As a result, I like to refer to "Two People in The World" by its other name, “Helen’s Song.” Helen, this is for you:



Have a Shady day!

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