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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!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dell Scene of Greatest Double Play as Capitols Pound the Blues!

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Look! It's the 2-sided monster!!!


RUN!!!

On a typical Shady Dell knight night in the mid 60's, several excellent two-siders could be found inside the jukebox in the barn dance hall. Two-siders, also known as two-fers, were 45rpm records that had hit Dell songs on both sides.

The greatest and highest ranking two-fer of them all was Karen 1524. Both songs on this phenomenally popular record are ranked in the Top 10 of my 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell. No other Dell 45 of the mid 60's can make that claim.


“Cool Jerk” b/w “Hello Stranger” by the Capitols brought
a double dose of dynamite to the Dell.

I loved the Capitols’ handling of “Hello Stranger,” a cover of the 1963 hit by Barbara Lewis. The Capitols interpretation of “Hello Stranger” seemed to be playing on the jukebox every time I entered the dance hall. It was as if the Dell itself was welcoming me back home.

Hello Stranger!
It seems so good to see you back again.
How long has it been? Ooooooh…
It seems like a mighty long time.




"Hello Stranger” was so popular in the Dell dance hall that it earned the distinction of being the highest ranked killer bee of the mid-60's!

A megahit with Dell rats, “Hello Stranger” somehow failed
to reach the Billboard chart; but the A-side, “Cool Jerk,” became a best seller for the Capitols, reaching #7 on the nationwide index. At the Dell, the piano pounding, up-tempo dance record was just as popular as it was on the radio and in the trades, coming in at an identical #7 position on my Dell hit parade. "Cool Jerk" was a stoned-to-the-bone smash. No red blooded Dell rat could resist the call to dance when this bad boy burned up the box!



Now give me a little bit of bass
With those 88's

Awww you're cookin', baby
Mmm, you're smokin' 
Mmm mm mm


Now that's a major memory maker!

The funky sound of “Cool Jerk” and the mellow intonations of “Hello Stranger” filled the warm night air at the Shady Dell throughout that magical spring and the seemingly endless summer of 1966.

Life was good.

Have a Shady day!

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