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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

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sleepless Smackdown Part 2

Welcome back to Sleepless Smackdown!
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As often happens here on SDM&M, our Sleepless Smackdown has uncovered more musical treasures and spawned another battle of the bands.

Prior to hitting in England with "Tossing and Turning,"
The Ivy League scored a Top 10 hit on their home turf with the exquisite "Funny How Love Can Be."

The Ivy league was one of Britain's best kept secrets.

With their rich vocal group harmonies on "Tossing and Turning" and "Funny How Love Can Be," The Ivy League reminded me very much of our Philly Phriends The Kit Kats.

And with good reason. As it turned out, the Philadelphia bar band that gave the Dell a megahit two-sider with "Let's Get Lost on a Country Road"/"Find Someone" was all over The Ivy League's "Funny How Love Can Be" single.

The Kit Kats decided to include a cover of the song on their August 1967 album It's Just a Matter of Time. Please listen to this superb version of "Funny How Love Can Be" by those honorary Dell rats The Kit Kats.

Both versions of "Funny How Love Can Be" are superb!
I can't decide which one I like better. Can you?

More Sleepless Smackdown is on the way right after these words of interest.

Now that we're on a roll let's keep the party going with some wonderful yet seldom heard bonus tracks from
Bobby Lewis.

Bobby's follow-up release to his smash hit "Tossin' and Turnin" was "One Track Mind," another up tempo song that broke into the Top 10 in October of 1961.

Bobby didn't get much chart mileage out of Beltone 1015 and I can't figure out why.

My impression of "What a Walk" is that it's an answer song to Johnny Tillotson's "Poetry in Motion." It also has a rock 'n roll affect reminiscent of Bobby Hendricks' "Itchy Twitchy Feeling." Here's "What a Walk!"

And if this don't beat's the Bobby Lewis we thought we knew throwing us a curve ball and a change up at the same time.

On the flip side of "One Track Mind" lurks a killer bee of awesome proportions. Like Ike & Tina's "Sleepless," Bobby's "Are You Ready" is a throwback to the blues sound of the mid 50's - a storming ballad that recalls the work of blues greats like Fats Domino and Big Joe Turner. "Are You Ready?" Go for it!

Finally, from September 1959 when he was recording for Roulette, here's a frantic Bobby Lewis record that reminds me of something Jerry Lee Lewis might have pumped out.

Burnin' up the boss lines with the killer bee flip side of
"You Better Stop," here's Bobby Lewis with a scorcher called
"Fire of Love!"

As The Killer himself might say after listening to Bobby's hysterics: You leave me BREATH-less-uhhhh.

We'll crown the winner of our Sleepless Smackdown right after this important message from Brylcreem.

Welcome back. It's time to declare a winner in our first annual Sleepless Smackdown.

Will it be "Sleepless" by Ike & Tina Turner?
Will it be "Tossin' and Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis?
Will it be "Tossing and Turning" by The Ivy League?

No doubt about it. Lady Tina sings the blues with eyes wide shut on “Sleepless.” It’s a killer bee and my Pick to Click – the winning wake-up call in our Sleepless Smackdown! That's it from here. Howard, back to you.

Thank you, Shady Del. You're a gentleman and a scholar...correction! As the banal colloquialism suggests, one out of two ain't bad.

That wraps up this broadcast. Join me next Saturday when ABC's Wide World of Sports presents live from Madison Square Garden the eagerly anticipated celebrity pro-am
tag team exhibition wrestling match. My good friend Muhammad Ali and his partner Woody Allen will be taking on the team of Joan Rivers and Gorilla Monsoon.

Trust me, ladies and gentlemen, the outcome of that persistently ballyhooed grappling contest is assured.

It's a foregone conclusion!
This thrilla will belong to Gorilla!

That's Saturday at 5 Eastern, 4 Central on most of these ABC stations. Till then, this is Howard long for now!


  1. Always love your blog, so entertaining and I always learn about some good music.

  2. Thank you! I might add that your blog is divine, Miss Em! Be sure to check out a young Jack Nicholson in the 1960 release of The Little Shop of Horrors.


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