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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!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rodentia Intelligentsia: Tunes Tell the Rats' Tale - Part 1

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Which songs sent Dell rats scurrying to the dance floor?

I hope to answer that question. In Part 2 we'll check out the most popular Dell songs in three fascinating categories.
Let me begin, however, by presenting for the first time the complete list of The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell!

Here are the most popular songs that played on the
Dell jukebox in the mid 60's, specifically the 22-month
span from December 1965 thru September 1967, the
period of time during which I practically lived at the
Dell before heading off the college.

The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell.

1. “Close Your Eyes” - Five Keys (March '55)
2. “Everybody's Gotta Lose Someday” - Del-Chords
aka Del-Cords (December '64)
3. “Peace of Mind” - Magnificent Men (December '65)
4. “It's a Man's Man's Man's World” - James Brown (May '66)
5. “No Man is an Island” - Van Dykes (March '66)
6. “(You're My) Soul and Inspiration” - Righteous Brothers (March '66)
7. “Cool Jerk” - Capitols (April '66)
8. “Ain't Too Proud to Beg” - Temptations (June '66)
9. “Hello Stranger” - Capitols (April '66)
10. “It's My Life” - Animals (November '65)


11. “The Boogaloo Party” - Flamingos (March '66)
12. “Big City Lights” - Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs (August '65)
13. “I'll Take Good Care of You” - Garnet Mimms (April '66)
14. “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” - Jimmy Ruffin (August '66)
15. Hold On, I'm a Comin' - Sam & Dave (April '66)
16. “I Got Everything I Need” - Sam & Dave (April '66)
17. “Take Some Time Out for Love” - Isley Brothers
(June '66)
18. “All Your Lovin's Gone to My Head” - Magnificent Men (December '65)
19. “You Gave Me Something (and Everything's Alright)” – Fantastic Four (June '67)
20. “This Old Heart of Mine” - Isley Brothers (February '66)


21. “I Could Be So Happy” - Magnificent Men (July '67)
22. “Mustang Sally” - Young Rascals (March '66)
23. “You'll Lose a Precious Love” - Temptations (June '66)
24. “Agent Double-O Soul” - Edwin Starr (August '65)
25. “Karate” - Emperors (November '66)
26. “Let's Get Lost On a Country Road” - Kit Kats
(November '66)
27. “Don't Be a Dropout” - James Brown (October '66)
28. “Human” - Tommy Hunt (September '61)
29. “When a Man Loves a Woman” - Percy Sledge (April '66)
30. “Baby, I've Got It” - Jimmy Ruffin (August '66)


31. “I (Who Have Nothing)” - Terry Knight & the Pack (November '66)
32. “Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody” - Sam & Dave (September '66)
33. “Just a Little Misunderstanding” - Contours (June '66)
34. “I've Got to Have Her” - Emperors (November '66)
35. “Don't Bring Me Down” - Animals (June '66)
36. “I Won't Hold it Against You” - Van Dykes (March '66)
37. “Two People in The World” - Little Anthony & the Imperials (August '58)
38. “If You Got the Loving (I Got the Time)” - Sam & Dave (September '66)
39. “Stormy Weather” – Magnificent Men (September 1966)
40. “Is it Yes, or is it No?” - James Brown (May '66)


41. “Hanky Panky” - Tommy James & the Shondells (June '66)
42. “Get Ready” - Temptations (March '66)
43. “Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)” - Swingin' Medallions (May '66)
44. “Truly Yours” - Spinners (June '66)
45. “Sock it to Me-Baby” - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (February '67)
46. “(I'm A) Road Runner” - Jr. Walker & the All Stars
(April '66)
47. “You Changed My Life” - Magnificent Men (July '67)
48. “Jimmy Mack” - Martha & the Vandellas (March '67)
49. “Night Time” - Strangeloves (January '66)
50. “Barefootin'” - Robert Parker (May '66)

51. “Good Lovin'” - Young Rascals (March '66)
52. “Hypnotized” - Linda Jones (June '67)
53. “When I Was Young” - Animals (April '67)
54. “Don't Mess With Bill” - Marvelettes (January '66)
55. “A Whiter Shade of Pale” - Procol Harum (July '67)
56. “Don't Look Back” - Temptations (November '65)
57. “A Groovy Kind of Love” - Mindbenders (April '66)
58. “Third Finger, Left Hand” - Martha & the Vandellas (March '67)
59. “Devil With a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly” - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (October '66)
60. “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)” - Four Tops (February '66)


61. “It's Now Winter's Day” - Tommy Roe (January '67)
62. “Searchin'” - Emperors (May '67)
63. “Gimme Some Lovin'” - Jordan Brothers (February '67)
64. “I Got a Feeling” - Four Tops (March '67)
65. “Lookin' For My Baby” - Emperors (May '67)
66. “Find Someone (Who'll Make You Happy)” - Kit Kats (November '66)
67. “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” - Temptations
(September '66)
68. “96 Tears” - (?) Question Mark & the Mysterians (September '66)
69. “Open The Door to Your Heart” - Darrell Banks (July '66)
70. “Kicks” - Paul Revere & the Raiders (March '66)


71. “Since I Lost My Baby” - Temptations (August '65)
72. “Gloria” - Shadows of Knight (March '66)
73. “I'm a Man” - Spencer Davis Group (April '67)
74. “My Baby Likes to Boogaloo” - Emperors (March '67)
75. “California Dreamin'” - Mamas & Papas (January '66)
76. “I've Passed This Way Before” - Jimmy Ruffin
(December '66)
77. “Let's Live For Today” - Grass Roots (May '67)
78. “Gimme Some Lovin'” - Spencer Davis Group (January '67)
79. “Funky Broadway” - Dyke & the Blazers (March '67)
80. “Ebb Tide” - Righteous Brothers (December '65)


81. “Going to A Go-Go” - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (January '66)
82. “Daydream” - Lovin' Spoonful (March '66)
83. “My Girl” – Temptations (January ’65)
84. “Cara-Lin” - Strangeloves (September '65)
85. “Shoot Your Shot” - Jr. Walker & the All Stars (April '66)
86. “Groovin'” - Young Rascals (May '67)
87. “Something About You” - Four Tops (November '65)
88. “Jenny Take A Ride” - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (December '65)
89. “Soul Finger” - Bar-Kays (June '67)
90. “A Girl Named Sandoz” - Animals (April '67)


91. “Karate Boogaloo” - Emperors (July '67)
92. “He” - Righteous Brothers (June '66)
93. “Washed Ashore (On a Lonely Island in the Sea)” - Platters (July '67)
94. “Philly Dog” - Mar-Keys (March '66)
95. “Cheating” - Animals (June '66)
96. “Baby Let Me Bang Your Box” - Bangers (circa early 1965) and/or Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts (circa November '66)
97. “I'm a Happy Man” - Jive Five (August ’65)
98. “B Side Blues” - Righteous Brothers (March '66)
99. “Tell Me That You Love Me” - James Brown (October '66)
100. “Jingle Bell Rock”/”Captain Santa Claus” - Bobby Helms (every Christmas season ’57 thru ’66)

101. “You're My Everything” - Temptations (August '67)
102. “Say I Am (What I Am)” - Tommy James & the Shondells (August '66)
103. “Come On Let's Go” - McCoys (May '66)
104. “Nineteen Days” - Dave Clark Five (November '66)
105. “Baby, I'm Lonely” - Intruders (September '67)
106. “Woman” - Peter & Gordon (February '66)
107. “Summer in the City” - Lovin' Spoonful (July '66)
108. “Fading Away” - Temptations (March '66)
109. “Time Won't Let Me” - Outsiders (March '66)
110. “Wild Thing” - Troggs (July '66)


111. “Sunny - Bobby Hebb” (July '66)
112. “Let's Spend the Night Together” - Rolling Stones (February '67)
113. “I Am a Rock” - Simon & Garfunkel (May '66)
114. “Mustang Sally” - Wilson Pickett (December '66)
115. “(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet” - Blues Magoos
(December '66)
116. “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)” -
Electric Prunes (December '66)
117. “With This Ring” - Platters (March '67)
118. “Lightnin' Strikes” - Lou Christie (January '66)
119. “Homeward Bound” - Simon & Garfunkel (February '66)
120. “I'll Turn to Stone” - Four Tops (June '67)


121. “She Drives Me Out of My Mind” - Swingin' Medallions (August '66)
122. “Midnight Hour” - (?) Question Mark & the Mysterians (September '66)
123. “Funky Broadway” - Wilson Pickett (August '67)
124. “San Francisco” - Scott McKenzie (June '67)
125. “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” - Buckinghams (June '67)
126. “Let's Go Steady” - Arthur Conley (March '67)
127. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - Casinos
(January '67)
128. “Searching For My Love” - Bobby Moore &
the Rhythm Aces (July '66)
129. “Walk Away Renee” - Left Banke (September '66)
130. “Good Thing” - Paul Revere & The Raiders
(December '66)


131. “Knucklehead” - Bar-Kays (June '67)
132. “Little Latin Lupe Lu” - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (March '66)
133. “I've Been Lonely Too Long” - Young Rascals
(February '67)
134. “Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)” - Martha &
the Vandellas (August '65)
135. “Pretty Ballerina” - Left Banke (January '67)
136. “(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone” - Monkees
(December '66)
137. “May I Baby” - Sam & Dave (September '67)
138. “Good Vibrations” - Beach Boys (November '66)
139. “Mellow Yellow” - Donovan (November '66)
140. “Tell it Like it Is” - Aaron Neville (December '66)


141. “Hungry” - Paul Revere & the Raiders (June '66)
142. “Reach Out I'll Be There” - Four Tops (September '66)
143. “98.6” - Keith (December '66)
144. “You Got Me Where You Want Me” - Emperors
(March '67)
145. “Paint it, Black” - Rolling Stones (May '66)
146. “My Baby Loves Me” - Martha & the Vandellas
(February '66)
147. “I Saw Her Again” - Mamas & Papas (July '66)
148. “Summertime” - Billy Stewart (July '66)
149. “I'm a Believer” - Monkees (December '66)
150. “You Keep Me Hangin' On” - Supremes (November '66)

151. “Dark Side” - Shadows of Knight (March '66)
152. “If You Don't Want My Love” - Four Tops
(September '67)
153. “Sunshine Superman” - Donovan (August '66)
154. “Along Comes Mary” - Association (June '66)
155. “I’m Gonna Change the World” – Animals (December ’65)
156. “Standing in the Shadows of Love” - Four Tops (December '66)
157. “Happy Jack” - The Who (April '67)
158. “Stop Her on Sight (S.O.S.)” - Edwin Starr
(February '66)
159. “Black Is Black” - Los Bravos (August '66)
160. “My Baby” - Temptations (November '65)


161. “San Franciscan Nights” - Eric Burdon & the Animals (August '67)
162. “I'm Your Puppet” - James & Bobby Purify (October '66)
163. “Just Like Me” - Paul Revere & the Raiders
(December '65)
164. “Psychotic Reaction” - Count Five (September '66)
165. “I Was Made to Love Her” - Stevie Wonder (June '67)
166. “The Crystal Ship” - Doors (June '67)
167. “(I Know) I'm Losing You” - Temptations (November '66)
168. “Nowhere Man” - Beatles (March '66)
169. “I'm Ready For Love” - Martha & the Vandellas (December '66)
170. “Somebody to Love” - Jefferson Airplane (April '67)


171. “Mumble Shing-A-Ling” – Emperors (July ’67)
172. “Light My Fire” - Doors (June '67)
173. “Soul Man” - Sam & Dave (September '67)
174. “Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song” - Buckinghams (September '67)
175. “Bernadette” - Four Tops (March '67)
176. “Cherish” - Association (September '66)
177. “Helpless” - Kim Weston (March '66)
178. “Sloop John B” - Beach Boys (April '66)
179. “Respect” -Aretha Franklin (May '67)
180. “I Think We're Alone Now” - Tommy James &
the Shondells (February '67)


181. “Sweet Soul Music” - Arthur Conley (March '67)
182. “Rumors” - Syndicate of Sound (August '66)
183. “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever” - Four Tops
(June '66)
184. “I Can't Get Enough of It” - Spencer Davis Group
(April '67)
185. “Dry Your Eyes” - Brenda & the Tabulations (March '67)
186. “Sweet Pea” - Tommy Roe (June '66)
187. “7 Rooms of Gloom” - Four Tops (May '67)
188. “Beggin'”- Four Seasons (March '67)
189. “Uptight (Everything's Alright)” - Stevie Wonder (December '65)
190. “Poor Side of Town” - Johnny Rivers (September '66)


191. “You Keep Running Away” - Four Tops (September '67)
192. “Kind of a Drag” - Buckinghams (January '67)
193. “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” - Marvelettes (February '67)
194. “Land of 1000 Dances” - Wilson Pickett (August '66)
195. “Secret Agent Man” - Johnny Rivers (March '66)
196. “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” - Jay & the Techniques (July '67)
197. “Lime Street Blues” - Procol Harum (July '67)
198. “B-A-B-Y” - Carla Thomas (August '66)
199. “Words Of Love” - Mamas & Papas (December '66)
200. “(I Wanna) Testify” - Parliaments (July '67)

Do you have a Shady Dell Top Tunes list of your own that you would like to share? I'd love to see it, especially if it covers a different period of Dell history. It doesn't have to contain 200 songs; even a Top 10 would be interesting and instructive. Submit your Dell's Greatest Hits list in the form
of a comment and I'll get it posted.

Coming up in Part 2:

* Which 45rpm singles were the hottest
two-fers at the Dell in the mid 60s?

* Which songs enjoyed the greatest longevity before being retired from the jukebox?

* Which instrumentals were most popular with the Dell crowd?

I'll have those answers and tell you how to stage your own

authentic Shady Dell party!

It's all coming up in my next post so stay close.

Have a Shady day!

13 comments:

  1. Shady,
    You really brought back memories with that long list. I miss those old tunes. Hope you will have a great weekend. We will be traveling to my middle daughter's place in Rockingham, NC which is about 3 hrs. from where I live. Don't see my 3 girls together very often.
    Odie

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  2. 200!! Waow - those memories just kept flooding back, Shady. Brilliant! I would love to compile my own Top Ten from the early 60's, so give me a bit of time on that one, and I'll get right back to you.

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  3. Odie - have a safe trip and a wonderful family reunion, my friend. Thanks for looking over my list and for your kind comment!

    Thisisme - I look forward to seeing your list. I find it fascinating to learn what songs meant the most to different people, especially those who grew up far from my home base. Thanks for your comment and enjoy the rest of your day in England!

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  4. Here is my list of my Top Twenty favourite hits of the early-mid sixties, Shady (in no particular order).
    I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles.
    She's Not You by Elvis Presley.
    Poetry in Motion by Johnny Tillotson.
    Cathy's Clown by The Everly Brothers.
    Runaway by Del Shannon.
    I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles.
    Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee.
    Baby Love by The Supremes.
    In Dreams by Roy Orbison.
    Needles and Pins by The Searchers.
    Lipstick On Your Collar by Connie Francis.
    It's My Party by Lesley Gore.
    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles.
    He's A Rebel by The Crystals.
    You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield.
    Out of Time by Chris Farlowe.
    Reach Out I'll Be There by The Four Tops.
    Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys.
    Distant Drums by Jim Reeves.
    Half Way to Paradise by Billy Fury.

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  5. Woo-HOO, Thisisme! What a great list! Brother Ray Charles was a big favorite of mine, especially the R&B and blues recordings he made in the 50's. I also loved the early rock & roll style recordings of Connie Francis. I never get tired of listening to Lesley Gore or Dusty. The Beatles? Never heard of them! Were they English? (LOL) Thanks so much for sending in your list, Thisisme!

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  6. can't believe it!!200!!
    1st picture is so cute btw,
    have a nice week-end friend
    ciao!

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  7. Glad you approved of my list, Shady. I did think perhaps my choice might have been a bit 'girlie' for you!! LOL!

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  8. Katia - Yes, 200 songs that were enormously popular at a specific time (the mid 1960's) and at a specific place (the Shady Dell). Many of these songs, however, were little known or completely unknown to people in other parts of America and around the world. Thank you very much for your comment, Katia, and enjoy the rest of your weekend in Italy!

    Thisisme - By "girlie" I assume that you mean songs with a feminine p.o.v. performed by female vocalists or girl groups. You might also be referring to male teen idols like Bobby Vee and Johnny Tillotson who sang pop love songs aimed at adolescent females. I assure you that's it's all good. Most of these songs were in my own collection at one time. The only reason why some are currently not is because I foolishly sold off my entire collection of vinyl records 20 years ago and haven't gotten around to buying all of these songs on CD. Again I thank you for participating, Thisisme, and I wish you a very happy weekend in your lovely part of the UK!

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  9. I'll have to give you a California Girl list tomorrow Shady.

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  10. Belle - Please do! I can't wait to find out which songs formed the soundtrack of your youth in sunny California. So glad you're feeling better, dear friend!

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  11. Ok Shady, here's my list:

    1. We Can Work it Out. The Beatles
    2. Light My Fire. The Doors
    3. Groovy Kind of Love. Mindbenders
    4. Paperback Writer. The Beatles
    5. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. Dusty Springfield
    6. I am a Rock. Simon & Garfunkle
    7. Kind of a Drag. Buckinghams
    8. California Dreamin. Mamas & Papas
    9. Strangers in the Night. Frank Sinatra.

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  12. Do you believe I left out number 10? Well it is 'White Rabbit', but the Jefferson Airplane.

    This is why I failed high school!

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  13. Got 'em, Belle! Thanks so much! "White Rabbit" was a Dell biggie, too. Have a wonderful day in B.C.

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