Now that we sent that Numb3rs cruncher
packing let's finish our two part series
which lists the most popular Dell songs
of the mid 60's, identifies the biggest hits
by category, and lets you draw your own
conclusions as to why these specific songs
resonated significantly with Dell goers.
Let's check the stats and find out which 45rpm records
went into the Shady Dell record book!
First, let's have a look at the 45's that carried killer bees on their backs. Here are the greatest Dell twofers - the highest ranking double-sided hit records on the Shady Dell jukebox during the mid 60's!
1. "Cool Jerk”/”Hello Stranger” - Capitols (Ranked #7 & #9)
2. “Peace of Mind”/All Your Lovin's Gone to My Head”
- Magnificent Men (#3 & #18)
3. “Ain't Too Proud to Beg”/”You'll Lose a Precious Love”
- Temptations (#8 & #23)
4. "Hold On, I'm a Comin'”/”I Got Everything I Need”
- Sam & Dave (#15 & #16)
5. "No Man is an Island”/I Won’t Hold it Against You"
– Van Dykes (#5 & #36)
6. “It's a Man's, Man's Man's World”/”Is it Yes, or is it No?”
– James Brown (#4 & #40)
7. “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”/”Baby, I’ve Got it” – Jimmy Ruffin (#14 & #30)
8. “Karate”/”I’ve Got to Have Her” – Emperors (#25 & #34)
9. “I Could Be So Happy”/”You Changed My Life”
– Magnificent Men (#21 & #47)
10. “Mustang Sally”/”Good Lovin’” – Young Rascals
(#22 & # 51)
Songs Of Longevity
The following is a list of records that maintained their popularity with Dell rats and remained on the jukebox for the longest period of time.
“Close Your Eyes” – Five Keys (1955 thru mid 60's)
“Jingle Bell Rock”/”Captain Santa Claus” –
Bobby Helms (1957 thru mid 60's)
“Two People in the World” aka “Helen’s Song” -
Little Anthony & the Imperials - (played on the jukebox
in the Dell restaurant 1958 thru mid 60's)
“Human” – Tommy Hunt (1961 thru mid 60's)
“Everybody’s Gotta Lose Someday” – Del-Cords
aka Del-Chords (1964 thru mid 60's)
The Great Shady Dell Instrumentals
Finally, here are the most popular dance instrumentals
at the Dell in the mid 60's.
“Philly Dog” – Mar-Keys (March 1966)
“Agent Double-O-Soul" B side instrumental – Edwin Starr
“Soul Finger” – Bar-Kays (June 1967)
“Knucklehead” – Bar-Kays (June 1967)
“Hip-Hug-Her” – Booker T & the MG’s (April 1967)
“You’ve Got to Pay the Price” - Al Kent (August 1967)
"20-75" - Willie Mitchell (September 1964)
“Hungry for Love” - San Remo Golden Strings
Without context, statistics are cold and lifeless. This two part series is more than lists of songs. These are Dell songs. They are my anchor songs. They are the tools that I use every day. I play these songs during exercise sessions because they energize me. Dell songs take me right back to my teenage years.
I feel younger and stronger and I experience better workouts. I stay active.
I don't have time for snacking. I lost fifteen pounds after
I started this blog and began my Dell Rat diet. Try it!
One Dell song is the equivalent of a jumbo Caf-Pow, Gibbs!
DO THE RAT THING!
Stage your very own authentic
Shady Dell party!
Collect your favorite Dell songs on compact disc and load them into a large capacity CD megachanger. (They are surprisingly affordable.) Set the changer to random (shuffle) playback mode which allows you to replicate the experience of listening to the Dell jukebox. For added authenticity you can stack the deck by loading multiple copies of the most popular Dell songs. Those songs will play more frequently than less popular songs just the way they did on a typical
Using my 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell as a guide,
I made multiple copies using the following formula:
Songs #1 thru #40: 3 copies
Songs #41 thru #100: 2 copies
Songs #101 thru #200: 1 copy
When I dim the lights, play my Dell jukebox lineup, close my eyes, take a deep breath and open my heart, I'm right back there. I feel it in every cell of my body.
It's so real that I can smell the smoke from the fireplace in that old barn. It's a powerful experience. I urge you to try it!
Now's the time to get reanchored to your
Dell songs. Now's the time to lose weight,
get back into shape and reclaim your youth.
Soon...very soon...every able bodied rat
will be called upon and pressed into service!
RATS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
The psychodramas and the traumas gone,
but mark my words...
THE PAST WILL RISE AGAIN!
WILL YOU BE READY,
DELL RAT...WHEN THE