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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

Thursday, October 6, 2011

--- Now Playing at the Shady Dell --- Jukebox Giants of October 1966

 October's here.

 The autumn winds

 blow chilly and cold.

Let's go haunting around the Shady Dell 
jukebox and scare up some music & memories.

 Experience the look and sound of 
 young America! 


 New, Hot and Hitbound: 

“Don’t Be a Drop-Out” – James Brown 

“Tell Me That You Love Me” – James Brown 

“Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly” –  
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels 

“Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the 
Shadow” – Rolling Stones 

“Lady Godiva” – Peter & Gordon 

“I’m Your Puppet” – James & Bobby Purify 


 Old Dell Gold: 
 (Records from past weeks, months and 
 years that have maintained their popularity) 

“Reach Out I’ll Be There"– Four Tops (September ’66) 

"Beauty is Only Skin Deep” – Temptations 
(September ’66) 

“Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody” – Sam & Dave 
(September ’66) 

“If You Got the Loving (I Got the Time)” – Sam & Dave 

(September ’66) 

“Midnight Hour” – (?) Question Mark & the Mysterians 

(September ’66) 

“96 Tears” – (?) Question Mark & the Mysterians 
(September ’66) 

“Cherish” – Association (September ’66) 

“Walk Away Renee” – Left Banke (September ’66) 

“Psychotic Reaction” – Count Five (September ’66) 

“Last Train to Clarksville” – Monkees (September ‘66) 

“Rumors” – Syndicate of Sound (September ’66) 

“Knock on Wood” – Eddie Floyd (September ’66) 

“Baby, I’ve Got It” – Jimmy Ruffin (August ’66) 

“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” – Jimmy Ruffin 
(August ’66) 

“You’ll Lose a Precious Love” – Temptations (June ’66) 

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – Temptations (June ’66) 

“Peace of Mind” – Magnificent Men (January ’66) 

“It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” – James Brown 

(May ’66) 

“Hello Stranger” – Capitols (April ’66) 

“Cool Jerk” – Capitols (April ’66) 

“Close Your Eyes” – Five Keys (March ’55) 

“Everybody’s Gotta Lose Someday” – Del-Chords aka 

Del-Cords (December ’64) 

Big changes are coming to the jukebox in November.

Which of these records will turn to gold and which will turn
to Dell dust?

 You have 
 one month 
 to speculate 
 but remember, 
 ladies & 
 this is only 
 an exhibition, 
 this is not 
 a competition; 
 so please -- 
 no wagering! 

Have a Shady day!


  1. Once again, another great lineup, Shady! The Temptations are so very talented, and I really enjoyed some of those others I hadn't heard before.

    James Brown has always fascinated me. Of course, he was ultra talented, but his lifestyle, his hair and his viewpoints made him in a league of his own. I did read somewhere that he was one of the hardest working men in the song industry, even to the very end. And, he truly cared about his music, I think, instead of just dialing it in like too many of them do when they hit the big time.

    Thank you, Shady, for enriching our day!

  2. It was fun this morning to listen to James Brown as the sun was rising! The Devil With The Blue Dress On and Good Golly Miss Molly are old favorites of mine. I'd forgotten about Lady Godiva and always had a vivid picture of her when I would hear that song. I was not familiar with "Rumors", who doesn't love I'm Your Puppet and Beauty's Only Skin Deep.

    You have been hard at work on here, Shady! Thank you as always and can't wait to learn about the big changes coming up in November!

  3. Shelly - Good morning, dear friend! I loved James Brown's stage antics during live performances. He performed high jumps and awesome splits, nifty tricks with the microphone, and worked up a sweat like nobody else. Two or three times during his act he would appear to suffer a nervous collapse and his Famous Flames would throw a cape around him and lead him off the stage only to have him cast the cape aside, rush back in, and continue with his ultra high energy spectacle. Brown was strict with his band, demanding that they play flawlessly. Violators were fined after the show. Thank you very much for being the early bird, dear Shelly, and have a great day!

    Cindy - My goodness here you are again, my dear friend! What are you doing up at the crack of dawn while on vacation? I'll bet you're admiring the sunrise on the water, right? I hope you're having the time of your life up there. Yes, "Lady Godiva" and "Stop Stop Stop" by the Hollies were both on the charts at the same time and both created powerful images in our minds. "Rumors," a record that caught on at the Dell, is a very seldom heard track by the Syndicate of Sound, the garage band famous for their hit "Little Girl." Thank you very much for showing up for me again, dear Cindy, and make Clint behave himself today, okay? :)

  4. Wow, there were so many great hits that you brought back to my memory and oddly enough some of them were sung by artists I have no memory of. As always it was such an enjoyable journey. Thanks for all your hard work.

  5. Hi, Odie! It happens frequently that we remember a song from the past but forgot or perhaps never knew who performed it. I'm glad you recognized and liked a few of these and are now able to connect the song with the artist. It's a pleasure to see you again, good buddy. I hope all is well with you, Linda, Rocky, Aunt Katie and Polly. Have a great day up in Carolina!

  6. SO many great hits! Love the Temptations and James Brown! Thanks Shady!

  7. And thank YOU for coming over to take a look and a listen, Kristina! I'm sure you heard Dick Clark introducing the Temptations on that "Beauty is Only Skin Deep" clip. Few television hosts appeared as comfortable on camera or had the ability to ad lib as easily as Mr. Clark. Thanks again for stopping by, dear friend, and have a wonderful day in Colorado!

  8. James Brown was in a band before going solo?!? How did I not know this? Well I know now and I guess that whats really important. Thanks for the music history lesson. Hope your Thursday is going swell.

  9. All these songs are great. So many were remade by others and folks think those are the original artists. One great example is Barbara Ann "my name" and the Beach Boys did NOT make the original. Love all these songs. Don't turn any to dust! Great post my friend.

  10. Amber Blue Bird - Like many other black artists, James Brown began in a gospel group, crossed over to secular, and eventually became the headliner of his group the Flames. This happened in 1959 after they had been recording for Federal three years. At the same point in time, with the release of their hit "Try Me," The Flames officially became the Famous Flames. The Famous Flames was a vocal group led by Brown's friend of many years Bobby Byrd. The James Brown band was a separate entity. Brown's band walked out on him in a pay dispute, replaced in 1970 by the J.B.'s, a band that played with Brown on his early 70s funk hits. Thank you very much, dear Blue Bird, for coming over and soaking up some music and history if not memories!

    Bouncin' Barb - Barbara Ann is a cool rock 'n' roll name to have! Is it possible that you were named after the song? You're absolutely right: the Beach Boys hit was a cover of an earlier recording by the Regents which also did pretty well on the chart (#13) in the summer of 1961. The Regents rendition was on the 1961 volume of Cruisin' and in the soundtrack of American Graffiti. Thank you very much for coming to see me Barb. You've been missed, dear friend!

  11. Hi Tom. Always loved James Brown,(he was rather special I think), The Four Tops and The Temptations, and you had some great tracks there today. I think I might have said before, that I was always surprised that Peter & Gordon made it in America, when others failed. Hope you're having a good day my friend.

  12. Thisisme - Both sides of that James Brown 45 have interesting tidbits to go along with them. The B side, which is almost non-stop shouting, was recorded live down here in Tampa, Florida earlier in 1966. The A side was one of many public service announcements in the form of a popular song that Brown and other artists dispensed. Brown was essentially telling youth "do as I say, not as I do" because Brown himself dropped out in the 7th grade. Thank you very much for your visit, dear friend Thisisme, and good night to you and yours in South Hams!

  13. I wish I could say I was named after that song but I was born before it was! When the Beach Boys remade it, my oldest brother bought the 45 and framed it for me. It's always been a special song to me. I too have missed everyone. Thanks for understanding though!!! Hugs my friend.

  14. Barb - Maybe I was putting the cart before the horse. Maybe the song was inspired by you and written with you in mind! :) Thank you very much for coming over to answer my question, dear friend. Sleep well tonight in North Myrtle Beach!

  15. Loved these songs, some are real favorites of mine like "Devil With the Blue Dress On" I was singing along while laying in bed with hubby and he was not impressed! :(

    Loved hearing Lady Godiva again. They had such lovely voices and that song was so special - light hearted and funny. I'm not a huge fan of James Brown music, but I liked his song about dropping out very much. All great songs, Shady. The bed was jumping while I was listening! I couldn't sit still.

  16. Hi, Belle! I know you must get a wistful, melancholy feeling when listening to Peter and Gordon because, as I recall, you met them once and poor Gordon is now deceased. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself listening to a few of these selections. Stay tuned for a string of spooky posts that will take us all the way through Halloween! Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

  17. I've heard this song by Rolling Stones in Poland in 1998:-)

  18. Wanilianna - That Rolling Stones record had one of the longest titles ever printed on the label of a 45rpm. In my experience, records with short titles perform better on the chart than ones with longer titles. The same is true with TV shows and movies. Three word titles seem to be the most popular of all. Thank you for coming by to spread some cheer, dear friend Wanilianna, and have a great week!

  19. I'm a late caller here, Tom. I was away for a couple of days last week and then, rather annoyingly, we were without internet access for a few days. I'm with Odie here. In fact, I rarely am able to identify groups, even though I might well know/remember the music/songs. Yes, I'm blushing a bright shade of red admitting this here on your knowledgable forum! Clearly, I seem to have skipped the teens/twenties earnest "obsession" with groups and bands, yet I don't rightly know why, since I grew up in a home with parents who sang at the drop of a hat and a sister who has always been into her music. Guess I'm an oddity. To this day, I remember being embarrassed when my sister's then boyfriend relentlessly quizzed me, in company, about my musical preferences and I felt like a bunny caught in the bright headlamps of a car. So, if you'll excuse me, I shall definitely not be participating in this projection game you are running. And, I won't be taking any bets, either!

    I trust you are having a splendid Monday!


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