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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, November 9, 2012

Shady Dell the College Years ..... October and November 1967


 Hard to believe, but life went on at the 

 Shady Dell even when I wasn't around. 

My recently completed Now Playing series covered the 22 month period from December 1965 through September 1967 at which time I left York to attend PSU. Over the next four years I returned home on Christmas breaks, spring breaks and summer vacations and spent as much time as possible
at the Dell catching up with friends and finding out which tunes were popular on the jukebox. In the coming months
I'll be presenting some of the most memorable Dell songs
from my college years.


 Let’s get the ball rollin’ 

 and keep the ball rollin’ 

 with some of the Dell biggies  

  from the fall of 1967. 


 October 1967 


"(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It’s You That I Need” - 
The Temptations




“Don’t Send Me Away” – The Temptations





"Keep the Ball Rollin’” – Jay & The Techniques




“Boogaloo Down Broadway” – Fantastic Johnny C




 November 1967 



"Daydream Believer" – Monkees




"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" – Gladys Knight & 
The Pips




"Piece Of My Heart" – Erma Franklin




"Skinny Legs And All" – Joe Tex




"Honey Chile" – Martha & The Vandellas





 Listen and learn. The next installment of 

 College Years is coming your way soon. 

 Don't miss it! 

Have a Shady day!

14 comments:

  1. I can remember watching The Monkees tv show with my sister when we were about 3 and 4. It was the one we looked forward to the most.

    Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight..all of these are such classics! I wonder if, in 40 years or so, anyone is going to look back on this decade of music with the fondness so many look back upon the 60's.

    You've chosen some great ones for us, today, my friend- thank you!

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    1. (I chose a great friend in you, dear Shelly.) I used to watch the zany antics of The Monkees at the Dell with Helen and John while eating one of Helen's subs and French fries and drinking a cherry coke at the snack counter. I also used to watch Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In at the Dell, a show that reminds us that irreverent satire initiated a few years earlier by programs like TW3 (That Was the Week That Was) had gone mainstream by 1967. I can't imagine today's teens and 20-somethings looking back on this decade 40 years from now and being able to wax nostalgic as you and I do when we reexamine the 50s, 60s and 70s, but I'm sure they will. Every generation has its own thing and other generations often have a hard time relating. When I was a kid I never got what all the fuss was about when my parents listened to their WWII era big band favorites. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I consider myself very lucky to have come of age at the time I did and to have lived in Central PA, a mecca for so much of this great music. I wouldn't trade my music and memories for anybody else's. Thank you again, dear friend Shelly, for your visit and thought provoking comments!

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  2. Davy Jones was such a cutie pie! If I would have been a teenager during this time I just know my walls would have been plastered with posters of him. I wish guys still wore their hair like that. Okay I am getting way off topic now :) So I had never heard of Gladys Knight's version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine" but I dug it. I think I still prefer the Creedence Clearwater Revival version better but she belts out a solid tune. Hope you have a grand ole weekend friend! (PS I'll be your Ginger any day!)

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    1. If you had been born a few decades earlier, Amber, you could have played Marcia on The Brady Bunch! Remember the episode in which she had a date with Davy Jones? MARCIA MARCIA MARCIA!!!!! It's funny. When you revealed that you never heard the Gladys Knight version of "Grapevine" I thought you meant you were more familiar with the Marvin Gaye rendition. I completely forgot about the later CCR version. All three versions became hits and all were excellent, a phenomenon that is rather rare in rock history. Thank you for agreeing to be my Ginger. I'll be your Gilligan if you'll be my Mary Ann! I'll be your Tracy Jordan if you'll be my Liz Lemon!

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  3. Now this one hit the spot especially with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" I went into the Army at Ft. Bragg Oct. 17th of 67 and all these selections brought back some great memories.

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    1. Hey, Odie! I'm glad you can tie this post and these songs to an important part of your life. "Grapevine" is my pick to click in this batch and it sounds terrific in its original 45rpm mono form played on this YouTuber's HQ sound system. Thanks for stopping by, good buddy, and have a great weekend!

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  4. I was surprised to hear 'Piece of My Heart' by Erma Franklin! I didn't even know that song existed before Janis Joplin! I have to say Janis brought some heavy vibes to that song, but Erma did a great job setting the scene for it. I stopped by last nite, but we have Scootie on board, so had to come back.

    I remember Joe Tex and 'Skinny Legs and All'. That was a fun song, haven't heard it in a long time. It's my favorite in your program tonite. You brought some really great ones to this post...Martha and the Vandellas and Gladys Knight! Along with the Temptations, these were of my favorites! Bugaloo Down Broadway was a frequently played song in the dance clubs too and we all liked it, a good sing-a-long song in my crowd!

    I know, you had to trump it with the Monkees! But really they were good, and, so well-liked! Their different personalities made for the best entertainment. And, Davy Jones is terribly missed, I'm sure.

    My reading list is messed up Shady, I need to go back...it looked like you had a couple of other posts on there, but, they disappeared from last nite. I am pleasantly pleased with this post, great songs and artists. I like the variety. Have a great weekend, see you soon!♫

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    1. Hi, Susan! You can disregard the other post of mine that recently showed up in your reader. It was Part 9 of my Soul Clinic series, a post that had been published five months ago. For some reason known only to Blogger/Google, it is just now entering the reader stream. Erma Franklin's original of "Piece of My Heart" was a huge Dell hit, right in the pocket like a plug in a socket. Like many other great songs it was covered more successfully by a white act. The Joe Tex novelty number was an equally popular record at the Dell as was the Temptations' killer bee "Don't Send Me Away." Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend Susan, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  5. Hi Tom! I'm just catching up on all my reading after being away last week. Like Amber I hadn't heard the Gladys Knight version of Heard It through the Grapevine either, I'm more familiar with the Marvin Gaye version which I love! The Gladys version is so completely different, something I love is hearing a completely different interpretation of a song by a different artist, it can make it sound so new! Your post has also reminded me that my sister and I used to watch the reruns of the Monkees during our Summer holidays (as well as Fame and The Brady Bunch) Some shows really do surpass the test of time!

    I hope you are keeping well Tom!

    Emma x

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    1. Hello hello hello, dear Emma! Yes, I am quite well, thank you, and it was wonderful to see you back in action on your blog, too! I'm happy to know you remember the Marvin Gaye cover version of "Grapevine." The Pips had the original and to me it's the definitive. I suspect that episodes of The Monkees and The Brady Bunch will still be playing on retro channels 100 years from now because both are so indicative of their time. Thank you very much for coming across the pond for a visit, dear Emma, and have a wonderful week!

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  6. Such fun tunes Shady, makes me wish I went to college back then! Hope you're doing well!

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    1. Hi, Alabee! My four years at PSU were exciting and rewarding. It was a time when the music scene was changing rapidly and young people on college campuses across the country were tuning in to album rock. In my next post on Friday you'll hear one of the key albums that formed the soundtrack of my freshman year. Thank you very much for your visit and comment, my dear and special friend. I hope you had a happy weekend and I wish you the same in the week ahead!

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  7. Hi dear Tom. SO sorry I'm late - well, unpardonably late really. I used to love watching The Monkees when they had their TV show. It was all so zany. Strange to think that you were actually watching that show at The Shady Dell. Heard it Through the Grapevine has always been one of my favourites, but I had certainly never heard it sung by Gladys Knight. Looking at one of the comments above, I also used to love The Brady Bunch and always watched Fame with my eldest daughter. (Now where DID I put those leg-warmers?!). Hope all is well with you my dear friend. Smooches.

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    1. HUGS AND SMOOCHES, dear Thisisme! I know you need them and so do I for that matter. I am very surprised that so few of you are familiar with the original version of "Grapveine" which was a huge smash in Central PA. I hope you enjoyed listening to it. If you watched Fame then I suspect you are familiar with one of my favorite movies Flashdance. Yes? No? Dear sweet friend, I have a heavy heart knowing your vacation was such a disappointment and that you arrived back home in Devon with an earache. Why do bad things happen to the nicest people? :( Thank you very much for visiting me. Now I urge you to fix yourself a toddy and get a good night's rest. Please get well soon, dearest Thisisme!

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