ARE COMING FORTH, WAXING NOSTALGIC
AND SHARING MEMORIES OF OUR
MUCH LOVED AND GREATLY MISSED
DELL KING AND QUEEN.
GREG GULDEN: Thanks for
getting it right. During the 60's
the Dell was all about the music.
Reading your Blog takes me
back to the best days of my life.
I loved John and Helen as much
as you could love two people.
You did the right thing on your
last visit to the Dell. I went one
evening just before the Dell
closed. It was one of the most
heart breaking times of my life. What all I saw that night
I will not tell. I went there to see John but all I found was
the shell of the man I loved so much. I must stop for now,
I can't see for the tears. A DELL RAT ALL WAYS - GREG
Greg, I thank you very much for sharing this. It's good to know you understand my reluctance to see John and the Dell so close to the end. I think such a meeting would have been awkward for John and for me. As for the music played at the Dell, every generation believes their stuff was the best and yet... when you compare what we experienced with that of any other generation... Well, you know what I'm saying. I feel very lucky to have been a part of the Dell scene during its golden era in the mid 60s and I wouldn't trade places with anybody. Thank you very much for writing in, Greg, and for helping us keep the spirit and the memory of the Dell alive!
DELL RAT JERRE: 'I Love You' by
the Volumes (Very big at Haar's
Roller Rink). 'Need Your Lovin' by
Don and Dee Dee (I can't believe
you had this one. I dug out my
old 45 just to listen to the
scratches.) 'Village Of Love' by
Nathaniel Mayer (I recall this as
a big hit at Zimmy's swim club).
at Zimmy's watching pairs of bikini clad lovelies
jitterbugging to jukebox tunes on that canopied
outdoor dance floor. I'll have you know that on
more than one occasion I forgot to go swimming!
DELL RAT JERRE: Before 1961
I was at York High with no car
and only allowed out on week-
ends and yes, my parents were
originally very anti-Dell. I only
got to the Dell with older friends
that had a car and then only
before my 11:00 curfew. After
many discussions, eventually my
parents started to believe me
when I told them that John and
Helen were good people and
tried to keep out trouble makers. After 1961 many very
late nights (actually very early mornings) were spent at
DELL RAT JERRE: I had at least five Baracutas over the
years: tan, blue and the longer style.
And yes Jack Purcells were big. Other items that were must
haves were Weejun penny loafers. (No socks allowed.).
Khaki pants with the penny loafers and no socks was in.
Shorts were not as popular for the guys as they are now.
Another must item for the winter to replace the Barracuta
was a jacket that could only be purchased at the Army -
Navy store across the corner from the Hub on George St.
I believe it was Navy surplus. The jacket was an olive
green canvas type with fuzzy collar. They were extremely
'in' with the guys. It was also 'cool' to wear V neck
sweaters without a shirt under it. As I recall blue jeans
were not the fashion statement at that time.
DELL RAT JERRE: Most of the regulars, people that John
would wave in free from his booth, were not trouble makers
and were just looking for a place to hang out with their
friends and meet girls or guys.
Yes, fights happened, but mostly in the parking lot along
with the drinking. I actually think there was more drinking
done in the parking lot in my early years and the police
patrols sort of ended that. It was not a rarity for the
police to cruise the parking lot. I often felt bad for John
as I felt he did the best he could to keep it a clean, safe
place for the kids. I would like to think that the majority
of the trouble was caused by the outsiders and not the
regulars. Most of the people just wanted a place to go
and be with other people, especially after other places
When White Oaks was open everyone started the evening
at the Oaks and those without a curfew ended the night
at the Dell after the Oaks closed. It was always the place
to go late in the evening after other activities.