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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!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Shady Dell the College Years ----- February and March 1968


 As it always does, February 1968 

 touched off an epidemic of cabin fever 

 across Central Pennsylvania. 

It didn't matter what the whistle pig declared
in his annual Ground Hog Day prognostication.
Everyone living north of the Mason-Dixon line
knew then what they know now - from here
it's a long March toward spring.


It's time for another edition of College Years, the series
that features the records that were most popular at the
Shady Dell in the months and years after I flew the coop
and took up a four year residence in Happy Valley (PSU).
Here are the jukebox giants that were packin' heat in the
Dell dance hall during the chilly late winter weeks of 1968.


 FEBRUARY 1968 

 "Wrap it Up" – Sam & Dave 





 "I Thank You" – Sam & Dave 





 "There Was a Time" – James Brown 





 "La – La – Means I Love You" – Delfonics 





 MARCH 1968 


 "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone" 
  Aretha Franklin 





 "I Got the Feelin’" – James Brown 





 "At the Top of the Stairs" – Formations 





 "Funky Street" – Arthur Conley 





 "Put Our Love Together" – Arthur Conley 





 "Cry Like a Baby" – Box Tops 




 We'll sample the greatest Dell hits 

 from the spring and summer of 1968 

 in the next College Years...

 coming soon! 

Have a Shady day!

16 comments:

  1. No matter what your age, you always have excellent taste in music, my friend! Aretha just never gets old, and is probably one of the most timeless performers I've ever heard. These others are also great in our lineup today. You never give us a bad list! Thank you, my friend, for brightening our day with every post. Have a wonderful rest of the week~

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    1. Hi, Shelly! These College Years lists represent "the best of the rest" because, by 1968, the music was changing. From 1965 to 1967, my 22 months as a full time Dell rat, there were dozens of great new records on the jukebox every month. After 1967 there was only a handful of standout records per month. Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Shelly, and have a great Wednesday!

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  2. Hi dear Tom. Wow! I had heard of all of them today, apart from Arthur Conley and The Delfonics. Really good to hear Aretha Franklin today. As Shelly said above, she really is such a timeless performer. (Little bit like Dionne Warwick). My favourite today has to be Cry Like A Baby by the Boxtops. Had me bopping around like a good 'un over here in Devon. Hope you and little Toto are doing well at the moment. Take care.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! I'm delighted to know that the Box Tops song is your Pick to Click because that blue-eyed soul record has always been a favorite of mine. I bought it and played it a gazillion times in my college dorm room. I also enjoyed the flip side "The Door You Closed to Me." I'm very happy that you were able to break away from your entertaining and come all the way here for a visit. Thank you, dear friend Thisisme. Smooches to you and Ruby and Eli and Alfred!

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  3. Havin' my own little private dance party here today with this post! Thanks for the fun. Cheers!

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    1. I'm glad you had a good time, dear karen! Thank you very much for your visit and kind comment! Take care!

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  4. Nice playlist. I recently dubbed all of my old music onto CDs (and by old I mean late 90s, early 2000s). Today's radio just isn't worth listening to most of the time.

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    1. Hi, Ashton! I'm still kicking myself for selling my entire collection of "old" records from the 50s through the 80s. I had thousands of 45s and hundreds of albums, most in near mint condition, and I sold them to a record dealer for a fraction of their value. They would be be worth a small fortune by now if I had held onto them. Thank you for checking out my playlist, dear friend, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  5. Hi, Shady! Yes, it's sooo true about the long March BUT. . . it usually goes out like a lamb! LOL!
    I enjoyed hearing Sam and Dave, love those horns! I really liked and knew the songs , "Wrap it up" and "I thank you" as well as "La la "and "cry like a baby"--great songs! Always enjoy hearing Aretha, too!

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    1. Hi, Toni! My oh my - you are a real soul sister! I'm surprised you know and like this old gold. As you can tell by looking at this playlist, the Dellions kept popularizing music in the Soul, R&B, Funk and Blue-Eyed Soul categories, ignoring most of the bubblegum and nursery rhyme rock that was starting to take over the record chart around this time. Thank you very much for coming to call, dear friend, and please come again soon!

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  6. Hi Tom! I hope you are doing well! Can you believe it's March already? Although it doesn't feel like it in Ireland at the moment! I know the Delfonics from the film Jackie Brown, have you seen it? I know it's probably one of Tarantino's least rated films but I've always loved it. He sure knows his music!

    Emma x

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    1. Hi, Emma! It's ironic because I am currently working on a future post in which I mention Quentin Tarantino and the music he picks for his movies. I am ashamed to admit that I have not yet seen Jackie Brown even though I am a big fan of Tarantino, Bridget Fonda and Robert De Niro. I'm glad you gained an appreciation of the Delfonics song "La La" via the Jackie Brown movie soundtrack. I read a review that said another Delfonics hit, "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time" is basically the film's theme song. I also remember and loved "Strawberry Letter 23" by Brothers Johnson and "Natural High" by Bloodstone, two other songs used in the soundtrack. I am always delighted to have you here, dear friend Emma. Thank you very much for your visit and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  7. All of this was going on in 1968? Boy, was I busy dancing, whilst you were taking notes at PSU! lol! What a great line-up Shady! And, yes the Boxtops were great with 'Cry Like a Baby', but there were no duos like Sam and Dave! Ooh, that 'slinky' song, "I Thank You"! You could just groove all over the floor. And, Arthur Conley with 'Funky Street' was pretty smooth. All your picks are 'boss'!

    Hope you're having a good week, myself, getting ready for the weekend...we had Scootie last weekend, up at 6:00am, yah! Will sleep in this weekend some-move that clock up!

    Good to see you, my friend!♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne! I wish I could call myself the Boss With the Hot Sauce but that nickname's already been taken by Jerry Blavat. To set the record straight, I didn't take very many notes at PSU. I mainly PASSED notes in class to various girls saying I would introduce them to my close friend David Cassidy if they agreed to go out with me. (LOL) I'm so glad you could relate to these soulful selections. I figured you would. Oh NO! Are you telling me that we need to spring forward and turn the clocks ahead this weekend? I don't get enough sleep as it is and now we must lose an hour! Thanks for letting me know. I hope Karo's back on his feet by now and feeling fine and dandy. Thank you so much for your kind visit and comments, dear Suzanne. Take care!

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  8. Hi Shady! Some of these I knew, some I didn't. I would say my favorites were, Cry Like A Baby, La La Means I love You (which I knew) and Funky Street. Great songs. Hearing Aretha sing that song reminded me of the cartoon movie 'Hercules'. I loved the singing in that movie.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! It makes me happy to know you recognized a few of these classic Dell songs and liked the Box Tops, Delfonics and Arthur Conley. The least known record in this batch is probably "At the Top of the Stairs" by the Formations which was big at the Dell and at Penn State campus dances. You must be referring to to soulful pipes of Cheryl Freeman who performed several songs in the animated Hercules movie and does sound like Aretha. Thank you very much for your visit and generous comments, dear friend Belle!

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