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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!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

INVASION!!!!!


 THE BRITISH AREN'T COMING. 

 THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!  


 Hello. I'm Brian Griffin 
 Ep-ffin-stein, Shady's 
 guest blogger and host 
 of the TV music show 
 Hubbubaloo London
 The British have arrived 
 but it's cool - no need 
 to run for cover or 
 fix bayonets. They're 
 friendly and they're 
 here to entertain you. 
 So pour yourself a toddy, 
 curl up on a comfortable 
 rug and tap your tail 
 to these tunes! 


 THE DAVE CLARK FIVE 

In the first few months of the British Invasion
the Dave Clark Five were more popular in America
than back home in the UK. With their big beat
sound and distinctive, husky-voiced lead vocals
by Mike Smith, The DC5 were the Beatles’ chief
rivals early on. Mike and his mates finished
1964 with their 7th top 20 American hit,
"Any Way You Want It."

 "Any Way You Want It" - The Dave Clark Five 
 (December 1964, highest chart position #14) 




By 1966 the Beatles had far outdistanced the DC5
in popularity and record sales and the rough and
rowdy Rolling Stones had leapfrogged into the #2
position. The Dave Clark Five was hanging tough
with “Nineteen Days,” an exciting single released
in the fall of '66 that was a hit with Shady
and his buddies at the Dell.

 "Nineteen Days" - The Dave Clark Five 
 (November 1966, highest chart position #48) 






 PETER AND GORDON 

The duo of Peter Asher and Gordon Waller had a
decent string of commercially appealing hit singles.
"I Go To Pieces" is a Del Shannon song that Peter
and Gordon recorded and turned into one of their
biggest hits in America. Hard to believe this
great record failed to chart at all in the UK!

 "I Go To Pieces" - Peter and Gordon 
 (February 1965, highest chart position #9) 




 THE KINKS 

"Till the End of the Day" by the Kinks
was a Brit beat hit waiting to happen,
but it was only a minor hit in the U.S.,
reaching its zenith halfway up the chart.
I can suggest reasons why.  By 1966,
Motown, the Beach Boys and other
homegrown American bands were
reclaiming some of the ground lost
 in the Invasion in 1964 and 1965,
their records performing better
against the British in the battle
for chart position.  The Kinks'
 "Till the End of the Day" is a
great record and deserved
to finish in the top 20!

 "Till the End of the Day" - The Kinks 
 (April 1966, highest chart position #50) 




 GERRY AND 

 THE PACEMAKERS 

The Beatles were not the first band to hit #1
on the UK chart with their first three singles.
That distinction belongs to another Liverpool
band, Gerry and the Pacemakers. Two of
those three UK chart toppers are featured
here. The third, "You'll Never Walk Alone,"
only made it to the midway point of the
U.S. chart. "How Do You Do It" was waxed
in January 1963 and by April of that year
was the #1 record in the UK. It took more 
than a year for the single to be released in
America where it penetrated the top 10.

 "How Do You Do It" - Gerry and the Pacemakers 
 (August 1964, highest chart position #9) 




"I Like It' was Gerry and the Pacemakers' second
single and reached #1 on the UK chart in June 1963.
In the fall of '64 the single was charting in the U.S. 
but only managed to crack the top 20.

 "I Like It" - Gerry and the Pacemakers 
 (October 1964, highest chart position #17) 




"It's Gonna Be Alright" is one of the songs penned
by Gerry Marsden, leader of the Pacemakers.
Released in America in 1965, this fab-tastic single
fell short of the top 20 on the domestic chart.

 "It's Gonna Be Alright" - Gerry and the Pacemakers 
 (April 1965, highest chart position #23) 



 PETULA CLARK 

Petula Clark became a singing star in the mid 60s
with her #1 international hit "Downtown." Many
are unaware that her career started more than
twenty years earlier during WWII when she 
entertained on BBC Radio. Released at the 
end of 1966, "Color (Colour) My World" is
a feel good recording with a catchy melody,
but it was the second consecutive Pet Clark 
single to miss the UK top 50. The record 
performed much better in other countries 
including Australia where it made the top 10
and the U.S. where it reached #16.  Listen
for the trendy sound of the sitar used in
this bouncy Pet Clark recording.

 "Color My World" - Petula Clark 
 (January 1967, highest chart position #16) 




 THE ROLLING STONES 

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is the Jaggernaut
that spent four weeks at #1 on the U.S. chart
in the summer of 1965. The Rolling Stones 45
released in America carried a killer bee on its
back, a song written about the promotion
man Decca records assigned to travel
with the Stones on the West Coast.

 "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" 
 The Rolling Stones (July 1965,  uncharted 
 B side of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction") 




 THE HOLLIES 

The harmonious Hollies kept their string of hits
alive longer than many English acts, extending
it into the 70s. The band's last single on the
Imperial label, "Pay You Back With Interest"
was, interestingly enough, only released  
in the U.S. and was only on the chart for  
two weeks before Epic Records released  
its first Hollies single, "Carrie-Anne."
The latter garnered more radio play and  
sales. As a result, "Carrie-Anne finished  
in the top 10 and "Interest" peaked
just inside the top 30.

 "Pay You Back With Interest" - The Hollies 
 (June 1967, highest chart position #28) 




In 1969 the Hollies released the infectious
"Sorry Suzanne" which went to #3 in the UK
but never reached the halfway mark on
the domestic chart!

 "Sorry Suzanne" - The Hollies 
 (April 1969, highest chart position #56) 




 Step aside, Brian, and let me remind everyone that 
 once you go English... you never relinquish. 


 Friends, if you're simply bored out of your gourd 
 with dull American accents, you can experience a  
  welcome change by listening to yours true-ie, Stewie,  
 and my decidedly distinguished dialect every week  
 on Family Guy. Check your local listings! 

Have a Shady day!

34 comments:

  1. I knew nearly all of these this morning! I've always loved British music, except, as you know, my tastes ran more to the punk rock of the late 70's and 80's that England was such a hotbed for. I will be very interested to see what our sweet friend thisisme has to say about these and perhaps chime in with her favorite British group of the era. One thing I always wondered about was how it seemed that so many sang with what sounded like an American accent to me, but spoke with a British accent. Have a wonderful day, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Shelly! You posed a very interesting question. I always wondered, too, how and why UK artists sang with an American accent. I hope somebody can answer that fundamental question here in the comments section.

      Yessum, I'm hoping dear Thisisme will be along to weigh in on these Brit bands of the 60s. She will be wearing the dunce cap if she doesn't know any! :)

      Thank you very much for coming for a look and a listen, dear friend Shelly. Happy Thursday to you and have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  2. You are the Toppermost of the Poppermost.
    lol
    Ricky D

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    1. Thanks, Ricko! I can imagine Stewie hosting TOTP! :)

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  3. Hi Shady,

    Since we are both "dog lovers" I have to say, love Brian, he is one funny dog!

    19 days, like most of these hits were new to me. But, was a hit for me, too!

    I enjoyed the Kinks, "Till the end of the day" but, my all time fav hit of theirs was, "You really got me going". I love to dance crazy to that song!

    My fav song on this post was Petual Clark's , "Color my world". My fav from her was, "Downtown". I can seriously remember "gettin jiggy with it" to that tune in Kindergarten . Another good tune is "Pay you back with interest" by the Hollies. Again, my fav Hollies song was , "Long cool woman in a black dress". It was fun to compare my favorite tunes of these artist to the ones posted today (all new to my ears)!

    btw: your quote, " Once you go English. . ." PRICELESS!!!!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni! You got jiggy? I can't imagine! :) Hey, dear friend, I'm glad you got a laugh out of Stewie Griffin's "Once you go English..." quote and also glad you appreciated Brian doing his best impression of Brian Epstein. What I tried to do with this post is select recordings that have never been used on the blog before and ones that I haven't heard in a long time such as the three by Gerry and the Pacemakers and the two by the Hollies. Luckily there were some excellent performance clips available on YouTube including the one of Pet Clark.

      Thank you very much for sampling my British Invasion post, dear friend Toni. Happy Thursday to you and have a safe and happy weekend!

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  4. It's me, I'm here!! Guess what Mr Shadykins?! This has to be one of my favourite ever posts. Now I wonder why that could be?! Love, love, love all your song choices today and I have all these songs on my jukebox! My favourite Dave Clark 5 single was Glad All Over, where he really bashes on those drums. Although I like The Rolling Stones records now, at the time I much preferred the Beatles. I often wondered what our American friends thought of the Brit invasion back in the 60's. Thank you for your nod to all these British groups and obviously I'm at the top of the class today! World without Love byPeter and Gordon was my favourite of theirs. Did you know that one of the duo is the sister of Jane Asher, who was engaged to Paul McCartney in the 60's? Smooches to you dear Shadykins.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme, and thank you very much for coming to my British Invasion bash! No dunce cap for you today, dear friend! I figured these boppable tunes would all be familiar to you, a lot of them found inside your home jukebox.

      Yessum, somewhere along the line I learned about sister Jane Asher and the fact that Lennon and McCartney were moved to funnel unrecorded songs to Peter and Gordon as a result of her romantic ties to Paul.

      I'm thrilled to know this was your favorite Shadykins post, dear Thisisme. You like this even more than my salute to heavy metal? (LOL) Thank you very much for attending and please know I'll be thinking about you and Emma in the difficult days ahead. Good night to you, dear friend, and lots of hugs and smooches, too!

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  5. Ah! now this is my type of music! Before i went for late 60s psyc pop i had a very well rounded playlist of Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Hollies, Dave Clarke Five Hermans Hermits and more. But then i really got annoyed with "i like it" and couldn't hold back the tears when i listened to "you'll never walk alone." (why is that song so sad?!!) so now i just don't listen to it as much. But i got a very good musical education from them and naturally i moved to the next few years to Manfred Man and those later bands and i guess i still love them all! thanks for this post Shady, im going to go sulk in my cereal while listening to these songs now!

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    1. Good morning, dear Catherine, and thank you so much for being here for my British Invasion post! You're right. The oft recorded "You'll Never Walk Alone" is a tear jerker. Along with the version by Gerry and the Pacemakers, the song became a top 40 hit stateside for Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles and for decades was sung by comedy legend Jerry Lewis at the close of his annual MDA Telethon. I find it hard to listen to sad songs like that one.

      Of course, this post is about the first British Invasion. As I'm sure you know there was a Second British Invasion in the early 80s which consisted of New Wave and synthpop. It included Culture Club, The Police, Duran Duran, Power Station, Flock of Seagulls, The Human League, Billy Idol, Elvis Costello, Bananarama, Thomas Dolby, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Tears for Fears and Wham! to name a few of the major acts of that period.

      Thank you again for starting your Friday with me, dear friend Cat. Have a groovy day and a safe and happy weekend!

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  6. I'm a huge fan of The Kinks and The Hollies, two of my favourite songs are Strangers and Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress. It was great reading about these British bands!

    Emma x

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    1. Hello, dear friend Emma! I also love the Kinks and the Hollies. While we're on the subject I'd like to mention the fab flip side of the Kinks "Till the End of the Day" single, another Ray Davies composition entitled "Where Have All the Good Times Gone." I'll never forget the 1986 music video for Graham Nash's "Innocent Eyes" which burned up the request lines at the MTV style station where I worked in the Eighties. I wish it would show up on YouTube!

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Emma. Good night and have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Shady this is quite the list. You've got a bunch of my favorites here but I'd have to say Dave Clark Five and The Kinks are at the top of my list. Take the Last Train to Clarksville is my personal favorite of DC5 and I can remember playing that 45 over and over and over until my mother did something with it..lol. And well, Ray Davies and the Kinks have a sound that really appealed to me. Even now I crank them up when I hear them. Great post!

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    1. Hi, Bouncin' Barb! I know you love Alice Cooper but I didn't realize you dug these 60s Brit bands, too.

      A couple of these bands, the Dave Clark Five and Gerry and the Pacemakers, were huge at the start of the Invasion. Both acts had a substantial number of hit records in the U.S., but in recent years they don't seem to be mentioned as often or played as much as the Kinks, for example.

      Barb, I thank you very much for coming to the party, dear friend. I bid you goodnight and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. Hi Shady...again,I'm waggin' way behind. Have had a sick husband and Scootie for two weeks. Had to stop at the emergency room on our way taking Scootie home, Karo not feeling good. Two days later, we're still at hospital. Anyway, he's ok now, he has a heart condition, and was feeling a bit out of sorts. Quite a few tests and some new meds, he's now recuperating carefully, and, I'm tired.

    I'm with Thisisme on this one. Loved every artist and song featured here. Brian knows what we like! I never thought of the Dave Clark Five being British, they always seemed so American! But, I always liked their stuff. They had such upbeat songs-well, we know how I liked to dance.

    Gerry and the Pacemakers weren't number one, but, he always had such a great stage presence. I always like watching him. 'I like It' is such a fun song. Yes to Peter and Gordan, even tho you are right...they were mostly commercially appealing, their songs and voices had such a grand softness, and ring of truth.

    The Kinks and the Hollies are of my very favorites. Long tall Woman in the Black Dress-I could have sworn Credence did that, and was so awed when I found out the Hollies mastered that great song. I didn't hear 'Sorry Suzanne', some of your selections wouldn't play for me. I'll have to come back! Petula Clark is a great favorite...you know, in the mid sixties, I noticed that some of the girl singers didn't dance around and cut loose like Elvis and the other guys! I guess they were supposed to come across as controlled and is it inhibited? Nowadays, they're tossing their underclothing up on the stage! LOL-go figure!

    So, Shady I hope you'll forgive me...I know I missed your last post. I did see it, but couldn't stop. I haven't even posted in a while, but I'll get something out there for Halloween. Just need some rest-really, this was great! Thank you Shady! Take care! ♫

    Oh...and GREAT JOB BRIAN! Hugs! See you soon!

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    1. Hi, Suzanne! Gosh, I'm so sorry to hear about Karo. I hope he's well on the road to recovery now and that his meds keep him healthy. I know you missed the last post but I assumed it was because you were having internet problems again. I wish it was as simple as that. Please let Karo know I'm thinking about him and wishing him well.

      You couldn't get "Sorry Suzanne" to play? Well, I'm truly sorry, Suzanne! (LOL) You MUST keep trying because I put that video in there just for you. I know you'll enjoy it.

      Yessum, Pet Clark was old school in her look and demeanor. As I noted in the post she had been singing since WWII and it showed. Miley Cyrus antics were still light years in the future. It's hard to believe Pet is 80 years old now.

      Dear Suzanne, I am deeply grateful that you stopped by in the midst of your hassles and hardships. I hope the worst is behind you so that you can enjoy Halloween with Scootie. Take care of yourself and Karo and I'll talk to you again soon, dear friend!

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  9. Tom,this was so groovey! I laugh when I think back to those days..I was so in love with the Beatles that I hated the Dave Clark Five and the Stones..I thought they were trying to be Beatles "wantabes"! But my heart softened pretty quickly and I was having "crushes" on most of the British bands that arrived. I just watched some of them on PBS last week. Now I know I've gotten old(ish)..but to see some of my fav groups looking like my Grandpa..OK..looking like me...I had to take a deep breath, sit back, and just enjoy the music. Peter Noone still can hit the notes! Gerry and the Pacemakers had a little movie out in the 60's...Ferry cross the Mercy I think was the song and movie..I could be all wrong here. Remember, I've flunked out of your school before! But, whatever, I'm loving this post! Thanks for the smiles and tunes tonight!

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    1. Hi, YaYa! Welcome to Hubbubaloo London, my dear friend! No dunce cap for you. Gerry and the Pacemakers had a #6 U.S. hit with "Ferry Cross the Mersey" and starred as themselves in their own movie of the same name inspired by A Hard Day's Night. The film, a musical romp through the early 60s Liverpool Beat Scene, was released in America one week after the record began climbing the Billboard chart.

      As I mentioned in a recent post, I met Peter Noone circa 1990 when he came to my television station to be interviewed in advance of an oldies show in the greater Tampa area. He still had a boyish face and his trademark ear to ear grin.

      I have seen a number of PBS specials showcasing vintage pop music acts as they look and sound today. Frankly, those shows depress me by reminding me how old we're all getting. I'd much rather ride the wave of youth again by watching clips of the acts as they looked and sounded in the 50s and 60s. I recently watched one such program saluting girl groups.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, dear friend. Be sure to show it to Eddy because I think he'll get a kick out of seeing Brian Griffin. Have a super Friday and a safe and happy weekend, dear YaYa!

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  10. Oooh this was a fantastic collection of songs! Really loved hearing "Sorry Suzanne" again, I haven't heard that it a long while. I'm currently getting back into listening to The Hollies again after quite some time. xx

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    1. Hi, Lucy in the Sky! I'm very happy to see you again, dear friend! I agree with you about "Sorry Suzanne," the Hollies single that followed "Jennifer Eccles" and "Do the Best You Can" on the U.S. chart. "Suzanne" is a record that you don't hear played very often on oldies channels and it only reached #56 on the domestic chart - a shame because it was good enough for the top 40 or even the top 10. By the end of the year (1969), the Hollies were back in business with their top 10 hit "He Ain't Heavy."

      Thank you ever so much for coming to see me, dear friend Lucy. I hope you're doing well and hope you'll come back for a visit again soon. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. Fun, fun in this post with these groups who hit squarely in my generation. I'm always a little afraid to say too much here since my knowledge lags far behind most of your commenters, but these British Invasion groups made me feel a little more "in the know. I'm going to go back and listen some more.

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    1. Welcome, Jeanie, and thank you for coming to my British Invasion party! Please don't be afraid to express yourself here at SDM&M. You know as much as anybody else and being the smartest person in the room isn't what matters here. All that matters is that you leave here feeling like you've had some fun with your friends because that's really what we are. That's what made my hangout the Shady Dell so great. We weren't a bunch of music scholars sitting around analyzing things. We were ordinary kids dancing and talking trash and letting off steam. Everybody needs to do that sometimes.

      Thank you again for swinging by for a visit, dear friend Jeanie, and have a safe and happy Colorado weekend!

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  12. Ok Mr. Knight! I'm back...went on to YouTube to find 'Sorry Suzanne'. Loved it...simply loved it! I had not heard it before and it did so well in the UK! Thank you so much for introducing the song. The video was great too-seeing them perform! Have a wonderful weekend-will try to be more prompt next time, lol! ♫

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    1. You watched the Hollies video I dedicated to you? I'm truly HAPPY, Suzanne! :) I just can't figure out why my vids won't play for you so much of the time. Thanks for coming back to let me know, dear friend, and you never have to worry about being prompt. You've got a lifetime free friendship pass with me! Good night and have a great weekend, Suzanne!

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  13. Great selection of songs Shady! I listen to this sort of music quite a lot and it never fails to make me smile. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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    1. Hi, Sarah! Your kind visits never fail to make me smile, dear friend! I'm happy to know you enjoyed my selection of British Invasion classics.

      My weekend's going great and I hope yours is, too. Thanks again for coming and please come again soon, Sarah!

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  14. These were some of my favorite groups. Love the songs. It was interesting to hear the background of the "Under Assistant West Coast...." I went online to read the lyrics since I couldn't understand them all. Very funny.

    Both Hollies songs were hits where I lived. Great songs and voices. Gerry and the Pacemakers were terrific. I think "God to Pieces" was my favorite song here today. I'm going to youtube tomorrow and listen to all these bands. One song I didn't know was the one by the Kinks - although I loved them. Thanks Tom for a Shady day!

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    1. Hello, dear Belle! I'm very happy to welcome you over to my Brit band bash. I tried to pick a few songs that most of us haven't heard very often in recent decades. I think those two Hollies recordings qualify and thank you for letting me know they were hits on the west coast at the time.

      Fortunately there are quite a few surviving videos of actual band performances taken from shows like Hullabaloo London, Top of the Pops and Germany's Beat-Club.

      I'm so glad you came here and had some fun, dear Belle. I hope you are in good health and in good spirits, dear friend, and I wish you a very happy week ahead!

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  15. Kathleen Mae SchneiderOctober 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Bob and I are really getting here under the wire after a really busy week, but we wanted to share some thoughts about this post.

    In the mid-to-late sixties, Bob took a couple of years off college to work for the government as a surveyor and map-maker in the swamps of Virginia. He traveled around a lot and most places he stayed had no television. This, he thinks, forced him to concentrate and enjoy the music more without any videos to distract him. He heard the groups on this post on the radio of his government-issued car and on a portable battery-operated one in a leather case. Back in his apartment, he built a stereo and bought a number of their albums, some of which we still have in our record collection. Although he doesn't remember all these songs, he certainly remembers their sound and it brought back that carefree time in his life (before he met me! LOL)

    I thought "Any Way You Want It" was going to be another song entirely, so I don't know where I heard that one. I liked this one though. During these years I was finishing up high school at Central and in college, so once I gradually branched out from classical music, I remember "trying on" some of the songs from these performers and being surprised by actually enjoying them.

    I enjoyed the slide show as well as the music playing during "Till the End of the Day". Those scenes really took me back to my youth. I also remember hearing the music by DC5, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Kinks playing up and down the halls of my dorm (all girls back then - imagine that..).

    I remember coming home from a day of student teaching in Allentown with the windows of my navy blue 62' Corvair rolled down and actually blaring "Please Please Me" on the car radio. Now this was something new for me, but there wasn't anyone close by that I knew, so I didn't care.

    I was feeling pretty liberated until I stopped at a red light and a car full of much younger (than I was) guys pulled up next to me and "showed their approval" (I guess you could call it...) of my choice of music. They gunned their engines, sang along to the song loudly and smiled fetchingly (or was it menacingly?). It looked to me like they expected me to drag race with them when the light turned green. I was so embarrassed and quickly made a right turn in the other direction as they sped off. That was the last time I ever played anything that loudly in the car!

    It was interesting to see Mick J. and the Stones as "youngsters". Bob said he recently saw a picture of MIck now in a Speedo, and it wasn't pretty! I really love the Rolling Stones. There is a kind of loose sound to the drums that Lis's drummer friend says actually comes from being a split second off the beat, but I absolutely love it!

    Speaking of Mick J. and clothing (or lack thereof), it seemed funny to see all the band members dressed in matching suits. That'll never happen again!

    I wasn't aware the Hollies were from the UK, but Bob and I always liked their music. Somehow we missed "Sorry Suzanne" but we sure enjoyed it today when we heard it.

    My favorites this time were Peter and Gordon"s wonderful harmony in "I go to Pieces" (which Bob remembered but I had never heard before.), Petula Clark's "Color My World" (loved the sitar!) and "Sorry Suzanne", another new-for-me song.

    All in all, this was a great post and lots of fun. We could really relate and learned some new songs. Thanks, Tom!

    p.s. Hm-m-m... I just have to ask: You weren't by any chance driving with a bunch of friends down Hamilton Blvd. in Allentown on a warm spring day in 1968, were you? LOL

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    1. Hello and welcome to SDM&M, dear Kathleen! (LOL) Forgive me for stating the obvious, but you could have just written "Nice post!" and been done with it! :) Seriously, it is very kind and generous of you to devote so much time to posting this extraordinary comment and I appreciate it.

      I find it interesting that there came a pivotal point in your life when you decided to branch out from longhair music to long hair music. :)

      You wrote:

      << I thought "Any Way You Want It" was going to be another song entirely, so I don't know where I heard that one. >>

      You must be thinking of the latest release from Miley Cyrus... but let's not go there! :)

      I must say it's hard for me to picture you as the type of girl who would ride along in her car blaring rock 'n' roll music. You must have been a regular Mustang Sally in your day, or perhaps Corvair Kathy would be more accurate. Yessum, your hunch is correct about the car that pulled alongside you in Allentown on that warm spring day in 1968 - the one filled with young men who enthusiastically signaled their approval of your music and your liberated attitude. It was I, the Shady guy, and my fellow frat brothers from Delta house, a.w.o.l. from Faber College on one of our patented road trips. Our rowdy behavior was a direct result of just having consumed a double Rock & Rye and seven Carlings at a club where Otis Day and the Knights were headlining. (Yep, start Googling.)

      Thank you very much for your visit and comments, dear Kathleen. It makes me very happy to know that you and Bob could relate in some way to this post and that you both enjoyed the tuneage. I heard it thru the grapevine that you'll be bringing us another chapter of IDM this week so I'll see you then!

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  16. Wow...what a great post! Once again, I'm late to the dance, but I try to make sure I have an abundance of time when I read your posts, Tom. They are full of not only fun commentary but lovely music to my ears. (Most of the time I know some of the tunes...today you brought very familiar ones)! I hate to admit this, but I think I knew most of these were British groups/artists, but I did in my mind 'Americanize' them. Thanks for reminding me of whence they came so we can give Diane's land of birth complete bragging rights!
    Have a great afternoon...and hugs~

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    1. Hi there, dear Sush, and thank you for coming to my British Invasion Celebration! You're not too late, my friend. The party's just getting started, but hey - I was thinking later on we could blow this pop stand. I know a little road-house down the coast. They have a Cuban band that's the berries. Let's go there, blindfold the orchestra and tango till dawn. ZOWIE!!!

      I am so pleased to see you, dear Sush. Thank you for waiting until you have a window of time to read and listen to my posts. That kind of commitment means a lot to me. If you read Shelly's comment and my reply to it you'll see that we are both struck by the fact that most of these bands seemed to shed their English accents when they sang. It's easy to understand why we Americanize them in our memories.

      My evening is guaranteed to be happy thanks to your kindness, dear friend Sush. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  17. LOL, Tom, sounds like a lotta fun! I read a comment on dear Diane's blog where you mentioned your next post. I'll be watching for it! Have a great day and I'll be watching for the new post!
    Hugs

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    1. That is very sweet of you, my night owl friend. Your support means a great deal to me, to Kathleen and to Margaret! Have a wonderful day, dear Sush!

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