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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!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#140 to #136)


 It's time once again to put your 

 musical knowledge to the test 

 as we continue our countdown of 

 The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell! 


 You know the drill. 

I'll give you a line or two of lyrics taken from five
of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 60s.
Your mission, Jim, if you decide to accept it, is to

 Name That Tune. 

Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric
samples for the next five Dell songs:

Don’t be ashamed to let your
conscience be your guide

Born-a high forever to fly.
Wind-a velocity nil.

When I look in her eyes
She goes with me 
to a blossom world

I'm just a little boy,
live behind a grocery store
I've been watchin' you 
 come and go, now

You've been awful careful
'bout the friends you choose



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Okay, let's find out how well you did.
Here are the Dell songs in today's countdown:


140. "Tell It Like It Is" - Aaron Neville (December '66)






139. "Mellow Yellow" - Donovan (November '66)






138. "Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys (November '66)







137. "May I Baby" - Sam & Dave (September '67)






136. "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" - Monkees (December '66)









How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your musical I.Q.








 All 5 right – 

 Congratulations! You’ve been appointed 

 dean of the College of Musical Knowledge. 



 3 or 4 right – 

 Licensed lyric lover. 



 2 right - 

 Lyrically challenged. 



 1 right – 

 Sign up for remedial classes 

 at the School of Rock. 



 0 right – 

 You just dance and hum along! 


Have a Shady day!

46 comments:

  1. I didn't know any of the lyrics, but I was an infant in the mid-sixties. :-)

    I did reconize a few songs..."I'm just mad about saffron..."

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    1. Hello, dear Susie, my mellow yellow friend! I'm just mad about you and grateful that you came over to play Name That Tune with me.

      Have a happy Sunday, dear friend!

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  2. Shady, your posts are like a breath of fresh air...always! I have very fond memories of watching gameshows back in the 70's, there were so many back then. Match Game was one of my favourites, and if I am not mistaken, I think this is how Kirstie Alley became famous. She appeared on the show as a contestant, and from then on we all know her. I saw the episode and was surprised as to how serious she was, given the fact that she makes so many people laugh now. :)

    I love the Monkees and the Beach Boys, and even though you didn't share this in your post today, but perhaps because you did share Aaron Neville, I am fondly reminded of the Fifth Dimension group and the couple who left that group and performed together and still are today, Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo. They are a lovely couple who have been married over 44 years now, I think, and my favourite song by them is "You Don't Have to be a Star."

    Thanks so much for bringing back such fond memories for me and for many others, dear Shady.

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    1. Hi, Linda! Thank you very much for coming! You have a very good memory being able to recall Kirstie Alley on The Match Game. I watched the game show regularly during its initial run in the 60s and less regularly in the 70s. I did not recall that Kirstie Alley had been a contestant and big winner on the show in 1979. My source said the brainy beauty also appeared on Password Plus in 1980. That reminds me that Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White made her first appearance on a TV game show in 1980 as a contestant on The Price Is Right.

      You are always on topic here whenever you want to tell me about memories triggered by my posts. I enjoyed the Fifth Dimension and remember that big hit by Billy and Marilyn which was topping the charts at this time of the year, early January, in 1977. I also remember Marilyn serving as host of Solid Gold for a time.

      Thank you again for your visit and terrific comment, dear friend Linda, and enjoy the week ahead!

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  3. Never ever heard May I Baby. Must not have played here in the midwest. I knew the other four songs but wouldn't have guessed them unless you put the very first few lyrics down for me. I was a dancer and hummer mostly, I guess--LOL! This was really fun, though!! :)

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    1. Hi, dear Rita! How many tunes did Karma guess correctly? :)

      "May I Baby" was the B side of "Soul Man," the big hit by Sam and Dave. At the Dell, we always gave flip sides a spin to determine if they were conducive to dancing. We found quite a few gems that way and many of those forgotten flips became important Dell hits and are included in this countdown.

      I'm glad you had some fun listening to these five records, dear friend Rita, and I thank you for playing Name That Tune. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Hello, my friend. Your message, written in Indonesian, reads, "I also love music." I believe that music is a universal language. It brings people all over the world closer together and promotes harmony. Thank you very much for your visit and comment!

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  5. Hey Shady Del....I got 5 right!!!!!!! Fair dinkum!!!! Only kidding.

    Loved it....Mellow Yellow did it for me!

    Can we have another one please!!! That one was too hard.

    Ciao

    Robyn

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    1. Hello, dear Robyn! Thank you very much for coming by and trying your luck at your first Shady Dell Song Countdown. I caution you that these quizzes will only get more difficult from this point on, because I ranked esoteric Dell songs higher than the huge, well known hits. As the countdown progresses you will encounter more rare recordings made by East Coast regional and local Central PA artists along with obscure B sides released by better known acts. You might not get very many correct but I hope to introduce you to some incredible sounds in this series.

      Thank you very much for visiting, dear Robyn. I see you left me another comment...

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  6. OK Shady Del....I'll fess up. I really didn't know any of them 'cos I was only an infant too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Another one please...please...please....please me oh Yeah!!!

    Ciao

    R

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    1. Hello again, dear friend. Are you suggesting that I am "Robyn the cradle" having you as a friend? :) I promise you that the countdown will continue soon and will run another couple of years before it reaches the #1 Dell song of the mid 60s. Please stay tuned!

      Thank you again for spreading cheer here on SDMM, dear friend Robyn. Good night to you down there in Brisbane!

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  7. Shady, I'm not your steppin' stone, but I am mellow yellow. Zero. I got zero. I know all the songs when you provide the answers, but I can't name that tune when you give me a line. WDW has given me movie lines a couple of times. I've known every movie. Why do the movie lines stay with me, but not the lyrics?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I feel silly, but what's new? I'm just mad about 14? I always thought the lyric was I'm just mad about Fontaine and Fontaine was a woman's name. Now I'm confused about Saffron. I'm just mad about Saffron. She's just mad about me. Why Saffron? Why 14? I demand an explanation, Donovan.

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    2. Hello, Janie Junebug!

      You wrote:

      << WDW has given me movie lines a couple of times. I've known every movie. Why do the movie lines stay with me, but not the lyrics?>>

      Frankly my dear, (can we be Frank with each other?) I don't give a damn! :)

      Dear Janie, I can understand how you'd be mellow yellow (and green around the gills) if you are still awake at this hour of the morning. Didn't you go to bed yet? You need your beauty rest, dahlink.

      As for the song lyrics, "I'm just mad about fourteen," I dunno. I always thought it was "Fontaine," too. Maybe Donovan wrote the song from his jail cell. (BA-DUM-BUMP) I have learned not to trust most of those song lyric websites because they are often wrong. I do trust the article stating that "electrical banana" refers to those electronic gadgets that women use to relax muscles in their face, neck and shoulders - wink-wink.

      Go to bed now, dearie. Get some sleep. Later today, when I count to three, you will awaken, relaxed and refreshed, and you will remember nothing.

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    3. Electrical banana kept me awake for hours. Is it electrical banana or elect trickle banana? A campaign slogan of some sort? I'm so confused. It's probably the lack of sleep.

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    4. Senator, I served with Trickle "Trick" Banana, I knew "Trick" Banana, "Trick" Banana was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no "Trick" Banana.

      (I think it's lack of sleep, yours and mine.)

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  8. Shady:

    I knew all five! You created this list just for me, obviously.

    Aaron Neville has always been a favorite, even when I was irritated by the mole on his face (he has the money to get rid of that) and wanted to color in the cross on his cheek. It always reminded me of a coloring book. Don't judge...women think like this.

    Sam and Dave have to be on any list. Period.

    But you went the extra mile and put the Monkees on this list, too! Love it. For homework, you have to find "Shades of Gray" and listen to it ten times to cement it in your brain as the underrated Monkee song that should have been top ten.

    Have a great Monday and I can;t wait for the next list!

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    1. Hello, Cherdo! Thank you for reporting in, dear friend! You got all 5 correct? That's amazing! I hereby appoint you dean of the College of Musical Knowledge. Please take Janie Junebug under your wing and teach her a thing or two so that she can get that dunce cap off her head.

      I am always willing to plead ignorance if and when it becomes necessary. Today it has become necessary because I never heard "Shades of Gray," the Barry Mann - Cynthia Weil composition performed by the Monkees. You see, I was a boy, (still am), and therefore only a casual Monkees fan. I never owned their Headquarters album. I just went to YouTube, listened to "Shades of Gray" and do love that song. It reminds me of the Beatles' "Yesterday" and other wistful songs lamenting how much times have changed since the days of our youth. As Eric Burdon put it:

      My faith was so much stronger then
      I believed in fellow men
      And I was so much older then
      When I was young

      Thank you very much for dropping by and for this wonderful comment, dear friend Cherdo. I wish you a very happy week ahead!

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    2. I don't believe that Cherdo got a five. She's making it up because she wants to make me look stupid. I can look stupid without your assistance, Ms. Cherdo.

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    3. Wanna get even? Enroll in Shady's School of Rock. A few all-night cram sessions and you'll be prepared to ace the next test and become a licensed lyric lover, maybe even take over as college dean some day.

      If you can believe it you can achieve it, Janie Junebug! Don't wait. Classes start soon so sign-up now!

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    4. Janie Junebug, if you are unpopular or a nerd, the record player and radio will always be your friend. My score is a reflection of the amount of time spent listening to my electronic pals.

      Of course, most of the time, I'm lucky to know one of the songs on the list. I'm marking this day on the calendar.

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  9. yes! i did better this time around. i scored a 2. not bad, no? of course it was the Beach Boys and the Monkees.
    i had to think about Good Vibrations for a moment because the words are just a little bit different and not as on beat as other songs. but i knew that 'you've been awful careful bout the friends you choose' part right away and began to sing that phrase and the rest of the song out loud! i kind of wore that song out the summer of 2013, but it's nice to find a song you've kind of forgotten about. i was afraid that you'd have the Paul Revere and the Raiders version up but i was pleasantly pleased to see my Mike, Peter, Davy and Mickey there. not that i mind the other version, but i worked my way through most of the Monkees tv series via YouTube last winter, and always like to tease my dad about how their version is better. (he doesn't care for the Monkees like my little sister and i do). but all in all, i think these are some of my favorite posts... especially when i know some songs plus find more.
    happy new year! :)

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    1. Hi again, dear A & D! Thank you for taking time to read and listen to both of my new posts. What an exceptional friend you are!

      I figured you'd know the Beach Boys and Monkees hits featured in this section of the countdown. As I told another reader, the countdown will get increasingly difficult as it breaks into the top 100 Dell songs and progresses on toward #1. That's because I purposely ranked higher the obscure recordings that were known primarily by the Dell crowd, records that did not perform well on the national chart and in some cases didn't make the chart at all. Those are the special, rare Dell songs that I would like you and the other readers to hear and I'll be introducing them over the next couple of years in this series.

      I always get a little sad when I watch these colorful, fun filled Monkees videos, realizing that little Davy is no longer with us. I imagine that you and Daisy are also mourning the death on new year's day of pretty Donna Douglas who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. One by one the iconic characters that were part of my youth are passing away. I am very happy to know that they have achieved immortality and have gained a new young audience of fans through reruns of their TV programs and clips on YouTube.

      Thank you again for being such a wonderful friend, dear Abigail. Please give Daisy a new year's hug from Shady and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  10. Hey Shady Del,

    I love you choice here :) - Monkees, Mellow Yellow and Beach Boys - Good Vibrations. I must confess, I'll be dancing and humming along as I don't always listen to lyrics, except for the chorus - keep boppin' - cheers Allie-Millie

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    1. Hello, dear Allie-Millie! Thank you for coming to the latest Countdown party and playing Name That Tune. Truth be told, I paid little attention to song lyrics when I was a teenager dancing to these records at the Dell. The only time the guys tuned in to the lyrics was when we suspected they were dirty! Then we felt it necessary to memorize them! :)

      You just dance and hum along then, and have a wonderful new day there in Australia. Thank you very much for being here, dear Allie-Millie. I'll chat with you again soon!

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  11. When I think of the Monkees I think of Tim he loved the group I also preferred them to the Beetles just saying when I was younger I was always listening to music

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    1. Hello, dear Jo-Anne, and welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I have seen you on other blogs and I am delighted that you decided to come over here for a visit. It is very exciting for me to be making so many new friends in Australia these last couple of years.

      Monkeemania was almost as much of a phenomenon as Beatlemania. I think the Monkees attracted so many fans because they put the fun and innocence back into music at a time when the Beatles and other rock bands were turning to more serious themes. Of course, the Monkees soon followed suit and recorded more serious material themselves.

      I am thrilled to have you here, dear Jo-Anne, and I hope you will consider becoming a regular follower. If you enjoy music I want you to know that I present it in a wide variety of styles spanning more than 60 years. Thank you very much for your comment and happy new year to you and your family, Jo-Anne!

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  12. I was quite pleased that I managed to get 3! I was doubting myself terribly over Good Vibrations for some reason, but I should of trusted my gut! I've not watched the Monkees in a good while, I think I'll have to go put my DVDs on, I just love them and Steppin' Stone is going round my head now!

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    1. Hi, dear Faye! Happy new year to you and welcome to my second post of 2015. If you missed the first post of the year I hope you will click back and have a look because it features Mayor Adam West. :)

      3 correct answers is an excellent score, Faye. It's harder than it would seem to guess a song from a few words. I tried especially hard to find lyrics that wouldn't give the answer away too easily. I'm glad you enjoyed this set of songs and don't mind having one or two of them stuck in your head for a while. You can't very well have the blues with songs like these going round in your noggin', can you?

      Thank you very much for your visit and kind comments, dear friend Faye. Good night to you and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  13. Ok so I only had 1 right..I'm blaming it on the meds!! However, I knew 3 of the artists...any extra credit for the new year? Have a great week!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you for coming by to play Name That Tune. If you only got 1 right, then you can avoid flunking out by signing up for remedial classes, On second thought, I have decided to take into account that you are sedated and therefore I will give you a passing grade. I hope you enjoyed the recordings featured in this portion of the Top 200 Dell Songs Countdown. I also hope your knees are healing quickly and properly and that you are in good spirits. I think about you very often, dear YaYa, and wish you all the best in 2015. Thank you again for coming and have a great week!

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  14. OK Shady Del Knight....I'm ready to be awakened to obscure great music! Bring it on. You know the hubster and I got our little portable record player out last night and put on "The Four Tops", "Diana Ross" and "The Temptations" while we prepared and had dinner. It was great. Sooooo much more uplifting than watching "The News" on TV!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You've started something great here Shady Del.

    Looking forward to your next instalment!

    Ciao

    Robyn

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    1. Hello again, dear Robyn! Your new day is underway as mine is drawing to a close. I am delighted to see you again, my special friend. When I read your reply to my comment on your blog I was elated to learn that you frequented a teen club similar to the Shady Dell and that you like soul and R&B music. If that's so then you've come to the right place because Motown, Northern Soul, blue-eyed soul, Stax, Southern R&B, The Sound of Philadelphia and the Chi-town sound are the music categories upon which SDM&M was founded. Dell rats of the 60s loved soul and R&B and prided themselves on discovering little known A sides and forgotten flips and turning them into Dell jukebox classics. I will be introducing these gems to you as time goes by.

      Thank you so very much for being such a great communicator, dear Robyn. I can't tell you how excited I am to have you as a new friend. Have a great day there in Queensland!

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  15. Name that tune. OMG, I think I remember this. And I remember how frustrated I was because I can't remember a single time I've named one. Haha. I am so not good at this. Another beautiful walk down memory lane here. :)

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    1. Hi, SuperLux! Thank you for coming over to test your musical knowledge playing Name That Tune. It's a hard game to win because many of the songs I present in this series were popular only along the East Coast and remained unknown in other areas of the country and the world. Nevertheless, the fun of blogging is discovering something new and I hope you have found a new favorite or two in this group of recordings along with some that you remember and like.

      Thank you again for walking down memory lane with me, dear friend SuperLux, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Oh I look forward to more walks here. It's actually fun. Like riding a time machine and seeing the past again. Good job!

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    3. Exactly, SuperLux! Think of SDMM as a time machine. Week by week it will transport you back to a different place and time. You will listen to and learn about recordings that mattered most to me and my gang at the Shady Dell along with hundreds more great ones that I missed the first time around and discovered only recently. I'm glad to have you aboard for the ride, dear friend!

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  16. Hi Shady,
    I could NOT name one of those tunes (again)! Funny thing, I knew them all except, "May I Baby". Another funny thing, turns out, that song was my favorite on this post!
    I bet you are happy being in FL then your hometown this week in these freezing temps!!!
    Have a great week!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thanks for coming! The northwest wind is blowing hard today and cold air is sweeping across the Florida peninsula. The temperature is in the 40s but feels like it's in the 30s or 20s. I know you guys have it much worse up there in Penna.

      "May I Baby" is the hardest song to guess in this batch because it's a B side, the fab flip of "Soul Man," the monster hit by Sam and Dave. Dell rats certainly knew it, loved it and shuffled across the floor in line formation when it played. I'm tickled silly knowing that the soulful side was your favorite in this countdown set.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Toni. Bundle up, keep warm and hustle on back here tomorrow for a very special birthday celebration!

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  17. you know the one i should have got, i didnt! Mellow Yellow, by Donovan! I love him but i guess im just not dedicated to learning the lyrics, especially mellow yellow which is a bit of a ditty song compared to something like Sunny Goodge street. that or im still in holiday mode and i cant concentrate properly!

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    1. Hi, dear Catherine! Thank you for staying up late to comment down there in summery Australia. I didn't know the lyrics to most popular songs back in the 60s. Most kids didn't, I would think, because our radios and record players were cheap and the sound reproduction was poor compared to the digital clarity your generation expects today. The music we listened to had a certain amount of distortion and muddiness built in and the words were often muffled and we didn't have the internet to look up song lyrics.

      I do hope you enjoyed your visit, my dear friend Cat. Thank you again for coming and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  18. Shady, I just had to come back and read your post once again, and it astonishes me how little I know or remember lyrics of some songs. Yet other songs stick in my head and stay there over the years. I guess it comes down to how many times I heard or liked a song. Hope you are having a great week and that your weekend will be fantastic, my friend. :)

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    1. Thanks a million. dear Linda! As you can tell by listening to this post and by reading the lyrics, popular music was at a crossroads in the mid 60s. "Silly love songs" were still being recorded, but Donovan and other artists were introducing psychedelia with its complex, mind boggling song lyrics. At the same time, established American bands like the Beach Boys were starting to experiment with advanced studio techniques influenced by the Beatles. The Monkees soon followed this trend. On the radio and in the Shady Dell jukebox, innocent pop love songs were being replaced by edgy, harder and heavier forms of rock music. The times, they were a changin'.

      Thank you very much for the follow-up visit, dear Linda, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  19. For some reason sometimes when I visit your background goes all white on me and I can't read the comments. Not sure what is wrong.

    I knew all these songs and like them all. I'd say my favorites were Donovan, Aaron Neville and the Monkees. Arron's voice was so beautiful. I'll have to look him up on youtube. God bless you and your family, Tom.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! I'm glad I looked back here on the previous post. I wouldn't have wanted to miss your comment. It is a mystery why the background turns "a whiter shade of pale" when you visit my blog. It makes me all the more thankful that you persist and do your best to read the comments and replies. That's true friendship!

      I'm glad you liked this set of 5 songs from the top Dell songs countdown. You might remember Aaron Neville singing duets with Linda Ronstadt. You can find their performances on YouTube.

      Thank you very much for your loyal friendship, dear Belle. It means an awful lot to me. God bless you and your loved ones in 2015!

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