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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!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Austin Powers Presents: Valentine's Day is All About Love, Baby - Yeah!


 Allow myself to introduce...(long pause)...myself. 


 I'm Austin Powers...super secret spy, 

 international man of mystery, bon vivant, 

 swinging playboy and irresistible babe magnet. 

 London is my home, shag is my bag, 

 planet earth is my playground and 

 danger is my middle name, baby. 

Your regular host, Shady Del Knight is indisposed.
Seems his mum caught him using one of those Swedish-
made pump thingies and he needed to stay home and
do some damage control. Shady asked me to serve
as guest host for his Valentine's Day salute to love.
I intend to introduce you to the very best in vinyl.
After the Tupperware party I'll spin some records.


 That's a joke, baby, oh go on now, 

 I saw you smiling just then, mate - YEAH! 



 PETULA CLARK 

The international hit "Downtown" breathed new life
into the career of Petula Clark, a woman in her 30s
who had been singing easy listening pop standards
since the World War II years.


"Downtown" and the long string of hits that followed gave
Pet a youthful sound and image and she became the most
popular British female artist in America. She had English
songwriter, producer and arranger Tony Hatch and his
composing partner Jackie Trent to thank for giving her
high quality songs to record. "You'd Better Come
Home" was Petula Clark's third U.S. hit.

 "You'd Better Come Home" - Petula Clark 
 (August 1965, highest chart position #22) 





 SHEILA FERGUSON 

One of Philly's Phinest, soulful songbird Sheila Ferguson
is best known as lead singer of the Three Degrees during
their most successful period in the 70s when the girl trio
produced a string of hits under Kenny Gamble and Leon
Huff at Philadelphia International. In the mid 60s before
joining The Three Degrees, Sheila released solo singles
including "Don't (Leave Me Lover)," a song she wrote
herself and one of the greatest uncharted records ever!

 "Don't (Leave Me Lover)" - Sheila Ferguson 
 (June 1965, uncharted) 





 THE ORCHIDS 

Don't get these Orchids confused with the U.S. girl group
that released the Ellie Greenwich-Jeff Barry penned
"That Boy Is Messing Up My Mind" in 1963.


The British Orchids, aka The Blue Orchids, were three
14 year old girls from Coventry who started making
records that same year.  The Orchids got the gang
boppin' on Ready Steady Go with their debut
single "Gonna Make Him Mine."

 "Gonna Make Him Mine" - The Orchids 
 (released in UK September/October 1963, 
 footage from Ready Steady Go!





 ANTOINETTE 


UK bird Marie Antoinette Daly recorded 6 singles
starting when she was only 13. Three of her 
records were covers of American girl group
hits and three were original compositions.
Using her middle name on record releases,
Antoinette adopted a bratty vocal style
influenced by American girl groups like
the Shangri-Las.  In 1964 Antoinette
and her backing band The Fingers
recorded a song written by English
girl pop producer Charles Blackwell.
"There He Goes (The Boy I Love)"
is considered her career best.

 "There He Goes (The Boy I Love)" - Antoinette 
 (1964, uncharted) 





 TAMMY ST. JOHN 

Tammy St. John was yet another precocious singer, only 15 when she recorded the dramatic, lushly orch-
estrated ballad "Dark Shadows and Empty Hallways," a cover of a 1965 single released by the U.S. duo Diane and Annita. Tammy St. John's version became the better known and is regarded today as
one of the greatest Brit girl recordings of the 60s.

 "Dark Shadows and Empty Hallways" 
 Tammy St. John  (1965, uncharted) 





 I hope these super sounds put you in 

  a shagadelic mood, baby. Oh behave! 

 This is Austin Powers... 

 international man of mystery 

 (and music history)... 

 saying ciao for now. 


 Let's do it again real soon, baby... 

 You know you want to... YEAH! 

92 comments:

  1. I was a very little girl when Downtown was on the radio, but I remember it distinctly and I remember dancing with my younger sister to it. Thank you, Austin, for a lovely walk into the memories today, and do tell our friend Shady to hurry back!

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    1. Hi, Shelly! Thank you very much for attending the first annual Austin Powers V-day dance party. I must confess that the Pet Clark record "You'd Better Come Home" is one that I don't remember from the days of my youth. It nearly reached the top 20 but must not have grabbed my attention back then, probably because I was getting tuned in to the rock sound at the time. I doubt the record was ever played at the Shady Dell.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Shelly, and have a terrific Tuesday!

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    2. I love Downtown. Shelly was a very little girl, but I wasn't even born yet. I heard Pet from a cloud.

      Love,
      Janie

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    3. Hello again, Janie Junebug! You're prolific as you are terrific, dear lady. Just look at all these comments of yours! My favorite by Pet is "I Know a Place" because she (and Tony Hatch) seemed to be describing the Shady Dell.

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  2. This is another funny bit! Now I know why you watched the Austin Powers trilogy recently. The only one of these singers I remember is Pet Clark, but I don't remember this particular song of hers. I enjoyed listening to all of these British girls.

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    1. Hi, Kathryn, and welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed my guest post submitted by the one and only Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (and music history). As I told Shelly (above), I somehow overlooked this Pet Clark number the first time around and was happy to discover it in the new millennium. It amazes me how many great songs were composed by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, not only for Pet Clark, but for other English recording artists of the day.

      Thank you very much for dropping by, dear Kathryn, and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

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    2. So you complained about all the comments I left?

      Love,
      Janie

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    3. On Cherdo's blog? Nay, nay, nay, I was merely letting Cherdo know why I visited her blog later than usual. My policy is to serve customers on my own blog first before navigating to other blogs.

      Thank you, dear Janie!

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  3. I used to work for a computer games company with a bunch of boys. When the first Austin Powers movie came out, it was torture the next day in the office. All of them attempted to imitate you, Mr. Powers. There is only one Austin Powers!

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    1. Hi, Susie! Listening to all those Austin Powers imitators might have been torture... but I suspect it was SWEET torture. Oh behave, baby!!! :)

      Thank you for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Susie!

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    2. I worked at a newspaper when Austin came out. One of our graphics guys left. We got him a life-sized cardboard Austin. His name was Duff: Sean Duffy. Had about the filthiest mouth of anyone I've ever know. I called him Biggie Me.

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    3. I once owned a life-sized cardboard Freddy Krueger and a life-sized Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. I got them from the promotions department of my TV station and proudly displayed them in my bachelor pad. I knew a lot of people in the news media who had potty mouths. Cursing and sharing gallows humor are coping mechanisms that help them deal with the daily horrors in the news.

      Thank you for your comment, dear Janie Junebug!

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    4. Oh, there are plenty more where that came from. You complain about all my comments? This is what happens.

      Love,
      Janie

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    5. I appreciate the attention and welcome your comments, dear Janie Junebug!

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  4. "Yeah! Baby!" You so funny!
    I LOVED "Downtown" by Petula!" "You better come home" was a pretty song, although not familiar to me and that goes the same for, "Don't leave me lover". One of my fav songs of the 70's was Degrees, "Precious Moments"!
    That Vid of the Orchards was fun to watch, since I love line dancing (prefer to Wobble or Cupid Shuffle, LOL!) . It almost looked like the Macarena!
    Antoinette (name sake) and Tammy St. John were new to me but, I really enjoyed these Brit girls!
    Great Post, Austin (a.k.a. , Shady) "I dig it"!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thank you very much for coming to the potty... er... the party... my first annual Austin Powers V-day bash!

      I think the title of that 70s song was "When Will I See You Again," correct? I figured you'd enjoy seeing those kids doing their line dance on Ready Steady Go!, the UK version of Bandstand. I'm delighted to know you enjoyed all these offerings from English female singers of the 60s. I've discovered dozens in recent months and I am eager to present the best of them to you as time goes by.

      Thanks again for dropping in, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the rest of your week! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    2. Did you know that Brenda and Dylan broke up on 90210?

      Love,
      Janie

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    3. What? No, I hadn't heard. Can you tell me who killed Laura Palmer and who shot J.R.?

      Thank you in advance, dear Janie!

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  5. Dear Shady,

    I have fond memories of Petula Clark's "Downtown"! You always have such great posts and good memories to share and again I will be studying this post, some things here I don't recall. Thanks so much for bringing back some wonderful memories. Love your blog! :)

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    1. Thank you so very much, dear Linda! The first few years I had this blog, many of the records I posted were familiar hits like "Downtown." Determined to keep the blog going and not have to resort to "reruns," I started searching for quality recordings that few people know about, myself included. I have found a wealth of great material, much of it uncharted and some of it previously unreleased. Obscure recordings by little known artists have become the life blood of SDMM in recent years and I enjoy sharing them with friends like you.

      Thank you again for coming over, dear friend Linda, and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

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    2. Dear Shady,

      I am very glad you are posting lesser, or unknown songs and things, as it gives us all a chance to become more familiar with the music of the era. By the way, and I hope you don't mind my asking you this, but you seem to be the most knowledgeable person I know for older music. This song, (which I am including the link to), is one of my favourites. Do you know who the person on the left is, and why he is shown less in the song than the other two? Thanks so much. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-yprOLmRkc

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    3. Hi, again, Linda! Thank you so much, dear friend. My knowledge of old music is only as good as my memory and my ability to use the internet for research. That Brotherhood of Man song is a great one, isn't it? The guy on the left singing male lead vocal is Tony Burrows. My favorite song by Tony is "Beach Baby," a single released in 1974 as by The First Class. Tony also sang lead for Edison Lighthouse, White Plains and other studio groups. He is credited as having sung lead on more hit singles for more groups than any other artist. I have a special post devoted to Tony coming up on SDMM so please stay tuned!

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    4. Oh, The Edison Lighthouse? I liked their songs. Thanks so much, dear Shady. :)

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    5. Oh, The Edison Lighthouse? I liked their songs. Thanks so much, dear Shady. :)

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    6. Yessum, as you might recall their one and only hit was "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)." There were many "studio groups" like Edison Lighthouse, one-hit-wonders that were nothing more than session singers and musicians backing busy lead vocalists like Tony Burrows.

      Thank you very much for continuing our discussion, dear friend Linda!

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    7. Hi Shady, of course...they only had one hit. That is actually the song that came to mind when I thought of that group. :)

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    8. Hi Shady, of course...they only had one hit. That is actually the song that came to mind when I thought of that group. :)

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    9. Hi again, dear Linda! You might recall "Love Grows" being used at the end of the hit comedy movie Shallow Hal. Remember?

      Thanks again, dear friend!

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    10. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.

      Love,
      Janie

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    11. Final Jeopardy question:
      What is "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"?

      The answer is: This signature song was a #1 chart topper for Neil Sedaka, a talented singer, songwriter and pianist who, in spite of his enormous contributions to popular music, has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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  6. haha, you're the greatest, Austin Powers! Gotta love a man of mystery AND history. wow.
    Thank you for a great round of Valentines Day tunes. The Gonna Make Him Mine jiving little dance video was such fun to watch! Totally made my day.
    Have a wonderful Valentines Day!
    Love, Abigail and Daisy

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    1. Hello, dear Abigail and Daisy! Thank you for joining me for the first annual Austin Powers V-day salute to luv (correct spelling). I'm happy to know that these rare Brit girl tunes had you tapping your toes and had Daisy tapping her paws. Imagine if that grainy, washed out black and white video of the line dancers on Ready Steady Go! was bright, sharp and in color. It would really be something to have a better look at how the gang performed those steps.

      I'm delighted to know that I made your day, dear friend Abigail. Your kind visit and comment made mine. Happy Tuesday (and V-day) to you and to sweetie pie Daisy!

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    2. Shady, there's just no livin' without you.

      Love,
      Janie

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    3. Ever notice how my blog gets more comments than your blog? :)

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    4. ha! i'm sorry but that was a good comeback, Shady! (pardon my interference, i'll go sit in the corner with my banjo now k bye)

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    5. :) I just noticed this one from you, dear Abigail. Thank you for reading my replies. You are an excellent blogger!

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  7. Baby, this whole post is Shagadelic!

    The only song I really knew (and I mean REALLY KNEW) was "Downtown." As I listened to the others, I realized that there's a whole lotta music that I missed along the way. Partly because of timing, of course. I was born in '59 (that's 1959, not 1859...to be clear).

    But in our house, the radio was always on and the main man, my Dad, chose the songs. The only time we played our favorite channels was when he was gone - fortunately, he was gone a lot or I'd never hear anything.

    My Dad loved several songs and wanted me to sing them over and over. One of them was "Downtown." I should earn brownie points at the Dell for singing this song a billion times.

    Another one he loved was "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" by Dean Martin. If I had a nickel for every time I sang that for him...

    I see your Very Inspiring Blogger badge at the top of the page. You deserve it.

    Have a great day!

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    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! Thank you very much for coming by. Yessum, during the month of February I am proudly displaying the blog award given to me by one of my very best friends. I deeply appreciate it and her!

      Gosh golly gee, "Downtown" seems to be everybody's favorite, even though it does not appear in this post! :) Maybe you're all playing the song in your heads and thinking that you heard it here.

      If parental influence had anything to do with it, my taste in music would be limited to Dean Martin, Perry Como, Dinah Shore, Patti Page, Pat Boone, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Floyd Cramer and other easy listening pop and country artists. Thank goodness I had a mind of my own and turned on and tuned in to rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues. Even so, I missed thousands of great recordings in my youth. My mission here on SDMM is to introduce friends like you to the greatest recordings you never heard.

      Thank you again for the award and for your visit and comment today, dear friend Cherdo. Have a good night and I'll see you tomorrow!

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    2. You mentioned her "Downtown" fame at the beginning - now that is a song I know! I actually didn't hear any additional imaginary music. (LOL). Now I feel jipped.

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    3. How about Pet's big hit follow-up "I Know a Place"? I liked that one more than "Downtown." Do you remember it? Petula Clark became more popular in the U.S. than in the UK, a fact that puzzles me.

      Thank you for popping in again, dear friend Cherdo. If you see Janie Junebug, please ask her why she is boycotting my blog. :)

      Good night and God bless!

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    4. I love Pet. My goodness, she was pretty. Probably still is. I doubt if she's aged.

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    5. Petula was a veteran singer, well beyond her teens, when she began her string of international hits. She had to compete against teenage English vocalists who were flooding the market with Brit Beat records. As history shows us, Pet surpassed them all, especially stateside.

      Thank you again for your comments, dear Janie!

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    6. The popularity of Downtown at our house was ushered in by my Dad, the great King of the Radio Nob.

      I was a huge fan of Lulu, and I noticed her impact here was nothing compared to the Brits.

      Even now, I listen to a lot of international radio and I frequently hear someone who makes me think "why isn't THAT person a huge hit over here??"

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    7. Hi, Cherdo! You're lucky you had a dad who was young enough to appreciate the "new" beat music for teenagers. My parents were half a generation older than my friends' parents. They grew up in the Roaring Twenties, were already adults during the Great Depression and loved the big bands of the 30s and 40s. They simply could not relate to rock 'n' roll. They said it all sounded the same to their ears. Imagine the diversity of sounds that encompassed the rock 'n' roll era and yet it was all lumped together as "jingle jangle" as my mother put it. It just goes to show how our personal filters govern how we experience our world.

      Thank you, dear friend Cherdo! I'll chat with you again soon!

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    8. I never understood why To Sir With Love just kind of trailed off and ended.

      Love,
      Lulu

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    9. Good point, Janie! Come to think of it, "TSWL" does have a rather peculiar ending, as if they simply ran out of lyrics.

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  8. Hey Shady,

    Yeh baby, love Austin Powers and Downtown. Thanx for another funny post and great to see you mixing it up. Cheers Allie-Millie

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    1. Hello, dear Allie-Millie! Thank you very much for having a look and a listen! I was hoping you'd be familiar with Austin Powers. After all, he is an international man of mystery (and music history). If you didn't know any of the featured recordings, I hope you enjoyed them.

      Thank you, again, dear friend Allie-Millie, and good night to you there in Australia!

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    2. When you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go--to Franktown.

      Love,
      Janie

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    3. Janie, your way with words would make "Weird Al" Yankovic envious!

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  9. I remembered You'd Better Come Home by Petula, but hadn't heard the rest of them. I can't believe how very young so many of them were!! OMG! But that sound so reminds me of my early teens. By the time I was fourteen times were changing and it was I Got You Babe time--LOL! ;)

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    1. Hi, dear Rita! This is another excellent comment from you! You are the first reader who remembers Pet's third U.S. hit. Even I did not remember hearing it back in the day.

      Yessum, it was not uncommon for sensational sounds like these to be recorded by 12, 13, and 14 year old girls and boys. You also make a good point by mentioning the Sonny & Cher hit. In the mid 60s the music landscape was changing. Sweet, innocent pop love songs had to compete for chart positions against increasingly harder and heavier music with a rock attitude. Listeners wanted to hear records made by bands more so than ones made by doo-wop vocal groups and solo singers. The times they were a changin'.

      Thank you very much, dear friend Rita. Please smooch Karma for me and I'll talk to you again soon!

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    2. Please don't snore so much tonight.

      Love,
      Janie

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    3. Are you going to wear that facial mask again tonight? (I dig it, baby - YEAH!)

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  10. Shady, you are my bon vivant and international man of mystery. Because of our close friendship, I feel I must sing, Don't sleep in the subway, darlin'. Don't stand in the pouring rain. Please change your underwear before I get sick and vomit.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I meant "get sick and vomit again."

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    2. Hello and good morning, dear Janie Junebug! Can we be Frank with each other? Oh go on, baby, I saw you crack a smile just then, admit it, pussycat - YEAH!

      The way things are going, sleeping in the subway is starting to seem like the better alternative. :) Any room for me in Franklin's doggie bed?

      Thank you very much for your visit and series of comments, dear friend Janie. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    3. Franklin doesn't sleep on a doggie bed. Two nice mats sit on the floor, unused. He sleeps on the rug on my side of the bed, or he sleeps in the master bath. He says it's okay with him if you use the mats.

      Love,
      Janie

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    4. The way things are going, I might need to take you up on that offer, dear friend!

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  11. Yeah baby!!!!!!!!!!! Sheila Ferguson.....now she's my kinda' gal!

    Groove on Austin!

    Ciao

    R

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    1. Hi, Robyn! I'm glad you mentioned Sheila Ferguson, the only American songstress in this post filled with Brit girls. I think "Don't (Leave Me Lover)," a song Sheila herself penned, is extraordinary and deserved to be a hit. I am proud to pay tribute to great, little known and long lost recordings like this one of hers. As mentioned in the text, Sheila found fame in the 70s as a member of The Three Degrees, one of the most successful acts on the roster of Philadelphia International Records.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Robyn, and have a happy Thursday in Australia!

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    2. Only 39 lashes with a wet noodle? Mother, may I have another? :)

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  12. This post made me feel my age, which is not old at 52 but still it made me feel my age and most of the time I feel more like a 20 something then a 50 something

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    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! Shucks, if you're only 52 then you are still a spring chicken and one of my youngest followers! Shady sez the secret to a long life is to think young. If you think like a 20-something you will feel like a 20-something. I take it a step further and think like a 5 year old! :)

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend Jo-Anne, and have a terrific Thursday in Aussie land!

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  13. Isn't Austin Powers one of the most hilarious films ever? And a timely post this is I must say. It's almost Valentine's Day.

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    1. The first Austin Powers used to be my favorite comedy. Now it's Get Him To The Greek.

      Love,
      Shady Nutella

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    2. Hello, and good morning, dear SuperLux! I'm glad my Austin Powers parody resonated with you. I have him scheduled to return as host of the blog for Valentine's Day 2016 and several more years thereafter so please stay tuned!

      Have a happy Thursday, dear friend SuperLux!

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    3. Oh really? Will definitely be tuning in.

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    4. Thank you, my kind friend! I look forward to keeping you entertained and helping you learn about some of the greatest music of the 20th century, charted and uncharted.

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    5. I''ll be over to your place a.s.a.p. :)

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    1. Hi, Lady Lilith! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories. I am delighted to see you. I'm glad you took a look at what I'm doing here and decided that it looks like fun. I think most of my followers would agree that it is. I hope you will consider joining the fun here on a regular basis.

      Thank you very much for your visit and kind comment, Lady Lilith!

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  15. I'm feeling the love! (Throw some chocolate and flowers and its a wrap baby!) Petula Clark's Downtown hit( even though it's not featured here) was a fab of mine back in the day. To this day I think of downtown Chicago! My favorite song here...The Orchids! I don't remember it but I sure enjoyed it today! Fun post to usher in V-Day...hope yours and Mrs. Shady' s is super groovy! P.S...Eddy is good and sends a Valentine's Day greeting!

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    1. Hi, YaYa! Thank you so much for visiting today, dear friend! It's interesting to know that the song "Downtown" makes you think of Chi-town. As I told one of the others, every time I hear Pet's follow-up single, "I Know a Place," I think of the Shady Dell because the song describes the teen hideaway so well with phrases like "a cellar full of noise" and "an atmosphere of it's own somehow."

      I'm very pleased that you singled out the recording by the British Orchids (a trio of 14 year old Brit girls) as your favorite of this batch.

      I am also relieved to know that old white snouted Eddy is doing well deep in the heart of winter. I hope he visits the Pines soon and gets his picture taken.

      Thank you again for making time for me, dear friend YaYa. Be careful on that ice and I will connect with you again soon!

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  16. Would you believe I've never actually seen an Austin Powers movie? I remember everyone at school driving me so mad with impersonations of the character that I felt like I didn't need to see it to know what happened haha. I really should give it a watch at some point though!
    Great selection, I do enjoy listening to a bit of Petula Clark now and then.
    I hope you and Mrs Shady have wonderful Valentines day!

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    1. Hi, dear Faye! Thank you very much for attending my first annual Austin Powers Valentine's day dance! I have at least half a dozen more A.P. episodes in the pipeline so you really won't need to watch the movie trilogy to get what he's all about. Just keep it tuned here to SDMM. :)

      It's interesting to note that this recording by Pet Clark, "You'd Better Come Home," only made it to #44 in the UK but reached #22 on the U.S. Hot 100 and #4 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles chart.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Faye. I wish you a very happy Valentine's day as well!

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    1. Hello again, dear Janie Junebug! Long time no see. I want to take this opportunity to tell you that Mrs. Shady and I finally finished the 6 episodes of Happy Valley season one. What a suspenseful, thrill packed show! Thanks for telling me about the series. We can't wait to watch season two!

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    1. I have a son and I'll be back in season two to claim him. Livin' with your granny is no life... not for a lad!

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  19. Great songs today, Austin. I've never seen your movies because you just look too creepy for me! However, you are good at introducing songs!

    I remember Petula Clark's song very well. I guess it was played a lot in California because I never did buy an album of hers. I couldn't afford albums, but I got them for Xmas and my birthday. Mostly Beatles. Before that, my sis and I bought 45s.

    I really enjoyed these singers. I also liked The Orchid's song the best. It was fun watching that dancing. I can't remember if I ever did that dance (the hitchhiker?) I remember it, but I don't think I did it. Lovely voices today. I wish I could have tried singing at 14. I had a beautiful voice once. I'm afraid I've lost it now because of illness, but I did sing solos in Church up to my 50s. My dream at one time was to be a rock singer.

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  20. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming to the Valentine's Day party hosted by the one and only Austin Powers, the shadadelic spy. "You'd Better Come Home" must have made more of an impact on you than on me in 1965. I doubt it was played at the Dell because the gang there liked soul better than pop.

    During my first two years of record collecting it never occurred to me to buy albums, only 45s. Grown-ups bought albums and teenagers bought 45s. I think the first album I bought was the Temptations Greatest Hits which, of course, was merely a collection of their singles. Soon after, albums like Sgt. Pepper proved that albums can be much more than a reissue of singles mixed with filler. 45s became old school and albums became works of art and the new, cooler way to get your music.

    I'm delighted that you enjoyed watching that gang of UK dancers. I only wish the picture quality was better so we could see more detail of the moves and the fashions of the day.

    I'm sure you have an angelic voice, dear friend. With a few breaks you could have been rock singer Belle Benatar. Thank you again for joining me and have a happy Valentine's day, dear friend Belle!

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  21. I'm sad that my V-Day post today didn't get nearly as many visitors as I usually have. Are people afraid of vaginas?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I know I am! :) You see, I swing the other way, baby - YEAH! (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

      Would you like me to leave 50 extra comments on your vagina post, dearie? :)

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  22. I loved the song by The Orchids, the video was great - I love seeing footage from Ready, Steady, Go. Hope you're having a great weekend Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear Sarah! Thank you very much for attending my V-Day dance party hosted by Austin Powers. I love to watch clips from Ready Steady Go! and fortunately there are quite a few of them on YouTube. It amazes me how many English girls barely in their teens tried their luck as recording artists during the early-mid 60s Brit Beat movement.

      Thank you again for popping in, dear friend Sarah. Good night to you and have a wonderful Sunday!

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  23. Haha I got a good laugh out of this! I love your comedy posts. Also loving this selection of songs. Absolutely loving "There He Goes (The Boy I Love)". I'll be singing that for days now haha!

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    1. Hi, dear Lucy in the Sky! I just found this comment of yours I need to remember that you and Catherine often read and comment on older posts. It makes me very happy when you do it. I'm glad you enjoy my comedy posts and that you liked Antoinette's recording "There He Goes."

      Thanks again, dear Lucy!

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