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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
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Farmer's Daughters #2: Rockin' Robin!


 Robin Clark and I were born  

 the same year, two months apart. 


 Robin has talent. She can sing. 

 I don't have talent.  I can't sing. 

 This is Robin's story and these 

 are her greatest recordings. 

'Bama Born and Nashville raised Sharon Ilo Hershiser
started singing at age four. In the 1950s, the little girl
with powerful pipes had the opportunity to work with
country crooner Eddy Arnold. Arnold's manager, Dick
Linke, took Sharon under his wing, changed her name
to Robin Clark, and helped her land a contract with
Capitol Records. Robin was just turning age 11 at
the time and became the youngest artist signed to
a major label in the U.S. Recording in a country -
pop - rock 'n' roll style inspired by Brenda Lee,
Robin released four Capitol singles in the early
60s. One of her records reached the national
chart and all of them were regional hits
in the East South Central states, the
Mid-Atlantic and New England.


At the start of 1961 Capitol released Robin Clark's
debut single, "Daddy, Daddy (Gotta Get a Phone
in My Room)," a cover of a 1959 novelty record
released by Betsy Brye (singer Bette Anne Steele).
Backing vocals on Robin's rendition were provided
by the Jordanaires, the famous background singers
heard on the recordings of Elvis Presley, Ricky
Nelson and other major artists. "Daddy, Daddy"
was a huge hit in several radio markets. It shot
to #1 in Springfield, Massachusetts, reached
#2 in Worcester, #5 in Syracuse and Boston,
made the top 10 in Hartford and
Bubbled Under nationally.

 "Daddy, Daddy (Gotta Get a Phone in My Room)" 
 (March 1961, highest chart position #120) 




"Daddy, Daddy (Gotta Get a Phone in My Room)" also
received heavy radio play in the Nashville market.


However, it was the B side, "Love Has Come My Way,"
that took off in Music City, USA, making its debut at #34
on rock 'n' roll station WKDA, home of The Good Guys.

 "Love Has Come My Way"  
 (Released Jan. 1961 on B side of "Daddy, Daddy") 




In June of '61, Robin Clark released her second single,
"Billy." The A side missed the chart but that summer the
fab flipside, "For Your Sake," went top 20 in Springfield,
Massachusetts, and top 30 in Beantown and in Nashville.
This one's a killer bee and my Pick To Click!

 "For Your Sake" 
 (June, July, Aug. 1961, B side of "Billy") 




In the fall of 1961 Capitol issued the third single by
Robin Clark, "It's Love," a song written by Nashville
brothers Jan and Jerry Crutchfield.


"It's Love" failed to make the Billboard chart but
went top 30 in Springfield Mass and made the
prestigious top tunes survey on Wibbage,
WIBG in Philadelphia.

 "It's Love" (October, November, December 1961, 
 uncharted, reached #67 on WIBG Philadelphia) 




Robin Clark's 4th and final single, "Tellin' Myself"
backed with "I Gotta Be Sure," was released the
following June.  First, let's hear the A side.

 "Tellin' Myself" 
 (June 1962, uncharted) 




Neither side of this single charted
but "I Gotta Be Sure" should have!


This wonderful Brenda Lee style country pop ballad
is my second Pick To Click! (Yessum, under special
circumstances, two Picks to Click are permitted in
a single post, like when the music this good!)

 "I Gotta Be Sure" 
 (June 1962, B side of "Tellin' Myself") 




 Thanks for the music & memories, 

 Robin Clark... 


 and happy birthday, sweet 66! 

Have a Shady day!

90 comments:

  1. Good morning! Just a quick stop on my way to the hospital for you-know-who's second surgery.

    Robin was surely a product of the Brenda Lee/Patsy Cline era where the voices all had a pleading quality to them (to my ears). These kind of songs were always on my Dad's playlist at home - and he controlled the radio knob at our house. We had a built in radio/intercom system...'cause we were blue collar fancy.

    I liked "It's Love" best but I thought Bobby Vinton should have jumped in on that one.

    Have a great day, s.d. knight!

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    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! You are the last person I expected to see here today and I deeply appreciate you making time for me. You claim the honor of being the early bird on my Robin post. I know that your world has been turned upside down and inside out by your son's accident. Hang on. Take it one day at a time, and you will get through this. I am sick at heart knowing that such a fine young man needs to sideline his plans for now and endure a long and painful recovery. I hope Gonzo's operation today is a success.

      I am very happy to know that these countrified tunes gave you a lift this morning. It was much the same in my house when I was growing up. We had a stereo console in the basement game room. My dad ran wires through the ceiling and connected them to remote speakers on the main floor of the house. He and my mother loved Patsy Cline, Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer and the gospel recordings of Red Foley. That's the kind of music they hoped I'd embrace, but to their dismay I got hooked on rock 'n roll instead.

      Thank you again, dear friend Cherdo. My prayers continue to be with your son and with you and your entire family.

      God bless!

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  2. I never heard of Robin Clark and I enjoyed hearing her sing. She had a lot of poise for an eleven year old. Robin does sound like Brenda Lee or Patsy Cline on a couple of those songs.

    How nice of you to post this on Robin's birthday! It's interesting that she is less than two months older than you. Thank you for introducing me to another singing farmer's daughter!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn! Thanks for spending some time in the Shady today. Yessum, Robin Clark was a little girl with powerful pipes and the maturity to sing convincingly about love. I enjoy her upbeat numbers as well as her Brenda Lee style crossover country ballads.

      Robin Clark is 66 years old today. I tried to find a way of contacting her to let her know about this tribute post but she apparently doesn't have a YouTube channel. I hope by some stroke of luck she will find it and realize how much I love her performances.

      Thanks again, dear Kathryn, and have a great week!

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  3. I saw Eddy Arnold, Rip Torn and Phyllis Diller at a show in San Francisco when I was 10 years old. Technically it was my first concert I guess. My friends parents let me tag along to keep my friend company. It was also the first time I ever had sautéed mushrooms and they were a hit!
    I had never heard of Robin and glad you introduced her to us. Very interesting story since she started so young. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi, dear Holli! Where are you commenting from, dear friend? Washington? Idaho? Montana? Abe Lincoln's nose at Mount Rushmore? :) I am delighted that you stopped by. Thank you!

      My parents owned a stack of Eddy Arnold 45s along with some by Conway Twitty, Pat Boone, Johnnie Ray, Jim Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the other recording artists that I mentioned in my reply to Cherdo. Country, easy listening pop, big band sounds and white gospel music filled the air at our house. Secretly, down in the basement, I listened to my big brother's 45s: Elvis, Ricky, Buddy, the Diamonds and the Del-Vikings.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed my Robin Clark offerings, dear friend Holli. She certainly was a precocious young lady.

      I hope you had a wonderful time in the Pacific Northwest and I can't wait for you to play show and tell on your blog.

      Have a wonderful week, Holli!

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  4. Ironic it was the B side that became the hit. And signed when she was eleven? Can you imagine being a kid with a record deal?

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    1. Hi, Alex! 110 comments on a post that had you in it. You've got star power, my friend! :)

      I'm glad you were impressed by 11 year old Robin Clark. It's too bad that none of her singles became a hit. As I'm sure you know, many records suffered from the "split play" phenomenon. Some radio stations played the A side while others liked the B side better. The result was that neither side gained enough traction to register as a national hit. At the Shady Dell, the rats often played obscure B sides on the jukebox more often than the better known A sides.

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy Alex. I'll see you next Monday when we simulcast our BOTB contests!

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  5. I have never heard of her and she does have pipes! It's nice to see that she got the recognition but now I am curious to find out more about her. i have to google her up:)

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit! Thank you very much for coming, dear friend! I'm afraid you won't find much more written about Robin Clark beyond what I already included in this post. Info seems scarce. If you happen to come across an email for her please let me know so that I can contact her and let her know about this special birthday tribute post.

      I'm delighted that you were entertained by Robin's countrified crooning, dear friend BB. Enjoy your week!

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  6. Wow! Robin Clark could sure belt out the tunes! It seems funny for an eleven year old singing about the game of love songs. Brenda Lee sounds like a mature version on Robin. Like Kathryn, I've never heard of her before. I'm surprise she wasn't a Mouseketeer!
    My pick to click was, "it's Love". I liked the clearness of her voice in the beginning and slow start.
    BTW: My Daddy put a phone in my room (age 12) with my own number because he was tired of me tying up his line!
    Once again, nice post and thank you for sharing this talented kid!
    Toni Deroche
    Happy Birthday, Sharon!

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    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thank you very much for coming over to Robin Clark's birthday party. Yessum, she seemed a little young to be singing about mature love relationships but her recordings do have credibility nevertheless. You're right. She looks like a Mouseketeer and would have made a good one.

      "Daddy Daddy (Gotta Get a Phone in My Room)" is a clever song, but it's one that you probably won't hear today's divas singing. It reminds us of the way we were back in the years before everybody had a portable phone and the added privacy that goes along with it. Remember party lines? My parents used to get so frustrated waiting for the line to be free. Imagine picking up the phone every few minutes and finding yourself in the middle of a neighbor's long-winded conversation!

      Thank you again for joining the fun today, dear friend Toni. I wish you a very happy week ahead!

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  7. I like Daddy Daddy. But is that the artist on the album? She looks 8 years old.

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    1. Hi, dear Susie! Thanks for coming over, dear friend! The artist on the Japanese picture sleeve is Robin Clark, but I agree that she looks a lot younger than eleven. In the image at the end of the post she looks a lot older.

      Thanks for your visit and comment, dear friend Susie!

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  8. Hi Shady!

    I love these posts. :) I've never heard of Robin Clark before, but I enjoyed hearing her music. I think I need to convince my dad I need a phone in my room so I can call my beau in Toronto, Canada. How should I ever persuade daddy dearest?! :D I will have to blog about that faux pas at some point...

    Was "Love Has Come My Way" used in a Batman show or movie? I noticed the Batman insignia and was curious! I really like her voice. I also agree with what someone else said: she sounds like a younger version of Patsy Cline!

    Thanks for sharing these gems with us, Shady! Keep rocking into the evening and enjoy, my friend! ~Jessica

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    1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie! Thank you for popping in for Robin Clark's 66th birthday bash. The song "Daddy Daddy" reminds me of all those episodes of 50s/early 60s sitcoms like Father Knows Best and Leave It To Beaver when Betty Anderson or Wally Cleaver (or Beaver) wanted privacy on the phone to talk to a boyfriend or girlfriend but instead had to stand in the living room with parents close by listening to every word they said.

      I don't know why the Batman logo appears in that Robin Clark video. I don't know of any connection. Yessum, the more I think about it, the more Robin Clark sounds like a young Patsy Cline. You and Cherdo have good ears.

      Thank you again for making time to visit today, dear friend Jessica. I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed these Robin Clark songs. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    2. Shady,

      You just inspired a future blog post! I might have to write a song about "Daddy Daddy" and an awkward faux pas. Thanks for that! :D

      I guess random people on YouTube like doing random things. I know I've been guilty of that from time to time.

      I hope you have a wonderful week ahead as well! Mine is a busy week.

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    3. Now you have me curious, JM. I can't wait to read your story inspired by "Daddy Daddy."

      No comments are displayed on that YouTube video. I was hoping somebody had already asked the uploader why he or she chose the juxtaposition of Robin's recording and the Batman insignia. If you find out let me know. Have a great evening, dear friend Jessica!

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    4. Definitely!

      I'll work on it after I finish my poetry book. Way too much going on right now! :D

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    5. You always seem to have a lot on your plate, dear friend, but that's the mark of a successful person. In my motivational seminar training I was taught to always have several projects in the works at the same time. It keeps you sharp.

      Enjoy your evening, JM!

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    6. That's true, I suppose! For me, it's nice to juggle a lot after two years of inactivity. I really want to self publish a poetry book by mid-November because it's been four years since I've last published something! I want to get it out before the holidays - Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza. I missed the mark for Eid and Diwali... but maybe they could be belated gifts for someone in those groups. :D

      Someone at the library said, "but you don't have to get the book done! Don't be so hard on yourself!" That's true, but I started it and I want to finish it. I've decided to just spend equal parts on writing the book, applying for jobs, working, and living life. I did this in college between two jobs, a full time student, writing, and life. I have no idea how I did it all!

      Good morning, Shady! :)

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    7. I applaud you, Jessica Marie. Few people of any age would take on so many projects at the same time. Sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed I find myself smiling because I know that challenging myself and stretching keep me sharp, keep me in the game.

      Happy Tuesday, JM!

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  9. We have a Robin Clark fan in the house. As soon as I started playing her music, a certain doggy appeared in the door and joined me to listen. I'm always amazed and impressed by young people who have such powerful voices. My favorite of Robin's is "I Gotta Be Sure." Shoulda gone to #1. The telephone song amuses me because it was such a big deal to have a phone in one's room. It cost a fortune. The man from Bell Telephone had to come out to install the phone. When one of my sisters finished high school and got a job, she had a phone installed in her room. She moved out, and another sister moved into her room, complete with phone. One day my mother was at work and tried to call us at home, no doubt because of an emergency such as someone might not put enough cracker crumbs in the meat loaf (of course, meat loaf meant I was sent to bed without supper because I could not eat meat loaf and still can't bear the sight of it). The phone was busy. My mother continued to call all afternoon. The phone was always busy. The sister who had moved into the other sister's room was gabbing away on the green telephone with her boyfriend named Steve! Oh, the horror. Mother was furious. She got the scissors and cut the phone line. Then she called Bell Telephone and told them to come get the phone. The man arrived, prepared to remove the phone. He asked, Where is it? Mother said, I threw it out in the garage. He picked it up and left. That was the last extension in the house for many years. Thanks for introducing us to Robin.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi, dear Janie Junebug! Do you mean your new dog Ellie likes Robin Clark? Did it take Robin's chirps to soothe Ellie's savage breast? (Or are you talking about Franklin?)

      Yessum, it always impresses me when a tiny girl possesses a powerful singing voice. I wonder if Robin Clark would have had more chart success as lead singer of a girl group, at least in the beginning. Girl groups were quite popular in 1961 and 62.

      That's an amusing anecdote about your sisters, your mother and the extra phone that would up in the trash. There's at least one good thing so say about the days of landline phones. People weren't tempted to operate motor vehicles while gabbing or texting on them.

      Thanks for the wonderful comment, dear friend Janie. I hope your week is off to a terrific start. I hope Ellie feels like part of your family by now. Please let me know how things are going on that front. Take care, sweet friend!

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    2. It was Penelope (Ellie) who liked the music. I think Franklin will introduce his sister to the world next week.

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    3. Can't wait, Janie "January Jones" Junebug!

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  10. Happy 66th birthday to Robin! Thanks for the introduction, Shady. Her music is so reminiscent of that whole era. Interesting that the B sides were more popular and "I Gotta Be Sure" was the best of the bunch, IMO. Did she retire after that? According to Wiki, she got married and had three kids, but there's no other info.
    These musical biographies are terrific! I'm getting quite an education here. ☺ Have a good evening.

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    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady! Thank you very much for joining the party - Robin Clark's 66th birthday party to be exact. Don't you think 11 year old Robin had a "girly" voice? :)

      I'm glad you and Janie Junebug and I agree that our Pick to Click is "I Gotta Be Sure." It's a wonderful ballad and should have been a hit. Why it was released as a B side of a single is beyond me. Some of those record company weasels didn't seem to know what they were doing. With the right packaging and promotion, Robin Clark could have been another Patsy, Brenda or Lesley Gore.

      I don't know where Robin is today but I hope by some miracle she sees this post and reads all the kind words people are writing about her.

      Thanks again for stopping by, dear friend Debbie. Enjoy your week!

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    2. Well sure, she had a girly voice, considering she was a girl, at the time. ☺ It's the grown women with the girly voices I don't care for.

      I agree, Robin had great potential. Sad that she didn't get the breaks!

      It would definitely be cool if she saw this post.

      Have a terrific Tuesday and beyond!

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    3. Hi, Debbie! It's sad but true. For every star there were thousands of little known or unknown Robins who were equally talented if not more so. All they lacked was the big break.

      I want to take this opportunity to thank you for adding me to your circle on G+. You are an A+ friend, Debbie the Doglady!

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    4. This is why I love singing competitions like the Voice and American Idol. There's so much undiscovered talent out there!

      I'm not overly active on G+, but I always try to find my favourite bloggers on social platforms. Makes it easier to stay in touch. You get an A+ as well, Tom. ☺

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    5. :) This is why I became a blogger, Debbie. I'm not in it to rant and rave or to prove how smart I am. I became a blogger hoping to meet nice people like you and to experience moments like this.

      Thank you!

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  11. Lots of fun information here, Shady, on Robin.
    I always worry about child stars missing out on their childhood.

    Happy bday to Robin.

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    1. Hi, dear Sandra! Thank you very much for dropping by and checking out my birthday tribute to no-hit-wonder Robin Clark, a fine little singer who woulda, coulda and shoulda been a star.

      Not much info is available on Robin. We can only hope that she is well, having a splendid birthday and maybe, just maybe, will see this post and these comments and have reason to smile.

      Thank you very much, dear friend Sandra!

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    2. I'm sure if she sees it, she'll appreciate it;)

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    3. I sure hope so, dear Sandra.

      It isn't beyond the realm of possibility that she will find the post someday. It might not be this week, but she might stumble upon it months or years from now in my archives. Wouldn't that be great? :)

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  12. Very good songs, especially the last two! If we learned one thing in the fifties and sixties, it's the musical power in the voice of a little girl. Thanks for the bio!

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    1. You got it, good buddy Chris! I am particularly fond of diminutive ladies who can belt out a song and I think that describes my featured artist Robin Clark. Another petite yet powerful singer who immediately springs to mind is Diane Renay who gave us "Navy Blue," "Kiss Me Sailor" and other fine recordings.

      It looks like most of us agree on Robin Clark's mature country pop ballad "I Gotta Be Sure." I'm doggone sure it was worthy of hit status and it should have been issued as a separate A side!

      Thanks a lot for coming by, good buddy Chris. Please give Scrappy a Milk Bone from Shady and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. I always liked "Kiss Me Sailor" a little more. Watch this video, Chris:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vVZi-mvSGM&list=PLWJYXYQUJ7B-XWNZT5BV76NK_8AEKrbfN&index=2

      Diane Renay had a number of great non hits, too, including "Growin' Up Too Fast," "Watch Out Sally," "Words," "The Company You Keep" and "Happy Birthday Broken Heart."

      Have a great night and week, good buddy!

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    3. Some super songs there... I liked Growin' Up best!

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    4. Yeah, "Growin' Up Too Fast" is recognized as one of Diane's best recordings. I own the Girl Group Anthology: Growin' Up Too Fast which is named after that song. The 2-disc CD set is filled with great 60s girl group rarities:

      http://www.amazon.com/Growin-Up-Too-Fast-Anthology/dp/B000001EGK/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1442888280&sr=1-1&keywords=growin+up+too+fast

      (Did you give Scrappy his treat yet?)

      Thanks, Chris!

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  13. Dearest Shady,

    I am late to see your post, but from my today's post you know why. I had never heard of Robin Clark, but wow, can she sing! :) Thank you so much for your posts, and for your friendship, and for your kind comment on my blog post today, I really appreciate it, my cherished friend.

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    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you very much for coming by this evening and sampling the sounds of young Miss Robin Clark on this her 66th birthday.

      I was touched by your post today, dear friend. Please remember that you never need to feel alone. I know what you are going through. I am always here to chat and to entertain and cheer you. That's what friends are for and you and I are genuine friends. I hope you can feel the good vibrations I'm sending your way, dear friend Linda. Please get some rest and take good care of yourself. I look forward to laughing and learning on your wonderful blog tomorrow. God bless!

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    2. I do indeed feel the good vibrations, my dear friend. I am feeling better today, thankfully, and it's funny, isn't it? It was only a few days but it felt like much longer. I hope your end of the week and weekend are filled with love, joy and peace, my cherished friend. :) Thank you so much for being...you.

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    3. Hi, dear Linda! I am very happy to know that you are feeling better and more like yourself today. We need to remember that time is on our side and our gloomy periods eventually pass. Thank you for spreading joy and good cheer again this morning. Your words touch me deeply, dear Linda.

      God bless!

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  14. Happy Birthday, Robin Clark!
    Such wonderful memories surfaced while listening to these songs! My aunt was a teenager when I was in grade school and I absolutely idolized everything about her and the lifestyle she personified; bobby socks and big hair rollers, the ever-present smell of nail polish and an endless collection of 45's. Ah, the life!
    It's another rain day out west, but I'll go forth with a sunny smile, thanks to you, Shady :-)

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre! Welcome back, my great friend! Thank you for choosing to spend some time in the Shady today. The meteorologist on my local TV news showed footage of a violent t-storm in Arizona that whipped up the sand and dust creating quite a natural spectacle. This is the brief rainy season out your way, correct? As you know, even cacti need watering occasionally. The other day I watered my collection of cacti and succulents for the first time in a month and a half. I have learned that they appreciate a period of drought followed by a thorough watering.

      I love your comment here, Diedre. I love it when the music I present triggers fond memories and you share them with me. There was no middle school in my district. Kids started "high school" at age 11 or 12. In 1961, when Robin and I were 11, I used to pay close attention to the "older women" that I passed in the hallways - the girls in 9th through 12th grades. They seemed so grown-up, so mature compared to me. There was a jukebox in the lobby of our school. Before the start of classes and during lunch period, I enjoyed watching the girls dance to the top tunes of the day while the boys played ping pong on tables nearby. Good times - great memories.

      Thank you again for dropping by, dear friend Deidre, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Speaking of dust storms, it's part of my Wednesday blog at Pensive Pens!

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    3. What a coincidence! I'll be there, dear Diedre. Thanks for letting me know.

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  15. I had never heard of Robin. I like her songs - especially the Telephone one. I wonder if changing her name made any difference in her career. Would she have made it as "Sharon"?

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    1. Hi, dear Sherry! How are you today, my wonderful, talented friend? It's an interesting exercise to explore the "what ifs" regarding an artist like Robin Clark. Female vocalist Cher Bono became a superstar known simply as Cher. Perhaps Robin could have enjoyed more fame and fortune recording under her real first name, Sharon. In 1963, another Robin, Robin Ward, had a big hit with "Wonderful Summer." That said, Robin Ward remained a one-hit wonder. In a reply to another reader, I wondered if Sharon (Robin Clark) might have done better if she had started as lead singer of a girl group before going solo. We'll never know but it's fun to speculate.

      Thank you very much for making time to visit and for your thoughtful comment, dear friend Sherry. Have a great day and week!

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    2. It certainly is fun to speculate! Enjoy the rest of your week, Shady!

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    3. Hi, Sherry! I am delighted to see you again, special friend! It makes me very happy when friends return throughout the week to leave a poke or tweet and just say hello. Thanks for being one of them. I hope you are having a fabulous week, dear Sherry!

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  16. Hey Shady, I think you're confused on birthdays. She's at least ten years older than you, right? grin.

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    1. HA! No, unfortunately, I am correct about the dates and our ages, Robin's and mine. Seems I'm older than 99% of my blog friends. How did that happen? :)

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    2. Good question. I'm still trying to figure that out myself;)

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    3. At my age, I'm thankful that I can even REMEMBER my age! :)

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    4. There is a time and a place for everything. When you come through the door here at SDMM feel free to be a kid again. This is the time and the place!

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  17. Never heard of her, but she could really belt out a tune! So you two are a couple years older than I am. I can't imagine having a recording contract at eleven years old! I bet she has stories to tell. :)

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    1. Hi, dear Rita! Thank you very much for coming down today. Yessum, Robin Clark is 66 and I will also be that age a few weeks from now. I feel like I'm robbing the cradle having you as a friend! :)

      It was quite an accomplishment for Robin (Sharon) to impress enough people to land a recording contract at age 11. At that age, I was still learning to wave bye-bye. I still haven't mastered it! :)

      Thank you again for stopping by, dear friend Rita. Please give Kitty Kat Karma a pat for me and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  18. What the hell, someone I do not remember how on earth is that

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    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! Thank you very much for popping in for a visit, my Australian friend! You don't remember Robin Clark? Cheer up. I never heard of her myself until I purchased a various artists CD of rare girl group recordings and found "Daddy Daddy" on it. She was probably unknown in Australia. She wasn't even that well known stateside. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoyed the big sound that little girl made.

      Thank you again for coming over, dear friend Jo-Anne. I hope your Wednesday's going super!

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  19. Hi Shady! I hope this week is going good down in Florida...it's a perfect weather week up here...70's in the day, 40's-50's at night...sunny too! Work's been a bit crazy and I'm late as usual commenting. I haven't even posted in a bit but I did give Eddy a big hug on Sunday when he came for a visit and said it was from a distant admirer. Happy birthday to Ms Clark! Her voice was sure a sign of the times back then. I wonder how she'd fair on the TV reality music shows of today? Would she be "America's Next Talent" or "Idol"? Or perhaps a winner of a country western singing contest? Anyway, it was great to hear her sing since I don't remember ever hearing of her before. It's a nice way to end my crazy day...always pleasant to visit the Shady Dell!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I am tickled to see you tonight, dear friend. I've been clicking on the Whispering Pines link every few hours to see if I was missing another of your posts. As you recall, your current post didn't show up in my stream until a day after it was published.

      If the type of weather you described agrees with you then I am happy for you. It sounds like the backyard pool is closed for the season. I am thrilled to know that you saw Eddy and gave him a hug for me.

      Yessum, Robin Clark is another artist that I learned about in the last couple of years but missed entirely when she was releasing her records in the early 60s. I don't remember hearing her songs on my local radio station WSBA. I can picture Robin as a successful crossover country artist today. I often wonder if she is still singing professionally. It would be great to hear from her.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this post, dear friend YaYa. Thank you very much for coming to Robin's b-day party and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  20. Terrific post today. I remember listing to many of the singers you mention on the radio.
    I wanted to Thank You for the kind words on Watson's post.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle! Thank you very much for choosing to follow Shady Dell Music & Memories. I welcome you to our circle of friends which includes Janie J. and other fine people you already know.

      I just visited your blog again and gazed at your pictures of Watson. Thank heaven for little guys like him who bring so much joy into our lives and allow love to flow through us. I feel it deeply when a friend or a stranger loses a beloved pet. You, Gayle, are a friend.

      Thank you again for joining my club and for your kind comment about this weeks post. Take care, Gayle, and please come back again soon!

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  21. Oh my, it's working. Sorry, My husband had to clear my computer because it had sort of crashed. Blogger wouldn't take my password and then told me they needed my phone number...Then I don't know what happened. Ever have a day like that, Tom?

    Anyway, I absolutely loved the songs. All of them. I thought Robin's voice sounded even better, more mature, in 1962. The last three songs were my favorites.

    I did look Robin up. She graduated with a Masters degree in Food and Nutrition. She got married and had three kids. I'll bet the kids ate good meals! Sounds like a nice life; I hope she has been happy all these years. Hugs.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming down for my special 66th birthday salute to no-hit-wonder Robin Clark, the little lady with powerful pipes. I'm so glad you are as enchanted as I am with her singing. Surely one or more of her recorded sides was at least worthy of top 40 finish on the chart.

      Thank you for adding the interesting tidbits about Robin Clark's life in the years since she released those records. I join you in hoping that she has a happy life.

      Yessum, the technology that allows us to connect with each other by means of computers and other devices is a mystery to me and I become very frustrated when it doesn't work. I hope your comp is functioning properly now so that you and I can stay in touch with each other. You are one friend I can't afford to lose.

      Thank you again for coming to the party, dear friend Belle. Enjoy the rest of your week and get ready to vote in another Banned Battle next Monday. God bless!

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  22. Don't know this artist and I can't recall any of these songs, but I sure can remember the time when music sounded like this. This music really takes me back to a seemingly less complex time.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee! Thanks for coming by, good buddy!

      Right you are. These sweet, innocent recordings of Robin Clark evoke a bygone era, a simpler time when there was tacit agreement about the value of decency. Twerking, gangsta rap and rampant sex and violence in the media were still light years away.

      I hope you enjoyed a tune or two, Lee, and I thank you again for making time for a visit. Enjoy the rest of your week, good buddy!

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  23. Hello, Tom! I have not heard of Robin Clark. The year she got started was the year I was born, so I'm sure that has a lot to do with it. I was wondering, did her career make it beyond those early years in the 60s? She had a fabulous voice in youth. I wish I could sing a 10th as good as her, then maybe the dogs would stop howling while I sing in the shower. :D Thanks for sharing your music memories with me and oh yeah, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROBIN!!

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy! It's a pleasure to see you, dear friend. Thanks for attending Robin's b-day party. I was born in the fall of '49, same as Robin, and I must confess that I never heard of her either, not until I discovered her song "Daddy Daddy" on a various artists CD of rare girl group and girl pop gems. I investigated further and found these other great sides.

      I don't know if Robin continued her professional singing career into adulthood. My friend Belle Unruh found info about Robin stating that she earned a masters degree, married and became the mother of three. That's the extent of it. Maybe Robin or one of her children will see this post and fill in the blanks.

      Thank you again for spending time in the Shady, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  24. This lady is too cute.
    DADDY DADDY GOTTA GET A PHONE IN MY ROOM.
    That's rad.
    Now we carry our own phones with their own numbers around with us all the time. Who wudda thunk.
    I find it wonderfully fascinating that at her age, she made so many recordings. Childhood popularity is nothing new, but her stuff really is top notch!
    In reading the comment above, i guess she was quite successful in other areas too, that of studies and other life endeavors such as motherhood. It appears shes had a wonderful and full life!
    Wishing the happiest of birthdays to Robin!

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    1. Hi, dear Abigail! Hi, dear Daisy! Thank you for joining the birthday celebration for Robin Clark. That eleven year old is all grown up now, age 66, with kids of her own and probably grandchildren, too. Yet, we will always think of her as the little girl who beseeched her daddy to put a phone in her room. Yessum, times have changed a lot since 1961 when kids didn't have nearly as much privacy as they now enjoy. in those days most people had to put up with "party lines" which was even more of an invasion of privacy.

      I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed Robin's chirps and tweets. I found it interesting that her backing singers were the Jordanaires, the famous quartet that added their distinctive sound to the recordings of Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Ringo Starr and many others.

      Thank you again for swinging by, dear friend Abigail, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  25. She look adorable in her childhood and she's really pretty as a lady. Only a few artists can transition from being a child star to a teen sensation. My hero Michael Jackson is one who incidentally sang Rockin Robin with his brothers. :)

    She's really a big talent though, Robin.

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    1. Hi, dear Lux! Welcome back, dear friend! I am pleased to know that you recognize the talent of sweet little singing sensation Robin Clark, signed to a major label recording contract at age 11. It's a mystery why she didn't continue to record into her teens. Maybe she would have caught on with audiences singing in a different style for a different label. We'll never know.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Lux, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  26. Great songs all around. Though I'm not particularly fond of her voice. But it might be something in the recording. I think you are right, however, the final song was my favourite.

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey! Thank you very much for coming over, good buddy! Just so happens I am pitting Robin against Diana Krall in my next BOTB. I think I can safely predict how you'll vote. :)

      Surely the emphasis was on little girl cuteness in Robin's earliest sides. Most readers seem to agree that she matured nicely in the span of one year and did a credible job on her last few recordings. "Gotta Be Sure" seems to be the consensus Pick To Click.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Jeffrey. My next BOTB is coming up Monday and I hope to see you then (if not before). Take care!

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  27. Thanks for introducing me to Robin Clark. I liked your Picks to Click and I also like "It's Love". She sure had early success. I wonder if she ran into any of the troubles that some of the young stars run into today. Probably not. That was a different time back then...
    Fun post Shady.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele! Thank you for stopping by, my dear friend! I'm glad you enjoyed the same Robin Clark tunes that I picked as favorites. She had a good thing going and I wish she would have continued. It seems rare for an artist to release only four singles and be done with it. Maybe her parents convinced her to focus on academics and she took their advice and gave up singing. We do know that she obtained a masters degree, got married and had three kids, so things turned out pretty well for her even though she didn't become a pop singing idol.

      Thanks again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Michele. Enjoy your Friday and your weekend!

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  28. You and Mrs. Shady have a good weekend, Shady:)
    Just replayed I Gotta Be Sure.......nice.

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    1. Hi, dear Sandra! I'm tickled to know that you returned just to play that song again and get it stuck in your noggin' for a couple of hours. It surely helps to beat the blues, doesn't it?

      I hope you are having a terrific weekend up your way. Thanks again for visiting, Sandra!

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  29. Wanted to drop in and say that I just finished, for the second time, reading your story of how you became a Dell Rat. What a great story Shady! Your love of the place is so obvious. And I felt your sadness when you went back and it wasn't the same. I know how that feels and you never quite get over that. There was a place called Oppenheim Park where I grew up in Niagara Falls. Us kids used to hang out there every single day. It was a huge park, and a road that went around in a big circle, and we used to go from party to party, roaming the park and drinking and smoking and laughing and just hanging. Every day and every night we hung out there. It was the place to be if you were anybody. That place holds so many fun memories for me. I hear it's completely different there now and no one really hangs there anymore. So sad. I'll never forget that place. And if I go back home, I wonder if I'll have the same experience that you did when you pulled into the Dell but didn't get out of your car...You saved yourself some heartbreak...but I imagine your heart was already breaking from your previous visit. Just goes to show you: what they say is true: nothing stays the same and you can never truly go back home.
    Thanks for sharing your brilliant story of the Shady Dell! It was a great read.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, dear Michele! What a wonderful surprise it is to see you over here tonight. Thank you very much for taking time to read my cover story "I Was a Teenage Dell Rat." :)

      Most of us were lucky enough to have a hangout like the Shady Dell in our youth. In your case it was a park, Oppenheimer Park, where the "in crowd" gathered. Inevitably, times change and our favorite haunts change along with them. Rarely can any of us go back years later and experience the same magic that we felt in our youth. Many of our meeting spots vanish altogether as developers move in, buy up the land and tear down the structures that were dear to us, leaving us with nothing but memories of the people, the places and the times of our lives. A sad tag to my story in the right column is the fact that the Shady Dell dance hall was bulldozed to the ground three years ago.

      I am reminded of the Joni Mitchell song, "Big Yellow Taxi":

      They paved paradise
      And put up a parking lot
      With a pink hotel, a boutique
      And a swinging hot SPOT
      Don't it always seem to go
      That you don't know what you've got
      ‘Til it's gone
      They paved paradise
      And put up a parking lot

      They took all the trees
      And put them in a tree museum
      Then they charged the people
      A dollar and a half just to see 'em
      Don't it always seem to go,
      That you don't know what you've got
      ‘Til it's gone
      They paved paradise
      And put up a parking lot

      Hey farmer, farmer
      Put away that DDT now
      Give me spots on my apples
      But LEAVE me the birds and the bees
      Please!
      Don't it always seem to go
      That you don't know what you've got
      ‘Til its gone
      They paved paradise
      And put up a parking lot

      The original Dell dance hall is gone now, reduced to rubble and carted away to a landfill. My mission here at Shady Dell Music & Memories, is to keep the spirit of the Dell alive as long as I live, to keep playing the old songs and telling the old stories to anyone interested in hearing them. I am very happy that you are one of them. Thank you for being an important member of the Shady Dell family, dear Michele, and thank you again for your visit and kind comments tonight!

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  30. Thanks for your sweet note Shady. And thanks for the lyrics to Joni Mitchell's song. I never really paid attention to the lyrics before. Very powerful! Love that song. I'm one of those people who hear the music over the lyrics with the lyrics being secondary to me. For me to be into a song, the music has to grab me and move me...then I'll tune into the lyrics. But sometimes I don't. Sometimes the music is enough. That's terrible considering that I'm a writer! :)

    So sorry to hear that the Shady Dell was bulldozed. Ugh, that hurts!

    Enjoy your Sunday. And don't forget about the Blood Moon lunar eclipse tonight! Should be fabulous. Hope you can see it. I always end up missing these things because I either forget about it or hear about after it's already happened. But I'm bound and determined to see this blood moon tonight. It's early (in the 10:00 hour) so that bodes well for me not missing it. :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi again, dear Michele! Thank you for reminding me about tonight's blood moon eclipse spectacle. I read that people on the U.S. east coast can view the full moon at 10:51 pm. I will be watching for it.

      To clarify, the 102 year old Shady Dell house is still standing. In fact, it was repaired and modernized at great expense a few years ago by the owners, the Deroche family. Shortly thereafter, the Dell was sold to another family and they elected to demolish the dance hall, a concrete block structure built circa 1959 on the side of a barn on the property. The new owners reported that the blocks of the dance hall were unstable and the roof was leaking, making it unsafe, and that is why they decided it needed to come down. The 100 year old barn next to the dance hall was also razed for the same reason.

      Thank you again for taking an interest in the Shady Dell saga and the Shady Dell blog. Enjoy your Sunday, dear friend Michele!

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