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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!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Battle of the Banned Special Edition - "Hey, That Sounds Just Like..." Vol. 2


Welcome to another edition of

Hey, That Sounds Just Like...

It's my latest post for

Battle of the Banned
the series that dares to be different.

Hey, That Sounds Just Like is a simple concept.
There are two pairs of recordings. The recordings
in each pair share a similar sound, even though
they are different songs recorded by different
artists. Please vote for the sound-alike record
you prefer. There's no guess work. The two
competing recordings are clearly marked.

The contestants are ready to rock
so let the Battle of the Banned begin!

  BOTB CONTESTANT #1  

 NANCY AMES 

THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS (TW3)

Here's a rare change of style for "The TW3 Girl,"
Nancy Ames, who sang on the satirical mid 60s
television show That Was The Week That Was.
Best known for her folk albums and Spanish
language recordings, Nancy surprised her
fans in 1966 when she released "Friends
and Lovers Forever," a groovy single
with a girl group sound sung to the
melody of "Hang On Sloopy," the huge
hit by the McCoys. "Friends and Lovers
Forever" was written by the composing
team of Bert Berns and Wes Farrell,
the same guys who gave us "Sloopy."
Nancy's record deserved a top 40
finish but never escaped the
Bubbling Under dungeon.
Be sure to listen to the last
40 seconds of the song. When
strait-laced Nancy gets into
a shouting, call-and-response
duel with her backup singers,
this thang gets surreal!

 "Friends and Lovers Forever" - Nancy Ames  
 (January 1966, highest chart position #123) 





 THE MCCOYS 


Now here are Rick Derringer and the McCoys,
with their signature song and biggest hit, 
the chart topping "Hang On Sloopy,"
a reworking of "My Girl Sloopy"
originally recorded in 1964
by the Vibrations.

 "Hang On Sloopy" - The McCoys 
 (October 1965, highest chart position #1) 





The McCoys are not in this contest.
Do not vote for them...or else!

  BOTB CONTESTANT #2  

 THE STYLETTES 


The Stylettes were a soulful 60s girl group that
released singles on the Philadelphia-based
Cameo label. One of the group's finest efforts
is "Packing Up My Memories," a song penned
by Ugene "Gene" Dozier (no relation to Motown
songwriter Lamont Dozier).  Gene Dozier later
took his composing talents to Detroit and went
by the name Billy Jackson. The A side of this
 Stylettes 45 is the frantic paced "On Fire,"
an arrangement that reminds me of "I Do"
by The Marvelows. "Packing Up My
Memories" is the superior side,
IMO, a genuine killer bee.

 "Packing Up My Memories" 
 The Stylettes (January 1965, 
 uncharted B side of "On Fire") 





 JAMES BROWN 


The Stylettes' "Packing Up My Memories" reminds me
of, and was perhaps inspired by, James Brown's
"Out of the Blue," a track from his Showtime
album released as the fab flipside of an
obscure, poor selling Smash single in
the summer of 1964.

 "Out of the Blue" - James Brown 
 (July 1964, uncharted B side of 
 "The Things That I Used To Do") 





James Brown is not in this contest.
Do not vote for him...or else!

 Okay, you heard the two originals, 

 The McCoys and James Brown. 

 You also heard the two sound-alikes. 

 Which sound-alike do you like more? 

 YOUR VOTING CHOICES ARE: 


 NANCY AMES 

 "Friends and Lovers Forever"  

 AND 

 THE STYLETTES 

 "Packing Up My Memories." 


 It's not a trick question 

 so don't overthink it. 

 I am not asking which one 

 sounded more like the original. 

 I am merely asking which 

 one you enjoyed more. 


VOTE NOW!

After voting here, please visit my partner in grime


and vote in his

Battle of the Banned!

Stay tuned for my follow-up post 7 days from now
in which I will cast my vote, count the ballots
(including hanging chad and dimpled chad)
and announce the winner.

Have a Shady day!

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!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Shawn and Gus Are Psyched To Play Rock Jeopardy! Vol.1: Echoes of the Sierota Sibs Past and Present... and What Led Zeppelin to Sing the Blues?


Hi, I'm Shawn Spencer, psychic sleuth
and boy toy to the stars...

and this is my partner, Nosferatu Smithers,
world's leading authority on whimsical wind socks.





Not true, Shawn!


Recently, Gus and I were celebrity contestants
on the new TV game show Rock Jeopardy
and it went something like this.....


I'll take
Pop Princess Potpourri

for 200, Alex.



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK: The answer is...
This Chino, California, indie pop band, formed in 2009,
consists of four siblings: Graham, Sydney, Noah and
Jamie Sierota. (DING) Shawn...


It's coming to me!
I'm having a vision!
I see it in my mind's eye!
What is S Club 7 Minus 3?


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
No... that's incorrect. (DING) Gus...



Echosmith



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Needs to be in the form of a question, Gus.



Sorry. What is Echosmith?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Yes..."What is Echosmith?" is correct.


 ECHOSMITH 

 "Vindicated" (2010 cover of recording by 
 Dashboard Confessional used in 2004 movie 
 Spider-Man 2 and 2006 album Dusk and Summer) 





ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, you have control of the board.
Select a category and amount.



Pop Princess Potpourri
for 400, Alex.


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
This pop song by Echosmith, co-written by the Sierota
siblings and their father, Jeffery David, released in
2015 as the latest single from their hit 2013 debut
album Talking Dreams, was promoted by a video
in which a now fully grown 18 year old Sydney
performed with her band of brothers in an
empty ballroom. (DING) Shawn...


What is...
"In Them Old
Cotton Fields
Back Home"?


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
No. (DING) Gus...



What is "Let's Love"?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
"Let's Love"... correct.


 ECHOSMITH 

 "Let's Love" (2015 single 
 from album Talking Dreams
 highest chart pos. #36, Adult Top 40





ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, you're on a roll. Pick again.



Give me Female-Fronted
Hard Rock Bands for 200.



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Led by actress/musician/singer Taylor Momsen,
this band drew praise for their chart-topping
Mainstream Rock single "Heaven Knows,"
Chris Payne of Billboard describing the
record as "Queen's 'We Will Rock You'
with Joan Jett vocals." (DING) Shawn...


The spirits are near, heaven knows.
Love grows where my Rosemary goes.

I've got it! Gladys Knight and the Pips!



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
NO! Led by Taylor Momsen? Get real! (DING) Gus...



Who are The Pretty Reckless?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Yes indeed! The Pretty Reckless!


 THE PRETTY RECKLESS 

 "Heaven Knows" (Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014, 
 highest chart pos. #1 U.S. Mainstream Rock, 
 from March 2014 album Going To Hell





ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, the board is still yours.



Alex, I'll take All-Female
Heavy Metal Bands for 200.


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
This all female Canadian alternative rock
and heavy metal band (DING) Shawn...


The Mills Brothers!
I mean...what is the Mills Brothers?
I mean, who are the Mills Brothers?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, I'll start over and read the answer in its entirety
for your benefit. This all female Canadian alternative rock
and heavy metal band has released six studio albums in
the new millennium with titles that include Spit, Oracle,
Until the End and Funeral For Yesterday.



What is Kittie?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Kittie, you betcha!


 KITTIE 

 "What I Always Wanted" (uncharted single 
 from October 2001 album Oracle




ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Gus, I know I sound like a broken record,
but you still own the board. Choose a category.



I think I'll take Female-Fronted
European Metal Bands for 200.


ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
This blues song, first written and recorded by husband
and wife Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929,
was later reworked by the English rock band Led Zeppelin
as the last track on their 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV and,
35 years later, performed by Mexican lead singer/violinist
Marcela Bovio and her Dutch progressive metal band
Stream of Passion on their 2006 album and video
Live in the Real World. (DING) Shawn...



What is "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"?




ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
No...no, I'm sorry. Well, not really.
(DING) Gus?



What is "When the Levee Breaks"?



ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Yes, that's what we were looking for,
"When the Levee Breaks."


 STREAM OF PASSION 

 "When the Levee Breaks" (from 2006 album 
 and video Live in the Real World





ALEX J. CAVANAUGH TREBEK:
Okay, it's time to take a break. Checking the score,
we see that Gus is our leader with $1,200 while
Shawn has yet to get on the board. We'll see if
he can do better in the next round.

We now pause for a word from our sponsor,
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Stay with us.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Ghosts...50 ton o' high-ballin' ghosts...


and running late as usual.


Sound your warning...

Send your message...

Huff and puff and

belch your smoke

and kill and maim

and run off unpunished.


I am tied to this blog for life!



Hi, I'm Shady Del Knight.
I hope you enjoyed that little blurb from Mary Poppins.
It's my way of letting you know this is my 600th post.

Thank you very much for
your friendship and support!




TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

* WITHOUT USING GOOGLE, WIKI OR IMDB,
CAN YOU NAME THAT MOVIE?

* CAN YOU NAME THE DIRECTOR?

* CAN YOU NAME THE ACTOR WHO PLAYED
THE ROLE OF "THE OLD MAN"?

BONUS POINTS:

* WHO IS PICTURED BELOW...
YOUNG JFK... OR YOUNG SDK?


SCROLL DOWN FOR ANSWERS:






















ANSWERS TO TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

The movie stills are from
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
directed by Russ Meyer.


"The Old Man" was played by character actor
Stuart Lancaster who also appeared
in five other Russ Meyer films.


The young man (who is now "The Old Man")
is your host, SDK - Shady Del Knight.

Have a Shady day!