CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"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, April 24, 2017

105 Candles: Picture Yourself at Margaret's 105th Birthday Party!


Tom Anderson back with you today on this very happy occasion. They're here!
Hours ago, I received the pictures taken last week as our dear friend, Margaret Elizabeth Brown Schneider, affectionately known as
The Oldest Living Dell Rat, celebrated her 105th birthday. Here to bring you the story is Margaret's daughter, my good friend and guest blogger, Kathleen Mae Schneider.




105 

Candles

by 
Kathleen Mae 
Schneider






The Big Day

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, dawned with rapidly
warming temperatures and bright sunlight,
with flowering trees, shrubs and flowers
in full bloom. The glorious riot of color
felt for all the world like Mother Nature
was celebrating my Mother's 105th
birthday along with us!


The front of Mother's house greeted
everyone with flowers everywhere...


...and a new decoration for her door.


While Mother slept peacefully, I put
the finishing touches on the decorations
in her living and dining room.


I made sure there were lots of balloons
and, of course, more flowers.


Gifts and birthday cards arrived days before
and all were displayed, some on a century-old
original shutter from the Shady Dell!

Mother was surprised by all the decorations,
but she was even more surprised by the
deliveries that began to arrive.


She and I laughed along with the UPS man
as he struggled to get a huge box
through her front door.


Of course, we had to open it immediately,
and found two giant plush rabbits from my
niece in California, one of which is
actually bigger than Mother!


Neighbors dropped by with flowers and gifts,
wanting photo ops with our sweet celebrity!


Most special of all gifts was the post on SDM&M
paying tribute to Mother. She basked in the love
that reached out to her from my iPad. Hearing
the post and comments, she couldn't believe
how complimentary Tom and his readers are
to her. "How did he get my baby picture on
that skinny little thing?" she marveled.

Early in the evening, we had our small family
party, with a marble chocolate mousse cake
specially decorated for both Mother and the Dell,
since they were both "born" the same week.


The icing picture on top is Mother's last
school picture, taken in the fifth grade.


All in all, Mother's 105th birthday was good.
It must be said though, that we not only
celebrated her many years on earth, but
also her gifts to us of gentleness of
spirit, love for everyone and
her incredible resilience.


Although we can't quite make you believe it,
Mother, you are a very special lady.

We love you always and forever!


LEARN MORE ABOUT MARGARET AND HER FAMILY: 
Margaret's Birthday, Age 104
103 Candles: Margaret's 103rd Birthday Party
Margaret's Birthday, Age 103
Margaret's Birthday, Age 102
Chapter 8: Curious (about) George
Chapter 7: The Demise of the Dell, Pt. 2 Fighting City Hall
Chapter 7: The Demise of the Dell, Pt. 1 Harvest of Tears
Chapter 6: The Dream Becomes a Nightmare
Winter Count: Margaret's 2013 Birthday
Happy Birthday, Margaret! Oldest Living Dell Rat Turns 101
Chapter 5: Home Sweet Dell
Chapter 4: Allie's Rats, Pt 2: Margaret's Pig Tale
Chapter 4: Allie's Rats, Pt 1: Hill and Dell
Chapter 3: The House on the Hill 
Chapter 2: Margaret is Born...and So Is the Dell 
Chapter 1: The Beauty and the Butcher
Introduction: My Shady Dell "Roots"
Margaret's Birthday

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy 105th Birthday, Dear Margaret!


April 15, 1912: the historic

sinking of  the RMS Titanic.


Three days later...

on April 18, 1912...

a child was born in

York, Pennsylvania. 

Her name: Margaret.


When Margaret was a year old her family,
the Browns, moved into the house that
father George built, an estate that
decades later would be known
as the Shady Dell.

I am overjoyed to announce

that today... our dear friend


Margaret Schneider

...a member of the Shady Dell's

royal First Family...

the amazing woman we

have affectionately nicknamed

"The Oldest Living Dell Rat"

...is celebrating her

105th birthday!

Please join me in wishing Margaret
a very happy day filled with fond
memories of her long life.

God bless you,

dear Margaret!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 2: More Bounce!


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Don Cornelius!


Hello and welcome back in for another magnificent ride on the Shady Express. Don't need money, don't take fame, don't need no credit card to ride this train, so climb aboard!


Gene McFadden and John Whitehead are responsible
for writing and producing some of the biggest hits of
the 70s. Their signature song "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
topped the R&B chart and was one of the hottest disco
sounds during the the summer of 1979. With backing
vocals provided by the girl trio The Sweeties which
consisted of Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson and
Evette Benton, let's give a great Shady Train
welcome to -- McFadden & Whitehead!

"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
McFadden & Whitehead
(July 1979, highest chart pos.
#13 Hot 100/#1 R&B)






And we are extremely delighted to have aboard the big train a funky band from Jersey runnin' down a ditty that's doggone pretty. The song is "Hollywood Swinging" from their album Wild and Peaceful on De-Lite Records, and it is their first #1 hit on the R&B Singles chart. Let's make some big noise for-- Kool...and the Gang!

"Hollywood Swinging"
Kool and the Gang
(June 1974, highest chart pos.
#6 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from
1973 album Wild and Peaceful)





In 1976 one of Philly's Phinest, Vickie Sue Robinson, scored a top 10 hit with the disco favorite "Turn the Beat Around." In 1994 Havana born and Miami raised songstress Gloria Estefan, co-founder of the red hot Latin band Miami Sound Machine, released a remarkable remake - a cookin' cover that rivals the original and has become a classic in its own right. Hands together, gang, for-- Gloria Estefan!

"Turn the Beat Around"
(Pablo Flores 12'' Video Remix)
Gloria Estefan (October 1994,
highest chart pos. #13 Hot 100,
#1 Hot Dance Club Play,
from OST of Oct. 1994 film
The Specialist, from album
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 1:05 MARK!





In the late 70s this five time Grammy winner was crowned Queen of Disco. She holds the distinction of being the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In the 1980s she had her "finger on the trigger" and on the pulse of dance-pop and Funk aficionados the world over with this bad boy - a top 10 Pop/top 3 Dance single for which she received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Let's do it real good, gang, for The First Lady of Love, Miss Donna Summer, and -- "Love Is In Control!"

"Love Is In Control (Finger On the Trigger)"
Donna Summer (June 1982, highest chart
pos. #10 Hot 100/#3 Hot Dance Club
from July '82 album Donna Summer)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 42 SEC. MARK!





For the last eight years this funky Brooklyn band has been making its mark as one of the most exciting acts in the business. They are here to do their chart topping single on the Salsoul label entitled "Call Me." A big welcome please, for-- Skyy!

"Call Me" - Skyy
(Jan./Feb. 1982, highest chart
pos. #26 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from
1981 album Skyy Line)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 13 SEC. MARK!





And the Shady Train gang is tuppin' up their stuff and killin' it on the line to the latest by Earth, Wind & Fire. It's a sound we think is one of the baddest in town or anywhere else around... and it's called-- "Thinking of You!"

"Thinking of You" - Earth, Wind & Fire
(Mar. '88, highest cht. pos. #67 Hot 100,
#3 R&B/#1 Hot Dance Clubfrom
Oct. 1987 album Touch the World)





Combining def dance beats with electro funk musicianship and featuring sound FX produced by a talkbox, our next guests, an Ohio group consisting of the four brothers Troutman, are funkier than a mosquito's tweeter. They are here to do the first single from their self-titled debut Warner Brothers album. The song is entitled "More Bounce To the Ounce" and they call themselves-- ZAPP!

"More Bounce To The Ounce" - Zapp
(Oct. 1980, highest chart pos.
#86 Hot 100/#2 R&B, from
July 1980 album Zapp)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 48 SEC. MARK!




That does it for this edition of Shady Train. Well do it all over again next time, and you can bet your last money... it's gonna be a stone gas, honey. I'm Don Cornelius, and as always
in parting, we wish you love...peace...and soul!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Before It Was Soul: The Greatest R&B Records You Never Heard (1942-1957)


Welcome to my new series

BEFORE IT WAS SOUL!


In nearly nine years of blogging, this is the
first time I am devoting considerable time
and attention to one of my favorite periods
and favorite styles of music, the Rhythm
and Blues and black doo-wop recordings
of the 40s and 50s. I was in my twenties
when I first got interested in this type of
 music, much of it produced years before
I was born, and I had a decent collection
of vinyl albums covering the genre. I am
excited to share with you in this series
some of my favorite recordings from
"the dawn of doo-wop."

In an article I read recently I was surprised
to learn how often the name of Billboard's
black music chart has changed over the
years to reflect changes in the industry
and record buying and listening habits.
Take a moment to click here for that
Wiki page, then scroll down to the
History chapter and view the chart.

The scope of this series is limited to
records that appeared on the three
earliest black charts:

THE HARLEM HIT PARADE
(October 1942 – February 1945)

MOST-PLAYED JUKEBOX
RACE RECORDS
(February 1945 – June 1949)

MOST-PLAYED JUKEBOX
RHYTHM & BLUES RECORDS
(June 1949 – October 1958)

In this modern age we are used to listening
to state-of-the-art digital sound. A hot trend
lately is the house/club remix which adds
a heavy bass beat and other enhancements
to old recordings to "bring them up to date."
In this series I will do the opposite. I want
you to hear the authentic sound of the period,
the span of years from the early 40s to late
50s. Whenever possible, I will post videos
from uploaders who have taken the music
directly from the original vinyl 45s or 78s.
Vinyl records have a warmer, richer, more
organic sound than that which can be found
on compact discs and other digital sources.
Vinyl "breathes." You can hear the difference
and most collectors and vintage music lovers
demand it. As you listen to the recordings in
this series, some made 70+ years ago, you
will at times be aware of distortion and other
flaws. Try to disregard them. When I present
rap or heavy metal I urge you to listen with
"a different set of ears." That is what I am
asking you to do in this series. Let this
old music reach you. Listen to it
with your heart and soul.

Every post in this series will contain 6 songs
starting with an earlier recording from the 40s
and moving forward in time through the other
five recordings. Above every posted artist you
will see the name of the Billboard black chart
in use at the time of the record's release.

Unless otherwise indicated, the chart positions
listed are taken from Billboard's black record
charts, not the Pop chart. The vast majority
of the recordings in this series appeared
only on the black chart.


THE HARLEM HIT PARADE
(October 1942 – February 1945)

LOUIS JORDAN AND

HIS TYMPANY FIVE

Louis Jordan was by far the #1 R&B artist of
the 1940s, the later years of the Swing era.
Jordan, a singer, songwriter, sax player and
bandleader, was very popular with both black
and white audiences. Nicknamed "King of the
Jukebox" Jordan, along with his R&B jazz band
Tympany Five, logged a record 113 weeks at
the #1 spot on Billboard's R&B charts which
were established in 1942 in part to reflect and
document the enormous polularity of Jordan
and his innovative, often humorous style.
Let's kick off the series with Jordan's first
charting single, "I'm Gonna Leave You
On the Outskirts of Town," a hit from
the WWII years... the fall of 1942.

"I'm Gonna Leave You
On the Outskirts of Town"
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
(Nov. 1942, highest chart pos. #3)





MOST-PLAYED JUKEBOX
RACE RECORDS
(February 1945 – June 1949)

DINAH WASHINGTON

'Bama born, Chitown raised jazz-blues great
Dinah Washington is the 10th highest ranked
R&B recording artist of the 40s and 4th ranked
of the 50s. I could listen to Dinah's lovely voice
all day every day. One of the diva's greatest
recordings is a late 40s cover of "It's Too
Soon To Know," originally waxed by the
vocal group the Orioles and later turned
into a top 5 hit by crooner Pat Boone.

"It's Too Soon To Know"
Dinah Washington (Dec. 1948,
highest chart pos. #2)





MOST-PLAYED JUKEBOX
RHYTHM & BLUES RECORDS
(June 1949 – October 1958)

THE CARDINALS

From Baltimore, home of the pro baseball team
and the above mentioned Orioles singing group,
came another excellent R&B act, the Cardinals.
Specializing in doo-wop ballads, the Cardinals
waxed some of the best slow dance numbers
of the early to mid 50s. Listen now to the
Cardinals' top 10 hit single from the
fall of 1951, "Shouldn't I Know?"

"Shouldn't I Know?"
The Cardinals (Oct. 1951,
highest chart pos. #7)




Flip the platter and you have the redbirds'
bluesy plea "Please Don't Leave Me."

"Please Don't Leave Me"
The Cardinals (Oct. 1951,
B side of "Shouldn't I Know")





MOST-PLAYED JUKEBOX
RHYTHM & BLUES RECORDS
(June 1949 – October 1958)

THE CLOVERS

The Cardinals were promoted by Atlantic
Records, but they never achieved the level
of success enjoyed by their label mates,
the Clovers, one of the hottest selling
acts of the 50s. Seems record buyers
got a kick out of the Washington D.C.
group's lighthearted style. Many of
the Clovers' songs dealt with adult
subjects like partying, drinking
and chasing women. From the
Christmas season of 1952,
here's a great example -
"Hey Miss Fannie."

"Hey Miss Fannie" - The Clovers
(Dec. 1952, highest chart pos. #2)





MOST-PLAYED JUKEBOX
RHYTHM & BLUES RECORDS
(June 1949 – October 1958)

THE HARPTONES

In sharp contrast to the rascally Clovers,
here is a mellow Manhattan group called
the Harptones. Led by Winnie Winfield,
the Harptones remained a ballad group
throughout their career, never bothering
to experiment with jump records or the
new rock 'n' roll style that other groups
were embracing. Prized by collectors,
the Harptones' single "My Memories
Of You," released in early 1954 on
the Bruce label, failed to chart,
but is today considered to be
a 50s vocal group classic.

"My Memories of You" - The Harptones
(early 1954, uncharted)





I hope you enjoyed listening

to these R&B doo-wop relics.

Stay tuned for volume 2 of

BEFORE IT WAS SOUL

coming your way soon.

Have a Shady day!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

"Now You Can Call Me Ray... or You Can Call Me Red... But Don't Call Me Late for Dinner (or this post)"... Spader Said!


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Shady old chum

...how's tricks?

I'm sure you remember me,
your dear old pal and partner
in grime, Raymond Reddington.


As you know, this is my second visit
to SDMM. My first drop-in was a
positively delightful experience.

Just think, if I make it back
here a third time...


I will have pulled off the old hat trick.
"BA-DUM-BUMP," as you like to say.


A little birdie told me you have spent the better
part of two years posting an extra-ORDINARY
amount of dance-pop. Far be it from me to tell
you how to run your blog, Shady, but, come
now... don't you think enough is enough?
Groups called Booty Luv, Sugababes and
Pussycat Dolls? Really, Shady? And a song
called "My Boobs Are OK"... Seriously?
The natives are getting restless, if you
catch my drift. Let me remind you that
have high friends in low places and
that actions have consequences. If you
continue down this path, forcing lame
disco upon us, then let's just say it will
be...counterproductive...and there will be
repercussions beyond your wildest dreams.
(shudders) Ooooh... I get goose bumps
just thinking about it. Alrighty then, I'm
sure I've made my point. I won't take any
more oyour valuable time. By all means
feel free to go ahead and present whatever
type of music floats your boat. Don't let
anything I said influence you or weigh
heavily on your mind. You have
yourself a nice day then.


Th.. th... thank you, Ray... Raymond...
Mr. Reddington, sir. I was just wondering. Do you remember that other Raymond? Raymond J. Johnson, Jr.? Remember
his shtick on The Gong Show and in commercials for Natural Light beer?


"My name is Raymond J. Johnson, Jr.

Now you can call me Ray...
or you can call me J"...





No? Don't remember him? Not amused?

O------kay then, moving on...


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YOU AXED FOR IT

RAY BABY...

AND YOU GOT IT -

A REFRESHING CHANGE

FROM DANCE POP -

THREE TOE-TAPPERS

FROM THE 2013

SPRING BREAKERS

SOUNDTRACK THAT'LL

REMIND YOU OF

ANNETTE & FRANKIE!

ENJOY!!!



DANGERUSS with

JAMES FRANCO
(VIDEO DIRECTED BY JAMES FRANCO)





GUCCI MANE &

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME





MEEK MILL, PILL, TORCH

& RICK ROSS feat.

FRENCH MONTANA

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 11 SEC. MARK!





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We meet again, Shady.


Goodness gracious, I guess you showed me!
I can't tell you how disappointed I am that
you traded in sugar pops for thug rap. Need
I remind you that we had a gentleman's
agreement that you would stick to more
popular and acceptable styles of music
along the lines of classic rock, the Beatles
and an occasional Sinatra favorite? Dropping
these bombs was a clever, bold and defiant
move on your part, albeit not a very smart
one. Oh well... nhard feelings. Water
under the bridge, as they say.
Let bygones be bygones. 

I have an idea. 
Why don't we put this
unpleasantness behind us? I insist that
you let me buy you dinner. There's a
quaint little place called Killian's on the
outskirts of town. They serve positively
scrumptious Lamb Wellington smothered in
horseradish. It's to die for. I'm also thinking
some fava beans and nice chianti might
hit the spot. The kitchen never closes
so be there at midnight. You really
 must come, Shady.


By that I mean... you really
must come..... or else.




































HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!