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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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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ron's Pickin' Up Good Vibrations Again!


 They recorded under three different names. 

 They were equally adept at producing 

 jump tempo R&B dance records  

 and dreamy doo-wop ballads. 


 THE VIBRATIONS! 

It's time for the third and final installment 
of Dell Rat Ron's tribute to the Vibrations, 
the west coast R&B vocal group that also 
released records as the Jayhawks
and as the Marathons.



Once again I'll be playing
a game of Six Degrees
with Ron. For every one
of his good Vibrations...
I'll answer with a song that
is similar to it in some way.
Ready, Ron? Here we go!




 THE MARATHONS 

 Shady, I saw the Vibrations 
 on American Bandstand four 
 times. They appeared on the 
 program to promote their 
 latest records which included 
 "The Watusi," "Stranded in 
 the Jungle," "Let's Pony Again," 
 a fun dance song that won me 
 over, and "Peanut Butter," the 
 first song in today's post. 
 "Peanut Butter" was a parody 
 of "Hully Gully," a 1960 dance 
 record by the Olympics.  The 
 Vibrations recorded the song 
 in 1961 on Arvee Records 
 using the name the Marathons, this while already under 
 contract with Checker. The release became a top 20 hit 
 but resulted in a contract dispute. In order to make the 
 legal hassles go away the recording was reissued on 
 Argo Records with the print on the label reading: 
 "Vibrations named by others as Marathons." 

 "Peanut Butter" - The Marathons 
 (June 1961, highest chart pos. #20) 





 TOMMY ROE 

Ron, no matter how you slice it "Peanut Butter" sticks to your ribs and pleases the palate. Now I've got one for you that might seem a little white-bread based on the title alone but, when when you listen to it, I'm betting you'll hear what I hear, a record that kicks serious butt. For decades I had a built-in bias against singer - songwriter Tommy Roe. I loved his early rockabilly material and his bubblegum pop, but I began to have a problem with Tommy when he started dabbling in lighter weight material aimed at the kiddie krowd - icky nursery rhyme ditties like "Jack and Jill" and "Dizzy."


All my life "Jam Up Jelly Tight" fit into that
category and I went out of my way to avoid it.
Recently I changed my tune when I stopped
getting hung up on the title and lyrics and
started listening with a different set of ears.
For the first time I noticed and appreciated
the musicianship and groovy arrangement
and concluded that "Jam Up Jelly Tight"
is a great record. Here's our friend
Music Mike with the intro.

 "Jam Up Jelly Tight" - Tommy Roe 
 (Dec. 1969, highest chart pos. #8) 






 Ronny, back to you, bub


 THE VIBRATIONS 

 Mr. Knight, I recently discovered a gem of my own 
 on one of the Vibrations greatest hits albums. 
 "So Blue" is beautiful ballad.  It's a pity 
 that it never broke free of the 
 Bubbling Under chart. 

 "So Blue" - The Vibrations 
 (June 1960, highest 
 chart position #110) 





 VIC DANA 


 Ron, I'm sure you and many 

 other readers remember the 

 mellow hit record "Mr. Blue" 

 by the Fleetwoods. 

When original lead singer Gary Troxel was drafted
into the Navy, Vic Dana took over on vocals when
the Fleetwoods appeared live on stage. Dana, an
accomplished tap dancer, had been discovered a
few years earlier by Sammy Davis, Jr. When
demand for dancing entertainers diminished,
Vic switched to a singing career and in 1965
scored his biggest hit, the top 10 charting
"Red Roses for a Blue Lady."

 "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" 
 Vic Dana (March 1965, 
 highest chart pos. #10) 





 Ron, I lobbed one over the net. 

 SPIKE IT! 


 THE VIBRATIONS 

 Shady, this next song is one that 
 I didn't know until the Delchords 
 started singing it frequently at the 
 Oaks in the early years. It's one of 
 the best of the Vibrations' earlier 
 classics. It was nice seeing this 
 performed live at the Raven on the 
 several occasions that the Vibes 
 appeared there always backed up 
 by the Magnificent Men, and 
 enjoying the Mag Men's sets while 
 they took breaks between theirs. 

 "Oh Cindy" - The Vibrations 
 (1962, uncharted) 






 RAY SHARPE 

As I'm sure you know, Ron, girl names were used in the titles of many popular recordings released during the 1950s and 60s. Peggy Sue, Susie-Q, Denise, Donna, Sheila, Barbara Ann, Patti Ann, Judy, Sherry, Marlena, Dawn, Ronnie, Marianne, Carrie Ann, Bernadette, Tracy, Sally, Mary and Linda are a just a few that come to mind. I love to play seldom heard nuggets on SDMM and here's one of my favorites - "Linda Lu." It was recorded in 1959 by Ray Sharpe, a black artist who sounded white and performed rockabilly. Ray's oft covered "Linda Lu" made the Billboard top 50 and featured backing by the twangy guitar of Duane Eddy.

 "Linda Lu" - Ray Sharpe 
 (Sept. 1959, highest 
 chart pos. #46) 





 Ron, looks like you're wrapping up your 

 good vibes series with a familiar and 

 frequently recorded snuggle song. 


 THE VIBRATIONS 

 You are correct, sir! At the end of 1963, 
 Lenny Welch earned a top 5 hit with the romantic 
 pop ballad "Since I Fell for You." The Harptones 
 recorded another great version of the song and so 
 did The Vibrations, theirs a cool up tempo variation. 
 The Vibrations were one of the Temptations' major 
 influences and one of their favorite groups. Locally 
 our Delchords also used to perform this Vibrations 
 version of "Since I Fell For You." 

 "Since I Fell For You" 
 The Vibrations  
 (1963, uncharted) 





 THE TEMPTATIONS 

 Ron, the arrangement used by the 

 Vibrations on "Since I Fell for You" 

 sounds mighty familiar to me. 

It reminds me of a number I know you dig
called "Paradise," one of the earliest recordings
by the Temptations. "Paradise" was released as
the A side of a single (b/w "Slow Down Heart")
in late September 1962. It lasted just one week
on the Bubbling Under chart and then vanished,
reappearing in March of 1964 as a track on the
Meet the Temptations album. Listen and note
the similarities between your Vibes record
 and this one by the Temps.

 "Paradise" - The Temptations 
 (December 1962, highest 
 chart pos. #122) 





 Thank you, Dell Rat Ron, for this 

 sensational three-parter spotlighting 

 an outstanding 50s/60s vocal group, 

 the good...the great...the best of the 

 Vibrations (Marathons/Jayhawks)! 

Have a Shady day!

45 comments:

  1. Kathryn AndersonJune 29, 2017 at 3:01 AM

    It has been a long time since you and Ron did a post together. I always enjoy reading Ron’s song introductions because he likes to share his personal recollections about the songs and local venues where he heard them. I remember and like the song Peanut Butter-- but had no idea the group that recorded it went by three different names at various times in their career. I also like the Vibrations version of Since I Fell For You.

    I had forgotten about that Tommy Roe song-- Jam Up and Jelly Tight. It does have a great sound, vocally and instrumentally-- and I always enjoy Music Mike's introductions. It has also been ages since I heard Red Roses for a Blue Lady. I didn’t remember who sang it but remembered the song well.

    You are right about Ray Sharp-- he sounds like a southern white man singing rock-a-billy style. I love the Temptations but was not familiar with Paradise. You can tell it was one of their early records because it sounds a lot different from their later songs.

    You and Ron put together another excellent post-- and I look forward to the next part of this series!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for being the early bird this week. Yessum, it has been a long time since I ran a Dell Rat Ron post. I'm glad you enjoyed the part 3 conclusion of our series on the Vibrations (which we started in 1976 :) Waxing records as The Marathons, the group gave us the top 20 hit "Peanut Butter," not to be confused with the similar titled “Peanuts,” a different song by Little Joe and the Thrillers which was later covered by The Wonder Who, an alternate i.d. used by The 4 Seasons. "Peanut Butter" is also not to be confused with “Bread And Butter" by the Newbeats, "Jelly Jungle (of Orange Marmalade)" by The Lemon Pipers, or the group Bread. :)

      I'm glad your ears match mine on Tommy Roe's "Jam Up Jelly Tight." The more I hear that one, the more I like it. In my opinion it has a lot more going for it than "Hooray For Hazel," "Jack and Jill" and "Dizzy."

      I'm also happy to know you dug "Red Roses," "Linda Lu" and "Paradise," three seldom heard relics neglected by oldies radio programs of the 21st century.

      Thanks again for your comment, Kathryn, and have a great day!

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  2. I am going to have Peanut Butter in my head all day now. Simpler times. I guess now they would do a song about Nutella, wouldn't they?

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming by, good buddy!

      I hope you don't mind having "Peanut Butter" on the brain all day. :) I can think of worse things to have stuck in your mind. You're right. The 50s and early 60s were simpler times. There were far far far fewer choices in food and beverage flavors and just about everything else. Sometimes I think we have too many choices and it fosters discontent. We are easily bored and always yearning for something new and allegedly better.

      Thanks again for joining the fun and sharing your thoughts, good buddy Alex!

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  3. A song about Nutella would be great 😂 I was thinking why many songs had girl's name in their titles, a sort of romantic feeling lost today? Surely we are not so romantic as our parents were, or is there another reason? Some months ago just after the end of the Sanremo festival (have you ever heard about it?) a journalist said the word "kiss" disappeared from modern songs but was in about any song of the 50s/60s , is that the same situation with girl's names??

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    1. Hi, Katia!

      Thank you very much for joining the fun over here today, my dear Italian friend! I think you are correct. The word "kiss" has all but vanished from modern songs as have songs with a girl's name in the title. The trend seems to reflect the loss of innocence and romance that were so much a part of songs like these from the 50s and early 60s.

      In addition to the one word girl name song titles I listed in this post, there were countless other girl names embedded in longer song titles. One that immediately springs to mind is "Cindy, Oh Cindy" by The Tarriers, a record successfully covered by Eddie Fisher. "Cindy, Oh Cindy" is a different song from the Vibrations' "Oh Cindy" featured here. Then there was the famous "Lucy In The Sky (With Diamonds) by The Beatles, "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)" by John Fred & His Playboy Band, "Judy's Turn To Cry" by Lesley Gore, "Take a Letter Maria" by R. B. Greaves, "What Will My Mary Say" by Johnny Mathis, "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard, "Short Fat Fannie" by Larry Williams, "Please Don't Ask About Barbara" by Bobby Vee, Tommy Roe's "Hooray For Hazel" and a gazillion more.

      I was not familiar with the Sanremo Music Festival, but did some reading about it just now and discovered it was the inspiration for the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

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

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  4. So nice to see you back! Peanut Butter was definitely a crowd-pleaser. I remember my dad played that one a lot. I had never heard, Cindy. I like it. Very smooth.

    (I'm still dealing with a lot at my pad, so I'm not very regular about blogging. I'm alternating the time I'm here between the Mama Diaries blog and my Gone Gardening blog.)

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thank you very much for swinging over, dear friend! I'm happy to be back to regular blogging and happy to see your smiling face in my space. I didn't even know you had a gardening blog in addition to your humor based Mama's Diaries site. I'll check it out!

      I am also delighted that you remember "Peanut Butter" because your dad used to play it a lot. He sounds cool. My parents hated rock 'n' roll and only played artists like Pat Boone, Patti Page, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, Patsy Cline, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Red Foley. My mom thought the Beatles were a terrible influence on young people. Everybody chant along with me - "Gangsta rap was still light years away!" :)

      Thank you again for spending some time in the Shady, dear friend Sherry. I have my fingers crossed that your domestic woes clear up soon. You are such a nice person and it makes me sad to know that you are facing difficult challenges, whatever they may be. God bless!

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  5. Some of these old songs make me laugh! It was certainly a time when music was pure entertainment, not trying to make a statement or evoke strong emotions. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. ;)

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for joining the fun as Dell Rat Ron and I present part 3 of our series on the Vibrations. As one of my new followers this is probably your first exposure to Ron Shearer. In addition to being a Dell regular during the same years I went there, Ron was also a high school chum. He and I were in the same graduating class of '67. Ron and I also attended the same university - Paterno State! :)

      Yessum, comical novelty recordings were quite common in the 50s and early 60s (as were instrumentals). As Ron pointed out, The Marathons' 1961 single "Peanut Butter" was a parody of a record called "(Baby) Hully Gully" by The Olympics which was released at the end of 1959. Some say "Peanut Butter" was a direct rip-off of "Hully Gully" because it has the same melody and arrangement.

      I agree with you, Kelly. Songs like "Peanut Butter" and "Jam Up Jelly Tight" do not make a statement or evoke strong emotions - only pangs of hunger. :) As Shady likes to say, "Gangsta rap was still light years away" when these innocent ditties were on the charts.

      Thank you very much for your comment,
      dear friend Kelly. Enjoy the rest of your week. (I'm all set to go outdoors tomorrow morning to search the sky for the ISS! :)

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  6. Well, I don't know how a song about Nutella would come across..."Peanut Butter" was an hilarious song, but cute! Some of the food songs of the 60's were pretty good. We had "Brown Sugar", which at the time may have raised a few eyebrows, unless you were just into it for the music and dance potential, like me! And, give me "Polk Salad Annie" by Tony Joe White, and, or Elvis, any day!

    You mention a lot of great songs with girls' names in them..."Please Don't Ask About Barbara", I can't explain why, but I love that song. "Cindy's Birthday" by Johnny Crawford is such a sweet song-I love him! And, "Take a Letter Maria", wow!

    Tommy Roe's "Jam Up Jelly Tight" is an okay song, and, it was fun watching Music Mike's intro-those old radio and TV rock and roll shows were the best. I have to say Tommy Roe's "Sheila" is my favorite of his. He had a lot of cute and good songs.

    I have never heard "Paradise" by the Temptations, but I did enjoy the song and the video. I could listen to them sing all day long. And, I did like "So Blue" by the Vibrations!

    Shady and Ron, you guys nailed it today with your collaboration of these fun songs, and, the similarities of subjects and titles between groups. Everyone has to agree that music is such an important part of our lives. For most of us, it starts at birth...I sang and listened to music during my whole pregnancy with my son, and, started dancing with my little Scootie from his infancy. Now, he says "I probably know more songs than you do, Grandma", lol! Oh...I liked "Linda Lu" also!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Shady! Thank you for your hard work, and, for getting together with that cute Ron to bring us the great songs! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for dropping in to check out part 3 of The Vibrations featuring the colorful commentary of my old Dell, high school and college buddy Ron Shearer.

      Did you know that the song "(Baby) Hully Gully" was covered by more than a dozen other artists including Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys and Grateful Dead? Did you know that "Peanut Butter" (the same melody and arrangement with different title and lyrics) was covered, not only by The Vibrations (as The Marathons), but by J. Gels Band and the Olsen Twins?

      Wow, without even trying, we are making quite a list of girl songs, and I know we could make a dang good list of food songs as well. Remember the early Supremes record "Buttered Popcorn" and the Kingsmen record "Jolly Green Giant' that named so many canned foods?

      Additional girl songs that just popped into my head include "Judy, Don't Be Moody," "Honolulu Lulu (Queen of the Surfer Girls)," "You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend) Alice Long" and "Alice's Restaurant."

      I'm glad you mentioned Tony Joe White. Ray Sharpe was a black singer who sounded white. Louisiana singer, songwriter and guitar player Tony Joe White was a white man who sounded black. White also wrote one of my favorite songs "A Rainy Night in Georgia" (turned into a hit by Brook Benton) and "Steamy Windows," a Tina Turner record that I will be featuring on SDMM at some point in the future.

      Before I forget I want to say r.i.p. to Gary DeCarlo who sang lead on the frat rock/sports stadium anthem "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam. Gary died this week at age 75.

      I'm so happy to know that Scootie has taken an interest in music thanks to your influence. Thank you again for your visit and super comment, dear friend Suzanne. Take care and have a great weekend!

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  7. Ron always brings back memories for me with his songs, venues and personal stories. I never heard the one Vibrations song and did not realize the Mag Men and Delchords did some of their songs. Just mentioning the Oaks and Raven brings back memories of good times. I bet Ron even went to Haars and Progress on occasion. The way the Temp song starts reminds me of "Village of Love" and other parts remind me of "Stay". Am I crazy or do you hear that also. In any case, as normal I appreciate Ron and you getting together for a post. Talk Ron into a few more.
    Jerre

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    1. Hi, Jerre!

      Welcome back, good buddy! I'm so glad you caught the latest post featuring our old fellow Dellion Ron Shearer. You said (wrote) a mouthful, Jerre. Ron always has stories galore and triggers memories by mentioning guys we remember like the Chords, the Men and the clubs around Central PA.

      You are absolutely right, Jerre. "Paradise" sounds a lot like "Stay," the biggie by The Zodiacs. I can also hear "Village Of Love" in it.

      I'm delighted that you joined the conversation and that you enjoyed reminiscing with Ron and me, good buddy Jerre. (I am hoping our mutual friend Davy Bupp will also stop by with a comment.) Take good care of yourself and please come back soon!

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  8. Oh My Goodness, Peanut Butter I remember this song. Great beat nice to dance to.
    Linda Lu = perfect. I so remember.Lots of memories.
    What a terrific post today with lots of great music.
    I will be hit and miss (like now) with my comments for a few more months.

    Have a great summer
    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      I am pleasantly surprised to see you, my dear Tuscon friend. Thanks for coming over! With the temps boiling hot in your part of the country it's nice of you to spend some time basking in the Shady with some cool tuneage.

      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed the music and like one of my all time faves "Linda Lu." Re: the "Peanut Butter" record, you are quoting the kids on Bandstand's Rate A Record when you say, "it's got a great beat and nice to dance to."

      I'm so glad you came by and had some fun today, dear friend Gayle. I'll be over to visit you and thehamish (and your herd of javelina) soon. Take care and God bless!

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  9. Hi Shady,

    I've only heard of the Temptations and I LOVE the Temptations!

    Thank you for expanding my horizons today. The Vibrations and other groups sound amazing! I need to check out more of their music.

    Have a great Friday, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank so much for coming by, dear Philly phriend. I'm happy to see you!

      Yessum, the Temptations are the most successful and best known of the acts represented here, yet "Paradise" is one of their less well known recordings.

      I'm glad you enjoyed Ron's good Vibes. The Vibrations version of the ballad "Misty" is one of my favorite records, surpassed only by the rendition of the song waxed by our Susquehanna Valley superstars The Magnificent Men.

      I am always happy to expand your horizons, dear friend JM. Thanks again for dropping by!

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    2. I think I need to get back into downloading music again.

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    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      I'm discovering tons of tuneage that I missed the first time around. Currently my tastes are going off in all directions. I am eagerly awaiting the release this month of the new album by my favorite band In This Moment!

      Thanks for coming by, dear friend JM!

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  10. Hi Shady! I've been under the weather and a bit AWOL lately but this post brought some memories and smiles today! I remember Peanut Butter and the Jelly tunes and also Red Roses for a Blue Lady. Fun tunes! There were a ton of girl names songs but all I can remember for Kathy was "Kathy's Clown"...figures! Listening to the last song I had visions of kids line dancing to that number. Hope all is good with you and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming by for a visit, dear friend! I am happy to see you but sad to learn that you've been under the weather. I hope it doesn't have anything to do with that nasty spider bite you got a couple of weeks ago.

      Yessum, you helped us out by remembering another popular girl name song that nobody else mentioned, the hit by The Everly Brothers. The only thing is, they spelled her name with a "C" to go along with Clown - "Cathy's Clown."

      I'm glad you remember "Red Roses For a Blue Lady" by Vic Dana. I'm sure you also remember another romantic song of the period, "Roses Are Red (My Love), Violets Are Blue" by Bobby Vinton.

      You're right. "Paradise" has a tempo that made it a good choice for line dancing. It is also known as a "popcorn" oldie, because the tempo was ideal for couples ballroom style dancing at clubs in Belgium and other parts of Europe.

      I hope you get well soon, dear friend YaYa, and I thank you again for making time to visit and comment!

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  11. Hey Shady.
    This was a very cool post that you and Ron put together! I have to say, beyond a doubt that my fav of all the songs you guys presented is Peanut Butter. It's just so silly, a song about peanut butter, but it's some great music! Next is for sure Tommy Roe. Of course his Jam Up Jelly Tight (mighty weird title and lyrics there!) doesn't come close to being as good as his Dizzy, in my opinion, but I really enjoyed it. Dizzy though is one of my all time favorites and it takes me back to my wee young years. I could listen to that song all day! "Dizzy...I'm so dizzy my head is spinning...like a whirlpool it never ends...and it's you Girl making it spin...." oh, so good!! The drums in that song are fantastic!

    The other song I enjoyed is Linda Lu. It had good rhythm.

    Interesting that the Vibrations performed and recorded under theee different names. Talk about an identity crisis!

    I also like Vic Dana's Red Roses for a Blue Lady. Musically it's good and I like the lyrics. It sounds familiar so I'm thinking that I must have heard it before. The others not so much.

    And finally, who doesn't like the Temptations?! Love that group. And I especially dig the purple costumes with those classy white shoes! Great look!

    Thanks Ron and Tom! It was a musical pleasure...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for swinging over to sample the sounds that Ron and I selected for you in this the third and final installment of our series Good Vibrations.

      Yessum there are several different music styles represented here. You have the novelty doo-wop number "Peanut Butter," the same tune as The Olympics dance ditty "(Baby) Hully Gully" which also had funny lyrics:

      A-there's a dance spreadin' round
      Like an awful disease
      (Hully, Hully Gully)
      Oh well, you shake yo' shoulders
      And you wiggle yo' knees
      (Hully, Hully Gully)

      This post also contains several straightforward R&B doo-wop ballads, The Temps' popcorn oldie "Paradise" which was suitable for line dancing, the mid tempo "pop-a-billy" sound of "Jam Up Jelly Tight," the southern style rockabilly record by black artist Ray Sharpe, and crooner Vic Dana's romantic opus "Red Roses For a Blue Lady." I won't knock you if "Dizzy" is your favorite Tommy Roe song. It is not one of my faves because it literally makes me dizzy to listen to it. :) My four favorites by Tommy would have to be "Sheila," "Everybody," "Sweet Pea" and "It's Now Winter's Day," the latter two being memory making "Dell songs."

      I'm thrilled to know you had a good time with the post, dear friend Michele. Thanks again for coming by and for your extraordinary comment. I wish you and your hounds a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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  12. Tom,

    Your final installment in your Vibrations series gave me the sense I was revisiting the 50s. When I was in school during home coming week each day we had a different theme and my favorite was the 50s. We'd go retro style poodle shirts, rolled up jeans, saddle oxfords, and sock hop in the gym. It was such a blast! The only song I'm familiar with is Red Roses for a Blue Lady. Great selections here today. Thanks for sharing, have a tunetastic weekend, and happy 4th, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Welcome back, dear friend! I am very happy to see you.

      It has been such a long time since the first two parts of this series ran (in 2013) that I wasn't sure if you ever saw them or even encountered a post featuring my old buddy Dell Rat Ron. Ron, a high school, college and Shady Dell friend, is a great guest on SDMM because he shares so many personal anecdotes about artists and their recordings.

      You made a good point here, dear friend, perhaps w/o even knowing it. Only one of the eight records in this post was released in the 50s, that being "Linda Lu" in 1959. However, six of the eight songs were released in the pre-Beatles 60s. That's key because most recordings on the charts in the early 60s sounded similar to the records that were popular in the 50s. When people recall the Fifties, very often the early 60s are lumped in because there were no radical changes in the mewsic landscape until the Beatles came along in 1964. When people think of the Sixties, most of the time they mean 1964 and later - the Beatles, hippies and Woodstock era.

      I love retro style record hops and I wish today's teenagers would organize them. Perhaps they do. Now you have me thinking about It's My Party, a girl group based in Western New York that performs classic girl group oldies of the 50s and 60s. They dress the part and their shows are delightfully authentic.

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourself here today, dear friend Cathy. Thanks again for joining the fun. Take care and have a wonderful holiday!

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    2. Tom,

      The clarification of how little mewsic changed from the 50s to early 60s is something I notice but didn't really think about until you mentioned the Beatles turning mewsic in a different direction. I think when kids today think of retro mewsic, they think of the 80s and that sorta tickles me. I now know how my parents must've felt. :D Have a safe and fun 4th, my friend!

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    3. Hi, Cathy!

      I'm getting a slow start on my day but I intend to visit your space soon. Thanks for coming back to mine, dear friend!

      Yessum, the "overlap" of perceived decades is an interesting phenomenon. In the minds of many people, The Seventies did not begin until Disco started becoming the dominant trend around 1973-74. For that reason 1970, '71 and '72 are often lumped in with "The Sixties."

      It worries me that many great artists and mewsic along with other facets of 20th century culture (including important lessons) are being forgotten or never learned in the 21st century.

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

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  13. NO DOUBT, we loved The Vibrations in both
    The Del-Chords and the Magmen. We shared the bill with the Vibes more than any other group. We co-starred together twice at the Uptown. We would always let the Vibes sing Misty.After all the Magmen stole the arrangement from the Vibrations. A great true story
    goes like this. We are doing a show in Staten Island at a night club with The
    Vibes. After the show I noticed one of the Vibes forgot their stage shoes. The shoes fit me perfectly. I would go on to wear those shoes for the rest of the Magmen shows. Even shows with the Vibes.
    I never gave them back because I believed they were magic shoes!!
    Later Shady. And a great big hug and hello to my good buddy Ronnie. love you guys!! Dave Bupp

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    1. Hi, Dave!

      Thanks a lot for dropping in again this week, my old friend! As I told Jerre Slaybaugh ("Anonymous" above) I was hoping you'd see this post and have a thing or two to say about the Vibrations. I am honored to have you join the conversation! Like the anecdotes provided by Ron and Jerre, your personal stories are more precious than gold here on SDMM. The blog was originally intended to focus mainly on the Dell, the Oaks, the Raven and other local and regional venues, the artists, groups and bands that performed at those places and the great music they played. It's exciting any time we can assemble a group of Central PA guys like we did here this week, play some of our favorite old songs and share our memories.

      Thanks for telling us the story about the Vibe member who left his shoes behind. Believe me, Dave, you stepped into and filled those shoes in more ways than one. As for the covers of "Misty" waxed by The Vibrations and the Mag Men, both renditions give me chills and fever and leave me shaken and stirred.

      Thanks again, Dave, for being here along with Dell Rat Ron, Dell Rat Jerre and Dell Rat Shady as together we do our best to keep alive the music and the memories!

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  14. Who cant enjoy a song about Peanut Butter!!!! I remember my grandma telling me about this song when I was younger then when I heard it with her, it was so fun.
    One of my favorite songs ( I've posted on blog before is) a song from the 90's called Peaches by the Presidents of the United States. Simple songs bring lots of joy!!
    Big hugs to you Shady and have a wonderful and safe holiday

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    1. Hi, Holli-wood N. Vine!

      How are you, my dear Texas friend? Thank you very much for coming over!

      Yessum, "Peanut Butter" is the kind of song that gets stuck in your noggin for hours or days on end. I challenge anyone to stay down in the dumps while listening to "Peanut Butter." I'm happy to know that novelty ditty brings back fond memories of your grandma and your earlier years.

      WOW - I just watched the official video for "Peaches." It's fantastic! I never heard the song before, but it sure is fun and sure does rock. I loved the ninja battle at the end of the vid. Thanks for telling me about it!

      Big hugs to you as well, dear friend Holli. Thank you so much for your visit and comment. I wish you and Todd, your dogs and your whole clan a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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  15. What an awesome post, friend Shady ... so enjoyed the musical conversation between Ron and you ... most of the music sounds a bit "greek" to me sa me was a bit too young back then ... nonetheless, I did rescue a few of my husband's record collection and still have them ... Ink spots, Fats Domino, Helen Shapiro, and Theresa Brewer ... I love Theresa Brewer ... always have and always will ... Thank you for another educational post, my friend ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      It's so nice of you to come down and join Dell Rat Ron and me as Ron picks up good Vibrations, I play my game of Six Degrees and we all do some sweatin' to the oldies. :)

      Your husband had eclectic taste in mewsic, dear cat. I think I told you before that the perky, vivacious Teresa Brewer was my mother's favorite female artist. I grew up listening to Teresa's records thanks to my mom.
      My brother bought Fats 45s and I was exposed to his hits at an early age.

      I am always happy to make learning a pleasurable experience for you, dear friend cat. Thanks again for coming and have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. I'm familiar with The Temptations because I've heard MJ mentioned it in his interviews.

    All these names of groups got me thinking about what if I have a band. What would our name be? :D

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    1. Hi, Lux!

      Welcome back, my dear Philippine phriend. I am very pleased to see you!

      Yessum, these records were all released light years before you were born and halfway around the world from where you live. It stands to reason that you don't know most of the artists and songs. I'm happy to know you've heard of the Temps because they were giants of soul when I was young.

      I hope you think about it and come up with a name for your imaginary band and let me know. I can think of a catchy name right off the bat: Thrilla in Manilla. You will probably need to Google (Wiki) that term in order to understand its meaning. :)

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Lux. Have a safe and happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Mike!

      I hope you picked up a new favorite or two from this batch of oldies. Happy holiday to you, good buddy!

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  18. We just brought home a Google Home, and are so happy with it! I'm going to ask it to play these songs for me today. Thanks, Shady.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl!

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend!

      Wow - that is quite a compliment. I'm happy to know you liked the tuneage Ron and I presented enough to ask your device to play the songs for you. Some of these are obscure so it will be interesting to see if your Google Home can find and play them.

      Thanks again for joining the fun on a holiday weekend, dear friend Cheryl-Lee. Happy 4th to you and yours!

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  19. Hi Shady!

    This terrific line-up of memorable melodies is exactly what they play at the care home I frequent these days. I love to see the bobbing heads of the chair-bound, the winks and smiles and occasional fanny wiggles. Good stuff here, my friend! Peanut butter makes me think of diminishing spoon supplies. Once you enjoyed the treat, spoons were excellent tools for digging up potato bugs ;-)
    There are only two cities in the US by the name of Tucson. Is it possible you have a friend in each?
    Hope your 4th was fabulous!

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    1. Hi, diedre!

      How are you, dear friend? Thank you very much for dropping by to sample some songs, very old ones, presented by Dell Rat Ron Shearer and Shady Del Knight aka Shady Seaweed.

      Yessum, one by one, the Baby Boom teenagers of the 50s and 60s are becoming residents of care facilities of various kinds. I am convinced however that our music will keep us forever young if only we allow it.

      I don't know why I spelled Tucson incorrectly in my reply to Gayle. I need to be more careful. I know that she lives in Arizona and I thought you did, too. I don't know of any other city named Tucson unless you are referring to South Tucson. :)

      I had a fab 4th because I was able to watch no fewer than seven fireworks displays at the same time last night by looking in different directions. It was awesome!

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

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  20. Well, here I am playing catch up of course. I'm glad the 2 of you got together with this mash up..am I saying this right?? Hahahaa anyhoo, I'm loving that song Peanut Butter which seems to go with that Jelly song. That jelly song just seemed slightly suggestive to me or is my mind always in the gutter?. I know red rose given to a blue lady quite well and the other songs are just so full of nostalgia. Always enjoyable to listen

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