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!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 1: The Beat Goes On!


 I'm Shady Del Knight. 

 Today I begin a new 

 50 part series that's 

 too cool for school. 

 It's so cool... it's... 


 CORNELIUS COOL! 


Soul Train was the hippest trip in America!
Spike Lee described the long running syndicated
TV program as an "urban music time capsule."
The late, great Don Cornelius was the creator,
executive producer and host of Soul Train.
I'm calling my new series Shady Train
and I want you to imagine that Don is
still with us and serving as guest host.
I will do my best imitation of Don
introducing the greatest dance beats
of the 20th and 21st centuries using
words and phrases that Don might
have uttered during Soul Train's
35 years on the air (1971-2006).
As you watch the clips in this
series you'll notice how the music,
dance steps, clothing, hair styles
and attitudes changed over the
last 80 years. Yessum, this series
spans eight decades and will run
well into the 2020s, so get on board
and ride with me on..The Shady Train!

Let's get some hands together,
gang, and give a warm SDMM
welcome to my special guest,
the host of Shady Train...
the one and only

Mr. Don.....CORNELIUS!

Thank you, Shady Del Knight. It's good to be back here on soul station SDMM. The Shady Train ain't your grandaddy's Chattanooga Choo Choo. You're tuned to the hippest trip in America and you've got a ticket to ride, so all aboard!

Let's kick-off our 50-part series with a sound comin' out of Philly that's a sho 'nough dilly. In 1974, MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother), the house band for Philadelphia International Records, started a long string of dance hits for the Gamble-Huff enterprise with "TSOP" ("The Sound of Philadelphia") featuring the vocals of the label's premier girl group, The Three Degrees. "TSOP" was adopted as the Soul Train theme and became the first television theme song to reach #1 on the Hot 100. Put some hands together, gang, and let's give a warm welcome to MFSB featuring -- The Three Degrees!


"TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"
aka "The Soul Train Theme"
MFSB feat. the Three Degrees
(Apr. 1974, highest chart pos. #1)





The big fun has just begun here on the Shady Train... and now, brace yourself for a live performance by Sweden's hottest export since ABBA, an artist who is taking America by storm. You first met this young lady one month ago on Shady Seaweed's New Year's Rockin' Eve blogcast. Loaded with talent and charisma, she is part Madonna... part Billy Idol... and ALL THAT. Please give a warm Shady Train welcome to an artist who must be seen and heard to be believed -- Robin Carlsson, known to millions of fans as -- Robyn!

"Dancing On My Own" - Robyn
(June-Nov. 2010, highest chart pos.
#1 Sweden/#3 US & UK Dance,
Live at The Trocadero Theatre,
Center City, Philadelphia) 

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 30 SEC. MARK! 





Gamble and Huff gave us The Sound of Philadelphia. Mr. Dick Griffey, former talent coordinator for Soul Train, gave us West Coast soul in the 70s on his SOLAR label (Sound of Los Angeles Records). We now switch to Shady Train London and Legs & Co, the all girl dance troupe on the long running British music showcase Top of the Pops, as they perform "And the Beat Goes On," a top 20 hit in 1980 for SOLAR recording artists -- The Whispers!

"And the Beat Goes On" - The Whispers
(April 1980, highest chart position #19,
dance by Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops)





We're gonna linger in London awhile longer to bring you another exciting Top of the Pops moment - this one featuring award winning British R&B singer, television personality and actress Jamelia whose cover of "Superstar," a song originally recorded by Danish pop artist Christine Milton, topped the charts in Poland, Australia and New Zealand. With this performance, the songstress had the excitement meter pegged and the crowd in the palm of her hand. It's time, gang, to meet and greet -- Jamelia!

"Superstar" - Jamelia
(Sept. 2003, highest chart pos.
#3 UK/#1 Australia, New Zealand
& Poland, from Sept. 2003
album Thank You





South Korean pop culture, or the Korean Wave as it is called, has become a global phenomenon, a major part of which is the music coming from that part of the world. Korean pop encompasses a number of styles including dance-pop, electropop, hip-hop and R&B. We will be featuring the best K-pop girl group recordings here on Shady Train beginning with KARA, an act assembled in 2007. From their 2014 mini-album Day & Night, here performing "Mamma Mia" is the energetic and soulful K-pop ensemble -- KARA!

"Mamma Mia" - KARA
(from Aug. 2014 EP Day & Night)





This young man was born in the nation's capital, raised in Brooklyn and died too soon at the age of 40 in Philadelphia. Singing his 1983 dance club favorite on the Cotillion label "All Over Your Face" -- Mr. Ronnie Dyson!

"All Over Your Face" - Ronnie Dyson
(Sept. 1983, highest chart position
#23 R&B/#16 Hot Dance/Club Play)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 40 SEC. MARK! 





Melanie Appleby is another artist whose life was cut tragically short. She died of cancer at the age of 23. Melanie was one half of the British sister act Mel & Kim. The duo exploded on the scene in 1986 with the dance-pop number "Showing Out" which went top 5 at home in the UK, topped the chart in four other European countries and reached #1 on the U.S. Dance Club survey. We relive those happier days by enjoying this live performance of their debut hit. Let's make some noise, gang, for -- Mel & Kim!

"Showing Out (Get Fresh At the Weekend)"
Mel & Kim (Oct./Nov. 1986, h.c.p. #3 UK,
#1 Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
& Belgium, #1 U.S. Club Dance Play)





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!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Comic Relief with The Fontane Sisters


SHOCKING 

TRUE CONFESSION!


I was raised on a steady diet of

"white bread."


(Music that is.) With the exception of a few 45s
by Nat King Cole, my parents' record collection
consisted entirely of white artists singing
"moon...spoon...June" pop, jazz standards,
show tunes and country & western songs.

JIM "GREEN DOOR" LOWE DIED DEC. 12, 2016

As a child I spent countless hours down in
the basement game room sifting through
stacks of 45s, playing them and deciding
which ones were hot and which were not.
Among my early favorites were records
by The Fontane Sisters, a trio of singing
siblings from New Jersey that earned
the nickname "The Queens of Cover."


At that age I didn't know about covers or
their implications. I didn't realize that the
Fontane Sisters and other white artists
made a career out of interpreting for
middle class white audiences songs
that were originally recorded
by black artists.


Good music is good music, and I must
admit that the Fontanes had a terrific
girl group sound reminiscent of the
World War II years. The sisters did a
nice job covering "Hearts of Stone,"
waxed originally by an R&B group
called the Jewels, and covering
"Eddie My Love," originally
recorded by a black sister
act called the Teen Queens.


The Fontane Sisters also sang a dreamy rendition
of "Adorable," originally released by an R&B group called the Colts, a song covered with greater success by a much more popular black group, the Drifters.

"Adorable" was released on a Fontane Sisters single as the B side of their up tempo jitterbug number "Daddy-O."



 "Daddy-O" - The Fontane Sisters 
 (Dec. 1955 to Jan. 1956, 
 highest chart pos. #11) 



Now I'd like you to hear that exquisite
B ballad, "Adorable." To enhance your
listening experience I posted vintage
comic and romance magazine cover art.
Yessum, it's another "poor man's music
video," the kind that requires you to
scroll down the page as the song plays.


Just click below to start the "Adorable" song,
then scroll down, follow along with the lyrics
and feast your eyes on images that remind us
of the way we were back in the Fab Fifties.

 "Adorable" - The Fontane Sisters 
 (Dec. 1955,  highest chart pos. #71, 
 B side of "Daddy-O") 






You're adorable, sweet as can be
You're adorable, a dream boy to me
You're all that I hope my love would ever be


You're so lovable, here in my arms
You're so kissable, when I hold your charms
You're mine, you are so divine
My adorable one


You must have come from heaven
Because you thrill me so
Heaven starts at seven sharp
You start my heart to glow, glow, glow


You're so lovable, so warm, so nice
You're excitable, when kissed once or twice
And soon you'll be mine alone
You adorable one


You're so lovable, so warm, so nice
You're excitable, when kissed once or twice
And soon you'll be mine alone
You adorable one

Now, here's another Fontanes song for you
along with another "video." At the end of
this intro please click, scroll, follow the
lyrics and enjoy a few more of those
nostalgic pulp romance cover art pics.

As a boy I never had an opportunity to hear
the original version of "Seventeen," written
and performed by Rockabilly Hall of Famer
Boyd Bennett. The version of "Seventeen"
that I remember from childhood, the one
my folks brought into the house on a 45,
the one I played over and over again on
my tiny tinny turntable, was the version
by the Fontane Sisters. I say if you're
gonna do a cover, then do it right,
and the fabulous Fontane Sisters
rock around the clock... making
"Seventeen" my Fontanes fave!

 Click and scroll! 

 "Seventeen" - The Fontane Sisters 
 (Aug. 1955, highest chart pos. #3) 






Seventeen, seventeen, she's a solid seventeen
Young enough to dance and sing
Old enough to get that swing


Past sixteen just been kissed
Graduated and got that twist
Kind of love you can't resist
At seventeen


Now sloppy shirt, old blue jeans
Dirty shoes by all means
Patch of blonde, peroxide hair
Jukebox baby ain't no square


Seventeen, she's the queen
Cutest gal you've ever seen
All the boys are really keen
On the hep cat doll of seventeen


 (23 second instrumental bridge) 


Seventeen, seventeen, she's a solid seventeen
Young enough to dance and sing
Old enough to get that swing


Past sixteen just been kissed
Graduated and got that twist
Kind of love you can't resist
At seventeen


Now sloppy shirt, old blue jeans
Dirty shoes by all means
Patch of blonde, peroxide hair
Jukebox baby ain't no square


Seventeen, she's the queen
Cutest gal you've ever seen
All the boys are really keen
On the hep cat doll of seventeen




The Fifties...a nice place to visit

and, the more I think about it,

I really would want to live there.

Have a Shady day!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lucy in Disguise With Guy Friends!



Picture yourself in a globe by a river
Surrounded by trees and clear deep blue skies


Somebody calls you, her costume quite showy
A girl with a lie in her eyes


Synthetic soldiers not yellow but green
Trying to keep her undead


Look for the girl with a lie in her eyes
And she's gone (to another century)


Lucy in disguise with guy friends
(everybody sing!)


Lucy in disguise with guy friends


Lucy in disguise with guy friends, ah, ah...


Hi, I'm Lucy Preston, a history professor
and reluctant time traveler on the hit
NBC television series Timeless.


Each week I and my cohorts...
scientist-slash-tech geek Rufus Carlin and
U.S. Army Delta Force operative Wyatt Logan,
hop in our time machine (aka "the lifeboat")
and go chasing after this man...


...Garcia Flynn, a psycho who stole a time machine
and has the nasty habit of going back in time
hell bent on changing the course
of American history.


As you can see from the remarkably
well preserved photo above, taken in
1865, Flynn does things that aren't
very nice. Our job is to stop him.

I'm Flynn. Don't listen to Lucy.
She doesn't have the big picture.


I'm perfectly sane and I know what I am
doing. By the way, you might remember
me as Dr. Luka Kova─Ź on ER in the late
90s and 2000s. As you can plainly see
I haven't changed a bit over the years.
Can Clooney say the same?


The three of us were strangers until
a few months ago when we were
recruited by the government and
coerced into the time machine.


It took a while for our little Mod Squad to gel.


As you can see in the picture above...
we needed to learn the ropes.


Yep, we make new friends
wherever and whenever we go.


Follow our Timeless adventures


Monday nights on NBC


or binge-watch us on Hulu!