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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

Monday, May 2, 2011

Random Acts of Greatness! Dell Rat Jerre Presents the 15 Greatest on Record! (Part 2)

It's time to get back to 

Dell Rat Jerre's list of the 

15 greatest recording artists 

of the rock 'n roll era. 

Keep in mind that Jerre's survey includes 
bands, vocal groups, solo singers and 


At the end of Part 1 you were given 
a good old fashioned Shady Del Knight

I asked you to name this vocal group: 

To help you find the answer I'll make it 
multiple choice:

A. The Beatles 
B. Milli Vanilli 
C. Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes 
D. Susan Boyle 
E. All of the above 
F. 3rd Edition 

Answer: F. 3rd Edition 

I never heard of these guys before Dell Rat Jerre turned me on to them. 3rd Edition is a Long Island based acapella doo-wop group. One listen and I think you'll agree with Jerre and me...these cats are the real deal!

11. 3rd Edition 

12. Johnny Maestro, lead singer of 
The Crests and The Brooklyn Bridge 

13. Impressions 

14. Simon & Garfunkel 

Instead of playing the same familiar Simon and Garfunkel songs that we've all heard a million times I thought I'd offer
a history lesson to those of you who love Paul and Artie but didn't know about their early years when they called themselves Tom and Jerry.

Beginning in 1957 Tom and Jerry made a number of rock-a-billy style recordings that reflected the heavy influence of the Everly Brothers.

During that
early period the
dynamic duo also
laid down some
not too shabby
doo-wop sounds.

The only Tom and Jerry record that charted was
their first release "Hey! Schoolgirl" which registered on Billboard from mid December 1957 through January
of 1958.

Here's the killer bee flip side of that single:

These little known and seldom heard roots recordings mark the beginning of one of the most successful pairings in rock history, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel!

15. Jimmy Smith 

Jerre my friend, you did it again!

This list of your favorite recording artists 
reflects your eclectic taste and gives us 
a real education! 

The more I listen to the Jive Five the more I appreciate
the wealth of fine recordings made by Eugene Pitt and the various incarnations of his vocal group. I'll have separate posts devoted to the Jive Five coming up later this year.

Billy Joel purists might prefer "Piano Man" and other early recordings, but I picked a pair Billy's MTV era music videos because I like them and because I haven't seen them
(or foxy Christie Brinkley) for the longest time.

How many times did you watch your favorite band, group or soloist performing live on The Ed Sullivan Show and they sounded so terrible that it made you wish you had watched a rerun of My Mother the Car instead? When I viewed that clip of Johnny Maestro singing live with his band The Brooklyn Bridge I gained even greater respect for the man.
He absolutely nailed it! That, ladies and gentlemen, is major league talent. Sadly, we lost Johnny Maestro to cancer last year.

My parents owned several Jimmy Smith albums and I was exposed to this outstanding jazz organist at an early age.

I focused most of my attention on Simon and Garfunkel because they they were so much a part of my youth
as well as my adult years.

Their songs formed the soundtrack of The Graduate, the Mike Nichols directed film that remains one of my all time favorites.

Inspired casting allowed fans to experience Art Garfunkel
as an actor in Carnal Knowledge, a controversial 1971 movie that was also directed by Mike Nichols.

A few years later Paul Simon's guest appearances on Saturday Night Live revealed him to be an accomplished comic actor.

In a variety of SNL comedy sketches Paul cracked us up with his deadpan style. Remember the time he portrayed a 5-foot 2-inch basketball player?

Thank you, Jerre Slaybaugh,

for sharing with us another 

excellent and nostalgic list!

Who's next? 

If you have a Top Tunes list I'd love to see it.  It would be fascinating to discover which songs meant the most to you in your youth or which ones resonate now in the present. Why not do what Jerre and others have done? Make a list, submit it in the form of a comment and I'll get it posted.
It can be a list of your favorite songs, the most exciting songs, best songs from a particular time period similar to
my mid 60s Dell survey...anything you like!




Have a Shady day!


  1. Jerre & Shady this was another fun time that had my foot patting to those awesome tunes. I am always amazed how much I enjoy listening to groups I never remember hearing before. Thanks for keeping them alive and well.

  2. Odie - Yessir! I'll have you know that I am discovering or rediscovering many fine artists thanks to the lists sent in by you, Jerre, Ron and other friends. These songs and performers are all important pieces of the puzzle. Thanks for your comment, Odie, and have a great week!

  3. Shady & Jerre - another excellent list, although I didn't know quite so many of the ones in this second list. SO! Now we know the answer to your little brainteaser, Shady. That sneaky Gawgus things even posted a photo of the group on her Twitter page, asking if anyone knew who they were!! Thank goodness she didn't come up with the answer, otherwise I would never have heard the last of it! Have a great week dear friend.

  4. Thisisme - I'm glad G-T took that much of an interest in my brain buster quiz. I wonder what she will have to say about my multiple choice answers. (LOL) Thank you for looking in, dear Thisisme, and have a splendid Devonish day!

  5. Pah! I went for C before I saw your answer! Didn't realize Thisisme was stalking me on my twitter account! Damn and blast, I was rumbled (not that it did me any good;) ). Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!!

  6. Hi Shady, Great clip of Johnny and Brooklyn Bridge. I saw him at Hershey Park about a year before his death. He did many Crest hits and most of the Bridge hits. It was a great show. Also great history on Simon and Garfunkel. I just happen to have some of the early Tom and Jerry records that most people have never heard. Looking forward to your Jive Five blog. They were one of the best Doo Wop groups with many hits. Have a great week.

  7. G-T - You gotta watch that Thisisme. She's got eyes and ears everywhere. I think Alfred is a mole that she planted with you! (LOL) Sorry you did poorly on another of my musical quizzes. Better luck next time. I very much appreciate your friendship and support Gawgus Girl!

    Jerre - Those old Tom and Jerry records might be worth $$$. You might be rich beyond your wildest dreams, my friend! I have the Jive Five post scheduled right after my 10-part tribute to Christie Brinkley! (LOL) Have a great week, Jerre, and thanks again for being my guest!

  8. The Graduate is such a classic, & one of my favorite movies!
    Shady, what great bow ties, spotted on the gentlemen! Luv it!!

  9. Lenore Nevermore - The Graduate is one movie that I never get tired of watching. The same college prof who assigned the class to write an essay about The Graduate also had us write an analysis of a brand new album entitled Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Needless to say I enjoyed that course very much. Throughout childhood I wore a bow tie to church. They were a very common sight back then. Thank you for visiting me, Lenore, and have a wonderful week!

  10. Tom and Jerry? Like the mouse and the cat? Thats awesome. I am going to hold on to this tid pit for parties in the future!

  11. Amber Blue Bird - Exactly! That would be an excellent trivia question to spring on unsuspecting guests at your next party. Strange but true, Paul and Artie were once Tom and Jerry. Thank you for checking in, my fine feathered friend!

  12. A shy little hello from a stranger! :)
    good to read you again Shady!

  13. LyDe - I just visited your blog not knowing that you had already been here. I am honored that you remembered me after your long absence from blogging! Take it one day at a time and stay in touch with the people who care about you. That includes me, dear friend. Best wishes!

  14. great article as always. the worse that could happen song was depressing. Had to unclick it.

  15. Israel - "The Worst That Could Happen" is a great ballad, yet it can be depressing. The lyrics hit close to home for many people who have lost somebody they love to a rival. Thanks for stopping by to check out Jerre's songs, Israel, and have a super week!

  16. Jerre & Shady- It was a complete surprise to me that Simon and Garfunkle were once Tom and Jerry! I had no idea they had been singing together for such a long time.
    Brooklyn Bridge was sung beautifully and I'm surprised it was their only hit. I hope he could retire on the money he made from it!

  17. Belle - In my research I'm finding quite a few singing stars who started out recording under different names. I'll be featuring more of them in future posts. I loved Ed Sullivan's stumbling introduction of The Brooklyn Bridge. Over the years Ed delivered many awkward intros but they had no effect on the popularity of his show. Thanks for sampling some songs, dear friend Belle, and have a wonderful day in Canada!

  18. Watching the Ed Sullivan Show was a fun time for me as a kid. He was a strange host! I remember how he praised Elvis and told everyone what a nice, polite boy he was. Remember the dancing bears and the guys with the spinning plates? One of my favorite memories was watching Richard Burton and Julie Andrews sing from Camelot.
    "My name Jose Emanas."
    So many memories.

  19. Belle - We gotta stop meeting like this! (LOL) My parents never missed an episode of Ed Sullivan and at an early age I became familiar with the show biz greats that appeared on the program. Bill Dana's routine portraying Jose Jimenez as an astronaut was a classic. I remember Don (Get Smart) Adams always making references to "Freebish" in his bits. Senor Wences, the old ventriloquist that I would later escort to one of my oldies concerts was a fixture on the show for many years. These days I often feel like that guy who's act involved keeping all of those plates spinning at the same time! (LOL) Thanks for the return visit and for the memories, dear Belle!

  20. What a great history lesson, Shady and Jerre! If I had known Paul and Artie had been Tom and Jerry, I had forgotten it. I really liked the sound of The 3rd Edition and the jazzy sound of Jimmy Smith was a favorite. How well I remember the "Worst That Can Happen", it is rather sad.

    Just looking at the images of the old 45s makes me miss them. I remember how exciting to go to the 'dime store' and buy the latest hits.

    Shady and Belle, I loved the Ed Sullivan show and the spinning plates were so fascinating to me. My favorite sight at Branson last fall was seeing a show of spinning plates! ;-D Thanks to Shady and Jerre for all this great information!

  21. Cindy - What a treat it is to have two of my favorite people, you and Belle, return to my blog the same day! I was just reading an article about budget albums released by companies like Crown and Pickwick. They were also known as drugstore records. They were sold in racks and bins in drugstores and discount dept. stores. They were very cheap in price but also cheap in quality because they were pressed on poor quality wax and contained mostly filler and rerecorded versions of hit songs, sometimes by unknown artists. It was the consistently attractive artwork on the covers of those budget albums that prompted consumers to make an impulse purchase. Those stores also sold "cutout" 45s in shrink wrapped packs of 10 for 99 cents. I actually found a few gems in those budget bins from time to time. It's great to have you back for a visit, Cindy. Enjoy your first week in your new home!

  22. You met Senor Wences! How cool is that? You have led an interesting life, Shady.

  23. Belle - Yessum! I picked up Senor Wences and his wife at their hotel and rode with them in a limo to the concert venue where he performed in a show with Jay and the Americans. I had the honor of carrying Senor Wences' dummy out to the car - a surreal experience! I had lunch with Jay Black and after the concert I drove his backup band The Americans back to their hotel in a van. There were quite a few "This Magic Moment" moments for me that day! Thank you for your lovely follow-up comments, dear friend Belle!

  24. Hi Shady and Belle, "The Worst That Could Happen" might be the Bridges biggest hit, but they had several others that were favorites in our area. Belle some others you would enjoy are "Blessed Is The Rain", "Welcome Me Love", "Echo Park", "Which Way To Nowhere" to mention a few. Have a great rest of the week.

  25. Jerre - That's right. Brooklyn Bridge was not a one hit wonder recording act if you count minor hits. I well remember "Blessed is the Rain," charting at #45 and "Welcome Me Love" (#48) is my Pick to Click. They followed those with "Your Husband - My Wife" (#46) and "You'll Never Walk Alone" (#51). Thanks for the reminder, Jerre!

  26. That would be a surreal experience, Shady! Jerre, I'll have to go online and listen to some of the other Brooklyn Bridge songs, especially "You'll Never Walk Alone."
    I'm glad they had some other songs that did well.

  27. your beautiful comment made my day
    thank you!

  28. Katia - Your visits to my blog always make my day. Have a wonderful Thursday in Italy dear friend!


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