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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, December 12, 2011

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#190 to #186)










Hello, dear friends! For the next couple of weeks I will have a house full of guests so please excuse me if I don't visit your blogs quite as often or reply to your comments here on mine. I am also beginning
a reduced publishing schedule today, one which will continue through the coming year. Instead of publishing an average of twice a week as I have done in the past I will publish an average of three times every two weeks. This adjustment will give you an extra day or two to read my posts. It will also give me more time to assemble them, read and comment on my friends' blogs, and devote more time to my family and other aspects of life beyond the blogosphere. I'll be checking in as often as possible but until I return full time I wish each and every one of you very happy holidays!

 Once again it's time to put your 
 musical knowledge to the test 
 as we continue our countdown of 
 The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell! 

You know the drill. I'll give you a line or two of lyrics taken from five of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 1960s. Your job is to Name That Tune.

Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric samples for
the next five Dell songs:

 I can't blame you for tryin' 
 I'm tryin' to make it to 
 I've got one little hang up baby 
 I just can't make it without you 

 No football hero or smooth Don Juan 
 Got empty pockets 
 You see I'm a poor man's son 

 I'm fightin' hard to hold my own 
 No, I just can't make it all alone 
 I'm holdin' on, I can't fall back 
 Now that big brass ring is a shade of black 

 All the windows are painted black 
 And wait right here til you come back 
 I'll keep waiting, waiting 
 Until your face again I see 

 I walked on over 
 and I asked her to dance 
 Thinkin' maybe later on 
 we'll make with romance 

Okay, let's find out how well you did.
Here are the Dell songs in today's countdown:

190. "Poor Side Of Town" - Johnny Rivers 
(September '66) 

189. "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" 
- Stevie Wonder (December '65) 

188. "Beggin'"- Four Seasons (March '67) 

187. "7 Rooms Of Gloom" - Four Tops 
(May '67) 

186. "Sweet Pea" - Tommy Roe (June '66) 

How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your musical I.Q.

 All 5 right –  
 You’ve been 
 appointed dean 
 of the College of 
Musical Knowledge 

 3 or 4 right –  
 Licensed lyric lover 

 2 right - 
 Lyrically challenged 

1 right – 
 Sign up for remedial 
 classes at the 
 School of Rock

 0 right – 

 You just dance and hum along!

Do you have a top tunes list of your own that you would like to share? I'd love to see it! It doesn't have to contain 200 songs; even a Top 10 would be interesting and instructive. Submit your song list in the form of a comment and I'll get it posted.

Have a Shady day!


  1. I will just be dancing and humming along! I will think about my top ten. My musical tastes are extremely varied as I was much into punk as a teen and it's morphed greatly since then.

    I will always look forward to reading your posts. I do understand about needing to keep a balance. You are not only a top blogger, but a top commenter, too, and that takes time.

    Have a wonderful holiday time with your family. I'm sure you will be spinning some great tunes for them!

  2. Shelly - Are you saying that you were president of the Sex Pistols Fan Club? (LOL) I'm surprised to learn that you were into punk. Did you know that Pat Boone does a killer imitation of Sid Vicious? (LOL) My tastes in music have changed back and forth numerous times over the years. I went from strictly top 40 to album rock, R&B of the 40s and 50s, disco, New Wave, hard rock, heavy metal, grunge, alt. rock, you name it. In the end I always circle back to my Dell songs and music of the pre-Beatles era because that's the music that makes me feel most comfortable. Your comment about my commenting is very much appreciated. Friends take time for friends and you are also one of the great bloggers and commenters to be found anywhere. It has been a sincere pleasure getting to know you and becoming friends with you this year and I know that we will continue to grow our friendship in the coming year. Happy holidays, Shelly!

  3. I had an absolute ball listening to your line up this morning and only a couple were new to me. Of all of them I think I miss Johnny Rivers the most and his style of singing was what I liked a lot. Have a great visit with your house guests and we will be waiting patiently for your return. I am at work and my hand is doing just fine but I do have to be careful and I will. Take care,

  4. Hi, Odie! Thanks, good buddy! If you've ever seen the new NBC television series Grimm you might agree with me that the star, David Giuntoli, looks very much like Johnny Rivers circa 1966. I'm glad your hand's healing properly and I hope you have an excellent day and week. Thank you very much for stopping by and happy holidays to you, Linda, Rocky and Soffie wherever she might be. :)

  5. I was actually a big fan back then. Saw Johnny in London once. He was pretty messed up.

    I'm a very different person now than I was when I was a teenager (thankfully)- might surprise some people!

    My Top Ten from when I was a teen, in no particular order (and none of these would make my top 10 now):

    The Ramones: I'm Against It, and Teenage Lobotomy
    Elvis Costello: Radio Radio
    Fleshtones: American Beat
    Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the UK
    Alleycats: Give Me a Little Pain
    Hollywod Brats: Then He Kissed Me
    Buzzcocks: Harmony in My Head
    Stiff Little Fingers: Alternative Ulster
    Talking Heads: Pulled Up

  6. Tom, I love lists like this and heard some old favorites here. It was fun to see a different side of Pat Boone, I'd forgotten about this album and I did really like this song and the lyrics. I have never been any good at playing Name That Tune and the same applied to your version. Sign me up please for the remedial class! ;-) The only song I recognized right off was Poor Side of Town. I always loved Sweet Pea. Hearing Beggin' this early am made me miss the Four Seasons. Tom, I don't know how you have done it with all your posts and faithful commenting. I agree with your new posting schedule you have laid out on here, it sounds good. I think some R and R is in order for one of the hardest working bloggers I know ... no, I don't mean Rock and Roll! (he he) Just enjoy your time with family and friends and make some wonderful holiday memories! Toto, too!

    ( I know, long blogger break, wasn't it? :~D )

  7. Eh-herm ok, so I'm lyrically challenged! Hope you have a fabulous Christmas holiday with your family - we will miss you loads! Sending festive wishes from Paris :)

  8. Oh dear. I'm bottom of the class again. I'm thinking you might just have to give up on me altogether, as part of your 2012 blog pruning. I also want to say that I completely understand your hesitation to guest author on my blog and must let you off the hook. My goodness! You shot away so quickly! You might at least have pretended you were having second thoughts ;)
    Only joking, of course. It's such a busy time of year for us all and it's important that we make the most of the time we have during the holiday season to fully enjoy our families and friends. I think you've made an excellent decision to take a blogging break. I fully intend to do likewise for a couple of weeks after I've done one last post for this year. Anyway, Tom, until we all meet up again in Blog Land, may I extend very best wishes to you and your precious family for a truly blessed and memorable 2011 festive season. I would really have loved to send you a Jacquie Lawson e-card, but do not have a mailing address for you. It has been such a privilege getting to know you these past few months. Thank you for your friendship. Hugs xo

  9. Shelly - Thanks for the list! It really comes as a shock to me that you were into that scene, although there's certainly nothing wrong with that. I have a blind spot where UK punk is concerned. I'm only familiar with a half of the bands you listed and a couple of those songs! We have all gone through changes during our lives. I went through a heavy metal phase and owned the original "Enter Sandman" by Metallica:

    Another standout from that period was "Man in the Box" by Alice in Chains.

    Another that comes to mind was "Fire Woman" by The Cult:

    Eventually, that stuff became too lightweight for me and I got into Rob Zombie, White Zombie, Coal Chamber, Staind, Sevendust, etc. Eventually even those sounds didn't get me where I wanted to go and I moved into thrash and death metal for a while. Needless to say, I stopped feeding the beast and found peace, bouncing all the way back to the innocent love songs of the 50s and 60s. Thanks for the follow-up, dear Shelly. It's another mark of an excellent blogger and a true friend!

    Cindy - Jack Black and I welcome you to remedial classes at the School of Rock. As I wrote to Shelly above, I went through a phase in which all I ever listened to was heavy metal and I owned the original version of "Enter Sandman" by Metallica. I don't think Pat Boone's rendition quite measures up. As I told Shelly I eventually pressed an imaginary reset button in my soul and got off the hard stuff just like I got off tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and I'm a happier person today as a result of it. It feels good to dwell in the Age of Innocence. If you watch the "Sweet Pea" clip in today's post from start to finish you'll see a prime example of it. You'll experience the kind of sweet innocence that's now long gone. In the video Tommy Roe serenades a young girl who mouths the song lyrics with him. Some people commented on YouTube that it's disturbing and borders on pedophilia. To me that degree of suspicion about something obviously pure and innocent points to how much society has changed. That video belongs in a time capsule labelled "The Way We Were." Thank you for your blog love and support this past year, dear Cindy. It is greatly appreciated!

    Emma - Hello, dearie! You were stumped by some of these tunes that were made light years before you were born? How surprising! :) The important thing is that you delighted me with your visit and I very much appreciate it. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to get to know you this past year and become your friend. Your family is a model for all others around the world. Give Alfred a pat and a cinnamon bun for me and have a marvelous week, G-T!

  10. Desiree - Thank you very much for what you expressed here, dear friend! Your words mean just as much to me as mine do to you. I'm sure you know by now that I have a very high regard for you. You're at the top of the class, not the bottom. It has been a genuine pleasure meeting and getting to know you this past year, getting a glimpse of the beautiful region that you call home, exploring world class gardens, meeting your family of dogs, and playing our silly love triangle games with our friend Thisisme. (Please don't tell Thisisme but "Diane" now has my email address if you want to get it from her.) Thank you very much for coming all this way to see me, dear Desiree. I hope you and yours have a holiday filled with peace, joy, happiness and love. Bless you, dear friend!

  11. Hi Shady...thanks for the comment on my blog. You will be busy for sure it sounds like. Since you know Myrtle Beach, Pat Boone is opening a theater here. It was supposed to open but they had to postpone it because the "magician" act they had ended up backing out and they can't find one now. Not sure how well this place will do since there's a huge drop in tourism here. Thought you might like the info. Have a wonderful holiday. Barb

  12. So, looks like I have no choice but to wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I hope you'll have a decent "Jack Frost" in front of your house:-)

  13. Barb - Hello, dear friend! Why is there a drop in Myrtle Beach tourism? I'm surprised to learn of it. I am an observer of trends and always curious to know the why and how of phenomena such as this. As far as I know the beach towns down here along Florida's Gulf Coast are doing well with the tourist trade, bouncing back from only a slight decline during the BP oil spill disaster. Perhaps I should apply for the job of house magician at Pat Boone's club. You should see me make a bushel of steamed crabs disappear! (LOL) Thank you very much for your kind visit and comments, dear Barb. Let's keep this thing going and growing in the coming year, okay? Happy holidays!

    Wanilianna - You always have a choice, dear friend, and I'm thankful that you chose to wish me a MERRY CHRISTMAS! I wish you the same my pretty, personable Polish pal! Believe it or not we do get frost on the lawn several times every winter here in Florida and even see snow flurries about once a decade. I remember last year at this time you were telling me about the heavy snows you were encountering in your homeland. I hope you don't experience too harsh a winter this coming year. Thank you very much for visiting, dear Wanilianna!

  14. Is that handsome man up at the top you, Shady?
    I'm afraid I am lyrically challenged. I have to say I didn't like the Pat Boone song and I'm not crazy about his voice. I think he should have stuck with love songs.

    Always love to hear Johnny Rivers, Stevie Wonder and Tommy Roe. Sweet Pea was a favorite of mine back in the olden days.

    I can understand cutting back on blogging when it becomes too time consuming. I remember when I had a craft blog along with my other two blogs and you gave me good advice about cutting back, which I did. It does take a lot of hours to read and comment, hours I know we both enjoy but family and other commitments should come first. Have a lovely week. Yes, I know it is Monday!

  15. Hi, Belle! The guy in the picture is Michael McGlone, a comedic actor who plays the "Geico question guy" in the popular television ad campaign for Geico insurance:

    I take it they don't run that campaign on Canadian television. It's been almost a saturation campaign down here since 2009 running concurrent to Progressive Flo's series. As I told Odie you need to watch Grimm because the star looks just like young Johnny Rivers! I wasn't aware that you discontinued one or more of your blogs. I hope it wasn't at my urging. You are an inspiration to many people all around the world and deserve every friend that you've got. You and I go waaaay back to the fall of 2010 and I know that you were one of my very first followers and supporters. I will always remember that and appreciate that! Thanks for coming by, dear Belle, and have a great day and week!

  16. No, I don't recognize McGlone. To me he looks a lot like you in your picture up top. I only discontinued my craft blog because I told you how I couldn't get my work done because I was blogging so much. Sometimes I would work on a craft for hours and then write my other two blogs. It was just too much and I appreciated your advice.

    Thanks for what you said. You were one of my first followers too. I remember finding your blog and how exciting it was to find someone who loved the oldies even more than I did. You renewed my interest in this music and now I listen to it on the radio and CDs. Thanks for your dear friendship and support this year. Have a great week also!

  17. Belle - DITTO! You friendship is truly a blessing in my life. We have already shared many of life's ups and downs with each other. I have changed a lot since the fall of 2010 and I owe it all to dear friends like you. Thank you for circling back around and enjoy the rest of your day and evening, dear Belle!

  18. Tom! I'm sad to hear we'll be seeing less of you round these parts, but happy to know you're committing your time to your family/friends and life in general. I think every blogger can understand how much time the whole process of blogging takes up between reading posts, commenting, writing posts and replying to comments.I know all of your readers deeply appreciate the time and effort and love you put into each of your posts and comments and we will all certainly remain loyal readers and friends even as you blog less. I hope your holiday period is filled with happiness!

    Emma x

  19. Emma - Wow! Thank you so much, my dear Irish friend! I predicted that you would understand as well as I the dilemma that successful bloggers eventually face... too much to do and too little time. I can tell that you put many hours of TLC into your own posts. I'm glad you agree that we need to maintain a healthy balance in our lives and not allow blogging to become an obsession. I greatly appreciate the friendship that you and I have cultivated over the past year. You are a stellar human being. My life is richer and the world better because there are people like you in it. Thank you for coming 'round and expressing yourself so elegantly, dear Emma. Happy holidays to you and yours as well!

  20. Forgive me dear Tom. Here I am right at the end (story of my life really!!) and you have received such lovely comments already. I must admit that, like Belle, I did wonder whether that was you in the first picture. Love that pic of Pat Boone on the album cover! I probably shouldn't admit it, but I was quite a fan of his way back then. Thought he had a super voice. What's all this anyway - "silly love triangle" indeed. And there was me taking it all seriously between you, Desiree and little old me!! (LOL!). I really do wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and I hope you will be able to find a little peace amongst all the activities whilst your visitors are staying with you. I'm sure you will all have a lot of fun together! Good grief, our Shelly is a dark horse with her selection of music, isn't she?! Who would have thought it, eh?! You have already done a music compilation for me, so I will let the others have a chance. Oh yes, going back to your post dear friend - I'll be the one in the corner, in the mini skirt,quietly dancing and humming along! See you soon. God bless. x

  21. Thisisme - There's nothing to forgive, dear friend. As I stated in this piece I am allowing more time between posts to give busy bloggy friends like you ample time to visit. You arrived here with three full days to spare! There's also no reason to be ashamed to admit that you like Pat Boone. I enjoyed some of his early recordings, too, and plan to include them in a future post. I see that you're still lobbying for my affection and hoping to get a leg up on the competition (Desiree) by promising to wear a mini skirt! That pledge definitely scores points with me, my dear! Hee hee. Thank you very much for making time for me today. Your sweet #1 daughter already dropped by yesterday. I hope her Christmas visit to Devon is pure enjoyment for all of you and that you'll snap lots of pictures of Alfred and the kids to post on your blog. Bless you, dear Thisisme, and have a wonderful day and a very happy holiday season!

  22. Merry Christmas Shady! You are a great friend to so many of my blogging friends. Shelly's comment that you are a top commenter is right on...that's how I've come to know you. So, now I'll be reading more of the man who is a friend to so many. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your family. While I'm here, I know I'll enjoy learning more about this era of music. People often think that 'new' is the ultimate, then forget that there exists a labyrinth of wonderful discoveries waiting for us in the past.

  23. Hi, Jenny! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I'm delighted to have you as my 99th follower. I'm hoping that you can persuade Ozzie and Annie to join because that will put me over the 100 mark! (LOL) I'm so glad you discovered my blog through our mutual friend Shelly and others. If you've been lurking any length of time you realize by now that I treasure my friends and take good care of them. I'm already counting you among them. I believe that blog comments are just as important as blog posts if not more so because it is here that people can get real with each other and offer love and encouragement, something I think we all need. You have a great blog of your own and a lovely family as well. Can you tell that I'm an animal lover? Thank you very much for swinging by and for choosing to be part of what I'm doing here. I will try with every post to give you something to think about and something to smile about. Have a great day, Jenny!

  24. Thanks for sharing this great content, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic, awesome stuff!

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  25. Black music - Well hello, buddy! I'm glad you like what you saw and heard so far. Thank you very much for your comment and please stick around, okay?

  26. I think I may actually know the lyrics to every Johnny Rivers ever recorded. My mother in law is a big fan and played nothing but his albums during a six hour rode trip. It was fun at first but six hours of Johnny is a lot to handle. Hope you have a great time with your house buddies!

  27. Shady, thank you so much for the glowing "after" comment. What a fantastic welcome! I agree that commenting is where the heart of blogging lies. Ozzie and Annie are following for sure, so in the hidden from view numbers you are at 101, and if you count Elliot and Richard that's 103. Dancing in our living room happens to be one of our regular family activities, and so your blog will benefit us not only through your friendship but through the "new" to us dance music. :)

  28. Amber - No matter what kind of trip you're on it always goes better with music. I agree, however, that six hours of listening to any particular artist is too much. Your mother in law should have mixed it up a bit with some of Pat Boone's heavy metal favorites! (LOL) You're a sweetie pie for coming over just in time before I get tied up with house guests. They'll be here in less than two hours. Happy holidays, Amber Girly Bird! I'll try to get over there in the next two or three weeks but please understand if my wings are clipped! Take care!

    Hello again, Jenny! I'm so glad your whole family is geared up and ready to dance to my song selections. If they happen to like hard rock and heavy metal I can always play some Ozzy for Ozzie and "Dreamboat Annie" (the Heart song) for Annie. You are very sweet for coming back around, Jenny. It's something that I always encourage because I love to play with my friends. Have a safe and happy evening, Jenny, hug your pets for me, and look for my next new post on Friday!

  29. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Open your heart.
    Tom, how have I never noticed those words before under your header? I love the advice in those words. So many things I feel need addressing in this post. First as I've told you before family and friends always come first...those in the real time world. The lovely thing I've experience since blogging is our 'virtual' friends are always here waiting to share, encourage, care and respond. I am sure your home will be as filled with love and fun as you share with all of us through your blog. We will all be here waiting for your return and enjoying the knowledge you are sharing happiness and joy to everyone in your home!

    I had to laugh at the Pat Boone heavy metal. I remember when he went through that phase and a phase thank goodness it was. He sadly did not carry that off very well and I was relieved for him and the rest of the world when he shed that crazy attempt. I imagine his grandkids listening with fear to look out for what's under their beds.To thine own self be true Mr Boone.

    Steve Wonder...was that an American Bandstand visit? He is so very talented. His music is heard sung by so many!

    I really got a kick out of the video with the Four Seasons! Talk about putting words in your mouth, lol! A tad fweaky as Peter would say, but very interesting and fun!

    I will have to save a top hit parade for me for another day. I seem to have inherited a cold from Peter and am typing with glazed eyes and fever befuddled brain...!
    Merry Christmas, to you and yours,Tom. I wish you a glorious holiday filled with love, laughter, friends and all the music your heart desires!

  30. Oh, Sush! You get the honor of my last blog reply before my guests arrive. I noticed that you have a new post but I simply can't get to it. Please understand. My guests' plane should be touching down shortly and I really do need to scoot. Those words are lyrics from the mother of all Dell songs, "Close Your Eyes" by the Five Keys, a 1955 recording that played for more than a decade on the Dell jukebox and has great meaning and significance to all Dell rats. Your visit warms my heart, Sush, and I very much appreciate you remembering me today. Getting to know you and your large and loving family during this past year has enriched my life and I look forward to watching the kids grow month by month and year by year. I cherish my blog friends and you are one of the very best. Thank you again, dear Sush, and may you and your entire family be blessed with the happiest holidays ever!

  31. Hi Shady! Well, I'm bringing up the rear...and, I fell into the 3 or 4 category on your list. I am a Johnny Rivers and Frankie Valli fan. Also liked the 4 Tops, but didn't recognize the song. This is a very busy time right now for all of us, and I'm glad to see everyone stays in touch. We've had our grandson for a few days, I'm a bit behind myself. Catch-up usually comes in good time tho. So glad to see your post, and maybe I can send a favorites list your way. Sounds like you're in for a busy and exciting holiday-the season is off to a pretty good start in Texas. And, I have a few days off work,, shop, eat and sing! Not necessarily in that order, but, merrily nevertheless. Enjoy your guests and holiday. Can I say 'Merry Christmas'? Haha! See you soon, cool one!

  32. Got it, Susan, thank you! I'm immersed in family right now and just poked my head in for a minute. I am very grateful for your visit and comments. It's wonderful to have a friend like you who knows and remembers a high percentage of the music that I present. I'll be back to full time blogging after the first of the year. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you, dear friend!


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