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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 26, 2011

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#180 to #176)










 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:

 "Children, behave!" 

 Give me my propers
 when you get home

 Sheriff John Stone 
 Why don't you leave me alone? 

 In the shelter of your love, 
 my strength I found 
 But now I’m useless 

 I'm beginning to think 
 that man has never found 
 The words that could 
 make you want me 

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

180. "I Think We're Alone Now" 
- Tommy James & the Shondells 
(February '67) 

179. "Respect" -Aretha Franklin (May '67) 

178. "Sloop John B" - Beach Boys (April '66) 

177. "Helpless" - Kim Weston (March '66) 

176. "Cherish" - Association (Sept. '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.







 ...A LOT? 

Have a Shady day!


  1. Hi Shady, I'm a miserable zero when it came to guessing the lyrics! I hope we can still be friends anyway! I hope you are having a great start to your week; it was so nice to have you visit today.

  2. Well good buddy you certainly ended up the year with a great lineup. Association was my favorite. Thanks for all the hard work you've done educating and entertaining us for so long. Hope everything is going great in the "Sunshine" state. We are all doing just fine including Rocky & Soffie. Have a great week and I'll be watching for the next great post when you get a chance.

  3. I love the way Bond says "Poosy"! Out of all these songs I have to say Sloop John B is my favorite. Hope Christmas was a good one.

  4. Jenny - No way am I going to unfriend you if you don't know the lyrics to songs that were popular eons before you were born. All that matters is that you were nice enough to stop by and hopefully that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you very much for being a friend, Jenny. Happy new year to you and please give Ozzie and Annie a pat for me.

    Odie - I knew you'd get at least one of these right - the Association. I love that vintage performance clip, don't you? The Sunshine state is getting a welcome cool down in the days ahead and I'm looking forward to a break from the heat. Thanks for your ongoing support, good buddy, and I wish you, Linda, Rocky and Soffie a happy new year!

    BB - There's a video on YouTube that has Bond uttering the word "Poosy" over and over again - every instance in which he speaks her name in Goldfinger. I was 15 when the movie hit theaters and was captivated by the action, adventure and adult situations. Thank you for coming by, dear Barb. I hope 2012 brings our friendship to full bloom and brings all good things your way!

  5. A sweet video. I thought little Alfalfa was so cute and loved it when the rooster crowed. Great picks today, Shady. I did flunk the test, but I did know all the songs. My favorite is, "I Think We're Alone Now." One I hadn't heard for many years was, "Helpless," and it was great to hear it again.

    Hope you have a great week and New Year's Eve. I look forward to hearing more great songs in 2012 - the year the world is supposed to end! Well, according to some TV programs.

    Oh, and seeing that yummy Sean Connery at his prime was very nice.

  6. Belle - "I Think We're Alone Now" was a top 5 hit for Tommy James but younger people are probably more familiar with the 1987 remake by Tiffany which went all the way to #1. Fascinating legend and lore surrounds Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. He surpassed Spanky in popularity in the Our Gang shorts. Butch, Alfalfa's arch-rival in the series, was his best friend in real life. Alfalfa was shot to death in what some call murder, others call justifiable homicide. Alfalfa's death was eclipsed by the death the same day of Cecil B. DeMille. Mrs. Shady loved Sean Connery but only as an older man, not in his 60s appearances as Bond. If the world ends this coming year I'll die happy knowing that I had a great friend like you, Belle. Thanks for your comment and happy new year!

  7. I haven't been playing along, but I'm proud to say I knew all of the songs and can actually sing along pretty closely with them. This is a monumental achievement for my musically-challenged memory!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

  8. Hey, Ashton! Thanks for dropping by for a look and a listen. You should not consider yourself musically challenged. Clearly you have a well rounded knowledge of boomer music even though you're a couple of generations removed from it. This is an exciting time in your life, kiddo, and I wish you and your special guy all the best in the coming year. Thanks again for your visit and comments, dear friend Ashton!

  9. Hi dear Tom. Well, I hope you had a lovely Christmas over there in Florida! I certainly knew all the songs today, and did remember the newer version of I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany. Sean Connery was rather divine when he was younger! That was a nice little treat for us ladies. I look forward to many more of your wonderful posts in 2012. Do hope you are keeping well my friend.

  10. Thisisme - Hallo, dear friend! I had a nice Christmas, thank you. How was your Christmas and your Boxing Day? Are the kids having fun playing with Alfred? In my opinion Sean Connery defined the role of James Bond. He is the only 007 that I care to watch.

    BOND: Do you expect me to talk?
    GOLDFINGER: No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.

    Thank you for your lovely visit and comments, dear Thisisime. I hope you're feeling well and enjoying your family's stay. Happy new year to you, my dear friend, and may 2012 be as good to you as you are to everyone in your life!

  11. Me again! I actually meant to say in my original comment that, to me, Sean Connery was the definitive James Bond! Some photos coming in my post tomorrow. Alfred is still following little Ruby everywhere. It has been a love affair since last Christmas! He doesn't bother about Eli at all.

  12. Thisisme - Pets tend to like some people more than others. My family owned a parrot and it bonded with my father and shied away from everybody else. It didn't allow anybody to touch him or carry him around except my dad. Dogs usually gravitate to me because they know I love them and want to give them affection. I hope that Eli can make inroads with Alfred so that he doesn't feel left out. It's important for children to make an early connection with animals. Thank you very much for the follow-up, dear friend Thisisme!

  13. Oh man I SHOULD have gotten the lyrics to I Think We're Alone Now" right! I know that song although not the Tommy James & the Shondells version. I am only familiar with the Tiffany version. Gotta love 80s mall pop! Hope you had a splendid Christmas with your loved ones!

  14. Amber - Just the other day I was mobbed at the mall when a group of young women mistook me for Rob Lowe. I get that a lot. Shame on you, Missy! You should have known that "children behave" are the first two words of "Alone Now." I'm signing you up for the School of Rock. Thank you for coming by and playing name that tune, Amber, and better luck next time. I hope by now you got my message and let Oliver outside for his potty break. Have a safe and happy evening, dear friend Amber!

  15. Odie emailed me to prod me into paying him a visit this evening, which I did. Although I'm ostensibly meant to be having a break from blogging, I just had to hop across to say a quick hello to you, having seen that both you and Thisisme were doing your friendly rounds today as well. I'm afraid Jenny and I are side-by-side at the bottom of your class again. I'm rather pleased to know I have such great company, though :) It was becoming a bit tiresome stuck there all on my own. I'm so pleased to read you had a very good Christmas, as did most of us, it would seem. I'm going to send a little pre-New Year's Eve countdown treat for you to find in your in-box and do hope you enjoy it. It's my kind of music.
    Big hug xoxo

  16. Hi, Desiree! I just finished listening to an orchestra of bears playing the Strauss classical masterpiece An der schönen blauen Donau, The Blue Danube waltz. It was very thoughtful of you to send me that greeting, dear friend. Thank you! I've been missed you and am glad that you have returned to blogging at least temporarily. I'll tell you what I told Jenny. I'm not going to unfriend you even if you consistently score a zero on my Name That Tune brain busters. You are an important friend. I want the world to know that you go out of your way to be kind and supportive to me and to others. You are also playful, a quality that I look for in a friend. It means a great deal to me that you took time to drop by during the holidays with new year's wishes. I'll soon have an empty nest and will have more time for blogging. Until then I wish you and your whole family, dogs included, a very happy new year and thank you once again for that lovely Jacquie Lawson greeting card. You're the best, Desiree!

  17. How I loved the Little Rascals! I still remember my mother telling me Alfalfa had been shot and killed. I didn't want to believe it and thought it had to be a mistake. Speaking of a "thinking cap", I have been wearing a dunce cap. (Wow, I had not thought of one of those in years. How cruel when you think about it.) Tom, I can not tell a lie and I have struck out three times now on your "Name That Tune" quiz. I am not proud of this since I am familiar and love all the songs you listed. I was 12 years old when Goldfinger came out in 1964 and thought at the time 34 year old Sean Connery was an "old" man. How pathetic it appears to me now. ☺ Goldfinger is a fantastic movie. Yes, my grandson Canyon did laugh at the Singing Dogs video of "Jingle Bells". Thank you for posting the song and it's history.


    to you, Mrs. Shady and Toto, too!

  18. Hi, Cindy! You struck out three times? That does it! As soon as I locate the "UNFRIEND" link I'm gonna click it! (LOL) If anybody would look absolutely beautiful wearing a dunce cap it would be you, dear friend! Don't feel bad, Cindy. With singers slurring their words, muddy studio production and music played back in mono on transistor radios and cheap record players most of us didn't know and couldn't understand the lyrics to many of the popular songs that we loved. All we cared about was the overall sound and the way the record made us feel. Sean Connery's 007 portrayal was a big influence on me and I fancied myself as James Bond every time I went to the Dell. As I will explain in an upcoming post about the Motown Marvelettes I usually left my confidence at the doorstep and the tally of "Bond girls" far exceeded the number of "Shady girls." I'm so glad to know that Canyon got a chuckle out of the singing dogs. I hope you all had a splendid Christmas and I wish you and Clint and your lovely family a very happy new year. As a friend, dear Cindy, you're my Pick to Click!

  19. Hi, Tom!

    I saw that you survived the family reunion, and are enjoying the holidays. I have been enjoying your blogs, though I am spending short amounts of time on the 'puter. My favorites in this latest blog were Alfalfa and Kim Weston, 'though all the songs were good. Sadly, Alfalfa never did get Darla and, no she wasn't a housemother at a sorority house at PSU (I checked it out a long time ago). I hadn't heard "Helpless" for quite a while and Kim Weston has always been underplayed. Rarely does anyone play her original version of "Take Me In Your Arms", which everyone has done well with. Hang in there until the New Year, when you won't know what to do with all the newly reacquired space in your house.

  20. Hi, Ron! You say Darla wasn't a PSU sorority housemother? Shucks! Do you happen to know if Pussy Galore was? (LOL) My-O-My! I agree that "Helpless" is seldom heard on oldies radio and deserves more plays. My nest will be empty by this time tomorrow and I'll be back up to full throttle blogging come the first of the year. Thanks for helping to make 2011 a great year for SDM&M and let's keep it going in 2012! Happy new year, Ron!

  21. Polish version of "Name that tune" has been one of the most popular tv shows for 15 years and it's still broadcasted.

  22. Wanilianna - With your musical knowledge I'm quite sure you could become grand champion on that show.

    As friends go you are:
    Queen of the hill,
    Head of the list,
    Cream of the crop,
    Top of the heap,
    A #1.

    Thank you very much for your friendship again this year and for your comment today, Wanilianna. Happy new year, dear friend!

  23. Tom! It's good to see you back doing your thing! I hope you had a great Christmas with your house guests! Sloop John B is definitely up there with my favourite Beach Boys songs! I'm going to go listen to it now!

    Emma x

  24. Hi, Emma! I had an enjoyable Christmas, thank you, and all of my guests have now returned home. I hope you and your family have been well since you last posted. I've missed you, dear friend! Beach Boys songs resonate with people around the world and their cover of "Sloop John B" is a favorite of mine, too. I actually saw the Beach Boys perform the song live in concert in 1966 when the record was climbing the charts. I know you would have enjoyed being there.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship and support during 2011. I hope that you and I will become even closer friends in 2012. Thank you very much for coming to see me, dear Emma, and happy new year to you and your loved ones!

  25. Whoop, whoop! Sound the trumpets - I got 2 right!! Hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and here's to a fabulous 2012 filled with love, happiness and most of all laughter :)


  26. G-T - You got 2 RIGHT??? That sets a new Name That Tune record! (LOL) That's great, dearie, and thank you very much for stopping by and playing. 2011 was a fabulous year in part because I got to know you and your family better. I hope you're having a delightful holiday visit and that 2012 will be very good to all of you. Thanks again for your visit and comments, dear Emma, and happy new year!

  27. Thank you dear friend for stopping by...Wishing you a wonderfully glorious new year.x.

  28. Sharren - It's so kind of you to come over and offer new year wishes as well, dear friend. Thank you and all the best to you in the coming year!

  29. smooches and hugs and happy new year wishes my friend!

  30. Katie - Smooches and hugs to you, dear friend! Thanks for coming by and happy new year to you and your family!

  31. Happy New Year Shady! And, I'm proud to say I got 4 out of 5 of your songs today. But it's funny...and, we've all done this. In 'Respect', I thought Aretha was saying "Give me my 'PROFITS' when you get home." How funny-but, it could mean the same thing, eh? Love Sloop John B. It was a different story, but, the vocals and music was spot on! And, Tommy James was/is a class act in my book.

    You know, Sean Connery got even better as he aged. I didn't watch the James Bond movies until the late 1990's after I had seen him in other films. And, yes, he is the true Bond!

    I do have one song you might want to use in your top tunes...Harlem Shuffle, recorded by Bob and Earl, 1963. A cool song, and covered well by the Rolling Stones, I think, in 1986. One of my all time favorites.

    I'm glad you had a wonderful holiday...and my wish for us all, is for the best New Year! See you soon! Loved your post!

  32. Hi, Susan! Happy new year to you, my dear friend! You're a whiz at playing Name That Tune, a "licensed lyric lover" according to the grading scale. From what I've read many people over the years were unfamiliar with the phrase "give me my propers." I always thought Aretha was singing "give me my promise." Your interpretation and mine both seem to fit the intention of the song. Sean Connery is like Elvis in a way. Some people like the younger Connery (and Elvis) while others prefer the older. I like young Connery as Bond. Mrs. Shady prefers the older Connery. I love "Harlem Shuffle" and already have it in the pipeline for a future post. If that Bob and Earl record is one of your favorites then I am convinced that you and I have very similar tastes in music. Susan, would you believe that both of your blogs have once again disappeared from my list? It's frustrating but it makes me more determined than ever to follow you. I am delighted to have added you as a friend in 2011 and I know that we'll have much to share in 2012. Once again happy new year to you and your family, dear Susan!

  33. Gosh, there was some great music coming out of the 60's- and I knew some on your list today and some I was introduced to for the first time. But, as usual, you always pick great songs, so whether I know them or not, I'm always glad to find out more about them here.

    What a wonderful friend you've been this past year, and I look forward to continued friendship in 2012. Have a wonderful, prosperous New Year, good friend!

  34. Shelly - Thank you! You know darn well that I feel the same way about you. You're an asset to blogging, to your community and to the world and as a friend you can't be beat. I look forward to entertaining and informing you in 2012 and learning, sharing and reminiscing with you over on your excellent blog. Thanks for swinging by, dear friend Shelly, and happy new year to you and your family!

  35. I'm so thankful my parents didn't name me Pussy Galore! LOL
    Happy New Year dear Shady!
    Much LUV in 2012!

    xoxo & cheers*

  36. Lenore Nevermore - LOL, you already have a very interesting name as it is, dear friend. In fact, you're the only Lenore Nevermore that I've ever known :) It's been a delightful adventure following your blog this past year. You are a seasoned world traveler and I love the pictures you send back from far off places. What a life you lead! I also love your eye for color, art and design. I hope that 2012 will be your greatest year ever and that you and I will continue our wonderful friendship. Thank you very much for visiting, Lenore, and happy new year to you and your family of pugs!

  37. Wonder what's going on with your blog list...your blog is pretty stationery on my lists now. It hasn't disappeared anymore.

    I also wanted to note, too, how sad about Alfalfa. We had no idea back then what those kids really went through. And, when they got older, they were through-AND broke! I have seen Alfalfa in a few other films as a teenager, and can't help but wonder what his after-Alfalfa life was like. But, I sure loved the Rascals...and, OH Yeah-The Bowery Boys too! Happy day 1 of the new year Shady Bond!

  38. Thank you very much, Susan. As Paul Petersen, Jay North and many other child stars will testify, the transition to adulthood is often tough and tragic. Happy new year, dear Susan!


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