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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

Thursday, December 1, 2011

--- Now Playing at the Shady Dell --- Jukebox Giants of December 1966




 I told you back in January that 1966 would 

 whiz by before you know it and it did! 

For the last time this year, let's take a peek inside
the old Shady Dell jukebox and find out what's on
the musical menu for the month of December.

Here's a hint: our funky friends from the Burg
are puttin' down the hottest sound around!

When their new record starts playing, put on your dancin' pants, splash on some of this junk, shake hands and come out kickin' - chop-chop!

 Experience the look and sound of  

 young America! 


 New, Hot and Hitbound: 

"Karate” – Emperors 

“I’ve Got to Have Her” – Emperors 

“I’ve Passed This Way Before”
– Jimmy Ruffin 

Mustang Sally” – Wilson Pickett 

“I’m a Believer” – Monkees 

“(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” – Monkees 

“(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” – Blues Magoos 

“I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)” 
– Electric Prunes 

“Standing in the Shadows of Love”
– Four Tops 

“Good Thing” – Paul Revere & the Raiders 

“Tell it Like it Is “– Aaron Neville 

“98.6” – Keith 

“Words of Love” – Mamas & Papas 

“I’m Ready for Love”
– Martha & the Vandellas 

“I Need Somebody” – (?) Question Mark 
& the Mysterians 

“Talk Talk” – Music Machine 

“Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron"
– Royal Guardsmen 


 Old Dell Gold: 
 (Records from past weeks, months and years 
 that have maintained their popularity) 

“Let’s Get Lost on a Country Road” – Kit Kats (November ’66)

“Find Someone (Who’ll Make You Happy)” – Kit Kats (November ’66)

“I (Who Have Nothing)” – Terry Knight & the Pack 
(November ’66)

“(I Know) I’m Losing You” – Temptations (November ’66)

“Good Vibrations” – Beach Boys (November ’66)

“Baby Let Me Bang Your Box” – Doug Clark & The Hot Nuts 
(November ’66)

“Tell Me That You Love Me” – James Brown (October ’66)

“Don’t Be a Drop-out” – James Brown (October ’66)

“Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody” – Sam & Dave
(September ’66)

“If You Got the Loving (I Got the Time)” – Sam & Dave (September ’66)

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” – Supremes (November ’66)

“Heaven Must Have Sent You” – Elgins (November ’66)

“Mellow Yellow” – Donovan (November ’66)

“Nineteen Days” – Dave Clark Five (November ’66)

“Stop Stop Stop” – Hollies (November ’66)

“Devil With a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly” 
– Mitch Ryder (October ’66)

“Winchester Cathedral” – New Vaudeville Band
(November ’66)

“(Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need” – Miracles (November ’66)

“Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms (every Xmas ’57 thru ’66)

“Captain Santa Claus” – Bobby Helms (every Xmas ’57 thru ’66)

“Peace of Mind” – Magnificent Men (January ’66)

Big changes are coming to the jukebox in January.

Which songs will still be hot in the Shady, and which ones will be cold as ice?

 You have 
 one month 
 to speculate 
 but remember, 
 ladies & 
 this is only 
 an exhibition, 
 this is not 
 a competition; 
 so please -- 
 no wagering! 

Have a Shady day!


  1. Good Morning Tom! I jumped in early today for your 'Bandwagon'. I got a kick right off with reminded me of an adult version of Hokie Pokie,! You had so many tunes on today that were definitely back when I was dancing and NOT 'birthin' no babies Ms Scarlett'!
    A very happy morning indeed.
    Thank you for taking the time to put these wonderful tunes out here for our listening enjoyment.
    Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to listen to The Mama's and The Papas one more time sing out their 'Words Of Love'. And then if I get to giddy and happy, I'll play 'I've Passed This Way Before' to bring me back to reality!

  2. Oh, Sush, good morning to you as well, dear friend! "Karate" was one of the nationwide hit records that came out of Central Pennsylvania courtesy of the funky soul band, the Emperors of Harrisburg. Other examples of locally originated national hit records are "Down the Aisle of Love" by the Quin-Tones and "Birthday Party" by the Pixies Three. "Words of Love" was one of my favorites by Mama Cass and her group and it was a popular record at the Dell. "I've Passed This Way Before" was an even bigger Dell smash because it's tempo was conducive to line dancing. I can still picture those rats forming a big strong line and shuffling in unison to that one. You're a dear, Sush, and I thank you for being the early bird and coming in for a visit. Have a delightful day, sweet friend!

  3. Happy Thursday, Shady! A terrific lineup this first morning of December. I knew many of the songs today. I can remember as a little girl watching the Monkees tv show with my sister. We couldn't get enough of it. Even today, I can remember some of the plot lines of those shows.

    It was a treat seeing the old videos today- Paul Revere and the Raiders were really something else. I hadn't heard Karate before and that was fun.

    Thank you for treating us to such delights today!

  4. Hi, Shelly! As I was assembling this post I couldn't help noticing the wealth of vintage clips available on YouTube for these songs. Many of these acts made the rounds of all the teen music showcases and fortunately many of their performances have been preserved albeit with grainy video and substandard audio. They do take me back to a very exciting time in my life. I used to sit at the Dell snack counter and watch The Monkees television show with Helen and John. While many parents were scratching their heads over the "Pre-Fab Four," Helen and John got their humor and laughed along with me. Thank you very much for brightening my day with your visit, dear Shelly. Take care and have a great day!

  5. Happy Thursday Shady, I had never heard of the Emperors but maybe they were mostly popular in Pa. All the music had my foot patting this morning and that is a good thing but a lot of names were new to me. Electric Prune, Keith, ? & the Mysterians & Music Machine left me wondering if I really listened to who sang songs in the 60's I'll have to agree with Sush wanting to replay the Mamas & the Papas. They were an awesome group. Thanks for doing such a great job of educating and entertaining us this morning. Have a great rest of the week.

  6. Hi, Odie! Thanks so much, good buddy! I wonder if you remember the song "Everybody's Everything" performed by Carlos Santana? It's actually the melody of "Karate" with different lyrics. Santana liked the rhythm of the original recording and got permission from Milton Brown and Ty Moss, the writers of "Karate," to use the tune and change the words. Santana turned the new version of the song into one of his best known hits. I agree there were many bands with strange names in the 60s, a lot of them relating to foods and neon colors such as Electric Prunes, Moby Grape, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Deep Purple, Marmalade, etc. Thanks again for coming by, Odie, and have a fine day up your way!

  7. Hi there Tom. Hope all is well with you. You must know by now that 1966 is one of the good years for me, although I love anything from 1962 onwards, and, hey, I knew lots of the songs today. You certainly picked a lovely selection for us. You must be spoilt for choice when you're doing your "Pick of the Pops"! I've never heard of the Electric Prunes, but, my goodness, what a great name! Like Shelly, I well remember The Monkees TV Show. Always loved the Mamas and Papas - real flower power time. Thank you again dear friend for searching back into the vaults and coming up with some great music to transport us back in time.

  8. Loving the Electric Prunes today, Shady, but Talk Talk wasn't the Talk Talk I know! You're not leaving us for a month are you dear Shady? I hope it's just the jukebox that is taking a vacation until the New Year. Hope you've got your factor 30 on over there in the sun, enjoy the rest of the week! Toodles :)

  9. Hi, Thisisme! Thanks for listening to my Top of the Pops for December 1966. It would be hard for me to name my Pick to Click from this great selection. I have often regarded 1966 as the best year of my life and these songs formed the soundtrack. You must realize that I do not choose the records to post in this monthly "Now Playing" post. The Shady Dell jukebox decides. This compilation represents the actual lineup of records that existed in the Dell jukebox that month and year. To assemble it I rely on a combination of my memory and Joel Whitburn's Record Research books which list all of the records to make the American Billboard chart during the period. Thank you ever so much for stopping by, dear friend Thisisme. Now let's find out what your daughter has to say.

    Gawgus - Hello #1 daughter (Thisisme's)! Good heavens, I didn't mean to leave you with the notion that I am leaving for a month. I've already been on a 27 year vacation in Florida! (LOL) It's my special "Now Playing" post that appears only once a month. I assure you that I'll be here tomorrow and the next day and the next and that you and mum and Alfred will not have to endure Shady withdrawal, a quite unpleasant ordeal. Thank you very much for following on mum's heels and coming to see me, Emma. I hope you're having a marvelous day the Parisian way!

  10. Dearest Shady, I was 16 in 1966 and listened to the radio constantly so I knew almost every song. Many of these are favorites. I loved the Monkees Show too and bought their first album (or got it for a birthday). I couldn't afford to buy much music. I owned The Beatles, Roy Orbison and the Monkees. I did buy a lot of singles when I was younger, I think they were 99 cents.

    Anyway, I am a little impressed how when a Monkees song comes on the radio today, I still love them. They seem to have passed the test of time for me. I haven't heard 'Talk, Talk', 'We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet' or '98.6' for many years. I don't know why, I think they were great songs as so many of these were. 'I had too Much to Dream Last Night' was terrific. Thanks Shady for a fun trip back in time.

  11. If there was ever a musical jeopardy type show you would win millions. I have no idea how you keep all this great music in your brain but I am sure glad you do! I particularly loved the tune “Good Thing” by Paul Revere & the Raiders. That lady in the red swing dress is pretty darn awesome. I want her moves!

  12. Belle - Did you happen to watch the 2007 documentary Making the Monkees? I saw it recently and learned the full extent of the animosity between the Monkees and Don Kirshner and the ugly details of their bitter power struggle. Kirsher dismissed the Monkees as actors hired to do a TV series and didn't want them playing instruments on their recordings. The second Monkees album was released w/o the group even knowing that it was coming out. From what I've read the Monkees weren't even given complimentary copies of their own album. They had to go to the store and buy them! I'm glad I refreshed your memory about Music Machine, Electric Prunes and Keith. The music landscape was changing rapidly in December of 1966 paving the way for the Summer of Love the following year. Thank you very much for your visit and kind comments, dear Belle, and have a nice evening in W. Canada!

    Amber Blue Bird -

    Shady: I'll take Bloggy Pals for 100, Alex.

    Alex Trebek: The answer is "Among your fine feathered friends she is the fairest of them all."

    Shady: Who is Amber Blue Bird?

    You give me far too much credit, my dear. I'm not the musical genius that you seem to think I am. I do loads of research for these posts and rely heavily on my Billboard books as well as the internet. By the way when you watch old clips from teen music and dance programs be on the lookout for actresses Goldie Hawn (Kate Hudson's mother) and Teri Garr (of Tootsie and Close Encounters fame). Both women started out as go-go dancers on those 60s shows. Thank you for your kindness, dear friend Amber, and I'll be checking out your musical selections tomorrow. Yes? No?

  13. Man Alive!!! You've got them all! 'I, who have nothing'-a favorite of mine, and then, 'I had too much to dream last nite'! I forget about some of those songs, until I get reminded. 'I'm not your steppin stone'-yes. You know, the Monkees were good if you didn't have to look at them...haha! And, 'We ain't got nothin yet'. So many and hard to mention all of them. The Four Tops were great. You've got it all Shady, and I like your juke box! Will have to come back and look some more. Talk to you soon. And The Temps rock!

  14. Hi shady!
    lurrve your selections! As a visual person, i must say I adore the Monkees cute hairstyle as well!
    Greetings to you dear Shady!

    much love*

  15. Susan - I'm sure you can imagine how exciting it was to spend an evening at the Shady Dell listening and dancing to all of these great records on the jukebox. 1966 was a sensational year in popular music and month after month the Dell jukebox was crammed with the latest and the greatest, all killer no filler. Dell rats played the big national hits but they also played minor hits like Terry Knight's "I (Who Have Nothing)" just as often if not more. In addition they discovered and played cool B sides that were ignored by radio stations and the general public. That's what made the nightly music mix at the Dell unique. Thank you, dear Susan, for dropping your quarter into the slot and listening to the Dell's December lineup. Have a super weekend in Fort Worth!

    Lenore - I know you must be tired of traipsing all over Paris by now, not to mention bored stiff. Please let me take you away from all that misery! (LOL) You got me wondering, Lenore. Did you fall in love with cute and cuddly Davy Jones when you played those Monkees videos? It's so nice of you to come by, Lenore. Have another wonderful weekend in France, dear friend!

  16. Just give me a second while I slump in that chair to catch my breath, please...also, please excuse my dishevelled appearance!

    Aah, that's much better! I'd suddenly remembered you post on Thursdays and came rushing right over, albeit a day late. I see the coffee's cold and there's not a single cookie left in the tin! But, I can excitedly report that even though I was only 11 in 1966, I know both 'I'm a Believer' and 'Words of Love' from today's sequences. Unlike Sush, I wasn't quite ready for my dancing shoes at that time, so probably heard these songs on the car radio while being driven to and from school and after hours activities. We South Africans were behind the times in those days, since our then government had not yet approved the introduction of TV. I think they felt it would corrupt our morals! The songs on your list of longtime favourites that I know well are...'Winchester Cathedral', 'I Who Have Nothing' and 'Good Vibrations'. As you can see, I've quite outdone myself today (musically speaking). Now, I can go back into the garden to finish what I was doing. I hope you're having a very good Friday, Tom and that this will be an even better weekend.

  17. Hi, Desiree! You're right. I almost always post on Thursdays. Are you stalking me? (LOL) You don't look at all disheveled to me. In fact, from where I sit I can't see a single hair out of place (except a little tangle there on Noodle's rump). If your government feared that TV might corrupt the nation's morals they were probably right, especially if any of the programming came from the USA. I'm still having flashback nightmares about Dennis the Menace! (LOL) I'm certainly glad you remember a few of these jukebox giants. Thanks for taking time from your gardening to drop by, TDD. You're the best! I hope your day's going splendidly and that you enjoy a safe and happy weekend, dear friend.

  18. Tom, you are getting some good responses on this post for good reason! You truly always do get good responses. "Karate" sound so familiar, a song that I would have heard at the Dragon's Den. (our Dell) Jimmy's Ruffin's song, "I've Passed This Way Before", I do remember. Did you ever bring back memories with the Monkee's "I'm a Believer". I was a believer around 1967 that I was totally in love with Davy Jones! I had his poster up in my room, it probably came from the centerfold of Teen Beat magazine. Since yesterday I have listened to and watched your "Believer" video three times. The tune is still running through my head. (Help! ☺) I loved it! Other favorites were "Good Thing", "98.6", "Words of Love", "I Need Somebody", "Steppin' Stone" and "Talk Talk". I can't end without mentioning the "Electric Prunes", I don't remember them but liked their song, "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night". Well, Tom, you did it again and for that I thank you!

  19. Hi, Cindy! Remember on the Brady Bunch when Marcia had a date with Davy? (LOL) If you have "Believer" stuck in your head it's a lot better than having a song you don't like stuck in there. As I told Odie the melody to "Karate" might sound familiar to you because it was later used by Santana to produce the hit record "Everybody's Everything." Isn't it funny how we all have our blind spots? It seems almost impossible for you to know other artists and records from this same month but not the Electric Prunes. Others who commented had similar blind spots and I have some of my own. I always link the Electric Prunes with the Blues Magoos because Dell patrons who played one record usually played the other and they often came on the jukebox back to back. Thank you very much for delighting me with your visit, dear Cindy, and have a safe and happy weekend!

  20. Good morning, Tom! I have returned, looking far better after a good night's sleep and without various bits of plant material adhering to my person, to reassure you that no one could replace you, not even the charming TDT who made his first appearance in Blog Land, yesterday. I cannot deny having instantly felt an emotional connection with him. You have to agree the man knows how to choose his words. I briefly considered approaching him to ghost write my blog for me, since his descriptions of La Brie were far more elegant than my own feeble attempts. I have learnt over the course of my lifetime not to act in haste, so decided to sleep on the idea. Upon awakening this morning and checking my blog for new comments whilst enjoying my cup of tea in bed, I read your comment and realised that I owe it to you not to be swayed by TDT. I would not wish to injure your feelings in any way. Please be assured that my loyalties lie with you, but I do rather fancy that other chap's style and I am secretly hoping he'll leave his calling card again.

  21. Desiree - I'm still awake here on the East Coast so let me pour you a strong cup of java while I express my gratitude for your loyalty. I'm so glad you can see right through TDT and realize that he's all superficial flash and no substance. Bloggers like TDT are a dime a dozen. I'm just as good a writer, a better speller, and I dare say I have a much better sense of humor than that bloke! Stick with me, dear Desiree, and you'll never regret it! Now, if you'll excuse me, my dear, I'm quite sleepy and really do need to hit the hay. I'm so glad you stopped by again, dear friend Desiree, and I hope your Saturday is a splendid one. Good night!

  22. Shady - I see that that 'darned Desiree' has been creeping around you again, with all those sloppy comments! You should stick with ME, dear Tom, and not be swayed by this usurper from deepest and darkest South Africa!

  23. Thisisme - It's becoming a whodunit mystery, dear friend. Who is TDD, the phantom commenter here on SDM&M? Who is TDT, the pompous pipsqueak who's moving in on my territory at Driftwood Ramblings? Is Carol's book bash to blame for setting this madness in motion? Did the butler do it in the pantry? When will you post more pictures of your legs? Stay tuned! Oh dear. It's been a while since I had two lovely ladies fighting over me. (Feels good!) Who shall I stick to like glue? There must be a way for me to decide. Let me ask you this. Is jello wrestling out of the question? I've got it! You and Desiree will start with the cinnamon roll recipe recently posted by Gawgus-Things. You will each add your own special ingredients, bake the buns, and ship a bushel of them to me for a taste comparison. Once I have consumed both bushels I will announce the winner and she will get the lioness's share of my bloggy love. Fair enough? Good luck to both of you and LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

  24. Oh dear! I'm sure Desiree would beat me with the cinnamon buns! Can we have the jello wrestling instead please?! You are a good sport dear friend Tom.

  25. Thisisme - Absolutely, dear friend!!! You know what they say... "There's always room for jello wrestling!" (LOL) I was secretly hoping you'd opt for this type of challenge. It's better for my waistline and easy on the eyes to boot. Now if we can only get your South African adversary to agree to the challenge! Thank you for coming back over, dear Thisisme. I hope you get a good night's sleep and that you will awake refreshed in the morning ready to hit the gym and begin training for the Shady Bowl. Please remember, dear friend, Desiree might have the better buns but you've got the gams! Good night!

  26. What are you and Thisisme getting up to behind my back, Shady? There is no contest here. I know when I'm up against superlative competition. With Ms Mini Skirt Queen 2011, her famously gorgeous legs and her legendary baking skills I do not stand a chance against her in the jello ring. Besides, she won your heart long before anyone had even heard of TDD. There's no way I would presume to get between two such devoted Bloggy friends! As for TDT, I found him rather endearing. However, as I have already stated, my loyalties remain with Shady. Besides, there is the rather glaring issue of the spelling. I cannot overlook that! So, dear Thisisme, you win fair and square. Now, Shady, please resume your customary gentlemanly demeanour and stop getting yourself all flushed imagining jello wrestling contests! Get back to your turntable and work on your next blog post.

  27. Shady - well, how kind of Desiree to give in so graciously. It seems that you won't be seeing the jello contest between us after all. Oh well, never mind. Ladies of a certain age (although I know, of course, that Desiree is much younger than me) should behave with some decorum, so I suppose all's well that end's well. Thank you dear friend Desiree!

  28. Desiree & Thisisme - Can we change the match to pudding wrestling? We can call the event... (wait for it) ...

    The Thrilla in Vanilla? (LOL)

    You are both near and dear to me and I'd never be able to choose between two such witty and wonderful women. I love playful people. There are too few like you (and me) left in the world and I very much enjoy our lively exchanges. Bless you both and please look for a new post from me right here tomorrow morning! Good night, ladies!

  29. Ahh! I loved the monkees! It was a bit before my time when it originally aired but I used to watch the re-runs when I was a kid! It was so goofy and funny!

    Thank you for your lovely lovely comment on my latest post, it's so encouraging to read what you have to say. You are a dear friend Tom!

    Emma x

  30. Emma - Reruns of The Monkees television series are still playing all these years later. They were a zany bunch, weren't they? I'm very pleased that you came by in the wee hours of the morning local Ireland time. It is an honor for me to be counted among your friends and I love to give you encouragement. It's my way of telling you that I'm glad there are people like you in the world. Your mam can be very proud of the fine daughter that she raised. Thank you very much for your visit, dear Emma, and have an excellent week!

  31. Tom, you will be delighted to know TDT popped by while I was soundly asleep and left a calling card informing all of us that he and TDD had eloped and were married in Vegas. They respectfully ask that we grant them their privacy so that can live happily ever after in wedded bliss. It seems life can now return to normal for you, Thisisme and me. I enjoy vanilla pudding far too much to play in the midst of it. I'd far rather eat it from a pretty glass bowl with a teaspoon, so thank you for the invitation, I am declining. I now need to get busy with my day, although I wish I were tucked up under the covers still as you are, lucky man! Enjoy your day when it dawns :)

  32. Desiree - Thank you for the breaking news update, dear friend. I say good riddance to those two troublemakers! They deserve each other and I wish them much happiness as they sail off into the sunset. I hope your week's off to a great start, dear Desiree, and that it will only get better. Bless you, dear friend!

  33. I agree with you both. Elvis was in our local chip shop yesterday, so I don't know how he could possible have married TDT and TDD. (All these T's are very confusing to an old woman, and I'm confused enough already!!). Anyway, as you say, good riddance to the both of them. Perhaps we can all get back to some semblance of reality now! Like you dear Tom, I love playful people. Take care. I am now heading off to read your latest missive.

  34. Hi Shady!!! I'm so behind but this post was awesome. These songs and bands brought back some incredible memories. So many people are not aware of the impact The Electric Prunes made in music history. They were really the first band to play electric guitar. You mention them and people say "who?" The Red Baron was a favorite 45 of mine that I played until I can remember. The Monkees and The Blue Magoos gave us some great songs. My favorite by the Monkees is "She". Not too many know that one either. So enjoyed this one!


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