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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

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dell Rat Ron Presents the Long Awaited, Much Anticipated Sequel: Potpourri 2!

 Last year Dell Rat Ron Shearer's feature
 POTPOURRI FOR 100 was a genuine 

 crowd pleaser. A winning formula is worth 
 repeating so I invited Ron to join us again 
 and play another random batch of songs, 
 greatness being the only common theme. 
 As always I brought along a few of my own 
 favorite platters as well. 

 Ron, it looks like you've 
 been doing some heavy 
 duty soul searchin' down 
 there.  Time time to put 
 the pedal to the metal and 
 the needle in the groove! 


 Shady, this first song 
 reminds me of my Mom. 
 One day, between high 
 school and college, I 
 was listening to a current 
 favorite of mine, "So Fine" 
 by Ike and Tina Turner. 
 I also had the album, but 
 my Mom blew me away 
 by asking me what the 
 song was, because she 
 said she liked it so much. 
 I really don't know why 
 I was surprised at her 
 liking my music. When I 
 was 12 or 13, Mom knew 
 I would go to any record hop or house party to dance and 
 listen to music. At the time she worked in the grocery store 
 at Smith Village in Jacobus where everyone knew the Smith 
 family. She somehow got Smith's to do a promotion in their 
 parking lot, using linoleum for a dance floor, and they hired 
 Chris Huber, a DJ from WSBA for a Record Hop. Not too 
 long afterwards, as a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary at 
 the Jacobus Fire Hall, she was elected President and they 
 began having record hops at the Fire Hall on a regular basis 
 with Chris Huber DJ-ing. I got a lot of DJ copies of records 
 that way and got addicted to collecting records as a result. 
 Chris began bringing live groups, mostly the Delchords, to 
 the dances. These were attended by schoolmates from 
 Loganville, Dallastown, etc. I later screwed up my hip and 
 had to quit attending for awhile. Mom blamed it on doing 
 the Twist too much. Ultimately, Chris Huber secured 
 White Oaks Park, with the Delchords, Invictas, and other 
 bands that I believe he managed, appearing there regularly. 
 I was a regular, always managing to find a way to get 
 there.  I always considered "So Fine" to be Mom's favorite 
 song, and think of her whenever I hear it. And she's 
 responsible for my being one of the biggest fans of the 
 Delchords and White Oaks Park, and later the Magnificent 
 Men and the Raven. She strongly disapproved of my 
 hanging out at the Dell, but I still did. Mom's long gone, 
 but her memory lives on. I love and miss you, Mom. 
 This song's for you! 

"So Fine" - Ike and Tina & the Ikettes 
(April 1968, highest chart position #117) 

Ron, it just so happens that my mixed bag includes another song by Ike and Tina Turner.
"I Can't Believe What You Say" was, like "So Fine," among the legendary R&B act's poorest selling singles; yet this Kent label release destroys!

"I Can't Believe What You Say" - Ike & Tina Turner 
(October 1964, highest chart position #95) 

 Ron, the floor is yours, good buddy! 


 Okay, Shady Here it is. Finally. You've waited years, 
 and I mean years, for this. I know you thought you 
 knew the words. I thought I did, too. A girl who 
 graduated in the class of 1966 wrote down the lyrics 
 and gave them to me. A lot of the girls I grew up with 
 were more pornographic than us guys. I know her lyrics 
 were. This is still one of the all-time great garage band 
 songs.  You wore out your copy.  I wore out mine. 
 (I'm doing the kind of sell that Charlie the Dog did in a 
 Looney Tunes cartoon with Porky Pig). What song are 
 we talking about. Of course, it's "Louie, Louie" by the 
 Kingsmen.  I only recently heard the original version 
 even though I always knew it existed.  R&B singer 
 Richard Berry wrote and recorded "Louie Louie" in 1955, 
 long before the Kingsmen waxed their legendary cover. 
 Kind of like Hank Ballard's "The Twist" and Chubby 
 Checker's version, but with less sales than Mr. Ballard 
 had. Richard Berry was in the Navy when he penned the 
 song and "Louie" is said to be a reference to "lieutenant." 

"Louie, Louie" - Richard Berry (April 1957, uncharted) 



 Early on, Paul Revere & the Raiders recorded  
 instrumentals like "Midnight Ride" on the Gardena label 
 before signing with Columbia. The first vocal hit that I 
 remember of theirs (on Columbia) was this song. I believe 
 it was done by the Delchords, and I asked them what it 
 was.  This is still one of my favorites of PR&R.  I saw the 
 group a couple times at cabarets when I lived in Reno, 
 and Paul still has his baby Baby Grand piano, still shoots a 
 Raider with an arrow, and they still have a whole lot of fun 
 on stage. The only difference between this video and the 
 performances I saw were age, Mark Lindsay no longer with 
 them, and their precision wasn't quite as tight as it was 
 when they performed in this video. 

"Louie--Go Home" - Paul Revere & the Raiders (May 1964, 
highest chart position #118) 

 Ron, I've got an answer song for ya! 


It's no secret that many British Invasion bands cut their teeth on American R&B.  Here's the Kinks' version of "Louie Louie."  It's a great recording and, as an added bonus, you can actually understand the words!

"Louie Louie" - Kinks (from the November 1964 EP
Kinksize Session

Ron, right back at ya! 


 Shady, a few weeks ago your reply to a 
 comment posted by your follower Desiree 
 about the Blue Danube reminded me of 
 when I had Mr. Throne for homeroom and, 
 of course, I always saw you exiting your 
 German classes with him. I've been 
 reminiscing a song from late 1960 for 
 some time and felt it's time I passed it on 
 to you. I don't know if you were familiar 
 with it, but it was the first German 
 language hit to make it big in the U.S., 
 going all the way to #5.  It also rode the Top 10 on WSBA, 
 but I can't say how close to #1 it came. The song was 
 called "Sailor" and sung by a singer simply named Lolita. 
 Lolita was really Edith Zuser, born in Austria, who passed 
 away in 2010 in Salzburg. Her only hit song was also a hit 
 in Japan and England. Later, it was successfully covered in 
 Europe by Petula Clark, and also the Andrews Sisters. 
  Here is "Seemann" (deine heimat ist das meer). I thought 
 Lolita's voice was sexy, like many German women, and 
 thoroughly enjoyed this song every time I heard it on the 

"Sailor (Your Home is the Sea)" - Lolita (December 1960, 
highest chart position #5) 


 I'd like to close with two songs that I found on YouTube 
 which I haven't heard since I had the albums in college. 
 The Fever Tree I got turned onto by a friend in Oakmont, 
 who lived next door to the Country Club. 

"San Francisco Girls" - Fever Tree 
(July 1968, highest chart position #91) 


 Unlike the Lads from Liverpool, the English rock band called 
 The Move did not catch on here in America. The Move was 
 introduced to me by one foxy young lady living in Bluebell 
 Apartments in State College. She turned me on to the first 
 Black Sabbath album the same afternoon. 

"Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited" 
- The Move (from 1970 album Shazam

 I gotta lay it 

 on the line, 

 Ronny babe..... 

 I'm sicker 

 than a dog! 


No, I'm not talking to you, Ron. I'm quoting some of the outrageous boss jock patter that you'll hear on "Top Forty D.J.'s," a comedy single extracted from Hanging in There, the debut comedy album released in 1971 by popular Los Angeles disc-jockeys Bob Hudson and Ron Landry. Hudson and Landry were irreverent and risque, elevating political incorrectness to an art form.   I bought every one of their records!

"Top Forty D.J.'s" - Hudson and Landry 
(from 1971 album Hanging in There

 Thank you, Dell Rat Ron 

 for bringing us another 

 pot of gold that's waaay 

 too cool for old school! 

Have a Shady day!


  1. Tina is still extremely popular in Poland and her songs are broadcasted very frequently, especially "Goldeneye" and "What's love got to do with it":-)

    1. Wanilianna- Hello, dear friend! I moved to Florida in March 1984, two months before Tina Turner's album Private Dancer launched her tremendous comeback. Prior to the release of her single "What's Love Got to Do With It," Tina had not enjoyed a top 10 hit in more than a decade. "What's Love" spent 3 weeks at #1 in the USA, hit #1 in Australia and Canada and went top 10 in many other countries. In Poland, the single reached #20. Thank you very much for your comment, dear Wanilianna. You are #1 with a bullet!

  2. What a great collection of music and a lively collaboration between Dell Rats. Your shared memories gave the songs another layer of meaning. The conversation connected readers to the spirit of a time when the enjoyment of music and dancing brought communities together.

    1. Hi, Jenny! Yes, Dell Rat Ron is an old high school buddy in my graduating class. I loved it when he shared his memory about seeing me leaving my German class. I enjoyed studying that language and the teacher was an older man who at times seemed to know less about German than his students (bless his heart). Ron's testimony about those appearances by the Del-Chords might not mean anything to most of my blog friends but his words are pure gold to anybody who was there and loved that early Dave Bupp-Buddy King vocal group and their later incarnation as The Magnificent Men. Ron's memories add valuable pieces of the puzzle. Thank you very much for your kind comment, dear Jenny, and have an enjoyable Sunday!

  3. Great post, Ron and Shady! I'm having loads of trouble commenting on your blog now, even with my phone, so I've asked Jenny to help me out today. Louie Louie reminds me of Blinded By the Light of my generation. No one could quite get all the lyrics, but everyone loved the song. I've got to hand it to Tina Turner- she has major talent and staying power to be such a relevant star still- even after Ike did the things to her he did. I love how Ron toal about his mom. She must have been one special woman!

    1. Shelly - Thank you very much for being resourceful enough to enlist Jenny's aid in posting a comment. I don't know what's going on with lately. Several friends are having the same problem at the same time. I was having some trouble posting comments on word verification blogs because it wasn't recognizing that I had the correct series of letters. I found that I was able to comment when I skipped the "Preview" step and just sent the comment. I hope it soon gets resolved because our comments are the life blood of blogging. I don't think I ever met Ron's mom but I can tell that she was a cool lady with soul. Thanks again for getting creative and finding a way to leave a comment, dear Shelly. It means a lot to me. Have a great week, my friend!

  4. Happy Sunday Ron & Shady. I tend to appreciate Tina's work later in her life so it looked grim for me until the Kinks made my morning and I have always liked hearing German being sung so Lolita was great as well. With the variety you have there is always something to bless anyone that will stop by. Thanks you guys for all the hard work and info to make us more knowledgeable.

    1. Hi, Odie! I'm glad you enjoyed "Lolita." That an oldie you hardly ever hear anymore. That Kinks rendition of "Louie Louie" just keeps growing on me. So does that video clip! (LOL) Thank you very much for stopping by, good buddy. Pet your pups for me and have an excellent week!

  5. Hi dear friend Tom. Hey! I'm actually able to leave a comment here. Just to let you know, that Susan has been leaving me comments, and said that she has been spending ages trying to comment on your blog, which she is finding so frustrating!! Well done Dell Rat Ron & Dell Rat Shady today for coming up with such a great mix. I hadn't heard of Lolita, the singer, but certainly loved Petula Clark's version of "Sailor". My goodness me, Tina Turner looked a whole lot different back then, didn't she?! I think she has definitely improved with age. Louie Louie is a real classic, and has been covered by quite a few people. Well Tom, it's been a pleasure listening to the music this afternoon here in Devon. Thank you Ron for your great contribution.

    1. Thisisme - Hallo, dear friend! I am well aware that my Texas blog friends are having problems with commenting. So is my friend Cindy, formerly of Texas and now living in Tennessee along with Bouncin' Barb in Carolina. You were also having trouble recently. It's so disheartening when we can't get our message across to our friends. It's a good thing we have an email network established. I posted Barb's comment for her when she wrote and told me she couldn't.

      I thought you might be more familiar with Pet Clark's version of "Lolita." I agree that Tina Turner adopted a more elegant and refined look for her mid 80s comeback. I hope you are well and happy and have a delightful evening and week ahead, dear friend!

  6. I never knew who originally wrote Louie Louie, I've always been most familiar with the Kinks version as I'm a huge fan of theirs, but it's so interesting to hear how the song originated! Thanks for the post Dell Rat Ron!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, dear Emma! How's your day going in Dublin? When I was a teenager I was completely unaware that anybody had recorded "Louie Louie" before the Kingsmen. Moreover, my friends and I would never have believed that the lyrics were benign rather than filthy. Turns out "Louie Louie" is a sailor's lament to his lieutenant telling him that he misses his girl back home and wants to get there a.s.a.p. The story line planted in millions of teenage minds by the Kingsmen was an entirely different scenario. I really love the Kinks version, too. I own it on CD and listen to it often. Thank you very much for spreading cheer with your visit, dear friend Emma, and have a great week!

  7. Fascinating post once again, Shady!
    I always admire Tina turner triumphant comeback story! Amazing career indeed even with her tragic marriage & past! Inspiring!

  8. p.s:
    FYI, since some of your readers are having problem leaving comments; you might want to change the comment mode-
    go to setting- comment form placement & select 'pop-up' mode instead & save. Give it a try!

  9. Lenore Nevermore - I changed to "pop-up" mode and I hope it helps. Thanks so much for the tip, my pug-nacious (and very dear) friend! Yes, Tina Turner's true life story is inspiring. It amazes me how she was able to perform on stage with bruises from her beatings. That's a solid pro for you. Thanks again for the friendly advice, dear Lenore, and hug those pugs!

  10. Good songs Shady! Great groups too. Paul Revere and the Raiders were a heart crush for me but Ray Davies and the Kinks I have to say are my favorite of this list. Just a personal preference though! They are all good choices. Thanks again for a fun read and blast down memory lane.

  11. BB - Hello, dear friend! I'm so happy that your comment went through. I'll never forget the Raiders impressive string of chart hits for Columbia Records that began at Christmas 1965 with "Just Like Me" and continued for the next two years with "Kicks," "Hungry," "The Great Airplane Strike," "Good Thing," "Ups and Downs," "Him or Me - What's it Gonna Be," and "I Had a Dream." Ironically the Raiders soon tried to distance themselves from that achievement and reinvent themselves as a psychedelic album rock band. I had the Kinks' "Ape Man" stuck in my head for an entire year! (LOL) Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today, dear Barb. I hope you had a great weekend and I wish you a fabulous week ahead!

  12. Thanks Ron and Shady for such a good time tonight. I so much enjoyed the Ike and Tina Turner songs. I hadn't heard either of them before. Paul Revere and the Raiders were so funny in the clips playing those children's musical toys. It was nice to hear they are still performing. 'Louie, Louie' is a great song and I enjoy all the renditions of it.

  13. Hi, Belle! Paul Revere and the Raiders did too much clowning around to suit me. I remember getting aggravated whenever they milked gags too long on Where the Action Is, stealing air time away from other artists and bands (and Jeri Lyn, my favorite sweetie of the Action Kids dance troupe). I'm glad you learned some new songs this evening and liked them. Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend. Bundle up and stay warm tonight in B.C.

  14. OMG! Maybe it'll work. Hi there! Tina Turner is the best, 'So Fine' surprised me when I discovered it on a CD I have of various artists-it's great! And 'I Can't Believe what You Say' is a different look at her. I don't remember hearing that one before.

    Mark Lindsay was key in the success of Paul Revere and the Raiders. I was a fan of most of their songs. 'Louie Go Home' was downhome 'soul'.

    But, 'Louie, Louie' know, will live on and on, yeah, I had heard the Richard Berry version. You were considered to be pretty cool, if you claimed to know the real words behind the Kingsmen's cool, kind-of-muffled sound-it did rock!

    I really enjoyed this post...Ike and Tina! Good together, but she really came thru on her own. She's a 'Proud Mary' allright!

    It was good to hear from you. Have a wonderful week on!

  15. Susan - Hello, dear friend! I'm glad you were able to comment w/o any problem tonight. Ike and Tina Turner recorded on many different record labels including Sue (named after YOU), Kent, Philies, Minit, Blue Thumb, Liberty and U.A. Surprisingly few of their singles performed well on the chart. I enjoyed Tina's solo work, especially her covers of "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Come Together." If you like Mark Lindsay and the Raiders I've got a special post in the pipeline. Thank you very much for coming all the way from Texas to see me, dear Susan! Have a great night and an even greater week!

  16. Louie Louie is such a fun song. I think I prefer the Kinks version best (those dance movies in the video are pretty stellar) but I still have no idea what its about. I love Ron's story of being surprised that his mom liked "his" music. I felt the same way when my mom said she liked Kings of Leon. I guess moms are just people too :)

  17. Amber - Mom and I were both crazy about Disco Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes! I say that only because she never missed The Tonight Show and recognized Disco Tex as an incarnation of Monti Rock, the freaky entertainer who made numerous appearances on the program during Carson's reign. I suspected that those dancers on the Kinks video might catch your eye. Take those moves along with you next time you make the scene at 54 or Xenon. There, I think I've done it. I've broken my existing record for highest number of dated references in a single comment! Thank you very much for coming over, dear Amber. Bundle up and hunker down!

  18. This was a fun post. The winner for me was Tina Turner and "Can't Believe What You Say." I'd never heard that one, and she rocked it. That girl can sing. I wasn't aware of that earlier version of "Louie Louie" either. Of course my favorite is still the Kinks, but fun to hear the early stuff. Paul Revere... meh... I'm with you. Too much goofy stuff and not enough music, although Mark Lindsey could really belt out the music when he wanted to. Enjoyable little walk through my memories.

  19. Hey, Karen! I'm glad you enjoyed that exciting performance clip of Tina and the Ikettes. I have the original studio recording in my collection and listening to it is always a pleasure. You and I seem to agree all the way down the line. I also think the Kinks' rendition of "Louie" is a doggone good one and I'm pleased that you read my replies and agreed that Dick Clark gave PR&R too much license to act goofy. It became a distraction. I'm delighted by your visit, Karen. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, my dear friend, and have a great evening!

  20. Hi, Tom!

    After several days I've finally gotten to enjoy the last three blogs. Your tribute to John with "My Way" couldn't have been better. I do believe that John was true to himself. Connie Francis, Cher, Gene Chandler and the Byrds were great! You caught me off guard with your new blog---I was expecting to finish the previous one in time. Beautiful job--- your collaboration, editing and comments adding perspective to my reminiscences. I've been reliving those days since reading it---more vividly now. The shared comments with Amber, Belle, Emma, Odie, you and significant others felt like those old days, hanging out and swapping our experiences and comments about our favorite songs.

    "I Can't Believe What You Say" was also one of my many favorites of Tina & the Ikettes. I noticed the video was from "Shindig", so instead of the Ikettes, Ms. Turner was backed up by the Blossoms, the group Phil Spector paid a pittance to record some of the songs he credited to the Crystals. Darlene Love (center) sang the lead on those Crystals songs and later was Danny Glover's wife in the "Lethal Weapons" movies. Hopefully she can cook better in real life.

    I fell in love with the young lady dancing the jerk in the Kinks video. The Contours must have seen that video. I also enjoyed the Kinks' version of "Louie, Louie". As a teen, I never would have believed they were singing the right words---there was no mention of sex in it! However, the words of their song,"Lola", somewhat perplexed me for nearly ten years. Then I realized they weren't singing about a women's libber.

    I was saddened to lose Etta James this past week, as well as Johnny Otis, who was the person who discovered her. Then there was Joe Paterno. The governor of Pennsylvania proclaimed that flags will fly at half-mast during his funeral. I enjoyed attending games the years he coached Franco Harris, Lydell Mitchell, and others. I appreciated getting to see them beat Missouri 10-3 in the 1970 Orange Bowl. It cost me $155 total for round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for a week in Miami Beach. The Hotel International was filled with nothing but PSU students. Police closed the hotel bar the second night we were there because we had a pep rally in the middle of Collins Avenue and blocked traffic. The bar reopened the last night before we left. John, Joe, Etta and Johnny are missed, but I do have good memories of them.

  21. Hi, Ron! It's great to hear from you, good buddy! I stand corrected. I didn't look carefully enough at Tina's backup singers in that old clip, assuming that they were the Ikettes. I CAN believe what you say - it was The Blossoms. I am aware that we lost R&B greats Etta James and Johnny Otis this past week and, of course, you and I will always have fond memories of happier days at Happy Valley watching football games being played and won The Paterno Way. Thank you very much for another fab feature, Ron, and stay tuned for the next installment of Dueling Doo-Wops coming soon!

  22. HInky Dinky Parley funny was that last treat of DJ's talking on the street. This was a great melange of old school works. It's funny how early Tina didn't seem to show off her legs like now.

    My son Scott took German in high school and college and used to talk in his sleep but he told no tales...he was speaking in German.

    Thanks for a treat Ron and always entertain!

  23. Sush - Well, hooray! You're the first person to mention my comedy album track by Hudson and Landry. I'm glad you got a kick out of it. The comedy team's biggest hit was "Ajax Liquor Store," single release that went to #43 on the chart (not too shabby) in June of 1971. H & L also recorded "Ajax Airlines" and many other classic comedy bits. They released a slew of albums and I think I bought them all. Thank you very much for coming to see me, dear friend Sush, and congratulations once again on the new arrival in your family!

  24. I have dusted myself off a little tonight, in order to pop by and see what you've been up to during my lengthy absence. A lot, I see. Oh dear, how am I ever going to catch up? I must say I did love hearing the memory Ron shared of his Mother. I bet he was the envy of his peers having such a 'cool Mom'! I wonder why she disapproved of the Shady Dell? This was a wonderful tribute to her, Ron. Lolita's song I do remember, although I'd never have been able to put a name to either the singer or the song. OK, so I'm stepping even further out of my closet admitting how incapable I am of entering into any meaningful discussion in connection to your preferred musical genres. I did enjoy listening to the song this evening, if that counts for anything? I read the comments of all those who preceded mine and I'm just floored by their ability to chatter so intelligently and convincingly about the songs, groups and era. I was barred from listening to Fever Tree on the grounds that it has been blocked for copyright reasons in SA. I tried listening to the Top 40 DJ's, but struggled to follow them. To my untrained ears it sounded like a lot of inane waffle I'm afraid to say. I do so hope you won't feel my comment is a huge downer, Tom! I just really wanted to pay you a long overdue visit.

  25. Desiree - Hello to you, dear friend! I am deeply touched by your visit considering all that you have been through. I find it fascinating that you had difficulty understanding the top 40 dj chatter of Hudson & Landry. It must have sounded like a foreign language to you whereas to those of us raised on a steady diet of that babble it all made perfect sense. As for the Shady Dell, the vast majority of parents, teachers and clergy were dead set against it. They were convinced it was a hell hole, a "den of iniquity" as they called it. They didn't know John and Helen like the kids did and most of their fears and biases were unfounded. Thank you very much for taking the time to visit, dear friend Desiree. I pray that your heart will soon be on the mend. (Mine too!)


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