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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

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

--- Now Playing at the Shady Dell --- Jukebox Giants of February 1967

 Outside it's chilling... 

(the mercury is dropping down 
 to minus ten below)... 

 but inside it's thrilling.

John Ettline has a roaring blaze going in the fireplace and the jukebox is loaded with hot tunes.

 Oh, what a Shady Dell night! 

It's time for our monthly look at the most popular tunes playing at the Shady Dell. Local and regional acts figure prominently in the February lineup, so let's get started!

 Experience the look and sound of 
 young America! 


 New, Hot and Hitbound: 

“Stormy Weather” – Magnificent Men 

“Sock it to Me-Baby” – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels 

“Let’s Spend the Night Together” – Rolling Stones 

“Ruby Tuesday” – Rolling Stones 

"I've Been Lonely Too Long" - Young Rascals 

“Gimme Some Lovin’” – The Jordan Brothers 

"Strawberry Fields Forever" - Beatles 

“Penny Lane” – Beatles 

"The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game” – Marvelettes 

“I Think We’re Alone Now” – Tommy James & the Shondells 

“Love is Here and Now You’re Gone” – Supremes 


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

“Karate” – Emperors (December ’66)

“I’ve Got to Have Her” – Emperors (December ‘66)

“Gimme Some Lovin’” – Spencer Davis Group (January ’67)

“I’ve Passed This Way Before” – Jimmy Ruffin (December ‘66)

“It’s Now Winter’s Day” – Tommy Roe (January ’67)

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” – Casinos (January ’67)

“Pretty Ballerina” – Left Banke (January ’67)

“Kind of a Drag” – Buckinghams (January ’67)

“(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” – Monkees (December ‘66)

“I’m a Believer” – Monkees (December ’66)

“(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” – Blues Magoos (December ‘66)

“I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)” – Electric Prunes (December ‘66)

“Mustang Sally” – Wilson Pickett (December ’66)

“Don’t Be a Dropout” – James Brown (October ’66)

Big changes are coming to the jukebox in March.

Which of these records will be part of March Madness 1967 and which ones will be headin' to the showers?

 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. Wow, what a lineup today, Shady! I was 5 in Jan. 1967, but I do remember one of my teenaged uncles at that time who loved the Stones, playing their music. He still does!

    Your lineup today got me to thinking about how some of these groups that I think of as from such different eras actually have quite an overlap, like the Stones and the Supremes, etc. That Mick and Crew are still going strong so many years after making that infamous 30 year old comment says something about their staying power and perseverance. Poor Keith Richards has not taken well to age and the abuses he's subjected his body to, but they are certainly still relevant on the music scene, something not many groups can say after four decades.

    These were enjoyable listens this morning- thank you, friend, as always, for putting together a memorable list for us!

  2. Hi, Shelly! Believe it or not I very rarely go to oldies revival shows or watch such telecasts on TV. I guard my memories with great care. I have found that the quickest way to tarnish those memories is to see a once vibrant artist, group or band turned into a tired lounge act because they overstayed their welcome and didn't know when it was time to retire. On the flip side, there are few things more inspiring than an act that's still rocking hard and putting on a great show decades later. Thank you very much for swinging by early, dear friend Shelly, and have a happy Wednesday!

  3. When I was five years old, I told my mother that I planned to marry Paul McCartney. This was after seeing his cartoon likeness on the animated series. I'm going to see if I can find that show somewhere...
    I'm sorry for chuckling, but I'd never heard of such a band called the Electric Prunes. That's quite a name!

  4. Hi, Jenny! Every girl and mum loved cute and cuddly Paul while the guys favored George and John and the kids Ringo. During the mid and late 60s there were quite a few popular bands with weird names including Moby Grape, Strawberry Alarm Clock, 13th Floor Elevators and Ultimate Spinach. Thank you very much for your early morning visit, dear Jenny, and I hope your week's going well, my friend.

  5. You've scored a hit with me today, Tom. My favourites (amongst the few artists I knew/recognised) are the Rolling Stones with Ruby Tuesday (Hi, Thisisme :) I know your heart will be dancing to this one for Little Ruby) and, The Beatles with their Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane. I wonder if there was/is anyone alive who didn't/doesn't love The Beatles? Of course, the Rolling Stones were also internationally widely known and revered and so their songs are universally recognizable and appealing. I did not know of the group, The Jordan Brothers (good lookers they all are/were), but did instantly recognize their Gimme Some Lovin' All in all, I loved visiting today, even though I had to dress up warmly to chase away the chills outside. Speaking of rain, though, we certainly could do with some here. I hope the rest of your week goes well and that Toto is a happier girl than she was a week ago. Tell her I think of her often.

  6. Desiree - Hello, dear friend! I'm waiting to hear from Diane who will surely have something to say about "Ruby Tuesday." The Jordan Brothers are from Frackville, PA, a small town not too far away from York. The Jordans were actually the first ones to get the song "Gimme Some Lovin'" recorded and released here in the states with the hit version by The Spencer Davis Group released a short time later. At the Dell both versions were popular but the crowd always loved the underdog especially when it was a local or regional act. That's why I ranked the Jordan Bros. record higher than the one by the SDG on my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell. Thank you for thinking of my ailing Toto. I will pass along your well wishes and I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness. I hope you are having a wonderful day and week, dear Desiree!

  7. Wow! Some toons playing out of the ole jukebox tonight that's for sure!! I love Rolling Stones (didn't realise they did Ruby Tuesday..!).Can't wait for next month!

    Keep well dear Shady!


  8. Hi, Emma! Yessum, a kinder, gentler incarnation of the Rolling Stones recorded "Ruby Tuesday," a song that's become associated with your dear little niece. I'm so happy to see you here, dear friend. Thank you for visiting and commenting and I hope you have a delightful evening in Paris!

  9. Hi dear friend Shady. I'm here!! Yes, of course, you and Desiree both knew that Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones will now always be associated with my own very dear little Ruby! She absolutely loves dancing already, even at her tender age, so I must put this one onto my Jukebox for her!! Strangely enough, George was always my favourite Beatle. I never really took to Paul, and I don't even like him very much now! There's just something about him!! Some great tunes for February here, and I did know a lot of them. It's always a real pleasure to just sit down at your post and listen to all these great tunes that you pick out for us. Very cold over here today, but your blog always warms my heart. Hugs.

  10. Thisisme - Hallo, dear friend! I'm sorry you're enduring a cold snap over there. Here in Florida we've been having near record heat and I'm getting tired of running the air conditioner! Tomorrow is Groundhog Day and here in the Sunshine State the whistle pig typically emerges from his hole, sees his shadow and predicts six more weeks of summer! (LOL) I hope you and Ruby will listen to "Ruby Tuesday" and then bop to the flip side "Let's Spend the Night." Thank you very much for coming to see me, dear Thisisme, and have a wonderful evening in South Hams!

  11. Another great line up of songs Tom and I had really forgotten how much I missed the music of the Beatles since it is rare to hear any of their stuff on the radio. Thanks for taking us back.

  12. Hi, Odie! I sometimes listen to oldies radio channels for a full hour without hearing any that I actually like. There are thousands of great recordings that rarely get played if ever. When I'm relaxing or exercising I always play my personal collection on my CD jukebox which keeps the "hits" coming in random order without any surprises or disappointments. Thank you very much for stopping by, good buddy, and have a great evening up in Carolina!

  13. It was fun watching how the Jordan Bros. and the Shondells changed their appearance through the years. As I read all the songs Tommy James and his group sang I recognized all of them. They were a prolific band!

    I always like 'Stormy Weather' no matter who sings it. Such a lovely song. It was great seeing 'Sock it to Me Baby' sung on a video. That is a fun song and I love the beat of it. The Stones were okay, but of course you know I love the Beatles. Don't care much for Strawberry Fields, but I do like Penny Lane. I would say my fav Beatle songs are on the first three albums.

    A great list, Shady. My mom called me three times and my daughter twice while I was listening. I think I've been here over an hour!!

  14. Belle - Stay as long as you like, dear friend. You'll never wear out your welcome. An interesting piece of trivia about the version of "Stormy Weather" recorded by the Magnificent Men is that it was used in the 2003 Sylvester Stallone crime thriller Shade. Mag Men lead singer Dave Bupp didn't find out that his vocal rendition was part of the movie's soundtrack until years later. My favorite songs by the Beatles can be found on Rubber Soul, Revolver and Magical Mystery Tour. Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend Belle, and have a wonderful evening!

  15. Well, I'VE heard of the Electric Prunes, and "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" was a staple at school dances. (Jenny must have been a child then...) My favorites? The STONES of course! "Let's Spend The Night Together" - deliciously scandalous back then. Love "Ruby Tuesday" too. And no one's youth can be considered truly wasted without "I Think We're Alone Now." *bumpBUMP, bumpBUMP, bumpBUMP, bumpBUMP

  16. I want to thank you for showing all this great bands and music. Since I’ve visited your blog for the first time I started looking for different and unusual (for me) genres of music by myself. I even share some o my findings on my blog :) And The Beatles is also my choice for today!

  17. Karen - Hello, dear friend! That bumpBUMP bumpBUMP (the beating of our hearts is the only sound) was an effective hook in Tommy James' hit record and Dell rats ate it up. "Too Much to Dream" was a stable at the Shady Dell, too, a sign that the times they were a changing and harder, heavier music was being ushered in to take the place of sweet songs like "My Girl by the Temps and "A Groovy Kind of Love" by the Mindbenders. I'll soon be discussing the controversy sparked by "Let's Spend the Night" and a record that came along a year later that was even more provocative but which stirred little or no controversy. Thank you very much for looking and listening, dear friend Karen, and have an excellent weekend!

    Lady in Black - Hello, Libby! I am delighted by your visit and very pleased to know that the music that I present here inspires you to investigate and discover more music on your own. Once again I am thrilled to have you here, dear friend, and I hope you will stay warm and have a wonderful weekend in Poland!

  18. Shady, just trying to leave you a message about this wonderful post, but have not been able to get it thru. I will try again tomorrow. What a spectacular list of songs! Will come back...have a great day!

  19. Susan - I read you loud and clear, good friend. Don't you worry 'bout a thing. I still can't get either of your blogs to stick to my list. Curses! I'm so glad you just dropped in to see what condition my condition is in. If you can come back later, all the better. Good night to you in Fort Worth, dear friend!

  20. Such a fun post! I love I think we're alone now. So young and sexy yet terribly innocent. Great choice. :)

  21. Hi, Crystal! It's great to see you. I agree that Tommy James' version of "I Think We're Alone" does an excellent job of capturing the excitement of young love and the raging hormones that go along with it. The 1987 remake by Tiffany seems to be the one remembered by today's youth but the TJ&S original is definitive. Thank you very much for visiting, dear Crystal. It feels good to reconnect with you and I wish you a weekend filled with smiles.

  22. Thank you, Tom. That was a very enjoyable trip down Memory Lane. "Stormy Weather" always rocks with Dave and Buddy's enthusiasm, and I do miss hearing them. Buddy's falsetto complements Dave's lead so well. I always enjoyed that Stones single with two A-sides, couldn't hear them enough either. Brian Jones on the recorder on "Ruby Tuesday" is always a sweet sound. For any Stones fans, I recommend Bill Wyman's autobiography, "Stone Alone" which I believe was published in the nineties. The book is not only an excellent reminiscent of Bill's life up until that time, but is a great biography of Brian and the rest of the group, including one member of the group who was always excluded from their photographs---Ian Stewart, their late piano player.

    The Beatles' two-sided hit and videos were also great. My favorite music of theirs is from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" through "Let It Be". Ringo was on a late-night show just the other night promoting his new album. I hadn't realized he was the shortest Beatle. I'm glad to see he's still recording occasionally. Do you know if he is still married to the beautiful Barbara Bach? Also enjoyed one of the many hits by the (Young) Rascals. I wasn't familiar with the Jordan Brothers but I did enjoy their recording of "Gimme Some Lovin'". I wasn't aware they did the original.

    Mitch Ryder always rocked and I don't believe Tommy James & The Shondells ever did a song I didn't enjoy, except I usually preferred the long version of "Crimson and Clover" to the single version. Thanks again for the rockin' memories, my friend!

    Your buddy,

  23. Hi, Ron! It's great to hear from you! I also loved to take the full length ride on "Crimson and Clover." Whenever there was a choice I usually picked the long album tracks over the short and sometimes jarring 45rpm edit. "Lonely Too Long" is one of my favorite Young Rascals recordings. Wiki says Barbara Bach is still married to Ringo. She's 64 now. I hope he still needs her and feeds her! (LOL) Thanks for flying in from New Mexico, my friend, and stay tuned for your next feature coming soon!

  24. I'm giving it another go...left a comment last nite, and it gave me an error message. Oh well, but I have to say you did it up fantastic! I know most of these songs, all good. But the one that really brought it back was the Electric Prunes, 'Too Much to Dream." I never hear that song anymore, even on oldies stations. It was truly great! Of course, Mitch Ryder and The Spencer Davis Group were very popular. In both groups, most of their songs were fun...and danceable. They were played in a lot of the dance clubs and got everyone out on the floor. Tommy James changed my life with his hippie-like love ballads...well, 'Draggin the Line' was a bit 'out there'. But Mony Mony is my favorite. I hear it everyday in the morning-what an eye-opener!

    Congrats on your new blog award! I know everyone enjoys your revues as much as I do. You certainly know how to pick 'em. Have a weekend that rules!

  25. Hi Tom...I'm back from my trip but haven't had time to post anything on my blog. I did however want to thank you for these lovely many happy memories with so many of the songs.
    Have a 'Super' weekend!

  26. Susan - Thanks for the second effort, dear friend! It's much appreciated. Tommy's "Crystal Blue Persuasion" played on my own oldies jukebox earlier this evening bringing back memories of hearing it every day when I drove to my summer job working for a construction company. That song, "Spinning Wheel" by BS&T, Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour' and "What Does it Take (To Win Your Love)" by Junior Walker & the All Stars all jumped right out of my memory at the same time. I'm sure you know that "Mony Mony" was successfully covered by Billy Idol. Thank you again, Susan, for being such a terrific friend. Have a super (bowl) weekend!

  27. Sush - Well hello, stranger! I'm so glad to see you back here because you've been missed. I hope mother and baby are both doing well. I'm sure you'll be blogging about your visit with them soon. Your friendship means a lot to me, dear Sush. Thanks for taking the time for me and I also wish you a super (bowl) weekend!

  28. The Stones, the Beatles and the Supremes, be still my heart, things are rock'n at shady dell. Stay warm my friend. xo

  29. Katie - Hello, dear friend! I don't think I'll have any problem staying warm. I moved to Florida in 1984 and currently the Sunshine State is experiencing near record heat. My greatest challenge is how to keep cool. :) I'm glad you enjoyed some of my Dell oldies and I thank you very much for coming by. Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend Katie!

  30. Great site! Thanks for sharing such great music. :)

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