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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, March 14, 2012

Bubbling Under The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell, Volume 2

 Once again it's time to salute a few 

 of the records that narrowly missed 

 being included on my list of the 

 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell

Why didn't these records make the cut? In some cases it's because they were ubiquitous. If a record achieved wide-
spread popularity outside the Dell it did not qualify as an elite, esoteric hardcore Dell song. Some records simply didn't have an easy dance beat. Others, for one reason or another, did not resonate quite as well the rodentia intelligentsia. Nevertheless these recordings deserve an honorable mention and a spin because they were all played at the Dell and all contributed to the soundtrack of my youth.



Novelty records like "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" and the perennial holiday favorite "Captain Santa Claus" put every Shady soul in touch with his or her inner child! When records like these played rats filled the floor and all manner of hijinks, horseplay, monkeyshines, shenanigans & tomfoolery ensued!

 250. "Snoopy vs. The Bed Baron" - Royal Guardsmen 
 (December 1966/January 1967, highest chart position #2) 


An underrated Motown group, the Elgins took their best shot with "Heaven Must Have Sent You." The record went top 10 R&B but stalled halfway up the pop chart. In the spring of 1979 Bonnie Pointer resurrected the cool song and turned it into a modest disco hit.

 237. "Heaven Must Have Sent You" - Elgins 
 (November 1966, highest chart position #50) 


The Memphis based Box Tops were one of the leading
blue-eyed soul bands of the 60s. Their huge international
hit "The Letter" was a refreshing new sound at the Dell.
"The Letter" brought The Summer of Love to a close, wrapped up my two year stint as a nightly Dell patron
and escorted me off to university life. In fact "The Letter" reminds me more of campus dance socials and frat parties than it does of the Dell. At a time when pop singles were getting longer, a trend started by the influential and self-indulgent Beatles, "The Letter" was very short, running less than two minutes. For decades short singles like "The Letter" were the bread and butter of AM radio but by the late 60s AM stations were rapidly losing listeners to FM stations that played full length album tracks and long commercial free music blocks.

 224. "The Letter" - Box Tops (October 1967, highest 
 chart position #1) 


With vocals smooth as silk, Deon Jackson scored his biggest hit with "Love Makes the World Go Round." The record flirted with the Billboard top 10 but lost traction and fell just shy of the winner's circle.  Jackson's jukebox giant showed up at the Dell in late January 1966 and remained popular the rest of the winter.

 221. "Love Makes The World Go Round" - Deon Jackson 
 (March 1966, highest chart position #11) 



"96 Tears," a garage punk classic, went all the way to #1
for Rudy Martinez and his Mysterians. Their follow-up, the equally tough and bold "I Need Somebody," stopped just short of the top 20.

 216. "I Need Somebody" - ? (Question Mark) & the 
  Mysterians (December 1966, highest chart position #22) 



* As mentioned earlier "The Letter" by The Box Tops has a short running time, less than two minutes; yet two hit singles immediately spring to mind that have much shorter running times. Clocked at a little over a minute-and-a-half each, "Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs and "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" by Lesley Gore are two of the shortest songs on record!

* On the other end of the spectrum is "Hey Jude" by the Beatles with a running time of over 7 minutes!

* The album track "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" is the longest title in the Beatles catalog. "The Anaheim, Azuza & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review and Timing Association" by Jan and Dean is another example of a loooong title. So is "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Brian Hyland. My next bubbling under pick, "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" is one of the longest song titles in the Rolling Stones catalog if not the longest.

Released in September of 1966, "Mother, Baby" was the second Stones single in a row to underperform on the USA chart, barely making the top 10 and remaining on the list
only 7 weeks. The Rolling Stones reclaimed domestic chart supremacy at the start of 1967 with "Ruby Tuesday" which also hit #1. While the kinder, gentler psychedelic Stones of '67 were an acquired taste for some Dell patrons, the rough and ready rats had no problem embracing the hard rocking "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby" in the fall of '66.

 211. "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing 
 In The Shadow?" - Rolling Stones (October 1966, 
 highest chart position #9) 


"Nowhere Man" is the only Beatles song on my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell. Several other Beatles sides were played frequently in the dance hall during the mid 60s, but I saved them for these Bubbling Under lists in order to give some glory to lesser known artists and songs that were more popular at the Dell than anywhere else. Released as the flip side of the Fab Four's "Paperback Writer" single, "Rain" is considered by many to be the greatest of all Beatles B sides. The recording is a product of studio experimentation and innovation including the technique of varying the speed of the lead and backing vocals and adding backward vocals to the final mix. At the Dell "Rain" covered the floor with line dancers throughout the fabled Endless Summer of 1966.

 207. "Rain" - Beatles (June 1966, highest chart position 

RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles, a show inspired by the Broadway production of Beatlemania and launched in the mid 70s, continues to tour America. In a twist of irony two of the original Beatles imitators have since died, the performers who played the parts of George and Ringo.

 Stay right where you 
 are, brother rat. More 
 great songs from the 
 Dell's Bubbling Under 
 list are coming soon! 

Have a Shady day!


  1. Hi dear Tom. Can I be the first one to comment today? Surely not?! You'll be pleased to hear that I'm bopping away to today's post, as I knew so many of the songs. I always loved that Snoopy v The Red Baron Song. Beatles and Rolling Stones were my era of course, and I also loved The Elgins. Also on my radar were The Box Tops, so I hope you're impressed with me today. Makes a change from me fighting dear Desiree for the Dunce's cap!! I'm always amazed by the amount of information you provide for us in your posts, and I think that all your bloggy friends really do appreciate all the time and effort that you put into them. We love you Shady, oh yes we do!! You used a long word there today my friend, and I had to get out my dictionary. Hee Hee. The word in question being ubiquitous! Have a lovely day over there in Florida.

  2. Hallo, dear Thisisme! That's right, you surely did not earn the dunce cap today and I must ask you to hand it over so that someone more deserving can wear it. Who will it be? I'm delighted to know that these tunes were familiar and had you bopping and I thank you very much for the kind words about my posts. It was also very sweet of you to remember our dear Belle on her special day. It's great having you back up to speed and spreading your joy throughout the world. Thank you very much for coming, dear Thisisme, and have a fine day in Devonshire!

  3. Good grief!!! I'd forgotten the Stones were once young and smooth faced, so used am I now to seeing them wearing the ravages of time and hard partying on their faces. They still make good music, though!

    The Beatles just never go out of style for any generation, do they?

    Another fine collection of hits for us to enjoy today, my friend. I hope you are enjoying fair weather and not too many rowdy spring breakers in your area this week!

  4. I as well as our lovely friend across the pond enjoyed todays line up of great hits. It had been a long time since I heard Snoopy vs the Red Baron and it was always one of my favorites. You had my place jumping as well this fine Wednesday morning and I thank you for all the hard work and information you put into your posts. We learn so much from you. Have a wonderful day.

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  6. Hi Shady,
    I was going to say something and realized that my sentences looked like a train wreck.
    So I'm back hoping to have something coherent to share. I enjoyed the music this morning. It's nice to visit your blog in the morning because I normally wouldn't think to start my day with song. It's becoming a good habit that sets the tone for a day with less stress. I used to fill up a note pad in the mornings with to do lists, which would just add that much more anxiety to my morning. It's much better to sit down with coffee and listen to great music, all the while visiting with a friend.

  7. Shelly - Oh, to be young and smooth faced again! I once was, but now I look like Keith Richards' granddaddy! (LOL) Too much Shady Dellin' I suppose! I live in the geographic center of the peninsula and therefore am not affected by the annual influx of spring breakers who flock to the beaches to the east and west of me. I actually thought more college kids are now choosing to party in Texas rather than Florida but I could be wrong. Thank you very much for having a look and a listen, dear Shelly, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Odie - I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed a few of these. No dunce cap for you, good buddy! That Snoopy song was a big hit around Christmas when everybody was already in a celebrating mood. The ditty added to the merry making and turned Dell rats into children. Thanks for stopping by, Odie, and happy Wordless Wednesday to you!

    Jenny - (May I call you Jennifer? LOL) - Hello, dear friend! We started every NLP seminar by playing music and playing it loud. We exercised to it. The combination of music and light exercise first thing in the morning got our blood circulating and actually gave us an energy boost. I'm so glad my music selections helped to get your day off to a good start. Thank you very much for visiting and commenting, dear friend Jenny, and I wish you a very happy and productive Wednesday!

  8. Having wrestled The Shady Dell Dunce Cap from both Odie and Diane, I'm clutching it tightly now, determined not to let anyone else get their paws on it. If they want one of their own, they'll have to work as hard for it as I have done for mine! Good, so now I reckon you can safely consider that matter resolved.

    I was 12 when "The Letter" was popular, but I clearly remembered it. That's one point to me for today's line-up. I have always enjoyed The Beatles, although I do not recall having heard "Rain" before. I did not know any of the other songs, but enjoyed listening to the first two in today's line-up for the first time. See, that cap is rightfully mine!

  9. Desiree - Hello, dear friend! It's reassuring to know that at least you've heard of the Beatles!(LOL) That fact alone makes me wonder if the Dell dunce cap belongs on your pretty head. I'm sure someone else will come along who isn't familiar with the Fab Four of Liverpool, someone who lives on planet Pluto, for example. In the meantime I'll let you wear the cap because it does look rather nice on you. Desiree, you're always such a joy and I love it when you come here to play. Thank you very much for being here and sampling some songs. Please hug Noodle and his pals for me and have a safe and happy evening in South Africa!

  10. It looks as if you might have to put in a bulk order for more of the official Shady Dell dunces caps my friend, otherwise there could be bloodshed between myself, Desiree and Odie, and we try to wrestle the existing one from each other with each of your posts!

  11. Thisisme - Hahaha! I just sent in an order for five dozen official Shady Dell Dunce Caps to be shipped a.s.a.p. I found out that I can get them wholesale from my brother-in-law! (LOL) I love your return visits, dear friend. Thank you for bringing joy to so many people around the world and for being such a great playmate for Desiree and me! Good night to you in fair England, Thisisme!

  12. Hi, Tom!

    I just got finished relaxing and enjoying your songs, most of which are no longer very ubiquitous on oldies stations. There wasn't a bad one in the bunch. I always enjoyed the Elgins "Heaven Must Have Sent You", which performed better than "Darling Baby", and Deon Jackson's "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" is always a pleasant song. "The Letter" never seems to grow old. I never really got into either "Rain" or "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing in the Shadows" until I bought the "Hey Jude" album and I had to buy "Through the Glass Darkly" in order to get the original "Honky Tonk Women" on vinyl. "Country Honk" was fun, but wasn't quite the same. My favorite Dell killer bee by the Beatles was "I Should Have Known Better" and, if someone else didn't play it, I did. Just for the heck of it, you did leave out one of the longest record titles, which was Ray Stevens' first Top 40 hit. Reach #35 on Billboard Charts, and reminiscent of Leiber & Stoller's songs for the Coasters was "Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills'" (LOL). And yes, the entire title was on the record's label. Have a great week, buddy.


  13. Hi, Ron!

    I'm glad you added that Ray Stevens title. I forgot about that one and it is extremely long. It's hard to believe they were able to cram all those words on the label of a 45. There's also Roger Miller's longish "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd" (but you can be happy if you've a mind to) which was a track on Roger's King of the Road album. Thanks a lot for reporting in, good buddy, and stay tuned for a two part brain buster coming up next week!

  14. I love the song The Letter but I never knew who sang it. They remind me a bit of Creedence Clearwater Revival. My parents would play their stuff constantly along with every Rolling Stone song under the sun. I thoroughly enjoyed this playlist. :)

  15. When 'The Letter' started playing, I gasped. I haven't heard it in many years and love it. It was enjoyable watching them sing as I have never seen the Box Tops. I like and love all the songs today, Shady. It's funny, I didn't usually like the Stones, but I do like 'Have You Seen...' Rain is nice and loved seeing the video. Actually, I didn't remember 'Heaven Must Have Sent You' but liked it very much. The Snoopy song is so cute and I also enjoyed watching them perform. Cute guys! Thanks, Tom for the fun and the music this morning.

  16. Amber Blue Bird - Alex Chilton, the lead singer of the Box Tops (who died two years ago this Saturday) and John Fogerty lead singer of CCR both had soulful voices and led successful late 60s bands. The Box Tops were based in Memphis and produced blue-eyed soul tinged with gospel. CCR had a country rock -swamp rock sound leading some to believe they emerged from Bayou Country, but they were actually based in California. I'm glad you thoroughly enjoyed the playlist, dear friend Amber. I thoroughly enjoyed your visit!

    Belle - "The Letter" is one of those "I can name that tune in 2 seconds" records. It's always a treat to find color videos of 60s bands with halfway decent audio tracks. There aren't very many of them available on YouTube. As I told Amber we lost Alex Chilton on St. Patty's day 2010. His gravelly voice was one of the most soulful white voices there ever was. Another that comes to mind was Louisiana native Tony Joe White of "Polk Salad Annie" fame. For decades I assumed he was black! Thank you very much for coming over today, dear Belle. I'm so glad you had a good time. Have a wonderful afternoon and evening in K-town!

  17. Yay, for Snoopy vs the Red Baron! You're right...a corny song, but we all loved to sing and dance to it. All of your songs today are great ones. The Boxtops-'The Letter', a classic. Everyone knows that one, I hope. And 96 Tears is still a favorite of mine, I guess, because of the keyboard-but, really, the storyline is great on that song too. I'm always trying to play it on my keyboard, but still can't get it for some reason, blah! And I didn't realize that Stones song had a title THAT LONG-I just thought is was called 'Standing in the Shadows'. That song was good and I liked the musical arrangement.

    Well, to the Fab Four. I thoroughly enjoyed the video...the guys looked so fresh and full of life, just the way I like to remember them. And, a great song-I always liked it. Fabulous!

    Wonderful, Wonderful post Shady. They all rock! Have a great weekend, my friend!♫

  18. Hey, Susan! I'm so glad to see you, dear friend. I like "The Letter" but I like a couple of the Box Tops' subsequent releases even better, namely "Cry Like a Baby" (#2 in the spring of 1968) and "Soul Deep" (#18 in the summer of 1969). The Box Tops impressed critics more than record buyers with some of their other single releases which included "Neon Rainbow," "Choo Choo Train," "I Met Her in Church," "Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March," "I Shall Be Released" and "Turn on a Dream." You're right about the Beatles. They look young and fresh and full of life and that's the way I like to remember them and all the rest of the artists, groups and bands that formed the sound track of my youth. Thanks so much for dropping by, dear Susan, and have a great weekend!

  19. Another great lineup you've put together for us, Shady. Although I have to say that I've always thought the Beatles were kind of overrated. I like several of their songs, but for the most part just never got into them. The Stones, however, are another story.

    Hope you're having a great week!

  20. Yes, The Letter was a favorite, but you're right: Soul Deep was the one I liked best! I don't remember ever seeing a video of The Box Tops performing before. They were the worst lip syncers EVER... The Heaven Must Have Sent You song reminded me of when Bonnie Pointer did it, which automatically reminded me of The Pointer Sisters. I loved them! And they were backup singers for someone and I can't remember the name now. I can picture the album cover though. Oakland based group in the early 70s. Do you know who I'm talking about? GAH - I hate when my memory goes! Anyway, loved the Stones, as usual, and The Rain was always one of my favorite Beatles tunes. Fun to see the video. Music videos have come a long way, haven't they? Well, you've reminded me of some great music today, and if you can remember the name of that group, you win the prize!
    Oh - didn't know you were from Florida. My daughter in law is from Florida - Niceville. It's up at the top on the gulf side by Destin. Anyway...

  21. Ashton - You would have been a shoo-in as a Dellette, a female member of the Rodentia Intelligentsia, dear friend. One of the reasons why I relegated most Beatles records to my Bubbling Under section is because Dellers, more than other fellers, favored the rough, raw, unpolished sounds of blue collar bands like the Stones and the Animals. Thanks for listening and commenting, dear friend Ashton, and have a great weekend!

    karen (with small "k") - Hello, my dear O.C. friend! Welcome back! Out of sync lip sync performances seem to be the rule in clips of 60s bands. It's important for us to remember that many bands were not used to performing on camera in those years before MTV. We also need to realize that many of those vintage clips found on YouTube have the audio out of sync with the video.

    Shady: I'll take The Pointer Sisters for 100, Alex.

    Alex Trebek: This Oakland based group of the early 70s backed up the Pointer Sisters and performed on their hit single "Wang Dang Doodle," a track taken from the Pointers' self titled first album.

    Shady: Who were the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils?

    (You'll have to provide the bell or the buzzer, karen, because that's all I could come up with. Let me know if I'm right. It was the Devils backing up the Sisters not the other way around. The sisters sang for Grace Slick, Boz Skaggs and Elvin Bishop Group.)

    Niceville, FL isn't far from Panama City where my favorite movie Ruby in Paradise was filmed (starring Ashley "Missing" Judd).

    Thank you so much for the great (and brain busting) comment, Little k, and have a great weekend!


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