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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

Friday, April 6, 2012

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

 The month of April is upon us 

 and that means a fresh batch of 

 records inside the Dell's jukebox! 

This month's lineup reveals that English rock, San Francisco rock, garage rock and psychedelia are coming on strong; but never fear, there's still lots of sweet soul music to soothe the savage breast of the Dell purist.

 Drop the coin right into the slot. 

 Gotta hear somethin' that's really hot! 

 Experience the look and sound  

 of young America! 


 New, Hot and Hitbound: 

 “I’m a Man” – Spencer Davis Group  

 “I Can’t Get Enough of It” – Spencer Davis Group 

 “When I Was Young” – Eric Burdon & the Animals 

 "A Girl Named Sandoz” – Eric Burdon & the Animals 

 "Somebody to Love” – Jefferson Airplane 

 “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” – (?) Question Mark 
 & the Mysterians 

 “Hip Hug-Her” – Booker T. & the MG’s 


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

“Jimmy Mack” – Martha & the Vandellas (March ’67)

“Third Finger, Left Hand” – Martha & the Vandellas (March ’67)

“Funky Broadway” – Dyke & the Blazers (March ’67)

“My Baby Likes to Boogaloo” - Emperors (March ’67)

“I Got a Feeling” – Four Tops (March ’67)

“Bernadette" – Four Tops (March ’67)

“With This Ring" – Platters (March ’67)

“Stormy Weather” – Magnificent Men (February ’67)

“Sweet Soul Music" – Arthur Conley (March ’67)

“Let’s Go Steady” – Arthur Conley (March ’67)

“Dry Your Eyes" – Brenda & the Tabulations (March ’67)

“Sock it to Me-Baby” – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels 
(February ’67)

"Let’s Spend the Night Together” – Rolling Stones (February ’67)


Big changes are coming to the Shady Dell jukebox in the merry merry month of May.

Which of these records will be springing toward summer and which ones will be pushing daisies?

 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. Woo hoo, first one to the party! Lucky me! Lets see, where to begin? I am totally digging the sounds of Spencer Davis Group. Their tune I’m a Man” reminds me of something from a Bond film. Very cool, as is "Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane. That song makes me wanna draw flowers on my face and spin around in a field. Maybe thats what I'll do today :) Have a great weekend!

  2. Amber Blue Bird - What are you doing up so early, dearie? It's still dark out there! (LOL) Well it's a pleasure to see you, Amber. The two big hits for the SDG were "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man." "I'm a Man" is my favorite and was slightly more popular than the other among the Rodentia Intelligentsia. That's because our local Jordan Brothers released their own version of "Gimme" which stole the thunder from Winwood and his mates. You would have made a swell flower girl, Amber, and I wish your could have been at Woodstock and all the rest. The 60s would have suited you. Thanks for being the early bird as well as the girly bird, dear friend, and happy Easter to you!

  3. Some great songs for us in your April jukebox today. I always thought that the Animals sound was so 'raw' and, of course, love The Rolling Stones (I see Ruby Tuesday has crept in again!!). It's funny how I really enjoy listening to the Stones now, and yet, back then, I was much more of a Beatles fan. Love Bernadette by The Four Tops. All in all, a real 'pick of the pops' for us today and I enjoyed stepping back in time. Wishing you and Mrs Shady a very Happy Easter dear friend.

  4. hello, long time nos ee,sorry I'e been AWOL.
    Back now, great selelction of music there Del :)

    I bought aPYE record player the other day with 2 spare needlse, cost me the whopping sum of 20 bucks, now I can play al my vinyl again :)

  5. Thisisme - Like you I have developed more of an appreciation of the Rolling Stones in recent years. One thing that really helped the cause was the remastering of their catalog on CD which produces a much cleaner sound. Same goes for the remastered Animals anthology released a few years ago. The sound quality is top notch. At the Dell, the Four Tops' "Bernadette" side was surpassed in popularity by the B side "I Got a Feeling." Thank you very much for visiting and commenting, dear friend Thisisme. Enjoy your Easter with Ruby, Eli and the rest of your loved ones!

    IWBY - Hello, dear long lost friend! Yes, it's been quite a while since you last "dropped in to see what condition my condition was in." I appreciate your visit! You'll be glad you invested in a record player so that you can play vinyl. It's really the only way to replicate the listening experience of the past. Thank you for coming, IWBY, and please come back again soon!

  6. Don't remember what I must have been doing in 1967 when I wasn't in school but it must not have been listening to too much music or some of these groups never made it down this far south.
    The only one that I clicked with Jefferson Airplane and I did like the instrumental by Booker T & the MG's.
    I guess I am just a Platters & Floyd Cramer type of guy and never got too far out of that circle.
    I'll keep listening and trying to broaden my music knowledge. Have a Happy Easter Weekend good buddy.

  7. Wishing you a very happy Easter x

  8. Odie - I am always fascinated by your "blind spots" as well as mine. It seems like those British bands weren't as popular in your neck of the woods. As I reported in a post around a year ago, Floyd Cramer was very much a part of the soundtrack of my youth. My dad owned several of his albums and played them around the house on a regular basis. Thanks so much for coming by, Odie. I hope you and Linda, Rocky and Soffie have a great Easter!

    Gingey - Hello, dear friend! Thank you very much for the Easter greeting. I wish you and yours a very happy holiday as well. Take care, my dear English friend!

  9. Sorry I'm late to the party today! I love these great classics you've rolled out for us today, my friend Shady. The Stones are always good (they just keep on rockin' into the sunset, don't they?) and Jefferson Airplane/Starship never goes out of style, either.

    Enjoyed shooting off into the weekend with these golden tunes. Great way to get the heart and mind going full strength! Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

  10. Hi, Shelly! I have faith in you, dear friend, and I very much appreciate you for making time to visit. When the Airplane became the Starship I used their hit "We Built This City" as the music bed for a promotional video that I produced for my new television station, the one with the MTV format. If you remember, that song had a radio DJ's voice inserted in the middle:

    << I'm looking out over that Golden Gate Bridge on another gorgeous sunny Saturday, not seein' that bumper to bumper traffic,

    Don't you remember ('member 'member) ...

    It's your favorite radio station, in your favorite radio city,
    The City by the Bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps. >>

    Well, I did what stations across the country did. I customized my promo by inserting the voice of one of our own VJ's, the name of the street in front of our station and our call letters and city. It's was cool! I'm glad I kicked off a great weekend for you, dear friend. Happy Easter to you and yours! (Please obey those speed limits, okay? LOL)

  11. Well,well, well...I've made it a little earlier this time Shady. Love this lineup. Mitch Ryder and Spencer Davis were, and still are two of my alltime favorite dance groups. So much life and excitement in their music...not so much doom and dread. Both groups are way up there for bringing you out to the floor!

    Eric Burdon holds a special place in my heart. He was so little and young looking...THEN! BOOM! Here comes that rough, raspy, voice and I'm blown away! Still!!!

    I always liked the soulful contributions of Booker T-and, every now and then, in one of his instrumentals, you would here just a word or two from someone-I guess it was him, that would keep you listening and dancing.

    'Funky Broadway' was a favorite of almost everyone I knew, especially the guys! They would get out on the floor and kind of slink around, haha! 'Twas great fun!

    Thank you for the wonderful post, keeps us coming back for more. Oh-I can't forget Mick and the guys! I secretly favored them over the Beatles in the very beginning, and still do! The Bad Boys still rule!

    Happy Easter my friend! Happy Spring!☺

  12. Susan - If you like bad boys you've come to the right place! (LOL) The young and the restless (Dell rats) loved the bold and the beautiful, the brash and the sassy, the rough and the rowdy Stones and Animals. With your taste in music you would have made a fantastic Dellette. Mitch Ryder made a string of dance floor fillers. That video of "Sock it to Me-Baby" is an exciting early performance by Mitch and his band. There are many more recent videos of Mitch but if you want to preserve your original memories (like I do) you shouldn't go there. Susan, I thank you so much for arriving early before the punch bowl is empty. I hope you and Scootie and everybody down Texas way has a wonderful Easter!

  13. Early Morning Visit from me in the wee hours of Saturday. My internet is just going cafloughey and I don't have the time at the present to invite my internet company for a service visit sometime between the hours of 6 am and midnight, if you could stay home, Sush. Therefore I'm scrounging for service and dash onto blogs and hope my comments get though the dark hole to be published! Whew..anyhoo...I love the songs of that year.Let's Go Steady was not one on my radar, but then you are so very talented at finding those hidden gems by superstars! Thanks for a lovely stroll down memory lane and also for your sweet comments on my posts. I don't have enough 'air time' to reply just yet to the lovely comments of my friends. Perhaps sometime in the next few weeks my calendar will allow for repairs !
    Thanks for being such a great friend and I'm glad you are in Stable One condition!

  14. Hi, Tom!

    What an exciting selection of songs here! The Dell jukebox is where I heard "A Girl Named Sandoz" so often I had to buy it at the "Disc", although I didn't know it was the flip side of "When I Was Young". Hadn't heard "Hip Hug-Her" in a long time and I always enjoy Steve Cropper's hooks and Booker's keyboarding. I owned "Sweet Soul Music" but don't recall listening to "Let's Go Steady", which I like better than the A-side now. Mr. Conley's voice is reminiscent of the late Sam Cooke, and I instantly recognized Otis Redding's influence on the song. "Somebody to Love" is always dynamite, as are "White Rabbit" and "Lather", also by the JA. Stones are always great and Mitch Ryder too! Keyboard on flip side of "I'm A Man" reminiscent of Steve Windwoods work in Traffic, a classic group too. Don't eat too many chocolate bunnies and hard-boiled eggs this weekend. Thanks for another trip down memory lane.


  15. Sush - Hello, dearie! I'm still going in the wee hours myself and I am very happy to see your smiling face here at SDM&M. I don't know how you can keep up the pace of that A to Z challenge but you are doing a fantastic job of keeping it interesting. I sincerely thank you for making time for a stroll down memory lane. You are a true blue friend and I appreciate you very much. Have a wonderful Easter, Sush!

    Ron - Hey, good buddy! I dug "Sandoz" when it used to play at the Dell and I dig it even more now. I don't want to Burdon you too much (hee hee) but I've got four more great Animal tracks coming up in next Friday's post. Yes, I definitely hear those Sam Cooke and Otis Redding touches in the fine recordings of Arthur Conley. "Let's Go Steady" is one of the most popular uploads on my YouTube channel. I'm surprised so few people ever heard of that killer bee. Thanks so much for coming 'round here, Ron, and have a terrific Easter!

  16. Oh my dear friend, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your Uncle. Our relatives hold such a special place in our hearts and lend a validity to our life history like no others ever can.
    There is a poignancy to the circle of life. Please rest in the love you had with your Uncle and I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    God bless~

  17. Sush - Thank you, dear friend. I got the news at 1am and it was hard to sleep with all those memories running through my mind. Today, I'm "Frankly Frank," as you would say or "Stable Two" as I put it. Thank you again for showing up for me in the early hours of the morning. Ours is a real friendship and I deeply appreciate it.

  18. Ah ha, long time since I saw or operated a juke box.
    Enjoyed the Rolling Stones :-)

  19. Haddock - Hello to you in India, my friend! I am so pleased that you came over here for a look and a listen. You have a very interesting blog filled with great photography. I notice that your favorite singer is Jim Reeves. When I collected and played vinyl I used to own several of his RCA records including "Four Walls," "Blue Boy," "He'll Have to Go" and "Am I Losing You." Thank you very much for being here, Haddock. I hope you'll come back soon!

  20. Hello Shady. You played one of my all-time favorites, "Somebody to Love." I just saw them sing it on PBS and she sounds exactly the same and looks gorgeous. It was nice to see 'Sock it to Me Baby' sung live - such a great arrangement and song. I think that is my favorite Stones song and I love the background singing in it. I always love Eric Burdon. There was no one like him except maybe Dylan. Loved, 'I'm a Man.

    What a great year 1967 was! I was seventeen and moving on up to the wild country of Canada. Have a lovely Easter Sunday, Shady and God bless.

  21. Hi, Belle! I was never sure what year you left San Berdoo and headed up to Canada. Now I know. I'm so glad that you and a couple other ladies expressed a love of Eric Burdon and his music. He wasn't a cute and cuddly Paul McCartney type and I always assumed that he appealed more to male sensibilities. I'm glad you felt a connection with him. Remember "Spill the Wine"? As I told Dell Rat Ron there's more of Mr. Burdon in the pipeline next week so please stay tuned! Thank you very much for making my day better with your visit, sweet Belle. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


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