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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, June 20, 2012

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

The Summer of Love is underway!

 It's time to peek inside the old Dell 

 jukebox and find out what's on the 

 musical menu for June. 

The new music being produced on the West Coast is making its presence known this month and traditional sweet soul is making its last stand.

 Experience the look and sound of  

 young America! 


 New, Hot and Hitbound: 

 “You Gave Me Something (and Everything’s Alright)” 
 – Fantastic Four 

 “Hypnotized” – Linda Jones 

 “Light My Fire” – Doors 

 “The Crystal Ship” – Doors 

 “Soul Finger” – Bar-Kays 

 “Knucklehead” – Bar-Kays 

 “San Francisco” – Scott McKenzie 

 “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – Buckinghams 

 “I Was Made to Love Her” – Stevie Wonder 


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

“Searchin’” – Emperors (May ’67)

“Lookin’ for My Baby” – Emperors (May ’67)

“Respect” –Aretha Franklin (May ’67)

“Groovin’” – Young Rascals (May ’67)

“7 Rooms of Gloom” – Four Tops (May ’67)

“I’ll Turn to Stone” – Four Tops (May ’67)

“Let’s Live for Today” – Grass Roots (May ’67)

“I’m a Man” – Spencer Davis Group (April ’67)

“When I Was Young” – Animals (April ’67)

“A Girl Named Sandoz” – Animals (April ’67)

“When You’re Young and in Love” – Marvelettes (May ’67)

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

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

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

Big changes are coming to the jukebox next month.

Which records will still be hotter than a 4th of July firecracker 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. This is another great collection of music and a great way to start my morning, Shady! I did not recognize all of the songs but I sure recognized one of my favorites:

    "Before you slip into unconsciousness, I'd like to have another kiss. Another flashing chance at bliss..."

    Okay, I could recite the whole thing but I won't do that to you! (LOL) I wasn't around to hear that song back when it was released but I remember hearing it playing in a background scene in The X Files movie (1998) and when I heard it I immediately recognized Jim Morrison's voice and wondered what the song was. I soon figured it out and bought the cd that song appeared on and it became one of my all time faves! In fact, we've been listening to a lot of The Doors lately.

    I'd forgotten that Steve Winwood was part of The Spencer Davis Group. Wow, he was just a baby in that album cover photo! "I'm a Man" is also a favorite that sometimes pops in my head out of nowhere. I'm not familiar with Muff Winwood. Were they brothers, I wonder?

    I really enjoyed the Linda Jones song, too! I don't think I'd ever heard "Hypnotized" before. Was "Turn to Stone" done by another group later on? I seem to recall a different version of it. You know what, I think I'm thinking of Electric Light Orchestra. Maybe not exactly the same song.

    Have a great day, Shady! Thanks for the morning pick me up!! :)

    1. Hello, Jenn June, and thank you so much for coming by! It delights me to know that "The Crystal Ship" is one of your favorites. It was a big hit at the Dell and I wound up playing it more often than "Light My Fire" on my record player at home. I never tire of listening to the first two Doors albums. I remember playing them in my college dorm room at night while gazing at my psychedelic posters illuminated by black light. Linda Jones' "Hypnotized," "You Gave Me Something" by The Fantastic Four and "I'll Turn to Stone"/"7 Rooms of Gloom" by the Four Tops were examples of the traditional sweet soul, deep soul and Motown love songs that were becoming extinct by June of '67, soon replaced by music with a message and an attitude such as funk, rap and black power anthems. You are correct about Muff Winwood. He's Stevie's older brother. You are also right about ELO. The band had a hit with "Turn to Stone" but it was an entirely different song. Thanks again for coming to see me, JJ, and for your very interesting comments. Have a great day, dear friend!

  2. Good morning my friend. A great selection as always even though many of them I had not heard of before. But as I have learned you sit back, enjoy and feel blessed for knowing them now. Have a great one.

    1. Hey, Odie! Thanks for coming over for some song sampling. I hope a couple of these got your day off to a good start and that you, Rocky and Soffie will have a super Wednesday way up there in Carolina! Thanks, again, good buddy!

  3. I am out of town at a conference and was so happy to find a small pocket of wifi this morning to get to read your, as always, great post. I didn't know a lot of these, so it was a wonderful new surprise to listen to each one.

    You always give us such a great way to start our mornings- thank you! I hope you are having an uncommonly good week, my friend-

    1. Shelly - My days and weeks are always better with you in them, dear friend. You have become famous for breaking away from out of town conferences to faithfully visit my blog and the blogs of your other friends. It speaks volumes about you. I'm glad you liked these toe-tappers and I hope you enjoy your conference and return home safely. Thanks a lot for being here, dear Shelly!

  4. this is a hoppin playlist my friend. I actually hadnt heard many of the songs before but thats why I love visited your space in internet land. I always discover great new to me music :)

    1. Howdy, Amber Girly Bird! Music is my middle name and I aim to please. It's no surprise that some of these records are new to you. People of all ages are listening and learning. Keep in mind that many records that were hits at the Dell were little known or completely unknown elsewhere. Thank you very much for bringing your smiling :) here today, dear Amber, and have a great evening in Ct.

    2. I hope the showers leave you alone soon! Rain Rain go away!

  5. Tom! looks like June 67 had some real gems! The Doors, Platters, Four Tops, Scott McKenzie and Animals! I've always loved the song San Francisco, it's a great summer road trip song. Reminds me of my aunt who lives in Naples, FL. Going to go make a a road trip playlist now!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma! I enjoyed that video for "San Francisco," didn't you? That one, "The Crystal Ship" and others on YouTube that contain original film footage give you a grainy glimpse of the West Coast scene during the turbulent period of the mid to late 60s. I'm so glad you stopped by, dear friend Emma, and I wish you a good evening in Dublin!

  6. A Girl Named what about a boy named Sue! Love your selections today Mr Tom! Hope you are seriously taking time for you and yours! Lovely time, summer is!

    1. Hey, Sushie! I am taking some time, thank you. Next post is still a week away. It feels good to slow the pace down at least during the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Coincidentally, I was singing "A Boy Named Sue" to myself earlier today. It popped into my head for no apparent reason. You and I must be on the same wavelength! Thank you very much for your patronage, dear Sush, and take care of yourself and that wonderful family of yours!

  7. Ahhh... now you're getting more into my era! I hadn't heard some of the selections, but I'm a great fan of Steve Winwood (early days and later) and I love that San Francisco song. It took on special meaning in my freshman year in college as I had a boyfriend from the Bay Area - actually from San Leandro in the Oakland area. He also introduced me to Tower of Power and... well it was all years ago, wasn't it? The Doors were great. That first album came out the year I left my California roots and moved to New Jersey, so "Light My Fire" always reminds me of my going away party. Can't wait to see what you come up with next! (But I hope you're taking it a little easy and having more family fun?)

    1. Hi, karen! Yessum, I'm taking it slow and easy and these are happy, happy happy summer days (Ronnie Dove song). So you were a Jersey girl for a while, huh? Last time you were here you mentoned that you moved back east at some point but I didn't know where. I'm glad you had the chance to experience life on both coasts, something I never did. Thank you very much for making time for me today, dear friend karen, and enjoy the rest of yours out there in Orange!

    2. Yes, my dad was transferred to the New York City office of Price Waterhouse, and we lived for 2 years in Short Hills, NJ. All in all, it was a good experience, and I'm glad I had the chance to do it, although I wasn't too appreciative when I had to leave my friends in California! But a couple of them came for a visit after the first year, and the next summer I was on my way back, so it all went quickly.

  8. Hi dear Tom. Don't faint - it's your old friend thisisme from deepest Devon! I came out of hospital a couple of days ago and headed over here as soon as I could . Another great set of records on the old Juke Box today. I feel I should apologise , but I was never into The Doors. I know! Heresy - and you enjoy listening to their LPs so much! My favourite today was San Francisco by Scott Mackenzie - such a summery song, and it was great to listen to it from a rain soaked Devon. Do hope that all is well with you dear Tom. Smooches coming your way.

    1. Thisisme - Hallo hallo hallo, dear friend! It fills me with joy to see your smiling face over here. I've been hoping for the best and very relieved to learn that you are out of the hospital again and beginning your long overdue recovery period. I'm sorry you were greeted by more English rain but I know how happy you must be to be back in familiar surroundings and gazing out at your garden. I'm glad you enjoyed a ferw of these selections from the summer of '67. Thank you again, dearest friend, for coming to see me. All the best to you, dear Diane!

  9. In 1967, music was really starting to evolve into something else. I still liked Aretha and the Four Tops. 'Funky Broadway' was great, but, I don't guess the up and coming hippie movement was much into soul dancing. I noticed some of my acquaintences moving away from the dance scene, and, wandering in the parks at nite,lol!

    Wasn't Morrison of the Doors something else? I just couldn't get into him, even tho, I know he was greatly admired. He was scary! But, I did like 'Riders on the Storm'. So, it was on to San Francisco by Scott McKenzie, and, that song still receives great reviews. A 'turning point' sort of song. I, for one, struggled within myself musically-which way do I go, which way do I go? Well, you go with the flow, and, keep the old soul moving at the same time!

    I like 'The Letter' by the Boxtops. It was new, but kept the old 'lover come back' theme going. I make home videos and put music to slide shows. I've used this song on a slide show I did of photos from our visit to the Union Station in Kansas City-worked well!

    Spencer Davis music will always get my adrenalin up. You had a good line-up. Hope you're having a cool weekend. Very hot here...just chilling indoors today, and getting some much needed downtime. Still catching up on your Soul Clinic series-see you soon Shady!♫

    1. Hey, Susan! So glad to see you, dear friend! I went through the same internal struggle in 1967. I was drawn to the new music but didn't want to abandon soul and R&B. I wound up embracing just about every category of music from old school doo-wop and pop to Memphis, Motown, Chitown, NYC and Philly soul, to garage, folk-rock, West Coast hard rock, acid rock, psych, sunshine pop, heavy metal, Brit beat, British hard rock, and even experimental art rock produced by Tom Rapp recording as Pearls Before Swine. I loved it all! I'm pleased to know that you're still making your way through the SC series. I'll tell the guys in the band! We're rain soaked and rain cooled and waiting to see what Debbie's going to do. Thanks again for coming over, dear Susan, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  10. Hi Shady,
    For years I loved the Doors, really loved them. When I was in Paris I was able to visit Jim Morrison's final resting place. I was the only one of my group to make the trip by subway and I got lost on the way back to my hotel, getting off the train at the wrong stop. I spent several panicky hours walking around Paris thinking I would never see my family again! Thankfully the panic settled and faith helped me to get back on the subway and find the right stop. I guess you could say that Jim Morrison was the first person to help me live independently. Thanks for sharing such a great collection of music! I enjoyed these very much.

    1. Hi, Jenny! That's a very interesting story. For one thing it fascinated me that you, Jenn June and karen all loved the Doors while two other women, Thisisme and Susan, testified that they were never into Morrison and his band. Did you ever try to dissect it and figure out exactly why some people connect with a certain artist or band and others don't? That surely was an adventure in Paris. Sometimes it's good to get lost for a while and rely on your resources to get you safely back home. I deeply appreciate your visit, dear friend Jenny, and I wish you a happy Sunday and a great week ahead!

  11. These are great songs, as usual. I really enjoyed listening to them.

    I know I've been MIA here lately, both on my blog and everyone else's, but hopefully now that things are settling down at the station (a.k.a. I'm finally the only executive producer and not having to work around another person to do my job) I'll be around more often!

    I've missed being able to read your posts!

    P.S. Are you on Facebook? I'm always logged on so I can manage our station page, so it's really easier to keep up with me that way!

    Stay cool this summer!


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