High School Yearbook Photo

"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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kathleen Mae Schneider Presents..... The House on the Hill

Dear friends, once again it is my pleasure to present to you Kathleen Mae Schneider and Chapter 3 of her exclusive series In-Dell-ible Memories!

Chapter Three 

The House

on the Hill

Kathleen Mae 

   She just turned six - this brown-eyed little girl with the huge satin bow tied in her dark hair. Slowly moving back and forth on the porch swing, she dangles her thin pale legs in the warm spring air. In spite of a lingering cough, it feels good to be outside after being so sick.

   Margaret's parents had thought she was asleep, whispering as they stood by her side just a few weeks before. Lying on a makeshift bed in the kitchen, she could sense their worry as mother Allie’s cool hand gently soothed her feverish forehead and tucked blankets tightly around her. 
It hurt to breathe and she shivered in spite of being next to the stove. She didn’t understand the word ‘influenza’ but she heard them say it killed thousands of people around the world.

   Margaret wasn’t worried though because she knew her “Pop” George Brown would make her get well. He and Allie said her high fever would “burn it out of her” and his homemade nasty-tasting special syrup would stop her unrelenting cough. Fumes from the warm poultices of onions and garlic that Allie placed around Margaret's sore throat and on her congested chest stung the child's eyes but, sure enough, the fever left and she could breathe with-
out pain.

   As Margaret rested and slowly recovered she was comforted by her father’s confident voice coming from his office next to the kitchen. She heard him question a portly Southern gentleman sprawled on the couch in the bay window there, loudly extolling the virtues of some inexpensive land in a strange place called Florida.

   Pop propped his feet up on his desk and listened intently after offering his guest some of his favorite fresh roasted peanuts from a large bowl. Margaret heard their shells cracking and later the pinging of tobacco ‘juice’ as it hit the ornate brass spittoon on the floor between them.

   Two stenographers busily worked at their desks at the other end of the room, processing large stacks of orders for George’s thoroughbred hunting dogs, accounts for automobile parts and advertise-
ments for Brown’s Special Remedies. The noisy voices and tapping of typewriters were familiar sounds that helped little Margaret feel safe and secure as she drifted off to sleep. All was right with her world….

   Fast forward if you will to the present. Thanks no doubt to her father’s medicines and her mother’s gentle nursing, that little girl is still with us. The Great Influenza Epidemic of 1917-18 was just the first of several serious illnesses that Margaret would survive in her long life. Although frail and moving haltingly at the Shady Dell open house a few days before her 100th birthday, she frequently stopped and reverently looked around. She never knew the Ettlines or visited their snack bar, but she clearly remembered where her sickbed and the stove once stood in the old kitchen. She lovingly described the elegant room that she knew only as the parlor. As she lingered in the original office that is now a dining room, she proudly re-
called her father working long hours there as a successful entrepreneur.

   Is it any wonder I was unconvinced when someone recently said to me that I shouldn’t care who buys the Dell? “It’s just a house,” they said, but to me the Shady Dell is so much more than bricks, mortar and wood as it conjures up curious eerie feelings with every visit.

   When I was alone in the house for the first time, I strained to hear the voices and typewriters from a century ago and imagined a tiny cough from the next room. Standing outside, gazing at this stately and graceful building, my college archi-
tecture class about early Colonial Revival style with two-story Victorian bay windows fades. Instead there are visions of my grandfather energetically overseeing three businesses inside the one on the first floor and sharing Allie’s bed behind the one on the second.

   And what remains of the wraparound porch and Mother’s much-loved swing? The narrow band of brighter red bricks on the front of the house just above the first floor windows marks the spot that it once occupied. The original can clearly be seen jutting forward in this old photo.

(Photo courtesy of the Spangler family)

   Mother once told me with a wide shy smile that she was never allowed to even be near that swing when her older brothers and sisters “spent time” there with their dates, proving that long before "The Parking Lot" rightly earned its Shady Dell reputation, the house witnessed exactly the same raging hormones and heavy romance!

So this is “just a house? I don’t think so! See more reasons why not, next time, in:

In-Dell-ible Memories, Chapter 4

Allie’s Rats

With love to Mother and to All,

Chapter 2: Margaret is Born...and So Is the Dell 
Chapter 1: The Beauty and the Butcher
Introduction: My Shady Dell "Roots"
Margaret's Birthday

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mag Men Reign and the Emperors Rule! Jukebox Giants of July 1967

 Another month has flown by. 

 Once again it's time to peek inside the 

 Shady Dell jukebox and find out which 

 records are rockin' the rat pack. 

The Dell lineup for July 1967 contains brand new releases by our two favorite Central Pennsylvania groups, the Mag Men and the Emperors!

 Experience the look and sound of  

 young America! 


 New, Hot and Hitbound: 

 “I Could Be So Happy” – Magnificent Men 

 “You Changed My Life” – Magnificent Men 

 “Karate Boogaloo” – Emperors 

 “Mumble Shing-a-Ling” – Emperors 

 “A Whiter Shade of Pale” – Procol Harum 

 “Washed Ashore (On a Lonely Island in the Sea)” – Platters 

 “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” – Jay & the Techniques 

 “(I Wanna) Testify” – Parliaments 

 “White Rabbit” – Jefferson Airplane 


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

“You Gave Me Something (and Everything’s Alright)” – Fantastic Four (June ’67)

“Light My Fire” – Doors (June ’67)

“The Crystal Ship” – Doors (June ’67)

“I Was Made to Love Her” – Stevie Wonder (June ’67)

“Hypnotized” – Linda Jones (June ’67)

“San Francisco” – Scott McKenzie (June ’67)

“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – Buckinghams (June ’67)

“Soul Finger” – Bar-Kays (June ’67)

“Knucklehead” – Bar-Kays (June ’67)

“Groovin’” – Young Rascals (May ’67)

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

“Searchin’” – Emperors (May ’67)

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

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

“Respect” –Aretha Franklin (May ’67)

“When I Was Young” – Eric Burdon and the Animals (April ’67)

"A Girl Named Sandoz" - Eric Burdon and the Animals
(April '67)

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

Big changes are coming to the jukebox in August.

Which of these records will still be hot
and which ones will most certainly be not?

 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!

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

..... Kiss and Say Goodbye to Disco ..... The D-Team: Episode 18

In 1972 a crack Dell Rat unit

 was sent to prison by the 

 Unific Court of Love for a 

 crime they didn't commit... 


 These men promptly escaped 

 from a maximum security 

 stockade to the York, PA 

 underground. Today, still 

 wanted by the government, 

 they survive as soldiers 

 of soul and revivers of 

 rock ‘n roll.

 If you have a problem 
  (with hip hop divas and gangsta rap)... 

 if no one else can help 

 and if you can find them 

 maybe you can hire... 


 I pity 

 the fool  












They were the American Fab Four, at least to me. I have never outgrown my NEED for Kiss, the greatest group of thunder rockers in the land. In 1978 all of the Kiss band members released solo albums. The most successful was produced by lead guitarist Ace Frehley. "New York Groove," the lone single released from Frehley's album, was by far the most popular single released by Kiss personnel from their solo projects. "New York Groove" was originally recorded by Hello, an English glam rock band, and made the UK top 10 in 1975. At Christmas time 1978, the Space Ace was flying high with
a killer cover!

 "New York Groove" - Ace Frehley (December 1978, 
 highest chart position #13) 


1979: America was burning up with disco fever. Everybody and his grandmother was making disco records. Even Ethel ("There's No Business Like Show Business") Merman released a disco album! After five years of disco's dominance of the record chart an angry backlash was inevitable. It came on this date, July 12th, 1979, at a promotional event called Disco Demolition Night staged at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
A crate filled with disco records was blown up on the field to the delight of disco haters in the stands. The promotion went sideways, however, when rowdy rock fans flooded the field, built a bonfire, and scuffled with stadium security guards.

 Do you remember where you were 

 and what you were doing... 


The same week that anti-disco forces were demolishing that box of records on the baseball diamond, Kiss cracked the top 20 with, of all things, a disco record! "I Was Made for Lovin' You," the first single released from the band's Dynasty album, was a hard rock/disco hybrid with massive crossover appeal. Some Kiss purists rejected the discofied ditty, but it became one of the biggest hit singles in Kisstory, a certified platinum million seller, brushing the top 10 stateside and topping the chart in Australia and parts of Europe.

 "I Was Made for Lovin' You" - Kiss (July 1979, highest 
 chart position #11 Hot 100/#8 Cash Box/#1 Australia 
 Netherlands/#2 France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria) 


Any record album or CD ever released by deep soul vocalist Garnet Mimms could be considered "best of" because every track he laid down was excellent. For example please listen to "One Girl," a fine ballad released as a single backed with the equally popular killer bee "A Quiet Place." "One Girl" has all the right ingredients to place it solidly in the win column: impassioned vocal by Mimms, churchy choir accompaniment, and absolutely delicious guitar ad libs. I'm souled!

 "One Girl" - Garnet Mimms (May 1964, highest chart 
 position #67) 

 Only two things you done 

 need to know, fool... 

Ain't Hannibal or nobody else 

 gonna get me up in no 

 AIR - O - PLANE!!! ..... 

 and the D-Team plays 

 the best music! 


 Small name... big talent. 

Jamaica born Millicent Smith took the stage name Millie Small, went to England and made British pop history with her top 5 hit record "My Boy Lollipop, a cover version of a 1956 release by Barbie Gaye. Millie Small's single was the first major hit for Island Records and Millie was the first artist to achieve a hit recorded in the bluebeat style, a reference to early Jamaican music that included R&B, Ska, Rocksteady and early Reggae.

Nicknamed The Blue Beat Girl, Millie Small saw her record
"My Boy Lollipop" climb to #2 on both the UK and the U.S. chart before hitting the glass ceiling, blocked from the top spot by the Beach Boys' "I Get Around."

 "My Boy Lollipop" - Millie Small (July 1964, highest 
 chart position #2) 

Two months later Millie Small reached the top 30 in the UK and the top 40 stateside on both the pop and the R&B chart with her follow-up release "Sweet William."

 "Sweet William" - Millie Small (September 1964, highest 
 chart position #40) 


Soulful crooner Al Wilson might be considered a one-hit-wonder by those who aren't aware of what came before
his mid 70s quiet storm smasheroo "Show and Tell."

 "Show and Tell" - Al Wilson (January 1974, highest chart 
 position #1) 

Wilson followed "Show and Tell" with three less successful releases, "Touch and Go," "La La Peace Song," and "I've Got a Feeling (We'll Be Seeing Each Other Again)." Old schoolers like me contend that Wilson's most exciting record was one he made the previous decade. On the West Coast in 1966, Wilson landed an audition with Johnny Rivers and was signed to Rivers' Soul City label. In 1968 Johnny Rivers produced
the recording session that resulted in "The Snake," a clever Al Wilson story song that was released as a single, cracked the Billboard top 30, and became a favorite on England's Northern Soul circuit in the 70s, charting at #41 in the UK
in 1975. This one was big in WSBA-Land!

 "The Snake" - Al Wilson (October 1968, highest chart 
 position #27) 

 Don't miss the next thrill-packed episode 

 of The D-Team, coming soon! 

 I love it 


 a plan 



Have a Shady day!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ron & Shady Present: Born in the USA

 Negatory, this post isn't a salute 

 to The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. 

 Instead, Dell Rat Ron and I are 

 all set to spin a bunch of boss 

 records all of which were 

 waxed by American bands, 

 groups and solo artists. 

 Ron, if you don't mind 

 I'd like to get this 

 party started. 


Currently making waves around the world with their 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour, the Beach Boys are, as their nickname suggests, America's band. In 1986 I picked the Beach Boys' 1968 hit "Do it Again" as the music bed for a television commercial I produced for a sportswear retailer. Targeting the teen market, the 30 second spot advertised swim suits, T-shirts, shorts, sandals, hats and other articles of casual summer apparel. I chose "Do it Again" because it captures the joy and excitement young people experience
at the start of summer vacation.

 Well I've been thinking 'bout
 All the places we've surfed and danced and
 All the faces we've missed so let's get
 Back together and do it again 

To produce the commercial I hired a dozen teenage models, dressed them in the store's casual wear, drove them to a beach and spent the afternoon videotaping them as they tossed Frisbees on the sand, played in the water and danced on a pier. It was a tough job but somebody had to do it..... and, by golly, if I had it to do all over I'd do it again!

 "Do it Again" - Beach Boys (September 1968, highest 
 chart position #20) 

 Ronny, over to you, pal! 


 Shady, a while back you 
 posted the Shangri-las 
 song "He Cried," a 
 cover of "She Cried," 
 the first hit for Jay and 
 the Americans with the 
 original "Jay" (John) 
 Traynor on lead vocals. 
 Jerre commented that he 
 recently saw Jay Traynor 
 perform at Hershey Park. 
 I'm posting this one for 
 Jerre because it's also 
 my favorite Jay and the 
 Americans song and, in my opinion, still the best. 

 "She Cried" - Jay and the Americans (May 1962, highest 
 chart position #5) 

 "She Cried" might have been the first hit for Jay and the 
 Americans but it wasn't their first single. In November of 
 1961 their version of "Tonight," a song from the musical 
 West Side Story (a top 10 hit for Ferrante & Teicher), 
 bubbled under for only one week at #120. The follow-up 
 to "She Cried" suffered a similar fate. Although it's a great 
 recording, "This Is It" never rose above Bubbling Under 

 "This Is It" - Jay and the Americans (August 1962, 
 highest chart position #109) 

 The killer-bee side of "This Is It" is a wonderful mid tempo 
 ballad entitled "It's My Turn To Cry." 

 "It's My Turn to Cry" - Jay and the Americans (Aug. 1962, 
 uncharted B side of "This Is It") 

 That's a big 10-4, Ron! 

 Mercy sakes alive, 
 good buddy, looks like 
   we got us a convoy and 
 I'm about to put the 




I can't get enough of Diane Renay, an all American girl
if ever there was one. Diane was discovered while still a teenager working in her family owned jewelry store.

We last heard from this Philly filly a year ago in my Summer Means Fun series. Diane Renay is best known for the two songs I presented in that post, her two biggest hits "Navy Blue" and "Kiss Me Sailor." Those willing to dig deeper into this young lady's catalog will find treasure. "The Company You Keep," "Words" and "Happy Birthday Broken Heart" were all written and produced for Diane by Bob Crewe and all three are excellent. Two other little known Diane Renay recordings are also considered by many music historians to be among the best girl group sounds of the decade. The first is the title song from Growin' Up Too Fast; the Girl Group Anthology.

 "Growin' Up Too Fast" - Diane Renay (July 1964, 
 highest chart position #124) 

The second song is "Watch Out Sally," a bitchin' bad girl anthem, arguably the finest and the most exciting recording of Diane Renay's career.

 "Watch Out Sally" - Diane Renay (December 1964, 
 highest chart position #101) 

Those two Diane Renay gems deserved to become hits but both remained locked in the Bubbling Under basement.

 Ron, who else made your  

 All American roster? 


 Shady, the Manhattans, who later became famous for 
 (Let's Just) "Kiss and Say Goodbye" had been around 
 many years before they hit the big time. As it is with so 
 many of those groups, I believe their earlier songs were 
 the better ones. This was their second record, "Searchin' 
 For My Baby". 

 "Searchin' for My Baby" - Manhattans (May 1965, 
 highest chart position #135) 

 The B-side of "Searchin' For My Baby" entitled "I'm the One 
 that Love Forgot" bubbled under at #135 and was equally if 
 not more popular among R&B fans.  I saw the Manhattans 
 perform about this time at the Howard in D.C, and got to 
 hear the Delchords sing both these songs as well. I wish 
 I could say who sang lead on "I'm the One that Love 
 Forgot" when the Delchords did it. Was it Buddy? Ike? 
 Regardless, the memories are in my heart. 

 "I'm the One that Love Forgot" - Manhattans (July 1965, 
 highest chart position #135) 


 Shady, last fall you posted the 1968 Dells' Chicago soul 
 classic "Stay In My Corner" in your post remembering 
 Hy Lit. Some of your readers might not know that "Stay 
 In My Corner" on Chess Records, released off the album 
 There Is, was actually the second time around for that 
 song. It was originally released by the Dells in 1965 on 
 VeeJay 674, but had a running time of less than three 
 minutes. A beautiful song at the time, but not nearly as 
 successful as the later 6 minute plus recording. 

 "Stay in My Corner" - Dells (June 1965, highest chart 
 position #122/#23 R&B) 

 The "killer bee" flip side of that original "Stay In My Corner" 
 became the first big hit for Tom Jones in May of 1965. The 
 Dells did a nice job with a cover version and it became the 
 title track for one of their albums. 

 "It's Not Unusual" - Dells (June 1965, uncharted B side 
 of "Stay in My Corner") 

 An interesting note about The Dells' first big hit on Chess 
 Records is that "O-O, I Love You" was the side that was 
 first played and enjoyed some very good airplay. It's one 
 of their many beautiful ballads.  However, deejays starting 
 flipping it over (yes, they find "killer bees" also) and started 
 playing "There Is" and it's popularity walked all over the 
 A-side, resulting in the album carrying that name also. 
 Here is the side that bore "There Is" on the flip. 

 "O-O, I Love You" - Dells (December 1967, highest 
 chart position #61/#22 R&B) 

 Ron, that "O-O" ballad 

 always gives me chills 

 and fever.  Let me take 

 us home with two more 

 all American groups! 


From the nation's heartland they came...Five Americans their name...catchy pop recordings their game. We heard from this Oklahoma group a while back when they sang their top 5 hit "Western Union." The guys must have thought they found a winning formula with songs about long distance love affairs facilitated by message delivery systems. "Zip Code" was a nifty number and cracked the top 40 but that's all she wrote.

 "Zip Code" - Five Americans (September 1967, 
 highest chart position #36) 


I'm wrapping up this 4th of July all American salute with the American Breed, a band that hailed from the greater Chicago area. The American Breed scored its biggest hit at the start of 1968 with the top 5 million seller "Bend Me Shape Me," a remake of a song released the previous year on an album by the Cleveland group the Outsiders. In mid December 1967 the American Breed appeared on American Bandstand performing their rapidly rising hit single. I never tire of hearing "Bend Me, Shape Me," one of most optimistic and downright listenable recordings of the late 60s.

 "Bend Me, Shape Me" - American Breed (Jan. 1968, 
 highest chart position #5 Billboard, #3 Cash Box) 

 Thank you, Dell Rat Ron, 

 for joining me in a salute to 

 some of America's best on record. 

 See you soon, good buddy! 

Have a Shady day!