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, September 25, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: SOLD!!! Dell History Turns a Page as the Shady Lady Estate Changes Hands!






Another colorful chapter of Shady Dell history has come to and end and a new chapter has begun. The Dell has been sold to a York County family of five.

Since 2006 the Dell had been owned by the Deroche family. Tom and Toni Deroche, along with Tom's brother Bob, bought the former restaurant and teen hangout at an estate sale following the death of previous owner Clarence "CN" Foose, one of John Ettline's nephews. (John had 14 nieces and nephews and 19 great nieces and nephews!)

 The new owners have asked to 

 remain anonymous, at least for now, 

 and Shady Dell Music & Memories 

 will respect their wishes. 

Moments to Remember


Reacting to the news that someone had bought the Dell and was preparing to move in, our dear friend, 100 year old Margaret Elizabeth Brown Schneider, The Oldest Living Dell Rat, revisited the Dell in mid September to take one last look at the house her father built when she was a baby. I asked Margaret's daughter Kathleen how much coaxing was required to persuade the centenarian to return to the Dell. The answer took me by surprise.

 Kathleen Mae Schneider:  This was her idea! Originally all 
 I ever dreamt to obtain was a photo of Mother standing on 
 the front porch of the house when she was 100 years old. 
 All the confusion and activity of her centennial birthday and 
 media coverage during the open house in April prevented 
 that, though of course we are thankful for that as well as 
 the other pictures and videos. It's just that she was over- 
 whelmed and distracted that day and it was hard for her to 
 express herself. She never in her long life had that much 
 attention paid her and she didn't quite know what to do 
 with it! 

 This time I was driving her home from an appointment and 
 seemingly out of nowhere she said,  "Why don't we drive up 
 to the Dell?"  I was totally surprised, but I know when I told 
 her earlier in the week that a new family would soon move 
 into the house, she realized there would most likely be no 
 other opportunities for her to go back. Judging by the way 
 she quietly moved around the outside of the house's front 
 and side, stopping to take good long looks, it was obvious 
 she was saying goodbye and had calculated doing that on 
 a day when she was already out and about. At 100, she 
 still is capable of pulling a coup! 

 As Mother made her way along the sidewalk she glanced to 
 the right and spotted the pump house, the little white out- 
 building where her father and mother, George & Allie Brown, 
 kept cheese and other food requiring a cool but not refri- 
 gerated environment.  "I remember the grape arbor over by 
 the pump house,"  she remarked.  "It's not the same. 
 Everything has changed so much." 

Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears,
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years

 As Mother gazed at her childhood home, her mind suffused 
 with memories, she shared with me her feelings about the 
 sale of the Dell.  Mother said,  "I'm o.k. with someone else 
 buying it 'cause I can't ever go back there to live again. 
 I'm just glad it's still standing and nobody tore it down. 
 I still have feelings for it because I liked it there. It was 
 my home." 

When other nights and other days
May find us gone our sep'rate ways,
We will have these moments to remember

 Seeing my mother standing on her own power in that 
 wonderful dappled sunshine next to her childhood home 
 - priceless!!! This trip was arguably one of the most 
 moving experiences I've ever had. 

I asked Kathleen how she feels now that a new owner is taking possession of the recently renovated Brown family home.

 Kathleen Mae 
 Mixed feelings would 
 best describe it I think. 
 My heart aches because 
 I might not ever again 
 have the opportunity to 
 explore and document 
 the Dell house, barn, 
 dance hall and wheel 
 tree. I have so enjoyed 
 experiencing the spirit 
 of the place and giving 
 my imagination free 
 reign! However, my 
 overarching feelings are 
 good for two reasons. 

 First, the marvelous restoration work of the house by the 
 Deroches will not be a target for vandals -a possibility if it 
 had stood unoccupied much longer. The second and most 
 important reason is that my ancestral home will be vibrant 
 with life once again. That was my grandfather's intent after 
 all when he built it for his large family a century ago. The 
 thought that the house will be preserved and occupied for 
 a long time replaces my original fear that it would only exist 
 in pictures. Hopefully the sounds of laughter and perhaps 
 children playing will fill its rooms and porches soon. My 
 grandparents, George Andrew Brown and his wife Allie, and 
 all their children who were the first to live there would be 
 happy if they knew that! 

Thank you, Kathleen, for these priceless pics of your mother Margaret and her impromptu return trip to the Dell. We'll be hearing from you again soon in your next chapter of In-Dell-ible Memories. Dearest Margaret, please remember that you have a global network of new friends and fans who treasure you. Take care, my special friend!

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

Mixed feelings and sad goodbyes are indeed the order of the day
as we now turn our attention to our dear friend Toni Deroche.
I asked Toni what it
has meant to her to own and care for the Shady Dell and what memories she will take with her as a result of this experience.

 TONI DEROCHE:  When asked my feelings on selling the 
 Dell, the first word that popped into my head was "bitter-
 sweet". Naturally, the emotions run pleasant and painful. 
 I, the "Dell keeper", along with my husband and his brother, 
 have proudly enjoyed owning, renovating and even cleaning 
 up the Dell estate. With the colder weather on its way we 
 also knew it was time for the house to have a full time 
 family living in it. 

 Over the six plus years that 
 I have owned the Dell I have 
 learned so much about this 
 place from Kathleen, whose 
 mother, Margaret, resided 
 there the first twelve years of 
 her life. Margaret's father built 
 this charming Victorian 100 
 years ago. 

 Also, there was the Spangler family and one of its 
 descendants, Phil Spangler, who gave us pictures from 
 when his father lived there as a child in the late 1920's 
 and early 30's. 

 Lastly, the "Dell years", the sometimes notorious, historical 
 "teen hangout" years (1945-1991), the "John and Helen" 
 years brought back to life through the eyes and skills of 
 Tom Anderson, the head honcho "Dell rat". Over the past 
 4 years with his memories and tedious research, Tom has 
 come up with a wonderful source of information along with 
 music and entertainment with this masterpiece, "Shady Dell 
 Music and Memories." Because of him, the "Dell" will live 
 eternally for many generations to come. 

 Tom and I developed quite a camaraderie with our Dell 
 passion. We composed several blog posts together 
 with my pictures and information and his wittiness and 
 imagination. We've collaborated on some fun and inter- 
 esting events and added a few missing pieces to the 
 Dell's history. 

 Although I grew up in York, I never experienced the 
 Dell in it's heyday. Somehow, I never knew it existed 
 or I would have certainly been there dancing the night 
 away. I'm so thrilled to have been a small part of the 
 Dell's history. But the biggest reward was getting to 
 know Tom, a.k.a. Shady, who will always be a lifelong 
 dear friend of mine! 

 Farewell, Shady Lady, it's only on to bigger, better and 
 more improvements for you! Parting is such sweet sorrow... 

Beautifully expressed, Toni, and I thank you very much for you kind words! Now, I have a few words to say to you, my
dear friend.

For the last six-and-a-half years, Toni, you were the reigning First Lady of the Shady Dell. You wore your title with pride. Here on the blog you eagerly embraced your role as Deroche family representative and spokesperson and did a superb job of keeping us updated on everything going on at the Dell.

You, your husband Tom and your entire family went way beyond the call of custodial duty. The Deroches will go down in history as preservers, protectors and defenders of the Dell legacy. You were nothing less than the saviors of the Dell. Now, as your tenure comes to an end, Dell rats around the world want to thank you and your family for your hard work and sacrifice.

The Shady Dell got lucky when you became owner, Toni.
Dell rats everywhere got lucky. You genuinely cared about the Dell and it showed. How can we ever thank you enough for all that you have done for us, for the Shady Dell, for the Ettlines, for the Spanglers, for the Browns and for this, our Shady Dell blog?

It can't be denied. Shady Dell Music & Memories is your blog as much as it is mine, Toni, and there are a thousand of your wonderful pictures to prove it.

Over the four years that this blog has existed, you devoted countless hours of your time to capturing rare, one-of-a-kind images for display here. You helped build Shady Dell Music & Memories as surely as you helped restore the Dell itself. I will go as far as to say that I can't imagine anyone else caring as much or doing as much.

I wholeheartedly agree, Toni, that you and I will always be friends. I know that the Dell will always be a part of you, deep in the heart of you, just as it is for the rest of us. Please stay close. Please keep checking back here to the Shady Dell online, your home away from home. Please stay
in touch with us and let us know how you're doing. Okay?

And now, Toni, as you prepare to step down from your post as Keeper of the Castle, as we bring to a close the exciting chapter of Dell history that you helped write, as the curtain falls and you take your bow, as you say goodbye to the place you loved as much as we do...

the place that was brought back to life and transformed into a modern home during your watch, the place that is much better off now than when you took possession of it, I want you to close your eyes, take a deep breath, open your heart and whisper "goodbye, old friend."

Now imagine if you will the Dell, our dear old M'Lady Shady, her steamy windows misty with emotion, bidding you a fond farewell with the words to one of her favorite songs...

If you must go, oh no, I won't grieve
If you wait a lifetime before you leave
But, if you must go
Mmm, I won't tell you no
Just so that we can say we tried
Tell me you'll love me for a million years
Then if it don't work out
Then if it don't work out
Then you can tell me goodbye

Please know this, Toni. People around the world have come to know and admire you through your appearances on this blog and your immeasurable contributions to it and to the Dell. You have made many new friends here and I am very proud to be one of them. Dell rats everywhere, the old and the young, the living and the dead, honor you and thank you, Toni, for your years of dedicated service. We wish you all the best, dear friend - health, happiness and success in all your future endeavors.

Reflections of My Life

 The changing of sunlight to moonlight 

 Reflections of my life, oh how they fill my eyes 

I'm changin', arrangin', I'm changin'

I'm changin' everything, ah...everything around me

All my sorrow, sad tomorrow

Take me back to my old home

All my cryin', feel I'm dyin', dyin' 

Take me back to my old home

 Congratulations to the new owners 

 of the Shady Dell. 




Have a Shady day!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Last Dance: The Final Installment of Now Playing at the Shady Dell. The Jukebox Giants of September 1967

 Can you believe how quickly 

 22 months have passed? 

 This is the final post in my 

 22-part Now Playing series, the 

 monthly update that allowed you 

 to take a peek inside the Shady Dell 

 jukebox and sample the hottest and 

 most important Dell songs of the mid 60s. 

Let's find out which records were playing in September 1967, my final month as a full time Dell rat!

 Experience the look and sound of  

 young America! 

 New, Hot and Hitbound: 

 “Soul Man” – Sam & Dave 

 “May I Baby” – Sam & Dave 

 “Baby, I’m Lonely” –Intruders 

 “A Love That’s Real” – Intruders 

 “You Keep Running Away” – Four Tops 

 “Expressway to Your Heart” – Soul Survivors 

 “Dandelion” – Rolling Stones 

 “How Can I Be Sure” – Young Rascals 

 “I Dig Rock and Roll Music” – Peter, Paul & Mary 


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

“You’re My Everything” – Temptations (August ’67)

“The Letter” – Box Tops (August ’67)

“Karate Boogaloo” – Emperors (August ’67)

“Funky Broadway” – Wilson Pickett (August ’67)

“Reflections” – Diana Ross & the Supremes (August ’67)

“I Could Be So Happy” – Magnificent Men (July ’67)

“You Changed My Life” – Magnificent Men (July ’67)

“Gimme Little Sign” – Brenton Wood (August ’67)

“Get on Up” – Esquires (August ’67)

“A Whiter Shade of Pale” – Procol Harum (July ’67)

“Washed Ashore (On a Lonely Island in the Sea)” – Platters (July ’67)

That wraps up my Now Playing at the Shady Dell series, a chance for all of us to witness the evolution and revolution of popular music at the Dell during the mid 60s!

 And now, 
 ladies and 
 let's count 
 down my list 
 of The Top 10 
 Reasons to 
 Stay Tuned 
 to Shady Dell 
 Music & Memories 
 in the weeks 
 and months 

 #10 - Dell Rat Ron's pickin' up great Vibrations! 

 #9 - Brave enough to spend the night locked in a 
 spooky house with Vincent Price?  What Price Gory? 

 #8 - I love it when we're Cruisin' together! 

 #7 - What lurks Beyond the Happy Valley of the Dolls? 

 #6 - Answer: The Village of the Giants! 

 #5 - I pity the fool who misses an episode of The D-Team! 

 #4 - Sister Act: meet the unsung sirens behind the sibling 

 #3 - Battle of the Banned: three of a kind you never heard 
 on top 40 radio! 

 #2 - The Kids in Bristol: Who are they? What are they? 

 And the number one reason to stay tuned 

 to SDM&M in the weeks & months to come: 


Have a Shady day!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

First Impressions Last, Boppin' Sedaka and More in Episode 19 of The D-Team!

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  







The Impressions were architects of the smooth Chicago soul sound of the 60s. Like many other soul acts the Impressions' roots were in the church. Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler met in a Chicago church choir. The two future giants of soul sang together in gospel groups before joining a doo-wop act called the Roosters. The name soon changed to Jerry Butler and the Impressions and the group scored a crossover hit with "Your Precious Love." Butler went solo, Mayfield became group leader and songwriter, the Impressions signed with ABC-Paramount and hit again with "Gypsy Woman."

Eventually the act was pared down to a trio consisting of Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden and Fred Cash. The Impressions racked up a long string of 60s hits in categories ranging from gospel to love ballads to black pride anthems embraced by the Civil Rights Movement.

The Impressions top 20 hit "We're a Winner" was one such anthem. However, the killer bee on the back of that 45 is
the side I'd like you to hear, the sweet, tender, melancholy ballad "It's All Over."

 "It's All Over" - Impressions (February 1968, uncharted 
 B side of  "We're a Winner.") 

Unlike some acts that experience a decline in quality over the years, the Impressions continued to make great recordings in the late 60s after they left ABC. In 1968 Mayfield started his own record label, Curtom, becoming one of the first African Americans to have his own label, Sam Cooke being the first. This is My Country, the first Impressions album released on Curtom, went top 5 on the R&B albums chart. It was chock full of excellent material including the title track which went top 30 pop and top 10 R&B. The album included a another beautiful soul ballad entitled "Gone Away."

 "Gone Away" - Impressions (track from 1968 album 
 This is My Country

When a group records updated versions of its early hits the results are often disappointing. Not so with the Impressions!

The Curtom compilation album The Best Impressions: Curtis, Sam and Fred offered fresh new versions of "Gypsy Woman," "Keep on Pushin', "I'm So Proud," 'I've Been Tryin'" and "Amen." All were as good or better than the originals.

Purist fans often cringe when a soul group tackles pop-jazz standards, show tunes and movie soundtracks. In 1969 the Impressions' former label ABC released a compilation of such material titled The Versatile Impressions. I bought the album and enjoyed it, my favorite track the Impressions' version of the Bacharach-David composition "The Look of Love," sung originally by Dusty Springfield on the soundtrack of the movie Casino Royale and turned into a top 5 charting hit single by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66.

 "The Look of Love" - Impressions (track from 1969 album 
 The Versatile Impressionshighest chart position #58) 


Poor Neil Sedaka is still sitting by the phone waiting for the nominating committee to call and tell him he's finally been named to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It'll probably never happen because Neil is considered a titan of pop rather than rock. Millions of fans are outraged over such nitpicking.

A seldom heard Neil Sedaka goody called "Bad Girl" reached the Billboard chart in November 1963 just six days before President Kennedy was assassinated. Defiantly derivative, "Bad Girl" sounds very much like "Foolish Little Girl" by the Shirelles with a little of Neil's "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" sprinkled in. The result is an ear pleasing hybrid that pene-
trated the top 40 but somehow failed to become a major hit.

 "Bad Girl" - Neil Sedaka 
 (December 1963, highest chart position #33/uncharted) 

 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! 


In the spring of 1965, Jr. Walker & The All Stars achieved their first and biggest hit with "Shotgun."

In the spring of 1969, Vanilla Fudge, a combination psychedelic rock and blue-eyed soul band, reloaded "Shotgun", made a decent dent in the Billboard chart
and electrified audiences with their live performances.

 "Shotgun" - Vanilla Fudge (March 1969, highest chart 
 position #68) 


His was one of the most distinctive voices of the boomer generation. The late, great Gene Pitney was not only a
gifted singer, he was also a songwriter who penned hits
for other artists like Bobby Vee ("Rubber Ball"), The Crystals ("He's a Rebel") and Ricky Nelson ("Hello Mary Lou").  Like Lesley Gore, Gene Pitney was part of an elite group of early 60s American recording artists whose careers survived and thrived during the British Invasion.  Quality never goes out of style and here are two Gene Pitney recordings that prove it, one released before the Beatles exploded and one released after.  "True Love Never Runs Smooth," a Burt Bacharach - Hal David composition, charted near the top 20 in the late summer of 1963 a few months before Beatlemania swept America.

 "True Love Never Runs Smooth" - Gene Pitney 
 (September 1963, highest chart position #21) 

Two years later Gene Pitney's "Last Chance to Turn Around" made a respectable run at the top 10 amid the new normal of Brit band chart domination.

 "Last Chance to Turn Around" - Gene Pitney (July 1965, 
 highest chart position #13) 

 Don't miss the next thrill-packed episode 

 of The D-Team, coming soon! 

 I love it 


 a plan 



Have a Shady day!