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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

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!


  1. I knew two of these today, a record for me, I think! Both Soul Man and Dandelion are ones I've heard played and that haven't lost their appeal at all.

    I enjoyed the others, too, and was struck by the difference of the sounds from these great songs to other popular ones just five and ten years later.

    I was also glad to see Reflections on there as one that is holding strong.

    The upcoming weeks sound like the Shady Dell is going to be chock full of great music!

    Thank you, my friend, for yet again getting our toes tapping on an early Monday morning!

    1. Hi, Shelly! Popular music was changing rapidly at this point in time. Sweet soul music was turning political, psychedelic and funky. Only a few years later, as you pointed out, other major trends had entered the mainstream including disco, early rap, hard rock, arena rock and your favorite: punk. Sam and Dave were at the top of their game in 1967 and their live act rivaled the excitement of James Brown. Thank you very much for swinging over for a look and a listen, dear Shelly, and have a wonderful week in Texas!

  2. Hi dear Tom. I've been busy catching up on my blog reading this afternoon, as I'm all behind again, although I see that I'm not too far down the list on this post! Can't believe that this series has been running for almost two years! How time flies when you are enjoying yourself!! I shall look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve as a replacement for this series dear friend. I can't believe it, but I had never heard Dandelion before, by the Rolling Stones! I'm glad to see that the Four Tops were still doing well in 1967. I have always loved The Platters, and A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum is a real classic over here now. I used to love Puff the Magic Dragon, by Peter Paul and Mary, and hubby has one of their LP's hidden away in the attic somewhere! Good to see you here again today. Smooches to you, as always.

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme, and thank you so much for coming to the party! It is amazing that you never heard "Dandelion" recorded and released by the Rolling Stones during their foray into pschedelia. The single was back with "We Love You" which might be the more familiar song in England. Mrs. Shady and I went to see Peter, Paul & Mary in concert circa 1990 and enjoyed the show very much. Their record "I Dig Rock & Roll Music" was a surprise hit at the Dell. Thank you again for taking time to come by, dear friend Thisisme, and have a wonderful week ahead in Devon!

  3. Tom I have to say I've really enjoyed this series and I've got to know some music that I'd never even heard of before. I'm very much looking forward to all that you have in store for us!

    I hope you're having a great start to your week!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma! This series started back when you were a wee baby! (LOL) I'm glad you've enjoyed it and maybe discovered a few songs that you didn't know but like. I wish you the same - a very happy week ahead, dear friend!

  4. Hi Shady. Some of these I remember fondly. 'Soul Man', 'Expressway to Your Heart', 'Dandelion', 'How Can I Be Sure', and I was really smiling through 'I Dig Rock n' Roll Music'. It was cut short when I was listening so I'll have to go listen to the whole song on youtube.

    These were played a lot in California and I loved them. Thanks again for the music!

    1. Hi, dear Belle! It's a shame that Peter, Paul & Mary performance was cut short. Some of the best vintage clips on YouTube are abbreviated for whatever reason. I could have posted the studio version in its entirety but decided it was better to get a taste of the popular folk trio live. As jaded as society has become it's understandable that PP&M's 1963 hit "Puff the Magic Dragon" is widely believed to be a drug song but the group insisted it was based on an innocent poem for children. Sadly, Mary died three years ago at the age of 72. I 'm glad you knew and loved the ones by the Sam & Dave, Soul Survivors, Stones and Rascals. Thanks for your comments, dear Belle, and have a safe and enjoyable week up there!

  5. OK, I have to admit that I knew about the last one but all the others were unknown to this old boy. I enjoyed listening but was clueless about the performers. I take it as another episode in the education of Odie.

    1. Hi, Odie! You're getting quite an education, aren't you? Don't feel bad. Thisisme didn't know that Rolling Stones song! We all have our blind spots and I have more than I can count. What counts to me is that you came by for a look and a listen. Thanks, good buddy!

  6. "On the expressway - to your heart!" I haven't heard that in forever!! Easy to dance to, I give it a 10!. Of course anything Rolling Stones is a favorite, and lots of those other ones brought back lots of memories. Peter Paul and Mary are always good, but I prefer their older songs. I think I learned how to play almost all of them on the guitar. Good selection today (actually yesterday) Shady.

    1. Hey, karen! Thanks for swinging on over from the Left Coast! The Soul Survivors released a couple more singles that I liked as much or more than "Expressway." "Explosion in My Soul" cracked the top 40 at the start of 1968 and "Impossible Mission" died on the vine at #68 in the spring of that year. The psychedelic blue-eyed soul band also wowed me with their version of "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)," an original Donovan song also performed nicely by one of your favorite bands, the Animals. (Did I Burdon you with TMI?) I saw PP&M in concert some 20 years ago and they brought the house down with their rousing "This Land is Your Land." Thank you again for coming to see me, dear friend karen, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Okay my darling friend I have a feeling I'll be singing soul man all day .Wishing you a beautiful day xo

    1. Hi, Katie! I can think of worse songs (and thoughts) to have stuck in your head all day. By the way, I also loved the B side of that Sam and Dave single, the fine R&B ballad "May I Baby." I hope your week is going well, Katie, and I thank you very much for bringing your kindness and cheer to my little corner of the world today.

  8. Free balloons, eh? Count me in Shady! I've traveled over hill and dale to get here usual, you weren't on my reading list! But, knowing you usually post on Tuesdays, I knew you'd be around!

    This was fun, most of these songs were good and upbeat. Sam and Dave are still favorites of mine, I have seen a few of their videos on youtube, what a pair! And, they loved it as much as the audience-'Hold On, I'm Comin'! What a fantastic, song with so much heart and soul (and laughter). Wilson Pickett put on a fabulous show too...he gave it his all-he gave US everything he had,and,gladly! These are artists I still appreciate and long for!

    Get on up, and Bugaloo, Shady! It's really great to see you here. I've been busy at the KardKorner making a few birthday cards for late September, and membership cards for my Mom's Herb Club members! It's work, but, it's the fun work. Got a few more window photos, so I'll be getting the post ready for my 'cohort' over there! lol! So, 'hats off to Larry', and, to you too, Shady! See you soon!♫

    1. Hi, Susan! Wow! You touched on a bunch of artists and songs in that wonderful comment of yours. Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon? :) Sam and Dave were indeed the Dynamite Duo and I'm glad you appreciate their earthy R&B style. It's so nice of you to work hand in hand with that other Susan on her windowsill post. I look forward to seeing it and I hope you'll remember to be there, too. :) Well, it's time for me to Runaway, dear friend, so I'll see you soon over at your place... or Susan's!

  9. I spent enough money playing "Dandelion" in the Dell jukebox to buy a copy---but didn't. I do want some free balloons.

    Your buddy,
    D.R. Ron

    1. Hi, Ron! It surprised me a little when Dell rats embraced the kinder, gentler psychedelic Stones. Sides like "Danelion," 'Ruby Tuesday" and "Lady Jane" were played heavily. Thanks a lot for coming over for a visit, good buddy. I'll be saving The Yellow Balloon just for you. (That's in reference to the late Don Grady, the former Mickey Mousketeer who starred on My Three Sons and also played drums for The Yellow Balloon, a sunshine pop band that had a top 30 hit with the single "Yellow Balloon" in the spring of 1967.)

  10. free balloons?! Count me in! I can just imagine yall dell rats grooving to Soul Man. Heck even now when that song gets played at weddings I run to the dance floor to show off my moves. Its one catchy tune that has stood the test of time. I wasnt as familiar with the rest of the tracks except for I Dig Rock and Roll Music but I though the mamas and the papa sang that?? Maybe I'm imagining things. Anyhoo thanks for the tunes. I've missed your playlists :)

    1. Yikes! It's someone from outta my past - Amber Blue Bird! Hello, dearie! It's both a surprise and a delight to hear from you. I'm assuming you are safely back home from your long trip. I'm glad you remember and like "Soul Man." I don't know how it is today but back then it was common practice for artists to rerecord their hits and that's what Sam and Dave did with "Soul Man." The version you listened to in this post is the original. It irritates me whenever I hear that slightly different rendition of this Southern R&B classic. You probably thought "Rock & Roll Music" was recorded by the Mamas & Papas because the Peter, Paul & Mary song pays tribute to that group along with Donovan and the Beatles. You are a first class friend, dear Amber, and I thank you for proving it once again by making time for me today. Here's wishing you a wonderful week ahead!


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