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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, November 30, 2012

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#175 to #171)

 It's time once again to put your 

 musical knowledge to the test 

 as we continue our countdown of 

 The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell! 

You know the drill. I'll give you a line or two of lyrics taken from five of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 1960s. Your job is to Name That Tune. Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric samples for the next five Dell songs:

 you give me the joy this heart of mine 
 has always been longing for. 

 Pleasant memories 
 are comin' back to me. 
 Can't you remember 
 the way it used to be? 

 grab the rope, and I'll pull you in 

 The time to hesitate is through

 (#171 is the high energy instrumental 
 B side of "Karate Boogaloo" by the 
 the Emperors, the garage funk band 
 from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.) 

Okay, let's find out how well you did.
Here are the Dell songs in today's countdown:

175. "Bernadette" - Four Tops (March '67)

174. "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)" - Buckinghams (September '67)

173. "Soul Man" - Sam & Dave (September '67)

172. "Light My Fire" - Doors (June '67)

171. "Mumble Shing-A-Ling" – Emperors (July ’67)

How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your musical I.Q.

 All 5 right – 

 Congratulations! You’ve been appointed 

 dean of the College of Musical Knowledge. 

 3 or 4 right – 

 Licensed lyric lover. 

 2 right - 

 Lyrically challenged. 

 1 right – 

 Sign up for remedial classes 

 at the School of Rock. 

 0 right – 

 You just dance and hum along! 

Have a Shady day!


  1. Ha! Well, I guess I'm riding the short bus on this one. Still very educational to me (and it looks like I need all the education I can get in this area!)

    A bit of trivia: Jim Morrison and I went to the same elementary school, although in different decades. His dad was in the Navy, and when they were stationed here, he went to the same elementary school I later attended. You never know when your life might, however indirectly, intersect with the life of someone like him.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Wow, Shelly, you had what David Letterman would call, a "brush with greatness." Imagine if you would have had problem child Morrison as one of your students somewhere along the line! (LOL) So are you saying that you flunked my pop quiz this morning and didn't recognize these song lyrics? That's okay, you will have many chances to pull up your g.p.a. as the countdown continues next year. Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend Shelly, and have a safe and happy weekend!

  2. I got one right (light my fire)! That's better than I usually do :) I just wanted to stop by today and say thanks for the kind words on my blog today. I will miss reading your comments but I need to take a step back from blogging for awhile. Dont worry though, cause I will be keeping in touch! PS my email is

  3. Hi, Amber! I certainly hope your break from blogging won't be permanent but if it is please know that you have gained a lifelong friend in me. I cherish the connection we have enjoyed for the last two plus years and I hope it continues on and on into the future. I was in a state of shock when I wrote my comment this morning and therefore I neglected to mention a couple other things that made your blog great. I always looked forward to your Friday music reviews because they introduced me to new bands and styles that I would otherwise have missed. Invariably I loved the featured artists just as much as you do. I also want to acknowledge you for producing those brilliant baking tutorials. Those videos reveal you to be an extraordinarily talented and funny young woman on par with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Progressive Flo and others of that ilk. All in all it is an honor to know you, dear Amber, and I sincerely hope we will stay good friends through the years. Happy holidays to you and yours and please remember these words of wisdom: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."

  4. Hi dear Tom. Firstly, I'm sorry that Amber will be missing from your blog in the future. I always enjoyed reading her very intuitive comments, and I know that you will miss her friendship over here at The Shady Dell. I'm afraid that thisisme will be signing up for your remedial classes at the school of rock! I did know Bernadette by the Four Tops, but the rest were a mystery to me I'm afraid. Still, that is the beauty of your blog, as we learn so much about music and the chance to hear songs that we haven't heard of before. Praying for Toto's healing dear Tom.

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! I'm hoping that Amber will remain both a friend and a regular visitor to SDM&M. Like many of our mutual friends, Amber announced today that she is discontinuing her own blog, at least for a while. Meanwhile, I'm shocked that you didn't know "Mumble Shing-a-Ling"! (LOL) I already have you enrolled at my school of rock and, fear not, no dunce caps will be issued. Thank you for wishing Toto well. After sleeping most of the day she finally ate a good dinner. Her follow-up visit to the vet went well and she seems to be on the mend from her surgery. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Good night to you in Devon, dear friend Thisisme, and I hope you awake to a sunny day tomorrow!

  5. Like the lovely amber I only guessed The Doors one. I guess I need to get my pencil and sign up for those remedial classes :(

    I actually visited Jim Morrison's grave when I was in Paris, I have some photos which I will share soon! I never got into The Doors but i can appreciate how good they were.

    Have a lovely weekend Tom!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma! Seems like you and my friend Shelly both have loose ties to Jim Morrison. I am eager to see that post of yours about visiting his grave site. I've very happy to see you here, dear friend, and I hope you have a super weekend in Ireland including fair weather and mild temperatures!

  6. I just dance and hum along, haha, but that's common for me.

    1. Ashton - Now wait a minute, dear friend. I happen to know you listen to 60s music and know a thing or two about it, so don't sell yourself short. I'm actually finding surprisingly few blog friends who are familiar with music that was extremely popular in the land of the Dell. Anyway, it's nice of you to stop by, dear newlywed, and I'll be over to your blog shortly.

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  9. A little late getting to you my friend. I admit that looking at the lyrics I didn't have a clue but certainly learned a few things and certainly enjoyed the tunes a lot. We can always count on you to help us improve our musical knowledge. Thanks

    1. Hi, Odie! Thanks for enrolling in my college of musical knowledge, putting on your thinking cap and taking my "mom and pop quiz" this Sunday morning. I decided to grade this one as "pass-fail" and you passed with flying colors just by being here. Have a wonderful week ahead, good buddy!

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  12. Hi Shady...I'm a week behind now! Gag! We've had a sick Scootie, so we kept him to keep him from having to go to daycare. He's all better now, and back to his old tricks!

    I got four of your songs right, still love to hear 'Bernadette', The Four Tops were so good, they're songs always had something new, I mean, they didn't all sound alike. And, Sam and Dave are still favorites of mine. 'Hold on, I'm Coming' the best! And, they were great entertainers!

    Hope you're doing well...I'll cruise over to your newest post. You're not even on my reading list today, (what else is new?) See you soon!♫

    1. Hi Susan! (Do you want me to start calling you Suzanne?) While our friend Thisisme was flirting with the dunce cap you took the crown as the winner of this countdown contest! 4 out of 5 is admirable because few people could be expected to know the obscure flipside of "Karate Boogaloo" which itself was a rather obscure record by a local R&B band. I'm so sorry Scootie was under the weather and happy to know that he has recovered in time to enjoy Christmas. Thank you very much for checking in to this older post. I missed you and I'm so glad to see you back here!


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