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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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#170 to #166)

 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 from five
of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 60s.
Your mission, Jim, if you decide to accept it, is to

 Name That Tune. 

Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric samples
for the next five Dell songs in the countdown:

 in your head, baby, I'm afraid 
 you don't know where it is

 I'm glad I've finally opened up my eyes 
 And pushed the fear of love, 
 the fear of love aside 

 don't worry, 
 Take your time, don't hurry 

 You try hard to hide 
 the emptiness inside 

 Deliver me from reasons why 
 You'd rather cry, I'd rather fly. 

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

170. "Somebody To Love" - Jefferson Airplane (April '67)

169. "I'm Ready For Love" - Martha & The Vandellas (December '66)

168. "Nowhere Man" - Beatles (March '66)

167. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" - Temptations (November '66)

166. "The Crystal Ship" - Doors (June '67)

How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your music 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! I am one of the lyrically challenged. But that doesn't stop me from enjoying some great music. All of these were great to listen to this morning and seeing Jefferson Starship makes me want to go Google them and see what they're up to.

    I also want to know what a Vandella is and so while I'm at it, I'm going to Google that, too.

    Thank you once again, friend Shady, for a stellar lineup and an unbeatable quiz. I hope the rest of your week is uber-wonderful!

    1. Hi, Shelly! I'm glad you didn't ask me those tough questions because it would have required me to do some Googling of my own. Imagine if modern technology had existed during the Sixties and performances by bands like the Jefferson Airplane and the Doors had been recorded in high definition. What a thrill that would be! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, dear friend Shelly. Thank you for your visit and comment and have a terrific Tuesday!

  2. Hi dear Tom. I did smile, that our friend Shelly was going to Google to see what a Vandella was!!! Really enjoyed the lineup you had for us today, and I did know most of the songs, so I wasn't quite lyrically challenged today. Yay! No dunce's cap for me this time my friend. (That brings back memories of our friend Desiree, doesn't it?!). I often wonder what she is up to these days. Hope you're well over there in downtown Floriday. Smooches to you and see you again soon.

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! I can picture our friend Desiree still wearing her dunce cap from way back when. I miss her. I'm glad you weren't completely stumped by my mom & pop quiz. Thank you very much for coming over for a look and a listen, dear friend, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  3. Great songs, although I would have failed the lyrics test. I'm not good at correlating song titles with actual songs.

    Hope all is well with you!

    1. Hello, dear Ashton! You might fail the lyrics test but when it comes to being a television producer you pass with flying colors. I will be over soon to watch your sound check. Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Ashton, and please take care.

  4. I did OK - got Jefferson Airplane, Beatles, and the Doors all right as those were right in my glory days. Once I saw the other ones, I had to smack my forehead for not trying a little harder. Oh well - fun post!

    1. Hi, dear karen! Belle, another blog friend of mine, grew up in San Berdoo. I have come to realize through her comments that classic rock bands were more popular on the west coast than were soul groups. At any rate I am very pleased that you swung on over here to participate in my countdown quiz. Thank you so very much, dear friend karen, and have a wonderful Tuesday evening!

  5. Hello Shady - I'm afraid I failed with a big 0, a bit like grade eleven I'm afraid! I only knew two songs, "Nowhere Man" and "Somebody to Love," both of which I enjoyed today as much as I did back then. I noticed the Vandellas wore some beautiful dresses in their photo ops. I used to like what the Supremes wore too. I think "Light My Fire" is the only Doors song I know. Nice to hear a new one. Thanks for the tunes, dear friend.

    1. Hi Belle! I realize you stayed up all night cramming for this exam and you get an A for effort. Fear not. You didn't flunk, dear friend. Two right (lyrically challenged) is a passing grade. You will not need to take remedial classes this summer at the School of Rock and you will not be required to wear the dreaded dunce cap. "The Crystal Ship" was the B side of the Doors' single "Light My Fire." It was more of a listening song than a dancing song but was nevertheless quite popular at the Dell. Yessum, Berry Gordy made sure that his Motown artists looked their best and his girl groups wore a variety of beautiful dresses during the 60s. Thank you for looking and listening, dear friend Belle, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

  6. Reserve the dunce cap for me, my friend... I cannot believe it but I couldn't place any of these lyrics off the top of my head, although I knew I'd heard them all. When I scrolled down and saw the songs I was doubly disappointed in myself because I know and love every one of them! I will just blame this on the fact that it is way past my bedtime and I'm very tired. I know, excuses excuses. (LOL)

    Always good to check in with you, dear Shady! This really is a great list of music you put together for us. I'm Losing You and The Crystal Ship are probably my favorites off the list but I wouldn't change the radio station on any of these songs.

    I hope that this finds you and Mrs. Shady and Toto happy and well. Until next time... :)

    1. Hi, Jenn June! I'm sure nobody could rock a dunce cap as well as you, dear friend. :) Don't beat yourself up. I, too, find it surprisingly difficult to play Name That Tune using only printed song lyrics. If you could have listened to the first few notes of each one I'm sure you would have hit the buzzer and got them all right in seconds flat. It's a joy to have you here, my dear friend. Thank you for coming and playing and enjoy the rest of your week, dear Jennifer!

  7. OK, you got me this time, Shady! Not only am I running two days behind, I am also lyrically challenged! I got Jefferson Airplane and the Beatles right. I know all of these songs, but like you said, hearing the lines and reading them are two different events, lol! And, they are all great songs too! I always liked the Temps (I know) I'm Losing You.

    So, back to class for me! A fun post, and, a surprise 'pop quiz'...we all need those from time to time, and you're the guy to give them. Hope you're doing well Shady with pleasant February weather. See you soon!♫

    1. Hello, dear Suzanne! Yessum, you are two days late. I hope you brought a note from home! (LOL) In addition, you have joined the ranks of the lyrically challenged and therefore I must ask you to stay after class to be tutored! I'm surprised you only got 2 out of 5 because you have proven yourself to be a music whiz. You're right, though. Even I had to double check my work because it's much more difficult to name that tune when you are reading words instead of hearing notes. Weatherwise, we hit 80 or higher today and I had the air conditioner running. Spring has sprung. Thank you very much for making the long journey here from Ft. Worth, dear friend. I hope Karo's feeling better and I wish you a very happy evening!

  8. Kathleen Mae SchneiderFebruary 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I'm afraid Bob and I are way below all the grades you've given above. We were both both beginning our teaching careers at that time and frankly weren't paying attention in class! Neither of us are good at lyrics even when listening to a song, let alone seeing them without hearing. We need more than remediation - we need to repeat a grade!

    Thanks for a good memory jogger and great post, Tom.

    1. Hi, Kathleen/Bob! Looks like summer school's going to be packed this year, a veritable who's who of my loyal followers! (LOL) I don't want either of you to feel ashamed just because you... how can I put this delicately? --- FLUNKED! (LOL) Take heart. As you see, the countdown is only at #165. That means you will have many more opportunities to pull up your GPA before the series comes to an end in the year 2072. All that matters to me is that you were kind enough to come by and say hello. I hope you're all doing fine up there and taking pity on me down here sweating in 90 degree heat! Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend Kathleen!


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