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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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#160 to #156)

 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 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:

she knocks me off my feet,
she makes my life complete

Maybe if she
Would come back to me
Then it can't go wrong

I'm gonna tell the F.B.I.
I might even get myself a secret spy

The kids would all sing
He would take the wrong key

All alone I'm destined to be 
With misery my only company.

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

160. "My Baby" - Temptations (November '65)

159. "Black Is Black" - Los Bravos (August '66)

158. "Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)" - Edwin Starr (February '66)

157. "Happy Jack" - The Who (April '67)

156. "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" - Four Tops (December '66)

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. I'm in the remedial class line, but that's OK because it means I'm learning even more! It was funny because when I opened this post, all the videos started playing at once and at first I thought it was a new song you'd put in as a blog opener! These were great to start the day off to a wonderful start, getting the brain moving and the blood flowing. Love your countdowns, my friend! Hope you and Mrs. Shady are having a wonderful week~

    1. Hi, Shelly! All the videos played at the same time? (LOL) What a fluke! I never heard of such a thing. You say you struggled with this batch of lyric clues? Well, it's too late for you to enroll in summer school but I'm confident you will pull up your GPA in the next installment of the countdown. Thanks for being here, dear friend Shelly, and enjoy your Texas Thursday!

  2. Hihi dear!

    How are you? I have hit four songs!hahaha
    I didn't remember the Four Top fabolous theme.
    My favourite song from your top is My Baby, it reminds me of good times, so lovely.
    Have a nice week!=)


    1. Hey, hey Paula! :) Remember that song by Paul and Paula? Hello to you, my dear friend Paula, the Mademoiselle of Rock & Roll! I'm very happy to see you! If you're telling me that you got 4 out of 5 of these correct, then you move to the head of the class and assume the title of Licensed Lyric Lover! Thank you very much for coming over and playing along, dear friend Paula, and enjoy the rest of your day and week!

  3. i shall go and enrol in remedial classes right now. i only got 1 right. The Who... (shame shame shame)

    1. Hello to you, dear Catherine! Only one right this time? Don't worry. There are worse fates than having to take remedial classes at the School of Rock. I hear that Jack Black is a groovy instructor. :) Did you ever hear of the hit 1974 disco record called "Shame Shame Shame" by Shirley & Company? Your comment reminded me of it.

      I'm delighted to see you here, Cat, and I very much hope you're feeling better and enjoying the Australian spring. I'll see you soon over at your space, dear friend. Good night!

  4. As you know, I'm a looser when it comes to this game (only in this era , I'll have you know!,LOL) BUT, I really enjoyed the tunes especially, "Standing in the Shadows" and anything by the Temptations!!! They are winners in my book!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hello, dear Toni, and thanks for dropping by to play Name That Tune! Based on your comment I gather that the sounds of the Sixties aren't your strong suit. Are you saying you prefer the Roaring Twenties? (LOL) I'm happy you liked the "Temps and Tops." As you might have noticed, my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell is a nearly equal mix of black acts and white acts and they alternate most of the way through the countdown.

      Thank you very much for visiting, playing and commenting, dear friend Toni, and have a safe and happy Thursday!

  5. I just dance and hum along, ha. But in my defense, even if I recognize lyrics I almost never know the song title or artist.

    1. Hi, Ashton! Zero out of five ain't bad, my friend, not if you still had a good time while you were here. This game is a challenging variation of Name That Tune because you must read lyrics and don't get to hear any notes. It's surprisingly difficult. Thanks for playing and commenting, dear friend Ashton!

  6. Well,hallo dear Shadykins. So sorry I'm late to the party, but I've got the most horrendous cold at the moment. Hacking cough, sore throat, can't breathe! BLAH!! Anyhow up, Guess what my dear friend? You're just not going to believe it, BUT - stand aside everyone - because Thisisme is at the VERY TOP OF THE CLASS TODAY! wOW! You never thought you would ever read that, did you? The dunce's cap has been thrown away and I shall enjoy my time in the sun, looking down at all the other poor peeps, who know nothing!! I knew all the songs today, knew the lyrics, so please send me my prize forthwith. Los Bravos really took me back. I just loved Black is Black. Well,must dash. Life is very busy when you're Dean of the College of Musical Knowledge! LOL!! Have a lovely weekend dear Tom.

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! Oh my, you've come down with a cold? I'm very sorry to learn of it, dear friend. Please rest, stay warm and drink a toddy.

      I must say that I am astounded by your perfect score on Name That Tune! You went from dunce to dean in a single bound! :) I wish our old friend Desiree could be here to congratulate you and present you with a gold star. I had never seen that rare Los Bravos video until a few weeks ago. It's quite something, isn't it?

      I'm delighted that you passed the test with flying colors, dear Thisisme, but very sad to know you've got the sniffles. Please take good care of yourself my straight-A friend and have a safe and happy weekend!

  7. Hi Shadykins. Just popped back to say how much your comments on my blog today made me smile!!! I refuse to believe that you used to slouch around like Eli in that photo!! Thank you for your get well wishes and a hot toddy sounds good to me. Take care my friend.

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! It's true, dear friend. I was a football watching, beer guzzling couch potato for many years. Then one day in 1992, I got sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and turned over a new leaf. I quit boozing, got on the treadmill and made exercise and clean living a high priority.

      Dear friend, the time has come for you to don your Catalina swimsuit and crown and march triumphantly down the catwalk as you begin your reign as Miss Name That Tune! I can hear Bert Parks serenading you and the judges and audience shouting their approval. Keep in mind that if, for any reason, you are unable to complete your reign, the title will go to the runner-up, Miss Spain - Paula - the Mademoiselle of Rock 'N' Roll!

      Thank you for more smiles and laughs, dear friend Thisisme, and please get well soon!

  8. Well then dear friend, I'm glad you saw the light as it were, and became the clean living young man that we all know and love today! I shall get ready for that catwalk - I might even turn that mini skirt out of my wardrobe again. Watch this space!! Hugs & Smooches coming your way.

    1. I forgot, dear Thisisme, that your legs were voted Best Gams on the Globe in 2011. Or was it 2010 ? Those were the days, my friend. Thank you so much for agreeing to walk the plank... or, I should say... the runway... as the paparazzi have a feeding frenzy snapping pictures of you! :)

      Thank you for the kind words, dear Thisisme. I have the very same love and respect for you, my sweet friend!

  9. I forgot to say, wasn't it a coincidence that I mentioned the Italian lakes and your other friend mentioned them as well!! Sorry, that's me finished now. I won't be back again - not on this post anyway!

    1. Hello stranger! (LOL) Dear friend, I love your repeat visits. Why don't you keep coming back here over and over again for the next five days? Maybe you'll get your name in the Guiness Record Book for most comments on a single post! :)

      Yessum, it was a coincidence that you and my friend Katia both mentioned Lake Maggiore in your latest posts. If you'd like to see her post, scroll down the right column of my page until you see my blog roll entitled I LOVE THE SMELL OF FRESH BAKED BLOGS IN THE MORNING! (LOL) Then, click on Diario Gitano and enjoy her post which includes some lovely pictures.

      Good night to you, dear friend Thisisme!

  10. Hi Shady and Hi to Thisisme too. This is a great lineup today. I would say my favorite song here is Black is Black. I looked up Los Lobos and found out they were a band from Spain. That is interesting. I expected a band from California. I haven't heard 'Happy Jack' for many, many years. I've always liked it. The Temptations and 4 Tops were great too.

    Thanks for a fun time listening and learning. Get better, Thisisme and God bless both of you!

    1. Hello, dear Belle! I'm delighted to see you, my friend! Your comment had me running to consult my Funk and Wagnalls. It states that Los Lobos was a Spanish and Mexican influenced band based in East Los Angeles, not far from where you grew up! I wonder what source told you they were actually from Spain.

      Anyway, I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed my music line-up and I thank you for your visit. I hope you, Liz, Dan, your mother and everyone in your family are doing well these days. I think about you very often, dear friend Belle. Enjoy your weekend!

  11. See! Now that our dear friend Belle has turned up, I have to return yet again! Don't know whether you will read this Belle, but it's lovely to see you here again. We've all missed you! Hope all is well with you and your family.

    1. Hallo again, dear Thisisme!

      To quote a popular song by Smokey:

      "I second that emotion!"

  12. I got four - dingdingdingding! Los Bravos, The Who, Temptations, and 4 Tops. The rest I'd never heard before so I didn't do too badly!

    1. Hello, dear karen! Four out of five correct is indeed an excellent score, earning you the title of Licensed Lyric Lover. You are also tied with our runner-up, Miss Spain, Paula aka Mademoiselle Rock & Roll. Do you realize what this means? If our winner, Miss England (Thisisme) is unable to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of Miss Name That Tune in the coming year, then you, Miss Orange County, will compete against Miss Spain for the crown. You will both be given flint and combustible material and the first one to make fire wins! :)

      Thank you very much for playing, dear friend karen, and have a wonderful weekend!

  13. I'm glad you can't see my face as I read was a shade of red..I got the big 0..but I did know the songs and artists..just not the lyrics without seeing the artists or hearing the songs..wait, does that even make sense? I'm getting my backpack and school lunch packed as I head off to the school of rock. Holy Cow, I live only an hour from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...except for me it's the Hall of shame! But as always, I learned a good lesson from a good friend! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hello, dear YaYa, and welcome to another platter party! I hate to break it to you, dear friend, but you are not allowed to enroll at the School of Rock unless you guessed at least one song. You scored a goose egg! Seems to me you should have at least known "Happy Jack." :) Tell ya what I'm gonna do... seeing as how you're a very good friend of mine, I'm gonna bend the rules, rubber stamp your application and slip you through the door.

      YaYa, you are hereby

      I'm very happy to see you, my dear friend. I hope you had fun here and I wish you, Jack, Eddy, your mother and everyone in your family a terrific weekend!

  14. Kathleen Mae SchneiderSeptember 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Well, you guys are head and shoulders above me! I don't know how you do it. First you are able to understand the lyrics to these songs in the first place and then you actually remember them separated from the music! I'll have to admit defeat because all except "Black is Black" were new songs to me, and I had to look up the lyrics to understand them. (Oh dear, that means I cheated on the test, doesn't it?!) I liked them well enough, though I might need to hear them several more times to let them "grow" on me a bit.

    You positively won't believe this one: I just heard "My Sharona" and "Call Me" on the radio when I was driving the other day. If I hadn't first heard them here, they would have gone in one ear and out the other. Instead, I found myself singing along! (Thankfully I was the only one in the

    So I figure this is the best way to learn. I'd like to avoid detention if possible, so please may I just audit the course next time?

    1. Hello, dear Kathleen, and thank you for being a contestant on Name That Tune! I regret to inform you, however, that you were caught on a surveillance camera trying to copy off Thisisme's paper! We can't have that... not in my class! :) I'm afraid you'll have to sign up for private tutoring (along with Shelly, Toni, Ashton and YaYa) in order to bring your grade up to snuff.

      You say you heard "My Sharona" and "Call Me" on the car radio the same day? What are the chances of that?

      Two questions:

      1) Are you sure it wasn't "My Bologna" by Weird Al? In other words, did you hear an accordion playing throughout? :)

      2) Did you hear Blondie's version of "Call Me" or the Maria Brink/In This Moment remake?

      You wrote: << If I hadn't first heard them here, they would have gone in one ear and out the other. Instead, I found myself singing along! >>

      That's quite a compliment, Kathleen. That's what we're here for!

      Keep it here on SDMM:

      Here are some of our other slogans:

      The Land of Wall-To-Wall Music!

      Playin' stax-o-wax
      at the greatest lil station 'n the nation.

      Chasin' the blues just minutes from news.

      Official SDMM jingle:

      ANNOUNCER: I'm looking out over that Susquehanna River Bridge on another gorgeous sunny Saturday and I'm seein' that bumper to bumper traffic.

      CHORUS: Don't you remember ('member 'member) ...

      ANNOUNCER: It's your favorite station, in your favorite city, The City by the Dell, the city that rocks and the station that knocks your socks... S - D - M - M!

      (Yessum, start Googling!)

      Thank you very much for coming over to take my mom and pop quiz, dear friend Kathleen, and have a safe and happy weekend!

    2. Kathleen Mae SchneiderSeptember 14, 2013 at 6:37 AM

      Hey! I'll have you know that I could not only correctly identify "My Sharona" from those first infectious rhythms from the drums and bass, I could actually remember the lyrics! It was definitely The Knack I heard. I was also proud of myself that I instantly recognized Blondie's voice in "Call Me". So there!

      If Weird Al ever found out some of the words I think I hear in many rock songs, he'd hire me on the spot!

      Your slogans and jingles really provide a flashback to the old WSBA that always seemed louder and bolder than any other AM stations in the York area.

      Thanks for getting my morning off to a great, smiling - even laughing- start, Professor. You do the best teaching by example, you know. I appreciate especially the Trafax report and how it gives a whole new meaning to "A Blast from the Past"...

    3. Hello again, dear Thisisme... uh, I mean Kathleen! (force of habit) Yessum, if you ever decide you've have a bellyful of Shady and his feeble attempts at humor and decide to abandon me, I'm certain that Weird Al Yankovic would be happy to have you join him as a songwriter and collaborator. I hope it doesn't come to that!

      I'm glad you enjoyed my station slogans and jingle. To give credits where they are due, the first one is a popular television news slogan and the last three are taken from the novelty record "Top 40 DJ's" by the comedy team of Hudson and Landry. The jingle was ripped from the 1985 Jefferson Starship hit "We Built This City" with a few of the words changed.

      So you see, dear Kathleen, most of my humor is not original at all - it is recycled garbage. :) Perhaps a bride's wardrobe would be a better analogy:

      something old
      something new
      something borrowed
      something blue

      Thank you very much for the curtain call, dear friend Kathleen, and have a super Saturday up your way.

      P.S. - If you go to the York Fair, be sure to throw a few balls at the dunk tank clown for me. He was always my favorite attraction:

      "High and dry... high and dry...
      high and dry and lookin' for a ball player."

  15. Hi Shady, it's your runnin' late, back 40 blogger! Sorry, I'm just now getting here. Computer modem went down, have been underground off an on most of the week. We finally got up and running again. Friday the 13th was just that! A dear friend and co-worker sick and in the hospital, and, a hard day's nite at work all week, so I've gotten a couple of extra days off work this week, YAY! It's been a busier month than usual for us-and dealing with upper 90's temps.

    Sorry for the soapbox! I am still smiling and laughing through it! I just listen to the music and roll with it!

    I'm afraid I only guessed 3 of your songs...amazingly I got 'Black is Black' right off! You got quite a response on this post Shady, it was a killer! I remember Edwin Starr, but didn't pick up on that song. And, The Temps and Four Tops are the best!

    Again, I'm sorry to be dragging up the rear! Hope you have a wonderful week! Keep the music coming!♫

    1. Hi, dear Suzanne! Sorry about all your hassles this past week. I'm happy to learn they're behind you now and delighted that you found time to party with me.

      Cheer up, dear friend: 3 out of 5 ain't bad. You get bonus points with me for being the only person to mention "S.O.S." by Edwin Starr. It's certainly one of his greatest recordings and a personal favorite of mine. How do you like that European picture sleeve for "Black Is Black" - "Beat for Beaters?"

      The response this time was very good but it was inflated by repeat visits from our dear friend Thisisme who is trying to get herself into the Guiness Record Book for most comments on a single post! (LOL)

      Thank you very much for swinging over for a visit, dear friend Suzanne. Let's keep doing our cooler weather dance and see if we can bring this string of 90+ days to an end... maybe by Christmas!

  16. Tom, I am once again ashamed to be dancing and humming along! Some day I'll get the lyrics! I'm usually quite good at knowing lyrics! I promise! How was your weekend? I hope it was nice. I had today off from work which was a nice start to the week.

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma! Don't be ashamed, dear friend. You're in good company. A few of the other regulars are also dancers and hummers this time around. Maybe next time, okay?

      I had a very good weekend except for the constant heat and humidity which refuses to go away. This has been the hottest summer in recent memory and I have never been more eager for fall to kick in.

      Thank you very much for your visit and for playing Name That Tune with me, dear Emma. I hope your week is also going well.

  17. I'm lyrically challenged, I only got two right (Stop her on Sight and Standing in the Shadows of Love)!

    Both are such great songs though, the Four Tops are actually one of my favourite 60s bands. I hope you are having a lovely week Shady.

    1. Hi, Sarah! My week always gets better when you arrive for a visit!

      You know your Soul music, dear friend. It amazes me how Edwin Starr became much more popular in your country than he was stateside, his records constantly in demand at Northern Soul clubs. The Four Tops produced some of the most listenable and danceable recordings in the Motown catalog and I'm excited to know that you like them as much as I do.

      You might be lyrically challenged, Sarah, but you excel a friend. Thank you very much for your comment and have a wonderful evening there on the outskirts of London!


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