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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

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#155 to #151)

 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:

No more black or white.
No more left or right.

And will they struggle much when told
that such a tender touch as hers 
Will make them not the same

I can make like a turtle and
dive for your pearls in the sea

Your eyes no longer 
have that glow.
Your smile no longer 
shows that warm hello

I gotta have ya, honey
Please say that you’ll be mine
‘cause I’ll love you forever, girl
Till the end of time.


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

155. "I’m Going to Change The World" – The Animals
(December 1965, B side of "It's My Life")

154. "Along Comes Mary" - The Association
(June 1966, highest chart position #7)

153. "Sunshine Superman" - Donovan
(August/Sept. 1966, highest chart position #1)

152. "If You Don't Want My Love" - Four Tops 
(Sept. 1967, B side of "You Keep Running Away")

151. "Dark Side" - Shadows Of Knight
(March 1966, B side of "Gloria")

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. Oh hum! Think I had better get my name down quick for the Remedial School of Rock! I wonder if I'll be the only one signing up. I recognized several of the acts today but, shame on me, I didn't recognize the lyrics. Do hope that all is well with you dear Shadikins. I'm late again, and I'm wondering why I'm the only one here?! Where is everybody ?!

    1. Hallo hallo hallo, dear Thisisme! Where is everybody, you ask? That's a darn good question. I was just about to check my privacy settings when you came through the door! (LOL) I'm very happy to see you, dear friend.

      I'm glad you knew at least some of the acts on today's entertainment roster but I'm afraid you'll have to wear the dunce cap if you didn't recognize the lyrics. The good news is that I had a special monogrammed dunce cap made bearing your initials! :)

      I hope the January gales have subsided over there in England and have been replaced by blue skies and balmy temperatures.

      Thank you very much for coming to see me, dear friend Thisisme, and have an excellent week ahead!

  2. To Sir, with love: I did recognize one of the lyrics..thank you Donovan. However, I'm more pleased with the fact that I recognized every artist featured in this assignment. In fact, I had a vision of some lovely slow dancing to the song, "Dark Side" with the Shadows of Knight. I'm imagining some Dell Rats enjoying this when it was played! So, I might only have earned a 1 on this assignment and even if Eddy did eat my homework...I'm hoping for atleast a C-. Your friend, YaYa

    1. Hello, dear YaYa! (or should I call you Lulu? :)

      So you're claiming that poor Eddy ate your homework, huh? With all those delicious steaks and other goodies you serve at Whispering Pines that sounds like a flimsy excuse but I will accept it and give you a C-. Besides, you get extra credit for knowing every featured artist and you have the whole year to pull up your GPA... so start cramming!

      You are absolutely right. "Dark Side," the garage blues B side of "Gloria," was a popular slow dance number at the Shady Dell and the up tempo A side was an even bigger hit with the Rodentia Intelligentsia.

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear YaYa. I hope your pipes don't freeze in the midst of this brutal cold wave. It's going to dip into the upper 20s here in Central Florida by Wednesday morning, so I can only imagine what you'll have to deal with. I'll be thinking about you, dear friend. Take care!

  3. Sadly, I didn't know any of your lyrics Tom! I really need to brush up on my music knowledge!! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

    PS. I'm wondering if you've seen the new David O. Russell film American Hustle, I really enjoyed the soundtrack! (and the film was great too)

    Emma x

    1. Hi, Emma! Thanks for stopping by, dear friend! I'm sorry you drew a blank on this mom & pop quiz of mine. Better luck next time!

      No, I haven't seen American Hustle yet, but I love Amy Adams and Louis C.K. and I hope to see it soon. Thanks for letting me know about it. Are you going to post a review on your blog?

      Thanks again for being such a great friend, dear Emma. I hope your week and your year are both off to a great start!

  4. Thisisme....I'm right there with you! But there's nothing wrong with learning new tunes! Professor Shady...I still dance and hum regardless! Good post!

    1. Hi, Bouncin Barb! It looks like I'll need to build an annex to hold all the people who are just dancing and humming along! (LOL) You and Thisisme can dance together because at the Shady Dell that was a common sight. Most of the guys were like me - two left feet - and content to sit on the sidelines and girl watch.

      Don't worry about flunking today's quiz, BB. All that matters is that you had some fun while you were here. (Don't forget to tip your waitress when you leave.)

      Good night, dear friend, and have a great week!

  5. OH Man! I'm with Thisisme...better start cracking that whip Shady! I know all of these songs, but only one group of words came to mind with the Association, who, I did like. I love the Animals, but, I think they just mumbled back then-I couldn't understand a word they sang, lol! And, Donovan's Sunshine Superman was a real good to sing along with. You really got me on this one Shady! And, I'll have to come back, your videos aren't coming forward for me and I want to hear the Dark Side. That song title doesn't sound familiar, so, I need to listen to it. Karo came over earlier, but he didn't know any of the words to your songs, so he gave up! Thank you for visiting his blog earlier this evening.

    I'm sorry for being so late, it's been a busy Sunday, picking up Christmas debris, and, we've had a very cold wind today and it's still blowing now. We're really expecting temps in the teens tonite, brrrr!

    This was a great test, looks like there are a few of us blindfolded at the blackboard, lol! Thanks Shady! We're going to have to really study for the next one! Have a wonderful week, see you later! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne! I can't figure out why you are often unable to play my embedded videos. That's a bummer, isn't it? I hope you'll keep trying if you never heard "Dark Side" before.

      I think mumbling, mispronouncing words and substituting song lyrics were all part of Eric Burdon's charm. Some like that sort of thing and some don't. I kinda like it. It's probably a guy thing.

      Karo put up a nice tribute to Phil Everly and I'm glad he did. I was delighted to hear you and Karo performing "Bye Bye Love." I wish you and/or he would post more of your home studio recordings on your blogs. (Get the other Suzanne to join in and make it a trio! :)

      The teens over your way? Well, we're finally in for it, too. We're expecting near freezing tomorrow night and even lower the next night. Even so, there are many parts of the country that would trade places with me or with you.

      Thank you ever so much for taking my brain buster quiz this evening, dear friend Suzanne. Stay warm and I'll be connecting with you again soon!

  6. yes! i gone one! the Donovan one of course! One of my favourite songs of his too!

    1. Hi, Catherine! I assumed you'd recognize the Donovan lyrics, having just read all about his life and music. I'm sorry you didn't get the Animals song and the others but I hope you enjoyed the tunes regardless. That Animals side is very familiar to me because I played it on my turntable at home as often as the A side, "It's My Life."

      Your kind visit and comment make me very happy indeed, Cat. Thank you! Good night and have a wonderful Tuesday, dear friend!

  7. I'm a zero, but at least I remembered most of the songs when I saw the answers. I'm listening to Along Comes Mary.


    1. Hi, Janie Junebug! You're not a zero in my book... you're a perfect 10! :)

      This set of songs reveals the shift taking place in music in the mid 60s. Motown groups like the Four Tops were still singing love songs including songs about the agony of love ("If You Don't Want My Love"). Dylan, the Beatles and other artists were ushering in the songwriter era. Songs adopted mature themes, addressed social issues and boasted more complex, intellectually stimulating lyrics such as those found in "Along Comes Mary," and "Sunshine Superman."

      Thank you for coming by, dear friend Janie. I hope you and your doggies stayed warm overnight. Have a great day and come again soon!

    2. I'm listening to Donovan now. I loved him. Music really changed when songs started to address Vietnam.

    3. Right! I started at Penn State just as the protests and demonstrations were ramping up. Then came the Kent State massacre and my parents and many others who listened to the breaking news bulletins thought they were were saying it happened at Penn State. Panic ensued.

      Thanks for the return visit, dear Janie. My mission (and I HAVE decided to accept it) is to put a smile on your face, at least while you're here.

      Enjoy the rest of your wintry day in Florida!

  8. Ok, Shady,so I'm a loser once again on your "name that tune" post. But, I did know 2 songs very well, that must count for sometime! "Along Comes Mary" and "Sunshine Superman" must be true classics to be ingrained in my memory. Geez, I would be the best contestant if you ever go 70's or 80's!!! Have a wonderful day down there in the cold but, not SO cold FL!!

    1. Hi, Toni! Thanks for coming to this week's platter party!

      As I was just telling Janie Junebug, those two songs that are burned into your memory were a sign of the changing times. By the spring of 1966, songs like "Venus" and "Poetry in Motion," songs about teenage love, unrequited love and summer lifestyle were old school and fading in popularity. Introspection was in. Songs about protest and rebellion, sex and drugs, civil rights and social consciousness were replacing traditional love songs on the record chart.

      You're right, dear friend. It's a cold day here in Florida with a nasty, stiff breeze that makes it feel even worse, but I'm sure there are many people in the upper mid west who would gladly trade places with me.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Toni. Stay warm and I'll talk to you again soon!

  9. Late for a very important friend's blog…so so sorry! Even sorrier I flubbed the dub! I'm afraid my brain is frozen and jet lagged. We went to our niece's wedding in Houston but it required two days in the airport to get there with way too many flight delays to mention. Return trip only had one delay and one change of gate. Of course at the opposite end of the concourse, but we were able to depart eventually so I should not complain. Oh well, but I am , so there. Glad to be back in time to take your musical test but I must admit until I scrolled down and saw the answers I had NO CLUE! Well done Tom, I was really tested and enjoyed the test which I must admit was something I rarely enjoyed in school, lol! Big hugs and thanks for another fun post! Happy New Year to you and yours!

    1. Hello, big hugs and happy new year to you, dear Sush! I'm sorry to learn about your travel woes. Yours was one of countless nightmare situations encountered by people around the nation. It's been windy and cold here in F-L-A but fortunately a warming trend starts today.

      If you enjoy thawing out your brain by taking tests I hope you'll come here often throughout the coming year. I will challenge your musical knowledge with nearly every post, add some fun to your day and leave you with something to think about and something to smile about.

      Thank you very much, dear Sush, for brightening my day with your visit and comment. Once again, happy new year to you and your wonderful family!

  10. I'll just dance and sing along, Tom. Loved hearing the Association and Donovan. I really liked those songs when they came out. The Association and the Animals were worlds apart in music, yet I loved them both.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! I'm sorry my lyrics quiz stumped you, but there's always the next one. The important thing is that you added some music to your day and had some fun while you were here.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Belle, and have a great weekend!


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