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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Shawn & Gus Meet Hoss the Beat Boss!

Hi, I'm Shawn Spencer, renowned psychic sleuth,
male model and boy toy to a number of prominent
Santa Barbara socialites and debutantes.

This is my associate, Phineas T. Guster,
Mayor of Bootyville and closet philatelist.

A philatelist is 
a stamp collector.

Anything you say,
Gus. Did anyone
ever tell you
you're beautiful
when you're angry?

I'm also an expert on R&B music and today
we're going back in time to the year 1966.

Our assignment is to explore the
unsolved mystery of why so many
great rhythm and blues acts came
and went unnoticed by white folks.

I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation,
Gus...and if anyone can discern it...
it will be yours truly... me.

WAIT! A power is sweeping over me...
a strange force...I'm getting a vision...
In 1966 there was a large pink mongoose...
NO! NO, it was a TV SHOW, yeah, that's
the ticket... a syndicated R&B music
series called The !!!! Beat hosted
by Hoss Cartwright of Bonanza fame.

NO! WAIT!... It was hosted by
  Nashville DJ Bill "Hoss" Allen.

The !!!! Beat was taped at color
  facilities in Dallas. All of the
  rare videos you are about to
watch were taken from that
little known TV series.

The Dolls were a soulful girl trio from Texas that will be soon be featured in Shady's Bloggy award winning series Echoes of the Spectorian Era.
In this clip, the girls are on the Beat with "The Reason Why."

I'm getting something. I see the valley from whence these Dolls came. I see Neely O'Hara tossing Helen Lawson's wig into the toilet and Helen flushed with embarrassment...

The Radiants were a Chicago
R&B vocal group led by Maurice McAlister. Watch in awe as the Radiants put on a display of dazzling choreography and top notch showmanship performing Junior Walker's hit "Shotgun."

I'm picking up good vibrations, Gus. While you're watching the Radiants, I'll be using my keen powers of observation to ogle the Teen Beats, the program's fabulous go-go dancers, as
they get their kicks in the background.

From James Bond to The Man and Girl From U.N.C.L.E., secret spies captivated movie and TV audiences in the 60s. Up next is bluesy northern soul diva Mamie Galore who reveals that she's an operative and boasts of her unique qualifications.

I'm pretty sure Agent 007 met
Mamie Galore's sister...
the pilot in Goldfinger.

I really doubt it,

In 1964 'Bama born gospel and R&B songstress Mitty Collier reached #41 on the pop chart and made the top 5 on the R&B side with "I Had a Talk With My Man." Mitty performed her hit on an episode of The !!!! Beat.

Introducing Mitty is a man
who needs no introduction
but I'll do it anyway...
Hoss Cartwr Allen!

Here's another talented singer from Chi-town, Chuck Bernard, and on this installment of Hoss Allen's dance party, Chuck was talkin' about his baby.

My head is spinning and the spirits are near. In my mind's eye I can see Chuck recruiting the Teen Beats go-go girls as his backing singers!

James Timothy Shaw took the stage name The Mighty Hannibal and found success as a singer, songwriter and record producer. In this clip Hannibal sings the dance ditty "Jerkin' the Dog." Don't even go there, Shawn!

You always think the worst of me, Gus. I was simply going
to inform our viewers that
this Hannibal video includes the disgusting scene in which he makes Ray Liotta eat
his own brain.

Wrong Hannibal,

"The Life You Save May Be Your Own" was a short story by Flannery O'Connor which later became a traffic safety slogan warning about the dangers of drinking and driving. Southern soul man Joe Tex changed life to love and had a #2 R&B hit.

Here he is singing "The Love You Save (May Be You Own)" followed by "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires"
...Mr. Joe Tex!

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sam Moore and Dave Prater were leading exponents of the Stax Memphis sound. Uncharted at the time, their single "I Take What I Want" went on to become a classic. In this magic moment in music history, R&B giant Otis Redding introduces the dynamite duo on The !!!! Beat.

Catch me if I fall, Gus. I'm having another psychic episode. I see Sam and Dave dressed in bright red suits and looking almost as natty as I.

That wraps up our authentic chitlin' circuit R&B revue. It remains a mystery why some of these exciting performers didn't enjoy greater success.

This is Shawn Spencer, on behalf of
my partner, I.B. Flummoxed, bidding
you farewell for now. Don't miss
our scintillating series finale,
a medium rare episode entitled

"Jules of Denial."


Shawn's been into Jules, you know
Since the day they met
He thought he was her Romeo
And she his Juliet
A real psychic would have known
She had a thing for Lassie
Blindside! Shawn's dreams are blown
They eloped to Tallahassie!
For Shawn it's karma, payback
For breaking all the rules
"Lassie come home, backtrack,"
He cries. "Return my stolen Jules."



  1. Goodness me O Shady One! I'm the first one to the April Fool's Party today. My head is spinning too. Spinning so fast, it's going to leave my little body any minute. You do make me smile, dear friend. But we love you for it. I like to think of myself as an Honorary Dell Rat, and I'll have you know that I ALWAYS BEHAVE, as per our little Motto! My oh my, you look quite spooky in that last picture. Keep on making us happy Shadykins :)

  2. Hallo, dear Thisikins, and happy April Fools' Day to you! I do look rather ghoulish in that picture, don't I? It's good to know you always behave. Down through the ages, Dell rats have all been absolute models of decorum, especially Shadykins! :)

    Are you wearing your designer dunce cap again today, dear friend? :) I seem to have a knack for posting music and artists you never heard of and making references to movies and television series you don't know. Is it safe to assume that you have never seen Psych, the popular American TV series that concluded its impressive 8 season run on USA Network a few days ago? I hope the series comes to England in syndication. I know you're fond of Agatha Christie and Miss Marple and these boys are fun to watch as they solve crimes and mysteries week after week. In case they escaped you, other pop culture references in this piece include The Howdy Doody Show, the hit western series Bonanza, Jacqueline Susann's novel and hit movie Valley of the Dolls, Ian Fleming's Goldfinger, the fictional cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Freddy Cannon's hit record "Tallahassie Lassie."

    Well, I do hope you had some fun, dear Thisisme, even if nearly everything in this post went over your head. I sincerely thank you for coming over and bringing good cheer from across the pond. I hope you and Alfred and your entire family are in tip top shape these days and that your garden is growing vigorously under the bright English sun. God bless!

    1. Me again. I have heard of The Valley of the Dolls, though never seen it, and the only other show I have seen, and used to watch it avidly (mainly for Little Jo!) was Bonanza. That was such a great programme. Emma, Mark and Alfred are popping over just for a couple of days at the weekend, so I'm really looking forward to that. Emma always says, "How's Shady?".

    2. That's so nice of Emma to ask about me. I miss her from her Gawgus blogging days. I'm sure she reads your blog and knows how much I care about her, Mark, Eleanor and Alfred. I hope they enjoy their visit with you and have fine weather there in Devon.

      If you fancy Little Joe (Michael Landon), then you'll be happy to know he will be appearing in one of my posts a year from now. (Yes, I plan that far ahead :) So please stay tuned, dear Thisikins.

      Thank you very much for following-up, dear friend. I appreciate you!

  3. Kathryn AndersonApril 1, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    One of your funniest posts. I really enjoyed reading it. You really nailed the Guster ! I'm proud of you. You are very talented. But-- I always knew that... And don't worry, Thisisme .. I grew up here and still don't know half the groups he talks about.

    1. Hello and welcome, Kathryn Anderson! Any relation? (LOL) It's always a special occasion when you drop by SDM&M and I am very grateful for your generous comments today.

      You are not the kind of person who hands out compliments like confetti. That's why I am thrilled to know that you enjoyed my spoof on Psych. I read that James Roday (Shawn) and Dulé Hill (Gus) will be appearing together in Gravy, a new horror comedy movie written and directed by Roday that's due to be released at Halloween this year. We'll have to BOLO for it.

      Thank you very much, dear Mrs. Shady, for this generous mandate on my blogging. Your kind words are appreciated more than you'll ever know. Happy April Fools' Day!

    2. Well, thank goodness for that Kathryn Anderson.. I seem to be permanently wearing the Dunce's Cap these days :)

    3. I was actually shocked when Mrs. Shady came by for a visit and posted that nice comment, because she and I don't share the same taste in music. However, we do watch reruns of Psych every week and it's one of our favorite shows.

      I know you learn a lot from your visits to SDM&M, dear Thisisme, and I learn a lot from your comments. I am not being facetious when I tell you how surprising it is to learn that you are unfamiliar with many of the things I take for granted - music, movies and TV shows that are deeply ingrained in American culture. By the same token, I am keenly aware that I know next to nothing about all your experiences there in England. It makes me sad in a way but, at the same time, we are all here to share and to learn from each other. SDM&M is your window into my world and Southhamsdarling is my window into yours. It's an exciting opportunity for both of us.

      Thank you for sticking with me even when you have trouble relating to the content of my posts. You're a great friend, dear Thisisme!

  4. Well, I did better with the pop culture references today than the music even though I was alive and well and a freshman in college in 1966. That didn't prevent me from fully appreciating this creative presentation from the depths of your musical knowledge. Well done and very fun.

    1. Hi, dear Jeanie! My friend, your comment means a great deal to me and I thank you very much for it. It does my heart good to know that I put some fun into your day. Ever since I was a kid I loved to invite friends over to my place and entertain them. Sometimes I'd play a stack of records and gauge friends' reaction to them. Other times I'd show them my collection of model dinosaurs, classic cars, vintage airplanes or comic books or take them on a tour of my haunted house at Halloween. I always got a kick out of knowing that friends left my place feeling a little happier than when they arrived. SDM&M affords me that same opportunity today.

      Thank you again, dear friend Jeanie, for making my day happier with your generous comments. Stay safe and enjoy your Tuesday in Colorado!

  5. I hate to say it, but you even introduced some new acts to someone who is white and liked R&B from that era. Sam and Dave, and Joe Tex I knew. The others were a pleasure to be introduced to. I guess that is why your blog is never boring!!! Jerre

  6. Hi, Jerre! Thanks for stopping by, good buddy. Strange as it seems, I had a psychic premonition that you'd be here today! :) My favorite clips in this batch are "Shotgun" by Maurice and the Radiants with those amazing Teen Beats go-go dancers going wild in the background and Chuck Bernard's fine performance. That guy had a super smooth voice and could have been the next Marvin Gaye.

    Thank you very much for sampling songs with these psychic sleuths, Jerre. Stay tuned for the big Volume 3 of my Echoes series coming up next and stay tuned for this year's big exclusive interview in the weeks to come. I guarantee it will blow your mind!

  7. That Shady! I believe he has multiple personalities!!! You could have missed your calling, Shady, as a screen writer, though. I don't watch Pysch but it looks like a funny show!

    Now getting to the music (and dancing), I love the videos with the go-go dancers with the white boots! All the songs were new to me. I enjoyed the Radiants "Shotgun", Chuck Bernard, "Talkin' About My Baby" and Hannibal's "Jerkin' the Dog". Someday I'm gonna use those background dancers moves (minus the boots!)

    Happy April Fools' Day! Nice to see your Shady green face!

    1. Hi, Toni! Thanks so much for coming to my April Fools' Day bash, dear friend! It's very nice of you to suggest that I could make a go of it as a screen writer. I only wish you were a fan of Psych so that you could implant the voices of Shawn and Gus in your noggin as they introduce these performers and songs.

      What a coincidence! I was just telling Dell Rat Jerre (above) that my three favorite things in this post are the Teen Beats go-go dancers, the "Shotgun" performance by the Radiants and Chuck Bernard's song with the Teen Beats as his backing vocalists. It is very unusual to see black go-go girls in Sixties videos and the Teen Beats were two of the best I've ever seen. It's a real treat to have these rare 1966 Beat programs preserved so nicely - and in living color!

      Thanks again for your visit and kind comments, dear friend Toni. I hope you'll be back next time. Until then, take care, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  8. another hilarious episode on your blog!
    i did enjoy this one, the music was GREAT!
    i especially like the first group, but ALL of them were wonderful. so neat that the programs are available and in color... not that i like color better than black and white, its just nice to see all the fun 60s fabrics and colors!
    all the little dances were such a nice touch and made me want to get up and dance along.
    thanks for this one and all your wonderful comments, too!

    ~Abigail and Daisy

    1. Hi, Abigail! Hi, Daisy! I'm very excited to have you over and to know you liked the post. As Gus mentioned, the Dolls, the black girl trio from Waco, Texas, will be back on SDM&M performing another song in a future installment of my Phil Spector "Echoes" series.

      I agree that the sharp color of this well preserved program gives modern vintagers like you a chance to examine mid 60s fashions. It also gives you a glimpse of the 60s phenomenon of go-go dancing, in this case the Teen Beats, a rare set of black go-go girls, deftly executing the popular dances of the day including the Pony and the Mashed Potato. I think the dancer in green was especially good. She had all the right moves.

      I am truly grateful to have you as a friend, Abigail. You too, dear little Daisy! Thank you both for coming and for your kind and supportive remarks. Enjoy the rest of your Kansas week!

  9. Golly, I could be within the 24 hour post time, lol! Shawn and Gus sure spit them out tonite! And, I like all of them! The Dolls were very good, and Mamie Galore with her soulful and bluesy voice was pretty great...I was very impressed with her band.

    Whoa, Chuck Bernard! He was good with a great stage presence, and his back-up brought even more personality to the mood of the song! I believe this group had to be my favorite!

    Oh, Sam and Dave! A "Dynamic Duo"! I liked all of their stuff-I wasn't familiar with the one you presented, but,who cares? Just to see them perform, those two had "attitude"! And, their 'attitude' was my kind of music! I I miss them, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding.

    This is a great post sure to tell Shady I made it over same day, unless 9:00pm Texas time is past midnight Florida time!!! lol! I don't know...tell him anything, but also tell him "GOOD JOB"!

    One more thing...cute photo!

    1. I'm still burning the midnight oil, same day Suzie! Welcome welcome welcome! I think Chuck Bernard could have been the next Marvin Gaye, don't you? His voice was like buttah, but he only had one charted record that I can find, "Funny Changes" b/w "Every Hurt Makes You Stronger." "Funny Changes" made the top 40 on the R&B Singles chart. It's a shame Chuck didn't get a few more breaks and become a star.

      Yessum, it was surreal to see Otis Redding introducing the exciting duo of Sam & Dave. Their live performances were electrifying. In my research on Hoss Allen's The !!!! Beat, I learned that the bulk of the performances on the show were live and not lip synced. That makes this little known syndicated program all the more special. It was taped at a TV station in Dallas in 1966. I suppose you were still up in Kansas City at that time.

      Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the post, dear friend Suzanne, and thank you very much for hustling over here the first day. I hope you are having a great week and that the rest of it goes just as well for you. Good night, dear friend!

  10. I think you are right about Chuck being the next Marvin Gaye. I was very impressed with him. I think my favorite singer here was Mitty Collier so I looked her us and saw she is a preacher now and very well known for her humanitarian work.

    Loved the Dolls and the Radiant's dancing. I think Mamie Galore's song 'Secret Agent' was very timely and should have been a big hit. Every group or solo act here was fun to watch. Thanks so much, Shady. Have a great week.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming to this rare R&B show, hosted by Hoss Allen and the boys from Psych.

      Mitty Collier is one of the most respected female vocalists in soul and R&B music and it makes me happy to know you were so impressed by her that you were motivated to do additional research. You are the first reader to comment about Mitty and this fine performance of hers on The !!!! Beat singing her hit "I Had a Talk With My Man," a record that spent 10 weeks on the chart and brushed the top 40. I want to take this opportunity to praise another R&B giant, Joe Tex. I get the shivers watching Joe perform his heartfelt ballad "The Love You Save." Few people realize the extent of Joe's contributions and influence. He placed 24 records on the pop chart and had half a dozen top 5 hits on the R&B Singles chart. A spiritual lecturer in later life, Joe died of a heart attack while still in his 40s.

      Dear Belle, I am very happy to see you. Thank you again for coming, dear friend. Take care of yourself and your family and enjoy the rest of your week!

  11. ooh this post has come at a perfect time! ive just made an epic playlist on spotify for early girl groups and obscure 60s pop and rnb type groups! im going to see if these artists are on spotify to beef up my list a bit more!

    Also i saw this post today which i think you'll enjoy and is kinds of relevant to this post!

    And sorry i dont get the tv show reference, i dont think they show that programme in Australia... though i did decipher your Dell rat rhyme!

    1. Hello, Catherine! I'm delighted to see you, dear friend! I salute you for becoming what I call a "complete blogger." On your own blog you are exploring a range of topics that go beyond but are still related to your central theme. Today you demonstrated loyal friendship by visiting me here, discovering what I'm up to, taking genuine interest in the post and leaving a kind and generous comment about the music content even though the Psych cable TV series is not yet available in Australia. (When it arrives in syndication I hope you'll give it a whirl.) Best of all, Catherine, you recommended an article that you believed would interest me. It did, dear friend, and it means a great deal to me that you thought enough of me to suggest extra reading and research! I read every word of that post and enjoyed it thoroughly. I also subscribed to that blog. So, thank you for the link!

      This is what makes blogging great, Catherine. Two people on opposite sides of the world, opposite genders and vastly different in age, can find common ground, network with each other, exchange information and challenge each other to become better bloggers and better citizens of the world. It doesn't get any better than this! Thank you again for your visit and comments, dear Cat, and have a very happy Thursday!

  12. Great post Shady, I enjoyed listening to all these songs and I just loved the go-go dancers in the background!

    1. Hi, Sarah! Thanks for coming, dear friend! Aren't those go-go dancers something else, especially the one in green? I don't remember seeing black go-go dancers on any of the other American music/dance TV shows of the 60s. They really added a lot of excitement to this R&B showcase hosted by Hoss Allen.

      I'm delighted that you came by for a visit, dear friend. Enjoy the rest of your week and have a safe and happy English weekend!

  13. Holy Smokies! This post was filled to the brim with music, history, tv trivia, a tv show I've never watched, super cool go-go dancers..loved them and their white boots!! (I had a pair as a teeny bopper 13yr old in '66) and April Fool's day fun! I'm late to this celebration but still enjoyed all the goodies. The Radiants were my fav but I just couldn't get over the turban on Mighty Hannibal! I hope your week is going great and the weekend coming up finds tons of sunshine! I also want to thank you for your nice comments on my blog and I'm sorry you didn't realize that Eddy was Jordan's. But we love him and he's a big part of our family and will be a frequent visitor when..or maybe I should say if, Jord ever finds a house! We may not let him leave with Ed!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I am literally laughing at this moment. I thought I had a sure thing picking Psych as a show to spoof. I was sure that my readers were among the millions who watch the series. Turns out none of my readers watches the show with the exception of Mrs. Shady who left me a "mercy comment." :) Oh well, back to the drawing board! :)

      Well that does it, dear YaYa. You aren't shy about posting old pictures of yourself on your blog. I insist that you post at least one of you in your white go-go boots dancing on an elevated platform at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip! :)

      Yessum, I was very surprised to learn that good old Eddy is not technically your dog. Do you think Jord would consider moving away and leaving Eddy behind? Obviously, seeing Eddy on your blog helps fill the void left by the loss of my Toto last summer. I still ache inside every day, Kathleen.

      You are very sweet for writing such an uplifting and intelligent comment even though you never saw Psych. The series concluded its 8 season run a week ago. It will probably run forever in syndication. It is already available on Hulu and/or NetFlix so I hope you'll give it a try.

      Thank you very much for being a great friend, YaYa. Good night and have a pleasant Friday and a wonderful weekend. Give Eddy a hug and a pat for me. I love him!

  14. I have to tell you that just reading your comments to my BFF Yaya over at the Pines just makes my day. You are too funny and I hope we both get to meet you and your Mrs some day. You are incredible!

    P.s. I LOVED Hoss!!

    1. Hi, Donna! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I am thrilled to have you as a follower. The feeling is mutual. I always read your comments on Kathleen's blog and already feel like I know you. I am sincerely honored that you have chosen to add me to your circle of friends. Thank you very much for your kind and generous remarks here today. I promise to do my best to entertain you. Have a wonderful Wednesday, dear Donna, and I'll chat with you again soon!

  15. I loved this set of great music too, my favorites of this group are The Radiants! Their dancing and energy is so amazing. I wish their were still shows like this today, I completely missed out (silly me being born in 1990).

    1. Hi again, Amia! I am thrilled to find you browsing the back pages of SDMM and sampling the sounds of yesteryear. It is a shame in a way that you were "Born Too Late" (a song title by the Poni-Tails). The thing is, I never saw or even heard of Hoss Allen's syndicated R&B TV show until I came across it recently on YouTube. I might be wrong but I assume the program was not available in my Central Pennsylvania television market back in the mid 60s.

      Thank you so much for taking an interest in my blog, dear Amia. You are a wonderful new friend!


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