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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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Remembering Helen



The following song reminds me of a
very special person, the first lady
of the Shady Dell, Helen Ettline.

Unforgettable, Helen.

That's what you are!
We love you and miss you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stonefield Rocks!


And now, Weekend Update

with Chevy Chase!

 Why don't we try 
 that thing with 
 the blindfold, 
 whipped cream 
 and a flock of 


 gotta go! 

 Hello, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not. 

 Our top story tonight... 
 Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. 

 And now, in keeping with our policy 
 to present responsible opposing viewpoints, 
 here with an editorial reply is Emily Litella. 

 What's all this fuss I keep hearing... 
 about Seinfeld playing rock music? 
  Doesn't he make enough money as a comedian? 
 Does he think he has to be a rock star, too? 

 Uh, Miss Litella... 

 Why should Seinfeld have all the glory? 
  Elaine, George and Kramer aren't 
 good enough to join his band? 
 And what about Newman?... 

 Miss Litella... 

 Does Seinfeld sing songs about nothing? 
  Not that there's anything wrong with that! 

 Miss Litella... 

 What? What?... 

 The up-and-coming rock band that 
 everybody's talking about is Stonefield
 not Seinfeld.....Stonefield

 Oh...well that's very different... 

 Never mind! 

They've been called the female equivalent of Deep Purple.
Stonefield is an Australian band made up of four sisters, 
Amy, Hannah, Sarah, and Holly Findlay.

 "Black Water Rising" (June 2011 single, 
  double A side with "Yes Master") 

Born in a small rural town in Victoria, the Findlay girls
grew up listening to the music their parents loved - 
old school classic rock of the 70s.

The sisters became avid fans of edgy bands
that included Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix,
Fleetwood Mac and Frank Zappa.

 "Put Your Curse On Me" (July 2013 single, 
 track from October 2013 album Stonefield) 

The girls learned to play instruments
and in 2006 formed a band.

  "Love You Deserve"  
 (track from Oct. 2013 album Stonefield) 

The Findlays developed into a sensational act
with a soulful, psychedelic, glam rock sound.

 "Yes Master" (June 2011 single, 
 double A side with "Black Water Rising") 

Calling themselves Stonefield, the sisters played
locally and won battle of the band competitions.

They progressed to making records and
cultivated an international following.

  "Through the Clover"  
 (track from Nov. 2010 EP Through the Clover) 

The Findlay girls write most of their own material
and flavor their rock recipe with killer kovers.

All of the songs you are listening to in this post are
originals written by the gifted sisters of Stonefield.

  "Ruby Skies"  
 (track from May 2012 EP Bad Reality) 

And there you have it, Stonefield (not Seinfeld)... of the best bands in the land down under
or any other... four sisters who are keeping
classic 70s rock alive by performing it
authentically to the delight of their
many fans around the world.

 And now as a public service to those 
 of our viewers who have difficulty 
 with their hearing, I will repeat the 
 lead story of the day aided by the 
 headmaster of the New York School for 
 the Hard of Hearing, Mr. Garrett Morris. 
 Our top story tonight... 


 Generalissimo Francisco Franco 
 is still dead.


 Goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow. 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Austin Powers Presents: Valentine's Day is All About Love, Baby - Yeah!

 Allow myself to introduce...(long pause)...myself. 

 I'm Austin Powers...super secret spy, 

 international man of mystery, bon vivant, 

 swinging playboy and irresistible babe magnet. 

 London is my home, shag is my bag, 

 planet earth is my playground and 

 danger is my middle name, baby. 

Your regular host, Shady Del Knight is indisposed.
Seems his mum caught him using one of those Swedish-
made pump thingies and he needed to stay home and
do some damage control. Shady asked me to serve
as guest host for his Valentine's Day salute to love.
I intend to introduce you to the very best in vinyl.
After the Tupperware party I'll spin some records.

 That's a joke, baby, oh go on now, 

 I saw you smiling just then, mate - YEAH! 


The international hit "Downtown" breathed new life
into the career of Petula Clark, a woman in her 30s
who had been singing easy listening pop standards
since the World War II years.

"Downtown" and the long string of hits that followed gave
Pet a youthful sound and image and she became the most
popular British female artist in America. She had English
songwriter, producer and arranger Tony Hatch and his
composing partner Jackie Trent to thank for giving her
high quality songs to record. "You'd Better Come
Home" was Petula Clark's third U.S. hit.

 "You'd Better Come Home" - Petula Clark 
 (August 1965, highest chart position #22) 


One of Philly's Phinest, soulful songbird Sheila Ferguson
is best known as lead singer of the Three Degrees during
their most successful period in the 70s when the girl trio
produced a string of hits under Kenny Gamble and Leon
Huff at Philadelphia International. In the mid 60s before
joining The Three Degrees, Sheila released solo singles
including "Don't (Leave Me Lover)," a song she wrote
herself and one of the greatest uncharted records ever!

 "Don't (Leave Me Lover)" - Sheila Ferguson 
 (June 1965, uncharted) 


Don't get these Orchids confused with the U.S. girl group
that released the Ellie Greenwich-Jeff Barry penned
"That Boy Is Messing Up My Mind" in 1963.

The British Orchids, aka The Blue Orchids, were three
14 year old girls from Coventry who started making
records that same year.  The Orchids got the gang
boppin' on Ready Steady Go with their debut
single "Gonna Make Him Mine."

 "Gonna Make Him Mine" - The Orchids 
 (released in UK September/October 1963, 
 footage from Ready Steady Go!


UK bird Marie Antoinette Daly recorded 6 singles
starting when she was only 13. Three of her 
records were covers of American girl group
hits and three were original compositions.
Using her middle name on record releases,
Antoinette adopted a bratty vocal style
influenced by American girl groups like
the Shangri-Las.  In 1964 Antoinette
and her backing band The Fingers
recorded a song written by English
girl pop producer Charles Blackwell.
"There He Goes (The Boy I Love)"
is considered her career best.

 "There He Goes (The Boy I Love)" - Antoinette 
 (1964, uncharted) 


Tammy St. John was yet another precocious singer, only 15 when she recorded the dramatic, lushly orch-
estrated ballad "Dark Shadows and Empty Hallways," a cover of a 1965 single released by the U.S. duo Diane and Annita. Tammy St. John's version became the better known and is regarded today as
one of the greatest Brit girl recordings of the 60s.

 "Dark Shadows and Empty Hallways" 
 Tammy St. John  (1965, uncharted) 

 I hope these super sounds put you in 

  a shagadelic mood, baby. Oh behave! 

 This is Austin Powers... 

 international man of mystery 

 (and music history)... 

 saying ciao for now. 

 Let's do it again real soon, baby... 

 You know you want to... YEAH! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Go Ask Allison...

 BRYANT: We're back. Just ahead in this hour, Gene Shalit 
 has a review of the new Tom Hanks film Forrest Gump... 

 KATIE: And we'll meet George Clooney, the promising 
 young actor who is making female hearts flutter playing 
 Dr. Doug Ross on NBC's new medical drama ER

 BRYANT: But first, we need to clear up the confusion 
 surrounding a phenomenon that has all the kids buzzing. 
 It's something called SDMM.  I dunno... 
 Katie and I are stumped. 

 BRYANT: Is SDMM the drug that young revelers 
 put up their noses at those rave thingies? 

 KATIE: I thought it was a kinky new form 
 of consensual foreplay. 

 BRYANT: Can we bleep that out, Bobby? 
 Damn, that's right... we're live! 

 BRYANT: There's also a rumor going around that 
 S - D - M and M are the initials of the 
 hottest blog on the internet. 

 KATIE: Allison, can you explain what SDMM is? 
 While you're at it, can you explain what a blog is 
 and what the internet is? 

SHADY DEL KNIGHT: Hahahahahahahaha!!!
Just kidding, folks!
The real title of today's post is... (that's right, we're gonna play your favorite game.....
Name That Tune because we're)...

 Counting Down 

 the 200 Greatest Hits 

 of the Shady Dell 

 (#135 to #131)! 

 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:

Somewhere a mountain is moving
Afraid its moving without me

Listening for the sound of
your knock on my door
Knowing that sweet sound
will be no more.

All my trouble's been torn in half.

She's the best for miles around 

(Dell song #131 is a Memphis
instrumental. Name the dummy on
 the right and you'll name that tune.)


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

 135. "Pretty Ballerina" - The Left Banke 
 (January '67) 

 134. "Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)" 
 Martha & The Vandellas (August '65) 

 133. "I've Been Lonely Too Long" 
 The Young Rascals (February '67) 

 132. "Little Latin Lupe Lu" 
 Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (March '66) 

 131. "Knucklehead" - The Bar-Kays 
 (June '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!