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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 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!


  1. Hi Shady Del,

    Thanx for this wonderful 60s repertoire as I'm dancing and humming, a bit of jiving as at Little Latin Lupe Lu, even though the tempo's a bit slower than I'd like, I'm keeping the pace as well my inner jive in check :) keep safe, cheers Allie-Millie

    1. Hi, dear Allie-Millie! It's great to see you and thank you for being the early bird this time around. Have you ever heard the version of "Little Latin Lupe Lu" recorded by the Righteous Brothers? IMO it's the definitive, but it was this version, the Mitch Ryder record, that was "hot in the Shady" in March 1966 when I was a Dell rat.

      I'm happy to know that you enjoyed today's Countdown, dear friend Allie-Millie. Good night to you in Australia and have a pleasant Wednesday!

  2. This is hysterical! I wasn't even aware of that BMW Super Bowl commercial until you showed it to me a few days ago. You put together a timely and very funny parody. I never heard that Martha & the Vandellas song before or that Knucklehead instrumental but I enjoyed the harmonica.

    1. Hi, dear Kathryn, and welcome back! I'm glad you got a chuckle out of my spoof of the TV commercial that went viral in the last couple of weeks. I think that BMW spot is a great one. It reminds us how drastically things have changed in recent years thanks to the internet and related technological advances that were almost unknown in 1994.

      That Vandellas single was a doublesider. Both sides, ""You've Been in Love Too Long" and "Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)," charted nationally and both were Dell hits as was "Knucklehead," the instrumental B side of "Soul Finger" by the Bar-Kays. "Knucklehead" cracked the top 30 on the R&B chart and "Soul Finger" made the top 5.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear Kathryn!

  3. I knew every song except 2...the Vandellas and the I was humming and toe tapping..(no dancing yet!). I failed with the lyrics though..dang! A pop quiz on a Tuesday bad! I don't know if I mentioned this before, but the Vandellas have an Ashland connection. One of them..maybe Martha? married to a male nurse that works at a nursing home. Sound crazy? Well, it's true. The Vandellas came and did a little performance for the old folks there a few years ago. Anyway, if that will get me some extra credit I would be happy! Thanks for the flashback to the 60's at the time I was just getting ready to head into high school. My brothers were heading off to war and it was a mix of excitement about growing up and a sad and stressful time with Vietnam. So many memories. The good part was the fact that my brothers came home safe and healthy and I graduated...but I didn't take any music courses. Can you tell? Have a great day and stay warm in those long sleeve shirts!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I'm excited to see you, dear friend, and I thank you for taking my quiz this morning. (I always call them "mom and pop" quizzes in honor of the Ettlines.)

      I think I remember you telling me about that Vandellas connection a year or two ago. It's a small world after all, isn't it? Yessum, these mid 60s songs form the soundtrack of a turbulent time when the Vietnam War was raging, the Eastern World... it was explodin', violence flarin'...bullets loadin'. I am very happy to know that your brothers proudly served and returned safely. I'm also happy to know that you graduated. :) You might not have taken any music courses but you have forged into the lead in today's competition with 3 right! Have a terrific Tuesday, dear Yaya, you Licensed Lyric Lover you!

  4. It amazes me at how little I know, dear Shady, of the music from the 60's, and yet I always thought I knew quite a bit. Your posts are enlightening, enriching, enjoyable, entertaining and excellent. There you go, 5 stars. Thank you so much for sharing, this is a post I will be looking at more than a few times. But then again, I do this with all your posts. :)

    1. Oh, thank you so very much for the kind words, dear Linda. Seeing as how you are Canadian I don't expect you to know very many of the recordings that I present, even ones like these that made significant dents in the U.S. charts. The important thing to me is that you enjoy coming here, listening, learning, having fun and picking up good vibrations.

      I need to make you aware, dear Linda, that I will be out of town the next two days and therefore probably won't have time to visit your uplifting blog either of those days. However, I will return Friday and be over to see you that day a.s.a.p. Thank you for understanding, dear friend, and thank you very much for your generous comments about today's Countdown tunes.

      Bless you!

    2. Have a safe and happy trips, dear Shady, and I look forward to your return.

    3. Have a safe and happy trips, dear Shady, and I look forward to your return.

    4. Thank you very much for understanding, dear friend Linda! Take care of yourself and I look forward to reconnecting with you on Friday.

      God bless!

  5. George Clooney still makes hearts flutter until today. :P
    Oh those songs. I think I've heard them before but I'm not the person who takes note of the titles. I'm gonna lose a game like this.

    1. Hi, dear SuperLux! How are you today, my special friend? I'm very happy to see you. Yessum, George Clooney has been a heartthrob for more than 20 years now. It's just as hard to remember a world w/o Clooney as it is to remember one w/o the internet or blogs (or SDMM :)

      Even though you couldn't guess the song titles from the lyric clues provided, I hope you enjoyed these essential recordings of my Shady Dell years and that you had some fun over here today.

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend SuperLux!

  6. Oh dear, I didn't get a single one of these haha. In fact the Young Rascals is the only one of these songs I've heard before, and even then I'm not terribly familiar with it. So thank you for giving me some new material to listen to!

    1. Hi, dear Faye! I know it's not easy to guess song titles from obscure lyrics, particularly if you never heard the record before. The Young Rascals, later simply called the Rascals, are ranked #99 on the list of the top 100 artists for the 20 year period from 1955 to 1984. Several of their single releases were huge Dell hits and "Lonely Too Long" was one of them.

      I'm very happy to have put some new and different sounds in your ear, Faye. Thank you for popping in and playing Name That Tune with me. Good night, dear friend, and have a wonderful Wednesday!

  7. what awesome 60s tunes! afraid i just had to dance and hum along, though i don't feel as bad after what you said last time about the songs getting to be less and less known. though i think Faye sums it up best, the Young Rascals is the only one i can every remember hearing, but not too familiar.
    thank you for sharing, i got so excited when i read it was time to play Name that Tune again! until next time, this is A and D signing off, goodnight.

    1. Hi, dear A & D! Thank you for coming over to test your musical knowledge with an exciting game of Name That Tune. You have a good memory and it pleases me that you remember me telling you last time that the quiz will get tougher as the countdown progresses. Of the five acts represented here, the least well known would be the Bar-Kays, the group of Memphis session musicians that had a top 20 hit (#3 R&B) with "Soul Finger." Several members of the Bar-Kays died in the historic plane crash that claimed the life of R&B giant Otis Redding. Redding had picked the Bar-Kays to be his backing band on his 1967 tour.

      I'm glad you were inspired to label these recordings "awesome" after hearing them.

      Abigail, please note that I will be out of town and away from blogging the next couple of days. If you publish during that time please understand that I will probably miss your post. I will be back in action on Friday.

      Thank you again for being here, dear friend Abigail. Please give Daisy lotsa lubbins and enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. that certainly is sad to hear. i had no idea they were involved in a plane crash. reminds me a bit of Buddy Holly, which i'm sure you'll remember happened on Feb. 3, 1959. and 56 years later in 2015 you published this post. quite fascinating, really.
      i'm always glad to hear my fellow blogging friends are out exploring and adventuring. i am thankful to hear of your recent vacations and trips and staying hopeful that they are for pleasure's sake and exploration and fun rather than, say, a funeral or something.
      i do hope you had a wonderful time, take care :)

    3. Hello again, dear friend Abigail! Actually this latest trip and blogging break was the first of many I will probably need to take this year. Mrs. Shady and I are moving to another Florida city and just got back from a trip aimed at securing housing. We were successful and that means we will be moving at the end of next month. I will probably need to suspend all blogging activity again when that happens, this time for a longer period to facilitate the move. I will post an announcement when that time comes. I will miss you and Daisy during the time I need to be absent.

      Some of the greatest names in country music, rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues have died young in plane crashes. You named Buddy Holly, who died with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in that 1959 crash. Country singer Patsy Cline died in a plane crash in 1963 and country singer Jim Reeves in a plane crash the following year, 1964. R&B titan Otis Redding died in a plane crash in 1967 along with members of the Bar-Kays. In 1973, singer - songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash. Another music legend, Rick Nelson, perished in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1985-86. I'll never forget waking up New Year's Day and hearing that terrible news.

      Thank you very much for the follow-up visit and comment, dear friend Abigail. I wish you and Daisy a safe and happy weekend!

  8. As usual, I didn't get any, so I'll dance and hum along. Or maybe I should just sway a bit. I love Pretty Ballerina. I haven't heard it in such a long time. It has a beautiful, haunting quality.


    1. Hi, dear Janie! Thanks for joining the fun and playing a rousing game of Name That Tune. "Zero" is actually a fairly decent score, dear friend, because I am grading on a curve. :)

      As always, the important thing is that you enjoyed listening to these records, all of them major hits at the Shady Dell in the mid 60s.

      "Pretty Ballerina" is a beautiful recording, isn't it? As you might recall, the Left Banke is the band that had an even bigger hit with "Walk Away Renee," later covered by Motown's Four Tops.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Janie. Now please check your email inbox. :)

      Bless you!

    2. I just listened to Pretty Ballerina again. I don't know why, but it makes me think of The Hurricane. Maybe because The Hurricane sometimes seems a fantasy.

    3. Hi again, Janie! That's an interesting observation about your daughter, The Hurricane, although I don't understand exactly what you mean by it. In what sense does she seem like a fantasy?

      I think the music of The Left Banke, which is classified as "baroque rock" or "baroque 'n' roll," still seems fresh and up to date in the new millennium, more so than the sound of other pop music acts of the period that I could name.

      Thank you again for your visit and comments, dear friend Janie!

  9. Know that 60s beat Shady...just not the lyrics. Never mind...enjoyed my dance! Until next time...



    1. Hi, Robyn! Thanks for coming, dear friend. Yessum, it is often difficult to make the connection between written words on a screen and the melody that carries them. Thanks for visiting and for trying your luck playing Name That Tune. I will be absent from blogging from now until Friday and I look forward to reconnecting with you when I return. Take care, Robyn!


    Dear friend, I am leaving now on a two day trip out of town which requires me to be absent from blogging. I will be back Friday and hope to resume blogging at that time.

    Take good care of yourself and thank you for your friendship and support.

  11. I was dancing and humming, I guess. Not to the Vandellas or Knucklehead because I'd never heard those, but the others brought back memories, for sure! Such fun! :)

    1. Hi, dear Rita! Thank you very much for dropping by for a look and a listen. Most of these 5 song countdowns will include 2 or 3 major national hits that you should remember along with 2 or 3 obscure songs that were big hits at the Dell and nowhere else. I hope you enjoy learning about the music that formed the soundtrack of my youth.

      Have a great weekend, dear friend Rita, and please hug Karma for me!

  12. This cracked me up just saying and such great music

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne! I'm very happy to know that my humor cracks you up. I love to put a smile on your face and maybe give you a chuckle hours later when you think back to something you read here that gave you the giggles. Thanks for your visit and for letting me know you appreciate what I'm trying to do here.

      Have a great weekend, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  13. How did I go from knowing all five - easily - last time to this pitiful pit if musical shame? I'm talking about the fact that I only knew the Rascals' song! Drats!

    Sorry that I'm late to the party - it's the old Wednesday-Thursday crunch. I was up late writing tests.

    So, since I failed, I can at least tell you which was my favorite from the ones I didn't know. Be honest; you're dying to know. I don't blame you.

    Martha and the Vandellas! I love it. And it the song is anywhere near correct, that also means that I will do foolish things. And who will I blame? Martha and Vandellas. That's come circular logic that I can buy in to.

    Shady, you were missed today. Hope you're having a great mini-break.

    1. Note the three typos...that is what happens when I type on the phone screen...that's why I wait for access to the desktop computer. I need a smartphone the size of an Ipad to make it fully convenient. :-\

    2. Hi, dear Cherdo! It was very nice of you to drop by while I was out of town. Why did you flunk the test this time around? Why did you go from being an A student to donning the dreaded dunce cap? I'll tell you why. You got mixed up with the wrong crowd from the wrong side of the railroad tracks - Janie Junebug in particular. She's a bad influence on you so best keep your distance.

      I'm pleased to know that you liked the Vandellas record best. Isn't that a sensational Motown ballad? I danced many a slow dance at the Dell while that one was playing. It's interesting to note that it only reached #70 on the pop chart while the A side, "You've Been in Love Too Long," (also a big Dell hit) cracked the top 40. That's what you call the "split play" phenomenon, when top 40 radio stations had a limited play list and had to pick one side or the other to play, resulting in neither side becoming as big a hit as it deserved to be. On the R&B singles chart, "Foolish Things" was the top side, reaching #22 while "Been in Love Too Long" made it to #25.

      Thank you very much for giving me such a warm welcome back to blogging in your post this morning, dear friend Cherdo. I am blessed to have you in my world!

  14. Hi Shady,
    Your Today Show opening was hilarious!! I will tell you that I really did L O L !!!!
    Ok, so I flunked out of your College of M. K. with a perfect score of 0 (once again!)
    Maybe I'd do better on Jeopardy !!! LOL!!!
    I did remember ," I've been lonely too long" and that was my fav on this post, although," Pretty Ballerina" was pretty interesting!
    Love the humor, Shady, keep it up!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni! Thank you very much for swinging by for the latest volume of the Dell's 200 Greatest Hits Countdown along with a stimulating game of Name That Tune.

      You say your perfect score (all 0's) remains intact? That's AOK with me just as long as you had fun. Plus, you get extra points added on for being only the second person to mention my parody of the Super Bowl commercial featuring former Today Show hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel that recently went viral on the internet. I was beginning to think that none of my readers saw this year's Super Bowl and that none of them saw or heard all the buzz surrounding that commercial. Maybe I was influenced by all the years I spent working at an NBC station and watching the Today Show every day. Whatever the case, this phenomena demonstrates that things you take for granted like popular songs, recording acts, hit movies, hit TV series and famous people that were and are a big part of your life, might be completely unknown to your next door neighbor, not to mention people in other countries. It never ceases to amaze me.

      You can't go wrong with the Young Rascals and the Left Banke, two of the best and most soulful white groups of the mid and late 60s. I'm glad you enjoyed their sounds and my humor.

      Thank you very much for making time for me, dear friend Toni. Please enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope to see you Tuesday when I will try my luck with yet another parody post. God bless!

  15. gosh darn it! i got none of those (as always) despite listening to all those artists at some point!

    1. Hi, dear Catherine! It's always a joy to have you over to my private/public clubhouse, SDMM. Thank you for coming! You got none right on the quiz? Seems you're in the same boat with most of the other readers. Even I have trouble naming that tune when I don't have the benefit of hearing the opening notes.

      Thank you again for your support, dear friend Cat. I hope you are having a marvelous week in summery Australia.

  16. oh and i loved the opening Today show parody! We have the same mundane Today show here too with witless banter interspersed with "news"

    1. Hi again, dear Cat! In case you or any of the other readers are not familiar with the viral Super Bowl TV commercial for BMW upon which my Today Show spoof was based, click here and watch:

      Thank you again for your ongoing friendship, dear Catherine. It means a great deal to me!


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