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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

Monday, April 13, 2015

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#130 to #126)

 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:

I'm gonna show you
to a brand new game

From deep inside the pain
that I chose to hide

I wonder, I wonder why
You had to leave me this way

Soften my dreams with your sighs

I knew he was wrong
when he took your love from me
after all he was once my best friend


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

 130. "Good Thing" - Paul Revere & The Raiders 
 (December '66) 

 129. "Walk Away Renee" - The Left Banke 
 (September '66) 

 128. "Searching For My Love" 
 Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces 
 (July '66) 

 127. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" 
 The Casinos (January '67) 

 126. "Let's Go Steady" - Arthur Conley 
 (March '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. Really, I'm first to comment? Sweet! You know I love me some Raiders! I even have that album...from the 60's...sigh..I also knew The Left Banke..I didn't get the lyrics but recognized the song anyways. Please grade on the curve! The others were new to me. So I learned something new, which is always a good thing! Happy Monday Tom, hope your week is a good one! My break is over, back to the OR!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Welcome welcome welcome! Yessum, you are my first customer of the day. Glad to see you. Yessum, I remember you telling me a couple of times before how much you like the Raiders. I'm a 49ers fan myself. :)
      Yessum, I intend to grade on a curve. Anybody who gets zero or more correct answers but has fun while they're here gets an "A." Fair enough?

      Thanks for being the teacher's pet and arriving early today, dear friend YaYa, and take it easy back at the OR. Have a great week and please mark your calendar and join me here this Saturday for a very special birthday salute. You've been with me a few years now and should know whose it is. Thank you, Kathleen, and God bless!

  2. I got zero right, dear Shady, so I just danced and hummed along to this wonderful music you are sharing today. :) And I love Paul Revere and the Raiders!!! :)

    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you very much for coming by with a pocket full of quarters to play the old Shady Dell jukebox. Even though you didn't recognize any of the songs based on the clues, I'm glad you had a good time playing "Good Thing" and the other tunes.

      Dear Linda, if at all possible I would like you to visit me this coming Saturday when I introduce all my new friends to a very special lady. She's Shady Dell royalty and will be celebrating her birthday that day. Please try to arrange your schedule and drop by to say hello to her that day. I will deeply appreciate it. Until then, have a wonderful week, dear friend Linda!

  3. Okay, I'm a licensed lyric lover.

    I didn't recognize the song "Let's Go Steady" by Arthur Conley. Enjoyed listening to it, though.

    Walk Away Renee was played at the skating rink pretty often. When I think of it now, there was a whole lot of musical education that was built in to that particular activity. My friends and I took skating lessons every Saturday and then stayed for the open skating afterwards. "Spirit in the Sky", "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes", "I Got You Babe", "Roundabout" and a slew of Monkees, Bobby Sherman and Partridge Family hits were regularly played.

    Paul Revere and the Raiders were the all time favorite of our babysitter - she turned me on to them big time. I was thrilled to see Mark Lindsay perform during the Classic Superfest tours. He held up well, but that was in the 80s.

    Great post, as usual! Have a lovely day, dear Shadster!

    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! Thanks so much for coming over for a rousing game of Name That Tune. Seems to me you consistently score higher on these quizzes than the rest of the class. You didn't copy off of Janie Junebug's paper, did you? Stephen's?

      I enjoyed your story as it relates to the post. I remember going roller skating and ice skating in my youth but suffered from weak ankles and needed to quit because both activities were painful and gave me blisters.

      "Let's Go Steady" is the B side of Arthur Conley's biggest hit and signature song "Sweet Soul Music," a song that Conley penned with his mentor Otis Redding and which was based on "Yeah Man," written by Sam Cooke. Conley's single reached #2 on both the Pop and R&B charts in the spring of 1967 and the B ballad, "Let's Go Steady," became one of the most popular slow dance numbers at the Shady Dell through the whole spring and summer that year.

      Thank you again for your visit and excellent comment, dear friend Cherdo!

    2. Cherdo, I roller skated a lot during fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. The roller rink played a lot of classics. Could you skate backwards? I could. Sort of. I wonder why skating was no longer our activity of choice when we hit seventh grade. I had to wait for my kids to be old enough to skate before I could head back to the rink. I had my own skates and a case for them.


    3. I had a reputation as a cheapskate. Does that count?

      I also skated on thin ice a few times with various ladies. Does that count?

  4. Hi Shady. I'm a BIG ZERO. The only song I could even hum along to was Walk Away Renee. In my defense, I was two years old when most of those songs came out. I think you must be a year or two older. ;)

    1. I feel 200 years older than you, Susie! :) Well, I'm sorry you got a goose egg on your report card, but the good news is this. Today and today only, everybody who scores a zero (or higher) automatically gets an "A" as long as they enjoyed being here. I hope that includes you. Thanks for coming, dear friend Susie, and have a great week.


      Please, if at all possible, Susie, join me here this Saturday, April 18, for a very special birthday tribute. I would greatly appreciate it if you could attend. Until then, please take good care of yourself, dear Susie.

  5. I couldn't guess any.

    A great selection here that takes you back to an era. I have to get back to work or else I'll be "rocking" all day.

    1. Hi, dear Peaches! Thank you very much for dropping by, my new friend. If you stick around long enough, sooner or later I will be presenting a recording or two by the soul duo of Peaches & Herb. Ever heard of them? I hope you enjoyed going back to an era when I was a teenager and silly love songs prevailed. Thanks again for being here, dear Peaches. I hope you will be able to join me here again this coming Saturday for a special birthday post saluting a V.I.P. in Shady Dell history. I hope to see you then, dear Peaches!

  6. Sir Shady, sometimes I think you write these posts just to shame me. I recognized three lines, but I couldn't name that tune for any of them. I love Just walk away, Renee, you won't see me follow you . . .


    1. Hello, hello hello, dear Janie Junebug! Thank you very much for joining me for the latest installment of Name That Tune. What? You say you flunked the test? Not to worry, dear friend. You still get an A++ from me. Besides, I love it when you dance and hum along; or, you could always whistle. "You know how to whistle don't you? Just put your lips together and blow." (I didn't say that. It's a famous Lauren Bacall movie quote.)

      Thank you very much for coming over to see me, dear friend Janie. Just a reminder that this Saturday is a very special day and I request your attendance that day or shortly thereafter if at all possible. I will be eternally grateful, dear friend. Take care and I'll connect with you again soon.

    2. Barring some unforeseen emergency, I shall be here on Saturday. I knew the movie line. I would be very embarrassed if I didn't know that quotation. You just like it when I dance because I dance pantsless.

    3. Whoa, Nelly! Katy bar the door! The Wheels Have Come off The Wagon! (All of the above are famous exclamations made by sportscaster Keith Jackson.) It'll take the jaws of life to pry that image out of my head, Janie Junebug (not that I'd want it out of my head). Don't worry, dear friend. Saturday's special post will run for several days before getting bumped off the front page. Whenever you can get here during that span is fine. I deeply appreciate it, dearie!

  7. No surprise, I'm dancing and hummin! I actually did know 2 of the 5 songs once I took a look. Strangely enough, my favorite song was an unknown (to me), "Let's go steady"!
    I won't give up, though Shady, I'll keep tryin MAYBE one day I'll be "lyrically challenged"!!!!
    Looking forward to the next post!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thank you for stopping by, my special friend. Seems to me that after almost 7 years as a SDMM follower you should know these old Dell songs backward and forward by now. :)

      I'm glad you selected the fine soul ballad "Let's Go Steady" as your Pick To Click. Back in the day, Dellions actually played that killer bee more often than the hit A side, "Sweet Soul Music," because the fab flip was such a great slow dance number.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Toni. I'll see you back here this weekend when Dell rats everywhere celebrate a very special day on the calendar!

  8. Just dancing and humming this time. Three "Chris you shoulda known that" and two "I dunno that ones"...

    1. Hi, CW! May I call you Chris? I've seen you around our circle of friends for quite some time and I am very happy to see you here in my neck of the woods. It gives me great pleasure to officially welcome you to Shady Dell Music & Memories, your home away from home. I'm glad to have you as a new follower. I promise to do my darndest to keep you entertained.

      If you've been lurking for a while or browsing my back pages you'll notice that I present music for almost every taste spanning more than 60 years along with cherished memories of my old hangout, The Shady Dell, and of growing up in mid 20th century America. I'm sure you will be able to relate to at least some of my experiences and I would love to hear about yours. People of all ages around the world gather here to relax, unwind, dance and joke around with each other. We're all friends, united in a quest to have fun and forget our troubles for a while.

      I'm sorry you drew a blank on today's NTT challenge, good buddy. Don't feel bad. Even though I wrote the post, I needed to double check my work to make sure I was matching the lyrics with the right songs. It ain't easy.

      Thanks again for coming over, CW (Chris). Hey, if you're not busy this Saturday, the 18th, I invite you back here for a very special birthday party. Your attendance would mean a lot to me and to the birthday girl and her family. Until then, take care!

    2. Just don't call me late for dinner, lol...

      BTW I don't know if you saw it, but this weekend I was researching the Impalas/Stereos/Buckeyes for Fridays Time machine post, and hit YOUR interview from last summer quite by accident (and to my amazement. I'd like to link to that if'n you don't mind... your interview tied two very different parts of the story together and left me with one band with 7 names by my count!

    3. Wow, that's great, Chris! I just checked that old post of mine and left a reply for you. Thanks for letting me know about it. I also signed on the dotted line as your newest follower.

      I never heard of the Buckeyes being used as one of the names of this particular group led by Chi-Chi McCauley. Are you sure that wasn't a name used by the Steubenvile, Ohio, (sound of Pittsburgh) group called The Stereos that released "Trickle Trickle"? That was a different group, not the Philly based group I profiled in my post. The Impalas, the white doo-wop group that had a late 50s hit with "Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)," was also a different group from the one I featured. That Impalas group was led by Joe Frazier (not the boxer of the same name). :) Yes, it's very confusing. There were a lot of groups that used the same name and many of them changed their names frequently (every time they changed labels), adding to the chaos. I hope you can sort it all out.

      Thanks again for your interest in what I'm doing here, Chris. It's great to have you on board!

    4. Well, theres the thing. The stories I got connected a lot of different names, would leave others out, and eventually your post SEEMED to link the two sets. I looked up Hippies/Tams and got the Stereos, where the article said they started out as the Montereys, changed to the Hi-Fis when their was another Montereys at a gig they were playing, became the Buckeyes when they were sorta discovered, and then became the Stereos. Then for whatever reason the song that started the question was labeled the Hippies (formerly the Tams). I was unable to find anything else that even mentioned this version of the Tams. I got the Impalas from your article. So the sources that I hit connected the Buckeyes-Stereos-Hippies-Tams as all the same thing, from Steubenville as you say. At the end of the day, I have a feeling it's a story I will end with "Your guess is as good as mine", lol!

    5. (LOL) How true! All I know is that I interviewed Hippies lead singer Carole Devine and she traced the entire history of her specific group back to its origin in high school and never mentioned the names Montereys, Hi-Fis, Buckeyes or Steubenville, Ohio. Theirs was strictly a Philadelphia area vocal group. Good luck with your research, good buddy!

    6. Ah, further research shows that our band in question WAS the Stereos for a while in 1959 (long enough to release Memory Lane the first time), but NOT the Stereos who were also the Buckeyes.

    7. Right. They called themselves The Stereos for a short time, but they were not the same Ohio based Stereos group that released singles on Cub Records. The Philly based group that I profiled released records on Mink, Heritage and Parkway.

      Thanks again for reporting in, Chris!

  9. S-3 ~

    I got them ALL! Yes, sir, I got them ALL. That probably doesn't surprise you much though, does it?

    Does it surprise you that I got them ALL...

    I will say though that I've always liked the song 'WALK AWAY, RENEE'. Also, the song 'THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE' always made my Ma cry after my Pa passed away.

    Good stuffs here, and my record is... PERFECT!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Hi, good buddy Stephen! What? You flunked? Well, don't be concerned, my friend. Matching obscure lyrics with 50 year old songs is a lot hard than it seems.

      I'm glad you mentioned the dreamy ballad "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" by The Casinos. I have always thought of that 1967 single as an anachronism. It has an old school doo-wop sound reminiscent of records that were popular around 1959 when groups like the Skyliners and Duprees ruled the airwaves. The opposite of that phenomenon, in my opinion, is "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James & the Shondells, a record that was ahead of its time. "Hanky Panky" was right in step with other hit recordings of 1966, but it was actually waxed in 1963 in a style similar to "Louie Louie," the garage rock classic by the Kingsmen. For two years, Tommy James' "Hanky Panky" ditty went unnoticed until it was discovered in 1965 and played at record hops and then on the radio, eventually reaching #1 on the chart in the summer of '66.

      Thanks for playing Name That Tune, good buddy Stephen. Even though you didn't win today, I'm not sending you away empty handed. You will receive the consolation prize, a copy of our home game. :)

      Once again, I wish to invite you back here for my next post this Saturday. There's a very special Shady lady that I'd like you to meet. Thanks, Stephen!

    2. ShecShaSha ~

      Yep, I flunked, but it doesn't even bother me any more. I got used to it by the first quarter of 11th grade.

      >>... There's a very special Shady lady that I'd like you to meet.

      Not far from where I'm living there's a place called 'Shady Lady Ranch'. I haven't been there or anything like that. Just seen it from my car window. Although I'd bet my godzillion-dollar bank account that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the Shady lady I'll be meeting on Saturday.

      Hey, just wanted to stop by and say how nice it was to see you had visited all those BOTBers today and registered a vote and registered to 'Follow'. Very cool of you and 110% above the call of duty. (That "flunking" comment is making more mathematical sense now, ain't it? English class weren't so hot either.)

      I'm sure this goes without saying and is understood already but, for the record, you know we'd love to have you join us BOTBers. With your knowledge of music, I have no doubt you'd post some terrific BOTBs.

      Of course, I know you have your own theme here at SDM&M, and BOTB's on every 1st & 15th wouldn't necessarily fit in with what you've got goin' on already, but... just so ya know, you have an open invitation to join us should you ever want to.

      All you'd have to say is "Open The Door, Homer" (and you could say it sounding like Bob Dylan versus "Speedy" Keen, or anyone else you might prefer) and I would immediately add a BOTB link to your blog at the bottom of all my future BOTB blog bits.

      No high-pressure sales pitch here, just a lettin' ya know how welcome ya would be. ...Nothing to sign, no badges needed, no monthly dues. But that's not all. Wait, there's more! Call before midnight tonight and we will send you, absolutely free... it chops, it slices, it dices... it turns into a beer and a roast beef sandwich at midnight...

      ~ D-FensDogG

    3. * Does it make hundreds of delicious julienne fries in seconds?

      * Will a salesman call at my door?

      * Will I need to answer any embarrassing medical questions?

      * Can I be turned down for any reason?

      * If I join in the next 30 minutes, do I get a free cap snaffler, collapsible grabber or lighted magnifier?

      Shady Lady Ranch - is that anything like the infamous Chicken Ranch?

      Stephen, I thank you very much for the invitation to join your bimonthly BOTB list. (I'm glad I didn't find a rat's head in my bed when I woke up this morning.) By the way, do you also have a BYOB club?

      Truth be told, I've been toying with the idea of joining your blog hop group thingy ever since last night when I finished making the rounds of the other blogs. I noticed some of the blogs to which you linked yesterday were not participating in the BOTB this time around, probably because they were immersed in the A to Z. If the official rules state that I may bow out of the BOTB whenever I need to, for example when I have a time sensitive post to run, and not have to face sanctions, boycotts or a full blown nuke attack, then it might make sense for me to join your list.

      I think you are rating me too highly in terms of musical knowledge, Stephen. I consider myself only mid level and perceive you and your friends as possessing much more musical knowledge than I have, especially if you guys prefer to discuss blues, jazz, modern rock or new artists emerging from televised singing competitions like The Voice. I know very little about those categories but, at the same time, I enjoy learning what specifically it is that other bloggers like about artists, songs and recordings in those categories.

      Give me some time to think about it and I'll let you know, Stephen, and again, thank you very much for inviting me into your circle. I also want you to know how much I appreciate the warm reception you have given me on your blog. It means a lot to me, good buddy, and I am very grateful to have you as a friend.

    4. Part 1 Of 2:

      Hey, wait! You're seriously considering joining BOTB? Man, I never dreamed you'd give it a second thought, so I was just trying to be nice by tendering an offer.

      I jest! "Jocularity! Jocularity!"
      Of course I meant every syllable of the invitation. You'd be an absolutely A-list BOTBer!

      Now, some A's to your Q's:

      Yes to the fries, no to the salesman, uhm... yes to the embarrassing medical questions, but we can pixelate your face and disguise your voice via synthesizer or Frampton's "Talk Box" if you'd like.

      You can't be turned down for any reason... except a good one. And you get not one but ALL THREE: the snaffler, collapsible grabber and lighted magnifier!

      The Shady Lady ranch is exactly like the infamous Chicken Ranch. It's also exactly like the infamous Mustang Ranch. In fact, I'm pretty sure that it's the same... uhm... "employees" who work at all three depending upon the day of the week. (Except Sundays before noon, of course, as they're all given Sunday mornings off to attend church services.)

      >>... do you also have a BYOB club?

      No, I don't even know what "BOYB" stands for. But I do run a BOYS Club. All the ping-pong, handball, basketball, and basket-weaving you can do in a day for just a buck twenty-five. Includes the potato salad lunch and an 11.3 oz can of Jumex brand 'guava nectar'. If you want any booze with your lunch, however, you'll need to bring your own.

      >>... If the official rules state that I may bow out of the BOTB whenever I need to...

      Sure, anyone can skip a BOTB round anytime they want or need to. Some of us never miss an installment - FAE, Arlee, and I have never missed one, and I think Robin (Girl Wonder) has only missed one since she joined. The others post on most 1sts and 15ths, register their own votes and post their final results on the 7ths and 21sts.

      But some BOTBers come and go depending upon their schedules and whatnot. It's not like the Mafia or Hotel California, where once you check in you can never leave... except feet first.

      Continued Below...

    5. Part 2 Of 2:

      Nonsense to your musical knowledge hummmbility - you're just being modest. I know what've read on yer blog.

      >>... especially if you guys prefer to discuss blues, jazz, modern rock or new artists emerging from televised singing competitions like The Voice.

      I don't even have a working TV so when it comes to 'The Voice', I'm in the dark. Truthfully, any type of music is eligible for use in a BOTB blog bit, and we all seem to have different specialties which makes it interesting.

      I'm pretty much all over the map because I enjoy a lot of different musical genres, although Modern Rock - i.e., anything after about 1983 - and Modern Country - anything after about 1980 - isn't likely to be found in one of my own BOTB installments. I mostly use Standards, Jazz, and early or Classic Rock. A little "Outlaw Country" - think Willie, Waylon and Bocephus. And a Blues tune may show up occasionally.

      I think John Holton is the BOTBer who comes closest to mining the same sort of material I do. Except I don't believe I've ever seen a Country singer in his BOTBs. Could be wrong about that though.

      FAE has a good map-covering repertoire too. She's liable to use just about anything from Standards to Big Band, although she uses more Modern stuffs than I do when it comes to Pop and Rock. She also knows the classic Country.

      Girl Wonder tends to lean toward more Modern Rock and Modern Country, although she might toss in a Show Tune or the like. If anyone is going to use a singer found on a Music TV Show Contest, it would be Robin.

      ArLEE Bird uses a lot of avant-garde stuffs that is often unknown by many of us. But he too will occasionally mix in an old Standard. His BOTB this time, 'Mercy, Mercy Me', is pretty tame and... "normal"... compared to his usual.

      Mike sticks mostly to Early and Classic Rock.

      Cathy seems to like some Country and more Modern Pop sounds but not overly rambunctious.

      Dixie has been using mostly Classic Rock and softer Modern Rock but she's liable to pull a surprising trick at any time (like using Screamin' Jay Hawkins against Bette Midler).

      Kim at 'This Belle Rocks' uses... well, as the name implies... Rock. And sometimes it's Rock of a louder, harder variety than, say, just Classic Rock.

      So, everyone seems to have their own niche or tendencies, but it'z all good. I would imagine you could contribute some good early Rock and Doo-Wop sounds, but ANYTHING you'd want to focus on would be fine. You can mix it up as much as you'd like.

      At any rate, I appreciate you even considering it. Take your time, and if you decide you want me to "Open The Door, Homer", just say the word(s). In the meantime, no salesman will visit your door and no horse's head will visit your bed.

      Yak Later, S-3.

      ~ D-FensDogG

    6. Thanks for the scoop on everybody in the BOTB hop circle, Stephen, and once again thank you for the generous invitation to join. I'm counting down to Saturday's biggie and I hope to see your face in my place. Take care, good buddy Stephen!

  10. Well Shady you've certainly introduced me to some new sounds 'cos I didn't know many of those faces and sounds.

    Have heard of Paul Revere and the Raiders but none of the others!! Never mind....I'll just enjoy the dancing and humming. Loved Arthur Conley's voice...a little like Marvin I think??

    Great sounds Shady....thanks for diving into the archives for us once again!



    1. Hi, dear Robyn! Thank you very much for coming over and putting your musical knowledge to the test playing Name That Tune. As an Australian, you probably haven't been exposed to very many of the songs I will present in this countdown which contains a good number of minor U.S. hits as well as local and regional hits (central PA and U.S. East coast). The main thing is that you enjoyed yourself here today. That makes me happy.

      I think Arthur Conley had the ability to sound like several other artists including Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Joe Tex.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Robyn. I have a very important birthday post coming up this Saturday morning (Eastern U.S. time) and I invite you to join me as I salute a wonderful friend and a genuine Shady Dell V.I.P. Please be here if you can. Thank you, dear Robyn!

  11. Bg old zero for the "only knows the refrains" girl, but three of the songs I know well--LOL! Or as well as I can know a song when I don't know all the words. 1, 2, and 4.
    My sister, Renee, loved that song because it was the only song with her name in it. All I got was the meter maid song by the Beatles--LOL!
    Always takes one back to hear them--even if I never heard two of them, they have that sound of the era. :)

    1. Hi there, lovely Rita, meter maid! Thanks for coming down to test your skill playing a challenging game of Name That Tune. Don't worry about getting a zero on the test. As it turns out, zero is one of the highest grades in the whole class! :) I'm glad you enjoyed flashing back with old favorites and hearing some new oldies for the first time.

      Thanks again for coming, Rita. I cordially invite you to visit SDMM again this Saturday when I will introduce you and other newer followers to a wonderful lady who is celebrating her birthday that day. Please try to join us here this Saturday, April 18. Thank you very much, dear Rita!

  12. Hey Shady,

    Thanx for sharing as it turns out, these artists and songs are all new to me but I did enjoy visualising you in the Dell, putting some quarters in the Juke Box and exhibiting a bit of fancy foot work as you kept a beat...or was it a bit of slow dancing going on...there, xx sighs xx, I guess we'll never know, happy reminiscing!!

    1. Hi, dear Allie-Millie! Thank you very much for participating in my latest countdown of the Dell's greatest hits. I am very happy to introduce you to the music that made up the soundtrack of my youth, especially recordings that were popular at the Shady Dell. Years ago when I sat down and assembled this list of the best Dell songs of the mid 60s, I discovered that the top 200 I ended up with were a balanced blend of fast and slow songs, white and black artists, American and British acts, national hits and obscure, non-charting local and regional singles.

      Thanks again for being here today, dear friend Allie-Millie. I invite you to come again this Saturday morning (USA East Coast time), when I will salute one of the leading ladies in Shady Dell history on her birthday. Please try to be here for her, dear friend. Thank you!

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    1. ...and thank you for coming over and listening to my tunes, dear friend Jo-Anne! I hope to see you here Saturday when I present a very important birthday post. Thanks again, dear friend!

  14. Hi Shady, My last comment was erased and not sent so I did a test and it looks like it is working now.

    I thought I got the second set of lyrics right, but no. Lol I thought they were from a Herman's Hermits song.

    Loved hearing the Raiders. They were so great. Also, l have always loved the song, 'Walk Away Renee.' I don't know why, since it makes me a little sad. The Casino's song was another fav.

    I didn't know the other two songs but they were nice. I've got to listen to a couple of songs again right now! Thanks for the fun.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! You aren't the only friend who has reported a comment disappearing. I'm sorry that happened. I value everyone's comments. I went ahead and deleted your test comment, though.

      I am always happy when a friend fondly remembers my old favorite songs. 1966 was huge for Paul Revere and the Raiders and their rockin' records played on the Dell jukebox several times every night that entire year. I remember the gang doing a shuffle style dance across the floor to the mid tempo "Walk Away Renee," sometimes in a line formation. The Casino's record was a throwback to the doo-wop sound of the late 50s and when that fine ballad played at the Dell the floor was packed with slow dancers who clung together to ward off winter's cold.

      Great memories, Belle, and thank you for coming over to listen and reminisce. Just a reminder to mark your calendar for our very special birthday party coming up this Saturday here on SDMM. I hope you can drop by. Thank you. dear friend Belle, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  15. I enjoyed all the comments with Chris. I have a book called "Who Sang Our Songs?" by Friedman and Gribin. It contains mostly Doo Wop songs and really shows the extremely large number groups and similar group names. Keeping track of who sang for who and name changes can keep you busy for a long time. By the way, the Casinos was the only lyric I got. Old age should have helped, but bad memory didn't.

    1. Hi, Jerre! Little known fact: I am the artist originally known as Prince. :) Right you are about duplicate artist names. I looked it up in my Funk & Wagnalls and found new fewer than 50 (count 'em 50) Engelbert Humperdincks! :)

      Sorry. good buddy. With only 1 right answer you will need to enroll in remedial classes at the School of Rock. Even so, your score is high enough to move you into second place and you have a darn good chance of taking home the silver medal!

      Thanks again for playing, Jerre. Hey, if you're not hanging out at the My-O-My all weekend, then please try to swing by the blog this Saturday and post a birthday greeting for a Shady Dell V.I.P. that I'm sure you know very well by this time. I would greatly appreciate it, Jerre.

    2. Blue-White game is this Saturday and would have been at PSU except I must attend a wedding in
      Allentown. Will still try to catch the b-day party.

    3. Thanks, Jerre! By the way, I was just kidding about you hanging out at the "My." I know the "Skeller" is the place where everybody knows your name. :)

      Counting down to the big day - see you soon!

  16. Gotta love that Paul and the Raiders! Annnnddd they're super cute (can i say that?) If i was a teen back then i'd be a total fan. Oh hey look, i'm a teen today and a total fan. Hey ho.
    Well, thank you Shady, for another great quiz. I'm sure as you can tell from the ramble above the only one i got right. But the quiz is only part of the fun!
    Also, i can't help but think the lines from the five songs you listed up top could all go together in one song. They're not all totally the same or rhyming, but we could make it work! now we just have to think of a name...
    Happy Wednesday!
    -Abigail and Daisy

    1. Hi, dear Abigail and Daisy! I'm very happy to see you, my Kansas friends.

      You wrote:

      << Annnnddd they're super cute (can i say that?) >>

      I'm sorry, no. You're not allowed to say that. :)

      You wrote:

      << i can't help but think the lines from the five songs you listed up top could all go together in one song. They're not all totally the same or rhyming, but we could make it work! now we just have to think of a name... >>

      My sweet friend, it always amazes me how your mind operates way outside the box. I think that would be a fabulous idea to mix all of those song lyrics together into a new piece of music, one with an entirely different title and melody. Maybe you can work up such a song, sing it, accompany yourself on banjo, and post the clip on your blog. If anybody could do it, you could.

      Mark Lindsay was the Paul McCartney or the Davy Jones of PR&R - the cute member of the band, the one all the girls swooned over. Teenage girls collected his music and pictures, watched him fronting the group on Dick Clark's Where The Action Is TV series and flocked to the band's live shows. I'm happy to know you are an avid fan. F.Y.I. - I have a special 3-part series on Where The Acton Is coming up this June. I think you will love the vintage clips I have for you.

      Thank you very much for coming, dear A & D. I invite you back here this Saturday when I will be conducting a very special birthday celebration for a member of Shady Dell royalty. I hope you can attend. Until the, please take good care of yourselves and God bless!

    2. I can't say that?! Well, gosh, you're breakin' our hearts, Shady! (just kidding, THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD)
      My sweet friend, it always amazes me how encouraging and complementing you are. Thank you ever so much! It's always appreciated and passed on. Though may i say it wasn't exactly thinking outside the box, but more of a confused moment? As i read the first few lines, they seemed to blend together and sound similar to one song at the same time! haha!
      And hooray for the June series! I will be sure and looking forward to that, as i do every post.
      Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
      -A and D

  17. Hi Shady.

    Wanted to stop by and have a look at your blog home. Very nice, sir. I knew all but the last song. Most of them were played by a babysitter I once had. I'm pretty sure she was watching, "Where the action is," in 1965, though. Funny, but I thought the 'Casinos' were a black group. The only album cover I recall is the one for 'Paul Revere & the Raiders.

    I wanted to also thank you for voting in my Battle of the Bands' event. It's all still new to me, and I'm hoping I know enough music to keep it going. Stephen and Fae are super nice blog hosts. I'm going to follow you so I can keep up on the fun you seem to be having here. There's a lot to read to catch up on your experience...I've already had a chuckle ot two. See you Saturday for your surprise event! I'm said enough. Good night, and thank you again.


    1. Hi, Dixie! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I am delighted to have you as a new follower and promise to do my best to keep you entertained and amused.

      The Shady Dell was a place where white kids went to dance to black music and to soulful white groups that often sounded black. Soul is colorblind and all my favorite artists, groups and bands have it.

      Music brings people together and your Battle of the Bands event is an excellent idea. Once again it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and I look forward to introducing you to a very special friend this Saturday. Thank you again for joining me and I hope to see you then, Dixie!

  18. Shhh! STMcC sent me, but he told me not to tell a soul. Actually I tracked you from my own space and though I just gotta see what this guy is all about. Anyone who calls hisself 'Shady' sounds AOK with me. Imagine my surprise to find that youse talking 'bout a place and not a person of disreputable character. SHEESH!

    What a fun little game...and I did play along. Unfortunately, I'm only about a 1.5. Somewhere out there between lyrically challenged and that remedial class. You see, I got one correct 'Walk Away Renee', I always liked that one and I could hear the tune for 'Then You Can Tell Me Goodby' playing in my head, but the lyrics and THAT line escaped me completely, But don't worry, I'll catch it next time for sure.

    Great fun even if I didn't 'make the grade'. I gotta say rather infamously 'I'll be baaack!"

    1. Hi, FAE! I am thrilled to see you! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories, your home away from home. Thank you very much for choosing to follow the fun. Here at SDMM you will find friendly, funny people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world united in their love of music and genuine friendship. That includes you, FAE.

      If you scored a 1.5 on Name That Tune, then you forge past Dell Rat Jerre and take over sole possession of second place. Will you take home the silver medal? Time will tell.

      I'm so glad to have you aboard, FAE and pleased that you had fun on your first visit. There is a special lady I'd like you to meet and this Saturday we will be celebrating her birthday here on the blog. I invite you to come by that day if at all possible and leave a little birthday wish for her. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you again, FAE, and take care until we meet again!

  19. Hello, Shady! Thanks for stopping by my place earlier. As far as guessing the lyrics, this week I just had to dance and hum along - didn't know a single one!

    1. Hi, Kim! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I'm so glad you decided to swing over to my space for a look and a listen. I realize these mid 60s recordings were popular light years before your time. Although you didn't know any of the songs based on the clues, I hope you had fun and I thank you for playing along. If you enjoyed your visit to SDMM then I invite you to come again. You will always receive a warm welcome and a personalized reply to your comment. I would love to have you as a friend and follower. Thanks again, Kim!

  20. So happy that you voted on my Battle of the Bands offering yesterday and I was drawn to your wonderful site. This is right up my alley. You've got some great content that resonates with me.

    I'm definitely lyrically challenged as I'm one of those who listens more to the over sound of a piece and not the details such as words. Strange in a way considering my interest in writing, but I've never listened that closely to lyrics. Hence, I did poorly on your quiz.

    I may not have guessed the songs by the lyrics but these were songs and artists I knew for the most part. Except for Bobby Moore--I know that song from elsewhere but can't recall from where that would be.
    "Let's Go Steady" I don't remember, but I do remember sweet soul music singer Arthur Conley for other songs.

    Great stuff! I'll be checking back for more.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi, Arlee! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories, "The Little Blog That Could." I am overjoyed to see you here and grateful that you have chosen to follow.

      Don't fret about scoring poorly on the quiz. Most people, myself included, find it hard to identify songs from a few lyrics. That's especially true when the lyrics are pulled from minor hits, non hits, misses and obscure B sides. All that matters to me is that you enjoyed yourself here.

      You wrote:

      << I'm one of those who listens more to the over sound of a piece and not the details such as words. >>

      I noticed that you also expressed this in your reply to Kim on your BOTB post. Seems like the three of us have the same kind of filters on our ears. Usually I don't pay as much attention to lyrics as I do to the overall sound of a recording. I was a television producer and a record producer wannabe. I admire record producers because they make magic happen in the studio, combining all of the elements into the final mix that we experience. It's an art form.

      Arthur Conley's A and B sides were hot in the Shady. You might recall his covers of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and the up tempo dancer, "Funky Street," which went top 20 Pop and top 5 R&B.

      Thanks again for joining the fun here on SDMM, Arlee. It's a pleasure to meet you and to add you to my circle of friends!

    2. Regard record production, the ability to produce excellent sounding music has increased so much since the earlier days of recording. It's crazy how top notch recordings can now be produced in ones living room with easily affordable equipment.

      I used to have a Japanese neighbor who worked for Sony. One day he showed me a recording set-up that he had in his living room. The equipment was all tied in to computer software. The guy wasn't even a musician--at least not in the traditional sense of being able to play an instrument--and he was recording top quality instrumental music by merely entering notes in the software program and manipulating everything on his computer.. The end product was as good as anything I'd heard on many recordings of a similar nature.

      In a way it's sad because the ability to play an instrument is such a talent and requires so much practice. The old image of a band in the studio is outdated as musicians don't even have to see each other or know each other to have a good producer create that same experience using their individual and isolated tracks.

      Sad, but I guess it's somewhat in the name of progress. Maybe.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Tossing It Out

    3. That's amazing, Arlee. I'm a little behind the times on today's technology and had no idea it was that easy for practically anyone to produce quality recordings in the comfort of their own home. It is sad to think that those exciting days of Phil Spector building his Wall-of-Sound with The Wrecking Crew are now gone although, even then, there were tricks, shortcuts and innovative techniques used to fill out the sound. Coming up with an ear pleasing finished product was and still is an art even if the process by which it is accomplished has changed.

      Thanks again for your follow-up comment, Arlee. Hey, there's a lovely lady of the Shady that I'd like you to meet. If possible, please return here two days from now, on Saturday, for a very special birthday salute. Thank you, good buddy!

  21. Hello Shady! Or Mr. Knight! Certainly not Farmer In The Dell...

    Anyway, I used to love the TV show Name That Tune as a kid. Of course, I was Hit and Miss with it.

    Now, that said, this was all Miss. The 60s are WAY OUTSIDE my arena of knowledge. If you were countin' down the 80s... then it would be ON!

    However, the concept is fun. So :)

    Thanks for visiting my Battle of the Bands and voting... as well as following. I think this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    1. GIRL WONDER ~
      Look at you all quotin' from 'Casablanca' 'n' stuffs! Woo-Hoo, there's hope for you!

      ~ D-FensDogG

    2. Hi, Robin! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I've seen you around my favorite haunts for the last few weeks and I am very happy to be following you now and to have you following me.

      It feels good to stretch and to learn new things, and this BOTB series provides all of us with that opportunity. I'm not stuck in the 50s and 60s by any means. I have eclectic tastes and, over time, present music and share memories to which nearly everyone can relate. My playlist of favorites spans more than 60 years and includes artists, groups and bands of the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s and 2010s. Great music is ageless and timeless and my goal is to introduce you to the best sounds of my lifetime.

      You strike me as a beautiful, intelligent and articulate person, Robin, and I am honored to have this opportunity to build a close friendship with you. May I ask a favor right off the bat? If you can spare just 5 minutes this Saturday, April 18, I invite you to come back here and meet one of the most important people in Shady Dell history and help be wish her a happy birthday. She and I would greatly appreciate it if you could attend.

      Thanks again for your comment and for joining my circle here on SDMM, dear Robin, and enjoy the rest of your week!


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