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

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOTB Beatdown "And the Winner Is..."

Dear friends,

Last night I was shocked and saddened to learn
that pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford has
died a week shy of his 85th birthday. In an eerie
coincidence, Frank is included in today's post,
a humorous piece that I wrote and produced a
couple of months ago to be used in conjunction
with this week's BOTB. My first instinct was
not to publish this post today. However, after
giving it some thought, I decided to go ahead with
it because it reminds us that, after hanging up his
cleats, Frank Gifford went on to become a great
sports announcer. I was a loyal viewer and huge
fan of ABC's Monday Night Football and the
dream team that hosted the program in its
glory years - Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford
and "Dandy" Don Meredith.  Fond memories
of that series and of those three sports
icons, who are all gone now, were the
inspiration behind this post. Thanks
for the memories, Frank.  Thanks
for being a solid pro at all times
and may you rest in peace.

This is Howard Cosell
along with Dandy Don and The Giffer.

Welcome to this ABC/SDMM exclusive - BOTB Beatdown,
the long awaited, eagerly anticipated declaration of a
winner in this week's Battle of the Banned contest.

The contenders, both hailing from the United Kingdom:
 Sarah Collins singing "I'm Gonna Run Away From You",
and Kiki Dee performing same song - different title -
"Why Don't I Run Away From You?" You, the voters,
have determined which of these postively pugilistic
practitioners came out on top. The results are in
and the champion will be crowned shortly.
I'll be back in 60 seconds.

BOTB Beatdown is
brought to you by... 
Hai Karate after shave
and cologne. Hai Karate... 
be careful how you use it...

By Gino's 15-Cent Hamburgers...

Everybody goes to Gino's!

And by...
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Howard Cosell back with you.

It's time to anoint the BOTB champion, so let's switch
from up here in the booth to down there on the turntable.
It gives me no great pleasure to toss to my distinguished
colleague, a man who is a legend in his own mind...
the inimitable, indefatigable, Shady Del Knight.

Thanks, Howard!  This week's Battle of the Banned featured two UK singers, Sarah Collins and Kiki Dee, each covering Louisiana born soul thrush
Tami Lynn's recording "I'm Gonna Run Away From You."




I voted for Sarah Collins because she's an underdog
and I love underdogs. Sarah courageously battled back
from a life threatening brain tumor.  Today she delights
untold numbers of fans with her live club shows and
YouTube videos singing covers of Motown and
Northern Soul classics. Sarah's shot-at-home
karaoke style vids are basic. She doesn't
have the advantage of a recording studio
with all of its bells and whistles. To me
that makes her performances all the
more impressive. Kiki Dee's version
is one of the great Brit pop recordings
of the Sixties but Sarah Collins stole
my heart and my vote by singing
"Run Away From You" with
joy and soulful authenticity.

Kiki Dee jumped out to an early lead in
the BOTB and for a while it looked like
Kiki might "Run Away" with a win, but
the tide turned and, in the hours and
days that followed, a greater number
of people voted for Sarah Collins.



 KIKI DEE 11  

   (write-in vote for "Rappin' Rodney")   

Congratulations to Sarah Collins, winner of this week's
BOTB Beatdown, and thank you all for voting!


After completing three BOTB contests I was curious
to determine which friends continued to vote the
same way I did. At the end of the last round
there were five.  Now there is only one:
 Anne O'Leary.  Congratulations, Anne.
You're a sista O'Shady from another lady!
How long can Anne keep matching my
vote? Which new followers will keep
their perfect scores and join Anne
as my matchmates? Stay tuned.

It will be fun to find out.

That's it from here, Howard, back to you.

Thank you, Shady Del. You're a friend,
a gentleman and a scholar...correction!
As the banal colloquialism suggests...
two out of three ain't bad.

That wraps up this broadcast. Join me Saturday
when ABC's Wide World of Sports presents... live
from Madison Square Garden... a celebrity pro-am
tag team exhibition wrestling match. Be here as
my good friend Muhammad Ali and his partner
Woody Allen take on on the dream team of
Betty White and Gorilla Monsoon.

Trust me, ladies and gentlemen, the outcome of that
persistently ballyhooed grappling contest is assured.

It's a foregone conclusion!
This thrilla will belong to Gorilla!

That's Saturday at 5 Eastern, 4 Central
on most of these ABC stations. Till then,
this is Howard long for now!

BOTB Beatdown has been sponsored
in part by Hai Karate after shave and cologne.

Hai careful how you use it!


  1. I agree. It's quite a coincidence that Frank Gifford died a few hours before this post was set to run. Your Monday Night Football bit is a timely tribute to him and to the other men.

    It's nice to see that Sarah Collins came out on top in your contest. I enjoyed learning a new song and hearing the three different versions. It was a close battle and I had fun taking part in it.

    1. Hi, dear Kathryn! It was indeed an amazing coincidence that Frank Gifford died on the eve of this post in which I presented a parody of Monday Night Football. I'm glad I didn't miss the news headline reporting his death. It's hard to believe that all three of those dynamic sports announcers/commentators have passed away now. I thoroughly enjoyed their chemistry and their banter during the games. Nobody did it better.

      You and I don't share the same taste in music and it pleased me greatly to know that you recognized Sarah's greatness and voted for her in this contest. Thanks for joining the fun and I hope to see you next time.

  2. Very sad to see that Frank Gifford died.
    Crap, forgot to total the votes from last week! Will go do so now.

    1. Hi, Alex! I have had this Monday Night Football sketch in the can for many weeks and scheduled to be published today in conjunction with my BOTB results. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the headline last night reporting Frank's death. Shocking and sad!

      Thanks for amending your current post to report the winner in your Banned Battle. I was curious to see if Krokus pulled off a victory and they did. Don't forget our next battle coming up Aug. 24. Have a great week, Alex!

  3. It doesn't surprise me that Sarah won. It's hard to resist that soulful appeal.

    It's very sad about Frank. I think he had a good, long life, though.

    1. Hi, dear Sherry! Thanks for coming over to view the result of the BOTB vote. It was a seesaw battle all the way to the end but soulful Sarah prevailed.

      Obviously Frank Gifford and his ABC colleagues were a big part of my youth and early adulthood. With those three in the broadcast booth, Monday Night Football was "must see TV," a weekly event that millions of football fans looked forward to and discussed around the water cooler at work the next day, most of them sleepy from staying up so late to watch the game. I miss those days and those men.

      Thank you again for joining the party, dear friend Sherry. Enjoy your day!

  4. This post brought back some good memories. Always liked this Monday night crew and the 15 cent hamburgs at Ginos. They might not have been as good as Bury's burgers, but on the loop to other east York famous places. I also liked Alex Karras on MNF. Of course his vocabulary was different from Cosells. Another good post even with the bad news. DR Jerre

    1. Hi, Jerre! Thanks for reporting in. It's great to know you are still following the blog after 7 years. I appreciate it!

      I don't watch as much football as I used to but back in the day I was an avid fan, especially when Monday rolled around and it was time for Monday Night Football. Al Michaels has always been a favorite of mine and he was a worthy replacement for Frank Gifford as the play-by-play guy. As you might recall, O.J. Simpson was a color commentator in the mid 80s. I always liked Dan Dierdorf. Dennis Miller and John Madden.

      "Everybody goes to Gino's" and that included you and me, good buddy. We both recall how Gino's was one of the key meet-up spots of the East York loop. Avalong's was another. I miss those days more and more.

      Thanks again for joining the fun (marred by the sad news of The Giffer's death). Have a great week and come back soon, Jerre!

  5. YAY! I voted for the winner Sarah. Isnt it so weird when things like this happen like the coincidence with Frank? I get that quite a bit. My husband just shakes his head. Like I will mention someone we haven't heard from in a while and they will call me within 24 hrs.
    Wow Howard Cosell! I remember watching football listening to these guys as kids. I am so excited that the season is about to start! Football is a religion here in Texas.
    Have a great day sweet Shady!

    1. Hi, dear Holli! Thank you for coming to my awards ceremony crowning the winner of my latest BOTB. I'm happy to know that your ears match mine and you are tickled that our horse won the race.

      It is weird when a coincidence like Frank Gifford's death occurs. I remember having to postpone one of my posts a few years ago because I used the word "tsunami" in it. A few hours before the scheduled publication, Japan was hit by the deadly waves following that offshore earthquake. There have been quite a few times when the thought of a singer or actor pops into my head for no reason and hours or days later I read the news that they have died. That happened with Joan Rivers, for example.

      I'm so glad you remember the glory years of Monday Night Football even though you were watching it as a child. Thank you again for your visit and cheery comment, dear friend Holli!

  6. If we line up all the battlers, I'll always choose upbeat great vocals. At least I think I will.

    You really started something for me; I had never heard of Sarah Collins before and now I'm totally hooked. Even the smile and head bopping are adorable. I loved that video.

    Frank Gifford was on the short lists of greats. So many sports "legends" come with a whole lotta bad baggage. Gifford was the real deal. Because of Kathy Lee Gifford's high profile spot on the tube, we all got to see a bit more about their family, too. It makes the loss more palpable.

    Now...I may be wrong. He may have been totally different or perhaps there were many, many skeletons in the closet. Who cares. RIP Frank Gifford.

    Have a lovely Monday, Shady.

    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! Thank you very much for coming to my BOTB awards banquet. (Yessum, I am well aware that my post was not in the reader for the first 7 hours after publication!)

      I'm glad I got you hooked on Sarah Collins. I can think of worse addictions. Sarah is a delightful find and a genuine talent. Her smile is infectious and positive vibes emanate from her. It pleases me that you and many other readers voted for Sarah.

      Who (whom?) among us does not have skeletons in their (his, her) closet? Like that well written sentence? :) Maybe Janie Junebug can fix it for me. Frank would have turned age 85 next Sunday but, even so, he's leaving us far too soon. It feels like another big chunk of my past has been lost. I admired Frank's unshakable professionalism and his even temperament.

      Thank you again, dear friend Cherdo, for joining me today and for sharing your thoughts about our BOTB winner, Sarah Collins, and Frank Gifford, one of the all time greats. I'll see you tomorrow, my dear!

  7. Oh this was fun! Wonderfully clever and incredibly thoughtful, Mr. Shady!
    Mr. & Mrs. Gifford seemed to have one of those memorable storybook kinds of life together and I'm glad it lasted until the very end.

    1. Hi, dear Diedre! Thank you very much for coming over for my follow-up post declaring the winner in my Battle of the Banned. Your vote helped Sarah Collins achieve victory in the contest and I intend to present more of Sarah's great singing performances in future posts.

      It makes me happy to know that I can entertain you and that you appreciate my blogging style. I never dreamed this post would turn out to be a mix of laughter and tears but that's how it goes sometimes. I have been watching the video tributes to Frank Gifford today and they are touching. I just watched two more before writing this reply including the one by fellow sportscaster Al Michaels who reinforced what I have been writing about Frank - that no matter what was happening around him, Frank was always the coolest person in the room. I always wanted to be more like him.

      Thank you again for your friendship and for your participation in my BOTB series, dear friend Diedre. I greatly appreciate it. Have a wonderful week out there in Arizona!

  8. This was fun. Those commentators were iconic.
    Very sorry to hear about Frank Gifford, but it sounds like he had a great run.
    It's karmic about your post and his passing.

    1. Hi, dear Sandra! Thank you very much for checking back today to find out who won the BOTB competition. I remember that you voted for Sarah Collins. I am pleased to know that you saw, heard and FELT her greatness the same as I did. I have more Sarah in the pipeline for future posts, so stay tuned.

      Yessum, it gave me a start when the news headline telling of Frank Gifford's passing jumped out out me last night. I could hardly believe my eyes or the timing of it. I decided to go ahead and publish the post even though it was composed as a humorous piece because, clearly, I loved Frank and his colleagues and their long running sports series, Monday Night Football.

      Thank you again for your interest in what I'm doing here at SDMM, dear Sandra. I am delighted and very grateful to have you as a new friend. Enjoy your week!

  9. I'm glad you went ahead with this. What better blog eulogy than to remember how it was back then...

    My favorite Howard moment was in Tampa one Monday night. A huge board was lifted up in the stands. Part of it was a well drawn caricature of Cosell, with the usual hellos to everyone and ABC on a sheet draped over the other side. A half second after the camera picked it up, the sheet was pulled, revealing "HOWIE SUCKS" in big creamsickle letters. As a grade schooler, it was an epic moment. No one spoke in the booth for a play or two.

    1. Hi, Chris! Hi, Scrappy! Thanks for coming, my good buddies! I never missed a Monday night game when this famous trio presided, and I do believe I remember that night in Tampa, that sign and the silence in the booth that followed. (I also can't help recalling the night John Lennon was assassinated and how Howard broke that awful news to America.) If you were in grade school during the early years of Monday Night Football, then you might or might not remember how much time the roving camera spent, not only on crowd shots like the one you mentioned, but on closeups of the cheerleaders and other pretty women in the stadium. Whenever the camera lingered on an attractive female, Dandy Don typically uttered a few choice words about them, the kind of remark that would get a sports announcer in hot water today. I haven't watched much pro football on TV in recent years, but I doubt the director punches up shots of women between plays as often as they did back then.

      Anyway, I am very happy to see you, Chris, and to know that this post resonated with you, even if it was the football part of it rather than the music part. I thank you for coming, Chris, and wish you and Scrappy a great week!

  10. LOL, what a delightful and fun post! Although, I didn't pick Sarah and I am happy that she won. And, how weird that you had scheduled in a spot for The Giffer?! I was saddened to hear of his passing, too. Oh well...thanks for sharing the outcome of your Battle of the Banned! You never fail to make me smile, Tom! :D

    1. Hi, dear Cathy! I am very happy to see you, my sweet friend! As you know by now, I seldom present a post in a simple, straightforward manner. I am not ashamed to admit that my humor makes me smile and I'm glad to know that it makes you smile, too.

      Yessum, what an unexpected turn of events to discover that Frank Gifford had died just hours before I was set to feature him in a funny post. I went ahead and published because the post reminds us of Frank's great talent off the field as the cool, calm and collected play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football, a sports series that became part of American legend and lore during his stint as co-host.

      I loved all three versions of "Run Away" and the contest could have gone either way. Kiki Dee rallied late in the game but it wasn't enough to offset a glut of votes for Sarah earlier in the voting period. In the end the contest was decided by only 4 votes and I thank you very much for helping to keep it close.

      Please take good care of yourself, dear Cathy, and thank you again for coming over tonight. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  11. Congrats to Sarah! I enjoyed learning about her and hearing her voice and thanks to you for having a fun and competitive voting process. Your clever way of announcing the winner turned into a nice tribute to Frank Gifford. I'm not a football follower but you'd have to be a troll living under a bridge to not know about Monday Night Football back in the day. I think "Larger than life" would describe them. Kathy Lee brought her family into the limelight on morning TV. There was the good and the bad brought out but through it all they stayed together and raised their children. That had to be hard with all the publicity surrounding them. 85 seems like a nice long life, but to his family, friends, and fans it seems way too short. Thanks for the memories as well as a fun conclusion to this battle!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you very much for popping over to "witness democracy in action" and view the results of the BOTB contest. Yessum, the horse you bet on won the race and your vote matched mine. I'm so pleased that you got a kick out of my Monday Night Football sketch in this follow-up post. You're right. After I got over the initial shock of Frank Gifford's death it occurred to me that this would be a fitting tribute. It wouldn't have made sense to pull and postpone the piece. I have been watching the many tearful tributes on TV. Frank and Kathie Lee had their problems as all couples do but, to their credit, they stayed together and worked it out, something far too few people are willing to do nowadays.

      Thank you again for being here for the awarding of the medal and the closing ceremonies of my latest BOTB, dear friend YaYa. Please take good care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your week.

      God bless!

  12. It is a shame that Frank Gifford died because he seemed so well actually. I am not a sports person in any shape or form but I did know of him. I am also glad you kept him in this because life doesn't end and I think most people like to be remembered for laughter, not tears. Well, I voted for Kiki but the other lady was also excellent and had an uphill battle and now she is quite successful so kudos to her.

    1. Hi, dear Birgit! Thank you very much for swinging by to find out how your vote figured into the outcome of the BOTB. I'm sorry your candidate lost by 4 votes, but you and the others who voted for Kiki helped to make it a nice close contest and I appreciate it. Besides, I love that Kiki Dee recording, so it wouldn't have mattered to me which songstress won.

      I like the way you expressed yourself here, dear Birgit. I think all of us would like to be remembered as we were in our prime and to put a smile on the faces of people who knew us. What better way for a guy like me to pay tribute to Frank Gifford than to write him into a humorous bit that recalls the glory years of his iconic weekly sports broadcast, ABC's Monday Night Football. Those were the days, my friend.

      Thank you again for your visit and generous comments, dear friend Birgit. I hope your week is off to a great start. I'll be connecting with you soon. Until then please take good care of yourself!

  13. I remember Hai Karate, Shady, and some of the ads, too! It's funny, sometimes I remember things from when I was a little girl, say 7 years old (such as my great aunt's telephone number), which I still remember today and she died in 1977! Other times I find myself wracking my brain trying to remember things...I remember less from high school than from elementary school, but you would think it should be the other way around. Interesting how just a fragrance, a word, a song or a photo can bring memories back!

    I am not surprised that Sarah took the majority of the votes, as I have to be honest, I don't know her but I will look into more about her and listen to more songs by her. Thank you so much for your posts. Warm hugs to you, my cherished friend.

    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you very much for coming by to find out which singer won my latest Banned Battle. It's very nice of you to want to learn more about our winner, Sarah Collins. Few singers I have ever encountered spread cheer like Sarah does with her charming smile and pleasing voice.

      I can relate to what you mentioned here about remembering elementary school better than high school. I am the same way. Perhaps its because our young minds were like sponges and hungrily soaked up information collected about our world and the people in it. I am also like you because I can remember my telephone number from the 1950s but forget where I put my comb five minutes ago. :)

      I'm so glad you had fun with these two BOTB posts, learned a new song and discovered a new artist, Sarah Collins. I will be presenting more of her performances in upcoming posts so please stay tuned. Happy Tuesday to you, dear friend Linda. I'll be by later in the morning to read your latest post. God bless!

  14. Sarah was my choice too and I'm glad she won! That's quite an inspirational back story. Sad news indeed about Frank Gifford. May he R.I.P. Not a football fan, but I've certainly heard his name and I remember his wife, Kathy Lee, from her days co-hosting a morning show with Regis Philbin. The Hai Karate commercials were pretty funny, in their day. Thanks for another entertaining post, Shady. Coming here is always enjoyable. I see you visited me as well. Catch you there later today. Cheers!

    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady! Thank you very much for dropping by to see which singer prevailed in my latest BOTB. It makes me happy to know that you recognize Sarah's talent. I wish I could attend one of her live shows fronting Vinyl Groove.

      Yessum, it was an eerie coincidence that Frank Gifford passed away on the eve of this humorous post in which I acknowledged his contributions off the field as a top notch sports announcer on Monday Night Football. It has been gratifying to watch the many tributes to Frank presented on TV since his death and to witness the outpouring of love and sympathy for wife Kathie Lee.

      Thank you again for coming back to check the tote board revealing the BOTB results. Please forgive the two typos in my comment on your post. That's what happens when I stay up too late and keep pushing myself even when I am tired. I notice that you stayed up very late to leave your comment on SDMM. I suppose we were both demonstrating our commitment to this friendship. Thank you, dear friend Debbie, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. Yes, I am a night person, Shady. Favourite time of day. My pleasure to drop by here, anytime. ☺
      Frank Gifford was certainly a sports icon and will be missed by many.

    3. You are always welcome here, dear Debbie, and I love your follow-up comments and replies. As I noted before, you have proven yourself to be a conscientious "full service" blogger and a caring friend. Thank you, dear Debbie!

  15. Hello dear Shady,

    I'm not surprised that we vote alike more often than not. I remember when I asked you how you felt about Zep, my personal litmus test of compatibility. While I can most definitely get along with people who don't like Zep, I'm less inclined to sit down and have a pint with them. .

    I don't really know anything about Frank Gifford, but I understand he was very important to American football fans and I am sure he will be missed.

    Have a fantastic week Shady!

    1. Hi, dear Anne! Thank you for coming to my BOTB award ceremony and after party. Yessum, you are the only person who has matched my votes in all three of my banned battles. Isn't that something? We can't expect to agree every single time but it's always nice when we do. :)

      We also are in total agreement about Led Zeppelin. As I told you I also collect the music of bands influenced by Zep including Deep Purple, Kingdom Come and Black Sabbath and I have a post in the pipeline featuring another Zeppelin influenced band, Whitesnake.

      Yessum, Frank Gifford was a household name for millions of American footballers, myself included. The three iconic sportscasters in this post turned Monday Night Football into a must see television event - a party, a weekly celebration. There was nothing like it and I rarely missed a telecast in the 70s and 80s.

      Thank you again, dear friend Anne, for paying attention to SDMM during your blogging hiatus. It's very kind of you and I greatly appreciate your support. Take care, Anne, and I'll see you again soon!

    2. Hello again!

      Deep Purple is another one of those bands that meant a lot to me growing up. I got into Ian Paice as a drummer early on. The other bands you mention are also touchstone bands for me. I can't imagine my younger years without their influence. Now I loved Whitesnake up until the 80's when they became a standard "hair band" and lost that blues based rhythm.

      When I was younger, my understanding of America was that Baseball was your most important sport. It seemed to be an integral part of your culture and your identity as a people. Today it seems like Football has taken that place. I'm basing that on my own limited experience of the people on blogger and on the people in this town. No one ever mentions Baseball, but they are avid Football fans. But, you've still got hamburgers, hot dogs and apple pie and I'm a big fan of all three.

    3. Hi, again, dear Anne! Thank you very much for the return visit tonight. Did you notice that BOTB winner Sarah Collins left us a comment (below)? It's quite an honor to have her join us here at SDMM, isn't it? She is such a sweet lady, too.

      I came across this cool cover of a Beatles classic by Whitesnake from their first album Trouble. What do you think of it?

      And here's a great one from Saints & Sinners:

      And this one from Slide It In:

      And of course this Zeppelinesque hit from the self-titled Whitesnake album:

      When I was a kid, baseball was king in America. You're right, football gradually eclipsed baseball and today I'm almost certain that it is more popular. Truth be told I have hardly watched any sports at all in recent years, preferring to spend my time on other pursuits.

      I am always delighted to reconnect with you here, dear friend Anne. Thank you again for making time for me whilst you are on vacation. I hope to see you again soon! :)

    4. That is so neat that Sarah came by and left a comment. That just makes me like her more. What an inspiring woman she is!

      It's quite interesting that you would put the clip of Whitesnake covering Day Tripper. It's because of their cover that the Hubby and I starting covering it many years ago. I just love what they did with it.

      Slide it In was about the time I dropped off Whitesnake. One of the things I didn't like is that Coverdale's vocals sounded like they'd been highly treated. Slow and Easy is a good song, but there was that departure into a very commercial sound.

      I didn't like Still of the Night or anything from that album. Clearly Zep inspired, but it was just too over the top 80's.

      Another of my favourite Zep inspired bands, was Heart. Those girls could rock and they put on a great show. I'm sure you saw them live and you may have met them as well. They blew my ears out at one show, it was so loud.

      It's been nice talking to you my friend!

    5. Hi again, dear Anne! See - it was bound to happen sooner or later. You and I didn't match on all of my recommended Coverdale clips. :)

      Yessum, I love the Wilsons, but now you have me curious. Some Heart lovers strongly prefer Dreamboat Annie and other earlier recordings that feature songs written by the sisters. They are not as fond of the band's later output such as the 1985 album Heart, Bad Animals, Brigade and subsequent sessions. Are you a 1970s Heart "purist" or do you also enjoy the more polished commercial rock sound they achieved in the 80s and 90s performing material written by others?

      In 1985, I used Heart's "What About Love" in a presentation introducing the MTV style television station where I was employed. The promotional piece was played for prospective advertisers. The following year I used "These Dreams" in one of my commercials.

      Thanks again for coming by, dear friend Anne. Enjoy your day!

    6. Anne, I forgot to ask if you like Stonefield, the Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin influenced band made up of teenage Aussie sisters:

  16. Hi Tom, wow, thank you so much for featuring me in your blog! I'm overwhelmed! Big thank you for all of your support and lovely compliments towards my covers, I really do appreciate you kindness. I cannot believe that I topped the vote against the brilliant Kiki Dee.....totally blown away, thank you so much to you and your readers! I would love to be part of your future blogs so feel free to include me!

    Thank you once again and have a great week!

    Sarah x

    1. Hi, dear Sarah! I am thrilled to know that you read these two BOTB posts and I thank you very much for taking time to write such a nice message to me and to the readers of Shady Dell Music & Memories.

      I was astonished the first time I came across your YouTube channel and experienced the quality of your singing. By now I think I have listened to every one of your performances and I continue to marvel at your versatility.

      We want you to know how much we admire you for bravely fighting back from illness. The utter joy you bring to life and to your singing is an inspiration to us all. You make us feel happy, Sarah, and that is the mark of a great artist.

      Congratulations on winning this singing competition against Kiki Dee. I already have you scheduled to appear in several more upcoming posts and I will notify you when they are about to be published.

      You are always welcome here at SDMM, dear Sarah, and I hope you will stay in touch with your many new friends and fans here. We all wish you well!

  17. You crack me up every time my friend. Sorry I didn't vote with you. Hmmmm, wonder what my record is voting against you.
    Looking forward to your next Battle of the Banned. And you know why I love it so much don't you?
    It's the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat for these varied musicians.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey! Welcome back to SDMM and BOTB. I'm glad my spoof of Howard Cosell & company gave you a chuckle. As years go by I'm finding fewer readers old enough to remember the people, TV shows and movies to which I refer in my posts. Your reference to ABC's Wide World of Sports and the famous phrase "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" did not escape me. It's another series that I watched regularly throughout my youth.

      I just checked my two other BOTB battles and didn't find any comments or votes from you, so it appears this is the first of my battles in which you have participated. I have voted in three of yours and I think you might be right - we have voted on opposite sides every time! :) Let's not panic or read too much into it, Jeffrey. The odds are in our favor that we will have a match in the very near future. In the meantime, I am enjoying your blog and your friendship and it pleases me to know that you have fun coming here to SDMM. I love to entertain good friends like you.

      Thanks again for reading, listening and voting, good buddy. I hope to see you back here again soon. (If you want more giggles, be here next Monday when I publish my next post.) Enjoy the rest of your week, Jeffrey!

    2. To be honest, I think I may have missed your previous BOTB somehow. I shall strive to keep better tabs. Sometimes your header confuses me and I forget to scroll down. But I'm getting better at that. LOL

    3. Hi, Jeffrey! In fairness to you, my last BOTB post was way back in mid May and you and I weren't even following each other then. I needed to wait all this time to stage another BOTB because I had a series of time sensitive posts that needed to run in the interim, namely the 3-part series observing the 50th anniversary of Where The Action Is, my 7th blogiversary post and Janie Junebug's guest post. As you can see, I will not be publishing my BOTB posts on the 1st or 15th of the month. I carefully avoid those dates. My rationale in doing so is to give blog friends like you a chance to concentrate on the ever expanding Battle of the Bands hop on the 1st and 15th, time consuming as it is, hoping that they will be caught up and have more time to visit my BOTB a few days later. It seems likely that the original BOTB hop will eventually include so many members that it will need to splinter into at least two groups, one group posting a battle on the 1st and the second group on the 15th.

      Again, I thank you very much for your interest in my blog and for your friendship, Jeffrey. Enjoy the rest of your day and I hope to see you back here for my next post coming on Monday!

    4. I especially love your Hai Karate commercial. I hope you like it too, and can wait till April. I have some interesting things planned for my Blog then.
      Stay tuned.

  18. 15 cent burger. Can you imagine?
    Happy Tuesday, Shady. Hope it was pleasant and productive.

    1. Hi, dear Sandra! I'm happy to see you again today, my great friend! Yessum, you could buy quite a lot of fast food for a dollar when I was a teenager. When I went to Gino's, I typically ordered a Giant, two large bags of French fries, onion rings, a large milk shake and an apple pie - all that just a couple of hours after having dinner at home - and I stayed thin as a rail!

      Did you notice that our special guest of honor, Miss Sarah Collins, left a comment for us (above)? Wasn't that nice of her?

      Please come back soon, dear friend Sandra. I love having you over for a visit!

  19. Very creative results post. Can't wait for your next BotB post.

    1. Hi, Mike! Thanks for coming over, good buddy. You and I both posted about Frank Gifford that same day and I thank you for remembering his life and his greatness.

      I am pleased that you enjoyed my BOTB results post. My next Banned Battle is coming up on the 24th of this month. I hope to see you then if not before and I'll be sure to check out your next contest this Saturday. Have a great day, Mike!

  20. Loved the commercials! I remember the Hai Karate one very well. The first one was hilarious.

    I understand why you voted for Sarah. She is an amazing woman with a terrific voice and with a recording studio would have the fancy backup that makes a song stand out.

    I also remember 15 cent hamburgers! Those were the days.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming down to see the result of the voting in my latest BOTB. Like Mrs. Shady did in her comment, you acknowledged that this wasn't a level playing field. It would have been more fair if we could have listened to both artists' vocals laid over the same instrumental backing track.

      Did you notice that Sarah Collins posted a comment yesterday (above)? I was absolutely thrilled to know that she read the two posts and appreciated being entered in the competition. Sarah even plugged SDMM on her Facebook page which was super nice of her!

      I'm glad you got a kick out of the old TV commercials that I presented in this post. They seem awfully dated now but they hold many clues that remind us of "the way we were." Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end. (Maybe they don't have to end as long as you and I keep the memories fresh and alive.)

      Thank you again, dear sweet Belle, for making time for a visit today. I hope your week's going well and I invite you back here next Monday for another post that's sure to make you giggle. God bless!

  21. Okay WOW i just have to say that the 15 cent burger looks like heaven!! How can it be possible that things like that existed? I would probably die from the wonderfulness of it, burgers being that cheap. That and get really really fat hehe.
    I came here for the voting results but i also got a great laugh and lots of interesting stuff to look at. Lovin' these vintage commercials and the way you add pictures to make it appear as through characters are in conversation! Gets me every time.
    Congrats to Sarah! May she continue to do well with what she's so good at, and keep inspiring others!

    1. Hello, dear sweet Abigail & Daisy! Thank you very much for popping in. Yessum, I suppose I was fortunate to have been your age during the golden era of the 15 cent hamburger. The Gino Giant was delicious - sesame seed bun, fresh lettuce, tomato and special sauce. I ate tons of fast food back then and drank lots of soft drinks, too, and yet I remained so slender that one of my aunts always embarrassed me by telling me how skinny I was. I wish that I still had that metabolism today!

      I am always happy to give you a laugh, dear Abigail. In spite of our age difference you always get and appreciate my humor. We can both be proud and thankful to have made such a great connection.

      Thank you for congratulating our winner, Sarah Collins. Don't miss the comment that Sarah posted here on SDMM yesterday (scroll up). Wasn't that sweet of her? She truly is a wonderful person and an inspiration to us all.

      Thank you again for coming over today, dear friend Abigail. Please smooch Daisy for me and enjoy the rest of your week!

  22. That Hai Karate commercial's a hoot.
    Hope you're having the best day ever, Shady.

    1. Hi, dear Sandra! I am having the best day ever simply because you cared enough to drop by and see me again. :) Yessum, those goofy Hai Karate commercials were a hoot, but they were also persuasive. I bought the stuff and splashed on a liberal amount whenever I headed off to the Shady Dell. Unfortunately, it didn't work very well. I was prepared to use martial arts on the Dellettes but I never had to "fight 'em off" the way the nerd in the commercials always did. :)

      Thanks again for spreading cheer, dear friend Sandra. Come back soon!

    2. You're probably just being modest:)

      All the guys at my high school wore Jade East.

    3. Hi, Sandra! OMG! That's a blast from the past. I forgot all about Jade East! Yessum, I wore that brand for a few years, too, and I'm pretty sure it was during my Dell daze. The result was the same. I was not exactly mobbed by women. Maybe I should have used Brylcreem! :)

      Thank again for the kind visit and comment, dear friend Sandra. I'll see you soon!

    4. There you go, hiding your popularity again. grin.

      We all thought Jade East was SO sexy.

    5. Hi, sweet friend! I looked up the two cologne brands. Jade East was introduced in 1964 when I was 14 and Hai Karati was launched in 1967 when I was 17. That makes it likely that I wore both fragrances during my Dell rat years. They were both nice smelling products. The problem most guys had was believing that the more they splashed on the better their chances of attracting a woman. Some guys drenched themselves in it and ended up repelling the ladies! :)

  23. And people always go for the underdogs. :)
    Miller beer started way back then. Nice to know. And forgive me but I haven't heard of Gino's until now.

    1. Hi, dear Lux! Thank you for coming back over to view the result of the BOTB. Your vote for underdog Sarah Collins helped her win the contest. Thank you!

      Gino's hamburgers was an East Coast regional franchise with a total of 359 locations at its peak including one in East York. More than a place to buy and eat fast food, Gino's was one of the most popular hangouts for teenagers. Teens parked their cars at Gino's and lingered there, socializing, people watching and admiring the steady stream of muscle cars that rode through, laid rubber, and continued to follow East Market St. to Avalong Dairy and other meeting spots for youth around the town. Great times, dear friend Lux!

  24. Hi Shady!

    Your post (unexpectedly) paid homage to the beloved Frank Gifford. It was a nice tribute to all 3 late/great sports commentators with added touches of "Shady" humor we all know and love! Those commercials were so funny and bring back memories!

    I'm happy that the stats were close because both women were so talented but, I'm very happy my pick, Sarah, won. She's quite a find! Thank you for sharing!

    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thank you very much for making time to swing over for a visit and view the results of the BOTB contest.

      Yessum, fate intervened. I was stunned to read the news headline announcing the death of Frank Gifford on the eve of the post's publication.

      The BOTB was decided by a 4 vote margin which pleases me. Both ladies are talented but, you're right, it's always nice when the majority of the voters agree with you. Sarah Collins is a wonderful person and a deserving winner.

      Thank you again for being here today, dear friend Toni. I hope you are having a splendid weekend. God bless!

  25. I'm sorry I missed this battle. It was a close one! I only got back home a few days ago and it's been a bit crazy. I'm hoping to get back to "regular blogging" soon. Right now I'm just trying to hold on while the ride goes on....

    1. Hi, Robin, my long lost, fine feathered friend!

      Yessum, it's a shame you missed so much while you were out of state and away from blogging. You missed my special 3-part series on The Action Kids, my 7th anniversary celebration and an important guest post by our mutual friend Janie Junebug. I hope you will be back to "regular blogging" this coming Monday so that you can join me when I resume my long running series on the Phil Spector sound. See you then!

  26. Kathleen Mae SchneiderAugust 15, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    While I don't follow sports as Bob does, I overhear announcers all the time as he watches and listens to his favorite teams.

    These three were part of the soundtrack of our early married years. We were new teachers paying close attention to how we used our voices and especially our word usage, so Howard Cosell's outlandish vocabulary, nearly constant hyperboles and choice of metaphors amazed us and made us laugh. i.e., "There goes the ball - up into the ozone...!" (Back then, I doubt many people were as familiar with that term as they are today.)

    Bob got a kick out of the Miller Light and Hai Karate commercials, and remembered all of them. Good memories, those!

    I'm glad Sarah Collins got the win she deserved with her performance. It was a close call for me, and either one of the gals could have easily gotten my vote.

    Thanks for a fun post that took us both back in time, and paid tribute to these three late, great media personalities and their never-to-be replicated interactions.

    1. Hi, dear Kathleen! Thank you very much for coming by to witness the thrill of victory and the agony of da feet. :) I am very pleased to know that this parody post resonated with you and Bob. As I told another friend, the older I get, the less likely it is that the current crop of readers will remember the people, music, movies and television shows that were a major part of my youth. I'm glad Bob got a kick out of the embedded vintage TV commercials. It's alarming to watch that Miller Lite spot and count how many of those sports greats are no longer with us.

      Thank you for giving props to Sarah Collins, the winner of my latest BOTB, and for all of your wonderful, validating comments, dear friend Kathleen. If you're ready for another blast from the past, please join me on Monday when I introduce another pop culture icon of yesteryear. Please take good care of yourself and Mother and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  27. What a sweet lady. I'm glad I voted for her.

    1. Hi, Janie! I'm sure Sarah Collins will appreciate your words and the vote of confidence. Stay tuned for more of Sarah's fabulous singing performances coming in future posts.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend Janie, and come back tomorrow for my new post, guaranteed to trigger another round of snicker snorts.

      God bless!

  28. As the weekend draws to a close, here's wishing you a productive, pleasant week.

    1. It's so very sweet and kind of you to visit and comment, dear Sandra. What a great friend you turned out to be. I am very grateful! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  29. Shady, I just wanted to bring the total number of comments up to 70 because 70 is a nice... round... even number... much much better than 69 comments which is... an odd number. You see, I like even numbers much more than odd numbers because odd numbers are so..... what's the word I'm looking for?..... odd! Thank you!

  30. That was indeed a close Battle but I'm glad the underdog won out in the final count.

    Gosh, Hai Karate is a blast from the past. Never tried it myself and have no idea what it smelled like. I do remember those TV commercials though.

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


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