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

Monday, October 5, 2015

BOTB Results + “Mudd with two 'D's."

It's time to declare a winner in my latest

Battle of the Banned!

The tribe has spoken...but before I tell you
who won I'd like to challenge you with a few


In the picture above, can you name the
character actor on the left? Can you name
the family friendly television sitcom
for which he is best known?
When was his name Mudd?
I'll have the answers at
the end of this post.


My latest Battle of the Banned featured Nancy Ames,
"The TW3 Girl," competing for your vote against
The Stylettes, a soulful girl group from Philly.




I loved James Brown's music even before he
got a brand new bag and pumped up the funk.
One of his prettiest recordings is "Out of the Blue,"
an obscure B side on the back of "The Things That I
Used To Do," a 1964 Smash single that only reached
#99 on the chart. The Stylettes recording, "Packing
Up My Memories," is derivative of Brown's record
and that's a good thing because I enjoy them both.

As much as I like the soulful Stylettes, my vote in this contest goes to Nancy Ames and her recording "Friends and Lovers Forever" which shamelessly carries the melody of The McCoys' monster hit "Hang On Sloopy." I love Nancy's recording because it's exciting to me when a "nerd" jumps out of character and gets in touch with his or her inner cool kid. Remember how Hot Lips Houlihan turned cool and became one of the gang in M*A*S*H? Remember Jerry Lewis in his role as The Nutty Professor and how he transformed into the swinging hipster Buddy Love? That's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Nancy Ames is best known for singing folk
songs and making Spanish language records.
"Friends and Lovers Forever" is a radical
departure for Nancy, totally unexpected
and one-of-a-kind. I couldn't believe
my ears the first time I heard those
sassy backup singers chiming in
near the end of the song, imitating
the shouting finish of the McCoys
single. I laughed and shook my head
in amazement. Now that's the way to
to make a record, folks! So what if
it doesn't stand a snowball's chance
of becoming a hit? Just go for it.
I admire that attitude! Nancy's
nifty novelty number sold poorly
but it's one of my favorite girl group
style records of the 60s. The Stylettes
are great, no doubt about it, but Nancy
took me by surprise and won me over
with "Friends and Lovers Forever,"
the coolest record she ever made.
Nancy Ames to please. She pleased
me a lot with this oddball single
and she gets my vote!

Now let's check the final vote count
and name the winner.

Going in, I expected a balanced vote because,
in my mind, the two competing recordings are
evenly matched. I was quite surprised when
The Stylettes received nearly twice as
many votes as Nancy Ames.




Congratulations to The Stylettes,
winners of the latest BOTB!


My dear friend Anne O'Leary at O'Leary Miniatures
holds the world record for most votes in a row matching
mine. Anne and I voted for the same artist in all four
of my previous banned battles. Did we extend our
winning streak to five games? NO! All good
things eventually come to an end and our
win streak halted at four when Anne
voted for The Stylettes. It was nice
while it lasted, Anne. At least now
no one can accuse us of being
in cahoots with each other and
rigging the game. :) Maybe we
will match votes again next time.


The fine character actor on the left
in the picture above was Sid Melton.

From the late 50s through the mid 60s Sid
appeared on The Danny Thomas Show in the
role of 'Uncle Charley' Halper, proprietor
of the Copa Club, and Danny's manager.

Sid with Pat Carroll (Bunny Halper)

But wait...what about the title of this post,
“Mudd with two 'D's"? Those words formed
the signature introductory gag line used by
Sid in the role of Ichabod "Ikky" Mudd
aka "Icky" Mudd, a character used for
comic relief in Captain Midnight,
an action adventure television
series that I watched every
Saturday morning in the mid 50s.

Sponsored by Ovaltine, Captain Midnight
was the program that first convinced me
to try the breakfast drink. Ironically,
Richard Webb (above), who starred
as Captain Midnight, irked the show's
sponsors because he didn't like the taste
of Ovaltine and refused to drink it in public!


Sid Melton and Richard Webb in Captain Midnight

In their roles as Superman and Captain Midnight,
George Reeves and Richard Webb were two
of the greatest heroes and role models
for kids of the 20th century.

George Reeves as Superman

Tragically both men died of gunshot wounds.
Both deaths were ruled suicide, although the
debate goes on as to whether Reeves' death
was suicide, murder or accidental. Comic
character actor Sid Melton guest starred in
an episode of The Adventures of Superman.

"Jeepers, Mr. Kent!"

R.I.P. Jack Larson
"Jimmy Olsen" on Superman
He died September 20, 2015.


  1. I voted for the Stylettes but it is nice to see that Nancy Ames got enough votes to make it a good battle. I never heard of Captain Midnight but I watched Make Room For Daddy and remember Sid Melton. I didn't know that Jimmy Olsen died. It was interesting to read the trivia about George Reeves and Richard Webb. It reminds me of the movie Hollywoodland that we watched a few years ago.

    1. Hi, Kathryn! Yessum, Captain Midnight is (or was) a thing. I watched the program every Saturday morning. It's odd. As a kid I didn't like cartoons nearly as much as shows that had real people in them.

      Yessum, Jack Larson, "Jimmy Olsen" on the Adventures of Superman, has died. Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane on the series, is still alive and will soon be 95! We own Hollywoodland on DVD and I think we should watch it again soon.

      Thanks for voting in my Banned Battle, dear Kathryn!

  2. That battle was decisive.
    Sad both died from gunshot.
    I never liked Ovaltine either...

    1. Hi, Alex! Hey, aren't you that guy on Rock Jeopardy? :)

      Yes sir, The Stylettes jumped out to a commanding lead and never relinquished it. Nancy Ames fans showed up throughout the week and prevented a blowout.

      I wasn't keen on the taste of Ovaltine either and it took time and labor to get the granules to completely dissolve. I preferred Bosco chocolate syrup, another breakfast product that was advertised throughout the 50s on kids' TV shows.

      Thanks for joining the BOTB network, good buddy Alex, and have a great week!

  3. Hi dear Shady! I love Ovaltine, especially the chocolate version. But to each his/her own, right? :) I love the Danny Thomas Show as well and sadly there are no reruns of these great classics anywhere, at least not to my knowledge. (I am referring to television channels, though). Many of them are available on DVD, but I do not have a DVD player, so I watch some of them on YouTube! I know that Vision TV, a religious television network was airing The Waltons for quite a while, which really brought me much joy, as this is a show that I love. Good family values on this show, as well as on The Andy Griffith Show, are rarely seen on TV shows today.

    I hope your week is great, my cherished friend, and thank you so much for sharing the voting results and bringing back some great memories for me. :)

    1. Hi, dear Linda! I am very happy to see you today. Thanks for coming over to my BOTB after party. I would love to watch the entire series Make Room For Daddy - renamed The Danny Thomas Show - from beginning to end. It ran from 1953 to 1964, a very large chunk of my childhood. I am pleased to know that you remember and loved the show and remember Sid Melton. It's a shame the series doesn't appear in syndication in your area.

      Thank you very much for your cheery visit today, dear friend Linda, and for participating in my latest BOTB. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. Dearest Shady, I just read your kind comment on my blog post today and I agree wholeheartedly with you on the nature videos not needing any music. I do share nature videos without music from time to time, and Dan Gibson, a wonderful and talented Canadian man who died in 2006, did just that for a living! I am letting you know his name and what he did so that whenever you see a video on my blog by Dan Gibson, you will be familiar with him.
      I hope your week will be great, dear friend Shady. :)

    3. Hi again, dear Linda! I am delighted that you agree with me about natural sounds. I just followed the link you gave me and read about Dan Gibson, the great Canadian cinematographer and sound recordist. Dan knew, as do you and I, that nature makes its own beautiful music. Why spoil it with a man made music bed? Ever notice how big budget movies rely so heavily on background music to influence the audience's emotions? The orchestra tries to tell us when we are supposed to laugh or cry. A wise director knows that natural sound or even dead silence can often be much more powerful.

      I will be looking for more of Dan Gibson's work on your blog, dear friend Linda, and I thank you again for being so sweet and coming by.

      God bless!

    4. Hi dear Shady, yes, I have noticed that big budget movies use music to accent certain emotions they wish to create...fear, suspense, etc. TV shows, too, even some biographies. It annoys me royally, because I don't want to hear music, I want to hear what is being said! Not only do they use music, but it is not even subtle, but loud, and sometimes so loud you can't even hear the communication or real sounds (birds, traffic, whatever). :)

    5. I totally agree, Linda! All the detective and cop shows on television drown out the dialogue with loud, dramatic music. You can't hear what the characters are saying!

      It is so peaceful to listen to the sound of water tumbling over rocks or birds chirping in the trees. I'm very happy you feel the same way I do about it, dear friend! :)

    6. When I was growing up, my favorite TV show was The Waltons, Linda. I wanted a real family and tried quite hard to emulate the values on the show when I had children of my own.

    7. My favorite show was Duckpins and Dollars! :)

  4. I must admit that I've never heard of Sid Melton, but I suppose I must have seen him more than a few times in TV shows.

    I voted with the winning team this round, but both recordings were winners. Nancy Ames wasn't bad at all.

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

    1. Hi, Lee! Thanks for coming, good buddy. Sid Melton had one of those faces you recognize and say to yourself "I know that guy" but you can't come up with his name. As a cast member of the two TV series mentioned in this post, Sid was a memorable part of my childhood.

      I'm glad you appreciated both recordings in my latest BOTB challenge. Thanks a lot for participating, good buddy, and have a great week ahead!

  5. Dear Shady,

    I had a feeling this would be the one where our votes diverged. It was bound to happen one day though and it might as well have been when there were two such great songs.

    I haven't seen the Danny Thomas show, but I do know who he is. His daughters show "That Girl" was fuel for my little girl fantasy life. And do you remember the episode of The Dick Van Dyke show about Danny Thomas and the walnuts?

    I shall be away from reading all blogs after today until either October 19th or October 26th. Springs gardens depends on what I do in Autumn and this is a critical month for me. Also I'm carpeting and painting our music room. I'm doing it by myself so that will be a lot of work and won't leave me time for bloggerland. And I'd like to be able to do at least one post on my own blog before the month ends.

    Have a good month my friend and see you in a few weeks!

    1. Hi, dear Anne! Thank you for coming over to check the results. Yessum, our votes went different ways this time around but it's all good because I have both of these recordings in my collection and love them equally.

      I just came from YouTube where I viewed parts of that Dick Van Dyke Show episode you mentioned, the one that featured Danny Thomas and the walnuts. I know I must have seen it in the 60s but I didn't remember it. The moment when Dick opened the closet and thousands of walnuts came tumbling out and bowled him over was priceless. No one did physical comedy better than Dick. MTM was fantastic, too. What a great series it was!

      I will miss you, dear Anne. You are an asset to blogging and one of my best friends and greatest supporters. My life is getting increasingly hectic, too, but I plan to continue posting once a week. If there's even an outside chance that you can drop by, I'd like you to know that I have another Banned Battle coming up next Monday, Oct. 12, with the results post to be published one week later on Oct. 19. I have yet another BOTB on Monday, Oct. 26 with the follow-up slated for Monday, Nov. 2.

      Please take good care of yourself in the weeks ahead, dear friend Anne. I hope you get all of your projects completed and I look forward to reconnecting with you when you return. Bless you!

  6. Replies
    1. Thanks, Mike! I'm sorry you missed voting in it. Maybe next time.

  7. Well, you can't win 'em all, Nancy Ames! Maybe it's our time, Shady for a "winning streak"--Sorry , Anne! LOL!
    I didn't know Sid Melton but, his face was awfully familiar to me as a comedic actor.
    It's such a shame about the 2 super heroes fate (Jack/Jimmy , too) . I remember watching Superman in my youth.
    It was a fun BOTB! who's next??? Tommy James, " I think we're alone now" or Tiffany's version ?
    That is honestly the first remake I remember!!!!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thanks for dropping by to check out the results of the vote. Our horse lost but I am pleased with the number of votes that went to Nancy Ames.

      I figured you might not remember Captain Midnight but might recognize character actor Sid Melton as a regular cast member of The Danny Thomas Show. Yessum, both Captain Midnight and Superman were mortal and died of gunshot wounds. Ironic, isn't it? I was also saddened to read that the lovable Jimmy Olsen, actor Jack Larson, has died. One by one the actors and actresses, singers and musicians that were important to me in my childhood are passing away. The memories will live on in posts like this one.

      If I posted a Banned Battle with Tommy James, Mrs. Shady would either refuse to participate or automatically vote against him, even if he was competing against an oinking pig. She very much dislikes Tommy James & the Shondells, the McCoys and other pop rock groups of the 60s. Believe it or not, she loves Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana and other alt rock and grunge bands of the 90s. Go figure! :)

      Thanks a billion (with a B) for coming over, dear friend Toni. We'll see if we can extend our record winning streak to TWO in my next battle post next Monday. I hope to see you back here then. Have a great week!

    2. Hi, Toni Deroche Toni Deroche! It's always nice to see you here. Mrs. Shady and I differ a bit in our musical choices. I enjoy the groups from the sixties. I was a little kid. What did I know? I thought the Beatles wanted to hold my hand, as in help me cross the street. I like Nirvana very much, and I love Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt. I relate strongly to that song. Bye, Toni Deroche Toni Deroche! Don't worry, Toni Deroche. I'm not quite as weird as I seem. But Shady is as strange as he seems.

  8. Aw, sorry I missed the voting. But I went back and listened to the contenders just the same - nice! :-)
    Tragic and a bit eerie to think that both superheroes were troubled enough to (possibly) take their own lives. But I suppose living up to 'heroic' expectations is quite a challenge.
    Interestingly, Christopher Reeve is who I think of in relation to Superman. I wondered if perhaps he'd altered the spelling of his name so as not to draw attention to family tragedy, however that doesn't seem to be the case. Thanks for a stimulating re-introduction to the blogosphere, Shady!

    1. Hi, Diedre! Thank you for coming over, dear friend! I just now realized you missed voting in the contest. Thanks for going back and listening to the two recordings. Your vote would not have affected the outcome but I am always curious to know the kinds of artists and songs that good friends like you prefer.

      Thanks for expanding the thread and adding to the tragic trivia by reminding us of poor Christopher Reeve. Following his four Superman movies, Mrs. Shady and I loved watching Chris in the hilarious 1992 film Noises Off, released three years before his tragic equestrian mishap. There seems to be a curse on actors who play invincible heroes.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Deidre. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. Oh! And thanks so much for stopping by while I was away :-) You have a great week too, dear Shady.

    3. Yessum, I am happily hooked on your writing, dear Diedre, and look forward to reading your ghostly tales. :)

  9. I'm bowing my head in shame Sir Shadester that I missed your battle. I did listen yesterday though so at least I have my own opinion. Lets just say I would have lost. I tried Ovaltine as a kid because my babysitter always had it and I was not a fan.
    Very sad about the 2 guys getting shot. I had no idea the connection of the Reeves family either playing Superman.
    Great post as always and educational!!

    1. Hi, dear Holli! Please don't bow your head in shame. Recovering from illness and lending emotional support to a grieving friend were top priorities in your life these past couple of weeks. I completely understand that and admire you for being there for your friend in her time of need. It's interesting to know that you would have voted for Nancy Ames in this BOTB.

      I could never get Ovaltine to completely dissolve in milk. Maybe I didn't stir it long enough before drinking. It also had a rather odd "adult" taste, not very sweet. Anyway, it wasn't my favorite breakfast beverage. As a kid I drank a lot of Tang, Bosco and Nestle's chocolate powder mix.

      Captain Midnight was one of several live action children's TV shows that I watched in the 50s and I am going to present more of them in conjunction with my BOTB voting results posts.

      Thank you very much for making time for me today, dear friend Holli. I hope your week is off to a great start!

  10. Well, my fav didn't win this battle but Nancy Ames is a winner in my book. Glad I've found out about her and heard her sing. I couldn't remember Sid Melton's name but I recognized his face immediately as a character on the Danny Thomas show. Probably because I just watched a rerun of Danny's show not long ago! In the picture with Richard Webb, Mr. Webb looks like a young Bob Hope to me! Oh, and Ovaltine is..or was...manufactured in Villa Park, Ill. I grew up there! It's a suburb of Chicago. I haven't drank any Ovaltine in years but I used to check out the label to see if Villa Park was still listed as the manufacturing area...I'll have to check it out again! I loved to watch Superman when I was a kiddo and I'm sorry to hear that "Jimmy"..Jack Larson passed away. I haven't seen any photos of him in his later years so he'll always be a young Jimmy Olsen to me. It's ironic also that George Reeves had such tragedy in his life as well as Christopher Reeves who also played Superman. I would think twice before taking an acting job as that super hero. Have a wonderful week Tom!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you very much for coming by, sweet friend!

      Yessum, our horse lost the race (but came in a not too distant second). FYI - I am the one who edited and uploaded that Nancy Ames video on YouTube. If you get a chance I'd like you to click over to YouTube and read the kind comment and additional info someone left on it last night. I tried to get them over here to vote in time but they apparently didn't see my reply.

      Yessum, I agree that Richard Webb looked like Bob Hope in that picture. Sid Melton does NOT look like Bing Crosby, however. :)

      That's interesting trivia about Ovaltine being manufactured in Villa Park, Illinois. I'll have to check the label on the container tomorrow when I got to the grocery store. Heck, I might even buy a jar of the stuff just to taste it for the first time in 50 years! :)

      Yessum, Jack Larson (aka Jimmy Olsen) joins the long list of great actors, actresses, singers and musicians from our youth that are passing away. It's up to us to keep their memory alive by posting about them and discussing them as we are doing here. Thank you for joining me in that endeavor.

      I again thank you for making time for me today, dear friend YaYa. Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll see you soon!

  11. Oh I think I voted for The Shirlettes but I can't remember...again! I firmly believe George Reeves was murdered from everything I have read about him. I have to look at one book I read about this man which was excellent and compelling. I know the face of Sid melton but not the name as much. Shame he also passed away from a gunshot wound-very sad

    1. Oh gosh-I looked again at the previous post and did vote for Nancy and now I remember! menopause brain and I'm sticking to it.

    2. Hi, dear Birgit! Welcome welcome welcome! Thanks for checking out the results of the BOTB vote.

      Yeah, no, yeah - you didn't vote for the Stylettes. You matched my vote and went with Nancy Ames. That's what happens when I space my posts a whole week apart! :)

      Forgive me for correcting you, dear BB, but Sid Melton lived to the ripe old age of 94 and died of natural causes. It was his Captain Midnight co-star, Richard Webb, who shot himself. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the truth came out someday and we discovered that George Reeves was murdered. Have you seen the Ben Affleck movie Hollywoodland?

      Dear friend, thank you very much for reporting in and for playing along on this installment of BOTB. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear Birgit!

    3. You wrote:

      << Oh gosh-I looked again at the previous post and did vote for Nancy and now I remember! menopause brain and I'm sticking to it. >>

      Maybe you stared at Christina Hendricks a little too long over on Janie Junebug's blog! That picture scrambled my brain, that's for sure! :)

    4. Oh gosh-you got that right! -lol. Thanks for correcting me about Melton. I have seen that film Hollywoodland-it's quite good but could have been better. Reeves got mixed up with Toni Mannix the wife of Eddie Mannix who was in with the studio but helped in a lot of cover-ups. I shall find the book I read and let you know

    5. Thanks, dear BB! I find mysteries about old Hollywood fascinating. Kids of my generation had their memories of a great childhood hero tarnished when Reeves was found dead. I am always trying to figure out exactly why and how such tragedies happen. Good night, dearie!

    6. I have menopause brain, too, but Franklin says I have mental paws.

  12. I thought it would be rude to express my first thoughts, but as Holli already touched on it, I'll just come out and say it. Ovaltine blew.

    There is a sad irony in George Reeves, who shrugged off so many fantasy bullets, being brought down by one. Can't say that I knew Capt. Midnight. The vote doesn't surprise me. A take-off on something more familiar seems to have less of a chance than something more "new and unfamiliar"... keep in mind I type this as The Boy Next Door plays in my head...

    1. Hi, Chris! Hi, Scrappy! Hi, Granny! :)

      Well, I'm not about to debate you about Ovaltine because I didn't much care for it myself.

      I agree about Superman. It certainly is ironic that those nerf bullets bounced off George Reeves' chest every week on the series but a real bullet proved to be his Kryptonite and found its way to his Achilles' heel. (Too many metaphors?)

      I am amazed how enamored you have become with the Spandells. Hmmmmm, their name is kinda similar to the Stylettes. Maybe in this round you were subconsciously voting for the Spandells. Or maybe you subcutaneously voted for them ('cos you got them under your skin :) .

      Are we having fun yet, good buddy? Thank you very much for checking in and checking out the vote, the Sid Melton piece and the tragic trivia. Enjoy your week, Chris!

  13. Last battle of the banned?! Awww. I need to see if I can buy any of these songs from iTunes or Amazon for reasonable price. I love the music you post!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie! Thank you for coming, dear friend. I hope you had a great first day on the job.

      No!!! This is not my last Battle of the Banned. It is only my latest. I have 30 to 40 more in the pipeline, I assure you.

      I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the tunes in this BOTB. The Nancy Ames recording is available on the various artists CD Where The Girls Are Vol. 5. The Stylettes track is found on the Cameo-Parkway Records Box Set . You shouldn't have any problem finding either one.

      Thank you again for making a little time for me, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. I totally misread that! ::face palm:: My apologies,dear friend Shady. Between two jobs, I worked 10 hours today - 7.5 at the county, 2 at the library... then half an hour commuting. :)

      Okay, awesome! I've been purchasing so much music lately. I love updating my iPod.

    3. Sorry to hear about Jack Larson.
      Too funny about the Ovaltine.
      Great post, Shady.

    4. Jessica - I figured your eyes must have been tired from the long work day. Keep in mind you almost always have a full week to read my posts before they get bumped. There's no need for you to rush over here the first day if you are tired or too busy.

    5. Sandra - Thanks for your visit and comment!

    6. I will probably be reading most blogs on Friday! I only work the full time job on Fridays!

    7. That sounds like a plan, JM. FYI - Something very sad happened this week, a double dose of bad news, and I need to run a special post about it beginning tomorrow morning. The post will run thru the weekend and that should give you ample time to read it. Thanks!

    8. Oh, Jessica, I wondered about the job. They'd better appreciate you.


    9. Last I heard things were going well for JM at her new job.

  14. Somehow I missed the first part of this post.
    I went back and read it late and my late vote is for the Stylettes.
    What a great post.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi again, dear Gayle! I am very pleased to see you again, my friend. How are you holding up? Thanks for taking a look and a listen to this post and my previous post. Your vote for the Stylettes is noted and would not have affected the outcome. I hope to see you again soon, dear Gayle!

  15. Hi Shady, Great contest; I guess my side won but I did enjoy Nancy Ames very much. I didn't recognize that actor, but I did grow up watching the show. I thought it was great.

    Never saw, Captain Midnight but I saw all the Superman shows. He was my favorite superhero. I had boxes of Superman comics that would be worth a fortune today. I remember feeling very sad when i heard of George's death. I saw Hollywoodland years ago and thought it was terrific. It didn't seem like suicide at all. I'll always remember George as one of the Tarlton brothers in Gone with the Wind.

    I've seen every Superman movie ever made and for me Christopher Reeves was the best. His scenes with Lois were wonderful.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming down to view the results of the BOTB vote. Yessum, the Stylettes jumped out to a huge lead in the early hours of the first day. As time went by the votes for Nancy Ames trickled in, but it was too little, too late. I love both recordings so either outcome would have been okay with me. I am also happy with the voter turnout.

      Yessum, Superman was a big part of my childhood and yours, but my favorite superman will always be George Reeves. I agree, however, that the Chris Reeve - Margot Kidder chemistry was palpable in their series of Superman movies. Thank you for reminding us that George Reeves appeared in Gone With The Wind. He was also in many other movies from the late 1930s through early 50s.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit and for leaving such a fine comment this evening, dear friend Belle. I hope your week is off to a great start and I hope to see you back here next Monday when I present my next Banned Battle, the second of three in a row taking us through Halloween.

      God bless!

  16. Well well, what a surprise! Personally I was doing a bit of rooting for Nancy, i just think that she's so lovely and was a bit enchanted by her sound. Congrats to the Stylettes, i really enjoyed them too!
    I have done a bit of reading on George Reeves, and it seems as though certain evidence points to murder and all that, something i know could be widely debated. i do enjoy a good mystery, but it also makes me quite sad when seeing his happy face in these pictures. And hey, superman! Too bad his superpowers didn't work as well in the 'real' world, and too bad such great people sometimes meet such sad earthly endings.
    you seem to have such a gift for these little humorous and informative works, making everything a delightful read!
    P.S. i have never tried Ovaltine (to my knowledge), and after reading some comments of fellow Shady friends, I'm a bit puzzled: should i try it??


    1. Hi, dear Abigail and Daisy! Welcome back, my dear Kansas friends! I'm sorry you missed voting in the Banned Battle this time around, but it's good to know you enjoyed both competing acts, especially Nancy Ames, the one I favored.

      It depresses me to think about George Reeves, the definitive Superman, the principal super hero of my childhood. Whether accident, suicide or murder, his violent death at a relatively early age is one of the great tragedies in the history of show business.

      You never tried Ovaltine? It has been decades since I drank chocolate drinks of any kind and therefore I can't be sure if Ovaltine is still on the market. It isn't overly sweet. That I can tell you. If you can find it at the store I think you should try a jar of it and decide for yourself if you like it or not.

      Thank you very much for swinging by for a visit tonight, dear friend Abigail. Please give dear little Daisy a hug, a pat and a treat for me and I'll be seeing you again soon!

      God bless!

  17. Hi Shady; I voted for the Stylettes because it was a better song (IMO), but Nancy's voice is beautiful. It was the melody that turned me off. Her Spanish recordings are excellent. Thanks for the introduction!

    Sadly, I didn't do well with your trivia questions. Sid Melton's face is familiar, but not the name, nor have I seen "Captain Midnight". "Superman, on the other hand, was a favourite and I always thought George Reeves was murdered. The movie "Hollywoodland", starring Ben Affleck as Reeves sort of plays up that theory too. That's too bad about Jack Larsen! R.I.P. Jimmy Olsen.

    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you for visiting, dear friend! If I am understanding you correctly, you dislike the melody of "Hang On Sloopy." That's what Mrs. Shady also wrote. Going in I predicted that the Nancy Ames record would be a hard sell to some voters because it is so different, so unusual, a hybrid crossover single that combines folk and girl group styles. It reminds me of the time religious crooner Pat Boone surprised his fans with a heavy metal album. It reminds me of Andy Kaufman's unique brand of comedy. You either get it or you don't.

      I edited and uploaded the Nancy Ames video on YouTube and was delighted to find this comment which offers more info about "Friends and Lovers Forever."

      << mugwump790 1 day ago
      What a tremendous single this is! Originally the "b" side of "I've Got a Lot Of Love," this cut was co-written by the legendary Bert Berns who owned BANG records (where Hang On Sloopy was currently US #1) and co-produced by, of all people, Billy Sherrill of Epic Nashville. THIS is the side that went to Number One in Miami, Columbus (GA) and several other progressive radio towns in early 1966. It remains to this day one of my all-time favorite records. This November 16 marks fifty years since its release. >>

      I have some additional trivia for you. When Captain Midnight went into syndication in 1958, the name of the character and series needed to be changed to Jet Jackson, Flying Commando. In syndication the show was no longer sponsored by Ovaltine and The Wander Company, a Swiss firm that manufactured Ovaltine in Illinois (see YaYa's comment) retained rights to the name Captain Midnight.

      Mrs. Shady and I have Hollywoodland on DVD and it has been ten or more years since we watched it. This post has made me eager to watch it again soon. Here is an interesting piece of trivia about Jack "Jimmy Olsen" Larson. During the years that Superman was in production, Jack was the companion of actor Montgomery Clift.

      Thank you ever so much for providing the rationale for your vote, dear friend Debbie. I have two more banned battles coming up between now and H-ween. They feature harder and heavier music and I am eager to see if you and I match votes in those contests. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  18. I might have been more impressed with Nancy Ames if I had ever heard any of her other songs so I had the comparison you do to her big shift in style. But I had to go by what I heard with no background information.

    I recognized the face but couldn't put a name to him (often a problem of mine). I saw him on Danny Thomas. Didn't watch Captain America but did watch Superman. My mother never bought Ovaltine. Waste of money, she said.

    1. Hi, dear Rita! Hi, Kitty Kat Karma! Thank you very much for coming down from Fargo today.

      It's a good thing Ovaltine was not a contestant in this battle or it might have been a shut-out! :) Nobody seems to be keen on the beverage. As I told others, you had to work to get the granules dissolved in milk. If you simply used Hershey's chocolate syrup, Bosco or even Nestle's powdered chocolate drink mix it was faster, easier and tasted better. I guess you could say that Ovaltine was an acquired taste.

      I'm glad you recognized Sid Melton even if you couldn't remember his name. I remember him equally well as Charlie Halper and as Icky Mudd (with two 'd's).

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend Rita. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  19. I think if Nancy had been singing a different style of music, she would have won. She has a beautiful voice.

    (My kids used to love Ovaltine when they were little!)

    1. Hi, dear Sherry! Thanks for coming by, my great friend.

      You must be one of those smart moms to give your kids Ovaltine. Ovaltine is probably a healthier choice than other chocolate beverages because it isn't as sweet. I don't remember if it was fortified with vitamins, minerals, iron, etc., but it probably was advertised that way.

      I wonder what would have happened if Nancy Ames had pulled a Pat Boone and recorded a heavy metal album - just rocked out to the max. Surely most of her older fans would have bailed out on her but she might have made some new younger ones and launched a career as a rocker.

      Thank you again for adding to the discussion, dear friend Sherry. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  20. Ok didn't know the answers to the trivial questions I am either too young or too old don't know which but doesn't matter either way I still have no clue who he is just saying and also just saying I was here for a visit

    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! I am very happy to see you, dear friend! How's your day going in Aussie-land? It doesn't surprise me that an Australian doesn't know the answers to my trivia questions about American TV shows. Most of my U.S. readers never heard of Captain Midnight either! :)

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  21. I loved The Danny Thomas Show/Make Room for Daddy as a child. Your posts always evoke nostalgia and I thank you for that. As for Ovaltine.. I still gag at the memory. :)

    1. Hi, dear Hilary! It's great to see you. Thanks for coming down. I'm happy to know this post brought back some fond memories of the family friendly Danny Thomas sitcom. As you might recall, Jean Hagen played Danny's wife early on and Sherry Jackson played his daughter. A few seasons into its run there was a casting change. Jean Hagen left and Marjorie Lord became Danny's love interest and soon after his wife and little Angela Cartwright joined the cast as Linda, Kathy's (Marjorie Lord's) daughter. The following season Sherry Jackson left the series.

      Another thumbs down for Ovaltine! I'm having trouble finding a single friend who liked the taste of it! :)

      Thank you again for your cheery visit and comment, dear friend Hilary!

  22. I just can't imagine George Reeves killing himself, can you?

    1. Hi, Sandra! I'll have to read the back story or watch Hollywoodland again before answering that question. We both know of child stars who couldn't make the transition into adult roles and wound up deeply troubled or even dead. It stands to reason that Reeves became frustrated and depressed when he couldn't get other acting roles after becoming world famous as Superman. It's very sad.

  23. I'm disappointed that Nancy didn't win, but pleased that our votes matched. Clearly, we are the cool kids. I'm sorry I'm so late getting here this week. My mind is on convincing Penelope that it's safe to eat, convincing Penelope that it's safe to go outside, and convincing Penelope that she doesn't have to hide in a corner of my office. I encouraged her to hop up and sit in the chair next to me. She looked at me as if I were crazy. She simply doesn't know what some things are and what they mean. I think our training time will be slow, but that's okay. Every morning I wake up and tell her she's as pretty and shiny as a new penny.

    Much love,

    1. Hi, dear Janie! Thank you very much for coming, my special friend. Yessum, you are definitely one of the cool kids, a Dellette of the first water. (Whereas I'm a big drip!)

      We should not dwell on the fact that Nancy Ames lost the BOTB and that 16 people voted against us (including the evil Mrs. Shady). We need to rejoice in knowing that 7 others voted with us.

      I am very sorry to learn that Penelope is still shy and slow to get acclimated to her new surroundings. You'd think she would imitate Franklin's behavior. Is there any chance either of your dogs will hop in bed and keep you warm on the cold winter nights to come? I never knew a dog that didn't like to jump up on the plush furniture to snooze.

      Thank you again for setting aside time for me today, dear friend Janie. It has been a sad week for me and I will let you know why in a special post to be published tomorrow morning. Bess you!

    2. I saw your sad news. I'm so sorry. Franklin will not get in bed with me. He can jump into the bed and has done so twice during the five years he's lived here. Then he jumps back down. WDW and I suspect that he jumped up on a bed when he was young and was punished for it. He has a long memory. He will sit on the couch and in a chair, but not often. I don't know if Penelope will get in bed with me this winter, but maybe by next winter we'll be bed buddies. She imitates Franklin's behavior in some ways. She follows him in and out of the house. Sometimes she won't go out because of the noise next door, but when the workmen are gone, she follows Franklin's lead. We have to keep in mind that she spent about eighteen months living in a kennel with one other dog. She was about a month old when that became her existence. It was better than living under a house without food and in complete isolation. She's not socialized. She's still skittish. We must take the changes in her life slowly and not expect too much too soon. WDW thinks Penelope should be more like Franklin. I reminded him last weekend that he didn't know Franklin when he came to live with me. It took Franklin six months before he could allow his human brother to pet him. By the way, I've never had Ovaltine and have often wondered what it tastes like. Is it a flavored powder that's mixed with milk?

    3. I saw the answer to my question in one of your responses.

    4. Janie, we MUST stop meeting like this! :)

      It's nice of you to hang around my back pages. I need to remember to check back here to see if you left new comments. I think I found them all now. (You hide them like Easter Eggs. :)

      It takes a while to gain an animal's trust. I'm happy to know that you intend to be patient with Penelope for as long as it takes. The rewards will surely be great.

      Good night, dear friend Janie!

  24. Well shucks, I didn't vote for the winner this time. But golly willickers, did we vote the same again? That's swell!
    PS - I'm a bad friend. Taking this long to make it over here to check the results. I need to find a better way to organize my time.

    1. Hey, don't beat yourself up, Jeffrey. I usually post only once a week, giving you plenty of time to get over here. This week there were special circumstances. I needed to insert my memorial post and that explains why you couldn't get to this one before it got bumped. No problem!

      Although we didn't match votes in your latest contest, we did match votes in mine. Seems like our ears are in tune a lot more often lately and we have Diana Krall to thank for that! :)

      You're not a bad friend. You're a good buddy and I appreciate your visits and comments!


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