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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

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 - Year of the Dell Rat











Hi, dear friend! Welcome back for another exciting,
fun-filled year at Shady Dell Music & Memories!

Remember Playboy Magazine's long running
ad campaign "What sort of man reads Playboy?

It made me wonder "What sort of person reads SDMM?"
It occurred to me that people who read SDMM, people
who love to hang out here, people who have the most
fun here and people who have become great friends,
all have the following traits in common. They are
intelligent, sophisticated, open minded people
who are eager to learn and experience new
things. They take an interest in the material
and take time to write a decent comment.
These people don't take themselves too
seriously. They have a sense of humor
and enjoy playing with me. When they
come through the door they bring with
them a positive attitude. They think
young and embrace the Dell rat creed:

"Never grow up, never grow old."

Just as it was at the original Dell,
SDMM is a place where happy,
respectful people come to forget
their problems and the horrors of
the world for a while, relax, laugh,
dance, sing, reminisce and build
long lasting friendships.

If you are that sort of person -
if you recognize yourself in
the paragraphs above - then
welcome back, dear friend!

"The only thing we take seriously... fun." - Shady Del Knight

Have a Shady day

and let's have a great 2016!


  1. Happy new year! If mayor West is on the ballot this fall I will vote for him --lol.

    I think it is smart for you to identify your core audience. Was that Jessica Lange singing The Name Game?

    I am anxious to find out what all you have planned for 2016. Again --happy new year!

    1. Hi, dear Kathryn!

      Happy New Year! I agree that Mayor Adam West is a visionary, ahead of his time, a legend in his own mind, and would make a great president. :)

      (I was bummed to see that "Batgirl," actress Yvonne Craig, died this past year. I didn't know it until I reviewed the list of celebrities who passed away in 2015. Poor Yvonne died of breast cancer.)

      Yessum, I think it is important for a blogger to define his or her target audience at least once a year. Everyone is welcome here at SDMM, but let's be honest. The people who are a natural fit, the people who are most likely to be here next year at this time, are the ones who come closest to matching that description. As I have explained before, the original Shady Dell was a private, members-only club, an underground rave type of place. There was a limited amount of space on the dance floor. My blogging goal is quite different from that of most other people. I don't want a boom town atmosphere here because it only produces chaos and clogs the floor with people who aren't interested in dancing. My blogging goal is not to keep expanding and growing, chasing the high that comes from collecting large numbers of followers and comments. My goal is to maintain a small nucleus of cool friends who show up for me once a week, get what I'm doing, appreciate it, and dance to the music.

      Yessum, that is actress Jessica Lange singing "The Name Game," the old hit by Shirley Ellis. That groovy scene unfolded during a season 2 episode of the superb TV series American Horror Story. I couldn't believe my eyes when the tense and creepy episode suddenly shifted gears and presented that super cool production number in which Jessica (Sister Jude) sings and other residents of the insane asylum join her in a choreographed dance routine. I applaud the producers for paying tribute to that Shirley Ellis tune and showing the correct record label "Congress" on the jukebox turntable. I have cringed many times when a popular hit is played in a movie or TV show and the incorrect record label is shown.

      This year I plan to continue to:

      "Blog Fearless - Blog Free."

      It means that I will go on presenting content that is pleasing to me. I want SDMM to reflect my changing tastes through the years. It can't be and won't be if I try to anticipate what most people want to hear and tailor my posts to their tastes instead of my own. What's the use of blogging if you are too timid to reveal to your friends that which you find to be of value? I intend to offer a balanced mix of music again this year, the best of the old and the new. As in previous years, many of my posts will be laced with humor.

      It's nice to have your support as I begin 2016, Kathryn. Thank you for your visit and comment and once again Happy New Year to you and to us!

  2. Happy New Year dear friend Shady! I hope the evening was enjoyed.

    I look forward to reading more of SDMM this coming year. I love all the music you post - and discovering new music (to me). Thank you, Shady!

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Happy New Year to you, dear friend! Yessum, Mrs. Shady and I were treated to a spectacular midnight fireworks display less than two miles from our residence. We had a great view and it was a wonderful way to kick-off 2016.

      Thank you for returning for another year of fun and frolic here on Shady Dell Music & Memories, dear JM! See you soon!

  3. Oh I love that description. Its like being a Capricorn or Pisces only its a SDMM:)
    Happy New to you and Mrs. Shady.

    1. Scorpio here, dear Sandra! :)

      Thank you very much for stopping by and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

  4. I read SDMM because some idiot put on my reading list and I can't figure out how to get it off.


    Oh, er, sorry about that. Two episodes of Broadchurch first thing'll do that.

    I accept and appreciate your description of myself as a member of the viewing audience. Although I do have a friend that gave up her domain name and now some Japanese cosmetic company has it, and any time I try to remove it, I get, "We're sorry, Google Friend connect is not functioning at this time." So at this point, I would suggest all the rest of you keep your domain names until I can think of a way to get rid of them.

    Lived through NYE. Hadda help my son break into his apartment at 2:30 AM, but lived through it.

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Objection! Move to strike! May I approach the bench, your honor? :)

      Thanks for being here for the start of a new year on SDMM, Chris. I was indeed describing you in this piece, good buddy. You (A) show up. You (B) get into the music and you (C) consistently leave comments that address the topic. I appreciate the time and effort required for you to do those things and you know that I reciprocate over at your place.

      You were breaking and entering at 2:30 am? Seems like fodder for a post. :)

      Thanks again for coming and Happy New Year to you and Scrappy and your whole family, good buddy Chris!

  5. I think, Well, at least I hope I fulfil that description! I always enjoy reading the new posts and experiencing new entertainment and some familiarity!
    Here's the new question Shady, What kind of man "READS" Playboy without nudity???!!!LOL!
    I love American Horror story! I think that clip of the "name game" was from the Insane Asylum, I didn't watch that storyline but, now, I think I'll have to watch now! I see the same cast of characters! Freak Show was my fav--so far!
    Fun post, keep 'em coming!!!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thank you very much for popping in, my great friend! It's always a pleasure to see your face in my place.

      Shirley you fit the description, Toni. Your comments are always excellent. Moreover you have been a faithful friend and supporter of SDMM since 2008. You have an incredible track record of service to this blog and to the Shady Dell. Dell rats old and young owe you a debt of gratitude.

      Good point about Playboy Magazine. I haven't read it in many years (just looked at the pictures :) but now that nudity is being eliminated from its pages I wonder what effect it will have on the iconic mag's readership. Perhaps more women will start reading Playboy.

      WHAT??? You watch American Horror Story but missed season 2? "Asylum" was sensational. I just finished the last two episodes last night. I urge you to go back and watch it. Yessum, several actors from season one and from other seasons appear in Asylum as totally different characters.

      I am very happy that you made time to stop by today, Toni. My next post is only 3 days from now, on Monday, and I hope to see you then.

      Happy New Year, dear Toni!

  6. Happy 2016, Shady! I love hopping over here. It's better when I know the songs, yet I'm open to experience new stuff too! You, sir, are a character of joy!

    I remember "The Name Game"... knew every word, but didn't we all and, probably still do. Hahaha!

    Lastly, Adam West has great potential. A decent hairstyle works for me, (smile).

    See you on your blogs - "same Rat time - same Rat channel." LOL>

    1. Hi, dear Dixie!

      It's such a pleasure to have you back with the pack here at SDMM. Thank you, dear friend!

      Yessum, "The Name Game" is one of my favorite oldies from my teenage years and I'm glad you have it memorized, too. In American Horror Story, they changed the lyrics and substituted the names of several of the series characters. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears when this exciting production number was presented in the middle of a dramatic and very scary episode.

      I'm also glad you remember Adam West as Batman and appreciate his voice-overs for the Mayor West character on Family Guy. He's a hoot! Did you know that "Batgirl" Yvonne Craig died of breast cancer in 2015? It made me sad when I found that out just last night.

      Yours is the ideal kind of comment for SDMM, dear friend Dixie, and I thank you very much for playing with me. Happy new year to you and your family!

  7. Adam West? Shoot, I learned to swoon because of him. But then, Val Kilmer had the same effect years later... I'm hopeless! I knew every word to the Name Game - what fun! Happy New Year, dear Shady - and thanks for the endless smiles!

    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you for coming by, sweet friend, and welcome back for another year of music, fun and excitement at SDMM!

      Who knew that Adam West was so cool? I certainly didn't back in the 60s when he played straight arrows Bruce Wayne and Batman. Who knew he could pull off vocal dead-pan humor as well as he does as a character on Family Guy? I never would have suspected!

      I'm happy to know that you remember "The Name Game," the Shirley Ellis single that was climbing the chart at this time in 1965 on its way to a top 5 finish. Seems quite a few of us had the song's original rhymes memorized. Who knew that Jessica Lange (Patsy Cline in the 1985 movie Sweet Dreams) could deliver such a rockin' new rendition complete with choreography? I highly recommend Family Guy and American Horror Story, two of the best series currently on television.

      I am happiest when I know that I am making you smile and laugh, dear friend Diedre. You belong here and I am pleased to have you. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

  8. Happy New Year Shady and all the fun folks here! I'm staying on this crazy ride for 2016 and I know it will have surprises, laughs, and music knowledge galore! Does it blow your mind to even write or say 2016? When I was a kid I thought we'd be flying around in space cars and vacationing on Mars by this time. If you've ever ridden with me it would seem like a space car, and sometimes Ashland is a bit like a different planet but in many ways I'm glad life isn't too different from my childhood and the music from that era still makes me smile and site like the Shady Dell bring it all back. I hope you've had a wonderful holiday and I wish you all the best in this new and exciting year ahead!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for swinging over for a visit as I begin 2016 here on SDMM.

      Knowing it is the year 2016 blows the mind, doesn't it? I was just mentioning that to Mrs. Shady today. It seems like only yesterday we were living in the 20th century and now we are already 16 years into the new one. It's as if we have time traveled. It's our job to keep the memories of our 20th century youth alive and that's what we will be doing here again this year.

      You are an important part of SDMM, dear YaYa. You are one of the few followers I ever had who actually asked to join the club. That means the world to me and I promise to do my best to entertain and educate you in the coming year.

      Thank you again for being such a great person and such a loyal friend over the years, Kathleen. May you and your family enjoy a year of happiness and good health. God bless!

  9. Happy Happy New Year.
    I am interested to see what music you will write about this year.
    I loved The Name Game. I remember singing that all the time.
    Since I just found your blog I have missed many posts but here are some of my favorite bands. The Zombies, Moody Blues, Manfred Man , The Kinks, Spencer Davis Group and the great Roy Orbison ?
    I must say I enjoy this music more that much of what is out there today.
    I can't wait to hear what will be in your posts this year.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

    1. Hi, dear Gayle!

      Hi, you thehamish!

      Welcome back to SDMM, dear friends, as I kick-off 2016 and head toward my 8th blogiversary celebration this summer. It delights me to have met a great lady like you, Gayle, and I cordially invite you to stick with me in the coming year.

      As I told Kathryn, I created this blog to be a model of the original Dell hangout and also as a place where I can trace my changing tastes in music through the years. When I started the blog in 2008 I was immersed in 60s Dell songs and rarely listened to or blogged about anything else. Eventually I started posting old recordings that I discovered for the first time in the new millennium. That led to classic hard rock and metal and later to modern rock and metal. I found a lot of music to love in all of those categories and built posts around them. You should be happy to know that, in the course of a year, 80-90% of the music that I present was recorded in the 60s, and I have already featured 5 out of the 6 artists you named as favorites. Reviewing the major artists and their hits is something I will continue to do, but I also want us to stretch now and then and learn about the great recordings made by less well known artists past and present.

      I am so very pleased to have you aboard, dear friend Gayle. Thank you for being here and trusting me to entertain and inform you in 2016.

      Happy New Year to you and your handsome square dog!

      God bless!

  10. Happy New Year and may health and jocularity be in abundance! That is quite the video but I bet she would have a hard time rhyming my name

    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down tonight, dear friend!

      I have no doubt that Jessica Lange could rhyme Birgit in "The Name Game." After all, the lyrics boast that you "can make a rhyme out of anybody's name."

      Can you believe it is January 2 already? 2016 is flying by! :)

      Thank you very much for dropping by and for the new year's well wishes, dear friend BB. I invite you to stick around for more music and fun throughout the coming year. I need you here and want you here!

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for coming down to spread new year cheer, my new friend! Thank you very much for allowing me to keep you smiling, laughing, toe-tapping and learning in the coming year. I am very pleased to have you here, dear cat! Happy January 2!!! :)

  12. Deleted ur precious comment on my smoking blog by mistake ...please write again ... time permitting ... Love, ct.

    1. Of course I will, dear cat! No problem at all. It's nice to see you again and hoping your year is going well!

  13. Typically your description would fit me I think, though on my last leg of my journey back home I'm feeling a bit ragged. As I languish in the Williams, AZ Ramada Inn, I don't know how much longer I can stay up even though it's only 7:30 and too early for bed--but I think I will soon succumb to sleep.

    Better days ahead and I think 2016 will be a fantastic year. Thanks for the memories and keep 'em coming.


    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thank you very much for coming, good buddy! It's no secret. You and I have plenty in common. We aren't far apart in age. In boyhood we both loved horror movies including one of your favorites and mine, Circus of Horrors, and we both dig Disco Tex. :)

      I hope you will check out Monday's (Jan. 4) post here at SDMM, Lee, because I will be taking what I hope will be viewed as an important step toward improving the climate in our sector of the blogging community. You will see what I mean when you read my post.

      This was a kind and generous comment from you, Lee, and much appreciated. I say let's stick together in the coming year, my friend!

  14. HAPPY NEW YEAR, my good friend, Shady! ☺
    Please excuse the tardy response, but I was occupied offline with hubby and a pack of dogs, not to mention various festivities.
    It is mind-boggling and a little frightening how quickly time passes! Weren't we just celebrating the new millennium? Hard to believe that was 16 years ago!

    Loved the description of your readership and I think it fits me as well. We have clicked on many levels, Tom, and that's the greatest thing about blogging; the friendships formed. Your site is always a pleasure to visit and our ongoing conversations make it even more so. Your name is prominently featured in my first post of the year, going live at 12:05 am ET, Jan. 4. Check it out to see why. ☺ Of course, I will come back here to find out what you're up to.

    Adam West has always been cool, but I just can't get into Family Guy, or The Simpsons or any of the other cartoons. Not sure why, because I used to love The Flintstones. How sad that Batgirl died! Who knew Playboy was such a music magazine? I got hubby a subscription as a joke gift once and found most of the articles were actually worth reading. I also remember a photo spread of Joan Collins on her 60th (I think) birthday. She looked amazing!

    The Name Game was certainly a big part of music history and I remember it well. Although I've never watched American Horror Story, this clip intrigues me enough to check it out. Jessica Lange's performance was as good as Shirley's.

    Looking forward to a great year of blogging for all of us. Cheers!

    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady!

      Welcome back for another exciting year of music, fun, (drama?:) and rewarding friendship here on SDMM! Your club membership renewal is:


      There was never any doubt about it. We do click and I am very thankful that fate brought us together this past year. You touch me deeply by referring to me as Tom because it reflects a desire to get to know the real me, the man behind the mask, so to speak. Thank you for caring, Debbie! I am also grateful that you intend to mention my name in your first post of the year. That is a surprise and quite an honor, my sweet friend!

      I agree that it is disconcerting to think how deep we are into the "new" millennium, so deep that the term "new" isn't even applicable anymore.

      I never thought I would be watching cartoons in adulthood but Family Guy has become my favorite TV series. It's a very edgy, sophisticated sitcom that happens to be animated. I don't watch the Simpsons or any of the other animated series. Yessum, I was shocked when I read the list of celebs who died in 2015 and noticed that fan favorite Yvonne Craig was among them. If you like graphic, adult-oriented horror, then you will love American Horror Story. I am ready to begin season 3 now and I have been thrilled by every episode so far.

      Debbie, how can I thank you enough for all you bring to my blogging experience? The answer is that I can't. Just know how much I admire and respect you. Friends like you are very rare and I am very fortunate to have you.

      Happy new year, sweet friend! I'll see you on your blog tomorrow and I invite you back here for my first music contest of the year which will also be published tomorrow.

      Cheers and Happy New Year, Debbie!

    2. Thank you so much for the kind words, dear friend. I was hooked on your blog from the first visit. So colourful and such fun! ☺ Then, to discover we had similar tastes in music, etc. was even better. My "stalking" efforts unearthed your "Shady Unmasked" post and I just knew we were going to be friends, Tom. See you tomorrow.

    3. You're stalking me, Debbie? I'll give you 20 years to cut that out! :) Seriously, I am flattered to have you "stalking" me, dear friend. You and I are a natural fit and every day I thank my lucky stars that our paths crossed. I look forward to our first full year of sharing and caring, dear friend Debbie! :) :) :)

  15. Shadester, I am sooooo happy to have found your blog in 2015 and have a new friendship. I most definitely add you to my Things that were great in 2015 which isn't a very long list unfortunately. You are such a gem and honest and as good as they come. My grandpa would say - He's good people, salt of the earth.
    Happy New year and thank you for your support and true friendship by sticking with me during my last difficult few months. You don't even know how much it meant to me.

    1. Hi, dear Holli!

      Happy New Year to you, my wonderful friend, and thank you for dropping by!

      I hope I can see the keyboard to type this reply, Holli, because your kind words touched me deeply and my ears are blurred with tears. I'm sure you know by now how much I admire you and care about you. I see you exactly the same way - as a good, honest, no-nonsense individual worthy of respect. That's why it hurt so much to see you struggling through the last two months of 2015. I hope 2016 is off to a much better start and brings only health, happiness and prosperity to you and your family. You matter to me, Holli!

      Thank you again for being here for my first post of the new year. Let's let our hair down and kick off our shoes. Let's forget our worries and have a party that lasts all year long... starting now.

      Once again Happy New Year to you, Holli. See you again soon, my dear, sweet friend! :)

  16. Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in 2016!


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