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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dell Rat Ron Returns with a Riddle: What's Black & White & Read All Over?


That's right! Dell Rat Ron is back and

we've got stax o' wax just for you.

Ron will spin 60s soul records and

I'll play 70s and 80s soft rock.

How delightfully jarring is that?

Let the platter party commence!

Ron, if you don't mind,

I'll take first serve!


For a ten year period, mid 70s to mid 80s, Australia's
Little River Band was a frequent flier on American
radio with 13 of their catchy, ear pleasing singles
reaching the top 40.  A while back I posted
two LRB favorites, "Lonesome Loser"
and "Cool Change."  Here's another,
 "The Night Owls," from the band's
1981 album Time Exposure.

 "The Night Owls" - Little River Band 
 (Sept. 1981, highest chart position #6 
 from the album Time Exposure

Ron, you and I were

night owls at the Shady Dell

where soul music ruled.

Bring it on, good buddy!


 Shady, it felt so good 
 to hear on one of 
 Dell Rat Jerre's song 
 lists his choice of 
 "Warm and Tender 
 Love" which, to me, 
 was a better Percy 
 Sledge song than 
 "When A Man Loves 
 a Woman".  While 
 I've always enjoyed 
 "When a Man Loves 
 a Woman", it is just a 
 small part of a very 
 nice body of work. 
 It reminds me of 
 going to a great 
 restaurant and always 
 ordering the first item 
 on the menu and not checking out the other great entrees. 
 "Warm And Tender Love" was a great follow-up-I liked it 
 even better, but my favorite major hit of Mr. Sledge's has 
 always been "Take Time To Know Her," which is great 

 "Take Time to Know Her" - Percy Sledge 
 (May 1968, highest  chart position #11) 

 Percy made many other great recordings including 
 the three that Shady posted: "It Tears Me Up," 
 "Out of Left Field" and "Cover Me," but my 
 other most favorite is Percy's version of Elvis 
 Presley's beautiful song, "Love Me Tender", 
 which I think sounds more personal and 
 intimate than Elvis's. 

 "Love Me Tender" - Percy Sledge 
 (July 1967, highest chart position #40) 

 I saw Percy Sledge at the Howard Theater in 
 Washington,  D.C., when he was touring with 
 "Warm and Tender Love".  He finished his set with 
 "When a Man Loves a Woman" and unbuttoned 
 and tore his shirt off and threw it in the audience. 
 Those women went crazy! The Howard was 
 always more than a 99% black audience and it 
 was a real blast---extremely fun and interactive 
 always. Sadly, Percy died a year ago this week. 
 He played a show in Muscogee, OK, a few years 
 ago with tickets selling for $30.  Unfortunately 
 I was unable to attend. 

I saw Sister Sledge

at the York Fair, Ron.

Sorry you missed

Mister Sledge

in Muscogee.

Let me continue now with my

Soft Rock Serenade.


Ace was a British band of the 70s fronted by
singer/songwriter Paul Carrack, a respected
rock journeyman with outstanding vocal
ability.  In 1974, Ace scored a top 5
U.S. hit with "How Long," written
and sung by Carrack.  All these
years I thought "How long has
 this been going on?" referred
to a cheating lover. As the
story goes, Carrack wrote
the song after learning that
Ace bassist Terry Comer
was moonlighting with
other bands. Who knew?

 "How Long" - Ace (May 1974, 
 highest chart pos. #3 Hot 100/#2 Cash Box 
 from the 1974 album Five-A-Side

Ron, I see that you have more

soul classics on your turntable.

Let's hear them!


 Shady, I mentioned earlier that I was unable 
 to attend that Percy Sledge concert in Oklahoma. 
 I regret that I had to miss a Maxine Brown show 
 in Tulsa, too. Maxine, as you might recall, 
 started her career with this beautiful ballad. 

 "All In My Mind" - Maxine Brown 
 (February 1961, highest chart pos. #19) 


 "All in My Mind" and Maxine's follow-up hit "Funny" 
 (highest chart position #25) were released on the small 
 Nomar record label. After a brief and unsuccessful stint 
 at ABC Records, Maxine signed on at Wand, the up- 
 town soul subsidiary of New York's Scepter Records, 
 where she became the label-mate of Chuck Jackson. 
 I've enjoyed Michael MacDonald's version of this 
 next song for years, but rarely hear the original. 
 The arrangement is unique, and it followed 
 Chuck Jackson's hits "I Don't Want To Cry" 
 and "Any Day Now". 

 "I Keep Forgettin'" - Chuck Jackson 
 (September 1962, highest chart pos. #55) 

 After both Chuck and Maxine had 
 been recording for several years, 
 Wand Records decided to team 
 them up. This resulted in several 
 hits and two successful albums. 
 "Something You Got" is the first 
 single they released together. 
 I saw them both, individually 
 and together, at the Howard. 
 Together, they were as hot as 
 Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. 
 They absolutely rocked the house! 

 "Something You Got" 
 Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown 
 (May 1965, highest chart position #55) 

Ron, there's just

enough time for me

to squeeze in one last

Seventies smoothie.


Before he played around with Brooke and Taylor
in his role as Ridge Forrester on the CBS daytime
drama The Bold and the Beautiful, Ronn Moss
played bass for the L-A pop rock band Player.
(That's a lot of playing, bub!)

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season
of 1977 the radio airwaves were filled with the
sound of Player's hit single "Baby Come Back"
which topped the pop chart and reached the
top 10 on the Soul chart. Here's Ridge Ronn
and the guys with another genuine classic
of the soft rockin' 70s!

 "Baby Come Back" - Player 
 (December 1977, highest chart position 
 #1 Hot 100/#10 Hot Soul Singles

Thank you, Dell Rat Ron,

for playing black & white

with me today. I hope our

post is read all over.

See you next time!

Have a Shady day!


  1. Awesome songs available today. As you might guess Shady, I love your song selections today. I absolutely LOVE 70s easy listening songs. Ron's selections were great too, but I have to admit I have to be in the mood for them. Thanks again, both of you, for keeping us entertained!
    Shady, we need to team up for a post one of these days.

    1. Wait! Did I actually comment first this time?

    2. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Yes indeed, good buddy, you are the early bird today and I appreciate it.

      I am also pleased to know that you recognize and like (even LOVE) my easy listening, soft rock faves from the 70s and very early 80s. As you know, I am into heavy metal these days, but there's always room for Jello (soft rock) here on SDMM and I enjoy these songs, too. In fact, it would be hard for me to pick a favorite if I had to choose. Which one is your Pick-To-Click - the ditty by LRB, the tune by Ace or the platter by Player?

      Thanks again for your friendship and support, good buddy Jeffrey!

    3. Is there a prize for being first? LOL

    4. Yes! I am happy to inform you that you have won a date with Diana Krall!

  2. I remember when Percy Sledge died a year ago. It was great to see Ron on the blog again and he picked two great Percy Sledge songs. I remember Maxine Brown singing her hit All In My Mind-- but I never heard the one by Chuck Jackson or the song they sang together-- they are all great! I remember all three of the hits you posted, Shady--and enjoyed this refresher course on some of the better mellow rock sounds of the 70's and 80's. I hope you will bring Jerre and Ron back more often!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Yessum, it has now been a year since we lost one of the great voices of our generation, Percy Sledge. It hit me hard when I learned that he died because, at the time, I was putting the finishing touches on my series about Where The Action Is, a three-parter inspired by my discovery of an ultra rare photo of Percy performing on that Dick Clark music series in 1966:

      I was delighted to bring my old school mate and Dell buddy Ron Shearer back on the blog today and I thank him for sharing his stories about seeing Percy, Maxine Brown and Chuck Jackson in live shows back in the day. Fear not, Kathryn. Original Dell Rats Jerre and Ron will both be back with more music and memories in future guest posts, so please stay tuned!

      Thanks again for your comment, dear Kathryn, and have a great day!

  3. Morning Shadester!! I love the 70's songs. I remember every one of them. Ive always been a fan of Cool Change.
    Not too familiar with Chuck Jackson but I liked the song with Maxine Brown. Thank you for the introduction of songs I've never heard. Hope your Tuesday is great!

    1. Hi, dear Holli!

      Thank you very much for coming over to meet another original Dell rat, Ron Shearer, and listen to his tuneage and mine. It doesn't surprise me that younger followers like you are more familiar with the 70s and 80s material in the post. Little River Band had a great sound and a very impressive string of hit singles. Ace was a one-hit-wonder and Player had two other top 30 charting singles, "This Time I'm In It For Love" and "Prisoner Of Your Love."

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

  4. Awesome songs, Mr. Shady ... me think me spend some more time here, if U don't mind ... smiles ... me listen to a radio station called 100.7 cruz ... they play 70's, 80's and 90's music all day and night ... streaming available online as well ... just sayin ... in case U wanna google them. Love, cat.

    1. Hi, dear cat!

      How are you today, my dear Canadian friend? I'm delighted to see you and to know that you enjoyed some of these hits. I'll bet that's a cool radio station and I'll bet they play some of my other favorites of the period such as "Precious and Few" by Climax and "Kiss You All Over" by Exile, correct?

      I hope you will indeed decide to spend more time here relaxing in the Shady, dear friend cat. I love to have you over. Have a wonderful Tuesday and enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. Another post filled with some Gems!

    1. Hey, Mikey!

      Glad you likey! :)

      Thanks for your comment, good buddy!

  6. What a delightful cornucopia of memorable melodies! I’ve always loved many and certainly enjoyed all of the toe-tapping, two-boxer (tissues) tunes you’ve offered here today :-)
    I admit, I am partial to Michael MacDonald’s version of “I keep forgettin’”, but Chuck Jackson had a pretty kicky beat going on. And of course, whenever I hear this song I think of another “What a Fool Believes” which reminds of something I never thought I’d want to think of again. Funny how that works.
    I’ve already changed the dial on the radio to a station that plays all 70’s (and older), in hopes of keeping the good feeling you’ve sparked in me this morning! Thanks, Guys :-)

    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      It's great to see you on this busy A to Z day, dear friend. Thanks for coming!

      Seems like this post made you:

      * laugh a little

      * cry a little

      * until the clouds rolled by a little.

      * That's the story of

      * That's the glory of a jarring juxtaposition Dell Rat combo post! :)

      The kicky beat you describe on Chuck Jackson's rendition of "Keep Forgettin'" reminds me of coffee percolating. I hope you enjoy listening to that 70s and older radio station. Please remember to stay tuned to SDMM - the greatest lil station in the nation -

      "More Music - Less Talk" including a 54 minute commercial free cruise every hour - PLUS - "Win a Date With Shady!" (details forthcoming :)

      It pleases me to know that you enjoyed yourself here today, dear friend Diedre. Thanks again for coming and enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Another great post from you guys. I have a wild idea that Ron and I could spend weeks listening to each others music collection and not hear something we didn't like or already have in our own collection. Now Shady comes up with some good selections that I haven't heard as I get lost from the music scene while in the service for a few years. I hope you guys have some more joint efforts lined up for the near future.


    1. Hi, Jerre!

      Thanks for popping over, good buddy! First of all, I want to thank you again for contributing to SDMM by submitting that Music Challenge post. It racked up 68 comments - one of the most popular posts in the blog's history!

      I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed Ron's recollections about the Howard Theater and seeing these giants of R&B and soul live and in person. I'm surprised that I was able to introduce something new to you in my batch of tunes. If one or more of them becomes a new favorite of yours then it's "Mission Accomplished" as far as I'm concerned.

      Ron and I have one more collaborative post in the can and I will get it scheduled soon. Meanwhile, please stick around for the grand celebration six days from now, next Monday, as a very special Shady lady marks another birthday.

      Thanks again for the Tom & Jerre post and for your supportive comments about this Ron & Shady post, good buddy. I hope to see you back here next Monday!

  8. This was a nice banter between the 2 of you...nice memories for you both. Maxine Brown has an incredible voice and I don't know her. Now that's not saying much since I don't know enough about music but did she get famous? She is excellent

    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for dropping by, dear friend! I'm happy to know you enjoyed the banter between Ron and Shady. We coulda been, shoulda been and woulda been top 40 DJs with our own show. I can hear us now:

      "Chasin' the blues, just minutes from news, here on SDMM - The Little Blog That Could (but maybe shouldn't have) ... and if you're listening in your car... thanks for the ride!" :)

      South Carolina born, gospel raised songstress Maxine Brown is famous among lovers of Soul and R&B music. Maxine landed 10 singles on the Hot 100 including three top 30 hits, "All In My Mind," "Funny" and "Oh No, Not My Baby." As a duo act, Maxine and Chuck had 5 charting singles with "Something You Got" the most successful. Maxine is lauded for her versatility. She is able to convincingly perform R&B, pop and jazz style material.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend BB!

  9. Tom, You and Ron pulled together some mighty good tunes. While I enjoyed Ron's 60s R&B choices, it was your sounds of the 70s that rocked me today. "Baby Come Back" released the year DH graduated high school and no doubt we dance to it at his prom. "How Long" was introduced a couple of years before our courtship days, but it stayed popular on the airwaves. I had all, but forgot about Little River Band. Your segment could me Lost and Found Tunes of the 70s for me. I loved hearing these again and the feelings/memories tied to each one!
    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: J-E-L-L-O #AprilA2Z

    1. Hi, dear Cathy!

      Welcome welcome welcome, my friend! I'm tickled to know you enjoyed my 70s and early 80s song selections and that they produced good vibes and triggered fond memories. In recent years on SDMM I have started running posts that offer something old (50s/60s) along with something newer (1970s to present) because most of my followers are younger than I am and have an easier time relating to more recent artists and music styles.

      The civilized world was in the midst of the Disco craze when Player released "Baby Come Back" and it offered a refreshing change of pace from the relentless beat of the drum machine. I'm happy to know the song is linked to memories of your husband's senior year of high school, his graduation and prom. I'm delighted to get you reacquainted with Little River Band - a group that was prolific as well as terrific.

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend Cathy. I'll be seeing you again at the stroke of midnight! :)

  10. Showing my lack of age here, but the only ones I know are Little River Band and Player.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy! The generation gap is quite noticeable, my friend, but I trust you enjoy being exposed to some of the older tunes now and then. I'm pleased to know that you remember LRB and Player. (For extra credit, listen to another Los Angeles band, Climax, and the Kentucky band Exile.)

      Thanks again, Alex, and enjoy the rest of your day and week!

    2. If I might add one more recommended 70s/80s pop rock act to your homework assignment, Alex, it would be the L.A. band Toto. (Makes me think of my dog.)

  11. That's funny about Percy Sledge throwing his shirt into the audience....remember Tom Jones? :)

    1. Hi, dear Sandra!

      Yessum, Dell Rat Ron told an interesting story about Percy Sledge. It surprised me a little. What I mainly remember about Tom Jones' shows was how females in the audience threw their knickers at him! :) Did you read the news that Tom's wife died over the weekend? Sad!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend Sandra!

    2. She was 75. They got married in 1957!

  12. Wow, fun post! I'm just starting to listen to the Percy stuff, and it definitely beats WAMLAW. (Wow, who knew the acronym would spell "Wham Law"? A George Michael legal show in the making? Uh, maybe not...)

    I beg your indulgence at not listening to the Shady side of the videos, as I know them by Heart. My favorites from Player were inverse of their chart peaks: First Prisoner Of Your Love, then This Time I'm In It For Love, a M10 #1 back in the day.

    Hang on, I'll be right back with more...

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thank you very much for coming by, good buddy! I couldn't help noticing that it always takes two tries for you to leave a comment here on SDMM! :) Based on your previous comments, I thought maybe you needed to pause to tell Laurie what you and Scrappy wanted her to bring back for dinner from the White Castle drive-thru. :)

      Just curious: did you see WAMLAW - the movie - starring Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan (Betsy from ATWT)?

      I'm surprised you likey the older recordings in this post more than the more recent ones. There again, it seems to make sense for me to mix the older and newer together in a single post in the hope that there will be something to suit everybody. I'll have to check out those other Player picks. Thanks for letting me know about them.

      (Hang on... :)

  13. Okay, back. I accidently hit a button that put me in "ultimate full screen", leaving me nothing but a scroll bar on the left and no way out but to shut down. Have you ever heard of such a retarded option?

    Maxine has a super voice! That Ace story was a hoot, too! All I have for it was the fact that local DJ's felt they HAD to introduce their record as "England's Ace" every time- GRRRR!

    1. As I was saying in Part 1 of my reply, Chris, your comments are like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: I never know what I'm gonna get. :) I have no idea which button you pushed to enter "Ultimate full screen" mode, but it sounds scary. I'm praying that you didn't accidentally launch the missiles, too! :)

      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed the jazzy/bluesy soul style of Maxine Brown. That Ace story about the origin of "How Long" (a moonlighting band mate) is kind of a let down, isn't it? I wonder is Ace is at all related to Queen, the Kingsmen or Four Jacks and a Jill.


      I wonder if Ace ever recorded "The Joker Went Wild."


      Okay then, good buddy Chris. I'll be seeing you Friday if not before. Thanks again for your visit and comment and enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. Lots of fab music and historical info, as usual, Shady.

    Nice to meet you, Ron. I'm a big fan of 60's soul and love Percy Sledge. You're right, "Take Time to Know Her" is every bit as good as his mega hit. I wasn't familiar with Maxine Brown or Chuck Jackson, so thanks for the introduction.

    Those 70s tunes are all familiar but I didn't know much else about them. You are a font of knowledge, Shady. Always a pleasure to come here. Cheers!

    1. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you for coming over in the midst of the frantic A to Z festivities.

      I'm pleased to know you enjoyed Percy Sledge. Ron's song selection "Take Time To Know Her" reminds me of a girl I was dating at the time. The words of the song apply to the unfortunate events that led to our break-up. (I got over it.) I'm also glad you remember and enjoyed the 70s/80s tuneage I posted along with the tidbits I included in the intros.

      More posts featuring Jerre and Ron are in the pipeline, so keep it here on SDMM, dear friend. I'll be seeing you in the wee hours of the morning, Debbie. Cheers!

  15. You've got some great tunes on the player today--but don't you always. The songs by Player, Little River Band, and Ace are particular favorites. One of my favorites by Percy Sledge was "It Tears Me Up"--but all his songs were good.

    I've got at least one Percy Sledge song on my BOTB someday list. But there are several I could do.

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

    1. Hi, Lee!

      Welcome back, good buddy! I'm happy to know your ears match mine on the featured recordings by Player, LRB and Ace. A few years ago I posted the Percy Sledge platter you mentioned, "It Tears Me Up," along with two more of his great but seldom heard singles "Out of Left Field" and "Cover Me."

      I'm happy to see you, Lee, and glad you enjoyed the songs that Del Rat Ron and I selected for you. I'll be over to check out your BOTB on Friday. Until then, enjoy the rest of your week!

  16. Wow, what great songs and I know many of them.
    This was a great post between you and Ron.
    "How Long" is still a huge favorite of mine.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you for coming, dear friend! I'm happy to know you like the records Dell Rat Ron and I loaded in the jukebox this time around. I was working a swing shift at a TV station when "How Long" was on the chart in the spring of 1974 and the song kept me company at the office and helped pass the time on many long lonely evenings.

      Thank you again for taking a peek at our post, dear friend Gayle!

  17. What a great song selection today Shady! I absolutely love the Little River Band! I saw them a few years back --- probably more than a few years but it seems like yesterday --- at a cool outdoor venue in Austin. GREAT show! I wish I could go back there...
    Loved that song by Ace: It was fun to learn the backstory of the lyrics. I thought it was about cheating too!
    Player's Baby Come Back brings back so many memories. GREAT selections!

    Now on to the soul selections: Yum! I wasn't familiar with Percy Sledge's Get Time to Know Her. GREAT song! So a huge loss when we lost him last year...
    Maxine Brown's sound is really nice too. I'm not familiar with her so it was great to be introduced so her soulful voice.
    And how cool that your buddy Ron got to see Chuck & Maxine rock the house at the Howard. I bet that was one powerful show!

    Both of you put together a great presentation of sound for us today! Thank you!!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, dear Michele!

      Thank you for coming over, dear friend! It seems you are the ideal age to appreciate my Picks To Click - soft rockin' classics released between 1974 and 1981. They formed the soundtrack of my life through the second half of marriage #1 and my first few years of second bachelorhood. You were lucky to catch a live show by LRB in Austin! I too was surprised when I learned the true story behind the song "How Long." IMO that truth never needed to be told because people assign their own interpretation to songs and 99% of them experience "How Long (has this been going on)" as a song about infidelity. "Take Time To Know Her" is a wonderful song, a cautionary tale about rushing into love and marriage with blinders on (instead of listening to yo mama). Ironically I got burned by a girl I was dating around the time this record was popular.

      Back in the mid 60s, when racial tension was running high across the country, Dell Rat Ron did what few other white kids dared to do. He boldly traveled to Washington, D.C. and other large cities and went to venues where black artists were performing knowing that his would be one of the few white faces in the crowd. "Great music knows no color," as Jerry Blavat once said. Ron Shearer walked his talk and showed up in support of black artists in spite of the risk to his personal well being. I always admired him for that.

      Thank you again for showing up for Ron and for me, dear friend Michele. I'll see you soon!

  18. Nice post Shady and Ron!
    I must admit , I liked Shady's playlist better, (probably cuz it was my era!)
    My favorite song on Ron's was, "I keep forgettin". Although, Michael McDonalds version of " I keep forgettin" in 1982 was more my style!
    Shady I absolutely loved ALL your tunes today!" Night Owl" was my fav LRB song! Loved , "how long" and the interesting story behind that one! Ronn Moss, Hot, HOT, H O T !!!! Loved him in the "baby come back" vid and the B & B soap! Once he left as Ridge, I couldn't watch anymore!
    Did you see me at the York Fair Grandstand watching Sister Sledge? I was there (seriously!) in the center, about 5 row back!!!!
    Great Post, Guys!

    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thank you for coming by to see the latest collaboration between Shady and Dell Rat Ron. I'm pleased to know that you enjoyed it. I'm not surprised to learn that you prefer the 70s/80s recordings. I never knew you watched The Bold & the Beautiful. That sudsy series premiered in 1987, the same year Mrs. Shady and I started working together at the MTV-style broadcast facility. Our station simulcast B&B in its early years and I often watched it on the monitor in my production suite. Hunter Tylo (as Taylor) was all the rage back then. A few years ago Y&R exported actress Heather Tom (Victoria Newman) and Don Diamont (Brad Carlton) to B&B where they now play different characters. In fact, the two CBS soaps have been exchanging actors and characters for many years.

      WHAT??? I don't remember you ever telling me that you saw Sister Sledge and Peaches & Herb at the York Fair in 1979. Wait a minute! Now I remember! You're the young lady who spilled a cup of Kohr's orangeade down my back when you got up to dance as Sister Sledge sang "All American Girls." :)

      Thank you very much for joining the fun today, dear friend Toni. Enjoy the rest of your week and please report back here next Monday for a VERY SPECIAL POST!

  19. This was a fun read, and the songs were a lot of fun to listen to.

    #AtoZChallenge K is for Karen

    1. Hi, Mary!

      Thanks for dropping in, my good friend! Fun's the name of the game here at SDMM and I'm happy to know you had some as you read Ron's guest post and listened to our tuneage.

      Thanks again and please come back again soon, Mary!

  20. Awesome songs, dear friend! I love your blog because it's like a walk down memory lane. :)

    1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie!

      Welcome back to your home away from home, Shady Dell Music & Memories!

      All of these featured recordings were released before you were born, but it's nice to know you remember hearing some of them over the years and think they are awesome.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend Jessica!

  21. Had had never heard Percy's version of Love Me Tender. It's very nice. I guess I'm a little partial to Elvis' voice, but I can certainly agree that Percy's is heartfelt.

    Have a great rest of the week!

    1. "I had." Sorry. My brain is working ahead of my fingers. ;-)

    2. Hi, dear Sherry!

      Thank you very much for coming over to meet another original Dell Rat, Ron Shearer, and listen to his stax-o-wax along with mine. I'm happy to know you liked Percy's cover of "Love Me Tender."

      I am always delighted to see you, Sherry. Thanks again for dropping by today!

    3. ...and don't worry about that typo. I practically invented typos, especially during hectic A to Z month when I'm worn out and half asleep! :)

      Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

  22. I find it fascinating when I learn of actors that are also musicians. Multi-talented.

    1. Yessum, and meanwhile Shady is still learning to wave bye-bye! :)

  23. Thanks Ron and Shady for the great songs. I liked all of them, some more than others, but they were all good. Percy Sledge had a wonderful voice.

    So you and Mrs.Shady met at work. That's always romantic I think. I enjoyed all these songs, but 'Night Owls' was my favorite. The only song here I've heard before was 'How Long' by Ace. Liked that very much.

    I really liked the duet by Chuck and Maxine. It would have been fun to see them together. I thought 'Baby Come Back', by Player sounded a bit like the Bee Gees. A little close to Disco there. Thanks for the fun.

    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      How are you, dear friend? Thank you very much for coming down to see the latest guest post from Dell Rat Ron. I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed most of his musical offerings and mine.

      Yessum, Mrs. Shady came to work at the TV station where I was production manager. She was an account exec. and we often sat in the edit suite and worked together on commercials for her clients. We have been together ever since.

      You can't miss with the Little River Band. I like everything they released. I'm happy to know you remember "How Long" by Ace, a song adopted by people who lost in love, even though the actual meaning of the song has nothing to do with romantic relationships.

      Imagine how exciting it was for Ron to see the likes of Percy Sledge, Maxine Brown and Chuck Jackson live and in person. I envy him!

      Thank you again for your visit and kind words, dear friend Belle. Please make a note to join us here this coming Monday for a VERY special birthday celebration. I hope to see you then!

      God bless!

  24. Fun fact - Percy Sledge came to the National Peanut Festival a few years ago. Hope you have a good weekend!

    1. Hi, Ashton!

      Really? Thank you for contributing that fun fact. I hope the citizens of Dothan enjoyed seeing their fellow Alabama native on stage shortly before he passed away. Percy hailed from the opposite corner of the state, the town of Leighton in the Muscle Shoals area.

      Thank you for your visit and comment, dear friend Ashton!

  25. Hi Shady! Sorry I'm late again! I read this post at my lunch break yesterday and then played the music and got a conversation going about each song. It was fun to share this post with my coworkers. It's funny how I can name almost every surgeon's preference when it comes to music. I know who loves the 60's and who always has to turn the 70's on in the OR. Many of our surgeons also know all the lyrics to many of the songs playing. I think they must have studied while playing music in the background. The nurses too have their favs. We think of each other when certain songs pop up and I'll probably always remember folks I've worked with years later just by having a song come on the radio or tv. But isn't that what music should do? Shouldn't we all enjoy the artists and the tunes..even ones that didn't make them famous but are still great sounds? That's what you're doing here on your blog...helping us enjoy all types of music and artists. Thanks for making my lunch time more enjoyable! Have a good weekend. It's finally nice here. It's 70de today and sunny...great!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming by. It's great to see you, dear friend! Your comment made me smile. I love knowing that you share my music selections with others and, in this particular post, you are getting reacquainted with my old high school and Dell buddy Ron Shearer. I know you must remember Ron's guest posts from previous years.

      Yessum, one song is worth a thousand memories, I have come to realize. I'm glad Ron's picks and mine triggered some fond memories of coworkers, including surgeons with whom you have worked. By chance, was one of them Hawkeye Pierce? (That's a little A to Z humor there, this being M" day on the circuit.

      I am very happy to know that the weather is warming up and the ice pack on the frozen tundra that you call Ohio is finally melting. :) I hope it stays nice from this point on so that you and your neighbors don't have to initiate a class action lawsuit against Punxsutawney Phil. :)

      Dear YaYa. It's that time of the year again when we prepare to honor another very special Shady Dell V.I.P. I invite you to return this coming Monday, April 18, and join the celebration.

      Thank you very much, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy your weekend!

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    1. ...and to you, dear friend Sandra! Have a safe and happy weekend!

  27. I think I said it before but I'll say it again. The music from the past sounds so much better than today's songs. Maybe because the lyrics makes more sense?

    1. Hi, dear Lux!

      Thank you very much for joining us for a schizophrenic platter party mixing songs of the 60s, 70s and early 80s.

      You make a good point about older music. Older recordings like the ones in this post were kinder and gentler than many of today's. They were three minute stories that celebrated love and mourned loss and did so in a straightforward manner. Many of today's songs are cynical in nature and mask real emotions.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Lux. Have a great weekend on your side of the world!


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