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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

All About Me - ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!!!

I have decided to participate in

TMI: 26 Things About Me...

From A to Z...

a blog hop that I learned about through my dear
friend Debbie the Doglady at The Doglady's Den
and my good buddy Chris at Tilting At Windmills.
My version of the Q & A will be presented in a
style inspired by Dickie Goodman, king of
the "break-in" records, and by the
comedy team of Hudson & Landry.

Imagine if you will a reporter stopping
Mr. Shady Del Knight on the street and
bombarding him with personal questions.

REPORTER: Could I have your name?

SHADY: Well it's possible, but I doubt it. (BA-DUM-BUMP)

REPORTER: I mean MAY I have your name?

SHADY: Only if you promise to give it back! (BA-DUM-BUMP)


SHADY: Get your kicks on Route 66

REPORTER: What is your biggest fear?

SHADY: Losing my swim trunks in the ocean.
Everybody sing:

Now I'm afraid to come out of the water
And I wonder what I'm gonna do
Now I'm afraid to come out of the water
And my poor little thing's turning blue

REPORTER: Do you happen to have the current time?

SHADY: It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

REPORTER: What was the drink you last had?

SHADY: I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink.

I didn't know if it was day or night
I started kissin' everything in sight
But when I kissed a cop down on 34th & Vine
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion #9

REPORTER: What does every day start with?

SHADY: When it's early in the morning
Over by the window day is dawning

REPORTER: What is your favorite song?

SHADY: Gliddy glup gloopy Nibby nabby noopy
la la la lo lo Sabba sibby sabba Nooby abba nabba
le le lo lo Tooby ooby walla nooby abba nabba
Early morning singing song

REPORTER: Are ghosts real?

SHADY: From out of space there sat a man
On a hot stove was pots and pans
"Say, that's hot!" I began to shout
He drank the hot coffee right from the spout

He ate the raw meat right from my hand
Drank the hot grease from the fryin' pan
He said to me, "Now you better run,
And don't be here when the mornin' comes"

REPORTER: What is your hometown?

SHADY: York Peppermint Pattie
Get the sensation.

(Peppermint Pattie is a girl I used to date.)

REPORTER: Complete this sentence. I am in love with...

SHADY: I’m starting with the man in the mirror

REPORTER: Who are you jealous of?

SHADY: Jessie is a friend,
Yeah, I know he's been a good friend of mine
But lately something's changed
It ain't hard to define
Jessie's got himself a girl and I want to make her mine

REPORTER: Killed someone?

SHADY: The children asked him if to kill was not a sin
"Not when he looked so fierce," his mommy butted in
If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him

REPORTER: When was the last time you cried?

SHADY: You saw me crying in the chapel
The tears I shed were tears of joy

REPORTER: What is your middle name?

SHADY: Ba ba ba ba Barber Ann

REPORTER: How many siblings do you have?

SHADY: He ain't heavy, he's my brother. We are family.

REPORTER: If you could have one wish, what would it be?

SHADY: I wish I were a princess
So beautiful to see

(Hey, we rhymed!)

REPORTER: Who was the person you last called?

SHADY: Calling Dr. Love
I've got the cure you're thinkin' of

REPORTER: What is the question you are always asked?

SHADY: What is the price of happiness?
How can I find me love?
Where could I sell my heartaches?
And what do I pay for love?

REPORTER: What gives you reason to smile?

SHADY: That mule, old Rivers and me

(Don't ask...I'm trying to forget it ever happened.)

REPORTER: Are there any sounds that annoy you?

SHADY: Cause you light up my life
You give me hope to carry on
You light up my days
And fill my nights with song

"Slowly I turned...step by step...inch by inch...closer and closer..."

REPORTER: What time did you wake up?

SHADY: The clock downstairs was strikin' four
Couldn't get you off my mind
I heard the milkman at the door
'Cause I was tossin' and turnin' all night

REPORTER: What color are your underwear?

SHADY: Lavender blue, dilly-dilly
Lavender green

REPORTER: Where is your vacation destination?

SHADY: It might have been in County Down,
Or in New York, in gay Paree,
Or even London town

REPORTER: What is your worst habit?

SHADY: Whenever I detect
Members of the other sex
I play the game I do so well, oh

I'm a girl watcher
I'm a girl watcher
Watchin' girls go by
My, my, my

REPORTER: What X-Rays have you had?

SHADY: You don't look different,
But you have changed
I'm looking through you,
You're not the same!

REPORTER: What is your favorite food?

SHADY: Chocolate covered ants... candy coated bees

REPORTER: What is your Zodiac sign?

SHADY: Don Cornelius has the answer.


"(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" performed by King Cole Trio
"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" performed by Brian Hyland
"For What It's Worth" performed by Buffalo Springfield
"Love Potion No. 9" performed by The Clovers
"Early in the Morning" performed by Vanity Fare
"Good Morning Starshine" performed by Oliver
"Haunted House" - performed by Jumpin' Gene Simmons
York Peppermint Pattie ad jingle
"Man in the Mirror" performed by Michael Jackson
"Jessie's Girl" performed by Rick Springfield
"The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" performed by The Beatles
"Crying in the Chapel" performed by Elvis Presley
"Barbara Ann" performed by The Beach Boys
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" performed by The Hollies
"We Are Family" performed by Sister Sledge
"I Wish I Were a Princess" performed by Little Peggy March
"Calling Dr. Love" performed by Kiss
"Question" performed by Lloyd Price
"Old Rivers" performed by Walter Brennan
"You Light Up My Life" performed by Debby Boone
"Tossin' and Turnin'" performed by Bobby Lewis
"Lavender - Blue" performed by Sammy Turner
"Around the World" performed by Bing Crosby
"Girl Watcher" performed by The O'Kaysions
"I'm Looking Through You" performed by The Beatles
"Chocolate Covered Ants (Candy Coated Bees)" performed by Chuck Wood
"Scorpio" performed by Dennis Coffey And The Detroit Guitar Band

Have a Shady day!


  1. Oh wow...I'm first here! I love your answers and very cool how you created them to songs. Love the soul train spot and those clothes...hahahaaaa. Get down and boogie

    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you for being the early bird today, dear friend. I appreciate it!

      I'm happy to know you were entertained by my A's to these compulsory Q's in which I used the words to popular songs (and an advertising jingle).

      Yessum, that's a great clip from Soul Train which flashes back to the music, clothing and hair styles of the early 70s. "Scorpio," the top 10 hit by Dennis Coffee, was popular from Thanksgiving 1971, through Christmas and into the winter of 1972.

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

  2. Kathryn AndersonJune 23, 2016 at 4:30 AM

    Well I learned a lot of new things about you today-- lol. This was a clever way of answering the questions. When I read between the lines of song lyrics-- I realized that you revealed a lot about yourself-- including your love of comedy and humor, novelty records, trivia and animals-- your age, your home town and your astrological sign.

    I haven't heard that song by Vanity Fare in ages-- same thing for I Wish I Were A Princess, Question, Old Rivers, Lavender Blue and Around the World in 80 Days. I never heard of Chocolate Covered Ants.

    Great fun-- Shady!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you very much for reporting in this morning. I'm glad you got a chuckle or two from the post.

      While there is at least a grain of truth in most of my answers, you know from experience that I am not - repeat NOT - a "girl watcher." I would never, ever do that, sugar pie honey bunch turtle dove. :)

      "Chocolate Covered Ants (Candy Coated Bees)" is a thing. It is a rare 45 rpm record by an obscure R&B artist by the name of Chuck Wood. I actually own a copy of "Chocolate Covered Ants." I got it years ago in one of those shrink wrapped packs of 10 or 12 records that were typically sold in discount department stores. I think I remember buying that bunch at F.W. Woolworth.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, Kathryn, and have a wonderful day!

  3. This is brilliant, Shady! Teasing little tidbits of you; sprinkled in a tapestry of timeless tunes - awesome! (did you think I'd say terrific?) Thanks for the memories and for sharing a sneaky-peek at you :-)

    1. Hi, Diedre!

      Thank you very much for stopping by, dear friend! I'm thrilled to know that you found my teasing tidbits titillating. :) Did you notice that I worked in "Chocolate Covered Ants," the song you and I were discussing on your blog recently?

      Thank you again for exposing yourself to TMI about Shady, dear friend Diedre. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. As I expected... not a straight man in the room...

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy!

      Nay nay...everything you read here is 100% FACT! :) Thanks for taking a peek at what I put together for the TMI A-2-Z, Chris!

  5. cute replies. Are the answers supposed to be in the form of lyrics, or did you add that bit in yourself? Either way, very creative answers.
    Hope you have a great day!

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thanks for popping over, good buddy! It is my understanding that this is a brand new blog hop. The list of original questions can be found on Debbie the Doglady's post (click the link I provided). I took the liberty of presenting a variation on a theme - paraphrasing some of the questions and answering them with song lyrics. I'm pleased to know that you got a kick out of my musical responses.

      Thanks again for coming by, good buddy Jeffrey, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. HA! You are quite the comedian and have a great sense of humor! In sticking to the theme/scheme of things, here's what I came up with (some might NOT pertain)LOL!
    "Cause you're a picker
    you're a grinner
    you're a lover
    and you're a sinner
    Playin' your music in the sun
    you're a joker
    you're a smoker
    you're a mid-night toker
    you sure don't want to hurt no one"!!!

    My other choice?
    "Pretty Fly (for a white guy)"!!!!
    Have a great day in FL and watch out for gators! : (

  7. Funny!
    You dated Peppermint Pattie? Does Charlie Brown know?

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! Ha! I don't know the answer to your question, but this I can tell you. Before she dated me, Peppermint Pattie had a thing going on with Clark Barr and the Three Musketeers. :)

      Thanks for joining the fun, Alex, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  8. Hi, Toni!

    I needed to reply down here because I couldn't open a reply box under your comment!

    Thank you very much for coming down to see what I put together for this new version of the A to Z blog hop. I admit to being a grinner a lover and a sinner and "sure don't want to hurt no one" but I flatly deny those other things! :)

    I never heard the song "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)." I see it is by a band called The Offspring. It is a favorite of yours? I will take that one as a compliment. :)

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, dear friend Toni. Thank you again for dropping in and enjoy the rest of your week!

  9. Memememe!!!(Sorry, was just exercising my vocal cords) I picked a few dumdididos about you from your clever clips. I pictured you walking down the street, getting the funniest looks from everyone you meet as you're asked questions. I thought I heard someone say: "Here he comes, it's Kathy's clown!" Hehe! Have a good weekend!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming to my TMI party, dear friend. (No relation to Three Mile Island, I'm happy to say :)

      I like what you did there - used words and lines from songs in your comment. (Seems you like to Monkee around with me. :) By the way, ever notice how many Kathys there are in my orbit? :)

      Thank you again for being such a great friend and joining the fun, dear YaYa. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

  10. Well, that was different! Not to mention creative. ☺ Leave it to you to take something simple (and perhaps even a tad boring) and jazz it up. That was fun and you did reveal a little bit about yourself. Cheers!

    1. P.S. I'll add the link to the list so other people may find and enjoy your humour.

    2. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you very much for coming to see what I did with the TMI- A TO Z, dear friend! I'm so happy that you appreciated my spin on it. At first I hesitated to participate, but then I started to develop a few ideas for answers, got that mischievous twinkle in my eye, and you know how it goes:

      When a fire starts to burn, right, and it starts to spread...

      It is very kind of you to add the link to your list. Thank you!

      Thanks again for stopping by to read the story of my so-called life. I wish you a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Debbie!

    3. It was my pleasure, Shady. ☺ One of these days, you should re-publish your "Shady Unmasked" post so more people can get to know the real you! ☺

    4. Aren't you kind? What did I ever do to deserve a wonderful friend like you, Debbie? :) :) :)

  11. Shadester - you're a clever one now aren't you!!! WOW , so fun reading all these answers in song form. I knew most of them but like a few others, the chocolate ants was new. Oh and the Offspring video to that song is pretty funny. I used to have the Cd because my little brother loved that song when it came out ( Pretty fly for a white guy). I love your posts!

    1. Hi, Holli!

      Thank you for dropping by, dear friend! I've been thinking about you and hoping you and Todd are doing well.

      I'm delighted to know you had fun with my Q & A post. For my answer to the question "What is your worst habit?" maybe I should have written that I have a "bad" habit of not taking anything too seriously, including blog hops. :)

      Yessum, I have in my personal collection that 45 "Chocolate Covered Ants," an obscure 1965 novelty R&B record by Chuck Wood. It's a pretty good record and I wish somebody would upload it on YouTube. (I no longer own a turntable.)

      Yessum, Toni Deroche got me curious and I watched the Offspring video "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)." The song and vid are great!

      Thank you again for being such a great friend and coming by, dear Holli. I wish you a safe and happy weekend!

  12. Loved that you used song lyrics to answer these questions. Very creative! And I found myself singing the songs -- to the ones I knew anyway.
    And it's very interesting how much you reveal about yourself through the lyrical answers. Very crafty, you! :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, One-L Michele!

      Thank you very much for dropping by, dear friend! Do you remember all of those "break-in" records made by Dickie Goodman? I loved and collected them and they were my inspiration as I put together this post. I'm delighted to know you had fun and sang along.

      Lloyd Price's "Question" is an oldie that I haven't heard in many years, but it popped into my mind immediately on the question asking what question I am always asked. :)

      Thank you again for taking a peek at my TMI-A2Z post, dear friend Michele. Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. That was a real twist on the blog hop. A lot of research went into digging up those lyrics, though I'm sure you dug those up from memory. Don't know how much I learned about you for real, but it was an entertaining read.

    I did this for 26 posts in April on my Wrote By Rote blog.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for visiting, good buddy! Yessir, by now you know that I am not a very good blog hop rule follower. Once again... I did it my way.

      You're right, Lee. When I examined the questions on Debbie the Doglady's post the songs and song lyrics immediately started coming to mind. I knew that I could knock out this post in a short period of time with only a moderate amount of research and so I went for it.

      Thank you for allowing me to entertain you, good buddy Lee, and enjoy your weekend!

  14. So cool! Did you know all these songs by heart? Gosh that's wonderful, I'm lucky I know the title of a song or even the name of a singer. Great way to answer, loved it!
    Happy Monday!

    1. Hi, Yolanda!

      I have been seeing a lot of you over at Debbie the Doglady's place (always read your comments) and I thank you very much for dropping by and reading my answers to the questions in this particular challenge. As you can tell, I like to put my own unique spin on things. :)

      The songs I used to answer the questions are all familiar to me. They are part of the soundtrack of my youth. However, I wouldn't say that I know all of them by heart. In some cases I needed to double check the lyrics to make sure they were correct.

      I'm happy to know that you enjoyed what I did here, Yolanda. As Debbie the Doglady can tell you, my music and memories are often laced with humor. If you had fun here today, I hope you will join me again soon. Thanks again for coming, Yolanda, and have a wonderful week!

  15. Hi Shady, well I recognized almost all the songs from these lyrics for a change! Love what you did here and loved the video. I saw lots of "hot pants" in the crowd. Remember those? I never had them myself. The top of my bikini did fall off in the ocean, but luckily a wave brought it back. Pretty embarrassing walking out of the water topless! I hadn't noticed, so my girlfriend came running up to me screaming. Lol Oh well. I haven't heard, "Good Morning Sunshine," since forever. I loved that song. Thanks for the smiles today.

    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for coming down, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      The TMI A to Z is a brand new blog hop that's going around. I am very impressed that you were able to Name That Tune and guess most of the songs from the lyrics provided in my answers.

      Yessum, I remember hot pants. You can see plenty of them in those episodes from the early years of Soul Train - bell bottoms and afro hairdos, too.

      Oh my goodness! I can't believe you lost your bikini top in the ocean. You were lucky the waves brought it right back. Remember the "One-Piece Topless Bathing Suit" that Jan & Dean sang about?

      I'm delighted to know that my post put a smile on your face, dear friend Belle. Thank you again for joining the fun and enjoy the rest of your week!

  16. Argh, not familiar with many of the songs here. I think I've heard some from you too.

    Good to know you, you, you, you, you. :)

    1. H, Lux!

      Thank you for joining the fun again this week, my dear friend from the other side of the world!

      It doesn't surprise me that you don't know many of these songs or lyrics, but you are exactly right. I have posted or at least mentioned some of them before on SDMM.

      Thank you again for coming over and learning a little bit more about me me me me me, dear friend Lux. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  17. Well done! Very entertaining read

    1. Thanks, Mike!

      It's always nice to have you here and I appreciate your interest. Happy to entertain you, good buddy!

  18. Hiya Shady lady! What a fun way to do this 'fest. Loved the song lyrics! They sure answered the questions.:-)

    1. Hi, Denise!

      Thank you for coming all the way from the east coast of Australia to visit little old me stateside. :) This hop is gaining momentum and it gives us the chance to meet many interesting new people. I'm happy to know that my song lyric answers put a smile on your face.

      You are always welcome here at SDMM, Denise, and I hope you will consider visiting regularly. Thank you again and good night to you there in Queensland, dear friend!

  19. I was going to comment on you using a Marillion lyric in this post, and I never knew that Fish lifted the "Lavender's blue dilly dilly lavender's green" lyric from another song.



    1. Hi, LC/DC!

      I have seen you around for quite some time and I am very happy that you decided to stop in for a visit.

      That's right. Sometimes song lyrics that you thought belong to a current artist can be traced back 50 or more years to another.

      I hope you enjoyed the post and I invite you to return again soon.

      Thanks again!

  20. That was clever!!! I love creativity. This is my first visit to your blog and I'm happy to meet you.

    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Thank you very much for coming to see me. I am grateful for your visit!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the spin I put on this Q & A challenge. When it comes to blog hops, I have a hard time playing it straight, preferring to use a creative approach. :)

      I am very happy to meet you as well, Kathleen, and invite you to join the fun on a regular basis. I will do my best to keep you entertained. Please know that you are always welcome here at SDMM. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear Kathleen!

  21. I'm here. Late, but enthusiastic, so I hope that makes up for the lateness. Incredible interview with your A to Z self. I know those songs and now I'm humming them. They'll stick in my head for a long while. I lost the bottoms to my bathing suit when I was body surfing. That was embarrassing, but I was only ten, so the humiliation was short lived. Great to meet you on this hop!

    1. Hi, C. Lee!

      I am thrilled to have you over for a visit, my friend!

      Thank you very much for taking a look at my answers to the TMI - Q&A. I hope you were able to read between the lines and learn a little something about my so-called life. :)

      I love to go body surfing! It's my favorite thing to do at the seashore. When I was a kid they had to drag me out of the water at dusk after a full day spent in the ocean.

      I love your enthusiasm, C. Lee, and hope that you and I will become friends as a result of this hop. Thank you again for joining the fun and have a great weekend!

  22. Good fun, and now I have Love Potion #9 on my brain...


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