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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Season 3 - Ep. 40: Sufferin' Suffrage... Beaver is Denied the Right To Vote!

I'm sorry, but I don't think it's a good idea, Beaver.

But dad, all the other kids are voting in Shady Del Knight's Version Sacrifice. Shady's the coolest guy on the internet!

Beaver, I said no. First of all... this is 1960. There's no such thing as the internet. Secondly,
I don't care what all of your friends are doing.
I supposed if they all jumped in the lake you'd do it, too.

Wul...sure. It's a whole lotta fun to go swimmin'.

That's not the point, Beaver. Voting is a big responsibility and you're too young and inexperienced to handle that much responsibility. I said no and that's my final answer. Now I'm finished discussing the matter.

Mmmm...Yes, sir.

I'm sorry you didn't get to vote in my VerSac, Beav. Someday, when you're old enough to exercise your right to vote, you can take it to the park and let it chase rabbits join the SDMM gang and voice your choice.


This week's VerSac featured three veteran R&B
artists - Jimmy Jones, Little Eva and LaVern Baker.
Jimmy and Eva teamed up in the studio to record
"Don't You Just Know It," a cover of the hit by
Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns. LaVern's
original recording of "Bumble Bee" was eclipsed
by the English Merseybeat band The Searchers.
I love LaVern Baker and collected her recorded
works. SDMM has a proud tradition of paying
tribute to black artists and their great, often
little known original recordings. However,
I gave my vote to the duo of Jimmy Jones
and Little Eva, best known for recording
as solo artists. The studio collaboration
of Jimmy and Eva on "Don't You Just
Know It," made possible by the F-G-G
production team, was inspired. I love
the driving beat which, I think you'll
agree, borrows heavily from the 1965
hit "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and
the Pharaohs. The beat also reminds me of
"Night Time," a single released a few months
earlier by F-G-G under the name The Strangeloves.
I appreciate the F-G-G production style and the fact
that they gave both of these R&B vets another shot
at success, even if it didn't work out that well.





Congratulations to Jimmy Jones & Little Eva,
winners of this weeks Version Sacrifice.
Thank you for voting!

Ward, don't you think you were
a little rough on the Beaver last night?



  1. Kathryn AndersonJune 12, 2016 at 4:25 AM

    It always makes me laugh when you do a Leave It To Beaver bit-- and the punchline at the end was hilarious!

    I am happy that Don't You Just Know It claimed the majority of the votes. Your vote doesn't match mine very often-- and it is nice to know you agree with me about this one. I just couldn't handle that bell sound on Bumblebee.

    This was fun--- and I look forward to your next Version Sac, Shady!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for reporting in and checking out the final score in my latest VerSac. I'm happy to know that you appreciated the Beaver sketch and that you got the joke there at the end. That zinger has been going around for the last 50 years. :)

      Yessum, your ears matched mine this time and that's always a surprise. If the bell sound on "Bumble Bee" irritated you then I doubt you'd like Bonnie Pointer's disco cover of "Heaven Must Have Sent You":

      Thank you again for playing along in the contest and for your comment this morning, Kathryn. Have a great week!

  2. I'm up early on this lovely Sabbath and I'm happy to be earlier than usual on my comment! Good choice, fun contest..glad I agreed with you! Oh, how I loved the Beav...when I had my knee surgery I watched that family daily while recouping. I had to practically do a 12 step program to get away. Now I'm addicted to Law and Order. What can I say, there's just not much good on the tube these days! You sure nailed the dialog. Are you sure you're not Eddy making fun of the poor Beaver and not letting him vote? You do have a way with words my friend. Maybe it's just all the Law and Order and I'm in the investigating mode. I'll check with the DA and get back to ya! Have a great week!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for dropping by on a Sunday morning, dear friend. I appreciate it!

      I'm excited to know that the Beaver sketch resonated with you. (I think Eddie is responsible for that write-in vote for "Gitarzan." :) Mrs. Shady and I recently watched the entire Leave It To Beaver Series on Netflix. That's one series I never get tired of watching. It feels good to escape the pressure packed present and return to a time when life was simpler and slower paced.

      Mrs. Shady and I also love L&O. It was loaded with great actors including Sam Waterston, Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach and Dennis Farina. We also watch the related series SVU and Criminal Intent. If you are a fan of the latter, then you must see Vincent D'Onofrio in the role of Wilson Fisk in season 1 of Marvel's Daredevil. He is amazing!

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment, dear friend YaYa. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    2. I do love CI too! Vincent D'Onofrio plays such a weird role but I enjoy that weirdness! Ha! I'll have to check out Marvel's Daredevil. Thanks!

    3. Hi again, YaYa!

      Vincent is a terrific actor and you will be amazed at the power he brings to his role in Daredevil.

      Thanks again, dear friend YaYa!

  3. I'm busy catching up with everyone from A to Z. Shady Dell sounds like a great place. I do like the music.

    1. Hi, Ann!

      How are you, my new friend? I am delighted to see you again and hope you will keep visiting me. If you stick around I promise to keep you entertained with a wide variety of music spanning the last 60 years or more.

      You are always welcome here, dear friend Ann, and I thank you again for your visit and comment!

  4. Wow, I got in on the losing side, eh? No worries. I know I was right, and Beaver woulda proved it. By the time Wally, Eddie, Lump, Gilbert, and the others chimed in, it woulda been Baker by a nose! I petition the board to have a recount and let Scrappy vote too! FeelTheVern!

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy! I appreciate it! Yessir, the vote went the other way this time. Most people's ears did not match yours. I also caught you trying to stuff the ballot box with votes from Scrappy and unregistered voters from the Beaver cast. Too little, too late, my friend! :)

      Keep in mind that every recording I present here on SDMM is a favorite of mine to begin with. If you think about it that way, you realize that you and I are in agreement about LaVern Baker's "Bumble Bee." I actually prefer her original to the Searchers cover. Perhaps we disagree on that point, but it's all good.

      Thanks again for spending a portion of your weekend in the Shady, good buddy Chris. Have a Scrappy week ahead!

  5. Happy Sunday, Shady!

    Trying this again as my first response is currently floating somewhere in cyberspace ;-) Let me know if it ever shows up- ha!
    Yay! I think for once, I voted with the majority :-)
    I suppose I'll never know how discussions used to actually be closed when a parent said so, but I remember it well. Wouldn't that be good for kids today? It makes for a nice daydream, anyway.
    Have a wonderful week, my friend!

    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for coming by, sweet friend! I'm sorry the cosmos gobbled up your previous comment. Thank you for returning to post another one.

      Yessum, watching those old reruns of family friendly 50s/60s sitcoms like Leave It To Beaver reminds us that kids used to respect authority much more than they do today. Life had a more leisurely pace and, for the most part, we felt safer in our homes and in public places.

      Thank you for reminiscing with me today, dear friend Diedre, and have a wonderful week ahead!

  6. Poor Beaver...
    Hey, I picked the winner this week!

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for popping in, good buddy! Yessir, your ears matched mine in this latest round of the VerSac and I appreciated your participation in this special Sunday edition of the contest.

      Thanks again and have a great week, Alex!

  7. I'm sorry I missed the battle but I listened and would have voted for bumble bee. I'm without voice as I have a throat infection which is a bummer but my hubby is loving that I can't talk:) I have to say that I think she loves when award gives it to the beaver...just saying.

    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down to view the results of my latest Version Sacrifice. I'm sorry you missed the chance to participate in the contest, but thank you for letting me know how you would have voted.

      I'm sorry to learn that you have a throat infection. I've had quite of few of them myself and they can linger a while. I hope you feel better soon.

      Seems like you got the punchline at the end of my post and came up with a variation of your own. :)

      Thank you again for your friendship and support, dear BB. Have a great week ahead!

  8. Hi Shady,

    Your opening made me giggle and smile. :)


    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for dropping by, dear friend! It helps if you are familiar with this old television series. Seems like you must have watched the reruns at some point in your life. I'm glad you enjoyed the humorous exchange between Ward and the Beav.

      I'm sorry your song didn't survive the Version Sacrifice but I thank you for voting nevertheless.

      Have a wonderful week, dear friend JM!

  9. Great opening post today. What a hoot !
    Sorry I have missed so many post. Sometimes life just gets in the way of living.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! Yessum, I'm sorry you missed voting in the Version Sacrifice this time, but there's always next time. I'm delighted to know you got a chuckle out of this post featuring members of the Cleaver clan.

      Wishing you and thehamish all the best. Have a wonderful week, dear friend Gayle!

  10. Hi Shady, I missed my favorite thing: voting for best song. There has been illness in the family and I haven't felt up to much. Anyway, I'm going to your previous post and listen to the music.

    1. Hi, Belle!

      Thank you very much for coming down, dear friend! When I didn't hear from you all that time I suspected that a family member was ill. I am very sorry to learn that my suspicions were correct. I pray that your stricken loved one bounces back to 100% soon.

      It was very kind of you to visit and I hope the music eases your mind for at least a little while.

      God bless, Belle!

  11. Congratulations.
    And that banter between dad and son about voting got me laughing. :)

    1. Hi, Lux!

      Thank you very much for taking a peek at the voting results as I crown a Version Sacrifice soul survivor. I don't know if you ever watched the old American TV series Leave It To Beaver, but it is a great one and I highly recommend it. I'm happy to know that the father-son dialogue in my post made you laugh.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Lux!

  12. Re: June's statement to Ward at the end: You know that was the dirtiest line ever uttered on television back then, right?? :)
    GREAT Leave It to Beaver sketch!! That was fun. The pictures with the words made it too. You can just hear Beaver saying those things. Fun!

    Glad we connected on our final votes for Jimmy & Little Eva. I really did like that song.

    How are you faring with the rains down there?? You didn't have any damage, did you, where you are? I hope not. Those storms are scary...

    Have a great week Shady!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for coming by to find out which song survived the dreaded Version Sacrifice.

      I can't name a specific episode of Beaver in which June spoke those exact words to Ward, but it seems like she said something to that effect many times over the years. I'm glad you enjoyed the Beaver sketch and the punchline. :)

      Yessum, your ears matched mine and the majority's in this contest. I'm happy to know that you like the obscure recording by Jimmy and Eva. I can't help wondering if they could have become a successful recording duo like Peaches & Herb or Marvin & Tammi if they had been given new songs to record instead of that moldy oldie from the 50s.

      I am on the Central Gulf Coast and we haven't had any bad storms since tropical storm Colin passed by to our north. We lost power for about an hour as a result of Colin but I didn't see any flooding or wind damage. Thanks for asking.

      Thank you again for spreading cheer over here, dear friend Michele. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  13. Leave It To Beaver was one of my favourite shows as a kid. ☺ Looks like I was in the minority for this battle. Oh well, it was still fun, regardless. Looking forward to your next one!

    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you for swinging by, dear friend! As a child I never missed an episode of Leave It To Beaver (although I don't remember this particular episode from season 3 :).

      Make no mistake about it. I love LaVern Baker's husky R&B numbers and have them in my collection. I simply preferred the beat and the combination of male and female vocals on "Don't You Just Know It." As I mentioned to Michele, Jimmy & Eva could have become a successful act produced BY F-G-G with an infusion of fresh material.

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend Debbie, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. Geez - I missed the punchline! Too funny! ☺☺

    1. Ha! I'm glad you went back to investigate an got the joke. :)

      Hey, I was expecting you to tell me that Beaver had a girly voice! :)

      Have a wonderful week, Debbie!

  15. Hi Shady,
    I see you , me and the majority's ears were just a little bit more pleased with, "Don't you just know it"! Love that sassy jazzy sound!
    Love the Beav! He WAS right, Shady IS the coolest guy on the internet!!! Keep up the fun!

    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thank you very much for coming to the after party.

      Yessum, your ears matched mine on this one and most other people agreed that "Don't You Just Know It" is the slightly groovier record.

      You are too kind for agreeing with the Beav that Shady is the coolest guy on the net. It makes me happy to make friends like you smile and, if that's so, then Mission Accomplished.

      Thanks again for dropping by, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the rest of your week. I hope to see you back here for my annual Father's Day salute this Sunday!

  16. Hi, Shady. I missed your Version Sacrifice this go 'round. But I did enjoy your "Leave It To Beaver" set-up for this post! Hope you have a good week!

    1. Hi, Ashton!

      Thanks for coming over, dear friend! Yessum, you missed voting in the VerSac this time, but there's always next time. I'm happy to know you got a giggle or two out of my Beaver post.

      Thanks again for joining the fun today and have a wonderful week, Ashton!

  17. Just dropped in to say hi and you know I never watched Leave it to Beaver, just thought you needed to know that

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      Thank you for traveling all the way from Australia to spend some time in the Shady. I'm happy to see you, dear friend!

      If you ever get the chance to watch Leave It To Beaver I hope you will do so. It will take you back in time to the American in which I grew up - a kinder, gentler country with two parent households, stay at home moms, unquestioned parental authority, simple low tech/no tech games and activities, and much more kindness and respect for our fellow man.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  18. HAHA OH MY GOODNESS i cannot even begin to tell you the joys this post has brought me!!!! I am a lifelong fan of Leave it to Beaver, and can remember watching the show way back when i was in grade school. And i still do happen to catch the show every once in a while when i happen to be home in time!
    As always your dialogue writing talents are superb!!! and as i read i couldn't help but smile as the voice in my head translated the words.
    Long live that wonderful family!!

    1. Hi, dear Abigail!

      Thank you very much for coming over to view the results of the balloting in my latest VerSac!

      I should have known you'd be familiar with Leave It To Beaver, because I am well aware that you enjoy those old 60s sitcoms. It delights me to know that you could hear Ward and the Beaver speaking the lines of dialogue I wrote for them and that they gave you a giggle or two.

      I don't think a family as ideal as the Cleavers really ever existed in America, but I can testify that some came close back then. It makes me sad to realize that there are far fewer families like them today.

      Thank you again for your visit and sweet comments, dear friend Abigail. Please give Daisy a big hug for me and enjoy the rest of your week!

  19. Oh my gosh- I always use to watch leave it to Beaver. Golly Wally!!
    I won in the battle too. Woohoo!
    I need to post very soon on my blog. I"ve had lots going on ( was in the ER over the weekend). No Bueno Talk to ya later.

    1. Hi, dear Holli!

      Thank you for dropping by, dear friend! What??? You needed to go to the ER over the weekend? Golly Wally, you seem to be snake bit lately. I hope it was nothing too serious and that all is well at this hour.

      Yessum, you were on the winning side of the vote and your ears matched mine in the Version Sacrifice.

      Thank you again for coming by, dear friend Holli. Please take good care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your week!

  20. Sorry I missed the contest, but I think I had a pretty good excuse. I really liked the Searchers best of all, but if I had voted, my vote would not have changed the outcome as I too would have gone for Jimmy Jones and Little Eva.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi,Lee!

      How are you feeling today, good buddy? Thanks for coming to view the final score of my Version Sacrifice and for letting me know how you would have voted. This tally represents the widest margin of victory I have had in a long time. I'm happy to know that your ears matched mine.

      Thanks again, good buddy Lee, and please take good care of yourself!

  21. I love your comedic interpretation of blogging. Not only are your posts informative, they are entertaining as well. I hope we get to see more life lessons from Ward and the Beav. That would be a real hoot.

    Yea! I picked the winner in your Virgin Sacrifice. Wooops, I mean version sacrifice. Apologies for the Freudian Slip.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy!

      Yessir, your Freudian slip is showing. :) I'm happy to know that you enjoyed my method of reporting the results of the contest and also glad to know you dig the Jimmy and Eva recording as much as I do.

      Thanks again for your friendship and support, Jeffrey, and enjoy the rest of your week!


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