CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"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
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Creature With a Thousand Eyes!


YOU SHIVERED

AND SHOOK

WHEN YOU SAW

RAY MILLAND

AS.....


THE MAN WITH

THE X-RAY EYES!



YOU QUAKED IN

YOUR BOOTS

WHEN YOU WITNESSED...


THE BEAST WITH

A MILLION EYES!



NOW HERE COMES


THE MOST

BLOODCURDLING

SPECTACLE EVER

BROUGHT TO

THE SCREEN!


WATCH IF YOU DARE...


THE NIGHT HAS

A THOUSAND EYES!






FIRST CAME

THE HORROR OF.....


EARTH vs

THE SPIDER!



NOW HERE COMES

THE SHEER TERROR


(AND SHEER COSTUMES OF)


JOI LANSING

IN

THE WEB OF LOVE!




Have a Shady day and a

HAPPY

HALLOWEEN!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Strange Hits And Crazy Misses!


THE RECORDINGS YOU ARE ABOUT

TO HEAR COVER A WIDE RANGE

OF STYLES AND A TIME SPAN

OF MORE THAN 50 YEARS.

CAN YOU DETERMINE WHAT

THEY HAVE IN COMMON?


 MISS TONI FISHER 


Our twisted journey begins in the waning weeks
of 1959 when "The Big Hurt" by Miss Toni Fisher,
a little lady with powerful pipes, was red hot on
 the radio on its way to a top 3 finish on the chart
early in 1960. "The Big Hurt" has a distinctively
weird sound effect running throughout, the result
of an accident in the studio that created what is
believed to be the first "phasing effect" ever used
on a popular recording. Without intending to the
engineer mixed the mono and stereo versions of
the song together out of sync. You might say the
tekkie set phasers to stun, producing a unique
space age sound that was too good to waste.

"The Big Hurt" - Miss Toni Fisher
(Dec. 1959, Jan. 1960, highest chart
position #3 Hot 100/#2 Cash Box)





 MISS CATHY BRASHER 


Pop singer Miss Cathy Brasher went to school
in Norwalk, a suburban community near
Los Angeles. In 1964 Cathy released a
single for Hollywood's Era Records.


"Too Late to Be Lovers" was pushed
as the A side, but it is the killer bee,
"I'll Remember Jimmy," that achieved
everlasting greatness. When you listen
to this smooth girl pop relic you might
agree with me that Cathy sounds
a lot like Lesley Gore.

"I'll Remember Jimmy"
Miss Cathy Brasher 
(May 1964, uncharted B side
of "Too Late to Be Lovers")




Cathy next signed with Chattahoochee,
another small independent Los Angeles
area record company. I love the dynamic
production on her Chattahoochee sides.


Listen to the excellent but uncharted
"Only When I Dream," and once again
you will think it's Lesley Gore's voice
filtered through a dense Wall of Sound.

"Only When I Dream"
Miss Cathy Brasher 
(1964, uncharted)




Around 1965, Cathy Brasher's vocals were
used on singles credited to the Murmaids,
the girl group known for their late 1963
and early 1964 hit "Popsicles and Icicles,"
a record regarded by historians as the last
#1 single of the Pre-British Invasion era.


My Pick to Click by Cathy Brasher is a solo
single released in the fall of '65 with the odd
title "Sh ... Listen." The overdubbing of
Cathy's vocals along with female back-
ground singers make this an exciting
girl group record, one of the best
ever to miss the chart entirely.
It never even bubbled under!

"Sh ... Listen"
Miss Cathy Brasher 
(October 1965, uncharted)




The B side, "He Told Me He Loved Me,"
is highly derivative of "Then He Kissed Me,"
the 1963 hit by the Crystals. Nevertheless,
it's a groovy recording in its own right.

"He Told Me He Loved Me" 
 Miss Cathy Brasher 
(Oct. 1965, uncharted
B side of "Sh ... Listen")





 MISS CRAZY 


They're part Kiss, part Cinderella, part Motley Crue,
part AC/DC, part Def Leppard... I could go on and on
but you get the idea. They're retro styled hard rock
and sleaze metal band Miss Crazy, winners of the
2013 Shady Award for Best New (to me) Band of
the Year. It is 100% pure adrenaline when these
guys and a girl (bass playing beauty Kim Racer)
take the stage. Proof can be found in this clip
from a San Antonio rock bar as Miss Crazy
performed "Life's Been Good," a song
from their debut self-titled album.

"Life's Been Good" - Miss Crazy
(from Sept. 2006 album Miss Crazy,
live perf. at Bond’s 007 Rock Bar,
San Antonio, Texas)




 MISS MOTIF 


You first saw and heard this Irish miss in 2016
at Thea Queen's Rave. She's a singer, songwriter,
producer and international DJ (think Riley Blue
of Sense8) and her name is Amanda D'Arcy,
stage name Miss Motif. In this sensational
performance, Miss Motif covers "Sexy Silk,"
a song recorded by English singer Jessie J
for use in the soundtrack of the 2015
teen comedy film The Duff.

"Sexy Silk" - (Jessie J cover)
Miss Motif (March 2013)




I hope you enjoyed these

strange hits and crazy misses.

See you next time!

Have a Shady day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!


No, dear friend. This post is not
about Marcia Brady or jealous Jan.

It is a salute to a

Marsha I like more...


MARSHA HUNT...

one of the greatest actresses of

The Golden Age of Hollywood,

a lady I admire and respect

and today wish to honor.


Marsha began her career as
a model and singer on radio.


She went on to become a fine actress
in films, on stage and on television.


In a notable early role, Marsha appeared
with John Wayne in the 1937 movie
Born to the West aka Hell Town.

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 13:40 MARK!






Marsha had a supporting role in the
1939 comedy film These Glamour Girls
which starred Lana Turner and featured
Ann Rutherford - "Polly Benedict" in
the Andy Hardy movie series.


One of my favorite Marsha movies is
the 1942 crime drama Kid Glove Killer.
Marsha and male lead Van Heflin play
Stone Age CSI's. The chemistry between
them is palpable. The best scenes take place
in the lab as the two work together to solve
a murder case. They flirt a lot, smoke a lot
and exchange clever jargon that includes
"cigarette me," "light me" and "match me."
They even use the lab's Bunsen burner
to fire up their cigs! Start playing the
trailer at the 2 minute mark.

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 2:00 MARK!




Van Heflin died more than 45 years ago.
Marsha Hunt, I am very happy to report,
is still with us, leading me to believe
that at least one of them had the
good sense to quit smoking.


Marsha co-starred with Robert Young of
Father Knows Best and Marcus Welby, M.D.
fame in another 1942 picture, the spy
drama Joe Smith, American.


In 1943, Marsha appeared in the
Mickey Rooney drama film
The Human Comedy.


In 1948, Marsha starred in another
of my favorite movies, the noir
crime drama Raw Deal.


Marsha Hunt was the complete package -
beautiful, intelligent and a great actress -
yet stardom eluded her.


Perhaps Marsha would have enjoyed greater
success if she had bleached her hair and
played the quintessential dumb blonde.


Maybe Marsha would have become a major star
if she had not been blacklisted in Hollywood,
an act that derailed her career for several years.
Marsha's reversal of fortune took place in the
McCarthy Era, the period known as the second
Red Scare. Marsha was denied work after she
joined other actors, directors, writers, and film-
makers in a protest against the actions of the
House Un-American Activities Committee,
a task force created to investigate alleged
disloyalty and subversive activities on the
part of private citizens, public employees and
organizations suspected of having Communist
ties. Marsha's name along with the names of
many other actors, writers, musicians and
broadcast journalists appeared in a publication
listing Americans in the entertainment field
suspected of having Communist ties,
"leanings" or sympathies.

Branded by the tract as a potential
Communist or Communist sympathizer,
Marsha was effectively added to the industry
blacklist. Throughout the early 1950s she was
regarded as box office poison. Marsha found
a way around the problem by turning to the
theater which was not affected nearly as much
by the stigma of the Communist witch hunt.


In the mid 50s Marsha bounced back.
She resumed her film acting career and
branched out into television which
kept her busy well into the
new millennium.


A style icon at the peak of her career,
Marsha published a book on fashion in
1993 titled The Way We Wore: Styles
of the 1930s and '40s and Our
World Since Then.


In later years Marsha became a popular
guest speaker on the college lecture circuit
and continued her lifelong commitment to
activism and support of progressive causes.
Marsha is a humanitarian, a leader in the
fight against global pollution and climate
change, worldwide poverty and hunger.
She is an advocate for the homeless
and the mentally ill.

In 2013, in her mid 90s, Marsha introduced
a song she had written decades earlier titled
"Here's to All Who Love." The song about
love and same-sex marriage was sung
by Bill Jones, cast member of the hit
TV series Glee. The video went viral.




Marsha Hunt is one of my favorite actresses
and so much more. I love Marsha and all that
she stands for. She is an inspiration, a resilient
survivor who overcame adversity. The record
shows she took the blows...and did it her way.


Marsha Hunt is a national treasure.
She is part of the solution. Now
more than ever, America needs
people like Marsha. Hers was
and still is...a life well lived.

"Here's to All Who Love"

and here's to you


MARSHA HUNT

on this your

100th birthday!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 5: Open Sesame!


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And now the host of

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Don Cornelius!


Hi there, you're right on time. Welcome aboard for another raucous ride on the Shady Train. You know the drill. Only the cool kids get in and every tune's a bad mamma jamma.


We are pleased to have with us a talented
group from White Plains, New York, who
will treat us to a classic live performance
of their breakthrough hit for A&M Records,
a pop soul ballad that spent no less than half
a year on the R&B chart. It's a ditty that's
doggone pretty entitled "Secret Lovers"
and they are-- Atlantic Starr!

"Secret Lovers" - Atlantic Starr
(Jan./Feb. 1986, highest chart pos.
#3 Hot 100/#4 Hot Black Singles,
#1 Adult Contemporary, from Apr.
1985 album As The Band Turns)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 16 SEC. MARK!




Nicknamed "Lightnin' Licks" and "Thunder Thumbs," these soulful siblings from Los Angeles scored huge crossover hits in the mid 70s with "I'll Be Good To You" and "Strawberry Letter 23." The dynamic duo is joining us today courtesy of A&M Records and our friends over at Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special to perform what we're certain will be remembered as one of the great songs of 1980. It's a smooth groove entitled "Stomp!" and they are--- The Brothers Johnson!

"Stomp!" - The Brothers Johnson
(Apr./May 1980, highest chart pos.
#7 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from the
1980 album Light Up The Night,
live on The Midnight Special)





And we are delighted to welcome back an exciting and very funky band from New Jersey. They are here to do the title single from their new album on the De-Lite label, a song that can also be found on the soundtrack of the new hit movie Saturday Night Fever. Their name is Kool and the Gang... and this is a little thing called-- "Open Sesame!"

"Open Sesame (Groove with the Genie)"
Kool and the Gang (Dec. 1976,
highest chart pos. #55 Hot 100,
#6 R&B, from Nov. 1976
album Open Sesame, from OST of
Dec. '77 film Saturday Night Fever)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 17 SEC. MARK!





And from right here in the Windy City comes a lovely and talented young lady who began her career in the late 70s as a background singer and has worked with major stars like Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers and Celine Dion. With the release of her debut album Virginity on the C.I.M./Epic label, she is now making her mark as a solo artist. Her latest single samples Michael Jackson's Thriller and is guaranteed to get you in the spirit for Halloween. Her name is Yvonne Gage and this is-- "Doin' It in a Haunted House!"

"Doin' It In A Haunted House"
Yvonne Gage (June 1984 single,
highest chart position #45 UK,
from 1984 album Virginity)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 40 SEC. MARK!





And let's welcome aboard the Shady Train for the first time a fine group of entertainers from Brooklyn who are responsible for one of the hottest disco funk singles of 1974. The song is entitled "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)" and they are known as-- The B.T. Express!

"Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)"
B.T. Express (Sept. thru Nov. 1974,
highest cht. pos. #2 Hot 100/#1 R&B)





And look out now, it's the Shady Train gang, the Shady Train line, checkin' out a sound that's one of the baddest things around. It's Colonel Abrams with a biggin' everybody's diggin'-- Baby, you can bet... "I'm Not Gonna Let!"

"I'm Not Gonna Let You"
Colonel Abrams (Feb./Mar. 1986,
highest chart pos. #1 Dance,
#7 R&B, from Aug. 1985
album Colonel Abrams)





And making their debut on the train is a band that has lived up to its name by going through many changes. Formed in Bologna as an Italian-American post-disco act cast in the same mold as Chic and featuring the lead vocals of the legendary Luther Vandross, they have transformed themselves into a dynamic R&B-funk-boogie band fronted by Deborah Cooper, one that has drawn comparisons to The S.O.S. Band. As they join us to do their latest single on the Atlantic label, the title song from their new album Change Of Heart, a great welcome please, gang, for-- Change!

"Change Of Heart" - Change
(Mar. 1984, highest chart pos. #7 R&B,
#17 Dance, from 1984 album
Change Of Heart)





That oughta hold you for a while. Well do it again next time, and you can bet your last money... it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey. I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love...peace...and soul!

Monday, October 2, 2017

yOU gOT yOUR tROUBLES - i gOT mINE!


iT tAKES a vILLAGE...


...tO hIDE a sECRET.





sARAH
(sMILE tHOSE tROUBLES aWAY)



nATHAN
(fEELIN' hER & nOBODY bUT hER)



lUCY
iN tHE sKY (tRAPPED iN a bARN)



dUKE
(gOOD gUY fROM a tROUBLED fAMILY)



aUDREY
bY aNY oTHER nAME lOOKS tHE sAME)





lEXIE
 (bAFFLED, bEWILDERED bARMAID)



sARAH-lUCY-aUDREY-lEXIE
(wHOEVER sHE iS, sHE'S a mAINE-IAC)

Image courtesy of mellie-lyn @ DeviantArt




Curious? If so... may I

tROUBLE

you to try watching

hAVEN?


A big thank you to my friend

Cathy Kennedy 


for recommending Haven.

Please sign my petition to have this song
instated as the show's official theme:




Have a Shady day!