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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Meg Manifests Major Mop-top Mania!

Hi, I'm Meg Griffin 

from Family Guy.

I'm sure you remember me from my Valentine's Day
Sugababes post in February. I have returned today to
introduce an exciting pop/rock group I just discovered,
a boy band from Liverpool, England. What can I say?
I'm in love! I love the way they dress, I love their
cute mop-top hair styles and I love the way they
sing. In today's post and in part 2 next week I'll
bring you their greatest performances which
will include rare clips I am sure you never
saw before. And now, without further ado,
ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...


"Nowhere Man" - The Beatles
(Mar./Apr. 1966, highest chart pos. #3,
from Dec. 1965 album Rubber Soul)

That was "Nowhere Man," a song written by Beatles members John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released just before Christmas 1965 on their 6th studio album Rubber Soul. The song also came out on a single and reached the top 3 on the U.S. chart in the spring of 1966.

Now let's turn back the clock and listen to a song
that was penned by John and Paul in the back of
a van in the spring of 1963. It was recorded by
another English group, Billy J. Kramer With
The Dakotas, and their single reached the
top 10 in the states in 1964. Here now is
ultra rare early footage of Paul and John
singing their composition "Bad To Me."

"Bad To Me" - The Beatles
(orig. demo recorded by John Lennon
May 31, 1963, June/July '64 single by
Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas,
highest chart pos. #9)

The next song I want you to hear was written by John, recorded in the fall of 1963 and released at the start of 1964 on the band's second U.S. album Meet the Beatles! Here once again are this girl's future husbands -- John, Paul George and Ringo -- and "This Boy."

"This Boy" - The Beatles
(from Jan. 1964 album
Meet the Beatles!)

Written by John, our next song charted in the top 50 on the B side of the 1965 single "Ticket To Ride" and is also on the album Beatles VI. Here again are those lovable Liverpool lads with "Yes It Is."

"Yes It Is" - The Beatles
(May 1965, highest chart pos. #46,
"B side of "Ticket To Ride," from
the 1965 album Beatles VI)

Up next is a beautiful, bittersweet, introspective song written and sung by John and found on Rubber Soul. Listen as John meditates on his past as he sings "In My Life." Oh John boy, my adorable mop-top, I wanna hold your hand!

"In My Life" - John Lennon
(from 1965 album Rubber Soul)

"Here, There And Everywhere" is a gorgeous song written by Paul and released on the Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. Oh Paul... you're my dreamboat. Marry me!

"Here, There And Everywhere" - The Beatles
(from Aug. 1966 album Revolver)

John's song "Rain" was issued as the fab flip of the Beatles' chart-topping 1966 single "Paperback Writer" and made a run at the top 20 on the Billboard chart. Both songs were recorded during the Revolver sessions but neither was included on the album. Here are the future misters Meg Griffin - all Fab Four of them - in their classic music video for "Rain."

"Rain" - The Beatles
(July 1966, highest chart pos. #23,
B side of "Paperback Writer")

I hope you agree that

those four really are fab.

I don't want to spoil the party

but I need to go.

Next week, get back to where you once
(and still do) - SDMM. You'll see
more rare vintage film clips and hear more
Beatle goldens from me to you. Skip part 2?
Honey don't. You can't do that. I'll be back,
It won't be long, little child so, till then, this
is Meg Griffin saying hello, goodbye for now!

(All vocals and impressions in this post
were performed by the English comedian,
impressionist and musician Stevie Riks.)



  1. Considering they were around long before cable and the likes of MTV, it's amazing how many 'music videos' exist of the Beatles' songs.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for being the early bird this week, good buddy. I'm happy to see you!

      I think it's cute that Meg Griffin is smitten by the mop-tops. It's too bad the vids she decided to show us are covers and not the originals. I would hate to burst her love bubble, and therefore I can't bring myself to tell her she made a mistake. :)

      Enjoy the rest of your week, good buddy Alex!

  2. I got tickled when I saw Meg Griffin as your host(ess) today. My son use to love that show and, while I never watched any episodes from start to finish, know several scenes quite well.

    Beatles music is always welcome (and not bad covers at all!).

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks for popping over, dear friend. I am happy to see you!

      Yessum, Shady Dell Music & Memories is indeed open for business! (I just realized I made the mistake of putting the "DO NOT DISTURB" sign in the window. :)

      I'm glad you recognize Meg from Family Guy. Mrs. Shady and I are big fans of the animated series.

      I am also delighted to know that you enjoyed these covers by "The One Man Beatles" - English comic, musician and impressionist Stevie Riks (not to be confused with Stevie Nicks :).

      Don't be a spoiler now, Kelly. Please wait until I present pt. 2 next week before you go to YouTube and delve into Stevie's other covers. I cherry picked what I consider to be his best for this two-parter.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, Kelly. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

  3. Rain is a good song, but man, that is a goofy video! (I didn't even know the Beatles made videos!)

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for coming, dear friend!

      Yessum, the Beatles made quite a few videos and they are being nicely restored in the 2010s. However, you won't find any of them in this two-part series presented by Meg Griffin. Seems the poor girl got confused and fell in love with the wrong Fab Four. In case you didn't realize what you were watching, all four of the Beatles depicted in these videos are played by the same man - English impersonator Stevie Riks - on record as the most-viewed comedian on YouTube in the UK.

      Thanks again for joining me today, dear friend Sherry. I hope you will return for more of these amazing Beatles covers in Part 2 next week!

  4. So cool, Meg and Shady! These corny videos proved to be really entertaining, and they display quite a talent! I like all of the songs, but didn't know "Yes It Is". What a kick I got out of this, and who better than to host, but Meg Griffin! Leave it to Meg to fall for SOME 'Fab Four", lol! "Rain" is one of my favorites of Beatles songs, and "This Boy". A real good job done on the "Rain" video.

    Thank you, Shady for giving us a laugh, and some good music today. Oh yes...loved Ringo's nose in the "Rain" video. He really cracks me up!

    Hope your Thanksgiving was great. We had a nice visit with my family, and a tiring trip back. The weather held up snow in Kansas yet. I just wish we could have stayed longer.

    So good to see you today, and it is so refreshing to enjoy the lineup you presented-I know you had a blast putting it together.

    Have a great week Meg! You too, Shady! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      It's great to see you back here again, dear friend. Thank you very much for dropping in!

      I've been wondering how your holiday trip up to the frozen north went. I'm happy to learn you had a nice visit with your loved ones and didn't need to drive or walk in snow. I am also glad you made it back home safely.

      I'm pleased to know you found Meg Griffin's mop-top lineup entertaining. Seems the forlorn teenager can't tell the real Beatles from Beatle wannabe Stevie Riks. I have never seen such a great John Lennon impersonator, have you? Stevie nails John's autobiographic "In My Life" song and Paul's ballad "Here, There And Everywhere," and the "Rain" video is a classic in its own right.

      Stay tuned now for Part 2 of Meg's presentation. Don't cheat by looking up other Stevie Riks vids. I picked all his best for this series including three of the funniest vids I have ever watched coming up next week.

      Thank you again for stopping in for a cheery visit, dear friend Suzanne. I hope you and Scootie enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. Dear Meg ... Beatles ... hmmm ... reminds me of my first (very innocent)kiss in grade three ... "She loves me, yeah yeah yeah" ... but sadly and gladly, it did not last ... Anyway ... fun post, friend Shady ... Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for popping in for a look and a listen as Meg Griffin introduces her favorite new boy band The Beatles (at least that's who she thinks they are). I don't have the heart to tell Meg, but the Fab Four she flipped for are bogus Beatles - impostors. In this post John, Paul, George and Ringo are all portrayed by Englishman Stevie Riks who also sings all of their parts and plays their instruments. He's quite talented, isn't he?

      When I was in first grade there were three girls who ran around on the playground kissing boys and running away. They told the boys they had "kissing fever" and were giving it to us. At the time I was more annoyed than anything else but as I grew older my attitude toward girls changed. :)

      I'm glad you thought it was a fun post, dear friend cat. Please return next week as Meg presents more Beatle goldens in Part 2!


    2. Gonna go walkabout for a while, friend Shady ... Wishing you a happy December ... Love, cat.

    3. Hi, cat!

      Are you saying that you are set to begin another far away vacay? If so I hope you have a great time, dear friend. I'll be missing you.

      I wish you a happy December as well, cat. LUBBINS LUBBINS LUBBINS!

  6. You (or he) have picked my most favorite Beatles songs... along with Paperback Writer. Made me so happy after a 2 week migraine !
    Stevie Ricks is a very good impersonator.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Winston!

      Thanks for coming over from Arizona, dear friends!

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed this selection of Beatles classics performed by Stevie Riks. Riks does a fab job of imitating all four Beatles, and especially John Lennon. It's a joy to behold.

      I am always happy when I am making friends like you happy, dear Gayle. I wish you freedom from your migraines throughout the coming week. Thank you again for being such a wonderful friend and stay tuned for Meg's part 2 post coming one week from now. Take care!

  7. Tom,

    What a fabulously, funny post! First off, I loved all the songs which were new-to-me. I know, right? How can that be and yet it's true. Well..."Here, There, and Everywhere" sounded a little familiar. Stevie Riks is a hoot! Thanks for the introduction. His goofiness made me smile this morning. Looking forward to more Beatles' mewsic in upcoming posts. Have a wonderful day, my friend and thanks for visiting today!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank YOU for visiting ME, dear friend. I am always happy to see you!

      I'm glad you got the joke and realized these are bogus Beatles, the creation of One Man Beatles Band Stevie Riks, a comedian, impressionist and musician who is quite famous in the UK but apparently not very well known stateside. I am most impressed with Riks' performance as John doing "In My Life" and Paul singing his ballad "Here, There and Everywhere." Goose bumps!

      Don't peek at other Riks videos on YouTube, dear friend. Wait until Meg presents her part 2 play list before checking out his dozens of creative covers.

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

    2. Tom,

      Okay, I'll hold off looking Stevie Riks up on YouTube until after Meg's second part. :) Have a good week, my friend and blessings to you always!

    3. Thank you, dear friend! Meg returns with part 2 tomorrow morning and she promises surprises. Stick around!

      Thank you again for your comment, Cathy. I see that you have something new on your site this morn and I am coming to see you now.

      Have a great week!

  8. I just left you a comment but it seems to have disappeared so will try again.
    This Stevie Riks is hilarious... and quite talented! I love the way he does Paul's mouth. So funny. And Ringo's personality. The way he does George's mouth reminds me of Elvis' curled lip. So funny.
    Thanks for this: I needed this laugh!
    And thanks for turning us onto this Riks guy. Very funny and enjoyable to watch.

    Hope you're having a good weekend,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thanks for coming by on your weekend, dear friend. I'm very happy to see you!

      I'm excited to know you got a chuckle or two out of English comic Stevie Riks' spot on impersonations of the Liverpool lads. All it takes is a little imagination to believe that all four members of the British dream team are still alive and performing together again. For my money Riks does John Lennon better than any other tribute band I have ever seen.

      Stay tuned now for part 2 of Meg's salute to her favorite boy band The Beatles coming up on Tuesday. I think you'll get a kick out of it.

      I hope you, your mom and your greyhounds are all doing well. Thank you again for coming over and enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend Michele!

  9. Whew, I thought for a minute my old age kicked in and I was remembering the Beatles differently! I kept watching and saying.."That's not the Beatles"..over and over again..Ha! Great music of my favorite childhood group and every song brought back memories of that time. It's a really good impersonation! Loved it and I'm looking forward to pt. 2! Sorry I'm late on commenting..hope you've had a good weekend! Take care!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Welcome in, dear friend! I'm very happy you could be here for part 1 of Meg Griffin's salute to her favorite band The Beatles.

      Ha! I almost had you fooled, huh? Stevie Riks is such a good impressionist that a few of the people who commented ahead of you actually thought they were seeing and hearing the Beatles. I think Stevie does a stellar job on those two ballads I've been mentioning - Paul's "Here, There And Everywhere and John's "In My Life."

      Don't go away because Meg's waiting in the wings to bring you part 2 of her miniseries two days from now. It will include a surprise appearance by another Brit boy band Meg fancies.

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend YaYa! I wish you and your clan a safe and happy week ahead!

  10. Confession: Though I knew from the very first video that it wasn't the real Beatles, it's not until the third that it was the same man playing all four lads. He's amazing!

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for taking a look at Pt. 1, good buddy. I'm pleased to see you!

      Seems like Stevie Riks has some of my readers fooled, possibly exposing the growing generation gap, a good topic for one of your well written posts, I would say. :) Seriously the time is coming when more than half of all people alive won't even know who the Beatles were. That time might already be upon us.

      Thanks again for checking out Meg's part 1, good buddy Kirk. Part 2 is running now and you won't want to miss meeting the real Brothers Gibb! :)


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