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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"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!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Men World!


I'm Don Draper...


...hottest of the ad men on

Mad Men.


Welcome to the Sterling Cooper office
Christmas party. The gang's all here to
introduce an all-girl lineup of singers
that will entertain at tonight's bash.
I guarantee they're great because
I personally romanced auditioned
each and every one of them. The
ladies will be performing for us
tonight through the magic of
film and videotape.


Let's get the party started with pop princess
Donna Loren, the spokesperson for Dr Pepper
and a regular on the music TV series Shindig!
Here's Donna singing a cool cover of a song
originally recorded in 1960 by the London
rock 'n' roll group Johnny Kidd and the
Pirates. Five years later the song was
waxed by a Canadian group called
Chad Allan and the Expressions
and was a top 40 hit stateside.
Soon thereafter they became
famous as The Guess Who.
When you see and hear
Donna perform you'll
be shakin' all over!

"Shakin' All Over" - Donna Loren
(Live perf. on July 7, 1965,
episode of Shindig!)

LOW AUDIO - ADJUST LOUDNESS





I'm Roger Sterling, agency senior partner.


I'm relaxing in the V.I.P. with my 100%
platonic friends The Doublemint Twins.
The bookends girls and I would like you
to experience another fine performance
by Donna Loren on Shindig! Here she is
singing "Bad Boy," a song originally
written and recorded by R&B/R&R
great Larry Williams and made
popular by the Beatles who
often played the number
at live stage shows.

"Bad Boy" - Donna Loren
(Live on July 7, 1965,
episode of Shindig!)





I'm Betty Draper (below left),
Don Draper's first wife and
Mommy Dearest to our children.


I'm a real B - pampered, spoiled,
difficult and high maintenance -
but the good news is that it
doesn't matter because I'm
beautiful.  Once again here
is Donna Loren doing some
finger poppin' on Shindig!

"Finger Poppin'" - Donna Loren
(Live perf. on April 14, 1965,
episode of Shindig! )





I'm Peggy Olson.


I worked my way up at Sterling Cooper
from Don's secretary to a copywriter
with my own office. The problem is
that I keep bumping my head on
the glass ceiling and never get
the respect I deserve in this old
boys' club. Jackie Miller and
Gayle Caldwell, formerly of
The New Christy Minstrels,
are here to remind us -
"That's How It Goes."

"That's How It Goes"
Jackie and Gayle
(Live on June 12, 1965,
ep. of Hollywood A Go Go)





I'm Joan Harris, an office
manager at Sterling Cooper.


Two things to remember about me.
#1 - You can look, but don't touch.
#2 - Whatever a man can do I can
do better, from making coffee to
making whoopee, from running
the secretarial pool to running
the whole company. Got it?
Now meet country pop singer
Jody Miller here to sing a song
originally recorded by rockabilly
queen Wanda Jackson in 1956 -
"Silver Threads and Golden Needles."

"Silver Threads and Golden Needles" 
Jody Miller (July 1965, highest
chart pos. #54, from 1965 album
Queen of the Houselive perf. on
July 21, 1965, ep. of Shindig!





The party's just getting started.


Stick around for more of

the sounds of today!

The brightest new female

singing stars of the

Swinging Sixties


coming right up in part 2!


29 comments:

  1. What was Clock magazine?
    You know, I've never watched Mad Men.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for popping in, good buddy! I was puzzled about that, too, but I finally found the answer in an eBay ad for another issue of the magazine which reads:

      THESE WERE GIVEN OUT TO EMPLOYES SO THEY COULD SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE DR PEPPER COMPANY.

      So it was a trade mag, filled with all things Dr Pepper. The soda pop maker also marketed a wide variety of Dr Pepper clocks many of which are available on eBay and elsewhere.

      Thanks again for your visit, good buddy Alex!

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  2. I love how you incorporated the Madmen characters introducing songs that seem to go with the characters. I never heard of Donna Lorin but she sings the e songs really well and does them justice. The twins are ok but no thrill for me u like the madmen character. Jodi Miller has quite the voice that seems to defy coming out of that body. This was fun and have a beautiful day!

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      How are you today, dear friend? I am very happy to see you. Thanks for joining the cast of the TV series Mad Men at their annual office Christmas party.

      Donna Loren was most famous as the Dr Pepper girl. She represented the pop company from 1963 to 1968. She was a singer and actress, appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club, acted in 7 episodes of Dr. Kildare and in two episodes of Batman, and sang songs in five mid 60s films, most of them beach movies. Donna was a regular performer on the TV music series Shindig! and waxed singles and an album for Capitol Records, but never had a hit.

      Jody Miller is indeed a petite women with powerful pipes. She can belt a song, can't she?

      I'm glad you enjoyed the idea of having Mad Men toss to the tunes. Stay tuned because we still haven't heard from Pete Campbell and some of the others. They are coming up in part 2 along with more songs from rising female stars of the Swinging 60s!

      Thanks again for coming. I hope to see you next week, dear friend BB!

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  3. Tom,

    "Mad Men" is such a good show. I hate that it ended. I'd love to see them reboot that series. You did a fab job with the show's characters lead in with each artist and song. Naturally, I don't know any of today's features but of all these ladies I enjoyed most Donna Loren. Thanks for sharing and I shall look forward to part 2 of this series! TTFN, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thanks for coming over, dear friend! I am happy to encounter another follower who has watched and likes Mad Men.

      To update you and others on today's mewsical artists - Doctor Pepper spokesperson Donna Loren is now age 70. In recent years she resumed songwriting and recording and wrote her memoir. Both members of the Jackie & Gayle singing duo came from the New Christy Minstrels, the group that also included Kenny Rogers, Barry McGuire and John Denver. Jackie Miller of Jackie & Gayle is now age 80. Unfortunately Gayle Caldwell died in 2009 at the age of 68. Jody Miler recorded some pop before concentrating on country music. Jody, who just turned 76, continues to do live performances of secular and gospel songs.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself, dear friend Cathy. Thanks again for coming and stay tuned for Mad Men part 2 next Tuesday!

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    2. Tom,

      Thanks for the update and I will be back with bells on to catch Mad Men part 2 next week. Have a great week, dear friend!

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    3. Thanks, Cathy!

      I look forward to your visits and comments. See you back here next week, dear friend!

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  4. Well, this is quite a show, Shady! I must say, that Joan Harris is 'something else', isn't she! I believe I have known a few women like her, lol! Now, although I didn't know Donna Loren, I really did like her "Shakin All Over" video. She gave it a sultry tone and the dancers brought it home. I wasn't as fond of "Bad Boy" and "Finger Poppin" though. I just don't remember 'Bad Boy' by the Beatles. And, you mention that she appeared in various TV shows. I just can't remember her in anything. I didn't watch much Shindig, as I was driving by then, and probably going to the library a lot during that time, lol!

    The other ladies that were featured are also a mystery to me. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles", as we know, is a classic. I always liked the song, and Jody Miller did a good job, but she is no match for Wanda Jackson. And I remember the song becoming a hit as The Springfields recording. Their version of the song is fabulous!

    Well, Don Draper, (what a CAD!) thank you for this look into "Madmen" capers, featuring the lovely up and coming female vocalists from days gone by, whom you personally auditioned, lol. And, it was a real treat to see the 'Doublemint Twins' enjoying the show with your 'senior partner'.

    Shady, good job! I have never watched Madmen, but I have heard about it, and it sounds like a lot of fun! I hope your week has started well with pleasant weather. We're bouncing up and down from 48 to 78 degrees these past few days. Scootie will finish the week out at school, and have a couple of weeks out for the holidays! Truth be known...I can't wait for the holidays to come and go! I'm already worn out from the hustle and bustle! Sooo, dear friend, have a great week! Thank you for a great post! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for coming to part 1 of the Mad Men office Christmas party. Didn't see your favorite Mad Man or woman yet? Don't worry. He or she will surely be along in part 2 which begins one week from today.

      I'm surprised readers don't know Donna Loren. She was in five popular teen musical comedy films of the mid 60s - Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach and Beach Blanket Bingo - all of the above starring Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello, Pajama Party starring Tommy Kirk and Annette, and Sergeant Dead Head starring Frankie and Deborah Walley.

      Like you I thought Donna did a great job of covering "Shakin' All Over" and I also liked the other songs she performed on Shindig! (The exclamation point is part of the show's official title. It is not mine :)

      Jackie & Gayle were also in movies of the "beach party" genre. They included Wild On The Beach starring Sherry Jackson (from Make Room For Daddy) and Wild Wild Winter filmed at a Lake Tahoe ski resort.

      Jody Miller was also in a beach party flick - A Swingin' Summer with Raquel Welch along with a Hawaiian picture called One Way Wahine starring Joy Harmon whom you might recall me introducing in my post about her best known film Village Of The Giants.

      Yessum, it is pleasantly cool here today and was much colder the past few days. I am enjoying the change! (That ! is mine :)

      I know Scootie must be looking forward to his Christmas break. Like the real Shady Dell of old, SDMM will stay open through the holidays. I invite you back here next Tuesday for part 2 of the Mad Men Xmas party. Until then, have a safe and happy week and weekend, dear friend Suzanne!

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  5. Goodness another great post and I remember Donna and many of the other singers and bands !
    I have forgotten so many of these singers and shows. Thank You for the memories.

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles.

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    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Winston!

      Thank you very much for dropping in for my salute to Mad Men and to the up-and-coming female singing stars of the Swinging Sixties!

      Actually, the joke of this two-part series is that the singers you will meet did not have great success on the pop chart. Donna Loren didn't make the chart at all and neither did Jackie and Gayle. Jody Miller is the only artist in the series who enjoyed some pop chart action before devoting the rest of her career to country and gospel.

      I'm so glad you remember Donna Loren the Dr Pepper girl and that you had fun with the post. Please come back next week at this time when the Mad Men will present part 2 of their Xmas bash.

      Thanks again, dear friend Gayle!

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  6. That's another TV program I've heard SO much about, yet never watched! Even though I'm a 70s gal, I can definitely appreciate the look and sound of the 60s, so this post was a treat. Looking forward to part two, Shady!

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    1. P.S. It's almost 4:00 p.m. here.... maybe I should pull a Dr. Pepper from the fridge! ;)

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    2. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks for swinging over, dear Arkansas friend. I'm happy to see you!

      If you enjoy gazing at the clothing styles of decades gone by I think you would love the series Mad Men for that reason alone. It is also an exciting glimpse at the high stakes - high pressure world of New York City advertising agencies of the sixties. The character portrayals are excellent.

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend Kelly, and stay tuned for pt. 2 of the party coming up next Tuesday!

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    3. Hey, here's a thought, Kelly. If you can sing at least as well as Donna Loren, you could be the next Dr Pepper girl! :)

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  7. I have never seen the show but I did enjoy the music

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    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, dear Aussie friend? Thanks for coming to the Mad Men Xmas party!

      If you can get Mad Men in Australia I hope you will give it a try. It's a great series. Stick around for more exciting sounds of the swinging sixties in part 2, brought to you by up-and-coming female vocalists, and by Lucky Strike cigarettes... LSMFT - Lucky Strike means fine tobacco).

      See you then, Jo-Anne!

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  8. I've never watched Mad Men but from this post I can only think that the phrase "sexual harassment" was started there! In '65 I was all about the Beatles so these gals don't ring a bell but Shindig was a show I watched..but not close enough I guess! Donna Loren has a voice made for rock and roll but when I heard Jody Miller I thought her voice did not match her looks at all! I'm heading off to Chicago to visit Mom and after the last 2 crazy weeks at work I've had I'm ready for small vaca! Have a good weekend and maybe Florida will get some snow again! We got slammed last night with about 6in of the white stuff...that's all I need for the year! Take care Shady!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for being here with bells on as the cast of characters from Mad Men introduce the hottest new songstresses of the Swinging Sixties. You're right, dear friend. The Beatles and other Brit boy bands were dominating the pop chart in the mid 60s and American singers like the ones spotlighted in this two-part series seemed like yesterday's news compared to them. Surely that is one of the main reasons why these ladies were not more successful. Donna Loren and Jackie & Gayle had zero charted records. Jody Miller had two top 40 hits and two additional singles in the Hot 100 along with two others that Bubbled Under. In spite of her petite dimensions Jody has powerful pipes.

      I'm happy to learn that you are paying your mother and sister a Christmas visit. I wish you a safe trip over and back. We have been enjoying refreshingly chilly temperatures for the last week or so. It's a delightful change and I hope you will keep sending cold air our way. I wouldn't mind 6 inches of snow down here!

      Thank you again for coming to experience part 1 of the Mad Men office Christmas party. Part 2 begins next Tuesday and I hope you can take a look and a listen during its week long run. Safe travels, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Hi Shady,

    I might have to check out Mad Men from the library because your descriptions sold me on the series! Shame you didn't write about it while it was still on air. LOL.

    Wonderful music selection today. I love Loren's style, but "That's How It Goes" has to be my absolute favorite. I'm going to have the song stuck in my head all night now!

    Have a great weekend, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming over on the weekend to sample sounds and meet the cast of Mad Men.

      Mrs. Shady and I loved the series Mad Men and highly recommend it, especially for younger viewers like you who might appreciate an entertaining glimpse at the fashions, culture and values of the 1960s.

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed Jackie & Gayle singing "That's How It Goes." That is actually a cover of a song penned by English composer Tony Hatch and recorded originally by the English girl group The Breakaways:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S11dGra02es

      The Breakaways can be heard as background singers on the recordings of many British artists of the 60s.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend JM. Part 2 is coming up Tuesday and I hope you will return and catch more great performances by the rising female stars of the Sixties!

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  10. Love watching those old '60s TV music clips. They look especially good in black-and-white.

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for dropping by, good buddy! I hope your weekend is going well.

      There are lots of vintage clips salvaged from Shindig! and Hollywood A Go Go, the two TV music programs represented in this post. The problem is that the audio and video sucks on most of them. However it is still exciting to watch the performances of singing stars and star wannabes that appeared on them. Stay tuned for more singing performances, including some in color, coming up in part 2 this Tuesday. Till then enjoy the rest of your weekend, good buddy Kirk, and thanks again for coming over!

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  11. You have definitely hit the topic of the year right on the head, Shady. Everyone should see Mad Men.

    Donna Loren is 1950's icon with that hairdo and the songs.

    Here's to many more posts from Shady Dell in 2018. Take care and have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

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

      I am pleased to know you are familiar with Mad Men and also know the famous face and voice of Dr Pepper girl Donna Loren. Donna continues to record and perform in the "new" millennium.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend C-Lee. Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in 2018!

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  12. Hi Shady! I just had to come over and tell you that while I was home my brother Phil told me he has visited your blog and thinks it's pretty cool...yep, he's right! He has his own memories of places like the Shady Dell. Just thought you would like to know. Also, I think everyone is getting over the crud that had this past weekend not so merry and bright! Have a good week!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for returning to let me know that your brother Phil has checked out SDMM. That's terrific! He is always welcome here. I'd be interested in reading about his favorite music and memories, too, especially places he hung out that were similar to the Dell.

      I am very happy to know your ailing family members are bouncing back from their bouts with the bug. (Say THAT five times fast!)

      Thank you again for passing along this exciting info, YaYa. You're the best. Stay well. I hope to connect with you again soon, dear friend!

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  13. I never watched Mad Men ( I never watch tv!) but I googled “mad men fashion” so many times !!!!!!

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