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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

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 - Year of the Dell Rat









HE IS...



"I don't always read blogs...

but when I do... I read

Shady Dell Music & Memories."




Interesting is an understatement. Sometime
this year, I won't say when, I will spring
upon you the biggest surprise in the
history of the blog. Stick around.

Again this year I will be spanning the globe
to bring you the constant variety of music,
the thrill of R & B... and the agony of
death metal... the human drama of my
followers heading for the exit in droves.

To kick off 2018 I now present 5 great songs
by 5 exciting artists - some old, some new.
How many of them do you know?


You are about to witness an amazing scene,
a long lost piece of film showing Diana Ross
and The Supremes performing an obviously
illegal and risky improvisational lip sync to
"Where Did Our Love Go," their first #1
charting single. The Motown girls sang
their international hit while dodging
moving vehicles on what appears to
be a city street in London. This is
one of the most exciting clips
I have ever discovered!

"Where Did Our Love Go" - The Supremes
(Aug. 1964, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100/#1 Cash Box/#3 UK)


Returning to SDMM for an encore, here is former
Tampa Bay resident Skylar Stecker, the singing
sweetie I crowned Pop Star of the Year for 2016.
Skylar does a lip sync performance much like the
one you watched by The Supremes. The video
was shot in real time with one camera and in
one continuous take - no edits. Watch Skylar
strolling through the heart of Hollywood,
bopping down the Boulevard, as she
 performs one of her latest singles,
a song that reached #1 on the U.S.
dance chart - "Only Want You."

"Only Want You" - Skylar Stecker
(March/April 2017, highest
chart pos. #1 U.S. Dance)


In my previous post, New Year's Rockin' Eve,
 you met Danish songstress Christine Milton.
Now here'd another Danish delight by the
name of Kristine Blond, best known for
the the 1998 single "Love Shy" which
brushed the top 20 on the UK chart.

"Love Shy" - Kristine Blond
(1998 single, highest chart pos.
#22 UK, from 2001 album
All I Ever Wanted)

 KARMA ft. 


Now meet Karma, an exciting R&B girl trio
from Memphis known for their Anti-Bully
Touring and high energy performances.
Karma, featuring guest rapper Precious
Minor, will do their interpretation of the
Missy Elliott hit "Gossip Folks," a song that
heavily samples "Double Dutch Bus," the
funky single by Frankie Smith that topped
the Soul chart in 1981. "Double Dutch Bus"
was inspired by a children's jump rope game
and by rides on the city bus in Philadelphia.
The lyrics include a form of inner city slang
known as izzle, used by African Americans
and similar to Pig Latin. Listen for it as these
talented kids sing the song. What goes around
comes around and Karma's comin' to your town!

"Gossip Folks" - Missy Elliot ft Ludacris
(Karma feat Precious Minor Cover,
Dance by Miesha Michelle)



Finally, to send us on our way as we begin our
march through the year 2018, here's The Genius,
Ray Charles, along with featured female vocalist
Margie Hendrix, leader of The Raelettes, with
their #1 smash hit single from the fall of 1961,
an up tempo ditty found on on Rolling Stone's
list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
"Hit The Road Jack."

"Hit The Road Jack"
Ray Charles And His Orchestra
(Oct. 1961, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100/#1 Cash Box/#1 R&B)







"Stay loco, mis amigos!"


  1. I knew if I dragged my New Year's body out of bed and visited your blog you'd wake me up and start my 2018 off the right way. A vibrant, young Diana Ross for one. And could you introduce me that guy?

    Have a wonderful year, Shady. I'll be back!

    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      Happy New Year and welcome back to SDMM, dear friend! I think it's cool that you were the first to comment on my blog in 2018 and I was the first of the year on yours.

      Isn't that Supremes film incredible? I only recently discovered it, never saw it in my youth, and was shocked to watch as the Motown girl trio dodged moving vehicles on a busy city street, a music video project that could easily have gone sideways. As it was, the girls were apprehended by a London Bobby at the end of the sequence.

      The YouTube uploader gave these interesting tidbits about the daring stunt:

      "I was told by a friend that was working at Motown, that they could not get a permit to do the video so they ran out and did it anyway. They did it in one take and the police officer that stopped them was going to detain them but let them go because he was the only officer there and there was too much traffic for him to leave his post area."

      Allow me to introduce Augustin Legrand, the new pitchman for Dos Equis beer. In 2016 Legrand replaced Jonathan Goldsmith as "The World's Most Interesting Man" in the beer brand's ad campaign.

      Thank you very much for coming and have a wonderful 2018, dear friend Cheryl-Lee!

  2. Oh the Supremes got into trouble with that Bobbie or is it Bobby? They were lucky they didn’t get hurt but love the song just not the lip syncing. The next 2 were ok but nothing special to me. I dislike rap so I couldn’t listen to it much but love Ray Charles! Happy New Year and May this year be healthy and a happy one

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Happy New Year, dear friend, and welcome back for another "interesting" year here at Shady Dell Music & Memories. I'm happy to see you!

      The sources I Googled state that the singular of Britain's Bobbies is spelled Bobby. I don't know exactly where the Supremes were when they executed that dangerous lip sync performance. It might have been Paris instead of London. My untrained eye can't tell. Wherever they were, the publicity stunt yielded a rare classic promotional film that boggles the mind. As I am sure you noticed, Diana and the girls came close to being struck by the fenders of moving cars two or three times.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the video of Ray Charles, his Orchestra and his backing singers the Raylettes doing one of their biggies "Hit The Road Jack."

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend BB. I wish you all the best in 2018!

  3. this maybe the year of the dell rat but iwinston knows' its' the year of the DOG ! gud dug who like chkikin' lots of chkikin' chkikin chkikinchkikin
    you gud tall music person so you have a gud year

    cheers iwinston

    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Winston!

      Thank you both for coming over as I kick-off 2018 with music, memories and "The Most Interesting Man in The World."

      Let's compromise and say it is the year of the chkikin' luvin' gud dug AND the year of the Dell rat, okay? :) (I wonder how many people even know what either of us are talking about :)

      One things's for sure. As long as we get our hot tea... we'll be just fine. :)

      Thanks for sticking with me, dear friend Gayle. Keep your dial set to SDMM and stay tuned for the big surprise coming up this year.

      Happy New Year!

  4. I'm glad you explained about the Dos Equis man since he didn't look like the most interesting man I knew!

    Love that Supremes video! You can't go wrong with Ray Charles, either.

    I was entertained by the Missy Elliot clip, but I'd swear I never saw Ludacris. Just vocals, perhaps?

    Hope the new year is getting off to a great start for you.

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear Arkansas friend! 2018 is flying by, isn't it? I want to be the first to wish you a happy Easter :)

      I haven't seen that TV ad campaign for Dos Equis beer lately but, for a while there, the spots aired several times a day and totally cracked me up.

      Yessum, I am thrilled to bring you that rare clip of Diana Ross and the Supremes risking life and limb (and arrest) dancing through city traffic. I could hardly believe my eyes the first time I saw the film because I never knew it exists!

      Let me explain about that Missy Elliott song. You were not watching Missy Elliott there, nor were you watching a lip sync performance. In this clip, the original Missy Elliott hit feat. Ludacris was covered in fine fashion by Karma, a Memphis-based group of singing school kids known for their anti-bullying crusade. Guest rapper Precious (another school age girl) joined them for this performance which features a sample of Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus," a big club hit during my bachelor years. I was blown away by the excellent job those young people did with Missy's "Gossip Folks."

      Thank you again for spending some of your New Year's Day in the Shady, dear friend Kelly. Have a fabulous 2018!

    2. Well, duh. If I'd just read a little more closely, I'd have seen that about Karma.

      It's pretty much all about books at my place this week, but I'll have more music for you next week. :)

    3. Hi, Kelly!

      Don't worry about it, dear friend. I am happy to entertain you and I appreciate the time you spend with me here.

      I look forward to your next batch of tuneage, dear friend. We have a house guest staying with us for the holidays and we will be coming and going in the days ahead, but I promise that I will show up a.s.a.p. after you post your next Musical Interlude.

      See you soon, dear Kelly!

  5. Happy New Year Shady! It's looking (and sounding) like a great start here at the Shady Dell that's always more interesting than at Whispering Pines! I'm sure the Supremes, in that day and age, caused much more of a stir than Skylar ever would in Hollywood today! I loved the oldies featured here more than the others..I mean, who can top Mr. Ray Charles or those Supremes? Hope your week is very interesting my friend!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you for coming over as I start the new year off with "persons of interest" just for you, including my guest of honor: The Most Interesting Man in the World.

      * "Every woman wants to date him."

      * "Every man wants to BE him!"

      I wish I knew the full story behind that daring promotional stunt in which The Supremes darted in and out of traffic while they lip synced their hit. I still can't get over it. You are absolutely right. In this day and age it is much harder to shock and surprise the average man on the street and most of the bystanders in the Skylar Stecker video went about their business instead of standing around watching in awe. Nevertheless Skylar did a super job on the song and impromptu dance down Hollywood Blvd. and I believe she is a star on the rise.

      The Ray Charles performance is one of a growing number of brilliantly remastered and restored vintage clips I am finding on YouTube just in the last year or so.

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend YaYa, and have a wonderful week and year!

  6. Tom,

    Happy New Year, my friend! I'm a day late sending you warm wishes for a funtastic, blow-out, healthy, happy, and altogether prosperous new year!!

    After listening to your mewsic selections this morning, I kept thinking today's artists are no match for those who, as in Diana Ross & the Supreme and Ray Charles and His Orchestra featuring Raelettes, set the standards years ago.

    Considering the day that Diana Ross & the Supremes shot their mewsic video in a crowded street with people and vehicles then I'd have to say what a forwarding thinking concept. They did a great job even though the lip synching and audio are off just a wee bit. What surprised me to learn in recent years is that artists from the early 60s made mewsic vids. I always thought that was an 80s thingy. It's wonderful all the mewsic education I've gotten over the years from people such as you. :)

    Of the three modern female vocalists, I'd have to say Skylar is my favorite. I had to smile at her attire because the first thing that came to mind is my late MIL. She would nod her head saying, "I've thrown away better looking pants than that!" Which makes me think of the time, she repaired my pants after it took me forever to get a tear in my jeans frayed just right. All I could do was laugh out loud...I mean really out loud! :D Thanks for sharing the groove and here's to another new year of friendship and mewsic!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming over and spreading new year cheer, dear friend. I am pleased to see you!

      Yessum, that surprising Supremes performance showing the girls weaving their way through moving traffic is a great example of an early mewsic video, produced 15+ years before MTV came along and the practice of shooting big budget videos to promote an artist's latest single became standard operating procedure in the industry. I recently saw a Four Tops promo film for the first time, leading me to believe that Motown Records in particular created these early mewsic videos for major artists on its roster. Why the Supremes were placed in harms way on the streets of London or Paris to promote "Where Did Our Love Go" remains an unsolved mystery at this point.

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed the Skylar Stecker performance. You are one of the few friends I have who truly appreciates modern female dance-pop artists. As you might recall, Skylar lived in our area several years while her dad, pro football running back Aaron Stecker, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As YaYa (above) and I were discussing, it takes a lot more to shock people nowadays. The severely ripped jeans Skylar wore for her dance down the Boulevard raised very few eyebrows because wearing tattered pants is a popular and established style. If that sequence had been shot in the mid 60s, people would have been pointing at Skylar and saying "OMG - that poor girl can't afford jeans that aren't ripped to shreds!"

      It is always a pleasure to get you into the groove here at SDMM. Thank you again for coming by and have a great day, week and year, dear friend Cathy!

    2. Tom,

      You're so right about fashion. If Skylar was transported to the days of the 50s or 60s everyone would pity the poor girl and probably would set up a fund raiser to buy her clothing that was shabby. lol I think the ripped jeans are a bit of an overkill these days. I prefer the tears that come natural each his/her own, right? I bet she paid a lot of money to get those torn up jeans, too. Have a good afternoon, my friend!

    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Mrs. Shady and I have been busy working all day long preparing for our big move. I'm afraid it will be like this for the next month and a half. As you and DH will discover if you find that dream house you're looking for, moving takes a lot of time and effort, more than you might think. Our house guest is departing for California this afternoon ending his two week visit.

      Yessum, I am sure those severely shredded jeans Skylar wore cost a pretty penny. Seems the less material the manufacturer uses the more they charge for the garment. :)

      It reminds me of my mother asking me why my jacket was always so filthy and why I wouldn't let her get it cleaned. She didn't realize that dirty jackets were "in" at the Dell and that my best friend and I purposely rolled around on the floor to get our jackets coated with dust so that we would fit in with the other guys. :)

      Have a great evening, dear friend Cathy!

    4. Hello Tom,

      Unfortunately the down side of getting into our dream home will be the packing up, unpacking, and moving process. That's something I'm not looking forward to but it's a necessary evil to obtain our dreams, though. I hope I can remind myself if I find myself in that situation to stay focused and happy. I'm sure I will be after so many years of waiting. :)

      Your dirty jacket status made me smile. It's funny to read about such things and parents never understand, even if parents did similar things. It's usually forgotten about by the time by the time one becomes parents. I guess if the world stands long enough this will always be a problem. lol

      Have a good weekend and happy packing, my friend!

    5. Hi, Cathy!

      I think you're right, dear friend. When kids grow up and become parents they tend to forget how they behaved when they were young and under peer pressure. That's how it always was and will probably always be.

      My mother always urged me to get a haircut so that I would look neat and clean. That's the direct opposite of the look I was going for. :)

      Thank you and have a super weekend, dear friend Cathy!

    6. Tom,

      I remember those long hair days. It's interesting to see some the long hair bands' members, most either do not have hair or they now look respectable. I'm sure their moms are smiling down on them long last. lol You're right peer pressure will always be apart of our world. It takes growing up to find oneself before you can say, "I can't believe I did that because of...!" Wouldn't it be grand if future kids are not influenced by their peers but totally their own person? Oh well...I'm sure they'll have to live and learn like the rest of us. Have a good day, my friend!

    7. Hi, Cathy!

      It's very nice of you to swing by again today, dear friend. Thank you!

      Yessum, my mom's idea of a presentable young man was one who wore a suit and tie and had short, neatly combed and oil slicked hair. At the Shady Dell, shaggy hair and a dirty jacket were "in." If your jacket was also blood stained, you gained bonus street cred. :)

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Cathy!

  7. Dear Tom
    I wish you a fabulous 2018, a bit in late.

    1. Hi, Katia!

      I am very happy to see you, my great Italian friend. Thank you very much for coming over and spreading new year cheer!

      You are my oldest blog friend, Katia, and I value the relationship we built over the years. I hope you will stay with me throughout 2018. I promise it will be a year of change and surprises.

      I wish you and your lovely family a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous year, dear friend Katia!

  8. Happy New Year, Shady! It's been a cold few days in Fort Worth, and I have to say, I still love it! We received just a smidgeon of ice droplets on New Year's Eve...nothing to write home about, but fun to watch.

    Missy Elliot only interests me enough to go ahead and watch her on a stage, but I think she made some obscene gestures during a performance some years ago, that turned me off. However, Karma really did Missy's song, "Gossip Folks" glorious justice! They are a cute group, doing a great job representing the song and subject-BRAVO!

    I loved the Supremes video! It is reminiscent of videos the Beatles did back in the day, and 'Dancing in The Streets' by Martha and the Vandellas! It was a joy to see the Supremes actually dancing around loosely and being themselves! You're right, it's not something that was commonly seen, especially in the U.S.!

    I can't believe you finally got around to introducing the most interesting man in the world, Shady! Gag! If he turns sideways and gives you a profile, he becomes the most interesting eyesore, lol! Oh, I know...he sells his product well! And, he does strike a good pose-Kudos to you for bringing him aboard!

    So good to see Ray here, doing my favorite song of his! I have watched the movie with Jamie Foxx quite a few times-what a story! Ray was a great talent and fascinating man, very much admired and loved!

    Well, Shady, I guess we'll begin 2018 with our heads held high, and wearing our big girl and boy pants for the grand entrance into the new year!

    I loved this post, and look forward to more music, fun, laughter and friendship in 2018! Hope you and Mrs Shady are doing well, and ate your blackeyed peas for the New Year's initiation. Take care, dear friend. ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for swinging by, dear friend. I am delighted to see you!

      Sorry I'm late to my own blog, Suzanne, but we just got back off the road. Mrs. S and I and our house guest, a family member from California, needed to run some errands and do some shopping in cold, blustery weather conditions. This is by far the coldest day of the season here in Central Florida, and I read that parts of the peninsula can expect to see snow!

      Nasty language, obscene gestures and wardrobe malfunctions are all part of the act in modern hip hop and rap. I'm happy to know you appreciated the way those school kids of the group Karma took Missy E's song, cleaned it up a bit, and still managed to perform in such an exciting and authentic manner that street cred was never in doubt from beginning to end.

      You're right. The Supremes seemingly spontaneous romp through crowded city streets was similar to and perhaps inspired by the rollicking, freewheeling film vignettes the Beatles produced, and maybe it was also inspired by the Supremes' Motown label mates The Vandellas and their megahit "Dancing In The Street."

      I always thought Shady was The Most Interesting Man in the World :) but this guy from the popular TV ad campaign has me beat. There's no way I could ever duplicate his Grand Canyon feat (but I'd sure like to try :).

      Yessum, I watched that Jamie Fox film, too. I enjoyed it but at the same time had a problem suspending reality and believing he was Ray.

      Yessum, here we go into the great unknown waiting to see what 2018 has in store. So far the year is going pretty well for me and I hope the same can be said about yours. I want to thank you again for sticking with me all these years and for taking extra time to process the contents of my posts and write excellent comments about them. I treasure your friendship, dear Suzanne, and wish you and your family all the best in the coming year. See you again soon!

  9. Thank you for lifting my spirits this morning

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      Happy New Year, dear Aussie friend! It gives me great pleasure to lift your spirits in January and September, April, June and November (and all the months between). With that in mind I invite you to stick with me through 2018 for lots more fun and big surprises.

      Thank you again for being here, dear friend Jo-Anne, and have a terrific year!

  10. Happy New Year, dear Shady!
    Sounds like you've planned another most interesting year of entertainment ;-)
    I look forward to the surprise you speak of and enjoyed the post today - Ray Charles is always a pleasure and the new guy, Augustin, is not half bad - but can he sing?
    Thanks for such a great post, sorry I'm so late. As I have just returned from an extended road trip, this was the perfect 'Welcome home'!

    1. Hi, diedre!

      Sorry I am late getting to my own blog and yours, dear friend. We had a house guest for the holidays, Mrs. Shady's brother, and were on the road with him yesterday from early morning until late last night. We took him around to visit other family members in various parts of Florida. He flies back to California today.

      It makes me very happy to know that you choose to follow Shady Dell Music & Memories through 2018, dear diedre. I promise to do my best to entertain and educate you.

      I am delighted to know you enjoyed that nicely restored video of Ray Charles and his Raelettes girl group performing "Hit The Road Jack." I also find it "interesting" that Augustin aroused your curiosity. No wonder they call him The Most Interesting Man in the World.

      I will be over to see you soon, diedre. Happy New Year and thank you very much for your ongoing friendship and support!

  11. Happy New Year! I enjoyed seeing the Supremes video. I haven't heard of Skylar, which surprises me. The radio station in my car is set to top pop music, but I don't recall ever hearing her music. Not sure about her jeans. My daughter has a pair like that, and I just scratch my head and ask, "why?"

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Happy New Year to you, dear friend! Thanks for dropping in for post #1 of 2018. I am very happy to see you!

      I'm excited to know you enjoyed watching those mischievous Supremes jaywalking (or should I say jaydancing?) through heavy traffic, one of the most unusual lip sync clips I have ever seen.

      So far Skylar Stecker has two physical CDs on the market - an EP entitled Firecracker and the full album This Is Me. In 2016 and 2017 Skylar topped the Dance chart with two new singles, the latest being the one I posted - "Only Want You." I have reason to believe she is currently assembling material for a second full album with a release date TBA. I believe in Skylar. She is still only 15 and I think she's a terrific entertainer. Keep and eye and an ear out for this fine young talent.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry, and happy new year to you and your family!

  12. Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy New Year, friend Shady ... Just returned from my tropical xmas trip ... link is at the bottom of my blog. Love always, cat.

  13. Happy New Year, Shady! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are staying warm during all this unseasonably cold weather!

    1. Hi, Ashton!

      It's nice of you to drop by at the start of a new year, dear friend. Thank you very much for coming! I hope you and your family had a great Christmas, too, especially your little daughter.

      It is very cold down here and I know it must be close to 20 degrees colder way up north in Alabama. I imagine your newscasts are leading with this arctic blast night after night.

      Thanks again for spreading cheer, dear friend Ashton, and happy New Year to you and your family!

  14. Given the technological limitations of 1964, it's obvious to me that Supremes video could have only been directed by Orson Welles.

    I think I spotted Joseph Cotten in the back seat of one of those taxis.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Happy New Year to you, good buddy! I'm glad to have you joining me as I begin another calendar year of blogging, a year that will include a big surprise around the halfway mark. Stick around!

      I don't know who came up with the idea to have Motown's top girl group pull a hazardous stunt like that, but he or she is lucky the Supremes didn't wind up in a hospital or a jail cell.

      Yes, I spotted Uncle Charlie the "Merry Widow Murderer" in the back seat of that cab. He was on his way to visit family in Santa Rosa. :)

      Thanks again for popping in, Kirk. It's great to have you aboard as I begin this pivotal year of blogging on SDMM. Have a fine weekend, good buddy!

  15. Oh, wow. I recognize these names. LOL It's nice to see different artists from different generations. Music really do unify us, doesn't it?

    Happy 2018 to you! Yes, claim this year! Have a wonderful one.

    1. Hi, Lux!

      How are you, my great friend around the world? I am very happy to see you!

      I'm glad you recognize some of the names in this post. Do you also recognize The Most Interesting Man in the World? :)

      I enjoy using special occasions such as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day to present a mixed bag of song styles and artists, some of my favorite recordings old and new, along with unusual performance videos like the ones by The Supremes and Skylar Stecker.

      I wish you all the best in 2018, dear friend Lux. Thank you very much for coming over to see me and stay tuned for the big surprise (inspired by you) coming midway through the year!


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