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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!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 4: Get Down, Get Down, Get Down!


Welcome to volume 4 of  

my globetrotting series


BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!



I'm Shady Seaweed, here to bring you more great music performances that originated from TV studios, big halls and nightclubs in Europe and other parts of the world from the 1960s through early 2000s.



Join me now for another exciting

trip back in time as we visit

Bandstands in Foreign Lands!



 MELISSA MANCHESTER 

TOPPOP
HOLLAND, THE NETHERLANDS

Whatever happened to Melissa Manchester?
It's been years since I gave the singer and
actress a thought. Turns out Melissa is still
releasing adult contemporary albums and,
as recently as 2010, taking acting roles.
Melissa first broke through in 1975 with
"Midnight Blue," an easy listening single
that topped the AC chart and approached
the top 5 on the pop chart. In the early 80s
Melissa made the transition to a New Wave -
synthpop style and scored the biggest main-
stream hit of her career with the long titled
"You Should Hear How She Talks About You,"
a single that reached the top 5 in the U.S.,
Canada and Australia. The first stop on
today's Biffle tour is The Netherlands
where Melissa performed her hit on
the Dutch TV series TopPop.

"You Should Hear How She Talks
About You" - Melissa Manchester
(Aug./Sept. 1982, highest chart pos.
#5 Hot 100/#4 Cash Box, from
April 1982 album Hey Ricky,
perf. on Dutch TV show TopPop)





 ABBA 

MUSIKLADEN
BREMEN, WEST GERMANY

The Swedish pop super group ABBA won
the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest singing
"Waterloo." Soon after, ABBA followed-up
with "Honey, Honey," a single that cracked
the top 30 in the U.S., wasn't released at all
in the UK (oddly) but became a major hit in
other European countries, particularly West
Germany where it peaked at #2 and lasted
four months in the top 5. It is no wonder
ABBA was invited to perform the song
on the German TV series Musikladen.

"Honey Honey" - ABBA
(October 1974, highest chart pos.
#27 Hot 100/#2 Germany, #4 Austria,
perf. on German TV series Musikladen)





 BOYS TOWN GANG 

TOPPOP
HOLLAND, THE NETHERLANDS

The Boys Town Gang was a San Francisco-based
disco/Hi-NRG band featuring local cabaret singer
and Diana Ross soundalike Cynthia Manley on
lead vocals. In 1981 Boys Town Gang released
a whale of a single on Moby Dick Records - a
whopping 15 minute long medley covering two
Diana Ross hits "Remember Me" and "Ain't No
Mountain High Enough." The following year
the band topped the charts in The Netherlands,
Belgium and Spain with another killer cover, the
Frankie Valli hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."
The Gang's version was used on the music video
game Just Dance 4. Here they are, the Boys Town
Gang, performing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
on the Dutch music television show TopPop.

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Boystown Gang (July 1982,
highest chart pos. #1 in
 The Netherlands, Belgium &
Spain/#4 UK, live perf. on TopPop)






 GILBERT O'SULLIVAN 

 (PAN'S PEOPLE) 

TOP OF THE POPS
LONDON

Irish singer and songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan
enjoyed his greatest success during the 1970s.
O'Sullivan's hit string in the U.S. began in 1972
with "Alone Again (Naturally)" which topped
the pop chart 6 non-consecutive weeks. That
same year O'Sullivan scored a top 3 U.S. hit
with "Clair," a song I simply don't remember.
I do remember this one - "Get Down" - a 1973
single that went top 10 in America and topped
the UK and Irish charts. When you check out
the clever choreography of Pan's People, the
female dance company on Top Of The Pops,
you'll be asking, "Who let the dogs out?"

"Get Down" - Gilbert O'Sullivan
(highest chart pos. #7 Hot 100,
#1 UK and Ireland, from the 1973
album I'm a Writer, Not a Fighter,
dance perf. by Pan's People
on Top Of The Pops)





 ANDY KIM 

HITS A GOGO
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Pop rocker Andy Kim has been called Canada's
answer to Neil Diamond. The rare video you are
about to watch is taken from a genuine bandstand
in a foreign land, Hits A Gogo, a Swiss pop music
TV show produced in Zurich.  Of special interest
in this clip are the go-go dancers that performed
as Andy sang his latest hit "So Good Together."
I'm guessing they are Pan's People, the troupe
you just watched in that Gilbert O' video, the
ones who gained fame on Top Of The Pops
and also appeared on numerous other TV
shows in the UK and across Europe.
Enough of this speculation
(aka babbling) - enjoy!

"So Good Together" - Andy Kim
(Nov. 1969, highest chart pos.
#36 Hot 100, #15 Canada,
#37 Germany, from 1969
album Baby I Love You, live
perf. with Pan's People on
Mar. 3 1970 ep. of Swiss
TV show Hits à Gogo)





 GIDEA PARK 

TOPPOP
HOLLAND, THE NETHERLANDS

AMG characterizes Adrian Baker as "a would-be
British Brian Wilson" and "a veritable one-man
harmony band." Named after Baker's home town,
an affluent residential East London neighborhood,
Gidea Park is a band put together by the English
singer, songwriter and record producer. In 1978
the group released a fine medley of Beach Boys
songs entitled "Beach Boy Gold." Inspired by
the soundalike/tribute medley craze ignited in
1981 by studio groups like Stars On 45, Baker
and Gidea Park re-released "Beach Boy Gold"
in the summer of that year.  The single caught
the attention of the real Beach Boys and they
invited Baker to join the Beach Boys’ touring
band for a brief period in the early 80s. Watch,
listen and answer this question. Is it live?
Is it Memorex? Is it The Beach Boys... 
or is it Adrian Baker's Gidea Park?

"Beach Boy Gold" - Gidea Park
(orig. single released in 1978,
reissued in July '81, perf. on TopPop)





I hope you enjoyed vol. 4 of

BANDSTANDS IN

FOREIGN LANDS!

Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Remembering Helen


SHADY DELL OWNER

HELEN ETTLINE
DIED FEBRUARY 25, 1984,

34 YEARS AGO TODAY.

Whenever I hear this song it reminds me
of a very special person, the first lady
of the Shady Dell... Helen Ettline.




Unforgettable, Helen.

That's what you are!
 
We love you and miss you.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Great News!


I'M BACK!


How have you been, dear friend?

In my previous post last month I made
a promise that upon my return to
blogging I would bring you:


GREAT NEWS!

I am a man of my word.

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Mrs. Shady is...

how can I put this delicately?...

"in a family way."

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We're "expecting"...

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TRIPLETS!!!



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JUST KIDDING!

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Here, for realisies, is the

Great News:

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Hi there.


My name is Katie Wendelson.


I'm an up-and-coming producer on
The Breakdown, a New Jersey based
TV news program on the national
cable news network MMN.

These are our co-hosts on The Breakdown.


Chuck Pierce is an aging veteran.
He's difficult, testy, a blowhard...
and those are his good qualities!


CHUCK: I recall the top story on my very
first day as a news anchor: "Washington
crosses the Delaware... film at 11."

Portia Scott-Griffith is a young, hip newbie
with social media savvy out the kazoo.


PORTIA: I'm the one who landed an
exclusive interview with Lionel Richie
and got him to reveal his secret for
dancing on the ceiling.


PORTIA: Check it out, Katie, I've got the lead story
for tomorrow's newscast. Our camera crew
follows me and Paris Hilton as we gut fish
in the Bering Sea on Deadliest Catch.

PORTIA: Look, Chuck, I know we're from
different generations, different worlds.
We can't relate to each other. In fact, we
can't stand each other, but let's call a truce.


Think about it. If we work together for
the good of the show, we can kick some
ass and put the ratings through the roof.
Whattaya say, Chuck baby. Up top - High five!


CHUCK: What do you think you're doing,
young lady? Let me remind you that I am
a veteran news anchor... not a palm reader.


KATIE: Gosh, I'm so glad those two are
finally learning the art of casual banter.

I was just beginning to gain credibility,
earn respect, and break through the
glass ceiling, when the show hired
a new intern - my mother!


 Mom's a mess, a meddler... a smother mother.

CAROL WENDELSON: Be patient, Pumpkin.
The hardest part of learning to ride
a bike... is the pavement.


Riding a bike is a lot like sex, honey.
You can do it by yourself...
but it's usually not as much fun.

Mom is constantly embarrassing me in public.


CAROL: I'm sorry I blurted out in the
staff meeting that you have a chronic
IBS problem... but there's nothing to be
ashamed of, Pumpkin. Having an irritable
bowel isn't nearly as bad as when you scream
for your binky and baby blanket at bedtime.


Rumors have been circulating around
the office that I have been hoping to
 further my career by sleeping with the
show's executive producer Greg Walsh.


Why on earth do people think we're
shagging? I already have a girlfriend.
Her name is... her name is... Liz...
Liz Hurley - yeah, that's the ticket -
and I'm also out and about with
Kate Middleton whenever her
hubby's indisposed.


Look, mom. Here comes Diana St. Tropez,
the new head of the network.


Diana's here to give The Breakdown an
extreme makeover and bring the show
into the 21st century. Isn't she amazing?
I wanna be her someday!

KATIE: Oh, Ms. Tropez, it is such an honor
to meet you. I am your eager student...
 a thirsty sponge ready to soak up the
fountain of knowledge that gushes from
your brilliant mind. By the way, did anyone
ever tell you that you look like Tina Fey?


DIANA: Yeah, I get that a lot.

KATIE: Is it totally wrong for me to
tell you that I've been having dreams
about you... about us?


DIANA: Only if you stop there.


DON'T MISS THE FUNNIEST


NEW SHOW ON TELEVISION


(30 Rock meets The Mary Tyler Moore Show)


Great News...


All the news that's unfit to print.


Catch the entire series on Hulu!


"Great News is the 30 Rock successor
we've been searching for." - Vanity Fair

"Wash Dish, Bish"




Have a Shady day!