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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

My Mom, Born 100 Years Ago Today

My mother...

Evelyn Louise Terry Anderson

would have turned 100 years old today.

My mom, kneeling in front of the TV on the right,
was the oldest of four sisters. Sadly she became
ill and died a month before her 77th birthday.
I will always regret that she didn't have
a longer life. I miss her.

My mother Evelyn at age 18 in 1936

My mother came of age during the Big Band years,
The Swing Era. She definitely didn't like my rock 'n' roll.
There was one notable exception. For some reason she and
my dad took a liking to "Sitting Here Baby," the B side of
"Nineteen Days," a 1966 single by The Dave Clark Five.
It must have been the song's old time feel and danceable
syncopated rhythm that reminded them of the music of
their youth. My parents used to make me blush by
insisting I play the record so that they could
dance to it. Mom, this is for you and dad.

"Sitting Here Baby" - The Dave Clark Five
(Nov. 1966, B side of "Nineteen Days")

My mother was a major influence on me.
She encouraged me to study hard in school,
impressed upon me her political beliefs,
and taught me to love and respect
people of all races and religions.

Mom (nicknamed "Terry") in 1960 wearing her JFK button

Mom helped me to develop a keen sense of humor
by exposing me to the television shows of comedy
legends like Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen,
 Jack Parr and Johnny Carson. I enjoyed making
her laugh by reciting jokes and acting out funny
sketches I saw on TV. To sum it up, my mother
helped shape me into the person I am today.

My father Walt, me, my mother Evelyn & my brother Keith

I hope these pictures help express the gratitude
I feel toward my mother. On this special occasion,
a particular song also comes to mind, the Lulu hit
"To Sir With Love."  I changed some of the words
to make it fit. Please start the tune playing on low
volume as background music, then scroll down
to read my birthday message to mom.

"To Her With Love"

Those schoolboy days
Of telling tales and
biting nails are gone
But in my mind
I know they will
still live on and on

But how do you thank someone
Who gave so much
and left us much too soon?
It isn't easy, but I'll try

If she wanted the sky
I would write across the sky in letters
That would soar a thousand feet high
To her with love

The time has come
For closing this book and
long last looks must end
And as I grieve
Feels again like I am
losing my best friend

My mother Evelyn, me and my father Walt, Christmas 1956

A friend who taught me right from wrong
And weak from strong, that's a lot to learn
What, what can I give her in return?

If she wanted the moon
I would try to make a start
But I would rather
she let me give my heart
To her with love

Happy 100th birthday, Mom!

I love you and miss you!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shady Train - Ep. 6: On The Beat!


Shady Train...

the hippest trip in America!

60 nonstop minutes across the

tracks of your mind into the

exciting world of Soul!

And now, here's your host...

Don Cornelius!

Hi there and welcome back in. You're right on time for another hip trip on the Shady Express. Don't need money. Don't take fame. Don't need no credit card to ride this train, so climb aboard!

Our first guest is a lovely and talented young singer who
has rocketed to fame with a song penned by the legendary writing and producing team of Holland–Dozier–Holland formerly of Motown. Released on the Invictus label, the
single made the top 3 on the U.S. chart and is currently
the #1 record in England. As she joins us to do her
international smash hit "Band Of Gold," a great
welcome please, gang, for Miss- Freda Payne!"

"Band Of Gold" - Freda Payne
(June/July 1970, highest chart pos.
#3 Hot 100/#2 Cash Box/#1 UK)

In this business there are times when superlatives are overused. There are other times when they must be used. Such is the case with our next guests, a group that helped transform the Motown Sound in the early 70s. They are here to do their classic 1971 hit "Smiling Faces Sometimes," and to deliver what some would call the performance of a lifetime nearly 40 years after the single first charted. Featuring original lead singer and R&B Hall of Famer Joe "Pep" Harris and new members Jaki G Fondren and DaZee Luv on alternate lead and background vocals, this is-- The Undisputed Truth!

"Smiling Faces Sometimes"
 The Undisputed Truth
(Aug./Sept. 1971, highest chart
pos. #3 Hot 100/#1 Cash Box

And we got a sound comin' out of Philly that's a sure 'nough dilly." It's the latest single on Philadelphia International by our good friends, a veteran group that we are always happy to welcome aboard. They are the Mightly O-Jays and this is biggin' everybody's diggin' all over the world-- "Love Train!"

"Love Train" - The O'Jays
(Feb./Mar. 1973, highest
chart pos. #1 Hot 100/#1 R&B)

Earlier in the show you met an extraordinary canary by the name of Freda Payne, and speaking of extraordinary canaries, we just happen to have three more. Their string of three consecutive gold records began with an ad in an imaginary newspaper for a "young man - single - and free. Experience preferred but will accept a young trainee." Give it up please, gang, for the fabulous-- Honey Cone!

"Want Ads" - The Honey Cone
(May/June 1971, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100/#1 Cash Box/#1 R&B)

AT 1:24 MARK!

And from Boston Mass comes another talented trio and they too have a hit on their hands. As they join us to do their hot new single on the RCA label entitled "All of Me for All of You," a warm welcome please, ladies & gentlemen, for-- 9.9!

"All of Me for All of You" - 9.9
(August/September 1985,
highest  chart pos. #5 R&B)

And look out now, it's the Shady Train dancers... the Shady Train gang. They're gonna style awhile, getting busy to the funky sound of Atlantis. This one's called-- "Keep On Movin' And Groovin'!"

"Keep On Movin' And Groovin'"
Atlantis (1982 single)


We are delighted to have aboard the big train a New York City band created by Jacques Fred Petrus, the French-Italian producer and Euro disco pioneer responsible for Change, the group that at one time featured Luther Vandross. They are here to do their debut single on the Capitol label entitled "On The Beat," a record that is making waves not only in America but across the pond in the UK. Members of this exciting outfit hail from Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens, and so it should come as no surprise they call themselves-- The B.B. & Q. Band!

"On the Beat" - The B.B. & Q. Band
(Aug. 1981, highest chart pos.
#8 R&B/#3 U.S. Dance/#41 UK)

AT 1:00 MARK!

That oughta hold you for a while. We'll open another six pack again next time and throw in an extra cool one for good measure, 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, March 12, 2018

Happy Birthday, John!

John Ettline was born

112 years ago today on

the 12th of March, 1906.
John loved music and dancing. At one time he
worked as an agent scheduling bands for local
clubs. John also managed various York clubs
including the historic Valencia Ballroom,
America's first air conditioned dance hall.

To mark John's birthday this year, I selected
a vintage performance by one of my favorite
entertainers Jackie Wilson. Jackie reminds
me of John. Both were sharp dressed men
with loads of style, class and swag. Here
now is Jackie Wilson singing one of his
best songs "That's Why (I Love You So)"

"That's Why (I Love You So)" - Jackie Wilson
(April/May 1959, highest chart pos.
#13 Hot 100/#2 R&B)



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Submission Hold: Round 2 of My Sports Exclusive... The WWF Grudge Match!

Welcome to Round 2 of my

WWF (Wow What Fun)

Grudge Match!

This is the series inspired by the pro wrestling
exhibitions I watched on TV as a kid. Today I
present, for your entertainment and edification,
three original recordings, three cover versions
and one that heavily samples an original.
I'd like you to tell me which recording
or recordings you like most.


WWF Grudge Match


Remember, ladies and gentlemen...

This is only an exhibition...
This is not a competition...
Please... no wagering.




You say you never heard of The Beatles?
What goes on? Do you wanna know a secret?
I should have known better. You need Help!
FYI - Help! is the title of the 1965 Beatles
movie and soundtrack album that followed
A Hard Day's Night released the previous
year. Here's the title song, ranked in the
top 30 on Rolling Stone's list of the
500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
 In case you forgot by now,
it's called "Help!"

"Help!" - The Beatles
(Aug./Sept. 1965, highest chart pos.
#1, from OST of the 1965 album Help!)


The Brit new wave/dance-pop trio Bananarama
is in the Guinness record book as the all-female
group with the most charted records in the world.
In 1989 the Bananarama girls were joined by
Lananeeneenoonoo, a Bananarama spoof act,
in this clever cover of "Help!"

"Help" - Bananarama
feat. Lananeeneenoonoo
(Feb. 1989, highest chart pos.
#3 UK/#2 Ireland)


"Sweet Dreams

(Are Made Of This)"


In the summer of 1983 the British new wave duo
Eurythmics, featuring the vocals of Annie Lennox,
achieved a worldwide chart topping hit with
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."

"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
- Eurythmics (Aug. 1983, highest chart pos. #1)



She's back! My fave - hometown girl made good.
She's one time Tampa Bay resident Skylar Stecker
(her dad played for the Bucs), the young woman I
voted Pop Artist of the Year for 2016. That year
Skylar teamed up with the EDM dance music
production duo JX Riders (Dave Aude and
Martin Kierszenbaum) and topped the U.S.
Dance chart with this killer kover of
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."

"Sweet Dreams" - JX Riders ft. Skylar Stecker
(July/Aug. 2016, highest chart pos.
#1 U.S. Dance Club)


"Reach Out

I'll Be There"


In the fall of 1966, Motown's Four Tops
claimed the #1 spot on both the pop
and the R&B charts with "Reach Out
(I'll Be There)," today considered
the group's signature song.

"Reach Out I'll Be There" - Four Tops
(Oct. 1966, highest chart pos. #1)


The Tamperer was an Italo dance group
that featured the vocals of American singer
Maya Days and became famous across Europe
for recordings that heavily sample the hits of
U.S. artists. Listen for The Tops' "Reach Out
I'll Be There" in "Get Up Get It On," a song
on The Tamperer's 1996 album Fabulous.

"Get Up Get It On"
The Tamperer feat. Maya
(from Mar. 1999 album Fabulous)

AT 1:30 MARK!



In 1983 the Kalamazoo, Michigan, singer,
songwriter and producer Narada Michael
Walden released a cover of "Reach Out
I'll Be There." Walden's single made
the top 40 on the R&B chart.

"Reach Out" - Narada Michael Walden
(April/.May 1983, highest
chart pos. #40 R&B)

I'm grappling with the idea

of bringing you more volumes of

WWF Grudge Match

in the near future.

Stay tuned!