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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 3: Centipede!


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!

Hey there and welcome aboard. You're right on time for another mind blowing journey on the big train... so let's roll.

(Don's intro is on video.)

"The Cisco Kid" - War
(Apr./May 1973, highest chart pos.
 #2 Hot 100/#5 R&B, from Nov. 1972
album The World Is a Ghetto)

 AT 52:08 MARK!

We are super excited to welcome aboard the big train for their first visit an extremely talented R&B and electro-funk band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are here to do their latest single on the Tabu label, an absolute smash entitled "Take Your Time." A great Shady Train welcome please, ladies and gentlemen, for the Sounds of Success, a.k.a. -- The S.O.S. Band!

"Take Your Time (Do It Right)"
The S.O.S. Band (June/July 1980,
highest cht. pos. #1 R&B/#3 Hot 100,
from June 1980 album S.O.S.)


And things are lookin' mighty fine out on the Shady Train line as the gang gets into a groove that makes you wanna move real smooth. It's the Dazz Band with a biggin' everybody's diggin' -- "Let It Whip!"

"Let It Whip" - The Dazz Band
(May-July 1982, highest chart pos.
#1 R&B/#5 Hot 100, from
1982 album Keep It Live)

We now switch live to Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special where one of the best and longest lasting R&B groups of all time is about to perform. Formed in the late 50s, the trio is now reaching its peak in the 70s on Philadelphia International Records. Let's get some hands together, gang, for the mighty O'Jays, runnin' down a slick sound we know is one of the baddest things around. They call it-- "For the Love of Cash Money!"

"For The Love of Money" - The O'Jays
(June 1974, highest chart pos.
#9 Hot 100/#3 R&B, from
Nov. 1973 album Ship Ahoy,
perf. on The Midnight Special

AT 1:00 MARK!

They are five beautiful brothers who have labored long and hard with one purpose in mind, and the recent certification of their second consecutive million selling record on the Atlantic label indicates that their purpose has finally been achieved and establishes them firmly at the very top of the music world. If you will, please, a thunderous welcome for-- The Spinners!

"I'll Be Around" - The Spinners
(Oct./Nov. 1972, highest chart pos.
#3 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from
Apr. 1973 album Spinners)

We are very pleased to have with us on the show a lovely and talented young artist who is contributing her share to the Jackson family legend. As she joins us to do her latest single on the Columbia label entitled "Centipede," a great welcome please, gang, for Miss-- Rebbie Jackson!

"Centipede" - Rebbie Jackson
(Nov./Dec. 1984, highest chart pos.
#4 R&B/#24 Hot 100, from
Oct. 1984 album Centipede)

Now meet a talented young singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cincinnati, Ohio, who began her career as a backing vocalist for the Gap Band. After a stint as lead singer of the girl group Klymaxx, she gained an international following as frontwoman of the German Eurodance group Snap! and after that recorded with the popular British group Soul II Soul. In between she was a solo artist recording for the Total Experience label. As she joins us to do the first single from her debut album Pennye, a song entitled "Change Your Wicked Ways," let's make some big noise, gang, for Miss-- Pennye Ford!

"Change Your Wicked Ways" - Pennye Ford
(1984, highest chart pos. #25 R&B,
from 1984 album Pennye)


That oughta hold you for a while. Come on back and get into it with us again next time. 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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

John Ettline - Every Dell Rat's Dad

It's Father's Day...

time to honor


"Every Dell Rat's Dad."

John didn't have kids of his own
but, as every Dell rat knows, he
would have made a great father.

John was like a dad to us all.
Please watch the following
video as Dell rats everywhere
remember a great man and
father figure, John Ettline.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Pink Roses - The Last Page of Margaret Schneider's Long, Laudable Life Story

Pink Roses

Kathleen Mae 

"Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is only putting out the lamp
because the dawn has come."
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones.
A legacy is etched in the minds of others
and the stories they tell about you."
- Shannon L. Alder

Funerals are always something I dread.
However, as sad and exhausted as I was
from my mother's passing, I eagerly
planned details of her service last week,
and actually looked forward to making
the event something that would not only
honor her amazing long life, but imprint
her legacy onto all who attended.

I should have known better! The friends
and family who came brought their own
recounting of the gifts Mother gave so freely
in the 105 years she walked this earth.

I think anyone who attended could truly say
that their memories, added to those gleaned
during the six-year-long blessing my sister and
I were given while caring for her in her home,
made Mother's funeral very special.

These highlights of the day illustrate why
honestly feel it was a celebration of her
life rather than a dark and melancholy
lament over her death.

For the cover of the memorial handouts
we picked this inviting window box scene
because it is reminiscent of Mother's
welcoming and accepting house, a place
where friends and strangers alike would
stop to admire her flower beds and
containers chockablock with
bright blooms.

Because Mother absolutely loved flowers,
and gave away large bouquets from her vast
garden, we placed a large basket of gladiolus
bulbs tied with ribbon in colorful tissue next to
the guest book for visitors to take with them to
plant in their gardens. When the bulbs bloom
this summer, and many summers after this one,
the bright gladioli will serve as a comforting
reminder of Mother's beautiful spirit of love
for everyone, as well as continue the
beauty she brought into our world.

Next to the basket of bulbs was a stack
of printed "Margaret-isms" to take along -
funny and wise things she said to us over
the years. A few examples: - After watching
me put new batteries in her blood pressure
monitor she said, "I need some new batteries
too." - I told Mother she didn't need to cut
out the weather report from the newspaper.
 (She had trouble seeing it.) I told her I can
call it up on my phone, to which she replied,
"Your phone doesn't always work."

There were beautiful bouquets of pink and
red roses, carnations and gerbera daisies
surrounding Mother. She would have been
very touched to know that a lovely basket
of lilies, daisies, roses and ferns was also
sent by her mailman, whose visits she
eagerly awaited every day.

There was an easel holding a photo collage
showing Mother at all stages of her life
and with the family she adored.

Across from it was a table holding mementos
of Mother's interests, hobbies and items
that were meaningful to her, and us.

The large portrait was photographed by
my late son, Christopher. We also included
other framed photos, her daily devotional
and calendar, a doll's dress she designed
and sewed for my sister, and a life cast
I made last year with her, of her hand
holding mine. I think this is the object
I treasure the most.

The service was simple, with brief
eulogies by the officiating minister,
my sister and myself, and Tom, who
sent a heartfelt tribute to Mother's
online obituary. The minister also
read the Margaret-isms to
much laughter.

There were readings from the Bible,
including such favorites of hers as Romans
8:28 ("All things work together for good...")
and 1 Corinthians 13:7 (Appropriately, the
"love" verse). Interspersed were the hymns
she favored and some of which she sang to
me as a child: "The Old Rugged Cross" and
"In the Garden", among others.

The prayers used were the three that my
sister and I said with Mother every night at
bedtime - the 23rd Psalm, the Lord's Prayer,
 and the blessing from Numbers 6:24 -
"The Lord bless thee and keep thee...".
She would always say to us, "Amen.
Thank you for everything" before
she went to sleep.

At the end of the service, three of Mother's
grandchildren led the guests in an a cappella
version of "Amazing Grace". Always a favorite
of Mother's, she enjoyed it even more when
I told her that it was written by a
former slave ship captain.

Hearing the voices of all those people who
knew and loved Mother, singing in unison
without instrumental accompaniment,
was incredibly moving and a perfect
way to end the service. It seemed like
Mother speaking to us from the other
side when the minister closed by
saying, "Go in peace. Be kind
to one another."

I watched as the guests filed out of
the funeral, and again as I met with
many of them at a luncheon we provided
in a nearby café. How different we all are,
but how unified by the love she showed us
and the ways she touched each of our lives.

To some she was the neighbor they could
always count on, to others she was their
last aunt. Others, like her mailman, counted
themselves fortunate to have her as a friend
and, to one of her doctors, she was his oldest
patient. For us, she was just our beloved
mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and
great-grandmother - the center of our family.

Back home the day after the funeral,
this huge bouquet of pink roses appeared
from Tom. He knew that they were Mother's
favorite flowers and they brought
such comfort to me!

When we returned to Mother's now quiet
house, a kind of shrine formed from items
from the funeral and others in her home.
In her dining room, the decorations and
cards from Mother's Day that she asked us
to keep on display were now ironically
side by side with other mementos of her
life and items from her funeral.

In the center is the mailman's basket of flowers.

Here's a shadowbox I made about
Mother's courtship and marriage.

Last year, Mother and I took flowers to my
father's grave and, as she looked across from
it she said, "I'll be here soon with Ralph.
Isn't this just so peaceful?!" I took this
picture yesterday and she was right.

Here is the card that came with the
mailman's basket of flowers.

I think it says it all!

Margaret Elizabeth Schneider

Friday, May 26, 2017

Margaret Schneider (1912-2017)

It is with a heavy heart

that I announce the death

of our dear friend

Margaret Schneider.

Margaret's daughter, Kathleen,
reported that Margaret "passed away
very peacefully this morning at 11:45."

Please join me in extending deepest
condolences to Kathleen and all other
members of Margaret's family for their loss.

Last month, as you will recall,
Margaret celebrated her 105th birthday.

For years here on Shady Dell Music & Memories,
Margaret was affectionately known as "The Oldest
Living Dell Rat." Margaret's father built the Dell
and she and her family were the first people to
occupy the estate starting when Margaret was
only a one year old child. Now the dear little
girl whose very long life we have enjoyed
reading about and from whom we learned
many valuable lessons about love,
compassion and forgiveness,
has finally left us.

Out of respect for Margaret, Kathleen and
the family, and to give myself time to clear
my head and process what is, for me as well,
a great personal loss, the music will fall silent
on this site, and I will immediately withdraw
from all blogging activity for an
undetermined period of time.

Thank you for all the gifts you gave
us, Margaret. It was an honor and a
privilege to have known you and to
have called you my friend. To me,
you were much more than a friend.
 Over the years I came to love you.
You have been my inspiration.
You set a shining example
for others to follow. 

Never in my life have I been able to state

about anyone with as much certainty,
with as much ardent conviction,
that this was a life well lived.

Rest in peace, dear Margaret.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Echoes of the Spectorian Era, Vol. 13: Battling Brothers and Run Run Run!

 It's time to surrender... 

 to Spectorian Splendor! 

 Welcome to Vol. 13 of my 

 17-part series saluting 

 the Spector Sound and 



In Volume 4 you heard Motown's Marvelettes
using the name the Darnells and performing
"Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say
Goodbye," a song penned by Motown's
famed Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and
producing team. The record was a nod
to Spector and had a sound similar to
those released by the Crystals.

Now here are the Supremes singing
"Run Run Run," another H-D-H song
and another exciting Motown
Meets Spector hybid.

It's hard to believe Motown's premier
girl group ever had to struggle for hits
but, early on, they did. Released around
the beginning of 1964, "Run, Run, Run"
came to a screeching halt at #93 on the
the chart. Why the poor showing? The
depressed mood of the nation in the wake
of the JFK assassination was probably to
blame for the failure of that Marvelettes
single I featured. This Supremes 45 was
released at the height of Beatlemania.
Were the Fab Four to blame for
derailing Diana's Supremes?

It doesn't seem fair to blame the Beatles.
If the old school instrumental "Java" by
Al Hirt could make it to #4 around that
time there should have been room near
the top for this Supremes sizzler!

 "Run, Run, Run" - The Supremes 
 (Feb. 1964, highest chart pos. #93) 


"You're So Fine" was a top 20 hit in 1959
for the Falcons, and R&B group that included
Eddie Floyd and later Wilson Pickett. In 1963
a cover of the song was recorded by Dorothy
Adams Berry, wife of Richard Berry, the man
who wrote and first recorded the notorious
rock 'n' roll anthem "Louie Louie."

Dorothy's record was produced by David Gates,
a talented young devotee of the Spector Sound
who went on to front the soft rock group Bread.
Dorothy cooks on this Spectorian single, and
the doubletracked vocal yields a girl group
sound that kicks butt all over town!

 "You're So Fine" - Dorothy Berry 
 (December 1963, uncharted) 




At #92 on my list of The 200 Greatest Hits
of the Shady Dell is the next featured sound,
“He” by the Righteous Brothers, a Spector-
produced ballad with an overtly religious
theme similar to that of another Dell
classic - "Human” by Tommy Hunt.

A song about God's benevolence, "He"
was originally recorded in the mid 1950s
by Al Hibbler and covered by the singing
McGuire Sisters. The tear-jerking cover
by the Righteous Brothers, released in
 the spring of 1966, played frequently
on the Dell jukebox, casting its spell
on reverent rats from June until
the school bells rang.

 "He" - The Righteous Bros. 
 (July 1966, highest chart pos. #18) 




Los Angeles natives Scott Engel, John Maus
and Gary Leeds adopted the stage name
The Walker Brothers, moved to England
and achieved hit records there and in the
United States. Their first hit on both sides
of the pond was "Make It Easy On Yourself,"
a Bacharach-David composition that first
became a hit for Jerry Butler in 1962.

The Walker Brothers are best known
for their biggest hit, "The Sun Ain't
Gonna Shine Anymore" but, before
moving to England, they recorded
"Love Her," a Spectorized single
produced by Nick Venet and
arranged by Jack Nitzsche.

 "Love Her" - The Walker Brothers 
 (May 1965, highest chart pos. #20 UK) 


I introduced Karen "KK" Kelly singing
"Nobody's Girl" in Echoes Vol. 5.
The Nashville songbird with the
powerful pipes shoulda been,
coulda been and woulda been
a major girl pop star of the 60s
like Lesley Gore, but for some
reason her records failed to chart.

KK's self-penned "Nobody's Girl" was
released in 1964 on Sound Stage 7, a
subsidiary of Monument Records. Now
check out the killer bee side of that single,
entitled "Don't Let The Hurt Show Through."
Penned and produced by Bob Montgomery,
this one boasts the same dynamic Spectorian
production and a melody that at times might
remind you of "A World Without Love,"
the song that became a hit a few months
earlier as recorded by two other acts,
Peter & Gordon and Bobby Rydell.

 "Don't Let The Hurt Show Through" 
 Karen Kelly (October 1964, 
 B side of "Nobody's Girl") 

 I hope you enjoyed Vol. 13 

 of Echoes.  Stay tuned for 

 more Spectorian sounds 

 in Vol. 14 coming soon! 

Have a Shady day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 1: In Your Car and In Your Room!

Welcome to my new series



Hello, I'm Shady Seaweed! Unless you just crawled out from under a rock... you know that I have been emceeing the annual New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady blocast since 1974 and that I was recently tapped as Kelly Ripa's new co-host on the daily ABC morning show which has been renamed Live with Kelly and Shady. Some of you old timers might also remember me from the 50s and 60s when I hosted the wildly popular gymnastics TV show American Handstand.

I grew up watching Dick Clark's
American Bandstand and other U.S.
produced music TV shows for teenagers.
Apart from Hullabaloo's remote segments
from London, I never gave any thought to
similar shows that were originating in other
countries. In this new series I will present
high quality videos of solo artists, groups
and bands of the 1960s thru early 2000s,
many of them American, performing in
studios, big halls and clubs in the UK,
Germany and other countries. Join me
on this trip back in time as we visit
Bandstands in Foreign Lands!



Let's begin the series on a real cool note
with The Cool-Notes, a seven member
pop/funk band from London that had a
string of hits in the UK in the mid 80s.
One of the very coolest of the Cool is
"In Your Car," a 1985 single that the
act performed on Top Of The Pops,
the long-running music television
series that first originated from
studios in Manchester and
later moved to London.

"In Your Car" - The Cool-Notes
(1985, highest chart pos. #13 UK,
perf. on Top Of The Pops)



Countdown was a Dutch music TV series
that ran from the late 70s through early 90s
on the public broadcasting system Veronica.
Countdown was considered the top music
show in all of Europe. That's where we
find Susanna Hoffs and her SoCal pop-
rock band The Bangles singing their
hit single "In Your Room," a song
from their 1988 album Everything
which charted higher in Europe
than it did in the U.S.

"In Your Room" - The Bangles
(Dec. 1988/Jan '89, highest chart pos.
#5 Hot 100, from Oct. 1988 album
Everything, perf. on Countdown)



TopPop is another Netherlands-based TV
series, this one from Dutch broadcaster
AVRO with studios in Hilversum near
Amsterdam. Most of the performances
on TopPop were recorded on location
at venues around the world because
few artists were willing or able to
travel to Holland. Pet Shop Boys,
the popular English electronic pop
duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe,
appeared on TopPop and performed
their award winning 1985 hit
single "West End Girls."

"West End Girls" - Pet Shop Boys
(Apr./May 1986, highest chart pos,
#1 Hot 100/#1 UK, from Mar. 1986 album
Please, live on Dutch TV series TopPop)


 (LEGS & CO) 


In 1979 Anita Ward's disco single
"Ring My Bell" soared to #1 in the U.S.,
Canada and the UK. We now return to the
BBC music program Top of the Pops! where
Legs & Co, the series' 4th generation female 
dance troupe, is set to do their interpretation
of Anita's international chartbuster.

"Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward
(June/July 1979, highest chart pos. #1,
dance performed by Legs & Co
on Top of the Pops)



Sandra Ann Lauer, known to her fans as Sandra,
is a German pop singer who racked up a string
of English language hit singles from the mid 80s
through early 90s. Sandra released a cover of
"Everlasting Love" a top 20 hit in 1967 by U.S.
singer Robert Knight. The song was co-written
by Buzz Cason, the guy who in 1960 recorded
"Look For a Star," the famous theme from the
film Circus of Horrors using the pseudonym
Garry Miles. Successful covers of "Everlasting
Love" include a 1968 single by the London soul
group Love Affair which topped the UK chart,
and a version by Detroit soul man Carl Carlton
that brushed the top 5 in 1974. Sandra's rousing
 rendition reached the top 10 in half a dozen
European countries. The beautiful songstress
appeared on several of the European television
music shows that will be featured in this series
including this great performance on TopPop.

"Everlasting Love" - Sandra
(Sept. 1987, highest chart pos.
#4 South Africa, #5 Germany &
Switzerland, #6 Austria, from
Oct. '87 album Ten on One
(The Singles), live perf.
on TopPop)



Starparade was a West German music TV series
hosted by German composer and big band leader
James Last. Starparade presented performances
by popular music acts and was broadcast live
from big halls throughout Germany. Starparade
was carried on ZDF, the public-service television
broadcaster based in Mainz. In the spring of 1978,
the Swedish super group ABBA stopped by to do
their international hit "Take a Chance on Me."

"Take a Chance On Me" - ABBA
(May/June 1978, highest chart pos.
#3 Hot 100/#1 UK + four countries,
live performance May 10, 1978,
on James Last's Starparade)

I hope you enjoyed vol. 1 of



Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon!

Have a Shady day!