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

Monday, August 14, 2017

This Friday's in Jeopardy!

Shawn Spencer, you control the board. Please select a category and amount.

Alex, I'll take Potpourri for 100.

The answer is...

A Debbie Harry look-alike, she often
shares her feelings with friends.
(DING) Shawn...

I feel a great disturbance in the Force,
as if someone... or something...
is trying to contact me.

My inner eye has 20-20 vision
and my future's so bright
I gotta wear shades. 

I see a house, a house of stone...
A lonely house, 'cause now you're gone.
Seven rooms, that's all it is,
Seven rooms of gloom!

Please hurry with your response, Shawn. Don't let the buzzer sound.

Who is pro wrestling legend Gorgeous George?

NO... no... not what we were looking for. (DING)

Gus, can you take it?

Who is Julianne Hough of
Dancing With the Stars?

No, I'm sorry. That is incorrect.

The correct

question is....










Monday, August 7, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 4: Jungle Boogie!


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 aboard. You're right on time for a beautiful trip on the Shady Train, and if the sight and sound of soul is your pleasure and what you treasure, you can bet your bottom we got 'em, baby.

Since they first informed us a few years back
that "La La" actually means "I love you," three
handsome and talented young men have virtually
cornered the market on songs of love. They boast
a string of hits that seems to have no end. Out of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the mighty-- Delfonics! 

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"
The Delfonics (Feb./Mar. 1970,
highest chart pos. #10 Hot 100,
/#3 R&B, from Feb. 1970
album The Delfonics)

And things are lookin' fine on the Shady Train line.
The gang's gettin' that stuff tuff enough with a
groove that makes you wanna move
real smooth. It's Jackie Moore--
"This Time Baby!"

"This Time Baby" - Jackie Moore
(Aug. 1979, highest chart pos. #1 Disco,
#24 R&B, from 1979 album I'm on My Way)

AT 3:04 MARK!

Now let's welcome aboard the big train a talented young R&B vocalist from New York. In 1983 she sang lead for producer John Robie's electro-funk band C-Bank on their top 5 club hit "One More Shot." Now out on her own, her latest single on the Atlantic label is perched at the top of the dance chart. The song is entitled "Bad Habits" and she is-- Jenny Burton!

"Bad Habits" - Jenny Burton
(Mar. 1985, highest chart pos.
#19 R&B/#101 Bubbling Under,
from 1985 album Jenny Burton)


And the Shady Train Gang's sho 'nuff diggin' C-Bank. Here's a tune that features the lead vocals of Whisper. It's a lowdown ditty from the big city called-- "Tonight!"

"Tonight" - C-Bank
single from Mar. 1997 album
C-Bank's Greatest Hits)

AT 1:15 MARK!

And our funky friends Kool and the Gang are runnin' down a slick sound that's one of the baddest things around. It's called-- Jungle Boogie!"

"Jungle Boogie" - Kool and the Gang
(Jan./Feb. 1974, highest chart pos.
#4 Hot 100/#2 R&B, from Sept. 1973
album Wild and Peaceful)

Now meet and greet a mixed race band from London that has been part of the UK's thriving soul and disco scene since the late 60s. The funky group has charted at least one hit every year from 1970 to 1984 including this 1978 single which is certified Gold in the U.S. The song is entitled "Every 1's a Winner" and they are-- Hot Chocolate!

"Every 1's a Winner" - Hot Chocolate
(Dec. 1978/Jan. 1979, highest chart pos.
#6 Hot 100/#7 R&B, from Apr. 1978
album Every 1's a Winner

We are both proud and excited to have with us what I can only describe as the current rage of the contemporary music world, and deservedly so because, I kid you not, they are as beautiful and talented as their latest single, "Jump (For My Love)," is successful. Let's have a great welcome, gang, for, in our opinion, the most remarkable group of female entertainers in the business. You know them as the fabulous-- Pointer Sisters!

"Jump (For My Love)" - The Pointer Sisters
(June/July 1984, highest chart pos. #3 Hot 100,
#2 R&B, from Nov. 1983 album Break Out)

That oughta hold you for a while. We hope you'll get into it with us again next time, and you can bet your last money, it's gonna be a stone gas, honey. I'm Don Cornelius, and as always
in parting, we wish you love...peace...and soul!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jackie's Back Dispensing Sound Advice: "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"



The Kentucky born, Illinois raised singer
and songwriter started making records
as a teenager in the mid 1950s.

Jackie wrote and recorded many excellent sides
in a variety of music categories. Hard to believe
that it took until 1963 for Jackie to get one of
her records into the Hot 100. Early that year
she made a dent in the chart with "Faded
Love," a cover of a 1950 western swing
hit by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.

"Faded Love" - Jackie DeShannon 
(Feb. 1963, highest chart pos. #97)

In May of '63 Jackie inched her way
a little farther up the Billboard ladder
with "Needles and Pins," a Sonny Bono
& Jack Nitzsche composition that was
later covered with much greater success
(#13) by the English group The Searchers.
Many consider Jackie's version definitive.

"Needles and Pins" - Jackie DeShannon 
(May 1963, highest chart pos. #84)

The Searchers also gained a top 40 hit covering
another of Jackie DeShannon's original songs.
"When You Walk in the Room" was written
and first recorded by Jackie in 1963 and
released one day after the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy, an event
that hindered the progress of many
great records attempting to climb
the chart in the weeks that followed.

The success of Jackie's record was also impeded
because "When You Walk In The Room" was  
released as the B side of  "Till You Say You'll 
Be Mine," a song that failed to catch on and
remained uncharted. "When You Walk In
 The Room" finally attracted attention two
months after the single hit the street, but
it lasted only one pathetic week on the
chart at #99 before vanishing. It's a
doggone shame whenever a record
this good goes to waste!

"When You Walk In The Room" 
Jackie DeShannon (Jan. 1964,
highest chart pos. #99)

In November of 1964 Jackie struck out
again with a 45 that had a more exciting
song on the B side. That fab flip, entitled
"It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)," was
also released on Jackie's compilation LP
Breakin' It Up On the Beatles Tour!
The song covers an oft recorded R&B
standard that was originally a top 5 hit
on the black chart in 1955 for Louis
Brooks and His Hi-Toppers with
lead vocalist Earl Gaines. Jackie D
rips it up on this go-go style dance
floor filler, an uncharted side that
woulda been, coulda been and
shoulda been a hit!

"It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)" 
Jackie DeShannon (Nov. 1964,
uncharted B side of "He's Got the
Whole World in His Hands")

In the summer of 1965, after nearly a
decade of making great records with
limited success, Jackie broke into the
top 10 with the Bacharach - David
composition "What the World
Needs Now Is Love."

"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
Jackie DeShannon (July 1965,
highest chart position #7)

In the fall of that year, Jackie landed her
next single on the chart, another lovely
Bacharach - David song entitled
"A Lifetime of Loneliness."

"A Lifetime of Loneliness"
Jackie DeShannon (Oct. 1965,
highest chart pos. #66, live perf
performance on Nov. 29, 1965,
episode of Hullabaloo) 

"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
is Jackie DeShannon's signature song,
but the biggest hit of her career came
in 1969 when she recorded a song she
co-wrote with her brother Randy Myers
along with Jimmy Holiday. Delivering
a message similar to that of "What The
World Needs Now," Jackie's single "Put
A Little Love In Your Heart" was released
at a time when idealistic songs about peace,
love and goodwill were becoming major hits.
They included "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
by the Fifth Dimension (#1), "Get Together"
by the Youngbloods (#5), "He Ain't Heavy,
He's My Brother" by The Hollies (#7) and
"Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band
(#14), all of them released that same year-
1969. Here now is Jackie DeShannon at
the peak of her recording career with the
plea "Put a Little Love in Your Heart."

"Put A Little Love In Your Heart"
Jackie DeShannon (Aug. 1969,
highest chart pos. #4)

There's much more to Jackie DeShannon
than I ever realized. Beautiful, warm and
gifted, Jackie wrote and recorded songs
that ran the gamut from country & western,
rockabilly and gospel to rock 'n' roll and
shouting rhythm and blues. Jackie sings
with her whole heart and soul. She has
made many great contributions to
the soundtrack of our youth.

In 2010 Jackie DeShannon was inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Millions of fans consider Jackie
to be a national treasure
and I heartily agree.

 I hope you enjoyed 

 your double shot of JD. 

 What does the world need now?  

 More like Jackie DeShannon! 

Have a Shady day!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What the World Needs Now, I Think You'll Agree, is a Strong Shot of JD!



She opened for the Beatles on their historic
first U.S. tour in 1964. She co-wrote one
of the most iconic songs of the 1980s, a
worldwide #1 smash hit for Kim Carnes.

She wrote an exhilarating pop love song
that became a 60s hit for the Merseybeat
band the Searchers and was covered in the
21st century by ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog.

 Who is she? 

Does the name Sharon Lee Myers ring a bell?
How about Sherry Lee Myers?
Sherry Lee?
Jackie Dee?
Jackie Shannon?
Jackie Dee Shannon?

Those stage names all belong to the same lady,
Jackie DeShannon. Jackie is best known for her
two top 10 hits of the 60s, the Burt Bacharach -
Hal David song "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
(#7 in 1965) and her biggest hit, a song she wrote,
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (#4 in 1969).

Recently, when I dug deeper into Jackie's bio
and catalog, I hit pay dirt. I first discovered that
Jackie is a gifted songsmith. I also learned that
in addition to the gentle, laid back pop songs
for which she is most famous, Jackie D could
get down and rock with the best of them.

Performing since she was a young girl,
Jackie started out doing country & western
and rockabilly. She wrote most of her own
songs, something very few female vocalists
were doing during that period.

In 1958 Jackie wrote and recorded a lively tribute
to Buddy Holly. As you watch the video, notice
how Jackie looked and sounded like another
favorite female of mine, rockabilly queen
Wanda Jackson, right down to the growl
and the "yeah" ad lib.

"Buddy" - Jackie Dee 
(August 1958, uncharted)

On the flip side of "Buddy" is another song
penned by Jackie, a teenage lament that
combined two popular 50s dances,
the stroll and the calypso.

"Strolypso Dance" - Jackie Dee 
(Aug. 1958, uncharted B side of "Buddy")

The same 1958 Nashville recording session
that yielded "Buddy" and "Strolypso Dance"
produced an excellent track that, for whatever
reason, remained unreleased until 2002 when
it showed up on a CD compilation. Sounding
a lot like Brenda Lee under the influence
of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackie splits the
difference between rockabilly and
rock 'n' roll on "I Need Lovin'."

"I Need Lovin'" - Jackie Dee 
(Aug. 1958, unreleased)

Recording as Jackie Shannon in 1959
(the 45 shown in the following video is a
1960 reissue that used the name "DeShannon")
Jackie once again put a Wanda Jackson growl
in her voice and turned on the 'tude with
"Trouble," a song originally written for
Elvis Presley. Jackie's record had hit
written all over it but, sorry to
say, it never broke nationally.

"Trouble" - Jackie Shannon 
(April 1959, uncharted)

In 1960 Jackie changed her stage name to
Jackie DeShannon. The first single she released
under that name was "Lonely Girl, a title that
implied it was an answer to "Lonely Boy," a
chart topper the previous year for Paul Anka.
However Jackie's record had nothing to do
with Anka's song. Instead, it was another
great rock 'n' roll number and another
song written by Jackie D!

"Lonely Girl" - Jackie DeShannon 
(1960, uncharted)

In 1961 Jackie DeShannon released "Baby
(When Ya Kiss Me)" b/w "Ain't That Love,"
a cover of a Ray Charles song recorded by
brother Ray in 1957. I prefer the fab flip
which finds our Jackie D shouting the
rhythm & blues like Tina Turner!

"Ain't That Love" - Jackie DeShannon 
(Nov. 1961, uncharted B side of 
"Baby {When Ya Kiss Me}")

 Stay where you are! 

 Another strong shot of JD 

 is on tap in my next post! 

Have a Shady day!

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Well whad'ya know...

Today, July 20, 2017...

Shady Dell

Music & Memories

is celebrating its

9 year anniversary!


Did I hear you correctly, Mr. Knight?

This brainchild of yours is 9 years old?

That's 56 in dog years!   That's the

length of 27 Hollywood marriages

laid end to end!

What? You don't know who I am?
You don't recognize this "crazy lady"
who just popped in uninvited
and unannounced?

For your information, I am
Dr. Mindy Lahiri, OB/GYN.
If I were a few inches taller
you could add BBW to my
credentials. Let's put it this
way. I'm not just plus size.
I'm A++ size, get it?

I’m like... very smart and successful...
and I’m hot... but don’t even know it...
which makes me even hotter.

I'm a doctor, not a DJ, but, for what
it's worth, and if you're taking requests,
I think all songs should be three minutes
long and Nicki Minaj raps in the middle.

Unbeknownst to you, Mr. K, I have been
secretly stalking creeping following you
for years. I have come to the conclusion
that Shady Dell Music & Memories is an
intoxicating and highly addictive blend
of music, memories, mischief,
madness and mayhem.

Furthermore, my impression of you
personally is that you, sir, are one
sick, twisted puppy. I happen to like
that quality in a man. It's the first box
I check when trolling the singles bars.

A few years ago, as you might recall,
the sassy girl group Subtle Sexuality
had a hit with "Male Prima Donna."
 You're so vain, you probably think
this song is about you. Roll tape!

"Male Prima Donna" - Subtle Sexuality
(feat. 'Nard Dog) introducing Mr. Understood
(2009, from NBC TV Series The Office)

Well, I suppose congratulations are
in order, so congrats on reaching this
impressive milestone and keep up the
good work, or play as the case may be.

As one of your biggest fans I'll
be praying for another 9 years.
Make that 99. I like to dream big.

Dear reader, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship and continued support of Shady Dell Music & Memories and invite you to watch one of the funniest TV shows ever -

the Mindy project

... returning this fall for a sixth
and final season on Hulu!


I think you meant to say

theee funniest show!

I'll be back soon with

my first post of year 10.

Have a Shady day!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Maids in Japan


And now...

Weekend Update

with Chevy Chase!

 Why don't we do 
 that thing where 
 I'm blindfolded on 
 the kitchen floor 
 and you feed me 
 seven sweets and 
 and seven sours... 
 and we let Scruffy 

 Ooops... gotta go! 

 Hello, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not. 

 Our top story tonight... 
 Scientists admit that after decades 
 of space exploration there is no 
 sign of intelligent life anywhere in 
 our solar system... earth included. 

 And now, in keeping with our policy to 
 present responsible opposing viewpoints, 
 here with an editorial reply is Emily Litella. 

What's all this fuss I keep hearing...
about "Made in Japan"? Why, there
are many nice things made right here
in the USA, like the cute embroidered
doily I found at a garage sale...

 Miss Litella... 

 and the adorable little
bumble bee brooch
I bought on Etsy.

 Miss Litella... 


 Miss Litella!  

What?... What???

 The topic of this post is 
 Japanese girl bands and the 
 title is Maids in Japan, 
 not made in Japan... 
 Maids in Japan. 

From J-pop to J-rock to J-metal...

Japanese all girl bands are

conquering the Western World.

Here are some of my faves!


Formed in 2005 by guitarist Mina, with Lisa
currently on lead vocals, Tokyo-based
girl band Destrose dishes hard rock
and metal in the grandiose style
of Iron Maiden and Helloween.

"Maze" - Destrose 
(from November 2013
Maxi-single Rin / Maze)



Led by vocalist Saki, another Tokyo
heavy metal girl band called Cyntia
has been making the earth quake
since 2011.

"Run To the Future" - Cyntia
(April 2012 single)


Osaka-based girl band Galmet cranks out
melodic death metal and features the
harsh vocal style of lead singer Mikki.

"Promised Dawn" - Galmet
(from October 2012 album
Dawn of the Rebellion)



Rocking since 2013 and hailing from Fukuoka,
the J-rockers of Bridear deliver power metal
behind the pipes of lead vocalist Kimi.

"Thread of the Light" - Bridear
(from December 2013 album
Overturn the Doom)


Formed in 2008, Osaka band Aldious
performs an electifying brand of
heavy power metal behind their
current lead singer Re:NO.

"Dominator" - Aldious
(from Oct. 2013 Mini-CD
Dominator/I Don't Like Me)


Launched in 2013, the 5-piece Tokyo-based
rock group BAND-MAID called their 2013
debut album MAID IN JAPAN and their
second LP New Beginning. With Saiki on
lead vocals, BAND-MAID aims to thrill.

"Thrill" - BAND-MAID
(November 2015 single
from New Beginning album)

 So you see, Miss Litella... 

 The subject is Japanese girl bands 
 that rock... hence the name 
 Maids in Japan, not Made 
 in Japan... Maids in Japan. 

Oh, well that's quite different...

Never mind!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Best of Bandstands in Foreign Lands - Vol. 2: Mover Closer and Turn It Up!

Welcome to volume 2

of my new series



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!


 (LEGS & CO) 


Last month we rode the Shady Train. Today
we're riding the Love Train, and "the first stop
that we make will be England." That's where
we find the lovely and talented dance troupe
Legs & Co on the long running music TV series
Top of the Pops. The dancing damsels are set to
take the stage and do their interpretation of an
international disco hit by the Bee Gees from
the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.
The single topped the U.S. chart for
more than two months in the spring
of 1978. Here to turn "Night Fever"
into Nightie Fever are Legs & Co!

"Night Fever" - Bee Gees
(Mar./Apr. 1978, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100/#1 Cash Box/#1 UK
& four other countries, from
Saturday Night Fever OST,
dance perf. by Legs & Co
on Top of the Pops)





In the early weeks of 1973 The Spinners,
known in the UK as The Detroit Spinners,
achieved their second consecutive chart-
topping R&B single for Atlantic Records
with "Could it Be I'm Falling In Love."
In 1985 a soulful English duo consisting
of David Grant and Jaki Graham reached
the UK top 5 with a fine cover of the song.
Here are David and Jaki performing
their hit on the Dutch music
TV showcase TopPop.

"Could it Be I'm Falling in Love"
David Grant & Jaki Graham
(1985, highest chart pos. #5 UK,
perf on Dutch TV series TopPop)



We now switch to a bandstand in Munich, Germany,
where we are about to witness an American star on
the rise. It's Whitney Houston in the spring of her
breakthrough year, 1985, appearing on PIT, the
German music TV show hosted by Peter Illmann.
The blossoming diva sang "How Will I Know,"
a song that became her third chart topping
single early the following year. This is how
I choose to remember Whitney Houston -
young, vibrant, full of life, with fire in
her eyes and flashing a winning smile
as she delivered one of the greatest,
most exciting performances
of her career.

"How Will I Know" - Whitney Houston
(Jan/Feb. 1986, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from Feb. 1985
album Whitney Houston, live performance
June 12, 1985, on German TV show PIT)

AT 1:40 MARK!



It starts with a great song. "Move Closer"
is a great song. Written and recorded by
Phyllis Nelson, a native of Jacksonville,
Florida, the romantic autobiographical
ballad was a departure from the string of
dance records Phyllis had released during
the disco era. "Move Closer" peaked at #1
on the UK chart in April 1985 and stayed
on the Brit survey nearly half a year. Sadly,
Phyllis Nelson's career and life were cut
short by breast cancer and she died at the
age of 47. Behold Phyllis in better times
as she performed her chart topping hit on
the UK music show Top Of The Pops.

"Move Closer" - Phyllis Nelson
(Apr. 1985, highest chart pos.
#1 UK, perf. on Top Of The Pops)



Did you know there was a British version of
Soul Train? I didn't until I started this series.
Created in 1985 by Don Cornelius in response
to the international popularity of his U.S. series,
6.20 Soul Train aka 620 Soul Train, debuted on
Channel 4 UK and lasted only one season before
it was replaced by a similar show, Solid Soul,
which aired from 1986 to '87. 620 Soul Train
was hosted by Jeffrey Daniels, former member
of Shalamar. Like its American counterpart,
620 Soul Train featured a group of dancers
in the studio doing the latest moves. In the
following clip, Gary Byrd of Gary Byrd and
the GB Experience, a U.S. band known for
their UK hit single "The Crown," featuring
vocals by Stevie Wonder, introduces a song.
Click at the 45 sec. mark for Gary's toss and
check out the 620 gang as they get down to
"Turn It Up!" by The Conway Brothers,
another American R&B/disco-funk
band of the mid 80s.

"Turn It Up" - The Conway Brothers
(June 1985, studio dance segment
from UK series 620 Soul Train)




Back to Germany we go for a performance on
DISCO, a televised pop music showcase carried
on Germany's ZDF network, the public service
broadcaster in Mainz. It's Dave Edmunds, a
Welsh singer and guitarist who specialized
in UK Pub Rock and new wave rendered in
a retro 50s rock 'n' roll style. Edmunds, who
started playing in bands at the age of ten in
1954, scored an international hit in 1970
with "I Hear You Knocking," a cover of a
1955 record by New Orleans R&B singer
Smiley Lewis. Curiously, Edmunds' single
followed a song with a similar title, "Knock
Three Times" by Dawn, into the top 5 on the
U.S. chart, and is almost a sequel or answer
to the Tony Orlando song. Across the pond,
Edmunds' record topped the UK chart for
six weeks. Watch now as Dave Edmunds
entertains the German teens on DISCO.

"I Hear You Knocking" - Dave Edmunds
(Christmas 1970 thru Feb. 1971,
highest chart pos. #4 Hot 100,
#1 UK, perf. on German
TV series DISCO)

I hope you enjoyed vol. 2 of



Stay tuned for the

next edition coming soon.

Have a Shady day!