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!