Monday, December 27, 2021

New Year's Rockin' Eve in the Shady 2021: Rock, Roll and Remember Dick Clark & the Teen Dancers on Bandstand!


 59th ANNUAL 

The wrecking ball in Shady Square is about to drop, signalling the end of
the year 2021. As we look ahead to the coming year, let's view the past
with 20-20 hindsight as we go back to the glory years of Dick Clark's
long running music program American Bandstand. Tonight the spot-
light is not on the songs or artists who performed on the show, not
even on Dick Clark. Instead I ask that you focus your attention
on the teenagers who danced on Bandstand over the years.
Assuming that you don't have time to watch every video
from start to finish, I cued each one to the spot where,
in my opinion, the best dance sequence begins.


Observe the young studio dancers of the 1960s,
their body language, clothing styles and hairdos.
Note their attitude, how they conducted
themselves on the program.


The Crystals song "Da Doo Ron Ron" was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich
and Phil Spector. Like "yada yada yada" on Seinfeld, the words "Da Doo Ron Ron"
were merely nonsense syllables used to fill gaps in the song until "real" lyrics
could be inserted. However Spector decided he liked the gibberish and
it was left in the song. The result was a top 3 hit for his girl group.

On January 4, 1964, when the following episode aired, American Bandstand
was still broadcasting from Philadelphia. In this clip, you will see the most
popular members of Bandstand's cast of studio dancers performing an
unusual move they invented, a maneuver that's too cool for school.
Watch as they repeatedly bump together in a stylish East Coast
variation of the Lindy Hop, a dance style that did not
follow the show out to the West Coast that year.

"Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" - The Crystals
(May/June 1963, highest chart pos. #3 Hot 100/#4 Cash Box,
#5 R&Bdancers on Jan. 4, 1964, ep. of American Bandstand)


The gang of regulars on the West Coast version of Bandstand had their own
dance styles. In this clip in particular, the dancing is very impressive because
the gang gets down, gets into it, and does a more energetic workout than
usual. Watch the moves as the kids groove to "Wait A Minute," a minor
hit by the Detroit area rock 'n' roll band Tim Tam And The Turn-Ons.

"Wait A Minute" - Tim Tam and the Turn-Ons
(Mar. 1966, highest chart pos. #76 Hot 100,
dancers on Feb. 12, 1966 ep. of Bandstand)


Now here is a glimpse of another LA-based music show for teenagers.
Shebang, hosted by disc jockey and radio personality Casey Kasem,
aired from 1965 to 1968 on KTLA channel 5. In this rare video,
Kasem and the studio dancers, some of them regulars on
American Bandstand, celebrate the show's one year
anniversary. You will see Jewel Akens, the man
who had a hit with "The Birds And The Bees,"
autographing the Shebang banner, and a
blonde dancer at the 6:50 mark who
looks a lot like Goldie Hawn!

"Stop! In The Name Of Love" - The Supremes
(Mar./Apr. 1965, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100
& Cash Box/#2 R&B, dancers on Mar. 16, 1966,
one year anniversary ep. of TV series Shebang)


Clothing and hair styles and dance steps changed considerably
as the early 60s yielded to the mid and late 60s. Notice how
the Bandstanders looked and danced in the fall of 1967.

"The Letter" - The Box Tops
(Sept./Oct. 1967, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box,
dancers on Oct. 21, 1967 ep. of American Bandstand)


I grew up knowing "Go Where You Wanna Go" only as the 1965 song written
by John Phillips, recorded by The Mamas & The Papas and released as a single
and as a track on their 1966 debut studio album If You Can Believe Your Eyes
and Ears. Until recently I wasn't aware of the cover by The 5th Dimension
released in 1967 on their debut studio album Up, Up and Away. Watch
what the Bandstand studio dancers do with the song.

"Go Where You Wanna Go" - The 5th Dimension
(Feb./Mar. 1967, highest chart pos. #16 Hot 100 & Cash Box,
dancers on Feb. 4, 1967 Ep. of American Bandstand)


More great dancing out on the West Coast can be witnessed in this
clip from an episode in early 1967 as the Bandstand teens do their
thing to "Gimme Some Lovin', a top 5 hit for the English rock band
The Spencer Davis Group featuring Steve Winwood on lead vocals.

"Gimme Some Lovin'" - Spencer Davis Group
(Feb./Mar. 1967, highest chart pos. #5 Cash Box/#7 Hot 100,
dancers on Feb. 4, 1967 ep. of American Bandstand)


To close the show, a song and video that mark a pivotal point in time for
several reasons. It is one of the first episodes of American Bandstand
to be taped after the assassination of President Kennedy. It is one of
the last Bandstand shows to be taped in Philadelphia before the show
moved to LA. It also represents a moment when the pop music scene
was about to change radically and permanently.  The song you are
about to hear, a sweet romantic 50s style ballad by pop crooner
Bobby Vinton, reached #1 on the chart the first week of 1964.
By the time this episode of Bandstand aired one week later on
January 11th, Bobby's ballad had been replaced at the top of the
chart by the rowdy and allegedly dirty ditty "Louie Louie" by the
garage rock band The Kingsment, and "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
by an English combo named The Beatles made it's first appearance
on the U.S. chart. Starting two weeks later and for the next 16 weeks,
The Beatles topped the U.S. chart with their refreshingly new and
different sounding recordings. The era of rock bands had begun,
rendering American teen idols obsolete. The times, they were
a changin'. There, I've said it again.

"There! I've Said It Again" - Bobby Vinton
(Dec. 1963/Jan. 1964, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box,
dancers on Jan. 11, 1964 ep. of American Bandstand)

Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? Could we?

Submitted for your approval - exhibits A through G - seven scenes of
young people having good clean fun... unbridled joy... fresh faced
exuberance. Simply put - it was great to be alive in the 60s!
If you ever wondered why Boomers say they wouldn't
trade places with kids of any other generation, the
magic moments on these videos are all
the evidence you'll ever need.

 If I could turn back time 
 If I could find a way... 


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Debbie the Dellette Meets The Rat Pack -
Vol. 1: Lookin' For My Baby in the Basement!

(below) "Hey, get up and ask Helen
to make me a cherry coke to go."

"It's time for us to
split the snack bar
and meet up with
Debbie the Dellette
and the Rat Pack
down in the dance hall."

"Little Did I Know" - The Ducanes
{June/July 1961, B side of "I'm So Happy (Tra La La)"} 

Kicking off our jukebox hit parade with the super sound of early 60s doo-wop,
the summer of 1961 to be exact, that was "Little Did I Know" by the one hit
wonder group The Ducanes from Bergenfield, New Jersey. Released on
the B side of "I'm So Happy (Tra La La)," a single that Bubbled Under
the Hot 100 and peaked at #109, the dreamy, romantic vocal group
ballad "Little Did I Know" is exactly the kind of record that the
gang loved to play down in "the Barn" at the Shady Dell in
the late 50s and early 60s when I was a regular face
in the crowd (and queen of the dance floor). 

Hi! I'm Debbie
the Dellette!

As you know, I'm "The Hostess with the
Mostest" and president of the Old York -
Shady Dell chapter of the Top Hit
Club of America. I am here today
to introduce a few friends of mine.
Together we will play more of the
Shady Dell's greatest hits. This isn't
a radio show. We will be taking turns
dropping our coins into the slot and
playing the Dell's jukebox. Now,
I'd like you to meet four of my
pals from The Rat Pack aka
The Rodentia Intelligentsia.







Whenever we get together, The Rat Pack will play their Dell faves,
records popular at the Dell in the mid to late 60s. I'll play a song
or two from the years I went to the Dell in the late 50s and
early 60s, like that Ducanes number you just heard.
Rat Packer Julie has taken her position at the
jukebox and is picking her first Dell song.

JULIE: Deb, I wish that you had still
been going to the Dell in the mid 60s
when The Emperors ruled. The funky
R&B band from Harrisburg featured
the late, great Edgar Moore on lead
vocals. In 1966 The Emperors had
a minor hit with "Karate" which was
covered in 1971 by Carlos Santana,
released as "Everybody's Everything,"
and became a top 10 hit on Cash Box.
The Emperors released four singles in
all, but none of the others charted.
It was a different story here at the
Dell where six of their sides were
played often and ranked high on
Shady Del Knight's list of the
200 Greatest Hits of the Dell.
I just pressed H-7 to play the
song I wanna hear. It's #65 on
Shady's survey. The Emperors--
"Lookin' For My Baby!"


"Lookin' For My Baby" - The Emperors
(May/June 1967)

PETE: My turn, Julie. Blue-eyed soul
and white R&B were also very popular
genres at the Dell in the 60s. One of
my favorite songs in that category was
waxed by R&B rocker Mitch Ryder and
his band The Detroit Wheels. They do a
cover of "Little Latin Lupe Lu," a song
written by Bill Medley and first recorded
by The Righteous Brothers, a minor hit
for the duo in 1963. I just pushed G-9
to play the exciting 1966 update by
Mitch and the Wheels. It's the most
successful version of the song and
is ranked #132 on Shady's list of
The Greatest Hits of the Dell!


"Little Latin Lupe Lu" - Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels
 (Mar./Apr. 1966, highest chart pos. #16 Cash Box/#17 Hot 100)

LINDA: Sunshine pop was also hot
in the Shady during the 60s, and this
cool genre group, The Buckinghams,
infused their recordings with blue-
eyed soul. The Chicago horn band
is on record as one of the top selling
acts of 1967, and I'm selecting P-5
and playing one of their hits from
that year. It's the Bucks' cover of
a jazz song recorded the previous
year by jazz sax great Cannonball
Adderley. I can hear the needle
dropping on the vinyl. Here are
The Buckinghams with the song
ranked #125 on Shady's 200--
"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!"


"Mercy Mercy Mercy" - The Buckinghams
(July/Aug. 1967, highest chart pos. #5 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

DOUG: Hey guys, don't forget about me.
I'd like to play a record, too. At the Dell
in the mid 60s, The Motown Sound was
huge, and these guys, the Four Tops,
were heavy hitters down here in
"the barn," with no fewer than 11
of their songs making Shady's
Top 200 list. I'm pressing R-17
because I can't wait to get out
on the floor and dance to the
highest ranked Tops song
on Shady's list. Landing
at position #60, here is--
"Shake Me, Wake Me
(When It's Over)!"


"Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" - Four Tops
(Mar./Apr. '66, highest cht. pos. #5 R&B/#15 Cash Box/#18 Hot 100)

JULIE: Step aside, Dougy, because I've
got another great song in mind, one that
represents another major music category
at the Shady Dell - The British Invasion.
"A Groovy Kind Of Love" was penned
by American songwriters Toni Wine and
Carole Bayer Sager. The song was given
to The Mindbenders, the English group
that originally backed Wayne Fontana.
When Fontana left the act, guitarist
Eric Stewart took over on lead vocals.
The Mindbenders' version of "Groovy
Kind Of Love" reached #2 on both
sides of the pond, denied the top spot
on the U.S. Hot 100 by Percy Sledge's
hit "When Man Loves a Woman."
"Groovy" did manage to reach #1
on Cash Box. I just punched in J-13
to play one of the most popular slow
dance records of the mid 60s at the
Dell. At #57 on the Shady survey,
"A Groovy Kind Of Love!"


"A Groovy Kind Of Love" - The Mindbenders
(May/June 1966, highest chart pos. #1 Cash Box/#2 Hot 100)

PETE: Earlier, Doug played an exciting
dance number by the Motown boy group
the Four Tops. Now here's a mellow soul
sound from a great Motown girl group,
Martha And The Vandellas. I'm hitting
K-1 to play their top 3 charting R&B
single "My Baby Loves Me," the song
ranked #146 on Shady's list of the
200 Greatest Hits of the Dell!


"My Baby Loves Me" - Martha And The Vandellas
(Feb./Mar. 1966, highest chart pos.
#3 R&B/#22 Hot 100/#23 Cash Box)


I hope you enjoyed our first meet-up,
a bash in the barn... the Shady Dell
dance hall... down here where all the
cool kids hang out and party hearty.
Stay tuned because we'll be back
soon to feed the jukebox and
spin more Dell gold. Now for
The Rat Pack - Julie, Pete,
Linda and Doug - I'm Debbie
the Dellette, "Your Hostess
with the Mostest,"
saying so long!

"In The Basement - Pt. 1" - Etta James And Sugar Pie DeSanto
(Aug./Sept. 1966, highest chart pos. #37 R&B)

Debbie the Dellette 5 years later


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Across the Universe with Lucy Carrigan...
With a Little Help From Her Friends!

4 STARS! "An audacious marriage of cutting-edge
visual techniques, heart-warming performances,
1960s history and the Beatles songbook"
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Best Film of 2007! 
- Carrie Rickey, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Golden Globe Award Nominee
Best Motion Picture -
Musical or Comedy

Shady Del Knight raves, "Gets under your skin
and into your heart. If you only see one
movie this year, make it this one -
Across the Universe!"


"It Won't Be Long" - Beatles cover by Evan Rachel Wood
(scene from Oct. 2007 film Across The Universe)

You say "goodbye" and I say "hello, hello, hello!"
I'm Lucy (in the sky) Carrigan welcoming you to
a preview of my new series starting next year at
Shady's Place. It's called Across the Universe...
a salute to the songs of the The Beatles and the
groundbreaking jukebox musical fantasy movie
of the same name directed by Julie Taymor.
Across the Universe is a love story about a
romance between an upper-class American
girl played by Evan Rachel Wood, and a
poor shipyard worker from Liverpool
played by Jim Sturgess.

"They lived without rules.
They loved without fear.
But as the world changed did they."


At times, Across the Universe will make
you smile. At other times you will be
moved to tears by the sheer beauty
of the Beatles' songs, the mind-
boggling special effects and,
 for you boomers, your own
reflections on the turbulent
period that is the film's
setting - the Sixties.

"Because" - Beatles cover by Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess,
Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, T.V. Carpio and Martin Luther
(scene from Oct. 2007 film Across The Universe)


The movie's title, Across the Universe,
was inspired by the song written by
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
and released in the spring of
1970 on the Beatles 12th and
final studio album Let It Be.

"Across The Universe" - The Beatles
(from May 1970 album Let It Be)

The soundtrack of Across the Universe
contains 34 Beatles compositions in all.
Jim Sturgess, an English singer and
songwriter who bears a resemblance
to both Lennon and McCartney, was
a newcomer to acting when he was
cast as the leading man in the movie.
In this scene, Jim sings "I've Just
Seen A Face," a song from the
U.S. version of the Beatles'
Rubber Soul album.

"I've Just Seen A Face" - Beatles cover by Jim Sturgess
(scene from Oct. 2007 film Across The Universe)

In my series, I will bring you the original
recordings of The Beatles plus great covers
by up-and-coming artists found on YouTube.
One of the most beautiful Beatles songs
from Across the Universe is "If I Fell,"
and here with a wonderful cover is a
talented young woman who first
entertained you on Shady's blog
Shady Dell Music & Memories.
Watch and listen as English singer
and guitarist Amy Slattery along
with her singing musician dad,
do their version of "If I Fell."

"If I Fell" - Beatles acoustic cover by
Amy Slattery and her dad (Oct. 2018)

Bluesy, gritty-voiced British rocker Joe Cocker
hit the top of the UK chart in 1968 with a cover
of The Beatles song "With a Little Help From
My Friends." Cocker's cover became famous
in the U.S. as the opening theme song of the
hit TV series The Wonder Years. Joe passed
away in 2014, but is immortalized on film
in this scene from Across the Universe. 
Behold the excitement of this flashy
production number as Joe Cocker
and San Francisco based rock
musician Martin Luther cover
John Lennon's "Come Together."

"Come Together" - Beatles cover by Joe Cocker and Martin Luther
(scene from Oct. 2007 film Across The Universe)

I hope you liked this sneak preview of
my new series. If you haven't already
seen it, I urge you to catch our movie
Across the Universe, first released in
theaters in 2007 and now available
on Ultra HD Blu-ray. Join me in
2022 when, with a little help from
my friends, I'll take you back to the
60s and Across the Universe with
the fabulous songs of The Beatles.


To play us off, MonaLisa Twins, an actual
set of twins from Austria, Mona and Lisa
Wagner. In this video, the siblings cover
The Beatles in style singing "When I'm
Sixty-Four." Now this is Lucy Carrigan
saying so long and see you next year!

"When I'm Sixty-Four" - Beatles cover
by MonaLisa Twins (Jan. 2014)

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Dell Rat Tom's Jukebox Giants - Vol. 6:
Killer Bees and Another Big Surprise!

...and the cow was returned to its rightful owner.

And that's the latest from S-P-M-M news...
fast, up-to-the-minute, completely fake
and proud of it. Now stand by for


on the station that's #1 for music and fun - S-P-M-M!


"Good Vibrations" - The Beach Boys
(Nov./Dec. 1966, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

The Beach Boys... "Good Vibrations"... a monster hit nationally
and equally popular on the jukebox at the Shady Dell.

How's it going? I'm Dell Rat Tom,
back to spin more giants of the
Shady Dell jukebox here on
S-P-M-M Retrosonic Radio.
I got blue-eyed soul for you.
I got wailin' sax from Motown.


I got gritty southern R&B.
"I Got Everything I Need"
'cause I got- Sam & Dave!

"I Got Everything I Need" - Sam And Dave
(May/June 1966, uncharted B side
of "Hold On! I'm A Comin'")

#16 on my list of The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell - the dynamic duo,
Sam And Dave, with "I Got Everything I Need," the fine southern R&B
ballad on the flip side of their 1966 hit single "Hold On! I'm A Comin'."

Dell rat Tom on duty for you behind
the mic on S-P-M-M... where all the
cool oldies come to play. Up next, a
song by our blue-eyed soul brothers,
The Magnificent Men...
the white R&B/soul band 
from Central Pennsylvania.
I'm playing the B side of their
May 1967 single "I Could Be
So Happy."  Here now are
Dave Bupp, Buddy King
and The Mag Men with--
"You Changed My Life." 

"You Changed My Life" - The Magnificent Men
(May 1967, B side of "I Could Be So Happy") 

From the spring of 1967, another
Shady Dell "killer bee," a song
that was a popular pick on the
dance hall jukebox every night
the rest of the year and beyond,
the rousing Northern dancer
"You Changed My Life" by
our hometown heroes...
The Magnificent Men.

The Rodentia Intelligentsia
(Dell rats) had a knack for
discovering danceworthy
 songs on the B sides of
the Dell's jukebox 45s.
I decided to call those
frequently played
flips "killer bees."


Now here's another killer bee that was a genuine Jukebox Giant at the Dell
in 1966. Right off the bat, the wailing sax should tell you you're listening
to Motown musician Jr. Walker. This is the fab flip of a Dell doublesider
with "(I'm A) Road Runner" on the A side. Coming in at #85 on
the Shady Dell Top 200, Jr. Walker And The All Stars
with-- "Shoot Your Shot!"

“Shoot Your Shot” - Jr. Walker & the All Stars
(May/June 1966, uncharted B side of "(I'm A) Road Runner")

From the Shotgun album by Jr. Walker And The All Stars, that was
"Shoot Your Shot," released as the A side of a single in 1967, but first
released as the B side of a two-fer with "Road Runner" the featured song.
Dell dancers loved both tunes and played them heavily from late spring
through that endless summer of 1966... the greatest year of my life.

Dell Rat Tom running down the top hits
of The Shady Dell on S-P-M-M Retrosonic
Radio.  Up next, a song that was red hot
on the cold winter nights at the end of
1965, my first year as a Dell rat. 


Imagine the thrill as I hopped out of my car
in the Dell parking lot and heard this sound
blasting from the dance hall jukebox and
drifting out across the hillside in the frigid
night air. Here are the Four Tops and their
top 10 hit-- "Something About You!" 

"Something About You" - Four Tops
(Nov./Dec. 1965, highest chart pos.
#9 R&B/#12 Cash Box/#19 Hot 100)

A biggie at the Dell in the weeks leading up to Christmas in 1965,
that was "Something About You" by the Tops, one of my favorites by
the mighty men from Motown and #87 on my list of Greatest Dell Hits.

I need to stop the music for a minute,
because I'm closing today's show with
a surprise. Last spring, as you might
recall, my friend Jim Sieling in York
contacted me for the first time in ages.
Jim, the husband of Nancy Rae Sieling,
the niece of Dell owner John Ettline,
told me that he had recently acquired
a batch of records previously owned
by John and his wife Helen, most of
 them taken from the jukebox in the
Dell's dance hall. As Jim sifted thru
the records, he came upon one that
my first wife and I had mailed to
Helen & John in the early 70s.
You can read the story and
view that record here.

A few months after he surprised me with that picture of the Five Keys
"Close Your Eyes" 45 that we had gifted to John and Helen nearly
50 years ago, Jim contacted me with another surprise. He wrote:

"Tom – I found your name again – this time on a record sleeve.
Apparently you  may have donated some Christmas music. ...Jim" 

Jim attached this picture of a 45 rpm copy of Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" he found
in his Shady Dell record haul. The writing on the sleeve is apparently John's or Helen's,
because it is not mine or Karen's (Mrs. Shady #1).  It was Karen who signed our names
on the Five Keys record we sent. As it was in that other case, I don't remember sending
this record to Helen and John at the Dell, but the picture above is proof that I did.

Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" has special significance. The record showed up in
the Dell's dance hall jukebox every Christmas season from 1957 through the years
I hung out there, 1965-1971. Dell rats played the song often, along with the B side
"Captain Santa Claus." Clearly I sent this record to John & Helen because I knew
it would mean something to them, remind them of the years I had spent at my
home away from home, The Dell, and how much I appreciated them.

With Christmas almost upon us, I'd like to play both sides of this
much loved vintage Dell doublesider, beginning with the B side. 

I'll never forget the sight of Dell couples scurrying out onto the dance floor
and skipping around arm in arm in glee like merry little elves whenever this
giant played on the jukebox. Listen now as Bobby Helms sings us a story
about-- "Captain Santa Claus (And His Reindeer Space Patrol)." 

"Captain Santa Claus (And His Reindeer Space Patrol)"
Bobby Helms (Christmas 1957, B side of "Jingle Bell Rock") 

And finally, here's the A side of that
Bobby Helms single, an evergreen
holiday favorite across the U.S.
and at the Shady Dell. Thanks
again to my friend Jim Sieling
for thinking of me and sending
another picture that's worth
a thousand memories. 


Now this is your good buddy Dell Rat Tom
saying so long and reminding you to make
every day a holiday... and every night
a Shady Dell night!

"Jingle Bell Rock" - Bobby Helms
(Christmas 1957, highest chart pos. #6 Hot 100/#11 Cash Box