Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Ernest P. Worrell's Rock-A-Billygoat - Vol. 3:
Ernest Spins Old Gold That's Solid COLD!

...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

 Ernest P. Worrell's 

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


"Let Your Love Flow" - The Bellamy Brothers
(Mar./Apr. 1976, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

From West Central Florida, USA, Shady Del Knight's neck of the woods,
those were The Bellamy Brothers, David and Homer, kickin' off their
shoes and kickin' off today's show with the biggest hit of their
career, "Let Your Love Flow," a country crossover
chart-topper in the spring of '76.

Howdy, Vern! This here's your
old buddy Ernest P. Worrell. 
Like a bad penny, I done turned up
again here at Shady's Place.

Hey, Vern... gotta ask - is that a
Nutty Buddy in your pocket...
or are ya just happy to see me?
Hey, I got a dilly for ya, Vern...
Ever hear the one about the farmer's
daughter and the Roto-Rooter man?

Know somethin' Vern, life's full
of tough decisions, like which
drink'll hit the spot when
you're all hot and sweaty
 and wanna wet your whistle.
If you said PBR, then you're
my kinda guy and I'll save
you a stool down at Kenny's.
If you said sparklin' water...
you ain't from around here.

But when it comes to pickin'
a sodie pop to sip when I'm
hangin' on a ladder watchin'
you shingle your roof...
it's old Yeller for me.

That's right, Vern. Meller Yeller sure does hit the spot.
 It quenches your thirst and brings out the
flavor of your chewin' tobacca.

Guess what, Vern? While I'm busy sippin and
 supervisin', I thought you and me could listen to
another stack of grade A tunes. Sound like a plan?

Okay, Vern, my next platter's on the turntable so get ready
to tap your toes and whistle while you work, good buddy!

This is my third show on S-P-M-M
spinnin' the best of early rock & roll,
rock & roll revival, rockabilly, hill-
billy, traditional country, new country,
crossover country, you get the drift.
Seein' as how we're right smack dab
in the dead of winter, today's show
is a Solid Cold edition. Every
platter I'm playin' is served cold
with a cold open aka a cold intro.
Copy that, good buddy?

Ain't none of my beeswax, Vern...
but you look a little rough around
the edges this mornin'... like you
got tangled up with a junkyard dog.
What happened, Vern? Lemme guess.
Wifey caught you with stripper glitter
on your hands? Out all night and
runnin' wild... your woman sittin'
home with a month old child?
Well, I'll be ding, Roger Miller's
got just the thing, a ditty he wrote
just for you, Vern-- "Dang Me!"

"Dang Me" - Roger Miller
(June/July 1964, #1 Country/#7 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

That was bad boy Roger the Dodger
Miller with "Dang Me," a hit novelty
number from the summer of 1964,
#1 on the Country chart. Just 'tween
you and me, Vern, I done my share
of midnight ramblin'... and so have
these red hot hepcats, Gene Vincent
And His Blue Caps. In early 1958,
they made a run at the top 20 with
a platter that's tailor made for a
high school hop. It's called--
"Dance To The Bop!"

"Dance To The Bop" - Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps
(Dec. 1957/Jan. 1958, highest chart pos. #8 R&B/#23 Hot 100,
#36 Cash Box), perf. on Nov. 17, 1957, ep. of The Ed Sullivan Show

Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps with "Dance To The Bop," their last single
to reach the chart in the U.S., a record that made the top 10 on the R&B chart.
If you're watching my simulcast on YouTube, you saw a rare video of Gene
and his group doin' that song on an episode of The Ed Sullivan Show.

If you're just tuning in, I'm your
old buddy and new best friend
Ernest P. Worrell... and we're
 Rockin'-A-Billygoat here on
S-P-M-M Retrosonic Radio.
just a reminder, Vern, this is a
Solid Cold edition. Every song's
got a cold open. Up next, I'd like
you to meet a one hit wonder -
a little lady from Virginie who
was dubbed The Female Elvis
Presley. Janis Martin's here
to ask the musical question
-- "Will You Willuum?"

"Will You Willyum" - Janis Martin
(May 1956, highest chart pos. #35 Billboard's Coming Up Strong)

Landing a spot on Billboard's specialty
chart Coming Up Strong in the spring
of 1956, that was rockin' little mama
Janis Martin sounding like Elvis the
Pelvis and, if you ask me, sounding
even more like rockabilly queen
Wanda Jackson.

This Arkansas boy scored 42 hits on the
Country chart in the 70s and 80s. Let's
turn back the clock to his early years
when he was waxin' right good rock-
abilly records but not making much
noise on the chart. It's Narvel Felts
coverin' The Drifters' "Honey Love!"

"Honey Love" - Narvel Felts
(Feb. 1960, highest chart pos. #60 Hot 100)

From early 1960, That was rockabilly singer & guitarist Narvel Felts
doin' his version of "Honey Love," a #1 charting R&B hit for
Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters in 1954. I think young
Narvel sounds a heck of a lot like Clyde on that one.

Ernest P. Worrel of The Shady Bunch
deejay posse keeping you company
on the squawk box, and here's the
crossover country single that was
topping the national chart the day
President John F. Kennedy was
assassinated. It's the duo of
Dale And Grace singin' their
biggest hit and signature song
--"I'm Leavin' It Up To You!"

"I'm Leaving It Up To You" - Dale & Grace
(Oct./Nov. 1963, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

He's from Mississip and she's from down in Loozeeana. Sweet harmony there
from bitter time in American history... the duo of Dale Houston and Grace
Broussard singing "I'm Leavin' It Up To You," the most popular song in
the U.S.A. the day the president died. By the way, that Dale & Grace
biggie is a cover of a song written and originally recorded in 1957
by the rock 'n' roll duo Don And Dewey.

Hey, guess what, Vern?
I'm plumb outta time, dadgummit!

I need to scoot and skedaddle... but stay put. Coming up on
the flip side of Gary Owens' news, it's English rugby mum and
singing sensation Sarah Collins with another edition of her
series How Sarah Got Her Groove Back...  and I'll be
comin' round the moutain in two shakes of a jiffy
with another heapin' helpin' of toe tappin' tunes
 for your bobby sock high school hop, your
hillbilly hayride and your heartland
hoedown. It'll be a hoot!

Until next time, this is your old buddy
Ernest P. Worrell sayin' so long, don't take
any wooden nickels, and don't do anything
I wouldn't do... know what I mean Vern?


To play us off, here are them good ole Texas boys
England Dan and John Ford Coley with their chart-topper--
"I'd Really Love To See You Tonight!" See ya later, alligator!

"I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" - England Dan & John Ford Coley
(Aug./Sept. 1976, highest chart pos. #1 Adult Contemporary/#2 Hot 100,
#4 Cash Box, performance on The Midnight Special)

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Natural Hy - Vol. 6: How Cool - Solid COLD!

...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!


"Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)"
- The Temptations (June/July 1970, highest chart pos.
#1 Cash Box/#2 R&B/#3 Hot 100

"And the band played on." Starting us off with a heavy dose of
reality, those were The Temptations and "Ball of Confusion,"
a chart-topping hit for the Motown men in the summer of '70.

Calling all my beats, beards, Buddhist
cats, big time spenders, money lenders,
teetotalers, elbow benders, hog callers,
home run hitters, finger poppin’ daddies
and cool babysitters. For all my carrot
tops, lollipops and extremely delicate
gum drops. It's your pal on the radio,
Hyski ‘O Roonie McVouti ‘O Zoot
- “The South Philadelphia Kid” -
- "The Potentate of The Keystone
State" - callin' uptown, downtown,
crosstown, here, there, everywhere.
Your man with the plan, on the scene
with the record machine, welcoming
you to a special edition of my show
Natural Hy here on S-P-M-M.

News flash: it's winter, and I'm following Arnie Ginsburg's lead and playing
Solid ColdEvery record in today's lineup has a cold open, a cold intro.
That means no voice-overs by yours truly until we get to the end of 
the show. So hang out and chill as I spin these cool classics!

The ladies we're about to hear from next came from the world
of gospel music where they were known as The Heavenly Tones. 

They found fame on the secular side of the street as Little Sister,
backing singers for Sly And The Family Stone. In 1970, a month
before "Ball Of Confusion" started up the chart, the trio scored
major hit of their own. Hyski digs this sound to the max.
Solid Cold now from Little Sister and "You're The One!"

"You're The One" (Tom Moulton Mix) - Little Sister
(Mar./Apr. 1970, highest chart pos. #4 R&B,
#20 Cash Box/#22 Hot 100)

I'm the one..."You're The One."  That was Little Sister,
the girl trio formed by Sly Stone, doing their
Hy-performance R&B hit from
the spring of 1970.

Hy Lit, your man in the tower with all the power, giving you all the boogie
you can handle in stereo. If the show's called Solid Cold, then it's apropos
that The Ice Man cometh! It's smooth soul man Jerry Butler, who took
his mama's advice about life and love and put it the words of a song.
Here's a fab slab from the spring of 1969... Mr. Jerry Butler
topping the R&B chart with-- "Only The Strong Survive!"

"Only The Strong Survive" - Jerry Butler
(Mar./Apr. 1969, highest chart pos. #1 R&B,
#4 Hot 100/#5 Cash Boxfrom Nov 1968
album The Ice Man Cometh)

Got to be strong, got to hold on, 'cause only the strong survive.
Mama's words of wisdom delivered in the form of a song
by an early member of The Impressions, Jerry Butler,
dubbed The Ice Man by my pal, Philly radio great
Georgie Woods - The Guy with the Goods.

If you're just tuning in, you're catching a
special Solid Cold edition of Natural Hy
here on S-P-M-M Retro Radio. We're in
the middle of a 7-in-a-row commercial-
free block party, and every record
but the last has a cold open.

Let's slow things down and go old school
with this next one, a dreamy sound from
1960. Released on Halloween that year,
it's scary to know that a great song like
this one never made the chart. It's a doo-
wop era remake of a ballad originally
penned and recorded in 1936. You've
got a date with The Fabulous Four,
and they wanna meet you "In The
Chapel In The Moonlight."

"In The Chapel In The Moonlight" - The Fabulous Four
(Oct. 1960, B side of "Mr. Twist")

Not to be confused with The Fab Four - The Beatles - or The Fantastic Four
from the Motor City, those were The Fabulous Four from right here in
Philly, a fine doo-wop group led by Junior Pirollo. They were also
known as The Four J's. That great version of "In The Chapel In
The Moonlight" went to waste as the B side of "Mr. Twist,"
an up tempo dancer that failed to make the chart.

Hyski ‘O Roonie McVouti ‘O Zoot with
you on the radio here at S-P-M-M...
where we go huntin' for the great songs
of the past and bring 'em back alive.
On my turntable right now... one
of the coolest of all Solid Cold
dance songs, a peppy platter
waxed by rockin' & rollin'
R&B, blue-eyed soul man
Mitch Ryder and his band
The Detroit Wheels. Time
to sing along with Mitch
 as he gets the joint jumpin'
with- "Sock It To Me - Baby!"

"Sock It To Me - Baby!" - Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels
(Feb./Mar. 1967, highest chart pos. #4 Cash Box/#6 Hot 100)

That was Motor City wild man
Mitch Ryder and his Detroit
Wheels, cracking the top 5 in
'67 with "Sock It To Me - Baby!,"
a phrase Mitch used the previous
year in his hit single "Devil With
A Blue Dress On." In 1968,
"Sock it to me" became the
catchphrase of the TV series
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Hey you midnight movers and uptown
groovers, knock me your lobes— are
you ready for this? It's another hot
sound with a cold intro, this one
from the fall of '67. Get it on,
get into it, as my main man,
Mr. Brenton Wood, asks his
baby, pretty please, just
"Gimme Little Sign!"

"Gimme Little Sign" - Brenton Wood
(Sept./Oct. 1967, highest chart pos. #7 Cash Box/#9 Hot 100,
#19 R&B, perf. on Dec. 21, 1968, ep. of Top Of The Pops)

He was born Alfred Smith, but he found success as Brenton Wood,
and that was Brenton's contribution to our Solid Cold special, his 1968
appearance on Top Of The Pops in the UK doing "Gimme Little Sign."
Uh-oh, Shady D's giving me a little sign.  He's waving me off,
so it's time for me to put away my platters, turn off
the table and head for the exit.

Thanks for joining me for this
special Solid Cold edition.


 I wanna thank my guests Little Sister,
The Ice Man - Mr. Jerry Butler, the
Temptations, Fabulous Four, Billy
And The Essentials, Brenton Wood
and this wailin' sax man - Jr. Walker
& his All Stars - playing us off with
"Hip City," a top 10 sound from '68.
Stay tuned. Coming up on the B side
of news, my buddy Ernest P. Worrell
drops by to rock your billygoat on
SPMM, the station with personality.

And I'll be back soon to take you up to the sky on a Natural Hy.
Till then, till we meet again, this is Hy Lit reminding you to
maintain your cool, don't be nobody's fool. Later, baby!

"Hip City - Pt. 1" - Jr. Walker And The All Stars
(Sept. 1968, highest chart pos. #7 R&B,
#28 Cash Box/#31 Hot 100)

Friday, January 14, 2022

The Night Train Show with Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg -
Volume 1: Solid COLD Woo Woo for You You!

...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

  "WOO WOO" 

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


"Tallahassee Lassie" - Freddy Cannon
(June/July 1959, highest chart pos. #6 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

Brushing the top 5 in the summer of 1959, that was Boston's
own rock & roll legend Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon doing
his exciting debut single "Tallahassee Lassie," a song released
the following year on the album The Explosive! Freddy Cannon.

It's a frantic friendly Friday in Beantown
and I'm Arnie Ginsburg - The Woo Woo
(CHOO-CHOO WHISTLE) for you-you. Welcome aboard the The Night Train
Show on WMEX in Boston Mass.
For my first simulcast on YouTube
and on S-P-M-M Retro Radio, I'm
presenting a special Solid COLD
edition. Every record I play from
now on until the end of the show
has a cold open aka a cold intro.
Why? Because, in the late 50s
through mid 60s, when my
"Wimex" show was on the
air, many of the records
that made the top 40
had cold intros.

I'm all set to spin the tops in pops... so don't touch that dial.
The Night Train's next stop is the stage of the TV show Shindig!
 That's where we find Jay And The Americans, the fine group
from Queens, New York, set to do one of their biggest hits.
From The Woo Woo to you-you, this is-- "Cara Mia!"

"Cara, Mia" - Jay And The Americans
(July 1965, highest chart pos. #4 Hot 100 & Cash Box,
perf. on July 28, 1965, ep. of Shindig!)

That was "Cara, Mia," this week's number four score on the
Wimex Tunedex, the latest from Jay And The Americans
featuring Jay Black, their second lead singer, a man
nicknamed "The Voice." After hearing him croon
that tune, you know why.

I'm Arnie Ginsburg, and they nicknamed
me "Old Leather Lungs" and "Old Achin' Adenoids." You're hearing things on
WMEX Boston - 1510 on your radio
dial - and simulcasting on our sister
station S-P-M-M. Let me remind
you that every platter on tonight's
program is served COLD, meaning
that it has a cold open, so bundle up
and get ready to hear more top 40
gems hand plucked by yours truly
from the Good Guy survey. Here
comes another great one, a biggie
by Bobby Vee. Now that you've
won her heart and taken her
away, Bobby pleads to you--
"Take Good Care Of My Baby!"

"Take Good Care Of My Baby" - Bobby Vee
(Aug./Sept. 1961, highest chart pos. #1 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

From 1961, that was "Take Good Care Of My Baby," a number one smash
by Bobby Vee who was fabulous no matter if he was singing rock & roll,
rockabilly or pop. Bobby's career was born The Day The Music Died
when rock & roll legend Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash
on the way to a gig, and Bobby and his band filled-in at the last
minute. In a fateful decision, Dion DiMucci, one of the show's
headliners, decided not to take that doomed flight.

In case you forgot, I'm Arnie Ginsburg,
WOO WOO-ing you (TOOT TOOT!)
with the best sounds in Beantown.
I'm your man in the night, here to
satisfy your musical appetite.
We're smack dab in the middle
of a 7-in-a-row commercial free
cruise on The Night Train Show
coming to you from "The Big X"
in Boston and simulcasting on
S-P-M-M Retrosonic Radio.

Now here's the Wimex Pick-to-Click
by a group called The Demilles, also
known as The Camerons. If they
sound like Dion & The Belmonts
it's because, singing bass on this
record, is Carlo Mastrangelo, an
original member of The Belmonts
with and without Dion DiMucci.
Listen to The Demilles and their
song about-- "Donna Lee!"

"Donna Lee" - The Demilles
(Feb. 1964, uncharted)

The Woo Woo here for you you on
S-P-M-M. While the others are
blabbin', I'm slabbin' - playing
the greatest records you ever
heard, plus the greatest records
you never heard. I just spun a
platter by The Demilles doing
their darndest to battle back
against the British Invasion
with a great homegrown sound,
a jumpin' retro-style doo-wop
ditty called "Donna Lee."

More music in a minute, but first,
check out the hit record I made
with the guys down at Adventure
Car Hop on Route 1 in Saugus!


It's The Ginsburg Go on Color Radio,
and the Wimex Tunedex don't be
late for your date on a Friday nite
(CUCKOO!) cuckoo time is 8:15.

I'm the Woo-Woo, Arnie Ginsburg, your
 host up and down the New England coast,
and this is The Night Train Show on
WMEX Boston and S-P-M-M... where
we go huntin' for the great sounds of
yesteryear and bring 'em back alive.
Our Million Dollar Weekend is just
getting started, and here's another
Solid COLD blast from the past.
From three years ago on the
Ginsburg Show, a rebound sound
from 1959. R&B man Lloyd Price
has an important announcement-- 
"I'm Gonna Get Married!"

"I'm Gonna Get Married" - Lloyd Price
(Sept. 1959, highest chart pos. #1 R&B/#2 Cash Box/#3 Hot 100)

You're tuned to 15-10 WMEX in Boston
town and beamed into your home on
S-P-M-M Retrosonic Radio. We're
riding the Night Train and I'm your
conductor, Arnie Ginsburg, The Woo-
Woo. You just heard Looziana R&B
great Lloyd Price break the news
that he's gonna get married, a
chart-topper in the fall of '59.
Wedding bells were ringing
that same year for a guy
named Johnny Maestro.
Heeeer's Johnny with
his group The Crests
and-- "I Do!"

"I Do" - The Crests
(May/June 1959, B side of "Six Nights A Week")

From the Good Guys survey, that was Johnny Maestro and his group
The Crests with the B side of their 1959 record "Six Nights A Week,"
walking down the aisle of love and singing their vows on-- "I Do." 
When I get hitched I'm gonna say "I Woo!" (BICYCLE HORN)

Golly, that's all the time I have for this Solid COLD edition of my
Night Train Show. I hope you had a good time because I sure did.


Stay tuned, coming up after Gary Owens
and the news, my good buddy Hy Lit
will be along with a special Solid Cold
edition of his show Natural Hy, and
I'll be back soon with more of my
Good Guy gold here on S-P-M-M...
the #1 station for a rock & roll nation.
To play us off, Rock & Roll Hall of
 Famer Duane Eddy and his twangy
guitar going top 3 on the chart in the
summer of '60 with the instrumental
theme from the Dick Clark movie
Because They're Young. Till next
time this is your pal on the radio,
Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg,
 saying so long and take care!

"Because They're Young" - Duane Eddy
(June/July 1960, highest chart pos. #3 Cash Box/#4 Hot 100,
theme from Apr. 1960 film Because They're Young)

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Helen & John Week: I Only Have Eyes For You


Two important dates on
the Shady Dell calendar
are only one week apart:
Helen Ettline's birthday
(January 9) and the date
of John Ettline's death
(January 16).

Again this year I am combining
the two events into a single post
that honors both of the Ettlines.
Just think of this period in mid
January as "Helen & John Week."


was born 111 years ago
on January 9, 1911.


died January 16, 1993... 
29 years ago...

John spent the last nine years of his life
without Helen. Imagine the strength and
courage it took for John, a man in his 80s,
to go it alone, enduring the hardships of
winter and keeping the Dell in operation
even as the teenage patrons became
increasingly rough, rowdy and dis-
respectful. How many of us could
have stood up to that challenge?

As we celebrate Helen's birthday and remember John, I will play songs
I think they both would have enjoyed. This year's tribute to The Ettlines
is a medley of boomer era songs performed by a gifted young vocalist.

Meet sweet rising star
Ellie Maxwell. 

Ellie was born on Valentines's Day, 2008, in South Africa. Her middle name,
translated from her native Zulu language, means "Love." Ellie currently
lives on Manitoulin Island off the coast of Ontario, Canada. She has
made numerous appearances on Canadian TV and delights a
growing legion of fans on her YouTube channel performing
original songs as well as covers. Surely, Helen and John
 knew the songs Ellie is about to sing in today's set,
and I think they would smile and nod their
approval as they listened to the vocal
styling of this talented young artist.

Ellie's first number is an Academy Award winning song composed by
Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer and originally performed by
Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's. Over the years,
it has been recorded by many artists including Mancini & his Orchestra,
Jerry Butler and UK singer Danny Williams. Here's Ellie Maxwell with
her version of-- "Moon River." 

"Moon River" - Audrey Hepburn cover by Ellie Maxwell (August 2021) 

In the summer of 1965, the Burt Bacharach - Hal David song
"What The World Needs Now Is Love," sung by Jackie DeShannon,
vaulted to the top of the chart in Canada. Dionne Warwick released
a version of the song on her 1966 album Here Where There Is Love.
Here's Canadian miss Ellie Maxwell with her heartfelt rendition.

"What The World Needs Now" - Dionne Warwick cover by Ellie Maxwell (July 2021) 

From the 1961 Elvis Presley album and movie Blue Hawaii
comes this next tender ballad. Here again is Ellie Maxwell
singing-- "Can't Help Falling In Love." 

"Can't Help Falling In Love" - Elvis Presley cover by Ellie Maxwell (Mar. 2021) 

In the fall of 1959, Canadian-American singer/songwriter Paul Anka
hit big with a love ballad that became one of his signature songs.
Watch and listen as Canada's rising star Ellie Maxwell does
her 2020s cover of-- "Put Your Head On My Shoulder." 

"Put Your Head On My Shoulder" - Paul Anka cover by Ellie Maxwell (May 2021) 

I saved for last the two performances I think are Ellie's best. The "prop"
Ellie uses in Pick to Click #1 would work well on a cover of Paul Anka's
"Puppy Love," and her voice is like butter as she sings The Penguins'
chart-topping 1955 signature song-- "Earth Angel."

"Earth Angel" - The Penguins cover by Ellie Maxwell (Oct. 2021) 

Finally, I present Ellie's wonderful cover of a dreamy romantic ballad
written for the 1934 movie Dames and popularized in 1959 by
another doo-wop "bird group" - The Flamingos. The song,
as sung by The Flamingos, ranks high on Rolling Stone
magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Here now is my second Pick to Click - a singing
performance and video that are pure magic
from start to finish. For Helen and John
and all the young men and women who
fell in love on the Dell dance floor-
"I Only Have Eyes For You." 

"I Only Have Eyes For You" - The Flamingos cover by Ellie Maxwell (June 2021) 




John, you were the King of all Dell Rats.
If we have anything to say about it, you
and Helen will always be remembered.

We love you and miss you, too!