Thursday, January 5, 2023

Alan, Denny, Cisco, Chris, Allie, Wolfman, Nina, Kate and Thea Join The Shady Bunch - 2023 New Year Gala, Pt. 2


"Love You Inside Out" - Bee Gees
(dance performed by Legs & Co on
Apr. 26, 1979, ep. of Top Of The Pops

For your listening and especially your viewing pleasure, the dancing damsels
of Legs & Co on the long-running UK music program Top Of The Pops,
doing their artistic interpretation of "Love You Inside Out," a chart-
topping hit in the U.S. and Canada in the spring of 1979
for the British brother act the Bee Gees. 

Hello and Happy New Year!
I'm Alan Shore, the lecherous loose
cannon lawyer on not one, but two
hit television series - The Practice
and Boston Legal.

Welcome to Part 2 of Shady's
gala New Year extravaganza...
kicking-off 2023 in grand
style with music selections
from the newest members
of The Shady Bunch
deejay staff. 

My new show on S-P-M-M Retrosonic Radio is called
Letch Dance
With Alan Shore.
It will feature dazzling performances by Legs & Co, Pan's People and
Ruby Flipper, the female terpsichore troupes on Top Of The Pops.

Occasionally I will treat you to rare glimpses of the dancing Go-Go girls
on Germany's Musikladen and other European music programs of the 70s. 

 So join me and my sidekick Denny Crane this year on what promises to be
the most exciting and entertaining show ever presented at Shady's Place -
Letch Dance
With Alan Shore.

Pan's People...
Ruby Flipper...
Legs & Co...
I dated 'em all,
 and married 5 of
'em...or was it 6?
Denny Crane!

Hola mis amigos
y amigas!

As you recall from my previous
appearances, I'm Cisco Ramon...
mechanical engineering whiz kid
and youngest member of the team
of scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs on
the superhero TV series The Flash.
When I developed the metahuman
ability to see into the future, I took
the codename "Vibe." This year,
I am joining The Shady Bunch
DJ squad as host of a new show
on S-P-M-M Retro Radio called

VintaGe Vibes.
Just now, I peered into the future and saw good times ahead for you and me
on S-P-M-M. Here's a sample of what you'll see and hear on my show.


From late 1970, the pop-jazz band Blood, Sweat & Tears led by
David Clayton-Thomas with their top 20 hit-- "Lucretia Mac Evil!"

"Lucretia Mac Evil" - Blood, Sweat & Tears
(Nov. 1970, highest chart pos. #17 Cash Box/#29 Hot 100)

Hi, Everybody! It's me again,
Chris Griffin, the crazy mixed-up kid
on Family Guy. As you know from my
previous stints on Shady's blogs, I am
also a world class talent scout. Today
I'm excited to announce that Shady
has promoted me to a full time DJ
on S-P-M-M radio. Starting this
year, I will host my new show

Chris Griffin's
Psychotic Break

...a musical interlude that will
put you in touch with your
inner wild child. 

To give you a hint of what's to come on my show, I present a song by Ratt,
the San Diego-based glam metal band of the 80s fronted by Stephen Pearcy.
Ratt is associated with comedy legend Milton Berle because he appeared in
two of the band's videos, and because "Uncle Miltie," as he was known by
millions of TV viewers, was the real life uncle of Ratt manager Marshall
Berle. Here now is Ratt on stage doing their top 40 Rock chart hit
from the fall of 1985-- "You're In Love!"

"You're In Love" - Ratt
(Oct./Nov. 1985, highest chart pos. #34 U.S. Rock,
#67 Canada/#82 UK/#89 Hot 100)

Hi, I'm Allie Pressman. Shady introduced
me last year.  As you recall, I'm the main
character on the mystery drama web TV
series The Society. The show is about
a group of high school classmates who
return from a field trip to discover that
everyone in their town has vanished.
The teens need to figure out how to
survive on their own, govern and
police themselves and forge a
brave new world. My new show
here on S-P-M-M will be called

Society's Child.

It is only fitting that the records
I play flash back to the late 60s
when gentle people with flowers
in their hair created a new society
and tried to make a better world.


Here's the kind of song you'll hear on Society's Child...
Scottish troubadour Donovan's 1968 hit-- "Jennifer Juniper!" 

"Jennifer Juniper" - Donovan
(Apr. 1968, highest chart pos. # #18 Cash Box/#26 Hot 100)


Happy New Year, bay-bay, from your old pal on the radio The Wolfman!
Yes, gracious, I'm back full time on S-P-M-M... the number one station for
a rock & roll nation.  Starting this year, I'll be hosting a new show called

 Wolfman Jack'
 AmericaHot Wa

...and here's a sample of the kind of sounds you'll hear.  It's the merry
Mr. Chuck Berry with a blast from the past... a chart topper
in the early months of 1958-- "Sweet Little Sixteen!" 

"Sweet Little Sixteen" - Chuck Berry
(Mar. 1958, highest chart pos. #1 R&B/#2 Hot 100 & Cash Box,
perf. on Feb. 22, 1958, ep. of The Dick Clark Show
aka Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beechnut Show

Hello. I am Nina Sergeevna Krilova.
Do not believe what you read in
the newspaper. I come to you

 From Russia 
 With Love! 

I am a clerical worker turned KGB agent
on the FX network period spy thriller TV
show The Americans. I work at Soviet
Embassy in Washington, but much of
my time is you Americans
say?... making whoopee in safe house
with my secret lover, FBI agent Stan
Beeman. I serve him as an informant,
a "double agent." Yes, it is true. I am
Stan Beeman' you Americans
say?... under the covers angel.

Recently I received good news. Shady Del Knight has picked me to host
my own show starting soon here on S-P-M-M Retrosonic Radio. 


My show is called
 Nina Krilova's Glasnost 
...and I have a sample of what you might hear. It's Nancy Sinatra
with the B side of her 1966 hit "How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?"
Here is-- "The Last Of The Secret Agents!" 

"The Last Of The Secret Agents?" - Nancy Sinatra
(May/June 1966, B side of "How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?") 

Alrigh’ mates? I'm D.I. Kate Bishop on the British comedy-drama police procedural
Vexed. I'm the better half of a detective duo with my partner, Jack Armstrong,
a relationship that's every bit as dysfunctional as my marriage. 


I was chuffed to bits when I got word that Shady Del Knight has
selected me and six other celebrity Brit birds to host our own
radio show on S-P-M-M. Our new show is called
..and here's a sample. From early 1967, it's The Spencer Davis Group
featuring singer-songwriter Steve Winwood doing their Hammond
organ-driven blues rock hit-- "I'm A Man!" 

"I'm A Man" - Spencer Davis Group
(Apr./May 1967, highest chart pos. #10 Hot 100 & Cash Box)

Hi, again!  I'm Thea Queen. You might remember me from my previous
appearances and hosting stints at Shady's rave parties. Just in case your
memory needs refreshing, I'm Oliver's kid sister and the vigilante
avenger codename "Speedy" on the DC Comics superhero TV
series Arrow. I also am the owner of Verdant, Star City's
hottest nightclub. With credentials like those, it's no
surprise that Shady picked me to go full time and
host my own show on S-P-M-M. I'll be back
later this year with the cool sounds of
the Disco 70s and clubbin' 80s on
Thea Queen of Clubs
... a show that'll keep you out on the floor and begging for more. 


I hope you enjoyed this 2-part music fest to start the new year. To play us off,
here's The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, with "Last Dance," her top 5 hit
from the summer of '78. Donna performs the song in a scene from the film
Thank God It's Friday. Now for Kate Bishop, Nina Krilova, Wolfman Jack,
Allie Pressman, Chris Griffin, Cisco Ramon, Alan Shore and Denny
Crane, I'm Thea Queen saying goodbye and have a super year!

"Last Dance" - Donna Summer
(July/Aug. 1978, highest chart pos. #3 Hot 100/#4 Cash Box,
#5 R&B, scene from May 1978 film Thank God It's Friday

Wolfman Jack's American Hot Wax
Another Shady's Place exclusive!


  1. Good day, Tom! It's a beautiful, chilly morning in east Tennessee. Holy moly, I like the mini komos Legs & Co are wearing. I'll have to show this to DH. It's sure to make his day. :) I remember quit well the Bee Gees song, "Love You Inside and Out". Chuck Berry's "Little Sweet Sixteen" sounds a bit like the Beach Boys "Surfin' USA" or am I thinking of another of their songs but anyway, you probably picked up on it. At first I thought the only tunes featured in today's line up that I knew would be the first and last ones but I instantly recognized the "I'm A Man" once it began playing. The disco queen, Donna Summer, had an amazing voice. What a powerhouse and man, did she know how to get you up on your feet! Thanks for the great fun and music this morning. Have a terrific day!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      It's great to see you, dear friend! Thanks for coming over first thing to claim this week's Early Bird title.

      Yessum, aren't those costumes worn by Legs & Co pretty? It used to be very rare to find top quality clips of the various dance troupes on the British music TV series Top Of The Pops. Lately, I am finding some nicely restored HD videos with synced sound that use remastered versions of the original studio recordings. That's what you see and hear in that Bee Gees vid, making it seem like that episode was produced only yesterday instead of way back in 1979.

      You have good ears, Cathy. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys was inspired by the music of Chuck Berry. He took Chuck's rhythm & blues recording "Sweet Little Sixteen" and gave it a California surf sound, resulting in a top 3 chart hit for The Beach Boys - "Surfin' U.S.A."

      I'm glad you also recognized "I'm A Man," a major national hit for the SDG and ranked #73 on my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell.

      Isn't that Donna Summer song wonderful? I thoroughly enjoyed watching that scene from Thank God It's Friday this morning when I checked the post immediately after publication. Donna surely was the queen of disco.

      I'm delighted that you got so much enjoyment from Part 2 of my New Year special. Thanks again for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Cathy!

  2. Good.morning mr. Shady! It's finally nice here qith a some chill in the air which is needed. That first one quth the dancing ladies was fun to watch. It sounded like Surfin USA.
    I'm loving the music even the really heavy metal one. Well, not ao much them but look at the clothes they.qoee back stage. I lovethe song qith all the hornS..sounds great and miss these sounds's music. Anyway, it was wonderful and ending it with Donna Summer is perfect. Have a beautiful day on your hot weather.

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thanks for being a Same Day Sally this week, dear friend. As the second person through the gate, you take home the silver!

      Yessum, did you see Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, Groucho and Harpo Marx and other vintage stars in that Ratt video? I'll bet Milton Berle had something to do with making all that footage available for the project, seeing as how the band's manager was a family member.

      I too thoroughly enjoyed listening to BS&T and their brassy hit "Lucretia Mac Evil." The song was big in my neck of the woods, but is seldom heard in the 21st century, at least in my experience. Glad you also liked Donna Summer's showender "Last Dance (last chance for romance)."

      Yessum, it's too warm for January here in Florida. That freak snowstorm I was hoping for never materialized! :).

      Thanks again for coming down for a visit, dear friend BB. Enjoy the rest of your week and have a safe and happy weekend skunk hunting with my buddy Harley!

  3. I gotta say, Chris Griffin is good as a DJ.
    I remember the Donna Summer song and it's hard to believe she's gone.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for swinging over for Part 2 of my New Year 2023 spectacular, good buddy!

      Chris Griffin has probably appeared on my two blogs more often than any other character, yet he was never given a full-time position as a Shady Bunch DJ. That will change this year as Chris joins the staff and his Psychotic Break show gains a slot on the Shady's Place program schedule.

      Yes, poor Donna Summer has been gone more than ten years now. She died too young while residing down here in my neck of the woods. Wiki sez there are several factors that could have contributed to her early demise: "Summer died on May 17, 2012, aged 63, at her home in Naples, Florida, from lung cancer. A nonsmoker, Summer theorized that her cancer was caused by inhaling toxic fumes and dust from the September 11 attacks in New York City; she was in her apartment near Ground Zero when the attacks occurred. However, some reports have instead attributed the cancer to Summer's smoking during her younger years, her continued exposure to second-hand smoking while performing in clubs well after she had quit, and a predisposition to this disease in the family." As this showender video reveals, Donna Summer was the vivacious queen of disco, so much fun to watch, listen and dance to.

      Thanks again for dropping by, good buddy Alex. Have a great Thursday, Friday and weekend. I hope you'll come back and visit again soon!

  4. I don't think I remember the BS&T number, but I sure do love brass in a rock band. I think that's one of the reasons I always loved Chicago's music.

    My son-in-law and I were discussing Nancy Sinatra last month and I'm not a big fan of her voice. I sometimes wonder if she would have been as successful if not for her father's influence. (and he's definitely not my favorite of the rat pack)

    What's not to like about Donna Summer?!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      I'm thrilled to see you, dear friend! Thanks for coming early on day one to check out Part 2 of my salute to 2023.

      I'm happy to have introduced you to one of the hits by Blood, Sweat & Tears that you don't recall. I had a great time experiencing (and proofreading) this post just after publishing it, especially when I got to "Lucretia Mac Evil," because it is seldom heard (at least to me) in the 21st century, and because the original recording has been expertly remastered, making it sound better than ever before. I bought that BS&T album in late 1968 or early 1969 while attending college. It's release coincided with the rise of Chicago, The Ides of March and other brassy horn bands. Add the Latin rhythms and superb musicianship of Santana to the mix, and I think you'll agree that it was simply a great period in popular music.

      Can you believe that Nancy Sinatra is 82 this year? Nancy started releasing singles in 1961 and went hitless on the U.S. pop chart until 1965, then BOOM! - "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" put her on top of the heap at #1. It's just a great song and would have turned any female vocalist into an instant star. Of course, Nancy had the famous Sinatra name as her calling card, so we'll never know for sure if she could have made it on her own merits without it, or even got a start in the business to begin with. My favorite Rat Packer is Peter Lawford!

      I'm so happy that you and other friends are giving thumbs up to Disco Queen Donna Summer. Thanks again for coming over, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

    2. My favorite is/was Dean Martin. Followed by Sammy Davis Jr. ūüėÉ

    3. Hi, Kelly!

      Well I certainly liked Dean, too, and I also liked Joey Bishop, I might add. I think I liked Peter Lawford because, as a boy, I regularly watched his TV series The Thin Man co-starring Phyllis Kirk. That series was based on the1934 novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett (Did you ever read it?) and the Thin Man movie series that starred William Powell and Myrna Loy.

      By the way, Phyllis Kirk co-starred in one of the first horror movies I ever saw as a child, House of Wax, starring Vincent Price. Imagine my excitement. I was age three and saw it in a theater presented in 3D! The 1953 Warner Bros. film was a remake of the studio's 1933 movie Mystery of the Wax Museum. As Wiki informs us, House of Wax (1953) was << the first 3D film with stereophonic sound to be presented in a regular theater and the first color 3D feature film from a major American studio. >> I highly recommend the Vincent Price mystery-horror movie House of Wax.

      Thanks for coming back to chat, dear friend Kelly!

  5. Hi dear friend,

    I'm already in a love buzz, and Ratt, the Bee Gees, and Donna Summer just add to it. You always select a playlist at the right time. :)

    I'm not familiar with the other songs, but I like them. Can't go wrong with Nancy Sinatra and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. I like your new series and can't wait to see more.

    Happy Thankful Thursday, dear friend Shady.

    1. Hi Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for popping in for Part 2 of my New Year 2023 gala, dear friend!

      By naming the Bee Gees and Donna Summer as two of your Picks To Click, you are aligned with other friends who have commented so far. I am also very pleased that you, BB and Alex responded favorably to the 1980s glam metal band Ratt, the guys remembered as much for their connection to comedy legend Milton Berle as for their groovy rock anthems.

      I was excited to come across the Nancy Sinatra and BS&T songs in brilliantly remastered form for your listening pleasure and mine.

      Yessum, I think you'll like all of the new series represented in this two-parter, especially Chris Griffin's show which will feature hard rock and metal.

      Thanks again for joining the Part 2 fun, dear friend JM. Happy TT to you as well and enjoy your Friday and weekend!

  6. The Bee Gees have always been good. They have so many good songs. I grew up in the 70's so I heard a lot of their music when I was a kid.

    I watched some of the two shows that James Spader was in but I mostly know him from The Blacklist. That is such a good show.

    The Flash was such a good show. I think there is only one more season.

    This is so funny. When I saw the song, Blood, Sweat & Tears...I thought it was the song from the KPOP band BTS. lol They have a song titled that as well. However I did not know this one.

    I used to listen to Ratt when I was a teenager in the 80's. Always liked that song.

    I'm always happy to see Wolfman Jack again. My grandma had that Chuck Berry record and she played it when I lived with her. That brought back some good memories.

    Donna Summer was huge back when I was a kid. The other songs not mentioned were new to me though.

    Have a great week and Falcor says hello.

    1. Hi, Mary!

      Welcome in, dear friend! I'm happy to see you and glad I didn't need to go dumpster diving to find your comment this week. :)

      Yessum, The Bee Gees were prolific and terrific. When you compare their 1960s hits with their 1970s disco anthems, they seem like two different acts. I actually prefer their early career output, because it helped form the soundtrack of my teenage youth.

      Yessum, Mrs. Shady and I watched and loved Spader in The Practice, Boston Legal and The Blacklist. We also watch The Flash, Supergirl and Legends Of Tamale. The stars of those DC superhero series are getting old looking for their characters, and their respective shows will soon be ending. i was sad to see Cisco leave The Flash.

      I was not familiar with the South Korean boy band BTS aka Bangtan Boys until just now when I Wikied them. I see that they indeed released a song entitled "Blood Sweat & Tears" just before Halloween, 2016. Thanks for letting me know about that, Mary.

      I'm happy to know you were a Ratt fan back in the day, and I already knew that you loved Wolfman Jack, because you have told me so in previous comments. Thanks for sharing the memory of your grandma playing that Chuck Berry biggie when you were little. From now on, you can look for The Wolfman's new series American Hot Wax to run in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Everyone who has commented about Donna Summer has had something nice to say. Thanks for letting me know that the Disco queen was huge when you were young. Donna cranked out many excellent dance ditties that have stood the test of time.

      Awww... I love Falcor! Thanks for letting me know that my bowwow buddy gave me a shout-out. I wish I were there to give him a good scratchin'. Thanks again for joining the fun, Mary. I'll be over to see you at Dark Thoughts tomorrow and Sunday. Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend!

  7. Hi Shady! Happy New Year Part 2! This was another fun spin for me. I enjoyed watching Legs and've had them on before I believe...but if not I enjoyed them this time! All the songs were great but I really loved the Chuck Berry song with good old Dick Clark. When I hear him sing I go back to future with Michael J. Fox's movie...what was that movie? Oh yeah, Back To The Future! and it's dance scene. Then there's the dance scene with Donna Summer and the contrast of styles betwix her and Chuck.. So fun! Hearing Nancy Sinatra reminded me of the TV special I watched during this past Christmas season. It was Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and all their families singing. It's amazing how much time has gone by as their "kids" are now either Senior Citizens or have passed away. I guess these posts of yours brings out the nostalgia in me! Speaking of nostalgia, the "Jennifer Juniper" song brings back my youth of the sixties and the flowers in the hair and love everywhere vibe. Yep, trying to change the world with love and peace and mind bending drugs didn't really do much when Vietnam arrived. Oh well, time has gone but I know I will always get thrown back with all your new DJ's as well as the past ones. You have so many that I find it hard to believe there's that much time left in 2023 to feature it all! I guess I'll just have to tune in and find out! Sorry I'm late commenting as I've worked all week and I also really need to blog myself. My sister is coming for a week visit along with Hope so I'm sure I'll be doing more posts soon. Have a wonderful weekend Shady and sorry my comment is soooo long!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      I'm excited to have you over, dear friend. Thanks for coming to the Part 2 platter party!

      Yessum, in previous posts, including Alan Shore's sneak preview, you saw choreographed routines by Legs & Co, Pan's People and Ruby Flipper, the dance troupes that performed in the 1960s, 70s and 80s on the UK music TV show Top Of The Pops. Those popular dancing damsels will be the main focus of Alan & Denny's new SPMM radio series Letch Dance coming soon.

      How about that nicely restored Chuck Berry performance from early 1958? In the last couple of years, YouTubers have been uploading many cleaned-up videos taken from the Dick Clark Show aka Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beechnut Show. You can usually tell when you are watching a clip from that TV series because most of the teens in the audience are chewing the B-nut gum that the sponsor handed out as they entered the theater.

      Ha! Coincidentally, we just watched Back To The Future yesterday. For the past few weeks, Mrs. Shady and I have been entertaining a house guest, her retarded brother (age 62, mental age 5) who left his group home in San Diego in mid December and flew across the country to stay with us through Christmas, New Year and into mid January. He loves to watch the boob tube, and it's been one Elvis Presley movie after another day after day. Yesterday, for a change, I put Back To The Future on for him, because he is also fond of Michael J. Fox, and because he loves old time rock & roll. We also watched a couple of Johnny Cash movies because Johnny is also one of his idols.

      Oh, yes, if you watch those old Christmas specials with the stars and their families singing carols, it's bound to bring a tear or two, because so many of them are gone now or gown old. I'm glad you appreciated the Donna Summer performance in that movie musical and Nina Krilova's Pick To Click - Nancy Sinatra's seldom heard, brilliantly remastered 1966 novelty number "The Last Of The Secret Agents?," the B side of Nancy's hit "How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?"

      You are the first person to mention the Donovan ditty. I'm happy to know it brings back fond memories of the late 60s when love was all around and everywhere you looked there were gentle people with flowers in their hair. I wish I could go back and plant myself there and never leave!

      My goodness, please don't apologize for writing a long comment, YaYa! It's flattering to me. It shows that you took time time to listen to the songs and express something about them, including associated memories. That's what Shady Dell Music & Memories and Shady's Place Music & Memories have always been about - teaching - learning - sharing & caring.

      I'm delighted to know that Midge and Hope dog are coming to The Pines. I hope they have favorable weather and good road conditions for the trip there and back. Thanks again, very much, for making time to visit after a long work week. I greatly appreciate it. Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend YaYa. I'll be over to see you and your family at Whispering Pines when you put up your next post. Stay well and be happy!

  8. Hey Shady, better late than never I say. I remember hearing Donna Summer's Last Dance a lot when I was out clubbing in my youth! It was usually the song they played when it was almost time to close the bar. I like the Spencer Davis Group's I'm A Man too. I only really remember two of Nancy Sinatra's songs, Boots and Something Stupid that she sang with her dad. I keep meaning to start binge watching Boston Legal but life keeps getting in the way.

    This weekend is the big push to get MIL into her own house. She's been staying with us while we get her place situated but I want to sleep in my own bed soon and I'm really missing my studio! Hopefully with some dedicated hours of organizing, I can make that happen! Have a great weekend buddy.

    1. Hi, Janet!

      Thanks for being here for new Year 2023 Part 2, dear friend! I was very worried the other day when I read that a monster storm was sweeping into the S.F. area. I trust you weren't hit very hard because you didn't mention it. Wouldn't it have been awful if a major storm struck your area when you were in the middle of moving your MIL into her new dwelling? I hope she likes her new place and being in close proximity to her son and to you and Benny.

      Yessum, I remember many nights at clubs when "Last Dance" played immediately after the deejay announced, "Last call for alcohol." When the song ended, the house lights went on and people, looking very much like deer caught in headlights, filed out of the venue and headed home or someplace for breakfast.

      I'm pleased that you and friend Cathy both singled out the Spencer Davis Group and their hit "I'm A Man," a biggie on the national U.S. chart and a jukebox hit at the Shady Dell.

      Yessum, I hope you get around to watching Boston Legal. For the sake of continuity, it helps to first watch The Practice, because the Alan Shore character is introduced on that show and is featured prominently in 22 of its final episodes. Denny Crane is also introduced on The Practice, paving the way for Alan to jump ship and take a position at Denny's law firm - Crane, Poole & Schmidt. I highly recommend both legal comedy dramas.

      Thanks again for joining the Part 2 fun and stick around for more music and memories from your boomer youth coming up throughout the year. It's a pleasure to entertain you. Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Janet, and best of luck with the big effort to move Bill's mom into her new place. I hope all goes smoothly!

  9. Hi Shady! This is a true "rip rockin'" post! I have to confess, I will probably not remember all the names of your newly chosen DJ's, except of course Wolfman Jack and the adorable James Spader! I'll not forget our favorite William Shatner who I only kind of started liking about 10 years ago! That's another story!
    What a great group of videos, songs and memories! I saw Blood Sweat and Tears in concert somewhere around the 70's in Kansas City, and they are not my favorites, I think, because of too much brass! I did, however, enjoy the video of Lucretia Mac Evil very much.

    Shady, your crew presented so many good songs from the past that I still love. Ratt, I love them! "You're In Love" is a good song-great vocals and high energy arrangements kept my interest in this group!
    I always liked Nancy Sinatra and "The Last of The Secret Agents" is a cute song, but I favor the flip side "How Does That Grab You Darlin'." She's another songstress with a unique voice. Donovan was so popular, and I give him credit for a fine voice, but I was not a follower. I do remember "Jennifer Juniper".
    The Bee Gees were always the greatest in everything and are sorely missed. Another great song, "Love You Inside Out" is great, and I know Shady is so attached to his "Legs & Company" dance troop! They are a fine group of ladies!

    I agree, Donna Summer is the "queen of Disco" and may this beauty rest in peace. "Last Dance" rocked on for years and is a classic! It was played a lot in the dance clubs as one of the best dance songs, disco or not!

    Well, Shady and crew, you got me! No worries, I didn't forget Spencer Davis, "I'm a Man". He's certainly my man at lead vocals and keyboards! Love these guys. They have the ability to get you on your feet!

    Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" was one of our first of many favorite Rock and Roll songs to dance to! Great video

    Well, Shady it's time for me to get with it and do something! I'm slowly working on getting my Christmas tree down, ugh. I enjoyed this post very much. I hope you and Mrs. Shady are doing well. Take care, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I'm thrilled to see you again, dear friend! Thanks for taking time to have some fun and listen to some tunes at your home away from home - Shady's Place!

      Yessum, dynamic personalities like Wolfman Jack, Alan Shore and Denny Crane are hard to forget. I know you will enjoy their quirks and humor as they go full time this year as Shady Bunch DJs and begin hosting their shows. Remember James Spader in his mid 1980s movies Pretty In Pink, Mannequin and Less Than Zero?

      It's neat that you saw the brassy jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears in concert. Keep in mind that BS&T went through major lineup changes and recorded in a variety of styles. The first iteration of the group, from their formation in 1967 through the spring of 1968, was the Al Kooper era. In April of '68, Kooper, their keyboardist and lead vocalist, left the band over creative differences, ushering in the David Clayton-Thomas era, the period during which the band enjoyed its greatest success and headlined at Woodstock. As I think I have told you before, I met and had drinks with David Clayton-Thomas after his solo show at a club in Largo, FL, circa 1985. I loved both eras of BS&T and bought their albums.

      I'm pleasantly surprised that you liked Ratt and enjoyed their performance of the minor hit "You're In Love," a song I never played before on either of my blogs. As I mentioned in the text, the band had a connection to comedy legend Milton Berle aka "Uncle Miltie" aka "Mr. Television," and Berle appeared in two of the band's videos, "Round And Round" and "Back For More":

      I liked Nancy Sinatra, too, and was delighted to come upon this audio restoration video of her "Last Of The Secret Agents" B side. Since the song applies to the theme of Nina Krilova's new Glasnost show, I jumped at the chance to plug it into the lineup. I urge you to watch Nina in The Americans, one of the best TV series ever made.

      Yessum, blog emcee Shady Del Knight (who is not me) likes those Legs & Co, Pan's People and Ruby Flipper dancers, especially now that so many of their performances are being brought back to life in vivid color and HD picture clarity with HQ sound (sync edited). Truth be told, both Alan Shore and Denny Crane are even wilder about those Top Of The Pops dance troupes than Shady, and that's why the hoofers will be the featured attraction on their SPMM series Letch Dance.

      I think a lot of 70s disco music sounds dated today and is hard to listen to, but Donna Summer's soulful output in the genre has stood the test of time. I'm glad you also enjoyed the offerings by the merry Mr. Chuck Berry and SDG. As you can see, variety is the spice of life here at Shady's Place, and you can expect Shady's DJ team to play music to suit nearly everyone's taste as 2023 unfolds.

      I hope Scootie's helping you put away the decorations. It's always exciting to get them out and put them up, but an unpleasant chore to take them down, pack them up and put them away.

      Thanks again for your kind visit and splendid comments, dear friend Suzanne. Take care, stay well, have a wonderful weekend and come back and see me soon!

  10. Blood, Sweat and Tears may be jazz/pop but David Clayton-Thomas' singing turns that song into Memphis soul or something. You tell me, you're the expert.

    I had to check out the lyrics to "Sweet Little Sixteen" to see if the reference to Bandstand was in the original song, or did he just change it for the Dick Clark appearance. Turns out it's in the original song.

    Did not know Ratt's manager was Milton Berle's nephew. I recall the Ratt video--"Round and Round", was that the song? --that has Berle both as himself and as his drag queen alter ego.

    The Last of the Secret Agents was a 1960s spy spoof starring the then-popular comedy team of Allen & Rossi. Nancy Sinatra plays Rossi's love interest. I saw it years ago and found it kind of funny. Marty Allen ends up with a draq queen of his own (actually a beautiful cis woman with a dubbed male voice) and there's a great sight gag at the very end involving the Statue of Liberty.

    Ah, Donna Summer's "Last Dance". I remember the movie version sounding slightly different than the version heard on the radio. More fast-paced or something. Might just be my faulty memory.

    That's all I got.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy! I'm glad you didn't miss Part 2 of my New Year spectacular.

      I'm no expert (except when it comes to women), but I agree that gravel voiced David Clayton-Thomas infused the jazz/pop recordings of the reinvented BS&T band with a soulful vocal style akin to Stax-Memphis southern R&B.

      Thanks for checking out the lyrics of the Chuck Berry song "Sweet Little Sixteen." Like the Johnny Burnette song "You're Sixteen," which we discussed in my previous post, the lyrics of "Sweet Little Sixteen" impliy that underage girls of the 1950s couldn't wait to grow up, dress sexy and engage in adult activities with their boyfriends (who were often men in their 20s, 30s or 40s).

      Yes, you are correct. The music video for Ratt's hit "Round And Round" has comic legend Milton Berle playing two roles - a male character that resembles Uncle Miltie, and an aging dowager, both seated at the same dinner table. Berle's other appearance in a Ratt vid is that of a motorcyclist who crashes his bike in front of the bandstand as the band performs their hit "Back For More." The MTV station where I worked at the time played those Ratt videos in heavy rotation, and the Ratt band members came to our studios on one occasion to tape an interview and promote their upcoming show at an area venue.

      I well remember the comedy team of Allen & Rossi, but I haven't seen their 1966 spy genre spoof The Last of the Secret Agents? Thanks for filling me in on some of the funny moments of the film.

      You might be right about the version of "Last Dance" used in the OST of TGIF. As you can tell, that restored hybrid video I posted is heavily edited, suggesting that Donna's "lip flap" drifted out of synch with the remix of the original studio recording used by the YouTube uploader. That is a common problem for YouTubers who are working to restore old performance clips for our enjoyment.

      Thanks a lot for your visit and comment, good buddy. For your planning purposes, my current post runs through Friday and will get bumped on Saturday morning. I hope you can take a look and a listen. Have a super week, good buddy Kirk!

  11. I wrote here! I qas going to see your comment. Now all I can say is I like this new series with these fu songs. Im Sorry this is so late now

    1. Hi again, Birgit! A week ago, a published comment submitted by another friend suddenly disappeared from my blog and I later found it in my spam bin. To my knowledge, it marked the first time that ever happened. Apparently, the blog gremlins have tricks up their sleeves and are getting their jollies at our expense. However, the comment you left on this post on January 5 is still intact. Just scroll back up the page and you'll find it along with my reply.

      Thank you for being conscientious about commenting and taking an interest in my replies to your comments. Have a great day, dear friend BB!


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