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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"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
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Able to Leap 4 Decades in a Single Post, Now That's What I Call Old School Cool!



 I'm Shady Del Knight 

 and I've got proof 

 that old school 

 ...is COLD COOL! 




 THREE DOG NIGHT 


They got their name from a magazine article about
indigenous Australians. The article explained that
on cold nights original inhabitants of The Land
Down Under slept in a hole in the ground and
 hugged a dingo to keep warm, a practice still
carried on today by Janie Junebug. On colder
nights the first Aussies slept with two of
the wild dogs. On the coldest nights -
you guessed it - they gave up
and checked into Motel 6! 


From 1969 to 1975, the American rock band
Three Dog Night racked up 41 top 40 chart hits
and brought national acclaim to a number of
songwriters, one of them Paul Williams.

Paul Williams, Genoa City Police Chief

No, not that Paul Williams, silly!


I mean this Paul Williams, the little dude who
appeared in one of my favorite movies, the 1966
drama The Chase starring Marlon Brando, Jane
Fonda and Robert Redford. Okay, Paul is much
better know for composing song classics like
"We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days
and Mondays" for Karen Carpenter, Barbra
Streisand's "Evergreen" and other hits for
Three Dog Night including "Just An Old
Fashioned Love Song," but here's the
one I like best, "Out in the Country,"
a top 20 hit for Three Dog Night
in the fall of 1970.

 "Out in the Country" - Three Dog Night 
 (Sept./Oct. 1970, highest chart position #15) 





 THE AQUATONES 

The Aquatones started out as three male New York
schoolmates who sang doo-wop harmony and played
their own instruments. The guys added female singer
Lynne Nixon, signed with a small record company
and had a hit with their first release, the doo-wop
ballad "You." More popular in the East than in
other parts of the country, "You" made a run
at the national top 20 but fell short. A genre
classic, "You" has turned up in recent years in
episodes of The Sopranos and Vampire Diaries.

 "You" - The Aquatones 
 (May 1958, highest chart pos. #21) 





 DEF LEPPARD 

In 1999, British heavy metal band Def Leppard
released their 9th album, Euphoria. It peaked
at #11 on both the U.S. and the UK charts
and yielded the fine single "Paper Sun"
which also reached #11 on the U.S.
Mainstream Rock chart.

 "Paper Sun" - Def Leppard 
 (September 1999, highest chart position 
 #11 U.S. Mainstream Rock 





 THE TRAN-SISTERS 

WHAT A FIND - RICHE$ FROM RAG$!

These last three gems were produced and arranged
by one of Philly's Phinest, Jerry "Rags" Ragovoy,
the east coast wizard who brought to wax some
of the most soulful sounds of the 60s. Ragovoy
wrote "Time is on My Side" which became a
hit for the Rolling Stones. He co-wrote the
 towering deep soul masterpiece "Stay
With Me" for Lorraine Ellison and
engineered the hits of Shady Dell
favorites Garnet Mimms
and Erma Franklin.

Image courtesy 55bluesman @ 45cat.com

In 1963 Jerry Ragovoy gave us these New York
style R&B sides recorded by the Tran-Sisters,
a trio of Jersey girls whose recordings boast tight
harmony and a ton of nitty gritty streetwise 'tude.
Listen first to "You Could've Knocked Me Over"
the B side of the Tran-Sisters' first single.

 "You Could've Knocked Me Over" 
 The Tran-Sisters (June 1963, 
 B side of "Somebody's Blue") 




A couple of months after the release of their
first single, "Somebody's Blue"/"You Could've
Knocked Me Over," the Tran-Sisters rolled out
another sensational doublesider. The shouting
style on "Your Love" makes the girls sound
like The Ike and Tina Turner Revue.

 "Your Love" - The Tran-Sisters 
 (August 1963) 





There's some confusion over which
was the push side of this 45.


The sophisticated, big city beat ballad
"Pull the Covers Right Up (Over My Head)"
is the one that seems to get most of the
buzz in the new millennium.

 "Pull the Covers Right Up (Over My Head)" 
 The Tran-Sisters (August 1963, 
 B side of "Your Love") 






 Join me next time 

 for more proof 

 that old school 

 ...is COOL! 



Have a Shady day!