Since the beginning of the year
I have been inviting my loyal blog
friends to be my guest and send
me their top tunes lists.
They might be songs that you listened to on your
local radio station or danced to at your favorite
teen club - 10 or more songs that had the greatest
impact on you. The response has been terrific.
I have received more song lists than you can
shake a stick at!
By the way, according to answerbag.com the earliest known use in print of the expression shake a stick at, meaning too many to count, can be traced back to an
1818 issue of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Journal which published the following:
"We have in Lancaster as many Taverns as you can shake a stick at." My fellow Dell rats, I cannot tell a lie.
I visited every single one of those watering holes back in the day, but that's a story for another time.
and honorary Dell rat
Odie Langley. Odie lives in
beautiful Halifax County, North Carolina and publishes the entertaining and informative blog
The Simple Life. Odie is here as my special guest to share with you his Picks to Click from 1966 and 1967, the same two years when I was in the grip of Dellmania. You might recall that our kindred spirit Bell Unruh sent in a list covering the same mid 60s time span, only hers gave us a look at the songs that were tops in pops in Southern California at the time. 'Nuff said. It's time to find out which songs made the greatest impression on Odie in 1966 and '67.
Odie, be my guest!
When I graduated
high school in 1965
I opted for business college so that's where
I was during 66 & 67 graduating with a diploma in senior accounting. This was also the year prior to entering the Army in
Oct of 67 and then
Viet Nam in 68. I have always liked soothing style of music as you will see.
...and then along comes Odie!
#1 "Cherish" - Association (October 1966)
#2 "Windy" - Association (July 1967)
#3 "When a Man Loves a Woman"
- Percy Sledge (May 1966)
#4 "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration"
- Righteous Brothers (April 1966)
#5 "The Ballad of the Green Berets"
- SSgt. Barry Sadler (April 1966)
#6 "Poor Side of Town" - Johnny Rivers
#7 "Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys
#8 "Wild Thing" - Troggs (August 1966)
#9 "Monday, Monday" -
Mamas & Papas (May 1966)
#10 "The Sounds of Silence" -
Simon & Garfunkel (January 1966)
This is a fantastic list, Odie, with several #1
gazillion sellers and two of the highest ranked
songs of my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the
Shady Dell: "When a Man Loves a Woman" (#29)
and "Soul and Inspiration"(#6).
Whenever I listen to "The Sounds of Silence" I visualize scenes from the 1967 movie The Graduate. My freshman year at Penn State a professor gave us an assignment to write an essay about the hit Mike Nichols directed motion picture. In a single day I sat through five continuous screenings of The Graduate at a theater in State College, taking copious notes as I watched. The story of Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman), a young college grad who rejects the plastic values of his materialistic parents and their shallow country club friends the Robinsons, captured my imagination and The Graduate became one of my all time favorites.
"Wild Thing" was another important Dell song. A few months after the Troggs song faded from the charts a comedian by the name of Bill Minkin released a version of "Wild Thing" doing a knock-out impression of Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy.
"Wild Thing" - Senator Bobby
More than 20 years later another comedian, Sam Kinison, assembled a band of heavy metal all stars and produced a rowdy, over-the-top, hard rockin' rendition of "Wild Thing." The accompanying video, which featured a notorious church lady doing the devil's work, is one the most outrageous and politically incorrect spectacles in rock history. It's wrong on so many levels and that's why it's so much fun to watch!
"Wild Thing" (1988) - Sam Kinison with guest
stars Slash (Guns N' Roses), Steven Tyler &
Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Richie Sambora
(Bon Jovi), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue),
Billy Idol, Steve Vai (Frank Zappa Band),
Dweezil Zappa and featuring Jessica Hahn
(former PTL Club church secretary)
Thank you very much, Odie,
for sharing your music with us!
If you have a Top Tunes list I'd love to see it. It would be fascinating to discover which songs meant the most to you in your youth or which ones resonate now in the present. Why not do what Odie and others have done? Make a list, submit it in the form of a comment and I'll get it posted.
It can be a list of your favorite songs, the most exciting songs, best songs from a particular time period similar to
my mid 60's Dell survey...anything you like!
Have a Shady day!
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