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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!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nary a Nay...the Isleys Have it! - Part 2

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I have nothing against chart toppers 
and gazillion sellers but I've heard 
them played so often at parties, in 
movies, on television and on oldies 
radio that I'm sick of them!

Much more fun and interesting, at least to me, are the minor hits, the non-hits and the outright misses. The purpose of Shady Dell Music & Memories is to celebrate those obscure, unsung and underappreciated songs that woulda been, coulda been and shoulda been hits. Hence, the so-called killer bee phenomenon and Shady's Law.

With that in mind let's bypass "Shout," "Twist and Shout," "It's Your Thing" and other familiar songs by the Isley Brothers and enjoy some of their seldom heard treasures.

"The Cow Jumped Over the Moon" - Isley Brothers (1957)

Sounding very much like Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and released in 1957 on the aptly named Teenage Records, here is side A of the Isley Brothers' earliest 45rpm release, the jump tempo "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon."



"Angels Cried" - Isley Brothers (1957)

"Cow" didn't sell in the marketplace and neither did the dreamy doo-wop ballad on the flip side, "Angels Cried."



"Don't Be Jealous" - Isley Brothers (1958)

Throughout their career the Isleys jumped from label to label searching for a hit formula.  Their second single release, this one on the Cindy imprint, was a pair of fine but noncharting ballads beginning with "Don't Be Jealous."


"This is the End" - Isley Brothers (1958)

"This is the End" is defnitely not the Doors classic. Instead it happens to be one of the greatest ballads of the late 50s. This one's a shoo-in for The Shady's Law Hall of Fame (Shame)!



"I Wanna Know" - Isley Brothers (1959)

Next stop for the Isleys was Gone Records, the label that gave us those two sensational early career recordings by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, "Bermuda"/"Spanish Lace." The Isleys will knock your socks off with "I Wanna Know,"
a rock 'n roll record that's part Elvis, part Jackie Wilson,
and a whole lotta Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard!



"The Drag" - Isley Brothers (1959)

The Brothers Isley took excitement to the next level on their next Gone release. One listen to this incendiary rocker called "The Drag" and you'll agree...it's anything but!



The Isleys moved on to Mark X records where "The Drag" became the killer bee on the flip side of "Rockin' MacDonald." The score stayed the same: no errors for the Isley Brothers but no hits either. That changed when they landed at RCA and recorded their first hit, the two-parter "Shout."

"Tell Me Who" - Isley Brothers (1960)

The Isley Brothers followed "Shout" with RCA singles that were obviously derivative of their smash hit; but that's not to say they weren't great recordings in their own right. My favorite "Shout" sound-alike is "Tell Me Who."



"Your Old Lady" - Isley Brothers (1961)

Recording for Atlantic Records, the Isleys delivered the goods with "Your Old Lady," a somewhat steamy number that bears little resemblance to the sweet innocence of their later release "Who's That lady."



"Write to Me" - Isley Brothers (1961) 

Flip that bad boy and you were treated to one of the sweetest ballads of the early 60s, "Write to Me."



"Twistin' with Linda" - Isley Brothers (October 1962)

In the summer of 1962 the Isleys began their stint at Scepter/Wand with the top 20 hit "Twist and Shout." Their follow-up release, another effort to capitalize on the ongoing twist craze, fell just short of the national top 50. From the fall of '62, here is "Twistin' with Linda."



"Nobody But Me" - Isley Brothers (February 1963)

Surprise surprise! Black act waxes a song and it goes nowhere. White act covers the song and it becomes a hit. Case in point "Nobody But Me," an early 1963 Wand recording by the Isleys that stopped at #106 on the Bubbling Under chart but went top 10 for the Human Beinz five years later.



"Tango" - Isley Brothers (1963) 

In 1963 the Isley brothers signed with United Artists. Their first release on that imprint was the uncharted and seldom heard shouter "Tango."



"Stagger Lee" - Isley Brothers (live on Ready, Steady Go! 1964)

The Isley Brothers were great on record but they ripped it up live. One of the most exciting performances that I have ever witnessed is this 1964 clip of the Isleys performing their interpretation of the Lloyd Price hit "Stagger Lee" on the British music showcase Ready Steady Go!



Unlike groups that flash onto the scene and disappear overnight, the Isley Brothers had incredible staying power. They went on to become one of the longest lasting recording acts in music history, placing records on the charts in six different decades!


You know me. I'm still insisting the earlier the better and, when it come to the Isleys' late 50s and early 60s output,
I rest my case!

Have a Shady day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nary a Nay...the Isleys Have it! - Part 1

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Some might disagree but as far as 
I'm concerned the Isley Brothers 
were right in the pocket and laying 
down their best sounds early in 
their career, up to and including 
their mid 60s stint at Tamla Motown. 


Two excellent singles that the Isley Brothers released on
the Tamla subsidiary landed in the top 20 on my list of the
200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell.

"This Old Heart of Mine" - Isley Brothers (March 1966) 


“This Old Heart of Mine,” a swingin' dance number by the Isleys which fell just short of the top 10 on Billboard, lit a fire under the Dell crowd in February of 1966 and stayed hot till summer. The floor was jammed whenever this Motown memory maker started playing!



I vividly recall one of the Dell regulars, a young guy around fifteen years of age. He was the best male dancer in the place and his older sister was the best female dancer. Everybody watched in awe and envy as that brother and sister team danced together to “This Old Heart of Mine” and other up-tempo sounds. That young dude had such a great smile and so much energy, confidence and charisma that, more often than not, he had two girls dancing with him at the same time. Hey, save some for the rest of us!

UNSOLVED HISTORY: 

That brother & sister dance team – 

What were their names? 

Where are they now? 

"Take Some Time Out For Love" - Isley Brothers (June 1966) 


“This Old Heart of Mine” was still going strong in June when the Brothers Isley launched phase two of their Dell assault, setting summer nights ablaze with the scintillating dance
record “Take Some Time Out for Love.” I liked “This Old Heart of Mine,” but I found “Take Some Time Out for Love” even more exciting. That's why I ranked it higher on my Dell’s Greatest Hits list. Shady’s Law certainly applies to “Take Some Time Out for Love” because the song’s lackluster performance on Billboard (lasting only 4 weeks and halting at #66) is a mystery and a travesty. "Take Some Time Out" is one of the most electrifying northern dancers ever produced!



Many rats tried and many rats failed... 

It was simply impossible to stay in your 
seat when the Brothers Isley began to wail! 

These two Isley smashes were part of an extraordinary run of Dell classics that exploded onto the scene during the first half of 1966. It was the time span that yielded the greatest and highest ranking Dell hits on my 22-month survey.

* 7 of the top 10 Dell songs were released 
during the first six months of 1966... 

* 14 out of the top 20... 

* 28 out of the top 50. 


A key point that 

I would like to make 
is that the music of 
1966 and earlier was 
somehow "greater" 
than the music of 
1967 and later. 



FACT: 

As this official Pac Man pie chart illustrates... 





...75% of the 
songs in the Dell 
Top 100 were 
released in 1966 
or earlier. 





"That's the Way Love Is" - Isley Brothers (August 1967) 

While it is my contention that the greatest music was produced before 1967, there were of course many fine recordings produced in 1967 and after, including a few seldom heard gems by the Isley Brothers.

In 1969 Marvin Gaye took his version into the top 10 but
in 1967 the Isleys' fine rendition of the H-D-H stormer
"That's the Way Love Is" only bubbled under at #125.
Go figure!



"Don't Give it Away" -Isley Brothers (April 1969) 

What could be hipper than "It's Your Thing"? "It's Your Bling"? "Who's That Shady"? No! It's "Don't Give it Away," the killer bee side of the Isleys' first release on the T Neck label. This number was hot on Hy Lit and went for countless spins on my turntable! Note: this clip is audio only.



"I Turned You On" - Isley Brothers (July 1969) 

In June and July of 1969 the Isleys followed up their T Neck smash "It's Your Thing"/"Don't Give it Away" with another two-fer, "I Turned You On"/"I Know Who You Been Socking
it To." The A side grazed the top 20 on the pop chart and reached #6 R&B.

Sock it to me!  

Whip it to me!  

Give it to me! 




"I Know Who You Been Socking it To" - Isley Brothers 
(July 1969) 

The killer bee side was almost as popular and enjoyed significant radio and TV exposure.



"Work to Do" - Isley Brothers (December 1972) 

One of my favorite early 70s recordings by the Isleys is "Work to Do" which climbed half way up the pop chart, just missed the top 10 on the black singles chart, and was a biggie with the gang on Soul Train.



Stick around! In Part 2 of my tribute to the Isley Brothers we'll go digging for old gold and check out their earliest and rarest recordings. See you soon!

Have a Shady day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dell Rat Jerre Presents: Alone at the Top - The 15 Greatest Solo Songs...Ever!

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Good friend and 
original Dell rat 
Jerre Slaybaugh 
is back with a 
new & different 
type of song list, 
The 15 Greatest 
Solo Recordings! 
Let's check out 
Jerre's super solo 
song survey! 


1. "Human" – Tommy Hunt (October 1961) 




2. "It’s A Heartache" – Bonnie Tyler (1977) 


3. "You Don’t Bring Me Flowers" 
– Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand 
(December 1978) 




4. "Midnight Blue" – Melissa Manchester 
(1975) 



5. "Sunday Morning Coming Down" 
– Kris Kristofferson (1970) 


6. "MacAarther Park" – Richard Harris 
(June 1968) 




7. "Heartbeat" – Buddy Holly (January '59) 



8. "Angel Baby" – Rosie 
 (Rosie & the Originals, February 1961) 




9. "Warm and Tender Love" – Percy Sledge 
(August 1966) 



10. "Just The Way You Are" – Billy Joel 
(September 1977) 

11. "Crying" – Roy Orbison (October 1961) 


12. "You Are So Beautiful" – Joe Cocker 
(August 1974) 




13. "If Not For You" – Olivia Newton John 
(July 1971) 




14. "Lady Willpower" – Gary Puckett 
(Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, July 1968) 


15. "Both Sides Now" – Neil Diamond (1969) 



Super song list, Jerre!

Several of these got me stoked.

"Human" is #1 on your list of the Shady Dell's Greatest Hits and Tommy Hunt's prayer within a song ranks in the top 30 on my list.


"Warm and Tender Love" reminds me of another great
southern style R&B song by Percy Sledge, his cautionary "Take Time to Know Her."


Until you flogged my memory I had forgotten how many fine recordings were made by raspy voiced, wildly gesticulating English blues rocker Joe Cocker. Along with your Pick to Click "You Are So Beautiful" Cocker had a string of hits extending back to the late 60s.


Joe Cocker was arguably the English king of covers. He covered the Beatles with a version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" which became the theme song of the
hit TV series The Wonder Years.
Who needs a Mini Cooper when you've got a Winnie Cooper, right Kev?

Joe Cocker cracked the top 30 with another Beatles cover
"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window." Cocker waxed
a killer cover of Dave Mason's "Feelin' Alright" and performed the song on Saturday Night Live with comic John Belushi by his side doing a spot on impression of the English icon.



Cocker released a worthy cover of the Box Tops' hit "The Letter" which went top 10 in the spring of 1970 and "Cry Me a River" which just missed the top 10 that fall. In June of 1971 Cocker just missed the top 20 with another great single "High Time We Went."




With their gimmicky garb (Union Army Civil War style uniforms), Gary Puckett & the Union Gap might have seemed at first glance like a knock off of Paul Revere & the Raiders, another Columbia Records band with Pacific Northwest origins.


The difference between the two groups becomes clear the moment you start listening to the Union Gap's melodic soft rock recordings that feature Gary Puckett's velvet vocals. It's interesting to note that "Young Girl" became the group's biggest hit and a million seller in the spring of 1968 in spite
of its controversial Lolita lyrics. Only a year earlier Mick Jagger had been forbidden to sing the words "let's spend the night together" on The Ed Sullivan Show because Ed and the nervous network censors worried that Jagger would lead innocent American youth into temptation and sin.  Could it be that our society became that much more permissive following the Summer of Love?


My Pick to Click in this song set is "MacArthur Park" sung by Irish actor Richard Harris. What a unique and brilliant piece of work - drama laden, wistful, sad and melancholy with inspired oddball lyrics by Jimmy Webb that somehow work perfectly for Harris, a man who could barely sing. "MacArthur Park" is, IMHO, the greatest one-hit-wonder recording of all time!

Thanks again, Jerre Slaybaugh,

for sending in your latest list!


Who's next?

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 Jerre 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!



COME ON

AND BE 

MY GUEST!




Have a Shady day!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Odie's Opuses! Odie Langley Presents a Mashup of Mellow Mid 60s Memory Makers!

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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.

The latest person to answer my call for song lists is our good friend
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
(November 1966)



#7 "Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys
(December 1966)



#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 
(January 1967) 



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! 



Who's next?

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!



COME ON

AND BE 

MY GUEST!



Have a Shady day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dell Rat Feedback: Ron's Got Memories of Marvin and the Lowdown on Motown!


Original Dell rat
Ron Shearer has
responded to a
recent post in which
I presented the song
"Hitch Hike" by
Marvin Gaye.

Ron wrote:
Marvin Gaye

performed
"Hitch Hike"
live in York

twice. The first
time was at the
first Rock 180
dance where
the original
Supremes
performed 
"Let Me Go 
the Right Way",

their current hit
at the time, live.


"Let Me Go the Right Way" - Supremes
(December 1962, highest chart position #90)



Gary (U.S.) Bonds was supposed to appear there also, but cancelled.

"Seven-Day Weekend" - Gary U.S. Bonds
(July 1962, highest chart position #27)



The second time Marvin appeared was when the Rock 180 Club sponsored the Motortown Revue at Playland roller rink. Tickets were $3.00.

"Stubborn Kind of Fellow" - Marvin Gaye (November 1962, highest chart position #46)



No Supremes there, but Martha & the Vandellas backed up Marvin that time, also the Contours, Mary Wells, Marv Johnson, Marvelettes and a new guy in town, Little Stevie Wonder, who performed "Fingertips" with everybody dancing their butts off for
5-10 minutes.


"Fingertips-Pt. 2" - Little Stevie Wonder
(August 1963, highest chart position #1)



A month later, "Fingertips" was released
as a 45. The Supremes were touring separately, probably performing their new hit "When the Lovelight Starts Shining."


"When the Lovelight Starts Shining
Through His Eyes" - Supremes
(December 1963, highest chart position #23)



One other song that was a dynamite hit in the York area, a B-side to their first Gordy record, was the Temptations' "Isn't She Pretty". The other side, "Dream Come True" is the one used in their boxed set. The B-sides of all their other early songs were used, but not this one. Meet the Temptations is still the only CD to have a recording of it.


"Isn't She Pretty" was one the of most played songs on the Rock 180 club, which is where I first heard it, and I believe it was requested every Saturday morning. When WNOW had the Temptations here, they performed it, and they performed it on every subsequent trip to York. It was one of the favorite songs the Del-Chords did back in those days, too. This was recorded before David Ruffin joined the group.

"Isn't She Pretty" - Temptations (May 1962, uncharted B side of "Dream Come True" which reached #22 R&B)



Ron, don't look now but we've got a gen-u-wine Motor City block party goin' on. I'd like to join the fun by spinning a few favorites of my own. You mentioned Marv Johnson, the artist credited as having performed on the first record ("Come to Me") issued by what would become Berry Gordy's Motown hit making factory. Here's a great one by Marv!

"I Love the Way You Love" - Marv Johnson
(April 1960, highest chart position #9)



Here's one of the greatest by soul sweetheart Gladys Knight and the Pips, a song that was covered nicely by our own Magnificent Men. Embedding was disabled on this exciting remix of the song, but I hope that you'll take time to click
on the red song title, listen to the clip, and then click back here to me.

If this track don't send chills...
you're dead, man!


CLICK HERE: "Just Walk in My Shoes"
- Gladys Knight & the Pips (July 1966,
highest chart position #129)


Now feast your ears on two of the most electrifying soul stormers you're ever gonna hear, two versions of the song "Baby Hit and Run" by the Contours. The first has future Temptations front man Dennis Edwards on lead:

"Baby Hit and Run" - Contours
(Dennis Edwards lead, unreleased until 1974)




Dennis Edwards nailed it to the wall, but this next one KILLS! It's Shady Del's official Pick to Click, the raw, nitty gritty version with Billy Gordon on lead:

"Baby Hit and Run" - Contours
(Billy Gordon lead,
recorded circa 1965/66, unreleased)



Ron, thank you so much for sending in your feedback about the Greg Gulden post and for flogging our memories with this sensational Motown revue review!

Have a Shady day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Belle Ringers: The 10 Greatest Songs of All Time According to Belle Unruh!

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On Saturday we celebrated

the birthday of John Ettline,

the King of all Dell Rats.


Today, let's all say

happy birthday to a

blogger's best friend,

Belle Unruh!

A couple of months ago our Canadian friend who hosts Tales From a Loser sent in
her list of favorite songs
from the years 1966 and 1967, the time period during which Belle was residing in Southern California. Her list was instructive because it paralleled the two years that I spent as a regular at the Shady Dell. It revealed the difference between the type of music to which Belle was exposed on the west coast and the type that I came to know and love at the Dell in Central Pennsylvania. While my buddies and I were steeped in soul and R&B at the Dell, Belle and her friends were influenced to a greater extent by pop, rock, folk-rock, psychedelic and British invasion sounds.

Now Belle's back with another hit list...the

10 Greatest Songs of All Time!

Belle's is an exciting, eclectic lineup that
spans 6 decades! Let's find out which songs
Belle considers to be the All Time Greatest!

1."Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" - Platters
(February 1959)



2."Hallelujah" - k.d. lang (Original studio recording
made in August 2004.  This is k.d. lang's live performance of
Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at the Canadian Songwriters Hall
of Fame induction of Leonard Cohen in 2006.)  



3."What A Wonderful World"
- Louis Armstrong (July 1968)



4.Ruby - Ray Charles (January 1961)



5."All the Way" - Frank Sinatra
(February 1958)



6."My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from
Titanic)" - Celine Dion (November 1997)



7. "I Want It That Way" - Backstreet Boys
(1998)



8."Your Song" - Elton John (December 1970)



9."Oh, Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison
(October 1964)



10. "Let It Be" - The Beatles (May 1970)




Belle, this is a sensational list of songs...one that includes some of the most romantic love ballads of the 20th century.  If you don't mind I would like to
offer a few follow-up comments.

Know how every time you hear the Righteous Brothers sing "Unchained Melody" you automatically think of Demi Moore kneading a blob of clay with husband Patrick Swayze in the hit movie Ghost?


Strange as it seems, every time I listen to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" I immediately get a chill down my spine. The tender ballad by the Platters is irrevocably linked in my mind to the campy 1986 sci-fi/horror flick Night of the Creeps.  The song is used at the beginning of the movie (3 minutes into this clip) to set the stage on sorority row in 1959.



Detective Cameron (Tom Atkins):

I got good news and bad news, girls.


The good news is...

your dates are here.


Sorority Sister:

 What's the bad news?


Detective Cameron:  They're dead.


"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong was recorded in the summer of 1967 and released as a single in the summer of 1968. The record went nowhere, finishing at #116 on the Bubbling Under chart.


Twenty years later in 1988 the song gained popularity and climbed the chart to #32 after it was featured in the hit Robin Williams movie Good Morning, Vietnam.

My parents owned Frank Sinatra's Capitol 45 that had "Chicago" backed with "All the Way." "All the Way" became my heavy favorite and I played it to death on my tiny tinny turntable.

The song was introduced in the 1957 motion picture The Joker is Wild, a biopic that starred Sinatra in the role of singer/comedian Joe E. Lewis. "All the Way" entered the pop chart at Halloween and held on for nearly half of the following year, an incredible 30 weeks, yet somehow never managed to rise above #15!


Thank you, Belle, for delighting us with this outstanding song survey and once again

happy birthday to my

favorite Belle rat!


Who's next?

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 Belle 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!



COME ON

AND BE 

MY GUEST!



Have a Shady day!