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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!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#180 to #176)

XXX
 CAN SHADY DEL KNIGHT 

 KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED 

 WHILE HE'S AWAY FROM HIS 

 BLOG FOR THE HOLIDAYS? 


 DOES 

 ALFALFA 

 KNOW HOW 

 TO ROCK

 COWLICK



 Once again it's time to put your 
 musical knowledge to the test 
 as we continue our countdown of 
 The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell! 


You know the drill. I'll give you a line or two of lyrics taken from five of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 1960s. Your job is to Name That Tune.

Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric samples for
the next five Dell songs:

 "Children, behave!" 

 Give me my propers
 when you get home


 Sheriff John Stone 
 Why don't you leave me alone? 

 In the shelter of your love, 
 my strength I found 
 But now I’m useless 

 I'm beginning to think 
 that man has never found 
 The words that could 
 make you want me 

Okay, let's find out how well you did.
Here are the Dell songs in today's countdown:


180. "I Think We're Alone Now" 
- Tommy James & the Shondells 
(February '67) 




179. "Respect" -Aretha Franklin (May '67) 




178. "Sloop John B" - Beach Boys (April '66) 




177. "Helpless" - Kim Weston (March '66) 




176. "Cherish" - Association (Sept. '66) 



How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your musical I.Q.

 All 5 right – 
 Congratulations! 
 You’ve been 
 appointed dean 
 of the College of 
 Musical Knowledge 

 3 or 4 right –
 Licensed lyric lover

 2 right -
 Lyrically challenged

 1 right –
 Sign up for 
 remedial classes at 
 the School of Rock

 0 right –

 You just dance and hum along!

Do you have a top tunes list of your own that you would like to share? I'd love to see it! It doesn't have to contain 200 songs; even a Top 10 would be interesting and instructive. Submit your song list in the form of a comment and I'll get it posted.


 DOES SHADY DEL KNIGHT 

 WISH YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY 

 NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION? 


 DOES 

 JAMES BOND 

 GET LUCKY... 

 ...A LOT? 



Have a Shady day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Spreading Holiday Cheer Year After Year "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms

xxx




HOLIDAY
SPECIAL:

PANTS
HALF
75%
OFF!








XXX
 CAN SHADY DEL KNIGHT 

 KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED 

 WHILE HE'S AWAY FROM HIS 

 BLOG FOR THE HOLIDAYS? 


 DOES 

 TINY TIM 

 PLAY A 

 MEAN 

 UKULELE? 





 BOBBY HELMS 

"Jingle Bell Rock," a single released by Indiana born country singer/guitarist Bobby Helms was one of the many two-siders to enjoy popularity at the Shady Dell. Both sides of the record were enduring seasonal favorites.


"Jingle Bell Rock" first became a nationwide hit at Christmas time in 1957.


Every December thereafter, the song would magically show up on the Dell’s dance hall jukebox just in time to engender a festive holiday mood.

"Jingle Bell Rock" - Bobby Helms 
(December 1957, highest chart position #6)



You might think that the Dell's inner circle would have avoided this old countrified Christmas classic, dismissing it as square. Instead, the gang eagerly got into the spirit of the proceedings and made it their own.


The B-side of the single, a nursery school ditty entitled "Captain Santa Claus," produced an extraordinary reaction at the Dell.  The record begins with a series of bizarre and instantly recognizable sound effects. Naming that tune in seconds flat, the crowd would erupt in gleeful, childlike laughter.

Jubilant rats would leap to their feet, head out on the dance floor, and skip around the room hand-in-hand like merry little elves. At the Dell, even the coolest kids were capable of letting their hair down on occasion and acting silly, particularly at Christmas when Bobby Helms was serenading us.

"Captain Santa Claus" - Bobby Helms (December '57, B side of "Jingle Bell Rock")



The popularity of these two perennial holiday classics allows me to once again make an important point about the Dell rats of the 1960s.  They were always eager to embrace the songs of the past and preserve the traditions of their 50s predecessors.


 DOES SHADY DEL KNIGHT 

 WISH YOU AND YOURS THE 

 HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS? 


 DO DOGS 

 SING JINGLE 

 BELLS AT 

 CHRISTMAS? 






Have

yourself

a

Shady

little

Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#185 to #181)

XXX
 CAN SHADY DEL KNIGHT 

 KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED 

 WHILE HE'S AWAY FROM HIS 

 BLOG FOR THE HOLIDAYS? 


 DOES 

 BUDDY LOVE 

 SWING LIKE 

 NOBODY'S 

 BEESWAX? 



 Once again it's time to put your 
 musical knowledge to the test 
 as we continue our countdown of 
 The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell! 


You know the drill. I'll give you a line or two of lyrics taken from five of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 1960s. Your job is to Name That Tune.

Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric samples for
the next five Dell songs:

 It's been so long 
 Since you've been gone away 
 And baby when you come back 
 You'll be home to stay 

 Well my doctor told me beware 
 I'm taking more than my share 
 Falling in love I can bear 
 Provided that loving affair 
 But he don't know about you 
 And all the things that you do 
 And how it breaks me in two 
 Just to know a man's with you 

 As best I can, I'll always try 
 To reassure & satisfy 
 'Cause I'd be lost 
 if you went away 

 Not this time 
 Not with me 
 You had your fun 
 Now set me free 

 We're out there on the floor, y'all, 
 goin' to a go-go 

Okay, let's find out how well you did.
Here are the Dell songs in today's countdown:


185. "Dry Your Eyes" - Brenda & the 
Tabulations (March '67) 




184. "Can't Get Enough Of It" 
- Spencer Davis Group (April '67) 




183. "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" 
- Four Tops (June '66) 




182. "Rumors" - Syndicate Of Sound 
(August '66) 




181. "Sweet Soul Music" - Arthur Conley 
(March '67) 



How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your musical I.Q.

 All 5 right – 
 Congratulations! 
 You’ve been 
 appointed dean 
 of the College of 
 Musical Knowledge 

 3 or 4 right –
 Licensed lyric lover

 2 right -
 Lyrically challenged

 1 right –
 Sign up for 
 remedial classes at 
 the School of Rock

 0 right –

 You just dance and hum along!

Do you have a top tunes list of your own that you would like to share? I'd love to see it! It doesn't have to contain 200 songs; even a Top 10 would be interesting and instructive. Submit your song list in the form of a comment and I'll get it posted.


Have a Shady day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#190 to #186)

XXX
 CAN SHADY DEL KNIGHT 

 KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED 

 WHILE HE'S AWAY FROM HIS 

 BLOG FOR THE HOLIDAYS? 


 DOES 

 PAT BOONE 

 SING SOME 

 KICK-ASS 

 HEAVY METAL? 




Hello, dear friends! For the next couple of weeks I will have a house full of guests so please excuse me if I don't visit your blogs quite as often or reply to your comments here on mine. I am also beginning
a reduced publishing schedule today, one which will continue through the coming year. Instead of publishing an average of twice a week as I have done in the past I will publish an average of three times every two weeks. This adjustment will give you an extra day or two to read my posts. It will also give me more time to assemble them, read and comment on my friends' blogs, and devote more time to my family and other aspects of life beyond the blogosphere. I'll be checking in as often as possible but until I return full time I wish each and every one of you very happy holidays!

 Once again it's time to put your 
 musical knowledge to the test 
 as we continue our countdown of 
 The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell! 


You know the drill. I'll give you a line or two of lyrics taken from five of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 1960s. Your job is to Name That Tune.

Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric samples for
the next five Dell songs:

 I can't blame you for tryin' 
 I'm tryin' to make it to 
 I've got one little hang up baby 
 I just can't make it without you 

 No football hero or smooth Don Juan 
 Got empty pockets 
 You see I'm a poor man's son 

 I'm fightin' hard to hold my own 
 No, I just can't make it all alone 
 I'm holdin' on, I can't fall back 
 Now that big brass ring is a shade of black 

 All the windows are painted black 
 And wait right here til you come back 
 I'll keep waiting, waiting 
 Until your face again I see 

 I walked on over 
 and I asked her to dance 
 Thinkin' maybe later on 
 we'll make with romance 

Okay, let's find out how well you did.
Here are the Dell songs in today's countdown:


190. "Poor Side Of Town" - Johnny Rivers 
(September '66) 




189. "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" 
- Stevie Wonder (December '65) 




188. "Beggin'"- Four Seasons (March '67) 




187. "7 Rooms Of Gloom" - Four Tops 
(May '67) 




186. "Sweet Pea" - Tommy Roe (June '66) 



How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your musical I.Q.

 All 5 right –  
 Congratulations! 
 You’ve been 
 appointed dean 
 of the College of 
Musical Knowledge 

 3 or 4 right –  
 Licensed lyric lover 

 2 right - 
 Lyrically challenged 

1 right – 
 Sign up for remedial 
 classes at the 
 School of Rock

 0 right – 

 You just dance and hum along!

Do you have a top tunes list of your own that you would like to share? I'd love to see it! It doesn't have to contain 200 songs; even a Top 10 would be interesting and instructive. Submit your song list in the form of a comment and I'll get it posted.


Have a Shady day!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Jaap!

-------------------------------------
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 SHADY WENT TO A GAY BAR! 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 (...not that there's anything wrong with that.) 

There, I said it! Let's get all of the snickering over with right now. If there are any outbursts later I'll clear the courtroom.
Yes, I admit that I went into a gay establishment but I didn't intend to. Oh alright, Dick Tracy, I guess maybe my first hint should have been the fact that there were no women in the joint. Perhaps I should have put two and two together when I noticed that the walls were covered with framed portraits of divas like Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli.
It just didn't sink in because...well, because I got distracted. Here's what happened (just the facts).

 Friday, May 29th, 1981, 8:45PM:  My partner Frank and I were working the night watch out of LAPD Homicide Division. (Oops!...pardon me...wrong story.) Actually, I was sitting on a bar stool that evening halfway through my first draft beer and paying no attention to the clientele when, to my delight, an exciting medley of Beatles songs began to play on the club's bitchin' sound system. My eyes grew wide in disbelief as the long string of Beatles favorites continued, blended seamlessly and mixed with a nonstop dance beat. It was the coolest thing I ever heard! I wondered where it came from, who assembled it and why didn't I know about it.

 STARS ON 45 

Turns out I wasn't listening to the Beatles after all. It was Stars on 45, a Dutch act put together by Jaap Eggermont, formerly of Golden Earring, and consisting of studio musicians recreating the authentic sound of the Beatles and weaving portions of their songs together over a fixed drum/clap track.


The Stars on 45 Beatles medley soared to #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts and spawned other medleys including the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Abba, the Supremes and the Carpenters. Many Beatles tribute bands have emerged in the years since but I never heard any of them imitate the Fab Four better than Stars On!

"Stars on 45 (Medley)" - Stars on 45 
(May/June 1981, highest chart position #1) 



In 1982 I saw the Stars on 45 perform live in concert at a Harrisburg hotel. It was a fabulous show!


 THE BEATLES 

Now I'd like to offer a few of my favorite songs by the real Beatles. If you're like me you've heard some Beatles hits so many times that you wouldn't care if you never heard them again. I tried to avoid songs like those and instead present selections that you might not have heard lately and Beatles footage that you might not have seen before. Let's begin with the opening track from the English combo's second UK album With the Beatles. The rocking "It Won't Be Long" was written by John Lennon with an assist by Paul McCartney on lyrics and arrangement.

"It Won't be Long" - Beatles 
December 1963, from album
With the Beatles 




Second in line..."Not a Second Time," another track written by Beatle John and included on With the Beatles.

"Not a Second Time" - Beatles 
December 1963, from album
With the Beatles




The rollicking "When I Get Home," another John Lennon composition, appeared on the album A Hard Day's Night and was first released in America on the album Something New.

"When I Get Home" - Beatles (July 1964, 
from albums A Hard Day's Night and 
Something New



Penned by Paul, "The Night Before" is a track from the album and the film Help!

"The Night Before" - Beatles 
(August 1965, from the album 
and motion picture Help!)




 PAUL McCARTNEY 

 AND WINGS 

Paul and Linda McCartney wrote the song "Hi Hi Hi" in Spain while Paul was, in his words, "in a sensuous mood." That helps to explain allegations of sexually suggestive lyrics and drug references that got the record banned in the UK by the BBC. Negative publicity often boosts sales and the former Beatle's rowdy recording made it to #5 in Britain and #10 stateside.

"Hi Hi Hi" - Paul McCartney and Wings 
(January 1973, highest chart position #10) 




 RINGO STARR 

Ringo Starr and George Harrison wrote "Photograph" and
the two ex-Beatles recorded it with Ringo singing lead and playing drums and George on guitar and harmony vocals. "Photograph" was released as a single in the fall of 1973 and went all the way to #1 in the U.S. while halting at #8 back home in the UK.

"Photograph" - Ringo Starr 
(November 1973, highest chart 
position #1) 




 GEORGE HARRISON 

Many songs by the so-called quiet Beatle resonated with me. "If I Needed Someone" is a beautiful George Harrison composition from the UK album Rubber Soul and the USA album Yesterday and Today. The Hollies recorded the song and released it on a single with only modest success. The Beatles version achieved immortality.

"If I Needed Someone" - Beatles 
(December 1965, from UK album
Rubber Soul and 1966 USA album
Yesterday and Today)




A gem from George's solo career, "Blow Away" was released on Valentine's day 1979. At the time everybody and his grandmother was making disco records and "Blow Away" swept in like a fresh cool breeze.

"Blow Away" - George Harrison 
(April 1979, highest chart position 
#16 Billboard, #12 Cash Box, 
#2 Adult Contemporary) 



John Lennon was assassinated 31 years ago today on December 8th, 1980. The following spring George Harrison released "All Those Years Ago," a loving tribute to his friend and former bandmate. The single spent three weeks at the #2 position on the American Billboard chart. In an ironic twist Harrison's record was blocked from the top spot by the band of Beatles imitators the Stars on 45 and their Beatles Medley!

"All Those Years Ago" - George Harrison 
(June 1981, highest chart position #2) 




 JOHN LENNON 

"I just had to let it go," explained John Lennon when fans, handlers and hangers-on wondered why he retired from the music business and withdrew from the limelight rather than milking his Beatles fame for all it was worth. Lennon reminded all of us that fame and fortune are not the only measures of success. As John discovered, it can be realized in the quiet role of husband and father.

 "But I can be alone without Yoko, but I just have no wish 
 to be. There’s no reason on earth why I should be alone 
 without Yoko. There’s nothing more important than our 
 relationship, nothing. And we dig being together all the time.
 Both of us could survive apart but what for? I’m not going 
 to sacrifice love, real love for any whore or any friend or 
 any business, because in the end you’re alone at night and 
 neither of us want to be. And you can’t fill a bed with 
 groupies. It doesn’t work. I don’t want to be a swinger. 
 I’ve been through it all and nothing works better than to 
 have someone you love hold you." — John Lennon 

"Watching the Wheels' was the third and final single to be released posthumously from the John Lennon/York Ono album Double Fantasy following John's murder.

"Watching the Wheels - John Lennon 
(May 1981, highest chart position 
#10 Billboard, #7 Cash Box) 



 "There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. 
 When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we 
 are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion,
 excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love 
 ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we 
 cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability 
 to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all 
 hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open- 
 hearted vision of people who embrace life."-- John Lennon 

31 years and counting, John. 
We will always remember.

Have a Shady day!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dueling Doo-Wops, Vol. 3

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 Rat Ron's back and he's packing 

 stax o' wax. (Say that 5 times fast!)  

 Ron and I along with Mr. Peabody and Sherman 
 are ready to hop into the Wayback Machine and 
 revisit some of the greatest seldom heard snugglers 
 of the pre-Beatles era. Return with us now to those 
 thrilling days of yesteryear when doo-wops ruled! 



 Ron, if you don't mind 
 I'd like to kick off the 
 festivities with one of 
 the best known names 
 in the biz - Dion. 



 DION 

 AND THE BELMONTS 

Some dismissed him as just another flash in the pan teenage idol, but Dion DiMucci proved them wrong the same way that Ricky Nelson proved them wrong. Both were the real deal.


Growing up in an Italian American family in the Bronx, Dion was influenced by rock and roll and rhythm and blues. He assimilated both genres, produced his own unique blend of New York style pop, rock and doo-wop, and became one of the most popular singers of the Eisenhower and Kennedy years, influencing many other performers.

Bob and Gene Schwartz signed Dion and his friends the Belmonts to their new Laurie record label and put the two acts together in the studio. From the spring of 1958 until
the fall of 1959, Dion and the Belmonts released half a dozen charting singles, achieving three top 40 hits and a top 5 hit, "Teenager in Love."


The early success of Dion and the Belmonts landed them a spot on the ill fated Winter Dance Party Tour. On February 2nd, 1959, after a concert in Clear lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper invited Dion to fly with them to their next gig. Dion declined because he couldn't afford the $36 cost of the flight. The plane crashed killing
all on board... the day the music died.

Dion and the Belmonts reaped their biggest hit with "Where or When" which went to #3 early in 1960. I already featured that record in a previous post but I'd like you to hear the killer bee, "That's My Desire."

"That's My Desire" - Dion and the Belmonts (March 1960, 
uncharted B side of "Where or When") 



In 1960 Dion split from the Belmonts and began a solo career, finding success with his first release "Lonely Teenager."

"Lonely Teenager" - Dion (January 1961, highest chart 
position #12) 



More hits followed, including Dion's best known recordings "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer." In 1962 Dion rocked out with "Little Diane," a top 10 record that featured the Del Satins accompanying Dion and a distinctive hook in the form of a kazoo solo!

"Little Diane" - Dion (Aug. 1962, highest chart position #8) 




 Ron, looks like your first spin is another 

 golden goodie by York's own R&B group 
 the Quin-Tones!  Don't delay - Play away! 

 "Now, I say to you today my friends, even 
 though we face the difficulties of today and 
 tomorrow, I still have dream. It is a dream 
 deeply rooted in the American dream. I have 
 a dream that one day this nation will rise up 
 and live out the true meaning of its creed: 
 we hold these truths to be self-evident, 
 that all men are created equal." 
 - Martin Luther King, Jr. 


 THE QUIN-TONES 

 Shady, it's time to pick up 
 where we left off with the 
 story of the Quin-Tones, 
 five vocalists and a key- 
 boardist who achieved a 
 national hit in 1958 with 
 their second 45rpm release 
 "Down the Aisle of Love." 
 The success of that single 
 multiplied opportunities for 
 the Quin-Tones. They did 
 more touring and made a 
 guest appearance on 
 American Bandstand
 The Quin-Tones' most 
 memorable gig took place 
on Saturday night, August 23rd, 1958 at the Apollo Theater 
 when they shared the stage with famous acts that included 
 the Coasters, the Olympics, the Danleers, the Spaniels 
 and the Chantels and received a standing ovation. 


 Riding high as a result of their hit record, "Down the Aisle 
 of Love," and still in a position to benefit from a national 
 distribution deal with ABC Records, the Quin-Tones 
 hoped to repeat their success with a follow-up single. 
 However, their third release, "There'll Be No Sorrow," 
 did not make the national charts even though it appeared 
 on the top tunes surveys of radio stations throughout the 
 mid-Atlantic region. 

"There'll Be No Sorrow" - Quin-Tones 
(September 1958, uncharted) 




 The killer bee, "What Am To Do," was another sweet 
 ballad that came and went unnoticed. 

"What Am I To Do" - Quin-Tones (November 1958, uncharted) 





 Ron, let me interrupt 
 you here to add that 
 our Quin-Tones have 
 been called a cross 
 between the Chantels 
 and the Bobbettes. 



 THE BOBBETTES 

The Bobbettes were an early R&B girl group from Spanish Harlem. The girls killed at the Apollo, attracted a manager, got an Atlantic recording contract and in 1957 scored a
#1 charting R&B/top 10 pop hit with the tongue-in-cheek novelty record "Mr. Lee." In so doing the Bobbettes were the first girl group to achieve that degree of crossover success. A derivative recording, "I Shot Mr. Lee" became a minor hit for the Bobbettes, but neither of those jump tempo records can touch the power of the group's churchy doo-wop ballad "The Dream."

"The Dream" - Bobbettes (1958, uncharted) 




 THE CHANTELS 

Led by classically trained Arlene Smith, The Chantels from The Bronx, NY were the next girl group after the Bobbettes to achieve nationwide success. "Maybe" and "Look in My Eyes" were the Chantels' biggest crossover hits but I'm shattered every time I listen to this one, the devotional, gospel drenched "Every Night (I Pray)."

"Every Night (I Pray)" - Chantels (May 1958, highest 
chart position #39, R&B #16) 







 Ron, the ball's back in 
 your court, my friend.
 Play us some hardcore 
 sock hop doo-wop! 




 THE JIVE FIVE 

 with ARLENE SMITH 

 & THE CHANTELS 

 Shady, I agree with those who 
 compare the Quin-Tones with 
 the Bobbettes and Chantels and 
 I think The Quints were as hot 
 as those more famous girl groups! 
 Speaking of the Chantels, here's 
 a recording that I never knew 
 existed until recentlywhere the 
 original Chantels and the Jive Five 
 do a cover of Lenny Miles's "Don't 
 Believe Him Donna."  I may prefer 
 Lenny Miles's version a little better, 
 but just to hear these two fabulous groups TOGETHER is 
 a real treat! 

"Don't Believe Him Donna" - The Jive Five with special guests 
Arlene Smith & The Chantels (1982) 




 I know how much Jerre likes the Jive
 Five and in this 
 live performance they sing their two biggest hits. 

"My True Story"/"What Time Is It" (live) - The Jive Five 




 Ron, let me give Jerre 


 a high five with more 

 Jive Five. 


Here's a seldom heard gem by Eugene Pitt's Brooklyn vocal group. "Rain (Makes My Baby Cry)," with a melody derived from that fall 1962 hit "What Time Is It," was released as a single in the spring of 1963 and registered for just one week near the bottom of Billboard's Bubbling Under chart. Shady's Law applies. "Rain" is a great record that deserved more chart action back then and deserves to be heard right now!

"Rain (Makes My Baby Cry)" - The Jive Five (April 1963, 

highest chart position #128)



 Those last three songs have inspired me 

 to play a quick game of Six Degrees with 
 Jerre's Jive Five by connecting them with 
 two other great groups! 


 THE JIVE BOMBERS 

The Jive Five always makes me think of The Jive Bombers,
a jazzy, bluesy New York City R&B group that recorded for Savoy Records, the Newark, NJ label that played a key role in popularizing bebop. The Jive Bombers' biggest hit, "Bad Boy," can be traced back to 1936 when the song was written and recorded by Louis Armstrong's second wife, Lil Armstrong.


The Jive Bombers originally recorded the song as "Brown Boy" but changed it to "Bad Boy" for release on Savoy in 1957. Lead singer Clarence Palmer renders the song in a lazy, offbeat style and comes across sounding very much like Satchmo!

"Bad Boy" - The Jive Bombers (April 1957, highest 
chart position #36 Hot 100, #7 Black Singles




 THE NUTMEGS 

The Jive Five told "My True Story." For the Nutmegs, a group from New Haven, Connecticut, theirs was a "Story Untold." Led by tenor Leroy Griffin, whose ardent vocals are among the finest in all of doo-wop, the Nutmegs watched their single climb all the way to #2 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart during the summer of 1955, yet it never showed up on the white dominated pop chart. The Nutmegs' popularity was confined primarily to the East Coast and Northeast and they never achieved widespread crossover success. That reality notwithstanding, their "Story Untold" is regarded as one of the greatest doo-wop recordings of the 50s.

"Story Untold" - The Nutmegs (August 1955, highest 

chart position #2 R&B) 



The Nutmegs followed "Story Untold" with another R&B hit, "Ship of Love," which includes a spoken passage.

"Ship of Love" - The Nutmegs (October 1955, highest 

chart position #13 R&B) 



 LITTLE JOEY

 AND THE FLIPS 



In the fall of 1961 the Dovells flirted with the #1 chart spot with "Bristol Stomp." In the summer of 1962 that hit sound and stompin' beat were back on the radio in a shamelessly derivative recording called "Bongo Stomp" by another Philly act called Little Joey and the Flips. The group rerecorded "Bongo Stomp" from a demo of theirs which was originally called "African Twist."



Cameo-Parkway, Swan and other Philly labels rejected the record before Eddie Joy released the single on his Joy label and achieved a top 40 hit.

"Bongo Stomp" - Little Joey and the Flips (July 1962, 

highest chart position #33) 




 Ron, it's been great fun

 playing doo-wop gold with 


 you again today.  There 

 are two more exciting 


 volumes yet to come, 

 so please stay close! 

Have a Shady day!