Last year Dell Rat Ron Shearer's feature
POTPOURRI FOR 100 was a genuine
crowd pleaser. A winning formula is worth
repeating so I invited Ron to join us again
and play another random batch of songs,
greatness being the only common theme.
As always I brought along a few of my own
favorite platters as well.
Ron, it looks like you've
been doing some heavy
duty soul searchin' down
there. Time time to put
the pedal to the metal and
the needle in the groove!
IKE AND TINA TURNER
Shady, this first song
reminds me of my Mom.
One day, between high
school and college, I
was listening to a current
favorite of mine, "So Fine"
by Ike and Tina Turner.
I also had the album, but
my Mom blew me away
by asking me what the
song was, because she
said she liked it so much.
I really don't know why
I was surprised at her
liking my music. When I
was 12 or 13, Mom knew
I would go to any record hop or house party to dance and
listen to music. At the time she worked in the grocery store
at Smith Village in Jacobus where everyone knew the Smith
family. She somehow got Smith's to do a promotion in their
parking lot, using linoleum for a dance floor, and they hired
Chris Huber, a DJ from WSBA for a Record Hop. Not too
long afterwards, as a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary at
the Jacobus Fire Hall, she was elected President and they
began having record hops at the Fire Hall on a regular basis
with Chris Huber DJ-ing. I got a lot of DJ copies of records
that way and got addicted to collecting records as a result.
Chris began bringing live groups, mostly the Delchords, to
the dances. These were attended by schoolmates from
Loganville, Dallastown, etc. I later screwed up my hip and
had to quit attending for awhile. Mom blamed it on doing
the Twist too much. Ultimately, Chris Huber secured
White Oaks Park, with the Delchords, Invictas, and other
bands that I believe he managed, appearing there regularly.
I was a regular, always managing to find a way to get
there. I always considered "So Fine" to be Mom's favorite
song, and think of her whenever I hear it. And she's
responsible for my being one of the biggest fans of the
Delchords and White Oaks Park, and later the Magnificent
Men and the Raven. She strongly disapproved of my
hanging out at the Dell, but I still did. Mom's long gone,
but her memory lives on. I love and miss you, Mom.
This song's for you!
"So Fine" - Ike and Tina & the Ikettes
(April 1968, highest chart position #117)
Ron, it just so happens that my mixed bag includes another song by Ike and Tina Turner.
"I Can't Believe What You Say" was, like "So Fine," among the legendary R&B act's poorest selling singles; yet this Kent label release destroys!
"I Can't Believe What You Say" - Ike & Tina Turner
(October 1964, highest chart position #95)
Ron, the floor is yours, good buddy!
Okay, Shady Here it is. Finally. You've waited years,
and I mean years, for this. I know you thought you
knew the words. I thought I did, too. A girl who
graduated in the class of 1966 wrote down the lyrics
and gave them to me. A lot of the girls I grew up with
were more pornographic than us guys. I know her lyrics
were. This is still one of the all-time great garage band
songs. You wore out your copy. I wore out mine.
(I'm doing the kind of sell that Charlie the Dog did in a
Looney Tunes cartoon with Porky Pig). What song are
we talking about. Of course, it's "Louie, Louie" by the
Kingsmen. I only recently heard the original version
even though I always knew it existed. R&B singer
Richard Berry wrote and recorded "Louie Louie" in 1955,
long before the Kingsmen waxed their legendary cover.
Kind of like Hank Ballard's "The Twist" and Chubby
Checker's version, but with less sales than Mr. Ballard
had. Richard Berry was in the Navy when he penned the
song and "Louie" is said to be a reference to "lieutenant."
"Louie, Louie" - Richard Berry (April 1957, uncharted)
AND THE RAIDERS
Early on, Paul Revere & the Raiders recorded
instrumentals like "Midnight Ride" on the Gardena label
before signing with Columbia. The first vocal hit that I
remember of theirs (on Columbia) was this song. I believe
it was done by the Delchords, and I asked them what it
was. This is still one of my favorites of PR&R. I saw the
group a couple times at cabarets when I lived in Reno,
and Paul still has his baby Baby Grand piano, still shoots a
Raider with an arrow, and they still have a whole lot of fun
on stage. The only difference between this video and the
performances I saw were age, Mark Lindsay no longer with
them, and their precision wasn't quite as tight as it was
when they performed in this video.
"Louie--Go Home" - Paul Revere & the Raiders (May 1964,
highest chart position #118)
Ron, I've got an answer song for ya!
It's no secret that many British Invasion bands cut their teeth on American R&B. Here's the Kinks' version of "Louie Louie." It's a great recording and, as an added bonus, you can actually understand the words!
"Louie Louie" - Kinks (from the November 1964 EP
Ron, right back at ya!
Shady, a few weeks ago your reply to a
comment posted by your follower Desiree
about the Blue Danube reminded me of
when I had Mr. Throne for homeroom and,
of course, I always saw you exiting your
German classes with him. I've been
reminiscing a song from late 1960 for
some time and felt it's time I passed it on
to you. I don't know if you were familiar
with it, but it was the first German
language hit to make it big in the U.S.,
going all the way to #5. It also rode the Top 10 on WSBA,
but I can't say how close to #1 it came. The song was
called "Sailor" and sung by a singer simply named Lolita.
Lolita was really Edith Zuser, born in Austria, who passed
away in 2010 in Salzburg. Her only hit song was also a hit
in Japan and England. Later, it was successfully covered in
Europe by Petula Clark, and also the Andrews Sisters.
Here is "Seemann" (deine heimat ist das meer). I thought
Lolita's voice was sexy, like many German women, and
thoroughly enjoyed this song every time I heard it on the
"Sailor (Your Home is the Sea)" - Lolita (December 1960,
highest chart position #5)
I'd like to close with two songs that I found on YouTube
which I haven't heard since I had the albums in college.
The Fever Tree I got turned onto by a friend in Oakmont,
who lived next door to the Country Club.
"San Francisco Girls" - Fever Tree
(July 1968, highest chart position #91)
Unlike the Lads from Liverpool, the English rock band called
The Move did not catch on here in America. The Move was
introduced to me by one foxy young lady living in Bluebell
Apartments in State College. She turned me on to the first
Black Sabbath album the same afternoon.
"Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited"
- The Move (from 1970 album Shazam)
I gotta lay it
on the line,
than a dog!
HUDSON AND LANDRY
No, I'm not talking to you, Ron. I'm quoting some of the outrageous boss jock patter that you'll hear on "Top Forty D.J.'s," a comedy single extracted from Hanging in There, the debut comedy album released in 1971 by popular Los Angeles disc-jockeys Bob Hudson and Ron Landry. Hudson and Landry were irreverent and risque, elevating political incorrectness to an art form. I bought every one of their records!
"Top Forty D.J.'s" - Hudson and Landry
(from 1971 album Hanging in There)
Thank you, Dell Rat Ron
for bringing us another
pot of gold that's waaay
too cool for old school!
Have a Shady day!