Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #12

In 1967 Aretha Franklin gets major “Respect” for her hit song. She had only modest success with her career from 1960 until she changed over to Atlantic Records Company in 1967. “Respect” rocketed her to success. She has become the most charted female artist in the Billboard chart’s history. Aretha won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and has sold over 75 million records worldwide. She had her voice declared a Michigan “natural resource” in 1985. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Then in 2005 she was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Over the last 20 years health problems have had her cancel some scheduled performances.

“Respect” was written by Otis Redding who also recorded it but his version was nowhere as popular as the version by Aretha. Aretha’s version also has some different lyrics that make more of a song about a woman demanding respect from a man. It has become an anthem for the Women’s Rights movement. Those background singers on the song are Aretha sisters; Carolyn and Emma. Aretha won two Grammy Awards in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” for “Respect” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female.”

“Respect” spent the weeks of May 28 – June 10 at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Cash Box record chart it was at the number one spot for the weeks of June 2 – 17, 1967.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #28

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about a part of downtown Rochester. It has changed over the years and it has changed since he wrote this article. The statue of Mercury was taken down and was in storage for many years. It ended up across Broad Street on the top of the Lawyers Co-op building.

The Four Corners may be the hub of Rochester, but we dare say that a book could be written about the picture above, which includes many of Rochester’s ancient and modern landmarks. We will not attempt to write a book but will mention a few of the things that come to mind as we gaze upon this ‘work of at.’ On the right we see the second Aqueduct which carried the waters of the old Erie Canal over the Genesee River. It is now used to carry the subway & Broad Street. Mercury stands aloft on the chimney of the former tobacco factory which is now used as a City Hall annex and is scheduled to come down to make way for the projected World War sports center and auditorium. The red brick building at the right houses the Lawyers Co-op Pub. Co. whose books are found in every law office in the land and have helped to put Rochester on the map. The modern building in the center, with the ‘wings” is the building occupied by the Genesee Valley Trust Co. The old Genesee  flows placidly lakeward. Perhaps you can make out the tower of the Powers Building. It won’t be long now. This view will soon be a thing of the past – the same as you and I.

Marshall HS Yearbook

I uploaded the yearbook for the January and June 1935 classes of John Marshall High School in Rochester. It is titled The John Quill which also served as the title of a school magazine. That is probably why it is dated Dec. 1934 on the title page.

This yearbook has pictures for 100 seniors in the January class and 152 seniors in the June class. Also 6 names listed without pictures. Notice that the fashion of the day for the ladies was big collars.

This yearbook only has 4 sports pictures. It does mention that the school had a horse riding club which is unusual for a city school.

As the other issues of The John Quill were all literary text, this issue also included 15 pages of short stories and 3 pages of poems. It is only a total of 72 pages.

Rochester Public Library has two other issues of Marshall’s yearbooks that have been digitized. The yearbooks for 1927 and 1928 don’t as yet appear in their card catalog.

Old News – Scouting and Flag Raising

Newspaperman William D. Boyce organized the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1910. Boyce offered to publish a magazine for BSA but the idea was rejected by the Executive of the Boy Scouts. So in 1915 Boyce organized the Lone Scouts of America (LSA) as a rival organization. Estimates of membership were grossly over exaggerated as in this newspaper story. Estimates that it never had over 100,000 members and many of those were not active members. LSA and BSA merged in 1924.


Wednesday, June 13, 1917

Blue Raven Lone Scouts

The Blue Raven Tribe of Lone Scouts of America has been organized in Fairport. The members are: Captain, Amos Sullivan; lieutenant, Elroy Schutt; secretary, Frank Campbell; treasurer, Lewis Burke; bugler, Charles Butler; color bearer, Donald Bills; Thomas Aldrich, Eugene Maybee.

The meetings are held every Friday evening at 7 o’clock, the meeting place being at 94 East Church street. Any boy who wishes to join can get particulars from the Captain.

The Lone Scout organization was formed by W. D. Boyce, the founder of the Boy Scout movement, in 1915. It is on of the largest boys’ organizations, as it has nearly 200,000 members and has only been organized one year and nine months.

Penfield, June 11 — Another page was written in Penfield’s history yesterday afternoon. During the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” by nearly 400 voices, Old Glory was sent to the top of an eighty-five foot pole erected on the lawn in front of the Fire hall on the Rochester road, the event being the greatest patriotic demonstration ever held in the village.

As the Stars and Strpes were being raised, the days of 1861 were recalled to the minds of the people, for it was men of the Civil ware period who pulled the rope which raised the national banner, Henry Baker, J. T. Brown, J. Fisbeck and George Redenger taking part.

A number of local firemen in uniform carried the flag to the pole, where the veterans received it. The Penfield band played. Whether or not the weather man was patriotic, he held off the rain just long enough to hold the exercises. As Mr. Shuster was saying his closing words, it started to rain again. C. H. VanOstrand was in charge of the program.

Old News – Auto News

Three short stories of the automobile industry as related to western NY.


Wednesday, June 6, 1917

A national team reliability contest is to start out of Buffalo July 17 and continue for three days, traveling the highways in the western section of New York state. Secretary Lewis of the Buffalo Auto Club is mapping out a course for the ten car teams entered in the big contest and is arranging accommodations for the more than 300 motorists who will participate in the event. The match will finish Thursday evening, July 19, when a big banquet will be staged and the winning team announced. Widespread interest in the contest gives assurance that there will be keen inter-city rivalry throughout the tour and that the event is destined to continue annually as one of the leading national motoring contests.

Present conditions at the Selden factory seem to indicate that before very long Rochester will be the home of one of the largest truck manufacturing plants in this country. Only recently a large addition was built on the Selden factory and there is need for another extension already. During the [ast week Selden dealers from Los Angeles, Cal., Seattle, Wash., Chicago, Ill., and Milwaukee, Wis., visited the factory and requested the doubling and in some cases the trebling of their scheduled shipment.

The well known White pleasure cars and trucks are to be handled in Rochester hereafter by the White Motor Sales Company. Announcement of the new organization was made yesterday. N. O. Tassel, who has been prominently identified with the automobile trade in the city for the past ten years, will be the manager. The company will occupy as soon as completed a large salesroom and garage on Scio street. The White service station on Circle street will be continued as usual.

Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #11

The next song to be at the top of the charts in 1967 was “I Got Rhythm” by The Happenings. The melody was written in 1930 by George Gershwin with lyrics by his brother Ira. The song first appeared in the Broadway play Girl Crazy. The star of that play was Ethel Merman. The song was used in a few movie including two versions of Girl Crazy. The song is a jazz standard and the version by The Happenings just adds a “Dit, dit, dit.”

The Happenings was a short lived group that only had this song and “See You in September (1966) that broke into the top 10 records.

“I Got Rhythm'” was the number one song on Cash Box record chart for the week of May 28 – June 3. On the Billboard Hot 100 record chart the song only managed to get to the #3 spot which it held for three weeks (May 21 – June 10).

Fun Stuff

I uploaded two new programs for shows in Rochester in the past.

The first is the program for the 1941 Grotto Rodeo. That year the rodeo had a special guest; Hoot Gibson. I can hear you say; who? Hoot Gibson was in rodeos in the early 1900s. He first got into movies in 1910 as a stunt rider. He became a big star of westerns in the 1920s and that continued until the end of the 1930s. Then his movie faltered. He went back to traveling with rodeos for a while including this rodeo company that put on the Grotto Rodeo. After a few years on the rodeo circuit he was able to get back into western movies but he was not as big a star as before.

The second program I uploaded is for the play “I Remember Mama” in 1947. This play was put on by the Rochester Community Players. It is also a year before a movie by the same name was released. The movie was so popular that in 1949 a TV series began of the same but with the shortened name of “Mama.” The TV series ran for 8 seasons.

I already have 5 other programs for the Grotto Rodeo and many theater programs on my online book page.