Top Songs of 1964; #19

In 1964 the next song¬† to go to the top of the record charts was “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as “Do-Wah-Diddy“, by the US girl group the Exciters. Their version barely made it on the record charts. …

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Top Songs of 1964; #18

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison. The song was written by Orbison and Bill Dees. It would be become the largest selling song by Orbison selling over 7 million copies. Orbison was known for wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses making …

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Lecture and Songs of the War of 1812

On Tuesday, Sept. 9th,¬† the Greece Historical Society will present a lecture and concert by Dave Ruch. He presents a fascinating portrait of the War of 1812 through the songs and stories of the people themselves. Ruch has dug deeply into archival recordings, diaries, old newspapers and other historical manuscripts to unearth a wealth of …

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Top Songs of 1964; #16

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Where Did Our Love Go” by The Supremes. The song was written and produced by the team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. They wrote and produced many songs for various Motown artists in the 1960s. The Supremes were …

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Top Songs of 1964; #15

During at a time in music that all remember as the British Invasion comes an unlikely number one hit; “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin. The song was written by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor and Ken Lane in 1947. It had been recorded a few times when a recording session in 1964 Lane, who was …

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My Woodstock Story

Forty-five years ago this weekend (Aug 15-17) was the original Woodstock music festival. I was supposed to graduate from Alfred State College in May of 1969 but my cumulative average was 0.03 below what you needed to graduate. So I had to go to summer school and take some courses over and raise my grades …

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Rochester Music

The Rochester Public Library has uploaded a new digital collection of old sheet music. The collection has music published in Rochester, sold in Rochester and about Rochester. All are dated from the 1890s to the 1920s. The music has been scanned and placed on the RPL website as PDF files. This collection is so new …

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Top Songs of 1964; #14

The Beatles are back on the top of the record charts in 1964. This time with “A Hard Day’s Night,” the title song to the movie of the same name. The song was written by John Lennon with only minor suggestions from Paul McCartney. The title comes from a malapropism attributed to Ringo Starr after …

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Top Songs of 1964; #13

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Rag Doll” by The Four Seasons. It was just another song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change. When …

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