Hit Songs of 1969 – #2

Tommy James and The Shondells had a hit with “Crimson and Clover” in 1969. The group had a number one hit in 1966 with “Hanky Panky.” Then both “I Think We’re Alone Now” (1967) and “Mony Mony” (1967) made it to the top 10 of the record charts. All the time members of the group kept changing. The last big hit for the group was “Crystal Blue Persuasion” (1969). Then in 1970 Tommy James collapsed after a concert and was pronounced dead. He survived but that was the end of the group.

On the Billboard Hot 100 chart “Crimson and Clover” was the number one song for two weeks (Jan. 26 – Feb. 8). On the Cash Box chart it was on the top for just the week of Jan. 26 – Feb. 1 and the same week it was on the top of the Record World 100 Top Pops chart.

Tommy James has a show on Sirius XM, channel 6 every Sunday from 5 – 8 (eastern time).

I think this video was from “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article – #48

In this article by William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about Nathaniel Rochester. His drawing is based on the portrait at the Memorial Art Gallery. It was thought, in the past, that the portrait was done by John James Audubon. but now no one is sure who the actual artist was.

You can see from this drawing that Mr. Wilkinson did his drawing on lined paper.

While the City of Rochester took its name from Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, its founder. Search for the meaning of the name goes back to the days of the Saxons, It is from the Saxon hroff-ceaster, meaning a camp by a swift stream. Hence the name is singularly appropriate, our city lying upon a swift stream as does the English city of the same name, the Medway being about the size of our own Genesee. In 1811, Colonel Rochester began to survey the tract and sell lots. Hamlet Scrantom and family moved into the first log dwelling on the site of Powers Building, July 1, 1812. The village was incorporated as “Rochesterville” in 1817, the name being shortened to Rochester in 1822. Monroe County was created in 1821 and Rochester was incorporated as a city April 28, 1834 when Jonathan Child became the first Mayor. Nathaniel Rochester was a man of constant integrity and primitive simplicity, winning the affection of a grateful community. He had courage, energy and faith. He gave our city more than a name – the heritage of his inspiring personality. He as the father of 12 children,  grand-pappy of 63. He rests in Mt. Hope.

St. Michael’s Church

I uploaded two items related to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Rochester. First is the booklet Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of St. Michael’s Parish; 1874 – 1949; Rochester, N. Y. which gives a history of the church and also has a program for the 75th anniversary Mass and dinner.

The second item is just a three page brochure. It is the Program for the Golden Jubilee Dinner of St. Michael’s Church; Sunday May, 19, 1874.

Old News – Gerling Column

Curt Gerling was a newspaper man and wrote for various newspapers in his early career. About 1945 he started buying some of the suburban newspapers. He would write columns for each of his newspapers that he owned. As you can see from this column, it is part news and part personal experiences.

Curt also wrote three books. The best remembered was Smugtown, U.S.A (1957) about the upper crust of the Rochester area.

Fairport, NY

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1969

Perinton Parade
by Curt Gerling

If you missed the products and convenience of Dairyland, breathe easier. It is reliably reported that it will open under new management in the near future.


To a fellow to whom a Strauss waltz is a classic and who can’t carry a tune from here to the door a membership or contribution to the Civic Music drive would seem unlikely but we are members of long standing. A number of years ago Mrs. Arthur See called us and knew just the proper sales pitch. “I know you are not interested in music Curt, but that you are interested in the people who provide it,” said she. As she was right and that we also think that it is a great cultural asset to the community we have been a member ever since.

The drive is on now. We urge you to be a sponsor, music lover or not.


We note that the Cottage Inn is to be torn down within 60 days, the demolition ordered by the courts. We hope that it will happen, but wouldn’t bet a nickle on it.


Childhood is that wonderful time when all you have to do to lose wight is just bathe.


Behind a brittle dry martini and the biggest (and tastiest) “small” antipasto on record we talked with our old friend Tony Gala at Gala’s Spaghetti House. We reminisced about the old days in New York City when Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe was the place to go. “What girls!” exclaimed Tony. We agreed.


Our youngest grandson, Jimmy, was four on Sunday. He celebrated by throwing up four or five times among his presents. The “upchucks” were a gift from his older brother Robert and the bug was passed on to father, Jon, who failed to how up for work on Monday. One of the “joys” of parenthood seems to be to catch everything that the kids bring home from school.