Top Songs of 1965 – #25

Get_Off_of_My_Cloud_coverThe Rollings Stones were back on the top of the records charts for the second time in 1965 with “Get Off of My Cloud.” It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. According to Richards; “Get off of My Cloud” was basically a response to people knocking on their door asking for a follow-up to “Satisfaction.”

“Get off of My Cloud”was the top song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box record charts for the weeks of Oct. 31 – Nov. 13, 1965.

The Rolling Stones have been going strong since 1962. They still tour and in the spring they have tour dates set for South America  and Mexico.

The best place to download music from the group is off their website.

Top Songs of 1965 – #24


The Toys

The next song on the top of the record charts in 1965 was “A Lover’s Concerto” by The Toys. The song was written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell. The melody was from “Minuet in G major” that was attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. The song is now believed to have been written by Christian Petzold and Bach only transcribed it. There is a difference in that “Minuet in G major” is written in 3/4 time, whereas “A Lover’s Concerto” is arranged in 4/4 time.

The Toys were a trio from Jamaica, NY that consisted of Barbara Harris, Barbara Parritt and June Montiero. They formed in 1961 and disbanded in 1968 with “A Lover’s Concerto” being their highest charting song.

“A Lover’s Concerto” was the top song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of Oct. 17 – 23. It never was able to get to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart but maintained the #2 spot for 3 weeks (Oct. 25 – Nov. 13).

Download songs of The Toys (for a small fee) from

Old News – Suffrage Defeated

One of the referendums on the 1915 New York State election ballot was if women should be treated equally in the state. Maybe the timing wasn’t right but it was defeated at that time. US Congress proposed the Nineteenth Amendment on June 4, 1919. That prohibited state or federal sex-based restrictions on voting. The amendment was ratified by New York State on June 16, 1919 . The amendment was ratified by the US Congress on August 18, 1920.


Thursday, Nov. 4, 1915


Suffrage Amendment Beaten by at Least 200,000 Votes.

suffragettesNew York, Nov 3,. — Women suffrage was decisively defeated in all three states where the proposition was submitted to the voters — New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

In this state, the figures at a late hour indicated that the suffrage amendment had been beaten by at least 200,000 votes, with the five boroughs of New York city and the upstate counties about equally strong in supporting the overwhelming adverse verdict.

Everywhere, the vote on suffrage seemed to be cast quite irrespective of party lines or affiliations. Communities that elected Republican officials turned a cold shoulder to the suufragists. Communities hat elected Republican officials calmly rolled up a large vote against the proposition that women should be given the right or privilege of voting. Right and left, in big cities and in the country sides, suffrage was roughly handled.

By virtue of the defeat, the proposal cannot be submitted again until 1919. It will be necessary for two legislatures to vote to submit the proposal to the voters and one session of a legislature must intervene between the two votes.

The first great drive of the suffragists in the closely populated states of the East resulted therefore in the rout predicted by political observers. New York followed positively in the footsteps of New Jersey and Massachusetts and Pennsylvania followed by New York. If the majority in this state is increased beyond 200,000, as is anticipated, the movement has met with a worse defeat here than across Hudson where it went down on Oct. 19 nu 41,999,

The returns from the upstate counties, where the antis had spread their efforts widely and where they had made a special appeal against votes for women on the ground that “women’s place was in the home” were saddening to the suffrage leaders. One county after another sent in a majority. Here and there though the spots were few, though precious to the sorrowful leaders, there were close contests.

Rockland county, in fact, seems to have given suffrage a majority of 51, and Cortland county, one of the most prosperous counties in the state, turned down the proposition by a bare 50 votes. It was close in Fulton, Hamilton and in Nassau counties and there were several other counties where the antis vote was nothing to brag about.

KDKA, Pittsburgh

KDKA_microphone_on_displayKDKA, the first commercially owned radio, signed on November 2, 1920. The first broadcast gave the election results from the day before. Radio before this time had been run by hobbyists and as scientific experiments. KDKA was started by the Westinghouse Company to sell more radios. Early programming often featured a live band and news coverage. The station also had its first remote broadcast on January 2, 1921 by airing a religious service from Calvary Episcopal Church. On August 21, 1921, the station became the first radio station to broadcast a major league professional baseball game.

The federal government would eventually assign call signs starting with a “K” to radio stations west of the Mississippi. KDKA is one of six stations east of the Mississippi whose call sign still start with a “K.”

The station still on the air after 96 years. It is now owned by CBS radio and has a news-talk programming format. Visit their website and you can listen to this pioneer radio station online.


Photo Scanning Project Completed

Maude and William Nicholson

I have completed my project to scan all of my grandmother’s and mother’s photos. It took me 16 months and I ended up with about 2400 photos (1879 – 2010).

I scanned all the photos at 600 dpi (dots per inch) and saved them as Tiff file. That file format is the best for saving photos as there isn’t any loss of the image. Many people are saving photos in Jpeg format but that uses a file compression routine. Also every time you edit a Jpeg format picture it compresses again. If you edit a Jpeg many times, you will lose resolution. Saving the photos at 600dpi makes them larger but I would rather have them larger than I need than as low resolution.

At first I didn’t know who the children in the picture on the right were. Then I compared this picture to other ones and I figured out that they are my grandmother’s older sister and brother, Maude and William Nicholson. I think this photo would have been taken about 1882. That would be 8 years before my grandmother was born. This is one of the oldest photos that I have. The original photo is approx. 3 x 2 inches. but you can click on the photo and see it in so much more detail.

Next I am going to send relatives a DVD with copies of the old photos. I think that my cousins and their children will be interested in having photos of their ancestors and photos of themselves when they were younger.

Old News – Election

The Progressive Party, also known as the Bull Moose Party, was formed by former President Theodore Roosevelt after a split in the Republican Party between him and President William Howard Taft. The party only lasted until about 1918. It is not related to any current Progressive Party in the US.


Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1915

bull-mooseWhy You Should Enroll

Although the Progressive party has not been in power in this State, yet the moral strength of the large number of men who have ENROLLED as Progressives in each of the years, of 1912, 1913 and 1914 has compelled the Democratic and Republican parties to adopt in whole or in part some of the planks of the Progressive State Platform of 1912.

There is not the slightest doubt but that these Progressive measures would never have been given the State of New York it it had not been for the large Progressive enrollment in this State.

There is, however much still to be accomplished, as you will see from looking over the list of 1912 Platform headings, for many proposals are either only partly accomplished, still pending or have received no action at all. It is, therefore, very important to have a full enrollment this year, for if our enrollment materially falls off, both of the other parties will say that the Progressives of this State are satisfied with what has been accomplished and demand no further action.

ELECTION DAY AND ENROLLMENT, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 6 a. m. to 5 p. m.


Erie Canal Anniversary

Boat on the Erie Canal iin Pittsford, NY

Boat on the Erie Canal in Pittsford, NY

Today is the 190th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal. Construction started in 1817 on what would be called “Clinton’s Ditch.” Governor Dewitt Clinton was responsible for getting the project’s approval. The original canal was 363 miles long from Albany to Buffalo. It also raised boats 585 feet in elevation over the length of the canal. The cost of construction was a little $7 million.

There were three major problem areas for the construction of the canal. One was the Montezuma swamp at the northern end of Cayuga Lake.There was fever in that area probably caused from malaria. To get around the swamp they dug during the winter months.

The second problem area was getting over Irondequoit Creek. To get over the creek they built was is known as the “Great Embankment” which is near Bushnell’s Basin. The canal ended up 76 feet above the creek which ended up running through a culvert under the canal. A break in the embankment in October 1974 from a crew tunneling under the canal destroyed 41 homes and damaged many others. Thankfully no lives were lost.

The last problem area in constructing the Erie Canal was the Niagara Escarpment, an 80 foot wall of hard stone near present day Lockport. There they had to build two sets of five locks to get the boats up over the escarpment. A great engineering feat for that day.

The Erie Canal helped Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo to greatly increase in population and then become cities. It decreased the cost of shipping goods to and from New York City. It made it much easier for people to move westward. The question always comes up about passenger lists. There are a few for some of the early years that exist n the New York State Archives but for the most part people traveled on the canal without any records being made. Canal boats were charged tolls based on weight of cargo.

Even when the railroads were built along almost the same route as the canal, it was still cheaper for people to ride a slow boat on the canal.

The Erie Canal just handles pleasure boats today. The canal path along side the canal, which was used by horses or mules pulling the boats along the canal, is a great place for hikers, runners and bicyclists.