Top Songs of 1966 – #24

Donovan-Sunshine_Superman_single“Sunshine Superman” was the next song to go to the top of the record charts n 1966. It was written and performed by Donovan (full name: Donovan Philips Leitch). He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1946. He had a few songs in 1965 that  only climbed the charts in the UK. Then “Sunshine Superman” became the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart and the Cash Box chart for the week of Aug. 28 – Sept. 3, 1966. Some say that “Sunshine Superman” was the first hit song to be called psychedelic rock. Also in mid 1966, Donovan became the first British rock star to be arrested for possession of cannabis. Later in 1966 he released “Mellow Yellow” which managed to climb to the #2 spot on the US charts. A song by Donovan that is definitely psychedelic is “Hurdy Gurdy Man” that was released in 1968. After the end of a three year collaboration with British record producer Mickie Most, Donovan’s musical career started to fade. In 2005 Donovan published an autobiography; The Autobiography of Donovan: The Hurdy Gurdy Man. His last musical performance was in 2007.

Short Notes

I uploaded a chapter on directory research for my Genealogical Guide to Monroe County. A lot of the city and county directories are online. If you haven’t looked for your families in the directories, you should.

The Church Records Preservation Committee of Rochester Genealogical Society (RGS) has added records of Lakeside Presbyterian Church that was is in Charlotte. As with the other records that they have put online, these are a digitized version of the original church records.

RGS meetings start again this week with the DNA Interest Group and Computer Interest Group on this Thursday (Sept 8th) at 6 & 7;15 respectivilly. The general RGS meetings is next Thursday, Sept. 15th at a new meeting place. See the RGS meetings web page for details.

Last week was the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference. This year it was in Springfield, Illinois. Randy Seaver has this blog post that links to other blog posts about the FGS conference. Seeing as today is a holiday, others may post about the conference later this week.

It is time again for my fall TV preview. It is not a preview for this year but for 1966. Some of the new shows for that year are still running. The previews will be posted over the next couple of weeks.

Marriages from 1854

vol.XII,no.1.pdfAt least 20 years ago a lady gave me a typed list of marriages from 1854 that were extracted Moore’s Rural New-Yorker. I’m not sure if she extracted the marriages or someone else did it. The newspaper was an agricultural newspaper that at that time was published in Rochester. It later moved to New York City. Why there were marriages in this kind of newspapers is a mystery. They only printed marriages and no deaths like regular newspapers. The new web page with these marriages has some marriages that did not appear in the daily Rochester newspapers.

Old News – Horse Show and Exposition

The show that is coming to Rochester the next week is primarily a horse show. There are also other displays of agriculture and a display of “Fine Arts” which was a building of paintings and sculpture by local artists. A dirigible, probably not a real Zeppelin, flies over the show and there are acrobats and band every day.

Exposition Park is now Edgerton Park and it is hard to believe that it was big enough to hold all the attractions of the show.


Thursday, Aug. 31, 1916


Rochester’s Show Offers Large Premiums in Every Department


The prize list at the Rochester Exposition this year aggregate $25,000, indicating the extent and scope of the show as it can be told in no other terms. Of this amount, $12,000 is given in prizes for the Horse Show, $5,000 for the new exhibit of Farm and Draft Horses, $3,000 for the Poultry Show, $4,000 for the Fruit and Vegetable Exhibits, $1,000 for the new Flower Show. The show opens Labor Day and continues for one week.

Giuseppe Creatore and his famous band will be the principal musical attraction.

As usual, the Horse Show itself will continue to be the center of attraction. The finest horses to be found in America will prance in the ring in front of the big grand stand each afternoon, under the eyes of thousands of eager spectators. For the Rochester Horse Show is, after all, the one all important, all-absorbing feature of the week.

The most important addition to the program for 1916 is the exhibit of farm, breeding and draft horses, for the accommodation of which an immense stable with 200 box stalls has been provided. The horses will be judged each morning. Prizes are offered for grades as well as registered stock, and there are several classes for the get of registered stallions.

The industrial exhibit will be confined to the Manufacturer’s Building, the huge structure with 50,000 square feet of floor space, which was specially constructed for exposition purposes.

There are numerous special attractions, some new and some old. The “Better Babies” contest will be featured again. There will be the usual Fine Arts display, shown in an adequate fireproof gallery. There will be the free attractions, chief among which will be the big Zeppelin air ship. The Original Diavolo, looping the loop on a bicycle; the Marvelous Melville, aerial gymnast; the Howards, high wire cyclists. There will be the Poultry Show, one of the best in the country. A sale of pure bred Holsteins will be held Friday, Sept. 8. the cattle will be on exhibition all the week.

Governor Charles S. Whitman will be at the Exposition on Wednesday, Sept. 6, which will be known as Governor’s Day.


Some of the greatest hunters and jumpers in the country will compete for blue ribbons and cash prizes at the Rochester Horse Show, which opens Labor Day, Sept. 4. The show will bring together not only famous horses from millionaire’s stables, but also some of the country’s most expert riders.

The Bank Jump is probably the trickiest of them all. In this the rider first encounter a rail fence. He covers this and lands on an embankment 3 feet high and 12 feet square. Horse and rider just have time to gather themselves for another fence at the other end of the bank. they rise to clear this three-foot fence and then have a six-foot drop onto terra firms.

The water Jump is a test of skill in covering distance. the water-filled ditch is concealed by a rail fence covered with brush and the horse does not know of the water beyond until he rises to top the fence; then he has to stretch himself to avoid taking an involuntary bath.

Beatles Last Concert

beatles-candlestickOn August 29th 1966 The Beatles gave their last commercial concert in Candlestick park, San Francisco. The concert on top of the Apple Corp building in 1969 doesn’t count because it was free and unannounced. The 1966 concert had opening acts of The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes. Prices ranged from $4.50 to $6.50 per ticket and even though the stadium would hold over 42,000 only 25,000 were sold because of bad marketing.

It hadn’t been announced as the last appearance of The Beatles but the group knew that it would be. Each of them took their cameras on stage and took pictures of the crowd and themselves.

Paul asked their press officer, Tony Barrow, to make a recording on a hand-held cassette recorder. Tony forgot to turn over the 30 minute tape so the last song “Long Tall Sally” got cut off. The “video” below is that audio tape with added background images.

To take the place of doing live appearances, The Beatles would start making films for each new song release.

Top Songs of 1966 – #23

Sunny_-_bobby_hebb_singleBobby Hebb had a hit with “Sunny” in 1966. It was a song that he both wrote and performed. Bobby said that his “intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide.” Because “Sunny” was such a big hit in 1966, Bobby was an opening act for The Beatles during their tour of the US. In 1976 he also recorded a disco version of his song. This was to be his only hit song. Bobby continued to live in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, until his death on August 3, 2010. He is buried in at Nashville’s Spring Hill Cemetery.

“Sunny” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of Aug. 21 – 27, 1966. Then on the Billboard Hot 100 chart it made it up to #2 for the weeks of Aug. 14 – 27.