Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #6

“Happy Together” would knock The Beatles out of the number one spot on the record charts in 1967.

The Turtles first got together in 1965 as The Crossfires. They achieved breakthrough success with a cover of a Bob Dylan song, “It Ain’t Me Babe” which reached #8 in late summer of 1965. The group had more songs  near the top of the charts but “Happy Together” was their only song to go to number one. The group dissolved in 1970 and because of legal troubles they were not allowed to use the name of the group until 1983. Lead singer Howard Kaylan and back-up singer Mark Volman started doing a series of reunion tours in 2010 and I saw them about 6 years ago. They tour with other groups from the 60s and 70s in a kind of review. You can visit their website to see all the tour dates. The closest that they will come to Rochester is a concert at the Erie County Fair on August 8th. That concert also includes an appearance by groups The Association and The Box Tops. I already have a ticket.

“Happy Together” was the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for 3 weeks, March 19 – April 8. It was the number one song on the Cash Box chart for the weeks of March 26 – April 8.

The video is from the Ed Sullivan Show of May 14, 1967 with audio from the original recording.

New Online Newspapers

NYS Historic Newspapers has announced the newspapers that they have added in the last three months. There aren’t any from Monroe County added this time but there are some from surrounding counties. At the bottom of the list is a video telling how can search the website.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #20

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 couple of things. First he writes about his own style of art which is called “primitive,” in that, it is very basic. In many of his other drawings his people all seem to have big noses. Then along with his drawing of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, he mentions that a railing was added to stop people from jumping off the bridge. Then also pasted to the scrapbook page was an article from 1947 where a man has jumped from the bridge.

“Primitives are men of a child-like innocence of eye and artless means of statement; are by nature solitaries, and usually they stay in their out of the way villages or remain unknown in their humble city apartments. Nor is there any consistency of aim and approach in their ways of drawing or painting. Yet seldom a year goes by that the newspapers do discover an iron worker or a janitor or a rural housewife who seems to fulfill all the conditions of modern  primitivism except perhaps the instinctive achievement of that form quality which renders the picture aesthetically vital.” So now you know why at the age of 65 the writer of this beloved book appears to be anything but in his right mind. The above quotation is from The Story of Modern Art by Sheldon Cheney, published 1941.

We show the red guardrail erected 1946 to keep people like Kilroy from jumping over. Many have done it but none since the guardrail was erected until now.

March 30, 1947

Fighting off a motorist who sought to restrain him, an unidentified man leaped to his death from Veterans Memorial Bridge a few minutes before 9:15 o’clock last night.

The motorist Theodore Newman of 84 Van Olinda St., told police he was driving across the bridge when he saw a man poised on the south railing about 300 feet from the east end of the bridge. Stopping his car, Newman said he pulled the man from the railing once, but that he fought back and managed to elude him. The man quickly climbed up on the bridge rail again and jumped, Newman said.

Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #5

The Beatles were back with another hit song with “Penny Lane” in 1967. The song was written primarily by Paul McCartney but credited to Lennon and McCartney. Penny Lane is a street near Lennon’s childhood home. You will notice that in the music video there buses with “Penny Lane” displayed as it was a bus terminal for several routes. In the early days McCartney and Lennon used to meet at Penny Lane junction to catch a bus into downtown Liverpool. The trumpet in the song was played by David Mason who was paid 27 pounds, 10 shillings for his performance

The Beatles had decided to stop touring so they would make short movies to be shown on TV to promote their songs.

On the Billboard Hot 100 chart “Penny Lane” was number one for the week of March 12 – 18. On the Cash Box record chart it was number one for the weeks of March 12 – 25.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #19

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 the waterfalls in Rochester and also about building the dam near Mount Morris to control flooding of Rochester. He gets one thing wrong, the dam is within Letchworth Park. In 1972 during flooding from a hurricane the water behind the dam came close to overflowing. Still the dam prevented the dangerous flooding that had destroyed downtown Rochester many times before

The total fall in the Genesee River in passing through the City of Rochester is 356 feet including several rapids. there are four water power privileges now utilized; the south of about 17 feet; the upper falls of about 90 feet; the middle falls of about 27 feet; and the lower falls of about 90 feet. Plans are now being made for a concrete dam to be built by the RG&E Corp. at an approximate cost of ten million smackers, across the gorge of the Genesee River at a point along the “high banks” about one mile south of Mount Morris. The proposed dam will be 180 feet high, over 1000 feet long at the top, with a base 600 feet long extending 40 feet into the solid rock. Then building of this dam will create a vast artificial lake over 16 miles long, extending nearly to Letchworth Park. The great flood of 1865 did much damage. Thomas Thackery Swinborne of the Genesee predicted still another flood when he wrote: ” down the vale I’ll thunder with my billows like a gale, and flood thy marts and dash thy bridges down.”

Old News – Gas

Natural gas lines were just coming to Fairport a hundred years ago.


Wednesday, March 21, 1917

Information Given at Chamber of Commerce Meeting Held On Monday Evening

Now aren’t you sorry you were not at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in the town hall Monday night?

Some of your neighbors were there, and some other of your neighbors met members of the Chamber on the street next morning and said: “Why didn’t you tell me about the meeting; I hear it was a mighty interesting session and that much important was given out about gas and its use?”

Both Fairport papers have carried announcements of this meeting the last three weeks, and last week the Herald used an illustration to emphasize the importance of it. And yet only a handful gathered, around 50 in number.

Frederick Fisher of the Rochester Railway & Light company gave an illustrated lecture on gas, its manufacture and use. The pictures thrown on the screen were remarkable for their perfection. The stages in the development of gas manufacture, from the gas that would give only 3 candle power to that of the present days of scores of candle power were delineated on the screen, together with views of coke ovens, scrubbers, condensers, retorts, pipe laying, etc. were given, with detailed description.

Perhaps the greater interest attached to the round table following the lecture, in which a large number of questions were asked of Mr. Fisher and of Mr. Montignani, the new manager of the Despatch Heat, Light & Power Co. From the questions and answers it developed that the company will commence trench digging as soon as the frost will permit, which  may be in two weeks, they probably will have several gangs at work in all parts of the village at the same time, as they are anxious to get the gas to here at the earliest possible time.

One of the canvassers ventured the prediction that gas would be placed in 80 percent of the residences of the village. Any householder wanted gas may have the service pipe laid from the street to the meter in the cellar without charge, providing he has a gas stove. It is not obligatory that the stove be purchased of the company. All stoves purchased of the company will be connected free of charge, but if the company is asked to connect stoves bought of other dealers, a charge of 11 cents per foot will be made, that is, from meter to the stove.

The meters belong to the company. The use of gas in furnaces is not recommended, and as a general proposition electricity is to be preferred to gas for lighting.

Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #4

The Supremes were back on the top of the record charts in 1967. “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone” was another hit song written by the Motown team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr. This song features a harpsichord and strings and has Diana Ross doing emotional dialog. It is the group’s ninth number-one single.

The song was on the top of the Cash Box record chart for the week of Feb. 25 – March 4. It was  the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for the week of March 5 – 11.