Hit Songs of 1968 – #10

Otis Redding started his musical career by singing in his church choir. He released songs starting in 1962 that usually just showed up on the R&B charts. He did write and record “Respect” in 1965 which later became a bigger hit for Aretha Franklin. He appeared at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles in April 1966. That led to his appearance at the influential Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967. In August of that year he wrote “(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay” with producer and guitarist Steve Cropper. The final recording session for that song was on Dec. 7th and Otis died in an airplane crash in Madison, Wisconsin on Dec. 10th.

“(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay” was released in Jan. 1968 and hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for four weeks, March 10 – April 6. It was the only number one hit for Otis on that chart and it was the first posthumous song to be number one on the Billboard chart.

Old News – Blues Concert

The poster, below, came from the March 22, 1968 issue of The Pioneer. That is the student newspaper of St. John Fisher College. It was originally just in black and white and I colorized it. You can view a bigger version by right clicking on it and then viewing the image.

This was a two night blues festival. The first night the first major act was the Muddy Waters Blues Band. Then Eddie “Son” House played. He had retired in Rochester from music in 1943. Then in the mid 60s he was rediscovered and was know as the “Father of Folk Blues.” A review says that he got the audience all to clap along when he played “This Little House of Mine.” The last act on Saturday was The Electric Flag.

The Sunday night show opened with a couple of small acts. Then The Paul Butterfield Blues Band took the stage. The closing act was lesser known The Junior Wells Band. At the end of their set they had Paul Butterfield and his guitarist Elvin Bishop come out and play with their group.

The advertise price of a ticket was $2.50 per night but if you were a student at St. John Fisher or Nazareth College a ticket could be bought for the price of $1.50.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #40

This article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he mentions a law that was passed to deal with increasing amount of human waste in the City of Rochester. This is the kind of thing that they don’t talk about in history classes in school .


Penal Ordinance — Passed November 11, 1862.

The Common Council of the City of Rochester do ordain as follows: All Owners and keepers of hotels, taverns, banking houses, factories, arcades, warehouses and establishments where more than ten persons are habitually gathered or employed, within said city, shall cause to be constructed on their respective premises one or more strong wooden boxes, slides or drawers, of suitable dimensions, provided with a convenient handle at each end with movable lids which may be fitted there to perfectly tight; and shall cause such boxes to be placed under the seats of their respective privies, as a substitute for vaults now in use; and shall cause such boxes to be carried away and emptied by licenses scavengers into places to be designated by the Mayor or board of health, and washed out perfectly clean, and again replaced at least once in each week from the first day of May to the first day of October in each year, under penalty of FIFTY DOLLARS for each offense.