Top Songs of 1966 – #6

Nancy_Sinatra_single_cover_These_Boots_Are_Made_for_WalkinThe next song to go to the top of the record charts in 1966 was “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra. Nancy had been recording songs since 1961 without much success. Then she was teamed with music producer Lee Hazelwood. Lee produced the song and also wrote it. It was an instant hot and helped Nancy’s career tremendously. She not only had some more hit songs but also appeared on TV and in movies. This would be the only number one song by Nancy by herself. She would also hit number one with “Something Stupid” which was a duet with her father, Frank, in 1967. Some of her later songs were duets were with Lee Hazelwood.

“These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box chart for the week of Feb. 20 – 26, 1966.

Nancy filmed a promotional video for the song. That was so she didn’t have to personally appear on every TV show. Twenty years later this form would be known as a music video.

Nancy has an official website but it appears to be down. Not sure if that is temporary or permanent. She also is on Facebook.

Long Lost Family

long-lost-family“Long Lost family” is a show about adoptees being reunited with their birth family. There have been other shows like this before but they don’t usually last very long. Not sure why. Normally I would mention that New York State has a closed adoption system that makes these reunions almost impossible in the state+. Then I found out that one of the adoptees in the series is Jenny Thomas of Rochester. If you watch the video, below, she is the lady that about a minute into the video says “Oh, my God… I know her.” She found out that she had actually worked with her birth mother a few years ago at a local hospital.

Not all of these reunions are pleasant. In some cases bringing up information that has been hidden for years is not welcome. I doubt that this series will show any of those cases.

“Long Lost Family” premieres on TLC channel Sunday, March 6th at 10 p.m. (eastern and western times). The hosts are Lisa Joyner and Chris Jacobs, who are both adoptees. It is based on a British series that has aired since 2011.

Old News – Auto Registrations

Last weeks’  “Old News” was about a horse accident. This week it is about how the automobile is growing in popularity. Then, the ad shows that even on the farm gasoline powered tractors are about to take the work away from the horse.


Thursday, March 2, 1916

Monroe County Automobiles

ad-1916-03-02A total of 12,761 motor vehicles were registered from Monroe county last year with Secretary of State Francis M. Hugo, as compared with 9,050 in 1914 and 7.094 in 1913. Last year’s registrations in Monroe county represented 11,384 pleasure cars and 1,203 commercial cars, the remaining registrations being of dealers’ and exempt cars. Of the pleasure cars, no less than 4,974 were registered for the first time last year, while of the commercial cars 492 were first registrations. Monroe county autoists paid $101,841.50 in fees last year, $90,492 being paid by owners and dealers in registration fees.

All told there were 234,032 motor vehicles registered in this state last year, an increase of 64,066 over 1914. Monroe county had 107 automobile dealers last year, 41 of the number registering with the Secretary of State for the first time.

During the past year, 2,892 chauffeurs were registered from Monroe county, 1.482 of the number making their first application. The chauffeurs paid $10,230 in fees while $1,119.50 was received from vendees’ affidavits and similar sources.

According to the 1915 State Census, Monroe county had a population of 319,310 so that with the registration of 12,761 motor vehicles there is now a car of some sort or other for every 25 persons in the county.

Another Arch Merrill Book

tomahawks-coverI scanned the book “Tomahawks and Old Lace” by Arch Merrill and placed it on This book was originally published in 1948 and like other book by Mr. Merrill, is a compilation of columns that were published in the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper. In this book he tells tales of some people that lived or visited western New York including Susan B. Anthony, Buffalo Bill Cody, Sam Patch, boxer John L. Sullivan, Jemima Wilkinson (the Universal Friend), author Mary Jane Holmes and many more. There is also a short biography of Mary Jemison who was known as the “White Woman of the Genesee.” Mr. Merrill would later publish a longer account of her capture by Indians and how she continued to live with them when was able to leave years later.

My reason for placing this book on is that they are a non-profit organization that will go on for many years. They are trying to make available as many old books as they can get a hold of. They also “magically” are able to change the format. I uploaded my file as a PDF file and they changed it to a Kindle file, ePub and even a text file. Just click on the title above and read online or download in your favorite format.

Relative Race

relative-raceThere is a new genealogy TV program beginning on Sunday evening. Relative Race is similar to The Amazing Race except that couples are also on a genealogy search at the same time. They are completing against threeeother couples for a prize of $25,000 while traversing the US. The show is hosted by former ESPN anchor Dan J. Debenham. The producer promise that “there are more surprises that take place than even we thought would occur.”

The show is on BYUtv which I get on Dish Network channel 9403. You can also watch live on the internet. Relative Race is on at 8pm eastern time, 6pm mountain time and 5pm pacific time. I’ll be watching the Acedemy Award show at that time but I’ll be recording Relative Race to watch the next day.

Information on the BYUtv website doesn’t say how many episodes the series will be.

I found a preview of the series which I have linked to below:

Top Songs of 1966 – #5

Lou_ChristieThe next song to go all the way to the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Lightnin’ Strikes” by Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco better known by his stage name of Lou Christie. Lou had a hit in 1963 with “Two Faces Have I.” Then his career was interrupted when he was drafted in the US Army. “Lightnin’ Strikes” was his come back song after his term in the Army. He also co-wrote the song with Twyla Herbert. The background singers on the song were Bernadette Carroll, Denise Ferri and Peggy Santiglia. Peggy had been in the girl group The Angels.

“Lightnin’ Strikes” was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 10 chart for the week of Feb. 13 – 19. It was the top song on the Cash Box record chart for two weeks (Feb. 6 – 19). It would be his only number one hit.

Old News – Traffic Accident

Madame Olga Petrova was given her stage name when she made her film debut in a Russian movie in 1912. She was born Muriel Harding in England in 1884. When she came to the US in 1913 she still used her Russian sounding stage name. She gave up her film career in 1918.

Horses were still the kings of the road in Fairport in 1916.


Thursday, Feb. 24, 1916


ad-1916-02-24Considerable excitement was caused on North Main street, Wednesday afternoon of last week, when a team belonging to M. G. Grabb, ran away and collided with another team near the Kirkwood Hotel.

Mr. Grabb’s team was standing in the roadway at the Schummers coal yard when it took fright at a passing train and started to run toward Main street.

After the outfit reached the street, the horses swerved back towards the west and made for the opposite side of the street where stood a yeam belonging to Charles Benschneider. For a time it appeared to those who saw the runaway, that the teams would meet head-on, but Mr. Grabb’s horses turned aside somewhat to avoid striking the others and nearly succeeded. One of the neck yokes however, caught in the bit on one of Mr. Benschneider’s team throwing the horse upon its side.

The running team continued up South Main street, where it was stopped in front of the Deal block by Ray Woolsey. Others assisted in the looking after the fallen horse which was found to be badly cut about the mouth.