New TV Shows of Fall 1964 – ABC

In the fall of 1964 ABC added 15 new shows. Like every new TV season some failed and some ended up running for a few years Most of the Monday night shows were new to the ABC schedule. This was also the first season that ABC broadcast some of their shows in color. See how …

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Top Songs of 1964; #17

It was another British group that had the next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964. The House of the Rising Sun was an old folk song that had been floating around the Appalachian Mountains since at least the early 1900s. One recording from 1937 called it The Rising Sun Blues. …

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More on the 1964 Rochester Riot

The Rochester Public Library has released a new collection dealing with the Rochester riot of July 1964. Rochester Riots of 1964, Vol. 1 (157 pages) is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings for the days during the riot (July 25 – Aug. 3). Then Volume 2 (168 pages) has newspaper articles on the aftermath of the …

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Top Songs of 1964; #16

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Where Did Our Love Go” by The Supremes. The song was written and produced by the team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. They wrote and produced many songs for various Motown artists in the 1960s. The Supremes were …

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Top Songs of 1964; #15

During at a time in music that all remember as the British Invasion comes an unlikely number one hit; “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin. The song was written by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor and Ken Lane in 1947. It had been recorded a few times when a recording session in 1964 Lane, who was …

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Top Songs of 1964; #14

The Beatles are back on the top of the record charts in 1964. This time with “A Hard Day’s Night,” the title song to the movie of the same name. The song was written by John Lennon with only minor suggestions from Paul McCartney. The title comes from a malapropism attributed to Ringo Starr after …

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1964 Rochester Riot

We are approaching an anniversary of a sad occasion in Rochester history. On Friday, July 24, 1964 it began when police arrested a 19 year-old intoxicated black man at a block party. When rumors of police brutality began to spread, an angry crowd formed on Joseph Avenue and became violent.It wasn’t until the 26th that …

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Top Songs of 1964; #13

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Rag Doll” by The Four Seasons. It was just another song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change. When …

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