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Rockin' Rochester: 1960's













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Rockin' Rochester: The 1960's:

1960

"Rockin' Rochester" b/w "Lemon Lime" The Tempests-Lifetime 1010

"Ft. Lauderdale, USA" b/w "Johnny come home" Bill Friel & his Fabulous Furies-Joker 45 (Available on "Strummin' Mental vol. 4" compilation, Link records LP)

"Blue fire" b/w "My heart never said goodbye" Steve Alaimo & the Redcoats-Dickson 6444/5

"Since I Lost You" b/w "Winner Takes All" Gene Cornish -Vassar

"Blue fire" b/w "My Heart Never Said Goodbye" Steve Alaimo-Imperial 5699

"Dum Dee Dee Dum" b/w "Night Cap" Mickey Lane-Laurie 3071

1961

"Unchained Melody" b/w 'It happens ev'ry time" Steve Alaimo-Imperial 5717

"Spooky" b/w "The Redcoats Are Coming" Count Stephen (Steve Alaimo)-Marlin 6103

"Big bad Beulah" b/w " b/w 'I cried all the way home" Steve Alaimo-Checker 981

"All night long" b/w "I'm thankful" Steve Alaimo-Checker 989

"Spooky" b/w "The Redcoats are coming" Count Stephen-1961 Marlin 6103 (Steve Alaimo)

"The Waiting's So Hard" b/w "You Got Me Whistling" Steve Alaimo-Checker 998

1962

"Mashed potatoes (Part one)" b/w ""Mashed potatoes (Part two)" Steve Alaimo-Checker 1006 -Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 March 17, 1962 for 1 week at # 81.

"My friends' b/w "Goin' back to Marty" Steve Alaimo-Checker 1018

"Cry myself to sleep" b/w "One good reason" Steve Alaimo-Checker 1024

"Everyday I have to cry" b/w "Little girl" Steve Alaimo-Checker 1032-Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 January 5, 1963. Highest position: # 46, spent 10 weeks on charts.

Midtown Plaza, America's first indoor shopping mall, opens.

WOKR-TV (channel 13-ABC) signs on as Rochester's third TV station.

1963

"My misery" b/w "Be mine" Catalinas-Novart

"Lightning" b/w "May You Walk Alone ?" Don & Jerry & the Nighthawks-Star Artists

"Last days of Kinzua" b/w "Redskin rumble" Red Arrow & the Braves-Kinzua 101

"Echo" B/W "Desert Wind" The Vaqueros-Audition 6102

"Lifetime of lonliness" b/w "It's a long way to happiness" Steve Alaimo-Checker 1042

"Don't let the sun catch you crying" b/w 'I told you so" Steve Alaimo-Checker 1047-Debuted on Billboard August 17, 1963 for 1 week at # 125.

"Michael (Part one)" b/w "Michael (Part 2)" Steve Alaimo-Checker 1054 -Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 October 5, 1963 for 1 week at # 100.

"Gotta lotta love" b/w "Happy Pappy" Steve Alaimo-Imperial 66003 -Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 November 16, 1963. Highest position: # 74, spent 6 weeks on charts.

"One more day, one more night" b/w "Lord, my cell is cold" Kack Klik-Kack Klik/House of Guitar Records ("Lord My Cell Is Cold" is on  the"Glimpses # 4" compilation LP on Wellington Records which was released in 1989)

1964

Armond & Bruce Schaubroeck open up the House Of Guitars at 645 Titus Avenue.

"Summertime" b/w "Teenager"  Bill Friel & his Fabulous Furies Integrity 45

"Take off with the Stingrays" 10" LP The Stingrays(with Brad Wheat, later of the Heard)

"Do the Capri" b/w "Lonely I will stay" Gene Cornish with the Tomlin Sisters-Dawn 550

"I'm Allright" b/w "Stuff" The Invictas -Bengel 113 (March 1964) (Available on The best of Herb Gross & the Invictas-Forevermore CD, 1996)

"Stuff/I'm Allright/Ooh Poo Pah Do/Long Tall Shorty" The Invictas -Bengel DIS-1980 EP (Rec. 1964, released August 1980) ("Ooh Poo Pah Doo" available on The best of Herb Gross & the Invictas-Forevermore CD, 1996)

"As Time Goes By" b/w "Tomorrow" The Groop Ltd.-Integrity 213 (June 1964)

July: 3 days of race rioting devestates the city.

"Shaggy Dog" b/w "Oo-Oo" Mickey Lee Lane-Swan 4183-Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 October 10, 1964. Highest position: # 38, spent 9 weeks on charts. Debuted on  Cashbox October 10, 1964. Highest position:  #38, spent 10 weeks on charts.

"What I'd say" b/w "Peanuts" Gene Cornish & the Unbeatables-Dawn

"I Wanna Be A Beatle" b/w "Oh, Misery" Gene Cornish & the Unbeatables-Dawn 551

"Live at Palisades Amusement Park" Gene Cornish & the Unbeatables-Fawn LP

"At The Beach" b/w "Summer's Comin'" Bobby Francis-Centaur 45

'No return" b/w "Moon Relay" The Vistas-Tuff 451965 (September 1964)

"Fade out, fade in" b/w "Love is a many splendored thing" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10553

"I don't know" b/w "That's what love will do" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10580-Debuted on Billboard September 12, 1964. Spent 5 weeks on the chart, highest position #103.

Wednesday, September 16th: "Shindig" debuts  on ABC. Guests are Sam Cooke; The Everly Brothers; Jackie & Gayle; Bobby Sherman; The Blossoms; Alan Sues; The Wellingtons & The Righteous Brothers.

"Everybody knows but her" b/w "Happy" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10605

1965

Tuesday, January 12th: "Hullabaloo" debuts  on NBC. Guests Host is Jack Jones; Headliners are Gerry & The Pacemakers, with guest artists  the New Christey Minstrels; The Zombies; Woody Allen; Joey Heatherton; Jocelyne.

The Rochester Americans win the American Hockey League's Calder Cup.

"Real live girl" b/w "Need you" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10620-Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 March 6, 1965. Highest position: # 77,  spent 2 weeks on charts.

"Never Again" b/w "Who Are The Baby Dolls" The Baby Dolls-Skyline single

"The Zoo" b/w "(They're All In) The Senior Class-Mickey Lee Lane-Swan 4199

"The Hump" b/w "Long Tall Shortie" Sahara 107 (March 1965; # 1 on WSAY-AM, Rochester; also # 1 in Miami. Banned in Boston, of course.) (Available on The best of Herb Gross & the Invictas-Forevermore CD, 1996)

"Do It" b/w "The Hook" The Invictas -Sahara 110 (May 1965) (Available on: The best of Herb Gross & the Invictas-Forevermore CD, 1996; Garage Monsters comp. Vault LP 1986; Oil Stains # 1 comp. dB LP 1982)

"Dance Time" EP (Peanut Butter/You Can't Do That/Green Fields/Good Lovin')-Bobby & the Bombers-Century Custom 20017

"The Chiller" b/w "Chiller Limbo" Vic Plati Quintet -Brave Hearts

"Cast your fate to the wind" b/w "Mais oui" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10680-Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 June 26, 1965. Highest position: # 89,  spent 2 weeks on charts.

Monday, June 28th: "Where The Action Is" debuts  on ABC. Guests are Jan & Dean. Dick Clark hosts, regulars include:  Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Knickerbockers, The Robbs, The Hardtimes, Steve Alaimo, Linda Scott, Keith Allison, Tina Mason, & The Action Kids. The show airs 5 days a week after school. The show runs through March, 1967.

"Little Girl (I Was Wrong)" b/w "When You're In Love-Mickey Lee Lane-Swan 4210

"College psychology on love" b/w "Babe, we are not part of society" the Churchmice-House of Guitars Records

"Never again" b/w "Who are the Baby Dolls" The Baby Dolls-Skyline

"Hey Sha-Lo-Ney" b/w "Of Yesterday"-Mickey Lee Lane-Swan 4222

"Blowin' in the wind" b/w "Lady of the house" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10712

The Invictas 'A Go-Go-Sahara LP 101

Monday November 1st: The Rolling Stones play the War Memorial. Police stop the show after seven songs because of the unruly crowd. Patti Labelle & the Blue Belles open the show.

Saturday November 20th: Bob Dylan plays the War Memorial (the Hawks are his band).

1966

The Blizzard of 1966 leaves 34 inches of snow, and shuts down city for five days.

"It's No Use" b/w "Somebody To Love" The Playboys-Bengel PK-122765 (February 1966)

"Laugh with the wind" b/w "Stop it baby" The Heard-Audition Records (March 1966) ('Stop it baby' is available on "Teenage Shutdown vol. 4: I'm a no count" Teenage Shutdown CD & LP, 1998; and on Pebbles Vol. 7- BFD LP, 1979)

The Rochester Americans win the American Hockey League's Calder Cup.

"Land of olden" b/w "Drambuie"  (No label) The Coachmen (April 1966) ('Drambuie' is available on "Teenage Shutdown vol. 12:No tease...." Teenage Shutdown CD & LP, 2000; and on "Let's Dig 'Em Up" No Tyme LP, 1998)

"Warning" b/w "Take A Taxi" The Humans (Albion, NY) (May14, 1966) Audition ('Warning' is avilable on "Back From The Grave Vol. 5"  LP  and "Back From The Grave Vol. 2"  CD)

"All About Love" b/w 'Bo Diddley" The Cavemen-Capitol Star Artist ("All About Love" is available on "Psychedelic States: New York In The 60s #2 " Gear Fab CD, 2002) Although recorded at Fine Recording Studio in Rochester, this group is from Buffalo,NY

"My Rights" b/w "I Want Your Love" The Acoustics (Palmyra,NY)-Canaltown ("My Rights" is available on "Psychedelic States: New York In The 60s #2 " Gear Fab CD, 2002; "Pebbles Vol. 16" AIP LP, 1985)

"Bright lights, big city" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10764

"The Only Thing To Do" b/w "She Don't Want To"-Mickey Lee Lane-Swan 4252

"So much love" b/w "Truer than true" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10805-Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 May 21, 1966. Highest position: # 92,  spent 2 weeks on charts.

"Bad Trip" b/w "Wait For Me" The Darelycks Fine FI-111 (June 1966) ( "Bad Trip" is available on "Sixties Rebellion #16 :The Living Room" Wayback CD & LP, 1999; "Psychedelic States: New York In The 60s #1" Gear Fab CD, 2002)

"Pardon me(it's my first day alone)" b/w "Savin' all my love" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 10873

"Come With Me (to another world)" b/w "Love Is Gone" The Angry Men -Torch T-1001

"Time after time" b/w "Free as the wind" The Method-Fine Records

"Happy" b/w "On the beach" Steve Alaimo-ABC-Paramount 1083

"Weird" b/w "Give Me A Try" Nu Sound Ltd. 6111 The Wee Four (October 1966) ('Weird' is available on "Pebbles Vol. 21" AIP LP, 1987; the Pebbles box set, HIT, 5 LP's, 1987; "Teenage Shutdown vol. 8:She'll hurt you in the end" Teenage Shutdown  CD & LP, 1998;  "Trash Box" box set, HIT LP's)

"Mean Willy" P.B & the Staunchmen (Dansville, NY) (Available on "Psychedelic States: New York In The 60s #2 " Gear Fab CD, 2002; Garage Punk Unknowns #8-Crypt LP, 1998)

"I don't want to cry " b/w "Move girl" Soul Brother Six-Fine FI-9M25661 (September 1966)

"Nothing To Say Today" b/w "Turn On Your Love Light" The Show Stoppers-Columbia 43914 (December 1966)

1967

"Live For Today" b/w "Sad Boy " Vick Pernell (with The Hangmen ) Century 45

"It's Not That Way" b/w "You Wouldn't Believe Me" Terry Pillitere (of  the 'Wee Four') Nu-Sound Ltd. 6112 (March 1967)

"If You Want To, Why Don't You" b/w "Once More With Love" The Show Stoppers-Columbia 44184 (June 1967) ("If You Want To" is available on "Mayhem & Psychosis #3" Roxy LP, 1989; and "Mayhem & Psychosis #2" Laroche CD, 1998)

"Some Kind Of Wonderful" b/w "I'll Be Loving You" The Soul Brother Six-Atlantic 2406-Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 June 24, 1967. Highest position: # 91,  spent 1 week on chart.  

July 27th: The Monkees play the War Memorial.

August 30th: Herman's Hermits, The Who & the Blues Magoos play the War Memorial.

"She Don't Got The Right" b/w "I Try!" The Young Tyrants-In Records 11M67101 (September 1967) ("She Don't Got The Right" is available on "Class Of '66" Wanted LP, 1995; "I Try" is available on "Open Up Yer Door!" Frog Death LP, 1984 & "Project Blue # 3: Nevermore-USA Teen Punkers 65-67" Project Blue LP, 1996)

October  28th: The Mothers Of Invention play the War Memorial.

"Lost" b/w "If You See Me" Pete Morticelli Nu-Sound 45

"Tobacco Road" b/w "Cat Squirrel " Beethoven's Dream Group  In Records (November 1967) (Batavia, NY group)

"Blow On" b/w "New World " America's Children Rondquoit

"What Can You Do When You Ain't Got Nobody" b/w "You Better Check Yourself"  The Soul Brother Six-Atlantic 2456-Debuted on Billboard "Bubbling Under" charts Jan. 27, 1968. Highest position: # 107,  spent 2 weeks on charts.  

1968

"The Detroit Move" b/w "Shake A Tailfeather" The Invictas-Sahara 117 (February 1968) (Available on The best of Herb Gross & the Invictas-Forevermore CD, 1996)

The Rochester Americans win the American Hockey League's Calder Cup.

March  21st: The Jimi Hendrix Experience play the  Rochester War Memorial.

April 7th: Cream play the Eastman College Theater.  

"Tutti Frutti" b/w "With Your Love-Mickey Lee Lane-Mala 12032

"Your Love Is Such A Wonderful Love" b/w "I Can't Live Without You" The Soul Brother Six-Atlantic 2535

"Queen Alice" b/w "News" The Trillium-Mr. G (June 1968)

"Give Me One More Chance" b/w "Get It" Wilmer & the Dukes Aphrodesiac SME 260- -Debuted on Cashbox charts June 22, 1968. Highest position: # 78,  spent 6 weeks on charts. Debuted on Billboard Hot 100 July 20, 1968. Highest position: # 80,  spent 6 weeks on charts. (Available on: Wilmer & the Dukes-Forevermore CD, 1993) (#18 WKNR, Detroit)

"Heavy Time' b/w "I'm Free" Wilmer & the Dukes Aphrodesiac SME 261 (Available on: Wilmer & the Dukes-Forevermore CD, 1993)

" It Isn't Easy" b/w "My Someone" Blades Of Grass Fine Records 45

" It Can Happen!!" b/w "Since You've Gone Away"  Little Peppy & Bare Existence Fine Records 45

"RU sure" b/w "Foxy Lady" Whey -Century

"My Song" b/w "Hell Will Take Care Of Her" Brass Buttons -Cotillion 44013

The Xerox Tower and Irondequoit Bay Bridge are completed.

1969

WCMF-FM (96.5) switches to an "Underground Music" format.

March: The Mothers Of Invention play the War Memorial.

Wilmer & The Dukes (LP) Aphrodesiac (Available on: Wilmer & the Dukes-Forevermore CD, 1993)

"Somebody Else Is Loving My Baby" b/w "Thank You Baby For Loving Me" The Soul Brother Six-Atlantic 2592

"Leaving Here' b/w "When I get home"  The Rustix Cadet 5628

July  15th: Led Zepplin play Rochester.

"Living In The USA" Wilmer & the Dukes Aphrodesiac 162 -Debuted on Billboard August 23, 1969. Spent 2 weeks on the chart, highest position #114. (Available on: Wilmer & the Dukes-Forevermore CD, 1993) (#22 WKNR, Detroit)

"What You Got (is so good for me)" b/w "Drive" The Soul Brother Six-Atlantic 2645

"Bedlam"  (LP) The Rustix  Rare Earth RS-508 -Debuted on Billboard Album chart November 15, 1969. Highest position: # 200,  spent 2 weeks on the charts.

"Can't you hear the music play?" b/w "I Guess This Is Goodbye" The Rustix  -Rare Earth 5011 (December 1969)

Famouns Alumni

Gene Cornish-To the Young Rascals, 1965

Special thanks to Greg Prevost & Chuck Ciriello 
















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