Nov 22, 2008

Come on in. We’re talking music of our era…the songs we grew up with…stroll with us down Memory Lane while we remember the past here. Every classmate (and teacher too) is welcome to contribute their thoughts to this effort, just sent an email to me: ..and thanks…


There are so many great tunes from our Gander era that it's hard to know where to start. But there are several that really stand out.

I particularly remember "Rockin Robin" (Bobby Dey, 1957) because a group of us who hung around together called ourselves the Aces. Not that we were a street gang or anything like that but it was more about being cool. Sort of like the Fonz model. We used the same greasy hair stuff (Brylcream) and combed our hair up from both sides with the crease in the center and a "duck's a--" at the back. We carried a long black comb in the back pocket and wore white bucks. To make a long story short, we changed the words "Rockin Robin" to "Rockin Aces" every time we sang that song.

I remember the Jim Reeves songs, especially "He'll Have To Go" (1960), simply because it was played a lot at sock hops, house parties, and on jukeboxes in the greasy spoons. This song is still burned into my head, even after half a century.

Last but not least, remember the big band tune "In The Mood". This goes back to 1940 with the Glenn Miller Band, but played throughout the 1950's. My good friend Neil Bridger played this on his button accordion whenever there was a get together. I remember that after every line he would streatch the bellows to fill them with air and it sounded like - do do do do do do da do do do do eeeeerrrrk or something similar to that. So every time I hear this tune I remember Neil.

Neil's tragic story is aptly told by his close friend and co-worker Dennis Pritchett on the Flight in the "In Memorium" section.

Bob McKinnon, St. Joseph’s Class of 1961



I  remember in particular the song Bob Mcknnon mentioned "In the Mood" as it brought back some very pleasant memories.

It was the theme song of the 1/2 hour radio program I had on CBG on Saturday evenings at 6:30 PM when I was in Grade 11.  The program was called "TeenTalk" and I pretty much had a free hand. I remember inviting Dave Foote who talked about the orchestra he played in ...we faked having the orchestra live and it worked out great. I also remember having Sylvia Smith on the program and few other others. Was great fun.  

Robert ‘Bob’ Pelley, Class of 1962


Now that's a topic I can get into without much prompting.
Number 1, all time favorite, best slow dance, best memory jogger;

1. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers - I have 7 versions.
2. Are you Lonesome Tonight - Elvis
3. Earth Angel - Buddy Holly
4.Walkin' to New Orleans - Fats Domino
5.Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
6.Lonesome Town - Ricky Nelson
7.Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison or Sonny James
8.Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters
9.Surfin' USA - The Beachboys
10.The Twist - Chubby Checker


Not necessarily in that order, just random songs that come to mind, except #1.
Denny Pritchett, Class of 1963


Hey Denny: This is scary, I know every one of them and it would be difficult to rank them. Saw the Beachboys in concert with my daughter  at the old Boston Gardens--when she was young (her first concert, and probably mine too, circa 1977). So they had staying power. I think some of them are still around doing their thing.
The Righteous Brothers were the best  with ‘Unchained Melody’, don't you think?
We can always depend on you to come thru...esp. with music. Thanks,

Faye Lewis Raynard, Class of 1959


Interestingly, Faye, the first song that came to my mind was ‘The Skaters' Waltz’ - as we skated to it every time we went skating at the Rink.  The other one that comes to mind re skating is "The Story of my Life".

For the dances, there were numerous songs: "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" (Elvis, of course), "Party Girl", "Rock Around The Clock", "I Could Have Danced All Night" and so many more.

- Marion Pardy, Class of 1958


The Skater's Waltz was written in 1882 by Emile Waldteufel but done by Mantovanni in our time. I know Neil Diamond did ‘The Story Of My Life’ but I don't think it was his song because it's not in his discography. ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ was from the play My Fair Lady. And if you type in ‘Party Girl’ you will get a lot of lude stuff on you screen.

‘Have I Told You Lately…’ was written by Scotty Wiseman in 1945 but was recorded by just about everyone, including Elvis.