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The Association The Association
July 16, 1967 (Sunday at 4 PM)
August 9, 1969

Considering their lightweight image in the later 1960s, the Association made a controversial entry into the music market with "Along Comes Mary" -- apart from its virtues as a record, with great hooks and a catchy chorus, it was propelled to the number seven spot nationally with help from rumors that the song was about marijuana. No one is quite certain of what songwriter Tandyn Almer had in mind, and one wonders how seriously any of this was taken at the time, in view of the fact that the song became an unofficial sports anthem for Catholic schools named St. Mary's. "Cherish," a Kirkman original (which was intended for a proposed single by Mike Whelan of the New Christy Minstrels), was their next success, riding to number one on the charts. Among the most beautiful rock records ever made, the song has been a perennial favorite of romantic couples for decades since.

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Rita remembers:
It was over 38 years ago, but I can remember this date and this concert so clearly. My cousin and I had seen The Association three months earlier in my hometown (Lock Haven, PA) and as luck would have it, we were able to make it to Lambertville, on our way to summer vacation in Atlantic City.

That week, the band's song WINDY was number one in the country. Remember -- it was the Summer of Love. The day was beautiful and sunny. The band showed up before the show and mixed easily with those of us who had come to see them. The show was terrific.

I remember as they got ready to drive away, somebody in one of the cars had WABC radio on and Cousin Brucie announced the number one song of the day - WINDY.

I still go see the Association on tour these days, but 7/16/67 was a day I will never forget.

Chubby Checker Chubby Checker
August 16, 1965

Ernest Evans, popularly known as Chubby Checker, was born October 3, 1941 is best known for popularizing the dance The Twist with his 1960 song The Twist. His pseudonym was given to him by the wife of Dick Clark as a play on the name of Fats Domino. The Twist was so popular that his public did not allow him to sing any other style of music.

Checker later lamented: " a way, The Twist really ruined my life. I was on my way to becoming a big nightclub performer, and The Twist just wiped it out. It got so out of proportion. No one ever believes I have talent."

He attended South Philadelphia High School with Frankie Avalon and Fabian. In 1964, he married Catharina Lodders, who had been Miss World in 1962.

His hit songs include: "The Twist", "Slow Twistin'" "Pony Time", "Let's Twist Again...", and "Dancin' Party"

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The Cowsills The Cowsills
September 5, 1970
August 29, 1969

They appear on almost every popular show at the time and had their own NBC special, A Family Thing, which aired November 28, 1968. This was the only time The Cowsills worked with a choreographer. What the Cowsills boys found was happening was the music side being made less important to the producers and the production side greater. Susan had joined the group now and Bill and Bob, especially, found it hard to carry on their musical dreams. The Cowsills were one of the first (if not THE first) celebrities with a million dollar contract for product endorsement, as they became spokespersons for the American Dairy Association.

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Diana Ross and the Supremes Diana Ross and the Supremes
1966 (Performance date unknown)

The Supremes, from the Detroit Brewster Housing Projects, started off as the Primettes in 1958. The quartet consisted of Diane Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin, who quickly dropped out. In 1963, the Supremes had their debut album called, "Meet the Supremes", which included their first four singles and other songs. The album, like most of their singles, failed to chart. The girls went out on tour as part of the "Motown Revue", which consisted of Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Vandellas, the Marvelettes, Mary Wells, the Miracles, and many others. On the billing, the Supremes were classified as "many others". "Where Did Our Love Go", was released as a single on June 17th, 1964. While the Supremes were on tour with "Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars" around the U.S., the song had become a massive hit overnight, to the Supremes' mystery. It reached # 1 on the Pop charts. The girls' lives had changed. After this single, the group would be on an endless road of major success world-wide. The Supremes left Detroit for the tour on a bus, and came back on an airplane.

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The Four Seasons The Four Seasons
August 16-17, 1966
July 10, 1967
July 29, 1968
August 15, 1969
September 8, 1969
August 8, 1970
August 30, 1970

The Four Seasons were the first group ever to use falsetto as the lead. With their new hit status, and Valli's three and a half octave spanning voice, the Four Seasons soon had yet another number one hit with "Big Girls Don't Cry" and then again with "Walk Like a Man." The Four Seasons were hot, and they just kept on going. Many have referred to them as "The East Coast Beach Boys", a title that certainly has merit, as the Four Seasons and the Beach Boys were the only two big singing groups at the time from the United States, and they both held their own against the British Invasion. In 1967 Frankie Valli began recording as a solo artist, while still remaining with the Four Seasons.

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Jay and the Americans Jay and the Americans
August 21, 1966

Jay and the Americans was a pop music group popular in the 1960s. They were discovered while performing in student venues at New York University in the late 1950s. They auditioned for Lieber and Stoller and first hit the Billboard charts in 1962 with the tune She Cried; its highest charting was #5.

The group initially consisted of Howard Kane (né Kirschenbaum), John Traynor, Kenny Vance (né Rosenberg), and Sandy Yagoda. John Traynor left the group after the first single, and Jay Black (né David Blatt) sang lead for the rest of the group's existence. Other notable hits for the group were Come a Little Bit Closer in 1964, which hit #3, and Cara Mia in 1965, which hit #4.

In 1968, they performed a remake of a song that The Drifters first popularized: This Magic Moment. This was the group's last Top Ten hit and they broke up soon after. Jay Black continued performing on into the 1980s as Jay and the Americans with a variety of musicians, including Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, who would later found Steely Dan.

The group reunited in the 1990s for special performances, most notably the 45 Years of Motown special on PBS.


Peter, Paul and Mary Peter, Paul and Mary
August 18 thru 21, 1966

Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) is one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. The trio comprised Peter Yarrow, Noel "Paul" Stookey, and Mary Travers.

The group was created by producer Albert Goldman, who sought to create a folk "supergroup" by bringing together "a tall blonde (Travers), a funny guy (Stookey), and a good looking guy (Yarrow)". He launched the group in 1961, booking them into the Bitter End, a coffee shop in New York City's Greenwich Village that was a favorite place to hear folk artists. The group recorded their first album, Peter, Paul and Mary, the following year. The album was listed on Billboard Magazine Top Ten list for ten months and in the top one hundred for over three years.

By 1963, they had recorded three albums, released the now-famous song Puff the Magic Dragon, which Yarrow originally wrote in 1958, and performed another major hit, their cover of If I Had a Hammer at the March on Washington, best remembered for Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. For many years after, the group was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and other causes promoting social justice. The later hit Leaving on a Jet Plane was actually written by the then unknown John Denver.

The trio broke up in 1970 to pursue separate solo careers, but none had a fraction of the success they did as a group, although Stookey's The Wedding Song (There Is Love) (written for Yarrow's marriage to Marybeth McCarthy, the niece of senator Eugene McCarthy) has become a wedding standard since its 1971 release and was a hit. In 1978, they reunited for a concert to protest nuclear energy, and have recorded albums together and toured since. They currently play around 40 shows a year.

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.

In 2005, Travers was diagnosed with Lukemia, leading to the cancellation of the remaining tour dates for that year.


Vanilla Fudge Vanilla Fudge
July 21, 1968
August 24, 1969

After Tim Bogert left high school, he was in and out of a number of bands in the NYC area. In 1965, he went on a lounge tour of the Eastern Seaboard with Rick Martin and the Showmen, where he met Mark Stein, the keyboardist and vocalist. The two of them hit it off, and they soon left to join with drummer Joey Brennan and guitarist Vince Martell to form their own band, The Pigeons. After recording an album called "While the World was Eating", they replaced drummer Joe Brennan with Carmine Appice and changed the name of the band to Vanilla Fudge.

According to Mark Stein, he and Tim were "hanging out" one day in early 1967 when You Keep Me Hanging On by The Supremes came on the radio. They both agreed that the words were very soulful and that the song was too fast. Tim replies that they took the idea to slow it down back to Vince and Carmine. They performed it that night and refined the arrangement over the next few weeks and the rest is history.

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