Boston songs (early '60s)

Kevin Vahey
Wed Jun 20 23:02:19 EDT 2007

Oh lord...a Bob Clayton shout out...cue the Benny Goodman theme for
Boston Ballroom.   BTW back in the 50's the Red Sox on Wednesday would
start games at 8:30 PM so WHDH could air Mission Church

On 6/20/07, Donna Halper <> wrote:
> At 10:23 PM 6/20/2007, wrote:
> >The Boston My Home Town song was on WCOP in 1961.  I remember it
> >well since I was 12 then and WCOP "ruled school" in Arlington at the time.
> >Another Boston-themed song I remember from around that time were
> >"Banned in Boston" by Merv Griffin ("Now she's banned in Boston,
> >condemned in Cleveland, and banished in Baltimore; she is now taboo
> >in Philly and St. Lou and Chicago doesn't dig her anymore.")  Freddy
> >Cannon had a Boston My Home Town hit and Peggy Lee's "Boston Beans"
> >went something like "No beans in Boston, plenty of fish, Chinese
> >food if that's your dish, steaks and chops make a wonderful fare but
> >I couldn't find any Boston beans there."  Tommy Facenda's High
> >School USA did have a Boston version - played on WCOP and WMEX -
> >with numerous mispronounced town names: Rosedale for Roslindale, Jam
> >Plain for Jamaica Plain.  Any local kid could tell that the record
> >was thrown together in Hollywood or NYC with Facenda taking his best
> >shot at it from the Rand McNally road atlas.
> Actually, Facenda got a hand-written list of towns from somebody at
> his record company and they included the abbreviations (Jam. Plain)
> as well mis-spellings (Wesley rather than Wellesley).  He had to do
> about 12 versions, so I am amazed he did anything even remotely
> close!  And I too recall Banned in Boston-- I remember vaguely a
> local TV show played it in 1961 and Bob Clayton of WHDH lip-synched
> some of the words before the singer started singing the chorus, like
> "and she was..." and "now she's been..."

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