Friday, April 18, 2014

Late Night Listening: Pendulum

Cosmo's Factory may be Creedence Clearwater Revival's most successful album (and it has so many great songs it's hard not to love it), but I've always been drawn to Pendulum, their post-Cosmo's release. It's not a musical tour de force, but I enjoy it's lack of showiness. My two favorite songs are "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" (John Fogerty obviously likes rain motifs, since this followed the prior album's "Who'll Stop the Rain?") and "(Wish I Could) Hide Away." Every song on the album is a CCR original, which is a plus; I like their cover versions well enough, but I always prefer hearing a group doing their own material. I also like the musical diversity that Pendulum offers: more keyboards, more horns, and overall a more full sound. Alas, this was their last album with the full CCR lineup; Tom Fogerty left the group shortly after this was finished, and CCR would only do one more album before everyone went their separate ways.  And if you listen to Pendulum, you hear a lot of evidence that John Fogerty was aware that the group was already growing apart; "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" seems to allude to the friction between the Fogerty brothers.  If you only own two Creedence Clearwater Revival albums, this should be the other one.

If any track fails, it's "Rude Awakening #2." Haven't heard of it? There's a good reason; it's an experimental piece built around a couple of musical riffs, layered with instrumentation in a sort of audio montage, and for the most part it alternates between tedious and grating.

One thing about the album that has always bothered me is the track listing on the back cover. For some reason, CCR chose to list the tracks randomly; the song order on the record is totally different. Created confusion the first time I listened to the album, because my normal practice was to keep the album cover close at hand to see what track was playing and what was coming up. Ultimately, the order of songs on the album itself is better; side one on the album is wonderfully moody for the most part, while side two is a much more energetic, rocking side. No surprise that I prefer side one...

(One other thing worth mentioning: for some reason, Fantasy Records was using thinner vinyl than most companies in 1970, so most copies of this original album are amazingly flimsy. Nevertheless, they managed to get great sound into those vinyl groups, including a very rich bass sound that is often lacking in thinner vinyl, since the grooves are often more shallow.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Late Night Listening: Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow is one of my three favorite Donovan albums (the other two being Open Roads and Barabajagal, each a favorite for a different reason), but oddly enough, I'm not that big a fan of the title song--it's gimmicky and poppy enough, but it lacks any real depth.  No, it's "Young Girl Blues" and "Hampstead Incident" and "Writer in the Sun" and "Sand and Foam" that make this album work for me--an amalgam of folk, blues, and jazz, with superlative production by Mickie Most and arrangement by John Cameron and John Paul Jones. Yes, that's the same John Paul Jones who was a member of Led Zeppelin--and he's not the only Zeppelin member on this album, as Jimmy Page also plays on "Mellow Yellow."

The presence of two future Led Zeppelin members is particularly intriguing because their presence in the studio means that they were most likely very much aware of the song "Hampstead Incident." Listen to that song and you'll recognize the acoustic guitar chord pattern as the same one that Jimmy Page  used on "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" on the first Led Zeppelin album. Page was notorious for "borrowing" riffs, phrases, lyrics, and even entire songs from other musicians, so it's not surprising that he would lift this moody progression for an arrangement of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" that is totally unlike prior recorded versions of the song written by Anne Bredon and recorded by Joan Baez.  (And if you've never heard of Anne Bredon, don't be surprised--Led Zeppelin didn't originally credit her as the author of the song, although they've added her as "co-writer" of the song since 1990 and have paid her a very tidy sum in royalties.)

For years, people have mis-heard Donovan to be saying "quite right, slick" on the title song—and in fact, SiriusXM Radio once asked him to record that phrase for a promo for them. He asked them why, and they said it was the phrase he used on "Mellow Yellow." No, he said—the phrase in the song is "quite rightly."  I have to admit that, for years, I also heard it as "quite right, slick," and only heard it properly after Donovan pointed out the correct lyrics.

The Beatle fan in me considers this a must-have because Paul McCartney performs on "Mellow Yellow" (don't listen for him... you'll never recognize him). And a few years ago, I mentioned that I was a big fan of Nick Drake; turns out that Drake credited the Mellow Yellow album as having a major influence on his music, and I can definitely hear that in the slower, more introspective songs.

And as much as  I love stereo, mono is the way to go on this recording.  I also recommend vinyl over any CD version because every CD I've ever heard overloads the guitar on "Young Girl Blues," distorting the sound of the lovely finger-picking strumming pattern in several places.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Late Night Listening: Hearts and Bones

Hearts and Bones comes along more than a decade after Paul Simon began his solo career, but it's still my favorite of all his solo albums. Reportedly, a lot of what's on this album was originally planned for a reunited Simon & Garfunkel album; when that plan went south, Garfunkel's tracks for some of these song were wiped and it became a Paul Simon album instead. Can't verify if it's true, but it might explain why it's so very good: I think Paul Simon the songwriter rose to the challenge of creating something great for a Simon & Garfunkel reunion.

My favorite tracks here are "Train in the Distance," one of the most poignant tales of faded love and separation ever recorded; "Think Too Much," which is here twice, but it's the second version with its distinctive harmonies that always gives me a musical thrill (my knowledge of harmony isn't sophisticated enough to say why the harmony on the "maybe I think too much" line is so irresistibly delightful, but I wish that someone with a more learned ear could explain it to me—are you listening, Janice Gelb?); and "The Late Great Johnny Ace," a touching, introspective  song of loss inspired by the death of John Lennon.

With most albums, I have a favorite side, but with this album, it's a win-win, whichever side I play. Alternating between solemn and effervescent, silly and somber, bittersweet and bouncy, this is Paul Simon at his very best.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Late Night Listening: If I Could Only Remember My Name

For the past few nights, I've posted my Late Night Listening album on Facebook. Over the past few months, it has become a bit of a ritual for me to pick an album and load it onto my turntable as I was wrapping up my activities for the evening. Last week, I began posting the cover image and a line or two about each night's chosen album. Tonight, it occurred to me that some of you who don't see my Facebook posts might have some fleeting interest in whatever album was playing on my turntable as the night wound down.
Tonight's late night listening is If I Could Only Remember My Name, David Crosby's brilliant 1971 album. Following in the wake of Deja Vu, this album is a star-studded musical tour de force, as Crosby is joined by Graham Nash, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Joni Mitchell, Greg Rolie, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen, Phil Lesh, Michael Shrieve, Mickey Hart, and others. What could have easily turned into musical chaos is instead the most listenable album from the entire CSNY-related canon. Particularly love the second side, with "What Are Their Names?" and my personal favorite, "Song With No Words." No matter how many times I play this one, it still captivates me with every listening.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 4/13/1964 to 4/19/1964

Chieftanacts took place on April 17th and 18th at the West Rome High School Auditorium. The program, which was sponsored by the Chieftains Club, was directed by Clarda Ellison; members of the National Honor Society served as ushers.

The rains continued into mid-April, which made for a very soggy West Rome. By April 13th, Rome had received 7.23" of rain (normal was 4.59") and in March '64, Rome received 13.46" of rain, which was eight inches above normal.

The administration of the final round of polio oral vaccinations took place at West Rome High School and other area schools on Sunday, April 19th; volunteers from the Rome/Floyd County Medical Society estimated that 50,000 people received the three-dose sugar-cube oral vaccination.

West Rome's track team came in second in a three-way track meet on April 15th, racking up 59 points to 97 for Darlington and 10 for Rockmart. The track team only managed fourth place in the Lafayette Invitational Track Meet on Friday, April 18th, which was won by our arch-rival East Rome.

The week started off badly for West Rome's baseball team as they fell to Carrollton 5-0 on April 15th, managing just one hit, a single by Ronnie Parker; the next day, they lost 6-5 to Dalton. The situation improved on Friday, April 17th, as the Chiefs won 5-0 against Chattooga, led by Jimmy Brewer's superb pitching. On Saturday, they beat Berry 10-3; Gerry Law hit two homerooms, while Jimmy Brewer had three hits, including one home run.

Jeanne Maxwell was elected second vice president of the Northwest District Y Clubs for the 1964-1965 School Year, while Eighth Grade Try-Hi-Y President Lee Davenport was presented with the District World Service Trophy for the most outstanding project during the 1963-64 school year.

Georgia Power was still in the appliance business in 1964, and they were running oodles of spring specials, including a 13 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer for $249, a 10,000 BTU Westinghouse window air conditioner for $149.00, and a Westinghouse washer-dryer combo for $327.88.

Redford's brought back their Friday special, a chicken breast with lima beans, fresh corn, cole slaw, hot rolls, butter, and tea for 50¢.  Alas, this was offered at the Broad Street store only; as West Romans undoubtedly remember, there was no restaurant counter at the West End Redford's.

Piggly Wiggly had Sealtest Ice Milk for 19¢ a galloon, whole fryers for 23¢ a pound, and Swift's Premium olive loaf or liver loaf for 19¢ per 8-ounce package. A& P had sirloin steak for 85¢ a pound, Bisquick for 43¢ a box, and jumbo cantaloupes for 39¢ each. Kroger had chuck roast for 39¢ a pound, Kroger mayonnaise for 39¢ a quart, and lettuce for 15¢ a head. Big Apple had ground beef for 37¢ a pound, Heinz ketchup for 19¢ a bottle, and four pounds of pure lard for 39¢ (mmm... lard...). Couch's had spare ribs for 39¢ a pound, 9 ounces of Chef's frozen french fries for 9¢ (a penny an ounce!), and Jay Bird vienna sausages for 9¢ a can.

The first half of week offered cinemagoers two choices: Walt Disney's A Tiger Walks at the DeSoto or Man in the Middle (with Robert Mitchum & Frances Nuyen) at the First Avenue. For the last half of the week, we all learned how to stop worrying and love the bomb as Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (with Peter Sellers & George C. Scott) came to the DeSoto, while Red River (with John Wayne & Walter Brennan) played at the First Avenue. In a truly odd move, however, the DeSoto also scheduled one showing a day of The Beatles Come to Town, a documentary, which aired in the early evening between showings of Dr. Strangelove. Not sure I see the overlap between audiences for this one...

The Beatles had only four songs in the Top Ten this week in 1964 (down from last week's record-setting five songs in the top ten): "Can't Buy Me Love" (#1), "Twist and Shout" (#2); "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" (#5), and "She Loves You" (#8). Other top ten songs for the week included "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford (#3); "Hello Dolly!" by Luois Armstrong (#4); "Shoop Shoop Song" by Betty Everett (#6); "Glad All Over" by the Dave clark Five (#7); "Don't Let the Rain Come Down (The Crooked Little Man)" by the Serendipity Singers (#9); and "Dead Man's Curve" by Jan & Dean (#10).

Comic book fans like me thrilled to the first meeting of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men in Fantastic Four #28, courtesy of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 4/6/1964 to 4/12/1964

The week began with a strong spring storm on April 6th that dumped 2" of rain in slightly over an hour, followed by heavy, steady rain for the rest of the day--but it was the 60 mph wind gusts that caused most the damage to roofs, as well as some downed trees that took out power in many parts of West Rome. The rains continued through Tuesday, April 7th, pushing the Oostanaula to flood stage and threatening to overflow the flood gates at Allatoona Lake, which forced engineers to open the floodgates and send more water down the Etowah towards Rome. Floodwaters finally began to recede on Thursday afternoon. Because of the heavy rains, all high school sports were cancelled for the first half of the week.

Thanks to clearing weather at week's end, the 4th Rome Relays began on time on Friday, April 10th. It wasn't West Rome's year, however, as Darlington won the relays with 53 total points, while the Chieftains came in fourth with 26 points.

West Rome's baseball team delivered a win, however, defeating Darlington 12-6. West Rome controlled the game from the first inning, when they scored four runs; pitcher Jimmy Brewer went the distance for the team.

Western Pioneer Day was held at West Rome on Wednesday, April 8th. Students and teachers wore Western attire; those who failed to wear some Western garb were jailed by "Sheriff" Donald C. Undsworth, the driver's training instructor. To get out of jail, students had to purchase a ticket to the assembly program, which included a play as well as musical performances by a jazz combo, a barber shop quartet, a percussion ensemble, and more.

Rome launched a push (to no avail) to have the route for I-75 relocated to the West side of Cartersville, where it would have intersected with US 411. Unfortunately, the plan went nowhere and Rome continues to fight for I-75 access to this very day...

Radio commentator and ABC news analyst Paul Harvey (voted radio's Man of the Year in 1962) spoke at the Rome City Auditorium on Thursday, April 9th; prior to his program at the City Auditorium, he was guest of honor at a Civic Night dinner held at the General Forrest Hotel.

Just in time for spring and summer, Murphy's began their truckload sale of American-made bicycles, with 26" boys and girls bikes for $28.88 each and 20" bikes with training wheels for $19.77. There was a $2 charge for assembly if you didn't want to put it together yourself. There were no complicated components like handbrakes, shift gears, or the like—these were the plain old "pedal forward to go, pedal backward to stop, pedal harder on hills" bikes that most of us grew up with.

Piggly Wiggly offered a special "ten cent sale," with frozen french fries, frozen waffles, Libby potted meat, Mayfield Corn, canned spaghetti, and much more on sale for a dime each. Big Apple had Pepsi Cola for 19¢ a carton (plus deposit), apples for 15¢ a pound, and sliced pork steaks for 39¢ a pound. Kroger had pork chops for 49¢ a pound, five pounds of Ballard flour for 39¢, and Spotlight coffee for 55¢ a pound. A&P had Allgood bacon for 39¢ a pound, ten pounds of russet potatoes for 49¢, and a two-pound can of Armour Treet for 45¢ (and I don't believe I have ever eaten Armour Treet in my life...). Couch's had chuck steak for 59¢ a pound, Bama jelly in ever-popular drinking-glass jelly jars for a quarter each, and Cornfield hot dogs for 49¢ a pound.

The week began with a cinematic choice of Captain Newman MD (with Gregory Peck & Tony Curtis) at the DeSoto and Dead Ringer (with Bette Davis, Karl Malden, & Peter Lawford) at the First Avenue. The weekend brought Walt Disney's A Tiger Walks to the DeSoto and The Ceremony (with Lawrence Harvey & Sarah Miles) to the First Avenue; the West Rome Drive-In continued their weekend-showings-only with a double feature of 13 Frightened Girls and Sword of Lancelot on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Beatles made history by taking the top five positions in Billboard's Hot 100 with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and "Please Please Me," in that order. Other top ten hits included "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford (#6); "Hello Dolly" by Louis Armstrong (#7); "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" by Betty Everett (#8); "My Heart Belongs to Only You" by Bobby Vinton (#9); and "Glad All Over" by the Dave Clark Five (#10).

And getting in on the Beatles trend was Sherwin-Williams, who offered Beatle Wallpaper, complete with pictures of the group and printed autographs. I don't know of anyone who convinced their parents to re-do a room in the house in Fab Four, however.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 3/30/1964 to 4/5/1964

What game show began its television run on March 30th, 1964? That's right, Jeopardy premiered on NBC fifty years ago this week. In those pre-Alex Trebek days, Art Fleming was the host of the show, while the esteemed Don Pardo was the announcer. Jeopardy was created by Merv Griffin, who also composed all the  music for the show, including the famous "Think" clip the plays while contestants complete their answers--royalties from that song, which was originally a lullaby Grifffin wrote for his son, earned Griffin more than $70 million during his lifetime.

West Rome kicked off its baseball season under the direction of Coach Nick Hyder on April 3rd with a game against Montgomery Bell Academy; alas, the Chiefs lost the game 8-4.

Track season also got underway on April 3rd, with Paul Kennedy coaching the team; alas, that season also began with a West Rome loss--in this case, to Berry Academy, 66 to 63.

West Rome's Tri-Hi-Y began weekly visits to the Open Door Home to help children with their homework; this was one of several service projects the group undertook in 1963-64, including sportsmanship campaigns, lunchroom cleanliness programs, and fundraising to purchase equipment for both the math and science departments.

Meanwhile, on April 1st, the West Rome Hi-Y presented a play, "Youth Takes a Stand," which consisted of scenes that illustrated various points of the Hi-Y platform, including scholarship, clean speech, clean living, and sportsmanship.

Lee Lanes Bowling Center on East Fourth Avenue burned to the ground on April 2nd, 1964; firemen were unable to save the structure, although they did control the flames before they did major damage to the adjacent Ransom Florist Company and the Southern Bell Building.

Automobile ad valorum taxes and car tag fees weren't linked to birthdays back in 1964; instead, everyone had to pay their taxes and buy their tags by April 1st, so the Floyd County tax commissioner was warning procrastinating taxpayers to be prepared for long waits in line as the deadline approached.

The Girl Scouts began their cookie sales on April 2nd, 1964, continuing through April 11th; the cookies sold for 50¢ a box (which was up a dime from the 1963 price of 40¢), and the Girl Scout troops got to keep a nickel per box to fund their activities. Five varieties of cookies were offered in 1964: mint (they had not been renamed "Thin Mints" yet), chocolate and vanilla mixed sandwich cremes, butter flavored Shorties, peanut butter, and fudge creme.

Piggly Wiggly had bananas for a dime a pound, chuck roast for 39¢ a pound, and Lady Alice ice milk for 33¢ a half gallon. Kroger had sirloin steak for 89¢ a pound, Coke or Tab for 19¢ (plus deposit) per carton, and pork & beans for a dime a can. Big Apple had fresh dressed hens for a quarter a pound, iceberg lettuce for 19¢ a head, and three pound bags of Winesap apples for 39¢. A&P had pork sausage for 33¢ a pound, bread for 19¢ a loaf, and a ten pound bag of russet potatoes for 49¢. Couch's had Armour Star bacon for 49¢ a pound, two dozen large eggs for 89¢, and Martha White biscuit mix for a dime a package (mmm... breakfast!).

Cleopatra continued at the First Avenue Theater this week in '64, while Walt Disney's Merlin Jones wrapped up its run at the DeSoto in the first half of the week. The last half of the week saw the premiere of  Captain Newman, MD (with Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, and Angie Dickinson) at the DeSoto, while the West Rome Drive-In brought in  Mary Mary (a 1963 film with Debbie Reynolds) and Wall of Noise (a 1963 film with Suzanne Pleshette & Ty Hardin) for their weekend showings--and as those dates prove, the West Rome Drive-In wasn't necessarily scheduling the latest, greatest films!

While the Beatles relinquished their hold on the top four spots in the Top Ten Songs list, they boosted their presence on the list as a fifth Beatles song, "Can't Buy Me Love," made it to number one this week in 1964. Other top ten hits included "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles (#2); "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford (#3); "She Loves You" by the Beatles (#4); "Hello, Dolly!" by Louis Armstrong (#5); "Shoop Shoop Song" by Betty Everett (#6); "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles (#7); "Glad All Over" by the Dave Clark Five (#8); "Please Please Me" by the Beatles (#9); and "Don't Let the Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)" by the Serendipity Singers (#10). The Beatles continued to hold the top two places on the album charts with Meet the Beatles and Introducing the Beatles.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Need Guide-ance

I'm working on a project that requires some pretty precise info, so I'm looking for TV Guide magazines from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s--the more the better. The catch, though, is that they have to be from the Atlanta region--the same TV Guides that we would have used every week in the Rome/Cedartown area.  Mom used to have quite a set of them, but they were lost long before Dad died, and I don't even know where to begin looking for them. I've tried eBay, where there are plenty of TV Guides, but hardly any from Atlanta. If any of you kind folks have some for sale, let me know...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The CineMarvel Age of... Film?...

A find from my earliest years of teaching: Moviemaking Illustrated, a guidebook to filmmaking that uses panels from Marvel Comics to teach all about film. Kirby, Ditko, Steranko, Tuska, Ayers, Colan, Severin, Trimpe, Heck, Buscema--they're all represented, along with many other Marvel artists of the 1960s and early 1970s. In the days before video-capable smartphones made everyone and his/her three-year-old an expert filmmaker, this was a wonderful way to teach the use of lighting and camera angles and other aspects of filmmaking. And it's still a great reminder of just how sophisticated comic book art is in terms of storytelling. If you find one cheap, grab it.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 3/23/1964 to 3/29/1964

Rome received over 6" of rain on Wednesday evening, March 25, and Thursday morning, March 26th; as a result creek, rivers and streams all over the area flooded, and electrical service was disrupted to some homes. The floodwaters crested at 30.6 feet, just  1.4 feet below the level where massive evacuations would have been necessitated. An East Rome High student died when the car in which she was riding was trapped in floodwaters on a low-lying road connecting Berry Academy and the Berry College campus.

West Rome's 1964 football team made its debut at the spring Green and White intra-squad game, held at Barron Stadium on March 26th. The junior varsity game began at 6:30, with the varsity team playing at 8:00; the junior and senior bands performed at halftimes and between the games. More than 1600 people showed up to watch the games, in spite of the prior night's heavy rains, followed by near-freezing temperatures on Thursday evening. The White team defeated the Green 7-0 on a 51-yard run by Dickie Sapp. Coach Kennedy was less than impressed with the overall performance, saying "I guess we made every mistake in the book, but then again that's what spring games are for—to find your mistakes and correct them."

The West Rome Honor Society was selected The Most Outstanding Chapter in Georgia at the State Honor Society, marking the third time in four years that the Chieftains took home the top Honor Society ranking. Jackie Lupo, a junior, was elected state recording secretary for the 1964-65 term; Mrs. Elliott, West Rome Honor Society advisor, was chosen state sponsor; and West Rome principal Dick McPhee was chosen as Georgia Chairman of the state chapter of the National Honor Society.

The Chieftains Chorus girls ensemble performed "Child Jesus in His Garden" as part of the First Presbyterian Church's Holy Week service.

The sub-freshman Tri-Hi-Y sponsored the second annual Teen Talk at West Rome on Thursday morning, March 26th; Garden Lakes Baptist Church pastor Robert Rutledge spoke on the subject of alcoholism. The Senior Tri-Hi-Y kicked off their Better Citizenship campaign.

Remember those chapel programs that we always looked forward to (because they got us out of class!)? Well, one such program was held at West Rome on Wednesday, March 25th, featuring a performance by the Brass Choir of Jacksonville State College. 

West Rome's Pizza King added kosher sandwiches to its menu this week in 1964, offering  a choice of corned beef or pastrami for 75¢ each, grilled Swiss cheese for 35¢, or the Court Jester (with four meats and three cheeses) for 85¢. And if that wasn't cheap enough, they also added a Monday Family Night discount of 20% off on all orders. (I couldn't figure out how it was that I never knew about Pizza King, since it wasn't that far from my house--but I had not yet discovered the joys of pizza back in March of 1964, and by the time I had, Pizza King was no longer around.)

Southern Airways announced plans to provide  Rome with four flights daily, taking over the routes that Eastern Airlines had announced that it was abandoning. The plan would include two multi-stop flights each day from Atlanta to Rome to Huntsville to Memphis, and two flights back from Memphis to Huntsville to Rome to Atlanta.

Kennedy half-dollars went into circulation on March 24th; 26 million of the coins were minted initially, replacing the Benjamin Franklin half-dollar that had been the norm from April 1948 until the end of 1963.

An Easter tradition in the 1960s that has long since been abandoned Murphy's was offering free live baby chicks for Easter; the only requirement was that you purchase a 15¢ bag of feed at the same time.

Piggly Wiggly had Swift's Butterball turkeys for 43¢ a pound, a dozen eggs for 39¢, and fresh-baked apple or cherry pies for 59¢ each. A&P had sugar-cured hams for 39¢ a pound, red potatoes for a dime a pound, and Nabisco saltines for 29¢ a box. Kroger had young hen turkeys for 35¢ a pound, strawberries for 33¢ a pint, and a one-pound bag of those ever-popular Brach's jelly beans for 29¢. Big Apple had fresh fryers for a quarter a pound, sweet potatoes for 18¢ a pound, and t-bone or sirloin steak for 89¢ a pound. Couch's had pork roast for 39¢ a pound, Green Giant green beans for 19¢ a can, and Blue Plate mayonnaise for 49¢ a quart.

Rome's week at the cinema began with Elvis Presley's Kissin' Cousins at the DeSoto and Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra at the First Avenue. Cleopatra's reign continued through the weekend as well, but Elvis said farewell to Rome in mid-week to make room for the Walt Disney film The Misadventures of Merlin Jones. The West Rome Drive-In continued its weekends-only screenings with a shoring of Take Her, She's Mine with James Stewart & Sandra Dee.

The Beatles held on to the top four positions for year another week, with "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Twist and Shout," and "Please Please Me" in first, second, third, and fourth. Other top ten hits for the week included ""Dawn Go Away" by the Four Seasons (#5); "Fun Fun Fun" by the Beach Boys (#6); "Hello Dolly" by Louis Armstrong (#7); "My Heart Belongs to You" by Bobby Vinton (#8); "Java" by Al Hirt (#9); and "Hi Heel Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker (#10). The Beatles also held the top two album positions for yet another week with Meet the Beatles and Introducing the Beatles.