Playlist for MCHS ’60s Reunion on Oct. 7, 2015 at Old Mill Toronto

We owe many thanks to Gina (Davis) Cayer (MCHS 1967) who has compiled the following playlist for our Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 MCHS ’60s Reunion starting at 6:00 pm at Old Mill Toronto at 21 Old Mill Road.

We are also having a get-together at the Conference Room at the Stay Inn at 560 Evans Ave. at 7:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015.

No reservations are required for the get-together nor for 10:30 am Humber River Walk (in the form of a ‘walking conversation’) that starts near the bridge at Old Mill Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 18, 30 minutes before the Brunch taking place that morning. As well, all MCHS alumni are welcome to attend the Stay Inn get-together, and the Walk and the Brunch, even if you are not attending the Reunion.

Please note our Attendee List can be accessed here:

MCHS ’60s Reunion – Who’s Attending – Here’s a list (to Oct. 7, 2015) organized by graduation year


Two important reminders:

Oct. 11, 2015 is the last day to let us know you wish to join us for the Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 Brunch (it’s $35 a person).

If not already on the list, you can add your name by sending an email to Jaan Pill at or by sending a text message to 416-722-6630.

Oct. 11, 2015 is the last day to let us know that you will be attending the Reunion and will be paying cash at the registration desk when you arrive for the event. We need to let the Old Mill know, three business days before the event, what our final count will be for the number of attendees.

There is no assigned seating at the reunion

We have prepared an Attendee List by graduation year, for your convenience, so that you have a sense of how many people from different graduation years are attending. Please note, however:

We will not be having seating at dinner tables by graduation year; people are free to sit wherever they want; and to move around from table to table as they wish


Gina (Davis) Cayer (MCHS 1967) joined our organizing team many months ago and has been helping us tremendously – on so many levels – since that time.

At the first meeting that she attended in Kitchener, Gina mentioned that it’s really important that we keep the background noise level at a low level during the Humber Dinner Buffet, when people are seeking to have conversations.

That is, we don’t want a situation where it’s difficult to engage in conversations because loud music is blaring in the background. We have made it a point to attend closely to such details, in all of the discussions, of which there have been many, concerning the program for the reunion.

During the buffet, we’ll have quiet music  in the background. As well, attendees at the event will be able to find quiet places to chat, throughout the hallways of the Old Mill, and even outside if the weather is good and patio chairs are still in place, at any time that they wish to.

Gina has also played a key role, along with many other people, to all of whom we owe many thanks, in the networking that has enables us to get a good attendance at the Reunion. Much work goes into such an event, and Gina’s contribution to our ongoing work, in the organizing of the Reunion, is typical of the energy and enthusiasm that so many MCHS alumni have brought, to the tasks that have been required, in order to stage a successful and memorable event.

A Reunion such as the ’60s Reunion is something that takes more than one or a handful of people to put together; it requires a strong team of people, with each person putting in tremendous amounts of volunteer work, to stage such an event.

I can only imagine how much work has gone into creation of the playlist; the work that is involved is much appreciated and warrants celebration; I know that the creation of the playlist has involved input from many MCHS alumni.

Music is a great way for us to experience our younger selves all over again. As well, when we’re dealing with times gone by, it’s such a treat to know of all manner of archives from bygone eras that have been opening up in recent decades.

With regard the role of archives, in this regard, an Oct. 7, 2015 Guardian article entitled: JFK: declassified documents reveal a cunning and cagey president: Back channels to the Soviets, the ‘girlfriend system’ and doubts about LBJ: historian Timothy Naftali paints a portrait of a President Kennedy ‘far more interesting intellectually and far less appealing personally’ “.

I’m really pleased, with regard to the punctuation in the previous paragraph, that punctuation protocols (for quotation marks and the placement of periods, for example) have evolved considerably since the time that I learned the conventions in high school English classes at MCHS in the early 1960s.

And now … the playlist; not all of the songs will be played at the Reunion, as time is limited, but this is the selection of songs that our D.J. James McDonough will be choosing from. The formatting below is less than perfect; I have yet to learn how to properly set up columns in WordPress. Also, please let u know of any corrections to the list.

Whether you are attending the Reunion or not, I trust you will find the list of interest.

1956 – 1975 Songs from The 100 Top Hit List

The following list is by Year – Song (Title) – Singer(s)


Heartbreak Hotel                                                              Elvis Presley

My Prayers                                                                        The Platters

Just Walking in the Rain                                                   Carl Perkins

Blueberry Hill                                                                    Fats Domino


Little Darling                                                                    Diamonds

Don’t Forbid me                                                                Pat Boone

Bye bye Love                                                                     Everly Brothers

You Send Me                                                                   Sam Cooke

Whole Lot Of Shaking Going On                                      Jerry Lee Lewis


Do You Want To Dance                                                   Bobby Freeman

Peggy Sue                                                                            Buddy Holly

Johnny Be Good                                                               Chuck Berry

You Are My Destiny                                                          Paul Anka

Chantilly Lace                                                                    Big Bopper


Dream Lover                                                                    Bobby Darrin

Donna                                                                                Ritchie Valens

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes                                               Platters

A Teenager In Love                                                          Dion and the Belmonts

Kookie Kookie (Lend me Your comb)                          Edward Burns and Connie Stevens


He’ll Have to Go                                                               Jim Reeves

I’m Sorry                                                                           Brenda Lee

The Twist                                                                           Chubby Checker

Only The Lonely                                                               Roy Orbison

Save The Last Dance For Me                                           Drifters


Dedicated To The One I Love                                            Shirells

Quarter To Three                                                                 Gary “US” Bonds

I Know How You Love Me                                                 Paris Sisters

Stand By Me                                                                          Ben E King

Mama Said                                                                             Shirells


Mashed Potato Time                                                         Dee Dee Sharp

The Wanderer                                                                     Dion

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do                                              Neil Sedaka

Twisting The Night Away                                                  Sam Cooke

Break It To Me Gently                                                       Brenda Lee


Surfin USA                                                                            Beach Boys

Rhythm Of The Rain                                                         Cascades

My Boyfriends Back                                                          Angels

I’m Leaving It Up To You                                                  Dale and Grace

It’s My Party                                                                        Leslie Gore


She Loves You                                                                 Beatles

Oh, Pretty Woman                                                            Roy Orbison

Under The Boardwalk                                                       Drifters

Rag Doll                                                                                Four Seasons

Come A Little Bit Closer                                                   Jay and The Americans


You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling                                     Righteous Brothers

Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat                                        Herman’s Hermits

My Girl                                                                              Temptations

I Got You Babe                                                                    Sonny and Cher

Help Me Rhonda                                                              Beach Boys


Cherish                                                                             Associations

Monday, Monday                                                              Mamas and Papas

Summer In The City                                                         Lovin Spoonful

When a Man Loves A Woman                                           Percy Sledge

You Keep Me Hanging On                                               Supremes


Light My Fire                                                                    Doors

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You                                       Franki Valli

I Think We’re Alone Now                                               Tommy James and The Shondells

Soul Man                                                                             Sam and Dave

Somebody To Love                                                          Jefferson Airplane


I Say a Little Prayer                                                        Aretha Franklin

I Love You                                                                        Doors

Dance to The Music                                                         Sly and The Family Stone

Cry Like A Baby                                                                Box Tops

Judy In Disguise                                                               John Fred and The Playboys


Sugar, Sugar                                                                       Archies

Can’t get Next To You                                                      Temptations

Crystal Blue Persusaion                                                    Tommy James and The Shondells

Lay Lady Lay                                                                      Bob Dylan

Come Together                                                                Beatles


Bridge Over Troubled Waters                                        Simon and Garfunkel American

American Woman                                                            Guess Who

Band Of Gold                                                                   Freda Payne

Green Eyed Lady                                                              Sugar Loaf

Lola                                                                                     Kinks


Maggie May                                                                     Rod Stewart

Me and Bobby McGee                                                     Janis Joplin

What’s Going On                                                                Marvin Gaye

Proud Mary                                                                       Ike and Tina Turner

Lonely Days                                                                      Bee Gees


The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face                           Roberta Flack

Brandy                                                                                Looking Glass

Heart of Gold                                                                    Neil Young

Long Cool Woman                                                           Hollies

The Way Of Love                                                               Cher

School’s Out                                                                      Alice Cooper


Tie A Yellow Ribbon Around an Ole Oak Tree            Tony Orlando and Dawn

Lets Get It On                                                                     Marvin Gaye

Will It Go Round In Circles                                               Billy Preston

Drift Away                                                                             Doby Grey

You’re So Vain                                                                      Carly Simon


Seasons In the Sun                                                         Terry Jacks

The Lo-Co Motion                                                            Grand Funk Railway

Bennie and The Jets                                                        Elton John

Having My Baby                                                                 Paul Anka

Smokin In The Boys Room                                              Brownsville Station


Love Will Keep Us Together                                        Captain and Tennille

Before The Next Tear Drop Falls                                      Freddy Fender

One Of These Nights                                                            Eagles

Lucy In The Sky                                                                   Elton John

You’re The First, You’re The Last, My Everything         Barry White


Disco Lady                                                                       Johnny Taylor

Oh, What A Night                                                             Four Seasons

Play That Funky Music                                                   Wild Cherry

50 Ways To Leave your Lover                                       Paul Simon

Fly Robin Fly                                                                     Silver Convention

Songs suggestions for dinner music

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes                                                The Platters

This Guy’s in Love                                                             Burt Bacharach

I’ll Never Fall in Love Again                                              Dionne Warwick

How Deep Is Your Love                                                     Bee Gees

Ticket To Ride                                                                  The Beatles

Young Girl                                                                        Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

Imagine                                                                              John Lennon

Bridge Over Troubled Waters                                            Simon and Garfunkel

Songs Requested

Where have all the Flowers Gone                                     Peter, Paul and Mary

Little Darling                                                                       The Diamonds

Cracklin’ Rosie                                                                    Neal Diamond

Run Around Sue                                                                 Dion & The Del Satins

Nowhere Man                                                                   Beatles

Rock Me Gently                                                                Andy Kim

End of the Line                                                                  Traveling Wilburys

Summer of ’69                                                                   Bryan Adams

Rhinestone Cowboy                                                          Glenn Campbell

You Could Have Been A Lady                                        April Wine – Gary Moffat (MCHS 1966)

Favourite Songs of Students Who Have Passed Away

Wipe Out by the Ventures                                                 For Michael Fehringer (MCHS 1972)

Crazy by Patsy Cline                                                           For Pam Gardiner Chapatis (MCHS 1963)

Spanish Harem by Ben E. King                                        For Harry Boshouwers (MCHS 1963)

My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean                                      For Bonnie Wilson (1964)

Donald, Where’s Your Troosers by Andy Stewart         For Mr. Malcolm Kelly – Teacher (passed away, 2015)


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