Additional Music Video links can be accessed here.


Still more links can be accessed here.


92.5 FM and 99.9 FM Radio

In the event you like to tune into what teenagers like to listen to now, tune in to 92.5 FM and 99.9 FM when you are visiting Toronto. Local teenagers flip back and forth between the two stations. In the event you like CBC, it’s at 99.1 on the FM dial. On weekdays, CBC Metro Morning is a favourite station for people to listen to in the early morning hours.


Here is a 2-minute, 20-second video in which Bill Rawson of Long Branch (Toronto not New Jersey; Bill’s furniture store is a 10-minute drive from the Stay Inn) recounts (and Bill recounts the stories in a manner that is entertaining!) things he’s read about Elvis:

What Elvis liked to do in his spare time

Also of possible interest to you (or not, as the case may be): Elvis told his Mommy he’d buy two Cadillacs one day, one for himself and one for his Mommy and Daddy 

Motown: The Musical (now playing)

In the event you like musicals about the 1960s, consider attending a performance of Motown the Musical while you are in Toronto (it closes on Oct. 25, 2015 according to the link in the sentence you are now reading. I learned about it from a Sept. 25, 2015 Globe and Mail review: Motown: The Musical delivers sweet music of the 1960s.

John McDermott – My Bonnie

John McDermott – My Bonnie – a moving song; we’ve recently (Sept. 26, 2015) added it to the playlist for our MCHS 2015 Reunion DJ, James McDonough of Able Disc Jockeys.


We have begun – with help from Howard Hight of Boston and Gina Davis Cayer of St. Williams, Ontario among others – to compile links to YouTube songs from the 1960s and thereabouts.

1950s to 1970s

Sixties-era music, for our purposes, includes music from the 1950s to the 1970s. The music that students in the early 1960s listened to was different from the music that engaged the attention of students in the mid-1970s.

Speaking for myself, I remember the tunes, heard on the radio in Montreal, that Elvis came out with … in the years when these were the latest songs people were listening to. I went through a period a few years ago when I always had an Elvis CD playing in my car as I was driving. Younger people found it quaint. As in, “Elvis? What’s that? Is that from the olden days, when people walked a mile to school and cut their own firewood?”

Below are some YouTube and other videos that we have accumulated in the past while:

“Road Runner” Bo Diddley – YouTube video

“The Thrill Is Gone” BB King -YouTube video

Top 10 Songs of 1963

Best Songs of 1970

Top 100 Songs of 1968 – Billboard Year End Charts

Monday Monday (1966) – The Mamas & The Papas

Man tries to save historic music studio in Morin Heights – June 8, 2015 CBC article

Time Capsule of CFCF Radio’s Dave Boxer (1967)

A Sept. 7, 2015 CBC article is entitled:

Call Me Maybe, Summer of ’69 among top-earning Canadian songs abroad in 2014

Stay Awhile

Stay Awhile – The Bells

For previous posts about The Bells, click here.

The People History from 1800 to Present Day

As a follow-up to a suggestion from Nancy Renz, we’ve found a site that deals with what happens in specified years:

The People History website

Early 1960s avant-garde art and cultural scene in Greenwich Village

A good historical overview of the early 1960s avent-garde art and cultural scene can be found in a chapter entitled ” ‘Stop that acting!’: Performance and Authenticity in Shirley Clarke’s Portrait of Jason” in Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures (2007).

Punk arrived in the late 1970s

The beginning of the punk scene is outlined in: Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk (2012). 

Other studies of interest include:

Punk: Chaos to Couture (2013). The book to my mind is a fun read about the dynamics of cultural appropriation.

Punk: An Aesthetic (2012)

William Gibson: A Literary Companion (2011). Gibson remarks that ‘cyperbunk’ was a passing fad.

A June 26, 2015 New York Times article, about a recent DVD set, is entitled: Penelope Spheeris Reissues ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ Films.


We have developed a Playlist for the MCHS 2015 Reunion.

Ken MacLeod has shared with us many Music links

Among them:

Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll – Legends In Concert

Mr. Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore

As well, a one-hit wonder:

Ron Holden – Love You So

Favourite songs of students who have passed away

The list will include favourite songs of MCHS Alumni (and Teachers) who have passed away.

MCHS School Song

You can access the School Song in MP3 or WAV format at the following post:

With Pride We Wear the Scarlet and the Silver – Recorded at MCHS Reunion (2000)

Mr. Kelly’s favourite song:  “Donald Where’s Your Troosers”

In a post at the MCHS 2015 website, Steven Lesser has shared with us Mr. Kelly’s favourite song:

Perhaps the most popular version of the song, Steven notes, is the one sung by Andy Stewart:



2 replies
  1. ken
    ken says:

    Jaan – it is actually 200 one-hit wonders from the 50’s-60’s – just keep scrolling down

    The Old Time Rock n Roll is over an hour long

  2. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    That’s good to know, Ken. I’ll pass that detail on to Gina (Davis) Cayer who is preparing the preliminary version of the playlist.


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