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Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle

Rabbi-Sol 13 Apr 11 - 11:27 PM
Rabbi-Sol 13 Apr 11 - 11:31 PM
Joe Offer 14 Apr 11 - 12:37 AM
BrooklynJay 14 Apr 11 - 01:05 AM
Nigel Parsons 14 Apr 11 - 07:00 AM
BrooklynJay 14 Apr 11 - 08:15 AM
GUEST,Lighter 14 Apr 11 - 09:58 AM
Charlie Baum 14 Apr 11 - 10:42 AM
clueless don 14 Apr 11 - 10:54 AM
clueless don 14 Apr 11 - 01:32 PM
Joe Offer 14 Apr 11 - 03:16 PM
GUEST,Gerry 14 Apr 11 - 09:34 PM
GUEST,Ithacaan2 03 Mar 12 - 09:20 PM
EBarnacle 04 Mar 12 - 12:05 AM
SINSULL 04 Mar 12 - 12:12 AM
SINSULL 04 Mar 12 - 12:15 AM
GUEST,999 04 Mar 12 - 08:08 AM
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Subject: Lyrics added: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 11:27 PM

Now after all is said and done
It's Palisades for havin' fun.
So during the day or when it's dark
Visit this great amusement park.

Palisades Amusement Park

Skip the bother and skip the fuss (honk honk)
Take a Public Service bus.
Public Service sure is great
It takes you right up to the gate.

Skip the bother and skip the fuss (honk honk)
Take a Public Service bus.
Let's get ready now on your mark
To Palisades Amusement Park, Palisades Amusement Park


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 13 Apr 11 - 11:31 PM

This jingle was a commercial for Public Service Coordinated Transport bus company, now New Jersey Transit and ran on the radio.

Palisades Amusement Park, located just over the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey, closed its door for the last time 40 years ago.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 12:37 AM

What's in the park now, Sol? Seems to me I found a nice public park last fall in about that area, with a great view across the river to Upper Manhattan - was that Palisades Park? Uh-oh....this Wikipedia article shows a photo of big condominiums covering the amusement park site. Too bad. Still, there are lots of nice park areas along the Hudson River in that area.

Lots of jingles, songs, and other sounds here (click).

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 01:05 AM

There was also a Palisades Amusement Park song that played on the radio in the '60s sung by Steve Clayton and written by Gladys Shelley. Can't remember all the words for the life of me. If I can jar my uncooperative memory, I'll set down what I can recall.

Many many years ago, there were two big amusement parks (other than the Coney Island area in Brooklyn) in New York/New Jersey, now sadly gone: Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey, and Freedomland in the Bronx. The latter was razed to make way for the Co-Op City apartment complex.

Memories...

Jay


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 07:00 AM

There was also a Palisades Amusement Park song that played on the radio in the '60s sung by Steve Clayton and written by Gladys Shelley. Can't remember all the words for the life of me. If I can jar my uncooperative memory, I'll set down what I can recall
Would that be "Palisades Park"?
Also done by the Beach Boys, The Ramones & others.

"Pretty soon I gave that girl a hug
It was quite a long hug.
You never know how good a kiss can feel
When you stop at the top
Of the Ferris wheel...."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 08:15 AM

Sorry, that's not it.

I should have been a bit clearer - the tune I was thinking of was only used in commercials.

Jay


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 09:58 AM

As I think I posted on another thread, that irritating jingle of the early '60s may have been a minor influence on the development of rap music.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 10:42 AM

Palisades has the rides
Palisades has the fun
Come on over
Shows and dancing are free
So's the parking, so gee,
Come on over
Palisades coast to coast
Where a dime buys the most
Palisades Amusement Park
Swings all day and after dark
Ride the coaster
Get cool in the waves of the pool
You'll have fun
So Come on over.

http://www.palisadespark.com/faqs.html

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: clueless don
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 10:54 AM

On 14 Apr 11 - 07:00 AM Nigel Parsons recalled some words to the '60s song Palisades Park:

"Pretty soon I gave that girl a hug
It was quite a long hug.
You never know how good a kiss can feel
When you stop at the top
Of the Ferris wheel...."


I'm going strictly from memory here - I'm not going to google it. I recall the song as being recorded by Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon (sp?) - at least, that's the version that got airplay in the Washington DC area. The opening lines were something like

Last night I took a walk (?) in the dark,
a swingin' place called Palisades Park,
to have some fun,
and see what I could see ...
That's where the girls are!

My recollection of the words given by Nigel is

Pretty soon I gave that girl a hug ...
In the tunnel of lo-ove!.
You'll never know how great a kiss can feel
When you're stopped at the top
Of a Ferris wheel,
and I fell in love ...
Down at Palisades Park!

Of course, I could be misremembering some of the words, and Freddie Cannon's version may differ from other versions.

Don


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: clueless don
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 01:32 PM

Actually, "Pretty soon I gave that girl a hug ..." should have been "And after that, I gave that girl a hug ...".

Don


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 03:16 PM

Some of you who visited the park in its heyday - can you share some memories with us? I went to Edgewater Park and Bob-lo Island in Detroit in the 1950s, and Muskego Beach outside Milwaukee in the 1960s, and a park called Disneyland when I lived in Los Angeles in the 1970s; but the one amusement park that seemed to be a teenager's dream was Palisades Park.

-Joe-
Here's an Detroit Newsarticle on Detroit's Bob-lo Island Amusement Park:
    Bob-Lo, island of the white wood

    By Jenny Nolan / The Detroit News

    August 29, 1995

    French priests established a Catholic mission on the island for the Huron Indians in the early 1700s. Thousands of Indians, from all tribes, camped on the island following the establishment of Fort Malden, a British military post in Amherstburg, in 1796. They came to trade furs with the British.

    The island was for a while the headquarters of Tecumseh, the famous Shawnee leader, who was aiding the British. He used it as a base to make forays on the American mainland during the war of 1812.

    In the 1830s three blockhouses were built at the outer perimeter of Fort Malden, after the Canadian uprising against the British called the Patriot War, in which the Canadians were aided by Americans. The uprising caused the British to realize how unprotected their border with the United States was.

    During the American Civil War, the island became a stop on the underground railway for escaping slaves, on their way to Canada.

    Col. Arthur Rankin, M.P., bought 225 acres on the island from the Canadian government for $40 in the mid 19th century. The remaining14 acres were held on a life lease by Capt. James Hackett, lighthouse keeper. The lighthouse was built in 1837.

    In 1869, Rankin sold the island to his son, Arthur McKee Rankin, who, going by the name of McKee Rankin, was a star of the New York theatre, and one of the fashionable people. He built himself an elaborate estate on Bois Blanc, stocked the grounds with deer, wild turkey, and elk, built extensive stables, and played the bounteous host to his New York friends, the same set that held court at Delmonico's. Bois Blanc was on the map! Unfortunately, McKee's stage career dried up as he aged, and his grandiosity and hospitality bankrupted him.

    Bob-lo was used as a base by the Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh, who had sided with the British, for raids on the American mainland during the War of 1812.

    The island was sold to partners Col. John Atkinson and James A. Randall. Randall built a house on the site of one of the British army blockhouses. His son, Tom Davey Randall went out duck hunting one night and disappeared in a sudden squall. When he failed to return and his body wasn't found, James Randall hired spiritualists and spent the winter on the island participating in seances in hopes of finding his son. The body was found the next spring when the ice melted. James Randall died in Detroit in 1911.

    The heirs of Col. Atkinson sold the island to what was then the Detroit, Belle Isle and Windsor Ferry Company. In 1898, the Bob-Lo Excursion Line was born. Bob-Lo was the best the non-French locals could do with the pronunciation of Bois Blanc, and it stuck and became official in 1949.

    A limerick appeared in The Detroit News in 1900:

      A maiden once said to her Pa,
      "Oh Pa, can I go to Bah Blah?"
      Her father said "No!
      You can't go to Bob-Lo,
      the place is too terribly far!"

    The first steamer that went to the island carrying picnickers was called The Promise. In 1959, Mrs. Martha Walpola, who had been on the maiden voyage and many successive ones, reminisced:

    "Back on the first trip . . . I had to wear my new white dimity dress and stand beside my folks. My father wore a black coat and stiff white collar. My mother had on her best dress. We would stand and watch the dancers do the 'It's a Bear'. The bouncers were there to watch and see that none of the dancing ladies showed their legs."

    In 1902 and 1910 the steamers Columbia and Ste. Claire were built. They could hold over 2,500 passengers each. There was a dance floor on the second deck and a beer garden on the third. They carried as many as 800,000 visitors to the island yearly in the island's heyday in the 60s and 70s.

    The initial attractions of the island were mostly simple: a day on the river and a picnic in the park-like setting of the island. There was a carousel, and Henry Ford had a dance hall designed and built by Albert Kahn, which in 1903 was billed as the world's second largest.

    Though Americans were providing much of the capital and most of the visitors to the island, it remained (and still is) a Canadian island. During World War I, U.S. officials made an exception, just for Bob-Lo, to the rule that draft-age men could not leave the country, deciding that it would be a hardship to young Michigan men to be forbidden to enjoy the island during the summer months.

    During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the steamers stopped their Bob-Lo excursions. The ships resumed operations in 1935.

    In 1949, bankruptcy threatened, and the Mayor of Windsor wanted the island for a national park, but Americans stepped in again and the island and boats were bought by the Browning family of Grosse Pointe, owners of a steamship line.

    The Brownings transformed the island into an amusement park, building rides, roller coasters, and a funhouse. There was a ferris wheel, a dance hall, and an antique car exhibit. They brought in 300 exotic animals for a zoo, the first of which was a giraffe, "Socrates II." When seven baboons escaped for two days in 1972, one had to be coaxed out of the funhouse. A mini railroad was built for rides around the island.

    In 1961, the island landing dock was replaced with the deck of the freighter Queenston, sunk in place. In 1973, the Thunder Bolt roller coaster, one of the largest in the country, was built of steel. Thrill seekers could ride the flume -- a log which carried riders down a water slide. In 1975, the original 48-horse carousel from 1878 was restored and put back into operation.

    A great part of the romance of the island lay in getting there on the Bob-Lo Boat. It took just over an hour and there were moonlight cruises as well as daytime ferries to the island. Bands on the second deck dance floor changed with the times, from Mrs. Walpola's turn of the century music (think Harold Hill) to the Big Bands of the 1940s to the Latin Counts of the 80s.

    Joe Short was Captain Bob-Lo, a diminutive clown who entertained the children on board. He had been hired by the Brownings away from the Ringling Brothers Circus and worked the boat until 1974, when he retired at age 90. He died the following year.

    The boarding dock in Detroit was initially at the foot of Woodward, was moved to behind Cobo Hall, and eventually out of downtown to Gibraltal in 1991.

    After the Brownings sold the island in 1979, it had various owners, including IBC, the owner of the Ice Capades and Harlem Globetrotters. AAA Michigan also held the island briefly. In the 1980s rowdiness on the boats and on the island caused diminishing crowds. Canadian police and immigration authorities spent a day at Bob-Lo rounding up members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang in 1987. The innocence of earlier times was ebbing away.

    The carousel was sold off piece by piece at auction in 1990, with a $34,000 high bid for a deer and $21,500 for a horse by the famous carousel carver Marcus Illions. They were replaced by plastic replicas.

    In 1994 the rides were sold off, and in January 1996, the Columbia and the Ste. Claire were auctioned. An era had ended, and families that had enjoyed the island for generations turned to more modern, more spectacular parks such as Cedar Point.

    Detroiters lost more than an amusement park, or a picnic ground when Bob-Lo closed. They lost a piece of their history and a window back to a simpler time.

    From The Detroit News: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=87#ixzz1JWlMij4b


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 14 Apr 11 - 09:34 PM

Thanks, Charlie Baum. The tune resembles, but doesn't quite match, Bye Bye Blackbird.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: GUEST,Ithacaan2
Date: 03 Mar 12 - 09:20 PM

This was a differnt jingle. Th original one went something like:

Palisades has the rides, palisades has the fun,
come on over,
Shows and dancing are free so's the parking so gee,
come on over
Palisades from coast to coast, wear a dime buys the most,
Palisades amusement park, swings all day and after dark
Ride the coaster, get cool in the waves in the pool
you'll have fun so come on over.

Or something close to that


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: EBarnacle
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 12:05 AM

My parents live in one of the condos on site. Directly in front of their building is a small memorial to the Park, consisting of concentric bricks naming the rides and celebrities who were associated with the park.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 12:12 AM

Palisades Playland by the sea
Come to the park admission is free
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Come to Palisades Playland


To:
Dah de dah dah dah dah dah dah
LOL
Very annoying


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 12:15 AM

OOOPS
That was Rockaway Playland by the sea


A dump!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: GUEST,999
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 08:08 AM

Palisades has the rides
Palisades has the fun
Come on over
Shows and dancing are free
So's the parking, so gee,
Come on over
Palisades coast to coast
Where a dime buys the most
Palisades Amusement Park
Swings all day and after dark
Ride the coaster
Get cool in the waves of the pool
You'll have fun
So Come on over.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Palisades Amusement Park Jingle
From: EBarnacle
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 10:09 AM

I believe the third from last line should be "Come get cool..."


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Subject: Rockaway Playland Lyrics
From: GUEST,Michael Russo Worked in Penny Arcade 1966 su
Date: 26 Mar 13 - 10:58 AM

Lived in Marcels Court during summer. Would like to locate summer friends, John Sico, Jimmy Rockawitz, Lawrence Lograno, Chucky O'Conner or Billy Vergona. My cell phone # is 727 2078896   Rockaway Playland By The Sea, Come To The Gate Admission is Free, Rules and Fun For Everyone. Come To Rockaway Playland.


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