Buffalo’s Top 3 songs: August 7, 1966

By Steve Cichon
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Looking back at the Top 3 songs Buffalo was listening to on the radio this week in 1966:

3. Tommy Roe – SWEET PEA
2. Bobby Hebb – SUNNY
1. Lovin’ Spoonful – SUMMER IN THE CITY

The Top 3 songs as played this week in 1966 on Buffalo’s WKBW Radio.

Buffalo’s Top 3 songs: August 6, 1971

By Steve Cichon
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@stevebuffalo

Looking back at the Top 3 songs Buffalo was listening to on the radio this week in 1971:

 

3. Creedence Clearwater Revival – SWEET HITCH-HIKER
2. Tommy James – DRAGGIN’ THE LINE
1. Tom Clay – WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW / ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN

The Top 3 songs as played this week in 1971 on Buffalo’s WYSL Radio.

Buffalo’s Top 3 songs: August 3, 1964

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

Looking back at the Top 3 songs Buffalo was listening to on the radio this week in 1964:

3. Jan & Dean – LITTLE OLD LADY FROM PASADENA
2. Dean Martin – EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY
1. Beatles – A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

The Top 3 songs as played this week in 1964 on Buffalo’s WKBW Radio.

Buffalo’s Top 3 songs: August 2, 1962

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

Looking back at the Top 3 songs Buffalo was listening to on the radio this week in 1962:

3. Ray Charles – I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU
2. Bobby Vinton – ROSES ARE RED
1. David Rose – THE STRIPPER

The Top 3 songs as played this week in 1962 on Buffalo’s WKBW Radio.

Buffalo’s Top 3 songs: August 1, 1958

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

Looking back at the Top 3 songs Buffalo was listening to on the radio this week in 1958:

3. Volare- Dean Martin

2. King Creole- Elvis Presley

1. Just A Dream- Jimmy Clanton

The Top 3 songs as played this week in 1958 on Buffalo’s WKBW Radio.

Buffalo’s Top 3 songs: July 31, 1967

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

Looking back at the Top 3 songs Buffalo was listening to on the radio this week in 1967:

3. Windy– The Association

2. Jackson– Nancy Sinatra

1. Light My Fire– The Doors

The Top 3 songs as played this week in 1967 on Buffalo’s WKBW Radio.

WNY’s steel producing heritage- part of what makes Buffalo Buffalo

By Steve Cichon
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@stevebuffalo

Our steel producing heritage—One of the things that makes Buffalo Buffalo.

We often talk about and remember Bethlehem Steel, and with good reason.

The Bethlehem Steel complex, 1984.

At one point, Lackawanna’s Bethlehem Rte. 5 complex was the world’s largest steel plant. At one point, the plant employed more than 20,000 men.

Just as amazing to think about is that there were nearly as many men working in other steel plants around WNY as well.

A DEC photo from 1967: Historic photo of the Buffalo River. The former Republic Steel plant is to the left of the river and the former Buffalo Color plant is to the right.

The Republic Steel Plant on South Park Avenue at the Buffalo River in South Buffalo was one of the biggest.

Now the site of the Elon Musk and Panasonic solar panel plant, but in 1950—the Cleveland based Republic Steel was making plans to increase the South Buffalo plant’s production to 900,000 tons of steel per year. Nearly a million tons of steel at Buffalo’s second largest steel plant.

The plant was closed and demolished in the mid 1980s and again, is currently the site for the state-funded RiverBend project.

Buffalo Evening News, August 3, 1950

More:

Torn-Down Tuesday: Signs of Bethlehem Steel along Route 5

Torn-down Tuesday: Bethlehem Steel from the air

Buffalo in the 60s: Bethlehem Steel builds Buff State

Buffalo in the 50s: South Buffalo’s Republic Steel aims for nearly a million tons

Buffalo in the 40s: Before SolarCity, there was National Aniline and Republic Steel at RiverBend

Buffalo in the 70’s: Steelworkers called back to work

 

 

Grain elevators make Buffalo Buffalo

By Steve Cichon
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@stevebuffalo

Our grain elevators are part of what makes Buffalo Buffalo.

Simon Pure ad from 1949 celebrating Buffalo’s milling industry.

More than 15,000 men worked in Buffalo’s flour and feed milling industries in the 1940s and 50s.

No other city in the world processed more grain than we did in Buffalo.
Circumstances changed through the decades, and the grain boats stopped coming.

Those hulking elevator and mill complexes along Buffalo’s waterways served as reminders of what Buffalo had lost for decades.

Now the grain elevators that survive are being adapted to new uses, and serve as an example of how Buffalo can make it’s past– part of its future.

This video from fastimages.net features Buffalo’s lighthouse, waterfront, and various aspects of Buffalo industry.

Our grain elevators are part of what makes Buffalo Buffalo.

Holiday Showcase Restaurant: One of the places that makes Buffalo Buffalo

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

Rather abruptly, the doors closed on a Buffalo institution on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

From after-movie meals to being destroyed by a tornado, The Holiday Showcase Restaurant is one of the places that makes Buffalo Buffalo.

Photo appearing on the Holiday Showcase website, 2018,

The Holiday Showcase opened in the front corner of what was then the Aero Drive-In in 1964.

The Aero Drive-In held 800 cars and featured playgrounds for the kids in the spot where Sam’s Club is today.

1950.

Around 1971, showed its last movie, but by then, the Holiday 1 and 2 theaters had opened. It was eventually the Holiday 6 by the time it was torn down to make way for the strip mall behind the Holiday Showcase, which served hundreds of thousands of meals to movie goers on the same property for more than 30 years.

1967.

From the beginning, specialties have included the HY-BOY, which a 1967 ad calls “a double decker hamburger sensation” and FRESH strawberry pie and shortcake.

The Hy-Boy.

Tornado

The infamous 1987 Cheektowaga tornado. This is the funnel cloud as seen from Dick Rd.

Whether they’ve eaten at the famous Union Road restaurant or not, it seems every Buffalonian knows that the Holiday Showcase was one of two businesses heavily damaged when a tornado ripped through Cheektowaga in 1987.

The sign is a classic piece of Roadside Americana on Union Rd in Cheektowaga.

The Holiday Showcase Restaurant… another one of the places that makes Buffalo Buffalo.

Making Buffalo Buffalo: Bob Wells

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

Among the things that make Buffalo… Buffalo is Bob Wells.

Bob Wells at the WEBR RCA-44, where his theme song was Gloria Wood’s “Teen Time.”

Bob Wells was the host of one of Buffalo’s most popular radio shows of the post-war era– the Hi Teen show ran on WEBR for 17 years, hosting as many of 2000 kids in the Dellwood Ballroom at Main and Utica every Saturday.

What kind of music did you hear on Hi-Teen?.

“I was probably the last disc jockey in America to play an Elvis Presley record,” Wells told Channel 2’s Rich Kellman during a late 70s interview.

Wells popularity with Buffalo’s youngest radio fans overlapped the rock ‘n’ roll era, but not by much.

Long after Hi-Teen was little more than a memory, Western New Yorkers continued to hear Bob Wells’ voice as the voice of Your Host restaurants.

WATCH: A Bob Wells-voiced Your Host commercial from 1977:

Bob Wells… and the Hi Teen Show.. just one of the things that makes Buffalo… Buffalo