Palisades Park (song)
|Single by Freddy Cannon|
|A-side||"June, July and August"|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Freddy Cannon singles chronology|
"Palisades Park" is a song written by Chuck Barris and recorded by Freddy Cannon. A tribute to New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park, it is an up-tempo rock and roll tune led by a distinctive organ part. The track also incorporates amusement park sound effects.
Barris wrote a song about an amusement park and it was suggested he use the name of an amusement park as the title. One night he was in Manhattan when he looked toward the New Jersey Palisades Cliffs, on which the amusement park sat. That was when inspiration hit and the title was added. The Palisades Amusement Park closed on September 12, 1971.
Released by Swan Records as a B-side to "June, July and August," "Palisades Park" broke in when a Flint, Michigan radio DJ played it by mistake. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 23-30 June 1962, going on to be the biggest hit of Cannon's career.
The song was covered by Shelley Fabares on her 1962 album The Things We Did Last Summer, Jan & Dean covered this song on their album "Jan & Dean's Golden Hits" in 1962, Gary Lewis and the Playboys on their 1965 album A Session With Gary Lewis And the Playboys, The Beach Boys on their 1976 album 15 Big Ones, and The Ramones on their 1989 album Brain Drain.
In addition, the song was performed live by The Stompers, a Boston-based band with members from Lynn, Mass. (Freddy Cannon's home town, although Freddy was born in Swampscott, Mass. as Frederick Picariello) beginning in the late 1970s. However, the group only recorded by the track on a live album released in 1994.
In 1987, Cannon recorded "Kennywood Park" (which, unlike Palisades Park before it, is still in operation), a reworking of the song about the Pittsburgh amusement park of the same name. It was issued as a limited edition 45 vinyl single.
More recently "Palisades Park" appeared in the films Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, picturing Barris' life, and X-Men: First Class, during a scene set in 1962, the year of the song's initial release.
- "Carousel, Anyone? A 1928 'Heirloom' Offered for $80,000". New York Times. November 15, 1971. Retrieved 2009-01-27. "Irving Rosenthal has the Christmas present for the man who has everything. Preferably a man in search of high camp or deep nostalgia. ... Mr. Rosenthal sold the Palisades Amusement Park site to tho Centex-Winston Corporation, which plans to erect 3800 high-rise condominiums on the tract ..."
- "23 June 1962 Hot 100". Billboard. 23 June 1962. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
- Palisades Park - Mr. Freddy "BOOM BOOM" Cannon Epinions.com Accessed 28 October 2008
- Bootleg DVD
- The Stompers Greatest Hits Live (album)
- 1979 Boston Globe review (Stompers)
- "Kennywood Park / With a Little Love". Retrieved 07 July 2012.
- Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon - Oldies 103 WODS FM Jingle/Palisades Park