Rockin’ & Rollin’ in Cleveland, OH on Valentine’s Day!

Sure we’re going back in the time machine, especially with links to the actual newspaper articles, but here’s a look at Cleveland area Valentine’s Day concerts in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1976, along with the music, movies, and the autos you may have enjoyed cruising in at the time!

VALENTINE’S DAY 1969 / The Turtles –  Savoy Brown  Blues Band –  Fifth  Dimension – Baskerville Hounds /

Area theaters featured Bullitt, The Lion in the Winter, Charly, and Hellfighters with Katharine Ross and John Wayne on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1969, as John Carroll University brought the Turtles (see Turtles ad) to town ($2, $3, $4); Savoy Brown Blues Band headlined at The Exit in North Ridgeville ($2.50); and the Fifth Dimension opened a weekend stand at Leo’s Casino on Euclid Avenue. Providing a more local flavor, the Roundtable at 242 Superior Ave. hosted a T.G.I.F. dance with outstanding Cleveland rockers the Baskerville Hounds. The following night, Bobby Womack opened for Canton’s O’Jays in Adelbert Gym at Case Western Reserve University.

Following Judy Collins in concert at Severance Hall with WMMS-FM DJ Billy Bass as emcee on February 28th ($3.50-$4 mail order-sponsored by Case-Western Reserve University’s Student Government); on March 2nd, ‘Born to be Wild’ and ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ rocked Music Hall as Steppenwolf (see ad) made its Cleveland debut, with Arlo Guthrie as the opening act ($4, $5, $6 at Burrow’s stores). (Jane Scott’s The Happening for 2/142/28 –  note Steppenwolf appearing on WEWS-TV5’s Upbeat Show).

Top 20 records at the time included Dizzy; Gimme, Gimme Good Lovin; Proud Mary (CCR); Time of the Season; Twenty Five Miles; Hungry Eyes (Merle Haggard); Crimson & Clover; Rock Me (Steppenwolf); Shotgun (Vanilla Fudge); Traces. Local Auto Ads: p. 44 / p. 45 (note a burgundy/black vinyl interior 4-speed  ’66 Corvette Stingray with factory AC, AM-FM, power steering, brakes, windows, side mounted exhaust at Hern Olds for only $3,295!)

VALENTINE’S DAY 1970 / The Doors at the Allen Theater /

Plain Dealer rock music critic Jane Scott noted on Saturday, February 14, 1970, “Morrison bounced on stage in black pants and black cardigan, grabbed a maracas and said, “We’re gonna have a good time tonight,” as Jim Morrison and the Doors opened the show with ‘Roadhouse Blues,’ playing ‘Light My Fire’ to two packed houses of 2,800 each at the Allen Theater on Euclid Avenue in Playhouse Square ($5-$6). A third show, starting at 8 p.m., was added at the Allen on the 14th, Valentine’s Day. Eli Radish, ‘”a local group with a Capitol contract,” opened each show. (Jane Scott’s The HappeningDoors adDoors review).

The week before, Sly and the Family Stone took Public Hall to a higher level on February 6, 1970 with Savoy Brown ($4, $5); while Lou Rawls brought “his soul song hits” to John Carroll University the next night ($4, $5, $6). (Ads – Rawls). Movies at the time included Valley of the Dolls; Midnight Cowboy; Cactus Flower; Funny Girl; Alice’s Restaurant; Downhill Racer; Easy Rider. Top 20 records included Psychedelic Shack; House of the Rising Sun (Frijid Pink); Arizona; Kentucky Rain; Thank You; The Thrill Is Gone; Venus; No Time; Bridge Over Troubled Water. Local Auto Ads: p. 42 / p. 43.

VALENTINE’S DAY 1971 / The Raspberries at the Cleveland Agora /

On Sunday, February 14, 1971, as Rastus and Underdog played the Chesterland Hullabaloo ($2); Fully Assembled rocked Admiral Bimbo’s on Center Ridge; and Montage headlined at Socrates Cave on E. 18th St.; at Henry LoConti’s Cleveland Agora at 1730 E. 24th St., its Valentine’s Day Dance featured Cleveland’s popular Raspberries with  Eric  Carmen from 8:30 to 1 a.m. (see Dance Chances / The Happening).

Movies at the time included Love Story; Brewster McCloud; Woodstock, Tora! Tora! Tora!; Five Easy Pieces; Doctor’s Wives; The Wild Country. Top 20 records at the time include One Bad Apple: Knock Three Times; Amos Moses; Lonely Days; Your Song; Eighteen; She’s A Lady; What’s Going On. Local Auto Ads: p. 35 / p. 36 / p. 37 / p. 38 / p. 39 / p. 40 / p. 41.

VALENTINE’S DAY 1976 / Queen – “A Night at the Opera” at Public Hall /

Five years later, Jane Scott wrote in The Plain Dealer on Monday, February 16, 1976, “The British quartet exploded onto the stage and with puffs of smoke and kept up an incredible intensity for two hours, ” as Freddie Mercury and Queen brought ‘A Night at the Opera,’ to a packed Valentine’s Day house at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Jane also noted, “There’s now no doubt. Queen is super-king.” The Cate Bothers, “a nice quartet, playing some nice white soul,” opened the show ($5.50-$6.50). / (Queen profileQueen/Belkin ad – Queen review).

Movies at the time included One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Jaws; The Happy Hooker; Dog Day Afternoon; Hester Street; Hindenburg; Young Frankenstein; Airport 1975; Earthquake. LPs on  sale at the  time included The Best of Carly Simon; ‘Siren’ Roxy Music; ‘One of These Nights’ Eagles; ‘Prisoner in Disguise’ Linda Ronstadt; ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ Emerson, Lake & Palmer; ‘Hotline’ J. Geils; ‘Yesterdays’ Yes. ($3.99 @ Melody Lane, Music Grotto – see Sale ad). Local Auto Ads: p. 37 / p. 38 / p. 39 / p. 40 / p. 41 / p. 42 / p. 43 / p. 44. / Arby’s AD.


Farewell Frank Robinson…

With the recent passing of Hall of Fame player-manager Frank Robinson, posted below are pages 117 and 118 from “Municipal Stadium, Memories on the Lakefront” highlighting Frank’s managerial debut with the Cleveland Indians at Municipal Stadium on Tuesday, April 8, 1975, featuring the incredible work of former Cleveland Press photographer Paul Tepley.

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Always the skilled professional, Paul captured baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn addressing the crowd, Mrs. Jackie (Rachel) Robinson throwing out the first pitch, Frank with manager Bill Virdon of the visiting New York Yankees before the game as they exchanged lineup cards with the umpire crew (see April 10th below), fellow photographers at work, and infielder John Lowenstein shaking Frank’s hand after Frank’s historic first at bat home run (career homer 575), off Yankees starter Doc Medich.

Paul also captured 1st baseman Boog Powell (in the Tribe’s bright red uniform), with Frank after hitting his first home run for the Indians, and Boog with teammate left fielder Oscar Gamble in ‘full fro.’ Led by Frank’s home run, Powell going 3 for 3 with 2 RBI, 2nd baseman John Brohamer’s 2 RBI, and starter Gaylord Perry, who pitched a complete game with 6 strikeouts for his 199th career win, Cleveland beat New York, 5-3, with Sandy Alomar, Sr. going 0 for 2, Graig Nettles 1 for 4, Lou Piniella 0 for 4, Chris Chambliss 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI, and catcher Thurman Munson 2 for 4 with an RBI for the visitors.

In addition to the two-page spread above, attached are links to Cleveland Plain Dealer articles by veteran sports reporters Russ Schneider, Chuck Heaton, Robert Dolgan, and Sports Editor Hal Lebovitz dating back to April 8, 9, 10, and 13, 1975 for your pleasure. April 8th – Russ Schneider 1A1D2D / April 9th – Season opener coverage: Front Page2G – Hal Lebovitz-Chuck Heaton – G1G5 – Robert Dolgan – G7 – and Rachel Robinson featured in Mary Strassmeyer’s civic luncheon story / April 10th – Russ Schneider-official lineup cards 1E2E / April 13thRachel Robinson with Barbara Robinson.

In addition, attached are links to the day’s entertainment 16A17A / TV / and Automobile Ads 12D13D14D! I’ve also attached pages from the Plain Dealer’s April 4th Friday Tab highlighting the local rock and roll scene that week featuring: Rock Beat with Anastasia Pantsios highlighting the competition between WMMS-FM (John Gorman), and new radio outlet M105 (WWWM-FM-Eric Stevens) / top records/LPs / Dance Chances / upcoming Belkin concerts / Jane Scott’s The Happening / Suzy Quatro  at  the Coliseum / and Charlie Wiener’s Bonzo Revue at the Viking Saloon!


I’ve also included pages 119 and 120 from “Municipal Stadium, Memories on the Lakefront” highlighting “Welcome Back, Bill Veeck Night,” on Friday, June 11, 1976, when Frank hit a thrilling 13th inning blast (career homer 584) into the left field stands to beat Veeck’s Chicago White Sox, 5-4, before a Municipal Stadium ‘Beer Night’ crowd of 11,984, including Charley Lupica (who captured national attention in 1949 for living atop a pole for 117 days), and former Indian Luke Easter. It’s a treat to see Frank surrounded by his Cleveland teammates including Duane Kuiper, Ray Fosse, Buddy Bell (who was batting .309), and catcher Alan Ashby!

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In addition to the two pages above featuring more of Paul Tepley’s work, here are links to game coverage from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: June 7 –  Russ Schneider 1C2C / June 11 – 1B 2B / June 12 –1C2C).  Also attached are links to that night’s local TV (with Hoolihan & Big Chuck on WJW-TV8 at midnight after “Mary Hartman”) / area Movies / upcoming Belkin concerts / Dance Chances / Jane Scott’s The Happening column –p. 28p. 31 / Rock Beat with Anastasia Pantsios featuring Miami Steve / the new Smoking ban at area arenas / and Automobile Ads from Matadors to a Pantera – 15C16C17C!

As a fellow photojournalist on a much, much smaller level, it’s always a joy to showcase Paul Tepley’s work. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

There’s plenty more to come! George Cormack

Editor’s note: You’ll find Jane Scott (with snippets from concert reviews), Anastasia Pantsios, Mary Strassmeyer, Chuck Heaton, Hal Lebovitz, Frank Robinson, Buddy Bell, Ray Fosse, Hoolihan and Big Chuck (with movie listings), John Gorman, Charlie Wiener, Bill Veeck, Jr., Belkin Productions concerts, Viking Saloon, and area dance chances among the thousands of names, plus hundreds of venues, events, movies, and even automobiles featured in Planner Project 2016!