Number of Songs: 12,267 Number of Albums: 1223 Most Recently Played Song: “Run Run Away” – Slade Most Played Song: “Wind and Rain” – Crooked Still Most Recently Added Album:Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music – Ray Charles
First Song Alphabetically: “A-Punk” – Vampire Weekend Last Song Alphabetically: “Zooropa” – U2 Smallest Song Numerically: “1-2-3”- Len Barry Biggest Song Numerically: “1999″ – Prince & The Revolution
Shortest Song: “Kangaroo-SFX”- Carl Stalling (0:03) Longest Song: “Comes A Time”- Grateful Dead (36:29)
First Album Alphabetically:Abbey Road, The Beatles Last Album Alphabetically: Zooropa, U2 First Album Numerically: 1-2-3-4 Die, The Ramones Last Album Numerically:1964 Rock ‘n’ Roll Era
If a Jamaica Pond tour isn’t enough for one weekend, head to Charles/MGH station on Sunday June 28th as Boston By Foot presents the Tour of the Month, The Flat of Beacon Hill. This special tour will focus on the lesser known and once unfashionable area built on made land along the Charles River. Stepping off at 2 pm, tour admission is $15 per person, but only $5 for Boston By Foot members (one of the many reasons to become a member!). This tour is also an event for the Boston By Foot Meetup Group, another great way to get involved, meet people, and learn about our fair city. I will not be leading this tour myself, but I can assure you that some of the finest and knowledgeable guides will be.
On this walk you will discover one of Boston’s least known and most delightful neighborhoods. The Flat of Beacon Hill is built on 19th century made-land along the Charles River. The Flat is geologically part of Back Bay and culturally park of Beacon Hill, with the architecture of both. This intimate patch of real estate soon acquired carriage houses and horse stables owned by the wealthy families living on Beacon Hill. Today, many of these edifices have been converted into charming residences and seamlessly blend among the notable landmarks such as the Charles Street Meeting House, the Church of the Advent, and the Sunflower Castle. What do Sam Mayday Malone, a private-eye named Spenser, a Fox Terrier named Igloo, and seven strangers have in common? They all know the Flat is where it’s at!
The Jamaica Plain Historical Society debuts its newest neighborhood tour of Jamaica Pond this Saturday, June 27th at 11 am. The 90-minute walking tour will discuss the residential, industrial, and recreational history of this scenic gem. The tour departs from the bandstand near the intersection of Pond Street and Jamaicaway, and yours truly will be one of the guides.
Once a gathering point for Boston’s elite, the Pond had previously been put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today.
Come one come all and get some fresh air after being cooped up inside all these days. Don’t forget that the price of this tour is FREE, although you may want to sign up for a JPHS membership starting at $15.