The tracks below comprise the souvenir CD distributed at our 50th Reunion. The CD was assembled by Rick Ludwin from analog recordings made during our high school years and converted to digital tracks for this special CD. Rupe Beckstett and Chuck Inglefield provided logistical assistance. Jack Payne provided guidance and suggestions.
Most important to the reunion committee was to feature the RRHS Fight Song with its lyrics. We managed to find it, along with the Color Song and Alma Mater as sung by the Boys' Glee Club, on a 1963 RRHS music department vinyl album release called Rhythms In River.
Also important to the committee was music from The Sceptres. Their tracks on the CD were recorded in 1966 in the basement of Rick's house in Rocky River. Mike Gee (aka Michael Stanley) kept the recordings and was happy to let us use them here.
The RRHS game summaries were part of WGAR radio's weekly Friday night program, "Plymouth Sports Spectacular," which reported area high school football and basketball scores.
The school music performance assemblies featuring The Velvetones, Dapper Derby Four and others were live performances recorded in the RRHS auditorium in, we think, 1964.
Several of the KYW radio disc jockeys recorded promos for the Riverlet and school dances that we used as part of the homeroom period morning announcements.
"Young America" was a Saturday morning WJW Cleveland radio series which each week featured musical performances from a different Northeast Ohio high school or college.
We hope you enjoy these audio memories from our high school years!
Track 1 - Fight Song, Color Song, Alma Mater - RRHS Boys' Glee Club (1963)
Track 2 - RRHS Montage - Compilation for the 20th Reunion (1986)
Track 3 - "Cleveland Love Song" KYW
Track 4 - "Gloria" - The Sceptres (Mike Gee, Chuck Inglefield, Chris Johns, Bill Lucas, Scott Wilkinson) (1966)
Track 5 - RRHS vs. Fairview Football - WGAR/Host: Roger Simm, Rick Ludwin (10/22/1965)
Track 6 - "Exactly Like You" - The Velvetones/School Assembly, RRHS Auditorium (c. 1964)
Track 7 - WHK "#1" Jingle
Track 8 - "Dirty Water" - The Sceptres (1966)
Track 9 - "We're the VIPs" - KYW
Track 10 - Jerry G/RRHS Morning Announcement for Riverlet (2/15/1966)
Track 11 - Jay Lawrence/RRHS Morning Announcement/School Dance (4/22/1966)
Track 12 - RRHS vs Olmsted Falls Football - WGAR (10/29/1965)
Track 13 - "The Dapper Derby Four" Barbershop Quartet/School Assembly (Bob Bellus, Bob Deatherage, Barry Newman, Van Reiner) (c. 1964)
Track 14 - "The Dapper Derby Four" Barbershop Quartet/School Assembly (Bob Bellus, Bob Deatherage, Barry Newman, Van Reiner) (c. 1964)
Track 15 - "The Dapper Derby Four" Barbershop Quartet/School Assembly (Bob Bellus, Bob Deatherage, Barry Newman, Van Reiner) (c. 1964)
Track 16 - WIXY Jingle
Track 17 - "Last Time" - The Sceptres (1966)
Track 18 - RRHS vs Olmsted Falls Basketball - WGAR (12/3/1965)
Track 19 - RRHS Concert Band WJW "Young America" Program (c. 1964)
Track 20 - RRHS Concert Band WJW "Young America" Program (c. 1964)
Track 21 - WHK "Weekend" Jingle
Track 22 - "Night Time" - The Sceptres (1966)
Track 23 - Martin & Howard/RRHS Morning Announcement/School Dance (January 1965)
Track 24 - Martin & Howard/KYW/Paige Henley Chosen "Beautiful Veronica" (February 1965)
Track 25 - RRHS vs. Avon Lake Basketball - WGAR (1/7/1966)
Track 26 - "Little Latin Lupe Lu" - The Sceptres (1966)
Track 27 - "The Mermaid" - RRHS Boys' Glee Club/WJW (c. 1964)
Track 28 - RRHS vs. Bay Village Basketball - WGAR (1/14/1966)
Track 29 - "The Twelfth of Never" - Ellen Hagan, Velvetones/School Assembly (c. 1964)
Track 30 - RRHS Band Leaving the Stage/Jack Payne "Got that, Rick?" (c. 1964)
Track 31 - Color Song