Palisades Park

Palisades Park (Freddy Cannon)

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"Palisades Park" is a song written by Chuck Barris and recorded by Freddy Cannon. A tribute to New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park, the song is an up-tempo tune led by a distinctive organ part. It also incorporates amusement park sound effects.

Barris wrote a song about an amusement 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. 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 12 March 1962, the biggest hit of Cannon's career.

It was covered by Shelley Fabares on her 1962 album The Things We Did Last Summer, 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.

Though never officially recorded and released, the song was also performed by Bruce Springsteen and...

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