Today in the CBS-FM Hall of Fame we remember the artists who performed at one of America’s most beloved amusement parks; Palisades Park. From Dion and the Four Seasons to the Supremes, many of CBS-FM’s favorite musicians made appearances at the park over the years, which opened way back in in 1898 and closed on September 12, 1971.
While we celebrate Palisades Park with music all day in the Hall of Fame, we also look at some fun facts about the park that you may or may not know about.
Palisades Park Has Its Own Song
Chuck Barris wrote the tribute to New Jersey’s Palisades Amusement Park in 1962 and it was first recorded by Freddy Cannon, one of his biggest hits. “Palisades Park” would be covered by numerous artists, including Gary Lewis and the Playboys, the Beach Boys and the Ramones. The song has also been featured in film, appearing in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (2002) and “X-Men: First Class” (2011).
Listen to “Palisades Park” here.
The Secret Ingredient Is … ?
Palisades Park was famous for their French fries, but what made them so good?
The answer is vinegar. Much like fries in England, referred to as “chips” across the pond, Palisades Park French fries were soaked in malt vinegar to give it that memorable taste.
“Pal” Got You Free Rides
Who’s “Pal?” He’s that guy with the feather in his red cap who was used for promotional purposes during the latter years of the park. While bringing in the famous matchbooks got you free admission to Palisades Park, if Pal’s cartoon head was found inside you got a few free rides.
Is It “Palisade” OR “Palisades?”
There has been much debate as to whether the “s” should be included in the park’s name. Technically, both are correct! The Park was owned by several different people over the years, some of whom included the “s” at the end of “Palisades” and others that didn’t.
It was originally known as “The Park on the Palisades” when the trolley company opened the park in 1898, but would drop the “s” for many years when it was purchased by the Schenck Brothers. When the Rosenthals bought the Park in 1935, the “s” would stick and it would be referred to as Palisades Amusement Park until it closed in 1971.
Over 200 Rides? We Don’t Think So!
Palisades Park advertised that it was home to “over 200 rides and attractions.” The key word here is “attractions,” which can mean anything from a ride to a game or even a water fountain. You heard that correctly, a water fountain.
While many rides were changed each year, the park typically housed 45-50 rides during each season.
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