Monday, September 08, 2008

CANONSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA MC DONALD'S

During a recent trip, Liz and I paused at the McDonald's in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania for grub and refreshments. We'd visited the restaurant before, but used the drive-thru service. This time, we went inside... and were overwhelmed with the display of local music history.

Canonsburg has produced more than its share of entertainment legends, including Perry Como and Bobby Vinton. Both were immortalized inside the burger palace, with displays that depicted a simpler, more authentic period in creative history:


Above: The Canonsburg McDonald's location


Above: Bust of Perry Como


Above: Bust of Bobby Vinton


Above: Stage outfit worn by Bobby Vinton



Above: The Four Coins with Elvis Presley, 1958





Above: Looking over Bobby Vinton's shoulder at the restaurant counter








The Canonsburg website (www.canonsburgboro.com) provides details of these performers and their hits:

Welcome to the small town Music Capitol of the World
Canonsburg,Pennsylvania - a town of 8,600 residents - has had more charted singles than any other small town in the world.

To date, that includes an astounding 192 songs!
That includes:
Perry Como 141
Bobby Vinton 44
Four Coins 7

Among those songs are 15 that went all to the way to No. 1 - "Til the End of Time," "Prisoner of Love," "Surrender," "Chi-Baba, Chi Baba," "Some Enchanted Evening," "If," "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes," "Wanted," "Hot Diggity," "Round and Round" and "Catch a Falling Star" by Perry Como and "Roses are Red," "Blue Velvet," "There I've Said It Again" and "Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton.
In addition, the Canonsburg group, The Cynics, have had seven albums released and more recently, Jason Walker has had five top 10 hits on the dance charts, including two that went to No. 1 in Billboard Magazine - "Foolish Mind Games" and "Set It Free." His new album is due in March, 2007.
And the hits just keep on comin'....


To be recognized as a legendary performer would be enough, perhaps... but to be celebrated in the decor of a fast-food emporium like McDonald's is more uniquely American, and an honor like no other!

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