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The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 160

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 160

Welcome to the 1951 Rolling Review Show which features pieces of music I have enjoyed at some time in my life. I hope you enjoy them as well. Let me know if you do. Sometimes I feel that each song here is a little personal voyage for me on a vast and beautiful ocean of musical memories. Thank you so much for joining me. I really appreciate your company.

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Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike …

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One of my favourite songs is America by Simon & Garfunkel from their classic 1968 album Bookends. Written by Paul Simon in 1966, it concerns young lovers hitchhiking their way across the United States, in search of “America,” one both literal and physical. 

In it there’s a couple of lines which go …

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 New Jersey Turnpike is a toll road in New Jersey. Officially opened in November 1951, it runs from near the Delaware Memorial Bridge in the southern part of the state northeast to near the George Washington Bridge in the northern part of the state near New York City. At 122 miles long, it’s one of the busiest toll roads in the United States.

Photograph taken in 1951.

Photograph taken in 1951.

The south end of the New Jersey Turnpike, where it runs into the Delaware Memorial bridge that leads to Baltimore and then Washington, D.C. New Jersey, 1951.

The south end of the New Jersey Turnpike, where it runs into the Delaware Memorial bridge that leads to Baltimore and then Washington, D.C. New Jersey, 1951.

The New Jersey Turnpike with cars heading towards Linden with the Esso refinery in the background, 1951.

The New Jersey Turnpike with cars heading towards Linden with the Esso refinery in the background, 1951.

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Here is a short documentary clip featuring archive footage of the New Jersey Turnpike:

Finally, for those of you that like their information bang up to date, follow this link to see live video streaming at many points along this iconic road … LIVE CCTV NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.