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Cable Car Concerto / Rhapsody of Fisherman's Wharf

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Glen Hurlburt with Greg McRitchie ‎– Cable Car Concerto / Rhapsody of Fisherman's Wharf


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A: Cable Car Concerto

Label: Golden Gate Records ‎– 1001

Format: Shellac, 10", 78 RPM 

Released: 1947 

 Genre: Jazz Pop

Style: Novelty            

This song, written and performed by blind pianist Glen Hurlburt and orchestra,

 Was released at a time when some local politicos were considering scrapping many of the cable car lines.

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B:   Rhapsody of Fisherman's Wharf


All credit due to the artist and musicians and Golden Gate Records

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Herb Caen, San Francisco's foremost newspaper columnist, rumored it. Roger Lapham, San Francisco's "infrequently beloved" businessman mayor, confirmed it. Friedel Klussmann, the President of the San Francisco Federation of the Arts, stopped it.

The issue was a simple one; should San Francisco in 1947 keep the city-owned Powell Street cable cars running? In this environment Glen Hurlburt, a blind pianist, penned his "Cable Car Concerto." A concert orchestra played the "Cable Car Concerto." Hurlburt's "Concerto" cleverly takes us on round trip ride on the Powell-Mason cable from Market Street to the Fisherman's Wharf and back. Enjoy!