During their visits to the Fair guests were treated to a variety of songs heard as background music over the public address system. I was fortunate to have been able to buy several of the actual tapes used at the Fair, and have added them here as free downloads. The tapes were professionally restored, and have been converted into several CDs. Please note that I do not know the names of some of the songs, so if you know any of them please let me know.

The original tapes were in mono, and are presented here in that format.

I hope you enjoy this musical trip back to the Fair!

Tape 1 - Hour 1 Tape 2 - Hour 1
Tape 1 - Hour 2 Tape 2 - Hour 2
Tape 1 - Hour 3


Tape 2 - Hour 3
Tape 1 - Hour 4


Tape 2 - Hour 4

Here's another set of background music. The tape was loaned to me by Joseph Petrucelli. The tape box was labeled "Recorded in the programmer room - 1965". The shows run about 20 minutes, so these are large files to download.

No Business Like Show Business - Irving Berlin  
Always - Irving Berlin  
I Love a Piano - Irving Berlin  
Alexander's Ragtime Band - Irving Berlin  
Tea For Two - Vincent Youmans  
Rose Marie - Rudolf Friml  
Ol' Man River - Jerome Kern  
Make Believe - Jerome Kern  
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Jerome Kern  
Hallelujah - Vincent Youmans  
I've Got Rhythm - George Gershwin  
Fascinating Rhythm - George Gershwin  
Lady Be Good - George Gershwin  
Falling In Love - Rodgers and Hart  
Dancing in Dark - Arthur Schwartz  
Easy to Love - Cole Porter  
Without a Song - Vincent Youmans  
With A Song in My Heart - Rodgers and Hart  
Strike Up the Band - George Gershwin  
Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen  
Someone to Watch Over Me - George Gershwin  
They Say That Falling in Love is Wonderful - Irving Berlin  
Around the World in 80 Days - Victor Young  
You and the Night and the Music - Arthur Schwartz  
Begin the Beguine - Cole Porter  
Night and Day - Cole Porter  
What a Beautiful Morning - Rodgers and Hammerstein  
Some Enchanted Evening - Rodgers and Hammerstein  
If I Loved You - Rodgers and Hammerstein  
Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin  
Prelude - "Lohengrin" - Wagner  
New World Symphony - Dvorak  
Lost Chord - Sir Arthur Sullivan  
Evening Star - Tannhauser - Wagner  
Meditation from "Thais" - Massenet  
Scherzo from 6th Symphony - Tchaikowsky  
Traumerei - Schumann  
Pastorale Symphony - Beethoven  
Finlandia - Sibelius  
Symphony No. 1 - Brahms  
Arioso - Bach  
Pilgrim's Chrous - "Tannhauser" - Wagner  
  Yankee Doodle   Mademoiselle from Armentiers
  Spirit of '76   Madelon
  Hail Columbia   Keep the Home Fires Burning
  Washington's March   How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning
  Hail to the Chief   It's a Long Way to Tipperary
  Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean   Over There
  Johnny Comes Marching Home   American Patrol
  Yellow Rose of Texas   Semper Fidelis
  Tramp, Tramp, Tramp   National Emblem
  Dixie   Stars & Stripes Forever
  Glory, Glory, Hallelujah   Halls of Montezuma
  Yankee Doodle Dandy   Caissons Go Rolling Along
  It's a Grand Old Flag   Anchors Aweigh
  Rose of Picardy   Semper Paratis
  K-K-K-Katy   Wide Blue Yonder
  Long, Long Trail   My Land, Your Land
  There are Smiles   God Bless America
  Pack Up Your Troubles    

These shows were played at the Fountain of the Planets show in the evenings. There were five shows listed on the box but two of them (The College Songs Show and The Great Masters Show) were missing from the tape.

Here's a note that Joe had sent me that was very interesting:

I was the Project Manager for a company called "Commercial Radio and Sound Corp."

My boss was Art Schneider, a leader in the industry and way ahead of his time.

We designed, engineered, fabricated, supervised the installation, did all check outs for many of the Exhibits.

As Project Manager I was responsible for the design and insuring that the work was done and operational prior to the fair opening. If memory serves me right we started the engineering 2 yrs prior to the fair opening and were involved until the closing of the fair.

I was the PM for the Fairgrounds Sound System, the Ford Exhibit, Travelers and the daddy of them all, "The Fountain of the Planets" with its synchronized sound, water, fire works display. Many a night I spent out there to insure all was working. We had our share of problems but the Fair opened on time. To me it was a "Labor of Love".

I even worked on the Unisphere model that was made for publicity purposes prior to the fair opening where we had scrolling lights on the rings around the Unisphere.

I think Hamel and Langer were the Consulting Engineers?

I know that my boss was working with Robert Moses on this project. I also think that my company did the 1939-1940 Worlds Fair (way before my time, but I do remember attending with my Dad).

Pope Paul VI visits the World's Fair

On October 4, 1965 Pope Paul VI made a historic visit to New York, the first trip for any pope to the United States. On the way back home he stopped for a brief visit at the Vatican Pavilion. Click here to listen to the audio of the NBC television feed. The segment runs slightly over 23 minutes, so it's a large file (33 MB). You can also listen to the report of his departure from Kennedy airport (28 minutes, 68 MB).


I've created two collections of vintage photos from the Fair: They are in Windows Media Player format.

I Had the Time of My Life at the New York World's Fair - the title says it all for me!

What a Wonderful World - more photos, set to Louis Armstrong's classic song.

A World's Fair Diary - NEW!!!

This NBC Special starring Edwin Newman aired on July 30, 1964. It runs almost an hour so it's a large file (84MB) but well worth downloading. There's some great footage I don't recall seeing in any other shows.

Click here to download the file, which is in MP4 format.

Click here to go back to the main 1964-65 New York World's Fair page.