saturday 9

Mairzy Doats

1) While today this is considered a children's song, "Mairzy Doats" was a #1 hit and a staple on radio stations in 1944. Do you know any of today's most popular songs? (Here's this week's Hot 100.) I know most of the top 10 songs because I've been listening to the top hits station in my car

2) One of the song's writers recalled that the song was inspired by an old English nursery rhyme. Tell us a rhyme you remember from childhood. I'm a little teapot, short and stout...

3) This week's group, The Merry Macs, was formed by three brothers -- Judd, Joe and Ted McMichael -- who learned to harmonize at home. Did you grow up in a musical household? yes, I did

4) When the McMichaels decided their new group needed a woman's voice, they asked Cheri McKay to join them. Realizing all their names began with Mc, they began calling themselves The Merry Macs. Have you ever performed with a singing group? (Yes, that garage band you played in after school counts.) If yes, what was your band called? I played bass (poorly) in the Bingo Betty Loves Bingo Bob Band, I also played percussion--think tambourine and maracas (well) and sang harmony

5) The Merry Macs' first gigs were playing high school dances. Do you have any memories of school dances you'd like to share this morning? when I was in high school we had live bands and my students have no concept of what that would have been like

6) Once their recording career took off, The Merry Macs went to Hollywood. They appeared in a film with the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. Who last made you laugh?
the Dunkin' drive thru crew

7) In 1944, when "Mairzy Doats" topped the charts, sunscreen was invented. It was first developed to protect soldiers during WWII, and that original formula was sold to Coppertone. Do you regularly use sunscreen?

8) Also in 1944, a board game called Murder! was introduced in England. In 1949 it made its way to the United States and was renamed Clue. It's still popular today. Can you name any of the original 6 "characters" in the Clue game? (Extra credit: One was replaced in 2016; who was it?) Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, there was a somebody Green, and Professor Plum--oh, and a female was Blue but I can't remember if it was a Miss or a Mrs.  That's all I can remember

9) Random question: The new house you just bought comes with a big mirror on the ceiling of the master bedroom. Would you take it down or leave it there?
For the love of my sanity--remove it!


Stacy said...

Oh my gosh, that is the greatest band name! I bet there is a story behind that. I hope you'll tell us one day.

Lori said...

I have never been to a dance with a live band either. We had a live DJ one time from a local radio station, but after that I think it was just a teacher or student. I never really thought about it..I am not sure. I would love to have a live band at a dance. How fun! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.


Kim said...

I've heard metal versions of your rhyme, and they are WILD!


CountryDew said...

I wanna know more about this band. You've been holding out!

The Gal Herself said...

LOVE Bingo Betty Loves Bingo Bob Band. Can't decide if you're more like Davy Jones (maracas) or Sir Paul (bass).