saturday 9


Bobby's Girl

1) In this song, Marcie Blane confesses she sits at home, hoping Bobby will call her. Do you owe anyone a phone call or email? I think I'm caught up--although it never hurts to text or email a hello

2) We know Marcie wants to be Bobby's Girl. Let's play the Google Game and find out what you want. Go to your favorite search engine, keystroke your name and "wants," and then search. (For example: "Samantha wants" led us to a math problem that begins: "Samantha wants to purchase a new dress ... " Crazy Sam was tempted to read on because her wardrobe could use sprucing up.) What does Google tell us you want? ... to prepare oatmeal porridge

3) This hit record was an accident. Marcie Blaine had just graduated from high school and had a few days before she had to take off for her summer job as a camp counselor. A friend asked her to record a couple songs he'd written, just so he could play them for record labels and song publishers. Her friend was hoping somehow an established star would hear the songs, record them and make one of them a hit. Instead, a producer at Seville Records said he wanted not just the songs but especially the unknown girl who was singing them, and Marcie became a recording artist. Tell us about a favor you're very glad you did for a friend. I knit several sets of fingerless gloves for a friend

4) By the time summer was over, and Marcie's gig as a counselor was done, she was #3 on the charts. Her record stayed in the "Hot 100" for 19 weeks and, for the second half of 1962, she was the top-selling female singer in the US. What female singer do you listen to most often? lately it's been Cher

5) After "Bobby's Girl" took off, she recorded it in German for the European market. Only she didn't speak German, so she sang it phonetically. Can you sing any songs in a language other than English? I can sing a couple of children's nursery rhymes in French

6) Seville rushed Marcie into the studio to make more records. None of them charted higher than #68, and Marcie wasn't having fun. After a year of being a rock 'n roller, she enrolled at Queens College in New York City. What's the most recent class you took? I can't think of a class I took--but I teach every day so there's that...

7) In 1962, when this song was popular, the most popular baby names were Michael and Lisa. Are there any Michaels or Lisas in your life? I have a few students at school named Michael but I don't have any Lisas

8) Also in 1962, Marlene White, the first African American flight attendant for a major US airline, appeared on the cover of Jet magazine. What's the last magazine you flipped through? Was it in print or online? People--in print

9) Random Question: After enjoying a long, relaxing weekend, do you find yourself more or less productive on Monday morning?


The Gal Herself said...

Oatmeal porridge! I bet your Google game response will be our most random.

Funny, but I've been listening to Cher a bit these days, too. I bought a boombox during covid lockdown and it seems I bought most of my CDs in the 1990s, which was a good decade for her.

songbird's crazy world said...

I’ve always liked Cher.

Lori said...

I love Cher. Josh like to show me episode of the Sonny and Cher show and at Christmas he showed me a Cher Christmas special. She is so beautiful. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend. ♥


Diana_CT said...

#3 "fingerless gloves" you mean mittens?

CountryDew said...

I have never heard of oatmeal porridge. I shall have to go look it up.

Cher is cool. I like most of her songs. I should stick a couple of Cher songs on my favorites list on Alexa.

Me, Myself, and I said...

Oatmeal porridge--interesting. I don't think I've ever had "porridge".

zippiknits...sometimes said...

I learned a lot of French when I was under five years old so that always helps cement it into the brain.
It's good for the heart, knitting for friends. Knitting is a great skill to have and ten times the pleasure if you can share it.
Hope you have a lovely Sunday!

Susan said...

That is nice that you knit your friend some fingerless gloves. I bet they were nice and warm!