Date: 22 Dec 2011 04:27:00 -0000
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From: Regina Litman <>
Subject: CORRECTION(S) to RESULTS and ANSWER KEY for Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz 298 (GOLQ298)

RESULTS & ANSWER KEY for Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz #298 (GOLQ298)

Congratulations to The EJ'S & Co. who took first place in this quiz with
a score of 500++. Delphi Trivia Club, with a score of 500+-, which for this
quiz is being noted as 500+*, and Really Rockin' In Boston, with a score of
500.+, were closely behind. Due to the nature of the second tie-breaker, I
have added another partial credit symbol, "*", for this quiz and for T2 only.
Every entry that identified T2 got the artist correct. Some stopped at that,
and these are marked with the traditional "-" symbol for partial credit. Some
entries identified T2 by the title of the album and/or by the wrong track on
the album. I decided to give these entries a slightly higher partial credit.

Although there was no theme, I chose some of the songs from a few categories
that are loosely connected:

* Songs connected to President John F. Kennedy and his family. This was to
  mark the 50th anniversary year of his inauguration, although that was much
  earlier in the year, not, as speculated by Mike Weaver and The EJ's and Co.,
  the November anniversary of his 1963 assassination. The Village Idiots, Team
  Teitelbaum, and Vito & the Salutations also noted the Kennedy connection.

* Songs by artists who have been awarded a Kennedy Center Honor. This could
  have probably been a theme by itself, except that a lot of the popular/rock/
  r&b/country-with-crossover-appeal music recipients either were already
  honored in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-themed GOLQ I did earlier this
  year, had all of their Hot 100 charting hits after the GOLQ era ended, or
  fall into the category I call "Your Mother (and Father) Should Know" that
  I felt was overrepresented in the last GOLQ I did, GOLQ294. Also, there are
  several honorees whose GOLQ-era hits were done as part of groups, but only
  one or two individuals from these groups, not the whole group, have been

* Songs by artists from the Washington, DC, area. I had hoped to do a GOLQ with
  a theme of artists who came from the area stretching roughly from Baltimore
  to Norfolk, VA, but I didn't think there would be enough of them, or if there
  were, there would be too many low-charting songs among them.

* Songs by four artists that I saw at an "oldies" concert at the John F.
  Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on April 14, 1972. This was just
  about the time when, after several years of interest in music inspired by
  the British Invasion of the mid-1960s, there was a renewed interest in the
  music of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The artists were Chuck Berry, Jimmy
  Clanton, Bo Diddley, and the Vibrations, who also recorded under the name of
  the Marathons.

* Two songs to pay tribute to songwriters who died on the same day this
  past August.

GOLQ298's mean score was 412.35, and the median was 460. 

My thanks to everyone who participated.

Tom and Rick (the NAVAIRHEADS) have posted GOLQ299.

-- Regina Litman <>

Replace all occurrences of "&" in all e-mail addresses with "@".
Tie Breaker Scoring Key
    +  after numeric score below indicates a tie-breaker answered correctly.
    -  indicates partial credit.
    x  indicates a totally incorrect guess.
    .  indicates no guess.
    *  indicates correct artist, partial title credit, #T2, GOLQ298 only.

                                                                   # on
Pos Score ID Name and E-mail address                               Team Age(s)
 01 500++ EJ The EJ'S & Co.:                    <brombere&>   6 25+
               Ellis, Vinnie, Mitch, Kyra, Kevin,Jean
 02 500+* DT Delphi Trivia Club         <rcwkid99&>  10 40+
               RussII, Jags, HQR0, DVALPirate, marlnoe, Clueless139,
               lauren001, broadwa, DJLovesKids and her nephew
 03 500.+ RR Really Rockin' In Boston             <rardini&>   7 50s,60s
 04 498++ VI The Village Idiots                 <Roxie1971&>
 05 493.* GE The GenaTeam                   <ah.rh&>   6 43-63
 06 492++ LV Lehigh Valley Trivia Club         <lowtekman5&>   6
               Frank Glaz, Dino Dinardo, Mike Gessner,
               Joe Brower, Carl Cope, Tom Gillece
 07 486++ GC Gypsy's Caravan                        <iriss&>   4 old
 08 471++ MW Mike Weaver                   <oldtunes&>   1
T09 460+- CO The Coasters                          <rns&>   4 59-62
               Rick & Kathy Schubert, Magic Marc, Bigfoot Mae
T09 460.. WM Will McCorry                <wmccorry&>   1 54
 11 451.* LB Vito & the Salutations          <baileyl&> 3-4 boomers
 12 400.. VH Virve Harkonen            <virve_harkonen&>   1 30
 13 398.* NA NAVAIRHEADS                   <tompillion&>
 14 296.. MT Mick Tursky                    <eriador1972&>   1
 15 256.+ TT Team Teitelbaum         <Howard.Teitelbaum&>   4 49-61
               Howard, Bonnie, Patty, Pat
 16 212.- EM DEC & Friends                    <cochran57&>   3 various
 17 139.. JR Jessica Raine          <jraine&>   1 37
Pos Score ID Name and E-mail address                               # on Age(s)

The following table gives the individual scoring breakdown.  A '-' is used to
indicate that no guess was made for a question, whereas a zero indicates that
a completely incorrect response was submitted.

   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
EJ 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
DT 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
RR 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
VI 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
GE 18 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20
LV 18 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 18 20
GC 18 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 12 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20
MW 15 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20 20 18 20 20 20 20
CO 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20 20 20 20  - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
WM 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  -  - 20
LB 15 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20 20  - 20 20 18 20 20 20 20
VH 20 20 20  -  - 20 20 20  - 20 20 20 20  -  - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
NA 20 20 20  -  - 18  - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  -  - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
MT 20 20  - 20  - 18  - 20  - 20  - 20  - 20  -  -  -  - 20 20 18 20 20 20 20
TT 16 20 20  -  0  0  - 20  - 20  - 20  - 20  -  -  -  - 20 20 20 20 20 20  -
EM 14 20 20  -  -  - 20 20  - 20  -  -  - 20  - 20  -  - 20  - 18 20  -  -  -
JR  9 20  -  -  -  -  - 20  - 20  - 20  -  -  -  -  -  - 10  -  - 20  - 20  -
   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25


Answers are in the form:
#number) Artist: Title (year[s]) [peak position on Pop chart] {peak R&B}

[-]   = did not make pop chart
{-}   = did not make R&B chart
{F}   = made R&B chart as a flip side
{n/c} = no Billboard R&B chart published during this recording's period
        of peak popularity

Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You'll always sound precocious
#01) Andrews, Julie - Dick Van Dyke and the Pearlies:
     Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious                 (1965) [66] {-}

Julie Andrews starred in the Broadway musical CAMELOT, which became closely
associated with the Kennedy family in the early 1960s. She is also a Kennedy
Center honoree (2001). This song is from the movie in which she starred with
Dick Van Dyke, MARY POPPINS, as noted by Jessica Raine and which I saw at the
Ontario Theater in Washington with my family. Around the time this song and
movie were released, I wondered if supercalifragilisticexpialidocious would
replace antidisestablishmentarianism as the longest word in the English

Love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
#02) Beatles, The: Yesterday (1965) [1] {n/c}

Jessica Raine: I don't think this recording actually has any Beatles other
than Paul on it.

I've heard this, too, and that's why I picked this song. Paul McCartney is
the only Beatle who is a Kennedy Center honoree (2010). It appears that the
honorees need to be people who are still alive, which is no doubt why John
Lennon and possibly George Harrison have never attained this award. In the
early days of this honor, which was first awarded in 1978, rock stars were
overlooked. The first rock/r&b performer to have received a Kennedy Center
Honor was Ray charles in 1986, with a big gap until the second, Aretha
Franklin in 1994. Perhaps Ringo Starr will be honored in the future. Ringo
is also the only Beatle not to have been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame for his post-Beatles accomplishments.

Did I miss the skyscrapers
Did I miss the long freeways
From the coast of California
To the shores of the Delaware Bay
#03) Berry, Chuck: Back In The U.S.A. (1959) [32] {16}

Chuck Berry was the headliner of that 1972 oldies concert at the Kennedy
Center and a Kennedy Center honoree in 2000. This song was later a hit for
Linda Ronstadt.

But I won't set her free
She stole my love
And now she's gotta pay
One more time, yes
#04) Chartbusters, The: She's The One (1964) [33] {n/c}

This group was based in the Washington, DC, area. It was one of two Hot 100
entries they had, but they had more local hits in the DC area. One such song
was "Dance, Dance," a song which had two versions played on local radio in
the summer of 1967. The other was by the Fourmost Authority. I remember that
WPGC played one version, while WEAM played the other. Also, the Fourmost
Authority's version was played on the radio early in the summer, while the
Chartbusters' didn't come out until later that season.

I, I
Used to be such a lonely guy
I cried
Until you came into my life
#05) Cherry People, The: And Suddenly (1968) [45] {-}

Another Washington, DC, area group. This was their only Hot 100 chart entry,
although I see that they had a Bubbling Under entry called "Feelings."
I didn't hear that one on the radio, but I do remember hearing an earlier
song called "Wake Up" by the group under their former name, the English
Setters. Really Rockin' in Boston pointed out that "And Suddenly" was also
recorded by the Left Banke.

All our plans and all our schemes
How could I think you'd be mine
Those lies I tell myself each time
#06) Clanton, Jimmy, and His Rockets: Just A Dream (1958) [4] {1}

Jimmy Clanton was another performer in that 1972 Kennedy Center show.
Although I wasn't familiar with his hits until much later, this was the
second time I had seen him in a show that featured several artists. I saw
him as part of a Dick Clark Caravan Show at the Washington Coliseum (site
of the first U.S. Beatles concert, which I did not attend) on November 26,
1966, that featured the Yardbirds (who were a four-man group at the time,
in between the departure of Jeff Beck and the addition of Jimmy Page)
and Little Anthony & the Imperials.

You're always howlin' 'bout where I been
You're always screamin' 'bout the money I spend
What's buggin' you
#07) Diddley, Bo: Crackin Up (1959) [62] {14}

Yet another performer from the 1972 Kennedy Center show.

The EJ'S & Co.: Team member Kevin notes that Paul McCartney covered this
on a bootleg album.

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby
Can you tell me where he's gone
I thought I saw him walking up over the hill
#08) Dion: Abraham, Martin and John (1968/69) [4] {-}

This song refers to the assassinations of both John and Robert "Bobby"
Kennedy, as well as those of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Lincoln.
The song was a hit again later in 1969 for two different artists, the
Miracles and Moms Mabley, and yet again in 1971 by Tom Clay in a medley
with "What the World Needs Now is Love."

Throw my ticket out the window
Throw my suitcase out there too
Throw my troubles out the door
I don't need them any more
#09) Dylan, Bob: Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You (1969) [50] {-}

Bob Dylan was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1997. I also wanted to include him
as an artist in a GOLQ in his 70th birthday year. This is from his NASHVILLE
SKYLINE album.

(Silly girl)
Shame on you your mama said
(Silly girl)
Shame on you you cried in bed
#10) 4 Seasons, The: Big Girls Don't Cry (1962/63) [1] {1}

Written by Bob Crewe and group member Bob Gaudio. This is one of two songs
in this GOLQ that Bob Crewe co-wrote.

I saw an early 1970s incarnation of the 4 Seasons perform at the Shady Grove
Music Fair in Gaithersburg, MD. One of their members at the time was Demetri
Callas, who was from the DC area and had been part of the group Flavor, whose
song "Sally Had A Party" reached #95 in the summer of 1968 (but was a much
bigger hit in DC) and was considered for inclusion in this GOLQ.

To find a love like yours is rare these days
'Cause you've shown me what happiness is in so many ways
I look in the mirror and I'm glad to see
The laughter in the eyes where tears used to be
#11) Gaye, Marvin and Tammi Terrell: Your Precious Love (1967) [5] {2}

For the month in which I marked the 25th anniversary of my move from the
Washington area to the Philadelphia area, I chose a duet by a singer from
Washington, Marvin Gaye, and one from Philadelphia, Tammi Terrell, who were
both more associated with Detroit than their native cities. I also picked
this song as a tribute to co-writer Nick Ashford, who died on August 22, 2011.
He and Valerie Simpson also wrote other hits by Marvin and Tammi--"Ain't No
Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," and "You're All
I Need To Get By"--as well as hits for other artists, including other Motown
artists. While they are better known as songwriters and producers, I also saw
Ashford and Simpson perform as an opening act for Boz Scaggs at the Capital
Center arena just outside of DC on December 12, 1977.

Tammi Terrell's original last name was Montgomery, coincidentally the name
of the suburban counties of both Washington and Philadelphia in which I have
lived my whole life.

Can a kid without a cent
Get a break and maybe grow up to be President
#12) Jay & the Americans: Only In America (1963) [25] {-}

Unfortunately, we lost another great songwriter on August 22 of this year--
Jerry Leiber. He wrote this song with his longtime partner, Mike Stoller,
plus Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Jay and the Americans were going to be in
this GOLQ anyway but probably with the song "Living Above Your Head," one of
whose co-writers was group member Kenny Vance. I picked songs for my last GOLQ
by artists that shared names with 2011 Philadelphia Phillies starting pitchers.
But I couldn't come up with one for rookie pitching sensation Vance Worley
at the time. All I could think of were female comedians Vivian Vance from
I LOVE LUCY and Jo Anne Worley from ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN. Too late,
I remembered that Jay and the Americans had a member named Kenny Vance (still
making the rounds on the oldies circuit with a group called the Planotones).
So, this is also somewhat of a belated tribute to Vance Worley.

Mike Weaver: Sort of follows the mini-theme, but I doubt if JFK would qualify
as a "kid without a cent."  I'm probably repeating myself from the last time
this song was used, but: Everyone knows the story of how this song was
originally going to be released by the Drifters, but it was thought that
a black group should not be singing about becoming president. Times sure
do change.

See and (especially) for further information on this story.

Forget the dancin' every Friday night
I ain't a-gonna let you outta sight
I'm goin' out and buy a wedding ring
So you can start forgetting everything
#13) Kalin Twins, The: Forget Me Not (1958) [12] {-}

Another Washington, DC, group. This was their 2nd biggest hit, after "When."

One more night without sleepin'
Til the morning comes creepin'
#14) Lowe, Jim: The Green Door (1956) [1] {5}

The EJ'S & Co.: Lowe is well-known as a disc jockey on several big New York
City radio stations.

I chose this song because it reached #1 in November 1956, 55 years ago.

Turn left, turn right, hold tight
Lift your feet, the heart will follow
Lift your voice to the hollow
Spread your wings like a swallow
Fly away, greet the day
#15) Madigan, Betty: Dance Everyone Dance (1958) [31] {-}

The EJ'S & Co.: An English version of the popular Israeli dance song "Hava
Nagila," a staple at Jewish wedding and Bar Mitzvah parties.

Betty Madigan's very brief artist information in my Whitburn book says that
she was born in Washington, DC, but I couldn't find out much else about her.
You can hear this song at:

Other interesting recordings of the "Hava Nagila" tune in the GOLQ era include:

  - "Now!" by Lena Horne, a Kennedy Center honoree, which reached #92 in 1963

  - "Flying Circle" by Frank Slay and his Orchestra, which reached #45 in 1962
    (Frank Slay is represented as a songwriter later in this GOLQ)

  - "Hava Nagila" by Connie Francis on her album CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS JEWISH
    FAVORITES, in which she sings both the traditional Hebrew lyrics and the
    "Dance Everyone Dance" lyrics and which my family owned

  - "Hava Nagila Twist" by Chubby Checker

  - "Hava Nagila" by Dick Dale, considered by Whitburn to be a Classic Non-Hot
    100 Song --

  - "Hava Nagila" by Glen Campbell, the B-side of his 1969 hit "True Grit" (not the original recording,
    which I couldn't find on YouTube, but a recent video in which he talks
    about this song and plays part of it)

  - "Harvey and Sheila" by Allan Sherman, on his second album, MY SON THE
    CELEBRITY, in which, among other things, Harvey and Sheila voted for JFK
    but later joined the GOP. --

  - "Hava Nagila" by an English group called the Eagles, not to be confused
    with the American group with this name that first came to prominence in
    the early 1970s. --

The Frank Slay, Dick Dale, Glen Campbell, and Eagles versions are all

Come on
Take a lesson now
Open up your jar now
Spread it on your cracker now
#16) Marathons, The: Peanut Butter (1961) [20] {25}

The Marathons also recorded as the Jayhawks and the Vibrations, the name they
used at the 1972 Kennedy Center concert. After I chose this song, I learned
that November, at least in 2011, was National Peanut Butter Month.

Was that you last night
Cryin' on the radio
Beggin' for a way to go
To go back where love wasn't jumbled so
#17) Neon Philharmonic, The: Morning Girl (1969) [17] {-}

Really Rockin' In Boston: From Tupper Saussy's phonograph opera THE MOTH
CONFESSES. "Morning Girl, Later" from the same album was previously used
as a tie-breaker.

I was surprised to discover that this song had never been used in a GOLQ
before, while its lesser-known sequel was once a tie-breaker. The lead
singer was Don Gant.

I can remember when your hair was longer then mine
Woo Since you were a little girl your love was stronger than mine
Baby you move me
Oh child you move me
Bet your bottom dollar baby you're never gonna lose me
#18) Peaches & Herb: Two Little Kids (1967/68) [31] {25}

Peaches and Herb were an R&B duo from Washington, DC. They had 10 Hot 100
entries in the GOLQ era, of which "Close Your Eyes" (not a favorite of mine)
was the highest-charting, reaching #8. "Two Little Kids" is my second favorite
of all of their hits. My favorite is their version of the much-recorded song,
"Love Is Strange." Not only does Herb ask Peaches how she calls her lover boy,
but Peaches also asks "Herbie" how he calls his lover girl. The biggest hit
under the Peaches & Herb name was "Reunited," which reached #1 in 1979 and is
another of my favorite songs by the duo. By then, the original Peaches,
Francine Barker, had departed and been replaced by Linda Green. Herb's original
name was Herbert Feemster, but he used the name Herb Fame.

Took a walk and passed your house
Late last night
All the shades were pulled and drawn
Way down tight
#19) Rays, The: Silhouettes (1957/58) [3] {3}

Co-written by Bob Crewe, also a co-writer of "Big Girls Don't Cry", and Frank
Slay, whose instrumental version of "Hava Nagila" called "Flying Circle" was
his only chart entry as an artist.

I included this song in this GOLQ to illustrate just how long people of my
generation and slightly older and younger have continuously appreciated this
type of music. Here is the story:

Seven songs by Herman's Hermits entered the Hot 100 in 1965. Among these 1965
Herman's Hermits chart entries were a remake of this song, which peaked at #5,
and a novelty song entitled "I'm Henry VIII, I Am."  I didn't know if the
latter was a new song or an oldie. It sure sounded old-fashioned, but I was
learning that British tastes were different from those in the U.S. Thus, it
was quite possibly a new song written by someone for the group. Ironically,
whether it was old or new, even though it reached #1 in the U.S., it did not
chart in the U.K.

I finally learned in 2009 that "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" was first performed
in 1911 by music hall performer Harry Champion. I wanted to use it in a 2011
GOLQ, but it had been used too recently in another GOLQ to be eligible any
time this year.

In 1965, the song "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" was 54 years old. In 2011, the song
"Silhouettes" is 54 years old. In 1965, a 54-year-old song was pretty ancient.
In 2011, a 54-year-old song is a pleasant memory for a lot of people.
Of course, technological advances in recorded music have kept a lot of the old
music alive. Recordings of Harry Champion's version of the Herman's Hermits hit
do exist, though. You can hear it at:

[Voice 1]
Tempo, Teddy, Tempo
[Voice 2]
Senator, we're gonna have to get these kids out of the studio
[Voice 1]
Sorry, Ethel do you want to
Kids are stepping on the musicians, Ethel
Get them out of the recording studio now I think, yes
Eunice, a little more tempo there please
#20) Senator Bobby: Wild Thing (1967) [20] {-}

The EJ'S & Co.: A parody of New York Sen. Robert Kennedy by comedian Bill
Minkin; on the flip side is "Wild Thing," as performed by Senator Everett
McKinley, a parody of Illinois Sen. Everett Dirksen.

This was one of the last hits on the Parkway label. A follow-up, a parody of
2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Donovan's song "Mellow Yellow"
featuring parodies of both Senator Kennedy and Senator Dirksen, spent one week
on the Hot 100 at #99 in March 1967.

"Wild Thing," which was written by Chip Taylor, was a #1 hit for the Troggs
earlier in 1966. A remake by Fancy reached #14 in 1974. Teddy, of course, was
Edward "Teddy" Kennedy, younger brother of John and Bobby. Ethel was Bobby's
wife. Eunice was Eunice Shriver, sister of John, Bobby, and Teddy, mother of
Maria Shriver, and would-have-been-ex-mother-in-law of an actor named Arnold
if she were still alive. Teddy and Eunice both died in August 2009. I believe
Ethel is still alive, although a couple of her kids have predeceased her (and
Teddy's daughter died recently, too).

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he'd punch a whole in a dam
No one could make that ram scram
He kept buttin' that dam
#21) Sinatra, Frank, "and a bunch of kids": High Hopes (1959) [30] {20}

Several things about this record and artist:

  - I've been wanting to include it in a GOLQ for some time because it was a
    favorite song of the late Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas.

  - Frank Sinatra is a Kennedy Center honoree (1983).

  - This song won the Best Song Oscar in 1959. As Gypsy's Caravan noted, it is
    from the movie A HOLE IN THE HEAD.

  - In the novel SEVEN UP by Janet Evanovich, which I read during November
    2011 while this quiz was active, main character Stephanie Plum and her
    sister reminisce about this song. Perhaps as children, their family owned
    contains a version of this song, just as my family did.

  - Finally, something I completely forgot about until I was putting this
    results email together, but had I remembered this before I did this GOLQ,
    it would have absolutely ensured that I would have used this song in this
    GOLQ--In 1960, Frank Sinatra recorded a special version as a campaign song
    for John F. "Jack" Kennedy! Vito & the Salutations hinted at a Kennedy
    connection in their entry, but I didn't pick up on it right away. You can
    hear it at:

The grocery store's a supermart, uh-huh
Little girls still break their hearts, uh-huh
And men still keep on marchin' off to war
'lectrically they keep a baseball score
#22) Sonny & Cher: The Beat Goes On (1967) [6] {-}

With the Democratic Kennedys well-represented here, I wanted to include at
least one Republican officeholder. In 1967, it was not likely that I would
ever have long straight hair like Cher's, but it seemed even less likely that
Sonny Bono would one day be a Republican Congressman!  Well, I never had long
straight hair (the emphasis here is on the word "straight"), but Sonny did
get elected to Congress as a Republican in 1994, serving until his untimely
death in a skiing accident a few years later.

Some younger people that I know are fans of a group from Ireland called U2
that has been making records long enough to now be in the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame but not far back enough for me to know more than one song by them.
(That one song is "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.")  When they
speak of this group's lead singer, they do not pronounce his name correctly.
As every Sonny & Cher fan knows, Bono rhymes with "Oh, no," although with
the accent on the first syllable!

Such a thrill
Oh when she's close to you
Well-ll hold her tight
#23) Turbans, The: When You Dance (1955/56) [33] {3}

The EJ'S & Co. pointed out that this also charted for Jay & the Americans
in 1969, reaching #70.

Woh-oh-oh-oh yeah, just a little bit longer
Please, please, please, please, please
Tell me you're going to
#24) Williams, Maurice, & the Zodiacs (1960/61) [1] {3}

This song reached #1 in November 1960, the month in which John F. Kennedy
was elected President.

The EJ'S & Co. noted that this also charted for the 4 Seasons in 1964.
Their version reached #16.

I've already mentioned four venues in which Washington area residents could go
to see pop/rock music in the years in which I lived there--The Kennedy Center,
Washington Coliseum, the Shady Grove Music Fair, and the Capital Centre.
A fifth one was the Meriweather Post Pavilion, located between Washington and
Baltimore in Columbia, MD. Jackson Browne did a version of "Stay" at a concert
there which reached #20 in 1978.
Break my heart
I want to go and cry
It's so sad to watch a sweet thing die
#25) Wilson, Brian: Caroline, No (1966) [32] {-}

To mention yet another DC area concert venue, I saw the Beach Boys along with
the Buffalo Springfield, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, and the Soul Survivors at
Constitution Hall on November 19, 1967.

The first GOLQ I did was GOLQ215. This is the 18th one I've done. The songs
from my earliest ones are eligible for re-use, and I've noticed that some
of the other quizmasters have occasionally taken advantage of this fact.
I've also re-used a few, but until now, I had always re-used the song by
a different artist.

I think it was inevitable that this first re-use of the same song would occur
in this GOLQ with a song by a Kennedy Center honoree that contains the name
Caroline. And so, here we have it. As with Paul McCartney and his Capitol
Records group in the BEA portion of a Rolodex, Brian Wilson is the only Beach
Boy to have been so honored. This happened in 2007, after his two brothers,
Dennis and Carl, had already died. Probably Brian Wilson's additional song-
writing and producing success caused him but not Mike Love and Al Jardine to
be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor.

Others to have been honored without their other group members or duet partners:

  - Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who (2008)--They were the only
    two living members of the classic line-up, but they were also the two
    most visible group members.

  - Diana Ross (2007)--Flo Ballard is deceased, but why not Mary Wilson?

  - Smokey Robinson (2006)--I've recently learned that he is in the Rock and
    Roll Hall of Fame, but the Miracles group is not.

  - Tina Turner (2005)--But not Ike.

  - Paul Simon (2002)--But not Art Garfunkel.

Oh, that's right, I could have re-used a different Caroline song done by a 2011
Kennedy Center honoree that I also used in GOLQ240. But with both the Phillies
and the Boston Red Sox falling short of the World Series match-up that was
predicted for them this year, I didn't want to use both "High Hopes" and "Sweet
Caroline" in the same GOLQ.


[Voice 1, sung]
And how can we their meanings convey
Through the thunder of ignorance and bigotry and war and death
[Voice 2, spoken]
And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights
A right to live out our lives without fear of devastation
[Voice 1, sung]
We're little children
Just waiting for the games to begin
#T1) Buckinghams, The: Foreign Policy (1967) [-] {-}

The spoken voice 2 is John F. Kennedy, from a commencement address at
American University in Washington, DC, on June 10, 1963. This is on the
Buckinghams' album TIME AND CHARGES. There were several JFK-related tie-
breakers from which to choose. I chose this one for a few reasons:

  - With the comedy imitation of JFK already chosen for the other tie-breaker,
    I decided to also use his real voice. (This would have worked better in an
    audio GOLQ, but I haven't mastered this technique yet.)

  - Group member Jon Poulos' nickname was Jon-Jon, the same nickname but with
    a different spelling as John F. Kennedy, Jr. In an eerie coincidence, I
    bought the CD version of TIME AND CHARGES on the same day that JFK, Jr.,
    was killed, July 17, 1999.

  - I've been wanting to use a Buckinghams song in a GOLQ since I saw two
    members from their hitmaking days as part of a concert of members from
    similar groups at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA (near Philadelphia),
    on July 20, 2010. At that concert, the two members, Carl Giammarese and
    Nick Fortuna, paid tribute to those who served in Vietnam. I know that
    many of us now realize that those who served were not to blame for the
    war that caused "Foreign Policy" and many other anti-war songs to have
    been released during the Vietnam years.

9 of the PT boats
2 of the Yogi Bear beachballs
The ball of Silly Putty
Belong to Caroline
9 of the PT boats
1 of the Yogi Bear beachballs
And the 2 Howdy Doody plastic bouncing clowns
Are Baby John's
The rubber swan is mine
#T2) Meader, Vaughn: After Dinner Conversations (1962) [-] {-}

From his album THE FIRST FAMILY, which was mentioned by The Lehigh Valley
Trivia Gang, The Village Idiots, The GenaTeam, Delphi Trivia Club, NAVAIRHEADS,
Mike Weaver, The EJ'S & Co., Team Teitelbaum, Really Rockin' In Boston,
Vito & the Salutations, and The Gypsy's Caravan.

Mike Weaver: I actually still have this LP.

The Gypsy's Caravan: Vaughn Meader did the voice of JFK. Naomi Brossart
did Jackie Kennedy.

This was one of two comedy albums I remember from the fall of 1962. The
other was Allan Sherman's first album, MY SON THE FOLKSINGER. (To put this
in perspective, I associate the release and initial popularity of both albums
with the opening of Dulles International Airport in what was then way out
in the sticks in Virginia.)  My sisters and I begged our parents to buy both
albums, but they only bought the Allan Sherman one. I suspect that they didn't
consider THE FIRST FAMILY to be in good taste. Vaughn Meader released THE FIRST
FAMILY VOLUME TWO in 1963. Both albums were pulled, with remaining copies
destroyed, after the JFK assassination later that year. Several years ago,
I bought a CD that contains both albums.

Others have followed in Vaughn Meader's footsteps. In 1982, Rich Little
released THE FIRST FAMILY RIDES AGAIN, parodying Ronald Reagan and his family.
Not only did I buy this LP, but I got an autographed copy at an in-store
appearance in DC by Rich Little!  The Capitol Steps political satire group got
their start around the same time and have now parodied five presidents--Reagan,
George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Most of their
parodies are sung rather than spoken. Various presidential imitators/parodists
have been featured on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and other shows over the years.


This chart ranks the songs/artists from most to least recognized. The second
number on the line denotes the average number of points scored on that song
(total points divided by number of entrants, to 2 decimal places). For com-
parison purposes, tie-breakers are scored here on the usual 20-point scale.

#T2 and "Crackin Up" did better than I expected them to do. "Your Precious
Love," "Morning Girl," and "Two Little Kids" did worse than I expected them
to do. The songs by the Washington, DC, artists did poorly as a whole. 

Rank Avg. Song
T01 20.00 #02) Beatles, The: Yesterday
T01 20.00 #08) Dion: Abraham, Martin and John
T01 20.00 #10) 4 Seasons, The: Big Girls Don't Cry
T01 20.00 #22) Sonny & Cher: The Beat Goes On
 05 19.41 #19) Rays, The: Silhouettes
 05 18.82 #12) Jay & the Americans: Only In America
 07 18.00 #21) Sinatra, Frank, "and a bunch of kids": High Hopes
T08 17.65 #03) Berry, Chuck: Back In The U.S.A.
T08 17.65 #14) Lowe, Jim: The Green Door
T08 17.65 #20) Senator Bobby: Wild Thing
 11 17.59 #01) Andrews, Julie - Dick Van Dyke and the Pearlies: Super-cali-fr
 12 17.53 #24) Williams, Maurice, & the Zodiacs
T13 16.47 #16) Marathons, The: Peanut Butter
T13 16.47 #23) Turbans, The: When You Dance
T13 16.47 #25) Wilson, Brian: Caroline, No
 16 15.53 #06) Clanton, Jimmy, and His Rockets: Just A Dream
 17 15.29 #07) Diddley, Bo: Crackin Up
 18 14.82 #11) Gaye, Marvin and Tammi Terrell: Your Precious Love
T19 14.12 #04) Chartbusters, The: She's The One
T19 14.12 #09) Dylan, Bob: Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
T19 14.12 #13) Kalin Twins, The: Forget Me Not
 22 14.06 #17) Neon Philharmonic, The: Morning Girl
 23 13.65 #T2) Meader, Vaughn: After Dinner Conversations
T24 12.94 #05) Cherry People, The: And Suddenly
T24 12.94 #15) Madigan, Betty: Dance Everyone Dance
 26 10.59 #18) Peaches & Herb: Two Little Kids
 27  8.24 #T1) Buckinghams, The: Foreign Policy

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