From: Howard Teitelbaum <>
Subject: Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz 442 (GOLQ442)
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Date: Sun,  5 Nov 2023 16:38:32 -0500 (EST)


Welcome to the November quiz!  The only theme is that about a half-dozen songs
honor recent passings (I've learned to be a bit vague about such numbers).

Directly below the quiz is another of Bob Bluestein's fun puzzlers.


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                       Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz #442
               Recordings #01-25 were from 1955 through 1969
             Due 5:00 PM EST (GMT-5) on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023

A stairway to a star
A night in Shangri-La
Of ecstasy

You are of gracefulness
You are of happiness
You are what I would guess to be most like
What I've been singing of

Every man would be as free as a bird
Every voice would be a voice to be heard
Take my word
We would treasure each day that occurred

When Columbus sailed away to other shores
How could he imagine all that waited for him?

But to my surprise
I open up my eyes
And I'm with you, dear, once again

Summer's over
Our love is over
To lose that love was such a sin

It happened in New York City
I saw her on the very first row
It was love at first sight
I told her that I'd write
Now I'm so lonely I'm writing to her

And make this life of mine sweet again
Yes, you got what it takes
To end all the heartaches

If the band slows down
We'll yell for more

You'll always break the kindest heart
With a hasty word you can't recall

Baby, I started it
But I can't stop it
I admit that I started it, baby
Girl, but I can't stop it

You know you can do it if you try
All you gotta do

Your feet start tappin'
And you can't seem to find how you got there
So just blow your mind

From your arms to your front door
I heard the saddest words
In the world last night
When you said you loved me no more

If your love is strong
Then you can't go wrong
True love will find a way

I said, take it easy, baby
I worked all day and my feet feel just like lead
You got my shirttails flyin' all over the place
And the sweat poppin' out of my head

Swingingest dance now to hit the scene
It's got the latest groove and it's real clean

Girl, you brought joy
To my empty life
And all that was wrong
You have made it right

Suggesting that I take a trip
See someone who has to go away (see someone, see someone, see someone)
Gonna see my girl (see someone)
I may go 'round the world

While you sit and seek
A crescent moon is laying at your feet
With hope that's made of sand
You don't think you can
But you have held it all in your hands

It's too late for running, my heart
Chin up if the tears start to fall
Look somewhere above her

Do the Bow and Arrow, come out on the Horse,
A Pygmy Shuffle, when you take your choice
Come on, try, sugar pie, keep with the beat

It won't do you no good to tell me no
Because I've met your kind before
I'll bet you before I'm through
I'll be hearing these same words from you

And even though he's tempted, he knows
I'll make sure that he gets everything
'Cause when he's cold, he knows I'm warm
And I warm him in my arms

Our love was such a sweet and gentle thing
I threw our love away
Without a thought
But she sent word to me


Dreams of the aspen tree
With her dying leaves
Turning gold

I'm gonna make that dream come real
(Shimmy shimmy shimmy shy-yi-meece-e-deece)
I'm gonna dance the way I feel
(Shimmy shimmy shimmy shy-yi-meece-e-deece)


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                           MUSICAL NUMBERS


This puzzle contains 50 clues to be solved. Each clue answer is an integer
between 1 and 13 inclusive represented either by digits (e.g. "4") or by a
spelled out word (e.g. "four"). When you've solved all the clues, each of
the 50 answers must be translated from a number to a letter as follows:

                    1 translates to either A or N
                    2 translates to either B or O
                    3 translates to either C or P
                   13 translates to either M or Z

For each clue's answer, you must decide which of the two possible letters
that number translates to (independent of which of those letters that
number translates to in other clues). When done, the string of 50 letters
translated to will form a paraphrasing of Barry McGuire's statement on
why "the music business is like the Lotto".

The clues:

01) Country singer Bill Anderson's "8 X ____"
02) Time that Big Bopper's girlfriend wants to be picked up in "Chantilly
03) Jimi Hendrix Experience album cut "If ____ Was 9", which appeared on
    the soundtrack for the movie "Easy Rider"
04) Gary (U.S.) Bonds' "____ Day Weekend"
05) 1928 music drama "The ____penny Opera" containing the song "The Ballad
    Of Mack The Knife"
06) "Kiss me when you hold me tight" is this number "commandment of love"
07) Digit repeated in the title of a Love single which looks like it could
    have been titled "14"
08) Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #____ & 35"
09) "The day the music died": ____/3/59
10) "You have a date for half past ____ tonight" in Sandie Shaw's "Girl
    Don't Come"
11) James Phelps' "Love Is A ____-Letter Word"
12) "Fool #____" by "Little Miss Dynamite"
13) "Your crazy clothes" is reason number ____ out of sixteen
14) According to Bob Seger System's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", the age at
    which "I had to leave home"
15) "Concrete And Clay", a single by the British sextet Unit Four plus ____
16) Dave Brubeck Quartet's jazz standard, "Take ____"
17) Number of members of The Temptations' "classic lineup" in '66
18) The ____ Teens, who had a #25 single in '56 with "A Casual Look"
19) Bob Dylan's "Positively ____th Street"
20) "The loneliest number since the number one"
21) The Yardbirds' "Happenings ____ Years Time Ago"
22) Number of #1 singles by Bobby Goldsboro on Billboard's pop charts
23) Digit in an Association single's title describing their original lineup
24) Number of Fogerty brothers in Creedence Clearwater Revival
25) In The Lovin' Spoonful's "Nashville Cats", the age at which "I heard a
    couple new-sounding tunes on the tubes, and they blasted me sky-high"
26) The Vogues' "____ O'Clock World"
27) "The ____th Son", song written by Willie Dixon about people in Louisiana
    calling themselves "born for good luck"
28) Number of The Clovers' and Searchers' love elixir
29) Number of women in the flip side of Bill Haley And His Comets' "(We're
    Gonna) Rock Around The Clock"
30) Beechwood 4-____789, the number to call to "have a date any old time"
31) Number of hours Little Susie is already late
32) Number of Four Tops' rooms of gloom
33) Jimmy Clanton's Venus is number ____
34) "You Were On My Mind" by We ____
35) "Outside my window was a steeple with a clock that always said ____
36) The Byrds' "____ Miles High"
37) Date of The Beatles' first live televised performance in the U.S.:
38) Number of girls sitting in the back seat with Fred
39) Number of "Um"'s in a Major Lance single's title
40) In Roger Miller's "King Of The Road", "____ hours of pushing broom buys
    a eight by twelve four-bit room"
41) In Neil Sedaka's "Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen", the age at which "you
    were my funny valentine"
42) Number of members in the group that released "Bits And Pieces" in '64
43) "I got married to the widow next door / She's been married ____ times
44) Number repeated over and over in the longest Beatles album cut
45) "You're Gonna Miss Me" by The ____th Floor Elevators
46) The Rolling Stones' album "12 X ____"
47) Age of Marie, who called from Tennessee
48) Number of eyes on the flyin' thing that wanted to "get a job in a rock
    and roll band"
49) Number of seasons the TV series "The Monkees" aired before being
50) Number of members of the group that released "Indian Lake" in '68

All of the integers 1 through 13 inclusive are used as clue answers above
except for the integer 11. A clue for 11 might have been:

    Al Hibbler's "____th Hour Melody"


How many of the integers 14 through 26 inclusive can you find clues for,
using only recording artists' names, song titles, and lyrics from singles
that made the top 100 on Billboard pop charts from '55 to '69 inclusive?
You may use any given song only once. If you can get 10 of these 13, you
rate as an "Oldies Aficionado". All 13 earns you the title of "Maestro".

5 1 10 2 12!