Organ Recital
The Chieftains

Saturday 9: Bye, Bye Blackbird

Howz about a Saturday 9?

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

  1. In this song, Julie London complains about all the "hard luck stories" people are handing her. Did you more recently listen to someone else's problems, or share your own?
    Someone else's - SonnyeBoy's car shit the bed last week, but all is well and he has a new (to him) Chevy Malibu!
  2. She promises to arrive "late tonight." What time do you think is too late to drop in on someone?
    Without calling ahead? Anytime. My days of being delighted at unannounced guests are over. Give me a chance to change out of my jammies and tidy up, please!
  3. Julie's nickname was "The Liberty Girl" because she was Liberty Records' first successful artist. The second was singer-songwriter David Seville, who had a couple novelty hits as "The Chipmunks." There were three singing chipmunks. Without looking it up, can you name them?
    Of course! Alvin, Simon, and Theodore!
  4. Julie's love of music was shared by her mother.When Julie was a little girl, mother and daughter would listen to Billie Holiday records together. What recordings did you enjoy when you were very young?
    My older sister had a nice collection of original cast recordings of Broadway musicals, so my childhood was full of Oklahoma, Camelot, and My Fair Lady. I loved them!
  5. She began modeling when she 17. Julie was working as an elevator operator when a talent agent saw her and decided she would photograph well. With the advent of push-button elevators, elevator operator is a job that doesn't exist anymore. Can you think of another job that was once common but now is rare (or non-existent)?
    Town crier.
  6. Julie recorded more than 30 albums and was named "most popular female vocalist" by Billboard magazine in 1956. If you could see any entertainer -- male or female -- in concert, who would you choose?
    I always love to see Bonnie Raitt in concert. I'd also love to see Lizzo in concert - she is amazing.
  7. She appeared in Westerns on both TV and in the movies. Have you ever dreamed of being a cowboy/cowgirl?
    No, I can't say that I have, although I did admire Dale Evans, the Queen of the West.
  8. For six seasons, Julie played Dixie McCall R.N. on the show Emergency! The series was about Los Angeles paramedics and firefighters. Do you often hear sirens in your neighborhood?
    No. We live in a pretty peaceful apartment complex. However, we do live across the river from the railroad tracks, so we hear trains. (By the way, Bobby Troup, the actor who played Dr. Joe Early was married to Julie London!)
  9. Random question: You're pulled over for speeding. Do you think you'd have an easier time talking your way out of it if the officer was a man ... or a woman?
    To be honest, I probably wouldn't try to talk my way out of it. I'd be meek and mild, answer the questions, and take the ticket.