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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Earworms: 1961 and 1962

We entered class with the music we ended with last week, which was 1960's most massive dance or rock hit: The Twist.


We came out to a preview of next week: Little Green Onions, by Booker T and the MGs.


This week - 1961 and 1962.  Still a highly variable period on the radio, with novelty, folk, pop, rock, and schmaltz all producing hits, as in 1960, but more rock in the mix.


Big in 1961: Stand by Me, Let's Twist Again, Blue Moon, Runaround Sue, The Wanderer, Tossin' and Turnin', Crazy, and Where the Boys Are.


Big in 1962: Big Girls Don't Cry, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Hey Baby (a song without which college football Saturdays in the south would be incomplete), If I Had a Hammer, Johnny Angel, The Loco-Motion, Palisades Park, the Peppermint Twist, Surfin' Safari, The Monster Mash, Twistin' the Night Away, and Up on the Roof.  And, meanwhile in Britain: The Beatles (and Beatlemania) arrive.  (They won't chart in the U.S. until 1964.)


And having very good years in both years: Elvis Presley.