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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

Fatal Enquiry
Will Thomas
Progress: 25/304 pages
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 Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %

Earworms: 1963

The last pre-Beatles year in American music, which was shortly to be very different.

 

Charting in 1963: It's My Party (Leslie Gore), Louie Louie (The Kingsmen), Be My Baby (The Ronettes), Blowin' in the Wind (Peter Paul & Mary - written by Bob Dylan), Bo Diddley (Buddy Holly; he had a couple of posthumous hits in 1963), Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals), He's So Fine (The Chiffons), Heat Wave (Martha and the Vandellas), My Boyfriend's Back (The Angels), Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash), Surf City (Jan and Dean), and Up on the Roof (The Drifters).

 

It was also a very big year for The Beach Boys (with hits including everything from Be True to Your School to Little Deuce Coupe and Surfin' USA).

 

Weirdest hit of the year: Sukiyaki.    Sung in Japanese.  To this date the only Japanese-language #1 hit song in the history of the U.S. charts.  (We heard it in class today.  The overwhelming response was TURN IT OFF!)