Can't Buy Me Love (1964)
50 years ago this week, The Beatles made history with this song (hear it here). They became the first and only act in history to hold all 5 of the top slots in the Billboard Hot 100.
1) In this song, Beatle Paul offers to buy his girl a diamond ring. Do you wear rings?
I do: I have my wedding and engagement rings (which I think may need to be resized...again...sigh) and an anniversary ring. Sometimes I swap the latter for my mom's turquoise ring2) This song was written by boyhood friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who went on to become the most successful songwriters of the 20th century. Tell us about your best friend from "the old neighborhood." Do you know where he or she is today?
The longest-term friendship I have is with Laura, who lived catty-corner behind my after-school sitter. I've had her phone number memorized for 43 years, though technically of course now I would reach her parents only, not her, at that number. We were casual friends during elementary school, but really connected firmly in middle school. Every day, we'd walk to school, and walk back to my house before she headed "down the hill" to her house (about a half mile away). Some days, her dad would drive us, or later, her older brother. We're still friends, though geographically far apart now, and there are some rifts that will probably never be completely healed (from my side at least). It's good to chat with her on Facebook.3) The Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Beatles first performed to a mass American audience, is now the home of The Late Show with David Letterman. Do you have a favorite late night talk show?
Nope. Haven't watched talk shows in eons. I catch SNL fairly often, but that's the only late-night TV I care about at all.4) In 1964, when this song became #1, one of top TV shows was My Favorite Martian. Do you believe in life on other planets?
Oh, man, I loved that show! And then, OMG, I discovered Ray Marsden--the Martian--was in South Pacific, playing my favorite character in that movie!5) In those days, homes had rotary dial phones, often affixed to the wall, with the receiver always tethered by a curly cord. Does your home still have a landline phone?
Yes, I kinda believe there might be something out there.
We do. I miss those phones. They were totally built to last forever. Plastic just doesn't cut it these days.6) 1964 was the year GI Joe first appeared on toy shelves. Tell us about one of your favorite childhood toys.
I had a Barbie doll, and a Dawn doll, and a Raggedy Anne doll, and a couple of others. And my brother's hand-me-down metal toy cars. And dirt. I played in the dirt a lot. And jacks. And a jumprope. And those cheapo grocery store plastic balls. Lots of board games. It sometimes pays to be the last kid.... Anyway, my favorites were the cars: endless hours making up stories about the people who drove them from "parking lot" to "parking lot" (the stepping stones in front of our house). I still have most of those, too, unlike the dolls which were taken over by my nieces and ruined and/or lost.7) Ringo was the first Beatle to become a grandfather. His granddaughter, Tatia, is now a rock musician. If you were to follow your grandfather into his chosen profession, what would you be doing now?
My dad's dad built houses, and then did whatever else was needed to keep the family fed, clothed, and sheltered. My mom's dad worked for the railroad (Denver & Rio Grande).8) Paul McCartney admits he enjoys watching MasterChef. What show do you go out of your way to catch?
All the alphabet shows: CSI, NCIS, NCIS:LA, NCIS:NO (yay, Scott Bakula), L&O:SVU....and I like Criminal Minds too. We DVR the first three. May add NO. The others I catch on the Ion or other cable channels.9) The paparazzi has often caught Paul pedaling a bike around Martha's Vineyard. What's your favorite form of exercise?