Saturday, January 15, 2022

Saturday 9: Bobby's Girl

 Sam’s Saturday 9: Bobby's Girl (1962)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

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

1) In this song, Marcie Blane confesses she sits at home, hoping Bobby will call her. Do you owe anyone a phone call or email?

Yes, and I dread making the call, she had a nervous breakdown and is hospitalized. I should call her.

2) We know Marcie wants to be Bobby's Girl. Let's play the Google Game and find out what you want. Go to your favorite search engine, keystroke your name and "wants," and then search. (For example: "Samantha wants" led us to a math problem that begins: "Samantha wants to purchase a new dress ... " Crazy Sam was tempted to read on because her wardrobe could use sprucing up.) What does Google tell us you want?

Diana wants to be a princess.

Naw, I’ll settle for being a queen.

3) This hit record was an accident. Marcie Blaine had just graduated from high school and had a few days before she had to take off for her summer job as a camp counselor. A friend asked her to record a couple songs he'd written, just so he could play them for record labels and song publishers. Her friend was hoping somehow an established star would hear the songs, record them and make one of them a hit. Instead, a producer at Seville Records said he wanted not just the songs but especially the unknown girl who was singing them, and Marcie became a recording artist. Tell us about a favor you're very glad you did for a friend.

A friend needed somebody to take care of her after oral surgery and she was all alone so I invited her to stay at my house while she was recovering.

4) By the time summer was over, and Marcie's gig as a counselor was done, she was #3 on the charts. Her record stayed in the "Hot 100" for 19 weeks and, for the second half of 1962, she was the top-selling female singer in the US. What female singer do you listen to most often?

Well I let the radio pick the music.

5) After "Bobby's Girl" took off, she recorded it in German for the European market. Only she didn't speak German, so she sang it phonetically. Can you sing any songs in a language other than English?

Ha! I can’t even sing. I am so bad people think that I singing in a foreign language.

6) Seville rushed Marcie into the studio to make more records. None of them charted higher than #68, and Marcie wasn't having fun. After a year of being a rock 'n roller, she enrolled at Queens College in New York City. What's the most recent class you took?

2011 for my MSW.

But I’m doing guest lectures at colleges via Zoom.

7) In 1962, when this song was popular, the most popular baby names were Michael and Lisa. Are there any Michaels or Lisas in your life?

Yes, a couple. I have a cousin Michael and Facebook friends who are Lisas.

8) Also in 1962, Marlene White, the first African American flight attendant for a major US airline, appeared on the cover of Jet magazine. What's the last magazine you flipped through? Was it in print or online?

Online, Science News.

9) Random Question: After enjoying a long, relaxing weekend, do you find yourself more or less productive on Monday morning?

Well being retired there are no Monday mornings.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

My back is still sore after twelve days, I can get around for a while but if I am on my feet too long it really starts to ache. I am doing exercises and that is helping but I need to build up my stamina so I am trying to go up and down my stairs.


  1. #1 -- I'm sorry about your friend.

    #9 -- I'm not yet retired so I'm curious: Do weekends mean less when they don't mean days off?

  2. That was so nice of you to let your friends stay over after her surgery. BTW, loved the Chowder article too!

  3. Sigh, I look forward to the day when there are no “Mondays”

  4. #1- I hope your friends is doing better and #3, how nice of you to let your friend stay over while recovering from oral surgery. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend, Queen Diana! ♥

  5. That was a kind thing to do for your friend, and I'm sure you'll be kind to the one is ill now and give her a call. Loved your Google response thing, too.

  6. Letting your friend stay with you was so very kind. And I hope your other friend has a smooth recovery and is back home soon.
    I read several on line magazines, I guess. I think of them as newsletters. Smithsonian is one but I'll look into yours, too.
    Hope your Sunday is rolling along smoothly and pleasantly. Take care, my friend.

  7. I love being retired! That was nice that you let your friend stay with you. Sorry about your other friend that is in the hospital.