20 February 2021
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Saturday 9: Cry (1952)
Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it
1) In this song, Johnnie Ray
assures us we'll feel better if we cry. Do you agree?
No. It may be an appropriate emotional release, but I can't say as how I
feel better after a good cry.
2) He also mentions waking from a dream, believing it was real. Has that ever
happened to you?
Oh lord, yes. Recently I was dreaming that I was in my recliner and the
phone rang and I talked to whoever was on the phone but got disconnected and
woke up reaching for the phone trying to figure out who had called me. I
think that is the only time I've ever confused sleep with waking.
3) Because this record was such a massive hit, Johnnie Ray was nicknamed "The
Prince of Wails." Without looking it up, do you know who is currently the Prince
Isn't that Charles?
4) To cash in on the success of this single, 20th Century Fox cast Johnnie
Ray in a big-budget musical, There's No Business Like Show Business. Today it's
best remembered as a Marilyn Monroe movie. Have you seen many of Marilyn's films?
Yes, even the earliest one where she plays a serious role. I haven't seen
her later films, but I have seen the ones where she was coming to popularity,
like Some like it Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year
5) After graduating from high school, Johnnie worked at low-paying jobs,
including bus boy and soda jerk. He found he made better tips when he began
playing piano in restaurants. Have you ever worked for tips?
No. My son was a waiter in a few restaurants over many years and taught me
the importance of tipping well.
6) In 1969, Johnnie was in the news a lot again because he performed with
Judy Garland during her European tour and was best man at her wedding to Mickey
Deans. Tell us what you wore to the most recent wedding you attended.
Heavens. I can't remember when I last attended a wedding, much less what I
Johnny Ray, Judy Garland
7) In 1952, when this song was a
hit, Mr. Potato Head made his debut. It was the first toy advertised on
television. What TV commercial have you seen recently?
There are five minutes (or more) of commercials at every break in a show these
days, advertising everything from medicines to insurance. I turned on the
TV as I am writing this to see what is the next commercial to come on. It
was commercials for Discovery Plus and Subaru. I enjoy the Geico gecko.
8) Also in 1952, chlorophyll was all the rage for banishing bad breath.
Colgate led the way by adding it to their toothpaste. Do you use gum, mints,
mouthwash, or breath strips?
9) Random question -- Congratulations! You won a free three night/two day
weekend for two in Las Vegas! The weather is predicted to be sunny and 65º each
day you're there. It's 12:00 noon on your first day. Are we most likely to find
you: a) gambling in the casino or b) having breakfast in bed or c) outside,
enjoying the sun and the sights?
Las Vegas is not my favorite place, so I'm not sure I want this prize. I
am not a gambler, so I would be far away from a casino. And I'm not a big
fan of breakfast in bed, so I guess I would be outside enjoying the sun and
checking out the non-gambling parts of the clubs, or going to a show in one of