Saturday 9: Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows (1965)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? See the video and watch it below!
I haven’t heard this song in YEARS! Nostalgia, for sure!
1. In this song, Lesley Gore sings that sunshine is wonderful. It’s hard to argue with that. Is it sunny where you are today?
For the moment it is, but it’d the raining season in Hawai’i, so that could change. It’s still early!
2. Tootsie Roll is the world’s #1 manufacturer of lollipops, and cherry is their most popular flavor. Do you have a sweet tooth? If yes, what’s your favorite sweet treat?
In the world of candy, a Coffee Crisp bar. Unfortunately, you can’t get them in the US. When I lived in NY, I could get them on the Mohawk reservation. But now, I can get them only if I order online.
3. According to myth, you’ll find a leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. If you suddenly, unexpectedly came into $100,000, what is the first thing you would buy?
I’d put it down on a winterized camp at the river back home, a camp-slash-retirement home.
4. She feels brighter than a lucky penny. Abraham Lincoln was the first person to appear on a U.S. coin, when the 1909 penny was struck in honor of his 100th birthday. Thomas Jefferson is on the nickel, George Washington is on the quarter, and John F. Kennedy is on the half dollar. Without looking, do you know which President is on the dime?
FDR, I think.
5. Lesley Gore was very popular in the 1960s, with 11 Top Ten hits. Most people don’t know that, while she was making records, she was also attending Sarah Lawrence College and graduated with her BA in 1968. What’s something most Saturday 9ers would be surprised to know about you?
I used to drive in demolition derbies. I won a couple, too. I also, in my bad girl days, drove a few slightly less than sanctioned drag races.
6. She performed “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” in the movie Ski Party. Do you plan to ski this season?
Nope. For one thing, not a skier. For another, I live in Hawai’i!
7. This song was written by Marvin Hamlisch, who would go on to win three Oscars, four Grammys, three Emmys, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. That’s quite an impressive list! But we believe our Sat 9-ers are impressive, too. So give yourself an award this morning. (For example, Crazy Sam is now Meme Mistress of the Year.)
I’ve had a spurt of creativity in the writing world, so I’ll give my self Queen Writer of Words.
8. In 1965, when this song was on the charts, I Dream of Jeannie premiered. This supernatural sitcom, about an astronaut who finds a genie on a beach, competed for viewers with Bewitched, which was about an advertising executive who marries a witch. Do you prefer Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie?
9. Random question — Which would you rather have, tacos or pizza?
I love them both, but the winner is… TACOS!