Saturday 9: 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 don’t wear much jewelry more because I don’t think about putting it on in the morning. We didn’t get wedding bands when we got married last year, but I ordered us stainless steel bands recently and gave them to Chris for his birthday. They are simple and so inexpensive I actually ordered two sizes for Chris, not wanting to spoil the surprise in getting his finger measured. I’m rather happy with them.
2) 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? I didn’t exactly have an “old neighborhood.” More like the old neighborhoods. I do have a couple friends I’ve kept up with over the years. Kate and Renee are the two who will always be in my life in one form or another.
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? I never regularly watched any of them. Conan O’Brien’s bizarre comedy was the first to break the conservative middle America Leno-Letterman mold years ago. Back when I when I still had cable and watched really too much TV, I would catch episodes if someone interesting was going to be on the show. These days, podcasting has ruined me for five minute formulaic interviews late night shows are made from. I love a sit down for an hour with a good interviewer and a compelling guest.
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? Yes. Otherwise, it would be a terrible waste of space.
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? Much to our cable company’s dismay, we do not have a landline.
6) 1964 was the year GI Joe first appeared on toy shelves. Tell us about one of your favorite childhood toys. Barbie was the toy of my childhood. I loved the clothes and the stuff, but also the opened ended story possibilities.
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? I have no idea, actually. Wow. With my mother’s father, I know about some of the jobs he had when my mom was growing up, but nothing beyond. My father’s father, I don’t have any information. I do know my step-dad’s father worked driving trucks locally for a manufacturing company. He’s the one I knew best. I don’t remember, but I’ve been told he taught me to tie my shoes. My step-mother’s father was an accountant, but I never met him.
8) Paul McCartney admits he enjoys watching MasterChef. What show do you go out of your way to catch? Doctor Who. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. With these, lord help the person who spoils it for me before I’ve had a chance to see it. Now, Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are on the sort list of shows we’re watching as they air. At the moment, we’re finishing up what is on Netflix of Once Upon a Time and will have to decide if we want to buy season three on Amazon. It’s a great show and if the end of season two is as much a cliffhanger as the end of season one, I suspect I’ll be on board with given them money to know what happened.
9) The paparazzi has often caught Paul pedaling a bike around Martha’s Vineyard. What’s your favorite form of exercise? My favorite is swimming, however I love a good brisk walk, too, or a little light yoga. I’ve learned to love the Elliptical, too, or at least what it does to my ass and improvements in my stamina.