Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday 9: I Got You, Babe

Saturday 9: I Got You, Babe(recommended by Thank You Great Spirit)

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) Popular music has produced almost countless groups, but not that many duos. Besides Sonny & Cher, can you name another?

A. The Captain and Tennille. Also, The Carpenters.

2)  Hearing this recording from his clock radio is how Bill Murray woke up every morning in Groundhog Day. What woke you up this morning?

A. The alarm went off but I don't recall the song playing.

3) When she was growing up, Cher practiced her autograph for when she became a star. Is your signature legible? Or is it more of a scrawl?

A. My signature is barely legible.

4) In addition to show biz, Sonny & Cher had many careers: Sonny was a restauranteur and politician, Cher is an interior designer. Would you like to try your hand at any of those professions?

A. Can't say that I would, no. Although I once considered running for my local Board of Supervisors. I got over it.

5) In 1965, when this song topped the charts, Sonny and Cher were as famous for their wardrobe as for their music. Sonny was fond of tall, heavy-heeled boots while Cher often paired granny dresses with bare feet. What's on your feet right now?

A. A pair of mocassins.

6) By 1968, their career crashed. Cher's early attempts as a movie actress failed, their records stopped selling and the IRS came after them for back taxes. Have you ever been audited?

A. Nope. I am a good little girl when it comes to paying and doing my taxes.

7) In 1971 they were on top again with their TV show. But their marriage was coming apart. Sonny said, "For the last 5 years I worried about our career, not about us." Have you ever been guilty of putting career before relationship?

A. I think most of us do that at some point or another in any relationship - you can't always be focused on a relationship. You must, at some point, trust that it is strong and that it can withstand not being the focus of your attention for a while. But I confess that in my world, when someone wants me or needs me, the reality is that whatever else I am doing, however important it may be to me, generally my need comes second. 

8) By 1972 they were living separate lives -- in the same house. For the sake of The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, they pretended to be happily married another year and a half. Tell us about a time when you pretended to be happy, but weren't.

A. I'm sure there are times but I can't think of any. I tend to wear my emotions on my face and if I manage to keep that under control, my eyes give me away every time.

9) While their separation and divorce were bitter, they resumed their friendship when Cher showed up at the opening of his restaurant in 1976. Have you ever made the first move in repairing a relationship?

A. Yes.


  1. Oh two great duos! I think politics is one of those things that sounds like you'd have the potential to do good things, but then you's politics!

  2. I'm always a good little girl when I pay my taxes (I figure it's the literal price of being a liberal, right?) but there were clerical errors on the IRS's side. Twice. The first: I worked for a company called G.R.I. who the IRS knew as GRI (no periods) and they wanted me to pay taxes and penalties on the salary I received from GRI. Never mind that they had a W2 from G.R.I. The second time they lost a page of my return. I'm not kidding. You can be as careful as you can be and still get a scary letter from The Taxman.

    You sound so very wise when you talk about your relationship. I admire you.

  3. I was so sad to recently hear the Captain & Tennille are divorcing.

  4. I guest that "Love Will Keep Us Together" for them anymore.

  5. Thank goodness someone else mentioned them, I was getting worried! LOL And I'm with you - I don't have a very good poker face..

  6. I think that I actually pick up a pen to write something about once a week at the most these days.

  7. Oh no! The Captain and Tennille are getting a divorce? Dang! And loved your answer about coming to your senses after running for BOS... hehe

  8. I remember Cher laying on a piano singing "Vamp," during their TV show. V.... A.... M.... P.... Vamp! And those outfits!

    Ricky and Lucy.

  9. 1 - The Bellamy Brothers and Righteous Brothers were the two that came to my mind.
    2 - Something woke me two hours before the alarm, and then the alarm itself woke me.
    3 - Like you, my signature is barely legible (and harder to forge)
    4 - On my feet: black espadrilles


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