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Saturday 9: Stop! In the Name of Love (1965)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) When this song was popular, the Supremes were known for their long gloves and full-length gowns. When was the last time you got dressed up?
Well, I wear a skirt or dress almost every day lately. I don't know why, since I used to hate them. I got dressed up yesterday for fancy lunch (mystery) shop, and I'll be dressed up for another fancy shop tonight for dinner. Fancy-pants, me! ;)
2) With a record 12 #1 hits, the Supremes remain America's best-selling vocal group. This must have been hard for Betty McGlown, the fourth Supreme, who left the group before they recorded their first song. Can you think of an opportunity you missed?
Of course. Last weekend in Orlando, when we were at my JAFRA conference, I showed up way underdressed to the awards dinner. I had no idea that it was supposed to be a formal event. So I walked in, saw all these ladies in evening gowns and men in tuxes, freaked out and left! I lack so much confidence, it's depressing. Definitely something I need to work on as I build my leadership skills this year. I want to be a District Manager by Christmas. Anyway, I'm babbling...
3) When "the girls" (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Flo Ballard) first started hanging around Motown, founder Berry Gordy was reluctant to let them record. After all, they were still in high school. They refused to give up and eventually convinced him to let them add hand claps and finally back up vocals to recordings by other Motown artists. Tell us about a time when your persistence paid off.
I'll have to get back to you on that one. I just got AWESOME news about something I went after, and got it... but I don't know if I'm at liberty to share it just yet! ;) Definitely will be a big deal here at Ye Olde-Fashioned Smelly Blahg...
4) 50 years after its release, "Stop! In the Name of Love" is one of the most popular karaoke songs. Do you know the lyrics?
Those are pretty much all the lyrics I know, along with "Before you break my heart... think it oh-oh-ver..."
5) There's a children's playground named in Diana Ross' honor within New York's Central Park. It includes swings, slides, rope bridges and a fountain. When you played in the park, what did you run to first?
I used to love the swings, especially the tire swings. Back in college, my friend Kristal and I used to drive out to the park in South Beach in the middle of the night and go on the swings together. I still think of that whenever I go to SoBe!
6) Diana stumbled in her high heels and broke her ankle as she left the stage after a November 2012 concert. What do you have on your feet right now?
My toenails are painted red. Other than that, not a thing on my feet. I love being barefoot! Of course, I live in a house full of LEGO bricks, so it's not always awesome.
7) Ever the trooper, she honored her commitment to perform at a White House-sponsored Christmas concert just weeks later, even though her leg was still in a cast. Tell us about a time when you "played hurt."
I'm not so good at that. I'm a big weenie wimp. But mostly I get migraines, which I don't play around with. I don't take pain medicine for much else at all, and I'm at about a 7-8 for other issues right now, so I guess that is my answer. Headaches, though, cripple me.
8) Young Diana Ross was a good student and a tough competitor who made her school's swim team. Are you a good swimmer?
I can swim, but not really fast. I can tread water like a champ, however!
9) Diana's older sister, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school. Decades ago, Barbara juggled post-graduate studies and raising small children. Are you good at multi-tasking?
I never stop! I don't know how to do just one thing. Forget relaxing. Not me; I can never relax.
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