The Quick 10: 10 Songs From John Lennon's Jukebox

Hi guys! You may have noticed the Quick 10s have been a bit sporadic since the end of May. I've been slightly busy with a new project:

But I think I've gotten it together enough to resume daily Q10s. I may sneak gratuitous baby pictures into them for a while (that's a Beatles shirt she has on, but it's a bit big so the logo is hard to see), but don't worry, I think that will eventually fade.

Anyway, on to the Quick 10. Did you know it's been proven that when music is played for babies in the womb, they recognize it once they're on the outside? It's supposed to be calming since they're familiar with it. If that's the case, then Lydia should feel pretty soothed by the subject of today's post. John Lennon's personal jukebox, which he purchased in 1965, was sold at an auction at Christie's in 1989. I think the contents of your iPod - thousands of songs - says a lot about a person, and paring that down to a scant 40 songs is even more revealing. Here are 10 of them (and a link to the rest).

1.  "Long Tall Sally," Little Richard. That John liked this one should come as no surprise since the Beatles released their official cover of the song in 1964.

2.  "Positively 4th Street," Bob Dylan.  This song about a bitter friendship breakup could have foretold the split between Lennon and McCartney. They may have recognized this fact, because they covered this song during recording sessions for Let It Be.  It was never officially released, so don't go looking for it on iTunes (you know"¦ if the Beatles' catalog ever hits iTunes).

3.   "Slippin' and Slidin'." This one is noteworthy because Lennon included two versions of it on his jukebox, neither of them the original. The original was recorded by Eddie Bo in 1956 and was released under a different name; when Little Richard covered it on his first album the following year, he retitled it Slippin' and Slidin'.  Both the Little Richard version and the later Buddy Holly version slid right onto Lennon's favorite list - he covered the song himself during his solo career.

4.  "Rescue Me," Fontella Bass. The sole contribution from a female on the jukebox, Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me" was released in 1965.  A lot of people give Aretha Franklin credit for this song, and she did later record a version of it for an American Express commercial. But Fontella did it first, and Lennon loved it.

5.  "Some Other Guy," The Big Three.  There's a little Liverpudlian loyalty going on here "“ The Big Three was a Merseybeat group from Liverpool signed to Brian Epstein, just like The Beatles were. "Some Other Guy" was their only big hit "“ the band had pretty much fizzled out by 1964.  The Beatles' version of it is on their Live at the BBC album.

6.  "The Tracks of My Tears," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. This is one of five songs by the Miracles Lennon had on tap.

7.   "My Girl," Otis Redding. It's nice to know that even John Lennon had a soft spot for this classic.  Originally done by the Temptations in 1964, the Redding cover came a year later and gave the song more of a bluesy feel.

8.  "Be-Bop-A-Lula," Gene Vincent. This one was a huge influence on all of the Beatles "“ not only did they play the song when they were still the Fab Four, Lennon and McCartney both did versions of it during their solo careers, and George Harrison paid homage to it by painting "Bebopalula" on his famous "Rocky" Stratocaster guitar. It's not the only Gene Vincent song on the jukebox "“ the lesser-known "Woman Love" was also included.

9.   "Short Fat Fannie," Larry Williams. This is perhaps an example of John's sense of humor "“ Short Fat Fannie came just before Long Tall Sally on the jukebox. This is another one that the Beatles recorded during the Let It Be sessions; it often shows up as a bootleg.

10.  "Hey! Baby," Bruce Channel.  This one might have invoked fond memories for John.  He met the legendary harmonica player Delbert McClinton, who can be heard on Hey! Baby, back when they were both touring the U.K. in 1962. Delbert offered Lennon some harmonica tips, which John immediately used on Love Me Do.  Despite this, John never released an official cover "“ but Ringo did. In 1976, Mr. Starr's version charted at #74.
You can check out the full list of 45s that were housed in the jukebox here. And just in case you aren't satisfied by one picture of our newest _flosser, you can find plenty more on my blog.

10 Sweet Facts About Candy Canes

The sweet and striped shepherd’s hooks can be found just about everywhere during the holiday season. It's time you learned a thing or two (or 10) about them.


While the origins of the candy cane are a bit murky, legend has it that they first appeared in hooked form around 1670. Candy sticks themselves were pretty common, but they really took shape when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany got the bright idea of twisting them to look like shepherd’s hooks. He then handed them out to kids during church services to keep them quiet.


It’s no surprise, then, that it was a German immigrant who introduced the custom to America. The first reference we can find to the tradition stateside is 1847, when August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decked his home out with the sugary fare.


Candy canes without the red don’t seem nearly as cheery, do they? But that’s how they were once made: all white. We’re not really sure who or exactly when the scarlet stripe was added, but we do know that images on cards before the 1900s show snow white canes.


Most candy canes are around five inches long, containing only about 50 calories and no fat or cholesterol.


The world’s largest candy cane was built by Geneva, Illinois chef Alain Roby in 2012.  It was 51 feet long, required about 900 pounds of sugar, and was eventually smashed up with a hammer so people could take home a piece.


Fifty-four percent of kids suck on candy canes, compared to the 24 percent who just go right for the big crunch. As you may have been able to guess, of those surveyed, boys were nearly twice as likely to be crunchers.


According to the National Confectioners Association, about 1.2 billion candy canes are made annually, and 90 percent of those are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which honestly begs the question: Who’s buying the 10 percent in the off season?


Bobs (that’s right; no apostrophe) Candies was the first company to really hang its hat on the sweet, striped hook. Lt. Bob McCormack began making candy canes for his kids in the 1920s, and they were such a hit he decided to start mass-producing them. With the help of his brother-in-law, a Catholic priest named Gregory Harding Keller (and his invention, the Keller Machine), McCormack was eventually able to churn out millions of candy canes a day.


December 26 is National Candy Cane Day. Go figure.


Here’s how they make candy canes at Disneyland—it’s a painstaking (and beautiful) technique.

10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

1. Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Sly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his film career. Despite co-starring with the delightful Estelle Getty as the titular violence-prone mother, Stallone knows just how bad the film was:

"I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes."

2. Alec Guinness, Star Wars.

By the time he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness had already appeared in cinematic classics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia. During production, Guinness is reported to have said the following:

"Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue - which is lamentable - keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young."

The insane amount of fame he won for the role as the wise old Jedi master took him somewhat by surprise and, ultimately, annoyed him. In his autobiography A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness recalls a time he encountered an autograph-seeking fan who boasted to him about having watched Star Wars more than 100 times. In response, Guinness agreed to provide the boy an autograph under the condition that he promise never to watch the film again.

3. Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers. He was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hoskins is forgiven for Super Mario Bros. Hoskins, though, doesn’t seem to be able to forgive himself. Last year the Guardian spoke with the veteran actor about his career and he summed up his feelings rather succinctly:

What is the worst job you've done?
Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

4. George Clooney, Batman & Robin. Sure, Batman & Robin made money. But by every other imaginable measure, the film was a complete failure, and a nightmare to the vast majority of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent fanatics. Star George Clooney recognized what a stinker he helped create and once plainly stated, “I think we might have killed the franchise.”

5. David Cross, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. When actors have a movie out, it's customary that they publicize the film by saying nice things about it. Earlier this year David Cross took a different approach. When it came to describing his new film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the veteran comedian — better known for Mr. Show and Arrested Development — went on Conan and called the film a “big commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines” and told people not to go see it.

6. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up. Judd Apatow’s unplanned pregnancy comedy was a huge hit and helped cement her status as a bankable film actress. After the film’s release, however, Heigl didn’t have all good things to say. In fact, what she specifically said about it was that the film was:

"…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”

7. Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games. The 2000 action film Reindeer Games starred Ben Affleck, Gary Sinese and Charlize Theron and was directed by John Frankenheimer. But it all somehow failed to come together. In the end the film lost a lot of money and compiled a wealth of negative reviews – including one from its star actress who simply said, “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.”

8. Mark Wahlberg, The Happening. Mark Wahlberg doesn’t exactly seem like a guy who lives his life afraid of trees. But that is the odd position M. Night Shyamalan’s 2008 film The Happening put him in. Wahlberg, as it turns out, doesn’t look back too fondly on the film. He went on record during a press conference for The Fighter when he described a conversation with a fellow actor:

"We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright “The Happening.” F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook."

9. John Cusack, Better Off Dead. John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was "the worst thing I have ever seen" and he would "never trust you as a director again."

10 Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But the film's own lead actor, Christopher Plummer, didn't always sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.



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