Answers, Results & Commentary
Congratulations to Gabriella
Ziegler winner of this edition of NMLQOTM with a
perfect score of 500 points! Trailing Gabby by only one
point was Debra Woolaver with 499
points. Kathy Krycia came in a close 3rd
with 496 points, followed by Bunny Zukowski
with 486 points.
I'm not sure why, but the most common error in this
edition of the quiz was ascribing "Me And My
Arrow" to "Harry" Nilsson. Though that was
certainly his given name, all of Mr. Nilsson's songs were
released as "Nilsson". Check the album cover
for the album "The Point!", which can be viewed
at CDNow. While you're there, you can hear a sample of
the "Me And My Arrow" song, if you're not
familiar with it.
Other than that, there were a couple of
"Nenah"s, rather than "Neneh", and
only a typo on the word "Travelling" cost Ms.
Woolaver a perfect score. "Good Day Sunshine"
was written by Lennon and McCartney, and appeared on the
Beatles' album "Revolver", but only Claudine
Longet's recording fit alphabetically within the list.
Here are the correct titles and
artists with year of release and highest charting
position on the Billboard Hot 100:
01> Carlisle, Bob - Butterfly Kisses
02> Cherry, Neneh - Kisses On The Wind (1989)
03> Diamond, Neil - Brother Love's Travelling
Salvation Show (1969) <22>
04> Donovan - Sunshine Superman (1966) <1>
05> Drifters, The - There Goes My Baby (1959)
06> Everly Brothers, The - Bird Dog (1958) <1>
07> Four Tops - Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)
08> Gaye, Marvin & Kim Weston - It Takes Two
09> Heart - Dog & Butterfly (1979) <34>
10> Henley, Don - The Heart Of The Matter (1990)
11> Jackson, Michael - Got To Be There (1971)
12> James, Etta - Trust In Me (1961) <30>
13> Joel, Billy - A Matter of Trust (1986) <10>
14> Longet, Claudine - Good Day Sunshine (1967)
15> Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird (1974) <19>
re-released as a live version (1976) <38>
16> Nilsson - Me And My Arrow (1971) <34>
17> Petty, Tom, And The Heartbreakers - Change Of
Heart (1983) <21>
18> Rascals, The - People Got To Be Free (1968)
19> Rufus - Tell Me Something Good (1974) <3>
20> Scorpions - Wind Of Change (1991) <4>
21> Stevens, Cat - Two Fine People (1975) <33>
22> War - Me And Baby Brother (1973) <15>
23> Washington, Dinah & Brook Benton - Baby
(You've Got What It Takes) (1960) <5>
24> Wilson, Al - Show And Tell (1973) <1>
25> Wings - Arrow Through Me (1979) <29>
Almost every one of the entrants discovered
the quiz theme this time around - each song in the quiz
could be joined to the title of another song, to create
one long chain of song titles.
One possible ordering looked like this:
Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)
To Be There Goes My Baby (You've
Got What It Takes) Two Fine
People Got To Be Free Bird Dog &
Butterfly Kisses On The Wind of
Change of Heart of the Matter
of Trust In Me and
My Arrow Through Me And
Baby Brother Love's Travelling Salvation
Show and Tell Me
Something Good Day Sunshine Superman
A famous celebrity murders his significant other, then
relies on a botched prosecution and a high-priced legal
team to avoid a homicide conviction! OJ Simpson, 1994?
No, Claudine Longet, 1976. If you don't remember this
famous celebrity moment, you weren't around in the late
Claudine Longet was born in Paris in 1942, and by age 19,
she was the lead singer/dancer in the Las Vegas
production of Folies Bergère (still playing at the
Tropicana in its 40th year, the longest-running
production show in Vegas.)
In 1961, Longet (19) met and married 42 year-old singer
Andy Williams, who was still a year removed from hosting
his own television variety show. Their publicists went to
a great deal of trouble to cast the courtship and
marriage as a modern day fairy tale - Williams
"remembered" being enchanted by a mysterious
"eight or nine year old" that he used to see
skating every day near the Louvre in Paris. What do you
know? That mysterious young skater later turned out to be
Derek Taylor, whose name some of you may recognize as a
friend and employee of the Beatles, was working as a
music publicist when he wrote these liner notes for
Longet's album Love Is Blue. (Williams and
Longet supposedly met when Williams happened upon
Longet's broken-down car, while walking one evening).
Have a barfbag close at hand:
Slender tender clever, bright-eyed young and
To Vegas Claudine Longet came, arriving just in time
To Dance, to act, to be -- to shine.
Schooled in ballet, drama-trained, she worked until
Her car broke down. "Hello," said Andy
Passing by. "Pardon?" said Miss Longet.
"Help have I,"
Said Andy, and in a little while, the car was fixed
And the two were wed and then, and by and by,
two children came
And Claudine said, "Bye Bye" -- farewell to
footlights, arclights, fame.
Well, "au revoir" was what she meant, for in a
year or so
She sang a song on Channel Four and Alpert said,
"There's magic there -- and honesty;
"We'll sign her, seal her, albums make."
Thrice one LPs there are by now -- this one is
A lovely thing -- a joy to hold, to hear, to know, to
Slender, tender, clever -- still bright-eyed young and
Claudine's here for ever now. She's Andy's, yours
-- and mine.
Longet "retired" from show biz to
be a famous pop-star's wife, and they had the first of
their 3 children (Noelle). On New Year's Eve in 1963,
Claudine appeared on The Andy Williams Show, which led to
appearances in a few minor movies and television shows
like "Hogan's Heroes" and "Dr.
Kildare". A starlet was born! When Herb Alpert heard
her sing on "Run For Your Life" in 1966, he
realized her utter star potential, and she was soon
signed to a recording contract with A&M Records.
Sadly, the prince and princess didn't live happily ever
after, and Williams and Longet were divorced in 1970.
(Hmm...the same year Williams recorded "Happy
Heart" and "Can't Help Falling In Love".)
Vladimir "Spider" Sabich was a handsome playboy
slalom skier, who was born in Sacramento, but grew up in
the small California town of Kyburz. Spider attended the
University of Colorado, where he skied on the university
squad with Billy Kidd. Sabich, Kidd and three other
Colorado skiers became members of the 1968 US Olympic ski
team, and Sabich finished fifth in the Grenoble Olympics
By 1971, Sabich was skiing professionally, and moved to
Aspen, Colorado, which was just beginning to develop a
reputation as a Hollywood celebrity hotspot. THE
jetsetting ski bum of Aspen met Claudine Longet at a Bear
Valley competition in 1972. Longet soon moved in to his
On March 21, 1976, Spider Sabich went home in the late
afternoon. Longet had spent the morning skiing and the
afternoon drinking at a local bar, while Sabich was only
stopping in to change clothes and get ready for a date
with another woman. He had apparently already asked her
to move out.
According to Longet's testimony, Spider Sabich was
showing her his gun worked (!), when it went off
accidentally, shooting him in the abdomen. He died
enroute to the local hospital. A ballistics expert would
later testify (for the defense) that the gun was so
over-lubricated that it could have gone off without the
trigger being pulled.
Longet hired a high-priced legal team that included Los
Angeles attorney Charles Weedman and Aspen lawyer Ron
Austin. Amidst charges that the Aspen DA's office
horrendously botched the case, a jury convicted Longet of
criminally negligent homicide, and sentenced her to 30
days in the county jail.
A few oddball notes:
Longet served her 30 days after returning from a
court-approved 3-month vacation in Mexico.
The prosecuting District Attorney was later convicted of
fraud and embezzlement and kicked out of office in 1978.
Longet's attorney, Ron Austin left his wife and family
and married Longet.
In 1977, six months after the Longet conviction, Ted
Bundy was captured in Aspen, but escaped both from the
Aspen courthouse and the nearby Glenwood Springs jail.
Some of you may remember the April 24, 1976
"Saturday Night Live" episode, which featured a
skit called "The Claudine Longet Invitational Ski
Tournament". Skiers were pictured crashing down the
hill, accompanied by the sound of gunshots.
Longet's talents can be heard on the Rhino Records album Golden
Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher Songs Of The Beatles,
singing her medley of "Jealous Guy" and
"Don't Let Me Down". For the full effect, find
a copy of her 1972 album, featuring those songs, as well
as "Let's Spend The Night Together", and the
Beach Boys' "God Only Knows".
Claudine Longet still quietly lives in Aspen.