Monday, March 14, 2016

The Wayward Wind

If you are of a certain age and you saw the news this morning, the song which has been in your head all day is The Wayward Wind by Gogi Grant.

The week of June 16, 1956, she pushed Elvis Presley and Heartbreak Hotel out of the number one spot on Billboard's Top 100. The Wayward Wind stayed at #1 for six weeks.

During those six weeks that summer: my older brother shaved for the first time; he went to Waterloo to 'strip bluegrass'; we got some much needed rain; Betty, Mom & I got paint for our room - Flamingo Red - and painted it before painting Ron's room turquoise. Dad had been working at the swimming pool - which meant he was helping build the pool house - our little town was getting a swimming pool!! We had our last dance classes at Fairview Hall. Ron was in his second week working away from home and "I miss him". Our little cousin, Shirley T. bit into an electrical cord and burned her mouth. A storm north of Red Oak demolished 'lots of barns', blew down trees and hail flattened crops. I finished laying the brick walk to the toilet that I had been working on. Had a party for the Wayne M's. (They were moving to California.) Went to Omaha to see former neighbors and went to the zoo. During this time read Step to the Music by Phyllis A. Whitney and The Shadow on the Door by Frances K. Judd. We celebrated Grandma L's 64th birthday. I got my first bra - even though I didn't need one.
Elvis Presley's I Want You, I Need You, I Love You pushed Gogi Grant's The Wayward Wind out of first place on Billboard's Top 100.

The wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander 
And he was born the next of kin
The next of kin to the wayward wind....

I really liked this song the summer before I became a teenager. I like it still. The death last Thursday of Gogi Grant, 91, was announced yesterday. It showed up on my news feed this morning.

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