The Saturday Wall Street Journal kind of lets its weekend hair down, with the back sections having all sorts of interesting, oddball articles. This was an above-average Saturday. One of the goodies was a review from David Kirby of of Peter Benjaminson's new biography of Mary Wells, 60's Motown superstar.
Ms. Wells unfortunately lived the superstar cliché: early fame and riches turned into an early burnout due to poor financial and personal choices. As Kirby notes, she "never ran into a man or a narcotic (or a highball or a cigarette) she didn't like." She passed away in 1992 at the age of 49.
Her biggest hit was "My Guy" in 1964, written and produced by Smokey Robinson. I smile whenever I hear its quirky cowboy-movie riff. But there's another cute story behind the song:
And if by magic, just a few hours later, up comes "My Guy" on my iPod, out of a couple thousand songs. So, just out of obligation, I waited for the hiccups and thought "Gee, that's kind of sexy."
If you don't have a magical iPod yourself, I'll make it even easier for you to listen on YouTube:
Can't help but wonder: what will the Wall Street Journal command my iPod to do next week?