Pop Culture Madness!


1964 Trivia

<< - 1963
World Series Champions:
St. Louis Cardinals
NFL Champions:
Cleveland Browns
AFL Champions:
Buffalo Bills
NBA Champions:
Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:
Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf:
Ken Venturi
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Roy Emerson/Maria Bueno
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Roy Emerson/Maria Bueno
NCAA Football Champions:
Alabama & Arkansas & Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions:
UCLA
Kentucky Derby:
Northern Dancer
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Julie Andrews, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak
"The Quotes"
"Skipper!"
- Gilligan

"Does she or doesnít she?"
-Clairol

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"
- Peter Sellers, in 'Dr. Strangelove'

"Come alive! Youíre in the Pepsi generation"
- Pepsi

"A martini. Shaken, not stirred."
- Sean Connery, as James Bond, in 'Goldfinger'

"Please donít squeeze the Charmin"
- Dick Wilson, as Mr. George Whipple

"Let your fingers do the walking"
-Yellow Pages

"Put a tiger in your tank"
- Esso (later Exxon)

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Lyndon B. Johnson
Miss America:
Donna Axum (El Dorado, AR)
Miss USA:
Bobbie Johnson (District of Colombia)

The Scandals, Sad and Bad News:
Audrey Hepburn did not get an Oscar nomination for her performance in My Fair Lady. Marni Nixon did the singing, so the Academy figured it was "half a performance".

A parent wrote to the US Attorney General complaining that the lyrics to "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen were obscene. After 2 years of investigation, the FBI dissmissed the complaint because the lyrics of that recording were "unintelligible at any speed".

Pop Star Death: Sam Cooke (murder, he was apparently drinking and there was a misunderstanding)

"The Goldwater Rule" forbids psychiatrists from offering opinions on somebody s/he hasn't interviewed. It was created in response to Barry Goldwater suing Fact Magazine for $75K after publishing "1189 Psychiatrists Think Goldwater is Pyschologically Unfit to be President".

While filming Cheyenne Autumn, the Navajo actors hired to portray the Cheyenne would use crude language instead of the planned dialogue because no one on set spoke Navajo, even making jokes about the U.S. colonels penis in what was meant to be a solemn speech.

U.S. paper currency is made Legal Tender for all Debts, Public and Private. According to the U.S. Constitution, it must be backed by gold. It isn't anymore.

The story of Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed repeatedly in New York over a half an hour while 38 people looked on without helping, probably did not happen. It is likely "more parable than fact".

Dendrochronologist Donald Currey got his tree corer stuck in a bristlecone pine and retrieved it by cutting it down. After counting its rings, he realized he had killed the oldest recorded tree in the world.

1964 Pop Culture News:
The Sherman Brothers claimed to have made up the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" for the 1964 film Mary Poppins, yet the writers of a 1949 song called “Supercalafajaistickespeealadojus” unsuccessfully sued Disney. Disney's lawyers argued both were "nonsense words".

Swedish journalist exhibited paintings done by a chimpanzee under the name Pierre Brassau. The journalist was testing whether critics could tell the difference between true avant-garde modern artwork and a chimp's work. They could not, and in fact, praised the works.

Before the Star Trek's Vulcan nerve pinch, Ian Chesterton's character from a 1964 Doctor Who episode gripped an Aztec warrior between the shoulder and neck rendering him unconscious

William Fullingim's marriage to Nancy Watson lasted for almost 85 years. They got married in 1879 (when William was 24 and Nancy was 18) and remained married until Nancy's death at age 103 in 1964. William died the next year at age 110.

Robert Moog develops his first electronic music synthesizer. RCA created the first music sythesizer in 1953.

Stephen Spielberg directed his first feature film, Firelight (1964), which was released at his local cinema. It was shot on a budget of $500, and took $501 at the box office, giving the film an official profit of $1

The Ford Mustang was introduced. Teacher Gail Wise was the first ever purchaser of a Mustang, paying $3419.

After Bob Dylan offered The Beatles marijuana when he first met them in 1964 he was shocked to find out they weren't regular smokers. Dylan had misheard the lyric 'I can't hide' from I Want To Hold Your Hand as 'I get high'.

Februay 9 - The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The Beatles' three-month stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964 was ended by jazz legend Louis Armstrong with Hello Dolly!.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supported by 80% of the Republican (with 61% Democrat) House members, and 82% of the Republican (with 62% Democrat) Senate members.

During their first American tour, The Beatles refused to play their scheduled concert in Jacksonville until the audience was desegregated

The Sharpie marker was introduced. The extra fine point came out in 1979 and the ultra fine point was released in 1989.

The BASIC (Beginner's All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language was created.

Jazz artist Dizzy Gillespie ran for president, promising to rename the White House "the Blues House" and appoint Ray Charles librarian of Congress, Miles Davis head of the CIA, and Malcolm X attorney general.

Sitcom Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. was set in a marine base 1964 through 1969. The word 'Vietnam' was never once mentioned in it's 5 year run.

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', cowritten by Phil Spector, was first performed by the Righteous Brothers. The song has received more airplay on radio and television than any other song in the past century.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest running Christmas TV special in history. Santa never went back to the Island of Misfit Toys as he had promised and many children wrote in and complained, so a new credits sequence in 1965 showed Santa returning to the island, which was the sequence that has been used ever since.
What was wrong with Rudolph's Dolly for Sue?

The US Congress named bourbon whiskey as the official National Booze.

The Beatles released seven platinum records – in 1964 alone. Introducing... The Beatles, Meet the Beatles!, The Beatles' Second Album, A Hard Day's Night, Something New, Beatles for Sale, and Beatles '65 each sold over one million copies.

Fashion designers Andre Courreges and Mary Quant introduced the miniskirt, scandalizing conservatives and signaling the rapidily changing mores of the decade.

David Bowie's first TV appearance was in 1964 at the age of 17, but was not for his music; he was interviewed on the BBC's Tonight Show as the founder of 'The Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men'.

The Habits:

Troll Dolls (Year 2), Watching the cool kids drive their Ford Mustangs

Reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

1st appearances & 1964's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Easy Bake Oven, G.I. Joe, Rat Fink Collectible Hot Rod Figures, Password Game , Mighty Tonka Dump Truck (made popular due to the elephant stepping on it during a commercial), PLASTIC Mr. Potato Head, Wham-O Professional Frisbees, Monster Magnet, Rube Goldberg's Animated Hobby Kit, Hand's Down (with Slam-O-Matic)
1964 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Bonanza (NBC)
2. Bewitched (ABC)
3. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (CBS)
4. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
5. The Fugitive (ABC)
6. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
7. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
8. The Lucy Show (CBS)
9. Peyton Place II (ABC)
10. Combat (ABC)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1964 include:
The Animals, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Betty Everette, Bobby Vinton, Brenda Lee, Dave Clark Five, Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Elvis Presley, The 4 Seasons, Gene Chandler, The Impressions, Jackie Wilson, Jan & Dean, Jerry Butler, Johnny Tillotson, Leslie Gore, Major Lance, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Ray Charles, The Ronettes, Rufus Thomas, Sam Cooke, The Searchers, The Shangri-Las, Solomon Burke, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1964:
December 7, 1963 - January 3, 1964: The Singing Nun - Dominique

January 4, 1964 - January 31, 1964: Bobby Vinton - There! I've Said It Again

February 1, 1964 - March 20, 1964: The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand

March 21, 1964 - April 3, 1964: The Beatles - She Loves You

April 4, 1964 - May 8, 1964: The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love

May 9, 1964 - May 15, 1964: Louis Armstrong - Hello, Dolly!

May 16, 1964 - May 29, 1964: Mary Wells - My Guy

May 30, 1964 - June 5, 1964: The Beatles - Love Me Do

June 6, 1964 - June 26, 1964: The Dixie Cups - Chapel of Love

June 27, 1964 - July 3, 1964: Peter and Gordon - A World Without Love

July 4, 1964 - July 17, 1964: The Beach Boys - I Get Around

July 18, 1964 - July 31, 1964: The Four Seasons - Rag Doll

August 1, 1964 - August 14, 1964: The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

August 15, 1964 - August 21, 1964: Dean Martin - Everybody Loves Somebody

August 22, 1964 - September 4, 1964: The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go

September 5, 1964 - September 25, 1964: The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun

September 26, 1964 - October 16, 1964: Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman

October 17, 1964 - October 30, 1964: Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy

October 31, 1964 - November 27, 1964: The Supremes - Baby Love

November 28, 1964 - December 4, 1964: The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack

December 5, 1964 - December 11, 1964: Lorne Greene - Ringo

December 12, 1964 - December 18, 1964: Bobby Vinton - Mr. Lonely

December 19, 1964 - December 25, 1964: The Supremes - Come See About Me

December 26, 1964 - January 22, 1965: The Beatles - I Feel Fine

Popular Music in 1964 - # 1 Hits of 1964