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New Kittens * Old Music

Sophie gave birth to six kittens on April 17.  There are four boys and two girls.  They are doing fantastic. This blog post will allow you to meet them while at the same time enjoying music from the 50’s  – the age of teen idols and doo-wop!

One of the many fun things about raising kittens is selecting the temporary names they will have during the selection process.  For several years I stuck with Russian names to be true to their heritage.  After a while, that became a little boring so I started searching for other avenues of inspiration.  The last couple of litters were names taken from literature, either authors or characters in a novel.  Literature is my passion; Jim’s is music. We get in the car, the first thing Jim does, is put on the radio and turn up the volume.  If I get in the car without Jim, the first thing I do is turn off the radio!  I love peace and quiet; Jim likes noise.  In fact, noise is the reason I knew Jim even existed.  In the early 80’s my son and I moved into an apartment in Glen Ellyn.  Every Sunday we would hear this loud marching music coming through the wall from the next apartment. This went on for weeks with us wondering who in the world would play that kind of music every Sunday.  Then one night I was walking down the stairs from the second floor community laundry room and at the bottom of the stairs stood this handsome Marine in dress blues….our question was answered!  And as they say, the rest is history.

Last week Jim said why don’t you name the new kittens after musicians. In fact, take the names of the performers from “the decade that started it all” — the 50’s.  My first reaction was no; the majority of our pet parents think oldies are music from the 80’s!  But the more we talked about it, the more fun we were having .  We both were teenagers in the late fifties. Jim was born and raised on the East Coast and I am a Midwesterner through and through so our views are a little different on the music of our time but we both knew all the same songs and danced to the same beat.

So join with us, as we take a musical trip down memory lane!

Of course, we have to start out with the king – Elvis and Don’t Be Cruel      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViMF510wqWA

Elvis Presley


Yes, I liked Elvis, too. But the one I swooned over was Pat Boone.  Jim says there were two kind of teenagers – Elvis lovers and Pat Boone lovers and he definitely was not the latter.  He said he wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing white bucks.  And I tell him I would never have dated a guy who had Lucky Strikes rolled up in the sleeve of his white T-shirt!   Here is Pat singing Love Letters In The Sand   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ENzT9k1LRs

Pat Boone

We did both agree on the female singers; Teresa Brewer was everyone’s darling! We both loved Music, Music, Music   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY-L-NurhX8

Teresa Brewer

The couple everyone loved was Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin.   Here is his fun song, Splish Splash   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KmKkV3ddAo

Bobby Darin

Jim was more into slow dancing (yes that is what we called it) while I loved to rock and roll!  We would go to Les-Buzz in Spring Valley and dance to the likes of Fats Domino and my very favorite, Bill Haley and the Comets.

Bill Haley

Connie Franconero used to sing and play the accordion. During the rehearsals for her appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, she was advised by Godfrey to change her stage name to Connie Francis for the sake of easier pronunciation. Godfrey also told her to drop the accordion – advice she gladly followed, as she had begun to hate the large and heavy instrument.  Connie singing Where The Boys Are    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqgl0VRJW0E

Connie Francis


Let me know your favorite songs and your favorite kittens!

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  1. Amber Crowther

     /  May 6, 2017

    I love Connie and Bill! What little cuties!!!

  2. Mel

     /  May 6, 2017

    I am all about Pat and Bobby right now! Thanks for sharing 😊

  3. Can’t get my eyes off of Bobby Darin and Pat Boone

  4. I am not sure I have seen the coloring of PatBoo e and Bobby Darin name sakes. What is is called ? What do they look like as they mature? It reminds me of the beautiful buckskin horse.

  5. Love the coloring on Pat Boone and Bobby Darin. What is it called and what does it look like on mature cat? Reminds me of a beautiful buckskin horse!

    • Deb, they are colorpoints. They darken somewhat at their “points” as they grow. They will look like their Mom.

    • Sorry to double post. I didn’t think the first one went through. Their coloring just looks so golden and smokey! So pretty!

  6. Vicki

     /  May 6, 2017

    You had me fearful to look at their names for a moment – I love music but, thank goodness you did not give them Beatle names (not a fan!). I would bet Jim loves the Beatles? My apologies to all Beatle people. 🙂

    On a more positive note I just watched a segment on My Cat From Hell about a couple who foster special needs cats – very inspiring. I am not sure I could do this, but God bless those who can.

    Your little musicians are real cuties.

  7. Vicki

     /  May 9, 2017

    Now I am going to try and guess the colors of the babies. Let’s see if I have learned anything.
    Elvis = black tabby
    Pat Boone and Bobby Darin = seal point lynx (color points)
    Bill and Connie = black tabby with white (boy do they look alike)
    Teresa = brown tabby or maybe red tabby

    How did I do Nancy?

    • Connie is a black silver tabby with white
      Bill is a black brown tabby with white
      Elvis is a black tabby, mitted
      Teresa is a black (brown)tabby
      Pat is a seal Lynx point, mitted (white bucks!)
      Bobby is a seal Lynx point


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