01/25/19 - NNHS Newsletter
been making a list of the things they don't teach you
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I've always had soft spot for sad songs.....
BONUS #1 - Softly As I Leave You - Matt Monro
BONUS #2 - Softly As I Leave You - Frank Sinatra - Oh, GOOD! It's been WEEKS since we've heard from Frank, right? NO?!?
BONUS #3 - Softly As I Leave You - Sherrill Nielsen and Elvis Presley
|"Softly, as I Leave You" is a
song composed by
Giorgio Calabrese and Tony De Vita (1932–1998),
translated in English by Hal Shaper.
It was originally an Italian success by Mina, at the Sanremo Music Festival, entitled "Piano" ("Softly"). Mina published a recording of the song first time as a single in 1960 and later as well on an EP and on three LPs.
The English songwriter Hal Shaper noticed the song and in November 1961 wrote English lyrics to the melody, calling it "Softly, as I Leave You." It is best known in versions by Matt Monro which went to #10 on the British charts in 1962) and Frank Sinatra went to #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the adult contemporary chart in 1964). The Sinatra family announced Frank's death on May 14, 1998 by placing an announcement on their website that was accompanied by a recording of the singer's version of the song.
When he performed the song live in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley prefaced with a story about the origins of the song. Presley said the song originated when a man was dying and his wife was sitting by his bedside. As she began to doze off, he felt himself beginning to die and he wrote the words to the song on a notepad. But Elvis insiders claim his explanation for the song was merely an example of Presley's flair for storytelling so his explanation is most likely apocryphal. Elvis said he heard the story "from some people in Florida." Elvis doesn't actually sing this song, he speaks the words while his Irish backing tenor Sherrill Nielsen sings it. Elvis's one recorded version of this song was a bootleg made by a fan in Las Vegas in December 1975. RCA was able to release it commercially later and it now appears on the boxed set "Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toJeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Sharon Weaver Knowles ('63) of VA AND Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
28 - Courtney Russ ('57)
AND Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC
AND Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND
Becca Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '17) of IL - currently serving
mission for The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Germany Alpine
Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley
Lucas ('65) of NC; 30 -
Jackie Belote Ward ('63) of VA AND
('65) of TN
28 - Courtney Russ ('57) AND Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND My Granddaughter, Becca Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '17) of IL - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Germany Alpine Mission;
29 - Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX AND HP Lucas ('65) of NC;
30 - Jackie Belote Ward ('63) of VA AND Charlie Phillips ('65) of TNAND Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA;
31 - Bill Black ('66) of GA AND Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC AND Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC;
01 - Paul Dobie ('66) of CO!
|Many Happy Returns to You All!|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|January 25, 1942 -
Thailand declared war on the
United States and
January 25, 1945 - The Battle of the Bulge ended.
THIS DAY IN 1969:January 25, 1969 - Brazilian Army captain Carlos Lamarca deserted in order to fight against the military dictatorship, taking with him ten machine guns and 63 rifles.
January 25, 1969 - Volleyball player and head coach of the Russia's National Women Volleyball Team, Sergei Ovchinnikov, was born Sergei Anatolyevich Ovchinnikov (Серге́й Анатольевич Овчинников) in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. He ended his life on 29 Aug 2012 in Poreč, Croatia, three weeks after the team lost to Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics quarterfinals. He was 43.
must never let the noise of the world overpower and overwhelm that
still, small voice.”
(05 Aug 1922 - 30 May 2015)
Thanks so much, Susan!
From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 01/23/19:
(the drum roll)
So happy to announce that I have accepted the position of Music Director for One-Musical Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center. Yes, the Kimmel Center, the epitome of performance in Philadelphia, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Yes, I am screaming right now. Yes, this is a happy day. Here is a photo of the Kimmel Center.
WOWZERONI-RINI and CONGRATULATIONS, Charis! How wonderful! So delighted to know that at long last you will be Rich and Famous as you so, ahem, richly deserve!
From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 01/23/19 - " House Concert January 26 - Peter Karp with Risa Binder, Jim Callahan, Claire Kelly & Matthew McCloskey":
“Guys like Peter Karp, James Taylor and Bob Dylan embody Americana Blues, and us English guys are inspired by it.” - Mick Taylor, The Rolling Stones
House Concert - Saturday, January 26th - The incredible Peter Karp.
Peter tours all over the world...but he loves to play Nashville at our
house. Last year he put on a fantastic show. Another rare local
performance that you do not want to miss. Also featured is Risa Binder
who toured with Ronnie Milsap (playing at the Ryman on Wednesday night
January 16 - we have tickets) and Risa was recently featured on
Nashville Today. Joining them will be Jim Callahan and Claire Kelly
along with Matthew McCloskey.
Doors open at 6 PM - Music Starts at 7 PM
Potluck - BYOB - Donate $20 @ Z Door