01/25/20 - 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 UT;
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 UT;
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 1970:
January 25, 1970 - Director and producer Eiji Tsuburaya (円谷 英二) (b. Eiichi Tsumuraya [圓谷 英一] on 07 July 1901 in Sukagawa, Fukushima, Japan) died in Itō, Shizuoka, Japan of a heart attack at the age of 68.
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 My Cousin,
Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw
HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65)
of VA - 01/24/20:
|SO SADLY TRUE! Thank you, Jean!|