01/31/18 - NNHS Newsletter -
Johnny B. Goode
If people are good only because they fear punishment,
Friends and Schoolmates,
Does this song make your feet wanna get up and dance, or what?!?
BONUS - Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
|"Johnny B. Goode" is a 1958
rock and roll song written and originally performed by
Chuck Berry. The song was a major hit among both black and white
audiences peaking at #2 on
Hot R&B Sides chart and #8 on the
Billboard Hot 100.
The song is one of Berry's most famous recordings, has been covered by many artists, and has received several honors and accolades. It is also considered to be one of the most recognizable songs in music history.
Written by Berry in 1955, the song is about a poor country boy who plays a guitar "just like ringing a bell," and who might one day have his "name in lights."  Berry has acknowledged that the song is partly autobiographical, and originally had "colored boy" in the lyrics, but he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play. The title is suggestive that the guitar player is good, and hints at autobiographic elements because Berry was born at 2520 Goode Avenue in St. Louis. The song was initially inspired by Berry's piano player, Johnnie Johnson, though developed into a song mainly about Berry himself. Though Johnnie Johnson played on many other Chuck Berry songs, it was Lafayette Leake who played piano on this song.
The opening guitar riff on "Johnny B. Goode" is essentially a note-for-note copy of the opening single-note solo on Louis Jordan's "Ain't That Just Like a Woman" (1946), played by guitarist Carl Hogan.
Berry has written thirty more songs involving the character Johnny B. Goode, "Bye Bye Johnny", "Go Go Go", and "Johnny B. Blues"; and titled an album, and the nearly 19 min instrumental title track from it, as "Concerto in B. Goode".
Happy Birthday today to Bill Black ('66) of GA AND Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC AND Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC! John Patterson ('59) of TN AND Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC;
03 - Maynard Thweatt ('57) AND Phyllis Sweeney Snyder ('63) of TN;
04 - John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Inez Clemmons Bruce ('63) AND the late Ronnie Sanders ('65) (deceased - 10/08/06);
05 - The late Dickie Krause ('57) (deceased - 12/27/99) AND Stephanie Spritzer Gellman ('63) of CT AND the late Charles Braslow ('65) (deceased - 08/28/15) AND Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;
Many Happy Returns to you all!
January 31, 1918 - A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night led to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.
THIS DAY IN WWII:
January 31, 1942 - Allied forces were defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya and retreat to the island of Singapore.
THIS DAY IN 1968:
January 31, 1968 -
Cong guerrillas attacked the United States embassy in
Saigon, and other attacks, in the early morning hours, later grouped
together as the
Wednesday, January 31, 1968 - Nauru gained independence from Australia.
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 01/30/16:
|In the end, the
number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number
of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2008
(b. 06 Nov 1940)
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA -
|Thank you, Joan!|
From My Friend, Ashley, of AZ - 01/30/15 - "Super Bowl":
For the rest of y'all, here are some details:
From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ, Sonoran Pronghorn Recovery Coordinator at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - 01/30/18 - "Morning treat!":
WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much, Jim! I was hoping you'd capture some nice images of this, and BOY HOWDY, did you!
From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 01/25/18:
|Don't improve it
into a flop!
BONUS RETRO CROCHET PATTERN:
|Linda Permann's Retro Stripes Hat|
BONUS RETRO KNIT PATTERNS:
|Free Vintage Knitting - "Free Vintage Knitting has over 1000 vintage knit patterns which have passed into the public domain. Each pattern has been hand-restored and published here for free to use for any purpose."|
BONUS BE GOOD RECIPES:
GoodFood Healthy Recipes - "24 recipes packed with the good stuff to get you feeling great."
From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 01/30/11:
I've seen two shows recently on female mid-life that went on and on about how mid-life is a GREAT time for women. Just last week Oprah had a whole show on how great menopause will be...
Puh-leeeeeeze! I've had a few thoughts of my own and would like to share them with you. Whether you girls are pushing 40 or 50, (or just pushing your luck), you'll probably relate.
Mid-life is when the growth of hair on our legs slows down. This gives us plenty of time to care for our newly acquired mustache.
In mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wingspans.
We are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag.
Mid-life is when you are standing naked, feel something rub against the back of your thighs and realize that it's just your soggy butt.
Mid-life is when you go for a mammogram and realize that it is the only time someone will ask you to appear topless on film.
Mid-life is when you want to grab every firm 'young lovely' in a tube top and scream, "Listen honey, even the Roman Empire fell, and those will too!"
Mid-life brings with it the wisdom to know that life throws us curves... and we're sitting on our biggest ones.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Love to all, Carol
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Johnny B. Goode
Written and Recorded by Chuck Berry (18 Oct 1926 - 18 Mar 2017), 1958
Deep down in Louisiana, close to New Orleans,
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens,
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well?
But he could play the guitar just like a ringin' a bell.
Go! Go! Go, Johnny, go! go!
Go, Johnny, go! go!
Go, Johnny, go! go!
Go, Johnny, go! go! Johnny B. Goode
He used to carry his guitar in a gunnysack,
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track.
Old engineers would see him sittin' in the shade,
Strummin' with the rhythm that the drivers made.
When people passed him by they would stop and say,
'Oh, my but that little country boy could play'
His mother told him, 'someday you will be a man,
You will be the leader of a big ol' band.
Many people comin' from miles around
Will hear you play your music when the sun go down.
Maybe someday your name'll be in lights,
Sayin' 'Johnny B. Goode tonight''
midi courtesy of http://www.hamienet.com
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave! This MIDI is WAAAY cool!
lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!
Twirling Guitar clip art courtesy of http://www.cliphoto.com/index0.htm 01/27/05
Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 08/28/08
Twirling Treble Clef clip art courtesy of
http://www.cliphoto.com/index0.htm - 01/23/05
Animated Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA -
J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of http://www.henrico.k12.va.us/hs/tucker/resources/about.htm - 11/12/07
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16
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