01/31/20 - 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) (d. 10/08/06);
05 - The late Dickie Krause ('57) (d. 12/27/99) AND Stephanie Spritzer Gellman ('63) of CT AND the late Charles Braslow ('65) (d. 08/28/15) AND Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;
Many Happy Returns to you all!
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 1970:
|January 31, 1970 - Singer-songwriter and actress Minnie Driver was born Amelia Fiona Driver in Marylebone, City of Westminster, London, England.|
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 - 01/31/18:
|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 Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 01/25/18:
|“Don't improve it
into a flop!”
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/22/20, 6:54 AM - "Health Is Wealth (#9 in a Series of 22)":
all try to make 2020 a good health - wealthy year!
OOH! Thank you, Shari!
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 www.ajokeaday.com - 01/29/19:
A first-grade teacher couldn’t believe her student wasn’t
excited about the Super Bowl.
“It’s a huge event. Why aren’t you excited?”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Love to all, Carol
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
THREE WAYS TO DONATE:
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 -
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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