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02/16/19 - NNHS Newsletter -
Stupid Cupid

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day.
When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind
is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”

- Author Unknown
 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme has become an annual event for us on this day.

BONUS #1 - Stupid Cupid - Neil Sedaka

BONUS #2 - Stupid Cupid - Connie Francis, 1958

BONUS #3 - Stupid Cupid Arcade Game


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stupid_Cupid:    

"Stupid Cupid" is a song written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka which became a hit for Connie Francis in 1958.

In the spring of 1958 Francis had hit #4 with her breakout hit, a rock ballad version of the standard "Who's Sorry Now?". The similarly-styled follow-up"I'm Sorry I Made You Cry" had barely reached the Top 40 and Francis recalls: "I knew I had to come up with a hit on the third record. It was crucial. I listened to every publisher's song in New York, but nothing was hitting me."[1] Eventually Don Kirshner of Aldon Music had Greenfield and Sedaka, who were staff writers for Aldon, visit Francis at her home to pitch their songs; after listening to a number of ballads—which both Francis and her visitor Bobby Darin felt were too sophisticated to appeal to the teen market—Francis asked if the songwriters had "something a little more lively" and Greenfield asked Sedaka to play "Stupid Cupid", an uptempo number intended for the Shepherd Sisters. Sedaka objected that Francis, a "classy lady", would be insulted to be pitched such a puerile song; but Greenfield dismissed Sedaka's objection, saying, "What have we got to lose, she hates everything we wrote, doesn't she? Play it already!" After hearing only a few lines Francis recalls: "I started jumping up and down and I said, 'That's it! You guys got my next record!'"[2]

Francis cut "Stupid Cupid" on 18 June 1958 at Metropolitan Studio (NYC); LeRoy Holmes conducted the orchestra while Morty Kraft produced the session. Noteworthy in the recording is the uncredited bass guitar work; a complex and energetic riff that has survived the decades and has proven to be one of early rock and roll's best recorded bass guitar sessions. A version of "Carolina Moon" recorded at Metropolitan Studio that 9 June with Kraft producing and Joe Lipman conducting was utilized as the B-side. "Stupid Cupid" provided a reasonably strong comeback vehicle for Francis reaching the Top 15 that August with a Billboard Hot 100 peak of #14. Francis would have to wait until 1959 to make her return to the Top 10 via "My Happiness"...


  THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 -   The late Bill Sawyer ('57) (d. 05/16/06) AND  Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC;

19 -   Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND Sandra Smith Overby ('63) AND   Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA;

20 -  Bobby Callis ('64) of WV;

22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Janice Clark Palmer ('63) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID;

23 - Richard Prince ('57) AND Tommy Payne ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html


THIS DAY IN WWII:

February 16, 1940 - Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark was boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners were freed. 

February 16, 1943 - Red Army troops re-entered Kharkov.

February 16, 1943 - Insertion of Operation Gunnerside, Norway.

February 16, 1945 - American forces landed on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.


THIS DAY IN 1969:

February 16, 1969 - Absolutely nothing interesting happened anywhere in the world - or so it would seem.


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/15/15:

“Be grateful to people in your lives who love you enough to correct you.”

- Neal A. Maxwell
(06 July 1926 - 21 July 2004)

   Thanks, Susan!


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/16/18:

   Thank you, Joan!
 
 


 From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 02/14/19 - "House Concert - Sat., March 2, 2019 - 3-Time Grammy Winner 'Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnake Band'":

Always a packed house when Tom and the boys play. Tom's a "Rocker". He just won his 3rd Grammy. Writes and produces all of Buddy Guy's Music.... Joining Tom again this year is "Sarachel" Sara & Rachel Hambridge and our resident songwriter Brandon Will who we feature on a monthly basis.

re-post from THE PRODUCER'S CHAIR - Tom Hambridge ......NOW A 3 TIME GRAMMY WINNER
Believe it or not, since my last interview with Tom Hambridge in 2014, Tom has produced 17 more albums, received 27 award nominations, six of which he won, played drums and/or sang on 19 other artist's albums, made numerous TV appearances, toured extensively and now, he's about to release his 7th solo album THE NOLA SESSIONS...In 2016 alone, Hambridge added another 93 cuts, to his songwriting discography which already boasts the likes of Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Quinn Sullivan, Keb' Mo', Eric Burdon, Delbert McClinton, Johnny Winter, Colin Linden, ZZ Top, BB King, Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, Kenny Neal, Shemekia Copeland, Van Zant, T. Graham Brown, The Outlaws, Jack Ingram, Taylor Hicks, Rascal Flatts, Joe Nichols, Chris Young, Gretchen Wilson, Danny Gokey, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lee Roy Parnell, Pat Green, Hank Williams Jr., Montgomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins, Ronnie Dunn and the list goes on...and on, including Keith Anderson's song 'Every Time I Hear Your Name' co-written by Hambridge and Jeffrey Steele, which won a 2007 ASCAP Country Music Song Award.

Brandon’s talent as a singer/songwriter and musician, along with his heartfelt vocals and his ability to connect with his audience, breathe soul into his music. “I have a great love and appreciation for the roots of country music. We all owe such a huge debt to those that have gone before us,” says Brandon. “I believe that those folks expect us to pick the ball up and move it on down the field, just as they did. That’s what I’m all about.”
 
  Come early and get a good seat...Doors open at 6 PM.....music starts at 7:30 with Brandon, followed by Sarachel and then Tom and The Rattlesnakes.

Potluck, BYOB, Donate $20 @ Z Door!

Terry G. Seay - Terry.Seay@itsallaboutZmusic.com
Songwriter House Concerts Since 2009
www.itsallaboutZmusic.com 
Mobile # 703.628.4657

   Thanks, Terry! Y'all have fun! 

 
 


 From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of GA - 02/14/19:

   Thanks, Jane!
 
 
 


“Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan
1974)


From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 01/25/19 - "A little clean humor (#16 in a Series of 20)":
 

    Thanks, Dearest Billy!
 
 


BONUS CUPID CROSS STITCH PATTERN:

Cupid Cross Stitch Chart


BONUS CUPID KNIT PATTERN:

Cupid Wash Cloth - Not free, but $3.00 for instant download


BONUS CUPID RECIPES:

Cupid’s Breadsticks - "This easy dish sends a playful message to your sweetie."

Cupid’s Arrow Cupcakes - "I was in the mood to make some red velvet cupcakes this weekend. Red velvet cake is so pretty on it’s own, you really don’t need to do much to decorate it. A luscious cream cheese frosting works just fine most of the time."


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 02/15/19:

A counselor was helping his kids put their stuff away on their first morning in summer camp. He was surprised to see one of the youngsters had an umbrella.

The counselor asked, "Why did you bring an umbrella to camp?"

The kid answered, "Did you ever have a mother?


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 -The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/08/19

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



   Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol
 

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."

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Stupid Cupid

Written by Howard Greenfield (15 Mar 1936 – 04 Mar 1986) and Neil Sedaka (b. 13 Mar 1939)

Recorded by Connie Francis (b. 12 Nov 1938), 1958
 

Stupid Cupid, you're a real mean guy
I'd like to clip your wings so you can't fly
I'm in love and it's a crying shame
And I know that you're the one to blame
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me

I can't do my homework and I can't think straight
I meet him every morning 'bout half past eight
I'm acting like a lovesick fool
You've even got me carrying his books to school
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me

You mixed me up for good right from the very start
Hey now, go play Robin Hood with somebody else's heart

You got me jumping like a crazy clown
And I don't feature what you're putting down
Well, since I kissed his loving lips of wine
The thing that bothers me is that I like it fine
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me

You got me jumping like a crazy clown
And I don't feature what you're putting down
Well, since I kissed his loving lips of wine
The thing that bothers me is that I like it fine
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me

Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me


"Stupid Cupid" midi courtesy of http://www.garyrog.50megs.com/ at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/13/10
Thanks, Dave!

"Stupid Cupid" lyrics courtesy of http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/c/conniefrancis5974/stupidcupid505749.html - 02/16/10

Anti-Valentine Day title clip art courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/14/10
GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!

Rose Cupids Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 03/29/05

Animated Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated USMC 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 Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of http://www.gagirl.com/graphics/graphics.html - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)

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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