02/16/19 - NNHS Newsletter
don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day.
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
|"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." 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!'"
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!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
February 16, 1940 -
Altmark Incident: The
German tanker Altmark was boarded by sailors from the
HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners were freed.
February 16, 1943 - Insertion of Operation Gunnerside, Norway.
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
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
Mobile # 703.628.4657
Thanks, Terry! Y'all have fun!
From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of GA - 02/14/19:
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:|
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/08/19
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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