02/16/20 - 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 1970:
|February 16, 1970 - Footballer and manager Angelo Peruzzi was born in Blera, Viterbo, Italy.|
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 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 01/18/20
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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