06/07/19 - NNHS Newsletter -
When You Say Nothing at All
“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter theme song has three primary versions - all of which I've saved for your viewing - but my own favorite is Alison's:
BONUS #1 - When You Say Nothing At All - Keith Whitley, 1988, with lyrics
BONUS #2 - When You Say Nothing At All - Alison Krauss, 1995
BONUS #3 - When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating, 1999
|"When You Say Nothing at All" is a
country song written by
Paul Overstreet and
Don Schlitz. It is among the best-known hit songs for three
Keith Whitley, who took it to the top of the
Hot Country Singles chart on December 24, 1988;
Alison Krauss, whose version became her first solo top-10 country
hit in 1995; and Irish pop singer
Ronan Keating, whose version was his first solo single and a
chart-topper in the United Kingdom in 1999.
Overstreet and Schlitz came up with "When You Say Nothing at All" at the end of an otherwise unproductive day. Strumming a guitar, trying to write their next song, they were coming up empty. "As we tried to find another way to say nothing, we came up with the song," Overstreet later told author Ace Collins. They thought the song was OK, but nothing special. When Keith Whitley heard it, he loved it, and was not going to let it get away. Earlier, he had recorded another Overstreet-Schlitz composition that became a No. 1 hit for another artist - Randy Travis' "On the Other Hand." Whitley did not plan to let "When You Say Nothing at All" meet the same fate.
RCA released "When You Say Nothing at All" as the follow-up single to the title song of Whitley's Don't Close Your Eyes album. The former song already had hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, his first chart-topper after three prior singles made the top 10. "When You Say Nothing at All" entered the Hot Country Singles chart on September 17, 1988, at No. 61, and gradually rose to the top, where it stayed for two weeks at the end of the year. It was the second of five consecutive chart-topping singles for Whitley, who did not live to see the last two, as he died on May 9, 1989 of alcohol poisoning. "Keith did a great job singin' that song," co-composer Schlitz told author Tom Roland. "He truly sang it from the heart." In 2004, Whitley's original was ranked 12th among CMT's 100 Greatest Love Songs. It was sung by Sara Evans on the show.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Fred Field (June '45) of CA AND the late Al Simms ('60) (d. 08/11/16) AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
10 - Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND the late Eileen Casey Sparkman (Ferguson HS - '68) (d. 08/16/11);
11 - Joan Warren Smith ('63) AND Butch Corson ('63) of Northern VA;
12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57);The United States Army - 1775 AND the late Rosalee Will Jecmenek ('65) (d. 20 July 2013) AND Cindy _____ Konstant of VA (Wife of George Konstant - '65 of VA) AND Linda McKenna Sivilich of PA AND My Grandson, Buckley Harty of CA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|June 07, 1919 - Sette Giugno: Nationalist riots broke out in Valletta, the capital of Malta. British soldiers fired into the crowd, killing four people.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|June 07, 1942
Battle of Midway ended in American victory.
June 07, 1944 - The steamer Danae, carrying 350
Jews and 250 Cretan partisans, was sunk without survivors off the shore
THIS DAY IN 1964:
Sunday, June 07, 1964 - The Newport News High School Class of 1964 was graduated.
THIS DAY IN 1969:
|June 07, 1969 - Absolutely nothing happened on this day anywhere in the world.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 06/03/15:
“Try a little harder to be a little better.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/07/19:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 06/06/19, 12:41 PM:
Thank you so much, Jean!
From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA -