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“Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I really like this golden oldie...
BONUS #1 - Blue Skies - Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra, 1941 - C'mon, you had to know I'd give Frank star billing!
BONUS #2 - Blue Skies - Betty Hutton, 1945
BONUS #3 - Blue Skies - Ella Fitzgerald
BONUS #4 - Blue Skies - Jim Reeves
BONUS #5 - Blue Skies - Willie Nelson
Written after his first daughter's birth as a song just for her. In it he distilled his feelings about being married and a father for the first time: "Blue days, all of them gone; nothing but blue skies, from now on." #1 for Ben Selvin with five other hits in 1927 besides being the first song performed by Al Jolson in the first feature sound film, "The Jazz Singer," that same year. In 1946 it returned to the top 10 on the charts with Count Basie and Benny Goodman. In 1978, Willie Nelson made the song a #1 country hit—52 years after it was written.
|"Blue Skies" is a
song that was written by
Irving Berlin in 1926.
The song was composed in 1926 as a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. Although the show ran for 39 performances only, "Blue Skies" was an instant success, with audiences on opening night demanding 24 encores of the piece from star Belle Baker. During the final repetition, Ms. Baker forgot her lyrics, prompting Berlin to sing them from his seat in the front row.
In 1927, the music was published and Ben Selvin's recorded version was a #1 hit. That same year, it became one of the first songs to be featured in a talkie, when Al Jolson performed it in The Jazz Singer. Another version of the song was recorded by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra in 1935 [Victor Scroll 25136]. 1946 was also a notable year for the song, with a Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film taking its title along with two recorded versions by Count Basie and Benny Goodman reaching #8 and #9 on the pop charts, respectively. Crossing genres, Willie Nelson's recording of "Blue Skies" was a #1 country music hit in 1978. It was a major western swing and country standard already in 1939, by Moon Mullican, and in 1962 by Jim Reeves.
"Blue Skies" is one of many popular songs whose lyrics use a "Bluebird of happiness" as a symbol of cheer: "Bluebirds singing a song -- Nothing but bluebirds all day long."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Carole Smith Bennett ('57)
AND Eugene Chapman ('57)
Ruth Ann Reece Horace
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 -Bob Buchan ('61) of VA AND Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA;
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 08/16/15:
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 08/17/18:
From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ - 08/17/17:
|GIGGLES! Thanks, Cousin Jim!|
From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 08/16/18 - "Classic Clip":
|Dragnet Clapper Capper with Jack Webb and Johnny Carson -
WILDEST GIGGLES! Thanks, Mark, I needed that big ol' laugh today!
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 08/13/18:
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH -08/16/18:
“Blood may be thicker than water, but it's certainly not as thick as
ketchup. Nor does it go as well with French fries.”
(b. 05 Mar 1982)
From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/08/19, 12:57 PM - "Millenials have now entered the workforce...." (#7 in a series of 16):
BONUS BLUE SKIES CROCHET PATTERN:
Katherine Eng'sBlue Skies Throw - "Add this pretty throw to your bedroom or a favorite chair for reading and relaxing. Use the colors shown or change them for a completely unique look. Each square is joined to previous squares while crocheting the last round, so there is not a lot of seaming."
BONUS BLUE SKIES KNIT PATTERN:
|Blue Skies Cardigan - "You'll have blue skies every day in this Rocky Mountain cardigan... A mountain vista is worked in stranded knitting around the body on a backdrop of single-color stockinette. The embroidered details are added later. The sweater is finished with ribbed buttonbands, a shawl collar, and generous folded-back cuffs..." - not free, but $6.50|
BONUS BLUE SKY RECIPES:
|Blue Sky Recipes|
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
Words and Music by
"Blue Skies" midi courtesy of http://www.freemidi.org/download.html?id_cmp=10414&id=610&Blue+Skies&Willie+Nelson - 08/17/09
"Blue Skies" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/i/irving+berlin/blue+skies_20068097.html - 08/17/09
"iamofdoom's" 2006 Image of "Brilliant Blue Skies with Clouds" courtesy of http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2508211700086883959jzZhlU - 08/17/09
Animated Blue Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars1.html )I think...) - 07/25/09
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty
('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of
(FHS - '72) of NC
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White
Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of http://www.henrico.k12.va.us/hs/tucker/resources/about.htm - 11/12/07
Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 04/06/05
Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA -
Laughing Mouse clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
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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