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Blue Suede Shoes
“NO! WAIT! My shoes are in there!!!”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter theme repeats on this same day every year that it's possible.
BONUS #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRNyvO4QouY - Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins, May 26, 1956 on The Perry Como Show
BONUS #2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Ond-OwgU8 - Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
"Blue Suede Shoes" is a rock and roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. The 12-bar blues is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time.
Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes." Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes. Carl replied, "I don't know anything about shoes. How can I write a song about shoes?"
When Perkins played a dance on December 4, 1955, he noticed a couple dancing near the stage. The girl was gorgeous, he thought, and the boy wore blue suede shoes. As they danced the boy cautioned his date "don't step on my suedes." Perkins was bewildered that a guy would value shoes over a beautiful girl.
Perkins began working on a song based on that incident. His first thought was to frame it with a nursery rhyme. He considered, and quickly discarded "Little Jack Horner..." and "See a spider going up the wall...". Then settled on "One for the money..." Leaving his bed and working with his Les Paul guitar, he started with an A chord. After playing five chords while singing "Well, it's one for the money... Two for the show... Three to get ready... Now go, man, go!" and broke into a boogie rhythm. He quickly grabbed a brown paper potato sack and wrote the song down, writing the title out as "Blue Swade, S-W-A-D-E". "I couldn't even spell it right," he later said. According to Perkins, "On December 17, 1955, I wrote "Blue Suede Shoes"." I recorded it on December 19." Producer Sam Phillips suggested that Perkins's line "go boy go" be changed to "go cat go".
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Charles Allen ('57)
Pam Russell Hanzlik ('63) of NC
My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John
Marshall HS - '64) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
27 - Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ;
28 - The late Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09);
29 - Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND the late Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (deceased 09/17/08);
30 - Me ('65) of NC AND Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|August 23, 1939 -
Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty, the
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the
were divided between the two nations.
August 23, 1940 - The first Germany air raids on Central London took place.
August 23, 1941 - Adolf Hitler officially suspended Aktion T4 (the Nazi euthanasia program). The program accounted for nearly 100,000 deaths by this time. The program continued quietly until the demise of the Nazi regime in 1945 and even beyond, during which physicians killed thousands of people specified in Hitler's secret memo of September 1, 1939 as suffering patients "judged incurably sick, by critical medical examination", but described in a denunciation of the program by Cardinal Galen as long-term inmates of mental asylums "who may appear incurable".
August 23, 1942 - Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.
August 23, 1943 - Kharkov was liberated.
August 23, 1944 - Marseille was liberated by Allied troops.
August 23, 1944 - King Michael of Romania dismissed the pro-Nazi government of General Antonescu, who was arrested. Romania switched sides from the Axis to the Allies.Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescue was dismissed. Soon after the country would abandon the Axis and join the Allies.
THIS DAY IN 1967:
Wednesday, August 23, 1967 - Race car driver Georges Berger (b. 14 Sept 1918 in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, near Brussels, Belgium) was killed racing a Porsche 911 in the 1967 84-hour Marathon de la Route at Nürburgring. Nürburgring, Germany at the 48.
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 08/21/15:
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 08/02/17:
From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA - 08/22/17:
BONUS BLUE SUEDE CROCHET PATTERN:
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/ipad-cozy - Blue Suede iPad Cozy - "Protect your iPad® from dings and scratches by crocheting this quick and easy cover. With over a hundred colors in RED HEART® Super Saver®, you can choose your favorite to personalize it further!"
BONUS BLUE SUEDE CAKE RECIPES:
From www.ajokeaday.com - 08/22/17:
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
Written and recorded by
"Blue Suede Shoes" midi (Carl Perkins ... not Elvis) courtesy of
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)
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 Laughing Cat courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
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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