10/06/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
“Yeah, that's it, beep the horn twice. Cover your back. Boy, I'm ready:
- Roger Rabbit, 1988
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter theme was suggested by an oldies station I heard yesterday. No midi file was available to attach, but I think you'll enjoy the Bonuses:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4W7oZBhAJg - Beep Beep - The Playmates
BONUS #2 - http://www.rockremembers.com/2010/07/beep-beep-playmates-1958-top-40.html - What's That Song About?
|"Beep Beep" is a song by
The Playmates. The song describes a duel between the drivers of a
Cadillac and a
Nash Rambler on the road.
The song was on the Billboard Top 40 charts for twelve weeks, and peaked at #20. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Concurrently with this song, American Motors (AMC) was setting production and sales records for the Rambler models.
Because of a directive by the BBC that songs not include brand names in their lyrics, a version of "Beep Beep" was recorded for the European market replacing the Cadillac and Nash Rambler with the generic terms limousine and bubble car.
|The Playmates were a late 1950s
vocal group, led by the
Chic Hetti (born Carl Cicchetti, 26 February 1930),
Donny Conn (born Donald Claps, 29 March 1930); and
Morey Carr (born 31 July 1932), all from
The Playmates Donald Claps aka Donny Conn drummer and lyricist Carl Cicchetti aka Chic Hetti pianist music composer and Morey Cohen aka Morey Carr lead vocalist were an instrumental and vocal trio all from Waterbury Connecticut and in the early-1950s at the University of Connecticut, After graduation began touring The USA and Canada small lounges and night clubs in 1952 originally as the "Nitwits" later as the Playmates.
Signed to Roulette Records in 1958 as the label's first vocal group,Anticapting a Calypso craze the group recorded an album called Playmates Visit the West Indies. They then released two notable top 40 singles — "Jo-Ann" and "Don't Go Home" — before having a surprise #4 hit (July 9, 1958) with the tempo-changing novelty record "Beep, Beep" - which became a regular spin for Dr. Demento.
The "Beep, Beep" song was on the Billboard Top 40 chart for twelve weeks. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Concurrently with this song, American Motors (AMC) was setting production and sales records for the Rambler models. Because of a directive by the BBC that songs do not include brand names in its lyrics, a version of "Beep Beep" was recorded for the European market replacing the Cadillac and Nash Rambler with the generic terms limousine and bubble car.
They followed up with a chart listing single in 1959 with "What Is Love" and then again in 1960 with "Wait For Me". After four albums for Roulette, the novelty group — which was known for its between-song comedy and banter as much for its repertoire — broke up in 1965.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Nancy McCormick Nicholson ('57) AND Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ellen Anas Smith ('57) ANDDale Parsons ('69) of HA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
08 - Tippy Rowe ('57) AND Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA AND Richard Cantor ('65) of KY;
09 - Norma Wilson Mitchell ('57) AND Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA AND Marsha Leak Garrett ('63);
11 - Polly Norris Davis ('65) of VA AND Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA;
12 - Ann Sears ('63) AND Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC;
13 - The United States Navy - 1775 AND Kenny Bransford ('63) AND Larry Cutler ('64) of VA AND Pattie Hilsdon Reisinger ('66) of CO AND My #1 Son, Lewis Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '89) of IL!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:October 06, 1939 - Germany's invasion of Poland ended with the surrender of Polesia army after the Battle of Kock
October 06, 1939 - Adolf Hitler denied any intention to
wage war against Britain and France in an address to Reichstag.
October 06, 1942 - The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal began as United States Marine Corps forces attacked Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
October 06, 1944 - Former French premier and Vichy
collaborator Pierre Laval tried to kill himself on the day he was to be
executed for treason. A physician saved Laval from the cyanide he had
taken. Laval was executed a little less than two weeks later.
October 06, 1949 - Iva Toguri D'Aquino was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for war crimes. The conviction was for being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose."
October 06, 1949 - U.S. president Harry Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act. The act provided $1.3 billion in the form of military aid to NATO countries.
THIS DAY IN 1963:
|Sunday, October 06, 1963 - Actress Elisabeth Shue was born Elisabeth Judson Shue in Wilmington, Delaware.|
From The Best Student in the Class of 1960, Pete Hoyle of VA - 10/05/13 - "Reading the credits":
|Hi Carol --
I really enjoyed the
that featured "Hi-Lili Hi-Lo", a song I've loved for years (actually,
decades), but hadn't heard recently. You can tell it brought back
memories for me. I first was aware of the story of the innocent girl in
love with the puppets and (unfortunately) the bitter puppeteer through
the Broadway musical, "Carnival"; I never saw it, but loved the LP. It
featured the love-song, "Love Makes the World Go Round". Reading the
credits on the Album cover, I discovered it was based on the earlier
movie, "Lily". When that came around, I made a point to see it, and
that's where I first learned where "Hi-Lili Hi-Lo" came from. The movie
was essentially the same story, but without as many different songs.
Again in the credits, I learned that the movie was based on a novel by
Paul Gallico, "The Love of Seven Dolls". I managed to find it in a
library and read it. Again, essentially the same story (with love, of
course, but also a measure of sadness). Although there was no hint of
what it might sound like, during the story there were continuing
references to "a little Breton lullaby", which brought peace to the
loving, lovable (but also sad) heroine of the story.
Thank you so much, Pete! I personally always enjoy knowing the background of songs, movies, books, and people; I'm glad you enjoyed this!
Davis ('65) of VA - 10/05/13 - "Sand
Castles at VA BEACH":|
DATES TO REMEMBER:
"Beep Beep" lyrics courtesy of http://www.rockremembers.com/2010/07/beep-beep-playmates-1958-top-40.html - 10/07/11
"Beep Beep" title clip art courtesy of http://doctorfeelgood.wordpress.com/lolcats/- 10/07/11
Nash Logo used to form Divider Lines courtesy of http://www.cartype.com/pages/450/nash_related_emblems - 10/07/11
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Animated Red Flames courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/mrfire/animations.html - 05/19/08
Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy
of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06