10/11/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Sail On Sailor
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable."
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Loving the nautical themes?
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdDtOOJgTzc - Sail On Sailor - The Beach Boys, 1973
|"Sail On, Sailor" was the final
recorded for the 1973
Beach Boys album
Holland. The song was written by
Jack Rieley, and
Van Dyke Parks.
It was released as a single in 1973, backed with "Only with You." However, the single only reached #79 on the singles charts. "Sail On, Sailor"/"Only with You" was re-released in 1975, and ended up charting higher, at #49.
When the Beach Boys submitted the original version of Holland to Warner Brothers in October 1972, the album was rejected by the company for lacking a potential hit single. After discussion among Warner executives, an associate, Van Dyke Parks, said that he had a tape of a song that he had co-written with Brian Wilson entitled "Sail On, Sailor." Warner then told the Beach Boys to drop what the company perceived as the weakest track, "We Got Love," and replace it with the Wilson-Parks tune. The song eventually featured contributions (some dating back from 1971) from Ray Kennedy and Tandyn Almer, and underwent some lyrical revision from Beach Boys manager Jack Rieley.
Parks explains the writing:
Brian Wilson has said of the track:
However, Parks has insisted that the song was not really worked on by Wilson, but rather that Wilson gave him a few chords with a small melody. Parks states that part of the reason it was so heavily stressed to be a mostly Wilson composition (indeed, Parks had to sue to gain any credits at all) is because Warner Brothers had demanded Wilson return to writing music and to the front of the band—something Wilson was not willing to do.
Parks later describes his contributions further:
Vocals for "Sail On, Sailor" were recorded in late October 1972, some time after the Beach Boys had left Holland. However, Brian Wilson was not involved at all with the song's recording sessions, leaving the basic track to be recorded by Brian's brother Carl and ex-Flame and then-Beach Boys members Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin. The lead vocal was first attempted by Dennis Wilson, who sang the vocal once before leaving to go surfing. Carl was the next to attempt a vocal, but he then suggested that Chaplin make an attempt. After two takes, Carl decided that Chaplin's vocal would feature as the lead...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Polly Norris Davis ('65) of VA AND Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA AND Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ann Sears ('63) AND Charlotte Spade Wilkins (Warwick HS - '65) of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
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;
14 - Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA AND Liz Breeden ('61) of VA AND My Granddaughter, Eme Harty of TX;
15 - Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA;
17 - Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57);
18 - Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA AND Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA AND the late Kathy Agee Glenny ('64) (deceased 06/03/06)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
October 11, 1941 - The beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia.
October 11, 1942 -
Battle of Cape Esperance – On the northwest coast of
United States Navy ships intercepted and defeated a
Japanese fleet on
their way to reinforce troops on the island.
October 11, 1944 - The Tuvinian People's Republic or formerly Tannu Tuva was annexed by the U.S.S.R
THIS DAY IN 1963:
|Friday, October 11, 1963 -
Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein ( فيصل بن حسين) was born in
Friday, October 11, 1963 - Author, poet, and playwright Jean Cocteau (b. Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau on 05 July 1889 in Maisons-Laffitte, France) died of a heart attack at his chateau in Milly-la-Foret, France at the age of 74.
Friday, October 11, 1963 - Singer-songwriter and actress Édith Piaf (b. Édith Giovanna Gassion on 19 Dec 1915 in Belleville, Paris, France) died of liver cancer at the age 47 at her villa in Plascassier (Grasse), on the French Riviera.
From Me ('65) of NC - 10/10/13 - "Drink More Water":
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/25/13 - "Your Laugh for Today (#12 in a series of 15)":
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sail On Sailor
Recorded by The Beach
"Sail On Sailor" midi courtesy of
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah
Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
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
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Laughing Frog courtesy of
('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon
('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06