11/17/15 - NNHS Newsletter - I Say a Little Prayer
one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil;
- Guy H. King
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Here's a nice peaceful golden oldie for you. I don't know about you, but I myself could do with a few peaceful feelings right about now.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kafVkPxjLYg - I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick, 1967
|"I Say a Little Prayer" (sometimes erroneously rendered as "I
Say a Little Prayer for You") is a song
Burt Bacharach and
Dionne Warwick, originally peaking at number four on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in December 1967.
Intended by lyricist Hal David to convey a woman's concern for her beau who's serving in Vietnam, "I Say a Little Prayer" was recorded by Dionne Warwick in a 9 April 1966 session. Although Bacharach's recordings with Warwick typically took no more than three takes (often only taking one), Bacharach did ten takes on "I Say a Little Prayer" and still disliked the completed track feeling it rushed. The track went unreleased until September 1967 when it was introduced on the album The Windows of the World which largely consisted of older material; it was Scepter Records owner Florence Greenberg rather than Bacharach who wanted "I Say a Little Prayer" added to that album.  from which it had a single release in October 1967 as the intended B-side of the newly recorded track "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls": however the brisk sound of "I Say a Little Prayer" which Bacharach disliked proved to be the comeback sound for Warwick as "I Say a Little Prayer" became the original favored side reaching #4 that December on the Billboard Hot 100 - Warwick's first Top Ten appearance since "Message to Michael" in the spring of 1966 - and also #8 on the Billboard R & B Chart and #4 on the Canadian Charts. "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" would become a hit subsequent to the success of "I Say a Little Prayer" reaching #2 in February 1968: Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer"/"(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" single would receive gold certification from the RIAA for sales of a million units becoming the only certified gold single of the first phase of Warwick's career.
"I Say a Little Prayer" b/w "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls", became one of the most successful double-sided hits of the Rock era. Like several Bacharach compositions, both sides contains passages written in unusual time signatures. The verses of "Prayer" are constructed of 2 successive measures of 4/4, a measure of 10/4 (using 4/4 + 2/4 + 4/4), and 2 final measures of 4/4. The chorus is in 11/4 (using 4/4 + 3/4 + 4/4).
"Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today
to Ronald Creech ('57) AND
Wayne Gaskill ('63)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 -June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND The late Rose Woodard Groff ('65) (deceased 10/14/84);
23 - Sandra Ray ('61) of VA ANDJohn Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10);
24 - Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
November 17, 1939
November 17, 1939 - NineCzech students were executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations prompted by the death of Jan Opletal. In addition, all Czech universities were shut down and over 1200 Czech students sent to concentration camps. Since this event, International Students' Day is celebrated in many countries, especially in the Czech Republic.
November 17, 1941 - Joseph C. Grew, U.S. ambassador to Japan, cabled the U.S. State Department that he had heard that Japan had prepared a plan to attempt a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. The attack was "planned, in the event of trouble with the United States."
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Wednesday, November 17, 1965 - Violinist and composer (The
Amanda Brown was born Amanda Gabrielle Brown in Australia.
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/16/15 - "Gratitude":