04/15/20 - NNHS Newsletter -
tried to block out the memories of the past, even though
- Sophia Loren
Friends and Schoolmates,
Nat King Cole was singing to me again last night. As always, he made it seem so very effortless - just like this.
BONUS - Stardust - Nat King Cole
|"Stardust" is an American
popular song composed in 1927 by
Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added in 1929 by
Mitchell Parish. Carmichael first recorded the song, originally
titled "Star Dust", at the
Gennett Records studio in
Richmond, Indiana. The song, "a song about a song about love",
played in an idiosyncratic melody in medium tempo, became an
American standard, and is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th
century, with over 1,500 total recordings.
In 2004, Carmichael's original 1927 recording of the song was one of 50
recordings chosen by the
Library of Congress to be added to the
National Recording Registry. "Stardust" is considered by many the
finest song ever written.
According to Carmichael, the inspiration for "Stardust" (the song's original title was "Star Dust", which has long been compounded into "Stardust") came to him while he was on the campus of his alma mater, Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. He began whistling the tune, then rushed to the Book Nook, a popular student hangout, and started composing. He worked to refine the melody over the course of the next several months, likely in Bloomington or Indianapolis (sources cite various locations, and Carmichael himself liked to embellish the facts about the song's origins). "Stardust" was first recorded in Richmond, Indiana, for Gennett Records (Gennett 6311) by Carmichael, with Emil Seidel and his Orchestra and the Dorsey brothers as "Hoagy Carmichael and His Pals," on October 31, 1927, as a peppy (but mid-tempo) jazz instrumental. Carmichael said he was inspired by the types of improvisations made by Bix Beiderbecke. The tune at first attracted only moderate attention, mostly from fellow musicians, a few of whom (including Don Redman) recorded their own versions of Carmichael's tune. (The Redman arrangement was issued on OKeh as by The Chocolate Dandies, but was in reality the moonlighting McKinney's Cotton Pickers who were exclusive Victor recording artists.)
Mitchell Parish wrote lyrics for the song, based on his own and Carmichael's ideas, which were published in 1929. A slower version had been recorded in October 1928, but the real transformation came on May 16, 1930, when bandleader Isham Jones recorded it as a sentimental ballad. “Stardust” is a 32-bar melody with a slightly unusual ABAC structure. It is preceded by a 16-bar verse (which some performers omit). The verse and chorus have the same final cadence, though other than that they are musically distinct...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to George Helliesen ('61) of VA AND Linda Bowen Uplinger ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
17 - David Jones ('57);
18 - The late Monty Phillips ('62) (d. 15 Apr 2011) AND Bill Wolfley ('70) of VA!21 - Betsy Turner Bateman ('70) of VA AND My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - Boy with Best Personality in the Class of 1990) of OK;
22 - Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57) AND Gene Shelton ('64) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
April 15, 1920 - Two security guards were murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy.
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 04/15/18:
('65) of NC -
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/19/20, 4:22 AM - "Beautiful Peacocks" (#15 in a Series of 15):
BONUS STARDUST CROCHET PATTERN:
BONUS STARDUST KNIT PATTERN:
BONUS STARDUST RECIPE:
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 04/14/18: