James “Jim, Jimmy” Alexander White, Jr.
? - June 30, 2016
FLORENCE — Mr. James “Jim, Jimmy” Alexander White, Jr., 68, passed away June 30, 2016 at Helen Keller Hospital.
He was born in Huntsville and resided in Florence. He was a graduate of Lee High School, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Syracuse University. He retired from the Redstone Arsenal as the Budget Officer for Army Missile Command. Following his retirement, he was a senior analyst for SAIC and Paradigm Technology. He was an accomplished professional musician who played the trumpet. He also played in Huntsville based bands such as the TIKS, Church Street and the Alabama Blues Brothers.
There was a graveside service at at St. Michael’s Cemetery with Father John O’Donnell, O.S.B. officiating.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Alexander White, Sr; daughter, Samantha Jane Moseley and sister, Debbie White Lewis.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Berrens White; mother, Audrey Robison Strong; stepmother, Connie Lou White; stepson, Bradley Austin McMurtrey; sister, Susan Christine White; and grandchildren, Kyle Benjamin Moseley and Kevin Alexander Moseley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research by calling 1-800-708-7644 or by mailing a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
An online guest book may be viewed and signed at www.greenviewmemorialchapel.com
Lee High Class of 1966
50 Year Reunion Video
Linda Collingsworth Provost
Memphis, TN - Big issue this week, thanks to a handful of classmates who sent me things to publish. I also had stories sent in by Rainer Klauss and Mike Crowl which I hope to share with you next week. I truly appreciate their continued efforts, along with John Drummond to help me fill the site with fun and informative stories. I also appreciate all who email responses for the trivia and other comments vial emails and while not true stories are still informative
A Football Story
Class of 66
First, a comment about Mike Crowl's "Taylor Wright Story" last week.Yes I was a mama's boy and yes all my friends who happened to meet my mom instantly commented on her beauty. We were close as she was only 16 years older than me. However, I reserve the right at a later date to comment on my friend Mike and some of his escapades in high school.
This story happened in the 10th grade during spring football practice with Coach Godsey as the head football coach. Most of you remember coach. He appeared as a stern disciplinarian some of the time,however he was quite the jokester and comical at times.
I took the liberty of missing practice one day to finish a science project that was fast approaching the due date and upon returning the next day I was confronted by him in the locker room as to why I had not been at practice the day before. I told him that I needed to work on my project because I couldn't afford a bad grade. He gave me a serious look and said, "Son, what's more important, science or football?" Of course being politically correct at the time out of fear of running laps I answered "football sir. He replied, "That's right and don't you forget it and don't miss practice again without a credible excuse."
That story has always stuck in my mind and whenever I would run into him from time to time I would remind him of it and he would just give me that sly grin and perhaps a slight twinkle of the eye as he must have remembered many of those stories of times now past.
Meeting Lesley Gore
Your story on Lesley Gore last week reminded me of meeting her about twenty years ago. At that time, I was honored to be President of Nashville Songwriterʼs Association International. Each year we had a Legends Concert featuring songwriters who had achieved great success nationally and internationally. That particular year, as president, I got to introduce the songwriters at the show held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry. It was an awesome show to say the least.
Mac Davis (great guy) sang “In The Ghetto”, Maurice Williams (great guy) sang “Stay”, Peter Yarrow (nice guy) sang “Puff the Magic Dragon” standing alone in the spotlight and it was amazing. Jackson Browne (friendly guy) was also there. Browne had recorded a cover version of “Stay” and was there to sing it with Williams. Richard Carpenter (no comment) of The Carpenters was there as well.
Last but not least was Lesley Gore.
Lesley was very nice, quiet spoken and still sang great. She did “Itʼs My Party and “You Don”t Own Me”. Connie Francis and Lesley Gore were two of my favorite female singers back in the day, Ronstadt would be added to the list a little later. I enjoyed getting to spend some time with all these great songwriter/artists. Mac Davis was, is and will always be a “good ole boy”. At the end of the show, we presented the performers with plaques of appreciation from NSAI. I presented Lesley with hers, got a hug and everybody went home happy. Well, maybe not RC.
P.S. Several years later, I would meet the lady who co-wrote “Judyʼs Turn to Cry”, the sequel to “Itʼs My Party”. Beverly Ross was her name and she wrote another little song you may remember titled “Lollipop."
BTW, this weekʼs song is “I Willl Follow Him” sung by Peggy March and currently in an Apple commercial. I wouldn't mind having the royalties on this one either.
LAST WEEK'S TRIVIA
Besides Jim's correct answer, we also got the following correct response.
Trivia Answer - I Will Follow Him was the title to the song. It was sung by Little Peggy March. I remember listening to it several times, but since it seemed to be more of a "girly song" I didn't care for it all that much. I did enjoy it if I was slow dancing with one of those beautiful girls from LHS though.
I don't know the product that is advertised for it. One reason would be I tend to "mute" all the commercials.
OMG what a coincident. That commercial was just now playing with all the balloons. Holy Molly!!. The Iphone 7!!! Can you believe that. I'm not lying. - Dwight Jones, LHS '64
Little Peggy March
Peggy March (born Margaret Annemarie Battavio, March 8, 1948, Lansdale, Pennsylvania) is an American pop singer. She is primarily known for her 1963 million-selling song "I Will Follow Him". Although she is sometimes remembered as a one-hit wonder, she continued to have success in Europe until the 1970s.
She was discovered at age thirteen singing at her cousin's wedding and was introduced to record producers Hugo & Luigi. They gave her the nickname Little Peggy March because she was only 4 ft 9 in tall, she was only 13, the record she did with them was "Little Me," and her birthday was in March.
On April 24, 1963, her single "I Will Follow Him" soared to number one on the U.S. charts. She recorded the song in early January 1963 and it was released on January 22, when she was only 14. March became the youngest female artist with a number one hit, at 15, in late April 1963, a record that still stands for the Billboard Hot 100.
Here's a video of the original version by "Little" Peggy March on The Perry Como Show.
Published on Jan 22, 2013 - Exactly 50 years ago on January 22nd 1963, "I Will Follow Him" was released by Little Peggy March. She became the youngest ever female at barely 15 to have a US No. 1 Hit. She has held onto this title in the Guinness World Records for an incredible 50 years. To celebrate this iconic song, Peggy went into the studios and recorded a new version complete with a video in honor of her 50 years in show business.
My brother Don (back), my mother, and me and our TV on East Clinton Street.
The Vintage Television
1959 - Part 2
This week's Trivia.
Who are these people and what can you tell us about them?
Lee High School
From Our Mailbox
Subject: Lesley Gore
A little more trivia on Lesley Gore - she was in two TV movies and was a guest star on two television shows, Batman and Murphy Brown. Although not listed I remember her being in a movie in a cameo role to sing a song, one of the beach movies or one where the beach gang went snow skiing.
A little more about the Gulf Coast and hurricanes - after recovering from Betsy, Biloxi and Gulfport got hit by Hurricane Camille which packed winds in excess of 200 mph. While I have been away from that area since 1990, the last I knew that area had not fully recovered.
To add to Tommy's TV trivia there was a Western series with Robert Horton that some may remember called "A Man Called Shenandoah". Mr. Horton sang the opening song and the closing song. The lyrics of the closing song varied each week to be consistent with that week's episode. Mr. Horton had a beautiful baritone voice.
Subject: Last Week's Trivia
Elly Nelson (formerly Ellyn Meekins)
LHS ’64 almost! Dad got transferred a month into senior year
Loved the old TV shows, Tommy. Many of them I never saw, but it was a hoot to see the intros on many that I had forgotten.
As for the next trivia…it’s got to be Brenda Lee and “I’m Sorry”. It’s a commercial for rug cleaning isn’t it? Am I right?
Best regards and many thanks.
(Editor's Note: Close Elly...very close. The song "I'm Sorry" was used in an earlier TV commercial for Bounty, but it was not the one which is currently running - which is "I Will Follow Him" as seen above. Thanks for the guess.)
Subject: You Don't Own Me
Mary (Ardrey) Aukerman
Although I'm not a big fan of using some of my favorite songs for commercials, it does bring back lots of memories. This particular song takes me back to a summer 1964 slumber party. We sang all of Ms. Gore's songs and I can still remember almost every line.
Did you know that this song was also used in the closing scenes of The First Wives Club movie? They did a great job.
Great song, great singer with a very distinct voice.