Crooner Charted 40 Hits Over 21-Year Career


Since my recent wedding engagement notice came out several weeks ago in the Roundup, quite a number of people have approached me about how their own relationships started on the Internet. Many others have asked me how to go about meeting someone online.

If you just happen to be like country singer Terri Clark and have found yourself “Suddenly Single” and have found yourself like Barbara Mandrell, “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” you may want to check out the Christian dating Web site to which I subscribed and ended up meeting my fiancee, Ann.

If you visit, you, too, could soon be hearing “Wedding Bells.” (Give me a jingle if you’d like more information about this dating site or international marriage in general.)

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the popular music artist who recorded the 1965 song, “Wedding Bells?”

This artist, with the surname, Crocetti, was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio. He died of respiratory failure in 1995, at the age of 78. He was an all-time great adult contemporary singer, who also had his own TV series from 1965-74, where he was often seen with a drink in his hand and smoking a cigarette.

He teamed with comedian, Jerry Lewis, to produce 16 motion picture films between 1949 and 1956, then went on to appear in many more films after that.

Over the course of this romantic singer’s 21-year musical career, he charted 40 hits, seven of which peaked on Billboard’s Top 10. Some of his more popular tunes were “That’s Amore” (1953), “Everybody Loves Somebody” (1964) and his all-time most successful hit, “Memories Are Made Of This,” which topped Billboard’s Pop Chart for six consecutive weeks in early 1956.

Is this crooner: A) Dean Martin, B) Sammy Davis, Jr., C) Frank Sinatra or D) Peter Lawford?

If you are caller number seven this week and have the correct answer, you will win a gift certificate for an $85 “color and cut” hair treatment (something I desperately need), courtesy of Amber Crain at Head to Toe Essentials on the north Beeline Highway.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s question, which was: Can you name the artist who recorded the 1957 hit, “School Day?” Some of this artist’s other top hits were “Maybellene,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Johnny B. Goode” and his 1972 No. 1 hit, “My Ding-A-Ling.”

Is this 1950s-1960s rock ’n’ roller: A) Bill Haley, B) Buddy Holly, C) Chuck Berry or D) Marty Putnam?

The correct answer was C) Chuck Berry.

Both Bill Haley and Buddy Holly were also top rock ’n’ roll stars in the late 1950s. Marty Putnam, congenial office manager at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, readily admits he needs a few more singing lessons before he hits the big-time.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Ric Hinkie.

Ric was born, raised and lived most of his life in Minnesota. He is now retired, after working for many years as the president of a non-profit safety utility organization. He and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Payson for the past four years and have owned property here for the last 12.

The lovebirds hooked up in 1996 after Jennifer responded to Ric’s “Are we soul-mates?” personals ad he placed in his local newspaper. The two soon met for dinner and then dated on and off for eight years before Ric finally popped the all-important question. In 2004, Ric and Jennifer returned to Minnesota for their wedding, inviting retired pastor (and current town councilman) Ed Blair to preside.

Ric now enjoys fishing, golfing, motorcycling and writing a monthly newsletter for his former employer. Inspired by the great Chuck Berry, Ric intends to enroll this fall in a guitar class at Gila Community College. He also volunteers his time for Habitat for Humanity and both he and Jennifer are members of the United Methodist Church.

Ric enjoys both doo wop and rock ’n’ roll music, from the late ’50s through the mid ’60s. His favorite artists are Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson and Fats Domino.

For being this past week’s music trivia winner, Ric won a gift certificate for a one-hour massage, courtesy of Shannon at Head to Toe Essentials on the north Beeline Highway. (Ric told me that he is going to give his prize to his lovely wife, Jennifer. “Let’s Hear it for the Boy!”

God bless.

— DJ Craig

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