We Are Truly Blessed

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As I’ve been sitting here writing this week’s music trivia column, I’ve been peering out my front window and watching our Rim Country monsoon weather finally begin to act as it should.

Today’s puffy white cumulus clouds billowed into our blue Arizona sky, then turned gray and finally black. The wayward wind began to whoosh as the temperature plummeted and the skies opened to a much-needed afternoon downpour.

But as is true to form during these late August days, the clouds soon broke over the western horizon, allowing the sun to shine upon the millions of sprinkling drops in the east, forming not a single, but on this day, a brilliantly colored double rainbow that stretched its arcs from the treetops to the heavens.

We are truly blessed, aren’t we, to live in such a majestic location and be able to witness nature’s magnificent splendor?

As I sat in awe of these iridescent spectrums over Green Valley Park, for some reason, the song “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” popped into my head. (And now I can’t get it out of my noggin!)

That brings me to this week’s music trivia question, which is: Can you tell me the name of the then-19-year-old female singer who recorded this top 20 song?

This pop/rock artist was the most commercially successful solo singer to be identified with the girl group sound. When she was just 17 years old, her very first release, “It’s My Party,” topped Billboard’s pop chart for two weeks in May of 1963.

While singing in a hotel in Manhattan, this singer was discovered by Quincy Jones, who then fattened the teenager’s sound with double-tracked and intricate backup vocals and horns.”

She wasn’t the most soulful girl group singer by a long shot, but she projected an archetype of female adolescent yearning.

This teenage star appeared on the legendary T.A.M.I. Show, alongside such heavyweights as The Rolling Stones, James Brown and Smokey Robinson. She acted in the movies “Girls on the Beach” and teamed with Frankie Avalon in “Ski Party,” in which she sang “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows.”

Some of this artist’s other top 10 hits included “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s a Fool,” and “You Don’t Own Me.”

Was this singer: A) Patty Duke, B) Petula Clark, C) Leslie Gore or D) April Quinlin?

If you are caller number six this week and have the correct answer, you will win a gift certificate (worth $100) for a highlight and haircut, courtesy of Amber Crain at Head to Toe Essentials Salon and Spa on the north Beeline Highway.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s question, which was: Can you name the folk-rock artist who recorded the 1964 hit, “The Times They Are A-Changin’”?

This folk-rock artist was a highly influential, legendary singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.

Is this folk-rocker A) Bob Seger, B) Bob Dylan, C) Bob Marley or D) Bob Luman?

The correct answer was B) Bob Dylan. Do you remember that Dylan also acted in several movies, including “Renaldo and Clara,” “Hearts of Fire” and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” which featured his hit song, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”?

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Patty Rockwell, who also won about five months ago. Patty and her husband, John (locally known as “Wood-Cutter John”), have been married for six years. Patty is the current secretary for the Payson Art League.

Patty told me that a new interest of hers is quilting. This past Monday she enrolled in a quilting class at Gila Community College.

Also, Patty related to me that she is very excited for her stepson, Jonathon, 15, who will be taking a two-week cruise next spring with the Payson High School marching band to Mexico.

Lastly, I would like to give my personal thanks to each of the 41 businesses, organizations, schools and families who this past Sunday supported and raised money by bowling for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Your efforts will make a difference in the lives of Rim Country children.

You can check out pictures from the wild, wacky and delightfully fun event on my Web site.

Have a great week, everyone!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: DJCraigInPayson.com

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