Bags Are Packed And Leaving On A Jet Plane

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“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go ... kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you’ll wait for me ... I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.” You may remember that those are some of the lyrics to Peter, Paul & Mary’s 1969 No. 1 hit, “Leaving On A Jet Plane.”

Since I haven’t taken any time off or had a real vacation in more than seven years, I’ve decided that’s just what I’m going to do. I’m leaving on a jet plane! Actually, I flew out this past Tuesday to the Philippines. But unlike the singer in Peter, Paul & Mary’s song, I do know when I’ll be back again — in eight short days. Which means, of course, that this music trivia column will be taking a one week hiatus.

You know that the song “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” was recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary and was a No. 1 hit in 1969. But do you know the name of the singer/songwriter/guitarist who wrote this song?

This week’s music trivia question is: Is the composer of “Leaving On A Jet Plane”: A) Ritchie Valens B) John Denver C) Ricky Nelson or D) Buddy Holly?

Hint: This popular artist was born Henry Deutschendorf on New Year’s Eve, 1943, in Roswell, N.M. He sang with the Chad Mitchell Trio from 1965-68. He was very successful on both Billboard’s pop and country charts, charting 33 pop hits and 27 country hits. He scored five No. 1 hits, including “Annie’s Song,” “I’m Sorry” and the ever-popular, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.”

In 1977, he starred in the film, “Oh, God.” At the age of 53, he tragically died at the controls of a light plane that crashed off the California coast on Oct. 12, 1997.

If you are caller number six this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of this week’s music trivia artist’s top hits. Remember, when you call, I will be out of the country, so just leave a message. I’ll get back with you!

Now, let’s check out last week’s question, which was: Can you name the country music artist who recorded the 1965 hit, “Green, Green Grass of Home,” a favorite song of the High Power Band, which performed at last week’s concert in the park? Was this country music icon, who was well known for his flashy outfits and blond pompadour: A) Porter Wagoner, B) Billy Walker, C) Conway Twitty or D) Buck Owens?

The correct answer was Porter Wagoner. Billy Walker and Buck Owens were solo country music artists, while Conway Twitty often teamed with Loretta Lynn to produce both beautiful and lively country duets.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Kay Houghton, who was a first-time caller! Her mother, Agnes, was a music trivia winner several months ago.

Kay grew up in the Detroit area and later moved to Utah. For many years, she was a English and Spanish teacher, with seventh-grade being her favorite grade level. (Bless her heart.)

The power of the Internet came into Kay’s life a decade ago. After she lost her husband to cancer, she joined an online Christian dating service and found Bill, who had recently lost his wife to the same disease.

Not too long after, Bill made the trip from California to Utah, where the couple had their first “live” meeting at Frontier Pies Restaurant. Bill and Kay said their “I Do’s,” and have now been married eight-and-a-half years and Kay says she could not be happier.

Kay and Bill moved to Payson two years ago to be closer to Kay’s parents and to enjoy the beautiful sunsets of the Rim Country. Some of Kay’s interests are reading, traveling and researching family history.

She believes strongly in giving to the community in which she lives. She and Bill have just completed a seven-week C.E.R.T. (Certified Community Response Team) training program. Kay also spends her time as a volunteer with the CAA program. The couple attends the LDS Church.

Kay lists her favorite music as classical, Motown and both new and traditional country. She enjoys listening to the Oak Ridge Boys, Alan Jackson and Kenny Rogers.

New pictures that I have added to my Web site are from this past Saturday’s JD Cline-Tanya Wahl wedding in Beaver Valley. They were married in a beautiful setting, had a wonderful ceremony and a dance-’til-the-cows-come-home reception.

See you in two weeks!

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

— Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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