‘Jukebox’ Cast Put On Amazing Display


If you attended the Tonto Community Concert Association’s American Jukebox performance this past Sunday, I’m sure you’ll agree that you experienced two hours of fun, first-rate musical entertainment.

My “little brother,” Andrew, his sister, Jasmine and I arrived at the concert a half hour before the doors opened to stand in line, hoping we would be able to get front-row seats.

The kids are kind of “short” and have a hard time seeing over adults in front of them. Well, not only did we get to sit in front-row seats, we were lucky enough to sit on the center aisle.

The long wait in line was more than worth it. The American Jukebox cast put on a dazzling display of high-energy singing and dancing, blending the top jukebox hits of the rock ’n’ roll ’50s, Motown, country, disco, jazz, blues and the pop-rock hits of the ’70s and ’80s.

For me, a lover of old-time pop and rock ’n’ roll, it was a great show. When the six American Jukebox “Elvis” singers jumped onto the stage and sang a medley of Presley’s top hits, I felt I had died and passed through the pearly gates of Graceland — and I never wanted to come back.

And when the young musicians and singers ended their concert with the 1986 hit, “Living In America,” I found myself sweating bullets from just watching them perform. (I guess I really do need to get into better shape.)

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the R&B singer who recorded the Grammy award-winning hit, “Living In America?”

This singer was born in Barnwell, S.C. and raised in Augusta, Ga. He began his recording career by forming the vocal group, The Famous Flames; then a year later went solo. During his career, he was at various points billed as “The Creator,” “The Godfather of Soul” and “The Hit Man.” Not always a model citizen, in 1988 he received a six-year prison sentence for leading law enforcement officials on an interstate police chase.

This singer charted 94 hits from 1958 through 1986 and was the No. 1 Hot 100 artist of 1971. Some of his top hits were “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” and “Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud.”

Is this singer A) Jinx Pyle, B) Stevie Wonder, C) James Brown, or D) Jimi Hendrix?

If you are caller number three and have the correct answer, you’ll win a “Family Special” from Pizza Factory — an extra large pizza, bread sticks and pitcher of soda. That’s over a $20 value!

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: The new pop-rock singer Lady Gaga recently scored a No. 1 hit with her debut release, “Let’s Dance.” Her follow-up song, “Poker Face,” is skyrocketing up the Billboard chart. Can you name Lady Gaga’s real name? Is it A) Nicole Scherzinger, B) Alecia Moore, C) Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, or D) Linda Sprague?

The correct answer was C) Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Nicole Scherzinger is a member of the pop group The Pussycat Dolls; Alecia Moore is better known for her recording name, Pink; and Linda Sprague is the captain of the Relay for Life “Overachievers” family and friends team, which sponsored last week’s Spring Fling Teen Dance.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia “teen” winner, Shea Nelson, who won two Sawmill Theatre movie tickets, a large pizza from Domino’s and a six pack of Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen. She is 17 years old, a senior at Payson High School and the daughter of Rick and Karen Nelson. She has three sisters and one brother.

Shea is active at school with the FFA and 4-H Clubs. After school and on weekends, she is employed as a trainer for problematic horses. Next year, she plans to attend junior college, major in farm and ranch management, then transfer to a four-year college. She and her family are active members of the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church.

Shea told me she likes to listen to both classic and new country music, with Gary Allan, Chris LeDoux and Big & Rich being her favorite artists.

Lastly, new pictures that have been added to my Web site are from this past Saturday’s Business Showcase and from the Spring Fling Teen Dance at the American Legion.

You can contact DJ Craig by calling 468-1482, or visit his Web site at DJCraigInPayson.com


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