Memories Of Mom And Elvis



I’d like to dedicate this week’s music trivia column to my mother, Betty Miller, who passed away two weeks ago. Mom was 85 years old.

I’d like to say thank you, Mom, for countless hours you spent cooking, mending my cuts and scrapes, and cleaning up after the messes I made.

Thank you for always being there for me — even through my crazy, rebellious teenage years and later through my many adult trials and tribulations. No matter what bone-headed things I did in my life, you always accepted me into your loving arms.

Thanks, Mom, for being my mother. May you now rest in peace — and know I miss you and will always love you.

It was just this morning that I decided to go through some of my mother’s personal belongings, including Mom’s music collection. Mom was a teenager in the late 1930s and early 1940s and she loved the big band sound of that era.

Mom also enjoyed listening to classic country music, with Eddy Arnold, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash among her favorites.

But more than with any other artist, she fell in love with the music of Elvis Aron Presley (and I almost think with Elvis, himself).

Mom had pictures, calendars, dishcloths and all kinds of other Presley memorabilia throughout our house. Everywhere you turned, there was Elvis.

One of my fondest memories of my mother is of the time she was in our kitchen, baking pumpkin pies for the holidays and singing her favorite Elvis song, “Love Me Tender.” She seemed so happy.

Now, let’s move on to this week’s music trivia question.

“Love Me Tender” was not only a huge hit for Elvis, staying atop the Billboard 1956 pop music chart for five consecutive weeks and peaking at No. 3 on its country chart, it was the feature song in Elvis’ debut movie that year.

This week’s music trivia question is: What was the name of Elvis’ debut movie, in which the song, “Love Me Tender” appeared? Was it A) “Loving You,” B) “Blue Hawaii,” C) “Love Me Tender” or D) “Elvis Has Left The Building”?

Be caller number six and have the right answer and you’ll win a $10 gift certificate to Gerardo’s Italian Bistro on the Beeline Highway. (You might even see a picture of Elvis hanging on the walls.)

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, can you tell me the recording artist who sang the 1977 song “Be Thankful”?

The choices were A) Diana Ross, B) Natalie Cole, C) Gloria Gaynor or D) Adrienne Troutman?

The correct answer was Natalie Cole.

You may remember that R&B singer, Diana Ross, began her career as the lead singer of the Supremes. From 1970 to 1986, she charted over 40 hits, including six that reached No. 1.

Gloria Gaynor, most remembered for her hit, “I Will Survive,” was a dance-disco singer in the mid to late 1970s.

Adrienne Troutman, local karaoke idol, is the current exalted ruler of the Payson Elks Lodge, host of this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time trivia winner, Bernice Frazier, who won a $25 gift certificate to Chrisy’s Cottage in the Swiss Village.

Bernice, who will be 90 years young next summer, was born and raised on a farm in Clear Lake, Wis. When she became a young adult, she moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, then later to California, where she worked as a cashier.

In 1976, Bernice had the opportunity to move to Payson to operate her own business. She opened Ice Cream Igloo, which was located on the corner of the Beeline Highway and Route 260, where Walgreens now stands. Bernice proudly told me, “I brought Dreyer’s Ice Cream to Payson!”

Now retired, Bernice keeps busy with the love of her life, music. She sings and plays guitar for a six-piece ensemble that entertains twice monthly at Good Samaritan-Majestic Rim on Tyler Parkway.

Bernice enjoys listening to classic country and gospel music. Three of her favorite artists are Patsy Cline, George Jones and Conway Twitty.

If you are looking for something to do this Saturday night, come on down to Famous Sam’s. I’ll be spinning your favorite tunes from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. (if I can keep my eyes open that late!)

Stop on by and kick up your heels — or just enjoy the music.

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

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