Honoring Hard-Working Men And Women

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This week’s music trivia question is dedicated to the lady who punches a clock before she puts in her eight-hour shift at Bashas’, to the street department worker who earns his living in the sweltering-hot Arizona sun and to the kindergarten teacher who lovingly coaxes her students to bloom into mature, vibrant flowers.

It’s the hard work and long hours that these folks and millions of other Americans put in every day that keeps our nation strong, prosperous and proud.

In the late 1880s, Congress enacted Labor Day, which we will celebrate in just a couple of days, as the first Monday in September. This day off from work was the creation of the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, growth and well-being of our country.

Throughout the years, many songs have been written and dedicated to the hardworking American man and woman. In 1982, Huey Lewis & The News recorded the hit “Working For A Living,” in 1983, Donna Summer sang “She Works Hard For The Money” and in 1992, Travis Tritt released the country hit, “Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man.”

This week’s music trivia question honors all hard-working Americans who sweat through a 40-hour week — just to make a livin’.

This week’s question is: Can you name the four-member country group who scored a 1985 No. 1 hit with the song “Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’)?

This country quartet charted 78 hits from 1977 through 2002, which included a whopping 32 No. 1 hits and 12 songs in a row, from 1983-1986, which peaked at No. 1. With their sleek, country-rock sound, they went on to become the most popular country group in history.

Among this group’s many No. 1 hits were the ever-popular “Love In The First Degree,” “Down Home” and “Jukebox In My Mind.”

Is this country band” A) Little Texas, B) The Mavericks, C) Alabama, or D) The Landon Shill Band?

If you are caller number four this week and have the correct answer, you will win a CD of this week’s music trivia group’s greatest hits, which includes “Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’).”

Now, let’s check and see how we did with last week’s question, which was: Can you name the then 19-year-old female singer who recorded the song, “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows?”

Some of her other hit songs were “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s a Fool,” and “It’s My Party.”

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

The correct answer was Leslie Gore. Patty Duke and Petula Clark were also very popular artists in the 1960s. April Quinlin, who could be a top recording artist (if she only had the time), is the new and dynamic program case manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Rim Country.

Congratulations to this past week’s contest winner, Bob Chasse, who won 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. (Follicle-challenged Bob told me he is giving his certificate to his wife, Kay.)

Bob was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. He met Kay at a college party and they married three years later. The gregarious couple have now celebrated 36 years of wedded bliss.

Bob and Kay moved to Payson in 2000 to be closer to their daughter in the Valley and coincidentally signed the papers for their Payson house on their 37th wedding anniversary.

For 25 years, Bob taught eighth-grade social studies in Maine, plus one year at the Rim Country Middle School. He now drives a truck for Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company. Kay works as a nurse in the out-patient department at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Bob is on the board of directors of the Tonto Rim Sports Club and enjoys riding his ATV and hunting.

He likes listening to classic rock and both old and new country music. His favorite artists are Alan Jackson, George Strait and Eric Burdon & the Animals.

Lastly, I would like to wish my very best friend, Harry Sarre, a very happy Sept. 4 birthday. On most summer evenings, you will find Harry and me sitting together on the south end of Green Valley Lake, greeting adults, kids, dogs and even an occasional potbelly pig strolling by.

Happy birthday, Harry!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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