Do you remember that time many, many eons ago when you were sitting in high school English class and you just weren’t catching on to what the “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Somebody was all about?
It was Monday of “Homecoming” week and all you could think about was working on your class float, going to the powder puff football game, who was going to be elected king and queen and going to the big game Friday night and the dance afterward.
With all the excitement of Homecoming week, is there any wonder why Caesar’s conquest of Gaul, the Pythagorean Theorem and Isaac Newton’s Law of Inertia never had a chance to penetrate your cerebral cortex?
This past week has been Homecoming week at Payson High School and tonight is the big game and the coronation at halftime of the 2009 royalty court, with the homecoming dance to follow in the gymnasium.
Our 2008 state champion Longhorns football team will be looking to get back on track tonight as they take on Santa Cruz Valley Union High School, which is coming off of an impressive 35-14 shellacking of Parker High School.
Please come out to the high school stadium tonight at 7 p.m. and give your unbridled support to the team, cheerleaders and marching band, who have put so many grueling hours to make this an enjoyable evening for everyone.
Now let’s get to this week’s music trivia question, which is: Can you name the country music artist who recorded the 1969 hit, “Homecoming?”
This singer, songwriter, guitarist was born and raised in Olive Hill, Ky. He worked as a DJ on radio station WMOR in Morehead, Ky.
This prolific songwriter has penned 11 No. 1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the pop crossover hit “I Love,” which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
One of his earliest successful songwriting ventures, “Harper Valley PTA,” was recorded in 1968 by Jeannie C. Riley and sold over six million copies. The song won both a Grammy and CMA award.
Some of this artist’s most popular hits included “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine,” “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died” and “A Week In A Country Jail.”
Is this “Homecoming” artist A) Roy Clark, B) Waylon Jennings, C) Tom T. Hall or D) Matt Mayo?
If you have the right answer and you are caller number six, you will win a beautifully handcrafted, blue lace agate pendant from D.S. Enterprises, courtesy of David and Dena Small. (Ladies — you’re just gonna love it! Men — one less Christmas present to agonize over!)
Now, let’s check and see how we did with last week’s question, which was: Can you name the title of the 1982 hit song that John Cougar Mellencamp wrote after watching the 1981 re-make of the original 1961 movie “Splendor in the Grass?”
Mellencamp charted 30 Billboard hits over the course of his musical career, from 1979-2006, but scored his only No. 1 hit with this song.
Is the title of this Mellencamp song: A) Deanie & Bud, B) Jack & Diane, C) Paul & Paula or D) Santo & Johnny?
The correct answer is B) Jack & Diane.
Deanie and Bud were the two main characters in the re-make of “Splendor in the Grass.” Ray “Paul” Hildebrand and Jill “Paula” Jackson were two popular singers in the in the early 1960s, most famous for their 1963 No. 1 hit, “Hey Paula.” Santo and Johnny Farina, brothers born to Filipina parents, recorded together in the late 1950s and are best known for their 1959 guitar instrumental, “Sleep Walk.”
Congratulations to this past week’s contest winner, Lorraine Boone, manager of Payson’s Radio Shack, who has won twice before. For being last week’s winner, Lorraine takes home last week’s prize — a wonderful assortment of spices, courtesy of the “Spice Girls” of Rim Country Spices.
Lastly, wasn’t that a powerful, but so very much-needed, monsoon outburst we had last Saturday? It forced those of us who were at Frontier Elementary School’s Fall Festival inside the gym and the cafeteria — but it certainly didn’t dowse the enthusiasm of the students, their families and all who braved the elements to attend.
You may view pictures from the festival on my Web site.
See you at the homecoming game. Go Longhorns!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com