Local Doctor Writes More Than Just Prescriptions


In addition to weddings and other events for which I entertain, one of the other music activities I really enjoy doing is converting old LPs, 45s and tapes to CDs for folks who no longer have record or tape players, so they can once again enjoy their “oldies, but goodies” music.

This past week, I was contacted by Payson physician, Mark Ivey Jr. (more familiarly known to most local residents as “Doc Ivey”) to transfer a 45 record and tape onto a CD.

What I was surprised to learn was that the three songs Doc Ivey wanted transferred, were songs that he had personally written and recorded in a Phoenix studio.

“It was in 1986, after a wild and wooly night, that I wrote and then recorded, ‘Must Have Been a Hell of a Night,’” Doc said. He recorded “Pine Country,” a tale of the beauty of the Rim area, on the B-Side.

Doc’s third song was “Let’s Make America American Again,” which he used in his 1989 campaign against Jon Kyl.

As we continued to talk, I learned what I’m sure many area residents already know about the multi-talented doctor who has been treating patients in Payson for the past 32 years.

Doc Ivey grew up in a musical family — his father played guitar and his mother was a fiddler. With a big grin, Doc said, “When I was young, I used to sneak my father’s guitar out and teach myself to play.”

I also learned that Doc Ivey is a prolific songwriter, having penned more than 200 songs and has sung at many community events, including the grand opening of the Payson Care Center, the August Doin’s Rodeo and at many fund-raisers and funerals.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you guess who Doc Ivey’s favorite singer is?

This country singer/songwriter/guitarist was born in Panola County, Texas in 1923. He died in a plane crash in Nashville on July 31, 1964.

This artist worked as a DJ at KWKH in Shreveport, La. In 1953, he joined the country television program, the Louisiana Hayride and later played Jim Madison in the movie, “Kimberley Jim.”

His mellow baritone voice and muted velvet orchestration combined to create a sound that has lasted to this day. He was capable of singing hard country (“Mexican Joe” went to No. 1 in 1953), but made his greatest impact as a country-pop crooner.

Two of this artist’s biggest No. 1 country hits, “He’ll Have To Go” and “Four Walls,” peaked at No. 2 and No. 11, respectively, on Billboard’s pop chart.

Is Doc Ivey’s favorite singer A) Tennessee Ernie Ford, B) Ernest Tubb, C) Jim Reeves, or D) Dennis Fendler?

This week, if you’re caller number three and have the right answer, you’ll win not only a “Best of …” CD of Doc Ivey’s favorite singer, but also a copy of the doctor’s three smash recordings!

Now, let’s check out last week’s music trivia question: Which of the following songs was not a No. 1 hit for the Beatles: A) “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” B) “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” C) “Hello Goodbye,” or D) “The Long and Winding Road?”

The correct answer was “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” which was a 1965 No. 1 hit by the Rolling Stones.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Diane Jackson, who won a $25 gift certificate to The Boutique, courtesy of owner, Sandra Whitenack.

A little about Diane: She was born and raised in Bebington, England, which is located directly across the Mersey River from Liverpool.

Naturally, Diane grew up a big Beatles fan and even has the distinction as to have appeared in the Lads from Liverpool’s 1970 movie, “Let It Be.” (She just happened to be on a rooftop across the street from one of the movie scenes.) After living as a young adult for 13 years in Saudi Arabia, Diane and her family moved to upstate New York. Tiring of the snow and long winters of the Northeast and to be closer to family, she and her late husband relocated to Payson in 1989.

Diane, a certified tennis teaching pro, has taught lessons in Payson for many years. She is currently employed as the administrator at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where she also religiously attends. In her spare time, Diane enjoys traveling and working out. She has recently celebrated 40 years of service to the Girl Scouts.

Diane’s favorite music is big band and music from the 1960s. Her favorite artists are the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Gerry and the Pacemakers (remember their 1965 hit, “Ferry Cross the Mersey?”)

Have a great weekend, music fans!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com


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