It’s that time of the year again — for the 126th straight year!
This weekend’s August Doin’s will again bring us the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo (which began in 1884), the annual rodeo parade, the Oxbow Saloon’s yearly rodeo dance and a whole lot of other cowboy community events.
For those who will be attending the parade on Saturday morning, there will be four of us announcers this year along the parade’s Green Valley Park to the Sawmill Theatre complex route.
I’ll be set up in front of the Body Elegance Day Spa, about halfway down Main Street, starting music about 8:15 a.m. and giving away music trivia prizes before the 60 parade entries march off at 9 a.m.
This year’s rodeo dances at the Oxbow promise to be better than ever — featuring two top-notch country bands from the Valley.
The John Eric Band will be performing outside in the saloon’s new courtyard, which this year has a bigger concrete dance area and higher stage.
When the John Eric Band is playing in the newly remodeled courtyard, Glendale’s Rondavous Band will take their high energy country and classic rock sound inside the Oxbow, where cowboys and cowgirls can two-step and country swing on the Rim Country’s largest dance floor.
The four-member Rondavous Band, which opened last month in Camp Verde for George Jones, features three excellent vocalists. Lead singer Pandy Raye told me, “Although our emphasis is on newer country music, we cover the gamut in country music — from Patsy Cline to Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band (two of country music’s hottest new artists).”
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you match the following singers, A) Patsy Cline, B) Lady Antebellum and C) the Zac Brown Band with their respective songs, 1) I Run To You, 2) Chicken Fried and 3) Crazy?
This week, if you’re caller number four and have the right answer, you’ll win a terrific rodeo package — two tickets to any of the rodeo performances and two admission passes to the rodeo dance, good for either Friday or Saturday night, compliments of Bob Klaver of the Pro Rodeo Committee.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the title of Mitch Miller’s biggest hit, which pushed Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” off Billboard’s No. 1 spot in the fall of 1955?
Was it A) “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” B) “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” C) “Bouquet of Roses,” or D) “My Little Gisela Rose?”
The correct answer was “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” which remained atop Billboard’s pop chart for six consecutive weeks.
“Red Roses for a Blue Lady” was originally recorded in 1949 by Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra, then covered in 1965 by Vic Dana, Bert Kaempfert, Wayne Newton and Al Martino.
“Bouquet of Roses” was a huge 1949 country hit (19 weeks at No. 1) for Eddie Arnold.
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Bob Chasse, who won a custom CD of his favorite artist’s (Alan Jackson) hits and a $10 gift certificate to Scoop’s Ice Cream Shop. Bob has been a music trivia winner a couple of times in the past.
During our conversation, Bob told me an interesting story. “When I was in high school working as an assistant baker in Auburn, Maine, I had a really unique experience,” Bob said.
“One day, as I was working behind the cash register, a goateed man came into the bakery. The first words that came out of my mouth were, ‘Did anyone ever tell you that you look an awful lot like Mitch Miller?’”
The bearded gentleman replied, “I get that all the time.”
Then, after paying for his bread order and heading for the door, the man turned and said, “I must tell you, I AM Mitch Miller.”
Have a wonderful August Doin’s weekend, rodeo fans. I hope to see you at the rodeo parade — and on the Oxbow Saloon dance floor, too!
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