Wow! 2010 was another great year in the amazing world of American music.
If you are a fan of reality shows, you probably enjoyed this year’s final episodes of “American Idol,” with Lee DeWyze stunning the viewing audience by nudging out Crystal Bowersox for this year’s “Idol” award. I thought the two finalists’ “Falling Slowly” duet they performed on the season’s final show was just outstanding.
And how about 10-year-old soprano, Jackie Evancho, who finished as the runner-up in this year’s “America’s Got Talent” competition? Wasn’t she wonderful! It’s very rare for a child that young to have a voice that sounds so rich and developed. And her competition performance of “Ave Maria” was simply spellbinding. I was really pulling for her to win.
In 2010, we were introduced to new, aspiring musical talent and we also said a final farewell to several favorite artists of the past.
Some of the more successful new artists to hit the music scene this year were pop singer Kesha, R&B artists Taio Cruz and Bruno Mars, and country musicians Jerrod Neimann and The Band Perry.
Sadly this year, R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass (“If You Don’t Love Me By Now”), singer-songwriter Jimmy Dean (“Big Bad John”), country artist Carl Smith (“Hey Joe!) and 1950s pop singer Eddie Fisher (“Oh! My Pa-Pa”) laid down their microphones for the last time and joined Elvis, Johnnie and Michael in that great recording studio in the sky.
Edging out rapper Eminem, country trio Lady Antebellum and the extremely talented, though often bizarre, pop singer Lady Gaga for Billboard’s top album of 2010 was 49-year-old “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Susan Boyle, with her album, “I Dreamed A Dream.”
Lady Gaga’s hit songs “Bad Romance,” “Telephone,” “Alejandro” and ‘Paparazzi” earned the New York City singer-songwriter Billboard’s overall top artist of 2010 — over country-pop sensation Taylor Swift and teen idol Justin Bieber.
There were a slew of great new songs to hit airwaves over the past 12 months.
Billboard selected Kesha’s “Tik Tok” as the Hot 100 (overall popularity) song of the year. Fans of adult contemporary music enjoyed the rock group Train’s 19-week No. 1 hit, “Hey Soul Sister” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” which topped that genre’s chart for 15 weeks.
Other top 2010 hits were R&B’s “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” by Alicia Keys, Latin music’s “Cuando Me Enamoro” by Enrique Iglesias, jazz’s “Bright” by Peter White and Christian music’s “All of Creation” by MercyMe.
Yes, 2010 was another great year for music.
This week’s year-end music trivia question is: The top three country music songs of 2010 each stayed at No. 1 for four consecutive weeks on Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs” chart. Which of the following four hits was not one of those chart-topping songs: A) “Consider Me Gone” by Reba McEntire, B) “Why Don’t We Just Dance” by Josh Turner, C) “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lamber or D) “How Do You Like Me Now” by Toby Keith?
If you are caller number four this week with the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or genre, plus a $10 gift certificate to Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, located in the Sawmill Theatres complex.
Now, let’s check out last week’s music trivia question, which was: In Gene Autry’s song, “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” what did the song’s author suggest that the children do after they climb into bed on Christmas Eve? A) cover their heads, B) say their prayers, C) go right to sleep, or D) sneak downstairs to watch mommy kissing Santa Claus?
The correct answer was “cover their heads.” Remember the jingly, rhyming lyrics?
“Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle,
“Oh what a beautiful sight.
“So jump into bed and cover your head
“Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!”
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Mike Leigh, who won a gift certificate to the Payson Candle Factory, courtesy of owner, Carol Reed. Located in Swiss Village, this unique shop has proudly served the Rim Country for 32 years and is open both Saturday and Sunday.
Mike is a regular caller and is now a three-time music trivia winner.
Lastly, tonight’s New Year’s Eve tribute to Elvis Presley at the Mazatzal Casino should be a great concert. Ray Baxter, local music expert, recently told me that he has seen Elvis impersonator Todd Luxton perform and those who are going will be in for a real treat.
Have a happy (and safe) New Year’s Eve, everyone!
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