Last Thursday morning, as I was on my usual volunteer shift at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lauree Moffett, general manager of Kohl’s Ranch, strolled in and announced, “Have I got a sweetheart of a deal for you!”
And what a deal it turned out to be — just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Actually, all during the month of February, for just $139 (Sunday through Thursday) and $159 (Friday and Saturday), Kohl’s Ranch is offing a one-night stay for two in one of their beautiful lodge rooms, a bottle of champagne and dinner for two from the romance menu in their Zane Grey Dining Room. For reservations, call 800-521-3131.
But wait, this sweetheart deal gets even better. This week, if you are music trivia caller number seven and have the right answer to this week’s question, a Kohl’s Ranch “Sweetheart of a Deal” package will be yours — absolutely free!
This week’s trivia question is about one of my favorite love songs, “The Wind Beneath My Wings.”
It was in 1982 when Nashville songwriters Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley wrote this song, which was conceived as a love song from a man to a woman or vice versa, but it ended up with lyrics that were more universal, and could apply to many different types of relationships (friends, family, etc.). This is probably the major reason why the song was so successful.
Silbar and Henley had a hard time finding anyone to record the song, and it was a full year before Roger Whittaker became the first artist to take it on.
Following Whittaker’s version, several artists recorded the song, including Sheena Easton, Lee Greenwood, B.J. Thomas, Lou Rawls (who was the first to chart with the song in 1983), and Gary Morris. Morris’ version became a #4 country hit, which led to Silbar and Henley winning the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for “Song Of The Year.” Gladys Knight & The Pips had a R&B hit with their version, which they retitled, “Hero.”
The most famous version of this song was recorded in 1988 for the movie “Beaches,” by the artist who is the answer to this week’s question. Her version of “Wind Beneath My Wings” topped Billboard’s pop chart in June of 1989 and received Grammy’s Record and Song of the Year awards that same year.
Was this adult contemporary singer/actress: A) Celine Dion, B) Paula Abdul, or C) Bette Midler?
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the 1950s crooner who recorded the number one hits, “Because of You,” “Cold, Cold Heart” and “Rags to Riches?”
Was it A) Tony Bennett, B) Frank Sinatra, C) Dean Martin or D) Gary Witherspoon?
The right answer was Tony Bennett. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were also very popular singers in the 1950s. Gary Witherspoon is the principal at Rim Country Middle School.
Congratulations to this past week’s first-time winner, Chick Ideker, of Payson, who won a custom CD of 20 of her favorite songs.
A little about Chick: She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved in 1949 with her family to the Valley, where she attended North Phoenix High School.
While car-hopping at her after-school job, Chick met Ed, a nice young man who asked her out to a drive-in movie. They dated through the end of high school and were married in September, following graduation. They were together for 48 years until Ed passed away.
In 2003, needing a change, Chick moved from her Forest Lakes home to Payson. She soon met Bob, a member of her Rim Country Lanes bowling league. They have been together since.
Now retired from the banking industry, Chick enjoys bowling, dancing and gambling. She is a former Lioness and hospital auxiliary volunteer and now is an avid supporter of the Humane Society.
Chick’s favorite music genres are the easy listening ’50s and country music. Her three favorite artists are Frank Sinatra, Carrie Underwood and Nat King Cole.
Lastly, new pictures that I have added to my web site are from Jed and Jimi Nitso’s wedding and reception at the Best Western Inn this past Saturday. A down-home, “hootin’ and hollerin’” cowboy good time was had by all.
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com