Singer’S Life Reflected In His Songs


Have you had a chance to stop in Bob’s Western Wear yet? It’s the new western clothing store on the Beeline Highway, between the Dairy Queen and Prudential.

What a great new addition to Payson. It has everything a cowboy or cowgirl could ever want. And the store not only has a great selection of apparel, but carries western jewelry, belt buckles and more.

To top it off, if your lookin’ to have your Stetson reshaped or cleaned, owner Bob Judson, or sales manager Brittnee Haught-Lee, who worked previously for 10 years at Corral West, will do that for you — absolutely free!

Just be careful of the “ghosts” of country music past that may be floating through the aisles.

For some strange reason, as I was browsing through the racks of very fashionable western shirts in the store last week, I sensed an aura that I was not alone. I could almost feel the presence of one of my favorite country singers, Hank Williams, looking over my shoulder.

I thought, could the spirit of Williams really be here? (Or was it just the glare off Brittnee’s huge belt buckle that was making me delusional?) I may never know.

Anyway, let’s head into this week’s music trivia.

Hank Williams, often referred to as the father of contemporary country music, has an interesting and storied past. He was a superstar by the age of 26 and dead from alcohol/drug abuse at the age of 29.

In those short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and, in the process, much of popular music.

Hank wrote a body of songs that became popular classics, and his direct, emotional lyrics and vocals became the standard for most popular performers.

He lived a life as troubled and reckless as that depicted in his songs.

From 1947 to 1953, Williams charted an amazing 42 country hits, 37 of which made it into the top 10, and 11 which peaked at No. 1.

This week’s music trivia question is: Which of the following songs was NOT a No. 1 hit for Hank Williams? A) Eleven Roses, B) Long Gone Lonesome Blues, C) Jambalaya or D) Kaw-Liga?

If you are caller number four and have the right answer, you’ll win a $20 gift certificate to Bob’s Western Wear. Yee-Haw!

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the singer/actress who recorded the 1989 hit “Wind Beneath My Wings?” Was it A) Celine Dion, B) Paula Abdul, C) Bette Midler?

The correct answer was Bette Midler.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time winner, Elaine Putnam, of Pine, who won a Valentine’s “Sweetheart of a Deal” from Kohl’s Ranch.

If you read last week’s trivia article, you may remember that winner Chick Idaker met her husband while she was high school carhopping.

Incredibly, Elaine also met her husband, Marty, when she was a 17-year-old carhop at one of Tucson’s A&W Root Beer stands.

All I can say is — ladies, if you’re single and having a hard time finding a good man in Payson (imagine that!), you may want to consider applying at our local Sonic Drive-In. Your future husband may be only a Sonic burger away!

After Elaine met Marty, who was stationed at the Air Force base in Tucson, they dated for five months, then married shortly before Marty left for his tour of duty in Vietnam. They have been married for 41 years.

In the Valley, Elaine worked for 30 years in the information technology field. She and Marty have been full-time residents in Pine since 2006.

Elaine keeps very busy in her “retirement years.” She works part time at the chamber of commerce, was the past two year’s chairperson of the Quilt Roundup and belongs to several local quilting groups. She is also the Strawberry Festival vending coordinator.

Elaine’s favorite music genres are rock ’n’ roll, pop, light jazz and country. Her three favorite artists are the Grass Roots, Cher and Fergie.

Lastly, new pictures that I have added to my Web site are from last week’s Tonto Basin School’s annual Valentine’s dance and from Jon and Charlotte Robinson’s 50th Anniversary celebration at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

And, wasn’t last Saturday’s “Red Hot Hollywood” concert a wonderful creation of song, dance and comedy? We are blessed to have such great talent perform here in Payson.

DJ Craig

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