Good News: The Wait Is Finally Over

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“Good news!”

“My baby’s comin’ home tomorrow. Ain’t that good news. “Man, ain’t that news!”

Though not exactly tomorrow, I’m happy to say that finally my fiancee, Ann, will be “comin’ home” to Payson next week.

“I got a letter just the other day, tellin’ me that she’ll be on her way. She wants me to meet her at the station. Ain’t that good news; man, ain’t that news!”

After almost a year to the day after we began the petition process, after completing mountains of paperwork (some which was lost by Uncle Sam) and jumping through hoop after bureaucratic hoop, Ann finally has her visa in hand and will be flying in to Sky Harbor International Airport late Tuesday night.

It was this week’s music trivia artist who recorded the 1964 hit, “Good News,” which included the lyrics above — and I’ve been singing them all week!

This popular artist was arguably the most important soul singer in history. He was one of the pioneers and founders of his genre and was its most popular and beloved performer — in both the black and white communities.

Equally important, he was among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of the music business, founding both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his career as a singer and composer.

He was born Jan. 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Miss. and raised on the south side of Chicago. He was the son of a Baptist minister.

He sang in his father’s church choir at the age of 6 and as a teen joined the gospel group, the Highway Q.C.’s.

From 1950-56, he was the lead singer of the group, Soul Stirrers.

The year 1957 saw this artist’s career rocket into full swing, as over the following nine years he charted 43 hits, 17 of which made Billboard’s Top 20.

Among this soul singer’s top songs were the ever popular “Chain Gang,” “Shake,” “Twistin’ The Night Away” and his 1957 No. 1 hit, “You Send Me.”

Tragically, this artist died of a gunshot wound in December 1964; shot by a female motel manager under mysterious circumstances.

Is this “King of Soul” singer A) Otis Redding, B) Curtis Mayfield, C) Sam Cooke or D) Ron Gibson?

Be caller number five this week with the right answer and you’ll win a CD of this artist’s greatest hits. “Man, ain’t that good news!”

Now, let’s check out last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the doo-wop group that recorded the 1957 songs, “Friendly Moon,” “Whispering Bells” and “Come Go With Me?”

Was this interracial group A) The Marcels, B) The Del Vikings, C) The Cleftones or D) The J. Powers Band?

The correct answer was the Del Vikings (also in print as the Del-Vikings and Dell-Vikings).

The Marcels and Cleftones were also successful doo-wop groups in the late 1950s-early ’60s. The Marcels scored a No. 1 hit in 1961 with “Blue Moon.” The Cleftones most popular hit came in that same year, a new version of the 1938 hit by Larry Clinton, “Heart And Soul.”

The Phoenix-based J. Powers Band, performing blues, classic rock, R&B and Motown, will be performing later this summer as part of the summer concert series at Green Valley Park.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Mike Leigh, who won a $25 gift certificate from Verizon Wireless, located in the Safeway Shopping Plaza.

Mike really knows his music. He is a regular caller and has been a trivia winner twice before.

Mike continues to love playing for the Payson Cougars senior softball team. He proudly told me that from Sept. 20 through Sept. 22, the Cougars will be holding their first softball tournament at Rumsey Park.

Mike has also become an avid Green Valley Park fisherman. He said that the day before he called in his winning answer, he caught five different types of fish from the lake — bluegill, catfish, trout, crappie and the largest bass he has ever caught. Way to go, Mike!

Lastly, pictures I have just added to my Web site are from the Keith Beniche-Amy Grumbo wedding last Saturday at the Majestic Mountain Inn. Beautiful weather, two wonderful families and many great friends joined the couple on their special day.

Have a great week, everyone. I know I will!

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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