A Distinctive New Performer In The ’70s

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Did you happen to see the KPNX, Channel 12 news team visiting Payson’s Vita-Mart this past week? It’s always great, isn’t it, to see our local businesses featured in “big time” media?

I hadn’t yet been inside JD and Christina’s organic and natural products store since it moved across the Twin Pines Shopping Center parking lot this past October, so last week I decided to stop in and check it out. What a great little store!

Vita-Mart carries natural vitamins, supplements and specialty foods, including Arizona grass-fed beef and lamb.

And naturally, you’ll be welcomed into a friendly, relaxed atmosphere when you walk through the front door.

Is it any wonder that while I was browsing through Vita-Mart’s all-natural products, all alone in the store, that the song, “Alone Again (Naturally)” began jingling through my head?

This week’s music question is, can you name the singer who recorded the hit “Alone Again (Naturally),” which topped Billboard pop chart for six weeks in 1972?

This adult contemporary singer/songwriter successfully combined a flair for Beatlesque popcraft with an old-fashioned music hall sensibility to emerge as one of the most distinctive and popular new performers of the early 1970s.

This artist also recorded the top 20 hits “Claire,” “Out Of The Question” and “Get Down.”

Of these four Irish-born singers, can you name this week’s music trivia artist? A) Van Morrison, B) Gilbert O‘Sullivan, C) Enya or D) Sinead O‘Conner.

If you are caller number six and have the right answer, you’ll win a $20 gift certificate to Payson’s Vita-Mart.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the “Stand By Your Man” singer/songwriter who was voted the Country Music Association female vocalist of the year in 1968, 1969 and 1970 and to the Grand Ole Opry in 1970?

Was she A) Tanya Tucker, B) Emmylou Harris, C) Tammy Wynette or D) Christine Bollier?

The correct answer was Tammy Wynette, whose signature hit “Stand By Your Man” topped Billboard’s country chart for three weeks in the fall of 1968.

Country music artists, Emmylou Harris and Tanya Tucker, also scored many No. 1 hits in the 1970s and ’80s.

Christine Bollier, with her husband BJ, are the proud owners of Vita-Mart.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Max Mills, who won a custom CD of all 20 of Tammy Wynette’s No. 1 hits.

A little about this week‘s winner: Max grew up and lived most of his life in Granite City, Ill., just east of St. Louis.

It is an interesting and cute story of how Max met his wife, Judy. When he was a senior in high school, Max drove an ice cream truck through the neighborhoods of his suburban city. One day, Judy, then a perky little freshman, caught Max’s eye as she came riding up to his truck, perched atop the handlebars of a friend’s bicycle.

Apparently, one look at Judy in her short shorts and pretty smile had Max melting faster than the ice cream on that hot, sunny day. (It’s not surprising that Judy and her friend received “complimentary” ice cream that day.)

After their first date, to which Judy actually asked Max out, the two dated through the end of Max’s senior year. Max and Judy married soon after he returned from his four-year tour of duty in the Air Force. They have now been wed for 48 years.

For the majority of Max’s life, he worked in lumber and hardware retail sales. Judy was primarily a stay-at-home mom, caring for their six children.

The couple moved from Illinois to Star Valley five years ago to enjoy their retirement.

Max enjoys both bowling (with a high game of 277) and fishing. He and Judy are members of The Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church.

Max’s favorite music genres are country-western and 1950s rock ’n’ roll. His favorite artists are Johnny Cash, George Jones and Elvis Presley.

Lastly, you don’t want to miss tonight’s Tonto Community Concert, which presents Daniel Rodriguez, “The Singing Policeman” from New York City. He has performed his patriotic and heartfelt songs around the world.

Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Payson High School Auditorium.

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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