Patsy Cline’S Influence Remains Iconic



Jason Huber makes coaster sets out of old 33 1/3 rpm records.

To me, the music business is just so fascinating. I always seem to be bumping into someone who has an interesting music-related story to tell.

A couple of weeks ago as I was dropping off old LPs at the Humane Society’s resale shop, I ran into Payson resident, Jason Huber, who just happened to be at the store looking for classic vinyl albums. Somehow, I knew a good story was about to unfold.

Recently, Jason started a small in-home business called “Residential Arts.” One of the unique items that he makes is coasters, made from the centers of old 33 1/3 rpm records. He sells the coasters in sets of six, stacked on a mini turntable he has built out of wood. (It’s so darn cute.)

Jason then packages the turntable and six coasters into a small box he has constructed out of an old LP jacket.

And the price for this clever and unique item? You guessed it — 33 and 1/3 dollars.

If you are interested in talking to Jason about making coasters out of your old LPs, you can reach him at “Got Stuf “ (468-7883).

Or, you could be lucky and win one of his coaster sets (encased in a Patsy Cline album jacket), if you are the fifth caller with the correct answer to this week’s music trivia question.

One of the greatest singers in the history of country music, Patsy Cline scored top hits on both the country and pop charts in the late 1950s and ’60s with such songs as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall To Pieces,“ “She’s Got You” and every karaoke singer’s delight, “Crazy.”

She was still at the top of her game when she tragically died in a plane crash in March of 1963, at the age of 30. She was only a big star for a couple of years, but her influence was and remains iconic.

This week’s trivia question is: What two other country singers also lost their lives in that same plane crash? A) John Denver and Ricky Nelson, B) Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, C) Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins or D) Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan?

If you’ve never called in before, give it a try — you just might be this week’s winner!

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: What was the title of the Charlie Daniels Band’s 1975 fiddling masterpiece, for which the group won the Country Music Association’s award for “Single of the Year?”

Was this No. 1 country hit A) “Devil Or Angel,” B) “Devil Woman,” C) “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” or D) “The Devil Went Down To Gisela (And Is Still There)?”

The correct answer was “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Jane Bowman, who won two complimentary tickets to Tuesday night’s Tonto Community Concert Association’s Hunt Family Fiddlers performance.

A little about Jane: She was born and raised in San Diego and attended college at L.A.’s Woodbury University.

Jane met her husband, Ross, on the tennis courts in Toluca Lake, Calif. After a year-and-a-half of many “love-games,” the two reached match point and have now been married for 29 years. Between them, they have three children and three grandchildren.

Jane and Ross moved from Anza Borrego Park, Calif., to Payson in 1999. Jane told me they chose Payson because they were looking for a small, friendly town with a good library, hospital and recreational activities.

Jane is now retired after spending most of her working years as the owner of an interior design company. He interests include painting, gardening, cooking and traveling.

Jane has an eclectic music taste, but she particularly enjoys listening to classical and easy listening instrumentals. Her favorite artists are George Winston, Roy Orbison, Pete Fountain and Mr. Acker Bilk. (Mr. Acker Bilk was the clarinetist/composer who produced the 1962 No. 1 hit, “Stranger On The Shore.”)

Lastly, new pictures I’ve just added to my Web site are from last week’s Frontier Elementary School’s annual family picnic and from Tuesday’s Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Big Event” at Chaparral Pines.

DJ Craig

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