‘Graduation Day’ For Many This Month

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“No more teachers, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!”

Yep, it’s that time of the year once again, and Adrian Kimberly’s fun 1961 song couldn’t have said it any better.

The end of May is always a welcome relief to not only students, but to teachers and other school staff, as well. And with the stress that our down-turned economy has placed upon our school system this year, I’m sure everyone involved with our schools is just glad to lock up the doors and call this school year a wrap.

My congratulations to all of our eighth-grade students who are being promoted to high school and a special pat on the back to each of our Rim Country graduating seniors. You’ve worked hard for 13 years to make it to graduation day. Best wishes to you.

Now, let’s get to this week’s music trivia question. On May 12, 1956, the song “Graduation Day,” by the pop vocal quartet, the Rovers, debuted on the Billboard chart. It became an instant success, reaching No. 16 at the peak of its popularity.

The same “Graduation Day” song, released by another foursome, debuted, coincidently, on the very same day that month and enjoyed similar popularity.

This week’s question is: Was this second jazz-styled group A) the Four Freshmen, B) the Four Sophomores, C) the Four Juniors or D) the Four Dropouts?

If you are caller number five with the right answer, you’ll win a $25 gift certificate from Verizon Wireless, located in the Safeway Shopping Plaza, courtesy of Adam Jonus, store manager.

Adam says, “Come on in and check out our latest phones and accessories and get a great deal on a new line.”

Verizon — helping you stay in touch with your recent graduate!

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the singer-songwriter-guitarist who scored a big 1957 No. 1 country hit with his song, “Four Walls?”

Was this country “Gentleman Jim” singer: A) Jim Reeves, B) Jim Lowe, C) Jim Ed Brown or D) Jimi Hendrix?

The correct answer was Jim Reeves.

Jim Lowe, pop singer and New York City DJ, enjoyed brief recording success with his 1957 No. 1 hit, “The Green Door.”

Jim Ed Browne had a lengthy country music career, spanning the 1960s and ’70s, both as a solo artist and later singing duets with Helen Cornelius. Their 1976 No. 1 hit is a favorite with many of us Payson men — “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You.”

Jimi Hendrix was a legendary psychedelic-blues-rock guitarist in the late 1960s, whose career was cut short by a drug overdose in 1970, at the age of 27.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Jessica Seeley, who won a “Best of Jim Reeves” CD.

A little about Jessica: She was born and grew up in Placerville, Calif., just outside of Sacramento. She has lived in the Rim Country since 2005.

When she isn’t busy hunting, fishing or camping with her family, Jessica works at Laura’s Small Cafe as a waitress. She was introduced to her husband, Colby, by Colby’s mother, Laura, who owns the cafe.

The couple’s first date was watching a movie at Jessica’s house. When I asked Jessica if she remembered the name of the movie, with a twinkle in her eye, she responded, “I really wasn’t paying attention to the movie.”

The lovebirds have been married for two-and-a-half years and between the two of them have four children, ranging in ages from 2 to 13.

Jessica prefers listening to country music, but she also enjoys some alternative music and rock. Her three favorite artists are new country music singer, Easton Corbin (“I’m A Little More Country Than That”), George Strait and Don Williams.

Lastly, new pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Cody O’Donnell-Cyndi Harrison wedding at the Best Western Payson Inn (Cody attended Payson High School from 2001-2003 and Cyndi is a 2007 graduate) and from Wednesday’s eighth-grade promotion ceremony at Tonto Basin School.

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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