Girls Just Want To Have Fun



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“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” was a top single in 1984.

That dance theme was more than evident last Saturday night as more than 100 Rim Country Girl Scouts and their “dates,” (a father, uncle or other special male adult) gathered at Payson’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the Scouts’ annual “Me and My Guy” dance.

For two straight hours, Girl Scouts from all 11 area troops, with members from kindergarten through high school, chicken danced, two-stepped, rock ’n’ rolled and sometimes just jumped around on the hardwood gym floor at the church.

Yep, from where Ann and I were sitting, the smiles on the faces of the young ladies beamed, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun!” (A couple of photos from the event are pictured above. You can see more pictures of all the fun the girls had by visiting my Web site.)

This week’s music question is: Can you name the New York City born and raised singer-songwriter-actress who sang the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame hit, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun?”

She achieved success in the mid-1980s with the release of the album, “She’s So Unusual,” and became the first female singer to have four top-five singles released from one album. She has released 11 albums and over 40 singles, and has sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

In 1983, this talented artist won the Grammy New Artist of the Year award and in 1983-84 acted in the movies “Vibes” and “Life with Mikey.”

From 1983-1989, she had eight singles reach Billboard’s Top 10, including her two No. 1 hits, “Time After Time” and “True Colors.”

Is this “I Just Want To Have Fun” singer: A) Madonna, B) Cyndi Lauper, C) Irene Cara, or D) Susi Carr?

This week, if you’re caller number seven and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of the top 20 dance hits of the 1980s, which includes “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Good luck!

Now, let’s check out last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you complete the title of Neil Diamond’s 1967 hit, “Thank The Lord For ...”?

Was Neil thankful for: A) The Children, B) The Sun And The Moon, C) The Night Time, or D) The Pepperoni?

The correct answer was “The Night Time.” (In 1970, former Beatle, George Harrison, recorded the little known song, “Thanks For The Pepperoni.”)

Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Jim West, who won a $25 gift certificate to Peggy’s Payson Place — a friendly little shop located at the gateway of Payson’s historic Main Street.

A little about this past week‘s winner: Jim was born in Michigan and has lived in many different parts of the United States. As Jim says, “Just like Hank Snow and Johnny Cash, ‘I’ve Been Everywhere.’”

Jim has spent most of his life in the entertainment field. In 1983, after hearing that Pete’s Place in Star Valley was looking for a weekend entertainer (back then, Pete’s Place was a family restaurant), Jim packed his guitar, left Phoenix and headed to the Rim Country. He’s been here ever since.

Five years ago, Jim met Kathleen Kelly, a fellow entertainer. The two tied the knot in 2008 and now, during the season, regularly entertain on the weekends at MoJoe’s and Western Village. In addition to his love of music, Jim has been a professional magician for the past 50 years.

When he is not playing music himself, Jim enjoys listening to folk, jazz, blues and country music. His three favorite artists are James Taylor, Kathy Mattea and Ray Nichols, who was the lead guitar player for country singer, Merle Haggard.

Lastly, if you happen to know a young lady who would be interested in joining the Girl Scouts, you can contact the Payson Girl Scouts Neighborhood Manager, Rhonda Evans, at 474-0653.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

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