A Howling Good Weekend On Tap

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This weekend looks like another two days of many events going on in the Rim Country area that will benefit our local not-for-profit organizations.

On Saturday, the Community Presbyterian Church will be hosting a celebration in recognition of its 75th anniversary and on both Saturday and Sunday, Rim Country Literacy will hold its 11th annual book sale at the Senior Circle.

On Saturday morning, the Suicide Awareness Program is sponsoring a walk at Green Valley Park and the Paws in the Park program is promising a “howling” day of fun, games, prizes and food at the Payson Dog Park, next to the library.

As I was reading about the Paws in the Park’s 8th Annual Dog Day, I started thinking about some of the famous “dog songs” that have been recorded over the years.

Some of the more famous tunes that came to mind were Patti Page’s 1953 classic, “The Doggie in the Window,” Rufus Thomas’ 1963 top 10 hit, “Walkin’ the Dog” and the modern dance hit, “Who Let the Dogs Out,” which earned a 2000 Grammy Award for the Baha Men.

One of my favorite songs about man’s best friend is the comical recording, “Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog.”

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the country singer who recorded this catchy tune on his 1966 album, “Everybody Loves A Nut?”

This legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music.

With his deep, resonant baritone and percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound, a subgenre falling somewhere between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock ’n’ roll, and the world-weariness of country.

This country icon charted his first hit in 1955 on Billboard’s country chart with “Cry, Cry, Cry.” He went on to produce 138 more charted hits until his death in 2003 — 13 of those hits peaking No. 1.

Three of this artist’s most popular hits were “I Walk the Line” (1956), “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” (1958) and “Ring of Fire” (1963).

Was this “dirty old egg sucking” singer: A) Hank Snow, B) Johnny Cash, C) Lefty Frizzell, or D) Bob “Bow Wow” Barker?

This week, be caller number five and have the right answer and you’ll win a $20 gift certificate to Payson Feed & Pet Supply, courtesy of Vic and Connie Agnes, owners. You can always count on the highest quality products for your pets at Payson Feed & Supply.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s trivia question, which was: Can you name the hard rock group who recorded the blazing biker anthem “Born to Be Wild,” which roared out of speakers everywhere in the fiery summer of 1968?

Was this classic rock group: A) Creedence Clearwater Revival, B) Blood, Sweat & Tears C) Steppenwolf or D) The Lawrence Welk Biker band?

The right answer was Steppenwolf. Creedence Clearwater Rival (CCR) and Blood, Sweat & Tears were also popular late-1960s rock groups.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Judy Corbin of Payson, who has been a music trivia winner several times before. For her correct answer, Judy won a $20 gift certificate to Fargo’s Restaurant, where the steaks are out of this world!

Lastly, new pictures I’ve just added to my Web site are from last Sunday’s (10-10-10) Ryan Lowe-Emma Mirko wedding reception at Mountain Bible Church, where nearly 200 of the young couple’s family and friends joined them in their marriage celebration.

Ryan grew up and graduated from school in Albuquerque, N.M. Emma is a 2009 Payson home-school graduate.

Have a howling good weekend!

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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