Labor Day Honors Hard Working Men And Women


This week’s music trivia question is dedicated to the young man who busses tables into the wee hours of the night, the certified nurse’s assistant who toils on her late-night weekend shift and the hard working man who pounds roofing nails under the sweltering August Arizona sun.

I’m sure it was the hard working man (and woman) that labor long, tedious hours that Congress had in mind in the late 1880s when it enacted Labor Day — a day that has become a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers in all occupations have made to the strength, growth, and well-being of our country.

This week’s music trivia question honors the hard workin’ man, the reason we will enjoy a day off from work this first Monday in September.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the country music artist who recorded the 1993 hit, “Hard Workin’ Man”?

This country duo had worked as singer-songwriters before the duo’s formation, charting singles of their own in the late 1980s. The duo is considered the most successful from any genre, having sold more albums than all others.

The duo made its debut in 1991 with their first four singles all reaching the top of the U.S. Billboard country music charts. Their debut album, “Brand New Man,” was released the same year and was certified 6x platinum.

This Nashville twosome has had more than 50 singles on the country music charts, 20 of which have reached No. 1. Among their biggest hits are their 1992 songs “Neon Moon” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and their 1996 classic, “My Maria.”

From 1992-2004, this pair earned the Country Music Association’s “Vocal Duo of the Year” award 12 of those 13 years.

Is this “Hard Workin’ Man” country duo: A) Montgomery Gentry, B) the Allman Brothers, C) Brooks & Dunn or D) Cagney and Lacey?

This week, if you’re caller number five and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of this duo’s top hits.

This Saturday through Monday, Ann and I will be in Lakeside for a three-day music event and will be unavailable to take your trivia calls. Please leave your answers on our answering machine and I will get back with you when we return.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the singer who recorded the 1972 album “Hot Summer Night”?

Was it A) Neil Young, B) Neil Sedaka C) Neil Diamond, or D) Neil Downtapray?

The right answer was Neil Diamond.

Neil Young, a member of the 1960s band Buffalo Springfield, went solo in 1969, then joined the trio Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1970-71. His most popular song was his 1972 hit “Heart of Gold,” in which Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor provided the backing vocals.

Neil Sedaka was a major recording artist from the late 1950s through 1980. He is best remembered for his 1962 No. 1 hit “Breaking up is Hard to Do.”

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Sandy DeGrand, who won a “Best of Neil Diamond” CD.

Sandy said, “Along with Elton John and Dean Martin, Neil is one of my favorite artists. My husband, Jerry, and I saw him in concert at the L.A. Forum in 1993 and he put on a fantastic show!”

A little more about Sandy: She was born and raised in Two Rivers, Wis., then attended secretarial school following graduation from Washington High School.

Her first date with Jerry was a real “Lulu.” They went to see the blockbuster movie, “To Sir With Love,” which featured Lulu’s song by the same name. “To Sir With Love” went on to become the song of the year in 1967. Sandy and Jerry have been married for 42 years and have two children.

Sandy has spent most of her working years as a secretary, real estate agent and teacher’s assistant.

After living for 30 years in California, in 2007 she and Jerry packed up their bags and headed east to Payson. Sandy said, “We had visited a number of times and just really fell in love with the area.”

Now retired, Sandy enjoys walking in her Elk Ridge neighborhood, fishing on the Rim and sewing.

Her favorite music genres are ’50s through ’80s rock ’n’ roll and contemporary country.

Lastly, new pictures I have added to my Web site are from this past Saturday’s birthday party at Kristin Croak’s home on Tyler Parkway. Not rain, lightning, nor an angry neighbor complaining of loud music (imagine that!) could keep the many guests from having a great time.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend, everyone!

DJ Craig

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