Afternoon Rains Are A Delight


Don’t ya just love “monsoon season” in the Rim Country? I sure do.

Well, maybe I can do without the mid-90s heat and the higher than normal Arizona humidity (which most other folks around the nation would consider pretty downright arid), but I just love the late afternoon rains, complete with shiver-me-timbers thunder, knockin’-yer-boots-off bolts of lightning and blow-the-man-down gales of wind.

It was just about a week ago that Mother Nature finally put together her first really hearty, sustained rainfall of the season here in Payson. It was the first time this “monsoon season” that the lake at Green Valley Park overflowed its banks and spewed its reclaimed waste water over the lake’s west sidewalk. (Isn’t that an image to behold!)

But then, as usual, following the late summer collisions of moist, hot air with the cooler air above, replete with rain, thunder, lightning and wind, atmospheric serenity returned. The air became fresh and clean again, the temperature wonderfully chilled and a vibrant, eye-popping double-arched rainbow painted itself across the eastern sky. (I think God made rainbows to let us know everything is gonna be all right.)

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the female artist who sang the 1965 hit, “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows?”

She was born in 1946 in Manhattan, New York and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey in a Jewish family with her younger brother Michael, an Oscar winner for “Best” original song for the theme song of “Fame.”

This leading solo singer of the 1960s “girl group” sound was a 16-year-old junior at the Dwight School for Girls when her smash recording “It’s My Party” became a No. 1 hit in 1963. It was later nominated for a Grammy Award and sold over 1 million copies.

In all, this pop singer scored 18 hits on the Billboard charts, including her Top 10 hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s a Fool” and “You Don’t Own Me” — which held the No. 2 spot for two weeks in 1964 behind the Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

In addition to her successful singing career, this pop artist appeared in the 1965 movie “On the Beach“ and “Ski Party,” starring Frankie Avalon.

Was this “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” singer: A) Leslie Gore, B) Petula Clark, C) Annette Funicello, or D) Connie Francis?

If you’re the fifth caller this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a $35 gift certificate for a haircut at Studio B Salon, courtesy of Ashley Sockrider, stylist.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the late 1980s-early ’90s country duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s biggest, clinky-clanky hit? Was it A) “Chain of Fools,” B) “Chain Gang,” C) “Chains of Gold,” or D) “Take These Chains From My Heart?”

The correct answer was “Chains of Gold,” which reached No. 4 on Billboard’s country chart in 1987.

“Chain of Fools” was a 1968 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hit for Aretha Franklin. “Chain Gang” was a 1960 Top 5 hit for soul singer Sam Cooke and 1953’s “Take These Chains From My Heart” was the last of Hank Williams’ 11 No. 1 country hits.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Ruth Wells-Miyamoto, resident of Good Samaritan Society-Majestic Rim Retirement Center.

For being this past week’s winner, Ruth won a $25 gift certificate to the Mutt Boutique and a CD of country music’s Top 20 love songs.

A little about Ruth: She grew up in Douglas, Arizona and has lived her whole life in the Grand Canyon State. She spent a good portion of her working years as a substitute teacher (bless her heart), then moved to Payson in 2006 to be closer to her daughter. In September, her husband, Willie and she will celebrate their second wedding anniversary.

Ruth enjoys walking, traveling and attending Sunday chapel at Majestic Rim. Her favorite music is classic country and she puts Roy Acuff, Slim Whitman and George Strait atop her favorite artist list.

Have a shiver-me-timbers week!

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