‘Little House On The Prairie’ Is Good Tv


What do country singer Alan Jackson’s song “Livin’ On Love,” pumpkin pie and the television series “Little House on the Prairie” have in common?

Well, these are three things that my wife Ann didn’t know existed before she came to America 18 months ago — but has since discovered and fallen in love with.

I would be toast if at some point during every gig, I didn’t somehow work Jackson’s 1994 hit into the playlist, Ann can’t seem to get enough pumpkin pie and we now spend at least four evenings a week (after watching Dr. Phil, of course), viewing a new episode of “Little House on the Prairie.”

In my opinion, the 1974-1983 television series “Little House on the Prairie” is about the best family viewing one could ask for. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s an American Western drama series, starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s and 1880s.

The show was an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling series of Little House books. The “Little House on the Prairie” series explored many themes and every episode was filled with family values, love, friendship and faith.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the orchestra leader who composed and conducted the theme song and score for “Little House on the Prairie”?

This conductor/composer/arranger was born on June 15, 1910 in London, England and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He died of heart failure in 1990 at the age of 80. This brilliant musician was married to the actress Martha Raye from 1938-41 and wed for a second time to actress and singer Judy Garland from 1941-43. He is the grandfather of singer Samantha James.

In addition to “Little House on the Prairie,” he scored the music for many TV series, including “The Red Skelton Show,” “Bonanza,” “Highway Patrol” and “Highway to Heaven.” He also was the conductor-arranger for 13 movies, from 1941’s “The Princess and the Pirate” to 1967’s “Hombre.”

Three of this talented composer’s songs enjoyed success on the music charts — 1944’s “Holiday For Strings” and “Poinciana (Son of the Tree)” and his 1962 No. 1 hit “The Stripper.”

Was this “Little House on the Prairie” composer and conductor: A) David Bowie, B) David Allan Coe, C) David Rose or D) David Seville?

This week, if you are the fourth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a $25 dollar gift certificate from Tax and Bookkeeping Service, courtesy of owner Barbara Hartwell, toward your tax preparation fees for 2011.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question: In the song “Frosty the Snowman,” when Frosty ran down to the village, what was he holding in his hand? Was it a A) snowball, B) sled, C) broomstick, or D) pail? The correct answer was a broomstick. (“Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand, running here and there all around the square saying catch me if you can.”)

Congratulations to this past week’s second time music trivia winner, Ruth Wells. For her correct answer, Ruth won a $15 gift certificate to the Knotty Pine restaurant and a Christmas CD, comprised of 20 great seasonal songs for children.

Finally, if you would enjoy watching the “Little House on the Prairie,” I have all the episodes downloaded onto our computer and would be glad to share them with you. If you bring over an external drive with at least 65 GB, I will be happy to transfer the entire 10-year series to your drive.

You’ll have every episode (over 200 altogether) from the series, that you’ll be able to give to or share with your kids or grandchildren — or just enjoy the series yourself.

Our holiday gift to you. Merry Christmas!

DJ Craig Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com


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