Time To Say Goodbye To Topless Cabaret


Is what I’ve been reading in the Roundup for the past two weeks really true? Is the talk about town that one of Southwest America’s finest and classy establishments has gone out of business more than just small town rumor?

Is it possible Pete’s Topless Cabaret has really closed its doors, taken down its brass poles and stage-surround mirrors (not that I know for sure what the inside really looks like) and the young dancers have sped (watch out for the town’s photo radar, ladies!) back to lower paying, humdrum jobs in the Valley?

Say it isn’t so! It was just last spring that my buddy, “Larry,” and I were sitting and jawing down at Green Valley Park, enjoying the cool evening air, when he turned to me and said, “Ya’ know, in all my long life, I’ve never been to one of those places where the girls take off their clothes. I think I’d like to give it a try, but I don’t want to go alone.”

Well … being the good friend that I am and thinking that even though I might not enjoy the dancing, I might really enjoy the music. I agreed to make the trip down the hill with Larry.

But, my buddy’s excitement ebbed as quickly as it built, as he told me the very next night that he didn’t want to go after all. He admitted, “I’ve lost my courage.”

This week’s music trivia question honors or debases (depending on which side of the pole you dance) Star Valley’s “Pete’s Place Topless Cabaret.”

It was in 1958 that British-born American songwriter, arranger, pianist and orchestra leader, David Rose composed and recorded the song, “The Stripper.”

(It was originally used as the B-Side to his single, “Ebb Tide.”)

But it was not until its use in a famous 1962 movie, starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood and Karl Maulden, that “The Stripper” became a hit, soaring to No. 1 on Billboard’s chart in July of that year. The song featured especially prominent trombone lines, giving the tune its lascivious signature, and evoked the feel of music used to accompany vaudeville striptease artists.

This week’s take-it-all-off music trivia question is: In what 1962 movie did Rose’s hit, “The Stripper” appear? A) The Gypsy, B) Lolita, C) The Days of Wine and Roses, or D) So Long, Pete, It’s Been Good to Know You?

If you are caller number four this week with the correct answer, you’ll win a CD album of 21 of America’s best instrumental hits of the 1950s and ’60s, including David Rose’s “The Stripper.” Good luck!

Now, let’s check out last week’s music trivia question, which was: What is the name of the parson in the song, “Winter Wonderland?” Is it: A) Parson Black, B) Parson Brown, C) Parson White, or D) Parson Purple?

The right answer was Parson Brown, from the lyrics:

“In the meadow we can build a snowman,

Then pretend that he is Parson Brown.

He’ll say: Are you married? We’ll say: No man. But you can do the job when you’re in town.”

Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Teri Jones, who lives in Pine. For having last week’s correct answer, Teri won a “Best of John Denver” CD.

A little about Teri. She was born and lived in Grand Rapids, Mich. until she was a teenager, upon which time her family moved to Phoenix. After college, she moved to Chicago for 11 years, then back to the Valley for a year, before settling in California for the next 30 years of her life. She is now retired, following a long career as a school nurse.

Teri first met her husband, Tom, in trigonometry class in high school — way back when. After each going their separate ways after graduation, the two found each other again and have now been happily married for the past 18 years. They moved to Pine three years ago to be closer to family, escape the congestion of California and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Rim Country.

In Teri’s spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, playing board games, listening to easy listening “Oldies-but-Goodies” music, especially John Denver and Neil Diamond, and volunteering at the Presbyterian Church’s after-school program for kids.

Lastly, on my Web site, you can check out pictures from this week’s Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual winter party held at the Church of the Nazarene. If you would like to know how you can make a difference in a young person’s life by becoming a big brother or sister or would like information on how you can support this much-needed organization, please give me a call.

Have a great week!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com


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