And this year, in addition to all the wonderful events and different things to do here in the Rim Country, we Rim Country folks have been the recipients of exceptionally good weather. We must be doing something right.
In June, we were blessed with pleasant daytime temperatures and crisp evenings, making for wonderful sleeping. Then the skies opened up at the beginning of July and brought our parched landscape much-needed rain — almost an inch-and-a-half, as per the National Weather Service figures.
But although the amount of moisture so far this monsoon season has been appreciated, it sure would be nice if Mother Nature would shed a few more tears before she regains her composure in mid-September and we’re back to being dry as a bone again. As far as I’m concerned, it might as well rain every day until September.
And that leads me into this week’s music trivia question: Who was the singer/songwriter/pianist who earned her debut single on the Billboard pop chart with her 1962 hit “It Might As Well Rain Until September,” co-written by herself and songwriter (and later husband) Gerry Goffin.
Is this Brooklyn born artist: Carly Simon, B) Carole King, C) Marie Osmond or D) Penny Marchall?
While her landmark Tapestry album earned her superstar status, this artist had already firmly established herself as one of pop music’s most gifted and successful composers, with work recorded by everyone from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin.
In 1961, at the age of 18, she scored her first hit with the Shirelles’’ chart-topping “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and also with her next effort, Bobby Vee’s “Take Good Care of My Baby,” which also hit No. 1.
The following year, she continued her string of No. 1 hits with “The Locomotion,” recorded by her babysitter, Little Eva.
All together, this artist wrote or co-wrote over 100 charted hits in a vast range of styles, including the Chiffons’ “One Fine Day,” the Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof,” the Cookies’ “Chains,” (later covered by the Beatles), Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman,” and the Crystals’ controversial single, “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss).”
This artist’s own songs to make it into the top 10 were “Jazzman,” “Nightingale” and her chart-topping hit (five weeks at No. 1 in 1971) “It’s Too Late.”
This week, if you’re the fourth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win an assortment basket of fine hair products from SmartStyle Hair Salon, located inside Walmart. In addition, you’ll receive valuable coupons for discounts on haircuts and other services from salon manager, Krystal, and stylists Patty, Jessica, Amanda and Tiffany. (These products are sure to come in handy during this monsoon season, with the increased humidity making it nearly impossible to do a thing with your locks.)
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question (which I think was a real “toughie”): Although “Blue Suede Shoes” has been covered by many artists since it debuted in 1956, only four singers have landed hits with the song on the Billboard charts. Which of these four singers was the only one to have his version of “Blue Suede Shoes” reach No. 1 on the charts? A) Carl Perkins, B) Elvis Presley, C) Boyd Bennett, or D) Johnny Rivers?
The right answer was Carl Perkins, who was the songwriter of “Blue Suede Shoes.” Perkins’ song held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country chart for three weeks in the spring of 1956 and concurrently the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s pop chart for four weeks. Presley’s version peaked at No. 20 and Bennett’s reached No. 63, both also in 1956. Rivers’ cover topped out at No. 38 in 1973.
Congratulations to this past week’s multiple-time music trivia winner, Macie Cherov, eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School. For her correct answer, Macie won a $20 gift certificate to The 260 Café, donated by the restaurant’s cheerful owners, Diane and Don Sweatt.
Lastly, wasn’t that a wonderful performance last Saturday night at Green Valley Park by the Missouri Opry’s Jerry and June? People were up dancing and singing along with Jerry as he belted out popular country and pop standards from the ’40s through the ’80s.
And how about that sunset over Green Valley Park, midway through the concert. Just as Jerry was pickin’ Johnny Cash’s “Orange Blossom Special,” the white as snow cirrus clouds above morphed into another mid-summer, spectacular pink and orange Arizona sunset.
And can you believe that Jerry and June performed for two straight hours? It’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen live performers do a concert without taking a break.
My Stetson goes off to them!
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