What do Robert “Bob Nolan” Nobles, Vernon “Tim” Spencer and Leonard “Roy Rogers” Slye have in common?
If you guessed that they were the original three members who in 1933 formed “The Pioneer Trio” (soon thereafter to become “The Sons of the Pioneers”), give yourself a big pat on the back.
Next Saturday evening, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Payson High School auditorium, Payson has the distinct privilege of hosting the Sons of the Pioneers, for what I’m guessing will be a sold-out performance.
And although Bob, Tim and Roy have long since joined Pecos Bill in the “Last Round-Up In The Sky,” the new cast of Pioneer wranglers continues to carry on the rich tradition that made the original cowpokes so beloved.
The Sons of the Pioneers’ business manager, Nolan Berry, recently told me, “During the summer season, the fellas now perform six days a week in Branson, Missouri, then head out across the Southwestern states to do another 50 or so concerts during the winter months.
“The boys have been working on a new play list, but you can be sure the folks in Payson will be hearing all of their signature songs, like “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” “Cool Water,” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”
Berry continued, “Most of our six-member group are very familiar with Payson and are looking forward to visiting your town. The night before they’ll be performing in Tucson and the following weekend they’ll be in Wichita.”
Tickets for the concert are available through the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bob’s Western Wear, Scoops Ice Cream and Payson Athletic Club. If purchased ahead of time, tickets are $20, otherwise $25 at the door.
The Sons of the Pioneers have long been an extremely popular Western group, having charted numerous hits over four decades on Billboard’s country music chart — from their first hit, “Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima” in 1945 to their last charted hit, “Ride Concrete Cowboy, Ride,” featured in a late 1970s movie starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed.
This week’s music trivia question is: Which of the following movies featured the Sons of the Pioneers’ last charted hit, “Ride Concrete Cowboy, Ride?” A) Pure Country, B) Smokey and the Bandit, C) Last of the Pony Riders, or D) The Great Mesa del Water Treatment Plant Saga?
If you’re caller number five this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win not one, but two great prizes — a pair of complimentary tickets to next Saturday night’s Sons of the Pioneers concert in the high school auditorium AND a “Best of Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers” CD — featuring their top original hits.
Not only does next Saturday’s Western concert promise to be a memorable ride down “Red River Valley,” but a portion of the proceeds from the concert will go to support the Payson High School Student Government — made up of our community’s and nation’s future leaders.
High school teacher and Student Government sponsor Shelly Camp says, “Not only does our 20-member, civic-minded group of students work hard to organize high school dances, assemblies and projects to help teens make safe choices, but it also reaches out to help our community by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event and the Out of Darkness walk, which brings awareness to suicide and suicide prevention. The students also raise funds and awareness of hunger issues by hosting the Soup Kitchen.”
Two big “thumbs up” the for Payson High School Student Government!
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Which of the following hits was not recorded by the Bee Gees and was not featured in the movie, “Saturday Night Fever?” A) “You Should Be Dancing,” B) “How Deep Is Your Love,” C) “Hot Stuff,” or D) “Night Fever”?
The correct answer was “Hot Stuff,” which was a No. 1 hit by the “Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer, in the summer of 1979.
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Barbara Bott, who is a second-time winner.
Excitedly, Barbara told me, “Since I won a couple of years ago, I got married and spent my month-long honeymoon camping on the Delores River in Triest Gulch, Colorado. And thanks to my marriage to Milt, I’m now a grandma for the first time!”
Barb also seemed excited to win a “Best of Disco” CD. She said, “Now I can set aside my love songs and easy-listening tapes and exercise to the disco beat!”
Lastly, many of you know that I help people locate “hard-to-find” music from the past, put together custom CDs and convert old records and tapes to CDs. Now, I can also help preserve your family memories by converting your old home movies to DVDs. Just give me a call.
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