Next Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the high school auditorium, the Tonto Community Concert Association will present “Chaplin: A Life in Concert,” composed by and starring singer-songwriter David Pomeranz.
When I told my wife, Ann, about next week’s concert and that I had no idea who David Pomeranz is, she gazed at me with the look that said “What rock did you crawl out from under?”
As you might guess, in the next five minutes of conversation, I quickly learned a whole lot about the Long Island born and raised Pomeranz.
When Ann was growing up in the Philippines, David Pomeranz was a staple on her family’s home radio, and was a frequent concert performer in her island country. Also, his love songs are at the top of the list of many Filipinas, including Ann, who enjoy grabbing the mic for karaoke singing.
After emerging out from under my rock, I did a little research on Pomeranz and found that not only has he sold over 35 million albums, he is one of the most prolific songwriters on the scene today.
His songs have been recorded and/or performed by scores of major artists, including Barry Manilow, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, The Hollies, The Carpenters, The Muppets and country singer Billy Dean — who will also be in concert in Payson after the holidays.
Tuesday’s concert should really be a whole lot of fun. For those too young to remember, Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work during the silent film era (before audio was developed for movies).
He used mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines, and continued well into the era of the talkies (after audio was added to movies).
This week’s music trivia question is: Which of the following statements is true about Charlie Chaplin? A) He was 5 feet, 5 inches tall, B) His dead body was stolen from the Corsier-Sur-Vevey cemetery in Switzerland and held for ransom for 11 weeks, until the thieves were caught, C) He once entered a Charlie Chaplin-look-a-like-contest and finished third, or D) All of the above?
This week, if you are the fifth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win two complimentary tickets to next Tuesday evening’s “Chaplin: A Life in Concert” presentation at the high school, courtesy of the Tonto Community Concert Association.
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question.
Which of the following 1977 female country music hits was recorded by Dolly Parton? A) “Here You Come Again,” B) “That Was Yesterday,” C) “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” or D) “She’s Got You.”
The correct answer was “Here You Come Again,” which was Dolly‘s biggest hit — claiming the top spot on Billboard’s country chart for five weeks in the fall of 1977.
Each of the other trivia choices were also No. 1 hits in that same year — Donna Fargo with “That Was Yesterday,” Crystal Gayle with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” and Loretta Lynn with “She’s Got You,” a remake of Patsy Cline’s 1962 classic hit.
Congratulations to this past week’s first time trivia winner, John Bryant, who won a CD of Dolly Parton’s 20 No. 1 hits.
A little about John: He was born in Georgetown, Kentucky and raised in Topeka, Kansas, where through a blind date set up by good friends, he met his future wife, Sharon.
The couple has been married for 46 years and have two daughters.
For most of John’s adult life, he was employed in the field of education in Mesa — as a special education teacher, school psychologist and director of special education. Both Sharon and John are now retired.
About five years ago, the couple moved to Payson full time, after previously spending an equal amount of time living in their Rim Country summer home. John said, “We just love everything about Payson.”
In addition to traveling, yard work and fishing, John enjoys his time as a board volunteer for the Gila County Foster Children Review Board.
The Bryants are also members of Mount Cross Lutheran Church.
John’s music of choice is classical, jazz and classic country. When I asked him who his favorite artists are, he said, “Gosh, I have so many, but if forced to choose, I’d say Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tammy Wynette and the Statler Brothers.”
I hope you’re having a nice Thanksgiving weekend.
If you’re looking for something to do this Friday and Saturday, you just might want to check out the Festival of Lights in Pine.
Hope to see you there!
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