It seems that habit and routine pretty much rule our day to day lives. Wouldn’t you agree? Routine seems to bring order to our lives and helps us get through the day.
But as nice as routine is, it’s always a pleasant surprise when we’re bumped off of that routine by something really special.
Last week, we had one of those special moments come our way. We had the opportunity to DJ for what turned out to be a very special event — Chrissy Wiley’s birthday party. Almost all of the guests were very special people — adults who had finished school through special education classes and who had also participated in the Special Olympics program.
Along with great dancing, the party atmosphere overflowed with warmth, laughter and the loving bond that these special people share with one another. Truly, these young adults are very, very special people.
(If you visit my Web site listed below, you can see pictures of Chrissy’s birthday party.)
There have been many songs recorded through the years that sing of “special” things. In 1960, Freddy Cannon hit the airwaves with his “Blue Plate Special.” A year later, Curtis Lee introduced his “Special Love.” Then in 1965, Johnny Rivers scored a big hit with his “Midnight Special.”
More “special” songs that have had Billboard success have included Johnny Cash’s 1965 “Orange Blossom Special,” the 1910 Fruitgum Co.’s 1969 “Special Delivery” and Rod Stewart’s 1971 “Somebody Special.”
Without a doubt, one of the most popular “special” song ever recorded is “My Special Angel,” first recorded by Bobby Helms in 1957, then covered by the Crests (1959), Johnny Burdette (1960), the Vogues (1968) and Eddie Arnold (1973), among others.
By far, the most successful version of “My Special Angel” was the original by Bobby Helms, which reached No. 7 on the pop chart and spent four weeks at No. 1 on the country chart. (That same year, Helms produced the smash country hit “Fraulein,” which stayed on the country chart for an amazing 52 weeks, and one of America’s all-time favorite Christmas classics, “Jingle Bell Rock.”)
This week’s music trivia question is: Bobby Helms’ “My Special Angel” starts with the lyrics “You are my special angel…”
What lyrics come next? A) “the Lord smiled down on me,” B) “and I’m in heaven again,” C) “sent from up above” or D) “you’re the devil in disguise?”
If you’re the fourth caller this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of 20 classic love songs — a very special album.
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Which of the following four songs did not appear in the movie, “The Help,” whose setting was the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi? A) “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker, B) “The Wah Watusi” by the Orlons, C) “Say It Loud - I’m Black And I’m Proud” by James Brown or D) “Sherry” by the 4 Seasons? (Three of these songs were popular in 1961-62, with the fourth and winning choice popular in 1968).
The correct answer was James Brown’s 1968 hit “Say It Loud - I’m Black And I’m Proud.”
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Judy Corwin, who won a CD of the top hits of the 1960s. Judy, a winner several times in the past, told me this was a very easy question for her, as just the day before reading last week’s article, she and her husband, Bill, had visited the Sawmill Theatres to see “The Help.”
Lastly, just a reminder that we’re only a little over a week away from the Tonto Community Concert Association kicking off its 2011-2012 season. The first performance will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Payson High School auditorium and will feature the internationally acclaimed, high energy Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. A must-see.
Season tickets (only $90 per person for the entire 8 fantastic national and international performances) are still available and can be obtained from Eloise Jones (478-4363) or Judy Smith (474-4181). Individual concert tickets are available at the door for $35 per ticket.
Have a special week ahead!
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