If in the past couple of weeks you’ve walked around the lake at Green Valley Park, you’ve probably noticed that the west bank of the lake has taken on a distinctive “clean-cut” look.
A couple of weeks ago, a half-dozen or so town workers (Parks & Rec and Water Department employees, working side by side), whacked down the cattails that had stretched the entire length of the western shore. People who walk the sidewalk at the park could once again see the lake on the west side.
The town workers who worked so hard to weed-whack down and rake out the overgrown reeds really did a nice job of leaving the shore with a nicely trimmed, manicured look.
On my own walk on by, as I gazed out at the remaining cattail stumps, the reeds strangely flashed me back to when I was nine years old, looking into the mirror at the bristles on my head standing straight up after my father’s home clippers left me with yet another save-25-cents-by-not-going-to-the-barber-shop, chopped off, uniform length “crew-cut.”
Which brings me to this week’s music trivia topic and question.
One of my favorite 1950s musical groups has always been the pop vocal quartet formed in 1952 in Toronto, Canada — the “Crew-Cuts.” Perhaps you remember, as I do, your parents playing their LP hits on the family Hi-Fi or listening to their songs on the radio.
The Crew-Cuts’ clean-cut white harmony glee club approach to music was much in the same style of early- and mid-’50s groups, such as the Four Aces, the Four Lads and the Four Freshman.
The Canadian quartet differed from those acts, however, in that their concentration was on covering songs originally recorded by R&B/Doo Wop vocal groups.
The Crew-Cuts were very popular during the Dwight D. Eisenhower presidential years and were regular visitors to the Top 20 from 1954 to 1957, with such hits as “Crazy ’Bout Ya Baby,” “Earth Angel” and “Gum Drop.” But it was their 1954 signature hit that spent nine weeks at number one in the summer of 1954 that propelled them to everlasting fame.
This week’s music trivia question is: What was the name of the Crew-Cuts’ 1954 signature hit? Was it A) “Rock Around the Clock,” B) “Sh-Boom,” C) “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” or D) “That’ll Be The Day?”
This week, if you are the fourth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a free “crew-cut” (or any other type of haircut of your choice) from either Barbara, Dennis or Jim at the Payson Barber Shop — where you always walk out looking “in style.” Good luck!
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name country music artist and band who scored a country number one hit with their 2009 song “Toes in the Sand?” Was this band A) The Zac Brown Band, B) KC And The Sunshine Band C) The Little River Band or D) The Ron Gibson Band?
The correct answer was The Zac Brown Band. KC And The Sunshine Band (“Shake Your Booty”) was a late 1970s-early 1980s disco band, The Little River Band (“Reminiscing”) was a mid-1970s-mid 1980s pop-rock group and The Ron (KMOG’s Rockin’ Ron) Gibson Band is one of Rim Country’s finest local bands.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Barbara Shepherd, who won a $30 gift certificate to the “Toes in the Sand” salon, good for a shampoo, cut and style, courtesy of Holly Shelander, licensed cosmetologist.
A little about Barbara. She was born, raised and has lived the better portion of her life in El Paso, Texas. She has three grown children who live in the Valley, with whom she enjoys visiting and spending time.
After retiring from her court recorder job four years ago in Globe, Barbara moved to Payson to accept employment in the county attorney’s office.
In her spare time, Barbara likes watching her son team rope in rodeos, traveling, hiking and following local politics. She is a member of the Expedition Church, is a local school board member and is on the advisory housing commission of the Town of Payson. She’s quite a busy lady.
Barbara also enjoys listening to soft rock, classic country and gospel music. Although difficult to limit herself, she says her three favorite artists are Elvis Presley, Elton John and Waylon Jennings.
It’s easy to see why Barbara says Waylon is among her favorite singers. When she was a young adult, she attended one of Jennings’ concerts.
“Needing to visit the ladies’ room after the concert,” Barbara said, “I saw a long line of women, which I thought was the line to get into the bathroom, so I jumped in at the end.”
“It wasn’t long before I noticed that at the head of that line was Waylon Jennings, and then I saw that the reason the ladies were lined up was to get a kiss from Waylon. So I thought — why not!”
After waiting her turn, Barbara enjoyed a big wet one (right on the lips) from country music’s 1975 male vocalist of the year. A kiss she (and maybe Waylon, too) likely will never forget.
Have a great week!