No Stress Valentine Day Prom Night Being Held In Tonto Village


Do you remember being stressed out by attending your high school prom? Do you remember being stressed out by not attending your prom?

Well, now you can put that stress behind you — and enjoy the prom as it was meant to be.

This Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m., the Double D Bar, Store & Cafe in Tonto Village, as part of its Valentine’s Day celebration, will be hosting a fun-filled, no stress “Prom Night.” Owners Dave and Ethel Cain and their daughter, Tammy, are encouraging adult singles and couples to dress in prom attire that was popular during their high school era and come out and visit their cozy little honky tonk.”

“But don’t spend a lot of money getting dressed up,” says Tammy, “the thrift stores should be able to supply you with that perfect dress and coat. We just want everyone to have a nice time, join in the games we have planned, dance to the music they enjoy and help us elect the evening’s prom king and queen.”

I know Ann and I are looking forward to spinning the tunes this Saturday night at the Double D (named after former owners Dave Miller Sr. and Jr.) and enjoying our first “prom” together.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the recording artist who had a Top 10 hit with his song “Queen Of The Hop,” which is already on our playlist for this Saturday night?

This artist was born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936 in the Bronx, New York. He died of heart failure in 1973 at the age of 37.

He was a pop-rock ’n’ roll singer-songwriter-pianist-entertainer who first recorded in 1956 with the Jaybirds. He first appeared on television in the mid-1950s on the Tommy Dorset Show and was nominated for an Oscar for his appearance in the movie “Captain Newman, M.D.” He was married to Sandra Dee from 1960-67.

From 1958 through 1973, this lovable vocalist scored 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including 11 singles that peaked in the Top 10. Some of his most popular songs were “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby,” “Things,” “Splish Splash” and Billboard’s 1959 Song of the Year, “Mack The Knife.”

Is this week’s “Queen Of The Hop” music trivia artist: A) Bobby Darin, B) Bobby Rydell, C) Bobby Vee, or D) Bobby Vinton?

This week, if you are the fifth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a “Valentine” gift basket that has been specially put together by “Double D’s” Tammy Randall. Good luck!

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: 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?”

The correct answer was “Sh-Boom.”

“Rock Around The Clock” (eight weeks at No. 1 in 1955) was by Bill Haley And His Comets. “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” (a No. 1 hit in 1956) was by Elvis Presley. “That’ll Be The Day” (a Grammy and R&R Hall of Fame hit in 1957) was Buddy Holly’s debut hit and his only No. 1 single.

Congratulations to this past week’s first time music trivia winner, Jim Riggs, who won a gift certificate for a haircut from the Payson Barber Shop.

A little about Jim. He was born and raised in Fresno, California, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1962. After returning from military duty in the U.S. Army, Jim settled into a 40-year career as a tool and die maker in his home state.

It’s an interesting story how Jim met his wife, Sheila. One day about 23 years ago when Jim was visiting a community clubhouse, he noticed several ladies splishin’ and a splashin’ in the outdoor spa. To Jim’s surprise, one of the ladies (Sheila) invited him to join them, but he modestly declined, as he didn’t have swimming trunks on.

“No problem,” assured Sheila, “Take everything out of your pockets and jump in!”

“Well, I did,” Jim responded, “And I’ve been doing whatever she says ever since.”

Soon thereafter, Jim and Sheila were off onto their first date, in which Jim arrived at Sheila’s with a bottle of champagne iced in the back of his pickup truck. After a short period of dating and four years of engagement, the couple said their “I do’s” in 1993. It was on their honeymoon in Payson that Jim and Sheila bought the property on which they would later build the house they live in today.

Now retired, Jim enjoys golfing, target shooting, dancing and cooking. He is on the Pro Rodeo committee and, with Sheila, attends the Community Presbyterian Church.

Classic and contemporary country, ’50s rock ’n’ roll and R&B are Jim’s favorite music genres. His three favorite singers are Jim Reeves, George Strait and Sam Cook.

Finally, new pictures I’ve added to my Web site and to my Facebook account are from this past week’s Hashknife welcoming party at the Payson post office. Dozens of admiring cowboys and cowgirls, donning their 2012 Hashknife bandannas and country smiles, hooted and hollered as the riders galloped into the post office parking lot to deliver the Pony Express mail.

Congratulations to all the Hashknife coloring contest participants and winners!

DJ Craig Phone: 468-1482

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