This Saturday night in the Payson High School Auditorium, the Rim Country Optimist Club will host its fourth annual Lip Sync Contest.
Starting at 6:45 p.m., 11 high school acts, made up of either solo performers or groups, will be competing for a whopping $1,000 in cash prizes. There will also be a silent auction in the lobby. The proceeds from this fun event will be awarded as scholarships to many young people in the Rim Country area.
To begin the evening’s show, the Junior Thespians from Rim Country Middle School will present their lip sync version of “We Go Together,” a classic hit from the movie “Grease.”
Following the high school lip sync-ers, a special guest group of Alchesay High School students and staff will end the evening with their lip-smacking rendition of the 2011 Glee Cast medley “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Some of the other songs that we can expect to hear lip sync-ed during the evening are Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting,” Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon,” ABBA’s No. 1 hit “Dancing Queen” and Lou Bega’s smash single “Mambo No. 5.”
Sure to be a highlight at this year’s Lip Sync Contest will be emcee, Troy Whalen. If you were at the first contest in 2009, you might remember that it was Troy and his group that took first place honors and brought the house down with their dazzling costumes and lipping of Aqua’s 1997 “Barbie Girl.”
All in all, this year’s Lip Sync Contest should be quite a fun and entertaining event.
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the female vocalist who recorded the 1986 hit “Read My Lips?”
This American singer and actress was born in 1959 in Ogden, Utah. Aside from her two older brothers (who are deaf), this artist was the only family member not involved in the music business.
After the initial success of her brothers’ family group in 1970, her family convinced her to try her hand as well. She signed with the family’s record label, MGM Records, and began making concert appearances with her brothers, though her style was more directed toward country music, in contrast with her brothers’ pop music.
In 1973, this perky artist cut her first single as a solo artist, “Paper Roses.” The recording became a No. 1 country hit, reached the Top 5 on the Billboard magazine pop chart and achieved crossover success. The song earned a gold record, as did the album of the same name.
In all, this artist charted 22 singles on the country charts. In addition to her 1973 “Paper Roses,” her other No. 1 hits came in the mid-1980s with “There’s No Stopping Your Heart,” “You’re Still New To Me” and her famous duet with Dan Seals, “Meet Me In Montana.”
This week’s music trivia artist also co-hosted a TV series with her older brother, Donny, from 1976-78, hosted her own TV series from 1980-81, co-hosted TV’s “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” from 1985-86 and starred in the 1995 TV series “Maybe This Time.”
One other interesting fact about this artist is that she turned down the lead role as Sandy in the movie “Grease” — because she didn’t approve of the script’s moral content. (The role went to Olivia Newton-John.)
Is this week’s “Read My Lips” music trivia artist: A) K.T. Oslin, B) Crystal Gayle, C) Marie Osmond, or D) Kathy Mattea?
This week, if you are the sixth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win a $15 gift certificate to Loot Resale, courtesy of owner Liz Nordquist. Located directly behind the One-Stop gas station, Loot Resale specializes in gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, accessories and house wares. If you haven’t been into Liz’s shop before, please check it out. You’ll find her store has a lot to offer, is well organized and is neat as a pin.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the recording artist who had a Top 10 hit with his song “Queen Of The Hop?” Was it A) Bobby Darin, B) Bobby Rydell, C) Bobby Vee or D) Bobby Vinton?
The right answer was pop-rock singer Bobby Darin. Artists Bobby Rydell (“Wild One,” 1960), Bobby Vee (“Take Good Care Of My Baby,” 1961) and Bobby Vinton (“Roses Are Red,” 1962) were popular teen idols in the late 1950s-early 1960s.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Grace Mootsey. Grace has been a winner several times in the past, although not for quite some time now.
Two final things. New pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from this past Monday’s Valentine’s dance at Tonto Basin School. Ann and I went down early to the school to have lunch with the kindergarten through eighth-graders, then had a ball watching the students as they danced the afternoon away.
Also, if you saw the Grammy awards this past Sunday night, I hope you feel as I did that the Grammy association has really cleaned up its annual award show.
Absent was the foul language and other inappropriate behavior that have spoiled some of the past recent shows. This year’s show was really a very classy act, hosted by a very classy LL Cool J.
And how about that Bruno Mars? That young man can dance!
Have a nice week ahead.
DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com