Kudos to Matt and Becca Sopeland on the recent construction of their beautiful, quaint new home in the 700 block of West Main Street. The couple, along with their three young children, Emme, Olivia and Jack, moved in just this past February.
As their home was being built, I always took a glimpse of the construction progress as I drove by, as I headed home further down Main Street. As their home neared its completion, I was amazed at how much the Sopeland home reminded me of older, in-city structures of the Midwest and East.
Matt, whose own construction company built their home, explained, “Becca and I wanted a home that was close to Julia Randall School and Green Valley Park, so that the kids could just ride their bikes there. And we also wanted to build a house that fit in with the older charm and style of residential Main Street. We think we achieved that.”
Becca added, “And living on Main Street, we’ll have front row seats for the parade and everything else that happens on this wonderful street.”
If you haven’t noticed the Sopelands’ “This Ole House” as you drive down Main Street — check it out. It’s about a block west of the Ox Bow Saloon and right across the street from Down the Street Art Gallery. It really is a throwback to times gone by, complete with a detached garage in the back and a Mayberry-ish front porch from which to relax and watch people go by.
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the popular early 1950s singer who scored a number one hit with her 1954 version of the song “This Ole House?” (Country music singer Stuart Hamblen also had a top 5 hit with his country rendition of the tune.)
This Kentucky born and raised singer sang with her sister, Betty, with the Tony Pastor Orchestra in the late 1940s before she went solo in 1950.
She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit “Come On-a My House,” written by William Saroyan and his cousin Ross Bagdasarian (better known as David Seville, the father figure of Alvin and the Chipmunks).
She followed up her debut hit with such numbers as “Mambo Italiano,” “Tenderly,” “Half as Much” and “Hey There,” from the Broadway musical “The Pajama Game.”
Also an actress, her career included major roles in the 1950s movies “Slaughter Trail,” “Here Come The Girls” and “White Christmas.”
Is this “This Ole House” singer A) Doris Day; B) Jo Stafford; C) Rosemary Clooney; or D) Anna Van Zile?
Be the sixth caller with the correct answer this week and you’ll win a CD of the very best easy listening songs of the 1950s — which includes songs by such artists as Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Patti Page, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis and many more.
Last week’s Trivia Question
This past week’s trivia question asked if you could name the last line of the Andy Griffith Show theme song? Was the last line A) “Mayberry, that’s the life for me”; B) “Life is great in Mayberry”; C) “Fishin’ is where I’d rather be”; or D) There were no words, it was whistled.
The correct answer was there were no words, the theme song was whistled. (I’ve found myself whistling the song over and over again since last week’s article and I’ll bet many readers can, too.)
Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Myrtle Warter of Payson, who won a $15 gift certificate to Mountain High Coffee Works (located in the Swiss Village), courtesy of owners Phil and Roxie Castle.
It was a real pleasure interviewing Myrtle, who proudly told me she will turn 97 years young this October. (If my memory — which probably isn’t as sharp as Myrtle’s — serves me right, I believe Myrtle is this column’s “most experienced” winner.)
Born in Star Valley in 1915, Myrtle graduated from Payson High School. “But I really can’t remember if it was 1932 or 1933,” she laughed.
After high school, it was off to Tempe College (later to become ASU) for Myrtle. “But I could only attend one year” she said. “My brother started college the year after I did, and it was during the Depression years, so my parents couldn’t afford to send the both of us.”
Later, Myrtle completed beauty school in Globe and for a while worked in a beauty shop, before “retiring” to raise her family of four children.
In 1972, Myrtle moved back to Payson and now lives with her daughter, Sherry, and great-granddaughter, Sierra, who will soon enter Rim Country Middle School.
Myrtle’s interests include playing bridge, working puzzles and attending Mountain Bible Church when she can. She says she enjoys Country-Western music, particularly Jim Reeves, Alan Jackson and Clint Black.
The show must go on
Let’s hope the weather is better for this Saturday night’s concert in the park than it was it was for last week’s show. Amazingly, the Big Daddy D & The Dynamites concert went on as scheduled, despite the soggy evening and sparse crowd.
The final outdoor concert of the summer series will be held this Saturday, featuring the Southern Flight Band. Touted as one of Arizona’s Top 10 bands, the group will bring their mix of country, country-rock and blues to Green Valley Park at 7 p.m. for a two-hour musical explosion.
I hope you enjoy the show.
DJ Craig 468-1482