Concerts In The Park Start Saturday Night


It’s summer outdoor music time again in Payson!

This Saturday begins our Parks & Rec’s nine-week Saturday nights summer concert series at Green Valley Park, featuring local and Valley bands performing a nice variety of music genres. A little something for everyone.

Kicking off the “Under the Stars” program this Saturday night from 7 p.m. ’til 9 p.m. is a group of six young men from Phoenix — MC6 A Cappella — who will reach back through the years, bringing us doo-wop favorites from the ’50s and ’60s. My kind of music.

Bring a lawn chair, kick off your shoes, let your tootsies nestle into the succulent, reclaimed-water-fed bluegrass below and enjoy the magical sounds. (You may also want to bring a blanket along — it’s early June and the dry, mountain air still gets pretty chilly after sundown.)

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the famous doo-wop group that so brilliantly harmonized the 1957 smash hit “Little Darlin’?”

This Caucasian doo-wop quartet haled from Toronto, Canada and, along with the Crew-Cuts, were two of the first white vocal groups to “cover” R&B hits. Three of their other Top-20 hits were “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” “Silhouettes” and “The Stroll.”

Was this group A) The Diamonds, B) The Sapphires, C) The Rubies or D) The Emeralds?

If you are the fifth caller with the correct answer, you’ll win a “Classic Doo Wop” CD, featuring 24 of the era’s top hits.

Last week’s music trivia

This past week’s Memorial Day weekend music trivia question was: Can you match the following popular patriotic songs: 1) “God Bless The U.S.A.,” 2) “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” and 3) “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B” with the war in which they were popular: A) The War In Iraq B) World War II and C) The War In Viet Nam?

The correct matches were: “God Bless The U.S.A. (Lee Greenwood) — The War In Iraq, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B” (Andrews Sisters) — World War II and “The Ballad of the Green Berets” (SSGT Barry Sadler) — The War In Vietnam.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Fred Eckel, who won a $20 gift certificate to Misty’s Solutions resale shop.

A little about Fred: He was born and raised in Jersey City, N.J. Fred spent a majority of his adult life working for Saga Foods, which took him to locations all over the country.

It’s an interesting story how Fred met his wife, Barbara. “When I bought a new car in the early 1950s, she was the one who bought my old 1950 Mercury convertible. But the funny thing is, when we went out on our first date in my new car, the darn thing broke down,” said Fred. He and Barbara were married for 55 wonderful years before she passed away in 2010. They have one daughter who lives in Peoria.

For the past 17 years, Fred has worked as a cook at Payson Elementary School, where he is affectionately known as “Mr. Fred.” In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, volunteering at our local Chamber of Commerce and attending St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Last year, at 81 years young, Fred did something most of us “young whippersnappers” would be terrified to do — he went skydiving. When I asked him if he’d do it again, he replied “I’d do it again it a minute.”

When he relaxes with music, Fred enjoys listening to classical and easy listening music. He says his three favorite artists are Frank Sinatra, Patti Page and Engelbert Humperdinck.


Sadly, the music industry lost two of its superstars during the past couple of weeks, both succumbing to cancer. And what stars they were.

The “Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer tore up the charts in the late seventies and early eighties with such dance hits as “Love To Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff” and her biggest chart success “Bad Girls.” Her unique style still influences music today. She was 63.

Robin Gibb, with his brothers, known as the Bee Gees (from Brothers Gibb), had exceptional success in the late 1960s and 1970s. They become a disco sensation with their blockbuster hits “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever,” among their nine number-one songs. Gibb was 62.

Also, the two new sets of pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from this past week’s events. The first is from Julia Randall School’s fitness recognition picnic at Green Valley Park. One hundred third- through fifth-grade students were honored for their physical and responsibility achievements.

The second set of pictures is from Payson High School senior Tyler Apps’ graduation party at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

Have a wonderful week!

DJ Craig

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