Music For When Things Heat Up


It’s here again! And it probably will be for the next two-and-a-half months.

The heat of the summer has once again bullied its way into our state, pinning us down with its oppressive, suffocating blanket of sizzle.

The one-hit-wonder band, Buster Poindexter and his Banshees of Blue, must have been thinking of us in the summertime of the sweltering Arizona heat when it produced the 1988 hit “Hot Hot Hot!”

Maybe our Southwestern “dry” heat was on the mind of the group, Foreigner, when it wrote its 1991 song, “Unusual Heat.”

Perhaps it was in the forethought of Laura Branigan when she penned her 1985 hit, “When The Heat Hits The Street.”

But who knows for sure.

One thing I definitely do know is that I’m definitely not a fan of hot weather, especially when that hot weather becomes hot, steamy weather, as we’re sure to see roll into our state within the next couple of weeks.

As “monsoon season” arrives with its excessive heat, topped off with its steam-room, mid-summer humidity, you can bet that the song “Summertime Blues” will be warbling from my lips as I sprint from air-conditioned Walmart to my air-conditioned truck to my air-conditioned house.

You may remember the song, “Summertime Blues.” It was first recorded by Rock & Roll singer/guitarist Eddie Cochran in 1958. At the time a Top 10 hit, it was later voted into both the Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Countless artists have covered the song over the years, with the greatest Billboard chart success coming for the groups Blue Cheer (1968) and The Who (1970).

In 1994, one of my favorite country music artists released his version of Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” The song soared to the top of the country charts, where it remained for three weeks.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the Georgia-born and raised singer who scored a number one country hit with “Summertime Blues?” Was he: A) Toby Keith; B) George Strait; C) Alan Jackson; or D) Neil Sedaka?

Hint: This country artist also had number one hits with his songs “Chattahoochee,” “Livin’ On Love” and with his duet with Jimmie Buffett, “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere.”

Be the fifth caller with the correct answer this week and you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or genre of music.

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s question asked if you could name which of the following songs was not a Top 5 hit for Ricky Nelson? A) “Poor Little Fool”; B) “Venus”; C) “Travelin’ Man”; or D) “Garden Party?”

The correct answer was “Venus”, which was a huge number one hit for teen heartthrob Frankie Avalon in the spring of 1959. Ricky Nelson scored number one hits with “Poor Little Fool” (1959) and with “Travelin’ Man” (1961). His song “Garden Party” (1972) came near the end of his singing career.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Dorine Prine, who won a “Best of Ricky Nelson” CD.

A little about Dorine. She was born and raised in Beloit, Wis. and attended Mount Scenario College in nearby Ladysmith.

As a young adult, she moved to Arizona for nine years, then returned to the Badger state until 1992, when “tired of the long, gray winters of the upper Midwest, I decided to move back to beautiful Payson and it’s abundant sunshine,” said Dorine.

Working for most of her life in social service, Dorine has worked for the last four years as a case manager for the Gila County Community Action Program. She also works part-time at our local Home Depot store. Her one son, Brandon, is a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness.

In the little spare time that she has, Dorine likes to read, camp and listen to music. She says her music taste is, “Actually everything, from classical to country to hard rock and everything in between.”

A few last things

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from this past Saturday’s Tori Garcia-Brandon Smith outdoor wedding ceremony and reception held in Payson. Two hundred of their family members and friends gathered on a sunny and pleasant day to celebrate the couple’s commitment to each other.

Also, the group Breaking Point will be entertaining at this Saturday night’s free concert at Green Valley Park, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. They will be playing a variety of music, which includes top 40, jazz, blues and country. It should be another great night of music in Payson.

And last, thumbs up to the new, twenty-something groups, the Lumineers and Imagine Dragons, who both debuted this past week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart with great sounding, CLEAN music.

Thumbs down to 1980s mega-pop/dance star, Madonna, on her release last month of her latest album, MDNA, which contains at least two songs with the “F” word in their lyrics. I stopped listening after the first two songs.

And two BIG thumbs down to Madonna, who came out onto stage in her recent concert tour in Turkey wearing only a black bra from the waste up — and then proceeded to pull down her bra to expose her breast to the audience.

You just have to wonder what’s going through the head of this 53-year-old singer.

Have a great week!

DJ Craig

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