As of this Friday, I’m right smack dab in the middle of 21 days of being a “bachelor” again. You see, my wife, Ann, is currently on a three-week vacation to the Philippines —her first visit back to see her family since she came to America almost two years ago.
I know Ann is really excited to be back in her homeland again — but, dang, I’m really getting skinny! So, if you happen to have an extra steak (medium rare) coming off of the grill or an extra apple pie (hot out of the oven) that’s just going to go to waste — my tabletop is starkly bare and begging to see some home cooking on it again.
As for my pathetic, desperate situation with Ann being in the Philippines and me being home alone for another 10 days, all I can think about is “She’s Gone, Gone, Gone.”
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the pop-country artist who in 1989 scored a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s country chart with his song “She’s Gone, Gone, Gone?”
This singer-songwriter-guitarist was born and grew up in Delight, Arkansas. As a teenager, he performed with his uncle Dick Bill’s band from 1954-58, was with The Champs in 1960, The Hondells in 1964, The Beach Boys in 1965 and Sagittarius in 1967. He had his own “Goodtime Hour” TV show from 1968-72 and appeared in the movies “True Grit” (he was hand-picked for the part by John Wayne), “Norwood” and “Strange Homecoming.”
This artist made history by winning four Grammy Awards, two each in both the country and pop categories in 1967. For “Gentle on My Mind,” he received two awards in the country category and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” earned him two more awards in pop music. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and took the CMA’s top honors as 1968 Entertainer of the Year and Top Vocalist of the Year.
As a solo performer, this talented artist charted 75 country hits and 42 Adult Contemporary hits from 1962-93. Some of his most popular recordings were “Galveston,” “Southern Nights” and “Wichita Lineman.”
Most recently, this week’s music trivia artist has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but is managing quite well on his current “Goodbye Tour,” with his three children joining him in his backup band. At the Grammy Awards show three weeks ago, he sang his signature hit “Rhinestone Cowboy” as a goodbye song.
Is this “She’s Gone, Gone, Gone” artist A) Waylon Jennings, B) Johnny Cash, C) Buck Owens or D) Glenn Campbell?
This week, if you are the fourth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a $25 gift certificate from Paper & Metal Scrappers, located in the Sawmill Crossing complex, courtesy of owners Melissa Petcoff and Barbara Wilembrecht. Not only does Paper & Metal Scrappers handle a complete supply of scrapbooking and card supplies, it offers classes, as well.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the female singer who wrote and scored a 1974 number one hit with her song “I Will Always Love You,” which was so brilliantly covered 19 years later by Whitney Houston?
Is this artist A) Carole King, B) Dolly Parton, C) Karen Carpenter or D) Linda Ronstadt?
The correct answer was Dolly Parton. Not only did Dolly’s 1974 “I Will Always Love You” reach number one on Billboard’s country chart, her new version of that same song (which she sang in the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”) went to the top of the country chart in the summer of 1982.
Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Rich Knollhuff, who won a “Best of Whitney Houston” CD and two tickets to this past Tuesday’s “American Spirit” concert, courtesy of the Tonto Community Concert Association.
A little about Rich. He was born, raised and spent most of his life in Denville, New Jersey, where he worked for 18 years for the Jersey Central Power and Light Company. He and his wife, Judy, have been married for 57 years and have six children.
After his family moved to Arizona, Rich hired on with the Phoenix Police Department, where he worked for 25 years. He retired in 1998 and two years later he and Judy made Payson their retirement home. They had camped here in the summer for many years.
Jim enjoys reading, especially Western and historical novels and games of chance at the casino. He is a fan of classic country music and likes the sound of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and local band, Junction 87 — of which he says, “That Billy sure can play the fiddle!”
Lastly, please know that I sincerely appreciate each and every call that you make to my weekly music trivia question. But I sometimes receive more calls than my weekend schedule will allow me to return and I don’t get back with everyone. Thank you for your understanding.
Make it a spectacular and memorable week!
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