This Saturday, March 24, from 9 to 5 (reminds me of a Dolly Parton movie and song) at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Business Showcase.
This year’s extravaganza will feature 48 area businesses and organizations, which will provide visitors with information, great deals and the opportunity to win business products or services through free raffle drawings.
In addition to the 48 “adult” businesses that will be on hand, there will also be a number of high school organizations participating this year — each with a booth, providing information about their group’s business and leadership activities.
Please come out and join us this Saturday. You have a chance to support our local merchants and organizations, win prizes and spend a few hours chatting with the hundreds of local visitors who will come through the door. The Business Showcase is always a whole lot of fun. So much fun, in fact, that you may even experience “Too Much Monkey Business.”
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the rock and roll artist who recorded the 1956 song “Too Much Monkey Business?”
This American guitarist, singer and songwriter was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.
Born into a middle class family in St. Louis, Mo., he had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at his Sumner High School. Unfortunately, while still a high school student, he served a prison sentence for armed robbery between 1944 and 1947. On his release, he settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant.
By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of blues player T-Bone Walker, he was performing in the evenings with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. With Chess, he recorded “Maybellene,” his adaptation of the country song “Ida Red” — which sold more than a million copies and reached No.1 on Billboard’s Rhythm and Blues chart.
By the end of the 1950s, this rocker was an established star with several hit records and film appearances to his name as well as a lucrative touring career. His songs “School Day,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode” — each made it into the Top 10 on Billboard’s Pop chart. He had also established his own St. Louis-based nightclub.
Today, at the age of 85, he is still entertaining live and wowing audiences with his “air guitar.”
Is this week’s “Too Much Funny Business” artist A) Chuck Berry, B) Buddy Holly, C) Elvis Presley or D) John Stanton?
If you are the fourth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win two complimentary tickets to the April 12, 13 and 14 Payson High School spring musical “All Shook Up” inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. (Two tickets will be awarded as our music trivia prize each of the next three weeks.)
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the group that recorded the 1965 Grammy Hall of Fame song “The ‘In’ Crowd?” Was it A) Booker T And The MG’s, B) The Ramsey Lewis Trio, C) The Dave Brubeck Quartet or D) The Eagles?
The correct answer was The Ramsey Lewis Trio. This jazz group recorded from 1958 until 1965, at which time Ramsey began recording under just his name, scoring hits until 1976. The R&B band, Booker T & the MG’s, was very popular throughout the 1960s with its top hits “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Right” and “Green Onions.” The Dave Brubeck Quartet, with their top hit “Take Five” was one of America’s all-time most popular jazz groups on college campuses during the 1960s. The Eagles were an L.A. based soft-rock group that enjoyed their greatest success in the 1970s.
Congratulations to this past week’s multiple-time music trivia winner, Mari Janecek, who won two complimentary tickets to “All Shook Up” — Payson High School’s spring musical.
Lastly, wasn’t that a fun and energetic Tonto Community Concert Association show last Friday evening? The five-member Water Coolers’ non-stop singing, dancing and comedy left me completely exhausted.
Have a great Rim Country week!