Starting next Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, you’ll notice something a little different at the entrances at Walmart, Bashas’, Safeway and Walgreens. Donning old Saint Nicholas hats and jingling their shiny brass bells, Salvation Army volunteers will be on hand with contribution kettles to collect donations.
If you have a little spare time this Christmas season and would like to help out, the Salvation Army could use your assistance.
“We’ll be ringing the bells again this year each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, right up until Christmas day,” said John Morgan, this year’s bell-ringing coordinator.
“The shifts are only two hours long and you can sign up for just one or as many as you like.”
If you’d like to sign up or want more information about ringing the bells for the Salvation Army, please give John a call at (928) 474-8454.
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the brothers-sisters country music trio who sang the hit “The Three Bells?”
The group, composed of brother Jim Ed, and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie, had a close, smooth harmony characteristic of the Nashville sound, though their music also combined elements of folk and pop.
Jim Ed and his two sisters sang individually in Pine Bluff, Ark. until 1954 when Maxine and Jim Ed signed a record contract as a singing duo. They earned national recognition and a guest spot on Ernest Tubb’s radio show for their self-penned song “Looking Back to See,” which hit the Top 10 and stayed on the charts through the summer of 1954.
They were joined in 1955 by then-recent high school graduate, 18-year-old Bonnie, and began performing on Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, La. By the end of 1955, the trio was appearing on KWTO-AM in Springfield, Mo., and had another Top 10 hit with “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow,” which got a boost by their appearances on ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee, and which Maxine called “our real breakthrough.”
In 1959, the trio scored their biggest hit when their folk-pop single “The Three Bells,” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart for four weeks and for 10 weeks on the country chart.
The group also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
They followed up their huge success with “The Three Bells” with “Scarlet Ribbons” and “The Old Lamplighter,” recordings that did well on both the pop and country charts.
Was this brother-sisters trio who sang the 1959 hit “The Three Bells” A) The Sandpipers; B) The Browns; C) The Stray Cats; or D) The Limeliters?
If you’re the fourth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist’s greatest hits.
Last week’s question
This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the Chockie, Okla.-born singer-actress who produced the 1994 country album “Comfort From A Country Quilt?”
This popular country artist has charted over 90 singles from 1976 to the present, with 20 No. 1 hits, including “Is There Life Out There,” “The Heart is A Lonely Hunter” and “Fancy.”
The choices were A) Patty Loveless; B) Reba McEntire; C) Martina McBride; and D) Eloise Jones.
The correct answer was Reba McEntire. Both Patty Loveless and Martina McBride are also contemporary country singers. Local resident, Eloise Jones, is the hard working president of the Tonto Community Concert Association.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Jack Jumper, of Payson. Jack is a regular caller and has won several times in the past.
A few new pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last weekend’s three-day Rim Country Quilt Roundup. Hundreds enjoyed the quilting classes, 144 quilts that were on display and the 20-something vendors who had their wares on hand.
Also, it was a great inaugural debut last Saturday night for the Payson’s Got Talent contest; 15 finalists competed in three age divisions and the audience got to see some incredible talent.
First place division winners were: the vocal duo of sixth-graders Triston Pruett and her cousin, Hayden Stroud (K-8), vocalist Ashley Lewis (high school); and the vocal duo of recent PHS graduates Melissa Mollohan and Sabrina Brahm (adult).
Two big thumbs up to Kathy Siler, high school drama director and contest coordinator, and to all who helped make this event such a rousing success.
Have a great week!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482
Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com