Since we’re smack-dab in the middle of this year’s four-day Thanksgiving weekend, complete with turkey, pumpkin pie, Black Friday sales, Payson’s traditional Swiss Village lighting and Pine’s annual Festival of Lights, I thought it might be fun to look at how some of America’s well-known music artists have expressed their “thankfulness” through verse.
With music, some artists have thanked God for the blessings they have in their lives.
In 1970, country music singer Roy Clark gave praise with his “Thank God and Greyhound (You’re Gone).” Five years later, John Denver penned “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.” And in her album just released this year, American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood, sings “Thank God For Hometowns.”
Other artists have given thanks to some of the people in their lives. Ricky Nelson had a big hit in 1958 with “Thank You, Darling,” as did the Beatles in 1964 with “Thank You, Girl,” and the Moody Blues two years after that with “Thank You, Baby.”
Some artists, through their 1960s songs, even showed gratitude for the peace and tranquility of the evening hours. Neil Diamond sang “I Thank The Lord For The Night Time,” the Blue Sonnets followed with “Thank You, Mr. Moon,” and the Tennessee plowboy, Eddy Arnold, crooned “I Thank My Lucky Stars.”
As for me on this Thanksgiving weekend, I’d simply just like to give my thanks by saying “Thank You For The Music.”
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the musical group that recorded the 1978 hit “Thank You For The Music?”
This two males, two females group was formed in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden and became the most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s and were just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame two years ago.
The group landed its first single, “Waterloo” on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1974, with the song peaking at No. 6. They followed that up with 14 more hits before the decade ended, including “SOS,” “Fernando,” “Take A Chance On Me” and their No. 1 hit “Dancing Queen.”
In 1976, the group released the song “Mama Mia,” which later became the title for the Broadway musical of the same name and featured the group’s music.
Is this “Thank You For The Music Group” A) Chic, B) A Taste Of Honey, C) ABBA or D) The Starland Vocal Band?
If you’re the fifth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win two complimentary tickets (a $70 value), courtesy of the Tonto Community Concert Association, to next Friday’s concert in the Payson High School Auditorium, featuring the Aleron Trio.
This all-female, San Francisco-based, world-touring trio represents three countries — violinist Solenn Seguillon, France; cellist Anne Suda, the United States; and pianist Teresa Yu, Taiwan.
As always, individual concert tickets will be sold at the door and season tickets are still available to purchase.
Last week’s Music Trivia Question
This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the brother-sisters country music trio who sang the 1959 hit “The Three Bells.”
The group, composed of brother, Jim Ed, and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie, also had big hits with their releases of “Scarlet Ribbons” and “The Old Lamplighter.”
Was this brother-sisters trio A) The Sandpipers, B) The Browns, C) The Stray Cats, or D) The Limeliters?
The correct answer was The Browns. You may have recognized that each of the other three choices were also trios. The Sandpipers were an adult contemporary vocal group in the 1960s (biggest hit: “Guantanamera”). The Stray Cats were a rockabilly trio in the 1980s (biggest hit: “The Stray Cat Strut”). The Limeliters, featuring Glen Yarbrough, were a folk trio in the early 1960s (biggest, and only, hit: “A Dollar Down”).
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Bill Anderson of Payson. Bill is a multiple-time music trivia winner, although not for quite some time. Bill picked up his CD prize at the Elks Lodge’s annual Community Thanksgiving dinner, where he is a member and served as a dinner volunteer.
A final note
New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s wedding ceremony and reception at the Oxbow Inn & Saloon between Travis Hockensmith and Destiny Thompson.
Destiny is the daughter of Gary and Hollie Higgins of Star Valley. Travis’ parents are Virdie Tracy and Catherine Anderson, who made the long trip from Oklahoma to witness and celebrate the young couple’s commitment.
Have a great week ahead!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482
Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com