I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore.
If I have to
I can do anything.
I am strong, I am invincible
I am woman, hear me roar.
I am Woman – 1972
I have a feeling that there will be a whole lot of “roaring” going on this weekend as hundreds of women (and a few good men) convene in the banquet hall of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino for the annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Admission for the three-day affair is only $5 and if you bring along a can/package of non-perishable food for the local food banks, you will receive a ticket for a daily special raffle drawing. There will also be many, many door prizes given away throughout the show.
Quilt Roundup organizer Elaine Putnam told me, “This year we have 135 quilt entries from all over the Southwestern United States. There will be 20 vendors selling all kinds of quilting goodies, from buttons to patterns to quilting sewing machines. And all weekend there will be a treadle machine demonstration.”
New to the Quilt Roundup this year will be a National Winners category in which there are 10 entries and three new special exhibits — a “Bag-It” exhibit, featuring a display of fabrics, purses, wallets and totes; Threadplayers’ 3-D challenge exhibit; and the Strawberry Patchers’ Whisper Challenge.
Payson resident and nationally recognized teacher and quilter, Sharon Schamber, will be teaching five different classes from Tuesday through Saturday.
This week’s question
Can you name the adult contemporary singer who recorded the 1972 single “I Am Woman” (from the movie “Stand Up And Be Counted,” starring Stella Stevens) that went on to become a No. 1 hit?
This artist, born in 1941, is an Australian-American singer, actress and activist. She is often referred to as the Queen of ’70s Pop.
In the 1970s, she enjoyed international success, especially in the United States, where she placed 15 singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Six made the Top 10 and three reached No. 1, including her signature hit “I Am Woman.” She placed 25 songs on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
This strong-voiced singer was the first artist to win the coveted American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female artist. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and have three No. 1 hits in the same year.
In television, she was the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in more than 40 countries. She also acted in the movies “Airport 1975,” “Pete’s Dragon” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
Her 1972 “I Am Woman” earned her the Grammy Pop Vocal of the Year award.
This artist retired from live performance in 2002 and now practices as a clinical hypnotherapist and motivational speaker. In 2011, Billboard named her the No. 28 adult contemporary artist of all time (No. 9 woman). She now lives in Australia.
Her song “I Am Woman” played a large role in popular culture and became an anthem for Second-Wave feminism. She came to be known as a feminist poster girl.
Was the “I Am Woman” singer A) Helen Reddy, B) Carole King, C) Carly Simon, or D) Joni Mitchell?
If you are the sixth caller and have the right answer this week, you’ll win a CD of your favorite singer or genre of music.
Last week’s question
Last week’s question asked if you could name the male and female country music singers who teamed up to produce the 1983 hit song “Islands in the Stream.” The choices were Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
The correct answer was Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, who between the two in their solo careers, had a whopping 43 No. 1 hits. Parton also teamed with Porter Wagoner in the late 1960s and 1970s to chart 19 country duets. Rogers also coupled with Dottie West, Kim Carnes, Sheana Easton and Anne Murray to record many country duet hits.
Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty produced nine top 10 hits between 1973 and 1981, including their biggest hit “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.” Waylon Jennings and his wife, Jessi Colter, charted four hits together in the 1970s, with their duet “Suspicious Minds” reaching No. 2 on the charts. 1990s contemporary country superstar Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, teamed up for three top 10 hits, including their No. 1 megahit “It’s Your Love.”
Congratulations to last week’s multiple-time music trivia winner, Aaron Chernov, who won a CD of 20 classic country music duets.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482, Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com