The Bewitching Hour Is Near



Next Thursday, skeletons, monsters of the Black Lagoon and alien creatures in every shape and size will take to the streets in search of Halloween treats. Young-ins dressed as ghosts, ghouls and goblins will be laying their creepy fingers on our doorbells and chanting “Trick or Treat” once again. It will be time to toss some candy in their bags or suffer the demonic consequences. Halloween can be a very spooky time of the year.


As an alternative to accompanying your little ones through your dark, spooky neighborhood, you might want to consider loading the little witches and warlocks onto the back of your broomstick and flying on down to Main Street, where Parks and Recreation Depart­ment, along with this year’s sponsor, Chili’s Res­taurant, will again hold its annual spine-chilling “Truck or Treat” party.

In the front of Oxbow Saloon (a spooky enough venue at any time of the year), an all-time high 40 businesses and organizations will be handing out Halloween treats.

Park and Rec Special Events Coordinator David Roehrig told me, “In addition to the candy giveaways, this year we have some new and exciting things happening along Main Street. There will be five carnival-type games, scary storytelling by town historian Jinx Pyle, fortune-telling by gypsy (and Payson teacher) Marlene Armstrong and we hope to have face-painting, as well.”

Also on Main Street, Fred (the DJ) Carpenter will be spinning his vast library of eerie, creepy and spooky music.

Inside the Oxbow, the Payson High School Drama Department will present its annual spook house thrills and chills with this year’s theme, “Haunted House — Childhood Fears.”

Also new this year, in the saloon’s courtyard, Ann and I will be will be entertaining for the inaugural Halloween Dance, open to all students, K-12. We’ll be spinning all the current Top 40 hits on the hip-hop, rock and country charts (“Blurred Lines,” “Wrecking Ball,” “That’s My Kinda Night,” “Roar” and a whole lot more.) Bring your requests! Plus, there will be a dance contest and prizes for the winners.

It should be one heckuva spooky night on Main Street.

This week’s question

Can you name the 1960s-’70s soft-rock band from Jacksonville, Fla. that recorded the early 1968 hit “Spooky”?

After the group’s debut release of the 1966 song “Pollyanna” fizzled and only reached No. 103 on the Billboard chart, their next release, “Spooky,” became an instant success, spending 15 weeks on the chart and peaking at No. 3. And its ending lyrics sure are timely at this time of the year:

“Just like a ghost, you’ve been a-hauntin’ my dreams, So I’ll propose ... on Halloween.

Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you. Spooky!”

Following “Spooky, “this band, featuring David Yost on vocals, went on to chart 13 more hits in the late 1960s-early 1970s, including two that reached the Top 5, “Stormy” (1968) and “Traces” (1969).

Was the name of this “Spooky” group A) The Silhouettes; B) The Classics IV; C) The Commodores; or D) Def Leppard?

If you are the fifth 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 only French artist (and his song) to ever have a No. 1 song on America’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart?

The choices were A) “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu” (Volare) by Domenico Modugno; B) “Wonderland By Night” by Bert Kaempfert; C) “Dominique” by The Singing Nun; and D) “Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat,

The correct answer was Paul Mauriat’s “Love Is Blue,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in early 1968.

Each of the other choices was also a foreign artist whose song reached No. 1. Italian Domenico Modugno’s 1968 one-hit wonder “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu” (Volare) was the song of the year and spent five weeks at No. 1. German Bert Kaempfert, in addition to his “Wonderland By Night” reaching No. 1, had 10 other instrumental hits on the Billboard chart in the early 1960s. And Belgian Jeanine Decker’s (The Singing Nun) lone chart hit, “Dominique,” topped the chart for four weeks in December 1963.

There was no music trivia winner last week, which leads me to believe the question was just too hard. My apologies to all.

A final note

My sincere thanks go out to all who take the time to read this weekly music trivia column. If there are features you like or have suggestions for change, I’d appreciate it if you would share them with me.

Have a great Rim Country week and enjoy the great fall weather while it lasts!

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482


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