“I’m jacked up, revved up, my motor’s runnin’ and I’m ready to put my pedal to the metal.”
This Saturday, Green Valley Park will again host the 21st annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show, sponsored by our own Rim Country Classic Auto Club. I couldn’t be more ready.
This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever. “This year, we expect even more classic cars and old-time trucks than we had last year,” said Mary Cailey, chair of the club’s car show.
“There will be about 265 classic cars, including 40 from our own club. Cars will be motoring in from all over the Southwest and we even have one entry coming down from Idaho.
“And what’s really neat this year is that at least half of the cars have never been on display here before.”
In addition to all the classics on-hand, the show will feature eight food and 18 non-food vendors; a car parts swap meet in the First Assembly of God parking lot; old-time rock ’n’ roll and country music, by yours truly; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Home Depot will sponsor a Kid’s Corner in the ramada next to the playground.
The show opens at 8.a.m. and goes until about 4 p.m.
As always, the Beeline Cruise-In Car Show benefits Rim Country organizations.
“All of the proceeds from the car show are retuned to our community. Last year we were able to donate $15,000 to local not-for-profit organizations,” said Cailey.
Since this year marks the 50-year anniversary of the introduction of the Ford Mustang, this year’s car show will feature a special section of Mustangs of all years, including two 2014 models.
It looks like this Saturday we’re going to be treated to
another great classic car show.
This week’s question
Over the years, there have been a number of songs written about cars, but particularly in the 1960s, when “muscle” cars were all the rage.
Some songs were written specifically about the new and highly popular Ford Mustang, including Jan & Dean’s “Move Out Little Mustang,” Chuck Berry’s “My Mustang Ford,” and the Casual’s “Mustang 2+2.”
But probably the song that most people associate with oldies-but-goodies rock ’n’ roll car songs, and in particular with the Ford Mustang, is “Mustang Sally.”
Written and released in 1965 by R&B singer Mack Rice, the song had moderate success on the R&B chart, but failed to break into Billboard’s Hot 100.
The following year, another R&B singer covered Rice’s “Mustang Sally” and although the song peaked only at No. 23 on the over-all Billboard chart, it has seemed to just grow in popularity over the years.
Loved by both young and old, it
is often requested at parties and other music events. In 1999, this artist’s 1966 version of “Mustang Sally” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
This week’s music question is — who was the soul singer/songwriter who covered Rice’s “Mustang Sally” in 1966?
Born March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Ala., he sang in Baptist church choirs. He was the fourth of 11 children and called his mother “the baddest woman in my book,” and is quoted as saying “I still get scared just thinking about her now. She used to hit me with anything, even skillets and stove wood. One time I ran away and cried for a week. I stayed in the woods, just me and my little dog.” He eventually left to live with his father in Detroit in 1955.
This artist’s forceful, passionate style of singing was developed in the church and on the streets of Detroit, under the influence of recording stars such as Little Richard, whom he referred to as “the architect of rock and roll.”
In 1955, he joined the gospel music group the Violinaires and toured across the country. After singing for four years in the popular gospel-harmony group, he was lured by the success of gospel singers who moved to the lucrative secular music market and joined the Falcons in 1959.
His breakthrough as a solo artist came in 1965 with his release of “In the Midnight Hour,” which cracked the Billboard Top-25. He went on to place over 40 songs on the chart, including two that peaked in the Top-10, “Land of 1000 Dances” (1966) and “Funky Broadway” (1967).
Was this “Mustang Sally” singer A) Sam Cooke, B) Little Richard, C) Wilson Pickett, or D) Jimi Hendricks?
If you’re the fourth caller this week with the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your choice of artist or music genre, which you can pick up at the pickup at the car show or from our house.
Last week’s question
In 1932, Louis Armstrong earned his first No. 1 hit with the song “All of Me,” from the film “Careless Lady.” It wasn’t until 32 years later in 1964, at the age of 64, that he scored his second, and last, chart-topper.
Last week’s question was: What was the name of Louis Armstrong’s second, and last, No. 1 hit? Was it A) “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” B) “She Loves You,” C) “Can’t Buy Me Love,” or D) “Hello Dolly”?
The correct answer was “Hello Dolly,” which earned Armstrong the Grammy Song of the Year award and later was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The song was from the Broadway musical of the same name, starring Carol Channing.
The song “Hello Dolly” went to No. 1 in May of 1964, bumping the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” off the top spot. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You,” both also by the Beatles, were No. 1 hits earlier in 1964, in February and March, respectively.
Congratulations to last week’s winner, Harold Myers.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig – (928) 468-1482 – www.djcraiginpayson.com