In my last week’s music trivia article, I wrote about the different birds I’ve seen down at Green Valley Park in the last few months. But those sightings will pale in comparison to the wildlife that will be seen at the park this Saturday.
The 20th annual Wildlife Fair, a joint effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Mogollon Sporting Association (MSA) will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the north side of Green Valley Lake. Those who visit the park will be able to see, and in some cases even touch, the wild creatures that will be on display.
“Just some of the animals that we will be bringing to the fair are a hawk, python, rattlesnake, an owl, alligator and Rowdy the Monitor Reptile,” said Natalie Robb, AGFD specialist. “We’ll also be doing a special stocking of the lake right before the fair, so there will be plenty of rainbow trout ready to be caught and taken home for dinner.”
The MSA will, as always for this event, have fishing poles and bait available to lend to those who don’t have their own, and for this event, no fishing license is required.
“Throughout the day, the association will also be holding demonstrations on boat, canoe and ATV safety and canoes will be available for those who want to paddle around the lake. Plus, there will be a BB range on-hand for our area sharpshooters,” said Robb.
All in all, it sounds like another “wild” day is in store down at Green Valley Park.
This week’s question
Can you name the singer whose debut song, “Wild One,” topped the Billboard country music chart for four weeks in January, 1994?
This Mississippi-born (1967) and raised blond-haired beauty began singing in church at age 3. In 1976, a few days before her ninth birthday, she attended a concert by Elvis Presley at the State Fair Coliseum, in Jackson, which impressed her deeply.
By the time she was a teenager, she was a regular performer at area churches, even those not of her own Baptist denomination. At 17, she formed a band that played in local rodeos. Two years later, she quit school to move to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a country singer.
After several years of hard work, this artist’s debut album in 1993, “Take Me as I Am” (buoyed by the chart success of “Wild One”) made her a national star. She became the first female country singer in 30 years to hold Billboard‘s No. 1 position for four consecutive weeks when “Wild One” managed the feat in early 1994.
Her version of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” also went to the top of the country charts later that same year.
In all, this Nashville country music star has placed over 30 songs on the country music charts, including nine that went to No. 1. Some of her top hits in the late 1990s were “It Matters to Me,” “This Kiss” and her mega duet with her husband, Tim McGraw, “It’s Your Love.”
Is this “Wild One” singer A) Reba McEntire, B) Martina McBride, C) Wynonna Judd, or D) Faith Hill?
If you’re the sixth caller this week with the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your choice of artist or music genre.
Last week’s question
Last week’s question asked if you could identify the mid-1960s Minneapolis garage-rock band which produced two “bird” hits —”Surfin’ Bird” and “Bird Dance Beat,” which rose to No. 4 and No. 30, respectively, on the Billboard chart.
The choices were A) The Trashmen, B) The Shadows of Knight, C) The Troggs, and D) The Kingsmen.
The correct answer was The Trashmen, who, after those two early 1965 hits and two albums later with no further chart success, disbanded in 1967.
Each of the three other options were also garage-rock bands that were popular in the same general era as The Trashmen.
The Shadows of Knight, from Chicago, Ill., appeared on the music scene in 1966, with its debut single “Gloria” reaching the Top 10. The song would later be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Andover, England group, The Troggs, also debuted in 1966 with “Wild Thing,” which quickly rose to No. 1. Two years later, the quartet placed their second and last hit into the Top 10 with “Love is all Around.”
1963’s “Louie, Louie” led the way for the Kingsmen, one of garage-rock’s premier bands of the 1960s. The five-member band from Portland, Ore., also had big hits with its 1963 song “Money” and 1965’s “The Jolly Green Giant.”
There was no music trivia winner last week. Almost all callers guessed the answer to be The Troggs.
A final note
I’d like to extend a warm greeting to all moms on this blessed Mother’s Day Sunday and pass along these words to all whom are fortunate enough to still have your mother in your lives — a take-off on John F. Kennedy’s Jan. 20, 1961 inaugural address.
“Today, ask not what your mother can do for you, but what you can do for your mother.”
They deserve it.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig – (928) 468-1482 – www.djcraiginpayson.com