This Saturday evening, May 17, at 7 p.m., child prodigy and world-renowned pianist, Umi Garrett will grace the stage in the Payson High School Auditorium.
Umi first became known to most of us in America in 2009, when as an 8-year-old she appeared on NBC’s Ellen DeGeneres Show — which may go down in history as one of the cutest musical performances to ever be televised.
Since her appearance on DeGeneres’ show, Umi has captivated audiences worldwide, performing at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, as the youngest performer in the 26-year history of the festival; at the Sydney, Australia International Piano Masterclass Festival; at the at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg and at The International Piano Stars Festival in Latvia, being the youngest performer in the festival’s history.
Our Payson audience should be in for a real treat.
This week’s question
One of America’s all-time most successful and beloved child prodigies was actress-dancer-singer Shirley Temple, who by the tender age of 6 in 1934 was already among the biggest celebrities in the world.
In 1934 alone, Temple starred in nine feature films, and as the Great Depression raged on, her star continued to ascend, with each of her films becoming more profitable than the one that preceded it. By the end of the decade, her films emerged as compulsory escapist fare for audiences of all ages, and soon she was making upwards of $300,000 annually, with a vast array of dolls, coloring books, clothes and other products bearing her likeness.
With each box office hit, Temple acted, danced and sang her way into the hearts of millions throughout the world.
This week’s music trivia question is: Which of the following songs from Shirley Temple’s films did NOT become a major recording hit for this child prodigy? A)” On the Good Ship Lollipop,” B) “Animal Crackers In My Soup,” C) “The Rainbow Connection,” or D) “When I Grow Up”?
If you’re the fifth caller this week with the correct answer, you’ll win tickets, compliments of the Tonto Community Concert Association, for you and three friends to attend this Saturday’s Umi Garrett concert.
Last week’s question
Last week’s question asked if you could identify the Mississippi-born and raised female singer whose debut song, “Wild One,” topped the Billboard country music chart for four weeks in January of 1994.
In all, this Nashville country music star 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.”
The choices were: A) Reba McEntire, B) Martina McBride, C) Wynonna Judd, and D) Faith Hill.
The correct answer was Faith Hill.
Each of the other three choices were also among country music’s top female artists in the 1990s.
In that 10-year period, Reba had eight songs go to No. 1 (biggest hit “Is There Life Out There”), Martina topped the chart with four songs (biggest hit “I Love You”) and Wynonna also had four (biggest hit “No One Else On Earth”).
Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Beverly Ryan.
Beverly was born in Columbus, Ohio, and then moved with her family to Phoenix when she was 7 years old. She graduated from North Phoenix High School in 1955.
“Back in those days, North High School was only one of two high schools in all of Phoenix,” said Beverly. (Phoenix is now home to over 70 high schools.)
Not long after completing high school, Beverly met, fell in love with and married Walt, who was stationed at the time at Luke Air Force Base. After he returned from his tour of duty in Korea, the couple started their family, which has grown to include three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. As her children grew, Beverly engaged in her career as a bookkeeper.
In 1993, Beverly and Walt pulled up stakes and moved to Payson, which was Walt’s dream since attending the area’s Boy Scout Campground in his youth. Since living in Payson, Beverly has worked as a receptionist for seven years at Payson Care Center and now enjoys sewing, working puzzles and spending time with family.
Beverly enjoys all types of music, but especially likes the sound of classic country. She says her three favorite artists are Elvis Presley, Tim McGraw and George Jones.
A final note
Wow! What a terrific turn out the Wildlife Fair enjoyed this past Saturday at Green Valley Park. Sunny skies, temperatures around 70, kayak rides, bunches of wildlife animals to see and pet — and a triple stocking of rainbow trout the day before all contributed to making the fair a huge success.
New pictures that I’ve added to my website show enthusiasts of all ages enjoying at this year’s cooperative effort between the Mogollon Sporting Association and Arizona Game and Fish.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig – (928) 468-1482 – www.djcraiginpayson.com