Five Firsts: MaryBeth Zamer of the Twangtown Paramours
NAME: MaryBeth Zamer
BAND AFFILIATION: The Twangtown Paramours
INSTRUMENT: Lead vocals and sometimes ukulele
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first record I bought was the Jackson 5’s “Dancing Machine” It was actually a 45. I still have a copy of that song on my iPod.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Kiki Dee opening for Elton John
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … The clarinet in fifth grade. I was such a bad player that my parents told me they’d pay for voice lessons if I backed away from the clarinet. I took them up on the deal.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?” I was four or five years old and sang it for all of my grandmother’s neighbors in her yard at her house in Maine.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … When I was in third grade, I got to wear a faux leather mini-dress and go-go boots as a “dancer” in my brother’s neighborhood garage band. I remember they played the Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday” over and over. It may have the only song they knew.
As part of the Live! Folklife Concert Series the Twangtown Paramours – that’s MaryBeth Zamer and her partner Mike Lewis – take the stage at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls at 7pm on Thursday (October 15). Admission is FREE.