Arizona Republic 6 Nov 1959 p42 - Perry Botkin
1'age 24. MAIL Pen*) Botkin Displays Rare Musical Artistry •/ Talent supreme is exemplified in the musical artistry r>f Perry fcntkin. a conius on a lialf dozen string instruments including the banjo, guitar, and ukulele. Botkin, along with Yoralist Shirley Harmer, is appearing through Wednesday at the Safari Hotel in Scottsdale. Botkin This is one of Rotkin's rare nipht club appearances. F.ver since seeing him At a show almost, two years ago for the Scottsdale Boys Club, the Safari's Max! Penton has been trying to lure 1 Botkin here for a club stint. ; Home Made Lasagna , GUYS ft DOLLS 3200 E. Washington Hennessey's HITCHING POST 40th Street & Camclbaek Rd. ALL YOU CAN EAT TUESDAY AND FRIDAY FISH 1.50 WEDNESDAY HE'S BEEN the accompanist and musical arranger for some of show business'* biggest names, including a 17-year association with Bing Crosby. Others are Fibber McGee and Molly. Eddie Cantor, Burl Ives, and George Gobel. Selections performed on the varied instruments all show off Botkin's amazing dexterity and musical prowess. Incorporated with the numbers is a running patter of wry wit that hit home to a packed room. One example: "YES, TIMES have certainly changed. You know it used to be wine, women, and song. Now it's beer, the old lady, and Gun smoke." Botkin doesn't need the finest instrument to knock out a tune, either. He took a $1.98 toy uke out of a battered box and played an okay melody on it. Miss Harmer is capable and lovely, and performs a host of i songs with ease and finesse. One I of her favorite songs, "If You |Love Me (Really Love Me)," was j her most outstanding number. More of the same type might give her a bit stronger act.—J.C.