Harry Fousse July 12, 1948
THE EVENING INDEPENDENT, MASSILLON, OHIO REJECTION SLIPS FAILED TO DIM HIS AMBITION Local Man's Tunes Reach Air Waves By LARKY PIPER «. Jack is nimble, Jack is quick, J»ck writes lyrics f That really click. j This jingle applies aptly to Jack \ Phillips, 211 i'remont ave' SE, who j has been writing lyrics and songs since 1927. Radio station WWSW of I Pittsburgh, which has broadcast three of Phillips' songs, describes him as "America's feading new songwriter." Since December of 1047 Phillips has had seven tunes aired ovei such hook-ups as WTOL of Toledo WBDO of McKeesport, Pa., and WWSW ?.nd KDKA of Pittsburgh Phillips, now 48, was not always the musical enthusiast he is today He depicts himself as just an ordinary ordinary run-of-the mill fellow until until "Cupid done me wrong" in 1929 Phillips began writing blues as a result of Cupid curve-balling him ut of the league. * * * SUCCESS in writing blues was not instantaneous. Even 20 years of rejection slips failed to blunt he enthusiasm that was finally realized when WWSW of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh transmitted into the ether he strains of "How C»n I Resist You?" Apparently WWSW couldn't resist resist Phillips either, for the Comand poser's Clinic, a unique program which offers amateurs the opportunity opportunity of having their songs publicized, publicized, soon followed with two more of Phillips' numbers—''She's Not Speaking" and "Moon Struck Dreams." songs. The former tune was written written in collaboration with a Harry Fousse of Wheeling. W. Va., who is related to Alvino Ray. * * * "I JUST CAN'T explain it." say; Phillips. "Lyrics just come easier for me. I like to rhyme words; it's not as hard as it seems" Home for Phillips is a modest one room, as unassuming as its occupant, at 211 Tremoiu ave SE. where he composes his lyrics and melodies on returning from Republic Republic Steel where he has worked for the past five years. "I only write when f feel in HIP mood," remarks Phillips. "I keep trying Ihe song in a certain pattern until it fits. I never use a piano to get my music. I just hum the melody and then put the notes down on paper, using-the do-re-mi method." Massilion has not always claimed the talents of this lyrist. Phillips has also worked and hummed his way through Canton. Cleveland and Los Angeles. He has made Massillon Massillon his home since 1940. I.IKE MANY others, Phillips had a secret desire that was never fulfilled. Singing has always been one of his first loves. He had the opportunity of making an audition the actual music. Since 1927 [over WJR of Detroit but backed out at the last moment. "I guess I got cold feet," Phillips says. He did. however, sing in a small band in Lakewood for a time. When most disheartened. Phillips remembers the difficulty Hoagv ,-, JL 1 JACK PHILLIPS time. It would he ironical if Wheeling, which was his birthplace n 1900, should be th* cause of its lometown boy making good. Phillips would much rather compose compose the words to a. song than he has written 35 tunes complete with words and music, and 98 lyrics made up of just „ the melody. •'Would You I-ike to Know?" arid "That's My Supplication. Threat. and Promise" are among Phillips'