Clipped From The Paris News
Country Music Singer Says Ballads Lasting DALLAS (JR-Ballads wffl always always be popular despite trends such as rock 'n roll, says oldtime country music singer Herald Goodman, a member of the "Original "Original Vagabond Trio" of radio fame in the 1930s. As evidence, Goodman points to a planned revival of the song that made his group famous—"When It's Lamp Lighting Time in the Valley." The death of guitarist- singer Curt Poulton, a member of the trio and co-author of their theme song, brings back memories memories of the vocal group who were among the first country singers to climb to stardom. Poulton died Saturday in St. Louis. "There never has been an age in the history of popular music Deer Hunters Open Saturday AUSflT^ W—More deer hunters -than ever before are expected in the woods when the season opens Saturday. Game Commission Secretary Howard Doclgen predicted the record record hunting year, giving these reasons: The range is in the best condition condition in years and the deer have shown a' great deal of • activity with bucks already starting to run. More than 500,000 licenses already already have been consigned to dealers for sale to hunters, compared compared to 440,000 at this time last that hasn't had the ballad, even with all the trends," Goodman says. He classifies as examples the songs made famous by the Vagabonds Vagabonds on the "Grand Ole' Opry" and other radio network shows. "We're still getting royalties off 'Lamp Lighting Time' from all the English-speaking countries in the world," said Goodman, 57, who operates a drive-in theater here. He said more than a million copies of the song were sold in sheet music form and it. is now being arranged for a revival by a leading male singer. Other songs written and introduced introduced by the trio include "Little Mother of the Hills," and "99 Years is Almost for Life." Although Although such songs would be classified classified as "hillbilly" music today, Goodman said they were known as country ballads in the '30s. "We were restricted from using the word hillbilly then because it offended people of the Old South." The trio broke up after nine years on radio in 1939. The third member, Dean Upshur, now operates operates a radio station in Bessemer. Bessemer. Ala. Goodman says rock 'n roll derives derives from country music and some of its leading exponents will probably last even though he thinks the trend itself will die. Of Mr. Rock 'n Roll himself, Elvis Presley, Goodman says: "The boy has talent. There's no doubt about that. And I think if Elvis and his management are as smart as they seem to be, he will settle down and sing ballads and other general type songs."