The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 217
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 217

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 TV21 'Laverne and Shirley' Cut Album of 'Oldie' Songs s X ''W A PAUL'S PAINT & BODY FREE PHONE ESTIMATES! SHOP 418 South "H" St. LAKE WORTH ONE BLOCK WEST OF DIXIE , "Doing Buisnass la Palm Beach County She 1954" , COMPLETE WRECK REBUILDING FRAME STRAIGHTENING 24 HOUR WRECKER SERVICE Factory Fresh 77 Mobile Travelers Reduced Just in Time for Christmas SEASON'S GREETINGS From the KAMPER KING SINCE 1960 ON NTHE SAME BLK. Cindy Williams (Left) and Penny Marshall By TOM JORY NEW YORK (AP) - A year ago, who heard of 'em? Penny Marshall remembers the day: "The audience was half asleep and me and this other girl came on, with 14 pages to do, they didn't know who the heck we were, and it got laughs. And the audience that had sat there three hours, and all of a sudden, 'Well, these two girls,' and I said, 'Wait, it's got something.' " "Laverne & Shirley" was airborne, mid-season, overnight. "We were terrified. I mean we were terrified either direction it might take," recalls Cindy Williams, who became Shirley Feeney to Miss Marshall's Laverne DeFazio. "We were certain we were going to go into the toilet." "The phenomena of that kind of popularity where you're before 50 million people one night each week, it's something you dream about when you have inklings of becoming an actress," says Miss Williams, who has a string of movies "Travels With My Aunt," "American Graffiti," "The Conversation" to her credit. "And then it happens to you and the dangdest sort of chemical reaction takes place. You love it and at the same time you're frightened of it, scared one day maybe they'll take it away." "We didn't know whether they'd like us," says Miss Marshall, whose own career included lots of TV work co-star in "Friends and Lovers" with Paul Sand, appearances in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Odd Couple," and many others. "To go into a show for two very insecure girls, and the show does hinge on the people liking us, and to say this show will be a hit, first-rate, I mean, I don't feel that. And to be told what makes it is they like you two girls and the girls you are playing . . . " And it was in that frame of mind the girls tackled "Laverne & Shirley Sing." an LP album of "oldies" just out from Atlantic. "Our reaction to the album was very mixed," says Miss Marshall. "We were working very hard on our show, so the thought of doing an album cut into the time we were devoting to a show and still trying to figure out what the heck we were doing there. "And we kept saying no on the premise we didrTt feel we could sing and. yeah, we didn't have the time to do it ' JEf i - n?a picked to sing were the songs it was fun to sing." So Laverne & Shirley cut "Laverne & Shirley Sing" in a couple of days. The "oldies" were picked by the girls for a variety of reasons. They liked the sound of "Easier Said Than Done" and "Da Do Ron Ron." They wanted a fast one "I'm Walkin." Some were in "character" Laverne & Shirley character. " 'Sixteen Reasons' is the biggest thing in character," says Miss Marshall. 'Graduation Days' is in character. 'Gonna Get Along Without You Now' is sort of in character." "Chapel of Love," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "I Know" and a couple of new ones, "Five Years On" and "Oh Gee," round out the album. J Terry Lanier "Then I tried to work up some enthusiasm," says Miss Marshall. "I mean, 'Hey, wouldn't it be fun ..." I was going to call everyone I knew who ever wrote a song . . . just give all our friends, whoever was a frustrated songwriter, a chance, say, Hey, we'll sing your songs. Look at us ... We got asked to sing.' "It was a little more regimented than that," she remembers. "We were able to get two friends' songs on it ... " "And make the music worthwhile," says Miss Williams. "I mean, it's better now. They're going to pay the same price and they're going to get a little more." Says Miss Williams, "We made no bones about it. We knew it was going to go for the children's market." The co-star agrees: "Yes, the children are our biggest fans. But the songs we're singing are from when I was in junior high, and there are a lot of people my age who remember those songs. And the songs we Camper TbwiL J ' TOUR NEIGHBORS Will NEED DOCTORS CARE WHEN THEY SEE TOUR STREAMLINED STEEL CAGE CON STRUCTED MOTOR NOME BEAUTY. .COME IN AND (ROWS! OR COME IN TO JT wrW binro I960 BUT NEVER A BETTER TIME 1616 No. Dixie worth 582-8880 3 - E VDfJVIL WIHDOW: CALL GLASS REPLACEMENT WINDOWS 4J "K'AwK 3tr NEED PEST CONTROL? Phone 585-2551 5311 Georgio Ave., W.P.B. AWNINGS 4 r ROOM ADDITION STORM PANELS SHUTTERS cVdcch" TUUE-UP 4 ROOMS dp oc&dgigib Protek-O-HJeather VISIT OUR FACTORY ALL TYPES I fyiNClUDES PARTS & lABUK q QJJJJJJ SINCE 1964 RESCREENING FREE ESTIMATES SHOWROOM 588-6247: J1801 HYPOLUXO RD., LANTANA, FLA. CCU 8543

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