The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 3, 1966 · Page 12
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 3, 1966
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page Twelve - Blythevllle '(Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, May », MM ANewPopMositPriiMforParcnts Beatles and Beyond! By PHILIP WERDELL Moderator Magazine Written for Newspaper Enterprise Assn. NEW YORK - (NBA) - The Beatles won a new audience for mass music and left the hit parade with a musical example that will be hard to forget. "The Beatles have done it again " rings the cry after each new hit. What the Beatles do again and again is show that pop music can be alive, inventive and unrepetitious, even beautiful. Teen-agers pass out squealing at the Beatles, to be sure, but these impish lads from Liverpool are laughing. Not only at the screaming girls, but at them selves. Their undying sense of humor is the first clue that they are not ordinary matinee idols. The Beatles keep making faces at you, almost sticking out their tongues and saying, "Neh, neh, neh, I fooled you!" Their album covers of funny faces sug gest that "If you buy this record, you have to take our funny faces with it" or "I wonder if the fans would love us in crew- cuts?" This all-pervading sense of humor comes through in every record — even when they are yelling "Help!" or "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah." A Beatles' fan at the Univr- sity of Chicago explains it this way: "The Beatles maintain a double image, one of the pop hero and the other of four sensitive human beings. One appeals to me and the other appeals to me." There is a genuine and healthy need among modern youth for proof that you can make it in the mass media world and still, like John Len- Iniiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii mi "I* iiii]iiiiiiiiniiiiiiii!i»iiBimiii«»^^^^ ... i. HT Tr__1. /"i:*.. **i.4n it* ilm IWorcnv crtllnH anH fl f A W non, write two books of poetry, "In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard in the Works." When it came time to make a film, the Beatles could have made their millions just by sitting in front of a couple of sets in another beach party flick. Instead, they surprised all with "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help" — full of sight gags, purposely lacking in plot and combining new camera techniques. Students come out not only singing the latest hit but talking like real film buffs. Another hint is the lyrics of the Beatles' songs. First of all, you can understand the words. This alone would be a major contribution to contemporary pop music. But that's not all. As a young high school coed from New York City puts it: "They take the words right out of my mouth. Most hit tunes seem to believe that teen-agers today still fal. for pppy love. Nuts. I'm not a little kid." The Beatles still believe in love, but it's not the forever-and forever - this - is - my - only- hope - for - happiness pop which hold-out cynics in Tin Pan Alley continue to pretend young people believe. For the Beatles, it is a calm, "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You." They neither croon nor fall in feverish fits. Underneath all that routine uproarious applause, a lot of young people understand. The show-stopper for the Beatles, however, is their music. The irony is that the Beatles came on with headlines about the Mersey sound and a few years later it is they and not their musical fad which sells records. It's difficult to admit, but the Beatles must be good musicians. They keep writing their own tunes, their own words, their i own arrangements — and keep doing something new. Their latest album is no more than a series of experiments with new rhythms, harmonies and instruments. Not only do they shy away from repeating themselves they keep developing new and better material. A professor of music at the University of Liverpool decided to prove once and for all the quality of the Beatles music. He produced the "Baroque Beatles Book," arranging original Beatles' songs for chamber orchestra and ensembles. Some he found "suitable for harpsi- m chord or spinet"; "Help" was 11 arranged as an aria for an operatic tenor. Throughout the record, the Beatles are interwoven with musical quotes from Bach, Handel and Teleman. In Victorian language and script, the introduction tries to "stifle those un- NEW YORK (AP)-Pity the young! Memory is the fireplace of the heart, and what kind of memories will they have to warm themselves by later on in the twilight of this driven century? Well, in any case, few will still be alive then who can look back and remember a more leisurely past when— A big league baseball player was lucky to make $5,000 a year. "Bet A Million" Gates, the big time speculator, would wager $1,000 on which raindrop would be first to run to the bottom of a window pane. Every timt a child scratched himself he was afraid he'd come down with the seven-year-itch. When a passenger went for an airplane ride, he wore goggles and a leather helmet—jnst like the pilot. The only machine In the average home was • mechanical vacuum cleaner. It waa easy to tell a person with a genteel background—at the table he never ate peas with his knife. To get anywhere in the U.S. Army you had to be able to ride a horse, and look well in high leather boots. Every community seemed to have at least one couple trying to get rich by raising chinchillas in the basement. Most Americans thought shish kebab was a foreign cussword, and weren't sure whether vodka was the name of a Russian drink or a Russian river. Only daredevils ordered in a Chinese grateful, malicious slander who have made vile and unjustified aspersions on the value of the wonderful songs of Messrs. L e n n o n and McCart- It certainly does. (End of Series.) PACE'SETTER —Pace-setting architect Frank IJoyd Wright is the fifth individual to be honored in the Post Office's new "Prominent Americans" series. A blue, two-cent stamp showing the architect against one of his most famed buildings, New York City's circular Guggenheim Museum, goes on sale June 8 with ceremonies at Spring Green, Wis., where he taught during his last years. restaurant anything except eg| rolls, chow mein or chop suey. Conservative folk thought anybody who bought anything on the instalment plan wai headed for the poorhouse. Old people got their exercise in the summer sitting on the front porch swatting house flies. Twenty-five wasn't a bad day's total. » * » Parents worried lesg about • daughter's grades in school than about the quality of her penmanship. The more elegant it looked the better they were pleased. Except on Saturday nights, there were more people across the nation asleep than awake by 10 p.m. If you saw a light burning after midnight during the week, you knew someone in the home must be ill. Men didn't have to hop around the room like kangaroos gallantly lighting cigarettes for ladies. The only women who smoked much were rural grandmothers, who preferred to light their pipes themselves with kitchen matches or a wood shaving ignited by a hearth coal. TB Memorials Memorials have been received by the Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association in honor of the following: Howard Bowen, by Sallie McRae and mother, D. Finlay McRae, W. F. Floyd Jr., Ivan Allen Co., Carolyn Bazemore, Lawrence D'Amico, all of Atlanta. Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Spellings of Jonesboro, Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Butler, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Chunn, Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Pinkston, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shackelford, Mr. and Mrs. Don Chunn, all of Columbia, Term. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Stubblefield and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Shearing of Luxora, and Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Austin and North Side Church of Christ of Blytheville; L. P. Nicholson, by Mrs. J. L. Nabors and Mrs. Philip J. Deer of Blytheville; Mike J. Bombolaski, by Mrs. Sue Harris Burks of Blytheville. Shoot for the Top, Challenge McClellan By JOHN R. STARR Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Foster Johnson says he wanted to run for governor this year but decided the field was too full. Casting around for a spot on the ballot, he elected to run against U. S. Sen. John L. McClellan, the man Gov. Orval Faubus once called the closest thing to an unbeatable politician in Arkansas. Why McClellan? "I wanted to shoot for one •f the top offices," Johnson said. "That way, if I lose, I won't feel so bad about it. If I ran for a small office and lost, I'd feel bad." Johnson created the major stir of the ticket-closing Wednesday by appearing just six minutes before the deadline to start filling out qualifying papers. He waited until the last minute, he said, because he thought former Gov. Sid McMath, a McClellan opponent in 1954, would make the race. McMath did, indeed, come to filing headquarters about the time Johnson arrived. "I thoght sre the was going to file," Johnson said. But McMath, after pushing through the crowd to the desk, announced that he was "just campaigning." Johnson began easing through the crowd. + * * The 51-year-old book salesman said he decided about two months ago to run against McClellan if no one else did. "In my travels around the state I learned that about 50 per cent of the people are dissatisfied with him," Johnson said. "That gives me a 50-50 chance." Johnson said he has no dislike for McClellan personally but that he believes McClellan has lost touch with the common men. Does he know McClellan? "I met him years ago," Johnson said. "He wouldn't know me." Asked if he had any specific complaints about McClellan's record, Johnson said: "Well, there are a lot of things that other states have got that Arkansas has not." What specifically? "More military bases. And defense contracts have been let to newer companies in other states." Johnson said he would take up McCellan's fight for the Ar- kansa River navigation program and that he also would push the senator's fight against organized crime. * * * Johnson said almost all of the $2,500 filing fee he paid was his own money. He will get 1,?250 back because there are two men in the race. "I had a few small donations," he said. "And I've had some more since the ticket closed." He said he would run as big a campaign as financing would allow. He said he expects support from organized labor because labor has announced its opposition to McClellan. He said he had talked with some labor leaders but not with the top state officials. Johnson, 51, is 6 feet, 1 incli tall and weighs 255. He has a soft voice which docs not seem to fit with his large frame. * * * He was born in Alleene, a Little River County Hamlet, and lived at Arkadelphia and Conway before his family settled in Little Rock when he was 13. He was graduated from Little Rock High School (now Central) and attended a business school. He went into the appliance business and sold furniture and appliances until five years ago. "I've been semi-retired since then," he said. 'I'm in public relations and sales. Actually I sell the Harvard Classics (a book collection)." Johnson is married and has a married daughter. "Getting along with other senators requires selling of ideas and my experience in selling with be helpful to me," lie said. Now that the ticket has closed, Johnson was asked, does he have any regrets about taking on a man who has not had opposition since 1954 and who edged past a former governor in that race. "None," he said. "None at all." IRead Courier News Classifieds T.V. Clinic Airbase Highway Now Open Fulltime Under the New Management of J. D. BEAL 75 Years Experience In Radio - Television Repairs Black ft Whit* • Color All Work Guaranteed Mike Warren Serviceman CALL LE 2-S632 DON'T BE LEFT OUT .... 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