The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 22, 1981 · Page 50
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 50

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 22, 1981
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Page 6 The Salina Journal Sunflower Sunday, November 22,1981 Denver, Domingo record disc John Denver (left) and Placido Domingo Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross. Barbra Strei- sand and Barry Gibb. Rachel Sweet and Rex Smith. They've all done duets on record. Now there's another famous duo doing a romantic song: John Denver, the epitome of M.O.R. pop, and Placido Domingo, the famous operatic tenor. Their song, written by Denver, is called "Perhaps Love." This is not such an unlikely pairing as it seems. While pop singers rarely, if ever, move into opera, opera singers often are tempted to express themselves in contemporary styles. Ezio Pinza, as the hero of the musical comedy "South Pacific," made "Some Enchanted Evening" his trademark. Several years later another famous tenor, Cesare Siepi, known for his work in "Don Giovanni," tried a Broadway musical comedy, "Bravo, Giovanni." He was less successful than Pinza, however. Last year Domingo, speaking of Luciano Pavarotti, said somewhat enviously that Pavarotti's income was larger than his "because of records." "The solo al- bum is where you really make money," Domingo said. Although Denver sings only the title track on Domingo's new album, "Perhaps Love," the jacket says "Placido Domingo with John Denver." Moreover, Domingo sings Denver's famous "Annie's Song" on the album, which is completely pop, with the Lennon- McCartney "Yesterday" among the other selections. Denver backs Domingo on guitar on "Annie's Song." The matchmaker was Milton Okun, producer and arranger, who has worked with Denver a long time. "I've dreamed of the opportunity of working with Placido," he said. Domingo says of Denver, "We're very similar in approach, very professional but easygoing with no displays of temperament." One interesting factor brought out on the album is that Domingo's strong operatic voice seems to become more placid in his duet with Denver while Denver's seems to pick up power from Domingo. It's a fair exchange. Bow Wow Wow band is a big hit Q: I've heard that there's a band called Bow Wow. Is that true and if so, where are they from? — John Block, Memphis, Term. A: You're almost correct. The band is called Bow Wow Wow and they are a big hit in their native Britain. The lead singer is only 15 years old. They made their debut in the United States in September. Look for their first album, "See Jungle. See Jungle. Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over, Go Ape Crazy," which includes a single, "Chihuahua." •tr -tr -ff Q: I like the band Shooting Star, but I can't seem to find their album anywhere. Could you tell me where to get it! - Kobe Kobler, HOI City, Kan. A: You may have looked for their album before it was released. Shooting Star released "Hang on for Your Life" (Epic) late in the summer. So check your local record store now. •fr -tr -fr Q: I had a disagreement with my friend about the Police. I said they have four albums and that two went gold, but my friend disagrees. Can you settle this dispute? — Denny Saunders, Ontario, Canada A: Certainly. You're right on the first count. The Police have had four albums: "Outlandos d'Amour," "Regatta de Blanc," "Zenyatta Mondatta" and "Ghost in the Machine." The first three Bow Wow Wow LPs went gold in the U.S. The band will be touring America from January through March of '82 and might make it up to Canada. * * * Q: I just love Andy Kaufman on "Taxi." I missed him when he was on "Friday" and my friends said that he announced his engagement on the show. Can you tell me who he is marrying? — Cindy Blair, Los Angeles, Ca. A: Andy Kaufman did announce his engagement to Kathie Sullivan on ABC's "Fridays.". Kaufman met her a few years ago on a flight from New York to Los Angeles. Ms. Sullivan is a gospel recording artist, often seen on "The Lawrence Welk Show," besides other TV shows. •to * * Got a question? Mail it to Pop Scene Service, United Feature Syndicate, 200 Top singles RECORD, Performer (Last Week) 1. Arthur's Theme, Christopher Cross (1) 2. Start Me Up, Rolling Stones (2) 3. Private Eyes, Daryl Hall & John Dates (5) 4. Hard to Say, Dan Fogelberg (7) 5. Tryin' to Live My Life Without You, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (10) 6. The Night Owls, Little River Band (8) 7. I've Done Everything for You, Rick Springfield (9) 8. For Your Eyes Only, Sheena Easton (3) 9. Here I Am, Mi Supply (18) 10. Endless Love, Diana Ross & Lionel Ritchie (6) WATCH THESE: Don't Stop Believin', Journey; Heart Like a Wheel, Steve Miller Band. Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. Only the most interesting questions will be used and no personal replies can be given. Top albums RECORD, Performer (Last Week) 1. Tattoo You, Rolling Stones (1) 2. Nine Tonight, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (2) 3. Escape, Journey (3) 4. The Innocent Age, Dan Fogelberg (4) 5. 4, Foreigner (5) 6. Ghost in the Machine, Police (10) 7. Private Eyes, Daryl Hall & John Gates (8) 8. Songs in the Attic, Billy Joel (6) 9. Bella Donna, Stevie Nicks (7) 10. Abacab, Genesis (16) UP 'N 1 COMING: Physical, Olivia Newton- John; The Best ofBlondie, Blondie. 'Grease 2' stars picked It's finally decided. The starring roles in "Grease 2" have gone to Maxwell Caulfield and Michele Pfeiffer. Their names are hardly household words but that would change if the sequel follows the phenomenal pattern of the original. Ass. \ Charlie Waddle Is Your Home Ready For Winter? Call your home heating and cooling specialist. Charlie will help you with the facts on efficient heating. 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