Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1973 · Page 16
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 16

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, February 1, 1973
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PAGE 16 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N THURSDAY, FEBRUARY I, 1973; Don Gibson . . . Singer Vienna Choir Boys to perform here One of the oldest musical organizations in the world, the Vienna Choir Boys, will ap- pearTuesday at the Tucson Community Center Music Hall in a concert to benefit the Tucson Boys Chorus. Formed in 1498 by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, the famed choir has weathered a variety of attempts to disband it, including a demand by Adolph Hitler that it be used as a propaganda tool. Instead of bowing to the dictator's demand, the choir disbanded until IMS. Originally organized to perform religious music in the court chapel in Vienna, the choir then was composed of only 12 boys. 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By MARY SHAY Citizen Staff Writer By the time Don Gibson arrives in Tucson this week, he may have written a new song or two. In a telephone interview with the Tucson Daily Citizen, the singer-songwriter-guitarist claimed that his first love is nown eventually spread throughout Europe. They did not appear in the United States, however, until 1932. With the fall of the Hapsburg monarchy at the end of World 1 War I, the choir was supported by private funds and by the income derived from its tours, which began in 1926. In addition to performing sacred music, the Choir turned to folk songs and costumed operettas. The Choir Boys are currently making their 30th tour of this country -- but the first Tucson performance -- and will appear in one performance only at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will be contributed to the Tucson Boys Chorus Building Fund. Tickets scaled from |3.?5 to |5.75 are available at Levy's, Community Center outlets and the Tucson Boys Chorus office, 1641 N. McKinley Ave. song writing. He says he has had some 300 or 400 songs published, and that he is writing all the time. Admitting that he does not read a note of music, Gibson said, "I keep tape machines everywhere -- in the car, the luggage, the house." He never sits down to deliberately write a song. He relies strictly on inspiration. In a mild, back-woodsy voice, he said that that inspiration could come anytime, anywere. "It might just be something someone says, a common phrase, an old saying." Does he have a favorite song that he's written? "My favorite is probably 'A Legend In My Time.' It's never been a big hit. However, Sammy Davis Jr. just Decently recorded it." "I Can't Stop Loving You" is also on Gibson's list. Another, he said, "is probably one you never heard of, 'Stranger To Me.'" Gibson has been in Tucson before. He recalled that, "tfiey wet'e filming a movie there then with" John Wayne, Dean Martin and .Rick Nelson 'Rio Bravo.' It was about 1958, I think. I had 'Oh Lonesome Me' out, and it was a big hit. Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and I came as a package deal. We were all just starting out in the business. I think we appeared at a skating rink or something like that." The Sports Center? "Yeh, that was it." Gibson and his wife have an apartment in Nashville, but they are building a home just outside the city. They also have a chalet ill Gatlingburg, a 'resort town in the Smoky Mountains. They have no children. Although not a performer, his wife Bobbie (Barbara) travels with him. He said they averaged ,a'bbut 12 days per month on the r"oad last year. He will perform at a dance and show -- the Big Hat' Jamboree --from 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Tickets are selling for $2.50 each and are available at Tucson western stores, Community Center outlets and the Chamber of Commerce on West Congress Street. . The jamboree kicks off La Fiesta. de los Vaqueros celebration which lasts all of February. Gibson says he does not want the big name, superstar status. He enjoys performing, preferably concert dates, likes writing even more, and wants time for both. To make his point, he said, "I was with John Hartford recently . . . We were talking about personalities ... being known. Hartford said that the talented, really versatile people in the business are not known that much outside of Nashville, (pause) I'd like to think he meant me." Since he's written so many songs, you would probably think;he started as a child. Not so, claims the 44-year-old. "I was about 23 or 24." His first song was "I'm Glad I Got To See You Again," and it was recorded by Hank Snow. After that,' he came forth with such songs as "Sweet Dreams," "Can't Stop Loving You," '"Give Myself A Party," "Blue, Blue Day," "Oh Lonesome Me," "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles" and ·"Lone- some Number One." "Sensuous Woman" was'.Itl hit record for Gibson last yeai^i and he has just recorded "H~ You're Going Girl." His latest- writing efforts have been fot* George Jones, Brenda Lee aniC Loretta Lynn. * TM · Gibson pointed out that -hg~ had done a couple of numbers^ for "Hee Haw," which will bC- shown here Feb. 10, 6 p.m. oflC Channel 4. , -The jamboree Saturday also~ will feature Jerry HaymSP and Brenda D. During theT event, the 1973 rodeo querC will be crowned and prizes; will be awarded those judge* as best dressed, western fasKt ion. . " Nothing melancholy about this Dane Playing the organ at funerals hardly seems the way for a person to begin establishing himself as a comedian. But such performances were a part of a "step by step" evolution from a child prodigy musician to pianist-comedian for Victor Borge; After that evolution and after some 30 years of performances, he has proved that a Dane doesn't have to be melancholy to be great "Nobody says that music has to be taken seriously," said Borge in a telephone interview with the Tucson Daily Citizen. He performs here at 8 p.m. Monday iii the Community Center Music Hall. Borge's career as a musician-comedian began as many a hopeful amateur.entertain- er's, leaves off -- as a great person to invite to a party. That was in his native Denmark, whose king has twice knighted Borge. "I was always the one saying funny things," Borge recalled this week from his Miami, Fla., hotel. "I was invited to parties because I could entertain." The attention he gained from his circle of friends over his musical ,and comical ability was flattering to the young Borge. Then it became economically attractive. Parts in movies, stage shows andi the like came his way, all most naturally because he had a desire for great music and to make people laugh. Asked 1 to explain his continued 1 success as a ham-it-up pianist who continually falls off the piano bench or knocks out the .prop of a piano top, he replied: "I can't analyze it but I can do'it." The fact that he holds back a part of his musical ability is an attraction, he says, a way of keeping audiences waiting for the moment that he'll drop the comedy and satisfy an audience with sheer musical ability. Audiences wait for him to lurch into sustained serious music as audiences wait for the beleaguered! movie hero to finally turn the tables on the villain giving him a shellacking. But Borge never really sus- 610S.Country Club Rd. Between Bdw'y b 22nd Si. · Phon« 793-0401 Store Hours Mon.-Fri. 9-6 Sot 9-5:30 a BUTTE KNIT need we say more COMING OR l GOING, this 3Pc. Pants Suit is impeccable. Expertly tailored Blazer, sleeveless Shell and pull-on Pants. Dacron Polyester double knit. Washable. White with a Navy Blazer. Sizes 10-18 75 just one of our many beautiful Pants Suits · tains music seriously during a. show -- "I do some but not as much as people might like," .he confessed 1 . . Nonetheless serious music maintains a hold' on him, partly, he says, because he likes to do many things. "I would like to take sabbatical from the piano and just conduct. "Of course I manage to fit in some engagements with symphonies during my regular concert tours but I would sincerely love to conduct just one whole year." But such an ambition, he admits, has an antagonist: "People" have difficulty accepting me as a serious musician." Who writes his material? "I do. I always have." Continuing, he said it's on* way of being independent. . "To me, it has always been important to be independent." Such a feeling accounts for his broad range of interests. What were those interests? "Anything. I'm very easily captivated. I adapt to an environment. If I'm with a person who talks slowly, I find 1 myself' talking the same way." A person, he says, ought to combine his interests to express an independence. Modern dancing, he says for example, is a .means of expressing 'independence. "You may look and move like a monkey but never mind. Tonight you do your own thing. Not that you always can, but do it when, you can." Anything special about Tucson? "Not really. Only that my. son (Ronald, one of five Borge children) lives in nearby Phoenix." Borge, now a United States citizen, lives in Greenwich, Conn., when he's not on tour. His charitable works have earned him numerous accolades. In 1963, Sen. Abraham Ribi- coff, senior senator from Borge's home state, read a tribute into the Congressional record which in part said: "It wouldi be impossible to estimate the number o£ people that Victor Borge has reached and influenced and brought Tucson Tonight* Tomorrow, Victor Borge closer to our American ideals. In each place (abroad) the people were left with a great understanding of these United States." Aside from entertainment, Borge has established himself as a businessman in a variety of fields, the most famous of which is the marketing of Rock Cornish game hens. Tickets for his Monday per- formance are scaled from $3.75 to $5.75 and are available at Levy's and Community Center outlets. And 1 , finally, it seems natural to ask a 30-year veteran if he ever thinks of retirement. "Only every night when I go to bed," he quipped, adding, "Retire from what?" --Robert Albano Music \ COMMUNITY CENTER Guess Who in concert with guest star Johnny Rivers at 8:30 tonight in the Arena. Admission: $5.50, $4.50 and ?3.50. . Drama CAMPUS CHRISTIAN CEN-, TER -- "Who Killed Norma, Jean?" curtain at 8:30 tpnighi^ 715 N. Park Ave. Admission:' $1 at the door. Tickets may be, V reserved at the Park Music Shop Inc., 1702 E. Speedway Blvd. "'· · PLAYBOX THEATRE ~ ; "Night Must Fall," curtain at 8:30 tonight through Saturday at Traildust Town. Tickets at! $2.50 may be reserved at the' Park Music Shop, 1702 E.'. Speedway. 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