Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 16, 1976 · Page 9
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 9

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 16, 1976
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Really Singing The Blues OLIVIA .. .Olivia Keiaton John lias collected gold records in the past line years since her Jtrsi single ·If Not For You' Northw«it Arkanioi TIMES, Friday, April 16, 1976 Singer, Bill Withers Contemplates New Life NASHV1I,1,B, Tenn. (AP) -- .inger-songwriter Bill Withers nil the lop in 1371 less lhan l\vo cars alter launching Ills pro- ,essional career when he was awarded a Grammy for "Ain't [o Sunshine." his first single rhythm and blues olcasc. Bui Ihe singing the Nashville Early Days Of Career singer was really ^lues recently E vhile contemplating his new ifc. Although fame lias brought Withers wealth, Ihe former sailor said il has also stolen those easy limes when he could go 'down lo the store and fine some ladies to flirt with and laugh. I look Tor pleasure every minute of 'my lite bccaup/s ev crybody else does," he said, ex peeling a challenge. "It's no fair (o put categories ami say: 'You are so and so. You have to make sacrifices.' For what? To be a big star aud commit suicide like so many others? "I don'l look at Jimi Hendfix, Janis .loplin and BilliC HolHday as heroes. 1 took at them as poor dead people. There are some parking, lol attendants * envy because-they laljgh. , "I was 32 when 1 started doing this. I was a mentally healthy adult, and I'm going to be a mentally healthy . adnll when El's over," The native of a West Virginia mining town was Ih/j gucsl at,_a luncheon hosted by Columbia Record Company. A big man, at least 6 EcCt 2. 185 pounds, he appeared misplaced amid plastic tablecloths and red roses in crystal vases. Withers said Ihc three weeks he'd been on Ihe road in the past two years were three weeks too many. ."Kvtn if they gavp me every dime from (he gate, I still can't pay the salaries for a week. "H's a lot easier lo write ro manlic love songs when you're in Beverly Hills than when you're in a Holiday Inn looking tor some place lo gel your socks washed," said the write of "Lean on Me" and "I Wish You Well." "I'm 37 years old. don'l feel·"like hassling'some 1 could haooy cab MM Newton-John Reminisces "MEMPHIS, ..Term. {AP) _ The m a n ' i n Ihe drugstore had no" sdoa who he was questioning when ;-he ; asked the blonde at the cosmetic^ counter if she were ^a model.: Wli'eri she said no, he Iried again: "Arc you a stewardess?": Undaunted toy a second no, he said,- "Well, it you aren't, you ought to be, if you, want lo.' 1 Had: he asked if she were Olivia Newton-John, Ihe answer would hnvo been yes and he could have taken her autograph home lo his teen-agers. , , Strange lhat; the man had asked, Ihe young singer" whal she'was doing with her life because once, before seven goli records and several Gnumnies her parents had questioned her about (hat. In Memphis for ;a performance", Miss concert Ncwlon- John, 26, lalkccl about earlier lays in her career. Wearing loots, a dark dress and a col- cction of gold neck chains, she was calm and relaxed despite .he demands oT a tour on time and energy. Granddaughter of N o b e l prize-winning physicist Max Born, Miss Newton-John is the London-born daughter of a Welshman who emigrated to Australia where he was headmaster of a school. She said he agonized for years before choosing a career as a leachcr and not an opera singer. "My mother had degrees, i brother is a doctor and my sis ler left-school to become ah ac tress," she said. "So, of course had lo go Lo the university or| hal's 1 whal was expected ol me." Wilh support from .her ae- ress-sister, she - finally quit school and, in time, won tier parents' approval, of her ca- 'eer. She sang in her br'olher-iii law's coffee, shop and broke inlo television,as a teen-ager on an Australian daytime program arid "the girl next door to the star 1 ' oh a British series. At 1C, she won .a lalenl show that gave, as. first prize, a'trip to Lpndon. TJicre she and an other.Australian girl, Pat Car roll,, formed an act and ap pcaretl.on' BBC television and in cabaret for two years; When Miss Caroll's visa ran out, sh 5;" re turned to Australia and the act broke up. Afler joining another group .md making a movie--"It was a lisastcr"--she decided at age 9, "f had to'Start doing some hing on my own." She stayed in London and 1971 "recorded her first single 'If Not For. You," which bt came an international hit. Two years later she won he irst Grammy as best counlr r ocalist with the song "Let M Be There:" , In 1974. when the Country Music Association named her "Female Vocalist of Ihe Year." controversy began over whether she was a country singer or popular artist. The a ward wa s one of th e reasons for Ihe founding of The Association for. Country Entertainers to promote traditional country music. ; driver. If il got. down to being happy cab driver 7 or /Hilcrininc'r, Ihcre'd he no con esl," he said. Being well known has mad lim guarded. Withers said. '1 ol of limes it's forgotten yo are a person. II can be strange 'eople will run up to you an say; 'I wanl to talk 1 ." 1 His, vole tecarnp louder as. he broadl 'eslured, i m i t a t i n g the fan 'You're not entitled to be tired "You gel lo these conventio cities where 99 nuts walk up 1 you with songs lhat sound lik j? lots of other people written ... I'll say to somcbw 'Wait right here. I'll be r back. 1 And I'll lose them in second." The night before he ha pencd in a Nashville club and o u ri d the audience jmpatible -- "like Johnny a this appearing when the rowd wanted James Brown. "1 was embarrassed. I fell ic turning my face to the wall \d playing whatever number songs they pnitl their five ucks to hear ... 1 fell like say g: 'How much do I owe you ere. 1 " he said reaching (or his allel and moving his eyes rom face to face. I'm not Ihe kind of guy tha omes out tap dancing." State Memorial Based On University Students Design JP Candidate Files In Wrong District JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Craighead County's Democrat! Central Committee will mee 'riday afternoon to discuss th iroblems of Roger Walkins, a ustice of the peace Candidas vho filed for office in t 11 e vrong district. Watkins said he filed lo run n District 1! because the coun- .y's voter registration records indicated that's where he lived. Bill Penix, secretary of the central committee, said he was told Thursday by assistant Alts'. Gm. Rodney Parham that Lhc committee couldn't aller Ihe ballol designations. According to Penix, Parham said the determination of a per son's eligibility is, a judicia mailer. l Ppnix added that. Parham tolrt him that the candidates in vblved could decide Ihe matte: among themselves, either b: allowing Watkins to run in th wrong district or by allowin him to switch to Ihe right dis .trict. LITTLE ROCK (AP) .- A group developing an Arkansas memorial to the American Revolution mentioned the possibility Wednesday of asking school children to pay part of the cost. The group, a subcommittee of the Arkansas American Revolution Bicentennial Celebration Commiltee, met in the office of LI. Go. Joe Purcell, chairman of tlxc committee. The committee has $6i).OOI) -$25,000 from a slate appropriation and $35.001) from royalties from the sale of bicenterinia medals -- lo spend on the project. Glen Sink of Litlle Rock, architect working with the com millefi, said his "ballpark esli male" of the cost of the projec in its original design was $60. 00 lo. $70,000. Adult Action First Run Back That figure would go up if Ihe o m ni i 11 e e adopts certain langes recommended by. th ubcommittee. Purcell said he didn't want t» 'sacrifice quality or dignity" because of a spending limit. Ha ;aid the group would build · a leautiful and lasting memorial if it had to raise contribulioni irotn olher souces. j Jim Hyatt of Osceola, a committee member, said the "nick- c-s and dinvis 'of school chH- dren" could go a long way toward financing the project. Ha and Purcell said they thought pupils would enjoy participating in the project through the contribution of money. The subcommittee didn't make a specific recommendation for the full committee on soliciting contributions. :Tha committee meets next Wednesday lo consider tbe subcom- mittee's''recommendations. % The subcommittee decided .to recommend thai the circular memorial be built on the southeast corner ot the front lawn of Ihc Capitol near what is now a ros£ garden. Nursery Home Garden Cenler 2500 Johnson Road 521-4401 Plant : .a-.tree Plant two trees Evergreens, shade, fruit nut Shade your house yard Grow an" orchard,, a wood lot A woods or forest Save nature We sell trees "'"' BOX OFFICE |f OPEN 6:30 FRI.-SUN. 7:00, arid 9:10 SUN. MAT. 2:00 p.m. m m FRI.-SUN. 7:00 and 9:25 SUN. MAT. 2:00 p.m. From the devious mind of Alfred Hitchcock, a diabolically entertaining motion picture. BOX OFFICE -OPEN 6:30 FRi.-SUN. 7:00 ind 9:40 SUN. MAT. 2:00 p.m. I- 1 At times tt looked like ft might cost them their jobs, their reputations, and maybe even their lives. BEDFORD HOFFMAN mTHEPRESBENTlBIEfr ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S slm^ Vi TheCoverQirl. The moat beautiful example of what they call the weaker sex-until the day after :, : , she was raped, ' r The story of a, .' -'';'; - woman's outrage *£' and a woman's '' o revenge. . - ROe£HT RcDTOHO/OUSTIN hOf FMAN'/ilLTHEPnESICENTS t/EN" Ststrir^JACKWArcejJ Siwca^ceararKeb/l.lAHW BLSAJA. ·MjscrvDAViDSHRE KAREN BLACK · BRUCE DERN · BARBARA HARRIS WILLIAM DEVANE · iWHyjOHNWlilAMS-sav^uERNEST LEHMAN t · " i · ··y-^j,i-.rn·(iiJjrl lAl\tMl m ni.l r\L.L/ i l l I vl ivv/v^ iLiMrjwL rr.iuni. iL.i.n.^fv.iAA'n together, they'll show you how the West was FUN! GEORGE GOLDIE SEGAL HAWN AMELVIHFRA«KFILH THE DUCHESS AND THE DIRTWATEB FO; BOX OFFICE OPEN 6:30 FRI.-SAT. 7:00 and 9:10 SUN. 2:00 and 7:30 iFOlg "I T. !»*·«· -- « FRI.-SUN. 7:00 and 9:35 SUN. MAT. 1:00 p.m- JACK NICHOLSON ONE FIB* MO K UWBfTIS PruartJ I FRDOi HODS pnswttM NO ONE UNDER 171 Lipstick H ten't »tw«y» an InvKaUon to · kfM. 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