The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 5, 1986 · Page 31
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Entertainment Rockabilly special features ex-Beatles LONDON (AP) - Not anyone could convince ex-Beatle George Harrison to come out of his musical retirement and perform in front of an audience. But Carl Perkins, the American godfather of rock 'n' roll, has managed the almost-impossible, gathering together Harrison, fellow ex- Beatle Ringo Starr and other British rock stars for a musical celebration that will be broadcast on pay-cable's Cinemax service this month. The program, "A Rockabilly Session: Carl Perkins and Friends," has its first showing tonight and has five more broadcasts scheduled for later inJanuary. Harrison, Starr, guitar mastermind Eric Clapton and Dave Edmunds were among the musicians who took to the stage at London's Limehouse Studios recently to join their boyhood idol in classic Perkins numbers like "Blue Suede Shoe- sy""Honey Don't," "Matchbox" and "Everybody's Trying to be My Baby." ' "Nothing in the music business has even come close to this for me," Perkins, now a silver-haired 53, said in!an interview. "At times I felt I was going to break down crying." '.Perkins was especially moved by Harrison's decision to "come out of his shell" and overcome his stage fright. '. He proposed the television special, sending a personal video invitation to all three surviving Beatles. Only Paul McCartney was too busy to take part in the joint American-British production, Perkins said. Perkins met the Beatles in 1964 when the Liverpool four became music legends in the United States and ultimately around the world. Perkins' lightning-quick style on the guitar influenced their playing. "I'm humbled when I hear people like Eric Clapton and the Beatles say, 'You're the reason I'm holding a guitar,' " Perkins said. "It weakens my old knees. I don't hear myself in their playing. I do in some early Carl Perkins Beatles songs, but they advanced it so much. That rockabilly sound wasn't as simple as I thought it was." Over the years, the Beatles and Perkins have stayed in touch. One year for Perkins' birthday, McCartney sent him a cake shaped like a full-sized guitar, reproduced down to the frets. A few years ago Perkins wrote a song, "My Old Friend," in honor of McCartney. Perkins played with Starr and Stevie Wonder on McCartney's 1981 album, "Tug of War." Perkins credits British artists with saving rockabilly in the 1960s when his own career was on the skids. Perkins defines rockabilly as "blues with a country beat." "The Beatles and Stones put it right back in the top of the charts at a time when it was in danger of dying in the United States," he said. "They put a nice'suit on rockabilly. They never really strayed from the simplicity of it, they just beautified it." Perkins' own inspiration came from the Southern black gospel music he heard as he worked along with blacks in the cotton fields of his father's farm in Tiptonville, Tenn. As a youngster, he used to retreat behind the chicken house to pretend he was singing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. His family was so poor that they could afford batteries for the radio only when the cotton had been picked and sold. "Daddy used to tell us the radio needed more juice when it was turned up," Perkins recalled. "We kept it real low." At the age of seven, he began playing a guitar his father had made from a cigar box, a broomstick and baling wire. He wrote "Blue Suede Shoes" after hearing someone telling his date at a nigh school prom not to step on his blue suede shoes. Perkins went home to his dark, housing project in Jackson, Tenn., and wrote the song on a brown potato sack. His career took off in 1955 when he was signed by Sam Phillips to Sun Records in Memphis. His recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" reached No. 1, selling more than 2 million copies and becoming the first record ever to hit the rhythm and blues, country, and pop charts all at the same time. Stardom looked assured in 1956 when Perkins and his two brothers were invited to appear on the "Perry Como Show," but a car accident on the way to the television studio left his older brother dead, and his career in ruins. "I woke up four days later in a hospital in Wilmington, Del., in a body cast. There it was all over, all over, 85 miles and a few hours away from network television, being the first rockabilly to ever be on it." From his hospital bed, he watched Elvis Presley beat him to that honor with his appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show." "I was bucking a good-looking cat called Elvis who had beautiful hair, wasn't married, and had all kind of great moves," he said. "And here was Carl, married, with a nose that looked like Mr. Ed, the mule on television." His music slumped, and Perkins hit the bottle hard. But a British tour with Chuck Berry in 1964 revived his career, and introduced him to the Beatles. He overcame his alcoholism during a 10-year musical association with Johnny Cash which ended in 1975 when Perkins decided to tour with his two sons. He likes today's rock groups, such as the Stray Cats and the Blasters who, he says, have returned the rock sound to its original flavor. Perkins is still cutting records. He's just completed an album with Jerry Lee Lewis, Cash and Roy Orbison with the working title "The College of Rock 'n' Roll, Class of 55." He also has an album out called "Carl Perkins." And he continues to write, working on music for a forthcoming movie starring Faye Dunaway. The Salina Journal Sunday, January 5,1986 Page 31 ********************************* Ski Steamboat Springs, Colorado Complete package includes round trip airfare, ground transportation, housing, lift ticket discounts and discount ski rentals — 3 day, 4 day, 7 day trips. Very Reasonable. ELLIHWOOD FLYING SERVICE 316-564-2508 ********************************* Logan, Kirwin artists are featured in Dane Hansen Museum displays Marquee Salina movies Jewel of the Nile — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG 101 Dalmatians — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated G Out of Africa — Sunset Plaza Cinema, Rated PG Rocky IV — Mid-State Cinema, Rated PG Spies Like Us — Fox Theater, Rated PG i Young Sherlock Holmes — Vogue f 'Theater, Rated PG ' TV movies, specials 6:30 p.m. — Fast Break, WGN, Salina Cable Channel 11 Gabriel Kaplan, Reb Brown (1979). A delicatessen clerk is given a 6nce- in-a-lifetime chance to become a major success by organizing a group of oddly assorted characters into a winning basketball team. 8 p.m. — Blacke's Magic, NBC, Salina Cable Channels 3 and 4 Hal Linden, Harry Morgan (premiere). Illusionist Alexander Blacke gives up show business to lead a quiet life, but the police approach him and his flimflamming father for help when a fellow magician's coffin trick leads to death. 8 p.m. — The Defiant Ones, ABC, Salina Cable Channels 9 and 10 Robert Urich, Carl Weathers (premiere). Two convicts on a chain gang overcome their intense hatred for one another and join forces in a desperate flight to freedom. 8 p.m. — An Eye for an Eye, Salina Cable Channel 7 Chuck Norris, Christopher Lee (1981). A San Francisco cop quits the force to avenge the murder of his partner by members of a drug ring. LOGAN — Paintings by four Lo- ganites and a candle display by a Kirwin resident will be exhibited at the Dane G. Hansen Museum, beginning today and continuing through Jan. 29. The artists are: • Betty Dickinson Baird, who has studied four years at Kansas State University, with Dr. Mark Phillips in Hawaii, Virgil Deges in Damar, Kelly Hull in Woodston, Kathleen Khuarr at Fort Hays State University, the Leo Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, Clay Rents on the island of Moheggan, Maine, Ellie Cook in Seattle, Wash., and Darrell Elliot of Taos, N.M. • Iris Demuth, who has had seminars under Darrell Elliot of Taso and Ellie Cook of Seattle, and has attended classes under the direction of Murry Eckles of Dodge City and Kelly Hull of Woodston. • Evelyn Pauly, who has studied at Fort Hays State University, Colorado State University and Denver University. She taught for a time in Logan and, since her return to Logan, has begun watercolor painting with Kelly Hull and Virgil Deges. "Our 27th Season" SUNFLOWER LIONS CLUB Discover TRAVEL & the World! ADVENTURE SERIES "6 Personally Narrated Film Journeys Wednesday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. "The Great Great Lakes" Personally Narrated By Franklyn Carney All 6 Films begin at 7:30 and will be Shown at CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM TICKET PRICES Franklyn Carney • Jeanine Becker Reiners, who began learning oil painting while living in St. Louis. She first took tole painting classes, then advanced to landscapes. After returning to Hays, where she had attended FHSU, she began taking more classes. She is the daughter of Lloyd and Deloris Becker of Logan. • Jean Wyrill has been making candles for about 15 years and will have many of her award-winning candles on display. A reception to meet the artists will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the museum. * * * Needlecraft hoops by Emma Attebury of Kensington as January Artist of the Month will be on display at the Dane G. Hansen Museum. Call or mail your news tip to The Salina Journal; up to $45 in cash prizes awarded for the best tips every week. Storytime to begin Jan. 14 at library -Enrollment for Winter/Spring Storytime sessions are under way at the Salina Public Library. They begin Jan. 14. Storytime is a program for preschoolers age 2-6 that features picture book, flannel-board and chalk stories, weekly puppet plays, movies, filmstrips, fingerplays, rhymes, crafts and activity songs. .Sessions are: • Age 2—9:15 and 9:40 a.m. Tuesdays. • Age 3—10:15 Tuesdays. • • Age 3,4,5 and 6 —1:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays. : • Age 4,5 and 6—10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. The Storytime schedule: ••» Jan. 14-16 —Movie: Nate The Great Goes Underground; puppet play: The Case of the Missing Mittens; stories. -•• Jan. 21-23 — Movie: The Mole in the Zoo; puppet play, Bossy Doo; flannel story: Sam, Who Never Forgets; stories. • Jan. 28-30 — Movie: Leave Herbert Alone or Faces; puppet play: Sunshine Cranberry; chalk story; stories. -Parents can call 825-4624 for more information or to enroll their children. Symphony rehearsals are under way Rehearsals have begun or are scheduled for the Salina Symphony and Salina Youth Symphony. Eric Stein is musical director-conductor. The Youth Symphony began rehearsals Saturday morning in the Marymount College Fine Arts rehearsal room. The Salina Symphony will begin winter rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Fine Arts rehearsal room. The Youth Symphony will present its annual winter concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Marymount Fine Arts Theatre. The Salina Symphony will present its Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 in the 4-H Building. DIET CENTER We've moved! New address 322 W. CLOUD 823-7207 ~ ; SALINA WORKS! MOVIE RENTAL 99* TAPES 7 Days A Week 80% Of Our Stock GOLD STAR TAPES $ 1" 7 Days A Week 20% of Our Stock DOWNTOWN NEWS & BOOKS CARROLL'S BOOKSTORE Make a day of it at the MID-AMERICA INN RESTAURANT! SUNDAY BRUNCH 1 1 am-2 pm Free make your own Sundae included. 1842 N. 9th SUPER SUNDAY SPECIAL 2 piece Freid Chicken Dinner, choice of potato, tossed salad, roll and FREE SUNDAE (Make your own). '2.95 5 pm'til 10pm 823-2810 Season Tickets - J10.00...Single Film - J2.SO Children 12 and under admitted free Ticket available at local travel agencies, Elmore Sundries or at the door. It'll Be a Hit!!! Tommy Lasorda (manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers) will be the key speaker at The 1986 Salina Area Chamber of Commerces' Banquet Tues., Jan. 14 6:30 prrj Bicentennial Center, Salina Tickets available now S 1 7.50 ••<=>> Call 827-9301 or come by Chamber's office at 115 W. Iron 1300 S. Santa Fe CAR ALARMS INSTALLED! Can order to your own specifications. ATTENTION HOBBIESTS & COLLECTORS Carve Your Own Pipes Meerschaum & Briarwood Block Kits Also ready-made SS pipes In stock ^^ RESTAURANT Salina Truck Plaza 1-70 & N. 9th 825-5023 PRIME-TIMER SHOW (*) $2 25 SEN. 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