MONDAY, OCTOBER IT, 1958 BLTTHETTLL1 (AMC.)' COURIER HEWi FAOB ourier NewsMagazine Experts Disagree NewOrleans Jazz —Boom Or Bust? JJy STANLEY' MEISLKR AI* .Veiv.sfealures NEW ORLEANS — The cradle of jazz is still rocking. But the rocking may put the baby to sleep. All kinds of signs indicate New Orleans jazz has vitality. There also are lots of signs the city's jazz is about as vital as a mummy. It depends on the people you talk to. "It's never been better," says But there may be another rea- George Blanchin, president of the son. "I asked a colored disk jockey about it once." says Mrs. Myra Menviile. secretary of the jazz club, "and he said the young colored boys don't like jazz because it smacks too much of chains and New Orleans Jazz Club. One banfl, headed by Negro clcirmetist George Lewis, comes close to recreating' music in the New Orleans spirit, "Oh, yes, it's dying out," says Lewis quietly. "After us, there's no more." The jazz given the world by New Orleans came' in two packages. One, created by the Negroes, usually is called just New Orleans jazz. The second variety is Dixieland — the Negro music dressed up and made popular by white performers. Old-time New Orleans jazz and Dixieland musicians never rehearsed, always improvised and almost always played together without solos. When they listen to the many bands playing on Bourbon Street, musicians like Lewis are distressed because the music sounds well-rehearsed and dependent on the soloist. The future of jazz depends on the fledglings. A number of the white jazz musicians are men in their 20s and even younger white musicians sometimes sit in with the bands. But Lewis at 55, is almost young among the Negroes. Lewis explains that swing music in the 1930s caused a break in the stream of jazz. Youngsters heard swing and lost touch with old New Orleans jazz. slavery and all that stuff," "New Orleans just isn't proud of its j.izz." she says, a little hopelessly- "Lord knows, the rest of the world is." CURRENT Best Sellers (Compiled by Publishers' Weekly) FICTION .Marjorie Morninjrstar, Herman Wo life. Auntie Maine, Patrick Dennis. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson. Something; of Value. Robert Ruark. Band of Angels, Robert Penn Warren. NONFICTION Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The Power of Positive Thinking-, Merman Vincent Peale. How to Live 365 Days a Year, John A. Schindler. The Family of Man, Edward Steichen. A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall. TV FIND — Peggy Hnllftck, 19-ycnr-oId auburn haired San Fernando Valley beauty made her first major TV appearance this year as a love-sick teen-ager In one of the "Kings Row" productions - « new ABC television series. The scries stars Jack Kelly. Robert Honon, Nan Leslie and Victor Jory. DESIRABLE CHANGE Lovely Arlene Dahl wants to break from ladylike roles and become a "beast." That explains her leopard-skin bathing suit. Cheesecake is a change for Arlene, whose movie roles in the past eight years have been dressy and ladylike. Coca Turns From TV To Other Fields By CHARLES MERCER NEW YORK (#— Imogene Coca, a shy and complex woman to whom things both good and bad just seem to happen, made an important decision this week. She voluntarily tore up a $900,000 tele vision contract with NBC. Why? She won't discuss her reasons in breaking a contract .that would have brought her $100,000 a year for nine years more. But a close friend says. "Anybody who knows Imogene well isn't surprised. She's one of the most honest people in show business. The thought of taking the money and not doing anything troubled her. She knew of no plans NBC had for her. She felt if she broke away completely from television she would be free to do more in other fields.' ' Another friend says, "I think she felt the bad year she's had more than anybody realizes. I think she wanted to wipe the slate and have a clean blackboard to write on." Bad Year The past year was indeed a bad one for this elfin woman who with Sid Caesar rose to the summit of TV entertainment in past seasons. After she and Caesar parted amicably. she had her own show on NBC last season. Despite changes of format and great effort, the show simply didn't take. Her mother, to whom she was deeply devoted, died. Shortly afterwards death also took her husband, tall and handsome Robert Burton, to whom she'd been happily married for 18 years. "Coca has had it," people in television said sympathetically. Imogene Coca has known bad times—as well as good times— in the past. Before she began hitting her stride with Caesar in television she had a decade of incredibly bad times. "My blue period," she has Called it. She and hr husband, who also was a singer and actor, often didn't know where the next dollar was coming from. They literally knew hunger — and eviction for not paying the rent. Once, without a nickel between them, they spent the night dozing on the hard benches of Grand Central Station. Knowing much tragedy, she has still brought a great sense of comedy to life. There will be A lot of people cheering for her when she opens at a Las Vegas hotel in three weeks. Gets t/it BirJ LONDON, Ky. (#)—It was a costly victory W. S. Carpenter scored over starlings. His double-barreled ihot- gun went off prematurely M he closfid the breech while preparing to fire from an upstairs bathroom window. The charge made a sieve of the plumbing, water Leaked through to the living room below, and his wife was scared nearly out of her witft in belief he had been shot. Carpenter figured the scare ne threw Into the starlings cost him Kveral hundred dollars. Gay Lothario of Paree Merely a Ghost Now By ROSETTE HARGROVE NEA Staff Correspondent PARIS — (NEA) — The is losing a bad reputation. For According to a national survey here on "The Behavior of the French Man," shameful times havt come to Gaul. The national moustache droops and a large tear rolls down the national cheek. For the Average Frenchman has just answered a 100-question poll about himself. His sums and totals, reported m the women's weekly magazine EHe, tell this sad, virtuous tale: 1. Marriage. For 31 per cent ot the men, their wives are "beloved mates." For 21 per cent their wives are "good friends." For the rest, wives are both beloved mates and friends. 2. Love. One-third of the men said they Love their wives as much today as they did when they married. Cine-third love their wives more; 23 per cent love their wives "in a different way." The remaining nine per cent admitted their love had waned. 3. Fidelity. Almost three-quarters of the men felt that faithfulness was a necessary condition for a happy marriage. About 30 per cent added, "But npt for the husband." 4. National Pastime. The radio. While most men said that success with women is "all very nice" the ensuing complications make the game unlikely. And besides, there is something on the.radio to suit all tastes. Movies, too, about once eacn' week. 5. Family. Nearly 50 per cent of the men said they had no reason to reproach their wives for anything. About 40 per cent claimed they were "boss" of the household. And another 30 per cent said decision-making was shared equally with the wives. (One French statistics analyst, however, said these figures proved only that French women are very clever.) 6. Budget. Exactly half of the .men questioned had wives who were wage ; earners. They preferred the women stay at home but "could not get) along" without a combined salary Businessmen reported setting aside a fixed sum for household expenses. But workingmen and peasants said they turned all their money over to their women who then managed the finances. 7. Goals. Almost all the men queried wanted to be "pals" with their children and break the pattern of the family "despot" of their fathers and grandfathers. Most desire success in their work which many said they preferred to their play. Most want enough money to travel, to own a car and a "house in the country for my old age." Gone, it would seem, is the Lothario, the gay dog, the charmer, the boulcvardicr, the mountebank, the "other man" that once was France. Only among the confirmed bachelors does the sterotjTe remain. only thing worse than losing a good reputation, it turns out, example: every Frenchman and his brother. For 70 per cent of them, marriege to woman would interfere with the Love they had for women. For 30 per cent, a beautiful soul meant nothing when there were physical charms to consider. But one commentator on the French scene, author Andre Maurois, pointed out that there is no monogamist stronger than a bach- elor in love. These days, Maurois explained, happiness is a matter within marriage. And while father and grandfather may have kept a wife and a mistress, too, today's Frenchman stays close to his hearth. Why? But of course, the high' cost of living. Literary Guidepoft Take a Deep Breath for The New Faulkner BIG WOODS. By William Faulkner. Random House. Now with the hunting season once more clap upon us, it is celebrated by this collection of four hunting stories, "The Bear," "The Old People," "A Bear Hunt" and "Race at Morning," which is like the others in having originally appeared in a magazine yet like them, besides, in being another story about the same southern characters, the same hunting stands where a wide-eyed youth or equally a seasoned Nimrod takes his early post while mist still floats about him, or them, and by and large the same quarry, bear and deer; and still again like the others, in being confined to the two grand weeks in the year for which these men and boys and baying hounds live, the weeks in November with Major de Spain and Sam Fathers—the same Sam who, born of a Chickasaw and a Negro, gave the young boy the blood initation—and Uncle Ike who made corn nnd Roth Edmonds who had the whisky, and the course will Legate and Wai ter Ewell nnd Ash the cook, and not forgetting not ever forgetting Boon Hog- ganbeck who, for not being able with his shotgun to hit the side of a barn, which was no larger than that wrap-footed bear they were on the trail of, closed on the giant with his knife though he never managed to save the dog, though who's, now that trains and autos have come, and the white cotton as all »s man on muleback overrunning the lands where the animals once roamed and i 12-point buck could be proud of being shot by a boy taught how to shoot proper's' and not to shoot at all, who's I say, to care what'i happening, except perhaps the very remembering hunters themwlves, like this prise- winning author, whose quartetewe're introduced to with sn invocation to Mississippi— An invocation covering five pages, and All in one sentence, find about four times us long «* this article runt to. ' W. O. Rogers Dusty Aniwtr ALBUQUSSMJUB </P) — A dust storm threatened to mother her brand new lawn so an Albuquerque hosewife went over it with her vacuum cleaner. Some of those who snickered were seen later trying the same thing. Their report: you're right, It docwi't work. Time Show Biz Stopped Being in Love with Itself By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Observation: "Isn't it about time show business stopped being in love with itself? This viewer , was struck with that thought when viewing the NBC color spectacular, "Show Biz". It was passable entertainment, but how many cavalcades of the show world can the public take? The same reaction was evoked by the Judy Garland spectacular. Too many stars have been stricken by the disease of reminiscing about entertainment. Wlm they should do is- entertain, not talk about It. Still Great? The classic examples are the oldtimers who refuse to quit. Perhaps they are still great performers. But you can't tell, because [ they keep gabbing about how they I wowed 'em at the Palace, rolled | '•m in the isles, (sic) smashed 'em ill Dubuque. So what? Can they still entertain this generation? That is the question. It's not just the toupeed troupers who go for this routine. The young- j er stars have been afflicted, too. Take Judy Garland. She is a wonderful singer. But on her TVj show, the emcee, singers and j dancers gave her such a buildup j that you expected a combination i ol Sarah Bernhardt and Queen' Elizabeth to come on stage. There was bound to be a letdown. Sammy Davis Jr. is another example. He is a great talent. Groucho Marx once remarked: Extraordinary "He Is the most extraordinary performer I've ever seen. He can! sing better than Jolson and dance! better than Astaire. nnd he's a I great mimic. He can even imitate j me, and that's about as low asj you can go. All Davis has to do is display his amazing talents. But he spends too much time on night club floors describing his early years and eulogizing his dad and uncle,, '''who taught me everything I know." So please, performers, no more medleys starting with a rousing chorus of "There's No Business Like Show Business." Just show us what you can do. As Shakespeare might have said. "The play's the thing, not talking about the play." MEET ROBBY-He's the robot used in MGM's science- fiction thriller, "Forbidden Planet." In the movie, he's • combination chaufTeur, cook, butler, maid, dressmaker, carpenter and many others. Here 1m dresses the hnir of Anne Francis, who co-stars in the PtclUft \yiU» WuHcr Pigeon, Africa Is Best Of Gimtbers 'Inside Series INSIDE AFRICA By John Gunther. Harper. To get the 950 lively and interesting pages of this book, says Gunther, lie traveled 40,000 miles through Africa "from stem to sterm," visited the most important of the 40 different countries or political division, stopped in 105 towns, took notes on 1,503 conversations ; The trip was made in 1952-53, but the account has been kept up to the minute; there's one entry for last July. ! Gunther traveled, roughly, coun-j terclockwise. from Morocco to Ai-: lieria on along the Mediterranean; shore to Libya and Egypt, and then turned south to Ethiopia, Kenya,' Tanganyika and the Union of South Africa and adjacent Rhoresm. Bas- utoland, Bechuana-bnd: then the Congo, Gold Coast, French West A/rica, and home again. j 'Politics aside," he writes, he; liked Kenya best. Nigeria was "the most, exciting country I have ever been In in my life." In Maian's; and Strijdom's South Africa he; found "in some respects the ugliest government I have ever encountered in the free world." There are many light touches, like Selassie wagging a finger at too formal diplomats; and the Sultan whose wives gave him 31 children in six weeks. But there is a mountain of information in this book—about shantytown, color bar, politics, Commun- j ism, government, big business, gold j and diamonds; and the fact that Gunther covers so much ground doesn't mean he covens it superficially, witness the first-rate section on the Union of South Africa. The entire contient is the richest prize in the world, and the most defenseless, according to this newest and best of the "Inside boota. W. O. Rogers UVWUWA Kirby Drug Store $725 For Your Old I ELECTRIC RAZOR nn ft new Remington, Schlck, Sunbeam, Ron.son or Norelc* There's More to Singing Than Being a Songstress '•• By DICK KLEINER THE RECORD SHOP: Decca is out to "Fill Your Home With Music." That's the slogan for their fall campaign to sell albums, and they've released 52 albums to back up their words. Thirty-one are new pop items, six are classical, eight are re-released show albums and seven are re-released pop collections. There's music for every taste — from Bing Crosby to Mat West, from Wayne King to Crazy Otto, from waltzes to cha-cha-cha, from jazz to lullabies. Most ambitious project it "Old Masters," a collection of 36 recordings by Bing of some wonderful songs, clone up in a pretty gold box and full of pictures. The only problem is — if you fill your home with music by Decca there'll be no room left for the record player. There's more than singing to being a singer. Take Rosalind Paige (and that's a pleasant thought for a crisp fall afternoon) who is one of MGM's top gal singers of the moment. She figures that she spends more time and money in promoting her records than she does in making them, "I visit the disc jockeys in every town I sing in," says Roz. "Recently I was singing In Youngstown, o. I'd hop in my car every morning and drive to Pittsburgh and Cleveland and visit the DJs. In the cities in- between, too." Once she's made the contact, she keeps It up. She writes long letters to the disc jockies she's met, gives them autographed pictures; she sends copies of her new records personally; she telephones them to ask how they like the new numbers. "I pay for most of it." she says. "But MGM pays for the phone calls — my mother would kill me if I paid for them." Record promotion the way Ros- alirtd Paige—and most of the top singers—go about it is an expensive business. Roz says she spends "millions" a year, but admits that's about a $995,000 exaggeration. A few thousand is more like it, and that ain't hey- hey. Her latest MGM release — "Frankie and Johnny Cha-Cha" and "My Reverie" — is an example of how this pays off. She was excited about the cha-cha side, besause it had beat and excitement and, also, she wrote it. So she called all her DJ friends and, friend-like, they played it for her. Nothing happened. Then, gradually, the "My Reverie" r.ide began to be played. And requelss came in. So the DJs wrote and called Ko/, and told her, sn she switched guns and began to work on promoting this one. It's helped, too; the record is moving. Without those field contacts, both sides might have died quickly. Haz is a tiny gal — she claims she's five - feet - two, but that's with "high heels and tall hair" —and cute as a zipper. She's Oklahoma-born, New York-raised, and a would-be opera singer who compromised on pops when she realized she didn't have the volume to cover those wide arias of opeVa, She says she isn't exactly certain of her height — "only beauty contest winners know their measurements." She isn't, but she sure could have been. Herb Shriner has brought his Mae West Rosalind Palj« harmonica to the record field. On Columbia, he's waxed "It'i the Talk of the Town" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." It'i hta first. * • * DICK'S PICKS: PatM Page ha* a lovely ballad, "Croce di Oro," on Mercury. Others: "The Legend of Wyatt Earp" (Bill Have*, Cadence, and Ralph Young 1 , Deoca); "The Bonnie Blue Gal" (Mitch Miller, Columbia); "H We Dance a Little Closer" (Vickl Young, Capitol); "The Best Is Yet To Come" (Nick Noble, Whig); "Mommy's Little Angel" (Ginny Gibson, Davis); "Cryin* For Your Kisses" (Mindy Carson, Columbia); "Slam! Bam!" (Th« Crew Cuts, Mercury). Part of Decca's "Pill Your Home With Music" campaign that fills it well: piano work by Bill Snyder ("Music for Holding Hands''), Andre Prevtn ("Let 1 * Get Away From It All") and Carmen Cavallero ("Music at Midnight"); organ work by Lenny Dee ("Dee-Lirious") and Ethel Smith (cha-cha-chas, meren- gues, mambos); folk songs by Burl Ives and by Marais and Miranda; and Ethel Merman, in "Memories," singing 40 real old favorites on one record. Three more operas for your collection—a magnificent "Aida" on RCA, made in Rome, features a stunning cast headed by Milan- ov. Bjoerling, Barbieri and Warren; -Angel has the first recording of Walton's "Troilus and Cressida" with the composer conducting and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Richard Lewis singing the leads: another-Angel- opera is Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers," a French production starring Angelici and Lctjay. This is the second release of this seldom- heard opera in a few months, and may serve to restore it to popularity. TV TOPPERS GROUCHO MAUX ("YOU Bet Your Life," NBC-TV): (To a contestant who -aid she was a dress designer t: Anything interesting in women's dresses this year — other than women? 620 Acres of Good Farm Land located on U.S. 61 Highway near Haytl, Mo. PRICED TO SELL! Cioyd Handley PHONE 1473W1 Caruthersville, Missouri FARM LOANS Six Star Feature L No brokerage fees to pay J. No stock to purchase 1. 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