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PAGE EIGHT J TTTHEVHIir(ARK.TCOUJlIEir NEWS -TUESDAY/ FEBRUARY 26,1956 NewsMagazine Seems This Barytone's Voice Was Too Good' (Special to Courier News) DALLAS — We were smok cool Singapore slings, — talking about the plight of young singers. Specifically, our host, Jim Hayes, featured barytone vocalist of the Wayne King Orchestra was doing the talking. The King show is currently barnstorming in the South and Southwest. "It's lamentable,; 1 Jim said, puffing and sipping, and borrow- to,' from Bir.g Crosby's vocabulary. "I've been singing all my life . . . trying to improve all the time ... I studied at the St. Louis Institute of Music for a couple years . . . and then this guy tells me I'm too good." The "guy" was a bistro proprietor in Miami Beach. "He told me," Jim said, "that his customers would sit there and listen to me and wouldn't buy enough drinks. You. oan imagine what that did to my morale." The job went to a young crooner with a pleasing, but small voice. The sippers could listen to him or drown him with their own conversation (the ideal singer, according to the tavern owner.). Jim's voice is big and It's beautiful. He's found a good home on the Wayne King concert stages but he Jeels at this stage of his career, he should be reaching a larger audience. And perhaps, we suggested, he could be adding to his bankroll? "EXACTLY," he said. "Right now neither my career nor bank account is getting anywhere. Wayne pays good money but by the time'hotel bills and the like are subtracted, ther's not much left to carry my wife and me through the long summer months." That was Hie reason for his unsuccessful Journey to the fabulous Florida swamplands last year, "I have no idea what I'll be do- ins this summer." Another amazing feature of the Jim Haye« story it that he has never cut a record. From all indications the big disc outfits are missing a good bet, too, for everywhere along the one-night trail he's bombarded by dancers and just plain listeners with this query: "What records have you made? We'd like to buy some." Jim's been with the Wayne King show for two seasons now. There's talk of the waltz king returning to television in the fall but there's nothing definite along those lines yet. It might be the break Mr. Hayes Is looking for. "Might," he said. "Might. Thats a mighty familiar word to me." AFTER HIS DISCHARGE from the Coast Guard, immediately Jol JIM HATES, featured barytone vocalist with the Wayne King Orchestra, is currently winning friends — but little money in ttie rich Texas showflelds: CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION ANDERSONVILLE, MacKinlay Kantor. M A B J 0 R I E MORNINGSTAR, Herman Wouk. TEN NORTH FREDERICK, John O'Hara. CASH McCALL, Cameron Hawley. AUNTIE MAME, Patrick Dennis. NONFICTION GIFT FROM THE SEA, Anne Morrow Lindbereh. \ NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Walter Lord. INSIDE AFRICA, John Gunther. THE EDGE OF THE SEA, Rachel L. Carson. THE SEARCH FOR BRD3EY MURPHY, Morey Bernstein. lowing the end of the Second World War, Jim got his first staging break in the St. Louis Muny Opera chorus, graduating to a role in the road company of "Call Me Mis- ir." He's appeared on television in St. Louis and has sung over the CBS radio network often. The King show — Jim in particular — is currently drawing praise from Texas show fans. They're scheduled to wind up in Des Moines, Mar. 10. Here's a clip from Tony Zoppi's column in one of last week's editions of the Dallas Morning News: 'If there was a show-stopper hi the lineup, it was Hayes, who ap- rs destined for musical comedy greatness." What more can be said? Only this: Movie companies, record outfits, Broadway producers there he is: your next star. All you have to do is reach for him. Ant to remember, of course, you reac about him first in the Couriei News. Literary Guidepost Gershwin's Rhapsodic Story A JOURNEY TO GREATNESS: The Life and Music of George Gershwin. By David Ewen. Holt. . Born of Russian-born parents, christened Jacob Gershwine, composer and pianist George Gershwin was brought up on New York's East Side. By 1915 he was Remick's youngest song plugger, and a year later his name appeared for the first time on sheet music. Among the earliest prophets of the Gershwin fame were Gilbert Seldes and Carl Van Vechten—Van Vechten founded a Gershwin collection at Fisk only a decade ago. Gershwin produced "The Rhapsody in Blue'' for Whiteman in 1924, and only a year after Oscar Levant began his career as the pianist packaged ever since with it. From then on there was an argument over ownership: Did Gershwin belong on Broadway, ov on the lonp-hair side of the fence? With such masterpieces as "Strike up the Band," "Girl Crazy," and "Of Thee I Sing," Broadway had the better claims: but besides the famous Rhapsody and Concerto in F, there were "An American in Paris ' and "Porgy and Bess." Ewen says Gershwin was brought up in comfortable circumstances; thinks the Schlllinger influence has been exaggerated; doubts there was any one woman. Chapters on Gershwin's father WE RENT • HOSPITAL BEDS . . . BABY BEDS • ROLLAWAY BEDS • USED REFRIGERATORS • USED WASHERS WADE FURNITURE CO. 112 W. Main Phone 3-3122 We Buy Ear Corn FARMERS SOYBEAN CO. "Home of Sudden Service" BrwUhray A Hut son Phone 3-8191 Tops in Pops The following, most-sold popular records, include Friday of las week. Local 1—Blue Suede Shoes—Carl Per kins 2—Why Do Fools Fall in Love- Diamonds 3—1 Was The One—Elvis Presle; 4—I'll Be Home—Pat Boone 5—Bo Weevil—Teresa Brewer 6—Speedoo—Cadillacs 1— Great Pretender—Platters 8—No Not Much—Four Lads &—Angels in The Sky—Crewcuts 10-^Hey, Doll Baby—The Clover National 1—Rock and Roll Waltz — Ka; Starr 2—Memories Are Made of This— Dean Martin 3—Great Pretender—Platters 4—No Not Much—Four Lads 5—Sixteen Tons—Tennessee Ernl 6—Lisbon Antigua—Nelson Riddl 7—See You Later Alligator—Bil Haley 8—Dungaree Doll—Eddie Fisher 9—It's Almost Tomorrow—Dream Weavers 10—Mori tat—Dick Hyman Trio Radio Requests 1—I Was The One—Elvis Presley 2—Rock and Roll WaJt&-Kay Starr 3—Moritat—Dick Hyman Trio 4—Speedoo—Cadillacs 5—No Not Much—Four Lads 6—Great Pretender—Platters 7—I'll Be Forever Loving You— El Dorados 8—Blue Suede Shoes—Carl Per kins 9—I'll Be Home—Pat Boone 10—-Lisbon Antigua—Nelson Rid die and on Gershwin as a person, hard working and selr-centered, are very good. The rest of it, though it rep resents diligent, important re search, lacks what must have been the unique Gershwin flavor. This is conveyed only in flashes like his confession of "the touch of the ten ement in me," and his Tin Pan Al ley endearments, like telling a glr she was good for his nervous stom ach. W. O. Rogers Smallest biro In the Unltec States Is the Calliope humming bird of the high western mountains It .neasures a scant three inches Television Notebook 'Personal Journalism' Comes To TV via Will Rogers, Jr. By DICK KLEINER NEW YORK — (NBA) — Will Rogers, Jr., has started a morning TV show over CBS, in opposition to "Today" and Dave Garroway. He says the assignment is "like .starting a news- Daper in a town that already has one." . '. , It's typical of Will Rogers that he uses a newspaper comparison, for actually his big love [ s newspaper work. He never thought much about performing or television. It was Louis Cow- m — a CBS official who created "The §64,000 Question" — who came up with the idea of spotting Rogers on the program. . ',„„,«, "I'd never met Lou," says Rogers, "and he'd never met me. But he called me to New York and now I'm going on television." ' The decision to come East was something of a problem. Rogers has a home and family and business in California. The business is the Rogers Co., which "deals- in rest estate and my father's estate, what's left of it." He formerly served in Congress and published a newspa- 3'eflfTBeverly Hills. The son of the great comedian-1 Will — for formal things like actor-lariat twirler—and there's I birth certificates, passports or TV .s putting a lot of money imp the 7 : 8 a.m. show. It's a big drive to wean some of the audi- a strong likeness, physically—says 1 shows." he's nothing like his father. They CBS i: difier, he says, in personality, some political views, talent. But there's enough similarity— in appearance, dry wit, natural- ence away from Garroway. "With all this money," says Bill n auueaiHui^e, uiy wan, IICILUIOI- • - - r ,. ness-to make him a potent TV R°e er s, "if I can't make a go of it, wssibllity. And Bill Rogers Is jolng to try to make "Good Morn- US With Will Rogers, Jr." a program that reflects the Rogers personality. "What will be different about the program," he says, "will be attitude. There'll be no new gimmicks or revolutionary ideas. But liere'll be a new kind of attitude. It'll be my attitude. It'll be personal journalism On TV. I hope to make it informal, whimsical light- learted. We'll discuss the news, of course—that's the basic thing —but there'll be a lot of feature stories. And we'll explain things, jke what is a soil bank?" He'll he billed as "Will Rogers, Jr.," even though his friends call him "Bill." As he puts it, 'I only use my legal "name — 'Joey Adams MHzi Cottle 1 should go to Timbuktu." For 27 Firestone" years, the "Voice of has purveyed pure classical music. Now Firestone is mulling over the idea of turning at least one of their ABC-TV and Radio shows into a jazz program. It would feature Paul Whiteman. Success story: More than 300 giris milled around as Benny Goodman held auditions for -the spot of vocalist with his new band. BG's press agent, lovely blonde Virginia Wicks, had a hunch. She spotted a girl who "looked like the type Goodman wanted," as she explained late. And she talked to the girl, a kid named Mitzi Cottle from McDonald, Pa., who's been in New York for three months and was selling handbags in a department store. Mitzi'd never sung professionally She had no pictures of her- sell she. had no record of .her voice. But BG listened and liked —and signed her. She beat out girls who'd sung with Stan Kenton, Billy May and other bands. She beat out girls, far better looking. But she had that something BG wanted. Mitzi Cottle's on her way. WHO'S DOING WHAT — Tma Sumac: She's walked out of a TV deal, angry oecause they wanted her to stick to her South Ameri- CHIP OFF THE OLD WILL — The similarity is there all right. That's Junior on the right. can song specialties. She wanted to switch to pops. Perry Como: He'll be guest star with Eddie Fisher on "Coke Time." March 21. Us men might as well just surrender the TV set that night. Martha Raye: She's working up an original comedy ballet, which she'll spring on her TV show some night. Maybe she'll get a custard pic right in the middle of he? en- trechat. Xavier Cugat: He's filming some 40 TV shows in Rome. He'll have the Romans throwing three cucarachas in the fountain S'et. ' Joey Adams gives this inside picture of Jackie Gleason. .Joey was working in Florida some years ago and heard that Jackie was sick. Ht called him to see if he needed money. Jackie, ever the kidder, saia, "Sure, just send me a blank check." And Joey promptly did just that. Gleason filled it in for $1,000. And cashed it. Years went by arid the money wasn't repaid, even though Gleason went on to become the great star with the fat pay check. A few weeks ago, Joey relates, Gleason's manager. Bullets Durgom, stopped him and said Jackie was worried about the money. He'd forgotten whether or not he'd repaid the loan. Joey said he hadn't. The next day there «as a knock on Adams' door. He opened it and there was Jackie Gleason, on his hands and knees with a $1,000 check in his mouth. "And since then," Joey says, "whenever he hears that I'm playing a benefit, he sends in * $1,000 contribution. That's his way of paying interest. He's a really great guy, a great man." ' NATALIE WOOD, Warner Bros, young star, ha« appeared in 'Rebel Without a Cause" and she has also appeared in "The Searchers.' Here she appears only to b« enjoying herself and amusing her viewers. EFFECTED REFORMS Until the philanthropist, Elizabeth Fray, effected reforms at Newgate in 1817, men and women prisoners all over the world commonly were jailed together, accord- Ing to the Encyclopedia Britannica. FOR SALE Used Furniture & Appliances We Can Sore You Money Cash or Terms ALVIN HARDY FURNITURE CO. 113 E. Main Phone 2-2302 PICKARD'S GROCERY & MARKET • Fresh Fruit & Produce • Fresh Dressed Poultry I The Finest in Beef; Veal, Lamb & Pork Nationally Advertised & Fancy Groceries 2-2043 Coll In We Delirer Come In 1044 Chick Etiquette far Hold-Up Victims: Be Courteous By HILLEL BLACK PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joseph Saturno died after he was brutally beaten about the head with a blackjack. He had refused to tell two men who broke into his home how much money he had or where it was kept. The men took $6 from his pocket. It was all he had. The two men died in the electric chair. Chief Inspector John Kelly of the Philadelphia police, says the thugs had heard neighborhood rumors that Saturno Kept a lot of money in his home. Kelly tells the story to stress his contention that the holdup death toll is too large. 'You can look at it this way," tie says, "Three men lost their lives for six dollars. That comes to two dollars apiece. •The worst part of it is, thousands of people are killed or injured for equally petty sums because they do Hie wrong things when confronted by an armed robber." It people would obey the following do's and don'ts, the inspector declared, many livee would be saved. 1. Do not grab a robber's gun or knife to try to out shoot him. He has the draw on you. 2. Do not provoke a robber into an argument. Inexperienced thieves are nervous. The professionals often try to uphold a reputation of being tough. It doesn't take much if they art looking for an excuse. 3. Do not scream. The robber may kill or injure you before help arrives, and even then it may not do you any good. There is also the danger that the person coming to your aid is th« one who will get hurt. 4. If the robber's pistol looks like a toy, do not tempt him to prove it is real. It may be. Things to do: ^ 1. If the holdup man asks for your money, by all means give it to him. 2. Be courteous Verbally agree with the robber's demands. • 3. If a holdup man knocks you down, stay down. It is better to be hit once than twice. The only time to offer resistance is when your life Is at stake. 4 Try to remain calm. Study the bandit's features for description of the thief which will help the police catch him. 5. If the robber says as hs flees. "Don't call the police for 15 minutes," obey him until he is out of sight. But as soon as it is safe call your local law enforcement, agency. Seconds are precious. "Remember,'.' the inspector said, "if it's your money or your life, give up your money. You can always get more of that." Title Prediction ARDMORE, Okla. (£V- Two robbery suspects wer« caught IBK than an hour after a holdup of »n Ardmore drive in theater. Th« picture showing: "To Oaten A Thief." Read Courier N«WB Ohualftod Ad*. Wells-2" to 16" Irrigation - Industrial - Municipal - Domestic WATER is our BUSINESS W« Drill For It Pump It Soften It Filter It Cool It Irrigate With It GINNERS - TAKE NOTICE: ,' Let us furnish your water needs for fire fighting power unit cooling, for statifiers. HOME WATER SYSTEMS 3 Years to Pay Complete iron removal, filtering and softening systems built to fit your needs. We have the answer to your needs for f reater water volume and preware*. McKinnon Irrigation Co. Phone i 12 or 190 — Manila, Ark.

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