The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 20, 1953 · Page 18
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The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 18

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, June 20, 1953
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8 ' j - - j I . COURIER W i - SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 1953 dog riinnies Akike ftte&iru Qy mi Stow IFiropft - - 1 - 1 ! Tales of Many Cities , NEW YORK CITY Marion Bruce says the Corona - " tion reminded her of New Year's Eve,vV - E Day, opening day of the World Series and a Joe Louis fight, all rolled into one! Her option was picked up by Churchill's for at least another month, - but she's looking forward to being back in America to see "our boys" take the pennant this year . The Four Tunes, who usually make Atlantic City their summer workground are heading further and further away as they currently fill a date at Montreal's Maroon Club which keeps theni - away for three weeks .; . . . Nat Cole's post - operative ailment turned out to be ptomaine poisoning instead of intestinal flu, as first reported, and he was out of bed almost immediately to fill an engagement at Tiffany's in L. A. . ; . It was Phil Gordon night last Thursday, at Ann Lewis Club Hi De Ho in New Jersey, - where the red - haired blues thrush; threw a party honoring the radio disc jockey. ' Reports from the Windy City have writer Rio Ottleyj off the payroll of the Johnson publications . . . Which have made radio commentator Buddy Bower more than a little unhappy with the sexsational cover picture of his lovely model wife Sara Lou on the current Jet . . . Evelyn Robinson is stealing time from her radio and community activities to study voice with an eye toward a stage ca - reer Skinper and Charlie DHworth Had to cancel their proposed trip to Cuba Miami for the hurricanes to pass over. On the way back to New York they stopped over in Orlando long enough to purchase a lakeside lot for the1 winter residence they plan to build ... . Herman T. Smith, who did such a good job with IVpsl - CoIa and more recently with National Distillers, is currently down in Birmingham Ala., working out a campaign for Falstaf f Beer. According to 'Snutty," he's habTto turn down two large accounts since hq opened his offices as Negro market specialist, due to being booked for the next eighteen months. ' ; The Brown Twins iave signed up for the summer with the Mantan Moreland show on WOR - TV, which made, its initial bow last Tuesday ; . . . Pretty Betty Vann is recovering from a dog bite received last week as she was passing the Red Rooster, and George Woods' Kerry Blue watchdog broke loose. Although not serious the injury to her Teg kept Betty from her bartending duties at the Shalimar for a while ... Washington's Alvin Barnes is beginning to have nerve tendon trouble as a result of the diving accident which injured his neck and spinal cord a few yearsback . . . Popular Barbara Purvis, whol deserted New York for San Francisco almost a year ag(j, has decided to make it a permanent separation by ntarrying a Calif ornian ... And Alfred Aland Dixon will tak6 the middle aisle trek - with Vivian Elaine Hicks June 27 in Longview, Wash. Remember when he and Anise Boyer were the adagio dancing rage of the Cotton Club set? Marshall Miles in town from Buffalo for a brief visit, says he has a new light heavyweight who shows more than a little promise, and makes his Gotham debut next month at Madison Square Garden . . . Charles Queenan, whose initial TV appearance was as a featured member of the Jackie jGleason show's recent production of "Tawny," is currently up in Binghampton doing a stint with the road company of "Finian's Rainbow" .... Bull Moose Jackson Is heading further South, he writes from Myrtle Beach, S. C, and Atlantic City is fading into the horizon . . . Model Vera Green won't be able to make it this year either, seems she has marriage on her mind . . . The Harlem YMCA's Rita L. D. Wilkins happily journeyed to Nashville last week to say congratulations to the seventy - eighth graduating class at Menarry Medical College and nubby Herbert, in particular. New Yorkers are still talking about the incident which fund eight members of the JMyntoleah Williams Dance School in Cleveland stranded her last week? The teen - agers i who motored here for a concert had a fantastic tale Jabout a missing chaperone, no money and no food. When restaurateurs Red Randolph and Leo Alt - man, heard the' story they supplied dinner and breakfast for the youngsters, while the Urban League's Ed Lewis was set to furnish gas, etc., for the return trip. Meanwhile, the chaperone relented, came back for her charges, and all ended well.. But never let it be said" that New Yorkers are heartless! . , . And - while speaking of great hearts, let's mention the breakfast that the Women's Sunday Morning Breakfast Club gave last Sunday at the Clark Hotel in Los Angeles to honor Andy Razaf. The famous composer - arranger tied to a wheelchair for a number of years has never once lost interest in his own work. or the deeds of ;his fellow man. Truly a man with a great heart! ! With TV time cut and comparatively new format, "Your . Show of Shows' won't have the Billy Williams Quartet on a permanent basis when It takes over the viewing channels again in th fall, but will use the foursome as guest artists now and again . . . Frances (Mrs. Canada) Lee Is truly thrilled at the reception she received In Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit, where people displayed a genuine interest In the Canada Lee Foundation and the work It's attempting to do toward aiding and encouraging talented youth In the theatre . . . ANF's Conrkid Clark celebrated his birthday last Friday with a party at the Press Club . . Wbch was one day after organist Al Bundy chalked up anolhetiyear on his life calendar " with a pari v at Wells Music Bar where he's the nightly attraction . . I Dinah Washington's secretary, Vivian Hunter. Is studying designing at the Fashion Academy where she's among the top ten ih her class. - Meanwhile, her employer encourages her by weanng most of the crowns she creates. The Coordinating Council for Negro Performers Is currently compiling a "Blue Book of Negro Performers' which It plans to use - when presenting employment arguments to recalcitrant TV hiring bosses . . Uncle Tom's Cabin which hasn't seen the light of the footlight for quite aspell, Is due lor a revival this ?ummr on the showboat 'The Majestic" under the aegis of the: Hiram' College of Ohio . Much more interesting on an Interracial nrte was the Dramatic Dance Festival at Carnegie Hall last Wednesday presented by the Nikolai Studio of Dance and Drama, wherein Gertrude McBrown' was one of the featured artists . . Tamara Hayes and Harvey Grant are tickling the ears ol customers at 1,'Onyx Club on""jFlfty - second street . . . JVV. C. Handy; whose blues made him - famous, was the recipient of an honorary decree of Doctor of Music from Wllbarforee last week, j : Joyce Bryant, khe : of the - silver tresses and hourglass silhouette, Is the latest epla artist .lo sign for a Copacabana appearance, 'and will open June 25 as one of the headllners . Nellie Luteher, who made a flying visit to New York las week, hat been set for a fortnight at the Statellne Country Club In - Lake Tahoe. Nev., beginning July 3 . . . Mrs. Birdie Mae Woods1 would like Sonny Woods to know that their 23 - year - old daughter Myrtle was one of the student nurses graduated from' Hamplon Training School, Dixie Hospital, last Wednesday And speaking of hospitals, don't forget to drop a card to Ed Perry at New - York Hospital . . . Doctors' wives Mrs. Naomi Booke and Mr. Lou Thompson Jordan are currently In Jown at the 'New Yorker visiting from Lo Angeles - , , t .While foto - man Bob Matthews Is back at Blrdland after a vacation from the New York - cene . . , Juanita Hall lias been booked for four weeks at - the Black Orchid In Chicago beginning June 22 . . . And mention of the Windy City reminds us that we haven't received a letter for ages from Kiah Sayles ad&usssd to toy Howe, 2091 Seventh Ave., NYC. after i waltine three days in t i i im n 1 1 n iii ii 1 1 anr I i a 1 1 , v - - , , M, iMnm j rtr. mrn - ' vnt - . 4 - - fcrf y - tffvw HrfT - ' - fr - rr'VVtMiM 1 teMMMMM.K - Re al Ex - heavyweiqht Champ Ezzard Charles (left 7 photo) examines Singer Ruth Brown's muscles and shows surprise. It happened at the Band Box Cafe on Broadway where Ruth is headlining the show with Woody Herman. Other interested spectators include (left to right). Bandleader Lynn Hope, Blanche Calloway, who's credited with discovering Miss Brown, and King of tha Bari - ! - " ff on To Boost CHICAGO Orchestra leader Duke Ellington has a blueprint for a plan to provide organized aid for the careers of young hopefuls and up - an - com - ing performers, he revealed here this week. : The internationally famed maestro, who opened a three - week engagement at the Blue Note here, said he will hold a series of conferences with associates to launch a nation - wide organization which will "provide opportunities for the vast Louis Jordan Turns Theatre Statistics His Way at Howard CHICAGO In spite of the fact that theatre receipts are approximately 25 per cent off of last year's box office figures, Louis Jordan, during his recent engagement at the How - ' ard Theatre in Washington, D. C, showed a 25 per cent Increase in receipts over last year. Jordan Is currently appearing at the Regal Theatre in Chicago.' Jordan's personal manager, Maceoi Birch, announces that the bandleader Is particularly excited ' over the hit status, of his latest Decca release, 'It's Better to Walt for Love." ; . - Ktftd th COURIER Mfftiln - Parallel 38 After culling miles and miles of taped interviews for CBS radio"s Friday, June 26, feature project, "S8th Parallel USA, producer AJ Morgan drew up a script from which narrator W1U Rogers Jr. will work. You guessed it the script pages numbered 38! v - ': . - i , : P hone A feature of Qu i z Dorothea Towles' 'tidies Day" show is a telephone quiz which gets the famed WOV commentator's director - producer, Ruth Cage (above), on the phone calling listeners and offering them . piles, of cash for answers to questions about Negro history and personalities. tiiingi - Jw 'w - ' ' i " ' - I Has Plan Newcomers number . of little - known but highly talented entertainers and performers who so desperately need such backing." Ellington' announced that he will call for the cooperation of an interracial group of big names in show business to lend their prestige and support to the campaign. Rci thn COCRItR Maca.ine Garner OK In Air Debut NEW YORK Erroll Garner, one of Americans brightest young jazz pianists, has taken over Station WNEW's "Piano Tops" radio series for the summer months. The dinner - time program of music, from 7:35 to 8 P. M.. will present Garner's piano all through the summer months. His original blending of a wandering, romantic style with its flowing keyboard work, with a tantalizing delayed beat in the right hand, produces a brand of music characteristically all his own. Rrd tho COURIER Matln ' New York Premieres Nat (King) Cole As Star of 3 - D Short NEW YORK Nat (Kin Cole, Capitol Records' top - selling artist, is starred in Universal - International's first 3 - D musical featurette titled "Nat (King) Cole Sings," which makes Its New York bow on , June 17 at Loew's State Theatre. Cole is the , first Negro artist to appear In a 3 - D film. Among the songs rendered by Cole in the film Is Nat's top current Capitol record, "Pretend." Read the COCKIER Mk(&zinc "City Hospital" Gives Rx for Human Usefulness NEW YORK Dr. Barton Crane, medical director of CBS radio's "City Hospital," enlists the aid ofi an underprivileged child to help Miss Smith, the frail and elderly head librarian of the uptown branch to believe that she is not a "Back Number," like so many of her books, Saturday, June 20, at 1 :30 - 155 P. M., EDT. BfflOrST and the BFST Right Idea ! - Pat Buttram: I gel up every ' morning at five, run ten miles, do fifty pushups, sixty knee bends and take a cold shower. Gene Autry: How long have you been doing this? Pat Buttram: I start tomorrow. . . CBS Radio's "Gene Autry . ; Show 'Sentimental Morning' Features Cecilia Over WLID NEW YORK The distaff member of the first interracial man and girl broadcasting team, Cecilia (Cecilia Violenes), inaugurated a new weekly series of program entitled, "Sen - timental Morning" on Station WLIB here last Saturday. Cecilia, a 27 - year - old, first came to the attention of New Yorkers with her "Wake Up New York" show over WOV, In which she and her partner. Max Cole, became the first interracial broadcasting team. h l tones, Arthur Prysock. i Center photo: Dinah Washington shows "Mayor" Willie Bryant a proper technique for tossing his hat into the ring. Bryant, - U . ,i .'ll ii. I ! of experience m this activ.ty. as he .ust shoved h.s chapeaut. the fall elections. Dinah he.df a group of show paoplo who t are supporting Bryant in his bid for election. Right photo: fa 4:" V rs New Air Show Erroll Garner's first fan for his WNEW radio show was detjay Jazzzo Collins, right. The pixie - like pianist is be ing heard nightly, from 7:30 to 8. except Sundays over the New York i n d e p e n dent through the month of June and part of July. Coinci - dentally. Garner is appearing at the Embers, where he is completing a luccessful four - week date. On June 25, Garner opens for four weeks at Birdland. MdhaliaMay Cop TV CIIICAGO - Mahalia Jackson has auditioned Xor a regular television show Jr.ere before officials and sales representatives of the American Broadcasting Company. " The telecast which would be known as "Mahalia's House," should plans go through, would be the nation's first to feature a Negro gospel singer. Produced and conceived by ABC's Studs Terkel, "Mahalia's House" would be a weekly, fifteen - minute stanza with Miss Jackson spotted as hostess and would present name guests from various phases of the music world. Rt the COCRIER M - axlne Tarzan Journeys to Grave Dancer in London HOLLYWOOD Tarzan's closest friend Is in grave jeopardy, - and lord of the jungle encounters the complexities of London in. "Tarzan and the Long Journey" on CBS radio's Tarzan," Saturday, June 20, 8:30 P. M., EDT. He meets also the wrath of a powerful enemy and a city gripped by sudden terror. Walter White Jr. produces. Bfmd the COURIER Msculri Ida Lupino Keeps Dangerous iSecrer HOLLYWOOD Screen siar - produccr Ida Lupino keeps a dangerous secret, in Elaine Me - Mahon's I "Chasten Thy Son" on CBS radio's "Stars Over Hoi - Their show featured Informal talk, news and weather reports and platter spinning. From WOV Cecelia went to VrWRL, where she became known as the "Cinderella Girl." Variety cited her as a "sultry - voiced spieler . . . highly competent." Her now slow on WLIB will feature bridal hints, general announcements of interest to the Negro community and , music In a sentimental vein. i however, has already one bit Buddy Johnson Offers . For Song Honoring Joe Louis WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - - Bandleader Buddy Johnson announced this week that he's giving a $50 Defense Bond to the person who tends him the; best title for a tune which he's written in honori of ex - heavy - weight champion Joe Louis. j Johnson's band will be the Plays 'Porgy' NEW YORK 4 - Apparently1 there are few jobs on Broadway's main stem for such top flight white talent as concert star Lawrence Tibbett, who was announced this week as a guest performer, of "Porgy" at the Ziegfeld Theatre here. With three understudy Porgys on hand already, and with William Warfield in other fields, the comeback company of "Porgy and Bess" which made Europe sit up and cheer, will be showing Mr. Tibbett In black face in the DuBose Hey - ward - Gershwin role. It was not learned why - such a move had been made by the producers, nor was an immediate explanation available as to the necessity for limiting still further jhe opportunities for Negro performers ljy replacing them .in a vehicle which has been one of their few regular sources of income and experience. Mr. Tibbett is no stranger to the "cork." He has played "Emperor Jones," "Alda," and "Othello" in blackface on precious occasions, j 1 Kd thn COCKIER: Mftfuine Cathy and Elliott Lewis - "An Ideal Couple" HOLLYWOOD Radio's distinguished husband and wife acting team, Cathy and Elliott Lewis, will portray "An Ideal Couple" on CBS radio's "Cathy and Elliott Lewis Onstage" Thursday, June 18, at 8:30 - 9 P. M., EDT. The script by Tom Dixon tells the story behind the marriage of Leola and Stan, who appear on an audience participation radio program called "Happy Though Married," as the "Ideal Couple of the Month." . ! - . ! ; ' , lywood," Saturday, June 20,' at 12:30 - 1 P. M., EDT. Miss Lupino, as Katherine Bryant, keeps Information from the police to protect her husband and her two best friends. When her young son learns her secret, she and her husband reach a dramatic decision, j V TIJUANA STAR - Currently the rave at Club Tijuana on South Saratoga Street! is youthful Jesse Allen, ballad and blues , stylist. Allen is considered one of the most' promising young singing finds in New Orleans. Leon Photo. Sarah Vaughan is mighty happy over the bouquet of flowers that Cafe Society Manager Danny presented to her for her iigiivnoi Wkomiiy hi ii " t , fc . ago that Sarah made her nigJit club sensational opening at tne bow at a salary of $75 per . thera the bill is $3,500! - . : . musical attraction on a gigantic show that will feature the ex - champ and singer Ruth Brown. Some years ago he immortalized another sports figure when he composed "Did That Ball?" which attained top ratings on the nation's Juke boxes. j r With the music already composed, Buddy said that all that is needed for the public to do is to send their titles 'on j a postcard to Buddy Johnson, co Gale Agency, 48 West Forty - eighth Street, New York Ciy, before July 10. The variety show hits the road on July 17 and will perform the nation's fa t r - iK IN TOP DRAMA Popular star, James Edwards, plays the role of Ethel Wafers' wayward brother in the screen production of "Member of the Wedding." Seen here with Mist Wafers, Edwards is the only major performer in ihe flicker who was not in the stage production which was a. success on Broad way and on the road. . William Warfield Sings Teddy Roosevelt's re Song NEW YORK At the request of the members of the Roosevelt family and ! the committee In charge of arrangements, William Warfield sang at the ceremonies at which President Eisenhower dedicated Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt, as a national shrine. Participating in the informal ceremony, which climaxed two weeks of events celebrating Oyster Bay's 300th anniversary, were former President Herbert Hoover, Governor Thomas E. Deway, and other prominent political and civic leaders. The celebrated baritone sang the "Battle Hymn of the Repub - NATURE KNOWS NO COLOR - LINE UvU Ntqro aneattry in th Whit Rac. Hundrtdt of pictur of N - are neitor of qrt whfto fmJ - fiat. Including English royalty. Oaring and ontfraly'diffarant. 241 pp. on bait pptr. Only 5.00. SEX AND RACE. Reo - MIx1na Thronoli Hi Aq.i. 3 Voh., 1,072 pp 400 Alefurai. 110.30. i tt TTbOOKS by J. A. ROGERS m f1 iT "Tw auvrr,M tU. 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Warfield, who has Just return - ed from a concert tour, was heard not only by the dignitaries.! but by the public which was admitted to the open air ceremonies. Warfleld's next appearance will be at the Lewishon .Stadium op June 27, when he will do i! narration for a concert versio " of "Show Boat" and sing the no classic "Ol.' Man River." ! WORLD'S GREAT ME' i OF COLOR I ' .... j 3000 ?. C. fo 1946 A. 0. of iti kind avar wrirtan. Nagroai, 740 pagai. First b.. 200 Graal 152 por - raiti. yol. I. $3.10. Vol. II, $4.40. Both $7.75. Handsomaly bound. On good papar. j SU9 NEGRO .1 50c paper, cloth SIX Send 3c for Ff Summary AvoM Now Yerb 26, H. Y Bond , . , . rj r U f

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