The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on September 13, 1969 · 75
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75 Dove BiSf on Youth "1 I 1 Big Columbia contract for Triangle Tite GAZETTE, .Mjntfad. Set, Sp. 13, !J5 r 4 h '' I 1.1 ' Is i - 4 I z I ' Jacques Brel etc., the musical revu with Port Royal Theatre, with songs by the master the interminable name, continues at the French chansonnier, sung in English. Jolson alive again in England By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON -(CP) - Al Jolson, probably the world's most durable entertainer, is casting his box-office spell over a new generation of audjences weaned on rock 'n' roll and the sounds of protest. The Jolson Story, 23-year-old musical saga of the stage-struck Jewish choirboy who became king of Broadway and first voice of the talkies, is the latest veteran movie to ; receive the "instant youth" 'treatment of 70-millimetre enlargement and stereophonic sound. British critics have hailed it as the most successful yet. i Since its world premiere here in its revamped form in mid-August, it has been drawling near-capacity audiences at London's Metropole cinema, including hundreds who were not even born when Jolson died 19 years ago. - After each show, the booth selling the soundtrack LP-record is besieged. At this rate, the record company anticipates that Rock-a-bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody, Mammy, April Showers and other famous Jolson old-timers will soon be jostling the beat groups in the charts. "We're staggered and delighted it's doing exceptionally well," said a spokesman for Columbia Pictures. He w asn't sure why London rather than a North American city was picked for the premiere except that "Jolson always has been a big success in this country." - One of the most popular musicals ever made, The Jolson Story has been seen by Big film fest in YORKTON, Sask. - (CP) On the surface there is little to distinguish the city of Yorkton, 190 miles southeast of Saskatoon, from other small prairie cities. But Yorkton has one feature none of its neighbors, large or small, can claim. It is the scene of an International film festival and has been so since 1930. SECOND UNIT HEAD HOLLYWOOD - Robert Downey, the underground" director who hit the box office with Putney Swope, row Hi Cinema II in New York, has betn signed as second unit director for Cold Tur-iey, currently b e f o r e the cameras In Iowa. Th film is being produced nad directed by Norman Lear from his own screenplay. -rx j 7t more than 29,000,000 persons in Britain alone. Scarcely a month has gone since 1947 when ft hasn't been revived somewhere in this country. One man in Reading, Berkshire, claims an unofficial record of having seen it 124 times. London critics agreed that the film has come up brilliantly in its 70-m.m. facelift, with far more spectacular results than the older Gone With the Wind. The color is fresh as paint, the depth of field almost three-dimensional and despite the trimming of a few closeups, the definition is so good that, as one critic wrote, "you can see the fur on the actors' tongues." Even the ebullient sentimentality of this archetypal backstage biography met a tolerant eye. "The film remains a marvellous example of Hollywood at its most glutinously schmaltzy, unashamedly folksy and, I must admit, unfailingly entertaining," wrote Alexander Walker in The Evening Standard. "There's not a touch of the self-consciousness that makes today's musicals like Star and Funny Girl bungle their showbiz stories." Margaret Hinxman in The Sunday Telegraph, an avowed fan of the original, said: "I still think its prime virtue a passionate, exuberant affection for its cocky subject is more valuable to a film than we're inclined to admit." Several critics were a little dubious how the racial sensitivities of 1969 would react to the story of a Jewish singer small Sask. town The 10th biennial International Documentary Film Festival is scheduled for this city of 15,000 Oct. 22-24. Some inhabitant3 were surprised when the Yorkton Film Council in 1949 announced plans for the first International Documentary Film Festival for 1950. But the committee that organized the initial festival felt that films are for people, so why should it not be held here? Foreign and domestic film makers apparently agreed, for there has never been a shortage of entries. The festival Is marked by Golden Sheaf awards and certificates of merit. It has been well supported by York-ton cftizens, who have turned out in thousands to see the films. Fxtries are coming in for this year's showing from many parts of the world. s it I -I who makes his name in a blackface minstrel act. But all agreed upon the inspired casting of Larry Parks as Jolson, miming the famous old 'songs to the real Jolson's voice and turning in a brilliantly sustained impersonation of the strutting, dynamic star who lived only for the rapt faces beyond the footlights. Parks was 31 and unknown when he beat out Cornel Wilde for the plum Jolson role in 1946. The movie made him a world name and together with its highly successful sequel, Jolson Sings Again, brought him top billing at the London Palladium with his actress wife Betty Garrett. - At the Palladium, Parks joked that Jolson was saying around Hollywood: "When I die, they'll bury Larry Parks." In a curious fashion, he was right. Al Jolson died at 64 in October, 1950, while on leave in San Francisco from entertaining United States troops in Korea. A year or so later, Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist huntsmen swept into Hollywood, and one of their first victims was Larry Parks, who admitted youthful Communist associations. He was blacklisted and his career ruined. He did not make another major movie until 1962, when he had a supporting role in John Huston's Freud. After living for a while in Switzerland, he returned to the U.S., where he now lives in obscurity on the outskirts of Hollywood, a prosperous businessman building apartment blocks. Reporters attending t h e third festival in 1954 asked why Yorkton was chosen as the site, Nettie Kryski, secretary of the festival, replied: "There isn't any reason why ordinary people who aren"t glamorous or well known can't enjoy the same things they enjoy fn the big capitals of the world. We wanted a film festival so we just went ahead and organized one." Residents of Yorkton appear to agree. LOSE WEIGHT FAST up to 9 lbs. Within 5 Days Surpriu yaurM'f with an tHofllsh-oq "CANT FAIL" 4t1 prajtm, Eat your fill and ttilt lot wtgt . ha Pll''. No Ho irciw Aircm prwt-n mGicnHy M' HfciULTS GUARANTEED. 0y It CtMus ICc tor snipo,og 4 MnJing), Writ to: CAZ1TTE OX 07t The Triangle have landed a major recording contract, but when their first album appears they won't be the Triangle anymore. The reason for the name change is that they've added bassist Brian Edwards and shot the triang'e bit into four parts. The contract was signed last week after four months of negotiators with Columbia Records and is undoubtedly the best ever for a. Montreal group. It calls for U.S. and Canadian releasa on the album and their first single, a healthy advance, and includes a number of riders that will benefit the band. The most important is that they have the power of veto on their producer. Columbia will pick the producer but if the group doesn't feel he's suitable they can ask for another. The recording will be done within the next two months in New York and the records should be released before Christmas'. There is a possibility that Al Kooper may be the producer. The group is doing a material tape a quick collection of what they have to offer their producer this weekned at Andre Perry's studio in Montreal. The newest member to the group is Brian Edwards, who started his musical career about six years ago with the present members of The Triangle Jerry Mercer, Pierre Senecal and Rayburn Blake who all grew up in the same neighborhood. Back then they were known as the Dominos and for a Frances Goltman Treble NATIVE NOSTALGIA Received a fascinating postcard from Cantor Otto Staar-en (retired from Temple Emanu-El). Every summer season he returns to his native Austria for a vacation and for a number of years a card arrives for me. Particularly interesting is the one that came last week the picture shows maginificent scenery and a pretty village in the valley at the bottom of gigantic mountains. In complete contrast are the four identical stamps. Contemporary buildings angular, with twin dome openings under for automobiles to pass through. 50 is marked in white atop a grey number nine. Clearly printed is: Republik Osterreich. Above in very small scriptt (some people would have to use a magnifying glass) is Wien-Reiligen-staot. Underneath in tiny print is H. Strohofer most likely the name of the artist who designed the attractive postage stamps. HE WILL BE MISSED I just learned this week of the recent death of music lover and long-time choir singer Neville Smith. He passed away on Aupst 12 and although I did not know him well he would telephone me at various times to tell me interesting news about my old harmony and counterpoint teacher, Dr. Alfred Whitehead, with whom he corresponded regularly. Mr. Smith was 74 years and a member of the Choir of St. James the Apostle Church longer than most singers. His beloved CELEBRATING 10th SUCCESSFUL YEAR "MUSIC FROM GERMANY" EVERY SUNDAY 1.00-2.30 P.M. Presented by The Federal Republic of Germany and , Lufthansa German Airlines THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC... 24 H0U8S A DAY t Mi v. while Brian was with theia backing Trevor Payne. Since, he's been with Five of a Kind, The Senators and for the last cine months at George's with his own band, The Fifth Amendment. Brian began practising with the band two-three weeks ago and made his debut last week at the Laugh-In, where it quickly became apparent he's a perfect choice. His bass line is strong and adds a potent undercurrent to The Triangle's already exciting music. He sings as well and his voice adds another dimension to the group's incredible depih. Terry Flood and Bob Lemm, the group's management team, are working on new names now, but haven't made a choice yet. The Doors-Revolution Fran-caise-Trevor Payne show is at the Forum tomorrow night at 8 p.m . but don't be surprised if you find it difficult to recognize Jim Morris-son. At last report he was sporting a full beard. CKGM is swinging back into the contemporary music field and has the ammunition to make a real fight for that second place on the ratings chart. As of last Saturday the station moved into "mainstream" programming with two new disc jockeys who aren't really new at all Dave Boxer and Dave Mars-den. The latter you may remember as Dave Mfckie, a frequent guest and host of a TV rock show from Ontario a couple of years back. Boxer, of course was with and bass notes . . . wife, also an ardent music lover survives. Our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Smith. LATVIAN DAY . . . The last time I went to M&HW to visit places I had not seen before, it was "Latvian Day". I was quite surprised to see so many other countries represented in the Latvian Pavilion. Many colorful tapestries hung from the walls, dolls were arranged on shelves thus making a very attractive atmosphere. At the bottom of each woven rug (in one room) was the name of the country of origin. There were Urkain-ian, Polish, Indian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Slovak, German as well as. Latvian. And what a display! In one of the several cases, covered by glass (and locked so people could not touch) was an Ukrainian Bandura. As I had heard the 09m W If v4 ntM ? j L ' m J W " 1 '- 1 i .i.r.fti.i.ir in.im.MAi mil wmmm mmmmm.. An exciting new TV program FEATURES: A contemporary message from Oral Roberts . . . aimed at producing answers The music of special Quest stars and ... Richard Roberts and the World Action Singers. Make this special program part of your regular viewing. 7un in each week on ere' Channel 12 Sundays New Tune 8:30 a.m. CFCF for years and very much number one with . the eenybopper crowd. You may remember in his last few weeks with CFCF he led the way into what then was verboten territory underground music, and in prime lime, yet. Anyhow, it's good to have him back. CKGM is playing contemporary music with low-key announcers. And according to station president Don Wall they won't be slaves to the Cashbox charts which is beautiful music all by itself. Another major departure is that they'll be playing a number of album cuts, which gives radio listeners access to a whole ne world of contemporary music. But it's truly mixed bag. In an hour the other day I heard hard and soft rock, rhythm and blues and folk including Tim Hardin's beautiful Sing a Simple Song of Freedom . But probably the station's major weapon is music director Liam Mullin, who knows his way around just about every kind of music and has superb taste. The way things stand now, Dave Marsden is in the noon to 4 p.m. slot and Saturday, mornings with Bill Roberts. Dave Boxer works 4 to 9 and Saturday afternoons. The baseball schedule messes up any regular 9 to midnfght programming, but the Expos' season ends Oct. 1 and another major announcement is expected then. The FM side the subject of many, many rumors for the past few months will wonderful Ukrainian Chorus (in Plateau Hall a few months ago) that had about a dozen men performing this national instrument, I was delighted to look at it at close range. There were 12 long strings 22 shorter ones. There "were sculptures by fine artists and one in particular was just marvellous. Oh, to own such a treasure! It was a pair of hands, up to the wrists, striking the keys, showing two octaves of a piano. Lifesize, it was made of bronze. Entitled "Virtuosas", the artist was T. Van Rukenstein. WORTH REPEATING The late music critic Lawrence Gilman (1878-1939) was also well known as a biographical writer. Speaking of playing string quartets at home, he said that the only way really to know and enjoy chamber music is "through cooperative domestic agony." one-half hour in color. continue to Its present format, at least for the time being. Meanwhile. CFOX certainly isn't being outdone this week at !eat. The History of Rock and Roll is terrific radio. Today's portion runs from noon to midnight and is headed: "Rock Giart Sweep." It's a chronological lock at everybody from Elvis to The Doors. Sunday's runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is a wrapup from the Blues to The Beatles. It alio has a resume of Canada's contribution . Anyhow, CKGM's rebirth means there's once again an element of competition in the contemporary radio scene. And competition makes for a better product . Gentlemen, touch gloves and come out fighting. Two excellent new albums: the Jeff Beck Group's Beck-Ola on Epic and Martha Velez' Fiends and Angels on Sire. Beck does things to All Shook Up and Jailhouse Rock that would give Elvis rheumatism and on the same side includes a soft piano ballad called Girl from Mill Valley played by Nicky Hopkins an almost legendary figu-e in the industry, who has played recording sessions with the Beatles and the Stones. Fiends and Angels is hard blue-rock by New York-born Martha Carmen Josephine V IRMA LA Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon and Bruce Yarnell star in (his comedy about a Paris prostitute who . falls in love with a gendarme. On Great Movies. Tonight at o THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY is the new title of Walt Disney Studios' popular series of nature stories, cartoons, comedies and adventure dramas returning for tlie season. Tomorrow mght at 6.00 THE TOMMY HUNTER SHOW The popular country mwic show returns for another season. Joining Tommy are singers Jim Pirie and Debbie Lori Kaye, fiddler Al Cherny and The Rhythm Pals. Tomorrow night at 7.00 M SEASON PREMIERE MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT A halfhour comedy series based on characters and situations created by James Thurber. Starring William Windoni as cartoonist John Monroe, Tomorrow night at THE NATURAL HISTORY OF OUR WORLD: THE TIME OF MAN Inspired by the centennial theme of the American Museum of Natural History "Can Man Survive this special program speculates on ilie creation of ike universe and the evolution of life on this planet. It places in historical perspective man's position on earth and explores the significance of his roU in nature as a biological entity and as a social being. Tomorrow night at 8.00 SPECIAL ROYAL FAMILY A unique go-minute color documentary about Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. Included are scenes of tiit Queen and Prince Philip and their family performing slate duties, and relaxing in private. The film uas shot in over a year in 172 locations tncluding Buckingham Palace, )Vindsor Castle, Sandiingtam, Balmoral, and aboard , the Royal Yacht Britannia. Also seen in Hit documentary are Prime Minister 'Irudeau, Prime Minister Wilson and U.S. President Nixon. Narrator is Michael Flanders. Tomorrow night at 9.00 ffl SPECIAL Hernandez Rosario de Yelei, who sounds something like Janis Jopiin grown up. She does a mixed bag from Hay Charles' A Fool for You to Dylan's It Takes a Train to Cry "to Etta James hit Tell Mama. On another front, Harvey Mandel. wtose Chrbto Reden-tor album ranks as wie of the best ever by anyone but was never played by radio stations has joined Canned Heat, which should mean a major change in their sound. Super-show at Dawson College next Friday with Triangle. The Parliaments. The . Funkadelics, the Munks and the Power of Beckett. Where it's at tonight: Revolution Francaise at the Cheetah, 25 Beaubien St. East . . . Piemen at LaSalle Y . . . Triangle at LaSalle Catholic High . . . Alabaster Villa at the Inn, St. Sau-veur . . Coven at Tara Lodge, Weir . . . Eddie Parsons at the Maples Inn . . . Harrison Tabb at La Cana-dienne . . . Munks at St. Therese Arena . . . Oliver Court Delivery a The Rock-c'iffe, Aver's Ciff . . . Power of Beckett at Macdonald College . . . Trevor Payne at the Black Bottom . . . Next Friday Junior Hamilton at the Cheetah .. . . Teddy Jackson at La Cana-dienne. DOUCE 8.30 p SEASON PREMIERE 7.30 o DEBUT Ho " I )

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