The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 12, 1955 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 12, 1955
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TUESDAY, APRIL 12,195» BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN ouner NewsMagazine Rock'n Roll...It's Busting Out All Over as Pop Music Enters Boom NEW YORK — (NEA) — a losing battle with "rock and era of rhythm and blues. There are always trends a passing passion. But, until it Just what is rhythm and blues? These are the five R It B songs that are currently In the top 10: "Sincerely," "Tweedle Dee," "Ko Ko Mo," "Earth Angel," and "Hearts of Stone.' A few months ago, "Sh-Boom" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were tops around the country. The songs have one thing In common—a strong, easily-followed beat. It's true in the 'slow R & B songs, like "Sincerely," and the fast ones, like "Tweedle Dee." And that Is what gives R & B its trademark. To some, It also explains why they are popular. "The kids want to dance," says a record dealer. "They can't dance to some of these 'Doggie In the Window' songs. They can dance to rhythm and blues. It's the same beat they used to get from swing." Rhythm and blues is nothing new. It Is, essentially, Negro music. Some say it is modern folk music. But it has always evisted. It used to be called, in the record catalogs, "race" music. A few of the major record companies had race or R & B depart ments for years. They would record Negro artists, sell the records in the south and big Negro districts in the north. And there were quite a few companies that specialized in the field. Rhythm and blues had Its own top stars, its own fans, its own great songwriters. People- made lots of money from R & B, but there were very few white people who had ever even heard of it. Then, about three years ago, reports began to trickle into the record centers of New York that R & B was catching on with the white high school and college crowd in the south. The kids could dance to it. They called it "cat" music. About a year ago, the West Coast suddenly erupted in a R & B frenzy. Records like "Gee" by The Crows on Rama label, "Sh- Boom" by The Chords on Cat label and "Oop-Shoop" by Shirley Ounter and Her Queens on Plair label became big hits. In the record industry, there is a device known as "covering" a record. It means one record company will rush out a record of a song produced by another company if it looks like a potential hit. The big record companies dashed to cover For the moment at least, "moon, June and spoon" are fighting roll." In the ever-changing field of popular music, this is the' in pop music. The current passion for R & B will probably be fades, it has the music business gripped in a frantic fist. these first R t B hits recorded by small labels. That is the condition today. The McOuire Sisters' big Coral hit, "Sincerely," was originally recorded >by The Moonglows on Chess; Georgia Gibbs' Mercury record, "Tweedle Dee," was first done by Lavern Baker on Atlantic, and so on. • « • Few of the top stars can do justice to the rampant rhythm of R & B. Georgia Gibbs and Perry Como ("Ko Ko Mo") have hit big, and such groups as the Crew Cuts, Fontane Sisters and McGulre Sisters have scored. But many others have tried and failed. Broadway composers, too, can't compete in this field. Top R & B artists are now some of the originals—Atlantic's potent team of Lavern Baker, Ray Charles and Joe Turner and groups like The Penguins and The Moon- glows. A young white group. Bill Haley and his Cornets, are popular, too. Currently, a feud rages In the music business over one aspect of R & B. The songs have been accused of being "suggestive" (one of the trade papers calis the R & B words "leer-lcs"). The anti-rhythm-and-blues fac- Warner Bros. Now Joins Others In TV Production HOLLYWOOD MP)—Warner Bros, has Joined the move of other film studios to get into television production. Warner has announced that its first TV project will be a series of aviation films titled "Men of the Sky." The color series will be prepared and produced by screenwriter Vincent Evans, a World War II lead bombardier on the lamed Memphis Belle, who took part in the first bombings of Germany. Pa inter Vargas Selects Three 'Perfect' Models LOS ANGELES M>)—Alberto Vargas, who has been painting pinup girls for 39 years has used 2,000 of the country's most beautiful girls as models, was asked to name the most beautiful woman he ever painted. "I think of perfection in terms of a composite of three of my more recent models." he said in an Interview yesterday. "For face and torso I'd select Rhonda Fleming; for bustlirie, Anita Eckberg, and for legs and thighs, Barbara Britton." All are movie actresses. Argentine Vacation BUENOS AIRES (/P) — Actress Mary Martin has arrived here with her husband Richard Halladay and daughter Heller for a 10-day vacation. tlon say the repeated use of words like "rock" and "roll" are definitely .suggestive. The pro-R-fc-B boys say it isn't so; those are jusl synonymous with dancing. What is probably true is that rhythm and blues, just as ordinary popular music, uses lyrics that can be interpreted suggestively or not, as the listener sees fit. But Boston has seen fit to bar R & B completely; many individual radio stations have followed suit. Rhythm and blues. like pa-l trends of hillbilly, calypso and ballads, will probably shoot its bolt fairly soon. But, like the others, it will make a lasting contribution to American music. It'll take a long time before the juke boxes stop rocking. Records Too Loud, farly LOS ANGELES «>|—Singer Patti Taylor, 39, told Superior Court her trombonist husband Robert E. Pring Jr., 30, would turn her over his knee and spank her when she protested about his playing records too loudly in the early morning hours. She got a. divorce decree on grounds of cruelty. Traffic Interpretation KNOXVILLE, Tenn. I* — When traffic cop C. C. Sexton asked the stopslgn runner, "Whatsa matter, can'l you read English?" he found out he couldn't even speak It. So University of Tennessee Prof. Ivo V. Pognovskl was called In to act as Interpreter between Sexton and the offender, who spoke only Polish. Charges were dismissed. A samlsen Ls a Japanese banjo- like . Instrument having only three : strings. 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ADAMS, Owner Ph. 2-2071 g^^^g*l^*1 iy DICK KLEINER l^v*.'^'^^ MARLON BRANDO, who just got the Oscar, also just turned down a role in Jack ("Tobacco Uoad") Kirkland's dramatization of N«lK>n Algren'$ tough Chicago novel, "The Man With the Golden Arm." "I'm not going to do any more torn-shirt parts for a while," Brando said. He wants dress-up or costume roles only, at least on Broadway. Tennessee Williams* new Broadway play, "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof," 1* no pure-bred feline. It's an alley-cat-—a snarling;, dirty, cruel ptay that often charms you by iti very strength and vi- clousness, often repels you by its crudity. It is rrlpplnr, exciting;, fascinating, but it leaves you feeling: cold inside. There are stunning: performance* by Burl Ives, Ben Gaxzara, Mildred Dunnock and Barbara Bel Geddes. It is a powerful play, but it needs a food scrub-up. The feminine lead in one of the season's top musicals, "Silk Marlon Brando Hlldegarde Nefl Stockings," is a lovely blonde named Hllflegarfle NeJT who, admittedly, can't sing. A lady named Hildegarde Neff Is musically quite like the clef: With confident nerve She displays every curve But she can't tell a D from an F. Despite her unmusical voice, hers is one of the most delightful performances of the current season. She Is beautiful, of course, and an accomplished comedienne, and her few songs are delivered With a throaty charm. "Even my DCSI int-nds know I don't sing," says the German- born star. "I whisper on pitch. I don't know what I'm doing In a musical comedy." But she docs, too, know what she's doing in a musical. She is, she says, performing that rare ^astronomical trick—having her cake and eating it, too. "They asked me to do this show, and I wanted to," she says. "But (.here were three reasons I said I couldn't — I had a contract for three pictures In Europe, I didn't want to play a part Garbo hnd played (the show is based on the movie, 'Ninotchka') and I can't sing. "But they .told me It was quite different from the original 'f*i- notchka,' and, as for songs, Cole Porter would write the songs especially with me and my small range In,, mind. So they knocked down my objections. AH except for the contract. But they watted nine months for me, so I was able to do both the show and those three films I wanted to do." Now she's happy. She thinks. But she's not sure. The success of "Silk Stockings" wilt mean that, for the first time In many years, poor Hlldegarde will have to settle down in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. No more traveling for a while. In the past, she's spent a month or so in one place, then moved on—Germany, France, Italy, New York, London, California, Yugoslavia. "I think I'll like living here." she says, "You simply can't get bored in New York." Which is one girl's opinion, solely. Every year, the American National Theatre and Academy presents Its "ANTA Album," blis and pieces of theatrical highlights. This year, with the cooperation of CARE, the show was televised over closed circuit to 31 movie theaters from the Bronx to San Francisco. It was not a howling success. This Idea—which Ralph Bellamy once said was the forerunner of big-time coast-to-coast theater of the future—Is sound. But those .who saw the show in the New York theater where it was produced had trouble seeing, because of all the TV equipment. And those who saw it In the 31 theaters ' complained about the screen being fuzzy. Besides, most of the 31 theaters were half empty. At Loew's Capitol In Washington, NEA's Kenneth Gllmore found tile reception "generally good but B bit furay on the aide." He said it was "a cinch" to tell what the audience liked, because they applauded like they do at the movies—only for something that particularly , touched them. They liked Ruth Draper best. Lena Home, Helen Hayes and Literary Guidepoit Sea Story Is Tale of Faith And Courage THE GOOD SHEPHERD. By C. S. Porseter. Little. Brown. RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP. By Ettwnrd L. Bench. Holt. Submarine warfare Is. the subject of these two novels — with Forrester's, at least, due for a wide reading since a magazine and a book club tapped it, Forrester's hero is Commander Krause, , In charge of screening an Atlantic convoy. Beach's hero Is Commander Richardson, whose submarine preys on Japanese shipping. With a minimum of romance, and allowing for the two oceans, this Is the story from the deck looking down, from the periscope looking up. Unlike most fictional wartime heroes, Krause Is not a swearing man. His only bad word, as he loses three ships and sinks three subs, Is "hell." He is also a praying man, with a Bible quotation handy for every, occasion. Forin- stnnce, depth charges remind him that "He maketh Ihe deep to boil like a pot." For 48 hours he stays awake making split-second decisions, carrying two or three problems, each with two or three angles, in Ills mind all the time. He's the good shepherd, the sub Is the wolf. Richardson, with sometimes unfriendly Jim Bledsoe as his second, fights, and fights, and fights again. There are gripping Incidents, but I sometimes feel this author Is trying to train me to run a submarine rather than telling me a story. There is repetition In Forrester, too — "Aye aye, sir," "George to Eagle" and "Eagle to George," "Sonar reports this, sonar reports that," but you do get an idea of the fortitude, of the beleaguered commander. On the very last pnge Forester comes back to that Idea of fate and Victor Borjr also drew applause. Milton Berliner, music critic of the Washington News, said that he preferred this to the movies, because It "seems more lifelike," But he, too, complained of ''primitive" mechanics of the device. It'll be n while, apparently, before first-run Broadway shows are televised this way. But It's coming. • * * DICK'S QUICKIE: David Atkinson tells of the two women whose (tur broke down. They got out and looked In the trunk. "Keep calm, dear," Mid one, "the engine's probably In the other end." SHE POSES A DILEMMA — Rosemarle Bowe (above) of TV comtt, Wash., li a young; actress with a face like Grttce Kelly and a body Hlce Marilyn Monroe. That poses A dilemma because she's got to decide which routi to travel on her movie career. Right now »h« favors the Grace Kelly approach, "a sort of sex with Intelligence," she says. Her two starring roles, however, have stressed the Monro* attributes. (AP Wlnphoto) Masque and Gavel at BHS To Present x Our Town' Work was well underway this week by the Masque and Gavel Society at Blytheville High School in preparation for what is probably the most ambitious undertaking any dramatic group at the school has ever tried. In the final dramatic production at the school during the present term, the society will pr.lent two performances of th« Pulltier Prlie- wlnnlng play "Our Town," by Thornton Wilder. Two performances are scheduled for April 3B and M. Tile modern American classic, under the direction of T. E. Rowlett, Masque and-Oavel sponsor, will have a cast of more than 40 players. ImpreBklunUUc fttyl* Leads will be played by Danny Cobb, Peggy Taylor, Eugene Still, Judy McCall, Charles Weldman, Martha Ann Foster and Jerry Null. Student director I. Emily Damon. In addition to the large oast, the play Is made more difficult because of the manner In which It Is produced. Staged In Impressionistic style chance which he'i developed > be[ore In oe boofc and which 1 wish he'd develop more. W. O. Rogers. with no sets and only a few propi. the production must convey an understanding of Its symbolism to the Imagination of the audience. Movie techniques of cuts and fades with the use of lights . and blackouts, will help portray paj- sage of time and change of scene. The three-act, morality type play, tells the story of humanity, relating the birth, life struggle and death of mankind through the eyes of one couple. Everyone, Everyplace The characters In the play represent nil people, and the scene of the action, Orovers Corners, New Hampshire, stands for all towns, Tho production will close out an active year for dramatic groups at the high school. Other productions during the year Included "Front and Center," a military farce; "The Fortune Teller," an operetta by Victor Herbert; and several one-act plays, Including "The Bear" and "The Valiant," senior class memorial plays. Read Courier News Classified Adi. THE FRENZIED GROPE pursues the glitter and passes up the gold The GROPE is an advertiser who'd rather be flashy than right. He walks when others are riding, and shaves with a goldplated axe. Seeks pie in the sky rather than use the one medium that's proven productive so long for so many. Fortunately, the GROPE is a rare creature. Wise advertisers know that the newspaper is basic — no matter what the virtues of other media are. They know that almost every person in every com- munity reads a newspaper sometime during each day. They also know that people have a strong allegiance to their newspapers, believe in newspapers, and shop from newspapers. Thus, whatever advertising schedule they build, they make newspapers their solid foundation. No wonder advertisers placed more money in newspapers last year than they did in television, radio, magazines and outdoor — combined! All businett it local, .. and to an all newspaper*! TW, «««.,!. pfonnd by BURRAU OF ADVERTISING, A«.rk» N«wW.r r*li*«iA«.cta«o., fOUH'ER and DublMKd In the InMn* o* Mtw •inilaaHnW iraWM * BLYTHBVILLE COUK-i-K

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