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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 70

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6E WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 THE 0KLAH0MAN NEWS0K.COM ENTERTAINMENT TV DANCE PARTY TO LIVE AGAIN IN EVENT SALUTING THE SCENE' rafiTIT ESI Gene Triplett etriplett(9 opubco.com Back when souped-up old Chevys and daddys' T-Birds were cruising through hamburger stands called the Delta, Quik's and the Split-T, B-movies like "Agent for H.A.R.M." were headlining the Northwest Hi-Way Drive-in and the Rolling Stones were having their "19th Nervous Breakdown" 24 times a day over WKY Radio, one of that station's disc jockeys decided it was time to rock local TV. So, Ronnie Kaye launched "The Scene," Oklahoma City's answer to "American Bandstand," in March 1966 on Channel 4, which then shared owners and the WKY call letters with the AM radio station. "I went in just on a lark one day and said, 'You know, I'd like to do a dance show on television"' Kaye said. "And the boss says, 'Well, guess what? We just had a sponsor come in and say they want to do a dance show on television.' I mean, you know, the timing was just perfect." The show, which lasted eight years and boasted such stellar in-studio guests as Ray Charles, James Brown, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike and Tina Turner and Smokey Robinson, will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Friday when the Oklahoma History Center presents "Ronnie Kaye's The Scene' 1960s Dance Party." The program is one of a series of events growing out of the museum's "Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock & Roll Exhibit." The exhibit traces the Sooner state's role in the history and development of rock music. The dance party will feature live music from The Five Americans, who formed at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and had the national hits "I See the Light" and "Western Union" in the late '60s, Oklahoma City native Mike Brewer of Brewer and Shipley fame ("One Toke Over the Line"), local rock kingpins of the era Jim Edgar and the Roadrunners, and Oklahoma City-based R&B band the Uptown Syndicate. Kaye will be on hand along with other former Ronnie Kaye, back center, launched "The Scene," Oklahoma City's answer to "American Bandstand," in March 1966. PHOTO PROVIDED BY RONNIE KAYE Ronnie Kaye and Dick Clark. pHOTo provided by ronnie kaye WKY jocks including Danny Williams, Don Wallace, Dale Wehba and Terry McGrew. "We recruited about a hundred kids a week," Kaye said of "The Scene," talking to me while juggling music and commercials during his n a.m. -3 p.m. weekday show, now on KOMA. "We had a nucleus of kids, about 20 who were there all the time. Because it was WKY Television, we called them the 'KYCuties.' They had little costumes, uniforms, and some of them now are enshrined at the history center." The recruits represented a different Oklahoma City high school each week. "We told the kids how to dress, what to wear, how to dance, how to act, how to look, what makeup to put on, so it was a very controlled situation that made the show outlast a lot of other shows that tried in the market and didn't make it like that in dance formats," Kaye said. In those days, many national touring acts took time to visit the studios on Britton Road and lip -sync free of charge to their latest hit, eager to promote their shows and records at every opportunity. But "The Scene" also provided exposure for local and regional bands. The small TV studio was not equipped to televise live musical performances, so bands had to cut records of their music at local studios such as Gene Sullivan's, one of Oklahoma City's pioneering recording facilities. "Kind of a side benefit (to the TV exposure) was that people would go to the recording studios in Oklahoma City and record their song, have them taken to Ronnie Kaye, they'd play it on the TV show and perform along with their recorded song," said Jeff Moore, director of exhibits at the Oklahoma History Center. "That's come up with a bunch of folks. They say, 'If it hadn't been for "Ronnie Kaye's The Scene' 1960s Dance Party" When: 7 p.m. Friday. Where: Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N Laird. Tickets: $15 Must be bought before 5 p.m. Friday at the History Center admission desk or at Thrifty Phara-macies in Crest Foods, May and Hefner or SW 15 and Santa Fe, Edmond. Information: 522-5241. "The Scene," we wouldn't have had our first record.'" During its 1966-74 run, "The Scene" featured such local favorites as the Innkeepers, the Centuries, the Midnight Rebels, the Chosen Few and Hard Rock Candy. Friday night's tribute will include dancers from the Oklahoma City Thunder Girls and the University of Central Oklahoma performing as go-go dancers, a dance floor open to everyone, and when the party finally winds up about 10 p.m., don't be surprised to hear Ronnie Kaye issue his trademark goodbye from the bygone "Scene" days: "Arrivederci, mother." Elvis lives for Tulsa area singer MUSIC I SINGER COSTELLO'S INFLUENCE TURNS INTO STRONG DEVOTION FOR ONE FAN BY MATT GLEASON Tulsa World matt.gleasonc3tulsaworld.com TULSA - When Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes play Cain's Ballroom on Thursday night, the famed singer will perform an array of tunes ranging from the encore gem "Alison" to new cuts such as front -porch-ready "Sulphur to Sugarcane." So many of Costello's tunes have influenced so many musicians, including Broken Arrow singer-songwriter David Lon. Recently, Lon, 45, explained the musical debt he owes to the Englishman in the thick dark spectacles. On a late night in 1977, Costello famously halted his version of "Less Than Zero" on "Saturday Night Live." Then a rebellious Costello said, "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song here." He then launched into a Elvis Costello PHOTO BY JAMES O'MARA career-making version of "Radio Radio," which snapped at the hand of commercial radio and won him plenty of new fans. However, a 13 -year-old Lon wasn't buying into the punk in nerd's clothing. "He was very quirky-looking," Lon recalled. "I kind of identified him with Buddy Holly just on appearance. I wasn't a Buddy Holly fan at all, so I stayed away from it." It would take almost 10 years for Lon to see past the image and hear Costello's music anew. In 1989, Costello released "Spike." It included hits "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror" and "Veronica," which Costello co-wrote with Paul McCartney. Lon "was hooked" after hearing tunes off that record. Once Costello released 1991's "Mighty Like the Rose," the music altered Lon's musical career. Whereas he once bowed to the likes of the Cure, U2 and Echo & the Bunnymen, Lon found a new idol in Costello. "I was immediately influenced visibly," Lon said. "You could hear it in my music immediately. I was shifting to more of an eclectic thing, which definitely was my heart." Lon proved his devotion when he named his daughter Allison. All these years later, as Lon looks forward to seeing Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes When: 8 p.m. Thursday. Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N Main, Tulsa. Tickets: $47 at (866) 977-6849 or www.protixonline. com. Information: (918) 584-2306. Costello live at Cain's, he appraised the most important lesson he's gleaned from Costello. "The guy has made a massive career off of staying true to himself," Lon said. "He's quirky, and he certainly hasn't torn up the Top 20 charts, but he's given me a confidence to be bold and follow the direction that really inspires me musically." El Rain threat won't stop Border Jam NEWKIRK The second annual Cross Canadian Ragweed Border Jam will go on Thursday despite the chance of rain. The concert at First Council Casino, 12875 N U.S. 77, has been moved into a tent outside the casino. The show will start at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Along with Cross Canadian Ragweed (pictured), the show will feature bands on the red dirtTexas music scene including Stoney LaRue & The Arsenals, Mooreland & Arbuckle and more. For more information, call (877) 725-2670 or go online to www.ticketstorm.com. HE DOESN'T COTTON TO DISRUPTERS WASHINGTON - Tim McGraw (pictured) isn't looking for trouble at his concerts, but there are certain things he just won't ignore. "It's all about enjoying yourself and not messing with other people's fun," the country singer said in a recent interview. "And certainly I don't think you should be abusive to women. I think that's No. 1 right there." McGraw, 42, has thrown out disruptive fans from at least two of his concerts in the past year and a half most recently in July. Video of the incidents taken by fans went viral on the Internet. "Look, I'm the one with the microphone, so if there's something that needs to be done, and I'm the one who can see it because of where I'm at, then I'm probably the only person who can ask somebody to do something about it, because other people may not be able to see it, security especially," McGraw said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SINGER SETS INTERVIEW RECORD NASHVILLE, Tenn. Country singer Jack Ingram (pictured) is talked out. Guinness Book of World Records spokeswoman Laura Plunkett says Ingram set a record for most consecutive radio interviews in 24 hours. Ingram gave 215 interviews between 8 a.m. Aug. 25 and 8 a.m. Aug. 26 as part of a promotional blitz for his new album, "Big Dreams & High Hopes." The previous mark was 96. From the base of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, he spoke by telephone with radio stations in most of the 50 states and in Canada, Ireland and Australia. He said in a statement: "After that last 24 hours, I officially have nothing left to say." Ingram's latest hit, "Barefoot and Crazy," is No. 11 on the Billboard country chart. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GRIEVING ACTRESS ALTERS PLANS LOS ANGELES - Kelly Preston is pulling out of the annual Women's Conference, where she was to break her silence about the death of her teen son. The actress said in a statement Friday that she is "still deeply in the process of healing, and it's just too soon." Preston (pictured with son, Jett) was to participate in a panel on grief at the annual event hosted by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriv-er. Preston, 46, and her husband, John Travolta, have kept low profiles since Jett died at age 16 following a seizure in January. The Women's Conference will be Oct. 26-27 in Long Beach, Calif. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FESTIVAL FEATURES FAMED ACTOR NEW YORK Christopher Plummer (pictured) has tackled indelible and diverse roles such as King Lear, Julius Caesar and John Barrymore at Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Next up for the Tony-winning actor is Prospero, the magician at the center of "The Tempest," one of 12 productions planned for the 2010 season at the largest repertory theater in North America. Stratford general director Antoni Cimolino says "The Tempest" will be joined by three other Shakespeare plays, "As You Like It," "The Winter's Tale" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," and three musicals, "Kiss Me, Kate," "Evita" and "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." Plummer, 79, won a best-actor Tony in 1997 for "Barrymore," a look at the famous American actor. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 1 '

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