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61 jfifllesbura ReolstefMail, Gaiesburg, III. Wedhesdqy.iuly 25J973 Rumors By MARTY RALBOVSKV NEW YORK (NEA) - Pay- Ola his been around the record business longer than Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee and the RCA Victor hound. During the days of vaudeville, record companies sent promotion / men on the road to seek out vaudeville troupers. Once contact Was made, the promo-, tion men would pay the performers to sing their companies' newest recorded songs on stage. That was before tape cassettes, television and radio. First In a Series In the late 1950s, the late Alan Freed, a boisterous disc jockey who specialized in playing rock and roll songs, was convicted of accepting payola. In the same furor, Dick Clark,the choir-boyish host of the nation's No. 1 rock and roll television show, "American Bandstand," was accused of playing a song called "Sixteen Candles" more often than he played his own theme song. It was a fact that Dick Clark owned a piece of the record and, every time some kid in pegged pants and duck-tail haircut in Tucson, or Tallahassee paid a dollar for the 45 r.p.m. disc, Dick Clark received a cut of the money in the form of a royalty fee. DICK CLARK survived the payola scandal of the late 1950s. The late Alan Freed, who was subsequently sus: pended from the airwaves, did not. Neither did the recording business. The Federal Communications C o mm i s s i o n which controls the nation's airwaves, went to both houses of Congress and pushed through a law that made the giving, or the accepting, of payola a Federal crime. , , In recent weeks, rumors of another major payola scandal have been sweeping through ,. the halls of the nation's major record companies in Manhattan. Only this time money is hot the issue. The issue is drugs, particularly cocaine, the "musician's drug," as it has been nicknamed in the industry. The rumors have been rampant but, so far, nothing conclusive has been proved. No indictments have been handed down; no one has been Record Industry The Hit Parade Record Co*, say, has just released a new single. To publicise it, the company invites a writer from Far Out magazine to watch the group, which record' ed the sohg 9 perform live in Las Vegas* The company pays for the writer's air fare, lodging, meals and entertainment* In return, the writer produces a favorable story about the group and its new song* It is called plugola. There is nothing illegal about it* The Hit Parade Record Co,, say, luts just released a new single. To publicise it, the company sends its promotion manager to Station BIG, in, say, Butte, Mont. The promotion manager, in an effort to insure air time for the song, gives a disc jockey at the station a gift of $200. The disc jockey wo cepts it. It is called payola. It is illegal. The promotion manager and the disc jockey, if convicted, could go to jail. arrested. Nevertheless, people who control the record industry have instructed their secretaries to fend off all telephone calls from inquisitive reporters. Record company executives in New York are now taking eight-hour lunch breaks, or else they are attending conferences that end with the departure of the 5V27 to Mamaroneck. RECENTLY, CBS refused even to let Senate investigators interview members of its record company . staff about drug and money payola rumors. Since no allegations have cells — hanging over its head. PREDICTABLY, record company executives are reluctant even to discuss the matter of payola. A vice president of the Atlantic Recording Corp. said: "Look, you quote me on the subject of payola, and I'm dragging my company into the mess just by talking about it. We're clean. It would be guilt by association. I don't want to even mention the word 'payola' in the same breath with Atlantic Records. You want to talk about the weather, fine. But not payola. Am I paranoid? Damn right I'm paranoid." At the Record Industry Association of America, an executive Who demanded anonymity, said: "This whole thing (scandal riimors) in recent weeks has been a media creation. In all the thousands of words I've read in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine, absolutely nothing of substance has been written. It's all rumor and innuendo. Look, the record industry is vulnerable to (his type of thing because it is controlled by the FCC. "What is accepted as normal in other businesses is against the law in the record business. The federal statute against payola has made us a sitting duck every time some rumor pops up. I think all the uproar that is going on now is going to blow over real soon. Why? Because there's nothing concrete there." Hand-Held Cameras Help Liven Up All-Star Game A PROMOTION man for RCA Victor — "please, no names, all right?" — said: "The payola law is burying us. It's a good law, all right, but the question is why hasn't •the same law been expanded to cover other industries? The reason is because other industries are not controlled by the FCC. As long as the federal government controls radio stat ; ons, we're gonna be under Ihe gun. Look, you got payola in the shoe business, the real estate business, everywhere. Even the federal government has payola. You mean to tell me that government defense-contracts go to the same companies all the time by accident? But with us, the law is right there in black and white — no payola, or else. "Even though the law is a good one for the industry, it's hurting us by singling us out. Besides that, we're a glamor industry. Recording stars are celebrities, they're up front, they're in the limelight. A payola scandal in the aluminum siding business wouldn't raise a ripple. But a payola scandal in the record business causes front-page headlines everywhere. "NOW LOOK, the payola law was passed to stop paying off disc, jockeys. But there was an ulterior motive. It was passed to put a damper on rock and roll. A lot of old peo- By RICK DU BROW HOLLYWOOD (UPI) -, NBC- been proved as yet, the media TV achieved a memorable overkill has been a particular visual portrait of a lighter side irritant to the record industry, of American life Tuesday with The reason the industry is frequently stunning camera vulnerable, of course, is be- work that caught the special cause of the federal anti-pay- atmosphere of the All-Star ola law. While newspaper- baseball game—and the sport men, for example, can receive itself. free trips, free tickets and ————— free gifts without breaking Television In Review any laws, disc jockeys can- „ „ . . . not Even viewers who are not All of which places the rec- enamored of baseball might ord business in a unique posi- ha Y? und erstood and felt its tion: With payola a fact of life eLndIess ^ NBC-TV, with in almost every industry in the nel P of hand-held cameras America, it is the only industry that has the specter of federal laws — and cold jail COUNTRY MUSIC SHANGRI-LA INN 421 East Main EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT COUNTRY HABITS FEATURING JERRY. 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What NBC-TV's cameramen proved anew is that a sensitive eye can find beauty in almost anything—even, for instance, in a baseball park, or perhaps a freeway at night, as well as in the more obvious subjects such NOTICE GRAND ROLLER RINK Will Be Closed WED., JULY 25 Will Re-Open FRI., JULY 27 JO LONG'S Three Crown Room CUSTER HOTEL FEATURING ANGELO & FAMILY WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 9 PM — 1 AM Don't Miss This Fantastic Group Wednesday Special SPAGHETTI DINNER TAVERN NIGHT DRAWING Thursday, July 26 $125.00 Lasser's Tap If No Winner at 9 P.M. th«r« will b» a 2nd Drawing at 10 p.m. 99c Meat Saute Salad Garlic Bread 1 THURSDAY LASAGNA 99c "Tb* place for a family of tun" 1924 N. Henderson St. Phone 343-0213 til IS NOW SHOWING MARQUEE MARINE DINNER THEATRE "The Star Spangled Girl'' Starring: Dan Mitchell, John Welsh. Wendy Croelin Directed by: Don Marine AIR CONDITIONED July 27-28 August 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 $8.5Q Per Person Your Host CHUCK FAVUS For Reservations Call 673-2595 Mon. thru Sat. 9-6 GOLD ROOM JEFFERSON HOTEL PEORIA, ILL. as flowers or seashores. Some of Tuesday's stadium shots were almost touching in impact for those who still get a lump in the throat when the essence of a tradition seems to be captured in all its glory. NBC-TV's executives should be especially thankful that the camera work at the game was so exceptional because the contest itself was as one-sided as a hanging, with the National League demolishing the American League, 7-1. Once matters were decided by a couple of scoring outbursts, the play was about as thrilling as getting your car repaired. Still, there were some sights and sounds in the All-Star action that a televiewer will remember. There was Henry Aaron, who has hit 700 home runs and is closing in on Babe Ruth's record of 714, getting a standing ovation when he came up to bat for the first time. And there was Willie Mays, no longer the ballplayer he once was but still magnetic, also getting a standing ovation when he came lip as a pinch hitter in his 24th, and perhaps last, All-Star game. What was particularly moving was that, although he struck out, the crowd gave him another ovation as he walked back to the dugout. He has that indefinable magic, all right. Throughout the contest, you kept waiting for that moment when he would emerge from the dugout to bat in this series in which he has scored so many personal triumphs. You knew that eventually he would come up to bat, and you kept hoping for hat miracle—a home run. But it really didn't matter, so long as he got his shot. There was more excitement in watching him swing and miss than in seeing some other players hit homers. Games come and go, but the memories of Mays remain. Mays and Aaron. Did someone say they don't make ballplayers the way they used to? Someone is always saying things like that. Residence Halls Are Full for Fall URBANA - Officials of the housing division of the University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana say the school's residence halls are filjled for the semester. Officials said accommodations still remain in other university- certified housing facilities. Students who need assistance securing housing for the fall semester should call or write Housing Information Office, 420 Student Services Bldg., 610 E. John St., Champaign, iy,. 61280. READ THE WANT ADS! S2 Billion; Records: The Entertainment Bonanza (Gross Revenues In 1972, Est.) 1.1,3.Billion; $1 Biiiipn: IMOMilllon; Records Movies $36 Million Network TV Pro Sports Broadway McDonald Vis Charged With False Ad MINEOLO, N.Y. (UPI) - In its advertising, McDonald Corp. says it provides a quarter pound of meat in its "quarter- pounder" hamburgers. "McDonald makes a big pitch about a full four ounces of meat," Nassau County Consumer Affairs Commissioner James E. Picken said Tuesday. "Let them give an honest four ounces or else call their hamburgers the "not quite a quarter pounder." With that, Picken announced that his inspectors had checked more than 150 McDonald hamburgers at the company's outlets in the county and found! the product did not measure up to the advertising. The hamburgers, he said, averaged 3 and seven-eighths ounces, and some were one- quarter ounce underweight. i "A quarter of an ounce may not seem like much," Picken said. "But multiply it by the billions of hamburgers McDonald's sells, and it amounts to plenty." In Chicago, a spokesman for McDonald's said the hamburgers lose weight when they are cooked. Picken said they are weighed before they are cooked, and the advertised weight Fit To Be Tied The wearing of neckties started with a Croatian victory in one of the 17th Century's Turkish-Austrian wars. Fighting for Austria, the Croats were feted in Paris after they had routed the Turks in a battle. Admiring Parisians copied the flowing linen scarves worn by the soldiers and called the new neckwear "cravats" in the soldiers' honor. NOTICE Eagles and Auxiliary Members FRIDAY, JULY 27 ALMOST FREE FISH FRY 50' Per Plate START SERVING 6 P.M. ATTENDANCE AWARD AT 9:15 P.M. "Galesburg's Leading Fraternity" should be that of the ready-to- eat product. The firm was charged with eight counts of false advertising. If convicted, it could be fined (a maximum of $40,000. 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Now their kids have grown up and they have kids of their own. But we've still got the law. The law <iidn't curb permissiveness — look what happened in the '60s; But we're stuck with it. "The unfairness of the law is that it singles out one industry and ignores all the rest. Either you make payola a federal crime everywhere, or else you don't make it a crime anywhere." (NEXT: The Clive Davis Case) ML NOW thru WED.! Matinee At 1:15 Only Evenings At 6:30 - 9 PM MltMMHHimWHM.IIMMIIHM t - : • I WALT DISNEY'S TECHNICOLOR* @«» m tmmm n turn muwrmwai a. t PASSES VOID Open 6:45 - Shows 7-8:51 ENDS WEDNESDAY! I mmT* •Thft Ci n iBi— oanavisionO lechnieolorS SHOWS AT 8 :50 "Kid Blue it SHOWS AT 7 30 m AtVanountRdMte !SI Open 8 • Shows At Dusk Hurry . .. Mutt End Wed.! WddBgTMi A BCP Production #%>.ou A If rvic. Qt COB Bro.dcutin.* Co'.- W CJZCMU. 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