The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 7, 1975 · Page 27
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 27

Provo, Utah
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Monday, April 7, 1975
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Monday, April 7, 1975.THE HERALD, Prove, Utah, -TV7 Phonies Plague Western Music, Says Haggard HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Merle Haggard is a solemn man confounded by the corruption of country music which has made overnight stars of noncountry singers. Purist Haggard, one of the top country recording artists in the world, is alarmed at the chrome and frills tacked onto geetar and gitfiddle music by fast-buck producers. He contends the subtlety and sophistication of genuine country music is lost on most listeners today in the morass of electronic instruments and gilded lyrics. "Country music in the past three years has been exploited by people looking for profits, not the love of music," he said during a stop in Hollywood. "Radio station owners who once depended on rock now call the music country-western but they've kept the same disc jockeys who don't know anything about real country music. "I don't say it's bad music. I don't know what it is. But it's not country." Haggard, a native of Bakers- Held, Calif., said Charlie Pride and Olivia Newton-John (big Grammy Award winners) are talented performers whom he enjoys. But what they're singing isn't country. "There are 2,000 stations in the United States that call themselves country," he said. "But less than 100 of them play the real thing. "Genuine country music fcins are denied a chance to hear it. Like opera lovers, they are a minority in this country. But they know the real thing when they hear it." Asked for a definition of country music, Haggard said: "It's sung by real country people. It's that old nasal twang stuff that a lotta folks don't like. But I like it. "You can tell it's real to the ears like John Wayne is real to the eyes. You don't have to understand it. You just know. It's honest-to-Godreal." Haggard was having lunch with another purist, singer Leona Williams. She added: "Real country songs tell down to earth stories. Plain stories. The message is direct. There is nothing foggy about the lyrics." Haggard makes a clear distinction between bonafide country singers and such pop stars as Pride and Newton- John. "You've got to go along with country music people like Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Lefty Frizzel, Connie Smith, the late Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl and Dolly Parten," he said. "There's no mistaking the real sound to songs like 'San Antonio Rose, "Lovesick Blues,' and 'Cheatin'Heart.' "Nothing in entertainment has more loyal fans than country music. They are with you for life. They don't just don't go from one artist to another depending on hit records. "Country fans drive hundreds of miles to listen to a favorite. And they gotta hear country music every day. "On stations playing phony country music a really great star like Ernest Tubb is never heard. He works 300 days a year on personal appearances. He signs every autograph book in the house. Fans can't get enough of him." 35 WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY, APRIL J, 1175 Metrano: Star and Entrepreneur HOLLYWOOD (UPf) - Art Metrano, who costars as Lt. Rod Pena on the "Amy Prentiss" series, is a businessman-actor bent on bringing New York's ethnic food favorites to Hollywood. He is owner, with two partners, of The Hot Dog Store in Beverly Hills. Unable to find such culinary delights as chocolate egg creams, thick French fries and grilled redhots in Southern California, he opened the store last year. Now, with Burt Reynolds as a friends at dinner. Naturally, Rebecca does the cooking. Metrano compensates for his wife's fattening meals by playing tennis two or three times a week. He enjoys weekends at the home of a friend in Palm Springs where tennis matches in the broiling sun slim his waistline. He can also be found playing paddle ball in public parks not far from his home. They are invariably noisy, rough-and- tumble games which leave him pleasantly exhausted. When the NBC-TV show is in production, Art works 12-14 hours partner, he has established The a day at Universal Studios: He Posh Bagel, featuring a dozen arises at 5 a.m., reports to wardrobe at 6 and is on the set ready to go by 7 o'clock. varieties of bagels dear to the hearts of New Yorkers. Metrano is meticulous about the enterprises, supervising all aspects of the operations. "I'm Turkish, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Sephardic Jew," Metrano says. "And I like the foods of all those tribes." An outgoing, friendly man, the beefy Metrano has been married to his wife, Rebecca, for two years. His daughter, Roxanne, 5, by a previous marriage, lives with them in the Hollywood Hills. He bought the family home years ago, impressed with its slate floors, two Fireplaces and swimming pool. Rebecca has furnished the dwelling with antiques highlighted by modern pieces here and there. Oriental rugs adorn each room. The contrast of old and new is lively. In the living room, soft wormwood walls form a background for a brown leather sofa near an art deco black and white velour couch. On the walls are original Currier pencil drawings of nudes. Almost the entire western part of the house is enclosed in glass with a spectacular panorama of the Pacific Ocean. The Metrano family shares home and hearth with three cats, Ruby, Cuckoo and Buffy, and a pair of poodles, Dinero and Shicksa. If Art has a weight problem he can blame Rebecca, a blue ribbon cook. She has dozens of cookbooks from which she regularly prepares family meals. Her rolled stuffed steak and Turkish chicken send Art into rhapsodies. He is handy with his own secret meatloaf recipe. Every Thursday night the Metranos entertain some 16 Metrano conducts his restaurant business from the den of his home where he also is writing scripts he hopes to sell to other series. The actor will take time off from his own show to costar with Delia Reese in a situation comedy pilot titled "Flo's Place." In addition to all his other activities, Metrano is an inventor. He came up with the baseball buggy —enormous replicas of baseball caps mounted on golf carts —which he sold to every team in the major leagues. * The company, Creative Mobile Designs, now is selling the carts (with football helmets) to alltheNFLclubs. He has high hopes for a special tennis racket grip he has developed for novice tennis players. GOODWILL TV PROMPT SERVICE SHOP OR HOME 225-7550 798 S. STATE OREM 3:10 11—Mechanical Engineering 3:X 2-Magilla Gorilla 7—Ulias, Yoga and You 4:00 2-The Flintstones 4—Aflerschool Special ^-Dinah 7-WlaAlcgre H-VillaAlegre 4:30 2—I Dream of leannie 7-Thc Electric Co. 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