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New Righteous Brothers Record An Immediate Hit Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., July \7, 1974 FAVITTEVI1.LE. ARKANSAS . . . . . ' . . . . · Bobby Hatfield And Bill Medley: Together Again. At las| By MARY CAMPBELL AP Newsfeaturcs Writer The Righte^'s Brothers, once torembst exponents of blue- eyed soul, are back together and their first record is an immediate hit,. "Rock V Roll Heaven" w a s No. 9 on the best-selling chart of June 29 and climbing. Because it became a hit so fast, the Righteous Brothers canceled June "break-in" engagements and got busy making an album. But they played a concert at the summer-long ScliaeFer Music Festival in Central Park thinking it was loo important to cancel. "New York is always a great place to break the cct in." said. Bill Medley the afternoon before the Bobby -Hfltfield concert. Both he and were in a mood to make wisecracks at each other, acting relaxed and confident one minute and nervous about the first "return" concert the next. There ,he audience loved it and wanted more encores than the Righteous Brothers had ready, so Medley swung into "Georgia,' with a Ray Charles-kind of soul. The Righteous Brothers got together originally in Orange County, Calif., In 1962 and had a hit right away with "Little Latin Lupe Lu." Their ·biggest records were "You've Lost that Lovin 1 Feelin'," "Soul and Inspiration.' "Ebb Tide" and by Hatfield. i They were a duo for six 1 vears, breaking up in 1968, and were apart six years. "Does this mean I got to be around with you till 1980?" HaUicld asks. They were both lead singers when they met. Medley says, and after six years both wanted to see what they could do on their own, again. People may not believe it, he says, but their was nothing to worry about -- "Unchained Melody," sung solo Nixon Accepts Resignation SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) -- President Nixon ha: accepted the forced resignation of Alvin J. Arnett as director ol the Office of Economic Opportunity. A White House spokesman cited irreconcilable differences over OEO policy. Arnett said he was dismisse( because he fought to preserve programs of the anti-poverty agency. He will be succeedcc by Bert A. uallegos, 51, of Dei vcr, who has heen the agency' general counsel since 1972. Nixon will formally nominate Gallegos for the post, although present law calls for OEO to gc out of business Sept. 30. Ar nelt's resignation was acceplec on Tuesday. arliirg was amiable. Five or ix months ago. both were an- waring in Las Vegas and Uicy ecided maybe the lime was ighl to reunite. Hatficld says, "1 would go in nd sing with Bill on stage and lie audiences went crazy. Dyan had conic back and it felt ike music was getting better.' "When we quit recording." Medley says, "lyrics seemed to be re'ally getting stale. Now hey're more mature ;md it's more fun lo sing more adult vrics." Halfield says, "You ike that dirty sluff." "No, no 10." "Another thing was," Hal- ield says, "that we were both otally free to do what we wanted. Our recording contracts and our engagement contracts were up. We both disbanded a land. 11 Medley says, "Now we have 10-piece band; some of Lhfm have been with us, then with me, for maybe eight years. The guitar player started with u and played on the ori'gina Displays Appointment Book records. "First we got a record con tract with Haven Records, a subsidiary of Capitol, owned Dennis. Lambert and Brian Pot ter. This first single is abou rock 'n' roll performers whf have passed away. That doesn' sound very tasteful but th record is. It doesn't claboral so much on these people; it' almost a reminder of them, you style as before. "The production now." H was the first tiling icy played for us and we both jvcd it. U was recorded by the llimax Blues Band and up- atcd since Bobby Darin and im Croce have died." The Righteous Brothers sing . tlie same iatfield says, s not the same, if you're ac- ustumcd to Phil Speclor's vall-to-wall sound. Lambert ml Potter produce wilh a dealer, simpler sound. We're sing ng about the same. In fact I'm inging better. Bill has lost a iltie bit of his ed~ge. And the niddlc." "·And the top," adds Medley. Hatficld says, "We've got some nice songs on the album. Barry Mann called Bill up and said, 'I just wrote the title ong.' It's 'Together Again.' He 'ield says, "Bill undoubtedly lad the bigger success because id worked. I slopped working for almost two years. I bought a house at Newport Bcacli and painted it and spent time with my three children. 1 did a little acting. I was on an ABC movie of the week. 1 was the more successful, come to think of it." Medley says. "Bobby look on a new partner." He is reminded that, Hatriold still has his phone number. "1 worked Las Vegas and Lake Talioe. The first thing I recorded was '1 Can't Make it Alone.' which was a dumb t h i n g to do. 11 was ^rcat song. 'Brown Eyed Voman' did well in certain )arts of the country. H was ibout a white man in love with black woman. I followed lhal Cynthia Weil were writing 'or the Drifters 15 years ago. They've probably had more top 10 hits than anyone in the bu: ness other than the Beatles. "Lambert and Potter wrote two or three of them lor the at bum. We think 'Dream On' will In- the next single. They wrote il." our first album, about seven of we the "On wrote songs." says Medley. "The next one, we wrote about four. Then we started meeting writers who knew how to write. We usually wrote some kind of blues the B side of our-singles." foi up 'Peace. Brother, 'eace.' I was proud of Ihat and thoughl it would be big but il didn't do very well, either. There's a radio program in San Francisco that signs off with t." The Righteous Brothers hos- led a TV "Midnighl Special" in April. Hatfield says, "We both got a big lift when the ratings came out. It was the second highest they'd had in the history of the show. It's good to know Ihcrc are still some people interested in seeing and hc'aring us." Their manager' son was too young to rcinembei the 'Righteous' Brothers; plane. · ' ·' " The Righteous Brothers fi determined not ;to become rock 'n' roll revival act. J nighti after their New York'£ cert, they had b'een offerq? spot on a Long ! Island; co: with Dawn. Dawn ; canceled do a TV show and the'^ con became a rock 'n' roll The Righteous Brothers J*ti^ celed then, though il m e as$ losing money on bringing'th*}«j 10-piece band coast to coas^Joj^ only one appearance. . ,'*£·$ They'll go onl and work ftMS.'*f monlh Marling July 12. in WtDi .0 7,000-seal halls. Medley. SSUaJ s divorced and has a soif2}9.{ says lhal this time tie isn'KSOH ng to marry, "though itijfw. loesn't mean I won't mtfr-^ Other plans for this £$£,' around are good sound sysrem.§ at concerts, control over wr'~" and when they perform more hit record's. ·^· x That's righteous, brother^!,! While they were apart. Hat thought they invented the he air- TERMITES^ ·CAU. ADMIRAL I PEST CONTROL Roaches, Ants, Spiders, pi. . COMMERCIAL · : RESIDENTIAL.' · 442-7298 OPEN DAILY 9-TO; SUNDAY CLOSED WED., THURS., FFH., SAT: Charles W. Colson, a former White House aide, 1 smiles as cover during a break ill his testimony before the Tuesday he displays one 'of his old session of the House Judi- appointmcnt hooks bearing a ciary Committee's hnpcach- Nixon campaign dccal on the meat inquiry. According In two members of the panel, Colson's testimony was favorable (o the President, (AP Wircphnlo) Theater Revival Like Planting In Concrete By WILLIAM GLOVER ... AP Drama Writer NEW YORK '(AP) -- "I am not happy. " says Joe Papp, theater militant extraordinary. Discontent centers on the quality of achievement in his first years as saviour presumptive of stagecraft at:that eminent arts showcase, Lincoln Center. "Like trying to plant a seed in concrete," he sums up the feelings of a Don Quixote finding his reform lance blunted if not broken in earnest till against the windmills of Establishment orthodoxy. Infectious restlessness is also evident in talk about other aspects of that amazing thespic conglomerate called the New York Shakespeare Festivo over which Papp has long pre sided with unflappable, .insist ent drive. The 52-year-old im presario's constituency includes Sinatra Ending Down-Under Tour SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -Frank Sinatra leaves Australia today after a final concert be set by trade union problems right up until a few hours be fore it began. Sinatra, who missed a . con cert in Melbourne, last week threatened to call off his Aus t.ralian tour--his first in thi country 'n 13 years--after a clash iwiih the Australian press Sinatra agreed to a. nation wide telecast free of charge t make up foi the missed Mel bourn concert but the union would not agree unless condi lions were met. The musicians said they mus be paid for the missed concer and extra for the telecast. O'Connor Absent As Fall Show Taped LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "A in the Family" taped its firs show of the fall season withou its star, Archie Bunker. Carroll O'Connor, who play Bunker in the popular series, in a contract dispute'wilh Tan dem Productions, owners of th show, and was not at the tapin on Tuesday night. The CBS show, entitle "Where's Archie?" centered Jean Staplelon, Rob Reiner an Sally Slruthers. O'Connor filed suit in Juh against Tandem, asking the Li Angeles Supe'rior Court lo d clare whether he has a val contract. He also seeks $64,0. he claims Is owed him in bac salary. Tandem, also · filed su against O'Connor and obfainc a temporary restraining oroj which prevents him from wor Ing anywhere else. ee summer drama in Cenlral ark, a year-round maze of ofi- ·oadway talent workshops, levision special and recurrent rays into the Broadway com- ercial citadel. "The gratification is con- ant," Papp says, keeping. Ar re options open with paradox, and it's also never fulfilled. "I've never been more dis- tisficd about the artistic work I am now. T don't know hat direction I am going to \-plore. There are certain cts I'm going to take, shorl- The man who buill a shoe- ring drama dream through 20 ears of compulsive expansion to i S6-million-a-year multiple Deration is eyeing his Lincolr enter briefdom with special ariness. Like a knight in shining ar or, Papp was summoned with real fanfare in March, 1973 eplace the resident repertory ompany which struggled foi ight years to achieve fisca quilibrium. A greatly enlarged budgei · a s inslanlly proclaimed hich Papp pledged lo r a i s c imseif. Then in a sweeping rogram switch, a 'policy o laging new American work vas proclaimed for Ihe Bead mont Theater, the big audits ium, while Shakespeare am ther classics would be de loted lo the small basemen ilayhouse. The bantam impresario co: ectcd the $5 million he ha tipulated as a three-year opei ation cushion, He was admi erily Inss successful in arlisti enovalion. Of five productions done Ihi year, Papp feels lhat all artis ically failed except Ihe currca 'Short Eyes," ironically th irst play he has ever take iver directly from anothe management. It went into Ihe schedule a replacement for a project upo which $25,000 already had bee dropped. "I'd cancel somelhin I didn't like if il cost $10D,00», Papp says. Despite quality shortcoming Back In Spotlight PARIS (AP) -- John V. Lind say, who retired as mayor c Slew York this year, is gettin jack into the spotlight via m .ion pictures and television. It was announced on Tuesda that Lindsay will play a U. senator in a film about Arab h jackers and next year will b come a television cnmmentat on a new ABC-TV mornin show, "AM America." The · movie, "Rosebud," being filmed here and in Isra and is being produced by Ot Preminger. Lindsay, in SI. Malo. Franc said he is expected to sla filming his part in Paris ne week. the season, the producer re- rts some progress in his am- lion of broadening the au- ance to include more than the aditional dominant white up- er classes. . REACTION "I think we lost about. 5,00 r 6,000 people," he s a i d , ataloguing reaction to the eclectic menus of one classic, ne earthy, two black and one uerto Rican play offered, and we gained 9,00 to' 10,00 ew people." H i s conversational en- lusiasm is lessened by stati 1 )- cs. The season box-office take as $1,655,000. T h a t translates nto 80 per cent of, potential noney gross. Actual attendance as 85 per cent of capacity at le Lincoln Center theaters. In view of hostility about usiness acumen and artistic ppeal that surrounded demise f the old Repertory Company, pmparison with that group's inal season turns up some surprises. Operating on a budget of $2.4 lillion - $1 million less than 'app's 1973-'4 allotment r- the lepertory Company registered 1,785,000 in ticket sales. That ·epresented 76 per cent of pos- ible gross and 80 per cent of audience · capacity at Lincoln center. The higher percentages for his 'year, despite a somewhat xplained simply. Elaborate re- lovalion cut the Beaumont's sealing capacity 6 per c e n t , smaller box-office take, can be ust about offsetting apparent .tatisHral improvement. (MORE) Anarchist Candidate Campaigns In Nude LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Exposure breeds exposure, and in his candidate's gubernatorial jampaign, being uncovered meant coverage. So Elizabeth Keathley, Peace and Freedom party candidate for governor, doffed her duds and strolled down Venice Beach nude Tuesday, decorously hand; ng out campaign leaflets. "In April," she said, "I held i news conference and nobody :ame." But Tuesday, she was trailed by a pack of two dozen reporters and photographers. Mrs. Kealhley was not the only unclothed person in sight. Venice Beach is a controversial stretch of sand where swimmers have gone suitless for years. Nudity in Los Angeles is not illegal unless aecomanied by lewd or sexual conduct. "I'm protesting the ban on nudity." Mrs. Keathley, a 21- year-old student at University o f ' California at Los Angeles, explained during her 50-minute stroll. She describes herself as an anarchist, feminist and writer. WANTED . . ! ! 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