Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 15, 1974, Page 31

Cedar Rapids Gazette

January 15, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 16 Thf Cedar Haplds Gazelle: Tucs.. Jan. 15. 1971 Fewer Jobs Available i For Studio Musicians P> Bob Thomas LOS ANGELES (AP) Les started as a kid in thi iwing era. playing sax with the ;great bands of Artie Shaw Benny Goodman and Wood jjerman. Lake most musicians tired of the constant trave settled down as a member of the Warner Brothers studio orchestra. From J945 to 1960, Robinson was one of 50 musicians under contract to the studio around the calendar. For epics like "Giant" and "Land of the the orchestra grew Ii) 100 pieces. "That's all gone says Robinson, 58. "Scoring ol movies in Hollywood has dwindled to virtually zero. Once in a while I go back to Warners .to work on TV shows like 'The FBI' or 'Streets of San Fran- cisco'. Sometimes 1 play club dates. 1 was with Bob Crosby at Dis- neyland over Christmas. "That's about it. Fortunately niy wife has a good-paying job vj'ilh General Motors, in the of' fice, where she's not likely to be laid off." Musicians' Plight Robinson epitomizes the Blight of film studio musicians, have suffered more than most job categories from the decline of the Hollywood in- dustry. Until 1958, nine studios employed staff orchestras of 50 t'p 65 pieces. Today not a single musician of the local union is under contract to the studios, flic only guaranteed employment of union members in Los Angeles is for the 105 Theater Time for Tuesday PARAMOUNT "Magnum Force" shorts 7, IOWA "The Seven-Ups" Wednesday matinee "Thunderfist" 'WORLD "Executive Ac- tion" shorts TIMES "Run, Virgin, shorts PLAZA "Robin Hood" 7, 9. STAGE 1- "American Graffiti" I STAGE 2 "Jonathan Liv- ingston Seagull" STAGE 3 "The Way We Were" STAGE 4 "Papillon" 7, EASTOWN 1 "When Women Had Tails" 6, EASTOWN 2 "Jesus Christ Superstar" MARION Features at 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. SPECIAL Hon., Tues. and Wed. N.Y. STRIP STEAK DINNER 1.89 CANADIAN PERCH DINNER 1.49 2 Piece Broasted CHiCKEN DINNER 1.29 ALL DINNERS INCLUDE Cole Slaw Hath Browns and Roll. members of the Philharmonic Orchestra. The problems of studio musicians are explained by Max Herman, president of Local of the American Federation of Musicians: "A man at one of the big indepen- dent studios told me that of the 32 pictures processed there last year, only two were made in the United Slates. That means fewer and fewer jobs for musicians. "We have an agreement with the producers that films made in the United States have to be scored here. But we have no jurisdiction over foreign-made films." Scored In Rome The producer-director of one of the most expensive films in recent times said recently that the foreign-made movie was edited here but scored in Rome. Film companies go abroad for musical backgrounds, lie said, because they don't want to pay an extra fee for the record al- bum. He asked not to be iden- tified. Said union president Herman: "It's true that our musicians must be paid 'new use'checks if the film score is converted into an album. But that could be a very small expense for a good- selling album. "We're encouraged by the fact that Maurice Jarre, who scored 'Love Story' and other pictures, decided to do the music for 'Ash Wednesday' here, even though it was made in Italy. He says that scores can be recorded better and more heaply here." Another problem for tin musicians has been the chang ing styles of film scores. The old style, lushly crchestratec music that was once heart behind the dramatics of Belli Davis or Barbara Stanwyck have almost disappeared Modern Films sometimes list, nothing more than a couple of banjos or a rock group. Herman also deplored llu trend of making musicals abroad: "I think it's un American to lake shows like and 'Fiddler on the Roof which have made their reputations and millions ol dollars by playing in this country and then film them in Germany and Yugoslavia." Of Local -17's members including Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby about make a full-time living from music. About 20 percent of the income comes from feature and television films, but the volume dropped 30 percent in the first nine months of 1973. Problems Cited Musicians earn more money in night clubs and recording, but Herman cited problems in those fields: "The energy crisis has already hit the clubs, which were 40 percent of our income and now are 25 percent. It'll probably get worse. When a man is laid off at Lockheed, he stops going to the corner bar. "The recording business has been hit by the shortage ol vinyl. The major companies are no longer pressing for indepen- dents, and that means fewer jobs for musicians, too." Pravda Notes Serious Concern Over Lack of 'Mass Songs' MOSCOW (AP) Pravda noted "serious concern" in a lead editorial this week about the lack of "new genuinely mass songs." It sharply attacked "tasteless imitations of Western folk songs" which are in circulation, and complained about too much "false pathos or sweet sen- timentality" in current Russian hits. Songs are a major key in 'forming a feeling of Soviet the Communist >arty paper said. "It is difficult to overestimate the role of songs in the deosthetic education of the people." What Pravda is looking for is catchy melody for "use in civic demonstrations and in tight friendly circles around campfires." The paper was also worried about the state of ballet and opera. The nation's theaters 'desperately need new operas whose musical speech would be up to it said. While steps have been taken to improve ballet "composers should deal more courageously with modern themes, deal more actively with stories of human beings of our Pravda said. Judy Garland's Daughter Has Smash Debut LONDON (AP) Lorna Laft, Judy Garland's 21-year-old daughter, made a successful debut singing and dancing Monday night. She performed at the London night club where her mother gave her last performance five years ago and her half-sister Liza Minnellimade her London debut in 1966. "I never sing any of my mother's Lorna told newsmen before the show. "I'm not another Judy Garland." ......15c Shall Wi Mon.-Thurs. Hamm's 6Pk89c Limit 2 The Emergency Room 4650 1st Ave. NE Your Orders IN We'll Hove Them Ready TOGO! [Open 24 Hrs. I Hamburg Inn 512 tenter Point'Rd. KfE- 365-0881 and Frisco's Hamburg Inn 720 10th St. Ph. 377-6351 MARION "218 1st .Ave. 'f 364-1961 C VETERAN'S MEMORIAL OLISEUI I CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA [FRI. JAN. 18] ONE SHOW ONLY P.M. BUCK OWENS (SffSAff RAyE SON and the BVCKAROOS ALL SEATS RESERVED Get Your Tickets Now TICKETS NOW ON SAIE {.RECORD SHOP tlNPALE.PLAZA MUSIC DEPT. STREET FtOOR AT WOOIWORTH'S DOWNTOWN CEDAR RAPIDS Join us for FUN GAMES Every Tuesday Night p.m. SAMMY'S LOUNGE 5525 Center Point Rd. NE Witepholo Tarxan Released Johnny Weissmuller, 69, who played Tarzan in a number of motion pictures and starred in the "Jungle Jim" television series, leaves Southern Nevada Memorial hospital escorted by attendant Robert Jackson. Weissmuller had been treated for a heart condition discovered when he was admitted for a fractured hip Dec. 19. Crosby Resting Comfortably Following Lung Surgery BURL1NGAME, Calif. (UP1) Entertainer Bing Crosby was reported resting comfortably in an intensive care unit at Penin- sula hospital following surgery Sunday for the removal of a ;iant abscess from his left lung. Crosby, 69, was in satisfac- tory condition in the intensive ward, where he will remain for two or three days as required by the "clinical course" of treat- ment, a hospital spokesman said. "There are no problems or complications at this the spokesman said. "We are op- :imistic for a quick recovery." Preliminary study of the removed tissue showed "a rare ungus infection, but so far there is no indication of said Crosby's )hysician, Dr. Stanley lanfling. Hanfling said about two-fifths of the singer's lung was removed during the operation to remove an abscess he size of a small orange. Crosby entered the hospital 'rom his. nearby home in Hills- borough on New Year's eve. His rendition was first diagnosed as pleurisy. He then developed you tried Hanry'l AH American BREAKFAST? Mon.-Frl. 6-10 a.m. Wed. Jan. 16 is FREE Coffee Day! Enjoy our complete delicious menu! New comfort booths! Chicken, Breaded Pork Sandwiches, Fish Sandwiches, great hamburgers! C'mon overl Henry's All American Drive-In J815 16th Ave. SW. pneumonia and then an abs- cess, neither of which respond- ed to a wide range of antibio- tics. "Because of the finding on some tissues suggesting the possibility of cancer, and because Mr. Crosby continued to have inflamation of tho abs- cess on his left lung, the con- sulting physicians on the case proceeded with said Hanfling. The thoracotomy operation was performed by Dr. Paul Kennedy, Dr. Gordon Manning and Dr. Gerald Sydorak. Enjoy Your Favorite Pizza Our Fun and Games 2210 16th Ave. SW A BREATH-TAKING SPECTACLE OF WILD SPLENDOR AND FURY! INSTINCT FOR SURVIVAL TECHNICOLOR' ;u Vl< P WORLD Starts Thurs. 1 Weak Only! Adults Child 75e CINEMA l[ and now the film... A NORMAN JEWISON Film CINEMA ONE FILMED ON LOCATION IN HAWAII ON THE BEACHES..... Marriage Like By Vrrnoa Scott HOU.YWOOI) (UPD-Kew men have had (lie courage to write a book about what it's like tu be married lu a sex symbol movie star, let alone author such a volume while tin marriage is still in progress. This is Hie ease for several reasons. First, most sex sym- bols are married to actors or producers who are not notorious literary figures. Secondly, it takes enormous courage. Thirdly, their sex symbol wives won't allow it. But Joe llyams, a former Hollywood correspondent and now an author, has written "Mislaid in an ac- count of his adventures in (Jrazv City. While llyams provides provocative anecdotes of the lives of Humphrey IJogarl, Gary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner and other superstars, the most interesting chapters of the book deal with his courtship and marriage to Sommer. Sex Symbol Elke is a genuine buxom, blonde sex symbol. German born, beautiful and talented, she has been Mrs. Hyams for 10 years. She says the book is "too self-revealing." "When we got Hyams said, "I expected it to last two or three months. 1 knew they would be a great couple of months and wortli it. But Elke :0olcd me. She's made this marriage work. "I wrote (his book because I :iad something to say. It took a year and a half, so it wasn't just 'or the money. I tried to tell the truth and how I was affected by to Sex Symbol Ride on the Titanic JVoir Opening The French Quarter lower level of Charlie's Pizzeria with separate rear entrance 2739 6th St. SW riVoir' Friday Saturday Jan Bill Bigger _ hilarious fun the stars 1 interviewed and by living it: lliis community. "I concluded Hollywood isn't any more evil Hum the next place. It is just a fertile ground for excesses lo develop for ego, sex and spending money." llyams paraphrased Scott Fitzgerald, saying, "The point of the book is to show how it is possible to come to Hollywood knowing nothing about films and become one of the objects of my former contempt." Star-Spouses Unlike many another star- spouse, llyams is not Elke's manager, agent, producer or flunky. It is not, however, a bed of roses. "Every man who marries a movie star deserves what he llyams said. "Most husbands of stars are emasculated by the iron but- terflies they marry. Almost every female star is capable of having a love affair only with a mirror. They can sustain a marriage only with their analyst. "They are like children. They must have instant gratification. Marriage to a sex symbol is like a ride on the Titanic." llyams does not include his own marriage in that category. Because he understood the pit- falls of Hollywood marriages, having covered them as a reporter for IK years, lie believes he has escaped the peril involved. "Not Involved" "The answer is that I'm not involved in Kike's he said. "1 don't write stories for her, read her scripts or offer suggestions. 1 rarely go on the during a love 1 see few of her movies. "I don't compete with Elke on her own ground. I don't go on interviews with her. If I chose a script for her or produced a movie and it was a flop, who's to blame? Me, of course. And there goes the marriage. Yon can't win. "If a husband is part of the career then the money she earns supports both nf you. Thai's bad. A man must have an established ego of his own. 1 do. "Only two or three times has anyone called me 'Mr. Summer'. I was more amused than anything. But there is no competitive element in our marriage. That's why actors and actresses should never marry. It's really destructive when one or the other gets asked for an autograph and the spouse doesn't." Hyams, who says he loves his wife tremendously, isn't asked for autographs. Now Serving At The RANCH EVERY TUESDAY and THURSDAY Mexican Food ii ii. Evety Fri. Sot. 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