Albuquerque Tribune (Newspaper) - May 2, 1974, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Glen Campbell finds 'hometown' welcome by time he reached Albq Hometown welcome The usually lacquered-smooth blond hair of singer Glen Campbell (left) is ruffled by the wind at Albuquerque International Airport as he talks to Odis Echols (center) and Buck Owens. Campbell 'came fo Albuquerque to play a benefit concert for Echols who is a can- didate for Democratic nomination as New Mexico governor. By URITH LUCAS Tri bunt Staff Writer By the time he reached Albuquer- que, Glen Campbell had a "home- town" welcome. The popular singer, guitarist and recording star shook hands, patted friends on the back and sang all his hit songs. The handsome six foot star came iu Albuquerque for the "first ever" appearance at a political rally. HE PLAYED a benefit concert at the Civic Auditorium for his long- time Odis Echols who is a candidate for Democratic nomina- tion for New Mexico governor. Kchols is from Clovis. "My Dad always said 'Son, if you want lo live like a Republican, vote Campbell quipped as Echols greeted him at the Albuquer- que International Airport Wednes- day. Campbell said he is a registered Democrat but has voted Republican a few times. ALSO ON hand (o give Campbell a warm welcome were other friends, George Jackson of New Mexico Engraving Co. and recording star and entertainer Buck Owens. Owens is in Albuquerque for an engage- ment at Caravan East night club. Campbell grinned and knelt down (o greet two dressed-alike sisters, 5, and Michele, 4, daugh- The Albuquerque Tribune- 1 Thursday, May 2, 1974 Singer from Santa Fe collecting more raves Special to The Tribune NEW YORK Kelly Garrett, the singer from Santa Fe, N.M., who is a hit in a new Broadway musical, has received praise from several critics for her performance. The musical is an evening with Sammy Cahn, the songwriter. It is entitled "Words and Music" and is playing at the John Golden Theater. This is what some of the critics said about Kelly: Richard Watts, New York Post: "I was particularly attracted by the lovely, sparkling girl named Kelly Garrett, whom I gather has some Irish in her background." Douglas Watt, New York Daily News: Best yet, an impish charmer named Kelly Garrett stops the show with a vampish "Thorough- ly Modern Millie'." Emory Lewis, The Record: "Bril- liant pianist Richard Leonard played 'I've Heard that Song one of Cahn's most popular songs. Kelly Garrett, a beautiful, dark-haired young lady in an evening dress, in- terpreted the song with artistry. Her rich multicolored voice has a warm throb. Kelly is a popular song- bird in the Why doesn't someone write a musical for Leo Shull, Show Business: "Kelly Garretl is a young lady who stopped the show several times; you can see here how an audience on opening night makes a star, as they did to Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand, Carole Channing and others." William A. Raidy, The Star-Ledg- er: "Miss Kelly is outstanding and adds a great deal of joy to the eve- ning." Bert Bachrach, King Features Syndicate columnist: "Singer Kelly Garrett is a real show stopper." Allan Wallach, Newsday: "Kelly Garrett is something else. She can make a vapid little tune like "Thor- oughly Modem Millie" seem abso- lutely scintillating and a forgotten ballad from the musical "Skyscra- per" sound almost deep. She also does a job on what surely must be the best of the Cahn lyrics, 'Until the Real Thing Comes Along'." Alan Burke, WPIX-TV: "Sammy Cahn can't sing all the songs he wrote. Shirley Lemmon, Jon Peck and Kelly Garrett handle the tough- er ones. Of the three, Kelly was out- standing. As a matter of fact even Sammy was unrestrained in his ap- preciation of her on stage." Alvin Klein, WNYC radio: "Kelly Garrett is a real stylist who proves that as a lyricist needs a composer, what they both need is an interpret- er who can make their songs sound better. Miss Garrett can make a highlight out of a 'Thoroughly Mod- ern Millie' or an obscure ballad from 'Skyscraper1 and that's art. She's a sensitive musician and when the voice really lets out, the walls of the John Golden Theater can barely contain her." LeonardProbst, WNBC radio: "Words and Music is charming Kelly Garretl is a gal who's a knock- out as a vocalist." Casper Citron, WNYC-TV: "Kelly Garrett was very effective with her numbers and stopped the evening a number of times." Patrick Pacheco, After Dark mag- azine: "The real hone of the eve- ning is perky, pretty brunette Kelly Garrett, who packs one hell of a wal- lop, and makes whatever song she's singing an emotional experience." Miss Garrett is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Boulton of Santa Fe. ters of Dr. and Mrs. Larry Harbour of Roswell. Campbell flies to Louisville, Ky., today where he will share Grand Parade Marshal duties with comedi- an Bob Hope for the 100th running of the Kentucky Derby. The parade is part of Derby week festivities prior to Saturday's famous race. THE DELIGHT, Ark., native and seventh son of a seventh son. has no mystical knowledge on the Derby. He'snot sure which horse will win. He won't be heading for Phoenix, Ariz., this time despite the words of his famous song "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." After Kentucky, Camp- bell will go to Japan for a tour. WHEN HE saw a Tribune report- er, Campbell asked: "How is Rosi- He referred to the former Rose Marie Walker, a Tribune reporter who frequently interviewed Camp- bell when he lived in Albuquerque. Campbell was just four when his father, Wesley Campbell, gave him a guitar. He was singing and strum- ming his guitar on radio at the age of six. ALBUQUERQUEANS remember that he w.Ts in his teens when he joined an Albuquerque western group led by his uncle, Dick Bills. He was urged to go lo Hollywood by Albuquerque friends who recog- nized his ability. Campbell dressed casually for his arrival in Albuquerque. He wore tailored blue flowered shirt open at the neck, a corduroy coat, and brown cowboy boots. His belt buckle was in the shape of a guitar. His gleaming blond hair was ruf- fled by the wind at the airport. "IT IS really great to be in Albu- querque Campbell said. "The last time I was here, it was for the N'ew Mexico State he recalled. Campbell played to large crowds at the fair in 1968. CAMPBELL has become a smash hit. He received five Gold Record Awards in 1969. His records have been in the multi-million dollar sales class. He has been the star of his own television show "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour." CAMPBELLIS the first todis- credit the "overnight sensation" success story. "My night has been 15 years he has explained. "That's just about how long I've been strug- gling." He has described his youth as days when "a dollar looked as big as a saddle blanket." HE HAS praised his parents and his uncle, Dick Bills, for helping him keep on with his music even in hard times. Teen idol of '50s, '60s, Avalon's still going strong F rankle Avalon By JUDITH WIL.NER Trlbur.cSUffWriWr Eight children and a decade or so later, Frankie Avalon is still going strong. The clean-cut teen-ager has grown into a handsome man, the curly Mack hair closer cropped, the smile still warm but a little more worldy wise and, yes, he can still make a woman's heart skip a beat. In the fifties and sixties he was mobbed by bobby-soxers, who squealedtoasuccessionofgold records "Ginger- "Bobby-sox to Today, he's a top nightclub per- former. He's playing this week at the Hilton Inn's Cabaret Lounge. Then, a vacation, "Bermuda, then we take off to Miami, the Waldord in Baltimore" (The Waldorf in Balti- No (quick grin) that was an old slotmachine dive." In between? "I he mutters out of the side of another grin. He amends this to "clubs, records, TV, and shrugs off questions about the transition. His act now includes some of the oldies, some new songs, some come- dy. He memions the constant search fcr new material, the effort "not to stay at one place too long, to grow as a person and as a his own changing taste in music. AVALON IS slim, tanned and ra- diates health. He credits golf, pac- ing himself (six months work spread out over the year, six months for and "I'm not that old." Home, with (he eight children and wife Kay, is in Los Angeles, a house that "Columbo" and John Cassav- etes spotted and wanted to use for filming f wouldn't let those guys use my The Avalon eight range in age from three months to 10 years. Four are in parochial school, four stirring up mischief at home. AVALON LIKES Albuquerque's "nice, clean air." It's a return trip tor the entertainer he was here recently for filming of "The Take" and a new "singing" role he played a stool-pigeon. He's come a long way from "The Alamo." But, as he says, "The fans who bought the records and the T- shirts are still out there." KHIy Gairett ami Saqjpiy What, When, Where (A WEEKEND FRIDAY, MAY at 9 and p.m. MAY of Frames-High Fiesta Truth or Consequences Silver Anniversary Fiesta continues through Sunday, with rodeo through Sunday, championship fiddlers' playoffs, variety show and parade Saturday, a variety of races each day. Barn "Fallen a Noel Coward comedy, continues at the dinner theatre. Al Cabaret Frankie Avalon appears at the Hilton Inn's Cabaret Loi'nge through Saturday, Albee drama University of Albuquerque drama department presents "Tiny Alice" in the U of A Fine Arts Center. 8 p.m. curtain through Sunday. Musical even? The University of New Mexico Chamber Orchestra performs at p.m. in Keller Hall. This weekend only Classics Theater Company presents "A Man for All Seasons" with John Gardner directing. p.m. through Sunday in musical a Spanish folk musical by Federico Garcia Lorca offered by UNM diama students at Rodey Theater. p.m. through Sunday; 3 p.m. matinee Sunday. Nell Simon hit Old Town Studio presents "The Odd Couple." 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. High school production Albuquerque High presents its version of Friday in Spanish, Saturday in English, at 7 music "Harp Music in the 4 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, SUNDAY, MAYS Musical extravaganza "Elijah" by Mendelssohn presented by First United Methodist Church with Gene Ives featured, p.m. Pueblo artlsti Reception from noon-6 p.m. Gallery opens month-long exhibit of works by Sam Lovato, Walter Hamana, Sandra Davis, Flora Naranjo and J D. Roybal. Jewish leader speaks Dr. Jakob Petuchowski discusses "From Alienation to Liberation: The Changing Mind of the Modern as part of the The Experiment in Jewish Learning series. 8 p.m. at Congregation R'nai Israel. Circus Carson and Barnes Wild Animal Circus, Rio Ranch o, 2 and p.m.