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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 25, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGR HERALD Saturday, January 25, 1975 Turntable topics Singer proves she has real talent By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer Millie Jackson Caught Up: "Somebody told me I could Millie Jackson once laughed. But she can sing, oh, can she sing. During the past two years since she made her professional recording debut with the hit, A Child of God, she has earned the reputation of being one of the most testifying vocalists in the music business. She started singing in small clubs around New York and New Jersey and today Millie Jackson is.one of the busiest and most in demand artists around. She has a very earthy' style and a frank evocation of the truth and a soulful way of singing that just doesn't quit. Millie Jackson recorded her first album in 1972 and almost immediately established herself as a classic rhythm and blues vocalist. Her style, she says, is based on her ad- miration of Gladys Knight and the late Otis Redding. In 1972 she was named the most promising female vocalist of that year by the COMPRESSION HEARING AID 205A TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS TO UN- DERSTAND IN NOISY AHEAS OR IF SUDDEN LOUD SOUNDS BOTHER YOU, TRY THE NEW UNI- TRON "HUC COMPRESSION" 205AAT: Lethbridoe Hearing Aid Centra 503-7 St. South Phone For Appointment 327-4989 Oul of Town Write: Box117leth. For Free Information National Association .of Television and Radio Artists. The next year Millie was nam- ed by Caslibox magazine as the best female rhythm and blues vocalist of the year, alongside of Aretha Franklin. Caught Up is Millie Jackson's first "concept" album, dynamic, funky and completely in the style she has created. It is uniquely crafted, with Millie on side one as the "other woman" and on side two she is the wife voicing in both cases the joys and self defeating ex- periences of those eternal love triangles. (Spring SPR 6703.) Richie Havens Mixed Bag II: I think I first heard and saw Richie Havens at the Wood- stock rock festival. Those days are gone. But some of the musicians, songs, feelings and messages are still with us., Richie Havens is definitely still around, and the feeling he .puts into his music is still there. Like the message in his song Freedom, each tune on this album has its message. He is a poet one can never tire of his style of singing and work on the guitar are his own. But his music and the things he has to say are for everyone. Songs on this album include Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands, The Makings Of You, and The Indian Prayer. He says, "Perhaps we all should meet and really see that there are so many differences that it becomes oblique to the many similarities. The differences MEALS ON WHEELS AT NOMINAL COST For Further Information Phone 327-7990 Member ol Community Social Service NIKANDRE ENTERPRISES Presents 3 GREAT GROUPS TOM NORTHCOTT ORIGINAL CASTE MASTERS OF THE AIRWAVES SATURDAY, JAN. to 12 Midnight CANADA WINTER GAMES SPORTSPLEX TicktU S5.00 and Advance at the Box Office, Sportsplex. CATHOLIC ENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL; PRESENTS that are visible cannot be denied, but we have yet to ad- mit and agree to the ab- soluteness of our sameness. We are one." (Polydor 2310 356.) Don Everly Sunset Towers. After 15 successful years in the music business with his brother Phil, Don Everly is going it alone. Sunset Towers is Don's debut album as a single artist. Listening to this album is an experience in itself. The music is very good, as well as the instrumentation and the recording job. Don Everly, by himself doesn't sound like half the Everly Brothers. The sound is quite different and the style is something new. As Don Everly puts it, "I don't think they're trying to manufacture music like they used to in the past. Musicians can be more personally in- volved and reflective when they play." (Ode SP 77023.) Tom Jans: This is another debut album, but this one is quite different. The road up, so to speak, for Tom Jans, began only a few years ago. He was "found" by Joan Baez in a San Francisco coffeehouse and later joined Joan's sister Mimi Farina. Not long after that Jans and Mimi Farina toured Europe with Cat Stevens and James Taylor in the United States. By late 1972 he was on his way and trying to build a career as a solo artist. But for a while his career as a com- poser singer had to wait. He wrote songs for other people and in a short- time his talent and the expressive quality of his songs became apparent. His song, Livin' Arms, has been recorded by Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Dobie Gray. Frank Sinatra, Paul Williams and Tammy Wynette have also recorded some of his songs. With this debut album, Ton Jans sings his songs with a newfound forcefulness and confidence. He's good. It's as simple as that. (A M SP 3644.) Deadly globe fish still a delicacy TOKYO Despite the death of a famous actor, Japanese gourmets are still playing a briny version of Russian roulette. In indulging their taste for globefish, or fugu, they run the risk of par- alysis and quick death. The danger in sampling this marine delicacy was brought home dramatically Thursday when one of Japan's great ac- tors, Mitsugoro Bando, died after eating a globefish liver. The fish gets its name from its ability to distend itself into a globelike shape, much like a blowfish. It has the taste and texture of chicken. The fish is served in special restaurants and prepared by chefs, trained to remove the livers and ovaries, which.con- tain tetrotoxin, a poison dead- lier than potassium cyanide. Properly treated globefish livers and ovaries are eaten by connoisseurs who describe them as great delicacies. Unproperly treated, they poison about 80 persons throughout Japan every year, with 22 to '26 of them fatal- ities. There were 27 deaths in 1973, the health and welfare ministry says. Bando, whose genius earned him the government designa- tion of Living National Treasure, was in Kyoto for a performance. On Wednesday night he dined at a well-known fugu restaurant with four friends. Returning to his hotel at 11 p.m. he complained of numbness in his legs and arms, tell-tale symptoms of fugu poisoning. A doctor was called at 3 a.m. Thursday and hours later Bando was dead. The municipal health centre ordered the restaurant closed for 10 days and an investiga- tion was started. A Kyoto or- dinance prohibits the serving of fugu liver. Bando's com- panions, less daring than he, avoided it. Bando was widely known as a gourmet and an essayist. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of food, animals and plants. CHARTERS to Europe Register now for our frequent departures. Lowest Possible Prices. THOMAS World Travel Service 3M-581.8. Phow 328-3 Over 500 Offices To Serve You Broadway playwright headed for Hollywood NEW YORK (NBA) Go ahead. Be nice to a playwright. Give him an unc- qualed run of hits on Broadway one a year for 14 years. Laugh at his jokes, smile at his ingenuity, bask in his compassion for the human condition. And what is he doing? Selling his elegant townhouse in the East Sixties and moving wife, two daughters even his mother to California. That's gratitude for you. Neil Simon, of course, doesn't see it that way. He doesn't feel he's abandoning the audience that has come to rely on him for surcease from New York in particular, and life in general. He needs some surcease himself. "After fourteen years and fourteen he says, "I get the feeling I'm doing the same thing with my life." Writing basically for the same audience and the same critics. Worrying about their reactions. And finding it increasingly difficult, after 14 years, to "think of unexplored areas" to write about for the stage.. "I wouldn't want to go through it again for anything next he says. So it's off to movieland, to write for larger, younger audiences; to work with his wife, actress Marsha Mason screenplay after next will be for her, called 'Clark Gable Slept Here' and to "live in a warmer climate. A safer one? he says firm- ly in his mild way, "there is no such thing." That's it. That's why it's dif- ficult to accept this pleasant, unassuming, moonfaced man as the life behind characters who honk neurotically and explode with life's exasperations. He seems able to confront reality and come away intact. No nervous tics. No- hysteria. Hardly the creator of a Felix Unger or a Joe Ben- jamin, the main character in Simons's latest, and possibly last, play, "God's Favprite." Joe is Simon's version of Job, a millionaire manufac- turer who refuses to renounce God and gets hit with everything: bursitis, gout, tennis elbow and the usual flood, famine and havoc. "What did I mean by the play? It took me a whole play to say it." Simon smiles. "In a way, I become everybody when I write a play, so I was the leading character who put up with everything because of his faith in God. I was the wife who wanted him to give up. I was God's messenger who just wanted to get his job done. We all go through some of those attitudes. "But I meant, I think, ex- actly what Walter Kerr said in his review: that sometimes you have to point up how preposterous things are when we take them so seriously." A thoughtful, family man who wears glasses and speaks with a New York accent, Simon likes to sketch and do water colors love to do scenes of old New York likes to read biographies because "the lives of people Joey Gailo and Truman, for instance fascinate likes to watch sports and old movies on television care goes into the making of a movie so it's more satisfying than a situation and loves to write. "I like being able to go up- stairs to my study and spend four or five hours working. I never find it a lonely business like some writers. But then he spent 10 years collaborating with other writers on television shows, so the isolation is understan- dably gratifying. So is the polishing. He's a craftsman who only stops rewriting because he has to. "When I go into rehearsal with a he says, "it's sixty per cent of what will get on the stage. You can't rewrite forever, and a play's finished because it's opened. I know from past experience that it's never going to be right. Occasionally, Simon speaks at colleges word 'lec- frightens he says, cringing. "It's just question and answer and what he passes on to young playwrights is basically the lay of the land. "I tell them about the pit- falls and the joys. Those who want it badly enough will push aside the pitfalls. I was dis- couraged a great deal in the beginning by the he says. "But my older brother Danny's encouragement was enormous. He told me I had talent so often that I gradually believed it. And when I started having some success, I said well, there's something to work with." Another truth suddenly comes to mind. "You he says, "there are a lot of people who don't really want things. I don't mean success or material things.. Relationships, or health, for example. If you want to be healthy, you will be." NEIL SIMON Tax move hurts U.S. TV firms Brilliant Russian teacher spectre behind ballet stars 601-SlhI Avenue South By DEIRDRE CARMODY New York Times Service NEW YORK Behind the dazzling performances of Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshinikov who have held ballet audiences agog for the last several weeks here, there stands the specter of a gentle Russian man, almost un- known in the west, named Aleksandr Pushkin. Not Pushkin the 19th cen- tury poet, but Aleksandr Pushkin, the brilliant ballet teacher, who taught at the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad from 1925, when he also became a leading dancer with the Kirov Company, until his death at the age of 62 in 1970. To study under Pushkin was the dream of aspiring young male dancers throughout the Soviet Union, and during his long career he taught hundreds of them, many of whom then went back to their provinces and, in turn, taught new generations of students. But among all his'students over the years, there were two who were particularly dear to him and in whose lives he became not only the guiding professional influence, but adoptive father as well. The first was Rudolph Nureyev, a 17-year-old youth from Transiberia with the high molded cheekbones and the iron will of his Tartar ancestors who went to Leningrad in 1955. The other was Mikhail Baryshinikov, a quiet fair haired Latvian who arrived in Leningrad at the age of 16, nine years after Nureyev. The two went on to become leading dancers in the Soviet Union, and after dramatic defections to the West in search of greater artistic freedom, they are now con- sidered by many critics as the two top male dancers in the world. For the last few weeks they have been dancing here a few blocks away from each other before enraptured audiences. Both dancers say that Alek- sandr Pushkin was the most important influence in their lives. "What can you say about someone like Pushkin? Baryshinikov said recently, "he was an extremely modest person with an extraordinary inner purity. He inspired his pupils until it was like an infection. He was the greatest pedagogue of our ti.me apart from being a great human being." Nureyev still remembers his disappointment when he arrived in Leningrad at' the Vaganova Choreographic School on Rossi Street, an elegant yellow and white Volonaded Street in the Rus- sian empire style arid found that Pushkin was on vacation. Nureyev auditioned in front of the director of the then took him into his class. Nureyev recalled with a smile the other day that he immediately began to' calculate how he could escape from the director and get into Pushkins class. He says he became so unpopular that the director finally said to sending you an obstinate little idiot a weak minded evil boy who knows nothing about ballet." But Pushkin took the youth and placed him in the back of his class. Lovers die LONDON (CP) Mulundu and Myrtle were lovers and iove proved the death of them, Agence France Presse reports. Mulundu, aged 15, and five year old Myrtle, a pair of rare white rhinoceros, were found dead early this week in their cage at Whipsnade Zoo near London. An autopsy shows Mulundu died of a heart attack while Myrtle, pinned down by her mate's two ton weight, died of a fractured spine. VANCOUVER (CP) David Mintz, vice president of th.e Bellingham, Washington based KVOS-TV, says the federal government's decision to no longer allow tax deductions ort advertising with non Canadian broad- casting stations for ads directed primarily to the Canadian market "puts us in a very awkward position." "We have been incor- porated in Canada since 1955 and we have been taxed in Canada since then on any business we do in Canada and we have re invested our profits in Mr. Mintz said. "We will have to cut our rate back so our advertising is he said. That cutback could be as much as 50 per cent but perhaps not quite that much, he said. "This is going to hurt the lit- tle he said, adding that this was the message of protest letters sent earlier by the station to Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner about the an- ticipated tax deductions decision. "All the executives of the Canadian company are Mr. Mintz said. "We have employed up to as many as 100 people at a time in our Vancouver office, depending on the production load." "Mr. Faulkner is saying 'to heck with Mr. Mintz said. "We couldn't compete (with the CBC and CTV) on Cana- dian content regulations but we went into film production heavily through Canawest Film Productions Ltd., our film subsidiary, and we have employed more talent, cameramen, technicians, animators, that any English language station outside of Toronto or Montreal." Mr. Mintz said, "it's like be- ing invited into a house, being told how to act, you act that way and still get kicked out." WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT The University Of Lethbrldge Saturday, Jan. 25 Basketball: Pronghornsvs. U. Victoria Gym Women Men Sunday, Jan. 26 Basketball: Pronghorns vs. U. Victoria Gym Women Men Tuesday, Jan. 28 Whiteout Poetry Reading Karen Nutting. Main Concourse. Academic -Res. Bldg. Noon. Thursday, Jan. 30 Concert Series: "Music and Anthropology" "Muste in the social and cultural context" E-690 Academic- Residence BMg. p.m. For further Information on any ol the above, contact Information Services et 328-258J, HOUSING CORPORATION WILL BE MOVING ITS LOCAL OFFICE TO: 519 -7th ST. S. EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 1975 Give To THE ABILITY FUND (Formerly the March ol Dimes) Ability Fund gifts help to develop and main- tain assessment programs for the disabled so that a realistic goal can be set on an individual basis. A letter was sent to all householders recently. Donations shoud ber sent to the address on this letter. Help the physically disabled develop the abilities they do have HELP THE ABILITY FUND ;