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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDGE November 6, 1974 Currently appearing at white clubs Negro blues singer recalls lengthy career NEW YORK (AP) Esther Esther she was known as tour- ing around the country, sing- ing rhythm 'n' blues before there was any rock 'n' roll. She's also touring around the country now, singing rhythm 'n' blues. Her style hasn't changed, she said, just the background arrangements have been modernized some- what. She currently is appearing in primarily white clubs, like New York's Bitter End, try- ing to get more of an au- dience interested in her and MOSES her most recent record Per- formance, on Kudu. "But we always used to draw white kids. I was on the Johnny Otis Show, doing one nighters. He had Big Joe Turner and Eddie (Clean- head) Vinson, and we'd play dances in the South. The white kids had to sit in the balcony. If they got to drinking beer, they'd want to come down and the authorities would stop the dance and we'd have to leave then, which was a drag. "That goes to show that even in 1949 and 50 everybody wasn't prejudiced. They wanted to come down to join blacks on the floor at a dance." Miss Phillips likes all the records she has made for Kudu, her most recent From a Whisper to a Scream, Alone Again, Naturally and Black-Eyed-Blues. From Per- formance, she has a single out, Such a Night, a Dr. John tune. She also likes And I Love Him, which Ray Ellis arranged, and The Country Side of Esther Phillips, which included the single, Release Me, both on Atlantic. She got her start in Los An- geles, by winning an amateur show at Otis' Barrelhouse This Rancho Cabaret i THURSDAY "GOOD NEWS' MISSION POSSIBLE IN CHRIST EVERY WEDNESDAY 6 P.M. CABLE CHANNEL 2 FULL GOSPEL BUSINESSMEN'S FELLOWSHIP J For More Information Call FRANK TINQROI at 327-3478 and FRIDAY (Dress Regulations) Allied Arts Council Presents ONE NATIONAL TOUR "TEN LOST YEARS" (A Toronto Workshop Production) YATES MEMORIAL CENTRE THURS., Nov. 7th at p.m. Tickets at Leisters What the critics tay: "Powerful and Moving Triumphant Piece." Time Magazine "Funny. Insinuating. Touching." Toronto Star "Remarkable.. a Haunting Chronicle." Ottawa Citizen LETHBRIDGE FOLK ARTS COb.JCIL AND THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Presents FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL SUNDAY, NOV. 17th U OF L NEW GYMNASIUM "THI HERITAGE MOTOR HOTEL vnnOmamymmf -fl JVeitr Fun Spot. CABARET THURSDAY THE HERITAGE MOTOR HOTEL INTABER Southern Alberta's Popular doorsofMrif P.M. Club, at 13. "My sister dressed me up to look older. She and a girl- friend needed money to go out. I won and they gave me and took me back home. They cleaned my face up so my mother wouldn't know and they took and left. "My mother found out and she wasn't as mad as I thought she'd be. I started singing with amateur shows and around bands and playing hookey from school, until fi- nally I recorded with Johnny Otis. My mother figured she'd go along with it. She got a tu- tor to travel with me and she travelled with me, too. We went on the road with Johnny Otis for four years. "It was very hard. The tu- tor was along for the ride. I couldn't study on a bus. I had to sleep on the bus and the next town I wasn't in any shape to go to any class for an hour or two. "I've often thought if I had a daughter or son, would I al- low them to do that? I wouldn't want them doing not at that age. But then, I've always thought, if it's there and you've been exposed to it, it's hard to suppress it. You either let them go in show business or they'll slip off and do it. I imagine that's what I would have done." Miss Phillips had her first hit record at 15, in 1949, Dou- ble Crossing Blues. In 1963 she recorded Release Me, another hit, for Lenox Records, a com- pany which was sold to Atlan- tic. In 1965 she recorded And I Love Him. "I think the Beatles opened a lot of doors for blacks. They sent for me to do a special in London with them because they said my version of that song was the best they'd heard. "Some white kids were hearing black records and copying them note for note and selling more records than the original. The Beatles wrote their own tunes instead of just copying." Miss Phillips was born in Galveston, After her parents separated, she lived in Hous- ton with her father and had a paper route, delivering the Houston Post, to make enough money to spend the summers with her mother in the Watts section of Los Angeles. Maybe she wouldn't be in show business today, she mused, if her father had been around all the time to keep her school as he wanted or if she'd married and never gone on the road at all. Fan antics If imitation is still considered the highest form of praise, glitter-rock singing star David Bowie has fans who put their feelings on their faces. In the audience for Bowie's concerts in New York were this couple wearing makeup including a his- and-her matched set. Toronto actor, writer may get play produced OTTAWA (CP) Timothy Findley, a Toronto actor turn- ed writer, has been engaged for three months as playwright-in-residence at the National Arts Centre, with prospects of having his first play produced. Jean Roberts, director of theatre for the centre, said the new playwright-in-residence program will encourage new writers by enabling them to become familiar with all aspects of stage production. Findley, one of the writers on the CBC's recent TV series The National Dream, has produced the first draft of a play, tentatively called Missionaires. While at the arts centre, he will follow the full creative cycle for a production of Kiel, by John Coulter, to be directed .by Jesn Gascon. Findley will attend and par- ticipate in production plann- ing meetings and rehearsals up to opening night, Jan. 13. At the same time he will prepare a working script for his own play, making use of the practical experience he gains in the day-to-day problems of mounting a play for the stage. Clown group agrees 4we are all fools' TORONTO (CP) Frazer Mohawk found the best way to end an argument with his for- mer wife was to throw a pie in her face. Not just any had to hold up to the high-velocity throw and yet disintegrate in- stantly on impact. He recom- Boot Values To Warm Up To Infants' Boots Easy-clean winter boots with warm lining and a draw string to keep the cold out. Boasting Nylon cuffs and sturdy Rubber composition soles. Colours: Navy, Red. Even sizes: Outstanding Value on Men's Felt-Pack Boots Save now on tough, durable, 8-eye- let lace-up winter boots. Featuring long-wearing split-Leather uppers and warm Wool Felt liner. Heavy- duty Rubber soles resist moisture. Colour: Brown. Even sizes: 7-12. College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive Monday, Tuesday ft Wednesday a.m. to p.m. Thursday Friday a.m. to p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. SAnsncnoN GUAIUNIEED DEPARTMENT STORES WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES mends cream pies. Mr. Mohawk is the originator of the four-member Puck Renta-Fool professional clown service. The four are available sing- ly or in groups and charge an hour or a day. They come from different backgrounds but agree they have one thing in common: "We are all fools." Vicki Gabreau spends her mornings playing the stock market and her afternoons as public-relations represen- tative for the Toronto Dance Theatre. "At the stock market when they see us coming they say 'Oh, not those clowns she said. Lynne Cavanagh is a play- wright, poet and former mem- ber of the Canadian Mime Troupe, who adds movie pro- duction to her list of accom- plishments after she directed and starred in a short film on the circus. Mark Parr came to clown- ing from marine biology research. A lab technician and assistant in the Marine Biology Laboratory of the Stiblimos Project at Tober- mory. Ont., until 1970. Mr. Parr went on to work on pro- ductions released by Fantasy World Studios in the United States and also worked with Canadian street-theatre troupes. Mr. Mohawk is the most ex- perienced clown in the group. Ke played the fool for sir. years with the Moscow Cir- cus, the Shriners' Circus, DeWayne Brothers and Ringl- ing Brothers He is glad to be out of the circus. "Circus life was he said. "Sleeping outside, play- ing one town until midnight then packing up and driving to the next in time to open in the morning." Mr. Mohawk loves being a clown. When Findley completes his working script for Missionaries, the arts centre will have first right of refusal to produce it. Findley began as an actor and joined the Stratford Festi- val in 1953, but in 1962 left the stage to write his first novel, The Last of the Crazy People, published the following year. His second novel, The Butterf- ly Plague, was published in 1965. Since then he has done numerous scripts for films and television. Findley said in an interview that after 15 years as an actor and 12 as a writer he was sur- rounded by doubts as to what can be done on the stage. He needed experience in the problems of creating stage sets, lighting and other effects. He discussed his problems with Miss Roberts, who had read the first draft of his play and found it promising but needing more work. She sug- gested he come to the arts centre. The artist-in-residence posi- tion does not give Findley any- thing more than a small office in which to write, but being close to the production of Kiel, he expects to learn solutions to the problems a writer faces in the theatre. Olivier to direct first opera BRIGHTON. England (AP) Sir Laurence Olivier, one of Britain's most heralded ac- tors, has accepted an invita- tion to direct his first opera, Verdi's MacBeth at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1976. The actor, recuperating in a Brighton hospital for inflamed muscles, says he will continue his film career. He is reported considering- the title role in the film MacArthur. the story of the Second World War general. Radio relay given okay