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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Novembsr 18, 19i4 Sinatra: Elvis: the '50s the Beatles: '60s Someone, some day, will emerge to follow in the footsteps of Sinatra, Presley and the Beatles. But who? And when? ho will follow the top stars? dinner Ibesday night mqnt >s Farriiiy 3T Rib-eye steak browed to your ;r Stesmirq potato Tossed with your choioe of dressing. o.-tter. lor only S'.44. And: Free favours for the kicis. Free refills on coffee and soft rinnks. Free parkmg And no tipping, ever. HOUSE 1025 Mayor Magrath Driv? By STEPHEN FORD Newspaper Enterprise Association NKW YOKK (NHA) Not quite 40 years ago, the scrawny singer from lloboken who currently refers to himself as "Ole blue eyes" ;inci humbly bills his sold-out concerts a.s "The Main prompted a new brand of worship for show business performers something that bridged deification and decadence. Rudy Vallee had known worship a decade earlier but the bobby-soxers who stormed New York's Paramount Theatre in the '40s swooned over Sinatra with an intensity rivaled only by the alarm of parents and clergy. A decade after that, a truckdriver from Memphis with springmounted hips surfaced nationally to eclipse the frenzy even Sinatra had generated. Again, parents, educators, clergy and patriots traced the pop- ularity of Elvis Presley to teen-aged rebelliousness, antischool attitudes, godlessness and communism. from that point, the rest is comparatively easy. We all know that 10 years later, four young men from Liverpool appeared to influence every thought almost every kid had at that time about music hair drugs clothes and sex. These are the legends, the towering personalities responsi- ble for so much more beyond mere entertainment. But another decade has pas.sed since Beatlernania and we're overdue for another legend. Popular music has been in a definite "holding pattern" for the past four years. Though the next legend may not necessarily evolve from rock, it seems more likely to come from there, say record soothsayers. But asking the soothsayers what they believe will be the next legend is like asking for a cure for hiccups everyone has his own ideas. Rock as a barometer for what is and what's to come may be narrowing the field substantially but remember, the pop and middle of the road category rarely blazes new roads into the musical forest. Pop follows the tried and true paths. Certainly jazz is innovative but it always teeters on the per- miter of popular acceptance and besides, every few years it makes a highly touted but very ephermeral comeback. Healthy market The Country and Western market is as healthy as ever but don't look there for a new messiah. One of the leading promoters in that field. Tulsa's Jim Halsey who owns a chunk of just about every C W luminary around, says: "C W may not be as trendsetting as rock but it's con- sistent. Our fans are faithful and sales are steady no ups or downs." Safe, but certainly.not the stuff of legends. Rock appeal's to be where the real progress and growth have come. And in rock's continuing drive to achieve that final triumph, a sound that will finally quiet the critics sniping since its birth 20 years ago. it has found itself with some mighty strange bedfellows. In the past seven years, rock has mated with jazz, country, folk, classical, bluegrass. glitter, pop and raunch. And through all those changes, not a single "legend" has emerged. Some thought that David Bowie was the next anointed star. His style of theatrical rock and glittery presence was certainly novel but Bowie alienated as many people as he attracted. And to be a bonafide legend, your music must last more than two years. According to industry prognosticators. Bowie's star is already fading along with his glitter. So who will next be responsible for saturating our airwaves, turning our children against us and bombarding us with official- ly endorsed lunch pails or bubblebath? The reasons people paid to predict that sort of thing are playing it so close to the vest is simply because they don't know either. Mark Meyerson. director of artists and repertoire for Atlantic Records, points a cautious finger "towards jazz "Herbie Hancock is the first jazz musician to get a single in the top 100 in a long time." he said. "His single 'Chameleon' went gold recently and that shows that jazz certainly has wider appeal these days. People are dancing again and progressive rock was never good for that. It was too hard to dance to. But jazz is mainly music and ideal for dancing. "As far as legends go. who can predict? Experience shows that they always take us by surprise. We can't see them even when they're right in front of us. When they hit. they hit fast." Meyerson estimated the closest thing to a superstar right now is Stevie Wonder. "He's been around for ten years at least." explained Meyerson. and he appeals to everyone but he does lack the influence Presley or The Beatles had. "Sly of the Family Stone wielded more influence in music and lifestyle than Wonder but he's declining. Sly was one of the most creative forces to come along in six years but he never landed in the mass market. It could be sociological. He's black and can't count on the same acceptance white groups from America or Britain can. Maybe if Sly was white, we'd have another legend." Ira Mayer, a young man who charts the weekly FM radio airplay report for Record World magazine, says there are no legends looming at all in the musical horizon. "The trend seems to be major groups from the Sixties splitting up to reform with members of other big groups: Crosby. Stills. Nash Young: the Souther. Hillman and Fury band or Bad Company. But that's nothing new. big bands of the Forties were always switching personnel. Actually. I don't see anything new. "Any group with the potential to be a legend has got to count on the big record labels to promote the hell out of "em and the companies are very careful these days, even stingy. And that's because sales are down. So are new releases and the sign- ing of new artists. If they're wary of signing new acts, the chances of finding a new legend are. naturally, lower. "In the late Sixties, a lot of mediocre bands could go gold (sales over a million dollars! even before they released their album. Now. only the big. BIG. bands do that. A band that sells 500.000 units now is hot stuff Bachman Turner Overdrive or Top but that's nothing compared to the sales groups could expect a few years ago." LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE Presents THE GREEK NOV. 15th to NOV, 30th YATES MEMORIAL CENTRE BOX OFFICE OPEN YATES DAILY to p.m. TELEPHONE 327-7055 GOOD SEATS STILL AVAILABLE Tickets Produced 5 Directed by DICK MELLS CHOREOGRAPHY by MURIEL JOLLIFFE NIGHTLY P M. EXCLUDING SUNDAYS MONDAYS TV highlights MONDAY SPECIAL: Olympic Lottery, p.m., Ch. 13. The third Olympic Lottery numbers will be drawn in Hamilton..The first two prizes arc million each with a total of million given away in total. SPECIAL: Budget Special, 8 p.m., Ch. 7. Finance Minister John Turner's new Federal budget is analysed. MUSIC: Ian Tyson, p.m., Ch. 13. Ian Tyson's guests for the program are Valdy, Lisa Garber and Faron Young. DETECTIVE DRAMA: Cannon, 9 p.m., Ch. 7. Leslie Nielsen and Alf Kjellin star with William Conrad as a Nazi- hunter is secretly aided by a suspected war criminal's girlfriend to try and determine the man's former identity. MUSIC: Pig and Whistle, p.m.. Ch. 13. John Hewer and the regulars are joined by special guest Brian Crabb. DOCUMENTARY: Maciear, p.m., Ch. 13. Michael Maclear is in Newfoundland to study the Atlantic fishing in- dustry. TUESDAY INSTRUCTION: Canadian Schools, 10 a.m., Ch. 7. "One Northern Summer" is part 3 in a series of studies of the Bering Sea mating grounds for birds. PEPSI RADIO AND TV LISTINGS Programs are listed by the Radio and Television Stations. Any vari- ation in program schedule Is due to last-minute changes by the sta- tions and is not the responsibility o( Chinook Beverages timlted or The Lethbridge Herald. CHEC 1090 Monday Farm News News. Weather. Sports Checline News. Weather. Sports Monday Sports Local News World at Six Tuesday CBC News Grain Prices and Gall of the Land News. Weather. Sports News is 20 min. to the hour and 20 after. CJOC 1220 Phone Bill Show Hour of Information News and Grain Prices News Sports Market Report Local News CHEC-FM 100.9 Monday thru Friday p.m. Monday New Brunswick Election As It Happens identities From the Capitals Five Nights A Week Great Canadian Gold Rush Written in Rock Tuesday Warmup Concie's Carousel Midnight Concerts. Overtures and Encores CBR 1010 Eye Opener World at Seven World at Eight Eye Opener The BBC News This Country in the Morning Time Signal Radio iVoon Your Forum School Broadcast Off the Record World at Six KRTV 3 CABLE O KFBB TV 5 CABLE ID O Hollywood Square? ID Password 0 News O News GD News O News CD Let's Make a Deal CD News CD News O T-udeau News Sp'v O Gunsmoke 09 Headline Hunlers (D Truth or Consequences O Lawrence Welk Federal Budget Hililes O Born Fret- CD Football Kansas City at Denver CB Federal Budget 7 30 (B Olympic Lottery O Hinc" s 00 O Monday Movie Godfather 2> O Budget Special 3.30 The Hnnkirs 9 on. a Cannon Q3 Headline :in ff) Pic 'V Whisile 10