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August 29, 1986 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-08-29

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Bill Pugliano

Jacobs, on banjo, performs
with the Red Garter Band at
the Deer Lake Racquet and
Country Club.

Hynes, a former WXYZ (now
WXYT) disc jockey how he could get
involved in MDA, and Hynes got
him in touch with the principals. He
was invited to play and "I pushed to
get back next year and the following
years and it (the Detroit format) be-
came the most successful." Except
for the New York and Las Vegas
hook-ups, among the 200 stations
carrying the telethon, only Detroit
has a "house band" that plays all
night long. "The Muscular Dys-
trophy people told us they can't find
a band to do what we do all night."
According to his friends, Jacobs
became involved with the telethon
because. he is an open, giving indi-
vidual. Attorney Bob Hadley said "if
anyone needs his help and he has
time he'll do it." Bob Raymond, di-
rector of public relations for Lad-
broke DRC, revealed that Jacobs
"would do anything for you any time
of day." Attorney Mark Shoup
added, "He's one of the sweetest
characters you'll ever meet."
Jacobs said he doesn't have to do
too much to prepare for this
engagement. "We're all pros. We
don't need special preparations for
TV. They (Channel 2) have it set up
the way they want and we know
exactly what they're going to do at
all times."
However, he admits that he
runs a little more than usual before
his group's appearance. And after
the telethon? "I come home and go to
bed!" he exclaims.
His wife, entertainment agent
Nancy Kader-Jacobs, also helps out
at the annual fund-raising affair.

Jacobs met his wife several
years ago at the former Eden Glen
restaurant, where she tended bar
and he played with the Red Garter
Band. Today, she helps book his
group at parties and country clubs.
Previously, she was his secretary for
six years.
He said he encouraged Nancy to
get into the entertainment booking
business and apparently it has
served him well too. "She knows
exactly what (jobs) I would be good
for," he said.
Among the places at which he
plays besides the Deer Lake club are
the Star of Detroit every Saturday at
brunch and for corporate social af-
fairs. He confessed he rarely
entertains at a bar or bat mitzvah.
He has played at parties for Sen.
Carl Levin, for former Vice
President Walter Mondale, Vice
President George Bush and
President Reagan. His most memor-
able job, he recalled, was when
Rockwell International flew the
band back and forth from an
engagement at Greenbriar resort in
West Virginia in the company jet.
"That was just fabulous. That was
fun."
On the whole, Jacobs' band ap-
pears mostly at private parties. The
band specializes in music of the '20s,
'30s and '40s and one is apt to hear
songs such as Heartaches, I'm Gonna
Sit Right Down and Write Myself a
Letter and Camptown Races. "That's
what makes our band different from
any other band or dixieland band,"
he said of the Red Garter's reper-

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