The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 11, 1978-Page 5
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NEW ORLEANS - Randy Newman's
latest single, "Short People," may be
satire, but most of the world doesn't
realize it. It seems many are finding it
tough to laugh at lines like "short
people got no reason to live," especially
those who are 5-foot-4 and standing on
what Newman so eloquently describes
as "little baby legs.'"
For those who missed the catchy tune
and the furor that has accompanied it,
the song is a litany of short people's
shortcomings - their "little hands and
little eyes, little noses and little teeth,
the platform shoes on their nasty little
feet." Not tomention their "little cars
going beep, beep, beep and their little
voices going peep, peep, peep." It's not
Randy Newman's fault if short people
apparently can't take a joke, but he'd
better look out for six-inch crosses bur-
ning on his lawn.
back to Broadway
NEW YORK - Mary Martin, famous
for her portrayal of Peter Pan was con-
gratulated by numerous show business
personalities Monday night, Ethel Mer-
man among them, following her per-
Vladimir Horowitz - considered by
most to be the greatest pianist in the
world - will play a concert to mark the
50th anniversary of his American con-
Even though Horowitz's art has been
held in high esteem all his life, his
career has been dramatic, like the
playing which has electrified Ameri-
cans for half a century.
He wasn't a prodigy; he played his
first concerts at 18 for money, because
his family lost everything in the Rus-
sian Revolution. He left Russia two
years later, became a huge hit in
Europe, then in America, went away
from the concert stage twice - atthe
height of popularity - into seclusions
so total that the idea of him ever again
giving concerts seemed impossible.
Horowitz's concert on Sunday will be
with the New York Philaharmonic, the
orchestra with which he played his first
American .concert, Jan. 12, 1928. He
played a 25th anniversary concert with
the New York philharmonic, too, on
Jan. 12, 1953.
NEW YORK - Vaudevillians once
Reports circulated today that the
center, which seats some 6,000, may
become a tennis court or a shopping
SEDALIA, Mo. - Dick Porter, lead
singer of the Inkspots singing group for
the past nine years, died of a heart at-
tack in a Sedalia motel room. Porter,
46, was found in the room Friday ni it
after he failed to appear for an 8:30
LOS ANGELES - Services were
scheduled Tuesday for screen star Sally
Eilers, 69, who co-starred with such
motion picture greats as Buston Keaton
and Spencer Tracy, a family
spokesman said Saturday. She died
Thursday at age 69 oftan apparent heart
attack at the Motion Picture Hospital.
Miss Eilers' film career began in the
1920s, peaked in the 1930s and faded'In
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ronmental rendering of the Oedipus
classic in a dirt-filled, 16-foot pit.
LOS ANGELES - Longtime pop
music giants Linda Ronstadt, Fleet-
wood Mac and the Eagles shared the
spotlight with newcomer Debby Boone
as nominations for the 20th annual
Grammy Awards were announced
The Grammys, considered the most
prestigious awards given in the music
industry, will be presented by the
National Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences Feb. 23.
Boone, daughter of entertainer Pat
Boone, exploded onto the pop music
scene last year with "You Light Up My
Life," a love ballad that was the No. 1
record from October through the end of
the year. She was nominated for the
best record single of the year, best new
artist of the year and best female
vocalist of the year.
Ronstadt, last year's best female
singer in pop, was again nominated in
that category and also for best record
for her rendition of the Roy Orbison
tune, "Blue Bayou."
Fleetwood Mac, whose Rumours was
far and away the biggest selling album
of the year, won a nomination for best
pop group. Rumours was nominated as
best album and best engineered record-
Bennett says no future,
LAS VEGAS - Tony Bennett, who
has established himself as one of the,
great crooners over his 25-year career,
says he thinks kids are getting serious
and rock music may be on the way out.
We hear ya talking, Tony!
Hello from Bobbie Janie
LOS ANGELES - Actress-comedian
Lily Tomlin, playing one of her charac-
ters, Bobbie Janie, greeted ticket
buyers Monday in the rain as ticket
sales opened for her one-person show
Lily Tomlin's Appearing Nitely in Los
Angeles. Lily, whose show was a sellout
and unanimous critical success in New
York, will appear at the Huntington
Hartford Theatre for four weeks start-
ing January 30.
Pistols aim at America
ATLANTA - England's raucous Sex
Pistols stirred up their first American
audience with shouts and deafening
sounds Thursday, but the punk-rock
group's performance was unofficially
NEW YORK - It is the last lineup.
The final, arching seconds of a seven-
minute show when 30 spangled girls
link arms and let go with one eye-high
kick to glory. They move like one
women, with one smile, one heart beat,
one prettiness, one identity. They come
from farm towns and big cities. But
more than that, they are Rockettes.
And for the Rockettes, the most famous
precision dancing troupe in the world,
the last lineup may well be April 12'
when Radio City Music Hall plans to
close after 45 years in Rockefeller Cen-
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declared within the bounds of decency.
"I thought you all were cowboys
down here," jeered lead singer Johnny
Rotten at the crowd, which later hurled
popcorn and plastic cups onto the stage.
The scraggly four-man band, whose
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formance in the opening of Do You Turn
Somersaults? The performance
marked the first return of Miss Martin
to the Broadway stage in a decade.
Vietnam celeb runs
local radio show
SAN DIEGO - A refugee who was
once the top movie star in Vietnam is
running a local radio show tailored for
other refugees from Indochina with the
help of a U.S. government grant.
Doan Chau Mau has been looking for
work since he came to this country two
years ago. The only part offered him
was in Frances Ford Coppola's
Apocalyp se Now, but Doan turned that
Then the Union of Pan-Asian Com-
munities voted to sponsor Doan's idea
of a radio show last fall.
He does a 30-minute spot every Sat-
urday morning on station KPBS.
"We have 17 or 18 minutes for the
Vietnamese, seven minutes for the Lao
and five minutes for Cambodia," the
Doan said recently.
In the Vietnamese segment, he gives
a commentary or interview - avoiding
politics - then he delivers news about
the Vietnamese community in Southern
The third part consists of a song,
usually an old, traditional song from
Vietnam theater. Doan then presents a
short drama about a family of refugees
living in the United States.
dreamed of playing The Palace. Today,
most theater people want to do Broad-
way - except America's experimental
Experimental theater is an offshoot
of the off-Broadway movement. It per-
forms in lofts, basements and con-
verted industrial buildings, but unlike
off-Broadway it has no desire to move
uptown to commercial success.
Although experimental theater is of
limited appeal, it has proliferated.
From Philadelphia to Minneapolis to
San Francisco there are an estimated
200 companies devoted to off-beat and
These outriders of the stage blend
dance, visual art forms, ordinary ob-
jects, mechanical devices and oc-
casional vestiges from traditional
The outcome can range from a
feminist's look at the legendary tales of
the 1,001 Arabian nights to an envi-
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