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February 11, 1952 - Image 14

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Sec. Two, Page Eight

Monday, Februarv. H. 1952


Se. wo.ag.Egt.HE MIHGA.DIY.ova.. Febr..uar.Y, 11. 1A l.4;.

Musical *ont

est on
Charlie Spivak a n d Johnny
Long alternately filled the giant
I-M Building -- usually echoing
from referee's whistles - with
strains of the nation's most
danceable dance music during the
1953 J-Hop.
The 2,000 males present softly
yodeled dance tunes, accompanied
by Johnny's violin or Charlie's
trumpet, into the ears of half clad
THE ATTITUDE of the band
this year could be termed "apa-
thetical" if compared with the
slug-fest of Freddie Martin and
Ray McKinley at the 1952 J-Hop.
Observers credited the missing
belligerency between Charlie and
Johnny as being due to the lack
of "war psychosis" among the
band members.
After a sterling rendition of
"Tell Me Why" by Johnny,
there was a noted excitement
among the band members. For
a time some observers joyfully
believed that the musicians
might be taking to dope, but
they soon realized that they
were only hurrying through the
number so they could eat a
peppermint lozenges-a gift of
the J-Hop committee.
According to Daily pollsters
working at the dance, the singers
were a disappointment to more
than 100 per cent of the males at-
tending the shindig. Although
the information secured was rath-
er confused, it appears that the
males believed the singers' dresses
were not cut quite low enough to
give proper range to their voices.
One music critic remarked that
"those girls should study Dag- d
mar's special method of breath o
control. It does wonders for the t
ABOUT 11:47 p.m. Charlie was p
forced off the stand by two stu- h
dents from Florida. It seems both o
were standing directly in front of h
the bandstand, observing the mu- s
sic makers and non-chantly suck- t
ing lemons. After blowing severalR
"clinkers" and drooling all over
his only clean shirt, Charlie won
the admiration of the crowd byv
throwing his trumpet into the B
nearest basketball hoop. e
A startling new innovation of it
Johnny's was put into use dur- J
ing the dance which also won "
the respect of J-Hop dancers. c
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The reed section played several The departing comment of both
numbers with their instruments band leaders upon receiving bona
inserted inside megaphones. The fide check amounting to approxi-
effect was such a soft tone that mately $6,400 was onlya"ho-
it could hardly be heard. Some
dancers explained the mega- hum, another day, another dol-
phones as a cover for dirty fin- lar."
In a personal interview between
lance sets. Charlie expressed his
pinion on the Iranian oil situa-
ion as "inflamable." Because
Charlie only talks in bop langu-
.ge, his special interpreter ex- :
lained the trumpet man's feel- V
ngs. It seems that all the valve
il for Charlie's trumpet is shippedr
rem the Iranian area. As a re-
ult of Premier Mossadegh's as- >r
ion, Charlie has been cut off "" "'"
without a drop.
Johnny was also having trouble" ' ''
with his fiddle. "The fumes of
liram Walker have a rather odd
ffect on my instrument," he re-
narked. Showing no signs of-
nig unstrung by the situation,
ohnny declared he would have to
take such fiddle playing on the :


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