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Page Ten
Fio Rito Frees
Dancing Hearts
With Piano Key
Master Of Ivories Will Provide
Sweet Music For Those
Who Don't Like It Hot
By DON JUAN, TWO-TEN
They used to say that the slow and
smooth, the mellow and danceable
music was of the dim, distant past.
Not so, not so. It has its place and
its place in Jayhopmania is reserved
for Ted Fio Rito, the master of the
keys.
As one of the earliest orchestra
leaders ever to enjoy the popularity
of the ether waves, Fio Rito has re-
mained a definite anti-New Dealer
as far as swing is concerned. He
claims that it is nothing "more than
music of 20 years ago dressed up in
a pattern."
Phooey On Swing
"In five years or less, I predict
there won't be any swing bands,"
he stated in a recent interview. "It's
merely the latest pattern of rag-time,
the one-step and the cake walk. I
played them all when each was most
popular and it really is amusing to
see them come back today with a
new dress and a new name."
Swing is on its way out, according
to the maestro, but "the so-called
TED FIO RITO
sweet music is good forever. You
can't change it and it is never out
of date."
Known for his distinctive touches
in rhythm and phrasing, Fio Rito,
in order to bear out his ideas about
how a song should be played, has
relegated the saxophone considered
by swing band leaders as the hottest
of all instruments, to a back position
in his band.
Features A Viola
The viola is consideredaby Ted as
the "it" instrument of his outfit and
it is emphasized in his arrangements.
Three violins were formerly used to
carry this main role, but they have
given way to the single viola since
Fio Rito believes that it lends deeper
and more resonant tonal qualities,
and at the same time blends better
with the brass.
Probably the key position, there-
fore, in the Fio Rito band is held by
Norman Botnik, the expert viola
player who has played with Nathan-
iel Schilkret, Roy Fox, England's
leading band, and George Olson, and
who in his earlier days furnished
the incidental music-tearful, light
and stirring-to go with the dra-
matic acting of the Gish sisters,
Monte Blue, and Mack Sennett.
Candy Candido Is Here

Other featured artists with the
band are "Candy" Candido, the little
man with 1,000mvoices, Novoline
Payne, the charming girl vocalist,
Frank Flynn, drummer and vocalist,
and the Steven Swingaroos, a band
within a band that takes care of the
Fio Rito jam sessions.
The maestro began his career by
pounding out melodies in a honky
tonk theatre in Newark when he was
only 16 years old. Two years later he
organized his own band and began
his climb to national fame. He start-
ed broadcasting to the nation back
in the days of the old crystal sets.
Today the Fio Rito hands are in-
sured for $300,000 and Ted has not
only become known as a conductor
and a piano player, but a composer
too. He has been responsible for
such outstandinghits as "No, No
Nora," "I Never Knew," "King For a
Day," "Laugh, Clown, Laugh," "Now
That You're Gone" and "Swinging
Annie Laurie Through the Rye."

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, February 10, 1940

Newest Deal Sneaks Some
More Relatives On Payroll
Dictator Dorsey Appoints ished or whether it should be con-
Trio Of Jive-Hounds tinued in order to provide funds for
the purchase of caviar, stuffed olives,
To Advisory Council marinated herring and old tin cans
to be served free in all bars.
By LATERAL AGREEMENT Committees for the prevention of
Thomas X.Y.Z. Dorsey, newly elect- studying or of doing any serious work
ed dictator ofnJayhopmania and his of any kind will also be appointed by
righthand man, Theodore Fio Rito, the Dictator at the Council meet-
announced late yesterday the appoint- ing, it was rumored. The members
ment of three new councilmen to the of these committees may possibly be
last vacant posts in the Grand Sigh armed with the power to banish of-
Exalted Advisory Council, bringing fenders to a semester of work at Mi-
the total of members to 16. chigan State College or the Univer-
A. Flat Major, A. Major Flat, and sity of Michigan, semi-official sources
Major A. Flat, all ex-members of reported.
the class of 1941 at the University
of Michigan, were named to office
by Dictator Dorsey because of out-
standing work in evading assignments
to partake of musical and liquid en-
tertainment while still within the
halls of their former alma mater. (It
will be recalled that the University of
Michigan has long been rumored to
be an institution of higher education
on the bonnie, bonnie banks of the
Huron, in the heart of the worst
climate-zone of the Western Hem-
isphere.) HEN
Call To Assembly
The first assembly of the Council to The Ann
will be held between 1:07 a.m. to-
morrow in Joe's Beer Jernt, located printing it
at the corner of Rie and Burbun
Avenues, for the purpose of design- ambitious, f
ing decrees against the immigration
of non-drunken professors, staff of busy
The immigration question, accord-
ing to Dictator Dorsey, presents a we get the b
definite problem to all citizens of Jay-
hopmania, it being rumored that because wet
hordes of disillusioned professors, re-
cently resigned from the faculty of of printing
the University of Michigan (a pre-
posterously unpleasant place five days pogram or
and nights a week), are bearing down prga
on our fair land. They claim the
right to citizenship on the basis of and suggests
the fact that one or two of their con-
freres attended the J-Hop, Dorsey they sometir
continued.
Books Are Still Taboo
Prohibitive tarifrs on all non-fic-
tion books are also to be considered
at the meeting of the Council, the
Dictator commented. In order to ex-
clude all unpleasant matter from our
state, he explained, it will be neces-
sary to prohibit importation of all
serious matter, even some magazines
which are not actually humorous-the
Gargoyle being an example of this
type.
Other business to be considered by
the Council at its opening session will
include the question of a tax on all
alcoholic beverages. The chief con-
troversy, Dorsey stated, seems to lie
in whether the tax should be abol-

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