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February 11, 1952 - Image 20

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Sec. Two, Page Eight

T HE MICH IGAN DA ILY

Monday, February, 11, 1951

Musical Contest on Friendly SidE

By J. CORSEY DALLAHAN
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
dates.
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-
ending the shindig. Although
the information secured was rath-
er confused, itappears 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-
mar's special method of breath
control. It does wonders for the
voice."
ABOUT 11:47 p.m. Charlie was
forced off the stand by two stu-
dents from Florida. It seems both
were standing directly in front of
the bandstand, observing the mu-
sic makers and non-chantly suck-
ing lemons. After blowing several
"clinkers" and drooling all over
his only clean shirt, Charlie won
the admiration of the crowd by
throwing his trumpet into the
nearest basketball hoop.

JOHNNY LONG

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CHARLIE SPIVAK
The reed section played several The departing comment of
numbers with their instruments band leaders upon receiving b
inserted inside megaphones. The fide check amounting to appro
effect was- such a soft tone that mately $6,000 was only & "
it could hardly be heard. Some mtl 600wsol
dancers explained the mega hum, another day, another d
phones as a cover for dirty fin- lar.
gernails.
In a personal interview between
dance sets, Charlie expressed his
opinion on the Iranian oil situa- .
tion as "inflamable." Because
Charlie only talks in hop langu- F
age, his special interpreter ex ,
plained the trumpet man's feel- i
ings. It seems that all the valve
oil for Charlie's trumpet is shipped t ' 5
from the Iranian area. As a re- 5X.
sult of Premier Mossadegh's ac-
tion, Charlie has been cut off4;>'t{"
without a drop.
Johnny was also having trouble w a,' '}{w}
with his fiddle. "The fumes of
Hiram Walker have a rather odd '
effect on my instrument," he re-
marked. Showing no signs of be-
ing unstrung by the situation,£{ '.{<
Johnny declared he would have to
"take such fiddle playing on the '."
chin."

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