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Sheriff »Claims She j Failed To : Play Date % BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (SNS)— Ella Fitzgerald, the “swing » queen” who directs her own ' or chestra, had a little trouble in Birmingham this week. She was getting away on a high j • note at the Masonic Temple where she and the band were playing a one-night engagement when in walked a group of offi cers who impounded everything but the piano for damages said to * have been causd by recent broken dance engagements. At first, the “A-Tisket-A-Tas ket” girl thought she was going to have to leave Birmingham mi nus her 40-passanger bus, orchestra instruments and approximately S3OO in dance receipts. But she and her business man ager got together with the offi cers and the gentleman who in sisted that he be given considera tion for broken dance engage ments which he had backed with good cold cash. Ella and her boys finally were given permission to “swing” on over to Atlanta after (it was learned) that the suit and at tachment writ had been with drawn by Robert P. McDavid. - McDavid said Miss Fitzgerald made satisfactory arrangements to settle a $1,300 debt, which Mc- David declared was due him be cause of the orchestra’s failure to appear in Birmingham for sched uled dance engagements. Miss Fitzgerald and the band left in tact. DATES BACK TO CHICK "The cha ge was evidently dated* from the date of Chick Webb’ death when the husky-voiced songtress was scheduled to appea’ here for two dance engagements It is believed after being notified of the death of Chick Webb, the v band skipped the engagement here and returned for the funera j>f the bandsman. Monday night, an order that had been issued by Circuit Judge J. Fritz Thompson after Robert J. McDavid alleged Ella Fitzgerald owed him SI3OO was served by Officers C. B. Jones, Milton Fer guson, and S. L. Naibers. v McDavid claimed the songstress was booked for two dance en gagements and failed to appear. This was near the date of June 17, 1939. Ella took charge after Webb’s death for a stay at the famous ; Savoy Ballroom and later at the •famous Grand Terrace Case where she was thoroughly groom ed for her road tour. McDavid , who sponsored the script dance Wok tms method to even the rcore with the dusky enchantress and Cinder-EUa of song and took her bus, instruments, and gate re ceipts, as a guarantee that the Sunny Storm in Songs, would ap pear. Ella must post a sum of SI3OO before the bus and her other be longings can be released. This sum will be held until the court sets a definite amount for dam ages. ON THE AIR! The Charioteers, a quartet of singers, still fresh and full of rhythm despite a year’s grind in that amazing Olsen and Johnson jamboree ‘Hellzapoppm have taken cm a new MBS airshot, Fridays at 9:30 eastern time . . . One of the country’s outstanding choral broad casts is presented every Sunda 1 over Station WRTQ, Richmond Va., by the rT nion University Chora 1 Clulb . . • Mildred Bailey, featured songstress on the NBC Caravan •with the Benny Goodman orches tra, has completed a special Christ mas record album of six songs, no 4 one of which will te swing or jazz' Her vocal accompaniment is given by ‘‘The Charioteers.” Among the songs will be “Hold On,” “Mother less Child,” and “Don’t Dally With the Lord.” “Hi Yo, Silver”:—Erskine Haw kins, currently at NYC’s Savoy, re turned from his road tour wit)' pockets jinglirg. Following an en gagement in Beaumont. Tex., ho was nata off with 863 silver dollars’ No folding money in the Panhandle * * * * Heard on the NBC auicksilver auiz program: Ransom Sherman — “What is a Joe Louis hairdo?” , Unhappy bystander—“l dunno.” Sherman:—“A couple of bangs over each eye.” * * * FOR THE RECORDS: | A diversified program embracing an onera aria, German lieder bv Schubert and a spirituals group was designed for the Ford Sund&v Evening hour of Marian An derson, world-wide celebrated con tralto over the Columbia network "November 28. She sang with th- 1 Detroit Svmnhonv Orchestra and a mixed chorus of ? 6 voices eon ciurtrd Trr Wilfred Pelletier of ihe Melitupoli it n Opera staff. Meets Elia With Attachment At Birmingham NEWS OF THE THEATRES I Boosts Sale Os Xmas Seals 1 | , * * - ' Doing her part in fighting tuberculosis is Mildred Cover, widely nown movie actress, who was one of the early purchasers of the ’39 hristmas seals. Miss Govcr is urging everybody to join in the drive o stamp out the greatest disease menace to her race through the use f the seals. (ANP.) He Will Take To Drama r Jk" ~7. ~ ' j Erskine Hawkins, who, with his trumpet and orchestra, has set an all-time high attendance record at New York’s Savoy Ballroom, has been signed to play a leading role in “Young Man With a Horn,” for which rehearsals are scheduled to begin December 12. Ella Fitzgerald is to also have a part. The play is based on the life of a famous trum pet player, Bix Beiderbecke, who died several years ago. (Calvin.) Rating The Records HOT VOCALIZING Back in 1922 the old Norfolk Jazz ; quartet sprang into prominence on i r.cords using an odd but effective i not style that later was forgotten. , It is a real pleasure to hear’ the j v'irginia Four revive this technique and on one of the Norfolkians’ best 1 numbers, Jelly Roll and is coupled .vith Moaning the Blues. No instru ments, but the boys don’t need nem. ihe Cats and the FiddL have a ! jump style all their own with gui ar and bass complementing their oices. Killer Diiler Man From the ,outh and Thursday Evening Swing is their Bluebird offering, and both ur.es are good and hot Speak ing of sizzling, grab an earful of In j A Shanty In Old Shanty Town and ' Beat It Out Bumpin’ Boys on Dec ca by the Royal Rhythm Boys, j This group seems headed by Slam, quest’ bass playing half of Slim and Slam team. Either side is warm enough to boil water. UNDIGNIFIED CAB If Cab Calloway is turning to dignified singing, he forgot all about it when he waxed Jiveforma tion Please for Vocalion. This num ber, built around jive talk, is strictly fir the .hep cats and jitter | bugs. The companion piece, I Ain’t 1 Gettin’ Nowhere Fast, also dis i plays Cab’s vocal calisthenics but i there is more music by the band j with Chu Berry starring An -1 other infrequent Mills Brothers : platter has been released on Dec ■ ca. Titles are Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland and Asleep In The Deep. While the boy s go in now for mel ody over rhythm, there are mo : meats when they swing out effec tively, particularly on the second side Kay Kyser’s canary. Gin ny Simms, is on the sultry side with her recording band on Vocal ion’s Fit To Be Tied and Mother Do Not Scold Me. There’s an alto j sax on the first tune that sounds mighty good. For something different, you might like Decca Album No. 78 of original Calypos by Wilmeth Hou uini. Titles are Monkey Swing and He Had It Coming, The Welcome of Their Majesties and Hot Dogs Made Their Name, Roosevelt Opens the World’s Fair and Johnny Take My Wife. All use British West In dian dialect and Peanut Vendor rhythm. Most of the numbers are quite amusing with Monkey Rhy- TWI? WJDFNTY TNDEN. PWOFNfY. *i>t7DVa Bland’s Song To Be Official WASHINGTON—(A,NP)—The concerted action of several civic associations and organizations is about to have James A. Bland s well known “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia” adopted as the official state song. After more than 50 years of popularity during which time the song whistled and hummed by thousands throughout the city, few knew that its author was a Negro. An indication of the popularity i of the composition is revealed in | the sales of phonographic record- i ings made by the late Alma ; Gluck. Over 1,000,000 record 1 have been sold, the Virginia Con servation commission repoi’ted after a study of the acceptance of the composition. RESOLUTION PASSED Miss Gluck was induced to s ; the number after she had been guest artist several times at the annual music week conducted un der the auspices of the Wedues j day club, an organization which j for years soonsored annual con certs featuring Metropol-’tan Opera s x ars i n the capital of the Confederacy. The commission has adopted unanimously a resolution memor li'/ing the general assembly which meets in Januaiy, to make the song the official sung of the commonwealth. The state agency has been using +he song in its sound mot ; on pictures distribut ed duriu~ the past years to ad vertise Virginia. However, not all organizations which have discussed the song have endorsed it. The Virginia Federation of Music clubs, after sharp debate, voted recently at rootlight Flickers By ALVIN MOSES for ANP SCREENLAND’S “LAZY BONES NOT GUILTY! NEW YORK CITY—In again . . out again, Finnigain, seems to be the eternal lot of Lincoln Per ry, known to most of us as. . Stepin Fetchit. Magistrate Henry 11. Curran of the felony court panel ruled that the famous character actor didn’t strike (as alleged) Issac Heard, 21 year olu diminuitive “stooge” whi was part of the act at the Cotton Club. I HE PUT ON A SHOW THAI DAY rors Walk right up, ladies and gent lemen (we mean proudly , and shake the hand of the man who coined the phtase “Mine is the heme of glorified chicken”. You’ll have to ask NOE WELLS, patron to the celebrities of the stage after the midnite hour, just what lie means by “glorifying a clmcken’ ! the next time you drop into his popular restaurant that bears the same name. But let us tell you why . . .each and every one of us should feel proud of this man. On Thanksgiving day, instead of driving around with his charming wife in their spiffy DeSoio. he bothers hmself with seeing tha>j some 40 or more needy Harlem families were provided witn a basket that contained everything —from entree to dessert. A hard working committee of socialites from the Wells Belles organization ctDiy assisted him in this and Har lem will not ctase talking about for many months to come. Big .hm the best of the lot. )UKE STOMPS Duke Ellington has an unusually .ine Columbia of Little Posey, r. powerful stomp in honor of Fred j die Jenkins, and Lady In Blue, a slow sweetish tune starring Brown's Irombone and Carney’s baritone THOSE WILD RADIO RAVES By HAROLD JOVIEN The following listing i s in effect for the week of December 10 th only; All time shown is Eastern Standard. Substract 1 hour for Central Time; 2 hours for Moun tain Time; and 3 hours for West Coast Time. As is the unavoidable case in radio scheduling, all pro grams are subject to last minute changes and cancellations. HOT INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL Louis’ Armstrong—Sunday—Mon day, 12 midnite. Cotton Club, New York City. Erskine Butterfield—MßC—Tues day, 11:45 a. m.—WOR 710 k—Sat urday 9:15 p. m. Pianist-vocalist. Bon Bon, singer with Jan Savitt’ 1 -’ Orchestra—NßC Red— Wednesday 12 midnite, Thursday, 11:30 p. m. —MBC Blue—Tuesday, 12 midnite, Hotel Lincoln, New York City. Carter and Bowie at twin piano:- —MBC—Scattered schedule. f its annual convention to reeom ! mend adoption, instead of “Old : Virginia,” a composition by W. i A. Ruebush of Harrisonburg and Jouh W. Wayland, foimerly a teacher at Madison college of Harrisonburg. WONT SUFFER Speaking editorially, however, the “Washington Star” declares that, “In away the proceedings before the legislature at Rich mond will seem foolish and fu tile. Bland’s melody is the song [ that immed’"ateTy comes to mind | whenever Virginia and music are : mentioned. Long usage rathe 1 ’ than action ‘makes’ seno- Jt i<- f ; tting enough tha f s h« ]oo-islat”re recognise it> ap ""-,1 h->' making H official, but i‘ ; s hard to imagine anv move tb' - assembly co’dd mak° that would he mnrp perfunctory.” Whatever action is taken, the popularity of the tune will in no "•ay suffer, is' the opinion of those who have heard the tune <ayr,T'os°d +o snoplant it. hut it “Carrv Me Raek to Old Virgiu-’a” is not aecopted as +he officia 1 «nng of the state, they point to tho same group which refused rr al'nw the awarding of a prize ro a Neorn for designing fhp Vir ginia. holding at the World’s Fa ; r. hearted, racial conscious, and courageous . . the race at large could well do with a few thousand more. . . joe WELLS! PHONED IN BY THE BEACH COMBER Jimmy Lunceford and his sen sational band will be heard (twice weekly) over the NBC network from a swank Boston nitery, from now on.. Louise Armstrong, con tracted for a lead role in “Swing ing The Dream”, is also costarred for a featured pait in the “Horn” (wottaman) . . . Maxine Sullivan does a double along with Satchmo at the new Cotton Club revue. . . Cortez Croques*, capable managet cf Mercer Ellington’s orchestra, tells us that Duke’s son played to exactly 3950 jitterbugs at the Os bonies jamboree, that also featur ed the solo work of Vera Elliott ar.d. . . Billy White. . . . Paramount Theatre Is a spot where most anybody' can success fully lose themselves, at least so Cortez Croques figured. We'd like to ask the hustling young booking agent and manager if that delight ful bundle of femininity we saw him with at the famous Broad way playhouse was. . . The Lady You're So Madly In Love With?? Washington. . . Memphis, and At lanta are on the call list for the Ellington, Jr., outfit around about Dec. 15 next. . From there, they go on to Boston, Wilmington, Bal timore, several cities in Ohio, and then back to Philly. . . Charlie Stewart, West Philadelphia boy who is a wizard on the organ also Fats Waller, is at the moment the current sensation at. . Golden Gate (Million Dollar) Ballroom. . definitely, the lad’s slated lor big things in the way of important money and long term contracts. . isn’t it. a pity we all can’t he genuises? Charioteers —MBC Blue— Mon day, 1:45 p. m —Tuesday, 8 a. tr.. —Saturday 11 a. m. —MBS—-Satur- day, 6:45 p. m., Friday, 9:30 p. m. (Vocal quartet). Deep River Boys—CßS widely scattered schedule —Vocal group. Lionel Hampnon— vibes arid drums; Fletcher Henderson, piano. Charlie Christian, guitar, with Benny Goodman—NßC Red—Sat urday, 10 p. m. CBS Wednesday, Thursday, 11:30 p. in.—MBS, Mon day, 12 midnite —Waldorf Astoria hotel, NYC. Erskine Hawkins—NßC Blue-- Monday, 12:30 a. m. Saturday, 5:30 p. m.— WNEW—I2SO k— Wednes day. 1 a m. Savoy Ballroom, New York City. Horace Henderson —WBBM — 770 k—nightly except Monday, Tues day 2 a. m., Monday 1:30 a. m. also Wednesday. 10:45 p. m., 5100 Club, Chicago. Ink spots— NBC— Scattered Cheers Boys Behind Maginot Line I .. ' </<• H.| •> 1 *•* ' y fl jj||V If I >: ' While other American entertainers who had earn ed a living in France began rushing for ships return ing to America when war was declared, Josephine Baker, the most gallant trooper of them all, donned a uniform of (he French tri-color and began a series Find Theatre Jim Crow In Capitol Worse Than South WASHINGTON BUREAU v ASSOCIATED NEGRO PRESS WASHINGTON—In this city of believe it or not contrasts, the plight of the Negro is pathetic when a situation existing is analyz ed; here where the Negro receives the best salaries, where the teach ers are the best paid in the coun try; where there are more cultured Negroes than any other spot in the country, if he wants entertainment, he must go to theatres catering only to Negroes. Yet, these same theaters catering to Negroes, will advertise for white trade and patronage in the bigger dailies. Let a Negro show his face at one of the downtown houses to see either a movie, which will not be shown uptown in his theatres, or to witness a performance by some stage star. If he isn’t thrown out on his ear, he will be insulted to such an extent that he will al most want to fight unless he is so light, or can speak some language other than English and pretend to be another nationality. When your Washingtonian wants to see a drama, comedy or musical show, he takes me train and goes to New York! When he wants to schedule, vocalists. John Kirby—WMAQ 670 K—nite ly except Monday, la. m.— Am bassador East Hotel, Chicago Andy Kirk and Teddy Wilson— MBS—WOR 710 k Wednesday, Sat urday 11:30 p. m. —Sunday 11:15 p. m. Golden Gate Ballroom, NYC. Jimmy Noone—W*BßM —770 k— nitely except Monday, 1:30 a. m. Also Tuesday, If: 15 p. m. Cabin Inn, Chicago. > Savoy Sultans—MßS Sunday 1:39 a. m.—Added schedule—Kel ly’s 51st Street, NYC. Vagabonds—NEC Blue—Wednes day, 9 a. m. Also scattered sched ule—Vocal quartet. Young Man With A Band —CBS Friday, 10:30 p. m— Guest band. VARIETY, INSPIRATIONAL Fisk Jubilee Choir—NßC Blue —Tuesday 7:CO p. m. Golden Hour—WCKQ—Memphis, Tenn., Sunday, 7:30 p. nr— Cen tenary M. E. Church. of appearances designed to cheer up weary soldiers behind th e Maginot line. “France was good to me in peace, I shall not desert France in time of war,” patriotically declared the American born star of the famed French Folies de Begere. see some picture which is having a grand run, he does the same thing. Even in the deepest South, Ne groes are given certain sections oi the theater to see road shows and the better type pictures, but not TAPPING WIBES ALONG AIRLANES WITH HAROLD JOVIEN Radio Editor for ANP RADIO WISE: Horace Willard, KNX- Los Angeles, was dusting off a cigarette machine in a corridor re cently when Glenhall Taylor, CB& “Silver Theatre” producer, paused for a pick. Willard spoke up. ‘‘H you get a good colored role in one of your shows, I wish you'd give me a chance, Mr Taylor.” So Sunday, November 5, found Horace Willard playing two roles, one comedy, and one straight dra- Georgette Harvey—maid on the “Betty and Bob” serial —NBC Red Monday, thru Friday 2 p. an. Going South With Clyde Bar rie—baritone and the Dep River Boys—CßS—South only, Sunday 5 o. m. Oscar Polk, actor on the Shadow series—MßS —Sunday 5:30 p. in- Pursuit of Happiness— CBS Sunday, 4:30 p. m. Guests. Southernaires~»Vocal quartet— NBC Blue—Sunday, 11:30 a. m.; Friday, 12:15 p. in. We, The People, CBS—Tuesday 0 p. m. West Coast rebroactcasts. 12:30 a. m.—Featuring guests oi every race, and creed in real life enisodes. Rochester, Jack Benny’s radm valet—NßC Red—Sunday 7 p. rr. West Coast rebroadcast 11:30 p. ir. Wings Over Jordan—CßS —Bun- day 9:30 a. m.—Chorus and talks PAGE SEVEN in Washington, the nation’s capi tal. Segregation as practiced here is in its most rabid form and grace fully accepted by the inhabitants who seek no redress from a situa tion they all talk about but clo not act upon. matic, in ‘‘Silver Theatre’s” “The Road Goes Further.’’ ’lncidentally, Willard played on the CBS nion die” show a fortnight ago, and has had one of his playlets about a col ored congregation broadcast over Columbia’s short wave outlet in Hollywood, W6XDA. THE TAPPER TATTLES: The Four Ink Spots are due for a commercial series following their current tour . . . Georgette Harvey, maid on radio’s “Betty and Bob series, began her first New York nite club engagement as a singer at Jimmy’s Case Savini recently . . . Benny Goodman will solo with Count Basie’s ork at the second annual “Spirituals to Swing” pro gram being staged at Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall, December 24 . . . Be cause Rochester’s flashy chapeaux have nearly blinded the other mem bers of Jack Benny’s gang during the last few weeks, Phil Harris plans to present him with an as bestos-lined hatbox in which he’ll be expected to store hi s skimmer on entering the studio. Slim (and Slam) Gaillard’s song hit, “Vol Vistu Gaily Star,” which means “My Lucky Star,” was no misnomer. It brought Slim out of retirement at his chicken farm with a fat royalty check and a Philadelphia night club; gave Pub lisher Johnny Green his first hit in too long, and Emery Deutsch’s recording earned him a year’s re cording contract with Bluebird • . . Todd Duncan, noted baritone, guested on the WAEF “Echoes of New York” airing recently. WALLER’S HOBBY: Bandleader “Fats” Waller, whose collection of rabbits’ feet is envied everywhere, brought his prize specimens to Dave Elman’s “Hob by Lobby” on the Columbia net work Sunday. November 19.