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HOLD FINAL RITES FOR
R. HAYES’ ACCOMPANIST
Boston, Mass. Oct. 13 (ANP)—
Final rites were held here Sunday
for Richard Percival Parham, wide
ly known pianist and tenor singer
who died last week in Glen Cove,
Jj. I., after an illness of several
- months. For several years he was
accompanist for famed concert re
citalist Roland Hayes, succeeding
William Lawrence in that capacity.
• Parham was Hayes’ accompanist
two scasons ago at the Symphony
Hall recital, their last appearance
in Boston. Parham was born in
•Cambridge, Mass, and studied un
der private teachers and at the
N. E. Conservatory before taking
to the concert stage.
WHITE MUSIC CLUBS SEEK TO
Norfolk, Va., Oct. 6 (ANP) _
The National Federation of Music
Clubs of which Mrs. Vincent Ober
•of this city is president, and
which embraces 5,000 musical or
2229 Lake Street
for Popular Brands
of BEER and LIQUORS
—Always a place to park—
gp.nizatiors throughout America, is
seeking to encourage a similar de
velopment among colored people.
Tho Mississippi Federation of Mu
sic Clubs, and organization work
is going on.
Mrs. Ober described the interest
of her organization in a letter to
President Kemper Herreld of the
I National Association of Negro Mu
sicians last week. She wrote;
“The National Federation of Mu
sic Clubs is interested in the best
promotion of music in America &
the preservation of the native folk
music found in such rich quanities
in our count; y. It is our desire
to assist other organizations with
similar ideals when needed, but
never to super impose our id^as
cn others. We appreciate the beau
ty of Negro folk music and the
splendid talent among many of
tho Negro composers. The Feder
ation realizes the importance of
tho development of an organiza
tion among Negro musicians, and
will be pleased to cooperate wh-re
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Los Angeles, Oct. 13 (ANP)—
Making new but *aid history, Kid
Herman former stage dancer mo
| vie actor and producer, was not
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LARRY PEOPLES, Proprietor
only the first Negro in local police
annals to take a death leap from
n public building or bridge but last
Thursday became the first suicide
to die; at General Hospital.
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Under state director Wm. Myers
leadership tho WPA Civic orches
tra played for community singing
at the Omaha University assembly
Friday morning, October 7; The
orchestra opened' the proceedings
with p. couple of snappy marches
and Wm. Myers sang a solo and
let the students in several well
known songs. The students were
Tho orchetra will makes is se
cond appearance at the University
Friday Oct. 14 whfn a program of
music by Rossini, Wagner, Sinding
Grieg, and Beethoven will be pre
sented. Dante Picciotti will be the
conductor on this occasion.
Following is the schedule for
tho week of October 17.
Monday: WPA Civic orchestra;
Saunders school, 9:30—10 A. M.;
S. Cecilias 10:30-11:45 A. M.;
Franklin school, 1:15-2:30 P. M.;
WPA Colored Orchestras; South
High and B inson high chool, noon.
Tuesday: WPA Civic Orchestra;
Highland school 9:30-10:15 A. M.;
St. Peter and Paul school, 10:45
11:30 A. M.; Vinton school, 1:15
2:30 P. M.; WPA Colored Orches
tra ; South High schoon, noon.
Wednesday; WPA Civic orches
tra: Pickard school, 9-10:15 A. M.
Columbia school, 10:40-11:45 A.
M.; Mason school 1:15-2:30 P. M.
WPA Colored orchestras; South
High and Benson High schools,
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PURELY Personal: I have never
heard “Dixie” or “Stars and
Stripes Forever" played that I
i-1 didn’t note a
pause in the con
versation . . .
Rimsky - Korsa
often, is for me
the most melo
music ever writ
ten ... I don’t
i—i.-—■-1 having heard a
Louis Reid eolo on the bas
soon. I wish I could forget all the
solos I have heard on the cornet . . .
Whenever I hear old bucolic airs on
the jews' harp and harmonica I am
sharply reminded of the vast coun
try that lies west of the Hudson
River ... Of all the classics that arc
jazzed, the works of Chaminade
have passed through the hopper the
The swing artists have tried to
do things to “The Harp That Once
Through Tara’s Halls." but the
old tune defies them.
wars of the last hundred years.
Those "I’ll" Songs
Innumerable are the song titles
that begin with the contraction
"I'll" The exhaustive files of the
American Society of Composers.
Authors and Publishers reveal that
practically eveyy prominent song
writer has produced one or more
numbers starting with the little
personal determination "l'U" Most
popular recent tune in this category
is "I'll Sing You a Thousand Love
Songs" hy Warren and Dubin. with
19,000 performances to its credit.
"I’ll Stand By" from the pens of
Benny Uavis and J Fred Coots is
a fairly close second with 11,000
In third position, with a creditable!
showing of 5,600 performances isf
Noel Coward's "I'll Follow My I
Secret Heart ” written some years
London's leading songwriter was
also responsible, you may recall, for
that seductive "I'll" tealtz melody.
"I'll See You Again" Many years
ago Albert von Tilzer" wrote ‘‘I'll
lie With You in Apple Blossom.
Time.” Ous Edwards not to be out
done turned out around
. For deft humor,
and facile phrase the:
ablest lyricists seem [
to me to be Lorenz j
Hart, Ifa Gershwin and'
Howard Dietz. . . Nev-;
in's "Venetian Love
Song" invariably sets
me upon a fruitless
quest of the golden girl.
I prefer a contralto
crooning “Mighty Lak
a Rose" to a coloratura
singing the "Bird Song"
from “Pagliacci " . .Of
all the tunes about the!
weather, Carroll Gib
bons’ "A Garden in the
Rain” and Ann Ronell's
me same it me 'in ne
With You When - the
Roses Bloom Again."
Ernest Ball, of "Love
Me and the World Is
Mine" fafne, wrote an
“I’ll’ song—“I’ll Forget
iVou." Victor Herbert is
represented with “I’ll
Be Married to the Music
of a Military Band."
Long before the rise of
\ Harry Hopkins. Louis
A. Hirsch and Gene
,Buck wrote “I'll Be a
‘Santa Claus to You."
Have you forgot
ten that odd bit of .
"Rain on the Roof" have the most
cheer for me.
We have waited yearn to read in
the newspapers of a comedian
buried to the strains of the “Funer
al March of a Marionette."
No Civil War Songs
There was one startling omission
to the recent Gettysburg celebration.
None of the Civil War melodies
were revived for the reunion of the
Blue and the Gray. Yet, the songs
of the Civil War are the most stir
ring of all those inspired by the
wistfulness. “I’ll Be Glad When
You’re Dead, You Rascal, You,” by
the comparatively unknown Sam
Theard? John Redmond and Sammy
Mysels—struck a note of defiance
with “I’ll Be Hanged If They’re
Gonna Hang Me.” More up the
customary sentimental side of Tin
Pan Alley are “I’ll Be Happy When
the Preacher Makes You Mine,” by
Walter Donaldson, Sam M. Lewis
and Joe Young, and “111 Always
Be In Love With You,” by the trio,
Herman Ruby, Bud Green and Sam
H. Stept. A big favorite a few years
back was Fred Ahlert and Roy
Turk’s “I’ll Get By.”
Thursday: WPA Civic orchestra:
Druid Hill school, 1:15-2:30 P. M.
WPA Colored orchestra; South
High school, noon, St. Joseph 2
4 P. M.
Friday: WPA Vivic orchestra;
Castelar school, 9-10:15 A. M.;
Rosewater school 10:30-11:45 A.
M.; Lothrop school, 1:15-3 P. M.;
WPA Colored Orchestra; South
High and iBenson High schools,
noon; Tech High school, 3:30-5
Sunday: WPA Civic orchestra;
St. Joseph’s auditorium 8-9 P. M.
BARRON LEE, HOME FROM
RIO, WARNS AGAINST GO
ING TO SOUTH AMERICA
New York Oct. 13 (ANP)—
South America may be beautiful
and Rio de Janeiro romantic but
when it comes to show business,
stay away, warns Barron Lee, or
chestra leader who has just return
ed to Harlem after 14 weeks in
Rio’s Casino de Urea.
Lee, who was a leading tap dan
cer before he decided to front a
band, got little from his trip other
than a new kind of rhythm called
the Zamba, and a Brazilian rhythm
instrument named the Cabaser. His
earnings were so poor he could
send home only $50 monthly. He
was paid off in American Express
orders .redeemed in Brazilian dol
lors at a loss of 15 cents per dol
lar When this money was cashed
into dollars, he lost about 25 per
cent more. This means he could
actually collect only about 60 per
cent of his contractual income.
According to his contract, his
band was to play ‘ the policy of
the Casino de Urea.” Lee learned
this meant he had to broadcast for
a commercial radio program, work
for films possible theatre dates and
face the prospect of doubling in
to another cafe in Sao Paulo, in
addition to othG/r activities for
publicity purposes. He received no
extra money for any of this.
The orchestra had to play in
half hour periods with no time be
tween songs for announcements.
None of the arrangements carried
to Rio could be used since the ca
sino banned swing music. The unit
had to learn the Zamba with the
result that Lee now has a trunk
ful of Zamba orchestrations.
UNIVERSITY PLAYERS BEGIN
Atlanta, Ga. Oct. 7—The annual
try-outs for membership in the
University Players during the past
wuek brought approximately G5
students to the Little Theater, on
the campus of Spelman College,
where John M, Ro,ss, acting direct
or of the player for 1938-39 was
opening the organization for new
talent. Of those who appeared at
tho try-outs, thirty-three were se
lected as eligible for membership,
fullfledged membership in the
University Playors can be gained
only after a student has earned
threo duality points during the
year, which may result from parti
cipation in thrc*e productions either
as an actor or behind the scenes
on the technical staff .
DR. CARVER & J. W. JOHNSON i
MENTIONED IN N. Y. HIGH !
New York Oct. 13 (C)—'“Scho
lastic,” the American High School
Weekly news magazine, 250 East
43rd street, has mentioned Dr.
George W. Carver of Tuskegee In
stitute and the late James Wel
don Johnson of Fisk university
jnd New York University, in re
cent issues. The issue of Sept. 17
pago 12 under “Following the
Films” reviewed the MOM short
of the life of Dr. Carver, saying
it ‘ is a fine record of the life and
achievements of our greatest Ne
The issue of Sept. 24 .page 21-E
in the “Poetry Corner” carried a
photo of the late James Weldon
Johnson, with a comprehensive re
view of his works. Concluding, the
reviews reads: “The title poem of
i his last book of poetry, ‘St. Peter
Relates on Incident of the Resur
rection Day’, is one of his best.
! It was written with bitterness and
| sorrow over discrimination against
“Si. Louis Blues'* ■
BORN in Florence, Alabama, son
of a Methodist minister, he
turned early to "wordly” music.
Music never paid, and his strong
(frame earned money on the levee
and the cotton fields,
i But his ears were always open'
to music, and the tunes of the
negro workers took form in hid
mind on a grander scale, and hoj
began composing. Twenty-five years
ago, he sat on a baie of cotton on'
a Mississippi bank and with a stubj
pencil wrote on a cigar box the
melody which has earned him un-1
dying fame. He published the music
himself, and after a hard struggle
sold a hundred thousand copies.
Phonograph companies did not at
first record the song, thinking It
would die. He wrote among other
blues numbers. “Memphis Blues’*
and “Beale Street Blues.”
He enjoys a dual membership In
the American Society of Compos
ers, Authors and Publishers, as a
composer and as a publisher.
His name is •
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Negro Gold-Star mothers. He ima
gines that on Resurrection Day all
tho Hundred Percenters” parade
nnd wave flags to the groves of
the Unknown Soldier, who rising
from the earth proves to be a
All New York high school stu
dents are expected to read the
AUTRY FAN MAIL
HITS NEW LEVEL
Geno Autry, popular singing
cowboy mails autographed photos
to his fans at the rate of 550 a
week. A year ago he was sending
out only 100 a week untij the tide
of popularity caught up with hinl
proving beyond all doubt that he
if America’s Public Cowboy Num
The various magadies and news
paper popularity polls present pos
itive proof that Gene rates high
among the top five—and all this
without fanfare and trumpets.
Gene himself is modest and phil
osophical about his sudden sensa
tional popularity. ‘‘After all,”
says, “people can’t get very close
to a tin god; they like to look at
people on the screen who are like
HANDY BRO. MUSIC CO. INC
The Omaha Guide
(Believing you would be interest
ed in my “BOOK OF NEGRO
SPIRITUALS,” I have autograph
ed same to you for your collection
which I trust you will receive with
Tho enclosed circular bearing
Author's note will give you some
idea of its contents. Interest is
continuing to grow in thi8 form
of music, particulary here in th-->
East and a« you know, it will be
come the ground work of a great
American music in the distant fu
You may be interested also to
know that I have an engagement
of a six month’s contract at the
Cotton Club, New York, which o
pens October 6th, since they have
written a song, (something in a
tribute) entitled “Thank You Mr.
Handy for Giving Us The St. Louis
Bluets.’ I will appear in the fi
nate of two nightly and may bugle
n few notes just to let them know
that I still have lusty lungs and
a sen«e of the beautiful in music.
Immediately after the opening
night I must fly to Columbia, S.
C. to taka part in a play “The
Cavalcade of the Blues,” written
by a young colored girl, 17 years
old. Then, I must fly back.
I am very proud of this ‘ BOOK
OP SPIRITUALS” and will appre
ciato any good word about it you
pass along to your friends. Inci
dentally, the reaction to it has
been very gratifying and orders
aro coming in far beyound my
fondest hopes. In the event any of
my frictnds desire a copy of this
book, I would be glad to autograph
Although my work will be stren
uous since I am active day and
night, I shall not give up my plan
to continue in the development of
With every good wish, I am
Very truly yours,
W. C. Handy
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