for the series: Before and After
Los Angeles -- Filmdom's Stevenson supporters got a pleasant surprise last night when Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, reported separated, appeared together for the first time in more than a week, at a mammoth rally for Gov. Adlai Stevenson at the Palladium. They have apparently patched up their domestic difficulities. Sinatra sang, 'When You're Smiling', and Miss Gardner introduced "my husband" to the rally audience as "a wonderful, wonderful man." (1955)
Poets are both clean and warm
And most are far above the norm
Whether here or on the roam
Have a poet in every home! #41
South Vietnam Governor Visits Film Studio.
Los Angeles -- Colonel Thao, Governor of the Province of Kienhoa, South Vietnam, is shown above with his wife while visiting actress Sandra Dee on the set of 'Tammy and the Doctor' at Universal Studios. Colonel Thao, a leader in South Vietnam's war against the Communists, is touring the United States as a guest of the State Department and next week will be in Washington D.C. for a conference with President Kennedy. (1962)
New York -- Rod Serling, Academy Award winner, author and TV producer, checks out a reptile he has assembled from a hobby kit - not to star in a TV script, but because he enjoyed making it. As chairman of National Hobby Month, he is an advocate of constructive, self-involving hobbies for everyone, whether it's assembling scale model kits, flying model plans, racing model cars, or doing any of hundreds of crafts. The month of April has been designated as National Hobby Month, sponsored by the Hobby Association of America, in a Congressional Resolution proposed by Senator Jacob Javits of New York. (1975)
Ivan - Real Wild Child b/w Oh You Beautiful Doll
(Coral 9-62017; 1958)
"Ivan" was in fact a nom de tune for the Crickets' Jerry Allison (his middle name) and this single was issued in August, 1958 as a rock and roll novelty, with very few hints in its publicity that he was also Buddy Holly's drummer. Allison first heard the song when the Crickets were touring Australia, recorded by Down Under singing star Johnny O'Keefe, and when Coral agreed to let Holly produce this version, Allison decided he "was going to try and sing it like James Cagney, but that didn't work." As for the B-side, it sounds like Allison was channeling the 13th Floor Elevators' electric jug sound nearly a decade early.
The single was recorded in the summer of 1958 in Clovis with Holly and the Crickets (including bassist Joe Mauldin), Bo Clarke on drums and singing group The Roses on backing vocals. Producer Norman Petty plays wine glasses on the flip. Enjoy!
And if anyone has a copy of Ivan's lone follow-up single, Frankie Frankenstein, please let me know.
for the series: Singles Going Steady
No. 44 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Only Yesterday brought to the films a new star--Margaret Sullavan. The daughter of a broker, she was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 16th, 1911. On leaving school, she attended a theatre school, and then became a member of some University Players in Cape Cod. Her parents, however, objected to her going on the stage and she returned home. Nevertheless, her desire for a theatrical career was too strong--and she won their consent. After touring with stock companies, she was seen in New York by a Universal "scout" on the look-out for new talent. Her second film is Little Man, What Now?
for the series: Collect 'em All