June 5,1981 / Montrose Voice 5
Solo success predicted
for Brenda Russell
HOLLYWOOD - Background singers tend to be
just that: gray figures careful not to draw any glitter
from the star.
But sometimes they emerge to become stars in their
own right — like Brooklyn-
born Brenda Russell who did
backup work for Barbra
Streisand, Elton John, Bette
Midler, Robert Palmer and
Brenda went solo in 1978,
and she admits that the spotlight shining directly on
HER was terrifying.
"But fortunately," she
said, "I was supported by
Brenda is not yet a star of
the first magnitude, but that
liquid velvet voice should do
the trick. She is especially
effective with pop, rhythm
and blues, and love ballads.
Her latest album for A
and M is titled "Love Life,"
and songs range from the
sultry "If You Love" to the
bluesy "Thank You."
She wrote all of the songs,
and is a fine poet — like, for
instance, the "you sell color
— I see a rainbow" line in
the song, "Rainbow."
TESS - Movie Soundtrack
(MCA) - Philippe Sarde
wrote the background music
for Roman Polanski's dramatic tale of life in 18th century England. He captured
beautifully the texture of
early English music and it
merges smoothly with Polanski's camera magic. The
soundtrack was performed
by the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction
of Carlo Savina.
SHAW - Volume V, 1941-42
(RCA) - Some fine things in
this two-record set of songs
recorded by the celebrated
Big Band clarinetist They
include "Georgia on My
Mind," "It Had to Be You,"
"Beyond the Blue Horizon,"
"Blues in the Night," "Roc-
kin' Chair" and "St. James
Infirmary Blues." Highlight
of the LP is the two-part "In-
firmary Blues" that
stretches out for more than
GLENN YARBROUGH -
Just a Little Love (First
American) — This is the
singer who was featured in
the Limeliters back in the
1960s, and then went on his
own for many years and
achieved success with
offbeat songs. He did one
album of Rod McKuen's love
songs. Then he dropped singing and went sailing the
seven seas. It's been years
since he recorded anything,
and it's good to hear that familiar voice once again.
ED BRUCE - One to One
(MCA) - Bruce is a fine,
honest talent from Tennessee who projects the image
— both musically and visually — of a leather-garbed
frontier man. He's the composer of a hit song with one
of the longest titles in existence: "Mammas Don't Let
Your Babies Grow Up to Be
Cowboys," Bruce sings some
more of his own compositions on this LP, but also is
equally effective with songs
by Jesse Winchester and
ORIGINAL BIG HITS (Stax)
- There are two LPs in this
release, each containing 15
hits from the 1960s and
1970s. Included are The
Emotions' "Shoutin' Out
Love," Johnnie Taylor's
"Cheaper to Keep Her,"
Isaac Hayes' "Shaft," Rufus
Thomas' "Do the Push and
Pull," Shirley Brown's
"Woman to Woman," and
The Staple Singers' "I'll
Take You There." Nice walk
along memory lane.
The Voice is Your
racist is suing
Claiming violation of
Convicted racial killer and homophobic name-caller Joseph Paul
Franklin is suing the Salt Lake County
sheriff for allegedly violating his civil
rights by locking him in a cellblock
with sexual deviates and informants,
and photocopying his mail, reported
UPI June 1.
Franklin, 31, filed the suit in U.S.
District Court. He was convicted in
March of violating the civil rights of
two young black men by killing them
in a sniper ambush.
The former member of the Ku KIux
Klan and American Nazi party-
acting as his own attorney—demanded
$50,000 damages from Sheriff N.D.
Pete Hawyard, chief jailer Darrell
Brady and eight deputies.
He complained that he had been
placed in a cellblock with "seuxal
deviates, rapists, child molesters and
other abnormal persons" in an deliberate attempt to provoke him into breaking jail rules so he could be punished.
Franklin was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of violat
ing the rights of two young blacks who
were shot to death last August as they
jogged out of a city park with two white
Franklin was also scheduled to be
tried June 8 on first-degree murder
charges in the case by the Salt Lake
Franklin also faces murder charges
in Indiana and Oklahoma for similar
The avowed racist referred to a prosecuting attorney as "you faggot" in an
April 10 court proceeding.
Although Franklin denied shooting
the men, he said he believed they
deserved to die for "race-mixing."
"Got any more lies, you faggot," was
the statement Franklin was reported to
have made to the prosecutor after he
was sentenced to the maximum
penalty of two consecutive life terms.
According to an Associated Press
About ten marshalls wrestled Franklin to the floor in the March 24 outburst, which began with him telling
U.S. District Judge Bruce Jenkins,
"This whole thing is a farce."
In addition to calling Assistant U.S.
Attorney Steven Snarr a faggot, he
yelled at Snarr's assistant and called
him a "trained monkey."
He then said Judge Jenkins was
"nothing but an agent for this communist government."
Navy said it's dropped
WASHINGTON-The U.S. Supreme
Court June 1 rejected a challenge to
Navy regulations that required the
discharge of sailors who engage in
Government lawyers had claimed
that the disputed regulations already
had been discarded.
A ruling Oct. 24 by the U.S. 9th
Circuit Court of Appeals in San
Francisco granted the Navy the right
to discharge homosexual personnel.
The authority "to maintain the
discipline of personnel in active
service," the court said in that case,
was the proper right of the Navy. The
court also noted that other regulations
on homosexuality gave the the Navy
"at least some flexibility" in making
decisions on gay personnel.
Wedding bells may be
Anita Bryant reportedly plans to move
to Selma, Alabama, from Tulsa,
Oklahoma, where she returned last
year following her divorce in Florida.
Selma is the headquarters for her
"Protect America's Children"
organization and also the home of
Larry Striplin of "Circle S" enterprises, with whom she has been
Bryant was divorced last year from
Miami disc jockey Bob Green.
Miss Bryant, a leader against gay
rights, has reportedly purchased an
interest in a Selma dress shop and,
according to Bobby Ames, director of
research for Protect America's
Children, an option on a Selma home.
Published reports in Selma said
Bryant and Striplin would be married
but no wedding date had been set.
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