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Young vocalist wasn't interested in singing
. One singer whose biography will never contain the line, "sang in his school choir," is handsome young TV teenage-show singer Kevin Todd, of Sydney (pin-up
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HE didn't sing in his
school choir because when he was at school he didn't sing at all, or have any interest in it. Football
was more in his line.
What got him started was watching other people singing on TV. "I thought if they could do it, so could I, so I decided to give it a try," said handsome, 5ft. Hin. Kevin, who
is now 19.
He made his first appearance
just over a year ago on "Six O'Clock Rock," and since then has been on all the Sydney teen- age shows, worked in "Revue 6l's" Revue 20, has collected a solid following of fans.
Until the singing "bug" bit him, he was all set for a career in the wholesale fruit-market- ing business, and was being
trained to take over the even- tual management of his god-
But now it's goodbye to the tomatoes and cauliflowers. Kevin has two tours of South Australia lined up, a year's re- cording contract with H.M.V., and a record, "Linda Lee," just
Both sides (the flip's "I Look For a Love") use two guitars, four trombones, bass, drums, and piano. The sound's unusual
Olive-skinned, dark-eyed, and a "snappy" dresser, Kevin lives in the Sydney suburb of Hurst- ville with his family and three pedigree Sydney Silkies- - Prince, Peggy, and Cindy. His favorite exercise is water-ski- ing.
A N£W LP, as yet untitled,
can be expected, from Lionel Long within the next month, his "Waltzing Matilda" last year got up to number two place on the best-seller LP charts, topped only by "Oklahoma." Lionel's a folk singer who loves the sea, and he's all wrapped up these days in the new Heron class sailing boat that he keeps m Sydney's Rushcutter Bay Lionel has had four other smal
boats, and some big ones a;
He's broken his tradition o calling his small boats "Ad Üu, ,bv naming the new on Waltzmg Matilda." He's al ways called his 23-footers, o 'arger, "Sonaten."
£.«»1 talent: Hats off t ¿7-year-old Arthur Blanch, wh gave up a life on the land (hi tamily runs the Westvale Stu
near Armidale, N.S.W.) for a crack at the singing game. Start- ing as a C. and W. songster, he's built up quite a following with Brisbane and TV club ap- pearances, and now he's made
it with a disc.
The one that's done it is "The
Strange Little Girl" (Columbia 45). It's in Arthur's old C. and W. style, but the flip, "Some- body Else Is Taking My Place," is more a straight pop. Love that warm, intimate voice and that guitar.
^BOUT the nearest thing we
had to Chubby Checker's irrepressible exuberance used to be Johnny O'Keefe's. He sounds just like he used to in the old rock days on his new Leedon EP, "Twistin' With J. O'K." Tracks are "Hoochie Cooçhie Coo," "The Twist," "Twistin' Australia Way," and "Let's Twist Again."
On the strength of advance orders for this, Johnny cut an LP called "Twist" before he, wife Marianne, and the two children flew off on their strictly non-working holiday in Fiji. His new single, the up-tempo "Sing" and a ballad adaptation of "La Paloma," re-titled "To Love," should be out in a couple of days.
Pops: Alert the troops and bung on a party. Grady Martin
and The Slew Foot Five are here with a steady-beat Satur- day night special, "Powerhouse Dance Party" (Festival LP). More comfortably corny than Powerhouse, but a selection of beautiful evergreens, with "That's My Desire," "Cecilia," "Sentimental Journey."
JpOR something livelier, there's
"Viva! Percussion!" (Light Music Club LP) with Bobby Montez and orchestra playing mambo and cha-cha music with a strictly modern approach.
LIONEL LONG ...all at sea.
QNE of the all-time greats
among Latin - American composers, Ernesto Lecuona, is honored by a Festival EP, "Latin-American Hit Parade." Lecuona wrote them all, "Malagueña," "La Com- parsa," "Say 'Si Si,' " and "The Breeze And I." Hits they were, and, Twist or no Twist, hits they still are.
jpOR those who aren't Greek
scholars, the title of The Browns' new single, "Alpha And Omega" (R.C.A.), means "the beginning and the end." Needless to say, it's a pretty sad sort of tune, but appealing to those who like sad country songs. Floyd Cramer's piano helps, too. "Foolish Pride," on the flip, has a livelier beat.
Pop classics: Respond to Richard Addinsell's thrilling World War II composition "Warsaw Concerto" (dismissed by diehards as a pop classic), and it's no more than a standing jump to an appreciation of the classics proper and all their glories. A Festival EP couples "Warsaw Concerto," played by Carmen Cavallaro and the Jack Pleis orchestra, with a sparkling Chopin polonaise.
Jazz: I was lucky enough to see a private screening of "Jazz On a Summer's Day," the long-awaited film made at the Newport Jazz Festival of 1958. One of that year's stars was Louis Armstrong, whom you can hear in four of his numbers, "Lazy River," "It's All in the Game," "Mardi Gras March," and "Saints" on a Festival EP, which is given the same title as the film.
Movie music: The sophis- ticated, jazzy score created by Henry Mancini for Audrey Hep- burn's film "Breakfast At Tif- fany's" can be heard right off the soundtrack on an R.C.A. LP that takes the film's name. Audrey's work won her the
American film critics' best ac- tress award for 1961.
Show tunes: Fans of Lu- cille Ball, the TV star, can hear Lucille, the Broadway musical star, on "Wildcat" (R.C.A. LP), an original cast recording of her recent New York stage show. Keith Andes, who's been in a heap of films and TV's "This Man Dawson," is her. leading man. The music's gen- erally tuneful and attractive. Needless to say, Lucille gives it all she's got.