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SSTARS OF THE AIR. CANADA'S YODELLING COWBOY

GENUINE COWBOY YODELLER. DONN REYNOLDS, with his guitar, nicknamed affectionately "Susie", and his full cowboy regalia, which he wears for his current appearances in Bob Dyer's Dude Rknch, on Fridays, at 7.15 p.m. on National relay.

DONN REYNOLDS, now appear ing in -"f'lo Dyer's Dude Ranch," is.an impersonator of Gene Autrey and Roy Rogers, whom he knows personally. Donn Reynolds, out standing yodeller, recently came to Australia from Canada, because he "always had a hankering deep down to see this fine country," which he now intends to make his home. A week after his arrival, Donn Reynolds obtained his first radio en gagement with the A.B.C., and he is now appearing in Bob Dyer's Dude Ranch for a series of broadcasts on Fridays, at 7.15 p.m., over the Interstate network. *"Yodelling," Donn says, "can't be learnt-you either' can or you can't." He discovered that he could yodel when he was a boy of twelve, work ing on a cattle ranch in Canada. He says that the tongue is the most

important thing in yodelling, and claims that it takes tremendous breath-control, which is probably why many yodellers go off as they become older. He claims th his own talent is partly due to ti fact that he has a. very high pal e. Yodellin4, he admits, originaed in Switzerland, and he award the pioneer school full pointsj But while the Western cowboy of America may not be quite so, artis tic ,in his produ'ction, Donn 'claims that he has a more soothing effect on the cattle. ' "The differenice, you see," he ex plains in his rich Canadian accent, "is that it has more rhythm." Actually, "The Cattle Call," one of his favourites, despite its several grammatical lapses, is high class. It always reminds Donn of "Tales from the Vienna Woods," and although the connection appears somhewhat:ob scure to the outsider, Donn declares that "there is only a little difference toward the end." Donn began his career as a cow boy, became a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and served in the Aleutian Islands, off Alaska. He joined the "Joe Boys" and tour ed the camps entertaining the soldiers until the end of the war. He then realise& that his career lay in yodelling. Later he went to. New Zealand, where he toured both islands, doing stage and radio shows. With him he always carries his base fiddle, "Fifi," his guitar, "Susie," and his cowboy regalia, which, he explains, is adopted by cowboys not for appearance, but for practical reasons. "The scarf," he says, "is useful to pull up over your nose and mouth in sandstorms-it also serves as a tourniquet for cut legs or. snake bites. The wide-brimmed hat keeps off either sun or rain. The high leather boots are because of rattle-/ snakes-you see, they can't bite through leather." While in Australia, Donn hopes to renew some of the friendships he made with R.A.A.F. boys in Canada.

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