Radio stars (Oct 1938)

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Easv to prove by tinting a lock of your ow n hair. BROWNATONE is only 50c—at all drug or toilet counters—always on a money-back guarantee. WATCH THIS GENTLEMAN If you're interested in picking a winner, you might keep your eye on Glenn Miller. Miller is an infant-in-arms, as far as band- leading experience goes. But the lad is on his way up—fast. Glenn has had his own band for a little over four months now. Before he took that fatal step, he was running close to Larry Clinton as an arranging wizard. Too, from no less an authority than Trom- bone-man Tommy Dorsey, Glenn is one of the best trombonists in lo! these many states. During the past ten years he has worked as an arranger for Ray Noble, Benny Goodman, Red Nichols, Glen Gray and the Dorseys. With that arranging-playing background, Miller has everything he needs to come through. Besides, he's a very nice guy. Pick young Mr. Miller if you—like me— have fun saying, "I told you so." DRUM MASTER Rollo Lcland, zclio pounds the drums for Paul Whiteman, is one of the fczv left- handed drummers in the business. When he was younger, infantile paralysis left him with a pretty useless right hand. By tre- mendous will-pozver and tireless work, lie is now able to use his right hand. But where most drummers depend upon their right for fancy strokes, Leland uses his left. Development of his will-pouter has re- sulted in Rollo's strong belief in mental telepathy. Through telepathy, he says, he knows exactly what an instrumental soloist is going to do next when he gets in front of a band and begins to ride out on a siving chorus. If you have doubts, listen to Leland play the drum background for a swing soloist. He either reads minds or is a darned good guesser. He's about twenty-three years old. Be- fore joining Whiteman. he graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Now he is getting his master's degree from the same university by correspondence. He is major- ing in English literature and hopes some day to be an important writer. His first book has already been published. It's called The Elements of Jazz Drumming. Gene Krupa was his collaborator. IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS Five years or so ago, Morton Downey had just arrived at a CBS. studio to re- hearse for one of his programs, when the producer rushed up to him with the news that something had happened to the con- ductor. Downey, instead of insisting that another maestro be discovered in a hurry, looked over the first-row violin section. He beckoned to one violinist sitting there: "Do you think you can lead this band?" "Sure I can." That night the violinist conducted the orchestra for Downey. He was good and Mort insisted that he be made a con- ductor, not only for his show but for other CBS productions. The young vio- linist has since lived up to every Downey expectation. His name is Mark War- now. MEET CLINTON'S WAIN It's about time you met Bea Wain, the young lady vocalist who has been an im- portant figure in the success of the Larry Clinton band. Bea is now twenty-one. When she was six, she sang on a WJZ children's pro- gram and got $2. In high school they didn't think she was good enough to join the glee club. After that turn-down, a small New York station offered her a job. She continued with school and sang, too. The station sold her on a commercial. She wanted to graduate and said no. But they saved the sponsor for her until after gradu- ation. In 1934, she joined three boys and be- came Bea and the Bachelors. One of the gentlemen was Al Rinker, ex-Rhythm Boy. The others were Ken Lane and Johnny Smedburg. They sang on WOR, and Bea bows low and says she learned all she knows about rhythm and swing from her confreres. The four joined the Kay Thompson choir in '36. That lasted for a year and a half. Then, accidentally, they teamed up with the Modcrnaircs and became the V-8 Octet on Fred Waring's show—a maid and seven men. She met Andre Baruch dur- ing the run of that program and ignored him. Pneumonia forced her retirement until Lanny Ross, having completed a movie, may turn to radio again this fall. However, he has made no definite plans at present. 82