Radio stars (June 1933)

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RADIO STARS LET'S GOSSIP ABOUT YOUR FAVORITES Gertrude Niesen, whose gorge- ously rich voice is heard over Columbia several times a week. Gertrude actually admits to being born in Broolclyn. She very recently turned twenty. You really shouldn't see this. However, it's a moment in the private life wash-day of Doctors Russell Pratt and Ransom Sher- man. You can hear them any Sunday evening—NBC. Gloria Gunther sings with Joe Haymes and his orchestra. Gloria was born in New York but she hails from Hollywood where she worked in the studios until radio called her. ^^ND here is another Roosevelt item. Do you know how it happened that Guy Lombardo and His Royal Ca- nadians were invited to play at the Inaugural Ball in Washington? Last summer a testimonial dinner given for Candidate Roosevelt had the Lombardos as its princi- pal feature of entertainment. During the dinner Mr. Roosevelt beckoned to Guy and said, "Mr. Lombardo, how would you like to play at my Inaugural Ball next March—if we win in November?" The orchestra leader gulped and expressed his profuse pleasure. "Then the date is yours," said Mr. Roosevelt. So, on Saturday evening, March 4, President Roosevelt and Guy Lombardo kept to that date. JaNE FROM AN, who left the NBC studios in Chicago to join Columbia's Manhattan melodists, has been a sen- sation in the Big Town. Originally engaged for only two weeks, she was rehired for the duration of the Chesterfield contract. As a result of her extraordinary singing she was offered a role in a revival of the Ziegfeld Follies— but, believe it or not, she prefers going to Europe with her husband. RUMOR going around says that "Chandu," now sponsored by the Beechnut Packing Company east of the Mississippi River, is going off the air. News comes to us that this is absolutely untrue. Chandu stays just where it is. So all of you irate fans can breathe easily, lean back, and wait for the next thriller. VlCTOR YOUNG'S orchestra—that's the outfit that plays with the Mills Brothers—was in a recording studio the other day waiting to make a record. To pass the time, they started clowning with that grand, grand opera number "V Pagliacci." Then turning it into a dance tempo, throwing in thrills, trills and whatnot, they them- selves had one swell time. All unknown to them, an engi- neer in a nearby booth had switched on the recording ap- paratus. The phonograph company officials were so pleased with the improvised recording that they ordered the group to polish up the tune and an hour later it was recorded for general sale. A NOTE about the Marx Brothers. They were an- noyed, it seems, when Marlene Dietrich started that fad of wearing men's clothes. To retaliate they startled Holly- wood one bright afternoon by sauntering about town wearing kilts of brilliant Scotch plaids. By the time they got home they were leading a parade. And the dazed little cinema city is still talking about those knobby, nertzy Marxian knees. ClARA, LU 'n' EM, the soap suds girls, made a grand tour of the East recently. Starting with the Inauguration in Washington, D. C, they proceeded to New York, where they took the town by storm. A special tea held for them at the Waldorf-Astoria produced practically every celeb- rity in Manhattan. Most any day now, you may expect them back in Chicago safe and sound, turning on the heat about their adventures. AdD oddities—Charles Carlisle, the Bath Club tenor, sings his lyrics from short hand notes that he makes on small pieces of paper. With a stick of spearmint be- tween his molars, too. Jane Froman spurns an offer for sentimental reasons . .. Chandu not quitting 36