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Parent Issue
Day
4
Month
July
Year
1975
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The long-awaited indictments for alleged payóla practices in the record and radio industries were handed down this week by federal grand jui ies in four cities. Grand juries in Philadclphia, Newark, Los Angeles and New York handed down lengthy indictments listing more than 200 counts relating to alleged bribes of radio slat ion disk jockeys. Named in the indictments, however, were record company personnel and record promoters, mainly from soul music companies, and not the disk jockeys who allegedly recieved the payóla. The SUN got through to Gamble, Huff , and Bell, the creative and business mainsprings of Philadelphia International Records, whose only comment was, "We deny all charges". Clive Davis, former head of Columbia Records and currently head of Arista Records, was also named in the indictment, on charges of evading income taxes. Davis is known industrywide as a particularly creative and perceptive businessman and is currently marketing black music, and commentary, via Gil Scott-Heron, Anthony Braxton, and The Head Hunters, for example, of a particulary strong character. Long-time observers of the music scène have remarked that the major musical development of this decade is the extent to which Black musics have infiltrated the pop sphere and if, as seems likely, these payóla investigation continue to involve more and more of the black record dustry, the politica! and cultural consequences will be enormous, if unpredictable. The Lyman Woodard Organization, Mojo Boogie Band, The Rabbits, and Ene Glatz played to 4500 happy music lovers at the second Sunday Free Concert June 29. The concert, which collected $560 in self-sustaining funds from folks in the audience, was also broadcast live over WCBN-FM, Ann Arbor, 89.5 MHz, a regular weekly feature from 2-6pm. Speaking of CBN, Chris McCabe, until recently a dj at WIOT, Toledo, will begin a weekly show at CBN. Prepare yourself for a major musical production to be played beginning July 17, at East Quad auditorium. U's been co-written by Peter Anderson, responsible to a greater or lesser degree for many of the PEACHY Cieam Productions that played in the area during the last two years, including Fever Pilch, and The Zazzuzoo Revue and Warren J. Hecht, Senior editor at Street Fiction Press, Inc. Steven Schwartz, a local composer, wrote the score. The play, which takes place in a bathroom is reportedly "full of the heartaches, belly lauglis-, and coffee breaks of honest people at real wrok". For ticket information cali 761-7831. Elton John, that prince among popstars, is donating all the money froni his next appearance to charity. Elton expects to gross S85.000 from three nig'hts work at the Troubador Club in LA and plans to give it all to the Jules Stein Eye Clinic at UCLA. continued on page 20 V V_4JIV continued from page 16 Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. Ann Arbor's own, are in the studio workirig on their next album, right on the heels of the success of their recent disc tor Warner Bros. "Producer Alan Douglas is puil ing together an album of jazz and blues sessions by Jimi Hendrix which have never before been released. Among those appearing on the new LP with Jimi will be drummer Buddy Miles, bassist Dave Holland, and possibly guitarist John McLaughlin." The kwig-awaited third effort by Bruce Springsteen is slatcd t'or July release, and tollowed by a tour to support the album. Laura Nyro has tinally returned ; to the studio after a threc-year layoff. The figlit tor singersongwrüer Phoebe Snow between MCA and Columbia lias been resolved in Coluinbia"s favor. Phoebe will be recording shortly. Proctor and Bergman, of Firesign Theatre fame, are set to record their next album live as part of their current tour ( they were mind-blowing, as usual, in Deiroit. at the Showcase recently). The album, entitled "What This Country N'eeds," will be available in September, one month after the next Firesign Theatre LP. "In The Next World You're On Your Own." Drummei 'jazZ-rockei Tony Williams is currently recording lus debut album for Columbia Recoids. lus lirsi m ftboul 2 years. Finally, the second part of the SUN investigation ot'WIQB Ann Arbor does not, as promised, appear in this issue. Deadline problems have pushed it back two issues to July 30.