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We must apologize for the gremlin wlio got in ilie numbers and set up the wrong dates for Ohnedaruth John Coltrane in OUI Vortex logo last issue. The genius of modern music was born September 23, [926, arid passcd trom us on July I 7, 1967, although his music was so powertul it sure seems he was here muil 1973 at least!. . . . Incidenlally, our Ann Arbor readers may be interested to catch some of our 4-hour radio specials on the music of John Coltrane, broadcasl on Sunday nights( 1 1-3:00) over WCBNI 1 (89.5); where your humble commentator seives as "guest scholar in residence" for the "History of Ja" series. Three Coltrane programs have been laid so far (Early Trane," 'The Atlantic Years," and "The Quartet: Part I"), with four or five to go over the next tew months. ïhey're mixed in with specials on other artists (Jackie McLean and Sun Ra coming up soon) and the occasional "Selected Works" shows, spotlighting assortments of great ia music f rom the past 30 or 40 yeras. . . . lf you happened to liear uur snaky SUN radio spots on WJZZ, WHNE. or WWWW last week you might want to know tliat they were scripted by Ron English and spoken by English and Jim Slayden; production by Bobby Bass at WJZZ-FM. A . big SUN smile to all concerned. . . . CONGRATULATIONS lo John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who cclebuted Jolin's 35th birtliday and the birth of .. their first child, Sean Ono Lennon, on Oclober 9th. And Lennon's recent victory in his immigration hassle, whiefi means he'll be able to live in the U.S.A. as he has tor most of the last five years, is grounds for yet another lieady celebration. The poor guy didn't know what he was getting into when he camc out to Ann Arbor in December of lc)71? but it looks like he's finally gotten out ot'it. Sorry 'bout that. . . . AROUNDTOWN: Tribe is oul, guitarist Earl Klugh is in at the Pretzel Bowl fot a couple of weeks, until the Lyman Woodard Organization returns for another stay at the Highland Park showplace. . . Meanwhile. Secret Life (featuring the dynamite keyboards of Gary Christa) moves into the Wed-Sat slot at JJ's Lounge in the Slielby Hotel, downtown. . . Congrats to the hottest rock and roll band in town, RIOT, on opening the Isaac Hayes show ai Olympia last Sunday. . . The Chi-Iites open at Henry's, on the Fenkell Strip, as this paper hits the streets, and continue through Sunday night. . . Blues veteran Louisiana Red hits the Raven Gallery next week, Oct 2 1 -27. while Detroit's own Little Sonny (Willis) spent the weekend at Ethel's on the east sidc. The Mack Avenue blues spot also Ims the great Sam & Dave coming in before the month is over. . . Erma Franklin, best known for her original version of "Piece of My Heart" and her sister Aretha, will bc heard singing again, in the chorus of Ron Milntr's new play "Season's Reasons," opening at the brand-new Langston Hughes Theatre Thursday, October 1 7. The Theatre is íocated on Livernoisjust south of Davison. We hope to bring you a feature piece on Ron and the Langston Hughes Theatre next ish. . . La ff fans have some grcat live comedy to look forward to: George Carlin at Masonic, Oct. 18; the maenificent Richard Pryor in the same temple, Oct. 26; Proctor & Bergman at Ann Arbor's llill Auditorium, Oct. 27; Martin Muil at the Showcase Theatre later this fall; and on Nov 1 1 , dear friends, Detroit 's own Lily Tomlin returns! . . . ON THE ROAD: The Motor City drummer Johnny Bee (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheeis, DETROIT, the Rockets) headed for the west coast once again, this time to make a month's " worth oflive gigs with one of our favorite musicians, the one and only Dr. John. The last time he was out there (to cul The Doctor's new LP, out next week on United Artists) the Bee worked a UA promo party with Dr. John's Rizum & Blues Revue in a band which also included saxophonists Leroy "Hog" Cooper, Ernie Watts, and Clifford Scott, trombonist Frank Rosolino, Ronnie Barron on keyboards, and the great Boudreaux on the other set of drums. Whew! BBC filmed the set and the inevitable "jam session" afterwards, which liad this all-star aggregation joined by Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton. Steve Munter (Bee's former stable mate in Mitch Ryder's DETROIT band), Minnie Riperton, and the ever-rocking Ringo Starr on second drums with the Bee. . . Former WABX-er Dave Dixon. tu recentlv the repulsive host oí an all-night TV movie program wherc in Horida, was seen in town last week with local producer Harvey Ovshinsky (founder of the old Fifth Estáte), who's trying to get the old Night Tripper on the tube here in town somehow. From everything we've heard it'd be a boon to all concerned. . . Speaking of' the small X, rumor has it that longtime strong-man John Detz is out as station manager there. which means either that his superiors at Century Broadcasting Corp. need his services full-time at MOR rocker KWST in Los Angeles, or that someone finally realized that DetZ ran out of visión live or six years ago and has just been winging it ever since. . . And also in L.A.. Detroit 's own Spanky Wilson, the Westbound 2Oth Century singing star whose home base is manager Cornelius Watt 's Club Mozambique, did a stand at the Parisian Room, open ing to standing ovations. . . The Motor City's Metro Audio mobile unit motored over to Chicago again tor three more days with WAR. recording material for their next album. WAR'll also hit Cobo Hall here, Sunday, Oct. 26 IN THE STUDIOS: Dynamite saxophonist Norma Bell cutting demos for A&M Records over at GM Studios with Ron English. Maliavishnu bassist Ralphe Armstrong, and more of the Motor City's fastest young musicians. . . The New McKinney'sCotton Pickers laid down their third self-produced and self-released LP at Jim Bruzzese's Pampa Studios on the northeast side last month. You can- and should!- catch this exciting big band at Cranbrook's second "Detroit's Jazz Today" showcase, in the Museum of Modern Art Sunday, Nov. 2. . Ace guitarist Dallas Hodge was back in the studio in August and September cutting new demos for Epic Records, at the new Cloudborn Studios out on Mack, on the far east side. . . Singer Betty Lavette, alieady an Epic artist, might have a hit on lier hands with her new 45, -'Thar.k You For Lovmg Me." We sure hope so . . Super producer Don Davis and the Groovesville crew, centered at Don 's United Sound Studios on Second & Antoinette, have been entertaining some heavy visitors lately, with the Soul Children from Columbia Records, .lackie Wilson (Brunswick Records) cutting what may be his last dates, and Davis' long-time clients, Ron Banks & the Dramatics and The Dells, regularly in and out. . . . FINALLY, followers of the big dope bust in continued on page 13 COAT PULLCK continuad trom page 10 Ann Arhor las! month mighl have noticed thai the roster of heavy -duty crimináis associated wit!) "one af the major rings ín the country'1 inciuded at leust lialt j dwen of the aiea's finest löeal musicians. Whicli would seem lo poinl once agaín, dear readers, to the need for more live music, and inoro jobs !'i musicians, il only to save ihem Trom a lile oí crime. . . The concerts not to miss this lime are James Brown ai Cobo Hall. Saturday the l.Hth; the Feople's Symphony at the Music Hall Theatie. Sunday Ocl l')th al 3:30 pin; Rod Stewart & Faces at C'obu, Tuesday the 2 Isi. Son Seáis Bluts Band at Liaid's in-East Lansing. Mnn-I ucsday Oei 27-28; The Tubes at Masoaicia Showcase Production), Wed Ocl 29, for lovers öf the bizarre;and Herbie Hancock & the Hcadhunters plus Billy Cobham at Masonic, Hallpween fOcl 31 ). Plus McCoy Tyner at Baker's Keyboard lounge, Oct 20-25, and Donald Byrd, Lonnie Listón Sniilh. and Tavares al Masonic 1 empie, Sunday, Oct 19th.