St. Louis Park High student Mary Ellen Erickson procured the autograph of Frankie Carle (sigh). But there were some at Park who were hip. Dig this article called “Platter Chatter” by student reporter Jim Church in the Echo:
Come on, cats, don’t be squares or ickys. Bring in all the solid jazz discs ‘n hear ’em played in the auditorium during the eleventh and twelfth grade lunch hour. Hear the place rock to the righteous swing of Goodman on the licorice stick or Sampson’s “Boogie Express” on the 88. Say! Have you heard Goodman’s “Bugle Call Rag” with Krupa on the tubs? Jan Garber has made a complete switch from his sweet orchestra to a jump band. Now that he has got away from the Guy Lombardo type of music, we feel sure he’ll succeed…Sinatra is 4-F in the Army which goes to show that no one wants him. … A hep cat’s dream of heaven is Goodman’s recording of “Sing-Sing-Sing” on a twelve inch Victor platter. The trouble is it is almost impossible to obtain. Ammons and Johnson, masters of the eight-to-the-bar, are set for Hollywood picture work… Harry James is coming out with another M.G.M. film, “Mr. Co-ed,” in which Harry begins with a blues theme and rides into a torrid tempo… Watch for Charlie Spivak’s movie “Pin Up Girl” … Well! End of study hour (?) so I’ll hang up. Amen!