Reeling and Rocking: Saturday Night Fever and Grease proved it; there are big audiences out there for rock movies. Coming up: Elton John's 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, which was the first album ever to enter the charts at number one, will be turned into a $2,000,000 animated feature by the people who made Yellow Submarine.Robert Stigwood and Allan Carr are discussing Grease II, with Andy Gibb in the lead role. Neil Diamond is thinking about a remake of Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer.Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues is set to appear in a musical version of Jonathan Swift's classic Gulliver's Travels, with a script by Larry Gelbart (creator of M*A*S*H and Sly Fox) and music by Lionel (Oliver!) Bart. First it will be taped for British TV, but a movie deal is also in the works. Finally, rumor has it that Cheech & Chong are very upset with producer Lou Adler. They're wondering where the big bucks are from their movie debut, Up in Smoke.
Random Rumors: Is the world ready for the Kazoos Brothers? Rhino Records in L.A. thinks so. It is preparing the debut album of one of the world's only kazoo blues bands.... Paul McCartney has announced that Wings' next tour will include unscheduled surprise concerts at small clubs and concert halls in addition to scheduled gigs. No dates for the tour will be announced until the new Wings album is ready for release.... Melissa Manchester is teaming up with Frank Sinatra to record I'll Be There, a song she co-wrote with Carol Connors, for Ole Blue Eyes' next album.... Debby Boone didn't know that the writer who interviewed her was planning to publish her comments in Playgirl. Now she's concerned that the piece, subtitled "America's Number One Virgin," might be bad for her image.... The Grateful Dead parted company with its somewhat controversial keyboard player and vocalist, Keith and Donna Godchaux for "musical reasons." A new Dead album is expected soon and may include reworking some old material.
Newsbreaks: Art Garfunkel's fourth solo album, Fate for Breakfast, arrived last spring with six different covers--a first in the record biz. CBS spokesmen deny that this is a new merchandising technique, but we're willing to bet they're wrong.... The Bee Gees have announced a fall 90-minute TV special to be filmed from this summer's 50-city tour.... Jerry Weintraub and Colonel Tom Parker are working on the definitive Elvis film and, unlike all the other Presley movies, Always Elvis will use only his voice in the musical sequences.... Frank Zappa's disco parody album, Sheik Yerbouti, had a cut called Dancin' Fool that was turned into a 12-inch disco disc.... Do you have a pair of Twinkle Toes yet? The latest in disco shoes have transparent, color-coordinated soles that glow in the dark or under black lights.
Quote of the Month: "I'm very fond of stupidity. I think it's probably the most important and least understood aspect of American life. American society... has a concept of coolness and cuteness... both are factors of stupidity.... Now that we've established diplomatic relations with China... those people are ready for coolness, cuteness and stupidity.... It's not getting any smarter out there.... You have to come to terms with stupidity... and make it work for you."--Frank Zappa