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Dick Gregory, Dizzy Gillespie Here Thursday
Dick Gregory, Dizzy Gillespie Here Thursday
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TitleDick Gregory, Dizzy Gillespie Here Thursday
AuthorDaily Egyptian
DescriptionThe SIU alumnus who became a successful comedian; overnight and a famed jazz musician will be here for two shows
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1961 May 2
Volume42
Issue49
Page(s)1
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionUniversity Archives: Daily Egyptian Diversity Articles Index
TranscriptDick Gregory, Dizzy Gillespie Here Thursday

The SIU alumnus who became a successful comedian; overnight and a famed jazz musician will be here for two shows Thursday night. Dick Gregory and Dizzy Gillespie will perform before Southern students and faculty in Shryock Auditorium at 7 and 9 p.m. shows.
The 28-year-old Gregory is a former star athlete at S1U. Af. ter several years of groping for fame with no success, Gregory hit the top with his performances at the Playboy Club in Chicago in January. He is now making the most of his position by appearing throughout the U.S.
Gregory bases his material on the racial issue. This would seem explosive on the face of the problem. However, he makes the most of the situation and leaves his audiences rolling in the aisles.
"I was so elated over this last election, " declared Gregory. "This is the first time I've been far enough North to vote. You see, back in my home town we take a test: nuclear physics in Russian. And if you pass the test, they say, ‘If you read Russian, you must be a Commu nist. You can't vote.
He writes his own material which he balances by lashing out at all groups, regardless of race, religion, color or national origin.
Also featured at the show will be John "Dizzy" Gillespie. He is idolized by many jazz fans and displays his genius with arrangements and - showmanship. Gillespie s music represents the major trend in the American jazz movement today.
Tickets to see the two famed artists are now on sale in the Activities Development Center for $1.50.
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