Attempts to secure a big name performer for tomorrow night's Freshman Smoker seem almost certain to fail, publicity chairman Thomas Lumbard said last night.
The committee has been negotiating with an unnamed stage singer, currently part of a Pittsburgh musical, and with a night club singer, but as of last night neither had agreed to come.
An invitation extended yesterday to the McGuire sisters, now appearing in Boston, was promptly refused by their agent. "They don't even perform for crippled children," Lumbard said. The agent said that a free appearance would set a precedent that would be too costly.
Lillian Roth, who opens today at the Hotel Bradford, also refused to perform at the Smoker.
The Committee's tour of Boston nightspots, however, did yield a promise to appear from singer Kim Karter. Described by Committee members as "a nice girl, who sings across the street from Storyville," Miss Karter is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former school teacher. She has appeared at the Streamliner in Chicago.
Quintet to Perform
The Jazz Workshop Quintet will also perform. It has been at the Stable for eight months, and includes a former trumpet player for Stan Kenton, Herb Pomeroy. Lumbard described the Quintet's music as progressive jazz.
In addition to the Wellesley Widows and perennial guest Al Capp, a semi-professional Dixieland group led by Huell Neidlinger, who quit Yale for professional music, will appear, Neidlinger's group will play only during the beer party.
All other talent for the Smoker will come from the freshman class. "Some people may not think they are much, but we are sure they will go over," Lumbard said.
The Duosipaars, 12 singers, Freshman Glee Club soloist Frederick Brozer. William D. Chapple and Richard H. Zaffron, guitarists and folk singers, and record mimics David K. Mosher and Howard D. Wadsworth will perform.