Julie Wants, Doesn’t Get

There's a Liberty record on the racks now called "Whatever Julie Wants." It’s a take-off on an old song and the whole thing should read "Whatever Julie Wants, Julie Gets." The only trouble is, it isn't true. Julie, natch, is Julie London. And what she wants is musicians to be portrayed as ordinary people.

But that's not what Julie gets.

However, Julie is getting a chance to sing in motion

pictures, which is something of a rarity for her. She warbles in "The George Raft Story" for Allied Artists. She plays Raft’s first girl friend.

As for musicians being just plain folks, Julie said: "Writers don't know how to write about musicians. They always make musicians real happy. This couldn't be farther from the truth. They're normal, average people like you and me.

What Musicians Never Say

"Musicians are just like anyone else. Like 'Oh, I've got to play the horn. If I Don't play the horn I'll die.' I've never heard a musician say that. They might feel that way but I’ve never heard one say that. He'd be laughed right off the stand.

Every day pictures are made of the problems of very ordinary people and that can be pretty exciting, if given a good plot. Why can't that be incorporated with people in the music business? Musicians have problems the same as anyone else and they're just

as interesting or dull as anyone else. They're not interesting or dull because they're musicians but because they're people."

As just plain people, Miss London is anything but dull. She's married to another musician, Bobby Troup. And what do they do that's out of the ordinary? Play bridge, that's what. And Bobby golfs. Neither of them has been overheard to say "Oh, I've got to play the horn. If I don't play the horn, I'll die."

Julie Just Sings; Bobby Just Plays

Maybe it's because Julie just sings. And Bobby plays the piano.

At any rate, Julie was quite relaxed the day we talked at the Beverly Hills Brown Derby. She was wearing slacks and afterward was due at Fox for some work on the TV series, Follow the Sun. In fact acting, such as ill "The George Raft Story," has been taking up much of her time. Does she prefer it to singing?

"I don't know," Miss London said. "If I'm doing a good script and I feel it's going well, I love It. By the same token, if I don't like the script, I hate it.

"The same is true with a song if I don't like it. But if I do, I have a ball."

What about the voice?

"I don't think I'm a singer," Julie said. "I'm a stylist. I don't think I have a voice, I have a style. It certainly isn't anything studied or else I could tell you what it is."

Looks Good on Album Cover

Whatever it is, it sounds good. And looks good on an album cover, too. Julie started the sexy album bit. What sells, the voice or the figure?

"I don't know," said Julie. "Just as long as they buy the record I don't care why they buy 'em."


Los Angeles Times

Sunday - November 19, 1961