Reprinted from yesterday's editions
Worthy causes don't necessarily generate worthy entertainment. For the most part Sunday night's sold-out concert at the Wheaton High School auditorium benefiting the Montgomery County Policemen's Assn. was a tribute to mediocrity.
At the top of the list was Eddie Fisher, whose singing, dancing and joke-telling talents could be pressed into a thimble while still leaving room for a good-sized finger.
Yet even he was not as bad as Rick Presley, whose homage to the late King mostly elicited laughs.
THe real thing, the regeneration of '50s rock 'n' roll (the ostensible theme of the evening was "A Salute to the '50s") was provided by three current editions of oldies groups. The Drifters came on early, sang a few verses of classic songs like "This Magic Moment" and "Under the Boardwalk" and left before really warming up.
Later on, the Shirelles managed to spark the audience into singing along with "Soldier Boy," then ruined the mood with a frantic, necessary "When the Saints Come Marching In."
Danny and the Juniors, closing the show, had fun "At the Hop," insisting that "Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die." They were the most lifeless of the musical acts.