Music: Purple Moodmaker

With the football season came the weekends of the Big Game and the dance in the college gym or the local ballroom afterwards. The collegiate circuit, which had brought many a big-money dance band (Glen Gray, the late Glenn Miller) to the top, was in full swing. This season a new face, and a surprisingly young one, had cornered the market: 21-year-old Elliot Lawrence.

Last week Elliot Lawrence's fast-climbing band* played for the homecoming dance at the University of Michigan's Intramural Building. About 700 of the 3,400 students who showed up hovered admiringly around...

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