People, Aug. 4, 1980

"He can't sing much better than a shower warbler," carped one drama critic. But on creaky knee and in creakier voice, Joe Namath scored big with his audience in Li'l Abner. Making his musical debut at Atlanta's Civic Center, the former New York Jet nimbly slipped through some opening-night tight spots. When upstaged by a squealing pig, he simply outbellowed the boorish ham. Later, when his pitch wandered way offsides in a love duet with Hee-Haw's Misty Rowe as Daisy Mae, off-Broadway Joe just laughed along with the twittering crowd and won a round of sympathetic applause. "Singing is a new...

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