People

Posted: September 25, 1989

PAT BOONE GOES HEAD OVER WHEELS

Singer Pat Boone was recovering yesterday in Los Angeles from a broken jaw sustained in a bicycle accident, a hospital spokesman said.

Boone, 55, was listed in good condition at UCLA Medical Center after the accident Saturday when the wheel of his bicycle got caught in a metal grating near his home in Beverly Hills.

He was sent flying head first over the handlebars and also suffered cuts and bruises, the spokesman said.

Boone had such pop hits in the 1950s as "Love Letters in the Sand" and ''Two Hearts," but is now better known for his Christian music and wholesome image.

PICASSO THE PRETENDER

Sixteen years after the death of Pablo Picasso, celebrity daughter Paloma has revealed that all those pictures of the artist playing with her on the beach and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea were a bit misleading.

"He would pretend to swim; he couldn't swim," she reveals in the October issue of Fame magazine. "I haven't told many people that he was faking swimming.

"His mind was on his work, but not all day long," the jewelry designer recalled. "The minute he turned it on to work, that was it. But then he would be on the beach for hours and hours."

Paloma also talked about biographers' accounts of Picasso's mental abuse of his mistresses. "Everything is always negative," she said. "But how could he be such a monster? Why would those women have stayed? No one forced them."

POLICE ACADEMY

Andy Summers, former guitarist for the Police, is out touring again, but he's telling everyone that he's no longer interested in rock and roll.

"I don't follow it. Most of it is terrible," he said before beginning a seven-city tour in Scottsdale, Ariz., to plug his new instrumental album, ''The Golden Wire." What's on the album, you ask? Jazz, blues, rock, classical, Indian and New Age music.

"I would call it new fusion," Summers said.

STONE AND ROCKER

Now that plans for a movie version of "Evita" have collapsed (we hope Meryl Streep didn't go too far into hock for those singing lessons), Hollywood types are saying that Oliver Stone expects to finally sink his teeth into ''Riders on the Storm," a biopic on the late rocker Jim Morrison.

It's to be made for Ron Howard's Imagine Films.

STATIC ON THE RADIO

Maze lead singer Frankie Beverly is crowing about the airplay given to ''Mandela," a song calling for the release of South African dissident Nelson Mandela.

The song, which is on the group's new "Silky Soul" LP, is not "a commercial kind of song," Beverly said. "I'm not trying to become a political figure; it's just a humane question."

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