On the Passaic, N.J. stop of their current SRO tour, the newly reunited Allman Brothers Band hammed onstage with hangers-on like John Belushi, but the liveliest improv of all was backstage between Gregg Allman and his son, Elijah Blue, 2. Dropped off (along with half sister Chastity) to visit Dad while Mom Cher did Manhattan, the shaver proved a chip off the old rocker by tootling on his harmonica as Gregg tuned up. Then Elijah got his initiation into showbiz when in midperformance Gregg hauled him onstage for a bow with the intro "Here's my clone." For Chas, now 10, it was a yawn.
Davis' peace prize
Angela Davis, an avowed Communist now teaching ethnic studies at San Francisco State University, chalked up some new notoriety by winning the Soviet Union's Lenin Peace Prize—an award for "strengthening peace" which has been accorded only a few Americans, like Paul Robeson and Linus Pauling. What will Davis (who has regrown the Afro she clipped off two years ago) do with the $37,000 honorarium? She plans to go to Moscow to collect it, then loyally turn it all over to the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, which she co-founded.
An Englishman's true lady love, as Tennyson testified, is "something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse." But Prince Charles seemed preoccupied with those four-footed runners-up at the Badminton Horse Trials in Leicestershire. Charles was there with the Earl of Chester's Chasers, the cross-country riding team which he captains, and with Harvey, 5, the yellow Lab who is his best friend and only pet. Unlike most of the canines on hand, Harvey is no gun dog, but the prince pecked him on the snoot to show that blood is thicker than sport.
The promotional T-shirts for Paradise Island notwithstanding, Princess Farahnaz, 16, the Shah of Iran's second eldest, has perhaps not seen it all in the Bahamas as yet: Pop is reportedly negotiating to buy one of his own—Great Harbour Cay has been mentioned as one possibility—for $5 million. Meanwhile, on Paradise the stylish, ebullient Farahnaz starts her days at the Ocean Club with tennis lessons from pro John Antonas and ends them, almost as consistently, by partying. Recently she got Dad to invite a visiting American to disco with her. Appropriately, it was an actor, himself recently identified with noble blood: George (Love at First Bite) Hamilton.
Paul Carries on
For a while, there was talk that Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon were breaking up. As a social historian noted, Carrie has been in London shooting the Star Wars sequel—and didn't Paul split with Shelley Duvall when she went off on location? But that's such a banal way to leave a lover that Paul's been bridging the troubled waters to visit Carrie in London. Then she shuttled to New York for their first "anniversary." In fact, at a Broadway premiere party the pair seemed utterly blissful, cuddling and clinging as they swayed to a six-piece Peter Duchin band—the only couple on the floor.