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Good-bye to watermarks

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To celebrate the upcoming 10th Anniversary of LP Cover Lover, we’ll be doing away with the small lpcoverlover.com watermark that has been on every post in the lower right corner.  And don’t forget,  if you click on any image it will enlarge on your screen!

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Jump street

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“Bepi Vous Fait Danser”  Vega Records (France)

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Nico Nico

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Young model Nico on the cover of this French LP.  Emil Stern Hit Parade  Barclay Records  Photo by:  Willie Maywald

On October 16, 1938, Velvet Underground singer, model, actor and member of the Warhol Superstars, Nico was born in Germany. Nico’s trademark deep voice, exquisite style and somewhat troubling attitude made her one of the most interesting figures in rock and roll. 

By the time she was 17 Nico had moved to Paris to continue her modeling career. She worked briefly for Coco Chanel, but abandoned the job to move to New York City.

Modeling wasn’t Nico’s only successful job though. By 1965 she had recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine” as well as her first single “I’m Not Sayin’”. Soon after, she met Andy Warhol, who was putting together the Velvet Underground. Warhol suggested that the band take on Nico as a “chanteuse”, and albeit reluctantly, they accepted her. The band became a centerpiece of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Lou Reed and Nico had a short physical relationship, which Nico ended. This did not help her relationship with the band, which considered her an “interloper”. After her tenure in the Velvet Underground was up, she had mentioned to Warhol in several letters a desire to make another record.

Nico released her first solo album, Chelsea Girl, in 1967. Her 1969 album, The Marble Index, contained more original songwriting as a result of Jim Morrison’s coaching in California. She would continue writing her own music for her later albums as well.

Nico died on the island Ibeza in 1988. She was riding her bicycle and suffered a heart attack, and then a concussion from falling. A local taxi driver found her, but could not get her admitted to a hospital because she had no insurance. Eventually, she was incorrectly diagnosed with having heat exposure, but x-rays later revealed her actual cause of death to be cerebral hemorrhaging.

Nico and the Velvet Underground have had a huge influence on the world of music. Brian Eno even said that despite their lack of success for their first albums, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”

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Virginia Slims down

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Marie Jose  Festival Records (France)

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Leave it to …

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Hip hora

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“Torah Lives and Sings” (and dances!)  Chaim Berlin

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Rock me to sleep

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Two of our favorite cover subjects wonderfully displayed here.  A real rarity from Sweden on RCA.  Borja Dagen “Med en Schlager”

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Let’s hear it for the boys

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“Ah!  Men”  Featuring 15 Supermen Singing 15 Romantic Songs.  With Tony Bennett, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brook Benton, Louis Armstrong and other “super” men.    Contour Records (UK)

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Kind of blue

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Jazz Collaborations (1955)  Charles Mingus and Thad Jones  Debut Records (Sweden)  Featuring “One More”; “I Can’t Get Started”; “More of the Same”; and “Get Out of Town”.   Also featuring John Dennis/Hank Jones on Piano; and Max Roach on Drums.  Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer;  Barry Ulanov – Liner Notes.

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Prison record

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Jailhouse Jazzmen  .. Storyville City Jail – File No: SEP 358  ( (1958)  Abbi Hübner, Claus Jürgen Möller, Klaus Geldmacher, Mihai Ampoițan, Tommy Ladnier)   Storyville Records (Sweden)

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