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December, 2008

Santa’s jazz workshop

Natal com Altamiro Carrilho e sua Bandinha   Copacabana Records (Brazil)

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Le Pétomane

João Villaret“A man thanks the audience for their applause. The flash light is so harsh that everything looks like plastic. Great!” — Courtesy of Lp cover lover, Paulo Martins

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Platinum blonde

Here’s a rare one for sure.   This is Jayne Mansfield in fine form on the cover of a British compilation called “5 Star Party”   featuring cuts by Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Eddie Calvert, Russ Corway, The Dave Clark Five and Victor Silvester.   Columbia EMI Records.

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Hammer time

“El Clavo”   Penaranda Y Su Conjunto   Fuentes Records

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Satelite dish

“Out There with Betty Carter”   Peacock’s Progressive Jazz   (1958)   Featuring:  Kenny Dorham, Ray Copeland (tp), Melba Liston (tb), Tommy Gryce, Jimmy Powell (as), Benny Golston, Jerome Richardson (ts), Sahib Shihab (bars), Wynton Kelly (p), Sam Jones, Peck Morrison (b), Specs Wright (d), Betty Carter (vcl)

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Purple People Eater

“The Purple People Eater” (Click to see Sheb Wooley performing his novelty hit and a #1 song from 1958)   Broadway FunTime Records   A kid’s record of funny songs.   Great illustration on this budget label.   One of a series of a dozen or so, all with great covers by the same artist

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater

(One-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater)

A one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater

Sure looks strange to me (One eye?)

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Gun fever

“Ah Put On Me Guns Again”   Chalkdust   (Cool belt buckle too)

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How to pick up chicks

Kool and the Gang “Live at the Sex Machine   Blue Elephant Records

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She spider

(Editors note: See the comments for some educated information about this.)

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Hot pants

“Ojo a la Salsa”   Vol. 2   Fania Records

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