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September, 2009

Who said white girls can’t jam?

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‘Homemade Band” by Hap Palmer   Teaching generations of toddlers how to keep rhythm.   (Courtesy of Way Back Now! Let’s Go)

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I think I’m turning Japanese

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“Pinky Chicks”

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Honky cat

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Illustration by New Yorker cartoonist William Steig who did others in the Epic In Jazz Series.   Here’s “Lester Leaps In” and other swing classics by The Count Basie Orchestra with “the Pres” Lester Young.

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Stairway to Heaven

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The World Beyond Death   A Sermon by Harold Henniger

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Dark shadows

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Fabulous New Organ Sounds of Dave “MR. TALENT” Fredericks   Circo Records   Dave looks like a very tired Desi Arnez.

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The fifth beagle

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“New Tricks…”   Bing Crosby with Buddy Cole and His Trio   Decca Records

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Jersey boys

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“Go Ape with The Knockouts” on Tribute Records.   A Jersey group lead by singer Bob D’Adrea, who went on to form a comedy duo called Andre and Cirell which still performs around the Jersey Shore.     A fan remembers: “My friends and  I used to go to a place called Luciano’s on the East-bound side of Rte-46 in Lodi, NJ (commonly known back then as “sin strip.”). This was back in 1962-1964. The Knockouts were the featured group playing in what was a “Mafia” nightclub. It had its’ share of small and big-time mobsters with names like, Chokes, Jerry Chokes to be polite or I suppose, Mr. Chokes. Butcher, the Claw, Notch, John the Walk, Sali Burns and many others that I have long since forgotten. Their names were a representation of the specific service they performed. Many of these colorful characters had been deported from Manhattan to New Jersey for reasons  of their health.   Luciano’s (mysteriously) burned down in the 1970’s.

“Clubs in those days were different from today’s. You couldn’t get in without a suit and tie. We use to sit at the bar and engage in our two favorite sports. Drinking 7&7’s or CC & water and trying to score with the babes. You had to be very careful on the last item. If you got too friendly with a “wise-guy’s” main squeeze it could prove painful.

Of course, the Knockout’s biggest hit was “Darling Lorraine”. However a favorite they performed at every gig was an Elvis Presley  tune called: “I don’t have a wooden heart”.

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Guitar Boy

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This one is from Sao Paulo, Brasil.   MusiColor Records   I don’t know who this mysterious “Guitar Boy” is.   There’s a cover of Telstar here and some soundtrack themes.

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It’s Lamar tine!

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Another nice illustration of Lamartine on the same Copacabana label from Brazil

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Up, up and away!

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“Noites De Junho”   com Lamartine Babo   Sinter Records

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