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September, 2010

Green beans and suzie

The legendary comedy team of Skillet & Leroy (Leroy Daniels & Ernest ‘Skillet’ Mayhandon) “Skillet & Leroy Are The Okra Eaters”   Laff Records (1974) ADULTS ONLY   With music by the Johnny Otis Show.   Cover designed by Howard Goldstein with Bud Fraker photography.   If you like a laff, check back cuz Tony and I are going to put up the complete Laff Records catalog for you here over the next few weeks!

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This tie DOES TOO GO WITH THIS SHIRT!!!

Manuel “Loco” Valdes   RCA Camden Records

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Ben Dover at the Sands

Cha-Cha a Mexico   Las Secretarias el Bodeguero   avec les orchestres Pepe Luis et Frankie   Fontana Records EP   France

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Bananarama

MELODIAS   “Monisimas”   Helmut Zacharias y sus Violines Magicos!   Polydor EP   (Argentina)

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Just back from the International Fringe Festival

Adriano Celentano “Chi Non Lavora Non Fa L’Amore”   Vogue EP (France)     Check out this amazing video by Adriano Celentano!

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Twist It, Baby*

“Twisting” with Henri Leca et son Ensemble   RCA Victor EP (France)

*Not on this record, but for the record, here’s Bo Carter’s “Twist It, Baby” from 1931:

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Where the wild things are

“… Case Histories of Sex Starved Women”   “An uncensored, crotch grabbing, detailed dramatization of case histories of sex starved women and their introduction into and exploration of the world of wild sex orgies.   Learn of their inhibitions and fears and their unexpected bliss”   NEVER BEFORE!   SEXCITING, SATIRICAL EROTIC DRAMA and DIALOGUE.     XXX

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Suck the head, pinch the tail

Swampland Jewels.   A nice collection of great New Orleans tunes.   I’m particularly fond of Cleveland Crochet’s “Sugar Bee”

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U play the same love song/Its the 10th time uv heard it

This is Sinatra! Captiol Records (1957)   Track listing: I’ve Got The World On A String/Three Coins In The Fountain/Love And Marriage/From Here To Eternity/South Of The Border/Rain (Falling From The Skies)/The Gal That Got Away/Young-At-Heart/Learnin’ The Blues/My One And Only Love/(Love Is) The Tender Trap/Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (Nelson Riddle arranges and conducts all of the selections except for “South Of The Border” which was with Billy May)

Billed in the liner notes as “a dozen of his recent and best hits,” This Is Sinatra! rounds up the pick of his 1953-6 singles and B-sides; it was part of a running Capitol promotional series (other This Is… albums featuring Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and so forth).

About “”Learnin’ the Blues” the notes refer to “the rhythmic and torchy lesson Frank taught willing millions via juke boxes, record stores and disc jockeys”     Listen to Harry Edison’s trumpet and Red Norvo’s vibes.   It’s clear that Sinatra is suffering: “But you can’t forget her/Soon you even stop trying”

Here is 1955’s “Learnin’ The Blues”:  

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“Do you know where you’re going to?”

“I Know Where I’m Going”     Becky and Sandy   Mission Records

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