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Cha-Cha-Cha and Mambo

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Strangers on the shore

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CHA CHA CHA at MALIBU  Marty Franklin and his Orchestra  Cadence Records (1957)  Always hard to believe that after looking at records for 50 years, I can still find ones that I’ve never seen.  This looks like so many others, but — maybe because it’s new to me — I think it’s exceptional for the genre.  Maybe it’s those dinner jackets!   By the way, that’s Malibu as in the Malibu club in Lido Beach, Long Island where, along with other noted dance spots like the Tamarack Lodge in the Catskills, Casa Seville in Long Island and Club Elegance in Brooklyn, Marty was laying down the beat on his Lowry organ since the early 50’s.

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Latin (with an Irish) Twist

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LP cover lover, Jeff Missinne and Jerold Kress, of the web site The Crown Records Story  provided us with this:  “Latin Twist”  Louis Martinellie and the Continentals  Crown Records.  Most interesting because the model here is 50’s pin-up queen and TV’s Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, Irish McCalla.  Hard to tell from the photo (looks a little like one of the Mary Tyler Moore covers), but below is a  behind-the-scenes photo of the Latin Twist cover session courtesy of Sean McIntyre (Irish McCalla’s son).

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Jerold Kress ID’d the two guys in the photo; left in suit w/cigarette is Joe Bihari of Crown Records; right in shirtsleeves is Joseph (or Josef) Tauber, photographer.  “Photo from the estate of Irish McCalla, and McCalla Enterprises, Inc.” (McCalla Enterprises, incidentally, was a company Irish and her sister started in the 70’s to merchandise prints and ceramic plates of Irish’s work as a painter and illustrator.  Her talent was as impressive as her beauty, and friends who met her said she was also one of the nicest folks around.)  Thanks Jeff, Jerold and Sean!

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Vampire’s weekend

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Here’s one you won’t find anywhere else online!  Attilio and his Tango Orchestra   “Dracula Tango”   Vogue Records (France)  (1974)   Monster cover art by Bernard Monie

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Soul drummer

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Ken Macintosh and his Orchestra “Rock a Conga”  RCA  (France)

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Doesn’t matter if you’re black or white

Tito Puente  “Black and White * French Barclay E.P.   Tracks: Ran Kan Kan / Mambo Gallego b/w Que lindo el mambo / Manbiando

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Bolling kingpin

Dario Moreno  with Claude Bolling and his Orchestra “”Oh!  Que Mambo”  Philips Records  (France)  Looks like a french Jackie Gleason … And Awaaaaaaay We Go!

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Ha-Cha-Cha!

Bobby Madera and His Orchestra  “Look, I’m Doing the Cha-Cha! … *and the Merengue and the Mambo.”  ABC Records   Thanks to LP cover lover Viejoteca Chango (Viejoteca) who adds “Bobby Madera comes from Baltimore, Maryland where he began his musical career as a trumpet player.  He was also composer, arranger and he joined the Latin band of Machito.”

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What time is it?

“Samba Time”  Egidio Bortoli and Latin American Rhythm  Spotlight Records (Australia)

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The Cuban shuffle

“Cha Cha Cha”  Ramon Marquez  Musart Records

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Ghost buskers

Los Fantasmas   Jose Curbelo   Polydor Records (France)

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