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A Lover’s Concerto

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Here’s a cool one on the Roulette label from Japan!  “To Play-Boys” or as it says in English on the back cover “Music for Playboys.”   There are many records from the 50’s, 60’s and even the 1970’s with that same inviting title.  This one is vintage mid-sixties and a new find for me.  The cover model is Italian actress Lisa Gastoni.    Wikipedia says: “The turning point in her film career was her role in Grazie, zia by Salvatore Samperi. (Ed., note: This may be a shot from that film.  Maybe some sleuth out there can tell me).  This would set the tone for the roles she would play for the next decade; bourgeois women who were seductive yet sexually frustrated, cruel and arrogant yet sad and sympathetic, manipulating the people around them to try and fill the emptiness in their own lives.  The music on this is by Sam Marowitz and Sonny Lester, I’m told, (I can’t read the liner notes), but the titles in English suggest, typical bachelor pad glory — “Moon Nocturne,” “Chivas Regal,” “Sounds in the Night” and “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody”.

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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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In a sentimental mode

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Les Modes   “Mood in Scarlet”  Dawn Records  Julius Watkins (frh), Charlie Rouse (ts), Gildo Mahones (p), Martin Rivera (b), Ron Jefferson (b), Chano Pozo (bgos)

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Pistol Packin’ Mama

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The Jay Five!  And “A’one, a’two, a’three” !  Cornet Records (Germany)  Cheesey instrumental covers of 60’s pop songs like “Music to Watch Girls By”, “Sunny”,  “98.6”, “Black is Black”, etc.  But what a smokin’ cover!

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Please don’t bang that drum

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Francis Bay and his Orchestra  “Too Much Tequila”  Philips Records (France)

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Tough mothers

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“I (heart) Art Blakey”  “Tough!”  Chess Records (Netherlands)  Recorded in 1957 and first issued in 1966 in the US on Cadet Records …

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With Jackie McClean, Bill Hardman, Sam Dockery and Spanky De Brest as Messengers.

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Doll face

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“The Laughing Beatnik”  Vocal by Johnny Beeman with Dave Meyers Orchestra  (c. 1960)  Silly stoned laughter, but certainly one of my favorite record labels – Doll Records (later this single was re-released on AMY Records)

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For El vee fans only

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“Listen and Laugh No. 2”  Featuring “El Vee”   A Night at the Beverly Hills Club with Larry Vincent  Pearl Records (Kentucky)  I think Larry Vincent also owned Pearl Records.  Most of his material was released on 78’s.  Mine is signed on the back.   (“El Vee” = Larrry Vincent!)

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I like it like that

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Victor Santos  Rapsodia Records (Portugal)

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Hooked on a feline

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Dancing Panther  “Cement Mixer-Twist”  Warner Bros. Records (1960)

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