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Jim Flora

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Jolly’s folly

Pete Jolly Duo  RCA Victor EP  (1955)  Jim Flora artwork available here.

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Castle rock

Jim Flora cover for Columbia Masterworks   Richard Strauss by Eugene Ormandy, Conductor and The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Stripe Polka

“Polka Party”   Andre Musette Orchestra   RCA Camden Records   Illustration by Jim Flora

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Flora good time

A rare example of illustrator Jim Flora’s work on this Columbia Records 78RPM 10″ record album, “Come to the Circus”

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March madness

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Jim Flora (edit: DID NOT) design this playful cover for Puppets on Parade (Organ Solos by Larry Ferrari) Vik Records   You can almost hear the music.   CORRECTION:   This is a Flora-inspired design credited to Jon Henry on the cover.

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Merry pranksters

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Jim Flora illustrates Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel/Death and Transfiguration RCA Victor (Red Seal) LM-1891 (1955)   NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, conductor

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Riot on!

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“After the Riot at Newport”   The Nashvilled All-Stars   RCA Victor   Cover art by the always whimsical and wonderful Jim Flora.   (1960)   A weird collection of western swing and be-bop by Hank Garland, Chet Atkins (guitars), Gary Burton (Vibes), Brenton Banks (violin, piano), Floyd Cramer (piano), Bob Moore (bass), Buddy Harman (drums), Boots Randolph (tenor sax).

Songs include: “Relaxin’” (Jimmy Guinn); “Nashville to Newport” (Chet Atkins); “Opus de Funk” (Horace Silver); “S’Wonderful” (Gershwin); “‘Round Midnight” (Monk); “Frankie and Johnny” (Traditional); “Riot-Chous” (Hank Garland, Boots Randolph).

The All-Stars Newport Jazz Festival performance was cancelled after the infamous 1960 “riot” that caused George Wein and organizers to shut down the festival.   The band performed never-the-less at one of those Newport mansions where they recorded this record.   George Wein wrote the liner notes.

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Hats off

Dr. Seuss’ “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”   Paul Wing with Music and Sound Effects.   RCA Victor EP.   Only $.79 for “up to 16 minutes”.   A rare Jim Flora picture sleeve.

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Toys in the attic

A nice Jim Flora illustration for RCA Victor and The Philhormonia Orchestra’ s “La Boutique Fantasque”

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Drawn together

“Inside Sauter-Finegan” A common, yet remarkable Jim Flora cover on RCA Records. (1954) This is Sauter-Finegan’s first 12-inch LP. It was packaged with a gatefold cover of a sort peculiar to RCA Victor at the time – the record is removed from an opening at the inside spine of the spread-open cover. There was no danger of a record falling out of one of these covers.   Here you can buy the T-Shirt!

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