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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“The Love Affairs of Don Juan” Premier Records (Vol. ii)
Vince Taylor et ses Play-boys. A French Odeon Ep. “Brand New Cadillac,” Pledging My Love, “I Like Love” “Right Behind You Baby” This guy was pretty cool and “Brand New Cadillac” is a certified classic. This is circa 1960. Check him out “Shakin’ All Over” on Youtube.
Strange side note: When he was seven years old, Taylor emigrated to America and settled in New Jersey where his father took work in a coal mine. Around 1955, his sister married Joe Barbera of Hanna-Barbera productions, the great animation and cartoon production company. As a result of the marriage, the family moved to California where Vincent attended Hollywood High. Joe became his manager and took him back to England where his career took off.
Jackie “Moms” Mabley at The Playboy Club. Chess Records. (1961) Moms debuted in the twenties with Butterbeans and Susie at the Cotton Club, suffered racism on the chitlin circuit, was a regular at the Apollo for years and her album sales in the sixties made her the highest charting comedienne in Billboard history. I seem to remember her on TV doing the Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas talk show circuit. I think she took her teeth out and talked funny. A legend.
“The Playboy Farmer” Lonnie “Pap” Wilson on Starday. “Jokes, Laffs, Songs & Gags about the Funny Side of Life Or How to Have Fun – Even if You’re Married“
O Som Da Pilantragem
Playboys Party with the Hotvill’s.
The Uncensored Humor of The Rebel Playboys “Laugh Out #1” A stag party record.