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Stop draggin’ my harp around

MDS00085

Raymond Devos  Au Theatre des Varietes  RCA/EMI Records (France)

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“And a one, and a two …”

MDS00044

Bell Telephone Labs “Music From Mathematics”  (1960)  This is a piece of computer music history, with early examples of music generated by and performed on computers 50 years ago. Composers include Max Mathews, John Robinson Pierce, Newman Guttman, David Lewin, Lejaren Hilller, and S.D. Speeth. Booklet includes extensive notes, diagrams, photos, and score excerpts. NOTE: there is some overlap in content with the Decca records LP “Music from Mathematics,” (also posted here) but the two issues are not identical.

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Slav to the rhythm

MDS000091

Balkan Moods   Slavtone Records  A 3-disc,  78-rpm album of America’s finest tamburitza artists, know originally as the Crlenica Brothers Orchestra  The tamburitza is like a balalaika.

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I need more triangle!

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Gossamer Wump  (Told by Frank Morgan)   Music by Billy May!  Capitol Records (1949)

GOSSAMER WUMP wanted to play the triangle ever since he watched a marching band. So his mother packed up 27 peanut butter sandwhiches and put them and his dog George into a suitcase and sent them to the famous music school to study playing the triangle. After ten years Professor Cutty Nutty Dump felt GOSSAMER was doing very good but GOSSAMER had to leave as he was out of sandwhiches. Well he got a job in Gaylord Gout’s band but was fired after hitting Gaylord on the head with his triangle’s hammer. But GOSSAMER wasn’t discouraged and decided to go to the big city and went to see the Famous conductor Sanislof Hudnutt and was immediately hired to play a solo. GOSSAMER was so excited that he forgot to put on his belt so he had to hold up his pants with one hand and every time he played the triangle he would let go of his pants; they would fall down; he would strike the triangle and then grab his pants and pull them up again. Well, finally the whole audiance was laughing and poor GOSSAMER ran from the stage in disgrace. However a very important man followed him and because he felt that GOSSAMER was so good he offered him a job. Now, you’ve probably heard GOSSAMER because everytime the icecream wagon goes by, “DING, DING, DING”, that’s GOSSAMER WUMP

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The J3

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The Three Jacksons  Accordian Medley No. 46/47  Philips Records (France)

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eye eye eye!

Here’s a creative “fake” cover that someone doctored for Cool Records.   Accordeonpourri de Kermisklanten  Elf Provincien Records (The Netherlands)

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Turban legends?

Latin Quartet  A Saef Records EP (Spain)

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Hohner of a lonely heart?

“Ritmos em Festa”  Fred Williams  RCA (Brazil)

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Ole Mexico

“Ole”  South of the Border   The Harmonicats (a group of all harmonicas)  Mercury Records EP

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You blow in here and it comes out there

Raymond Boisserie

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