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Make mine a double

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Lester Young “The President”  Vogue Records  (France)  Pres with his famous pork pie hat and a drink in each hand.

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Slav to the rhythm

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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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A dish called Wanda

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Surprise-partie Chez Wanda!  Philips (France)  Oui, oui!  I love this one.  Not a beauty, just something about her.  Sucking in her cheeks for the instant “model” look.   Pouty lips.  Her narrowed eyes.  Hands behind her head like she just don’t care.  What do you chez, Wanda? 

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Trunk show

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Marc Aryan  “A Little Slow”  Pathe Records (France)

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Quacks

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Dr. Suze and Lewis Carroll

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Carl de Suze reading stories from the Walrus and Carpenter and Jabberwocky  Pathways of Sound Records

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
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Movete like you feel it!

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Movete…Chiquita…Movete!  Courtesy of lp cover lover Juan Manuel in Argentina.  Groovy!

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Bruno Mar … tino!

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Signed, sealed, delivered!

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The Letter  The Box Tops  EMI/Stateside Records (Australia)  (1967)  Nice cover art for this huge #1 song sung by 16 year-old Alex Chilton.  Love that opening drumbeat and classic first line “Give me a ticket for an Aero-plane”!  It’s been covered many times.  I’m most fond of Al Green’s early recording.

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What on Eartha?!

Screen shot 2014-02-09 at 11.39.30 AMI met Eartha Kitt in 2003 at a promotional event that I produced for Meow Mix cat food.   We opened the world’s first restaurant for cats –The Meow Mix Cafe — and, we thought,  who’d be more purrrfect to host our grand opening than Eartha Kitt  who famously once pounced on the role of Catwoman on the Batman TV series in the sixties.  She was lovely, game for the fun and playing her role it to the hilt.  She walked the red carpet in a silver fur coat and did her famous coo and purr for the press and tv cameras over and over.  She held cats in her lap and stroked them with a mock evil smile and twinkle in her eyes.   Check out what a life ride she had — from Paris to Hollywood to the White House to the great White Way.    If you think coming out to shill for a cat food was beneath her consider that she also once did a TV commercial to promote the Steely Dan LP Aja.

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