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Besame smoocho

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El Beso Robado (“Stolen Kiss”)  Cesar Castro  Fuentes Records (Colombia)  1958 issue of Mariachi, Ranchera, Corrido music.  Lovely shot of a Guacho couple on the ranch.

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Dreamboat Annie

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Ann-Margret “Hey, Little Star” b/w “Man’s Favorite Sports”  RCA Victor (Japan)  Hard to find a bad photo of Ann-Margret.  Here’s a cute one from the early Sixties.  Japanese record companies put out beautiful, high-quality covers featuring American movie stars and models in the Fifties and Sixties.  You can see many of them on this site!

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Divorce Україна Style

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Divorce UKRAINIAN Style  Roy Mykytyshyn and Friends  V Limited Records (Canada).  This and 300 other fun records from the LPCL library are up for sale on eBay now.

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Never Can Say Goodbye

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Benny Mussolini’s Genoa speech from May 1938 on this two-sided hit single from Italy.  Learn from history.

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Step kids

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“Papa Aime Maman” (Papa loves Mama) Les Scarlet / “Dumollet Trip” Andre Girard.   Panorama Records (France)

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Dark end of the street

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Jovita Luna in “Marcela’s Other Me” a Spanish film soundtrack picture sleeve from 1961.  RCA Records (Spain)

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Ain’t We Telefunken Now

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A French stereo demonstration record from Telefunken.  Promoting the 2002 model.

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Old friends

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Grandpa’s Juke Box!  Vega Records (France)  Moldy fig music for the hard of hearing.

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Nico friendly

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Moon Beams  The Bill Evans Trio  Riverside Records (1962) Nico in her early days as a model graces the cover here.  The debut recording of Bill Evans “Second Trio” with Chuck Israels on bass taking the place of LaFaro, who died at 25 in an automobile accident on July 6, 1961 (just 10 days after the Bill Evans Trio’s triumphant Village Vanguard engagement).  The death of LaFaro was a devastating personal and musical, loss to the pianist, after which he took nearly a year off from recording or playing in public.  Moon Beams collects the ballads recorded during May and June 1962 sessions. Moonbeams is perhaps the most exquisitely romantic of Evan’s Riverside releases, much like Coltrane’s BALLADS in this respect.  (The more uptempo tunes from these sessions were put on How My Heart Sings!)  Fun fact:  Included here  is the Evan’s original “Re: Person I Knew” which is an anagram of producer Orrin Keepnews’s name.

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Tango and Castro

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Attilio and His Tangos Orchestra  “Dracula Tango”  Vogue Records  (France)  Bernard Monie illustration (1974)

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