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Spanish fly girl

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Tesoro de Exitos (Treasure of Hits)  Volume 1  Spanoramic Records  The cover model is none other than Miss High Fidelity 1959!  Another girl on pillows with records on the ground.

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Sophisticated Sassy

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Another pretty EP from a recent score of Jazz picture sleeves from the fifties.  Sarah Vaughan  “Imagination” on Mercury Records (1955)  From the liner notes:  “A pretty melody to Sarah Vaughan is a plaything to color, to add to, to take from, to twist into graceful new shapes.  It is her creativity and delightful musical imagination that sets her apart for the ordinary merchants of words and music”

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Men with horns

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“Riff Medley”  Conrad Gozzo and his Swing Wing  RCA Victor Records

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Cool Jolly

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Pete Jolly and His Trio  (w/Buddy Clark, Bass and Art Mardigan, Drums) RCA Victor Records (1955)  I picked up a bunch of nice jazz 45s with fun sleeves recently.  This has a nice 50’s beatnik quality to it and that cool line drawing style that David Stone Martin and Jim Flora made famous.  This one done by Romano Ross.

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Rosalina come out tonight

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Rosalina Neri  Carisch Records (Italy)  Neri was an Italian actress who started in films in the late fifties and had a Marilyn Monroe thing going on.  She looks pretty hot and sultry on this picture sleeve.  Caught my attention.

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I can feel your heart beat

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“El Doctor”  Tito Rodriquez  UA Latino Records  (1968)

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Put your records on

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“Habit of Loving You” and “One Fine Day”  Two compilation EP’s from Sweden on Juke Box Records.  A series that featured comely ladies with their portable players.

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Le grande fromage

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“Mais Oui!”  Let’s Dance With Tommy Kinsman and his Orchestra  Fontana Records (UK)  A dance record from 1961 with waltzes, foxtrots and such.  But what a cool cover!

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Strangers on the shore

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CHA CHA CHA at MALIBU  Marty Franklin and his Orchestra  Cadence Records (1957)  Always hard to believe that after looking at records for 50 years, I can still find ones that I’ve never seen.  This looks like so many others, but — maybe because it’s new to me — I think it’s exceptional for the genre.  Maybe it’s those dinner jackets!   By the way, that’s Malibu as in the Malibu club in Lido Beach, Long Island where, along with other noted dance spots like the Tamarack Lodge in the Catskills, Casa Seville in Long Island and Club Elegance in Brooklyn, Marty was laying down the beat on his Lowry organ since the early 50’s.

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Nasty boy

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Mrs. Nathaniel Moore presents her son … Rudy Ray Moore   “A Comedian is Born”  A Comedian International Enterprises “Personality Series” release from 1964.    A micro-grooved performance recorded live at The California Club, Los Angeles.  Rudy Ray began recording as “Dolemite” in the early seventies and his act became more and more filthy.  Working bluer and bluer than Redd Foxx and Moms Mabley ever did.  Snoop Dogg said: “Without Rudy Ray Moore, there would be no Snoop Dogg, and that’s for real.”  He died in 2008.

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