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Starlets and Pin-ups

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Nico friendly

moon beams

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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Pretty baby

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Carroll Baker  “Baby Doll”  P hilips Records (France)  Music from the Warner Bros. film by Tennessee Williams.  Directed by Elia Kazan.

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For the articles

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“L’amour” b/w “Miguel e Isabel”  Luis Aguile  Tiffany Records (France).  (Whoever can tell me the year and month of this issue of Playboy wins!)

Sharon Tate on the cover.  March 1967.

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Certified Platinum … blonde

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Billy Vaughn  “Greatest Boogie Woogie Hits”  Dot Records (Japan)  Sophia Loren from the film “Heller in Pink Tights” on the cover!

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Seoul shakedown party!

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Ann-Margret shakes on this LP cover from Oscar Records (South Korea)!  A compilation of American pop and soul hits from the sixties – Wilson Pickett, The Supremes, James Brown, Johnny Rivers, The Animals, etc.   Ann-Margret graced many record covers across the globe for three decades.  Sexy sells and no one was sexier in her prime.

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Crewe cuts

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The Bob Crewe Generation  Songs from Barbarella “An Angel is Love” and “The Black Queen’s Beads”.  Cool cover with two shots of Jane Fonda in full space fashion from the Roger Vadim film.  This on Dot Records (Italy) import.

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Red hot

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Ann Margret Japan Victor Records “The Swinger” b/w “I Wanna Be Loved”

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Bettie Page discovery

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Wow!  A new find here.  A very rare Bettie Page EP cover from Mexico.  Kiko y Beto “Censura C” on Philips (1966) .

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Hat trick

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“Memories in Rhythm”  Jimmy Smith, Piano  Meteor Records (South Africa)  NOT that Jimmy Smith.  Cool cover of Sophia Loren!   Amazing how labels around the world just appropriated images of Hollywood movie stars, starlets, pin-ups and models for their cover art regardless of the music within.  Sophia Loren, Bridget Bardot, Jayne Mansfield, etc. graced the covers of records from every continent throughout the Fifties and Sixties.  We collect them all!

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Midnight Jayne

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Here’s another rare Jayne Mansfield cover from Japan.  “Smashing Hit Parade”  Various Artists  Union Records  Jayne Mansfield is the most collectable record cover model.  Even if Bettie Page is the quintessential pin-up queen, she only has three covers and while Bridgette Bardot has many more (she actually sings on some of them), the Jayne Mansfield covers from the US, Japan, South America, etc. are all great.  This is one I just found, helping to fill out my still growing collection.  (Search for Jayne to see some others!)

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