Saturday, February 17, 2007
Captain Kathe (There was no First Mate Pup-Pup when I was on board though...), a fourth generation resident of Cortez. She seemed to know everyone and everything about the village, which only makes sense, as she was born and raised here. I was the only other person on the boat from the great state of Florida, but I was just a lowly landlubber.
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Thursday, February 15, 2007
It's been a while since I brought you both a doodle and an RCA tag at the same time, so here you go. Both of these images hail from Larry Elgart And His Orchestra-New Sounds At The Roosevelt (RCA Victor LSP-2045, 1959). There's a great doodle with a couple of couples dancing in the foreground, and some performing heads in the background representing the "And His Orchestra" bit. The front of the LP brings us this tagline, "Ballroom At Home". And I just noticed that the liner notes were penned by none other than Hugh Hefner! Wow, you really get the whole package with this record. By the way, there's an Aston-Martin on the cover (two years before James Bond!), and the Roosevelt of the title is a "prominent New York hotel", as Mr. Hefner puts it in his liner notes. No sign of Larry's brother Les on this release. Did they do much stuff apart? Most of the LPs I see are by the two of them together.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I know that a lot of you are sitting around on this Valentine's Day asking yourself "What songs were on the charts in Chicago this week back in 1958?", and surprisingly enough, I've got the answer for you. I found the piece of paper above inside a record at a Goodwill store and I've been waiting until this week to share it with you. It had actually fallen out of a record when I found it, so I can't tell you which record it actually came from. I doubt if it was any of the ones on the list. I guess this was a weekly list compiled by WJJD that you could pick up at your local record store. It's serialized, so I guess you won something if they called out your number on the radio. So what was the top tune in Chi-town this week way back when? The Silhouettes-Get A Job. What a time this must have been. Elvis is on the list right alongside Sinatra. Ricky Nelson, Patti Page, The McGuire Sisters, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Platters... Well, maybe not the absolute best time, since the Beatles were still half a decade away. There are some records and artists on here that I haven't heard of. Who are Billie & Lillie? Johnnie Pate? Betty Johnson? And some of the songs that have escaped me for all these years, She's Neat, Henrietta, Little Blue Man, Bad Motorcycle? Somebody needs to hook me up with some of these songs. Click on the image above to see a larger version. Anybody know all of these tracks? I know there are some real record hounds out there. Show me your chops!
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
While looking for some Western music for tonight's Two For Tuesday, I came across an LP called TV Western Themes by Slim Boyd & His Range Riders (Coronet CXS 175). I decided not to share any of the music from it, but these Western doodles were too good to pass by. The one above, from the front of the record sleeve) is cool to me just because of the rather complex looking TV antenna. You don't see too many of those these days. And putting the horse and rider on there makes me think of some sitcom where they went around and pulled down all the TV aerials in town for some reason. What show was that??? And the doodle below from the back of the LP is just strange. It's a scene that combines some obvious Western symbolism with some rather uncharacteristic furniture. I mean, aren't those Hawaiian chairs? Something you might find on a Webley Edwards LP cover? Anyhow, I thought it was interesting enough to merit scanning and sharing. Hope you enjoy it. (I've shared doodles from Western themed LPs a couple, three times before. Have a look-see.)
Is this the same Slim Boyd as I shared out here doing Christmas music? Probably supposed to be, but I don't think there really is such a person. It's probably just old recordings by nameless folks that were endlessly recycled by budget labels like Coronet, Premiere, etc. The artist name isn't even on the record sleeve. I had to look on the record to find a credit.
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It's Tuesday already, so I'm sharing out a couple of tracks with you, just to make sure I stay busy. The theme today is western music by artists you don't usually think of when you think western. The first track is Riders In The Sky by Morton Gould And His Orchestra from Wagon Wheels (Columbia Masterworks ML 4858, 1955 or 1956). You expect to hear The Sons Of The Pioneers doing this track, but not Morton Gould. Most of his repertoire is classical. Similarly out of his comfort zone is Lawrence Welk doing the theme to the old TV show Wagon Train, called, appropriately enough, (Roll Along) Wagon Train from TV Western Theme Songs (Coral CRL 757267). I don't remember the show, but the theme seems catchy enough. Here's the link for these two tracks. Hope you enjoy 'em!
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Monday, February 12, 2007
Another another week, another weekly calendar page, or two. The shot above was a great sunset I was watching while driving home one night. It finally just got to be too awesome not to stop, so I pulled over to the side of the road and squeezed off a few shots. I think this was on University Parkway here in Sarasota. The shot below is a pair of water lillies in a pond at Mote Marine, also here in Sarasota. Cool, aren't they?
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Sunday, February 11, 2007
Right on time, here's the seventh installment of Hi-Fi Living, tonight featuring a band leader we haven't heard from yet. I have no idea who Jack Say is, but at least one reference I found on the web claims that it's actually someone names Jacques Ysaye, which really doesn't tell me anything. Hopefully, I got all the tracks in the right order tonight, unlike last week (which will be fixed shortly). In the meantime, why don't you download and listen to Jack Say And His orchestra-These Foolish Things-Vol. 7 For Hi-Fi Living (RCA Custom RAL-1007, 1957). Not to be off-putting, but I think this is the most boring volume yet... Sorry.
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