Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Dizzy Gillespie 10-21-1917

(photo by Herman Leonard, 1948)

Trumpeter and musical prophet John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was born on October 21,1917

Rhino Records Releases Entire Oz Score For First Time


We've all seen The Wizard Of Oz more times than we can keep track of since childhood, but have you ever paid close attention to the musical score playing under the dialogue between the musical numbers? If not, you will find a whole magical world unto itself, containing themes and motifs from the songs, subtly weaving in and out of a masterwork of musical impressionism.
Songwriter Harold Arlen provided all the musical numbers we know and love, but the score was written by Herbert Stothart, who won and Academy Award that year (1939) for his genius work.
Rhino Records has recently released a deluxe CD set of ALL the music of The Wizard Of Oz-Thank You! Five Stars

Vogue Picture Disc # 10


Check Out The Association Of Vogue Picture Record Collectors

Damsels In Distress # 10


Chinese Concept Car


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vic Mizzy R.I.P.


via Raquel Maria Dillon-AP writer
LOS ANGELES – Vic Mizzy, a songwriter who composed the catchy themes for the 1960s sit-coms "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres," has died. He was 93.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Roger Moore 10-14-1927


Actor Roger Moore was born on October 14, 1927.

Grady Stiles~Lobster Boy


I've been haunted by this book since I first found it on the shelves of the Hollywood Public Library some years ago.
Fred Rosen tells the tale of Grady Stiles aka Lobster Boy; a sinister depiction of carney life, alcoholism, domestic abuse, murder and more.

Sci Fi En Espagnol # 15


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Art Blakey 10-11-1919

Art Blakey by Herman Leonard
(photo by Herman Leonard)

One of my lifelong heros, Art Blakey, was born on Oct 11, 1919.
Tune into Reserve Radio Vinyl Meltdown Episode # 21 to listen to my Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Podcast!

1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept Car

1954 Plymouth Belmont
1954 Plymouth Belmont

1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept Car

Before Gilligan There Was Maynard G. Krebs

Bob Denver-Maynard G. Krebs

Bob Denver as Maynard G. Krebs, from the telvision series, The Many Loves Of Doby Gillis.
(via strange Ink blog)

Fred Buscaglione 1959

Fred Buscaglione

Daniel McVicar's comment on my Seu Jorge posting said something to the effect that I resembled Fred Buscaglione. I had never heard of the guy before, but now I can see that my lifelong search for my real father has finally come to an end.

Vintage Vegas #9

Las Vegas 1955- Loomis Dean

Photo by Loomis Dean, Life Magazine 1952

Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Ed Wood Jr. 10-10-1924

Ed Wood

Film maker Ed Wood Jr. was born on October 10, 1924.

Joey Altruda Quartet Wails At Herman Leonard Exhibit

Reserve Store_Fairfax Ave

Joey Altruda Quartet
(L-R Ramon Banda, Allen Mezquida, Joey Altruda, Theo Saunders)

I recently performed for Herman Leonard's latest photo exhibit at the Reserve Store on Fairfax Ave. The event was a sponsored by FreshJive Clothing and Etnies Shoes as a launch for their latest Fresh Jive shoe.

Herman Leonard

Herman Leonard was celebrated throughout the evening by his many fans who came out of the woodwork to pay their respects. My fifteen year friendship with Herman has thus far been one of the greatest treasures of my life. He has shared with me many things that I am forever grateful for, and it thrills me to no end that we were brought together once again for this great night of art, music and celebration.
(photos via Pix Feed LA blog)

Vintage Sleaze # 13