Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Dizzy Gillespie 10-21-1917

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(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

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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

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Check Out The Association Of Vogue Picture Record Collectors

Damsels In Distress # 10

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Chinese Concept Car

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vic Mizzy R.I.P.

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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

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Actor Roger Moore was born on October 14, 1927.

Linda Lombard Comments Joey Altruda Blog

Linda Lombard

On February, 25, 2009, I launched Showgirls Of The Golden Age #1 featuring Linda Lombard, 1949.
Just recently I received a comment on this posting from Linda Lombard herself, who is now residing in Florida at age 83. It was one of those magical internet moments that are so few and far between. A few days later, I received a Myspace message from Miss Lombard which thrilled me to no end. She has recently launched a website containing vintage photos, television commercials, and autographed memorabilia for sale. I'm about to contact Jason Croft (aka Java's Bachelor Pad), about the possibility of interviewing her for an upcoming issue of Bachelor Pad Magazine.

Linda Lombard's Website
Linda Lombard@Myspace
Linda's Harold Tribune Article

Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals ~ 1936



Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals are beyond incredible in this rare 1936 glimpse.

Grady Stiles~Lobster Boy

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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

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Lenny Bruce 10-13-1925

Lenny Bruce

Comedian Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider) was born on October 13, 1925.

Jaco Pastorius & Toots Thielemans


A very special and rare performance of Toots Thielemans & Jaco Pastorius at the piano, performing one of my favorite Jaco compositions, Three Views Of A Secret.

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Allen MEzquida- smigly.tv

SMIGLY.TV

Strange Postcards # 9

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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

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via vinatagesleaze.com

Seu Jorge Rocks The Hollywood Bowl

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(Seu Jorge, Joey Altruda, Pretinho Da Serrinha)

Seu Jorge came to L.A. last month to perform three nights at the Hollywood Bowl along with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Bebel Gilberto. I was delighted to be a part of his rhythm section, thumping the Fender bass alongside Eric Bobo (drums), Mike Boito (piano), and Pretinho Da Serrinha (percussion, cavaquino).

Seu Jorge Hollywood Bowl 9-13-09

The gigs were spectacular to say the least, including samba dancers, capoeiristas and a huge fireworks display that lit up the Bowl like New Year’s Eve at midnight.



The following week we met up at Jack Johnson’s Brushfire recording studio on Larchmont, experimenting with different ideas and musical textures, flavored with the keyboard stylings of my longtime compadre Money Mark.
Seu Jorge’s approach is a very free thinking one, and there were moments where he really struck me as a Brazilian counterpart to Serge Gainsbourg; a true musical painter.
I can’t wait to hear the outcome of these tracks and look forward to more musical collaboration with this great inspirational talent.

Vintage Space Toys #9

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"1930's USA Daisy CO's Rare Buck Rogers No. U-235 Atomic Pistol with Original Box- Arguably the best looking Art Deco style ray gun ever produced. The Atomic Pistol, or U-235, was made around 1935. Produced in a copper and a blued finish, the gun was manufactured by Daisy. This gun was sold in stores as well as merchandised as a Cream of Wheat premium in 1935 and a Popsicle premium in 1939. Length 10 inches. Copper is by far the rarer finish."

via Ozzie's Robots Toys & Collectibles

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Johnny Ramone 10-08-1941

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Guitarist Johnny Ramone was born on October 8, 1948.

Hurrell Does Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake-George Hurrell

Veronica Lake by George Hurrell

Charlie Parker & Strings By David Stone Martin

Charlie Parker_David Stone Martin

A classic illustration by David Stone Martin for one of the original Charlie Parker With Strings L.P.s (1950)

The Treniers - Get Out Of The Car



I'm not sure what film this is from, but I was knocked out to find The Treniers performing a long time fave of mine, "Get Out Of The Car" on Dave Stuckey's aka Pappyredux YouTube Channel.

Irving Penn R.I.P.

Irving Penn

By Verena Dobnik for AP
NEW YORK – Irving Penn, whose photographs revealed a taste for stark simplicity whether he was shooting celebrity portraits, fashion, still life or remote places of the world, died Wednesday at his Manhattan home. He was 92.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Al Martino 10-07-1927

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Italian singer and actor Al Martino was born on October 7, 1927.

The Fisherman-Hot Film Noir Jump Swing Featured In D.O.A.



This piece of film was first burned into my collective memory as a child, while home sick from school sitting in front of the t.v. The story that follows this scene is incredible, and I had no idea what the name of this film was for nearly 20 years until one day I accidentally stumbled onto it again. "D.O.A." (1949), starring Edmond O'Brien and Pamela Britton is one of the true classic noir films of the genre for those of you who may be unfamiliar and seeking new cinematic thrills.

Pulp Art #15

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Flintstones Winston Cigarette Commercial-1960



This animated ad for Winston Cigarettes, ran as a television commercial during the first season of The Flintstones-1960.

Marlon Brando & The Goldwyn Girls- 1955

Marlon Brando & The Goldwyn Girls-Guys & Dolls

This was used as an 8x10 glossy to promote the film Guys & Dolls (1955) starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Vivien Leigh, and Jean Simmons. I have framed copy hanging in the men's room at my studio.

Smokey Hormel Has Secret Family

Smokey Hormel
Smokey Hormel~Smokey's Secret Friends

My path with Smokey Hormel has been one of many musical twists & turns, since we first worked together in 1985; in that time to present I have watched him add more and more to his pan-musical pallet~moving forward into his participation with Johnny Cash, Beck, Sean Lennon, Tom Waits, Smokey & Miho (just to name a handful), and now this current solo release. 
 Smokey's Secret Family embraces African music from an era before it was influenced by North American soul, pre-James Brown so to speak. The music speaks on a more Afro-Cuban-African level, with rhythmic emphasis on Son Montuno and Rhumba. I particularly dig the opening track which incorporates tuba and clarinet into the band, creating an impression of New Orleans and Santa Sangre. Kudos Smokey!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Britt Eckland 10-06-1942

Britt Eckland

Actress and Bond Girl, Britt Eckland was born in Stockholm, Sweden on October 6, 1942.

Bachelor Pad # 9 Is Out!

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Yes it is true, the ninth issue of Bachelor Pad Magazine hit the streets recently, featuring Kim Falcon gracing the cover; also featuring Carolina St. Jane, Ruby Joule, Violet Valentine, and a whole array of humor, stories, interviews, highballs, & hijinx.

I Voted No On Prop Eight #1

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via gayontherange.com

Criss Cross~ Classic Film Noir Starring Burt Lancaster & Yvonne DeCarlo



Criss Cross is undoubtedly one of the great classics of film noir, incorporating all the elements that comprise the genre-lighting,flashbacks, a heist, double crossing femme fatal etc. It is an early role for Burt Lancaster and Yvonne DeCarlo (who is best known to baby boomers for her role as Lili Munster). It is an even earlier role for Tony Curtis, who was cast as an extra (and can be seen briefly, dancing with DeCarlo in above clip). The music in this segment is provided by Cuban Flautist Esy Morales, performing Jungle Fantasy (in a rare on screen appearance). The song itself was a minor hit in the late forties and part of my record collection since I was nine years old. It can be heard on my Vinyl Meltdown Podcast Episode #16 "Jazz Impressions Of Film Noir".

Criss Cross Poster

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Delroy Wilson 10-05-1948

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Jamaican singing legend Delroy Wilson was born on October 5, 1948.


Babs Gonzales~I Paid My Dues

Babs Gonzales_I Paid My Dues

"I Paid My Dues", the long out-of print memoir of jazz singer Babs Gonzales, chronicles the hijinx of Manhattan during the BeBop era, full of colorful and Real characters, musicians, bookies, pimps, hookers, and The Man. It took me several years(pre Ebay) to find a copy, and it was well worth the wait.

Sweet Smell Of Success

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One of my favorite films of the 50's- You can't beat the dialogue,acting, and location shots. Also an amazing Jazz score featuring Chico Hamilton (who also appears on screen).
Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir , directed by Alexander Mackendrick ,starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison and Martin Milner. The screenplay was by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman and Alexander Mackendrick from the novelette by Lehman. The film tells the story of a powerful newspaper columnist named J.J. Hunsecker (Lancaster) who uses his connections to ruin his sister's relationship with a man he deems inappropriate. Lancaster's role is based on famed New York columnist Walter Winchell. Soundtrack composed by Elmer Bernstein

1958 Ford X-2000 Concept Car

1958 Ford X-2000

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Chris Reccardi~ Meddlen Meddows



Meddlen Meddows is a short for Cartoon Network's "Cartoonstitute" series. It was created and directed by my friend Chris Reccardi. Brian Smith (another highly talented artist in his own right) also worked on this piece.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Damon Runyon 10-04-1884

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One of my literary heros, Damon Runyon was born on October 4, 1884.

Weinermobile Lore

Sex Blogs & Vintage Sexploitation

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Sexblo.gs offers 38 pages of humorous retro sexploitations and visual confection, along with other categorical unmentionables.

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