From Elvis to Mambo


He would have been 77 today, our birthday. Above – one of the first LP records I owned, and now I consider it a classic. It was acquired new, unlike most of my LP’s that have been purchased for 50c or $1 in the used bins. These days I’m looking for jazz in the main, but sometimes there are oddities that catch my eye, like the LP below.

Ordinarily I disregard the bargain labels like this one. When they print the price on the cover you have to figure that it’s cheap for a reason. On the back of the jackets they have advertising. This one lists such gems as “Organ Hit Parade” and “Polka Hits”. I liked the cover however, so I gave it a whirl. It was a good record. Better than some Elvis. Happy Birthday.

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