Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue

Lloyd Bridges
“Hear How to Skin Dive”
Carlton Hear How #17

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I Left My Heartburn in San Francisco

Sammy Davis, Jr.
“The Sound of Sammy: From the Candy Man to Plop Plop Fizz Fizz”
1978, Alka-Seltzer/Warner Special Products

Many celebrity product promotion records that I find just are simply an artist’s greatest hits with an advert for the product on the cover.  Maybe there’s a company jingle on the record, but its performed by someone else.

Not so here!  This forgotten gem features TWO versions of Sammy’s unique version of the “Plop Plop Fizz Fizz” song! One for every taste.

“Plop Plop Fizz Fizz (Big Band version)”

“Plop Plop Fizz Fizz (Rock Version)”

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As good at the organ as he was with balls

Denny McLain
“At the Organ:  The Detroit Tigers Superstar Swings with Today’s Hits”
Capitol records

submitted by: Gary H.

What I like about this record is that the guy actually plays on  it, unlike many other “sports” records that have the star on the cover but other people’s music within.

McClain’s baseball career was short but eventful.  Although he won the Cy Young Award, was named the AL Most Valuable Player, and pitched in the World Series, all in 1968, he suffered from a series of injuries and scandals.  From wikipedia:

“Sports Illustrated reported that a foot injury suffered by McLain late in 1967 had been caused by an organized crime figure stomping on it for McLain’s failure to pay off on a bet. McLain missed six starts because of this injury, coming back to pitch and lose the Tigers’ final game of the season against the California Angels, which cost his team the 1967 pennant. McLain’s story of what caused the injury kept changing: on various occasions, he claimed that he had kicked his locker after a particularly disappointing start; fallen asleep watching television, then wrenched his toes against some furniture when he woke up in the dark; kicked some garbage cans being ‘terrorized’ by squirrels; and fallen into a manhole while being chased by a pack of wild dogs.”  It goes on from there…

Took a wrong turn at Cracker Barrel

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A Very Channing Christmas

Carol Channing
“The Year Without a Santa Claus and Other Stories For Christmas”
Caedmon #TC 1303

“Twas the Night Before Christmas”:

Twas the Night Before Christmas

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john wayne

John Wayne
“America, Why I Love Her”
1973, RCA #AFL1-3484

From the Back Cover:
“I know most of you feel the same way I do about our country. Now and then we gripe about some of her imperfections, but sometimes that’s good. Especially if it gets us together to make things better.”

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Jimmy Carter, We Salute You!

Various Artists
“President Jimmy Carter We Salute You!”
Preview #LP 249

This is one of those “song-poem” vanity records – people would send in a song and pay to have it performed by “professional” musicians and singers. Check out this song, it’s hilarious:

Lino Lakey: “Viva President Carter”:

Viva President Carter

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Tear down this wall

Ronald Reagan
“On Radio!”
Radiola #MR-1118

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You Look Mahvelous

Fernando Lamas
“In Scenes From the Motion Picture the King and the Chorus Girl”
Co*Star, the Record Acting Game

“Alfred & Humbert”:

Alfred & Humbert

Mr. Lamas was the inspiration for Billy Crystal’s SNL skit, “Hernando’s Hideaway”. Fernando is the father of Lorenzo Lamas.

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Music to Be Murdered By

Alfred Hitchcock
“Presents Music to be Murdered By”
Imperial #9052

From the Back Cover:

“These days a murder is amusing for the onlookers and the murderer but no one thinks of making things pleasant for the victim. He may be a tiresome bore but he is still rather essential and is entitled to some consideration. Music, I feel, will heighten his appreciation and make his own murder the truly ennobling experience it should be.”

Intro – Side 1:

Intro – Side 1

Intro – Side 2:

Intro – Side 2

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Barry Goldwater – the Ron Paul of the 1960s

Barry Goldwater
“The Voice of Barry Goldwater”
Calendar #BG-1

“Morality, Leadership, Civil Rights, and Freedom!”:

Morality, Leadership, Civil Rights, and Freedom!

Goldwater was the Republican nominee for President in 1964. He lost to LBJ. He died in 1998

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