“The Lounge Series”

Dean Martin starred as the swinging American counterpart to the British James Bond in the Matt Helm flicks. Here’s Dino relaxing with a bed of lovely ladies…lucky guy!

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Dean Martin had a long running variety show. Here he is all suave and relaxed as usual!

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When the Cocktail Hour was King! A swell, swank couple of well-dressed lovers serve each other a glass of Champagne. It’s very true that “candy is dandy….but liquor is quicker!” The poor bear is the only one NOT having a good time!—-

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Music For Lovers Only–a Jackie Gleason LP of distinction! In the iconic artwork is everything quintessential to the Lounge era. Let your imagination run wild…and make mine a double.

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An awesome Jonah Jones LP cover. The gals are wearing “A Touch of Blue”, but they certainly aren’t singin’ the Blues…they look rather happy in fact.

 

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Henry Mancini composed the first real Jazz score for a TV series— Peter Gunn.  The LP cover art is very cool and a bit mysterious.

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Point of No Return, Frank Sinatra’s last album for Capitol Records, 1961…has Frank in a classic pose…trench coat, snappy hat and a smoke. To go with the LP cover is a treasure trove of sad songs…a great recording.

 

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Julie London…’Tenderly Yours”…what else can you say?  I’ll shut up.

 

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Liberty Records knew how to market Miss London…sultry and sexy every time….how can you resist a beautiful woman decked out in gold and smoking a cigarette…she’s all “About The Blues”.

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What’s not to love about the sexy, smoky vocal talents of Julie London? Besides making great music…she always had alluring LP covers…like this alternate cover for Tenderly Yours.

 

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Album cover for the classic James Bond flick…’Goldfinger’—1964. An awesome movie and the fantastic soundtrack by John Barry doesn’t hurt one bit. I’ll make no comments about Pussy Galore!….

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The fantastic and prolific arranger/composer Nelson Riddle blessed us with this gem of a TV theme.The show was cool (2 bachelors traveling the highways of America in a Corvette and 20 bucks between them)…but seldom dealt with the real Route 66…though it’s a great series, no doubt.—

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Herb Alpert’s ‘Whipped Cream’ LP was a fine piece of music. However, it was the gorgeous gal covered in shaving cream (yes, that’s true) who sold the millions of copies. I think she shoulda got the Nobel Peace Prize…’cause things were mellow and cool when digging this record!—-

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Jackie Gleason knocked out many fine LP’s in the 50′s and 60′s…all featuring lush arrangements and the golden tones of Bobby Hackett on horn. His album covers were classic …just like this one…”Music, Martinis, and Memories”.

 

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Being a San Franciscan myself, it’s difficult to resist this romantic image of 2 lovers having an elegant time in my favorite city–(even if the photo might have been snapped in Butte, Montana)—101 Strings will do the trick!—

 

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Trumpeter Jonah Jones (or his savvy record company) had the smarts to put beautiful ladies on his album covers…and boy are we glad! —’Styled By Jonah Jones”.

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This well dressed lady is saving the cab fare and using her magic carpet instead. She’s scouting out the swankiest nightclubs before making a landing.  If she’s carrying a transistor radio, it might be playing a cool tune by ‘The Three Suns”. Looks like she’s packed for a romantic overnight excursion…but then again, she might be on her way to visit her sick Aunt Mildred in Queens…who knows for sure?

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With this clock, it’s always cocktail time somewhere in the universe. Pick a time zone, baby…and choose a tempting libation while you’re at it!—-Lounge Lothario/Cocktail Nation radio host Koop Kooper has this very time piece hanging in his Sydney penthouse…and what an honor that is!—

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Audrey Hepburn is about as swank and elegant as it got in the day….this classic film and the Henry Mancini music contained within are superb.

 

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Record companies in the 50′s & 60′s produced a truckload of ‘theme’ LP’s…like this one, “Music For Dining”, especially for face to face dinner adventures between consenting adults. You can only imagine what’s for dessert.

 

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‘Love is Blue’ was a smash instrumental hit—and this provocative cover art was a smash hit, too…especially with men of all ages…me included—

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 Ferrante & Teicher may sound like a law firm…but this tuxedo-clad piano duo cranked out many fine instrumental LP’s in the 60′s. This cover has a distinctly ‘Bond’ feel to it.

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Dave Brubeck’s LP…Time Further Out was a follow-up

to the huge best seller…Time Out. Dave made Jazz cool with the general public-

And he had stunning  artwork..like this….

 

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Dave Brubeck sold a lot of great Jazz LP’s—

this one, Countdown Time In Outer Space, was issued in 1962.

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Nat King Cole—-Capitol Records’  art department worked overtime

creating these brilliant covers!—and the music ain’t bad either!–

 

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Frank Sinatra’s Only the Lonely—  awesome ballads LP from 1958

Lock up all sharp objects while playing this lesson in love and heartbreak

 

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Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me LP…Capitol Records ‘soared’ with this cool artwork.  Here we see Frank jet setting with a lovely gal in 1958….”There’s a bar in far Bombay”—indeed!–

 

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