The Art of Jazz #89

New Orleans Jazz Festival
(Turk Murphy)
(Columbia Records; 1956)

Before and After #172: Harris Glenn Milstead (aka Divine)



The Art of Cinema #375

(Freddie Francis; 1965)

Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbilly Cats #2

Janis Martin

G is for Gedney #21

Two men crossing a street towards a movie theater (1966)

Welcome to Show Business! #21

Original Caption:


Los Angeles -- Filmdom's Stevenson supporters got a pleasant surprise last night when Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, reported separated, appeared together for the first time in more than a week, at a mammoth rally for Gov. Adlai Stevenson at the Palladium. They have apparently patched up their domestic difficulities. Sinatra sang, 'When You're Smiling', and Miss Gardner introduced "my husband" to the rally audience as "a wonderful, wonderful man." (1955)

American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #17

Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra

This Week's Munch #14

Women on the Beach (1898)

Seminal Image #911

We Were Strangers
(John Huston; 1949)

The Art of Jazz #88

Destination . . . Out!
(Jackie McLean)
(Blue Note Records; 1964)

The Heretofore Unmentioned #59

Walter Gropius

The Art of Songwriting #21

Me-ow Song
(Music: Mel B. Kaufman; Lyrics: Harry D. Kerr)
(Sam Fox Publishing Co.; 1919)

C is for Cunningham #25

Three Heads, Four Hands (1964)

Life During Wartime #2

Original Caption:

South Vietnam Governor Visits Film Studio.

Los Angeles -- Colonel Thao, Governor of the Province of Kienhoa, South Vietnam, is shown above with his wife while visiting actress Sandra Dee on the set of 'Tammy and the Doctor' at Universal Studios. Colonel Thao, a leader in South Vietnam's war against the Communists, is touring the United States as a guest of the State Department and next week will be in Washington D.C. for a conference with President Kennedy. (1962)

They Were Collaborators #549

Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster

The Heretofore Unmentioned #58

Matthew Sweet

Nuns Gone Wild! #11

Original Caption:

Little Rock -- Sister Monica, OSB, of the Holy Souls School in Arkansas races some of her students on a sled shortly after 5 inches of snow fell on Little Rock. (1962)

The New Yorkers #9

Bess Myerson

Welcome to Show Business! #20

Original Caption:

Not Casting.

New York -- Rod Serling, Academy Award winner, author and TV producer, checks out a reptile he has assembled from a hobby kit - not to star in a TV script, but because he enjoyed making it. As chairman of National Hobby Month, he is an advocate of constructive, self-involving hobbies for everyone, whether it's assembling scale model kits, flying model plans, racing model cars, or doing any of hundreds of crafts. The month of April has been designated as National Hobby Month, sponsored by the Hobby Association of America, in a Congressional Resolution proposed by Senator Jacob Javits of New York. (1975)

Artists in Action #486

Ernest Hemingway attracts Pigeons

The Art of Cinema #374

War Hunt
(Denis Sanders; 1962)

They Were an Item #67

Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl

Singles Going Steady #1

Ivan - Real Wild Child b/w Oh You Beautiful Doll
(Coral 9-62017; 1958)

"Ivan" was in fact a nom de tune for the Crickets' Jerry Allison (his middle name) and this single was issued in August, 1958 as a rock and roll novelty, with very few hints in its publicity that he was also Buddy Holly's drummer. Allison first heard the song when the Crickets were touring Australia, recorded by Down Under singing star Johnny O'Keefe, and when Coral agreed to let Holly produce this version, Allison decided he "was going to try and sing it like James Cagney, but that didn't work." As for the B-side, it sounds like Allison was channeling the 13th Floor Elevators' electric jug sound nearly a decade early.

The single was recorded in the summer of 1958 in Clovis with Holly and the Crickets (including bassist Joe Mauldin), Bo Clarke on drums and singing group The Roses on backing vocals. Producer Norman Petty plays wine glasses on the flip. Enjoy!

And if anyone has a copy of Ivan's lone follow-up single, Frankie Frankenstein, please let me know.

When Legends Gather #505

Charles Chaplin prepares to trade witticisms with George Bernard Shaw over dinner.

The Art of War #50
The Art of Labour #15

They Were Collaborators #548

The Martin Denny Band

A Is For Arbus #52

Beaufort County, South Carolina
(June, 1968)

Collect 'Em All #59

Margaret Sullavan
No. 44 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Only Yesterday brought to the films a new star--Margaret Sullavan. The daughter of a broker, she was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 16th, 1911. On leaving school, she attended a theatre school, and then became a member of some University Players in Cape Cod. Her parents, however, objected to her going on the stage and she returned home. Nevertheless, her desire for a theatrical career was too strong--and she won their consent. After touring with stock companies, she was seen in New York by a Universal "scout" on the look-out for new talent. Her second film is Little Man, What Now?