These kids are going places!

Years ago, good-looking young people hoping to break into careers on stage or screen often started out as models, posing for fashion ads or even for record jackets, while waiting to be “discovered.” (James Garner started out modeling bathing suits.)

Nov18A

Those records still show up in the thrift shop bins, often ignored by those hoping to strike it rich with some Beatles rarity.

Nov18B

We have preached for some time that one of the unforeseen merits of the 12-inch LP record was the restricted field it presented for artistic composition. Just as the author of a haiku is required to focus his or her eloquence in a limited number of syllables, so we can watch the development of the record jacket during a compressed, 40-year “golden era,” starting with two colors and plain text in 1948, as succeeding generations answered the question: “What can you do with this 12-inch square?”

Nov18C

Three of today’s four entries offer young models who would go on to fame and fortune in other fields. The fourth is just our old friend, Florida keyboard virtuoso Lenny Dee, caught in a candid snapshot exchanging greetings with a young neighbor on his way to work. Lenny’s watchword was always “safety first,” and if you look real close, you’ll see the little friend atop his electric organ IS wearing a doggie life preserver.

Nov18D

Remember: The cardboard can be collectable, too.

6 Comments to “These kids are going places!”

  1. Thomas Mitchell Says:

    Edward ‘Kookie’ Burns?

  2. Vin Says:

    Mitch, was that a guess, or a request?

    Edd “Kookie” Byrnes joins us here:
    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=9804840713

    Kookie had released his own Extended Play 45 by 1960, featuring his unforgettable vocal stylings on “Like, I Love You.” But while the 22-year-old showing off his Lindy moves here on the cover of Vido Musso’s “Teen Age Dance Party” was about the same age, by the time this album cover was photographed (circa 1957) he had already landed some of the one-shot TV appearances on “Death Valley Days” and “The Adventures of Jim Bowie” which would eventually lead to his historic teaming with James Drury and Clu Gulager for that interminable Western yarn which helped render much of American ’60s television “The Land That Time Forgot.”

    — V.S.

  3. John Taylor Says:

    #1 = Kent McClure?

    #2 = MTM? (this is a swag)

    #3 = idk … Sandra Dee? (super swag)

  4. John Taylor Says:

    Correction: #1 = DOUG McClure?

  5. B Says:

    John,

    #2 MTM: Good guess:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/100605334/million-sellers-mary-tyler-moore

  6. Ansonmacdonald Says:

    #1 = Sophia Loren
    #2 = Mary Tyler Moore
    #3 = Grace Kelly
    #4 = I would guess Sandra Dee except I am not certain she could waterski that well.

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