From My Collection

I couldn’t find any other good Polka records, at least not as good as Stanky and his Pennsylvanian Coal Miners.   Here’s a couple of covers that I like for different reasons. The first is Very, Very, Villegas (columbia, 1956) a record by jazz pianist Enrique Villegas, it’s got a cool modern art thing going with a good use of photography. The second is Tito Puente and Friend, I would have thought he had more than one friend.

    • fishbreath
    • July 21st, 2010

    little known fact: In the fall of 1954, descendants of master builder john roebling were thrilled that Enrique Villegas agreed to use his left leg help support the brooklyn bridge while workers feverishly re-strung the broken cable (previously broken by other reckless jazz giants). This is an actual photograph of the event.

    • fishbreath
    • July 22nd, 2010

    these are really great, yeah, the villegas for the “art shot” and also the orange sponsor/hi-fi sticker on the side and i love the disembodied head-of-tito illustration-its almost as if he’s “dive-bombing” us.
    and his only friend, i feel bad.

  1. this is awesome. i am also surprised.

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