July 2012

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Marie Bryant (1917-1978) was a popular exotic dancer of the late 1930s and early 1940s. When her dancing career ended, she started a successful singing career. One of the greats of black entertainment she appeared in numerous films.

In the title track of this LP, Marie’s boyfriend Johnny can’t keep his hands off her statically charged underwear. Not sure when the LP was released, the late ’50s or early ’60s. The cover photograph of Pamela Green is by Harrison-Marks.

I’ve always been a fan of Calypso. It makes a great soundtrack to those long lazy summer days. I feel the title track would have made a good addition to the London is the Place for Me compilation album that was released by Honest Jon’s Records back in 2003.

Pamela Green and George Harrison Marks would often provide images for record covers. This one features Pam dressed as Rita Landre. The extended play 45 features four songs covered by Ed Cee, Rick Corio, Sam Horn and their various orchestras. Yakety Yak is sung by The Poor Crowns. It was released in 1958 by Gala Records (45XP1023). Some other records that have featured Pamela on the cover are Mmm, Nice! by Bob Thompson and my favourite Don’t Touch My Nylons by Marie Bryant.