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45: “That Old Black Magic”/”Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”/”Gentleman Friend”/ “What Is There to Say” by Peggy Connelly. Bethlehem BEP 128. Recorded January 16-18, 1956 in Hollywood.

Image courtesy of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Archive of Recorded Sound.

Image courtesy of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Archive of Recorded Sound.

Peggy Connelly was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1931 and soon after raised in Fort Worth Texas.  Her debut album, Peggy Connelly with Russ Garcia—That Old Black Magic, would be her only solo recording for Bethlehem Records. This EP featured songs taken from that album and also featured the exact same cover that was used for the album. But one can’t really blame the higher-ups at Bethlehem for using it twice because it is a keeper—a dynamic mix of sex appeal, photographic trickery and post-Gigi styling that was on point for its time and is wonderfully kitschy today. Continue reading

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