In the 1960’s and 70’s many movie and TV personalities got the idea that if people liked their acting then they would also like to hear them sing. Most of these celebrities were incorrect in this assumption and their records didn’t sell very well. But what a great collectable they are. “Bill Cosby Sings” is one of two singing albums he released and his singing is passable. The real fun in these celebrity albums are playing them for friends and having a good laugh. I have quite a few in my personal collection and we have some good ones in the shop including one of my favorites “A Musical Trip With George Burns”.
This week I want to highlight a very cool compilation album that I recently discovered. Rock-O-Rama Vol. 2 from 1972 is full of seldom heard gems by seldom heard groups. This comp. has hits by Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The Orlons, ? & the Mysterians, The Dovells and Zacherly. I don’t really understand why the two John Zacherly songs are on here but I do love novelty songs and Dinner with Drac is great. One thing is for sure, whoever put this comp together for Abkco had interesting taste in music.
This week we have another hard to find record. It is the soundtrack album from the 1956 film Alexander the Great staring the great Richard Burton. This powerful score was directed by Mario Nascimbene. Soundtrack albums are a great collectable and early ones are extremely hard to find in good condition.