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If the car I drive seems a little low in the rear, it's because it's loaded full of LP albums my Aunt Carole just gave me. There's everything from Paul Revere and the Raiders to West Side Story. My aunt is moving and wanted me to do something with these albums. Would anybody out there want any of them? Plan B is to drop them off at Vintage Vinyl and see what they'd give me for them.

There were some 78s even, and I saved those. I have a bunch from my parents too. I can't play them unless and until I find my record player, but if feels good to have them anyway. My dad told me that when he and my mom got their first phonograph, she sent him out to buy a variety of records, and he came back with 16 Xavier Cugat records. I'm not sure who Xavier is, but I have the records if you ever want to hear them.


You don't know Xavier Cugat? He was a Cuban band leader way back when and paved the way for Ricky Ricardo, oops, I mean Desi Arnaz. They played tango, cha-cha, conga, mambo. One of his biggest claims to fame was the discovery of Charo . . . cuchi, cuchi! She later became Mrs. Cugat.

I hope you get some decent cash for those wonderful records. I still have mine (all 200+ of my 33 1/3 LPs) and my 45s. I still have the Virgil Fox album you scratched up when you tripped over the cord at the JCC. They are in two boxes that I've covered with a table cloth and use as an table between two chairs. Now, if I could only find a turntable.

Posted by: Dana at December 23, 2004 1:43 PM

I think you can find turntables still. Gee I forgot about the Virgil Fox album, sorry about that! How about a Xavier Cugat algorithm as a replacement?

Posted by: rkc at December 23, 2004 10:14 PM

hi. ur my dad so im writing. i wont say anything mean about you because ur looking at me while i type.

Posted by: Your loving daughter at December 24, 2004 9:56 PM

Never fear! Don't you remember scurrying around the next day trying to find a replacement? It was my father's record and he loved it. You found one and we replaced it without my dad knowing, as only teenagers can do. You took a marker and wrote all over the other one, drawing a mustache and other things on poor Virgil's face. You wrote something in a cartoon bubble over his head, too, but I don't remember what it was right now. I kept it for sentimental reasons!

Posted by: Dana at December 27, 2004 1:45 PM

Well I'm sentimental too - I still have that contact picture you did with a glass rabbit and something to make a moon. I saw good old Virgil Fox when he was still mostly alive. I think it was in Houston, and he played Stars and Stripes or something that patriotic while standing on the pedal board.

Posted by: rkc at January 5, 2005 9:13 PM