Thursday, June 16, 2016

Movie Stars and Music

It's been an unexpectedly heavy workweek, hence this being a slower blogging week than usual!

The lazy days of summer are right around the corner, and what better way to enjoy some time off than relaxing while playing some LP's? Here's a selection of photos of classic film stars enjoying their record albums. Looking at these photos, it's fun to contemplate that somehow records are now back "in" again.

Jimmy Stewart:

Debbie Reynolds:

Ginger Rogers:

Audrey Hepburn:

Natalie Wood:

Frank Sinatra:

Doris Day:

June Allyson and children:

Mitzi Gaynor (who has great musical taste!):

Ann Miller:

Clint Eastwood:

Am I the only one who gets twitchy seeing so many people putting their fingers all over the records? You're supposed to hold them by the edges and the center, never on the playing surface...

I wonder if any of these records are still enjoyed today, or whether they're all "gone with the wind"?

I should be back this weekend with a link roundup and movie reviews, and I'll also have a preview of TCM's September schedule in the near future.


Blogger KC said...

It bugs me to see them all over the floor out of their covers too. I'm very particular about how my records are handled!

12:44 AM  
Blogger mel said...

Nice pics, Laura.

Isn't it funny... I hadn't got to your bottom paragraphs yet, but was going to make a similar comment about how few of these people knew the correct way to handle a record. And to see the records just strewn all over the floor or carpet like that! Ouch!!!

6:32 AM  
Blogger DKoren said...

Yes! It made me twitchy too! I was like, ahhhhh! They're just grabbing those records in the middle, not holding the edges. And yes, all those records stacked without their covers, etc. However, it's lovely seeing all those shots of them. I have extremely fond memories of my parents' record collection (which they still have), and reading the back covers, etc.

7:44 AM  
Blogger barrylane said...

Vinyl has made a modest comeback in the collector to collector trade.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

We know Clint is listening to some jazz. I wonder if Jimmy has a Glenn Miller album in his collection or if it is all accordion stuff.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

Still have my old LPs (plus all the CDs of course!) and not only are they stored correctly but in vinyl covers. It's good to be pernickety!!

I would love to know what each of them was listening to (their own records??). I agree with Laura about Mitzi Gaynor's impeccable taste.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Blake Lucas said...

I loved this, Laura. I love LPs and and try to be very careful how I keep my own collection. I have plenty of CDs now of course but still love the sound of vinyl. With some favorite records, I have both CD and LP and enjoy the records even if they have some wear. One other things I love about LPs--they are generally 35-45 minutes, usually close to 40 and that's a perfect length.

Seems like folks here jumped on these people for the way they are handling their records, but my first response was just that I enjoyed the thought of the pleasure they took in their records. You know, it's just nice to think of James Stewart playing the music he loves, just like I do myself.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm really delighted this post struck a chord with so many of you! And to know that I'm not alone in noticing how the records were being (man)handled, while also appreciating some favorite stars enjoying their albums.

I think my favorite of this set may be the one of Clint, Caftan Woman!

Thanks to Disney I've bought two LPs in the last couple of years, probably the first time since...the late '80s, I think? It's great to see LPs sold again in the music shop at Disneyland and at the D23 convention. (I even got a t-shirt with the Disneyland Records logo at the convention!) Love that collectors of other kinds of music are able to enjoy LPs again as well.

I agree, I like seeing people like Jimmy enjoying their music collections, Blake! Really made me wonder if any of these albums had been passed down to the family or were still enjoyed by people like Clint, Mitzi, and Debbie, or if the records are all gone now, when they went "out of date."

Best wishes,
Laura (who still has a large record collection)

6:23 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

Fun! Also a reminder that records will never completely go out of style!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks so much, Jocelyn, glad you enjoyed!

Best wishes,

9:03 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

I was surprised when visiting a Barnes & Noble near my home several months ago seeing a huge selection of vinyl in the CD department. Had no idea. I still listen to my old LPs. I still listen to my old 78's. Put on disc (carefully holding it by the edges) and then clean the house. Yesterday it was Alfred Drake and the original Broadway cast of KISS ME KATE.

1:19 PM  

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