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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Leonard Pennario albums I bought at the estate sale Sunday got me into taking inventory of what I have and what I do not have. There is little I do not have, I will tell you that! But one album I do not have is the one pictured above.
Doesn't that picture kill you?
Yesterday when I was working on the book I found myself just staring at it.
The way they photographed Pennario kills me. Look at his eyes in that picture. It was just a strange way to photograph someone and I do not think it worked. But one thing about Pennario, he was marketed unlike any other classical pianist. The folks at Capitol used to like to be "out there" with him and his albums. In my book I have an interview with a guy who worked in marketing at Capitol in the 1950s and he talked about that.
I love the cover of "Pennario Plays," which I scored the other day at the sale.
If you look closely you will see that he has a bit of hair out of place on the right side of his forehead, which makes me deduce that both that picture and the one at the top, on the Rachmaninoff album, were taken at the same photo session.
Ha, ha! Listen to me. These are the kind of thoughts you get when you are sitting all day not leaving the house and working, working, working. Which is what I did yesterday.