August 13, 2016 Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter

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Mike Douglas, The Men In My Little Girl’s Life, Epic LN-24186, 1966

January, 1966, and the Top 10 has hits by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, oh, and a record by the host of a local Philadelphia afternoon talk show host.  Mike Douglas was a fairly big name at the tail end of the Big Band area, but by the early 50s, he found himself trying to maintain a career, when a local tv station in Cleveland hired him to do an afternoon variety talk show.  TV led to a recording deal with Epic Records.

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The Mike Douglas Show did really well, and by 1965 it was being nationally syndicated.  It was cheap to produce, but it attracted really big names while creating a genre all on it’s own.  There probably would be no Oprah without Mike Douglas.  This record, though, was really from another time.

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It’s just a big bunch of schmaltz.  I’m sure it was bought by fathers who didn’t relate to Simon & Garfunkel and bought this to maintain a sense of control.  In the end though, the woodstock generation grew up and life moved on.  This is more of a novelty record now, hilarious in it’s imagery, and why you pretty much have to buy this record to be able to hear.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $843 Remaining

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