John F. Kennedy, The Kennedy Wit, RCA Victor VDM-101, 1964
This is by far the best of all the Kennedy tribute albums I’ve ever heard. It’s concise and focused on some really funny moments from the 2 1/2 year Kennedy presidency.
There is good narration by David Brinkley, and even an more interesting introduction by Adlai Stevenson. True, the sound of his voice makes it seem like he’s applying for a job as Underbutler at Downton Abbey, but he concisely describes Kennedy from the point of view of an elder statesman who knew how special he was.
With a catalogue number of 101, I can tell that this record was the first of a new RCA series. The Stevenson record from the other day came about a year later, but I’ve never seen any other records from this series. Maybe politicians stopped being witty after 1965.
Cost: $3, $666 Remaining