November 30, 2016 Picture Perfect

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Donny Osmond, Portrait Of Donny, MGM SE 4820, 1972

Before I get accused committing of a mortal musical sin, let me clarify that I bought this record for the intact insert and not the actual record!  But in fairness, considering the fact the MGM Records advertised the three 8×10″ glossy pictures of their teen idol, perhaps even they weren’t thinking too much about the record that also came with them.

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There’s no doubting the hotness of The Osmond clan in 1972.  And the hottest of them all was Donny.  The sort of “answer” to a very young Michael Jackson, MGM had Donny sing cover versions of early 60s hits and often outsold the originals.  Carole King had a phenomenal year as an artist and songwriter in 1971 because of her smash album Tapestry and James Taylor’s version of You’ve Got A Friend.  But her sales figures were augmented by Donny Osmond’s cover of the 1963 Steve Lawrence record Go Away Little Girl, which spent three weeks at number one.

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Finding a very good copy of this record was one thing, but finding it complete with nearly perfect inserts is some kind of a coup.  Virtually all of these photos and posters would have immediately been tacked up on a wall and quickly destroyed.  But for the amazing price of $1 I can see Donny thinking of me and signing off with “love”.  Oh, yes, and I also got a free record of hims singing too!

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $613 Remaining

November Summary:

$68 Spent, $2.27 per record

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