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Founders' Park, Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

Founders’ Park, Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © 2017

 

 

PEGGY LEE:    “September in the Rain”   from the album  Ladies of the Great American Songbook.

 

 

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Marilyn Monroe, no longer in the dark. Marilyn Monroe, no longer in the dark.  Photographer George Barris made Marilyn smile.  I always imagined that she was smiling at me.

 

 

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (re-posted from November, 2014)

 

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles on June 1,  1926.  She tragically died at the age of 36. She was the pin-up girl for most of the guys from my generation.  Marilyn was not only a movie star, but she also was a singer.  Remember “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

Many years ago I found this photo  (above)  of MM in a shop on Thompson Street in  Greenwich Village where they sold images of Hollywood stars.  I loved her smile, her hair, and her towel. The picture was provocative even though it is rated P.G. (my initials)

Marilyn has been on the wall of my dark room for many years, so she was always smiling at me, keeping me company, while I was engaged in that solitary activity. Now, as I take down that old technology, the photo of Marilyn will remain, as the dark room takes on new digital form.

There were many photographers who were known for their images of her—tens of thousands of photos of Marilyn exist.

Those who were privileged to photograph her included many great names such as  Avedon, Bachrach, Eisenstadt and Newman.

We recently wrote a post about the photographers on the movie set of The Misfits, where MM was photographed with Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Arthur Miller, and Eli Wallach.   BF about The Misfits

She was a passionate and vulnerable  person who, like a beautiful butterfly,  flitted from one to another without landing happily.  Here is a quote from Marilyn herself, “I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
” –From the Unfinished Biography of Marilyn Monroe

Her singing was wispy and sexy. Recently Barry Manilow decided to make an album of “Dream Duets” using technology to bring him together in song with his departed musical heroes.  One of the songs was with Marilyn.

 

MARILYN MONROE  Gentlemen Prefer Blonds

 

 

 

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Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Wyeth’s studio.  Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

Gross anatomy lab at The George Washington U. School of Medicine.  Paul Goldfinger.  Freshman year. The cigarette is a prop. ©  Her name was Ethel.  You can tell by the pelvis.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  This post by popular request from the cast of True Blood.

 

Andrew Wyeth, famous painter, was a movie buff and he had souvenirs around his studio, given to him by some of his actor friends. There was a sword from the swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.   The skeleton was real, but I don’t know if he had it there for fun or for body sketches.

We had a skeleton in the gross anatomy lab in medical school. I am wearing my smelly formaldehyde laden lab coat with my arm around Ethel.  She was very thin.

My roommate Jim  and I were given a bone box and a skull box to take home and study.  One month later, we put a hat on the skull,  lit it up, and put it in our ground floor window for Halloween on 16th Street in D.C.

Down the street,  a few blocks away, was the White House  where our neighbor  JFK and his family lived.

We should have walked over to see if Marilyn was sneaking up the back steps.

 

 

Marilyn Monroe. She had more visits to the White House than Bobby Kennedy.

 

LOUIS  PRIMA with a song for the skeleton  “I Ain’t Got No Body.”   And also “Just a Gigolo.” which is about my ambition after my bar mitzvah.

 

 

 

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 2010. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 2010. Silver gelatin print. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

CHARLES GOUNOD.   “Faust” ballet music. Berlin Philharmoniker

 

 

 

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In the Village, NYC. Springtime.  2015  ©  Paul Goldfinger. Tri-X collection.

 

 

MILES DAVIS     “Springsville”   is from his famous album Miles Ahead.  The album was arranged by Gil Evans. There were 20 musicians on the album, and Miles played flugelhorn throughout.  “Springsville is the #1 track.”

 

 

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OG Dark One. May, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Wesley Lake  Ocean Grove side. May, 2015.  Can you see a star?    By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.

 

Here’s a classic but largely unknown Doo Wop song called “I See a Star” by the Roulettes.

If one reviews the internet world of Doo Wops, this group is known, but I never heard of them or of this song.

But this song has all the classic doo wop components.

Any comments by any of those fifties survivors who danced to this music or just played 45’s on a little player which you could take on a date or listen to in bed?

Paul Goldfinger  Editor   Blogfinger.net

 

c. 1958 ?? Internet photo

 

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Blvd St Michel By Paul Goldfinger

Place Saint-Michel, Paris Left Bank.   By Paul Goldfinger©

 

DJANGO REINHARDT   from the movie Something’s Gotta Give:  “Brazil”

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Florence. Italy. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The Three Graces.    Florence. Italy.  Photo and silver gelatin darkroom print by Paul Goldfinger ©

 

ELVIS  COSTELLO.   From the movie Notting Hill.   The song is “She” written by Charles Aznavour, the French singer composer.

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Tuscany. By Paul Goldfinger. © Tuscany. By Paul Goldfinger. ©   Click to enlarge.

 

San Gimignano began as an Etruscan village in the 3rd century BC.  Later it received its current name as it evolved into a medieval Tuscan town known for its towers.

 

RONALD NALDI.      Mr. Naldi, of the Metropolitan Opera company is also of Ocean Grove and can be heard this summer in the Great Auditorium.

 

This is “O Paese d’ ‘o Sole”

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Bourbon Street, New Orleans. 1998. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Bourbon Street, New Orleans. 1998. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Silver gelatin darkroom print.

 

BYRON STRIPLING  (vocal and trumpet)

 

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