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February 13, 2011


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Michael Steinman

I think -- on the Fontana Cannonball cover -- the pretty model is terrified by the size of the human head. WOW! might really be a shriek of terror.
On a more serious note, Jerry Fuller recorded in the late Fifties with Jack Teagarden's Sextet and with the Dukes of Dixieland (I am doing this from memory) when that group had some sophisticated players in it as well. He is also visible in the footage taken of the Teagarden band's trip to Thailand in 1958. Some of this might be on YouTube, although I have not checked.

Jeff Rzepiela

To me it looks like Cannonball is wincing in pain from the woman shouting in his ear.

John P. Cooper

[Photo of Toni Harper at age 11 in Hollywood in 1948 by John Florea for Life]

There's the little lass at Union Station in Los Angeles right outside of Chinatown. Not quite Hollywood but a cab ride away!

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