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John Palladino

John Palladino was a Capitol Records producer and A&R executive. His most notable recordings were with Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, but he edited records by Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd, as an A&R man oversaw recordings by the Band and Quicksilver Messenger Service, among others, he was considered a pioneering recording engineer, being one of the earliest engineers to perfect recordings with analog tape, developing several new recording techniques. Palladino was born on March 29, 1920, in Ashley, Pennsylvania but his family moved to Southern California when he was two years old. Palladino studied architecture at Los Angeles City College but played in a band, learned how to record in the college's radio station and LACC's recording studio. From 1940 to 1942 Palladino served in the Army Air Force, where he was an arranger and a radio operator before being discharged due to illness and returning to Los Angeles. In 1941, he found work at Radio Recorders. Where he met his future wife, Evelyn Blanchard, who did disc dubbing, tape editing, was a recording engineer.

Palladino left Radio Recorders for Capitol Records not long after it opened in 1949. He was promoted to album producer for Capitol Records in 1956. Palladino used a small-studio technique, close-miking musicians and using equalization and reverberation to get sounds, he did not always agree with the move in the 1960s towards multitracking and overdubbing instruments one at a time, preferring to record all the musicians playing live simultaneously. Palladino gained a reputation as a pioneer of developing new recording technology, including the use of Ampex recording tape, the creation of the "duophonic sound" system, twin pack tape cartridges, he was in demand as a tape editor, where he would re-edit or shorten tracks on albums. These included Paul McCartney and Wings' "Band on the Run" and "Silly Love Songs", Little River Band's "It's A Long Way There" and he removed profanity from the single of Pink Floyd's "Money"; as well as engineering and producing, Palladino joined the A&R department of Capitol Records in 1959 and was promoted to director of A&R Recording in 1976.

As an A&R man he worked with artists such as Quicksilver Messenger Service, Steve Miller, Sons of Champlin, Joy of Cooking. Before the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences began awarding Grammy Awards in 1959, Palladino received a special recognition for In the Wee Small Hours

Our Girl Friday

Our Girl Friday is a 1953 British comedy film starring Joan Collins, George Cole, Kenneth More and Robertson Hare. It is about a woman, shipwrecked with three men on a deserted island; the film was based on the Australian writer Norman Lindsay's 1934 novel The Cautious Amorist. A ship collision results in four survivors from an ocean liner winding up on a desert island: spoiled heiress Sadie, lecturer Professor Gibble, journalist Jimmy Carrol and ship's stoker Pat Plunket. Carrol falls in love with Sadie and she kisses him. Gibble falls in love with Sadie; this causes conflict between Carrol and Gibble that results in Sadie wanting to move to the other side of the island to live alone. Gibble gets the wrong impression that Sadie are intimate. Pat gets drunk. Sadie takes over as leader on the island; when the men threaten to strike, she declares that the group will never function until she marries one of the men. They draw Gibble gets the short straw, but tries to back out in favour of Pat. A ship appears and the group is rescued.

Safe on the ship, Gibble asks her to marry him. So does Carrol. However, Sadie is in love with Pat, but he refuses her marriage proposal, saying they are too different, but Sadie persuades the ship's captain that Pat is obliged to marry her, but before it can happen that ship goes down. Sadie wades ashore at the same island where Pat has arrived. Joan Collins as Sadie Patch George Cole as Jimmy Carrol Kenneth More as Pat Plunkett Robertson Hare as Professor Gibble Hermione Gingold as Spinster Walter Fitzgerald as Captain Hattie Jacques as Mrs. Patch Felix Felton as Mr. Patch Lionel Murton as Barman Norman Lindsay's novel The Cautious Amorist was published in 1931, it was banned in parts of Australia. Film rights were purchased in 1948, it was to be written and directed by Noel Langley and Robertson Hare was attached as a star. The original producer was John Sutro and the working title was Sadie. Lucille Ball was going to be the female star. Jane Russell was going to play it. By now George Minter was producer and the title was The Girl on the Island.

The film ended up not being made until several years later. Joan Collins was borrowed from J. Arthur Rank to appear in the film; the movie was shot on location in Majorca, Spain. More's fee was £4,500."I wore a bikini and no make up", said Collins later. "It was quite restful and more like a holiday than work."Collins claimed she was the first actress to appear in a bikini on screen in this film. Her character tears up a shirt into a makeshift one. Although the film was released after Genevieve, which made More a star, it performed disappointingly at the box office. Our Girl Friday at the TCM Movie Database Our Girl Friday on IMDb