Kane Speaks! Thanks Galaxy_500

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Checking out Galaxie 500’s WordPress site on Lawrence Kane a few days back I discovered a (new?) posting. Recordings of a record-and-send disc (I’m guessing these were popular at the time with a war on) sent as he was travelling to get back to his Naval Reserve training in Chicago.

Note the pair of stamps on the envelope below, a Zodiac trademark.

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He’s an inebriated 19 year old who thinks a great deal of himself. He’s been an MC on the Poconos resorts entertainment trail for a couple of years since dropping out of HS. Likely how he met Eileen Barton, the young singer/entertainer to whom he addresses the recording. Both are the same age, NY’ers, Jewish- from his gushing it sounds like she was, maybe, the love of his life- but of course he was a terrible philanderer. Later in life he would use the name Barton as an alias, possibly as a way of memorializing her. They were eventually married in July of 1945.

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Galaxy_500 shows the envelopes together with the 2 discs, and a transcript which appears to have been included and appears to be in his own handwriting. (Showing some of the material here). In the record/text he talks about his Sagittarian love (Eileen- Nov 18, 1924). So at 19 he already has an interest in astrology. Not only that but he mentions the ‘Zodiac’… as a character, a thing  (the horoscope wheel), or the menace in disguise from the film ‘Charlie Chan at Paradise Island’ (1939)? Note the mention of ‘5 graves’. Is this the blueprint for a lifetime of chaos?

Eileen, a rising talent, was already under the watchful eye of Frank Sinatra in ’43 and Kane here drops his name at one point. I’m sure they must have met but I haven’t yet confirmed it. Eileen worked with Sinatra directly from ’45 on, performing on his radio show.

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Kane gets so homesick for his mom by June of ’43 he’s diagnosed with neurosis and discharged (honorably) a couple months later. Might it not have also had something to do with his hot girlfriend as well?

For anyone interested in Larry Kane as a suspect- the above material is a must hear/must see.

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Frankie and Eileen. Looking over lyrics? Sinatra could not read music, unbelievable as it might seem now.

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