“The Mars Volta and John were outside waiting for the van and just out of the blue my niece came to me and told me: ” I know what to say to John” and I asked her what? and she said “I love your music very much” (up until that moment she hadn’t spoken to him, she was very shy..)… and I said that it was ok, but I didn’t believe she was for real… but thank god I was mistaken!
She went to him and said :”John?”… he turned around and when he saw her he bent like in the picture… and then she told him “I love your music very much” and John started to reply to her but she didn’t understand him (she couldn’t speak in english at that time!! she only knew how to say those words!!)…. so I explained to him the situation and so he did the most beautiful thing I have seen… he took her by the arm and said with words and gestures “YOU (he pointed at her) MADE ME (he pointed at him) HAPPY (with his fingers “drew” a smile on his lips)
-The story behind this picture, told by Silvina (photographer)
This is the most adorable story I’ve ever heard and this picture is one of my favourites :)
Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of Ella’s biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, Ella tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt… she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”