Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 127 – August 2010)

Submitted by denny May 5th, 2011
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These are so cool. I had the blue one that mysteriously disappeared from my house.

Promo tin tray advertising AMI Multi-Horn, High Fidelity Sound System.

I keep forgetting to ask Allee what records are in here!

All types of drum sticks in a tin trash can featuring our solar system…..

“Like man, lend me your ear”!!

No comment on the head nut! But the SOUL ’69 pin is absolutely groovin’!

4 Responses to “Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 127 – August 2010)”

  1. Allee Willis

    All this stuff sits out in my recording studio. One of my serious favorites is in photo number one, the Tune Tote 45 case. I collected all the Ponytail stuff when I was a kid. Although this wasn’t my actual case, I held the facsimile in my hands for many many years. All my favorite 45s growing up are stuffed into this particular one. The next time you tour Willis Wonderland you must open it up. It’s a crash course in Pop Soul.

    The tin tray in the second photo is very small, only about 9 inches long. AMI made great jukeboxes. I collect anything having to do with vintage jukeboxes so was very happy to find this on eBay a few years ago.

    Classic 45 case in photo number three. You must also open this the next time you’re here. Contains all the records from my personal collection growing up that I loved almost as much as the ones in the Ponytail Tune Tote.

    I love my outer space wastebasket, made in the late 50s, in photo number four. But I love even more my collection of drumsticks and mallets. I dig into this everyday. The plastic bag poking out of the top has tons of smaller metal and wooden sticks that get lost in the bottom of the can if I don’t group them all together like this.

    I love Beatnik anything so the statue in photo number five is also a favorite. I love how grungy he looks. I also think whatever he’s wearing makes him look a little like a rabbi.

    I kept the Head Nut figure out on my desk for years. Now it lives all over my recording studio commemorating the nuttiness that I take on in my career. The Soul 69 tin pin kills me. I’m not 100% sure what that commemorates. Aretha Franklin had a killer album called that but I don’t think it’s where it’s from. I think when I bought it they told me it was from a music festival but if that was a festival of note featuring soul music I think I would’ve heard of it.

  2. denny

    Your Ponytail record carrying case flips me out! I had two in blue but they were lost in a move. The carrying case with the musical notes is flipped! I want to go through these if I can.

    Your “head nut”makes it all over Willis Wonderland? i have a wind-up duck (on a bicycle) that tends to be found in many different rooms in the house. It drives Ernie nuts.

    You got me hooked on beatnik kitsch and I am now on a quest to have at least 1 beatnik item in my little collection here.

  3. denny

    Pretty sure they were lost in a move. Then again, my memories of LA are a bit hazy.

    Saw a Ponytail product at the indoor flea market, selling for $45.00. No thank you. I’l check Ebay!