Top Of The Pops moonlighting models

chanson succes top of the pops cover girlchanson succes top of the pops cover girlSome of the Top Of The Pops cover girls have found their way onto other album sleeves; here are two examples. The Chanson Succes Vol 2 album is from France, on the Manolo Record label, distributed and owned by Pickwick. So it’s no real surprise to see the cover photograph being recycled from Top Of The Pops Volume 34. The tracks are totally different however, credited to the Manolo Club Band, a bunch of (French?) session musicians. I don’t know the date of this album, though it looks late 1970s or early 1980s. The French cover even follows the TOTP layout and colour scheme… chanson succes top of the pops cover girl
Fausto Papetti top of the pops cover girlThe second cover is from 1977, and clearly shows the model from Top Of The Pops Volume 28. That came out in 1972, while this French album was released in 1977. Fausto Papetti was based in Italy and released dozens of brass driven MOR albums, all of which featured nude models.  Released on the Durium label, it’s unlikely they would have got away with so much nudity on a sleeve in Britain. top of the pops 28

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