Frank Sinatra record titled 'Songs for Young Lovers', in its original album cover and plastic sleeve. It was recorded in 1953 and released in 1954. The record was produced by Capitol Records and distributed by E.M.I. Lindsay Motherwell was a jazz drummer and enjoyed a variety of music along with his wife Sylvia.

Sylvia Boyes (a South African-born orphan) and Lindsay Motherwell (a Melbourne-born drummer) met in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967 through their theatre connections. They fell in love but due to apartheid laws were forced to leave South Africa to marry in London. They subsequently relocated permanently to Melbourne in 1970.

Physical Description

A 10" record with a 33 1/3 RPM, in its original plastic sleeve within a cardboard album cover. The front cover is dark with an artists impression of Frank Sinatra standing next to a light pole, and two young couples walking past him. In the top left is the artist name in white and the album title in yellow. The Capitol Records logo is in the top right hand corner, beneath which is a label stating "LONG PLAYING 33 1/3 MICROGROOVE". In the bottom left is a list of the song titles and across the bottom the words "Accompanied by NELSON RIDDLE". On the back is a short blurb, written as a sort of poem. The Capitol Records logo appears again, as well as copyright information.


Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection provides a significant opportunity to represent political and personal freedom as a motivation for migrating to Australia within the international context of both apartheid in South Africa and the end of the White Australia policy in Australia. The personal narrative is well documented and the objects provide a material way to follow the lives of both Lindsay and Sylvia, both separately and where they coincide in South Africa and onwards together to Melbourne. While this is ultimately a love story, it plays out through the collection against the backdrop of apartheid South Africa, sixties London and an increasingly multicultural Australia.

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