Pope John Paul the Second has made his debut as a recording artist and released his first LP.
GV EXTERIOR Record shop in Germany showing Pope's record. (2 SHOTS)
GV EXTERIOR Factory in Cologne.
CU Record pressing machine. (2 SHOTS)
CU Crystal record label with title.
MS Pope in Poland surrounded by crowd.
MS Pope hands back little girl to parents.
MS Pope into car, stands up and waves.
CS Records being packed in boxes.
CS Records on display in shop, man takes record from rack and looks at cover. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Pope John Paul the Second has made his debut as a recording artist and released his first LP. It's not quite rock and roll, much less disco -- more a collection of roll and traditional songs from the Pope's native Poland. It was recorded during his visit there in June this year.
SYNOPSIS: The LP bearing a photo of the Pope on the cover went on sale in Cologne on Wednesday (22 August). It was the West German Company Crystal that recorded the album as the Pope sang to students at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. There are few things, it seems, that the Pope likes better than a good song and during his visit to Poland his rich baritone voice boomed across just about every town he stopped at. At one stage embarrassed prelates quietly shuffled into the background as Pope John Paul burst into a traditional drinking song. Such is the irrepressible manner of the singing Pontiff.
Already one hundred thousand copes of the album have been pressed and more are likely. On early sales figures it looks as though Pope John Paul the Second is going "Gold".