Even MORE of Your FIRST 45's!!!
The popularity of this topic just keeps growing ... we've now had to add a THIRD Page of FIRST 45's Memories!!! (Special thanks to SCOTT SHANNON of THE TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL, RON SMITH of oldiesmusic.com and Rich Appel of HzSoGood for helping us to cross-promote this feature ... and get more of your FIRST 45's Memories up on the web page!!!)
My first 45 was the "Jailhouse Rock" EP by Elvis. But I didn't buy it until five years after it came out! Ron Smith
I walked into a record store and said to the clerk, "Gimme My Coloring Book". He said "By who?" I said "I dunno, I just heard it on the radio, I dont know who did it". So he gave me Sandy Stewart and I walked out the door. George Dailey
From 6/56 to 6/58, I enjoyed life in the tropics on the Pacific island of Guam, my Dad being the US Navy officer he was. However, now and then, he would take the family and motor to the north end of the island to Anderson AFB, just to put a little variety in our shopping habits.
I had already bought some 45's by Les Paul and Mary Ford, but those had been birthday gifts for Dad, and while I could play them, they weren't mine.
As you might guess, we keen teens had very limited access to the current pop music scene. 1 hour a day on KUAM-AM, between 4-5 PM. On Saturday, they had the Top 10 countdown, so I had heard a bit of the current stuff. Also, whenever new kids showed up, they always seemed to have at least a few 45's with them, so I did hear those at our Saturday dances.
As we snooped the Base Exchange on the AF base, I found the record section. They had just received some of the latest tunes, so dad allowed as how I could get two of them.
Since it was the spring of '57, I went for the big one, "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox. For my second choice, I stayed in house and went with "I'm Sticking With You" by Jimmy Bowen. However, I must confess that I bought it for the flip side, "Ever Lovin' Fingers", which had been the inspiration of many a lewd comment among the bunch that I ran around with.
21 years later, it was a thrill to see Buddy in person at a bar in Coos Bay, OR as he put on a show. After the gig, I walked up and introduced myself, and we spent a delightful 15 minutes or so talking about music, West Texas (where I had been a radio DJ), and other fun stuff. He was a great guy, and meeting him rates right up there with Bill Haley and the Everly Brothers as artists I met that were big in the 50's.
I believe my first 45 purchase was "Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler, from the Tunis Record Shop on Lake Street in Oak Park (IL) back in 1962.
Back in those days there were no music videos, and most 45s did not have picture sleeves. Unless you saw the artist on TV (e.g., American Bandstand or local shows like Chicago Bandstand, with Jim Lounsberry) you probably didn't know what they looked like. In this case, I didn't know if Chandler was black or white and didn't know about his "duke costume". I just knew I liked the record.
Seems appropriate he was a Chicago artist on a Chicago record label, but I didn't know that at the time. BJ the DJ
Scotch tape ... no, never did that. BUT, I did have to use a sewing needle to replace my broken needle in my record player. Bad choice, I know, but it was about hearing the tunes back then, not keeping the record in mint condition.
The first 45 I ever BOUGHT for myself was (and this is going to make you laugh) Stars on 45 and the second was George Harrison's All Those Years Ago. But, my sister moved into a home 3 years before with one of those cable spools that someone was using as a table. They even put a hinge on a couple of the center planks and made a door. Inside was a collection of about 16 Beatles 45s (all original orange/yellow swirl labels and some Apple -- no picture sleeves though). She gave them to me as I was in the genesis of my Beatle thing. Those were the first non-kid 45s I owned.
I can still remember the very first 45 I ever bought ... and even though it was over 50 years ago now, I can still remember every single word. My first 45 was "Tequila" by the Champs! Cal
My first record was I'm a believer by The Monkees. I cried whenever Mickey Dolenz was on tv in 60s. TiggythePiggy
The first record that I bought was "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. JSWolck
My first record: You are all sooooo young. My first record was Get Off (Of - I think) My Cloud by the Rolling Stones. Annabel Weir
First record: Donna by 10cc, 50p record token won at disco, that's what brother bought as it was no.1. Thanks ;( ScattyJan
My First Record - the 45 rpm of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine. Still have it, too! CeeCee720
My first record was Help by the Beatles. idmentor
My first record was David Bowie on vinyl, inherited from my mom and starting my obsession with vinyl records :) BaileyStoney
Chantilly Lace ... and I still know the words and dance! CreativeCowz
My first 45 rpm was The Beatles, 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' & 'I Saw Her Standing There', on my first record player! RedRoosterGal
Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Jackie Blue - First record on the sony "walkman"... McKennaRadio
My first record? Captian & Tennille Love will keep us together ( sixth grade) TweetGirl65
The first record I ever bought was the 45 of "I Love the Nightlife." Which bears no resemblance to anything else I ever bought! KCosmopolitan
My first record was Dancing Queen by Abba - yeruncleportly
Get Back by the Beatles was the first record I bought. I'm a 60s child. NOToldandgrumpy
Sultans of Swing ... 8th birthday token from my bro. & he wanted the record. Bought during my sisters wedding in Boots. Not cool! Goldyfinch
My first 45 was rubberband man by the spinners. PatBone21
My first 45 rpm record was reflections of my life by marmalade. Jacquijam
My first record (or tape actually), was American Pie by Don McLean. He is still the greatest. PortLee
my first record and concert: lmao :) -- "Hair" by the Cowsills. eglesslush
My first record was Kind of a Drag by The Buckinghams.
And I still like it ... Parkangel08
The first record I bought myself was Jesus Christ Superstar, which was quite a chunk of change for '70! ShimmerPuppy
First Single: Stevie Wonder - Superstition;
First Album : The Moody
Blues - Days of Future Passed.
Both purchased 1973.
Dave from NY
My first record was by the Jackson 5 ... "ABC" ... cut out from the back of a Sugar Pops
cereal box (!) bewildia
My first record was probably Red Rubber Ball by the Cyrkle or possibly Gloria by Them or 19th Nervous Breakdown by the Stones. George Roberts
My first record??? It's been too long ... I think it was something by Sonny and Cher. :sniggle: XPhile1908
Telstar by the Tornados (1962) my mum bought it for me because I 'rocked out' in my high-chair whenever it came on the radio. GatwickSolo
My first 45 was Green Tambourine by 1910 FruitGum Company. Lord, I'm getting old! rjmann56
[Actually that one was by the Lemon Pipers]
What kind of record are you talking about? That one that Phil Spector has now or
the kind he use to make in the studio? Tigerpixel
Johnny Horton "Sink the Bismark" Zoyn
First Record I ever bought was "Peanuts" by Rick & the Keens / Smash Records 45rpm disk (I see it's worth $8 now) ScotFP
[Hmm ... now THAT's what you call a "sound" investment!!!]
Yup, being a big fan of classic monster movies and a budding "survey guy" from the ripe old age of 5, I was thrilled to be given a copy of Buchanan and Goodman's "Frankenstein of '59" somewhere between 1959 and 1962. So I played this rare find combining two of my passions over and over and over again, my friend. To the point that the 45 had a slight crack on the very edge. Trying to "fix" it by aligning the vinyl crack resulted in my breaking off ALL of the vinyl of one of my favorite, and one of the rarest, 45 rpms of all time - leaving me with just the inner label and a big hole. 47 years later and I STILL haven't replaced it. And to add insult to injury, I can't even find that vinyl-less label ... or the hole! Thank the Lord for YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4pjjaz1a-g
After somehow teaching myself to read at age 3, I started receiving lots of Little Golden Books, a children's book series that began in 1948 and continues to this day. I had copies of "The Little Red Hen", "The Poky Little Puppy", several Disney movie stories, including "Bambi" and "Cinderella", and many others. Then Golden Records started issuing 6-inch yellow plastic 78-rpm records. Many of the records were adaptations of the books. I could listen to the music and dialogue and follow along in the book.
When KFWB switched to a top-40 format in January 1958, I started hearing songs by Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Pat Boone, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, the Everly Brothers, and Danny & the Juniors. I decided that I had to have a "real" record player, so that Christmas I got a phonograph that played 45-rpm records. The first records I had were "The End" by Earl Grant, "Non Dimenticar" by Nat "King" Cole, "Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como, and that ubiquitous Christmas hit, "The Chipmunk Song."
I didn't keep the Golden Books and Golden Records and I wish I still had them. At least I still have those 45s.
Steve Thompson in Boss Angeles
It’s October 1966. WLS and WCFL, two great Chicago stations, have begun playing “Nineteen Days” by the Dave Clark Five (oh, how I prefer the moniker DC5). I liked the DC5 better than the Beatles. Mike Smith, charmer, rest in peace. Your butch vocals are making Heaven livable.
“Nineteen Days” didn’t make the national Top 40. Oh, sick national Top 40! Yet how healthy you were despite such a grandiose error. I rode my bike (I was in seventh grade, a briefcase-carrying nerd) to the Villa Park (Illinois) Record Store. There it was. “Nineteen Days” — had it been out even 19 days at that point? I paid for it, not with my grandpa’s money — he so generously gave me the cash to build a singles (and later albums) collection. I put it in my bike’s basket and pedaled home.
Our stereo was part of our living room TV. Was this what adults meant by console? What a groovy word, console. Soul. But no con. And there it was — Mike Smith celebrating the joy that comes knowing being separated from someone you’re nuts about will indeed come to an end. It wasn’t The Beatles. Or The Stones. Or Gordy. It was Tottenham Dave and being mucho cool.
I flipped it over on our notcon / soul. “Sittin’ Here Baby.” The DC5 sipping a cup of Spoonful. Epic. Yellow label. Yellow dreams breaking off of each note — and there weren’t many notes. Dave, you sly dawg, knowing the virtue of life in under two minutes.
Charge art at the door. A lot. Just be fun. And yellow. And let your thumpdrum be the blood that makes breath possible.
It is fall 1965 and I just couldn't get enough of the song "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. I must have played it at the local Pizzeria at least a half a dozen times before someone said to me, for all the money you've spent you could have bought the record. I went to R&D Records on White Plains Road in the Bronx. It was the first of over 5000 45s that I purchased or borrowed from radio stations I worked at. Steve Nadel
I'll turn 62 this summer. The first 45 I bought was Marty Robbins' Ballad of the Alamo, using my paperboy money, in late 1960. A month or two later, I bought Shop Around by the Miracles. But really, not too many 45s after that until the British invasion conquered my wallet.
My first album, in the summer of 1965, was Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire. And his Dylan covers in that album turned me on to Bob, bigtime.
Now the strange thing is, I still love all of these records. As much now as I did then.
As I approached my 9th birthday in the spring of 1959, I decided I wanted to start owning some music. I was just a little too late to get my faves "Witch Doctor" and "Purple People Eater," but was lucky enough to find a song called "Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor" on a rack of 45s at the Loblaw's food store, and got my mom to buy it for me. I played it as soon as I got home, and liked it okay.
Nearly a year and a half later, WKBW in Buffalo was celebrating 2 years of being what, radiosonic or something??? - 2 years of being top 40 style radio - by playing "OLDIES."
My older friend was explaining the death of the Big Bopper etc. as "Chantilly Lace" was playing. "Hey, I've got a record by the Big Bopper!" I went in the other room and found it, and there on the "flip side" was the as-yet-never-played "Chantilly Lace"!
Ya got me again ... a radio industry wannabe (who loves the business but is glad he is not in it), I am once again intrigued by one of your questions. So here are some of my happy memories of my 45s (all of which I still have, by the way, in my psychedelic colored cardboard boxes purchased at Discount Records, or worse, CALDOR!!!)
I got my first 45s in the fall of 1974 at the ripe old age of 12. I had only started listening to the radio that summer while a bored camper at Briarton Day Camp in Hawthorne, NY and took my radio with me to listed to baseball games in the afternoons, but found that there was music playing on other stations that I actually enjoyed.
I got my first 45s at Discount Records in Eastchester, NY. They were: "The Entertainer" by Marvin Hamlisch, 'The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace, and what has turned out to be my favorite song of all time, "You're The First, The Last, My Everything", by Barry White. All three of these were purchased on that first of what would turn out to be many visits to Discount Records.
As I played these and the other early 45s on my record player at home, I began to wonder if Harry Harrison, then the morning host on Musicradio 77, WABC, or any of the other disck jockeys at the station were staring at those same record labels spinning on the turntable like I was. (I had no idea that by that time they used cartridge tapes which was then the industry standard). Thus started a love affair with the radio insustry, as it seemed so cool to sit around listening to music for 4 hours a day and get paid for it, though I am ever so thankful that I did not pursue radio as a career.
One of my most maddening experiences with 45s involved another favorite song, "Longfellow Serenade" by Neil Diamond. There was a "skip" in the record I got so I brought it back and got a replacement. This one "skipped" in the exact same location also so I brought it back and got yet another replacement which also skipped. I brought that third one back and thinking I was scamming them, they played it on their record player, on which it naturally did not skip. (something to do with the weighting of the tone arm, they said). Unfortunately, I could not modify the weight of the tone arm on my machine at home, so when I got copy #3 home and got to the offending location on the record, I placed a little bit of finger pressure on the tone arm to get it to go through the "skip". I amazingly was successful, but by doing this, I created a gash in the vinyl which was audible when the record was played. But at least it did not skip!
I wrote to Columbia Records to complain about their poor quality and got a lovely letter back telling me about how they manufacture records to exacting standards and how the problem could not possibly have been their fault, blah blah blah. For Chanukkah that year, my parents got me the LP on which "Longfellow Serenade" appeared, and it did not skip when played on my record player. However, years later when I played that LP on my new expensive component stereo system, it did skip, and in approximately the same location as it did on that little 45. Bizarre, huh?
Overall, I always loved listening to my 45s and still periodically do. I know it sounds crazy, but I think that the music just sounds better on vinyl (though others tell me I'm crazy).
[My copy of Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy" skipped ... in an absolutely infuriating way!!! It became SO entrenched in my memory that to this day whenever this song comes on the radio I wait for it to skip in that exact same spot ... because it was the ONLY way I heard it growing up!!!]
I have about 10,000 records and roughly 5,000 CDs, but as a collector, I get most excited about 45s! It started when I was age two; my mother brought home a General Electric Show & Tell record player. It looked like a television with a kiddie turntable on top. It wasn’t really a TV, GE sold story records that came with a film slide that could be inserted and the picture would change every few seconds in sync with the record.
Around that time, the first few current pop records I remember owning were; Billy Paul “Me & Mrs. Jones”, Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly” and Stevie Wonder “Superstition.”
Yes, I’m still buying 45s today! New singles are still being pressed, mostly in the Alternative Rock genre. In some cases, the disc labels have retro logos.
In England, new 45 Pop singles are still commonly found in all major record outlets such as HMV. I picked up a Lady Gaga picture discs while I was there. I also stopped in every used shop I could find and scored lots of vintage gems from the 1960s at 50 pence each!
I grew up in a strongly musical environment, but one in which rock and roll was a wayward by-product, completely undeserving of notice. Dad was a theatre major, Mom was a voice major, and the house was full of classical and Broadway LP's, but no 45's. But one day when I was about 9, a friend of mine lent me a bunch of singles his dad had cleaned out from a jukebox at the hotel bar he worked at, and among them was the one tune that totally caught my fancy --- I commandeered the family "record player" (nowhere close to a hi-fi, much less a stereo) and played it over, and over, and over, and over. Beatles? Stones? Elvis?
Naw, it was "I'm Henry The 8th (I Am)." And in retrospect, I can only imagine how that must have driven my folks right up the wall. But it was rhythmic, catchy, bouncy, cute ... I was hooked. Unfortunately, right around that time, my folks split up -- I guess my pop really DID hate Peter Noone -- and money became extremely tight for a couple of years. I started collecting the WLS weekly music surveys in '69, and even though I could come up with 49 cents for singles out of the Woolworth's bin -- and it really was a bin, a big circular fixture with hundreds of 45's just rolling around loose in their sleeves -- I didn't have anything to play them on, 'cuz Dad took the record player.
So I begged and whined, and finally got a small player for Christmas '69 -- a little above a close-and-play, but not much, with a squarish black adapter that slid right onto the spindle and USUALLY let down a stack of vinyl one disc at a time -- and started my collection. My first 45 rpm purchase? "No Time" by the Guess Who. (That was SO heavy for an 11 year-old, but then, I was now from a "broken home," and thereby older than my years.) My two little sisters each got to pick one out, too -- the Cuff Links' "Tracy" and of course, the omnipresent "Sugar Sugar," two tunes that I loved, but would never admit to.
Around that same time, my mom bought me a little 45 carrying case, with a groovy psychedelic orange swirl on the side and a little lid that buckled. Came complete with little number decals that you could attach to the labels, so you'd remember where in the box to stash them. I still have them all, too, and those little numbers, in most cases, are still stuck right on there.
Now I was saving my spare change for more important things than Hostess cupcakes and Whiz bars. I'd make weekly trips to the mall with my buds, and more weeks than not, come home with another 45 to add to the collection. The four of us would crowd into the listening booth at Recordland and make requests until the clerk got tired of us and sent us away (usually after two plays, or five minutes.)
Coolest thing about this whole chapter in my life was when we realized there was a jukebox in the back of the mall's shoe store. We'd go back there and hang out, and talk music, and the store manager, a rather tolerant sort, actually started asking us what tunes he should add to the jukebox. So at the tender age of 11, I got my first gig as a retail music consultant.
Fast forward ten years, and I finally got my dream job working in the retail record biz. And at every store I worked, I became the "singles buyer," a job no one really wanted, due to the low profit margin and the abysmal "hipness" quotient. But everywhere I went, singles sales went through the roof. You just had to care about those little seven-inchers, and keep your fingers on the pulse of the radio-listening nation.
And now, fast-forward again, about thirty years, and Americais once again buying (or stealing) individual songs ... "singles," as it were. And the rationale's the same -- why bother with a whole album when there's just one good song?
All that's missing is that clunky 45 adapter ... which I don't miss too much ...
Next month marks the 40th anniversary of buying my first record player and my first four 45s.
My dad bought me a Philco / Ford record changer for $19.95 at Macy's in Garden City. That's right, when you think record players, think Ford Motor Company (didn't some company actually put record players in cars in the 50s or 60s?).
Anyways. it was mostly plastic, four speed, mono and could stack five records comfortably, seven if you wanted to live dangerously. A piece of crap machine that I loved and used for five years. I still have it somewhere in the attic and the damned thing still works.
I guess Macy's didn't sell 45s then, cuz I bought my first records at Dee-Jay Records in my hometown of Rockville Centre:
* Atlantis – Donovan
* Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
* One - Three Dog Night
* In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley
Although I love my collection, I don't miss the format. The sound mostly sucked and the record companies released inferior / shorter versions of the songs to try and get me to buy the LP.
I wasn't the first on the block to have a CD player, but I was probably second or third in 1985. I embraced that now-doomed format. And yes, I have now replicated about 70% of my 45 collection on CDs, so the record companies (and record clubs) finally got their pound of flesh out of me.
I bought my 480th and last 45 on 12/31/1989 (an oldie, Sinatra's "My Way" seemed a good way to close it out). Not that many records over twenty years, but I insist to this day that, pound for pound, I have the greatest singles collection in the world. Don't you?
In 1971 I was 9 years old. I had my dad's old record player and some of his old 45's (Kookie Lend Me Your Comb, Cindy Lou My Cinderella, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny ...) but I didn't have any of my own. I had some birthday money and literally begged my mom into letting me buy my first 45. It was Don't Pull Your Love by Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds, and I treasured it more than anything else I owned. I still have it, and it's still my favorite song.
My first 45 was actually a 78 as 45's hadn't yet hit the market. I saved up the 79 cents (yep 79 cents) from my allowance and raced to the record store to buy Elvis' "Too Much" and ran home to play it. I bounded halfway up the stairs to get to my room and tripped and fell on top of the record breaking it into 2 pieces. I screamed a profanity at the top of my lungs which immediately caused my mother to run in -- basically not to see if I was OK but to chastise me for saying "damn" which was a very very bad word in the 1950's. But since I was on the verge of tears holding the 2 halves of my broken treasure she just waggled her finger at me and took the broken record from me to throw away. But the next morning when I woke up, there on my desk was a brand new 78 record of "Too Much" with a note from mom telling me "try not to break this one!". It's now 50 years later and I still have it.
PS - I'm embarrassed to say that my first 45 was "Green Door" by Jim Lowe. So don't tell anyone. (And I didn't keep that one for 50 years either).
I lived in Aurora, Ill in 1962, about 45 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois. I turned 13 on 8-4-62 so then I was officially a teenager! My first 45 record was He's A Rebel by The Crystals, bought around October of 1962. I played it to death I think!! The cost was $1.00 and the cost of 45's stayed at that price until sometime in the early / mid 1970"s. But there is even more to this story. When I was about 6 years old, a friend of the family bought me a RCA Victor record player for my birthday. It was one of those small ones that looked like a tiny suitcase. It played 45's, 33's and 78 rpm records. They also included my first record -- Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley!!! I never played records much until I got He's A Rebel, then I played and played and played. In June, 1965 (I remember this well) I was at a friend's house. We spent about half the day playing records. I brought over my collection and we played my records and his. I had about 50 records by then. Then I did a very stupid thing! I gave him my Love Me Tender Elvis record!!!!!!! I was STUPID!!!!!! Fast forward to 2009. I'll be 60 years old in 2 days. Old rock music from the 50's thru 80's is my main hobby after all these years. I have about 10,000 45's and about 1000 albums. I have a 1961 Seeburg jukebox filled with 45 records.I still play rock music just as if it was still 1965. And, last but not least, I have several copies of Love Me Tender by Elvis.
1971 Was the year i bought my first single. I had to decide between the right ear and the left ear which to pick. It was at the Sears down there at Hawthorne / Sepulveda (you LA people must know this well ... it turned into the biggest mall this way of Mars a few years later ... Mars has a bigger mall ... trust me, hehe)
Kidding aside, i had to choose between 'I Just Want To Celebrate' and 'Signs' ... I only had a buck, so it was one or the other. I chose 'Signs'. Loved that tune as a kid. Had a record player that used to actually go down to 16 rpm (you guys remember those) ... I'd mess around with the record at different speeds ... when it got to the part where dude goes 'sign says you gotta have a membership card to get inside ... uhhhh!' If you want a good laugh, play that at 16 rpm. Just a word to the wise, hehe (still love that tune.)
Great job you're doing here, Kent, keep it up.
My first 45 back when I was around six years old was a song called “Pink Shoelaces” by Dodie Stevens. I loved that song so much. I played it over and over. I looked up Dodie Stevens on the internet and was happy to see she still performs. She was actually in a movie with Fabian called “Hound Dog Man”. I also remember her in a cartoon with Frankie Avalon called “Alakazam the Great”. Gloria
I don't remember having to purchase my own 45's but I had 2 older sister still at home who did. I remember listening to their songs Don't Go Over Woverton Mountain
(if your looking for a wife), seriously, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) and Skitter Davis songs. Those are just a few
that I can remember at my age ... lol Now I have some old cassette tapes of Dr Hook from 1975-1980, Righteous Brothers Reunion, Best of Ricky Nelson, The Johnny Horton Legend, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Sammi Smith, Donna Fargo, Roy Clark and Ferlin Husky. To some of you these names of great musicians may not be known to you but as a kid growing up in the 50's, I remember listening
to them on my Mother's radio. Donna
I got my first 45 in 1966 when I was twelve. I was babysitting for a couple when I lived in Italy. They had two 45s by Ricky Nelson: I Need You and That’s All She Wrote.
I played them so much the couple gave them to me.
My brother Rick was 10 years older than me and he gave me my first record. A 45 of Love Me Tender. He also gave me many albums when he got married and left the house. If you've seen the movie Almost Famous, it was like the scene when his Sister told him to "look under the bed, it will change your life". He pulls out that bag, and all these albums appear. It gave me the chills the first time I saw that, and every time I've watched it since. (about 101 times).
Love in the Fellowship of Rock N Roll,
The first 45 I bought was in 1966, called "Talk Talk" by The Music Machine. Talk about an early garage band! I still remember the price being $.50 for that record. Of course "Double Shot" by The Swinging Medallions was another priceless purchase!
I didn't graduate to albums until James Taylor released "Sweet Baby James". Oh geez, I was so in love with that man!
Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey .........loved the movie
I was still hearing my parent’s middle of the road station, when I bought my first 45: “Lady Bird” by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood. It just had ‘something’ and I can still hear it today, one of those songs, obscure as it may be, that holds up more than 40 years later. The B side “Sand” was pretty good, too.
My Dad, a co-worker of Dick Clark at the time at a Utica New York radio station, bought me my own record player and a disc by Vaughn Monroe, "Paper Moon" when I was about 2. They tell me I used to sit over in a corner and spin it so much and sing along with it every day that even though they always knew where I was, it drove them crazy listening to that one song over and over so they had to get me another record / toy. (I'll have to ask my mother why they didn't show me how to flip it over and play the other side ... lol.)
Veeder Van Dorn
I was born on June 13, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of eight children. My first recollection of 50's music was at the age of 7 when I received a Christmas present from my parents of a small suitcase style record player along with my first record "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.
Liz Harris / Keep Rockin' Magazine
Well hows this one ...
I recall when Elvis was first getting popular. I went to the Woolworths 5 & 10 on Madison St. on the west side of Chicago to get Hound Dog and was surprised to discover that the record came in both 78 & 45 RPM ... at the time, I wasn't quite sure what a "45" was.
Of course now I have it on a CD, what da' heck.
Wow. Just stumbled onto your site, and I am thrilled! I loved Top 40 music so much I got into radio. But, back in the late 50's, I remember my grandmother taking me to a jewelry store in lovely downtown Stuttgart, Arkansas. It was the only store in my hometown that sold records. I bought "Alvin's Harmonica" by David Seville & the Chipmunks on Liberty records. The flip side was called "Mediocre".
It wasn't long after that my family got our first record player, a Symphonic "suitcase" style portable. It was clear that I wanted to be a disc jockey, because my Mom & Grandmother took me to the local radio station, KWAK, when I was about 4. I began working in radio when I was 15, and continue today after 40-years. It was a great sadness when we stopped playing vinyl records on the air. There's something magical about those discs turning on the platter!
On a related topic, I have an odd memory about 'sound alike' records on labels such as "Tops". They were sold at 'dollar stores', and were a cheap alternative to spending retail on the real thing.
My first five 45's were purchased with my grass cutting money at a neigborhood record store in the summer of 1965.
The Tracks of my Tears, The Miracles
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, James Brown
Shotgun / Hot Cha, Junior Walker and the All Stars
I Got You Babe, Sonny & Cher
Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers
My first 45 was a gift from my sister when I was about 7 years old (1962). It was a song called "Mama Look A Boo-Boo" and the artist was Calypso Jack & his Calypso Cavaliers. This must have been a cover version by a children's record label, as I remember it being a bright colored label. But the song was also done by Harry Belafonte. I remember as a kid being fascinated for some reason by the first line - " I wonder why nobody don't like me, or is it the fact that I'm ugly?" The brunt of the song is a man being teased by his children. They think he's so ugly they are calling him a Boo-Boo.
Needless to say, as I got older my taste in music improved considerably. But, as I built my collection of over 1400 45 RPM records, I still was a sucker for many of the novelty songs that were played on the radio.
Clearwater, FL (grew up in Pittsburgh, PA)
I got my first record in 1957 and it was "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley ... with the great B-Side "Treat Me Right" ... and it all took off from there.
Benny Andersson - ABBA
My first two 45's were bought in 1957 at Woolworth's. "Young Love" by Tab Hunter and "Searching" by The Coasters.
One of my favorites is "Barbara Ann" (my name) by the Beach Boys. For the faster, rock and roll, jitterbug version I really love the original "Barbara Ann" by The Reagents (1961). I met my husband at a dance in 1970, he was looking for romance and thought he'd take a chance on "me". He is still rockin and a-rolling, rockin and a-reeling 37 years later.
Looking at your site about First 45 record buying experience. I went to a Kings department store with a friend about the early '70's. He bought some stuff and I was right behind him in line waiting to pay for my Led Zeppelin "Whole Lotta Love" 45. As soon as he finished paying, the cashier started ringing up the person behind me! She didn't see I had a 45 to pay for! I didn't know what to do, I guess I was scared! I was still in high school. I quickly told my friend and he said to hide in under my coat until we got outside!! I did not mean to steal it, honestly! :-)
OH GOSH ... way back ... margie rayburn's freight train, the flip side being dreamy eyes. the green liberty label.
brian hyland's it ain't that way at all, flip side being "i may not live to see tomorrow" ... i beleive it was on abc records.
wanna hear really old and rare?
i also had the Three D's "little billy boy", flip side, "let me know". (paris records)
'twas in the latter 50's and early 60's of course. i was 5 when i recieved margie rayburn and the three d's. a little older when i got brian hyland ... i've had hundreds of 45 rpm's in my life, most rare (patty duke's please don't just stand there for example, on united artists records). over the course of time almost all my 45's have been lost , many broken. i have very few left.
The first 45 I ever purchased was "Monster Mash" by Bobby Boris Pickett, followed fairly quickly by "Locomotion" by Little Eva and "Don't Hang Up" by the Orlons, all in 1962. The reason I remember this so well is that back then I would put little numbered stickers on the records and I kept all the records in this small record box that had a handle and numbered sleeves for each record. I still have the Locomotion and Don't Hang Up discs with their original numbered stickers, but I don't know what happened to the Monster Mash. The first LP I ever bought was Telstar by the Tornadoes, followed a few months later by the Shirelles Greatest Hits. I still have the Telstar album and still consider it way ahead of its time. I don't play it any more because I have all the tracks on mp3, but it is still in excellent condition. For some reason, the Shirelles LP got pretty scratched up from years and years of constant playing and re-playing. One thing I still remember from those days was that there were phonographs and record players that would "only" play mono records, and I was always warned to be careful not to play a stereo record with a mono needle. The early 45s I bought were all in mono, as was the Telstar album. But the Shirelles LP was my first stereo record, and I wonder if at some point I played it on a mono player by mistake. Good times ... Rick Marshall
my first 45's memory was "i will always think about you" by the new colony six ... i still have the same 45 as well. mark eskin will never be forgotten and will always live in our hearts ... god bless you. mark.
The Monster Mash by Boris Pickett was my 1st 45 record. 1962.
I bought it at the Woolworth store on 53rd street and Blackstone
in Hyde Park Chicago.
I wore it out.
guitarist with Jamestown Massacre
I grew up in beautiful Skokie, Illinois.
My first 45 that I begged my mother to buy me at "Amptone Electronics" in Morton Grove, IL was "Cindy's Birthday" by Johnny Crawford (I had no idea he played "Mark" on The Rifleman at the time). I was 5. The first 45 I bought with my allowance money was in January, 1968 - I was 11. It was "Bend Me, Shape Me" by the American Breed, followed closely by "I Wonder What She's Doin' Tonight" by Boyce & Hart. 69 cents at Turn-Style department store in Skokie. They had the WCFL Top 30 and a few from the WLS Top 40 on the other side of the display case. But after checking out that groooovy WOKY survey from March '68, something tells me if I'd grown up in the Milwaukee area my first two 45s would have probably been "I Recommend Her" by the Skunks on Teen Town and "Little By Little" -- by Tony's Tygers!!! (Or possibly "Strawberry Tuesday / Cynthia at the Garden" by the Sidewalk Skipper Band) Special thanks to Mr. Gary Myers of California for opening up the world of Wisconsin pop with his 2 books "Do You Hear That Beat?" and "On That Wisconsin Beat"!
Just discovered your web site last night while looking up to see if I could find anything
on the Swingin' Conner Family.
I will never forget the first 3 records I bought as a kid with my own money at the same time. The year was 1957.
The records were:
BLACK SLACKS -- JOE BENNETT AND THE SPARKLETONES (ABC/PARAMOUNT RECORDS),
WHITE SILVER SANDS -- DON RONDO (JUBILEE RECORDS) and
MOONLIGHT GAMBLER -- FRANKIE LAINE (COLUMBIA RECORDS)
I still have these records at home as well as others.
Occasionally during the day I will see something or someone will say something to me which reminds me of a record I haven't heard on the radio in years. Yesterday I was reminded of the Swingin' Conners 1963 song WALKIN' THE CHALK. So when I got
home from work, I got it out that night and played it. Big record here in OKC back in
1963. Flip was Milk Cow Blues.
It is a shame nowadays that songs from the fifties and early to mid-sixties are not
being heard anymore on oldies radio station. Now it is music from the late sixties
and seventies. I really don't care anymore since I have the records.
Larry N. Boyington, aka Larry Neal,
former curator of the Wax Museum on the big 1520 KOMA
I started listening to WORC 1310 in WORCester, Mass. in 1969.
Two of the first 45's I bought were "Those Were The Days" by Mary Hopkin and "I'm
Living In Shame" by the Supremes.
I have been going to a huge Sunday flea market for many years, and as late as just yesterday, I picked up a big load of 10 cent 45s. I am mostly looking for late 60s to about 1980, but a there was a 45 by Bill Justis - College Man & Johnny Burnett - Little Boy Sad. Those are really obscure.
I like to rip 45's into the computer and I have about 10000 label scans.
I love the early 70's Supremes after Diana left the group. They had some great forgotten hits like "Floy Joy"
Martin Nathan - Worcester, Mass.
In the new book "Little Girl Blue: The Life Of Karen Carpenter", author Randy L. Schmidt reveals that at the age of three, Richard Carpenter asked his parents for his own copy of "Mule Train" ... and that his First 45 was "Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer ... "shortly after that, he asked for 'How Much Is That Doggy In the Window' by Patti Page."
The first 45 I bought was Tequila, by the Champs. Also the first record of any size or speed. (the 2nd was At The Hop by Danny and the Juniors). I was 12 at the time.
living now, as then, in southern California.
My very first 45 was "Summer In The City" by the Lovin' Spoonful. I remember buying it at Montgomery Wards Dept store in Daytona Beach where I am from. It was 1966. I remember walking home carrying my prized 45 rpm treasure and then playing it on my little record player in my bedroom. I was 13. I still remember the bright orange / yellow label with the harsh black wording. My 10 year old sister and I sat on my bed and listened to that song over and over and over until we had memorized every word. We especially were proud of ourselves when we figured out the lyrics "hotter than a match head" !!
We both played the autoharp and loved the fact that John Sebastian played an autoharp riff at the end of the song. I cried when my little 45 became cracked some years later during a move to Georgia.
Summer in the City remains my all time favorite song of summer. How cool is it that it is also now the all-time favorite summer song as voted on by the Forgotten Hits readers ... and that I got to count down the top 40 favorites on my radio program!
Thanks for sharing the memories!
Hi there, the first 45 I ever bought was the UK pressing on Gold London of Little Richard's Long Tall Sally. The first album I ever bought was Their Off and Rolling by the Everly Brothers. The first extended play I ever bought was by Ronnie Ronalde, In a Monastery Garden and the first 78 was A Dime and a Dollar by Guy Mitchell. I still have them all along with around thirty thousand other records.
Rockin’ Lord Geoff in England
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