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When Sheryl Crow recorded the old Jackson Five Hit "I Want You Back" for her new "100 Miles From Memphis" CD, she told reporters that this was the very first 45 she ever bought. How cool is it that she first rose to fame as one of Michael Jackson's background singers!!!
I remember the day of my first record buying experience very well. As a child, I lived on Staten Island, NY. Every Friday, my sister and I would take the ferry to NYC where we would go to my mother's office and my father would join us there. We'd then go to a greasy spoon for a Friday night dinner of grilled cheese sandwiches, heavy on the butter, and then travel to see my grandmother in Queens. One day, dad told us to come up early and he brought my sister and me to a Sam Goody store in lower Manhattan as a treat. I was 11 and I was allowed to choose a 45 to play on our new phonograph. What a decision! I loved Rock and Roll and 1958 was a great year for it! I finally chose “All I Have to Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers. They became one of my favorites and I eventually owned all of their 45s ... until I came home from work one day and found my niece had destroyed many of them by using them as frisbees while her indulgent grandfather looked on. Now that I have grandchildren of my own, I understand ... but I sure didn't then!
As a young man of 11 years old, my very first 45 rpm purchased was The Marcels, "BLUE MOON". I loved the record. The booming bass voice of Freddy Johnson. Having that record was the bug that bit me. I had to have more. And more. When the Beatles arrived, the album bug bit me as well. I was on my way to cluttering my house with vinyl. What a sweet virus that is. And 18 years ago, the biggest bug bit me. CAMEO PARKWAY records. I boast of my collection of 45s and LPs. www.vinylphilly.squarepins.org
I was did get to see the Marcels perform in East Rutherford but with no originals. But in 2001, at the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon PA, outside of Pittsburgh, I met Freddy Johnson, the Marcels bass singer. Oh man, I was in heaven. Blue Moon, my first 45.
Vinyl Philly Dave
Hi Kent !
This is a strange story, but true!
I was reading stuff from My First 45's on your website and was thinking of mine at the time, Hey Little Cobra, and for the life of me, I couldn't remember the group.
Then all of a sudden, I saw at the end of the letter, that I'm reading a letter by Mitch Schecter. From the Rip Chords. I was blown away ! Thought you might like to know. Keep up the good work.
The first 45 I received was the Elvis - Too Much, but the first one I bought was at Hested's (like Woolworth) in Aurora, Colorado. It was Little Girl by Ritchie Valens. It was on the Del-Fi label, but it was an all gold label with Valens Memorial Series scrolled across the top. I still have it, but it doesn't play too well. I've since got it on mp3 ... a great copy, too!
My first 45 that I purchased with my own money was "Hurts So Good" by John Cougar. I bought it at Target in New Albany, IN, for 99 cents and still have the picture sleeve with the price tag on it. That's recent for some people but sure makes me feel old. I was 11 at the time. Since then I've amassed over 3,000 45's from 1951 through 2003.
I continued to buy new music that I liked on 45 whenever I could but it is nigh on impossible now to find much on 45 although some of the new "underground" artists still release 45's which I think is cool since my jukebox holds 100 45's and I like to rotate them every month or so.
Nothing sounds as good as vinyl and nothing ever will for me.
Chad from New Albany, IN.
My first record was Tom Dooley by the Kingston Trio. I was only about 7 at the time and originally had the 78. I remember it clearly though because I put it on the chair one day and my dad sat on it and broke it. I cried so much that to shut me up, my mum made him go out to buy another copy and he came home with the 45.
The B side was Ruby Red, another great song which I finally found on CD about two years ago. The first record I actually bought myself was Let's Jump The Broomstick by Brenda Lee. I was lucky enough to meet Brenda on my first visit to the States in 2006 and was surprised to learn that although the song was a big hit in England, it did nothing in the U.S. Most of the 45s I bought later are long gone, but I still have these two and whenever I hear them they remind me of the days when music actually meant something
June 1963, grade 8 graduation dance. I'd never been at any dance prior to this night,
but always wanted to.
On a dance floo
r, two gals could fast dance together, but NOT TWO GUYS. There was roller skating at the area, but I didnt know that yet. I had to be content with ice skating to the pop stuff, Oct through April or May.
HARD to ice skate and "DANCE" at same time. WAITED for Elvis and RETURN TO SENDER.
Grade 8 graduation, turns out the chaperone, well, I think everyone knew her, but I knew her a tad better because I'd hang out with her younger brother occassionally. She brought a stack of 45s.
The SOUND(???) SYSTEM ... Put a small record player at edge of the stage and a mic in front of it.
Went through her 45s and said "You don't have any ELVIS stuff. "
Our house was a five minute walk from the high school so I went over and got the ONLY 45 I had ...
Good Luck Charm. For gaduating grade 8 was given $4 or $5. First LP??? Elvis Golden Records. Wasnt listed as Vol 1 because RCA had noooo idea as to where he'd go after 1959.
Soooo anyway, after a few songs, the gal put on Good Luck Charm.
CanNOT recall how the situation took place, but she came down on the floor level and the FIRST gal I ever danced with (we did the twist) was the chaperon!
Robert Black of Willowdale CANADA
I was in fourth grade - there was a school carnival - and I think I won a prize by throwing a basketball into a hoop or something like that. Anyway, the prize was a promotional copy (mono on one side and stereo on the other) of "Lay Lady Lay". Being the oldest and in fourth grade, I really wasn't sure about what the song was about, but I played it anyway.
I’m only 43 now, born in ’68, but have been an oldies music buff since I was about 15. However, the first 45 I bought was in 1981 and was a BIG pop #1 song.
I still have it and it’s in pristine condition: CENTERFOLD by J. Giles Band b/w RAGE IN THE CAGE. I bought it at Speedy’s Record Shop on 6th and Hamilton Sts in downtown Allentown, PA. What a great place to get music (they moved about 20 years ago, but closed about 5 years ago). I was given $5 bucks a week allowance then and I would go into town every Saturday and buy one 45, see a movie and get a Frosty from Wendy’s and still have a little change. Life was good then. The Centerfold 45 was interesting to me because it was on a pink and black label with a handprint logo at top, disturbed by EMI America. Being new to record collecting I was eager to see what other labels did. The following week I bought PRIVATE EYES by Hall and Oates, which has Nipper on the front. My dad told me about “His Master’s Voice” tagging which by then had been stopped. From then on I was hooked. I would have listening parties at my house because no one else would spend their money on records.
I collected for about 25 years and stopped a couple of years ago at about 6K 45’s. Now I’ve switched to collecting a more expensive hobby: game worn baseball jerseys. Let me tell you, you can’t get a game worn jersey for a buck-forty-nine!
It’s ok to look back to the past … but don’t try to live in it!
In 1957 I was 12 years old and starting to pay attention to the songs on the radio. My favorite was Black Slacks by Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones. One Saturday I went with my grandmother to the A&P to help her grocery shop. I saw a display of 45s in one corner and had to look at them. I found Black Slacks and bought it.
In 1959, I bought my first 45, Guitar Boogie Shuffle, by the Virtues, on the Hunt label. Curiously it was my grandmother who turned me on to the song. We used to sit in her kitchen in the early morning and listen to the radio. Grandma always listened to KQV, AM 1410, in Pittsburgh. When they played that record she always said she liked it. So I returned every empty soda bottle I could find for the deposit -- I scoured the neighborhood -- scraped together the money and bought the record from the record department of the Pittsburgh Merchantile department store. I think I paid 49 cents for it -- approximately 25 returned bottles! That very record is still in my collection. It also was the start of a long relationship with the 45, which continues to this day. As a followup, in later years I had the good furtune to meet and become friends with jazz guitarist, Jimmy Bruno, who's father, Jimmy, was the lead guitarist for the Virtues and played the lead on that record.
-- Joe Nez, Pittsburgh, PA
The first 45 I bought was Stevie Wonder’s "Hey Love”. (Wonder later would write “Tell Me Something Good,” our first hit for the band Rufus.) Then the first album I ever bought was Led Zeppelin’s first album in high school. I’m a big rock ’n’ roller. If you look at early Rufus, that’s what we were doing.
I started buying all the records by Alvin and the Chipmunks in the early 1960's, along with "Hello Muddah,Hello Faddah" by Allen Sherman. Then the Beatles hit when I was 14, and I had to buy all their singles (starting with "She Loves You"), then all the Dave Clark 5 singles.
Finally I had to stop buying baseball cards and comic books so I could buy more records. Starting in January 1965, I would go downtown every Saturday and buy three or four 45's, starting with This Diamond Ring, You've Lost That Lovin Feelin, Keep Searchin and Tell Her No. I didnt stop until I had over 7,000 45's and they stopped making them.
The very first record I ever bought was a 78rpm of Freddy's "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" in early 1960. I told Freddy that when I interviewed him years ago, and he was amazed. He didn't know it had been released on 78. Canada was a few years behind the U.S. then. It was on the Quality label here in Canada and unfortunately, it's been lost over time. I had an Aunt and Uncle living in Easton, Pennsylvania at the time and that summer, my family travelled down to visit them. My dad took me to a local record store (possibly it was in Philadelphia) where I bought my 2nd record ever - a Cameo Records 45 of Bobby Rydells' "Volare" in a red picture sleeve with a head shot of Bobby on the cover (that one I still have).
You've got to understand, my first record was "Martian Hop", I loved the Four Seasons and, in 1964, I became a Beatle fanatic. Elvis Presley was for old farts, even when he came back.
First 45 was Good Luck Charm and First LP Elvis Gold Records. (1958)
I started buying records in 1956. The first one I bought was
Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent; it was on a ‘78’ disk and I was heartbroken when I sat on it and broke it to pieces. I bought it from a record store on Regent Road in Salford near Manchester, where I lived.
I bought my first record in 1960; I was 13. I had $1 of my own money and I bought “Red River Rock,” an album by Johnny and The Hurricanes, at the Woolworth's in the first mall opened in southern Michigan.
Dave Kapulsky (or, as we all know and love him) Dave The Rave tells us that his first 45 ... the 45 that started his massive collection ... was "A Wonderful Dream" by the Majors on the Imperial label. This first 45 was acquired by winning a dance contest at the YMHA in Highland Park, NJ.
Shortly after that, his father gave him his first Beatles record.
"I was a big fan of the Beatles, and my father bought me Meet the Beatles, their first domestically released album," he said.
But neither record is the oldest in his collection. The oldest record is a 1953 release called "Gee" by the Crows. But that is not an original, he said. The oldest original recording is "Rock Around the Clock," by Bill Haley and the Comets, released in 1954.
"I call my oldies ‘Relics and Rarities’ because most of them are not big hits, but they sound like they should have been," he explained, adding that someone recently dubbed him the "king of obscure records that sound great."
-- Dave The Rave
My first single was "Martian Hop," by the Ran-Dells.
I heard it on my transistor. Probably WABC. I needed to own it. I begged my mother to take me to the store to buy it. You didn't have access to shops in the suburbs, you were reliant on the transportation of your parents. But I do remember riding my bike miles to Topps' discount store to buy the Beach Boys' "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)" a few years later, I needed it just that bad, I had to walk my Raleigh up the steep hill of Kings Highway on the way back.
But that was an album. After I realized singles were a raw deal. For the cost of a couple I could own LPs. Stuff like Gary Lewis & The Playboys' "She's Just My Style." I remember being infatuated with the title track, and the album included covers of "Lies" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream," which I first discovered on Jan & Dean's "Command Performance."
But I started with singles. "Martian Hop" had a pink label. And as much as I remember buying it, what I remember more is dropping the needle on it. That moment of anticipation, removing the disc from the paper sleeve, placing it on the heavy platter, and then lifting the tonearm with the ceramic needle and dropping it on the entry groove and hearing that static and then ... THE MUSIC!
1965, when aged 8, I got a hand me down battered up old record player that would play 45s or 78s. Talked my Mam (Mother) into buying me 6 x 45s from the local Swap shop (second hand shop) Tommy Roe Sweet Little Sheila was one of them, and although I am an avid music lover this is still the only song where I could sing a full verse Lol.
The very first 45 I bought was California Dreamin' (1965) by The Mamas and The Papas. After that 1st 45 (which I still have), I never stopped until they became unavailable. The very best memories were made in the fantastic 60's. I still play them and play them. Better than anything out these days!
In 1963 I was 10 years old and had three older sisters. They always had the radio or phonograph on and they bought all the popular hits. However they refused to buy an instrumental I heard and liked ... Washington Square by the Village Stompers.
"It's too hillbilly (banjos) ... too Dixieland ... and an instrumental ... whew! ... no way!" Since my sisters had dozens of 45's and I didn't have a one, I pleaded my case to my Mom and she gave my oldest sister 89 cents with orders to "buy your brother's record".
A day or two later my sister came home from being downtown, handed it to me and said, "Here's your stupid record ... just don't play it while I'm around". My Mom and I liked it and I think even one or two of my sisters might have also ... but would never admit it. I think it may have made it into the "top 10". Not bad for a Dixieland instrumental.
Fast Forward about forty years or maybe a few more. I'm sitting in Winnipeg with Freddy Cannon and he's telling me right at our table about how he "almost" went out for dinner with Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran (they were all touring Europe together) the night of the accident that took Eddie and basically crippled Gene. Remarkable. Freddy Cannon ... one of the most humble, real, rock and roll legends I've ever met.
-- Burton Cummings
The first 45 I bought was an instrumental called "Scratchy" by Travis Wammack. I first heard it on a jukebox in a little hamburger place in Charlotte around 1964. I wore that record out! The first LP I bought was Telstar by the Ventures in 1965. I earned the money to buy that album by painting the outside of our house. Since those days, I now have more than 10,000 albums, more than 2000 45's, and I don't know how many collectable 8-tracks (many sealed), cassettes, and even CDs. I have many 78's and also some Edison 1/4" thick discs. Just for kicks and giggles, I just had to have an Edison cylinder (with cardboard tube) and a 16" V disc. I think I have all formats and I have came to the conclusion that ( to me ), the BEST sound comes from a 45 that is in good condition!
Hooked on vinyl!
Being an Oldie myself (67), I have amassed an original 45 collection of over 600 from between 1955 and 1962. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the 1st one I bought as a kid.
I do remember the first LP albums that I bought, though. The Everly Brothers' Best, and Have Twangy Guitar, Will Travel, by Duane Eddy. Proud to say I still have them both.
Our generation is fading and it is up to us to preserve this truly unique period of American musical history. Long may it live!!
-Larry, aka Oldies Nut
Growing up during the late 50's and 60's as I did, all of my memories are encapsulated within the music of the time. The best music ever! Our family never sat down to dinner without the console stereo playing music in the background. All kinds of music ... folk, instrumental, rock and roll, big band, and male and female singers of the day. There was never a holiday or birthday on which we did not give or were given music in some glorious form. I can remember receiving "Meet The Beatles" and the joy that I felt holding that album in my hands.
My first 45 was Eydie Gorme singing "Blame It On The Bossa Nova. I had gotten a particularly good report card and the gift of the 45 was slipped under my bedroom door by our older sister. I will never forget that day!
My first 45 was "Stand" by Sly & The Family Stone. I bought it at K-Mart with my mother and six of my brothers and sisters when we went school clothes shopping. I still remember that it cost 79 cents. I bought it to play on my new Close 'n' Play (remember those?) that I had gotten for my 7th birthday. My little brother and sister and I would stand every time they sang "Stand!". LOL That was my great choreography. We were so dorky.
I am reminded of the first four records I ever bought as a kid. Really can't remember which was first, second, third, or fourth, but Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones' BLACK SLACKS was one of them. I drove my parents crazy playing that record over and over on my record player in my bedroom. The other three were MOONLIGHT GAMBLER by Frankie Laine, WHITE SILVER SANDS by Don Rondo AND I DREAMED by Betty Johnson. One of Joe Bennett's followups was a song called COTTEN PICKIN' ROCKER (FROM WAY BACK). As a kid, I always referred to that song as the "hiccup song". For those of your readers who might be familiar with it, they will know what I'm talking about.
It was “The Real Elvis,” an RCA Victor EP (extended play) with four songs …
“Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “I Want You I Need You I Love You” and
“My Baby Left Me.” It was 1957 and I bought it in Inglewood, CA. Played it over and over.
I can't remember the first 45s I bought. I was still in grade school in the early 60s, and thanks to the influence of my older sister I loved to listen to the radio. Back then, off the charts hit records could be bought for next to nothing. They were sold 3/$1 at many stores, and I amassed a huge collection of records which I recently donated. I wanted to be a DJ like the ones I heard on the radio. Music always has been a very important element in my life. Now in my 60s, I still listen to oldies on the radio or streaming on Pandora.
Thanks for the memories!
Andy the wannabe DJ who never came to he.
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