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What was the first record you bought?

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Subject: What was the first record you bought?
From: Rog Peek
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:30 PM

Mine was "Hard Headed Woman" Elvis Presley 1958.

I remember the shop next door to Woolworths in Cirencester where I bought it.

It was a very brittle '78' which eventually got broken.

The first '45' was "Living Doll" Cliff Richard 1959. cost 6s.8d. Still have it. Remember the shop in Gloucester Road, Malmesbury.

The first LP was "Please Please Me" Beatles 1963. Still have it.

Rog


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Deckman
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:33 PM

All I remember is that it was Burl Ives! Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:34 PM

First LP was Pete Seeger, 'We Shall Overcome' and I still have that too.

G.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Alice
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:37 PM

Herb Alpert "This guy's in love with you." sigh


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:38 PM

Oh My Papa by Eddie Fisher

                                        SOL


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Leadbelly
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:38 PM

International: Cumberland Gap by Lonnie. Flipside (in Germany) Don't you Rock me Daddy-o.
National (just before Lonnie's record): Heimweh by Freddie (Quinn). Flipside: Mary Ann.
Manfred


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: AllanW
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:44 PM

Single: Alternate Title by The Monkees
LP: Smash Hits by Jimi Hendrix

Well spent paper round money I thought at the time. Took me a month to save up.

I don't believe anyone who says their first record was a folk record unless they are called Copper or something. :)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:45 PM

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis in 1957 I think. May have been 1958. Not sure.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: alanabit
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:46 PM

"Magical Mystery Tour" double EP by the Beatles. I got it for six shillings in the budget rack in Callington, Cornwall in 1968.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: irishenglish
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:50 PM

Eagles-the first album with Take It Easy.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Tweed
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:56 PM

Beatles' She Loves You on Swan Label.

My wife may still have it or mebbe she's melted it down by now I don't know for sure.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:58 PM

Sorry Alan W but it's true, almost all of my record collection is folk.
G


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Wesley S
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:59 PM

The Kinks Greatest Hits. But I had already gained custody of my older brothers LP's: PP and M, Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four and Joan Baez.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:02 PM

"Charley Brown" by the Coasters, 45 rpm, Atco label, probably about 1958.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:02 PM

After "Robin Hood/Davy Crockett" by Dick Jamnes it was "Rock Around The Clock" and Lonnie Donegan's
"Lost John/Stewball" Happy Days.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Leadbelly
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:02 PM

Seems to become another great thread because everybody is able to make a contribution. Thanks to Rog Peek! Good and simple idea.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:03 PM

My first LP was "Womoweh" by Karl Denver.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:05 PM

Quite right, good thread Rog, but how many of you still sometimes play (albeit on CD) the first music you ever bought?.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:05 PM

No idea. My parents were buying the same folk stuff that I liked when I was a youngster (Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ian & Sylvia, the Weavers, Judy Collins, etc), so I can't clearly recall who it was who bought those early albums in the first 10 years...me or them. But the first one I really can REMEMBER buying myself was Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited". That was tantamount to a revelation as far as I was concerned. I can clearly remember the first time I put it on the turntable and heard the opening chords of "Like A Rolling Stone".


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Leadbelly
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:09 PM

fat B****rd : would like but can't do this because all singles are sold decades ago.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:12 PM

I have a stack of scratched 45s from the 60s, Rolling Stones etc, that I got from a DJ friend.
G.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: AllanW
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:13 PM

"Sorry Alan W but it's true, almost all of my record collection is folk."

hehe, okay G, I believe you. Can I tempt you with a Jimi LP?


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: MissouriMud
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:23 PM

First 45 rpm was probably "26 Miles" by the Four Preps.   First 33 rpm was probably the Kingston Trio's First Album. Before that I had to get by on either things my folks bought me (Burl Ives) or things I borrowed from my brothers (The Weavers).   I don't have any of the records any more (disappeared in the purge of '97) and I don't play 26 Miles any more, but I do occasionally play some of the Burl Ives, Weavers and Seeger songs from those early albums.

I keep getting annoying red lines under my words - like I cant spell


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:28 PM

Either:
- Bach's Suite no 1 in C and Triple Concerto in A minor, London Baroque conducted by Karl Haas
- Orff's Carmina Burana, can't remember who by, but the one with the amazingly weird tenor.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Nigel Spencer (cookieless)
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:29 PM

'This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us' by Sparks. Ex-jukebox, from the local newsagent, big hole in the middle, 10p.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Celtaddict
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:30 PM

Don't recall the first 45, but the first LP was Peter, Paul & Mary, "Lemon Tree."


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Becca72
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:35 PM

I don't remember the first one I bought myself, but I remember the first album I ever got...convinced my great aunt to buy it for me. Ace Frehley in 1977 when the 4 members of KISS each put out a separate album. I was 5 :-)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Geoff Wallis
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:42 PM

The Springfields' 'Island of Dreams', though I think I won it at a local fete. Whatever the case, it was pretty useless as we didn't have a record player until 1967 and then I bought Fleetwood Mac's 'dustbin' album.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Ian Burdon
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:43 PM

My first LP was Abbey Road by the Beatles and yes I do still play it from time to time. The second was Pink Floyd's A Nice Pair

First 45 was either Jean Genie or Mama Weer All Crazee Now


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: TheSnail
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:44 PM

George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue/American in Paris. Haven't played it for a while.

Jack Campin

- Orff's Carmina Burana, can't remember who by, but the one with the amazingly weird tenor.

Remember that famous occasion in the Albert Hall, early seventies, when the tenor fainted on the cellist and a member of the audience stepped in to take his part? I WAS THERE!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:55 PM

Can't beat the squashed cellist but at a screening of Peter Grimes (the movie) something broke so a friend and I leaped up onstage and sang it.
No, I haven't got the record of it but I do have a DVD from a charity shop.
My first record? Might have been Please Please Me.
But the first ones I remember were Yorkshire band 78s on my grandfather's wind up gramophone.
And Deep In The Heart Of Texas which I thought was about the cat because that was its name.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Metchosin
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:56 PM

Can't remember the year, but some time in the mid 1950's, Slim Whitman's Indian Love Call on 78RPM. Pretty weird record for a kid to buy, but I did.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: dwditty
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:59 PM

There's a Meeting Here Tonight - Joe & Eddie


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: mattkeen
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:01 PM

can't by me love - (thats by the beatles)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: skarpi
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:01 PM

ABBA - ARRIVAL


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: dwditty
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:01 PM

And I just found the video of it (THere's a Meeting...) on youtube!

ClickHere


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: dwditty
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:02 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znj2aWAKLvw

grrrr


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Metchosin
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:09 PM

And I think when I bought Indian Love Call, I was probably looking for

Poor Old Kaw Liga


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:11 PM

The first record I got was The Rolling Stones "NOW" with Little Red Rooster on it. Not so unusual until you consider that I didn't have a record player. But I said to myself, "when I get a record player, this is what I will listen to." So I used to carry it with me, to the language laboratory at Rhode Island College, and between studying French on the turntables that were available there, I would listen to The Stones. O.K. O.K. make that I would study French in between listening to The Stones...It was Mono and wonderful. I played it so much that it wore out. So I had to get another copy, but that was in Stereo. Not as good. Some of the raw power of the mono got lost.
Everything prior to was on an 1960 Emerson radio. One of the first transistor radios, which I still have. Before that a 50's GE radio modded with an external car speaker so I could get "Stereo". Before that it was a crystal set. Oatmeal box, crystal, needle, headset, wired to the plumbing. Got New York from Rhode Island. Comparable to a lunar landing when you are 8-10 years old...
But that first Stones record got me started in the Blues. That and all the Classic Rock&Roll(a lot with a country blend) from 1953 to the dawn of the 60's...
bob


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:36 PM

well, the first 45s I had..(bought for me) were "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry and "Blackball Ferry Line" by Bing Crosby (about 1949)

Later, my first LPs were "It's In the Book" by Johnny Standly!! and an LP by Rafael Mendez and his 2 sons....trumpet players extraordinary

in folk it was Burl Ives "Wayfarin' Stranger" and "The Weavers at Carnegie Hall"


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Marje
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:54 PM

The first single I owned was Cliff Richard's "Please Don't Tease". My cousin gave it to me because she didn't want it, and I was thrilled to bits (well come on, I was only 12 or 13 at the time).

The first one I actually bought was "Blue Moon" by the Marcels. I found a second-hand shop that sold singles at a price just about affordable on a pocket-money budget, and that was the first one I found there that I liked.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:54 PM

The first record I remember looking for (unsuccessfully) was "Surf City" by Jan & Dean. The first album I remember owning (a Christmas present I requested) was a double LP "The Springfields Collection". The first album I bought with my own money was Bert Kaempfert's "Living It Up" (Polydor - round about the time they were recording the Beatles' first sessions).

Theme from "CaptainZeppos" (Living It Up)

I used to watch the "Captain Zeppos" series on TV when I should have been studying, couldn't get the tune out of my head and some kind soul at the BBC eventually told me what it was.

I do sometimes wonder how I got here from there. But listening to that clip, maybe that's why I play guitar the way I do. Wierd.

Ross


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Beer
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 04:56 PM

All Shook Up
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: MARINER
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:00 PM

The first album I ever bought was "The Johnnie Otis Show " a fake live album on the Capitol label . It was about 1958 Still have it! First "45" was a Drifters single ,the name which escapes me at the moment .


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,highlandman
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:03 PM

First LP I personally went out and purchased with my own (hard-earned lawn mowing) funds: The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. When it was new... what, 1966 or so?
To be completely honest, that's a slightly false answer, because I clearly remember buying several at the time. But for the life of me can't remember what they were. So SOS walks away with the prize by virtue of being memorable.
Interesting thread... who would have thought, out of all the important firsts in most people's lives, that buying the first record would be so easy to recall?
-Glenn


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Rowan
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:05 PM

My first 78 was The three bells (aka the Jimmy Brown song) with the Companions of song.
My first LP was either something by Arthur Lyman or Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
Never bothered with 45s and can't remember if I bought any EPs.
My first CDs (on the same day) were that Paul Simon one with Diamonds on the soles of her shoes and The Battlefield Band's Bad Moon Rising.
Most of my vinyl and CD collection is "folk" though.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:09 PM

Gypsies Tramps and Thieves by Cher was the forst single. First album was TRex Electric Warrior


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Franz S.
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:10 PM

First record I bought was a 78 by the Beverly Sisters. "Greensleeves" (with a sappy set of lyrics) on one side and "I'll See You In My Dreams" on the other. First LP was The Jimmy Giuffre 3 (Atlantic 1254) and the first folk LP was Pete Seeger's Gazette on Folkways. I still have all three of them and I still play them (not on CD).


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: The Villan
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:10 PM

The first 45 I bought was Jack O Diamonds Lonnie Donegan and I think it had Ham n Eggs on the other side.

The first LP was Tops with Lonnie

Lost all my 45's and Lp's

However, I have most of my original collection on CD. I still play them a lot.
Here is an idea of my music influences I am still building this webpage up.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: mrmoe
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:13 PM

I'm pretty sure it was Hugh O'Brien sings Wyatt Earp.....


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:25 PM

I do believe - looking back along a long foggy trail - that the first
45rpm was, "Battle Of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton; and my first
LP was, "Surfin Safari" by The Beach Boys. Obviously, I was a very deep individual in those days. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:46 PM

PURPLLE PEOPLE EATER by Sheb Wooley



Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: RTim
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:46 PM

I think the first 45 was - Stay by The Hollies.
Don't remember which LP.

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: number 6
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:56 PM

The first album ... 'Paul Butterfield Blues Band' ... by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Most of the records I had access to up until that point where various 45's and some earlier Bob Dylan albums my older sisters had purchased.

biLL


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: freightdawg
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 05:59 PM

First record purchased with my own grimy little paws...

Statler Brothers, "Sons of the Motherland"

The first of many, many Statler Bros. records in my collection.

Highlandman...for me it was the freedom to spend my own money on my own music...that and I always dreamed of finding three other guys and creating the kind of harmony like the Statlers produced. All I could think of was..."I bet they get all the girls!"

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Slag
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 06:03 PM

Great way to get an estimate on everybody's age!

My first record was "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash, 78 RPM. I didn't know it at the time but Mr. Cash's mom attended my uncle's Southern Baptist Church in Ventura CA at about this time. I was in Delano CA about a hundred miles away. It was only years later that I learned about it. Seems my family was never too impressed with celebrity! My uncle (the Pastor) said that Johnny would slip in after services had started and would exit before they were over. The reason for this, I suppose, was to avoid dispruting the proceedings and out of respect for the House of Prayer.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 06:09 PM

"The Weavers at Carnegie Hall" was the first really major folk album for me, but I didn't buy it. My parents did. I loved that record.

I think that one of my very early purchases may have been a 45 of the Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, and Theodore) singing their classic "Alvin's Harmonica"!!! Wow, eh? ;-) Or my mother may have bought it for me. Not quite sure about that.

I now see that it was a harbinger of things to come..."Alvin's Harmonica" was clearly an omen of my future long and abiding interest in Bob Dylan! (heh!)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 06:10 PM

Three cool cats - Charlie Brown and the Coasters, 45rpm. Cost 6s8d. Unfortunately our record player only played 78rpm.....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:08 PM

I may be wrong but it was an EP titled something like: 'Johnny Cash sings Hank Williams' - 1957? My first LP was Hank Snow-'When Tragedy Struck' - I can still sing all the songs on that one.
God, isn't time passing?


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:15 PM

The Shirelles Greatest Hits


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:15 PM

First 45s were "Duke of Earl" and "Her Royal Majesty" -- no reason for the "theme", they were just what I wanted to buy and listen to at the moment. Just prior to this (I think) my mother bought me "The Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee and the Starlighters and "The Twist" by Chubby Checker.

First LP was by Andy Williams.

My primary record player was a circa 1953 top of the line RCA given to me by an uncle. It only played 45s. I had to wait (even after buying that first LP) to get a record player that would play 33 RPM -- and it, of course, also played 45s and 78s.

I'm old, right?

Linn


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: gnu
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:23 PM

Hard Day's Night.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:27 PM

Jack O' diamonds was my first record too, but I had it on 78rpm. It was my birthday - I wanted Jailhouse Rock - but the shop had sold out. So I got Lonnie instead.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: bfdk
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:35 PM

The AristoCats - only mine was in Danish.

First folk record was The Dubliners' Together Again.
Bente


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Jim Lad
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:58 PM

Roberta Flak, "The First Time Ever I saw Your Face".
I was so proud of myself for having bought something other than Scottish or Irish Folk!!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Chorusgirl
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 08:00 PM

Lollypop Lollypop by Millie.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Ed T
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 08:16 PM

Johnny Horton, Whispering Pines...not sure of the other record side.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 08:30 PM

I bought a Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians record (78)in 1948. As I recall one side had "Dem Dry Bones", the other side was the Woodie Guthrie classic "So long It's Been Good To Know You". This was re-arranged for Fred Waring with a more commercial tune (and lyrics).


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Joe_F
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 09:07 PM

I have to make an inference. I did not own a turntable until about 1966, and it is unlikely that I bought any records before then, tho I owned some, probably given me by my mother, and played them on other people's turntables.

However, in the '60s I had a friend of the I-can-get-it-for-you-wholesale religion, and he importuned me to buy a turntable for my lo-fi thru him, and even offered to fix it so I could play mono records on it (at that time, I thought stereo recording was fashionable frippery; I continued to buy mono records as long as they remained available). Naturally, I hesitated; but then it occurred to me that if I owned a turntable, I could listen to Bob Dylan any time I wanted. So I gave in. That makes it very likely that the first record I bought was an early Bob Dylan one.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Greenland
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 10:17 PM

Single: I asked for 'Long Haired Lover' from Liverpool by Jimmy Osmond instead of an Easter egg - 60p. Then I saved up for 'Tiger Feet' by Mud.
Album: I bought my first albums second hand from older kids at school: 'Blue for You' (Status Quo), and 'Selling England by the Pound' (Genesis).
Actually I didn't buy 'Blue for You' exactly - I swapped it for a pair of jelly sandals - and I hadn't heard it but I had kind of slightly heard of Status Quo because I had written their logo, along with those of a lot of other bands whose music I didn't know, on my school bag. And I had lied to my cousin about having it already. Cool!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Rowan
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 10:23 PM

I did not own a turntable until about 1966
That was true for me too, Joe, although it was about 1970 in my case; I used my parents' turntable until then.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Mike in DC
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 10:37 PM

My first LP was Brahms Symphony No. 1, conducted by Felix Weingartner. I'm not sure about my first 45, but two instrumentals stand out in my memory - Bill Doggett's Honky Tonk, Parts I and II, and Harlem Nocturne (backed with I Hear a Rhapsody)by Earl Bostic. The age of the 78 had passed before I had any discretionary cash, but I more or less distinctly remember a record of train sounds (backed with more train sounds)which I played on a Bozo the Clown record player.

Mike


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Jeff
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 11:23 PM

Little Anthony and the Imperials Greatest Hits. Great album, great voice...wore it out. Then I smoked pot. Pacific, Gas and Electric...I can't remember the name of the LP,(not surprising :-}) but the cover was a collage of things like a locomotive, a watch and a woman w/o any clothes. Saw later versions of the LP and she had a dress painted over her. Turns out the 'nude' one is worth quite a bit in the 'collector's market'. My older brother ended up w/it and beyond that I don't know what happened to it. Is it true pot effects one's memor...what was the question?


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 12:10 AM

a 45 rpm of Classical Gas.
my first LP was a...folk record!
inspired by a concert at Place des Arts my parents brought me to, I bought The Best of Ian and Sylvia.
many recordings and much music since. I love the stuff...


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Dazbo at work
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 03:41 AM

My first record that I got with my own money was Son of my Father by Chickory Tip followed quite quickly by a 50% share of Nilsson's Without You.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: The Villan
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 03:53 AM

Three Cool Cats - That was a favourite of mine Kitty


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 04:41 AM

In 1958 I bought a 7inch 45rpm single called 'Tom Hark' played by Elias and his Zigzag jive flutes. I believe they were a street band from South Africa so I don't know how they got on the NZ hit parade.
I've still got it.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 04:53 AM

"Hey, Little Cobra" by The Ripchords.


Stephen Lee


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: nickp
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:03 AM

Jeepers Creepers/Johnny Jingo by Hayley Mills

Now there's an embarassing admission!

Nick


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:23 AM

Forget the lies and rumours to the effect that the first record I ever owned was a copy of The Happy Wanderer by some German childrens choir, or the claims that before my mid teens, there had been found in my possession records by Lonnie Donegan, Tommy Steele, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Cliff Richard, the Shadows and John Leyton.

The first record I would ever admit to owning, even under the most excruciating torture devised by the hand of man, is Back Country Blues by Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. Absolutely bleep bleepin' marvellous.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,buspassed
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:25 AM

First 45? 'Running Bear' by Johnnie Preston.

First LP? 'The Buddy Holly Story'. Huge corridor cred to be seen carrying this album at school after the Man died. [ Didn't carry the vinyl, just the sleeve in case those lairy 5th formers 'just wanted a look']. Bought it on the drip from my sisters catalogue, 20 weeks at 1/9d.

Great days!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Edthefolkie
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:51 AM

I thought I was the only sad person who bought Jeepers Creepers by Hayley Mills but no..... MY excuse is that I was only about 14 and had a teenage crush.

It was a 45 rpm single, and needless to say I didn't have a record player. However I did try it on my Mum's old 78 wind up gramophone (turned the speed down & put the brake on) with completely predictable results.

But luckily I heard weird stuff on jukeboxes on RAF stations (I was a cadet you see). Then I started listening to Pick of the Pops with Alan Freeman - Brenda Lee, B Bumble & the Stingers, The Shads, Donegan, Joe Brown....


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 06:03 AM

First single - 'Sand Storm', Johnny and the Hurricanes

First LP - 'Chet Atkins' Workshop'. I wish I still had it, if anly for 'Theme from a Summenr Place'.

First Folky LP _ Peter Paul and Mary - can't remember the title, but it had 'A-Soalin' as one track.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 06:17 AM

The first record I owned, given to me around 1962, along with an old wind up portable gramophone, was a 78 with a compilation ofsongs done by a group sounding much like the B&W minstrels.

It had 'All the nice girls love a sailor', I do like to be beside the seaside', 'Hello, hello, who's you're lady friend?', Its a long way to Tipperary'


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Leadbelly
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 06:18 AM

First LP: Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers

First (and last) stolen record: EP by Buddy Holly ( Oh Boy, Peggy Sue and 2 others). I'm not proud about this action. One shouldn't do it even in case of lack of money.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Edthefolkie
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 07:16 AM

Just to bend the thread a bit - first prerecorded reel to reel tape bought:

A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles.

I must look in my Mum's loft to see if it, and others. are still there - apparently these little 3 3/4 ips EMI tapes are quite collectable.

No LearJet 8 track cartridges though!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Trevor Thomas
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 07:51 AM

Ken Dodd and the Diddymen album. From a Scout jumble sale when I was 8.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Silver Slug
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 07:52 AM

Bought a Ferguson mono record player in 1968. First singles were Hold Me Tight by Johnny Nash and Simon & Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson, both bought on the same day. I wish I still had them but I fear that they are long gone.
First LP was The Beatles 'White' album, which I still play occasionally.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: rich-joy
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 07:56 AM

First 45 - "Handy Man" by Del Shannon.
First LP - "Summer Holiday" by Cliff Richard.
First folk LP - "The Twiliters in Concert" (West Aussie group).
all around 1964-65 ..... and yes, still have them all :~)


Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 08:09 AM

If we ignore "Portrait of my Love"/"Strawberry Blonde" on 78 on the Woolworth's label then my first album was "Bob Dylan" in 1964.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 08:14 AM

'Pasadena' by The Temperance Seven, closely followed by 'Kon-Tiki' by The Shadows.
First album was 'With the Beatles', which had to be specially ordered from a local electrical shop and semmed to take months to arrive.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: topical tom
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 09:44 AM

A record by the Weavers though I can't recall the title.I know it had the song "Tzena, Tzena" on it.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 09:45 AM

First record I asked my folks for and got was Alvin and the Chipmonks' Christmas Song, about 57 or 58. First real 45 was Rick Nelson's Unchained Melody. First album? I remember it well. Richie Valens' LP, a guy that lived in my then hometown of San Fernando California.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: cetmst
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 09:49 AM

Can't recall the order but first was probably a Burl Ives 78; others were "Folk Songs and Ballads" by Susan Reed, "American Songbag" by Carl Sandburg, "Six Songs for Democracy", and some Josh White, Leadbelly and Richard Dyer-Bennet.
First LP's were 10-inchers from the Folkways catalogue, Wade Hemsworth, Walt Robertson, Wallace House, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 10:00 AM

How are prescription meds handled in Britain and Canada?


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 10:02 AM

Ooops. That comment belonged on a completely different thread. Would make a terrible record title.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 10:15 AM

I received the Rolling Stones Between the Buttons album as a gift and immediately began accumulating all their albums that had been released to date in pretty short order. The first one I bought with my own money was either Aftermath or 12 by 5.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: EuGene
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 11:52 AM

Best I recall, my first 45 was "All American Boy" and my first LP was a Patti Page album . . . somewhere back there I bought an album of Woody Guthrie songs, but I believe that was after the Page record. My re-membery is getting rusty.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 12:41 PM

Yes, definitely a thread to bring back the Good Ol' Days.

First 78 that I actually bought with my own money. Patsy Montana - Good Night Soldier/Smile And Drive Your Blues Away Decca 6101 (Blue Label).   I bought it used for about 25 cents in maybe 1951. You can have your very own copy for about $24 with postage at ebay, I just looked it up.

Most of my other 78 purchases were of Hank Snow, beginning with The Golden Rocket.

First 45, having a bit of trouble remembering for sure, as there was a period in which I jumped back and forth between 78s and 45s, but I am fairly certain that it was The Louvin Brothers 45 set of Tragic Songs Of Life.

First LP, no problem there, Hank Snow Just Keep A-Movin' RCA Victor LPM-1113 1955.

First CD, that's easy too. Nanci Griffith, her first album on MCA, Lone Star State of Mind (1987). and yes I bought that at least a couple of months before I had a CD player. I had no faith that MCA would keep it in the catalog long enough to risk not getting it. Obviously, I was wrong.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 12:45 PM

From: GUEST,Nigel Spencer (cookieless)
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 03:29 PM

'This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us' by Sparks. Ex-jukebox, from the local newsagent, big hole in the middle, 10p

    Wow! Someone else who will admit to liking Sparks. I thought they were so cool when I was 15. "Kimono My House" by Sparks might well be my first bought record, although I also owned a couple of Steeleye Span albums (mad crush for Maddy), Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and the soundtrack from Rollerball (all Bach organ stuff) around that same time. My musical tastes were always pretty eclectic.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 12:47 PM

Elvis Presley's Golden Hits


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: EuGene
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 12:50 PM

First cassette: Bill Justus "Ally Cat/Green Onions"
First CD: (Bought 2) Corelli "Concerti" & a collection of big band hits (don't remember exact title)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Lizzie Cornish
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 01:38 PM

"Have I The Right?" by The Honeycombs

"Have I the right to thrill you? You know I'll wait until you give me the right to make you mine..."

Mmmmmmm.... :0)

How I used to LOVE those drums! (lady drummer too as I recall. First ever?)

Happy memories of bopping round my bedroom to that one, pretending to be one of Pan's People. Nowadays I bop around to something very different..and far better.

Here you can even share it:

The Honeycombs - Have I The Right?

Don't you just love the internet!) :0)


Lizzie :0)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Snoozer
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 02:27 PM

First 45 was Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers, but I didn't buy it, it was a birthday present (I was called Susie back then).

First LP was Clouds, by Joni Mitchell


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 02:48 PM

"Little White Bull" by Tommy Steel, from his film "Tommy the Toreador". I was 8 years old but I went to the shop to buy it myself and paid for it with my own money.

DC


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Leadbelly
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 02:56 PM

Tommy Steele! Too young to remember?


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 03:13 PM

Terry, you're fibbing!!


G


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: moongoddess
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 04:15 PM

"I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash on the Sun record label.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Don Firth
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 04:21 PM

Kids! You're all just kids!

When I bought my first records, LPs and 45s hadn't come out yet. It was all 78s.

When I was in my very early teens, I went regularly to Saturday matinee movies, usually with my sister (good way for mom to get us out of the house). The second feature of the double bill was often a western (maybe Hopalong Cassidy) or a crime drama (i.e., "film noir"), but frequently the main feature was one of the musical movies that were coming out of Hollywood at the time. Some of them were 90% fictional "Hollywoodized" bio-pics of some musician or composer. I got to liking some of the music that I heard in these movies, and after seeing "A Song to Remember" (1945 - Cornel Wilde as Chopin), I bought Jose Iturbi's recording of Chopin's Polonaise in Ab, which actually made the pop-charts shortly after the movie came out (Itubi did the piano playing in the movie while Cornel Wilde "finger-synced"). I think that was the first record I bought with my own money.

I bought a lot of classical music, mostly stuff I had heard first in movies like the aforementioned, and opera recordings (weird kid, I suppose - but I also had an album of "Sons of the Pioneers"). But when I first got interested in folk music and bought my first guitar ($9.95 Regal), I went to Campus Music and Gallery in Seattle's University District and bought Walt Robertson's two 78s, and one 10" LP each by Burl Ives, Richard Dyer-Bennet, Susan Reed, and Cynthia Gooding. Some of the first songs I learned were from those records. Still got 'em.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 04:32 PM

First 45 - the Beatles - I Wanna Hold Your Hand
First album- Herman's Hermits.

First album that I still have - either the first Doc Watson on Vanguard, or The New Lost City Ramblers - Rememberance of Things To Come.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:00 PM

Hey, Don, have you heard the audio of the young Bob Dylan on Cynthia Gooding's radio show? It was prior to his first album, and she gave him a very friendly interview, and he sang a bunch of songs.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:21 PM

"Kids! You're all just kids!"

my apologies for not being old *LOL*

"I don't believe anyone who says their first record was a folk record unless they are called Copper or something"

Oh...then I probably shouldn't say that my first record (on vinyl too!) was Babbacombe Lee - Fairport Convention

Charlotte (the view from Ma and Pa's piano stool)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,mac the knife
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:31 PM

fever tree
at the super market
FEVER TREE


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Don Firth
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:40 PM

Cynthia Gooding's interview with Bob Dylan? No, I haven't heard it. Do you know if it's available somewhere?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 05:46 PM

Hmmm. I'll see if I can find out. Hang on.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 06:16 PM

This for starters

The Text of The Cynthia Gooding Bob Dylan Interview

Charlotte (making enquiries)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unplugged Apprentice
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 06:21 PM

The Interview Itself

scroll down for the links to the interview

Charlotte (enquiries made)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 06:51 PM

Charlotte - you are very interesting. Anytime you want to talk about Babacombe Lee. Give me me an e- mail. Just google bigalwhittle. and you will contact me


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 07:27 PM

Interesting..has the songs he sung, too...


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 07:33 PM

Out there its summertime
Milk and Honey days
Oh, San Francisco Girls
with San Francisco Ways

No wonder you bought it, mac.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Don Firth
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 07:50 PM

Thanks, Little Hawk, for the info (by PM) and thanks to Charlotte for the link. I don't have time to listen to it right now, but I will tomorrow morning.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 07:53 PM

Single: House of the Rising Sun (Animals)
Album: Please please me (Beatles) .....oh, the heady teenage excitement.... :)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: paula t
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 08:00 PM

The single of "misty" by Kenny Stevens.My first album was"Blood on the tracks" by Bob Dylan.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Janie
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 08:37 PM

Darned if I can remember - most likely candidates would be a Beach Boy's or Motown 45 of some top forty 1963 release.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 08:54 PM

Aerosmith, Night in the Ruts

Dani


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Cluin
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 09:47 PM

single: "She Loves You/I Want to Hold Your Hand" (okay, my mom bought it for me; I was 4)

album: a K-Tel-like Hank Williams collection from K-Mart, I think but I definitely remember buying "Aqualung" on my first unsupervised visit to the first dedicated records-only store we had around here.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Cluin
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 09:53 PM

"How are prescription meds handled in Britain and Canada? "

They are tossed from the rooftops and we catch them in our mouths.

Just like everything else in Canada: snow, politics, US satellite parts, etc.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: mike gouthro
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 11:34 PM

1st records my parents bought for me: 78s of Mule Train and Dear Hearts.. by Bing Crosby and That Old Master Painter by ??

1st records I bought: 78s of Heartbreak Hotel and The Great Pretender


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 11:51 PM

The first LP album I ever bought was BOB GIBSON---OFFBEAT FOLKSONGS on Riverside Records.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 12:18 AM

The first record I bought was Ray Charles: A Man and His Soul, monophonic double LP.   I thought it was a wonderful thing to own, although it was an odd thing to buy because I didn't have a record player. It stayed carefully packed away except to go to parties with me - if the host owned a record player.

About 5 years later I bought a second record, Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water LP on the first day it was released. I spent the grocery money on it, and lived on beans and rice for weeks after that. It was another odd thing to buy since I still didn't have a record player, but Simon and Garfunkel started going to parties with me and Ray Charles and that was fun.

Another 5 or 6 years passed before I got a real job and bought a record player. That, of course, was another odd thing to buy since I only had 2 records.
- Phil


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 12:58 AM

Three Little Kittens and Little Red Caboose.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: KT
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 01:47 AM

Little Red Caboose?   I loved that song!! Of course, it wasn't an album but my WAAAAAY older brother's single record.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,col
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 02:44 AM

I bought Jeepers Creepers too!...yes I had a crush too!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Edthefolkie
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 07:13 AM

I made up for Jeepers Creepers later. My first album purchase was The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse by the Bonzos.

I was still living at home then, and my dad became apoplectic on seeing the "tasteful" portraits of the band etc. on the insert booklet. Thank God he never met Vivian Stanshall.

Could have been worse, I might have waltzed in with a Frank Zappa album.

Now of course, my son turns up with heavy metal CDs. I really upset him the other day when he left a copy of "Motley Crue - Loud as F*$k" around. I pointed out that this should have read "Folk" and got a very dusty reply.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 08:06 AM

Ken Dodd and the Diddymen. 1966,


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Nick
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 08:24 AM

First LP that I had a part share in was Beatles "A Hard Days Night" with my sister

First LP that I bought totally myself was John Mayall "Crusade" from the Pop Inn record shop in South Woodford.

Bought some singles before that including Telstar and She Loves You but I'm unsure what was the first and whether they were by myself or not.

We used to also have a record club at school that we all put a small amount in and then voted for an album to buy. Heavily influenced by the older schoolboys in the sixth form but there was a wonderful collection if I remember in the first year and I can remember some of the following being bought:

Notorious Byrd Brothers
Blues Anytime Vol 2
Velvet Underground and Nico
Roy Harper - Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith
Bob Dylan - John Welsey Harding
Rolling Stones - Satanic Majesties
Judy Collins - Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Spirit
Mothers of Invention - We're Only in it For the Money

And the various strands of a love of West Coast American music, singer/songwriter/folkish stuff, blues and rock remain and influence me to this day


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: John Hardly
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 08:47 AM

kinks


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Essex Girl
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 09:03 AM

ise 78 Robin Hood/Davy Crockett (we'd just got a tv!) ist Album Adam Faith. Then I got into Dylan


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 09:38 AM

First 45 - Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton - I had the biggest crush possible on him at the time.

First LP - Hard Day's Night - The Beatles. They were THE revelation as far as I was concerned. I had all their albums at one time then husband #1 sold them and my record player when we were short of cash!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 02:52 PM

Does anybody remember the red embassy records from woolworths. They were half a crown when a proper record was about six bob. Ans d some of them were pretty good. I had the Ballad of Davy Crockett with Sixteen Tons on the flipside.

Anyway I was a kid - it sounded all right to me.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 04:24 PM

I think one of the earliest had to be AMERICAN DRINKING SONGS by Oscar Brand. There were probably some Kingston Trio records as well. Then I discovered Folkways LP's and it was all over.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 06:01 PM

1st 78 Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly
1st 45 Whole Lotta Woman by Marvin Rainwater


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Darowyn
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 07:17 PM

My granny gave me her wind up gramophone. There were a few records with it, and some that a neighbour gave me. I remember some Charlie Kunz piano tracks, and a version of "Buttons and Bows". She had bought me Uncle Mac's (Derek McCullogh) Nursery Rhymes, but the first record I bought for myself was "Cumberland Gap" C/W "Bring a Little Water Sylvie" by Lonnie Donnegan.
All those were 78s. I've had a Kingston Trio EP with "Tom Dooley" on it for a long long time, so that was probably my first 45. My First album was "The Buddy Holly Story", in common with a few others on here.
By that time I had an electric record player, and I made the clockwork gramophone into a centrifuge for doing chemistry experiments, mostly to do with devising rocket fuels.
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: John E
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 11:37 PM

Diz and Bird, In the Beginning


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: iancarterb
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 01:29 AM

I actually think mine was Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes. If I still had it I wouldn't need a Lotto ticket!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Janie
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 02:16 AM

1st albums bought for me (and my younger sister) were Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas album, and a Huckleberry Hound dog album. The first album I remember buying (probably we three sisters combined our resources) was Chubby Chekkers, but it could have been something else. I don't really remember having any money of my own to buy anything other than 45's before I went to college - and even then, funds were very scarce.

Mom and Dad liked music and bought the first stereo in our neck of the woods -the speakers were major pieces of furniture in those days.    Mom had a great, eclectic collection of 78's (that my neatnick Dad trashed at some point) and 45's before then that we listened to on a humble mono turntable- .don't remember most of them, but they included the Andrews sisters, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Andy Griffin, early Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis. Johnny Horton, etc. There may have been some early Buddy Holly. For no particular reason, I remember a 45 my Mom had of a rock & roll song "They Call Me Hawkeye" and I can not, for the life of me, remember who did it.

I am the keeper of the family albums that have survived. (Survival and playability are not synonyms.) In terms of albums, I am never clear about what Mom bought "for us girls" (her excuse - she loved rock 'n roll and loved to dance. She'd set up the ironing board in the living room Saturday mornings so she could watch American Bandstand while she ironed - taking frequent breaks to dance and to teach us, especially my older sister, how to lindy, jitterbug, etc.), and the early purchases we made for ourselves.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,woodsie
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 03:57 AM

Alone Again Or - Love, Classical Gas - Mason Williams, Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. These were all early singles. Albums Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - Pink Floyd, Bluebird Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson, Safe As Milk - Captain Beefheart.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Andrez
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 06:54 AM

Since its time for true confessions, the first record I bought were EP's: Del Shannon's "Swiss Maid", and also (Oz Artist- Johnny Devlins "Stomp the Tumbarumba". First LP was either The Animals or Ike & Tina Turner "River Deep Mountain High" whichever was released earlier.

Cheers

Andrez


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 11:29 AM

Keep-a-knockin' by Little Richard. It was a 78.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 11:39 AM

"They Call Me Hawkeye and I can not, for the life of me, remember who did it."

written by Boudleaux Bryant
recorded by Frankie Laine.
released in 1955
The Lyrics


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's unlugged Apprentice
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 11:40 AM

oops that "Guest" was me *LOL*

Charlotte (first coffee on Ma and Pa's piano stool)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 01:43 PM

I'm surpised Tom (Curmudgeon) hasn't posted. His father bought him a couple LPs -- Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd. The die was cast.

I was talking to Jeri yesterday about the thread. She talked about the recordings her mother had and it got me thinking. Until they started buying ME records (45s -- including story records like "Bambi" -- couldn't listen to the second side where Bambi's mother dies), there were no recordings around the house.

Lots of MUSIC around the house, but no recordings. My father had played clarinet and sax in a dance band in north-central Wisconsin in the '40s and still played a lot at home in Milwaukee (though a second shift job kept him from playing professionally). My mother played piano and we didn't have one, so she'd hijack my accordion when I was taking lessons (at age 5). We later (in the '60s) got a piano. My brother played trumpet, my sister played piano. I took those accordion lessons, then clarinet lessons and played with the school band.

We all sang -- at home, at church, in the car, together or alone. (Lutherans, fer-pete's-sake.) I learned harmony by osmosis and didn't realize it til about 25 years ago.

Polkas were the folk music of my youth -- Wisconsin, doncha know.

But no records around the house until I started buying them or they were purchased for me.

Strange, now that I think about it.

Linn


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bee
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 02:20 PM

My first album, purchased the same day my parents bought the family a record player (of the cardboard suitcase variety) was John Allan Cameron's first record. I was thirteen and had seen him perform (in full kilt and kit) that summer at the Cape Breton County Exhibition, resulting in an overwhelming young teen crush.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 02:47 PM

Golden Years
By Mr David Bowie.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 05:50 PM

Of course if this thread was about buying one's first folk record (which it isn't) my answer would be 'Oldham Edge' (or was it spelled 'Owdham'? I'll have to check) by The Oldham Tinkers, from Free Reed Records in Derbyshire, during a snowstorm.

This was in t'owd days, when I were a lad an' yer 'ad ter travel out inter the hills ter buy records. None of yer downloads in them days.

These kids nowadays don't know they're born.

Why, in my day...(etc)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 05:54 PM

I've checked. It's 'Owdham'

(tha knows)


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Bizibod
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 08:23 PM

Glad all over
Dave Clark Five

Still like it actually -

" And I'm feelin' DUM DUM glad all over,
Yes I'm a DUM DUM glad all over, Baby I'm a DUM DUM glad all over,
So glad you're mi-i-i-i-i-ne"

Ooh, that's better !


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Rowan
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 09:05 PM

there were no recordings around the house.

Lots of MUSIC around the house, but no recordings.


I suspect that might be true for lots of us, Linn. I was for me. We had a piano that none of us could play (Wertheim upright with 3 pedals; I never did work out the function of the third pedal) but the bloke next door would often visit and he could accompany almost anything we cared to sing, so there were a lot of songs sung; G&S, popular from the 1890s through to the 1950s would cover the most of them, although there were quite a few "scout songs' that were originally English folk songs.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 01:46 AM

Rock Island Line----- Lonnie Donegn.......


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 02:25 AM

"John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Album. Highlights Of Speeches Made By Our Beloved President." The album was produced in New York by a company called "Premiere Albums, Inc." and was made from a radio broadcast on WMCA, Friday, November 22, 1963. I bought it new, when it was released on LP in 1964. I was eleven. It cost $1.00. I still have it.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: goatfell
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 04:29 AM

the Corries a live a live o


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: masato sakurai
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 06:13 AM

The first LP I bought is The Carter Family's compilation album 'Mid The Green Fields of Virginia (RCA Victor). I still have it.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: mandotim
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 06:55 AM

First album was The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem; I didn't buy it, it was bought for me by Father O'Hanlon the parish priest, who probably thought there wasn't enough Irish influence in our house at the time. First one I bought myself was either the eponymous 'Joan Baez', or Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel. First proper folk album was probably Oldham's Burning Sands by the Oldham Tinkers. I bought this off Gerry Kearns, who's Dad was a friend of my Dad.
Tim


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 24 Feb 08 - 12:44 PM

I think the first "single" I ever bought for myself was "Marianne," by Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders, around 1955-6. I really didn't start buying albums (LP's) until 1957 or so. We didn't have a record player at home, so I had to go to friends' homes to listen.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Melani
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 11:39 PM

It was a 78 of "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton. I was 8, and it was 50 cents. I still know all the words. I heard Johnny Cash turned that one down because he didn't think it would be a hit.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 09:05 AM

Got it right here. I went and pulled it out of the bookcase so I could be specific about it, because it was so good and still is. Bit of an oddity but great:

Bob Atcher, Early American Folk Songs, Columbia 10" HL 9006, one of the first LPs, issued c. 1950.

Included: Barbary Allen, De Ladies' Man, Methodist Pie, Devilish Mary, Young Rogers the Miller, Old Smoky, The Hunters of Kentucky

Atcher, son of a fiddle champion father, began as a working cowboy in North Dakota. He became a successful country singer on radio and records during the 1930s and 40s, particularly in his duets with Bonnie Blue Eyes. He was staff vocalist at WBBM in Chicago in the early 40s. But he put away all the fancy studio backing and professionalized singing for this record (and for one other, a 10" of cowboy songs, also on Columbia).

On this LP he goes all the way back to his roots with bone-simple authentic singing, fine fetching traditional style fingerpicking guitar, and some terrific songs. I have to say this record gave me a really good start.

Bob


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 12:07 PM

We didn't have a record player at home,but I bought one with practically my first salary cheque after leaving university: I bought 2 LPs (never bought singles) Jazz at the Philharmonic ( a concert recorded at the tour I'd seen in Birmingham) and a Sidney Bechet. I would have bought the Armsatrong Hot 5s and 7s but the shop didn't have it. Went on to buy far too many LPs, CDs, piano rolls and cassettes since (according to the current Mrs S.),new and second hand, from shops, by post and online. I CAN be cured, send conmtributions NOW!

RtS


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: bet
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 03:28 PM

Tom Doley on a 45

bet


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: autolycus
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 04:57 PM

Thrilled someone else like '26 miles' - Four Preps - the only pop track I liked for years.

Also Johnny Standley's It's in the Book, a funny analysis of Little Bo Peep. Got the 45, had no idea there was an LP.

First record, not my money (well I was ill in bed) Alfven's Swedish Rhapsody, arr. percy Faith. The BBC has been using it as the signature tune for a children's tv prog, c.'53. Blowed if I can remember the prog.

Ist LP, an Ace of Clubs of Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites - still got it - after I was bought my first record-player by an uncle.



    Ivor


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: MaineDog
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 05:02 PM

A 78 of Elvis singing "Blue Suede Shoes"
MD


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: jojofolkagogo
Date: 28 Feb 08 - 03:29 PM

My first record was "True Love Ways" (Buddy, of course) He was dead, and I had heard it on Radio Luxembourg, the next day I went out and bought it, but I did not know he was dead, at that time.

And my first LP was a birthday present from my (lovely darlin') Dad
and it was "Buddy Holly Story - No 1" (cos there was two of em)

and YES I still play all of them and still have all my records and LPs. With every house-move they are the only thing that gets packed up meticulously and travels with me in my car, for safety. I would DIE without my music !

Jo-Jo


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 28 Feb 08 - 04:05 PM

Gosh, Bob, that's one I've got too! It's one of the first LPs that I converted to CD. And I certainly do remember Bob on WLS Barn Dance and the morning shows.

Be sure and ask Art about the time he met Bob Atcher. It's been a while since I heard the story.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 29 Feb 08 - 03:52 PM

Album: Beautiful Bermuda by the Merrymen
45: It's Just Another Day Paul McCartney and Wings. Neil


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,Bill S from Perth
Date: 03 Mar 08 - 07:17 AM

Lonnie Donegan Golden Vanity (trad) though mainly for the B side My Old Man's a Dustman


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 03 Mar 08 - 07:21 AM

Never Smile At A Crocodile, sung by Jerry Lewis. But I cheated. I didn't buy it, my parents did. I was too little to have money. Tennessee Ernie Ford's version of Davy Crockett was another early fave. And I also had a much-cherished record of the Dragnet theme on - get this!!! - 78 rpm.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: GUEST,nick12
Date: 03 Mar 08 - 01:42 PM

my first single was eddie fishers 'Fanny' backed by something i cant remember.. maybe 'Fanny' was the other side.. but my first album was Elvis Presleys 'Elvis' album.. what a cool album at the time!


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 07:25 AM

Autolycus, you have had me wondering for days now. What was that bloody BBC childrens TV programme with Swedish Rhapsody as the theme?.
Please, somebody must know.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 07:33 AM

Never Smile At A Crocodile was played for me on Children's Favourites one Saturday morning. Getting your name mentioned on the radio caused such a stir in North-East England in the 1950s that the head teacher remarked on it at school assemby the following Monday.


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Subject: RE: What was the first record you bought?
From: wilbyhillbilly
Date: 09 Mar 08 - 09:02 AM

My first was a 78rpm by Slim Whitman "Rose Marie" must have been 1955 or '56.

I remember playing it over and over on an old wind-up gramophone and the next door neighbour coming round (we lived in a little terraced house then) and shouting "is that the only bloody record you've got".

Little did he know how right he was at the time.


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