Thursday, January 10, 2008
Happy Birthday (and R.I.P.) to the 45 RPM
Ok, some of my younger readers may not have ever seen one, but as a kid, I loved records.
Yes, records, vinyl, LP's, whatever terminology one wants to use.
What brings this up?
On this day in 1949, the 45 RPM was introduced.
How different would many a teenage life have been without the 45? They were cheap, they carried a hit on one side, and an occasional gem on the other. (Quick - what was the "B" side to Wipe Out?***)
They were a staple in my household. My parents had them, my older sister had them, and I, dear friends, was a record whore!
I remember the first one I ever purchased myself. 1971, Sunshine by Jonathan Edwards. I had to play it when my parents weren't around because it had a "bad word" in it. ( Of course, a few years later when I had my KISS phase, they actually had the preacher come and talk to me and pray over me because everybody knew KISS stood for Kings In Satan's Service, but that's another post.)
Vinyl albums, (LP's) became my obsession around the 7th grade, but before then it was all about the 45's.
So what are your 45 memories? Have a favorite "B" side? (Mine is Hey Hey What Can I Do? - "B" side of Immigrant Song.)
Enjoy this blast from Brave Sir Robin's Childhood:
*** Surfer Joe