My first album was Del Shannon's Runaround Sue. I'm not sure if that was the name of the album, but that song was on it. I bought it at Woolworth's and I think I paid less than a dollar brand new. Many many years ago.
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My first was Queen "A Night at the Opera." I bought it at K-Mart and it lasted till my mother read the lyrics. They were not appropriate for our house! I bought it again several years later, but then it was just another LP in the collection. She never noticed it, even though I bought it on a trip our family tok to Germany.
Ahh, Geez. My parents bought me a little Realistic compact system when I was about 13, but my Mom didn't want me listening to any of that hippy stuff . . . it was 1970. I wanted Jefferson Airplane, but my first allowable album was Tony Orlando and Dawn LP--"Knock Three Times on the Ceiling if you want me . . ." Needless to say, haven't listened to it in a long time.
Ugh. I'll bet you guys won't be able to get that song out of your heads the rest of the day!
Better be nice, or I'll remind you of "Muskrat Love" :-))
I can't remember life without music. My parents let me operate the console before I was 5 yrs old. The earliest thing I played over and over and over again is viewable on old 16mm movie film. The Venture's album with the surfer on the big wave on the silverish-blueish album cover. I kept playing that first song over and over.
My first LP was Yes Fragile, also bought at Woolworths.... They must have been pretty big in the record business back then, or we all just bought them where our mothers took us!
I think the stereo was a Panasonic all in one job.with seperate speakers.
The first album my parents ever took from me was George Carlin "On the Road". Funny, mom liked his humor, and knew we had several other Carlin LP's, but was worried because it had one of the first ever parental warnings about explicit lyrics! We bought the album again the next week...she never saw it, and eventually, when we were older gave it back to us, I can't remember if we told her we had it all along or not......
My first record was Hang On Sloopy by the McCoys. Purchased at Giant Music for about $2.47 (standard LP price in those days). I also got the Beatles Second Album and Paul Revere and the Raiders all around the same time. Different shopping trips, though, as I could only afford one album at a time on my allowance and baby-sitting money.
"Collection" by the "Young Rascals" I must have worn out that LP. Think I paid around $3.00 for it. I'm still "Grooovin" to the music! After that came the Stone's "Aftermath" then Chicago Transit Authority. IMO, still all classics and the best time period for pop and rock music of the last century. Boy, I'm geting old!
I asked my mom to get me She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by The Beatles, on 45RPM. She came back with You Can't Do That with Money Can't Buy Me Love on the flipside, explaining that She Loves You was sold out and the guy at the record store told her I would be okay with this one instead. I was a little hesitant, thinking my dear old mom might have gotten hoodwinked by some
smooth talking salesman, but when that platter hit the needle -- I was in heaven. What a great record! I started with a "suitcase" style record player,
which usually needed a nickle on the tone arm to keep the needle in the
groove, then graduated to the kind where the speakers were detachable and
finally, a Gerard Turn Table connected to a Pioneer receiver/pre-amp with
separate amplifier. I always had a stereo in my room, always had a more serious set-up than my friends, it always seemed to hold more importance for me than most of the people I knew. I was hooked early. Started with the Beatles and a sears record player.
Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the 60's, we listened to a station out of Windsor, Ontario, CKLW AM. It was either garage rock or soul for us. Bubble Puppy-Hot Smoke and Sasafras, Blues Magoos-Pipe Dream, There's a Chance We Can Make It, then there are the Detroit Bands: Amboy Dukes-Baby Please Don't Go, Rationals-Respect, SRC, Stooges, MC5, Underdogs, Up, Iguanas (Iggy Pop's first band), Bob Seeger System, Mitch Ryder, Unrelated Segments, so many others, they go on forever.
Mine was, at the age of 12 '' Tom Jones Live at the Flamenco in Las Vegas'' I did not have a clue who Tom Jones was, I just wanted to buy my first LP. Listened to this record for a whole year before getting my second LP, SGT Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band....when I heard this for the first time...''Wow''
I had a cheap mono 1 speaker portable record player, to which I connected another ''speaker'', a $ 2,99 Radio Shack 6'' driver that I taped to a cardboard box in which I had cut a 6'' hole with a knife. So there I had it , ''Stereo'' sound!
I went to kilobuck systems since, ( with kilobuck speakers ). Funny, my memory brings me back to a time where this joke of a system (by our snobby audiophile standards) is the best-sounding system I ever had, listening to ''with a little help from my firends'' between my two mono speakers in my bedroom, scratches and all....now THAT was fun !
A yellow 45 with the theme song from the western series "Cheyenne". Can't remember what the flip side is.
I won my second 45 (Elvis's "Blue Hawaii") @ my father's company picnic by driving a spike all the way into a 2x4 with 2 whacks of a hammer. The fat drunk guy running the contest said I was too young to participate, but my father talked him into giving me a chance. The guy got pissed off when I won (3 blows/whacks was a win). I then called the old guy a peckerhead and got into trouble. Gave the 45 to my mother who later took my sister and myself to see the movie (the movie sucked).
Now this could give someones age away. First LP was The Doors. I lived in Manhattan Beach California when I was a kid. A few friends and I (this was around the late 1960's)heard loud music playing in a garage that was closed but it was emanating loudly at the time. I was hooked because I remember hearing the song Crystal Ship being played over and over among others and thought that was a cool song. Months later I heard the same song in a record store when their album was released and I was very surprised and I bought it. I will never forgot that.
Although I had been collecting 45's for a short while, I remember my first LP purchase vividly. I was brought along to Toronto with my parents on a trip and ended up at Sam the Record Man, then and for a long while the mecca of record stores in Canada. I spent about four hours looking at album covers but only had the scratch ($5.00) for one album. On my way out I looked at the new releases again and narrowed it down to Paul Revere and the Raiders Greatest Hits vs. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I chose Paul Revere and have been making the right picks ever since!