The other day I saw old-fashioned record players at Books-A-Million and recalled the Christmas in 1972 when Santa brought me a case record player and an Elvis album, the soundtrack to “Stay Away Joe.” Not long after, I succumbed to the lure of Elton John, Cher, The Carpenters, the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Donny Osmond and more.
Some of the songs I owned on 45-rpm records were:
- “Sing” with “Druscilla Penny” on the B side, the Carpenters
- “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” Cher
- “Crocodile Rock,” Elton John
- “Ben,” Michael Jackson
- “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” Roberta Flack
- “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” Tony Orlando and Dawn
- “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” Vicki Lawrence
- “Frankenstein,” The Edgar Winter Group
- “Delta Dawn,” Helen Reddy
- “Billy Don’t be a Hero,” Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
- “The Night Chicago Died,” Paper Lace
- … and many more.
Which ones did you have?