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?
2 thoughts on “The good ol’ days come ’round again, in 45 rpm”
When these songs were popular, I was in high school, had a job after school, and had bought a stereo system with my own money. My parents sprung for a Panasonic cassette tape deck for Christmas. State of the art tech back then. I recorded a lot of these songs off the FM radio, borrowed friends’ records or borrowed records from the library and recorded them. I had a blast with it. I had a few 45’s but not many, I was more of an album freak. A boyfriend introduced me to the Record Club of America, and the albums were cheap, only about $4.00 apiece, and you got several for free when you joined. Same for Columbia House a few years later. I still have all my albums, and the stereo receiver and speakers still work, but the cassette deck and turntable died. I recently bought a new turntable that can connect to a computer, so I can transfer all the music to a hard drive. But vinyl has actually made a comeback, so I’ll probably still keep all the records. Many are probably collectors’ items by now!
Great memories! I’m glad you gave taken the time to comment on several posts this weekend. Thanks for reading.