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First Records: Listeners

We asked you to tell us about the first records you bought. [January, 2011]

First NameLast NameArtistFirst Record
PhilKenneltyThe Beach BoysThe first 45's I remember buying were Shut Down and Little Deuce Coupe by the Beach Boys. I think they were the B sides of Surfing USA and something else.
MikeAlmonPaul SimonI seem to remember buying it at a Sears in my old hometown but I can't remember what it cost or what was on the b side.
JamesBaggettElton JohnIt was 1971 and at the age of 11 I lived my parents and three brothers in New Providence, New Jersey...the next train stop on the Erie Lackawanna was was Summit...I remember taking the train for the first time (one stop, no adults) with my friend Doug Hunter and visiting the only used record store in Summit, where with my own money I purchased a used copy of Tumbleweed Connection for one dollar. I still have that album today and hearing it reminds me of that time when we used to carry around transistor radios up to our ears and when you'd go to the shore everyone on the Jersey shore would be tuned into 77 am (WABC The music's on us!) and you could hear it coming from blankets up and down the beach...
AngeloFiorenzaSoupy SalesSad to say, yes, it was Soupy Sales Sez Do the Mouse (and other teen hits). He was all the rage back in 1965, and the album included such gems as: The Mouse, The Name Game, Hey Pearl, Your Brains'll Fall Out, Pachalafaka and Mr. Cab Driver. I took the subway to E J Korvettes in downtown Brooklyn (they had a great record section at the time) and that's what I bough with my allowance money.
MichaelIngrisaniHarry BelafonteIn the mid-50s, calypso music became a fad. I joined in the craze by buying a 45 rpm recording of The Banana Boat Song, popularly known as Day-O, recorded by Harry Belafonte. Mike Ingrisani
BobbySchererJay FergusonI had an older sister who had an extensive record collection, and I was coming of age to start my own collection. This was my first big purchase, from Sam Goodys at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington. I remember the how the singles (and albums) lined up on the wall in the order of that weeks popularity. The record store was always THE destination when going to the mall, how sad the experience only exists in our memories now!!
ChristopherSt.JohnDave Clark Five1964, in the midst of Beatlemania and the British Invasion I purchased my first Album, Glad All Over by the Dave Clark Five ( or DC5 as my buddies and I referred to them). Living in the Bronx I made the purchase at the Sam Goody record store at the Cross County shopping center in Yonkers. I remember searching the bins for the album until a security guard helped me find it. The band ,pictured on the cover ,looked so cool in the matching suits, turtlenecks and cuban heel shoes. I was 11 years old; wanted to be a drummer, and Dave Clark fronted this band. Although it didn't have a name at the time; the sound I heard was Power Pop at its best. The title track Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces, Do You Love Me , etc. grabbed me and never let go, even to this day. I still have the album.
VictorDadrasThree Dog NightJoy to the World
carolvargaolivia newton & john t.I like many youngsters saw Grease in the movie's and fell in love with it. I purchased it and played it over and over much to my family's dismay. That lead to me following their careers, especially Olivia. I think my favorite was Go Greased Lightening. I was too young to understand the hartbreak and angst in most of them.
joelfurstmelanieyou have roller skates i have the key
marty nobleDanny and the JuniorsI purchased At The Hop at a record store down the hill from our Bronx apartment, closer to Bathgate Avenue than it was to the Grand Concourse and not too far from Fordham Road. Anyway... It was on the Singular label then, and it cost 49 cents. I don't recall whether sales tax existed in late December, 1957. My memory says At The Hop reached No. 1 in early 1958. I believe the Joel Whitburn books had it as the No. 1 song for 1958. I know it was No. 1 on WMGM on the night of Jan. 28. After it had played and Peter Tripp, the curly haired kid in the second row (spoken quickly) had signed off, the news told of the accident that paralyzed Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella. The first song to follow the horrible news was Get a Job. I seldom have heard either song since without thinking of Campy. My At The Hop was treated poorly. It was only record in what was not yet a collection. I played it relentlessly with the requisite soap eraser taped to the tone arm. Unbeknownst to me, pieces of plastic were being carved from the grooves of my first investment -- on both side. The flip was Sometimes (when I'm All Alone). It quickly became the play side for me. I could sing it and even understand the lyrics. Within weeks probably, the record was worn down to such a degree that it had no other side. I bought another copy -- it was on the ABC Paramount label -- but stored the new one in my green-covered box with the metal clasp with Sometimes facing the front. The number stamp I affixed to it was 17. At The Hop still was No. 1. Sometimes and Elvis' Treat Me Nice remain the Nos. 1 and 2 flips ever in my mind. At The Hop remains a favorite too, of course. I eventually purchased an unflawed Japanese LP pressing of an album that had Danny and the Juniors on the first side and the Del Vikings on the second. The CD I burned from that record includes the cleanest versions of At the Hop, Sometimes and all the others. When CD's hit, and I still was writing for Newsday, I did a magazine piece lamenting the death of the flip side, and in it, I identified Sometimes as my favorite flip and included my Top 40 of flips. I received 176 responses from readers, at least 45 of whom agreed with my choice. One woman suggested At the Hop / Sometimes constituted the greatest 45 ever. And who was I to argue? An experience in a Pittsburgh restaurant/saloon years earlier had prepared me for the responses. A number of Pittsburgh watering holes were equipped with unique, jukebox-like gizmos. They were old extension phones -- no dials or buttons, just flat fronts with slots cut into them. The customer would slide two quarters into the slots, pick up the receiver and speak to a human. Imagine that, direct contact with a DJ who was elsewhere in the city and connected to other bars in similar fashion. Fifty cents, a mere penny more than my purchase of At The Hop, bought me five selections. A loose leaf, set on the bar, listed the available titles. The voice at the other end said the selections numbered 80,000. I took his word for it and made four selections. One must have been Treat Me Nice. Then I wondered whether my fifth choice would be available. I asked for 'Sometimes,' and was surprised when the DJ said 'It's our most popular.' So I revised my list to include 'At the Hop,' 'Sometimes,' 'Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,' and its flip side 'School Boy Romance,' all Danny and the Juniors material. The fifth request was for a repeat of 'Sometimes.' My buddy Danny Castellano and I sang a lot that night and others.
SteveCampbellThe Mamas & PapasI bought this album with my mother on 230th Street in the Bronx at a Woolworth. It is the album where they are all in the bathtub with California Dreamin' (one of hte greatest all time rock-n-roll songs) and Monday, Monday. I have been buying albums ever since.
DaveLackeyTommy James (tied w/ Cornelius Brothers)I was eight years old in 1971, when my aunt got a new job in the record department of the local Woolco department store. The revelation that I could purchase records of the songs I heard on my little 9-volt transistor radio blew me away. My first purchase (which my aunt actually paid for) was two 45's: Tommy James' Draggin' the Line and Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - Treat Her Like a Lady. So now here we are 40 years later, and I still love 'em both!
JohnCoencompilation1969 - I was 10. I ordered this two record album from a tv or radio offer. It was a compilation made by CBS direct marketing containing bona fide 60's AM hits buy artists such as The Doors - Break on Through, Sonny & Cher - Baby Don't Go, The Beat Goes On, Lovin Spoonful - Do You Believe in Magic, Jay & the Americans - She Cried, Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl to name a few. It was very diverse & a great representation of the era. I lost it when we moved. My brother somehow remembered the name and found the links with Google search. Enjoy! http://www.allmusic.com/album/super-stars-super-hits-no-2-r227354 My first 45 was Sugar, Sugar by the Archies (Melody Hill on the flip side)
KateColburnRolling StonesI had saved up my babysitting money to be able to afford the $1.98 it would cost to buy an LP. My cousin Richard and I had snuck out of the house for the night a week previously to see the Rolling Stones at Worcester Auditorium in 1965. He said we had to see the most unusual band coming out of England. I was wild about them after that Given the previous week's antics, my parents were none too wild about the album being in the house. It was banned from being played on their Hi-Fi stereo system (at least while they were home.) My older sister had a small record player which she would graciously let me use once in a while so I mostly played the album on that. This was the beginning of being a life long enthusiastic fan of the Stones. Have never missed a concert tour in all these years starting with that first one. And as a final note, my cool nephew gave me Keith Richards' Life as a Christmas present. He has heard the story of the great escape in 1965 and loves that I am still a fan.
HerbGreenebaumLittle EvaWhen I was about nine, I got a small phonograph as a birthday gift from my thoughtful but clueless parents whom it didn't occur to get me an actual record to go with it. Loved Little Eva's The Locomotion. which was Carol King teaching her favorite domestic to fish instead of giving her a mackerel:). I grew to like the B side, a beautiful ballad called Down Home, much more: it was a moving tribute to growing up in the South. I still remember the chorus: French bread, every single morning and the sweet magnolias in the breeze Fishin' nights and young trees Oh, I hear them callin' to me. But there's no way to get down home Cause once you leave it, you can't retrieve it Down home is just ...a memory Taught me my first lesson in music: don't just be satisfied to listen to the hits; dig deeper and find the hidden gems, which is of course why as an adult, I am grateful for WFUV
lynnemurrayStephen StillsMy first album that I bought with my own money, on my first trip to the Record Store with my big brothers, was Stephen Stills self titled album. I was nine years old. It was a very big deal to spend my own money on an album. Up until now I only had Partridge Family albums. My brother had introduced me to Woodstock and there was no going back. I still have the album, although horribly scratched.
JoannaEbertElton JohnI had been hanging out with my friends listening to their albums. At the time, I was in junior high school (way back before the notion of middle school), and I shared a record player with my Dad, which was kept in our livingroom. The turntable folded down when in use, and could be tucked away when we were done. I had heard Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume I so many times that I knew I liked all the songs (which was a big deal, since it would be a big investment for me with my babysitting savings, accruing at the whopping rate of $.75/hour). I bought that album, played it in my livingroom, and eventually saved up for my own 'stereo system' for my room (again with the babysitting money). I literally wore that album out -- vinyl and cover -- playing it and reading the lyrics to get them just right. I think I still get a couple of words wrong when I'm belting out 'Benny and the Jets' and I shoudln't admit that I've sung 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me' as karaoke a couple of times -- clearly, no one stopped me when they should have. But, I have to say, I think think 'Crocodile Rock' is still my favorite, even after all these years.
Andrew LasherLed ZeppelinI have a sister who is four years older than I. She and her friends were into all kinds of music but the band that caught my attention most was Led Zeppelin. In Rockland County, in the early 80's, there was a used book store next door to the RKO movie theater. Neither, exist any longer. A horrible mega-mall came along and...well that's a story for another time. So I was in the 5th grade and one afternoon, after seeing a movie with my father we went next door to the book store which also sold used albums and cassettes...probably some 8-tracks too. Like a light shining down from the heavens, except the light beamed out from the wall of tapes, was, Houses of The Holy. I only knew one song at that point, The Ocean but that was enough for me. I believe with my allowance money, for $3, I bought my first cassette. Houses of the Holy was released in 1971 the year I was born which I remember thinking was very cool. Anyway, all these years later Houses of the Holy still remains one of my favorite albums, and it has by far, stood the test of time. I still own the cassette, which was later replaced by a cd. The cd has since been downloaded onto my computer. I bought my first 45 that same year, Toto - Africa but well, Toto is no Led Zeppelin. Toto doesnt make for a very good story. I bought the 45 in Sam Goody. The same Sam Goody my sister once got busted for shop-lifting a tape. Apparently when entering the store she did not find those shiny metal security bars to be alarming. She needed to actually hear the alarm before figuring it all out. Nothing a few weeks of community service couldn't solve. She went on to become an honest, productive citizen and a wonderful mom. OK, I'm getting off topic. As a teenager, by the way, I worked in the same Sam Goody my sister ripped off years earlier. That job left me with one of life's most unasked, mysterious and unanswered questions; does Van Morrison get filed under V or under M? Some of the staff, and this was never discussed, filed under V and some under M. Van Morrison could be found in two separate locations. It's my theory, that if not for his confusing name, Van Morrison would have sold 1/2 as many albums over the years. Unlike other artists, Mr. Morrison's albums were placed in two separate locations; the middle of the alphabet and at the end. He received double exposure.
BillRannertshauserElton JohnThe first album I ever bought with my hard earned cash was Madman Across The Water by Elton John. I think it was 1973, a few months before I turned 13. I had heard the cassette over at a friend's house, and although Elton was becoming a megastar already by that point, I really wasn't familiar with his music, or much music at all for that matter. That would soon change.... I bought the vinyl record at the long since gone Two Guys department store for about four bucks and change, if memory serves. It's a great album; far and away my favorite of Elton's. To this day I still don't know what some of the songs are about, but this is the record with Tiny Dancer and Levon on it. The musicianship is fantastic throughout the album. I especially love the pedal steel guitar on Tiny Dancer. The string arrangements that are on most of the songs are so tasteful and with all due respect to Vin Scelsa for using this word, pretty awesome. In the decades since, I've bought a couple of the CD upgrades, but I still have my original VERY worn out vinyl copy. Even now, almost forty years later, Madman Across The Water remains one of my all-time favorite albums. (I have yet to see Elton in concert, though!)
DeborahHartleyThe SafarisThe first real record - it was a 45 - I ever bought was Wipeout by the Safaris. I must have been 8 or 9 years old and bought it at our local record shop. Remember when every neighborhood had a record store? Me and my friends used to play it on our portable radio/record players and dance to it. As Wipeout is still played occassionally on the radio, the memories come flooding back every time I hear it
KevinO'BrienClyde McPhatter & The DriftersPicture this... Never mind, pictures were available but not affordable. Only some of the 'rich' had those new things called TV, and we were lucky if we could beg to get the 9 cents needed to get into the local 'scratch house' movie theater, which was named by us because it was 'buggy but cheap'. Of course there were no computers or video games. The only telephones were home wired and so expensive to use that many of us had 'party lines' (we shared availability with our neighbors, they could hear our conversations and we could hear theirs). Thus the only real entertainment was the radio, and music was King. The music of the day was Bing Crosby, Patti Page, Frankie Laine, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Joni James, et al. And then we 13-14 year olds heard something new, music with a beat. Alan Freed, the disc jockey became the pied piper, playing us the likes of Fats Domino, The Moonglows/Moonlighters, Little Miss Sharecropper, LaVern Baker, and of course, Clyde Mc Phatter & The Drifters, so far removed from Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers as to be almost frightening in its difference. No one not around then can imagine living in a world where what was then called 'Popular Music' was almost our lifeblood, was so suddenly changed. Since we were able to walk we knew Bing Crosby was the only one that could sing White Christmas. In 1953, for the first time ever, there was music that was just for the kids, our parents divorced themselves from our new music, which was personified by Clyde and the Drifters, first and foremost their rendition of White Christmas. Play Bing and Clyde side by side and maybe you'll be able to understand why young and old separated in their tastes. When I heard White Christmas by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, I somehow scrounged up the 99 cents (knowing me then, I might have even stole it) to buy the 78 rpm, EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T HAVE A RECORD PLAYER. I was so taken by this I just had to have it. For the next couple of years, I pleaded with my parents to buy me the player, which they could ill afford.
MaryO'ConnorSammy Davs, Jr.I believe I was 10 years old & on vacation w/my family in Toronto, Canada. My uncle Mike took us into the city & gave us a few dollars to spend. I bought The Candy Man by Sammy Davis, Jr. I thought it was the greatest song in the world at the time. It still brings a smile to my face anytime I hear it!
LisaAndersBeatlesI was six years old and had loved the Beatles from the moment I heard their music (probably since infancy). I really wanted Abbey Road which had just been released. On my birthday my older brother took me to the store and tried to talk me into The Archies album thinking that Abbey Road was too grown-up for me. I steadfastly refused and walked out with my prize which I listened to over and over.
DonBeckerKissI was five years old, and my brother, who was 12 at the time, was a huge Kiss fan. I grew to love the Destroyer album, and when I got Christmas money that year I bought my very own copy of the follow-up album Rock And Roll Over. I was way too young to understand the subtle (and not-so-subtle) sexual innuendo; all I knew is the band looked like superheroes and the songs were catchy. And sometimes that's enough.
AnneOsmanThe BeatlesI was 12 or 13 when the Beatles first performed on the Ed Sullivan show. I had never bought a record of my own, but I took the bus to the University of Michigan campus and bought my first single at a variety store: I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
Matthew KnightThe CureI borrowed a CD player from a friend, who had left Disintegration in by accident. I had never heard of the Cure, but I couldn't stop listening to this album. I went out and bought my own copy of Disintegration and listened to it so many times that I wore out the CD.
VictorPaulsonThe TemptationsSummer of 1970 was my awakening to the world of contemporary music. I had heard of the Beatles, but only on Ed Sullivan. I had been cloistered in my parents' universe of Country & Western and '40s / '50s swing, big band and crooner tunes, and suddenly discovered WABC-AM. Tah-dah!!! Dan Ingram, Harry Harrison, Bruce Morrow...legends. Later, there was WPLJ and Vin... My first record purchase came on a trip to the record store with my brother. We each were allowed to buy a 45 single. He chose Stevie Wonder's Signed, Sealed, Delivered, and I picked The Temptations' Ball of Confusion. Pretty funk-ified choices for a couple of white boys from the Hamptons! Thanks, Victor
JohnnyLombardiThe Rolling StonesIn 1967 at 9 years old, I purchased a 45 rpm of Get Off Of My Cloud by the Stones on the London label . . . I bought it at a record store on White Plains Road in the Bronx. Initially, I was looking for the 45 single Keep Searchin' by Del Shannon which I remember as the first song I heard on radio station WABC (Music Radio 77). However, the clerk at the store told me I was about 5 years too late for the Del Shannon record.
ClaireNotoDonovanNot counting children's music, my first album was Meet the Beatles. It was a Christmas gift from my parents. Looking back, that was pretty cool for my parents. I was only 8 on Christmas '64. I've never forgotten that! My first recollection of actually buying an album on my own was in downtown Flushing in the record store on Main Street. I bought Donovan's Barabajagal. I probably used my Christmas money and I still have the album.
JohnRyanRolling StonesMade in the Shade
Nicole WillsBrenda LeeI had a step mother who put us on restriction for any little thing. If you happened to be on restriction when your birthday or Christmas came, you did not receive any gifts. It was Christmas of 1960 I was 12 and on restriction. My older brother Jim bought and sneaked to me the Brenda Lee album with I'm Sorry ...I fell in love with her voice. A million years later I became a singer myself, signed with Albert Grossman and Bearsville Records. She remains one of my favorite female singers. ps. I love your station and I am a member too!
DavidWallachBeatlesMeet The Beatles! I don't think I bought it, but I sure wanted it. This was most likely a gift for my 7th birthday. I have loved their music ever since. My next album was December's Children by the Rolling Stones and I liked it very much, but I loved the Beatles music. Somehow, I never learned to play any of it as a kid. When the entire remastered Beatles collection came out in the Apple USB package a couple of years ago, I bought that and have listened to all of their early music again. It was almost like hearing it for the first time since I haven't done so for many years. It also inspired me to learn to play them on the guitar and sing them. I do at least a dozen that I had never learned before. -David, Pearl River, NY
dr jack kleinstonesas a young, summer after bar-mitzvah kid in new bedford, massachusetts (but born in nyc), my folks shipped me off to the big apple to live with and work for my grandmother. at sam goody in the cross-county shopping center, i bought high tide and green grass and played it so many times on her mono record player (built in to her tv) AND stared at and read the album cover an equal # that i think i could, to this day, recreate every pixel in the pictures as well as every word! The album might be a classic, but to this day, a bit tough for me to listen to on a full-play basis
DebbieEngelhardtPartridge FamilyPartridge Family 8-track with lots of their hits on it, bought at TSS with babysitting money. My dad tried to talk me into a Frank Sinatra record instead....
BillMullenJohnny HortonBATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS I heard THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS ON THE RADIO, (It was either WINS or WNEW,) and I had to buy it. I think I was in 4th grade, and blew all my money on a single. I bought it at the Woolworths in New Rochelle. I played it over and over, I loved that song. It wa just perfect for a ten-year-old boy. I also loved Purple People Eater but that came out a few years earlier, when I didn't have money.
martykleinmanelvisI was in first grade, PS 86, and sick as a friggin dog. Runny nose, fever, the whole bit. My mother was going out to get me my medicines and the dreaded Vicks Vapo Rub. As she left, she said, anything else you want? Yeah, a record. Back then, the only records that were actually MINE were kiddie records (78s, played on a little green record player with a needle about as thick as a sheet rock screw). I figured she'd get me another little jerky record. The Hokey Pokey, or some such tripe. I went to sleep (thanks to Dr. Morsen's red, codeine-laced cough medicine!) When I woke up, my mother approached with the Vicks. I cringed. But then I saw a slim paper bag in her other hand. Here, she said, you might like this. I opened the bag and peeked inside. It was a 45. My first 45! Like the teenagers had! I looked at the label and sounded out the words: Elvis Presley. Jailhouse Rock. I didn't even know she KNEW about Elvis, or where such music could be purchased. I played that bad boy until the grooves wore out. I was on my way. That record started my journey to rock and roll bliss, a journey that will not end until it's time for my dirt nap.
RichMahanVan HalenHad to buy Van Halen's Dance The Night Away b/w Outta Love Again, when I saw the Junior High Cheerleaders working out a routine to it. MAGIC!
DominiquePasquaNat King ColeI was sick in bed, a little kid, like 8yo. My mother was going to the store & asked me if there was a record (single) she could buy me. Because we were a very musical family, my father an opera singer and big band trumpet player, my parents knew the power of music to heal...at least the boredom of being in bed. I asked for those Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer, by Nat King Cole. It had just been released, we were approaching summer and it was all over the AM rock stations topping the charts. So out of bed & into the room where the HI-Fi was; bundled up on the couch I spent that afternoon listening to my new 45 over & over! The booby prize was that my parents knew who Nat King Cole was, which of course totally shocked me since they would never listen to the kid's radio stations. Little did I know that he was more from their relm of music than mine,lol.
JerryRubinoPetula ClarkDowntown - Petula Clark. I used money from my 5th birthday to buy a few singles in March of 1965. But that was the first one I picked out.
JodySingerBeatlesI was in kindergarten when I want to Hold your hand was released as a single, followed by She loves You. Both songs were on heavy rotation on the radio, and every time I heard them I stopped whatever I was doing to listen. I bothered my Mom until she gave in a got me the singles, which I played on my Micky Mouse fold out record player until they wore out. Every Beatle album on vinyl has been replaced at least once (Sgt. Pepper 2x), and now have been replaced by CD. LOVE THEM then, and always will.
CarterSmithJohn DenverWell, I WAS only nine, so I have an excuse. And it was Sunshine on My Shoulders that made me do it.
ShelleyMakarczukShelley FabaresI was 8 years old. I had seen Shelley Fabares/'Mary Stone' sing this beautiful song - 'Johnny Angel' - on the Donna Reed Show. I begged my mother to buy me the record....my first 45. I played it constantly. I carried my grey and white suitcase-like record-player onto the front porch one day and played the record over and over. After dinner I returned to the porch to listen some more, but the late afternoon sun had warped the record so badly, it looked like a candy dish. Shelley never sounded the same!
CharlesFulcoHey Jude/RevolutionI was at Carvel in Port Chester getting a cone with Mom and Sis on a summer afternoon in 1968 when I heard Hey Jude for the first time on someone's radio. I had to have it right then and there, so we went to Korvette's, I bought the 45 and I still have it to this day, The Beatles on Apple sleeve and all...it's still my favorite 45 of all time.
BillBeckGary Lewis & The PlayboytsOkay, so maybe it was not my first purchase, but I was a punk at the time and did not have the cash flo. My grandfather was a more traditional person when it came to his music tastes and he fancied a lot of classical music. Because he lived in an area of Maine that was not well served by music retailers, he was a member of the Columbia Music Record Club. Now I am not sure how he came to this realization, or maybe it was a record that he forgot to tell CBS not to send him, but one summer's day (I think - I again was pretty young) I was wandering into his house and when I came around the corner, this old sea captain (oil tankers) was sitting in his den at his desk. Hearing me slip in, he wheeled around and set this album of greatest hits from Gary Lewis under my nose. I could not, of course, believe it: MY own record ?!?!? Who cared what the music was, because I had a record. And yet strangely enough, all those years ago, that was one of my all-time favorite albums, starting with This Diamond Ring with Save Your Heart and many other (for me) classic tunes.
PennyCataldoThe BeatlesThe first record I bought was the single I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles. The flip side is I Saw Her Standing There. It was 1963 or 1964 and I bought it for 50 cents from a boy while we were at Temple attending our Hebrew School class. I still have it and the Beatles are still my favorite band!
DonWeismanThe Fifth DimensionIf my memory serves me, the first record I bought for myself was the 45 rpm Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine by the Fifth Dimension. My parents (specifically my mom) bought other albums for me before that, but I think was the first that I spent my own hard-earned cash on. I believe I bought it at Park Avenue records in Red Bank, NJ. I still have it along with every other record I've ever purchased. All of my 45s as well as my almost 1,000 vinyl albums have now been transferred to digital and are, appropriately, loaded on my iPod Classic.
KevinBayneStones Hermits Sam the ShamI have 3 first records..... back in the summer of 65 I bought Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, I'm enery The 8th I Am by the Hermans Hermits and Woolly Bully by Sam The Sham and The Pharaoh's all on the same day!!! :-)
JimDonovanYardbirdsMy brother had started buying singles and I loved listening to them when he wasn't around. In order to show that I had my own musical tastes, I walked to the Korvette's store a mile or so from my house in suburban Chicago to buy my first record with my allowance money. I had several in mind, but when I got there, Over Under Sideways Down won out as one of the chosen few. I think I bought two others at the same time, but I can't remember what there were ( my memory says one was by the Supremes). I played it over and over in the basement on our family record player. I still had that single YEARS later, but in the last few years, it has somehow vanished.
LauraFennimoreLinda ScottThe very first record I bought was Linda Scott singing I've Told Every Little Star. I played that record over & over & over. I was in the 6th grade & in middle school on rainy days we weren't allowed outside during lunch break. They let students go up on stage & entertain the lunch crowd. I got up & sang I've Told Every Little Star with all the hand motions etc I made up WITH accompaniment of guitar played by a kid named Kenny. The first album I bought was Meet the Beatles which changed my life as it did everyone elses.
MarcReedSimon & GarfunkelI Am A Rock on a 45. The B side was Homeward Bound. These two songs set the tone for my life and personality going forward. For good or bad.