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Issue 014, December 12th, 2012
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Vinyl Record Lovers
Issue #014, December 12, 2012
It's that time of the year, the most exciting time of the year... the Holidays! I hope your Thanksgiving was great, that's my favorite family get together.
---What's new at all-about-vinylrecords?
---Who's the coolest "Dooley" of all?
---Vinyl Record Memories.
---What's up next?
---Do you have any favorites?
What's New at All About Vinyl Records:
A couple of completely updated pages I think you will find interesting.
First I updated "The Last Cowboy Song" page with an actual ad from an Austin, Texas magazine that tells what is required to be a real Cowboy on a working ranch.
I find it hard to believe that I have saved that article for nearly twenty years, but with conditions in the country the way they are today, it sure might make some of you wish this is what you were doing for a living.
Then again, you might want to read what I have to say before signing up. Wanna be a Cowboy?... Click here and saddle up.
Another updated page was in response to an email from a very nice man in New Jersey. He wrote to me about his mother he said had written the song I wrote about on my site called "Darling Lorraine."
It's a nice story about a son who just wanted to set the record straight about how his mother fought the music industry over fifty years ago to retain the rights to her song.
His words were sincere and the facts convincing so I updated my original page. You can read the story here.
Which "Dooley" do you remember?
It's kinda of a juvenile song but Dodie Stevens had a very mature voice for a 13 year old when she sang that silly song about a guy named "Dooley" back in 1959.
Some may remember a few months before "The Kingston Trio" had taken a story about the hanging of a condemned man named "Tom Dooley" to the top of the charts.
Carl Perkins may have started a fashion trend with "Blue Suede Shoes," but Dodie's guy went far beyond with his cool wardrobe, described in this line... "a polka dot vest and man oh man, he wears tan shoes with pink shoe laces and a big panama with a purple hat band!"
Click here and check out Dodie and her guy "Dooley."
December vinyl record memories.
Elvis Presley was the hottest recording artist in the US, having released nine #1 singles and three #1 albums in two years when he put together his first Christmas album in 1957.
The album spent four weeks at the top of the album chart in 1957 and with sales of over thirteen million is considered the best selling Christmas album of all time in the US.
His version of "Blue Christmas" on this album is considered a holiday classic and if you have not seen his 1968 comeback special version of this song with Martina McBride you can watch it here.
I also have a video on the same page that explains how that was done.
Bing Crosby's recording of the song "White Christmas" is considered the best selling single of all time having sold over 50 million copies worldwide. It is the only #1 single to reach the top of the charts three times.
The album was released as a standard vinyl LP for the first time in 1955 and has remained in print ever since.
It is considered the longest in-print album in the US except for the original cast recording of the musical "Oklahoma" which was first released in 1943.
One of my all-time favorite "heartbreak" ballads, "Since I Don't Have You" was recorded in December 1958 and still remains one of the top played oldies on the radio today.
The song was featured in two of my favorite films, "Mischief" and "American Graffiti."
In 1960, Billboard magazine reported the release of four "answer records" responding to Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome To-night?"
Dodie Stevens (Dooley's girlfriend:) recorded one of those versions, "Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight," that made the charts 52 years ago this December at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sad times and the First Happy New Year song.
On Dec. 11, 1964, singer Sam Cooke (You Send Me, #1 in 1957) aged 33, was murdered under questionable circumstances inside a Los Angeles motel.
It has been 32 years ago this December, just two months after his 40th birthday, that John Lennon was murdered outside his home at the Dakota Apartment building in New York City.
Hard to "Imagine" its been that long.
On December 31, 1929, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time.
What's new at All About Vinyl Records?
I have been rotating the videos on the Home page for the month of December to include Christmas songs. The Elvis and Martina Blue Christmas video has been up longer because its been quite popular with everyone, including many foreign countries.
I will continue to rotate the home page with videos that I have not yet written a page for. This will give visitors a chance to see what I will be working on for future pages.
Don't miss out on My favorite vinyl record Blog:
If you're into Vinyl Records and want good quality content, be sure to visit Collecting Vinyl Records.com. My friend Robert Benson puts a lot into his blog. You will not be disappointed.
Do you have some favorites?
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Have a great month...see you around the first Wednesday of each month.
Enjoy the Holidays...Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.