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Vinyl Record Memories

Relive the Times, The Music,
The Golden Age of Vinyl Records.


Vinyl Record Memories takes you back to those timeless classics, the stories behind the artists and their music of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

For as long as I can remember, music has been my passion.

This vinyl record memories site reflects that passion for collecting vinyl records, the album cover art and the stories I write about them.

Time travels on, and while music progresses and new records replace the old, some great records seem to never die; they become engraved in our memories and become timeless classics.

For me each one holds a memory; of a person, a time, a place.

And if you're younger and missed these great hits, this is your chance to sample some of the very best songs of years gone by.

I'll share with you the album content, the artists, their music, song lyrics, and why I believe vinyl albums are such a great piece of history to own.

My Favorite Oldies Christmas Song...Enjoy


I grew up in the fifties and sixties when Doo-Wop was at its peak.

Fifty years later I still enjoy listening to Doo-Wop, Classic Rock, Country, Rockabilly and many other styles of music. Simply put...Good songs, good sounds and good memories.

Here is where you can step back in time and relive old memories of the 50's, 60's & 70's, and where you were when these classic records were playing.

So if you are truly ready to turn back the clock and relive some great vinyl record memories, come on in, grab your favorite beverage, and pull up a chair...This could take a while.


Vinyl record memories 
The stories behind the songs.


Sock hops, Friday night Cruisin' and those cool custom cars.

A trip back in time to a place no one in today's digital world would fully understand. Return with me to this special place and read my stories about those Vinyl Record Memories.

Remember the sock hops, school dances, American Bandstand, Friday night cruisin' and Drive-in movies. All these old memories will come to life as you read about and play the cool oldies music on these pages.

I'll cover my three favorite decades, the 50's, 60's and 70's when the golden age of vinyl records was at its peak. So close your eyes and come with me on a trip down memory lane.

To a place where cool 45's and LP albums were a part of life no one in today's digital world could fully understand.

A time when both classic rock albums and country albums were something you could hold in both hands, enjoy the artwork, and read all the information about your favorite artist.

Hard to do on a 5 inch by 5 inch CD.

Some double albums have photo's you can frame, and many have several pages of written information about the artist or band. Look for my cool page on the Little Deuce Coupe album.

The vinyl cover lovers and Hot Rod fans will certainly enjoy this page and the Little Deuce Coupe video.


 Classic Doo-Wop groups from the past.

Great Doo-wop classics at Vinyl Record Memories.

Remember how it all started with the classic street corner groups? Doo-wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time. Now you can read how it all started, including many unknown facts about the artists and their songs.

Watch all great music videos as we step back in time together and recall some vinyl record memories that may be special for you. 


Doo-Wop vinyl record memories.  
More Great stories. 


Some groups and songs I write about I never heard when I was young, but what a neat discovery to hear some of these timeless oldies from talented Doo-wop groups you no longer hear on the radio. These pages will bring them all back so you can relive your favorite memories.

So let me share with you...

  • The Album content written on the back of my album covers. (My favorite part of owning a vinyl record album)
  • Artist biographies.
  • My favorite guitar players - You may not know all their names but all the great artists know exactly who they are. I'll let you in on all the legends they played with.
  • Rockabilly legends and my personal album collection favorites.
  • Rare collector cars I photograph with my albums.
  • Cool video clips and performances.
  • Song Lyrics to my favorite songs.
  • ...and a whole lot more!

Again, thanks for visiting. One more thing...This site is written by a real person with a real passion for vinyl record albums and the memories they contain. Please return often.


Songs that will make you cry.

"Tear Time" takes you through a feminine emotional experience and will touch your heart with the lyrics, "All it takes is the smallest  thought of you...Then tear time starts crying all night through." Read more...





Don't Break The Heart
That Loves You.

This haunting ballad is about a plea from a heartbroken teenager trying to understand why her boyfriend is going out of his way to treat her unkindly. Read more...


The Chordettes
Lollipop & Mr. Sandman

If you lived and breathed in the fifties those songs of the past reminds us of our connection to innocence and the fabulous harmonies of these four pretty gals.

More than 60 years later the emotional power of these two songs still resonates with listeners, and as a result, still remain current. Read more...


The song "True Love Ways" was recorded in the presence of Buddy's wife, and should be appreciated for the impact of this great song, and the love that inspired it.  Read the story here.

Go to Buddy Holley True Love Ways page.

You're The Only One.

This song brings back those special vinyl record memories of the summer of '79 when I spent many nights alone with Dolly and she whispered in my ear.

You're the only one...
You're the only one...
Take me back to where we started from.
And let's make it now
Like we made it then.
This old heart ain't gonna break your heart again. Read More...

Read about the nights I spent alone with Dolly in 1979.

Country Cheatin' Songs...
Send Me Down To Tucson.

One of the all time classic country cheating songs that finds the singer having a torrid affair with a lover in another city and state. Read more...









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Elvis and Martina
Blue Christmas

When Elvis filmed his 1968 "Comback" TV Special, Martina McBride was not quite 2 years old.

Forty years later the country singer steps back in time and walks out of the audience to join Elvis in one of the most remarkable Elvis Presley videos I have watched.  A real treat. Read more...

Enjoy Elvis and Martina together as they perform this Blue Christmas duet, a remarkable trip back to the '68 Comeback special.

It was simple and good back then never thinkin' it would end. Cruzin' the drive-in restaurants where guys with ducktails met gals with pony-tails. It was Burgers and Fries and Cherry Pies in a world we used to know.  Read my Burgers & Fries story here.

Cruzin' the drive-in restaurants where guys with ducktails met gals with pony-tails.

Pink Shoe Laces was a cute #3 hit song for 13 year old Dodie Stevens in 1959. Forty years later she performs with her daughter in a 1999 special called "Rock-n-Roll Graffiti" and...WOW! Read more.

Watch Dodie sing Pink Shoe Laces in two videos, 40 years apart...both fantastic.

Just creamy harmony and seamless pleasure returns you to the days when easy listening was called "dinner music."

Another beautiful love song from 1964.  Read more.

Love Me With All Your Heart. Click here to listen to this beautiful love song from 1964.

Tucked between the 50s Doo Wop groups and the mid-60s British invasion was the phenomenon known as the Girl Groups.  Read More.

Girl Groups pages start here | Teen girl groups from the 50s to the 60s.

The Del Shannon Story

Few songs remain so enduring and haunting as the 1961 No. 1 hit, "Runaway." Written by Del Shannon and his keyboardist, Max Crook, it outlines in tear-streaked detail a guy who's lost his girl. Read more...

A wonderful song and a talented artist with a sad ending. Read my vinyl record memories about this caring individual, Del Shannon.

Many consider "In The Still of The Night" to be the anthem of Doo Wop oldies and it would be hard to argue that point giving the year the song was originally released, 1956. Read more.

Go to Five Satins page | Listen to original 45rpm record.

The "Poor Little Fool" Story.

Read why the songwriter claimed Ricky ruined her song and why Ricky refused to select a photo for the 45rpm single, the only one ever released without a picture of Ricky.  Read the story here.

A true story of a teenage crush and how a young man was inspired to write his song about the girl he left behind.  Read more.

Go to The Fireflies page and watch this live-in-concert video of this wonderful old song.

The Fireflies 1959 song
"You Were Mine."



Tears on My Pillow
1958 Doo-Wop classic!

Tears on My Pillow is another great Doo-Wop classic with lyrics you can understand and appreciate. This golden oldie has beautiful words of sadness and longing for beginning again. The people remembered and what a wonderful welcome they got! Read more...


Make believe you're the FBI agent saving this "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" from that nest of bad guys. Read more.

Come with me and I'll tell you how the story ends.

Girl Watching - Our Most Popular American Pastime.

Poetry in Motion is a song written about our most popular American pastime, girl watching. A fun "Soda Shop" song that would send Johnny Tillotson to fame and fortune.Read more.

A real vinyl record memory - Johnny Tillotson's 1960 song, Poetry In Motion.

Elvis reprises Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do" and includes another Elvis Guitar Classic "Tryin' To Get To You" a lesser known, but with some exciting guitar playing by the king.  Read more...

Elvis' guitar talents on these songs is a sample of how good he really was on guitar.

"Dream" - Roy Orbison cover of this 1944 Johnny Mercer classic.

The song "Dream" reminds us of those glamours movie stars of the '40s, '50s, and early '60s. The one thing they all shared was a level of glamour we still aspire to today. This is a song everyone should have in their music collection. Read more... 

Dream, when you're feeling blue. Roy Orbison cover of this 1944 song.