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Issue 013, October 3rd, 2012
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Vinyl Record Lovers
Issue #013, October 3, 2012
---What's new at all-about-vinylrecords?
---Does anyone remember Fats Domino's top five songs?
---Goodbye to the "Moon River" crooner.
---What's your favorite Halloween song?
---Vinyl Record Memories
---An excellent Amazon tip from a loyal reader.
---What's next for all-about-vinylrecords.
Welcome to my Vinyl Record Lovers Newsletter and thank you for subscribing. I do appreciate the time you take to read my newsletter.
What's New at all about vinyl records?
I have friends that are really into Bluegrass music and asked why I don't have any bluegrass music on my site.
For those of you who also enjoy bluegrass, as I do, I'll explain.
I began my hobby site based on the vinyl records and albums that I have collected starting when I was a teenager growing up in the fifties. I listened to early rock-n-roll and rockabilly when it all began.
Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, all the teen idols, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and also purchased records by Carl Perkins and the Boom-chick-a-boom sound of Johnny Cash.
These are the records and albums that I have today and what I enjoy writing about. The stories I tell are based on experience, sorta of a "been their done that thing."
So for my "What's New" page I placed a really nice bluegrass video on my Johnny Cash "Orange Blossom Special" page for my bluegrass visitors:)
The Orange Blossom Special was written as a fiddle tune and this video shows how the song should really be played.
If you would like to view that video now, Please Click here. The artists in this video are great.
Remember Fats Donino's Top five songs?
During the last half of the '50s Fats hit the top 10 of the pop charts an amazing ten times, a record very few could match. He scored 37 top 40 hits during his career and most of those were between 1956 and 1961. Article Source About.com oldies music.
1. "Blueberry Hill" (9-56 #2 Pop, #1 R&B)
You may remember "Happy Days" character Richie Cunningham would sing this song whenever he figured he was about to "Get Lucky" with a girl.
2. "I'm In Love Again" (3/56 #3 Pop, #1 R&B)
My favorite line in the song was "Baby, don't you let your dog bite me."
3. "I'm Walkin'" (2/57 #4 Pop, #1 R&B)
Fats, one of the first rock stars to own a fleet of Cadillacs, somehow managed to find himself without transportation one day. A friend called out, "Hey! Fats is walking!" The song reportedly wrote itself as he slowly walked along.
4. "Blue Monday" (12/56 #5 Pop, #1 R&B)
A great blues song any worker could relate to. Fats performed the song in the King of all "50s rock musicals, "The Girl Can't Help it."
5. "Walking to New Orleans" (6/60 #6 Pop, #2 R&B)
This song was written by Cajun singer-songwriter Bobby Charles who also penned the smash hit for Bill Haley, "See You Later, Alligator."
Goodbye to the "Moon River Crooner"
Howard Andrew Williams, December 3, 1928 in Wall Lake, IA; dies September 25, 2012 in Branson, Mo.
Andy Williams, known as "The King of Chrismas" for his annual holiday specials and albums died at home in Branson, MO.
He was an effortlessly smooth and natural crooner celebrated for his warm and friendly style.
In 1962, he was asked to perform the Best Song nominee "Moon River" at the Oscars, and it quickly became associated with him. The song has special meaning for me and you can Read about it here.
Although Andy Williams never released the song as a single, his LP "Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes," released in the spring of 1962, was certified Gold in October 1963 for sales grossing over $1 million. As an example of his warm and friendly style his 1962 Album "Days of Wine and Roses," sat at #1 for four straight months.
What's Your Favorite Halloween Song?
This is a repeat of last year's favorite Halloween song.
I remember 1962 when my favorite National Anthem of Halloween went from being recorded in August '62 to #1 in eight short weeks. What was the song?...The Monster Mash.
Here is some trivia you may not know about the Monster Mash.
The sound effects were all performed in the studio. That creaking door was actually a nail being pulled from a piece of wood. The bubbling sound was from blowing through a straw into a glass of water, and the heavy chains were dropped onto plywood for that "shackled" effect.
It was one of only three records to make it on the billboard Hot 100 three times. The original singer was Bobby Pickett but Boris Karloff performed the song on "Shindig" on October 30, 1965. I still have the original Bobby Pickett 45rpm vinyl record.
Vinyl Record Memories
It's been well over 50 years that a few things happened that I can still remember as being a big part of my teenage life.
In 1956, the Mayor of Tupelo, Mississippi declared it Elvis Presley Day in honor of the town's native son. Fourteen-year-old Tammy Wynette was in the audience at the concert Elvis gave later that day. I did not know this and got this info from my friend Robert Benson from Collecting Vinyl Records.blogspot.com
In 1957, Elvis Presley released the single "Jailhouse Rock" b/w "Treat Me Nice." The song is #67 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. I still have that 1957 original 45rpm record.
In 1957, the Rays performed "Silhouettes" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand." This was my very first dance with my first girlfriend. I was amazed she continued to dance with me as I continued to step on her toes:)
The Platters recorded "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" while in Paris in 1958. Teen parties were popular then and we would all take our favorite 45's to share with others. Records would get mixed up and most of us left with what we did not bring to the party.
But it was no big deal. We would take the records to school the following Monday and exchange them in the hallways between classes face to face. Can you imagine how that might play out today?
Twitter and Facebook accusations about not returning property and you stole my CD, etc. Life was simple back then and you generally had to face someone to get things back on course. Too much tension today for these teens. Just my opinion.
In 1960, Connie Francis became the first female singer in the Rock and Roll era to have two consecutive number one singles when "My Heart Has a Mind Of Its Own" went to the top of the Billboard chart. It followed "Everybody's Somebody's Fool".
My New Amazon Store - A tip from a reader.
I added an Amazon Store to my left side navigation bar. Got the tip from a reader who suggested that I place an Amazon store on my site related to the music I had on my site.
She said this would make it easier for anyone to purchase related music without having to leave the site. Amazon is a trusted source so I arranged with Amazon to add the Store and to have the products paid for through Amazon's Secure payment center. Seems to be working out fine and you can purchase anything, not just music.
What are we doing next?
Been working on the 70s. Tons of good stuff during that decade. I have more Elvis videos and I'm writing pages to fit the videos.
I didn't forget "Heart and Soul" by The Cleftones, 16 Candles and several other oldies that I said were on schedule for the Oldies Music Lyrics page. The Doo-wop pages and oldies are still my favorites.
When you love what you do there never seems to be enough hours in a day. For the first time in a year days slipped by and I missed my dead-line for the September Newsletter.
My apologies to all, especially those who have made nice comments about how much you enjoy my website articles and the Newsletter.
Being a one man publisher of this site just means I sometimes get overloaded with fun, and at times things take longer, but having a passion and doing what I love also means I don't treat it like work.
How's that old saying go? "Do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life." That's a good way to look at it.
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.