Vinyl Record Lovers Newsletter

The golden age of vinyl records and all things retro are the highlights of my Newsletter. Writing stories about my vinyl record memories with added content from my collection is my way of sharing memories and keeping the oldies alive.

I do hope that you enjoy these little stories, I write. They are short, they will not win any prizes for literature, but it’s all about the music and our vinyl record memories.

We wish you lots of fun on this journey to the time of Drive-In Movies, Pizza Parlors, Malt Shops, and those memorable Friday & Saturday night school dances. 

Issue #118 - March, 2023

In This Issue:

  • Country Doo-Wop Spotlight Song - Remember This One?
  • Skeeter Davis Turns 50s Pop Song Into A Country Hit & Our Favorite Version.
  • Betcha Didn't Know!
  • Framed Album Cover Art of The Month - "If The Shoe Fits."
  • A Rock-n-Roll Timeline - The Year 1960.
  • You Might Like These Stories - More Vinyl Record Memories.

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The Original Country Doo Wop Show.

Each month I give a little shout-out to my favorite radio program, Ned Ward's Country Doo-Wop show. My friend, Ned, airs his show from out Oregon way and if you tune in you just might hear Ned talk a little about Vinyl Record Memories. Listen in Monday thru Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, all times Pacific, on KNCP Newberry Mix 107.3 FM.

Click here and listen to your favorite oldies, both Country and Doo-Wop style.

Let's get started...

Country Doo-Wop Spotlight Song!
"Coney Island Baby"

Coney Island Baby was a Top 20 Doo-wop hit made popular in 1962 by The Excellents, a group from the Bronx, NY. Classic cars on stage and Nathan's famous hotdogs take you back to those vinyl record memories when the early sixties and Coney Island was the perfect place to hang out and watch all the girls go by.

Best Cover Songs
(Where The Best Version Isn't Always The First Version.)

We've all been there. You hear a song, take it to heart and love it as your very own. And then comes the day you learn this special song you adore is actually something else, a remake or cover of the original recording.

I've come to realize that some songs do turn out better with a different artist and new arrangement, and have provided many examples on the Best Cover Songs pages.

Skeeter Davis - Gonna Get Along Without You Now from 1964.

"Gonna Get Along Without You Now" was originally recorded by Teresa Brewer in 1952 and then by two sisters, Patience, and Prudence McIntyre nearly 70 years ago, in 1956. Their father was a musician and accompanied Frank Sinatra on the piano during the mid-'40s.

Patience was only 14, and Prudence was 11 when their version of the song reached #11 in the U.S. and #22 in England in 1956. There were other covers of the song, with Skeeter Davis doing our favorite cover in 1964. The Skeeter Davis cover reached #8 on the Country chart but managed only #48 on the pop chart. After you hear her version you may find it hard to believe it did not do better on the pop chart.

What makes this record so great? A simple melody is sung by two sisters in 1956, and again in 1964 by Davis with great orchestration, and above all, you hear each and every word. This is the kind of music that America at one time knew and understood.

In 1963, Skeeter Davis achieved her biggest success with the country-pop crossover hit "The End of the World" which became Davis's signature song. Purchased new, I still have the original vinyl RCA 45rpm record #47-0898 in my collection in excellent condition and no ring wear.

Betcha Didn't Know!

It's been 65 years since the novelty tune, "The All American Boy" was recorded in 1959 by Bobby Bare; however, his name was not on the record. The name on the record is Bill Parsons. How could that happen? Let me explain.

The music business, at the time, was new and fast-paced so incidents like this happened in addition to songs and lyrics being outright stolen from the original artist.

Bill Parsons was a friend of country singer Bobby Bare. Prior to entering the US Army, Bare agreed to help Parsons, who was just leaving the service, make a record.

Bobby Bare Side One All American Boy
Bill Parsons Side 2 Rubber Dolly.

The song was recorded at King Studio in Cincinnati with Bare playing bass on the side that Parsons recorded.

Bare had recalled to Billboard magazine: We had about fifteen minutes. I said, "Let me put down this thing I've been working on. So I did." It was a talking blues song about Elvis going into the army. Bobby uses the name (Orville Lunsford - see 45rpm on the left above) because he had a contract with Capitol Records at the time.

That same day, they wanted to make a copy of it. Bare said the guy who was paying for it went to Fraternity Records to get an acetate made. Both King and Fraternity records were located in Cincinnati.

When they heard the two sides to the record they asked who was singing, and the guy told him Bill Parsons – which it was on the back side of that record. So, they put it out with Parsons name on both sides. It scared him to death. He didn't even know the song.

It rose to number 2 in the US pop charts as the real Bill Parsons stood on the sidelines watching. Bobby Bare was drafted by the army just before the song's release so Bill Parsons toured with the hit, lip-syncing to the record. As Bobby Bare had not yet gained any attention within country music, the deception was continued for one other single, which did not chart.

Bare then reverted to his true name and, beginning in 1962, launched a very successful country career, and is best know for the songs "Marie Laveau," "Detroit City," "Shame On Me," and "500 Miles Away from Home." As for the real Bill Parsons, he retired from the music business after recording two unsuccessful singles for Starday Records in 1960.

Framed Album Cover Art of The Month.

When writing about music, especially music that was recorded before you were born, you only have the luxury of listening as an outsider. It is the Album Cover Artwork that will be a constant reminder how good the music inside really is.

Musicians could escape the confines of the three-minute pop single and express themselves as never before with glorious artwork and adorning gatefold sleeves.

The Framed album cover art below features the cowboy character from a Norman Rockwell painting and was later used on the Pure Prairie Leagues' 1976 album titled, "If The Shoe Fits." This cowboy character shows up on nearly all of Pure Prairie League's album covers, and has been part of my collection for more than forty years.

Pure Prairie League 2

From their beginnings in mid-60s Southern Ohio as a group of friends playing cover tunes to the present-day, Pure Prairie League continues to enhance the rich history of one of Country-Rock’s pioneering forces for over 50 years.

As one reviewer wrote:
“PPL’s trademark sound combines sweet memories with edgy contemporary muscle. Their vocals are as strong as Kentucky moonshine and the musicianship and performance skills are as sharp as a straight-razor.”

Please visit the Pure Prairie League website for tour dates, music and products.

A Rock-n-Roll Timeline
(When did Rock-n-Roll Begin)


Excerpts from the book...The Golden Age of Rock-n-Roll.

This month we continue with our Rock-n-Roll Timeline and the year 1960.  The series will take us through 1962 with added entries in future newsletters. Stay tuned and subscribe to our newsletter so you don't miss a single timeline issue.


  • March 2nd - Elvis appears on the Ed Sullivan Show following his release from the Army.
  • Twist is the biggest dance-craze in the year of the dance-crazes.
  • Sam Cooke signed with RCA Records in 1960, bringing his hits on Keen Records with him.
  • The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" coins a form of romantic multi-part vocal harmonies.
  • April 18th - Eddie Cochran dies in a car crash in England at 22. Gene Vincent is injured.
  • Ray Charles has his first #1 hit "Georgia On My Mind. "

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  • 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...
  • Find out What Kinda Girl Rosanne Cash really is in this Rockabilly Session with Carl Perkins and Friends.

I hope you find the time to visit my other stories about growing up in the 50s, 60s and 70s. You can start here.... 

Looking for that special song, artist, or group on this site?

What's Next?

Another visit with DJ Ned Ward and the Country Doo-Wop show.

More original framed album cover art.

April will continue the "Rock'n'Roll Timeline" with special dates from the year 1961.

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Flooded With Memories...

Danny, I could not believe the content of your website. It is just amazing to recall so much we lived through just by checking out so many old posters & album covers.

Your site floods me with memories & reinforces my belief that it truly was a great time to be a teenager. Good work, Danny, please stick with it.

Sincerely Dale

A True Story...
"Darling Lorraine"

Danny, Great job !!!! I can't express enough how much my mother would have been so happy with your work on her song. As for myself and the rest of my family, we really appreciate your time & effort to let everyone who is interested in her song know the true story behind it.  Read more...

Thanx so much, Bob

"Duke of Earl" Homecoming

I just read your article on Duke of Earl/Vee Jay Records. My father was Randy Wood, President of Vee Jay at the time.

I'm doing some research on the company and am learning how influential Vee Jay was in shaping the future of music.  Nice to see your web page.

Michele Marotta
February 15, 2015

Read the Duke of Earl story.

One Classic After Another...

Thanks for an excellent musical experience. I found your website by accident and just kept enjoying one classic after another. Great job! Like yourself, I'm still enjoying my vinyl collection. We share many of the same favorite artists.

Regards, Jim Miles

Memories, Memories

"Thank you so much for all the work you have done on these pages.  I found my way here, and spent the next two hours in absolute bliss. Memories, memories...thank you for rekindling them."

Bob Douglass,

Love Your Comments!

"Just stumbled onto this site and decided to stay and visit for a while. You have it laid out so wonderfully. Easy to get around and love your comments. Thanks for my trip down memory lane. Really, really enjoyed it."

Priscilla Hernandez,

A kind reply
From a grateful family.

Danny, I think you did a great job and my family enjoyed it as well. I have had some more time to go through your site and find it to be fantastic, and your personal story is great as well. 

You truly are a blessing to all of Us. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. I look forward to seeing and hearing more from you.

Paul Giacalone

The song "You Were Mine" was written by Paul Giacalone. Read the story here.

American Graffiti...
Where Were You In 62?

Read more about America's last age of innocence at vinyl record

Classic coming-of-age story set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock and roll...and is considered one of the best teen movies ever made. A cool trip down memory lane.

Baby's Gone

Baby's Gone Story - True Vinyl Record Memories.

Didn't say goodbye, didn't tell me why, just left me here to cry, with nothing but a memory.

Read the true story behind this treasured memory.

Baby I'm Yours

Jody Miller classic remake.

Written by the "The Hustle" guy, Van McCoy, reached #5 in 1965 with Barbara Lewis and a top 5 remake by Jody Miller in 1971. A sexy remake on a great original song... Baby I'm Yours...

Andrew Gold
That's Why I Love You

"It's the smile on your face, It's your style and your grace... And that's why, that's why I love you."

A man with this much talent
should certainly be entitled to more than this one simple page that I have provided and not just because I enjoyed one particular song of his more than his others. Check out his Guitar Riffs in this song.

Key Largo
A Love Story

Go to Key Largo song memories. We had it all - Just like Bogie and Bacall.

If there were ever a song with perfect lyrics you just wanted to share with others it would surely be this classic love song, Key Largo.

Poor Little Fool

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.

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