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, and Malt Shops, and who can forget those Friday night school dances.
Issue #112 - November, 2022
Are you at a loss for what to give this Christmas? This month we offer suggestions on Christmas gifts from hand painted classic car art to custom digital art work of your personal ride, from model trains to vinyl records, and FREE online music 5 days a week on the Country Doo Wop show hosted by my friend and DJ, Ned Ward.
National Jukebox Day is celebrated the same day each year on the day before Thanksgiving so let me give you my view on how I feel about The American Made Jukebox. Come with me on this memorable trip down memory lane to that special place on your 50s radio dial.
Hard to believe that many adults reading this did not ask for a train set during those make-believe years when mom and dad would tell you to simply ask Santa for one. Trains had a nostalgic magnetism that was undeniable, even for many who’d never even been on one.
Dale Klee art is back and my strong recommendation for a favorite Christmas gift which includes some Custom Digital Art Work for your special ride.
Tom Port's High Dollar Vinyl returns for another look at some new vinyl, some going for nearly a thousand dollars. For those buyers...it's not about the money. A unique Christmas gift for sure.
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Each month we give a little shout-out to our favorite radio program, Ned Ward's Country Doo-Wop show. Our friend, Ned, along with producer, Mr. Barney, airs the 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.
Let's get started...
National Jukebox day, the day before Thanksgiving each year, seeks to encourage people to play their favorite songs on a jukebox. A "jukebox" is a term used for what was the first coin operated music playing device. And one of the most beautiful and most collected is this Wurlitzer 1015 model made between 1946 and 1947.
The American made Jukebox. It was found almost anyplace people
gathered to eat or drink - in soda shops and pizza parlors, diners,
restaurants, and truck stops. For a nickel, then a dime and finally a
quarter, people could play if they were willing to pay.
Those days have since passed. Over the years beset by rising costs, declining profits, video games and especially digital music, the coin-operated music machine, or jukebox, may soon be a distant melody. The modern day digital jukeboxes are eroding the corner-bar experience.
corner bars are romantic just like old pickup trucks are romantic,
cherished as a symbol for a certain way of life along with the brightly
colored Jukebox in the corner. On the other hand, the fight to control
the playlist on a current digital jukebox is a struggle between the
group’s happiness and the individual’s.
With the older jukebox models, selection was limited but in tune with the character of a place. Certain music fit in with certain bars, especially the neighborhood bar. You actually had to stand up, walk over (or stagger) to the Jukebox to select your favorites.
And as teenagers, how many dates were made at
the malt shops when duck-tails and poni-tails would gather around the
jukebox waiting to make a selection.
With digital apps and music, like TouchTunes, every bar's jukebox is becoming the same. You can just sit at your table and order music by phone. What possible fun could that be compared to the way teenagers listened to music in the fifties.
Here's a sample of what music was like in the 50s - Take a trip with me and Bowzer down memory lane to a special place when your radio dial was your own personal jukebox.
As a parent or grandparent if you love trains your search is over! Here is the perfect place to visit anytime, but especially during Christmas. My friend Greg Wrath and his Building Your Model Railroad will certainly bring a smile to that special child on Christmas morning. If you are a train lover, Greg's model train haven should be at the top of your Christmas list. I have provided links below to help you find that perfect train gift.
"It’s been my experience that many who ride trains could care less where they’re going. For them it’s the journey itself and the people they meet along the way. That’s why trains are so popular with kids and adults at Christmas. No matter how fast we feel we have to go, shouldn’t there be room for a train, where you can just sit back, take a breath, and be a kid for a little while? Just for a little while? Is that so bad? People don’t rush on a train, because that’s not what trains are for. How do you put a dollar value on that?" ― David Baldacci, The Christmas Train
If you are a model railroader or like to learn more, visit Building Your Model Railroad and let my friend Greg Wrath put a smile on the face of that special child this Christmas morning. A perfect gift from a reliable source. You can also add Greg's Resources and References page
relating to model trains and railroads, many of which are credible, interesting, educational, and fun to review. And a nice added review on what Greg has to say about our Vinyl Record Memories train songs and stories.
Dale paints all my favorite hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles and trucks from a time in history when I was growing up. His paintings are perfect examples of exactly how these classics looked at the time.
I know...I was there.
A favorite of mine titled "A Few Good Years" is a perfect painting of the Tri-five chevy years, '55, '56 & '57. Accurate detail is crucial to his work, so don't overlook each and every automotive art scene Dale has painted.
A special gift from Dale Klee Art for that good car buddy you've been friends with since back in the day. And don't forget to add Dale's 2023 Calendar to the list.
And for all who currently own a piece of automotive history, or your every day driver, you can now turn your favorite photo into a piece of timeless art! Each art piece is custom created by Wes Klee from the photo of your choice. View samples and special pricing here. Another great and unique Christmas gift.
Would you pay up to $1,000.00 for this man's vinyl? Many do and I wanted to know why, so in 2018, I contacted him. Here is another vinyl record memories recommended Christmas gift for those who appreciate (and can afford) the ultimate in analog sound.
On his website Tom acknowledged that many people find the ideas (and the prices!) on our website shocking.
We take only the best sounding copies – we call them "Hot Stampers” –
and make them available exclusively to those who appreciate (and can
afford) the ultimate in analog sound.
We're unique in that we're the only record dealers who base the price of their records on the quality of their sound.
I found Tom's site an exciting read and wanted to pass on information that would be of value to some of the more serious Audiophiles who visit my Vinyl Record Memories site. This is another unique Christmas gift that comes with a 100% Money Back, No Questions Asked Guarantee on every record they sell. Purchase your Better Records gift here.
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