was the first platinum record album awarded in 1968?

MAKE A MISTAKE? Correct it, learn from it, and move on! My recent article, “What Was The First Platinum Record Album?” has been proven inaccurate! Instead of Iron Butterfly’s IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA award in 1969, the first platinum record album seems to have been awarded in 1968 to another group for another album, also on Atco Records. [Read more] “was the first platinum record album awarded in 1968?”

how many copies did you say in-a-gadda-da-vida sold?

RESEARCHING A PREVIOUS ARTICLE, I found that Iron Butterfly’s second album received the first platinum album award. I also found websites that made extravagant claims for how many copies In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida sold. However, none of them provided reliable documentation to back those claims. Here is a look at the “research” of the internet’s most referred-to site. [Read more] “how many copies did you say in-a-gadda-da-vida sold?”

was the first platinum record album awarded in 1969?

FIRST PLATINUM RECORD ALBUM? Ask the question that makes up the title of this article on Google and you will find more than 7,000,000 entries (most of them offering something for sale). The answer you will invariably encounter will be the Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album from 1976—except that is not the correct answer. [Read more] “was the first platinum record album awarded in 1969?”

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guess I’m dumb about the state of AI generated music

A WHILE BACK is an old person’s way of saying, “It was more than a few years ago but how much more, I ain’t certain.” So, a while back, I was telling my friends that the future of music was going to be AI generated by computer program developers who would not necessarily be musicians. [Read more] “guess I’m dumb about the state of AI generated music”

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“street fighting man” is the most valuable picture sleeve in the world

IN MAY 1968, the Rolling Stones released “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” which was a worldwide smash. While it topped the Cash Box Top 100 in the US, for some inexplicable reason it stalled at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. In August, the group followed with “Street Fighting Man,” the lead single from their upcoming album.  [Read more] ““street fighting man” is the most valuable picture sleeve in the world”

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and all the rest of those other space odditys

DAVID BOWIE’S “SPACE ODDITY” was originally released during the second half of 1969. Several original pressings are rather rare and valuable records. In some countries, the record included a picture sleeve, many of which are even rarer and more valuable. This article offers a nutshell history of the record with a gallery of Space Odditys. [Read more] “and all the rest of those other space odditys”

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is “space oddity” the world’s most valuable picture sleeve?

“STREET FIGHTING MAN” by the Rolling Stones—the US issue on London Records—is the most valuable picture sleeve in the world! At least, that’s what I wrote nine years ago. At the time, I was unaware of any real contender for the title. Then I learned about the Japanese “Space Oddity” by David Bowie. [Read more] “is “space oddity” the world’s most valuable picture sleeve?”

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del shannon kept searching for a place to stay in the sun

A FEW YEARS AGO, wrote about Del Shannon and offered a brief introduction to his music. I mentioned I Go To Pieces as a song he wrote and arranged as a nod to the British Invasion of 1964. After that, Shannon kept searching for a place to stay in the world of pop music. [Read more] “del shannon kept searching for a place to stay in the sun”