THIS IS THE FIFTH in a series of ten articles listing and addressing the #1 records of the year as they appeared on Cash Box magazine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was originally published as “I Want To Hold Your Louie Louie” on my publication Tell It Like It Was on Medium on April 14, 2019. READ MORE
THE WORLD TURNS, WORDS EVOLVE. Sometimes the evolution of a word is gradual and logical and few notice the change. Sometimes it happens quickly—often through ignorance and misuse—and the change is jarring. In the 21st century, a word can go through a tremendous upheaval if one influential person misuses it one time on the internet.
That one incorrect usage can be picked up and reiterated literally millions of time in a matter of days. READ MORE
THIS IS NOT A NEW ARTICLE! It’s a transfer point from a series of old articles to a series of rewritten articles. So, if you just came upon this piece accidentally, there’s nothing here to read. However, if you are looking for any one of the eleven articles from the “We Buy White Albums” series from 2105, then read on. READ MORE
THE ART OF GUEST-BLOGGING is an ancient and venerable one. And it’s exactly what it sounds like: posting an article on another person’s blog at the other person’s invitation. Why would a blogger want to be a guest blogger? Well, to reach new people and hopefully have a few of them follow him back to his blog.
It’s arguably the best strategy to build a following for your blog (or, in the new terminology, “build your brand”). READ MORE
DONOVAN CAME ON FAST in 1965 with three Top 10 hits in the UK: “Catch the Wind,” “Colours,” and “The Universal Soldier.” None of these came close to duplicating that success in the US, where Donovan remained a peripheral figure on the waning folk scene. That didn’t prevent many who did know of him from labeling him a “Dylan imitator” for both his music and his adoption of working man’s clothing as his regular “look.” READ MORE
ANYTHING WITH “BEATLES” on it was hot property in the ’60s. Artists across the gamut of musical genres and styles recorded songs bearing the Lennon-McCartney imprint. Along with the expected rock and pop artists, the occasional country and folk artist and even a jazz singer delved into the Fab Four’s songbook. Few of these non-rock artists enjoyed any notable commercial success with these attempts. READ MORE
BUYERS AND SELLERS of collectables—whether records or memorabilia or Beanie Babies—often fail to achieve their goals of financial success because they do not understand a few basic concepts on determining collectability and value of the “seldom found.” Because this a record collectors website, I will generally refer to records below, but you can substitute almost any other collectable and the comments remain virtually unchanged. READ MORE
IN RECORD COLLECTING, we bandy about certain terms so often that they lose their meaning. One such word is ‘rare,’ which should be considered a bugaboo not just record collecting, but all fields of collectables. Another abused word is ‘psychedelic,’ or, as it is more often used, ‘psych.’ But the misuse of that term—unintentional and intentional—deserves an article of its own. READ MORE
FRANK DANIELS has been collecting records for a long time. Somewhere along the way, he started collecting all sorts of record-related data and information. For years now, he has been researching, compiling, assembling, and publishing several incredibly detailed and accurate Frank Daniels discographies (listings of records) and labelographies (breakdowns on the visual changes in the label designs of a given record company). READ MORE