NurseJacky Eddie drugs 1500 crop2

I got a springsteen “spirit in the night” worth five grand, easy!

WATCHING SCENES WITH VINYL RECORDS or references to vinyl records in movies and television shows usually causes record collectors to laugh. The person responsible for placing the record in the scene almost always gets something about the record or the chronology wrong. Or makes an exaggerated claim about its value (“It’s worth five grand, easy”). [Read more] “I got a springsteen “spirit in the night” worth five grand, easy!”

Medium photo 1962 ChubbyChecker Twist 1500 crop

the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1962

THIS IS THE THIRD 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 “Big Girls Don’t Limbo Rock” on my publication Tell It Like It Was on Medium on February 16, 2019. [Read more] “the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1962”

Medium photo 1961 RayCharles piano France 1500 crop 1

the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1961

THIS IS THE SECOND 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 “Take Good Care Of Runaround Sue” on my publication Tell It Like It Was on Medium on January 15, 2019. [Read more] “the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1961”

Boss Kutztown header

meet the new boss (true tales from the men’s room)

IT WAS 1975, and I was out of my hippie wannabe stage. I was playing it straight; not out of choice, but necessity. (But that’s another story.) I was still as anti-authoritarian as all get-out—at least when it came to bosses who were really bullies with authority—taking crap from no one. [Read more] “meet the new boss (true tales from the men’s room)”

FakeAutographs Beatles 1500 crop

fake autographed rock memorabilia sold at charity fundraisers

FAKE AUTOGRAPHS on rock & roll memorabilia being sold at charity fundraisers sounds like the act of a misanthrope or even a sociopath more. Cheating folk who are spending money knowing that it will go to help others is rather dastardly. And yet, huge sums of money are being spent on forgeries every day! [Read more] “fake autographed rock memorabilia sold at charity fundraisers”

Springsteen 1974 Blinded 1500 red

allan clarke as springsteen trailblazer (is this part 6 of “was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light?”)

I WOULD BE REMISS in my love for the Hollies if I did not mention the exploits of their on-again/off-again lead singer, Harold Allan Clarke. In his second (?) sojourn from the group he helped found in Manchester, England, in 1962, he took a rather different approach stylistically to the material with which his fans had come to associate with him. [Read more] “allan clarke as springsteen trailblazer (is this part 6 of “was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light?”)”

Springsteen 1974 Blinded 1500 green

the story behind columbia 4-48405 (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 5)

RELEASED IN 1975, Springsteen’s third album for Columbia, BORN TO RUN, was a virtual apotheosis of all that the rock musicians of the previous generation had hoped to achieve with the form. But that was not how the first two years as a recording artist went down. [Read more] “the story behind columbia 4-48405 (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 5)”

Springsteen Blinded1974 3

“blinded by the light” and the avid record collector price guide (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 4)

THE SINGLE RELEASE of Blinded By The Light / The Angel (Columbia 4-48405) may not have been a big hit in 1973 with record-buyers, but it has been a big deal with record-collectors ever since! It is among the rarest and most sought-after of Bruce’s collectable records and record-related artifacts. [Read more] ““blinded by the light” and the avid record collector price guide (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 4)”

Springsteen Blinded1974 copy 6

“blinded by the light” off and on the pop charts (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 3)

UNLESS YOU’RE OLD ENOUGH to have been there THEN (the early months of 1973) but weren’t paying attention or you were not a Springsteen fan (and who was back then outside of a small circle of friends near Asbury Park?) or not a fan now (and who isn’t?), then you know that Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” single did not make the charts here there and everywhere. [Read more] ““blinded by the light” off and on the pop charts (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 3)”