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who was the first rock band to sell a million albums?

I HAD TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION: “Who was the first rock band to sell a mil­lion al­bums?” It was on Quora and im­me­di­ately seized my at­ten­tion. Why? Be­cause not only had I never thought about it, but I had never heard a record-collecting friend or a pro­fes­sional music writer ad­dress it. [Continue reading]

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why did rca have to export david bowie records to england in the ’70s?

THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF RECORDS from the ’70s that are so common among British col­lec­tors that they re­ceive little at­ten­tion from them. But they are all rather rare records out­side of the UK—so rare, that most non-UK col­lec­tors have only seen them as im­ages on the in­ternet! [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1960

THIS IS THE FIRST 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 “Save The Last Twist For Me” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 1, 2019. [Continue reading]

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traveling through time at 45 rpm (time travel records)

IT’S NO SECRET that most of us form strong emo­tional bonds with things during our teenage years. This in­cludes at­tach­ments to hu­mans (think your best friend), food (think pizza), even sports teams (think “Go, Phillies!”) This seems es­pe­cially so about music: usu­ally, what­ever the hits on the radio were that we loved when we were 15-years-old, we are going to love—for better or worse—until we are 95-years-old! [Continue reading]

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antoine “fats” domino has left new orleans for the last time

I NEVER THOUGHT of An­toine “Fats” Domino as a rock & roll artist. I thought he was a rhythm & blues-based artist, maybe a boogie-woogie artist, def­i­nitely a New Or­leans artist. For some reason, white teenagers in the ’50s glommed onto him and the rest is rock & roll history.

I mean, yeah, when I was a kid in­her­iting my Aunt Judy’s 45 col­lec­tion, I thought every­thing in it was rock & roll, from great stuff like Fats and the Plat­ters to Fabian and silly jive like Who put the bomp in the bomp-bah-bomp-bah-bomp, who put the ram in the rama-lama-ding-dong? [Continue reading]

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linked in with cheryl pawelski, record producer and collector

I WAS INVITED by a young mu­si­cian in Eng­land to make a con­nec­tion on the LinkedIn, the “world’s largest pro­fes­sional net­work.” Of course I ac­cepted it, de­spite the fact that I have yet to meet anyone who has ac­tu­ally ben­e­fited pro­fes­sion­ally from any of these LinkedIn con­nec­tions. Nonethe­less, I cer­tainly don’t know everyone on that net­work, so maybe I was missing some­thing. [Continue reading]