Ventures photo posed 1960 1500 crop

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]

are there albums where the covers are worth more than the records?

HERE’S ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT VINYL on Quora that dis­tracted me from var­ious writing projects! The ques­tion is, “What vinyl album cover empty is worth more than a mint vinyl album without the cover?” Or, as I have worded it in this article’s title: Are there al­bums with covers that are worth more than the records? [Continue reading]

DoobieBrothers DutchTV 1974 HansPeters 1500

like, whoa, do the doobie brothers belong in the hall of fame?

THE DOOBIES IN THE HALL OF FAME?” That’s a ques­tion that’s been asked a bit in the wake of their re­cent in­duc­tion into said Hall. There was a ver­sion of that ques­tion (“Are the Doobie Brothers Hall of Fame Worthy”) on Quora this morning. I an­swered it there and wanted to share my an­swer here. [Continue reading]

MilesDavis FillmoreEast 1970 1500

why are non-rock artists in the rock & roll hall of fame?

A SERIES OF ARTICLES about Elvis Pres­ley’s Gold Stan­dard records has been taking up most of my time (along with re­designing the look of all my blogs). Be­cause of that, I have been ig­noring both the readers of this blog and those who sali­vate waiting for me to an­swer a ques­tion on Quora. [Continue reading]

LinkWray 2 1500 crop

does link wray belong in the rock & roll hall of fame?

I HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING a lot of at­ten­tion to Quora lately, but this ques­tion caused me to re­spond; “Will Link Wray ever make the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?” Wray had one sem­inal hit, Rumble, in 1958 that Cub Koda stated pop­u­lar­ized “pop­u­lar­ized “the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock gui­tarists.” [Continue reading]

Beatles WhiteAlbum poster 1500 crop3

what is a “record album” and where did the term come from?

THE WORLD TURNS AND 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. Today, a word can go through a tremen­dous up­heaval if one in­flu­en­tial person mis­uses it one time on the internet. [Continue reading]

TommyJames HankyPanky GoldRecord b 1500

are today’s pop song lyrics getting more redundantly repetitive?

DOES YOUR BABY DO THE HANKY PANKY? The ques­tion asked on Quora was “Are Pop lyrics getting more and more repet­i­tive?” In­stead of a well-reasoned, thoughtful an­swer, I posted this in­stead (and my com­plete an­swer is be­tween the two lines):

 

TommyJames HankyPanky Roulette 45 600

This is the Roulette Records ver­sion of Hanky Panky that was the #1 hit on Bill­board and Cash Box and sold mil­lions of copies in 1966. [Continue reading]