Bill Kirchen, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

BillKirchen” ‘Midnight in Moscow’ by Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. English trad jazz, 1962, with prominent trombone, which was my instrument at the time.

Before ‘Midnight In Moscow,’ I owned two 45s, ‘Big Bad John’ by Jimmy Dean and ‘Bristol Stomp’ by the Dovells. I still love all three of these songs.

Right after that, I caught the folk bug and got Dylan’s second album, ‘Freewheelin’,’ when it came out in 1963.

That Christmas I opened a present from my dad, a classical album which I feigned interest in. He urged me to play it after dinner, when I put it on I found he had got me the first Dylan album and stuck it an old Wagner album cover. I remember that every Christmas.”

Twangmaster Bill Kirchen teams up with guitarist-vocalist John Tichy – his old bandmate in the original Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen line-up – for a special “Honky Tonk Holiday” concert at The Linda in Albany on Saturday (December 5).


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