WHAT WAS THE FIRST RECORD YOU EVER BOUGHT?

I can remember it vividly - more vividly, in fact, than such other adolescent landmarks as my first kiss or my high school graduation.

It was a cold, rainy spring morning when I got on the bus and headed for the old Twin Fair store on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. Once there, I made a beeline for the record department, where I spent the next two or three hours examining each and every record album in the store.

Finally, after seemingly endless internal debate, I walked up to the checkout counter and set down my money along with my selections — “The Return of Roger Miller” (the one with “King of the Road”) and the Righteous Brothers’ first album (featuring “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”). They were $2.99 each in mono, a dollar cheaper than the stereo versions.

Those were the very first record albums that I ever bought, and I was immediately hooked. Now, nearly 30 years later, nestled next to thousands of other slabs of 12-inch vinyl that I’ve added to my ever-growing collection, I still have those first two albums.

I guess you could say that those two albums were my personal musical “roots,” although, of course, I didn’t consider those implications at the time, and those well-worn grooves still sound exciting and somehow comforting to me, despite the scratches and pops that have developed over the years.

It got me to wondering what record albums might have initially influenced today’s recording artists. Stay tuned for a sampling of what I discovered.

Archive for the ‘First Record’ Category

Linda Ronstadt, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

LINDA RONSTADT
pop singer

“`Gambler’s Guitar’ by Rusty Draper. Not a particularly great record, but it was the first record that I ever spent my allowance on. I was probably about six years old.”

Saturday (April 16) is Record Store Day, and for music fanatics like us, it’s a holiday kinda like Christmas. So Nippertown.com is celebrating the annual event all this week with special bonus installments of our regular “First Record” series, whereby we ask some of our favorite musicians about the first record that they remember purchasing. GO HERE to check out the entire “First Record” series…

Brad Delp, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

BRAD DELP
singer with Boston, RTZ and the tribute band Beatlejuice

“Well, I remember buying `Meet the Beatles’ when that came out. I had records when I was a kid because I have a sister who’s eight years older than me. She was big into Elvis, and I remember playing her 45s of Elvis and Buddy Holly, specifically `Peggy Sue’ and on the other side was a song called `Every Day.’ I remember listening to all of her old Elvis records, especially one called `Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello’ and `Hard Headed Woman.’

“And I know that I bought the single of `The Twist’ when that came out.

“But the first serious album that I bought was probably `Meet the Beatles.’ It was $2.98, I think, in mono. I had to have the Beatles’ albums as soon as they came out.

“And when the Beatles’ butcher cover album came out, I remember going into a local store, kind of like a K-Mart. I had heard about this cover that they had pasted over, but you could see the original cover underneath. The store had a bunch of copies of the album, but on two of them, I could see the butcher cover underneath. Unfortunately, I was too stupid or too poor to buy both of them, but I bought one. I steamed the cover off, and pasted it on the back of the album.”

Saturday (April 16) is Record Store Day, and for music fanatics like us, it’s a holiday kinda like Christmas. So Nippertown.com is celebrating the annual event all this week with special bonus installments of our regular “First Record” series, whereby we ask some of our favorite musicians about the first record albums that they remember purchasing. GO HERE to check out the entire “First Record” series…

Nancy Sinatra, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

NANCY SINATRA
pop singer

“Let me think… I used to buy singles, you know, 45s. Of course, I remember my dad’s records when LPs first came out. And I was a big Elvis fan, so chances are that it was probably an Elvis album.

“Or it could have been the Everly Brothers. Or it could have been Johnny Mathis or Harry Belafonte. I love those two guys. They were very big when I was a kid. But I don’t know about the very, very first album I bought. I just can’t remember.”

Saturday (April 16) is Record Store Day, and for music fanatics like us, it’s a holiday kinda like Christmas. So Nippertown.com is celebrating the annual event all this week with special bonus installments of our regular “First Record” series, whereby we ask some of our favorite musicians about the first record albums that they remember purchasing. GO HERE to check out the entire “First Record” series…

James Brown, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

JAMES BROWN
Soul Brother Number One

“The first album I ever bought when I was able – because I saw a lot of them that I wanted to buy, but I didn’t have enough money – was by Louis Jordan, I guess. I had to save a lot of money for that, but `Caldonia’ was such a big song. That was a big one.”

Saturday (April 16) is Record Store Day, and for music junkies like us, it’s a holiday kinda like Christmas. So Nippertown.com is celebrating the annual event all this week with special bonus installments of our regular “First Record” series, whereby we ask some of our favorite musicians about the first record albums that they remember purchasing. GO HERE to check out the entire “First Record” series…

Mike Smith, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Monday, April 11th, 2016

MIKE SMITH
singer and keyboardist with the Dave Clark Five

“I think it was by Lightning Hopkins. Or maybe it was Grieg’s Piano Concerto.

“But the first single … or maxi-single as they called them in those days … that I bought was Ella Fitzgerald singing `Every Time We Say Goodbye.'”

Saturday (April 16) is Record Store Day, and for music junkies like us, it’s a holiday kinda like Christmas. So Nippertown.com is celebrating the annual event all this week with special bonus installments of our regular “First Record” series, whereby we ask some of our favorite musicians about the first record albums that they remember purchasing. GO HERE to check out the entire “First Record” series…

Jewel, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Jewel

Jewel

“The first album I bought was The Wall … Pink Floyd’s The Wall. They’re such smart musicians, and they’re really innovative sonically.

“But I like all kinds of music … all kinds of good music.”

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and New York Times’ bestselling author and poet Jewel steps into the spotlight at The Egg’s Hart Theatre on Friday (April 8) for an intimate concert, performing hits spanning her 12-studio albums including 2015’s “Picking Up the Pieces” and sharing stories from her memoir, “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story.” JD & the Straight Shot open the show at 8pm. Tickets are $55.50, $65.50 & $75.50. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out.

Ira Kaplan, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Georgia  Hubley and Ira Kaplan

Georgia Hubley and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“I can’t remember the first album I bought.

“The first single or concert, those I recall.

“But the first LP? Nope.”

Ira Kaplan straps on his guitar to join his bandmates Georgia Hubley and James McNew as Hoboken’s indie rock heroes Yo La Tengo return to Greater Nippertown for a show at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday (March 26). The band will perform two sets – one acoustic and one modified acoustic/electric. Reserved seating is sold out, but there may still be some general admission standing room tickets available for $35.

Ellis Marsalis, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

“Well there weren’t really albums back then. There were the album collections of 78s, but I didn’t buy those.

“Mostly what I did was to buy single 78 RPM records of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins. And what they used to call the All Stars, which was really the same players … Max (Roach) would be the bandleader one time; Charlie Parker would be the bandleader one time; Dizzy would be the bandleader… but it would all be the same guys. I bought those 78s when they came out. But at that time I don’t think they were even thinking of making albums of bebop, just single 78s.

“I think eventually I did buy a Nat Cole album of 78s.

“And I remember that they used to make 10-inch LPs, which didn’t last too long. I had a 10-inch LP of Charlie Parker with strings. And I also had one of Red Norvo … Norvo, (Charles) Mingus and Tal Farlow.

“But not long after that, everything came out on 12-inch vinyl, and I bought a lot of those. My mother used to think that I was crazy spending money on long-playing records.”

Ellis Marsalis – veteran pianist and patriarch of the legendary New Orleans Marsalis clan – teams up with his son, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, to headline the Bridge Jazz Festival’s closing night at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany on Saturday (February 27). Also on the bill are the 11-piece No BS! Brass Band and Local 518 faves the Arch Stanton Quartet. Showtime is 7pm, and tickets are $40; $30 students. The Bridge Jazz Festival kicks off at 7:30pm on Friday (February 26) with performances by Nnenna Freelon, Pierre Bensusan and the Tim Olsen/Eric Walentowicz Duo at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy. Tickets are $28, $36 & $42. GO HERE to win a pair of FREE tickets to both nights of the fest…

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