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

David Grisman, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Monday, December 5th, 2016


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“I remember the first 78 that I bought ’cause that’s what I started with. It was ‘In the Still of the Night’ by the Five Satins.

The first album that I ever bought may well have been Buddy Holly & the Crickets. I think I got four albums that day.

The first bluegrass album that I ever heard was Mountain Music Bluegrass Style on Folkways, and the first bluegrass song that I heard was ‘White House Blues’ on that record by Earl Taylor & the Stony Mountain Boys.”

Mandolin master David “Dawg” Grisman and singer-guitarist Del McCoury played their first duo gig 50 years ago at RPI in Troy. Now Del & Dawg are returning to RPI to celebrate their anniversary together with a concert at EMPAC at 8pm on Saturday (December 10). They’ll be joined by special guests Jerry McCoury and Chris Warner. Tickets are available, priced at $36, $46 & $59.

Donovan, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

donovan

“The first record album that I bought? Oh, my goodness. I grew up in Scotland until the age of 10 when I moved to England with the family. So I think my first record may have been a little hard 78 RPM record of Andy Stewart singing Robert Burns’ `My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose,’ which was a gift from my mother.

“I’m trying to think…

“But the first record that I actually bought for myself, it would be Buddy Holly. It was an EP. They weren’t released as albums in Britain. Singles were in America, I guess, but by the time that they were sold in England, you could buy them four songs to a record.

“I’d buy one EP one week, and one EP the next, and slowly I’d build up a collection.

“Buddy Holly fascinated me as an adolescent, but I didn’t know until later that his roots were in folk music.”

Donovan brings his tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Sunshine Superman” to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30pm on Wednesday (September 14). Tickets are available, priced at $36 & $42.

Joan Jett, What Was the First Album That You Ever Bought?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Joan Jett

Joan Jett

“You mean after I was over with my Osmonds phase? Or whatever it was – the Partridge Family? Or both?

“It was probably T-Rex, but then the New York Dolls and David Bowie. Those were my influences.”

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts team up with Heart and Cheap Trick for the Rock Hall Three for All Tour, which is slated to make a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 6:30pm on Thursday (September 8).

Big Kenny, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Big & Rich

Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich

“I think the first records that I ever bought was as a kid… well, my older brother had gotten a stereo, and he told me some records that he wanted … Carole King’s Tapestry and a Cheech & Chong album.

“I can remember as a kid being down in the basement, listening to this record and just hoping that our parents didn’t hear it. Oh man, that was funny. Those were the first records I ever bought.

“But then I think that the first record that I bought for my very own was Steve Miller. I’m pretty sure that was the first album that I bought for my self.”

Big Kenny teams up with John Rich at 7:45pm on Friday night (June 10), as country music hitmakers Big & Rich take over the Main Stage at the Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain in Hunter.

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…

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