“Up until 1964, I was a music fan, but I don’t remember having more than a dozen singles. I don’t think anybody had a rock ‘n’ roll album or the device to play it on until the Beatles.
The first record I remember buying was Little Anthony and the Imperials’ ‘Tears On My Pillow.’ My Aunt Addie got me the Coasters’ ‘Poison Ivy’ because I used to get it every summer. I also had ‘Charlie Brown’ by then.
My emotional involvement increased a bit when I was 11 or 12 with ‘Twist and Shout’ by the Isley Brothers, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ by Curtis Lee and ‘Sherry’ by the Four Seasons. Other than those, I had ‘Bristol Stomp’ and ‘You Can’t Sit Down’ by the Dovells, ‘Duke of Earl’ by Gene Chandler, ‘Mack the Knife’ by Bobby Darin, a Dion or two, a Shirelles, a Chiffons and the next four or five Four Seasons singles, of course. My Uncle Sal would introduce me to Smokey Robinson with ‘Going to a Go-Go,’ but that was a bit later.
I didn’t have too many, but I was passionate about the records I had. Believe it or not, I had to re-buy ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘Sherry’ because I wore them out. A virtual scientific impossibility. I’m sure the wearing out had as much to do with those little boxes we’d carry singles in with no sleeves for protection, but I did play them hundreds of times.