National Vinyl Record Day

This date was chosen as it commemorates the date on which Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. It’s funny how what’s old is new again. Vinyl records are back. After nearly vanishing in the early 1990s, vinyl records outsold CDs in 2020.

Do you remember your first album? For those of us of a certain age, buying our first record likely happened several decades ago. For Millennials, it could have happened last week.

Was it the Beatles? Guy Lombardo? Elvis Presley? Louis Armstrong? Johnny Cash? My first albums were Dave Clark Five’s “Greatest Hits” and Herman’s Hermits “On Tour.”

Of course, we also had 45s… often a huge collection! I recall buying my first 45 at a Woolworth’s store. “Red Rubber Ball” sung by The Cyrkle hit the charts in 1966.

My funny tale of the day hails from a Strawberries Record store in the mid-1980s. As my videographer Lidia Pedro and I walked past a couple of young teenage girls, we overheard part of their conversation. “Uh-huhhhh! Paul McCartney was too in a band before Wings.”

Well, I couldn’t help myself… I simply had to ask. Nope. They could not name that band. (Yikes! Bring me my walker!)

So, spin your vinyl memories today. Great times shared with lots of great friends!

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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