January 30, 2010

Do you remember this?

The days before ipods, walkmans, cassette decks and tape decks, there was a small vinyl disc, called a 45 record. It looked like this.

When I was a kid, I had a small record player that played 45s only. It was my charm of a gift that my Uncle Lenny gave to me. And it was red! How I loved that record player, and the 45s that I borrowed from my older brother and sister. Actually, in truth, many of them I borrowed when they weren't around. I was born in 1958, the music was ahead of my time. However, I listened to and loved the music that my siblings loved. They were my idols. Even now when I hear the beat of a Motown song, I think of my red record player (it went to heaven) and all the good times I had listening to that great music.


  1. I had one of those record players...it was pink. I too loved the old Motowns-and listening to American Bandstand with Dick Clark. My sister and I would watch it after school. Nice memories-thank-you! Have a really great weekend.

  2. Yes, and I remember my sister telling me to "not touch that needle" -
    We laugh about it. I just wanted to touch it or "clean" it when those fuzzy things began to collect.

  3. I had my hubby's old turn table fixed and we still play all his old records. The kids love it and so do I.

    PS: He was born in 1943 and has a huge set up (entertainment system from the mid 60's). I can't believe we are still able to use it.

  4. I remember listening to old records with my parents as a kid. There's really noting quite like watching them turn round and round!

  5. Mine was blue! And I adored my older sisters' music, too!

  6. I love Motown...even now! And those little plastic thingies you put in the center of a 45 so that you can play it on a stereo player.

  7. My record player was red too. So glad you came by RHS to be an FDO. I just love it. I'm so glad to now know of your blog and I'll be back really soon. Have a great weekend.

  8. yes, I had one too, loved it, loved my record collection, wish I would have kept it. :( Just followed your blog, I will return, in the meantime enjoy your weekend.


  9. Remember this so well and the top ten hit posts!

  10. Can you believe it?? I had to explain to my kids how to use these strange plastic things which they had found on their grandmothers attic. Among a lot more other things :-(
    I felt sooooo old ;-)

  11. I do remember the 45. I had a little player too and loved it.

  12. Oh ya, mind was orange and it had a flip lid...goodtimes!


  13. i remember too....loved playing The Carpenters till it warped....

    fun post...

    more later, my friend


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  15. This gave me goosebumps. When you wrote this, I had just bought my first "gramaphone" record player - I avoid calling it a turntable.

    I played the little records and LP's, what I have missed! AND.. this was inspired my Mom who recently reminded me of her little record player that she would relax to after doing homework. Btw, she was born in 58.


  16. "It looked like this..." lol! It's so true, though. This summer I watched a woman at a flea market explaining a rotary phone to her young granddaughter. My first phonograph was the portable Mickey Mouse one, where his arm was the arm of the turntable. Now that I'm thinking of it, I'll have to have a romp through eBay. 'Cause you know it's there!


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