Last Friday, I decided to take my lunch break and check out the local antique mall for any decent records - something I do on a fairly regular basis.
Most people would find this search completely boring. Pouring over crates of vinyl for a diamond in the rough can take a while. If you go alone it's not a big deal, but if you go with other friends or family that aren't into your particular hobby the process turns painful as they wonder what's taking so long.
Browsing much of the store (a former grocery store) I found a few things, but nothing too impressive. On my way out I stumbled into this box of 45 RPM records tucked away on a shelf. The box, a '60s era cardboard carrier is full, but still I'm not expecting much. The top of the box, ripped off long ago, is gone. Most of the records don't have sleeves. More often than not you find some easy listening records somebody's grandmother bought 40 or 50 years ago. Yawn.
As I started perusing the titles in the box, I became more excited. These were pop, rock, soul and a bit of garage. Hits for sure, but not all number one records. This had certainly been someone's collection as all has the initials "L.S." scrawled on the labels and many contained stickers with numbers indicating a filing system.
Over 90% of the songs dated from the 1960's and were original releases not re-released, re-packaged Golden Oldies reissues. Some, however, dated from the 1980s. Maybe a daughter (or a son though I hope not) staying at grandma and grandpa's house integrated a few of her records into what mom or dad had left behind - the records from their childhood.
Only then did I look at the price: $10.00. SOLD. No hesitation at all. The box full of records cost me less than $0.25 cents a piece! At ten bucks, I would have bought the entire box for just 10 records that I wanted, but here I liked nearly the whole box.
Though, the records were in good, not great condition I was not deterred. Most, if not all, will clean up well with a quick soap and water scrub. Below is a list of the contents of the box of records formerly owned by L.S. Don't worry former owner, I'll take good care of your old collection. They'll soon be playing on that 1962 AMi Continental 2 jukebox you see in the picture above.
Paul Anka - Love (Makes the World Go 'Round) b/w Crying In The Wind (RCA Victor, 47-8115) The Association - Cherish b/w Don't Blame It On Me (Valiant, V-747)
The Association - Windy b/w Sometime (Warner Bros., 7041)
Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up - Part I b/w Tighten Up - Part II (Atlantic, 45-2478)
The Buckinghams - Susan b/w Foreign Policy (Columbia, 4-44378)
The Capitols - Cool Jerk b/w Hello Stranger (Karen, 45-1524)
The Castaways lip synching their hit "Liar Liar" on the daytime soap opera "Never Too Young." Don't clap too loud while dancing kids the microphones can pick that up.
The Castaways - Liar, Liar b/w Sam (Soma, 1433)
The Dave Clark Five - I Like It Like That b/w Hurting Inside (Epic, 5-9811)
Petula Clark - Downtown b/w You'd Better Love Me (Warner Bros, 5494)
Petula Clark performing "Downtown" live on The Dean Martin Show January 26, 1967. Wowsa!
Petula Clark - My Love b/w Where Am I Going? (Warner Bros., 5684)
Classics IV - Spooky b/w Poor People (Imperial, 66259)
The Dixie Cups - Chapel Of Love b/w Ain't That Nice (Lana, L-144)
Ronnie Dove - Kiss Away b/w Where In The World (Diamond, D-191)
Patty Duke - Don't Just Stand There b/w Everything But Love (United Artists, UA875)
Jose Feliciano - Light My Fire b/w California Dreamin' (RCA Victor, 47-9550)
The Four Seasons - Working My Way Back To You b/w Too Many Memories (Phillips, 40350) Aretha Franklin - Respect b/w Dr. Feelgood (Atlantic, 45-2403)
The Gentrys - Keep On Dancing b/w Make Up Your Mind (MGM, K13379)
Peter and Gordon - Woman b/w Wrong From The Start (Capitol, 5579)
Richard Harris - MacArthur Park b/w Didn't We (Dunhill, 45-D-4134)
Bobby Hebb - Sunny b/w Bread (Phillips, 40365)
Bobby Hebb lip synching his hit "Sunny" on television
Jimmy Holiday - Baby I Love You b/w You Won't Get Away (Minit, 32002)
The International Pop Orchestra - Old Man River b/s You'll Never Walk Alone (Cameo, C-200) The Larks - The Jerk b/w Forget Me (Money, 106)
The Lettermen - Theme From "A Summer Place" b/w Sealed With A Kiss (Capitol, 5437)
Gary Lewis and the Playboys - She's Just My Style b/w I Won't Make That Mistake Again (Liberty, F-55846)
The McCoys - Fever b/w Sorrow (Bang, B-511)
Roger Miller - King of the Road b/w Atta Boy Girl (Smash, S-1965)
The Music Explosion - Little Bit O' Soul b/w I See The Light (Laurie, 3380)
Robert Parker - Barefootin' b/w Let's Go Baby (Where The Action Is) (Nola, 721)
Robert Parker - "Let's Go Baby (Where The Action Is)" the B-side to his hit "Barefootin'"
Paul Petersen - She Can't Find Her Keys b/w Very Unlikely (Colpix, CP620)
Terry Philips - Hands Of A Fool b/w My Foolish Ways (United Artists, UA351) [Promo]
James & Bobby Purify - I'm Your Puppet b/w So Many Reasons (Bell, 648)
The Righteous Brothers - (You're My) Soul and Inspiration b/w B Side Blues (Verve, VK10383) The Serendipity Singers - Don't Let The Rain Come Down b/w Freedom's Star (Phillips, 40175) The Spellbinders - For You b/w Stone In Love (Columbia, 4-43384)
Terry Stafford - Suspicion b/w Judy (Lana, L-139)
Billy Stewart - Summertime b/w To Love To Love (Chess, 1966)
Billy Stewart - Secret Love b/w Look Back And Smile (Chess, 1978)
The Strangeloves - I Want Candy b/w It's About My Baby (Bang, B-501)
The Strangeloves perform "I Want Candy" on Shindig in 1965.
The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love b/w Put Yourself In My Place (Motown, M-1097)
The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg b/w You'll Lose A Precious Love (Gordy, G-7054)
The Temptations - (I Know) I'm Losing You b/w I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To (Gordy, G-7057)
Ed Townsend - And Then Came Love b/w Little Bitty Dave (Challenge, 9129) [Promo]
The Union Gap - Young Girl b/w I'm Losing You (Columbia, 4-44450)
Jo Jo Vitale - My Little Cinderella b/w A Million To One (May, MY127) [Promo]
The Vogues - Then b/w Turn Around, Look At Me (Reprise, 0686)
Jackie Wilson - Nothing But Heartaches b/w I Get The Sweetest Feeling (Brunswick, 55381)
The Young Rascals - Groovin' b/w Sueno (Atlantic, 45-2401)
The Zombies - She's Not There b/w You Make Me Feel So Good (Parrot, 45-PAR-9695)
The Zombies lip syching "She's Not There" on television
London Symphony Orchestra - The Imperial March b/w The Battle In The Snow (RSO, RS-1033-AS)
Madonna - Angel b/w Angel (Dance Mix Edit) (Sire, 7-29008)
Marrs - Pump Up The Volume b/w Anitina (4th & B'way, BWAY 7452 C)
Tiffany - I Saw Him Standing There b/w Mr. Mambo (MCA, 53285)