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Ted Cassidy was an American actor best known for playing the butler on TV’s “The Addams Family.” As Lurch he is famous for the line: “You rang?” Cassidy also played characters on “Star Trek,” “Daniel Boone,” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” But it is his portrayal or Lurch that lives in memory. In 1965 Capitol Records released the single “The Lurch.” The 45 with picture sleeve is worth up to $150.00 today.
Weddings and marriage have been often-used themes for some of the classic Doo Wop songs of the 50’s and 60’s such as “To the Aisle” by the 5 Satins, “Three Steps from the Altar,” by Shep & the Limelights, and “Babalu’s Wedding Day” by the Eternals. Perhaps the most successful is “When We Get Married” by the Dreamlovers. It reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. A copy on Heritage Records is worth up to $40.00, but their 1960 single “For the First Time” on Len Records can get you $500.00 today.
Dead at the age of 29, Hank Williams lives on as a Country music superstar. Born with spina bifada, he was pretty much a loner as a child and found company with the various types of music he heard on the radio. One of those to have a tremendous influence on young Hank was not a Country artist but rather a Blues artist named Rufus Payne. And the Blues are definitely heard in Hank’s songs and voice. His earliest songs were on the Sterling Record label. “Honky Tonkin,” released in 1947 as a 78, is worth up to $1,000.00 today.
The most popular dance crazes of the early 60’s included the Twist, the Pony, the Mashed Potatoes, the Hully Gully, the Swim, the Fish, and the Shimmy. And then there was the Stomp. “Foot Stomping” by the Flares, released on Felsted Records in 1961, is worth up to $40.00 while their album “Encore of Foot Stompin’ Hits” can sell for $100.00 today.
The 78 rpm record had pretty much vanished by the end of the 50’s as the 45 became the preferable way to release and hear the music of the day. One of the biggest hits for Ricky Nelson was one of the last Billboard Top 100 hits to be released both as a 78 and a 45. “It’s Late” reached # 9 in 1959. The 45, released on Imperial Records, is worth up to $50.00 with picture sleeve. However, the 78 can sell for $500.00 today. It did not come with a picture sleeve. Both versions are shown here.
With a fusion of Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Country; the Allman Brothers released their first album “The Allman Brothers Band” in 1969. With their style of music they set the standard for other southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Marshall Tucker. Despite little commercial appeal on top-40 radio, the Allman Brothers had a huge following. Their debut album, issued by Atco/Capricorn Records, is worth up to $400.00 today.
“Records you should know about” are records that most people have never heard of but can be worth a lot of money. Rosa Lee Brooks had one single in 1964 called “My Diary.” It wasn’t a hit and it might have gone completely unnoticed if not for the fact that Jimi Hendrix was playing guitar. Apparently, there was a romantic relationship between the two. It was Hendrix ‘s first time on a record. Released on Revis Records, an original copy of the 45 can get you $1,000.00 today. Check out the “Records you should know about” record guide in the yellow strip above.
Two of the most collectible forms of Rock N Roll are Doo Wop and Rockabilly. In 1951 one of the earliest Doo Wop groups, the Orioles, recorded “It’s Too Soon to Know” for Jubilee Records. A copy can now sell for $2,500.00. In 1956 Sun Records released “Defrost Your Heart” by Rockabilly artist, Charlie Feathers. An original copy is worth up to $1,500.00 today.
In 1970 the Beatles had their 20th and last #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Long and Winding Road.” Written by Paul McCartney the song was produced by the legendary and now jailbird, Phil Spector. Paul was not impressed with the Spector touch. The song came about as a result of the tensions among members of the band. Their “road” was about to end. Released on Apple records, the 45 with picture sleeve, is worth up to $150.00 today.
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