The Hollywood Argyles had a number one hit in 1960 with a song called “Alley-Oop” based on the comic book character of the same name. The 45 is worth up up $30.00. But, there was not a real group called the Hollywood Argyles. It was just Gary Paxton, producer, writer, and hit-maker. After “Alley-Oop” became a smash hit, Paxton had to put a group together to go on the road to cash in on his giant novelty hit. The “Alley-oop” album, released on Lute records in 1960, is worth up to $500.00 today.
Released in 1978, “Darkness on the Edge of Town” is Bruce Springsteen’s fourth album. Despite the fact that the album didn’t produce any hit singles, it stayed on the charts for almost two years. The album is not a collectible at no more than $10.00 unless you have or find the picture disc version as shown here on the right. Released by Columbia records its worth up to $200.00 today.
“The Chirping Crickets” was the first album for Buddy Holly and his band. It contains Rock N Roll classics such as “Maybe Baby”, “That’ll Be the Day,” and “Oh Boy!” which on a 78 as seen here can get you $400.00. Recorded when Buddy Holly was just twenty-one-years old, “The Chirping Crickets” album was released by Brunswick records in 1957 and is worth up to $1,000.00 today.
The Shadows of Knight, an early punk band out of Chicago, gave Rock N Roll one giant hit in 1966 with “Gloria” (G-L-O-R-I-A). The song was written and first released by Van Morrison and his band, Them, but the Shadows of Knight’s version has become the established classic. It would have been an even bigger hit had it been released on a bigger label than Dunwich, which had distribution problems. The single is up to $10.00 but a follow up on Dunwich records in 1966 called “Bad Little Woman” can fetch up to $200.00 today with its picture sleeve as shown here. Get the values for over a million records by over 65,000 recording artists with the Mighty John Record Appraisal Guide. It includes albums, 45s & 78s from 1902 to the present day. It’s available in the left hand column.
“Danger” was a live 30 minute anthology series that ran on CBS for 5 years, debuting in September, 1950. Among the actors who were little known at the time were Paul Newman and James Dean. Tony Mottola played the original theme music included on the “Danger” TV soundtrack album, which is the first TV soundtrack album. Released on M-G-M records, it’s worth up to $100.00 today. “Danger” is just one of the 10,000 soundtracks listed on our Soundtracks CD, covering movies, TV, and Broadway shows. It’s available in the left hand column.
Ersel Hickey was a tough kid who had a tough life with a mother in a mental institution, a missing father, and no home but foster homes. But in 1958, encouraged by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, Hickey wrote and recorded the Rock N Roll classic “Bluebirds over the Mountain.” It was later recorded in 1958 by Ritchie Valens and again by the Beach Boys in 1968. Hickey’s 45 on Epic records is worth up to $25.00 but a 78 rpm version can sell for $200.00 today. Both are seen here. Get the values for over a million records by over 65,000 recording artists with the Mighty John Record Appraisal Guide. It includes albums, 45s & 78s from 1902 to the present day.
Oh what a difference a couple of words printed on a picture sleeve can make. In 1965 RCA released “Do the Clam” by Elvis Presley. The value depends on what’s printed on the bottom of the picture sleeve. If the wording on the bottom is “Coming Soon! Girl Happy LP Album,” as shown on the left, then the value is up to $50.00. But if the wording on the bottom is “Ask For Girl Happy LP Album,” shown on the version on the right, the value can jump up to $2,000.00 today. FOR BIG SAVINGS ON OUR RECORD GUIDES, CLICK ON MIGHTY JOHN’S DISCOUNT PACKAGES IN THE YELLOW STRIP ABOVE.
In 1961 the Marcels took a number-one-hit from 1935 by Glen Gray and made it their own. With the Intro of “Bomp Baba Bomp Ba Bomp Ba Bomp Ba Bomp Bomp Baba Bomp Baba Bomp Da Dang Dang Da Ding A Dong Ding,” “Blue Moon” rocketed up to number one on the Billboard Charts. The original 45 is worth up to $30.00, but the “Blue Moon” album, released by Colpix records in 1961, is worth up to $300.00 today. “Blue Moon” is just one of the over 1,000,000 record values you’ll find listed on the “Mighty John Record Appraisal Guide” on CD, available in the left hand column. It covers albums, 45s, and 78s by over 65,000 recording artists. Also check out our new companion guide, Records You Should Know About. Just click on the link in the yellow strip above.
Jimmie Rodgers is known both as “The Father of Country Music” and the “Singing Brakeman” because of his work on the railroad. His career began in 1927 with the release of “Sleep, Baby Sleep” This and over 30 of his singles from 1927-1937 are each worth over $300.00 today. In 1933 RCA released the Jimmie Rodger’s picture disc, “Cowhand’s Last Ride, ” now worth up to $2,500.00 “Cowhand’s Last Ride” by Jimmie Rogers is just one of the picture discs you’ll find listed on our Picture Discs Price Guide on CD. It’s available in the left hand column.
Working as a secretary at Motown paid off big time for Martha Reeves. In need of background singers at a recording session, she was called upon to back up Marvin Gaye on his songs “Stubborn Kind Of Fella” and “Hitch Hike.” Soon thereafter she became a Motown star herself. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ “Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Street” are two of the most popular dance songs of the sixties. “Dancing in the Street” along with its picture sleeve, released on Gordy records in 1964, is worth up to $250.00 today. Martha and the Vandellas are among the over 65,000 recording artists you’ll find on the “Mighty John Record Appraisal Guide” on CD listing the values for over a million records (albums, 45s, & 78s). It’s available in the left hand column. Also check out our new companion guide, Records You Should Know About. Just click on the link in the yellow strip above.