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Patsy Cline was as important to Country music as any female star in history. Her career all began with a song she didn’t want to record, “Walkin’ After Midnight.” The tune was originally offered to Kay Starr who was one of the hottest girl singers of the day but she turned it down. After Patsy Cline sang the song on “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” TV show, the record took off like a rocket and a legendary Country star was born. The original 45, released on Decca records in 1957, is now worth up to $150.00 with its picture sleeve.
“Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen, despite the refusal of many radio stations to play it, climbed all the way to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. It’s one of those songs you either love or hate. Released on Garrett records, the single is worth up to $25.00. The Trashmen never found big success again but their 45 of “Whoa Dad” with picture sleeve, released on Garrett records in 1964, is worth up to $250.00 today.
Of all the actresses of her generation, many guys would have picked Tina Louise to be stranded with on a deserted island. Of course Bob Denver turned out to be one of the lucky ones on “Gilligan’s Island”. But before “Ginger” was stranded along with the skipper and the professor, she was a songstress. Her 1957 album “Her Portrait in Hi-Fi,” released on Concert Hall records, can get you $700.00 today.
B.J. Thomas was a hit-making machine in the 60s and 70s. In 1968 he had two massive hits with “Eyes of a New York Woman” and “Hooked On a Feeling.” The next year the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was released featuring B.J.Thomas singing “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” which was not only a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 but also won an academy award for best original song. But B.J.’s first million-seller came in 1966 with a cover version of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” The album, released on Pacemaker records, is worth up to $125.00 today.
One of the most successful trios in the early Rock N Roll era was the Fleetwoods. Their mellow sound stood out from the heavy guitars, driving drums, and wailing sax sounds of their contemporaries. Their first single “Come Softly To Me” hit # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959. They hit # 1 again that same year with “Mr. Blue,” making them the first group to have two #1 hits on Billboard in the same year. The “Mr. Blue” album, released on Dolton records in 1959, is worth up to $150.00 today.
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From Austin, Texas came the band that many say was responsible for what came to be known as Psychedelic Rock. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators were said to be under the influence of LSD while recording and during live concerts. They walked the walk and talked the talk of the lifestyle for which they were known. Their first album “Psychedelic Sounds of the 13TH Floor Elevators,” released on Int’l Artists records in 1967, can sell for $1,000.00 today. DON’T BUY OR SELL ANY RECORD UNTIL YOU GET THE TRUE VALUE FROM MIGHTY JOHN THE RECORD GUY.
One of the most popular singers of the late 50s and early 60s was Dee Clark. When Little Richard gave up Rock N Roll to become a preacher, Dee Clark filled in with Richard’s band, the Upsetters, to finish Richard’s current tour. Clark’s biggest hit “Raindrops” from 1961 sold a million copies. He also reached the Billboard top-20 with “Just Keep it Up” and “Hey Little Girl (in the High School Sweater).” The 45 of “Hey Little Girl,” released on Abner records in 1959, with its picture sleeve can get you $100.00 today. Find the most up-to-date value of your records from Mighty John the Record Guy within 24 hours. Just click on “Online Appraisals” at the top of the page.
Breaking out of San Jose in the mid-1960s was the Syndicate of Sound. They were one-hit wonders in 1966 with their top-10 hit “Little Girl.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame features “Little Girl” in their one-hit wonder section. The value for the single depends on the label. On Bell records it’s not worth more than $20.00. An original copy on Hush records can sell for $125.00 today. Find the most up-to-date value of your records within 24 hours. Just click on “Online Appraisals” at the top of the page.
There was no better loved Country superstar than Johnny Cash and there were few who had as many iconic hits like “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Name Sue,” and “Ring of Fire.” But the endless string of hits all began in 1955 with “Cry, Cry, Cry.” Released by the legendary Sun records, both the 78 rpm version as well as the 45 can sell for $150.00 today. FIND THE VALUES FOR OVER A MILLION RECORDS WITH THE MIGHTY JOHN RECORD APPRAISAL GUIDE ON CD IN MICROSOFT WORD ($39.95 in left hand column)