Chuck Berry IS Rock N Roll. He is one of the few true pioneers in the history of Rock N Roll. So many hits and so little space to list them all. Among the biggest and most covered is his classic “Rock and Roll Music.” Released on Chess records in 1957, the 45 is worth up to $40.00, the 78 up to $100.00. In 1958 the EP was released. It’s worth up to $500.00 today.
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Texas Alexander was an early Blues singer who started his career in the bottom lands of the Bravos River. In 1928, almost 35 years before the Animals had their number 1 version; Alexander recorded “The House of the Rising Sun.” He had over 30 singles on the Okeh and Vocalion record labels. All of them like “Frost Texas Tornado Blues” and “ Last Stage Blues” are worth up to $500.00 each.
The world knows him now as Stevie Wonder but in the early sixties he was known as “Little” Stevie Wonder. “Fingertips” was his first hit in 1963 and is now worth up to $50.00 with its picture sleeve. It was first recorded as an instrumental as were all the other cuts on the album “The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie.” Released on Motown’s Tamla label in 1962, the album is worth up to $400.00 today.
It was Link Wray who first used a distorted fuzz-tone guitar as demonstrated on his 1958 million-seller “Rumble.” Wray used a pencil to puncture the amplifier to create the affect. Other hits followed like “Raw-hide.” His 1959 single “Slinky,” released on Epic records, is worth up to $300.00 with its picture sleeve as shown here.
There were several records of Beatles interviews in the sixties. Among them is the 1964 45 “Lee Alan Presents a Trip to Miami.” Lee Alan was a Detroit DJ who was granted an interview in Miami. Recorded in February of 1964, the value for the single is worth up to $400.00 today. Add another $100.00 for the insert as shown here with the record.
“Sloop John B” by the Beach Boys is one of Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500 greatest songs of all time. It was originally a folk song called “The John B Sails.” In 1959 Johnny Cash recorded the song as “I Want to Go Home.” Jimmy Rodgers recorded the song in 1960 as the “Wreck of the John B.” The Beach Boy’s single, released on Capitol records in 1966, is worth up to $50.00 today with its picture sleeve. It’s also included on the Beach Boys album “Pet Sounds.” A mono copy of that album can now sell for $800.00.
“Nine Hours to Rama” was a movie released in 1963. It tells the story of Nathuram Godse and the nine hours leading up to the killing of Mahatma Gandhi, the man he unfairly accused for being the cause of many Hindu deaths. The soundtrack album, released on London records in 1963, is worth up to $300.00 today. “Nine Hours to Rama” is just one of the 10,000 soundtracks on our Soundtracks guide on CD. It lists the values for all movies, TV, and Broadway shows and is available in the left hand column.
The Bachs was a psychedelic garage band out of Chicago who played at school dances and private parties. They never made it nationally but they developed a huge fan base over the years. Their 1968 original album “Out Of the Bachs,” released on Roto records, has become one of the most sought after records on the collectors market. A mint copy of this rare album is worth up to $7,500.00 today.
In the 1970s Yes was one of the most successful progressive rock groups. They had greater success in the 1980s when they became more of a commercial band. Their debut album in the U.S. was “Time and a Word.” With several personnel changes to follow, “Time and a Word” was the only Yes album with all original members. Released on Atlantic records in 1970, it’s worth up to $100.00 today.