The most successful album for Van Halen is “1984.” The single “Jump” from the album is Van Halen’s only # 1 hit. With over 12 million copies sold, the value for “1984” is no more than $10.00, but “Jump” was also included on a lesser-known Van Halen album called “Summer Time.” Released on Vampire Records out of Canada in 1984, it also contains “Hot for Teacher.” The “Summer Time” album can get you $300.00 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.
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Rolling Stone magazine includes “For Your Precious Love” by Jerry Butler and the Impressions on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. First issued in 1958, the value all depends on the record label. On Abner or Falcon records the single can get you $50.00, but an original copy of “For Your Precious Love” on Vee Jay records is really precious at up to $6,000.00 today.
In 2010, as part of what has become known as Record Store Day, Universal/Island records released a 12 inch EP by U2 called “Wide Awake in Europe.” The record includes “Mercy,” “Moment of Surrender,” and “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.” 5,000 copies were issued and each can sell up to $125.00 today.
The Contours is a group who had the same hit make the Billboard Hot 100 in two different years. In 1962, recording for Motown’s Gordy record label, they reached #3 with “Do You Love Me.” That 45 is now worth up to $40.00. They hit again with “Do You Love Me” in 1988 thanks to the song being featured in the popular movie “Dirty Dancing.” But the Contours’ first single “Whole Lotta Woman,” released on Motown records in 1961, is worth up to $800.00 today.
Conway Twitty had two successful careers, the first in Rock N Roll and then Country. His first giant hit came in 1958 with “Its Only Make Believe.” It was #1 in the U.S. and #1 in twenty one other countries. In 1959 Conway connected with another giant hit called “Lonely Blue Boy.” His popularity with the Rock N Roll audience led to appearances in “College Confidential,” “Sex Kittens Go to College,” and “Platinum High School.” The “Lonely Blue Boy” album, released on M-G-M records in 1960, can sell for $100.00 today.
Doris Troy had her one big hit “Just One Look” in 1963 when the single went top-10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her solo career seemed to slow after that as she became a back-up singer for such acts as the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Carly Simon, Dusty Springfield, and George Harrison. The “Just One Look” 45 on Atlantic records is worth up to $30.00 but the album can get you $100.00 today.
In our continuous series of featuring those obscure 45s that are known as Northern Soul, we present two more whose values have skyrocketed over the last ten years. In 1974 Sojamm records released “Honey” by Jesse Fisher. An original copy can get you $750.00 today. In 1976 LA Xpressio records released “For Real” by Flowers, worth up to $1,500.00.
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.